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Eden’s Exchange talks to @CPBialois #Author #interview

I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.

Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author,  CP Bialois.

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CP, great to have you here finally. How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?

With a bunch of four letter adjectives. :D He’d say I’m a good, reliable, stand-up kind of guy.

Nice! Do you have any extravagances?

I’d love to be more thought provoking, but it’s books, dvds, and cds. Put me in a store with any of those and a wad of cash, and I’m going to need help carrying them home.

What profession other than your own would you like to try?

I’d love to be a sports or rock star.

What are some of your favorite curse words?

Any and everything. :D But my tops is f—. Few words can be used as a noun, adjective, and verb. There’s a difference between calling someone an idiot and an effing idiot. There’s so much more power behind it.

Agree with you there, cursing is artful wordplay. Do you have a motto you live by?

Life is a risk. Roll the dice and see what happens.

Short and sweet, I like it. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Writing my first book. Until then I had a habit of not finishing something I started. I refused to not finish it and it’s grown from there.

call of poseidonLet’s talk about writing. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

From life and everything around us. I get yelled at for it, but I can get a story idea from a bird flying overhead.

I fully understand what you mean. What motivates you to write?

I had issues for most of my life and reading helped me to escape. I like to offer someone that same gift. Whether they have a great or horrible day, if I can help them forget their troubles for a short time, I did good.

Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.

Oh boy, this could be a long list. Just to name a few, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Stephen King, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, and Tom Clancy. All of them took/take the mundane of everyday life and create a wonderful adventure I’d love to be a part of.

A wonderful list, CP. How would you define your style of writing?

It’s semi-formal and classic depending on what story I’m writing.

skeleton keyWhat part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? The least?

Seeing the ideas and images in my head come to life with each stroke of the pen. It’s pure magic. The least is editing. I go through my stories so much I often get to the point of not wanting to see them again. I still love them, but it takes some effort before I’m willing to pick them up and read.

I’m no fan of editing either, but it’s necessary if you want your manuscript to shine. Do you outline, or do you just sit down and write?

Mostly I just sit down and write. If I outline I do it more in a bullet point style with a brief idea about what I want to do. Anything more than that and the outline will be obsolete five minutes after I start writing.

Tell us the genre of your latest book and why people should read it. 

The Last World is in the Apocalyptic Science Fiction genre. Aside from I think it’s a great book, it takes on the notion of sacrifice. What is acceptable to be sacrificed for the good of the many?

The last world

Book blurb:

Franklin Bowen was an ordinary man with anger management issues until one day he finds himself drawn into something he never believed possible. Thinking he’s lost his mind, he resists the urging of a mysterious figure named Tanok who only appears to him in visions.

After seeing the desolation brought upon the immense interstellar human empire by a virus from a neighboring galaxy, Franklin is forced to reconsider his belief in what is real in order to help Tanok save mankind from extinction.

Will Franklin find the strength he needs to persevere, or will the Earth and its people follow what’s left of his sanity?

Buy from Amazon

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Sacrifice is an interesting concept, and something I’ve explored as well. How long did it take for you to write it?

A little over a month. It’s my 2011 NaNoWriMo novel.

Wow! A successful NaNoWriMo indeed! What inspired you to write this book?

I was watching a documentary on the making of the Universal classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon. At one point they were talking about finding the lost world and the story idea suddenly clicked in my head. It’s kind of funny how the story has nothing to do with the movie, but sometimes things just happen. :D

How did you celebrate when you finished your book?

Since I gave up drinking (long story), we went to the Chinese Buffet. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine and I never get tired of their food. :D

I’ve eaten lots of Chinese food, and I still like it too! What has the reception been to your book?

It’s been great. I learned long ago that my stories are either hit or miss with most people and so far everyone who has read it has mostly enjoyed. It’s been a good boost for my confidence in the genre.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your book?

