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[Author Interview] Bree Stedman | Own Your BS

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Bree Stedman

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Bree:
For the past 4 years I’ve dedicated my working life to helping professional mums find Emotional Confidence – to better understand and address their Head Talk by learning and working with their very unique Female Brain…. But the lead up to me being able to do this was an aggressive, less than ideal rollercoaster for my family and myself.

For more than 6 years I had been building a successful business in the Direct Sales Industry – known as a positive and influential leader, it appeared that I had ‘it all’ together.

Behind closed doors though I hid a dark secret that sabotaged the success and satisfaction I was experiencing in my life.

With 2 young children at home, I found myself frequently feeling angry, ashamed and guilty. The build up of emotions hid a truth I wouldn’t allow anyone to see, and that was the resentment I felt for my mother role. It felt as though I spent my entire day wrestling with negative and destructive self-talk that zapped my energy, diminished my confidence and dragged me away from appreciating the here and now. I got trapped in an Emotional Fog fueled by negative Head Talk.

In 2012 I hit an all-time low – living on the verge of ‘losing it’ all of the time, with bouts of out of control behavior I was only just hanging on when I realized that I hated being a mum! I hated what my life had become – who I had become.

After one particular violent episode, I knew that I had a choice – let the self-talk dominate and control my life, or address my inner voice and commit to becoming the best me I could be.

This decision became a pivotal moment in my life that quickly changed everything. With family relationships improving and my self-belief back in tact, I turned my professional attention to helping other mums and women to gain what I now felt – confidence to create a life of control, self-belief and clarity.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Bree:
Own Your BS is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of writing.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Bree:
Own Your BS: The No-Nonsense guide to addressing your Female Head Talk

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Bree:
Although new to the writing world, I most enjoyed the ‘rawness’ and authenticity the experience provided me, to dig deep and share my truth. I’m a big believer in ‘no-fluff’ – getting down to business quickly. And so to be able to shift through the years of experience and knowledge I’ve accumulated and condense it into a book that has the potential to really help a woman with her self-talk was a real privilege.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Bree:
Embracing vulnerability in print – sharing some of the details of my story, particularly the relationship I shared with my son when I was in the ‘crazy-pyscho mumma’ mode. Being honest with my experiences felt necessary, as I know that many mums have the same struggles, however putting it in print knowing that my family, my friends and colleagues would now have insight into how much I struggled was challenging.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Bree:
A combination of my own life experiences and learnings, and the extensive training and studying I’ve participated in at the Institute of Women International over the last 5 years.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Bree:
Thanks to my coaches at the Wellness Leadership Academy, the writing process was simplified into a journey for the reader. I spent a weekend Immersion in Hawaii in December 2016 where I hashed out the plan and feel for the book, and then gave myself a timeframe of one chapter every 4-5 days. I found that having a short term specific focus kept me on track and kept the writing purposeful.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Bree:
The message of my book – to own the role you play with your negative self-talk definitely took on an agenda. It’s something I’m very passionate about in my daily life – whenever I thought of a struggling mum reading the book, the words would just flow with a life of their own.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Bree:
When I decided to write Own Your BS, I wanted it to be a hands-on practical tool that women could not only embrace but physically do something with to bring themselves a sense of peace and control over their head talk. So I think my favorite part of the book is the awareness activities of common limiting language in chapter 3 – the activities I encourage readers (and clients) to do neutralize negative emotions very effectively while highlighting possible choices for readers to take. I also really loved sharing my philosophy on goal setting – bringing the masculine (logical) brain together with the feminine (emotional) brain that really inspires action, no matter what a woman dreams or desires for herself.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Bree:
I’m currently working on a follow-on program to the book – it’s a 9 week Online Course (called Own Your BS: The Program) that extends the awareness gained in the book with a tool-box of in-the moment life strategies and for women to master, that helps them not only cope with life, but deal with all the challenges that show up. My true passion & vision for my life is to help women to be role models not only for themselves, but also for the people they influence most in their worlds, particularly children. Own Your BS: The Program has been designed so women can start to empower themselves and others simply and effectively.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Bree:
www.breestedman.com
I’m also all over Facebook and have a really active online community called Emotional Confidence for Women – join now.

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Bree:
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I hope that I’ve been able to inspire any woman who is struggling with sabotaging and destructive self-talk to know that you’re not alone, and secondly there are really simple things you can do to take back control. Head Talk does not need to consume your day, your relationships or your dreams.


