Interview with author Christian Ballenger

Book: All Man All Amazing

Q1. Hello, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My name is Christian Ballenger. I am a pastor and worship leader currently residing in Chicago, IL but originally from Detroit, Michigan. My upbringing was shaped by the absence of a father as well as a mother who battled mental illness; this all the while navigating the adverse circumstances presented by inner city living. Truly, it was my faith in Jesus Christ which allowed me to persevere. I started a relationship with Jesus at age 10, after attending a youth choir rehearsal in a small church on the west side of Detroit. It was there where I cultivated a love for music ministry. In 2007, I came to Chicago, where I earned a BA in Mass Communication from Saint Xavier University and entered full-time ministry. My heart is for everyone to have their own personal encounter with Jesus, which led me to pen my first book, “All Man All Amazing,” presenting Jesus as our consummate role model. I am happily married to Heidi and together we have a beautiful son, Marshall, and daughter, Courtney.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘All Man All Amazing’ book?

The key challenge I faced while writing was staying disciplined. Because of my responsibilities as a husband, father and pastor, I took to writing in the very early hours of the morning. In essence, if I did not wake up at 4am, I did not write.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Andy Stanley’s “Irresistible” was actually very influential, with regards to writing style as well as theological presentation. John Ortberg’s “Who Is This Man?” and N.T. Wright’s “The Challenge of Jesus” were foundational to my understanding and appreciation for Jesus, as well as how to intelligently and accessibly convey his glory and humanity.

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I love visiting Lake Michigan. It is beautiful and I have so many memories there; most of them are from my first two years of marriage with my wife.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

There are quite a few things to consider, but not so much that you neglect starting! Having an end goal in mind and a roadmap of how to get there is essential – you will save a lot of time and energy clarifying this at the onset.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘All Man All Amazing’ book?

I was writing and editing for close to a year-and-a-half.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘All Man All Amazing’ book to buy?

“All Man All Amazing” can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Apple Books and many other digital retailers.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘All Man All Amazing’ ?

The title was meant to convey how truly special Jesus is while also identifying him with the everyday man. I wanted the cover to reflect this, making it appealing specifically to male readers but inviting enough for women to want to read.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

If my ideas, impulses and findings are food, and my pen cookware, I try to serve things on the platter of the page while it is hot.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

If you do not know much about Jesus, much of what is written will unveil who he is and what is possible when you decide to follow him.

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Interview with author Françoise Maurer

Book: Breakfast At Jupiter

Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

Hello! I’m a 15 year old girl from Bedfordshire, UK and my aim has always to make my hobby apart of my career and now I’m finally on my way to doing so! At the moment, I’m doing my GCSE’s and have decided to take 4 subjects I’m really interested in; Art, French, Philosophy and History.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Breakfast at Jupiter”?

Well the reason I started writing the first story of ‘Breakfast at Jupiter’ was because I was planning on entering it in to a competition where the theme was space, which is a topic I’ve always been fascinated by. I then realised the website I submitted my story to had disappeared and I’m still confused to this day about that. However, I continued with this idea of three sisters going on adventures and thats how the other three stories came about.

Q3. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

My main hobbies aside from writing would have to be anything to do with music. Writing it, playing it on my piano, writing about it, or even just listening to the charts on the tv every weekend. Apart from music though, I enjoy playing tennis with my parents – which I did a lot in the summer holidays.

Q4. Are you planning to write your next book soon?

I am already writing my second book, and have been for a long time. It’s just a very slow process at the moment. It’ll definitely be a more middle grade/ teen novella type of book. There also won’t be several stories in one like there is with ‘Breakfast at Jupiter’ but I’m thinking that I may perhaps do a sequel, though it’s still too early to tell.

Q5. For which age group your book “Breakfast at Jupiter” is suitable?

