Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Author of: Western Zen 1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Back in high school, after I met a woman I fell in love with, after that I learned to love parts of myself. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? Poetry is my favorite. 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to write? Her name is Lacey, she has truly inspired me! 4. Have you written any books based on a true story? Yes! In poetry, I use words to create images, that represent experiences in my life. 5. Who is your favorite author? Hunter S. Thompson 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life? I do not see a difference between real, or imagined characters. 7. How many books have you written? I'm working on my current novel, "Western Zen" The Mad Stylings Of American Spirits. A collection of various artwork from folks across the country. 8. Where can your books be purchased? Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for info. 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were published? I'll say...."It will feel amazing!" 10. Do you have any current work in progress? "Western Zen: The Mad Stylings Of American Spirits!" 11. What are some links to your websites? www.myspace.com/westernzen 12. Do you have goals set for the future? Yes! I am currently observing my creative process! 13. At this point and time in your life, are you where you want to be with writing? I certainly am moving towards my goals! 14. What are factors that can help authors reach their dream? Focus, persistence, and enthusiasm! 15. Have you experienced writer's block? Oh Lord! It is the worst! 16. What advice can you give to prevent writer's block? Do not judge your writing, and cultivate the values of creative freedom, and romance. 17. As a child, did you have favorite books? Mickey Mouse books, Marvel Comic books! 18. As a child, did you enjoy reading alot? Yes! Mom read to me everyday! 19. If you had the opportunity to live one day the life of a famous author, who would it be? Jim Morrison! 19. Many author's feel a sense of self-satisfaction, or achievement after publishing a book, can you relate to such feelings? A sense of achievement! 20. How do you balance your occupation with writing? I just go along with the flow, after I settle down! 21. How did you feel at your first book-signing? I will feel like a champion! 22. If you won the lottery tomorrow, would anything change with your writing goals? Yes! Fiances would be much better, and I'd spend more time doing the things I love! 23. As writers, we begin with a manuscript, then learn about promotions, what was your most difficult task? Gathering material to create a book! 24. Some writer's need soft music, or look at an ocean, or flowers. Do you have a particular object, or scenery when writing? To sit in a dark corner of the Stockman Club(a local bar) and drink a few bloody-marys, or to sit alone in nature! 25. If you wanted to publish books in a different genre other than what you've published, what would it be? Mystery/ Adventure!
AUTHOR/ POET/ Joanne Olivieri 1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? I first realized it after reading some poetry books my Mother had given me. I loved the musicality of poetry, especially within the traditional styles, and knew poetry was something I wanted to pursue. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? I enjoy writing poetry, and reviews. I can also get lost in writing fiction, though I haven't written much in that genre. 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? Yes! my Mother did. She always encouraged my writing. She would always buy my poetry books. I remember during summer vacations, she would have class for me, and my brothers once or twice a week where we'd all sit and write. While my brothers weren't fond of having a class during summer vacation, I very much enjoyed it. It helped spark my creativity. My Mom paved the way to my success as a writer. 4. Have you written any books based on a true life story? No! I haven't, though I have written a few true stories. I am however, seriously thinking about it. 5. Who is your favorite author? I have so many, it's difficult to list all of them. I mainly read poetry, and non-fiction, so many of my favorites are poets such as Longfellow, Poe, Byron, Keats, Marlowe, Plath, Angelou, and ellery Akers, etc. I enjoy any works by Wayne, Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and Joseph Farley. I'd have to say I can really get into Stephen King novels. 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? I've really not written many stories. Most of my poetry, and stories are created by my own experiences. Fiction would be a challenge, and something I may consider. I always like a good challenge. 7. How many books have you written? I have written two books. "Red Lanterns" which won poetry chapbook of the year 2005 by a local magazine, and "Serenity" which was published last year in 2007. "Red Lanterns" contains many poems written after my first trip to Hong Kong. "Serenity" deals mainly with life, love, passion, and a "coming into your own" journey." 8. Where can your books be purchased? They can be purchased directly from me, or from my publisher, Shadow Poetry. You can visit my website at: http://joanneolivieri.tripod.com for more detailed information, and ordering instructions. 