Author Interview with Nicholas Zacky

Nicholas Zacky is a pretty normal guy. He lives in Singapore, loves his family….and oh yeah, he’s been to almost every country in the world as a flight attendant for a major airline.

Nicholas doesn’t sugar-coat things; if you ever wanted to know what it’s really like to work as a flight attendant, now’s your chance. His honest and often hilarious insights will give you the real inside scoop on the business. Then, read about his adventures outside of work! This world traveler loves spending his holidays on solo backpacking trips. Follow Zacky to exotic locales around the globe and find out how all the different cities he’s visited have changed his perspective and allowed him to experience cultures different than his own. On the spiritual side, Zacky explains how solo travel can help you feel free and give your soul a much-needed breaksomething he experienced on his backpacking excursions. Then, on the more suspenseful side, there are so many crazy stories to share: Zacky is someone who goes all-out in his travels, staying awake for almost twenty-four hours at a time in order make the most of every single moment. With these adventures come risks, and he finds that he always seems to get himself into trouble when he’s overseas—he’s even almost died on three separate occasions in three different countries! From flight attendant to author, Blessed is an account of Zacky’s tales of worldly wisdom, wild nights out in cities all over the world, and so much more. Fasten your seatbelts! Blessed is the thrilling adventure you’ve been waiting for.

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Where are you from?

The sunny island of Singapore

Why do you write?

I’ve wrote the book blessed , My first and only book

What do you write about?

Blessed is basically a autobiography of mine which i wrote mainly during my 5 years as flight attendant traveling almost 3/4 of the world

Do you have a specific writing style?

The truth and nothing short of the truth.

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

When you get taken advantage off , cause what your doing is new, and you don’t know how the business works.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

How are you still alive ?

How long have you been writing?

Have always had a habit writing randomly , can be just writing freestyle to some random story , or even writing a song

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

5 years ago, i was at some seminar and the guy that was speaking he made it sound so possible for anyone in the room to write room to write a book, crazy

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

After i got fired from my job, i spend the next 3 months staying at home not working not job hunting but just staying in my room writting. Even if i were to go out i would go to Starbucks or the library and that is also to continue writing. I was obsessed to get the writing content completed.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or
non)

I’ve completed writing in a year. It took another to get done and published

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

Just get a pen and paper , and just write it all first don’t worry about anything else. That should be your first step, don’t worry about anything else.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Am i writing too much ? am i writing too little ? will they like it ? how will they see me after the book ?
overthinking generally in life is toxic, let your heart and soul do the writting.

What do you think makes a good story?

If it is coming from and it is real as hell, that’s a good story.

What does your family think of your writing?

They could not believe it, they thought i was messing around
the day when my book arrive on post and they saw it for the first time, they were speechless.

Do you see writing as a career?

It was so much work on the first book , i told myself this is the first and the last book
Now that i’ve gotten a hang of it, I don’t see why i should not be writing book number #2

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

In life sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and just do it, don’t tell yourself you’re gonna do it next week, next month , next year
just fucking do it today , like right now. Hesitation is always holding us human down from living.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When i saw the book cover, i was like god damm Nicholas Zacky is an Author . Wow!

An Interview with Author Alex McCann Johnson

Alex McCann Johnson

Alex McCann Johnson was born and raised in North Dakota. He has always been fascinated by myths and legends from all over the world, and that fascination played a central role in his quest to learn more about our world and this life from both a metaphysic and spiritual perspective. Alex is also the author of Shadow in the Light, a finalist in the International Book Awards LGBTQ category.

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Where are you from?
Williston North Dakota USA

Why do you write? 
I write because I have a story to tell. This story has allowed me to express myself in a way that I hope my readers enjoy. While it is a work of fiction, I hope people take from it the lessons learned from the characters that they relate with. I hope that I have fueled their imagination enough to make a positive change in the reader’s life.

What do you write about? 
I write about the journey. Some people believe that it is the ending that matters most, but I truly believe that it is the journey that paves the way to the end.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to make it so that the reader is able to use his or her imagination. While I can describe a character in detail, I still like to leave key characteristics of features to the imagination so that the reader can become more involved with the character.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
In a review, it was mentioned that “This author is striving to break moulds and has to be applauded for that. It’s refreshing to find a writer like this who dares to be different and who confronts his readers with an innovative and challenging universe.” And that is exactly what I want to be known for!

