6 Questions for Jenn Grace, Founder & CEO of Purpose Driven Publishing

Jenn Grace, Founder & CEO

By Mark McNease

Based on the premise that everyone has a powerful story to share, Purpose Driven Publishing seeks to identity authors with a passion for changing the world. An outgrowth of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy, PDP seeks to help authors communicate their messages and have an impact on the lives of others.

Founder and CEO Jenn Grace was kind enough to answer ‘6 questions’ for me. You can reach Jenn and the PDP team and read more about their mission at Purpose Driven Publishing.

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Featured Book: Genuine Gold (Cantor Gold Series Book 3), by Ann Aptaker

This week’s Featured Book reacquaints us with mystery maestro Ann Aptaker as she continues her award-winning Cantor Gold series. Genuine Gold is the highly anticipated third outing for this irrepressible sleuth, and there’s a fourth on the way. You can also read my interview with the author here.

About Genuine Gold:

Series: Cantor Gold (Book 3)
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2017)

New York, 1952. From the shadowy docks of Athens, Greece, to the elegance of a Fifth Avenue penthouse, to the neon glare of Coney Island, art smuggler Cantor Gold must track down an ancient artifact, elude thugs and killers, protect a beautiful woman who caters to Cantor’s deepest desires, and confront the honky-tonk past which formed her. Memories, murder, passion, and the terrible longing for her stolen love tangle in Cantor’s soul, threatening to tear her apart.

6 Questions for Author Sandra de Helen

Author Sandra de Helen

Author Sandra de Helen

By Mark McNease/Editor

Sandra de Helen is the author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes. She also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. A writer in many mediums, Sandra is a poet, journalist, and playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland, Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.

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Author Joe Cosentino Talks Audiobooks

Joe Cosentino

Author Joe Cosentino

By Mark McNease/Editor

It’s a pleasure to welcome back author Joe Cosentino, “the hardest working man in M/M romance” … and mysteries and novellas and, now, audiobooks! Joe currently has four audiobooks out, with more on the way. Audibooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing world, and I wanted to get Joe’s take and experience on this increasingly popular way to enjoy our favorite books. (You can read previous interviews with Joe on his writing and life HERE and HERE.)

MM: Joe, thanks so much for finding time to answer a few more questions. You’ve got four audiobooks out now. Can you give us a quick rundown of the books they’re from?

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Gay Travelers Magazine Interviews Tim Evanicki, National Tour Producer for ‘Naked Boys Singing’

naked-boys-singingReprinted with permission from Gay Travelers Magazine

Naked Boys Singing
Six guys. Sixteen songs. No clothes!

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Since 1998, people everywhere have been laughing and cheering their way through every moment of the off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing. Orlando, Florida producer Tim Evanicki is overseeing a national tour of the international hit musical revue.

We asked Tim Evanicki, Producer of Naked Boys Singing, about the show.

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6 Questions for Author Michael Nava

Author Michael Nava

Author Michael Nava

By Mark McNease

As a mystery writer myself, it shouldn’t be surprising I jumped at the chance to interview Michael Nava, an icon in the genre. His seminal Henry Rios series was heralded as the gold standard when the books came out, beginning with The Little Death in 1986.

In communicating with Michael for this interview, I discovered we were both in Los Angeles during the same time period, and both considered queer bookstore A Different Light (Silver Lake location) central to our writing and reading lives. This December we’ll see the release of Lay Your Sleeping Head, from Kórima Press (now available for pre-order), a reimagined and substantially rewritten version of that first book. I had the great pleasure of reading an advance copy, and was struck on the first page by its literary strength, its meticulous, rich detail and the aching humanity of its characters, as well as its finely crafted plot. Nava, as was declared of him in the New York Times, was, and is, “one of the best.” I’m delighted to share his answers to ‘6 Questions’. (And for all you audiobook fans, check out his Henry Rios series on Audible.)

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6 Questions for Audiobook Narrator Daniela Acitelli

Daniella Acitelli

Daniella Acitelli

By Mark McNease

I recently had the pleasure of working with audiobook narrator and voiceover artist Daniela Acitelli on my book Death in the Headlights. Daniela was my first and immediate choice, with a voice as rich and clear as her personality is engaging. We’ve since become friends, and she’s been kind enough to give me a glimpse into the life of a professional book narrator. A Californian now living in London, Daniela follows her passions and inspires others to do the same. Enjoy her answers to ‘6 Questions’ below.

You can see Daniela’s website here, and find her many audiobooks here.

MM: You’re an expat living in London, originally from California. Why London, and how did that come about?

DA: I moved for love… well almost. I grew up with a father from Italy and a mother from America travelling back and forth so as a little girl I always assumed I’d move to some exotic country. London had everything and appealed to the ‘city girl’ in me. I’m married to a Glaswegian. I’m working on convincing him to move to Glasgow someday.

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