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Today’s Tease….Elizabeth “E.” Rose and Tina Pollick

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick

Title of the book you are promoting:  Shadow of Hope

Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-of-Hope-ebook/dp/B00DHW0MLK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372185580&sr=8-1&keywords=Shadow+of+Hope

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  E&T…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

E: A Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. :3 Also a veterinarian.

T: A nurse, teacher and writer. Two out of three isn’t bad 😉

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

E: I’d have to say mostly Tina. She introduced me to the concept that I could actually get paid for writing a book. I had no idea how to publish before that.

T: I’m with you LH, I don’t have a cool story either. (hugs) to Elizabeth!

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

E: Indie meaning self-published? If so, I am an Indie author at the moment.

T: My first was published by a publisher, I have a three series novella that will be published through a publisher, but I’m kind of backwards… this is my first self published work. *laughs*

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

E: I just like being published. Indie or traditional doesn’t really matter to me, but I do think there are better opportunities for getting yourself out there with traditional publication. The publishing houses have more resources to promote their authors than the average author themselves have just starting out. When you self-publish, you have a limited venue in which to represent your work to the broader majority of people out there, in my limited opinion.

T: This is my first go as a self published… it’s a lot of work, but I’m enjoying the freedom too. I’ll self pub again, but I also will submit to my publisher again too.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!      Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

E: I’d like to have dinner with Jane Austin and pick her brain. The one thing, however, I would NOT ask about is her sister, LOL (This is one of those things people either know or don’t, and if you don’t you’re probably better off NOT knowing. 😉 LOL)

T: Hmmm, I had to ask my husband because I don’t know. *laughs* He said Matt Damon and Vin Diesel. I don’t know who it would be, but there would be a NO talking clause in effect. *laughs*

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

E: Here’s the problem; Hollywood comes under constant attack for this, but the reality is it’s biased. A famous author making a violent book filled with sex is not attacked for writing that book, yet a Hollywood scriptwriter doing the same thing is. George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice saga (one of the few perks I had with my ex-BF is he started me on this series, and it is completely awesome!) is filled with incest, violence and other sexually explicit scenes. Does that make him a bad writer? No. It’s contextually relevant to the time frame he’s writing in. The reality is you cannot tell a good story without some of these elements. If you do, it lacks the feeling of realism.

HBO has picked up the Fire and Ice saga with the title Game of Thrones, and it has garnered little else besides very high praise. This is why I say outcries of sex and violence all being Hollywood’s fault is subject to heavy bias.

Overly gratuitous violence and sex without reason or context is, however, one thing I cannot stand in any work.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

E: I would want people to understand each other and give each other a chance. That is the starting point of world peace. 🙂

T: Damn… how can you beat world peace? Okay world peace. 😉

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

E: I’ve read books on my Kindle Fire. I think a proper cover is essential even in the electronic arena. Whether or not people want to admit it, the cover still plays a very important part in whether a person chooses to ‘pick up’ that book and decide to read the blurb or otherwise find out more about it. As you can see from the cover for Shadow of Hope, I think it’s safe to say Tina and I both felt the same way on this.

T: Covers are still important. With millions of eBooks to choose from you have to use every advantage you can to ‘attract’ readers to take a chance on you.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

E: I was always writing stuff as a child. But it was Tina who got me started professionally. Shadow of Hope is my first published work.

T: Late start here too.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

E: The characters are, and will always be the meat of the work. But if you have beautifully crafted characters against bad writing or a boring plot, you lose the readers. I try to look at all elements to decide how good a story is, but the characters are definitely a bulk of my ‘interest’ in a story.

T: I need action. I need a fast paced story with interesting characters and a great storyline and can I have fries with that? 😉

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

E: This is hard to explain. It’s like, one day I get an idea, and I want to see where it goes, so I write a story. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, LOL

T: You are so LUCKY LH! With Shadow of Hope it was inspired by a picture, but usually I have a really, teeney, tiny idea that I have to yank, tug and pull into something.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

E: I’m going to try to solo. I have a lot of interesting story ideas. But I also want to hone my writing so I look less amateurish on paper. So no, I’m not working on a specific project right now. But definitely sometime soon.

T: I took two weeks off and then I’m back at it. I have one due in four weeks my publisher and another I’m going to self publish… soon.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

E: One. And one, LOL See above. :3

T: I have one published in Jan-13, one this month, one next and one in August. J

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

E: I’ve always ‘just written’. I had no idea you could actually make money on it until Tina taught me about the publishing industry. So yeah, I write for fun, LOL If I make a buck or two doing that, well that’s just fine with me. J

T: I have a full-time job, but I’d love to write full-time. I’d also like a Mercedes, a house on the beach, and some frequent flyer miles. What? As long as I’m wishing I better make it good! *laughs*

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

E: This has never been an issue. When I started Shadow of Hope I had nothing more from my family than they had ever given me in anything else; their unconditional love and support. For that, I am truly blessed. 😉 

T: I hate creating character names so creating an alternate identity wasn’t going to happen. I’m not that creative. *laughs* Really, I don’t write anything I’d be embarrassed about, although my kids can’t read it right now. Write what comes to you and let the universe take care of the rest. J

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

E: I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced a proper ‘writer’s block’. When I write for myself, I have no compulsions besides my own. If the story falls flat, or loses interest, I can abandon it. On Shadow of Hope, I had Tina’s guidance and expertise, so I had an additional brain to work with there, LOL When something wasn’t working, she could bring it back on track. I have no idea how this will play out when I solo. *shrugs* LOL

T: Yes and it sucks! I think it may be more of a time of the year thing though, but I didn’t write ANYTHING for three months. I was miserable.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

E: Being a new writer myself, the only thing I can say is get a mentor who has experience in the field, It is invaluable on a first book.

