Author Spotlight: Lucie M La France

Lucie M La France

This book is an inspiring story of young lady who graduated from a French high school but wanted to pursue her dreams in America. She had to overcome language barriers , poverty and resentment from others because  She left her parents back home and had to work to support herself. In the end, She achieved all her goals and made a name for her family.

I write the story because it is very important and compelling to me. Consequently, others will be inspired from reading this book.
I want readers to understand that we can overcome difficulties or achieve our dreams when we persevere. There is hope for us if we determine to pursue our goals and dreams with tenacity and endurance, we can change our destiny. There will be obstacles, dilemmas and struggles, but if we don’t quit or get discouraged, we can eventually reach our aspirations.

Blurb:

Learning English as a second language has never been an easy process. However, after graduating from a French high school, a young lady decided to leave her native country and families in the pursuit of her dreams in America. Based on her language barriers, many perceived her aspirations and ambitions to be impossible and unattainable. Despites the negatives feedback and others’ opinions, she was determined to pursuit her dreams, and to make a name for her family. She let nothing stand in her path of successes. She coped with her limitations and lack of support, and did not let fear, cultural chaos, poverty or intimidations stopped her from chasing her goals diligently. Compelled by her tenacity and determination, she conquered all her aspirations in the face of challenges, struggles and societal misconceptions.

In these pages, she describes the following:
– Her challenges with the English language.
– The tactics she used to quickly learn English and to survive the academic endeavors.
– Her daily financial struggles.
– Her disappointments, setbacks, and resentments from others.
– The fulfillment of her dreams.

An Interview with Gillian Kufinya

Gillian Kufinya

Describe yourself in five words: spirited, merry, hardworking, easy going

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? That I write books now completely different from what I was doing career wise.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  I confront my fear head on and surrounded myself with people who are positive who will not feed my fear.

What scares you the most? Getting old without publishing all the books I carry and those I have written.

What makes you happiest? Apart from writing it would be goofing around with my children

Why do you write?  Creative writing has always fascinated me since I was child

 Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes

What motivates you to write? Experiences and a wild imagination.

 What writing are you most proud of? Celestial City Travellers  I published it when I was facing some serious health challenges.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My children

 What books did you love growing up? Enid Blyton especially Magic of the Faraway tree

 What do you hope your obituary will say about you? Here lies one of the greatest children’s book author whose writing impacted a generation

 Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I grew up in Bulawayo before we moved to Harare Zimbabwe

How did you develop your writing? I was writing for my oldest son so he had something more challenging to read and supplement what he was bringing home from the school library.

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

What marketing works for you? Email marketing, facebook ,amazon ads

 Do you find it hard to share your work? no

 Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Very supportive couldn’t have done it without them. Have always written but was too lazy to publish and they encouraged me to get published.

 What else do you do, other than write? Run a gaming cafe so I am always surrounded by children

 What other jobs have you had in your life? Accounting by profession

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

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

 Tell us about your family? Am a mother of four. Have two boys and two girls the oldest now 18 years and the one I started writing books for.

 How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I am faster with pen and paper

How much sleep do you need to be your best? Four hours of uninterrupted sleep

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Debra, Heather, Jason, Mrs Collins and Brian

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Getting a couple of book awards and getting sales even after you are gone.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I got a launch team of children who will spread the word to their peers. They are more well versed with social media. Plan on doing some school visits to have the book in school libraries.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  Realm of Uncertainty is a follow up to Celestial City Travellers. Its a story of friendship, loyalty and overcoming one’s fears. I wrote it to show children sometimes struggle to find true friendships and they have fears they have to deal with on a daily basis that adults can be unaware of.

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

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Gaming, reading children’s books or watching movies

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? That they are entertained, refreshed and look forward to see the book turned into a movie.

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

Author Interview with L.A Davis

L.A Davis

Author L. A. Davis earned her Doctorate of Education Degree with an Emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Development in 2018. She focused her dissertation topic on the Blind or Visually Impaired and their perception of gaining employment. She was born on the island of St. Thomas USVI but resides in the United States. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Davislad2018@gmail.com
https://drladavisblogspace.blogspot.com/

Where are you from?  I was born in St. Thomas USVI. I lived in the historic area of Savan.

Describe yourself in five words – Compassionate, No nonsense, Intelligent, Tenacious, and Introvert.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?   I face it and do it afraid.

What scares you the most? We all have things that scare us. I don’t like putting my fears out into the atmosphere but If I had to pick one thing, it would have to be being a vagabond.

What makes you happiest? Being around my children.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? Earning my Doctorate degree.

