Wednesday, September 19, 2007

An Interview with Historical Romance Author Hazel Statham

Today's guest at The Writer's Life is Hazel Statham, author of the historical romance novel, DOMINIC.

Hazel lives in Staffordshire, England. She started writing at fifteen and has written on and off ever since. She has always been fascinated by history and writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, although she has been known to occasionally stray into Mediaeval times.

When she was a child, she often told herself stories and this just progressed to committing them to paper to entertain family and friends. However, there have been gaps in her writing years where marriage and employment intervened, but now that she no long works, she is able to return to her first love and devote her time to writing.

She had her first two novels published in 2005.She has been married to her husband Terry since 1969 and they have a grown daughter and beautiful grandson. Apart from reading and writing historical novels, her other ruling passion is animals and until recently, she was treasurer for an organisation that raised money for animal charities.

She currently shares her home with a lovely yellow Labrador named Lucy, who is her constant companion. Lucy is a real sweetie, but it’s not always easy working at the computer with a large Labrador trying to get on your knee!

You can visit her website at http://www.hazel-statham.co.uk/.

Thank you for coming to The Writer's Life, Hazel. When did your passion for writing begin?

I began writing at the age of fifteen. It was a compulsion I couldn't ignore and it has remained so
throughout the years. Even if my work was never published, I would
write.

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

After checking my emails first thing in the morning, I start to write. I write whilst my husband is at work and the house is quiet. Some authors write to music but I like complete silence. If I find my mind wandering away from the theme, I take a break and do something entirely different until the urge to write comes on me again. I write until my husband comes
home. Often, I start to write again later in the evening when I find the words flow easier.

Do you write full time?

More or less, although I have taken a break between completing my last novel and my current work in progress. I'm not tied to a deadline, so my time is my own.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Dominic Blake, Earl of Vale, is a young man of privilege and breeding whose world is turned
upside down by Jack, a beautiful young girl in boys' clothing whom he finds sheltering on his doorstep after fleeing an attack by her brother.

Despite leaving his protection, Jack is once more destined to enter Dominic's life when, injured in a horse race, Dominic is forced to rusticate to his father's estate and again meets Jack in her boyish guise. In turn, she becomes his pupil and his love.

Despite danger and misunderstandings, this is the story of their unconventional and delightful courtship.

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

'Dominic' is published by Wings ePress. I have found them a very professional company who care about their authors.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

My previous book had been very intense and I wanted to write a lighter story so I decided
to write about a younger hero and heroine and this is the story about their unconventional courtship.

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

I don't have much experience with promoting but I have applied for reviews and interviews. Also, I have arranged for my banner and book cover to be shown on many sites. I have also embarked on a virtual book tour. It remains to be seen how successful these methods are.

Do you have a mentor?

No, I work entirely on my own.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I have two more books awaiting publication with Wings - 'My Dearest Friend' available January 2008 and'His Shadowed Heart' available June 2008.

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

Whatever you do, keep writing. Write what you know and love and never lose sight of your goal.

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

People in general are very caring. I have health problems which seems to be their primary concern.

Thank you for coming, Hazel! If you would like a chance to win a copy of DOMINIC, leave a comment below. All winners will be announced at http://www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/ on Sept. 30. Good luck!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How to Create Pre-Buzz for Your Virtual Book Tour by Networking Early

If you are an author embarking on a virtual book tour, here are some helpful hints to get some pre-buzz started before it starts!

Visit www.bookmarketingbuzz.authorsabode.com!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Interview with Spiritual Romance Author Nick Oliva

Our special author guest today is Nick Oliva, author of the book ONLY MOMENTS, a whirlwind life-lesson panorama romance that shows hope through tragedy, happiness through love of the self.

Nick Oliva (O-lee-va’) has been a musician, composer, photographer, an audio engineer, an Entertainment Director and Technical Director for over twenty-five years and is a successful self-made money manager. He has just opened an upscale restaurant for his brother called “Wyatt’s” in Henderson, Nevada. He lives in the mountains outside of Las Vegas.

You can visit his website at http://www.onlymoments.com/.

When did your passion for writing begin, Nick?

I started in grade school writing for the school newspaper. I have always written poetry and songs, but this is my first novel. I have no formal training, but my homeroom nun who had a Master Degree in English, taught me by the stick and did a great job way back then. We had her for three years so her influence on me for English and reading skills was great.