That truth can be as strange as fiction. There are a couple of points I wrote before some of the current news stories came out that makes me feel a little prophetic. Now, if I could figure out how to do that for the lottery I’ll be really happy. :D

What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Leaving honest reviews is always important, but if you don’t already have a copy, sharing it through social media would help tremendously.

the sword and the flameAre you working on another book now? Tell us a bit about it.

I’m currently rewriting the third Sword and the Flame novel titled “The Lightwalker” and hope to have it ready by the end of 2014. It picks up five years after the conclusion of The Purging where an ancient god escapes from his imprisonment and seeks to avenge himself against his fellow gods by using the people of Pyrain. It combines the original group of characters with the new ones in the novella series (the next two books are also coming out this year).

What is your best advice for new authors?

Don’t stop writing and do what’s right for your story. You’ll be inundated with advice and rules but don’t feel bad about not using something if it doesn’t work for you.

I could not agree more CP, let’s finish with a fun lightning round!  

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My laptop and as many books as I can carry. :D

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Venice, Italy. It’s been a dream of mine to live there one day.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Pizza or Chinese food.

Cat/dog/other pet? Cats and dogs. Although given how ours like to drive us nuts I’m ready for fish in the future. I’ll give in at some point, but dang it, it’s the principle. :D

Favorite style of music? Heavy metal and classical. Nothing gets the blood pumping faster or harder.

The best gift you’ve ever received? A box set of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island from my dad for Christmas when I was a kid.

Your most guilty pleasure. I’m going to get into so much trouble with the wife for saying this, but it’s adult videos. I told her when we first met, “Don’t mess with my porn” and she hasn’t. :D

Favorite season. It’s a tie. I love spring as it’s bursting with new life, but I also love the fall when the leaves change colors.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers? I’d like to wish everyone the best in their endeavors.

You’re so sweet CP. It’s been a pleasure to learn more about you.

Readers, please connect to CP and learn more about this wonderful author. Leave a comment for him and say “hi” too. He’s really friendly as you can tell from all the smiley faces!

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Connect To CP

CP Bialois

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Where do I begin? Well first I guess it’s only fair to say that CP Bialois isn’t my real name. It’s a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I’m just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.

For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them.

I’d write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I’d just daydream about what I’d see myself as the hero of course. You can’t have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It’s just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.

As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I’d read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. Read more on CP’s Amazon page.

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Read an Exchange with Author @NedHickson #interview #humor

Ned Hickson is a terrific writer, and he does it with a sense of humor. On more than one occasion, I’ve done a spit-take while reading one of his blog posts.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce him to you, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much conducting an author interview. Thanks Ned, I need to clean my computer screen again! That’s the last time I drink expensive scotch while I’m reading your stuff!

Please give a warm welcome to Jurnalist and funny man, Ned Hickson. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Britt Skrabanek (@brittskrabanek)

I’ve met many authors via comments they left on my blog. That is how Britt and I connected. Of course, then I discovered we had friends in common, so I’m thrilled to showcase her and her work.

She was a lot of fun to interview and I’m sure you will enjoy reading more about her. Please welcome Britt Skrabanek to Eden’s Exchange. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Anthony McManus (@Deepcaster)

Anthony McManus (Tony, I call him ) is an author who lives in Chiang Mai, a beautiful part of northern Thailand I had the pleasure of visiting years ago.

We connected after he read one of my books, and have been friends since. As in the serendipitous world of the social network, he also happens to come from my provincial birthplace of Quebec. Small world.

Please welcome Tony—a diligent writer, a man of many talents, and someone worth knowing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Angus Vieira

Angus Vieira is an author I met by way of mutual friend, screenwriter/poet Wally Lane. We read each other’s books and connected on Facebook. To say that he is an ‘interesting’ man would not do him justice. He is a unique blend of sexy and sassy, raunchy and sagely, and someone who does not mince words.

See what I mean by reading more about the one and only, Angus Vieira. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author E.N. De Choudens (@ENDechoudens)

Author E.N. De Choudens, whom I call Efrain, connected with me some years ago when he fanned my Facebook page. We chatted about so many things, including books. I learned he wrote in numerous genres: erotica; poetry; science fiction; and horror.