What is hardest – getting published, writing, or marketing?  Getting publish would be the hardest if I was looking for a traditional publisher. Since I self-publish, it has to be marketing barnone.

What marketing works for you? I do marketing via some social media platforms, blog interviews, and radio interviews if they aren’t live. I also work with my editor who is a guru in marketing. She even wrote her own book on how to do it. https://www.amazon.com/How-Launch-Market-Book-Countdown/dp/B07VHFM2B9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Melissa+Caudle&qid=1573665373&sr=8-1

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family members are very supportive and so are many of my friends. I’ve learned that no matter how many people support you, there will always be that one person who is secretly wishing you to fail.

What does your family think of your writing?  I’m not sure, I have to ask them.

Why do you write? Writing has become my hobby.

What do you write about?  I write about anything that pops into my head and nags me until I write it. That is a frustrating thing.  I have a coloring book and fiction nagging me right now. I have no idea how I will develop them yet.

Do you have a specific writing style? No, but so far all of my stories came from some aspect of my life. I’ve done nonfiction, historical fiction, romance, and after this book, poetry and a few coloring books for my grandbaby.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?  Writer’s block is something I get a lot. The owner of my publishing house told me to write something else when I get writer’s block, so I wrote romance and poetry at the same time. I watched an advertisement on YouTube and the author said when you get writers block, get some paper and start writing anything that comes to your mind even if it’s junk because it’s still writing. I really love that advice because I don’t have to worry about how my writing sounds or if I have the correct punctuation. Writing like that can promote good ideas.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I had a student download my first book when I offered it for free. She emailed me to tell me how much it helped her, and she left a review. I also had someone mail me a card from Florida and told me she loved my second book. I so appreciated that kind gesture.

How long have you been writing? I started writing in 2015 but didn’t publish my first book until 2018.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? Hmm, I never wanted to be a writer. I was forced to become one when I realized that I was being academically hazed. I hated my university and my chairperson. Yes, I know hate is a strong word, but I have to be honest with how I felt. I needed a way to share my journey, so I used all of that negative energy to write something positive. Once that happened, then came book numbers two, three and soon four and possibly five and six. I never intended for this to happen.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I don’t have a set schedule. I write when I have something to put on paper. Sometimes it happens when I am doing something in the house, when I’m talking to someone and they say something that catch my attention, or when I’m sleeping.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  I have to get my manuscript formatted before I can finish writing my book. It never fails. Some people can write the entire transcript, then send it out for formatting and editing. I’ve not been able to do that.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?The first thing that comes to me is the title and then the cover idea. The most challenging part is trying to figure out how the story should flow. I write until I hit a wall and then I walk away for as long as I need too. When I’m ready, I go back and repeat the cycle until I feel I can’t go anymore. Then I send the book out for formatting to see how many pages the manuscript is. I can gauge if my book is long enough or I write until my story is finished. There is something about the formatting that helps me finish my stories.

Do you see writing as a career? No. Self-publishing doesn’t fill up that bank account. If I have the potential of selling my books like Michelle Obama, Stephen King, or a large publishing company want to work with me, then I would consider it a career. Outside of that, it will be a hobby.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? First I would like to say thank you so much for loving me enough to read this interview, and thank you for purchasing my book, I hope you enjoy reading one or all of them. I hope my book gives courage to those of you who want to write but feel too scared to take that first step. Writing is hard, but it’s so much fun. When you open that box and see your book for the first time, you will want to write more.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?  I love this question and I will always answer it the same. I would have a dinner party with my ancestors. Every single one of them. I want to tell them how much I love and appreciate them. I want to know where I come from and what makes me so unique. I would like to know what their experiences were, what they did, what they enjoyed, and the sacrifices they made for me to have this opportunity. I would also like to have just one day alone with all of the women so I can see if any of them are just like me. I call myself the blue M and M because I am so different. I love to do daredevil stuff also. It had to come from somewhere. I would love to meet the person to blame for it.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I would like to thank God first and foremost. I would like to thank my family, my friends, my editor, and publishing house. I would especially like to thank my first publisher Dr. Cecilia Dennery of doctrine 101 publishing. I would like to also thank the people that buy my book for their support.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?   My next book is, When I Kiss Em, They Stay Kissed. I decided to publish it in the month of love because that is such a tough month for so many people due to Valentine’s Day. I talk about my experience with my first kiss and how it shaped me. The book is not about kissing techniques but of giving a kiss to others whether it’s your children, family member, lover, friend, spouse or a greeting and how filling your kiss with powerful intentions can leave a lastly memory. I give an idea in the back of the book as to how you should do it. The book also touches on some interesting areas that might make some people upset, feel nostalgia, make them cry, and help them have hope after heartbreak. I talked a little on how my own heartbreak helped me to accomplish my personal goals. The book touch on almost every aspect of love. When I re-read the manuscript, parts of it mad me happy, parts of it made me sad, and parts of it made me laugh. Others parts reminded me fondly of romantic situations I had in my life.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Well the first thing I hope is that they like my writing and that they leave good reviews. Those always help but more than that, I want people to always feel like they are in the story with me. In my first book, I take the reader on a bus ride with me, the second book I take to reader on a ride inside a hurricane and a slave ship, my third book I want the reader to get on board the love train with me, and my fourth book, I want my reader to have some café au lait with me. My books are feel-good books. We need that right now don’t we? Each book I write teaches the reader something.

