Tuesday, May 31, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - In Between: Stories of the Eververse by Darby Harn

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for In Between: Stories of the Eververse by Darby Harn. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: In Between: Stories of the Eververse
Author: Darby Harn
Publisher: Fair Play Books
Publication Date: May 6th 2022
Print Length: 421 pages
Genre: Speculative Science Fiction
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Telepathic wolves. Zombie gangsters. Sentient houses. Just another day for Kit Baldwin.

Fifty years after an alien ship crashed in Break Pointe, the only protection in a strange new world is Great Power, a corporation of superhumans. If you can afford them. Most people can’t.

Enter Kit Baldwin, a young woman who helps people to help people. Except her power is the alien’s power, and she may be more of a danger to her city than she is a help.

This collection of stories and novellas follows Kit's journey in a series that's been called 'the next logical step after Watchmen.'

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EXCERPT:
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The sky bruises over The Derelicts. I didn’t know what to expect when I started defending the city a few months ago, but I figured full moons would mean less criminal activity.

So far, my most effective super power is being wrong.

The thief runs through the wreck of the alien ship. I hold my position, hovering in the night. Used to be I put on a big light show and scared the daylights out of them soon as they snuck in through the breached hull. That got old.

Now, I let the ship do the work for me. A gauntlet of maroon shards scarps the strange cave of the ship. Bird bones crunch under his boots, hard as rocks. Never a good idea to run here. A gasp caroms around the gutted candle of the interior as he trips and plunges headfirst into a narrow crevice of specious crystal.

Lucky for him, it’s not that deep.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Darby Harn studied at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Irish Writing Program. He is the author of the sci-fi superhero novel EVER THE HERO. His short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Shimmer, The Coffin Bell, and other venues.

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GUEST POST:
- Which character from your book do you think you are most like and why?

I’m certainly most like Kit Baldwin, the main character of In Between: Stories of the Eververse. I didn’t set out to draw any parallels, but I’ve had numerous people tell me Kit and I share similar personality traits. Her compassion and consideration for other people is something I aspire to. Kit represents the best of humanity and though she’s a superhero in name only, she is a real hero and I hope a positive role model for people. The thing Kit and I most share is the fact that we are both autistic.

I discovered I was autistic later in life, about five years ago. I learned this around the time I began writing the first book in the Eververse series, Ever The Hero. Kit became a way of working out this discovery. I always process aspects of my life on the page and Kit became my avatar in many respects. I had internalized a lot of ableism growing up ignorant of my autism for so long. Kit reflected this in ways I regret now but were and are honest to the experience of discovering the truth about yourself.

Kit is obviously autistic in the first book to readers who recognize autistic traits but it’s not until In Between: Stories of the Eververse that she begins to acknowledge this. Her journey echoes my own in many ways. I struggled for a long time to accept and understand this part of myself and it’s only recently that I have felt comfortable speaking about it. One reason I did is that I began to see the value in Kit as a positive representative for autistic characters in fiction, of which there are too few.

Autistic people often get tagged with being unempathetic or robotic. That is not my experience personally or of other autistic people. If anything, autistic people such as myself and others I know are hyper-empathetic, to the point they take steps to insulate themselves from experiences that may overwhelm them. They are hyper-perceptive in many cases and a greater awareness of others leads to greater empathy.

Kit contains a universe of empathy within her. It doesn’t always register in neurotypical ways. Her life experience taught Kit not to speak or react for fear of being misunderstood, and this gives off the impression of her being distant. She’s anything but. Her actions and words reveal a woman of deep feeling and limitless compassion for those in need. One of the joys of writing these stories is discovering Kit’s capacity for kindness. Every story challenges her. Every new circumstance puts pressure on her. She struggles to navigate the twists and turns of being responsible for a city of people but she never struggles to maintain her compassion.

I’d like to think Kit and I share this in common. One thing I know we do share is that we are always fighting for the better and to be better.
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GIVEAWAY:
Darby Harn will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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291 comments:

  1. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Hi Jamie! I'm always glad to share my perspective on writing. For me, the most important thing for new writers is just to write. We're often distracted or discouraged by many things and that can frustrate our growth. Write and be ok with its imperfections. You will grow and improve the more you write.

