Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Spellbound Consortium Book Series

A Fantasy Romance Sure To Thrill!



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This series is an urban paranormal fantasy.
It delivers magic and mystery while tantalizing the romance lover!
Fraught with dangers and teeming with an array of characters which include trolls, demons, and fey, this steamy and sexy series will entrance you!

WARNING
This is not appropriate for those under the age of 18 years old!


Other Books:

Spellbound Tales Book 1

Across Our Stars Book 1

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Doug Lamoreux's In My Office!

My Interview with Doug Lamoreux!
Firstly, I want to thank you.  I appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule so I can interview you.  Doug, you know I just adore you and I’m certain my readers will too! 
1.     To begin, how would you describe yourself?
I am a romantic dreamer meaning, basically, that I'm a sad person who laughs a lot.
·        What sort of actor are you?
o I am an instinctive performer much like Spender Tracy, whose one piece of acting advice was "Learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture." I have been told by three separate directors that I can "change characters faster than any actor (they've) ever worked with." I played three characters in 20 minutes in a Wild West Stunt Show, and did a stage comedy (Leaving Iowa) in which I played 12 characters in the same show. I do voice work, accents, radio (including the Left Behind and Left Behind: TheKids shows), film and theater. I have directed quite a bit of theater (though I find directing too nerve wracking; particularly once the show has opened). I have no acting method; acting classes and theory bore the hell out of me.
·        What sort of writer are you?
o I can, and sometimes will, write anything. I was a newspaper sportswriter thirty years ago. I've written short fiction and non-fiction (I am somewhat of an expert on pre-1980's horror films). I've written, co-written, and ghosted a number of screenplays. But, by far, my favorite is long fiction; primarily horror and mystery. I've been fortunate to have five novels published by Creativia and publisher Miika Hannila, three solo horror novels, The Devil'sBed, Dracula's Demeter, and The Melting Dead, one Nod Blake mystery, CorpsesSay the Darndest Things, and an Amazon #1 bestselling thriller Apparition Lake co-written with my brother, outdoor writer and award-winning wildlife photographer, Daniel D. Lamoreux.
2.     Let’s talk about DRACULA’S DEMETER for a moment.  In your own words, can you tell us what this book is about?
It is the tale of Count Dracula's voyage to England hidden in the hold of a sailing ship. Bram Stoker gave the bare bones of this story in Chapter 7 of the classic novel Dracula, the unnamed captain of a Russian schooner takes on board 50 boxes of soil bound from Varna to Whitby. No one on board realizes that inside one of the boxes is the king of vampires. I took those few scant journal entries and created the crew and events aboard the ship, Demeter.
·        What inspired you to write this novel?
o It's an epic, romantic fantasy, with simmering horror beneath. I wrote in detail about the origins of the book for the great folks at Vamped.org. If anyone's interested, that article is here:   http://vamped.org/2014/01/29/old-vampire-sea/
·        Now, I know that DRACULA’S DEMETER is being made into a movie by ThunderBall Films.  How did that amazing opportunity come about?
o It is an amazing opportunity, no doubt. To the best of my understanding, Brian L. Porter (their script writer and a ThunderBall Films producer) read Dracula's Demeter, liked it, saw its epic film potential, and brought it to the attention of ThunderBall CEO-Producer-Founder, Mario Domina.
·        Are you involved with writing the script or will you be performing in the production?  Why or why not?
o I've signed to co-write the film with Brian. As is always the case with projects in development, a lot of elements are still up in the air. Brian is deep in production right now as writer/producer with a ThunderBalltelevision project based upon his series of Jack the Ripper books. It looks like it will be a great show! (And several great films after that.) And I'm very busy trying to finish my next novel.
o As it stands, Brian has written an opening scene for Dracula'sDemeter. Several talented actresses have been cast for prospective roles. I have written a number of sequences that I feel will be amazing when, and if, they make it into the script and onto the screen. But nothing has been finalized and we're certainly a long way from a shooting script.
o As to performing in Dracula's Demeter, there's been no discussion of that.
·        When can we look for the movie to be released?
o It is tentatively scheduled for production in 2017. Movie making is a wonderful business where anything can happen. We'll just have to see. I must say for Mario and Brian to even ask about bringing the book to the screen was thrilling.
  
