Friday, January 23, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Fantastical' Marija Bulatovic

Marija Bulatovic was born in the 1970s Yugoslavia immigrated to the Chicago land area, just ahead of the 1990s Yugoslav wars and the breakup of the country.

Marija has spent 15 years working in hi-tech industry and is an accomplished business professional driving enterprise business with Fortune 500 companies.

She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and son-who was the catalyst for FANTASTICAL.

Find out more on Amazon

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

While I didn’t set out to pursue career as an author, I was moved to do so after the birth of my son.  FANTASTICAL is a legacy to my son, as his birth was the catalyst for the book. 

These stories were born with my son.  Uncertain upon entering a wholly new phase of life, I sought wisdom and enlightenment – and a break from the daily routine of feedings, lack of sleep, and disorientation.  I was in search of something that would lift my spirit, make me laugh, and transport me, if only for a moment, to another, less tangible, place and time. 

While the world in which these stories unfold no longer exists, I still cling to the many lessons it taught me.  Because of my fantastical childhood, I know in my heart that life is much more than a sum of mundane survival activities.  I know that it’s fluid, magical, brimming with love and connection.

This book was indeed the respite I needed.  It freed my mind to roam the wild landscape of a bygone era and lifted me on the wings of Balkan stardust.  I hope it will do the same for my readers.  My hope is that these stories amuse and transport my readers, sustaining them on their journey as they have me on mine. 


Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

Great question and IT is different for each author based on their expectations. As for me, IT is all it’s cracked up to be and I’m enjoying the journey.  Just to bring a book project forward and have it published is a huge personal and professional accomplishment and to be able to talk about it and bring it to the broader audience is wonderful and very rewarding. 

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I chose to self-publish.  FANTASTICAL is a work of passion and a very personal and dear project to me.  As such, I was interested to personally and deeply become involved in all aspects of publishing, from identifying the right experts to edit, illustrate, layout, and print the book to working with a tremendously talented publicist to bring it to light. 
Self-publishing is enormously labor and time intensive, but also very rewarding and profitable, assuming one is able to make investments to get the book to the finish line.
The pros are that you, as an author are 100% in control of your book and the every aspect of it.  You are the final decision maker and owner of the outcomes-good and bad. It’s a wonderful opportunity to merge one’s creative talents with flawless execution.  It does require much self-discipline and hard work, but it’s also a rewarding process.  While the world of self-publishing tools and services can feel like a maze, once the author understands them, they are generally easy and efficient to use.
The cons are that you have to invest money, time and energy to personally research and identify everything that shapes the book: editors, publicists, designers, printers, distributors, etc.  This is no easy task and authors can feel discouraged by it and by the long road ahead.  The self-publish path also requires that you make personal investments or raise money to fund your book project-which done right, is not an inexpensive proposition. 

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

Great question and self-publishing a book is definitely a commitment! My family was extremely supportive along the way.  Specifically, my wonderful husband, Gerry Miller, and my parents, my eternal guides and strength, Smiljka and Ljubomir Bulatovic, were extremely encouraging, reading and re-reading the stories, critiquing, asking thoughtful questions, reviewing designs and all-around cheering me on.  Also, my broader circle of family, especially my wonderful in-laws KyungAe Bea and Ralph Miller, were very generous with their time and feedback. And of course, my mentor, Joe Keller, and a number of dear friends cheered me on every step of the way!

This is for pet lovers.  If you don’t own a pet, skip this question, but do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

No pets hereJ but I love animals.

This is for plant lovers.  If you don’t own a plant, skip this question, but if you do, are they actually still alive?

Yes, I own a number of plants, some of which were sitting on my desk as I was writing or making directional decisions about FANTASTICAL! Just looking at them during the writing process provided me with a sense of calm and when I needed a break, I loved watering them and rewarding their peaceful inspiration.

I currently have a beautiful jasmine plant at my home which is always a reminder of my childhood, these stories, as its scent prominently figures in FANTASTICAL.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

There are certainly many distractions to writing or any other form of work.  I did most of my writing during my baby’s naps, when the house was quiet and when I had the best ability to focus. 

