Interview with Garrett Dennert, author of Wounded Tongue

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Garrett Dennert to the blog. He’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about his book, Wounded Tongue. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

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IBP – How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?

Garrett – Wounded Tongue is an exploration of generational coexistence amidst the horrors of the apocalypse.

 

IBP – Do you listen to music while writing?

Garrett – Usually. I tend to turn to a playlist I’ve been expanding for years, which is mostly comprised of film soundtracks I love (i.e. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Interstellar, Spotlight). While writing, I shy away from music with lyrics – lyrics can make it hard for me to focus on my own words, sometimes.

 

IBP – Do you have a day job?

Garrett – I do. I strategize, create and market various forms of content for a digital publishing company. Those forms include, but aren’t limited to: blog posts, digital petitions, giveaways, and interactive content.

 

IBP – Do you read reviews written about your book?

Garrett – At this moment, there haven’t been any reviews written, but I definitely will. I want to be a great writer, and I think the best way to do so is by soaking up as much honest feedback as you can. I can’t wait to see what readers think of the book.

 

IBP – What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

Garrett – For me, the hardest part about writing a book is just finding the time to do so. Life is busy, and it isn’t going to miraculously become less busy. So one has to carve out time to make their ideas come to life. And it can be really, really difficult to do so, to find that time, to balance that time with your day job, with your social life, with your family.

 

IBP – What part of the writing process do you love? What part do you hate?

Garrett – I hate writing the first draft, honestly. It kills me. There’s a lot of hesitancy when it comes to sitting down and writing the first draft because I just know how awful it’s going to be, and how much it’ll all change during the editing process. Consequently, the revision process is the part I love – I love playing with the dials, so to speak, hacking and tweaking here and there to find, expose, and lift the power of the piece.

 

IBP – Where do you get your inspiration?

Garrett – May be an odd place to do so, considering that I primarily write fiction, but I get a lot of my inspiration from contemporary science. I follow a lot of scientific publications on social media, and spend more time than I’d like to admit reading about where humankind is headed, and, more importantly, how we’ll be getting there. And sometimes it results in me jotting down an idea that sparked while doing so, something that can be used to either drive or supplement narrative.

 

IBP – What is one book that you think everyone should read?

Garrett – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Talk about gut punch after gut punch. Love that book.

 

IBP – How can readers stay in touch?

Garrett – Readers can stay in touch with me and my work through Orson’s Publishing (orsonspublishing.com), through Twitter (@garrettdennert), Instagram (@gdennert), and Goodreads.

 

IBP – Morning person or night owl?

Garrett – If I were asked this a couple of years ago, I definitely would’ve said, “night owl.” But that just doesn’t work for me anymore. Working full time means that you have to decide how you’re going to keep your writing schedule alive – in the morning, or at night – and I continue to choose the former, as writing at night just does funny things to me. Keeps me awake. Messes with my dreams. So now, I’ll regularly get up at 5:00am or 5:30am, put on some coffee, and flip open the notebook.

 

IBP – Are you working on anything new, and, if so, when can we expect to see it?

Garrett – Pretty soon I’ll be putting the finishing touches on Strays Like Us, a short story collection I hope to publish in the next year or so. And after that, I’ll be picking Backbone up again, which is a novel told in flashes.

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Wounded_Tongue_Cover_for_KindleThe world went dark months ago.

Most chased the light as it went out. Those that stayed now live in fear – of the depletion of resources; of the blackout’s effects on the environment; of the masked tribes warring over pockets of the new world.

It’s only in the aftermath of sudden events that Vitri, a middle-aged scavenger from Waco, Texas, finds himself thrust in motion, eastward, towards family with whom he has no intention of resuming life.

Circumstances force Vitri to cross paths with Reyn, a hearing-impaired orphan also journeying alone. Head and heart tell each to ally, to navigate the obstacles before them and travel east together. But what they discover lies between them soon becomes the largest obstacle of all.

Wounded Tongue can be purchased from Amazon and B&N

 

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13312898_223173111403331_7793830500840954883_nIn 2012, Garrett Dennert obtained his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, emphasizing in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. There, he contributed to the school’s literary journal, fishladder, and soon after served as founding member and Nonfiction Editor of Squalorly.

