Val Tobin – Author Interview

April 2, 2017 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

Val Tobin
~~Author Interview~~
Val Tobin, author Today’s author interview is with the talented Val Tobin, author of The Experiencers, The Valiant Chronicles, and Gillian’s Island.

Please welcome Val Tobin to XterraWeb’s Author Interview Series. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Val for taking the time to give us this interview.

Val’s books are available in ebook and paperback versions on Amazon and Smashwords.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Val Tobin: I have a diploma in computer information systems and ten years of industry experience doing software and web development. That satisfied the left brain part of me. However, I’ve always had a fascination for the paranormal, philosophical, theological, and spiritual.

In October of 2004, I became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Parapsychic Science from The American Institute of Holistic Theology in 2007 and then a Master’s in Parapsychology in 2016. During that time, I also went to Kona, Hawaii to study under Doreen Virtue and completed both the Angel Therapy Practitioner ® training and Advanced ATP ® training.

I’ve participated in paranormal investigations in the US and Canada.

I draw on all of that in my writing.

Throughout my life, I wrote whenever I could, but I only published non-fiction articles. I wrote for Community MX and other online publications. I have a story published in Angel Words, a Hay House book by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue.

My dream was always to write a novel, and in 2012, circumstances allowed me to write The Experiencers. Since then, I’ve been publishing one or two novels a year.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Val Tobin: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

That quote resonates with me because creative people live in their own worlds, as I always have. When I was a child, I was accused of daydreaming, being over-sensitive, and being odd. Pursuing education in a field that explores the metaphysical reinforces that reputation.

I once woke up in the early morning to find a man standing next to my bed. At first, I was terrified that someone had broken into the house. When I realized I could see through him, I relaxed. It was only a spirit. Many would believe I was dreaming or hallucinating, but that’s just another version of hearing what others might not—in this case, it was seeing what others might not.

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Val Tobin: Read. I read like a fiend.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Val Tobin: Authors: Margaret Atwood, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Marion Zimmer Bradley, George R. R. Martin, Ayn Rand, Stephen King. There are too many to list them all.

Books: The Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, Duncton Wood, The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Gone with the Wind, A Handmaid’s Tale, Rebecca, Atlas Shrugged, A Wrinkle in Time, Anne of Green Gables. Again, there are too many to list them all.

I’ve listed some children’s novels, because they influenced my evolution as a person and as a writer.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Val Tobin: Some authors who recently caught my attention (so, new to me, not necessarily to the writing world) include Nora Roberts—yes, I only discovered Nora Roberts in the last couple of years—Michael Connelly, Lee Child (also discovered in the last year or two), Gillian Flynn, and Jodi Picoult.

As well, I’ve got some indie authors on my list of new author gems: Nico Laeser, Rebecca Bryn, Alan Annand, Jennifer Young, Janet Cameron, John Erwin, and too many more to name. Most of the indie authors I read can be found on the IASD website or on Your Next Favorite Author.

Rebecca Bryn I discovered when I beta read her current WIP (Work in Progress). She posted on Facebook that she required beta readers, and I volunteered because her story sounded interesting. It was based on a true story and is historical fiction. Her style is riveting.

I became interested in Nico Laeser’s work the same way.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Val Tobin: Earthbound is my current WIP (Work in Progress). It’s a prequel to The Experiencers and part of The Valiant Chronicles series.

Blurb:

Jayden McQueen is dead. However, that’s the least of her worries. Turns out, she’s a murder victim, and nobody knows it but her.
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Who killed her? Why? How?

In her quest to find answers, Jayden sets in motion events that propel humanity toward a future already written. But just because events appear inevitable doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fight them. Does it?

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Val Tobin: Jayden McQueen stole my heart. She’s scrappy and saucy and relatable. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to attend my own funeral. I explore that through Jayden.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Val Tobin: Arnie Griffen, from The Valiant Chronicles, is a composite of two guys I knew years ago. Gillian Foster from Gillian’s Island is an introvert, as am I, so in that way, you can say her character is based on me. However, my characters are a construct of the story world. They evolve based on their family history and environment, not on what I steal from reality.