On the other hand, knowing that there would be distractions, I would plan around those, block time on the calendar for writing exclusively and put 100% of my energies toward FANTASTICAL during this time.

It’s definitely a balancing act!

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

The fact that a lot of FANTASTICAL was envisioned and created while nursing my baby is probably the craziest thing about the project! Much of it at night too! 2am, 4am feedings…

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I’m not far down the social networks path yet, so can’t comment from experience if one is better than others. 

However, I am a networker and a connector by nature, so I’m reaching out to everyone is my broad circle of friends, family and associates letting them know FANTSTICAL is out, encouraging them to read it and if they like it, review it and share the good word with others.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I’m just starting out, but it’s very nice to already have book sales! It’s a good tangible validation of 2 years of deep personal investment. 

Especially, as a self-publishing author sales are very important and a way to sustain the project. 

That’s also a beauty of self-publishing, once you are published, the revenue is yours! (minus printing, distribution costs, but NO publisher revenue share)

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I’d like to encourage anyone who’s looking for a little magic, a break from the mundane, a pinch of humor in their lives to pick up FANTASTICAL and transport themselves, for a moment, into a world that has vanished from the map but not the mind and open themselves up to magic in their own lives! 

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

Publishing and especially self-publishing a book is a major accomplishment, professionally and personally.  It’s very rewarding.  My journey as an author is just starting, I’m thrilled for it and am happy to have put good energy into the universe via these stories! Hope my readers enjoy it as much as I do! Cheers!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Cornered' Linda DeFruscio

Linda DeFruscio is the founder and president of A & A Laser, Electrolysis & Skin Care Associates in Newtonville, MA. In addition to Cornered, her memoir about her friendship with Dr. Richard J. Sharpe, she is currently writing a book on skin care and completing a book of profiles based on interviews with transgender people, many of whom are her clients. While Cornered is her first book, her skin care articles have been published in magazines for years.

Find out more on Amazon. 
Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I never had a choice. I take notes all the time and on virtually every subject. Sometimes I have an interesting thought and I don’t want to forget it, and sometimes I am simply recording what’s going on around me, because I find it fascinating. Some of my notes wind up becoming the foundation for articles or books.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

Writing a memoir is a real challenge. You have to walk a fine line between telling the truth as you know it and ensuring that you don’t insult anyone along the way. Because Richard Sharpe’s story was very high profile, I had to work with lawyers to make sure I played by the right rules.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I have had my own business for many years. It was hard enough to squeak out the time to write Cornered. I certainly didn’t have the time to get involved with self publishing it. So I went the traditional route. I actually had three offers, albeit all from small presses, and I picked Twilight Times Books because they seemed the best fit for me.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My husband is elated to see the result of all my hard work. Like me, he is anxious to see what will happen next regarding  reviews, book signings, etc. As far as other family members, I don’t think it made much of a difference in their lives. They’re happy for me.

This is for pet lovers.  If you don’t own a pet, skip this question, but do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

This is for plant lovers.  If you don’t own a plant, skip this question, but if you do, are they actually still alive?

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I usually try to do my writing at end of the day when all that stuff is over with or early in the morning before it all starts. Again, since I work full time at a business that I own, I never had the luxury of sitting and writing hour after hour, day after day. But I was driven, and I got the job done and am now working on two other books.

What was the craziest or most insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

I can be fanatical when it comes to certain details. There are pictures of Richard Sharpe on the cover of the book. Even though they are small pictures, maybe an inch square, they are very important because they show his progression from childhood to student to Harvard medical school graduate to cross-dresser to convict. I wanted them to be perfect, but every time we worked with the printer to modify the colors on the cover, the contrast or hue of the pictures changed too. We couldn’t seem to get it all right. As of this writing, the first printing has been completed, but we’re still tweaking the cover, trying to perfect it for the second printing. Other people have said the cover looks fine, to just let it go. But I’m not a “let it go” kind of person. If I was, I never would  have finished the book in the first place.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

