Indie Author Friday: Barbara Franken #IndieAuthor #motivational #selfhelp

Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s indie author reminds that even during the chaos and stress of writing/promotion/blogging, etc., it’s important to take time to de-stress and nurture ourselves.  Welcome, Barbara Franken!


‘Consciousness expands and Humankind takes a quantum leap into the unknown as they discover how to go beyond seduction, limitation, the ailing and ageing body and the death trigger. They enjoy living and creating as Loving DivineHumanBeings in a time-less space of freedom and an expanding field of potential where they experience rejuvenation, abundance and an infinite flow of pure love and joy.’

‘Barbara’s story is a magnificent LOVE affair between her Divine and Human selves… who find each other after many years apart and become ONE. It is an amazing journey that begins with her questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What is life all about?’  The more she explores, the more aware she becomes and her mind grows quiet, this allows her to perceive nine Elemental Beings who come to remind her of her core truths which take her from a world of fear, struggle and limitation into a New Energy Consciousness of love, grace and freedom. In this loving space she is able to observe and feel the natural integration of her Divine and Human selves, coming together as one Loving and Magnificent Master Creator who chooses, expresses and creates heart and soul passion on the physical plane and beyond; beyond imagination, words and everything that is known.’

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I’d know to start building my social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Instagram, Utube) much sooner (+/- 2 years) before I published my book, giving me a much wider audience to market my product… that remains an everyday ‘happy’ task.

 What do you love most about the writing process?

I love the feeling of ‘catching information/energy’ that flows through me, putting it on paper and making sense of it to record for myself or share with others. It is quite wondrous to know IAM one flowing Body of Consciousness, attracting everything I desire.

What do you do to get book reviews?

 I ask everyone I can to please write a short review of my book, take a photo of themself holding/reading my book and send to me to help with my promotions. People love the colourful visuals.

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

Danny, my Elemental Being that I perceived along my Awakening journey, who appeared to remind me how important it is to stay in touch with the natural harmony of life through playing, creating and acting out my hearts desire.

In times of stress, which still happens to my Human self, I imagine IAM Danny, a tiny mushroom person who runs through the forest, singing in delight, playing with all the animals and children I come across… my favorite game is hide and seek… because I can pretend to be a mushroom and no one can find me! Ah… the peace of just being still!

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero.  What does he say and why is he here?

 “It’s time to chill out, pack a small bag and lets go on a great, sunny adventure”. I love my writing and marketing, but sometimes I forget to get out! So Mr. Penguin is a great distraction and takes me outside… its time to relax and play… and who knows what adventure he encourages me to write about next.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I like to keep an eye on ‘International’ news to see how the world unfolds in these days of inner and outer chaos… but find the rest on tv and films/series either too silly or violent to watch. Until, I discovered Nashville… a 5 season series that IAM loving… It’s a beautiful country/love story with lots of music and nice characters. It’s a delight to watch and gives me hope that there are more people like myself out there.

Maybe someone would be interested in making my story into a film!

Author Bio

For the last ten years IAM living the good life in Southern Spain with my husband Tom. IAM a passionate writer, blogger and advocate… creating awareness of ‘The Evolution of Consciousness’ that we are all orchestrating and changing the world with each breath we breathe.

My message remains firm…

There is a way to flow through the chaos, struggle and limitation you may feel within and see out there. It is a matter of choice… to surrender… or not… to your essence/consciousness/pure love that resides within and waits to take YOU beyond on a most magical adventure.

There is nothing more to do or learn but prioritise yourself, relax and go within, observe, get to know and love ALL of yourself; the dark and the light and be your own best friend, doctor and spirit guide. Allow your fears, judgments and doubts to transform into loving potential and be in awe as the sovereign Master and Creator steps forward and leads the way.

I have published my own true awakening story… Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom, realising who IAM and what’s going on in the World… and created a five week MasterCreator Class (local & online) to help awaken the Master who’s ready to take on the New Role of Energy Pioneer and live a life of ease, grace and celebration… beyond everything known.

I ask a small fixed donation for my book and class’s to cover costs and help fund my non-profit business The Magnificent Consciousness… Creating Awareness of our unique part in the magical world and how we can create heaven on earth from within. For our young children (6-11) I hold a Creative Art Project after-school and for people struggling with chronic pain and mental illness I hold a group meet-up to help them perceive life with new eyes.

