[Author Interview] Paul Semendinger | Principal Sam Gets Fit

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Paul Semendinger

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

My name is Dr. Paul Semendinger. I am an elementary school principal in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I am very fortunate, I work in the world’s greatest school. I mean that sincerely. The teachers, the kids, the parents, the staff – everyone is so wonderful and kind. There is a passion for kids there that I have never seen anywhere else.

I have been an educator for close to thirty years and have served at every level. I have a passion for bringing joy to children and adults alike.

I am happily married to my wonderful wife Laurie for 26 years. We have three terrific sons who are grown and are in college working towards their own futures.

Growing up, I was always a coach for their sports teams and volunteered with the Boy Scouts where they each earned Eagle Scout honors.

For fun, I enjoy running, playing softball, reading, and writing.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

My whole life. I remember having a one line story published in my school newspaper when I was in first grade. I find that I am best able to articulate my thoughts when I write.

I am proud to have my first book of motivational passages, Impossible is an Illusion published along with my first two children’s picture books about a wonderful absent-minded character named Principal Sam.

In addition, I have a novel that will be published soon as well as a book about the New York Yankees – and a host of other children’s books. I’m querying some of the children’s books right now! Please wish me luck!

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

The most recent release, Principal Sam Gets Fit, just came out. The other two books Impossible is an Illusion and Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion were also released in 2017.

It’s been a busy year!

The third Principal Sam book, Principal Sam and the Three Bears, is scheduled for a 2018 release. That is when the novel is also planned for publication.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Everything. I write a lot. Each week I spend time writing a (sometimes long) reflective piece that I share with my teaching staff. (Some of those essays, in modified form, are in Impossible is an Illusion.) I also maintain my blog (www.drpaulsem.com) and write for It’s About the Money, a New York Yankees blog that is part of the ESPN SweetSpot Network.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

To be honest, the publishing process is challenging. I have been told by many agents/publishers that they really enjoy my writing, but also, I’ve been rejected by them more times than I can count. It’s hard to get published.

I believe my books, especially my children’s books, are positive, warm, child-centered, and fun, but I’m sometimes told that publishers are looking for more edgy characters. I’m looking forward to the day when the industry is ready to embrace kindness even more. Parents, kids, teachers, and so many find my characters lovable, sweet, and kind. I think we need lots of kindness today!

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Mostly real life experiences or my imagination. The first Principal Sam book, where he confuses the holidays, came about because I was joking with little kids in my school pretending that I didn’t know what Valentine’s Day was. After thinking about it later, I thought to myself, “There’s a cute book there!”

ATAI: What is your writing process?

I try to write every day. I like getting ideas on paper (or the computer) and building from there. I live an active and busy life so I wake up early to find the necessary time to write (and to exercise). Yes, I set the alarm for 4:00 a.m.

As I shared earlier, I write a reflective (hopefully motivational) passage for my teachers each week. I also write for the parents on a monthly basis. It’s part of who I am.

I most write on the computer, but I do have notebooks where I jot ideas down as they come. I started using a standing desk last year – which I love!

I wish I had even more time to invest in this craft!

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

I’ll answer this in two parts. For Impossible is an Illusion, the best part is when people tell me that my words helped them achieve a goal, to be more positive, or to be a better person. That’s what it’s all about. I love inspiring others!

For the kids’ books, my favorite parts are when I make kids laugh and smile. That is absolutely priceless. I love reading in classrooms or libraries and making kids laugh. It’s the best!

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

Principal Sam and the Three Bears will go for a professional edit soon and be released in 2018.

My novel Scattering the Ashes is also slated for a 2018 release.

My unique history of the New York Yankees, The Least Among Them, is in it’s editing stage. I’m actually hoping to collaborate with a professional sports writer or researcher to help me tie up some loose ends to bring the book to its conclusion.

As I also stated, I write for my blog and “It’s About the Money” as often as I can.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

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ATAI: Where can people find you online?

You can find me in a variety of places. Here are the links:

www.drpaulsem.com

http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ and

www.semmendinger-camera.com (but that’s a whole other story!)

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

Thank you! I am honored that I had this opportunity to talk. I’d love to come back and talk more about writing, reading, motivation, running…or even old cameras.

I wish you only the best!


