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SCOTT SKIPPER: I MET MY MAIN CHARACTER IN A BAR

Our first guest in Q&A interviews with authors will be Mr. Scott Skipper. He recently published “Golden State Blues”, a novel about a governor of California. Here are our chat about his new book, which is highly recommended and received great positive feedback.

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– Mr. Skipper, what is “Golden State Blues” about?
Golden State Blues is about the sorry state of affairs in the United States today, and California in particular, and what two schemers did to improve it. A businessman who is sick and tired of the many and redundant branches of government having their hands in his pockets finds a right wing ringer in a bar, and gets him elected governor of California by posing him as a Democrat. That’s when the fun starts.
– How did you decide to write such a story?
– My four previous books are historical fiction, but I have seen my country and my state in a downward spiral for a great many years, and I guess I needed to vent. I have to say that I have never had so much fun writing a book before. The story just seemed to flow from me.
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– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– As I mentioned above, the story almost wrote itself, but the biggest challenge was keeping it real. The concept is so unlikely that I had to dig deep for ways that Governor Jim West’s stunts could have plausibly happened. I spent quite a lot of time reading the California Constitution, which was a challenge in itself.
– Tell us something more about your main character, who seems to be very interesting? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– Governor Jim’s appearance and mannerisms are based on someone I met in a bar—the same bar depicted in the story—and who shall remain anonymous. His actions, however, are totally fictitious. The other main character, Adam Peyton, is pretty much my own alter ego from an earlier time in my life.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– When I refreshed my memory to answer this question I was surprised to find that I began my research in January of 2014 and published it on April 11, of the same year. Well, it is relatively short, only 72,000 words, but still, that was pretty quick. I guess I had a lot of motivation.
– Who are you?
– I am Scott Skipper and that’s my real name—over the years a lot of people have had trouble believing it. I was born a long time ago in Akron, Ohio, which I left as soon as I was able. I spent most of my life running a metal fabrication company in Southern California. That experience gave me a first-hand look at many of the issues addressed in Golden State Blues. In 2007 a fortuitous opportunity fell from the sky that allowed me to retire at relatively early age. Since then my wife, Hurricane Sandy, and I have done some travelling and I’ve written five books.
– It’s a good volume, tell us what are your writing habits?
– I write with a laptop computer while seated in a swivel chair before a picture window where I have a view of a rose garden in the foreground, a canyon in the middle ground and mountains in the background. Often I am distracted by wildlife passing. If you look at my website, on the Bio Page under the More tab there is a link to a slide show of some of the critters that pass through our property. Just click on the bear’s eye.
– Wow, sounds very inspirational! Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– If I had to survive on book sales I’d be mighty lean but I am very gratified by the amount of sales even if I wish they were better. Golden State Blues has only been released for a few months but the feedback I’ve received leads me to think it may do well. Face of the Angel, my fourth, is starting to get some attention, and yes, I do plan to write more if for no other reason than it gives me satisfaction.
– What are you doing to promote by the best possible way your book?
– Well, obviously I haven’t found the best possible way to promote books. For one thing I just don’t get Facebook and Twitter so don’t look for me there. I participate at LinkedIn and Goodreads, naturally I have a website and keep a blog that I dedicate mainly to reviewing books by self-published authors. One thing that I did after publishing my first book was to offer for free a couple of short works that contain links to my books that are for sale. I have no way of knowing how many sales that scheme has generated, but those free stories sure get a lot of downloads. People are such skinflints.
– What is your version of Malaysia airline plane crash in Ukraine?
– This is an intriguing question for an author interview but I’m glad you asked. I think the downing of MH17 was the irresponsible and murderous act of a rabble of instigators who are working directly for Vladimir Putin with the sole aim of annexing Ukraine to Russia, and that the United States, in its diminished condition, hasn’t got the backbone to do anything, and that the European Union is too disorganized and self-serving to do anything about it. Furthermore, I am not usually a conspiracy theorist, but I suspect that the first Malaysian airliner to vanish was hijacked and may not be on the bottom of the ocean. There were, after all, two Iranians on board travelling on stolen passports.
– You met the prototype of your main character in a bar. So the last one will be – beer, wine, whiskey or just water?
– This is my favorite question. I’m a gin drinker myself, and to prove it, I’m going to provide you with the last line of Golden State Blues. “On the London Stock Exchange, Diageo, the maker of Tanqueray, saw their share price plummet twenty percent.” Thank you, it is now the cocktail hour in California and there is a bottle of Tanqueray waiting on the bar with my name on it. Salud!

Take a look at Golden State Blues here
Here are the others novels by Scott Skipper:
In the Blood
The Hundred Years Farce
Face of the Angel
Family Traits
The Stainless Steel Coffin
Pain Below the Equator
A Death in Carolina


You may reach Mr. Scott Skipper here:
http://www.scottskipper.com/
http://www.scottskipper.blogspot.com/

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BOOK DELIVERY ADVENTURES

As I wrote in my previous post, my author’s copies are at home.
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I am very satisfied how the edition is looking, so thanks to Create Space, my print on demand publisher. The only problem was the delivery time. I ordered the author’s copies on 30 May and they came up on 22 July to my home country Bulgaria. The estimate delivery time was set to 18 July.