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

I am up at 6 am and keep an eye on the stock market as I trade options to help keep the wolf away from the door and continue to have the flexibility to allow myself the time to write.

Do you write full time?

I own a restaurant in Las Vegas called Wyatt's (as in Wyatt Earp)and my brother is the Chef. Right now I am marketing the restaurant, trying to do an audio book, trying to make a buck in stock market, doing interviews and promoting "Only Moments" and writing the next book. I think that's enough to keep me busy.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

“Only Moments” was originally written within the cyclical theme of Birth, Death, and Rebirth over ten years ago. I focused on the unforgiving world, the false hope of technology and religion, incorporating one’s own search and questioning of the spiritual aspects that provide some measure of meaning, and then tying it into the romance of total devotion of man and wife. Some might call it a fairy tale romance, but there are many “high school” relationships that have survived the test of time, however difficult. These two characters are both heavily flawed but those flaws are what binds and drives them with their deep passion for music.

This journey begins in the year 2020, with a romantic surreal dream and the waking of one sixty-six year-old widower Chris Vadia, a retired professional musician, and his sullen celibate perspective due to his wife dying fifteen years earlier. After establishing the human surroundings of the time period, we flashback to 1970 and we find how he meets the love of his life, while on a wild summer vacation driving through California. A beach in Big Sur is the dramatic background for the beginning of their impassioned romance.

Time then shifts through their college days, marriage, their struggling and successes, parental deaths, their Carnegie Hall debut, and then the crisis of having grown so far apart despite being with each other constantly. Our unforgiving fate, the duality of technology, the commonality of human emotion throughout history, ties into a tale of human devotion that eventually brings understanding and hope.

The road, throughout the novel is representative of one’s life path and sense of curiosity and discovery.

I wrote it because I challenged myself to write a better book than John Grisham. Now, don't misunderstand. That I have a small percentage of his success would be wonderful. I just wanted to write a book that was more meaningful and see if I could get it published.

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

When I chose to get this book in print I chose Publish America. I could have went with I-Universe or a similar type of company and paid up front but I didn't want to go to what I thought was a vanity press. After the papers were signed, I realized all the controversy surrounding the publisher and read many complaints as well as people who had good experiences. I can only say that my covers were designed with my supervision and were my photos and they did a great job putting them together. There were typos and they did clean them up. It is frustrating to deal with them with the email only communication, but they have done what they said they would do. Many of the vociferous attacks on them have come from self-promoting authors who want to put down others to make themselves look better so they propagate threads on their websites and contribute little to the literary world. I think some of the complaints stem from people who have never been published and they want their book to be "perfect" in every way and it doesn't work that way with any publisher. There are always mistakes. I had my manuscript edited twice and proofed twice and there were still typo and formatting errors that occurred. I think that they have published things that probably shouldn't have reached the public, but again they are a POD and in the process of making money they have allowed acts of sloppiness to damage their reputation. I cannot fix their problems, but I wish they would bring their current standards up as their reputation is important to survive in business world. I on the other hand had a good experience, but because of the perceived and actual problems it has been difficult to get reviewed because of the Publish America stigmata. Let's face it, the publishing world has always been an exclusive enclave of "country club" mentality and this new wave of POD's and electronic distribution is a threat to democratize the business and the publishing business has been in trouble for many years. If JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series had been published by them, would the validity of the writing be in question? Does the way something is brought to print affect the quality of the work? I think it is a transition from the old to the new and in the process there is pain, stupidity, and competitiveness that obscures the art for it's own sake. If the stories hold up, and the literary quality is there then it should not matter. I am proud to have a book that I know turns the lights on in a room and hopefully those who read it see things they haven't before. I leave the arguing over the way it is brought to the public to others.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

What started as a documentation of a wild teenage vacation across country and through California at age 16 and changed my life permanently, morphed into an attempt at showing life's bittersweet ride on the road to acceptance that our humanity is all we can embrace regardless of whatever technology we can muster.

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

Dorothy Thompson's Pump Up Your Promotion is set to begin my virtual tour in September. I hired a public relations firm in June to get access to radio and print media. I have held book signings and have sent press releases to the media and sent books to those that I feel could influence my fate to get the word out. It is an uphill struggle.

Do you have a mentor?

No, I do not, but my influential authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse, Henry Miller, Joseph Campbell, Heidegger, Hemingway, and my personal favorite is Dalton Trumbo.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I'm working on an audio book for Only Moments and then I will write a non-fiction book on the my life and details of my near-death experience.

