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New Release! Find Your Happy, A Self Love Kids Book by Patricia May

Endorsed by New York Best selling author Anita Moorjani, this book, Find Your Happy, A Self Love Kids Book, offers tools needed to create a more pleasant daily experience. Full of fun and easy affirmations, self esteem practices, fun projects and techniques kids and adults really love. Great for teachers, parents, and coaches. Perfect for kids 4-12
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Within the pages of this book, you will find fun and simple daily exercises and practices to help create your physical, emotional and spiritual balance. When these three things work together in harmony, you feel more spiritually connected, physiclly stronger and emotionally happier. Practice these daily to help provide the tools you need to be the happiest you, you can be!

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Elijah & Isaiah Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Our mom (LaDonna Smith- author of the award winning children’s book “The Money Tree”) is a children’s book author and she is our biggest influence. Our mom helped us publish our book Pick Me, Pick Me! through her publishing company, Follow Your Dreams Publishing.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Pick Me, Pick Me! is our first book. Cree is our favorite character because we used ourselves as the inspiration for his character.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part about being a kid author is being able to go to schools to read our book and talk to other kids. Kids are usually inspired to start their own businesses after they meet us and it makes us feel good that we are inspiring other kids to do something good for themselves.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I would tell other kid authors to follow their dreams and not give up. Once your book is finally done you will be proud of all of your hard work.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Sometimes we write a story together and other times we do what our mom calls tag team writing. With tag team writing, one of us will start writing the story and wherever we stop we tag the other in and he continues writing until our story is done.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes. When our mom published her first book a few years ago we decided we wanted to follow in her footsteps and be authors too.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

We would want to talk to our grandmother (our moms mother). She passed away when were only 1 and 2 years old so we never really got to know her.

 

To find out more about the Smith brothers, find them on Facebook:

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Sandi Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I have followed two wonderful authors – Maeve Binchy and Fannie Flagg.

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Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Well, for my children’s books I would have to say A.R. Achnid is my favorite character. A.R. was the reason I started to write, and his character was so much fun. He thought he was human, and wanted to do everything with his human friend, Harold. Even though people thought of him as a scary spider, he didn’t let that get him down. He just went along with his life, enjoying all of his adventures.

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Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

I have been very lucky, and have not had any difficulties with any scenes I have written. My new novel that I am working on now, though, I am having a little bit of trouble getting past one particular scene. It is a little dark, and I am not sure in what direction I want to take the story.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

I have found that finishing a story, especially a novel, is so rewarding. So much time and energy is invested in the writing of the story, and when it finally is finished and comes together to form the feelings you wanted to express, it is a tremendously gratifying experience.

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Well, I am basically just starting out myself, but I would advise anyone who is starting out to believe in what you are writing. In the beginning, when I wrote something, I was always looking for approval from a family member or a friend. One day when someone told me they didn’t care for my book, my husband told me that there are going to be people who love the book and people who don’t care for it at all, but that doesn’t mean that it is a bad story. Believe in yourself is the advice my husband gave me, and continues to give me, so I would pass that on to anyone starting out.

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Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I do not. The words come to me, and I sit down and start typing away. The whole process for me has been very simple. The only ritual I would say I have is making sure I have cookies available for when I am awake and typing at night. They are soothing to the soul.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. I used to write in high school, but never gave it too much thought after that. Actually, I always wanted to be an opera singer, but, occasionally, I always found myself writing poems or short stories.

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If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother, who has been gone for quite a few years now. We didn’t have a great relationship, and I would really love to sit and chat with her, getting to know her as a person. I believe, because of our volatile relationship, that I may have missed out on a wonderful friendship with a wonderful person. That breaks my heart.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

This is from one of my children’s books, Sarah Bella’s Gift of Gold:

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When Sarah Bella was a very young girl,

(let’s say, probably about six years old),

her parents gave her a small ball of yarn,

that they said was a “gift of gold”.

Sarah Bella was then told by her parents,

“A life of adventure is waiting ahead.

