Thursday, March 26, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Seasons of Empowerment for Adolescent Girls' Irene S. Roth

Irene S. Roth is an academic and freelance writer for teens, tweens and kids. She has written over 500 book reviews and 1,000 online articles on different topics for teens, tweens, and about the craft of writing. She also teaches workshops on writing and craft at Savvy Authors. She lives in Stratford, Ontario with her husband and cat.

Check out her book, Seasons of Empowerment for Adolescent Girls on Amazon.

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I wanted to be an author because I really was inspired to instruct people on how to live their best possible life. I guess I was a born teacher.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

The perks of writing are so immense that they cannot be put into writing for myself. However, the biggest perk is doing something that I not only truly love but through which I can be a lifelong learner.  How GREAT to feel that you lived a life worth living!J

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I self-published this book because frankly I had a few hundred or so girls who were eager to see my book and to hold it in their hands. So, I wanted to publish it quickly. And it was really quick!

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My family got used to me being a writer. There are still days that they revert.  But I am way too committed to my writing to allow them to put a dent in my motivation or time spent at the desk.

Do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

Yes, my kitten gets fed first thing in the morning.  And I give him love all day too.  He is my writing companion and he is never alone or neglected.

Are they actually still alive?

Yes, all my plants live because I take breaks to water them and to give them the occasional pep talk…J

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I just don’t answer the phone.  And all my friends know not to call me during my writing time. This has become known as Irene’s sacred time.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

When I was publishing my first book, I didn’t expect it to arrive in the mail so fast. So, I was pleasantly surprised and screamed when it happened.  I even alarmed my cat.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I think writers could spend too much time on social media. So, I do a few hours a week and that is all.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I have a publicist to help me along with book sales.  And it really helps tremendously.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

That the writer’s life is the best life and everyone should try it!

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I love being an author because I love writing. I couldn’t not write. It is who I am.  I can’t not be a writer and be the person that I am. So, nothing gets in my way, and if I have to live in a hut all alone in a desert I will do it to write.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two Princes: The Biker and The Billionaire by Victoria Danann (Book Cover Reveal Event)



 About The Book 




Title:  Two Princes: The Biker and The Billionaire
Author: Victoria Danann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  dba7th House Publishing, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Publication Date: June 16, 2015


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Brigid Roan is a graduate student at the University of Texas. She had no trouble getting her thesis approved, but finding a Hill Country motorcycle club willing to give her access to their lifestyle had started to seem impossible. Then she got a lead. A friend of a friend had a cousin with ties to The Sons of Sanctuary.

What she wanted was information to prove a proposition. What she didn’t want was to fall for one of the members of the club. Especially since she had set out to prove that motorcycle clubs are organized according to the same structure as primitive tribal society.

Brash Fornight was standing in line at the H.E.B. Market when his world tipped on its axis. While waiting his turn to check out, his gaze had wandered to the magazine display and settled on the new issue of “NOW”. The image on the cover, although GQ’d up in an insanely urbane way, was… him.

After reading the article, Brash threw some stuff in a duffle and left his club, The Sons of Sanctuary, with a vague explanation about needing a couple of days away. He left his Jeep at the Austin airport and caught a plane for New York, on a mission to find the guy who was walking around with his face.

Two brothers, one a player, one a playboy, are on a collision course with destiny and a woman who thought she won a prize when she was allowed a look inside the Sons of Sanctuary MC.


About The Author


Victoria Danann


Victoria Danann is the USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Knights of Black Swan, which has won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES TWO YEARS IN A ROW (2013, 2014). Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Victoria writes cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. She is making her debut into contemporary romance with publication of the SUMMER FIRE ultimate romance collection anthology. It contains a novella intro to the Sons of Sanctuary MC series. The first full novel of the series will be released June 16, 2015.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'A Decent Woman' Ellie Parker

Name: Eleanor Parker Sapia

Book Title: A Decent Woman

Bio: Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Eleanor’s life experiences as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, a Spanish language social worker, and a refugee case worker inspire her passion for writing. When Eleanor is not writing, she facilitates creativity groups, and is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago a second time. A Decent Woman is her debut historical novel. Eleanor is the mother of two adult children and she currently lives in West Virginia.

Check out A Decent Woman on Amazon.

