Author Interviews

Guest Author Feature – Author D.G. Kaye interviewed me for her blog

Featured author of the week

I am thrilled to introduce you all to Doris Heilmann, author, and publisher at 111 Publishing. Doris is the ‘woman behind the curtain’ at Savvybookwriters.com. Many of you who like to stay current with what’s happening in the publishing world may be familiar with Doris and her most informative website where she contributes myriad of articles on current events in marketing for authors.

Doris is a freelance writer, writing coach and author of several books on book marketing. I recently wrote a book review on another book of hers, a most informative guide for writers, Book Marketing on a Shoestring, and today we’re going to get to know a little more about Doris and her latest book, 111 Tips to get Free Book Reviews, as well as learn more about Amazon and reading and writing reviews.

Read the whole story here:
https://dgkayewriter.com/guest-author-feature-doris-heilmann-of-savvybookwriters-com/




SECRET CINEMAS 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies

You might have read our interview with Dr. Charlayne Grenci, author of Marcel Proust EXPOSED and Queen of Domination: My Secret Life.
She is a prolific writer  and has just launched her third book:  SECRET CINEMAS. It’s the first in a series of erotic fantasy short stories for imaginative readers.


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Charlayne Grenci PhD

Andy Warhol, film-maker and visual artist, once famously stated: “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.” 
How true this really is, proves Dr. Charlayne Grenci in her latest work: SECRET CINEMAS: 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies.

 

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Dr. Charlayne Grenci: “We all have a secret theatre in our imagination: SECRET CINEMAS.
Imagine yourself in a private theatre, watching a variety of erotic fantasies and sexual adventures, romance, domination, male and female submission, BDSM, seduction, fetishism, threesomes, rough sex, role-play, foreplay, kinky sex, leather, lesbian, bi-sexual, sexual entertainment, sex games and more.”

SECRET CINEMAS: 10 Erotic Movie Fantasies will show you how to tap into your mind’s secret cinema and make your imagination come alive.
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Get SECRET CINEMAS as an ebook at these online retailers:

AMAZON USA
https://www.amazon.com/SECRET-CINEMAS-Erotic-Movie-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B01MXX5797

AMAZON CANADA
https://www.amazon.ca/SECRET-CINEMAS-Erotic-Movie-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B01MXX5797

AMAZON UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MXX5797/

KOBO
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/secret-cinemas

… more to follow.

A Book is a Device to Ignite the Imagination ~ Alan Bennett

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Author Interview with Samita Sarkar

Travelogue


Samita Sakar
, freelance writer and editor from Toronto, Canada, is today’s guest for an author interview.  We asked her about her debut travelogue:


Samita, how would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

I Am the Ocean is a spiritual travel memoir about a solo trip I took along the east coast of the United States in my early twenties. Limited by budget, I travelled by bus, slept on couches, and stayed in hostels. I packed very light, bringing mostly just clothes, a travel journal, and a copy of the philosophical treasure The Bhagavad Gita. I saw many amazing sights and met fascinating people, but most importantly this journey was an important time of spiritual growth and personal development for me.
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Meeting people while traveling, are you sometimes tempted to write a story about them, and use them as a protagonist in a novel?

I met so many interesting characters, especially in my final destination, Miami. I spent most of my time around three European girls who all had very distinctive personalities, and I’ve gotten feedback from readers that it was fun to read about their character development. I also met a man who had been travelling for years, mostly around Latin America. It takes a special kind of person to do something like that, and a lot of people would want to read a book from the perspective of someone like that.

That trip inspired my writing so much. If I had never taken it, not only would I not have written this book, but I also wouldn’t have met all these amazing people or had all these great life experiences.
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If you would have to choose between traveling to big cities or to rural small towns, which would you choose?

In my youth, I used to love the bright lights. Now, I prefer the countryside. I love the smell of the air, the friendly people, the lack of traffic jams. I find rural areas better for relaxing getaways.
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Can you imagine to travel full-time, while writing as a digital nomad?

For a while, yes. For example I’d love to do a writer’s residency somewhere warm. As a freelance writer and editor, I have the liberty to work from anywhere; however one day I’d like to lay down roots and have somewhere to call home. Preferably somewhere in the country, where I can set up an animal sanctuary, have lots of fresh air and writing inspiration around me, and look after rescued animals. If I can make that a reality I can even offer a writer’s residency!
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What was your very best travel experience so far?

