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Friday, 11 January 2008
Getting to Know Liana Laverentz
Topic: Author Interview

 

 Liana Laverentz The Person

1.  What three words to you think describe you as a human being? 

Kind, caring, and compassionate. 

2.  How do you think others would describe you? 

My faith-sharing group once described me as honest, loyal, and dedicated to self-improvement.   

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing. 

Outside of writing, I am most passionate about motherhood.  Being a mother is by far the hardest job there is, one you're on duty for 24/7, 365 days a year, and yet, in many circles, the least respected.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them. 

I have three cats, and each has a totally different personality.  I could spend hours just watching them interact, with me, with my son, or with each other. Our oldest is the calm, collected, even-tempered, "Watcher."  Guardian of the gate.  Loves to be petted, hates to be held.  Next comes our "Bitch Goddess," alternately needy (to me) and evil (toward the other two cats-she's very possessive of me).   And the baby is-our perpetual kitten.  Seriously sweet and cuddly, yet totally independent, despite the fact that she is slow.  Every day is a new day for her-she has seizures and suffers from short term memory loss.  But she's curious as can be.  When you hear things tip over or go clunk in the night, you can count on it being her.

5.  What is your most precious memory? 

I have too many precious memories to choose even one.  Most of them involve my son, or my pets, or my best friend Louis, who also happens to be the inspiration for the heroes in my books.  In that I have truly been blessed.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory? 

I find that most of my moments of embarrassment were in my own mind, and nobody else even noticed, so that would be hard to say as well.  But they run along the lines of biting into a cherry tomato on a first date and squirting said date.  Nothing really embarrassing has happened to me, that I can recall.  Maybe it has and I've blocked it out J. 

 Liana Laverentz the Writer

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life? 

If I weren't a writer, I would have no life at all, because I'm one of those people who can't NOT write, but in college I wanted to work in the field of languages and international relations.  Something involving travel and Europe.  I wanted to do year of study in Germany.  But then I fell in love and my life went in a different direction.

8.  Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer? 

That would have to be sometime this year, with all the success I've had with Thin Ice.  But the defining moment, I would say, was when I sold an article to a magazine for writers. 

9.  What is going on with your writing these days? 

I am working on a new romantic suspense story, Justice is a Lady, and revising my first novel, a murder mystery romance titled Ashton's Secret, for re-release by the Wild Rose Press in 2008.

10.  What are your future goals for your writing? 

To write the best stories I possibly can.

11.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you? 

There is no typical day of any sort for me.  That's what happens when you're a single parent with three pets and two day jobs, one of which involves subbing for the school district, so you never know when they might call.  The phone rings at 6:00 a.m. and I'm off.  But my ideal writing day would be to wake up, write until I get hungry, get something to eat, maybe take a nap, or work until I decide to take a nap, wake up, write until I get hungry, eat, maybe take a nap, or work until I decide to take a nap, wake up, write until I get hungry...you get the picture.  It wouldn't matter to me what time of day or night it was.  You can't do that with a home and family to take care of and a day job or two to go to.  But every now and then a weekend comes along where I am mostly alone, and that is how I spend it.  Writing, sleeping and eating.

12.  Why do you write. 

Because I can't NOT write.  I have tried.  It wasn't pretty.

13.  What writer most inspires you? 

Suspense author Eileen Dreyer, who also writes romances as Kathleen Korbel.  Why?  I think she writes awesome books.  She has an obvious love for the written word and knows how to use it.  I do most of my pleasure reading at night, before bed.  When I read her books, it's like looking forward to checking in with old friends at the end of the day.  She makes her characters that real for you.  And you can tell she does her research.  But she weaves it into the story so skillfully you don't even realize you're learning something as you read.  That there's more going on than just the story, here.  It's a story written on several levels, and you can read it at any level you choose and still be satisfied at the end of the book. 

