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20 Unknown Authors You Should Know About

Here are some unknown authors you should know about, including me, from a post that originally appeared in Medium, by Rutankhamen.

There are a lot of authors out there, and it’s understandably hard to pick which one to engage with, so I’ve decided to help you out.

This list features authors across many genres, from different countries and with as varied personal stories as they come.

All have agreed to answer a set of questions just for you so, without further ado, lets read their answers. Enjoy!

Joseph Mark Brewer

Joseph Mark Brewer
He’s a writer from Hamilton, Ohio, who’s been working in the news business for over 35 years. He started writing in elementary school, and believes that everyone has a story to tell. His inspiration? The stories themselves.
Joseph has an exclusive prequel novella to his series, and it’s available to all newsletter subscribers. Get it here.
He’s always written fiction and plans to do so in the future, even after he leaves the news business. He has 12 novels in all for the Shig Sato series, and is preparing a new series featuring an ex-Navy SEAL bounty hunter who returns to his hometown to discover trouble is following him no matter where he goes. We can’t wait!

When asked if he had anything juicy to tell readers, he said no, sadly.

His motto: Never explain, never complain. Just write a story about it.
I love it and might borrow it from time to time, as motivation wanes and waxes.

Interesting interaction with a reader: He says he loves reading reviews, as they often point out things he has never considered before. He also takes thoughtful critique seriously, which is a nice thing to do as an author.

Favourite book out of everything he’s written: The Gangster’s Son, book 1 in the Shig Sato series.

His message to the readers: If you like international settings and gritty crime, discover the world of Shig Sato.

You can find him here:
http://www.josephmarkbrewer.com
Facebook @josephmarkbrewer
Twitter Joseph Mark Brewer

Lyn Alexander (photo from her Amazon page)

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Stories, writing, and Nothing But The Truth

CrookedInterviewImageCROOKED INTERVIEW with Joseph Mark Brewer

BY ANITA KOVACEVIC ON 21/04/2017

This is an author who will draw you into his exotic world of the Shig Sato mysteries with ease and elegance. It gives me great joy to have Joseph Mark Brewer over as my guest today, chatting about his short story Nothing But The Truth in Crooked Tales, as well as his other books.
Author’s bio

From an early age, Joseph Mark Brewer loved travel and learning about the world. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a journalist and spent the next four years on sea duty, serving on ships that would allow him to visit more than 40 cities around the world. His three years based in Japan and subsequent time working as a journalist in Tokyo forms the foundation of an interest in that country that continues today.  

Interview


CrookedCoverWhat is your Crooked tale about and what inspired it?

  1. My Crooked Tales story is a sort of morality tale: neglected kids, broken homes, and witnesses keeping to themselves, for whatever reason.

What do you like writing and/or reading best? 

  1. I like reading best. Reading is the well from which my writing emerges.

What else do you do in life apart from writing?

  1. I work in the news business, and am a historian by nature/inclination. I spend as much time reading history and biography as I do literature, or mysteries, or even writing my own stories.

What are you currently working on?

  1. These days I am writing the next three books in the Shig Sato series, and shaping the outline of another trilogy quite different from Shig.

Crooked Interview – My 5 questions for myself:


What interests do you have besides writing and history? 

I developed an interest in the world and travel at an early age, and was fortunate enough to indulge in that before finishing my university education. I don’t travel as much as I’d like these days, but hope to resume that interest someday soon.

Why did you set your Shig Sato mysteries in Japan?

 I had no notion or interest in Japan until I was stationed there while serving in the U.S. Navy. But I grew to like the country’s art, literature, and music. And living in a culture so different from my own, I found similarities all humans share. I think this gave me confidence to write, and to write about people no matter their background or situation. All human emotion is the same.

How did you come to write a mystery series?

 Again, I surprised myself, in that when I took stock of what I like to read, and what type of story I wanted to write to convey some of my feelings about Japan and its culture, I found that a mystery series suited my purpose. I’ve always been a Sherlock Holmes fan, love Agatha Christy, and am drawn to noir and thriller books and films. I found it intriguiing to create that world to say what I wanted.

You worked as a journalist in the Navy. Did that influence your writing? 

 I think it helped me decide that that I could earning a living in the news business and learn how to write. I have worked for newspapers for almost 30 years. It’s a great way to learn how to write and edit. 

How is writing a mystery novel the same or different from writing for news media? 

It’s similar in that facts matter, and that a certain logical sequence has to be followed. Answering who, what, when, where, why is a good starting point. The main difference is in length. The challenge in writing a 60,000 word mystery is sustaining the narrative and holding the reader’s interest. Very few news stories, or longer pieces in magazines, are book- length. Learning how to do that was quite an adjustment. 