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

Stay positive. Many people will tear into your work to make themselves look good.

Accept reality. Perhaps your book isn't up to snuff. Go back an rewrite and make it clear to your audience and target market.

Don't assume! Never assume that the world needs another book.

How does your book stand out from other books?

Remember this-your finished a novel. 99% of the people who start one don't and rarely does anyone even begin one. You are part of 3 billion people in this world. Do the percentages. One percent of 3 billion is 30 million, one tenth of that is 3 million and one tenth of that is 300,000 and that is roughly how many books get published each year. That means you have 1/100th of a chance to be a part of 300,000 books that are for sale. That's a sobering thought! So don't get your hopes up or your expectations too high. On the other hand, do it for you! That's who counts anyway. You did it, you accomplished an incredible thing. Don't downplay it because you aren't on Oprah, or the movie of the week isn't based on your book. Life is about the little things. Enjoy them and be proud! Smell the roses.

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

I think that my cross-over to the land of the dead, my flatlining and death experience that imitates the book I wrote years earlier is incredible but many people avoid wanting to talk about it. I think their religious beliefs or perhaps their own disbelief of anything metaphysical keeps them from wanting to hear the experience. It is almost as if it is a threat to their perceived "blanket of security" that their faith and/or lifestyle keeps them from being open minded to other possibilities of life after death. It is not just strangers and friends, it extends to my own family. No one wants their applecart upset.

Thank you for coming, Nick! If you would like a chance to win a copy of ONLY MOMENTS, leave a comment below. All winners will be announced at http://www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/ on Sept. 30. Good luck!

Tags: the writer's life, book promotion, book publicity, author interviews, blogging authors, guest blog, guest bloggers, book blog, virtual book tour, online book promotion, Nick Oliva, spiritual romance

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Golden Apple Author of the Year Caridad Pineiro on Virtual Book Tour

Our special guest author today is Caridad Pineiro, author of SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN (Downtown Press 2007)!

Caridad Pineiro is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of writing began in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a novel to be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since. Caridad’s seventeenth novel, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN, is available in September 2007 from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press.

Caridad is also on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion and it's a pleasure to have her here today!

Welcome to The Writer’s Life, Caridad! Can we begin by having you tell us how and why you got into this crazy business of writing books in the first place?

Your book, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN is what you call “women’s fiction with smarts and spice.” I love that description. Why did you come up with this to describe your book? SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN is really a cross-genre book in so many ways, that I felt it needed a unique description. Many are calling it chick lit, but then they are quick to point out that there’s a mystery and more romance than a chick lit. I see this book as a story about friends, mothers and daughters and lovers. Because there is such an emphasis on the relationships aspect, I think of it as women’s fiction, but there is still the humor and sexiness factor that one might find in chick lit.

This is different kind of book for you, isn’t it? You were on tour with us last time with a vampire book and now you’ve got something that is so totally different. Why did you choose to write women’s fiction this go around?

I love my vampire books because they are dark and allow me to explore the tortured and complex backgrounds of the characters. The women’s fiction also lets me explore the characters, but in a much different way because of the setting and because the life problems they are facing are much more realistic than those involving vampires and humans. Because of that, readers will often tell me that they identify with the issues of the Chicas and also, form bonds with those Chicas who they feel are much like them.

I love Downtown Press books. How were you so fortunate to get a contract with them?

We had been shopping around the first Chicas book, SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS, and Simon & Schuster (the parent company of Downtown Press) was one of the publishers who expressed an interest in the book. After speaking to several houses and hearing their pitches, we decided to go with Simon & Schuster.

SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN can be classified as Latina chick lit, too, can’t it?

SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN does feature a number of Latina protagonists, but the issues that the friends face are universal and women everywhere keenly identify with the four friends. In CATCH THEIR MAN, there is also the added pleasure of seeing a forty-something heroine, Virginia Cook – Sylvia’s mom, who is sexy and vital and eventually gets her own happy ending as well.

Do you feel that chick lit is on the decline or are we disguising it with other names such as women’s fiction with attitude as one author dubs the genre? I know the market got flooded with chick lit when the genre came out. Do you still see chick lit on the decline or is there some kind of hope for authors who love to write the genre? What are you hearing from your end?

There is lots of talk about chick lit being on the decline, but I see many many books with all the elements of chick lit and I think there is still a place for humorous and edgy stories about modern women.

