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Meet Author Barbara Ann Mojica

Hello! Welcome back to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Barbara Ann Mojica

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss HISTORY character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss HISTORY’S antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages.

Book Sample: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT VERNON

Genre: Children’s Nonfiction

               Synopsis: Who was George Washington? Washington is best known as America’s first president, but he was also a military hero. If you asked George Washington what he really wanted to be, he would reply, “a farmer.” Seeking to revolutionize antiquated 18th century farming methods, Washington experimented with crop rotation, fertilizers, plowing and plants. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association began restoring his estate to its former glory in 1853. Today the buildings, grounds and The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center reveal the real Father of the United States of America.

Excerpt: In the foyer of the Mansion House there is a large key enclosed in a glass case. It’s a gift from the Washington’s friend the Marquis De Lafayette. The French people used this key to storm the Bastille prison in 1789 to win their independence.

Why do you write? I write because I am on a mission to make learning about historic events and places  both fun and educational. In addition I hope to encourage children and their parents to get out to visit and experience these sites that are an integral part of history.

When did you decide to become a writer? Actually I’ve always been writing and researching. I have graduate and undergraduate degrees in history with a minor in English, so the writing process is familiar to me. After I retired from a long career in teaching and administration, I had the time to devote to my mission and decided to publish my efforts.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? A book generally takes from four to six months to finish. I begin with the research process followed by an organization of my notes. Next comes a rough draft. I let the draft sit for a week or so before coming back to look again. That process is repeated many times until I am satisfied and ready to go for edit. Then my husband/illustrator takes the manuscript and roughs in ideas for drawing and layout. We corroborate page by page. Sometimes the design changes as the book progresses. When both of us are satisfied, the picture book is sent to print.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I don’t have a set time of day for writing though I divide the day into writing, marketing, and scheduling promotional opportunities like book signings, school visits and book festivals. If I had to choose a time, I would say that I am basically a morning person.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I think that I have learned how to write succinctly. Writing children’s books is a lot different from completing an academic thesis. It forces the writer to get to the point and express it clearly.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I always listen to music when creating a book, writing an article or reading a book to review. Music is soothing and second nature to me.

What have you written? I write historical articles centering on monthly themes for a local news magazine, The Columbia Insider. My Little Miss HISTORY Travels to… book series is ongoing. Seven books have been published so far. I also released a coloring book based on her adventures. Now I am about to publish a collection of three of Little Miss HISTORY’s New York City adventures in one volume. After that I have a journey to La Brea Tar Pits in the works.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I don’t outline but write a rough draft and refine it over and over again.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I cannot draw a lick! Fortunately, I am married to an illustrator who has been drawing since the age of five. His website is www.eugenus.com

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? Nothing in particular; I use twitter, Facebook, google + and linked in to connect with fans and fellow authors. I also use email lists to keep in touch.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? It probably sounds trite because everyone says it, but it is so important to be persistent and optimistic. I know that is easier said than done, but it is my best advice.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? My character is based on a younger version of me. I always loved to travel and hike in the mountains a few hours away from my home. My husband incorporated that, along with the rose colored sunglasses that I used to wear. The hiking boots that are two sizes too big are reminiscent of my father’s large feet and military boots. My outfit is similar to that of a park ranger. Little Miss HISTORY tries to be funny, upbeat, strong and resilient even though she sometimes finds herself in some pretty difficult situations. She is a geeky tomboy, who is also a strong female role model

Where do your ideas come from? I select historical faces and places that reflect the best and worst times in history. My choices strive to develop interest and appreciation for history. I firmly believe in HISTORY’S motto, “ If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”      

What is the hardest thing about writing? The hardest part of writing is letting go and sending a book to print. I agonize over the manuscript and illustrations right up to the time that the book is uploaded for printing.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? My latest book is a trilogy of HISTORY’S New York City adventures to The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Intrepid, Sea Air & Space Museum. While the book did not necessitate a lot of change to text, linking the parts together for a smooth transition with illustrations proved a more difficult challenge than I had expected.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? Of course Little Miss HISTORY would be the main character. I would cast her as a teenager, but offhand I can’t think of a contemporary actress for the part.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? George Washington because he had such courage and tenacity. He also had the good sense to know that the world did not need another king.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like? Yes, I try to visualize myself in the guise of a young reader. It is fun to critique in the eyes of a child again.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The Wizard of Oz because it is magical and realistic at the same time.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Nothing is ever perfect. There is always room for improvement.