I left my heart in the South. I felt so comfortable with the slower pace of life, the warm weather, and the charming accents and people. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too difficult to find food as a vegetarian. Okra, grits, and lots of fruits.
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Did you take notes while traveling by hand (diary) or did you use a dictaphone or use the speech to type method in your laptop / iPad?

I brought a travel journal. Actually,  the cover art for my travel memoir features the same travel journal that I took on my trip. Now I never travel without one.

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Do you agree:  The Journey is the Destination?

Yes. A trip isn’t memorable unless there is something special about the journey. The purpose of my trip was to explore a new landscape while also finding time to introspect and develop spiritually. It was about far more than taking a vacation, although it was about that as well.
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What’s you next country / area you would like to travel to?

I want to see the east coast of Canada. I travelled around most of the country, including even remote parts of the Northwest Territories. But I’ve never been east of Quebec.
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What is your favorite book?

The Bhagavad Gita. It’s a philosophical book spoken by the Lord that teaches us how to live our lives. The main message is to realize that we are souls, not our temporary physical bodies. Because life is so fleeting, this book is a reminder of how important it is to live in the present.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?

I want my readers to know that it’s okay to not be in control. We get so caught up in living our lives a certain way and fulfilling expectations. One of my favourite quotes from The Bhagavad Gita is “to follow another’s path is dangerous” (3.35).
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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:

I love this review from fellow author John Findley, because it shows how someone with completely different life experiences related to the book:

“Samita’s book is more than a travelogue, from her home in Canada to several cities along the east coast of America. It’s also a look at a young lady’s life and the decisions she has made to shape her into the person she is today. The book she dedicated to The Supreme Controller, her friend and well-wisher, Lord Krishna. I am a seventy plus older man, a Christian, and I commenced reading with an open mind. As the chapters rolled by I enjoyed Samita’s stories about the people she met, her sight-seeing and I must admit I admired her outlook on life.”
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Where can people learn more about your writing?

I Am the Ocean is available on Amazon.  Watch the book trailer at YouTube.  I am also currently working on a follow-up travel tale for I Am the Ocean and a non-fiction book on animal rights, and readers can stay updated through my blog, http://samitasarkar.com.  I post about all kinds of things, but mostly animal rights.  My day job is editing books and freelance writing.

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LAST STOP: PARIS – Interview with Author John Pearce

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Thanks a lot John, for taking the time to answer so many questions about your upcoming thriller, which is now up for pre-orders at Amazon, and will launch on December 1st.
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When you published Treasure of Saint-Lazare did you know you would also be publishing the sequel, Last Stop: Paris?

Oh, yes. Of course, I didn’t know at the time it would be titled Last Stop: Paris, but I had a sense of how the story would end — that it would, in fact, be a very final stop. And it became clear when I was only a few chapters into the first book that it was far too broad a story to squeeze it into 80,000 words.

The new one doesn’t take up precisely where Treasure ended. I let some time pass so Eddie’s demons — the murder of his family — could fade. Just as things are getting back to normal for him and Aurélie, when they’re talking about starting a family, past evil roars back in a big way. Even then, Eddie is ambivalent about getting involved, at least until Aurélie is threatened. That’s the point at which he realizes it’s all or nothing, do or die.
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It looks like early reviewers are saying nice things about Last Stop: Paris. How does that feel?

Great! The biggest surprise is the rave I got from Kirkus Reviews, the professional reviewing service that has been the graveyard for many small-press books (and Alesia Press, my publisher, is a very small press).  Kirkus called it “A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean in a book that’s part thriller, part mystery and all rollicking ride.” And if that weren’t enough, they finished up by calling it “An exhilarating journey that will satisfy the most avid thriller reader.”  Wow.

The Kirkus review for Treasure of Saint-Lazare was positive (and helped get its ranking to #39 on the all-Kindle best-seller list), but not nearly as positive as the new one.  I hope it brings me a lot of readers, and for a long time.
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Which of your characters is most interesting to you?

That’s a really good question, and a tough one. My own views aside, because by now they all feel like members of the family, Jen — the sort-of-bad girl — was the most commented-on character in Treasure of Saint-Lazare.

This time things seem to have changed. Eddie is the one most early readers like. He’s an interesting guy — full of contradictions, slow to anger but unremitting once his decision is made. He’s confident but at the same time has an abundance of self-doubt.

He was, after all, a Special Forces company commander in Kuwait, and much of the plot of my first two books stems from one brief, brutal incident during that time.

I wanted to create a character who should have everything he could ever want, but whose perfect life is derailed by something over which he has no control, in this case something that was part of his father’s military service sixty years before plus the incident in Kuwait.

