Archive for April, 2015

Can Moms live guilt free?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Amy, what is your typical day like?

Mine is not the day of a full-time author, but rather of a full-time mom (of a small army).  My day begins with some qi gong and stretching, followed by meditation, then pondering my day over a mug of hot lemon water.  Depending on how much sleep I got the night before, I might eat and get ready for my day next, but with a new baby – school time can often find me still in my pjs.  I am currently homeschooling five of my children, with one preschooler, one infant and two graduated and on their own.  Regardless of the subject, we do a lot of reading – together or alone.  I answer questions, discuss assignments, put out fires, and keep everyone off the fridge.

School time is over by 1 pm where we all grab a quick bite, then I (more…)

Can every day Women Inspire Women?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Leslee, how long have you been writing?

I wrote and produced school productions in grade school and was always taking some kind of writing courses. I worked in the movie industry and then started my own production company. I wrote, produced and directed shorts and docs.

I decided that I was going to start writing non-fiction kindle books and my 1st book that I published this month became a #1 best seller.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I am a native Calgarian.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

You can do a lot of research for non-fiction and see what people are buying. Of course Romance always sells. I do my research and hope for the best.

This book was written because I had a business “Women Inspiring Women” and I wanted to (more…)

Do you trust the ancient guardians?

Friday, April 24th, 2015

S. L. Morgan, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I have always been a ‘story teller’ since I first learned how to talk. I finally decided to put pen to paper in November of 2011. I haven’t looked back since. I love everything about writing and creating fantasy novels. It’s the best form of therapy I could ever ask for.

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What makes you passionate about writing?
I believe it’s my love for my books and characters. I feel as though they are my fictional family and I enjoy every minute of being with them. It’s also fun to create any adventure I want and bring the characters on them.
What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?
The first book was definitely a learning lesson for me. After a lot of consideration, I opted to self-publish my book series. Knowing that I was bringing a book out to the entire world to love or hate, I knew I had to take this process very seriously. (more…)

Michelle was born into a eugenics program, true or false?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Enhance by Courtney Ferrell

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  1. What is your typical day like?

I write full time, so my day starts when the dogs wake me up. They play outside on our ten-acre mini-ranch while I get started reading emails and doing marketing. Once I’m really awake, then I start writing. I don’t have a set schedule or word count goal, but maybe I should. I get really obsessive about writing and I don’t want to stop. Lately I’ve been trying to drag myself away from (more…)

Dark September tells us about the horror of war

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Brendan O’Brien author of Dark September

Q1 – Brendan where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born and grew up in Tralee, Co Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland. I now live in Newport, South Wales, with my wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah

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Q2 – I bet is beautiful there. What makes you passionate about writing?

When I won my first writing competition I was so excited I ran all the way home. I was about eight years old. The Fun Fair was coming to Tralee – our little town on the West coast of Ireland – and apart from Duffy’s Circus which came in September, this was the highlight of our year. Our English teacher asked us to write an essay about it, and I won the only prize – a book of ten tickets for the fair. There were eight kids in our family so everyone got a ride on something. So writing was in my blood from a very young age. I’ve always loved essays and English literature. I love it when a character pops into my mind and I can manipulate it, make it come to life and embark on an exciting adventure.

 

Q3 – How exiting. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? (more…)

Dirge for the Dead of Verdun a memoir of Henry Montherlant

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Henry Montherlant (1895-1972) published his war memoir, Dirge for the Dead of Verdun, in 1924. A review for Readersfavorite.com

In this book the author bluntly portrays the post dramatic stress syndrome that in our day is frequently mentioned yet not fully understood by those who have never been in a battle or seen the horrors of war. Many of us don’t know what post dramatic stress syndrome was or how to help the soldiers to adapt to a civilian life after the war. Many who didn’t go to war criticize the soldiers and even call them monsters, which I am sure feels like a stab in the back after the sacrifice they rendered on behalf of those who now were calling them names.

