Interview with author Charlotte Sun

Book: Journey of 8: New Beginnings

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

My name is Charlotte Sun, a mother of three daughters and entrepreneur. I began my journey through community outreach and started my event planning business Jade Earth Events. We began hosting open mics , poetry events, and community events.

Q2. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing a book?

I discovered that whatever your mind is set to do that you can achieve anything. I manifested that I was going to write this book in 8 weeks and published. I ended up finishing in 6 weeks and published the book 2 weeks later.

Q3. What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from the Bible “Death and Life are the Power in the Tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” Proverbs 18:21

Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

I enjoy giving back to the community as well cooking and baking. I love all of these hobbies but baking has been a passion of mines. I started a online bakery specializing brownies called Veez Decadent Brownies.

Q5. Please tell the readers something about your book “Journey of 8: New Beginnings”?

The book is about how life goes through seasons such as despair, disappointments, love, faith, and all the emotions that happen through your life phases.

Q6. Are you from a literary background?

I have been writing poetry and short stories since I was a teenager. I began to enter several poetry contests and from then on wrote for my high school news paper.

Q7. When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I began to realize by reading inspirational poetry books that I wanted to be an author. I also, read inspirational stories of authors that influenced me. It was always in my spirit to write and touch people.

Q8. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see a fruitful life through the Journey of 8 poetry book, a national motivational speaking, and a becoming an owner of poetry cafe’. I want to touch people all over the world through my inspirational poetry.

Q9. Are you planning to publish next book soon?

Yes, the plan is to release the new book in Jan 2022

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

I would say everyday people who have testimonies of how they prevailed in life. These people are the most inspiring because they give you hope and help you through a your life phases.

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Interview with author Rick Outzen

Book: Blood In The Water

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

I’ve owned and published an alt-weekly newspaper, Inweekly, in Pensacola, Florida, since July 1, 1999. I’ve won awards for investigative reporting over the years, covering sensational murder cases, corruption, civil rights and the BP oil spill. I’ve been fortunate to be profiled by The New York Times and have been featured on Dateline NBC and the Investigation Discovery channel. I love Tito’s and soda, dive bars and swapping tales.

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

Carving time out for writing was the biggest challenge. Most of the writing was done early in the morning or late at night. I also had to take an event that actually took place, a jail explosion, and add fictional layers that would attract a reader. Researching the Ku Klux Klan and Dixie Mafia took time and deep dives into historical archives to pin down.

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

I attended Ole Miss when John Grisham was in law school there and got to know his younger brother, Jimmy. “A Time to Kill” had a significant impact on me because I could picture the people and places in the book. Fellow Floridan Carl Hiaasen’s zany characters and storylines also impacted me. I wanted to do for Northwest Florida what he accomplished for Miami and the Keys. Another influential author is the late Dick Francis, whose books were brilliantly written in first person.

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

I enjoy New Orleans—its food, music, history and people. And it’s only a three-hour drive from Pensacola. There’s nothing better than jogging through the French Quarter on a foggy morning and stopping for coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde.

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

I’m not much for outlines, maybe because of my journalism background. I figure out how I want my characters to grow and develop in the book and what will be the primary catalyst that will bring about change in their lives. I only have a general idea of how I want it to end. Meanwhile, I’m constantly jotting down bits of dialogue I hear on the streets and in bars and stories that people share.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘City Of Grudges’ book?

A lifetime. No, it started as a series of short stories I wrote for my blog ten years ago. Friends suggested I write a book based on them. The first draft took six months. Editing and rewrites took another nine.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find your books to buy?

Amazon is the best platform to find my books.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the cover and the title of your books?

“City of Grudges” started as simply “Grudges,” but my publisher, SelectBooks, thankfully pushed for something better. He also came up with the cover. I started with “Blood in the Water” for the second book, and it stuck. I probably should have spent more time on that title since I didn’t realize how many other authors have used it. A lesson learned.

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

My protagonist, Walker Holmes, is so imperfect that he is always throwing himself into new situations. Plus, Pensacola has a rich history that provides plenty of fodder for storytelling.

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

Walker Holmes will never get the girl. Big Boy will.

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Interview with author Lisa Olmstead

Book: Stinky Binky

Q1. All, please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.

