Showing posts with label Author Interviews & Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Author Interviews & Events. Show all posts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interview with author Steve Sailah

Welcome to Steve Sailah, author of the debut novel A Fatal Tide, who is currently embarking on a blog tour to promote the launch. I’m really honored to kick off the blog tour here at An Adventure in Words. I thought a great way to start Steve's tour would be to ask him a few quick questions to whet your appetite for the rest of the tour where you can read reviews and more information on Steve and A Fatal Tide. Thank you to the awesome people at Random House for supplying me with a copy of A Fatal Tide and for organizing Steve to visit here.

To follow the blog tour, click over to on the 22nd July, 2014 and enjoy some time there with Steve.

Now over to Steve Sailah to answer a few quick questions on his book and writing.

How does your work differ from others in its genre?

My work combines crime, mystery and war. I link my fictional plots to the actual movements of a particular Australian Light Horse unit during the Great War.

Why do you write what you do?

I write what I like to read, and I mostly enjoy historical fiction. I had a particular connection with the Anzacs of Gallipoli, having interviewed some of them for the ABC in 1980 and returned to the battlefield with the aging veterans in 1990. Fiction allows me to imagine the emotions, experiences and dilemmas of young men who fought that war in a way that is relevant to today’s reader.

What is your writing process?

I get my usual distractions out of the way first – reading the newspaper, listening to morning radio, household chores, going to the gym, etc. — before meditating for half an hour on the day ahead. Then I sit down to the laptop and write or research for five or six hours.

What are you currently working on?

A sequel, part romance-part thriller, that moves the surviving characters of A Fatal Tide from the evacuation of Gallipoli to investigating a murder in Egypt during the ongoing war with the Ottoman Empire.

Something you may not know about me?

I enjoy motorcycling and being dragged along by my border collie Felix.

Thank you to Steve for visiting with us. I hope you have enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your sequel to A Fatal Tide.  Don't forget everyone to skip over to  to continue with the tour. 


Release Date:                        1st August 2014
Purchase in Australia:               QBD Bookstore & other good book stores
Publisher’s Website Info:          Random House

A powerful novel set in Gallipoli, that's part war-story and part mystery. 'Amid Gallipoli's slaughter he hunted a murderer . . .'

It is 1915 and Thomas Clare rues the day he and his best friend Snow went to war to solve the murder of his father.

The only clues – a hidden wartime document and the imprint of an army boot on the victim's face – have led the pair from the safety of Queensland to the blood-soaked hills of Gallipoli.

Now not only are Thomas's enemies on every side – from the Turkish troops bearing down on the Anzac lines, to the cold-blooded killer in his own trench – but as far away as London and Berlin.

For, unbeknown to Thomas, the path to murder began thirteen years earlier in Africa with the execution of Breaker Morant - and a secret that could change the course of history.


Steve Sailah is a former ABC foreign correspondent in New Delhi and Washington and the recipient of two prestigious Walkley Awards. He was a friend to several Gallipoli veterans, and returned to the battlefields with a number of them on the 75th anniversary of the first ANZAC landing. His ABC documentary, Stories from Gallipoli, was republished in April 2013.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Stephen King's Mr Mercedes is almost here...

Some readers have likened my books and stories to Stephen King. First up, wow! That is some compliment, and I'm always humbled followed by the idea they have my stories mixed up with another author's.

Secondly, its no accident. I have grown up on Stephen King.

I'm old enough to have read Carrie in its first printing and seen the film when it released in the cinemas. I still credit Salem's Lot as  being the book that scared the heck out of me more than any other book. And I've read The Exorcist at thirteen! (Yes, I know I was weird and still am.)

When discussing authors of this genre (which I am not even sure what genre we're talking about. Is it really Horror? I call it dark thriller.), I say you only bought the other author's books, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Peter Straub, Whitley Strieber, etc. to keep you going until the next Stephen King arrived on the shelves.

His short stories just captivated me, and they still do. When I first started writing, almost thirty years ago, I wanted to write short stories like his, with full characters that hinted of a life behind the story, and left you wondering what happened after (that's if the character survived). If not for him, I probably wouldn't have written so many short stories.