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[Author Interview] Cynthia E. Mazzaferro | Powerful Beyond Measure

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Cynthia E. Mazzaferro

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

I’m Cynthia Mazzaferro an international award-wining and Amazon Best-seller author. Professionally, I am a retired physical therapist and owner of an ergonomic company that did work site analysis, product redesign and employee training on reducing stress and injuries in the workplace. I’ve been teaching and empowering individuals over 40 years. I am also a Reiki Master and energy practitioner and use a variety of techniques to assist in inner and outer healing. I am a keynote and inspirational speaker, workshop coordinator/trainer, intuitive and energy healer, and life coach.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: I’ve been writing for the past 2 years.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: My first book is Powerful Beyond Measure that was published on April 4, 2017 and was a contributing author in Shine Your Light that was just released Sept 6, 2017.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: I love writing that allows me to inspire individuals to see their greatness and experience a passionate, joyful and healthy life.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: To make sure that I am grounded in focused goals and not take on too many distracted ideas that can pull me into too many directions.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: My ideas come from many resources: personal experience, intuition, Divine Guidance, people and experiences that come into my life.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: Initially, the goal for the book is primarily identified and then the scope and framework is identified. By having a clear understanding of content, stories, practical tools/techniques, process and benefits that the reader can take away allows the chapters to have clarity and flow. Building the structure first allows for ease of content in a timely and efficient way.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: Many of my personal experiences and those that come into my life, I know are there for me to integrate into my story and the message/value that the reader can take away.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: Sharing some of my personal stories and how I grew and also some of the powerful life-changing experiences with a Mexican Family who was living a life of fear and a German woman who never experienced love and had lived a life of loneliness and disease.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: I have two new book titles/themes I am considering writing but am presently still promoting both of my new books. I envision delving more into another book in 2018 and await the continued inspiration and stories that will come into my life to provide the supplemental content for it.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Cynthia Mazzaferro: My website is www.CynthiaMazzaferro.com

FB pages https://www.facebook.com/ThePowerWithinCynthiaMazzaferro/
and https://www.facebook.com/PowerfulBeyondMeasure/

Both my books: Powerful Beyond Measure can be found on any on-line site (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) or at any bookstore.

You can also order your books from my website at http://www.cynthiamazzaferro.com/powerful-beyond-measure/ or http://www.cynthiamazzaferro.com/shine-your-light-book/.

If you would like to contact me, please send me an email at info@CynthiaMazzaferro.com.


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[Author Interview] – Alistair Cross | Sleep, Savannah, Sleep

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Alistair Cross

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Alistair: I grew up in a small town in Utah where I really just didn’t fit in. As someone who was painfully introverted and not at all interested in athletics, I had trouble finding channels of self-expression and often lost myself in books, music, and movies. I discovered horror when I was about eight years old, and I suppose I fell in love with it because it was the most thrilling, exciting, and emotionally stimulating thing around me at that time. To me, horror was – and still is – the antithesis of normal and boring, and movies like Carrie and The Amityville Horror, and stories like Dracula and The Tell-Tale Heart were the first things to ever hold me down and demand my full attention.   

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Alistair: I’ve never thought of myself as anything but just a regular writer. It never occurred to me that I was a “horror writer” until other people began pointing it out to me. But I don’t think the label or the package is the important thing. The important things are the voice, the story, and above all, the characters – and as long as I can write what I want to, I don’t care if the world says I’m a Christian Neuroscience Erotic Thriller author.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Alistair: A paranormal murder mystery called Sleep, Savannah, Sleep. It’s about a recently widowed father named Jason Crandall who moves to a little town called Shadow Springs. As he and his young daughter, Amber, and rebellious teenage son, Brent, get settled in, Jason begins meeting the locals and quickly realizes that under its smooth surface, Shadow Springs is rife with scandal, secrets, and more bad blood than a battleground. After a beautiful young socialite named Savannah Sturgess goes missing, Jason’s childhood night terrors return and he begins having terrifying dreams that convince him the woman has been murdered. When her body turns up in the same place Jason predicts it will, he finds himself under suspicion and the only things that can help him prove his innocence are the macabre, otherworldly messages from the dead woman herself.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Alistair: I had a lot of fun creating the characters because I had to write them knowing upfront that each of them had to be a potential murder suspect – which automatically made them a lot more interesting.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Alistair: The hardest part of this book was planting enough clues that the big reveal was believable without giving it away too soon.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Alistair: I’d like to say something really interesting, like the darkest, moistest parts of my black soul or something, but the truth is, I don’t really know. Ideas come from everywhere, all the time. Conversations with friends, movies, books, lightning bolts of inspiration while scrubbing my feet in the shower … it’s anybody’s guess where these things come from, really.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Alistair: It’s always strange when you realize that your work is being read. What I mean is, you spend so much time writing in a little room, and then, when you make that rare real-world appearance and happen upon someone who has actually read your work, it’s always a little surreal. I think that’s because I never think about anything but the story in front of me when I’m writing – and when the book’s finished, I start thinking about the next one. I never think about anyone reading it, so when I find someone who has, I’m always a bit surprised.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Alistair: My characters absolutely have agendas of their own – and if they don’t, it means I’m not listening to them. I think that when an author decides he or she is going to lay down the law and force the plot to go a certain way, they’re robbing themselves of the true magic of the story – and all the surprises along the way. Stephen King once said that plot is the last resort of bad writers – and I agree. I believe in following the characters and allowing them to show you where the story leads. When you trust them, they’ll take you places you never could have come up with on your own.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Alistair: It’s a toss-up between the beginning and the end of every book – both of which are the most exciting times for me.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Alistair: The next thing readers will see from me is Darling Girls, a collaboration with Tamara Thorne. Darling Girls is unique because it’s a follow-up of Tamara’s vampire novel Candle Bay, as well as my own novel, The Crimson Corset. Tamara and I gleefully tied our respective vampire worlds together and Darling Girls is the surprising result. It continues the Candle Bay story, and includes my vampires, Michael, Winter, and Chynna, on a trip to an eerie little tourist trap called Eternity for a vampire family reunion … with plenty of blood-spill along the way.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Alistair: The best place to find me and a list of all of my social media outlets is at my website, alistaircross.com