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

My new book will be up for pre-sale starting Dec 1-Jan 31 for .99 cents https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZTY2Y28 

Author Central https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HOKPYE

Dr. L. A. Davis
2403 W Stan Schlueter Loop #690923
Killeen, Texas 76549
Davislad2018@gmail.com

Author Interview with Nikita Gupta

Nikita Gupta

Hi, I’m Nikita Gupta! I’m a Business Executive (MBA) who became a SAHM, author, serial entrepreneur, and blogger. This multicultural lifestyle blog is dedicated to discussing interracial/intercultural dating and marriage, multicultural parenting, food recipes, and much much more! Welcome to Growing Up Gupta!

  • Where are you from? I grew up in the Midwest, US but now reside in the Southeast, US.
  • Why do you write? I write and blog to bring awareness to interracial/intercultural dating and marriage, multicultural parenting etc.
  • What do you write about? I am the creator of the multicultural lifestyle blog, Growing Up Gupta (www.growingupgupta.com).  The blog openly and honestly discusses the joys and challenges of interracial/intercultural dating and marriage, multicultural parenting, fusion recipes and more.
  • Do you have a specific writing style?  My writing style varies based upon what I’m writing about and my audience.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Time.
  • Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?  There have been so many memorable things said to me by my readers. Here are some of the most impactful.

“I can’t thank you for your blog. Keep doing what you do!”

“Your blog helps us see we are not alone. “We go to your blog everyday to read it because it is helping us navigate our interracial relationship. “

“I have not come across any articles that speak to the kind of relationship and marriage I am in until now.” Thank you for your blog! I wish it was around when we were dating but it is helping so many now and that’s what matters!”

“Your blog is helping my significant other and I stay together and stand together.”

  • How long have you been writing? I have been blogging and writing books consistently for 4 years.
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? I have actually always been a writer.  When I was in the 4th grade my teacher told my parents that I need a journal because I have so much in my head that I should be putting down on paper.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?  It is ever changing because I’m also a wife and mom.
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)  It depends on the book. My husband and I wrote two books together prior to this book and they took about 9 months to write. Our newest book is a children’s book called I love masala me and it took 4 months.
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?  Read and write everyday.
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?  With our children’s book, I love masala me. I had to rely on my husband to make sure the Hindi was accurate because it is a bilingual children’s book too.
  • What do you think makes a good story?  A good story has an exciting opening, a fantastic plot, great character development, and a meaningful ending.
  • What does your family think of your writing? They love it.
  • Do you see writing as a career? I believe writing is a career for many.
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? 

Join us at growingupgupta.com.  We hope you love our newest multicultural children’s picture book called I love masala me. It has been a labor of love to create a picture book for multicultural and bilingual/multilingual families. Find our book on amazon in paperback format.

It is also available for pre-order on kindle

Connect with us at www.growingupgupta.com. Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest @growingupguptas, on Twitter @growingupgupta, and on facebook @growingupguptablog

Journeys We All Must Take One: Author Nina Norstrom

I’ve opened the slot for FREE Publicity this month to honour our effort in writing tirelessly during the NaNoWriMo. As you know, I absolutely love reading non-fiction books, and today I am honoured to feature author Nina Norstorm who writes fearlessly about her very own life experience.

If you’d like to showcase your NaNo project, sign up using the link above, share your story and send us the following details:

  • What you write.
  • Why you write.
  • What you intend to achieve by writing.

