Author Interview with Andrew Zellgert

Andrew Zellgert

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. ” – Gandalf

Andrew Zellgert is a children’s author who grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota and attended Minnesota Virtual Academy.

His books are typically written in the sci-fi genre and deal with the calamities of real life in the form of sci-fi allegories. He currently has 6 in general releases – Nerdia, The Spectrum of Light, The Frozen Time, Split, The Adventures of Wally Winderkins, which was featured in a small art exhibition, and ICDA.

His latest book, A Night at the Cinema, is a collection of three novellas, two short stories, and eight poems. The concept is to provide the reader with an epic, cinematic experience while remaining engaging, heartfelt, and enjoyable.

Today, Andrew still lives in St. Cloud, with his pet cat, Edith. Currently, Andrew is building his own literary universe he nicknames the ZLU. You can learn more about it here: https://www.zellgertbooks.com/zlu

You can contact or connect with Andrew Zellgert at:

Twitter: @AndrewZellgert

Facebook: @zellgertbooks

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcvklTn_LDQA5Q1v4adpuzw

Patreon: /zellgertbooks

Website: https://www.zellgertbooks.com/

Describe yourself in five words

Imaginative, Adventurous, Curious, Mysterious, and Amusing.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I am introverted

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I convert them into stories. Self-doubts and fears are antagonists begging to be defeated

What scares you the most? 

Spiders. I have to channel my inner Ron Weasley somehow!

What makes you happiest? 

Seeing the look on peoples faces when a story I have written changed their life.

Why do you write? 

One of the biggest things that many people lose as they grow up is their imagination. I want to bring that back to them. To embrace the impossible. To bring them places they would never have known existed!

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Oh yes! I have always enjoyed writing! I especially love the satisfaction of finishing a book (Though it’s a bittersweet moment)

What motivates you to write? 

I find if the story is worth telling, that motivates me the most. I tend to write stories that involve the calamities of real life and learning how to overcome those challenges is always worth telling!

What writing are you most proud of?

I am proud of ICDA. This work was my first worldwide release and was overall the most successful! It was very imaginative, and I had a lot of fun writing it!

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Figuring out a schedule that works for me. I have always struggled with routine, so having this established is a huge accomplishment for me.

What books did you love growing up? 

Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Phantom Tollbooth, and The Little Prince

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

That I ‘Made people laugh and smile’

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

I grew up (and still live) in St. Cloud Minnesota. It is my favorite place to gather inspiration and story ideas. The streets can be very quiet and peaceful which is helpful for writing ideas down.

How did you develop your writing?

Mainly through my creative writing instructor, Miss. R and librarian I knew named Lois.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing. It is true the other two options are hard, but marketing is very difficult. Convincing someone who doesn’t know you to purchase a book they know nothing about can be tricky, but very rewarding when it pays off.

What marketing works for you?

I find the best marketing that works for me are giveaways. I love them because I get to share my stories and the readers love them because they get something for free!

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Sometimes. It depends upon how personal the story is and how much I have worked on it.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes! Ever since I started writing my family and friends have been there to support me and my work. I am really appreciative of the help they have given me!

What else do you do, other than write? 

I love to design board games with my brother. Even if they are way too complicated to ever make it to market, we still enjoy creating them.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I broadcast a youth orchestra in the St. Cloud area. I love seeing all of their hard work pay off and seeing the online community react to their talent!

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

Creative Writing. I find no matter how old you are there is always room for improvement!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

At first, I was going to say on an alien planet one hundred years ago, but I realized that is not on Earth. I would probably enjoy a small, quiet town such as Bufford MN.

Tell us about your family? 

All of my family members are artists so it should come as no surprise that I ended up in that category as well. My mother creates paper mache sculptures of geodes, my father plays and teaches violin, and my brother is still deciding what he wants to be.

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

I write on a desktop computer at a desk. I find when I use this setup, I get more work done.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

At least eight hours. Anything lower than that calls for coffee!

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

El Holly. She is a fantasy author, I met online. She is a great friend and has really helped shape my writing and get me to where I am now.

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

Seeing the joy and happiness in my readers eyes when they finish a book or read something surprising. The little lightbulb inside their head that gives them the inspiration to write their own work. I have done my job if the reader feels immersed in the story and is happy to be immersed.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

I write for children and young teens, so I tend to market towards parents with children. Though I primarily target kids, I have found many adults who have enjoyed my stories as well!

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

My new book is titled ‘A Night at the Cinema.’ It is a collection containing three novellas, two short stories, and eight poems. I wanted to create a volume of works that felt like the movies. In this collection there is a sci-fi epic, a thriller, and a fantasy story. I sprinkled in a mixture of different age groups and genres to create interest. I wrote it primarily to give a feeling of awe and wonder. To inspire chills and fear. To have the reader finish the collection and say: “That was epic.”

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

Norton Juster. He wrote one of my favorite books, The Phantom Tollbooth, and he just passed away last year.

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

I tend to listen to a lot of music in my spare time as well as keeping up to date with my author friends.

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

A lot of my writing focuses on real calamities in real life. The one thing I hope people learn from my work is how to overcome them. From worry to depression. Anxiety to fear. I want children and teens alike to have the tools they need to face those monsters and inevitably defeat them.

Author Interview with Miles Davis-Majors

Miles Davis-Majors

Miles Davis-Majors is a 23-year-old first-time author from Long Beach, California. His debut book “A Basketball Story” is based on a true story. In 2017, Miles Davis worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach/WRAP program. Where he got to coach basketball for the first time at Long Beach School District’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School in Lakewood, California. Years later Miles decided to make a children’s book about his experience with his basketball team’s season with a touch of life lessons for young athletes and kids.

1. Where are you from?
Long Beach, California

2. Why do you write? 
It’s a way to express my creative

3. What do you write about?
I try to write something people can relate to. Something they can picture in their head. I write whatever comes to mind. Whatever I think it’s cool.