It was extremely hard deciding on an age group for ‘Breakfast at jupiter’ since I had to take in to consideration the language, the themes and what me and my friends read at each age. The terminology I used made me think it would suit older children (9-11), but the ideas and characters made me have 6-8 as the official age, although I honestly believe any child from ages 5-12 could read it (or have it read to them) depending on their reading ability and what their interests are.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Good taste is the enemy of creativity” – Pablo Picasso

Q7. What makes your city special?

I live in quite a big town in Bedfordshire, England which isn’t a city but it’s quite close to London. While I’m not sure if there is anything special to me about it and I’d liek to move to London when I’m older, there aren’t many towns or small cities near me that I’d like to live in other than where I live. Some of the buildings are lovely and it has a lot of history to it.

Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

I would recommend trying to find books across all children’s book genres for them to read, and then focus on a few that have really seemed to interest them, whether it be adventure and poetry, or fairytales and non-fiction. Find out whether they like to read out loud, be read to or if they just like reading to themselves in their head.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

To me, literary success is writing and publishing books that are fascinating to you and your audience, whilst also finding a job in the literary work field that you enjoy. For me personally, I’d love to carry on writing books and also work in an area of journalism maybe, plus I’m glad I’ve still got some time ahead of me to fully decide.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

I never really think about who my inspiration is, but I would have to say my parents. Not only have they inspired me in terms of hard work, resilience and creativity, they have also encouraged me to do something I really enjoy and wanted to do, which is writing.

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Interview with author June Dillinger

Book: The Benefits Of The “Ex”: Making Love Visible When Everything Changes

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

June Dillinger is an Inspirational Speaker and Life Facilitator whose gifts lie in her ability to guide others so that they can live abundantly and be happy. Adopt- ed at birth she grew up in La Jolla, California, where she was cherished by her parents, a physical therapist who met her physician father when he was being treated for his paraplegia. Even though that family dissolved, through divorce and remarriage, through birth and life and death, June’s extended and expanded families have enriched her understanding of the dynamics of love.
June has been blessed with the ability to see the true inner beauty of the human spirit, despite outer appearances. June moved to Hawaii and has resided on Oahu for over 30 years. Hosting the television show “It’s All About Love,” has allowed her to interview a multitude of inspiring thought-leaders over the years. As a presenter, she is able to captivate audiences with her unique background and inviting message for all ages. Her uplifting message transcends the static of our digital age and rises over the roar of the crowd. Her topics tug on the heart- strings of the human condition by speaking directly to the emotional well-being of her audience members. Her heartfelt stories and wisdom are grounded in the fact that we must face our own connections with each other, with the divine, and most importantly within ourselves. Self-Love is slowly diminishing in our Western culture and June is on a mission to change that. Her book “The Benefit of the Ex” teaches us how to remember to let go of the past, and that every- thing in life–good and bad– is setting us up for our own comeback story.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Benefits of the “Ex”: Making Love Visible When Everything Changes’ book?

Several things became challenging during the coarse of writing this book. First, the pressure I received from people over the LONG 14 years to hurry up and complete it. I knew there was a message and I also knew it had to be clear in order for people to grow if they were to pick up my book. I waited life out as the book unfolded within me so I could share in a way that would be uncomplicated and useful at the same time. Part of the struggle was having created 3 different manuscripts over time, lead me to blend and create what the book is today and this was no easy task at all.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Self-help books have always been a go to for me. In no particular order a few of my most favorite and impactful, in no particular order…

1. Teach Only Love by Jerry Jampolsky

2. Real Love by Greg Baer
3. The Values Factor by Dr. John Demartini
4. Hard Optimism by Price Pritchett
5. Awareness by Anthony De Mello
6. Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth
7. Way Of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
8. Get Happier & Heathier Now by Ell Graniel
9. Way of Mastery by Jeshua ben Joseph

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

La Jolla, California is my favorite place to visit. I grew up there on Mt. Soledad and have so many childhood memories.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

No. Let the book come to you, the rest will follow as it needs to. Allowing the ideas to flow so what is coming through your exposes itself to be what you are desiring to create.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Benefits of the “Ex”: Making Love Visible When Everything Changes’ book?

