Monday, November 19, 2018

Mooseberry Mooseberry Gooseberry Pie

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I will be at The Printed Garden from 1-4 this coming Saturday, November 24. Come and see me and my illustrator, Cheryl J Sachse!





Thursday, November 15, 2018

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Haley Cavanagh

     Tell me about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, really. I’m an Army veteran and a married mother of two cute girls and lots of furry babies. I write novels in every genre (I’ve been a published romance novelist under a pen name for the last three years), and my newest science fiction novel, Astraeus, just released on October 12th with Covey Publishing.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or do you prefer writing freehand?        

I write quicker on a laptop, but I do jot down any ideas in a notebook or in the memo section of my phone as they come to me randomly. I prefer to write at home in a comfortable, sun-kissed spot of light in my living room, but I also enjoy going to the library, coffee shops, and writing outdoors occasionally.

What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part is finishing a novel and seeing it be published. The act of creation is rewarding, but nothing beats holding your creation in your hand and getting to share it with readers. My least favorite part is writing blurbs, the short descriptions on the backs of books. I find it a real challenge to condense a whole novel's worth into a brief two paragraphs. But it’s a necessary evil. 😉

How do you come up with your characters? Why would readers want to get to know them?

I met some amazing, wonderful and colorful characters during my time in the military. My characters are mostly figments of my imagination, but as with any writer, there are sprinklings of people I’ve known, experiences I’ve had, and things I’ve seen here and there. I’ve been told my characters are raw and real, and readers connect to them emotionally. I write people I’d enjoy being friends with, regardless of what flaws they may or may not have.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I usually do in-person signing events at bookstores like The King’s English, Barnes & Noble (if there are openings), and signings at author events. Online I always do a blog tour to get the word out and promote my books on my website and in my author newsletter.

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

As a mother, writing has to come second. While I try to be consistent, I usually write when the children are at school on the days I don’t volunteer, so during school and office hours. I did work in corporate America not too long ago, and I have a BA in Psychology, however, these days my husband is luckily able to support us, allowing me to pursue writing full time, for which I’m profoundly grateful.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I am currently working on finishing a romance novel in my pen name, and I’m also writing the sequel to Astraeus. I have many things cooking on the back burner, including a screenplay.


      One of the projects is a YA dystopian novel. I began writing it when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter nine years ago, and I’d like to eventually pay it the full attention it deserves and get it finished. One thing I enjoy about writing is that books are always a commentary about something. Dystopians are interesting to write because there are so many subliminal messages you can put into the storyline and political upheaval of the world. It’s quite cathartic to write, and I’m looking forward to returning to the manuscript one day soon.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

Take that needling voice of doubt, and crush it like crumbly bread in your hands. Self-doubt is a writer’s worst enemy. If you have a dream and a story to write, write it, and don’t let anything get in your way. Change the way you talk to yourself. Instead of saying “I’m not sure,” say, “I believe in myself, and I WILL do this.” Tell yourself that every day until you believe it, and never, ever give up.

One pre-apocalyptic Earth. One desperate space mission to find a solution. One unexpected alien.
When Dr. Sakota Thorell signed onto the mission to scout out a new, habitable planet,
she knew discovering extraterrestrial life was always a possibility. But she never expected to find an alien adrift in space, nor for that alien to be so intriguing. Sakota feels an instant and undeniable attraction to Astraeus, but he represents a million possibilities, and just as many threats.
There are others hunting Astraeus, and his rescue may cost Earth its last hope.

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna
of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she's not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media. She also writes under the name Roxanne D. Howard.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Local Authors & You!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


I will be at the Local Authors & You event this coming Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3! Are you an author? Come and join me for some free writing instruction. Are you a reader? Come and meet your favorite local author!

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Events take place on Friday night from 7-9, and Saturday from 1-6. 



Monday, October 22, 2018

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Stacey Huish



Tell me about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I have spent my whole life being a mum to all the kids out there, helping them to answer questions, and make sense of their world. I started putting this book together because I knew this was one way of getting the answers to all the kids out there. This book would be a reference for them, something that was always there, with answers to life's questions. This book would provide the guidance needed for life's situations.

