Character Interview Number Thirty – Rajveer


another great interview with the vampire… ahem, with Rajveer! Go check this out!

Originally posted on Library of Erana:

Tell Us About Yourself
Name (s) Rajveer of the Guhilas of Mewar

Age 27… forever.
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My body died when I was twenty-seven. I don’t know what to call myself now. I look exactly like I did then – if a little paler. A kshatriya (warrior) of Chittor turned into a rakshasa (demon) by a foreign bloodsucker… I had to leave Chittorgarh at some point, so they didn’t notice I’m not ageing anymore.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Tall, handsome and honey-eyed warrior.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? The kshatriyadharma enjoins the Rajput male to die the good death on the field of battle and to maintain his personal honor and masculine integrity in all situations. The Rajput women have their own codes, the most exacting demand of which is to join her…

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Writer Wednesday

unnamedAnd the Ink Slinkers Anthology is out everywhere! Check it’s free everywhere as well… Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, i-Tunes, Smashwords and even Feltrinelli, in case you’re an expat living in Italy! ;) Make Amazon price-match to 0 if they haven’t already! ;)

My story in the anthology is about Kaylyn, Rajveer’s sister-in-darkness, whose novel will come out next year. Hope you all checked Rajveer’s interview on Amaranthine and stay tuned for more. Currently writing about Daya and Chandaka, secondary characters of Rajveer’s story…

sixmonths_resizeI have finished coloring SKYBAND 15, so it’s up to lettering and then publishing… In the meantime I re-published as collection some B.G. Hope stories. Six Months and Other Love Stories gather all the contemporary romances I’ve written so far. New cover by the talented Marta Baroni.

Writerly links: promoting a pre-order. I might try that Book Launch page for Rajveer… although we’re getting probably too close to the release date. But I can try one and then next year I’ll already know what to do as soon as the pre-order goes live! :) I do have a post on the publisher’s page with all the pre-order links, but…

Mark Coker on Oyster, Flipkart and… Amazon, of course. The elephant in the room. By the way, today I tried the button on Draft2Digital that automatically updates the “also by” section to all titles… I’m not dropping Smashwords completely, but that’s a wonderful thing! :)

I know, I know, I have too many books out… ;) Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

unnamedAnd it’s a guest! From the Ink Slingers Halloween Anthology but he was also in last year’s anthology! When I read “Travelers”, I thought I wanted to know more about the guy, but look, almost a year went by and… he did it again! His “Tigress Lizzy” gave me the right chills at the right times… so go grab your copy right now! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Rami Ungar!

Where do you live and write from?

I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, though for the past two and a half months I’ve been living and working as an intern with the US Army in Wiesbaden, Germany. As to where I write, anyplace I can plug in my laptop and let my creative juices flow, whether that be at home, in a café, a library, or even in the office when there’s nothing going on (rare moments, I tell you).

Why do you write?

I think I started writing because I loved Harry Potter and I wanted to write something just as awesome, if not more. After a while it became something I really loved doing. It still is something I love to do, but with my brain now trained to come up with as many ideas as possible—and I have several a week, so you can imagine how they pile up after a while—it acts as a sort of exorcism, getting these tales out of my head and onto paper. I just wish I had more time do these exorcisms, but that’s life!

57a04-strange2bportalsWhen did you start writing?

Somewhere between age five and eight, I think. I remember seeing Harry Potter—or maybe I read it, I can’t remember which came first—but I was entranced by Harry and Hogwarts and magic. And it all came from a single book! There was the real magic, and I wanted to be able to do the same thing. The result was that I started writing. First it was my own versions of Harry Potter, then it was my own original works. Around age ten I decided that writing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, though every now and then I entertained being a mad scientist.

What genre(s) do you write?

I mostly write horror stories, though I do science fiction and thrillers as well. Stephen King’s really the one responsible for that: I read IT and wanted to write stories to rival his more than I wanted to write stories that rival JK Rowling’s. I’m definitely not there yet, but I like to think I’m on the way.

What does your writing routine consist of?

I don’t really have a writing routine. My life’s too crazy for one, so whenever I have the time, I plug in some tunes and try to get out as much as possible. Depending on a number of factors, it can be a little or a lot. Just as long as I get something out, all’s well with me.