I contact Create Space’s support on 21 July with an ask where are the books. One of my test readers also wrote me that he didn’t receive the book, that i ordered for him with estimate date 16 July.

The Support team of Create Space did a great job! They send their excuses with a free pack of books with the most fastest delivery possible. So the second pack of books came to me just two days after the original one (24 July). Now I have two sets of books! My test reader Slawomir Judek also received his copies!

THE AUTHOR’S COPIES FINALLY CAME

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The author’s copies of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story finally came to our home. My daughter Valeria is enjoying the books.

The print copy of the novel with B&W photos is available here:

The digital/e-book version of the book is available on Amazon.com.

INTERVIEW WITH THE BOOK’S AUTHOR

One of the most prestigious web pages for independent publishing “Indie Author Land” posted a short interview with the author of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” Ognian Georgiev. Chech it out here:the_white_prisoner

Just to remind you:

The print copy of the novel with B&W photos is available here:

The digital/e-book version of the book is available on Amazon.com

BOOK PRESENTATION AT “THE CULT OF ME” BLOG

The popular books blog “The cult of me” presented “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. Check here the article
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MY INTERVIEW AT AWESOMEGANG WEB PAGE

One of the best web sources for indie authors Awesomegang recently gave me a change to do interview with them. Check it here (http://awesomegang.com/ognian-georgiev/) or read below:

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Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, thanks for the chance to speak with you. I am a professional journalist, working as sports editor at “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper. My first article was written in 2000. Since then the duties send me around the world to cover some of the most interesting sports events. I’ve got a chance to be at the last two Summer Olympics and to feel something very special there.

My first book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” was published in Bulgaria in December 2013. The English edition was released on Amazon as e-book and on CreateSpace as print on 30 May 2014.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” is a real life non fiction novel. The events in the book happened during the amazing life of the main character, who was Olympic, World and European weightlifting champion. He was considered as one of the best in the history of the sport, but in 2011 was sentenced for nice years in Brazil prison for cocaine traffic.

All of a sudden, one day in October 2013, Galabin Boevski landed in Sofia airport. Nobody knows how he was able to get out of the prison just two years after he was put in.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write at the evening after the end of my work. When the silence started to rule around me I’ve got a chance to enter into my book’s world. As my novel is non fiction the research was connected with a lot of interviews. So first i need to script down the interviews and then to organize how the book will look.

I may write for hours, but when my eyes start to hurt I stop.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Karl May and Emilio Salgari were my favorites when I was a kid. Then I found the world of fantasy authors like Raymond Feist, George Martin, Guy Gavriel Kay. From the crime genre Michael Connelly is the person who makes me feel great pleasure when reading. I am big fan of history books, because of my University specialty – Archaeology.

What are you working on now?
I am trying to do the best possible marketing for my book. For now it gives nice results, but I am learning a lot every day. For every indie author it’s very important to find the right way to introduce his book the the readers and always to respect them.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am spending a lot of my time updating the facebook page of the book (https://www.facebook.com/galabin.boevsky) with some nice stories and pictures. Recently I find as well twitter to be very nice way to show the audience your book. Goodreads is great place for finding some new friends and to receive any kind of help or advice as author or reader!

Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am new author as well, so my impressions are quite fresh. The most important thing is to follow their own style and not to become slaves of well written guide “How to become best-selling author”. Yeah, you may receive some hints, considering the writing, editing and marketing, but it’s up to you to do the best possible to prepare the next big hit in literature.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

To consider myself publishing my book on English. The language is not my strong part. This was the reason that I used professional translator, English editor and a strong army of test readers.

What are you reading now?
Sergey Lukyanenko’s Night watch series. He is very good writer. I love the way he developed his ideas.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I started to make the research and pre-marketing of my next book. It will be a real life story for two of the most successful sportsmen in the world. Their careers changed in very interesting way after they clashed in Atlanta Olympics.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
For sure it will be books that I never read and they will be big ones. Probably the only one that I would take from those that were read will be Theodor Momsen’s Roman history. This is a peace of brilliance. It’s so reach, that you may build your very own world in such a desert island. Mika Waltari and his Sinuhe The Egyptian will also be in my list. Probably the other two will be the last John Grisham novel and the latest sports biography that is on the market.

THE WHITE PRISONER IS HERE!

“The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”’s worldwide premiere is today. The book is ready to be read.

Especially for all facebook members of the fan page and all our friends we’ve got a 10% discount for print edition for the next three days. You may get it here: https://www.createspace.com/4808648 (The price of the print book is $9.50 and you receive discount from that price). Don’t forget to enter the discount code: J2GURFTX
Createspace is a company of Amazon.

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The digital/e-book version of the book is available on Amazon.

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One day to the premiere of “The white prisoner”

There is just one day to the worldwide premiere of my book “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. It was a great journey to prepare the English version. Almost tougher as to write the original Bulgarian, which was published last year (here is the Bulgarian cover)

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More then 30 new and old friends contributed to the book. I will not mention them here. There is special gratitude page in the book. Thank you guys for all your efforts and advices.