14 years

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘The Benefits of the “Ex”: Making Love Visible When Everything Changes’ book to buy?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local books seller and order for you. The ISBN is open.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘The Benefits of the “Ex”: Making Love Visible When Everything Changes’ ?

My former husband handed me a monthly check and I said, “there are so many benefits to an ex” and from there the first half of the title came into creation. He said I could take the idea and book all the way to Oprah!
I also knew a self help book had to have an “ing” creating movement for a reader to grow. Not sure how this would form up, it came one day to me. A friend hopped out of my car and said, “June, you make love visible where ever you go”. I became still with the thought and with time, began to understand that it was just that, making love visible, that was important, especially when everything changes and with that the rest of the book fell into order. It was really miraculous!

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Fresh often means introducing new alternatives of thinking in order for different ways to living occur. The book offers this by way of what one might call exercises. I call them “invitations”, not required but certainly well worth looking at for ones self to grow and change.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Let it rub you the wrong way and be willing to look at it with non-judgment. See that it just is and ask your Self, do you want to continue feeling this or are you open for change. The secret is, if you already have the book in your hands… you are calling it in now. Go for it. It’s your life, go ahead and get into what is really waiting for you!

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Interview with author Ellie Leas

Book: The Adventures of Rhonda Raccoon

Q1. Please Introduce yourself so readers will know you better.

I am a grandmom and love to read to my grandchildren, its so wonderful to have them sit with me while we take adventures through pages of books. I have always loved going to the library and walking through the lanes of shelf after shelf of books. I have always loved reading a good book and wish everyone joy in a great book.

Q2. What was The inspiration behind your book “The Adventures of Rhonda Raccoon.”

I grew up in the country and a mama raccoon was killed and left 3 babies. A neighbor found the babies and took them home to care for them. They put them in a large cage in their basement and fed and cared for them. They were not sure exactly when they would be ready to care for themselves in the wild but found out one day when they came home and they hsd unlocked the cage, opened the basement door and ate all the fish out of their fish tank. I have always been fascinated with how smart raccoons are and I love these little rascals.

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of a children’s book?

When my daughter was little I used to tell her stories about animals and nature at bedtime. When a friend heard the stories I would tell she encouraged me to write them down, I was a single mom so it was years before I wrote them in a story that could be published.

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

I would like to write another book about Rhonda and her friends but at this time I need work on promoting “The Adventures of Rhonda Raccoon.”

Q5. For which age group is your book suitable?

I would say ages 4 to age 10. If there is a parent or grandparent who read to a 4 to 6 year old this is a wonderful adventure for little ones.

Q6. What is my favorite quote?

“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

Q7. What do you like most about your country?

I love how the country changes as you go from state to state, the terrain and the people change. The food changes as you travel coast to coast and south to north. I spent many years working on phones talking to people all over America and hearing their stories. Also the animal world changes as you travel through each state. The way America changes is what helped create my book.

Q8. What suggestions you want to give to parents of little readers regarding reading habit.

I suggest finding books that interest the children and pick a time each week where you can sit down and spend 15 to 20 minutes reading and exploring what interests them. If there is a special subject like, dinosaurs pick books that can teach and also give a great story. Then you can find parks with dinosaurs to visit.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Success would be people reading the book, loving the story and then tell their friends and family about it and they buy the book. Seeing the book on bookshelves for children to pick when they want a magical adventure. Also I would love to sell a million copies,

Q10. Lastly who is your inspiration in life and why?

My grandfather would be my inspiration, he started out with nothing and built a very successful business. He was a very talented stone mason and landscaper. He also was a family man and grew a huge vegetable garden that grew the best tomatoes, I still miss them to this day.