He’s rich, but his fortune really doesn’t matter much. He’s loved by the perfect woman, but can’t handle it and spurns her (don’t panic; they rectify that).  He falls into bed with the wrong woman, who turns out to be totally unlike his first image of her, or so he thinks. In other words, he’s like most of us — screwed up, incomplete, unhappy at least some of the time.
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How did you get the original idea for the series?

A lot of my ideas come during my daily four-mile walks. The “what if” idea for this one came that way one day, and then I went looking to see if there were a historical hook I could use. That’s when I found Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s well-known self-portrait, which has been missing since 1945.

Then I found a bunch of interesting characters and put them into difficult positions to see how they worked themselves out.
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Are they based on real people?
I picked up a couple of names from people I know, but otherwise every character in it is totally fictional, or such a broad combination of attributes that they are anonymous. That excludes a few historical public figures, of course. Nobody could create a character worse than Hans Frank, the butcher of Poland who got his start in German politics as Hitler’s personal lawyer. Even his own son thought he was scum — enough so to write a book about it.
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How do you go about researching and writing?

Jan and I spend a couple of months in Paris each year, and that’s when I do the detailed research on scene locations. I make a lot of notes and take a lot of pictures. On this year’s trip we also went to Frankfurt for a short visit to make certain I hadn’t mangled anything too much — the manuscript was done but not beyond correction.

We lived in Frankfurt when we were journalists a long time ago. It’s changed a lot, but the old railroad station is in the same place, and nothing much has changed about Sachsenhausen, where Jeremy takes a long walk on his way to meet the old retired Stasi agent who provides the key that unlocks one very important part of the plot.

I take a lot of pictures. I dictate a lot of notes to my pocket recorder, which Dragon translates into something like English. Those go into Evernote, there to rest until I need them.

The writing itself is done in Scrivener on my MacBook Pro. In Paris, I write in the lovely old Mazarin Library, which is part of the French Institute, right across the street from the Louvre by way of the bridge that used to have uncounted thousands of love locks on its railings. The city took them off out of concern their weight would do permanent damage.

I print the manuscript (many times; the whole thing is still on a shelf above my desk at home, and it’s a stack of paper two feet high). I edit in longhand, and then when I can’t do any more I send it off to my editor, Jen Blood, in Maine. She works it over thoroughly — three times. Then it’s done.
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What’s next for Eddie and the gang?

The third book is about 40% finished. It’s not a sequel, because I think I’ve just about done the story of the missing painting and the criminal gold bug, but it will feature the same cast of characters and be set mainly in Paris, with an opening scene in Miami. It will be a little more of an espionage novel with a touch of techno-thriller. But it’s not done yet, so that could change. Eddie and I are still negotiating the plot.

Thanks a lot John for giving us a sneak peak into your latest work. Congratulations for the fabulous cover image and the marvelous reviews. I am really looking forward to read Last Stop: Paris.

 

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Interview: Bestselling Author Patrick Jones

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Today’s interview is with Patrick Jones, a great storyteller and bestselling author of  THE WOLF’S MOON, who just launched his latest book, THE RIVER.  A thriller that is another suspenseful page-turner, as his first one is!

In rural Missouri, Crawford County has had more than its share of wildlife problems. Not even a year earlier the woods were home to a vicious killer brought back from extinction. Something is haunting the rivers in Crawford County. The Missouri State Water Patrol must solve the deaths of several residents who died in the river but can they stop this menace before more people are killed?

Patrick, thanks a lot for talking with us about your latest title: THE RIVERFishing will never be the same again…
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***How did you get the idea for this new work?***
Very often I drive past several of the local rivers to get to the shooting range located nearby. Sometimes on the way back home I’ll stop and just think.  I have a favorite spot where I like to go, described in the story.
One day as I sat with a fishing line in the water, a young boy asked if he could fish alongside of me.  I, of course, said he could. He asked what kind of fish I was fishing for. My response was, “Moby Dick”. He looked puzzled asking, “What is a ‘Moby Dick’…”? I explained that it was a white whale in a book I read as a youth.  A few minutes later, my rod bent straight out and what was on the end fought like a whale. I landed a four and one-half pound Catfish. The boy had a surprised look on his face asking, “Is that ‘Moby Dick’…”?
“No,” I said, “just a Catfish”.
“Mister, I thought you caught a Shark or something”.
“Just a Catfish, son”.
On the way home, I wondered what I would have done if it was a shark.  Probably just cut the line.  That was when the idea hit me.