Too soon to say.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I’m off to a good start because I have hundreds of clients and friends who want to read the book. I am extremely social. I know a lot of people and I’ve never been shy about telling them what I was writing about. Everyone wants to get the skinny on Richard Sharpe. The book of course is a memoir, but my life-changing association with him is at its center.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

After all these years I still want to scream because in 2000 Dr. Richard J. Sharpe’s mental instabilities resulted in the death of the person he loved most in the world—his wife. I want to scream for her sake, because she was a remarkable woman who was extremely nurturing toward everyone she met, and I want to scream for his sake, because if he hadn’t screwed up royally and wound up in prison, he would have found a cure for cancer by now. If he was alive now, he’d be looking for a cure for ebola. He couldn’t help himself. He was as committed to putting the world right as she was. The difference between them was that his psyche was fragile, perhaps badly dysfunctional, and when the world seemed to be caving in on him, he lashed out big time.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

The act of writing a memoir has opened my eyes to some truths about myself and some truths about the people, especially Richard Sharpe, I interact with in my story. Truth is all important to me. The truth will set you free.



Monday, January 19, 2015

Interview with Jeremy Bates, author of Suicide Forest


Title: Suicide Forest
Author: Jeremy Bates
Publisher: Ghillinnein Books
Pages: 350
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan...and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.

When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning—and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.

For More Information
  • Suicide Forest is available at Amazon

 
Thanks for letting us interrogate interview you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

        To make millions and millions of dollars (ha, right!). I don’t know really. It’s just something I always wanted to do, especially when I realized becoming an astronaut was going to be a longshot.


Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

        It’s great. You get to do something you have chosen to do. You get to be creative. You’re largely in control of your future. The only thing that would make it better is the aforementioned oodles of cash.


Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

        My first two novels were traditionally published. I learned how everything worked and got a good sense of the industry—enough at least I figured I could give it a go myself with Suicide Forest and not have the publisher take an 80% cut.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

        My fiancĂ© is super supportive. My family is great. Everyone else doesn’t seem to care one way or another!


Do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

        I chopped up my kitties for meowing too loud. (C’mon, I’m a horror writer, it’s allowed!)

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

        Grooveshark.com and earphones.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

        My debut novel, White Lies, hit #1 overall in the Paid Kindle.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

        I don’t think any help all that much. They’re fun though. I like Twitter the best.


What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?
       
        An asteroid’s coming! I can see it! We’re all doomed!


Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

        I can go to work drunk :P (very occasionally!).



Jeremy Bates is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller White Lies, which was nominated for the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award. He has spent the last ten years traveling the world, visiting more than thirty countries. He has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Bates is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature and philosophy. He is an active member of Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Inc., and Crime Writers of Canada. For More Information Visit Jeremy’s website. Connect with Jeremy on Twitter , Goodreads and Facebook  

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of Productivity Guru Harris Kern

Harris Kern is one of the world’s leading organization mentors www.disciplinetheorganization.com and personal mentors www.disciplinementor.com. He is a frequent speaker at business, leadership and management conferences. His passion is to help people excel in their professional and personal life by helping them develop their self-discipline skills to combat the top issues: severe procrastination, poor time management, ineffective goal management, lack of focus, no sense of urgency and unmotivated. He also helps individuals improve their EQ skills (communication, relationship management, inter-personal, etc.) and leadership skills. He pioneered the Discipline Mentoring Program and Professional/Personal Growth Program (P²GP). Mr. Kern is also the author of over 40 books, some of the titles include:
·       DISCIPLINE: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Hidden Potential
·       DISCIPLINE: Training the Mind to Manage Your Life
·       DISCIPLINE: Mentoring Children For Success
·       DISCIPLINE: Take Control of Your Life
·       Going From Undisciplined to Self-Mastery: Five Simple Steps to Get You There

Mr. Kern is recognized as the foremost authority on providing practical guidance for solving management issues and challenges. He has devoted over 30 years helping professionals build competitive organizations. His client list reads like a who’s who of American and International Business. His client list includes Standard and Poor’s, GE, The Weather Channel, NEWS Corporation, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal (HACTL), among hundreds of other Fortune500 and Global 2000 companies.