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Interview with author Candice Zee

Book: The Munchkins

Q1. Hello, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hi, I’m Candice Zee. I’m a teacher and early childhood educator and I’ve worked with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and school-age children for over 12 years. Also, I’ve been vegan for over 23 years and I’m a long-time animal and social justice advocate. I love to read and I’ve written most of my life, mostly essays and articles for organization newsletters, and The Munchkins is my debut novel. I’m from Wilkes-Barre, PA and I currently live with my wife Dana and our dog companion Solstice in Cleveland, OH.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Munchkins’ book?

Without a doubt, my key challenge was keeping the word count down. When I wrote the first draft of The Munchkins, I actually wrote the first and second book together. Then I took a look at the word count and it was over 300,000 words! That’s when I decided to split it up into two different books. But just getting the word count down to a reasonable level for the first book was very hard, and I spent countless hours editing. I think editing is much harder than writing because you have to make some tough decisions about cutting material you really like and want to keep, but you can’t save it all.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I read a lot of nonfiction in the social sciences genre, but when it comes to fiction I’ve been a huge fan of horror and thriller novels since I was a teenager. Two of my favorite horror authors are John Saul and Dean Koontz. My favorite author of all-time is probably Stephen King. I’ve read many of his books and short stories, and he’s definitely influenced my style of writing. The Munchkins is filled with elements of suspense, and Big Boss is like a villain straight out of a horror novel.

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I would say anywhere near a large body of water, like a beach by the ocean or a cascading waterfall. I live by Lake Erie and I love to go there and just look out into the waves and the open sky. It’s a good reminder of how vast and majestic the universe is, and that humans are just a tiny part of it. It helps you instantly see the much bigger picture.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Not really. When I wrote The Munchkins, I felt like something was writing through me. I had the words typed out before I could even think of them. I’ve had the idea in my head since I was a kid so I guess in a way I was preparing to write this story my whole life. The only thing to do was open my laptop and start writing it.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Munchkins’ book?

Oh boy, it took me years. I think I started writing it in 2012. At first I wasn’t too serious about it, and was unsure if I’d even publish it, so it was just a little bit here and a little bit there, then a long period of time would pass before I’d go back to it. Once I finally decided I was going to publish it and write a series though, I banged it out rather quickly. I’d go into a zone and spend whole weekends doing nothing but writing, staying up all hours of the night, only coming up for air to eat (and sometimes I’d forget to eat). And remember I originally wrote the first and second books together, so I would have been done a lot sooner if I just wrote the first book. But on the plus side, now the second book is already written, so it shouldn’t take me nearly as long to publish the next one.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘The Munchkins’ book to buy?

The ebook and paperback are available to buy through a number of different sites and stores. There’s Amazon of course, but in addition you can find the ebook on Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and other digital retailers. If you visit books2read.com/themunchkins you will find links to all these stores. You can get the paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, Indiebound and Bookshop.org, and local book stores. You can also go to my website munchkinsbooks.com and find a link to order it there. I also want to encourage readers to sign up for the Munchie email newsletter list at https://www.subscribepage.com/p3s1g5 where you can stay updated on news about the book series and receive perks like book chapters, sneak previews, author Q&As, and book giveaway contests.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘The Munchkins’ ?

When I was a kid, my brother and I would make up our own make-believe stories and play pretend, acting them out. Our favorite one we made up was about kids with magic powers who never grow up and the bad guy who wants their powers named Big Boss, and we called it “Munchkins.” I can’t even remember now how we decided on that name. The idea has been in my head since I was a child though, and I always thought to myself I should turn this story into a book someday, until finally one day I decided to just sit down and write it. I also had a vision for what I wanted the book cover to look like. It was really important to me to feature the Four Musketeers (Capricorn, Allie, Breezy, and Hazy) on the cover, to show how close they are and then also to have light coming off of them to represent their powers. I originally wanted all of the kids on the cover actually, but quickly realized they wouldn’t all fit. Then I also envisioned Big Boss’s silhouette standing in the background as this ominous figure. I love the cover of the book and I think my cover designer, Jeff Brown Graphics, did an amazing job depicting the Four Musketeers and bringing the story to life.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I guess I’ll find out when I start revising and editing the second book. I’ll say this though: The second book is much much darker than the first one. It actually dives more into the YA category than middle-grade because of the very grave subject matter. So expect more of a YA novel for the second book in the series, titled Capricorn’s Journal: My Family’s Fight for Survival.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

