Monday, May 23, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Dean White

Book Giveaway May 23 - 30: An Inspirational Romance, This Side of Heaven. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International

Diane started writing for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories including a column, “Yankee Viewpoints” in the late 70’s.  She’s written ancestral history, donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations and had a four year running weekly column for a Michigan based magazine. She is the author of Beach Walks, Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Winter Wonderland and Texting Mr. Right. Diane is also the author of over three-hundred short stories. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for almost forty-four years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals.

Welcome back to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about This Side of Heaven.

The story takes place in rural Georgia with a single mother who has relocated from a large northern city, under the protection of an underground group of people who help victims of abuse. Darlene has two preschoolers and a small home among the gardenias and pecan trees. A neighbor and also a handsome detective, heir to large pecan orchards stops by with a small puppy for the children. Unaware of Darlene’s situation, they slowly fall in love. He thinks she’s still grieving for her deceased husband, and she’s afraid to let anyone know where she is.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

The story and plot are fiction, but we lived in rural Georgia for just under four years in the late 70s. It was quite a time of adjustment for me, from the capital city of Michigan. Steve’s mother was from the area, and we got to know many people, made some nice friends and built our first home among the pecan trees. It’s taken me a long time to write this story, to be able to release some of the feelings from the past, then to write, and finally allow the story to take wings.


Did you do any research for this book?

Oh yes! There’s a lot of suspense, and part of the storyline deals with how easy it is to make meth and sell drugs today, as well as a number of things legally related. I had a good source in Atlanta who’s a captain in the police force, and able to answer many of my questions. And although we had pecan trees, things have changed, and today there are a lot in harvesting techniques. The story is fiction but the life style and characters are true and what exists in some of the rural areas.

Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.

Brett is a bachelor when he meets Darlene and falls in love with her. In the story he’s a dedicated detective who is exceptionally good with his skills in this field. He also falls in love with Darlene’s two children, Maddie and Mark, and takes time to be the father they so desperately need. His concern for Darlene is very protective, and when problems arise for her, and adjustments, he has a loving way of speaking with her, bringing the Lord into their talk. Brett’s a Christian and his actions throughout the book show readers he can do his job as a detective, a father, husband and maintain those values, despite his position and wealth.

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Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. Your book sounds very intriguing.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Interview with Comedy Romance Author Brooke Williams


 
Book Giveaway May 16 - 29: A Sweet Romance, After the Final Dandelion. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. E-book: International
I have a new book giveaway each week, so stop by often.
Brooke Williams is a former radio announcer turned stay at home mom/freelance writer/author. She has written a dozen books including Someone Always Loved You, Accept this Dandelion, Dandelions on the Road, After the Final Dandelion and others. Brooke has been married to her husband Sean since 2002 and they have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

Welcome back to my blog, Brooke. Your books are full of humor. That’s what I love about them. Please tell us about your new book, After the Final Dandelion.

This book is the third in the Dandelion series. It can be read alone, but it’s probably more fun to read the other two books first. In the first book, we follow the story of one couple. In the second, another couple. In this book, we get to see what happens to both couples and there’s even a wedding. I won’t go into details, but like in the other two books, nothing goes right…in a hilarious way!

This is a series of books called The Dandelion Series. What got your interest in having a dating show for your storyline?

I really enjoy The Bachelor TV show and I’ve often wondered what the show would be like if someone like me was on it. Someone who doesn’t do things quite right…ever. Someone who doesn’t like dressing up and wearing makeup. Someone who speaks her mind instead of trying to fit in. So the storyline is based on that idea. A local version of the Bachelor TV show with down to earth people who mess up…a lot!

This third book is about the two contestants and what happens after they fall in love. What made you decide to do a follow up on the last two ladies?

When I wrote the first book, “Accept this Dandelion,” I had NO idea it would turn into a series. When it was complete, one of the contestants started to bug me about writing HER love story. So then came the second book. After that, I started having wedding ideas and I had to form them into a book. These were the perfect characters to work with. They were already in love and ready to roll!

Do you consider your female characters to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?

