Former NYPD Detective and Acclaimed Author Andrew G. Nelson on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

On Monday, November 26 at 5 PM Eastern, I welcome former NYPD Detective and Acclaimed Author Andrew G. Nelson on Your Book Your Brand Your Business. Please tune in for an insightful interview, where Andrew will share his reasons for choosing a career in law enforcement, how his real-life experience influences his work, and why he opted for indie publishing.

Andrew G. Nelson is a twenty-two year law enforcement veteran and a graduate of the State University of New York. He served twenty years with the New York City Police Department during which time he served as a detective in the elite Intelligence Division providing protection to visiting dignitaries. He retired in 2005 with the rank of rank of sergeant.

He is the author of the James Maguire and Alex Taylor book series’, as well as several non-fiction works: Uncommon Valor & Uncommon Valor II, which chronicle the insignia of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit.

For more about Andrew G. Nelson, visit his website www.andrewgnelson.org.

Follow him on Twitter @Andrew_G_Nelson

Like him on Facebook

Check out his Author Page on Amazon

We look forward to taking your questions in the live chat. To stream the show, visit www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on the right sidebar. It will also be archived on my iHeart Radio page.

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Writestream Tuesday with author Carmen DeSousa – UPDATED with Archive

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I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented author Carmen DeSousa to Writestream Tuesday on November 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to talk about her books and background. Here’s a bit about Carmen from her website CarmenDeSousa.com, which I highly recommend visiting:

CarmenA reader and writer since I could hold a pen and paper, it was only natural I would eventually start writing for others, and of course, be a large advocate for independent writers.

My taste in reading includes everything from sweet and silly, to sensual and thrilling. The only thing I will not read is anything extremely graphic in nature, whether it is in the form of a physical attack or sexual in nature. I have a great imagination—that’s why I read— so I don’t need every detail spelled out for me.

And my writing is pretty much the same… There are few topics that I am not willing to take on as an author. Though it may be a tad misleading—especially to potential male readers—I write what I call modern-day fairytales. Think about it…those fairytales we read as a child were anything but mild. What we call a fairytale usually started off as an abused or tragedy-stricken child.

Well, I take that concept and what many people deal with in real, modern-day life and attempt to help my protagonist find a way out of their tragedies and find their happily-ever-after. Because let’s face it, isn’t that what we are all trying to do—find our happily-ever-after?

Carmen and I go live at 1:05 p.m. Eastern when she’ll join me for a 50-minute interview before the Right Wing Riot takes over with some much-needed Public Service Satire. In the first half of the program, I welcome your calls and questions for Carmen at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat.

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To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Carmen DeSousa or call (347) 945-7246 to listen by phone. Join me for a great interview with a very accomplished author!

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Remembering Edgar Allan Poe

Poe has always been one of my all-time favorite writers ever since studying his work in A.P. English class in high school. The master of the short story and the psychological thriller, his tragic life underscores the intensity of emotion present in his tales of sorrow, horror, and melancholy. One of his favorite themes was the death of a beautiful woman, as exemplified by his haunting poem, Annabel Lee:

I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

Although it’s hard to choose a favorite among Poe’s many writings, The Masque of the Red Death left quite an impression for a variety of reasons, enhanced by Basil Rathbone’s haunting narration, which I first heard in sophomore English class:

History Goes Bump hosts Diane and Denise recently paid tribute to Poe during one of their excellent podcasts:

It’s too bad Poe’s brilliance and prolific writings did not translate into the experience of a materially comfortable life, although his legacy lives on. According to Poe Museum.org, he has influenced many who have achieved the success that eluded Poe himself while on earth — including Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.

Do you write like Poe? Find out here.

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