There are major limits to the Munch children’s powers. The biggest limit is that once they use a power, they have to wait for a certain period of time before they can use a power again. Their powers work almost like a battery and they have to recharge their energy after using them. This point becomes very important to the plot. Also, pay attention to Allie, a favorite character with readers. She is incredibly witty and has some of the best lines in the book. When things start to get too tense, Allie will make a sarcastic remark and bring instant comic relief.

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Interview with author Sumaiya Matin

Book: The Shayṭān Bride

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

I’m a writer, therapist, and public servant living in Ontario, Canada. I emigrated here when I was about six. My memoir, The Shayṭān Bride, speaks to my migration experience, among other themes. When I am not writing or working, you can find me exploring different towns and cities, trying out different recipes, hiking, or spending time with family.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘The Shayṭān Bride’ book?

One challenge I faced was the “Islamophobic gaze.” I was very aware of the climate of hate crimes, especially toward Muslims. I often couldn’t help but feel the heavy onus of not misrepresenting my faith, ethnic or cultural background. I was overall quite anxious about my writing being misconstrued in some way to perpetuate irrational fears or stereotypes. I had to trust myself to speak about the topics I needed to and from my social location and experience, in a way where I remained as honest as possible, and also mindful of the impact of words. It was an interesting position to be in. Another challenge I faced was my schedule. I was working a full-time job while writing, so I had to find any and every opportunity to write. I had to balance all of my commitments.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Well, I have always appreciated literature about the South Asian diaspora or Muslim experience. When I was younger, if I stumbled across a book with such content, I would feel so excited, as I’d feel seen in some way. I looked forward to books by authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, and Michael Ondaatje. I also read a lot of classical works by Rabindranath Tagore, which was always refreshing. As a literature student in a Canadian university, I often picked up books by Margaret Atwood for analysis – I was drawn to her gothic style. I also appreciated reading thrillers and suspenseful stories, for example, books by Dan Brown. These days I am reading a lot more memoir, and I continue to be drawn to books about Islamic spirituality (Imam Ghazali’s classics, Yasmin Mogahed) and female, Muslim protagonists. These topics, and these authors and their styles have probably influenced me.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I don’t believe I have a specific, special spot in Canada that I like to visit. I generally enjoy stumbling upon small forests or woods that are tucked away in the most unexpected places. I find them so mystical and peaceful.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

It depends. I’ll usually create a really loose outline of the entire book that I’ll use as a reference when starting to write the individual chapters. I like to make my writing area cozy, homely, grounding – once I’ve achieved this, it’s easier for me to begin writing. Once I do, my writing tends to flow and I keep going.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Shayṭān Bride’ book?

For years, I thought about writing it. It took me about three months to write the full first draft that I submitted for editing.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can readers find ‘The Shayṭān Bride’ for purchasebook to buy?

The Shayṭān Bride can be purchased through Amazon, Book Depository (for international orders), Chapters Indigo and independent bookstores (Bookshop, Indie Bound) as well as the publisher’s (Dundurn Press) website.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title of ‘The Shayṭān Bride’?