I’d say mostly strong, determined and spirited. At least where Renee Lockhart is concerned. Eva is a little more meek, but still has plenty of determination as well. I often write stubborn female characters who know what they want, but aren’t sure how to get it.

Where can my readers find you online?

My website is authorbrookewilliams.com and I have a blog there as well that you can sign up to receive by email. I’m on facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrookeWilliams

Thank you for this great interview, Brooke. I hope my followers will check out this series. Here is where you can read about them below.




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Monday, May 9, 2016

Interview with Poet and Author Gail Pallotta


Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s been a best-selling author on All Romance eBooks. She’s published four books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

This week I’m celebrating the art of poetry. Welcome to my blog, Gail. Please tell us about your book of poems called Messages.

It’s a compilation of poems and short stories. Some have been previously published. I’ve written them over the years, some on notepads at work, some scribbled on a piece of paper after seeing something that inspired me, and others while sitting at my computer. The back cover copy gives readers a peek into the contents.

Find inspiration for our hectic times in these straight-forward poems for happy and sad days. Find history, warmth and a touch of the paranormal in three stories.
Getting the Goat peeks into the early 1900's when mountain life was tough. Does Mama's advice hold true today? In Stitches in Love Rose's deep love for her grandmother motivates others to share their gifts. Does Rose reap her reward? Robert Horner is tempted in The Stranger, but does he succumb to the lure?
Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

My inspiration comes from observations or experiences in real life. While visiting the traveling Vietnam Wall at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4th, many years ago, I couldn’t help but think of the huge sacrifice so many in the military make for our freedom. After I got home that day I wrote the poem, “American Summer” and stuck it in a drawer. I wrote “Irony” in college after I’d experienced a disappointment. Odd, I can’t remember the situation, but recall writing the poem. I wrote “Questions” in the 1970’s after listening to the news one night, and “Sensitivity” was scribbled on a legal pad late one night after I graduated from college, moved, and was looking for a job. I wrote “Country Spring” in the 1980’s on a trip when we passed by a field of daffodils that seemed to go on and on as far as I could see.

One of the short stories, Getting the Goat, is based on a story my father used to tell.

Do your poems rhyme or are they free verse?

Both, some rhyme and others are free verse.

Will you please give us a sample of your favorite poem in this book?

It’s difficult to choose a favorite because all of them are special in their own way to me. However, I put “Hope” in the book first because I think there are times in our lives when we need it desperately and search for it. It’s a short poem. Here it is.

Hope

There comes a day
when only dark clouds
light our way
and rain’s
ceaseless drops of blue
disguise the path
we thought we knew.
We cry
into our rooms of black
and only silence
answers back.
We listen
for a voice to care
and all we hear
is no one there.
Hope is lost
in deep, deep despair.
But wait.
Say a prayer.
God is there.

That is so beautiful. I loved that poem when I read it. Where can my readers find you online?

I love to connect to readers. My web site is http://www.gailpallotta.com

Thanks so much for having me on your wonderful blog, Linda.

Thank you for this interview, Gail. I hope my readers will check out this book. Below is my review of Messages. It was so inspirational.

I love to read poems that have a meaning. One of my favorite poems that touched my heart was about “hope.” To quote the author: “There comes a day, when only dark clouds light our way, and rain’s ceaseless drops of blue disguise the path we thought we knew…” It continues on with a beautiful ending to the poem. A very uplifting book of poetry!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Interview with Children’s Author Sherrill Cannon


Sherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Author! Her multi-cultural books have received thirty-six 2011-15 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. She also fundraises for CureJM and imbullyfree.

The Golden Rule is a great reminder of how we should treat one another, for both children and adult alike. The storyline is cute, beginning with two children searching for a "golden ruler" that is said to be very valuable but then realize they misunderstood. Sherrill Cannon wrote: "It's a rule that you live by, to give and to share, A way to treat others to show that you care." This is a great reminder for the adult reading to a child and fun for children to listen to in rhyme.” –Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome back to my blog, Sherrill. Here is the synopsis of your new children’s book, The Golden Rule.

