Welcome to Day 2 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @ChuckWesJ #Amilcar @RRBC_Org #RRBC
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On the second day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…
AUTHOR, CHARLES JONES!
I grew up in a small town of five hundred people in Wyoming that everyone always pronounces wrong or spells incorrectly, Shoshoni (show show knee); I swear it’s a real place. My first novel, Dreamwalker: The Second Plain, is LGBTQ+ horror as are HOME, Daughter of Illusion, and Master of Illusion. Oh, yeah, I currently live with my husband of 20+ years in Colorado with our three cats, eight crested geckos, and one saltwater fish tank.
NJ: Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?
Charles: I started using a pen name recently for the new Kindle Vella platform. So, look for C. Winthrop Grimm in the near future. I use my birth name for my main projects.
NJ: What made you decide to write under a pen name?
Charles: I want to keep the serialized work in Vella separate from my other work and create a persona to tell the stories for me.
NJ: I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing?
Charles: I like to keep my prices competitive, but I also base it on the size. Books around 50k words are $2.99, over 60K is $2.99, and then I have the one that I’ll keep at $.99. I’ve also set my new release at $.99 for the time being. I like making money, but that’s not all there is to it for me. I want as many people walking in the worlds I’ve created.
AMILCAR: THE BLYTHE FAMILY CHRONICLES
NJ: I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there. What was your main reason for getting on Twitter? For support? For fun?
Charles: Originally it was for marketing, but I figured out quickly that it’s not as easy as I thought. So mainly now it’s for supporting other authors and getting support in return.
NJ: What other social media platforms do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?
Charles: I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, but even with running ads, I haven’t seen much gain.
NJ: Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media? If so, how?
Charles: I use Triberr to support on Twitter by finding groups that are within the same genre as well as ones that are not and share their posts with my followers. I try to do individual posts for people too, but when life and work get crazy it’s hard to keep up.
NJ: You do a pretty good job, as I always see your hand raised when we are requesting blog tour hosts, so kudos to you! Do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?
Charles: I read before I hit the retweet. I’ve made the mistake of retweeting something that I didn’t support because it came from someone I knew and didn’t read it, so I’m very careful now.
NJ: Good. Never RT unless you know what you are RTing. That could put a blip in your reputation. Now, if you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you. How could they best support you? What would you have them do?
Charles: Mention me from time to time, shoutout a book, or just say Hi.
NJ: We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way. Have you come across any writing resources that might benefit other authors? I
Charles: There are a few groups on FB that I joined and most people on them are helpful.
NJ: Authors are always seeking good formatting services. Who do you use to format your books, and would you recommend them?
Charles: I do my own formatting. I recently learned how to do it in HTML code. I’ve used the Kindle Create app too and it’s OK if you want all your books to look the same.
NJ: Can you share with our audience 2 or 3 of the top methods you use to market your books?
Charles: (RRBC) RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and Amazon Ads
NJ: Hahaha! I love it! RRBC seems to be a recurring theme here! Especially in the comments section of yesterday’s stop. What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?
Charles: Be true to yourself and write what you like; I hear people say to only write what you know, but how can you grow and learn if you do that. Don’t take negative reviews personally, everyone has their opinion.
NJ: Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?
Charles: My reputation is extremely important. I don’t want to get involved in Twitter wars or FB wars. The thing that always amazes me is that some people don’t let others have an opinion.
NJ: Well, I love opinions! In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old?
Charles: With social media there’s so many people talking at once trying to get heard. At times, I envy how things worked in the past, but at the same time it was harder for them to get the word out about their books. A famous author from the past, who I’m related to, bought enough copies of one of his books to hit the NY Times Best Sellers List.
NJ: That was clever of him, Charles, but you know, I only want to be named to the NY Times Best Sellers list because I’ve written an amazing book that the entire world loved. Now, do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or, does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?
Charles: Everyone adults differently. That said, I personally find it annoying when people try to start rumbles on social media with me, and I’ve been noticing it more frequently. I have the right to my opinion, if you don’t want to hear it, don’t post on social media. I will back what I have to say with as many facts as I can and/or examples of my experiences. When people become combative because they don’t agree, that’s their problem, not mine. I own what I do and say, and I wish everyone did.
NJ: Amen! So do I! I stand behind everything I say and do. If only everyone else would follow suit. If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?
Charles: It depends on the content of the review. If it’s honest and not just a troll, I will consider what they are saying. I have a review on one of my books saying that they got lost because I jumped from historical events to how they related to the protagonists in the present, then they finished the review with “I read several books at the same time, so sue me.” They also criticized me for seemly forcing them to know anything about American history. I just shook my head and walked away. In others, I’ve received feedback that I had some typos or minor grammar issues, those I go find and fix.
