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Coffee chat with Chris Johnson, Aussie indie author - author of short story collection "Twelve Strokes of Midnight"

We're back in the virtual café with Chris Johnson. He's an Australian author who resides with his wife in Brisbane, Queensland, where he works as a stage mentalist when he is not writing. He also has a background in sales and marketing, as well as a bachelors degree in Information Technology. One thing I've noticed about these "coffee chats" is that some people don't drink coffee. Gasp! I know, right. But I won't hold that against them. Let's meet today's Aussie indie author and 'mentalist', Chris Johnson. Welcome Chris. DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?
Chris: I haven't had coffee in years, but I like herbal tea. The green tea is perfect, thanks. Or hot chocolate. I'm a morning person and find it a good time to do things before others wake up. The stillness of the air lets me hear my inner voice much better. How about you?

DL: You currently have a collec…

Coffee chat with Justin Sheedy, Aussie indie author of World War Two fiction trilogy

Hello!
We're talking books and coffee on today's coffee chat with Glebe based author, Justin Sheedy. Justin Sheedy is the author of five books, and whether they be don’t-read-on-the-bus-hilarious or cry-in-every-chapter-heroic, he is passionate to share Australian stories. His Australian World War II historical fiction trilogy began with ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ (2011) followed by ‘Ghosts of the Empire’ (2013) and now concludes with his latest release, ‘No Greater Love’.

Welcome Justin to my virtual café.

DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?

Justin: Strong, black, no sugar, on ice. I’m religious about coffee. Beginning a day without one is unthinkable. Thanks to cutting-edge parents, I was privileged to espresso strength coffee since a child in 1970s suburbia at a time when my school friends didn’t even know what percolated coffee WAS. One of my most treasured possessions is my stove-top 6-cup Bialetti Mo…

Coffee chat with Tia Mitsis, author of a Greek Odyssey - Aussie indie author spotlight

I'm talking to Aussie Indie authors all this month and next, inviting them into my virtual café for a chat. Today I'm chatting with Tia Mitsis, who writes non-fiction books. She holds a Masters in Law and her favourite books to read are non-fiction books about science and the universe
I have to admit that I read Michio Kaku's "Physics of the Impossible" and I'm a little partial to science non-fiction books myself.
As an author with Greek parentage, Tia explores her roots and shares the side of Greece that tourists may never see. Please join me in welcoming Tia to my virtual café. DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?
Tia: Coffee with a little bit of milk, no sugar or a very small amount – the tip of the tea spoon.
I’m a morning person. I remember a colleague telling me I was annoyingly cheery at 6am one day when we were away for work and had to be up and ready for a long drive.
DL: Histo…

4 days left to nominate Welcome To The Apocalypse for Kindle Press

4 days left to nominate Welcome To The Apocalypse for Kindle Press.

It's "Ready Player One" for adults.

The campaign has gone well. I've had over 600 page views, the book has spent 24 hours in hot and trending, though they don't provide the number of nominations. Is this enough to get it published by Kindle Press? Only time will tell.

At the end of the day, it's not going to matter how many nominations a book gets, it has to be a good story, well written, and marketable.

Look out for the new cover which is what I've been working on during this campaign. I've also worked on the blurb and the content so that it's ready to go if I'm lucky to get a Kindle Press publishing deal.


https://kindlescout.amazon.com/author/campaigns
What have I learned so far about this experience:

A strong cover will gain more attention. However, since it's taken me 25 days to get this cover how I like it, I'd only be starting my campaign now, and heading into Christma…

Coffee chat with Nicola Field, author of The Prodigal - Aussie indie author spotlight

So far this month we've met some awesome Aussie authors. We've got more to come.
Nicola Field is a Canberra writer. As well as writing, she works for a local Hearing Service Provider and has lived with hearing loss since childhood. This encouraged her to write her first short work on living with hearing loss. "Diversity" in characters is something many publishers and agents are seeking right now. I wanted to ask Nicola how she felt about writers without disabilities writing characters with disabilities, and her answer is below.


Please welcome Nicole to my virtual coffee room. I've just poured my cup of coffee into my bar mug that I purchased while at Lake Louise Canada last February. 


DL: Firstly, since this a virtual coffee chat, how do you have your coffee? Are you a morning or afternoon person?

Nicola: I love my Nespresso!  I have to have my morning cap with breakfast.  Bit of coffee snob, I have to admit. DL: There is such a call these days for diverse characters…