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
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
James: You're welcome.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Author of: "PENNY &RIO: The Locked Doghouse Mystery"
Genre: Early Chapter Book for ages 6-9
~~~AUTHOR INTERVIEW #2~~~
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.
Author of: "ALZABREAH'S GARDEN"
Genre: Science Fiction/Erotic romance
~~~AUTHOR INTERVIEW #3~~~
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
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!