Cuppa and a Catch up – An Author Interview with … Andrea Buginsky

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SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2012

I am delighted and honoured to be hosting an Author Interview with the fabulous Andrea Buginsky! So grab a cuppa and we will catch up with the amazing author…

Andrea’s Bio

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen” was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea plans to write more in the series. She’s already done with the first draft of book 3 and has a concept for book 4. You can find Andrea on her website, Andi’s Realm. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Synopsis for books:

THE CHOSEN

Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.

Available at:

Barnes & Noble
Smashwords

 

NATURE’S UNBALANCE: THE CHOSEN BOOK 2

During a time of celebration for The Chosen, a mysterious force appears on Phantasma, threatening to destroy Nature and all of her creatures.
Will The Chosen find and defeat this force, and save Nature before it’s too late?

Available at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble

 

MY OPEN HEART

Growing up with heart disease can be difficult, but it does not always have to alter your life course. MY OPEN HEART is written for young adults growing up with heart disease. It’s meant to inspire them to chase their dreams, to show that they are not alone, and, perhaps, to help guide them through the maze of life with heart disease. Parents of children with heart disease and other chronic illnesses will find support and inspiration within this true story. We are not alone.

Available at:

Barnes & Noble

Now get that cuppa and wrap your hands firmly around it, take a sip and relax as we meet the lovely Andrea Buginsky!

Hi Andi and welcome today, thanks for stopping by.

 First of all, congratulations on having published two Young Adult Novels; The Chosen and Nature’s Unbalance, two fantasy books in a trilogy that you have been working on. Where did the inspiration come from for these?

Thank you! The inspiration came from an online role-playing game I used to play with my family. When I first decided to try my hand at writing YA Fantasy, I came up with the idea to use our characters as my main characters, and write a story about them. I continued sharing their adventures in the second book, and have completed the first draft of the third book.

What progress have you made with the third book and when do you anticipate it to be published?

I’ve just started editing the third book. Right now, it’s a very sloppy mess, and I’m working my way through fixing the basic spelling and grammatical errors. If I come across anything I see needs changing, I’m working on that too. But most of the story structure changes will come with later edits. I’m hoping to have it done and submitted to my publisher by the end of October. Then, it just depends on how long it takes to go through the editing and publishing process. I hope to see the book available by early next year.

 You have also published ‘My Open Heart’, an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. What did you find harder to write, this or your Young Adult Novels?

 It was harder to write ‘My Open Heart.’ Normally when I write, I like to just sit back and type what comes to mind. We call this pantsing. But when I was writing my autobiography, I couldn’t just do that. I had to take it step-by-step, year-by-year, and figure out how to put everything that I went through growing up with heart disease in order. It was the first time I actually needed to use an outline while writing. But I enjoyed the process once I realized that’s what I needed to do.

 I see you have a BA in Journalism; which area of writing would you say you prefer – creative writing or journalism?

 I like them both equally. I’m not a newspaper journalist, I’m a magazine journalist. In this day and age, that means I can freelance write for a majority of genres, so I get to pick the ones I want to write about. I write web copy, so everything is done from home on my computer. I love writing the different articles.

 But when I write my books, I love immersing myself into that world, too. It’s a great escape, and can be a lot of fun when I let myself really go.

 How do you organise your writing time?

 *laughing* I don’t. I’ve given up trying to come up with “a writing schedule.” I write when I feel up to it. And when I feel up to it, I write what I feel like writing at the time. When I have deadlines coming up, I make sure I get those assignments done. Then I can work on anything extra I feel up to doing.

 Which Authors have influenced your writing?

 J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan have been the biggest influences on my writing fantasy. For writing in general, I have always loved Danielle Steel. And Nicholas Sparks writes in a similar story-telling way that I like to write in.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

 My desk. I have my computer, notes, files, everything I need right at my fingertips. It’s also quiet, and I have my music when I want to listen to it. There’s a window that allows sunlight in, which I love to have when I’m writing.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

 I’m very shy. Most people will laugh at this and say I’m outgoing because I like to be in the middle of things. But get me around a crowd of people I don’t know, and I’ll usually hide in the corner watching and waiting for something to feel inviting.

