I got the honour to chat with this actor, director and author about his 70 years in the entertainment business. And of course, his iconic role as Cigarette Smoking Man in the X Files.
I was a guest on Dr Sandi Webster’s, podcast. Available on video MP4 and MP3.
I talk about my writing, my books and then about Author Assist. What I do for my clients.
I answer the questions, why it works, and why authors are anxious about hiring someone who can help with marketing or promoting, such as VA or PA?
And I talk about my own experience when hiring a ‘professional.’
Sandi then asks my honest opinion about her book cover and I give it to her straight. As I normally would.
I’m very open and honest when I talk about my work, experience and how I can help authors out there.
Watch or listen to this very engaging interview with tips and advice throughout.
What’s popular but you HATE?
Movie: Any Batman film.
Book: Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Artist: Leonardo De Vinci
Drink: Iced tea
Song: Hey Jude
Author: Stephen King
What’s on your list?
Ooooh, this is a good one.
Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings, inspired me to write my YA fantasy duology, Illusional Reality.
However, you will not find elves, trolls, hobbits, dragons or wizards in my books. They are unique in name and character no stereotyping for me.
Did you know I was one of the managers of the UK Lord Of The Rings fansite?
I knew everything you needed to know about the books and films. And I can tell you that even though LOTR is the best movie EVER made, the fans were not happy. They believed that essential scenes were left on the cutting floor or never even filmed. Me, I was happy with how much they could fit into the movies.
The OUTSIDERS by S.E.Hinton was the reason I became an author. It was the film ( and book) that inspired me to write my own novel. In Times of Violence. I had a story to tell and I wanted to get my novel on the reading curriculum at schools. (That never happened) but my book, which was once my bestseller, was the one that started it all.
The film stared the brat pack, Emilio Estevez, Rob Low, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dylan and the rest of the greasers. Many of those actors played the next main roles, in her other book-based films, like Rumble Fish and Tex and That was Then This is Now.
You have heard me mention his name once or twice in these #MarchoftheWriter blogs.
Yes, it is my man Mr Quentin Tarantino. I must have watched every film he directed ( and acted in) but it was the film Death Proof, that inspired me to write Lawless Justice.
So they are just a few films that I have admired, loved and helped me as an author.
Special mention to West Side Story, Basketball Diaries, Drugstore Cowboy, Wild Ones, The Godfather trilogy, Goodfellows and Romeo & Juliet.
What’s on your calendar?
I have to check my diary for that. I’m useless on an online calendar, I always forget to put the date or event in.
Okay, so I have a zoom meeting with my co-author at 10.30 UK time tomorrow, as we start looking at the edits suggestions and notes for book one of our sci-fi, dystopian, Toxic. (Well, is actually today as it’s currently 3am as I write this post.
My BFF is getting married on the 19th of this month and I couldn’t get over there for the wedding, Sent a frigging awesome wedding present for them both. I’ll post a picture of the gift after the wedding.
I have been asked to be a guest on a pilot online game show so that’s gonna be cool. I’m also on the panel of the Go Indie Now show Sunday 27th March.
In between those dates, I have two Behind The Pen interviews to film and my radio show, which goes out live tomorrow at 1pm EST.
The theme this year is LA Apocalypse.
When? Fri June 4th – 6th June
Where? Huntington Beach California
Meet Alexandra Nakelski
Quirky, fun, sticks to her guns. Loves the ’80s and refuses to censor.
I had the absolute privilege of chatting with the owner and founder of the Zeitgeist Film Festival. She also is a Film Studies Professor at Peninsula College and a Film Professor at the University of New Mexico.
This lady has so much passion and we found out we have a lot in common when it comes to our opinions.
Watch this special episode of Behind The Pen
About: Zeitgeist (The Spirit of The Age) film festival.
A year and a half in the making. 158 films from around the world hand-picked and curated in this special presentation. You won’t see any of this on streaming. Welcome to the first post-pandemic event. Others went virtual, we are going live…
The Zeitgeist Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that is here to make waves in the festival world! With ties all over the US and abroad, this festival stands to last the test of time or frankly even the Apocalypse! The Zeitgeist film festival will be making its debut and putting roots down in Orange County. We have brought some of the youngest, brightest, and most experienced minds together to build a festival that both cinema experts and aspiring videographers would be proud of. This festival promises to be a hit with old and young alike showing modern-day classics, Shorts, and Independent Features.
