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Meet Author Vatasescu Ana-Irina

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Vatasescu Ana-Irina

She enjoys reading and writing, and she also loves psychology and philosophy. She currently published her first book, “Temple of my heart”. It’s a poetry book, a representation of a beautiful love story. She found her passion for writing during high school, when one of her teachers made her participate in a writing conquest, telling her “I know you can do it, because I know you. You just have to believe in yourself. Give it a try”. She gave it a try, and she won the second prize. She kept writing and kept participating in conquests, and kept winning prizes. That was a lesson for her. “You can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you believe in yourself and your dream. So believe in yourself, believe in your dream, and work hard for it, you will get there!” – that’s what keeps her going

Book Sample: “Temple of my heart”

Genre:  Poetry

“I heard your voice as I was crying serenades on my knees

It assuaged my heart, giving me shivers all down my spine

And silencing the lugubrious sound of lovelorn rhapsody from my ears.

It felt surreal as your ethereal beauty was melting my glacial heart…

Like an ice cube forgotten on the sun’s eyelid… what a torture!

I felt paralyzed as your eyes were absorbing me into their greatest depths

Magnifying my emotions while our lips were sealing into an immortal kiss.

Oh, sweet scent of my eternal love! ”

Why do you write?  I write because it’s something that I absolutely love to do. I can’t imagine myself doing something else, this is my calling. I have so many things to share with my readers!

When did you decided to become a writer?  At the end of highschool I decided that this is what I want to do, after winning a lot of conquests.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  Well, I can’t say for sure, I think maximum one year. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, I don’t like to rush things.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I write all day, but my favourite time to write is during night, that’s when I write best.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I always listen to music, it makes me concentrate better, especially when I am listening Pink Floyd. I absolutely love them!

What have you written?  I published only a part of my poetry, but I also like to write short sci-fi stories, short love stories, and currently I am working at a novel.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Yes, work hard, publish, and don’t give up! You can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you believe in yourself and your dream. So believe in yourself, believe in your dream, and work hard for it, you will get there!

What is the hardest thing about writing?  For me, writing is an amazing journey, I enjoy the ride to the fullest.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  It’s going to be a unique love story and I can’t wait to finish it and share it with my readers!

What do your readers mean to you?  My readers mean a lot to me, I see them as friends and I enjoy chatting with them, getting to know them, and also letting them know me.

Many thanks Vatasescu! For more about Vatasescu, her work, and to get your own copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr

Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. is a native of Hampton, Virginia whose main goal is to spread motivation, inspiration and love. His work serves to encourage others to look past their differences and focus on uniting to make the world a better place. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida serving his community as a youth sports coach, mentor and motivational speaker, as well as community activist. While we all face challenges in life, his philosophy is that perseverance, positivity and a heart full of love will enable us to rise above our struggles and become the instruments to spark constructive societal change.

Enjoy this sample:  “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” (nonfiction/motivational/poetry/short-stories):

Simultaneously touching and gritty, “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” promotes peace and equality by offering unique insight into some of the most complicated issues of our time. “The secret is – there really is no secret!” Growing up an African-American man with some Native American ancestry, Buggs has been gifted with a broad and unbiased view of race relations in America. Never one to shy away from the harsh realities of life, he instead chooses to redirect our human confusion and frustration toward finding amicable solutions that express the best of humanity. This book serves to fulfill our deepest inner cravings and provide much needed nutrition for the soul. Buggs’ poetic approach brings people together with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the glory of life itself.

Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul” – Newly released (Nonfiction/personal-growth/motivational):

With “Vid’s Viddles,” eclectic writer Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. opens a new season of freedom, insight and joy. It’s a point of view with no filters that is at once profound, clarifying and moving. These collections of short motivational pieces offer words of wisdom about life, love, spirit, leadership, friendship, pain, fear, happiness and more. “Vid’s Viddles” serve to inspire personal growth through tough times, helping adults and teens stay vital and in love with life, savoring the beauty that each day brings.

Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness” (nonfiction/personal growth/time management/business/finance/motivation):

Getting Out of the Dark gives sound advice on how to achieve true success, wealth and happiness. This book reveals one of the most essential elements that most books miss when speaking about obtaining success and wealth. This book’s advice and principles are worthy of reflection.

