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Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Getting to Know Rosalee S. Wilson
Topic: Author Interview

 Rosalee S.Wilson the Person

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

Honest, caring, sense of humor

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Probably the same.

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

Probably music. I wanted to be a singer at one time.

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

Yes I have two cocker spaniels named Beauty and Samantha. Two cockatiels named Andy and Popper and two sugar gliders named Dixie and Daisy. 

5.  What is your most precious memory? 

My daughter Lisa telling me how proud she was of me writing a book. 

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

I was singing at a campground in front of two hundred people and the girl harmonizing with me got on the wrong verse. She looked at me and started laughing in the middle of the song. I thought she would stop but her giggle box was turned over and I just walked off the stage. Needless to say the next week they wanted us to play again. They must of thought we were a comedy team…  

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

I'd probably still be working at a boring job like I used to have. 
 
8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

An aspiring author who loved to write and touch people’s heart and who pursued her dream of becoming a best selling author and made it!

Rosalee S. Wilson the writer:

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

Probably when my first poem was published! 
 
10.  What is going on with your writing these days? 

 I have written five books and am pursuing getting them published. Also I have been writing inspirational articles and poetry for an online magazine called “The Cats’ Meow Readers and Writers Ezine
 
11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I want to write a novel soon. Two of my books are novellas and I want challenge myself to a sweet romance novel.

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

I enjoy writing in the morning when my mind is fresh. I have to have peace and quiet for my work to flow. 
 
13.  Why do you write?

I write to release my emotions and to touch people’s lives. There is no greater feeling that watching the look on ones’ face after reading your work and they have a smile or they are crying with tears of joy. Then I know I have made a difference in their life! 
 
14.  What writer most inspires you? Why?

Danielle Steel is amazing to me. I love her stories and movies also. She always makes me cry. If I cry, then I consider their work great! 
 
15.  How do you define your writing?

A work in progress. I am fairly new to the public but I write from the heart. If my book makes me cry, then I feel it is ready to go out to the readers.

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

That my work was an inspiration to many people !

Rosalee S. Wilson the details:

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

Yes, I have a website at www.freewebs.com/angelfeathers and also www.myspace.com/rosaleewilson where I have a blog. 

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

They can reach me at thunder 422@hotmail.com 

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

Elijah The Penguin

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

Not to read anything with bad language, and can probably expect to laugh or cry in any of them. I have a sense of humor and it is relayed in my stories at times.

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 my readers to know that I am a writer who is trying to make a difference in their lives for the better. Whether it be children’s stories , inspirational articles ,poetry, or romance stories, I write about love and show it through my work in all genres. I thank all my fans out there for their support and making my future books a success also. I love you from the bottom of my heart!


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Monday, 14 January 2008
Getting to Know Marisa Gary
Topic: Author Interview
Marisa Gary the person:

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

Christian - wife - mother

2.      How do you think others would describe you?

It depends on who "others" are.  Other Christians would describe me as someone who loves the Lord and is deeply involved in church and ministry.  My co-workers would describe me as hard working, dependable and driven.  My family thinks I'm crazy for trying to cram 25 hours into each day.

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

Outside or within writing, living my life for Christ is my passion.  I've learned that I cannot do any of this without God.  I give him all the glory and the honor for the privilege of being one of His children.

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

Yes, we have Annie the Dog and she is an integral part of our family.  She's a lab/pit mix.  For those people who think pits are mean by nature, come to my house.  Annie will lick you to death, but that's about it.  I even has a sign posted that says "Please Step Over the Guard Dog."  Annie is the first pet I have ever owned and I cannot imagine my life without her.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Giving birth to my son is my most precious memory.  Of our three children, only TJ is my biological child.  His birth was not an easy one, but I thank God every day for him.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

I was in fourth grade.  I was wearing a "wrap-around skirt" and a coat.  While playing hop-scotch, the skirt "un-wrapped" and fell to the ground.  Even though I had a coat on, I was absolutely mortified.  I have never worn a wrap-around skirt since that day.

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

I cannot support myself yet as a writer, so I can tell you what I currently do with my life.  I am a Technology and Documentation Manager for a large public company in the Daytona Beach area.

8.   In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Marisa Gary, Christian wife, mother and writer died yesterday.  She leaves behind Robert, her loving husband of 60 years; three children, Ashley, Justin and TJ; 9 grand-children and 27 great-grand-children.  Marisa's favorite past-time was to spend time with her children and their children.

A successful author, Mrs. Gary wrote several popular Christian devotion books and many self-help books dealing with chronic illness.  Mrs. Gary has requested that a portion of her estate go to her home church to help fund their mission work around the world.

Marisa Gary the writer:

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

The day my first book's ISBN number was published I realized I was a real writer.

