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By A L Wright, Sep 6 2017 03:18AM

Last Friday my free self- help book on Self Publishing hit #1 in it's category. It's one of those milestones you reach for as an author, and sometimes it takes years to get there. I'm excited to have done it without spending a ton of money on promos and paid clicks. Just done with the good 'ol art of online self-marketing.


Don't get me wrong. I'm not against paying for some promos! I love those promos that send deals straight to your email inbox. Those are the best. I love reading through those types of emails myself. Wondering if there are any interesting books to stock up on, and read over the weekends.


But back to my news. #1! I'm over the moon about this!


Not at all ironic that a fiction author with 5 books reaches #1 with a non-fiction book first...


HAHA!


Here's to the future of self-publishing. And hopefully another try at that top spot. :)


Cheers! ~A. L.




By A L Wright, Aug 26 2017 04:42PM

Welcome to our monthly author interview; we have the delightful Alicia Wright with us.


Hj Hi Alicia tell us a bit about yourself.

Aw Hi there! Well, I’m an indie author. I’ve been writing for a few years, and been self-publishing for just over two. I’ve got 7 books out now, mostly romance.


Hj When did you start writing and who or what inspired you to write?


Aw I started writing a few years back, at least novel size stuff. I’ve been into writing, poetry and such, since I was 11. I’ve always liked to turn feelings into words. In more recent years the reason I started writing books was because of a recurring dream I’d had for months. It wouldn’t go away! But each time I dreamed I’d see another detail, and I’d think “this would be a lovely movie or show”, and then I figured I’d better write it down! So I did, and it turned into a book. Never had the dream since then.


Hj What's the first book that held your attention so much you had to finish it?


Aw Both my first and second books were like that. Blood Price was a flow, and had a pretty spectacular ending that I had to get down. But when I got there, the characters decided it needed to be different. HAHA! They won out. In Hartman House, the stories of the two main characters flowed as well, and I think I was releasing some pent-up feelings myself by writing it. Since then, I’ve been a little more relaxed in writing, until my short story Marigold, which I wrote over a weekend and had published by the next.


Hj What genre do you write?


Aw I started out in fantasy, medieval and urban. Magic and monsters, heroes and villains. I thought that was all I’d ever want to write until I picked up on writing Agent Colt, which was a modern-day spy fiction. My short story was military. Took me a while to come to the conclusion that what I REALLY write is romance. I resisted being another romance novelist for a long time, but came to realize that it wasn’t such a bad thing. My novels are all themed and tied to strong women characters, working to become better or stronger or to overcome something.


Hj What are you working on now?


Aw Yet another romance novel! HA! Well, this one is actually the second book I ever started to write on, but had abandoned it thinking it would never amount to anything. But I was drawn back into it recently. It’s a MC/Biker romance about a young woman whose family was riddled with suicides, and her whole town viewed her as a crazy person who may be the next to jump from a building. Then she meets a group of bikers on the outskirts of her small town and finds out the suicides may not be what actually happened at all.

Hj Do you have any unusual habits when writing?


Aw I’d say procrastination, but I hear that’s not so unusual amongst writers. Well I love music, and sometimes certain music gives me inspiration. When I was writing Blood Price I listened to more melodic music. With Agent Colt I listened to poppy, upbeat music. Sometimes I have to write in silence.


Hj Could we have links to your twitter fb etc.


Aw Sure!


www.facebook.com/noblebloodbooks

www.twitter.com/nobleofblood

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00YCBM5XI


Hj Do you do a lot of research for your books, and how do you dream up your characters?


Aw I do research localities, landmarks, etc. when I am using a familiar place. Unfortunately, I’m not able to travel for research yet, but hope to someday. My characters usually only need a starting point, and they tend to invent themselves. I have a lot of fun arguing with characters in my head, about how they should approach certain scenes or situations.


Hj What advice would you give to someone thinking of self-publishing?


Aw Well my advice is to seek likeminded folks who have already done it. I flailed about in the dark my first two times getting a book published because I didn’t know important things, like having beta readers and utilizing pre-orders. I actually just published a small booklet called Help! I Want to Self-Publish, But I Don’t Know How! It’s free on Amazon, B&N, Nook etc.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072Q7XK9Q


Hj Do you design your own covers, is it hard to do?


Aw I love everything about the creative process, including making the covers. I’ve made all of mine except for one, and I love them more and more each time I create them. I wrote an erotic romance under a pen name, Silke Black, and I think that’s the best cover I’ve created so far:


Hj Do you have any hobbies or pastimes besides writing?


Aw I love motorcycles. I’m a certified Harley Davidson mechanic, and I used to own a custom bike shop with my Dad. I sold it after he passed away, but I have two bikes that I love to ride whenever I have time.

Hj Finally, Alicia we thank you for the peek into your world we wish you much success!


Aw Thank you so much for your time.






