Monday, July 30, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Elena Dorothy Bowman, Author of GATEKEEPER'S REALM

I have a very, very special guest here at The Writer's Life today. She's Elena Dorothy Bowman, author of The Gatekeeper's Realm, and she's one of my clients at Pump Up Your Book Promotion who is on the final leg of her 2007 virtual book tour. Might I add she was one of the most wonderful clients I have had and a very lovely lady who just so happens to be very gifted in the writing department. She's written in several genres including science fiction, mystery, romance and the paranormal. Her early interest in space and working in the space industry captured her imagination and was instrumental in writing her first novel in The Sarah's Landing Series - Sarah's Landing - I - Contact.

The first book in the series was published in hardcover, soft-cover, e-book and as an audio book. The audio book won the APA award for one of the best audio books in 2001. All four books have now been contracted for and released in ebook format by Write Words, Inc., ebooksonthe.net.

The first book in the series — Contact will be re-released in print by their imprint Cambridge Books within the next few months, and the other three books in the series — The Telepaths of Theon, The Barbarians and Genesis will follow suit.

When the series was completed, she thought about writing a mystery novel. The mystery novel turned out to be a Romantic Suspense/ Mystery/Thriller with a touch of the paranormal. That novel, which turned out to be the first in a series, has now been published, by Write Words, Inc.,

The first book in the series, The House On The Bluff, was released in print in 2006. The second book in the series, the Gatekeeper's Realm was released in print on 1 June 2007 by Cambridge
Books. The last novel in the series, Adam's Point will be released in print by Cambridge Books in the coming months.

Her eighth science fiction/mystery/romance novel Time-Rift was released in ebook format by Write Words, Inc., imprint ebooksonthe.net and will be released in print by Cambridge Books within the coming months.

If you would like to find out more about Elena, you can visit her website at http://elenadb.home.comcast.net/.

Click HERE to purchase THE GATEKEEPER'S REALM at Amazon!

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Elena! Would you like to start us off by telling us when your passion for writing began?

Elena: The movies and books. Not liking the endings to some of the movies inspired me to write my own endings to these movies. And since I am an avid reader, the thought of putting words down on paper that others might want to read was an intriguing possibility.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Elena: Typically, I like to write in the mornings, or late evenings when everyone is asleep. Once I start, as my husband puts it, I am glued to the computer and forget about coming up for air. Generally, he's very supportive keeping the rest of the family away while I am engaged in
the creative act of writing.

TWL: Do you write full time?

Elena: Now that I have retired from the Aerospace Industry, I have the luxury of writing full time. And I must admit, I enjoy it so.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Elena: It's the second book in the series of a house one could say was enchanted. A house that appears to be alive because of a relic that dates back to the Crusades. In the second book, the appearance of unannounced spirits from an earlier era causes the unusual experiences that befall the guests. Some disappear into strange worlds, others into prehistoric times. The main characters do all they can to enlist the townspeople and the "local" ghosts, who have inhabited the house since the 17 Century, in searching for them. But since the house has a mind of its own, and able to invoke visions that confuse and disorient the inhabitants to the point that no one can be sure where they looked was still in existence, the searchers feel frustrated.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Elena: My book has been published by Write Words, Inc., both in ebook with their imprint, ebooksonthe.net and in paperback with their imprint Cambridge Books. My experience with my publisher has been fantastic. She does everything she can to help make my books the best they can be.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Elena: It started out with a house on the bluff by the Atlantic Ocean. My father used to take us to Gloucester where this house is located and we never saw anyone enter or leave. I kept wondering about this house and finally decided to use that house as an inspiration to writing the
first book in the Legacy Series...The House On The Bluff.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been
successful?


Elena: Through the Internet with all the available opportunities I find. Writer's groups, some paying, some not. Press releases, book signings, Library Author Days, postcards, blogs, myspace, gather, and many other avenues. Yes, I would say that they have been. Probably not as much as I would like, but it is a beginning.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Elena: No!

