Monthly Archives: July 2012

APW: DIY Interview – Alisha Adkins

Name: Alisha Adkins

Email Address:
rhapsodyinlime@yahoo.com

What is your blog URL?
www.rhapsodyinlime.blogspot.com

What is your website URL?
www.alishaadkins.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?
Twitter: @alisha_adkins
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisha.adkins.90
Polyvore: http://alishaadkins.polyvore.com/

Where and/or when were you born?
New Orléans about 40 years ago

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
The University of New Orléans.  I received my B.A. in History and my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
There was never a moment of realization.  It was always just a given.  I have always been a writer because writing has always been absolutely necessary for me.  It is my coping mechanism and how I find mental clarity.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • Flesh Eaters, March 2012
  • Daydreams of Seppuku, July 2012

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?

  • Flesh Eaters is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other various book sellers.
  • Daydreams of Seppuku is currently only available in paperback at Amazon.  It will be widely available in e-book and print formats in August.

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 Flesh Eaters.

In 1997, I began my teaching career. It was not an easy transition. I was teaching a multitude of subjects to a motley assortment of angry, often violent, over-age middle school students. In some twisted way, Flesh Eaters emerged from me as a means of cathartic response to that experience.

Flesh Eaters is extremely dark, and readers tend to have a strong emotional reaction to it.  I know that the ending, in particular, tends to upset them.

But, since writing Flesh Eaters in 1998, I have resisted the temptation to revise it. If I were to rewrite it now, it would undoubtedly be a different story. However, it has become a historical document in my personal timeline; it stands as an authentic record of who I was then as both a writer and a person.

What genre do you most often write? Horror

What other genres have you written?
Literary Thrillers and Satirical Humor

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing career?
Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and Haruki Murakami

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Write because its something that you have to do.

What is the name of your current project?
Making the Best of the Zombie Apocalypse

What is the expected release date?
Late August 2012

What is the genre? Horror

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 projects.
Death: the Travelogues – the travel diaries of a serial possessor.

What is the anticipated release date? December 2012

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I’d like to thank Alisha for her great interview.  You can do your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interview Submission Form page and following the instructions.  It’s easy, painless and FREE.  You can provide as little or as much information as you wish, including adding your own questions and answers at the end.  Thanks!

Happy Writing,

Julie

Janelle’s Time is NOW AVAILABLE:
http://amzn.to/Time-book-1
Right now, it’s the print book, and the e-book for the Kindle.
It will be available soon for the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Other sources will be available soon!

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the  Wedding Chapter – Final  from my adult historical romance ‘Janelle’s Time.’  You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor, from Muileach Castle, Scotland (he crashes the wedding) from ‘Logan’s Time,’ Book 4.   He’s also in ‘Moria’s Time,’ Book 2.

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Available Now at Amazon
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP
Clarissa’s Time – Planned

 

APW: DIY Interview – J. Kristen

Name: J Kristen

Email Address: jaanvanv@yahoo.com

What is your pen name? J Kristen

What is your blog URL? www.rideitlikealady.com

What is your website URL? www.rideitlikealady.com

Where and/or when were you born?
New Jersey, USA – 1970

What was your course of study in school?
Economics and Journalism

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I’ve always been a writer, and nonfiction has almost always been my preference. I was a journalist for many years (under a different name.)

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material?
“Ride It Like A Lady: Letters to Emi,” available now on Amazon.

If these materials are books, are they available, and from where?
Amazon – as print or e-book –  http://www.amazon.com/Ride-It-Like-A-Lady/dp/1470011379/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342257890&sr=8-1&keywords=ride+it+like+a+lady

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
This is my first book, and it has been a wonderful experience. The process actually helped me to resolve several issues I was facing. Perhaps tellingly, each letter or postcard can stand on its own, if need be, and I designed it that way, as I’m used to writing shorter pieces.

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your career.
Writing this book felt so huge, at times. But I focused only on Emi, who is my audience and it was incredible seeing it come together.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
I’m eager to gain recognition for this book, and so I’m just beginning to get out and promote myself.

What genre do you most often write?
Nonfiction

What other genres have you written?
Memoir, Business

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing career?
Journalists … Always journalists.

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
I read / edit colleague’s work regularly, as a friend and in the workplace.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Write it first.  Then edit.  Don’t try to edit while you write.

What is the name of your current project?
“Ride It Like A Lady: Letters to Emi”

What is the expected release date?
November 2012

What is the genre?
Nonfiction, Memoir, Female Empowerment

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
It’s in the works!

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

Please provide some details of the project.
Entertaining strangers and riding motorcycles, fast boys and finding religion. These are among the topics shared by a vagabond aunt with a niece she fears she may never have a chance to influence except through a series of letters.

Enclosed are those twelve sometimes darkly funny, always personal notes addressed to the author’s newly born niece, Emi. In them, she outlines the trials she foresees her facing and offers advice for making sense of the often patriarchal, always demanding societies in which they arise.

Through the correspondence we also meet the author, a woman who has worked and played around the world, yet, growing up, was more comfortable with food fights than with the spoken word.  Interspersed among the letters are snapshots of her observations from abroad.

In the background are the familial matriarchs fighting to define themselves, and one in particular who cries out to the next generation that she is not alone. Eventually, the author comes to realize there are issues she herself must still face and that her niece plays a role in that.

What is the anticipated release date?
November 2012, though copies are available now.

