Saturday, July 21, 2018

My Interview With Margaret Etcher Theriault



What is your name and/or pen name? 

My pen name is Margaret Etcher Theriault

What genre do you write? 

I write memoir inspirational books. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

I started writing to get a handle on issues that I was experiencing and I find healing in writing as an outlet in dealing with issues.

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole? 

I have come to appreciate other authors as I can learn from the experiences of other authors.

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

I am not sure. I tend to like to write my own thoughts. 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

I self published my second book on my Adoption story. In my second book I have gone into detail about my Adoption story and on the challenges I faced with issues known primarily to Adoptees.

I give insights on Identity, Grief, Anger and the need to fit in my new family. I talk about how necessary for parents to help Adoptees to talk about their Adoption openly.

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

My book has been out by paperback and eBook for a year now. 

Is this your first book? 

This is my second book. 

Are you planning to write more? 

I am writing about my friend Millie who came back into my life after 35 years and her struggle with cancer. 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

Yes make an outline and do a story at a time before putting together your book. Edit right away as you write.

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 

Adoption the Truth Comes Out on amazon


Facebook My page is Author Adoption the Truth Comes Out. 

Thank you so much for sharing with us Margaret. Over the last couple of years I have met a lot of authors who write as a form of therapy. I find it wonderful, that just like you they want to share their experiences to the world. 
If you would like to check out Margaret’s book make sure to use the link above.
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My Interview with Kandi J Wyatt



What is your name and/or pen name?

Kandi J Wyatt 

What genre do you write?

Fantasy and Biblical Retellings 

What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve viewed myself as a writer since high school when my sister and I would take Friday nights and write stories. However, as I grew older and gained more responsibilities, writing went away. I focused on other hobbies, until around 2006 when an idea came, and I wrote it down. To my surprise, it ended up being novel length. I didn’t write any more until 2009 when inspiration hit me, and I wrote the Dragon Courage series. After that, I participated in several National Novel Writing Months, and in 2015 Dragon’s Future and the rest of the Dragon Courage series was accepted by a small hybrid press. 

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole?

I love the writing community. The majority of them are very encouraging. Indie authors in particular are the best. They realize there isn’t a huge publishing house behind them, and so they band together to help each other out. In particular Clean Indie Reads and Realm Makers Consortium are the best group of collaborative authors. I can’t say enough about either of the two. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future?

I work with Fellowship of Fantasy in their Indie Book Club. The club is open to any reader who loves clean fantasy. We have a free ebook each month that we read and discuss together. There’s a monthly party where readers meet the author of the month and at the end are introduced to the next month’s author. It’s lots of fun and a ton of interaction between authors and readers.

Just since April, I’ve joined Realm Makers, a group designed specifically for Christian writers of speculative fiction—whether fantasy or sci-fi. I am part of my first critique group, as well as an online sprint chat group, and have joined in on the conversations on their facebook page. 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published.

I have nine books that have been published—seven strictly fantasy, and two Biblical retellings. The Dragon Courage series is a world where dragons and humans live in peace with each other—for the most part—and dragon riders, like everyone else, must find their purpose. Each book in the series deals with a different coming of age scenario. Journey from Skioria tells the tale of a young girl who’s washed ashore and must find her way back to human civilization. It’s a middle grade story. My Biblical retellings so far have taken a Bible story and retold it in a different setting and time period. The One Who Sees Me sets an Old Testament story into the medieval ages, while To Save a Race tells a different Old Testament account in a steampunk setting.

In September, An Unexpected Adventure will be released. When four eighth graders discover a dragon’s egg, they must choose between protecting their treasure from the NSA or protecting their town from a growing dragon! The story takes place on the rural Southern Oregon Coast. I’m currently in the editing phase and can’t wait for this story to be released. 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both?

All of my books are available in eBook, paperback, and the first three of the Dragon Courage series are available in audio format as well. My goal is to have the books available in as many formats as possible—even to the point of having Dragon’s Future translated into Spanish. 

Is this your first book?

