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Market Your Books With Podcasts – Start your own Podcast

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by Russell Sherrard

I was first introduced to creating a podcast for various things. I listen/watch a tech show on the weekend and the host mentioned an app called Anchor.fm. 

I went to Anchor to check it out.

A few of Anchor’s best features:

UNLIMITED FREE HOSTING →

We don’t believe in charging creators to make or store their content. No storage limits, no trial period, no catch.

This one of the main reasons that I went with Anchor

ONE-CLICK DISTRIBUTION →

Make your podcast available everywhere people listen (including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify), with just one click.

This is another reason I went with Anchor.

MONETIZE YOUR PODCAST →

Get paid for your plays by beloved brands we’ll match with your show, or collect monthly payments from your listeners. Or both!

This is a good feature that I don’t have to worry about. It is taken care of for me

PODCAST WITH FRIENDS →

Record with guests or cohosts anywhere in the world, or collect voice messages from your listeners to include in your episodes.

This feature only works on “compatible” smart phones. I was told when I downloaded the app that my phone was incompatible. Not only that this feature only works on compatible phones.

STRAIGHTFORWARD ANALYTICS →

See at a glance how your podcast episodes are doing over time, so you can understand and grow your audience.

Good feature. Easy to read.

RECORD FROM ANYWHERE →

Anchor’s mobile apps, iPad app, and desktop platform make it easy to capture audio anywhere, anytime.

Again, does not work on incompatible phones. I found an alternative. Use freeconferencecall.com Works better than the app and your recording can be up to 6 hours in length.

Despite some shortcomings of the app I decided to create my own podcast. It is called Ask the Author Podcast.

Listen to the NEW Ask the Author Podcast.
This podcast conducts candid and insightful interviews with Christian Independent Authors. Ever wanted to know what your favorite authors favorite food is? Want to know what your favorite author does in his/her spare time? You’ll find the answer here each week. Our Interview this week is with Sherry Chamblee. Click on the link to hear the Podcast. https://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard #podcast #audio #listen
Ask the Author Podcast

Ask the Author Podcast

I have created 3 episodes so far and am enjoying it immensely. You can too!

Ask the Author Podcast: Interview with Mary C. Findley

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I have start an An author Interview Podcast.

 

This weeks interview is with Mary C. Findley.

Author Interview of Carol L. Parsons

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Today we have an Author Interview with Carol L. Parsons. Thank you very much for being here today, Carol and for agreeing to do this interview.

1. What is the “Message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to; encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

My message in my books is, and always will be, to encourage people to be the best they can be. My first book; “From Hobby to Business” was written to show artist, craft lovers, and entrepreneurs how to create an income from doing what they love to do, and to take it to that next level. My second book; “Manic Success” was written to encourage readers to go for their dreams, reach new heights, and overcome the obstacles that may stand in their way. And now my newest book; “Reaching the Mountain Top” is written to inspire the reader to wait upon God for the strength they need to overcome any challenge they may be facing.

Manic Success

From Hobby to Business

2. Have you done anything writing-related, besides your books that seemed to get a lot of positive response, something that encouraged you?

Oh Yes, I have written materials for various workshops and speaking events that were all well received. I also wrote newsletters for churches and non-profit organizations. One of my favorites to write and my reader’s favorites was a monthly article I wrote for a church newsletter. It was called “News from Box-Elder-Bug”. It gave inspirations and insights to church members from the viewpoint of the smallest church elder; the box-elder-bug. People would say they hated having to wait for the next month to read more from the Bug. One lady told how she would wait at her mailbox for her newsletter when it was time for Box-Elder to come. He was a huge success.

