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Author Interview Forever There For You


Before I start this interview, I want to say something. When I read through the responses (I always do this) Chioma Nnani gave to my questions, I was shocked. Usually when you ask someone about their writing career, you get a standard response, but Chioma’s story is very different. I can’t believe how bad the justice system is in Nigeria, and what tragedy this author went through in life, and then to rise above all that, that is truly inspiring. But I’ll leave the word to Chioma Nnani now – my questions are in italics, the author’s responses in regular font.

Have you been writing for a long time?

Yes, I’ve been writing since I was maybe eight years old. Growing up, one of my favourite books was “Naughty Amelia Jane” by Enid Blyton. And I remember trying to write what I thought would be the perfect continuation. The titular character, Amelia Jane, was a truly mean doll that derived pleasure from torturing the other toys, with whom it/she lived in the nursery. And I figured that it would be really nice if she could have a character transplant of sorts, but I didn’t get past the first chapter because there was literally nowhere to go. She was nice and kept her promises to stop being mischievous. She was just blergh! So, there was no conflict, resolution or real interaction between her and the other toys (laughing)



What inspired you to start a writing career?

Oh, wow! Writing is something I’ve done from childhood; it wasn’t like I was trying to try out a career path for the future. To be honest, at the time, I never even considered that writing was a possible career … I grew up in an era and a culture where you were strongly advised to consider Medicine, Law or Engineering. In fact, there was nothing else to aspire to. A career in Performing Arts, Broadcasting, Media, Music … it just wasn’t … parents at the time, thought that anyone who did those, was just a waster. People had to send friends or older people to beg their parents to allow them get into those careers; it was as bad as saying, “Hey, I want to be a drug dealer” or something like that, to your parents.


I studied Law, because I genuinely believed that was what I wanted to do with my life. My father was killed when I was 16; I was coming home from a hair salon, where I’d gone to do my hair in preparation for a wedding we had to attend the following day. Two men followed me home (I didn’t know they were following me). One of them shot my father (I’m not sure how many times because I went into shock and lost the ability to count after the third shot), the other stabbed and cut him in the stomach with a dagger at least thrice, and they left a bullet in my mother’s leg. It was a very surreal situation … it was obvious that they weren’t robbers, because they didn’t take any piece of property. They didn’t even go into the house. My father left a Will, which was a really strange thing at the time for an African man to do. My father’s relations were horrid (they still are). They tried to forcefully take my father’s property; they were rotten to my mother; they went around and told everyone that my mother killed my father … it was a very interesting time and my father’s lawyer wasn’t very effective. My mother had to report him to one of the most feared judges (Justice Elizabeth Membere) at the time, in the state where we lived, who brought the lawyer back in line. I had literally just left high school and I started to wonder what life would have been like if my father didn’t leave a Will. In Nigeria, when a man dies, it is believed that his wife ‘must have killed him’, even if he dies in an accident or after a protracted illness. And the poor widow is subjected to all kinds of craziness and some rituals, in order to ‘prove’ that she didn’t kill her husband. But when a woman dies, even if it’s as a result of obvious domestic violence, nobody says anything. They ‘leave it to god’. It’s absolutely insane. My mother is educated and had access to a decent judge, who was a bit of a feminist. Stuff was tough financially and in other ways, but it could have been a lot worse. And it is a lot worse for women who aren’t educated, don’t have money or connections, or whose minds are so taken over by grief that they are unable to even think. I wanted to do something to help them; in my head, being a lawyer was the way to go.


I eventually went to England to study for an LLB. I did a mini-pupillage at a Family Law chambers when I was in my first year at the University of Kent (in Canterbury), and that turned me off becoming a barrister. Some of the cases were really harrowing; there was this divorced couple that had been fighting since 1983! I did that placement in 2006 … I didn’t understand that level of hatred and bitterness. I decided I was going to become a solicitor instead, focus on Corporate Law and do some volunteering in the area of family-related stuff. I am a very passionate advocate against domestic violence, so I figured I’d be OK with that. I woke up on the morning of a final paper (I had only two exams to write in my final year), with the realisation that I didn’t want to become a lawyer; Corporate, Family, whatever. I already had a place in Law School in the city of Oxford, where I’d attended Abacus College … and I’d been looking forward to returning to the city for the Law School year. This was also the time when the recession really hit England, so it was a real nightmare for everyone. I couldn’t have yakked my way into a law job, if I tried; law firms were either downsizing or shutting down completely. It wasn’t funny at all …


I have always felt like I had an idea of what I wanted to do, even if it didn’t always work out the way I projected – so, this was new territory for me. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life; I knew what I didn’t want to do, but that wasn’t really any consolation.


