Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Sylvia Stein

WEDNESDAY 21st MAY 2014

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Sylvia Stein, a fellow GoTeamPIF member who is working on her first solo novella, Closure.

~Author Bio~

My name is Sylvia Stein and I am a native of Brownsville, Texas and I have always loved writing and always dreamt of publishing my own stories one day. I have worked as an educator in Texas and North Carolina. I have also written poetry on poetry.com.Sylvia Stein

In 2012 I joined an Incredible Writer’s group on linked in. Thanks to this group I was able to publish my first set of 4 stories which launched on Amazon in February 2013 Book One, Giant Tales Beyond Mystic Doors and her second Anthology with another set of 4 stories entitled Giant Tales from the Misty Swamp which launched in August 2013 thanks to my Writer’s group 750 started by the wonderful Heather Marie Schuldt.

However, I would also like to add that I would of never kept on pursuing my writing if it were not from the support of authors like Melissa Foster, and The World Literary Cafe (WLC Community) that paves the way for other authors, Melissa’s Awesome Support Team, Sass Cadeaux, Exchange Fan Page, Tammie Clarke Gibbs and Share an Excerpt Virtual e-book fair and last but not least my amazing family and friends and my faith in God. I currently reside in the town of Fuquay, Varina NC with my beloved and supportive husband Jeremy and my three wonderful children.

Closure is my very first novella and I really hope you will enjoy it!

~Synopsis~

Sara James was an only child who loved the world and life. Sadly, her world came to a screeching halt upon the news of her mother’s tragic death.

Devastated by the loss of his wife, Garrison neglects his daughter and turns to the bottle for solace.

Desperate to feel loved and wanted, Sara tries to pickup the pieces of what was left of her family. Sadly, no matter how hard she tried, her father continued his lust for the bottle and spiraled down a dark and abusive path.

Once removed from her home, Sara tries to pickup what was left of her life and begins to live again. She becomes a successful caterer and fights to maintain her promise to never look back.

A phone call threatens to end Sara’s promise.

Garrison is on his deathbed and he is asking for his daughter. Will Sara face her father? Will she reject his request or will she finally fight back and tell him what she really thinks of him?

Closure is a must read journey of the heart. Grab your copy in 2014!

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Let’s find out a bit more about Sylvia …

Hi Sylvia and welcome!!

First and Foremost thank you Gemma for your kind words and so Happy to be here!

Where did the inspiration behind Closure come from?

The inspiration behind Closure came from people I have met through my life that are estranged from one of their family members whether it be a mother, father, brother, sister etc.   I began to write Sara James story in one of my writing classes and then another fellow writer said how great it would be if I expanded this story into a novella.

How would you compare writing this story with anything you’ve previously written?

Writing this story can not be compared to anything I have ever written since the previous were all short stories and Sara’s character and the emotional journey that she goes through was powerful and profound. I think there are many who will relate to her story.

How do you manage your writing time?

I tell you it is not easy being a wife and mother of three. However, I love writing so I make time by working on it late In the night, and in the weekends. I always find some time to write.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on? Closure

I started writing as early as 7 years of age. It was a way to create a new world and travel within my characters. I think the book that spoke to me was when I was in High School and I read, “ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I tell you the message that this book created for me as a reader was something that instilled a passion to want to create stories one day that would make a difference and take the reader on a journey with their words.

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 work best in my office late at night and I need to listen to my music – classical, ballads, rock, etc. Without music I can’t work.

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

I love to sing and I have also written some songs. I do not play instruments but I hear the melody in my head and create music.

Thank you for being here today Sylvia.

Thank you so much for having me!

~Where to find Sylvia Stein~

Facebook

Twitter: @sylvia_stein07

WordPress Blog

Anthologies:

Giant Tales Beyond The Mystic Doors: Four Stories

Giant Tales From The Misty Swamp: Four Stories

Giant Tales Lava Storm In The Neighbourhood: One Story
Closure
 Love Missuswolf xxx

“IGNITE BLAST Hop & Tour …

WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER 2013

You’ve arrived at the “IGNITE” BLAST Hop & Tour…

Something just for you

I’m excited to be part of the launch celebration of “Ignite!” a book of tastefully erotic short stories written especially with moms in mind! By the way, my treasure hunt word is “DREAMS.”

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You will not believe all the fun & prizes that are going on!

Whether you’re a woman who has put passion on the back burner, or you’re a hot mama who has been keeping things aflame, these stories are sure to light your fire!

They’re short. They’re hot. They’re a little something just for you!

As part of the blog hop and tour, I am delighted to interview one of the Author’s.

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Lori Verni-Fogarsi, who has just had her short story Just Like Old Times published in ‘Ignite’, a collection of tastefully erotic stories written especially with mums in mind!