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I was an exhibiting multi-media artist for over twenty years when I discovered the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I loved it so much, I invited eight friends to ‘do’ the book with me the following year. By encouraging others to live a more creative life, I discovered a new passion—writing.

I also come from a long line of oral storytellers, so it feels very natural to me. I love telling stories, and my kids will tell you that I have a lot to say! I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

The perks for me as a full time writer and blogger are many. I don’t need an extensive wardrobe, and very often, I work in my pajamas or sweats. I work hard at the craft of writing, and the perk of seeing my book in print is a thrilling one. I’ve always had a good sense of self, and don’t mind working alone for long periods of time, but the sense of gratification of seeing my book in reader’s hands is priceless. Leaving a legacy for my children is also the best thing ever, and meeting new people in the writing world is awesome. I’ve made new friends this year, many of them are fellow authors, and I love that I’m not alone. We are a great, supportive community.

The demands are many! Long, lonely hours sitting at my writing desk; working on holidays and sunny days when my friends are traveling and getting together; the enormous learning curve (for me) in social media and marketing, are some of the demands placed on a writer. I’ve woken up and fired up brain synapses that have been dormant for years, and my writer’s brain doesn’t rest for very long. I have to force myself out for fresh air and exercise.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I had a CreateSpace account for my novel, A Decent Woman, and I couldn’t download my manuscript. Something kept telling me to wait a bit longer. After two years of querying agents and getting nowhere, I submitted to Booktrope, an Indie publishing company based in Seattle, Washington, and six months later, I had a publishing contract. I’ve been with them a year and it has been great experience.

As a Booktrope author, you select your creative team from talented people within Booktrope—an editor, proofreader, cover designer, project manager, and a book manager. It took a few months to get the perfect team together, and we’re very supportive of each other. Everyone receives a certain percentage of books sales after the book is published, so it behooves every team member to work hard and to be professional. I love my publishing team. I call them my dream team.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

When I was writing A Decent Woman, good friends were annoyed as all get out. Everything was new to me, and I was MIA for months on end. Then I started writing and researching for the second book. Almost immediately, I started researching and writing the second book, and they weren’t so patient then! They didn’t understand that the marketing never ends, and you have to put another book out. I have to; let’s put it that way. I’m obsessed, driven, and yes, a little nuts. I now compromise by taking two weekends off from writing a month, and I make plans with family and friends. Honestly, when the book came out, and most of my friends and family read it, they understood, and I think they looked at me with new eyes. Writing is a full time job. You must be committed.

Many of my friends also think I should starting dating again…we’ll see about that.

Do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

Ha! You must be spying on me. My pets get their food after I do my social media stuff, which usually takes an hour in the morning. I am awake around 8 in the morning, so they don’t have to wait too long. My dog and cat know the food drill, but they will jump on me when I forget to let them out. They are very tolerant with me, and I know they love me, but I’m sure they shake their head at how easily I can block out distractions when I have great writing momentum.

Are they actually still alive?

For Mother’s Day, my daughter presented me with a fuchsia-colored orchid that I’m happy to say is still alive and thriving four years later. It is actually flowering right now with five blooms and two buds. It’s incredible because although I have a beautiful garden outside, I have absolutely NO green thumb for inside plants. I think it’s because I place the plants where I like them decoratively, not where they will thrive. But I baby the one I have.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I was an at-home Mom of two teens when I wrote my book and an empty-nester when I finally got back to the manuscript, and finished editing it. Now I live alone and write full time, so I don’t have to worry about family, dinners, or a boss. But I’m as busy, if not more busy, than I was when I had a family to care for! I have much respect for authors with children and a husband; I don’t know how they do it.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

While learning my way around LinkedIn, I was prompted to invite my Gmail friends and family to join me on the site. What I didn’t realize was that every single person I’ve ever corresponded with since I opened that Gmail account was invited! I am now friends with the guy who inspected my house, my vet, and two former boyfriends. It was insanely funny to me at first, and then irritating because the ex’s thought I wanted to get back together. They were immediately deleted!