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I’d like to thank J. Kristen for her great interview.  You can do your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interview Submission Form page and following the instructions.  It’s easy, painless and FREE.  You can provide as little or as much information as you wish, including adding your own questions and answers at the end.  Thanks!

Happy Writing,

Julie

Janelle’s Time is NOW AVAILABLE:
http://amzn.to/Time-book-1
Right now, it’s the print book, and the e-book for the Kindle.
It will be available soon for the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Other sources will be available soon!

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the  Wedding Chapter – Final  from my adult historical romance ‘Janelle’s Time.’  You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor, from Muileach Castle, Scotland (he crashes the wedding) from ‘Logan’s Time,’ Book 4.   He’s also in ‘Moria’s Time,’ Book 2.

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Available Now at Amazon
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP
Clarissa’s Time – Planned

APW: DIY Interview – Myrna Beth Haskell

Name: Myrna Beth Haskell

Email Address: myrnahaskell@hvc.rr.com

What is your website URL? www.myrnahaskell.com

What is your contact information?
http://www.facebook.com/myrna.haskell.7
http://www.linkedin.com/in/myrnahaskell

Where and/or when were you born?
Fort Monroe, VA – 1964

What schools did you attend? 
What was your course of study?
MA in English – SUNY, New Paltz, NY
BA in English – SUNY, Albany, NY
Kingston High School, Kingston, NY

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I discovered around the 2nd grade that manipulating sentences was really fun for me.  I actually enjoyed revisions of my work in elementary school when everyone else would groan.  I was writing fairly lengthy short stories by the 4th grade (science fiction genre).

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you (Unlimited Publishing LLC, March 2012).  This is my first book.
  • Lions and Tigers and Teens is also the title of my syndicated column which publishes in several parenting magazines across the US.
  • I’m also a feature writer.  I’ve had work published in Better Homes & Gardens, PARENTS Magazine and American fitness as well as over 150 regional publications.

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
My book is available on Amazon.com and at the publisher’s website at: http://www.unlimitedpublishing.com/haskell/

Please tell about your first publication – what was it and when.
My first publication was in 1987.  It was a book review for the Art Times (an international art journal).
My first consumer magazine publication was for a parenting magazine (Kids VT in 1997) titled, “Preparing Your Preschooler for an Operation or Hospital Stay.”

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your writing career.
One of my most exciting moments – besides finding a publisher for my first book – was when I answered the telephone to hear the managing editor of PARENTS Magazine tell me she wanted to publish my “Garage Sale Savvy” piece as a feature story.  I had queried her on a whim because I was fond of the publication and had read it often.  So this was very exciting for me.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
The most frustrating thing for me as a freelancer is having to keep track of an inordinate amount of rights, invoices and billing cycles because I work with so many different editors.  This can become a paperwork nightmare at times.  I think I’ve gotten better at it, but it keeps me from doing what I love to do the most – WRITE!

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how did the mentor help you?
I’ve had two lifelong mentors:

  • Eugene Mirabelli, PhD – my favorite professor as an undergrad who also happens to be an extraordinary writer.
  • Mary Leonard – my AP English teacher in high school who also happens to be a poet.

Both have been mentors and have been so supportive of my work.

What genre do you most often write?
Parenting and adolescent and children’s development

What other genres have you written?
Women’s health and development

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing career?
I have so many favorites.  I read Stephen King throughout my teen years.  Toni Morrison and Faulkner were my favorites in college.  I’ve since enjoyed a variety of authors, including Frank McCourt and  Arthur Golden.

Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you have attended during the past year?
I attended Dr. Tony Attwood’s conference on Asperger’s Syndrome in Albany, NY in October 2011.  He is a renowned author of many books on the subject.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Don’t give up on your writing.  Don’t be afraid to share your work.  Refine your editing skills.

Please tell about your community activities.
I’ve dedicated countless hours to the local schools my children attend.  I am a former middle school PTA president.  Currently, I’m the president of the Hyde Park Art Parents Assoc. (a non-profit group supporting the arts).

What is the name of your current project?
I am always working on my monthly column,  ‘Lions and Tigers and Teens.’  I also continually write feature pieces for various parenting magazine editors whom I’ve worked with for years.

Please provide details of your upcoming appearances.
I was recently the guest speaker at the Taconic Region PTA Spring Conference in Poughkeepsie, NY.  I am currently booking additional appearances, including freshman orientation at FDR High School in Hyde Park, NY, and I’m conducting a parent seminar at the Pleasant Valley Free Library (on 9/12/12). You can find information about appearances, seminars, and book signings on my website at:  www.myrnahaskell.com

Do you have any projects planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I would like to do a sequel to ‘LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS’ in the future.  I also have an idea for another column.  I continue to work on feature pieces and plan to write more on children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

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I’d like to thank Myrna for a great interview.  You can do your own interview, too.  Just go to the DIY Interviews Submission page and follow the instructions.  While I’m taking a break from the blog, I am still preparing and posting interviews, so keep them coming!!  Thanks.

Julie

Janelle’s Time is NOW AVAILABLE – http://amzn.to/JanellesTime 
Right now, it’s just the print book, but the e-book versions
(Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook) will be available soon.
Watch the Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites for availability.
Other sources will be available soon!

PS: Please take a few minutes to read the  Wedding Chapter – Final  from my adult historical romance ‘Janelle’s Time.’  You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor, from Muileach Castle, Scotland (he crashes the wedding) from ‘Logan’s Time,’ Book 4.   He’s also in ‘Moria’s Time,’ Book 2.

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Available Now at Amazon
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP
Clarissa’s Time – Planned

 

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