What if you treated others the way you’d like to be treated?  What if everyone did that?  What kind of world could there be?  Robert and Kait decide to look for a golden ruler that their Mom has told them about, only to find out that she had meant Rule instead of ruler.  What is this “Golden Rule”, and what does it mean?  Please join in the children’s quest to discover how to follow the golden rule and share it with others, and meet many of the classroom friends you have met in previous books!

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This is the subliminal message of all my books, so I thought I would write this book to be more specific and to try to suggest ways that children can try to follow the Golden Rule in a more kid-friendly way than “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  So I use “Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.”

All of your children’s books are done in rhyme. Will you please give us a few lines from your book to let my readers see what your style is like?

“Try to help others who have less than you,
And I think you will find that you’re happier too!
Help stop the bullies by forming a team
To protect smaller kids from the ones who are mean!
No matter the color of anyone’s skin,
It’s not just the outside – it’s what is within.
For we must be thankful for all that we have,
And try to be kind to the ones who are sad.”

Please tell us a little about the main character in this book.

The main characters are a brother and sister who have heard their mother talking about a golden ruler, not realizing that she meant “The Golden Rule”.  They work together to share with their friends what they learn about the meaning of the Golden Rule and how to apply it in their lives.


Where can my readers find you online?





Thank you so much for this interview, Sherrill. I hope my followers will check out your books.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver


Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary romance, inspirational romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Although she enjoyed being published with traditional houses, she made a decision to switch to self-publishing her fiction to have control over all aspects of publishing. But there’s more - she’s also a wife, mother to six children and grandmother to four grandchildren in southwestern Ohio! Diane’s dream vacation is going to the beach.

Welcome back to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about your new book.

I couldn’t say goodbye to the characters in my first Amish series, The Dreams of Plain Daughters, so they are included in my new series, The Bishop’s Daughters. I decided it would be fun to write about Luke’s sisters and his sister, Beth is a one of the main characters in my new release, Amish Baby Snatched. 

In this first book, I enjoyed writing about Englisher, Chloe Parrish, a new character, and her friendship with Beth. Their backgrounds are so different, but they still find a lot to share with each other because of their pregnancies. Chloe is single and considering adoption while Beth is looking forward to having her first baby.

During their prenatal visits, Chloe and Beth meet a new obstetrician, Dr. Tony  Cunningham. He becomes interested in the lovely Chloe. Tony and Chloe find themselves at crossroads in their lives—she’s torn about what to do about her baby, and Tony isn’t sure he wants to do Amish home births.

After a baby is kidnapped, anger explodes between Beth and Chloe.

It seems as if more and more Amish stories are coming about. What interests you the most about Amish stories?

Faith is an important part of Amish stories, so I love that aspect of them. I think my Amish novels appeal to many readers because they want stories that they feel comfortable in buying. They know Amish books are clean reads and are uplifting in content. Readers have expressed to me that they like it when I include Bible verses in my stores, and especially like how my characters handle their problems spiritually. Amish families have a closeness because they are not constantly texting, watching TV or on computers, so their simple lives interest a wide range of readers. 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did a lot of  research for this book because of the medical aspect. There is a tragic loss of a child in my book, so I researched the topic of stillborn deliveries. I share how it is difficult for the family, but also is a hard situation for the nurse-midwife and doctor. They become involved with delivering babies because of the miracle of life. When a baby dies, it is sad for them too.

Do you consider your female characters to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?

In my romantic suspense, A Fiery Secret, my main character, Catherine Steel, was inspired by my daughter, Christina. She is a strong and determined woman. Another character, Miranda, a Down syndrome girl, is based loosely on our daughter, Amanda. Miranda is definitely no shrinking wall flower and is a feisty person. My female characters are strong and determined in all my novels.

Where can my readers find you online?

Diane’s Website: www.dianecraver.com
 


Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. Amish stories are becoming more and more popular lately. I hope my followers will check out your book.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley


Larry has published three novels, one sweet romance A Change of Heart, and two science fiction stories, Higher Mission, and The Silver Dart.  He has several short stories, all sweet romances, at various websites.  He is married, age 77, has two children and six grandchildren.  Larry is active with the local church, amateur radio, jogging and some woodworking.  He has a B.S degree in chemistry from Purdue University and M.S. degree in chemistry from Indiana University.

