Monthly Archives: January 2012

APW: DIY Interview – Julie Rieman Duck

Name: Julie Rieman Duck

Email:
skodobah@yahoo.com

What is your blog URL?
www.julieduck.wordpress.com

What is your website URL?
www.julieduck.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?
Email – skodobah@yahoo.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/skodobah
FB – www.facebook.com/aplaceinthislife
Goodreads

Where were you born?
San Gabriel Valley in Southern California

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
San Clemente High School
Saddleback College
I studied English, of course

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
In the third grade, I discovered the ‘Little House’ books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I wrote, illustrated and put together my first book, “Kittyland” and was hooked.  My first published work was “Duckcat” in Highlights, the children’s magazine.

Are you a published author?   Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
I am a published magazine writer and editor, but that could go on and on. As for books, ‘A Place In This Life’ came out in late-September 2011.

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
Yes!  They’re available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
My agent recommended that I publish ‘A Place In This Life’ myself. It took some time to format the manuscript according to each book seller, as well as obtain cover art from my artist colleague. There were many steps involved, but worth it when completed.

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your writing career.
It was a call from a small outdoors publisher who offered me a job as a copy editor. That was more than 20 years ago and it set me on the road to where I am now. I was absolutely thrilled to be in publishing – magazines, books, whatever has words.

Have you won any awards? If yes, which award(s) and when?
Back in high school, I won several awards in the Academic Decathlon for essay writing, as well as an award from the National League of American Pen Women.

Have you been on a ‘best seller’ list?  Which one(s) and when?
Not yet!  ‘A Place In This Life’ has, however, garnered several 5-star reviews.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
Frustration with people who didn’t know what to do with my writing. I carried on and kept submitting queries and making contacts on Twitter. It’s who you know that drives any career.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days? 
No. I like to feel that I learned young adult writing from Judy Blume. She had it nailed – the emotions, the feelings and thoughts of puberty and beyond. Later, when I got into publishing I learned from editors and writers about how it all works.

What genre do you most often write?
Young adult (YA)

What other genres have you written? 
Adult, self-help

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I adore Laura’s ability to cherish everything she experiences with a concise and tasty description.

Who are the authors your read most often?
Okay, I do have the entire Twilight series.  However, I am a fan of Anne Rice (better vamps there), Dr. Judith Orloff and Dr. Wayne Dyer (self-help rocks).

Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you have attended during the past year?
None this year, but I did attend the West Virginia Writer’s Conference in 2010. I don’t have a lot of time to make the rounds.

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I have mentored, I would gladly mentor

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
It depends on what they need, but I always offer insight and hope. There is a strategy to all of this, wrapped around a writer’s heart. The two are like oil and water but they must work together to accomplish the goal of creation.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Learn your craft. Write copy, write poetry, scribble words. Develop good editing skills and read the dictionary for fun. Becoming a good writer takes time, and whatever you write will help you get there sooner.

Are you involved in the ‘writing scene’ in your community/area?
Very active

Please tell about your other community activities.
I am a former editor of the Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California newsletter, and work as an editorial assistant for a professional magazine. It would be an honor to help kids with cancer, as my first book is deeply involved with that.

What is the name of your current project?
‘The Joy and Torture of Joshua James’

What is the expected release date?
February 15, 2012

What is the genre? YA

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
I am setting up a blog tour that will hopefully happen in February, as well a publishing frenzy for ‘The Joy and Torture of Joshua James.’

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?
Stand-alone

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?  Yes

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I have two books on submission the traditional way through my agent – SWELL and little rooms. I would like to share those with my readers as soon as possible.

What is the anticipated release date?  N/A

What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
Would love to go to SCBWI in Los Angeles, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Fair in April.

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Editor, Reviewer, Other

If ‘other,’ please specify.
I beta read and provide editorial services. I am also a guest blogger for Apex Publications and YA Stands. Not to mention that I am a marketing copywriter.

Please provide any information  you would like to share that is not covered above.
I love books and writing – when I see that passion in someone it inspires me to continue being my best. If I can help other writers achieve their goals, then my job is done.

I’d like to thank Julie for participating in the DIY Interviews program.  See the details in the left column on how YOU can do your own interview, too.  I’ll post all the interviews here, and then post them on the DIY Interviews Archive page with a Shortlink for your promotional needs.

Happy Writing!

Julie

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the updated, revised and edited Wedding Chapter Rev. from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Release: March 2012
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP


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APW: DIY Interview – Judith Price

Name: Judith Price

 Email Address:
judithprice.com@gmail.com

What is your blog URL?
http://www.judithprice.com/index.php/myblog

What is your website URL?
http://www.judithprice.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?
As above

Where and/or when were you born?
Canada in the sixties

What schools did you attend?
What was your course of study?

International Marketing & Sales

Are you a published author?  Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
SUDDEN DECEPTION: A JILL OLIVER THRILLER – September 2011

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
http://amzn.to/SuddenDeception

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
In 2011 the coolest part about writing is receiving printed copies.

