The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir by Jeff Lucas

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Jeff Lucas is taking his latest book The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Jeff to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Jeff’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jeff was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Winds of Malibu: An Unexplainable Memoir. What is it about?

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu focuses on my teenage years in the 1970s in Malibu. In the 1970s there were outrageous movies being made in abundance, and under the circumstances, I turned the style and the feeling of this book into an outrageous 1970s film because that is how it felt to live there growing up. Everything was on the edge for no real reason at all other than all the personalities involved.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu was automatic writing on one hand and on the other hand it took decades to complete. I knew I had to finish and publish this eventually. It hung on me for over thirty years. I am grateful that I lived long enough to finish it and publish it. The main challenge was I did not want to face that time that closely, and yet I had to.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Jeff: People who like to read the realist writers should be interested in my book. Those interested in Louis Ferdinand Celine, John Fante, and Arthur Rimbaud. In other words, the writers who lived it in order to say it. The Winds of Malibu is really an excellent addition, I think, to learning about the feel of life in the 1970s among youth.

OP: What is special about your book?

Jeff: For a childhood memoir I have more genuine diary entries perhaps than any other childhood memoir. I have asked the Guinness Book Of World records to check on that.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jeff: Like This Boy’s Life and Running With Scissors? I have got better subject matter.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Jeff: This might be my To Kill A Mockingbird. No other area of my life had the same intensity. I have got some ideas that I have thought about. There was my first four years in Malibu before I was eleven. After 1984 though, I lived a Blue-Collar life and Charles Bukowski already did a better job of writing about that than I could. I have got a screenplay I sketched out in the 1980s about my Blue-Collar world at the ice company. Maybe I will finish it.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Jeff: The Winds of Malibu is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Outskirts Press.

OP: Thanks for your time, Jeff! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeff Lucas was a catalyst for local actors his age in Malibu in the 1970s. He is included in the Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez autobiography, Along The Way (Free Press), and has published two stories in Rosebud Magazine, titled, “Young Frankenstein” and “Buried In The 1980s.”

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/thewindsofmalibu

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Galagamous: The Galactic Garbage Collector by Julia Irwin

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Author Julia Irwin is taking her latest book Galagamous: The Galactic Garbage Collector, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Julia to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Julia’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Julia was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Galagamous: The Galactic Garbage Collector.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Galagamous:The Galactic Garbage Collector. What is it about?

Julia: Galagamous and Fizobot are two very relatable characters who touch on the universal theme of acceptance. Learning to be accepted by others and accepting of oneself. Despite being bullied, they take on a task that others have rejected. By doing so, their actions reflect the true heroes they have always been.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Julia: As a Psychiatrist, I have found that most individuals are receptive to learning lessons via stories. Often times, a simple story allows one to get in touch with their inner child. We are all touched by negative events that occur when we are young but these events do not have to dictate who we will become. It is our actions that will always define us. Actions reveal the core of who we really are.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Julia: I self-published through Outskirts Press currently.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Julia: Readers of all ages can learn life lessons from this book. I wrote it in such a way that adults can read it with children so that questions could be addressed aloud. It encourages interaction between the reader and listener.

OP: What is special about your book?

Julia: This book is special because of the way in-depth content regarding, emotions, differences, and choices, are discussed.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Julia: This book is not preachy or negative. Instead it is positive, accepting and empowering.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Julia: No I have not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Julia: Yes, in time.

OP: Thanks for your time, Julia! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julia Irwin is Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. She has a private solo practice and tends to the mental health needs of all ages.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/Galagamous

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Just Tell Them that I Love Them by Millie Stephens

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Author Millie Stephens is taking her latest book Just Tell Them that I Love Them, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Millie to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Millie’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Millie was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Just Tell Them that I Love Them.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Just Tell Them that I Love Them. What is it about?

