10 Statements – James Schofield

I have worked in Europe and Asia for various organisations and now live in Munich, Germany. As well as writing material for magazines, educational publishers, websites and myself, I’m a qualified business coach, trainer and moderator.

I write short stories for various magazines including Business Spotlight, Spotlight (Germany) and Speak Up! (Italy). Some of these stories you can also listen to on my podcast ‘Behind the Bottom Line’ in which I read my magazine stories and explain something about their real life background:

I’m working on a thriller set in Munich, Zagreb, Venice and London.

I’m married and we have seven children, three dogs and a sinister black fish that lives in a small tank in our bathroom. It scares the shit out of me.

Find me…

Short story podcast:  https://anchor.fm/dashboard
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jrtschofield
Author pages
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0034OVZOE

My personal motto:

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” (Woody Allen)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… letting the dogs out into the garden while I make myself some tea.
  2. I lose track of time when I have a story idea that works as I get it onto paper.
  3. I have always… wanted to be a champion ballroom dancer.
  4. I have never… visited the US. I feel like I’m one of the few people left who hasn’t.
  5. Home means to me… good tea.
  6. I am inspired by… deadlines.
  7. I would like to meet… Jane Austen.
  8. My worst character trait… I care too much what people think of me.
  9. My best character trait… I try very hard to keep my promises.
  10. The best advice I was given… “You don’t have to be someone. It’s enough to just be.”

10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Photo: Jina S. Bazzar, author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the middle- east.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Aside from the written word, Jina loves to spend time in the kitchen, cooking and baking for her three kids and anyone who happens by.


Find me…

Blog:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Author pages
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Jina-S.-Bazzar/e/B07B2989VT
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar


My personal mottos:

“Keep your expectations low (and avoid big disappointments).”
“I may have a disability, but my disability will never have me.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… caffeine. I need it to be able to function and focus.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m writing, or browsing through social media. I can’t account for all the hours that go by.
  3. I have always… been a determined person. I keep trying until I get things right, or until there’s no hope left for it to work.
  4. I have never… gone scuba diving.
  5. Home means to me… a place where I’m comfortable and able to relax.
  6. I am inspired by… life. A song, a season, an event, something someone tells me that I can’t shake off.
  7. I would like to meet… people I can connect with in a deep level.
  8. My worst character trait… Hmmm.
  9. My best character trait… is my optimism.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Life will only happen once, and there will never be a second chance.”

Cover: Heir of Ashes (Roxanne Fosch series, #1)

Heir of Ashes (Roxanne Fosch, #01)

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

Print length:  405 pages

Published:  2018-04-15

Buy links:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38737080-heir-of-ashes
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B1JBMCW
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/794798


Cover: The Curse (Roxanne Fosch series, #0.5)

The Curse (Roxanne Fosch, #0.5)

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

Print length:  53 pages

Published:  2018-04-15

Buy links:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38894349-the-curse
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Roxanne-Fosch-0-5-ebook/dp/B07B52YQKJ/
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/797038


10 Statements – Cynthia Adina Kirkwood

Photo: Cynthia Adina Kirkwood, author

Former San Francisco journalist, Cynthia Adina Kirkwood, is the author of Turn On, Tune Out, a cautionary computer tale.

Born and raised in New York City, her parents emigrated there from Belize, Central America. Like her parents, she is now an immigrant.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Williams College. For her Junior Year Abroad, she studied at the American University in Cairo. Later, she received a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. in International Economics, African Studies, and Comparative Politics. At the University of California at Berkeley, she earned a Certificate of Journalism Education from the Summer Program for Minority Journalists.

She worked as a reporter at newspapers in the east, west and south of the United States. In 1994, she left the San Francisco Chronicle, where she edited mayhem and wrote headlines, for Sicily and has been living in Europe since then.

In 2012, she and her son left a sedentary life in Cornwall, England, for a farming one in the heart of Portugal. She has 4 acres of terraced land with 44 olive trees, 250 grapevines, and countless fruit trees.


Find me…







My personal motto:

“Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… calmly. After my son leaves for school, I have a cup of tea and hot buttered toast while listening to classical music, jazz or something else on an eclectic radio station here in Portugal and unscrambling a few “Jumble word puzzles” in a book. I feel so accomplished after breakfast!
  2. I lose track of time when my writing is going well.
  3. I have always… enjoyed meeting people from different walks in life.
  4. I have never… traveled to Asia. I hope to change that.
  5. Home means to me… an elusive place I try to define in my writing and my life.
  6. I am inspired by… Tina Turner. I admire her high energy and personal transformation.
  7. I would like to meet… Leo Tolstoy because his work is so satisfying and he sought to live truthfully.
  8. My worst character trait… was my lack of competitive drive. But it’s not a bad thing because there are other ways to succeed at writing. Cooperation with other writers and readers is more natural for me, and it is working well.
  9. My best character trait… is my compassion.
  10. The best advice I was given… was to keep writing. It was in a publisher’s rejection letter.

Photo: Author Cynthia Adina Kirkwood on a mountain

Book cover: Turn On, Tune Out


Turn On, Tune Out

A British composer turns outlaw in Los Angeles in Turn On, Tune Out. Angelica Morgan flouts a computer law that cripples creativity. In L.A., Angelica finds an audience, love, and a passion to stop the insidious law from taking hold in Britain. In the near future of California, artists, who steal time off-line, are considered suspect, criminal, and dangerous.

Angelica’s friend, Rosetta, an outspoken painter, cautions the musician about the Stop, Look and Listen law. But Angelica dismisses the warning. . .


Called “sophisticated,” “intriguing,” and “passionate,” “you’ll keep thinking about it long after the last page.”