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Alistair: Thank you for having me!


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[Author Interview] Randi Perrin – Virtue and Honor

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ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Randi Perrin: I’m Randi Perrin, a little quirky, a little country, a little rock-n-roll, all snark. By day, I’m a mild-mannered (oh, who am I kidding? I am not mild anything) technical writer and by night, I’m the creator of alternate realities with bad-ass female characters and smooth-as-silk guys who love them. (Sometimes I even write a bad-ass male character and the guy who loves him.)

Honestly, if you want to get to know me, read my books. All of my characters have a little bit of me in them. Some more than others, but they all have a little piece of my personality in there somewhere. But no, I’m not telling you which character’s quirks are mine and which aren’t. Where’s the fun in that?

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Randi Perrin: When haven’t I been writing is the more apt question. Whenever life throws a curveball at me, I cope by writing and always have. But, if I had to pinpoint a moment, I really got my start when my second-grade teacher put me on the newspaper staff (an honor that was not normally allowed until the third grade). I’ve been writing ever since. A friend and I wrote a mystery book in the fifth grade, which my brother illustrated for us and my stepdad bound. (I sent it to someone and never saw it again. Sigh.) I was first published nationally when I was thirteen in a poetry anthology. I was on the newspaper staff off and on throughout school, and then I got a degree in journalism, and worked at a newspaper for a while. I’ve interviewed a poet laureate, Miss Kentucky, Junior Miss Kentucky, civil war re-enactors, movie directors, and everything in between.

The non-fiction that I get paid to write wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to write fiction, too. I’m kind of like Ariel: You want thingamapublications? I got 20. But who cares? No big deal. I want more.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Randi Perrin: My most recent release is called Virtue and Honor. It’s the third book in the Earthbound Angels trilogy. (ATAI reviewed the first in the series, Virtue of Death, when I submitted it to the 2016 Romance novel contest.) All of the characters you loved from the first two books are back in this one, along with a few new ones. Each book is a standalone, but do build upon each one, so there weren’t really a whole lot of loose ends to tie up, but I did it anyway. Loose ends you didn’t know were loose ends (heck, I didn’t even know were loose ends until I got deep into it) get tidied up.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Randi Perrin: It’s a release. When someone at work drives me nuts, I go home and write it out. The person doesn’t necessarily make it into the story, but the act of pounding on my keyboard relaxes me (my husband says he swears keys are going to come flying off my laptop because I’m such a loud and aggressive typer—I say he’s just jealous). Plus, when I’m writing, I’m able to completely forget the things around me for a little while, and be in a completely different world. When I wrote Virtue of Death, I was able to escape back home to Virginia Beach. Or Promises of Virtue, I was back in Paris, enjoying the sites and the food. Or Virtue and Honor, running up the steps at the Art Institute of Chicago toward the Impressionist wing. I get to be somewhere else. I get to be somebody else. The trials in my daily life are gone, albeit temporarily. It’s freeing.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Randi Perrin: Navigating the business. Doing the right marketing. Finding the right audience. Hunting down the reviews. Doing the right signings. Ordering the best swag. There’s so much that can go wrong, and so many people out there who are trying to scam authors, that it’s inundating. Writing the novel is the easy part (and writing a book is not easy, by any stretch, but in the grand scheme, it’s the easy part). Then you have to deal with rejections, rewrites, marketing, reviews. It’s a lot, and there’s so much that can go wrong along the way.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Randi Perrin: There’s no telling. I will admit that more plot ideas come out of the shower than anywhere else. My best friend bought me one of those notepads with waterproof pages, and it’s gotten a lot of use. (The girl didn’t earn the title ‘best friend’ for nothing.) There’s nothing worse than coming up with a great idea as I’m falling asleep but not writing it down. I think, “It’s so awesome, there’s no way I can forget it.” The next morning—poof!—like Keyser Söze, it’s gone.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Randi Perrin: I have no process. Every book is different. In fact, there are times I may not even start in the right place. One thing is for sure, I’ve never written a full-length novel (or novella) in order. I write as the scenes come to me, and then stitch them together at the end. Which often involves drastic cosmetic surgery to make it fit and be pretty where it ends up. For example: in Virtue and Honor, the antagonist wasn’t the antagonist in the first draft. It wasn’t until the second draft that I changed up who it was entirely, which involved several heavy rewrites and finessing to make it work.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Randi Perrin: Yup. I stopped using outlines after my characters gave my outline the middle finger, shoved it off the table, and went, “So, what here’s what we’re going to do instead.” It’s their story, not mine, so I tend to listen to them. (And now I sound equal parts horrifying and crazy.)