Thanks again for your time today Andi, I have really enjoyed having you here.

Thank you, Gemma! I had a wonderful time chatting with you today, and visiting Missuswolf’s Storyland.

 

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Creative Writing Cafe: Term Three – Lesson One

WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2012

Good Evening Ladies and Gents.

Today saw my return to the Creative Writing Class that is held weekly at the local High School. It runs for the next ten weeks and quite frankly, I can not contain my excitement!

Have you ever seen that episode of Friends where Monica goes with Phoebe to an evening literature class (titled The One with Ross’s Sandwich) You can watch a clip here (The Monica part starts at 4.57) Well, I’m not on the extreme level that Monica is demanding pop questions, but I do share her enthusiasm. So much so, I could not wait until the end (not for the class to be over – oh no) but because our homework assignments get handed out! True Geek!

The first half of this class was a bit of an ice breaker – a round robin of the table where you introduced yourself, what you wanted out of the class and what you had been reading. I loved this bit as I love getting to know people and I love learning about  fellow class mates. This term, there are no Y Chromie’s (apart from the teacher) – it’s a full on Ladies at Literature.

One of the women in the class informed us all that she had a condition called Dyspraxia. I had never heard of this and I was relieved when someone else piped up and asked her about this. She explained that it was a condition that affects the planning of movements and co-ordination. She explained she had difficulty remembering the next movement in a sequence and that it causes her to be clumsy; falling over or bumping into people. She also explained it made her quite naïve. Her goal was to be able to write about her experience, not only for herself but for others who have the condition. It was really admirable listening to her as she wants to put a positive spin on it; showing others with he condition what they can do and bringing awareness to it

I made a note to google this and I have located details about it here.

FROM THIS SESSION – ADDITIONS TO MY TO READ LIST:

* The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy

* Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities – both by Charles Dickens

HOMEWORK

This weeks homework is a two parter and is studying Semi Autobiographical writing; where you draw on your own experience and bring imagination to it (Miss Pooshoe certainly springs to mind).

We looked at two writer’s who appear to have written semi-autobiographical books; Charles Dickens David Copperfield and Ernest Hemingway A Farewell To Arms.

The first part that we need to have ready for next weeks class is ‘Plot Outline’:

* 1 page of bullet points of the beginning, middle and end

* Draw from a real experience (whether it be your own/family/friend)

* Add fictional bits to it

* Take it in a different direction to what happened in real life

We will then discuss as a class and then pick a scene that makes up part two of the homework assignment; which has to be written in approx 750 words to read out at class the week after.

Hmmm now which of my ridiculous real life experiences should I pick and how to elaborate on them (I somehow don’t think much elaboration will be necessary)…..

Love Missuswolf xxx

After The Fog – Kathleen Shoop

MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2012

In the wee small hours of last night I finished the final 10% of Kathleen Shoop’s After The Fog. I have read this as part of the Best Indie Book Festival; when I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to do an Author Interview with her – featured on my blog Friday 14th Sept.

Over the last sixteen months, I have been really expanding my reading horizons; absorbing books from all genres and Author’s; in particularly Indie Authors.

This was the perfect occasion as I have discovered that I love reading books from different eras, with the backdrop set in the 1940’s in Donora, Pennsylvania surrounding the ‘killing smog’.

The book had a wonderful balance of fact and fiction; following Nurse Rose Pavlesic struggle to care for her patients and balancing it with her family life. It’s nice to see that women had the same guilty balance then as they do now; working hard whilst trying to raise the family the best they could. Sometimes society seems to forget this and that it is the modern woman who invented this. It’s comforting to see that women have been strong characters for longer than what we think.

I loved how Rose’s character was strong and bold; I really felt for her at the beginning of the book and almost experienced her exhaustion that emulates from the story. It is contrasted wonderfully with the character of Sara Clara, whose laziness drives you to irritation in comparison to Rose’s whirlwind life.

There was some lovely imagery throughout the book; even little details conjured up the biggest pictures. One of my favourite’s was the description of Unk recycling the baby jar’s – screwing the lids into the wood on the walls and filling the jars with construction items, then screwing these back into the lids. I could just picture this wall dotted with baby jars containing nuts and bolts.

