Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flashback Coming Soon!!!

I am super excited to have my favorite science-fiction author here to share her upcoming book Flashback.  I have read many of her books and was privileged enough to get a small peak at this one, which is very different from anything she has written so far.   Please welcome, award winning author Maria Hammarblad!

You’re too sweet! Thank you for having me, Christy. I’m happy to be here.
The Lovely Maria Hammarblad


Maria, thank you so much for agreeing to speak with me again, it is always a joy to have you.  As I mentioned, I got a small peak into your new book Flashback and though it is not science fiction, your attention grabbing style has me very eager to read more.   Could you share with us what prompted this book’s creation?

That’s a good question. I’d like to say I woke up one day and wanted to write about a war veteran, but the urge must have come from somewhere. I probably saw something on TV my subconscious mangled. My husband has the telly on at all times, and even if I think I’m not watching it probably sticks anyway.

Many of your books have characters who are heavy drinkers, but this poor guy has some pretty horrific memories he is trying to drown.  Without revealing too much, can you share with us a little about him and where your inspiration for a situation like this came from?

I do write a lot of drunks and people with problems. This guy has a reason for wanting to blur out the world, though. He was a prisoner of war and suffered severe torture. He had his fingernails pulled out, his teeth, all sorts of gruesome stuff. He has been through so much and his mind keeps replaying it over and over. He can’t seem to re-adapt to everyday life, and he is in a bad situation.

When it comes to inspiration for his situation, I blame my mom… Not in a bad way, I should hurry to say. When I grew up she was fascinated with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the forced labor camps of the Soviet Union. She borrowed piles of books at the library and gruesome details could slip out at the most unexpected times. I remember one time when we listened to a song on the radio and she told me the story about the violinist. He was so talented, and the Nazis pulled his fingernails out to make sure he’d never play again. At the time it didn’t mean much to me. Now when I’m an adult I see the full horror of it.

I read an article in your blog where you talk about a very real condition your character is afflicted by.  I too have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and really appreciate the delicate manner in which you discussed this affliction.  Can you share with us a little about this and how you felt when you realized what you were really achieving with this book?

At first I just wrote and didn’t think much about it. When I presented the manuscript to my publisher, she said something like, “Oh, I didn’t expect you to write about PTSD.” I thought, “I write about the what-and-the-what now?”

Up until that point I had researched other aspects of the book. When I realized I didn’t make my hero’s problems up, I needed to learn more about PTSD. My book is a work of fiction and my hero is a figment of my imagination, but PTSD is real and can affect anyone.

I’ve noticed you are very keen at interpreting and conveying human emotion in your writing; which is one of the reasons I love your work so much, your characters are very relatable and easy to sympathize with.  Do you have any special training in psychology or are you drawing from personal experience?

Thank you! That means a lot to me! =)

No special training, it’s just me… I do my best not to portray people in black and white – no one is purely good or evil in real life – but I don’t know if it comes across or if it’s just in my mind.

It certainly comes across to the reader.  How long have you been a published author, traditional or otherwise?

I self-published my first efforts in 2010. Looking back the books weren’t ready, but it was a good learning experience. My first novel with a publishing house was released last year. It’s called Kidnapped, and it is a science fiction story about a girl abducted by mistake. She’s in way over her head.

What is your favorite part about going from indie to traditional?

The support. Working with professional editors isn’t always fun because they point out flaws, but it’s priceless. I have learned so much from the editors and other writers at Desert Breeze Publishing. I also enjoy having professional graphical artists creating covers for me. A good looking cover just appears and I don’t have to lift a finger!

Do you have any advice for hopeful writers out there?

Keep writing. You won’t always feel like it, but write anyway. No matter what you set out to do in life, some people will tell you that you can’t do it. Ignore them. The more you write, the better you’ll get.

Could you tell us when Flashback will be released and where we can get a copy?

Flashback will be released on June 21, as an e-book to begin with. It will be available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, wherever you can think of. I’m fairly sure it will make it to paperback, but I don’t know the date for that just yet.

Thank you again Maria, as always it was an enormous pleasure having you here.   Ladies and gentlemen this has been a tremendous honor interviewing award winning author Maria Hammarblad and her upcoming book Flashback.  I look forward to reading the book in its entirety and bringing you a review.   

Meanwhile, you can pick up many of Ms. Hammarblad’s work at Dessert Breeze Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Don’t forget to check out her very cool website http://www.hammarblad.com/ for more venues, news on new releases, her blog and much more. 


 
Such an exciting cover!!!  Love it!

Blurb:Steve Petersen is a Very Troubled Man. Sole survivor of a Taliban POW camp, he often thinks only parts of him returned; his sanity appears to have been left behind. He seeks solace in alcohol and drugs, but nothing helps block the images from his mind for more than minutes at a time, and he is trapped in horrifying flashbacks.

He is more than surprised when he wakes up in a bright and merry bedroom that turns out to belong to the widow Anna, a woman he has rudimentary memories of meeting. Knowing he should leave isn't the same as doing it, and before he knows what's happening, he finds himself pulled into a world with real life problems, such as folding laundry, and what's for dinner.

Whiskey is no longer his first priority, and not being alone in his waking nightmare is a relief. That is, until Anna disappears. Steve finds himself forced to return to Afghanistan, a place where he'll have to face both external enemies and himself.


 







Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Interviews

It is always lovely to be asked for an interview.  I enjoy answering the questions, which often allow you to really dig deep and think about yourself in an object manner.  Something we aren't always afforded in everyday life.  I always walk away feeling as though I still have much to learn about myself and life in general.

Today, I was interviewed by Great 2 Read Books and had a wonderfully fun adventure with the ever talented Marilyn Hudson.  Thank you so much for allowing me this honor. 

Tomorrow, I will be posting an interview of my own, with the award winning author Maria Hammarblad.  We will be discussing her upcoming release of Flashback!  You don't want to miss out on the behind the scenes discussion for this exciting book.