Why do you write? I write because it is my passion, my outlet, I write to inspire others and I write for those who do not have a voice.

When did you decide to become a writer? I started writing when I was in high school. I started writing as an outlet. People who read my earlier writings were moved by my words and they encouraged me to share my writings with the world. I became a serious writer when my college professors and close friends suggested I write a book.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? I am a perfectionist, so the completion of a book can take me 2-5 years. As far as the actual writing process, I usually finish writing a book within a few months to a year.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I write what I feel. A song, an event, or just my thoughts will cause me to sit down and write. I never force myself to write and I never pre-plan a book. My books are a collection of thoughts and pieces that just goes well together.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I don’t structure my day around writing. I like to let my writings to come out naturally, unplanned and unforced. My special time to write is whenever I have something to write I just go into my own world and write.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? Funny, I haven’t thought of this. I have been told my writings are very creative and lyrical. I think I should leave this answer up to my readers.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I sometimes listen to music when I write. Sometimes the music puts me in the mood I need for a piece. I do my best to not listen to music when I write because I don’t want to subconsciously take ideas from any artists without their permission.

What have you written? I have written newly released “Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul”, the short ebook “Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness”, which was at one time one of Smashwords most downloaded ebooks. My first book “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” was a bestseller in its genre and won a few book awards.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I don’t work to an outline or plot when I am writing. I just write what I feel and see where it takes me, but that is because I write a piece at a time.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving” was designed by my editor Marci Wise. “Getting Out of the Dark” was  designed by the publishing company that I own, 4-U-Nique Publishing (www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com). “Vid’s Viddles” and upcoming books “Vid’s Viddles (Volume II)” and “It’s Cold Out Here You Need a Coat” are designed by 4-U-Nique Publishing with the help of Stephen Denas (http://www.psiborgproductions.com).

Any advice for aspiring authors? Write with your heart. Never forget why you are writing. This will carry you through the tough times that all authors face. Also, do not take anything critics, publishers, or reviewers say about your work.

Where do your ideas come from? My ideas come from personal experiences, experiences of others who are close to me and events that are happening in the world.

What is the hardest thing about writing? The hardest thing about writing for me is deciding when I need to stop writing and put the pieces together for the book.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? I have no one favorite movie or TV show. The show I look at the most at the moment is Shark Tank.

Which writers inspire you?  James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr. and Paulo Coelho are inspirations of mine.

What is the current book you are promoting?  “Vid’s Viddles”

What is your next project? My next project is “It’s Cold Out Here You Need A Coat.” This is schedule to be released in July of 2017

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? This is a tough one. There are so many people from the past who I would love to talk with. I would like to talk with Muhammad Ali (Rest In Peace). I would want to know how he dealt with everything he want threw during his stance against the Vietnam War. How he stayed confident and motivated through the ordeal. I would also want to pick his brain on how to become more of a humanitarian.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? If I could do one thing to change the world, I would organize a big event for everyone in the world to talk. There would be no weapons. We would have music, food, and just talk about our difference. We would talk and listen to each other so we could understand one another. We wouldn’t get caught up in our differences, we would see our similarities. We would love one another like we were created to do.

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? I have many favorite authors and favorite books. However, to save on time I will mention one of my favorites is Paulo Coelho and his book “The Alchemist” is one of my all time favorites.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? The Prophet by Khalil Gibran without a doubt. This book is filled with so much wisdom, it has inspired people all across the world, and it has outstood the test of time.

What book are you currently reading or just finished?

University of Success by Og Mandino

What do your readers mean to you? I cannot put in words what my readers mean to me. They inspire me to continue to write with passion and to give my best for them. I always say authors and publishers should work together because our whole purpose is to give the readers what they want; whether it’s to inspire them, take them into a fantasy, or giving them a chance to solve a mystery. Are writings are for them.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others?

There are a few books I would love to recommend to others.

Pain, Passion, & Purpose – Marci Wise

Still Beautiful: The Color of Beauty – Kevin Bates

75 Marketing Tips to Grow Your Business – Linda Coss

Secrets of a Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker

University of Success – Og Mandino

Tell us something unique about you.  I am a walking oxymoron, a true Gemini. As you can see I don’t have favorites because I have a diverse array of interests. I have to read several books at one time because it helps me focus. If I read several books at one time I will finish them within a few days or weeks. If I read a book at a time, I lose interest quickly and I mostly likely won’t get around to finishing the book for a few months or years.

