Interview with Leonard Bassed, Author of The Witch Port Video Game

Writer-actor-singer Leonard Bassed was born in the town of Middleburg, Mpumalanga and raised in Johannesburg.  He started taking vocal lessons at age eight and studied drama throughout his high school years.  A mentor encouraged him to pursue an acting career.  Leonard went on to complete acting classes in both South Africa and later Los Angeles.  Currently, when not writing or singing, Leonard continues to study acting techniques with the renowned Margie Haber Studio in Hollywood. In his free time, he enjoys travel, reading and movie going.  His latest book is The Witch Port Video Game.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://leonardbassed.com/

Facebook page for author: https://www.facebook.com/leobassed/

Twitter page for author: https://twitter.com/LeonardBassed

 

 

Where did you grow up?

While I was born in the town of Middleburg Mpumalanga, I grew up in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

When did you begin writing? 

I started out drawing first, and the second we learnt our A, B, Cs my budding literary career began although my writing back then was plagued with bad spelling and grammatical faux pas, but it was my start [he jokes]. 

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I’m a huge proponent of found time, it’s literally something I have to steal to do. Writing is something I have to pull myself away from. If left to my own devices I’d be holed up in my room for days on end.

What is this book about? 

The Witch Port Video Game follows the lives of three ordinary high school friends that study at a prestigious performing arts school. The three friends Martin Robinson, Mackenzie Hollister and Francesca Dubois derive supernatural powers after they play a mobile phone video game which a girl named Bianca Morris introduces to them on one of their jaunts into the City. Bianca follows them back home where she enrolls in their school joined by the mysterious MacQuoid brothers Logan and Crayton, this sparks a deadly battle for power in the fictional town of Cradle Creek and ultimately alters the course of their lives forever. 

What inspired you to write it?

I got the idea to write my book, The Witch Port Video Game, in June of 2014 after a trip I made to Los Angeles, California in the USA. While in the States I studied at The Acting Corps and met people from all around the world. I was inspired by their accents and so the pilot script was born, but upon its completion I’d grown to attached to the characters and world I had conjured which resulted in the novel, the first in the series. 

Who is your favorite character from the book?

I definitely love all my characters, to choose one would be sacrilege. I personally relate the most to Martin but find myself rooting for the baddies at times, they are just so intriguing and without them well we wouldn’t have a story, they bring the conflict. 

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

The road to getting published was without a doubt a bumpy one to say the least. I chose to self-publish my book The Witch Port Video Game and the whole process was a rather steep learning curve. To say nothing about the stigma attached to indie-publishing people tend to be reluctant to read your work if you don’t go through the traditional route, my saving grace in regard to my book is its commercial appeal and the fact that its geared toward a younger demographic who are typically more open to e-books and indie-publishing.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Absolutely, in hindsight there are definitely things I would have done differently, but in life you don’t know what you don’t know, that’s why they say “experience is the best teacher.”

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book? 

Readers are encouraged to visit my website at www.leonardbassed.com, all updates will be posted there as well as the purchase links. 

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book?  If yes, where can readers find it?

I’m currently in the middle of a virtual book tour press campaign and yes there is a book trailer coming soon. The link to it will be posted on my website and social media platforms, so stay tuned.

What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?

The best investment I made in promoting my book was getting a great PR team on board. I enlisted The Barrett Company a PR firm based in Los Angeles to help market my book.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

I can’t over emphasis the importance of having your work edited professionally. Whether you choose to self-publish or go the traditional route it shouldn’t make a difference, editing is not a luxury it’s a must. You will thank me for this advice later trust me.

What is up next for you? 

Well, as I mentioned before I’m currently in the middle of a virtual book tour press campaign and I’m already hard at work on the sequel, Witch Port Igniting The Coven which I look forward to sharing with you all.

Is there anything you would like to add?

