No Secrets Allowed

A Sweet and Light-Hearted Romantic Series

Romance author Kana described her work as, “clean and wholesome, new adult romance, chick-lit, and women’s fiction.” Here’s a brief synopsis:

Soon after their first kiss, Rory and Peter must try to build their relationship with over 3000 miles between them. Their love has just bloomed, but their path is on rocky ground. When truth appears and secrets are exposed, will their love survive?

You’ll find more information about this romance author on her website. You can send her an Instagram message and find her on Facebook. Ask her questions on Goodreads Author Kana Wu.

Kana’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

For those who have known me or met me for the first time, they could tell that I’m an introvert. It doesn’t mean I can’t be a talkative person to a person I meet for the first time. I could only if I feel comfortable with the person. Also, I’m not good in crowds. If I am talking to two or three people, I’d usually be fine. However, among more than four people, I’m not feeling as comfortable. I’d hide in my shell or let other people talk, and I’d listen. Also, it isn’t easy to maintain the conversation if there are more than four people.

Feeling comfortable is important!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

I prefer to start my day at around six in the morning because I like to have my day longer. In the morning, everything seems calm and quiet. On the weekend, whenever I bike with my husband, the streets are still empty, and you could hear the birds singing. I live in Southern California, and during summer, it is super hot. So, waking up in the morning in summer would give me a chance to ride a bike when the sun is still low on the horizon.

I don’t mind waking up late, especially if I’m not feeling well. It happens many times. If that is the case, I don’t feel upset or feel the day is short because I know that with more sleep, my body will build up its immune system to fight off the illness.

However, I could be a night owl if I need to. Many times, I’d stay late for finishing some chapters. If not, I couldn’t sleep anyway because my mind is on the chapters.

A bit of both for you!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

I think nature provides more inspiration and brings some calmness to me. If you’d like to spend time in nature, you’d see amazing things. One day, my husband and I went for a hike. The trail was not too long, but in the middle of the trail, we found a grove of redwoods which reminded us of Muir Woods in San Francisco area.

So, walking among the tall redwoods, I felt calm and fresh, and a few ideas came into my mind. Not necessarily related to the 3rd book, I’m working on, but about everything.

Understandable reasoning!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

I have to admit that it is easy to write when the mood takes us. However, I prefer to be disciplined. It is not because ideas come quickly at the time I set, but I found my day is more productive if I write or sit in front of my notebook at the same time every day.

Disciplined writing for you!

Do you prefer to read (1) an audiobook OR (2) a paperback?

Only if I were alone in the car, I’d be accompanied by an audiobook. I’d read many audiobooks while driving to the office.

If I’m not driving, I like reading through Kindle or paperback. I like Kindle, especially when I travel because I don’t have to bring many books. Kindle is also handy if I read before going to sleep. In the dark, I don’t need to turn off the light once I’m done reading. I close my Kindle and rest.

So it depends on the condition.

Interesting explanation!

Thanks for being interviewed, Kana!

No Secrets Allowed book cover
No Secrets Allowed

Caught in the Pot

Author Hogan Short has described his novel as a combination of literary fiction, small town romance, and drug addiction. He self-published it this March. Here’s a synopsis:

Caught in the Pot is about a young man falling desperately in love, just as he begins to develop an addiction to opioids, and what lies and truths are worth living and loving through.

Kane is a wandering twenty-something, tattooing his way from town to town, looking for a place he can call home — but what is home? Kane arrives in Sachem, a quaint fishing town on the Atlantic Ocean, where he meets and falls for the charming Tilly. When Kane finds work on a high paying lobster boat, Tilly becomes worried — the dangerous and demanding work has led to tragedies of all kinds.

Caught in the Pot is a beautifully tragic novel by author Hogan Short. If you like sweet contemporary romances — and the power and failure of the human condition — then you’ll love this contained story of love, forgiveness, and the ways in which we hope and struggle to find our own way…and each other.

You can find out more about him at Goodreads Author Hogan Short.

Hogan’s Interview

You prefer to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends OR (2) to eat in a big-name restaurant?

Right now? Especially after a year of only home cooked meals, with the big-name restaurants completely off the table? Ordering great cocktails and food that might take hours or days to perfect at home with hard to find ingredients? And no dishes? And loud music in dark rooms surrounded by close friends and strangers? I’m going out!

Any place in particular?!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

Unfortunately, both. I like to wake up early to get the day going. When I wake up at 9am and then 6am, it feels hard to ignore those three hours and what can be lost and gained. And then I just go to bed late, basically for the same reason. It could be writing or working, or simply watching YouTube. Less sleep is more time.

Interesting perspective!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

It’s hard to say. I write for work, so that’s a set time and I can’t choose the mood. When I wrote Caught in the Pot, I set the amount of daily time, but chose when I wanted to. As long as I hit that two hours a day mark. It was easier in quarantine with all of the extra time.

Takes aim and hits the mark!