Many thanks Vid! For more about Vid and his work, and to pick up a copy of your own, follow the links below:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Linkedin / Goodreads / Pinterest / Amazon / Smashwords / Instagram / YouTube / Google

Meet Author Taneisha LaGrant

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Taneisha LaGrant

Taneisha is an emerging writer releasing her first poetry book in over five years. She is a graduate of the American Military University and currently resides in Washington with her husband and two children.

Enjoy this sample:  Life & Love Volume I: Poetry: Love is a journey. Step 1. Fall in love. Step 2. Experience conflict. Step 3. Move on and heal or heal together. Is love really like this formula though? It all seems so simple.

This volume of poetry is broken up into similar sections where Taneisha LaGrant takes you on the journey of falling in love, fighting to stay in love and learning the most important discovery of it all. The key to what’s missing can’t be found in everyone else but it can be found in this volume of poetry. Stay tuned until the end and you may discover the most important aspect of love there ever was to be discovered.

Why do you write?  For me, writing releases me. It gives me a way to express myself when verbal words fail me. It also allows me to create other alternatives to decisions I’ve made or I just use it for creativity and let my imagination run wild.

When did you decide to become a writer? I decided this very early in life. I was in elementary school when I knew I wanted to write. MF: Me too. I think most of us know early on, whether we admit it or not.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  My goal is usually to write anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour on my novel three to five times a week. I try to carve out time before work, during my lunch and after work based on my school assignments. When I get off work, I spend a few hours with my family. They always get the first few hours and after bedtime for our girls, I spend some time with my husband and then I write. I can usually write more on the weekends and have no time limits or set times.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I think I’ve learned a lot over the last few years which is why it’s taken so long to release another book. I also write longer poems than I used to.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Television can be a distraction for me, so I’ll jot down notes if I have ideas for a particular scene. I always listen to music when I write. I feel like it helps to form the characters thoughts based on the characters mood.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? When I first started novel writing a few years ago, I never plotted and then would come up short. Recently I’ve taken a few writing classes to see what I was missing from my plots. I learned how important outlining is.  I have a whiteboard that hangs over my desk now to outline anything I write.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  For my latest book cover I used http://www.selfpubbookcovers.com/ A designer named Mystic did my cover.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Always make time to write. Study your craft. Research and read.

Where do your ideas come from?  My ideas are pretty random. I get inspired from conversations, watching people interact or from things my husband and I talk about.

What is the current book you are promoting? Life & Love Volume I.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? From the 6th Month Vow: Today was the day. Matthew hadn’t called much during his trip or texted for that matter. Hopefully he’d text or call soon, she thought as she shopped for the last items that she needed from the store. She just wanted tonight to go perfect after a long day of talking to college admissions representatives and financial aid to prepare for the next term. Talking about her decision would be best in person over dinner and then he could have her for dessert if he liked. The new lingerie had come in just in time for tonight. Shatoya had been so distracted looking at her phone for the perfect champagne that she hadn’t saw the guy standing next to her.

“I’m so sorry. Let me help you with that,” she said nervously attempting to help him pick up the groceries he’d been carrying in his hand. “Please forgive me. I’m usually not this distracted.”

“It’s okay. I’d recommend the white wine over champagne. They pair well with strawberries. I’m Blake.”

Did he always give out his name to strangers? Coming up beside him was a petite model type. It must’ve been his girlfriend or something by the way she questionably stared at Shatoya.

“There you are,” she said before planting a kiss on him. “Hello.” She turned to acknowledge Shatoya.

