The South East Asia Influence: A Conversation With Indie Author Robert A Webster

Ben and Marie sit down to discuss reviews left for last week’s featured indie beginning, Fossils by Robert A. Webster. If you missed the introduction, head back to episode 29 where you can listen to an audiobook format introduction as performed by Benjamin Franke.

Fossils: Viagra, Snuff and Rock ‘n’ Roll follows a group of unlikely geriatric rockers as they travel around South East Asia trying to flee adoring fans, the media, and the music industry in general. No one likes those guys! Being from South East Asia himself, Ben and Marie thought it would be great to learn about how this experience influenced this hilarious indie author.

This week’s topic questions:

1. How much influence has living in Cambodia had on your writing? What has had had the most influence?

2. Are there any drawbacks to being an author in south east Asia? What are the major difference between there and Cleethorpes?

3. Is there anything that is just more difficult to accomplish? For example, we recently introduced authors to a book written by Alieu Bundu from Sierra Leone and he had to travel to, and wait for, internet cafes to open just to send audio files.

4. I have read that your stories have been well received in Asia?

     4A.      Have you had to translate your stories?

     4B.      Do you think that Asia (south east Asia in particular) is under marketed in the writing field?

5. If you could go back and tell your early writing self one thing about being an author what would that be?

Fossils is available on amazon. Learn more about Robert A. Webster on his sites stormwriter or buddhasauthor. Remember to subscribe, rate, and review this podcast as it helps us bring you the best possible show. Let us know your thoughts! Follow Indie Beginning on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram and leave a comment on any of our posts. Better yet leave a comment below (I’m pointing down, but you’ll just have to take my word!) we will always reply. This episode was brought to you by Head there now to find a shirt that tells your story. Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. Please remember to read more books, be the best possible you, and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening! Oh yeah, don’t drink too much you git! (listen to the show, you’ll understand)

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Fossils by Robert A. Webster as Read by Benjamin Franke an Audiobook Introduction

It is our goal to bring story lovers and indie authors together through reviews, dialog and unique topic discussions. Sad news in the indie beginning family, Marie’s grandfather Don has passed away and I wanted to take a moment for us to send our thoughts and prayers to Marie and the rest of our family. I’d also like to send my thoughts out to the universe. Living in different states, we weren’t able to visit as much as we’d have liked. It’s hard breaking through that Minnesota ‘Game of Thrones’ style wall of ice, but when we did Don was always so happy and full of stories, which I can only assume is where Marie fell in love with books. Don will be missed, and I am saddened to say goodbye to a wonderful man I wish I knew more. It is only fitting and somehow universally frightening that we had already scheduled the story Fossils by Robert A. Webster. This story follows a group of geriatric rockers as they meet, form a band and become a sensation! They become so adored that they must flee many countries in order to escape their crazed fans as well as the media and record companies. I will admit here that I adored this beginning and hope you do as well. Don, I hope you’re up there with a fish on the line and a beer in your hand, have a story ready for everyone when we catch up. This indie beginning is for you!

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Small Publishing Starter Houses and When to Move it on Up: A Disscussion With Author John Abraham-Watne

Last week we introduced you to Last Man On Campus by indie author John Abraham-Watne about a young man named Michael Sinclair who heads off to college only to discover a mystery that may change his entire life. We left off just after Michael has listened to an introduction speech by the headmaster and have already been teased a little about the college’s past in a conversation with Michael’s father. Head back to episode 27 to hear the introduction.

Author Questions:

1.-What made you decide to go with a small press such as North Star over being more traditionally published?

2.-What made you decide to go with a small press over the more popular Create Space, Author House, or KDP for your novel?


3.-How did the process go to use your publishing company?  Was it the standard “here is my work, publish it” or was a  negotiation (back and forth) of sorts?

4.-Are you going to stick with indie for your next piece or will you be querying agents for a more traditional approach-why or why not?

5.-If you could tell you past self anything about this journey what would it be?  What advice would you offer to a writer just beginning their journey?

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Last Man on Campus by John Abraham-Watne as Read by Marie Kammerer Franke

Welcome back to the Indie Beginning Podcast where we bring story lovers and authors together through reviews, dialog, and unique topic segments. In honor of all of those who recently graduated high school, and may I say here congratulations to my niece Hannah, we thought that we would bring you a thrilling mysterious tale about a young man just beginning his college career in John Abraham-Watne’s Last Man on Campus as narrated by Marie Kammerer-Franke.

