Tuesday, January 31, 2023

đŸ“–Authors To Watch: Rob Kaufman Author of ALTERED #authorstowatch #interview



Rob Kaufman novels are known for having characters with whom people can relate, while at the same time, bringing them on a journey from which most people would crumble.

His degree in Psychology was the first step toward getting beneath the surface of the people in his life. What followed was a lifelong search for what makes people tick – what forces them to become evil when deep down they are yearning for love. Rob’s characters walk this search with him, deep into the human psyche, creating psychological thrillers from everyday events.

Rob’s books are perfect for those who enjoy thrillers but also need strong emotion to keep them deeply involved with the characters.

“All my books hit home for me,” says Rob. “There are always parts that make me laugh out loud as I write them… and many, too many, that make me cry. And the great thing is, I’m finding that many readers of my books experience the same emotions.”

Rob’s books receive both national and international praise with most reviews noting that his storylines are extremely “unique” and “sobering” and the twists and turns are “masterful”.

Website or Blog:  www.authorrobkaufman.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AuthorKaufman

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/745558.Rob_Kaufman

Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?

I’ve been writing fiction since first grade. I would write a story using blank pieces of white paper, tape them together and then give it to my mom. Of course, I always received a 5-star review! Although the last book of mine my mom got to see before she passed was “One Last Lie”, she still always gave me 5-star reviews. Other than loving to write, my mom’s encouragement of my writing is one of the main reasons I started, and continue, to write fiction.

Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?

I lie in bed every night until the story (or next chapter) is fleshed out. I then create an outline of each chapter. I used to write by the seat of my pants but realized that having an outline makes the actual “writing” part of the process easier. Not “easy”… easier. ☺

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

My latest release, “Altered” is the first in a series about a renowned NYC psychiatrist, Justin Wright, who takes on a patient with Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities, also known as “alters”). Little does he know that the patient is weaving himself into Justin’s life in ways that will change the lives of he and his family forever. There are a number of interesting characters and subplots that I won’t get into here, but I will say that those who have read “Altered” can’t wait for Book 2 “Jaded”, which should be released late January or early February.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Of all the characters in all my books, I’d have to say my favorite is Jonathan in “One Last Lie”. I think it’s because he’s me in so many ways – a bit OCD, neurotic, Type A, and distrustful, while at the same time compassionate, giving and kind to those people who have the same qualities. Jonathan is me, but with a much stranger set of circumstances to contend with. 

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

The most challenging aspect of writing “Altered” was making sure I had all the details about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) correct. I did online research, checked my writing with psychiatrists and psychologists and was lucky enough to have an editor who knows a lot about psychology and “reality”. Getting the facts right was my number one priority – and the toughest part of writing this book.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing BOOK 2 of the Justin Wright Suspense Series. The book is titled “JADED” which is similar to “ALTERED” in that it can be taken two ways. “ALTERED” represents the patient with DID who has alters and how lives are changed (altered) by the patient’s actions. “JADED” represents Justin’s newest patient, Jade, while at the same time describing how a very important character feels about life (and if it’s worth living).

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?

Be unique, don’t follow the crowd and have a very, very good editor. The first two will help ensure that there will be an audience for your work. The second will guarantee that your readers will enjoy your work. A manuscript with misspellings, plot holes and factual errors will turn astute readers off in a matter of seconds. Oh, and unlike me, don’t look at your reviews every day. You’ll easily forget the thousand 5-star reviews, but the one 2-star review will stay with you forever.


Title: Altered (Justin Wright Suspense Series Book 1)
Author: Rob Kaufman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 276
Genre: Psychological Suspense/Thriller

When Frank Devlin walks into Justin Wright’s office, the renowned New York City clinical psychiatrist decides to take on one of the most challenging cases of his career.

After their first session, it’s obvious Frank has multiple personalities (“alters”) and each one couldn’t be more different than the other. Justin must get to know each individual alter in order to discover the best route to take so that Frank can live a full and happy life. He must also delve into Frank’s past, one filled with mystery, darkness and trauma — the true causes behind his personality split.

As Justin deals with Frank’s issues, he’s also confronted with his own demons: the kidnapping of Michael, his youngest son, seven years earlier… a wife he adores, Mandy, who refuses to accept her son is gone… a constant struggle with his oldest son, Dylan, who was watching over Michael the day the boy was taken. And his problems get worse as, unbeknownst to Justin, Frank and his alters are secretly weaving themselves into his life in ways that will affect the Wright family forever.

