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1) Hi Nandini Deka, and thanks for being with us to talk about your life as author and professional musician. Can you please tell us more about you?
Hi. I’m basicially very creative person so all forms of artistic expressions attracts me a lot. And I consider music or writing as the ultimate forms of artistic creativity. Music and books have been my lifelong partners for as long as I can remember.

I’ve also been tremendously fond of the creative part of both these arts very deeply. Hence I started creating my own work. So far, I have already released a music album (and am currently also working on few other projects) as well as have released couple of books/novellas in Amazon Kindle.

My purpose is to let the creative juices flow….

2) Several of your fictional books seems to be about relationships. How much of them is fiction, and how much real-life experience?
My main genre of writing is “social issues” ( though I’ve written other genres too ). Some of my stories dealings with relationships have been inspired by what goes on around me and not necessarily my own experience…but by observing what goes on in other people’s lives, the happy or sad moments that they go through. I’ve dealt with issues like marital problems, divorces, traumatic relationsips etc in my books so though these stories are fictional their ‘base’ is collected from reality.

3) What motivates you to write?
I love writing, and that’s the biggest motivation for me to write. I love expressing myself and what better way to express myself to the world than by writing? I have lots of stories or ideas playing in my mind all the time, so I have to write to release them all. Also there are additional perks like name and recognition, who can resist that?

4) Some of your spiritual books are described as (auto)biographical. Can you share some of your spiritual experiences with us?
I have studied and researched a lot on this subject be it spiritual or the paranormal stuff. There are certain experiences/incidents which my family or myself have gone through which I’ve documented in my books.

There are many unexplainable things happening in this world/universe around us that men have no clue about, yet these exist. So its my journey into the unknown…. and my attempts to understand it.

5) What do you think about Kindle publishing, and how do you get to spread the voice about your work there?
Amazon has given a tremendous opportunity to all us writers to offer our work to the public in a quick hassle free manner. Publishing in Kindle is most easy and if your manuscript is ready you can publish it and make it go live within a few hours. It is much easier than traditional publishing. In Amazon Kindle publishing we ourselves are the authors, the publishers and control everything be it the cover art or the price.
I use the social networking sites like facebook, twitter etc to market and promote my books.

6) How does it feel to be writing for Kindle readers from India? Do you feel the geographical distance makes a difference, even online?
Only difference is Amazon keeps a bigger pie in the form of Tax that they deduct for non-US authors. Other than that I’ve learnt a lot as my books has got exposure not just in India but all over US, UK and other European countries. Its a thrilling experience.

Thanks for being with us! You can find Nandini Deka’s books on http://www.amazon.com/Nandini-Deka/e/B005TQWPGC

Her blog is: http://NandiniSpeaks.blogspot.com

Short Biography: S.L. Wallace is a teacher who has a passion for writing. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves spending time with her author husband, Jay Merin, and young daughter. She also enjoys getting together with friends for a game of volleyball, dinner and a movie, or a D&D or Serenity role playing session.

Why Price of a Bounty is unique: It’s told from a few different viewpoints which allows the reader to have a better grasp of the world in which the characters live.

1) S.L, thanks for being with us today to talk about your novel “Price of a Bounty.” Will you please tell us more about you?
It’s great to be here! Let’s see, I’m a Montessori teacher as well as an author. I’m a pretty independent spirit and always have been – I guess that’s why I’m so comfortable with the Montessori philosophy of education. Even though I’m very much aware of serious issues in our society, I like to find the humor in life. It’s important to laugh at least a little every day. I don’t like to draw much attention to myself which is why advertising has been the most difficult part of this journey for me. Oh, and I have a thing for caffeine.

2) Is any of your background with Montessori education reflected in your fiction?
I think every author of fiction puts little pieces of themselves into their stories, and yes, my background in Montessori certainly does shine through. The Montessori philosophy teaches students to make independent choices while also encouraging cooperation. Although independence and cooperation may seem like opposite ideas, they are actually highly compatible. That definitely comes through in my trilogy. The characters are all unique individuals who have different opinions about how to solve certain political issues in their society. Montessori schools are also unique in that they have a built-in peace component, and in my books, all of the main characters are trying to close the Divide and work toward a peaceful resolution.

3) What motivated you to write this book?
A dream motivated me to begin writing this story and certain political events encouraged me to keep at it. My dream was about a young woman named Keira who had been hired to retrieve some money that had been stolen from a wealthy and powerful woman. It continued on from there, but even in my dream, Keira realized she had been double crossed. When I woke up, I couldn’t get the dream out of my mind, nor did I want to. I realized it would make an interesting story so I began writing down everything I could remember. Then I began to build a back story for my main characters. Only after I really felt like I knew who my characters were, did I begin writing the first novel. I intended it to be a short story, but then our governor attacked the public workers in our state, including the teachers, and I got sucked into that drama for real. After writing a letter to the editor, I was even publicly attacked on a local radio show. I didn’t like that at all! How did I fight back? I kept writing. I believe that science fiction can be a way for people to think about current events without feeling attacked or getting defensive because in a novel, it’s not real, right?

Price of a Bounty is the first book in the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, so I’m not actually finished writing this story. The first book is mostly about individual choices and about what can happen to people when classes in a society are split. Some people will do whatever it takes to survive while others are forced into unhealthy or unsafe situations and feel trapped. Those who have plenty are often afraid of losing what they do have, making them just as dangerous as the ones who feel backed into a corner. The sequel, Canvas Skies, delves further into political intrigue and the final book in the trilogy, Heart of Humanity, will focus on the repercussions of some of the events from the first two books.

