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Friday, 5 December 2008
Getting to Know Carol Jones
Topic: Author Interview
 Carol Jones the person:

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

Compassionate, liberal, sometimes stubborn

2.   How do you think others would describe you?

Passionate and empathetic

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

Singing. Before I started writing, I felt I could get a song out of every aspect of my life.

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

We have a pit bull named Leah. When our cat Whisperer died, I was too heartbroken to get another one to replace her.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

When I was growing up, every Christmas Eve when our parents were out doing last minute shopping, my siblings and I would put on a play called Baby Jesus in a Manager. The girls would dress up as shepherds, the boys would pretend they were sheep, and we used a doll for baby Jesus. The sheep would give us a hard time and weren't always easy to keep in line.  After the play, we would stand around the tree and sing Xmas carols.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Well here goes, One day I went to the grocery store to pick up a few items. Shortly after I walked out of the store holding my grocery bag, I lost my footing and proceeded to fall on my knees. Groceries went everywhere. My milk spilled, eggs cracked and fruit was rolling all over the parking lot. People stopped and helped me up and the manager came out and took me inside and wrote up an accident report. My knees were bleeding and I had a few other scratches, but mainly my pride was hurting from embarrassment. My family and I speculated it was the sandals I was wearing that caused the fall. My sister was later appalled when I decided to wear my sandals again-out in public.


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

Singing and in pursuit of my real purpose in life.

8.   In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

TIME, TIME... "For Everything there is a time...To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... Ecclesiastes 3:1 A TIME TO BE BORN...Carol Denise Dockery Jones was born on February 22, 1957 to Mina and Jimmy Dockery in Hernando, Ms... A TIME TO PLANT...She began a love relationship with Jesus Christ at an early age and continued that relationship until her death... A TIME TO LOVE...She demonstrated her love to family, friends and to all people wherever she went....A TIME TO WORK...She was a servant, faithful Christian, a writer, and the founder of YMCC-Young Men Coming to Christ-an organization that provided housing and education to young men who were wayward and needed God and direction in their lives...A TIME TO DIE... She departed this life to enter into eternal rest with the Savior...A TIME TO MOURN...She leaves to mourn her passing her family and all who knew and loved her.

Carol Jones the writer:

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

When my theology teacher had me to stand up in class after reading the first page of my manuscript "Dare to Dream." God then later confirmed in my spirit, I should always be prepared to write-because I am a writer.


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

My book Dare to Dream is in publishing and will be in the stores this month. It is now in pre-sales at Living Waters Publishing Company.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I am working on my son's testimonial book. He was shot and killed in March, 2007. It is painful, but I know what God has ordained, He will maintain so there is no doubt  I will finish it. There are other books to come as well.

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

This may sound a little funny, but I wrote most of Dare to Dream in the public library. Sometimes I go to the library in the morning when it is quiet and sit at the computer and begin to type. Usually I'll stay there most of the morning. Sometimes I write at home when all is quiet and that's mainly late at night.


13.  Why do you write?

I didn't choose to be a writer-God chose me to be a writer. I know this is one of my calling to get the message of  hope through the Gospel out to all people. I have discovered when I write with the anointing-there is purpose in my writing. When I write out of emotions-that's just me letting off steam.


14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

I am inspired by many writers, mainly one- Stormie Omartian. Her writing inspires me-maybe because of familiarity. I always like to read books of inspiration and hope.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Simple and true

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

Her writing was simple, yet inspiring and encouraging to all readers.

Carol Jones the details:

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

My website is http://www.caroldjones.com/ and my blog is http://www.simplify-readywriter.blogspot.com/

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

cdenisejones1@yahoo.com

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

Dare to Dream

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

Dare to Dream is a book of encouragement to all people. God gave each of us the ability to dream, but many are caught up and lost in how to make their dreams come true. These people are silent dreamers who don't dream out loud-only in secrecy. This book reveals through the word of God and in building a relationship with Him-how He is bringing all my dreams into fruition-how He has given me new dreams with new meanings-as He is taking me into a journey from glory to glory. He has given me a song of deliverance I will sing for the rest of my days. The Bible says God is no respecter of persons and what He has done for one, He will do for another. So read it and be encouraged and know that God is God and He will do just what He says.