An Unexpected Adventure will be my tenth book published since 2015. 

Are you planning to write more?

Oh, yes! (As I rub my hands together and chuckle with glee.) An Unexpected Adventure is book one of a trilogy, Myth Coast Adventures. After that, I have a Biblical retelling trilogy that will be based during Biblical times but will tell the story from a different point of view. I hope to dive back into the lands of Dragon Courage with a trilogy called Tales of the Carr. When all of those ideas run out, my husband asked his famous two words, “What if..?” That has given me a new world to explore. I’m not sure if it’ll be purely fantasy or a mix of science fiction and fantasy. Either way, there’ll be a ton of stories to tell in it. I’ll be able to traverse its history and meet many more new characters. 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book?

Keep trying! No, you didn’t hear me. I said, Keep writing—no matter what. Find your why and stick with it. Why do you write? If you don’t have that, then when those rejection letters come, it’ll stop you cold in your tracks. And they’ll come. Your stories aren’t for everyone. Find your niche and write to them.

Find a group to help support you. Being an author is much more than just writing. It’s social media, editing, proofreading, cover art, formatting, and marketing, and doing it all over again. If you’re going to make it, it’ll take years for your name to get out there, and you’ll need to write again and again. That takes persistence and a base you can draw on for those tough times, or when you don’t know where to find the help you need. Clean Indie Reads and Realm Makers have become that for me. Be willing to give back into the community once you’ve learned. Share your ideas with others.

Don’t hold your ideas too closely, and yet, be willing to defend what you know is right for your story. Editing can be brutal. Your hard work is taken and given new words and sometimes you’re asked to rewrite whole sections. If you have a good editor, they’ll want what’s best for your story; accept their ideas with grace. However, only you know what will make your story yours. Only twice have I fought against an editor. Once was with the wording for dragon rider in Dragon’s Heir. The other was just recently with An Unexpected Adventure. I knew my setting and shook my head at the suggestions. I was able to step back, sleep on it, and then face the suggestions with grace the next morning and give a bit more details to help explain the setting.

Have fun! Being an author is work, but allow it to be fun as well. Enjoy meeting your readers, the writing process, and the interaction with other authors. 

Where can my readers find your book and how can they follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public.

You can interact with me on the following sites. I’m not as active on twitter any more, but I do check it every so often. The rest of the sites are updated regularly.


     Learn about my books, follow my blog, and interact with the various worlds.


     I share info about books, cross-post fun memes and videos, and share recipes.


This site usually just has links to my blog, but occasionally I’ll share other content that I’ve found online if it gives me an option to share to google plus.



Follow boards for my stories and see what I’m thinking about writing as I link articles related to my research as I write and as I brainstorm.



     Find all my books here, and sign up to receive an email when new books release.



Thank you so much Kandi for this informative and detailed interview. I now feel a connection with you and your husband because I constantly ask myself what if, and why not, questions when I am writing. 
Kandi has a large selection of books and I hope everyone will take the time to look them over and buy one to read.

As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone

G. D. Talbot


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My Interview With Anita Burkett


What is your name and/or pen name? 

My name is Anita Burkett. I started out with a pen name-Jada Elise Mitchell. I later saw the need to add my name. 

What genre do you write? 

I write religious non-fiction stories about events in my life. So far, I have written about grief and art. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

Actually, I never intended to be a writer or to write about my ‘personal business.’ Jesus laid it on my heart on a Sunday night at church to write about events mentioned in the first book. With each book I thought it was the last. 

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole? 

I am proud to be a part of it but there are many book subjects that are a world away from mine. Some I embrace and some I don’t. I love how some people will encourage you and give you much needed and helpful information. I have learned a lot but still have more to learn. Many others are the total opposite or somewhere in between.  I am thankful for the Christian writing group I am in which publishes on their site called MCWA. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

I don’t plan on writing with any other authors but it’s whatever Jesus leads me to do. 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

My first book is called Mike and Me. It’s a guide to caring for the grieving and sensitivity training for the non-grieving. I felt led to write about the hurtful things that people say when they are trying to comfort you after a loss. My pastor suggested I write the things to say. I added them and the good times, blessings, and my paintings.