Latina books, no matter what genre, are hot right now. Do you feel that there is still room for more or do you feel the market is going to get flooded such as it did with chick lit?

As with any genre, putting too many offerings out there for readers may diminish sales. It’s the basic laws of supply and demand and not just limited to publishing. However, I think that Latino characters have been absent from the mainstream for a long time and that when compared to the number of Latinos in the United States, Latinos are probably still under-represented in the media in general.

Did you find the switch from vampire books to women’s fiction easy for you?

It wasn’t an easy switch because making the move to women’s fiction involved writing a longer book with more depth to the character’s backgrounds, mental motivations and also, secondary characters and plots which I must keep to a minimum in the vampire books because of the length of the line for which I write. I loved the challenge, however, and I feel that taking that time has improve my ability to really explore and expound on the personalities of all my characters.

I understand that SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN is your seventeenth book. How long does it generally take you to complete a first draft of your book and what kind of a year span are we talking from the first time you were published to now?

I was first published in 1999 and my 17th novel was released in September 2007. When I am writing one of my series books, I can generally finish a first draft in about 3 months. The women’s fiction books, because they are longer and require secondary plots and characters, generally take me about 6 to 7 months to write.

Let’s talk about your typical day. Do you have a set time for writing or do you let the muse hit you?

I write almost every day. I say almost because I do take an occasional break every now and then. But usually I write for at least an hour and a half every day during the week (usually during my train commute). On weekends, I do at least 3 to 4 hours of writing each day. If there’s a deadline and I’m behind, I’ll work for even longer as I’m a real stickler for meeting my deadlines.

Do you have special getaways where you go off and do nothing but writing? Can you tell us about it?

My getaways are usually to get away from everything! Actually, once a year I go to the shore so that I can write for several hours each day. I take that vacation to finish any deadlines, get started on new ones and sketch out ideas for new books. I wish I could do that more often, but I still have a full time job and can’t.

If you could live anywhere in the world and do nothing but write, where would that location be?

It would be somewhere along the beach in Southern California . I’ve been there several times and just absolutely love it.

Where would you like to be in ten years as far as your writing goals?

I would like to be writing full-time and be able to release 2 or 3 series books as well as one single title book a year. If I could make one of the bestseller lists, I’d love to do that as well and I’m always striving to improve my craft so that one day that might happen.

I thank you for coming, Caridad. Would you like to tell us how we can pick up a copy of your book, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN?

SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN is available at a number of online bookstores and as an e-book as well. Also check your local B&N, Borders and local bookstores when it hits the shelves on September 11.

Thank you for coming, Caridad! If you would like a chance to win a copy of ONLY MOMENTS, leave a comment below. All winners will be announced at http://www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/ on Sept. 30. Good luck!

Tags: the writer's life, book promotion, book publicity, author interviews, blogging authors, guest blog, guest bloggers, book blog, virtual book tour, online book promotion, Caridad Pineiro, chick lit

Friday, September 07, 2007

Erotic Romance Author CJ Maxx Visits The Writer's Life!

Our special guest author today is CJ Maxx, author of COMING BACK A VIRGIN. He is here to tell us all about his writing life and why he wrote his latest novel. He is also here on a virtual book tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book Promotion and we will be talking a little bit about that, too.

C. J. Maxx has always enjoyed writing, whether in the military writing citations or efficiency reports, in the private sector writing articles for trade journals, or in his personal life writing in newsletters for volunteer organizations. He turned his interest in writing to fiction in 2002. This is his first fantasy erotic romance. C.J. and his wife live in northern Alabama.

You can visit his website at http://www.cjmaxx.com/.

Welcome to The Writer’s Life, CJ! Can we begin by having you tell us how and why you got into this crazy business of writing books in the first place?

I've always been a writer. I've been published three times in trade journals and that's a small thrill, seeing your name as the author of an article. But, writing books is what I wanted to do. I had a long commute to work and had several books mapped out in my head before I retired. Once I got started, it was as enjoyable as I thought it would be, but much more difficult to find someone who thought enough of my work to want to publish it.

Your book, COMING BACK A VIRGIN, is an erotic romance, such as your other book, IN THE ARMS OF A WARRIOR. Why did you choose the erotic romance genre to pen your novels?

