An Interview with Charles Umerie

 

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Charles Umerie

  1. We are happy to have you on our blog. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Charles Umerie, and I’m 27 years old. I’m a writer, and so far I’ve written a book, movie scripts, essays, and articles.

  1. I read your book, Kingdom Tales, and I must say it’s a good read. Can you tell us more about it?

Kingdom Tales is my first book and it’s an allegory to the events that took place in Africa towards the 1960s. That was a time many African countries got their independence, and after that came a lot of civil wars. So Kingdom Tales was based on those events, and at the same time, I made sure it’s entertaining so people can read it and enjoy it. Even those that doesn’t know anything about these places can still read it and enjoy it as a simple fairytale.

  1. What inspired you to write it?

As an African writer, I feel like there’s nothing more important and inspiring than writing about the growth of Africa. That’s the inspiration behind it.

  1. This question is definitely for young writers out there. I know a lot of them complain of not being able to complete their book. So can you tell us how you wrote your book, what methods did you use?

I honestly do not have any secret formula for writing a book. People are different, and they have different ways of writing. But what you can do is whenever you start, make sure you finish it. No matter how unprofessional your work might seem at first, you just have to finish it. That would be your foundation, then you go through it over and over again, rewriting, adding and removing certain things.

  1. Do you have unpublished work? Or a book you are still working on?

I have another book coming out this year. It focuses on the Mali Empire in the 14th century. I also want to use this book to let people know more about the Mali Empire and its surrounding at that time. Most schools don’t teach that anymore, so I will inform and entertain at the same time with this book.

  1. How would sum up the reading culture in Africa now?

I can only speak for Nigeria, and in my own opinion, I think the reading culture in Nigeria is quite low. People would rather watch or hear it, than read it. The low literacy level and few number of libraries in Nigeria also play a part in that.

  1. It was definitely nice having you. To surprise our readers, tell us one weird fact about you. Something about you that is almost unbelievable to anyone that knows you.

I forget things very easily! A lot of people don’t know that, but I have learned to manage that. Thanks for having me.

 

Thank you so much, Charles, for participating in this blog interview.

Charles’ book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Tales-Charles-Umerie/dp/1329727010 

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An Interview with Troy Gathers

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Take Me With You by Troy Gathers

#1 What inspired you on this book?

Take Me With You Volume 2 was actually inspired by my relationships with others. Over the past 10 years, I’ve really embraced the fact that we are dealing with character types more so than people. Have you ever met someone who reminds you of someone you knew your whole life, just by their actions? That’s what inspired me to write this book.

#2 Why did you want to become a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In middle school, I would enter all the writing and drawing contest to display my interest. I won a few of them and received awards of participation for others, but the passion was always there.

#3 What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part of writing this book was actually finding the time that I could sit down and just write. Currently, my day revolves around finishing up my Ph.D and running multiple businesses. I did find the time to finish up the book but it usually came at the price of sleep.

#4 What do you hope people gain from reading it?

After reading Take Me With You Volume 2, I want the readers to leave with a sense of discernment. This book is packed with biblical scriptures, wisdom and lessons. I want people to gain a better understanding of who’s in their life. The wrong friendships could really hurt your future.

#5 When you were a kid, what were your favorite books?

Great question. When I was growing up my favorite books were the The Trumpet of the Swan, James and the Giant Peach and The Scarlet Letter. These 3 books will always be on my favorites list.

#6 What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

Usually those that don’t like to read a whole lot are more visual people, which is fine. What I would tell them is, just imagine a movie that only you could see and you make up the faces of the characters and you determine the imagery of the story. Reading is the only pastime that gives you that experience.

#7 Why should we buy your book?

Everyone reading this interview should buy my books because I put real life aspects in my books. I guarantee with all my books you will learn and adjust from my writings. I only deal with facts and personal experiences of others and myself. When you buy any one of my books you are buying information and not opinion.

All book projects by Troy Gathers are Available on Amazon.com

About Troy Gathers

“Not everyman can be famous, but everyman can be great!” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “When I first read those words from a memorial wall at South Carolina State University, I was touched,” Gathers said. “In life, sometimes all we can hold on to is words and a belief that they will manifest.” “Growing up, all I could do was dream.”

