Author Feature: Ben Trube

I have been waiting and waiting to do this Author Feature! It gives me great pleasure to share the work of my fellow blogger and author friend with my lovely followers today. He’s also been kind enough to sit in the hot seat and allow me to interview him about his new books. Yes–he is a brave soul indeed.

Please welcome author Ben Trube and his new book, Fractals: A Programmer’s Approach!

Fractals: A Programmer’s Approach by Ben Trube

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Genre(s): Nonfiction, Math

Description: “Understand and write your own fractal programs without the heavy math. Step by step C++ programs guide you through such topics as The Chaos Game, Affine Transformations, Turtle Graphics, L-Systems, the Mandelbrot set, and Julia set. Includes hundreds of fractal images, example programs, and detailed explanations of many fractal topics. Available DRM free in Kindle, Nook, and PDF formats. The bundle includes an additional 125 hi-res gallery pictures, nearly an hour of animation, and the bonus e-Booklet Fractals You Can Draw.”

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Interview with Ben Trube


I first met Ben when I started blogging. His site offers a mix of writing advice, imaginative short stories, and a plethora of programming and formatting tips. So it’s no doubt I was able to sucker him into doing an author interview when his book released.

Thank you so much for joining us, Ben! Let’s get to it…

(Me) – For all us non-programmers in the world, can you explain what a fractal is?

(Ben) – Fractals are nature expressed as math. They are all around us, in the trees, in the mountains and up in the clouds. Fractals can help us describe a tree not just as the whole object, but from its trunk down to the tiniest branch. Fractals are amazingly complex, even though the methods we use to describe them are often quite simple. Fractals are diverse, not only the many different types of fractal shapes, but also how each of these shapes look the closer we examine them. This diversity is what lends fractals an artistic quality, particularly fractals like the Mandelbrot and Julia sets.

It’s interesting to see how closely related math can be to nature and art.

Tell us, who would benefit most from reading your books?

When asked who my audience is for the fractal book I always answer, “Myself ten years ago.” Fractals You Can Draw was written for a general audience, whereas Fractals: A Programmer’s Approach is geared toward people with an intermediate level of programming knowledge. That said there’s a lot for non-programmers to enjoy. The book has hundreds of fractal images throughout the text and the gallery and the bundle comes with even more, including nearly an hour of video. Even if you haven’t taken a math class in a while, and have never even thought about being a programmer, there’s something for you.

What made you want to write these books?

I’ve been passionate about fractals ever since I first learned about them. Doing “Fractal Week” on the blog last year reminded me of that fact. Fractals combine a lot of my passions, not just programming and writing, but also an artistic side which I don’t have a lot of other natural outlets for. There also seems to be a real lack of good fractal books written in the last ten years, and practically zero that are affordable in eBook form. I wanted to write something that would introduce the topic to a new generation of programmers, at a price that wouldn’t break the bank.

Finding a niche market is key – you’ve certainly done your research.

But which was your first love: writing or programming? And was it love at first ‘write’?

Definitely writing. Programming came along much later in my life. The first formal programming class I took was in high school. Writing, on the other hand, was in my DNA. I used to write “Detective Ben” stories in the first grade and have been writing pretty much non-stop ever since.

I can just picture a pint-sized Ben with a little magnifying glass, hunting for clues…

Now, what do you prefer to write more: fiction or nonfiction?

My answer to this probably depends on when you ask me the question. Right now I’ve been working on a non-fiction book for 14 months, and I’m itchin’ to write some fiction. But talk to me a year from now and I might want to be working on volume 2 of the fractal book. They each have their own challenges. This particular non-fiction project involved creating thousands of images, writing 30 or so programs, playing with eBook formatting on 5 devices, and a number of tasks too lengthy to mention here. But fiction involves rearranging or rewriting scenes, creating new characters and worlds, etc. So short answer: fiction (at least for right now).

I don’t think there is a writer on this planet that doesn’t have a million projects going, most of which are still in their head.

Now, it’s time to get a bit more personal… and maybe a bit weird…

If you were stranded on a deserted island for the rest of your life, what 3 books would you absolutely have to have?

I’d need three hefty blank notebooks, with plenty of pens. Not being able to write would drive me crazier than not being able to read.

You ain’t no fool! Now that’s passion!

Okay, my fingers are crossed that it never comes to this but… if you were on death row, what would be your last meal?

My wife’s lasagna.

Mmm–that sounds good. What time should I be over?

What is your all-time favorite movie? (You only get one!)

Apollo 13. It’s probably one of the things that inspired me to be both a writer and an engineer.

Most of my readers know I’m a bit of a car girl, so I’ve gotta ask… if you could have any car on the lot, what would it be and do you have a preference on color?

I’m probably driving it, a red Ford Taurus, with a gray interior. I love it because it’s OSU’s colors.

You and I need to sit down and have a serious talk about cars… soon. But you love what you love and who am I to argue?

And finally, Ben… what advice would you give to authors looking to publish independently?

