Month: May 2012

Author Interview: E. Van Lowe

Bio: E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as “The Cosby Show,” “Even Stevens,” and “Homeboys In Outer Space.” He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, “Never Slow Dance With A Zombie,” was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award.  His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga. He is also, horror novelist, Sal Conte, author of the 80s horror classics “Child’s Play” and “The Power.”  Sal’s latest, “The Toothache Man,” a short story published as an ebook, is available on Amazon. E lives in Be...

And So It Begins

This morning, my new day dawned. Ava arrived on Amazon’s e-shelves sometime around 4:00 AM. In the coming weeks, the novel will find its way to other e-shelves, too. There were untold challenges presented, encountered, and traversed during this long journey to transform a simple idea, just one sentence on a page, into a novel about love, politics, relationships, and murder. I spent most of this month locked away in, perhaps, this author’s interpretation of seclusion. During that time, I lived in the land of the Priyas, and they were as real to me as any human I’ve ever encountered. It’s hard for me to remember that life existed before them, the Priyas. I haven’t yet decided what side of normal that falls on, but it is the truth. My truth. Authors, you have walked this path before me, this ...

The Challenge of Reviews

Writing my first novel has changed the way I read books. Now, as I’m reading, I think about you, Author; I’m thinking about you in ways that I never, ever did before while buried in the pages of a story. When I open a novel on my e-reader and it automatically takes me to the first page of the story, I find myself scrolling to the copyright, dedication, book cover, and anything else that may have been included before that opening page.  Why? Because the opening page no longer represents the beginning of the story, Author. Not for me. Now, after all these years of reading and loving books, I realize what I had failed to grasp before I set out on this, the journey to self-publish my writing. Now, I realize the story begins with you. Why this story? Why now? Why these characters? This end...

The Countdown To ‘Ava’ Begins

Here, in Washington, D.C., some stories are hastily told. Rushed through to fulfill an obligation, then left behind, forgotten, in the ruins of what once was or might have been.   Other stories are savored, brought to a boil time and again to extract the richness of each tasty detail, and shared with anyone who cares to partake.   That’s just life in a political town. But this story, this tangle of events and perspectives and outcomes, is more than even these women had expected, bargained for, hoped for, feared.   To think it all began on a hot August day, a time when the city moves at a lazy pace, a month in which nothing ever happens, makes it all the more difficult to reconcile. To understand just how many lives were affected, changed, renewed, lost, the story of the Priy...

The Countdown To ‘Ava’ Begins

Here, in Washington, D.C., some stories are hastily told. Rushed through to fulfill an obligation, then left behind, forgotten, in the ruins of what once was or might have been.   Other stories are savored, brought to a boil time and again to extract the richness of each tasty detail, and shared with anyone who cares to partake.   That’s just life in a political town. But this story, this tangle of events and perspectives and outcomes, is more than even these women had expected, bargained for, hoped for, feared.   To think it all began on a hot August day, a time when the city moves at a lazy pace, a month in which nothing ever happens, makes it all the more difficult to reconcile. To understand just how many lives were affected, changed, renewed, lost, the story of the Priy...

Guest Post On Michael Mulligan’s Blog

“I’ve been blogging now for ten months, and using Twitter for the last nine months. My very first step was to create a marketing plan. I didn’t know much about social media back then, but I put what I knew on paper and shaped it into goals. Every week, I pulled out my plan and added my new knowledge. The goals evolved over time and the results of have been encouraging.”  Read the full post on Michael’s blog

Klout & The ‘ABC’ Awards

Earlier this week, the wonderful Adrienne Thompson passed the ABC Award on to me. She is an author who writes about three of life’s most beautiful gifts: hope, forgiveness, and faith. I am honored by her recognition, and I appreciate the opportunity, for those of your who haven’t yet met her, to make the introduction. Author Adrienne Thompson Twitter: @A_H_ThompsonFacebook: Adrienne Thompson Websites: ilubmusik.blogspot.com/ and adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com/ Blog: adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com/apps/blog/ Bio: Married at sixteen, a mother twice by seventeen, and thrice a mother and divorced by twenty-four, Adrienne Thompson is no stranger to adversity. Not your typical teenage mother, she went on to complete her college degree and to earn her nursing license. She attributes God’s faith...

A Mother’s Hope

History has much to say about motherhood. So does fiction. In the stories we read there are uncountable perspectives, ideas, situations, outcomes, failures, and successes influenced, created by, or attributed to mothers. From the literary classics to the latest novels, many plots center on a mother’s critical role in the foundation, development, and future prospects of her children and her community. An example of this is Amy Tan’s ‘The Joy Luck Club,’ a masterful literary work about the power, the sacrifices, the pain, the bliss and, most importantly, the enduring hope of mothers. The life of a mother is multifaceted, and is often a challenging undertaking. She is at once life-giver, nurturer, disciplinarian, sweetness, guiding hand, naysayer, protector, and immoveable force. She is the o...

The Terra Harmony Interview – Seven Questions

Author Interview: Ashley Barronby Terra Harmony on 5/03/12 Q: How long did it take you to build your current number of followers?  What techniques have you found to work the best? I’ve been blogging for ten months and tweeting for nine months. I have invested real time in building up my Twitter community. I believe the authors, writer, and readers on Twitter are among the most engaged book lovers I’ve ever encountered. At the very beginning, during my first week in this online world, I created a marketing plan. It wasn’t perfect; I look back at it now and realize how far I’ve come. But it was a starting point, a place to focus, to gather ideas and track results. I cannot stress this enough: you need… Here is the full interview with Terra Harmony

Reality Bites

…sometimes. I am in a writing frenzy right now. I am literally pulsing with words. My schedule is backwards—well, I’m up even later than usual—and my jumbled thoughts make no sense until I read them on the page. I took a mental break late tonight and used the time to catch up on some of the shows on my DVR. One of them was Fashion Star. When it comes to providing advice for harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of a small business, it’s right up there with Shark Tank. But for different reasons. Yes, I’m serious. Shark Tank is about the business model. What are you making? How much will it cost? How are you going to distribute it? What’s your profit margin? Do you have a utility patent? I love it. Brings back the memories. If I had been standing in front of the “Sharks” in the early stages ...

The Making Of ‘Famous’

Year before last, at Christmas time, I was visiting an old family friend at the specialized care facility where he now makes his home. I was there with his daughter and with two of his grandchildren, both under the age of five. He didn’t know any of us. It was surreal, the experience of listening to the Christmas carols and smiling as packs of small children wove their way through the tables and chairs, all the while knowing the man seated next to me couldn’t remember anything about me. For the record, he has known me since I was a newborn. It was heart-wrenching to watch all those families doing their best to embrace the spirit of the holiday in the face of such a devastating disease. From my seat, I couldn’t help but listen to the all of those complicated conversations—if you want to cal...

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