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Hi Lori and welcome! It’s great to have you here again

Where did the inspiration behind your story for ‘Ignite’ come from?

“Just Like Old Times” is the story of a couple, married for 15 years, and like many couples, their sex life has gotten kind of… predictable. I wanted to write a story in which a couple rekindles the excitement of the early days, but in such a way that they’re still real people doing realistic things, rather than embarking on some over-the-top scenario that could be difficult to relate to.

It was inspired by my own desire to keep my marriage—including our sex life—exciting, no matter how long it’s been.

 How would you compare writing this story with Momnesia, Unexpecting and Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs?

They’ve all been very different writing experiences! The dog training book, being nonfiction, was basically a gathering of facts and information into a sequence that makes sense, is easy to follow, and has some humor mixed in, to make it a fun read.  My first novel, “Momnesia,” was, I admit, a cross between nonfiction and fiction… it was based upon my own perspectives and experiences, but enhanced with enough fiction to make it fun and interesting. “Unexpecting” was pure fiction, requiring 100% creativity in creating the entire story and characters. With the short story, “Just Like Old Times,” I sought to combine my real life fantasies with what I thought many womens’ fantasies might be, and had fun with the ability to let the sex scenes really flow without worrying about having to keep them “clean enough.”

How do you manage your writing time with juggling everyday life and a family?

Admittedly, I do the majority of my writing when my kids aren’t around; either when they’re at school, or at their dad’s house for the weekend. When they were younger (before they were in school or I was divorced and they went to their dad’s), I did the majority of my writing late at night after they were in bed. Yes, it was exhausting!

What’s your best piece of advice that you would give to all the lovely mothers out there?

Remember that being a mother is only one important part of who you are. It’s not only okay, but even a good influence on your kids, to be a person with your own interests as well… whether that be a hobby, maintaining other friendships, or simply saying no to a fifth round of Candyland so you can relax for ten minutes before you have to make dinner. Let them see that mothers are people too!

As for sex? My main piece of advice (although I realize it can be easier said than done) is to let go! Waiting to “get your sexy back” could mean it will never come back! Stop holding on to images of who you used to be, or what you used to look like, and instead, embrace who you are now.

Besides writing, tell us something else that you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about balancing all of my passions! There are so many things that are important to me! Raising my four kids, who are all teens, in such a way that I hope they become well-balanced, happy adults. Reading books. Maintaining a relationship with my husband that involves things other than pining over the kids every minute. Drinking wine. Boating. Maintaining friendships with my few close girlfriends. Shaving my legs on a regular basis. I try to balance these passions in such a way that, while there are certainly peaks and valleys, none are ever forgone altogether

Thank you for being here today Lori.

Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure chatting with you and I look forward to getting to know your blog’s followers, too!

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Victoria Watson

SUNDAY 17th MARCH 2013

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Vic Watson, a fellow North Easterner who is on a similar mission to myself. She has published a short story called ‘The Piano’ as well as a collection of short stories ‘Letting Go’. I worked with her on the I Am Woman Anthology. Her current work in progress is her debut novel called ‘Fix Me Up.’

I had the pleasure of working with Victoria on the I Am Woman Anthology Volume 2, the second Anthology of short stories I am woman kindlewritten by women to raise funds for charities who help women both in the UK and across the world. I submitted my short story ‘Breaking The Rules’ to her for consideration, which she kindly accepted to be in this wonderful Anthology. She proofread and edited my submission before unleashing it on the world.

~Author Bio~

Victoria Watson completed a BA (Hons) in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from NewcastleUniversity in 2008. Part of her dissertation was subsequently taught in an undergraduate module.

author picVictoria achieved a Masters degree in Creative Writing with Commendation in 2010. She is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in the Post Compulsory Education and Training.

Victoria has contributed to publications including ‘True Faith’ (a Newcastle United fanzine), NCJ Media’s north-east titles The Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun. She has also reviewed for Amazon, Waterstones and Closer Magazine.

She was awarded ‘Young Reviewer of the Year’ by ncjMedia in 2009 and her short story ‘The Piano’ won North Tyneside Council’s Story Tyne competition in November 2012.

Victoria had a story published in the ‘Home Tomorrow’ anthology published by 6th Edition Publishing in 2011. Her work is also featured in several charity anthologies. She published a collection of her short stories entitled ‘Letting Go’ in February 2012. ‘The Piano’ is also available for download on Amazon.

Victoria writes a blog at http://elementaryvwatson.wordpress.com. She is the official blogger for Whitley Bay Film Festival and also contributes to The Cultural Thing and The Northern Line blogs.

Victoria currently runs two writing groups in WhitleyBay, North Tyneside but is looking to run sessions in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Victoria is currently in the process of setting up Elementary V Watson Proofreading and Copywriting Services.