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Randi Perrin: It’s really hard to pick just one. It’s a cop out answer, I know, but there are so many parts that are special for so many different reasons. However, I will say, there’s a scene in Virtue and Honor that involves two cars, a garage, and a rainstorm. This happened in real life, and after it did, my friend goes, “that needs to be in your next book.”

I said, “Challenge accepted.”

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Randi Perrin: I’m happy with where the angels wound up, so I’m going to step out of the paranormal/fantasy romance world for a bit and work on some contemporaries. I have a romantic comedy that I’m rewriting (for the fourth time—because sometimes that’s what it takes; if this book ever happens it will truly be the tale of the little novel that could) and I also have a women’s fiction rolling around in this head of mine. Then, who knows where my muse will take me.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Randi Perrin: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randiperrinwrites
Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389424504774060/
Website: http://randiperrin.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RandiPerrin
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RandiPerrin
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randiperrinwrites
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/RandiPerrin
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/randiperrin
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/randi-perrin

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Randi Perrin: Thank you for having me. Come and find me on social media, engage me, ask questions, post pics of hot guys.


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[Author Interview] Michelle Dare | Where I End

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Michelle Dare

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Michelle: I’m a wife and mom of two amazing children. I have a five-month-old German Shepherd puppy. My hands are definitely full. I live in eastern Pennsylvania, but I absolutely hate winter and snow. I write whenever I can and love it.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Michelle: A little over three years. I’ll have my three year publishing anniversary in October.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Michelle: My most recent release is titled Where I End. It’s a story that will pull at your heart, have tears in your eyes, but will leave you smiling at the end. Where I End is a new adult, stand alone romance.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Michelle: The freedom of it, especially being an indie author. I can write whatever I want, whenever I want. There are no limits and no rules. It’s amazing and also very therapeutic.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Michelle: Finding new readers. I’m always trying new ways to reach more readers and introduce them to my work.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Michelle: They can come from something as simple as a picture or a song. I also have very vivid dreams that I get a lot of ideas from.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Michelle: I write and write fast when I get in the groove. I write on an AlphaSmart and it makes all the difference in the world. From there, I transfer it to my computer. I have notebooks, post-its, and a dry erase board that I use. Personally, I like getting the entire book down before going back and reading through any of it and self-editing the story. Once the words are all written, then the fun starts. Or torture. However you look at it lol.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Michelle: Always. I let them guide me. I’m the middle person between them and the book. Okay, maybe I’m a little more. I do argue with them and love them.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Michelle: I couldn’t pick a favorite. I love all my books for different reasons. Each one holds a piece me in it.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Michelle: I’m currently writing Where I Am, which is about my hero’s best friend from Where I End. It’s a story of love lost and found. It will also be standalone.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Michelle: Newsletter Sign-Up: http://eepurl.com/bt14zX
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormichelledare
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/daresdivas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelle_dare
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/michelle_dare/
Website: https://www.michelledare.com/

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Michelle: Thank you for having me and taking the time to post about me on your page!


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[Author Interview] Victoria Renteria | Redemption