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I love social media, and always recommend Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and LinkedIn to new authors. If you’re writing your novel now, join those sites now. Most authors I know have a personal Facebook page and an author page. That helps a lot. I lurked around Wattpad for a bit, and I might post the first few chapters of my work in progress on that site. Fellow authors haven’t seen many book sales from Wattpad, but hey, you never know. Everything is worth a try in marketing and publicity.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

My historical novel, A Decent Woman has just come out, so I am pounding the pavement at local bookstores with my book, signing up for local book fairs and festivals, encouraging my friends and family to create book clubs, which of course, could feature my book (!) and I’m lining up speaking engagements with book signings. Radio and Podcast interviews are also in the works. All this is time consuming, but necessary. An author must put him/herself way out there for their book.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I don’t jump on the rooftop and scream about this issue, but writers who publish their book without a good editor makes me extremely sad for the writer. A great editor is critical for a great book. I’m always surprised when I meet an author who tells me he or she self-published without an editor. Unless you’re an experienced editor, don’t try that at home. Invest in yourself by investing in a good editor! They are worth their weight in gold.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I love it ALL. Plain and simple, complicated and complex, sane and insane; I love it all, and can’t imagine doing anything else but writing and living a creative life.

Thanks for having me, Straight from the Author’s Mouth! I’ve enjoyed my time with you! Eleanor x


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Dark of the Heart' Anne K. Edwards

Anne K. Edwards lives with her husband and a batch of bossy cats.  Anne enjoys writing, but her schedule is erratic. She is an avid reader, writes in several genres, and has self-published through Amazon Dark of the Heart, a book in the dystopian genre.  She also reviews some genres, and enjoys meeting all sorts of people in the writing field. She says so many of them are really interesting with great tales to tell.
  
Questionnaire:

Q.  Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

A.  My wanting to be a writer started as soon as I learned to put words into sentences. It fascinated me to be able to create worlds in which people lived and build lives. It still does. I also was able to visit worlds of the past and future like the old West and the coming space age by imitating authors like Zane Grey and Isaac Asimov.  In spite of all the early rejections of teenage tales I wrote, the love kept me going.  And lastly, I found writing to be an exciting change of scene or a form of escapism in which I controlled everything that happened which served me well in a crowded, noisy childhood home.

Q.  Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

A.  The perks are great in that an author can communicate with others through writing and meet some wonderful and highly intelligent people at conferences or through groups and reviewing great books. A huge perc is meeting people who enjoy books and being able to spend time talking ‘books’ with them. They bring new perspectives to ways of looking at things. It’s amazing what I’ve learned from all of these people. It is the people who make writing and having written so rewarding. 

     The demands are trying to find time to write when life is getting in the way. Another is being forced to endure wasted time while busy publishers and agents tell the writer a book is rejected without them looking at it. Dealing with writer’s block and trying to find a way out or running into a wall when writing and the story goes flat or I lose interest in it as I absolutely detest having to rewrite something I thought was finished. Dealing with interruptions when the story is going so right. Learning how to accept having paid an
editor or reviewer to read your work and have them return a nonconstructive document that often proves they didn’t read the work.  Spending long hours in lonely silence to be able to create is also a demand and perhaps the biggest of all.  One needs the patience of a saint to be a writer.  

Q  Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

A.  I took the traditional route to publication, however, I’m finding out about self publishing that actually takes as much or more effort to achieve that goal. There are just some books we want published that a publisher says don’t fit the markets or genres. The traditional publishing route gives an author a sense of security in some respects when they can submit their work to certain publishers who are interested in seeing whatever that author writes. On the other hand, a writer looking to self-publish must face finding out how to publish, where to publish and how to avoid scams, where to find an editor, and how to sell and promote that book. They must also struggle to find reviewers willing to read the book and that may be the most difficult task of all.  The self-publishing author, whether their work is good or poorly done, carries the entire burden and will find it is actually a more time-consuming job with the most disappointments, but on succeeding, will find a great deal of satisfaction for a job well done.

Q.  Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

A.  I don’t come from a close family. Mom encouraged me in my writing but others scoffed or were indifferent, saying it was a waste of time.  Mom’s encouragement was enough to soothe hurt feelings and give me the will to keep going when I was a youngster. As time passed and I turned into a senior citizen, the encouragement comes from friends who are closer than family and dearer in many respects, especially those who nag me to continue writing. 

Q. Do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word? 

A.  My pets do not wait.  They will stomp on the keyboard, erase pages, add spaces or weird combinations of letters to my work, often not found until a final edit. They will jump on me, start fights with females who will scream like a panther to get my attention and believe me, it works. They are cats, and I am their slave, to do with what they want, when they want. Their view of writing is that it serves them no purpose.