3. What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written, (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

A few weeks ago I was working on the cover for my newest book. I could have used a cover template to create the cover with a stock image. But that was not an option for me because I knew I wanted to use the art work my son had drawn for me. I am not real computer savvy. And it needed to be a JPEG with a resolution of 300dpi, and a certain size of pixels. Those terms were a different language to me. I needed to learn what these terms meant and how to make the changes. I tried so many different ideas using MS Paint. I finally ended up downloading an online calculator that changes from inches to pixels. Then I saved the picture to a JPEG. Next I had to download another program to change the “dpi” resolution. It was hard for me and the more I tried the more frustrated I got. Once it was completed I felt so relieved. But that relief was short lived, as the next instruction was to upload a picture of the author. And of course it was the wrong size, not a JPEG, and not the right dpi resolution. Here we go again…

Breaking The Mountain Tops

4. What is the best thing about being an Author?

For me being an author has given me a sense of purpose again. In 2002 I was diagnosed as being bi-polar. It came after years of lost jobs, broken commitments, and drastic mood swings. Because of my illness it is very hard to find or keep a job. I have cycles when I sleep for days and cannot concentrate or do normal living activities, when I am awake. Then I also have manic cycles where I go for days without sleep, not eating or able to capture all my racing thoughts. As an Author I can work around my moods and take advantage of those racing thoughts to create a work of art that I can be proud of, and it can be used to encourage others.

5. If you could go to one place and write, where would it be and why?

If I could go anywhere to write, I would go to the Holy Lands and sit along a riverbank under a shade tree and write as the Lord Inspires. I hope that I would feel His presence so dearly that I would have trouble keeping up with all my thoughts. I know I would be blessed beyond compare, to sit where Jesus had traveled.

6. Morning or Night, which is the best and why?

Definitely night, I have said many times that an author is nocturnal. Most mornings I get off to a slow start. I play on my computer for hours. But by late afternoon I catch the writers bug and I can’t quit. I get on a roll and I can’t stop until I get every last ounce of creative writing onto paper. More times than I care to admit I get writing and see the sun come up.

7. What advice do you have for other Authors?

Write, and believe in yourself.

8. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

In any book that I write, I hope the reader will be encouraged to change in a way that will drive them toward their greatest potential. My book “Reaching the Mountain Top” is no different. It is my prayer that the readers will be inspired to wait upon God, Let God renew their strength, and to realize that God does not need them, He wants them.

9. What is your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

My book “Reaching the Mountain Top” will be out in E-book format in May of 2016 and in paperback in June 2016. It is based on Isaiah 40:31. It ask why you would want to settle with the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains, when you can wait upon God and have the abundant faith that will let you rise above the mountains in your life. It is written for anyone that is facing a challenge in their life. Everyone has mountains; some are fighting an addiction, getting over divorce, dealing with an illness or the death of a loved one. No matter what the mountain is the answer comes from waiting upon God: Reaching the Mountain Top shows you how to do just that. It’s a great book for individual study and great for a Bible study group.

Breaking The Mountain Tops

 

 

10. Pose a question for our readers to answer…

My question for your readers is a 3 part question; A. What do you feel is your purpose in life? B. What is keeping you from it, if anything? C. How can I help you to reach your fullest potential?

About the Author:

Carol L. ParsonsCarol was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a Mother of 3, a Grandmother of 7, and Doggymom to 1. She is also the Owner/ Designer for Crafters Corner Café, an organization formed for Art Lovers around the world. She started out as a lone artist wanting to connect with other Authors, Artist, Craft lovers, and other art enthusiast. She loves to write, quilt, and crochet.

She decided to start a blog. Soon followed the Crafters Corner Café Google + Community. Within the first 3 months it exceeded over 500 members of like minded artist wanting to share their work, ask questions, and share advice. And it continues to grow daily.

In the past Carol has owned businesses, was a Realtor, Para-Educator, Barber, Public Speaker and Homeschooled her children. She has also been in sales while holding all these other positions. Now she has decided to share her experiences and training to inspire and encourage others to reach their dreams. Carol currently lives in Perry, Iowa with her very spoiled poodle Sissy, also known as the mascot for Crafters Corner Café.

