Author Q+A: Brian Klock

What inspired you on this book?

I want to inspire people to take action on their passions and that creating your dream life is possible and can be created a lot quicker than you think.

Why did you want to become a writer?

I want to add value to the world by telling my story and what’s work for me i hope i can inspire the masses that anything is possible .

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part is making it enough pages i like to give you straight information that is practical and works not puffed up with all the drama and story.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

I hope people will gain practical steps to build their dream life.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

My favorite books growing up would have to be the 16 laws of success by Napoleon hill.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Get excited about reading or read audio books knowledge and wisdom is found in books. You can cut your learning curve down dramatically people who have been the most successful in the world write down their story and tell you how they did it might make sense to read a few you can relate too.

Why should we buy your book?

My book will give you practical information how to start with nothing and build the lifestyle of your dreams.

Acting Q+A: Lilly Dennis

What is your favorite thing about acting?

I have been acting ever since I can remember and my favorite part has always been being able to tell the stories of others. Breathing the life into a story that is sitting in a script is the hardest part of the job but also the most rewarding. A brilliant script will always be a brilliant script, however unless I do my job of taking this human and creating them believably on screen or on stage no one will believe the story to begin with. My favorite part about acting is when you achieve that moment of complete honestly in a character.

What is the hardest part?

I think there is no easy part to acting at all. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, however the hardest part about achieving complete success in acting is probably learning not to take the opinions of others on as your own. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on your performance and how good or bad you were. The hardest part is learning to accept that their opinion is just that; their opinion. Only I can honestly know if the job I did in portraying a character was completely true, honest and believable.

What are your tips for newbie actors?

I think if I could tell anything to a newbie actor it would be something that I wish I had realized when I was younger, and that is you’re allowed to make mistakes and it’s basically your job for the first few years to continuously do that. Just don’t make the same mistake twice. Always learn from what didn’t work last time and never look at as a failure. See the success in everything you do even if nobody else can, because positivity and belief in yourself is what will keep you on the track to a successful career.

What skills, training and education do you recommend?

Every actor will have a different opinion on this, but I stand on the side of you need to train and educate yourself as an actor. Whether you take classes or enroll in a conservatory, the worst thing you can do as an actor is not attempting to keep learning. Also, it’s places like acting class or acting school where you start to create a network of people which you will work with and create with for years to come.

Who are your favorite actors/actresses and what do you learn from watching them?

My favorite actress is Laura Dern, I have always looked up to her. As a woman and an actress, she is constantly striving for the truth in everything she does. All the roles she takes on are portrayed with such a dignity and honesty to the life of that character. When you play characters that make such awful decisions it’s hard to not judge them, but Dern always commits to every character without a single judgement. That was what I learned from watching her over the years; to never judge the actions of your character just find the motivation behind them.

What are your upcoming projects and career goals?

I believe in always working on projects that bring awareness and highlight the current reality of our world today. I am currently set to perform in the biggest theater festival in the world, United Solo Theater Festival in New York, where I am performing my one person show that talks about the grief that follows cancer. I also have several series’ and movies coming out in the next year which I am very excited about, all handling very important causes in our society today.

What is something funny that’s happened to you on the job that makes you love acting more?

Funny things happen all the time on set but one thing that will always stick with me is when I was shooting a movie and a rather famous actress walked on set to visit a friend of hers. I mistook her for someone I knew and went over to her, hugged her, greeting her like I knew her (I thought she was my old acting teacher; she was not) but she was kind enough to go along with it for whatever reason. After she left the make-up artist asked me how I knew her and said the name of this actress. I have never been more mortified once I realized who it really was but at least she was very nice about it. These moments are ones you never forget.

Author Q+A: Indigo Bryerly

What inspired you on this book?

I was sixteen when the idea came to me and that was thirty years ago! I was in school and bored. I don’t remember the class, but my mind just wandered off. The basis of the story came out of the blue. Over the years, the intricacies of it developed, but the premise remained the same. I love stories that involve complicated people. No one is a true hero or villain. Everyone is flawed. I wanted to write a story where the characters evoke strong reactions from the reader, whether positive or negative.

Why did you want to become a writer?