This year’s curation is a culmination of the last 5 years of my PhD research that I wanted to share with larger audiences and not just the few other scholars reading my work. In a term I coined: The “Auspicious Apocalypse” I look at the collective subconscious desire for the “end” in hopes to resurrect with something better, something new. Sometimes you have to burn it all to the ground to start over. Can we do this and maintain some semblance of humanity? Will it remind us the importance of community in doing so? Perhaps the fear of the Apocalypse is worse than the Apocalypse itself. Is it wrong to choose not to crawl into a fetal position paranoid for whatever is coming and instead face the music and feel more alive now than we ever have? – Alexandra Nakelski
Check out the list of amazing films and the directors, casts members and special guests who will be there to talk with you and answer your questions. An amazing opportunity to get up close to those you admire. Alexandra has made sure she has catered for all ages in this Filmfest.
Check it out.
With 40 writer’s artists and poets taking part in this virtual book fair.
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Here are some of thing you have to look forward to.
Panels and discussions, where you can join in.
Book shop selling, ezines, graphic comics, novel, swag and official merch from the event with many publishers showcasing their authors work.
Children’s Alley with interactive storytelling, music, art, science, world cultures. So much to see and learn.
Explore the sunshine state of Florida with an interactive map that will take you around to see, art, watch films, see amazing photography, music. Over 100 projects to see and feel part of.
Special Miami Book Fair offer on all print books is 20% off listed price at http://bit.ly/RockHill_PrintBooks using checkout code MBF2020.
And $0.99 on eBooks at https://bit.ly/RockHilleBooks
This discount will run until December 22, 2020.
James L Hill
Publisher, Multi-Genre Author of Adult Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with a slant towards the dark side.
RockHill Publishing LLC
P.O. Box 62523
Virginia Beach, VA 23466-2523
PLEASE NOTE: I have no affiliation with this publisher nor am I a part of the Miami Virtual Book Fair.
My wingman, Wesley Britton and I had a fascinating chat with award-winning author, Marc Cushman. Marc is the author of The Voyages of Star Trek, books, as well as bio,’s on Moody Blues, Voyages Under The Sea, I Spy and, Lost in Space. He’s also producer, director and writer.
We get lots of behind the scenes gossip on Star Trek and the amazing story of how he’s been in the right place at the right time, many times in his life, so far.
Wesley Britton, who’s been a fan of Marc and has read most of his books, then puts some interesting questions to him.
So sit back get ready to be amazed and have a laugh with us.
Hey everyone. So there is only a few hours left on this Thunderclap campaign and I want to prove that when an indie author asks for help, the community will answer.
This is a special project that a fellow indie author is trying to put together. He needs help to reach the hundred supporters needed for this media bomb to go off!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just click yes to everything, comment below, and I will be happy to explain what a Thunderclap is.
So please take a moment out of your day and click on the support button. It doesn’t cost anything but a few seconds of your valuable time.
I know you won’t let me down.
Thank you and Happy Easter from Corfu, Greece
#thunderclap #indie #RT
So Friday night is movie night in my house. Instead of all sitting down to watch a family movie, the girls watched How To Train Your Dragon 2 upstairs and the adults decided on Passengers, staring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. While the kids were laughing and giggling hard at their movie, my eyes were closing and I had to shake myself awake to finish watching this boring predictable movie.
The story was great and if done right it could have been a great thriller. Unfortunately, the main problem with this film, aside from the bad casting was its predictability.
A ship bound with 5000 passengers, travelling to another planet hits a meteor shower and although the ship automatically brings up its shield, one large rock hit the ship and causes malfunction of the sleeping pods. Again, the ship is able to correct the problem, but one pod unluckily can not be saved and the sleeping passenger is woken up 90 years before he should be.
Now knowing this synopsis, what do you think a man would do if he’s alone on a ship for one year. no one to talk to apart from the android barman??? Yep you guessed it. He would wake up a female companion to share the rest of his life with.
So that is basically the story. Oh, apart from Mr Lawrence Fishburne, suddenly appearing inside the ship and then dying in the next scene??? WTH.
So as you can tell from my sarcastic tone, I was not a fan of the film. Which is a pity, as I really like Jennifer and Chris. But this just didn’t do it for me. The acting was sub par and they didn’t bring any spark or chemistry to the roles.
Okay, so the film gets a thumb down from me and only 4 stars as it was putting me to sleep.