Joe’s new project is Tokyo Summer, a Shig Sato Novella. It’s a prequel to The Gangster’s Son, the first in his #ShigSato mystery series. ssnovella1

The blurb for Tokyo Summer:

It was classified as an overdose. Or was it?


Setsuko Usami, the wife of a top Bank of Japan economist, is found dead in her bathroom. The police report points to an accidental drug overdose. Government officials want to keep the death under wraps to avoid scandal. But when the toxicology report arrives, it points to murder.


Despite his independent streak and reputation for turning down promotions, the bureaucrats in government and at the Tokyo Police headquarters know there’s only one man for the job: Inspector Shig Sato. He re-opens the case and follows the clues. What he discovers is more shocking than any official can imagine.


Will Sato bend to the will of his superiors and keep the case quiet, or will Sato go the distance to catch a killer?

Because someone just might get away with murder.

MARK FINE’S QUESTIONS for other Crooked Tales authors

Do you find a silver lining in a bad review? If so, please give an example.

— I had one reviewer complain about the mistakes and errors and such, and I went back and had to sheepishly admit to myself that I had missed a lot of small things in the final edit. Let that be a lesson: Even an editor needs an editor.

What percentage of the research you do for a novel actually lands up on the printed page?

— Not much, but the Shig Sato series will eventually be 12 volumes. A lot of what I’m researching now, facts and answers to questions I have, and reviewing things I’d forgotten, will eventually make it into the series.

Do you have an author you admire? If so, why?  

— Patrick O’Brian, the author of the “Master and Commander”  Aubrey/Maturin series. What he created — the British Royal Navy during the time of the Napoleonic Wars — and the characters, settings, adventures, plot twists, naval engagement, world travel, history, natural science; it’s simply a masterpiece. I found myself rereading the series five times, and realized about the third time through that what I was doing was learning how to write a series from him. I regard that series as the how-to for anyone who wants to write a series, regardless of genre.  

Question for authors from Joe Brewer:

Who is your favorite story or character or author  from literature – any genre-  Why?

Does that story/character/author help you in your writing process?

Tokyo Summer is available at Amazon. All you have to do is click here.

For your copy of Crooked Tales, click here.

You can find Joe’s other books here.

The INFP Writing Personality: Elegant Persuasion

Andrea J. Wenger, Author

Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential
to give something back.
—Diana, Princess of Wales

Have you ever wondered whether your personality affects your writing style?

If you’re an INFP writer, chances are, the answer is yes.  INFPs have a natural aptitude for writing. In exploring this solitary pursuit, you can communicate your deeply held values and experiment with elegant, inventive uses of language. But you may find that formal approaches taught in writing classes don’t seem to work for you. Composing an opening paragraph may prove impossible until you’ve fleshed out the major ideas. Developing an outline may turn a pleasurable activity into an intolerable one—and your zest for the topic may wither away. INFPs write best when their imagination is unfettered.

The INFP personality type is one of 16 identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular psychometric instrument used to determine how people prefer…

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Bookreview: ‘The Gangster’s Son’ – TuesdayBookBlog

Today, I’m reviewing ‘The Gangster’s Son’ by Joseph Mark Brewer
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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Facing retirement and weary from caring for his terminally ill wife, Tokyo police Inspector Shig Sato returns to Azabu Police Station and teams up with his old partner, Detective Ken Abe, for his last month with the department. On his first night back, a young waitress at a jazz club is murdered. Her boyfriend, an American Marine, is missing, and the club owner is nowhere to be found. Sato knows that if the American has anything to do with the murder, it could ignite a political and diplomatic firestorm. Sato believes that find the American is his first duty. Then Sato learns that the club owner is the son of prominent crime boss Ses Fujimori. Ties between the Fujimoris and Satos go back a generation. It’s something the inspector cannot escape, especially since he asked Fujimori for help in solving a case early in his career. Fujimori agreed, knowing that Sato would be in his debt. With his son now a murder suspect, what will Fujimori demand in return for his cooperation? What price will Sato pay to bring a young woman’s killer to justice?

Did I like it?

Absolutely. It’s a bit like a cosy mystery. No gore, no descriptive sex. (no sex at all, it’s located in Japan) There are several possibilities for a series (for example: back story is only hinted at, Sato retiring, becoming a PI. Commissioner already mentioned that he might need him in the future). And not to forget I’m kind of Japanophile. “shinnichi” (親日) in Japanese.

What I didn’t like…

That it took me so long to discover it. And I do have a little problem with the piece concerning the super-rich. The possible future client when Sato retires. Link was made via the commissioner. Who could remember that Sato thinks about becoming a PI after his retirement. Super rich reveals that he has links with the Fujimori clan. And then? If it’s a hint to future books then fine for me. If not, then what’s the point of it? It’s a loose thread. Revealing something about Sato’s character?