(1) Can you name just one favorite novel OR (2) you love too many to just pick one?

Like movies, it’s hard to choose just one. But I love lists and I love favourites. If I’m choosing science fiction, it’s probably something by Michael Crichton, or maybe Blake Crouch. Romance? Probably Atonement or Normal People. But if I am going to go with my favourite author of all time, and choose a favourite book of his…I’d have to say No Country For Old Men.

Love too many to pick one!

What is your (1) favorite book quote OR (2) favorite movie quote?

Well, my favourite movie quote of all time is probably from Alien. It’s when Ash is describing the titular creature and it’s so poetic but also to the point, essentially how Ash was designed to interpret things. “Its structural integrity is matched only by its hostility.” That or “I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her” from Notting Hill (of course).

As for my favourite book quotes, I’m going to be a little cheeky here. It’s a famously long, run-on sentence that I read over and over, thinking about and learning from each time, like it’s own short story. It’s from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. I love it because it’s poetic, it’s smart, it’s incredibly difficult, it’s borderline unnecessary, and it’s completely McCarthy.

“A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood of prior owners, coats of slain dragoons, frogged and braided cavalry jackets, one in a stovepipe hat and one with an umbrella and one in white stockings and a bloodstained wedding veil and some in headgear or cranefeathers or rawhide helmets that bore the horns of bull or buffalo and one in a pigeontailed coat worn backwards and otherwise naked and one in the armor of a Spanish conquistador, the breastplate and pauldrons deeply dented with old blows of mace or sabre done in another country by men whose very bones were dust and many with their braids spliced up with the hair of other beasts until they trailed upon the ground and their horses’ ears and tails worked with bits of brightly colored cloth and one whose horse’s whole head was painted crimson red and all the horsemen’s faces gaudy and grotesque with daubings like a company of mounted clowns, death hilarious, all howling in a barbarous tongue and riding down upon them like a horde from a hell more horrible yet than the brimstone land of Christian reckoning, screeching and yammering and clothed in smoke like those vaporous beings in regions beyond right knowing where the eye wanders and the lip jerks and drools.”

Not just one movie quote, but also quotes book !

Thanks for being interviewed, Hogan!

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Caught in the Pot

One Dark Night

Historical romance author Anna Faversham has self-published a novel filled with mystery and suspense. Here’s a synopsis of the first book in her Dark Moon Series:

It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. One man is determined, not only to stop this violent trade, but to hang the perpetrators – one in particular. Lucy has her own problems and they get worse when these two men enter her life. Two men, one girl, one dark night – trouble awaits.

You can find out more about this historical romance novelist on her website. You may ask her questions at Goodreads Author Anna Faversham.

Anna’s Interview

You see an amusing incident while grocery shopping. Do you (1) record what happens in some form OR (2) do nothing?

It doesn’t matter where I am, I always have a notebook with me and I scribble in there constantly. I also use my mobile and record thoughts in there. Walking by the sea is one of the best sources of inspiration, my poor brain gets overrun sometimes as they flood in.

Have notebook, will travel!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

Only rarely can I think of a witty retort. I’ve learnt at last not to get cross with myself for not being able to whisk sparkling wit from up my sleeve at the appropriate moment because at least I provide an appreciative audience for those who can.

Nothing wrong with being an appreciative listener!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

I take a little while to come round in the morning but then from 8 a.m to lunch time, I’m at my best insofar as work is concerned. I’m hopeless in the graveyard slot (2 p.m.) but now, during lockdowns, I make that my long walk spot. As a teenager, I was a night owl.

Former night owl becomes morning person!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

Nature is definitely inspirational. My latest book (Immortality: This is probably a Novel) has lots of animals in it. The first is a camel, then a cat, then donkeys and also a swan. The Dark Moon Series has a wonderful dog in it. I loved writing that series with Josh, the dog, as a star character – in my eyes, at least. I now live near the sea and there are lots of seagulls around. There’s one special one, I’ve called him Steve. He frequently flies down onto my balcony railing and I go out and chat to him. He cocks his head on one side and is the perfect listener. If I haven’t noticed him, he squawks until I do. He’ll end up in one of my books some day!

Steve sounds like he’d be an interesting character!

What is your favorite (1) song OR (2) book?

Favourite song: What a Wonderful World. Why? It sums up how I feel and my father asked for it at his funeral. The family obliged.

What a wonderful song!

Thanks for being interviewed, Anna!

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One Dark Night

A Bearable Day

and Other Children Tales

Children’s literature author Pupola self-published her short story collection in February 2021. Here is a synopsis:

The short stories featured include a bear cub with his friends in the wild, and a mermaid named Kerka trying to figure out what to do with a baby flying fish. The baby flying fish refuses to go back to the fish nursery and wants to become a mermaid instead. The other short stories include a bored small boy escaping outside without his parents noticing, a young fly who lost his potato home, and a pony who meets 2 young unicorns, but no other horses believes in the pony!