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Elena: As was mentioned before, The Sarah's Landing Series. There are four books to this series, Contact, The Telepaths of Theon, The Barbarians and Genesis. And, of course, the other two books, Adam's Point, the third book in the Legacy Series and the only non-series book Time-Rift. I have been working on two other projects but neither one of them is close to an ending at this point.

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Elena: All I can say to them is to write, write, write and to persevere. If you have faith in your work, then don't let anyone stop you or tell you can't reach your goal.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Elena: My incredible, caring and handsome husband. Our four wonderful and creative children of whom we are very proud. And our precious granddaughter, who is as beautiful as she is intelligent and sings like an angel.

My two greatest life-long passions that started in childhood were singing, performing on stage, and reading books. The love for books led to a fascination with all aspects of the industry: from journalism and publications, to typesetting and print production, which led to a
technical writing career in Silicon Valley.

Don't ever give up on yourself! You may feel like a slave to the profession, but if you love writing, NEVER give up.

Laugh at rejection letters as JK Rowling is laughing at all those who rejected her! Keep submitting until you find someone who believes in you.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Marilyn Celeste Morris, Author of THE WOMEN OF CAMP SOBINGO

Our special guest today is a very lovely lady and talented author, Marilyn Celeste Morris, author of THE WOMEN OF CAMP SOBINGO!

Born a military brat, Marilyn Morris attended schools overseas, in Seoul Korea, 1946-47 and Linz, Austria (1949-1952) and various schools stateside. From this background, she has crafted her autobiographical Once a Brat, relating her travels with her army officer father from her birth in 1938 to his retirement in 1958.

Her first novel, Sabbath’s Room, was published in 2001, and her most recent work, Diagnosis: Lupus: The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient was released in December 2005 by PublishAmerica and her new book, The Women of Camp Sobingo, the story of four women from diverse backgrounds who bond together in a military compound in Seoul, Korea, in 1946, is published by Mardis Gras Publishing.

She has taught creative writing at Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX and survi ved numerous book signings and speaking engagements. She is co-facilitator for the Fort Worth Lupus Support Group, North Texas Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America and advisor to the Board of Directors. When not writing or editing emerging writers’ manuscripts, she enjoys searching for former classmates and true to her Brat heritage, she has a suitcase packed under the bed, ready to travel at a moment’s notice.

Marilyn Celeste Morris may be reached at (817) 246-2639 or by email: marilyncmorris@sbcglobal.net to schedule a speaking engagement or arrange for editing services. See also for excerpts of all three books.

Her publications may be purchased by calling the publisher at 877-333-7422, from the website at http://www.publishamerica.com/ ; http://www.amazon.com/ or your local bookstore can order for you.

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Marilyn! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Marilyn: At birth, I'm sure. My family was a reading family, and I learned to read before I started kindergarten. In kindergarten, I found out that I could write stories any time I wanted to, and the ability to entertain myself by writing stories came into good use while I was stationed in remote military compounds with my US Army officer father.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Marilyn: It's kind of chaotic. I wish I could say I was a disciplined writer, with a set schedule, but that rarely happens. My goal is to be seated at the keyboard every day by 9:00 a.m., take a short lunch break and then resume writing until about 4:00 p.m. But that rarely happens exactly according to plan.

TWL: Do you write full time?

Marilyn: I'm retired from corporate America, thank God, so I am able to spend most of my time writing.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Marilyn: Four women of diverse backgrounds form a bond while en route to join their Army officer husbands in Korea in 1946. Their experiences in a far-flung military compound strengthen three of the women, but a fourth chooses to end her life, and during a reunion
twenty-five years later, long-held dark secrets and sorrows are revealed.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Marilyn: This book is e-published by Mardi Gras Publishing, and is my first experience with this publisher and with epublishing. I'm not quite sure I like the concept, but I'm told this is a wave of the future and I'm just old-fashioned. Maybe. I still would like to see this book in
print.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Marilyn: A number of people have asked me what was behind this book – the “real” story. I have no ready answer. I was only an 8-9 year old kid in 1946 in that military compound so far away from the country of my birth. It was while I was writing Once a Brat, about my experiences as an army brat accompanying my army officer father all over the world in the days following the end of WWII, that the image of my mother telling me that one of the women in the compound had died, sprang into my mind.

