Monday, September 25, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Roger White



Tell me about yourself. What got you started in writing?

Two things got me writing in a joyful way: a) word processing on a personal computer and b) getting my own website and having to put stuff on it. The first happened in the late seventies and the second in the mid-nineties. After I started word processing I took up writing magazine articles and white papers for the companies I worked for. I was explaining pioneering technical ideas such as personal computers and local area networking. When I got the web site I widened my writing topics enormously. I added science and science fiction, current events and history, and why we think the way we do. I also widened my styles. I added writing movie scripts to my repertoire.

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

Each day I sit in front of my personal computer and read lots of articles. When I get inspired by something I’m reading I write my own article about it.  For more lengthy topics I come and go from them throughout the day.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?

I write on a desktop computer. I will occasionally write on a laptop, but I usually find the environment where I’m using the laptop too distracting.

What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part is coming up with interesting new insights and then taking on the challenge of how to express them in a way other people will find both understandable and interesting. The least favorite part, these days, is waiting for the new insights to pop up – I’ve written about a lot of things. LoL!

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

I have written fifteen books that are now published. I come with the ideas in many ways and how long they take to write varies from a couple months to a year.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I use my website and social media to promote my books. That’s the core. I get out and do a few other things once in a while.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

My latest book is “Profit from History” where I talk about the patterns I see in history and how they can be applied to predicting the evolution of current events.

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I’m currently working on adding a book to my Visions of 2050 series. This is future forecasting about our near future, and what it will really be like. I foresee lots of interesting, and surprising, changes coming.

Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

Getting the movie scripts that I have written from my stories produced. I’ve written about 70 scripts now, but I haven’t found anyone interested in making them into for-real videos yet.

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

Start small and short. And, for that matter, stay there. Most of the stories I write are short stories – they are about exploring a single concept. Short stories get finished a lot faster than novels. When I put together a book it is often a collection of short stories about a common theme.

The benefit of this is that things get done. A surprise benefit of this approach is that the movie scripts are a lot easier to write.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

FRIDAY FLICKS: LightShade



Thursday, September 21, 2017

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: How To Write a Cookie Recipe Like a Professional

Today is National Pecan Cookie Day! And you know what that means!

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EAT COOKIES!

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You may also be interested in putting together your own cookbook and making it look professional. Click on this link for ideas on writing recipes!

Have a yummy day!

Kathryn

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Christy Monson

    Tell me about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I have always loved writing. When I was in college, my favorite class was a children’s literature venue. I’ve written off and on through the years, but now I devote most of my time to it.


How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I love writing first thing in the morning. If I put it off until later, my day gets going with so many things, I don’t get to it. Also, my ideas flow better in the morning.

        How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?

I love my laptop. I can write so much faster than any other method.

       What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part about writing is the creation of plot. I love writing historical fiction. So, I do my research, and the plot fits into the information I find. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together. My least favorite part of writing is waiting for the publisher’s schedule to print the book.

4    How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

Banished is a book I wrote about Native Americans (Hopi Tribe) in the four corners area of the United States. It took about a year to do the research and write, but I love the process. It’s a fun part of every-day life.

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What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I love doing school visits, and I teach classes at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Here are my social media links. I’d love to have anyone visit them anytime.

Blog: www.christymonson.blogspot.com                                                                     
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/christymonsonauthor/         
Twitter: @ChristyMonson                                 

6.     What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I have a new book titled, “Finding Peace in Times of Tragedy” that will be out in the spring of 2018.

7.     Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

     I have lots of picture books on the back burner. I have several that I’m sending out to small publishers. I’m working on nonfiction ones right now.

8.     What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

It isn’t about talent. Writing and publishing is about hard work and perseverance. You have to have a thick skin and be ready for lots of rejections. But if you keep going, you’ll be successful!

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Dre has waited twelve summers to become a man in his clan, but during the ceremony the chief banishes him. Will he die in the desert? Dre sees a golden eagle following him and discovers the great bird is his recently deceased father returned to him as a spirit guide. More trouble awaits from a neighboring clan, and Dre scrambles to survive in the world.

This book won the Utah Arts Council Award for Children's Literature and the Marilyn Brown Award for Western History.





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aargh! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Tuesday Trailer? Of Course.

If you're writing a pirate book, you'll need some background music to keep you writing. This one has some terrific pirate songs for your use. 

I don't know about you, but getting the right music playing as I'm writing, really helps my writing to flow.

Not writing a pirate book? You just might be inspired after listening to these tales!


No interest in writing a pirate tale?

Try this. No, no pirates, but have you ever been on a cruise when someone has been murdered? No? I didn't think so.

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