I was working wherever I could, while I got myself together. There was this person (whom I will call Martha) that I met, through a classmate, in the summer after I completed my first year. Martha figured out I could write and struck up a friendship with me. Then, she went to the New York Film Academy to study Producing and Directing, and I didn’t hear from her again till she was at the end of her course there. I was in my final year, by this time. When I met Martha, I’d been writing what has now turned into my début novel. So, when Martha contacted me in my final year, she asked how the writing was going and if she could see the manuscript. I can’t believe how naive I was; I emailed it to her. Long story short, Martha returned to Nigeria from New York, to become the Tyler Perry of the Nigerian entertainment industry … with my material. By this time, I had shared more material – television pilot script, movie script, stage production scripts – with Martha, who attempted to pass them off as her work and produce them without telling me. But she kept running into serious financial difficulties. Martha had even attended one school with the daughter of the late President Y’aradua of Nigeria, struck up a pseudo-friendship with the girl, hoping to get some money from there … even went as far as pretending to be a good bridesmaid when the said daughter of the former president was getting married. But nothing happened.


So, she contacted me to sorta confess what she had been trying to do. Then, she demanded that I sign over the rights of all my work to her. For nothing. She called me names, said my family was nothing and we had nobody to fight for us. I called up a friend I went to primary school with, who was really furious when he heard that I was getting abuse from someone who was already trying to shaft me. I don’t know what he did, but I received an undertaking from her, promising not to use any of my material because she had deleted them from her system. My boss, at the time (cos I had told her what was happening, as I would get really shaky whenever I got a nasty email from Martha) said, “I know you studied Law, but if someone was willing and able to fake a five-year friendship with you, so that they could run off to another continent with your material, maybe that’s a sign that your writing is more important than you’ve assumed.” The thing was that I had tried, while I was in university, to get published … and I must have got a thousand rejection emails and letters from publishers and literary agents.


But I decided to try again. So, I contacted two of my friends – Carmen Rose and Keely Zara Augustus – who used to run a company called “Formidable Fusion”. They would put on open evenings for some of the creatives on their books … but they weren’t sure what to do with me, because they tended to have the musically inclined on their roll. So, it was instrumentalists, singers, singer-songwriters … but they’d never had a writer before. So, I was like, “You know how people go on Xfactor and are stunned to realise that they can’t sing, because their friends and family have been lying to them? I need to be sure that I’m not like that.” They put on this event, in which they gave me a slot and I had two pieces of my work read out.


The reaction I received from the audience at the rehearsed reading, where only five people knew me personally, was encouraging enough for me to try again. I found my publisher, Word2Print, maybe two weeks later. 18 months and seven re-writes later, Forever There For You was released!



Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

You know, I keep getting asked that. “Forever There For You” is a stand-alone piece of fiction. I feel like that story has been told; it’s done and dusted. It doesn’t need a re-visitation, although I would consider doing so for the screen … so, if the right combination happened, that’s something I would be happy to explore. But as a book, it’s done. However, I can reveal that I am working on a series aimed at teenagers and the first trilogy is due out in the summer! And I will be releasing a collection of short (fiction) stories at some point in the first quarter of 2017.



Why did you choose this genre?

It wasn’t so much the genre as the story … and even then, I think the story chose me to tell it. “Forever There For You” is a cocktail of love, friendship, sisterhood, religion, cultural clashes and domestic violence. I am passionate about issues of domestic violence against women, so this was a very organic thing.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Do you! Read, write, read some more, write some more. Be open to help – whether it’s extra classes, tutoring, mentoring, marketing advice, editing help. Write the book that you want to read!

About the Book

ftfy-front-coverTitle: Forever There For You

Author: Chioma Nnani

Genre: Romance

When NADINE is confronted with the reality of her failing marriage, her first instinct is to work it out. She has had it drummed into her that marriage is ‘for better, for worse’. Walking out is just not an option – her faith would condemn her and her culture would make her a pariah.

The combination of Nadine’s background, education, social standing, friendships, faith, experiences and past relationships is meant to equip her to become a success. Failure is alien to her and love means forgiving at all cost.