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 I was growing up, I always felt I was different and had a hard time fitting in. When my sisters were learning how to do housework, I was outside riding my bicycle, our pony or the mo-ped. When I became an adult, I would find myself in the middle of conversations about home decorations or what china to buy, which was of no interest to me. But the flip side of it was I had an eye for fashion, and when I was involved with a project I was concerned about every small detail. Well I was different, but so is everyone to a certain degree.  Every time I wanted to get my point across or have a deep conversation with someone I would sit down and write a letter. When I look back I can see the hand of God moving me towards my destiny-although it would not be realized until years later my real potential as a writer. Sometimes when I write-I am in another zone. Sometimes I have to say Lord help me and He steps right in and even when I don't know where I'm going with it-it always pulls together because the hand of God is in it. I have come to realize I can do nothing on my own and without God I am nothing. God revealed to me in the midst of one of my storms that I was a writer and I fully accepted it because it came from Him and I don't have to doubt my potential. It's a matter of knowing who you are and whom you belong to. If I trust him wholeheartedly and always keep my eyes on Him, then I will be okay, no matter what the outcome is.


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Monday, 24 November 2008
A Talk With Gurutej
Topic: Author Interview

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gurutej and what follows is the delightful result. Tomorrow, please come back to view a video with Gurutej and find out where to see more, as well as find out the benefits of this wonderful program.  I gurantee you won't be disappointed!

Gurutej The Person:

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

 Wildly joyously, humorously spiritual.

2.      How do you think others would describe you?

 Kooky, out of the box amazing.

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

Is there an out side of my work? No but I love anything in the ocean, Rollerblading hills, my kids, grandkids, serving the world women, teens, couples, businesses. Travel because it opens your soul.

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

I have one kitty new Sweetie had the name when I got her actually Sweetie Bee but I couldn't get that cutsie. She is coming round. Sweet soul and really really smart. Knows what you are saying and she usually responds, which is quite amazing in cat world.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Meeting and being with my teacher, being deeply loved, meditating, the birth and raising of my children, my daughter in love and grand babies, teaching, my friends and enemies, Being in the ocean and my mom, but not necessarily in that order.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Showing up in first grade in costume on the wrong day for the Halloween party. Writing a love letter to someone else's boyfriend and having a good friend deliver it to his girlfriend, which in hind site she should have done.

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

Being extremely wealthy and using the money to uplift kids and give them hope and techniques to live life consciously so this planet could thrive.
 

8.      In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Done this. This is a party so please sing and dance. This is what Gurutej requested. She came, she saw. she shared, uplifted and cared. Now she is free let it be.

Your Work:

9.  Can you describe the time you realized you were doing the work you were meant to do?

About 8 years old when I told my mother I was going to start my own religious order.

10.  What is going on with your work at this time?

Lots. The Energy Gurus, This tour, Workshops and conferences learning new ways to connect with more people

11. What are your future goals for your work?

To reach and uplift 10,000,000's

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

I don't ever have a typical day

13. Why do you do this sort of work?

Because I have been given these teachings and they must be shared.

14.  What other person who does this sort of work inspires you the most?  Why?

Andy Werbach, Paul

15.  How do you define your work?

I give people techniques that can give them an experience of an uplifted more energetic life in 1-3 minutes. Then support them in this pursuit.

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

She was always and inspiration you can look at my web sites http://www.gurutej.com/ and http://www.theenergygurus.com/ for testimonials.

The Details:

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

http://www.gurutej.com/, http://www.theenergygurus.com/ and http://www.theenergyguru.blogspot.com/

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

Contact info is on web sites and blog. I can be reached at gurutej2@gmail.com

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

Kundalini Yoga For Balanced Chakras

Kundalini Yoga For Mental Clarity - Calm and Focus the Mind

Kundalini Yoga Awakening Intuition for Women

Kundalini Yoga For the Immune System - Increase Vital Energy

20.  For new people -what can they expect when they read your work?

An experience of themselves. One person said "I could have save myself so much time and money if I had only done this first."

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 work?

That I want to take them with me and not just speak with them but get them to do some of the things necessary to have more energy and less stress NOW. In the now, who wants to live there as if it is an unfun place. Connecting to the source of energy is not unfun. It is delicious.


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Sunday, 16 November 2008
Getting to Know Sandy Lender
Topic: Author Interview
Sandy Lender the person:

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

Creative

Environmentalist

Determined

2. How do you think others would describe you?

I've actually had a bunch of people tell me that I "inspire" them, which freaks me out. But I think most folks would tell you I'm obsessed with Duran Duran and I'm usually fairly smart.