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Victoria Renteria

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Victoria: Hello, all! (Waves) I’m Victoria Renteria, thank you so much for having me today. Hmmm, what to say, what to say . . . Well, I live in the sunny state of Florida and I absolutely adore it here. I love the sunshine and having access to the beach year-round. It’s pretty much vacation weather all the time. I often find myself working from there as much as I can. I’m addicted to all things cherry. I have probably about a gazillion tattoos. And I love green tea. Oh, and as my husband loves to say: I’m pint sized. I’m all of about five foot three inches tall. My husband and all his Army buddies like to get a good laugh at my expense. Until I put on my biker boots and go for a ride. Did I mention my dad is a biker? No? That tends to scare most men off. Lol.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Victoria: Wow, such a fantastic question. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. I started penning my stories in a journal my great grandmother gave me as a child. From there I ventured into poetry. I published my first work as a Poet when I was nineteen. I’ve always loved the thrill of a good story. Find an author that can weave a world full of mischief and mayhem that you can truly sink your teeth into is a blissful escape from the everyday stressors life can bring.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Victoria: Eek! I am so glad you asked me this question. Redemption is my newest release. It’s a continuation, or a spin-off if you will of The Betrayed Series. It portrays two of the characters that you meet in The Betrayed Series and it tells you a haunting tale of how they came to be where they are. Their road to redemption is paved with misfortune and unhappiness. This story is close to my heart for so many reasons, it touches on some incredibly sensitive topics that others shy away from, but, it also shows you that through it all, the power of love can help us to break the chains of darkness that bind us to our past.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Victoria: Writing is my sanctuary. To be honest, I love the whole process of weaving a story from beginning to end. Creating a world that a reader can become so emotionally invested in that they can’t tell where the book ends and the real world begins.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Victoria: The most challenging part of being a writer is knowing when to turn it all off. There are times that I become so invested in my work that I literally forget about everything around me. Working from home, I’m afforded that ability. However, when you have a teenager who plays baseball 24/7 and a husband who is constantly deployed, it tends to be more challenging than not.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Victoria: Goodness, I pretty much find that life itself inspires me. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Nothing is excluded in my world. Sometimes it comes in the form of a song, or a word, or even a game that I play with my son. Conversations or even a person passing me on the street. I’ve even had inspiration strike in the shower. Yep, you read that correctly, in the shower! Life is funny that way. I can take anything I see and turn it into a fantastic new world for readers to dive into.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Victoria: Chaos. Crying. Rocking in a corner and pulling my hair out. Okay, maybe not in that order but they’re all part of the process. Generally, most writers will tell you that they sit down and sketch out an outline of the book chapter by chapter and know exactly where it’s going before they write it. My process is different. I know the storyline, I know the beginning, I know the end and the major points. However, all the juicy bits and the good stuff that happens in the middle I don’t know. Because characters tend to write the story themselves. So, I roughly sketch out an outline and then I allow the story to just develop on its own. Honestly, the story is constantly evolving as I write it.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Victoria: Absolutely. Every single character has their own voice and directs which way the story goes. A good writer will always tell you we are just the instrument to which our characters speak through.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Victoria: Wow, hitting me with the difficult ones. It is so difficult to pick one favorite part of my books. I really do love them all. I’d say if I can only choose one I would have to choose a section of Royal Blood. I love chapter ten where Kylee really steps it up and becomes the badass that we’ve always known she was. Her actions in this chapter just make me beam with pride. Then to top it all off the emotionally intense sexual encounter in the hallway with Alex is just icing on the cake. It kind of throws you for a loop.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Victoria:Victoria: Eek! I am so excited to talk about Beyond The Pain. This is a Suspense/Thriller that I’ve been working on and it is incredible! I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve screamed. Seriously, this book has me on edge. It’s about Colton Monroe a man who was born with the extraordinary ability to bend time. He’s always been an outcast from society so when the police department asks him to help on a missing person’s case he is really thrown for a loop. This story has everything from supernatural to suspense, angst, you name it and it’s there!

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Victoria: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaRenteriaAuthor/
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/962652627143951/
Website: www.victoriarenteria.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/authorvrenteria
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14428394.Victoria_Renteria
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_victoria_renteria
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/22w7g6wrnw5ljfksfl6gg6r2y or search for Victoria Renteria
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2iFVE3M

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Victoria: Thank you so much for having me on today! Feel free to stalk me or join my reader group. I really hope to hear from some of you soon ☺


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[Author Interview] Frank Chase Jr. | Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway

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Frank Chase Jr.

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Well, I am the author of False Roads to Manhood, What Women Need to Know; What Men Need to Understand, and my new book is titled, KLEPTOMANIAC: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? I am a native of Baltimore, Maryland and lived there until I was 19 year-old. I consider myself a miracle because at birth I weighed only two pounds and lived when the doctor’s didn’t think I’d make it. To publish my first book after getting many rejections, I started my publishing company, FC Publishing, LLC, which I am the president. In career I’ve worked for the government as a senior aviation writer for the Department of the Army. I am a four-year veteran of the United States Army. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology from Washington State University in 1989. Later on down the roads because I like education, I pursued a BA in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theology from North Carolina College of Theology (NCCT) and went on to earn my Doctorate in Theology from NCCT in 2009. I have authored and published numerous religious articles for newspapers, online magazines and print media along with appearances on Local Huntsville Alabama television and radio programs for my first book. As an Alabama resident, I live with my wife Teresa and one child Sarah at home. I am a grandfather of six grandchildren.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: I started writing back in when I was middle school around the seventh or eighth grade, so that’s been more than 40 years ago.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My most recent release was Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: The thing I love most about writing is that you get to educate and challenge readers. It’s always enjoyable to write something that people never hear about or the feeling you get when a person discovers something new they thought they hand a handle on.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: The challenge for me is when to put the pen down and write the end. I have a tendency to want to include all the details I can in a book so readers will not have to do much research. I also find it challenging to cut words out of a manuscript because I feel it’s like cutting out a piece of myself and the effort I put into writing process.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My ideas come mostly from questions. As theological and religious writer, it is my nature to question. Most of the when I write something it is because a question was asked and a reasonable was not obtained. That starts a process of more questions and more inquiry to get to the bottom line of the truth about a particular subject.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My writing process always begins with a question. From there, the research journey begins to gather all the facts and fables and scholarship that address a subject. Most of my writing is done in my man cave right at home.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: As a non-fiction religious writer, I think the message of my books are often driven by questions, what the current religious practices are and how they have changed over the centuries. In my case in trying pontificate a message in a book, I often discover other competing agendas that have existed throughout history and it fight for survival in spreading a particular message.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: My favorite book is my second book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? This message of this book is considered by some to be a taboo subject in religious cycles. But that’s why it was so enjoyable to write. It required me to do extensive research and writing the book also taught me more about the Bible than I had ever learned in many different Bibles Studies down through the years. Besides, I love writing about biblical subjects that make people raise their eyebrows.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Besides working on promoting my latest book, I’m working on a new book that deals with encouragement. The book is compilation of short essays that address the human condition based on stories from the Bible which shed light on how people interact with God knowingly and unknowingly.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: If people want to know about me, they can certainly google my name. I’m also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kleptomaniac10percent/) , and Twitter at @drfrankchasejr