Would I recommend it?

For sure. A mystery without gore, a bit of police procedure. Interesting characters with a lot of potential for upcoming books. Recommended. And as I said I’m kind of Japanophile. 17 out of 20 points with a tendency of more points

 

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Meet Lubna Sengal, a Twisted Tales author

To paraphrase Forrest Gump (and his momma): “twisted is as twisted does”- so grab your ebook copy of Twisted Tales (or a print copy by clicking here), a Readers’ Choice selection of short fiction from Readers’ Circle of Avenue Park. Literary lies, epic yarns – it’s an eclectic collection of stories by authors from around the globe.

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In today’s Meet the Authors series I’m delighted to welcome to the blog Lubna Sengul.

Your story  Julian: Rise of the Prophecy appears in the Readers Circle of Avenue Park’s recent anthology Twisted Tales. What made you decide on that story? 

Julian is actually the beginning of the sequel to my first novel The Danfians Prophecy. The first three chapters of Julian can actually be read on their own, without reading the first book and the way it is left hanging adds mystery to it. It can be read and enjoyed as a standalone short story.

Did you find writing a short story easier or harder to write than what you’ve written in the past? 

I find writing any project, short, novels and play’s just as demanding as each other.  The creative energy is the same as I need for longer writing projects.   It is easier to edit a short story – less to look through.

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Lubna Sengul

Who has been an important influence on your journey as a writer?
My husband, Birtan, he encouraged me to do it and supported in my quest to become an author.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include but not limited to are: J.K Rowling, MC Scott (Manda Scott), Khaled Hosseini, Tim Willocks, Stephanie Meyers, Anne Rice, Virginia Andrews, Andrea Levy. As you can see my reading taste fits into many genres, but nothing feeds my mind like a good sci-fi/fantasy that has a romance element to it.
What’s your next project?
To complete Julian and to attempt to write another play and a sequel to another short story of mine, The Chronicles Of Natasha Khan.

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Meet Robyn Cain, a Twisted Tales author

To paraphrase Forrest Gump (and his momma): “twisted is as twisted does”- so grab your ebook copy of Twisted Tales (or a print copy by clicking here), a Readers’ Choice selection of short fiction from Readers’ Circle of Avenue Park. Literary lies, epic yarns – it’s an eclectic collection of stories by authors from around the globe.

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In today’s Meet the Authors series I’m delighted to welcome to the blog Robyn Cain.

While in high school, Robyn Cain’s writing dreams budded and waned. Those dreams were rekindled after accomplishing a first class honours degree in English/Writing, and a PGCE.  Robyn went on to complete her Masters in Creative Writing and taught English and creative writing.

Most of Robyn’s books are set in Cheshire, incorporating British and Asian cultures. Each novel is in a different genre.
Seven Stops is a contemporary fiction novel; Goods By Hand and its sequel, Footsteps of Galatea, are supernatural novels set in modern day; and A Fine Balance, is a crime thriller novel. She Dreamed of Flash Fiction and Manna For Heaven are collections of mixed genre short stories. Devil’s Crochet is a collection of interwoven, supernatural stories.  Other short stories by Robyn have been published in India. Robyn is currently working on the sequel to Seven Stops.

Your story Insanitary appears in the Readers Circle of Avenue Park’s recent anthology Twisted Tales. What made you decide on that story?

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I’ve been writing a lot of short stories for a while and many have been about animals or from an animal’s perspective.  As soon as I knew the title of the collection was Twisted Tales, my mind went into over drive.  Who doesn’t love a tale with a twist!  I’d been de-cluttering, sorting through my books and came across a very old copy of Jekyll and Hyde.  I’ve always been fascinated by the human dual character/personality – especially when it’s in literature.  I then just went one step sideways to create ‘man/woman’s best friend’ and fell in love with my little, very intelligent ‘Scruffy’.  He knew the difference between right and wrong and only broke the rules because ordered to. I don’t have any pets but many of my friends do and the relationship/interaction is fascinating.  After some internet research for authenticity, the result was my little story.

Did you find writing a short story easier or harder to write than what you’ve written in the past?

I normally enjoy short story writing as gap fillers to keep my writer’s block away.  Having not long finished working on a collection of connected horror/supernatural stories called The Devil’s Crochet, writing for inclusion in Twisted Tales made perfect timing.  Writing/creating a piece, whether it’s a short story/novel/book/flash fiction, varies.  It’s the final production, or letting it go that’s hard.  Short stories are easier to edit because there is less content and the more you write the easier the process does become. This particular story, Insanitary, was easier mainly because we were given a deadline and I’m good with them.  It helped me to edit less, proof read faster and then let the piece go winging its way onwards sooner than I would have with a self imposed date.  I find it hard to be strict with me; who’s going to tell me off for not handing work in on time?!