What are some of your favorite books and why? The Good Earth and To Kill a Mockingbird are two of my favorite classics. I enjoy Clive Cussler and John Grisham’s books. As far as children’s books are concerned, I love Amelia Bedelia books and classics like Charlotte’s Web.

What do you read with? (Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, physical book) I still enjoy holding a paperback in my hands, but because I read and review so many books for my blog, I frequently use my Kindle Fire.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I think that self-publishing levels the playing field for authors. Traditional publishers usually have a set agenda and a limited repertoire of what can be published at a particular point in time. If a writer doesn’t fit that niche, he or she doesn’t have much chance to be selected. In today’s market, the author does most of the publicity whether traditionally published or not.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? Five years ago, I would say yes. While some doors remain closed to self-published or small press authors, the public is beginning to realize the value of GOOD self-published works. Modern readers know what they want to read; they prefer to choose for themselves rather than be dictated to by a few large publishing houses

What do your readers mean to you? I consider my readers personal friends and love to chat with them at book festivals, historic sites, schools, museums or online.

Tell us something unique about you. Like Little Miss HISTORY I am an adventurous traveler. I traveled to Communist European countries when travel there first opened up to the West. My American tour bus got held up at Checkpoint Charlie at the Berlin wall for more than two hours. We passed the time by singing Yankee Doodle Dandy. That whole tour to Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and East Germany was a truly memorable experience.

Many thanks Barbara for sharing! For more about Barbara, her work, and getting yourself a copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Michelle Dennise

Hello! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Michelle Dennise

Michelle is a new indie author from Australia. She lives with her husband and two children, a dog and an aviary full of budgies. She enjoys reading historical fiction and creating stories in the hope of bringing some reading enjoyment and the occasional giggle to young children.

Book sample:  Where’s My Sandwich?

Genre: Children 2 years up

Synopsis: Where’s My Sandwich? Is about a girl and her dog who go on a picnic. When Nellie’s sandwich goes missing, she sets out through the Australian Bush to find the one who took it. Along the way she meets some Australian animals and learns a little about what they eat. However, this is not an educational focused story and doesn’t not go into detail about what the animals eat.

Why do you write? I loved to read from the moment I learnt how to as a child. I really was a bookworm. I grew up dreaming of becoming an author and I am loving that I am finally living my dream. I write because it has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I love writing for children because I know how much I loved reading as a child but I also know many children do not like reading for one reason or another and so I hope my books engage children as they interact with the stories and bring a few giggles along the way in the hope of sparking their interest in books.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Once I get a storyline in my mind I can finish the draft story within a week. Depending on any adjustments I want to make it can be up to two weeks for the final draft. I do my own illustrations and that part takes me awhile. I do not call myself an illustrator as I cannot draw. Lucky for me I like simple illustrations that look like a child has drawn them and I have found kids seem to like them as well.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I hadn’t really thought about bringing my childhood dream to life for a long time. Real life keeps me busy but one day I was talking with my boss about books and I mentioned my dream and several times after that conversation he asked me if I’ve started writing my book yet. I would laugh it off but the thought was planted and so one day I thought “why not?”

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  As a mother of two, my life is pretty busy, add to that work and study and it’s near impossible to have a structured time for writing. I basically allow thoughts to bounce around in my mind until I come up with a storyline then I will write down my ideas and go from there. Sometimes I come up with a story quickly while other times it takes a while longer. For example with my current book, Where’s My Sandwich? The title popped into my head one day but it was weeks later before I had an actual story line.