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your career.
Being on a dhow in Abu Dhabi.  It looks like a pirate ship in which the protagonist sails on.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
I hired an editor in which I found out later that I should have asked for my money back.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how did the mentor help you?
Yes, I had two NYT best-selling authors help with MS coaching.

What genre do you most often write?
Thriller

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing & career?
Greg Iles, Brad Thor and Lisa Unger

Who are the authors your read most often?
Greg Iles, Brad Thor and Lisa Unger

Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you have attended during the past year?
Deep POV
Prologue Structure
Surveillance 101

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I am mentoring right now

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
Don’t get stuck in the details.  You can fill those in later.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Make sure to book time to write 1000 words everyday

Are you involved in the ‘writing scene’ in your community/area?
Active

Please tell about your other community activities.
I volunteer for one of the largest online communities where I live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in the middle east.

What is the name of your current project?
Matthew McGregor: A Jill Oliver Thriller

What is the expected release date?
April 2012

What is the genre?
Thriller

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?
Series

Please provide some details of the project(s).
INDECENT DECEPTION:  A JILL OLIVER THRILLER   Jill breaks open a money laundering scheme that is connected to one of the largest terrorist groups in the world. Along the way to uncover its intended use, Jill stumbles across a horrific kidnapping sex slave ring.

What is the anticipated release date?
Summer 2012

Please provide a blurb about your current book.
SUDDEN DECEPTION: A JILL OLIVER THRILLER.  The protagonist, Jill Oliver, is a contemporary American heroine—a fresh new take on the popular type of action hero previously embodied by Jack Bauer of the hit series “24” and the characters of Tom Clancy, James Patterson and other bestselling authors.


I’d like to thank Judith for participating in the DIY Interviews program.  See the details in the left column on how YOU can do your own interview, too.  I’ll post all the interviews here, and then post them on the DIY Interviews Archive page with a Shortlink for your promotional needs.

Happy Writing!

Julie

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the updated, revised and edited Wedding Chapter Rev. from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Release: March 5, 2012
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP


APW: DIY Interview – Erik Swiger

Name: Erik Swiger

Email Address:
erikincheyenne@hotmail.com

What is your blog URL?
http://www.happycatbooks.blogspot.com

 What is your website URL?
https://www.happycatbooks.com

 What is the contact information you are willing to share?
Email: erikincheyenne@hotmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/orbeye11
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/ErikSwiger
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/104640207017509079680/posts

Where and/or when were you born?
I was born in Evart, Michigan on October 31.

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
We moved around a lot when I was young, so I went to many schools.  I did not graduate, but I got a G.E.D. in 1992.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I’ve had health problems for years, which has given me a lot of time alone to think, and after years of this, I decided that writing was the most enjoyable thing I could do.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
In May of 2011, I published “5 Short Cat Tales.”

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
You can purchase “5 Short Cat Tales” at Amazon.com for the Kindle, at Barnes and Noble.com for the Nook, and at https://www.happycatbooks.com as a PDF download.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
My first publication was “5 Short Cat Tales.”  It’s a collection of short stories about living with my cats, two strays that don’t like each other.  I’ve tried to find ways to help them get along, with some success.

As I was writing these stories, two more stories were submitted to me, which I edited/co-wrote and added to my own.

The editing and re-writing was hard work, but enjoyable at the same time.

Please tell about the memorable moment(s) in your writing career.
The most memorable moment in my career was seeing my stories and cover art published as an e-book.  It was a feeling of accomplishment.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
I enjoy the process of writing and editing.  The biggest problem I’ve had is afterward, with publishing my work and getting it noticed by the public.

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and career?
Number one on my list of influential authors is Isaac Asimov.  He made me understand ‘chemistry’ when no one else could.

I’ve read science and science-fiction all my life.  In recent years, I’ve moved into the metaphysical, mystical and spiritual categories.  In these areas, my favorite author is William Henry.

Who are the authors your read most often?
My most-read authors are Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and William Henry.

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
Many people will try to talk you out of your career.  They may be well-intentioned, but misguided.  If your soul burns with a passion to write, do it.  Commit to it.  You WILL find success if you believe in yourself and stay with it, even when things seem bleak.

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
I’m just beginning the process of guest-blogging.  I’ll be sure to let everyone know more about it as soon as I can!

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series? Stand-alone

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I have ideas for books and/or screenplays, but I haven’t had time to pursue them.

I love the science-fiction genre, and one idea is for a different incarnation of the Star Trek franchise.  It’s about the Red Shirts from the original series, who are always used as cannon-fodder.  I want to flesh-out their short lives, and then follow them into the afterlife when they get killed.  It’s a metaphysical twist on the classic science-fiction genre.

What is the anticipated release date?
So far, it’s only in my head.

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Editor, Publicist

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I’d like to thank Erik for participating in the DIY Interviews program.  See the details in the left column on how YOU can do your own interview, too.  I’ll post all the interviews here, and then post them on the DIY Interviews Archive page with a Shortlink for your promotional needs.

Happy Writing!

Julie

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the updated, revised and edited Wedding Chapter Rev. from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Release: 2012
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP

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