T: You know the typical answer… write.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

E: All the guys I dated that I should’ve known better than to date in the first place, LOL

T: Nothing, I’m with you. I am who I am, for better or worse. The trials have molded me into who I am and I’m okay with the person who stares back at me. J

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

E: See above answer. I’d tell them all ‘no’. LOL

T: I’d visit a younger version of myself and let her know it’ll all work out. 😉

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

E: I would have to handle it as it came up. I mean, seriously, how can you even prepare for such a thing? You can’t. So you’d have to deal with it as it unfolded, like any other surprise in life, but this would be a little easier to handle, because most surprises in life are nasty, LOL 

I’d tell Tina, OFC, LOL

T: Make room for me under the bed LH. Elizabeth would handle it all 😉

Thanks for that fun and interesting interview E & T…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? E: Dasani and lemon juice.T: Raspberry Margarita

Exercise or Bubble Bath? E: Bubble bath every time. 😉 T: Bubble bath

Favorite Color? E: Sapphire.T: Midnight Blue

Take out or Dine in? E: Dine in.T: Take out

Camping or Hotel? E: Hotel.T: Camping

Sports or Chocolate? E: Chocolate.T: ? *laughs* Chocolate paired with anything would be chocolate!

Dogs or Cats? E Both. :3 T: Me too

Favorite Food? E: Shrimp scampi T:Japanese

Favorite Song? E:  I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing-Aerosmith T: Too many to name

Favorite Movie? E: Kate and Leopold T: I like action movies

Favorite Car? E: One with wheels, LOL T: Jeep Wrangler

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 E: Both. Often. 😉 T: Both

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

 E: Hugh Jackman. What I’d do cannot be repeated here. And I’d go to Paris. :3

T: I’d take my husband and we’d try and expand our family, even though that’s impossible now *laughs* and we’d do it often J And we both want to go to Ireland, so we’d go there  😉

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to get your copy of Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick’s 

Shadow of Hope

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Anyone who knows me…knows I’m a giver 😉

I’m still taking author interview requests…email me at leannaharrow@gmail.com with “Today’s Tease” in the subject and “Author Interview” in the body of the message and I’ll be happy to feature you on my blog at https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com/ which is pressed out to over 11,000 of my followers 😉

I have expanded my interviews to include artists of all genres. If I don’t have a set of questions for a particular specialty…I make them for it! Authors, Actors, Models, Sculptors, Musicians, anyone…I love you all!

I’ll showcase your talents or the talents of someone you know…just pass on my info 😉

I appreciate art and artists of all kinds and the people who also appreciate them 😉

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Today’s Tease…EJ BROCK

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease EJ Brock

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  EJ BROCK

Title of the book you are promoting:  BROCK’S REDEMPTION

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=BROCKS+REDEMPTION

Genre:  PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Welcome  EJB…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. EJB: What did you want to be when you grew up? 

EJB: I have always wanted to be an accomplished author.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

EJB: My elementary school had a writing contest.  We had to write a short story.  I won EJB: 1st place out of the entire 5th grade.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

EJB: I am an Indie, but I hope to one day find an Agent willing to read my books and direct me to a publisher.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

EJB: I would love to, but I know how publishers dice your book up.  They take out parts that the writer feels is important to the story line.  I’d hate for that to happen to any of my books.  The characters are my children.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!      Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

EJB: I’d invite Samuel L. Jackson.  I would not discuss his celebrity.  I want to talk about his family tree.  My 2nd brothers could be his twin – or – doppelgänger.  LOL

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

EJB: I totally agree.  As a matter of fact, being African American I hate the stereotyping of young black men, in Hollywood.  It’s always street gangs and nothing positive.

But I don’t think Hollywood is the only culprit.  Erotica genre is practically the number one sellers on Amazon.  Whatever happened to a good love story or leaving something to the imagination.

I feel conflicted because in order to succeed we, as writers, have conformed.   That is what inspired me to write my books.  These men are black Nephilim Angels sent to earth to protect God’s so loved humanity.  And although there is sex and violence, in my books, they are both from a spiritual point of view.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

EJB: Racism.  I’d make everyone color blind.  Until we can squash it out, American can never truly be the country we’d love her to be.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

EJB: It’s extremely important unless you are a well know author.  However, it could be as simple as a blank page, using the right fonts.