It’s not something I decided one day. I just found myself compelled to write. I have a vivid imagination, with stories and scenes constantly running through my mind as if I’m watching a movie. My only outlet is to put these tales to paper. I don’t believe people want to become writers. They just are. They must write. Writing is like breathing.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

Putting it to paper. I wanted to give it justice, not just for me, but for the characters I created. The protagonist, Sophie Beaumont, is an alcoholic. For me to properly convey the emotions and mindset of someone in the throes of alcoholism, I needed to tap into my own dark times from years ago. I understand alcoholism firsthand, and I’m thankful to say I am now in my tenth year of sobriety. I am now a positive, happy person, so to go back to that negativity in order to write was difficult and painful. At the same time, it was cathartic. I have a deeper appreciation for how far I’ve come. Before I didn’t discuss it much, but now it’s become easier to own and celebrate my sobriety.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

I hope people gain the understanding that we don’t always know what goes on behind closed doors. Yes, my story is fictional, but there are some themes in the book that happen in everyday life. It is very easy to make a judgment on a situation or person, without understanding the background story. How we interpret and accept our circumstances shape who we become. There are good people in life who mess up royally and pay a dear price for it. Do they learn from it and make amends, or continue the cycle? How long do people deserve to be punished before earning forgiveness?

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

The first book I ever learned to read was Dino and the Dinosaur. My sister taught me to read when I was four, so it holds fond memories.

As a teenager, I remember falling in love with The Scarlet Letter. It is my favorite novel. Again, it has complicated flawed characters that I love. Last month, I acquired an old edition of it written in Braille. I’m excited to have this addition to my reading collection.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Writers tend to write about what they know or what they like. You would be surprised what influences one’s writing. I would look for writers who enjoy the same things as you. Social media is a great avenue for discovering that. Check out their author pages and you may find something that piques your interest.

I love classic rock and incorporate that in my novels. My characters have distinctive music tastes which add to their development.

Why should we buy your book?

If you are looking for a story that will hold your interest, this is for you. I purposely write my books in a conversational tone to make the reader feel as if someone is sitting with them and telling the story. If you also enjoy complicated, dysfunctional characters with uncomfortable storylines, I strongly recommend this book.

Q+A: Radio Host Trey Harrell

NOTE: Radio host Trey Harrell took the Q+A originally based on the author Q+A.

What inspired you to become a radio host?

Well when I started my practice I was looking for ways to get my name out there and grow the practice. However, it has turned into much more than that. I really enjoy sitting down each week with Charlie James on 1250 WTMA each Tuesday morning and diving into the various issues we discuss.

Why did you want to become a lawyer?

Public service has been something that is very important in my family. Whether it was my Father serving as Speaker of the House of South Carolina or my Grandfather serving as the Highway Commissioner, I was taught at an early age that you are responsible for making your home a better place to be. As a result of these lessons, I decided to go to Law School and use the law to make the Lowcountry a better place to call home.

What is the hardest part of a law career?

The long hours! My work keeps me away from my family a lot more that I would like. However, I’m extremely blessed to have a very understanding and patient wife.

What do you hope people gain from your show?

A little better understanding of the legal or political issues we discuss. While what I say on the radio should not be construed as legal advice and they should consult always consult their own lawyer, I hope it familiarizes folks with the issues so that they can make more informed decisions.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

As a young kid, I loved the Berenstain Bears of all things. I remember my mother ordered me an entire box full of them. I have really great memories of reading those with her.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about listening to radio programs?

I’m sorry. If you don’t like what we are discussing then call in at 843.556.1250 and ask a question or make a comment to get us talking about something else.

Why should people listen to your show?

Well, we have a good time. We talk about things that people, especially WTMA’s listeners, want us to discuss. Besides, you never know who is going to call in. We’ve had everyone from Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Katie Arrington to the Chairman of the County Democrat Party. Its always entertaining.

Author Q+A: Tahir Kashif

What inspired you on this book?

I created the character in high school a long time ago. I remember my mind drifting from the class lecture and imagining flying in the sky. I imagined how cool having superpowers would be.

Why did you want to become a writer?

