Valentinno: Poet and Screenwriter


Carla: Tell us a bit about yourself and your pen name.

Valentinno: To my family and friend I’m Kevin Brian Wright (but to my international following, I’m best known as Valentinno.)– A romantic poet, letter writer, renaissance thinker, and author of the critically acclaimed book, ” A Romantic’s Passion: The Tenth Muse”.

In this business a pen name, book cover, even the title of a book can affect how your book will sell. So being that I am a romantic poet my birth name “Kevin Brian Wright” sounded more corporate to me. Perhaps it would fit better for someone writing a book on finance.  It wasn’t very marketable for someone writing romance. But the name Valentinno being a variant of valentine which also means, romance, true love, heart, etc., was perfect in every sense of that word for me.

Carla: How did you make the transition from screenwriting to books? 

Valentinno: You’re absolutely right I am a screenwriter and that was my main focus, but I wore many other hats in the film industry as well. I was an award-winning action and fight director, I choreographed stunt, fight sequences and starred in over eight films. But the thing I most enjoyed was writing the scenes and watching them come to life on-screen.

After writing screenplays for so long I wanted to pursue other creative avenues. At the same time I was working on several collections of romantic prose and I wanted to tell my love story to the world. So I basically took a very long vacation and decided to concentrate on just my poetry, and so I published my first bestselling book in Europe in 2006.  I guess being a screenwriter will always be in my blood because, it seems I’m back from that vacation. Today I have two feature screenplays written with my business partner, Christina Sampson.  One is an action science fiction film named, “Vooshaday” and the other is an action movie entitled, “Organized Crime Bureau.”

Carla: You’re incredible popular in Europe and your latest book, “A Romantic’s Passion: The Tenth Muse”, that was released in January, has already sold out in France and Germany.  What element of originality do you feel fuels your popularity?

Valentinno: January 25th 2011 my book was published and by the 28th it sold out in Germany and France. Since then,”A Romantic’s Passion”, has been getting a lot of media attention. I have been doing radio tours, appeared on talk shows, been on the front cover of numerous newspapers, and have done many interviews, etc. It has been very exciting.

As for how I feel, I really go by what the reader feels because they are your true critics.  According to my readers my popularity stems from the old world romantic style and my elaborate imagery.

“O’ beauty, her endearing armor, that meets my elated glance,

My dear warrior! The courier of Saint Cupid’s almighty bow,

Where I have only pressed my lips against the cheek where

Rests love’s fair kiss and passion kindles those votive rays,

But a lover’s bliss, that blessed day!

When that seraph light retained my soul upon her

Flowering face and the tender tones of her sweet accents.”


Carla: Name the most unusual place you’ve found inspirations for your writings.

Valentinno: Honestly I don’t have to be inspired; I can just sit down at any time, pick up a pen and just write. Maybe because I write about my true life romantic experience, so the muse, emotions and visions are already the reality of my mind.

Carla: You’ve used photography in your latest book to coincide with your poems. 

Valentinno: I used photographs in my book so readers can not only read the love story through words but visualize the romance through photos. I wanted to give the audience something different.

Carla: A line of poetry that changed your way of thinking.

Valentinno: I don’t think a line of poetry could change my way of thinking, but writing, “A Romantic’s Passions”, opened my eyes and mind to many new things. Even though I’m an expert on the subject I am still just a student of the world and love will always be the greatest teacher.

Carla: What was it like writing for the Queen of England?  Was the process a bit intimidating?

Valentinno: I was honored and very excited to write for Queen Elizabeth II. The poem in which I wrote was entitled, “O’ Blessed Nightingale.” It’s now displayed in her private estate, in Balmorals Castle.

Regardless of how high-profile someone is you have to look at them like every other reader. You can’t get intimidated or you won’t give your best work. So I sat down behind my computer and wrote the poem like I would for anyone else. Weeks later I received a letter by royal mail telling me how much she loved the poem, it’s presentation etc.

Carla: When you’re not writing, what’s your favorite thing to do to unwind?