4) Who is Keira Maddock?
Keira, the heroine of the first book, is a young woman who yearns for a better future yet doesn’t really believe it’s possible. She is a product of her experiences. Early on, she meets Guy Bensen, the hero of this series.

5) Does the role of the Elite in your book reflect any current event?
The Elite don’t, the Divide does. As public workers lose ground and highly educated middle class workers continue to lose their jobs, I see a divide growing in our nation today, but as Guy pointed out, “Keira, people are just people, no matter what their career or social standing may be.” Even though political events helped shape my novels, I still believe the people who disagree with me politically believe they are doing what’s best for our nation. In that way, I’m like Guy.

6) What do you think about Kindle publishing, and how do you get to spread the voice about your work there?
I absolutely LOVE KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). It allows me to publish my books on my own terms. I decide upon the cover art, I can mix genres if I choose to, I set the price. In short, I keep all the rights to my books. That’s important to me. I also like the support Amazon provides. The representatives at Amazon and other writers on the forums have been extremely helpful and kind. I spread the word on FaceBook, on Google+, through GoodReads, by participating in giveaways, on my blog Crossroads Of Humanity, and through book signings. I also have set out a couple of free books at local coffee shops encouraging people to read the book and pass it on.

Thanks for being with us! You can find S. L. Wallace’s Kindle book on http://www.amazon.com/Price-Bounty-Reliance-Citizens-ebook/dp/B005H93BBE/

Dear Lisa, thanks for being with us today to talk about your “Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Finance for Couples”. Can you please tell us more about you?
I’m a writer/wife/mother/dog doorman living in Anchorage Alaska. Our children are both in college now, which give me a little more time for writing, both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve been an avid reader all my life, and I decided I’d like to try to give to others some of the joy and wisdom that books have given to me over the years.

What motivated you to write this book?
I’ve read so many financial books that seem to try to frighten people into learning about money, especially the ones aimed at women. Their attitude is “What if he dies or you get divorced and you’re left all alone to cope with money?” I want people to know that planning and learning about money together can be fun as well as profitable.

What are your top tips about finance for couples?
The most important is to share your dreams. When you are focused on the future and what can be accomplished, you are a team working toward the same objectives. The book shows you exactly how to get from dreams to goals to plans. But it starts with your dreams for your life together.

Another important tip is to be kind. Remember, this is the person you value more than anyone else in the world. His or her opinions are important. One person may want to retire to a mountain cabin while the other dreams of a downtown loft. You’ll need to talk about it, figure out what drives the dreams, and work out a compromise. Also occasionally someone is bound to slip up on the plan, and the other partner needs to be flexible and forgiving.

The book covers all the details about everything from making a budget to IRAs to investing for college, but sharing and kindness are the basics. After all money is just a tool, a means to an end. A caring attitude is the way to live your lives.

What makes your book different from the others?
This book covers the basics in an easy-to-understand way. It gives you the information you’ll need to save and invest, but first it helps you focus on exactly why you want to save and invest. The plan is just a way of making sure that your money is focused on the areas that are most important to you as a couple.

What do you think about Kindle publishing, and how do you get to spread the voice about your work there?
Kindle is a wonderful opportunity for writers like me. Those of us who have experience or just a story to share can get it directly to the readers without going through months and years of mailing out manuscripts and waiting for publishers. Kindle has been fabulous for me as a reader too, with a wealth of books available for very reasonable prices – another great financial tip.

Thanks for being with us! You can find Lisa’s Kindle book on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004M8S85K

Shaina, an Amazon Kindle indie author, talks to us about her new book, “Crowded (Deep River High)”.

“I’m 24 and attend college. I have OCD and Asperger’s, sometimes I get vertigo. Had it really bad today actually. I”m better though.

I went to youth group and I believe baptism is required for salvation but don’t like to push it on others. My church is church of Christ, but we have musical instruments and I loved Christian rock since I was a teen. Although I didn’t realize baptism was required for salvation back then but I thought I was a Christian and went to youth group. I think ear to shoulder length hair is short on a guy and short enough for a guy and think it’s okay for it to be a little longer so I put that in there. It’s not really so much the actual length of hair that matters to God anyway, especially for a guy.

I wrote this book because I love teens and young adults and want to bring them to or closer to God. I try to be culturally relevant, though my books tend to go to extremes.

Cole is very socially awkward and has flaws but really wants to live for God. He really is only mean when provoked and I love Josh dearly, but Josh Summers knows how to get under a person’s skin. Cole is very honorable in that he has a job and doesn’t expect Emily to pay for their meals when they go out. Men are supposed to be the protecters and providers, and Cole fits that perfectly. Cole isn’t obsessed with his looks and he isn’t popular in school. A lot of people hate him, but start to care more about him when they realize how mean Josh is to him. Josh is only like this because he’s tormented inside and wants Emily. Both boys are remorseful when they do something wrong but they fight each other like crazy.

There are a alot of Coles as far as family situation and being bullied goes. I don’t think most teens go around sexting though. Cole is probably nicer than most people, except for when he prints out a Facebook page that is just hateful towards Josh Summers and emails it to Emily in order to win her back and her parents’ trust back. Not everyone’s that mean.

I think Kindle publishing is good and I go on the Voice of the Author Forums on there and use twitter and Facebook”.

Thanks for being with us! You can find Shaina Cilimberg’s Kindle book on http://www.amazon.com/Crowded-Deep-River-High-ebook/dp/B005HB1J7A/