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***You are interested in paleoanthropology and archeology, did it help with the research for this book***
My interests in paleoanthropology helped a great deal with researching the story.  My main research was years ago when my wife took a biology course that included many marine animals long extinct.  She would quiz me after each chapter in an attempt to catch me up.  Luckily, she never did (and until today I never told her I had the same textbook she used).

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***You like fishing, don’t you?  Will your buddies be scared when reading the story?***

I love to go fishing but the last couple of years I haven’t been able to go.  All of my old fishing buddies have gone to the “Great River in the Sky”, but I still have my wife (though she doesn’t like to bait the worm on the hook), and my grandchildren.

Cameron might be scared – a little anyway.
Cade and Bryce would just laugh.
Cody would ask if I was the one who shot the monster.
And my Evie would just smile.

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***Is there a connection to the real life of fishermen in the story***
Some years ago when my wife was out of town working, I’d go to a local Grill & Pub called “Blazer’s”. I had the pleasure on many evenings to sit and listen to people from the area talk about their fishing exploits.  I know all of the signs of someone telling a true story or a “fish tale”.  Either way, it was always an evening well spent.

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***Everybody I meet has their own special story; one simply has to take the time to listen… Do you get lots of ideas for your books from talking with people?***
I try to take the time to listen and watch people no matter where I am. They have so much to say without knowing that they are. People are willing to talk about themselves.  They want to think that their lives mean something – to themselves and to you.  Each person IS special!  I develop many of my characters based on people I know or have met.  I like to think that, by basing a character on them, I have captured their uniqueness in my writing.
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***Do your protagonists in THE RIVER resemble real-life persons?***
In any story that I write, the good guys are always from real life people. What is hard is coming up with new villains.
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***Many of your books’ readers might think about traveling to the beautifully  Ozarks in Missouri where your books take place.  Are you now “famous” in your area?***
I have gone far out of my way so that no one knows where I live. My house is on a small one-lane gravel road and my neighbors are so glad that I am low-key. Can you imagine the traffic?
When I go to the gas station or the grocery store, I am always asked when the next book is coming out. I’m not sure if they like me or my books, but either way I like them.  So if any of my readers want to come to the Ozark Region of Missouri, they will not be disappointed in the area. It is a wonderful place to visit and even a better place to live.

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“The River by Patrick Jones will keep you reading,
on the edge of your seat AND out of the water…”
Chris Graham, Amazon UK /Goodreads UK Reviewer

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THE RIVER is available in print and in e-book format.  Maybe one day it will be an audio-book like THE WOLF’S MOON 

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THE RIVER book trailer on YouTube

Follow Patrick Jones on his social media and author pages too:
Patrick Jones’ author page at Amazon
Patrick Jones’ Twitter page is, another link to Twitter
Pinterest
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Goodreads
Goodreads The Wolf’s Moon
Goodreads The River
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Interview with Author Louise Szabo

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Louise, thanks for taking the time to talk with us about your latest book.

How would you describe it to someone who has not yet read it?

Lucy’s Toad Trip is about our travels across Canada in an old RV we named Lucy.  I wrote about the unforeseen mechanical breakdowns, living in the confined spaces of an RV and how my husband Charlie and I were adjusting to hours of togetherness.

It is about driving through the diverse landscapes of Canada and being amazed at this fast country’s beauty.
We also found that across Canada – although each campground had its differences – campers were friendly, fun loving people and seemed to follow a set routine as if it was a cross-country rule.

 

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
For anyone interested in buying an RV this book gives a good glimpse of what this type of travel entail. Many previous RV owners will relate to our experiences and for those who can only dream of travelling in an RV the adventures will make them feel as if they are right there with us.
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What inspired you to start writing?
I have always been interested in writing but not until I retired did I find the time to immerse myself fully and indulge my passion for writing. I find writing very therapeutic and at first I wrote my memoirs which is a forever-ongoing project.  I always write a journal when we travel and on my return home I like to take my very disorganized scribbled notes and re-write them in an orderly fashion.  Since our RV adventure was a once in a lifetime trip the only way for Charlie and I to remember and re-live our journey was for me to convert the journal into a book.
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How much of the book is based on real life?
Often, what happens in my own life becomes the base of a short story.  In this case, all that I wrote in the book actually happened to us.