Who has been an important influence on your journey as a writer?

There’s been no specific event or one person influencing my life or journey as a writer.  It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do since I learned to read English.  Being brought up in a very strict Indian environment, I loved the adventures, freedom and escapism, (and all that forbidden bad stuff) that books allowed me.  But because they didn’t address the dual culture that I belonged to and dealt with on a daily basis, I just knew that one day, I had to have heroines that felt and knew life as I did.  My opportunity to write seriously was a long time coming.  I joined a writers’ group when I had my daughter.  I really enjoyed it.  There have been many good friends who write and have been there listening to my efforts as I trod the ‘learner writer’s path’.  My first serious novel, Seven Stops, was started during my MA where I had a lovely tutor, Paul Magrs, who was very encouraging and positive. If I’d had someone different, then who knows.  Sometimes life still ends up at the same point.  I’m very fortunate to be doing something I really love.

What’s your next project?

This is a tricky one to answer.  There are so many things I want to be writing right now but I’ve just moved house and most of my time and effort is going on that.  Once I’m able to knuckle down to the writing it’s going to be a choice of two.  I know what I’d like it to be and I know what it should be.  One is the sequel to my first published novel, Seven Stops which I mentioned above.  Eighth Stop (working title) is close to my heart, which is probably why I’ve fiddled with it for over a year and not got beyond writing the first three chapters.  I was almost seven years writing Seven Stops and became very attached to my characters.  The other project is editing a ghost novel, Badger’s Inn, (working title).  I completed the draft in 2013. The ghosts live in a fictional town juxtaposed with the ‘real’ that they haunt.  It’s a light hearted look into government/council trickery, and how officialdom determine to get their own way by fair means or foul.  Of course by the time I’m done editing, the plot could have changed completely, as is what usually happens with anything I write.  Both of these books have been warring with one another for so long that they are stuck shoulder-to-shoulder, neither allowing the other to make it through the doorway.  Basically I’m suffering from the proverbial decision making disorder!

Please share a little more of your writing background.

This should be the easiest to answer but I’d probably have to write a book on it.  How long have we got?  I think the short version might be saner.  In a way I feel my journey isn’t that dissimilar to many other writers.

I have loved reading since being able to read.  I never missed an English lesson at high school. It was probably the one class I spoke up in.  I wrote stories and my teacher always praised my imagination and criticised my handwriting; so glad I learnt to touch type.  I can’t remember how, but one of the best days of my life was finding out about the library.  Not much kept me away from there.  I went and always took out the maximum number of books allowed as often as my parents permitted me to go.  I read prolifically and would stay up late into the night, even using a torch under the bed clothes.  My teenage reading years devoured many series.  I loved books on horses, such as Black Beauty and Flicker alongside well known classics like Little Women, Heidi, the Chalet books etc.  Later I was drawn to romance/history and spent years sighing over the strong silent type heroes depicted by authors such as Jean Plaidy.  And then I discovered fantasy/SF/horror and I started to collect Michael Moorcock, Asimov, Eddings and more.  My writing sort of reflects my reading; I have a love of many genres. I got married and started reading all things romance.  The first full length novel I wrote (50k words) was for Mills and Boon. They sent me a lovely, encouraging rejection. I’ve run (and still do) writers’ groups, published anthologies, and have taught creative writing at a local college. I get a buzz from listening to, reading, critiquing and encouraging fellow writers.  I was commissioned to write a play and had another performed in my local town and I’ve had several short stories published, here and in India.

Where can readers reach you?

My books, novels and collections of short stories/flash fiction, are all available on Amazon.  But when it comes to social media, I hold my hand up and say that I’m terrible at keeping up. My blog is only sporadically updated.  I have a Facebook account that I only visit now and then.  Twitter I suppose is the one I do the most and even that not regularly.  As to Goodreads, Pinterest etc, I joined but can’t even remember when I last logged on. There just never seems to be enough time.  Sorry!

The links for all three are:

Twitter @ https://twitter.com/RobynCain2
Blog: http://www.robyncain.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyn.cain.12

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Stay tuned for more Meet the Author interviews. For your copy of Twisted Tales, just click – and f you like what you read in Twisted Tales you’re invited to leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!

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cropped-cropped-fbcoverthisishow.jpgJoseph Mark Brewer writes the Shig Sato mysteries. Mix up some Kurt Wallander and Japan Noir and you have a new series set in the heart of Tokyo. Click for your copy of The Gangster’s SonThe Thief’s Mistake , or Traitors & Lies – and to read how it all began, download my prequel novella Tokyo Summer at josephmarkbrewer.com