Author Interview: TJ Eckhart

I recently was on a book tour for TJ Eckhart’s book, True You 101 and today I have an author interview with her! But first, here is a little about her book!

Synopsis: If one class during high school could help you become the person you were meant to be, would you take it? At the Reinholdt Institute of Sortilege Arts, sophomores are required to take True You 101 no matter whether they live in the mortal or magical realm. Over the course of a year, each student must confront all possibilities until their outer form matches their inner self. Blake Trudeau has always just wanted to be normal and hopes the class will make that a reality, but will the final spell conjure Blake’s fondest wishes or worst nightmares?

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1950502317/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tpbk_p1_i0

And now on to the interview!

1. What is your top read of 2020 so far? 

According to my Goodreads list of reviews from this year, there are several books that I’ve given 5 stars to. Of those, it is hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll go with Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation because I am a huge Octavia Butler fan and I am a picky fan of some graphic novels and this aligned on both fronts for me back in February 2020.

2. What is your favorite book friendship? 

Maybe it’s a factor of the types of books that I’m attracted to reading, but friends are generally not as much of a draw as family or partners are for me. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee had both a strong pair bond as well as strangely odd yet ultimately positive friendships.

3. Most anticipated book release of 2021? 

Since I don’t have a book set to release in 2021 (yet), I don’t really follow when books are set to release months in advance. I might learn about a new book coming out from an author I love a month or so before it releases, but I’m not enough of a part of big publishing to really be in the know about forthcoming books. As a book reviewer, I have to stay pretty open to what I might be sent or offered. I’m also exceedingly picky about what I buy for myself simply because between writing myself and reviewing, I don’t get a lot of free reading time.

4. How many books are in your TBR Pile? 

I have two bookshelves of books to be read.

Those that I’ve been sent to review. Currently at 28 physical books. (This is why I can’t accept digital books for review)

Those I have for pleasure to read. Currently at 26 physical books.

5. Who is your favorite author? 

It is still Octavia Butler. She was willing to write honestly about race, gender, sexism, classism, violence, religion, abuse, history, and she thought big with her character and world building. I cried when she died; I rarely cry at death, even of family.

6. How did you start writing? 

My mother was a writer, though other than church bulletins, she didn’t try to get published for most of her life. She was very physically ill for long periods, but she could read to me and encourage me to write. 

7. Where is your favorite reading spot? 

I like my couch because I have back support and a comfortable seat. Sitting at the dining room table also works especially if it is non-fiction that I’m reading because I like to still take notes even though I’m not in school.

8. How long have you been an author? 

Depends on if being an author means getting paid or not, and if anyone other than your teacher or your parent read it.

The first story of mine that I’ve found in a scrapbook that my mother made of my childhood, was from kindergarten. 

The first story I had published (but wasn’t paid for) was a school project in 3rd grade. 

The first story I was paid for that appeared in an anthology, was in 1995. Since then, I’ve been paid for my writing at least once every three years or so. It really depended on how I was doing in my academic career and where I was living.

9. What do you like about reading? 

Reading is comfort food for me because it reminds me of the close tie I could have with my mother when I was growing up. It was also a way to escape from the less positive times with my mother. 

10. If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be?

Oh! That’s a unique question! I’m going to say… Complexity is the Color of Her Mind

A skilled storyteller, Eckhart enjoys reading her fiction to live audience so she is happy to travel in her region to perform readings, sell/sign books, and lead workshops and discussions on various aspects of BDSM, gender & sexuality, or the literature, culture, and study of science fiction, fantasy, horror and other types of speculative fiction. She loves visiting with conventions and private organizations though she must consider financial matters when making such plans. 

That’s it for the author interview! Thank you to Tammy for joining in on this fun post an being a part of it!


NEW BOOK OUT – ACORNS & ROOTS

An indestructible object full of strong magic, tempting the darkest of souls. Rare rainbow roots that are sold for a high price in the city, offering a young man a way to pay rent as he faces eviction. The secret to taking down a corrupt king and avoiding disenchantment, if a young Pixie succeeds in reaching her destination.

It is believed that all of these things can be found in the Valley, accessed through an Enchanted Forest that is struggling to survive against a dark magic- harnessing monarchy. A rebellion is stirring, and when Forest Pixie Fillii falls from a tree, landing directly on top of unemployed Amer (who doesn’t believe in things like Enchanted Forests), their journeys and worlds literally collide.

With vastly different yet strangely similar backgrounds and experiences, Fillii and Amer must both decide whether they can afford to trust each other, and what is worth fighting for.

Joined by magical creatures such as Elves and a Caribou army, Fillii and Amer find themselves in the midst of an epic battle of survival, old magic, and secrets carved in stone.

About the Author

Megs Calleja is a Canadian writer and actor, whose professional screenwriting has aired with TELUS and The CW. A member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Megs is inspired by magical wardrobes, shooting stars, marmalade on toast, and dancing in the rain. This is her first novel.

