Hi, everyone. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to a multifaceted young talent who who’s big ideas are bound to cause the kind of ripple effect that creates change. Alex Chester is a model, actress, blogger, and now, a producer. There are multiple other titles I could add, but we’ve run out of space on her name tag. *grin* When you’re done reading her interview, please be sure to click on the links below and follow her progress. In doing so, you’ll be a part of something special. Welcome, Alex! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Tell me, out of all the things listed on your impressive resume, what is your favorite type of work? A: I love musical theatre! There is something so magical about being on stage and having an audience. Every performance is different. I’m not saying that actors aren’t consistent but things happen. … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back for another interview in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Today, I’m welcoming Donna Hart, a children’s picture book author who resides in Kansas. I have to say it’s been great having so many children’s authors as guests on my site. I love having a little something for everyone! Donna, I appreciate your willingness to be interviewed for this series. D: Thank you for having me! Let’s start with your roots. I know you’re not originally from here. D: That’s right. I grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and have lived in Kansas for almost 9 years now. So what’s your most and least favorite thing about Kansas? D: My favorite thing about Kansas is my husband, our cats and my mother and father-in-law. The worst thing about living here is the distance that it is from my mother and brother in Massachusetts. That is quite a distance and certainly … click here to read the full article.
Today we’re saying hello to the weekend with a lovely interview from a children’s author. Marcia is the author of the children’s picture book, The Pillow Fairy. Look at this cover! It’s absolutely adorable. Welcome, Marcia! Thank you for being here. Tell me about The Pillow Fairy. What is about and what inspired the story? M: It is the true story of our sons, Justin and Matt, and what we did to get them to sleep in their own beds when they were little. I wrote the book over 20 years ago, and with the encouragement of family and friends, self-published it on August of 2012. The beautiful illustrations of Joni E. Patterson have enabled The Pillow Fairy to become a family favorite. It has helped thousands of little ones sleep in their own beds, and is asked to be read over and over again. Wow! First of all, congratulations! Second, I’m glad your … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back to another installment in the ‘A Kansas Author’ blog series. Today, my interview is with an author of children’s books! Let me tell you, Mary Ann Wittman’s books are adorned with the sweetest covers. Clemmie and the Mailman is my favorite, so far! Welcome, Mary Ann! Where in Kansas did you grow up? M: In Salina. Have you lived in Kansas your whole life? M: No, I have lived also in Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and overseas in Izmir, Turkey. Wow, Turkey! When did you know you wanted to write? M: I have always had a creative imagination and have written poems and short essays. As I began to develop stories in my mind, I decided to begin writing them down. What is the name of the first book you published? M: The first book is titled ‘The Little Christmas Tree.’ What’s it about? M: It is about a small, sad little tree that … click here to read the full article.
Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying this blog series as much as I am. When I put the request out there for the interviews, I had no idea how fascinating these folks would be. Initially, I just wanted to shed some light on local talent. Being a new author, I know how difficult it is to break into the market. You can work your tail off and barely scratch the surface. It’s a never-ending challenge. You have to toot your own horn so much that your cheeks end up with a permanent blush from the countless times you’ve embarrassed yourself. So, I figured I could toot a few horns for others and have been blessed in the process. *********************** Today, I welcome Ronda Miller, author of MoonStain, a collection of poetry. Ronda! Welcome and thank you for being willing. R: Thank you! So you grew up in Kansas, is that right? R: I … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back for the next installment of A Kansas Author blog series. I must say, my line-up of special guest interviews is quite impressive! Please help me to welcome long time writer and new author, Charles Kayser! Welcome, Charles! C: Thank you! Let’s jump right in. Obviously, since you’re part of this blog series you have ties in Kansas. Did you grow up in the Sunflower State? C: Yes! I grew up in Americus, Kansas, and except for my two initial teaching years in Denver, I’ve been all Kansas. Wow. You’re a teacher. What subject do you teach? C: I primarily taught English and coached football. I taught for 20 years. What grades did you teach? C: My first four years was junior high, the rest was high school and also includes four years as an adjunct instructor with Allen County Community College. That’s wonderful! At what point did you know you wanted … click here to read the full article.
Hey, all! Happy New Year! We made it to 2016 and we owe it to ourselves to do the best we can with it. I love starting this year with the eleventh entry of the Self-Harm Blog Series. I’m honored to be a part of helping those who’ve struggled with this problem tell their story. With hopes of helping others who can relate to the pain of self-harm addiction, let us do our part in spreading the ‘word.’ The word is hope. The word is healing. The word is possibilities. The word is Love. God’s love. Your love. My love. Let us begin. Today is my interview with Kirsty. She is a young woman I met on Twitter who has been free of self-harm for a year! Woo-hoo! Welcome, Kirsty, and congratulations on your success! K: Thank you. When did you first self-harm? K: Honestly, I can’t put my finger … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Katy Huth Jones In 2004 I was insanely busy, getting a “buzz” from all the activity: I made a small but regular income from book sales and magazine articles, taught private flute and sectionals at the local high school and middle schools, and taught classes to other homeschoolers, along with my fourteen-year-old son: band, science, creative writing, and Shakespeare. I also helped my husband with our son’s Boy Scout troop. Being around teenagers all the time stimulated my creativity in exciting ways, and I didn’t think life could get any better. Then I developed a bad sinus infection that required antibiotics, but once the infection was gone, the lymph nodes in my neck remained enlarged, and I had extreme tiredness and night sweats. I did some research and realized I had every symptom of lymphoma (except the one I wouldn’t have minded having—weight loss). I went … click here to read the full article.
by David Njoku Judge a book by its cover. Always. Believe me, it’s the only way to stay sane. Think about it. In the past year, 500,000 new books were self-published. And no, I didn’t fall asleep on the 0 key, I really do mean half a million books. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t finished reading all of 2014’s books, or 2013’s. I work as a computer programmer; maybe if I was an author, I’d paint you a nice picture swimming in similes and alive with metaphors, but I’m a computer programmer, so forgive me if I get a little jargony here. We’ve got a thing called an analytic function that takes all the information available and gives you a result; and whenever it comes across new information, it reviews its result and updates it. And that’s what you should do with books. When all you … click here to read the full article.
Today, I’m reading an excerpt from a very worthy book. Listen and share. Pretty please. ♥ Buy Barry’s Book! “In Darkness, a Light Still Shines” – 52 Stories of Hope – Gleaned from the Homeless, Poor, and those who Care for Them It is no secret that hopelessness and despair have emerged in our world to a staggering degree. Broken relationships, financial uncertainties, and seemingly impossible situations are plaguing multitudes tempting them to give up on life. These writings are an attempt to offer hope in the midst of the darkness so prevalent in our world today. The challenges surrounding each one of the 52 short stories included in this book have been immense; yet the way God has brought treasure and light out of the darkness faced is astonishing. While your life is unique and it sometimes feels as though there is no way out from the … click here to read the full article.