I am an author

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I’m an author, journalist, and radio show host. I interview authors, artists, and entertainers. I have been a freelance journalist for the Savannah Morning News since 2014. I began self-publishing horror fiction in 2018, and have one short story published with Crone Girls Press.
 
I founded The Savannah Quill May 13, 2016. The Savannah Quill connects writers and readers to promote literacy. With that, I have hosted several conventions, which were not a great turn out, and changed the format last year to Savannah Authors Expo. We had an incredible time with a smaller and more intimate venue.
 
I started Books and Brews Savannah in November 2018 as a charitable event to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Charities of the Coastal Empire. Partnering with local authors and SouthBound Brewing Company, we raised $500 last year for the House.
 
This year I started Valhalla Books as my publishing imprint of The Savannah Quill Publishing House as a way to separate the non-profit events from the for-profit publishing industry. Our first horror anthology is called The Devil’s Due, where nothing is ever as it seems. I rescheduled the release to this fall in October.
 
As a fiction author, my goal is to become financially independent with my work. I am working diligently to restructure my professional habits as well as my work habits with my writing.

Comics & pulp writer Ron Fortier interview

Ron Fortier joins The Adam Messer Show on Sunday May 3, 2020 from 3p to 5p EST on WRUU 107.5 FM. You can listen live on http://www.wruu.com and later on the podcast on http://www.savannahmuses.com

Comics and pulps writer/editor is best known for his work on the Green Hornet comic series and Terminator – Burning Earth with Alex Ross. He won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Short Story of 2011 for “Vengeance Is Mine,” which appeared in Moonstone’s The Avenger – Justice Inc. and in 2012 for “The Ghoul,” from the anthology Monster Aces. He is the Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions, a leading New Pulp Fiction publisher and writes the continuing adventures of both his own character, Brother Bones – the Undead Avenger and the classic pulp hero, Captain Hazzard – Champion of Justice. In 2017, he was awarded the first, Pulp Grand Master by the Pulp Factory. Fortier also writes the highly popular Pulp Fiction Reviews blog.

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Episode #46- James Nettles

37020022-fb20-49c6-8d95-1163eb4dc29cEpisode #46- James Nettles: James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also the founding partner for Author Essentials.

His latest non-fiction release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.

https://jamespnettles.com

https://AuthorEssentials.net

New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews interview

Mary Kay Andrews smallEpisode #45– Mary Kay Andrews: New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews talks about her new book HELLO, SUMMER, as well as her background as a reporter, how she started writing, and words of encouragement for aspiring authors.

Sarah “Conley” Hawkins left her family and their hometown newspaper The Silver Bay Beacon behind her years ago in pursuit of a bigger life—and career. When an unfortunate turn of events leaves her unexpectedly unemployed, she’s forced to return home and lick her wounds.  At home, she’s faced with unfinished business: a resentful older sister who sacrificed her own dreams to take over the family business; an aging grandmother; an old friend whose feelings run deeper than friendship; and trauma from her past that she’s never addressed. As she struggles to find a new job, she agrees to work for her sister at The Beacon. Soon, she finds herself covering a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a revered local politician, but the facts aren’t adding up. She goes in search of answers and in doing so reveals a number of skeletons in the Congressman’s closet. And as truths about his dark past emerge, the story catches the attention of national press, launching Conley back into the spotlight—but not without danger and difficult decisions.

An intriguing mystery, inspiring tale of second chances, and moving family drama with a touch of romance, HELLO, SUMMER is a quintessential summer read from the master of her genre.

https://marykayandrews.com/

Mary Kay Andrews: New York Times Best Selling Author joins The Adam Messer Show

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New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews joins The Adam Messer Show on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 3pm -4pm EST on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah talking about her new book HELLO, SUMMER.

Sarah “Conley” Hawkins left her family and their hometown newspaper The Silver Bay Beacon behind her years ago in pursuit of a bigger life—and career. When an unfortunate turn of events leaves her unexpectedly unemployed, she’s forced to return home and lick her wounds.  At home, she’s faced with unfinished business: a resentful older sister who sacrificed her own dreams to take over the family business; an aging grandmother; an old friend whose feelings run deeper than friendship; and trauma from her past that she’s never addressed. As she struggles to find a new job, she agrees to work for her sister at The Beacon. Soon, she finds herself covering a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a revered local politician, but the facts aren’t adding up. She goes in search of answers and in doing so reveals a number of skeletons in the Congressman’s closet. And as truths about his dark past emerge, the story catches the attention of national press, launching Conley back into the spotlight—but not without danger and difficult decisions.

An intriguing mystery, inspiring tale of second chances, and moving family drama with a touch of romance, HELLO, SUMMER is a quintessential summer read from the master of her genre.

Listen on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah and at www.wruu.org. Can’t listen this Sunday? Catch the podcast on www.savannahmuses.com after the show.

Interview with Author James Nettles

37020022-fb20-49c6-8d95-1163eb4dc29c#44- James Nettles part one  and part two are now online!

James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also the founding partner for Author Essentials.