Coming from a Spanish background, I knew English was not his first language, but that never stopped us from having the most charming conversations. You will discover that for yourself in his responses.

Please welcome Efrain and find out more about this dedicated and talented man. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Laurie Smith (@L27wsmithSmith)

Laurie and I connected via our blogs sometime ago, probably through our love of music.

Having worked as a police officer and in the prison system, he’s the writer of three novels (so far) in the “Death” series.

All the way from the land down under, please give a warm welcome to Laurie Smith. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Bill Kirton (@carver22)

Bill Kirton and I met via RB Wood’s Word Count Podcast a few years ago.

How time flies. Bill is fun to know, and he’s a terrific writer and storyteller.

Please find out more about this talented man, and his wicked, dry sense of humour. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Fiona Quinn (@FionaQuinnBooks)

I am so excited to have author, Fiona Quinn, on my blog. I’m a huge fan of her and her writing.

When I set out to write a mystery, her wisdom and experience were invaluable to me. In this interview, you’ll find out how she shares her knowledge with authors.

Now, let’s learn more about this fascinating woman and her book, Virginia is for Mysteries.

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Read an Exchange with Author @RaymondBolton

Raymond, welcome to Eden’s Exchange, so thrilled to reconnect after writing with you as part of the collective Black Ink, White Paper. Recently, I had the pleasure of picking up your book, Awakening, The Ydron Saga.

Now we get to learn more about you and your writing.

Readers, please sit back and enjoy!

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Read an Exchange with Author @DiBartoloJoseph

Serendipity played a role in my connection to Joseph DiBartolo, or Joey, as he has asked me to call him. I’m happy to share my space, so you can learn more about him.

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Read an Exchange with author @MWeidenbenner1

I love discovering new authors. When I put a call out for mystery/thriller writers to interview, Michelle answered the request, so here she is. In reading her responses, I discovered we had one odd thing in common. She loves oatmeal! I can’t think of many people who would say that. Let’s find out more about Michelle and her writing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

Christoph, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. You’re a generous author who conducts many interviews on your own site, which makes me especially happy to have you as the first author interviewed under my new format. I hope you have fun, and thanks for bringing a drink along too. :) Continue reading

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My Author Interview Series gets a Makeover

Inside the Author’s Mind was an interview series I started Dec. 10, 2010 to highlight indie authors and their work. It also provided insight into different writers’ minds.

It’s been one of my most popular posts and is run on Fridays.

I’m streamlining the series to give it a fresh look. The questions will focus on the author as a person, while providing a platform to sell their work. I realize how important it is for writers to make connections via the networks, and the interview format is a great way to do it.

As I’m moving into the genre of psychological mystery/thriller with my new book, I invite authors of this genre to be interviewed. Feel free to leave a comment with your contact information if you wish to participate.

Of course, I will continue to feature writers of all genres, as I’ve done from the beginning. I will contact them directly.

Since this is a makeover, I thought it would be nice to give the series a new name. I’d like to introduce:

eden’s exchange

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Like a conversation …

the conversation

No, not THAT type of conversation!

More like this, by the fireplace, an exchange of ideas … fun, relaxed, and informative. We can even roast marshmallows if you like. ;)

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Photo courtesy of SquarEstate

Look for the new format next month, and feel free to visit previous years’ interviews. It’s been a privilege to interview these wonderful writers, and I encourage you to connect to them.

Interviews of: 2010/2011 | 2012 | 2013

~eden

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Props to the people I interviewed in 2013

I hosted 47 authors in 2011, the first complete year of my blog.

I expanded the segment to other creatives with 44 interviews in 2012.

In 2013, I continued to share amazing talent on my blog. Read them if you missed their interviews initially. They’re wonderful people to have as part of your social network.

 Click on the name for the interview. 

