Interview with Jacob Lasher, Author of Cup of Coffee

Mar. 8, 2019

I was privileged to invite Jacob Lasher for an interview with BooKecCenTric to discuss his latest book and the inspiration behind it.  Enjoy!

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Thank you @JacobLasher for your time today. What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
@JacobLasher: Cup of Coffee [published in 2019] is a book of poetry that tells a story from beginning to end, expressing vulnerable feelings of a child who was in an abusive household. I based it off myself and a little dream that I had in which I confront my mother after years of not speaking and discuss the abuse that happened in my childhood. I wrote it because I feel that many people could relate to it. I feel like it's a departure from my first book, More to Life, which is darker than Cup of Coffee. I wanted to show my growth as a person, in my mental health, and my development as a maturing person. I also wanted to show that everyone is a human being. Every person who abuses, who has been abused and so forth...we all are human.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
@JacobLasher: My target audience? That's an interesting question. People who like poetry or a good story, maybe. Perhaps people who need to read books that they can connect with. More to Life has reached people and touched them. It's a great feeling to give people the feelings other books have given me...hope, understanding, and relief.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
@JacobLasher: To understand your past and to grow stronger from it. Running away from it will only make it worse.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
@JacobLasher: Reliving my past. Some poems featured in the book were written when I was fifteen and still going through abuse.

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
@JacobLasher: I have gained more perspective and understanding. I think it takes a lot of courage to feel sympathy for people who have hurt you. I'm very proud of myself for that.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
@JacobLasher: It's hard to tell. With poetry, I seem to like ebooks better. With traditional fiction, I do enjoy a paperback. I like to go for a walk (I don't recommend...it's not safe!) and read.

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
@JacobLasher: Poetry. And...hmm...I wish I could write historical fiction! That would be nice!

What books and authors have most influenced you?
@JacobLasher: Cheryl Rainfield! Her book Scars is my favorite of all time. It truly helped me...in more ways than I can explain. I love Jodi Picoult, Ellen Hopkins, Danielle Steel, JK Rowling...the list goes on...and on...and on...

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
@JacobLasher: I am in love with telling stories and I hope you join me on this journey!

Do you have any more books in the works?
@JacobLasher: I'm working on a few! A book titled LUCY. I am so overjoyed with how it's unraveling as each day passes! It's a very warm feeling. Another book titled A Tail I've Never Barked: Poems by a Senior Dog is in the works...which is pretty self explanatory! And others!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
@JacobLasher: Well I received my first bad one today and it was a lesson to be learned. Not everyone is going to think you're a genius! But as long as you love what you do, that's what matters! :)

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.)?
@JacobLasher: Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads!

Any additional comments you would like to add?
@JacobLasher: I hope you stay strong and remember to live your best life.

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Jacob Lasher is an untypical poet who is obsessed with dogs, tea, and of course, books!

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Interview with Kelvyn Fernandes, Author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

Feb. 27, 2019


I was privileged to invite Kelvyn Fernandes for an interview with BooKecCenTric to discuss his latest book and his inspiration behind it.  Enjoy!

Thank you @KelvynFernandes for your time today. What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
@KelvynFernandes: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi follows Peter and Fi as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interaction, delicate world building, and intense action battles.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
@KelvynFernandes: Anyone who opens a book to get lost in another world. To tag along and lose yourself in a setting of wondrous possibilities with characters eager to pull you along for the ride. If you want to experience a fantasy adventure told in such a way that it allows your imagination to run wild, I urge you to give my work a chance!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
@KelvynFernandes: Waiting to hear whether my readers liked it. This is the first time I'm sharing my work and it was incredibly nerve wracking waiting to find out if I had succeeded. Honestly, those first few days after finishing my first draft were long ones. But since my first friend told my they were impressed, I've been able to stride confidently forward!

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
@KelvynFernandes: I learned that I want to do this for the rest of my life. This first book is only the start of an incredible journey. It was a test to see if I was capable of taking the first step, and I found out that I was. I know the path will be hard and long, but I'm more than ready to start the trek.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
@KelvynFernandes: I swore by physical books up until the very day I got an ereader. The convenience of holding a portable library in one hand that can highlight passages, be read in the dark, and take up a sliver of space in my backpack is something I cannot contest.