I almost felt like I was choking along with the residents of Donora as the smoke from the zinc mills gets freakishly trapped by the weather. Another beautiful piece of imagery is the smoke not rising properly and visibly hitting a ‘wall’ in the sky that seems to push its poisonous gases back down to earth. That in itself has me gasping for breath.

Another description I loved was the coal seam trapped inside earth, part of the world but not able to contribute to it. I won’t explain this any further as it may give part of the story away but I thought that was a perfect way to sum that particular scenario up.

As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent why Rose is so controlling and you feel her highs and lows; with all the secrets and lies from within her family colliding together in the height of the ‘killing smog’.

I would recommend this as not only does it have a good story to it, it is also interesting to learn about the ‘killing smog’ of Donora. It is written in such a way that it does not bog you down with facts, they are beautifully woven into the storyline.

You can buy After The Fog in Paperback or download to Kindle here.

Follow Kathleen Shoop on Twitter @KathieShoop.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Best Indie Book Festival – Winners Announced!

THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2012

After the Festival Frolics of the past two days, I am delighted to announce the winners!

WINNERS of the gift cards were:
$10 Jim Linschoten
$20 Bruce Ellis
$50 Gale Adkins Nelson

Thanks to all the lovely Author’s, who were finalists in this Festival, for participating so enthusiastically with the Blog Interviews. Also, a huge thanks to Melissa Fosters Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF for making this event truly spectacular and for allowing me to be a part of it – I have loved every minute of it!

And finally, a massive thanks to you – the reader – as without you reading these fabulous books they would be no Best Indie Book Festival. Thank you for your continued support of Indie Authors.

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Next Big Thing

WEDNESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2012

Last week, I was tagged by the lovely Author, Michelle Betham, in her post The Next Big Thing.

Michelle is not only a fellow writer, she is also a fellow North Easterner – residing just down the road from my humble abode here in Newcastle in the beautiful town of Durham. She is a self published Indie Author who writes Romance Novels; sexy escapisms for the beach.

Her most recent novel is Bon Voyage, a light hearted rom-com set on a Meditterean Cruise.

So just what is The Next Big Thing I hear you ask?

Well, I answer ten questions about my current Work In Progress and I then tag five Authors,  inviting them to tell you about their Work In Progress on their blog the following Wednesday.

What is the working title of your book?

At this present in moment in time, it is called Miss Pooshoe. It is the second title I have used whilst in the draft stages; the first one was too seasonal as I had created that as I started the writing process back in January 2012. However, once I completed the first draft, the story no longer headed in the direction I first thought and therefore needed a complete overhaul of the title.

What on earth does Miss Pooshoe mean?? I hear you cry. Well, that’s the beauty of the title – it’s designed to capture and intrigue.  

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It actually stems from my experience of loosing a job I absolutely loved last year and being redeployed into a shift work role I had previously done. I carried a lot of anger, resentment and frustration with me at first regarding the whole situation. Rather than sinking in my misery, I tried to turn a negative into a positive and be grateful for having a permanent job in these hard times; and that the best therapy would be to channel those feelings of turmoil into a book.

What genre does your book fall under?

It falls under the ‘Chick-Lit’ Genre; the main theme of the story is serious and topical, injected with some humour and romance that is written (hopefully) in an upbeat style.

Miss Pooshoe has taken some surprising turns on her writing  journey;  in particular a route that one of the characters (Harriet)  takes. It was a direction that even I wasn’t expecting! And how it comes about is even more bizarre, as I sat furiously typing away, my fingers flowing across the keyboard, possessed completely by the characters and their story that they want to share. hat’s when you take a step back and actually go ‘Wow! Where did that come from!’

 That’s the beauty of getting immersed with your characters and story; they  take on a life of their own and do things you don’t expect to happen! Pleasant little surprises I call them.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

God this is a really tough question!