4. What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
Writer’s block. It’s a real thing. Sometimes you just have to step away from the project and let your creative juices flow again.

5. What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
I haven’t heard it yet since this book is my first but I can’t wait to hear it.

6. How long have been writing?
About a year now.

7. When did you first realize you had become a writer?
The beginning process of getting the book deal.

8. How long does it take to write a book?
Like a couple of days being a children’s book and a real-life story. But two years to get the images together. 

9. What does your family think of your writing?
They like it. I think they think it’s better to cool I am doing something else creative.

10. Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as a side job. I really want to be a successful entrepreneur but writing is very therapeutic.

11. Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? 
I hope you like it. But I put a lot of thought into it. I hope this can stay with you like the true story will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Author Live Chat with Joey Salomone

Joey Salomone was born in 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri. Joey was home schooled, which allowed him a lot of free time to read and write. He began writing poetry as a teenager and continued to write throughout high school and college. Joey attended Northwest Missouri State University where he received a bachelors degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Creative Writing. After graduation, Joey moved back to Kansas City and made independent films for several years while working at several local area restaurants. He then became an educator and taught High School English in the Urban Core of Kansas City, MO for several years. After the school he was working at closed, Joey did sales for a few years then attended UMKC’s EMS Education program and received his Paramedic license. He worked for several years as a paramedic in Kansas City. After graduating from nursing school, Joey now practices as a nurse at a local KC hospital. He continues to read and write every day. Joey hopes to publish many more collections of poetry and prose, as well as several other projects he is working on. Joey and his brother Chris are currently writing a fantasy book series together and hope to release the first several books in 2020-21.

Joey writes weekly on his blog on a variety of topics, from healthcare to politics to movies & tv shows and discussion of poetry, short stories and novels.

https://illiteratesalami.blogspot.com/

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 
I am sort of a jack-of-all-trades, I started out of college making low-budget independent movies and then moved into sales, then education and then healthcare.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 
Everyone deals with insecurities in one form or another. I think for me personally, I have cut out people in my life that I believed where toxic, those individuals that helped sow the seed of self-doubt. And I try to surround myself with people who are positive. Working in healthcare, this can be difficult because we deal with illness, patients dying and death often. And it is not just the seeing the patient suffer, but also watching the family watch the patient dying. That can be just as difficult, if not more. This gives me a unique perspective of one, being grateful for my health and my families health and two, I stare fear in the face at work all the time, I am not going to let a little fear or rejection or failing in writing stop me.

What scares you the most? 
Dying alone. I think this is a fear many people have.

What makes you happiest? 
I think this changes based on where you are in your life. Right now, the happiest I am is when I pick up my daughter and she laughs and squeals and kicks her legs.

Why do you write? 
I enjoy writing, I always have. And I think this probably stems from my joy of reading. I have been amazed, my entire life, by a wide variety of authors. Science fiction and fantasy writers can take you into a world they created, and to me, that’s amazing. Poets can make you think outside of the constructs of the written word. They can make you question everything, from love to even the meaning of a word. And I love that.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 
Like any creative, I have a love/hate relationship with my writing. Sometimes, I write something that I think is simply amazing. Other times, everything I write is garbage and I hate it all and I want to quit forever. I think finding a balance between the two is part of the process. And simply understanding that is part of the process: going through these stages.

What motivates you to write? 
Anything. Love. Pain. Boredom. Excitement. Sadness. Feeling overwhelmed. I feel like any creative person can find any reason to share their work. For me, writing is a personal escape. Not that my life is all that bad, I have a great life in fact. But writing allows me to venture into unknown territories, and as a poet, I simply try to explore the fluid motion of the English language, while trying to bend and break some of the rules as well. 

What writing are you most proud of? 
My first book titled “0% of Something” was a decent book, but if I am being honest, I rushed it in the editing process. “Drop of Atom” is finely tuned and I am extremely proud of it as a collection.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 
Recently, my daughter turned one. And I have to say, this last year has been tough. However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am working very hard to be a good father, and while I know at times I will surely make mistakes, as long as I keep working at it, I think I will do alright.

What books did you love growing up? 
As a young adult I read the poetry of Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath. I read a fantasy series called “Dragon Lance” by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and I loved the Goosebumps series and Hardy Boys series. As I aged, I continued to read poetry, both the classics and contemporary, and I continued to read both fantasy and sci-fi. My book shelf is an odd combination of Star Wars books next to Kurt Vonnegut books next to Chuck Palahnuik books next to the Lord of the Rings.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 
I hope it says I was a good human being who touched many lives and will be missed by many.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 
I grew up in the Midwest and while I am certain that has some influence on my writing, my life experiences have more. Working in the service industry and working as a paramedic and nurse has allowed me to see how humans behave in all sorts of situations. One aspect of poetry is trying to discover and speak on human emotions and actions. I think my life experiences up to this point have allowed for the development of the type of poet I am today.

How did you develop your writing?
I have been writing poetry off and on for nearly 2 years. I have taken a variety of poetry classes, both in person and online, and several years ago I decided the only way I was going to get better at writing poetry is to read poetry. And that is what I do, I read poetry nearly every day. I love classic and contemporary and foreign poetry.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

All three are hard in their own right. Getting published or self-publishing is an unique challenge full of disappointments and unexpected experiences. Writing, like any creative, has its up and its downs. Sometimes, I love everything that I write and other times I hate it. But the process of writing is what I love. Marketing is very difficult when you have little to know marketing experiences.

What marketing works for you? 
To be honest, I have not found a technique that works fully yet but I am trying a variety of strategies with this book.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 
Absolutely, poetry can be awfully revealing and it’s hard to think that family and friends will be reading some of the things I wrote, let alone complete strangers.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 
My family is endless supportive, both my immediate family and wife’s family. All the books that I have sold so far I am sure have been purchased by either family members or friends. And yes, I feel like I have a very large group of friends who have been extremely supportive.