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

Stalking Duran Duran

Saving sea turtles

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

Joshua, the 20-year-old red-eared slider (that's a water turtle); Josh went to college with me

Buttermilk, the pancake tortoise

Petri, the sun conure-Petri is the love of my life. He's very smart, very demanding and very loving. I owe him everything because he's the reason I didn't commit suicide one horrid day back when I was still stuck in unemployment and marriage hell. He squawked before I took a bottle of migraine pills. It was a very sobering moment. He's a special little bird with a quirky personality. Anyone who's thinking about getting a bird as a pet should seriously consider the lovable nature of conures because, wow, these little guys are just tops.

5. What is your most precious memory?

The most precious one has to be feeding Petri when he was still a baby bird. (I didn't have to regurgitate. Baby bird food can be mixed with water and fed through a syringe-like tube. No barfing necessary.)

6. What is your most embarrassing moment?

Holding a note too long. I was in marching band in high school and for one semester, the director asked me to play the F-horn. So I taught myself to play the thing over the summer but I failed to stop playing it at a competition one night. Ugh! So the whole band stopped-except me.

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

I think I would have kept up the musical instruments. Maybe I'd be playing the violin somewhere.

8. In two paragraphs or less, write your obituary.

The winner of the Pick Sandy's Drop Date is Laura Crawford. Ms. Crawford correctly guessed that world-renowned fantasy author Sandy Lender would die from exhaustion while on tour with her latest release, It Wasn't the Percocet.

Fantasy enthusiasts and movie-goers from around the globe celebrate Ms. Lender's life and works with viewings of the movies based on her best-sellers in fantasy and paranormal fiction. Fellow sea turtle conservationists are planning a sea turtle walk each night this weekend to party on the beaches she patrolled during her many years of work with different conservation organizations to raise awareness and funds for sea turtle research. Of course, her massive estate goes in part to continued sea turtle research. Her beloved feathered friend Petri is now selecting which of her friends to live with.

 

Sandy Lender the writer:

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

I'm not sure that I ever had that moment. I've always written stories that people liked to read...since I was a kid.

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

Absolute chaos.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

A near-future goal is to get back on a regular schedule.

Another near-future goal is to get another short story anthology in addition to What Choices We Made published so some more of these stories from the Choices trilogy can stop driving me insane.

A more long-term goal is to finish a few of the WIPs I have on the desktop and get an agent who'll help me find appropriate homes for them. Not all of them will be full-length novels that my current publisher will be interested in.

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

I used to be able to, but there's so much chaos in my life right now that the weekdays have become random. My writing schedule is in upheaval, which affects my ability to think straight in other areas of my life...like driving.

13. Why do you write?

I love spending time with the characters.

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?

Charlotte Bronte. Hands down.

She overcame incredible family tragedy and a horrific case of unrequited love to write some of the greatest stories in English literature. Jane Eyre is the single greatest book I've ever read, and it amazes me that Charlotte, who saw adversity at every turn, was able to take the characters she dreamt up as a child and come up with novels that we still teach in universities today. I learned how dialogue should work by reading Charlotte Bronte. I learned how passion should grow by reading Charlotte Bronte. I learned how a leading man should hide a secret by reading Charlotte Bronte. Criminy, I just think every author who wants to include mood in his or her work should read the Bronte. Those sisters knew what they were doing.

15. How do you define your writing?

Straight-up fantasy. Dragons, monsters, sorcerers, wizards...I love that stuff and that's what I like to write best.

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

Fantasy Author Sandy Lender's work mixed shadow, mood and world-building with a pace unmatched in the genre while subtly nudging the reader's sense of purpose in the real world.

 

Sandy Lender the details:

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

Nigel Taiman's blog gives info about me at http://sandylender.blogspot.com/

My publisher's site gives some info about me.

My amazon page gives reviews and whatnot.

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

I run my own blog, mostly for writers, at http://www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com/

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

Choices Meant for Gods (March 2007)

What Choices We Made (November 2008)

Choices Meant for Kings (late 2008)

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

Straight-up fantasy. Dragons, monsters, sorcerers, wizards...

My Choices trilogy is a very girl-power sort of story because Amanda Chariss is empowered, but no one should expect one of those abrasive, harsh heroines that you see in some novels these days. She's a pleasant young woman with a quick wit and a strong sense of self. Of course she has flaws-this makes her human and likeable. No one should come in expecting the heroine to be perfect and all-knowing. But you should expect good entertainment. There's a bit of humor, a bit of a sweet romance, a bit of scary stuff, a lot of action-adventure, a lot of plotting and conniving, a lot of sword and sorcery, a lot of character-driven action, a lot of character growth...but it's all wrapped in a structured fantasy world.

 

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?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I just keep plugging away...