Wrap your favorite things in this ball of yarn,

and when you sleep, keep it close by your bed.”

They told Sarah Bella that when she grew old,

in her ball of yarn would be memories so dear.

There would be times and places to remember,

from all of her adventures throughout the years.

The following is from my first novel, Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God:

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Andrew was gone, and Marianne should have been buried with him. There were two deaths on that day, but only one soul was taken. The other was left to slowly decay in the shell of a lonely woman.

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With K.J. Blocker

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Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so who?

PL Travers . Whimsical, yet straightforward

A good mixture of fantasy, with a slight twist of reality .

Cs Lewis, bold but not over to top storyteller I love his children’s work Great fantasy with a moral compass .

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Out of all the characters you’ve written who is your favorite? Why?

 Wow ! there’s so many great stand out characters in this book, so hard to choose just one, but I love the somewhat addled mine manager, Dusty. He’s got this really cool old-school thinking chair he can’t figure nothing without it , And he  has a signature ball close by just in case The conversation gets boring, Dusty is loyal to Pappy, unless the right offer comes along, as he’s very easy to sway . Sometimes it’s hard for Dusty to make up his mind. As the last person’s opinion he hears is the one he is most likely to go with ..I just love his child like attitude. After all …there’s a little dust in all of us

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Are there any type of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why?

For me it would be the scenes where Tom wants to believe so much that his father is dead, that he lies to both his wife and son as either wife or son have never met toms father I really do believe Tom wants his father to be alive but there’s so much pain and disappointment . He buried his father at age 18 .

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

To bring to life what was once only in your imagination .

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What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

If you’re an Indy writer, ideas don’t come cheap,or easy,. I’m not trying to scare you there’s just a ton of competition, and only so many buyers, for your genre .. So be different , be bold be creative, do something different to stand out, Be prepared to spend $$$ . You’re the producer . You call the shots .. But calling the shots costs ..You’ll get tired, at times feel abandon all alone . You’ll get to a point where characters make no sense, but you go on anyway, you will hear them say good luck you got a 1 million to one chance ,but if you keep going in due time ,it will become clear Cause if you feel down deep in your soul that you’re called to write . …No force, people or finances will be able to stop you . Only you. Will stop you, Because when it comes from your soul. . You won’t be able to let it go….

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please, explain.

I block out time, usually at night I guess you’d call it block writing . But the truth of the matter is an idea can come at anytime… So always keep the pen and paper handy .

Was being an author something you always wanted to be?

No. I thought I was gonna be a DJ . When I was a kid, I love music, and I though  that way I could meet The artist I love to listen to .

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If you could have a conversation with any one person alive or dead who would it be and why?

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Superfan Pinocchio.. And the lesson it taught me as a child about honesty. Just want to thank him for that work . And the impact it had on my life .


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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Margaret Segal

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Margaret Segal, Author of “The Adventures of Harry the Inside-Outside Cat”
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Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Even though my writing isn’t remotely like his, I’ve always been inspired by William Shakespeare. His massive writing skill, and the sheer volume of what he’s created, are mind-boggling. His grasp on the vicissitudes of human nature and behavior, which comes through so well in the dialogue of his plays, is amazing. Perhaps because I enjoy writing about real life – the good, the evil, the pain and joy, the ugliness and the beauty – his writing sings to me.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

My favorite character is Harry the Cat, who isn’t completely my “creation”, because he is a real, live cat. He never fails to entertain me with his unique and sweet personality.

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What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Seeing your work in print, and hearing from readers that they really enjoyed your writing and/or were positively affected, touched, or moved by it.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Take your time, and try not to push yourself too hard. But at the same time, find a way to keep yourself motivated, but don’t drive yourself crazy over it. Writing, like, medicine or meteorology, isn’t an exact science, and it moves at its own pace sometimes. Try to go with it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I work writing into my everyday life, so I don’t really have what you’d call a specific “ritual”. But I DO need silence in order to write.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not always, but it has come to the fore in recent years. Personal and family health challenges were a huge part of my life for many years – only now that those challenges have been overcome has writing become more a part of my life.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My mother. I would share with her the thoughts unsaid before her passing.