I always hated the half-naked man on the cover and when you read the book, he is nothing like the cover.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

EJB: As I said, I wrote a short story when I was in the 5th grade.  From that day on I was hooked.  I read everything I could get my hands on, in an effort to learn how to write.  However, I was scared to try.  I didn’t write my 1st book until over fifty years later.  But, once I got started, I couldn’t stop!  I wrote thirteen books in 3 years.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

EJB: It depends on the genre.  If it’s a love story, it’s how the relationship develops.  I’m not much on reading a story where there is a lot of game playing.  We have that in real life.

I like to read where people overcome adversities and emotional challenges.  I love a story where both parties in the relations are ‘all in’.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

EJB: My father was larger than life.  I wrote the story as I saw him.  No one was more powerful than he was.  He was the first man who ever loved me unconditionally.  My lead character even bears his name.

I envision Brock’s Redemption on the big screen.  One day!!!

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

EJB: Of course.  I’m always working on at least 3 books at a time.  Since mine is a series, it’s easier that way.  It allows me to switch back and forth between books, to add or change as the new storyline develops.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

EJB: 13 have been published.  I’ve just finished Book #14 (ADAM – A New Beginning and Revelations)

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

EJB: Not so much riches or fun.  I write because I have these Paranormal visions that I need to express.  However, I do appreciate the financial aspect of it.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

EJB: I haven’t received the family support I would have liked, either.  But I think it’s mostly because most of them aren’t readers.  LOL!

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

EJB: As I said before once I decided to start writing my mine and imagination took over.  I eat, sleep and dream new storylines.  None of my 14 books are less than 330 pages and none are repetitive.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

EJB: Don’t expect overnight success.  If it is your true calling you won’t be able to avoid it.  Float your own boat and embrace originality.  Think beyond another writer’s concept.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

EJB: I would embrace my gift earlier.  I am almost 60 and a new author LOL!!!  Wherein the world have I been, all of these years?  I’ll tell you.  I’ve been working in corporate America and making someone else’s dream come true.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

EJB: I’d tell me to make the best of the time I have.  I’d tell me to devote time to writing.  Get a college education right out of high school.

I’d tell me that self-preservation is the greatest law of nature.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

EJB: I am not shy in the least bit.  As a matter of fact, I am overly extroverted.  My twin sister tells me all the time that I’ve never met a person I call a stranger. 

I live to see my books on the big screen.  I wouldn’t freak out, but I’d shout for joy!  I’d tell my twin and my oldest sisters.  They are my biggest supporters.

Thank you for that heartfelt and interesting interview EJB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Peach Ice Tea with Lemon.
Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise and then Bubble Bath!  LOL!!!
Favorite Color? Any variation of….Peach
Take out or Dine in? Dine in.  Meet more people that way.
Camping or Hotel? Hotel, no doubt.  I ain’t trying to sleep anywhere that there isn’t air conditioning and/or heat.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats?  Dogs
Favorite Food?  Steak
Favorite Song?  Amazing Grace
Favorite Movie?  Imitation of Life
Favorite Car? Trailblazer
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex; especially if it’s a chocolate brotha!

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

EJB: I’d go to a romantic tropical Island, with my first love.  I’d like to see if those same old feelings were still there.  Or if they could be rekindled.

Unfortunately, that’s not possible.  He’s long passed on.  But if I could…

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of EJ Brock’s 

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Today’s Tease…Dianne Lynn Gardner

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Dianne Lynn Gardner

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Dianne Lynn Gardner

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Dragon Shield Book II of The Ian’s Realm Saga.

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-Shield-ebook/dp/B00B7OVUWK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4

Genre:  YA adventure Fantasy

Welcome  DLG…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

DLG: I wanted to be a movie actress or a cartoonist for Disney.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

DLG: C. S. Lewis has been my most famous literary influence. I love what’s behind his work, his heart.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

DLG: I have a publisher, Hydra Publications.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

DLG: I think I would like to have at least one book by a traditional publisher. I like that they enter their books for rewards and reviews from major media networks. I would also like to see some of my books translated into other languages, in libraries and bookstores.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

DLG: Oh that’s a hard one.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

DLG: I’ve always been concerned about sex and violence in our society. We’ve become almost barbaric and lustful as a nation and it stymies our intellectual growth. Today it isn’t just Hollywood, it’s everywhere.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

DLG: I agree with you. Peace and respect for each other’s cultures. We could learn so much from each other if we’d lay down out prejudices and assumptions and really listened to what we have to say.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

DLG: Being an artist that does her own covers, I think covers still mean a lot. They’re like a good blurb, only trigger a response quicker. A book cover, be it on a print book or a thumbnail digital image, is the first thing someone sees about a book. It should speak to the heart of the story.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

DLG: I did write when I was young. Mostly poetry and I wrote an opera once. I wrote music and songs.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

DLG: I like to emphasize with the characters. I want to care for them and see them make it. Stories that don’t have character development don’t hold my interest. Why would I care what they do if I don’t care who they are?