 Profession and/or Genre  Name
 Mystery/Thriller/Humour  John Dolan
 Crime/Paranormal  Tim Dittmer
 YA Fantasy/Romance  Raine Thomas
 Editor and author of poetry  Loren Kleinman
 Women’s fiction  Erin Cawood
 Romance/Contemporary fiction/Short stories  Cameron Garriepy
 Memoir/Crime thriller/Romance  Billy Ray Chitwood
 Paranormal Romance/Celtic  Shannon Macleod
 Contemporary Fiction  Lance Burson
 Erotica/Romance  Layna Pimentel
 Editor and author of urban fantasy/Flash fiction  Annetta Ribken
 Thriller/Suspense  Everett Powers
 Historical fiction/Humour  Nicole Chardenet
 Paranormal/Suspense  Sheilagh G. Lee
 Filmmaker and author of non-fiction/Poetry  John T. Trigonis
 Satire/Politics/Humour  Christoph Paul
 Literary Podcaster/Social media brand manager  Lydia Aswolf
 Actor/Producer/Biographer  Gregor Collins
 Science fiction/Fantasy  Matthew Bryan
 Editor and author of short stories/novellas  Jennifer Wingard
 Publicist and author of multiple genres  Anne Chaconas
 Speculative fiction/Horror/YA  Jessica McHugh
 Urban paranormal/Epic fantasy  J.H. Sked
 Short stories/Aspiring novelist  Timothy Bryant Smith
 Victorianesque fantasy/Science fiction  MeiLin Miranda
 Noir crime/Personal development non-fiction  Joe Hefferon
 Instructional non-fiction/Science fiction/Fantasy  Matt Posner
 Historical Fiction  Mary Ann Bernal

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Get Inside the Mind of author Mary Ann Bernal (@BritonandDane)

Social media and serendipity connected me to Mary Ann Bernal, and I’m proud to say she’s my final author interview of 2013.

I knew little about her until now, but I loved discovering her work. You will too.

Please welcome Mary Ann and learn more about her and her books. Continue reading

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Get Inside the Mind of author Matt Posner (@Schooloftheages)

I met Matt through mutual friend and author, Junying Kirk. He was kind enough to interview me earlier this year, and I’m delighted to return the favor.

Matt is a diligent writer with passionate views. He doesn’t pull his punches as you will find out from his interview. He’s written a new book entitled How to Write Dialogue, and I’m happy to spotlight it.

Please welcome a man of many talents, author Matt Posner.

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Get Inside the Mind of author Joe Hefferon (@hefferonJoe)

I’ve gotten to know many sides of Joe Hefferon—author, news junkie, pithy commenter, wine connoisseur, and ex-cigar smoker.

He also has a self-deprecating sense of humor, which borders on the bizarre at times, but at the heart of it — the man is smart, very smart. And I have a thing for smart men.

Joe writes a terrific column for About.com called the Inspiring Women Series. He wrote a wonderful piece on me earlier this year. He’s interviewed many incredible women and offers a thoughtful perspective on each one. His articles are generous and well written.

If you get the feeling he likes women, you’d be right. Read his series and you’ll know what I mean. Continue reading

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Get Inside the Mind of author @MeiLinMiranda

I’m honored to have fellow author from the Allegories of the Tarot anthology, MeiLin Miranda join me today. She’s a prolific writer, and a woman I admire for her strength and perseverance.

An author of multiple series, she has a slick platform and writers can learn from her.

Please help me welcome the ethereal,  MeiLin Miranda.

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Get Inside the Mind of author Timothy Bryant Smith (@NeutrinoDreams)

In reading my friend, Tim Smith’s interview, I discovered some juicy titbits (You read that right, titbits, I say). He’s usually one of those quiet men who weaves in and out of social networks, but when he speaks, I want to know about it.

And so will you.

He’s funny, intelligent, and a little depraved, but that’s what makes him special.

Please welcome fellow author from the Allegories of the Tarot anthology, Timothy Bryant Smith, and be prepared to laugh your tits off.

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