Thursday, December 5, 2013

Interview with co-author of The Ending Series Lindsey Pogue

So a few months back I got the chance to read After The Ending.  Let me just say the book was awesome!! Even more awesome, I was able to read the sequel, Into The Fire, AND I got an interview out of it too!

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Do you feel where you live influences how or what you write? 

LP: I was born and raised in the Napa Valley and have recently bought a home here. I can’t say that where I live has influenced my writing as much as my traveling around the world has. I’m more aware of other cultures and situations, and as a result I’ve come to really appreciate the opportunities I have living in the US. It’s provided an extra nudge to pursue my dream of being a writer.

What sort of expectations did you have when being published was on the horizon?
LP: Although I had high hopes that people would love the story we had to tell, I tried to have realistic expectations and prepare myself for the “worst”. Either way, I promised myself that I would be proud of myself for actually publishing one of my stories, which again, is a dream I’ve had my entire life.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

LP: Hmmmm. I think common courtesy is my biggest pet peeve. I like to think of myself as courteous—I call if I’m going to be late or apologize when I accidentally run into someone—but a lot of people don’t do that, and it REALLY upsets me.

You co-wrote Into The Fire. How exactly did you work that out? Do you write together or take turns? How do you go about planning how the story will progress? How do you decide which way to take a book if you both have different opinions on which direction the book should go? 

LP: As we’ve moved through the series, the process has changed. When we initially started, we were able to write After The Ending separately because our characters and story lines didn’t integrate much. We would write and edit everything together, essentially. However, now all of that’s changed and we’re working together more closely. While that’s difficult in some ways (prolonging the writing process), it’s also beneficial to keeping the flow and staying true to our characters and story line as we bring them all together.

Is one of you the voice of of Zoe and one the voice of Dani, or do you voice them equally?

LP: I write for Zoe and the characters associated with her story line. When some of my characters are in Dani chapters, LF writes them and I’ll make changes/suggestions if needed. LF does the same with my chapters. I personally really enjoyed writing her character, Ky, in Into The Fire J Maybe it’s because he’s a lot like Harper who didn’t get to be as fun-loving and flirtatious in this book, but I look forward to “working” with Ky in the future J

Are you planning on writing more books together? (Besides any that are part of The Ending series?)

LP: We’ve discussed doing a spin off series in the future, but we’ve made no commitment to it. We’ve definitely thrown around ideas and plan to leave a few things open (nothing major) that would allow us to write another series should we choose to do so.

You're both named Lindsey, does that ever get confusing at book events?

LP: People get confused all the time, but I think it’s also unique and helps us stand out a bit for the rest of the writing world more than “hurt” us, if that makes any sense. It’s actually really funny because we have A LOT in common so the fact that we’re both “Lindsey” is the icing on the cake.     

Is there a genre you prefer to write? What about to read?

LP: I love to read romance (historical and contemporary). Everything I write, no matter which genre, will always have a romantic thread. One day, I would love to be able to write a series like Philippa Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, but I have no plans to take on such a large project, at least not in the near future.

Care to give us a peek at your latest writing projects? Either books written together or separately or both.

LP: I’m currently working on a historical romance/adventure story that takes place in both England and the Bermuda Islands. It’s sort of like Swiss Family Robinson meets a more scandalous Jane Austen novel. It probably won’t be out until late 2014. I don’t have a confirmed title for it yet.

Just because I can. It's Christmas and you've survived the epidemic, what's on your wish list?

LP: For entertainment, I’d like either Man of Steel or Thor on DVD  because, let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for hunks. For writing, I’m in desperate need of an ergonomic, wireless keyboard. I’m hoping Santa has me on the “Nice” list J

Where else you can find them:

If you haven't started this series yet, be sure to pick up a copy of After the Ending, which is on sale for a limited time for only .99 cents. Definitely a great Christmas prezzie! Click here to get your copy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Kindle Fire HD Raffle for Charity

“I'm very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.” – from Completely Flappable

Don’t you just hate it when you have a thousand little thoughts rattling around your brain, good for nothing but keeping you up at night? Ideas, worries, mental reminders for the next day? My voices can get pretty insistent, and mostly this is a nuisance, but sometimes it’s okay, when there’s a story idea or two among the ramblings. And rarely, very rarely, I get what I think is a really good idea, but one that I don't know what to do with.

For instance, a while ago it occurred to me that it’s probably not governments or big corporations that wield the world’s greatest financial power. I think it’s us. All the little people together. Then I started wondering what could happen if we all decided to set 1 month of our incomes aside towards fixing this place up a bit. How many of the world’s problems could we actually solve permanently? Half of them, maybe? All of them? That's a pretty cool picture.

But I’m a pretty dim light when it comes to implementing even small ideas, never mind the big ones. So I’m not sure how to get that ball rolling (heck, I'm not even sure where we keep the balls). But I can certainly start with myself. That’s easy enough (I’ve been in close contact with myself for years; I didn't have much trouble convincing myself.)

So, this December, all proceeds of all my novels will go to Child Helpline International. The CHI is pretty cool because they support toll-free child helplines worldwide and they help highlight gaps in child protection systems. They do all this on donations (click the image below for more information.)

But what does all this have to do with you? Well, I'm raffling off some prizes and giving out some freebees to boost the donation (expenses out of my own pocket, not the donation :P )

So what's in it for you, besides that warm, fuzzy feeling you'll get knowing the Xmas presents you’re buying include an automatic donation? Well, how about I give you the new edition to the award winning No Hope for Gomez saga completely free?
And how about a Kindle Fire HD raffle ticket with every purchase while we’re at it?
Simply forward your receipt emails to to participate.

And now, on to the pitch. This is the bit where I try to convince you, using only my words, that my novels don’t suck (or at least, not too much.) That they won’t only tickle your brain, but they’ll actually make your life better, if only marginally. That they are, in fact, worthy donation material. Here goes (fingers crossed)...

Paper: $6.08
(uk paper, kindle)

No Hope for Gomez!

Winner of the Forewords Book of the Year Awards, featured on Kirkus Best Indie List 2011, IBA and USA Book News Award nominee.
It's the age-old tale:

  Boy meets girl.
  Boy stalks girl.
  Girl already has a stalker.
  Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly.
"Extremely witty writing containing keen insights into human nature." --California Chronicle
"Challenges the way we think about, and interact with, the world around us." --Kirkus Discoveries
"The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius."--Reader's Favorite

Unspent Time

Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*
(*These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence)
Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time. Time that was allotted but never spent. In this realm we find the stories that could have been true. Such as the story of the designer of the color scheme used inside your shoe, or the story of Goki Feng Ho: the Chinese art of decoding the secret meaning of car license plates.

Paper: $6.08
ePub : $2.99
(uk paper, kindle)
“Captivating. Each story fired up my imagination.” – Alan H. Jordan, author.
"Delightfully mad. Graham's vibrant characters shine from the first page." --Tahlia Newland, author.

Free with this event

Completely Flappable

“He’s completely flappable!”
“Don’t you mean he’s unflappable?”
“Not really. He can very easily be flapped.”
Gomez has never been on a date. In his 27 years on the planet he’s never been able to quite close the deal. For some reason, circumstances always conspire to make his meet-ups with women less than official dates. But now a blond German girl with freckles has moved into his building and he decides it’s time to get his act together.

If you've read this far, you're already my hero ;)
I hope you like my idea enough to join me in this fun adventure. Let's see how much we can raise this Xmas ;)

Kind regards,

Graham Parke