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[Author Interview] Ameer Ali | Sizzling Soft Skills for Spectacular Success

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P. Ameer Ali

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

P. Ameer Ali : I am a Senior HR Professional who has been specializing in Communication Skill and Soft Skill Training for the past 15 years. I have personally trained nearly 5000 candidates in these skills and helped them corner jobs of their choice in the IT, ITES, and Service Sectors. Reading, Writing, Training and Answering questions related to Education, Soft Skills, Management and Spirituality are my passions. I am a strong proponent of Positive Thinking.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

P. Ameer Ali : I have been writing articles for the past 10 years on different subjects like Effective Communication, Sales Techniques, Interview Guidance, Practical Spirituality, etc. just to name a few. Some of my Articles have been voted as Top Ranking Articles by the comity of International Writers.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

P. Ameer Ali : My most recent release is my First Book on Soft Skills titled as “ Sizzling Soft Skills For Spectacular Success ” (ISBN9781947137332), published by Notionpress.com The Book gives a graphic account of Ten of the most important Soft Skills like the Art of Learning, Interpersonal Skills, Analytical Ability, Goal Setting, Innovation and Creativity, and Enthusiasm, among others. The Book has been well received by the target audience like College Graduates, Post Graduates, Employed Youngsters who are aspiring for quick advancement in their careers, and Teachers who would like to give a good exposure to their students in the realm of Soft Skills.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

P. Ameer Ali : The most exciting thing about writing is that for the first time, you try to initiate and maintain an ongoing conversation with an invisible friend and audience, that is, your readers. You get no clue at all about their response ( and even reprimands, at times!) and still continue to keep the conversation going on, in the strong belief that they will come to like at least some part of your writing, if not all. Of course, you have to be a staunch positive thinker to maintain such a composure throughout your writing episode, as otherwise Writer’s Block or sheer Despair will overtake you. I have been fortunate enough to get fairly quick and mostly appreciative reviews on my work from my readers, probably because I have chosen such quickly responsive platforms, and I have the knack of visualizing what my prospective readers would relish from my pen. My interesting experience in answering a whole lot of practical questions from readers of various hues, on Quora.com platform, has given me a rare insight into what the readers normally expect from a resourceful author, and so I am able to dish out hot favourite materials which suit their tastes and needs. So far so good!

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

P. Ameer Ali : Carrying my “baby” to the market place seems to be the most challenging aspect of my career, as an author. I know my book is loaded with really stimulating and directly applicable valid principles which any youngster with ambition should only be too glad to devour to equip and empower himself to face the competitive world. However, to reach this target audience within a reasonable time, and at a reasonable cost, appears to be somewhat challenging. Of course, marketing is not new to me; I had been a professional marketer in the pharmaceutical field some years ago, and I am confident that I could break this impasse, sooner than later.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

P. Ameer Ali : My ideas come mainly from my past work experience. I had the fortune to work in different fields and had the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and with varied skill sets, and so I could fill my bag with a lot of interesting information and experience. Now that I try to ruminate on all those details in my Mind Laboratory, they bloom into novel and enriching concepts, most suitable to be captured in the print form, for their intrinsic value. Nowadays, I do get ideas, literally out of the blue, and I am vigilant enough to capture and treasure them as and when they come to me, and later on I do whatever fine-tuning or editing is required.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

P. Ameer Ali : Once a Central Idea appeals to me and I am convinced that it is worth pursuing, then I try to divide it into different sub topics or chapters and start collecting as much details as possible from all available sources. The more the details, the better would be the final product outcome, and so I relentlessly go in search of all related material. Alongside I start organizing the already gathered material in meaningful clusters so that they could later on be arranged in an intelligible order. I spend considerable time in formatting and finally zeroing in on the most suitable and attractive title for my work. Throughout my writing process, I try to keep a mental picture of my reader in front of me, and this virtual image largely decides my writing style.

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

P. Ameer Ali : I am a non-fiction writer, specialising in the promotion of valuable life skills. For the purpose of projecting these skills in a powerful and convincing manner to my readers, I turn these ideas, over and over many times, in my mind, and only when I am satisfied with a version to be put on paper, do I venture to do it. So the chances of my message going in a direction that I didn’t expect haven’t happened to me so far.

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

P. Ameer Ali : In my Book “ Sizzling soft Skills For Spectacular Success”, I have given a graphic description of 10 of the most important Soft Skills, validating their relevance and usefulness with a lot of interesting real life episodes, which makes an easy and enjoyable reading. To recap, I have listed the 10 Outstanding Benefits of each of these Soft Skills, in a tabular column, for easy reference and recall. The most favorite part of my book is the Punch Line I have appended at the end of each Chapter, as the Last Word. One such Punch Line at the end of the Chapter on ‘Innovation and Creativity’ :

“ Activity is just the Sign of Life,
Creativity is the real Crown of Life !”

ATAI: What are you working on next?

P. Ameer Ali : As I had mentioned earlier, nowadays, I seem to be getting a lot of inspiring ideas, almost out of the blue, and most of these ideas point to a dimension which had not been so far visible to many, including myself. I feel it is worthwhile to compile, edit and present them as a Chronicle for the intellectually oriented mature readers to peruse and benefit. I am into it right now. Alongside, I am organizing various inputs I have collected over the past many years, concerning Teacher Motivation, a topic which is close to my heart, because I respect Teachers a lot.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?


