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A New Look!

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We have the first new cover done for our award-winning books. It looks like a perfect fit.

“With a Dying Breath” is an amazing book about our world’s precious wildlife. So many animals today are being faced with challenges to thrive in the wild, and Tony Walkden tells the stories of some of the rarest creatures on Earth!”

Jack Hanna,
Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo
Host, TV’s “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown”

View Tony's Trailer here

Congratulations, Tony. It looks amazing, and was very well deserved.

A New Look!

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have received the first stickers for our Award Winners. It looks like it was made just for this cover!

“With a Dying Breath” is an amazing book about our world’s precious wildlife. So many animals today are being faced with challenges to thrive in the wild, and Tony Walkden tells the stories of some of the rarest creatures on Earth!”

Jack Hanna,
Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo
Host, TV’s “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown”

View Tony's Book Trailer here.

Congratulations, Tony. It looks amazing!



Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are thrilled to announce that DeeJay Aren’s brilliant novel The View From A Rusty Train Car tied for first place in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards in the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender category! Congratulations, DeeJay. The book is very well deserving of the award.

We are further thrilled to announce that Tony Walkden’s book With A Dying Breath tied for second place in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards in the Nature/Science/Environment category!

It has been a privilege and an honor to be involved with these books. They each tackle social situations that absolutely need to be discussed. DeeJay’s book is about two young gay men struggling to find their identities, and trying to find love in a world that doesn’t allow it. Tony’s book deals with the issue of wildlife conservation – why some animals are disappearing, and how we can all help to stop it before it’s too late. Because Tony’s intention was to help with global conservation efforts, all of his royalties are donated to the IUCN for their ongoing projects.

Congratulations to you both. We are very proud to have been included in these amazing undertakings with two such talented, compassionate authors.


The View From A Rusty Train Car by DeeJay Arens book trailer


With A Dying Breath by Tony Walkden book trailer

8 With An Author -- Tony Walkden

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We started our week with non-fiction, and we will end it that way as well, with our in-house naturalist


1. Do you have music on when you write, or do you prefer quiet?

50/50. Sometimes I have music on, sometimes I have the tv on, and sometimes I work in the quiet. It depends on the time of day.

2. Who is your hero?

Steve Irwin. He knew how to work with nature, he knew how to reach out to people, and he understood about compromise and cooperation in everything. He loved animals.

3. People might not realize when they read your book that it was written by someone who is autistic. How long did it take to write it and, since writing is one of the most difficult things for you to do, how did you manage?

The book took me between three and four years to write. I had to compile the information, and keep checking it to make sure it was current because the status of some animals changed in that amount of time. I started working on this as an exercise to help with writing. Reading and understanding words is not a problem for me, but somewhere between my brain, my hand, and the piece of paper, it just stops working. Writing anything by hand is very difficult still for me. In order to work on the book, though, I took notes, wrote them down, then dictated from my notes to have the information typed up. Being autistic has challenges, but it also has some blessings. For me, while writing is next to impossible, I have a very good memory and often a different perspective of things; I sort of think 'outside the box'. 

4. Shakespeare fan – yes or no, and why?

Depending on how it’s done. I loved the way Wayne and Shuster did Shakespeare.

5. The ideal holiday would be where? Would you then use that in your writing?

This is a hard question to answer. It’s hard to choose. Because I like to take pictures of animals, and to see them, it would have to be someplace with lots of them. Australia, Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Madagascar… there are a lot of places that have many interesting, unique animals that I could see. Europe I would be less likely to visit, just because there is no wildlife there – just a lot of old buildings. Some of the zoos there would be nice to see, though.

6. When you wrote about the animals in your book, were there any that were more special, and why?

This is another tough one. There are definitely a few that stand out in my mind, some that were special before and are more so now that I have taken the time to learn about them. Wolves, the big cats, the small cats… you get what I mean. I have a special place in my heart for reptiles, because they need someone to love them. Every one of them needs someone to love it. The Andean cat and the Darwin fox stand out in my mind. The Baiji is also special, because we were too late to save it. It seems to be the one that makes this book so important.