These words continuously push Troy Gathers towards his dream to strive for excellence. When asked about his childhood, Troy explains how it has played a major role in his future; Troy said, “The pain from my past has prepared me for the future.” “In college though, I found that I was very different. I found that welfare and section 8 were foreign to some college students.” The entrepreneur said that he began to see his purpose for his upbringing; “I have the voice to help people grow through trials.” After graduating from South Carolina State University, Gathers sought out to be a voice for the young and an inspiration to all. “As a public speaker, I have the stage to reach people far and near with my message”, he says joyfully. I’ve actually spoken to inmates on a continuous basis across the state of South Carolina in penitentiaries.” I have spoken to groups ranging from age eight to forty. Since I am one with the generation it is possible to hold their attention throughout the entire speech,” Gathers said. “Knowing that the speaker went through a similar situation less than ten years ago allows the audience to leave with a sense that there is a way to overcome their present adversities.”

By the time Troy reached seventeen years old, he had attended seven different schools and lived in six different neighborhoods. To escape the everyday troubles of society, Troy focused on success. In High School, despite the constant moving Gathers still managed to join NJROTC, the newspaper staff, and Future Business Leaders of America to name a few. Gathers stated, “Because of the constant moving, I spent a lot of time wishing for stability and praying for strength. Throughout my life I remained positive and knew that if I continued on this path I would be successful. Given my life experiences, I am able to communicate and relate to the younger generation.”

Once Gathers got settled at South Carolina State University he finally got a chance to show one body of students what he was capable of achieving. At South Carolina State University Gathers formed Intramural Sporting teams, served as the Vice President of freshman dormitory, joined the Young Democrats, SGA, wrote/directed two short films with students and made the grades for The National Deans List. Troy was also the host of the radio show B.E. Y.O.U. which aired on WSSB 90.3FM. (SCSU Radio) The show was based on positive individuals and their accomplishments. Gathers credits his focus at SCSU to his mother and mentors that assured his faith and head was always high. “Even in college people doubt you and try to bring you down, but I have special people that kept me focused on the big picture”.

After successfully completing his MBA program, Troy is currently enrolled in the Public Policy and Administration PhD program. B.E. Y.O.U. is Troy’s Educational Lecture Program for the youth that promotes success in their lives. B.E. Y.O.U is Troy’s cry to the youth to be themselves and step out of the crowd. Under his B.E. Y.O.U. imprint, Gathers has published 3 book titles. In all of Gathers endeavors he keeps God first and only expects great things for the future.

An Interview with Gabriella Goddard

 

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GABRIELLA GODDARD

Author of “Gulp!: the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge”

http://www.gulptime.com

Describe yourself in five words:

Visionary, creative, empathetic, adventurous, agile

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I have a fear of deep water. So a few years ago, I decided to do a diving course to try and overcome it. Luckily I was so distracted by the beautiful fish swimming past me that I forgot I was 100 yards under!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

Firstly, I dig deep and try to understand what the root of the fear is and where the emotion is in my body. Then I try to imagine a better and more positive outcome, and notice where that emotion is in my body. The secret then is to dial up the positive vision and feeling so that it drowns out the fear.

What scares you the most?

Being bored.

What makes you happiest?

Working on my creative projects and being around people who are doing cool stuff.

Why do you write?

Writing is an important part of my job as the coaching director at the brainsparker academy. Every day I’m writing blog posts, articles, top tips and course content. Writing for me is a great form of self-expression where you get to say exactly what you think and feel – without any interruptions. (lol)

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Actually for me, sitting down and typing words on my laptop is quite a painful process. I live for the day when the ideas in my head can be telepathically transferred to a recording device. What I do enjoy about writing is the editing process. This is where true magic can happen.

What motivates you to write?

Words are a powerful form of communication. How many times have you read something and found that it triggered a new insight that shifted your thinking? This is the power of words. And I am grateful that I have the confidence and ability to express myself in this way, and make a difference in people’s lives as a result.

What writing are you most proud of? .

I am very proud of my first published book, “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge,” which was a dream come true.  I’d suffered a cancer scare and this was a real wake up call. I had always wanted to write a book, but just never got around to it. After my cancer scare, I asked myself – if not now, when?

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I’m really proud of finally finding work/life balance.  Throughout my career I’d always been a workaholic. It wasn’t until I started developing my creativity that I realized the importance of taking time out. Most days are now a healthy balance of work, rest and social.

What books did you love growing up?

My favorite author growing up was Nancy Drew. I loved how she solved mysteries and the fact that she was a girl. If she could do it, so could I!