P. Ameer Ali : People can find me on any of these portal addresses:

https://www.facebook.com/ameerali.communication.trainer
https://www.quora.com/profile/Ameer-Ali-121
https://twitter.com/AmeerAli48
https://notionpress.com/read/sizzling-soft-skills-for-spectacular-success

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

P. Ameer Ali : It has been such an exciting experience for me giving these details for an online virtual Author Interview. Thanks a lot for your kindness in championing the cause of new Authors like me. Through these columns, I take pleasure in wishing your enlightened Readers a Great Day, and a Delightful Reading experience !


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[Author Interview] Graham Sclater | Cowboys and Angels

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Graham Sclater

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Graham Sclater: I am a music publisher and scriptwriter and of course an author.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Graham Sclater: I started about fifteen years ago but on several different project and once the first book was published it gave e encouragement to spend a lot of my spare time writing.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Graham Sclater: My seventh novel is Cowboys and Angels. the title came from a George Michael song and I used it as he died while I was writing it.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Graham Sclater: Once I have the idea I look for the names of my characters and photographs of how I imagine them.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Graham Sclater: Getting to the end.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Graham Sclater: From newspaper, magazine articles or something I hear. But I need to want to research it. I leave it for as long as it takes before I feel I want to write.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Graham Sclater: I always carry a notebook including keeping one beneath my pillow. I try to set out as many chapter headings as I can and slowly fill in the gaps as I research the subject. I type up the chapter headings and put them on the wall.

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

Graham Sclater: They take on a life of their own and once I have a basis of a story I work from there. I hate some of my characters and the way they act but it works for me.

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

Graham Sclater: Probably a section in my first historical novel Hatred is the Key set in the years 1812-1815 when England was at war with the USA and American prisoners were held here in England.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Graham Sclater: A novel based around the life of buskers – street entertainers and their world.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Graham Sclater: These are the primary sites and I am also on Facebook. http://www.tabithabooks.webs.com or http://www.Graham Sclater.webs.com

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

Graham Sclater: I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I did writing them. It took me a long time.


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[Author Interview] Ivy Love | Belle’s Goodbye

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Ivy Love

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Ivy: I’m Ivy. I work full-time as a paralegal and write in the hours in between. I have four dogs and always need to restrain myself to not adopt anymore. I love pasta, it’s the one thing I can (and probably do) overeat. I love hiking and high heels. I know those two things don’t go together, but if you look in my closet, you’ll see hiking shoes and heels that range five to six inches. (I’m kind of short) I’m a big whiskey girl. Oh, and I am not good at these things if you can’t tell, haha!

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Ivy: I’ve been writing since I was thirteen. I picked up a pencil and wrote my first hundred-page story, front and back in a notebook. It was the first time I realized I could not only lose myself in other people’s words, but my own words, too.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Ivy: My most recent release is called Belle’s Goodbye. It’s not your typical romance book with a happily-ever-after. It touches on sensitive subjects and isn’t a HEA. But, this story came to me so forcefully, that I stopped writing something else to write this.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Ivy: I love writing. I never had any intention of sharing my stories, but got a much-needed nudge to do so and now I am. I have so many stories to tell and honestly, I just love having the opportunity to share them with people. If my stories touch someone, that’s even better.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Ivy: Reading reviews. I have to not read them sometimes. I tend to leave a piece of myself in every book I write. My last two books were more personal and I am still working on not taking things personally, haha.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Ivy: I get my ideas from everywhere. I can be sitting and randomly just come up with an idea. Or they can come from trips, for example, I’m working on one book that came from a trip I made to a casino. I went and I just saw the whole plot unfold in my head.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Ivy: It varies from book to book. Generally, I have the whole plot worked out in my head, before I ever start writing. As I start to write, I can see, in my head, if the plot changes. I usually won’t plot out anything by hand. If I do, it’s always handwritten.

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

Ivy: ALWAYS! The characters always know what they want to say, how they want to say and when they want to say it.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Ivy: I’m currently working on Becoming Us. Becoming Us, is the second and final book, and is the follow-up to Lost in Me, Found in You. I’m also working on a standalone with a working title, that’s subject to change and a follow-up to Cutting Through the Darkness.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Ivy: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorivylove
Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/794429494008173/
Website: http://www.booksbyivy.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/authorivylove
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8441016.Ivy_Love
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorivylove/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ivylovepa/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IvyLoveauthor
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5wNi41VS9AY90n-ygQl2Sg
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/12164040064
Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/RV0yAL

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

Ivy: Thank you so much for having me! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me <3


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[Author Interview] JE Grace |

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J.E. Grace

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

My name is Julie Grace (Pen name: J.E. Grace). I was born in California, but moved to Missouri in 2000. I have a background in Retail Mgmt., Property Mgmt. and Real Estate.

I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 28 years. I have four grown daughters and eight grandchildren. All of them are scattered across the U.S. My cat, Rascal, keeps us company these days.

