Monday, January 10, 2011


It is an Honor and with Great Pleasure to bring back Author Jeffrey B. Allen.



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

Jeffrey:   I will never be where I want to be in my writing endeavors. Hard work is
                 always ahead, no-matter what one seeks to excel at. If we are truly
                committed to being the best we can be, we should die trying. You may see
                an athlete reach the pinnacle of achievement, when the adoration of the
                public, or the amount of a contract exceeds all other athletes. But, I am
                sure we cannot walk where he walks and we are never privy to his
                thoughts, for it is the greatest in their field, who feel they could have been
                greater. I believe the best way to experience where I want to go as a 
                writer is to read what other writers have written. The writer who I love the
                most comes to mind. Hemingway, his uphill battle to please himself as a
               writer wore him out, even though he was hailed as the greatest of
               American writers. For me, I will continue to make every novel I write, better
               than the last. I will continue to follow my creative instinct to instill style that
               is not comparable. Tall order, lofty goals, but worthy of getting up every
               morning, and trying. 

Geri:     What are your goals for the future in your journey of writing?

Jeffrey:    I want to write the final book in the trilogy of 'Gone Away.' The first
                  book takes the reader on a journey into the infinite second. I love
                  magical realism, because it allows me to write reality, but with twists
                  that could be real, yet magical to others. Magical realism tackles tough
                  subjects with purpose. It is not just serious fantasy as some publishers
                  have coined it. It is purposeful in its philosophical basis, by exposing
                  conditions that are currently degrading the idealism that is the
                  cornerstone of our culture, and civilization. Having said that, I want my
                  novels to be entertaining, but not without powerful themes.

Geri:       Who has given you the most inspiration in your writing journey?

Jeffrey:      My inspiration comes from my upbringing, for some gene or genes that
                    went bad, and put the pain in me that cannot settle down, or be
                    contented with what is. I am always searching for answers to questions,
                    as a means to sustain a state of torment. Torment is what makes me
                    write. Torment is what heightens my emotions, feeds my happiness,
                    and wallows with my sadness. I am complete when I feel happiness
                    that can only be appreciated to its fullest, because beneath it lays my
                    pain. This is what you will find in 'Gone Away.' As one Reviewer put it,
                    "Gone Away Into The Land is not a joy ride, but rather a journey into
                   the philosophical depths of what drives us as human beings!"

Geri:      In the early stages of writing, what did you find to be the most challenging?

Jeffrey:     To write well. Writing is a craft. It requires concentration, and practice.
                    It needs to be revised over-and-over, until the prose reads like poetry.
                   Semantics and careful selection of words, dialog that instills pictures,
                   better than narrative ever could. This is what challenges me the most.
                   Behind that is the challenge to discipline myself, to write everyday,

Geri:        What would you consider to be the highlight of your writing career?

Jeffrey:      I started a wood-working business over thirty years ago. I remember
                    saying to myself, "I know I've made it when someone I do not know
                    orders something from me and then after I have completed their
                    project, they feel comfortable, if not compelled to give my name out
                    to a friend or relative."   Such is getting reviews and comments from
                    people from all over the country, who have read my book and have
                    felt strongly enough about their experience to write a review, or write
                    to me through the myriad of channels available today. I thank every one
                    of them, from the bottom of my heart.

Geri:       Thank you kindly for your time. It is a pleasure to have you back, and I
                 wish you much success.

Jeffrey:     And, thank you Geri for interviewing me. Enjoy the journey, and fear
                   nothing, because there is nothing to fear.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


It is an Honor and with Great Pleasure to Interview Author CHRISTA JAN RYAN.


~~~AUTHOR INTERVIEW~~~                                    

Geri:       What inspires you to write?  

Christa:     When I wrote my first book, From The Depts Of A Woman's Soul, it was to help me
                   in the grieving process of losing my daughter and what I found helpful to me in my
                   healing that I could share with other people suffering from the same loss. 'Silent 
                  Screams' was a combination of sharing my insane life as a Landscape Consultant
                 with the wealthiest people in the world, and to share what my struggles were in my
                 everyday life as a working mom, a recovering Alcoholic, a High Profile Domestic
                 Violence Victim. I wanted to raise an awareness of we as a society need to look at with
                 what we are generationally passing down to our children.

Geri:        Did you enjoy reading as a child?

Christa:     A real Book Worm, it was my only constructive form of escape from my insane
                  family of origin.

Geri:     Who is your favorite author?

Christa:    I have many: Nora Roberts; Danielle Steel; Beth Moore; Bruce Wilkinson; Rick 

Geri:      If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?

Christa:    I'm leaning towards drama, suspense.

Geri:         Do you have current work in progress?

Christa:     Yes, always! I'm at the end of writing a Play/Musical adapted from 'Silent Screams'
                   and I hope to have it on the road by this summer/fall. I have started a suspense/
                   thriller called 'Deadly Money' The Berkshires are not what they appear to be. It's
                  the unraveling of how I came to uncover the Largest Heroin and Prostitution Ring
                  in the Northeast, right in the Quaint Berkshires, after my son gets brutally stabbed
                 and beaten by Gang members from the 'Blood' in Great Barrington and the inaction
                 of the Great Barrington Police to protect him. It leads to a twenty million dollar
                lawsuit against the police and town, which opens up the door for many people to come
               forth with their suspicions into my store. I supply the reader with the exact same clues
              as to how I figured out the Kingpin and what politicians are involved in, and how their
             moving tens -of-billions of dollars around in the Northeast.

Geri:       Thank you kindly for your time, and I wish you much success.

Christa:    You're welcome.