Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Interview with Author Hilary Smith

Hello everyone, it’s time to take an author interview and today we have Author Hilary Smith with us. We are interviewing her for the book - "Saving Lucy".

Q What inspired you for this book?

A. That’s a great question. Growing up I suffered from depression. I didn’t have anyone to talk to about it in large part because my parents weren’t informed on what it was or how to help me cope with it. I grew up feeling ashamed of it. One day out of the blue a stranger said: I see you, you are important. You do have a purpose. Of course, it wasn’t immediate, but I realized I’m the best person to tell this story.

Q. What was the hardest part of creating this book?

A. The hardest part was being honest. I wanted Lucy to be loveable, and she is,but I wanted her to be clean. I didn’t want her to make so many mistake. I guess I wanted to save her pain.

Q. What do you hope people gain from reading it

A. I hope people who read this story will see that it’s okay to make mistakes. Their mistakes do not define them, and it’s an opportunity to grow.

Q. What are your ‘secret powers’ and some you wish you had?

A. I only have one, I can discern truth. I wish I had adaptability. Well… all people have at some degree. I wish I had more of it.

Q. How you become a published author? Any inspiration?

A. Yes. Promote before releasing the book. It’s makes the whole process smoother.

Q. Did you get any ideas for your books from your own dreams?

A. There are bits and pieces of me in this book and the rest of the series. As aauthor, I do my best not let my own desires guide the story.

Q.  Why should we buy your book?

A.You should buy my book because we all need support and encouragement. No matter what form it comes in. It’s comforting to know that we are not alone in our pain. There is someone who can not only relate,but he/she knows exactly how we feel.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Interview with Author Kristin Anderson Cetone

Q What inspired you for this book?
A.Inspiration came from my deep buckeye roots in the Buckeye State of Ohio along with something my father used to ask.  He would often ask, “do you know what a buckeye is?”  To indulge, we would always answer, “No, Dad, what is a buckeye?”  His response was always, “It’s a worthless nut.”  Such is the premise for Buckaroo’s life journey of self-discovery to find his special place in the world, despite the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.  Many members of my buckeye family tree were inspirational, all of whom found their special place in the world.

Q. What was the hardest part of creating this book?
A. Believing in myself tosit down and put pen to paper and put words to the story in my head.

Q. What do you hope people gain from reading it
A. Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us.  This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and interests and passions.  When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, to rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.  Reading is a key vehicle for our life journeys of self-discovery.

Q. What are your ‘secret powers’ and some you wish you had?
A. I have always maintained the ‘kid’ in me.  Kids relate to me and I so enjoy spending time with them, especially struggling readers.  My desire is to guide kids and parents to their child’s reading success and to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves. Happy Trails!

Q. How you become a published author? Any inspiration?
A.I am a self-published author.  This path is not for everyone.  It is not without its perils and expenses.  I needed to maintain control over MY story and the illustrations I envisioned.  I guess you can say I am a ‘control freak.’  Even as a self-published author, you must let others in and accept constructive criticism.  This helped me immeasurably while developing the characters and story. I was able also to corroborate with the illustrator as they brought visuals to my words.  Children love picture books with bold and exciting pictures that bring the words to life.

Q. Did you get any ideas for your books from your own dreams?
A. Dream…Believe…Achieve has always been my guiding star.

Q.  Why should we buy your book?
A.Buckaroo Buckeye offers kids and parents a cute and totally unique character, in a read aloud picture book story with an encouraging and inspirational message.  Join Buckaroo on his life journey of self-discovery.  Yippee! Your child’s journey to reading success begins with parents, grandparents, and other family members reading aloud to children, starting at birth!

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Interview with Author Sheri Poe-Pape

Hello everyone, it’s time to take an author interview and today we have Author Sheri Poe-Pape with us. We are interviewing her for the book - "Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??".