Q.  Are your plants actually still alive? 

A. I don’t dare keep plants. The cats would find other uses for them that aren’t meant, so unless I get a monster Venus flytrap that eats cats in spite of hairball danger to itself, I must forego the pleasure of plants.

Q.  In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

A.  The telephone doesn’t ring when I’m writing as I unplug it. My family is a husband and bunch of cats who will eat when they want providing the food is there. It’s a matter of each being hungry at differing times.  I have no boss as I have been retired for years, unless cats qualify as bosses and to them, I’m always late.  Their idea of on time is being able to read their minds ahead of time and know exactly when they’ll want a lap to sit on, something new to eat, or perhaps the right to chew on something or someone to get a good game of chase going.

Q.  What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process? 

A.  I don’t think anything I’ve experienced can be called crazy or insane unless having people ask if the backdrop I created out of my head was real. Lots of good things have happened with excitement that made me want to dance in place.  And I can’t dance…

Q.  How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

A.  I’m only just learning about the networking sites.  The few I’ve signed onto turned out to be for people with no interest in books or those who want to sell me something, older folks to post family photos and keep in touch.  I’d love to find one with where only writers, readers, groups and anyone in the writing or publishing fields could get in touch. That seems to be a void that will never be filled.  I don’t understand how one can find new writers on line unless you know their names and sites ahead of time. What if you don’t know their names or the titles of their books or what genres they write in? Maybe I need to become a mind reader.

Q.  Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you? 

A.  This is another area I’m just beginning to get reacquainted with.  The markets change so rapidly and I have fallen behind. It is hard to find what to look for first and where to look. One must take time to learn. And I’m learning slowly.

Q.  What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

A.  I think that is time wasted, a thing caused by people who think writers exist to wait on their whims. Some agents build a stable of writers they never communicate with, but use them to impress agencies they want to join. Often those agents change agencies and never let the writers know. We find out the hard way the old or new agency doesn’t want our work. The agent’s focus is only on getting the next, better job using a hapless bunch of hopefuls, often collecting new writers as stepping stones.  I know it’s part of a writer’s education, but it also sours trust in these people. The Internet gives writers an option that doesn’t need an agent and the same could-care-less agents do not like that one bit. They maintain the fiction one needs an agent to get published.  Hello, out there, not true if an author will try Internet publishers or decides to self-publish. I know millions of books are being published and most do not have agents. It may mean I’ll never get published by a large house, but I am very satisfied with the Internet publishers. They waste much less of a writer’s time and are aware that their livelihood depends on the writer, not the other way around. Without writers, millions of people in agencies and large publishing houses would have to find other work.

Q.  Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

A.  There are many reasons I love being a writer. I find satisfaction in creating, having created, and seeing that creation on the market, hoping it will reach out to others to provide information or pleasure, depending on the genre. I love the many helpful and friendly people I’ve met. They are like gold in one’s pocket. Most problems become small and serve as learning tools as one is published.  They taught me so much, that I feel my entire success could rest on having had to face those problems. It would be wonderful if one could skip the problems and just go on to success as an author, but it doesn’t work that way. We need to struggle, to fight to win the battle of getting published and when we reach that goal, we find we are equipped for the next battle.  So while I dislike all the disappointments and wasted time, I learned how the craft of writing and publishing works and, yes, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Look at the void in my education I’d have without those troubles.


Thank you for letting me visit you.  I’ve really enoyed it and hope to see you all again soon.  Anne K. Edwards

Friday, February 27, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Cooler Than Blood' Robert Lane

Robert Lane’s second stand-alone Jake Travis novel, Cooler Than Blood, blends Lane’s trademark humor with page-turning suspense and literary crime-noir overtones.  His debut novel, The Second Letter was released last year and his third Jake Travis novel, The Cardinal’s Sin will be released in October 2015. You can learn more at Robertlanebooks.com. You can also follow Robert on Facebook and twitter at RLaneBooks. Lane resides on the west coast of Florida.