“Sorry for bumping into you and thanks for the recommendation.” She turned to walk away. It was awkward and slightly uncomfortable but she felt as if they had met before. Now wasn’t the time to worry about that though. Matthew would be home any moment and there were a few things left to finish up. She couldn’t believe that she had forgotten the desert and the champagne or in this case the wine. There were a few selections to choose from. Hopefully Matthew would appreciate all the work she had put into tonight and try not to judge her too harshly.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? Yes, I am currently in school for my Masters in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? Currently I’m alternating between How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career by James Scott Bell, Understanding Show, Don’t Tell by Janice Hardy and a few others. They have been really helpful so far. Of course Stephen King’s On Writing is essential to every writer. I own that one also and a ton more.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? I’ve learned quite a few things but I think the most important at this moment in life is that while I can be my own worst critic, if I’m always editing a novel and never moving the story forward, then the story will never be published. It’s okay to review our work but maybe finish the first draft before pondering on just the opening chapter.

Do have a favorite car or truck model? I’ve always wanted a Ford Mustang and a pick up. No idea why. MF: I had a truck, a big silver 2500 diesel 4 door beast. I miss it.

What are some of your favorite books and why? There are so many to choose from, so I’ll narrow it down to my favorite series. The complete Harry Potter series has always been a favorite. It just brings back so many memories from the time that my fifth grade teacher read it the class and used to make us chocolate chip pancakes to sneaking to read it senior year after bedtime. Some of my favorite novels I’ve read as an adult include Brenda Jackson’s The Westmoreland Series because it introduced me into another style of writing. I had never been into romance novels but knew that’s what I wanted to write. It inspired me to begin the research to correcting my books. Since then I’ve read a ton of romance novels and each one is different.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  I haven’t been published long enough to really pay attention to any negative stigmas on being a self-published author. I have realized the differences in the marketing venues and book review revenues. A lot of places don’t accept self-published authors but I know authors who have done both forms of publishing.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I finished reading Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur last week. I am currently reading Sheryl Lister’s Made to Love You and I’ll be done with that tonight before starting on a book by J.D Mason.

What do your readers mean to you? Without their support my books would definitely be collecting dust somewhere, so I appreciate them taking the time out to read, share or ask questions. It mean s a lot to me that they are interested in my work.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? Readers can learn more by heading over to my website. I have a schedule and like to feature other writers too. It’s also where they’ll be able to see what’s going on or just chat with me. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

There ya have it folks! For more about Taneisha and her work, follow the links below:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram

Meet Author: Rima Alkhany

Howdy lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Rima Alkhany

She is Syrian writer and researcher. She has PhD in Arabic language.

Book blurb: I have 27 books varies between literature, poetry, short story and novel. Then, I recently specialized in research. One of my most famous books the novel Manahel al Ghamam. The title means the generosity of clouds. It is about an innocent young lady who loves her homeland and all people. For that reason she sacrificed and lost a lot. One of very short stories book that is most favorite among readers: Naseha Mota’khera. The title means belated advice. It contains very short stories. As well as, it includes short stories happened to the author.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? My pen name is Omferas. It means in Arabic Feras’s mother. Feras is the oldest son of mine.

Why do you write? It’s an interesting question. Many authors are asked same question. Their answers were different.

Personally, I write to express my thoughts, feelings and believes.

When did you decide to become a writer? I started for the first time when I wrote an essay successfully at school. My teacher said “you’ll be a creative writer in the future”. I did not believe it back then. I took it as a joke, or an expectation. My decision to be a writer was too late. I started when I was 35 years. I began writing on the internet, and in diverse forums. I have written and published a weekly article about special social issues. Yet, I was looking for a place to publish my articles. Once, a department of one of websites gave me a site that was named after my name! It was for free! However, if I did not accept, they would be working on it alone. Then, I took the site and began to work there until now.

Name of the site currently: Fursan al Thakafa (Knights of Culture)

www.omferas.com

www.omferas.net

www.fursan.ws

What genre are your books? At first I wrote poetry and short stories. I wrote story which I’ve found it fun and full of emotion. But now, I love to write novels and research, because they have a deeper meaning. And now, I spend most of my time between reading and writing. It’s real enjoyable.