And not only had she died, she chose to end her life there. I often wondered why a woman would destroy herself, what kind of dark forces in her childhood would convince a person that death was the only way out of the terrible pain?

So, being the incurable writer (story-teller) that I am, I made it all up.

The four women in the story are composites of women I have known throughout the years, some stories are true, others appear quite by accident as I sat at my keyboard and allowed the characters free reign to do as they pleased. And often the results were a complete surprise to me. I began wondering why the beautiful Leah Damon would want to kill herself, and imagined a troubled childhood, a feeling of being “different” from the others in school (no doubt a mirror image to my own childhood where I was always the new kid in class, and do girls here wear Peter Pan collars or sweaters?)

My mother is portrayed most nearly true to form. She is the West Texas farm girl who marries a soldier and becomes an army wife, following him to the literal ends of the earth.

Maggie is probably my alter-ego, if I would let it out to play. She is a brassy, bossy, fun-loving woman who takes all the challenges life throws at her and almost literally spits in fortune’s eye.

And Trudy. Ah, yes, Trudy is the shy girl who marries into wealth and power and yet she follows her husband to make a home for themselves in a distant country, where she can be herself instead of one of the Cavanaugh Women of fame and fortune. Years later, she finds her own hidden strength, and a weakness that led her to believe events that were not true.

Perhaps the following will describe more in detail the process I undertook getting this story from my imagination to the publisher’s website.

A Note to the Reader

There really was/is a Camp Sobingo, located outside the capitol city of Seoul, South Korea at the end of WWII. This military compound’s cookie-cutter “quarters” was home to the women and children who joined their Army officer husbands during the US Occupation. The camp had a
school, a post exchange, a dispensary, a commissary, and even a movie theatre (think “MASH”). Ever-present, however, was the military presence, both Korean and our own US forces, and the tyranny of the Russians located across the 38th parallel, who merely annoyed the dependents
with their random denial of electricity to the American contingent.

Most of the Americans had deployed to other assignments before June 25th, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. Those remaining escaped safely, but “The Land of the Morning Calm” would never be the same.

In 1954, my father was ordered back to Korea as part of the Military Advisory Group. He took a short drive to what remained of Camp Sobingo, and sent snapshots of our former quarters, (Hq.G-27) which had been pock-marked by aerial strafing, and natives were stripping the
floorboards for fuel.

The window, where I had sat and dreamed a 9 year old’s dreams and played with my homemade doll-house populated by models cut from the Sears, Roebuck catalog, was boarded up. More pockmarks surrounded the framework.

An unusual childhood, one might correctly assume, yet I was not alone in this kind of adventure. There are vast numbers of military brats and wives of servicemen who carry the same experiences from different countries. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we are finding each other.

Two such sites that assist in this process are: http://www.military-brats.com/ where you may register so that others may find you, and www. Overseas-Brats.com. Another organization of interest is the American Overseas Schools Historical Society, which recently broke ground for a museum to be built in Wichita, Kansas, housing such “sacred artifacts” as my 4th grade report card from Seoul Dependents Elementary School. Many of the schools currently in operation overseas are being closed as our military presence is no longer required.