I retired from Real Estate in 2013 to pursue my writing and art interests. I’m a traditional and digital artist/book cover designer. I also enjoy traveling, photography, and I’m an avid reader of lots of different genres.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Julie: I have always loved to write, even as a young child. After retiring I started working on my first novel, a science fiction with Christian overtones, which I published on Amazon in 2016. I am a Christian inspirational author.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Julie: My most recent release was the second book in my Pacific Cove series, titled “Testament of Faith.”

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Julie: If I had to pick one thing, it would have to be creating characters and bringing them to life for the reader. It brings me great joy being able to share my books with them.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Julie: The most challenging thing would have to be editing. It is hard sometimes cutting what you worked so hard to create, even if it is for a good reason.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Julie: My ideas are a combination of past experiences, some news article I might have read that sounds exciting, or sometimes random characters pop into my head that I build a story around.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Julie: I come up with an idea first. Then I build a setting (where the story takes place). If it is somewhere that isn’t familiar, I do research until I’m satisfied with the information. Then I do an outline of my characters and their traits. Next a short outline of some main points I want to cover in my story. I rarely do a complete outline. I do all of my writing in Word on my desktop. I have a home office which gives me the privacy I need when I write.

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

Julie: Funny you should ask. Most times even though I know where I’m going with the story, sometimes the characters seem to lead me a different way. It usually ends up being what the story needs.

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

Julie: I would have to choose book 1 of my Pacific Cove series, Haunted Visions, where Naomi ends up solving the 100-year-old mystery that has stumped the people of West Haven for years.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Julie: I actually have four projects going on right now.

The next to be published is a Christian inspirational novel titled, “A Walk with Heavenly Spirits.” It’s about a girl who has fallen away from her walk with God and is visited by Heavenly Spirits that remind her that the Lord hasn’t abandoned her. I show her journey back to God and how her life is dramatically changed. It’s a work of inspiration, enveloped in promises from God’s word and should be finished soon.

I am also working on Book 3 of the Pacific Cove series titled, “Love’s Enduring Legacy” and a sequel to The Zarion-Saving Mankind titled, “Battle for Zantera.”

I have future plans for another mystery novel and a children’s book.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Julie: I have a fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jegrace2016
I’m on twitter: http://twitter.com/bizwings
My website is: http://jegrace.webs.com
Blog: http://jegrace.webs.com/apps/blog
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/jegrace
Pronoun Author Page: https://books.pronoun.com/jegrace
Email: thezarion@gmail.com
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jegrace
Fine Art America: http://julie-grace.pixels.com
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bizwings49

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

Julie: Thanks for inviting me. I enjoy hearing from my readers, so feel free to contact me with your questions or just to say hello. Have a wonderful day.


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[Author Interview] Zizi Cole | Sweet Visions

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Zizi Cole

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Zizi Cole: I am a divorcee with two beautiful boys. I live in a small town in Missouri where I work by evening as a yearbook proofreader. When I’m not working or writing, I love reading and spending time with my children.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Zizi: I have been writing for a long time. I started by writing poetry, yet I couldn’t make anything rhyme. Then, as a teenager, I started to write a novel, but I never did finish it. This past November, I decided that I was going to sit down and write a novel. I wrote Sweet Nightmares, book one of the DAMNED series in under a month.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Zizi: My most recent release is Sweet Visions. It is book two of the DAMNED series. It was released on July 29th.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Zizi: Being able to escape and emerge myself into a different world. A world where I am in charge of whatever happens, yet I love seeing where the characters take the story.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Zizi: Definitely would have to be marketing. I hate marketing. It is so time consuming.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Zizi: They tend to just pop in my head. I can be working and talking to a co-worker and get an idea of what I want to write about. I carry a notebook around with me in case an idea pops into my head.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Zizi: I will sit down and just start writing whatever comes to my head. I will make a playlist of music that suits the storyline.

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

Zizi: Yes. My characters get to a point where they just take over. There are times when I have to force myself to step back if they are getting out of control. I tend to let them take me where they feel the story needs to go though. They know what they need to do the majority of the time.

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

Zizi: My favorite part of Sweet Visions is a conversation between Mia and Cole. Mia is upset that Cole is keeping things from her and thinks that he doesn’t care about. It is the first time he outright tells her how he feels, in his own way. I will go ahead and share the scene with you.

“Why wouldn’t you tell me?” she whispered. The hurt seeping into her quivering voice. “Don’t you trust me? I thought you cared about me.”

I groaned and crossed the room to her in three long strides. I pulled her out of the chair and put my hands on her slender neck. I could feel her pulse beating against my thumb reminding me of how delicate her life was. I applied a little pressure to her neck⸻ not enough to hurt her, just enough for her to realize how vulnerable she was. I leaned forward and kissed her hard on the mouth. Her luscious lips relaxed against mine, and her mouth opened, inviting me in. I pulled back from the kiss and pressed my cheek against hers. I whispered against her ear. “If I didn’t care about you, I wouldn’t be here.”