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

I’d love it to say “she made life happen no matter the obstacles.”

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was very lucky to grow up in New Zealand which is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And like most Kiwis, I travelled around the world and lived in worked in countries like Japan, France, UK, Mexico and USA which was an amazing experience.  These days I’m based between the South of Spain and London, UK and get the best of both worlds – beach and city buzz.

 What else do you do, other than write?

I run a company called “brainsparker” which helps people boost their ability to think creatively and come up with better ideas. Our free brainsparker app uses random prompt cards to spark new ideas and is very popular with writers. And our brainsparker academy offers a range of online training and coaching programs to help people develop their creativity and innovation skills.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

For the past 15 years I’ve been working as an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Facilitator in the corporate market which has been incredibly rewarding. And before that I worked in international marketing and branding in the telecom and technology industry which was very exciting.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

For me, success in writing is about getting words on paper. Once they’re there, you can do so many things with them. But you have to get them down first. Plus, as soon as they’re out there in black and white, you leave space in your brain for new ideas to ferment. And you never know what might pop out.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?

One day, out of the blue, I found a lump in my breast. It was devastating. And while I was waiting for the doctor’s results, I spent many hours reflecting on my life and the dreams I never made happen.

One of those dreams was to write a book. So when I got the all-clear from the doctor, I decided to make that dream happen. After a few false starts, I ended up writing a book about my experience called “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge.”

Luckily for me Penguin UK liked it and published it, followed by Random House in the USA.

It was amazing to make that dream come true, and now I coach other people to do the same through our Brainsparker creativity app and academy.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

“Gulp!” is all about helping people to make their big dreams happen. It includes loads of inspiration, tools and techniques to help people overcome their fears, and find the inner courage and confidence to step outside their comfort zone.

So many people have amazing ideas that never see the light of day, which is such a shame. I really hope that Gulp! can give them the inspiration to at least get started.

We’ve just launched a really cool Gulp! eKit which includes the digital ebook for Gulp!, plus 25-page workbook and 8 weekly coaching lessons.

If you have a big dream or a creative idea but you feel stuck or lack confidence, check out our Gulp! eKit at http://www.gulptime.com
If you are a writer and want a cool app to inspire your writing with random prompts, then check out our free brainsparker app at http://www.brainsparkerapp.com

An Interview with Len Trappe

Where are you from?
I am from Philadelphia, Pa. USA

Why do you write? 
I enjoy telling stories and the art of imagining characters and scenes.

What do you write about? 
I write fiction about immigration and anything that invloves children.  I like detective novels.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually write in 3rd person.  I tend to follow the hero’s journey but I’m trying to learn new techniques everyday.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
Name it.  Everyday life.  A job, family, errands.  And then writers block on top of it all.  It’s not easy.

Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
That the book was fantastic.  You know when someone generally loved it or not.  When they do, it’s thrilling.

How long have you been writing?
Since high school.  I wrote songs, poems, etc.  I wrote short stories all throughout college but I was too hyper to sit and write for hours at a time.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
After money stopped becoming the focus.  It is really an enjoyable process.  It’s hard and stressful at times but the journey always ends with excitement.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I can go for 14 hours straight in a good day or lose it after 20 minutes.  I try to write consecutively everyday for at least 4 hours.  If I do that, the book will get done.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not sure.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
The first one is the long one.  It’s like anything else, the first time you do something, you critique it so many times that you stretch the process.  I’d say on average it should take 6 months.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Research, listen to other writers, take a course, keep writing-practice makes perfect.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
Changing the outline mid story is a big one.  Getting the characters down so they’re consistent throughout the book.  Thinking of a story that is different.  Very challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?
Characters having passion about something makes the story.  And also making it exciting.

Check out Len Trappe’s book at https://www.amazon.com/Vanguards-American-Coyotes-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07BQ24QS3

Author Interview with Paige P Carranza

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Paige P. Carranza

Describe yourself in five words

Witty, Optimistic, Loving, Thoughtful, Dedicated

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I am a musician! I sing and play six instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Viola and Cello.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

One of my favorite quotes right now is, “Give someone a book they’ll read for a day. Teach someone to write a book, they’ll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self-doubt.” When I first finished my book Lethal Quantities, I hid it in a box for years until I decided it was good enough to publish. I work through my doubts in two ways. My brother is my writing-confidante. I send him my thoughts and works-in- progress, and if it is up to his standards, I know I am doing well. The other way I get through it is by writing. Free writing not only helps me get ideas, but it is like a therapy session for me.