About the author: (For more details, visit Nina Norstrom)

I am the writer and author of the literary creations, Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter / A Journey Through Toxic Relationships and Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall . . . Where Does My Self-Love Fall? / A Success Guide to Replace Toxicity with Love.  It is through those works I’m able to empower and enlighten others on wellness lifestyles.  In a million years, I wouldn’t have imagined or dreamed of being a published author with non-fiction and self-help genres (under my name).  In actuality, journaling became a necessity for several reasons.  It’s a fact writing can be cathartic! What better source to give credence to its statement than Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

Whether you know it or not, I’m not one who loves to embrace a camera.  Of course, that’s why one will hardly ever find my facial image anywhere on social media.  If connecting face-to-face, I can readily be identified.  I’ll be the one wearing a hat and rarely seen without it.  When having an opened interview on the screen, I’ll wear my special hat . . . the one with its black, long, dark netted veil.  I’ve hidden behind the veil ‘cause it symbolizes and presents a statement for thousands and millions of Americans ─ who still live in that dark place.  This dark space is where I too once resided for over a decade.  It represents the voiceless; those who are captured in toxic relationships but don’t speak out.  It represents relationships that need to be unmasked to determine whether it’s healthy or unhealthy.  We won’t know what or who is behind the mask until it’s unveiled . . . people; diseases; emotions; feelings; drugs; work environments; sex-offenders; sex-traffickers; sex-abusers; and the list goes on.

As an author and avid reader (myself), I favor writing titles that are on
non-fiction and self-help genres. I not only embrace those literary
topics, I love reading these amazing genres from other writers.

I started writing for several reasons. I’ll share only two of those . . .

1) The writing helped to break through the barriers and release lots
of built-up toxicity. During the process, there was nothing more rewarding
and comforting than writing about the events and pain. Although life tends
to move fast, we should not brush (no) rush through it. The experiences of
our journey are well-worth embracing and exploring. There is much to be
learned from the lessons we gain along the way.

2) Journaling was the one thing I had to relieve the rawness of pain,
nurture my wounds, and escape that tunnel of darkness I lived in. When I
was journaling, it was so therapeutic and became a safe haven. Writing
therapy helped to understand those dysfunctional relationships and define
where I was in life.

Moreover, it about peeling off the layers of “self” ─ while uncovering who
I truly was ─ and learning what self-care is all about.

My level of achievement was to acknowledge, we all are storytellers. And
what better way to release it then through relatable candor. I wanted my
creations and its message to resonate with readers ‘cause they identify
with reality. To garner readership, I wrote in a way I could connect the
story to readers’ interest; and even the hard-core painful truth brings to
light principles. Those principles were the many lessons readers would
gain from the story. Writing vividly was extremely important for me to
ensure sensory details were a part of the pieces; whereas, readers could
personally experience the varied moments. Through it all, it was my
intention that readers have an educational and enriching experience. Most
importantly, know that no one walks alone.

Author Interview with H.K Belvedere

H.K Belvedere

H.K. Belvedere is an author from the United Kingdom. He became interested in writing towards his late twenties but felt he was not quite ready to attempt his own novel. After some deep research and soul searching, he set about writing his debut novel, Beyond the Blue Girl.

  • Where are you from? – The United Kingdom.
  • Why do you write?  – To release inner demons and enlighten the public
  • What do you write about? – Issues that others can’t or simply won’t entertain
  • Do you have a specific writing style? – Dark, cynical, ruthless and direct.
  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? – None, only my mind
  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? – This is too deep & how do you know that?
  • How long have you been writing? – 1 year seriously, maybe 2. Who counts?
  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? – When I could not hold in these thoughts any longer. Around October 2017.
  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing? – Spontaneous.
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? – The ability to be so sarcastic & vile yet truthful
  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non) – 1 year for my debut Novel “Beyond The Blue Girl”
  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? – Read more
  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? – My own mind and unclean entities that distract me from my art.
  • What do you think makes a good story? – Engaging the raw emotions, getting into the readers mind in a swift and callous fashion.
  • What does your family think of your writing? – Outraged in public, delighted in private.
  • Do you see writing as a career? – Yes, a very lucrative one!
  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? – Stop looking for comfort blankets, start reading “Beyond The Blue Girl” By H.K. Belvedere.
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer? – March 2019 (officially)

Find H.K Belvedere’s book on Amazon and follow the author on social media below.