©Copyright Zizi Cole 2017

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Zizi: I am currently working on a few projects. The one I am trying to wrap up is book 3 of the DAMNED series, Sweet Conflict. I am hoping to have it finished soon and be able to have it published by October. I am also working on a dystopian, a thriller, and am planning a children’s chapter book which I will write under a different pen name.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Zizi: I am almost everyone online. I love talking to readers and other authors.
Author page- www.facebook.com/authorzizicole
Facebook- www.facebook.com/zizicole85
Twitter- www.twitter.com/zizicole
Instagram- www.instagram.com/authorzizicole
Street Team- https://www.facebook.com/groups/ziziszealots/
Website- https://authorzizicole.wixsite.com/mysite
Newsletter- http://eepurl.com/cKrzWz
Goodreads- www.goodreads.com/zizicole

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

Zizi: Thank you so much for having me. I really enjoyed chatting with you.


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[Author Interview] J.A. Pickett | A Distortion of Reality

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J.A. Pickett

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Jennifer Cherry. Pen name: J. A. Pickett

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Pickett: Since I was about 10 years old. It really took off in the 6th grade thanks to my teacher, Mrs. Doan

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Pickett: A Distortion of Reality

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Pickett: Being able to take the reader on an incredible journey.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Pickett: To concentrate on just one book at a time.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Pickett: Sometimes from nowhere. My most recent book I have started to write came from a writing prompt from one of the groups I belong to on Facebook.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Pickett: I don’t really have a process. The words sometimes just flow like a river.

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

Pickett: Yes. Especially A Distortion of Reality. It took me from my senior year in high school till about 3 years ago. I had to put it down for several years because I was beginning to let the book consume my life.

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

Pickett: The progression of the story.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Pickett: I have two I’m working on. Tales of the Bedroom Madame and Johnny Song, The Assassins Assassin.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Pickett: I’m on Facebook a lot. Also I have an author’s page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/author/japickett


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[Author Interview] Elizabeth Dulberger | Smoke and Mirrors

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Elizabeth Dulberger

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Elizabeth Dulberger:  I’m a 37 year old female who stumbled upon coaching leaders and speaking in front of groups by accident. This career came out of nowhere for me and I finally realized what I was meant to do in this life. When it hits you, you know.


I am a serial entrepreneur who started businesses since I was 19 years old. I can coach them today because I understand their plight. I am incredibly diverse and versatile. I can go from advising a serious leader right into a Latin club for some salsa dancing (been dancing long time). I can eat at a 5 star restaurant one night and catch a Chicago street dog the next. I don’t need fancy shoes BUT love to dress up. My kids are 6 and 2 and I am a handworking mom trying to make it every day without food or milk getting on my suit. I live in Canada and go between the US and Canada often. My clientele is mainly in the US and I lived in Denver, CO prior to that. I was born in Russia and came here when I was 10 years old. I speak a few languages and it helps me in business. I’m opinionated to say the least and can be very funny on stage!

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Elizabeth Dulberger: NOT long at all. I don’t consider myself a writer fight. I am a much better speaker than writer to be honest. Something about the thoughts in my head moving way too quickly.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Elizabeth Dulberger: I released a book on July 18, 2017 called Smoke & Mirrors: Strategic Self Awareness for Leaders and Future Leaders.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Elizabeth Dulberger: I love sharing my thoughts with the world, as crazy as some of them are. When you are a coach and you get the same issues and the same questions over and over (people’s concerns aren’t all that different) you want to answer those questions and for as many people as you can, so I wrote a book.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Elizabeth Dulberger: Writing is a challenge for me, I am very quick and aggressive usually and I don’t think I take out of the process what it is meant to give me: peace of mind and enlightenment. The urgency I feel when I want to get the ideas out bring me much stress and it makes it challenging to complete a chapter or book – but I did it! I am a spiritual person as well and I used that a lot during the process. I use it in my coaching too!

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Elizabeth Dulberger: Amazing question! I have no idea. What if I say I can just feel peoples struggles when I see them and especially when they sit to talk with me, I feel them and their challenges and in my obsessive need to address them and make them better – an idea wakes up in me that can fill a chapter. People give me ideas, my constant interaction with them even if its just over a short coffee.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Elizabeth Dulberger: Process? My name and process don’t go very well together. I ran away from process when I decided to be an entrepreneur and do everything my way. My way happens to be “sitting and writing” without a 1,2,3 without outlines or chapters. All that came at the end once I saw that I had over 150 pages without breaks, paragraphs or headings. The nest part was very very tough for me.

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

Elizabeth Dulberger: definitely – my entire book has a life of its own. I never realized how much easier it is for me to say what other people are thinking and are afraid to say. I was never afraid, didn’t even think twice and my book sounds just like that.

