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Monday, 21 January 2008
Getting to Know Annette Snyder
Topic: Author Interview
Annette Snyder the person

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

Loyal, Supportive, Colorful

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Loyal, Supportive, Extremely Colorful

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

I find being a good person in a world that sometimes seems a little off edge is the best thing any person can accomplish.

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

I have a thirteen-year-old Weimaraner named Ginger.  She's got a beautiful brown coat (because she's mixed with a Chesapeake) and dark eyes.  She smiles when she sees me.  I also have a five-year-old mix between a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian named Snack, who, incidentally, also smiles when she sees me even though I find her personality a little harsh. And the neighbors Chihuahua, Teddy, squeezed through the gate last week and knocked her up. Anyone want a free puppy?

5.  What is your most precious memory?

There's so many, to pick one is impossible but, when I was very small, my grandfather would hoist me up in the air and tell me to hold out my arms.  He'd announce that I was his angel.  I was lucky enough to have him around until I was twelve.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

There's so many, to pick just one is impossible!  I got a speeding ticket the other day on my way to take someone to the airport.  I had the day off from work and, while the cop had me stopped on the side of the road, my boss drove by.  The next day at work there were signs posted everywhere about me being a jailbird and where they were collecting bail money.

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

Laundry and dishes-maybe dusting.
 

8.      In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

I'm going to skip this question for personal reasons.  I will say that I want a giant beer party.  I want people to join together and remember the good things I did and the people I helped and loved.  Cry if you want, but don't cry forever.  It wastes precious laughing time.

Annette Snyder the writer:

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

When I woke up with an idea in my head about a story, wrote it down and it worked.  It surprised me that I could actually write an entire book. Then I wrote fifteen more and I knew.

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

I've got publishers looking at two manuscripts, one book coming out in May, one just released last December and I'm writing an interesting novel where a woman's married lover is killed in a car accident and later she falls in love with a man whose wife was having an affair and was killed in a car accident.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I'd like to be able to devote more attention to writing than I do.  My goal, and I rarely make goals, is to have more name recognition for my writing self by 2015.  That's ten years after the release of my first novel.

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

I get up at five in the morning and write for three hours before I go to work.  After work, I answer email and do my writing business.  On weekends, when I'm home cleaning and such, I try and write at least four hours a day.

13.  Why do you write?

I write to keep the bizarre dreams I usually have down to a minimum.  I mean, I dream of weird aliens that resemble Donald Duck and giant lizards terrorizing French restaurants-that sort of bizarre.  When I write, I sleep better.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

I love the way some authors write with the unexpected twists fit into the story but at the end of the novel, the whole premise of the plot changes.  Margaret Mitchell is my favorite author but I don't so much like the sequels to Gone with the Wind.  They just aren't the same.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Romantically comedic and adventurously real

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

Annette Snyder's timeless writing captures the heart of the nation with its realistic portrayal of midwestern life in small towns.

Annette Snyder the details:

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

http://annettesnyder.atspace.com/   http://www.growne.com/  http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/  http://www.westernauthors.com/  http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/writers.htm

http://www.sewardchapters.com/

Plus google, mobi, fictionwise and affiliates, amazon and a lot more.

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

I have a contact link at my website http://annettesndyer.atspace.com/ I also share a myspace with my firefighter hubby.  Just search the myspace accounts for ‘firefighter al' and I'll pop up.  My publisher Whiskey Creek Press also maintains a myspace page.

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

Sally Murphy, Liberty Road, Travis Pass, Rock Creek, Whiskey Shots Volume 1, Albert's Rain, Arpetta Honor-releasing May 2008

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

These published novels are historical/adventure/romance based at the turn of the century and during the Civil War periods. 