14.  How do you define your writing? 

I write about real people facing real issues, and try to make my characters as compelling as possible.  The stories may have a dark side to them, but they're also stories of love, hope and forgiveness.  I've found a recurring theme in my books is that one character has a family that he or she generally doesn't get along with or appreciate and the other has none and longs for one.  Sometimes openly, sometimes only subconsciously.  In Jake's Return, however, neither of them had a family to speak of, and had to create one of their own. 

15.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years? 

Liana Laverentz wrote a damn good book.

 Liana Laverentz the Details

16.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? 

Go to www.lianalaverentz.com 

17.  Is there a place where readers can reach you? 

lianalaverentz@yahoo.com

18.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Thin Ice (NJRW Golden Leaf Winner and EPPIE Finalist)
ISBN 1-60154-016-7
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=350

Jake's Return (available in print January 16)
ISBN 1-60154-124-4

http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=541

19.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your books? 

Well, from the reviews, which you can find on my MySpace for now (http://www.myspace.com-authorlianalaverentz/), what appears to come through the most are the comments "a roller coaster ride of emotions" and "you won't want to put the book down."  I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said, "I am so mad at you.  I spent all weekend reading your book and didn't get anything else done."  Which, to me, is a good thing J.

 In Conclusion

20.  What would you like our readers to know about you and your writing? 

My writing is as important to me as breathing.  I just want to write books that people will read and remember.  I have books on my keeper shelf that I read over twenty years ago.  I can still look at them and remember what made them a keeper.  That's what I want for my books-for them to end up on your keeper shelf.  To me, there is no higher compliment


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Thursday, 10 January 2008
Marvin Wilson and Owen Fiddler--On Tour
Topic: Author Interview

 I've had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know the Marvin Wilson, a good friend and even better writer.  He stopped in to talk with us and I'd like to share our conversation.  Don't forget to leave a comment for Marvin for a chance at some great prizes!!

1.  I know Owen Fiddler is a book but...who is Owen Fiddler?  Can you give us some insight into what makes him who he is?

Owen Fiddler is a composite of all of us. He represents those aspects we abhor in others but often fail to recognize within ourselves. He is an anthropomorphic principle, a concentrated synthesis of the ugly, selfish, irresponsible side of the human condition. Everyone can relate to Owen Fiddler in one way or another if we are but honest with ourselves. The extent to which you have the Owen Fiddler in you is the direct measure and barometer of your spiritual depravity.

2.  One line that really captured my attention in Owen Fiddler was "She was no longer a ‘she' an ‘it' or any ‘thing.'  Simultaneously, the no-‘thing' that was once ‘her' became everything and nothing at once ... pure consciousness."  This line reminded me so much of something Richard Bach would write.  Would you say Bach has had any influence on you either as a writer or in a spiritual sense?

Well, you happen to be talking about my favorite author now, so, absolutely yes, Bach is a major influence on my writing. We always consider those with which we agree to be "wise," but his way of explaining the principles of oneness and divine interconnectedness within the telling of an extremely entertaining tale really speaks to me. I think he's a genius. If I can ever attain to being half the writer he is, I'll go to the grave happy.

3.  This book has a deep spiritual undertone, sometimes not readily seen by a casual reader.  Owen sways between running from and embracing his spiritual self.  Do you think that is how most of us go through life? 

Yes, I do. And I'm glad you mentioned the "undertone" nature of the spiritual messages in Owen Fiddler. That tells me I accomplished one of my goals with it, to make it a fun, entertaining read without being too "preachy" and turning off the casual readers. But for those who like to look deeper, there are spiritual messages SCREAMING between the lines. I think the best way I've read it put was in a review written by a good friend and colleague, Philip Harris:

"Owen Fiddler, like many, is caught between worlds. On the one hand, the "small voice" within has been stifled by Owen's refusal to take charge of his life and responsibility for his reality. And yet, the voice, the Word, continues to call.  On the other hand, Owen has been pulled by the trials and tribulations of life into a world of illusion and despair. What Owen discovers is that, like most of us, these trials and tribulations are of our own making."

4.  I read so many messages into Owen Fiddler.  What I'd really like to know is what message or messages did you try to convey with this book? 