While I didn't love his follow up to The Shining, the pretty droll Doctor Sleep, I did adore 11/22/63. If you haven't read it, it's masterful. I never wanted it to end. The Dome was a fabulous read, too. So despite the hiccup of Doctor Sleep, I am eagerly awaiting Mr Mercedes. Something tells me this is going to be a fabulous book and back to the King that I love.

I write dark thrillers, and I'm proud that somewhere in my mind circulates the dozens of Stephen King stories that I have read and reread. Perhaps,if not for King I may have never traveled down the writing path.

His book, On Writing, is a must for writers. He says it all. Its pretty simple to write. You need to read a lot, write a lot, and, I will add, love your characters. For as dark and terrible are the minds of his characters, you can tell he loves them, along with every fault they possess. You can't write bad guys until you understand them, and when you do you can't help feel something for them.

Yes, he's wordy sometimes, and some of his subplots, that I call his "I digress" moments, go nowhere and probably aren't necessary to the plot. Yet they're mostly worth the journey.

So here's to Mr Mercedes out in June 2014. I can't wait. And here is the master himself describing where he got the idea for the book.

Do share in the comments who is your inspiration if you are a writer, or favourite author if you are a wonderful reader...

And for your further entertainment if you are a writer, here's the best advice anyone can give you on writing. In fact, its the big secret of writing. This makes me laugh every time I watch it.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rewards from Reviewing!

I'm a writer, first and foremost, before anything else to do with publishing. However these days you have to be more than a writer in a corner. A writer is also a marketer and business person, whether they take the self-publishing route or are published through a publishing house.

One of the things I love most about social media is connecting with readers and fellow bloggers. My great fortune through reviewing is to e-meet publicists from all the big five publishing houses and many others houses, large and small, as well as many of the authors I interview or whose books I review. Reviewing, I believe, is a worthwhile venture as not only have I learned a tremendous amount about the publishing industry, but I think its good karma to help other authors. You never know what lies in your future.

Sometimes though it can be frustrating because blogging, tweeting and everything else associated with the business side of my writing can chew into my creative time, and the writing is the reason I'm here. It's my greatest joy after my family. 

But there are moments when putting yourself out for others brings extra reward. A few weeks ago that reward arrived in the form of an email from the lovely Kirsty, one of Random House's publicists.

"Would I like to come to the Penguin Random House Australia's inaugural National Book Bloggers Forum?" 

After the happy dance and the jumping for joy, I managed to breathlessly type my acceptance. So wonderful readers I shall be winging all the way from Perth over to Sydney on Monday 19th May to attend the conference on the 20th.  Stay tuned I will be tweeting, facebooking and blogging live from Sydney and the conference on #NBBF14.

Here's the official publicity release from Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House Australia announces inaugural
National Book Bloggers Forum

Penguin Random House Australia has just announced the inaugural National Book Bloggers Forum – a first-of-its-kind conference being held specifically for book bloggers in Sydney on Tuesday May 20.

Random House Australia Marketing and Publicity Director, Brett Osmond, said the free, one-day forum has been developed to foster a closer working relationship with the growing book blogging community.

“In this constantly-evolving media landscape, readers now get their information from many different platforms and as part of this we recognise that blogs are an increasingly important source of information and entertainment,” Mr Osmond said.

“The National Book Bloggers Forum will be a collaboration between the growing book blogging community and Penguin Random House – we want to share news about our books and authors with leading bloggers and equally want to hear what bloggers would like to see from us too.”

The conference, coinciding with the opening day of the Sydney Writers Festival, will feature surprise guest authors, insights from publishers and sessions on blog promotion, as well as an open forum in the afternoon for bloggers to discuss whatever they see fit.

Winner of the 2013 Best Australian Blog Competition and Random House Australia author Sneh Roy is just one of the day’s guest speakers.