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 was fortunate to be born third generation American to immigrants who migrated to America from Czechoslovakia, Germany and France while they were very young. They started their families when they were fifteen and sixteen and, when I was young, my great grandparents were really old, but still of sound mind.  I sat for hours and listened to their stories of migration and growing up.  Visions of harsh blizzards and damaging locust swarms were probably terrible while they occurred, but I found the accounts to be fascinating.  I pictured my relatives conquering vast open plains on wagons towed by mismatched horses.  I sat enthralled when they told me stories of meeting Indians and how they traded for necessities. 

I paid attention to descriptions of staking shelter inside dark caves and caring for sick children--stories of survival in times when medicines, doctors and neighbors were miles away. 

While I listened to these ancient people recount their lives, I wondered how on earth anyone could survive during times when grocery stores were non-existent and maps only transpired between passersby and involved landmarks like rocks, trees and creek beds.  I wasn't sure why but I had a feeling, someday, all the information I learned would be useful and I needed to pay attention. 

Years later, my dearest friend told me the story of how her ancestors migrated to the Dakota's and I got the idea for Travis Pass, the first in my historical series.  Not true stories, by any means, but they contain elements of truth from rich history reports I listened to as a child. 

Readers tell me my characters are so well developed that they can't help but be caught up in my stories and they envision the struggles faced and the accomplishments gained. 


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Sunday, 20 January 2008
Getting to Know Greg Babic
Topic: Author Interview

Don't forget to check out Greg's very special gift at the end of his interview!!

Greg Babic (Gregory Victor Babic), the person:

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

Caring, thoughtful, and honest.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Loving, intelligent, and loyal.

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

Family, lifelong learning, teaching, mentoring, reading, going to the movies, studying the geodesic dome form, creating hand-made games and puzzles, and being a good friend.

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

"Princess Mischka B. Babic" is our beautiful, yellow, pure-bred Labrador puppy, who only came into our lives just over a year ago and who has already become an irreplacable member of the family. Mischka demands nothing but love and affection, and gives it back one-hundred-fold (no lie). I can honestly say that she has totally changed my life in the last twelve months!

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Christmas 1975: when I was 12 years old and got a Remington portable manual typewriter (a keyboard that prints, for those of you too young to remember "typewriters"), including a snazzy little leather zip-up cover. I thought it was the best present I ever received (and still do). Mind you, Joyce, Mum and Dad did not make it easy for me to guess what I was getting that day, believe me - because they put it at the bottom of an empty refrigerator box, which they then filled with crumpled up newspapers, so that, as I desperately pulled out balled-up-paper after balled-up-paper, I had no idea at all what I was going to find at the bottom of the box. All I remember is that, when I finally pulled out the zippered object and opened it, I cried with all my heart - because it was exactly what I had wanted. Sadly, though, I no longer have that (or any) typewriter; but it doesn't matter, because I will never, ever forget the day I got it - and how much it meant to me!

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Telling my future sister-in-law, on her Wedding Day (when she was going to marry my oldest brother), that she "scrubbed up all right" (an endearing Australian expression, isn't it?). Sadly, she later divorced my brother - although I have been assured that my tactlessness played no part!

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

Teaching and Learning - Always.

8.   In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Loving husband (hopefully one day), father (hopefully one day), son, brother, uncle, and, most of all, friend (to many); Greg will be remembered always for his compassion, helpfulness, and thoughtfulness. Although sadly missed, his books will always remind us of him.

Greg Babic (Gregory Victor Babic), the writer:

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

This would have been when I won the "University of Sydney Union Literary Competition - Prose Section" in my first year at university (1982). Although I had been writing by that time for nearly a decade, it was the first time that I had received external validation. I did not complete my second year of university until much later (1988), however - but I felt validated again when I won the "Henry Lawson Prize for Prose" (administered by the University of Sydney) that time around.