Where can readers go to find out about you and your books?

My website: http://www.harrytheinsideoutsidecat.com

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Renato Rizzuti

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

I like to think that no one author was a direct influence on my work in that my style is uniquely my own. However, there have been authors that inspired me to write. The great masters like William Shakespeare are a true inspiration. Fringe authors like Samuel Beckett are also an inspiration.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

I will answer that question like when an actor is asked to name their favourite role they played. A common actor response to that question is, “The next one!” I say the same in that the next character that I write will be my favorite. As a side note, I have grown to really like Toddy the Tomcat because he is indeed a “cool cat” that “dreams of rat flavored ice cream.” Toddy is my pet character!

 

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

From a technical point of view, I would say that I do not find any scenes difficult to write. From an emotional point of view, I would say that emotional charged scenes are the most taxing on me. I mean scenes like deep love poetry or scenes where a character is experiencing emotional upheaval. My emotional investment pays off in one sense in that those scenes can be emotionally cathartic and therapeutic.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Shakespeare’s King Lear said, “Nothing comes from nothing.” As a writer, you are in essence, creating something out of nothing. It is the act of creativity that is so rewarding in its self. It fulfills a deep desire to create, to make something out of nothing. It is a basic human artistic need. Being able to constantly fulfill that need is the most rewarding part of being an author. Of course, it is also rewarding when other people like your work!

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Be constantly writing! Be constantly submitting your work! Be constantly trying to get published! Never give up your quest! Never get discouraged by “rejection!” Rejection is only a reflection of one person’s or one committee’s opinion of your work! There is somebody out there to illuminate your creation! Believe in yourself!

Constantly try new genres of writing. Constantly be reading different genres of writing. Keep growing as a person! An interesting person makes for an interesting writer!

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Yes, I do. Rituals are very important in daily life. Whenever we have to do something important we either engage in a formal ritual or an informal ritual. Of course writing is very important in my life therefore, I have a writing ritual. My writing ritual has changed over the years due to different factors such a pre-computer writing ritual and post computer writing ritual. I will explain my present day writing ritual.

First of all, I schedule my “writing time” for days when I will have a large chunk of time to write. I give my pet rooster the morning off and like to wake up naturally on a writing day! Early morning is my ideal time to write when my brain in still in a “alpha wave” state! It is also the quietest time of day in my household. I turn on the computer and get my coffee and glass of ice water. I go through “ordinary” things like checking email first. Then I refer to my writing “notes” whether they be written down or swirling around in my head. I then go into the physical and mental part of writing. I usually “edit” as I am writing. I can easily spend hours writing, pausing only for short breaks for coffee refills! I then let my writing “simmer” for hours or overnight just like cooking a great tomato sauce! Then, back at it another day!

 

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes, it was! I have been always been fascinated with words. Even at a pre-school age I used to speak to my “imaginary friend” in a language that I invented! It was perfectly normal for me at the time!

As I went to school, I became in love with reading! I studied English literature at university and became a Drama and English teacher. Of course, I had to do my own writing! Some of us could “teach and do” contrary to the old cliché about teachers! I am a published author now and fulfilled a long standing desire to be an author!

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

It would definitely have to be William Shakespeare! I am sure we would have a long and fascinating conversation! I would want to ask him all sorts of literary questions and also ask him for literary advice. Since Shakespeare was also an actor and I am also an actor, we could discuss acting at great lengths. I would love to hear his witticisms and “jokes!” It would be a rollicking good time!

 

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Yes, I will leave you with a poem from my children’s book: “Toddy the Tomcat and Other Tales.” It is the title poem: “Toddy the Tomcat.” The book is available from amazon.ca in many international languages and also as an audiobook from audible.com. My video about the book and my reading of the poem can be viewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONLSjALskAs

Thank you for an enjoyable interview! You asked excellent questions!