Hi, I’m Lisa Olmstead. I’m a mother of four wonderful children, wife to Steve Olmstead for 34 years & Grandmaw to six amazing Grandbabies. I reside in Shawboro NC.

I’m Korey Olmstead, I am a stay at home mom of 2 and reside in Coinjock, NC with my amazing husband.

I’m Nicole Diaz, I am a mom of 2 wonderful children and reside in Elizabeth City, NC with my loving husband.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Stinky Binky”?

Korey’s daughter, Scarlett, had a tough time getting rid of her pacifier when she was younger. It would upset her greatly whenever she lost it. Lisa Olmstead came up with a silly rhyme to help her get through it. She would sing “Oh no, it can’t be so! Where did Stinky Binky go?” Nicole Diaz thought the rhyme and the missing pacifier could make for a good children’s story and made the suggestion to create a story about it!

Q3. When did you realize that you and your daughters want to be an author?

We never realized it until we turned our little joke about “Stinky Binky” into a serious consideration for a book!

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

We have a storyline for another book in the making!

Q5. For which age group your book “Stinky Binky” is suitable?

We think “Stinky Binky” is suitable for ages 0-7. It’s short, and is a simple rhyming story that relates to any young child who is growing out of the pacifier, or learning how to read.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Oh no! It can’t be so! Where did Stinky Binky go?” The quote that started it all!

Q7. How is life in North Carolina?

It’s great! Right now it’s summer time, so we enjoy going out on the boat, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family!

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

Do enough reading to make it a habit!

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Being able to reach an audience through our message and creativity!

Q10. How did you come up with the idea to do a family project?

Scarlett was the inspiration, and the love she had for her pacifier. Our mom came up with the limerick, and we all had a hand in writing the story. When it came time to think of an illustrator, Nicole’s husband suggested his brother, Hector Diaz, who is a talented artist in Idaho.

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Interview with author Carly Jane Garner

Book: Stumbling in the Debris

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

Hey! I’m Candice Janet, ‘Carly Jane Garner’ is my pseudonym. I’m 18, and I grew up in Zimbabwe but I live in Northern Ireland.
I’m currently studying ‘Criminology, Business Studies and Film Studies’ for A-Levels and would love to pursue a career in Law.

Q2. What is the significance of the title “Stumbling in the Debris”?

The title is inspired by the lyrics from the song, ‘Love is a stranger by The Eurythmics’. I felt like the song related to the characters’ love story and it describes their feelings. The word ‘DEBRIS’ is in bold throughout the novel because the characters are stumbling in the debris of each others’ love. It shows a journey of people who miss something they already have.

Q3. What are your favourite part and least favorite part of the publishing journey?

I enjoy the wait for the book to finally appear online, those hours before you see everything come together. It’s an amazing feeling. However, editing is the most difficult part. I find it hard to edit because the more I read the manuscript the more I need to change things and it’s a never ending cycle.

Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

I love trying new recipes and baking.

Q5. Which is your favorite season to write in and why?

Definitely winter, there’s something about writing with your hot chocolate on the side.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

‘If people doubt how far you can go, go so far you can’t hear them anymore-Michele Ruiz’

Q7. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a fashion designer.

Q8. Please tell readers something about your book “Stumbling in the Debris”.

It’s partly based on my best friends’ experiences as a Muslim girl. We both came up with the idea during a study period at school, and it turned into a book. The message of the novel is to show society that teenagers have more depth and they are misunderstood.

Q9. Can you share something your readers don’t know about you?

I’m a singer and songwriter too.

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

I love Siobhan Davis and Stephanie Meyer. But I’m mostly inspired by my past experiences and music. Writing is the only way I can express myself.

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Interview with author Stephen Peter Oldham

Book: Philosophical Muse And Stuff ‘N’ Nonsense

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

Hi everyone. I am Steve, living here in Cambridge near my three grown-up children and my Westie dog. I am originally from Liverpool, but life has taken me to many parts of the UK and the world. I would say that I am well-travelled, and I enjoy new experiences in life. Being a Writer and Author is a new experience for me, and like all new experiences at times it seems daunting, but once I realise that it is my dream then I realise that I have found my purpose in life and am at a very happy point!

Q2). What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing a book?

Most of our waking lives we spend thinking about stuff. People tend to do what they think they should do rather than what they really want to do in life, forced into things by the need to earn money! I chose the type of work that I did whilst I was forming my books, in order to be able to write. It was hard, but the most surprising thing I discovered was that I could do it, and I did it!