5a3e9db116168bd2d61f13037216dc667ed9a2b1What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?

I like to think I’ve got a good grasp of dialogue, thanks to lots of practice and plenty of critiques from readers and fellow writers. I also like to think I’m good at putting a scary or creepy spin on any subject or situation, which can lead to all sorts of ideas. Though that latter skill makes me wonder about my sanity sometimes…

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

I think authors get inspiration from everywhere, and I’m no exception. From stories I read, from conversations I have or sights I see (I get a lot of that last one here in Germany). Occasionally I do put myself in my stories, or at least shades of myself, characters with bits of me in them. I guess part of me wants a more exciting life than I already have, or I just like having a giggle because I’m the only one who knows that that character is based on me. Who knows?

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Definitely an outliner, I like to have a plan or a direction to go in, though occasionally I write by the seat of my pants just to see where I end up. As for fast or slow, it depends on what you consider fast or slow. A short story can take a month, while a novel can take six to eight months, depending on circumstances. And those are the just the first drafts!

e5401a30f49ac8500a1bedd1f41315a54f9b7007Tell us about your latest book

Snake was published last year in June. It’s a thriller with horror overtones, about a serial killer hunting members of a powerful mafia family in order to save the woman he loves. It’s pretty dark and violent stuff, but I had an absolute ball writing it. There was a lot of influence from slasher films and the suspense novels I was deep into when I wrote it. If anyone loves that sort of stuff, they might like Snake.

Amazon and Smashwords.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I’m an indie writer. I tried the traditional route, but I found not a lot of publishers and agencies were taking on new clients. Impatient, eager to see myself in print, and hearing about friends of mine finding success in self-publishing, I decided to try it out. The results that I ended up liking having full control and creative freedom. It’s lead to so many opportunities for me, and I’m glad I did it.

478f1e69890369ad9d44b500fcae9b85f2d765a5Any other projects in the pipeline?

Oh have I! I’m at varying stages of the editing process for three different novels, and I’m putting together a new collection of short stories. I’m also producing an audio book for one of my novels, provided I can find a narrator for it. No idea when I’ll get them all out, but I hope to have that answer soon.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

Boy, that’s changed over the years! At first I wanted to be a millionaire novelist by age twenty, then I wanted to be a bestseller with an adaptation or two by the time I was thirty. These days I just would like to get to the point where I can write full-time and pay all my bills with that. Maybe in a few books I’ll be able to achieve that. Just got to keep writing, publishing, and marketing. With enough book sales and reviews, who knows what could happen in the future?

20150827_175542What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Always try something new. You never know when a story may come from or where you might find something you’ll love. My dad taught me that when I was a kid, and I’ve never regretted listening to him…most of the time, anyway.


Rami Ungar’s blog

Where else can you find Rami?
Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Interview with Rajveer


an interview with Rajveer… learn more about him at Amaranthine! :)

Originally posted on Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor:

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Today we have Rajveer from Rajveer the Vampire by Barbara G. Tarn.

Katelina: Welcome Rajveer! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Rajveer: I’m Rajveer of the Guhilas of Mewar, a kshatryia (warrior) of the mighty Chittorgarh, capital of the kingdom at the time of my birth. I’m tall and handsome, with honey-colored eyes and I had the most beautiful wife one could wish for… I was twenty-seven when my physical body died and I became…

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Random Friday

Movie Friday! Lots of foreign directors either just starting or working with Hollywood! :D Did I mention how much I love subtitled world movies? ;)

Starting off with a movie that came to my attention through the Google Alert on Muse K – apparently this is her first movie and now she’s working in Hollywood. After a black and white movie in farsi. What intrigued me was the idea of a vampire with a skateboard and a chador.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut and it’s impressing. Hadn’t seen b&w movies since 1984 – F.F.Coppola’s Rumble Fish! ;) And there’s a vampire with retractile fangs like my Indian vampires. And there’s a love story. And there’s a great soundtrack – I loved all the music and songs. And I can tell she’s a fan of Ann Rice – the scene where the vampire mirrors Arash’s father’s movements was a dejà vu of Louis meeting Santiago in Paris! ;)