I consider IN THE ARMS OF A WARRIOR a highly sensual book rather than an erotic one. The different being the language that used. When I first starting writing I couldn't write a romance scene, much less an erotic romance scene. I originally wrote COMING BACK A VIRGIN as a short story to help me write romance. That's still in there. It helped me but no one was interested in publishing it. When I decided to make it into an erotic romance, people were interested. Three publishers, actually.

Can you tell us what the most challenging thing about writing erotic romance is?

Getting things right from the female perspective. I had three females reading what I was writing, making sure it was correct.

Can you tell us what the most rewarding thing about writing erotic romance is?

It's probably the same as reading it. It's a turn on.

Let’s talk about your typical day. Do you have a set time for writing or do you let the muse hit you?

I'm a morning person and we watch our two granddaughters while their parents work. I have from about four in the morining until around eight-thirty to write. I don't write that whole time but that's what's available. After that the girls show up and, as the oldest one says, "Girls rule." No writing gets done after that.

The characters in your book…can you tell us who they are and describe them briefly?

Lorraine is the female character. She a fictional character that stars in her author's pornographic self-published novels. Of course, she has the ideal body--for males. She's the star of this story, no doubt. Walter, the author, doesn't have much sexual experience outside his vivid imagination. He's kind of nondescript for a romance character. He's pretty much clueless when it comes to the opposite sex, not unlike a lot of males.

What kind of a setting did you choose and why did you choose it?

The story is about Lorraine teaching him to write romance in a meaningful and entertaining manner. Most of it takes place in his condo.

How long did it take for COMING BACK A VIRGIN to be published from the time you signed the contract to the time it was released?

I signed the contract in December, 2006 and it was published in August 1, 2207.

Did you have any input on cover design?

They didn't use what I suggested but I'm very pleased with the cover. The cover artist did good, very good.

How about your title? How did you come up with such a really unique name?

My wife came up with the title. It is good, no one's tried to change it.

I understand that you are on a virtual book tour. Can you tell my readers how that has been for you so far?

It's been busy. I've done quite a few blog interviews and blog posts plus Dorothy's had me set up my own blog for the title. I'm getting exposure that I didn't have before. I'm also looking at my books from a different perspective. That's helps me when I pitch it, it gives me more insight into my writing.

Why did you choose Pump Up Your Book Promotion to represent you instead of doing it yourself?

I love to write and don't like to market. I'm not very good at marketing either. I've learned a lot from working with her.

Do you have any helpful hints you would like to tell those authors who are about to embark on their own virtual book tours?

Set some time aside each day to do these interviews. Think about how you want to present yourself. Be prepared to do some work. It'll pay off.

I thank you for coming, CJ. Would you like to tell us how we can pick up a copy of your book, COMING BACK A VIRGIN?

You can use this URL into Whisky Creek Press-Torrid to buy the book:

https://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=211

If you want to read an excerpt first, you can go to my website: http://www.cjmaxx.net/. Thank you for having me. I enjoyed the visit and the opportunity to reach your readers.

Tags: the writer's life, book promotion, book publicity, author interviews, blogging authors, guest blog, guest bloggers, book blog, virtual book tour, online book promotion, CJ Maxx, erotic romance

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Psychologist Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Visits The Writer's Life!

Our special guest author today is Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, author of THE TRUTH: I’M TEN, I’M SMART AND I KNOW EVERYTHING. She is here on a virtual book tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book Promotion and we will be talking about her book, her life as a published author and her take on virtual book tours.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is the originator of The Enchanted Self. She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey since 1981.

Dr. Holstein believes that no one should be denied hope or a joyful life. Yes, happiness takes work, but no more work than living a life without hope, repeating negative thoughts and habits that lead to a life that feels less than inspiring.
Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on the web at http://www.internetvoicesradio.com/ where she has her e-radio show, Happiness, For Women Only.

Also very popular is her e-radio magazine on http://www.ladybuglive.com/, THE ENCHANTED SELF magazine.

Her newest book, The Truth, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything was released in June 2007 .

You can visit her website at http://www.enchantedself.com/.

Welcome to The Writer’s Life, Barbara! Can we begin by having you tell us how and why you got into this crazy business of writing books in the first place?

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I'm really excited to be here. You ask a wonderful question. Actually, after I was in practice several years I longed to explore adult development, and particularly female development even further--specifically how to overcome obstacles and bring pleasure into one’s life while living a life of meaning and purpose. I did case studies on women not in my practice and began to document certain steps necessary for experiencing one's Enchanted Self. This expression became the trademark of my work, identifying states of happiness and well-being in each woman, unique to her. You see, I had discovered in my case study work that there is a magical capacity within women to reinvent ourselves in positive ways in adulthood even with childhood experiences of internalized negative messages.