Researchers and historians will be astounded by such a treasure trove detailing one small but important part of our nation’s history.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Marilyn: Thanks to you, Dorothy, and your newly-formed company, I am learning how to publicize my book(s). My first experience with your company was in promoting my book, Once a Brat, and my statistics went up dramatically. I'm learning as I go along.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Marilyn: Yes. I have two mentors, actually -- you and Jamieson Wolf. When I first started writing seriously, I was mentored by the late Grace Nies Fletcher, whom I met as a student in her creative writing classes at Texas Christian University. She was a great inspiration to me and we maintained a friendship long after my classes were over.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Marilyn: I have several novels in progress: A sequel to Sabbath's Room, named Sabbath's House; a historical romance novel, The Unexplored Heart; Forces of Nature, about a military plane that crashes into a crowded shopping mall during a deadly tornado; The Murders at 5400, where four women solve a series of murders in an upscale condo community; and am putting
together some of my humor/human interest columns written over a ten year period for a suburban weekly newspaper, which will be called My Ashes of Dead Lovers Garage Sale and Other Stories. Recently began another novel to be called Fireflies in a Jar, about small town girls in the 1950s and how their childhoods influenced them in later life. This may be a science fiction tale; I'm not sure yet exactly how this will take shape.

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Marilyn: Make sure your work is letter-perfect, as well as your submission letter. Have it professionally edited. Everyone wants to be represented by an agent and published by a big-name NY house, but that's not likely to happen. Print-on Demand or self-publishing are viable options, and if you join writers groups, such as this one, you can gain valuable information and encouragement. Writers are for the most part, the most non-competitive people you would ever want to meet.

TWL: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Marilyn: Tough question. My life is an open book, especially since I bared my soul in my book, Diagnosis: Lupus: The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient. I relate my anger, frustrations and depression so others can realize they are not alone in their feelings. Also, I do believe that my
early life as an Army Brat has influenced my life greatly, and now and then I gain greater insight into how and why I became the woman I am today.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Lindy S. Hudis, Author of WEEKENDS

Our special guest today is Lindy S. Hudis, author of the suspense romance novel, WEEKENDS!

Lindy Sternberger Hudis is an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Her independent film, The Lesson, was screened at the 2000 Seattle Underground Film Festival and Cine-nights LA. She is a graduate of New York University, and is also a former actress, appearing on the Aaron Spelling daytime drama, "Sunset Beach". She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Steve, a Hollywood stuntman, her baby girl, Veronica Noelle, and newborn son, Cameron Michael.

You can visit her website at http://directorbabe.tripod.com/.com/.

You can purchase Weekends here!

TWL: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Lindy! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Lindy: As far back as I can remember, I loved to tell stories. I just liked to make stuff up, so I wrote them down. I guess you could say that I was writing back then, lol. I loved my creative writing class back in school. It was an escape for me.

TWL: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Lindy: Lol, well, being a mom and a writer is a challenge. I have a new baby and a spirited four year old, but I consider my books my "babies"too. I manage to write a little bit every day, and I have mastered the art of writing when it is not totally quiet. I just relax, get into the "Zone", and let what comes out of me come to life.

TWL: Do you write full time?

Lindy: I am a full time mom, and I do write as much as I can. I do aspire to become a full time writer.

TWL: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Lindy: WEEKENDS is a romance-suspense about an innocent-sounding family reunion at an exclusive California beach resort turns into a weekend of murder, deceit, exposed secrets and unexpected intimate encounters.

John Peterson has it all: He is a respected, successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer with a loving wife and grown son, the strikingly handsome young film director Joe Peterson. John also has a secret, and he decides to gather his disparate family members at the elegant Hotel Del Moor in picturesque Linda Bella, California for some luxurious fun, togetherness and re-connecting before revealing his secret. Unbeknownst to the family, a brutal serial killer is lurking in the midst of all the wondrous festivities.

TWL: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Lindy: My books is published with LBF Books, and I am very happy with them. Lachesis Publishing has become part of the LBF team, and I am looking forward to working with them as well. I have only positive words about LBF and Lachesis, both publishers are very professional and friendly people to work with.

