Author interview and Book Giveaway of ‘A Bite of Revenge’ by Setayesh Kazempoor

Hey everyone! Today I’m back with yet another giveaway and this one is paired with an author interview!
Today, the book that I will be hosting a book giveaway for is ‘A Bit of Revenge,’ a short story published just this January, as well as an author interview with Setayesh Kazempoor.
But first, a little bit about the novella:

Demona’s life has gone off the rails. Having taken off from college with a bag of candy she stole from her enemy as last revenge, she’s suddenly able to let anyone do her bidding for two hours after she eats a piece of candy. Robbing banks has no longer become a want but a need. She craves money…and because of her newfound powers, avoiding the authorities is easy for her.
But when new agents are assigned to her case and will do anything to catch her….how long can she keep hidden? And what will the agents stop at to catch her?

I’ve conducted an interview with author Setayesh Kazempoor about writing, self publishing and her two published books! It was a super fun interview to do and all of Setayesh’s answers are super fascinating so I hope that you enjoy it!

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
A: I actually had no plan on becoming an author until I wrote The Deception along with my friends. It was at that point that I realized I wanted to keep writing. Before this, I had usually written for myself, or written for different activities that I had done. I’m glad now that I found the inspiration to keep writing, and hope to release more stories when I’m able to. 

Q: Before writing ‘A Bite of Revenge’, you previously collaborated with two of your friends to write your debut novel, ‘The Deception.’ How was writing this story alone different? What were some things that you liked better about writing together and writing alone?
A: 
Well, to start, I would like to say that everyone is different, and that can be a bit advantage in working collaboratively. One thing you’re able to realize is that people have so many different tastes in writing styles, and it helps to have a group of people there to give their opinion. It’s also a lot easier if you get writer’s block, and writing sessions can be quite enjoyable together! However, there were also advantages in working alone. I would say it was the flexibility to stay with your own original idea. When working with other people, you have to be more flexible in changing your original ideas, since it’s a group project, but the freedom in working alone is also very nice at times. 


Q: What made you choose to write a short story as your second published book instead of a full length novel like your first?
A:
 In reality, I had no idea how to even start writing a short story. I was taking a creative writing course, and it was there that I started writing the story. I presented the summary of the story for an assignment, and I wrote a (very) rough draft of the story then. I personally liked the idea, and decided to pursue writing the short story and publishing it.


Q: What inspired you to write this book? Where did you get the idea and what helped you keep going when you were stuck?
A: Again, I got the idea from the course I was taking. The idea behind the prompt given was to write a story about greed, and it turned into a different version of  A Bite of Revenge. I actually had no trouble getting through the first couple drafts of the story, but it was the editing that really got me (it gets me every time). 

Q: What did you learn while writing ‘A Bite of Revenge’? How did you grow as an author while writing it?
A: I truly do admire people who write a lot of short stories. I had a little bit of trouble figuring out how to structure the story, and I wanted a lot more plot twists while writing, but couldn’t add any because it was a short story. I love writing longer pieces, but I decided that this project was something I wanted to work on. I definitely learned a lot more about the structure of short stories, how to add plots that work in them, and things of that sort (which I did not know before). This experience was truly unique for me, and gave me an idea of a whole new writing style that I had not usually written in for anything other than personal projects. 

Q: You have self published both ‘The Deception’ and ‘A Bite of Revenge’. What is the process of self publishing like and what advice would you offer to those who wish to self publish in the future?
A: 
So to start off with the process of self-publishing, I would say that one of the most important things is figuring out your budget. When self-publishing, there are a lot of things you have to do yourself, such as hiring editors, designers, and formatters. Other than that, I would really suggest getting lots of suggestions on the story, from friends, family, writing groups, etc. This will provide a lot of insight into the story, and how well it’s doing with audiences. Other than that, you really just have to focus on getting a well thought out story. If you’re going to self-publish, look into the platforms that are available to you, and try to go with the one that you believe would work best for you. Uploading your manuscript and setting it for sale is an easy task, and usually sites do have step-by-step instructions. However, before you rush off and self-publish, keep in mind the words I said before. You have to do most everything yourself in self-publishing. If you really know that you’re not up for it, it may be best to query that manuscript to agents if you want it published. I personally have never been through that process, so I have no idea what it’s like, but I do hope to someday, as I would love to be a hybrid author. You can do the same if you feel comfortable, but be sure to look into both options, as there are a lot of differences you may want to know about. 


Q: What is some advice you have for aspiring authors?
A: You can do it. You really can. I know a lot of authors say this, but don’t ever be scared to start writing that book you’ve been dreaming about for so long. A lot of people can dream up a book, but a majority of that population also loses their motivation to continue when things get hard. If that has been you, remember, you can always pick up your old stories and start again. Find out what made you lose interest. That story that has been waiting inside of you may be something that one reader has been dreaming of reading. Don’t ever be afraid to share your creativity. 

Q: What was the best part of writing A Bite of Revenge? A part that you’re super excited for readers to read about?
A: My favorite part was probably writing the robbing scenes. It just fun to write in general, and it’s always enjoyable for me to write action scenes.

Now, more about the book giveaway!