3.     Tell us about your acting career… 
I know you have been a theater actor for over forty years now.  In addition to your stage performances, you have been involved with films
·        What sort of actor are you?
o Do you consider yourself a stage performer or a film actor?
Ø  Both, always.
o Are you a character actor, physical comedian, or don’t you have a particular style you prefer? 
By this, I mean, Johnny Depp is a character actor; he becomes each character, while Nicholas Cage is basically the same guy in each movie.  Both are great actors, but their styles are different.  Going a step further, though Johnny Depp is a character actor, just as Robin Williams was, Robin was also a physical comedian.  His comedy was full-bodied; he literally threw himself into whatever the joke demanded of him.
Ø  Any actor that's any good or has any staying power is a performer that can play whatever the situation calls for. It's necessary because, not only do the venues and mediums change, but so do audience tastes. I am, and always will be, a stage actor.
Ø  I've done broad comedy (stunt shows), stage comedy, thrillers, and musicals (playing Oscar Madison to Li'l Abner). I once played a singing banana.  
Ø  I enjoy television. There you can play more naturally, but the material is usually fairly broad. I love making films, but delicious film making opportunities are few and far between, particularly now that I'm middle aged. I get a lot of offers to play alcoholics wearing wife beaters and dropping the F-bomb every other word. (I turn them down.)
Ø  American films are made with young people for young people. In England, brilliant actors work well into their eighties with no slow down. Here, former stars sell aspirins and hearing aids if they want to "work".
·        How did you first get into acting?  Were you in theatre first or film?
o I got into stage acting in a serious way at the age of fourteen. Four family members, including my father, were killed in an arson house fire. The school drama teacher took me under his wing, became a second father to me. Dan Danielowski taught me everything there was to know about theater, acting, directing. Both Dan and Mark Jansen, a fellow class mate and director, lighting and art director, teach professionally today and run their own theaters. The friendships have lasted a lifetime. I had the great privilege of appearing in a show for Mark just last year. (The Sunshine Boys, I had the Walter Matthau role.)
·        Being an amateur actress myself, having worked in theatre, as well as, on television, I get the different demands of each performance style.  However, not everyone will know how these two disciplines compare.  Can you explain the different demands required for each?
o First, all require the ability to perform. Beyond that, theater requires a strong memory for lines with a lesser reliance on technique. You take the stage and live the performance from beginning to end. Film requires a precise memory for technique and far less reliance on lines. You must be exacting in your movements to hit marks (so you stay in frame and in focus) and key lights (so you look right for the camera.) But film is shot in individual set ups, usually lasting less than two minutes. You need only remember that much dialogue at a time. Theater requires a presence; the back row of a theater seating 400 deserves the same performance as the front row. In film, the camera will come and find the performance in you, if you let it. It's much more intimate, but difficult to put into words.
·        Do you prefer one discipline over the other and if so, why or why not?
o As a performer, I appreciate the intimacy of film acting. I love being on a film set. But it is a very personal thing. I have had friends and family on the set with me and all of them have been absolutely bored to tears. Film brings personal satisfaction. Satisfaction from a public reaction to film is always months and months down the road (if ever). If you need a crowd to like you, then stage acting is the thing.
o On stage, you do a bit, tell a joke, or take a fall and the audience responds immediately. Theater brings instant gratification. But your memory is the only record.
·        How did you move from acting to writing and which came first?
Obviously, I laid this interview out with the assumption that your acting career began prior to your writing career, but is that really true?
o I didn't really move from one to the other. I still do both. They’re two different professions with little in common other than they fulfill the need to get inside strangers, figure out what makes them tick, and present those strangers to others for entertainment purposes.
4.     Tell us about your amazing writing career…
You are an award-winning, Amazon best-selling author.  You have published titles individually, as well as, co-authored the book APPARITION LAKE with your brother, Dan Lamoreux.