TWL: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Lindy: I wanted to write a sexy story that takes place at a California beach resort. I am a California girl, and I wanted to share that experience with readers. I think that the California Coast is the most romantic place in the world, and I was inspired by that. It lends itself to a sexy, romantic story.

TWL: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Lindy: Lol, well I am still working on that. I had no idea the time and energy needed for an author to promote their book. I do have to keep a positive attitude about the whole thing.

TWL: Do you have a mentor?

Lindy: No, not really. I do get inspiration and advice from other authors, but as far as a mentor goes, no.

TWL: What future projects do you have in the works?

Lindy: CRASHERS and CITY OF TOYS. Crashers is my mystery crime novel, and City of Toys was inspired by my old actress days. Both will be released by Lachesis Publishing.

TWL: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Lindy: Stay positive! Dreams do come true, without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike said that, and I thought it was a nice thing to say.

TWL: What's one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Lindy: How I keep sane, lol. No, just kidding. I just try to balance being a mom and being a writer. It is all fun to me.

Lindy's virtual book tour is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Susan Gregg, Author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SHORT MEDITATIONS

We have a special guest author today by the name of Susan Gregg, author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SHORT MEDITATIONS!

Susan was born in New York City (one of my favorite places in the whole wide world) and moved to Vermont when she was a teenager. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a degree in mathematics and in the 1980s, she moved to California and began spiritual healing and apprentice to the Toltec master. Her first book, DANCE OF POWER, which is the story of her apprenticeship with bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz, was published in 1992.

Susan's seventh book is called THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SHORT MEDITATIONS (http://www.shortmeditations.com/). There are audio meditations and visual meditations on her website that are just wonderful. She also hosts a website at http://www.susangregg.com/ which is filled with lots of wonderful information on letting go of the past and creating a life full of joy.

Susan also has a podcast called Food for the Soul and the blog all Toltec Insights, as well as running an e-group where she sends out daily meditations to people and a discussion group called Toltec mastery on Yahoo.com. Busy lady! She invites everyone to visit her website and fill out the form where you, too, can receive daily meditations.

The Writer's Life: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Susan! Tell us, when did your passion for writing begin?

Susan: It's funny when people ask me about writing I often tell him I never thought I'd be a writer. As a matter of fact I used to flunk English in school time, but I remember in third grade writing a short story. I am sure it was probably only a page long.

When I got my paperback the teacher had circled the word quaint and in big red letters said great word. I think that's when my passion to write began.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Susan: A typical writing day depends on what I'm writing. When I'm writing a book I generally start writing early in the morning, write for several hours, have lunch and then take a break for a few hours. If I have an imminent deadline I'll write again in the evening.

Most days I write in the morning. I love sitting at my desk and watching the dawn. If I'm traveling I can spend hours in the airport writing. I seldom go anywhere without my journal. To me words are pure magic.

The Writer's Life: Do you write full time?

Susan: I write all the time but my primary income comes from doing workshops and seminars. My royalties don't really allow me to quit my day job. Yet most of the people in my seminars to come from reading my books.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Susan: My latest book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Short Meditations is, as the title implies, about meditation. It's also about changing the way you think and really improving the quality of your life.

The Writer's Life: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Susan: The publisher's name is Alpha which is a member of the Penguin Group. The complete idiot series is very successful so they have a wonderful distribution system, my editor has been wonderfully supportive and I've generally enjoy the experience. This is the second book I've written for them.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Susan: About a year ago my agent suggested I write a book on short meditations for women. We both thought it would be a great idea and she shopped around to various publishing houses.

I've been teaching people how to meditate for almost 20 years so the book seemed like a natural. Fast forward a few months and the complete idiot's guide asked her for an author for a book on short meditations. She asked me if I'd like to do it and I said yes.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?

Susan: I love writing books but I don't really enjoy promoting books. I've been promoting the books online through my webpages, my podcast and with online chats.I love talking with people about the concepts, enjoy doing radio interviews, and online interviews like this one so I guess I do enjoy promoting the books. I did an online promotion with Amazon.com and it was fairly successful.