How could I not write a book about these findings? The impact of my discovery was so intense that my first book was just waiting to happen. It did, with the help of a wonderful editor and a great academic press. Kathleen O'Malley was my fairy godmother and with her help, THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy was delivered to the world.

Writing my first book in 1996 was hard and arduous but also a great gift to myself. And after that, they just kept coming!

Let me just backtrack a little and say that I knew I had discovered ways to help my clients thrive. These same techniques also worked with the public. Basically I found ways to help people glean what was positive from their pasts, rather than focusing on the negative. I also developed many ways to help people affirm their talents, coping skills, interests, longings, wishes, and even lost potential. That's when it all came together and I realized that I committed to bringing to the world all the techniques and inspiration I had assembed so that others could access their Enchanted Selves. Thus after my first book I wrote RECIPES FOR ENCHANTMENT, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! and then DELIGHT.. These two books have inspirational stories followed by inspirational journal space for the reader. Also I've written a paper, incorporating many of my core principles and techniques, called The Seven Gateways To Happiness. Your readers can download this paper for free by going to http://www.enchantedself.com/. It is available right on the front page of my website.

So, I guess I can't stop! I am a psychologist with a mission and the mission requiring writing. However, I think I am also secretly also a writer-maybe a writer who has been looking for her mission and now found it.

Your book, THE TRUTH: I’M TEN, I’M SMART AND I KNOW EVERYTHING!, is a fictional story but it touches on a theme that is universal. Would you like to explain that theme?

I can best begin to explain the universal theme by asking several questions:
THE TRUTH ... how do we carry the truth from girlhood to adulthood? That priceless ‘truth’ that we all recognize as kids?

THE TRUTH ... how do we carry the truth from girlhood to adulthood? That priceless ‘truth’ th How How do we walk over that bridge into growing up, carrying the Truth? How do we recognize THE TRUTH in our children and help them carry their most precious selves into adulthood?

What if we could pass the gift of our early wisdom and brilliance along to our children, giving them permission to hold on to their most precious jewels?

In my new book, THE TRUTH, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything, the girl who is 10-11 years of age helps us to think about and answer these universal questions. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us cry and laugh and remember ourselves. Behind this very easy read is the psychological message to the women reading THE TRUTH that they can and must recapture the fire and passion of their girlhoods not only for themselves to flourish and be happy, but for the next generation to also have the gifts of good emotional and spiritual health.

Women love the book and so do girls, ages 9-12. Women find it a pure delight-a hot fudge sundae with a secret message inside and no weight gain, while girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood!

Why did you choose to use a diary-like situation to write your book?

Because I wanted a form that would stimulate the reader to fill in her own identity and memories for herself as she read the book. In other words, as she falls in love with 'the girl' she is also touched once again by herself.

Do you see that little girl in all of us?

Absolutely.

What do you think was the most challenging about writing a book such as this?

Perhaps believing in myself as I started it, since it was my first real fiction and such a change in style for me.

What do you think was the most rewarding?

Reading aloud parts of the book to women and discovering that I was 'right' on. They immediately identified with the girl and came up with so many wonderful episodes in their own lives. I could feel the energy and the synchronicity as women as we talked and it was magical.

I understand that you have a television show called “The Enchanted Self Television Series.” Can you tell us what this show is all about and how you got started with a television series?

I was at a conference and another psychologist, Dr. Jean Cirillo invited me on to her television show that she did with Mae Eisenberg. The show was called, Prime Time Life, Uniquely You Now! It aired in Manhattan and I loved being a guest. I went on many times. Eventually Dr. Cirillo left and Mae stayed as my guide and coach. Long story short, I developed my own show as a part of a series of four shows that would rotate each month. I did it for years and just stopped last year. However, I have several of the shows up on my website, www.enchantedself.com I would love for people to watch them! I plan to put more up shortly. On the show I have many guests and also teach lots of my positive psychology concepts, all within a fun setting of an Enchanted World-somewhat like the old Mr. Roger's shows for kids. Just that mine are for grown-ups!

What interesting guests have appeared?

