Name of the book:
An Apple For Zoë ~ The Forsaken
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Paperback Available via Createspace and Amazon
Thomas Amo is the author of the 1920's adventure romance, "Silence" and the stage-play of the crazy British farce, "Bob's Your Auntie!" This former full-time theatrical producer and playwright has written over 20 comedies and farces for the live theatre. Outside acting, directing and producing, his first love has always been writing.
An Apple For Zoë ~Book One ~ The Forsaken, marks his debut into paranormal fiction.
"I've always had a fascination on the subjects of Old Hollywood and True Crime. The best part of writing about these subjects is the interesting places you get to see when doing the research. Spending three hours in The Hollywood Forever Cemetery was an amazing experience!"
"The other thing I absolutely love about being a writer is...you can do this job, from anywhere in the world!"
How would you describe your story/book?
An Apple For Zoë is a story that questions what you believe. Your faith, values, trust, your own sanity.
When you're a homicide investigator and everything before you doesn't follow
traditional procedures and you are lead down a road that can't possible be. You
have your world turned upside down, that everything you thought was
only fantasy or imagination turns out to be reality in the worst way.
It's a journey for Inspector Thomas James, one for certain that
will change him forever and not necessarily for the better.
What will readers like about your book?
If you love horror, true crime, paranormal elements then this book is right up your alley. There are NO vampires, werewolves or Zombies, it's all about what lies beyond the veil out there. What lies on the other side, what's watching us that we can't see.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
An actual murder scene I worked on during the early 1990's. It was just such a bone chilling experience, that it never left me. I knew while I was there, evil was there standing next to me. I know it sounds melodramatic but if you had been there,
you would have felt it as well.
When did you start writing?
Around the age of 9 after a trip to Disneyland. The haunted mansion ride started it all! That and of course Horror movie magazines, like Famous Monsters of Filmland by the late Forrest J. Ackerman and the Universal Horror movies from the 30's and 40's.
When did you realize that you were a serious writer?
Not until I became a playwright in the late 90's. After having written my 5th play for the stage did I truly embrace I could write well enough that it was entertaining
for audiences. My play writing days instilled the confidence to write novels.
When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
I had already written a book in the late 1980's. It wasn't published until 2000 but I had always wanted to write a really great novel, and of course you know, become the next Stephen King. But I didn't approach it the right way back then. I was serious about writing but didn't approach it professionally. Now I see what Stephen King means when he says if you don't have time to read you don't have time to write. Like any professional in any field, if this is to be your chosen craft then you must mold it, work with it until you and your craft are one. Now my writing is my job. It's what I do. I'm a full time author. 40+ hours a week working on my books.
What is your writing process?
An idea starts, I write notes to begin with, then sit down with coffee on hand,
and begin to write, I don't do plot lines. In other words I don't do full on outlines.
I have a basic idea of where I would like the story to go, but it's always vague
until I discover what lies beneath.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
Because of how I write I can't put a time stamp on it. When I was writing plays, sometimes 7 months to write a play sometimes two weeks. "Silence" took 2 and half years to write. But as I mentioned I didn't approach it in a professional manner. I only wrote when I felt inspired or if time allowed. An Apple For Zoë took 4 years to get the first draft finished. But same thing as before until I got to part two of the book, then I really changed gears and made this my job. So the second part of the book took about six months.
I'm working on the 2nd installment of the trilogy and I started in March it's
June and I'm very early still in the book. Although I hope for a late summer early fall
release..it will depend on if my characters let me finish!
Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?
Kindle is a no brainer! It doesn't cost you anything to publish, it gives you instant
access to the world, the same with Nook. you can reach an audience so much faster
now than you could back in 2000 when I published "Silence." i've sold more copies of An Apple For Zoë in 4 months than I ever sold of Silence in 11 years. That's why Kindle!
What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?
If you seriously want to be a writer for a living, then this has to become your job, not a hobby. You have to do it everyday, I'm not saying you have to write a certain word count daily or anything like that, but you must be doing something that is pushing your book your name your brand of who you are everyday. Use Twitter, goodreads, make friends in the writing/reading community, read others books, know your genre. Make sure you are pitching your book to the right audience. And always...can't stress this one enough ALWAYS be NICE! Even if you get the worst review of your life, be nice. Don't lash out and be rude to the reviewer, even if the reviewer is in the WRONG. You're going to end up being the bad guy. Even Stephen King gets one star reviews. It's a fact, deal with it professionally. Do beta versions of your book
find out how much cleaning up it needs before it goes to an editor and yes....HIRE and editor. You've worked too long too hard to look sloppy in the end!