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

DLG: They creep into my brain, really. I get a premise and usually the characters come right after that, then I go through the ‘what if’ routine. I like to map my stories out and see how many directions they could go before I decide on one.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

DLG: I am. I just completed a novel titled Cassandra’s Castle which isn’t out yet and I’ve started a Dystopia-sci fi/fantasy novel, possibly a series, I’m not sure.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

DLG: I have four published novels and four short stories that are published. I just finished novel #4 and I’m working on #5. There are two more ideas for the first series brewing as well. I’m not sure if they’ll be novels, novellas or short stories.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

DLG: I write because I love to create these crazy stories. Yes, its fun and it would be hard any more not to write. When I’m too busy, the stories go around in my head. Money? Who gets rich writing? Never heard of it. J

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

DLG: Time. My family thinks I spend too much time in my fantasy Realm. But then…I always did and they always did.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

DLG: For me, writer’s block just means I’m not sure how to solve the problem I’ve created for my characters and still maintain a sense of believability. The solution is to go on a long walk in the forest (which is where most of my ideas come from) or to brainstorm with one of my writer friends. It usually doesn’t last long. The only time I don’t want to write is if I’m falling asleep at the computer.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

DLG: Of course I do. Learn all you can about how to write, plot, build a world, characters, learn grammar, sentence structure, what works in a story and what doesn’t, learn your audience, and never stop learning. There is so much we don’t know. Never ever think you know it all. Because you don’t. And you won’t.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

DLG: I’d listen to my parents. I wasted a lot of time trying things on my own and learning trial by error when I could have just listened to instruction and saved myself a lot of grief.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

DLG: I would go back to the times of the industrial revolution and tell them they were headed in the wrong direction.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

DLG: I would jump for joy. I would absolutely love to have my stories made into a movie.

Thank you for that fantasy and fact filled interview DLG…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Herbal Tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Rust

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Neither…birds

Favorite Food? Tamales

Favorite Song? Lexa Rose The Dragon Shield Ballad (and any one of Il Divo’s songs after that)

Favorite Movie? Ever After

Favorite Car? Honda Fit

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Yah…

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

DLG: I would take my husband. I love my husband. He’s the sweetest man in the world. I’d love to go to Ireland, enjoy the country side, the castles, the ocean…the total essence of its history.

DLG would also like you to help out with a project dear to her heart…

The mystical voice and melody of Lexa Rose, combined with the lyrics from the fantasy series The Ian’s Realm Saga by Dianne Lynn Gardner is captivating and powerful. Help us record all the songs in the stories from the ballads, the laments, and the prophecies.

Three novels and four short stories tell the tale of a fantasy world, a dragon, and the young man who learns the secret of the mountain. The songs are sung by the North wind, the Songs of Wisdom. Lexa Rose,vocalist and songwriter has interpreted their melodies in a hauntingly beautiful manner.. As the author of the saga, I’m working with Lexa, (a young college student in WA), to bring this album to life, and to launch her career.

The story is an Amazon best seller, with four and five star reviews lauded by readers of family friendly.adventure tales.
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Today’s Tease…A.W. Hazzard, Jr.

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease A.W. Hazzard, Jr.

Your Name or Pen Name you use: 

A.W. Hazzard, Jr. is my name.  penbuddy is a pen name that I am not yet published under but use for twitter and in WEbook.com. 

Title of the book you are promoting: 

“The Hassard Zone” is a novel, my first attempt at a novel, that I am currently working on.  You won’t be able to buy it right away, but you will want to when I’m finished with it.  Until then, YOU can purchase a couple books that have a poem within them. 

(I)  The first is “Private Jones’ Reality.”  It is a powerful poem about the reality found in the trauma of death in Viet Nam.  It is my first published piece.  I am very proud of it and would like everyone to read it.  This piece was especially emotionally invested in its creation. 

(2)  The Second piece published was “I Cried Once”, another poem.  This message was about love lost: A common poetic theme with a twist.  It was selected by Outskirts Publishing, being published in an anthology called “Fandemonium” which was sold with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.  How cool is that? 
(3) Master Koda has selected several of my works for publication in their next anthology called “Literary Treasures ” This link only shows where I was chosen to be included in the publication.  http://masterkodawritingcontest.com/  This project is expected to be published a little later this summer.  I’m excited.  I can’t tell you what works will be in it.  It is a secret until it is in print. Keep an eye here at  https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com/

 Link to purchase your Book:

  __The Very Best of WEbook Poetry 2009__
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___Fandemonium_

http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9781432770433.html  

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Welcome  AWH…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

AWH: I wanted to be a preacher, a teacher, a lawyer, a cop, a famous author…I’m sure there was something else. J In some degree, I have done these and more.  This is not fiction, it is fact. But these experiences, albeit some very short lived, have given me a great background for writing.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

AWH: I was well exposed to both classic and modern writers.  I was a “book club of the month” member and that helped me become aware of some.  I really liked Shakespeare…a lot.  I purchased a 33-1/3 rpm vinyl cut of Hamlet with Richard Burton playing the lead.  Short stories interested me a lot in class.  I like the idea of writing about one thing, uncomplicated by a bunch of elements, yet with a simplicity that develops the element being highlighted in the short. Poe always jumps to mind when thinking short stories; but many others have had an influence also. Poems, oh so many including Shakespeare, Frost and so many others have inspired me.  Hemingway jumps to mind when thinking of fiction writers.  Lois Lamoure also inspired me.  These are a sampling of the literary inspiration in my younger days. 