Mr. Kern is the founder and driving force behind the Enterprise Computing Institute www.harriskern.com and the best-selling series of Information Technology (IT) books published by Prentice Hall. As founder of the Enterprise Computing Institute, he has brought together the industry's leading minds to publish "how-to" textbooks on the critical issues the IT industry faces. The series includes titles such as:

·       IT Services,
·       CIO Wisdom, CIO Wisdom II
·       Managing IT as an Investment, among others.

Mr. Kern’s goal is to arm individuals and organizations with the tools to empower them to become more productive and successful.

Listen to a radio interview with Harris Kern on Conversations Live.

Check out his latest book, Going From Undisciplined to Self-Mastery: Five Simple Steps to Get You There, on Amazon.

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I started writing IT books with Prentice Hall/Pearson in the nineties. Writing books has always been a passion of mine. I ended up with my own imprint with Prentice Hall titled 'Harris Kern's Enterprise Computing Institute'. We published over 20 books with this imprint. It did wonders for my resume and my career in IT. Then I branched out to writing books on self-discipline because I saw people wasting too much time all over the world especially when corporations and pressures with home life dictate for people to do more with less resources. I wanted to help as many as possible.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

I actually hate the process of writing a book; it's grueling and demanding. It's very boring - you read the same sections/book dozens of times. The perks are second-to-none especially when you're associated with the largest publishing company in the world: Pearson. It's instant notoriety and accelerates career growth. Not to mention having an incredible resume/bio.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I went the traditional route with Prentice Hall/Pearson at first and eventually established my own imprint with them. It was hell dealing with such a large and bureaucratic company. It's very painful. The entire process from start to finish is agonizing, however when you see your new book for the first time it's an awesome feeling that sucks you in and then you're addicted to writing more.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

It's hard on the family because typically writing a book is a side hobby - except for a few big-named authors - although I've written over 40 - it's very time consuming and takes away from quality family time. However, my family is very supportive and are very proud of my accomplishments.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I was never late to work. When the phone rang - if it was business or immediate family member I answered it. My solution: I cut my sleep down to 4 hours a night so I can write when everyone else was sleeping by choice. I've been sleeping on 4 hours of sleep for the past 3 decades in order to produce more. I believe in living life to the fullest.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

The book was published without a TOC - it totally dropped off during the copy-editing process and nobody picked up on it until after it went into print.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

That I left behind more than just pictures when I die I will have left behind a legacy for my family and too me living life is about many accomplishments and leaving behind a legacy for your loved ones.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

Although I hate the writing/publishing process - I wouldn't have it any other way - seeing your brand new baby come out for the first time is an awesome feeling - although short-lived - can't wait to write the next book. Really weird - For over 20 years I've been saying no more books and I just keep on writing...it's that SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT OVER AND OVER AGAIN is a feeling like no other!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Nine Planets' Greg Byrne

Greg Byrne’s latest book is a supernatural thriller called Nine Planets. Byrne is a late bloomer who began writing as soon as he was introduced to crayons, but was published only recently. He spends his time teaching English as a Second Language to overseas adults and Bachelor of Education units to undergraduate teachers, and consulting with primary schools and ESL colleges about teaching grammar.

His next book is a YA thriller series, followed by an epic fantasy tetralogy. In his ‘spare’ time, he loves history, languages, science, travel, movies, books and sport.