NJ: Do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?
Charles: Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies. Sorry, I had to sing that old Fleetwood Mac song.
I prefer honest feedback. I tell enough stories to know when a review isn’t honest (those are the ones I paid for).
NJ: So true. But, we must always remember that there are those who love to be lied to. They can’t handle the truth and get upset at your audacity to stand in your truth regarding their work. But, that’s another topic altogether so let’s move on. Don’t worry about the singing. I know Fleetwood personally so I invited them over to sing it with you! Charles, do you blog about any specific topics or are you a random-topic-blogger?
Charles: I love horror and Sci-Fi movies, so I do write ups (basically reviews) for the ones that I’ve seen a thousand times and the ones I’ve only seen once. I post my book reviews, too. I like to share what I’ve seen and read whether I like it or not because my trash is another’s treasure and vice versa.
OTHER QUICK FACTS ABOUT CHARLES…
- Has been writing officially for 10 years
- Writes under Horror and Dystopian genres
- Writing is a second full time job for him
- Indie all the way!
- 14 published books to date / Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles is the favorite thus far / $.99 on Amazon
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Website: Charles W. Jones, Author
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WOW! What an awesome book cover… I loved your interview. Fabulous song choice
Kathleen, Charles has the most creative covers, yes he does! Thanks for dropping by with your support!
Hey Charles, I appreciate your support out there on social media! I love your advice about expanding beyond writing what you know and moving into things you like as well! I agree that we always have to be growing and challenging ourselves as authors! Thanks again!!!
Thanks, Jacob, for supporting Charles! Reciprocal support is amazing!
Hi, Charles! Hi, Nonnie! What a great interview! I enjoyed getting to know you better, Charles, and look forward to hearing more about your foray into Vella. I love the fact that RRBC authors write in so many genres, many of which I hadn’t read until I joined this supportive group. Nonnie, thanks for promoting Charles!
Thanks for dropping by to support, Charles, Patty!
HI Charles, lovely to see you here. I agree with your comments about social media and not getting into altercations. I take the same view on reviews too. I learned lots of new information about you today.
Robbie, so glad you learned something from Charles’ interview today!
Hi Charles–Your honesty and insight are refreshing. I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing journey. I haven’t read much in the horror genre, but after reading this, I plan to head over to your page and purchase one of yours! (Thanks, Nonnie, for this interesting interview! Great questions!)
Hi Wanda! I hope you enjoy whichever book you pick.
Charles, Horror is not my thing, though I have many reader friends who love horror. Best of luck!
Hi, Randy! Please do share Charles’ books with those reader friends! How about that? Thanks for dropping by to support Charles!
Hi, Charles! I admire how prolific you are and your genre. Paranormal and dystopian stories would require a heap of imagination as I feel most comfortable with memoir and other non-fiction. Thanks for featuring and promoting Charles, Nonnie, someone new in the RRBC constellation of stars.
Hi Marian, thanks for stopping by!
Charles, authors of paranormal and dystopian stories amaze me, as they have to create entire worlds from their imagination. And, may I say, your covers are creepily fabulous – I love them! I don’t usually read these genres, but just purchased Amilcar, and really look forward to reading it and sampling your writing. Great interview, and thanks for bringing this to us, Nonnie!
Hi Maurabeth, thanks for stopping by!
You’re welcome, Maura Beth! Thanks for dropping by to support Charles today!
Hi Charles! Congratulations on being here! I haven’t read you since Circus Tarot so I will go over and pickup your latest! We’re lucky to have your talent and support. Enjoy this time in the spotlight! Nonnie, your questions always yield informative answers!
Hi, Linda! Just call me the extractor!
Hi Linda, get your copy of Amilcar before it goes up in June. Thanks for coming by and your support!
I just purchased my copy of Amilcar. While there, I strolled through the reviews and saw this stress reliever from Shirley, “the scenes where Amilcar attacks and kills his prey was done in such a way that I wasn’t frightened out of my mind.”
That was great news!🤣
I’m impressed—fourteen books in ten years. I’ve been writing for ten years and have only produced four books. Maybe if I hadn’t spent time rewriting the first one. I hope to match your number. “Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.” I love that song. It can be my new motto.
I’m surprised when I see that number, and think, wow, did I really write that many? Sometimes I have to go to the bookshelf and count them to be sure it’s correct. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today Susanne!
Oh, Susanne … I believe you want the truth! Thanks for dropping by!