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What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
My style of writing is simple and fluid.  I don’t have long description but try to write in a very compact form so as not to bore the reader.  I also have a funny streak and I try to incorporate humour in my writing whenever possible.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what is the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Writing is a very personal journey.  It isn’t enough to write about a situation, you have to write how you feel about it.  At the beginning I held back on my emotions and my stories didn’t draw people in.  Over the years I have been able to let go and reach deep enough into my soul to write honestly about my feelings whether they are good or bad.  I’ve learned that it is okay to feel vulnerable.  It makes me a better writer.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what is your favorite part of the process?
It is exhilarating to finish that first draft.  What I enjoy is going over it again and again and revising it.  The more often I do this the deeper go my feelings.  The best part is when I declare to myself that it is done.  It brings a sense of accomplishment. Seeing the actual book makes me proud of myself.  Not only because I wrote it, but because I have something for my family to hold and to keep forever.  It is part of my legacy.
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What’s your least favorite?
The least favorite chore is the struggle I have when I can’t find the word to say what I mean. Thank goodness for a good thesaurus.
I am a slow writer and it takes me at least fifteen revisions before I declared the book finished to my satisfaction.  Even then I worry about the words and sometimes I thinks that my writing is so bad that I want to delete it all and start all over again.  There comes a time when your heart knows it is done but your head wants to make it more perfect. In reality it is never perfect.
When the publisher received the manuscript, I waited, impatient and with a bit of fear, for his comments and constructive critique.  It came as a surprise that I grieved the end of the project. It also frightened me that the book was now out of my control and I couldn’t change any of it.
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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Some of the places we have been in Canada moved me deeply and I hope that I expressed my feelings about them properly.  The part I enjoyed writing the most was when we were in Dawson City in the Yukon and I recount the time my father was stationed there as an RCMP recruit.  My father was a writer and most of his stories were about his stay in the north.  I could visualize him in that setting and the writing came easy.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I would change the printing on the cover so that you could read ‘ Across Canada’ better.  There is always something I would like to change, add more details, change some of the wording.  There is always room for improvement.
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What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
I would like to write a psychological novel.
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What general advice to you have for writers?

  • Don’t give up. Sometimes I got so fed-up with the process that I almost quit writing.  Instead, I left it for a while, sometimes a couple of days, sometimes a couple of weeks and did something else.  If you have a passion for writing you will get back to it.  Do it for the fun of it and don’t let it stress you out and don’t give up on it.
  • Join a writing group.  Since writing is a lonely pastime I found it useful to join a writing group.  You must find one that suits your genre and a group of people who will give you honest critique.
  • Learn the craft.  At the beginning my writing was so bad that even my husband refused to read it as he didn’t want to upset me with his critique.  I knew I could write, I wanted to write, but I didn’t know how to write.  Like any other craft it must be learned.  I took courses and eventually development my own style of writing. Now my husband looks forward to reading my work.
  • Be proud of your accomplishment. Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Everyone has their own style and most people aren’t crazy enough to write let alone publish a book.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
Writing is very therapeutic.  I can express myself better by writing than by speaking.  Probably because by revising so often I can find the right word to say what I mean.  By looking inside myself and got to know myself better.  Writing has made me a better, calmer, happier person.  I am at peace with myself.

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What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Sometimes I procrastinate.  I sit at my computer and read my emails, play a computer game, check my Facebook account and do anything to keep me away from writing.  This has nothing to do with the pleasure I get when I do write.  I often get overwhelmed with this feeling that I need and have to write.  The most challenging part is finding the right story or idea to write about.  Sometimes it doesn’t come easily.  Sometimes the idea is there but I can’t find the words.
Now that my book is done I am still searching for the next idea inside of me that wants to come out on paper. I am in transition and since I know it is there I need to let it take root. One day it will pop into my consciousness and I will be off again. In the meantime, I wait.

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How would a close friend describe you?
They would describe me as a fun person, organized, steady and honest. They might also find me at times distant which is a mask for my shyness.  I am more of a listener than a talker and when I join a conversation I stumble over my words.  Even in my speech I can’t find the right words to express myself.  Yet, I have been told that I am a great public speaker.  On those occasions when I must give a speech, I am prepared and know what I want to say and how to say it.  Always with humour.
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What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I didn’t read much in my childhood and I don’t think I have much of an imagination, although my husband might debate that statement.

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Follow Louise Szabo on her website to find her books.

Lucy’s Road Trip can be bought from chapters.indigo.ca at the following link:
http://bit.ly/1vGjta1

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Author Interview: Traci Lawrence

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Today’s Interview is with Author Traci Lawrence about writing her successful self-help book Accept No Trash Talk.