What else do you do, other than write? 
I work full-time as a nurse. I am a father to a 1-year-old and a husband as well. My wife is finishing up an intense healthcare degree so I also am in charge of many things around the house, from cooking to cleaning to laundry. So needless to say, I keep very busy when I am not writing.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 
I made independent movies for a while and then I was high school English teacher for several years. I worked in sales and the service industry as well. I got into healthcare about 10 years ago working as a patient care tech in a hospital and then a paramedic for an ambulance service. After several years of that, my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, convinced me to attend nursing school. And I currently work as a nurse.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 
Anything in the creative world, writing or painting, theatre would be fun as well I think.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 
All of the above, I keep small notebook laying all around my house. And I use my laptop, desktop and iPhone to write small little notes and poems. Every 2-3 months I gather up everything that I have written from all these notebooks and such and try to squeeze some life out of them. That is how I start the process of writing my poems.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 
Working as a nurse fulltime and being a father and husband means I have little time to sleep. I have accepted that I will simply be “perma-tired” for a while.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 
A personal goal I set for this book was to sell 1,000 copies. For me, that would be the ultimate success.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 
I have done a variety of advertising, from blogs, to press releases to video and podcast interviews, Facebook and Instagram ads, and amazon advertising campaigns. I am hoping that some of these things start to pan out and turn into sales.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  
Drop of Atom is my second book of poetry that I started writing in 2020. When Covid hit the world and then America, the lockdown was quite the experience for everyone. I tried to capture what was happening in the country and in healthcare as well as personally. I believe I have a unique perspective as both a nurse and a poet. I touch on large subjects like the criminal justice system, racism, healthcare, the American government, and mental health. I also whittle down some of my poems and discuss things like love or loss, death and dying, pain or pleasure, things like that. I wrote this book because I wanted to write a second book of poetry and take my time doing so. I gave myself two years to write and edit this book and I am extremely proud of the final product.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 
Reading is how I relax and I cannot wait for the day when I have more free time so that I can read the giant pile of books I have building up on my desk and in my kindle.

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

I hope that anyone who reads Drop of Atom will simply find one thing inside the pages that they love.

Live Author Chat with Vince Baker

Author Live Chat with Fans

Tuesdays: Your Next Page-Turner

17th May 2022 8PM CST on Facebook page (International Book Promotion)

Author Vince Baker

The Prophetic War of Words

About the author:

With over 30 years of prophetic hands-on training from God, Vince brings a unique and timely perspective from the Word of God for the body of Christ. The Divine Revelations Vince has received from the Holy Spirit are destined to enlighten and encourage others.

Vince Baker was born in Southern California and raised on 17 acres just north of Sacramento. As a child, Vince was raised as a Southern Baptist. Vince was always drawn to the Lord and even said he wanted to be a preacher at a young age.

Vince’s life was somewhat uneventful until one day he encountered God while driving in his car at the age of 17. God manifested Himself to Vince in such a powerful way that his life would never be the same. After this experience, Vince dedicated his life to the Lord and became a Christian. In that same month, Vince received a book from his Christian Grandma called” The Secret of His Power.” This book was about a famous miracle-working evangelist named Smith Wigglesworth. God used his testimony to prepare Vince for ministry. God also used the testimony of Smith to talk to him about things He wanted to do through him in his later years.

Vince decided to go to a Christian High School his senior year. He met a seasoned evangelist at this high school, who took different churches to feed the poor and evangelize. Vince found out he lived near the evangelist and started traveling with him. During this time, Vince became his right-hand man and saw many amazing miracles on the streets through this ministry. This ministry was called to train the church on how to evangelize with power. Vince was able to travel up and down the west coast ministering to the homeless and helpless while equipping the church. Vince has a big heart when it comes to the poor, homeless, and hurting people.

Within a short time, Vince heard from God to go to Bible College. Through confirmation from God and a miracle of his tuition paid for, Vince started to study the Bible more deeply at this Bible College. The training and foundation in the scriptures Vince received were priceless. Vince ended up graduating as the Valedictorian from this Bible College.

After Bible College, Vince started ministering to kids at a Christian school, taught Sunday School, and functioned in the local church. Vince later moved into full-time ministry and was an assistant pastor at a local church for five years during the mid-’90s.

As an assistant pastor, Vince visited a church where the Prophet Kim Clement was ministering. Prophet Kim Clement pulled Vince out of the crowd and prophesied over him. In that prophecy, God spoke to Vince through Kim Clement that he would use him and that he needed to prepare himself.

Vince later worked in the marketplace, where he is the CEO and part-owner of Agora Advantage. God called Vince to the marketplace, but Vince knew that he would be called back into full-time ministry later in life. Agora Advantage has been a fantastic position where Vince grew in many ways. Vince knew that Agora was where he was supposed to be. He was voted in as the CEO of Agora Advantage on the Day of Pentecost as a sign from God.

As Vince started nearing the prophesied time that God would bring him back into full-time ministry, he began seeking the Lord more deeply. During this time, Vince had another unforgettable encounter with God regarding the Ark of the Covenant. God gave Vince a vision of four men carrying the Ark of the Covenant into a church. The Holy Spirit spoke to Vince and said, “Wherever you read Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament think Holy Spirit. Wherever you read Holy Spirit in the New Testament think Ark of the Covenant. Put the two together and you will know Me.” Vince went and studied these two subjects everyplace he could find them in the Bible and he received tremendous insight into understanding the Holy Spirit.

Vince has a unique calling where he can preach, teach, prophecy, move in the gifts of the Spirit, bring healing, and perform miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. Vince is called to help the body of Christ come into their destiny and High Calling.

Currently, Vince resides in Northern California with his wife and their two dogs enjoying the blessings of God.