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

I'm not sure where to start Joyce... I have only just received an email (January 15, 2008) from Amazon.com advising me that my young adult novel, "The Profile", has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (I would be delighted if readers would download, read, and then review the excerpt here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011G9XZ0) - and I am definitely extremely excited about that (especially as this will be my first published work of fiction, after three non-fiction books). Also, my third book, "Words to Inspire Writers" (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0980372208), has just been published (January 1, 2008) by F. C. Sach & Sons, Publishers (an extensive sampler can be downloaded from here: http://fcsachandsonspublishers.com/sampler/), so that is something else to be thankful for. Finally, I am compiling my short stories into a collection that will hopefully be published later in the year. All in all, I would say that 2008 is turning into the best year ever for my writing!

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

Specific goals would obviously include seeing my young adult novel, "The Profile", published soon, as well as my first Short Story collection - and then working on increasing my online presence as a Writer. Whatever direction I take, however, I just know that Writing is always going to be a part of my life.

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

I do not have typical writing days, per se: I tend to write when the spirit moves me (so to speak). I might find myself chained to the keyboard for hours (and sometimes days) when I am consumed by a story, or an article, or a chapter, or whatever; but then I experience days, even weeks, when I cannot write at all. "Words to Inspire Writers" (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0980372208) grew out of an attempt to beat my own Writer's Block and I hope it will be just as helpful (and motivating) for other writers caught in a black hole.

13.  Why do you write?

I write because my imagination forces me to: it seeks an outlet. Words, therefore, become an expression of my wide-ranging thoughts and often intense feelings.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

You know, Joyce, this is a really hard question to answer. I love to read. I read voraciously and across all genres (in both fiction and non-fiction). And my tastes definitely change over time and depending upon my circumstances. I grew up devouring science fiction (the old masters, like Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Simak, etc.), moved to fantasy (Tolkien, Lewis, Norton, and others), but then switched to horror (King, Koontz, Rice, Barker, Straub, to start with), where I dwelled for many years. I discovered non-fiction when completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, and later my Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education, and will today try basically anything non-fiction that catches my eye (lately this has included Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and John Grogan, as a sampling from my shelves show). Today I have so many contemporary (fiction) writers that I admire (like Gene Brewer, Jeremy Robinson, Tess Gerritsen, Jonathan Kellerman, James Patterson, Stephen Hunter, Robert B Parker, Michael Crichton, Elmore Leonard, David Morrell, Douglas Preston, Dean R Koontz, Donald E Westlake, Lincoln Child, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Thomas Harris, Steve Alten, and John Sandford - to name only some of them[?]), and, in a totally different vein, classic authors too (like James A Michener, Louis L'Amour, and Ayn Rand, to name just an eclectic few), but the one person writing today I probably most admire, and relate to, is the young Australian thriller writer, Matthew Reilly (and, especially, his Shane Schofield character, the "Scarecrow"). Matthew writes like no one I have ever read before; his prose positively sparkling with energy and pace. I have never devoured pages as quickly as I have when reading his books (and I read them many, many times too!). Each story is so cinematic, it awaits only the transfer to film (that I feel certain will come one day). I also admire the chutzpah Matthew showed in self-publishing his first novel, and then hawking it through Sydney booksellers - where it was noticed and picked up for republishing by a traditional publisher. Well done, Matthew. And, believe it or not, he seems to really know the universal struggle writers face better than many other writers I have read, as he exhorts, in each of his books, "To anyone who knows a writer, never underestimate the power of your encouragement..." I will automatically buy any one of his novels as they come out, because I think he is such an enjoyable read! But again, Joyce, please remember what I said: I just love to read, and will generally give any writer recommended to me a chance (regardless of genre).

15.  How do you define your writing?

Eclectic, in a word. My first three books have all been non-fiction, but my lifelong passion has been to create narratives (whether in novel, screenplay, or short story form), and I still hope to bring many of these unpublished works to market one day.

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

Greg Babic was someone who tried to make a difference through his writing - teaching and entertaining always.

Greg Babic (Gregory Victor Babic), the details:

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

My website can be found at http://gregbabic.com/ and it does include an occasional blog post, but blogging is totally new to me and the posts to date are few and far between (something I do hope to work on in the future).