I must mention the community at the official page of the book: https://www.facebook.com/galabin.boevsky. Every poster, who asked when the book will be on the market, encouraged me more and more to hurry up and to make things as best as I can.

You may see as well some very nice discussions in the twitter page https://twitter.com/galabinboevski with amazing rare photos by MILO journal published Randall J Strossen, who witnessed by himself most of the events in the book.

Today was a common day in my newspaper. I must do my daily writings in our redaction, but my mind was thinking just about the tomorrow day. It’s kind of the moment, when my baby girl was up to be born or when I went to check my entering exams results for University.

Probably someday I will remember what was the feeling in the days before publishing my first ever book!

Ognian Georgiev, author of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story”

HERE IS THE COVER

Ladies and Gents, I am proud to present to you the cover of my book “The white prisoner – Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. The art was made by designer Velizar Stefanov.

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Another excerpt of The white prisoner

Here is the second excerpt of “The white prisoner – Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. Later today we will officially present the English edition cover.

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Yanko Rusev already knows Galabin will be included in the squad for the 1995 World Championships in China.

Boevski is in among the favourites for the 64 kg category. At 59 kg the big hopes again are on Nikolay Peshalov and Sevdalin Minchev.

Bulgaria has two athletes at 70 kg – Plamen Zhelyaskov and Radostin Dimitrov. The other great star – Yoto Yotov will lift for the first time at 76 kg. He has the unique achievement of being first or second in every competition he has participated in. The young Zlatan Vanev is also in his category.

The competition is fierce, because these championships will decide the Olympic quota.

There are nearly forty athletes in a couple of categories. The biggest stars in weightlifting are ready for great battles, led by the Turks Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, the Greeks Leonidas Sabanis and Pyrros Dimas, and the Cuban Pablo Lara.

The strong weightlifters from the former Soviet Union are aiming for medals in every category, and the Chinese, breaking record after record, are achieving the next phenomenal results.

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Hristo Boev is going up the stairs in the Sports Ministry. The Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation’s office is there. The CEO Norair Nurikyan had invited him. He added nothing more. Boev senses there is something wrong the moment he steps into the office.

“I have bad news,” the legendary weightlifter, who has two Olympic titles to his name, begins. “Galabin has been caught.”

“Hey, don’t mess around! How was he caught three days before the World Championships?” The coach clenches his fists.

“This is the document in English, the sample was opened,” Nurikyan gives him a piece of paper with a shaking hand.

“Where is the document for the first one?” Hristo Boev asks. “Look, I may be a countryman, but I’m not stupid.”
Nurikyan bows his head and remains silent.

Years later he admitted, that at this moment he felt as if Hristo Boev would throw him out of the fourth floor window.

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“Hey, what the hell happened?” Hristo Boev had barged into the gym of the sports complex “Dianabad”, where the national team was located and shouted at the coach Yanko Rusev.

“Everything is fine, Hristo. How are you? We will destroy the Turk this year. Galabin lifted 152.5 kg and 182.5 kg,” Rusev says proudly with his everlasting smile. [Note: Naim lifted 147.5 + 180 in the compeition]

“How the hell are we going to defeat him, you fool? Galabin has been caught!” Hristo Boev erupts again.

“What do you mean caught?” The national team’s coach honestly replies.

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The noisiest place in the whole town was Knezha’s newspaper stand [Knezha is Galabin’s home town]. Several people had gathered, reading the headlines.

The salesman could not get them to leave. Everyone shut up, when Stella Boevska [Galabin’s mother] approached. They made way with compassionate looks in their eyes.

She looks at the first page – “Weightlifters caught with doping before the World Championships.” Her eyes focus on the article. She begins to read slowly. Her hope evaporates. The last name is Galabin’s.

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“Lizard [Stefan „The Lizard” Georgiev], I am a convenient victim,” Galabin shakes his head while relating what had happened. They were having coffee.

“I swear to you, I haven’t taken a thing. They must have switched my sample. They caught someone else. Someone who wasn’t supposed to go up in flames. They tricked me again.”

“You are convenient, as you and your uncle are like lone wolves,” answers Stefan Georgiev. “You have no backing. You know if these things don’t happen with money, they certainly do happen with a lot of money. The European Championships are one thing, the World Championships are totally different. Furthermore, it is the qualification for the Olympics in Atlanta next year.”

“Everything is clear now. They wanted to get it out of the way. I could have beaten Suleymanoglu, but who am I – some peasant from Knezha. Now Abadjiev is in Turkey. He must have had information on how much I can lift. They found out my results, and it was decided.”

“You are quite right, coaches are saying the Olympic Committee is deciding on which sports to leave and which to cut.

They are setting Suleymanoglu up to be the first three times Olympic champion in weightlifting. And you, who don’t have a single tournament in seniors abroad, are trying to defeat him. Where are you coming from? Without a single competition abroad, you dare to challenge him! What were you thinking of?”