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Richard Sieg, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Can it be true that soulmates can share a love so deep that it can transcend more than one lifetime? That is what James tell his loving wife Kathleen before they suddenly die in a tragic car accident that snuffs out their lives and perhaps their love. Will they be able to find each other in the next life to rekindle the love they share, and who will believe them if they do?

Joseph, only six years old, is haunted in his dreams by a woman and scenes he doesn’t initially recognize. Sweating heavily while twisting and turning in his bed, he sees flashes of the mountains, the beach and a beautiful young woman. He awakens suddenly, hearing himself scream, “Kathleen(!).” He is drenched and dazed, not realizing that his dream is a replay of the final scene of his past life as James with his wife, Kathleen. A few years later as his dreams continue, he recalls more clearly Kathleen’s soulful singing, bubbly personality and sweet smile as well as his deep love for both photography and her.
As a teenager, Joseph loves to watch singing competitions on TV shows, especially when teenage girls are singing. One day he sees and hears Kimberly singing on one of these shows and his heart skips a beat. He does not know why, but her singing consumes him.  Kimberly grew up a sad little girl. She knows that something is missing in her life, but for the life of her, she cannot identify what it is. Only singing lifts her spirits, even if just for a little while. Joseph is drawn to her immediately. He has to meet her.

What happens when Joseph meets Kimberly? You can find out by reading Richard Sieg’s novel, Love After Life.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Richard Sieg whose book Love After Life captivated and moved me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Richard, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Richard will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Richard Sieg!

Richard Sieg was born in 1964 in Missouri. Richard’s parents moved to several locations in North Carolina before settling in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Richard grew up. He served in the United States Navy, including Desert Shield and Storm, worked as a professional engineer, before graduating from Vermont Law School in 2008. While writing his first novel, Love After Life, he worked as a licensed attorney by day and wrote general fiction novels at night. He is married to Amanda and he is a father of two young men, Aaron and David. They live in Richard’s hometown of Winston-Salem.

Now, how wonderful does Richard sound?! Richard is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Richard’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Richard, I hope that you enjoy Richard’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

Sure. In Love After Life, James and Kathleen are young, married and deeply in love. Kathleen, a child psychologist and singer, and James, her official photographer, are high school sweethearts. James tells Kathleen that their love is so deep that it will transcend many lifetimes. He says that before these soulmates are suddenly killed in an automobile accident. Can these soulmates overcome death and somehow find each other on earth again? Even if they do, who will believe them?

This novel explores how families in America might react if confronted with a child who claims to have lived a past life. In the United States, such a situation directly conflicts with strong preconceived (and prelearned) notions of the world – culturally and religiously. I believe it challenges the reader to consider this situation and consider how they would react if they were confronted by irrefutable evidence that their child made such a claim. Would they react with an open mind or a closed one?

My inspiration for writing this novel was an interview I saw on the TODAY SHOW. In 2015, Ryan Hammons, a young boy, his mother, Cindi, and Dr. Jim Tucker were interviewed on The TODAY Show about a situation that many Americans would summarily dismiss… Ryan claimed to have had a past life in 1930s Hollywood. As an agnostic on the idea of reincarnation when I watched the interview, Ryan’s story intrigued me. The facts that Dr. Tucker confirmed during his study of Ryan’s claims led to only one conclusion – Ryan’s claims simply could not be dismissed. My intrigue caused me to purchase Dr. Tucker’s book, Return to Life, to learn more about Ryan, and other children.

A story developed in my head. What if there was a young couple and they die much too soon. What if, after their death, two babies are born in different U.S. cities? The boy experiences nightmares and wakes up screaming the name, Kathleen(!)? His dreams tell him that Kathleen was his wife. The story wrote itself from there.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

If you enjoy writing novels, then write. Attend a writer’s conference. I attended the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, after completing my first draft, and it was the best thing I could have done. At the conference: I met wonderful authors who are going through the same process; I attended presentations that improved my writing; I met experts who shared important ideas about writing; and, I discovered that, despite have a complete first draft of a manuscript, I had much work ahead of me to complete the final draft.

I also connected with Jennifer Wilkov from The Book Is Your Hook and she became a valuable consultant in my publishing and marketing effort! She has a knack for being able to communicate a lot of information very efficiently and clearly. My author website is a direct result of her teaching me about the “author platform.”

So, I would say to an aspiring writer, seek knowledge through fellow authors, experts, and at least one conference.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

For me, it’s the story. If you can take the reader somewhere they’ve never been before and they enjoy it, then the writer has done his or her job.

What is your writing process like?

I create an outline first. For the first novel, my outline was extremely detailed and I worked to smoothly link the chapters together. I’ve learned to think of the story in layers – plot and subplot – to work through the chapters. For the first novel, I thought my first draft was closer to complete than it was. That’s when I attended the WDC conference and discovered otherwise. After that conference, I worked through the book at least a dozen times to add layers to the story. After a year of editing and editing and editing, I had my final draft.

For my second novel, my first draft was much closer to complete in three months. It took me an additional three months to complete it. I started with a much less detailed outline and the story developed more organically as I wrote it.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

After I saw The Today Show interview discussed above, I read Dr. Jim Tucker’s book, Return to Life, and Tom Shroder’s book documenting work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, Old Souls. Now, I continue to review researchers’ articles and books about real-life situations where children claimed to have lived a past life. These articles and books not only discuss the children’s claims, but also the researcher’s work to investigate and assess the credibility of the claims.  Much of this research is a major focus of my online blog. http://richardsieg.com/2017/10/23/children-claiming-a-past-life/

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

So far, I have written when the inspiration comes. Once I start writing, I write at night on weekdays and most, if not all, of the day on weekends and holidays. I started both of my books on Thanksgiving (of different years of course) and worked diligently until I had my first draft complete in about three months.

The editing period has a similar schedule, except I take breaks for a number of reasons, including to allow comments to come in from a set of early readers.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

John Grisham is my favorite author. He is a wonderful writer and I thoroughly enjoy the legal thrillers that come from his pen. As a lawyer, I read much of the day and I have found that I do not read books for enjoyment like I should.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I have the second novel, Justice After Life, ready for a final edit and then the publishing process. I have been focusing primarily on marketing this year. I want to have my second novel out in 2019.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Richard! If you have liked what you have read about Richard and are interested in learning more about Richard and reading Richard’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

 

Love After Life: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Richard Sieg: Website – Twitter – Book Twitter – Facebook – Blog – Amazon Author Page – Barnes & Noble

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