Visit: www.VinceBakerMinistries.com

Live Author Interview with Bruce Whealton

I have dedicated my life to helping others and have done so as a psychotherapist/clinical social worker. I am also a Certified Peer Support Specialist where I can use my lived experience as a survivor of trauma, injustice, and abuse to help others. I must heal myself so that I can help others to heal and find hope. I find writing to be therapeutic and a powerful part of my healing journey. I have written in both non-fiction and poetry.

Currently, I am resuming my career journey by pursuing employment opportunities in the mental health/psychiatric field with the ultimate goal of working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist drawing upon my many years of experience, education, and post-graduate training in psychology and psychotherapy. As a peer support specialist (PSS), I will use different skills and be filing a different role than that of a “therapist.” A PSS is not a therapist.

With all that I have accomplished, I believe anything is possible.

I recently have found my calling as a creative non-fiction writer. I believe this is what has been calling me my whole life, but I didn’t know if there was an audience or how to reach others. I write to communicate something to others. Poetry seemed easier because people gather for people gather for readings and poems are brief/succinct. Today there might be a more obvious market for fiction, but I hope to reach an audience with creative non-fiction – memoirs.

The ideas for writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry are similar. We want to evoke a response from or in the reader. When I say creative non-fiction, I am mostly talking about memoirs. In one book, I felt like I had several “stories” to tell and ended up putting together an autobiography. I’m not sure how much market there is for an autobiography of someone who isn’t famous. One can find that I have written other books that are shorter and more focused on the broad array of topics presented in my autobiography.  

Question: Where are you from?

Answer: I grew up in a small rural town called Southington, CT, USA. At 18, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). I chose that school because I thought I wanted to be an engineer. After graduating from Georgia Tech, I had already figured out that I was going to go into psychiatric social work. I ended up by chance getting a job as a technical writer in Wilmington, North Carolina. I would come to call Wilmington my home and if I am asked, I’d say I am from Wilmington.

Question: Why do you write?

Answer: I write to be read. Writing can be a solitary activity, but I envision a reader when I am writing. I envision telling a story and having an audience. My creative non-fiction has places where I directly address the reader while at other times within the same book, I try to immerse the reader in the story. I strive to evoke a reaction. I also find writing to be therapeutic and cathartic. It’s part of who I am. It’s how I make sense of life and process the events of my life.

Question: What do you write about?

Answer: I write about personal experiences or the experiences that I have overserved others to have described to me. I work in the psychiatric/mental health field. I am fascinated by the psyche, psychology, and people in general. I write life stories and I try to help the reader to get inside the mind and body of the character whether writing a poem or a memoir.  

Question: Do you have a specific writing style?

Answer: I suppose I have answered that already. In terms of poetry, I only write free verse. I discovered an affinity for poets when I first started writing and build a social circle around the poetry scene in Wilmington. As noted above, I would end up calling this home and this is where my life really took off. The people in the area I met all had English degrees and I felt like just a dabbler in poetry. I chose free verse because I don’t have an ear for rhyme or meter. I suppose that is why it is fitting that I turned to writing creative non-fiction (prose).

Question: What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Answer: Motivation and writer’s block are problems. I think that because I am a mental health professional and enjoy working with others, writing can be a problem because it is a solitary activity. I might have doubts that my words will be read by anyone, and this will hold me back.

Question: What’s the most memorable thing said by a reader about my work?

Answer: There are a couple of things. Two recent readers reported that they couldn’t put down my books when they first picked them up and that is memorable because I wrote long narratives. One of my books is over 530 pages. However, the most memorable and touching comments were from my dear friend Thomas Child’s who died in 2010 from an unexpected heart-attack. I am including a photograph of him and what he wrote for my book.

I do have some additional books that I am currently writing. One is titled “Prosecuting the Victim, Gender Biases and the Psychological Impact of Injustice” which is available on Wattpad at this link:

https://brucewhealton.com/victim

Here are some links to my books and websites:

My Amazon author page: https://Amazon.com/author/brucewhealton

“Memoirs of a Healer/Clinical Social Worker: Autobiography of Bruce Whealton” is on Amazon at https://brucewhealton.com/memoirs-amazon

“What Really Matters: Poems about Love, Loss & Trauma” at https://brucwhealton.com/what-really-matters-amazon

“Overcoming Shyness and Loving Lynn – A Memoir” at: https://brucewhealton.com/loving-lynn-amazon

Creative writing blog by Bruce Whealton: https://brucewhealton.com/creative-writing

Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingByBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/AutobiographyOfBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForBruceWhealton

https://www.facebook.com/LovingMemoryOfLynnDeniseKrupey

Author Interview with Andrew Hurd

Andrew Hurd is a self-published writer currently living in Aberdeen, Maryland. His first novel in his “The Path of the Celts” Series was released in April of 2022, and even though it took 13 years to perfect, he’s immensely proud of the story he’s created. Future sequels are in the works. When not writing, Andrew works full time as an HR Professional and is supported by his wife, Maggie, cat, Guinness, and their son Liam, who will be born later in 2022.

Where are you from?

I’m born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.

Why do you write?

For me, writing is an escape from the tribulations of life. For this particular story, it’s rooted in fantasy and magic, but when you peel back that element, it’s deeply personal in my own life and experience with the religions I discuss.

What do you write about?

