Sunday, April 27, 2008
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? I was very young. I loved reading as a child, still do, but I started writing for school assignments, and realized how much I loved it. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? I write mostly romance genre books, but I do have a poetry and short story book out, as well as a childrens, and fictional literature I'm working on. 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? My family and friends have always been supportive, and through the years I have had several teachers pushing me to pursue it. 4. Have you written any books based on a true life story? No, however, I think every writer gains inspiration from events, or people in their life. 5. Who is your favorite author? I have several; Roberts, Neggers, Graham, Johansen, McCall, Poe, Austen... 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? Mostly from my imagination, but yet I always find they share characteristics of people I'm surrounded by. 7. How many books have you written? Currently, I have three published, and three I'm working on. 8. Where can your books be purchased? Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Warners, Borders, Target, Alibris, Powells. 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were published. Elated, to say the least. It was always a dream. 10. Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? No, still writing them. 11. What are some links to your websites where visitors can be invited to read a BIO on you as author, and your writing? www.authorkellymoran.com, I am on Facebook, Myspace, and Goodreads. 12. Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing? I'm hoping to get into a larger publishing house, and just maybe people can recognize my name. 13. At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your writing endeavors? No, I have always set high goals for myself, and I will continue to achieve them. 14. In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? An agent helps-do your research. Find an editor before submitting. Do at least 2 revisions before submitting, and never give up. 15. As an author, have you ever experienced writer's block? A few times, but it never lasted too long. I just work on something else, and come back to it. 16. In your opinion, what advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? I find reading another book in your genre helps gain ideas, and gives you a break. It never hurts to start a new project, and go back to the old one later. 17. As a child, did you have any favorite books that you enjoyed reading? Oh yes! Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Dr. Seuss, Where The Red Fern Grows, Amelia Bedilia... 17. As a child, did you enjoy reading a lot? Just about every chance I got. 18. If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Hmm, I'd like to say Jane Austen, but she is deceased. Probably,Stephen King, mostly out of curiosity. 19. Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? Most definitely. When you work that hard, and it is a process, you can't help but relish that joy. But then...on to the next one. 20. How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? Now, that has been a challenge. With twins, a part-time healthcare job, doing reviews, and writing...it's been hard. I do a lot of short-hand notes now where-ever I am, and go back to the computer later. 21. How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time you signed one of your published books? I felt a bit out of place, actually, like I was doing something wrong. Surreal. 22. If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career? If so, how? Not one iota. I would still plug away at it. I may have more time for it. 23. As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published, then we learn the meaning of promotions. In your opinion, what was the most difficult task? Finding creative ways to promote it, without being pushy, or demanding. 24. Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help them write those chapters for a new release, some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers. Do you have any particular scenery, or object that you wish to focus on when writing? Complete silence. I can't write in noise. 25. If you had books published in one genre such as horror, and became daring to write a novel for a different genre, what would it be? I've written in several genres, So I think I did this. Romantic fiction, suspense, poetry, short stories, and childrens.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I am Honored & Delighted to Interview the Talented Author, and one of the Sweetest friend's I've ever known, Susie Honeycutt. Thank you so much for participating in my Reviews/ Interviews & for all your Support in my Mission to Help Promo Authors!
INTERVIEW OF AUTHOR Susie Honeycutt with Author Geri Ahearn 1. When Did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? My first thoughts of writing began when I was in grade school, many years ago. I have always felt that words are so important. A person can influence others to agree with you, just by the words you choose to use. Words are powerful. With the right combination of words, a person can change the world, convince a person to spare your or another's life, changes a life. It's just a matter of finding those words. They are there. It's a matter of discovering them. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? I lean towards non-fiction inspirational type books. Books that encouage a person to think and analyze their lives, but I do enjoy writing fiction concerning family type situations. 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? My son has been my biggest encouragement. But, I also have to include my co-worker, police officer friend, Nik. He's the one that edits my books. He publishes comic books. 4. Have you written any books based on a true life story? No, except when very young, we had to write our life story for a class in school. (I got an A). 