Posts Tagged ‘Charles Dickens’

“One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Mary Aalgaard, nice to have you today. 

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

 

I was born in Ada, Minnesota, and now live in central Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.

Really…nice. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?

 

Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Once jilted, twice shy. She was left at the alter, literally, and is still wearing her wedding dress. The wedding feast, including the rock hard wedding cake and decaying food, remain on the table where they were set. She refuses to let anyone make any changes in her life. She has full control over her home, her body, and her finances. She’s powerful and resourceful, and yet has a charitable soul and a soft spot for Pip. I would like to have tea with her.

 

She sounds awesome.What one person from history would you like to meet and why?

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful story that changed people’s views and called them to action. She was a mother, a writer, and an activist. I’d also like to have tea with her.

 

Wow, very nice. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?

 

I would like to see less money spent in military and weapons and more put towards world hunger and taking care of each other. I know it’s naive to write, but I would eliminate borders.

 

How interesting…I like it. Who inspires your writing?

 

I have been inspired by many great writers, artists and musicians. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lorna Landvik, Lisa Genova, and J.H. Moncrieff to name a few.

 

Those are great people to count at your side. What is the name of your book?

 

My short story “One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology.

How wonderful. What genre is it?

 

mystery/crime/thriller

 

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?

 

Yes, but not so much “as if it wasn’t yours.” It was a thrill to see it in print alongside all the other great stories in this anthology!

 

Where can we find your book?

 

https://ticktockmysteries.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror

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Mechanized Masterpieces a great Anthology

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

The anthology Mechanized Masterpieces is surprisingly nice if you like the steampunk genre. Also it is more of a spooky flavor, as in I think it would have been awesome to release it in October, giving chills to those looking for a bit of spookiness in their lives. That is the flavor I felt throughout the book. It has interesting stories styled after other long time favorites but at the same time unique in their theme and presentation.

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His Frozen Heart by Aaron; Belinda Sikes Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Tropical of Cancer by Neve Talbot is styled after Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Sense and Cyborgs by Anika Arrington Styled after Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Micawber and Copperfield by David W. Wilkin Styled after David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Little Boiler Girl by Scott William Taylor Styled after Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Clockwork Ballet by M. K. Wiseman Styled after The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Our Man Fred by A.F. Stewart Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Lavenza or the Modern Galatea by Alyson Grauer Styled after Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary W. Shelley

Anika Arrington, Alyson Grauer, Aaron; Belinda Sikes, A.F. Stewart, Scott William Taylor, Neve Talbot, M. K. Wiseman, David W. Wilkin did a great job in these tales. The Mechanized Masterpieces will keep you entertain for a long while. YA and Adults will love it.

Why did G N went on a adventure?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
 Googa Nark by Brian Moos
Brian, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I discovered that I liked to write before I was a teenager.  I never really thought about being an author, per se, I just enjoyed writing.
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What makes you passionate about writing?
Whenever I have an idea or concept or picture in my mind, I find myself driven to try and convey it in words.  Sometimes it is a story or sometimes it is just a short poem.  I find myself immersed in the work of finding the right words or using the right form to make the idea come alive on the paper.
What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

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Blog tour for The Hitler Dilemma by Carolyn Twede Frank

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Carolyn, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I always like to write. In college I minored in journalism my freshman year, but I had a professor who slashed my writing up one side and down the other to the point that I thought I must be in the wrong field. He ended up giving me an A for the course, but it was too late; his method of “toughening me up for the real world” caused me to doubt in my abilities. I gave up on writing, even forgot that I like to do it, until I read a particular book as part of a neighborhood book club. It was entitled The Mermaid Chair. The writing was fine, but the story line left me horribly unfulfilled and uncomfortable. I said to my group, “Even I could write a better book than this.” The moment I said it I knew it was something I wanted to do.
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So cool. What makes you passionate about writing?

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Your kids don’t love books…help them

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Usually it takes motivated parents to get a kid to read.

For example, Monica has four boys and she started reading to them when they were babies. (more…)