My series of novels revolves around various mythologies from around the world while dealing with the sensitive subject of religion and how no matter what we may believe to be true, it’s okay to disagree and still be loving and tolerant to each other.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I tend to describe myself as a storyteller and not a traditional writer. The characters that I use come from myths that have been told orally for generations. I try to honor the past and keep the deities I use honored for the future.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Since I write with characters that are used in mythology, I have to make sure I’m not making things up about their characteristics or traits. Therefore, I have to do a lot of research into the mythos of the deities I use in my story to make sure I’m portraying them accurately.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid. I recall in my 6th grade English class I told the story of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” for an assignment. I’m sure it was awful, but my teacher smiled at said: “I LOVE “The Legend of Zelda.” Little did I know then what exactly she was supporting.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I take inspiration in non-traditional media. Most writers will say their favorite author is Tolkien, or they love the poetry of Percy Shelley. I learned how to tell stories through video games like Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda series and that comes out in my writing.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

I learned this from Neil Gaiman’s Masterclass. No matter what you are writing, finish it. Even if it’s terrible. It took me 13 years to finish a novel but there are at least 10 drafts that most will never read because they were not good. With each draft that was terrible came learnings and new skills to get just a little bit better until you finally have something you can be proud of.

Do you see writing as a career?

As a self-published writer, I have to keep my full-time job to pay bills and support my family. If my series ever gets big, we’ll see. It is a dream that is for sure.

Author Interview with Jonnie Tash

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Jonnie has been living in Zell am See, Austria since 2009 where he works as a tour guide. A great lover of nature, Jonnie developed a passion for the stunning landscapes where he works, and now calls home. In 2020 Jonnie discovered a place called Bad Fusch that inspired him to begin writing and illustrating his children’s book series. Since travel restrictions prevented Jonnie from seeing his family in England, he wanted a means to share the things he was seeing, and the lifestyle he lived in Austria with his nephew and sister. His book provided the perfect medium for doing so. Jonnie’s books tell the tale of four animals who live in a forest and go on many adventures. It is set in the forest of Bad Fusch and is a lighthearted, humorous, but also educational read. Jonnie loves spending time in the mountains combining cycling and photography above all else, but also enjoys baking.

Describe yourself in five words

Honest, hard working, creative, organised, driven.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

Having never been able to spell and dealing with certain word blindness issues, I have managed to publish 4 children’s books so far in a planned series of 10. To clarify I use the services of some fantastic copy editors and proof readers!

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I keep going, sometimes making a start is the hardest thing, once i get started however then I make great strides forward.

What scares you the most? 

I guess, fear of failure, the project I am working on, not being accepted or delivering results.

What makes you happiest? 

When others are happy, I just love to see happy faces, and if I have had a part in making that happen, even better.

Why do you write? 

This is a great question, the purpose of my writing is to share the experience of one of my favourite places, Bad Fusch, this is a small abandoned village high in the mountains of Austria, what started as a small project to run a snack station has turned in to my new passion, writing has also become a way to share stories about nature with my young nephew who due to pandemic travel restrictions I have not been able to see for two years, though my books I can share where I live and teach him all about nature in a fun way.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, although I don’t think up until my children’s book I have ever been published, this has never materialised in to anything people would have wanted to read before…

What motivates you to write? 

Once I start I just don’t seem to be able to stop, when I came up with the idea for a children’s book, instead of writing one book, I set out with the goal of writing ten, there was never a consideration to write one, I always had ten in mind, it was a very bold statement to make and since I started, I have ideas for many more stories too, however in order to concentrate of getting a body of work finished, I am concentrating on the first ten before moving on to the next set of books, and side projects, this is very hard, as I have so many ideas!

What writing are you most proud of?

Publishing my first book was a major achievement, however I would say completing the process of writing books one to nine, book ten still needs finishing, as I am not completely happy with it.

There are aspects in each of the nine books I like, however actually publishing the children’s books has made me very proud, when I get asked to do school visits, readings and when I meet children who have read my books, I am so proud when they talk about what they like in the books. 

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

I would have to say being a contributor to my surroundings, I have read many autobiographies and one common thing I hear is give something back, this is something I have always done in my life, no matter where I am, what I am doing I always try to help others around me. 

What books did you love growing up? 

In primary school I was a very fast reader and read a lot of books, then as a teenager sports comics took over, sport has always played a big part in my life, I have always found if I can find subjects that interest me, I like to read and read.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

Never a dull moment…

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

Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire England, where I lived until my late thirties, however throughout a 18 year career with a large distribution company coupled with an very active spell in a Motorcycle club, I have traveled extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. One of my whimsical ideas was to work a ski season and this is how I ended up living and working high in the mountains of Austria which is where I have now been for the last 13 years…

How did you develop your writing?

Research has played a major part in my writing journey so far, I originally had the story ideas, I then had to develop these in to a format that is engaging and fun for children. I have done this by talking to and sharing my stories in the development stage with other writers, this was a challenge as I was the new guy, and totally clueless!

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Each step has been hard, however with a desire to get a book published, I did not stop until the first book was published, the whole process of starting writing, researching, learning, revising, sharing, getting feedback, reviewing, improving, learning more, to having my first children’s picture book published took 6 months, working solely on this project all day everyday was a massive challenge.

What marketing works for you? 

After book one was published then for me came the marketing, the original idea for my children’s books was to support Bad Fusch, to write a story about the animals of the forest who would tell the stories of the forest and surroundings, in the hope people would visit and explore too.

I used social media to let people know about my books and a steady flow of sales came from local visitors to Bad Fusch, then the more difficult task of marketing to people who have never heard of Bad Fusch started. I wanted people to know about Bad Fusch and by writing these children’s books, this was a way for me to do this.

As I have published on amazon, I set up sponsored ads and refined and continued with promotions, all be it with a very tight budget, as with covid I had no income and no work, only my book project to work on. I knew from my research as an unknown self-publishing author nothing was going to happen overnight and I had to be committed to my books for the long term.

We did managed to open for the summer season 2021 in Bad Fusch and quite a few books were sold, I knew then given the feedback I was receiving the books were going to be a successes, my biggest problem was getting my books in front of more and more readers, then the phone started to ring, I got invited to do readings and have my first school visit coming up, I also got invited to do local media and tell my story about how an Englishman ended up in the mountains of Austria in an abandoned former spa town writing children’s books. I really like tell my story. lots of things have fallen in to place to make this all happen for me.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not really sure I understand the question, my friends will probably tell you i never shut up about my books as they have taken over my life, so I guess the answer to this is no.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Very much so, the lead characters of the books have been named after family and friends, so they kinda feel involved, my nephew is called Reggie and his nickname is Reggie Mouse, that where the lead characters name came from! 