Social Media 

Website:    http://www.memymagnificentself.com
Twitter:
      http://twitter.com/sacredhearts
Facebook: http://facebook.com/memymagnificentself
LinkedIn:    /barbara-franken
Pinterest:  
/barbarafranken
Google+:    /barbara franken

Buy Links

Digital and Paperback Book
Your Magnificent Self… A Journey to Freedom by Barbara Franken

Amazon http://a.co/3G18RK1

A Five Week Local MasterCreator Class
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Indie Author Friday: Victoria Zigler #IndieAuthor #poetry #childrensbooks @VictoriaZigler

Welcome Victoria Zigler to Indie Author Friday!  If you’re looking for poetry and children’s books, she has over 40 to choose from.  As a Potterhead, I loved her answer to which fictional character she’d be.

 

A collection of poems of different lengths and styles – some with a hint of humour, others of a more serious nature – exploring a variety of themes, such as animals, nature, emotions, and the world around us.

 

 

Losing a sibling is hard. Losing three of them is even harder. Repairing a broken bond of trust is harder still.

After his three brothers disappeared, one after another, gone to a mysterious place known only as The Rainbow Bridge, Buddy the degu is all alone in his cage. Confused and frightened, he knows only one thing for certain: he last saw his brothers in the hands of the human caretaker. That knowledge breaks the bond of trust forged between Buddy and his human in the years since he was a pup, and leaves him convinced that letting her get her hands on him will mean he disappears too. Somehow, she has to convince him he’s wrong, and earn back his trust.

Based on actual events that took place in the life of one of the author’s own degus, and told from the point of view of a degu, this is the story of how patience and love taught a confused and terrified rodent how to trust again.

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

I had someone give me some constructive criticism regarding my writing of battle scenes recently.  The advice was really appreciated, because I’m rubbish at writing battle scenes that really make you feel like you’re there.  I’ll be sure to bear her comments in mind next time I need to write one.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

“Keep your poems and stories safe.”  Because I have very few of my early poems and stories, since I never worried about keeping them safe as a child, and it would have been nice to have them to look back on.  I had plenty from my very late teens and later – which I’ve rewritten and expanded on to make many of the books in the list of my published works – but almost nothing from before that, despite the fact I’ve written both poetry and stories since I was old enough to know how.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

It hasn’t changed it much.  The main difference now is that I’m more careful about making sure editing happens, and have to organize things like covers and marketing.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

I love shortbread.  Especially proper Scottish shortbread.  I don’t know why, and I don’t really stop to think about it while eating it, since I’m usually too busy enjoying my snack.

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He greets me – though not by name, of course – and then says, “Can you tell me the way to Penguinopolis?” And he’s here because he got on the wrong flight when trying to get home from a trip to Mexico, so now he’s lost.  I think I might go with him when he goes home, just to make sure he gets there safely.  Well, also because then I can play in the snow, but that part’s a secret… Shhh!

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I want to be Hermione Granger, because then I could have access to the Hogwarts library, and get to meet Luna Lovegood.  Plus, she’s really good at magic, and being able to do magic would be cool too.

Author Bio

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Social Media

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Buy Links

How To Catch Snowflakes and Other Poems

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/720432

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/7131538

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catching-snowflakes-and-other-poems-victoria-zigler/1126277024

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/catching-snowflakes-and-other-poems

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/catching-snowflakes-and-other-poems/id1230038242

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catching-Snowflakes-Other-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546383204/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Catching-Snowflakes-Other-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546383204/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Catching-Snowflakes-Other-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546383204/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Catching-Snowflakes-Other-Poems-Victoria-Zigler/9781546383208

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34947667-catching-snowflakes-and-other-poems

How To Trust Your Human

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/724848

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/7188605

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-trust-your-human-victoria-zigler/1126412328

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/how-to-trust-your-human

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-trust-your-human/id1237703591

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35160154-how-to-trust-your-human

Indie Author Friday: Ranjeeta Nath Ghai #IndieAuthor #poetry

It’s a very rainy Indie Author Friday – prayers for all those affected by Harvey.  Today’s author brings with her a book of poetry – isn’t that a beautiful cover?  Welcome Ranjeeta Nath Ghai!

Achievements and disappointments, success and failure, love and infatuation, introspections and retrospection, Life is a wonderful journey with its highs and lows. Is there something you feel that you can’t express? A feeling, a thought, an experience or a relationship…? Then…. this book is definitely for you. Most of us fail to express ourselves on a personal level. This book, written and packed with romance and rejection will touch a chord in your heart. The poet has penned down a plethora of feelings and experiences for you to read and enjoy. ……….

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I had known how to promote my book ‘Mann Ki Aarzoo’ in the market. I would have done the ground work and then launched it in a big way…

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

Earlier I used to write randomly. After my book was published I became a more regular writer. I also started writing micro poetry, quotes, prose poetry and short stories. I started experimenting with my writing in a more serious way.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

Some said that my poetry brought tears to their eyes and them moist, some said that they could feel that it was tailor made for them. Compliments like these really made my day.