As she tries to survive and make the most of the curves that life has thrown her, she discovers that ’success’ is a subjective term, and ‘happily ever after’ is something that you have to discover and define for yourself …

Author Bio

ftfy-author-picChioma Nnani is an award-winning author, who also contributes to business, lifestyle and literary publications. One of Africa’s most fearless storytellers, she is a 2016 CREATIVE AFRICAN Awards finalist in the category of “Best Fiction Writer”, and a DIVAS OF COLOUR 2016 finalist. Chioma has also been nominated twice for a UK BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award in the “Best Author” category. A talented ghost-writer who is known for “being able to get into your head and under your skin, before writing down exactly how you’re feeling”, Chioma has been named “One of 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016” by London-based C.Hub Magazine.

She holds a Law (LLB) from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law (De Montfort University, Leicester). She is the founder of THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD (a premium storytelling outfit based in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where she lives), typically contributes to lifestyle and literary publications, and runs the “Memo From A Fearless Storyteller” blogazine at www.fearlessstoryteller.com for which she won the 2016 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award.



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Author Interview Murder at Midnight


Have you been writing for a long time?

I have been writing since childhood. Writing is cathartic and exhilarating.  I have always kept a personal journal.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

The books I grew up reading influenced my writing.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

It was initially written as a stand-alone but there will probably be a sequel.  I would like to bring back some of the characters in another book sometime in the future. They are like old friends of mine.

Why did you choose this genre?

My favourite books to read are detective thrillers, murder mysteries and horror stories. However, my next projects could be in a completely different genre.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep learning about the craft. Keep writing!

About the Book

murder-at-midnight_front-coverTitle: Murder at Midnight

Author: John Ukah

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.

The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …

Author Bio

murder-at-midnight_author-picJohn Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).


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Author Interview Abduction


Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school but never seriously pursued it. When I got older, the urge to write kind of took a back burner as starting my career and family took over. I kind of fell back into it accidentally and realized how much I missed it. Now, I feel off if I go a week without writing something.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

As a child, I dreamed of being a published author but never thought I was any good at it. So I let it disappear from my life. Then one day I was being my normal weird self and wrote a ridiculous short story for someone on an internet forum, (I believe it involved stripping with penguins as back up dancers? Like I said, weird.) All of a sudden I had an amazing group of women demanding that I write them a real story. Half way through writing Abduction I had amassed quite a few followers. A few hundred people all saying the same thing couldn’t all be wrong, right? They, along with my husband and my best friend, were my inspiration to stop standing in my own way.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?  

This book can definitely be a stand-alone but I am currently writing another book that involves Stefan, who is a secondary character. Audrey and Liam, the main characters from Abduction, will be making a few cameos in it.

Why did you choose this genre? Accidentally on purpose. I know that’s a strange answer but when I originally started writing it, I had every intention of it being a supernatural short story. That isn’t exactly how it turned out, as you can see. I kept extending and writing in stuff that changed my plot line too much to stick with the original genre and plot.         By the time I was finished, Abduction looked nothing like what I originally envisioned.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I think the best advice I can give to anyone even non-writers would be that people, in general, have a really bad habit of standing in our own way when it comes to reaching goals and dreams because we doubt ourselves and our own potential. Don’t let worries of being inadequate stop you from being who you want to be. Fight for your own dreams because you’re the only one who can and because you deserve it.

About the Book

Abduction CoverTitle: Abduction

Author: Nicole Hatfield

Genre: Romance / Suspense

Audrey Green’s life was going nowhere fast. She didn’t think things could get any worse until a stranger at a door proved her wrong.

Mistaken for another woman, Audrey is abducted and thrown into a situation she thought possible only in the movies.

Upon discovering the identity of her gorgeous yet arrogant captor, Audrey is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: Fight for her freedom… or stay and be rewarded.

A simple choice with a huge reward.
Easy decision, right?
Or will her choice and her captor’s secret ultimately lead to more danger than she could ever be prepared for?

Author Bio

Nicole Hatfield is a wife and a mother of 3 amazing children. Realizing her life long dream of being a published writer, she started writing chapter by chapter on an internet forum and soon Abduction was born,

You can find her at Facebook.com/nkhbooks and Twitter: @Author_Nicole_H


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Author Interview Chaos Rising


Have you been writing for a long time?