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

Elizabeth Dulberger: The fact that the cover has my name on it. LOL

Seriously, my favorite part is the chapter on political savvy and awareness. You would be amazed how many people don’t utilize that phenomenon. I love teaching it to them. Teaching the intangible and the hidden is my favorite part.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Elizabeth Dulberger: I started writing my next book already, I have no idea what its about but I think it will be a series of client case studies that others can learn from without having to hire me as their coach.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Elizabeth Dulberger: My company is Dulberger Group
www.dulbergergroup.com
Instagram @lizdulberger
And of course, Linkedin.

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

Elizabeth Dulberger: I appreciate the opportunity!! As a mother of 2 young kids and a crazy travel schedule its so nice to sit down for this!


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[Author Interview] Kaye Booth | Delilah

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Kaye Booth

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Kaye: I live, work and play in the mountains of Colorado. With a dual emphasis M.F.A. in Creative Writing, writing is more than a passion. It’s a way of life.  I’m a multi-genre author, who finds inspiration from the nature around me, and my love of the old west, and other odd and quirky things which might surprise you. In my spare time, I keep up my author’s blog, Writing to be Read, where I post reflections on my own writing, author interviews and book reviews, along with writing tips and inspirational posts from fellow writers. I also run Write it Right Editing Services, where authors can get their work edited for a fair price. When not writing or editing, I am bird watching, or hiking, or just soaking up some of that Colorado sunshine. 

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Kaye: I tried to write freelance in 1996, which is when I made my first sale. I sold a poem for five dollars to a poetry publication called Dusk & Dawn and I was so proud. But, I was trying to raise six kids, and I was writing on an old electric typewriter and submitting via snail mail. When it came down to buying writing and mailing supplies or feeding the kids, well…


It wasn’t until 2006, when my family got our first computer that I discovered the opportunities for writers the Internet had opened up. I had a booth at the Fremont County Writers’ and Artists’ Fair in 2008, where I sold my poetry. I’ve been slowly building a freelance business writing and editing, and I had my western novel, Delilah, published in April, by Dusty Saddle Publishing.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Kaye: Delilah. That’s my western novel about a gritty young woman in the old west. She faces just about every trial there is to face: being raped, hung and left for dead; holding off wolves; facing off with a grizzly; and of course, show downs with the outlaws. It’s a true western adventure and it’s been getting really good reviews. Two I’m particularly proud of compare Delilah to the writing of Louis L’amour, the king of western novels, portraying the west from a woman’s saddle. And last month, Delilah became available in paperback, as well as digital format, too.


In addition, I have a short science fiction story, If You’re Happy and You Know It, featured in the newly released anthology from Zombie Pirates Publishing, The Collapsar Directive.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Kaye: Earlier I said writing was a way of life for me. I wasn’t kidding. Some might even say it is my obsession. I get all these ideas in my head, screaming to get out, and I have to get them down in print to quiet them. It’s the only way I get any peace. And actually, in many ways writing is cathartic for me, allowing me an avenue where I can escape from the everyday crap of real life and visit other worlds or realms. I tend to throw a lot of crap at my characters in order to create conflict within my stories. All I have to do is look into the lives of my characters to realize that my life isn’t so bad.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Kaye: Marketing and promotion. These roles are falling more and more to authors these days, and of course, it’s’ all up to the author if you self-publish. I’m a writer, not a marketer, so I’ve had to learn how to get word of my books out there. It’s still pretty hit and miss, just a big experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. It’s also the part I probably enjoy the least, because it takes up time I could be using to write. I imagine if you’re Stephen King, you pay somebody to do all the promoting for you, (hell, Stephen King probably doesn’t have to promote his books any more. His name sells them), but a struggling writer like myself can only afford to do it all myself.


I am thankful for my cover designer, DL Mullan, who I believe is a marketing magician. She comes up with some great stuff for me. Right now, we are planning to do a marketing event on Facebook on Cyber Monday to promote both my writing and her work through Sonoran Dawn Studios, which promises to be a great event. That’s stuff I would never endeavor on my own.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Kaye: My ideas come from the world around me. Whether it’s something someone said, something I read, or saw on television, or something I saw or was a part of. They say to write what you know and I know my world. I’m an outdoor girl, and a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I have several short stories which were inspired by outings in the Colorado mountains, a lot of my poetry is about nature, including two that were published titled, Yucca! Yucca! Yucca! And Aspen Tree, and the My Backyard Friends children’s series features characters who sprang from the birds and other creatures that visit the backyard of my mountain home.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Kaye: I’m a pantser. I get an idea in my head and run with it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I have to try and see how it turns out. Those that don’t work out get saved in my files, and every once in a while I give those files a run through, or I come across a call for submissions that reminds me of a story I started to write that didn’t quite work, and I pull them up and rework them.


That works for short fiction, but when writing a novel length work, at some point I have to make sure all the facts are straight and write either an outline, or a story bible to keep track of everything. There’s too many characters and events to let the story run away without some sort of structured plot, even if I write it after the fact.