“I have truly been blessed with our community and my blog and
I continue to want to share with others, so they too may be blessed”

How to contact me:

My Author page on amazon kindle; https://www.amazon.com/author/cparsons

My Blog; http://crafterscornercafe.blogspot.com

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Carol-L-Parsons-694353317374143/

My web-site; http://www.CraftersCornerCafe.com

Twitter account for people to follow me; https://twitter.com/CraftersC

LinkedIn for CCC; www.linkedin.com/in/crafterscornercafe

Author Interview: 10 Questions With Max Elliott Anderson

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Our interview is with Max Elliott Anderson. Thank you Max for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Max Elliott Anderson

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: Most of my life has included the production of dramatic films, corporate video programs, and television commercials. It was work on the dramatic films, and especially those we produced for kids, that I feel prepared me for what I’m writing today. I grew up in a family that produced and distributed Christian films. This gave me the opportunity, from a very young age, to hang around the studio and watch the actors, listen to dialog, learn about setting, plot, and other elements. It’s amazing to see how those years of impressions now find their way onto the pages of the action-adventures and mysteries I write for middle grade readers. And as I’m writing, I actually see each book, as if it were a feature film in my mind, as the story unfolds.

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Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’m fortunate in that I didn’t begin writing until our two children were grown. I have tremendous respect for writers who have to find time to write even though there are little people running around the house who constantly need attention. But we have two granddaughters. One of them lives in our town. Since our daughter is a teacher, I keep this little one several days a week. It’s safe to say I don’t get any writing done on those days. That causes me to work in the evenings and on weekends, just to stay on top of things. Since I no longer work in the film and video production arena, I’m free to write, promote, and market that work full time. My wife and I are members of First Evangelical Free Church here in Rockford, IL. One thing that surprises people is that I grew up hating to read. It’s a little ironic because my father was the author of over 70 books during his lifetime, and I didn’t read any of them as a child.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: For me, writing is the most fun I’ve ever had. I used to resent writers who would hand us a script with nearly impossible visuals to shoot, then they’d go back to their warm, dry office while we were out in the worst of conditions. Now I’m one of those writers. If I can see it in my head, I can put it down on paper, and bring stories alive. Aside from that, I enjoy our grandchildren very much. I like Gospel music – we just attended a 3 hour Gaither Homecoming concert – Duck Dynasty, and old movies where the dialog doesn’t have to be bleeped. The best films are in black and white.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I caution aspiring writers that writing your book will be the easiest part of what you do. It’s what comes next that represents the truly hard work. But I have a strong background in marketing and promotion, again from those years in film distribution, so that part comes easily for me. When you ask what works for promotion, I’d have to say there’s no magical, single thing to point to. It’s important to promote on many different levels. Agreeing to this interview is one way. I also produce book trailers for most of my books, maintain several emailing lists, have a blog, am active on social media, write two monthly columns, contribute to anthologies, and much more. As for e-books, I’ve found that kids have still not embraced them as their primary reading method. All of my books are available in print and as e-books, but I think it’ll take longer for the e-books to catch on for my books.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

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Answer: The title is The Great Cave Caper. In it, our boys had formed a detective club in their little town where nothing much ever happens. That is, until they put their money together and ordered a police scanner for the shack where they held their meetings. The area around where they lived, in New Market, Virginia, was littered with caves. The uncle of one of the club’s members actually has a cave right on his farm. That’s when the guys hatched the idea of going out to the cave for a little innocent exploring. The cave was on private property, so they knew they’d be safe and no one could bother them. But on the night before their big adventure, the scanner came alive with reports of a big bank heist in a nearby city. The boys thought surely the robbers would be long gone by the time they set up their campsite near the cave. They were wrong. Inside the cave the next morning they found something. Now the robbers were coming in the entrance of the cave and the boys can’t get out.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: In my video production role, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day with former president Ronald Reagan. The occasion was the last visit to his boyhood home in Dixon, IL. It was my job to write and then ask the interview questions. I still have the video from that day and it is something I will always treasure. This is a link to a blog post I wrote about that day including pictures: Private Interview with President Reagan

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

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Answer: When I began writing, about 13 years ago, I wrote almost non-stop for the next three years, completing 36 manuscripts. Then I stopped in order to concentrate on finding an agent and locating publishers who would be interested in what I’d written. I currently have contracts for 9 more of these and we continue looking for additional opportunities.