Why did I want to write?  That is the Question. Because it is an art form I could do.  I always loved to listen to a good story teller, and that brings Samuel Clemons to mind.  Now there was a story teller.  My first writing pieces were in HS and college.  I did not get great reviews from my HS English teacher.  There was a little history there which time and space forbids me from embellishing now.  My college professors were more supporting.  Then I became involved with WEbook which has peer interaction.  Authors post projects and other authors comment on those chapters, poems, shorts etc.  This is peer review and their support is very helpful.  MasterKoda.com, WritersWriteOn  and other Facebook groups focused on member support are great places to find encouragement and practical personal experience in publication and promotion.      

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

AWH: I am a published poet and soon to be published prose and poetry author in the Master Koda Select Publishing.  I have thought about self-publication, but never took the step, not the least of which was because of cash. I have a lot of respect for great authors who have went the Independent Publication route.  It is just not for me.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!      Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

AWH:  I live in the Southern Tier of New York State, just a few miles west of Elmira, NY. This is where Samuel Clemons owned a house and wrote in a garden cottage in his back yard.  I’d love to spend some time in his garden with a bite to eat and a beverage.  I’d talk about anything he wanted to talk about.  There would be no out of bounds area, except for me.  I would be the subject we would not talk about.  Having time with Mark Twain, I can’t think of anyone so egocentric enough to talk about oneself. I’d say “Mr. Clemons, tell me what is on your mind, please.”  I am sure that politics of the day would be included.  Somehow I believe I would like that.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

AWH: I totally agree that the seedier side of the human experience is glorified in today’s media.  Hot sex scenes and gory graphic scenes of bodies being blown up, cut up and shot up are not needed. 

The art of imagination is being lost due to the leaps we have made in cinematography and the digital world.  The kids are exposed to too much too fact and too often.  This desensitizes them to the horror of death and dismemberment and often creates addicts that crave that type of stimulation.  Am I surprised to hear about a couple of kids shooting fellow kids in their school or a frustrated college student shooting unarmed movie goers?  Not really. Like the terrorists around the world, the messier the scene, the more body parts flying around the air and louder the screams, the more successful they see themselves. 

The same can be said about sex scenes.  One used to infer events and now they show them.  Our kids don’t need to go to movies, rent them or watch them on cable TV with adult activities, partial nudity or worse and heavy breathing with sweat dripping off their brows.  Adults don’t need to see these things and kids shouldn’t be encouraged by those scenes.  

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

AWH: I would change the hearts of men and women.  I am a preacher, an evangelist who has gone to Cuba to assist the local churches and to spread the Gospel.  The Gospel of Christ is all about love…love God, love your neighbor, love your spouse, love your children, and love your enemy.  The Gospel of Christ, if accepted would in fact bring about World Peace.  Those like me who have turned in their M-16 rifles for the Word of God know the horror of war and the cause of it as well.  Poverty does not cause wars.  People who want power cause wars.  I don’t care what their politics are, their so called faiths are, the only reason there is war anytime anywhere is because someone wants power over someone else.  Hate and religion or philosophy are tools that the greedy and would be power monger use to get people to fight their wars, but it is the lust for POWER and CONTROL which feed the flames of discontent among the people and then cry to them to take up arms.  It has been the same since Cain rose up against his brother Able.

The greatest moment in my community experiences were when I was able to take a former communist and immerse them in the waters of baptism for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2.38)  As a U.S. Marine, I fought Communism with bombs and bullets in Viet Nam.  As a Christian evangelist, I fought Communism with the message of hope found in the Gospel.  The irony is that Islam is called the religion of peace, yet their Koran teaches them to kill the infidel in order to advance their faith.  This is the diametric opposing view of the Gospel of Peace where we are told to love our enemies.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

AWH: I spent a lot of time in the Restaurant and Hospitality business to put food on the table while I engaged in those things I loved, like writing and preaching.  I tell you this because PRESENTATION in the industry, food or hospitality, is VERY important. Okay, I’m old school.  You need to establish contact, eye contact to draw the potential buyer to your product, rather than the book next to yours.  Once you have their attention, then the synopsis and pitch is key, but you have to create the interest first.  Titles can help do that, but titles can be so far off the mark when it comes to content and anyone who’s been looking has learned that quickly.  Have a catching image (symbol) creating interest and then close the sale with a great pitch. 

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

AWH: I’ve touched on this earlier.  Reading opened the world of the book and storytelling to me.  The more of it I did, the more I wanted to write a best seller.  My HS Eng teacher dampened my drive a bit, but he did not shoot the writer down. Time opportunity and appreciation have moved me to write since the mid 1980s and on.  That would be thirty or more years from my birth.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

AWH: I am very much a humanist as a writer.  The personality and its interaction with other personalities is what I love most about stories. I’ll watch a drama on TV and my wife just doesn’t understand why.  LOL  She will watch Sci-Fi or True Detective shows and I just shake my head.  She and I are different and that is a good thing.  The people, how they feel, what motivates them and their thought process and emotions…that is what trips my trigger as a writer or a reader.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

AWH: I have wanted to capture my experiences growing up.  Before that I used to do assignments and write almost a dime store romance novel type short story.  That is where my HS Eng teacher degraded me, calling my work by that description.  I told my college professor that story and he told me I should have kept writing them.  They sell like hot cakes.  When I was in high school writing those stories motivated by youthful passions and classic poems of love, I wrote to express that passion.  Now I try to capture my past, memorable moments in my past, for others to read and enjoy.  I really want to do that for my kids and their kids and so on.  I have a friend on Facebook that responds to my goodnights with “Goodnight John Boy”.  I wouldn’t mind being remembered for those kinds of stories. 