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

Kaye: Of course they do. Since I’m a pantser, I never know how my stories will turn out. I have to wait and see what my characters do until the words are on the page. When I think I know how things will turn out and try to force the event of the story to go that way, the writing doesn’t ring true. Delilah wasn’t meant to be a romance, but when I wrote in Clyde, that romantic element just wouldn’t be ignored, and now it’s being billed on Amazon as a frontier romance. Who knew? Certainly not me.

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

Kaye: Well, my favorite scene to write was a scene from the third Playground for the Gods book, Inanna’s Song. The book is still in the preliminary stages, but this scene is what prompted the rest of the series to come into existence. It was written as an assignment in my M.F.A. program, and it was just really fun to write. I call it, The Mask, for now.


It’s a scene where my protagonist, Inanna, is on a quest to find an artifact – a Mestaclocan mask which allows the wearer to assume the form of several different animals, so she can journey to the underworld undetected. That scene turned out so real, I was captivated and I had to learn what came next. So, the rest of the exercises in that unit each became a new scene as the story unfolded. Eventually, four books will have emerged from that one scene, even though the scene itself won’t come into play until midway through the series.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Kaye: I always have several WIPs going at any one time. I have too many ideas floating around in my head to harness each one singularly. Besides, that way I never get burnt out. If I tired of a project or get frustrated with it, I can put it down and go to something else totally different.


Currently, I’m working on a short western murder mystery and another short story about false beginnings. I’m also working on the second book in my Playground for the Gods series, titled In the Beginning, and doing minor revisions on the first book, The Great Primordial Battle, and I was recently asked to do an adaptation screenplay for a fantasy novel called Legends, by Mark McQuillen and Mara Reitsma.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Kaye: You can find me on my author’s blog, Writing to be Read, which also includes my website: https://kayelynnebooth.wordpress.com/

Write it Right Editing is available on my website, or on The Author Market: https://www.theauthormarket.com/kayeb

You can find my author pages on:

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Kaye-Lynne-Booth/e/B071791Y9W/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16728576.Kaye_Lynne_Booth?from_search=true

You can follow any one of my three Facebook pages:

Delilah: https://www.facebook.com/Delilalh.Booth/

Playground for the Gods: https://www.facebook.com/Playground-for-the-Gods-Kaye-Lynne-Booth-1446342242272420/

Kaye Lynne Booth Screenwriter: https://www.facebook.com/kayelynnebooth.screenwriter/

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

Kaye: Thank you for having me on ATAI. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions. In addition, to Delilah, I also have a short science fiction story, Last Call, available on Amazon. Down on his luck, Derek stops in at the Last Call bar, only to find himself sent back in time to a 1950’s soda shoppe, where Sundeas are forever.


Thank you in advance if you’re inclined to buy one of my books. And remember, reviews are very important in today’s book market in determining the amount of promotion your book receives and who makes the best sellers lists, so please don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.


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[Author Interview] Alan Geik | Glenfiddich Inn

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Alan Geik

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Alan Geik: I received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and taught at the Kingston College of Technology, outside of London.

As soon as I returned to the states, I was drawn to the motion picture industry and changed careers. I found myself in the film editing end of the business—first working on sports shows for NBC, CBS and then, for a longer period, at Wide World of Sports—where on any day, a surprise assignment could turn into around-the-clock pressure to finish it and get it on the air by Saturday afternoon. That was great training for my twelve years at Paramount Pictures and later work as well.

At the same time, I was asked to co-host for a few months on Latin Dimensions, an Afro-Cuban music radio show at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA. That led me to co-hosting Alma del Barrio, a show at KXLU in Los Angeles that has been on the air since 1972, an extraordinary accomplishment for a college radio show.

The few months that I planned to do Latin Dimensions turned into twenty -five years at the microphone of these two shows, while still working in TV and at Paramount for most of that time.

All of my career paths had a direct effect on the themes of Glenfiddich Inn, the novel I wrote which is set in WWI era Boston, New York and Scotland.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Alan Geik: In England I co-wrote several advanced economic papers for university-funded projects. Those were excellent training for organizing thoughts and presenting sometime complex conclusions as clearly as possible.

While co-hosting the Afro-Cuban music shows I wrote articles on music and liner notes for the CDs I compiled for Rhino Records—and later for Caravana Cubana, my own productions of L.A, and Cuban based musicians; one of these recordings received two Grammy nominations.

It wasn’t until 2007 as the world economy was being threatened by shocks to its stability that I returned to economic writing; this time about the then coming massive bailouts of banks. After the bailouts became a reality, my writing addressed the underlying dishonesty and collusion between the banking system and the U.S. Congress for what would ultimately be the biggest transfer of wealth from working people to the rich. The articles appeared in the Oslo Time, Seeking Alpha and other financial websites.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Alan Geik: While researching a project intended for HBO about Carlo Ponzi, a confidence man in Boston in 1920 whose name has been taken to describe a particular fraud, I rediscovered the cultural and political upheaval induced by World War One, which was called at the time, the Great War.