Link to Amazon

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

It was never a case of wanting to be an author. I just grew up with words and stories and languages filling up the spaces in my head with colour and light and mystery. Apart from teaching, which was rather hardcoded into my DNA from birth (both parents were teachers), I never really thought of doing anything else. Teaching pays and delights. Writing delights but pays far less.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

Being an author is wonderful and being a published author is one step better. The perks are that I get to turn all the exciting stories in my head into real books. That’s an exciting and quite fabulous journey all of itself. I get to make imaginary things real, to subcreate (in Tolkien and Lewis’ words) characters and places and events. How fantastic is that? Even better than that is to have readers who enjoy these stories. I recently heard from a reader who understood some of the clues in Nine Planets and was delighted. Demands? None really except for deadlines and editors.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

Traditional. I considered the self-published route, but the reactions of bookstore owners were less than favourable, so I was thrilled when Dragonwell took me on. I’ve done a lot of the local work myself in getting Nine Planets into bookstores, so that is similar to what a self-published author would have to do, but that has been half the fun.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My family understands, for which I am VERY grateful. As long as Dad and husband balances writing with family relationships and duties, all is well. Even when deadlines loom and the door is shut, they have been very gracious. When the first copy of Nine Planets arrived at my door, they all gathered around, celebrated with me and shared their photos on facebook. That was a wonderful moment.

This is for pet lovers.  If you don’t own a pet, skip this question, but do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

Ah. We had Daisy many years ago when I was writing Nine Planets, a fantastic family dog who loved us as much as we loved her. Part of my job was to take Daisy for a walk, so we often went down to the local (rather large!) park where Daisy would run and I would muse over the latest chapter, scene, character or plot problem. Daisy had her exercise and I was able to turn my writing brain off and allow my imagination some unfettered wandering time. There’s something almost miraculous in the way that open air   

This is for plant lovers.  If you don’t own a plant, skip this question, but if you do, are they actually still alive?

Gardening is therapy. There is something in the physical act of planting, digging, fertilizing and watering that strips away worry, routine, bills and stresses and re-engages the creative soul. I love my garden. Yes, it is still alive and we enjoy home grown herbs on our dinner most nights.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

Life continues as it will and the world makes its demands as it always has; I just have to cope. I just knew that when I returned to the keyboard, the characters would be waiting. I would go back three or so pages, re-read, bring myself up to speed, start again and keep writing until the next interruption or I had to go to bed. Oh, I don’t cook. My darling wife cooks and I do the dishes afterwards.

What was the craziest or most insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

None of the publishing process was unusual, but writing the book itself was seriously crazy. I recall staring at the screen many times wondering who on earth it was who thought up this almost surreal story. Writing query letters was insanely difficult because summarising the story and working out short punchy taglines was almost impossible. The most amazing part of the whole process, though, was the initial inspiration. I can remember the exact place and time as well as the trigger that started the whole thing. Out of a clear blue sky, with no warning whatsoever, the novel landed almost fully formed in my head in an incandescent ten minute period a week before Christmas several years ago. I immediately abandoned the novel that had so completely consumed me for decades and started on Nine Planets immediately. That was the craziest and most insane thing, without doubt.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I use Twitter and Facebook. I’m still working out how to condense stuff into Twitterian simplicity, but Facebook has been a fantastic way to tell others about Nine Planets.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

Hard work. Lots of social media shameless self-publicity as well as talking to bookstore owners, newspaper journalists, radio hosts and just about everyone else. I don’t expect book sales, especially for a debut novelist, to be terrible exciting at first, but I do expect that Nine Planets will go out into the world and tell its own story in time (it certainly has got a wonderful story to tell!).

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

Two things. After decades of trying, getting that contract in the post was a matter of dreams, the other side of fantastic. I didn’t run down the street screaming, waving the contract above my head, with my dressing gown flapping, but I got pretty close.