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were published. I was ecstatic to say the least, and felt such a sense of pride, and accomplishment. 10. Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? I am considering a poetic/guidebook of my journeys to Hong Kong which will include poetry, reviews, guides, tips, and photos. I am planning another trip next year, so the book is pending, until I've completed my visit. 11. What are some links to your websites? http://joanneolivieri.tripod.com http://www.myspace.com/jodapoet http://joshongkong.tripod.com 12. Do you have goals set for your future in your journey of writing? I want to publish my Hong Kong journey travel book, then hopefully find a steady position as a travel writer. I love to write, and travel, so why not combine both of my passions, and make some money at the same time. 13. At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you want to be in your writing endeavors? I'm actually amazed that I am where I am. I never thought that I would have published two books, and be working on a third at this point in my life, so I am ahead of the game. 14. In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? First, and foremost, listen to your heart. Do not let anyone tell you that you can't do it, or don't waste your time. Follow your heart, and your dreams will come true. Face rejections as challenges. You will grow, and become more confident. 15. As an author, have you ever experienced writer's block? All the time. 16. What advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? One needs to become inspired when experiencing writer's block. Immerse yourself in what-ever it is that inspires you. Whether it's music, nature,reading, etc. Bathe yourself in inspiration. Always carry around a notepad, and pen to jot down ideas you may have. 17. As a child, did you have any books that you enjoyed reading? I loved all the Dr. Seuss books. I also had a collection of The Little Golden Books. I wish I still had them. 18. As a child, did you enjoy reading alot? I always loved reading. For me it was a way to travel, and experience something new. 19. If you had the opportunity to one day live the life of a famous author, who would it be? I think it would be Maya Angelou as I truly admire her sense of self, and "live in the moment" lifestyle. 20. Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book, some feel a sense of achoevement, can you relate to such feelings? I feel an extreme sense of achievement, after publishing a book. I love the sense of creating, and completing a project. 21. How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? I have an occupation which is very flexible as far as time is concerned. I write, and work on my projects around my work schedule. My schedule varies from week to week, though I have advanced notice. I am able to secure free time each month. 22. How did you feel at your first book-signing? I felt honored, and wonderful. I sign them all the time now, without even thinking about it. 23. If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career? No! It wouldn't change my plans. It would only change uncertainty in finances. It would also allow me to travel more. 24. As writer's we begin with a manuscript, then we learn the meaning of promotions, what was the most difficult task? Promotions. For me, writing is easy. Promoting and marketing is difficult, because it can take away that creative flow. It's difficult to find a balance between the two. 25. Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help write those chapters, some need to look at the ocean, or flowers, do you have any particular scenery or object you focus on when writing? One is nature, either the beach, or park. the second is listening to music, traditional Asian music, and three, traveling somewhere. It varies depending on my mood. 26. If you became daring to write a novel for a different genre, other than what you have already written in one genre, what would it be? I think horror, I find it challenging, so I may explore it in the future.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
BEGINS June 1st Package contains the Following: 1 Book Review--Accepting All Genres--Print format Only--Including ebooks-- Snailed to me Book Review Will be Posted on 3 Websites--I'm working on 4 1 Author Interview--Will be Posted on 2 websites--A list of 26 questions Announcements Sent out Via Bulletins on Myspace Before-During & Long after Your Review & Interview is Posted The Bulletins will contain the Following Info: Your BIO, An Update on your Review & Interview Package Fee- $15.00 Payment is Accepted by personal checks, or a Cashier's check only Special Note: This Announcement has been sent out on Various websites & Forums--LIST HAS BEGUN & is Growing! For All those Interested: Please Contact Geri At: Hrt4Angel@aol.com Geraldine Ahearn CCRN/ A.I.O.M. Author of 6 books Author Geri Ahearn, INC
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
It is with Great pleasure, and a Honor to present today my INTERVIEW with Author D.H. Brown. I will soon be Reviewing His Novel "Honor Due." A Novel of Action/Mystery & a Thriller. His book has been Reviewed by... "The Seniors Sunset Times Reviews." Their Feedback..."A Top Shelf Worthy Book." He is a multipublished author, currently working on other books for new releases!
1. Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Dave: Probably when I first got my butt whipped for tell a tall tale. I had a over-active imagination as a kid. Got a lot of whoppings...didn't stop me though, and I've been a confirmed member of the Liars Club Of writers ever since. 2. Geri: What type of books do you enjoy writing? Dave: Seems like mystery/action/thriller genre with a military flair, although I've been told that my books don't really fit any set genre. One female reader told me "HONOR DUE" was really romance. That was a surprise. Early on most of my writing was in communications. Even took a stab at screen plays. 3. Geri: Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? Dave: Not a writer, per-se, however, my 5th grade English Teacher told me that I was never going to pass her English class--so I'd better learn to read well as I was going to need it. Believe it or not, her name was "Mrs. Reading" which I still can't make sense of. Oops! I think I just blew right through some rule with that last sentence. 4. Geri: Have you written any books based on a true life story? Dave: I'd have to say that "HONOR DUE" comes the closest. A lot of its autobiographical with pieces from the lives of War, brother's my past, and present. 5. Geri: Who is your favorite author? Dave: Ahhhhhhhhhhh...Come on! Do I really have to answer that, Geri? Yikes! There are so many. I can't ever throw a book away; that's why there's over 800 on my shelves. Only one, Okay? Mmmmmmm, Modern author, I'd have to say that right at the top of the list would be James Lee Burke. He's a master of description. Can I have a couple more? Robert P. Parker. He can cram a whole story in 50,000 words, and make you think you read a book. Lee Child, something about his writing draws the reader into Jack Reacher's life. If I ever can do half as well, I'll think of myself as a successful writer. Of course, there are many others. 6. Geri: Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? Dave: A little of both. I spend a huge chunk of my writing time working with my characters. Each has his, or her own file, and everything that character is, says, and does go into it. Since most people I know think I'm a little crazy, I'll tell you a secret, I talk to them. I have conversations with them, until I can hear their voice. Shhhhhhhh...don't tell anybody! 7. Geri: How many books have you written? Dave: "HONOR DUE" is my first mainline work of fiction. I wrote "COMMON SENSE" back in the 80's for the Seattle Community Action Network, and delivered the seminars at the same time. Mostly, I wrote for non-profit communications, even movies. In '86, I produced the independent children's film "Lessie's Rainbow" that was filmed in Sequim. Two other books which I didn't put my real name on, and now am very pleased with myself for being such a far-seeing fella. 8. Geri: Where can your books be purchased? Dave: Ingrams book company, Baker&Taylor, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Books-A-Million.com, Powell's , and most other online distributors. 9. Geri: Describe how you felt the first time you were published? Dave: I think that every author has a one-time thrill. for me, it's each and every time a reader says they really enjoyed the work. That's the real pay day! 10. Geri: Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? Dave: "HONOR DEFENDED" AND..."HONOR REDEEMED" There is anticipation for other projects as well. 11. Geri: What are some links to your websites? Dave: http://www.dhbrownbooks.com http://www.myspace.com/dhbrownbooks 12. Geri: Do you have goals set for your future in the journey of writing? Dave: I want to continue with the Major Citizen Warrior series, and see where that takes me, and him. The other 2 projects I have in mind are coming to the front burners. 13. Geri: At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your writing endeavors? Dave: Further than I ever thought I'd be. 14. Geri: In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? Dave: Stick-to-it-ness! You have to first decide that writing is what you want to do! 15. Geri: Have you ever experienced writer's block? Dave: Oh my, yes! Staring at a blank screen for hours, twiddling with words that make absolutely no sense. 16. Geri: What advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? Dave: My cure is to take the pressure off. I just shut-down when the words don't flow, and get a good book to read. 17. Geri: As a child, did you have any favorite books? Dave: Sci-Fi, and Raymond Chandler's Marlowe books. Mike Hammer, and The travis McGee Series, lots of Heinlein, and Asimov. 18. Geri: As a child, did you enjoy reading alot? Dave: Every chance I got, and just about everything I could lay my hands, and eyes on. 19. Geri: If you had the opportunity to one day live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Dave: I can't think of a one. I already lived more than any man could expect. My life has been so varied already. 20. Geri: Many author's feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? Dave: For me, it's a sense of a job well done! 21. Geri: How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? Dave: I'm a disabled Vet. Writing is therapy for me. 22. Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing? Dave: Never had one, and doubt I ever shall. Me, and crowds don't mix well. 23. Geri: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would like change your writing plans? Dave: I'd really screw-up my disability. Other than that, I'd doubt I'd change a thing. 24. Geri; As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published, then we learn about promotions. What was your most difficult task? Dave: Promotions, by far. 25. Geri: Some writer's need to listen to music, some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers. Do you have any particular scenery to focus on when writing? Dave: Nope, just a computer screen! 26. Geri: If you became daring to write in a different genre, what would it be? Dave: I'm just a story teller. I want the reader to feel like they are sitting across the table, having a cup of their favorite brew, while listening to the Major tell his story. Geri: Thank you for taking the time to visit with us! Dave: My pleasure Geri. I appreciate all you do for independent authors, and their books.
