Meet The Author, Abu Bilaal Yakub

All the way from Ontario, Canada, enjoy getting to know, Abu Bilaal Yakub:


Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Appealing, Beguilling and Captivating.

Your book, Amulets of Sihr, is set to release in early 2018. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Stare at the stars and allow your thoughts to disperse among them. Across any realm, beyond any horizon, in a complex paradox, limitless iterations of an infinite population strive to achieve the illusion that has been created for them and very few of them ever realize that they are nothing but pawns in a much larger game of chance.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever. I may not be a bestseller but that does not mean my writing can never be and that is something I will always strive to achieve.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town. The world is bigger than a campus dorm. Everyone knows that!

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

That’s a tough one because I hate them both!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia. I don’t fancy running into the Loch Ness.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Linkin Park

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I doubt that. I doubt that very much.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Oooooo…. The Office! Michael Scott! Are you kidding me??

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Amulets of Sihr is the first part of a series and I’m currently working on its sequel.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Dan Brown. How did he concieve the idea of Da Vinci’s Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno…. Just HOW?


Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Neither

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Ah, great. This question! Okay. A knife, another knife, and my brothers. Together, we can survive anything.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Donald Trump. I would ask him how it felt to be the devil’s advocate, whether he was paid by the hour and if he had health benefits because he certainly does not seem to be representing humanity. Then I’d invite him for dinner! I’m not kidding.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

Wish I had a magic lamp… that’d give me three wishes right?


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Pick up the New Release: Calastan


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Book synopsis:

Follow Jein Kyominias, a girl who does not entertain the established roles other females of the upper class take in her land. Her rearing in a matriarchal society has certain paths laid out. She has chosen to be an elite hunter instead of a mere matron. She is unique in her fondness for activities that are specifically bequeathed for men. She decides she will be different—strong and different that is.

Each person has a distinct trait that’s either held in reserve or pursued without inhibitions. For reasons that vary, the latter may seem an egotistic act. However, not for Jein. Taking a path other than the one she believes is right is like betraying her own soul.

This book features a young girl who deals with her individuality in admirably different ways. It tell a story of how she accomplishes exceptional feats in a world that draws an unyielding line between men and women.

Follow her on her journey of discovering who she is and who she will become


“My people are an ancient one, with a history as long as our worlds. Our world is one of beauty and mystery known only to a few humanoid races, Euphasia. We are the fifth world in our galaxy of twelve. The other planets are Arouyura, Kylia, Qalitinym, Talinusia, Sedariaum, Perutiuous, Remjein, Anastasinay, Makyli, Cajostan and Aliyaminum. My home is known as Calastan, the capital of all Euphasia.”

About the Author

Cheryllynn’s vivid imagination comes through in all she does in life. Her writing started in junior high and although she never truly shared her work until recently she kept them hidden away in an old tattered orange folder. Original works she wrote from 1984 still holding ink on the pages may one day be shared, but for now she shares her newer creations. Science Fiction and Fantasy are her favorite genres with mystery and thrillers in close running.

Born in Northwest Florida and raised in Southeast Georgia she gained a love for nature and the outdoors. Currently living in Central Texas with two of her four children, she has begun a new chapter in life that has opened her heart and soul to many great adventures. Her dreams are to one day return to her native homes and settle in for life with her kids and all her family and to continue writing.


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Meet the Author: Dominica Malcolm

Today, we’re sitting down with author Dominica Malcolm. She has a new novel coming out and an imagination sure to get you dreaming. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this unique interview.

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Tell us a little bit about your first novel, ADRIFT. Share a favorite line/passage with us and anything else we should know.

Adrift is about Jaclyn Rousseau, a woman in her 20’s who just happens to be a 17th century pirate. She crosses through time into 2011, after losing everything that meant anything to her, and has to navigate this strange new world to find herself. I set the story across both time periods (17thC and 21stC), as well as in several locations – New York, Washington DC, Barbados, Jamaica, and other parts of the Caribbean, London, and Edinburgh.

I’m still working on the release date. My editors/proofreaders should be going over my manuscript now so I’m hoping for some better news about a release come the end of July or early August.

Here is an excerpt from chapter one that I’m quite fond of (though it may still be changed if my editors tell me it should be):

[Dick] changes tack, and somewhat sarcastically asks, “Okay, so, what next? Are you going to expect me to take you back to New York with me?”

“New York?” Jaclyn asks. “Where is that?”

Dick says, “Let me think what you might be familiar with… it’s near New England.”

“And you travel to Barbados for business?” Jaclyn asks in disbelief. “For how long do you stay here? Months?”

Dick shakes his head, “No. Usually just anywhere between a couple of days to about a week.”

Jaclyn raises her eyebrows at Dick, her disbelief obviously increasing, and says, “I would never have imagined men travelling for weeks across the sea simply for a couple of days of business, unless they are a sailor. Yet you did not suggest you were a ship’s officer.”

A laugh accidentally escapes Dick’s lips when he opens his mouth to reply, but he quickly conceals it and says, “Actually, I fly.”

Jaclyn giggles to herself at the thought, then lies back in the sand and closes her eyes. Speaking to herself, but loud enough for Dick to hear her, she says, “Never in my life have I imagined people flying.”


Lying back in the sand next to Jaclyn, Dick looks up at the clear blue sky with her, and says, “Can I ask you something?”

“You may,” Jaclyn responds.

“What will you miss most about where you’re from, if you have to stay here?”

Her answer is immediate. “Nothing.”



“Care to elaborate?”

Silence falls between them as Jaclyn contemplates her answer. “I lost everything that meant anything to me.” She rolls onto her side to face him and changes the subject by asking, “So when are you going to fly me to this ‘New York’?” The confidence she exudes with the presumption means Dick can’t tell whether she’s asking because she genuinely believes he’ll take her there, or if she just wants to avoid explaining things further.