How long have you been writing?
I started creating stories when I was very little. I loved books, and when I learned to write words, I immediately started to put them together.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Do we all get the luxury of setting aside time in our busy schedules? haha

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Just start writing. Get it all out of you! We all have a story to be told.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
My biggest challenge was trying to fit in too many ancient gods and goddesses! I had to cut some out because it got to be too many. I wanted to use them all!

What do you think makes a good story?
A good story comes when you really dig within yourself when you write.

What does your family think of your writing? 
My brother did my cover art! They are super supportive!

Do you see writing as a career?
It is my favorite hobby!

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
I write these books for you!

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read? www.shadowinthelight.com

An Interview with Avron Levine White

Avron Levine White
Avron White

Avron Levine White took his M.A.; and Ph.D. in Film, Music and Sociology at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. After his appointment as a Film Officer for the Plymouth City Arts Council he launched his first
publication: Lost in Music:Culture Style and the Musical Event (Published by Routledge and Kegan Paul United Kingdom). Among his other talents, Avron is an accomplished Jazz musician, having played professionally
in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. His career path has led him to many projects of music and Latin American Dance, most notable of which Is his passion for Argentine Tango. He currently teaches Tango in Florida and continues to live Internationally in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Peru.

Where are you from?

I am from the United Kingdom and the USA and I hold a dual nationality.  Most of my adult life has been in the United Kingdom and whilst I am a transcontinental hybrid, I mostly feel British, and American when I am in the mood.

Why do you write? 

Everyone is looking for a voice.  I have tried many, at different times of my life, including music, dancing, academia, martial arts, sports and  writing.  An art form is a tool of communication.  Much can be said through different mediums.  Each medium enables a capacity for expression, and I suspect the written word remains the most globally accessible.

What do you write about? 

I write about life experiences that reflect transitions.  Transitions from one phase of life to another is what interests me.  We are all like butterflies that have metamorphosed from a previous state of being. Profound personal experience in the form of enlightenment, tragedy, circumstance, or interaction with significant others, all contribute to change. What interests me is the process of change and the reasons for it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have written Poetry and I am currently writing a Novel.  Prior to this I have written many academic publications, the most notable of which is “Lost In Music.”  But that was some time ago.  As for a specific style of writing, I am always looking for engagement with the Reader.  I want my Reader to be able to follow, and feel, the flow of my words.  I look for ways to connect and find common ground with the person experiencing my work.  This book of Poems, “Just The Word” also links with a piece of Music I have written and performed for the book. You can access the music on your smartphone by clicking on the QR code. For me, and the reader, it is hopefully another dimension of communication that will perhaps mediate the sentiment of the Poetry.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

The biggest obstacle, for me personally, is time.  Life is about balance with your method of survival and your family life, if you choose to have one. Finding the time to write has always been my biggest struggle.  It requires some degree of introspection and in that respect, it can be self-isolating in a way that disconnects you from a certain kind of sociable consciousness. Your friends and family will be an important source of support and understanding for this.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

The most memorable thing said, and the thing which meant the most to me is that the reader said they had recommended a friend or colleague to read my work.

Avron’s book on Amazon

How long have you been writing?

I published short stories in school magazines and wrote short essays that were read on the Radio.  I have continued writing ever since.  But the purpose of the written word has changed dramatically from one life cycle to another.  When I was in business, I wrote like a lawyer, when I was an academic, likewise.  Transitioning to being an artist brings a dramatically different perspective to my use of the written word.

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

I was heavily encouraged to write in my earliest school years partially because my entire family were writers of some description.  During periods of my life when financial pressures were the greatest, I have put writing projects on hold and concentrated mainly on remaining financially solvent.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I set a word count target to work to every day.  That is how I wrote everything in the past.  Write first, and then edit later.  I schedule a time to do this and try to stick to it on a daily basis.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I often like to write my first drafts by hand rather than on a typewriter.  The process of manually writing the words on a page helps me to focus.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

The decision to write the project is what takes the time.  Once decided, and committed, its possible to complete the project quickly.  Having said that, I have completed some manuscripts in months, whereas others have taken years; mainly because of my hesitation in my desire to complete the project.  Once you know that you want to complete the project in hand, it will flow.

Review

“A unique and quasi-iconoclastic scribe of transitional phases of everyday life. Flamboyant, provocative, poetic lifestyle parables of considerable signifiance”

“Modern Cosmopolitan Verse combined with images and intertwined with original music. Just the Word gives the reader an unusual opportunity to experience shades of meaning within poetry and explore a rich dimension of self-discovery whilst listening to original music composed by the author. Avron Levine White, playing piano and synthesiser, recorded the piece at The Blue in Green Studios in Cornwall, United Kingdom.