Michael Sinclair did not want to attend Malworth University. The smallest major campus in Minnesota, located in the sleepy western town of Cold River, was never the ideal space to find himself. And once Mike discovers the secrets that lay behind the school and the town, he delves into a mystery that could change his entire life. Does he dare become the Last Man on Campus?

John Abraham-Watne lives near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis with his wife, Mary, and their two cats, Marble and Scout. This is his second novel. He has done freelance journalism with the Minneapolis Examiner since 2009.

Not only is this a special episode because it comes from Marie’s home state of Minnesoter it is also our half-way mark for the year. We’re at the hump! Let us know how we’ve done so far this year by leaving a rating and review on the podcast platform with which you are listening. Comment on our webpage or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we will also see your comments. What did you like? What did you hate? I have tough skin and all criticism is a learning tool for us.




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Primarily Writing in a Secondary Language – A Discussion With Sierra Leone Indie Author Alieu Bundu

A Discussion with Alieu Bundu, Sierra Leone Indie AuthorThis week (Episode 26) we feature an interview with Alieu Bundu, a Sierra Leone indie author that writes primarily in English even though his primary language is Kathemneh. Alieu Bundu is a Sierra Leonean short story writer and novelist. His short stories have been published widely in Sierra Leone and other parts of the world. His novel, Silver Lining which was featured on Episode 25, follows a twelve-year-old boy named Alimu as he struggles through abuse and adversity just to receive an education. This book blew both Marie and I away with its message and feel that it should be part of family reading. Read more of Michael Chiedoziem Chukwudera’s review on Medium that was mentioned in the show!

If you missed any of the interview segment, below you will find a transcribed version.

  1. What are the advantages and/or disadvantages in writing in your second language? The main advantage of writing in English is that it gives me a broad scope of audience. I believe that so many people that aren’t Sierra Leonese can read and understand Silver Lining with ease because I wrote it in English. If I had written it in Kathemneh (cat-em-nay), my first language the audience would have been limited to the people who read and understand it. Notwithstanding, it helps me to broaden my horizon. Writing involves a lot, apart from the act of writing itself, I have to read extensively to learn how other authors succeed in writing engaging and educative stories and by so doing that has helped me greatly in increasing the base (or best) of my knowledge.
  2. What do you find most difficult about writing in the English language. Mentally the conventions of English language. Generally, I am not someone that has much regard for rules; I find I annoying to follow the rules at certain things of life, so when I found out so when I learned that I must write impeccably in order to make my stories sellable when I started writing I had no option but to discipline myself to do so.
  3. What is one thing that you wish you understood about the wiring industry when you began? What I wish I knew about the writing industry when I started my career were the challenges of getting published traditionally. When I started writing I thought that the most difficult thing was to finish writing the story. And when I was done with that I thought that I would get a publisher that would invest in it and put it out in the world without headache. So it was a shock to me when I started receiving more rejection letters (inaudible) from publishers when I decided to shop some of my stories around. In fact, I also learned that it is very difficult to access the top editors of publishing houses and if I want to access them I need to first of all get an agent. Being ambitious, I searched for agents online that accept submissions from African writers, but I couldn’t get anyone that would represent me?.

Silver Lining by Alieu Bundu is available on amazon. Remember to leave a review when you’ve finished the story and please take a moment to give Indie Beginning some stars and a rating on the platform with which you found us. Leave a comment below about this episode and peruse through some of our past episodes that you may have missed to find other amazing self-published and/or indie authors. Thanks for listening!

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Silver Lining by Alieu Bundu an Audiobook Introduction Read by Ben Franke

Welcome to episode 25 with our featured indie author Alieu Bundu and his heart-wrenching read Silver Lining. This audiobook introduction follows a smart twelve-year-old boy named Alimu as he struggles to get an education in a land ravaged by a rebel war. Through abuse and injustice Alimu must fight, survive, and pray to Allah for the strength and fortitude to carry on. Will Alimu achieve his educational dream?

This story is a refreshing look at how youth view education and an eye-opening revelation as to how many of our youth around the world live day to day. Who this story affects and how depends on geography. A westerner may be shocked to hear some of the day to day activities these children endure while our main character Alimu would be stunned to see how many of our western children take school and their teachers for granted. I am glad to have this story locked in my mental library and hope you add it to yours and share it with your children. Purchase your copy on Amazon.

Remember to subscribe to the Indie Beginning Podcast on your favorite podcast service and please rate and review while you are there! We are still giving prizes out every 25 reviews. Follow us on social media or on our website to join in the conversation. Next week we will be speaking to Alieu Bundu about writing in a second language so get your questions in.

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