Six of these books will be released by an educational publisher in Toronto. They have their own sales representatives across the country who will be selling directly to public schools and libraries. This publisher also has a short story collection under consideration. This is an interesting project for their markets because there are reading comprehension questions after each story. In addition, Alice Munro is the first Canadian to win Pulitzer Prize in literature. What is significant about this is that she writes short stories. Her win has caused short stories to become high interest in Canada, so my project could be very well timed according to the publisher.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I have nearly 20 titles published.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: My short-term writing projects will likely focus on short stories, additional anthology projects for places like Chicken Soup for the Soul, and my magazine columns. Since I still have sixteen unsold manuscripts, there isn’t an immediate need to write more of those at this time.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: Yes, many of my stories have their roots in film productions I’ve been involved in, or the locations where they were shot. The same can be said for characters I’ve met along the way. One of my books, Terror at Wolf Lake is set where I lived as a boy in Wolf Lake, Michigan. North Woods Poachers is set in a remote area of Canada where I shot two films. Barney and the Runaway is loosely patterned after a film I shot many years ago.

Barney and the Runaway

 

Captain Jacks Treasure

 

 

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Laura Jackson

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Our interview today is with Laura Jackson. Thank you Laura for being here today and for doing this interview.

Laura Jackson

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: Teaching middle school for eight years gave me a love for YA literature and a passion for reaching that age group through books.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’m a school librarian, so I’m surrounded by books all day. Reading great books to kids and seeing them respond to a good story inspires me to write that evening when I go home. I have added aspects of my personal life to my novel. In my debut novel Worth the Wait, the characters go on a mission trip to an orphanage in Mexico, which is how I spent two incredible summers. In my current book, the main character has to complete volunteer hours at a mission much like the one my church runs.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I did hire an editor. Becky Miller helped me with the first few chapters, pointing out weaknesses and offering suggetions that I could follow throughout the novel. Having an English teacher for a mother is also helpful.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing – doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I love YA literature. After teaching middle school for eight years, I had read myriad books in various genres. I enjoy novels where the main character comes of age and finds out who she truly is. However, as a Christian, I realized that there is something missing in those books–Jesus. So, I write novels about teenage girls who figure out who they are in Christ.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I want to visit Nantucket so badly. I’m on the Dave Ramsey money-management plan, so it may be a while before I can finally visit the little coastal town, but I’ll get there eventually. I have no idea why I want to visit except I love the water but am not a big fan of the typical beach.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: In my first novel, there’s a girl named Lindsey who causes problems for Ellie, the main character. After I finished the novel, I realized I wanted to know why Lindsey was so hateful. So, I’m about halfway through writing Lindsey’s story. It’s fun to write about a “mean girl,” figuring out what makes her tick and hopefully redeeming her a little.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: Worth the Wait, my first novel, releases February 4, 2014.

Worth the Wait

 

Worth the Wait

 

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: Sold by Patricia McCormick is one of my favorite books. Written in free verse, it shares the plight of a young girl who is sold into prostitution in Nepal. It’s a heartbreaking tale, but it opened my eyes to the reality of what’s happening to young girls around the world.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: I’m not sure. I’m playing around with first and third person and style, figuring out what I like best. I enjoy reading different styles, so I think I’ll enjoy writing different styles as well.

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Laura J. Marshall

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Our interview today is with Laura J. Marshall. Thank you Laura for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Laura J Marshall

 

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I have asked several readers to peruse a new book prior to launch; their feedback is invaluable. I also have an awesome group of field-team marketers that help me spread the word about new books, but at an organic level, whenever they feel led to do so. My editors are invaluable, I use two when I can afford to and one if things are tight. My cover artist is amazing. She has a lot of vision, is a perfectionist, and happens to have become one of my best buds.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest release is “All the Angels Stood”. It is YA Fiction. Just thinking about the book makes me tear up and praise God over the story that developed. Here’s the back cover blurb:

This is the last week in Staci Schofield’s life. Her birthday is on Monday, which is also the day she plans to die. Poetic, seeing as her mother disappeared on the night of her own birthday. But when a popular guy from school, Rush, befriends Staci, will her plans change?

Rush sees demons clinging to Staci and nothing has worked so far to help her. What will make a difference in her life? A friend, an intercessor? How do you help someone move from ‘take my life’ to ‘Lord, preserve me’?

All the Angels Stood

 

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: I met a popular author and speaker at a Christian woman’s conference a few years ago. The impression she made on me was NOT positive. She was somewhat snooty when I mentioned being a writer and that I felt I would someday be published, as if it was an “exclusive” club that I was not privy to. Remembering her response and how she looked down on me has helped me to actively pursue and uplift people to follow their gifts and talents.