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I don't have a set schedule.  I just get up every day and focus on what needs doing,  getting more authors, getting more stories, spending time with all the authors and getting to know them, developing storylines and making their messages very powerful.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?

I am a pen and paper girl, always have been, always will be.  I like to be able to feel the writing through my hand.  The story flows better when there is a direct connection to the words on paper.  There is a power in writing using pen and paper. The power is lost when typing on a keyboard.

What's your favorite part about writing?

My favorite part about writing is seeing the finished product.  Seeing the book completed and in the hands of the readers.

Your least favorite part about writing?

My least favorite part about writing is the typesetting... putting all the stories in order inside the book.

How did you come up with your book idea?

This was a vision that was given to me.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Gathering 1000 authors has taken the most amount of time. I now have the authors, and I am at the editing stage.  This project so far has taken about 2 years.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

Social media marketing and interviews.

Every author has been given the opportunity to tell their own story in their own personal interview.  These interviews have been made available on RSS Feeds, website and Itunes, and social media sites.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on a project called  “1000 Ripple Effects”
this book will have 1000 stories each answering the question:  What advice do you give the 15 - 21-year-olds becoming an adult?

This book will answer life's unanswered questions.  This book will be there for the kids when no one else is.

Do you have a new book out?

There is no new book out at the moment, however, the new book is currently in the editing stages and will be available in 2019.

Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

Currently, I am working on a project called “1000 Ripple Effects”.
This book will have 1000 stories each answering the question:  What advice do you give the 15 - 21-year-olds becoming an adult?


What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

You have a story in you, you just have to learn how to tell it.

A Question for Kathryn:

What is the best way to connect with your audience?

I have had success having my own blog and writing for other blogs about what I do. I also think having a monthly newsletter is important - especially for your followers. Of course, anytime you have an opportunity to speak to an audience, whether that audience is at a writer's conference, book signing, or another event, a personal contact is often the best way to connect.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE ME TO PUBLISH A PICTURE BOOK?

Over 25 years.

Now, before you get discouraged, hear me out. 

When I wrote my first picture book story, The Human Bean, people really loved it. You should make it into a picture book, they said. The problem? I didn't have the money to hire an illustrator, so the book idea sat.

Sure, I took the story to various grade schools and made it a part of my presentation, but the book didn't have illustrations. I had the children draw their interpretation of the bean with some pretty hilarious results. Well, what would you draw if I told you the story about a human bean?

Picture book ideas kept pouring from my soul, however, but I wasn't able to find an illustrator. Everyone wanted their money up front, and none of them seemed to care about the story itself. 

I have since learned that this is the rule rather than the exception for many illustrators, and so for years, I continued to search. In the meantime, I continued to write picture books. I haven't counted them, but I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't have at least 15 ready to go.

The last idea for a picture book came while I was watching an episode of Winnie the Pooh. All of a sudden the story downloaded into my brain! I raced for a writing utensil and a piece of paper. I knew by this time not to ignore the voice.

You need to know that during this time I'd gone into an art gallery in St. George, Utah, as part of my family's summer vacation. My grandchildren thought walking around to look at paintings was the most boring thing on the planet! But sometimes grandma's have to do things that they like to do, right?

So here I was in this gallery when I saw it. It was the cutest thing I'd ever seen; three young cowboys and one young cowgirl, sitting next to each other on a fence. Well, I couldn't afford the original, so I walked away, you know, wishing that I had the money to buy whatever I wanted :)

That's when I saw it. Not the original, but a print of the original which was the size of a postcard. The tag revealed the amazing price: $5

So I bought it, along with another by the same illustrator, and brought the two cards home.

I bet you can't guess what I did next.

I thought about contacting the artist. I even framed the small prints, but I didn't contact her. How could I handle another no

Maybe you know how it is when you have held a dream close to your heart for years. At first, when the dream doesn't materialize, you get a bit angry, and then you try to forget you had the dream in the first place. You stop asking people to illustrate your book. Your dreams go in different directions - directions that take you to novels with only one illustration or photo to deal with.

And sometimes, you almost give up hope that your dream will ever materialize. 

Guess what happened?


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I ASKED.

Never give up on your dreams. NEVER. DO YOU HEAR ME?

You never know when a moose with a hungry appetite and a thirst for learning is going to show up!