When did you start writing?

My mother has a box filled with little books that I wrote when I was three. I don’t know specifically what sparked my love for writing at such a young age, but I would hide away for hours writing and illustrating little books.

What makes you happiest?

My family. I have two little girls, ages 2.5 and 6 months, and a wonderful husband who supports every endeavor I set on.

Why do you write?

I am a very talkative person who has a lot of creative ideas. Writing excites me and it gives me an excuse to talk for 200+ pages without anyone judging me for being too chatty.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Absolutely! English was one of my favorite subjects in school and I could whip up a quality five paragraph essay in minutes! Writing is one of the best ways to express yourself.

What inspired your book Lethal Quantities?

There is a song, “What Love Really Means” by JJ Heller. The last stanza of the song is “He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone. He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done. He utters a cry from the depths of his soul saying ‘Lord, forgive me. I want to go home.” I remember thinking “that would be a good book,” and I began to write. Those three lines in a song inspired a ten-chapter, 230-page novella.

What writing are you most proud of?

Of course, I’m very proud of Lethal Quantities, but my current project Carly Ann (to be released July 2018) is really exciting me! I’m trying my hand at horror, and I’ve got to say, I am enjoying it. I want it to be gritty and make people wince when they read it, and with the no-holds-barred attitude I am taking on while writing, I really think I am going to achieve that goal.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My children and my role as their mother. My older daughter has Autism and she is making leaps and bounds with progression. My whole day, every day, revolves around her various therapies. My younger daughter is such a happy baby and it makes me proud to know my children are feeling every bit of love I am pouring out for them.

What books did you love growing up?

My favorite series as a child was Junie B. Jones. The “B” stands for Beatrice, except she doesn’t like Beatrice, she just likes B and that’s all.

What do you hope people say about you at your funeral?

“Look! She’s breathing!”

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

Linden, New Jersey. I’ve never lived outside of New Jersey and I feel like if I leave I will always come back.

What are you writing now?

My current project is titled “Carly Ann.” It is a revenge-horror about a young girl who is regularly used as a pawn by her father to make money. During an assault at a party, she snaps and taps into a part of her she didn’t know she had and gets her revenge on the people who have harmed her throughout the years. I don’t want to give too much away.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I am an Indie-author, so the publishing is easy, and writing is fun for me. Marketing is the worst. I’m starting from scratch and I have no experience in marketing. It’s been a real challenge.

What marketing works for you?

Giveaways seem to be working, especially to help me get reviews. I like giving people the opportunity to read and reply to my books.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Sort of. The adult content of my books makes me nervous to let people who know me as the happy, innocent, bubbly girl see the crazy things my imagination can come up with. For example, the five pages of detailed sex in the middle if Lethal Quantities. My grandfather casually mentioned to my boss the wide array of profanity in Lethal Quantities and my boss, jokingly, called me a “shameless hussy.”

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family is incredibly supportive, more than I expected them to be. All my siblings have purchased a copy of my first book, and my husband is great at taking the girls away, so I can write for a few hours. I have the best support system in the world.

What are some of your hobbies other than writing?

I have an insane amount of hobbies. I love music, painting, crafts, reading, blogging, dancing. If it has to do with expressing oneself, I do it.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

Somehow, I always end up working with feet. I worked at a shoe store for a while, then I sold shoes at a department store, and now I am a podiatric medical assistant. I actually really love my job and I am not planning on leaving for at least four more years.

Were there any challenges with editing your book Lethal Quantities?

That’s a long story. In chapter three, the main character and his new “friend” decide they are going to cook Methamphetamine to lower the cost of their high. Initially, they go to a desert…in a van…get naked…and cook the Meth. My husband pointed out that this was the exact same thing that happened in a popular TV show that I SWEAR I NEVER WATCHED. When he showed me the scene, I knew I had to change it. So now they go to a storage unit.

How much research did you have to do for this book?

I did so much research, before, during, and even after my writing. Although it is a fictional story, I wanted it to be accurate. I make jokes all the time that I thought the DEA was going to tear my door down an arrest me for all of the research I was doing on Meth. “How to cook Meth” was one of my top google searches for a while. I also watched multiple documentaries about Death Row, reaction videos of people being sentenced to death, the specific process of Capital Punishment in Texas, and PTSD.