Toddy the Tomcat

Toddy the tomcat
Ate a big, fat rat
He had nine lives
And many wives
He was a proud father
But he did not bother
To stay home and play
With the kittens all day
When it became night
He would disappear from sight
Toddy liked to roam
Far from his home
In search of female cats
And big, fat rats
To keep him frisky and content
On a night well spent
Toddy was so happy
When he’d take a nappy
And he would pleasantly dream
Of rat flavoured ice cream

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In the Words of an Author: An Interview with Nicole Russin-McFarland

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

As a newbie filmmaker, my primary focus is to write material that I can later turn into animated work once I am more established. If anything, nobody influences me. My influence is creating stories that treat young people as the intelligent adults they are. Children have brains. They deserve good storytelling, less artificiality on the way things are presented to them, and a lot more jokes.

And yes, answering the most common question, my very own big bad wolf penned his memoirs long before some Leonardo DiCaprio movie came out called The Wolf of Wall Street. My story is a lot cooler and funnier for younger audiences! Sorry, Mr. Scorsese!

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Aladdin Todd Jackson, the title character in my book The Big Bad Wolf Strikes It Rich! Fairy Tale Wall Street Memoirs, is really relatable. He isn’t perfect. Animated movies and children’s literature right now is about these fantasy, cutesy characters. We don’t have anyone with a real life profession. Aladdin has been poor and rich. He knows what it’s like to struggle, but he relates to being disrespected because he is rich – which many stories don’t talk about either. Regardless of his wealth, his richness is never part of the story. His personality is really vibrant and out there. He is nice and moody. Aladdin loves making money on Wall Street, soy milk, friendship because he’s been lonesome, and living at his Ritz-Carlton hotel condo in lower Manhattan.

He doesn’t eat pork and was wrongly accused of triple homicide with the three little pigs’ murder at the start of the book. We get to see how he ends up changing around his incorrectly bad reputation smeared by the pigs onto a real career path. He starts out not knowing how to make do with how skilled he is with money and makes a career out of it. And, he’s really silly! The book is like a children’s ridiculous take on those old 80’s Donald Trump money saving books all of America bought then. Aladdin is sweet though, unlike Mr. Trump, and his quirks make him a lovable friend to all at the end.

 

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

A lot of what I write is based on my own reality or something I have witnessed in someone else’s reality, good or bad. Everything gets changed a lot to where you don’t know what I am talking about. Some of the things that happen to Aladdin in the story are real. I once had a guy where I just gave him my cell phone number, and he called me a minute later in front of me. Of course, this got written into Aladdin’s story!

Aladdin is a lot like me in some aspects, despite our clear differences like how I am not a stockbroker. Someone might think with Aladdin the big bad wolf’s situation he should be out partying at clubs and being a total snob, yet all he cares about is where he can find a good slice of pizza or doing something stupid with a fellow group of immature people. He could hang out in his office, or he could go through time into 1800’s Manhattan and meet a green witch. Aladdin isn’t entirely me. He is a true New Yorker, therefore, he has really rude remarks and blurts out all kinds of things you shouldn’t say. He almost got fried by a laser beam for asking someone her age!

The Evil Queen in the Snow White portion of the story is, unlike me, from Europe, yet like me, complains about everything. Can you believe she ordered a huntsman to go after someone because the diner waitress brought mustard instead of ketchup? How dare they!? Looking back, I hope to expand upon some of these characters the day I get the film version of The Big Bad Wolf Strikes It Rich! going. They are all so unique and human-like. Every one of them has good and bad. The Evil Queen is based on me during my worst moments.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Authors have copyright legal protection you don’t get with a screenplay. Of course, anyone can always steal elements of your work. Stealing your work at large, down to detail, as many people have had happen? You can really take someone to court for doing that if you have a pre-existing novel and audiobook out.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

First, know that if you are of the female gender, your chances of being rejected by a major publishing house are leaps higher. You can find an article I read online somewhere how a girl submitted her fake book everywhere as male and female aliases. The fake male author received responses almost right away; the female fake pen name received rejections or was ignored.