5. Who is your favorite author? Dale Carnegie, louisa May Alcott 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? A little bit of both, but I've never told them which, or who they are. 7, How many books have you written? I've written four so far, but only one, Alfaland is published. The other three, "Journey to the long Home, Angelic Encounters Of the Bible, and My Praybook" are unpublished. 8. Where can your books be purchased? My published book Alfaland, as far as I know, can only be purchased locally and online at most places where books are sold including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Target & Waldon Books. It is also available at Amazon in the U.K. and Japan. 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were published! In awe! 10. Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? I'm working on a book, which I'm at this time calling, "Bible trivia." It jumps back-and-forth from the Old Testament, asking questions concerning characters and teachings of the Bible and it then gives scriptural answers at the end. I have also thought about writing a life story book, due to the fact my father was killed a month before I was born and my mother gave me and my two brothers up for adoption. Altogether there were five of us, and it's an interesting story the directions of all the lives. One was apparently raised by gypsies. 11. What are some links to your websites, where visitors can be invited to read a BIO on you as author, and your writing? http://www.myspace.com/alfaland myspace.com/rainingtruth 12. Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing? I plan to put more effort into getting the books I have published, and completing "Bible Trivia." 13. At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your writing endeavors? No. I had plans of being retired and writing full-time by now. I've learned it is not that easy. The writing is the easy part. the publishing world is hard to get into. 14. in your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? Never give up your dreams, but keep your day job. I suggest disciplining yourself to write a certain amount of writing each day, if just one page. 15. As an author, have you experienced writer's block? Not really. My most difficult job is finding the time to write. By the time I get there, I am ready to write. 16. In your opinion, what advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? Keep a notebook with you at all times. You never know when inspiration may strike you, and by the time you get back to it, the thought is gone. 17. As a child, did you have any favorite books that you enjoyed reading? I loved "Black Beauty, Little Woman, The Nancy Drew Books, and the Little House On The prairie Books--plus many more. 18. If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Let's go for the top...J.K. Rowling. It's hard to imagine having that much support, and recognition of your writings. 19. Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? Of course, but the feelings upon completing a book are similar. You take a deep breath, sit back and feel good about what you've accomplished. All those months, and notes , and writing sometimes feel as if it will never end and when it does, you feel good. Getting published is more a sense of relief. A lot of what goes on with publishing is out of your hands, and isn't always fair. Much of it is not your talent, but luck that gets you there so you don't feel self-satisfaction. 20. How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? It's not easy. I am fortunate, being a 911 operator and police dispatcher. I do have down- times where I can write. We can do other things as long as we are right there when the phone rings, or we get a police call. Some read, some watch TV, or play solitare, I write or am on Myspace. 21. How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time you signed one of your published books? I was shaky. The person whose book I signed couldn't understand why I was nervous, but I was. 22. if you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career? If so, how? No, that would set me free to write. Perhaps I'd start publishing my own ooks. 23. As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published, then we learn the meaning of promotions. In your opinion, what was the most difficult task? The most difficult for me was to get book stores to carry my book. I had some disadvantages because my publisher was a pod publisher, and bookstores don't seem to want to sell their books. They gave me several different reasons, and some I do understand. 24. Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help them write those chapters for a new release, some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers. Do you have any particular scenery, or object you wish to focus on while writing? I usually write with all kinds of activity going on around me. Most of whoch I do not choose to have, but I like it quiet. That's when I can concerntrate the best. 25. If you had books published in one genre, such as horror, and became daring to write for a different genre, what would it be? My book "Alfaland" is a mystery/romance. The books I am now writing are Biblically related. I love writing about the Bible, because I believe all answers can be found there.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One INTERVIEW will be Posted every 2 weeks--Good for Promos! The INTERVIEW Will be Posted on this Blog AND... http://romancewriterandreader.ning.com/profile/GeriAhearn Just Click on My group....AUTHOR INTERVIEWS More Exposure, More Promos & Bulletins Will Also Be Posted On Myspace Before & During The 2 Weeks each Author is "Under The Spotlight."
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Hello Folks, This is a Listing Of The First 10 Author Interviews, who I Will be Delighted & Honored to Present, I hope it will be an Enjoyable Event for All! 1. AUTHOR BOBBY R. WOODALL 2. AUTHOR SUSIE HONEYCUTT 3. AUTHOR KELLY MORAN 4. AUTHOR J. HALE TURNER 5. AUTHOR DANIELLE TURCHIANO 6. AUTHOR CHARLES SPENCER 7. AUTHOR D. H. BROWN 8.AUTHOR JONATHAN MILLER 9. AUTHOR J.R. GORDON 10. AUTHOR JEREMY C. SHIPP
