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Interview with author of A Stone’s Throw Away, Carl Lee

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Denise Alicea

This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

cover face, amazon, 2-11-13
My work: A Stone’s Throw Away, by Carl Lee
Author link on Goodreads:
Book Blurb:
Brain, a loner, ends up at the Research Center as an apprentice.

There, he makes the discovery of a lifetime, one that would make him
famous, except he walks away because of a personal issue and tells no

He ends up apprenticing with the eccentric Chief Henry, in security.

While working in this vocation, Brian makes an even greater discovery,
one he hides from everyone.

But once this genie is out of the bottle, he can’t put it back.

Hi Carl.

Denise: Okay, where are you from?

Carl: Too far north for common sense.

Denise: Tell us a little about yourself!

Carl: The day job hogs all my time. If I didn’t work, there wouldn’t be much to tell.

Denise: How do you create your characters?

Carl: I give them a name. From then on, it’s up to them to survive.

Denise: What inspires you?

Carl: Hmm, this one’s hard to assimilate, how about the characters running around doing what they please.

Denise: What got you started in writing?

Carl: Wife said sit down and write.

Denise: Where do you write?

Carl: On a computer.

Denise: Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

Carl: No.

Denise: How do you get your ideas for writing?

Carl: It’s them characters doing what they want.

Denise: How do you control them.

Carl: In a character driven novel, you kill them off.

 Denise: What do you like to read?

Carl: I was a sponge when younger; don’t read much for pleasure anymore.

Denise: What would your advice be for aspiring authors in regards to writing?

Carl: Quit the day job, and make writing your paying gig, then write like your social status depends on it, ‘cause it does. Sink or swim, yeah, ya gotta love it, and if you don’t do so well at first, join the starving artist fan club and keep trying. (never give up the dream)

Denise: Anything else you’d like to share?

Carl: Sure, I coined a new genre for my book, “Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi Adventure Thriller” If you’re into─put you on the edge of your seat─kind of stuff, this’ll light up you’re wheelhouse.

Denise: What, no Romance?

Carl: It depends on how you define romance. If it’s the process of getting there, then, yeah, romance too.

 Denise: Tell us about your book?

 Carl: Ah, something I can speak too…

However, I’ll have to step aside here and allow others the honor.

After announcing on that “A Stone’s Throw Away” was available …

— Carl, I am so Thrilled! I LOVED your book, and am also waiting for a sequel. I will do my best to get into Amazon, but haven’t had a lot of luck since I am using my sister’s iPad, and don’t have the iTunes p/w, (she forgot what it is). I am sure the word on your book will spread like wildfire! Again, awesome news! All my best,


(Char read this during a private viewing on Gather)

A co-worker, Jim, (not knowing I had written a book) borrowed it from someone who bought a copy and then emailed me. (Jim works at a different facility, hence the email)

He says: “I could list 10 books right now by established authors that your book is better than.”

— Hmm, only 10, Jim? Lol

Okay then………what did I like about it:


A.  It moved.  There was a good pace to the book, you didn’t overly linger too much, which a lot of authors tend to do.


B.  I liked the premise.


C.  The danger element.  Brian could never really relax, so I couldn’t relax while reading it.  Not a book that I would have liked to have read while in bed before going to sleep………


D.  Liked the twist at the end….


— FYI: Jim actually emailed words to this effect, as slight modifications/deletions were necessary to eliminate spoilers. You can also see Jim’s review on Amazon, which does not require a spoiler alert.


The next was a humbling experience, which took place 3-10-2013. During a browser search using “A Stone’s Throw Away by Carl Lee” this came up on CafeMom and was posted by bigblueeyes, in bigblueeyes’s Journal. I’m assuming she posted this during the private viewing on


the last book i read is actually still in the works!!!!!….i’ve read the first 13 chapters!!!!!!……when it is finished and on the market, i would hiiiighly recommend it!!!!…’s a bit more on the sci-fi/futuristic end but it’s definitely a great read!!!!!!!!

it’s called: “A Stone’s Throw Away” by Carl Lee

i absolutely caaaaan nooooot wait til he gets it finished!!!!!!!


It’s so humbling…and the tragedy, she’s no longer on and doesn’t know it’s on the market. I can be optimistic she’ll find out one day. With broad appeal, my book will light up almost everyone’s wheelhouse, which in turn will generate water cooler conversation, which in turn makes it more likely Bigblueeyes will hear about it. We’re going to make a go of it…spread like wildfire was Char’s consensus. BTW, there are 31 chapters, so Bigbluseyes has some great reading ahead of her. J


Thanks Denise

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