“This conference is a fantastic opportunity for bloggers to hear from publishing insiders as well as learn some best-practice tips on blogging,” said Ms Roy, author of the Tasty Express cookbook and the Cook Republic blog.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the first-ever National Book Bloggers Forum and I cannot wait to share my own blog-to-book journey with other Australian bloggers.”

Bloggers not able to attend the conference can keep up with the conversation on Twitter by using the #NBBF14 hashtag or following @RandomHouseAU. The full program for the forum will be announced in coming weeks.

About Penguin Random House Australia

Penguin Random House is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on 1 July 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent company, owning 53% and 47% respectively. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Truth is Finally Out There

(And its not what you think)


     One of the first questions anyone asks a writer is where do your stories come from?
   Today, a fellow Aussie author in FROM THE INDIE SIDE, Mel Hearse, and I made a decision that while were unboxing our author copies of the anthology that we would let the secret out of the bag about our talents.
    It’s not what you expect. 
   Mel and I are different to other authors and we have felt guilty for many months for letting readers and fellow authors believe that our talent is natural and God-given. Not so, I am afraid. It’s hard for “normal” authors to compete with us. We will take over the Amazon charts. We have experience with this.
     I hope once you have watched our FROM THE INDIE SIDE unboxing that you will still love us and still read our stories. If you haven’t already read FROM THE INDIE SIDE, you really should. Otherwise you will miss out on sharing how much you enjoyed it, not to mention you will miss out on reading it. A travesty. 
Here’s more information about the book and the authors on another blog post of mine: From The Indie Side Launch Blog

·                     AMAZON                                Amazon eBook and Paper
·                     SMASHWORDS:                  Smashwords eBook
·                     KOBO:                                    Kobo eBook
·                     NOOK:                                    Nook eBook
·                     APPLE:                                   Apple eBook
Here’s what a few reviewers said. Most of them we didn’t hold up against a pole and threaten with a laser. They actually wrote these things of their own free will.

  • ·         A near perfect score on Amazon Five Star reviews: Amazon reviews
  • ·         From the first page to the last, “From the Indie Side” is sensational. Each story grabs you by the throat, squeezes, and doesn’t let go until long after you’ve finished.  –  J.M. LeDuc, Suspense Magazine          
  • ·         The sign of a good anthology is when you’ve finished one story and feel compelled to move straight on to the next. From The Indie Side is one of those. – Eamo The Geek Blog  Eamon the Geek Review
  • ·         From the Indie Side is a fascinating milestone for the independent publishing movement. If you want proof that Indie authors can write concise, beautifully turned out prose, then look no further than this collection of stories.Amy Eyrie author of the Pet Sitter Amy Eyrie Review
  • ·         Wow, what a gem! This anthology of short stories from these great Independent Authors will now be the standard, for me. Write of Mind
  • ·         A great anthology like this is akin to a sumptuous buffet of delicious foods prepared by gourmet chefs.  Scott Whitmore Review
  • ·         It is a true collective artistic endeavor with the same quality and polish you might expect from a Big Ink publishing company. Feet for Brains Review
  • ·         It's a collection about beauty, love, darkness and destruction that combines into an anthology of priceless pieces. Girl in the Woods Blogspot
  • ·         For someone just getting into indie authors, whether on the tails of Howey's huge success, or by the relentless assault indie authors have conducted on the e-book charts, this is a great entry point. Voxirati
  • ·         A great anthology like this is akin to a sumptuous buffet of delicious foods prepared by gourmet chefs. Scott Whitmore, author of Carpathia 
  • ·         Enjoyed every story, had problems putting the book down – Dexter Don
  • ·         You will fall in love with many of these authors and you will want to read more from them. –Stefano Scaglione
  • ·         Sit back and enjoy some very unique stories that you will fall in love with! – RG Dillon
  • ·         Each author’s singular vision comes through vibrantly and all of the stories in this collection are compelling and are never anything less than interesting. – Chris F   
  • ·         I'm not a huge fan of short story anthologies, as usually only one or two of them are worth the price of admission. Not so with From The Indie Side. – Ann Bresnan