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

The best way to contact me directly is via http://gregbabic.com/contact/ (where you will find my email address in graphic form - to foil the spam spiders crawling the Net!).

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

My first book came about when I was teaching in greater metropolitan Sydney high schools. Convinced that students of all ages could achieve whatever they set their minds to, with the right guidance and encouragement, I wrote Study Success Know-How: A 1,001-Point Action Checklist Designed To Help You Take Control Of Your Learning And Maximise Your Achievement Potential - Immediately! (2nd Edition currently available from Five Senses Education, ISBN 1-876932-19-8). My second book, Film Study Terms: A glossary of key concepts related to the study of Film, followed (also from Five Senses Education, ISBN 1-876932-97-X), allowing any student of Film to better understand the language of Film Study. My third book, a brand new motivational compilation for Writers (1,100 Quotations from over 300 Authors!), titled Words to Inspire Writers: A perpetual Calendar of classic Writing-related Quotations - on Writers, Writing, Words, Books, Literature, and Publishing - specifically selected to illustrate the Writing Process and to motivate Authors every day (ISBN 978-0-980372-20-5), has just been published by F. C. Sach & Sons, Publishers (http://fcsachandsonspublishers.com/) and is now available for purchase from Amazon.com(http://www.amazon.com/dp/0980372208), other online booksellers, or through bookstores everywhere (via Ingram Book Group).

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

My three published works - all non-fiction - provide readers with answers to specific problems (as in, for instance, how to study successfully, how to understand the language of Film Study, and how writers can motivate themselves every day and, hopefully, overcome Writer's Block as a result). My fiction - as it comes to market in the future - will showcase my diverse interests, my caring nature, and my passionate devotion to telling a good story (whatever the genre).

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?

Now you've truly stumped me, Joyce. What do I want people to know about me and my writing? How about, "That my writing is genuine - it comes from my heart and soul - and it generally has something special and unique to say." The most important message I would like to share with any other writer in the world (of any age, in any culture, writing in any language), by way of encouragement and support, is that "Your Message Matters (whatever it might be) - to Someone, Somewhere." Everything you write has value (in one form or another)! To help spread that message, Joyce, I would be absolutely delighted to send a pdf copy of a wonderfully whimsical fable I wrote, called "The Novelist and the Nightingale", to any of your readers who emails me with "Joyce Anthony Special Offer" in the Subject line. It's a little tale I am quite proud of (which will be included in my upcoming short story collection) and your readers will be the first to read it anywhere in the World (I promise that it will not appear anywhere else before it ends up in the printed compilation)!

Just before I finish up Joyce, may I please take this opportunity to say how much I have truly enjoyed being interviewed for your website. The experience has been enlightening and helpful. It has allowed me to think carefully about myself - as a writer - and also about my readers (where-ever they might be). Thank you also for letting me spread the news about my books with your loyal readers. To me, there is nothing more generous that a writer can do to help another writer! Again, thank you.


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Saturday, 19 January 2008
Getting to Know Kam Ruble
 Kam Ruble the person:

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

Compassionate

Dependable

Honest

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Others would describe me as generous to a fault. When I am aware of someone in need, I will do my best to help them - even if I have to do without. Many have told me they did not like me upon first meeting as they thought I was haughty. When in reality it is my inferiority-complex that gives that terrible first impression about me. Once people get to know me, they realize how very personable I am.

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

Outside of writing, I would have to say my next passion is singing. I believe the art of selling a song has made me a better writer. Like writing, being a stage performer is very addictive. Once it gets in your blood, it is difficult to ignore.