Now get cosy with that cuppa as we catch up with this lovely lady and fellow North Easterner…

Hi Vic and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the publication of your stories!

Tell us a bit about your work in progress and where did the inspiration behind Fix Me Up come from?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. While studying for my Masters in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, I began writing a story about a girl and her dead grandmother. The story was meant to be about the relationship between the two and the girl’s struggle to come to terms with the fact that they weren’t speaking when her grandmother died tragically after being mugged by a drug addict. However, when I read back the separate characters, I realised the more compelling story lay with Colin, the drug addict.

How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; ‘Letting Go’ and ‘The Piano’.Letting Go

 Fix Me Up is written mainly in Geordie dialect which definitely differs from anything I’ve written before. Letting Go is a collection of short stories and flash fiction and The Piano is a short story about a daughter trying to come to terms with her father’s dementia. One thing I think all of my writing has in common is the fact that I always concentrate on ordinary people in not-so-ordinary situations.

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

I’ve loved reading since I was a little girl and I couldn’t imagine a life without reading. There have been lots of books that have inspired me over the years and one author who has continued to delight and surprise me well into adulthood is Roald Dahl. I love his use of language, how he makes up words that are so evocative is something I really admire.

I also love the fact that books can have an impact on society. For example, Anne Frank’s Diary and To Kill a Mockingbird have been massively inspirational to me.

The PianoI see that you are studying to be a creative writing teacher– congratulations! How do you organise your writing time?

With great difficulty! I run a couple of writing groups every week so you’d think that would give me time to write but I spend most of my time there supporting the other members of the group and working on the teaching side of things. I’m not complaining though as I absolutely love it. I write when I can but I am a big procrastinator, I have to have a deadline.

I’m a deadline kind of girl too – I seem to work better under pressure!

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 like to be alone when I’m writing. In the summer I like to sit in the conservatory and be able to look at the garden in bloom. In the winter, I’m generally on the sofa with the TV on in the background. When I’m overseas, I like to be near the sea or a pool, I’m a real waterbaby.

The only person I can bear to be around when I write is The Boy Wonder. Generally, I can’t write comfortably when other people are around.

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

When I was a teenager, I constantly imitated Posh Spice. It was not my finest moment.

Thank you for being here today Victoria!

~Where to find Victoria Watson~

Blog

You can find Vic on Facebook

She is on Twitter as @vpeanuts

Letting Go

The Piano

I am woman

Love Missuswolf xxx

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

SATURDAY 09th FEBRUARY 2013

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Thanks to the fabulous Victoria Watson  for nominating me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blog Award’. Vic has has released a collection of her short stories ‘Letting Go’ and her short story ‘The Piano’. She is on a similar mission to myself to publish her work in progress ‘Fix Me Up’ before she is thirty. I worked with her on the ‘I Am Woman Anthology’  – the Second Anthology of short stories written by women to raise funds for
charities who help women both in the UK and across the world. Her blog is full of life and interesting features and I am honoured to have been nominated by her 🙂

So, here are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Right, seven things that you don’t already know, thinking cap has well and truly been screwed on.

  1. I attempted to learn to play the guitar when I was eleven but the pressure of playing in a school concert and my clumsy fingers and thumbs sharp had me pulling out of this phase.
  2. I have a fear of choking – so much so that I chew my food until it is mush before I swallow. I think this fear stems from a scene in Mrs Doubtfire where Pierce Brosnan nearly chokes on his prawn.
  3. I used to pronounce the sweets ‘Smarties’ as ‘Farties’ when I was little, much to my parents amusement.
  4. On a trip to Mexico a couple of years ago for my friends wedding, my husband pestered me to go snorkelling the day after the hen night at Coco Bongos. The choppy sea and the tequila that was still churning in my stomach  promptly had me throwing up on the fish and the beautiful plant life…
  5. I once tried to boil a turnip. Whole. (this and similar stories make up a lot of my work in progress Chick Lit Novel Miss Pooshoe)
  6. One April fools day my dad changed all the clocks in the house a couple of hours ahead of what they were. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the loo and when I checked my mobile for the time, it showed a different one to my alarm clock and the clock on my wall. So, thinking my mobile was wrong, I changed that to match all the clocks in the house! Pah! It was a very disoriented day that one..
  7. As a child, I once wrote on the hallway wall in lip balm and then blamed my sister. She got a good telling off for it too ooops. I eventually admitted it, only a fair few years down the line…

So, now I’ve let my dignity mask slip a little, here are some top blogs I follow that I nominate for this award (in no particular order):