Monday, May 5, 2008
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? I've seriously considered writing about ten years ago. 2. What type of books do you enjoy writing? Children and young adult 3. Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? Not just one person. I enjoyed the company of dear friends who were performing artists. At our gatherings, we each had a part delivering musical lyricals or stories, and on special occasions shared children's stories with their kids 4. Have you written any books based on a true life story? I think there's a little bit of true life in every story I tell. My story, "Orange Clouds Blue Sky" tells a bit about my sister and I growing up, but our childhood was definetely not as interesting and dramatic as the lives of the Patterson family. Thank goodness for creative imagination. 5. Who is your favorite author? That's a tough question. It's a close tie between childrens author Virginia Hamilton, and Paula Danziger. Although they're so far apart in genre, they are terrific story writers. 6. Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? It just happened that "Orange Clouds Blue Sky" was inspired by my life with my sister who is autistic, but the entire storyline is from the imagination. My sister's accomplishments while growing up motivated me to introduce OCBS as my first novel. I'm mostly inspired by strong and fascinating people--survivors. A thought-provoking topic is what I look for to make a story. 7. How many books have you written? I've published two children's books(for pre-schoolers) and my deput novel "orange Clouds Blue Sky." I have several others on archieve waiting patiently for their introduction. 8. Where can your books be purchased? "I Love To Sing And Dance" And...Miss. Betty's Daycare And..."Orange Clouds Blue Sky" "Orange Clouds Blue sky" sells on Barnes and noble 9. Describe how you felt the first time you were publihed? Elated. Like a proud new parent 10. Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? Yes! I'm presently working on my new novel, "Eden's Garden." I'm also editing the first of my early reader "Joseph Series" 11. What are some links to your websites where visitor's can be invited to read a BIO on you as author, and your writing? www.jhaleturner.com 12. Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing? To produce a novel, and a children's book each year, and support literacy for underprivileged children, and adults 13. At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your writing endeavors? As first I did regret not sharing my stories earlier. Now, being a bit wiser, I believe this is the best time for a new beginning. 14. In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? Writing is an indefinite learning process, and passionate experience. It's like dancing. A dancer never stops stretching, warming up, and is always learning to better the craft. A writer must keep writing, keep exercising that muse.Write for personal enjoyment(it reflects in our stories and draws the readers), Be open to suggestions, and pleaseeeeeeeee edit, edit, edit! 15. As an author, have you experienced writer's block? I try to stay focused. There are days when I can write almost forever, the next day maybe just a few lines. When that happens, I review my outline, and what I've already typed up for better visualization. 16. In your opinion, what advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? Writing exercises & brainstorming. Keep a pad close by at all times, especially by the bed. That's when my thoughts jar me awake, and I've got to write them down. 17. As a child, did you have any favorite books that you enjoyed reading? We had a large collection of books at home. I grew up with Nancy Drew mysteries. My mother had weekly Bible studies with us since we were knee-high. Thanks to my parents , my sister (autism wasn't a hindrance) and I read fluently well before attending school 17. As a child, did you enjoy reading alot? Oh, Yes! A good book was often read with a flashlight under the covers, after bedtime. 18. If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Wow! Good question! Walter Mosely! 19. Many author's feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? I was testing the grounds of self-publishing when my book "I Love To Sing and dance" was printed. I just gazed at it in amazement. To see my parents eyes light up, and look through the pages, my whole world changed. 20. How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? In the beginning, I allotted a few hours each day, writing my stories after work. On weekends, there's no time limit on a good writing day. 21. How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time you signed one of your published books? Honored (humbly so) 22. If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career, If so, how? After recovering from shock, I'm confident I'll always write. I've written well before money was ever considered. Writing will always be my creative escape, and adventure. 23. As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becoomes published, then we learn the meaning of promotions. In your opinion, what was the most difficult task? Promotion demanded additional brain power andstrategy involving marketing research, and related sources. That was an awakening for me. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it... Well,I hope so! 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? I need total quiet. When I write, I'm actually visiting with my characters, and meddling in their lives. Sad, huh? But, I really do have a life outside their lives. Honest! 25. If you had books published in one genre such as horror, and became dearing to write a novel for a different genre, what would it be? Science Fiction! Visitor's can be invited to read a BIO o