Monthly Archives: September 2015

Interview with Rosie Cuthbert of Claire Plaisted’s Secrets Past Aka Rossetta’s Lot

Awesome Thanna, it looks great

Redhead women in coat on vilolet background.

Hello, I’m Thanna A. Setliff and with me today is Rosie Cuthbert.  Rosie, can you tell us what you are doing in the White Mountains’ region?

I’m here to work.  I can’t say anything sorry  it’s confidential.

Do you do confidential things often?

Yes. I used to work for the FBI as an agent, now I’m with a private agency.

What’s the most fascinating thing you’ve seen so far in White Mountains?

I enjoy watching the sun set over the mountains. I’ve never seen such beauty.  It looks like the mountains are on fire

So far you’ve been seen around town with a handsome biker named Brock and another handsome man named Gabriel.  Which one do you prefer and why?

I think I banged into Brock, he didn’t see me though.  Yeah had dinner with Gabriel, couldn’t resist the mystery invite.  He’s gorgeous and rather funny too.

Trouble seems to…

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“Elemental.” Book Cover Reveal for Lisa VeldKamp

Cover The ElementalTime is running out, and only the Elemental can save the world.

“My name is Catherine van Dyk. I run a private massage and coaching practice in Shoreditch, London—nothing special, you would say, and you would be right. Except something terrible is about to happen to our planet, and I’m the only one who can do something about it, so no pressure. Am I going to succeed? This time I might finally be able to control the elements. I have to. To save my life. To save all our lives.”

Catherine van Dyk is an Elemental, which means she can control earth, air, fire, and water—sort of. Catherine is trying to leave her darker days behind her, but she and her friends, who have similar abilities, must try to restore balance to our world. Whether her new neighbor Tristan can help her in that has yet to be seen. Is Tristan who he says he is? With disaster on its way and only one week to go, time is running out. For Catherine, for her friends, for all of us.



Lisa is the author of the poetry collections Nothing is Forgotten and When Words Start to Sing, and The Elemental, part I of The Fire Trilogy. This is her first short story for teenagers, The Bridge Between Yesterday and Tomorrow. She has a background in social services and music, but writing has always been a part of her daily life. One night she dreamed the outlines of The Elemental and took it as a sign from the Universe to pursue a career in writing.

She grew up in a small town in the Netherlands where her parents always taught her to think outside the box. She has a degree in social studies and joined the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids as an adult.

Lisa loves London—according to her, “the city where magic dwells”—and can often be found there. She still resides in the Netherlands, however, with her partner and their dog, Miss Ginger Rogers, and if you’re lucky, you may find her in her favourite coffeehouse, Barista cafe.

Lisa is also a freelance copywriter for CAPSLOC, a music venue in The Netherlands, and an editor for Folk Harp Folks, a magazine published by The Dutch Folk Harp society.


Introducing Karen Mossman

Karen Mossman 

Karen MossmanTell us a bit about yourself.

 I married the boy next door in 1980 and went on to have two children who were born 2 years, 2 hours, 2lbs part all while we lived at house number 22. I do love coincidences.

What bought you to the world of writing?

My mum was a foster carer and I came from a family of four children, and one long-term foster sister. In those days you could foster up to 4 other children as well. Mum mainly looked after the under 5’s and I would entertain them with stories, but later I would write in my bedroom because it was a way of escaping the bedlam downstairs.  It was all for my own entertainment back then as I could be anyone and go anywhere, wherever my pen took me.

What is your first book and what do you think of it now?

My first book was a romance and it was dreadful. I think it’s in the loft somewhere buried in a box. It was self indulgent and way too soppy. But it was a learning curve – maybe of how not to write romance!

What type of books do you write and do they fulfill your reader’s needs?

I’m still learning really and this is my first published full length book. I like romance, but it must have something else in there too, and I’ve now learnt my genre is romance/suspense.

Would you like to feature a book, if so which one?  Tell us about it?

My book is called Star Struck and is set in 1980’s Manchester and the main character is called Joanna Nelson.

It’s story of love, loss, betrayal, friendship and kinship with fashion and music of the day.

Joanna is escaping a broken romance and there is nowhere better than with her sister in London. On the train she meets a mysterious stranger, then in London, a wide-boy cockney, and eventually arrives home with an even more complicated love life.

She is also haunted by her childhood and when her mother turns up unexpectedly, it brings back memories she would rather forget. All have consequences that she still carries with her. Thank goodness for her sister and friends who support her. The trouble is, it can be complicated when her best friend is a ‘he’.

Just as Joanna gets her life back on track, everything is turned upside down. Who of her friends will be there for her? Or will she find herself alone?

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

It’s hard to say, as Star Stuck probably took over a year, but I re-wrote that so many times, I lost count. Since then, I’ve been working on other novels and I’m finding that I’m a slow first drafter. It can take 6 months or so, but once the basics are there, I’ll go back for a rewrite, which is a lot more fun and easier to put together.

Do you plot or not, if so why?

I never used to plot my stories. I’d get a vague idea, a scene almost, and then just write and see what happens. Probably 5 out of every 10, fizzled into nothing. Recently I’ve started writing the whole story in outline form first. Then I break that down into chapters and keep notes of clues and twists. It seems to be working so far.

Do you write in 1st or 3rd person, or have you do both?

I’ve done both, but I prefer 1st person.

How do you edit your work?  Do you leave your draft alone for a while or edit as you write?

I leave it for a while and then I send it to my kindle and read it like it’s a ‘proper book’. It amazing how much you can spot that needs changing. As I read, I keep a notebook and jot down what I need to do.