Q3). What inspired you to write your book?

Each story, or muse, or poem has its own inspiration. I write about real people and real events, and I find that it is people who inspire me! I always think that if you can find inspiration in your mundane world then that is a key, or a cornerstone to a happy path!

Q4). What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

My life can get a bit stressful at times as I try to do too much at once. I must constantly remind myself to focus on one thing and do it well. That goes for my main hobby, which is fishing. I can always find some kind of inner peace whilst gone fishing, and of course I have my memories of my father and his great pals and our fishing trips. These days I go with my son, George! I always played football, up until recently, and I do miss playing sport, but I am always active in the garden or walking the dog and carrying fishing tackle from the car to the river can turn out to be a weightlifting experience!

Q5). What was your favourite part of the publishing journey?

I absolutely love editing. I love to get everything correct and perfect. Until you do it you would not realise just how complex a paragraph is. When I am editing mistakes jump out at me from the page. Now that I am here, I am enjoying the marketing stage. My background is in Sales and Marketing in the Pharmaceutical industry, and I have an MBA. I have had an interesting life, and I am enjoying getting to know and understand the ‘Book World’. One thing that I like is that ‘Book People’ absolutely love books!

Q6). Are you from a literary background?

Not at all. I consider myself to be lucky in life. I grew up in Liverpool in a poor social family that was joining the new middle classes. I went to Grammar School, and I saw glimpses of the ‘good life’, but I can always remember my mum and dad working seven days a week to make my life possible. I like to thing that I am naturally literary, and I always wanted to be a Writer. I remember writing my Autobiography at school aged eleven. I still have it. I suppose, now, I am beginning to see the big picture, literature is not just about words on paper, but a whole world of people all with that same ‘love of books’ thing!

Q7). How is life in Cambridge?

Life, most of the time, now, is relatively comfortable. It has been hard to get to this point, but now I can begin to enjoy it. Cambridge is cosmopolitan and steeped in history and acidaemia. It has two faces, the colleges and the real people that has a strong London influence. I love it and I love the breadth of choice of things to do and most of all different people and cultures to see!

Q8). Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I am currently writing a sequel to Philosophical Muse, which is my daily fodder, since I can write and complete a poem, or story, or muse in a day! I am also working on two novels. One is autobiographical and at times I feel like I will never finish it! The second is about internet love fraud, called ‘The Poet and The Whores’, and is again a true story written as ‘Real Fiction’. I also have a few more projects which will culminate in books. So, in five years I hope that people have a full picture of me as I stand as a Poet and Writer with the trappings of success associated in the industry, and as someone who needs to be listened to!

Q9). When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I have always dreamed romantically of being a Writer. The Beatle’s record, ‘Paperback Writer’ holds special significance for me, as I am sure it does for millions of people. I was a Sixties child, and I can remember that feeling of excitement at that time. Artists were springing out and a rebirth in culture was beginning. I always knew that I wanted to be an Author from then, and I look at my life sometimes as a kind of hindrance to that purpose, but I always end up saying to myself in my philosophical way, ‘but if I had not have experienced that then I would not know and I would not be able to write about it!’ I like the fact that it is happening now that I am older, as I think I understand it more!

Q10). Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

My two most inspirational figures are John Lennon and David Bowie. I think Lennon’s stuff is obvious and I think I am very similar to him. After all, all we really need is love! I just love David Bowie as an artist. His lyrics and performance are amazing and if there is one dude, I want to copy on stage it is David! But perhaps the biggest thing I learned from him is that completing a project is not about getting up at 8am every day and eating breakfast, completing a project is about doing what it takes in order to get it done! That takes sacrifice whatever way you look at it, but in terms of Writing nothing compares to being an Author and looking at your own book and what it means to you!

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Interview with author L. Margetts-Bullock

Book: The Aria Of She

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

My name is Lauren, writing as L. Margetts-Bullock, but you can call me Loz. I’m a 34-year old office assistant living just outside of London, UK, with my wife and our three dogs. I’m a self-taught author; I have no formal education in language or literature, only a deep passion to share my creativity with the world. In addition to being a writer and an office assistant, I’m also a singer and a makeup artist. When I’m not working, you’ll find me in the garden, meditating, reading tarot/oracle cards, making perfumes, playing with crystals and herbs, or talking to my dogs in ridiculous voices.