Valentinno: I always like to unwind with a good run or walk, or a couple of hours in the gym.

Carla: What did you have for dinner tonight?

Valentinno: Chicken stuffed with crab meat and asparagus

Carla: Your most beloved coffeehouse?

Valentinno: Tea and Sympathy; because I’m a tea drinker.

Carla: Favorite romantic vacation destination?

Valentinno: Venice, Italy

Carla:  Cats or Dogs?   Cats

Thank you Valentinno!  I wish you much success, in your future endeavors.

While he now writes full-time, Valentinno has more than 27 years of award – winning writing experience. He has received 60 international literary awards in less than 5 years, including a nomination for the Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was inducted into the “Who’s Who of Poets.” Valentinno also won best manuscript at the Christopher Newport University’s annual writers conference, as well as composed poetry for Queen Elizabeth II. Valentinno is a consummate writer and his excellence in his craft has earned him international fame. He is no emerging romance writer. He has already earned worldwide recognition for the finest embodiment of the art of poetry, thus ranking him among the greatest old world romantic poets.     

To purchase Valentinnos’ books:

http://www.valentinno.webs.com

http://www.bn.com

http://www.amazon.com

Tom Schafer: Author – Horror

Please welcome our most wonderful guest, Tom Schafer.  So glad you could join us today!

Carla: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Tom: I’ll give it a shot…I’m thirty-eight, weird and sometimes pretty smart. And I basically just believe that reading and writing is good for the soul.

Carla: What is your genre?  Tell us about your book?

Tom: Horror, for the most part. Not so much blood and guts, but psychological.  Shadow of the Ripper is a book about the ghost of Jack the Ripper haunting a small town in Ohio. It was inspired by an Arby’s commercial, believe it or not. It gave me a thought about what if Jack the Ripper had become obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and, voila.

Tom: My book, Away from the Hourglass is pretty much a ghost story based on the loss of a girlfriend, that I went all crazy with. Curse of the Pharaoh is more of a drama than Horror. It deals with the death of King Tut. It’s more of a political conspiracy theory type story. Thoughts of The Damned was my first book; It was written when I was still pretty young. It’s one of those…not quite there books, but it has it’s moments.

Carla: Who is your favorite character and why?

Tom: Jared Drake. He was the first character that I ever wrote. Most of my friends think that he’s really my “dark side.” Maybe he is. Now, I try to give him “cameos” in my newer books. He’s pretty much the negative side of the world.

Carla: What do you think makes your book unique from other horror / vampire books?

I read a lot of books or stories where the plot and story development are the same. Or similar. I try to avoid that. I also try to avoid being too descriptive. I’m a firm believer in that vague is clearer. Sort of like a forced-perspective thing. I may say that a character is tall, has long, messy hair, and that’s usually about it. I like the reader to make a connection to someone that they already know.

I also don’t mess around with “fluff.”  Some of my chapters are only a page or two.  I’d rather have a 200 page book that is all story and dialogue, than a 500 page book that is overly descriptive. That usually bores me as a reader.

Carla: Your all-time favorite author?

Tom: I’m going to have to go with Poe. He wrote short stories. He really had a grasp on how to scare you.

Carla: The genre you’d like to try but haven’t done yet.

Tom: A straight up, Comedy. Every comedy I write seems to end up taking horrifically, terrible turns. Or it delves off into weird, Sci-fi.

 Carla: What did you have for dinner tonight?  

Lasagna

Carla: If you were a color, what would it be?

Tom:  Purple…dark, but there’s a little light in there.

Carla: Thanks for stopping by, Tom!


To purchase one of Tom’s books click on:  http://amzn.to/lsIgPO

Tom Schafer is a 38 year-old writer from Fremont, Ohio. He has four published books: “Thoughts of the Damned” (2001) “Curse of the Pharaoh” (2006) “Away from the Hourglass” (2007) “Shadow of the Ripper” (2008) He is currently working on screenplays as well as several other books, including “Lukas Nevland and the Seas of Aquataine,” an adaptation from screenplay to novel, based on the screenplay written by Owen Jennings.