What type of people/readers do you market your books to?

I’d like it to be both, but I imagine that mainly women read romance, but if you’re male, go for it!

Do you self-publish or have you worked with an Agent/Publisher

I’ve only just learnt that I can self publisher and this is what I’ve done with Star Struck. Having said that when it was first published, I had no idea what I was doing and its big launch consisted of the press of button and a ‘whoopee’ to family and friends. That’s why I am re-launching it after a revamping. With the help from good people fro #Awethors Facebook Group, I now know what you are supposed to do.

How do you promote your writing?

I’m getting lots of people to tweet and share on their social media sites. Other people have offered to blog about my book and I try and slip it in conversations when talking to people as well!

Where can we buy your books?


Although the global link is:

Who are your favourite authors?

There are so many, Norah Roberts, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Mark Edwards, Nicholas Evans.


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Interview of Malachy Garret from Claire Plaisted’s Hidden Secrets, formally published as Malachy’s Unit.

Brilliant Again


Claire Plaisted’s Hidden Secrets, formally published as Malachy’s Unit.

Hello, I’m Thanna A. Setliff and tonight I’ll be interviewing the suave and handsome Malachy Garret:

Hello, Mr. Garrett.  May I call you Mal?  Tell us what you do for a living.

Hey Thanna, lovely to meet you, if you don’t mind I’d prefer to be called Malachy. Thank you for the opportunity to tell you folks about my Investigation Agency which I have owned for the last three years.  It has been a huge struggle to go from being a Field Agent which I loved to what call an office droid, even though I am the boss.  Office work I find irritating and exceedingly boring.

I see.  What is your age and how did you come to own Garrett Investigations?

I am glad you see…sips a glass of water and smirks as Thanna rolls her eyes… I don’t…

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Claire Plaisted’s Hidden Secrets, formally published as Malachy’s Unit.



Claire Plaisted’s Hidden Secrets, formally published as Malachy’s Unit.

I’m Thanna A. Setliff, and I’ll be interviewing the lovely Anastasia Belaruski today.

Welcome to my interview Anastasia Belaruski.

Thank you Thanna, it’s lovely to meet such a talented lady!

Thank you!  What do you do for a living, Ms. Belaruski?  Or may I call you Ana?

I’m an Agent for Garrett Investigations in New York.  I love my undercover assignments.  Yeah Ana is fine, I was named after a friends daughter.

And why did you choose that business?

It chose me…I suppose, in some ways it is all I’ve known.  Not that I realized at the time, My Aunt Rosie taught me martial arts and as I got older I would practice at a shooting range.  It was the next step!  First I went to the academy to train…If you think army training is hard it sure as hell…

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You’re Reading WHAT!!

You’re Reading WHAT!!

“Nope sorry you’re not allowed to read that book, it isn’t published.  It was only printed and printed POD for that matter.  This just won’t do!  You have to follow our lead!  We know what’s best for you to read!  All the book we market from our Publishing Houses are well written, well edited and proofread – not one mistake – and they have the most awesome covers.  Now get a grip and go to you bookstore and buy a real book by a real author.  Ignore the rubbish you find at online bookstores.  They’re pathetic.”

Can you imagine been told what to read.  Personally I know I would rebel, especially now I know better.  I have read some fabulous Self Published books. If you believe the first paragraph then please read no further it may just spoil your day!   Meanwhile, the majority of readers have read Self Published books at some stage of their lives, some do so daily, though many don’t realise the original book was Self Published.  Lets look behind the scenes of so called traditional publishing!

As a Reader why do we all follow the lead of big Publishing Houses and read only what they provide. They publish books and tell us the public this is what we should be reading!  And yes we have been listening to them for over 100 years.  WHY

Going back in history everyone knows that publisher’s didn’t exist until about 100 years ago (give or take a few years).  So what makes them so special now.  All they are doing is making money out of Authors and giving you a tiny share of the profits they call royalties.
Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf – books to be found at 4th Estate – Books for the independent readerThe Bronte Sisters, Edgar Allan Poe – information to be found at Edgar Allan Poe’s History. William Shakespeare and many more were all written and printed at a printers shop none were published like we do today. Even older books were hand written and bound or on scrolls – Maybe even the bible.  Look at how famous these authors and the books all became!  Now is the time for self publishing to re-establish itself so Readers of the world can have pick any book they want, instead of what Traditional Publishers throw out to us.  After all we know there are some really BAD Traditionally Published books out there in the world over the last few years.

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

It’s not that I think Indie Authors should reign supreme. However, they should be given the opportunity to have their books put in front of readers worldwide so they get more variety.

 Many writers are continually rejected by Traditional Publishers, not because they can’t write. In fact they never give you a good reason when they do eventually get back to you.  “Sorry not what we want right now,” to me is a pathetic excuse.  They either don’t like your story, though it is more factual they can’t or don’t think they can make enough money out of your work. After all they are a business. Needless to say most authors even through traditional publishers now have to do the majority of their own marketing.  It is sales which win the day, which is stopping you enjoying literature to it’s full extent.  Don’t let publishers win the day and tell you what you can and can’t read.   Read an Indie book today and enjoy a good read.

Like with anything else there is good and bad literature out there, though at least with Indie you get to decide what to read rather than a Traditional Publisher giving you no option other than what they think you will buy.  So change your ways and buy Indie.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Indie Author Database

One my next post I will discuss how Indie Authors work, what we have to do to get out books into public viewing and how to get them noticed.