Friday, November 20, 2009


Welcome back Stephanie!
Second Edition
Genre: Young Adult Native American, Multicultural, Geered
toward ages 8-13
Geri: What has inspired you the most to write?
Stephanie: I was the little girl who stood out. After my mother and
father were divorced, I grew up with my Wampanoag grandfather
on his farm in Martha's Vineyard. Among the sea of
white children at Edgartown Elementary, I was the
lone Wampanoag with olive skin, russet hair and onyx
eyes, six-foot-one by the time I was twelve. I always
felt different, but I always believed in myself, because
my grandfather did. Because of my struggle, I am
inspired to write and send the message, that it's
okay to be different. You have to love who you are, and be
proud of where you came from. So many children
struggle with identity, and have issues about trying to
fit in.
Geri: How many book-signings have you been to?
Stephanie: Since June sixth, I have been to twenty-two. The largest
one is coming up at the Smithsonian-The Museum of
the American Indian in Washington DC.
Geri: Do you plan on writing a book every year?
Stephanie: Yes, however, not just a young adult book. Next year,
I hope to come out with my adult novel, "THE DREAM
Geri: How do you promote your book?
Stephanie: I reach out to newspapers. I have several articles
written on me. I have been on twelve different radio
shows. I have been doing all promotions on my own,
besides contracting with you for a review, and online promotions.
Geri: Have you written books in different genres?
Stephanie: Yes, adult fiction.
Geri: Have you written a series, and or a sequel for one title?
Stephanie: No.
Geri: After becoming a published author, do you now find
it easier to write?
Stephanie: No, my time is so limited. I have so many ideas, and
I long for the day when I will have nothing to do,
except to write.
Geri: Do you write everyday?
Stephanie: No.
Geri: Is writing a passion, a stress-reliever, or both?
Stephanie: It is a passion, going to give lectures on my writing
is a stress-reliever, knowing that I have touched
a child's life is the high for me.
Geri: What factors place you in the comfort zone while
Stephanie: Being quiet, lighting a candle, and having the room
be dark. I love the feeling of being isolated.
Geri: Thank you very much for today's interview. Congrats
on all of your achievements. I wish you much success!
Stephanie: You're welcome.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

**INTERVIEW with Author JULIA DUDEK** Author of "PIECES"

Author of: "PIECES"
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Geri: Do you have any current work in progress?
Julia: Yes, I am in the process of writing the sequel to PIECES,
and I expect to have it finished by the summer of 2010.
Geri: Did you have favorite books as a child?
Julia: As a child, I loved the LITTLE BEAR books by Elsa
Holmelund Minarik, and Maurice Sendak. As I grew up,
I became quite obsessed with a few different series, including
Geri: If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
Julia: Well, I like to think that I've incorporated all my favorite
genres into my book, which I like to say is a mystery-
suspense-romance, with a twist of horror. But I've
actually been tossing some science fiction-romance
ideas around for the future.
Geri: How many books have you written?
Julia: "PIECES" is my first book.
Geri: Has a special person in your life inspired you to write?
Julia: My grandmother, Olga. Actually, the characters for
"PIECES" were something we brainstormed together
fifteen years ago, when I was just in middle school.
She was a writer herself once, even attending college in
New York City, briefly while in her twenties to study
journalism, though she's never been published. Literature
and writing was something we bonded over early on,
and she has always been a fan of my writing, and promised
me one day I would see it published. Earlier this year,
however, she was diagnosed with the early stages of
Alzheimer disease and I knew that if I wanted her to read
the story she helped me come up with fifteen years ago,
I'd have to take it off the shelf and make it happen. I am
so proud, and grateful that I'll be able to put a copy in her
hands now.
Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Julia: Although PIECES is my first novel, I am not new to the
world of writing. I could go as far back as to credit the
school play I wrote for Martin Luther King Day in fourth
grade, but perhaps I should skip ahead to more recent
years. When I was eighteen, I worked as a news
correspondent for three different newspapers in New Jersey.
At age nineteen, I worked briefly as a local news managing
editor for The Brick Communicator, before leaving to focus
on college full-time. At age twenty, I won the Ignie LaFluer
Endowed Scholarship for "Best Work In Fiction" for my
short story, "The Color Of Homage." At twenty-two, I won
my university's award for "Best Senior Thesis" for a history
paper on Atlantic Ocean history. Another thesis, "Playing
with Barbies" for a class entitled "The Philosophy Of Binary
Gender" was published by the Transgender Tapestry in
2003, a magazine with national distribution. For the last
two years, I've been working as a ghost writer for various
projects. Writing, in any way, shape or form, has always
been my passion. As soon as I could write, I knew it was
what made me happiest.
Geri: As writers, we begin with a manuscript, and end in
promotions. What was your most difficult task?
Julia: Hands down, the most difficult task is the very moment
when you decide your work is finished. For months, or
years, the project exists only as a pliable story in your
brain, or an editable document on your hard drive. But
when you approve that final galley, knowing it will be off to
print and available for the world, you must relinquish your
ability to go back in, and change. Also, tweek, or polish,
accepting your book as finished. I could call it bittersweet, but
I don't think any words could truly describe that moment.
Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time
you signed your book?
Julia: As I am answering this question about two weeks before I
will have a book in my hands to sign, I can only guess the
feeling of pride, and accomplishment, even if I sign only
one copy.
Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Julia: This is a hard question to answer, because I have a favorite
for each genre, but I will be simple and say Alice Sebold.
Geri: Are your characters from real life, or from the imagination?
Julia: From the imagination, though I feel as if I know them all
personally, after spending so much time with them!
Geri: Thank you very much for today's interview. It was quite
interesting, and enjoyable. I remember how much my
daughters liked The Baby-sitters Club, and Sweet Valley
High. I always took them to the library from a very young
age, and they loved the book clubs. Congrats on your
new release. I wish you much success.
Julia: You're welcome!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Author of: "OVERLAND"
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Love Story/Adventure/Romance
Geri: What inspires you the most to write?
Mark: My creativity has flourished of late. My novel "OVERLAND"
was inspired by my travels in 1985. It took almost twenty-
four years to finally write a book about it.
Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Mark: I don't read that many books.
I really liked "EAT, PRAY, LOVE" by Elizabeth
Gilbert, back in the day I liked George Orwell. Also,
Aldous Huxley, JRR Tolkien, and Robert Heinlein. You
know, required counter culture reading!
Geri: Are your characters from real life, or from the
Mark: The main character, Danny, in "OVERLAND" is loosely
based on my own adventures, when I traveled around
the world for two years in Europe and Asia. The others
are all imagination, except for Mustapha, who was
inspired by my houseboat guy in Kashmir, India.
Geri: How did you feel the first time you were published?
Mark: Amazed, astounded, as much, if not more than when
I graduated college.
Geri: If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
Mark: I have a non-fiction idea, rolling around in my head.
Shhhhhh, can't say yet, we are what we write. I'm a
travel, adventure, love story, kind of guy. I could never
write spy stories, unless I figure out how to do that.
Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Mark: I've always liked to write, when I traveled. I diligently
wrote in my travel journals daily, and not just I been there,
saw that, met them. I wrote more commentary, and
observations, along with details. If I had a fire in my house,
and only had a minute to grab something, it would be my
Geri: Did you have favorite books as a child?
Mark: Dr. Seuss. Was he really a Doctor? Everybody who writes
must have had some prior profession.
Geri: Thank you very much for today's interview. It is an honor,
and pleasure to work with you. I wish you much success
in your writing endeavors!
Mark: You're welcome.