Millie: Just Tell Them that I Love Them is a collection of reflections based substantially on scripture. It is meant to remind us of God’s love and how different it is from human love.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Millie: In 2006, while attending a course at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the professor required each student to open class with some form of devotion to welcome the spirit of God into the session. At the time, I was barely comfortable saying a public prayer, let alone conducting an inspirational opening to a group of seminary students. I admit this assignment initially felt like it needed to be a religious production, complete with music, instruments, and an “Amen” section culminating in the “Hallelujah Chorus.” I was slightly petrified. Having a few weeks before it was my turn, I sent up a quick prayer asking God what I should do. In my spirit, I heard Him say, “Just Tell Them that I Love Them.” I immediately began to write. It just flowed… clearly a message that was not my own. After reading it to the class on my assigned evening, the professor and the class were moved enough to ask for a copy, which I gladly provided. At the end of the course, the writing was filed away with other seminary papers. Years later, I stumbled across it and realized that this inspired message was meant to be shared. I printed the message on linen paper of various sizes, framed them, and gave them out at my church’s Christmas Bazaar. I, again, filed the writing away, only to find it a few years later, being reminded that it was meant to be shared. Subsequently, the writing was given as a gift to anyone I thought needed to receive a message about God’s love. Like many, a key life question for me, whether spoken or merely thought, is “What is my life’s purpose?” The consistent response that I hear in my spirit is “Just Tell Them that I Love Them.” So, I’ve written the book in deference to that consistent instruction.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Millie: With a few years of starts and stops, and after retiring from a successful career in Telecommunications, I was able to focus on the book. I was not going to use the excuse that I had to make more money in Corporate America before I could complete, what was clearly, a divine directive. After a period of research, the book was published through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Millie: If you doubt that God loves you, this book is meant to comfort and assure you that He does. If you’ve never believed that God loves you, the hope is that you accept this simple, yet powerful truth. If you know that God loves you, the book will remind you of His love.

OP: What is special about your book?

Millie: The reflections in the book are believed to be inspired by the spirit of God. It is written in a practical, relatable voice… without judgement or condemnation. Many of the reflections are my personal musings based on a growing relationship with God. This book is special in that it will meet the reader where they are in their relationship with God… whether they only slightly acknowledge His existence, or whether they are constantly aware of His presence and activity in their lives. The book is special in that after each reflection, one will be comforted.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Millie: The book is different in that it is not overwhelming to a reader. The profound, yet simple message of God’s love does not need to be communicated with an over-abundance of “thees” and “thous”. The message does not need to be communicated in hundreds of pages of repetitive language. The message really is that simple, with the writing and book format reflecting that simplicity.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Millie: No

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Millie: Absolutely! There are many stories to be told that can convey how God loves us through situations and life seasons… even when it doesn’t feel that way.

OP: Thanks for your time, Millie! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Millie Stephens is a freelance Christian writer, having attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an Emeritus leader and Christian educator at the Salem Baptist Church of Roslyn (formerly Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown). Millie has been married to her husband, Carl, for over 40 years. They have a daughter, Treasure, who is just that… a Treasure.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/justtellthemthatilovethem

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The Hangman Returns by Dee Rose

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Author Dee Rose is taking his latest book The Hangman Returns, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Dee to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Dee’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dee was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Hangman Returns.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Hangman Returns. What is it about?

Dee: The book is about Kente Cromwell Sr. At the end of The Hangman, he is returned to Purgatory to finish serving his time and hopefully, enter Paradise. However, back on Earth, five years have passed, and a sorcerer named Damian Red has murdered Cromwell’s wife in search of the Ring of Light. This sends, Kente Jr, who has the ring, on a vengeful killing spree. But Kente is using the ring to kill both supernatural creatures and humans alike. This forces BA, the Bad Angel, to go to Purgatory and help the Hangman escape in hopes of reigning in Kente Jr. At the same time, the demon lord Hangoctuforre, who is responsible for giving the Hangman his powers, is plotting to launch another assault on the Earth. He has gathered an army consisting of the fallen angel Comet, Damian Red, vampires, and demons. This brings together the vampire slayer, Jericho Caine, the demon hunter, Father Tom Padilla, and the wizard Alexander Merryweather. Joining the fray is a new hero, Susan Taki, a master of kung fu. She also possesses a supernatural ability of her own. Now they must convince the reluctant Hangman to join another war once he deals with his son.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dee: I decided to write it because the Hangman was always meant to be bigger than just the Hangman. There are several novellas about the supporting characters in between The Hangman and The Hangman Returns. I call it the Hangman Universe or HMU.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Dee: I got my book published through Outskirts Press. I trust them with my work.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Dee: The types of readers that will be interested in my book are people who like good versus evil type of books. They are people who like shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or shows like Supernatural and Legacies.

