Monday, March 22, 2010


It is with great pleasure to interview Author James F. Weinsier.

Author of:     "WHERE DO WE GO?"

Genre:             Lyrical Children's Fiction/Children's Wellness/Parenting Resource


Geri:        What has inspired you the most to write?

James:     The desire to give memorable, everlasting gifts to those special people in
                    my life.

Geri:           Who is your favorite author?

James:       Shel Silverstein, and Dave Barry. I'll give you the bonus of why? I don't
                     do very much recreational reading. Both of these authors are humorists,
                     and quick reads.

Geri:            Do you have any current work in progress?

James:        Frankly, finances have a few projects on hold, while we promote
                      WHERE DO WE GO? I am working on a complimentary coloring
                      book that will companion WHERE DO WE GO? An adult version of
                      WHERE DO WE GO? An ecology motivated children's book, WHAT
                      CAN I DO? Possibly, WHAT CAN WE DO? Also, I have several others
                      in the conceptual stage, and HOW TO BECOME AN ANGEL. I'm working
                      with my daughter, who is writing educational screen plays, TV shows.

Geri:              What were your favorite books as a child?

James:          I don't do a lot of recreational reading. Today, it's a result of a lack of
                        time. As a child, in the 1940s and 1950s, as soon as the school bell
                        rang, it was summer and that meant sports. Any sport, whatever the
                        season, we were outside playing. Thus, from my limited experience,
                        I enjoyed 'Charlottes Web' as a tot, and 'Alice In Wonderland.' Also,
                        'The Wizard Of Oz' as I got older. Books leave a lot to the imagination.

Geri:             In your opinion, which genre would be best for the movie screen?

James:         I like any well written, and performed film from action movies to chick
                       flicks. While I cheer the action heroes, I'm not embarrassed to cry.

Geri:              Thank you very much for your time. I wish you much success with
                        your writing.

James:          You're welcome.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


It is an honor to bring back Author Jennifer Swanson.

Author of:  "PENNY &RIO: The Locked Doghouse Mystery"

Genre:         Early Chapter Book for ages 6-9


Geri:       At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you want to be with your writing?

Jennifer:     No, but I feel like I am on my way. I have learned so much in publishing my first book. For
                 one thing, advertising and marketing are part of every author's job these days, regardless of
                 who your publisher may be. I feel that I am more in tune with what my audience is looking for,
                 and how to give it to them. I have learned how to craft a better book, so it takes me less time
                 to get through the edits. I feel much more confident that I have the ability to write well, and
                 keep learning more every day.

Geri:          What factors place you in the comfort zone while writing?

Jennifer:     I like to be able to have quiet, and concentrate when I write. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen
                 too often for me. Between barking dogs, transporting my three children to all of their many
                 events, juggling a part-time job, all while staying connected to advertising and marketing my
                 current books makes for an interesting lifestyle. But you know, I think many, if not all authors
                 do this at some point in their lives, so we all learn to make do. I write when-ever, and where-ever
                 I can. Dentists offices, soccer fields, even in my car,while waiting to pick up my children from
                 school. Thankfully, I do manage to grab a couple of quiet hours a week, when I can review it
                 all. My dream place to write would be a quiet cottage by the ocean. That would be the best.
                 But who knows, I could get out there, and then realize that the silence was too much.

Geri:          After having your first book published, do you now find it easier to write?

Jennifer:       Yes, in some ways. I came up with the idea for book three in the series fairly quickly. The
                    third installment to the PENNY & RIO series will be released in summer of 2010. I feel
                    as if I know my characters better now, and thus can predict how they'll react. But I also
                    think that if you are writing a series, you have to make sure your characters remain consistent
                    throughout, so you have to be careful. It's a fine line to walk.

Geri:             What has inspired you the most to write?

Jennifer:         I write because I truly love it, and also to keep my sanity. Writing relaxes me. It allows me to
                     escape from the frenetic pace of my life, and to create a wonderful story from my own ideas.
                     It keeps me grounded. I enjoy creating something that will hopefully be enjoyed by many
                     children, and maybe inspire them to become authors one day.

Geri:                Have you written a series, and or a sequel for one title?

Jennifer:           The book I have written is the second book in the PENNY & RIO series. It follows the
                        adventures of my dynamic canine detective duo, PENNY and RIO, as they set off on
                        another adventure. In this book, PENNY and RIO must help Squeaky the mouse recover
                        his lost belongings from a locked doghouse. Through many miscues and antics, they strive
                        to complete their task, despite their canine limitations. The biggest surprise is what Squeaky
                        has locked inside. It's not what you'd expect.

Geri:                 Thank you kindly for today's interview. It was quite enjoyable. I wish you much success
                         with the series.

Jennifer:             You're welcome.

**INTERVIEW #3 with Author GARY STARTA**

It is an honor, and with Great pleasure to Interview Author Gary Starta.


Genre:          Science Fiction/Erotic romance


Geri:     Which genre do you think transforms into the best movies?

Gary:     I'm going to be shamelessly biased and say science fiction/fantasy, which I write most
               often. Because science fiction and fantasy present elements of the unknown, there is
               always the promise of a great special effect, something specifically created to become
               a visual. So, in addition to getting a great story line and great characters, the science
               fiction element is equivalent to icing on the cake. For that reason, I might say it has
               an unfair advantage cinematically over other genres, like suspense, or romance.

Geri:       Do you enjoy blogging, and how significant is it to exposure for your books?

Gary:      I really haven't done much, truthfully and shamefully. I am usually so wrapped in
                writing the next book and editing the previous one, I haven't found the time. However,
                I do post often in the social networking sites to let people know I'm out there. I would
                like to let people know that I will be donating my royalties to the Namcha Home for
                Wayward Animals to fund their no kill shelter. So, hopefully people who choose to buy
                any one of my books will be helping to save an animal's life. I suspect I might be
                blogging about this cause soon.

Geri:         What are your plans in the future for the literary world?

Gary:        Simply put: write, write, and write. I have four books in the works for upcoming
                  publication. Most are a combination of science fiction/fantasy, however, one is
                  a mystery.

Geri:           Describe your perfect reading location?

Gary:          I think reading is so great, because you can do it almost anywhere. I would prefer
                    a quiet environment though. But I've enjoyed books just as much, no-matter
                    where I read them, at the beach, or in an office.

Geri:          Which aspect of a book is most important to you, the plot, characters, or the setting?

Gary:          As a reader, they all are. But plot is initially most important to me, when I decide
                    which book to read, and what story I will write next. It's what intrigues me
                    personally to get into a story. But certainly, great characters are needed to pull
                    that idea, or plot off. So, I would rank that next, setting would be last.

Geri:           Thank you for today's Interview. It is very interesting and enjoyable. I wish you
                    much success in your upcoming releases.

Gary:         You're welcome!