Secondly, be like a businessperson. Know your legal rights and financial rights with a contract. Everyone thinks they should not speak their minds. Authors are willing to give up everything to see their book on a shelf somewhere. With most sales being online, few if any books ever make it to the marketplace.

Point three, know that New York Times bestselling books are misleading. To get on that list, you have to be with a specific publishing house, selling your book in a small number of bookshops. You can really skew the results. Have your boyfriend come and buy all the books with his friends in these shops, and you’re a “bestselling author!” Congratulations! The real bestselling label comes from sales. Sell a million dollars worth of books, and you have real bragging rights.

Final point I can think of, most major book publishers pay you an advance because they take most of your royalties. I know a guy earning $20 per month from his popular book because he took an advance. Please, know your financial rights. Your art is worth something. You’re better off renegotiating with that big publishing house, finding a smaller place, or going solo.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

My brain functions primarily via other artistic formats. Paraphrasing an awfully corny music meme I saw the other day, writing is not my forte, music is! I’m an amazing composer and was always good at flute and stuff like that. And, I think I’m going to be a pretty good movie director, particularly once I get to the point where I have a big animation house with animators doing all the work in my head one person cannot pull off. As a writer? Well, oh, perhaps a SCREENWRITER, where things are direct to the point. Writing an actual literary work, in which one needs to be descriptive of everything and not so much what’s going on in front of the camera or animated world? Wow, a struggle for me! My only solution was imagining myself talking it out verbatim, as one might hear real conversations. How might a sleazy stockbroker wolf who’s actually really sweet at times write his book? Like this. Exactly, like this! The real conversational flow one might hear from the mouth of an actual New Yorker, someone born and raised there, who now works on Wall Street.

 

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Are you kidding?!?! No way! I felt so bad this one day at school. I was in second grade, paying full attention to a local children’s book author from Chicago in our school cafeteria. She came in to tell us what being a big time author is like. Because I was paying attention – and I always did, always do to people who deserve respect – she called me out in front of everyone. “That girl over there in the pink jogging suit? She looks like she’s going to be a writer when she grows up! She’s paying attention. And wearing glasses!” I sat silently. The very nice writer said: “Whoops. I think I embarrassed her!”

I hated glasses before that. This, being called out as looking like a writer, made me despise them. I began breaking my glasses all the time. Who wanted to look like a writer? I felt like shouting, “WRITER?!?! Me!??!?! I want to be like….!!!!! Marilyn Monroe, her, or those old movie stars! Making movies and writing them, and, ohhhhh!!!!” Because I thought Marilyn Monroe and all the old film stars got to wear sexy makeup and glamorous retro dresses but were writing and directing the movies. I didn’t know what being a movie director was called. I also wanted to be like Madonna in the “Human Nature” music video, slithering around in a latex catsuit for a music video, or Janet Jackson, dancing and looking so carefree as she sang.

Writers weren’t glamorous!

When I got to meet Jackie Collins when she went to Chicago, and I interviewed her, I told her this story. She was like, “What?!” And, “Writers do lead lonesome lives…I don’t get to meet people when I’m writing. I stay inside or write by the pool.” I did clarify to her, “No, this was me when I was SEVEN YEARS OLD. I don’t feel this way now! And you’re so pretty. You are not my seven year old idea of what a writer looks like.”

So number one off that, we need to teach kids, being a writer doesn’t equal ugly. And wearing glasses can be cool. I’d love to see media portray intelligence as attractive. But yeah, my honest first impressions of being an author were not good. The nice author coming to my school being so frumpy didn’t help. Again, I was seven. I’m a lot more feminist minded today and don’t judge women by appearance anymore as an adult; please understand this. 😉