What have you written? I currently have two eBooks published – The Mixed Up Pet Shop and I Have a Voice Too. I have two more written that are not yet published and another 2 ideas bouncing around in my mind. Later this year I am planning on releasing The Mixed Up Pet Shop in paperback with fresh illustrations (this was my first book and the illustrations make me cringe). Both these eBooks are available to download for free.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I like to see where an idea takes me. I have a busy mind that’s always coming up with stories so I run with my imagination.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? If it is something you want to do then do it. Don’t let someone tell you, you can’t. Every author is different, we all have our own ideas of what makes a great story. Some are in it for a career, some for stardom, while others just want to share their stories and hopefully bring some reading enjoyment to a few people. With the option to self-publish today, there is really nothing to hold you back.

Where do your ideas come from? Oh anywhere lol. I find a story playing out in my mind all the time just from everyday things like I may see or hear something that catches my attention and minutes later there’s my mind creating a storyline.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? I don’t watch a lot of tv as I prefer to read but recently I enjoyed Heartland and Little House on the Prairie (perhaps that’s fitting given I enjoy reading historical fiction).

Which writers inspire you? I wouldn’t say they inspire me to write but I truly enjoy Mary Connealy’s books. I’ve read every one and she never fails to make me laugh. I love how she gets her humor woven into the story. I also enjoy Tamera Alexander, Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer and a few others of the same genre. I’m fairly picky with what I like to read and I can’t pick up anything and read it. Once I’m stuck on a genre that is pretty much all I read.

What is the current book you are promoting? I am currently working on a Cover Reveal Facebook Party for my first paperback – Where’s My Sandwich? I will attach the invitation as it is an open invitation and everyone is invited. There will be guest authors, interviews, book promos, Q&As, competitions and giveaways.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? I am getting ready to release another book shortly after Where’s My Sandwich? This one is actually the very first story I wrote but I went on to release the others first. I’m not quite sure why, maybe the others just distracted me but I am really excited about it. This one is called Where are you Baby Bird? And it was inspired by my love for birds. I raise budgies and I get a daily dose of entertainment and joy from watching them so I thought they can be the star of my book. The story is about Baby Bird going missing one day and Mummy Bird sets out to find him. I believe the story will draw the kids in to interact with it, guessing where he is, and feeling the emotions Mummy Bird feels.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? No I don’t have any formal education although I do remember receiving an award back in high school that gave me access to a short story writing class. While that’s not formal education it was a memorable award. Which reminds me I did write and have my very first story published in a book with several other authors back when I was only 14! It was only a one page short story about the history of the local area. I often forget that lol and must find myself a copy of it.

What is your next project? The next thing I want to do is release The Mixed Up Pet Shop in paperback with fresh illustrations. I am also thinking about the possibility of releasing this story in a DIY illustrations color book. I know from the many downloads and reviews that this book has been successful so I am looking forward to its official release later this year.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I love this question but it’s a hard one to answer. I must say if I could meet any of them I truly would love to meet the ones from Mary Connealys and Tamera Alexanders books. One memorable character in one of Tameras books was Adelicia Cheltham, although she was a real person. I did admire her boldness and strength.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Just one thing…hmm..I would restore peace where everyone got along and showed kindness, therefore reducing world hunger and poverty as we would all work together and help one another. It would restore the true sense of family and community.

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? While I have read and enjoyed every one of Mary Connealy and Tamera Alexanders books my favorites would be The Kincaid Brides series by Mary Connealy (they are so funny) and I can’t decide which series I liked best from Tamera Alexander so I’ll name them both – Fountain Creek Chronicles and Timber Ridge Reflections.

What are some of your favorite books and why? One of my ultimate favorite reads was The Heirs of Montana series by Tracie Peterson. This is a 5 book series which is a long story but it was excellent. It started with the main character as a child and finished into adulthood. Each book focused on a different main character but the originals were in there as well. It came with different emotions and it is one series I am quick to recommend.

What do you read with? (Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, physical book) I prefer a physical book….There’s nothing like a paperback! But I do use the kindle app and ibooks.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I can’t say I have had any experience with traditional publishing but I don’t like how you can have your book rejected. Who says your story isn’t good enough! We all have different interests and ideas and there will always be someone out there that would enjoy it. That’s what I like about self-publishing, I publish my work, my way, and if only a few people enjoy it, I consider that a success. Reality is you can’t please everyone.