“Mr. White’s poems cast a bright light on the intricate and fragile desires, hope, and commitments that drive us toward and away from each other. Disappointment in both self and the other (“The Arrangement”), tenderness and ambiguity in loving (“The Love”), fear and revenge (“The Fight”), passion (“The Fcuk”), conditioned and thwarted violence (“The War”), and other human conditions, dreams, and longing come under the poet’s scrutiny in both free verse and rhymed poems. His theme is human nature—that which bonds us could just as easily separate us. We are vulnerable beings, but we do persist.”

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

The phrase my father always use to say to me whenever I said I was going to do something was this: “Don’t talk about it, just do it!

I suppose that is the best suggestion I can make.  Many people advise announcing their intention to all and sundry.  They recommend this because it makes you vulnerable to accountability.  People will constantly ask? “How is the writing going,” etc.  To me, that would put me off completely.  I prefer, to make the decision and get on with it.  The most important thing to do is to “schedule” when you are going to write and stick to it.  The other very obvious thing is to read, read, read everything in the genre you are writing in.  Think about the way the book is structured, how characters are developed, and most importantly how the “continuum of time and continuity” is presented.  Herein lies technique that you can learn from other authors.

Just The Word

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Almost everything I write about is based upon some real-life experience of my own, or somebody else.  And some of that content is unnerving to say the least.  In the end, as an author, we want to connect with our readers and not alienate them.  Getting the right balance between the details and the narrative is, to my mind, the challenge.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story, in my opinion, usually involves an unexpected event that presents a challenge.  A challenge that will push a protagonist and an antagonist to the limits of their capacity and ingenuity.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family always wanted me to write and that support has been the most important source of stability and motivation.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, definitely.

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

Thank you.  I would be so interested to correspond with any of you who have anything to say or have any ideas to share about what I have written or anything else for that matter.  I would love to hear from you.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first book “Lost in Music.” was published.  Then, yes, I took myself seriously as a writer.

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Upcoming Live Interview with D. L. Blackburne

D. L. Blackburne
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We are going Live with author D.L. Blackburne on Tuesday 8PM CST on Facebook. Watch us live and questions during the live session. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

D.L. Blackburne is a Connecticut based indie author/artist who began writing in October 2016. His debut book Office Pool: Orientation was later released on November 08, 2019 on Amazon and Apple books. The 20+ year professional artist turned author illustrated all the characters and cover work in the series. With his most recent book in the Office Pool Series now published August 01, 2020 (book #2 Extraction) D.L. is now currently working to complete book #3 the series final installment due out mid 2021. In addition to that D.L. is simultaneously working on another book series. The multi-book vast YA Fantasy Epic will called [Sons of the Severnn]

Q. Describe yourself in five words.
A. Curious observer appreciator of life

Q. What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
A. I really have no idea about that one actually.  It depends on their perceived notions about me or anyone I would imagine. that allows us all to be surprised about others I guess… 

Q. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
A. By trying new things and failing again and again until the fear of failure and self-doubt is comfortable or gone, the only thing left to experience after that, is success.  

Q. What scares you the most?
A. The current state of the world in general. 

Q. What makes you happiest?
A. I don’t need much besides a quiet creative space, aside from that, being of service to other people, friends, family & strangers in need even. 

Q. Why do you write?
A. It is a very effective outlet for my ideas no matter how big they seem to fit, I enjoy painting for that same reason but some ideas can’t fit on canvases no matter how big they are..

Q. Have you always enjoyed writing?
A. Yes, in my short time doing it writing has been very good to me. 

Office Pool on Amazon

Q. What motivates you to write? 
A. The need to get ideas out of my mind taking up space and to make way for new concepts and ideas.

Q. What writing are you most proud of?
A. My third and final book of my current series although it’s still only halfway completed, I feel content with it so far.

Q. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
A. My children they’re all decent people, they could certainly be worse, I say decent to keep them a bit humble. To use the word wonderful would come off as biased and discourage their pursuit of constant self improvement and growth.  

Q. What books did you love growing up? 
A. I loved the brightly colored picture books with the cats and dogs as everyday people driving the firetrucks, cars, bikes and them going to the market etc.  Those and the Tomie dePaola books were favorites of mine.

Q. What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 
A. That he did the best with what he had or he was a person who helped others.