·        What awards have you been nominated for and which have you won?
o I put awards and contest wins in the same category. In fact, winning a contest as a writer is better than winning an award because in a contest, you get something in the end. And that's what professional writing is all about (according to Stephen King). You write, they give you a check, you pay the light bill = success.
o My first success as a writer was a contest win and publication in an issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Today, it would be called flash fiction, but back in the 80's, it was just a short story. I got a check for twenty-five dollars! My flash fiction story, The Gardener, also netted a nifty win at 99fiction.net. When you're eating a sandwich bought with writing money it just tastes better. 
o With awards, you just get an award (and the bitter congratulations of fellow artists that did not win). For the remainder of your career you'll need to dust off both the award and the fellow artists. LOL! Besides, I'm usually the bridesmaid as far as awards go. I have been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award and a Pushcart Prize. My second solo novel, Dracula'sDemeter, was nominated for Best Vampire Fiction of 2012 by the Lord Ruthven Assembly. I contributed to two Rondo nominated non-fiction books on horror films, Horror 101 and Hidden Horrors. The latter won the Rondo for Book of the Year in 2014 (congrats, editor Aaron 'DR. AC' Christensen).
o A screenplay I co-wrote with a great British writer, Ian DavidNoakes (author of the thriller novel, Hourglass Heights) called, Dark Heart, was a Quarter-finalist in the American Screenwriting Competition. I was the first-ever winner of The Horror Society 'Igor Award' for fiction. And Apparition Lake just finished among the Top 10 nominees for the Predators & Editors poll for Best Horror Novel of 2014.
·        Do you prefer to write solo or with a co-author?  Why or why not and what are the differences?
o Truthfully, you end up writing solo whether you're collaborating or not. You discuss the project with your co-author, you make plot and character decisions with them, you argue about moments you feel passionate about, and you give and take constantly. But the writing you still do alone.
o The big difference: when I write solo, nobody sees the work until I'm ready to show it. Collaborating means you have to turn your raw work over to someone who will not only be critical, but has the power to change the words. Collaboration requires absolute trust, not just in the writing, but in the character and motivations of your co-author.
o Working with my brother Dan on Apparition Lake was a breeze, an absolute walk in the National Park, because I don't just trust him with my words, I trust him with my life. When we decided to bring that book back to life in a new edition from Creativia, we agreed on a goal, and met it. It helped that he is an extremely talented writer!
·        Did working with your brother make is easier or harder, in your opinion, to co-author a novel?  What challenges did you face and were they more or less manageable since you were related?  Will you be collaborating again in the future?
o As stated above, it was clearly easier. I didn't have to get to know him, I knew him already. I didn't have to wonder what he was thinking, he told me in no uncertain terms. The worst thing about collaborating with someone you don't know well is wondering what they are thinking, feeling the need to walk on egg shells, trying not to rub the other the wrong way. It is a BS way to write because writing is about exposing yourself! Dan is well aware of my strengths and weaknesses.
o We will be collaborating again. I'm certain the dark side of nature has more to show Glenn Merrill and Johnny Two Ravens and there will be a sequel or, if not a direct sequel, a companion adventure to Apparition Lake.
5.     What can we expect to see from you over the coming year?
Coming soon, a new horror novel, and after, a new Nod Blake mystery (with lots of murders, twists, and laughs), and later in the year the already mentioned follow-up to Apparition Lake.
·        What is your current WIP?
o A novel that I believe will really thrill my horror readers. It's called 'When The Tik Tik Sings'. It's based on an interview I did with a fellow from the Philippines over 30 years ago.
o He claimed to have witnessed an incident that, from his telling it, has brewed and haunted me ever since. And, finally, the time was right to develop that 'moment' of horror into a sequence of events in the lives of a group of characters that readers will absolutely be able to relate to.
o After all these years, it's coming to life on paper. I don't want to give any details. Just let me recommend, When The Tik Tik Sings, coming soon.
·        Will you be doing more films and if so, will they be based on any of your other novels?
o Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of me?