More information about this book can be found at the publisher’s website at www.fcpublishing.com.

For additional information related to the new book, check out http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kleptomaniac. 



Also Kleptomaniac is on Bookbaby. Go to https://store.bookbaby.com/book/kleptomaniac


See this web site: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kleptomaniac/id1115970451?mt=11 




Check out the blog, KLEPTOMANIAC: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway at http://tithenomore.com.

You can also check out the Facebook page for KLEPTOMANIAC at:

https://www.facebook.com/kleptomaniac10percent/



Catch me on Facebook as well http://facebook.com/frank.chasejr



Here are Press Releases about Kleptomaniac:



http://www.prurgent.com/2016-08-22/pressrelease413791.htm 



https://www.prlog.org/12579736-fc-publishing-llc-announces-new-book-that-could-save-your-financial-life-in-church.html 



http://www.dgtbookpromotions.com/apps/blog/show/44094169-kleptomaniac-who-s-really-robbing-god-anyway-by-dr-frank-chase-jr- 



http://www.pressbox.co.uk/Education/FC_Publishing_LLC_Releases_New_Book_that_Upends_How_You_Look_at_Money_in_Church_1716720.html 



http://www.quotesrain.com/book/4754/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway-by-Dr.-Frank-Chase-Jr/ 



Book Review of Kleptomaniac:



Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/kleptomaniac 

Places

Where the Kleptomaniac has been Promoted on the Web:

http://www.iauthor.uk.com/kleptomaniac-who-s-really-robbing-god-anyway-:23283

http://shoutmybook.com/featured-book/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway-frank-chase-jr 

http://bookoftheday.org/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway-dr-frank-chase-jr-th-d/ 



http://booklife.com/project/kleptomaniac-who-s-really-robbing-god-anyway-19097 

http://beezeebooks.com/kleptomaniac/ 



http://www.quotesrain.com/book/4754/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway-by-Dr.-Frank-Chase-Jr/ 



https://openlibrary.org/works/OL17589475W/Kleptomaniac 



https://www.overdrive.com/media/2964829/kleptomaniac-who’s-really-robbing-god-anyway 

http://writers.support/bookFullDetails.php?ID=390&&MSG=&&TITLE=Kleptomaniac:-Who’s-Really-Robbing-God-Anyway? 

Bublish: https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/10673 

LibraryThing: https://www.librarything.com/work/18338845



AskDavid: http://askdavid.com/item/0975521772 

Twiter:

https://twitter.com/drfrankchasejr 

Book Daily:

http://www.bookdaily.com/book/5481447/kleptomaniac-who-s-really-robbing-god-anyway 

Get a signed paperback from the author at:

http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kleptomaniac.htm. 



http://bestindiebookstore.com/hot/product/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway/ 



Blog for Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?

Check out at: http://tithenomore.com 



http://www.indiebookdiscovery.com/ibd/book/3017_kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway_by_frank-chase-jr 

http://awesomegang.com/kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway/ 



https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kleptomaniac/id1115970451?mt=11 



http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/Dr-Frank-Chase-Jr-Releases-Book-Kleptomaniac-Whos-Really-Robbing-God-Anyway-20160831 



http://www.readersintheknow.com/edition/11518/Kleptomaniac:_Who%27s_Really_Robbing_God_Anyway%3F 



http://www.indiebookdiscovery.com/ibd/author/656_frank-chase-jr/ 

Author interviews with Dr. Frank Chase Jr:



http://readinwritin.blogspot.com/2016/08/interview-with-dr-frank-chase-jr-author.html?spref=fb 

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2016/08/an-interview-with-frank-chase-jr-author-of-kleptomaniac-whos-really-robbing-god-anyway/



Book Trailers for Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4r82q9 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vROi_coubo4 


ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Dr. Frank Chase Jr: Thank you so much for interviewing me. It was a pleasure sharing my thoughts with your audience and your readers.