In closing I’d like to thank you for this interview, I really had fun answering these questions. I invite everyone that enjoys magical realism to grab a copy of this book, Witch Port Igniting The Coven coming soon…

 

New from 4RV Publishing

Emma loves bedtime. She laughs when Poppa pretends to place her in the dog’s bed, the kitchen sink, and other silly places instead of her bed. Once you discover what happens when Poppa finally places her in her bed, you’ll want to play This Isn’t My Bed with your own children.

Hi! My name is Fred. I am a tornado siren. Oh, you don’t know what a tornado siren is? My friends and I watch over people. We let them know when a tornado might be coming.

Open the pages and read my story. I am a Storm Sentinel.

Many stars brighten the sky at night, so does every person have one? One child finds his own stellar companion that follows him everywhere.

Why Does That Star Follow Me? let’s readers discover the child’s discovery.

For these and other 4RV Publishing titles, please visit www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

Roy the little red tractor is looking for a good job. He gets sent to Tanzania, Africa to help an orphanage build sidewalks so the nanny’s can walk the babies in their strollers. He is afraid to go there because of the wild animals but is very pleased when he gets there and sees all the babies he is helping.

All the proceeds from this book go to Neema Village, a rescue center for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha Tanzania, East Africa. There are more than 3,000,000 orphaned children in Tanzania. Learn more at www.neemavillage.org

Tired of the way he’s always lived, the big bad wolf is ready for a change. His family, on the other hand, is still far from it. Will he handle the pressure? No one should miss this humorous and heartfelt untold story of what became of the big bad wolf.

Shouts of “Hip Hip Hooray! We’re going to the beach today!” peak the curiosity of Gracie and Grover Groundhog. Disregarding their parents’ instruction against mingling with people, the two stow away and join in the adventure. Will they be discovered? What will they think of the beach? Will they be safe? Will they get back home to their parents?

For more information on these and other Guardian Angel Publishing titles, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Clavis Fall 2019 Release: Fall with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud

 

Fall is here! Lily and Milo go exploring in the woods. They see a hedgehog, nuts, apples, mushrooms, and lots of colored leaves. The woods are so pretty in fall! Milo wants to take everything home.

A simple and interactive story about the woods in the fall. For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.

Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Series: Lily and Milo
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (September 24, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374598
ISBN-13: 978-1605374598

Order here!

Most Popular Children’s Book the Year You Were Born

 

 

Not that I have a lot of free time, but when I do it is neat to check out articles about popular things from the year I was born. While on MSN today, this article was one of those on their homepage: “The Most Popular Children’s Book The Year You Were Born.” It starts with 1950 and goes through last year. What a joy going remembering some of the books from my childhood. I also learned that Corduroy by Don Freeman was the most popular book in 1968–the year I was born.

Enjoy traveling through this history of children’s books at MSN.

Blogging at 4RV Blog about Effective Book Promotion

 

As many of you know, before I became a REALTOR, I worked in online book promotion. Thanks to this experience and the effort put into marketing my own work, our local library asked me to hold a workshop for self-published authors on ways to promote their books. This week’s article at the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News blog talks about how effective marketing is about building relationships. You can read my article at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/09/effective-book-promotion-is-about.html

Reaching the Masses: How to Promote Your Book Workshop at Wilbraham Public Library

Your book is published. Now what? These days, authors are responsible for the lion’s share of book promotion. Local children’s author Cheryl C. Malandrinos shares her personal experience of promoting books online and in person. Learn tips on how to write a press release, contact the media, set up a virtual book tour, and how to use social media to expand your reach.

Cheryl is the author of four children’s books. She also spent seven years as a virtual book tour coordinator for Pump Up Your Book. A blogger and a book reviewer, she is a member of SCBWI and an acquisitions editor for 4RV Publishing.

Day and Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm
Location: Brooks Room, Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Dr, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Registration required

Contact Caroline Welch of the Wilbraham Public Library at 413-596-6141 or by email at cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org