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Wow, I would love to meet Peter Jackson! I imagine taking him to Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills, which is probably close to his house. First, because I’ve been professionally bothering Thomas Keller the chef who owns all the Bouchon’s since I was 20. I’m the biggest fan, definitely of him, Wolfgang Puck, and Emeril Lagasse because I dream of having healthy food products that taste good and their staffers are so amazing. So get that out of the way. After I tell Mr. Peter Jackson of how awesome the tomato soup combo is and we go all foodie on everything on the menu, I would talk to him about his Lord of the Rings trilogy and ask him questions about his amazing cartoon he did with Steven Spielberg called The Adventures of Tintin. Quite possibly the most lifelike cartoon I’ve ever seen. He seems really shy but entertaining to chat with. We could talk about his house in New Zealand. All kinds of stuff. How he sold his apartment to Taylor Swift. I mean, it’s his conversation. I’m really Mr. Jackson’s guest, therefore, having to do whatever he wants. I wish he would do more animated movies. Mr. Jackson set the bar really high for film trilogies. What I love about him is he left it there. No “Lord of the Rings Go to Malibu and Strike Back” situations. A good story needs to be left as is.

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An Inside Look At Author Zena Xenae

About the Author!

(In her own words)

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I write both Adult Novels and Children’s stories. I am the owner of Glamma LLC books and publishing. All my books can be purchased at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.com, My published tittles are Cruel Awakening and Tyler the Wonderkid. My upcoming tittles are Inside Out, Chemo Curls and Pink Awakening My Breast Cancer Journey. I can be followed on instagram @cruelawakening and on facebook “cruel awakening the book” I am a survivor.

INTERVIEW

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

E.L James. She inspired me to write even though I thought I had missed my opportunity. She showed me that it was never to late to pursue a dream.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

My Adult novels thus far have all been based on life events. The characters are real, but I am looking forward to putting my creative juices together and come with a character that my readers will love. However for now I would say Sessie from Cruel Awakening is my favorite character she was my best friend; she died before the book was released. I love that I am able to have her continue to live through my writings.

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

In Cruel Awakening the scene where I have to try and save my children from being abused and trying to shield them as they escaped was the most difficult. I cried through every letter I typed and it was so painful that i put off completing the book for like 15 years because i couldn’t bring myself to complete the chapter.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Holding your book in your hand after it comes from the publisher. The most rewarding part was hearing from other women who were victims of abuse and them telling me my story helped them and made them feel that they were not alone, and that I inspired them to tell their story.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Don’t ever give up on yourself and don’t be discouraged.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I love to listen to Caribbean music or the sound ocean waves when I’m writing.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

I’m not sure if I wanted to be an author but I’ve known since I was a young child that I loved telling stories. As I child I would write stories then read them to my family. When I went away to summer camp in 6th grade, every night all the girl would come to our bunk to hear me tell them stories it was like I was the television.

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Tyler Perry, I would love to know how he gets so much writing done. He is a creative genius when it comes to writing and storytelling.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

“You can’t have me, Angelo. You lose. You can’t control me. I will escape this madness, let God be my witness. You don’t deserve me. I’m taking all my love back. You can’t do what you want. You can’t hurt me, and you can’t try and tear me down because you are not man enough inside. I have a good heart. I am a good a woman. I have loved you an immeasurable amount. There is no weighted average here. It was all real but what do you do?– From “Cruel Awakening”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRUEL AWAKENING

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SYNOPSIS

Cruel Awakening is one woman’s story of abuse, based on actual events set in Baltimore MD in the early 80’s. It starts off as a love story between Angelo and Zikiyah, after the birth of their first child things take a turn for the worse. It gives a truthful look inside a real domestic situation. the physical abuse, substance abuse, infidelities, and a whole turmoil of mixed in drama. Promises to shed light on the domestic violence question of “Why do they stay?” or “Why do they leave?” a page turner, a jaw dropper with very intense love scenes , not for the faint of heart. ends in a very dramatic manner. It will make you laugh, make you cry, make you angry! Intended for mature audiences.

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TYLER THE WONDERKID: SHARK ADVENTURE

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SYNOPSIS

Tyler and his Grandpa takes their secret invention with them to the beach. When Tyler and his friends go surfing, they find that they are in for a shark filled adventure. Full of surprises!

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