I watched the extras – deleted scenes and interviews – as well. I probably would have kept most of the deleted scenes (she cut out most of the story of one character that now makes very little sense as is) and I can tell the young lady likes to throw the f-bomb when she speaks! ;) I do say the Italian equivalent when I’m angry, but not in normal conversation…

After so much of b&w, a deluge of colors in Mirror, Mirror. Lots of very kitch costumes and weird settings (and a fake forest) for this retelling of Snow White. Some things were really funny, others… not so much. I guess I’ll have to do my own retelling of that fairy tale at some point. The final dance number? Very… Slumdog Millionnaire (except in this case it’s an Indian director in a western movie, not a British director in a supposedly Indian movie)! :)

And a good old flashback to the 1990s! I’ve followed Mira Nair from Salaam Bombay to Khamasutra, a tale of love – I think I saw the latter in cinemas, dubbed, but I’m not sure. I had the dubbed VHS of Mississipi Masala, so it was the first time I saw it in its original form (with Spanish subtitles – the DVD was a Spanish edition) and I absolutely loved it as much as the first time I saw it. Sarita and Denzel are marvelous and the story made me cry again.

Last but not least, Bollymovie of the week – an old one (well, 11 years old): Lakshya. What can I say… Zoya is better! ;) It’s just me not liking war movies, I guess – no matter the country. So I’ll leave you with the “before the army” song. Have a great weekend! ;)

Writer Wednesday

And the Inkslingers’ Halloween Anthology is out! I didn’t have time to go through all the stories yet – backlog from last week’s lack of internet connection – but surely they’re great. Stay tuned for more authors from the anthology visiting this blog!

And one of them had me over his blog. Go check this interview with yours truly courtesy of writer Rami Ungar! Since I’m starting a vampire series (albeit historical), I guess I’ll be writing more scary stuff from now on! :)

blogAnd tomorrow it’s the blogoversary! 6 years! Wow! What an old blog I have – so many have died in the meantime! :D I don’t know what to do to celebrate the event, since giveaways didn’t really work until now. So, just sayin’. Here’s to another six years of blogging.

I’m currently coloring SKYBAND 15 – somewhere halfway through it. I’m waiting for a couple of betas for redrafting a couple of stories and am toying with a contemporary title (that would have been published with the discarded pen name), but I’m not too happy with it.

Project block? Yes. So I’m keeping the title and writing something else. Going back to “old” characters and trying to put on paper this period of my life. I’ll leave that other idea for some other time. Stay tuned for “Changes” sometimes before the end of the year (it will be published with Choices and other non-love stories by the discarded pen name).

The workshop assignment was nailed even though I did it in two days for lack of internet access. Obviously the pressure was good! ;) It’s a good opening of a story, but I have no idea of when I’ll write it, since I’m not really in the mood for contemporary stories (see abandoned project above, LOL)!

Some writerly links. Ebooks are not declining – unless you’re traditionally published, that is! ;) Maybe you suck by Joe Konrath – he must be sick of whining authors, since it’s the second post that reminds you that this is not a gold rush and it’s a lottery that involves some luck.

I’m in it for the long run, so I’m not giving up. Even though I do feel overwhelmed sometimes, I won’t stop writing and probably won’t stop publishing either.

Craft stuff: 12 Fundamentals of Writing “The Other” (And The Self). I have “made up stuff” with other cultures and other eras, and tried to find readers from that culture (kind of harder to find someone from past eras) to check I got it right…

Some movie “reviews” coming on Friday and then another guest… Have a great week!

Happiness is…


Sunday Surprise

unnamedAnd it’s a guest! From the upcoming Ink Slingers Halloween Anthology (I go the Smashwords link yesterday and no time to start reading it, so stay tuned for more), ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Russ Towne!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Campbell, California, USA. It is near San Jose and San Francisco. I write from wherever I might be at the time the seed of an idea is given to me and begins to grow.

Why pg27do you write?

There are actually several reasons I write. I write because I must. I’ve learned story ideas are precious gifts and to gratefully document and share them. I believe it would be selfish of me to horde or ignore them. Sometimes when I’ve tried the latter it was as though a great and growing pressure built inside me to the point where I could no longer think or function until I let the ideas out and shared them with others. So, I write to function and survive.
I write to provide a greater balance my life. I’m a wealth manager at a firm I founded in 2003. I spend much of my days using the logic portion of my brain. Writing helps me to maintain greater balance by allowing me to use the creative portion of my brain.
I write because to do otherwise would be to ignore the whispers of my heart. I’ve found ignoring my heart is always a bad idea.
I write to remind myself and readers of the greatness and goodness within ourselves and others.