What else do you do, other than write? 

At the moment I am the co tenant of the Jausenstation in Bad Fusch, this is a mountain snack station for hikers, walkers, sightseers and mountain bikers and is the very reason my writing started, to share stories about our mountain location, however the books have taken over now and become an entity of there own, people reading and talking about the books who have never heard of Bad Fusch, fans are now starting to visit because of my books, sending me pictures and stone paintings, and telling me they are looking forward to visiting the locations illustrated in the books soon.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Since living in Austria I have mainly worked in tourism as a travel and sightseeing guide, this has enabled me to collect lots of experiences and ideas to help form my books. In the winter months I have worked as a ski guide and in various bars. 

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

This is a question I have asked myself a few times, and I flip between sports coaching/management and theatre production, in my earlier life I was a keen sportsman, however never good enough to make it professionally and I was also involved in theatre for many years and would love to have pursued this professionally. 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

I get asked this question everyday? Will you ever go back to the UK, I say, never say never! however right now I live and work in the most Wonderfull place in Austria, Zell am See and Bad Fusch, our region has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, a real paradise.

Tell us about your family? 

My family are now spread out all over, my sister Laura and Reggie Mouse still live in Huddersfield and I cannot wait to see them in a few weeks’ time when i visit. 

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

On my computer, sat at my desk overlooking the amazing lake of Zell am See

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

More! when I am in the writing or illustration process I find it hard to sleep as I just cannot stop until its done, I nap a few hours then awake and continue, I have seen a lot of sunrises and sunsets in my book publishing journey so far.

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

Catherine Jones needs a very special mention, I asked Catherine to look over my stories from a grammar and spelling point of view, I have used various copy editor’s and double and treble checked my writings. However, Catherine is a trusted friend who has been brutal in her feedback which has enable me to push my books on to the level they are at.

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

When the kids give there feedback, I just love to hear it, it motivates me to continue and validates all the hard work that has gone in to my books, with the Reggie Mouse series a few visitors to Bad Fusch who had never heard of Bad Fusch would represent a huge success, this would also be fantastic for the local tourist board who have been very supportive of our efforts to raise awareness of Bad Fusch and how beautiful it is.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

I have a dedicated Facebook page, Reggie Mouse and his Forest Friends which I share regular updates on what I am up too, I also post updates on the Facebook and Instagram page for the Jausenstation Bad Fusch which acts as a central point for all information about Bad Fusch. I have approached various regional book and gift shops who are now stocking my books, I have done two readings in Salzburg with more planned, I also have my first school visit in my home town of Huddersfield in May 2022, the official launch of Books 2,3 and 4 will take place to coincide with the summer open of the Jausenstation Bad Fusch, last week the regional newspaper ran a full page article on my journey so far, I still feel this path I am on is only just starting…

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

Since publishing my first book in May 2021 under the main title “The Adventures of Reggie Mouse and his Forest Friends” the subtitle “The New Yoomans” I worked simultaneously on books 2 to 4 together the plan being to have 4 books published for the opening of Bad Fusch in summer 2022, I must also add that my books are available in Paperback, and kindle versions, and in English and German languages. However, to answer the question, I wanted more books in the series available, so I set myself the challenge of getting an additional 3 books published. Books two to four follow on from book one, although the books have been written so that they can be read in order, young readers can start there journey with any of Reggie’s adventures and then move on to the other books. Book two “Exploring the Water Pools” is all about the healing waters of Bad Fusch the very reason the town existed in the first place. “Bad” is the german word for spa or bath and for towns in Austria to be awarded “Bad” status they must have medically proven healing waters. Book three “They went this way” is all about hiking, to get younger readers interested in being outdoors and in nature, and book four “Buzzy Buzzy Bee’s” is all about the importance of bee’s why children’s don’t need to be afraid of bees and why bees are so important to the production of food. All the books are written in a fun and engaging way with emphasis on leaning whilst having fun.         

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

I would love to sit down with Arnold Schwarzenegger Keith Richards, Dorian Yates and Nigel Mansell and maybe Jocky Wilson, all successful people in their chosen fields, I am not sure they would get on, however it would be an interesting discussion!

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

I love to bake and cycle, I also visit the gym, and I am still a huge sports fan, my favourites being F1 and Darts.

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

I want the children to be outside and to enjoy nature, I am a massive technology fan, however let’s not forget how fantastic it is to explore our surroundings.

An Interview with Author Mina Faraway

Mina Faraway is the author of inspiring, loving, happy, healing books intended to reach the right people at the right time and offer hope and joy in difficult times. She’s also the author of the popular series of Relax & Puzzle puzzle books, plus self-help books on money, finances, investing, motivation and positive mind-set. She also has stories on Amazon’s Kindle Vella serial platform, but her personal favorites are her romantic-comedy novels. You can find and connect with her social media accounts at https://linktr.ee/minafaraway. Sign up for free weekly romance puzzles at https://bookhip.com/ZVVKCTR

What do you write about?

I’m a motivational writer and romance novelist, plus I love puzzles and games. I figured why not marry everything I love into one big Happily-Ever-After with a positive, romance-themed puzzle book? I designed it with beautiful backgrounds to help readers relax and reduce their stress levels.

What makes you happiest?