The amazing design team at Dundurn Press (publisher) used content from the first chapter to guide their selection of the cover image. The actual image is a painting by Rebecca Massey. This painting is an adaptation of the 1781 oil painting “The Nightmare,” created by Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. After the cover image was presented to me, I made some recommendations to customize it more to the story and the protagonist, myself. For example, I asked for the skin tone of the woman in the image to be a little darkened, and for a ta’wiz to be added around her neck. I also asked for changes to the clock face. This process of creating and editing the cover was collaborative and I really appreciated the publisher working with me in this way.
“The Shayṭān Bride” was originally the title of one of the chapters. My editor and I decided to make it the book title as well because it best encapsulated the essence of the story, and on so many levels.
What I love about both the cover and the title is the sense of mystery, intrigue, suspense, evocativeness – and there is opportunity for subjectivity. The image and the title speak different things to different people; it’s hard to put your finger on what they are really trying to communicate. I love that. Readers can revisit the image and title and think about whether their original impressions have changed or not.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I love to read. Constantly reading and processing ideas, including those that are new and different from mine, keep my own thinking and creative processes flowing. I also like to travel, and often ideate and write while I travel. I find that being in new places, and exploring them with a sense of openness and wonderment keeps me engaged with the world, which in turn, inspires me to share my findings with others through writing.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The process of uncovering a secret is probably more interesting than being told one. So, I’ll leave it to readers to determine if there are secrets and what they are

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Interview with author Sierra Clark

Book: Finding Sierra

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

My Name Is Sierra Clark I’m a native yet only second generation, of St. Petersburg Fl Author, Host of HeratsTalk Podcast, Creator of It’s A Heart Thang, Model, Motivational Exhorter, Coach & Mentor, Photographer, Daughter,

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Finding Sierra’ book?

*Choosing purpose over fear, *Doing unto myself as I’ve done unto others. *Breaking my own limited beliefs *Telling myself I can when the feeling of can’t is present,

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

My list of authors are not long, at this point. I’ve probably only ready a total of 5 books from cover to finish. Although I’m excited about increasing that number. Now that I understand my reading challenges. (being dyslexic) I’m excited to USE this as an opportunity to go beyond my discomforts and read more . If you include me listing to an audio book then three’s Chris Gardner, W.E.B Du Bois, N.K. Jemisin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ana Reyes

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

St. Augustine, Pensacola, and Key West. These are three of the 10 places in Florida with Lighthouses. These structures are not only mystical but very important. In the book I call them the traffic lights of the sea. They are reminder that I never have to feel lost at the sea of my own thoughts. My light within will always guide me from the danger. Or guide me safely home, when I’ve lost my way. I’ve became aware of self throughout my interactions. The ability to tap back into my experiences. At the junction of opposing forces light- dark, safety- parallel, calm-chaos navigating myself through life. Which has allowed me to recognize my strengths and choices. Making me the lighthouse of my power.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I’d say no it’s not a lot to do before. My suggestion is be patient, forgive and true to yourself during the process. The key is to JUST start, and don’t stop until you’re finished. My book writing experience was divinely orchestrated. I had been told I should write a book. Yet I had no intentions on doing so. It was the best opportunity I could give myself..

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Finding Sierra’ book?

From start to finish my book journey was 8 months.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Finding Sierra’ book to buy?

It’s currently on Amazon paperback and an E book. Finding Sierra: A Journey to a Better Me, the Only Way Out is In https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09C19363L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_8PC7ZDKXGCHXQ2Y7F513 It can also be purchased on my website https://www.sierraclark.life/products/book-for-an-appointment And found in a local store Gulfport Beach Bazaar (727) 381-8548 https://goo.gl/maps/NnRbR5YA1wxzDgr87

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Finding Sierra’ ?

Its funny that you would ask this question because the final to get to the final book cover was definitely a process I think it was a total of five covers that I went back-and-forth with the first one my publishing company came up with I had a big smile on my face and I didn’t want to deceive the reader to thinking that the book was only about happy moments so I detoured away from it actually for several reasons. The other reason was I was being complacent with myself and I didn’t want to draw direct attention to me as far as the title of the book finding Ciara it almost was elementary because I was truly discovering new parts of me that I did not even know existed and that the revealing of who I was becoming

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I’d say that if you speak authentically bringing clarity and truth together. You can’t go wrong. It always catches the attention of others.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Oh yes they are definitely secrets in the book that are not mentioned in the blurb. I’ll reveal two. You learn the secret to exactly what’s love has to do with it…. In my Tina Turner voice you also discover the secret, to how and why blue isn’t just the color it’s an attitude!