Fiction.  I have mentioned that I am writing my first real fiction story.  Often times some folks say that a fiction novel is a conglomeration of the author’s life.  When I have my first novel, The Hassard Zone, written, it will be just that.  Drawing from myself and my experiences and folks I have known, I put together what I call “Potato Head” characters.  I’ll take something form one person I knew and put it into the character like we used to take plastic parts like ears and eyes and poke them into the potato.  War, crime, investigations, ministry all has a part in the story.  Why not?  They all had a part in my experience. Sometime the story line flows and sometimes it doesn’t.  I’ll get spurts of an idea for a paragraph and write it down and might not get to the story again for weeks.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

AWH: I am working on the novel, THE HASSARD ZONE
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

AWH: I have an interesting project involving others which is a collection of prose and poetry, non fiction in nature called “Reflections of the Imperfections of Humanity caught in Insanity”  This project has some whimsical stories/poems and some intense emotional stories/poems, each having been experienced by the authors.  I am trying to decide if I will end up with the other authors’ work or just keep it mine.  They have some great pieces in the project which are worthy of publication.  I’ll focus on that this fall, Lord willing.  Most of all the creation is done in the project and now I need to edit and format but mostly select what I will include.  It would be hard to cut anyone who trusted me enough to include their work with mine and do it with great enthusiasm.  I feel emotionally invested in them.  Maybe this collection can be done in two or three volumes.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

AWH: I have written for money.  That was as a freelance columnist for a local weekly newspaper.  It wasn’t a lot but it was a great experience while I was working in a factory to pay the bills.  My ‘literature’ is not written for money up to this point in time.  I’d like to reap a few bucks to help in these lean years; but I have something to say and write it for the purposes I’ve mentioned earlier.  I write for ART.  Does that sound high-browed?  I don’t mean it that way.  The skill, the art of word smithing is the challenge, that and telling a good story like Samuel Clemons. These are the things that motivate me.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

AWH: I have no problems with my family, any of the generations and now I am the eldest generation.  The rest of the family better have some respect for the old man.  I would only write a “tell all” book in a novel. Again, I wouldn’t put the characters as copies of people I know or myself. I’d mix it up some.  I suppose those who really know me and those I’ve known…wait, most of them are dead.  I’d want to protect the guilty while they are still breathing.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

AWH: I haven’t been under the gun to write, except for that freelance gig. Because I haven’t been under a time constraint, I don’t worry about block and I can usually get past a “I don’t want to…” with just a little self-talk, but why?  I did say I’m not under the gun, not yet.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

AWH: Yeah… I’ve got advice.  Put Pen To Paper.  Pay attention in English Comp (except when your teacher berates you.)  Let others read your stuff and tell you what words you misspelled (oh, spell check does that now.)  Read, read, read and then pick up a book and read some more.  Every writer develops their own style.  Mostly they do that by reading and writing over and over and over again.  Does that sound like work?  It is.  Don’t even think about writing a book unless your really have something to say.  The world doesn’t need another book, just another great book.  The book you write may be that next great book.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

AWH: I wouldn’t change a thing either.  No regrets in this heart.  Besides, I never learn from my mistakes, so I’d probably make the same ones again. (thinking of my first wife here. Even that wasn’t a mistake.  We had two great kids and some grand-kids to boot. Love produced them and bad choices broke our marriage up.)

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

AWH: I think the founding father did it right. It is easy to look back and be critical of their decisions.  The biggest issue that would pop into my mind at the time is the calling a negro 2/3 of a human in the Constitution.  Out of context, that sounds horrific.  The fact is that many didn’t want to give the negro and claim to humanity.  The 2/3rds compromise was a great step forward in their day.  I have had a lot of my ancestors who fought against slavery.  I have some who were slave owners at that time. But I only bring this up because most if not all of the “got it wrong” items the founding fathers are accused of were actually great and bold steps forward for all of mankind.  (Woman suffrage did come in time.  As a free people, we usually will get there.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

AWH: I am not sure what you mean.  You can be shy and still have a book made into a screen play.  You would only interject yourself into the process as much as you wanted to.  I would want to insure that the essence of the story was kept in the play.  Other than that, I’d probably give them a pretty free hand. 

Thank you for that well thought out and insightful interview AWH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Iced tea on a hot day.  Freshly ground coffee made into expresso on a cold morning. 

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Can I pass on both?  LOL  I like to soak in a hot bath when my muscles are sore. 

Favorite Color?  Blue… the color of my eyes blue.

Take out or Dine in? I am a pain as a customer.  I spent some years in restaurant management and I find myself looking for dirt, clean tables and windows.  I was a chef and am exacting on the food.  You wouldn’t want me in your restaurant to eat.  It would be different in your home.  I would be relaxed and enjoy every moment.  I love home cooked and home folk.  My fondest memories growing up was with family around a home cooked meal.