Are you currently reading a book or just finished one? I have just finished reading Maggie Brennans Heart of the West series.

What do your readers mean to you? I write children’s books for ages 2 up. I think it is important to encourage reading from a young age although not all kids like to read for one reason or another and I completely understand this having a child with ASD and processing difficulties myself, reading and comprehending the story isn’t an easy task and therefore hinders reading from being enjoyable. I hope to encourage children to read through my cute and sometimes funny stories. My books are not educational focused and so I hope children get some light reading enjoyment out of them and want to read another book. My readers mean a lot to me because without them my books go unread. I do hope to help children who do not like to read to find it more enjoyable and for those who love to read I hope they enjoy my books enough to read another.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? A children’s book I loved as a kid and read so often I knew it off by heart is “The Big Block of Chocolate” by Janet slater Redhead.

Many thanks Michelle! For more about Michelle, her work, and getting yourself a copy, follow the links below. Also be sure to attend her book reveal party:

Facebook / Goodreads / Smashwords

Meet Author B. C. Mullins

Howdy darlins’! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author B. C. Mullins

B.C. Mullins is the widowed mother of two grown sons for whom, as children, she created many stories and characters. Some of these stories and characters are being shared in her “Tony Taylor” series, a series of children’s chapter books about an 8-year old boy and his grandparents’ farm where magical things can happen. An avid reader and writer, Ms. Mullins has a vivid imagination and a love for children and animals. She currently resides in Maryland with her sons and two rescue dogs, where she is hard at work on a Young Adult novel.

Book grabber: Book #1 in the Tony Taylor series, “Tony Taylor and Summer with Grandpa” is on sale now. In this charming children’s chapter book Tony Taylor leaves behind the bright lights of New York City to visit his grandparents on their farm in rural Maryland for the summer. Tony enjoys having plenty of room to run and play. He goes fishing and hiking, and spends time doing chores with his grandfather. And he is accompanied coverimagealmost everywhere he goes by his grandparent’s dog, Skippy, his faithful companion. Tony loves the farm and he loves his grandparents. But more than that, Tony knows that there are magical adventures to be had on the farm. On this visit he meets a mysterious girl who gives him an odd gift. Who is she and where did she come from? Join Tony for fun and adventure and find out today!

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? Book #2 in the Tony Taylor series, “Tony Taylor and Camping with Scouts” is in production now and will be out in time for the holidays. Tony’s adventures continue when he brings some scouts and their families to his grandfather’s farm where they will all learn a lesson about being nice!  Book #3 has been completed as well, but is not yet in production.

What is your next project?  I am writing a fictional story for young adults – a bit older audience than Tony Taylor’s followers. This book is also set in Maryland and involves the experiences of a “new kid in town”.

Where do you come up with your stories?  I have always had a very active imagination and everyone and everything inspires me to use it.  I can drop a piece of paper and as I reach down to pick it up, I imagine wind blowing it out of my reach and into some wild adventure. I suppose that is part of the reason I love children and writing for them. They have such wonderful imaginations and so thoroughly enjoy the adventures that books can take them on.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? No, I don’t. I become totally immersed in my stories when writing, so I wouldn’t hear anything anyway!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I don’t use outlines. I have a general idea for a story, and I just sit down and start writing. Sometimes, I know where I want to take the reader to, but other times I am as excited as a reader when the story unfolds itself.  On occasion, the end is nothing I would have anticipated!

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have two adorable fur babies named Sugar and Leelah who may appear in future books. They are both rescues from a local shelter. Sugar is a Jack Russell terrier mix. She was a stray who was found in the wild with a litter of puppies. She sugar-and-leelahwas pretty pitiful when we first met, but is fat and happy and greatly loved today – she is my constant companion and does not like to leave my side. She occasionally gets to see one of her puppies who was adopted by a friend of mine. Leelah is a Corgi mix and was a puppy saved from a high kill shelter. My son chose her and she adores him. She is probably the happiest dog I have ever seen; probably because she has known nothing but love her entire life. We estimate that Sugar is about five years old. Leelah is two.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others?  I recently read a children’s book called “Ray’s Violet” by Sharon Walrond Harris. It’s absolutely charming and I highly recommend it. For adults, I think “Watchers” by Dean Koontz is my favorite book of all time. If you love dogs, you will thoroughly enjoy it. He also wrote a book called “Lightning” which was excellent.