Dennert has since been fortunate enough to place stories and essays at Barely South Review, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper.

Wounded Tongue is his first novel.

Garrett can be found on his Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads

 

Kiss of Summer by Alyson Raynes

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Alyson Raynes to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, Kiss of Summer. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

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KOS-eBookJesse Austin has led a troubled life. Abandoned by his parents at a young age, Jesse chose to run with the wrong crowd and found trouble with the law.

Summer Jacobs is stuck living her mother’s dream of becoming an Olympic Figure Skater. An avid reader, Summer prefers visiting her grandfather’s ranch, where she finds peace and happiness under her favorite tree with her most beloved stories.

Needing a break from everyday life, Summer and her friends visit the ranch one last time before they enter their senior year of high school. For her friends it’s the trip of a lifetime, but for Summer, it’s a struggle distinguishing between finding peace and falling in love with a troubled boy.

Kiss of Summer can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, Kobo and iTunes

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11254551_1193366867358048_4938582296698241684_oAlyson enjoys bringing characters to life and has been writing since she was a little girl. Her first published book was in elementary school where it was put on display in the library for others to read. Alyson’s love for books is what compels her to write and create new worlds of her own for others to enjoy. She enjoys writing everything from erotica to suspense thrillers. The Fixer Series is both an erotic romance and suspense thriller.
A Colorado native, Alyson loves to travel. She has visited Ireland, Mexico and most of the United States. Her favorite vacation hideaway is Hawaii. She has a love for the ocean and enjoys swimming with sea turtles in the wild. Alyson is a former accountant who has traded in her abacus for a full-time writing career.
She has been happily married for twenty-two years to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two. Her love of quilting keeps her busy in the winter months when she isn’t writing. Alyson’s favorite past time is spending time with her family, watching football and laughing together. You can also find her at: http://www.alysonraynes.com

Alyson can be found on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Goodreads

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Excerpt:

“What do you think of this one, Summer?” Angie asked, showing off a white, strapless dress.
“I think it looks great on you, if you’re looking to get married.”
“Ugh. Why is this so hard?”
“Probably because your hair is the color of a rainbow, and everything clashes with it.”
“Bitch!”
I laughed. “You know it’s true.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
“Why don’t you just go with black? Everything matches that.”
“You know, that’s probably what I’ll end up doing.”
“That’s what I’m wearing.”
“Shut up. You’re wearing black because your boyfriend Jesse isn’t taking you to prom.”
“Maybe.”
“What would you do if he showed up?”
“What? What kind of question is that? You know he’s not going to, so why are we playing this game?”
“Oh. Oh. Oh. Because I want to know. What would Summer do if her hot bod, boyfriend showed up to prom?”
“Well, he won’t, so…”
“Come on. Spill it, Jacobs!”
“I don’t know. Dance?”
“Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Give me a break!”
“Well, isn’t that what you do at prom?”
“No. There’s a lot more that you do at prom.”
“Um…okay. Like what?”
“Stay out all night.”
“Alright. If Jesse showed up, we’d go to dinner, then the dance.”
“B.O.R.I.N.G.,” she yawned.
“What do you want me to say? That I’d take him to a hotel room, rip his clothes off, and have wild and crazy sex with him?”
“YES!!!”
“You’re ridiculous, Angie.”
“Why? Because I made you admit that you want to see him naked and have wild and crazy sex with him?”
“No. Because your mind always goes straight to the gutter.”
“You know what they say about girls that have dirty minds, right?”
I rolled my eyes. “No, do tell me.”
“We’re smarter.”
“That makes absolutely no sense. You do realize that?”
“It’s true. I read it in my teen magazine. They said that girls with dirty minds masturbate more often; therefore, letting their endorphins kick in. It has something to do with releasing a certain chemical into your brain, and that’s why it makes you smarter.”
“So…if you’re a horny girl, you’re smarter?”
“Yep. They’ve even proven it with science.”
“I’m calling bullshit on that one, Ang.”
“Whatever, Summer. Science doesn’t lie.”

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