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Monday, 3 November 2008
Getting to Know Christine Verstraete
Topic: Author Interview
Christine Verstraete the person:

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

Funny, short, dedicated

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Impatient, talented, obsessed

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

Miniatures, animals, family, friends, faith

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

Shania is my mixed malamute. A funny, fun dog that happens to "talk" a lot. Then there are finches and angelfish. I must be related to Dr. Dolittle.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Times spent with parents and as a family are always cherished.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Which one? Ha!

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

Probably waitressing or preferably making miniatures.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Glad I'm not too superstitious, but I'd prefer not to see myself dead yet.

Christine Verstraete the writer

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

When I got my first newspaper job writing for Pioneer Press in northern Illinois. It's different once you're on staff.

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

I'm trying to finish an adult mystery (adult-oriented not the other kind, ha!), hoping to get some Sam short stories published and always exploring new ideas.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I'd like to get an agent and publish in other areas. We'll see.

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

I'm always writing. I write for newspapers, magazines, press releases, whoever will pay me. (Emails welcome!)

13. Why do you write?

I can't "not" write. I'm not good at much else, ha!

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?

I admire those writers who can put out book after book, story after story. I'm not always as "quick" a writer when it comes to fiction, but I do get there. Eventually.

15. How do you define your writing?

Steady. I try to be inventive and experiment with different styles or genres. I learn as I go.

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

She was good.


Christine Verstraete the details:

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

Web: http://cverstraete.com

Blog: Candid Canine

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

http://www.myspace.com/cverstraete

http://twitter.com/chrisverstraete

Book Place

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


See cverstraete.com/books or individual links.

* Searching For A Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery Quake/Echelon Press or Amazon.com

* Also read another adventure of Sam (from Searching For A Starry Night) in The Heat of the Moment Anthology, Echelon Press

* The Witch Tree at Fictionwise

* In Miniature Style, cd or ebook on miniatures with how to's at Reader's Eden


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

To: A. learn something new (groan); B. Have Fun, (yay!) C. Be a little spooked (boo!) or D. All of the above.

In conclusion:

21. I love to write and share my interests. Readers get to enjoy a fun mystery and learn about miniatures and miniature painting in Searching For A Starry Night. Or they can see some amazing miniatures and learn about the creators in In Miniature Style or just get a little creeped out in The Witch Tree. I like variety. That way you never get bored. Ha!

 

 


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Thursday, 30 October 2008
A Talk With Vivian Zabel
Topic: Author Interview

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

Trusting, determined, caring

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Took a poll: Tenacious, caring, conscientious

 

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

My family: my husband of over 46 years, three living children, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and another on the way.

 

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

I have one funny faced tabby cat, named Funny Face. He thinks he owns me, and has for over seven years. He also is my attack cat. He growls if anyone is in the yard that shouldn't be. If my husband isn't home, and I try to go outside after dark, Funny Face stays by my side yowling until I go back inside. A dog come toward me outside, no matter how large, and Funny will try to attack him.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Only one? Not fair. Should I choose holding my first born in my arms? Or my second or third or the few moments with my fourth, so tiny and whose life was so short? Maybe the first grandchild or the others who came? Ah, the great-grandchildren.

But none of those would have been possible without the moment when I walked down the aisle toward the man who thought me so beautiful, who loved me so much that he still sees me through eyes blinded by that love.

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh, I wrote a story about that, titled "Crazy-woman Dance."  I was pregnant with my fourth child and on the way to my oldest child's kindergarten Christmas program. I had taken the dress I wore and the coat from the cleaner's plastic bag (it was the first cold time that year, after Thanksgiving, unusual) to wear that night.

On the drive from the house to where the program would be held, I made the statement that I was going crazy.

As we exited the car, something sharp circled my middle, racing around and around where my waist would have normally been. I wiggled, jiggled, and squirmed as I stood on the sidewalk. People stopped and stared, including my husband and children. Suddenly a mouse plopped on the ground between my feet and rushed off into the bushes.

My middle child and older son told everyone, "Momma's doing the crazy-woman dance."

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

Let's see, I'm already been a bookkeeper, office manager, inventory clerk, teacher, mother, wife.

I suppose if I weren't a writer I'd be bored. Of course I'd probably still be a publisher. I'm a glutton for punishment.

 

8.    In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Trying to get rid of me already? Huh. Vivian Zabel gave all she had to her family, her students, her friends, the authors and illustrators from her company. When nothing was left, her spirit joined God.