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

I don't know if I have pets or they have me. With both a Maltese dog and a Siamese cat in our household, they rule the roost. My Maltese, Gunny, will be nine on January 31. He's a loveable little fella whom I've raised since he was six weeks old. Moka joined our family at age six months; he will be four this year. For those who don't know, Maltese have white fur. Not dog hair. They are not supposed to shed, but my dark clothes would disagree. Moka, a Lilac Point Tiger, isn't quite so loveable. He enjoys being pet on his terms. The guys don't fight, but Moka loves to tease Gunny. Both are inside animals, both are spoiled rotten, and neither will go to bed unless they can snuggle up to me on my waterbed.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

It is impossible for me to say I have only one precious memory. Why? Because I have three daughters. My precious memories stem from the first times I held each one of my newborns in my arms.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Throughout my lifetime, I have had many embarrassing moments. The first one that comes to mind was when I was modeling. I was walking the catwalk in a gorgeous, black lace, designer dress when a heel broke off my 3-inch heels, sending me tumbling to the floor. The worse part was the way I landed, dress hiked almost to my waist and not wearing any undergarments. And, 99% of the audience were men who were there shopping for their sweetheart's Valentine's gift.

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

I would probably go back to school to further my education and become a pre-marriage counselor if I wasn't writing. Too many people rush into marriage without fully understanding the commitment. I know, I have been one of them. And, unfortunately, few seek marriage counseling when problems start. Although I think marriage counseling is wonderful, I also believe couples should go through pre-marital counseling to help ward off many problems before the vows have been taken.

8.      In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Kam, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend.

Kam Ruble the writer:

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

I realized I had finally arrived as an author the day I signed my first book contract. Even though my husband's name was shown as author on the final published work, it was my work and my name on the contract.

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

Presently, I am in the process of writing "Black Iris: Have No Mercy V". Also, I am working with my publisher, Kathleen Walls (Global Authors Publications), and illustrator, T.C. McMullen (Star Publish) in completing "Princess Annado Tandy's Versery-Rhymes Book Two. Hopefully, both books will be released in fall of 2008.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

After the release of the two books I am presently working on, Book Three of ‘Annado' will be my priority for 2009. Other than that, I will leave my writing up to the story characters in my head. If they need to be heard from, another book or books will be written.

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

Since I am retired, I have no set time for writing. My best hours, however, are from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the next morning. No TV. No phone calls. No interruptions. After booting my computer, I start playing background music. I can spend from 1 hour to 14 hours at my computer, writing. When I do, I have 3 windows open: document of the manuscript I am working on; document of the characters, their descriptions, and roles in the storyline; and, solitaire. When I draw a blank, or need to think about how to express what's in my mind to words on paper, I play solitaire. Concentrating on the game gives me a whole new perspective when I go back to writing. If I sit writing for long periods of time, I am constantly exercising so my body doesn't stiffen up on me. And, on the days I spend long hours writing, I start off with a cup of chocolate latte'. Then have nothing more for the rest of the day until I eat dinner. When I write during the nighttime hours, generally a can of Pepsi will sustain me until my morning latte'. I believe a healthy body and a healthy mind go together as a hand and glove.

13,  Why do you write?

I write because of several reasons. Writing is fun. Writing keeps my mind active. I love to tell stories that people enjoy reading. And, once I started writing, an abundance of characters moved into the creative cells of my brain. Many of them won't let me rest until I tell their story.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Sadly, I don't read. I was always afraid someone would say I copied another author's work or style. The other reason I don't read is dealing with dyslexia.

15.  How do you define your writing?

For my mysteries, I would define my writing as easy to read, intriguing, and enough twists to keep the reader interested. In my children's books, I would define my writing as colorful and fun reading.

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

In her time, Kam was a great story teller.

Kam Ruble the details:

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

One can read more about my books and me at http://www.blueleafpub.com/kamruble ;

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/105-8360030-1988449?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kam+Ruble&x=10&y=28  ; and,

http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/KamRubleeBooks.htm

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

I love hearing from my readers. They can reach me by email at: kam_ruble@yahoo.com.