The Writer's Life: Do you have a mentor?

Susan: I have many mentors both spiritual and other authors.

The Writer's Life: What future projects do you have in the works?

Susan: I'm currently working on a new book and its working title was 'Everything is Perfect Until We Think Otherwise.'

The Writer's Life: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Susan: If you really want to get published find a good agent. It may take some time to find an agent will represent you but it's well worth the effort.

The Writer's Life: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Susan: I think the most important thing about life is loving - our ability to love is the most important attribute anybody can have.

Monday, July 09, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Jane Green, Author of SECOND CHANCE

The Writer's Life is pleased and privileged to have the honor of interviewing NY Times bestselling author Jane Green, author of nine books: Straight Talking, Mr. Maybe, Jemima J, Bookends, Babyville, To Have and To Hold, The Other Woman, Swapping Lives, Second Chance, and one novella, This Christmas, all of them New York Times bestsellers.
Seven was always my lucky number and it couldn't be more true as this is Jane's seventh stop on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours. What an honor to have Jane in our July lineup!

If you'd like to visit Jane's website, you can visit http://www.janegreen.com/ or if you want to visit her tour page to see where all her stops will take her throughout the month of July, visit http://virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/2007/06/second-chance-virtual-book-tour-07.html.

And now, I give you the talented Jane Green!

The Writer's Life: Jane, it is such a pleasure to have you here. When did your passion for writing begin?

Jane: I was a voracious reader as a child, never happier than when buried in a book, and writing always seemed to come very naturally. I was a journalist first, then turned to novels at twenty seven.
The Writer's Life: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Jane: Laden down with large skim latte, lap top computer, notebook and pen, I huddle away
at a cubby in the library, plug in, and lose myself in the book for around three hours. I always finish at lunchtime, and spend the rest of the day being mummy.
The Writer's Life: Do you write full time?

Jane: I did prior to children. Now as the mother of four it has become a distant memory.
The Writer's Life: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Jane: Second Chance is the story of a group of people who were best friends in high school, and have drifted apart in the years since.

Now, approaching their forties, one of them, Tom, boards the train for New York City as he has done many times before, for a run-of-the-mill business trip. When the train is destroyed in a terrorism attack, he leaves behind him a wife and children, and, scattered across the globe,
four friends whose lives he has touched forever.

In this new book, I explore how loss and grief can make way for a new start in life, and new possibilities. My four heroes have barely spoken to each other since college, but come together one night to remember and celebrate their lost common pal, Tom. And in the weeks and months that follow, Tom himself seems to be setting life-changing events into action.

For Paul, it means a second chance at a family, even though he and his wife are beyond hope. For Saffron, it means a chance to conquer her addictions and really learn how to love. For Olivia, it means a one-night stand with a friend of Tom's that leaves her pregnant with a big decision to make. And for Holly it means another chance to escape her unhappy marriage and meet the dashing man who might be the key to changing it.

From midlife crises, adultery, divorce, infertility and pregnancy, Tom binds them all together, encouraging them to make difficult decisions about living their lives every day. The result is a second chance at happiness for all of the characters, if they are brave enough to take the next step.

The Writer's Life: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?
Jane: First Random House, then Penguin, both of whom are huge publishing houses with a wonderful list of authors.
The Writer's Life: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Jane: This one was inspired firstly by losing a friend in the Tsunami, and then by my marriage
unravelling, and realising that approaching forty is a seminal point, and that the only way to deal with a mid-life crisis is to work through it, and life is really far too short to try and turn a blind eye.
The Writer's Life: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been successful?
Jane: Interviews, radio, television, book tour that incorporates bookstore signings and library readings, online marketing through blogs.
The Writer's Life: Do you have a mentor?
Jane: Yes, but they change at any given time...
The Writer's Life: What future projects do you have in the works?
Jane: I am desperate to turn my hand to a mystery - we'll see if it works out!
The Writer's Life: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?
Jane: Perseverance and resilience. The first person I sent my book to wrote back to say the characters were immature, the situations unrealistic, and the book was, 'frankly unpublishable.' Nine bestsellers later, I would say never let one person's opinion put you off or stop you from
pursuing a passion.
The Writer's Life: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?
Jane: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three foods, two CDs, and one book, what would they be?