I began world building and writing this series in 1993, but I have been very disciplined about writing more over the past 4 years.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

My brother-in-law and I both loved to read fantasy and we would talk about our favorite books. One day he told me he was going to write a book and I said, “That’s a great idea…I want to write one too.” That was in 1993.

Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?

This is book 2 of the Lemurian Chronicles. Book 1 was released last year and is called Children of the Blessing. It is currently available free as a digital book from most online book sellers.

Why did you choose this genre?

I read Lord of the Rings when I was 14 years old and it fired my imagination. I then read the Shanarah series and the Blegariad and was hooked. I occasionally read other genre’s, but I am a fantasy nerd at heart.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes, take the time to do the “pre-writing” work and do it well. Often I think people get an idea for a story and have a general outline and then they begin writing. Doing it that way can lead to writers block. If you first take the time to write an in depth character profile for each character, and you take time to really build the world (back-story’s, political details, cultural details, etc…) then you will find that the story almost “write’s itself”.

About the Book

Chaos Rising CoverTitle: Chaos Rising

Author: Perry Morris

Genre: Fantasy

The Lemurian Chronicles by Perry Morris is an epic fantasy that began in 2015 with the publication of Children of the Blessing.  Readers all over the world have been enthralled with the gripping tale of Renn and Avaris—two boys who were marked by the gods to become powerful magic users.  Chaos Rising, the eagerly anticipated second book of the Lemurian Chronicles, continues the exciting epic story.

Avaris travels into the heart of the Cragg Caves—the home of horrifying beasts, warlocks and demons—to rescue his sister and best friend from slave labor in the mines deep underground.  But getting out of the caves alive is only the beginning of his troubles as he is hunted by an army of evil magic users and blood thirsty beasts who have been given the assignment to kill him before he learns to fully use his powers.

Renn (Demaris) is studying at the castle on Elder Island under the watchful eye and protection of the lore masters.  But a traitor is in their midst who is being blackmailed by Shamael Daro, the new Grand Warlock, to carry out a single task—eliminate Renn.

Shamael’s power has increased significantly since taking on the mantle of Grand Warlock and he discovers the dark secret of how the most powerful Grand Warlock of all time, Nefarian Drakkas, nearly took total control of Lemuria more than two thousand years ago.  He uses this secret to create a group of soulless, magic using spies and killers to do his bidding.  His plan is simple; create chaos across the land so the dark forces of the Aven lore can destroy those who follow the gods of light once and for all.

Author Bio

Headshot C 1200pxPerry was born and raised in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. He is very happily married and has seven wonderful children and one grand-daughter. Perry works for a large, publically traded, international company in Provo, Utah, where he manages supplier management, procurement and packaging engineering functions.  His first exposure to the great world of fantasy literature was, of course, J.R.R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, when he was fourteen. After that, he read the books of Patricia McKillap, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Stephen R. Donaldson, etc…Currently his favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. He loves the unique and interesting magic systems Brandon creates, the memorable characters and interesting stories.

Perry is an author every day for an hour during lunch. He actually began writing the Lemurian Chronicles in 1993, and after more than two decades of rewrites, editing, re-editing, etc… finally decided to “take the plunge” and publish his epic fantasy. Don’t worry; each additional installment will be released no more than eighteen months to two years apart.

Thanks for you interest in Perry and his works.


Author website:  www.perrymorris.net


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Author Interview The X-Cure


Have you been writing for a long time?  

Yes, I have been writing for a number of years. My first non-fiction book, Unlocking the Healing Code, was published in 2007. Before that, most of my writing was for my work as a college science instructor, such as curriculum, course materials and so on. I also wrote an electronic text in 2008 and self-published a study guide in 2013 before writing my first novel, The X-Cure in 2014-15. 


Can you tell a little bit about your career? 

Sure, I’ve had a very interesting career. It started with running away from home to join an ice show (a long, long time ago). I was a champion skater and ended touring with them for three years and then coaching in the U.S. and Australia after that. I then became interested in electronics and after completing some college coursework, I worked for a defense contractor building and designing digital circuits (yawn). After that I became interested in alternative medicine and went to chiropractic college. I ran a successful practice for a while and then transitioned into teaching college. I now teach anatomy and physiology full-time. It’s been a wonderful journey full of a variety of experiences. 


What inspired you to start a writing career?  