Purchase COOLER THAN BLOOD on Amazon

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

Different days produce different answers. How’s this: I could find precious little that I enjoyed reading, so I wrote my own book and fell in love with the process. An element of that answer exists every day.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

I haven’t a clue what it’s cracked up to be. It’s hard, long work and adheres to the dictum of 99 percent work and 1 percent inspiration. The demands? Your life. The perks? You get to do it every day. Any place. It’s new, exciting, and your best effort. Get it out there.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I formed a LLC and publish through that. I outsource as much as I can, so ‘self-published’ is a bit of a myth. I’ve made nearly every mistake out there. You can likely say that about any business you start from the ground up. The nitty? You must embrace the marketing side and not be jealous that it is draining precious writing moments away from your limited hours. The gritty? Find good people to help you. Learn to compartmentalize your working hours.

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

I come from a long line of readers and bibliophiles. Everyone is supportive.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

Ignore the phone, dinner’s whiskey on the rocks and I have no boss.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

Okay, those are pretty extreme words, even if diluted. Nothing crazy or insane has happened to me in the book publishing process. It might be driving me crazy, and while that may not address the spirit of your question, it’s paramount in my mind.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

That’s a shifting landscape if there ever was one. The jury’s still out, but I think Facebook has a slight lead, twitter’s hugging the rail, and instagram is closing fast on the outside. That’s enough metaphors for a mixed salad, but so goes social media. I’m not sure what helps today will necessarily help tomorrow. I’d like to avoid them all and have the world circumferenced by breathless reader’s waiting for my next book.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

We’ve all hear the mantra but it bears repeating. Write the best book you can, market it as if the survival of western civilization rested on its success, and repeat. Over and over and over and over. I view books sales as yearly targets that encompass more that one book. I know that when I discover a new (to me) writer, the first thing I do is go back and read previous titles. I believe that if I am relentless in my effort, sales will follow. If not, shame on me if the effort wasn’t there.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

It wouldn’t be about anything in particular—I would just scream. 

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I like having the book out of me; all the themes, the action, the conflict—all a refection of a certain period of my life, the months that I worked on the book. If I started today and wrote the first line of a book I’d previously written, it would be vastly different.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Straight from the Mouth of 'Not All Americans Are Racist' Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing and has won numerous awards. 

My Brother Is My Best Friend, published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014, earned the 2014 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and the 2014 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award. The book also earned a bronze medal in 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

Nicole Weaver’s latest book is Not All Americans Are Racist. 

About the book:
In Not All Americans Are Racist, Nicole Weaver recounts her experiences with racial discrimination and the non-racist white individuals who made it possible for her to attend and finish college. As an immigrant from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she is thankful for the opportunities America has offered her.

Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I love reading and writing became my main way to address the depression I experienced when my second child left for college. The rest is history. After I wrote my first book, I was hooked. I mainly write children’s trilingual books . I believe in exposing young children to a foreign language early on.  I teach high school French and Spanish and know from firsthand experience how important it is to study a foreign language at an early age.
Now, I am really having a ball writing nonfiction on topics that are very important to me.  Racism in America is real.  Eric garner and Trayvon Martin killings left me in total disbelief.  It whisked me back to a time in my own life I soon forget forever.  But the dormant feelings occupied my thoughts and took revenge by writing a nonfiction book titled, Not All Americans Are Racist. I hope my story will be an inspiration to all who have experienced any types of discrimination.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

The competition is steep. I am still trying to learn the art of marketing. Right now the only perk that resonates well with me is the joy I derive from sharing my stories with readers.  It takes time to brand yourself as an author, I will continue to work on that and hopefully I will eventually reach all of my long term goal of selling a zillion copies of my books. One can only dream, right?

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I self-published, because I can get my book out faster.  I am set to continue to self-publish my nonfiction books because I have a great editor, a great cover designer, and a great individual who can format my books.  All three are very important in order to be successful in the self-publishing world. 

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My three kids are grown; I have one   living at home temporarily.  My husband does not bug me much.  Writing is how I deal with the stress of teaching high school.  He watches TV, and I sit next to him on my recliner while I write. 

This is for plant lovers.  If you don’t own a plant, skip this question, but if you do, are they actually still alive?