***

For more information, please visit:

 http://midnight-hours.weebly.com/  is the Midnight site.  The book can be bought on the publisher's website: http://4rvpublishingllc.com/Store.html.

and don't forget the contest:

Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com

Rules:
1. Each person who comments on a blog stop receives one entry. For example, if a person leaves a comment on four blog stops, he has four entries.

2. Each person who purchases a copy of Midnight Hours from the 4RV Store (http://4rvpublishingllc.com/Store.html) or directly from the author receives fifteen (15) entries per purchase. Since we cannot receive notification from other places in time, we need people to use the publisher's store.

A person may have entries from a purchase and from leaving comments.

An email address will be needed to notify the winner and to send the gift certificate.

November 5, a random drawing will be held using a program online to choose a winner. I will notify the winner by email and will post the result on my blogs at Vivian's Site and Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap.

Everyone who comments and/or purchases a book needs to sent an email to president@4rvpublishingllc.com  with the answer to the question,"When does Midnight meet Martin on the online game site?"

The email with the correct answer validates the entries.


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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
A Talk With Shobhan Bantwal
Topic: Author Interview
Shobhan Bantwal The Person:

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

Restless

Easy to anger as well as easy to humor

Family oriented

 

2.    How do you think others would describe you?

 

I think most people would describe me as extroverted, outspoken, and intelligent-a woman of too many words and strong opinions. But I always feel people give me more credit than I deserve for smartness and efficiency. Deep down, I feel very inadequate and afraid I'll never live up to their expectations.

 

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

 

My family is my passion-mainly my husband, daughter, and granddaughter. They are my whole life and I often worry about their health and their futures.

 

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

I'm not a pet lover, so I have no pets, although my husband adores dogs and would love to have one.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

 

My most precious memory is of holding my grandchild for the first time. It was only last year, but already it feels like such a long time ago, because she's already walking and talking. Somehow, grandchildren feel more precious than children, perhaps because I'm older and wiser now than when I became a mother many years ago.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

 

Some years ago, at a large New Year's Eve party at a friend's house, I slipped and fell on the slick tiled kitchen floor, right in front of several people. Of course, they were very solicitous and kind, but secretly I believe they thought I was drunk. I hadn't had a drop of alcohol because I don't enjoy it. All evening long I had nursed one glass of coke, but I still think people thought I'd had too much to drink. A few of them kept looking at me suspiciously. To this day I recall that episode and my cheeks get warm.

 

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

Actually, writing is only a hobby for me, which has somehow turned into a second career. My full-time job is with the government, so I'm a bureaucrat all day, five days a week. I put on my writer's hat on weekends and weekday evenings. Most often, I struggle to make the time to write, because my day job can be quite demanding.
 

8.      In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

 

Shobhan Bantwal was a woman of great courage. With no experience of any kind, or any visible talent, she took up writing at the age of 50. A half century of living had apparently failed to teach her that merely dreaming of something does not necessarily guarantee success. The amazing thing was that Shobhan did dream of becoming a published writer and did manage to succeed (to some extent). Despite rejections earlier in her quest for an agent and publisher, she managed to find both at 54. She was a bit crazy but she died a happy woman.

One thing can be said about Shobhan: she was passionate about everything she took up, her family being her main project in life. She loved them with no expectations in return.

 

Shobhan Bantwal The Writer:

 

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

 

When I started to write short stories I wasn't very confident that my tales with Indian characters and cultural elements would be of interest to anyone. But my first short story competition entry, sponsored by Writer's Digest, won Honorable Mention. That same year, another story won Honorable Mention in a contest run by New York Stories magazine. That was the moment when I realized that I had some potential, and that I could perhaps write a full-length novel.

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

 

I'm working on my third novel, because Kensington, my publisher, offered me another two-book contract. I am not allowed to discuss its theme at this time, but I can safely say it will be a story about Indian culture and features mostly Indian characters. I prefer to stick to what I know.

 

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

 

Since I have a fairly demanding day job, I prefer to think in terms of one book at a time. Anything beyond that is much too ambitious, given the constraints on my time and energy.

 

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

 

I don't have a typical day. Each day is different. However, on weekday evenings, I generally get about an hour of writing done after dinner. On weekends, I get slightly more time, but housework and the daily demands of running a household and socializing cut into weekends as well. But I try to pack as much writing as I can into my weekends.

 

13.  Why do you write?

 

I have a lot of ideas and stories swirling in my brain. I have to vent those, and if I can express my opinions on certain social issues that bother me (remember I'm opinionated), then weaving them into fiction and making a story out of a real social-political issue is a great way to say what I want. Also, Indian culture is very rich, with plenty of fodder for fiction, and I try to draw from it as much as I can.  Educate, Inform, and Entertain are my main reasons for writing.