Q. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?  
A. I live in, Connecticut, USA in a working class city and a pretty diverse area, not a small town or huge metropolis. I had a diverse group of friends, neighbors and classmates growing up. I’ve lived in different parts of the country. My first purchased home was in a very small rural village/town with a population of about 4800 people. I’ve also lived in a city with a population of about a million people. Each experience was different in weather, activities, density and demographics but the people in each place were overwhelmingly the same. 

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Q. How did you develop your writing?
A. Through trial and error, and watching and reading other more experienced and proficient writers.

Q. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
A. Well, I guess that all depends on the individual I suppose, right?  For me I would say writing is a challenge that I enjoy very much, marketing too is something a self published recluse like myself recognizes as a necessity.  If I want to continue to bring and share my work with the public I have to adapt and get better at it as I go.  

Q. What marketing works for you?
A. Not sure yet I’m trying a bit of everything, if I ever become a bestseller,  I’ll certainly share what worked for me. 

Q. Do you find it hard to share your work?
A. No, not really because before its made public I have picked it apart with a few people I trust creatively to be objective. If it can stand up to that group of people and myself, then I’m satisfied that it’s made as well as I could make it. After that I can release it to the world. If it’s accepted I’m of course very, very glad the readers appreciate my best, if that same audience doesn’t,  I can be content I’ve given my very best.

Q. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
A. While they don’t anticipate any book releases or anything, they do support me the same way they’ve supported me with my art over the years. They let me focus when I’m in a writing/ creative groove, and some will even read the books.   

Q. What else do you do, other than write? 
A. I enjoy falling off the face of the earth for a few days binging a great new series, or taking on a DIY project, painting, drawing, discovering new food or music, and indulging in rare teas.

Q. What other jobs have you had in your life?
A. I was an art gallery owner, a professional artist/ instructor well, I still produce art to this very day.  A graphic designer for a publishing company, a freelance illustrator, a medical equipment technician in my late twenties & early thirties and many more things.

Q. If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
A. Probably Oxford or Cambridge I’d say, I would have loved to study abroad. 

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
A. Ushuaia, Argentina the southern most city on earth.  It’s picturesque backed by the mountains, you can see the southern lights and it’s on the sea.  Nicknamed “the end of the world” I’d love to retire there or at least spend some time writing or painting there when it’s all said and done.

Q. Tell us about your family? 
A. In a nutshell they are a large multi-cultured, loving God-fearing group of folks

Q. How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
A. Laptop at a desk 95% of the time the other methods are used if an idea strikes me, and I’m away from the desk.

Q. How much sleep do you need to be your best? 
A. Roughly 6-8 hours maximum, anything beyond that, for me personally is counterproductive.

Q. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
A. My family, friends, readers and reviewers. 

Q. Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success inwriting look like to you?   
A. A decent size catalog or body of work, a slew of critics, and supporters I imagine. 

Q. It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?  
A. It’s important of course to target the right readers however, seeing how this book is really for everyone ages 9 to 99. On this particular series, the focus I feel doesn’t have to be so narrow this go round.

Q. Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
A. I wrote the new book in support of the debut book I originally wanted to write. After accomplishing that in 2019, I wanted to see if I could replicate the same quality or better the second time out.  

Q. If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
A. If we are talking strictly famous people it would be Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Leonardo di Vinci I’d spend the dinner trying to convince them all to stay with us, long after dinner. 

Q. When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
A. Doing something mindless like watching a tv series, sports, movies, my kids grow up, or the sea

Q. What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
A. I hope they take something positive from the writing, I certainly would hope they are uplifted or entertained in some way. I would hate for it to be a burden or chore to consume. 

Author Interview with Diana Garlington

Diana Garlington

Diana Garlington is the author of “She Wasn’t the One”. She is a community activist and speaker. Diana has a strong sense of community and believes in encouraging and working for disadvantage communities and youth.

After losing her daughter, Esscence, at the young age of 21 to gun violence, she has dedicated her life to teaching the principles and practices of nonviolence while empowering our youth and adult females with ways to re-create their struggles and expressions by using their voices to be heard, heeded and respected.

“We must not STAND on stricter gun sense and domestic violence laws, we must INSIST on it!” She continues to live her life consistent with her new motto, “Envy kills, love lifts.”

Where are you from?

I am from Providence RI, I was raised in a two-parent environment with five siblings.

Why do you write?

I write because it is a mechanism to keep my mind and thoughts tranquil. Losing Esscence was life-changing, but it also gave me the strength and courage to share her story, and change lives of others who choose to keep theirs suppressed.

What do you write about?