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: God’s love is amazing. I think of it in awe and reflect on how I cannot possibly deserve such a thing and yet, Jesus loves me so much that He died for me. This causes me to have that Joy that is spoken of in the bible, the joy that is not found in things, people, health, compliments, or success.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: Writing is the hardest part of getting a book done. I have five sons (four still at home, one is newly married and in the Coast Guard). They are challenging to say the least. It’s hard to find the time and the quiet. I also work about 30 hours a week at a part-time job. I don’t believe in excuses though, so I just do it.

Question: What is your current WIP?

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Answer: I am finishing up Volume 2: Fall of “Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken: Serial Novel Series”. The story follows a contemporary southern belle, Jaycee, and her beau, Dash, as they bumble through the first eight months of their relationship. The story will make you laugh, cry, feel their humanity and imperfections, as they learn to lean on each other and God.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I have five books out. Two are nonfiction devotionals. One is contemporary romance, one YA fiction, one period romance, and one period romantic suspense.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I will be writing the Winter Volume in the “Faith, Love…” Series. I also have a Christmas book coming out called, “Christmas Coffee”. I love Christian Period Romance (pre-1900’s fiction) and will be finishing up “Reckless Kate” at the beginning of 2013. This book follows Tara’s little sister from “Persistent Love”.

Question: Where can we find you online?

Answer: I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-J-Marshall/267562393377613

And Twitter https://twitter.com/LJMarshallWrite

My Books are on Barnes & Noble and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Laura-J.-Marshall/e/B00BHXSMNQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

I have a really cool blog that features Christian authors and their books http://www.theoldstonewall.blogspot.com

And my website is www.LauraJMarshall.com

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Kelly Hagen

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Our interview today is with Kelly Hagen. Thank you Kelly for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I guess I’d have to answer this the best way I know how – God. Once my children’s book (Jake and Jesus) was published two years ago, I had no intention of writing anything else. Needless to say, God said otherwise. He puts on my heart what to write, and I type.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: This is my first young adult/adult book I’ve written, so yes I used Beta readers, and an editor. I would have enjoyed trying to create the cover myself, but I had no idea where to even start. So, I ended up hiring someone for that too. All the people who helped me out in the different areas where wonderful to work to with.

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I write to bring encouragement to others. No matter what we are going through, or how old we are, it’s important to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. “Jake and Jesus” and “Haunted by the Past” both point you in that direction.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: I don’t know that I would call it trouble, but sometimes waiting on God to give me the rest of the story is hard. If it were up to me (thank goodness it isn’t) I would like having a book done in a day or two! But as I wait and trust in Him, He leads me when the time is right, and everything works out for the best.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: Right now I’m working on Trent’s (you meet him in “Haunted by the Past) story. His background, the things he had to face to get to where he is today. Things that helped build and establish his faith and trust in the Lord.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I currently have three books out. One for children: “Jake and Jesus”, and one for young adults/adults “Haunted by the Past” and my latest “Trent”. I’m hoping to finish up a book I started on before “Haunted by the Past” was started. I’m praying it will be out next year some time.

Haunted by the Past

 

Jake and Jesus

 

Trent

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: So far nothing I’ve written is based on any real life situations. Although, “Jake and Jesus” was written with my children in mind.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: Apart from the Bible I can’t say I have a favorite book. I do enjoy reading Christian Historical Romance books, as well as books like “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I hope to one day visit Tennessee. Why? I’ve heard it’s really beautiful there. Who wouldn’t want to see more of God’s creation?