 

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

 

Although she is not my absolute favorite writer, Nora Roberts inspires me greatly, mainly for her prolific writing. She literally churns out books by the dozen each year, and good quality ones, a feat no other author seems to be able to emulate. And every book turns into a bestseller. She is truly amazing, and an inspiration to many writers, including me.

 

15.  How do you define your writing?

 

I call it mainstream women's fiction with romantic and ethnic elements.

 

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

 

Great entertainment with a delightful dose of spice, romance, and drama.

 

Shobhan Bantwal The Details:

 

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

 

I'm not a blogger by nature but I have a nice website, with information on my books, my other writing, links to my non-fiction articles, my bio and award-winning short stories, Indian recipes, photographs from India, book reviews, and contact page. The website is http://www.shobhanbantwal.com/

 

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

Yes. Readers can reach me through my email address on my website contact page - shobhan@shobhanbantwal.com

 

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

 

THE DOWRY BRIDE - Released September 1, 2007

THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER - Released September 1, 2008

Both are available at all nationwide and Canadian bookstores and online booksellers.

 

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

 

They can expect to read very entertaining mainstream fiction filled with drama, intrigue, and romance, and at the same time learn a lot about Indian culture and some hot-button social issues that are significant in contemporary India. I get a lot of email from readers who thank me for opening their eyes to certain issues that they had no knowledge of. They always tell me they found the idea of using a real life social issue combined with fiction a great way to bring it to people's attention.

 

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 love receiving feedback from my readers. Hence I have created a contact address on my website where they can reach me (indicated in question 18).

 

My writing, as I mentioned, is to educate, entertain and inform, so I hope they pick up my books so they can have all three. Not many American and Canadian readers are aware of the real India, which lies somewhere between the glitz and glamour of Bollywood (Bombay Hollywood) and the poverty and bleakness portrayed in documentaries and serious literary novels about India. In my books, readers can get a middle-of-the-road glimpse of Indian life.


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Thursday, 16 October 2008
Getting to Know Susan K. Schank
Topic: Author Interview

There has been an unavoidable change in schedules for the next few days.  I apologize to those who was looking forward to Truth and Intimacy--hopefully I can do that at another time.  I do have an interview with a wonderful author to share with you today--I hope you enjoy it!!

 Susan Schank the person: 

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

 honest, passionate, advocate

2.      How do you think others would describe you?

Talks ALL THE TIME!  But is a good listener, too.  Caring, a cynical optimist, stands up for what she believes in.

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

My daughter and husband.  Without them I am nothing.

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

Yes, I have a chow/shepherd mix dog named Cossette, a corn snake named Ruby, and a zebra finch named Zeke.  My daughter has a fish named Molly.  No, it is not a mollie.  It is a beta.  A male.  Whatever…… 

5.  What is your most precious memory?

The birth of my daughter.

 

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Stumbling over my chair in college Lit class while making my exit on the last day of class.  Right after I had told the professor, as well as the entire class, what I thought of his teaching and grading techniques.  Not a graceful moment, but certainly an impressive one.
 

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

I would be a lawyer.  I love to research and debate.
 

8.      In two paragraphs or less write your obituary

 

Passionate is how you would describe Susan.  Susan worked hard to be the best mother, wife, and teacher she could be.  She was passionate about children, about the goodness of people, about education truly being the path to freedom and independence.  She was an advocate for those less fortunate and for causes she believed in.  Susan tried to make a difference with her words and wrote to inspire.  Her passion will be missed.

Susan Schank the writer: 

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

Absolutely!  It was the day I received my box of “Tera’s Dawn”, my first picture book.  “Tera’s Dawn, Author, Susan K. Schank” was printed on the side of the box.  VALIDATION!  From a BOX!  I still have the box.

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

I am working on a couple of picture books, finishing an article in which I interviewed a young TV celebrity, and making character profiles for an adult novel that seems to be banging around in my head.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

 

 

I would like to write full time, for both children and adults.  And find a great agent!

 

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

 

 

Working as a full-time librarian in an elementary school doesn’t leave much time for a typical writing day.  I often write on my lunch break, especially if I have a deadline on a project.  I also work writing in while waiting for my daughter during her tumble and gymnastics classes.  Weekends and summers provide time to write, too.  I just fit it in when and where I can.

 

13.  Why do you write?

 

 

I write as a way of speaking.  I write to inspire, to share, to entertain.  Sometimes I write simply to vent, which often turns out to be some of my most passionate work.  But mostly, I just write to get the stories out of my head!