OP: What is special about your book?

Dee: What’s special about my book is that none of the heroes are just purely good. They are flawed, but still know that the evil they face must be defeated.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Dee: What differentiates my book from the rest is that I’m not afraid to explore having the bad guys win. I’m not afraid of showcasing the vulnerabilities of the heroes and showing them as regular human beings.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Dee: Yes, I have published other books. My first foray into writing was a love story entitled, Forbidden Love. My second book was entitled Cloning Around.
As I said before, then came The Hangman and the Hangman Universe, starting with: The Hangman, The Grand Librarian: Life of an Immortal, Father Tom Padilla: Curse of the Demon Priest, Jericho Caine: Dakota Rises, and The Bad Angel: Redemption.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Dee: Yes, the HMU has taken a life of its own. My next novella, following The Hangman Returns is called The Grand Librarian: The Future Wizards. It is currently in the editing process. That will be followed by The Death Brothers: A Supernatural Awaking. It focusses on Jericho Caine and Father Tom Padilla. Both novellas deal with the fallout from The Hangman Returns.

OP: Thanks for your time, Dee! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dee Rose was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He has two beautiful daughters, Nadia and Nicole, who are his life and inspiration. He resides in Denver, CO, where he attended Metropolitan State University and majored in Political Science. He considers the HMU to be his baby that he has nurtured quickly, but with extreme patience. He says, “Along with my kids, the HMU will be my legacy. Hopefully, they will all endure long after I’m gone.”

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/thehangmanreturns

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Reinvented by Bernice Schaefer

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Author Bernice Schaefer is taking her latest book Reinvented, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Bernice to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Bernice’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bernice was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Reinvented.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Reinvented. What is it about?

Bernice: This is a memoir that follows my journey from childhood to a respected psychologist and marriage/family therapist. The chapters in Reinvented depict powerful chapters of my life: my New York City childhood, marrying and reluctantly moving to Connecticut, opening a drama school, becoming a counseling psychologist, losing my husband, finding and losing another love, and so much more. This book shows my frailties, vulnerabilities, uncertainties, but more importantly my strength and resilience.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bernice: I wanted to leave a legacy for my family, and after finishing the book, I realized other people might enjoy the story. I published this book because while my journey is unique to my life, these events are relatable to so many other people.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Bernice: I decided to self-publish. At my age, I didn’t want to wait to find an agent who would in turn find a publisher. I thought this would be much more expedient.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Bernice: People who are curious about other people and the world.

OP: What is special about your book?

Bernice: I wrote it to leave a legacy for my family and friends and commemorate valuable slices of my life. Reinvented portrays a lifetime of struggle, love, and gratitude.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Bernice: In 2014, I published All That And So Much More through Author House Publishing. Some chapters in that memoir now compliment new chapters and themes in Reinvented.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Bernice: Perhaps. I am currently writing a book of essays with three other women.

OP: Thanks for your time, Bernice! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bernice Schaefer resides in Pittsburgh, PA. She spends most of her time lost in her thoughts. When she emerges to involve herself in the outside world, she chooses to share her inward adventures through her writing; whether it be fiction, poetry, or children’s books.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/reinvented

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Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga) by B.A. Vonsik

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Author B.A. Vonsik is taking his latest book Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga), on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow B.A. to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for B.A.’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, B.A. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga).

OP: Tell us a little bit about Primeval Origins: Rise of Serpents (Book #3 in the Primeval Origins Epic Saga). What is it about?