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyHagen

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Kelly_Hagen

Amazon:

Jake and Jesus link:

http://amzn.to/17ltqZF

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Haunted by the Past link:

http://amzn.to/15LirZX

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Julia Carrington

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Our interview today is with Julia Carrington. Thank you for being here today Julia and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I am Julia Audrina Carrington, a Christian author and am part of this interview. Thank you for joining me. God created me and He is the One Who gives us our talents. He gave me the gift of writing when I was a child. I was published in a school poetry paper in grade four, in our local newspaper in grade five and the writing took off from there with writing many poems over my teen years, along with going to get professional training for writing at a Christian institution. I have since been published by the university and other publications. I have an educational background in Biblical studies, Christian psychology, Christian counselling, medicine, foreign languages, public speaking, missions, business, teaching, translation, journalism, English, writing and editing. Also, I have lived a full life with many experiences and gained wisdom as I have walked with God, having served in many Christian ministries abroad. These things are what qualify me to write Christian books and Christian non fiction books. There are many books which can be seen on www.amazon.com by typing my name Julia Carrington in the search box on www.amazon.com.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I grew up in a church that taught me to love God. But then I had bad church experiences where I was abused by the church leaders and church people when I was serious about loving God and fulfilling His plan for me as a missionary and now a writer who uses the money from the books to support orphans around the world. Therefore many of my books deal with those experiences so that I may help others who were abused in the church in various ways.

My job is my writing. But my ministry is called, Mission Friends for Christ. There is not much on the web about it as it is kept private because I am often severely persecuted as I write my books and as I work in a world-wide ministry having served God on behalf of more than one hundred nations of the world. Also, I do not accept any donations in my ministry: all my ministry is funded by my own hard work of writing books.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I spend time with my mom, my sister, my nieces and nephews, my mom’s dog and cat and my cat Charlie.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I have translated materials into other languages to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus with others. I have written some books in a foreign language as well. Some of the materials that I translated were for the orphan children and they loved the stories.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: One of my newest books is called, From Lust to Love. It is a fictional story that tells of a girl who is of Cambodian decent but who has trouble surviving in a white society as she grew up in Scotland and who gets into trouble with men, but who eventually finds love and satisfaction in Jesus Christ, realizing true love comes from Him, not giving her body to many men. That book will be available on amazon.com before the new year.

Julia Carrington author page on Amazon: http://goo.gl/Dl1mSF

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Josette Downey

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Our interview today is with Josette Downey. Thank you for being here today Josette and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I have been studying writing for many years, taken writing classes, reading books.

Everything I could to try and master the craft. I also read a lot. At least one book a week. When writing A Time to Say Goodbye, I did a lot of research on the abolitionist movement. A book that really helped was Hannah Crafts: A Bondwoman’s Narrative.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’ve been married for 10 years and have one daughter. My daughter just got diagnosed with ADD, and the experience has made me wonder what it would be like for someone in the 1800s to be diagnosed with this problem. Story ideas are starting to circulate in my head.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I read and play on my WII. I’m a big Super Mario and Kirby fan and just love playing all the games.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I usually hire an editor to do a global critique and use Beta readers for the proof reading. Right now I’m sticking with premade covers to bring down cost of production.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: This is the first novel I ever wrote. Cotton plantation daughter, May Lynn Whitley sees nothing wrong with owning others. After all how would they fend for themselves if it wasn’t for gracious people like her family? But a handsome young preacher’s probing words and mesmerizing blue eyes unlock a new sense of justice and lead her on a journey that will change her life and soul. But she is betrothed and May Lynn’s controlling fiance’ will do anything to make sure they wed. Anything including destroying all that she holds dear. Set in Antebellum America, May Lynn’s adventure spans the Eastern Seaboard as she joins a movement she once scorned.

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My novels tend to focus on women overcoming great obstacles in their lives and how God uses the obstacles to bring them closer to HIM.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I really want to go to France. I have my whole life. I guess it’s because I think the french language is beautiful and the food is pretty good.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: My next project is called The Secret Son. The main character, Bryan Morris, is the biggest secret in Washington D.C. and he believes he must remain his hidden statues even at the cost of true love.

The Secret Son

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: Besides A Time to Say Goodbye, I have one more book out called Bonds of Tradition.

What girl wouldn’t want to marry a prince? Kat thought her life was over after her father dragged her to the backward Eastern European country of his birth. What would become of her dreams for her own business and a life of her own? But she has caught the country’s prince’s eye and Mikel is determined to marry her and and keep her by his side. Despite her growing attraction, Katerina does not want to let herself be caught.

Can love flower in a covered garden, can a dream bloom when faced with a harsh reality? Find out what happens when falling in love begins as an order and ends in passion.