Congratulations on today’s Spotlight, Charles. Enjoyed the interview and learned a lot about you. Sharing…
Hi Bette, thanks for stopping by and for sharing the interview. I’m glad you liked it.
Thanks for supporting Charles, Bette!
Hi Charles, I continue to support you and always will. You have been most supportive to me and I thank you for that.
Loved the chat between you and Nonnie, both full of wisdom and common sense.
Stay safe and stay well.
Hi Joy. I appreciate all your support, I can’t thank you enough.
Thanks for dropping by with support for Charles, Joy!
Hi Charles–It is a pleasure to have you as an RRBC member and to learn that you’re an author in Colorado as I am. The caption on the cover–I am your slave, I am your master, I am your Messiah–intrigues me. Thank you, Charles, and Nonnie for sharing the interview.
I am also very careful about Twitter. It is a good tool, but I do find that it is aggressive. If you don’t like what I tweet, then move on is what I think. I am learning not to even go there. They have the problem not me.
Wishing you all the best in your endeavours.
Nonnie, thank you for presenting Charles.
Thanks, Pat, for dropping by to support Charles today!
Hi, Charles. You and I certainly agree about social media and opinions!
Nonnie, thank you for hosting Charles today.
Hi, Pat! Thanks for dropping by!
Hi Karen. It’s definitely rough out there sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.
Interesting interview Charles. I’ve enjoyed a couple of your books and intend to add more to my library. Enjoy the tour. Thank you, Nonnie, for the support and encouragement you dish out and hosting this wonderful event. also considering a name change based on your response yesterday from Wonder Woman to Blood ‘n Guts Nonnie.
I love Blood N Guts, John! Any adjective which leads you to envision STRENGTH and STRONG … I would resemble all! My husband likes to say “You’re one tough cookie!” So, there you have it!
Hi John, thanks for stopping by and your support today!
A fun and engaging interview. Love the Twitter tips:) Also loving The Mac! Great humor!
Hi, Suzy! Thanks for dropping by to support Charles today!
Hi Suzy. Thanks checking out my interview with Nonnie!
Hi Charles. Good seeing you again on tour. I can’t believe the horror stories you have stored up. I would call you an addict for all things horrible. Haha!
Have a wonderful day today.
Thanks for supporting Charles, Shirley! No surprise there, right? It’s what we do! #RRBC
It feels that I’m addicted to the horrible things sometimes, then I sit on the couch and binge-watch Friends. Thanks for coming by.
I had to laugh when I read you have 8 crested geckos! My son has multiple food allergies and some environmental allergies, so we hesitated to bring a cat or dog in the house… afraid he might turn allergic to them too! So long story short – he has had four bearded dragons over the years. I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of lizards at first, but I learned quickly that they really do have their own personalities, they get mad and won’t look at you, etc. He would love having 8 geckos! I enjoyed the interview and I wish you the best of luck with your newest book! Well done! Also I followed on Twitter and Instagram so I will see you around there!
Bearded dragons are awesome. Thanks for following me on social media, I’ve followed you back. Thanks for visiting today!
Thanks, Caroline! You’re awesome! I now expect that you’ll be at every stop! You opened the tour and you’ve shown the rest of us how you are paying it forward! Thanks, again!
Great back and forth between Nonnie and Charles on marketing/social media logistics! Picking up a few things here. Good Luck Charles!!
Hi Phil! Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for dropping by with your support, Phil!
I recently downloaded Amilcar and look forward to reading it. I’ve read some of Charles’ work in the past. He is a great writer! Charles, I’d love to hear about your Vella experience. Thanks for sharing Charles with your followers, Nonnie. 🙂
Hi Yvette. So far the writing for Vella has been interesting, especially making sure that each episode has a cliffhanger. Once it’s finally live, I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Thanks for your support!
Hi Charles, we have entered into Vella as well. Let’s keep in touch on this topic. I recently reviewed this book and enjoyed your twists and turns. I recommend this to other readers. Great to find you featured here, well deserved because you are so supportive. Take care.
Have fun today, Charles!
Thank you for having me today! I’m so glad you’ve rebooted 12 Days of Authors, it’s a great way to meet new authors that I didn’t know and learning a little more about the ones I do.
Hi, Charles! That’s the purpose of 12 Days – to introduce authors to authors they don’t know so that greater and more intimate connections are formed, as opposed to the surface support of sending out occasional tweets. It’s also a way to learn more things about the authors that you might not have known. Thanks for allowing me to feature and promote you today! I hope you’re enjoying your day!