Kenneth Belliveau

kenneth-g-belliveauAs Promised I have started the feature weeks with Kenneth Belliveau, a wonderfully talented and driven author with a twist. Kenneth also focus’s a lot on the realm of cinema (as we find out through the interview that follows.) Kenneth has many talents that has inspired me to go back and look back over some of my own reviews from back in the day.

So without any further a due, here is the interview with MR Kenneth Belliveau!

  1. Do you have any other passions other than writing? If so what are they and why?

    My biggest passion other then writing is cinema. The reason I love cinema so much is because it is my get away. I watch these films and I completely immerse myself in the richness of their story and I forget about the world around me and I just watch these stories come to life.

  1. What made you want to write?

    I always just liked telling stories from a young age, whether it be to make someone laugh or to get them thinking, I always just wanted to be the one telling a great story.

  1. Do you have a family; kids, husband/wife etc?

    I have my parents and an older brother. I get a long really well with them, we are a close family and I love them dearly.

  1. If you could do anything else in the world would you do it?

    I would love to be an undercover police officer. I don’t have the courage to do the work they do, but it would be a rewarding job.

  1. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

    I want to go Europe and see all the sights and sounds. Most notably Paris to see the Eiffel Tower at night. It looks really beautiful when it is all lit up.

  1. What would you say your favourite book is? And why?

    My favourite Novel is probably Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, even though it is a tough call. Shutter Island to me was the definition of a thriller and a book I just could not put down. I wanted to know what happened next because Lehane just built up the suspense to a point where putting it down even though it was 3 am was just impossible.

  1. Favourite TV show? And why?

    Favourite Comedy is Arrested Development simply because all the jokes are well times and definitely well thought out. Each joke not only means something in a particular episode, but will be brought back over the course of a season. Favourite Drama is Breaking Bad. That show constantly left me breathless with it’s fine cinematography and amazing story telling. Bryan Cranston gave the best performance of the past decade, and it is a show that will be sadly missed and can never be replaced.

  1. Favourite Film? And why?

    Blood Diamond, when I first watched it I was 16 and definitely still maturing as a person and I felt that it opened my eyes to many things I never knew before. The images were striking, and the film resonated with me. The story was fantastic and Leonardo DiCaprio helped solidify the poignant message of the film.

  1. Have you ever had a scary moment? If so would you mind sharing?

    The scariest thing I have been a part of happened outside my apartment door, one time. There was a fight across the hall and someone was wearing a mask and had a baseball bat, luckily I was safe inside my locked apartment. It was a tense moment and the next few nights were definitely nerve racking.

  1. What are your dreams for life?

    My biggest dream in life is to win an Academy Award for best Original Screenplay for a film that I would also direct. I mainly just want to find happiness and enjoy life and the journeys that come a long with it.

  1. Now, for a bit about your book…. How did you come up with the story idea?

    I originally came up with the idea because I was going to write a short film about a journalist sent to cover a a nuclear explosion or radiation leak of some kind and as he was delivering the news he gets bitten by a zombie and that was the end. It was going to maybe a 10 minute short film.

  1. Has it changed or evolved over time?

    It has evolved over time because I expanded the story to be about college journalists who get the story of a life time when they learn of a zombie outbreak. I have expanded the story to include more characters and more elements of horror and mystery.

  1. What is your book about?

    It is about two college level Journalists, Aaron and Drew, they get word of an illness that is spreading and killing people which causes them to reanimate. They learn that the military is covering up a secret about the origins of the disease and so they set out to learn the truth even though they now face two threats.

  1. Is it out? If not when will it be released?

    I am hoping for a summer 2014 release.

  1. Where can people find you?

    People can find me on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/KennethGBelliveauAuthor or on twitter @kennybelliveau. I also have a film and television blog on Tumblr called The Reel World Critic. I post reviews and news of the latest films and television series.

  1. And of course most importantly; where can people buy your book?

    People will be able to by my book from the Nocturnal Press Website upon its release in summer of 2014, or they can order directly from me as well.

 

Blog Features… Nov 2013 – Dec 2013

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In the up and coming weeks I will be featuring five authors who are currently taking part in Nocturnal Press Publications Competition; Author Of The Month. Starting with Kenneth Belliveau later today until the 1st of December, then Hayley Barlow from the 1st of December to the 7th, followed by Mark Taylor from the 7th to the 14th December, Penny Brown Estelle from the 14th to the 21st of December and finally but certainly not least Keirsten Beining from the 21st to the 28th of December.

All of these authors are incredibly talented and driven, which makes it very difficult for myself and the other staff at Nocturnal Press to judge! So in the next few weeks I ask will you follow this and them and let me know what you think?