The second thing was getting a REAL. PRINTED. copy of the book in my hands. With an ISBN and everything. On PAPER. It is hard to say just how amazing it was to see all my years of late night work, all the amazing characters and their stories, all my imagination made REAL. A book to hold. For others to read. That thrill is still undiminished. It’s the wonder of subcreation, of making intangible thought into a real paper book. There’s something miraculous about that.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I think I already have! J Writing is making. Human as I am, writing is a dim, shadowed glimpse into the mind of God.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable by Keith Craft

Title: Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable
Author: Keith Craft
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 277
Genre: Christian Life/Motivational
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 Discover the key to all your future success and achievement, and learn that what makes you different, makes you great. According to science, 99 percent of our DNA sequence is the same as other humans. Pastor Keith Craft believes that the 1 percent difference in each of us is a type of glory that God has given us. Within the pages of his motivational and inspirational self-help book, Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable, are the tools to help you discover a unique fingerprint that you have been given. These tools will help you deploy your unique difference that your family needs, your marriage needs, your job needs, your faith needs—that the world needs. And when you embrace and live in that uniqueness, you celebrate the glory of God.

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Keith Craft is the founder and lead pastor of Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas. He speaks in the world’s largest business/success seminars and has shared the stage with former world leaders such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher. For the past twenty years he has spoken alongside Super Bowl–winning coaches such as Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Mike Shanahan, and Tony Dungy; MVP quarterbacks such as Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning; and entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, and Goldie Hawn. As a leadership coach and strategist, Craft is also the founder of Leadershipology.com, an online quote service. You can visit Keith Craft’s website at www.keithcraft.org. For More Information
 

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Straight from the Mouth of 'The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin' Jonathan L. Ferrara

Jonathan L. Ferrara, the author of The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and  imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful childrenhis dog Koda and cat Merlin.
His authors website is www.JonathanLFerrara.com / Amazon
Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
Its pretty simple. I had a story in my head, begging to be written. I love bringing characters to life. Being an author was my way to do this on a daily basis.

Tell us (we wont tell promise!) is it all its cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
Being an author is great! The finished product gives you an extraordinary feeling of completion. I get great joy hearing readers talk about the characters in my book, and share in my same enthusiasm about the overall story. When you first set off to write a story you neglect to think about what happens now. Once youve completed your novel your writing journey is far from over. There is much that goes into the processes of publication that is far beyond the writing part.   

Which route did you take traditional or self-published and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on whats that like?
I went with a traditional publisher and I wouldnt have had it any other way. Self-publishing is great, but I had a vision of seeing my novel in a bookstore. Traditional publishing isnt for everyone, but for me, I wanted to find someone who shared in my faith for The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin. There is a lot of hard work that goes into publication. You have a team working on the same book. There is something wonderful about that.  

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
A lot of years went into writing and I think sometimes my family didnt quite understand the whole struggle, which was a little difficult. Now that the book is out and they can see the finished copy they can see what Ive been working on all these years. They are really proud. The same goes for me.

This is for pet lovers.  If you dont own a pet, skip this question, but do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?
I do have a dog and a cat and I absolutely love them. The cat loves to eat so he wont let me forget his meals or I would soon regret it. Sometimes when Im writing I can feel little bites on my legs. Thats my warning. My dog just loves when Im home and sleeps at my feet while I write.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying youre late?
Well Sometimes I hid my phone in another room, or I turn it on silent so I dont feel the temptation to answer it. My significant other is an artist so were usually writing and drawing at the same time.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?
I would have to say that the craziest moment was when my publisher asked to represent me. Thats an extraordinary feeling that Im still enjoying.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
Although I think goodreads.com is a great way to get your book out there, I do try to stay away from it. Reviews are meant for other readers, not for the author per say, and I stay away so that my writing isnt effected by it. I have a vision of what I want the series to look like and getting advice from reviewers might sway the vision. 

Book sales.  Dont you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?
Marketing is the key for book sales. Readers need to know that your book exists. Although it would be nice, they arent going to just stumble upon it. Im constantly looking for more reviewers no matter how many sales the book might achieve.

What is one thing youd like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?
When a plot Ive been thinking about for a long time turns out not to work. Its a horrible feeling, but I like to think that if it doesnt work out its only because its not meant to in that specific way.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Heres a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Nowcan you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesnt matter because its all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldnt have it any other way?

I love that the story that I feel so passionate about is out there. No matter what happens in the future there has already been readers who have fell in love with the story like I have. Thats the greatest thing about being a published author; having people share in your passion for your characters.