My second book is called After Mike and Me-A ‘Post Grief’ Journal-From Mourning to Joy. This writing has pictures and paintings. It is comical and heartwarming. I go forward in my journey but pause to reflect on my past.

My third book is called Art: A Book of My Paintings. It has over 50 paintings and tells about what Jesus has done for me. 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

All my books are both in print and in eBook form. Two are free in Kindle Unlimited. 

Is this your first book? 

No. I have three books. Mike and Me, After Mike and Me, and Art: A Book of My Paintings. 

Are you planning to write more? 

Yes, I am writing a book now which is a collection of short stories of life events but with various topics. 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

I would like to tell new writers to not give up, write what you are passionate about. Sadly, don’t expect all family and friends to support you. 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 

All my books are available on Amazon or contact your local bookstore.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Anita. I also feel that God has led me to write and I continue to do so, not really knowing where it will all end up.
I hope everyone will check out Anita's books or follow her on social media from the links above.

As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Monday, July 16, 2018

My Review of, Jesus Christ True Leader and Perfect Gentleman


1 star - For writing and publishing.
1 star - For book cover.
½ star - Interior Formatting.
½ star - For Intro.
½ star - Book as a whole. 

As with all my reviews, I always give 1 star for simply writing and publishing a book. Usually I only give ½ stars for covers, because I always find some kind of formatting problem. But I really liked this one. It’s simple and eye catching at the same time. The only thing I would change is the placement of the author’s name on the front, but that isn’t enough for me to give less than a star. The interior formatting has some little problems here and there, but not enough to take away from reading the book for me. But as I have stated on other reviews, one or more formatting problems is a half star, and I will not go into details over them. 

This book is full of information on Jesus, stories and people in the bible, and people in modern times. Unfortunately just like most books that are more about teaching the reader, rather than entertaining them. The book comes off dry, slow moving, and doesn’t seem to flow well in some places. So for that I could only give ½ stars for the intro and the book as a whole. 

I would recommend anyone and everyone to read this book, it’s informative and educational but I would suggest doing two things before reading it. One, don’t binge read it like I did. Set aside time where you can read a little at a time. I wish I had done that and spaced out my reading to let the information sink in. Also, I think this book would do great with Christian book clubs. Doing one part a week and then having discussions before moving onto the next section.
3 ½ stars out of 5
If you would like to buy a copy of this book for yourself Click Here

As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone 
G. D. Talbot

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Interview with Ignatius Fernandez


01) What is your name/or pen name?

Ignatius Fernandez. No pen name.

02) What genre do you write?

Mostly spirituality and religion. Also, relationships, parenting and corporate
            governance.

03) What made you to be a writer?

When I was in a job, my colleagues and bosses commended my style of writing. When I retired I tried my hand at writing with modest success. Now, I write full-time, hoping that readers will reflect and initiate change.

04) How do you feel about the writing community, as a whole?

The number of writers is staggering. The output is prodigious. The genres are expanding. But the quality one associated with writers of old is missing in some way, although plots are intriguing. There is a compulsion to get published at any cost, leading to a proliferation of self-publishers, vanity publishers and the like. We need more traditional publishers who will screen writing to let better content in. The high-brow attitude of literary agents and big traditional publishers is discouraging. I hope all in the business realize that publishing is a partnership between authors and publishers. They need each other.

05) Have you or will you be writing to collaborate with other authors in the future?

So far I have not. In future I prefer not to.

06) Tell us about your book, and if it is upcoming or already published.

So far, I have published eight books. I have completed my ninth and tenth books. The last published book is: JESUS CHRIST, TRUE LEADER AND PERFECT GENTLEMAN. I have received some rave reviews. It is on sale. Instead of taking up space, I am giving you the link to my website www.ignatiusfernandez.com that has information on my books, the latest in particular and some information on me.

07) Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback or both?

My eighth book is available as eBook, paperback and hard cover. The audio book will be out in a few months.

08) Is this your first book?

As stated, I have published eight books.

09) Are you planning to write more?

As stated, my ninth and tenth book is ready. I am scouting for publishers.

10) Is there anything you would to say to other writers that want to write and publish a 
      book?

Yes. Be yourself. Try not to copy other writers, because they are famous. The reader wishes to read you. Try not to impress, but express yourself. Have a purpose in what you write. In your diction be simple, direct and easily understood.

11) Where can readers find your book and how can they follow you on social media?

My last book is available in book stores and online. Amazon retails the book as do some of the popular sites.
The links to my social media connections are given below:

Thanks Ignatius, I really enjoyed your responses. Especially about other writers being themselves. I have seen a lot of writers trying to copy what others have done, and then come out completely disliking their finished work.

I hope everyone will check out Ignatius's books and give them a try. 
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone.
G. D. Talbot

Thursday, July 12, 2018

This Pencil Deserves to be Treated Better


 


I found this pencil on one of my daily walks. Maybe it was accidentally dropped. More likely it was left on the ground. I only say that because of the overwhelming litter this year at my favorite places to walk. When I saw this pencil on the ground, I had to pick it up and keep it. For me as a writer, this pencil is one third of the equation to create something out of nothing. That if I combine this pencil with pad and my huge imagination that God has blessed me with. I can create entire worlds and universes that do not exist in reality.
For just like the pen, this pencil is mightier than any weapon made by man. But it can also be more, for it can comfort, inspire, and energize, with the right hand using it. This pencil deserves to be treated better than left on the ground to rot. It deserves to be wielded and used for its mechanical purposes, and was in fact used to write the rough draft for this post. 😊

I hope this post has inspired and helped some of you to get your creative juices flowing.
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Interview with Brandi Collier



What is your name and/or pen name? 

Yes, Brandi Collier is my newly married name, but I thought of using a pen name in the future. For writing projects outside of my genre, I have a lot of ideas. 

What genre do you write? 

I do Christian Fiction with a little mystery and suspense. 

What made you want to be a writer? 

I love creating stories and characters. I did it as a kid, just escaped to a fantasy world in order to avoid personal pain. And started out with poetry and it took off from there. 

How do you feel about the writing community as a whole? 

I think the indie community needs to be more respected and given more opportunities for movies, television series, and stage plays. It is a score of undiscovered authors that could change and elevate the writing community. 

Have you or will you be willing to collaborate with other authors in the future? 

Honestly, I have not giving to much thought since I am new to the industry. But I also have so many heroes in the writing community I could not just choose one to work with. 

Tell us about your book and if it’s upcoming or already published. 

My book No! I’m just protected, is already out on the market since March 13, 2018 

Is your book or upcoming book an eBook, paperback, or both? 

I did both formats for the tech savvy and for the old school paperback lover. 

Is this your first book?

Yes, this is my first book but my second release. I released it a few years ago and made huge mistakes. I had to take it off the market, learn from my mistakes, then have the courage to do it again. I would not give up on myself because I knew where I want to be. 

Are you planning to write more? 

Yes, I do have two more books that are due to be released in the Fall of this year and Spring of 2019. They are books two and three in my new series. 

Is there anything you would say to other writers, that want to write and publish a book? 

They laugh at you, keep writing. They make fun of you or think you are strange, keep writing.

They tell you it won’t work, keep writing. Because who you are is in between the pages you created. Not the prison society or other people’s opinions try to place you. The definitions of society and needing to fit in, does not mesh well with being a good writer/author. 

Where can my readers find your book and how they can follow you on social media? Leave only links that you want open to the public. 


Thank you Brandi for sharing with us, and after reading your interview, I think we may have been cut from the same writing cloth. I too agree that no matter what people say negatively to you, KEEP WRITING.
I hope everyone will check out Brandi's book and,
As Always, Happy Reading and Writing Everyone
G. D. Talbot