I set Glenfiddich Inn in Boston and New York, as these two cities were central to some of the themes that attracted me to that era.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Alan Geik: For me historical fiction transports the writer, by necessity, into another era. The amount of research necessary to make the characters consistent to their time is enormous. The internet can be both a blessing and a curse—a blessing as the smallest detail can be verified in a moment, and a curse because that very detail can lead the writer, and sometimes a character, off in an unintended direction.


It’s hard to imagine how time consuming this historical research was to the pre-internet writer who had to bury him or herself in a public library, and still not have access to every facet of the story.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Alan Geik: As I mentioned before, I can trace most the major themes in Glenfiddich Inn to my own career paths and interests. When I was traveling around England the long-lasting trauma of World War I was on full display. Every village and hamlet had a still functioning organization celebrating the lives and all too early deaths of the young men who left home in staggering numbers for the most destructive war up to that time.

I was also aware that the United States at the beginning of the war was an emerging nation deeply in debt to British, Scottish and Dutch banks and investors. Only a few short four years later America was a creditor to these same nations and also a world power and would remain one for the next one hundred years.

At the beginning of the war, a new technology was envisioned by electrical engineers—wireless audio transmissions—they called it “radio.” The very possibility that one-day a wireless signal carrying the spoken word, or even perhaps music, could be picked up in a farmhouse on a cold New England night captivated two of the fictional female characters who worked at the very real Tufts College audio laboratory outside of Boston. These two women imagined a world brought closer together by this magical technology—despite the derision of their own contemporaries.

This theme was particularly interesting to me—as a longtime radio host I personally experienced how radio was a part of peoples’ lives for many pre-internet decades in a way no other technology could possibly be; it was in the listeners’ cars, at the beach, in the shower, at sporting events as the action right in front of them was being described on a radio held to their ears.

Another theme that took on greater life than I expected was the coming to Boston of a gangly teenager in August 1914, the very month the first cannon shots were fired in Europe starting WWI. He came to play baseball with the Boston Red Sox. Because of his imposing size and child like naiveté they gave George Herman Ruth the nickname “Babe.” He was to go on to become America’s first sports hero. He was an unexpected metaphor for America in my novel—at the start of the war he was naïve and unworldly—by the end of the war, like America, he had become a character cynical in many ways, including fixing baseball games.

Living literally in the shadows of Yankee Stadium as a youth I was well steeped in the lore of Babe Ruth—and I was immediately attracted to the coincidence of his arrival into professional baseball as soon as the war, and my novel, started.

The beginning of silent movies is also of particular interest due to my long relationship with Paramount Pictures, one of the early Hollywood studios.

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

Alan Geik: I’ll answer it in two parts—while writing this historical fiction, Glenfiddich Inn, the most surprising aspect was that the characters did pull me in directions other than what I had intended or imagined. They reacted to events like the sinking of the Lusitania or the efforts to keep America out of the war and moved the story toward unexpected situations. I remember novelists who said this happens but honestly I never thought it was true—the idea that characters grow into their own personalities sounded too fanciful I suppose. But there I was going on an adventure consistent with the arc of a character.


In regard to non-fiction economic subjects, I tried my best to not cherry pick facts that would support a previous belief or political opinion. I honestly tried to test whatever bias I had with independent research. I hope I succeeded. Luckily all of the articles that were published were exposed to readers’ comments and their feedback, even when sometimes contentious, have tended to support my conclusions, and I attribute that in a large part to the fact that the articles have been heavily researched during the writing process.

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

Alan Geik: At the risk of revealing how the sinking of the Lusitania by German torpedoes affected the fictional characters, one of the survivors writes letters to her family in Boston from a Scottish military hospital where she is both a patient and a volunteer tending to the horrifically scarred, physically and emotionally, young men who survived the carnage of the Western Front in Europe. Their bravery and humanity and the writer’s hopes for a better future moved me greatly as I wrote the letters.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Alan Geik: I am having a bit of trouble finding the right voice for the next project—a difficulty I didn’t encounter in the writing in the third person of Glenfiddich Inn.


It is set in my youth, in my real life extended family involved in both organized and freelance criminal pursuits, including, but not limited to, convictions for mail fraud, police corruption, labor racketeering, and income tax evasion. The title Uncle Charley Killed Dutch Schultz refers to a kindly Murder Inc. assassin, my uncle—who was also convicted and served twenty-three years for the deed.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Alan Geik: I have a Facebook page that one can go to (“like it” if you in fact do like it).

https://www.facebook.com/GlenfiddichInn

The novel is available in both paperback and digital format at Amazon

 http://www.amazon.com/Glenfiddich-Inn-Alan-Geik/dp/0692345655

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

Alan Geik: Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this with your readers.


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