B.A.: A Science Fantasy tale revealing mankind’s origins and the creation of the Four Horsemen of humanity’s final judgment. Experienced through the eyes and mind of Nikki, a paleo-archeologist graduate student, whose life is turned upside down during a field expedition and is now on the run with an enigmatic group of companions fleeing and seeking refuge from the relentless and deadly forces of humanity and their guiding masters known from our shrouded deep past, answering the question…”What if all our myths and legends are true?”

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

B.A.: Curious about the similarities between our many myths and legends, I embarked on a three decades long study of our mythological tales, ancient characters and creatures of legends, and our many religions. I discovered the similarities were indeed real, building a common story of mankind’s origins rich in interactions with our mythological gods as living alien beings…also being known to us as the fallen angels…the Watchers of the Bible and Qur’an. I wanted to provide to the curious an integrated story of our conceivable past and origins in what has become known as Ancient Alien Theory in a story told through a unique perspective filled with thought-provoking characters and creatures and events discovering the meaning and purpose of our mortal lives and the nature of our human souls.

OP: How did you get your book published?

B.A.: Self-published through my company Celestial Fury Publishing. The complete story will be told through the main storyline of the published books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga, with supplementary tales published through an in-development role-playing game. Planned are releases of the story in different formats to reach fans of all ilk’s. Formats planned include: Audio books, graphics novels, and the role-playing game both pen-and-paper and then as a computer game series.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

B.A.: Cross-genre Science Fiction and Fantasy…Science Fantasy fans, Epic Fantasy fans, fans enjoying epic adventures with realistic characters and scientifically accurate settings, fans desiring dystopian settings with a cyberpunk theme, young adult fans, and Christian Fantasy fans.

OP: What is special about your book?

B.A.: A very interesting story with characters you will love and those you will love to hate that will end in the Book of Revelations. Books #1 (Paths of Anguish) and #2 (Light of Honor) have already won 16 awards and honors between them.

Paths of Anguish

  • Young Adult Book of the Year, 2014/2015 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, Readers Favorite 2016 Book Awards
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Distinguished Favorite, Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 NYC Big Book Award
  • Winner, Science Fantasy, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Winter 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Light of Honor

  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 Reader Views Literary Awards
  • Finalist, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Merit, Fiction/Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 CIPA EVVY Award
  • Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
  • Finalist, E-Book Fiction Book of the Year, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Finalist, Science Fiction, 2016 Best Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
  • Fantasy Best Books, NABE Summer 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards
  • Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award
  • Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2018 New York City Big Book Award

Early reviews of Rise of Serpents are even stronger than those received by Paths of Anguish and Light of Honor. Things are looking good for more awards and honors blessing the Primeval Origins Epic Saga. Each book is written to allow readers to enjoy the book and become new fans without the need to read the previous books. Difficult to do, but successful so far.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

B.A.: I know of no other books…or stories integrating all our major myths and legends spanning 65 million years, our religious stories and accounts, all the disciplines of the sciences, engineering and emerging technologies of the 21st century, and our contemporary human history into one tale of mystery in a Science Fantasy “What if…” setting, exploring the our morality and existence.

OP: Have you published any other books?

B.A.: Three books of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga…

  • Paths of Anguish
  • Light of Honor
  • Rise of Serpents

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

B.A.: Book #4 of the Primeval Origins Epic Saga is in the works, as is the master rule book for the role-playing game. Please visit the Primeval Origins website at www.primevalorigns.com for more information on all of the above, the encyclopedia and lexicon, the happenings and research blog, and the research source reference material. For the curious, you will be able to spend months, even years going through all the available material…or you can just enjoy the compelling multiple award-winning story filled with terrible tyrannies, deadly dinosaurs, brutal beasts, ancient gods, and heroic hearts of our undiscovered history and the telling of our End Times.

OP: Thanks for your time, B.A.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Multiple award-winning B.A. Vonsik graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served as an USAF Special Operations aviator. Currently, B.A. Vonsik works in the training and simulation industry by day while at night and all other times detailing the world of Primeval Origins with new discoveries and research in ancient mythologies, creation myths, religions, sciences and technologies. Starting with a curiosity about why many of our mythologic pantheons seemed very similar, B.A. created the Primeval Origins story based on more than 25 years of research integrating our mythologies, ancient alien theory, history, the sciences, and with the stories of the Bible, Qur’an, and Hindu religions. B.A. Vonsik lives with his extraordinary wife in Florida.