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

I am continuing to write devotions that address living with, through and in spite of chronic illnesses.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I would like to gain enough success that I can write full-time and home school my kids.

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

After putting in a full day at work, cooking dinner and cleaning up, I usually have an hour or two to devote to writing.  Otherwise, I try to get up an hour earlier than everyone, about 5am for some alone time with God and then to write.

13.  Why do you write?

I write to glorify God and to inspire others to foster a deeper relationship with Christ.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?
 

I don't mold to other writers, so I would say no one.  Contemporary Christian music inspires me and it inspires a good number of my devotions.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Christian devotional/insprational

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

Marisa Gary was able to capture the grace and mercy that God offers each of us and put it into words that touch our hearts and makes us think about our relationship with Christ.

Marisa Gary the details:

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

http://www.marisagary.com/

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

Marisa@marisagary.com  or http://www.marisagary.com/

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

Pure and Simple Devotions

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

January 2008

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 am just an ordinary person, with an ordinary life trying to do something extraordinary for God.  I work a full-time job, I raise my kids, I keep my home, I'm extremely active in our church and I write.  It doesn't leave much time for anything else.  If I could do anything different, I'd like to be able to write full-time so I could home-school my children.  God knows my heart; he'll answer this prayer if it is His will.

The working title for my next devotion is "You Had to Go There to Get Here" and it focuses on the moments when we think God is absent from our lives; it's about those moments when we look to the sky and say, "Where are you?" only to find that we needed to be in that specific situation in order for something down the road. It's about looking back and thanking God for allowing us to be put through hardships in order to be where we are today.

If you want to learn more about me, visit my website and blog at http://www.marisagary.com/


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Sunday, 13 January 2008
Getting to Know John Schroeder
Topic: Author Interview

 John Schroeder the Person

author: Why Monkeys Are Monkeys and People Are PeopleThe Case Against Dawkins, Hitchens, and Hawking 

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

 Mature, (ancient), Conservative, (stubborn), Inquisitive, (nosy).       

2.      How do you think others would describe you? 

 Friendly, Intelligent, Honest.

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

Matthew 28:19, 20. “Spreading the Word.”

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

Meet Pete, our five-year-old Shih Tzu. He will stand on his hind legs and paw the air until you lean down and pay attention to him. If you get close enough he will lick first one ear and then the other. Duck when he goes for your nose. He is 16 pounds of  perpetual motion; loves people; teases until he can get chased; has a vocabulary of over 100 words, and is convinced he’s human.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Of being born again into the Body of Christ. My born again experience was reminiscent of Jacob when he wrestled all night with the angel; and of Pilgrim when he finally laid his burden down.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

The alcohol-related loss of my highly promising business career.

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

 Preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

John Schroeder, beloved husband of Claudia Schroeder, nee Avalos. Mr. Schroeder was born during the early stages of the great depression in Cincinnati, Ohio, to devout Roman Catholic parents, Clifford and Agnes (Mally) Schroeder. He was educated in Parochial elementary school and St. Xavier High School. Higher education was obtained at Xavier University, Cincinnati. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his military service he entered the business world as an advertising writer and rose over the years to marketing directorships in major corporations. He was the holder of two construction tool patents; the author of five books; the founder of Creation Science Seminars of Georgia, and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Statham, Georgia. ETC.

 John Schroeder the writer: 

 

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

 

Yes. I was blessed to convert from Roman Catholicism to apostolic Christianity and in time became burdened for the souls of those still laboring for eternal life in that religion. I began to study the religion in depth, comparing its teachings with those of the holy Bible. Soon I was writing down  the various contradictory findings I had uncovered, and before long these writings began to form themselves into separate subjects and later into individual chapters. One day I realized I was actually writing a book, and that book turned out to be “Heresies of Catholicism…The Apostate Church, published by iUniverse in 2003.


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

I am working on several manuscripts as the Lord moves me. One is an inspirational work for Christians who feel more and more isolated in a world sinking deeper and deeper into sin. It’s title will be “Elijah’s Cloud.” Another I am working on is an in depth look at where the one true Church founded by Jesus can be found in our era. It will be entitled, “Resolving At Long Last The Historic One-True-Church Controversy.”  I have already completed a book entitled “The Astonishing Question of Pope Paul VI” and am looking for a publisher.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

 

For anything that I write to be relevant and God-honoring; easy to read without pandering to our nation’s slide backwards into semi-illiteracy.

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

Yes. Up at seven. Walk the dog. Coffee and the morning papers. Turn on the computer and…..research, research, research. And then….more research. Copious notes; tons of references. Finally, write two paragraphs or possibly three on a really productive day.

13.  Why do you write? 

To inform. To entertain. To influence for good. To spread the good news that Jesus died to give us life.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why? 

The Apostle Paul. I feel when I read him that he’s speaking directly to me out of a sincere concern for my well being.