Tell us about your family?

I have five sisters and one brother, a mom and a step-dad (who I consider to be my real dad) and two handsome little nephews. I married my incredible husband when I was nineteen and pregnant with our first daughter. We started dating when I was fifteen and he is my best friend. My first daughter is going to be three in June and she has Autism. I wrote a blog about her on Goodreads.com in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. We also have a six-month-old baby girl who is my happy little sunshine. She looks just like her daddy and it warms my heart.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I write in bed on my laptop. A lot of times, though, inspiration strikes me and I will whip out my cell phone to jot down ideas.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Well, I’m a mom of two little girls so anything over four hours is perfect.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

Three people: My mother Denise, my husband Bryan, and my grandfather John. My mom read the very first draft of Lethal Quantities and she was the first to purchase it went it went on sale. She is so proud of me and I couldn’t possibly thank her enough for supporting me. My husband is an ideal father and partner. He inspires me and encourages me and kicks my butt to make sure I am accomplishing my

goals. Pop has always been my number one fan, mostly with my music, but his pride is so great, he tells everyone he meets about his granddaughter who published a book. I couldn’t survive without these three wonderful people.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

Going to my ten-year high school reunion and having people ask me for my autograph. It’s not necessarily the money or the fame that I am after. It is proving to everyone who ever doubted me that I am capable of greatness.

Do you like to read? What is your favorite genre?

I love reading. It had lost me for a bit, but I have picked up the habit again. I always have a book in my hands now. I love reading memoirs. There’s nothing like a good story about someone who has come from a difficult background and triumphed in the end.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

Gina Rodriguez and Shane Dawson! She is such a beautiful person inside and out and we have a lot of the same values. Shane Dawson because he is hilarious and would add the much-needed zing to any party.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I sing a lot of karaoke to my babies. The little one smiles and coos and the toddler will sing and dance along. It’s quality time.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I want my writing to be so effective that it shocks the readers. I want them to feel the grittiness that I feel when I write. I want them to want to read more, hang on my every word. At the same time, I want them to be inspired by the young working mother who achieved her dreams of becoming an author. If I could do it, anyone can.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Purchase Lethal Quantities E-book here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paige-p-carranza/lethal-quantities/ebook/product-23577218.html

Purchase Lethal Quantities Paperback here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paige-p-carranza/lethal-quantities/paperback/product-23583277.html

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Author Interview with Bernie DiPasquale

My Special Gifts

 

Describe yourself in five words.    Love my Family and Friends

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?  I write Childrens Books

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  Just face them one step at a time.

What scares you the most? Something harmful may happen to those I love

What makes you happiest? When my family is happy

Why do you write? To get my thoughts and feelings on paper to preserve

Have you always enjoyed writing?  Not really, this is pretty new.

What motivates you to write? My Grandkids

What writing are you most proud of? .Both books.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?  My family…wife, kids and Grandkids 

What books did you love growing up? I loved to read plays…all types

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? He loved his family and was there for them

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? Grew up in East Baltimore and currently live in Joppa, MD

How did you develop your writing?  Never developed, just did it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Getting Published.

What marketing works for you? Still working on that.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not at all…I share with anyone that asks.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Very, very supportive.

What else do you do, other than write?  Hang out with my wife, kid, and Grandchildren.  I work in Financial Services.

What other jobs have you had in your life? Spent a lot of time in Education & Financial Services.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? World History

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Right where I am.

Tell us about your family? They are awesome!  Wife, 4 kids, 6 Grandchildren…full of life.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Pen and paper…wherever I am.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .7 hours would be nice

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Absolutely…my wife Patti and my Daughter Lindsay.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? If I’m happy with the finished product, I’m successful

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? Still working on that one too.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  It’s a simple book about simple everyday ideas written from the perspective of my Grandson Bryn.  Lessons that all of our children need to navigate life.  I wrote the book so my thoughts would be remembered long after I am gone.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? My HS Drama teacher, Robert Gunther

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Hang with the family, dinner with my wife, watch movies.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Peaceful

Check out the author’s books below:

What Does God Sound Like? 
We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, everyday, everywhere.

http://amzn.to/2tPsW5Q

My Special Gifts 
Life gives us all many gifts, we only need to pause, look around, and appreciate. Bryn, my 3 year old Grandson, tells his story about his gifts. Gifts given by family, friends, and everyday life. We need to teach our children at a young age the tools for happiness and contentment.

http://amzn.to/2GqWTw3
http://sunbernbooks.com/

Author Interview with Kristin Anderson Cetone

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Buckaroo Buckeye by Kristen Anderson Cetone

Winner of the 2016 OneBookAZ and 2013 Mom’s Choice Silver Award! Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

We hope that you will enjoy this interview we had with her.