Character of Maggie – Kirsten Wiig
Image from Style Bistro

The main character is Maggie Bell, a 27 year old who looses her job as a successful Project Co-ordinator.  She’s blonde, bubbly,  kind of ditsy.  I tried to stick with English Actors in the main however I loved the film Bridesmaids (it even manages to crop up in the book!) and I think Kristie Wiig would be the perfect Maggie Bell and Chris O’Dowd would be a great Paul (they are not lovers in this book, just best friends.Paul is actually gay. Seth is the love interest – the yummy Chris Hemsworth) 

Character of Paul – Chris O’DowdImage from Digital Spy 

After much deliberation. here goes:   

Character of Seth – Chris Hemsworth
Image from Byeshane Blogspot

Character of Claire – Emily Blunt
Image from Filmario

Character of Harriett – Sienna Miller
Image from Fanpop

What is the one sentence Synopsis of your book?

Riding the Rollercoaster of Recession

Will your book be Self-Published or represented by an agency?

Back in March, my intention was to edit over the summer and then send a couple of chapters to Literary Agents, dip my toe in the waters and see if I got any nibbles – then failing that, Self Publish.

However, over this last year I have downloaded a lot of Indie Author books and I have become a part of Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF and this has really opened my eyes to the world of Self Publishing. Melissa’s advice is to write what you want to write, not what you think will sell. Which is in contrast to a Literary Agents perspective; they are looking for the next big seller.

Self publishing works; this experience has taught me that.  I have met hugely successful Indie Authors such as Melissa Foster , who is proof of this. I am gradually building up the confidence and the strength of my manuscript and I am going to take Miss Pooshoe down the self publishing route.

How long did it take you to do the first draft of your manuscript?  

January and February are the hardest, most depressing months of the year.

In order to get motivated I thought; New Year, New Start – Get Writing!

I proceeded to set myself the challenge of writing the first draft of this novel over those two months. I followed my progress on my blog, naming  it Novel Project 2012. I completed just under 80,000 words in those two months, writing nearly every day aiming to write on average 2,000 words a day. It has been through one round of editing and I intend to do another round this Autumn after it has spent it’s Summer in the hands of proof readers.

I have learnt that I am a very seasonal writer and I concentrate more in the cold, dark months when I am all snug inside. I love Autumn; it always reminds me of going back to school so it has been the kick up the backside I need to start round two of editing.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre

I would love to compare it to Marian Keyes as I simply adore her books; they are so funny and witty with a touching or tragic backdrop that is dealt with so sensitively without loosing the humour to the story.

I am nowhere near as funny as Marian Keyes but I love her writing style; her light heartedness and chatty nature is something I aspire to with this novel and I would love it to come across even half as well as what her novels do.

Who or what inspired you to write this book

The loss of a job I loved; having to experience and deal with strong, unwanted emotions spurned me on to do something about the situation. I have always loved reading and writing; often sitting in my younger years reading books such as The Famous Five or Nancy Drew,  then instantly writing my own version straight after. The urge to write was so overwhelming and that seems to be my coping mechanism in everyday life; a bit of OCD has lead me to be a List Queen. So writing what I am experiencing seemed not only a great way to clear my head, but to start this novel writing adventure I have longed to do!

What else about your book may piqué a readers interest?

This book is by no means a memoir, however people who know me will recognise a fair amount of  myself in the book. To give you a bit of a clue, the title is actually my nickame.

A lot of what happens to Maggie – the funny scenarios and ridiculous phrase –  have either happened to me or the words have fallen out my mouth without thinking . So it may be a little insight into my crazy little life. 

Thanks for reading! Now I tag these five lovely Authors to share with you The Next Big Thing

Heather Cramner – The (Mis)Adventures of a twenty something year old girl

Denise Baird Stanley – A Room to Write

Jim Cantwell – Where The Grey Matter Pours Out

Kerry Richardson – What to Write

Sylvia Stein – ssteinwriting

Love Missuswolf xxx

Best Indie Book Festival

TUESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2012

Well, the day has finally arrived!

After a whirlwind week of preparations, whereby Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF have managed to host Blog Author Interviews for the ten finalists, The Best Indie Book Festival is here!   

I volunteered to be involved in this fantastic event by snapping up the opportunity to interview one of these fantastic author’s; Kathleen Shoop.

It has been an amazing experience for me, not only have I met some fabulous new people in the Support Group (#GoTeamPIF!), I have got to know ten Self Published Indie Authors and learn their journey to success, gaining valuable advice and insights as to how they achieved their dreams .