A suspense-filled story driven by emotion, angst and the ultimate revenge, “Altered” brings readers down a twisted path of uncertainty and mind games ­— leaving them shocked, heartbroken and questioning what could possibly come next…

“Crazy-good plot lines and shocking information that had me gasping for breath at every turn!” – Anne F., Amazon Vine Reviewer

“It was an amazing ride with tension building throughout until the final twist ending.” – Patricia G., NetGalley Reviewer

Release Date: November 15, 2022

Soft Cover: ISBN:979-8358757523; 329 pages; $13.99; Kindle $7.99; FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3BlpCjs 




Monday, January 23, 2023

Book Trailer Spotlight: The Key to Circus-Mom Highway by Allyson Rice


Author: Allyson Rice
Publisher: The Total Human Press
Pages: 270
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Women's Fiction

In an attempt to secure an unexpected inheritance—and hopefully find a few answers—two estranged sisters and their newly discovered brother embark on a comically surreal trip through the Deep South to retrace the life of the mother who abandoned them as infants.

On a Tuesday afternoon, sisters Jesse Chasen and Jennifer McMahon receive a phone call notifying them that their birth mother has died, leaving behind a significant inheritance. But in order to obtain it, they must follow a detailed road trip she designed for them to get to know her—and that includes finding a brother they never knew existed.

For the next week, this ill-assorted trio treks across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to meet their mother’s old friends, from circus performers to a juke joint owner, each of whom delivers a shocking vignette into the life of a young mother traumatized by loss and abuse. Along the way, these three siblings—Jesse, whose fiery exterior disguises a wounded, drifting musician stuck in a rut; Jennifer, whose carefully curated family life is threatened by her husband’s infidelity; and Jack, whose enigmatic Jackie, Oh! persona in the New Orleans drag queen scene helps him escape the nightmares of Afghanistan that haunt him at night—must confront their own demons (and at least one alligator). But in chasing the truth about their real mother, they may all just find their second chance.

This uproarious debut novel is a reminder that sometimes, the family you’d never have chosen may turn out to be exactly what you need.

“This breezy, charming tale incisively shows a family’s bittersweet facets.” –Kirkus Reviews

A “feverish, entertaining novel” –Foreward Clarion Reviews

“In this rollicking family dramedy, debut author Rice sends three lovable siblings on a zany yet touching road trip… Rice’s sharp observations of society’s absurdity verge on the satirical… Fans of family drama, road trips, and non-stop laughs will love this cross-country adventure.” –BookLife

Release Date: Paperback: November 27, 2022; Kindle: January 3, 2023

Publisher: The Total Human Press

Soft Cover: 978-0982185544; 270 pages


B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-key-to-circus-mom-highway-allyson-rice/1142037363?ean=9780982185544

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-key-to-circus-mom-highway 

Target: https://www.target.com/p/the-key-to-circus-mom-highway-by-allyson-rice-paperback/-/A-87939489

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62003645-the-key-to-circus-mom-highway

Allyson Rice is a writer, an award-winning mixed media artist, and a producer with Atomic Focus Entertainment, currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Rehoboth Beach, DE. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. After spending many years as an actress on stage and on television, she left acting and spent the next decade running yoga/meditation retreats, women’s retreats, and creativity retreats around the country. After that, she pivoted to focus once again on her own creative work. In addition to her writing and art, she’s also a photographer (her work was most recently chosen for an exhibition at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC).

Some random bits of Allyson trivia: 1) She’s been skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining through a rainforest, and scuba diving with stingrays; 2) she has an extensive PEZ dispenser collection; 3) she played Connor Walsh on As the World Turns for seven years; 4) she’s been in the Oval Office at the White House after hours; 5) she’s related to the Hatfields of the infamous Hatfield/McCoy feud; and 6) her comedic rap music video “Fine, I’ll Write My Own Damn Song” won numerous awards in the film festival circuit and can now be seen on YouTube https://youtu.be/7Xe3nuVDkC4.

Also available from Allyson Rice is her line of women’s coloring books (The Color of Joy, Dancing with Life, and Wonderland), and The Creative Prosperity PlayDeck, an inspirational card deck about unlocking and utilizing your creative energy in the world. She’s currently at work on her second novel and her fourth women’s coloring book. But she is most proud of being mom to musical artist @_zanetaylor.

Website: www.allysonrice.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CircusMomHwy

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allysonriceauthor/



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