By A L Wright, Nov 27 2016 02:23AM

Recently I had a beta reader ask me “Why does it matter that your character is lesbian? Why should she be scared of coming out to her employer?” And I wish the answer to these questions was simply; it doesn’t matter - or - she shouldn’t be scared. But facts are that there are still a lot of LGBT people who are terrified of coming out in their workplaces. Those of us who have been lucky enough to have gay friends or family members would never think of treating someone poorly because of their sexual orientation. But there are many people who, for whatever reasons, are still uncomfortable around those who are attracted to the same sex, or identify as the opposite sex. But this isn’t about changing those peoples’ minds; this is about simple awareness that workplace discrimination against LGBT folk is still a vast issue.


“Between 15% to 43% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender workers have experienced being fired, denied promotions or harassed, according to the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law that studies LGBT issues.” – Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2013 - See more at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/headlines/research-on-lgbt-workplace-protections/#sthash.7ufyjZ2B.dpuf


This was a quote I pulled from the Williams Institute Website, and it's interesting because it shows a high disparity not only in people being treated equally, but in the percentages itself. It states between 15 - 43 % have experienced...what this tells me, and mind you I am forming my own opinions here, is that the range is so wide because it's difficult to pinpoint an issue that people are afraid or flat-out unwilling to talk about. And because it doesn’t get talked about, it never rises close enough to the surface for the majority to know that it still is an ongoing issue.


But this also means that LGBT all get “lumped” together when talking about things like employer discrimination. Each letter of LGBT stands for something different and depending on which of those you are, you may be treated better or worse.


• A 2013 PEW Survey found that 21% LGBT respondents had been treated unfairly by an employer in hiring, pay, or promotions.


• When surveyed separately, transgender respondents report even higher rates of employment discrimination and harassment than LGB people. In a 2011 survey, 78% of respondents to the largest survey of transgender people to date reported experiencing at least one form of harassment or mistreatment at work because of their gender identity.


That was also taken from Williams Institute, and their research shows that when “lumped” together, 21% of LGBT have experienced discrimination in the workplace. But Transgender folk seem to suffer the most, at a survey response rate of 78%.


Interestingly, in a 2015 article on the GLAAD website ( http://www.glaad.org/blog/value-lgbt-equality-workplace ), it states much higher percentages, with up to 40% of all LGBT people and 90% of transgender folks facing discrimination every day. Higher percentages, and this is a newer study!


Scroll down on that page on the GLAAD website, and you will see a color chart showing a survey where 100 different people in different countries were asked if they were fully “out” or if they held back telling others. The results really highlight one major thing; in every country, there are people who do not feel that they can come out as gay/lesbian/bi/transgender.


Could you imagine holding back a piece (HUGE PIECE) of yourself because you are scared not only as to how people will react, but how you will be treated from there on out? Depending on the circumstances (where you live, where you work, who you tell) the results of coming out could be quite devastating, and long lasting.


And even further down on GLAAD’s web page, is a chart that shows a survey of straight persons’ responses when asked if they would be uncomfortable knowing someone close to them was gay. The results of that survey, and even to me (and I am quite open-minded) are absolutely shocking.


What is my opinion on all of this? I think as a society we just need to let people be who they are. NORMALIZE being LGBT. Don’t criticize others for merely being who they are. They can’t help it! And there is no need to comment on it, or bring it up, or ID them in specific ways. “Yeah you know, the gay guy in accounting…” NO HIS NAME IS ROGER. Or Bill, or Frank, or William. Or Susie. Treating them like a person will normalize being gay until we all just finally settle for being human.


By A L Wright, Aug 14 2016 02:51AM

On September 9th, 10th and 11th, I will be at the Sedona Book and Arts Festival. Friday doors open at 1:00 PM for reception and browsing. On Saturday and Sunday the doors open again at 9:00 AM so the public can interact with the authors and artists on site. The art and books for sale and on display will be interspersed throughout the center, the tables laid out to usher people through the different rooms so nothing will be missed. Folk are encouraged to stop and visit with the exhibitors onsite, and purchase art, books or other swag that will be available.

Please stop by and say hi! I believe I will be in the "romance" room, along with other romance genre authors and artists. I will have copies of my new book, Agent Colt, for sale, as well as a some of my other publications.

I can't wait to meet you all!

http://sedonabookandartsfestival.com/

By A L Wright, Aug 5 2016 02:33AM

So in my last post I stated I wanted to release my next baby, I mean book, by the end of September. But by the grace of inspiration, and the help of a very incredible critique group, I will be releasing Agent Colt at the end of this month. August 26th, Agent Colt will be available for sale on a whole lot of sites; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords and random other corners of the internet.

Print versions will be available on Amazon, and hopefully other site as well, since for this book I am finally expanding out and placing it with Ingram Spark.

Please consider pre-ordering my new book, I know you will all enjoy it!


Click here to visit Agent Colt's Amazon Page!


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