Yes they are!  I have plants all over my house. I have the plants that eat toxins. I have some next to my bed and in every room in my house.  It is easy to take care of my plants; I make sure to water them at least once a week.  I used to have a garden, but gave that up so I can have more time for my writing.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

I cook enough to last me a few days. I write for two hours each before my husband gets home. I get up every morning at five AM to go to the gym, so when I get home, my time is spent writing.  As for my boss, calling, that is not something that will ever happen.  I have to be at work on time to open the door to my classroom, or else, my students will be standing out in the hall. Definitely do not want to piss off my principal!

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

I had hired this person to edit my book, only to find out that the manuscript was riddled with errors. I learned my lesson, and will not subject myself to that ever again! 

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I hate social media, and I wish for all of them to go away. I am still clueless on how Google plus and Pinterest work. 

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

Honestly, I am still working on that one.  There is so much to learn, so I am not letting myself get stressed too much. My motto: One day at a time!

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I am an award winning traditionally and self published author! 

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I love getting my thoughts on paper. Writing is very therapeutic for me, so being able to write my books gives me an emotional high that is better than anything I have ever experienced. I find writing is the doorway to my soul, and sharing my writings with readers enables me to make an important contribution to the world.  Writing to me is like teaching high school.  I help my students develop a love for other cultures and languages, which in turn will help them become better world citizens.  I hope my books will help people understand my perspective on how important it is to appreciate others. There is no greater joy than that!



Straight From the Mouth of 'Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships' Eve Picquette



Eve Picquette has been looking for love, joy and fun all her life. Along the way she has had lots of experiences - some with more fun than others! A licensed attorney, she served as director of risk and quality management at hospital corporations in California and Arizona for thirty years. She is also a certified NLP life coach, matrix, EFT and Angel Therapy practitioner. Eve Picquette received her MSN in community mental health at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis.

Author of Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships: 10 Shift Keys -What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries and companion Mini Meditation MP3's, she lives in Arizona, and her present happy work is teaching and advising clients regarding having more love and joy in personal and business relationships. 

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Thanks for letting us interrogate interview you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

As an attorney, I have done a lot of writing, so that part was easy.  I didn’t plan on writing a book.  I had written some quick relationship tip sheets that I wanted to give away on my
website.  Then I decided to add my angels as the theme, so I had them painted.  Once the angel portraits were done – it became a book and I just had to finish it. 

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

Demands - Writing can be lonely if you are used to being in a busy office with lots of chaos and drama.  There is also the question of whether anyone will want your book, when all is said and done.  This is also dramatically connected to your financial state – unless you are independently wealthy!

Perks – Personal freedom!  I love knowing that I can do what I want and write about what I want!  I may choose to work today, but I don’t have to impress anyone with my work ethic or appear at 8am somewhere everyday! 

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I love design, so I wanted to have a beautiful gift book and be in control of the cover, colors, fonts, and content.  I choose self-publishing for that reason and because I am impatient and didn’t want to go through the submission and rejection (and possibly no acceptance!) in the traditional route.  Amazon’s Create Space made it very easy and really a pleasure.  The only delays have been my own – correcting, fixing, adding more content.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry (e.g. rejections, the long wait, etc.)

I am too early in the process to really comment.  Great question!

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
My daughter approves.  I am currently living alone, so am blessedly free from any criticism of my schedule, late nights or obsession with my book!  My friends aren’t really aware of where I spend all my time.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

I am pretty new – so I should have a much better story in a few months. This is pretty boring - I did have a book cover designer who didn’t really think I meant what I said about how the book should look.  I had to have them modify the cover to follow my original intent.  Other than that it has been really smooth!

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

I only use Facebook and Twitter – and I think they can be helpful.  I use Aweber and Social Oomph to make it easier.  I would skip Twitter, but it seems to be important and many people read my tweets – which is amazing.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I am working with Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book.  I am pretty good at many things I do, but marketing is NOT one of them.  I knew I needed help!

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

Since the object of my book is to ignore what I can’t control and other techniques to let go and be happy – I should not say what I would jump on the rooftop and scream about – (sounds of laughter).   However, if I were really human – I would say that if I get a negative review of my book, (that I, of course, feel is entirely unfounded) that would do it!

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

I so agree with the part above – “all those things don’t really matter”! 

What I love the most is the idea of freedom.  I want the opportunity to “sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in” – more than for 2 or 3 weeks a year. That is my goal as a semi retired writer - to be able to travel more and enjoy everywhere I am, every day!

Thank you so much for the interview and very clever questions!  Eve Picquette