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APW: DIY Interview – Joanne Augello

Name: Joanne Augello

Email Address:
emotionalfeelings2@yahoo.com

What is your website URL?
www.lulu.com/spotlight/joanneaugello

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born?
Savoy, MA,  November 26, 1959

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
Hoosac Valley High School
Business

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
When I was growing up I used to write poems and share them to friends or just jot them, then throw away. I discovered I wanted to write in 2004 when I left my job due to health problems.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
Two books of poems:

  • ‘Emotional Feelings’ – Red Lead Press, 2007
  • ‘Even Love Hurts’ – Lulu.com, 2008

Seven children’s books with my drawings:

  • ‘Hailee and her Dog Named Saddie,  Sept 2010|
  • ‘My Best Friend,’ Oct 2010
  • ‘A Child’s Dream,’ Nov 2010
  • ‘Mr. Bumblebee,’ Dec 2010
  • ‘Taxi Cab Ride,’ Jan 2011
  • ‘Helena the Lost Hippo,’ Feb 2011
  • ‘Zelda’s Hidden Treasure,’ March 2011

‘Jonick the Alien’ Series:

  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part One,’ Nov 2011
  • ‘Jonick the Alien,  Part Two,’ Dec 2011
  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part Three,’ Jan 2012
  • ‘Jonick the Alien, Part Four,’ Feb 2012

And, ‘Tell it Like It Is,’ August 2012

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
My books are available through lulu.com, Amazon,  or Barnes & Noble
‘Emotional Feelings’  is available at RedLeadPress.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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 my book of poems titled ‘Emotional Feelings,’ with Red Lead Books. I was so happy, but there was not enough publicity for it. It was up to me to do it. It’s not easy.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your writing career.
There are a lot. One is writing children’s books with my drawings in each book. I want all of my books to put smiles on everyone’s face. It warms my heart.

Have you won any awards?
For me, the biggest award I could receive is the warm feelings I get when I see a big smile on a child’s face.

Have you been on a ‘best seller’ list? 
No.  This is because I am not well-known! I advertise a lot on Facebook and Twitter. I also do press releases. I am working at it but it’s hard work and slow going.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
I hit brick walls with my writing,  and sometimes want to quit. But, I keep going anyway. Nick, my husband, has been by my side all the way, and gives me courage. How I love him for that, and so much more.

What genre do you most often write?  Children’s Books Fiction

What other genres have you written?  Non-Fiction

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
I’d tell them I’d love to help them, or provide names of authors who can.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Welcome aboard! If you need any help, please feel free to email me. Patience and Time is what it takes.

Please tell about your other activities.
Besides my writing, I spend time on Facebook, play pool, workout, and swim. I’m always looking for a place where I can read to children.

What is the name of your current project?
My current project is a book titled “Trapped in a Dream,” based on the true story of Boston Blacky.

What is the release date?
My target date is Oct 17 2012. It’s a birthday surprise for my husband, Nick, since it’s about him.

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
I am doing a Book Presentation for the residents of the complex where I live.

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’d like to do more books in ‘Jonick the Alien’ series. Then, perhaps a novel.

What would I like to see happen in my career as a writer?
I am a writer just trying to get things out to the public. Whether it would be, a smile on a child’s’ face or things to help you see what is happening in our world or had happened.

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I’d like to thank Joanne for her interview about her collection of books.

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

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APW: DIY Interview – Dayna Leigh Cheser

Name: Julie Jordan

Email Address:
Dayna@DaynaLCheser.com
JulieCJ@aol.com

What is your pen name?
Dayna Leigh Cheser

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

What is your website URL?
Coming Soon!!!  http://www.DaynaLCheser.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

  • Twitter:  @Writers_Cafe
  • Facebook:  Author Dayna Leigh Cheser
  • LinkedIn:  Julie Jordan

Where and/or when were you born?
Waterbury, CT –  a long time ago

What schools did you attend?  

  • Watertown (CT) Public Schools, Graduated 1966
  • Attended:  Western Connecticut State College

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I can’t remember not wanting to write.  I learned to read before I started school and the idea of writing wasn’t far behind.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?

  • ‘Janelle’s Time’ – 2012, adult historical romance novel (Book 1 of The TIME Series)
  • ‘The Legend of Corkscrew Swamp’ – 2012  (A short story [mystery] in ‘EFD1: The Starship Goodwords Anthology’)
  • ‘Walk-A-Thons: How Amateur Radio Can Help’ – Article for ‘World Radio News,’ January 1978 (under real name)

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

  • ‘Janelle’s Time’ is available at Amazon (Book and Kindle e-book) and Barnes & Noble (Nook e-book) More locations soon
  • ‘The Legend of Corkscrew Swamp’ will be available soon in ‘EFD1: The Starship Goodwords Anthology’ at Amazon (Kindle e-book only, for now)
  • World Radio News article (copy) available upon request

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.

  • ‘Walk-A-Thons: How Amateur Radio Can Help’ was a request from World Radio News for anyone in the radio club to write, so it wasn’t an ‘official’ freelance job.
  • ‘Janelle’s Time’ was my first novel.  The process was a 10-year long roller coaster ride – very stressful.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your career.
The most memorable moment was getting the email offering me a publishing contract for ‘Janelle’s Time.’  I was rendered speechless, as my husband will tell you.

The second most memorable moment was when World Radio News published my article word-for-word.

What genre do you most often write? Romance

Which authors most influenced your writing career?
Bertrice Small, Lynn Kurland, (early) Karen Marie Moning, Jean Auel, Diana Gabaldon, and others.  Special mention to Stephen King for his book ‘On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft.’

Who are the authors your read most often?
Bertrice Small, Lynn Kurland, Karen Marie Moning, Diana Gabaldon, Jean Auel, and others.

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
WRITE! WRITE!  WRITE!
Work on your WIP every day, even if it’s just a page or two.
LEARN!  LEARN!  LEARN!
Never stop learning.  Take courses, attend conferences, follow people on Twitter who post great articles (bookmark and/or print them). Your brain will thank you!

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Never give up.  When one door closes, another opens that may be better.
Write every day, practice your craft. Learn about the industry – all of it!

What is the name of your current project?
‘Moria’s Time’ – book 2 of my TIME series

What is the expected release date?
I’m targeting an early 2013 release

What is the genre? Romance

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
Virtual Book Tour by ‘Coffee Beans and Love Scenes’ – 8/20 to 9/14
Also, several ‘appearances’ on other websites, as well – and always on the prowl for other opportunities.

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

Do you have any projects planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the projects.

  • ‘Janelle’s Time’ is book 1 (released, July 2012)
  • ‘Moria’s Time’ is book 2 (current WIP)
  • ‘Adelle’s Time’ is book 3 (2012 NaNoWriMo project)
  • ‘Logan’s Time’ is book 4 (alternate WIP)
  • ‘Clarissa’s Time is book 5 (Planned)

What is the anticipated release date?
I’m targeting: Books 2 & 3 – 2013, and books 4 & 5 – 2014 releases

What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
I haven’t chosen one yet, but would like to attend the RWA conference.

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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 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

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