Avoid the “self-published” look. Pay attention to the formatting of your eBooks and make sure your text has been thoroughly gone over several times by an editor. It will NEVER be perfect, but it can be professional.

Excellent advice – especially that last part.


About the Author


Author Ben Trube

Ben Trube is a writer and programmer who blogs over at [BTW] Ben Trube, Writer. He lives in Ohio with his wife “the little red-haired girl” his dog Simon and cat Dax. Ben first discovered fractals in the 6th grade and has been creating images ever since. His noir, technological mystery, Surreality, is due for release at the end of 2013.

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Thank you so much for joining us, Ben. Best of luck to you with all your books!


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Author Feature: James L. Hill

I’d like you all to welcome James L. Hill to today’s Author Feature!

Pegasus: A Journey To New Eden by James L. Hill

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Genre(s): Science Fiction

Description: “Zack and Zuri are set to embark on the Pegasus for New Eden, an unknown and unexplored planet four light years from Earth. For Zack four light years isn’t nearly far enough from the madness that has been mankind’s history. For Zuri it is a chance to have the family she so long desired. Pegasus is humanity’s greatest invention, a modern day Noah’s Ark, set to spread civilization to the stars. But Pegasus has secrets which some will do anything to possess, and Zack and Zuri has yet to discover. A journey to New Eden is an emotional roller coaster that will take the pair to the depths of despair, launch them beyond heavenly delights, and into the heart and soul of humanity.”

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James L. Hill

J.L. Hill is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx. He spent his adolescence years in Fort Apache, the South Bronx 41st precinct during the 60’s. Raised on blues, soul, and rock and roll gave him the heart of a flower child. Educated by the turmoil of Vietnam, Civil Rights, and the Sexual Revolution turned him into a gladiator. Realizing the precariousness of life gave him an adventurous outlook to try anything once, and if it did not kill him, maybe twice.

12 years of Catholic education and a couple of years in college spread between wild drug induce euphoric years, which did not kill him, gave J.L. Hill an unique moral compass that swings in any direction it wants. A scientific mind and the spirit of nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough guides his writings. He enjoys traveling to new places and seeing what life has to offer.

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Author Feature: Emme Rollins

Author Emme Rollins released her latest New Adult Romance just over a week ago and it’s already hit the Best Seller Lists on Amazon!

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200 Pages
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Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins

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Genre(s): New Adult, Historical, Romance

Description: “Sara is obsessed with rock star Tyler Vincent, and as she works to complete her senior year, she’s determined to find a way to meet him–although her best friend, Aimee, keeps telling her to find a different escape from her desperately violent home life.

Complications arise when Dale, the mysterious new transfer student, sets his sights on Sara, and she falls for this rock-star-in-the-making in spite of her better judgment. When Sara wins a contest, she is faced with a choice–travel to Tyler Vincent’s home town to meet him, or stay and support Dale in a Battle-of-the-Bands hosted by MTV.

Their triangulated relationship is pushed to its breaking point, but there is another, deeper secret that Dale’s been keeping that just may break things wide open…

Turn up your collar, feather your hair, and splash on some Polo, because we’re going back to the ’80’s when MTV played music videos, there was no such thing as American Idol, and becoming a star meant doing nothing short of crazy for that one, big break.”

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Author Emme Rollins

Emme Rollins is an up and coming author of New Adult/Mature Young Adult fiction. She’s been writing since she could hold a crayon and still chews her pen caps to a mangled plastic mess. She did not, however, eat paste as a kid.

She has two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s, one of which she’s still paying for, but neither of which she uses out in the “real world,” because when she isn’t writing, she spends her time growing an organic garden to feed her husband and children (and far too many rabbits and deer!) where they live on twenty gorgeous forested acres in rural Michigan.

She loves tending her beehives (bees are wonderful pollinators and Hello!? Honey!) and keeping up with her daily yoga practice and going for long walks in the woods with her boxer, Rodeo, who loves chasing squirrels almost as much as Emme loves writing!

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Congratulations, Emme!

We wish you all the best with your latest book and future endeavors!


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Author Feature: Nathan Jefferson

Here today is author Nathan Jefferson and his new book The Wayward Journey!

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Genre(s): Thriller, Adventure, Post-apocalyptic, Dystopian

Description: “The heartland of the country is rocked by a series of devastating earthquakes that cripple the nation by destroying massive amounts of infrastructure, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands, and displacing millions of inhabitants.

Now, John, our hero, is stranded nearly 2,000 miles away from home with no easy way to make it back to his loving family in need. In his attempt to get home, he battles against the flow of refugees fleeing the devastated area and encounters many perilous—and sometimes deadly—trials along the way.”

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Nathan Hale Jefferson wishes to help spread the ideas of liberty and freedom through his writing by giving examples of what could happen in different situations that infringe upon a persons unalienable rights. With this goal he still strives to keep political and religious views in check and subdued in his writing, leaving those to the readers themselves to determine, and tries to focus more on freedom, family and community.

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