The world can be an ugly place, so I find bliss in writing inspiring, loving, happy and healing books that reach the right people and bring hope and joy in difficult times.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

Since childhood, but I have repeatedly given up on it for long periods of time as life pressures or well-meaning people around me discouraged me from writing. I wish now I’d listened to that inner voice that told me that writing was my purpose. Lesson learned! We all have a purpose. Our first job is to discover that purpose. Our second job is to do everything we can related to that purpose and, most importantly, to enjoy the journey while fulfilling that purpose. If you listen to your inner voice and only your inner voice, everything will always work out for you.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes! I have a foot planted firmly on both the left-brain and right-brain side of writing. I’ve written everything from children’s books to training manuals and instructions, to copy and product pages, to non-fiction and fiction novels, and now puzzle books. Naturally, the creative projects feed my soul, but the technical writing projects pay the bills. I have to balance the two.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Sharing your work is like exposing parts of your heart and soul to total strangers, so it can be both terrifying and exhilarating. Putting those parts of you in public forums, then trying to find others who will enjoy it, is the hardest part of bringing to life any piece of yourself, be it writing, music, art, or other medium. Those who thrive are the ones who are able to do it successfully and tune out the critics.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I set my life up to be a digital nomad, able to work anywhere, as long as I had an internet connection. I wanted to experience new locations and pick up other languages and cultures. But, as life would have it, things didn’t turn work out that way. It’s still nice to know that I still can at any time though!

How do you write?

I have so many projects going at one time that I have three screens and need a fourth, so I’d have to say my desktop computer is my main method of writing. However, there are those stories or ideas that come to you at the oddest moments, be it while cooking, cleaning, driving, folding laundry, that I have an entire novel written on my phone. I’m trying to find the time to transfer it into book form and publish. That day is not today, ha.

What do you hope people will take away from your book?

Pure enjoyment. A few moments here and there to relax, have fun, and enjoy the moment is what I’m hoping to give people with the Relax & Puzzle series. Doing the puzzles with someone else can be even more fun. My children and I like to do the puzzles on opposing pages at the same time, or laugh while tripping over each other on the same page. It brings us closer and gets our noses out of our screens!

 What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Like most people pursuing their creative outlets, I work during the day, so my writing time occurs between 11 pm -3 am. I get some sleep, though never enough, then get up and go to work, day after day. I’m such a night owl though, I can get a lot done in a short time at night. Someday, I hope to be able to write full-time, but for now, I have a good balance between the two.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell your readers?

This puzzle book series is for YOU, and I hope it’s as fun for you to do as it was for me to design. It’s intended to surround you with love, romance, joy, hope, beauty, and fun. The added benefit is that it helps you exercise your brain and keep your memory sharp too!

@minafaraway

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Author Interview with Sharon Stone

Sharon is a cancer survivor who attributes her remission to the art of healing with Crystals, Reiki, and Herbal remedies. Now an expert in alternative medicine, she owes her passion to her family of healers: mother an ER nurse, father an MD.

Describe yourself in five words

fun, adventurous, spiritual, loving, kind

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I can speak a little Japanese

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

With compassion for myself to learn and be happy

What scares you the most? 

Missing the chance to say “I love you”

What makes you happiest? 

My daughter

Why do you write? 

To share my knowledge of healing therapies to people who need it.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

I have always loved writing, I learned to love it in university

What motivates you to write? 

My family, my parents

What writing are you most proud of? 

Crystals and Healing Stones

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Recovering from Cancer

What books did you love growing up? 

Travel books, cook books, self-help books

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

I helped 100s of 1000s of people in my lifetime to heal from sickness.

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

Grew up in Montreal, now live in Austin, TX.

How did you develop your writing?

I joined a team and co-founded a self-publishing company, pooling our resources together, we write independently, invested in each-other.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing!

What marketing works for you? 

Honestly, I enjoy content development, but we’re hoping to do some Ted talks.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Yes, there are so many experts to compare to and compete with.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes, I have family who supports me.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I practice reiki, and I’m learning massage, yoga.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I was a teacher, now I’m a full-time mom.

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

I’d love to learn more about massage and become an RMT

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

I’d love to live in Thailand.

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

I just feel so passionate about alternative medicine and energy healing, it’s important to pass the word onto our youth to promote health into our elder years.

Author Interview with Hasina Knox

Hasina Knox has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. She would describe herself as a curious Author and she receives inspiration from her real life experiences. As a part of her writing process, she loves immersing herself in her projects; diving headfirst into the research, production, and fine-tuning of the stories that she feels her audiences can relate to.

Hasina was born in Bangladesh but was orphaned as a baby and raised in an orphanage. She was later adopted and came to Canada when she was 3 years old. Ever since she read the Grimm Brother’s “Fairy Tales” book, she had a love of writing. She started off with writing short stories when she was only 8 years old, then found an interest in writing poetry when she was a teenager and then became interested in writing children’s books as an adult. She had two of her poems published in a literary book when she was a teenager and received an Honorary Mention certificate.

She has been happily married for 25 years and raised their 4 wonderful children as a stay-at-home mom in their home in Toronto. She has been told throughout her lifetime that she should write her autobiography but she never considered it until recently. However, her husband always said she should write a children’s book so with his support and encouragement she finally decided to do so this year. Her children and her experiences as a family are what inspires her to write these books. She hopes they bring you a sense of adventure and instill a love of reading for all your young ones!

Hasina’s future endeavours include writing more beloved children stories and going on many more adventures with her family. However, in the past few months her focus has also been on searching for her biological parents and any of her family members. While she is a writer at heart, we also look forward to the outcome of the search for her family. We may even be privileged with an autobiography from her in the near future!

***Now organize your life more easily with her newly published notebooks and planners for your daily, weekly and monthly schedules. Each planner has a nature photo on its cover that comes from her private iPhone photography collection. Order your notebook planner today! Also available are children’s sketch books, graph papers, journals, recipe lists, family meal planning, chores list, drinks list and so much more from her!***

COMING SOON…her third children’s book in this series called “A Discovery of Smells”. Her books are available in paperback, hardcover, eBook forms and as a series.