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

 

 

I can’t pick just one!  But TWO I can think of are Jane Yolen and Cynthia Rylant.  I adore Jane’s writing and how diverse her topics and styles are.  Also, I spent a week with her in a picture book workshop hosted by the Highlights Foundation.  Just Jane and eight participants.  A PHENOMENAL experience.  She is such a wonderful, warm, sharing person.  I admire Cynthia Rylant’s writing.  It is so lyrical.  I enjoy both her picture books and chapter books.  And who doesn’t love Henry and Mudge?!


15.  How do you define your writing?

 

 

Depends on what I’m writing.  Funny, contemplative, informative, thought provoking.  Sometimes full of pathos….

 

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

 

 

“She wrote good stories.”

Susan Schank the details: 

 

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

 

 

Sure!  Please visit my website at www.susankneibschank.com.  And my Face Book page.

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

Yes, there is an email link on my site.

 

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

 BOOKS

* “Tera’s Dawn”, Purple Sky Publishing, 2008.

* “Gilda Can’t Gallop”, Living Waters Publishing, forthcoming.

FEATURES WITHIN BOOKS

*Poem-“Grow a Story” is the second-place national winner featured in the national Half-Price Books Store “Say Goodnight to Illiteracy Bedtime Story Book”, 2006. 

* Poem-“Just After You Were Born” featured in Miracles of Motherhood: Poems and Prayers for New Mothers, June Cotner Books, 2007.

* Devotionals-“Love Her” and “Respect” featured in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers Adams Media Corporation, 2007

 

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

 

It depends on which book they are reading.  My picture books tend to be either quiet, soft stories, or situation comedy.  The adult books I have contributed to are all prayerful. 

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 mom, wife, teacher, singer, librarian, Girl Scout leader, volunteer…..

My life is very full and extremely rich.  Family is the most important thing in the world to me.  Without them I am nothing. 

As for my writing, my life provides the soil from which my words grow.  Sometimes they grow tall and strong, sometimes they need a bit of fertilizer to help them along.  My critique group provides invaluable advice, encouragement, and LOTS of laughs!  Writing isn’t easy, it takes time and dedication.  But it IS worth it!


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Friday, 3 October 2008
An Interview With Jo Linsdell about Writers and Authors
Topic: Author Interview
 

What is Writers and Authors?

A place for people in the writing industry to gather and share experiences, tips and advice. Not to mention promote their latest work and discuss various topics related to the writing industry. Included in this blog you will also find; links to sites for writers, competitions and contests, interviews, writer and book event listings and more...

 

Why ‘relaunch'?

My baby son was born in December 2007 after a difficult pregnancy, so I've been away for a while. Having to spend 8 months on bed rest meant I had a lot of time on my hands, which I used to work on my various writing related projects. The Writers and Authors site was a big success and my plan is to make it even better now I'm back online. To make sure everyone gets the chance to take part and see the great opportunities on the site I thought it was a good idea to have a big relaunch party to celebrate and spread the word.

 

What changes have been made to the site?

The new format will be as follows:

Mondays: Opportunities for writers. This will include paying markets, competitions, online courses etc...

Tuesdays: Featured Authors. This  will include author interviews and samples of their writing.

Wednesdays: Publishers, editors, etc... This section will include interviews with publishers, editors, etc... and explain how the industry works and give helpful advice on the more technical aspects of the writing industry e.g. what they look for, how to query, etc...

Thursdays: Book reviews. This will include reviews about any type of book. I'm particularly looking for reviews about self help for writers books (and related) but will also post reviews about fiction, poetry and basically anything else.

Fridays: Upcoming events. This section will include dates and details about conferences and other events for writers online. Also author chats online, virtual tours etc...

How can people get involved?

For those of you interested in being interviewed for the 'Featured Author' section please send me an email (writersandauthors@yahoo.it) giving some details about yourself and your writing. Please also include your website address.
The same applies for publishers, editors, etc...

As you can see, I also want to include a section with book reviews. You are welcome to review any type of book (e.g. self help for writers or a fiction or poetry book). In fact I'll be all the happier to have a good mix. If your new to writing reviews and want some pointers check out
http://library.queensu.ca/research/guide/book-reviews/how-write for some tips. Please send your review in the body of the email to writersandauthors@yahoo.it with 'Book Review' in the subject line.

How can people support Writers and Authors?

Nominations (e.g. Writers Digest 101 best sites- any others are good too J), blog postings, interviews, putting a link on their sites, spreading the word to others.