I write about my emotions and feelings in the moment. (Poetry) has afforded me to express the pains and tribulations I faced. The early demise of my daughter reflects an enormous amount of violence in my community and writing poems helps me in channeling ways to resolve the issues we are confronted with.

She Wasn’t The One on Amazon

Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style is continuous writing, and then rearranging to bring my thoughts from paper format to fruition. Each time I write, it brings about solutions to many of the atrocities I have suffered.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

The obstacles to me writing is emotional barriers where I sometimes downplay the perception of my messages. In writing She Wasn’t The One, I wanted my audience to understand the truths and hurts that I endured for many years after my loss, but struggled with how it would effect others. Alternatively understanding the importance of revealing veracity.

https://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20200131/my-turn-diana-garlington-prevent-more-deaths-like-my-daughters

An Interview with Authors Ed and Angel Cooper

Love is Worth the Work: A Workbook of Love Designed for Marriages and Individuals by [Edward Cooper, Angel Cooper]
Ed and Angel Cooper on their book cover

Ed and Angel Cooper have a heart for relationships. They want to see married couples communicating, working together and growing in their love for one another. They want single people to understand that life is still great regardless of their single status. Singleness is a time for preparation and personal self growth and love. Also, everyone should work together to build their community around them. Supporting and encouraging another to be their best. Remember in everything that you do,  “Love is Worth the Work”.

Where are you from?

Ed was Born in Bridgeport Connecticut and Angel was born in Providence Rhode Island

Why do you write?

It was another way of capturing our pain and our healing through different stages of our marriage.

What do you write about?

We write about our experiences throughout our relationship

Do you have a specific writing style?

We incorporate various writing styles it really depending how we want to share our story at that point. Example if we want to share a deeper meaning we become very descriptive in our writing or we add humor.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Some of the obstacles that you may experience are prioritizing your time, family schedules and writers block.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

Our readers enjoy our transparency and our authentic approach.

Love is Worth The Work on Amazon

How long have you been writing?

We have been writing for the past five years.

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

We’ve always enjoyed writing but In the relationship area we where frequently being asked questions surrounding how did we maintain our relationship and raising of our children.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Ed says he works better in the morning because he is an early riser and Angel works better in the evening then we would meet each other halfway.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

For a specific book love is worth the work it has taken us 8 to 9 months to write the book

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

Yes, you should learn more about your areas in which you’re writing about and be clear about it and develope a routine.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

The main challenge that we may come across is making sure that what we write maybe helpful for others.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is something that captivates your attention and draws you in.

What does your family think of your writing?

Our family they are very supportive and some have even asked about learning how to write. Themselves.

Do you see writing as a career?

It’s a possibility.

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

Currently, we have a book available called “Love is Worth the Work”. It is available on Amazon. “Love is Worth the Work” is a 30-day love challenge designed to demonstrate love and care for your spouse and self. Readers will be empowered and inspired to create an effective change within their relationships. By completing the questions, challenges, and reflections, we hope that you will gain more insight and be strengthen during your journey towards love. We also have a youtube page featuring our show “Ed and Angel The Cooper Chronicles”.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

We always enjoyed writing so we’ve always considered ourselves writers

An Interview with Author Helen Baskerville

She Wrote It Her Way | Providence Monthly | providenceonline.com
Helen Baskerville

Helen Baskerville Dukes found her passion for theatre in third grade, when she nabbed the role of Mrs. Claus in her school’s Christmas play. She says the fact that her mother encouraged her and her sister to perform songs and dances at family gatherings prepared her for her elementary school acting debut. It appears the performing arts bug never left her.

Read more at http://providenceonline.com/stories/she-wrote-it-her-way,22760

Where are you from?

I am from Providence, RI.

Why do you write?

I write at home any time of the day. The inspiration to write happens sporadically.

What do you write about?

I write mostly about romance, social issues and forgiveness.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My writing style varies. I prefer urban writing; however, I can write less ethnic depending on the audience I’m trying to attract.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Most obstacles come in the form of community activism. Whenever I get the opportunity to attend meetings or advocate for equal opportunities, better education or economic empowerment I’m there.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

The most memorable thing a few of my readers have echoed was, I love the way you tell a story. I can envision everything.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for over 20 years.

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

I first realized I wanted to be a writer was when I was laid off of my job and I wrote my first screenplay.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

My schedule varies. When I’m on a timeline I try to take advantage of any free time I have and write. Most times I’m successful.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I believe one of most interesting writing quirks is speaking the dialogue in different voices as I write.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

How long it takes me to write a book will depend on the genre. If the story has an ending in my head I can pretty much write a book in a couple of months as long as I have at least twenty-five free hours per week.