Many thanks B.C. for chatting with us! For more about B.C. Mullins and her work, follow the links below:

Facebook / Goodreads / Amazon

Meet Author Andy Klein

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Andy Klein

Andy has written his first children’s book. He has traveled the world extensively having taught children in Japan, Taiwan, klien_cover2and the U.S. He now lives north of Atlanta with his family.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I have always thought I would, one day, write something. I went to school for twenty years and wrote papers throughout that time. I traveled the world for fifteen years and kept journals. It was always in me. Wanting to come out.

What made you sit down and start writing something?  My youngest son. He is the inspiration for my character. He was always watching shows and talking about paranormal happenings. I guess he is ‘Oliver’. When inspiration strikes you don’t mess around. You take up pen and write, or paint, or create, until there is no more.

How long does it take you to complete a book?  Me! It takes hardly any time at all. It’s the publisher that takes forever to put it out. I do it overnight.

What else have you written?  Well, the ‘Oliver Phenomena’ series is four books. The first came out this past February, and the second is due out this winter. The third is written, but not submitted yet, and the40540-klein-cd1 fourth is an outline so far. I also took time to write down some of my experiences while traveling to 66 countries on a total budget. That book is called ‘Footprints’ and is due out in early 2017.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Well, Oliver is special because he is able to attract some pretty unique phenomena. He is a great kid whose charisma and independence seems to be fueled by ‘other worldly’ intervention. He meets up with several characters of mythical legends.

What is your favorite movie?  Wow, that’s a good one. I like so many. I love adventures, travel, lost….yeah, the original ‘Lost Horizon’.

You mentioned you’re writing a series can you give us a teaser for the next one?  Sure. Oliver and his father take an overnight trip to his Aunt’s seaside mansion, and while there Oliver befriends a little ghost.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self- publishing?  Well, that’s a tough one. Traditional publishers tend to be a better situation as they pay you and distribute your work, but they 10606128_10204771793321747_4260403510411340654_nalso tend to be hard on those who have good ideas but didn’t present them well enough. This is why self-publishing has become so popular. A person who is not so understanding of the business can still get their ideas into the hands of readers, and that’s a good thing.

Can you tell us something unique about you?  Ahh, yes, well….let’s see….I lived in Taiwan for five years, I’ve been up to Everest base camp, picked grapes in the Greek islands, met my wife on a tiny island in the Philippines, and….write children’s books.

Many thanks Andy for chatting! For more about Andy and his work, follow the links below:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon

Meet Author M.E. Hembroff

Howdy lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author M.E. Hembroff

Marjorie grew up on a farm in Manitoba, Canada, the fourth in a family of five. She was an imaginative child and dreamt up all kinds of games and pastimes. She was an avid reader and devoured all kinds of books which included LM Montgomery’s, Anne of Green Gables series, Grace Livingstone Hill and other classics. She also enjoyed reading mysteries which included Perry Mason. Stories weren’t written down until later when her children were growing up. She took writing and art courses but is mainly self taught. She has illustrated her books and published her first book, Bess’s Magical Garden, when she was seventy. She now lives in scenic Strathmore, Alberta, Canada with her cat and dog.

When Marjorie isn’t writing she likes to draw, paint, work in the garden, walk her dog and read. She is still an avid reader and reads a wide variety of books. She is a member of the Happy Gang, seniors club, and looks after the hall rentals and helps with other functions.

Writing History with book grabbers:

Bess’s Magical Garden, a middle grade novel

Bess’s eyes widened. “A ghost? Really?” She realized she had blurted it out loud and turned to look at the art display. Was Mr. Snow really serious? Was there a ghost? When she went to the garden, she had seen things that weren’t there and felt an odd sensation. Father had always maintained there weren’t ghosts, just people with overactive imaginations. Her eyelids became damp, and she tried to blink tears away. Her thoughts were interrupted by Mr. Snow’s voice.