 

Tell us about the Virtual Tour?

To relaunch this site in it's new format I'm organising a virtual tour starting from October 1st 2008. Anyone who is interested in hosting me for an interview or featuring the Writers and Authors website on theirs, please send me an email to the new address writersandauthors@yahoo.it with virtual tour in the subject line. I will post a copy of the Virtual Tour calendar soon so you can keep track of the events.

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Folks, don't forget that every commet gets you 12 pages of pumpkin-carving templates and an entry in the drawing for a Halloween craft and recipe book!


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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Talking With Rosemary Chaulk
Topic: Author Interview
 Rosemary Chaulk the person:

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

An emotion receptor.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Intelligent but misguided.

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

Helping fight for the rights of the working person against the abuse of them by the government.

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

No

5.  What is your most precious memory? 

My son

Rosemary Chaulk  the writer:

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

Three years ago was when I started writing for real.


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

Marketing Nissitissit Witch and finish writing J1T (just one tear)

8.  What are your future goals for your writing?

To write a bestseller and make the world cry.

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

I can only write during the winter months when I can take time off from land survey.


10.  Why do you write?

I want to take my life's experience both good and bad and feed them back to the world. I want to touch the hearts of people and move them forever. I want to leave my readers better off than they were before.


11.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Robert A. Heinlein. His book Stranger in a strange land helped show me the follow of modern religions.

12.  How do you define your writing?

Straight from the heart. Raw and emotional.

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

Wow

Rosemary Chaulk the details:

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

www.rosemarychaulk.com


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

On my website and on Helium.com

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

Summer Dreams by Rosemary Chaulk,

Dragonfly Daughter pen name Violet Rose,

Nissitissit Witch by Rosemary Chaulk

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

Summer Dreams is whimsical, Dragonfly Daughter is an epic tragedy that turns into salvation, Nissitissit Witch is spiritual and environmental.

In conclusion:

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

I write for the chance to help change the world.

 


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Sunday, 28 September 2008
A Talk With Anna Maria Prezio, Feng Shui Ghostbuster
Topic: Author Interview
Anna Maria Prezio the person:

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

Generous, Intuitive, Humanitarian

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

Humorous, Generous, Dependable

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

Photography, Cinema, Family.

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

No but I love animals.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

Seeing my son for the very first time.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Standing in from of my 4th grade class with a drippy nose and without a tissue.

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

Fundraising
 

Anna Maria Prezio the writer:

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

While studying journalism in college, my first English class project involved writing poetry that I enjoyed.

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

I write every day and as much as I can.  

10.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I would like to do public speaking, consultations, radio shows, and TV shows to bring about awareness of how ghosts can be released and how to alleviate the fear around the subject of spirits, ghosts and entities as well as to introduce people to the positive effects of Feng Shui.

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

There is nothing typical about a writing day.  Inspiration comes in many forms.

Sometimes my book ideas come to me in a dream.  Sometimes they come to me in my meditations.  I'm blessed with inspiration.

12.  Why do you write?

Writing for me is cathartic.

I write to inspire, to heal, to give of myself, my knowledge and my wisdom.

I write to enjoy wonderful words on paper. I write to teach. I write to be heard.

I write to give something to someone who needs it.  I write because the imagination gives us new experiences to pass on to others and old stories, traditions, cultures, experiences to hand down to generations to come so that they can be preserved.  Writing allows me to tell my innermost part of me in the form of a character or a story.  Writing is creating, imagining, dreaming.  What would be do if we could not imagine, dream or create?

13.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Writers who inspire me are so many from Aristotle, Plato and Socrates to Tom Clancy, Ernest Hemingway and Anne Frank.  The authors who inspire are those who give a bit of themselves as they write, fertile with imagination and spirit.

14.  How do you define your writing?

Simplistic, Daring and Provocative in a very understandable way...I want to provoke your thinking and I want you to open your mind and your heart when you read my works.

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

She was ahead of her time.

Art and Science do mingle, mix and match...

Anna Maria Prezio was an innovator...

Anna Maria Prezio the details:

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

http://www.prezio.com/

http://www.fengshuiharmony.net/

My blog on my website is full of information.

 

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

prezio@sbcglobal.net or my website, www.prezio.com

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

Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghostbuster

You can opt-into my website and receive my free report entitled, "Power &Prosperity Through Feng Shui and Color"

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

Clarity, knowledge and intrigue on a subject I write about for the first time.  It will inspire you and enlighten you to a new way of thinking about entities, ghosts, spirits and supernatural forces.


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