51Td18sEtuL._AA160_When did you start writing?

I was over fifty years old and had convinced myself that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. Then, about four or five years ago a friend named Denis Loiseau invited me to co-write a song with him. We had so much fun working together that we collaborated on several songs that were picked up by music industry executives from Nashville and Hollywood, and an invitation to go to Nashville to meet some music executives. Although we are receiving royalties for some of our songs, we are far from having made it to the Big Leagues of songwriters, but it has been a fantastic adventure and a whole lot of fun. Songwriting led to writing poetry, which led to writing children’s stories, and fiction and non-fiction stories, which led to writing three anthologies of my own stories, and compiling three anthologies featuring the work of forty or fifty other writers. It has been an exciting four or five years.

51-GufbUMHL._AA160_What genre(s) do you write?

Children’s stories, non-fiction stories, poetry, and fiction and flash fiction in a wide variety of genres including adventure, action, science fiction, speculative fiction, crime, thriller, paranormal, western, gold rush, utopia and dystopia.

What does your writing routine consist of?

The writing routine that works best for me is no routine. I write when the words flow so forcefully that I’m pretty much unable to think or do anything else. Sometimes the flow keeps me writing all night (which is less than ideal during the work week), and at other times I go months without writing a thing. I’ve learned if I’m patient the flow will return. Sometimes it starts as a trickle and grows, and at other times it’s a flash flood removing everything else in it’s path. I’ve tried to write without the flow but it feels too much like work, is frustrating, is rarely (if ever) productive, and wastes precious time. I love to have fun when I write or do anything else, and I have the most fun writing with the flow rather than trying to write in its absence. My favorite time and place to write is outdoors, especially at night in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I especially love writing in the rain as I sit at a covered table with the rain splashing overhead and all around. I’m a bit of a Goldilocks writer in that I enjoy writing night or day in all kinds of weather, except when it’s too hot or too cold, but when it’s just right, I write. My Chocolate Lab Duke is nearly always at my feet keeping me company.

vg_cover-2What do you feel are your strengths as a writer?

I believe readers experience and feel a greater connection with my heart and spirit, the hearts and spirits of others, and most importantly, to their own. I often hear that something I wrote made a reader cry tears of joy or healing tears. I consider that the ultimate compliment, and am honored and humbled by such heart-felt feedback.

How have you developed these qualities?

I listen to the whispers of my heart. It is my North Star as a writer. It won’t lead me astray.

41fckWLZF7L._AA160_Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration often comes to me at the most inconvenient times and places, such as when I’m in bed preparing to sleep, in the bathroom, working outside, or driving. It is when my brain has calmed down a lot that I’m able to hear the heart whispers.

Do you put yourself in your stories?

Sometimes, especially for non-fiction, but often my fiction stories begin with an actual event or experience and I just let my imagination lead me from there. I believe starting from a real event enables me to more authentically describe all I felt and experienced.

41nFuaEKKEL._AA160_Outliner or improviser?

Yes. I do both depending on my need at the time, but even my outlines are often only created in my head. My favorite is free-form writing where I just start a story and let it take me where it needs to go. I’m often amazed at the ending and what I’ve experienced along the way. To me it’s like an incredible adventure on a mighty, fast-flowing, uncharted river in the jungle. I never know what is around the next bend or when my journey will end.

Fast or slow writer?

Fast. I get bored with long projects. I love for ideas to flow as water from a fire-hose and the challenge of capturing all I can as fast as I can.

for CSTell us about your latest book:
In the next five or six weeks I’m releasing four or five books and re-releasing one, so it’s tough to choose. They are children’s books except the re-release which is titled Touched. The latter features many of my speculative stories and flash fiction. I’m proud of all these books, but I’ll go with Touched as it probably reveals more glimpses of my heart and spirit in a single book than the others. Most of the stories are uplifting though often the protagonists have to go through harrowing experiences to survive. It is a celebration of the human spirit expressed in many ways and genres.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I began with Indie, but I recognize advantages and disadvantages of each, so some day may choose another path.