7. This book was about endangered animals. There are a lot of them. Would you do another book about them, or are there other groups of animals and issues regarding wildlife that you would like to write about first?

I would like to do another one about endangered animals, but I would also like to do one about extinct animals. I think it’s important because we need to be reminded of what has been lost, and that it could happen to any of these other animals. Once they are gone, we have no way to get them back, and the balance of nature is slightly thrown off again.

8. What one question about your writing do you hate to be asked?

‘Can you sign the book?’ I suck at handwriting.

Tony Walkden is the author of With a Dying Breath, a book about endangered wildlife, why these animals are endangered, what, if anything, is being done to help them, and what we can do to help protect the animals on the planet. His book is available in print, digital and Kindle format. It has received an endorsement from Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo, and has been acknowledged by Biologist David Suzuki and Naturalist Nigel Marven. ALL of Tony's royalties from the sale of this book are donated to the International Union for Conservancy and Nature (IUCN) who monitor species populations globally, directing funding to where it is needed. Purchases of print books through this website can apply the discount code N3JXF46Q to receive $7.00 off the cover price.


Award Nominations, Part 2

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


We are thrilled to announce that two of our books, The View From a Rusty Train Car by DeeJay Arens, and With A Dying Breath by Tony Walkden have further been nominated for awards. They are under consideration for the Indie Book Awards 2013, as well as for the Eric Hoffer Awards. Entry in the Eric Hoffer Award also includes entry in the First Horizon Award for debut authors, the Montaigne Medal for best title of the year, and the da Vinci Eye for best cover art. Both books are nominated for all honors.

We extend our congratulations to both authors. We are very proud to be working with you and very honored to be along for this amazing ride.

IPPY Award Nominations!

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)




The Editors of Writers AMuse Me Publishing are thrilled to announce the names of their writers who have been nominated for an Independent Book Publishers Award (IPPY).

1. Tony Walkden’s With A Dying Breath. With so many animals on the brink of extinction, Tony has created a book that allows us to know many of these animals, understand the threats they face, and discusses what can and is being done to help them. All royalties from his book go to the IUCN to continue wildlife conservation efforts globally.

2. DeeJay Arens’ The View From a Rusty Train Car. A gay ‘coming of age’ story, this novel is long overdue. As young boys, Luke and Jared meet, become best friends then fall in love. This is more than their story; this is the story of the pain, the hatred, the discrimination the two young men face in dealing with their feelings and the extreme prejudices of both society and their families.

3. Stephen Park’s BOOTS: An Unvarnished Memoir of Vietnam. War isn’t glamorous, exciting or romantic. Stephen Park shares with us a glimpse of the real war – the endless trudging with full pack through heavy growth, enduring incredible heat or unending rain. Vietnam was wet – sweaty or otherwise. It was frustration, adrenalin peaks, ambushes and little red Xs on a calendar that indicated one more day of staying alive while keeping his men alive, and one more day closer to returning to his bride.

4. David Smith’s Outskirts of Insanity. Once you meet the Nagging Little Man, the voice that has taken over Harry’s head in this psychological thriller, you will never forget him. Harry was a precise, practiced killer for the mob, but The Nagging Little Man doesn’t have time for precision or cleanliness – he has a wide path of destruction to reap, and will touch, and even destroy, many on his new mission. The challenge of FBI agent Paul Lightwing is one he cannot pass up. David, however, isn’t going to make it so easy for his readers. He shows us that good and evil, right and wrong, antagonist and protagonist are not always crystal clear. The truly crazy part of this insane ride is realizing who you will be quietly cheering for when you reach the end.

Good luck and congratulations to the nominees. Our thanks go to all our writers at WAMM for making 2012 what will be an amazing year, with another five books up for release on November 22, 2012. We are blessed to have so much talent on our shelves.