What goes around comes around. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Protect the weak and help the less fortunate. Do good to those that harm you. Love your enemies. Nothing new in my messages - Jesus said it all more than two thousand years ago. Not many people read the Bible anymore, so I'm just trying to do my part to get the altruistic love of Christ out there, doing my little bit to promote JC's timeless truths. And again, I try my best to do it in such a way that anyone will enjoy it as just being a darn good book, no matter what faith or no-faith you have. People who subscribe to "The Secret" and the ever-growing-in-modern-popularity-yet-has been-around-since-the-dawn-of-creation Law of Attraction will find it an agreeable read. I would think true followers of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Sikhs, Baha'i's, Zoroastrians, even agnostics and atheists alike can read Owen Fiddler and agree to the messages. All the great prophets and avatars, even exemplary mortal philanthropists have instructed humankind with the same principles on how we should treat each other as brothers and sisters in one spirit.

5.  Marvin, is there anything in particular you would like to tell readers about Owen Fiddler?

Don't be like him.

6. Where can people find Owen Fiddler?

The Ebook is out right now, selling on http://www.mobipocket.com/ and http://www.ebooksonthe.net/ for only $5.50. By the end of January, it should also be offered on http://www.fictionwise.com/ and it will be a Kindle Book on Amazon. The trade paperback version I expect out by mid-year. It will be available on Amazon and if not on the shelf at your local bookstore yet, you will be able to order a copy from just about anywhere. Print copies I estimate will cost in the $14 to $16 range.

7.  I'd like to veer away from your writing for a minute, if you don't mind.  Your artistic talent and spirituality show themselves in your music.  Would you like to take a minute to tell us about the CD you and your band have out?

Sure. The Average Praise Band is a group of professional musicians from my church who pool their talents for praise and worship services. We also give occasional concerts as fundraisers for the church and its many community outreach programs. The APB doesn't "perform" for its audiences. Rather, it creates an interactive environment through the universal language of music to assist people in getting beyond their selves and into the presence of God. It's powerful ... and loud. Like a spirit filled rock concert. The CD we sell as a fundraiser as well. It's a collection of some of the original songs I've written as well as one bluesy remake of the old traditional hymn, "Precious Lord." The CD is titled, RHYTHM & TRUTHS (We'll Praise the Hell out of You!)

8.  Any final words for our readers, Marvin?

I love hearing from people, love meeting new people and developing friendships. One of the joys of having immersed myself into the world of writing is the quality of people I have met and formed relationships with, yourself included. The writers, the readers, the editors, publishers and agents, people who love books are usually very interesting, thoughtful, intelligent, caring and multi-faceted folks. So to all of your readers, please feel free to contact me! Read one or more of my books, visit my websites, and shoot me an e-mail - let's talk ... I appreciate feedback and enjoy healthy dialogue about things that matter in this crazy experience we call life on earth.

Joyce, as always, it's been a real pleasure. Your questions were engaging, they pulled some stuff out of me I might not have thought to say if not asked. My best to you and your readers in this new year! To anyone who would like to contact me, here are my sites:

Book websites: http://www.owenfiddler.com/ and http://www.rockofallages.com/

MySpace at: www.myspace.com/Paize_Fiddler

Blog at: http://inspiritandtruths.blogspot.com/

e-mail: marvwilson2010@gmail.com


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Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Getting to Know N.D. Hansen
Topic: Author Interview
N. D. Hansen the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

cheery, curious, minutiaist

 2.  How do you think others would describe you?

happy, intense, insightful (supplied by my son)

 3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

My family. Mycology. Painting. Archaeology.

 4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Foxy, a fox terrier cross; Tessa, a Springer Spaniel cross; Mr. Stinky the cat.

 5.  What is your most precious memory?

Anything involving my kids. 

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

There are too many to list, but a book-related memory involves my very first novel, Trees. I'd done all the research, knew just what to expect in a royalties advance for a first-time author. Of course, having written the world's finest novel, I never even considered that it might not get published when I cheerfully addressed the package to the publisher. I had my anticipated royalties tallied into the family accounts, and told all my friends and family that I'd sent the book to the publisher, and was expecting a check and contract any day. OMG, I can't believe how naive I was, LOL! The book did get published, a dozen rewrites later, after some of my other books were already contracted. I look back now and it seems absolutely hilarious!