Do you have any more books in the works?
@KelvynFernandes: I'm hard at work writing Volume II of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi right now! It's planned for a summer 2019 release, and I can't wait to share it with my fans. Past that, I have the ideas and framework for several more books, all I ask is for the opportunity to tell my story.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
@KelvynFernandes: I love reading my reviews. I'm confident in my work and to see when readers feel and react exactly the way I wanted them to is such a joy. That being said, I like seeing criticisms too. Often I may disagree with them, but also, its an opportunity to evaluate my process and improve my craft. I can always get better at conveying my thoughts effectively.

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.)?
@KelvynFernandes: I love hearing readers' thoughts and discussing my work with them. Please reach out once you start reading! You can find me on:

Reddit- reddit.com/r/peterandfi
Twitter- twitter.com/peterandfi
Instagram- instagram.com/peterandfiofficial
Facebook- facebook.com/peterandfi

Do you have any advice for new writers or those considering writing?

@KelvynFernandes: Just write! Seriously, you'll never know whether you're any good at it until you find out. If you're unsure or embarrassed, keep your writing to yourself or share it anonymously. But when you're ready, show it to your friends and family and ask for their input. You need to have confidence in your work in order for it to succeed. Also, don't just blindly take advice if it doesn't fit your style. Go against conventions! Who cares? Do what you want in the way that you want to do it, and your passion will drive you forward!

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Kelvyn Fernandes decided to follow his dream of becoming an author. He graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Biochemistry and enjoys travelling and going on adventures, with his favourite pastime being back-country canoeing in Algonquin Park. He uses both his experiences with nature and education in the sciences to shape the world of the stories he writes.

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3 Simple Must-Dos for Self-Published Authors

Nov. 26, 2018

So, you’re an author who's recently self-published a book and is ready to proceed to the next step. Well, what is the next step? First of all, congratulations on this great achievement! Publishing a book is never as easy as it may seem, so kudos to you!

Now, how do we get the word out there that your book is live and available? Well, you absolutely must make these three simple moves:

1. Build an online presence. (i) Create social media accounts if you haven't already - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and post photos of your book cover on these platforms. (ii) Find various Facebook groups to join (groups for authors, bloggers, book reviewers etc.). Post your book cover and synopsis on these groups so it shows up on all members' feeds. (iii) Create a Facebook Author fan page get as many likes on them as possible by either inviting people to join (organically), or paying Facebook to advertise your page (paid ad). Focus on building your presence as an author. (iv) Create a Goodreads Author account, and post your book details on there.

2. Seek book reviewers. The more people are talking about your book, the more hits you get to your book's store site (e.g. Amazon), and the more recognition you get as an author. Find reviewers or bloggers that read your genre and ask if they're willing to review your book. Some may ask for a fee, others may simply request a free book in exchange. Be prepared either way. 

3. Invest in paid promotion. Some authors will scoff or turn their faces away at this, but it's a vital truth you shouldn't run away from. As a self-published author, you're responsible for your book marketing, so you have to be ready to invest in some promotion strategies that require payment to successfully get your story out there. Again, find bloggers and influencers that will be willing to have your book on their sites either on a permanent basis or for a certain period of time. Imagine the thousands of eyeballs this promises to draw to your book, eyeballs belonging to loyal fans and followers of these influencers. If the bloggers are generous enough, they could even promote your book on their social media. Think about that for a sec. Yep, that's a thousand more eyeballs on your book. It's important to understand that if you, as an author, want people to invest in you and your book, you have to be willing to invest in yourself and your book as well, through active promotion/marketing strategies.

BooKecCenTric accepts books for reviews and also offers authors the chance to promote their books through various ways - Book features, Author Interviews and Dedicated Author pages. While there's a free book review option, my main intent with this blog is to help authors get the word out there and have people understand what their message is about. Books are featured here permanently, and I also promote these books on my social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). 

You cannot go wrong with seeking bloggers to help promote your book. If you're serious about building your brand as an author, then you absolutely should not shy away from investing in your book. Change your thinking today and let's get your book out there! 

If you want to know more about how I can help you spread your message, take a look at promotions.bookeccentric.com to see tons of options I have available for you, or simply send me a quick message and let me know what your promotion needs are. My goal is to see you SHINE ;)


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