His latest non-fiction release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.

https://jamespnettles.com

https://AuthorEssentials.net

Author James Nettles joins The Adam Messer Show

Author James Nettles joins The Adam Messer Show live on Sunday April 19, 2020 from 3pm – 5pm EST on WRUU 107.5 FM Wruu.org . Can’t listen live? You can catch it on the podcast afterwards on http://www.savannahmuses.com

James Nettles (https://jamespnettles.com) has a thirty-year career consulting for clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also the founding partner for https://AuthorEssentials.net.

His latest non-fiction release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.

Interview with Author Craig Martelle, founder of Independent Alliance of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

img_4315The Independent Alliance of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, IASFA, offers science fiction and fantasy indie authors an infinity premise of professionalism to hone their craft of writing. Author Craig Martelle founded the organization with the goal in mind to share resources and best practices with Indie Authors to help foster professionalism and learn key skills to become self sufficient. The only requirement to join as a member is one must have an Amazon author page. He also started a Facebookgroup for people to join.

We had the opportunity to speak with him about the new IASFA organization.


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Please talk about why you decided to create IASFA.

Martelle: I wanted a professional organization that helped its members be more professional, as in be self-sufficient as authors. Such an organization didn’t exist. I’ve been a member of a few and they dive deep into certain issues, but one thing they consistently didn’t do, was provide any insight into selling books. My idea of a professional is one who makes money in the business.

What is IASFA’s vision and mission?

Martelle: It’s two-fold. Help authors realize a higher level of professionalism through writing great stories that sell. “Great stories” is a term defined by readers who are willing to pay money for them. This does not mean you have to write what you don’t like (that’s too much like real work), but it does mean finding a target audience where you may have to wicker what you write to meet their desires.

What can authors experience by joining the organization? Who should join?

Martelle: I set the minimum standard to join of having an Amazon author page. If you’ve been able to finish and publish a book/story, then the conversation and discussion is a little more advanced than “How do I write a book?” I want people to have gone through the process of writing and publishing before joining. Also, understand that we already have members who are making mid six-figures a year. So to accommodate all, we will have all levels of discussion and our newsletters and readership will filter out the good from the mediocre. Not everyone gets a career in writing, but everyone can get the same chance.

What would you like to see for IASFA five years from now? Ten? In the year 3,000?

Martelle: In five years, I want to see success stories where part-time authors have fleeted up to full-time, where full-timers expand and grow. I want to see camaraderie of success as defined by happy fans. I don’t want to see drama because that doesn’t sell books. It is inevitably because of egos and envy, which we can minimize because of consistent application of basic principles and our founding principle of No Awards. The big award is the revenue one earns from their writing. In ten? We’ll see what five years brings first. In 3000? I’ll let others prognosticate that.

Please share an anecdote about your favorite childhood memory of what excited you about space and science fiction.

Martelle: Every year, we took our travel trailer from Iowa to Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day. My parents still go every year, some fifty years later. I didn’t much like the beach, so from early on, I’d sit in the trailer and read. When I was 12 or something like that, I wanted a post-apoc story with a man and his dog. I had read Andre Norton’s book called 2250 AD. A compelling book. My story was different, but I wrote one. I kept track because at that time, 30,000 words was the minimum size if one wanted to submit a story to Daw for publication. So that’s what I did. I wrote a book that was more than 30k words. And received my first rejection letters from all the publishing houses of the time:)

Who are some of your favorite authors and books?

Martelle: McCaffrey, Clarke, Howard, Norton, Heinlein, Lackey, Weis, and too many other old schoolers. I won’t listen indie authors that I read as I don’t want to be accused of favoritism, but if you watch me, I’ll promote their books when they run a sale. I’m also a huge fan of DC Fontana and her work with Gene Roddenberry to realize his vision for Star Trek (the original series). They did the best job at discussing social issues without preaching. They made it safe to talk about uncomfortable things (I’m a child of the 60s, so that’s my history).

Can you share your experience of some of the best practices you have learned as an author?

Martelle: The single greatest best practice for me is writing every day. You can’t sell what you don’t have. You can’t edit a blank page. You can’t improve your writing if you aren’t writing (or practice makes better).

You have written a series of Indie Author and Publishing books, as well as volunteer your time helping the indie author community. Please talk about the reason why you decided to give back, and how you continue to find new ways to offer help.

Martelle: I served more than twenty years in the Marine Corps through a number of different wars and turbulent times. I did things that no one should have to do. I give back for my own conscience.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Martelle: I love me some Sci-Fi:)

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Craig’s Series:
End Times Alaska
Free Trader
Cygnus Space Opera
Terry Henry Walton Chronicles
The Bad Company
Darklanding

New podcast is up!

Hey everyone!

I had a great time interviewing Author Mark Allan Gunnells today on The Adam Messer Show. You can catch the podcast on Apple Podcasts http://www.savannahmuses.com and on Libsyn http://adammesser.libsyn.com

#43 – Mark Allan Gunnells- Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his husband Craig A. Metcalf.

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