Interview For Writers of Cleveland Now Live!

Hi everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. I was recently interviewed by Dana McSwain for Series One of Writers of Cleveland. I am so grateful for this opportunity. If you’d like to check out the interview, please click here! Dana truly did a wonderful job.

I first had the pleasure of meeting Dana McSwain at Loganberry Books. I purchased her book, Roseneath, which I have begun to read and thoroughly enjoy. If you’re reading this, Dana, I apologize for not finishing the book yet. As you may know, I started my first official job and have been pretty busy with that. Dana is so kind and generous. She’s unbelievably supportive and understands how hard writers work to achieve their goals. I’m really happy that I got a chance to meet her in person and collaborate with her on our most recent interview.

I hope you’re all doing well. While I do have a story idea in mind, I’m not very far with it. I’m also still contemplating putting together a book of poetry, but for now, I’m not writing anything major. I just haven’t had much time lately and yes, maybe I’ve been a bit lazy where writing is concerned. I really need to work on that!

For more interviews with yours truly, please feel free to visit this link. Thank you!

Cut Me In – A Book Review

After reading three Hard Case Crime novels (all by Stephen King, mind you), and enjoying them for the most part, I found myself interested in reading another. Now, I’m not naive – I realized that one of the reasons the three Hard Case Crime novels I’d read were so good was because they were penned by an amazing author and the King of Horror, at that. Still, I also liked the length of the Hard Case books – not too long and not too short. I liked the convenience of them, the covers, and of course, the good stories. So, what did I do? I went on Hard Case Crime’s website in search of another novel that I might be interested in reading.

After searching through the lists of the published books Hard Case Crime had to offer, I discovered ‘Cut Me In’ by Ed McBain. After reading a small portion of the book online and a little about the author (I’ll admit, reading a book from an author I’ve never read has not gone well for me in the past), I decided to take a chance and buy ‘Cut Me In’. Let me tell you, I’m glad I took the chance.

While different from most books I read, in that it’s an old-fashioned crime novel, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Cut Me In’. The book was fast-paced, had great characters, and kept me on the edge of the seat. While the main character was anything but perfect and had many qualities that I felt less than admirable, I still found myself liking him most of the time.

Another thing I really enjoyed was Ed McBain’s writing style and ability to craft a good crime novel. While a few things struck me as typical and slightly annoying, I for the most part really liked the book. From the first day I started reading it (which was the first day I bought it, within five minutes of buying it), I was hooked.

I definitely recommend ‘Cut Me In’ for lovers of crime fiction or for those who just want to read a good book. I also recommend Hard Case Crime novels. I look forward to possibly reading more from Ed Mc Bain and definitely look forward to reading more Hard Case Crime novels!

Later – A Book Review

Upon hearing that Stephen King was coming out with another book, and another Hard Case Crime one at that, I was excited to read it. I quickly fell in love with the way the book was written and immediately began to have opinions about the characters.

While Stephen King is a favorite among many readers (and understandably so), there actually haven’t been a ton of books that I’ve completed by him. While I’ve tried reading many, I honestly often get bored or find that he adds a bit too much detail in his literature. However, Later is fast-paced, contains exceptional writing, and has a plot, that while not completely original, is done in a fresh and exciting way.

Something else I really liked about this book was Stephen King’s ability to create solid characters. He makes the characters seem so real that you find yourself feeling either a deep respect for them or a deep hatred. There are definitely characters you root for and ones you want to see destroyed.

While I’m not one that usually finds books ‘scary’ per say, Later is definitely creepy. The concept of the story is wonderful, thought-provoking, and truly mesmerizing. If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you are going to want to pick this up and give it a read.

While the main plot of Later may have been done before, Stephen King naturally throws in some extra sparks. Even when you think all has been revealed, King swoops in and adds a dash of surprise, making you gasp, “No way!”.

If you’re looking for a great book that’s the perfect length, yet not too rushed, Stephen King’s Later is the perfect choice. It’s emotional, jaw-dropping, and full of supernatural elements. I give it 5/5 stars!