Jen Wylie – YA Author

 
For the first stop on our blog tour, we will be trekking to the Great White North.   A very, special welcome to the fabulous Canadian author, Jen Wylie!   

                                                  

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in rural Ontario, Canada. I am a stay at home mom of two darling little boys. We also have an Australian shepherd and way too many birds. 🙂

Other than writing, I also love to read and do a variety of crafts. I’m an Internet addict, however computers hate me LOL.

How is your short electronic series coming along?  Who is your favorite character and why?

Tales of Ever is coming along great! I’ve finished the 4th of the six short stories and it will be coming out in early June. As to my favorite character, I of course love my main character Misha. However, out of all the side characters, I think Shade (Shadow Boy) is my favorite. He was introduced in the third installment.  I do so love the dark bad boy types!

What is your genre?  Tell us about your book.

I write most forms of fantasy, from paranormal to romantic to urban.  I also write for adults and young adults. Though I’ve a number of short stories out already, my debut novel is a romantic fantasy.

Sweet Light

When fate conspires against you and gives you three loves to choose from, what do you do?  When you do decide, what if you made the wrong choice?

Share is a Healer, raised and trained from childhood until her unique gift manifests itself. When she gains the rank Journeyman she is hired to serve as the court healer of the barbaric kingdom of Glendor.

Untrained for war she is thrust unmercifully into its bloody arms when the kingdom is invaded. Ordered by her king to the front lines to tend the wounded, she is forced to flee when their camp is attacked.  Happening upon a wounded soldier in the forest, every mile back to the capital is a struggle, and breaking the Healer’s code, she falls in love with her charge.

If Shara thought that to be the least of her troubles, the appearance of a fierce warrior captain who takes it upon himself to be her protector teaches her differently.  Trouble comes in threes at the appearance of her former love and fellow healer.  Faced with decisions of the heart and the sudden manifestation of her gift leave little room for anything else to go wrong.  Or at least that’s what Shara thought…

What’s the most effective promo you’ve ever done?

 In general using twitter has been the most effective. For a one shot promotion I would say my feature on Pixel of Ink. There are a number of places I haven’t been yet though, so that could change!

All-time favorite author?

Too many to count, and it changes as time goes on and depending on my mood. Always love Anne McCaffrey. Michelle Sagara has been one of my favorites for a number of years.

Genre you’d like to try but haven’t done yet.

I’d like to try horror. Maybe. I might scare myself. I can’t even watch scary movies.

 What do you think makes your book unique?

Well I wrote it 😀 Every book is unique, from the story to the characters. I’m a very emotional person, and that comes out in my writing.

 I noticed that you regularly give out great advice on making the most of social media.   Have you always been drawn to helping others.

Yes I have. I love helping others. I suck at asking for help, but that’s a whole other story. It brings me much joy to help others and make them happy too. Just please remember I’m not a doormat 😀

So tell me, what did you have for dinner tonight?

Meatloaf. Ya, our dinners aren’t all that exciting. I love baking, cooking not so much.

If you were a color, what would it be?

Probably yellow, which is strange because it’s not really one of my favorite colors, but I am rather sun shiny and bright 😀

Favorite dessert? (Do I have food on my mind?!)

Anything with chocolate 😀 I’m not really picky.

Cats or dogs?

 Dogs. I’m allergic to cats.

All of  Jens’  short stories are available in eBook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and OmniLit.

Author’s Bio:

Jennifer Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet light is her debut novel to be published in June 2011.

Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband, two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.

My website: www.jenniferwylie.ca

twitter: @jen_wylie

goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4499919.Jen_Wylie

facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266

My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/

Sweet Light is now available as an eBook for 2.99 at

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62461

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Light-ebook/dp/B0052ZB0O8

B&N: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Sweet-Light/Jen-Wylie/e/2940012590046/

June Blog Tour!

Starting in June, I will be hosting a blog tour.  Twice a week for the month of June, I will be interviewing  an author / writer.  I’m mixing it up by pulling from a host of genres.