The experiences in my novels do at times draw on real-life experiences, particularly The Experiencers.

Michael’s “dream” of Jessica reflects an experience someone I know had, as does Carolyn’s encounter with a UFO in the school yard. Carolyn’s visit from someone in the spirit world when she’s sitting on her back deck reflects the incident of the spirit that I mentioned above. Her method of picking up psychic messages reflects my own, though she’s much more psychic than I’ll ever be.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Val Tobin: My next project will be a contribution to the About Three Authors series of books available on Amazon. So far, there are two published works in the series, Whoever Said Love Was Easy? by Patti Roberts and Stolen Hearts & Muddy Pawprints by Georgina Ramsey.

My contribution, Out There, follows three wannabe authors suffering from various mental disorders who find love in unexpected places when they interfere in the investigation of a colleague’s murder.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Val Tobin: Hire an editor. Mine have saved me from making some embarrassing errors public.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Val Tobin:

Website: www.valtobin.com

FB author page: www.facebook.com/valtobinauthor/

Amazon profile page: www.amazon.com/Val-Tobin/e/B00KC5S69K/

Smashwords profile page: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/valtobin

Universal Links to Books:
The Experiencers: www.books2read.com/TheExperiencers

A Ring of Truth: www.books2read.com/ARingOfTruth

Injury: www.books2read.com/injury

Gillian’s Island: www.books2read.com/gilliansisland

Walk-In: www.books2read.com/walk-in

Storm Lake: www.books2read.com/stormlake

Patricia Harris – Author Interview

April 2, 2017 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

Patricia Harris
~~Author Interview~~
Patricia Harris, indie author Today’s author interview is with the talented Patricia Harris, author of several poetry collections. Under the pen name Serena Mossgraves, Ms. Harris has recently published Death of Neverland.

Please welcome Patricia Harris to XterraWeb’s Author Interviews Series. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Patricia Harris for taking the time to give us this interview.

Buy Wayward Dreams, a poetry collection by Patricia Harris on Amazon.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Patricia Harris: Well, I am all over the place. I am a crafty soul and a highly creative person. I am an insomniac. I am currently riding in a big rig with my thirteen-year-old daughter and her father, my best friend of twenty-one years. I have been writing poetry since I was nine years old, but I have lost track of many of my poems. I am often sarcastic and have a somewhat morbid sense of humor.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Patricia Harris: Not sure what counts as motivational. My favorite quote is “Smile, it makes them wonder what you are up to.”

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Patricia Harris: I make jewelry, crochet, draw, do amateur photography, and do abstract art. I also play video games and run D20 games. I goof off on the Internet, and I love to read.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Patricia Harris: Uhm, another place that I am all over the place. I am a voracious reader and I refuse to limit myself. I have a few favorite poets (Sara Teasdale, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allen Poe), but I enjoy all poems (mostly, lol). I do enjoy several genres, and I enjoy many authors. Some of the authors I read the most are Tamora Pierce, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Anne Rice, RA Salvatore, Laurel K. Hamilton, and Timothy Zahn.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Patricia Harris.: Lots. Some of the authors are Cynthia Pilcher, Gail Carriger, Marica Vance, CJ Pinard, and CC Wood.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Patricia Harris: The Princess Lost. A tiny princess loses her way and makes a new friend who helps her find her way.

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Patricia Harris: Nystara, the princess. She is a fun little bit of a girl with a trusting heart.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Patricia Harris: Not really in that one. It is the second book of a series of stories that I told my daughter at bedtime.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Patricia Harris: I have a couple of projects going. I am always working on a poetry collection. The latest, Prompted Prose, is now available on Amazon. I am also working on middle grade short stories. Some are my own and some are a collaborative effort with another author. The other project I am working on is book three of my bedtime tales series, Attack on Shoe Mountain.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Patricia Harris: Keep trying and realize that the bumps in the road are never permanent.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Patricia Harris:

Amazon—Patricia Harris
Amazon—Serena Mossgraves
Facebook—Patricia Harris
Facebook—Serena Mossgraves
Twitter
Website/Blog
Email: authorpoetpatriciaharris@gmail.com

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