Welcome back to my blog, Larry. Please tell us about your new book, The Shunammite Woman.

Thank you so much for having me, Linda. The Shunammite Woman lived in Bible times, during 895-884 BC according to my Holomon Bible which has dates at the bottom of every page.  She is described as a great woman, which can mean noble, mighty, intelligent, wealthy, understanding or wise.  The biblical account is in 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6 which accounts for all those characteristics.  She is unnamed but I chose Bina, which has the meanings listed above.  I remain true to the scriptures where she meets the prophet Elisha and his servant, Gehazi.  Fictional portions include how she meets her elderly husband, the Israelite king Joram, and the Philistine king, Achish.  Because of the fictional elements I must extend her story to fifteen years rather than twelve years. I have verbal permission to include a poem by a long time preacher friend, Mr. Fred McKinney, entitled Just Like That Shunammite.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I’ve read her story many times in the Old Testament and wanted to write about her because she is such a wonderful and righteous woman.  Her statement to Elisha when he asked her what he could do to repay her kindness to him has never ceased to amaze me.  She said, “I dwell among mine own people.”

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Besides the Holomon Bible, I consulted an old text “Lands of the Bible” by J.W. McGarvey who traveled those areas in the late 1800s.  I consulted Bible maps of that area as well.  I have included details in the front of the book complete with scripture references concerning King David, King Saul, King Solomon, Abishag and others who lived before and during that time period.

How would you describe your female character?

She respects her husband, but is clearly a strong and determined female character who takes charge and isn’t afraid to pursue what is right.

Where can my readers find you online?

My blog address is http://larryhammersley.blogspot.com/ and email address is lhammersley@comcast.net.

My books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Wild Rose Press, Wings ePress, Victory Tales Press and Champagne Books, Burst Imprint.  The Shunammite Woman can be found on Amazon and Createspace.

Thank you so much for this interview, Larry. This book sounds very intriguing. I hope my followers will check it out.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Interview with Poet and Author Amanda Leigh


Amanda is the author of two poetry collections, as well as a fiction novella titled My Heart is Yours. She is currently working on compiling and co - editing a collection of true stories from people with Cystinosis (a rare genetic condition that she herself has.) Shes also working on a YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy with a romance focus in it. Amanda adores reading, writing of many kinds, cooking, psychology, music, swimming and art. She has a cat named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters from the show Lost and is a bit of a chocoholic.

I am celebrating the art of POETRY this week! Welcome to my blog, Amanda. Please tell us about your book of poems called Thousands of Mornings.

Thank you so much for having me!! Thousands of Mornings is a collection about love, faith, friends, family, hope, nature and dreams. It is about our Thousands of Mornings and how we should cherish them.

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I get my inspiration for my poetry from real life events and things that happen to me. Or maybe an idea that came about because of a writing exercise. Like the poem Ill be sharing a piece of today, Broken Boys.

Racing Mindis a poem that I wrote because I couldnt get to sleep and so I wrote about the fact that I couldnt sleep and the reasons that I couldnt. My Ice Hillis inspired by when my cousin and I were going sledding but instead of snow the hill was entirely ice and we got stuck at the bottom of the hill. We both tried to climb it. I was writing about the literal experience as well as using it as a metaphor for overcoming adversity and obstacles in my/our lives.

Do your poems rhyme or are they free verse?

Ive done both when it comes to this question. I do tend to write in free verse a lot but I do also write poems that rhyme. Ive even written some according to specific structures. For example, haiku and acrostic. There are three haikus in Thousands of Mornings: The Simple Truth, Lostand Pain. Three other poems that rhyme are Time, Slipped Awayand Dark Love. There may be more that Im just forgetting.

Will you please give us a sample of your favorite poem in this book?

This is a verse from the poem, Broken Boys. This has always been one of my favorites in the book. I also love the title poem, Thousands of Mornings(as well as several others) but this is one that I particularly love. It came out of an exercise that we did in Poetry class. To write a poem with two Points of View in it.

Go back to him, if you cant decide.

(But I dont want to lose you)

Make up your mind.

Who do you love?

Choose now, or go.