I've had authors and a gourmet chef and Mary Ellen the Angel Lady. (Her show is up on my website). I've had a rabbi, and Thor the Barbarian many times. (One of his shows is up on my website also) Am I wetting your appetite to go and see some of my old shows?

You also have a radio show called “Happiness for Women Only!” Would you like to tell our readers about your show and how they can listen to it?

This is a great radio show, available at http://www.internetvoicesradio.com/ and on my website, http://www.enchantedself.com/ with my podcasts. It is live on Friday's at 2:30PM EDT and then archived. I've done a whole series on happiness for women and girls, focusing on different ages on different shows. I've also had guests, including Rabbi, Dr. Abraham Twerski, an internationally known psychiatrist and rabbi. I have two experts helping me with this show, Ms. Martha Trowbridge, an expert in inspiration for women, and psychologist Dr. Sandra Prince-Embury, an expert in resiliency.

I understand that you are on a virtual book tour a second month for your book, THE TRUTH: I’M TEN, I’M SMART AND I KNOW EVERYTHING! Can you tell us why you chose a virtual book tour to promote your book?

I want so much to get around and what better way than to access the marvels of the computer age? Of course, I am also doing speaking engagements but this is such fun and so state of the art.
Do you have any helpful hints you would like to tell those authors who are about to embark on their own virtual book tours?

Get in touch with Pump Up Your Book Promotion people. They are they best!

I thank you for coming, Dr. Holstein. Would you like to tell us how we can pick up a copy of your book, THE TRUTH: I’M TEN, I’M SMART AND I KNOW EVERYTHING!?

Thank you, you really made me think and share and that is what I wanted. My book is available at a discount on my site, http://www.enchantedself.com/ and of course all the other web sites such as Amazon. Also, you can go into any book store and if they don't have it, they will order it for you.

(Note to reader: Blogger is, for some ungodly reason, not showing up my comments, so if you would like a chance to win one of Dr. Barbara's books, visit her next stop at http://www.mybestfriendsstory.blogspot.com/ and comment there. I am so sorry for the inconvenience. On September 30, we will announce the winners at http://www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/.)

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Young Adult Science Fiction Author Dwayne G. Anderson Visits The Writer's Life!

Our special guest author today is Dwayne G. Anderson, author of the young adult science fiction novel, PARTIALLY HUMAN!

Dwayne Gerald Anderson was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on September 23rd, 1982. Raised in Naicam, he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 16, and as a result, found his life changed in a new direction. His experiences with being different and trying to make an impact on the world has given him the inspiration to communicate his deepest thoughts and concerns through written works.

Dwayne's first book "Alien Conflict" was published in 2002, dealing with the issue of world peace and that it can be realized. Inspired by the events of 9/11, Dwayne wrote this book to help others understand that there are ways to solve our conflicts without violence.

His second book, Hellfire Apocalypse, published in 2004, dealt with the issue of survival of the fittest, with an unlikely hero as protagonist, and how he saves his world from disaster.

His third book, Partially Human, deals with issues that are very real to many teens and young adults in society and being different. His experiences with Asperger Syndrome gave him the inspiration to write his most ambitious work so far.

Dwayne's official website where his works can be viewed or purchased is located at http://www.geocities.com/andersondwayne/dwaynegand.html.

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

My earliest experience in creative writing was in an early grade in school where I was given a
special assignment that no one else was given. While everyone else was to write a creative story of their own, I was given a story with missing details that I filled in using my imagination. Who would have thought that this would determine my future path in life.

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

I use a word-processor called Roughdraft to write the first draft. This can take weeks or even months depending on the length. I write whatever I think of. Once it's done, I combine everything into a single manuscript on Microsoft Works. Then I spend some time editing and proofreading the work until it shines to my satisfaction.

Do you write full time?

No, writing is a hobby of mine, one that I see as fulfilling as a job I love to do.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Partially Human is a story about the power of true friendship and love while dealing with issues
that everyday youths and adults face in society. Each of the major characters face at least one of their own issues and deals with them in their own way.

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

Infinity Publishing was my publisher this time around. My experience has been very satisfying for they have been with me every step of the way. The process was quick and simple, their contract was easy to understand, and allows me to keep all my rights.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

My experiences with Asperger Syndrome gave me the inspiration to write my most ambitious
work so far. All my life, I've been teased for being different from others. It got worse after I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as my brother started cracking jokes about me, and my family wouldn't leave me alone and let me live my own life. Basically, I suffered persecution and
discrimination simply because of everyone's ignorance and prejudice, just like the main protagonist of this new book.