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

Time was my biggest obstacle! I wrote the first version of ‘Aria’ in my early teens and I didn’t revisit the story again until my mid-twenties. After such a long time of not writing at all, I found it extremely difficult to return to a creative headspace and tune back into the Crecita Universe. Once I found my flow again, I then had the difficulty of fitting my writing time around a full-time job and studying for my professional qualifications. It wasn’t until I left my career as an insurance broker in 2018 that I was finally able to commit as much time as I wanted to the project.

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

J R R Tolkien has been my most influential author since I was a child. My mother read The Hobbit to me many times when I was growing up and it was my first experience of the High Fantasy genre. I collected the Goosebumps and Point Horror novels through my childhood, and as a young teen, I was introduced to L J Smith’s Night World series that I’ve read more times than I can count. It was through these books that I fell in love with the Urban Fantasy genre. The idea of all these supernatural beings existing around us in secret as we go about our daily lives fascinates me! I knew early on that these were the sorts of books I would always gravitate towards as a reader and when I began writing, Urban Fantasy came more naturally than any other genre. As an adult, Deborah Harkness has become one of my all-time favourites.

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

I’m too curious to keep returning to the same place! I’m fortunate enough to live next to a nature reserve, so I have miles of beautiful scenery on my doorstep that I take advantage of regularly, but if I travel out to explore somewhere, I always pick somewhere new. The UK may be quite a small island, but there are far too many exciting places to explore to keep going back to the same place.

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

Everyone has their own processes, but for me, I do a lot of groundwork before I start. I begin with pages of notes, concepts, snippets of conversations, research, etc., which I then condense into a synopsis. I need an outline to follow so I don’t lose track of what I’m doing as I work. Writing itself is a very instinctive process for me and I often don’t know the exact details of what I’m about to write until I’m actually writing it. Many times, I’ve thought I’ve known how a chapter will play out, only to find something completely different has happened by the time I’ve finished the draft.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘The Aria Of She’ book?

It was written in several evolving parts over the course of 19 years – but I don’t plan to take that long with the rest of the series!

Q7. On what platforms can readers find ‘The Aria Of She’ book to buy?

‘The Aria of She’ is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and directly from the publisher, AuthorHouse. It is available in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats.

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

It was almost published under a different title but my editor really pushed for something more unique, and I’m so glad they did. My wife came up with the title after I worked my way through several temporary titles that didn’t work. The word ‘Aria’ is Italian for ‘song’ and in musical terms, it is a solo vocal performance, usually found in operas. The capitalised ‘She’ refers to the Blaise’s Siren spirit that she wrestles against through the book.
For the cover, I had a quite a clear idea from the outset how I wanted it to look, and the graphic designer did an excellent job with the instructions I gave. I prefer abstract artwork, and wanted to create an illusion that tied into some of my concepts, rather than a literal interpretation of the plot.

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

Although Crecita is a fictional planet filled with mythical creatures, I think it’s really important that readers can still relate to what is happening to the characters. In the real world, we are living through a time of enormous social change. We are having conversations in the public forum about mental health, racism, sexism, sexual and gender identity, etc., in ways we never have before and I like my writing to incorporate that.

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

I don’t want to give too much away because the plot takes many twists and turns from start to finish and that’s all part of the excitement. The story touches on LGBTQ+ relationships, abandonment, mental health, domestic violence, murder, and much more. And once you’ve read it, if you think you know how the rest of the series might play out… you’re probably wrong!

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Interview with author Phoenix Gibbs

Book: 365 Days of Affirmations For The Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit

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

My name is Phoenix and I am an Affirmations Author of “365 Days of Affirmations for The Mind, Heart, Body, & Spirit which is a book based on my life in the form of affirmations.

Q2. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing a book?

The most surprising thing I discovered while writing my book is my resilience of never giving up on myself despite all of the challenges I have experienced and how I am able to turn them into triumphs.

Q3. What inspired you to write your book “365 Days of Affirmations For The Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit”?

I felt compelled to share my story to help others believe in themselves and to empower them to speak their truth and live their on their own terms regardless of what family, friends, or even society would say.

Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?

I love dancing, watching documentaries, hanging out with my wife, and trying different foods.