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/Acorns-Roots-Megs-Calleja/dp/1525561170/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=acorns+%26+roots&qid=1605223167&sr=8-1



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Hey Bookworms!! I did an unboxing of October’s Queer Book Box which was sent to me in exchange for an unboxing video on the channel so I hope you enjoy it! I also did a mini haul at the end of some books I picked up recently so stay tuned until the end to find out what I got! Let me know what you think of the box in the comments below. Check out the video below:

Author Interview: Kasham Keltuma

I had the pleasure of talking with a local author over email this past week named Kasham Keltuna about their book Caucasian Ovtcharka. We wish we could have met in person to do a video interview but because of COVID, we went the written route.

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Synopsis: Caucasian Ovtcharka, a contemporary literary novel, tells the story of a young lady contracted to marry the cripple heir of a multi-Billion Naira estate.

Despite their mutual unwillingness, they are prevailed upon and the marriage ensues whilst the lady feels the need to flee the union and protect herself, the young man becomes smitten, whether his love is genuine or just a means to an end remains a heartbreaking mystery.

Buy her book here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08D2GNXHH/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdb_t1_qYseFbRE8FAYF

Here is the interview I did with her! Her answers were great and I would look forward to meeting her in person once COVID settles down!


Q. What is your top read of 2020 so far?

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Season of Crimson Blossoms – Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

The Spiral Staircase: Karen Armstrong

Q. What is your favorite book friendship?

The novel, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman about the characters Frances and Aled and their formidable friendship over a period of a year is a great way of embodying a platonic relationship, especially for teenagers.

Q. Most anticipated book release of 2020?

Too Much and Never Enough – Mary L. Trump

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Breast and Eggs – Mieko Kawakami

Q. How many books are in your TBR pile?

For the physical books, I’d say about 20. I try to make a point to finish reading my pile before buying new ones. For my eBooks TBR, I have about 200 books.

Q. Who is your favorite author?

That will be Henry Charles Bukowski.

Q. How did you start writing?

I just started. Somehow during my teenage years, I got lost in reading books and came to the thin line between me reading and writing.

Q. Where is your favorite reading spot?

I really wouldn’t say I have a favorite reading spot. With the right book, every spot is favorite.

Q. How long have you been an author?

Ten years.

Q. Why do you like reading?

I think the reason why I love reading is its ability to transport me back to worlds outside my immediate reality into wherever the writer navigates me to. In a way, you could say it is an escapist pastime, which will be correct.  But it is also the foreplay between the writer, characters, and myself as the reader that captivates me in profound ways because my soul merges with these people both fictional and non-fictional and ultimately, life never remains the same.

Q. If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be? 

The Audacity of Hope – Barrack Obama

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Kasham Keltuma is a filmmaker and has written several screenplays for the big screen and television. She has been writing nearly half of her life. Her debut novel is titled Caucasian Ovtcharka. She hopes to adopt a dog one day and currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kasham.keltuma

Instagram: https://instagram.com/KashamKeltuma

Thank you so much Kasham for joining me for an author interview! If you are an author or know of an author that would like to participate in an interview for the blog, don’t hesitate to reach out!



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I absolutely love coffee so I just had to do the Coffee Book Tag! All of the prompts are related to hot drinks and it was a blast to film. Let me know in the comments how you take your coffee (or whichever hot drink you prefer)! Check out the video below:

Blogger Interview: Chris Connors

Guess what? Chris (our external reviewer) and I thought it would be a fun little project to interview each other since he recently started a blog online and post our interviews with each other on our blogs. So here is my little interview I conducted with Chris to get a little insight into his reading habits and tastes.

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What is your top read of 2020 so far? 

A Wilder Time: Notes From a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice, William E. Glassley. A beautiful lyrically written book about Greenland’s beauty and atmosphere, as well as thoughts on life, what is essential vs the things society falsely tells us are essential.

 What is your favorite book friendship? 

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his friendship with the people of Three Pines. The kindness and strength of Gamache makes you wish he was real so he could be your friend too. Don’t read the book while hungry—you’ll drool all over the pages where the Three Pines bistro meals are described.

 Most anticipated book release of 2020?

Martha Wells’ Network Effect (A Murderbot full-length novel). Murderbot’s internal dialogue when it/she deals with people trying to be friendly has me laughing in empathy.

 How many books are in your TBR Pile? 

Mwahahahahahahahaaa! So many that realistically I won’t read them all. More arrive from the library every week.

 Shelf TBR: ~40

Kindle 1 TBR: 516

Kindle 2 TBR:  95

Audiobook TBR: 12 (two added in the 30 minutes writing this)

Library Hold TBR: 10 TBR

File Folder to Transfer to Kindle: 59

And this doesn’t include the batch I put on hold from your 5-star hopeful books.


Who is your favorite author?

That changes all the time. Often it is the author I just finished reading if they’ve written a good book. Sometimes it is an author who has only written one book 15 years ago, but it’s a book that stayed with me. When they write a second book I buy it/borrow it from library right away (as just happened this past week and I’m all “squeeeeee”).


Where is your favorite reading spot? 