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

Suggestions on how to become a writer would be to choose a subject to write about, write about it, and have an ending. I would also suggest having an outline of chapter titles so you can focused on the main points of the subject matter

Therapy Fix on Amazon

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

The challenge I come across when writing/creating my story is not letting new stories and ideas distract me from focusing on my current writing project.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family thinks that I’m a very good writer and they always inspire me to become better.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes I do see writing as a career because I love telling stories.

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

Please pick up my latest book, “Therapy Fix”. It is available on Amazon. It is a romance novel about Juanita Winfield, President and CEO of Winfield Consultant Firm. She’s built a highly successful technology company and to all outward appearances is a polished and professional career woman. However, appearances can be deceiving. Inside, Juanita is wrestling with demons from her abusive childhood that she just can’t seem to overcome as evidenced by her penchant for dating abusive men. Unable to escape the anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks of her past, Juanita makes the brave decision to seek professional help.Enter Dr. Kingston Brice, a very attractive and charismatic psychologist who comes highly recommended. As Dr. Brice delves deeper and deeper into Juanita’s past it becomes clear that she’s a very troubled woman with a lot of issues to overcome. But he’s up to the task. After all, this is what he does best; counsel people and solve their problems. Dr. Brice has built quite an impeccable reputation and is highly respected in his field. That’s why it’s so troubling to him when he finds himself attracted to Juanita. In his entire career he’s never violated the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct by becoming involved with a patient and he doesn’t intend to do so now. But the feelings just won’t go away. To complicate matters further, it appears Juanita has developed feelings for Dr. Brice making it difficult for them to maintain a professional relationship. As the pair set out to help Juanita overcome her troubled and tumultuous past, a series of events is set into motion that escalates into a very dangerous and explosive situation!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer when I wrote my first screenplay.

An interview with author Haven Turner

Haven Turner

About the Author:

Before I became a Life coach and self-help author, my educational years found me bouncing all around the United States. From Indiana to California and even Colorado, I’ve had the opportunity of diverse experiences. For my undergraduate studies, I earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  During undergrad I had the awesome privilege of going abroad to Spain.  After college I entered the classroom and was blessed to teach 1st and 3rd grade.  My classroom experience offered me endless life lessons, however I became a statistic and realized that my love of words and reading needed to be honed into me becoming an author.  One cool fact is that when I resigned from teaching, it was to be a children’s story author.

Are you releasing anything else? If so, what, and when is the release?

Of course, thanks for inquiring. I have a children’s picture book, Untitled: You & Me that is being published in September.  I can’t wait for all young ladies to see themselves reflected within the illustrations of the story.  Untitled: You & Me has already been translated into Spanish and several other languages to incorporate all girls who look like you and me. Head over to HavenByHaven.com and leave your e-mail for more details and information, once it becomes available.

Describe yourself in five words: Quirky, Loved, Grateful, Laugher, and a Writer (go figure!) 😉

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I love Frank Sinatra, when I was younger, my mother would buy me his cd’s, even his Christmas specials -and that’s true LOL! 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Working through self-doubt and fears is one way that I was able to birth my book and Release All In Love & Trust.  What we ALL have to know, beyond a shadow of doubt is that fear, IS NOT REAL.  Once we grasp that we can do anything and you can’t go off of fleeting feelings, you will begin to develop the courage and strength to tackle the false beliefs that you are leaning on. 

What scares you the most? Now that I have published my first book I learned that it was success. 

What makes you happiest? There are a list of things that make me the happiest, for example nature, the fall and warm holidays with excellent, family, friends, and food.

Release All in Love & Trust

Why do you write? Wow, great question, one of my goals of writing is to Release the feelings and connections I have bottled up inside me stemming from life experiences. I also provide and write for healing, others need to know that you are having a human experience just like them.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, I just didn’t know that I was an author for a looonnngg time.  Talking about Releasing All In Love & Trust to discover your true journey. 😉

What motivates you to write? That question is amazing because there is no one answer. Writing is living for me, so love, certain aspirations and my own life experiences motivate me to write. When you realize how insanely cool you truly are, all sorts of information and inspiration spring up within your soul.