Thanks again, Doug!  I love chatting with you and I’m so pleased to have the chance to share you with my audience!  I pray you all the best, my friend! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

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Monday, February 9, 2015

My Author Interview - Catching up with Brian L. Porter

An Interview with Harry (Brian L) Porter, and his alter ego, Juan Pablo Jalisco!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for allowing me to interview you.  I appreciate your time and friendship!  It has been a while since I have done an interview, but when I decided I’d like to do another, you were at the top of my list!
1)   As an author, I know that you use several pen names in your writing career. 
o   Who all do you write under and why? 
o   I currently write under three names, Brian L Porter, Harry Porter, and Juan Pablo Jalisco.
o   How did you decide which names to use for your writing?
o   Both Brian L Porter and Harry Porter are family names, so they came easily. Juan Pablo Jalisco was born of a time I spent in Mexico, and most of my time was spent in the state of Jalisco, and I added the Juan Pablo because it just seemed to go well with the surname.
o   Was it a conscious choice to use various pen names or how did that come about?
o   When I first started novel writing, I used the name Brian L Porter, and there was no need to use any other name until I began writing children’s books too.
o   It was my publisher at that time who suggested it might be a good idea to use a different name for my books for younger readers, to differentiate between my rather more adult content of the novels and the content designed specifically for children and so I used another family name, that of Harry Porter, a name by which I’m known by a lot of people anyway.
o   Of course, that leaves Juan Pablo, and there’s a bit of a story behind that name. Would you like to hear it?
o   Yes please, do tell us about it.
o   Okay Julie, well, you see, I was going through a very bad time in my life some years ago and in order to ‘save my sanity’, as I saw it at the time, I kind of ‘ran away’ to Mexico. While I was there, I met a wonderful old man, whose name, believe it or not, was Jésus. We’d sit together in the shade of a large fountain looking the sea at Puerto Vallarta for a couple of hours each day and gradually, he taught me all about the history of his country and his people and culture, of which he was so proud.
o   I never found out how old he was, but he did tell me he had eight children, nearly forty grandchildren and a ‘large number’ of great grandchildren. He seemed to know everything there was to know about the history of his country and I found myself becoming ‘infected’ with his enthusiasm for the wonderful patina of history that he laid before me. I visited many of the historical sites he mentioned and really did fall in love with the place, so when I eventually decided to write my book of romantic poetry, Of Aztecs and Conquistadors, all based on my time in Mexico, I thought it would be a nice idea to use a name that actually felt ‘at home’ with the nature of the work. It must have worked, because Of Aztecs and Conquistadors has been a great success, being an Amazon bestseller in both the USA and the UK.
o   Many of the poems in the book refer to a long standing love affair between the writer and his true love, Maria Conchita Alonso. Let me tell you now, there is a lot of truth contained in those particular poems, though the name has been changed for obvious reasons.  Many more of the poems in the book refer to various places in Mexico and incidents in the country’s history, based on what I learned from my very good friend, Jésus.
o   As I have Portugese and Spanish ancestry on my Mother’s side, perhaps that explains how I find it very easy to slip into the Latin style of thinking and writing, and as Juan Pablo, I was fortunate to be voted the Preditors & Editors Poet of the Year in 2008. So, I hope that explains everything!
o   Who do you want your readers to know you as and why?
o   I’m happy with either Harry or Brian. I suppose if we’re talking about my thrillers, Brian is fitting, but for anything else, I’m Harry!
2)   You have had a successful writing year in 2014.  You have had multiple best-sellers as an author. 
o   How many books did you publish all together in 2014?
o Well. Let’s see. Creativia Publishing worked very hard in releasing a number of 2nd editions of my books in cases where they were out of contract with my previous publishers.
o As Brian L Porter, they released the thrillers, Purple Death, Behind Closed Doors, Glastonbury, The Nemesis Cell, Kiss of Life, and the short story collection, After Armageddon, as well as my book of remembrance poetry, Lest We Forget, and most recently, Avenue of the Dead.
o Under the Harry Porter name came my bestselling Alistair the Alligator, illustrated by the talented Sharon Lewis, and of course there was the bestseller, Of Aztecs and Conquistadors from Juan Pablo Jalisco.
o   Which books have reached Amazon’s #1 best-selling lists?
o Both Of Aztecs and Conquistadors and Alistair the Alligator were #1 Bestsellers at Amazon, with ‘Aztecs’ performing the feat on both sides of the Atlantic, not once, but twice, and additionally topped the bestseller list in its category in Canada in January 2015.
   