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[Author Interview] Shelby Londyn-Heath | The Twilight Tsunami

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Shelby Londyn-Heath

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

My name is Shelby Londyn-Heath. I am a writer and blogger. If anyone would like to be spotlighted or interviewed on my blog, check it out at here. And if you, the interviewer, would like to do a guest post, please feel free to do so. My mission is not only to promote myself, but to promote other writers and book lovers. I learned from authoring my first book that writing is a grueling process, bringing with it the challenges of self-doubt and procrastination.

Making friends with other writers after I got published was the exact opposite experience for me. I felt enlivened by meeting writers who went through the same emotions as me when they were trying to complete a book. I have been amazed at how understanding and supportive writers are.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

SLH: I have been writing since I learned my letters. After I learned to write, I set up a classroom in my living room and tried to teach my younger brothers how to write. If they did well, they got to play games that I made up for them. Turns out they liked the games better than the writing and they started to rebel from me. Later, all three of my brothers dropped out of high school. They created thriving businesses and did much better than I did financially. They should have taught me a lesson or two. I am still struggling, even though I received more education than they did.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

SLH: My most recent release was The Twilight Tsunami, a raw-hitting book about Social Services. Opinions about my book have varied. Talk about love/hate. Reviewers have praised it to the stars and back. Others have given me reviews full of verbal slaps. The reviews have helped me learn to write better. Bottom line: this book can easily offend. However, there is a lot of action and suspense in it. I laughed and cried as I wrote it.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I just finished a book of short stories called The Bulls in Houston. I haven’t published it yet because I entered it in a writing contest – one of those rare contests that are free, yet highly respected.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

SLH: I love to write because I am able to leave behind the world that I find irritating at times. I can be free of the idiots who honk their car horns if I am a second late pulling into traffic, even though there are cars coming. I can leave behind sour-faced people at the Department of Motor Vehicle who love to be rude for the power of it. ( I send thank you’s to the nice ones.)


Did you ever notice that the more people feel secure in their jobs, the meaner they can be? For that reason, I question giving tenure to teachers, especially teachers who have been in the system for a thousand years and have grown tired of children.


Oops, back to writing…Yes, I love to escape the trivialities and meanness that exists all around me, ( I give thank you’s to the compassionate and caring people out there) and I live for awhile with exciting characters and lots of adventures. Of course, if a character in my book turns mean or rude, I can torture it with dumb choices and humiliating events. After all, it’s my book. Being a writer lets me be the ultimate control freak.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

SLH: I hate the business end of writing. My personal nature is to give. I love to share what I have and I like to keep things simple. This whole promotion thing is agony for me. And promotions are expensive. There are a lot of promotional sites on the internet that are gauging self-published authors. Then again, there are committed websites, like this one, who ask nothing in exchange for spotlighting writers on their sites. Thank goodness there are people who work hard to keep literature rooted into the main culture.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

SLH: The best ideas come from the times I meditate. No, I don’t meditate regularly but it is amazing when I quiet down, how many messages the universe has for me.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night when a character visits me, or when I day dream, some new being pops in on a beam from outer somewhere. If I could write what I have seen in my daydreams, I would have thousands of books to be proud of, but the actual sitting down and writing takes tons more discipline than I am capable of.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

SLH: When I write, I write nonstop. Time flies. I can go from morning to night for days. However, I cannot multi-task. When I have daily business to attend to, I get severely distracted. If I become worried about something, I cannot stand the thought of writing. I have to have a clear mental channel to work

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

SLH: Absolutely. My characters are head-strong and they don’t like to be told what to do. Quite often, I have to take breaks from them. My books take a long time because of this.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

SLH: I love my short story “The Hanging Footbridge” in my book The Bulls in Houston. I started making the story up when I was sitting at an old dock in Hawaii where Mark Twain visited. I said, “Hey Mark, why don’t you help me with a story and I’ll be forever grateful?” I looked up and there was an old footbridge and my story went from there. Of course, the story is nothing like Mark Twain would have ever written, and it is quirky, possibly an offensive story, but I love it. I like the way the main character found a solution to the awful challenge of his life. I mean, isn’t that what we are all about? Searching for the key that will unlock the magic and unfurl a path to our freedom? Underneath it all, we want the same thing but our paths to get there are different.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

SLH: I am in a period of distraction. Have you ever woken up to the sound of bulldozers whining and clanging around you? You can hear the roots of trees ripping and the harsh jarring sounds of their crash to the earth. Well, that is what I am going through right now. The land next to me is being leveled and I have had trouble sleeping due to the upheaval. This experience reinforces how badly I want to create a quiet retreat for artists and writers someday.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

SLH: Please visit my blog http://www.surfsupbookshelves.com and also, visit me on Face Book.