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Archaeology, painting, possibly plant science. I do some of those anyway (in addition to writing).

N.D. Hansen the writer:

8.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I still wonder whether I am at times!

9.  What is going on with your writing these days?

Working on 3 books. I began writing romance a little over a year ago, but still enjoy writing SF, horror, and fantasy novels more.

10.  What are your future goals for your writing?

Perhaps writing for specific lines. I'm working on one for The Lotus Circle now. Next, I'd like to write a book for the Hunters for Hire continuity series at Ellora's Cave. I'm also going to write a few more novellas, and wrap up some of my series.

11.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

A 4 a.m. start, on till 8 a.m., when I see my daughter off, then 4 more hours of writing/promotion throughout the day. I usually begin with emails and promo, then go on to writing after several mugs of strong tea.

12.  Why do you write?

I write what I like to read.

13.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Michael Crichton/John Steinbeck - Crichton for bringing science to edgy "life", and Steinbeck for his ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary

14.  How do you define your writing?

Complex, tense, intense

15.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

I read that.

N.D. Hansen the details:

16.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?

http://www.ndhansen-hill.com/ | http://melodyknight.com/  Blog? http://www.myspace.com/ndmanuscripts

17.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Just visit my website (http://www.ndhansen-hill.com/), and click on the link!

18.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Trees, Crystals, Mud, Shades, Fire, Light, Grave Images, Graven Image, Grave Imagery, Grave Image, Light Play, Light Plays, Lightning Play, Static, Vision, Elf, Trolls, BloodWorks, Relic, BoneSong, ErRatic, GlassWorks, Of Dragons, In Trysts, In Flames, The Hollowing, Gilded Folly, Gray Beginnings, Art & Soul, Sqweams, Artifact (novella), Emerald City (novella)

19.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

suspense, edginess, tensions, heroics

In conclusion:

20.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I hope you find it as interesting to read my books as I find it to write them. I also hope you can experience the same sense of escapism I do, when working through a scene.

 


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Marvin Wilson's Prizes
Topic: Author Interview

Announcing OWEN FIDDLER January 2K8 Blog Tour Prizes!

 

 

1)  Everyone who leaves a comment on your blog-interview with Marvin D. Wilson will receive downloadable PDF file sample first chapters of both my published books, I ROMANCED THE STONE and OWEN FIDDLER.

 

2) All commenting visitors are eligible for a drawing from which I will select three winners.

  • 2nd runner up will receive (his/her choice) either a print copy of I ROMANCED THE STONE or a downloadable PDF copy of OWEN FIDDLER.
  • 1ST runner up will receive the same option/choice.
  • Grand Prize Winner will receive BOTH books.

 

The drawing will take place during the first few days of February, as soon as I have receive the lists of commenting visitors from all the hosts.

 

 

 

 


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Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Getting to Know Aidan Lucid
Topic: Author Interview
Aidan Lucid the person:

1.   What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Kind, honest, caring.

2.   How do you think others would describe you?

I think others would say the same.

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

I like reading (as it helps me broaden my mind and vocabulary), and I also have a strong love for soccer and music.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

I have no pets.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

I think my most precious memory is when I performed at a local popular theatre back in 2003 and received the biggest applause of the night! I was participating in a music project where we had to form a band and come up with material within 5 days and then perform at the theatre on the 5th night. It was one of those rare occasions where it felt good to be me for a change.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hmm...not really sure if I should say this. Aw what the heck, I think I will! My most embarrassing memory was when I accidentally farted during maths class back in 1999. I was tres rouge with embarrassment.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I honestly don't know. I think I would pursue music as I've a keen interest in it and would love to learn to play an instrument.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Aidan Lucid was a man who loved life and loved to make people smile. His greatest love was writing and hoped that others would be entertained by his stories/poems/novels etc. He may not have been physically able to smile himself, but seeing others smile would make his day.