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

PAPERBACKS:

a.  Have No Mercy   (listed as Bobby Ruble, author - for which I was the ghost writer). This book is only available by: 1) Purchasing a new copy direct through me; or, 2) Purchasing a used copy from bookstores.

b.  Black Rosebud: Have No Mercy II

c.  Black Lily: Have No Mercy III

d.  Black Tulip: Have No Mercy IV

e.  Stitchers and Bitchers

f.  Princess Annado Tandy's Versery-Rhymes

EBOOKS

a.  The Dawg Who Saved Christmas

b.  Dawg Eyes: Still Top Dog

c.  Dawg Catches Rat

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

New readers can expect to be entertained when they read my books.

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?

The only times I find it necessary to do research for my books is when I want to make sure I get details correct when it comes to law enforcement procedures. Other than that, the storyline for my books come from dreams I have had, or something in my head (like a character) that triggers a story just begging to be written. I enjoy putting twists and turns in my mysteries to keep the reader guessing. As for my children's books, I enjoy telling a story especially if it is based on a learning curve. And, I write my children's books so all ages (1 to 101) will enjoy reading them and get attached to my adorable characters.


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Friday, 18 January 2008
Getting to Know Annette Gisby

Annette Gisby the person:

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

Shy, anxious, kind.

2. How do you think others would describe you?

I really have no idea how I seem to other people! I'm quite shy in real life as opposed to writing, so that probably comes across.

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

Reading and spending time with my husband, John.

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

None at all, unless you count the collection of over on hundred cuddly toys, mostly penguins and bunny rabbits with the odd teddy bear thrown in for good measure.

5. What is your most precious memory?

The day John proposed to me while we were on holiday in Portugal. It was my twentieth birthday and he gave me a porcelain bridgroom doll in a top hat and tails which was holding a little bag with a piece of paper in it. Inside was a poem, with the last line to be spoken out loud, which John did on bended knee, "Will you marry me?". It was very romantic. I still get a soppy smile on my face when I think about it!


6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Always getting picked last for sports teams at school. I was hopeless at sports, I'm not athletic at all.


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

Probably running a bookshop or a travel agency.

 
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

The library and the book shops will miss her dearly.

Annette Gisby the writer:

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

When I'd finished my first novel and typed the words "The End" on it. Even if I never got it published, I'd written a book and for me that was quite an achievement.


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

I haven't been very well health wise lately so my novel writing has fallen by the wayside a little, but I'm keeping in practice by writing fanfic. It's mostly Harry Potter fanfic these days, but I have also written X-Files and Lord of the Rings as well. I did the National Novel Writing month in November, which was quite a struggle, but I did manage to get past the 50,000 word count. Of course, that one is nowhere near ready for publication yet! It's a fantasy novel called The Chosen which I do hope to get published some time later this year. I'm also working on another suspense novel called "Shutterspeed", again with my health not being the best, my original muse has not been working well these days.


11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I would love to be able to earn enough so that John could give up his job so he could write full time. Then we could both live wherever we wanted. That place would probably be New Zealand.

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

I normally wake up, check my emails and things like that. Then I have breakfast before starting any writing. I seem to write better when I'm not hungry, LOL! I write a bit of fanfic in the mornings for an hour or so, then switch to some original stuff. Some days I will be researching things either for my fanfic stories, original novels or for my newsletter, which I try to put out every month but sometimes it doesn't work out like that!

I do the housework and cooking in the afternoons, then a bit more writing and surfing before John gets home and we have dinner together. John normally uses the computer at night, but he got me a mini-laptop, so we can both write at the same time now!



13. Why do you write?

Because if I didn't I'd go mad! There are all these stories and characters in my head that just don't go away until I've written them down.


14. What writer most inspires you?  Why?

There are a few, not just one. They would be Stephen King who writes great stories without lots of flowery language, Sheri. S. Tepper, who writes wonderful SF stories which don't get too bogged down in lots of technical detail at the expense of the story. Barbara Wood who always has strong heroines, Lyn Flewlling whose work inspired me to try my hand at writing fantasy.


15. How do you define your writing?

It tells a story. I tend to write quite fast moving stories, you won't find a lot of extraneous description in my books, LOL! I think of myself as a storyteller first and foremost.