For more information and to purchase or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/primevalorigins_riseofserpents

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Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson

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Author Lance Anderson is taking his latest book Life in the Morgue, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Lance to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Lance’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Lance was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Life in the Morgue.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in the Morgue. What is it about?

Lance: The best way I can describe this book is it’s not what you think it is. It is not a horror or gross, it is more focused on the people that actually work in the morgue, and their quirks and about the things that they had to deal with. The office itself and how things were run, the inter office politics and even some state and local government shenanigans. There was another saying at the office “dead people don’t vote” so sometimes things could get out of hand. With that being said the people that I worked with in real life always treated the deceased with the same respect whether they were famous or well connected with lots of money or a drug overdose found in an alley. The doctors there were all top notch and knew what they were doing. Greg the main character is just a normal blue-collar guy who managed to get this job and it so much more than he expected it to be. It becomes an all-consuming life for him, he sees and experiences things he or most people never thought about in his normal regular life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lance: I wrote the book because no matter where I go, once people find out where I worked they all want to hear stories about what happens there, or specific cases, and some of the types of things that I had to deal with. I was at a friend’s backyard cook out a few weeks ago. A young married couple had arrived, and the husband walked right past the hosts and came and sat next to me and started talking. His wife came over and told him it was pretty rude to not say hi to the hosts first. He responded the only reason I came is because Lance was going to be here, he is going to make this an interesting day.. A woman that had recently started dating one of my other friends was sitting next to me. I had only met her on one other occasion chimed in with “what’s going to make it more interesting?” He looked at her and said, “go ahead, ask him where he used to work!” She did, so I told her, and spent most the rest of the afternoon telling morgue stories and talking about cases. It only took a few minutes when I noticed most everyone in the back yard was now standing around the table I was sitting at listening to the stories. People find the stories intriguing, funny, sad and dramatic, and are always asking for more. I had been asked by countless people to write about it over the past several years, so I think it will appeal to lots of people.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Lance: I did a lot of internet research on going to a major publisher vs. self-publishing and decided that Outskirts Press seemed to offer everything I was going to need to turn this into a book. Outskirts made it very easy to go through the whole process.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Lance: The book is written as a fiction, but I think it will appeal to anyone that enjoys the inner working of what happens at a morgue or specifically the medical examiner’s office. The story has drama, humor, some office politics and action. I think the story crosses several genres and will appeal to many different types of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

Lance: Well I think it is written from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. Greg Benson is just an ordinary guy getting through life as best he can. He suddenly finds himself dealing with things and situations that never would have entered his mind that this stuff could happen. The book is written as a fiction but, I used the basis of real situations in the storyline. Some of the situations are twisted around a bit and I did not use real names or locations. I used a Steven king quote in the beginning of the book “Fiction is just the truth wrapped in lies” and I think there is a lot of validity in that statement.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Lance: I did a lot of research trying to find a book to compare it to and really did not find one that I could match it with. Most of the other books I have seen about Morgues or Medical Examiners seemed to be non-fiction case studies or were highlighting the deceased and what brought them into the morgue. This is a good story about a few years in the life of someone who was not really trained or equipped to deal with what he saw, but he managed to excel anyway. Everyday people never think about this stuff and what can and does happen on a daily basis.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Lance: I have co-written a movie script with a friend and it was shopped around and picked up by a major production company and they asked if I could write a sequel, so I did, and they loved that as well. Currently they are sitting in a holding pattern, but we are still in contact and they say they are going to produce them but won’t put a date on when.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Lance: Well I am an active paranormal investigator as well and have plans to write about a particular ghost hunt, I was on as well as another book that covers many other investigations I have done over the years. Who knows, if Life in the Morgue does well. I have enough stories and scenarios to write a sequel to that, maybe even a third.

OP: Thanks for your time, Lance! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue

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