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The book also goes about telling us the author’s feeling after (more…)

Would you like to be the Warrior Son?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Warrior Son by Scott Blasingame

How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

I certainly think that it has. My father was a gospel preacher and I grew up in a devout Christian household. Many of the stories I grew up reading contained characters that held their personal sense of honor in high regard as well as having a clear sense of right and wrong. I think those things have steered me away from what I consider to be certain pitfalls for writers such as the use of profanity and gratuitous sex. I make a conscientious effort to avoid those. People are exposed to enough of both without my contribution. The English language has so many more words to be expressive with, and I’m far more titillated by the intrigue and polarity of (more…)

The Serpent’s Head a SCI-FI/Western?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Bryan Young author of The Serpent’s head is visiting today

Welcome Bryan. What makes you passionate about writing?

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I’m passionate about telling stories. I’ve done it in many different forms, from comic books to film, but prose is the one I think I might like the most. It helps me communicate ideas and thoughts as a form of art. Besides that, I have to. I simply don’t have a choice.

Do you have a writing routine?
I do. I get up every morning and write from 5:30am to 7:30am or later. I do that because the phone isn’t ringing. People aren’t emailing me. The kids aren’t awake. It’s my time and no one elses.
What is the title of your book?
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My most recent published novel is called “The Serpent’s Head”
What genre does your book fall under?
It is a Science-Fiction/Western
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would love to see the lead character, Twelve, played by (more…)

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lisa, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where I still reside

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What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s best how I can communicate. I can say things better with words than I can verbally

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

12 years because I never thought that I was good enough.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Friends because I would have NEVER thought of it on my own

What is the title of your book?

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

 

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? How do you put the pieces of a shattered heart back together again; is it even possible? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the pain of never feeling love from anyone, Lisa Y. Sparrow reveals the most intimate of details of her life in the hopes that someone is freed from their own prison of mental illness.

What genre does your book fall under?

Mental health

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

That mental illness is truly an illness and not a death sentence and to find a good support network

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

That this is a very open and candid book about the life of a mentally ill woman

Where can we find your book?

http://www.amazon.com/His-Eye-Sparrow-Lisa-Y/dp/0988625938/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427931785&sr=1-4&keywords=his+eye+is+on+the+sparrow

Mind control…do you believe in that?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Corsonia by Susan Berliner

Susan, what is your typical day like?

I write in the morning before breakfast. First, I review the scene(s) I wrote the previous day and make changes. (My work is never “finished” in one take; it always needs editing.) Then I sit at the computer and compose a new scene. I’m very focused during this creative time, which lasts for about an hour. Later in the day, I usually edit and/or promote my novels. I also go on Facebook, where I have a group and pages for each of my books. Twice a week, I blog about writing on my website’s “Blog” page.

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Do you write with music or not?

I don’t write with music. In fact, I need complete quiet when I write. Before I begin, I remove the phone and close the door of the den. I get very angry with family members if they interrupt me during my creative time. But since I only write for about an hour each day, I’m not really much of a diva. (more…)

Hill of Great Darkness is inspired by The Da Vinci Code…

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The book  Hill of Great Darkness by H. C. Beckerr was actually inspired by, are you ready for this? The Da Vinci Code. Yup, you read that correctly…The Da Vinci Code.

So, Henry…Where were you born?

In the steel mill community of Granite City, Illinois which is just across the river from St. Louis Missouri in the heartland of the greatest nation the world has ever known.

Um…I had nothing to do with the ‘greatest nation’ part. That is because of the greatest military that the world has ever known protecting us all, allowing us all to become whatever our desire may be. And my desire from grade school on was to become a writer. Well…not really to become a writer. Just to be able to write.

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Even as a small kiddo, I was writing short stories in school and selling them for the two or three cents that it cost to get an extra chocolate milk at lunch time.

Kinda dating myself here, huh?

 

LOL… Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? (more…)