What draws you to this genre? I find the joy to write in different literature genres. Especially when that my readings are varied. However, I have found myself into writing novel and research for they have depth, beauty and positive impact than other genres. Moreover, my audience would be more selective. The question is: Is it whenever we get older we will be changed? Is it normal? When you are changing for better, you will be a good and positive author.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Sometimes a month, months and mostly a year. For example, my novel Huda, It took me one month to write. Yet, evaluating and correcting it took almost a year.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Whenever I feel the urge to write or a new idea came to my mind, I sit and write. Sometimes daily life’s events and meeting others whether strangers or friends inspire me to write. I am anxious to lose any thoughts I have so, I write them down as soon as possible I can.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I dislike routine. So, I don’t specify time through the day to write. In addition to that, having family prevents to have specific time to write considering them first priority to me. So, whenever I have free time I spend it to write. My day starts early morning when I wake up to offer Fajir prayer, read Quran then I start my readings and writings. Then, my family duties start with preparing breakfast. Note, that I sleep very early and barely sleep a little.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I learn every day by writing in different websites and getting criticized. Moreover, I always have dissatisfaction because I am always looking to become better.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? No. I prefer completely quite room. I dislike noises while writing.

What have you written? I’ve written four books of poetry, more than six books of short stories, 5 novels. As well as, I have done tons of researches and articles through the past ten years.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? There is no certain plan to do it. Sometimes I plan to make the plot first, then change later when it needs to. In other time, I just start with what came up to my mind then I plan the plot around the events slowly.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I am very happy to say that my daughter is the one who designed most of my books covers. She is a fantastic digital artist with great affection. Her name is Sarah al Hakim. Her page: syaraa.deviantart.com. She only uploads her art works rather than the designs.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? The strong social relationships in real life and internet were support for me. No special techniques really.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Increase your personal relationships. Live real life. Be adventurous and courage without recklessness. Learn authors’ successful experiences and understand how they think. Hunt down your ideas by writing them. Read a lot.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Aseela is idealistic person that doesn’t accept seeing things going wrong. She is much deliberated in her emotions. Such character may be rare in our society. Yet, I like her because she understands what her real goal is and knows how to take action. This character appears in my novel Manahel al Ghamam.

Where do your ideas come from? It comes after a good conversation, reading a book and contemplation moments. Ideas come suddenly so, I should write them down as soon as possible or they will vanish.

What is the hardest thing about writing? The most difficult thing in writing is to find a new idea, and type in an attractive and interesting way.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? My latest novel was about my country .The hardest part is collecting real stories and historical records from elderly people.

Which writers inspire you? I’m looking for the most beautiful book of each writer. Such as Muhammad al-Maghut. He is a Syrian writer. I like his unique way of writing.

What is the current book you are promoting? It’s the last novel Huda I wrote it for three years ago.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? It is about world being all as Hollywood. Won’t say any more about it!

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Aseelah in my novel Manahel al Ghamam. She looks for truth behind everything and always straight forward. She hopes to make change to her surroundings.

Who is your least favorite character and why? Zaher’s mother in novel Ahlam Mojanaha. She is prisoned in her past and memories that she became crazy.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I didn’t study in any school nor am I going to do so.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? I do have couple ones. I am still looking for proper publication office to print it.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? There are so many characters I would like to meet. If I want to pick one it would be sayiduna Umar Ibn al-Khattab (ra). He was dynamic, self-assertive, frank and straight forward. He always spoke whatever was on his mind even if it displeased others.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? I would stop all wars and teach people that peace solves everything. I would distribute all money in world all over again and give it to only positive people who can manage it for helping others.

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? I believe it is important that every author to do so. When I do this I look at myself from new angle. It helps me to know how to make my writings better next time. As well as, I see how publishers correct or rephrase my works and figure out their thoughts.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer. I learned that even if a writer didn’t get famous it doesn’t mean to stop writing.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? I am against of doing such scenes if it serves to move desires and lust. Why uncovering such things to others? As well as it will negatively affect children if they are the readers. Sadly, writers doing such thing to gain fame rather than doing moral works to benefit others. So, there is no self-conscious feelings as I don’t do it in the first place. MF: You don’t want to read my books as I do write very explicitly 😉

What are some of your favorite books and why? There are tons of books I have read it is hard to pick one or some. My readings are varied. However, my favorite ones are critique books and life philosophy related.

What books are you currently reading or just finished? Last Days of Socrates.

What do your fans mean to you? It means that the received my thoughts and got inspired. It means a lot to me. Because I am aiming the young generation. They are the hope of the future and I will be happy if they become my fans.

Many thanks Rima! For more about Rima Alkhany follow the links below:

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