A Time to Say Goodbye

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I’m about 99 percent done with the first draft of A Time to Overcome the sequel to A Time to Say Goodbye. I have a book called Privileged in the editing works, which is a story about power abuse and why God demands Christians not to date non christians.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: I don’t really have a favorite book, but I really like reading Karen Witmeyer books. I like how she makes her characters so funny. I do think my favorite character is Mr. Gold aka Rumpleskin from Once Upon a Time. I just love it when really bad characters get redeemed.

To learn more follow her at:

Facebook Page: J. M. Downey Southern Rose Press

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Web Site: J. M. Downey Southern Rose Press

About the Author:

Josette Downey

 

Author Bio:
Josette Downey is the christian romance author of A Time to Say Goodbye and Bonds of Tradition. She has master’s degree in English From East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman. She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.

Author Interview: 10 Questions with James DiBenetto

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Our interview today is with James DiBenetto. Thanks for being here today James and for agreeing to do this interview.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I love the opera, and I listen to it over the Internet radio every day, and attend whenever I can. I’m a big sports fan – I live and die with my New York Giants (mostly it’s been dying this season, so far!). I spend time with my wife, and with our cat, who basically has us completely trained. And I enjoy cooking.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I have several regular beta readers, and one close friend who’s a perfect critique partner; we’re sending each other chapters all the time.

My covers are done by a local artist, Ami Low. She used to be the graphic designer at the company I work at, and she’s now a freelance artist.

I’ve been working with a narrator to record my books as audiobooks, Heather Jane Hogan. She’s done several audiobooks, as well as commercials and training films, etc.

Everyone I’ve worked with has been professional and helpful and I really haven’t had a bad experience with anyone who’s been a part of helping me create these books.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I wish I knew what works! I’m still learning as I go, and I think most of us indie writers are. And, as far as I can tell, most traditionally published writers are, too.

For my personal experience, I’ve sold almost entirely ebooks. I’ve only sold a handful of print copies, and they’ve almost all gone to family members as far as I can tell. I’ve mainly been promoting the ebooks, because they’re cheaper and easier and faster, and I assume that’s what most readers will want.

I’ve also been trying to figure out how to promote the audiobook editions of my books, and I wish I had the first clue how to do that!

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest book is the fifth book in the Dream Series, “Waking Dream.” My heroine, Sara, has used her talent for stepping into other people’s dreams to help catch two murderers and stop a corrupt politician and a mobster in the previous books. But she’s got a whole new problem now. Someone is stepping into HER dreams. Someone who shares her talent – but not her sense of right and wrong. And, even worse, anything they do to each other in their dreams will happen to them in the waking world, too. They can hurt – or even kill – each other.

Waking Dreams

 

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I haven’t written these books with the intent of having a message, but I think they do, anyway. Especially in the last two books I can see my beliefs coming out a lot more clearly. If these books have anything to say, it’s that it’s important to follow your conscience and do what’s right even when it’s difficult – ESPECIALLY then.

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I want to go back to Paris, and bring my wife with me. I visited there once, for four days, before we met. But I want to go back, spend more time there, and share it with her.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: My next project is the continuation of the Dream Series. I’m working on book #6, in which Sara goes back to college for her ten-year reunion, deals with the fallout from the events of the previous book, and learns a couple of hard lessons about herself and her limitations.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: A short story set in the Dream Series, starring Sara’s parents. It’s called “Betty & Howard’s Excellent Adventure” and it’ll be out by the end of November. AND, it’s being recorded for audiobook by British actress Nicola Bryant, from “Doctor Who!”

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: So far, there are five novels and, coming soon, one short story.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer:Winter’s Tale,” by Mark Helprin. It is, hands down, the best-written book I’ve ever read. Helprin’s use of language is just breathtakingly beautiful. And the story is sprawling and deep and wonderful and magical. It’s also a giant, 800-page love letter to New York city, which is where I’m originally from, so obviously that adds to it for me.

They’re making it into a movie which will come out next February, which I’m both anticipating and really dreading, because I simply can’t imagine how it can be turned into a 2-hour movie. But I’ll be there to see it the day it comes out.

About the Author:

J J DiBenedetto

 

J.J. (James) Dibenedetto’s fans would swear he’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.