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  2. Sounds terrific. Looking forward to following Kit's journey

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  3. this sounds like a great book

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  4. Thank you for sharing the excerpt.

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  5. What an interesting book. good work

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  6. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - makes me interested in this book!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  9. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the excerpt.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I liked the synopsis and excerpt and I am looking forward to reading all of the stories from this series

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    1. Thank you Bea! I hope you enjoy the stories.

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  11. I enjoyed reading the guest post and the excerpt and The In Between Stories of the Eververse sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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  12. The book sounds interesting, thank you.

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  13. David HollingsworthJune 1, 2022 at 4:10 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  14. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  15. In Between: Stories of the Eververse by author Darby Harn sounds like a very unique book indeed!

    Nancy
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  16. How many hours a day do you write?

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    1. It winds up around 10-12 hours a day on average. I'm also a freelance writer and my entire day is writing articles and fiction, though some days are better than others.

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  17. About how long did it take you to complete your first book?

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  18. David HollingsworthJune 2, 2022 at 2:07 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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  19. How did you come up this book title?

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  20. The title came from a few different places. It refers to this collection being 'in between' books 3 and 4 of the Eververse series, sort of a pause between Acts 1 and 2. Book 4 will be out next year. It also refers to the In Between, a dimension between all realities within the series that plays a key role in the overall narrative.

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  21. The book sounds very interesting. Love the eye-catching cover.

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  22. David HollingsworthJune 3, 2022 at 1:39 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  23. What age were you when you first started writing?

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  24. What are some of your favorite snacks?

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  25. David HollingsworthJune 5, 2022 at 2:21 AM

    How many books have you written so far?

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  26. Do you have any extreme hobbies, like extreme couponing or cave diving?

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  27. David HollingsworthJune 7, 2022 at 3:28 AM

    What inspires you to write books like this?

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  28. In Between: Stories of the Eververse by author Darby Harn is certainly a book that is one of a kind!

    Nancy
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  29. David HollingsworthJune 8, 2022 at 2:09 AM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  30. I love everything about this book - genre title and cover!

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  31. What's your signature alcoholic drink?

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  32. What has been your favorite road trip?

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  33. David HollingsworthJune 10, 2022 at 1:55 AM

    What's your favorite food?

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  34. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

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  35. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  36. David HollingsworthJune 11, 2022 at 3:09 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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  37. If you could stay one age forever, which one would it be, and why?

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  38. Would you ever be willing to take a cruise? To where?

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  39. David HollingsworthJune 13, 2022 at 3:58 AM

    Where do you go to relax?

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  40. When do you think you could have used a second chance in life?

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  41. David HollingsworthJune 14, 2022 at 6:41 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  42. Who is your favorite character that you've written?

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  43. Speculative Science Fiction is a genre that is new to me.

    Nancy
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  44. Do you have a favorite genre you like to read?

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  45. How do you relax after a long day of writing?

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  46. David HollingsworthJune 18, 2022 at 11:00 PM

    Do you like the sound of rain?

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  47. Do you ever feel llke your characters take over your story?

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  48. What is your all time favorite book?

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  49. David HollingsworthJune 20, 2022 at 5:43 PM

    Do you get a crush on any of your characters?

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  50. Any advice for someone starting a new job?

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  51. This collection of stories and novellas sounds like a one of a kind collection of tales.

    Nancy
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  52. What is a surprising fact about you?

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  53. David HollingsworthJune 22, 2022 at 5:18 PM

    Hope you're keeping cool during this heat

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  54. thanks for sharing, this sounds wonderful

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  55. Who inspired you when you were growing up?

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  56. David HollingsworthJune 23, 2022 at 7:51 PM

    How do you feel about Summer?

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  57. Did you always want to be a writer?

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  58. David HollingsworthJune 24, 2022 at 6:56 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  59. Do you have any advice for getting some sleep?

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  60. Is there a writer you'd ever want to collab with?

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  61. David HollingsworthJune 25, 2022 at 7:01 PM

    Do you have advice for other writers?

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  62. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

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  63. If you weren't a writer, what would your occupation be?

