Interview with Rick Quinn

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

I was born in Queens Village, NY. Educated in Catholic Schools on Long Island and absorbed all I could from the energy of New York City. I am the oldest of 7 and the father of 4 grown children. My mother read illustrated stories to me and I did the same with my Children. This is my first published work. I have also written poetry and short stories.

Q2.  Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Jazzy and Kettle’?

Well, two separate and distinct processes: The title came first. I wanted, from the beginning, to write a story about 2 kids. I had been to bookstore and library Children’s Sections, and all I could see were books starring animals, with kids mixed in. There was nothing about kids having fun with kids. I wanted to create a story that made kids the stars, having fun with each other, and no parental interference.
I also wanted a book to serve as a reading primer. If kids are eager to look at the book themselves, read it over and over, they will eventually figure out the sounds the letters make.  I constructed the book so that the text is on the left and the illustrations are on the right. That allows a child, after hearing the story first, to begin glancing back and forth and see the words explain the pictures.
So, I picked the names Jazzy and Kettle to be unique nicknames, which many little kids have. They are also two syllable names, not complicated. The first two text pages of the book are only one word each: ‘Jazzy’ (with picture) and ‘Kettle’ (also pic).  So, they are introduced to the readers immediately, with one word each. Easy first reading lesson!
I had always planned to pick the cover from Sefira’s illustrations. The one I picked is also the climax of the story. It is magnificently captured, extremely colorful and full of positive energy! It is eye catching!

Q3. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

When I sit down, if I have started something, I will re-read what I have done and see if I would think it good work if done by someone else. If not? I do it over..

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

Well, I was born and raised in New York, and that was always a favorite jaunt. I love going to Maine because of the traquility. I also love the southern cities of Charleston and Savannah. The people are wonderful there, the cities are civil, energetic and have a small town feel, although they still are cities.

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

No, get a pad and paper and begin to scribble ideas. It is very much a self-motivated and cathartic process.

Q6. How long did it take you to write this book?

Hard to say… Often I carry things around in my head, switch ideas around without sitting at a desk. Sometimes I will jot a word or two of an idea on a post it and get to it later.
I think my first version took about a month. Then it took me awhile to find the illustrator I wanted. Sefira was referred to me a friend, who knew her mother. I scrolled through work on her social media page and came across a picture of a mother and child. BINGO! Exactly the softness I wanted.
As we talked about the process and she read the story, she commented that it needed more pics. I had thought 8 originally. She was correct. So when she was finished, I went back and re-wrote the text to make sure I could keep my original construct of one page of text per illustration.

Q7. What does success means to you?

To a degree, it means having produced something unique that is now available to the public.  However, getting it in front of eyes is now a task. I do want to see sales growth as a sort of verification.

Q8. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Jazzy and Kettle’ book?

Like any author, I think, I need blocks of uninterrupted time. Usually, I do my best work at night. I challenge myself to be good. Sometimes I will spend an hour plus, looking for the right word.

Q9. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Well, growing up in and near NYC, there was a cornucopia of writing talent in the newspapers. That was where I first discovered great writing. One just passed away, Pete Hamill. Politics and sports and even entertainment had star writers: Murray Kempton, William Safire, Red Smith, Jimmy Cannon. In terms of illustrating writers.. obviously Charles Schultz is an immortal and Gary Trudeau was excellent. Novelists? Joyce is the best. He was stunning. Love Phillip Roth and Hemingway.

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

One aspect that hasn’t gotten much mention is that the children’s racial appearances switch back and forth in the story. It doesn’t play into the story, but it represents to me how kids see each other: As Kids! Nothing else.  I didn’t want a patronizing, condescending, preachy book. Kids don’t need that. They know how to get along.
No secrets per se. I hope to have their story continue and introduce other cultural indentities, such as headscarves or yarmulkes, just as another unspoken comment about how we are all the same.

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Interview With Author Deborah Stone.

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

I read English Literature at Durham University. I live in North London in the UK with my husband, two sons and my gorgeous dog, George. I work as a strategic consultant, specialising in advising companies on developing the best products and services for older people. I am an author of two books, ‘The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People’, which helps families caring for older relatives with important information and advice and ‘What’s Left Unsaid’, a novel about a family who hide a number of secrets.