61mGm8f6TwL._AA160_Any other projects in the pipeline?

Beyond the several being released by October 31, the seeds of several other stories are sprouting in my brain. I plan to give to them more of the attention I believe they deserve after I get through releasing the ones I’ve already written.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
My goal is completely selfish, simple, and aligns with my personal definition of success: To do what I love and to do it with love (for as someone once said, doing anything else is a wasted opportunity). That is success to me as a writer or anything else.

51Ukcy9ln7L._AA160_What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given? “

Write would you want to read, what would touch and entertain you.” I attempt to do that every time I write. I figure that over time like-hearted people will discover my stories and quickly feel at home. In reality, they’ll simply be feeling a greater connection with their own loving, beautiful, and compassionate hearts and spirits, and those of others, hopefully including mine.


61PwxwKuucL._AA160_Russ Towne lives with his wife in Campbell, California. They’ve been married since 1979 and have three children and three grandsons. In addition to enjoying his family and friends, and his dual passions for investing and writing, Russ loves to spend time in nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He enjoys watching classic movies, reading, and tending to his small fern garden and redwood grove. Russ manages the investments of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003. He has published fourteen books, eight of which are children’s books, with five more scheduled for release by October 31, 2015*.
Russ’s books can all be found on His Amazon Author Page can be found at
Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies*
The Grumpadinkles*
Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull*
Misty Zebracorn*
V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee*
The Duck Who Flew Upside Down
Clyde and Friends
Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
Rusty Bear and Thomas Too
Clyde and I
Children’s App Based on Characters from His Clyde Books:
Clyde and Friends children’s app developed by Gail Nelson using characters from Russ’s series of Clyde books: scheduled for release via the Apple Store by October 31, 2015.
Russ’s Blog:
Clyde and Friends —
Stay updated on Russ’s latest children’s books, apps, songs, and merchandise (featuring the animated characters that appear in his stories). Readers get sneak previews of special stories, background information about where his story ideas come from and how they are developed, and opportunities to help Russ prioritize the order in which his stories and books should be published, the look, and sometimes the names of some of his characters.
The titles of the books he has written or compiled, published, and released include:
From the Heart of a Grateful Man
Reflections of a Grateful Man
Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.
Palpable Imaginings An anthology of fictional short stories by several writers in various genres.
Touched Short stories and flash fiction
Heart Whispers An anthology of the selected works of over 20 poets.
Books for Young Children:
Clyde and I
Rusty Bear and Thomas Too
Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
The Duck Who Flew Upside Down
Clyde and Friends
Russ has four blogs:
A Grateful Man (nonfiction uplifting posts)
A Grateful Man’s Poetry
Imaginings of a Grateful Man (fictional short stories)
 Clyde and Friends (About writing children’s stories)
Why Russ Writes
Russ hopes readers experience truth and kindness in his writing, to remind everyone of the greatness and goodness within ourselves and others.

Random Friday

placeholder post – no internet at home since Tuesday afternoon, which means yesterday I had a lot to catch up (online workshops, uploading corrected version of Ryo&Yash – having found an extranous sentence while reading the POD document) so couldn’t get to any of the DVDs I got in the meantime.

Actually, I got back online at 7pm and it was Techie Bro’s birthday, so I headed to Mom’s to celebrate. I got myself a temporary SIM for the smartphone, so I can use it as wi-fi hotspot when the landline is broken – the guy said it was set up, but Saint Techi Bro had to finish installing it – it was his birthday and I got the gift (but the, he gifted me with the smartphone in the first place, LOL).

I wrote on Tuesday afternoon for lack of better options, and had the offline Writers Group on Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday trying to get the line back and calling Telecom and going at a Tim shop for the SIM and… I was very tired and very upset. I did color half a page of SKYBAND, though… 15 more to go!

wpid-wp-1442871682855Woke up early this morning and found Mighty Jo had given me a blog award… Since it’s nice and shiny, here it is! :)

The Creative Blogger Award rules are:

1. Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
3. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
4. Pass these rules on to them

I don’t have anyone to nominate, so if you want this, grab it, put it on your blog and follow Da Rulz!

More next week. Have a great weekend!


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