Describe yourself in five words: determined, creative, nostalgic, reading educator,

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I keep pressing forward and believe in myself

What makes you happiest? Seeing a child’s face light up when they can read

Why do you write? To inspire kids and empower parents to guide their child’s reading success

Have you always enjoyed writing?  I have always found I can express my thoughts better through writing instead of the spoken word

What motivates you to write? To share my stories through my unique characters I create and relate their messages to all

What writing are you most proud of?  My first book, Buckaroo Buckeye-A Little Nut with Big Dreams as like all moms, I have a special place in my heart for my first born .

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My education, my life experiences with family and my two children 

What books did you love growing up? Stories of dogs and horses like “Call of the Wild,” and “Misty of Chincoteague”, humorous stories like Amelia Bedelia, and stories that related to my life experiences.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? She dared to Dream, Believe, and Achieve

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?  My roots are in the buckeye State of Ohio as I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and now reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?  marketing

Do you find it hard to share your work?  No, because I think it relates to all our life journeys of self-discovery.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?  Yes all have been very supportive and encouraging.

What else do you do, other than write?  I am a Reading Specialist and educator, and I offer reading tutoring for grades 1-3 in an online format.  My tutoring service is entitled “Nuts About Reading™”

What other jobs have you had in your life? Medical library assistant, administrative assistant, teaching

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  Right where I am.  Though I have travelled a lot, without my experience living in Arizona my character, Buckaroo Buckeye might not have come to life. 

Tell us about your family?  I have a husband of 45 years, one son, and one daughter.  My husband is a cytotechnologist and screens for cancer, my son works for local courts, and my daughter was a professional ballerina, and transitioned into human resources upon her exit from the stage.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?  I put pen to paper first, before then going to the computer.  I am old school.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?  7-9 hours to stay alert.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I have had several key members on my team through the years, most recently in marketing.  Thank you Suzanne Jameson and Monica Kelly, for your support and encouragement and spreading my messages of inspiration, encouragement, and arranging personal appearances. 

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?  Providing inspiration and encouragement to young children, especially for children who struggle to read, and empowering their parents as they guide their child’s reading journey. 

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I believe every writer must have a local presence in their area while also developing a wider following through social media.  You must key in on the audience for your specific offerings, and not just a large general audience, and provide them with what they see as important to them first, and then also broaden their scope to what they might not have thought was possible for them, such as my message of their importance in guiding and nurturing their child’s journey to reading success.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  I have three sequels in the publishing pipeline.  They all relate to my original character’s dream and life journey of self-discovery, to find his special place in the world, and so do my three new characters.  These three characters were chosen to honor three very inspirational women from my family, but again their journeys relate to everyone’s life journey of self-discovery. It is not your ‘size’ in life that determines success.  Like Buckaroo, these three, tiny little nut-seeds follow their dreams of finding their own special place in the world.  Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us.  This seed contains our roots, our hopes and dreams, and interests and passions. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, this seed will sprout and grow mighty, to rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.

 

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Walking, reading, daydreaming, travel

 

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?  I hope children and their parents take away inspiration and encouragement and a feeling of self-esteem in themselves.  My focus is to write only hopeful words, and words that encourage us and not words that might hurt us.

“Discouraging Words…Discourage Dreams,

Encouraging Words…Sprout Dreams,

Parents Plant the Seeds!”-Kristin Anderson Cetone

We hope you have enjoyed this interview. Do check out her social media links and website address below.

Reading success begins at birth with parents reading to their children! Buckaroo Buckeye™ – A Little Nut with Big Dreams is a read aloud book for parents and their children. Life is a journey of self-discovery on the path to building self-esteem.

This journey is nourished by the encouragement and guidance from family and culture, life experiences, and education…of which reading success is the foundation.

A Mom’s Choice Award Winning Children’s Book.

2016 ONEBOOKAZ Award Winning Children’s Book.

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