2. When did you decide to start writing books?

I have always wanted to write, but only started about four years ago.

3. What do you hope your readers take away from your book “The Essential Family Guide To Caring for Older People”?

I want people to feel supported as they age and as their relatives age. It comes to all of us, but with forward planning, older age can be far more manageable. I want people to understand that everyone struggles as a carer and that it is a tough job. They are not alone.

No one wants to think about getting older.At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?

Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. 

4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot of books. I love to bake. I also go to the theatre and the cinema and I walk my dog every day.

5. How long did it take you to write your book?

My novel took around 2 years and the care book about a year.

6. What is your favorite Quote?

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”
― 
Victor Frankl, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’

7. What are you working on next? Are you planning to release another book soon?

I am writing another novel, but it is not quite coming together yet!

8. Any favorite writers that inspired you to write?

So many that I find it hard to choose, but I love Anne Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell, Jane Austen, Vikram Seth, John Boyne, Sebastian Faulks, Charles Dickens to name a few…

9. How do you come up with the cover of your book “What’s Left Unsaid”?

I spent a long time searching for the right cover, but when I found the illustration, I knew it was then right one.

10. Lastly, do you want to give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish book?

Have the courage to write and do not give up. It is a tough thing to do and you need courage, but you can do it.

Author Name: Deborah Stone

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The Ghost of Kyle Sugarbaker

Book: The Ghost of Kyle Sugarbaker

Author: Brandon Clarke

Pages: 146

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 4.5/5

The Ghost of Kyle Sugarbaker is the Book 2 in Dark Mysteries of the Paranormal Saga. The story is set in Salem. The story has two different timelines. The present one in which Zane Gardener is the protagonist and the second timeline runs in the Spring of 1997 in which the protagonist was Kyle Sugarbaker.

Kyle Sugarbaker was the son of Paula and Henry Sugarbaker in 1997. He went to Salem High school and there he had a crush on a guy named Max Gardner. They both were gay and kinda liked each other. What was that unfortunate incident that Kyle lost his life? Who was responsible for it?

In the current timeline, Zane stays curious and keep on asking his father Max about Kyle Sugarbaker. The story is really interesting and the narration is clear. It is quite clear which timeline we are into currently.

I would recommend this book to all those who love to read books about ghost. I really enjoyed reading this book.

The brave and the wicked by Brandon Clarke

Book: The brave and the wicked

Author: Brandon Clarke

Pages: 296

Format: Ebook

My Rating: 4.5/5

The brave and the wicked is the first book by the author Brandon Clarke that I’ve read. This is Volume 1 in the “Dark mysteries of the paranormal Saga“. This is the story about a powerful and confident witch Jennifer(who was battling with cancer) and her daughter Jade. During her last days, Jennifer told her daughter about an ancient box that needs to be protected after her and she especially mentioned that don’t let it be in the hands of uncle Fred.

Jade Summers, the daughter of Jennifer has no parent now. Her boyfriend Grayson support her in her journey. Her uncle Fred was a very rich man but his intentions weren’t that good. He had a fight with Jennifer over an ancient box earlier. What is there in the ancient box? What was Fred’s intention’s behind getting this box.

This book is full of paranormal elements. The story got quite interesting when Jade got to know that she is a witch. The twists and turns in the story will keep you hooked. It is really an interesting story that kept me going till the end. The plot of the story is built nicely. I am gonna read the sequel of this now as I couldn’t wait at all.

Book Review: Once There Was Me

• Book: Once There Was Me
• Author: Bobby Sachdeva
• Format: Paperback
• Pages: 427

Once There Was Me is a book by the author and story teller Bobby Sachdeva. In this book, we get to know about the painful past when lots of people got penniless and homeless due to India-Pakistan partition. People had to abandon everything and move to their respective countries based on their religion.

Another tragic incident happened in 1984 when our former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh guards. In Delhi, the bloodthirsty mob started knocking every Sikh house’s door to kill Sikhs or burn them alive. Bobby and his family survived this incident luckily.

