In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with W.E. Lawrence!
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, W.E.! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
A former 25 year business owner, I now spend my time reading, writing, and enjoying my family.
Taking time for yourself after a long and I hope successful career is awesome.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
During my years of reading I sometimes became frustrated with the lack of descriptive romance in the action/adventure books and with the lack of action in the romance books. Once I sold my business, I read a few good books on writing and decided to give it a shot.I found that I enjoyed it quite a bit. So far, the best thing is when you complete that first book and hold it in your hand. It’s an amazing feeling to realize, Wow, I actually wrote a book. The worst thing has been learning how saturated the book market has become and how easy it is to publish now. There is so much out there now that authors are giving away their work for free and readers really don’t have to purchase books any longer. Marketing has become quite frustrating.
A marketing a book…the crux of it all. Well, I hope that your In the Spotlight feature here at Second Run Reviews introduces your book to new wave of fans.
Speaking of your book, please pell us a bit about your latest release, Chakana. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
Like a lot of people I’ve enjoyed the James Bond and Indiana Jones type movies. I’ve even read some of the books. Again, I thought the element of an intense romantic relationship was missing. So, I tried to create a plot with the potential of worldwide consequences mated with the subplot of a man and a woman, both intellectually and physically capable, falling in love while fighting against these evil forces. I also added the element of some actual history to the novel which I think makes it seem more real. If you enjoy fun, action packed stories with a man and a woman both depending on each other for survival, then I believe you’ll like Chakana.
Okay, now you have my attention. I love the Daniel Craig James Bond and have loved Indy from the moment I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. I will definitely need to check out Chakana.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I enjoy action, suspense, mystery books with serious consequences the most. I like some romance books too, but the only consequences there seem to be the possibility of broken relationships. The books I recommend the most often are A Time To Kill by John Grisham, Along Came A Spider by James Patterson and any of the Vince Flynn books starring Mitch Rapp.
Ah, I recognize those names, but can’t say that I’ve read any of their books. I believe I watched A Time to Kill with my husband when we were dating. Does that count?
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
My obsession at the present is finding a way for my love of writing to pay for itself. I have no secret obsessions that I’m willing to share. If I said what they were, then they wouldn’t be secret any more, would they?
Well, you got me there!
Any final thoughts or wise words you would like to share?
I know this has been said before but I’ll say it again. If you really want to write, do it for the love of writing, not for money. If you do it for money, you’ll only end up frustrated and disappointed.
Excellent advice, W.E. I hope that you are enjoying what you write, I wish you all the success with Chakana and I hope you’ll stop back to tell us about the books you write in the future!
Synopsis: In 1940, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.
But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.
If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.