What writing are you most proud of?  My children’s picture book Untitled: You & Me.  When I initially resigned from teaching, it was actually to be a children’s story author. A miracle of love came my way, with my weight release, which turned me in the direction of becoming a Life Coach and Self-Help Author.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? Falling in love with myself, I never saw that day and time coming, however I am so elated that it has arrived and here to stay.

What books did you love growing up? Super, love this question, I was just mentioning how Mildred D. Taylor (Road To Memphis, my fave of hers) had my attention when I was younger. When I became a classroom educator, I loved to read Virginia Hamilton books to my students and showed them the speechless illustrations of Kadir Nelson.  Please check out all those amazing authors and illustrator. 

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? Boy is that question true, here’s what’s even more authentic then that question -the true answer. Here goes, I was born in Indiana, raised in Colorado with California in between, and I completed my undergrad studies in Alabama. Yes, my life experiences through locations run the gamut. It wasn’t until I was much older that I truly understood the diversity and richness of my childhood experiences and exposure.

How did you develop your writing? Here’s what’s crazy I DIDN’T, it literally flows. What I will say is that you MUST read about writing and find yourself writing daily (or damn near close) so that you are able to be the “Lebron James” of your pen. Practice, I learned, does make perfect!

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Mercy is all I can cry because publishing my book by far has been the biggest learning curve. I am now at the stage of marketing however publishing always has crooks, turns, and catches.  I have been telling all of my friends, you will not have to go through this when it’s your turn.

What marketing works for you? I’ve just arrived at the marketing space so I will let you know, however we connected just fine! 😉

Do you find it hard to share your work? I will say yes and no, if I feel that I am in a safe and supported environment then I am willing to give you a peek into my creations. However low vibrations are real so I have learned to be cautious with what I share about my life in general, not just my writings. 

What else do you do, other than write?  Walking is one of the methods that I used to release my weight. I also have a love for bowling, basketball, and documentary films.  Now that I have learned that life is for the taking my palette for experiences have opened up. As an illustration, I’m ready for motorcycle rides and way more tattoos and piercings. Nothing to scary though! 😉

Book Trailer on YouTube

What other jobs have you had in your life? Here’s what’s funny, I’ve had more humbling jobs AFTER my degree than before. In high school I worked for a beauty supply in the mall and as I have stated before, I am a former classroom educator.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Yesss, I love this question because I am actually going into fashion design and merchandising, I can’t wait to explore a talent that I have suppressed due to false beliefs.  Another space that I would love to occupy is an anthropologist. Zora Neale Hurston was an anthropologist and my brother always says that I am one -so therefore I am! It Is So!

 If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Give me Africa! I look forward to traveling to the Motherland with my family along side me.  The beautiful people, land, fabrics (such vibrant colours) and way of life call my name.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Confession time, it’s all the above, since I no longer want to lose inspiration through my content I reach for what’s immediately available at that time. Even when I sit down to write at an ordained time, I will still reach for all the above because information and bright ideas come at you from all angles! I love creativity even though it comes with a price. 😊  

How much sleep do you need to be your best?  When I find out, I will surely let you know!

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Oh God yes, the host of friends and family who’ve had patience with me even before the book. I would like to acknowledge my editors and formatters as well as those who left encouraging words about my book and career. 

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Success in writing looks like a true penetration in an individual’s life. As an example, Fly Girl, by Omar Tyree changed my life forever, as a matter of fact, Fly Girl is mentioned in my book that’s how much of an impact Omar Tyree’s words touched my soul. My goals of being on multiple bestseller’s list and financial freedom are all apart of what I feel is a successful writing career.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? My new, debut, book Release All In Love & Trust came to be through my life experiences. As a classroom educator my beliefs and habits caused my life to come crashing down.  Not only did my poor decision-making leave me with medical issues, I accepted the reality that I was ruining my personal and professional brand. 

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Hands down, it would be Kim Porter, that is who my book is dedicated to. I never had the privilege of meeting her in this lifetime, so I would snatch that time up, no questions asked.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I am a complete laugher, as a matter fact, sense of humor is the 1st item on my list for my husband. He has to have a strong sense of humor. With that being said, a good knee-slapping comedy is a perfect fix for me to wind down and relax!

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? My words will empower my reader and allow them to see that it’s all about you and YOU have ALL the power you need to receive your heart’s desire. Also I want people to remember and inherently know that “what you lose, you can find and physical weight is not lost it is released!’ That’s what I want for all -to RELEASE their unnecessary mental and physical weight.