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Interview with author Lisa Pontzious

Book: Brothers Born A Month Apart: A Surrogacy Story


Q1.Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

My name is Lisa Pontzious. I am a cardiac sonographer, meaning I do ultrasounds on the heart. My real job though, is being a mother. I am a mom to two beautiful boys who are four years old. I always knew I wanted to be a mother, it was just one of those things that was a must for me. After eight miscarriages, countless heartbreaks, and hundreds of shots, my dream finally came true, times two! My fiancé and I were doing IVF and had several embryos. We finally decided to turn to a gestational carrier- a surrogate. But I didn’t want to give up on my dream to carry a child to term, so I suggested that I try again and have an embryo transferred to me a month after our surrogate. Month after month I could sense my dreams coming true, until they finally did!

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Brothers Born A Month Apart: A Surrogacy Story”?

While in the surrogacy process, we had to see a psychologist to have any of our questions answered and make sure we were ready for this big adventure. One of the questions that was posed to me was, “When will you tell your son his was carried by a surrogate?” I initially thought I would wait and see, figured it would know when it was time and when he was ready. The psychologist insisted that I tell him when he turned four. When the boys were around 3.5 years old I started hearing her voice saying, “tell them when they’re four….” I scoured the Internet for the perfect book to read and open up the conversation but couldn’t find the right one. So I decided to write my own!

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?

This was never a dream of mine, the book was initially written for the boys and I was not even going to publish it. It wasn’t until the woman I had hired to do the illustrations said that I should get it published as this would help many other people.

Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?

I don’t have any other plans to write another book. I might see how they do with this one and if something else comes up, I would consider it as this was a fun process, but for now, nothing in the works.

Q5. For which age group your books are suitable?

This is a book for young children, ages 4-8.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Mommy told Gavin he was going to be a brother. Gavin smiled. Mommy couldn’t help but smile too.” I love this quote because it really happened and I caught it on video! I was holding Gavin and got my phone out and told him he was going to be a brother the next day. His eyes were closed and he just smiled. It was so precious.

Q7. What do you like the most about your country?

We are so fortunate to live in california where the surrogacy laws are fair for both the intended parents and the gestational carrier. It’s not like the everywhere, so we were thankful that we could use our doctors, local hospital and stay close to home to do this.

Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

Start young! Reading is so important as kids brains develop so rapidly. One minute you think they don’t understand, the next they are reciting the books or the facts you tell them. Kids are so amazing!

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

I think that finding a book that you can read, understand and most of all, enjoy, you have found success. It’s not how thick the book is, or the material that you are reading that makes you a successful reader. It’s just about enjoying what you are reading.

Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?

I am inspired by my boys everyday. I think we can all learn a lot from children: how to see people for who they are and not their skin color, or what they can get from that person. They just love with their whole hearts and have the best energy.

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Interview with author Hassanah White and Jaden Spencer

Book: Did You Roll Your Eyes

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hi My name is Hassanah White and Jaden Spencer. We are the authors of Did You Roll Your Eyes, Obedience and Wisdom God’s Way

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Did You Roll Your Eyes’ book?

I’m so grateful to say that we didn’t face too many challenges when writing this book. It was fun to dive into God’s word and learn what he says about Obedience and Wisdom. If anything, we were learning daily.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I’m (Hassanah) a poet and a big fan of Maya Angelou. Her play on words is art in letter form. Jaden is an artist and takes an interest in the complexity of streetart.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Our favorite spot to visit is the beach. The beach is peace, that’s what makes it so special. Our innovative thoughts are born when around theocean.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

Before writing we must be focused, or we will get lost increativity

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Did You Roll Your Eyes’ book?

It took 9 months for the book to come tolife

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Did You Roll Your Eyes’ book to buy?

At this moment the book is available on Amazon.com and by email atdidyourollyoureyes@gmail.com

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Did You Roll Your Eyes’ ?