I wanted to be a writer ever since I was little. I just love the idea of creating my own worlds and characters. I love the freedom of being able to do anything.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part is continuity. I have a terrible memory.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

I hope people are entertained first and foremost. But there’s substance in my books, so I hope people take away a challenge to their perspective. Lastly, I not so secretly hope that I can inspire someone to write the same way that I was inspired to write as a kid.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

I’ll shout it from the Heavens…The Animorphs series!

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

You’re missing out on a valuable way to enrich yourself.

Why should we buy your book?

For the adventure. To see the world from the perspective of someone who both has superpowers and has alot of growing to do. It’ll be a fun interesting ride. I promise.

Actor Q+A: Alessio Mongardi

What is your favorite thing about acting?

All the free food on set! Well, I thoroughly enjoy working with people that elevate me. I once worked with a director that gave me the freedom I needed to explore my emotions, simultaneously guiding me and helping me funnel those emotions with a purpose. It was a wonderful experience, it taught me a lot, and I think I gave my best performance yet on that set.

What is the hardest part?

Leaving a good crew. There are plenty of horrible projects and people, therefore when I’m on a great set and I’m surrounded by amazing humans – cast and crew – it’s pretty difficult to get back to reality.

What are your tips for newbie actors?

I’d say to never expect success, especially when it comes to things that are out of our hands. Also to listen, listen to everyone, even the least inspiring people: there is always something to learn and it doesn’t matter where it comes from.

What skills, training and education do you recommend?

Patience is good place to begin. Honestly it’s really complicated to pinpoint the perfect education and training, everyone needs something different. Many actors start with a few generic classes, they find out what they lack, what they excel in, what they’re inclined to, and from there they pick a path. I personally recommend to find a mentor, a person who genuinely cares about your growth, and to focus on that growth prior to anything else. A lot of people rush and they want too much too soon; that’s something I don’t suggest.

Who are your favorite actors/actresses and what do you learn from watching them?

Javier Bardem and Léa Seydoux are two of my all-time favorites, along with Russel Crowe, Alicia Vikander, Gary Oldman, and Joaquin Phoenix. They’re all people who have proven themselves on screen, yet remained humble and kept living a semi-private life. Artistically, they have range, and talent, and whatever the script says, they make it even better. It’s all you can ask from a great performance.

What are your upcoming projects and career goals?

I have a feature film lined up for 2019, a sour take on the lack of romance in modern society. My short term goal is to win at least an award once this movie hits the festival circuit. As far as long term, my goals change often, but ultimately I’d like to have done something useful for society. I’d love to be part of projects like Love, Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, or Wonder Woman: projects that make a positive difference.

What is something funny that’s happened to you on the job that makes you love acting more?

I did a play in school where I was the lead character, and I had to break the fourth wall, improvise and interact with the audience. One night my improvisation was going so well I ended up flirting with a teacher sitting in the front row and the other professors never forgot to remind him in the hallways. We’re still in good terms, but his husband probably doesn’t like me!

Author Q+A: Naomi Johnson

What inspired you on this book?

I was inspired to write the poems because an associate like my inspirational spiritual love felt poetry that he told me I should write a book of poetry. I also was inspired to write a book of poems because my former Pastor encourages me to share my gift writing with the other people who have problems to express themselves. My Pastor told me writing poetry is a unique gift that few people are bestowed to have.

I wrote and self-published two poetry book called Soulality: Fruit for your Soul and Soulality: Love Emotions.

Why did you want to become a writer?

Well…truthfully, speaking I did not want to become a writer or published a book. I was more guided to write a book of poems because I saw the positive reaction my writing was giving off from people.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part I have in creating this book it coming up with a title, subtitle, the back-book blurbs and laying out the book.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

I am hoping people gain knowledge, self-love, spiritual enlighten, vocabulary expansion, mental stimulation, stronger analytical thinking, love for reading, improved focus and concentration. Along with underlying understanding assumptions and ability to connect ideas to one another. My book will show people about life, tranquility, pain, sorrow, teaches a lesson about racism and more.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

My favorite books to read was the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham, Courage George and Sesame Street book.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

My advice to people who are not excited about reading is to read something that they will enjoy reading about and able to have a pleasant conversation. I suggest people read something that is reliable for their lifestyle. I will encourage non-readers to start with reading something not too long due to their reading interest is too short. Alternatively, Get an audiobook and hard copy book to read along. I also will be advised non-readers to build of their willpower to want to pick up a book to read. A person must build up a thought-provoking behavior to engulf themselves to read a book that will build his or her interested in reading.