  • The giveaway is already up and running and will continue doing so until Monday, March 29, 2021. You will not be able to enter after this date.
  • You must fill out all fields (name, email) to be considered
  • You do not have to fill out your real name, however you must use your actual email given that that is how you will be reached in the case that you win.
  • The book is available in .mobi, .epub and .pdf files
  • When you enter the giveaway, please consider following my blog! I will not demand this but if you follow, you can find blog posts, book interviews, future book giveaways and more!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Questions? Please ask me below! Don’t worry, I don’t bite! What do you think of this author interview? Does A Bite of Revenge sound interesting to you? Are you going to enter the giveaway! Please, let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and keep reading!

‘Lorac’ Book Giveaway

Yeah, this is a post that I really should have put out a while ago. So many apologies to the author for taking so long to put out this post but I am finally hosting my second book giveaway! I’m so happy to be gifting one free e-copy of the book ‘Lorac’ by Neus Figueras. Let’s learn a little about this book.

I’d also like to acknowledge that yes, I have seen and am very grateful for the feedback of everyone who voted on my polls in my January Wrap up. I also realize that book giveaways were not among the highest voted for which posts people want to see more of. However, this is a post that really should have been up a long time ago and I hope that you still enjoy it! Also: free book! What’s not to love?

Lorac is a sea nomad, living on a small boat with his family for the most part of each year. But a series of events strikes in which he loses his family–for good–and gets stranded on an island. It becomes clear that the only way out of thise is to seek refuge–underwater. With a new friend named Zoe, Lorac is able to explore the depths of the ocean and create a new home for himself under the ocean. For years, Lorac lives in peace with many new friends. But a new problem arises–climate change. Lorac must leave the safety of his home for the first time to fight for the creatures he has come to love.
Lorac is a book of hope and one person’s determination to save his world.

Lorac is an amazing book for people of any age. It tells the story of a determined boy’s goal to save the oceans and stop climate change. It’s something that everyone should read because while no one could actually live underwater among marine creatures full-time, climate change is real and it is a threat. Not only is this an important book but it’s fun to read and Lorac is a delightful character!

You can also find the blog post on the book on my old blog here as well as the goodreads page here. To learn more about the book, the author and the author’s mission to save the seas, find her website here.

Now, more about the giveaway:

The copy of ‘Lorac’ is only available in .mobi, .epub and .pdf files. .mobi files work well on a kindle and you can of course read a pdf on a computer.

  • The giveaway is already up and running and will continue doing so until Friday, February 19
  • You must fill out all fields (name, email) to be considered
  • You do not have to fill out your real name, however you must use your actual email given that that is how you will be reached in the case that you win.
  • When you enter the giveaway, please consider following my blog! I will not demand this but if you follow, you can find blog posts, book interviews, future book giveaways and more!

Want to enter the giveaway? Click on the link below!

Enter the Giveaway!

Questions? Please ask in the comments! Don’t let your uncertainty scare you away, I promise I don’t bite!

Will you enter the book giveaway? Does ‘Lorac’ sound like an interesting book? What are your thoughts? I always love to start bookish conversations in the comments!
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog post; it means the world. Stay safe and keep on reading!

The Deception Book Giveaway

*Note: This giveaway is now closed. You are no longer able to participate. Look out for the next giveaway I offer! Interested in having a chance to get this book? Leave a comment and I’ll see if I can host another giveaway. (I make no promises)*

Okay! *claps hands together*. Welcome to my first ever book giveaway! I will be gifting one lucky person with a copy of the amazing book “The Deception”, by S. K. Way. Having read “The Deception” myself, I can promise you that this is definitely worth a read. Here’s a short synopsis:

Iris awakens on a strange world with no memory of what h as happened. She is brought before the Committee, the ruling party of the island, and informed that she will compete in a contest to replace the missing member of the Committee, going up against contestants chosen by the other Committee members. But as the contest progresses and she begins to notice secrets all around, she questions everything she was taught about the world she’s stuck in. There are secrets lurking in the shadows and some of them may be better left untouched.

You can also find the blog post I made on my old blog here as well as the goodreads page for the book here.

Now, more about the giveaway.

First thing you should know: formats to receive this book in are .mobi, .epub and .pdf
For those who do not know, .mobi files work very well on kindle.

  • The giveaway is already up and running and will continue to do so until October 31, giving you plenty of time to vote
  • You must fill out all fields (name and email) to be considered
  • You do not have to use your real name, just one that you might go by. However, the email is a field that you must fill out with your real email because that is how I will reach you if you win
  • I promise that your email will not be shared in any way, shape or form
  • When you enter the giveaway, please at least consider following my blog. This is not required, but on my blog you could find all of more giveaways in the future, short stories, blog posts about reading and writing, author interviews and book reviews!
  • The only forms to get this book in are .mobi, .epub and .pdf For those who do not know, .mobi files work very well on kindle.

Want to enter the giveaway? Click on the link below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A few more things: I have seen that some bloggers require people entering the book giveaway to follow their blog. Now, I will not do that because it seems that requiring that people follow my blog in particular scares people off (I’ve tried all the techniques to get followers and none have worked!). However, I do ask that you at least look around my blog and consider following it because I have a whole bunch of amazing content with barely anyone to see it! (but the people who read my blog are the bestest so thank you).

If you have questions about the book giveaway, please ask in the comments! Thanks everyone!