Now its time to tell us something about the real you that well never forget.

I have a rare genetic condition called Nephropathic Cystinosis. When I was born, the prognosis for people with my condition was not good. Doctors told my parents to expect me to not live to see 16. Im going to be 25 years old soon.

Thank you so much for letting me join you on your blog today!! I really appreciate it and I love to see the art of poetry celebrated. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!!

Thank you, Amanda, for this wonderful interview. And thank you for sharing a part of your life that is very tender. You have reminded me that we should be grateful for each day of our lives. We should not take our life for granted but cherish it.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interview with Romance Author Regina Andrews


A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod. Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages.

Welcome back to my blog, Regina. Please tell us about your new book, Spotlight on Love.

This is a World War II romance with a timeless message of love. The walls close in around the hero and heroine on December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day. The hero, Red, is in the US Postal Service and is commissioned by the Army to serve in Africa. The heroine, Helen, is a nurse who decides to serve her country at this terrifying time. Here is the story blurb:

Ever-dutiful, Nurse Helen Middleton is a successful Emergency Room Supervisor at Rhode Island Hospital in December, 1941. To help her family through tough economic times, she has sacrificed her dreams of a singing career for steadier employment.
Things change when she meets William ‘Red’ Williamson, a dynamic and compelling man she finds irresistible. As they to get to know each other, Helen considers following her musical dreams and a new world of romance and song seems to be opening up to her. Then, the horrors of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 change the world and throw Red and Helen into the danger and chaos of wartime. Will Helen’s dreams be shattered by World War II or will the power of love triumph over all the obstacles in their way?”

Where did you get your inspiration for this historical romance?

I am so glad you asked me that question, Linda. SPOTLIGHT on LOVE is actually based on my parents’ love story. My mother was a nurse in World War II and my father coordinated the Postal Service in Algeria during the war. As a child (and older!) I listened to their stories over and over again.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Many of the details about the war and the Army that my father and mother had relayed to me were historically accurate, but I had to check them out. Also, the medical care at that time had to be researched and I had to check into the geography, culture and climate of Africa. However, this is not a biography -- it is a work of fiction, so that provides some leeway with authenticity, and readers, I hope, will keep that in mind.

Do you consider your female characters to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?

It takes a lot of courage to put your dreams on hold for the good of others. Putting yourself second is one of the strongest, bravest things a woman can do. For that reason, my leading female characters are strong and determined. Helen Middleton, I think, is a perfect example of this strength and determination.

Thank you for having me visit your blog! Next releases are DESTINY’S DESIGNS, IN GOOD FAITH and a brand-new work, book five in the Sterling Lakes Series: REFLECTIONS of LOVE. Look for them soon!

Where can my readers find you online?

Regina’s Website: www.reginaandrews.com

Thank you for this interesting interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your new novel.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Interview with Mystery/Suspense Author Bruce Judisch

                                                                                                              
Bruce Judisch has been writing fiction for many years.  His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storylines. Please see the next pages for more information on these works. Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh.  Bruce and Jeannie are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

Welcome back to my blog, Bruce. Please tell us about your new book, Quimby Pond.

Oh, my goodness, was this fun to write! It’s a contemporary mystery/suspense—with a healthy dose of romance—based upon a true historical event.  Let me give you the contemporary storyline (I’ll save the historical hook for the next question.)

Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls. Maine, to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her and her friends, one by one.  Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Marble Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time? If not, what have they stumbled into?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This is the really cool part. A good friend shared a 19th-century newspaper article she’d found in her aunt’s attic. Here’s the verbatim article:

Rangeley Lakes, Volume 2. Rangeley, Maine. Thursday, August 20, 1896. Number 13.
The center of attraction Thursday was at the railroad station after the arrival of the 1 o’clock train. There came on that train a “bridal trunk,” anyway, one of the cards attached said: “I’m a bride;” another announced, “We are married.” There was a drawing of a loving couple with wedding bells and a cupid. But the happy couple didn’t come. There was a crowd awaiting the train at night, and again they were doomed to disappointment, but they had the pleasure of looking over the trunk just the same.