I love writing. I especially love getting into my head and becoming absorbed in a project, then emerging with something I think is great. Right now, like many writers, I can just write part-time since I have a day job (which I also love). I am fortunate however to have some nice blocks of time to write such as the summer months. 


Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?  

The X-Cure is a standalone book as is my next book Alan2 (a cyber-thriller). My next book for which I am using the working title, The Healers, may end up as a series. I’ll see how it turns out. 


Why did you choose this genre? 

I chose science fiction because it’s what I understand. My science background provides for a lot of material and experiences to draw on. I don’t write space fantasies or hard science fiction however. My stories are set in a reality much like what we experience every day, except with a twist here and there.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Sure, my main advice would be to keep writing, no matter what. Sometimes a story you think might be dead can come alive again after a break. I would also say to not sweat the grammar and try to make everything perfect as you write. I would recommend just getting your story down and then going over it several (sometimes many) times to shape it.

About the Book

xcurefinalcover-600Title: The X-Cure

Author: Bruce Forciea

Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.

Author Bio

authorpic1-cropped-600Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and has written several books on healing and biology which include Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology. The X-Cure is his debut fiction work. Dr. Forciea teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing college science courses, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos, ebooks, custom labs and websites. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits for a defense contractor, treating thousands of patients while running successful chiropractic and wellness clinics and now teaching life science and wellness. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.


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Author Website: http://www.drbruceforciea.com/

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/DrBruceForciea

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorbruceforciea/

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Author Interview Traveling Left of Center


Have you been writing for a long time?

More than half a century! I started writing short stories when I was eight and now I’m… well, never mind how old I am but it’s been a long time! But I didn’t start submitting fiction until more than 20-odd years ago—rather erratically, actually—and had my first piece published in 1996. But I never thought much about getting published. That wasn’t my goal. My goal was, and to some extent still is, just to write.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I have to differentiate between the two types of writing I do to answer this question. Fiction isn’t so much a career for me as a passion, although I am more focused now on getting published than I had been before Traveling Left of Center was released.

But I also write professionally. I started writing for magazines and newspapers back in 1987, and went full-time in 1996. Now I do more copywriting for clients than I do magazine articles. That’s my income—chosen because I am terrible at retail and prefer to be in charge, even if the only person I boss around is me!

What is your favorite story in this collection, if you have any?

It would have to be “Annabelle.” It took decades to get it finished—a lot of starts and stops. But each time I worked on it, it was as if she was telling me a little more about her life. It’s hard for me to believe she isn’t a real person. Second place would be a tie between “The Shop on the Square” and “Skating on Thin Ice.”

What story was the most challenging to write?

“Waiting for Sara” was an emotionally difficult story for me as was “Alice in Wonderland.” The most fun? “Traveling Left of Center” —what I like to call my southern slut story!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Focus first on the work—doing the best you can, getting good feedback from those who will be honest, then editing and revising and polishing it until it glitters. Honor the work and respect the craft. Don’t be in such a hurry to see your name on the book that you give it less than your absolute best. Then, once you’re ready to submit it, recognize that the writing business is a business. Learn all you can about it. Your story is a widget among a million other widgets out there for sale. You need to do all you can to attract the widget-buying market to yours!


About the Book

Christie--Traveling Left of Center-printTitle: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories

Author: Nancy Christie

Genre: Literary Fiction / Short Story Collection

There are some people who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, they allow fate to dictate the path they take—often with disastrous results.

TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES details characters in life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. Their methods of coping range from the passive (“The Healer”) and the aggressive (“The Clock”) to the humorous (“Traveling Left of Center”) and hopeful (“Skating on Thin Ice”).

The eighteen stories in TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES depict those types of situations, from the close calls to the disastrous. Not all the stories have happy endings—like life, sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.

In these stories, the characters’ choices—or non-choices—are their own. But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired.

Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash?

About Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie-2Nancy Christie is the author of the fiction collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and two short story e-books, Annabelle and Alice in Wonderland (all published by Pixel Hall Press).

Her stories have been accepted by print and online publications such as St. Anthony Messenger, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Talking River, Wild Violet, EWR: Short Stories, Hypertext, Full of Crow, Fiction365, Red Fez, and The Chaffin Journal.

She is also the author of The Gifts of Change (Atria/Beyond Words), an inspirational book that encourages readers to take a closer look at how they deal with the inevitability of change and ways in which they can use change to gain a new perspective, re-evaluate their goals and reconsider their options. Since its publication in 2004, The Gifts of Change has been released in three foreign editions.