Q5. What is your favorite affirmation from your book?

I honor my weaknesses and my strengths. “I work on them daily, as I am a perfectly imperfect human being.”

Q6. Are you from a literary background?

My background is actually life coaching and fashion production

Q7. Please tell us about your work as a Spiritual Mentor.

I am the Daughter and Spiritual Conduit of Goddess Isis offering guided messages, deeper knowledge and rituals to her children and initiates for them to implement in order to experience her powerful presence and guidance.

Q8. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself opening a small cafe/sanctuary for beautiful souls to have an outlet for spiritual self discovery and master their spiritual abilities.

Q9. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I realized I was an author in 2013 on a trip to Puerto Rico when I went to visit a museum of Dona Fella Rincon who was the 1st female president and her spirit spoke to my heart and soul that it brought me to tears and her message to me was that I have a story to tell that will impact the world and for me to share my story by writing a book. I followed her message and started writing and publishing my 1st book in 2014 and now my second book in 2021.

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?

My wife Sabrina inspires me daily with her resilience as she had a really bad accident in 2009 that almost left her paralyzed but she refused to give up on living a fulfilled life. Even-though she experiences ongoing pain, she does not let it stop her from doing the things she loves and that to me is pure inspiration and the power of true resilience.

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Interview with author Christina Chisholm Ward

Book: London Loves His Opposites

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

Hello! My name is Christina Chisholm Ward. I am a native of Queens, New York; though most of my teenage and adult years were spent in Atlanta, GA. My family and I currently reside in San Diego California. I am a mother of two (London, 9 and Logan 5) and happily married to my college sweetheart of 21 years, Cedric. I am an Autism advocate, trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and a mentor to parents with children that have extra needs. I am an active leader in my church and am currently in my last year of seminary, working toward my Masters of Divinity.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “London Loves His Opposites”?

My life is my inspiration. I am an autism mom and an autism aunt (my son and twin nephews are autistic). Everyday, I witness firsthand both the beauty and difficulties that come with doing life with someone on this magnificent spectrum. Though every person is different and thus, every parent’s experience with their extra-needs child is different, the one thing all of us parents/loved ones/caregivers/teachers have in common is the desire to step into our child’s world. We hope to learn how they think, so that we can help them navigate this life. Rather than trying to force those who are atypical to conform to what society deems to be “normal”, this story challenges the reader to not only accept what is different, but to celebrate and even participate in those differences.

Q3. What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I absolutely love to cook! A good meal or yummy dessert is how I show love to my family and neighbors, and my kitchen is my “happy place”. I also love to sing, dance and paint.

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

Yes, I have already started!

Q5. For which age group your book “London Loves His Opposites” is suitable?

Kinder to 3rd grade, primarily.

Q6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Normal is boring.”

Q7. What makes your city special?

San Diego is beautiful! The weather is nearly perfect most of the time, there’s lots to do, and…TACOS (literally the best Mexican food I have ever had in my life. Whoever invented carne-asada fries should be entered into sainthood lol!)

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

Make reading exciting! Act things out or take your littles to their local library to participate in reading groups. So many books are made into movies now. It’s a great motivator to read a book along with your child and then make the film a reward!

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

An autistic little boy I gifted my book to read it and came to me the very next day and said “you’re the author? I liked your book! It made me feel good to be me.” On another occasion, a neurotypical boy read my book and remarked “I really love it! It’s about this boy who is happy being different and I like that because we should all appreciate differences.” That meant the world to me…that is success.

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

It is difficult to choose one person. I have been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. The matriarchs of my family have taught me strength and resilience. My father, though deceased many years, left a legacy that inspires me to work hard and love sacrificially. My children inspire my creativity, joy and drive to be all that God has purposed. Last, but not least, my husband inspires me to be my very best self and love who I am.

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Interview with author Ann Martino

Book: Adventure in Alphabet Land

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

My name is Ann Martino and I am an educator with more than 20 years of International and Canadian teaching experience combined. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher , employed by one of Ontario’s largest school board . Currently I teach Kindergarten students. I love reading and travelling especially road trips.I enjoy spending time with family.

Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Adventure in Alphabet Land”?

As an educator I wanted to enhance the learning experiences for my students by having them imagine being on the adventure with Kate and Jake as they explore Alphabet Land while learning the names and the sounds of each letter. Quoting one of my students , “I wish I was in Alphabet Land, I want to go there.”