1.     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  
Ø  About 33 years ago, but I put it on hold to get married.  Started about ten years ago writing children’s stories.  Went to college and beyond in coursework from other children’s literature educational institutions to learn to be a better writer.
2.     How long does it take you to write a book?
Ø  About a month.
3.     What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Ø  I run and teach from my own music school six days a week.  I write each day before I start teaching.
4.     What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Ø  I have to write from my recliner in the family room.  Most inspiring.
5.     Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ø  My first two books and the remaining sequels are inspired from my own white miniature schnauzer.  I have many other books that are inspired by children and my childhood.
6.     What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Ø  Collecting childhood fairy tale books I loved.
7.     What does your family think of your writing?
Ø  My sons support me totally.
8.     What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Ø  How far one can be creative to come up with the finished products.  Also being your own publisher makes you feel like you earned a master’s in publishing!
9.     How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Ø  Two.  Both are my favorites so far.
10.  Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Ø   Yes. Both parents and grandparents say that their children/grandchildren love to read the stories over and over.
11.  What do you think makes a good story?
Ø  Pulling the reader into the story and the action of the story.  It can hold its own without even illustrations.
12.   As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Ø  A teacher, but looking back, I used to write and illustrate my own stories a lot so I should have paid attention to this as a child more.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

***Interview with Author Rajeev Saxena*** What inspired you for this book?
A.Books are mediums in which one shares his/her emotions, thoughts and feelings with his/her readers. Most book readers are very passionate about their interest. So the feeling of being part of this family is what really inspires me. The main inspiration for my book ‘Pinto Has An Idea’ came from its main character Dr. Pinto, who I never met in real life but he’s been so close to my heart in my imagination since my childhood. Dr. Pinto is a character who can exist in real life. He’s a character who might be there somewhere as we speak. I wanted to give this character a shape, to bring the story out which had been inside of me for so long. I was just waiting for the right time and opportunity and here we are.

Q. What was the hardest part of creating this book?
A. As a new author, the most difficult part was finding a publisher. I think I can write a whole book about that. I was lucky that I found a reputable one, who’s well known across the globe. The second most difficult thing was to bring out the story to perfection at all times. When the manuscript is with you and awaiting for a publisher’s acceptance, you keep on ‘improving’ it so it becomes a never ending process till it reaches its destination i.e. to a publisher. To some extent it’s a blessing in disguise as the end product becomes better but at the same time there should be an end to it.
As a first timer, I think another difficulty you face is that there should not be too much ‘you’ in the book. It’s extremely difficult to avoid bringing your personality into the novel. It’s just the matter of perception. For some readers it may be very natural and for others it’s good or bad. To be honest I have used some of the surroundings and settings around my plot which have been very realistic and associated with me somehow. While doing so I’ve paid very detailed attention to craft my characters in a fully fictional form.

Q. What do you hope people gain from reading it?

A. Lately, young readers have seen several books about college romance. Most of them are written for light reading and entertainment. I felt that I should do something a little different. While I have made my book entreating and humorous, I’ve kept a very high standard of the intellectual part so I’d describe it as an intellectual and entertaining read. Readers would be able to associate themselves with Pinto and Lavanya. They’d also find that everybody has a Pinto and a Lavanya in them and this book will help them achieve that nirvana through ‘enlightenment’.
Readers are the final judge.

Q. What are your ‘secret powers’ and some you wish you had?
A. I think I have the ability to craft characters very close to reality yet a pure work of fiction. Characters, stories and plot come to my mind in a fraction of second. So I can virtually write one book a month, really, not exaggerating. As a first time author, I need a lot of publicity and marketing so I wish I had some kind of magic marketing capability or some magic wand so I could spread the word about my book to everyone in the world. I’m confident if I can get the book to readers’ hand so they get a feel of it, they’d buy it. But the biggest challenge is to increase the reach.

Q. How you become a published author? Any inspiration?
A.Can corruption be good for a society? You’ll find the answer in my book, how? Similarly though I hated self-publishing route, it did help me write the book to become a published author. When I was writing the book, I decidedno matter what it takes to find a good publisher, I’d not give up. At the same time I had the hope that I could self-publish my book if nothing works out. So at least my efforts was not wasted. Finally I got one of the top publishers for my book, the same publisher that published Harry Potter.

Q. Did you get any ideas for your books from your own dreams?
A. Fiction is all about dreaming. It may not be through dreams at night while sleeping alone. You could be daydreaming as well. You may sometime call it imagination as well. For writing a book you have to be a dreamer. I’ve tried that my dreams are close to reality as much as they can.

Q.  Why should we buy your book?
A.It really doesn’t matter whether you are a keen reader or a passive one, this book will be of your interest. Just buy it for humour and intellectual entertainment and to read something different which you might not have seen in the market earlier.

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