Currently Christie is working on several book projects, including a second collection, a novel and a book for writers. The founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day, and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Short Fiction Writers Guild (SFWG), Christie hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH.

Website: www.nancychristie.com


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Author Interview Mercy Row Retribution


Today I’m interviewing Harry Hallman, author of historical crime fiction “Mercy Row Retribution”. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Have you been writing for a long time?

I started writing fiction several years ago when I was 68. It was something I wanted to do for decades, but family and work took up all my time. I do love the creative process.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I love stories whether they are told to me, written, recorded, televised or made into movies. I would hope that if I was born 5000 years ago I would have been one of those wandering story tellers. Maybe I was.

Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?

Mercy Row Retribution is the third book in my series Mercy Row. The three books span a time period from 1920 to 1975 and tell the story of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family. The Byrnes family will do anything to protect their family and friends.

Why did you choose this genre?

I like action stories so I wanted to be sure my stories have plenty of mayhem and chaos. Also I grew up in the area of Philadelphia I write about and have met plenty of people who were on the wrong side of the law. It made sense to me to write about crime in Philadelphia.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read, Read, Read. Listen to stories, what they on TV and in the movies. Immerse yourself story telling. Then as Niki says Just Do It. Write and keep writing. Don’t wait like I did. Start when you are young so you can amass a body of work. While you are at it be sure you have a solid career because it is very hard to make money writing fiction. If you are in it for the money, you are in it for the wrong reason.

About the Book

mrrfrontcoverfinal copyTitle: Mercy Row Retribution

Author: Harry Hallman

Genre: Historical Crime Fiction

While serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War, Gerry Amota, the grandson of Jacob Byrne, the head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family, seizes an opportunity to create a lucrative marijuana smuggling operation. It’s 1967 and under the secrecy of a classified military operation and with the assistance of a French Marseille Mob, who owns plantations in Cambodia, he is able to send tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana a month to Philadelphia. His grandfather’s criminal enterprise distributes the drug to a population who has developed and insatiable appetite for the marijuana.

A rival French from Paris gang tries to force Amato to buy their product and this triggers war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob.  From the steamy jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, to the streets of Saigon, Paris and Philadelphia the ruthless actions of the Paris mob threatens to destroy the Byrne family. Gerry Amato orchestrates merciless campaign of retribution against his foes in order to save himself and his family.

In part two of Mercy Row Retribution, the third book in the Byrne family saga, it is April 1975 and South Vietnam is about to fall to the North Vietnamese communist. Gerry Amato fears that the communists will take revenge on the population and especially children, many of whom are Amerasian, at an orphanage he supported and volunteered at during his time as a Pilot. He orchestrates a rescue mission to retrieve the children and bring them to the United States. This takes him and his team into harm’s way in Thailand, across Cambodia and into worn torn Vietnam and back. The fate of 75 children and 30 adults rest squarely on Gerry’s shoulders.

Bonus Section
Mercy Row Retribution includes a bonus section of short true stories of the author and his friends’ experiences growing up in North Philly in the 1940s and 50s. This is a true reflection of what life was like for kids from working class families growing up on the streets Philadelphia.

Author Bio

harryhallmanHallman was born in 1944 and raised in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. Hallman’s father was Harry Hallman, Sr., a champion pool player who also owned a poolroom called Circle Billiards, located at Allegheny Avenue and Lee Street in Philadelphia. The younger Hallman spent many hours after school at his father’s poolroom and watching his father play in other poolrooms in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The people he met, some belonging to the real K&A Gang, influenced his writing of the Mercy Row series.

After a year of being an apprentice plumber he served four years in the U.S. Air Force, including two tours in South Vietnam as a photographer. His first tour was at Ton Son Nhat Airbase where he processed film shot by U2 Aircraft over North Vietnam and China.  He returned to the same place for his second tour, but processed film shot by U.S. fighter recon aircraft. He is married to Duoc Hallman, whom he met in Vietnam, and has two children, Bill and Nancy, and one grandchild, Ava.

Hallman is a serial entrepreneur who has created several marketing services and digital media companies and continues to work as a marketing consultant.

Email Hallman at harry@mercyrow.com. Keep informed at http://www.mercyrow.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mercyrownovel.




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