Aidan Lucid the writer:

9.  Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I realised that I wanted to be a writer back in 2002 after I had a religious experience. It was in 2004 however, after sending out my material and it being published, that I realised I could make a go at being a writer.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

Right now I am doing a home-study course on writing for TV and radio and in between work and study, I manage to write poetry and work on my second novel. I just self-published a book of poetry entitled, A Viking's Prayer - http://www.avikingsprayer.com/.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

My future goals include: 1) to hopefully gain a publisher for my first novel next year 2) to write a script for a radio play and have it produced. 3) to become an extremely  successful author within the next 3 years.

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

It's simple: when I get home from work, I eat and then hit the keyboard. House chores can wait. My writing comes first!

13.  Why do you write?

I write because it brings me great joy to see a story of a character that's been lingering in my mind for a while, finally come to life on paper and for others to enjoy it.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

I think it has to be William W. Johnstone. I loved his book, A Devil's Kiss, which I read back in 1999/2000 and still love to this day.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Every time I write, I always strive to create a story that is very vivid in the minds of the readers and characters that people can relate to. Every time a person reads one of my stories, I want it to be a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

This may be a bold statement, but I'd like them to say, "Aidan Lucid is/was one of the greatest writers of all time. That man is/was an inspiration to many." Yeah I know it's two sentences but hey, who's counting? ;).

Aidan Lucid the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

You can find more information on me at http://www.avikingsprayer.com/ and there's a link on there if you want to contact me through the site.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Yeah, as I said, there's a link in the site above where readers can contact me if they wish to know something about future releases etc.

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Well, my only book title to date is the book I released nearly two weeks ago and that is, A Viking's Prayer, my book of poetry. I hope to obtain a publisher for my novel.

20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

This may sound rather presumptuous and arrogant and if it does, then I am sorry but with regards to my upcoming fantasy novel, you can expect an experience like never before. I hope to thrill and excite the reader should it get published and if it doesn't get published, then I will self-publish the book because I believe in it that much and I have had a very positive response from those who read it!  

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Ok, I am 26, from Ireland and I've a very rare syndrome known as, "Moebius Syndrome" which prohibits me from smiling or moving my eyes due to facial paralysis. I started writing back in 2002 after I began to say a very special prayer known as "The Holy Rosary". I firmly believe that is the source of all my creations because after I began saying it, all the wonderful stories/poems/novel came to me. My writing, as I stated before, is very important to me because not only do I want to inspire others through my present and hopefully future literary works, I want to give them hope and let them know that no matter what disability or inner fears you may have, don't let it hold you back from achieving whatever goal it is that you wish to achieve. Speaking from my own personal experience, when I was born the doctors said that I may not even know my own name when I get older and may not be able to "function properly". One nurse had the audacity to tell my mother minutes after I being born, "If your son lives he'll never be much good anyway." Thanks for the vote of confidence nurse! When I was 13, I was told what that nurse said and it was from that day forward that I vowed to prove that horrible woman wrong! Thankfully I did with having gone to college, becoming a journalist at my local newspaper, The Kerryman and having poems, articles, and short stories published in the last three years. This is the message I want to say to others: don't let others put you down or hold you back. Be who you want to be! Remember, there's only one of you out there and that's what makes you special.

As I also stated before, I released a book of poetry called, A Viking's Prayer -www.avikingsprayer.com and you can see some of the sample poems on the site that appears in the book. If you'd like to contact me with regards to my writing or my syndrome, then you can contact me through the site. I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for the interview. Take care and God Bless you all.

Aidan Lucid

http://www.avikingsprayer.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 7 January 2008
Getting to Know Allison Nazarian
Topic: Author Interview

Allison Nazarian the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Driven, perfectionist, inner-peace-seeking (the last one is three words I made into one )

 2.  How do you think others would describe you?

A rock, insightful, workaholic

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Writing is the core of what I do but it is really the business aspect - building the business, developing new ideas and products, etc. - is really what drives me. On a personal level, I am passionate about my two kids (ages 8 and 10) and about trying to apply new principles to my life. 