Twitter – @HKBelvedere

Beyond the Blue Girl

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-blue-girl-h-k-belvedere/1134108436

Waterstones –  https://www.waterstones.com/book/beyond-the-blue-girl/h-k-belvedere/9781528976718

How to tell apart passion and purpose: An Interview with Brian C. Dobbs

Brian C. Dobbs

Catch the Live interview with Brian HERE at 8PM CST 24th October 2019

Brian C. Dobbs encourages “cultural shift” in new personal development book – Uniquely Called

Dynamic speaker, minister and business coach releases his latest book, where he aims to help readers trigger life-changing emotions and actions

Brian C. Dobbs is known for his unique combination of faith, personal progression, and professional development to create tremendous growth toward powerful, substantial results. In a similar vein and in line with his goals of helping as many people as possible to discover their calling and reach their full potential, Brian just released a new book titled “Uniquely Called.”

The world is usually quick to celebrate the achievements of people who have excelled on different grounds. While some people know and appreciate the struggles of the successful ones, others are not particularly aware of their exploits. However, while millions of people can also achieve amazing feats by simply identifying their calling and sticking to it, many people do not have an idea of how to forge ahead. This is where Brian C. Dobbs seeks to inspire readers to take the right actions that will spur them to success.

“Uniquely Called” has been described as a “thrilling journey,” chronicling the challenges, obstacles, and peak-and-valley moments of people that have realized their calling and made the best of their time on earth. The book offers a captivating insight into the lives of different characters and how they were able to go against all odds to achieve their live goals.

The author of the book, Brian C. Dobbs, aims to touch the lives of readers while ultimately leading to a shift in culture to create a better place for others. Over the years, he has been featured on different industry platforms, using his wealth of experience and knowledge to motivate and inspire countless people to greatness. Brian is looking to continue his work of literally speaking greatness into individuals across the globe.

For more information about Uniquely Called and other work by Brian C. Dobbs, please visit – https://briancdobbs.com/. Brian is also available across several social media platforms, including Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Brian C. Dobbs

Brian C. Dobbs is a dynamic speaker, minister and business coach who is popular for speaking and coaching professionals, corporations, churches and organizations on the importance of reaching success through relationship building and identifying one’s personal brand. Through public speaking and business coaching, Brian guides teams and individuals on a journey where they first find their purpose and then determine how to utilize it to their fullest advantage.

1. How did you get into entrepreneurship? Please tell us more about your journey as an entrepreneur.

a. My earliest experience as an entrepreneur was when I was around 16 years old.  I got a job as a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons.  I started doing private lessons for individual and groups.

b. There has always been a yearning inside of me to create, build and make an impact.  My journey has had challenges, road blocks, obstacles and peak moments.  The joy that I get when I can create something that produces the results I want keeps me going.

2. Who are my role models?

Great question.  I have several people I follow and consider role models which include some greats as Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Billy Graham and Henry Ford.

3. Did you read any books that inspired or motivated you on your journey?

Yes, I read many books including Darren Hardy’s book, Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster and Carol Dweck’s book Mindset both had a huge impact.

4. Please tell us about your company.

I own a speaking and business coaching company where I work with individuals and groups on personal and professional development.

5. What is your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur?

My most memorable experience is when I hit rock bottom and had to make the decision to quit or pick my head up and move forward.  It was the time I was most vulnerable and at a loss sitting at my dining room table with a note pad and pen.  After having my pity-party and melt down I asked the Lord to help me put things back together.  At that moment I found strength, energy and creativity that propelled me forward to where I am today.  I have since published my book, Uniquely Called where I share the details of the story and process that got me back on my feet and moving in the right direction.

6. Are you using any online marketing strategies for your company? How are you using different social media channels to market your company?

Yes, I have created a comprehensive marketing strategy for my company and for my clients.  I utilize a system to disseminate a custom message over multiple platforms.

Plus, social media and technology changes so quickly I am constantly learning about new techniques and building the community of experts around me.

7. What’s your greatest fear as an entrepreneur?

My greatest fear is not taking more risks.  Fear is inevitable but not jumping out in faith will cause you to stifle growth.

8. Looking back, what’s one thing you wish you understood about entrepreneurship before you ever got started?

Looking back, I would say the greatest thing that I could have done would be to be more intentional about building my mentor and coaching circles first.

9. Would you like to share any success secrets that helped you in your journey?

Be a life-long learner, it was easy for me to mistake the passion that I have for knowledge.

Be coachable, now I can say that I would rather invest in a coach first before charging forward.

Excel at communication, I knew how to speak; however, when I became a student of communication it helped in every area.

10. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I would say that I get the most enjoyment when I help others get that ah-ha moment they have been longing for.

11. What keeps you going when things get tough?

My faith, number one keeps me in the game.  I know that my life-purpose and that keeps me motivated.

12. How can people connect with you?

Visit my website: BrianCDobbs.com

Brian@BrianCDobbs.com