Later Bobby went to America and China to earn money but all went in vain. He even started questioning the role of religion in our lives. Read this story that is a personal experience of the author itself.

The book is written well with a lucid language. The narration is clear and smooth. I would recommend this book to everyone to read it atleast once to enrich your knowledge about our country history.

My Rating: 4/5

Rhythm Roger by Himanshu Rai

Book: Rhythm Roger

Author: Himanshu Rai

My Rating: 5/5

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Invincible Publishers

Rhythm Roger is the first book that I have read written by the author Himanshu Rai. He had written other books as well earlier but being a fantasy lover, this one caught my attention.

The story features Rhythm who is an engineer in the human world. But in the Virtual World known as the Electon World, he is the son of a queen Alagon. This Electon World was created by Heinrich Rudolf Hertz when he discovered electromagnetic waves. It cannot be seen or felt by humans.

In the world of Electon, there is so much to discover by Rhythm and so by us along with his journey. I really appreciate the vivid imagination of Himanshu to create the Electon World. The story is intriguing and that makes it an unputdownable book.

Cover of the book is eye catchy and the title is apt. I was really enthralled to read this book. I am gonna read more work by the author.

Book Review: Connections by Shreesh Kakkar

Book: Connections

Author: Shreesh Kakkar

Genre: Poetry

My Rating: 4.5/5

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Notion Press

Connections is a collection of poems that are soothing and are about mind, soul, heart, life, etc.

The poems are simple yet powerful. It gives a strong message to conquer our thoughts with some control. It will help us to attain peaceful soul and happy life.

This book helps to generate positive energy within you. I enjoyed reading this by sitting in a front porch with an evening cup of tea. Secret and Tea, Balcony and Rain are my favourite from the collection and I could connect well with them.

Written in a simple language with deep meaning, this poems will leave a great positive impact on your heart ♥️.

I would recommend this book for a soulful read especially to poetry lovers.

Book Review: Urban Xcellence

Book: Urban Xcellence

Author: Malcom X Bowser

Publisher: Bookbaby

My Rating: 4.5/5

Urban Xcellence by author Malcom X Bowser is what I wanna read since long and now I have finished reading it, have to say author have done commendable job in writing it down so beautifully.

A whole new way to see the things around and never doubt yourself, always look forward, define your own path and keep going strong in life to achieve your goals. This book is priceless as there is a lot more to learn from it, life changing thoughts and implementing in life can make you a successful person.

Totally loved to see the different mindset of different people in order to achieve the success, everyone followed their own path and that makes me realize that I should have my own definition of Xcellence.

Overall a book full of knowledge, motivation, perfect examples etc.. makes it worth to read for sure. So, give it a try and you will going to love this book. I am really impressed.

Book Review: Flying by the seat of my pants

Book: Flying by the seat of my pants

Author: Hannah Corbin

Format: Kindle

Length: 240 pages

My Rating: 4/5

Do you love reading autobiography? If yes, you should pick this one.

This is the first time that I have read memoir. The journey of Hannah was not smooth. It was full of good and bad experiences. Some incidents will break your heart while reading. On the other hand, some incidents are so funny that you couldn’t stop laughing.

I really admire the author to share her struggles with all of us. Inspite of going through so much things, at the end she did quite well.

My favourite line from the book is:
“You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone”.

When I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in a single sitting. The writing style is admirable and I am enthralled to read this.

OG by Joanne Hutchinson

Book: OG

Author: Joanne Hutchinson

Genre: Children’s Book

Length: 32 pages

Illustrator: Kris Lillyman

QOTD: Do you love reading children’s book?

OG is the debut book of the author Jo Hutchinson. The story is about an Ogre who listens to a young girl Lucy every night when she reads. One day when goblins had stolen Lucy’s books, Og went to get the books back from Goblin.

The little girl Lucy became quite happy after getting her books back. OG became the hero. The story is adventurous and it motivates kids to read.

The illustrations in the book are really amazing. The cover page of the book is eye catchy. This is a good book for children.