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  64. hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday

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  65. sounds like an interesting read

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  66. When you're writing a book, what does your workday look like?

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  67. David HollingsworthJune 27, 2022 at 4:55 PM

    Interesting cover and story.

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  68. Is there a character you've found really difficult to write?

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  69. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  70. David HollingsworthJune 29, 2022 at 5:24 AM

    Who is your favorite character from any of your books?

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  71. What famous person would you find it inspirational to meet?

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  72. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  73. What is your favorite place that you've visited?

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  74. What's your biggest inspiration?

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  75. Do you have a favorite character from a movie or tv that you wish you could incorporate into your books?

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  76. What is your favorite way to relax?

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  77. David HollingsworthJuly 2, 2022 at 6:51 PM

    Happy Saturday/1

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  78. do you have a favorite author?

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  79. What is the best book you've read so far in 2022?

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  80. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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  81. In Between: Stories of the Eververse by author Darby Harn sounds like the products of a very original and creative mind.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  82. David HollingsworthJuly 3, 2022 at 10:20 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  83. If you celebrate, how are you spending your fourth of July?

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  84. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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  85. David HollingsworthJuly 4, 2022 at 9:24 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  86. how long have you been writing

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  87. What story of yours did you find it difficult to write?

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  88. David HollingsworthJuly 5, 2022 at 6:35 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  89. David HollingsworthJuly 5, 2022 at 6:35 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  90. Snort stories are interesting to read because you can fir a story into your day even when you just have a few minutes to read.

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  91. was it hard choosing the cover

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  92. What's your best memory from 2022 so far?

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  93. David HollingsworthJuly 6, 2022 at 5:46 PM

    What do you think of this year so far?

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  94. I'm so ready for good reads for the summer, this is on my list!

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  95. What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

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  96. What are you looking forward to the most in the second half of 2022?

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  97. David HollingsworthJuly 7, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  98. What fiction tropes are your pet peeves?

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  99. David HollingsworthJuly 8, 2022 at 8:12 PM

    What's your next book going to be like?

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  100. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  101. How did you decide on character names?

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  102. I need to expand my genre preferences! This is unusual... might be where I want to go! And I might as well start with an author that carries the same name as my father! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. What is your favorite setting to write in?

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  104. David HollingsworthJuly 10, 2022 at 1:15 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  105. Do you have any more books you are planning to release this year?

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  106. David HollingsworthJuly 11, 2022 at 4:18 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  107. If one of your books was made into a Hollywood movie, who do you picture portraying the main role?

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  108. so you have a favorite spot to write

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  109. In Between: Stories of the Eververse by author Darby Harn has a very striking cover : black with red accents.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  110. How much writing do you do in a day?

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  111. David HollingsworthJuly 12, 2022 at 9:55 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  112. Do you have any other new books planned for this year?

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  113. In Between: Stories of the Eververse sounds like a fascinating collection of stories and novellas for readers to enjoy.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  114. David HollingswortbJuly 14, 2022 at 3:00 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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  115. What's your favorite book series by another author?

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  116. is there a certain time of day you write

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  117. How long have you been a writer?

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  118. This book sounds amazing. I love reading things like this!

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  119. David HollingsworthJuly 15, 2022 at 6:17 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  120. What is the best thing about being a writer?

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  121. David HollingsworthJuly 17, 2022 at 2:04 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  122. What is a line of dialogue that stuck out to you and you'll always remember?

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  123. Is there a particular event or moment that inspired you to be a writer?

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  124. What time did you get up this morning?

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  125. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  126. I have not yet read a book that has telepathic wolves in it!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  127. David HollingsworthJuly 19, 2022 at 11:31 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  128. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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  129. What book are you currently reading?

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  130. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  131. David HollingsworthJuly 20, 2022 at 11:55 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  132. What books do you recommend starting out with for your backlist?

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  133. hope you are enjoying the summer

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  134. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  135. Which of your characters do you relate to the most and why?

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  136. David HollingsworthJuly 22, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  137. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

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  138. was it hard to decide on the cover

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  139. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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  140. thanks for this contest, your book sounds interesting

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  141. Were you creative as a child?

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  142. David HollingsworthJuly 24, 2022 at 8:21 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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