Pushing Ourselves

As many of you may already know, I have written a total of five books and one short story sold by itself. While none of these pieces of work have exactly been easy to write, some of them have been easier than others. When the writing process is easier and things seem to be flowing smoothly, hardly any real motivation to write seems necessary. To be honest, there have been times when pushing myself doesn’t even feel like an issue.

Other times, things tend to be a bit more difficult. For example, there were moments when writing my novel Crimson Vows where I felt stuck. I had to really push myself to think of where to go and what to write next.

I’m going to be honest with you here. This novel I’m working on now is extremely difficult for me. It takes a lot of thinking; a lot of planning. Sometimes it’s hard to light a fire under my feet. You know what though? I can’t bear to think of abandoning the story. I’ve considered that maybe lack of motivation is due to me not liking what I’m working on, but have concluded that’s not the case.

This is when it’s especially essential to push ourselves. We have to make the decision to sit down and write. Not sure where to go with your story? Take some time to think about it. Write down some ideas. Keep putting off writing? Get yourself in front of an iPad, phone, or computer and get to it! Can’t find the time between work and other chores? Make a schedule and try to stick to it.

I know writing isn’t always easy. However, if it’s where your passion lies, then you have to fight for it. You can’t give up on it!

At some point today, I will be getting some writing done. Remember, you don’t have to write a lot, just make sure that you don’t let your work fade away.

House Of Correction – A Book Review

4/5 stars

I received Nicci French’s House of Correction as an ARC. I was not asked to write, or paid for, this review.

House of Correction is the first book I read by Nicci French. It’s always a bit of a risk diving into a piece of work by a newly discovered author (or in this case, authors), but I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. House of Correction was a good novel with several great attributes.

Not only did House of Correction contain interesting characters and an intriguing plot, but I found it educational as well. By reading the novel, I learned quite a bit about the British legal system, something I knew very little about previously.

Something I especially liked about House of Correction was how it seemed to be more realistic than some other crime shows, novels, etc. While not someone who usually watches shows like CSI, etc., with the shows I havewatched and books I’ve read, I do sometimes notice some things that bother me a bit. For example, the way that, when questioned, suspects are expected to remember everything they did on a specific day. The person in question always seems to have an impeccable memory. I loved how Tabitha (the main character) struggles to remember the day of the incident in question. I deeply respect Nicci French for being real in their writing; for creating realistic situations and characters.

If I had to suggest one thing one thing to the authors, I would have liked to see a bit more action. I know that the book wasn’t meant to be an exciting page turner at all times, but I do think the book lagged at times in the beginning. However, all in all, the book was very well-written, interesting, and enjoyable. I highly recommend the novel to anyone wanting to read a good book about someone fighting for the truth and for their freedom. 

Teespring Stores

Hey everybody! Happy September (I know, I’m a day late)! In addition to wishing you a happy month, I wanted to share with you the links to my two Teespring stores at B.W.’s Inspirational Highway and B.W.’s Literary Closet. On these websites, I sell clothing and accessories that are both inspirational and bookish. Also, please remember that all my books can be purchased here on Amazon.com. Thank you!

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https://teespring.com/stores/bws-inspirational-highway

Digital Fortress – A Book Review

4.5/5

Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress is a fantastic read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not only is the book action packed, but it has a great plot with wonderful characters. I fell in love with the characters of Susan Fletcher and David Becker and loved reading about their struggles and victories.

If I had to change one thing about the novel, it would be Dan Brown’s way of going into a bit much when it comes to computer jargon and how everything works in the NSA etc. While I found certain things interesting and enjoyed some of the background info, I admit that some of it went right over my head. I feel that unless you’re an expert in some of the things Brown discusses, some of the factual information he provides interrupts the flow of the story.

I can honestly say that this book was one of my favorites that I’ve read this year. It’s full of action, twists and turns, big surprises, and great characters. You find yourself rooting for the good guys, hoping the bad guys fail, and praying for a happy ending.