My goodness, how can an author read an account like this and not write a mystery story? In Quimby Pond, Rangeley becomes the fictional town of Marble Falls. Outlying areas—like Quimby Pond—retain their names for authenticity.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I received wonderful help from contacts in the Rangeley area—notably through the exceptional Ms. Belinda Mansfield, a Rangeley resident I credit in the Acknowledgments. Additionally, an author who penned the chronological history of the Rangeley Lakes area sent me a complimentary copy of his book. The chair of the History Department at the University of Maine was also very forthcoming with material regarding 19th-century Maine. Most fun, though, was the superb joy of visiting Rangeley, after having written the first draft of the manuscript, for a “boots-on-the-ground” research trip. It was during this journey that I bonded with the beautiful Rangeley Lakes region. If any of your readers is interested in touring New England, Rangeley is a must visit—especially in the autumn, or the winter if they’re snow-sports enthusiasts.

Tell us what you love about your main character?

Who, Gwen? Oh my goodness, what a lady! She has two things going for her. First, her namesake is my fourteenth granddaughter—let there be no mistake about my bias. J  Secondly, I strived to write Gwen outside of the modern Disneyesque profile of heroines abandoning their femininity in favor of “kicking the butt” of any and all male counterparts. Women are blessed God-given beings to the world in all of their strengths and weaknesses, the same as men. In Quimby Pond, Gwen Kelly retains all of her feminine qualities, like grace and charm, but still rises to save the day in more than one instance. If I were unattached and 30 years younger, I would so date Gwen!

Where can my readers find you online?

For now I’m at www.brucejudisch.com; however, I may be changing that soon. Any interested reader will find my work by searching my name at Amazon,com.

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog, Linda. It’s been fun!

Thank you, Bruce, for talking to us today. I hope my readers will check out your suspenseful story.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Interview with Children’s Author Corine Dehghanpisheh

Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. She was a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children's book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. Corine published her second children’s book, Buddy’s Dream, in November 2013, and her third children's book, #BabyLove: My Social Life, in July 2015. When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby.

Welcome to my blog, Corine. Please tell us about your book, #BabyLove: My Social Life.

#BabyLove: My Social Life is a modern children’s picture book based on a baby being raised in today’s digital world.  The story is told from the perspective of an adored baby who is photographed and recorded all day long for the purpose of sharing with family and friends via social media and messaging.  The story is intended to highlight today’s social phenomenon of sharing life using social media and technology.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My inspiration for the story came from my own experience with my daughter Lily.  My husband and I live away from the rest of our family and many of our closest friends.  Social media and technology has provided us the opportunity to share the announcement of the birth of our daughter and other milestones with those that are far away.

Because of technology, Lily gets to see her extended family through regularly scheduled FaceTime sessions with her grandparents, cousins, and our friends whom she wouldn’t otherwise get to know.  Technology has actually helped her relationships with her family members.   When we do get to visit in person, she already recognizes and interacts with them comfortably and not as strangers.  This is one reason I see the benefits of using these tools. 

There are downsides to sharing and using technology such as safety and privacy.   We take security seriously and try to use our best judgment before putting pictures or videos of our daughter online.  Also, I do get a sad feeling at the end of a FaceTime session or when we are looking at photos together on my phone or computer when Lily gives the screen kisses and hugs instead of the real people.  But is that any different than kissing or hugging a photo?

What kind of research did you do?

I didn’t really do much research.  I just looked at every day life– how are people using their social media feeds?   It was abundantly clear that many people are using social media to share their life events and updates including their kid’s milestones, announcements, and updates. 

Where can my readers find more information about you?

Readers can connect with Corine on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
To learn more, go to http://www.booksbycorined.com/

Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

As a child, I enjoyed reading so much that I would hide books and a flashlight under my bed so that I could read after the light went off.  Thankfully the flashlight didn’t bother my twin sister who slept in the same room with me.  I would read for hours and fall asleep dreaming of the stories that I was reading. 

Storytelling either through pictures or writing has something that I have done since I can remember.  I am very thankful that I am able to write and illustrate my stories for a larger audience.  I truly enjoy what I do. 

Thank you, Corine, for this awesome interview. I hope my readers will check out your book.