You can stay abreast to all my latest happenings by signing up for my e-mail at HavenByHaven.com, you can also send me your questions, comments, or concerns, at HavenByHaven@gmail.com. Look forward to communicating with you! 😊 😊

An interview with author Pharaoh Jackson

Pharoah Jackson

Describe yourself in five words
Motivating, persistent, dedicated, innovative, determine.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
Intelligent 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
By my daughters, and a constant reminder to stay grounded
What scares you the most?
Nothing

What makes you happiest?

Being with my children/family

Why do you write?

To inform, educational purposes only

Have you always enjoyed writing?

I enjoy sharing great ideas with my audience 
What motivates you to write?

Circumstances, lifestyle and environment

What writing are you most proud of? .

All of my accomplishments.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

Capital Freedom Foundation

What books did you love growing up? 

Fiction, nonfiction, biographies

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

Harvey, IL

How did you develop your writing?

school years/college

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing

What marketing works for you? 

Social media

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

No

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes

What else do you do, other than write? 

Entrepreneur, business owner, property owner

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Property owner, business owner

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

Accounting, computer science, music

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

Egypt

Tell us about your family? 

Very supportive mother and four male siblings

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

laptop, desk

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .

4-6 hours

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

my mother Yvonne Ross

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

A book that sells off the selves and that a movie is made out of.

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

Social media

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

My book is about credit repair how to obtain a business EIN etc, and I wrote it to inform my audience it’s for educational purposes only.

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

If I had a dinner party and I can invite two people who is no longer on this earth one would be my sister India Ali

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

hanging with love ones , friends, family, movies, making records.

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

To inform my audience with information that can help them or someone they know.

#Creditrepair
#CPN
#PersonalTradelines 

#BusinessTradelines 

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Capital Freedom Foundation

An interview with Julious Fletcher

Julious Fletcher

Julious Fletcher obtained his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts (2005) and his BFA in Theatre Performance (2008). He is currently
obtaining his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a
specialization in Expressive Art Therapy, with an emphasis in
Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University. He is also obtaining his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University as well as his Spiritual Life Coaching certification.

He has also penned Ministry of the Sacred Artist, which is a book
geared for those involved in the liturgical arts ministry.

Julious has worked with children (ages 3-12) for five years, including his time as an after- school teacher at an international school in the Buckhead area of Atlanta as well as a dance expressions intern at an after-school program in the East Lake area of Atlanta. He used his talents and skills to help the children to develop communication skills socially, emotionally and mentally along with homework assistance.

He also helped toward Black History and assisted choreographing
for the school’s production’s Willy Wonka. He released Raped, an
original poem that talks about sexual assault victims, and African-Americans in Education, a short film documentary that interviews African-American educators about current issues, such as HBCU education, segregation, racism and the importance of Black History.

Julious has been a dancer, actor, writer, director, producer, model, conference host and workshop facilitator. He has traveled
domestically and internationally, performing and teaching the
performing arts to the children.

Why do you write? 

I have a gift and passion for writing. I have been like this since I was a child. I enjoyed making stories and writing on various topics.

What do you write about? 

Right now, I am in the self-help/psychology arena. In the future, I plan on diving into the children’s books. I also write poetry, which I produced a poetic CD called Poetic Reflections and produced two poetic videos entitled Raped and Monsters Die, which is located on YouTube. 

A unique perspective on reviewing life lessons in a holistic way while utilizing human anatomy

Do you have a specific writing style?

When I am writing self-help books, I write in first person (I/We) because we all are growing and evolving; I am not different from the reader.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

Writer’s block is a huge one for me and I do not like it when I get stuck. For me to handle it, I step back, take a break, relax, focus on something and then I come back to it with a clear mind.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

It touched them so much that they read it twice and will be reading it a third time.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one – published or non)

When I am really focused, it takes me three months. That means I am clocking in 8 hours a day for researching and writing.

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

Be an avid reader and take writing classes.

What does your family think of your writing? 

My family, especially my parents, are supporters. They actually buy my books, read them and give me their feedback.

Do you see writing as a career?

I really do. I have a passion for it; I believe if you can use your passions as a pathway to create a career for yourself. It is important for your passion to be located first.

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

When you purchase Lessons from the Human Body, please read it with an open mind and an open heart.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself as a writer. I became serious about it in 2007 when I used to do e-newsletters and I discontinued it back in 2010. Then, I published my first book, Ministry of the Sacred Artist, back in 2014. When I began my journey as a therapist and spiritual life coach, my writing themes changed, and I began to evolve as a person. When you evolve as a person, then your work will evolve as well.

Lessons from the Human Body