In the meantime, Hasina would LOVE it if you would read her first, second and third published children’s book called “A Journey of Tastes”, “A Sightseeing Adventure” and “A Journey of Flavours” (which is the follow-up to her first children’s book and includes 17 diverse, flavourful recipes from the world’s 7 largest countries!) and please leave positive reviews for her on Amazon.

Please click on any of her books that you would be interested in reading and do not forget to follow her on her Instagram account @a_journey_of_flavours

Check out Hasina’s books on Amazon here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JL5ZLGL?binding=paperback&qid=1632418283&sr=8-3&ref=dbs_dp_awt_sb_pc_tpbk

Please introduce yourself and where are you from? Hello, my name is Hasina Knox and I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I was orphaned as a baby but was later adopted at 3 years old and came to Canada. As an adult, I have been a stay-at-home mother to my 4 wonderful children for 19 years now.

What are your hobbies apart from writing? My hobbies have expanded over the past few years. As much as I like to read a good book, I prefer to be more of a movie junkie. I’ve also enjoyed taking Latin dance classes with my husband, learning astronomy, playing chess, taking iPhone photography classes, and hosting Zoom cooking classes and blanket finger-knitting classes online with friends and family.

Why do you write? When I was a young child I read the Grimm Brother’s “Fairy Tales” book, and ever since then I had a love of reading and writing. I’ve always liked writing short stories since I was 8 years old. I had a wild imagination and it became like a getaway and an escape from my personal life. Eventually, I started writing poetry and longer stories.

What do you write about? I write about life experiences. Aren’t those the best kind of writings, lol? My children’s books are based on my family and our adventures.

My first children’s book is called “A Journey of Flavours” (includes A Journey of Tastes – a book I wrote from the beginning but decided to add 17 recipes), the second is called “A Sightseeing Adventure” and the third is called “A Discovery of Smells”, which will be available soon. All my books sell on Amazon in eBook and print form.

My books are about each of our 5 senses and come in a 5 part series – one is for tastes, second is for sight, third is for smells, fourth is for touch and fifth is for hearing. Each book is an adventure while learning about different places and food in the world.

Do you have a specific writing style? At the moment I’m writing books for children and they rhyme and the theme is repetitive to help young children to remember what they have learned. My books are meant for children 3-13 years old and they are an exciting way for children to learn to read.

My books teach young children the days of the week, the 7 continents, the 7 largest countries in the world, the months of the year, how to tell time all while travelling around the world which will also intrigue the older children.

There are beautiful realistic pictures and illustrations to keep the child engaged while reading and each story also comes with activities at the end of the book to help the child to remember what they have learned. My first book includes 17 flavourful and diverse recipes from around the world that both child and parent will enjoy cooking together.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? How to start writing the story but once I get past that part then the rest just flows.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? A 10 year old reviewer thanked me for writing such an amazing book. It was so nice to read a personal compliment from my reader.

How long have you been writing? I started writing stories since I was 8 years old, then as a teenager I started writing poetry and now I write children’s books as an adult.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? I never knew I wanted to become a writer; it was just something I did as a hobby, when I had the time for it.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I write daily from home whenever I have the time for it since my children are home and did virtual school once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. This has afforded me more time to focus on my writing, believe it or not, lol! Sometimes I stay up late past midnight writing and perfecting my children’s stories. I’m a perfectionist so I thoroughly go through my book constantly looking for small mistakes.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I like to use my laptop while I sit on my bed. I first write the story ideas down in my notes app on my mobile then transfer it to Microsoft Word onto my laptop. The most important thing to me when writing anything is the title of my story and the last line in my poetry or short stories.

The full meaning of the poem or story is summed up in that one last line. As for my children’s stories, it is a different kind of writing but my title is very important when choosing it, as my theme of the story must match my title first.

How long does it take to write a book? I haven’t written a novel but since my children’s books are for children from 3 years old and up, they include pictures and illustrations and activities to help the child to read and learn. They are about 37 pages or more. One day I sat down and thought of ideas for my children’s book. I came up with 10 ideas quickly and jotted them all down. I realized I had could break them up into 2 series of 5 books each. I decided to focus on my first series and started writing my first children’s story.

I wrote down all the ideas for the first book within an hour or less and then started working on turning it into a story. It took some time to write it as I didn’t focus on writing it right away. When I did start to focus on the actual writing of the story the ideas all flowed and I wrote it in a few days. To ask how long it took for me to “perfect” it and be satisfied with the final outcome is another story! LOL.

I did get it published about 2 months after writing my first children’s book. I am now on my third children’s book in this first series and it’s about to be published next month.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Practice and write from the heart.

What do you think makes a good story? One that is relatable, brings about emotions or helps others to learn from it.

What does your family think of your writing? My husband was the one who supported me in writing a children’s book. It was actually his idea for me to write one since he knew I loved to write. I hadn’t written in years since having children so I thought maybe I should try again. So once COVID-19 hit I decided to actually focus on writing a children’s story. I never knew I would come up with 10 book ideas!

My children thought it was cool that their mother published a book when I showed them my first physical book! Since my children’s books are based on my children and our family experiences and adventures, I use 4 children who explore their world because I also have 4 children. But none of my kids wanted to be on my book covers with their picture or as an illustrated character!

Do you see writing as a career? For me, no, as I am first and foremost a stay-at-home mother who focuses on her family. Writing is just a hobby for me when I have the time.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? I’d like to first thank them all for their time and support! Thank you also for being an involved parent who wants their child to learn to read. I know teaching children to read can be difficult so this is why I decided to make this exciting and adventurous series.

Once a parent reads consistently to their child and everyday then the child will read back the story on their own in their own words and then eventually with the printed words on the pages.

Spending time with their children is the most important and rewarding activity one can do for them. May my books bring a sense of adventure and instill a love of reading for all your young ones!