o It’s much harder, of course, to achieve a bestseller in the thriller category, which is the largest and most competitive of all at Amazon, so I’m very proud to say that all my thrillers made it into the Top Ten in their category at various times in the year. Purple Death and Behind Closed Doors came closest to the #1 spot, both reaching #3 in the crime thriller category.
o   Writing is a very personal art.  Though you connect with all of your pieces, putting a little bit of your soul in everything you touch, was there any particular title that meant something more to you?  Was there one title that you were most proud to have hit the best-seller’s list?
o Seeing both Alistair the Alligator and Of Aztecs and Conquistadors reach the coveted #1 ranking obviously made me immensely proud, but perhaps the greatest satisfaction came from the Top Ten performance of Behind Closed Doors.
o This is a Victorian murder mystery set at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders. It features the investigative talents of Inspector Albert Norris and for the first time, I based a leading character purely and simply on my own personality, so Norris is in fact a very real reflection of me, with a little bit of myself also thrown into his assistant, Sergeant Dylan Hillman so that between them, I hope they present a perfect foil for each other and a very strong and believable pair of characters.
o I thoroughly enjoyed writing Behind ClosedDoors, and as a dedicated dog rescuer, I also donate $1 from each paperback copy sold to my local dog rescue sanctuary.
3)   You are also a screen-writer for ThunderBall Films.  Can you tell us a little bit about that part of your career?
o   What name do you work under as a screen-writer and why?
o I use the Brian L Porter name as most of ThunderBall’s scripts are based on thriller or horror stories and Brian is the name under which I’m known in that particular genre.
o   I heard you received a promotion – congratulations!  Can you tell us about your advancement?
o When I first began writing screenplays for ThunderBall, I was very pleased to be appointed as Associate Producer on a number of the films they are working on. As time passed, I seemed to find myself becoming more and more involved in other areas of the business, particularly on the casting and production areas.
o Together, Mario Domina, CEO of ThunderBall and myself co-created a new TV doc-drama series, Jack the Ripper, Reality, Reality and Myth, currently in development, with a screenplay written solely by me.
o Before long, Mario informed me that, not only was he appointing me as ThunderBall’s in-house screenwriter, but I would henceforth, be appointed as Co-Producer on all the projects I worked on for ThunderBall.
o   What can we expect to see from your screen writing career in 2015?
o Well, the movie version of A Study in Red – The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper is well into development with casting almost complete, and more recently, myself and Mario Domina, CEO of ThunderBall Films co-created, a new Drama-documentary TV series, Jack The Ripper, Reality and Myth, which will present the whole Jack the Ripper case in a new format, examining the case from every angle and giving the viewers the chance to decide for themselves which parts of the Ripper folklore are real and which are the myths that have grown up around the murders over the years. The screenplay is by me, and Mario is the Executive Producer, with myself as Co-Producer.
o In addition, together with author Tony Lewis, we are working on a hilarious series of films based on his wonderful Skullenia series of comedy-horror novels.

 
  