15.  How do you define your writing? 

Better than when I began but far short of where I hope it one day will be.

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

We need more writing like his today.”  

John Schroeder the details: 

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

 

The Favorite Authors page of Living Waters Publishing.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?  Email to jschro265@aol.com

 

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

 In order of publication…

1.”Heresies of Catholicism…The Apostate Church” (iUniverse 2003 ISBN 0-595-65682-X)…

2. “About The Religion of Senators Kennedy and Kerry.” (Trafford, 2004 ISBN1-4120-3522-8)…

3. “Darwinism: Sorcery In The Classroom.” (Wheatmark 2005 ISBN 1-58736-531-6)…and

4. “Why Monkeys Are Monkeys and People Are People The Case Against Dawkins, Hitchens, and Hawking.” (Living Waters Publishing 2008)

 

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

 

1. To be entertained. 2. To be informed. 3. To be exposed to some new thoughts and ideas. 

 

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 am genuinely concerned for the eternal destiny of my readers. I want to meet every one of them walking the golden boulevards of the New Jerusalem.


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Saturday, 12 January 2008
Getting to Know Teri Brown
Topic: Author Interview
Teri Brown the person:

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

Tenacious, ambitious, thoughtful

 2.  How do you think others would describe you?

There's probably a big difference between how they would describe me and how I think they would describe me! Hopefully, they would describe me as someone who is very real and honest. Someone who doesn't pretend to be someone they are not.

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

Oh geeze, this is a tough one. I guess first and foremost would be reading. I always say that I choose to be the best mother I can, the best writer I can and the best citizen of planet earth that I can, but I have no choice about being a reader. I feel strange if I'm not involved in reading a book.

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

I have five cats and two dogs. Groner, Little Bear, Snaps, Gabish, and Julia are our cats and Penny is our little Pomeranian cross. The dog of my life is my wiener cross, Scrappy Doo. The love he has for me is awe-inspiring and I am so grateful to have him in my life.

 5.  What is your most precious memory?

There are too many to count. Mostly having to do with my children or husband. And it's little things, like the smell of my daughter's hair when she was three or the way my son's legs and back felt when I would rub his back and legs to help him fall asleep when he was a baby.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Probably when we were being checked for scoliosis when I was in seventh grade. We had to change into our gym clothes and the girls couldn't wear their bras. For some odd unknown reason I left my bra dangling down around my waist. I just completely forgot to take it off. I didn't notice till a girl grabbed it and screamed, "What is this? It was a total Judy Bloom moment.

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

I have no idea. None.

 8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Teri Brown turned to writing in a desperate attempt to keep from having to get a paying job at her local McDonalds. Fortunately, she was successful and was not only a contributing editor for iParenting Media, but also the author of two nonfiction books. Her magazine credits included Writer's Digest, Women's Health and Fitness, Dog Fancy, and Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.  Her book, Read My Lips (Simon Pulse), stars a deaf girl who uses her amazing lip-reading ability to infiltrate the popular crowd, take down a secret sorority and tame the school rebel.

Teri also felt it was important to give back to society and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, The Redmond Humane Society, her local library and various political causes.

Teri lived with her husband and children in a dilapidated 1969 ranch style house in Portland, Oregon

Teri Brown the writer:

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

I hate to tie writing to money, but there it is. The moment I got my first check. It was 25 dollars for a homeschooling newsletter. And no, I didn't keep it. I went and cashed that sucker and took myself out to lunch!

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

I still want to keep my hand in non-fiction, but am currently very busy with my fiction.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I hope to be writing in several different genres... Young adult, of course, but also Middle grade and romance.

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

Is there such a thing as a typical writing day? It all depends on if I have interviews for my nonfiction or edits on my fiction and what my deadlines are. But once my teens are at school and my husband at work, I try to get my fiction done first and then my nonfiction. And then of course, there is promotion to consider, as well. It's all a part of the writing life.

13.  Why do you write?

I write because it is a part of who I am. Because it is the coolest job in the world. Because I have stories in my head.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

No answer

15.  How do you define your writing?

Hmm. Good question. Sometimes I think its horrid. Other times, I'm very pleased with it. My writing is warm and un-pretentious. It's written for real people from all walks of life.

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

That she kept improving with every book she wrote!

Teri Brown  the details:

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

http://www.teribrownwrites.com/    http://tjbrown.blogspot.com/

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

teribrownwrites@hotmail.com

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

My book comes out on June 3rd 2008.

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

Hopefully enjoyment. I am telling a story and want people to leave their stress and worry behind them and just be entertained.

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?

Read My Lips by Teri Brown

Popularity is as easy as a good secret.

Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school.  But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria.  So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back. 

From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost.  She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet.  But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique. 

With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more.  Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop....

 

 


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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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