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Traci, how would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
My book is about perseverance in the midst of trials, whether those trials deal with communication, or medical challenges. I want to help people to realize that everybody has the ability and the right to overcome great odds. My book is the voice of significantly undervalued people, but it is also the voice of anyone who has been subject to any amount of disrespect.
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How did you get the idea for the book?
The basis for the book was the disrespect that I received and witnessed in my earlier years. I wanted to show how I have pushed beyond bullying, and how numerous famous people have also done the same. I quote empowering examples of famous people in history and current events.
In addition, I got ideas from talking with people I know that feel overwhelmed by all that’s expected of them in their personal lives and careers.  Some people have more money, better health, or better social skills than the majority of people in their social circles. Yet, the less-fortunate majority should not be held accountable for circumstances that are beyond their control.
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There are many excellent self-help books on the market. Why should a person choose to read your book?
My book is unique because I am unique. I am a distinctive person in several ways: I come from a background of medical, mental, and social challenges, and; I only have a bachelor’s degree.  My book has several distinguishing characteristics: it’s shorter than most self-help books; it is formatted in an easy-to-follow outline, and; the language that I use is simple, everyday English. My writing should be relevant and clear to everyone because I have the common touch.
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How do you want your book to change the way that people think?
I want my book to be a platform for the promotion of the idea that everyone is “okay”. We’re all “broken”; nobody’s perfect, and that’s acceptable. Most of us are trying the best that we can with limited resources. Some groups want us to think that they are perfect. They think that they have a right to judge and devalue other people. Therefore, I want my book to raise awareness of how disrespectfully some individuals treat each other. Also, I want readers to realize that everybody deserves a chance to get ahead in life.

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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
The underlying message of my book is that everyone has a right to live within their own truth and capabilities. Certain people shouldn’t be allowed to dictate what other people are capable of, or how they should act. Some of us have limited capabilities due to mental and medical concerns. The strongest of us are willing to push ourselves to expand our capabilities. I name such people, including historical figures and current celebrities, in my book.
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What would / could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they get you as an author?
One reviewer quoted a line from my book: “Everyone has a right to live within their own capabilities.”
My book is about people understanding and accepting their own capabilities. It’s also about everyone accepting the fact that not everyone operates within the same framework of values and strengths. For example, I have more medical challenges than many people, so I cannot be expected to accomplish as much as a person who has no medical concerns.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what ís the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
I have learned that beta readers are invaluable. I asked a few beta readers to look at portions of my book. They gave me validation and encouragement. They also gave me tough love when they pointed out areas where I could write with more clarity, conciseness, and optimism. Most of all, they demonstrated how to organize my highly jumbled thoughts.
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How did you get published? Please share your own personal journey.
I am self-published on Amazon. I went to the Amazon website and follow the links for self-publishing.

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What general advice do you have for other writers?
I would say that a good rule of thumb is to write about that which you’re passionate. Passion always comes through; so does apathy.

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What is the best part of being a writer?
I like the fact that my edited thoughts are published for anyone to read.  My writing illuminates my thought processes more than my speech does.  I think that there are other people out there who think like me, so the purpose of my book is to give them a voice, too. I strongly believe that reserved people who have been undervalued need to be given a voice amidst the many loud voices in the world.

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Meet author Traci Lawrence here too:

Facebook Accept No Trash Talk book page  https://www.facebook.com/Tracisebook
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/114161341418207904221/posts/p/pub
Twitter https://twitter.com/aleen_traci
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tracilawrence77/
Author Blog http://tracisebook.blogspot.com/
Amazon page http://amzn.to/1nWAQ3y
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCznN3w6vzrldBkzc-2Vf-dw
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/traci.lawrence.779
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8416470.Traci_Lawrence

 

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Success Guide: Interview with Author Jerry Gladstone

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Today’s interview features author Jerry Gladstone and his very inspiring, upcoming book THE COMMON THREAD of Overcoming Adversity and Living Your Dreams. He shows how successful people are living their dreams and features Academy Award and Grammy Winners, Super Bowl and World Series Champions, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Legends, Best-selling Authors and Billionaires, Olympians, Boxing and UFC World Champions.  Having a vision and a plan, working hard, being dedicated and having a network of people, never giving up, being willing to take on whatever comes your way – this is what distinguishes them all – like a “common thread”.
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Author Jerry Gladstone and his wife Brooke

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Jerry, thanks for taking the time for this interview.
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

As an instant motivator not based on theory but rather on the experiences of those who have overcome challenges and obstacles on their journey to success. The book consists of more than 50 well-known celebrities from the world of sports, music, business and other areas.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
The belief that success is not just reserved for some of us, but can and should be for all of us.