So please, kick back and show your support for these ten wonderful author’s whose hard work and efforts have brought them to this amazing Final. They have motivated and inspired us aspiring Indie Authors that success is achieveable and that you can achieve your vision of writing success through hard work, determination and self publishing.

If you’re looking for a few good books, the BEST INDIE BOOK FESTIVAL is today and tomorrow only at the World Literary Café! Check it out here http://bit.ly/Q93gVK ENTER to WIN Amazon gift cards (no purchase necessary!)

Good Luck to all Ten Authors

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch up – An Author Interview with Kathleen Shoop

FRIDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2012

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

I am delighted and honoured to be hosting an Author Interview with the fabulous Kathleen Shoop! So grab a cuppa and we will catch up with the amazing author…

Kathie’s bio

After the Fog is the second novel by bestselling Kindle author Kathleen Shoop. Her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011 as did After the Fog in 2012. A former Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Synopsis of After The Fog:

A love story wrapped in historical drama…

In the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 “killing smog,” headstrong nurse Rose Pavlesic tends to her family and neighbors. Efficient and precise, she’s created a life that reflects everything she missed growing up as an orphan. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from the love of her life, Henry, her dutiful children, and large extended family.

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin? Will love be enough?

Now, get your hands wrapped around that cuppa and let’s meet our lovely Author…

Hi Kathie, first of all, how do you organise your writing time?

The biggest thing I try to do to organize my time is to be sure that when my kids are at school that I’m writing. At times doctor appointments or something take precedence, but I found that if I try to just “run a little errand,” two hours is gone, I’m irritated by the grocery store and not in the mood to settle into writing. Walking is a big part of when I do my writing as well—lots of plot and character issues have been solved while I walk—I don’t look at that as taking away from my writing schedule—it’s part of it. I will also print out sections of my WIP for waiting in the carpool line or waiting rooms, etc. I try to use every second when I’m kid-free during the work-week to focus on my projects. These little snippits of time that I use in the carpool line are perfect to work out small revision issues.

Which Authors do you feel have influenced your writing?

Francine Prose, Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, Steinbeck, and many many more. These are just some that I try to learn from again and again. Every writer I read teaches me something…

You have written two books (After the Fog and The Last Letter) Which of these books did you find the hardest to write?

After the Fog was harder for me to write. This was because although it’s historical fiction it’s inspired by a true event and many people who lived through it are still alive, living right down the turnpike from me! With The Last Letter (set over a century ago) I was just as careful to be sure that every little historical thing in the book, could have happened—that it was, based on research as much as possible.

However there isn’t anyone to say, “but, Kathie, it happened this way, not that way…” With After the Fog there are readers who can say “I was there, it didn’t go that way.” That blocked me a little bit, caused me to rethink plot issues and town characterizations so that even if someone says, “No, that’s not right,” I can point to some bit of research (hopefully in the form of eye-witness accounts) that says, whatever it is, is possible.

I am so fortunate to have had the very generous gift of Donoran readers to help me sort through what just wasn’t working and then fix it.

Part of the difficulty in writing about 1948 is also the sanitized version of that era that many of us have in our minds. TV, the idea that the past is always nicer, more genteel, kinder, more mannered, cleaner, is not always so. Using family members, research, and interviews at the time of the fog (to help with crafting the gruff language patterns that sometimes shock modern day readers) I tried to go beyond the stereotypical society and people we all think we know.

My Rose—the main character—is a woman who worked out of the home her whole marriage. Both of my grandmothers did this—one was highly educated, the other wasn’t. But the way we talk about women in the work-place it’s as though women didn’t start working outside the home until 1975. Those are the things I tried to dig deeper into…those are things that fascinate me—ordinary people who are strong and embody unexpected, though possible, character traits.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I have four places—one is in my house—in the guest room, by a small window overlooking my back yard. I easily work there, but sometimes I can’t kick the “I should clean the kitchen voice,” that rises from below. At those times I head to my favorite coffee shop, Curbside Coffee, where people don’t really stop to talk if someone looks busy. It’s one town over so I don’t know as many people as when I try to work in town! The third is with my meditative writing group. We gather in a restaurant meeting room and mediate for 15 minutes, write for 2-3 hours and then talk over a meal…perhaps if I meditated at home more, I could ignore the kitchen voices! Fourth, I am always inspired by travel and can write easily when I’m somewhere else completely! I love that place best!