“I thought you only needed me for the day?”

“That was before you told me people fly now. Do you think I can discover how to do that on my own?”

“The thing is,” Dick says, “there’s a lot of security measures in place that you have to pass before you can fly. The most important of these is getting you a passport—passenger identification. It includes your picture, date of birth, place of birth… that sort of thing. I just don’t know how to organise that for you.”

“Why ever not? You must have a passport of your own.”

“Sure, I know how to get a legitimate one, but I don’t think we can go that route for you. They’re not going to accept a passport that says you were born in sixteen thirty one.”

“Please. Sixteen thirty four. Do not overestimate my year of birth. It causes me offence.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to live in a different country or grow up in another century, which scenario sounds more tempting?

I already live in a different country from the one I grew up in! Having said that, I think it would depend on the conditions – could I take the experience of growing up in another century and come back to now, and use it as first hand experience research for my writing? I’m guessing no, so I’d be more likely to choose another country.

If you could live in California or New York, which one would you choose?

Hands down New York. If I had a choice between the two and know I could live there without struggling. I’ve been to both, and I have more friends in California, but there’s a lot more that I love about New York. It’s easier to navigate NYC, the public transport is fantastic, it has Broadway, Central Park, and some of the best museums I’ve ever been to.

 I love both places as well 🙂

Okay, how about Brazil or Columbia?

I don’t know anything about Columbia, so I’d pick Brazil. I’ve only spent about a week there and didn’t get to see much, but I’d love to explore the Amazon one day.

What is your favorite book you read in high school (mine was a little know novel called MEN OF KENT)?

I think it’d have to be a toss up between Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. I liked the way the authors explored the darker sides of humanity.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Aside from getting Adrift ready for publication, I’m mostly working on more mermaid short stories that are spin offs of the novel, and considering ideas for a sequel. Two of my mermaid stories have been published already, but I’d eventually like to collect a bunch together in a book I’ve called Losing Prudence.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

I guess I should probably say JK Rowling, considering I’ve read the majority of her books, and some more than once. I’d ask her, “How did you keep pushing yourself to keep trying when you kept getting rejections for the first Harry Potter book?” She’s probably answered that in interviews, but I don’t read author interviews much.

That will have to change!

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

Apples or oranges? Apples

Butterfinger or Reese’s? Wow, this is a really American question. I don’t even know what Butterfingers are, but I have had Reese’s, so I’ll go with that.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? It really depends on the novel. I guess I like open endings that leave room for the imagination, but with upbeat closure.

Beer or wine? Wine

Flying or driving? Depends where I’m going and how much time I have. You probably didn’t mean for me to give a long explanation, but I travel a lot, so I’m going to. For example, I’m going to be more likely to drive than fly when I travel within Peninsula Malaysia because it’ll actually take roughly the same amount of time to drive from KL to anywhere I could fly to, when you take into consideration how long it takes to get to the airport, how long you have to be at the airport for, and flying time. The only exception for that is when I went to Langkawi. I actually don’t mind long drives – I’ve even driven from one side of Australia to the other, which took five days there, four days back, and various drives in between. But I love flying to places I can’t drive to. It can sometimes be a hassle if you’re travelling with children, but I like the silence of flying on my own. No interruptions from the internet or anything else. I can just choose to do my own thing.

Mark Twain or James Joyce? Sadly I have not read either of them.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take only two things with you and two people as well. What and who are you bringing?

That’s a tough one. I could say my family but I wouldn’t want them to suffer being there with me. Certainly not my kids for that reason. My husband, though, because I think I’d need his support. I guess my second choice would have to be my editor, Jeremiah. The things I’d bring? Pens and lots of paper. Then I could document my time, or simply just have the time to write more. My husband and Jeremiah have both really helped me out with Adrift, so it’d be worth having them there for that part of the process too.


You’re able to sit down with any world leader in history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or at their royal place?

Well, considering the time period of Adrift, meeting Oliver Cromwell or Charles II would do a lot more for me than any research I could have done from reading books. Cromwell is sort of one of my villains, though he’s only mentioned by name rather than appearing as a character. I’d probably pick him, though, to find out more specific things about the state of the religious and political landscape during the period where he was Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. If I had time, I’d probably also talk to him about the Civil War period prior to him ruling the country after Charles I was beheaded. And this might seem silly, but if I’ve already got his attention anyway, I may as well find out from a reliable, time-appropriate source how the word ‘ye’ (as in ‘you’) was used when he was alive. I’ve found a few contradictory thoughts about it that I ended up just having to make an executive decision about how I used it! At least my mother-in-law, who is a linguist, said it was fine for me to do that.

As for where we’d meet, I don’t think I could handle hosting him at my place.

Thank you Dominica for your candid answers and insight into your upcoming book!

Dominica Malcolm writes speculative fiction primarily about pirates and mermaids. You can read one of her completed short stories, which is a spin-off of Adrift, published in the first issue of Plunge Magazine here (Dominica in Plunge). When she’s not writing spec-fic, Dominica blogs at her web site, about subjects like diversity, creativity, travel, and more; dreams of being an improv performer; travels to other cities/countries; and occasionally dabbles in filmmaking. Though originally born and raised in Australia, to American parents, Dominica currently lives in Malaysia with her husband and two children.

Connect with Dominica:

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You can also find her pirate character, Jaclyn Rousseau, on Facebook 

Dominica has had one of her mermaid stories, Siren, set in 1946 Hawaii, published in Fae Fatales: A Fantasy Noir Anthology. It’s available for purchase on Amazon in full colour and black and white due to the art that was commissioned out of the Indiegogo campaign