Monthly Archives: August 2012

APW: DIY Interviews – Kathryn Vercillo

Name: Kathryn Vercillo

Email Address: kathryn.vercillo@gmail.com

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

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

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born? Tucson, AZ

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
I have a BAS in Public Agency Service from Northern Arizona University.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember – always journaling, penning stories, etc. In my early  twenties I realized I really enjoyed working from home and started making an effort to find online writing jobs. It continued to grow from there.

Are you a published author?  Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • ‘Crochet Saved My Life,’ 2012
  • ‘When Grandma Isn’t Crocheting, She’s Hunting Big Game,’ 2011
  • ‘Ghosts of Alcatraz,’ 2008
  • ‘Ghosts of San Francisco,’ 2007

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
My Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Vercillo/e/B001JPC6IO

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
I was asked to write a book about the ghosts that reportedly haunt the San Francisco Bay Area. I wasn’t passionate about the topic, so that made it really tough, but I enjoyed the opportunity to research the history and stories surrounding this city that I love.

I didn’t receive a lot of support from the publisher when it came to marketing, though, and since I wasn’t passionate about the book it was tough to get excited to do that marketing on my own. That was a tough experience but it was a stepping stone that got me to where I am today, with a book I’m really proud to share!

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
The toughest problem is dealing with doubt as a writer. Is my work “good enough”? Am I marketing in “the right way”? Is this the right time for this book? There’s a constant inner critic that wants to stall any projects. I’ve learned over time to just move forward with a belief in myself. I journal, talk with others and puzzle through the problems when I start to stall so that I can keep on going despite that doubt.

What genre do you most often write?
Non-fiction

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
There aren’t any specific authors but I read many, many memoirs. I believe strongly in the value of our own personal stories and that has definitely influenced the material I choose to write.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Read widely and often. Write every day. Network in your niche and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

What is the name of your current project?
‘Crochet Saved My Life’ is a book about the therapeutic benefits of crafting (especially crochet). It includes a mini-memoir of my own experience crafting to cope with depression, stories from other women who healed through crochet and research to support the theory that “handmade heals”.

What is the expected release date?
Just released, August 2012

What is the genre?
Non-fiction

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.
A book about creativity for crochet lovers.

What is the anticipated release date?
Spring 2013.

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Yes, I work as a professional blogger.

I’d like to thank Kathryn for her  interview.

You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions.  It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.

Happy Writing,

Julie

Order Your Copy of Janelle’s Time:
Available now as a print book,
and  an e-book for the Kindle.

http://amzn.to/Time-book-1
Available now for as an e-book
for the Nook at Barnes & Noble:
http://bit.ly/TIME-Book-1
Other sources & formats 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 and B&N
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned for 2013
Logan’s Time – WIP, planned for 2013
Clarissa’s Time – Planned for 2014

APW: DIY Interview – Zachary Fenell

Name: Zachary Fenell

Email Address: contact@zacharyfenell.com

What is your blog URL? http://www.offbalanced.wordpress.com

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

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

What schools did you attend? What was your course of study?
I attended and graduated from Charles F. Brush High School (in Northeast Ohio). I then went on to obtain my bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio. I majored in communication while pursuing writing and philosophy minors.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I first decided I wanted to become a writer my sophomore year of high school. I loved baseball, the Cleveland Indians specifically, but never played because I was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy. I figured writing about baseball would be the next best thing to playing the sport, so I joined my high school’s newspaper where I became a co-editor for the sports section. Eventually I grew tired writing strictly about sports and expanded to other topics.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • “Off Balanced,” December 2011
  • “Turn Your Faults into Assets” from Living in a World of Possibilities, November 2011

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
‘Off Balanced’ is currently available on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

‘Living in a World of Possibilities’ is a collection of writings from various people in the disability community. It is available at www.caringcommunities.org.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
Well, since all I did with ‘Living in a World of Possibilities’ was submit it, I’ll talk about ‘Off Balanced.’

‘Off Balanced’ is my teenage memoir exploring how having a mild case of cerebral palsy affected me socially as a teen. The personal nature created some sub-conscious anxiety. Thankfully my belief in the project helped me overcome any hesitation I felt. I knew no other cerebral palsy memoir focused primarily on adolescence. Therefore I saw an opportunity to reach discouraged teens, a thought which kept me motivated.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your career.
Oh, wow! Where do I start? I put a lot of work into ‘Off Balanced’ so the book’s release comes to mind. Seeing ‘Off Balanced’ sell in both the US and UK has been really cool, just something about that “internationally selling author” label.

Additionally I love receiving feedback from complete strangers who read my book. Of course the memorable moments expand beyond my book too. I freelance around the web as a content writer. I remember calling Lucid Grey drummer Billy Jack Skillet for a phone interview and him taking the time to praise my disability awareness efforts on Twitter. I’ve also interviewed some high-profile musicians, concert promoters, and what not.

Ultimately I love writing and every day I get to write is a memorable one.

Have you won any awards? If yes, which award(s) and when?
Yes. I’ve held “Hot 500” and “Hot 100” honors at Yahoo! Contributor Network. These honors, handed out monthly, go to contributors with the most page views garnered. I’ve been amongst the “Hot 500” in December 2011, February 2012, and April 2012 through July 2012. I ranked within the “Hot 100” in March 2012.