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

N/A

5.  What is your most precious memory?

My childhood as a whole was very happy and innocent.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh boy, I have probably blocked out the most embarrassing one. A couple that come to mind include leaving a public restroom and not properly adjusting all of the clothing that needed to be adjusted prior to such an exit.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Something more logical and sensible, like accounting or law.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Strived every day to be the best mother, friend, daughter, granddaughter and business owner. Some days she fell short, other days she made others' lives more interesting, fun and inspiring. 

Allison Nazarian the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

The day I realized through a QuickBooks report that I had reached and surpassed the original financial goal I had set for myself. 

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I am building and basing a business on writing. Not on freelance, creative or "on-the-side" writing, but writing as a viable basis for a business.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

To offer more product-based expertise (books, CDs, e-mail courses, etc.) and make it accessible to business people of all budgets and marketing experience levels.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

These days much of the actual writing work is delegated to my team of writers, people who dream of "writing all day long." My goal is to serve clients, to see their businesses grow through our work and to be a constant source of great projects for these writers.

13.  Why do you write?

I never had a choice, this is what I always had/needed to do.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

The pursuit of excellence and learning something new every single day. I believe no one of us is EVER done learning and bettering ourselves.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Real, straightforward, honest, inspiring.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That it was real, straightforward, honest and inspiring...and that they remembered something I wrote, that it "spoke" to them, and somehow changed even a little part of their life for the better.

Allison Nazarian the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

Website: http://www.getitinwriting.biz/

and Blog: www.GetItInWriting.biz/blog.

You can read more and download my two e-books through the website and access free tips and reports there as well. I'm always looking to learn what your marketing and writing challenges are in business - let me know and I will write a guide just for you!

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Through the website you can always email me with questions or for more information.

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Copywriting 101 for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Coaches & Consultants

52 Insider Secrets To Jumpstarting Your Marketing Efforts Now

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

I'm very big on giving business people tangible, easily implementable DIY (do it yourself) ways of copywriting for their business and marketing their products/services in general.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I'm not so vain to think I have an enormous amount of information to share with the world and make a great difference the world over. That said, I do have great expertise in my industry - copywriting and marketing - and know that this information, when implemented properly, can be very helpful and highly valuable to people in business. Once I write enough of these, I will write more personal books for working moms and to tell the world about my grandmother, a true hero.

 


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Sunday, 6 January 2008
Getting to Know Susan Vollmer
Topic: Author Interview
Susan Vollmer the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Nonconforming, independent, unique

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Detail-oriented, dependable, trustworthy

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Photography and hiking.  I love being around nature and trees.

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

No pets, but we leave food outside for wildlife like raccoons, foxes, possums, squirrels and chipmunks.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Hiking King's Canyon in California - around every corner is another beautiful vista.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Mispronouncing Chopin to persons who really knew classical music.

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Photographer

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Susan Vollmer was best known as the author of Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  The book told the stories of 18 global leaders killed for the various causes they advocated from human rights to freedom from foreign oppressors.  She always believed she could make a difference by keeping alive the stories of others.  She worked to inspire people to fight for what they believed in, no matter what their limitations.  She has gone on a journey where no suitcase is needed.  She will look for you when you arrive, too.


Susan Vollmer the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

My first professional job was as a newspaper reporter and photographer.  When I was paid, it was real.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I am promoting Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  Plus, I do book reviews and post them on my blog.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I am considering doing a book on hiking with many photographs.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Whenever and wherever time permits. 

13.  Why do you write?

It makes me happy.  I enter another world where I lose track of all time, and my surroundings do not matter because I could be in the 13th century or writing about something from last week.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Oscar Wilde.  His word play and observations on life are astounding.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Life and death subjects - which make you feel something, even if you would prefer to feel nothing at all.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

She influenced me to read and to do something meaningful with my life.