In British Columbia on a porch with an overhang so I can read while it rains. I was recently gifted a new Kindle (thanks, sis!) with a backlight so I can read outside at night. A good long BC steady rain with fog and mist makes reading even more magical because sounds are muted, people stay inside, and it feels like you could be the only person in the world. Peaceful.

Alternatively, down at the ocean in a driftwood shelter I built and a small fire to reflect heat into the shelter. Very few people are around because that section of the beach just ends as the cliffs meet the ocean. It’s a dead end, therefore pedestrians stay on the non-dead end beaches so when they need their next fix they’re close to the various drug dens (aka coffee shops).


What do you like about reading? 

Louis L’Amour summed it up well.

“It is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense. For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time”.

 Reading transports you and stretches your mind to allow you to see through someone else’s eyes. Anecdotally speaking, after 15-30 minutes of speaking to someone I can tell if they’re big readers or not based on how they view the world around them. Are their statements and thoughts flexible, or are they rigid, black-and-white? I view non-readers who are strangers with suspicion, and friends who are non-readers with concern.


If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be?

Not Dead Yet (Peter James).

Or The Autistic Brain (Temple Grandin).


In the mood for a fun western story? Check out Billy (The Kid) by Peter Meech and satisfy that craving!

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Pueblo, Colorado,1932. Bootleggers thrive in a town where the sheriff is on the take and you can kill a man with impunity. In this thrilling narrative, a once-famous outlaw finds himself thrust into the middle of a bootleg war against his will. At stake is nothing less than the life of his best friend and his last chance at true love with the town beauty. But is the legendary gunman who he claims to be, or is he just a retired dentist with a vivid imagination? Peter Meech reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid in a remarkable story told with verve, humor, grit and grace.

About the author: Peter Meech is an author, screenwriter, director and producer. He also mugs for the camera on occasion. His website is www.petermeech.com.



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Author Interview: Jonas Salzgeber

Bookies! We have been busy over here at the blog connecting with authors and chatting about their favorite books. We recently posted about Jonas Salzgeber and his new book The Little Book of Stoicism so you should check out that post. But today we will be conducting an author interview with him!

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Jonas Salzgeber is a writer and blogs for a small army of remarkable people at njlifehacks.com. He’s an expert in Stoic philosophy and passionate about self-made dark chocolate and buttered coffee with collagen.


Author Interview

Erik: What was your top read of 2018?

Jonas: Hard to say. There were some I liked a lot. I’d say Aubrey Marcus’ Own the Day, Own Your Life.

Erik: What is your favorite book friendship?

Jonas: It’s either Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss because there are many invaluable tools I want to implement one by one. Or it’s OSHO’s Living on Your Own Terms for mindfulness and inspiration.

Erik: Most anticipated book release of 2019?

Jonas: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson. His book Stoicism and the Art of Happiness was a massive help when writing The Little Book of Stoicism.

Erik: How many books are in your TBR Pile?

Jonas: There are seven of them. They are:

  • The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh by Penguin Classics
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Heart of the Mind by Connirae and Steve Andreas
  • Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb which I’m currently reading.

Erik: Who is your favorite author?

Jonas: It’s a tough call. But I have to go with Mark Manson. I love his writings. I can learn a lot from him.

Erik: How did you start writing?

Jonas: My brother Nils and I started a blog. So I had to start writing 🙂 This was in 2015. Before that, I wrote for university and in my journal.

Erik: Where is your favorite reading spot?

Jonas: Currently it’s the couch in the living room where I live. But I preferred the beach in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where Nils and I lived for seven months.

Erik: How long have you been an author?

Jonas: The Little Book of Stoicism is my first official book. As said before, I started writing in 2015 and wrote a book called Wake Up on Fire, but that’s not available anymore.

Erik: What do you like about reading?

Jonas: Learning. I believe in getting better every day. Books are my No 1 source of wisdom. I love that I can read in an afternoon what others have been studying for years, or even their whole lifetime.

Erik: If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be?

Jonas: Cool question. Something like that: Try Hard, Struggle, Get Up, Dust it Off, Try Harder, and Repeat.


And that wraps up our interview with Jonas! Stay tuned for more book reviews and blogger news. If you would like to participate in an interview with us at Breakeven Books or if you have any questions you think we should ask, say hello in the comments.

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Talk to you soon bookworms.

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Author Interviews, Christmas and Buying Books

I have been very busy the past week doing Christmas shopping and hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties and whatnot (are they truly ugly if we all wear them in defiance and we rock it?). This is a crazy post where I tell you all that has happened in the past week.

So we are doing Secret Santa at work and I bought my coworker the coolest present but I can’t say what it is because they might read my blog (I don’t know if they do but will not take the chance :P). Let’s just say it involves your head and warmth…and is nerdy. Ok that’s all you get.

I also have been chatting with an author and have maybe got my first victim for an author interview! I’m not sure how that will go because I have never conducted an interview for an author before but we will see 🙂

In the meantime, I picked up Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda because of a recommendation and have been reading that at the same time as my other book. I do have to say that is is very well written and I am enjoying it.

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Let me know what you guys are reading and what your plans are for the holidays in the comments below! I want to know all about your lives 😀

Talk to you later bookworms.