Beyond my professional writing, I use my writing skills volunteering for Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. My work there earned me Euclid Adult Activities Center’s 2012 “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” Award.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
Honestly, time management and self-discipline are probably my biggest obstacles. Freelance writing might appeal to somebody because he gets to be his own boss. Sounds nice, right? Well it all depends on the type of boss you can be. Without self-discipline and strong time management skills you will fail. I help keep myself in check by writing daily and/or weekly to-do lists. This really helps me set priorities and make the most of my time.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how did the mentor help you?
I discussed my desire to write a book with my college professor Dr. Michael Bloom. He connected me with his friend Susan Pertone, author of ‘A Body at Rest.’ While I wouldn’t say Susan “mentored” me, we did meet for coffee and she shared with me her experiences. Susan’s insights gave me a lot to think about regarding the publishing world.

Now that I think of it the same can be said for my 8th grade English teacher Mr. Mark Barnes. After learning about his publishing experiences from another former English teacher, I reconnected with Mr. Barnes (not sure if I should call him Mark), via e-mail and Twitter, and arranged a meeting so I could pick his brain on publishing.

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing career?
The two who first come to mind are Stephen King and Christine Rose. Stephen King’s “On Writing” is a must read for any serious writer. Christine Rose’s book, “Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author” offers information on every publishing route and will help you decide which would be best for you.

Who are the authors your read most often?
I wouldn’t say there are particular authors. Instead I’d say there are certain book types I read most often. I grew up watching professional wrestling so I enjoy wrestlers’ autobiographies, such as those Chris Jericho and Mick Foley wrote. I like disability-related memoirs and books about Cleveland Indians history, too.

What advice would you give to up-and-coming writers?
Develop niche subject(s). There are so many opportunities out there you need a niche to stay focused. Plus a concentrated niche can lead to jobs coming to you. For instance take my most recent online gig, ‘The Mobility Resource.’ After seeing a local newspaper article which highlighted my disability-orientated writing, ‘The Mobility Resource’ reached out to me. When people come to you, you know you’re doing something right.

I’d like to thank Zachary for his interesting submission.

You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions.  It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.

Happy Writing,

Julie

Order Your Copy of Janelle’s Time:
Available now as a print book,
and  an e-book for the Kindle.
http://amzn.to/Time-book-1
Available now for as an e-book
for the Nook at Barnes & Noble:
http://bit.ly/TIME-Book-1
Other sources & formats 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 and B&N
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned for 2013
Logan’s Time – WIP, planned for 2013
Clarissa’s Time – Planned for 2014

 

APW: Interview – Frank Fiore

Name: Frank Fiore

Email: frank@framkfiore.com

Website: http://www.frankfiore.com

Jeremy Nash Information Website:
http://www.frankfiore.com/from-the-chronicles-of-jeremy-nash/

Please tell us about your book, ‘SEED.’
XXXXX12.21.12 End Times – Is It a Prediction or a Conspiracy?

Find out in ‘SEED.’

Why are people, including the parents of Jeremy Nash, being murdered for what they found in the End Times Predictions?

Jeremy Nash arrives home to find a Hopi Indian maiden waiting for him.  She tells him she has proof that his parents were murdered for what they found in the 2012 End Times Predictions.  Her invoice for a Kachina doll, encrypted with strange code words, launches Nash into a dizzying discovery of truth behind the Hopi End Times Prediction – and the secret organization that murdered his parents for what they discovered.

XXXXXCountdown to 12.21.12.

The first FREE installment of ‘SEED’ is at Smashwords.
One new installment
will appear every Monday for 15 weeks .
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214542

What was the first story you remember writing?
A science fiction novel that was very badly written.  But, they told me, it had a good plot.

How many books have you written?
I’ve written a dozen non-fiction books that have collectively sold over 50,000 copies.

When were you first published?  How were you discovered?
Macmillan Publishers discovered me from my website at About.com.  I was the online shopping guide there.  They needed someone to write an ‘Idiots Guide to Starting an Online Business.’

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters of your books?
Jeremy Nash is a skeptic.  So am I.  I believe little of what I hear, some of what I see, and a little bit more of what I read.

Which is more important to your story – character or plot?
I think characters are important but plot trumps that.  What good are well-developed characters if they don’t have an interesting story to tell.

Do you currently have stories swirling around in your head?
I have a file cabinet with several stories waiting to be developed.

What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written?
‘The Andromeda Strain’, which is also the book that gave me my writing style.

So you have a saying/motto for your life and/or as a writer?
Never give up.

Who gave you the best writing advice you ever received and what was it?
A fellow writer, Paul McCarthy, told me to write as many books as possible.  Get those books out into the marketplace.  If they are good, when one hits, readers will go back and read all your others.  Keep producing.  Never stop.

Please tell us about your current project.
My fifth novel, ‘MURRAN,’  is the story of a young African-American boy named Trey coming of age in the 1980s, and his rite of passage to adulthood.  Trey is a member of a ‘crew’ in Brooklyn and is enticed into helping a violent street gang.  He is eventually framed for murder and flees with his high school teacher to the teacher’s Massai village in Kenya.  Trey goes through the Massai warrior’s rite of passage, becomes a young shaman, and returns to America to confront and defeat the gang leader who framed him.

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I’d like to thank Frank for his submission.

You can submit your own interview by clicking on the DIY Interviews Submission Page and following the instructions.  It’s totally FREE and you don’t need to answer all the questions – only the ones you want to have us use in your interview.

Happy Writing,

Julie

Order Your Copy of Janelle’s Time:
Available now as a print book,
and  an e-book for the Kindle.
http://amzn.to/Time-book-1
Available now for as an e-book
for the Nook at Barnes & Noble:
http://bit.ly/TIME-Book-1
Other sources & formats 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 and B&N
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP
Clarissa’s Time – Planned

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