Susan Vollmer the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? 

http://www.susanv.com

Blog?

http://susanv.wordpress.com

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Through my Web site and info@susanv.com

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Legends, Leaders, Legacies

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

A catharsis - to laugh and to cry.  To learn about other countries and cultures through the eyes of one person who represents that country.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

This life is too short to just sit and think about what you could do.  This book is my personal legacy.  I hope it will inspire you to create a legacy of your own, whatever you decide that should be.

 

 


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Saturday, 5 January 2008
Getting to Know Violette L. Reid
Topic: Author Interview
Violette L. Reid the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being? 

Smart, funny, and kind

 2.  How do you think others would describe you? 

Attractive, understanding, smart

 3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

I love to dance, read, travel, meet new people and just experience life!

 4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

No. I am not an animal person.

 5.  What is your most precious memory? 

That is hard.  I have a lot of precious memories.  I guess the most precious are the births of my children.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Wow.  That is hard also.  I guess it would be when I was in 9th grade and fell down in front of the entire school.

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Working somewhere in cooperate America pulling my hair out.

 8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary. 

Violette Reid was a proud mother and loving wife.  She was one of the most influential creative writers in world history and leaves a legacy that is unsurpassed by human imagination.  She leaves behind a large loving family and zillions of fans.  LOL  I don't know.  I would not want to write my own obituary.  I would want the people who loved me to do it.

Violette L. Reid the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer? 

When I had to write a novella in college and made an A on it.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days? 

I am working on about four books at once.  Got a little attention problem.  LOL  I am also trying to keep up with my monthly newsletter.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing? 

To get on the best seller list and to have people to truly love my work.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you? 

I just pick up my laptop and let my imagination flow.

13.  Why do you write? 

It makes me happy.  It is an outlet.  I love to have the ability to create a whole new world.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why? 

Latif Reid.  He is an unknown poet and his lyrical abilities are so amazing.  When I read or listen to his poetry, I am enthralled by the concepts and images that he comes up with.  He makes me angry that I didn't think of it first!  LOL

15.  How do you define your writing? 

Imaginative, strange, beautiful, out of this world, supernatural, just plain me!

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years? 

Violette Reid is the very best at what she does and there is no one like her.

Violette L. Reid the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

http://www.violettereid.com/

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

violettereid@yahoo.com

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them? 

Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry (In stores and online NOW!), The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night (Coming March 2008)

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)? 

An adventure.  The can expect to read a clean but interesting story unlike any other and a book full of wild and creative characters.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing? 

I would like you to know that I love my craft and that I do my very best to create stories that are intriguing from start to finish.  Original concepts are important to me and I promise that each story will introduce the reader to new twists and turns.

 


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Friday, 4 January 2008
Getting to Know Karen Magill
Topic: Author Interview

Karen Magill  the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Humorous, loyal, impetuous

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Happy, lively, opinionated

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Music but I can't play anything.

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

 No. I did have cockatiel birds but developed a rare, potentially fatal allergy to them. I haven't gotten any since then.

5. What is your most precious memory?

We were at a reunion of a town we used to live in. Someone had dropped me the night before and given me whiplash but I was still going to the dance. I walked into the kitchen of where we were staying in time to hear my older brother say that his sister was a rocker from a way back. I considered that a compliment and I don't get many from him.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I can't think of one. I tend to put those thoughts behind me.

7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I would love to think I would be an artist but I'm not that good! I suppose I would be doing something like accounting.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Here lies Karen Magill who faced life head on and above all, had fun.

Karen Magill the writer:

9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

In high school when I started selling poems for a quarter a piece to classmates.

10. What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm quite busy. I am taking a course in direct mail copywriting, one in desktop marketing and reading a book on writing for catalogs. In addition I am writing a non-fiction book on my life so far with MS, another small ebook on dealing with life and I am still marketing my two fiction books. And I am looking into greeting card writing.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I would like to bring in a substantial income with the smaller writing projects while getting the fiction books selling.

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

I start the day off by checking my email then I do a little studying on one of the courses. I go for walk and when I come home I like to work on one or both of my non-fiction books.

13. Why do you write?

I love to create worlds and get lost in them. I am also drawn to putting words together.