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

I realized I wanted to be an author of Children’s book about 5 to 6 years ago after years of observing certain learning behaviours of my students.

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

I am in process of writing a follow up series to Adventure in Alphabet Land.

Q5. For which age group your book is suitable?

Ideally for 7 years and under but can be used for ESL students and for remedial reading.

Q6. What is your favourite Quote?

Attitude is a choice

Q7. What do you like the most about Canada?

The neighbourhood layout with nearby amenities so one doesn’t have to go far. Also the walking and bicycle trails.

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

Reading daily and asking questions to ensure understanding. Do picture walks and talks in books for younger kids.

Q9. What does literary success look like to you?

Literacy success for me is when children are able to demonstrate the skills they have developed and being able to read, write and express themselves to convey understanding.

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

My inspiration in life is my mother because she has always been a kind and caring person with the capacity to love her children and making each one think they are her favourite child.

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Interview with author Kathy Weyer

Book: Stitches

Q1. Can you please introduce yourself to the readers?

I am a former HR professional and Marriage and Family Therapist. I was married in 1980 and inherited three children I had never met six weeks after my wedding; we survived! I am retired, creating and living in Palm Springs. Stitches is my first book, and the first in a series of six based on Historic Park in San Diego, where I grew up.

Q2. From where did you have the idea to write your debut book Stitches?

There is a village of old, important houses that have been put together in Heritage Park in Old Town. The houses have been boarded up for years after being used as historical sites, then Bed and Breakfasts, then just abandoned. There are six houses, beautiful old Victorians, that are just sitting there. I went to see them about six years ago and when I sat under the old coral tree I wondered what I would do if I were in charge – I’d turn the village into an art colony! Each house would be dedicated to one form of art.
Stitches is the first house dedicated to needle arts; I’ve identified which house I think would fit on the back cover. Canvas will be the name of the second house, and Pages, the third. I have three more to write to fill out the village of six houses.

Q3. Please tell us something about STITCHES which is not in the blurb/book summary.

Stitches revolves around a young bride; she wants her aunt (Jen Conrad, the owner of the shop Stitches) to make her wedding dress – not sewn, but hand-knitted, to fit a sketch someone made of her in the imagined dress. Jen’s pursuit of perfection is affected in the making of not one but two dresses; perfection turns out to be not quite so important. It also turns out (spoiler) the artist who drew the sketch is the bride’s true love, not the man she’s marrying. He shows up later and in fact is the manager of the art store that is centered in Canvas, the next book (coming July 13).

Q4. What does literary success look like to you?

I know that writers don’t do it to get rich, but it would be nice to have my books known and appreciated for the social issues that are featured in each of them. In Stitches, it’s about grief and self-identity; having to reinvent yourself after living a life “as expected.”

Q5. You currently live in Palm Springs. Please tell us what makes it special?

The desert air, the almost-seasons, the resort atmosphere. Plus, there’s no traffic like in L.A. or San Diego!

Q6. How do you select the names of your characters?

They really just come…they drive the action as well.

Q7. Could you please tell us something about your experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist?

I specialized in grief and bereavement counseling; the stories in Stitches came from my experience in talking to women who really had no idea how to go on after being married for so long. I learned a lot from these women.

Q8. What are your hobbies apart from reading and writing?

Knitting, of course, and recently I’ve gotten into paper crafting, art journaling, and watercolor. It is physically impossible for me to sit in front of the tv without something in my hands to create.

Q9. How long does it took you to write your debut book?

About a year; it was published first by a vanity publisher, but I didn’t like the end product; cheap paper and the cover art wasn’t right. It took six years to get moving on revisions and hiring someone to do the cover and formatting professionally. I am pleased with the revised edition. (The first one only went to friends and family.)

Q10. Lastly, who inspires you the most in life and why?

Women in the past who have blazed the trail for the rest of us like suffragettes and women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Ruth Gruber, RBG, and Heddy Lamarr, who went against all odds and made a real impact on the world. I grew up with the feminists in the 60’s making noise; that had an impact on me as well, and I now understand how much of a risk they took in getting us where we are, which is not quite far enough, but we’re getting there. I’m beginning to talk about them in my YouTube channel.

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