  1. Michelle Betham: Michelle is a romance Author and a fellow Northerner. I love following her blog and her journey as she writes and publishes her steamy stories. Her current work in progress ‘Striker’ sounds her most sizzling one yet! She writes for the beach and her novels are perfect for lazing on that sun lounger with (as well as snuggling on your sofa with a cuppa.)
  2. A Mummys View: A very useful and insightful blog by a mum of two as we follow her journey on motherhood and the tips she shares along the way. I am not a mother myself but hope to be one day and for sure I will be bookmarking a lot of her posts. In the meantime, I am an Auntie so it has come in very handy.
  3. Kerry Ann Richardson:Kerry is a Crime Writer and has just finished her first draft of Book one, which she has put aside for a few weeks prior to editing as she gets stuck into writing Book Two. I have read some of her work and it certainly gets those shivers dancing down my spine – crime thrillers at their best!

My thanks again to Victoria Watson for the nomination.

Love Missuswolf xxx

I Am Woman Campaign – Anthology – Volume 2

FRIDAY 05th OCTOBER 2012

What is the ‘I Am Woman’ Campaign I hear you ask?

THE MISSION STATEMENT:

The ‘I Am Woman’ Campaign is about using our voices to help other women. To raise awareness of women across the planet who have in effect ‘lost their voice’ or had it taken away…either through, fear, abuse, illness or war. We all have a voice, whether that be through our blogs, social networks or talking to people in our daily lives. We must speak for them until they can do it for themselves.

The campaign has a blog, which you can follow here, that is ran by three women; Margot Bloom, Victoria Watson and Louise Stark.

This week they launched their second anthology, a collection of fictional short stories, flash fiction and poetry that have been  written and submitted by women who have a voice in support of women who have lost theirs.

I am delighted and honoured that my submission Breaking The Rules was chosen for inclusion in this anthology! After seeing the request for submissions back in April, I jumped at the chance to be involved.

You can download I Am Woman Campaign Anthology – Volume 2 from Amazon for £3.99 here.

All proceeds (no deductions) are donated to their three charities, which are:

– Breakthrough

Women For Women

– Women’s Aid

So download your copy now! Not only are you supporting these charities, you get to sit and cosy up with some fab stories from women in support of a great campaign.

Love Missuswolf xxx

A. Vogel Bedtime Story Competition

SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2011

A.Vogel have a competition to write a short bedtime story between 1500 and 3000 words.

I have been working on this the last couple of months. This was the one where I wrote a thousand words in a very creative half hour on a very ‘wild’ Friday night.

I have been tweaking it the last couple of weeks and I am very surprised at the direction those first thousand words have led me in; to a conclusion of a short story consisting of 2995 words that I am bit wary whether it meets the criteria of being ‘suitable’ for a bedtime story.

Unfortunately, I can’t share Good Deed Gone Bad with my Littlewolves until the competition has finished. The closing date is 28th October with winners to be announced early 2012. A nice little incentive for writing follows below:

 

 

The Prizes are:

1st = £500

2nd = £300

3rd = £100 (2 prizes)

It would be lovely to win however I certainly enjoyed writing the story and again, needed a deadline to write for.

This has been emailed off today….

Love Missuswolf xx

 

Submission to 4’33 Audio Magazine

WEDNEDSAY 12th OCTOBER 2011

Four Thirty Three is the new Audio Magazine where authors can read their own stories, broadcasting and podcasting short stories up to five minutes log. It has to be 1,000 words maximum. They’re looking for edgy, engaging stories about modern life – stories which work well when read aloud.

Today, I have submitted ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ my first ever piece of homework from Geek Club Term One and I thought it was quite fitting as it was the first piece of writing I had read out loud at the class .

Love Missuswolf xx

Best! – Short Story Competition

Famous women’s magazine ‘Best’ is running a Short Story Competition with a deadline of 4th October…so I better get writing Littlewolves!!

Although the generous Prize of £1000 is pretty tempting in its own right,  this is an opportunity to get my backside into gear and write a short story over the next couple of weeks!

I have had to collect four tokens over the past couple of issues (thanks mum!), which I have to send off with an entry form and my final masterpiece(!)

The word limit is 1,000.

My task this evening…if i choose to accept it…is to read the past few issues of Best! to gauge what kind of audience the magazine is aimed at. I have three short stories that they have previously published to read (and assess!) to get a feel of what style and topics they like to feature.

Now just to brainstorm ideas ….

UPDATE FOUR HOURS LATER!

I have done it! I have written a (very rough) first draft start to finish! I was starting to panic that I would not have an idea as I seemed to be getting no-where for ages.

Then suddenly, a flash of inspiration from an advert on telly would you believe! It sparked a chain of thought and forty five minutes later, the story has been born and has learned to walk. Yey!

Although I won’t tell you what advert it was as it will spoil it.

I just need to redraft it a few times prior to submission…

Love Missuswolf xx