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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Interview with Historical Fiction Author, Zev Bagel

This morning we learned 3 interesting facts about Zev:
Now let's dig deeper...
Welcome and thank you for your time, Zev.



Who are some of your favorite authors?
           
Ann Patchett
Mordechai Richler
Jane Urquhart
Scott Fitzgerald
Charles Dickens
Michael Chabon
Laurence Durrell
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
           
Reading Charles Dickens from the age of ten. But I didn’t start writing fiction for another fifty years!

What 3 words describe you as a person?
           
Patient, persevering, dependable

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
           
Curious, creative, focussed

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
           
Doing cryptic crosswords, running a film club, having fun with my wife, cooking, travelling.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
           
Maybe, Alice in Wonderland. It led me into a word of magic and fantasy.

Describe your desk.
           
You don’t want to see it! It’s covered with papers, pens, a coffee cup, a photo of my wife (somewhere), and extends to the floor.

Who is the main character in your current release?
           
Bernie Waxman
What’s his story?
           
He’s coming up to his 75th birthday and reviewing his life. He’s also being investigated for fraud. This is not only bad news for him, but his elder daughter, who is tipped to become Prime Minister.

Where/when does the story take place?
           
Mostly in the present in London, England. There are flashbacks to Bernie’s life as a child and young man, as well as stories of his family members going back to the early part of the 20th century, and through the First and Second World Wars.

How did the story come to you?
           
An elderly uncle of mine once confided in me that my grandfather had invented the whistling kettle. There appeared to be no basis of truth in this, but it stuck with me.

Who is your target audience?
           
Adults who enjoy an entertaining story about something they can personally connect with. In reading excerpts to various writing groups and in public readings, everyone has expressed delight and intrigue.

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
           
The closest book like this could be Barney’s Version, by Mordecai Richler. Bernie Waxman has his own quite unique voice that I believe people will warm to – even though he’s not that easy to like.

What do your fans mean to you?
           
They are a real motivator. Getting feedback from them is food for the soul.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
           
A word, an idea, a story in the newspaper. My next book to be published by MIU (Secrets) came to me while waiting for my wife outside a store, thinking “what if someone kidnapped her?”

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
           
With very word, every story, every book you write, you get better at it. So keep writing.


Thank you for joining us today, Zev.

For more information about Zev Bagel, and his books, please visit HERE.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Interview with Larriane Wills

We have the pleasure today of sitting down and talking with multi-published author,
Larriane Wills.


Who are some of your favorite authors?
             
Really so many for many genres from science fiction to westerns and nearly everything in-between.

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
           
Always a story teller, from as long as I can remember. I told them to myself as a child, making my mother believe I had an imaginary friend. I didn’t, however, turn to writing anything down until my earlier twenties. Then I fooled around making excuses to not submit anything until my 50s. Boy, should I have started sooner.

What 3 words describe you as a person?
           
Quiet, fair, patient

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
           
Never quite finished.

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
           
Reading, watching movies, knitting, second hand shopping.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
           
I don’t remember the first, but I remember many from grade school. I always read ahead of my grade level, visited the school library often, and never left without an armload of books.

Describe your desk.
           
Messy, but after seeing that picture passing around in emails of how the desks of creative peoples’ look, I’m not going to worry about neatness.

Who is the main character?
             
Jim Liberty, some would say. Anna others.

What’s his story?
           
Hard to say for either without creating a spoiler.

Where/when does the story take place?
           
Late 1800’s in a ranching area newly opened up for homesteading.

How did the story come to you?
           
Darned if I know. Sometimes I know what starts a ‘why if’ scenario going off in my head. Sometimes I don’t. In Dogs Dance, if I saw or read or heard something that started it off, I don’t remember what it was.

Who is your target audience?
           
Everyone from youth to oldsters, male and female who enjoy a story. Not only males enjoy a good western, and not only females enjoy a bit of a romance. I could name one of the very top western writers who sneaked a lot of romance into his stories.

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
           
The characters and a story line that isn’t as predictable as most.

What do your fans mean to you?
           
Love them, wish I had more, but even without them the stories would keep coming. Fans, hearing from them boast you up, and maybe make your head swell a little.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
           
Everywhere, anywhere. Never know when a spark will set off.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
           
Write, write, read, read, and don’t be afraid to submit. Rejections may hurt, but you’ll never know the thrill of holding that first publication in your hands if you don’t take that first step. Just be sure to check out the publisher before you sign any contract. As much as I hate to say it, there are too many out there who will take advantage of those inexperienced and too anxious for that first release. 

Thank you, Larriane, for visiting with us today. For a complete listing of Larriane's books and info, please visit: LARION/LARRIANE WILLS
 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Musings: Comparisons, why or why not

Hello, Sunday.


I realize some of you are gearing up for the start of a new week, but in Canada it's a long weekend. Either way enjoy your day and make it a fun one.

One of the things about marketing ourselves is knowing who are stories fit in with...are you a King-type writer or a Rowling-type or maybe a L'Amour-type. Like the definition of genres, this type-comparison helps keep track of where we might find our audience...you.

Problem is when we get it wrong or the reader or reviewer thinks we've gotten it wrong. However, because it is important from our end I've asked the musers:


Who would you compare yourself to...why or why not?



I don't know if my writing is comparable to any other writer's. However, I feel an affinity with anyone who came to writing in their later years, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her first novel at the age of 65. She is, of course, famous for writing 'The Little House on the Prairie' series. I was younger than Laura Ingalls Wilder when my first novel, 'Daffodil and the Thin Place' was published by Muse it Up Publishing in 2014, but writing has become my passion quite late in life. I'd like to think that just like Wilder, I have at least twelve more novels inside me!



MJ LABEFF, New Mainstream author

Since I was a little girl I have always loved books. One of my fondest memories of grade school was our annual book fair. I could hardly fall asleep the night before in anticipation of perusing so many paperbacks. My mom was a voracious reader and always gave me plenty of cash to buy several titles. It was wonderful. What’s fascinating to me is: those books l scooped up at the book fair- mystery, paranormal and celebrity biographies like the Shaun Cassidy Scrapbook- are genres I read today! My admiration for authors runs deep. As a debut suspense/thriller author my writing continues to grow and someday I hope to write characters as memorable as those of Nora Roberts, heart pounding page turners with masterful plotting like Lisa Gardner, sweet and sensual encounters between my hero and heroine similar to Allison Brennan, and spine tingling tales where suspense lurks at every corner and a reader must devour the book in one sitting- I bow down to the Queen of Suspense the great Mary Higgins Clark. But, alas, I am me, MJ LaBeff the one and only just like there will never be another Roberts, Gardner, Brennan or Clark. I can’t ever imagine being able to compare myself to any of these elite, well-written, gripping authors, but I’m working on it, I mean writing on it. I’m certain I’d meet my maker if a reviewer wrote: “LaBeff is being compared to…”



Honestly, I try not to compare myself to anyone. I am who I am. Now, I’m not saying I haven’t compared myself to the current NYBT selling authors. I have. What writer doesn’t compare themselves to those who’ve already made it to the top of the heap?

The why is easy, because you want to get up there yourself. You ask yourself how they got there, what they did to accomplish what you are still working on. We look for the how-to books to read and whatever else those authors are doing or have done to get to where they are. To follow their example.

However, I prefer the why not…why I don’t compare to others. Because I am who I am. I’m an individual and I like who I have become. No, it wasn’t easy, but it is mine. So I’ll compare myself to myself. It’s a challenge. Out do myself daily. I’m a better person then I was the day before.





Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.


If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at MuseChrisChat@gmail.com