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What inspired you to start writing?
The time that I spent with so many well-known people was invaluable and I wished that my friends, family and business associates could have the same experience as I did, gaining wisdom and insight from my conversations with them.

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How did you get the idea for this inspirational book?
My wife Brooke was a great inspiration. We were talking about how some of our friends and people we knew had such great potential, but had a hard time getting out of their own way.
We realized that there was a common way, a common theme, a “Common Thread” of overcoming obstacles and being successful, that ran through the successful people we came in contact with, and we wanted to share with others.

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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Self-belief can knock down many barriers.

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Who is your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Sylvester Stallone. I was just 16 years old when Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky hit the theaters. He made me realize that it didn’t matter that I was not the biggest, strongest, smartest or most talented and that with heart, drive and determination, I could accomplish just about anything.

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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
Dan Caldwell, founder and president of TapouT. And also a friend of mine started a little T-shirt company out of the back of his car. Years later he sold it for more them $200 million.
He is a big believe that if he can do it then so can anyone!  “If you’re looking to get real strategies to make real productive and positive changes in your life, then ‘The Common Thread’ is a must-read!”
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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Self-belief, overcoming adversity and living your dreams!
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How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
100 percent.

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What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
That it was important to share these stories because as a young man I had many challenges and overcame them by using the same best practices offered in the book.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To write when you are inspired and in the right creative mindset. Also, if you do a little at a time, it adds up.

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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?
Re-living the experiences while writing the book.

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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Rule number one has always been and will be forever:  don’t beat yourself, don’t get in your own way and don’t come up short due to lack of effort, preparation or self-doubt.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I will tell you that when it comes out!
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If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?
Stallone because he represents how an underdog with a million to one shot can succeed.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
Conveying a message of hope.
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What’s your least favorite?
The grammar!

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What is your favorite book?
A very good friend of mine, Ben Macchia, went through a very difficult time after losing his brother Jamie in a motorcycle accident.  Years later I went through a very dark time in my life, Ben sent me this book.  I will always be grateful and without question this book, which was first published in 1968, inspired me to keep moving forward: The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
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Where can people learn more about your writing?

http://www.TheCommonThreadBook.com

http://www.thecommonthreadbook.com/SuccessBlog.en.html

 

Visit and follow Jerry Gladstone at these Social Media sites too:
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Twitter
https://twitter.com/JerryGladstone  @JerryGladstone

About.Me http://about.me/JerryGladstone

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/jerrygladstone

Facebook http://on.fb.me/1ooEYpu

GooglePlus http://bit.ly/1svQ7Z7

Pinterest http://bit.ly/1mHgeZR and http://bit.ly/1oLqWzp

Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/123427234@N07/

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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Hired Doris at http://111Publishing.com/Seminars!

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Has Your Book been on Air – At a Radio Show?

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The Book Report with Host Elaine Charles is a fun, fast-moving, fact-filled show in 10 major markets across the USA. Check their radio stations and show schedules:

A lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike. It’s a great way to find out who’s hot in the book world and which titles critics and readers are buzzing about.

Like everyone of us, Elaine is a voracious reader, book club member in good standing and book lover from the days of Golden Books on. Elaine received her undergrad degree from Boston University and Master’s from George Washington University. She’s worked overseas, at the Library of Congress and most recently at The Miami Herald.

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STATIONS & SHOW SCHEDULES

Cocoa, FL
WMEL AM 1300
Saturdays 6pm
The Book Report: Listen Live at 1300wmel.com 
Gotta Read It Minutes: Every Weekday

New York, NY
WABC AM 770
Saturdays 6:30-7pm
The Book Report: Listen Live at wabcradio.com

Visit The Book Report channel at YouTube for archived “Gotta Read It Minutes”.
Or listen on iTunes
The Book Report On: iTunes  Listen to popular and emerging authors discuss their latest projects, new books, and the craft of writing. Featured authors in all genres appearing weekly at Book Talk RadioThe Book Report On: YouTube 

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If you have ideas on books you’d like previewed, author interviews you would like to hear, or any sort of feedback, please contact Elaine directly at: elaine@bookreportradio.com/

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Post it on Your Author Pages
Your book sales will certainly not sky-rocket after a radio show, but it will be on YouTube and iTunes archived, which is another possibility to subtle post and tweet about your book and your radio appearance.  After being interviewed by a local radio station: endorsements of traditional media, even if it’s simply mentioning your name, is marketing gold if you are trying to get a book into more readers hands. Don’t miss to let everyone know about it, post it on YouTube and all free video sharing sites and certainly on all your author pages at online retailers.