Camping or Hotel? The weather would determine that one.  Camping is cheaper and I love sitting around an open fire with a cold one in my coolie.

Sports or Chocolate? That depends, but I can tell you that I always love Chocolate and only sometimes want to watch sports. 

Dogs or Cats? I love animals.  I grew up with cats dogs and horses.  Had some chickens too. 

Favorite Food? I like all food prepared well and with love.  We hear a lot about comfort food.  To me comfort food is anything that reminds me of a “home cooked meal” and usually means stuff I grew up eating.  “Eggs, bacon, hot cakes with maple syrup and a side of grits.”  That is some good eating.  To change it up, throw in some sausage and/corn mush.   

Favorite Song? How Great Thou Art

Favorite Movie? The Black Arrow (I saw it when a kid, that was the name; but I haven’t been able to find it in the last 40 years.  It was a Robin Hood type but the signature item was the hero’s black arrows.)

Favorite Car? 1969 Camaro or Pontiac Custom S (same car but more classy.)

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Then both it is, but at my age the Chocolate melts to fast and the sex don’t last. 😉 Cuddling can last a long long time.

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

AWH: I would stay at home, with my wife and have a housekeeper do the chores for a week.  We would cuddle and sit out back listening to the birds sing while we sip on our favorite cold beverage on a hot summer eve as we sat near the open fire pit.  

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of A.W. Hazzard, Jr.’s  work 

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Today’s Tease…Clifford W. Dunbar

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Clifford W. Dunbar

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Clifford W. Dunbar

Title of the book you are promoting:  Silver’s Treason

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Silvers-Treason-Clifford-W-Dunbar/dp/1615724087/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317780075&sr=1-1

 Genre:   Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Military…  Take your pick.

Welcome  CWD…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

CWD: My first choice was to be an astronaut.  My second choice was to be a millionaire.  Neither worked out.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

CWD: Probably my strongest literary influence was Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Tarzan is my favorite character ever, because of the fluidity with which he moves through human and great ape cultures.  If you’ve only ever seen the movies, you have no idea what you’re missing.  Edgar Rice Burroughs ignited my interest in animal communications and set me on my path to becoming a linguist.

And then there were the Nick Carter spy novels, written by various authors.  That’s where I learned about sex.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

CWD: Both.  My novel Silver’s Treason is published by Damnation Books.  I self-published my novel The Manna Trail with Smashwords.  I’ve published some short stories and poetry through various webzines, and some through Smashwords.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

CWD: Two factors influence my decision on whether to go with a publisher or go indie.  The first one is the fit.  Does my story fit what the publisher is looking for?  If so, I’ll run it past the editor and see what happens.  But if I think my story is too weird/unique/different I will take my chances on my own.  The second factor is word count.  I prefer to see longer works go to a publisher.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

CWD: I would invite Isaac Newton but we would most definitely not talk about calculus!  I would pick his brain on his study of Jewish mysticism and his prediction that the world will come to an end in 2060.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

CWD: I don’t have any issues with it as long as it’s not gratuitous.  It has to be part of the storyline.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

CWD: Only one?  Well, OK.  I would wipe out illiteracy.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

CWD: I think book covers are as important as they ever were.  They should provide a glimpse of  the dominant emotion of the story and catch the prospective reader’s eye as it scans the page.  But I don’t know why they’re still frozen in stone.  They should have some animation or sparkle or something (visual media is so not my strong point).

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

CWD: I’ve wanted to write since I was in second grade.  School, work, marriage, kid, divorce, work, more school, marriage, kids, divorce, work, work, work…  All that stuff took a higher priority.  I managed to squeeze a few things out along the way, and  I am optimistic about the future.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

CWD: I want the story to take me someplace I haven’t been before, or give me a new perspective on a place I know very well.  A story has worked its magic on me when it’s given me a new way of looking at the world.  I hope my stories provide that.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?            

CWD: I just get some general idea of what I want to say and then start writing.  And rewriting.  And so.  The process does not come easily to me. I don’t quit until I’m satisfied with the result.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

CWD: Always.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?            

CWD: I’ve written two novels, some poetry and short stories, and one pedagogical article.  But many more stories lurk within, biding their time, dreaming of release.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

CWD: I write because I have something to say.  But money is always nice.  😉

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

CWD: Yes, they do tend to point out similarities among characters and me and themselves too.  Usually they are spot on.  It doesn’t bother me at all.  Who cares?  I tell them.  It’s only a story.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

CWD: Yes, I have; I overcome it by typing really really fast. 

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

CWD: I can’t do better than Robert Silverberg’s three rules, which are basically:  Read a lot, write a lot, read a lot more and write a lot more.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

CWD: The length of time I spent in my second marriage.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

CWD: I would tell the Roman Inquisition how wrong they were about heliocentrism and how cruel they were in putting Galileo under house arrest.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

CWD: In no way would I freak about that.  I would welcome the news, and the first person I would tell would be my loving, supportive girlfriend.

Thanks for that honest and open interview CWD…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Starbucks mocha frappuccino with cookie crumbles and whipped cream!