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?

My grandmother, Katherine Magill. She had rheumatic fever as a child and a maiden aunt got her into writing. She was an original writer and woman.

15. How do you define your writing?

I write a little bit of everything. From paranormal romance to non fiction. Soon I hope to be adept at other areas of writing.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That I wrote quality material that informed and entertained.

Karen Magill  the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?

http://www.karenmagill.com/ is the best place to find information. For more on my books www.lulu.com/karenmagill .

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?

karenmagill@karenmagill.com

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story. Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Story.

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

I say that they are romance with a twist. In both of the books a reader will find surprises.

In conclusion:

20. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

All I can say is to give me a chance. You might like what you find.

 


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Thursday, 3 January 2008
Getting to Know Kristen Collier
Topic: Author Interview

Kristen Collier the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

MAJOR Jesus Freak

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

The same, I hope J

3.  Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Kevin and Jarod (hubby and son). I also love dressage, which is an equestrian sport. I used to do it when I was younger and hope to one day get back to it.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Yeah, I have three beany baby horses Kevy gave me J

5. What is your most precious memory?

Every moment I see Jarod and Kevy hugging is my most precious memory.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

One time I was in Toledo, on my way to a horse show many years ago. We stopped for lunch and were sitting at a restaurant, at the bar while we waited for a table. I started eating off the guy's plate who'd just left. I didn't know what it was-I thought it was just like a dish of popcorn or pretzels, or something, that they leave for snacks at the bar.

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I would be an Olympic dressage rider.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Wow! That is the craziest interview question ever, ha ha!!!

"Here lies Kristen Collier. She's finally getting some rest."

Oh, I thought you meant the tombstone! Okay:

"Kristen Collier is survived by her beloved husband, Kevin, and son, Jarod. She loved them more than her own life. But they know that she is now happy, and in the place she's longed to be her whole life-with Jesus. Kristen is happily awaiting their arrival, and looks forward to the time she will be with Kevin, Jarod, and Jesus for all of eternity."

Kristen Collier the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I used to occasionally spend twelve hour days working on my novel, "King of Glory," a story in which Jesus walks invisibly with the characters. It was a weekend and I did two twelve hour writing marathon days because Jarod was at his cousin's for the weekend. As I looked at my re-writes I thought, "Wow. This is good."

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

Mostly writing some online "Joy the Jellyfish" stories and doing these online interviews. I am re-vamping "King of Glory," (it was self-pubbed originally and I took it offline to go improve it since I've learned a lot about writing from Kevy).

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

To have "King of Glory" made into the sequel to "The Passion of the Christ." No joke.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Kevy and I have a bunch of manuscripts that our agent is shopping, so I'm mostly doing a bit here and there as it demands. My main job is looking for a day job, so real life is intruding for now, lol.

13.  Why do you write?

To show people Jesus.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Kevin. His byline, when he emails people, is actually, "Be inspired always." He is the most positive, inspirational person I've ever met, and is always building me up. And as a writer he's really helped me to improve my skills, which is awesome!!

15.  How do you define your writing?

I used to emulate Hemingway, but an now moving more toward Kevy's style, which is more emotive and genteel. I prefer that and am now emotionally open enough to be able to write more that way. It's like you get embarrassed to have this emotional, grand, genteel style, but then Kevy's taught me that it's okay to write that way, you don't have to be embarrassed.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

"Her writing helped me see Jesus."

Krisen Collier the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

The best place is to go to http://www.joythejellyfish.blogspot.com/. That will take you to all my other links.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

I don't get online much, but Kevy checks my email, so if you email me at kristenlcollier@yahoo.com, I'll eventually get it J

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

"Joy the Jellyfish"

"Dreamchaser"

The rest are manuscripts for now....

20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

That they'll be reading about Jesus in most, but for the two that are published now, they'll be reading good morals like, "The greatest life is one that serves others," ("Dreamchaser"), and "A true friend is one who sees from the inside out," ("Joy the Jellyfish").

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

That I live for Jesus and to love and serve my two best guys.


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