You are welcome to promote your book on my “Global Writers for Peace” Face Book page:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/globalwrjtersforpeace/?ref=group_cover

My book The Twilight Tsunami is on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dpB06ZZJ4SSH

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

SLH: Thanks. And remember, all you writers out there, you are powerful and your writing is important to the world. Write on!


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[Author Interview] Karen Putz | Unwrapping Your Passion

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Karen Putz

Karen Putz is a mom, writer, speaker, Passion Mentor and barefoot water skier. She specializes in helping others unwrap their passions–after all, there’s no sense in playing life too small. Karen is a former columnist for the Chicago Tribune TribLocal and is a blogger at Growing Bolder and Ricky Martin’s Piccolo Universe.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Karen Putz: I wrote my first story on a typewriter when I was nine. I wrote poetry in high school and always dreamed of writing books like Danielle Steel or Erma Bombeck. My writing career actually started in the early days of the internet when I wrote paid reviews and blog posts.

I finally sat down to write my first book in 2010. It took me two and half years to finish that first book.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Karen Putz: My most recent release is Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want. The idea for this was conceived several years ago, but I wasn’t in a position to write it—I had to LIVE it first. I interviewed over 200 people and put everything I learned about passion into this book.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Karen Putz: I love the ability to create something that will help someone else or entertain them. I love the million and one ways you can craft a sentence or story.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Karen Putz: The most challenging thing is to write when you don’t feel like writing or when your brain is simply overloaded and can’t produce anything worth reading.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Karen Putz: Everywhere! My ideas usually pop up when I’m driving, meditating, taking a bath, or walking the dog. My phone is my best friend. Siri and I are likethis. She faithfully records everything in the Notes section of my phone. I’ve written entire chapters on my phone.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Karen Putz: All of my writing processes start out in a spiral notebook. One of those cheap ones you get for twenty-five cents at the start of the fall school year. I have a pile of them in my room. I take one with me whenever I travel. There’s something very therapeutic and cathartic about writing out your thoughts. There’s a different energy that flows when you slow things down and do what I call a “Brain Dump.” You may find the title appearing, or a chapter, or an entire book idea from this process.

Depending on the book I’m writing, I’ll use Google Docs, Word, Pressbooks, or Scrivener for the actual writing.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Karen Putz: The novel I’m currently working on definitely has characters that have a life of their own—sometimes I’m totally surprised at what comes up when I’m deep into writing fiction. When I read it later, I’m scratching my head wondering how in the world that unfolded. I think it happens easily when you’re deep into the craft. That “in the zone” feeling.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Karen Putz: My favorite part of Unwrapping Your Passion is actually the scene where I described facing my fears by sitting on an alligator. That was the scariest, most nerve-wracking moment in my life but it filled me with a sense of awe afterwards. There’s something life-changing about facing fear and getting to the other side of it.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Karen Putz: I just completed a book about Banana George, a colorful entrepreneur who grew younger as he became older—he went surfing, skydiving, bull-riding, snowboarding, barefoot water skiing—all in his 80’s. I’m also working on my first novel.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Karen Putz: It’s pretty easy to find a Putz on the internet—there’s not too many of us out there.

UnwrappingYourPassion.com

Agelesspassions.com
Facebook.com/thepassionmentor
Twitter.com/agelesspassions
Instagram.com/agelesspassions

And for a daily dose of passion: Instagram.com/thepassionacademy

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Karen Putz: My pleasure!


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[Author Interview] Tina Ruiz | Under the Nail Polish

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Tina Griffith

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Tina: I began writing sentences in Grade 1. I had my first article printed in the newspaper in Grade 10. I sold my first children’s story when my kids were little, and I now write romance novels. I guess we can safely say that I’ve been writing for 45 years.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Tina: Under the Nail Polish

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Tina: Creating a scene, a love story, and making people fall in love with my characters, and the book.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Tina: Coming up with a title, and names for the characters.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Tina: Everyday life. My grandbabies, seeing people in the malls, or watching older people holding hands and smiling at each other. I take what I see and create a story around it.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Tina: I don’t actually have a process for writing. I write when I can, when I can, and keep away from my computer when I can’t. I sometimes write a book from page one to the end, and at other times, I write ‘scenes’ and graph them together when I think I have all the pieces.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Tina: Oh my gosh, yes. I’ve experienced it twice in my life, where it’s my fingers on the keyboard, but I am not typing out the words. In ‘A Second Later…’, my fingers typed out 13 pages, but it wasn’t me who wrote that part of the book. It was fascinating, like an out of body experience.

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Tina: My biggest thrill is when I write ‘The End’ after the first draft. Why? Because then I get to read the story from beginning to end for the very first time.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Tina: I’ve got 101 pages done, on the greatest romance story ever written. It’s going to be bigger than ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. I want to give you goose bumps, and make you cry from sadness and joy. I want you to love these characters and wish for them to end up together at the end, and I want you to remember this book as the best romance book you’ve ever read in your life.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Tina: I have a facebook account for myself, and for my books – ‘tinagriffithromancenovelist’.


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