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
1. WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER? When I told my wife after reading many westerns, "Babe, I believe I can write as good as those guys!' My wife looked skeptical and replied, "Sure you can, why don't you try it." So I wrote one western and got it published. I figured maybe to write another to make sure Ole Bobby wasn't a flash in the pan. It got published. "Hey," I thought to myself, which I do because I am all alone everyday(wife teaches school). "Bobby, you on a roll son, try some more.' Right now I've got another western, children's story, scary story, horror story, and a sequel to "Mercer's Manor." 2. WHAT TYPE OF BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING? Westerns primarily as I am from Oklahoma and I know about cowboys and Indians. 3. DID A SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE NSPIRE YOU TO BECOME A WRITER? My wife, she inspired me, because outside of God and myself, she knows me pretty well. She has more faith in Bobby than Bobby does himself! 4. HAVE YOU WRITTEN ANY BOOKS BASED ON A TRUE LIFE STORY? Not really based on true life outside of being historical. Mercer's Manor, a post Civil War epic, is the story of Dan Mercer, an ex-union officer struggling to overcome the atrocities of having been a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison in the Southwestern part of Georgia, being equal distance to Alabama to the west and Florida to the South. He was trying to forage a new life for himself on the untamed plains of the indian territory (Oklahoma). My other Novel, Clearwater is also historical in that I used real places, and real armament. I want to be historically accurate in my novels. Clearwater is an action novel set in 1879. The story revolves around the exploits of a small town in the indian territory(Oaklahoma). It's small bank is robbed by a murderer that has just escaped execution. In Clearwater I envisioned Clint Eastwood as the aging sheriff, an Andy Griffith type, don't want to rock the boat. Stern but fair. In Mercer's Manor I think of Tom Selleck as the ex-union officer, Sam Elliot as his sidekick and Reba McEntire as the love angle. Also Donald Sutherland as the evil Captain Wirtz, the commandment of Andersonville prison. 5. Who IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHOR? Me of course! Actually I like zane Grey, Max Brand, Luke short, and Louis L'Amour. 6. ARE YOUR CHARACTERS CREATED FROM PEOPLE YOU'VE KNOWN FROM REAL LIFE, OR ARE THEY FROM THE IMAGINATION? Both, primarily from my imagination. 7. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN? Two westerns 8. WHERE CAN YOUR BOOKS BE PURCHASED? http://www.ynergebooks.com http://www.barnesand noble.com http://www.amazon.com http://booksamillion.com 9. DESCRIBE HOW YOU FELT THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE PUBLISHED? Satisfied, accomplished, and contented. 10. DO YOU HAVE ANY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS FOR A NEW RELEASE? Yes I do. I am presently working on the sequel to Mercer's Manor. 11. WHAT ARE SOME LINKS TO YOUR WEBSITES WHERE VISITORS CAN BE INVITED TO READ A BIO ON YOU AS AUTHOR, AND YOUR WRITING? My favorite site is: http://romancewriterandreader.ning.com/profile/Bobb 12. DO YOU HAVE GOALS SET FOR THE FUTURE IN YOUR JOURNEY OF WRITING? Enjoy life and surviving the best I can with what I got. 13. AT THIS POINT AND TIME IN YOUR LIFE, ARE YOU EXACTLY WHERE YOU WANTED TO BE IN YOUR WRITING ENDEAVORS? Don't know about what I wanted, but do know what I want. To grow old and enjoy my wife, children, and grandchildren. 14. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ARE SOME FACTORS THAT CAN HELP AUTHORS REACH THEIR DREAM OF ACCOMPLISHMENT? Perservance! You got to just hang in there. 15. AS AN AUTHOR, HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED WRITER'S BLOCK? Sure, like right now! 16. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO AUTHORS TO PREVENT WRITER'S BLOCK? I wish I knew--because I have it now! 17. AS A CHILD, DID YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE BOOKS THAT YOU ENJOYED READING? To be honest, a terrible accident that I was in robbed me of most of my memory 18. IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A FAMOUS AUTHOR, WHO WOULD IT BE? Not really acquainted with one 19. MANY AUTHORS FEEl A SENSE OF SELF-SATISFACTION AFTER PUBLISHING A BOOK. SOME FEEL A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT, CAN YOU RELATE TO SUCH FEELINGS? Sure can! Back in high school, an English teacher told me I could not place ten words together to make a simple sentence. Well Madam, I put 187,000 words together to make 2 novels! 20. HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION WITH YOUR GOALS FOR WRITING? Don't have a current occupation outside of playing "Mr. Mom." I'm considered totally disabled by the SS office. 21. HOW DID YOU FEEL AT YOUR FIRST BOOK-SIGNING, OR THE FIRST TIME YOU SIGNED ONE OF YOUR PUBLISHED BOOKS? Proud as a 'possum caught in the hen house! I beamed like a lighthouse and was as nervous as a one-arm fan dancer! 22. IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY TOMORROW, WOULD THAT CHANGE YOUR PLANS IN YOUR WRITING CAREER, IF SO, HOW? No change, as I don't believe in a pie in the sky, or getting something I have not worked to get! 23. As WRITERS, WE BEGIN WITH A MANUSCRIPT THAT BECOMES PUBLISHED, THEN WE LEARN THE MEANING OF PROMOTIONS. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT TASK? Promotion 24. SOME WRITER'S NEED TO LISTEN TO SOFT MUSIC TO HELP THEM WRITE THOSE CHAPTERS FOR A NEW RELEASE, SOME PREFER LOOKING AT THE OCEAN, OR FLOWERS. DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR SCENERY, OR OBJECT THAT YOU WISH TO FOCUS ON WHEN WRITING? Yes, I try my hardest to look at the keyboard, for I don't know how to type. I still hunt & peck 25. IF YOU HAD BOOKS PUBLISHED IN ONE GENRE SUCH AS HOROR, AND BECAME DARING TO WRITE A NOVEL FOR A DIFFERENT GENRE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I THINK IT WOULD BE POETRY!