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

I just love to read chicken soup series.

How would your best friend describe you?

A loyal friend who would die for you. An easy going, laid back person with good humor.

If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

We are two sisters and when we used to fight my mother used to say that we behave like Tom and Jerry… so keeping that in mind I would love to be Tom.

Author Bio

Born to a Gujarati mother, Assamese father in MH Agra Cantt, Uttar Pradesh, brought up in New Delhi and married to a Punjabi… I have a rich cultural background. “Mann Ki आरज़ू” is  debut attempt at publishing a few of my poems which I have been writing since 1985 to date. Being an army BRAT(Born Raised And Transferred) and Army Officer’s wife I have had the golden opportunity denied to many(and mine by birth)… to have covered the length and breadth of India, and seeing it in its splendor. Hardly have I ever lived in any state for more than a period of 2 years. Giving up my promising career as a graphic designer I build a parallel career as an educationist, to spend more time with my expanding family.

My life has been enriched by my seven furry buddies who with their unconditional love have always been a de-stressing factor of my life teaching me to value and love all HIS creations unconditionally.

From being a daughter to being a mother, from a caregiver to being loved back in return, being a friend and having friends worth dying for, life has come a full circle. “Life has treated me well and God has been kind to me. Looking back today I feel no regret as I have lived and celebrated each moment of my life with passion, on my own terms and conditions.”

Social Media

You can follow me on my blog sites…. atrangizindagieksafar.com and purrfectpawsomefurrytales.wordpress.com.

mann ki aarzzo fb fan page

https://www.facebook.com/ranjeetanghai/?ref=settings

twitter

https://twitter.com/GhaiNath

instagram

https://www.instagram.com/atrangizindagieksafar/?hl=en

Buy Links

My book, “Mann ki Aarzoo” available on all leading online stores, Amazon, Amazon U.K, snapdeal, flipkart,  Notion Press and kindle etc in paperback and e-book versions. For more on “Mann ki Aarzoo” check out

Notion Press: https://notionpress.com/read/mann-ki-aarzoo

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/8175110805/ref=mp_s_a_1_fkmr0_1?qid=1462197332&sr=8-1-fkmr0&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=man+ki+aarzoo/

https://m.snapdeal.com/product/mann-ki-aarzoo/680093965340

https://www.flipkart.com/mann-ki-aarzoo-amalgamation-sentiments/p/itmege7qhetqgfhe/

 

Indie Author Friday: K.L. Kranes #IndieAuthor #YA #fantasy @klkranes

Did the week fly by for anyone else?  It sure did for me – but here we are once again for Indie Author Friday.  K.L. Kranes is here to share her YA fantasy, The Travelers.  Isn’t that a beautiful cover?  Check out what she says about getting book reviews – I think we’ve all been there.

 

Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn’t involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I’d known that writing a book is the easy part. I’d imagine I’m not the only writer who’d prefer to stay at home and write or read all day. Once a book is published, that’s no longer an option, if you want anyone to read it. This becomes even more difficult as an indie author. A lovely independent publisher, Saguaro Books, published my book, The Travelers, and provided guidance and suggestions after the book launched, but they have limited resources. Therefore, I had to do much of the book promotion myself. This required a crash course in book marketing, including coordinating events, book signings, blog tours and delving into the world of social media. Before becoming published, social media was a concept, a term thrown around in the ether. Facebook sent me “welcome back to Facebook” messages because I checked it so infrequently. I had to embrace and learn about social media, publicity and promotion. It wasn’t easy, but I think I’ve learned a lot and will be much better at it the second time around.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