Another book

Gramma Mouse Tells a Story, is a picturegramma-mouse-tells-a-story-cover-v2 book that will be released later this fall. This is for kids between the ages 4-8.

Book Blurb

It happened many years ago. We lived in the big tree on the hill. My nickname was Tiny because I was the smallest. I longed for adventure.

Why do you write?  There is an inner voice that compels me to write. It is a have to not a want to. I partly write to share my creations with other people. I also feel that is what I am supposed to be doing in this phase of my life.

When did you decide to be a writer?  I think that deep down I have always wanted to be a writer. It took me a long time to learn to get out of my own way. When my children were growing up I took writing and art courses. At first my ideas looked terrible on paper and I struggled with it. For a long time, I put all my efforts into my art work. As the children grew up the call to write became stronger until I could no longer ignore it. I started taking another writing course by correspondence and that is when Bess was born. I also was prompted by dreams where I was holding a blank book and books with no covers. Eventually I realized that I was supposed to write the stories. Since then ideas seem to flow like a tap. I was sixty-five when the idea for Bess’s Magical Garden came to me.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  It took about five years to complete Bess’s Magical Garden. I would set it aside to work on other projects which included a sequel The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin, which I am now working on.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I think it was the characters demanding attention that made me sit down and start writing. I was retired and needed a project. Once I got started the idea’s flowed but it took several revisions to make the completed book. At the time it felt like there were too many characters trying to get out of my head and they all clamored for attention at the same time.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I usually sit down at the computer first thing in the morning. Sometimes with coffee and sometimes without coffee. It is something I havedsc_0147-1 treated like a job instead of a hobby. I have always started my day with at least a couple of hours writing. Now that I have moved to Strathmore I go to yoga three times a week and take part in other functions with The Happy Gang organization. Then I do promotion work three afternoons a week with my writing other days.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  My writing has gone full circle. I started writing short stories and then started working on books. I have learned a lot about my writing style and my writing has improved since having my books critiqued and edited. I quickly started to learn from my mistakes. Now I am also writing short stories again which I often post on my website.

I have written a short story for a series with Channillo series. The title is Ghostly Encounters and other short stories. https://channillo.com    I also have a short story in Ghostly Writes Anthology published by Plaisted Publishing House that will be released on Oct. 31, 2016. I write short stories that are posted on my website https://mhembroff.wordpress

Do You design your book covers or do you have someone else?  I designed my own cover for Bess’s Magical Garden and for Ghostly Encounters. I used a copyright free picture for the front cover of Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. My art work appears on the back cover.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  The best advice I can think of is to read lots of books in the genre you intend to write in. Read a lot of writing books, set up a writer’s platform early in the process. Get started blogging, going on Facebook and twitter and whatever media exposure you feel comfortable with. Allow yourself to write what ever comes into your mind at first. You can always correct lousy writing later while you can’t correct a blank page.

How about a teaser from upcoming story?  Rose Cottage in Ghostly Writes Anthology published by Plaisted Publishing House

“Why, those are tombstones.” I knelt down and scan0001-2rubbed dust off with my sleeve. There weren’t any names. I moved branches away from dusty flowers covered with cobwebs.

Do you have an “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommendThe Emotion Thesaurus, a writer’s guide to character expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist

They have also put out the Negative Trait Thesaurus and The Positive Trait Thesaurus. These books help a great deal with the show and telling problem and are always within arms reach when I am doing revisions.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing?  No I don’t have any formal education but have taken a couple of online courses and read a lot of books on writing and did the exercises. I have had a lot of critiques and each time I have learned something. I go through phases where I read blog posts on writing that have helped me a lot. I have taught myself by writing lots and also by reading.

Do you have fur babies to brag about?  I have a dog and a cat that keep me company. My cat is often on my lap when I amimg_20151106_185608691 typing and is curious about the motion on the monitor. My dog is Odie and my cat is Patches.

Many thanks Marjorie this was fun! For more about Marjorie and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Linkedin / Goodreads / Amazon

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