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

I've been interviewed by my local paper, advertising in newsletters, purchased copies of my book and sold them in dad's store, sent out a few copies for review, got the book listed on several sites, joined a book club, posted on forums, and even put up my own website. Some of these
have had varying results, though I'm still waiting for the results of others.

What future projects do you have in the works?

I have one book that is soon ready for publication, another one being edited and proofread, and four more after that. Two of my future works are sequels to "Alien Conflict" and "Hellfire Apocalypse", two romances, another general fiction, and a medieval fantasy which I think will be my finest work.

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

Do your research. There are things to look for in choosing a publisher. Find one that is affordable, offers excellent service, book returns to stores if you want it stocked on store shelves, good royalties, non-exclusive contracts, and some aspects of distributation. But no matter which publisher you use, you are responsible for promoting your work.

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

There are just so many to choose from, I can't decide.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Stem Cell Research Author Yvonne Perry Visits The Writer's Life!

Our special guest author today is Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER: WINNING THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS WARS OVER STEM CELL RESEARCH IN AMERICA!

Author Yvonne Perry writes about topics that inspire excellence and uplift the spirit. Her style is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them move
past what she calls “Sunday School mentality.” She is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics. Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that challenges political and religious opinions about research using in-vitro stem cells and gives an accurate picture of current therapies resulting from all types of stem cell research. You may blog with the author at http://www.right2recover.net/. The book will be available in online bookstores as well as retail bookstores on October 1.

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

I have loved to read and write since I was a child. When I was a senior in high school I had a
creative writing teacher who believed in me. That set the flame of passion for writing which has only increased throughout the years.

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

I do a lot of networking so that means tons of emails following up with people who have contacted me. I spend time blogging with other writers, participating in writer co-op discussions, gathering material for my monthly newsletter, posting on my blogs, and interviewing guests for my podcast. I also write and edit for clients, maintain my Web site, write articles for free article directories and stay abreast of stem cell research and legislation. Plus I spend time marketing my book everyday.

Do you write full time?

Yes, I am the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services—a team of full-time freelance ghostwriters and editors located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

The information in Yvonne’s book Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars
over Stem Cell Research in America
was derived from intensive research, personal interviews,emails and other correspondence with national and international medical doctors, research scientists, religious leaders and elected officials as well as stories from patients, who hope to transform their lives through stem cell implants.

The book contains well-researched facts about all types of stem cell (bone marrow, amniotic and cord blood) treatments presently being used and their restorative effects. It also explores the research being done using stem cells derived from in vitro fertilized eggs on laboratory
animals and presents findings to support its curative potential on humans.

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

Nightengale Press is my publisher. Valerie Connelly has been absolutely wonderful to work with. She and I have networked on several projects since my signing on with Nightengale.

Can you tell us the inspiration behind your book?

I have two friends who have spinal cord injuries, a friend with Parkinson's and several family members with diabetes. I believe a cure for these and other illnesses and conditions may come forth from stem cell research. The opposition to the research is very illogical if you truly understand the science behind it. I want to help change the mindset by offering an education
to those who are willing to receive it.

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

I have hired a publicist to put together my book launch event. We plan an educational forum-type book signing with food and live music in October. I have a blog that gives a lot of information about the book and I've listed the blog with search engines. I've written several press releases and have radio interviews arranged. There are people asking me everyday when the book will be ready. This tells me that there is an interest in the book and that it will do well on the market.

Do you have a mentor?

I have several people that I look to as examples. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Penny Sansevieri, Valerie Connelly, Suzanne Lieurance and many others who are successful writers, publishers and marketers.

What future projects do you have in the works?

As a speaker, I will be doing educational talks and book signings for Right to Recover. I'm also continuing to write and edit for clients and manage my team of writers and editors.

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

Know the publishing industry. Get as much information about publishing as you possibly can and then decide how you will publish. This is why I created my podcast. So many people ask for assistance, I became a go-to person to assist my clients and fellow writers/authors with
understanding their options.

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

My spiritual guidance and intuition drives my success and keeps me anchored. Maybe people don't ask about it because the topic is personal and most people do not easily talk about such things.

Thank you for a wonderful interview, Yvonne! Don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky commentor during Yvonne's virtual book tour will be tossed in the hat to win one of her books! If you'd like to find out where Yvonne will be next, visit her virtual book tour page by clicking here!

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