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

That was a brilliant story.


Annette Gisby the details:

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

My main website is http://www.annettegisby.n3.net
For fanfic (under the pen name Eriador117) http://www.hpfandom.net/eff/viewuser.php?uid=898
My newsletter blog: http://community.livejournal.com/roseshadows/

My fanfic is more explicit than my books, and most of it contains slash relationships, male/male usually.

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

They can email me at annette.gisby@which.net

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

Silent Screams (novel)
Shadows of the Rose (short story and novella collection)
Drowning Rapunzel (novel)
New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer written with John Gisby (humour/travel)


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

I hope they'll find an interesting story with sympathetic characters. There's usually a bit of romance as well, but I don't think they fall into any one particular genre. I read lots of different genres, so I tend to write them as well! Or even combine a few :)

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?

When not writing or reading, I can be found playing The Sims2 on my computer, which can be quite an addictive wee game. It's almost like playing virtual doll houses. I sometimes try creating characters from my books in the Sims to see how they might look as an illustration. Despite being female, I'm also quite a fan of gadgets and I play RPG (role playing games) on Playstation2. It took me about 140 hours to finally fnish Dragon Quest and I'm still working on Final Fantasy XII along with Suikoden V. I'll be quite some time I think! Supposedly, you're meant to like them more if you're male. I play them a lot more than John does!

I like to travel to different places, even though I get very travel sick. I've even been sick on a bicycle! I find different places help spark imagination, especially walking along deserted beaches or in woods. I love the sea, but not being in a boat on the sea.

We went twice to New Zealand on holiday and loved it so much we'd really like to live there.

And if any readers would like to try a bit of my work before deciding if my style is right for them, I've got a free ebook sampler (PDF) here:
http://www.lulu.com/content/20706


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Thursday, 17 January 2008
Getting to Know Alan Toback
Topic: Author Interview

Alan Tobak the person:

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

A. Caring .
B. Loving .
C. Intelligent
.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

I think people would describe me as a sensitive, warm person
that makes people smile.


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

My wife, of course . She has made my life worth living,  has
gotten me out of serious depression, and allows me to love her
and writing.


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

Not yet .


5.  What is your most precious memory?

When I first met my wife, Mary, online, she had a way of
capturing my interest that intrigued me. I just had to find out
about her.



6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I feel down the steps of wedding platform while trying to
break the wedding cup.  (Don't ask).

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

 Having depression from divorce, and a handicapped son, I
probably would not be alive.



Alan Toback the writer:

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

When the world around me became a story line no matter where I
was at the time. I now see life around me, blossoming into
stories, poetry and amazement.

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

I am writing poetry and trying to finish a very long short story
I started 3 yrs. Ago.


10. What are your future goals for your writing?

To keep on writing till I no longer can think.

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

My life is anything but typical . I am disabled having a stroke
in '77, heart blockage now and various other serious illnesses.
But when the muse hits, I take advantage of it as quickly as
possible. I do have a problem with 'pushing myself' to write,
but this New Year promised myself to do better.

12. Why do you write?

That's like asking; Why do you love? . I write because it wants
to be read. My mind never sleeps or slows down. That's why it's
had to sleep at night
.

13. What writer most inspires you?  Why?

A.  Shakespeare .B.    He was so prolific in so many genre's,
poetry, short stores ,etc.


14. How do you define your writing?

It has a little of myself in it, passion . interest . mystery.
My poetry is inspired by my wife and new religious aspect of my
life.

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

He was inspired late in life, but his maturity had a youthful
edge to it. He wrote poetry in Free Verse because it was his
mind's view of life. He wrote because it gave him pleasure to
give others pleasure.


Alan Toback the details:

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

Just Google . alan m. toback

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

Museitup club

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

"Before the last teardrop falls ", "The Muse On Writing"

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

Poetry . with a heart.