Why should we buy your book?

You should buy my poetry book because it is a definite and easy read that will uplift your soul when you are down. Also, my book is affordable, empowerment, educational, good poetry for both gender, child-friendly, have good reading chemistry between my audience and me that they can resonate with me. The people who buy my book will be able to understand my point of view they can relate to, and that will spark off a sense of recognition.

Actor Q+A: Farhan Mohammadi

What is your favorite thing about acting?

When it comes to acting, there is no better feeling than stepping out of your comfort zone by challenging yourself to be someone else. I think the rush of embodying a person completely different from your actual self is the where the fun happens. You get to push yourself to new limits through a character, that’s exciting!

What is the hardest part?

The hardest part about acting is not losing hope. This business is a dog eat dog world, everyone wants success just as much as the next person. You have to force yourself to maintain a focused and faithful mindset that you will make it. Patience, hope, and hard work is the key.

What are your tips for newbie actors?

Focus on yourself. Prioritize yourself. Train yourself. If you want to make it, you have to put yourself and your craft first before anything else.

What skills, training and education do you recommend?

I highly recommend Meisner Technique Training Program. It not only helped me reach new heights as an actor, but taught me so much about myself as well.

Who are your favorite actors/actresses and what do you learn from watching them?

My favorite actor is Adam Sandler and Jack Black. Their sense of humor shines through their acting which is truly inspiring for an aspiring actor.

What are your upcoming projects and career goals?

I plan to finish Meisner Technique and pursue other techniques to better myself as an actor. Long-term speaking, I hope to one day be known as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood with multiple Oscar winnings to my name.

What is something funny that’s happened to you on the job that makes you love acting more?

 One time I had to put makeup on for a part. As a middle eastern man, wearing makeup is frowned upon, however I loved trying something new and different. I have to say, my eyebrows were totally on fleek!

Author Q+A: Andy Hernandez of “Drive You Crazy”

What inspired you on this book?

What inspired this one shot was certainly the “slice of life” genre. I created this one shot to be a mixture of slice of life mixed with aspects of mystery. My previous experience working with my illustrator Sury(Suryani Soedarja) also inspired this book.

Why did you want to become a writer?

Simply to create fictional stories that other people can hopefully enjoy.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

Determining how long this project was going to be. I spent some time debating how long I was going to make it.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

A sense of danger and excitement from the high tension situations in the book.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

As a kid my favorite books were the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

My advice would be to start off reading some short stories first.

Why should we buy your book?

If you’re a fan of mystery short stories involving a young cast, I would certainly check this project out.

Author Q+A: L. Lamont

What inspired you on this book?

I always imagined winning the lottery and I would often itemize how I’d spend the money and what my life might be. So, the more I thought about it, the book came about, and I decided to write it from a single man’s perspective.

Why did you want to become a writer?

Writing was always a love since middle school. I remember writing a script by hand because I didn’t have a word processor or typewriter. I participated in writing competitions, wrote for the college paper and earned a degree in journalism.

What was the hardest part of creating this book?

Writing this book took having perseverance and ingenuity. I didn’t create an outline, I had a premise of what I wanted the main character to experience, but no ending in mind until much later. For my second novel, I’m currently using the same tactic, with some outlining. However, and active imagination and an ability to write is all you need.

What do you hope people gain from reading it?

Being financially free is a wonderful thing, but without an awareness of self and a sense of purpose, one can never truly be free. Love is most important of all.

When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

I can’t say that I had on favorite book as a kid. I was reading Dr. Seuss, the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew storylines. I loved reading articles in Ebony and Jet magazine. When I grew older, by middle and high school, I was collecting Source Magazine.

What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Reading is an acquired taste but finding topics that interest you can help develop the interest. I love music, so reading about Hip Hop artists in The Source as a kid, stimulated my interest in reading expository text, which led to an interest in journalism.

Why should we buy your book?

If you love stories about people who get their “big break” or fall in love, this has that and more. Ultimately, it’s a book about the importance of being grateful.