How did you start writing – was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I’ve been writing in my head forever. I’ve always replayed events in my mind. I’d replay the way people interact, the joy and sadness, discomfort and contentment I see in others—these inspire stories in me. The stories just pop into my head and I know I have to write them down. Also, my father writes every day of his life. He’s never tried to publish anything, but writing is just part of who he is and how he works his world. I think I picked that up! Reading, of course is what spurred me on, most of all. There is simply nothing like finding a book to bury myself in, to go off into another world. I’ve found myself experiencing complete, utter jealousy at reading a wonderfully crafted sentence, a quirky, funny character, an ordinary plot that reads as though it was the most extraordinary setting and series of events that ever was—all of those things spur me to write. I’ve tried to quit writing before…but I can’t. It’s just part of who I am.

Thank you again, Gemma. You have been so kind to have me here!

You’re very welcome Kathie! I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting you on my blog!

Readers – an interesting fact from the Author, a London Tidbit…

Interesting Fact From the Author: 

London Tidbit

I believe (this recollection is off top of my head) that in 1952 or so London (or nearby area) suffered the same type of temperature

BBC News PAge 1952 London Fog

Source – BBC News Page

inversion (with mills and areas prone to smog etc.) that produced Donora’s killing smog but 4000 people died in London instead of Donora’s 20 some deaths. Researchers attribute Donora’s luck to the fact a strong storm came in, dispersing the smog after 5 days! I think I have those details right (don’t quote me!) There are some really interesting facts related to how certain people/animals survived the London smog (poorer farmers’ animals survived because they didn’t have the means to muck their stalls as much and some of the properties from animals’ urine actually interacted  with the smog, making it less lethal to animals of poorer people than the “cleaner” wealthier people’s animals). I think I’m remembering that right…

Thanks again Kathie!

Readers – here’s where you can purchase Kathie’s books:

Kindle Edition USA

Kindle Edition UK

Amazon Paperback Edition USA

Amazon Paperback Edition UK

You can also follow Kathleen Shoop on Facebook and Twitter @KathieShoop, as well as view her website and blog.

Read another fabulous interview with Kathleen by Denise Baird Stanley right here.

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team

FRIDAY 07th SEPTEMBER 2012

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gents!

This week I joined a brand new group that was created by the lovely Author Melissa Foster,  entitled  Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team.

How did I come about this? Well I was merrily sat on my first rest day on Tuesday evening having a good old nose through Facebook at the goings on in people’s lives, when I stumbled across a post by Melissa Foster (Check out her website and books here). I have previously blogged about her when I read her wonderful book Megan’s Way and I follow her both on Facebook and Twitter. Melissa had posted on her Facebook page that she had an event coming up and that she was looking for bloggers to help support the effort. As I scrolled through the comments of expressions of interest, I noted that she had created this group as a result.

After a quiet summer on the blog front, I had been contemplating my next moves to get back into the swing of things. I still have my Novel Project 2012, Miss Pooshoe, simmering away beneath the surface, alongside my book reviews, but I needed other areas to blog about. Without hesitation, I swooped on in and clicked that request button, eager to be accepted as part of a new community that would no doubt expose me to an exciting new network of bloggers and writers.

Hurrah, I was accepted, welcomed with open arms and instantly became a part of the IN crowd yey!

No sooner had I joined, did I find myself volunteering to do an Author Interview on my blog as part of the event for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards. I was delighted and honoured when I was accepted and I now get to interview the lovely Kathleen Shoop (which will be featured on here Friday 14th September 2012). Woohoo!

I have researched her website, downloaded her book to read and have since fired my Five Questions off to her in preparation for next weeks feature, which I am so excited to blog about!

In the meantime, for all you lovely Authors out there, there is a FREE Event on Wednesday 12th September in regards to Two Approaches to Book Marketing, Hosted by Alliance For Independent Author’s Founder Orna Ross with Melissa Foster as a Special Guest. It is being held 4-5pm EST (which I think makes it about 10pm here in the UK). Well worth a look in 🙂

 

Have a lovely weekend

Love Missuswolf xxx