Bread, cheese and chocolate.
Anything by Rufus Wainwright or Damien Rice.
The Bible, just because I've never read it and I figure it will keep me
busy for a while.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Judi Moreo, Author of You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power

We have a very special guest today here at The Writer’s Life! I am proud to host Judi Moreo, one of my clients from Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Tours, and author of the bestselling book, You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power(Stephens Press, April 2007)! Wooohooo!

I absolutely adore Judi. I'm not sure how she found us, but she has been such a pleasure to work with. By the way, if you click the banner on the left, it'll take you to her tour page so you can follow along on her virtual book tour for the entire month of July and August! Way cool, huh?

Judi is actually a performance enhancement expert whose unique approach to helping people succeed has made her one of the most sought after keynote speakers in the nation. She is the author of You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion, and
Power
; co-author of Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Success,Conquer the Brain Drain and Ignite the Spark. Her books can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Borders,Amazon.com, and her website at http://www.judimoreo.com/

The Writer's Life: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Judi! Can you tell us when your passion for writing began?

Judi: My passion for writing began as a child. I have written columns for newspapers around the world as well as short stories and self-help articles.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us what your typical 'writing' day is like?

Judi: A typical writing day is 4 to 5 hours and when there's a deadline, it increases to 8 to 10 hours.

The Writer's Life: Do you write full time?

Judi: I speak as a profession. I write as a passion.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Judi: You Are More Than Enough is a self awareness book which is a motivating guide to
success. The book discusses how to recognize and release the fears that are keeping you from finding your purpose, turn your thughts, hopes and ideas into action, motivate yourself to set powerful goals and passionately achieve them.

The Writer's Life: Who published your book and how has your experience with them been?

Judi: You Are More Than Enough was published by Stephens Press. They have been wonderful to work with. The book is a quality product with a self bookmark of blue ribbon with a gold star attached. This was the publisher's doing.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

Judi: As I traveled around the world speaking to groups of 50 to 3000 people, I would ask if
people thought they should be successful by now. More than 3/4 of the audience raised their hands every time.

The Writer's Life: Can you tell us ways you are promoting your book? Have they been
successful?


Judi: Back of the room sales. Presell before a presentation. Word of mouth. All have proven successful.

The Writer's Life: Do you have a mentor?

Judi: Several.

The Writer's Life: What future projects do you have in the works?

Judi: The companion Achievement Journal to "You are More Than Enough".

The Writer's Life: Can you give aspiring authors words of advice towards getting published?

Judi: Write as often as possible. Write every day. Attend Writers Conferences. Show your work to every publisher there.

The Writer's Life: What’s one thing about your life that you think is important, but nobody asks?

Judi: I must know a bunch of snoopy people. Usually they ask more than I want them to know.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Nice Guy Stories Needed

Women -- Need your stories of nice guys. Editor seeking 2,000 - 3,000 word true stories for an anthology. Topic is a nice guy with whom you, a woman, were in a serious relationship. You eventually found he had a dark side as a result of repressed anger and maybe other emotions too. Maybe he cheated on you after years together, acted passive-aggressively, blew up one day or something else? Byline provided if you want it. You don't have to be a professional writer, but use good English. Email and tell me briefly what you want to write on this and I'll provide further information; Rwjwm52@aol.com. Payment: If your story is used, we'll provide you with a free copy of the book, and possibly a bonus payment. Wish we could promise more.

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