You can find out more about this children literature author on her WordPress Pupola blog or on her Weebly blog. She’s available on Pinterest and has a channel on YouTube. You may send her a Tweet or ask her questions at Goodreads Author Pupola.

Pupola’s Interview

You see an amusing incident while grocery shopping. Do you (1) record what happens in some form OR (2) do nothing?

I would do nothing. I would respect their privacy. As amusing as it might be, the poor person/people that the incident occurred to might have been out of their hands. It would be fair and the right thing to do. You would not want the same thing happening to you without your knowledge and consent.

Consent it is!

Science has advanced, and we can now colonize other planets. Do you (1) sign up to be a colonist OR (2) remain on Earth?

I would wait till things are more ‘ironed out’ like a decade. Never go with first generation stuff so they say…

Both feet on the ground!

You prefer (1) to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends OR (2) to eat in a big-name restaurant?

I would prefer to eat a home-cooked meal with family and friends because there is no closing time like in restaurants and more freedom.

Freedom of home!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

Usually, after the conversation is over, lol! I just get too absorbed into conversations.

Interesting absorption!

You prefer (1) to people watch OR (2) bird watch?

I would prefer to people watch because some bird will always fly down and start pecking on the ground, so really best of both worlds!

People for you!

Thanks for being interviewed, Pupola!

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A Bearable Day and Other Children Tales

Eyes

Nghịch Tửs debut fantasy thriller novel has been translated by Việt H. Nguyễn, and is now available on Amazon. Here is a synopsis:

Vũ Thanh is a typical girl, smart and cynical, born and raised in the countryside of Vietnam. Ever since the Government opened an industrial park near her village, things have been changing, for better and for worse. For Vũ Thanh, however, it has mostly been “for worse”…

Nearly two years ago, she left her village to go to University in the big city. Now, she’s returning to celebrate Lunar New Year with her family.

On the bus, the young girl met Điền Mục, a weirdo whom she suspected of being a con man but couldn’t quite decide for sure.

As she found her way home, Vũ Thanh found her village not quite what she remembered, and Điền Mục, the peculiar young man from the bus, seemed to be right at the center of everything.

Is he truly who he said he was and there to help her? Or is he actually the mastermind behind it all?

Will Vũ Thanh trust the right person, or will she end up paying the ultimate price for her cynicism? Find out by joining Vũ Thanh on her thrilling adventure as she dives headfirst into a land full of myths, curses, spirits, and black magic!!!

This book is the first installment of the Half-Alive Series, and a Fantasy Thriller in genre. As such, it contains some violence, gore, as well as disturbing elements taken from Vietnamese (and perhaps other Asian) culture, folklore, and fairytales. Reader discretion is advised.

You can find out more about this fantasy author on Facebook. You may ask him questions at Goodreads Author Nghịch Tử.

Nghịch’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

I always consider myself to be a bit of an introvert. Going about, establishing new contacts, and interacting with people are, most of the time, really tiresome for me. For pretty much all of my time on earth, sinking back into my own thought and dwelling in various possibilities of the fictional world rushing through my imagination have been more enjoyable than socializing, it’s almost like a kind of comfort food to me. Later in life, I learnt that expressing myself through novels and stories was also an option, so I became an author.

Insightful answer!

You can travel back in time. Will you go back (1) 10 years OR (2) 25 years?

Interesting question. Among the two options presented, 10 years would be better, as 25 years ago I haven’t even been born yet. With that said, somewhere between that two option to relive my childhood innocence is more appealing. But then, if I do have the ability to time travel… what’s stopping me from going even further back in time? You see, I’m a bit of a history / paleontology fanatic, and traveling back in time would be a golden opportunity to see all the epic occurrences the past has to offer. On a side note, the history of my country is a bit incomplete, both by external and internal reasons, and having this kind of power sparks my curiosity even further.

Time traveling for you!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

A night owl for sure. Not that I didn’t know staying up late and go to bed on the wrong time is bad. It’s just that I’m highly more productive after mid night. Both my creativity and my emotions seem to receive a boost after the clock struck twelve. So well, can’t really help it.

Great reason to be a night owl!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

I write only when the mood takes me, as I strongly believe that art can’t be rushed. Every time I had forced myself to comply to a deadline, the resulted pages were in way worse conditions than what I can usually manage to produce under the right condition and in the right mood. So, I’d rather delete them and start over than handing them out to my readers. They deserve the best – not in the world, mind you, I’m not that good – but the best of my capabilities at least. It’s for this reason that I’m slowly turning into a nocturnal opossum.

So understandable!

You prefer to watch (1) a sunrise OR (2) a sunset?

I don’t absolutely favor one over the other. To me, it depends more on the occasion and what I am feeling or need to feel at the time. Watching the sun set makes me emotional, but the rising sun motivated me more. At this specific point in life though, I prefer the sun rise. As a new author, I very much need every bit of motivation I can muster.

Motivating sunrises for you!

Thanks for being interviewed, Nghịch!

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Eyes