See also:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/how-to-let-publicity-work-for-you/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/30-video-sharing-sites-to-upload-your-book-trailer/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/7-errors-writers-make-when-dealing-with-the-media/

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Interview with Author Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett

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Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett

Our Interview today is with Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett, a licensed Family Therapist from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, who has written a fantastic book, that received already lots of praise and awards, and very positive reviews – many from other therapists, who recommend her book to their clients.
In September her self-help guide book The Marriage Whisperer was named the “Book of the Month” by MidWest Review.  To learn more about Dr. Hollinger and her work we asked her lots of questions:

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How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
My book, The Marriage Whisperer: Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight, explains readers how relationships of couples can be brought to the next level. It’s a self-help title, inspired by over 10,000 conversations I had with clients.  It delivers 70 couple stories with humor and includes practical tips and tools for lasting relationship improvement. Popular themes like communication, habits, chores, arguments, sex, and intimacy are explored in easy-read tales. It showcases simple stories and delivers simple solutions. Lots of couples found themselves in the book, and could through humor identify themselves. It’s not a blaming book, it offers solutions to take their relationship to the next level.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
My primary message in the book is to keep your life in balance, something that is important to avoid marital neglect.  Not having a balance in your life, such as work, marital life, family, hobbies etc. has long-term consequences for relationships.

“Will spend more time when …” we are in vacation, the kids are in school, the kids are out of the house, we are retired … NEVER works. If you don’t spent enough time together NOW, your interest changes and your attachment weakens. The challenge for couples is to find out how much is enough (time to spend together).
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What inspired you to start writing?
I am a Marriage Therapist for over 20 years, and often heard from my clients: “I never thought about it

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The Marriage Whisperer

In seminars I asked: “Who wants a better marriage?” Barely anyone raised a hand… No one wanted to admit that their marriage was not in the best shape. However, now with my book reading it together with their partner, working together with the book, having debates and conversation / in a non-blaming, non-threatening way, couples can work on their relationship in privacy.
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Are your characters based on real people?
Yes, but certainly keeping their anonymity.
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What was the most difficult case you ever had.
Not one particularly, but often with couples where one thinks he/she is “right”, and constantly blaming the other person. The other stays either defensive, and argues, or the “yes, dear” person, who freezes in the relationship, and finally stepping out of it.
Challenge in therapy is to make people seeing their situation from a different angle, and opening up their line of thinking.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?
Hearing people that know me : “That’s just like you” And I wanted the book to be my voice and have my voice. I did my best to write it, like I talk with my clients.

What’s your least favorite part of writing a book?
The meticulous editing process.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
To be able to share what I have learned with a larger population.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I would have written it sooner. But at that time I had other priorities and I wanted to keep my life in balance.  Relationships are often struggling due to the lack of balance.
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What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Making the time to write.
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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Speaking engagements! And presentations.
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Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?
Egypt.
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What is your favorite book?
I like to cook and like to read cook books.
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How would a close friend describe you?
Very creative and honest to the point, without being insulting.
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What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I am painting, do sewing, doing quilts, even a Firefighter T-shirt quilt. I am an avid gardener and love flowers and being a home gourmet cook. I am not a perfectionist.

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Meet Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett and her book here too:

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6456762.Patt_Hollinger_Pickett

Amazon Paperback, 214 pages, $18.40
http://www.amazon.com/Marriage-Whisperer-Patt-Hollinger-Pickett/dp/1933455659

Authors BroadCast
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOJ_dTh5HE5MqaPnxPxfWa6hnjSjzkIgU

MSI Press Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhnG9-mNvMM

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What Reviewers Said About the Book:
“The Marriage Whisperer is a practical, accessible book for married couples seeking to improve their relationship. The chapters, on helpful topics such as communication, trust, intimacy, roles, etc. offer relevant illustrations, practical insights and excellent discussion starters for couples. I have begun working through it with my wife and we are finding it very helpful in enhancing our intimacy and communication, in particular. I also perform wedding ceremonies and am trained to do pre-marital counseling for the couples whose ceremonies I perform, and will be enthusiastically recommending this excellent book to this whom I counsel. Highly recommended!”

“The author clearly understands the various dynamics that impact how couples navigate their life issues, and has an amazing handle on why difficulties may be occurring and what can be done to improve them. With a wise, sensible, and professional touch, she invites the reader to consider respectful options and accommodations. The inclusion of tables, lists, and short paragraphs, which offer specific ideas on what needs to be done and how one can proceed, makes this a user-friendly support to couples.”
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