All of our authors have profiles on the NPP website http://www.npuniverse.com and you can also order their books (Pre and Post release) for signed copies! For more information you can email me at l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Marketing Advisor For Nocturnal Press Publications

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Hi guys and gals, my apologies for the quiet spell. I have recently taken up a job with Nocturnal Press Publications (The Publishers who signed me) as their Marketing Advisor. So to if anyone would be interested in our services then please do get in touch and I will give you a rundown of how we can help.

My office hours are Monday To Friday 9AM to 1PM and you can contact me via;

Email: l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Facebook: Louisa Mullerworth

Twitter: @babymull

Here is a bit on how we can help you;

So you have registered as self employed, and you are near completion of your first draft? And you aren’t sure how to start with your marketing and sales? After all the two are easily confused they are so closely linked. However there are distinct and important differences…

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Putting it simply, marketing is leading the horse to water. And a sale is convincing it to drink.

Promoting your book to the right people will not only generate more sales and boost your bottom line. But marketing is about so much more, it is about finding customers and creating a working relationship with them, it is about keeping your customers and developing with them.

We can help you Find and get the right customers, Advertise in a way which works for you, and teach you how to Direct Market to your advantage.

We CAN’T and won’t market for you. We just don’t have the time to do you justice this way and it tends to be less personal, I know I have found that when selling most of the time you are selling yourself as much as your book. (By this I mean people will buy into you if you believe your book is worth buying.)

Saying this if you are signed to Nocturnal Press all cost related advertising is covered. We only ask that our signed authors do free advertising. So if you are an unsigned author looking for a publisher it would be worth submitting your work. www.npuniverse.com

If you have any Questions please feel free to ask using any of the contact methods above or post them in the comments section.

Kind Regards

Louisa Mullerworth

Interview With Ashlyn Forge

Ashlyn Forge spends most of her days self-editing, writing, and editing. Her love of
storytelling, and the imagination in general, has put her in an on-and-off
relationship with Writing for a number of years. She is particularly drawn to
anything resulting in blurred lines between magic and science, as is evident in the
surreal world of her Toys and Soldiers series. Her literary ambition in life is to see
one, if not all, volumes of the Toys and Soldiers Series tucked neatly under
everyone’s pillow. If it were not for the discordant jumble of ideas clamoring for
attention in her head, she would also take up crocheting.

Ashlyn took a couple of minutes to answer a few questions and say hi.

 

1) Where did you find the inspiration for ‘In Liams Wake’?

All of my stories were written at a time when I didn’t want to deal with a personal problem. It’s my way of working through them. Liam’s story of isolation has a lot to do with how I feel and felt living in foreign countries, especially one which I couldn’t readily leave. Thirteen years ago, I went through a rough time and I just wrote and wrote (none of it was good, but it was fun). Then two years ago I started reading it again and realized that I finally had enough skill to mold it. Now 13 years later, the same scenario was unfolding for me, so it worked.

2) Why did you start writing?

I didn’t really start writing at any given time. I just tried to write something, and stopped whenever someone shot me down. But I’d always take a stab at it, then one day I stopped looking for approval and I just hit the ground running. again, none of it good, but it developed into a really big world that’s ripe with different stories.
3) As a fellow author I am always curious, who was your inspiration for your writing style?
Writing style? I really hope I can emulate a writing style well. To be honest, I read a lot of other indie authors and developed some bad habits, but I can notice them now. I am a big Terry Pratchett fan and I love how he uses humor in his story. I tried to add humor wherever I can, but I know without a doubt I’ll never hold a candle to Sir Terry Pratchett. 
4) If you could sum up ‘In Liams Wake’ in one paragraph, how would you describe it?
Liam’s world seems like a very bleak place, but actually, it’s whatever he makes it, and the reader can see it from any angle he/she chooses. Liam’s human. He’s not incredibly smart, not incredibly stupid, not incredibly strong or incredibly weak, he’s just human, and he tries to make the best of a bad situation. He has some tunnel vision and while that is a downside, it’s also his strength because while others might see the big picture and lose hope, he sees the big picture and figures every picture can burn.
5) What was your favourite part of the process when writing ‘In Laims Wake’?
I had to write the first chapter several times, and each time I’d add more and more detail. When it was finally finished, it felt good to read Liam all the way through. 
6) And finally, where can people find you and your book?
I set out to make this book just like any other book delivered by a publisher. It can be found anywhere in ebook format, from amazon to barns and nobles to ibookstore and so on. It can also be ordered in libraries (ebook format). you can buy it in paperback format on amazon, or order it through a bookstore. The hardcover is available on lulu.com but should be available on amazon soon. the audiobook is in the works and will be available via audible. if you want to check out a voice sample of the narrator, please visit http://www.ashlynforge.com/in-liams-wake there you can find an audio trailer and a video trailer.