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 have been married twice (counting present one) and in each one
have learned that life is what you put into it, not what you
take away. I have searched each day for true love, yet found
that my heart had it all the time. Mary saw this and pulled it
out for us to share.

She has helped me in my writing, being my editor and
encouragement. I left high school @ age 16, yet recently took
college classes in creative writing, getting awards from
college. Mary helps me with my grammar and proofreads some, yet
holds down a full time employment.


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Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Getting to Know Sheila Crosby
Topic: Author Interview
Sheila Crosby the person

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

Kind, opinionated and disorganised.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

My best friend describes me as a saint, but I know better.  And recently someone I thought was a friend made it obvious that she sees me as a complete idiot.  So I guess they all have different opinions.

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

My family, and keeping the planet habitable for my son.  C'mon guys.  It really wouldn't kill you to turn stuff off when you're not using it.

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

We have two black cats, called Inky and Bib.  For some mysterious feline reason, Inky follows me around and Bib follows my husband. 

5.  What is your most precious memory? 

My son's birth of course.  But my first fiction sale runs it pretty close. 

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory? 

I'm not going to tell you because it's far too embarassing!


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

Getting very frustrated.

8.  In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

She spent the first forty-five years of her life flitting between projects like a butterfly.  Then she pulled her finger out and started writing a book a year for the rest of her life.  And the quality just kept getting better and better.

Sheila Crosby the writer:

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

When I got my first acceptance for a paying market. I got the email at work, so I went into the ladies so I could jump up and down in private.


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

I'm writing my first novel, a whodunnit set in the astronomical observatory in the Canary Islands where I used to work.  It would probably go faster if I could give up short stories, but every now and then one sort of bursts out.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

To earn enough money to give up other paid work and employ a cleaner, so I can WRITE.

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

I drop my son off at school at 8:30 a.m. then come home and do about an hour's housework, before I sit down at the computer.  I read my email, and start work at about 10 a.m.  Around 11:30 I have a break from writing to do a bit more housework.  I usually produce my daily word quota before I have to pick my son up from school at 1:30 p.m, but I frequently go back to the computer in the afternoon to do a bit more, or to submit a short story.  The rest of the day seems to vanish, mostly on stuff like cooking and cleaning.

13.  Why do you write? 

I have two main reasons.  The noble one is that I want to be a weapon of mass construction, by making people wiser and/or happier.  The less nobel one is  to make people miss their stop on the train and burn their dinner.  I think at some level I'm just writing "Sheila woz here" on the toilet wall of life.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why? 

Terry Pratchett.  I started reading him for the humour, which I still love.  But now I love the profound observation of human nature even more.  Like the people charging into battle yelling, "Remember the atrocity committed four hundred years ago which justifies the atrocity we're going to commit today!"  You look at the Middle East or the Balkans, and you see it's so true that it makes your toes curl. I also love Ursula LeGuin.  Both the discword and Earthsea feel like places I've been on holiday.  I'd love to be able to do that.

15.  How do you define your writing? 

Quirky.

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

" I like Sheila's stories so much that I'm saving a few of them for when I'm going through a rough patch."

Sheila Crosby the details:

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

My main website is http://sheilacrosby.com,

and my blog is http://sheilacrosby.blogspot.com

Please visit!

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

Via my website.

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

I've sold lots of short stories, but no books yet.  You can see a full bibliography at http://sheilacrosby.com/publications.php

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

Funny little black marks on dead trees.  Quirky entertainment with plenty of surprises and hopefully a few belly laughs.

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 British, but I live on a small Spanish island off the coast of Morocco.  I originally came here to work at the astronomical observatory at the top of the mountain here, so I know the setting of my whodunnit really well.  That job lasted 11 years before I was downsized, by which time I'd aquired a local husband and a son.  I taught English for a while, but when my Dad died, I could afford to stop.  Since my son needed more attention and my novel was going nowhere, I did stop.  I've never been happier, even if I am doing my own cleaning again.

 

 

 


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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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