Jaden, the illustrator was strategic in making sure the book appealed to the youth. He made sure to add lots of color and a unforgettable image of the character on thefront.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

First, we pray and ask God to help us. Once we have an understanding from God we follow His lead.

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Interview with author Georgia

Book: Sophie And The Shadow

Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

I am Georgia, 25 year’s old and a life-long Londoner.
I’ve always loved writing. I was the type of little kid who wound up writing story ideas on napkins with crayon, or on my arm with permanent marker because inspiration struck when I was out, and I didn’t have a notebook and biro on me.
I fostered this love for reading by attending Bath Spa University, where I graduated with a degree in creative writing, and a completed draft of my first short story – Sophie and the Shadow. Since then, I have started work as an editorial assistant for a series of science journals in London, where I continue to spend my evenings writing stories about fantastical worlds and magical children.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Sophie and the Shadow’ book?

The main challenge of Sophie and the Shadow was the editing. Because picture books are so short, it was really hard to edit, without overworking it and winding up second guessing whatever I wrote. Luckily, I had a few really good friends who were willing to look it over for me, and make sure I took a step back when I started to nit-pick too much.

Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?

Ironically, I was certain that I didn’t want to be a children’s author. I wanted to be a writer, sure, but I had always been more interested in writing the story than figuring out the age range and genre. I wasn’t writing books for children; I was just writing books.

Then one of my Uni courses required us to write a series of children’s books, aimed at different age ranges. To my surprise, I fell in love, and the very first draft of Sophie and the Shadow was born.

Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I absolutely love visiting Oxford. I have friends who live in the area, so I travel there often, and I think that it is just a beautiful city. It is also, coincidently the home of one of my favourite authors, Phillip Pullman who I had the opportunity to meet!

Q5. For which age group your book is suitable?

Sophie and the Shadow is aimed at ages 3-4, but it is suitable for all ages.

Q6. How did you come up with Sophie’s character who doesn’t like her shadow at first?

As a child, I always worried that I didn’t quite fit in. It felt a lot like everyone else had an instruction manual inside their heads, and I never got those instructions. With Sophie and the Shadow, I really wanted to create a real sense of someone who was different, but whose differences were necessarily a bad thing.
At the end of the book, Sophie’s shadow is still shy, and won’t play like the other shadows do. But Sophie and the shadow have come to terms with each other and found a middle ground. Sophie has accepted the limitations of her shadow, and the shadow has become brave enough that they don’t ned to cling to Sophie quite so closely.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Sophie and the Shadow’ book to buy?

My book can be found on Amazon and, of course, The Austin Macauley (publishers) website. It can also be found online on a variety of bookstores, including WHSmith, Blackwells, and Waterstones.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Sophie and the Shadow’?

The first ‘novel’ I ever tried to write I wrote when I was about nine. It was very much cribbed from The Little Mermaid, but the important thing is that I wrote it on holiday, with the help of my younger cousin, Sophie. For about a year after, every time my aunt called, my cousin asked for an update on how the mermaid story was going. (Which I sadly never actually finished writing. Sorry Sophie).
While I’d always loved writing, that was very much what cemented my goal to be a writer and I really wanted to acknowledge that with my first book. So, the title is in many ways a thank you to my cousin, (and an apology for the mermaid story…)

Q9. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?

I know it sounds really obvious, but I would say just let children read what they like, without judgement. Nothing kills a love of reading faster than trying to make a kid read what you consider ‘appropriate’. I mean, obviously, don’t let your toddler read something filled with violence and drugs. But if they want to read above their age, or even under their age because those are the books they love, then let them do it. Forcing them to read certain genres, or certain age ranges because you think those books are more suitable, will only make a child reject reading entirely.

Q10. What does literary success look like to you?

To me, literary success would be my books having a positive impact on someone. Some of my favourite books as a kid are still with me today, even though I have outgrown them. Knowing that my books had the same impact on someone else would be the absolute height of success to me.

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