o   How does your writing differ from author to screen-writer?
o They are both very different disciplines.
o When writing a book, the suitor has the freedom to ‘make it up as he goes along’; to change the story as he writes; to amend and if needs be, rewrite his original ideas.
o Screenwriting however, is far more disciplined in that, usually, you are working with someone else’s book, adapting it into a screenplay, and while the process of adaptation allows certain latitude for the screenwriter, it has to be remembered that an author will want to see the finished product mirroring his work as much as possible. We always try to stick closely to an author’s original storyline because, as I’m sure you know, so many films have been produced over the years which bear virtually no resemblance to the original book, and which, for the most part, prove to be hugely disappointing as a result.
o   Do you prefer one over the other?
o Not really, Julie. Each is so different that they both present different challenges, but both are great fun to work on, and it is also possible to work on both simultaneously without confusing the two.
4)   You are a loving person, I know since I am blessed to be counted among your friends!  Being your friend, I know that you are not only a dog lover, but you are actually very actively involved with rescuing dogs. Can you tell us more about that passion of yours?
o Thank you for the lovely compliment, Julie. Now we’re moving into a realm I could probably talk about all day, but I’d better not, as I’d hate to bore your readers to death!
o   Are there any organizations that you are involved in or help to support?
o   How did you get involved with them and how do you help?
o Sasha was rescued from the gutter by a dog warden when only about six weeks old, on a freezing January morning. We got her a week later and shortly afterwards; she broke her leg while playing with another of our dogs. After three months recovering in a crate, with her leg pinned and screwed, she got the all-clear, only to break it again two weeks late when she tried and failed to jump over a baby gate.  Another long operation took place, with her joint being re-pinned and a metal plate inserted, and more screws put in place, plus another three months in a crate, recovering slowly.
o She was so brave and uncomplaining, despite the intense pain she must have been going through. I spent most of that time sat next to her crate, taking her outside now and then to go to the toilet, etc. and never once did she foul her bedding or do anything in that crate. She later went on to develop a horrible skin allergy and is on medication for that. More seriously, poor Sasha developed serious epilepsy almost two years ago.
o She regularly has the most awful seizures, often in clusters of two or three, one after the other. It has taken the vet a long time to find a regime of medications that do at least help to prevent the seizures taking place too often, but it is not an exact science, so it is an ongoing task to try to keep her stable.
o We totally love all our rescued dogs, but I have to admit that Sasha is a little bit special, her tail always wagging and her happiness shining through despite her disabilities. Her best friend among our dogs is Sheba, who was a seriously abused dog when younger.
o She was used as a ‘bait dog’ in the training of fighting dogs, and when she was too weak and of no use to her owners, she was thrown on a rubbish tip and left to die. She was nothing more than a barely living skeleton, with no fur and with deep ligature marks round her neck, red sores all over her body and she’d been so starved, she’d resorted to twisting round and trying to eat her own tail, which was nothing more than a bloody mess when we first got her.
o She wasn’t expected to live long, and was given to us in the hope we’d give her some love and comfort in her last weeks of life. We wouldn’t give up on her though, and with love, care and patience and lots of help from our vet, Sheba, who we named after the fabled queen, because we thought she deserved a regal name, slowly recovered and eight years later, is still with us, a happy and healthy dog who loves everyone, but is very scared of other dogs, apart from our own, who she’s learned to accept as part of her own family.
o She is also very scared of loud noises and trembles and quivers like a jelly if she hears fireworks or I fact any loud banging noise. Because her skin was in such a state when we got her, rain water would sting her skin and to this day, she hates walking in the rain, even with her nice warm coat on.
o A wonderful thing about both Sasha and Sheba is that they are extremely empathetic towards my own disabilities and always seem to know when I’m unwell and both manage to make such a fuss of me, especially Sasha, who literally never leaves my side, and as I take care of her, so she, in her own way, does her best to take care of me, too..
o Of our other dogs, all have a story to tell, including Dexter, who was thrown from a moving car on a motorway, Muttley, abandoned as one of a litter of puppies outside the gates of a dog sanctuary, Dylan, who was beaten and whipped within a inch of his life before being left tied to a post not far from a sanctuary, and little Penny, who was left behind as a puppy near a railway line when a community of travelers moved away from the site, and was lucky not to be squashed by a passing train.
o   How can your readers help the cause?
o When my Victorian murder/mystery,Behind Closed Doors was released, I decided to donate $1 from each paperback copy sold to my local dog sanctuary, The Mayflower Sanctuary, as a small way of trying to help in the wonderful work they do.
Readers can help indirectly by purchasing the paperback version of Brian L. Porter’s book, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, or they can donate directly to the animal sanctuary of their choice!
5)   Can you tell us what you are currently working on now?
o First of all, I recently sent the final manuscript of a new book, Wolf, to Creativia Publishing. They are currently working on the illustrations for the book which will be released soon, designed as a book for teens and young adults, but eminently suitable for adults of all ages.
o The book tells the fictional story of Warren and Emma, who are faced with the possibility that a wolf may be stealing chickens from their home in the wilderness. As Warren begins a trek through a heavy snowfall, rifle in hand in search of the killer; little does he know, his mission to find a killer is about to change his life.
o The book also contains a section dedicated to the story of the wolf, it’s relationship to our domesticated pets, and the story of its struggle to survive as an endangered species, with many species of wolf already and all too sadly, extinct.
WOLF is now available for purchase!
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o At present, I’ve just begun a new novel, for which I’ve delved back to my family roots in the great port of Liverpool.
o Without giving too much away, A Mersey Killing, (like the play on words?), tells of the discovery of a skeleton during the restoration of an old disused warehouse and wharf beside the River Mersey during the 1990s. At first the police are unable to identify the remains, but slowly, with the help of modern forensics and a little luck in finding one small vital clue, they uncover a case that reaches over thirty years into the past, with connections to the famous Cavern Club in the city of Liverpool, where acts such as The Beatles once played, and where singer Cilla Black was discovered. As they begin to piece the case together, not only do they find themselves investigating an old and previously unknown murder, but when the past reaches out to intrude upon the present, the police begin a race against time to prevent further deaths.
o   Will we see more partnerships with you and your illustrator, Sharon Lewis under your children’s pen name, Harry Porter?
o You certainly will. I recently completed the text of a new children’s book, Percy the Pigeon and the wonderfully talented Sharon Lewis is currently working on the illustrations for the book, which should be released by Creativia Publishing this year.
I want to conclude by saying I think you are a wonderfully talented man, but more so, you are a truly admirable human being!  I not only love your work, but I love your dedication to making the world a better place for all that inhabit it!  Peace and Blessings, my friend!
And the same to you, Julie. Thank you so much for taking the time to highlight my work and my life.  I look forward to talking with you again soon.