Jay Harez – Author Interview

October 13, 2015 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

~~Author Interview~~
Author Jay HarezToday’s author interview is with the talented Jay Harez, author of Wet Drive, Commute, and Depot.

Please welcome Jay Harez to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

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

Visit Amazon to buy Wet Drive or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

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

Jay Harez: Be glad to. I’m Jay Harez, a native Texan. I have been writing short stories for the last few years, and as of recently, I write screenplays.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Jay Harez: “In the history of everything that works there was a time that it didn’t ” ~Aaron Sorkin~

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

Jay Harez: I love to travel as much as possible even if it’s just a short hop to a nearby small town that I have never heard of.

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

Jay Harez: Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series, Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and any of Stephen King’s short story collections are what really “showed me the way” as it were.

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

Jay Harez.: I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and loved it.

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

Jay Harez: Sure, it’s titled Wet Drive and it’s about a truck driver who smuggles along the Texas/Mexico border.

When you see an 18-wheeler on the highway do you ever wonder what’s inside? When Charlie – a desperate and out of work truck driver–agrees to smuggle something across the border and into Mexico he immediately regrets it.

His mysterious employers are determined to keep him in the dark about his cargo and Mexican drug cartels have decided to make him a target. However, if he lives through this it could be the most lucrative haul he’s ever had.

On the road Charlie learns that he is not prepared for the horror that travels with him as his cargo.

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

Jay Harez: Unfortunately, I write about some really low-life characters, and although they have their charms, I find most of them to be just horrible people.

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

Jay Harez: As the saying goes, ninety percent of fiction is true, so there are some characteristics and behavioral stuff that I can attest to being real.

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

Jay Harez: Yes, I would be glad to. The premise is that a group of miners in south Louisiana is conducting a survey of an abandoned mine. They become trapped and realize at some point they are not alone and are in mortal danger. I’m going to title it after I’m done writing it.

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

Jay Harez: Keep writing.

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

Jay Harez: Stage32 is an excellent way to contact me.

You can also find me on Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and my website.

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Nico Laeser – Author Interview

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

~~Author Interview~~
Author Nico LaeserToday’s author interview is with the talented Nico Laeser, author of Infinity: An Anonymous Biography and Skin Cage.

Please welcome Nico Laeser to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

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

If you’re looking for an enjoyable book written in a captivating, unique style that will keep you turning the pages, one-click Infinity: An Anonymous Biography on Amazon today.

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

Nico Laeser: I’m originally from the UK, but now reside in the Pacific Northwest. I am a writer of fiction, which seems to cross into many genres, but all with a common theme of transcendence.

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

Nico Laeser: As a writer, my favorite motivational phrases are these:

“The first draft of anything is shit.” ~Ernest Hemingway~

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ~Kurt Vonnegut~

As a person, I like the phrase “You are what you eat.” I’m a pineapple, both sweet and sour on the inside and spiky on the outside. I try to live by “What goes around comes around.”

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

Nico Laeser: When I’m not writing, I think about writing, read about writing, read other people’s writing, or paint (usually cover art for my writing). When I can pry myself away from art and literature, I write, play and record music, and spend time with my beautiful wife and children. I’m also a fan of archery.

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

Nico Laeser: My brain is so crammed full of stories I’ve read over the years, it’s impossible to single out any one book or author as a direct influence on my style. There are many authors I go back to and read again and again, not because our styles are similar, but because they are so different that I can’t tell how the trick is done, and it’s still magic. I love everything from Robert A. Heinlein and all the classic Science Fiction authors to Hemingway, Vonnegut, Palahniuk, Picoult, and almost anything that is well written. My tastes are varied and ever expanding. Too many books to read, and too little time.

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

Nico Laeser.: Lesley Hayes is an indie author I admire. Her work is incredible, psychologically intoxicating, and profound. I have been included in two anthologies this year. The first anthology, You’re Not Alone, was put together by another talented author, Ian D Moore, with all proceeds going to the McMillan Cancer foundation. The second anthology is titled Holes, which is free. There are many talented authors in both anthologies.

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

Nico Laeser: The last book published was Infinity: An Anonymous Biography.

A seven-year-old boy is hit by a car and momentarily separated from life. When his eyes reopen, he can no longer discern the boundaries between reality and delusion, or perhaps between this life and the next. After a childhood spent battling mental illness and nightmares that blend with waking life, he will spend the rest of his life within the periphery of society, displaced, discarded, addicted, and desperately searching for a place in this world, fighting against an intensifying downward-spiraling current.

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

Nico Laeser: My favorite characters are two of the peripheral characters: Panda and crazy Karl.

The Panda character is one I hold dear because the character really only exists in the memories of my main character, and to write about such a deep bond required me to summon up the same feelings for friends and family, some of whom are loved but lost.

Crazy Karl is a character who is mentioned only briefly as a hermit and sculptor who lives and works in a junkyard on the outskirts of town, but he is the main character in another story, Creature, that sits on a hard drive somewhere, still in raw outline form. If I ever get around to writing it, you’ll see why I love that character.

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

Nico Laeser: I think all fiction has a mix of both truth and lies. We tell lies to emphasize a greater truth and sprinkle enough small truths into a story to make our lies believable. I don’t think I would ever reveal which parts, or how much of what I write is based upon true events from my life or the lives of others. Readers will recognize shared truths and read the rest as pure fiction.

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

Nico Laeser: I am in the final stages of writing the first book in a series titled Harmonic. The series is not necessarily linear and will not be told from the same main character’s perspective from one book to the next, but all books are set in the same world and involve at least one character from the main, or peripheral, cast. I hope to release the first part before the end of the year, and I will send you an exclusive of the final cover and blurb before the release date.

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

Nico Laeser: Finish what you start, and don’t worry about how terrible it is. Remember, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Be more worried if you think your very first draft is perfect.

Each one of my novels undergoes a complete rewrite; not a single sentence makes it from one draft to another without improvement or alteration for structure, word choice, rhythm, and flow.
When your work is absolutely perfect, go through it again, and then give it to a professional editor, and learn from your editor’s comments. Never stop trying to improve on the last piece you wrote. Write a lot, read a lot, and never take advice from anyone whose name sounds like a Renaissance super-weapon.

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

Nico Laeser:

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Buy Infinity: An Anonymous Biography on Amazon

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