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  A walk or a bike ride.

Favorite Color?  Sky blue.

Takeout or Dine in?  Depends; who’s buying?

Camping or Hotel?  Hotel.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate.  The closest I ever came to a sport was aikido.

Dogs or Cats?  Since Silver’s Treason features dogs in prominent roles, most people think I am a dog lover.  Maybe I was when I started the book.  Not so much when I finished it.  My answer is “neither”.

Favorite Food?  Sushi.

Favorite Song?  Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms”

Favorite Movie?  “The Ruling Class”

Favorite Car?  I like my SUV.  As long as a car is roomy and gets me there, I’m OK with it.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Then “Both”!

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

CWD: I would like to go on a nice long trip with my honey.  Time and place TBD.

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Today’s Tease…Winslow Eliot

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Winslow Eliot

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Winslow Eliot

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Happiness Cure

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Cure-Winslow-Eliot/dp/1939980011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368815285&sr=1-1&keywords=the+happiness+cure

Genre:  Romantic Suspenseful Contemporary

Welcome  WE…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

WE: A writer!

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?  

WE: My parents were writers, my grandparents were writers (my grandmother write children’s books that I adored), my great-grandmother was a writer, my sister is a writer … I grew up reading and writing and reading and writing.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

WE: I had the opposite experience: I was traditionally published by big-name publishers like Signet/NAL and St. Martin’s Press and then I “discovered” Indie Publishing! I have never been happier as a published author than when I went independent!

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

WE: The joy of independence, control, owning the rights to my books, and investing and profiting from my own writing business outweighs any prestige of being published traditionally, in my opinion.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

WE: The writer Graham Greene – and I would not discuss all his former lovers. I’d want his attention focused on moi. 

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

WE: My anger is mainly toward the excess of violence in our culture. I find it abhorrent everywhere, but especially in the marketing of children’s video games. Age-appropriate sexual content is fine with me!

LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

WE: World peace would probably do it. 😉

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

WE: Probably not as important as they used to be – reader reviews are much more interesting to me – but I have to say that the cover to The Happiness Cure is utterly spectacular, and readers have said that they bought it for the title and the cover.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

WE: Before I knew how to write I’d fill up dozens of blank notebooks with squiggles and symbols and pretend letters, thinking I was writing! I wish I could make head or tale of them now.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

WE: Yes, the heart of a character, but I adore a good story, that has you on your toes, but not engagingly and enticingly, not so that you’re holding your breath.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

WE: I have an idea for a story and then the characters themselves pretty much take over the writing of it.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

WE: I just finished The Happiness Cure so I’m catching my breath.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?         

WE: Written:  hundreds! LOL

Written and published: 5 novels. 5 romances. 5 non-fiction and poetry.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

WE: Writing is my pleasure, and it is also my business. I do count on it and I couldn’t dream of a more wonderful way to make a living.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

WE: I haven’t really had any problems from family or friends. Incredible support – I am very lucky.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

WE: My writers block experience was one of the most difficult experiences of my whole life. It was a terrible downward spiral … BUT I overcame it by realizing that everything a writer does and experiences is “writing.” I relaxed my relentless inner pressure to put pen to paper, and instead allowed myself to “live” – even to (gasp!) enjoy life although I hadn’t produced any writing that day. Daydreaming, washing dishes, raising children, loving – it’s ALL writing. I hope I never again experience that pain of imagining I would never write again.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

WE: It depends. I used to advise “Just do it. Pen to paper. Fingers to keyboard. Ass on chair. Get going.”

Now I’m more prone to advise them to give themselves a break. Be kind to themselves. Listen – enjoy – be alert and attentive to people, nature, books, art … let it feed your soul, and allow the writing to flow from that part of you.

Of course, it depends on the kind of person I’m advising. If you’re a procrastinator that can take over the actual activity of writing.

Perhaps I’d advise a balance. But definitely being kind to yourself. That is so important. Not sloppy, not unprofessional. But kind.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

WE: I something think that I really, really, really wish I could go back and change are all the times I hurt someone, even inadvertently. Like not dancing with a boy who liked me or not returning a phone call… It was never out of meanness but sometimes I might have been unkind out of integrity or thoughtlessness. I wish they had never happened.

Thank you for that honest and uplifting interview WE…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Fresh well water (my own)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bath, every time.

Favorite Color? All of them – I love rainbows

Take out or Dine in? dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Luxury hotel.

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate, champagne, roses.

Dogs or Cats? I have cats, but love them both.

Favorite Food? Dolmades – stuffed grapeleaves.

Favorite Song? Something by Leonard Cohen probably

Favorite Movie? Romancing the Stone (of course)

Favorite Car? Electric Gem.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both, then.

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

WE: I’ve always wanted to do a retreat in the desert – with no one around, nothing to do, no connection to anyone at all – just stars and sunshine and emptiness. Yes, I think that is what I would do: I’d go to the desert, I’d do ‘nothing,’ and I’d take no one.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Winslow Eliot’s

The Happiness Cure

at

http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Cure-Winslow-Eliot/dp/1939980011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368815285&sr=1-1&keywords=the+happiness+cure

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