Print length:  163 pages

Published:  2017-05-24

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10 Statements – Kate Murdoch


Kate Murdoch is the author of Stone Circle. She exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing. In between writing historical fiction, she enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction.

Her short-form fiction is regularly published in Australia, UK, US and Canada.

Stone Circle is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It was released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017.

Her novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019.


Find me… I would love to hear from you:

Author page:  https://katemurdochauthor.com/
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/katemurdochauthor/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KateMurdoch3
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/katemurdoch2/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com.au/katemurdoch73/
Blog:  https://kabiba.wordpress.com/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35772433-stone-circle
ibooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stone-circle/id1289867848?mt=11


My personal motto:

“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… After a strong milky coffee, I check social media and catch up on emails. If I’m feeling uninspired I’ll go for a run before working.
  2. I lose track of time on social media. It’s a total time drain. Also when I’m researching for a book and looking up various things, I end up in unexpected places on the internet and time disappears.
  3. I have always… needed to recharge in nature. Just absorbing the birdsong, the wind, the sun and the quiet.
  4. I have never… liked crowds. They jangle my nerves and make me anxious.
  5. Home means to me… spending time with my family or by myself. Shared meals, companionship and privacy.
  6. I am inspired by… The Dalai Lama. His cheeky laugh, humility and wisdom.
  7. I would like to meet… Elizabeth Gilbert. She spreads light in the world and lifts people up.
  8. My worst character trait… I can be self-absorbed when I’m working and everything else melts away. My focus on what I’m creating is absolute.
  9. My best character trait… I’m loyal to my friends and I nurture and support them. I can understand people on a deeper level fairly quickly.
  10. The best advice I was given… Look after yourself so you’re able to look after others. Don’t follow the crowd.


Stone Circle

Is the Ability to Read Minds a Blessing or a Curse?

When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status and Antonius has limited opportunities.
When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer’s son.

The two men compete for their mentor’s approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find a way to follow his heart and navigate his future.

Print length:  243 pages

Published:  2017-12-01

Buy links:
Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2x8KKVY
Amazon Australia:  http://amzn.to/2g114T8
Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/2m9evnd
Book Depository:  http://bit.ly/2xMkYc9
Booktopia:  http://bit.ly/2wswPL7
Angus & Robertson:  http://bit.ly/2jPiROd
Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/stone-circle
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2yiOVnu


10 Statements – Aja James

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja loves hearing from readers, so please contact her directly! Subscribe to her blog at: https://aja-james.blog/ to get the latest news and updates and free chapters in upcoming books!


Find me… I would love to hear from you:

Website:  https://aja-james.blog/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/megami771

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AjaJamesAuthor/


My personal mottos:

“Everything happens for a reason.”
“Do what you love, love what you do.”


10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… dragging myself out of bed to get my 2 boys (both under age 5) dressed, fed and ready for school, while being a slave to their every need (Mommy, I want milk! Mommy, I need a wet wipe!) and chugging down my coffee while I can.
  2. I lose track of time after marrying an Argentinean. It’s pointless to keep time with Latins.
  3. I have always… dreamed of being a best-selling novelist, ever since I was 13 and wrote my first novel.
  4. I have never… been to Antarctica, nor will I ever go there, but I have worked, lived or studied in every other continent
  5. Home means to me… where I’m surrounded by my family and can walk around in my PJs all day with impunity.
  6. I am inspired by… just about anything, especially frustrating situations. For example, haven’t you ever wondered why you never sit next to a hot, interesting guy who might be Mr. Right on any public transportation? I wonder all the time. So this led to the first scene in Book 3 in my series.
  7. I would like to meet… all of my favorite romance authors – J.R. Ward, Deborah Cooke, Jacquelyn Frank, Julie Anne Long, Tessa Dare, Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt among others.
  8. My worst character trait… is that I can’t stand boredom for even a minute, and that I get bored very easily. So I’m frequently frustrated with myself and often take on too many things, which then lead me to be a neurotic insomniac.
  9. My best character trait… is that I can multi-task like nobody’s business and thrive under stress (but only when it’s of my own creation).
  10. The best advice I was given… is that if you haven’t failed, it means you haven’t aimed high enough.


Pure Healing: A Novel of the Pure Ones
(Pure / Dark Ones, #1)

Enter the world of Pure Ones, a race of immortal, supernaturally powerful beings who protect humankind, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days.

The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. To harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, especially as the war between her people and the vampire hordes accelerates, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. But as the war wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.

Despite their instant attraction ten years ago when they first met, Valerius has staunchly avoided applying to be the Healer’s Consort. The brutality and violence he suffered as a Roman sex slave in his human life ate away at his soul, leaving a dark abyss of torment and self-doubt.

Now, as Rain’s strength drains with every healing act, Valerius cannot escape the fact that he may be the only one who can save her, and in so doing, afford his people greater hope for the future as battles intensify.

Will Rain and Valerius find their way to each other as the struggles between good and evil evolve?

Print length:  334 pages

Published:  2012-05-04

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080LVZA0


Dark Longing: A Novel of the Dark Ones
(Pure / The Dark Ones, #2)

“Every story has more than one side, like a crystal that captures and reflects different colors of light. Do not take for granted what you think you know, for until you hold the entire jewel in your palm, the temptation is to fall prey to illusion and deception.”

This is a story of the Dark Ones…

Inanna: the vampire warrior
Known as the Angel of Death among her kind, she has lived millennia alone, one of the remaining True Bloods in existence, unconsciously longing for the one male she could never have.

Gabriel: the forbidden human
His soul recognizes hers from the first encounter. With the first touch, he is awakened. Though he does not know it, he has been searching for her across the ages.

But even as they are finally reunited, their love faces seemingly impossible odds. Will history repeat itself or will they break all the rules and chart a new course together?

Print length:  335 pages

Published:  2018-01-18

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077993M4N