The Travelers is my first novel and it took a long time to write, or rather, it took a long time to revise, nearly 10 years. I’d edit and revise until I may have edited beyond the point of recognition. If I had an idea I’d work it in and then revise again. I was a Communications major and an English minor in college. That meant I knew how to write pithy press releases and analyze complicated books, but I did not take many classes in fiction writing. I confined my stories to journals hidden in drawers in my room. With few exceptions, no eyes ever saw them except mine. Publishing my first book forced me to “put myself out there,” at least my writing self. The feedback I’ve gained from beta readers and editors forced me to be more contemplative and focused in my writing. I’ve stopped endlessly revising and looking for perfection because that process only leads to the opposite for me. Instead, I’ve learned to write with a clear idea and path, get it all out on the page, and then edit with a draconian, emotionally removed style. Nothing is sacred, no idea is too good to be cut. I’ve learned to put the story first rather than the words I’m using to tell it, no matter how much I like how I’ve put those words together. It’s very different than the freeform writing style of 10 years ago and I think much more efficient.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I beg. In all seriousness, this is one of the hardest parts of post-publishing, particularly when you have limited publisher resources. While I’m hardly an expert, I can share where I’ve found success and failure. One of the most effective ways I’ve found to get reviews is book giveaway contests. I’ll give away a copy (or several) of my book for free and write a personal note to each winner asking them to review my book on Goodreads and Amazon. Most readers who receive the book will review it on Goodreads. Getting Amazon reviews is much harder, especially with Amazon’s new stricter guidelines on reviews and verified purchases. The better question might be what doesn’t work. I tried researching, collecting contact information and emailing Amazon top reviewers and book bloggers, offering the book for free in return for an honest review. I found this wasn’t worth the return on investment. It took an extensive amount of effort for little reward. The best advice I can give, that I’m still taking myself, is perseverance and hope. Keep asking for those reviews and hopefully they will come.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I have a very strange talent for being able to predict the plot twist or end to any book, TV show or movie. My husband gets very upset when I shout out who did it or make a quip about how it’s so obvious that character is going to die because of color of his tie. I am obsessed with the show Tiny House Hunters and can even predict which house the person will pick on the show. I’m sort of like a story detective. I piece together all these strange clues and figure it out. There are rare, few cases I haven’t been able to break. The Usual Suspects is the last one I can remember.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

The Handmaid’s Tale. I’d also recently read the book for the first time before I watched the show. I didn’t think that I could be more terrified for the future of the world than after I read the book, but I was wrong. The show made me even more terrified. As a woman, it’s so easy to see how that kind of fiction can easily become reality.

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

This may be a bit of a cheat, but I can’t imagine only having one book for the rest of my life. I think I’d figure out a way to find a dolphin and ride it back to the mainland just so I could read more books. However, if there were no dolphins swimming on the shores and I had to pick one, it would be my Shakespeare Anthology. That’s a bit of a cheat also as it’s comprised of many plays and sonnets in one book. The question said book though and it’s technically one very big book.

Author Bio

K.L. Kranes, author of The Travelers, lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. When not working on her next YA novel or blogging, she works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer. For more information on K. L. check out her website http://www.klkranes.com or http://www.thetravelersbook.com.

Social Media

Blog: www.klkranes.com/blog
Instagram: @klkranes
Twitter: @klkranes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/klkranes/

Buy Links

Amazon: http://a.co/5IpwLQp

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-travelers-k-l-kranes/1124741161?ean=9781534881242

Indie Author Friday: Michelle Murray #IndieAuthor #YA #fantasy @Murray_MiMurray

It’s that time again – Indie Author Friday!  Today Michelle Murry brings her YA fantasy novel, The Dream Walker.  Welcome to Books & Such, Michelle!

Miranda is having vivid dreams of a world she’s never been to. A world full of castles, Forests, Ice Caves, and Dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see about these dreams, and discovers she is a Dream Walker. She has been called to save this mystical, magical world. On Mystica, the evil wizard Midnight has been released. Midnight is gathering an army, and preparing for war. Miranda needs to find and release the white wizard Lightning from his stone prison to save Mystica. Follow Miranda as she travels through Mystica. Can she find and release Lightning and save Mystica? 

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I would have known more how to market, and get my books to more people.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

I like a variety of books from Shakespeare to Robin Hobb to Mark Twain to JRR Tolkien. The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and DragonLance books would be at the top of my favorites, though.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love the creativity and passion of writing. I love being able to express my ideas, stories, and worlds with the readers. I love the idea of just sitting and writing whatever comes into my mind.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I do crafts, painting, and arranging flower pots. I also recently took up beading, making bracelets and jewelry. It is another avenue for my creativity!

What is the last think you watched on TV/Netflix?

The last think I watched on TV was America’s Got Talent. I love seeing all the different contents/talents. I also enjoy hearing their stories.

If you were animated character, who would you be and why?

I think I would like to be Minnie Mouse, She is just fun and happy, and lives at Disney! Who wouldn’t want to live at Disney?

Author Bio

Michelle is a married working mother of two fine young men (her children). She lives in Wisconsin. When not writing, she enjoys reading especially science fiction/fantasy and classics.  Her favorite authors include Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Margaret Weiss, and Colleen Houck.  She also enjoys doing painting and crafts, and spending time with her family. She enjoys going for walks, and swimming. She has been known to jump in Lake Michigan with no life jacket!

She has been writing since high school. Michelle took a break from writing to concentrate on raising her children.

She has an app on her IPad that gives her a word of the day and poem of the day.

Social Media

Twitter Tweet: https://twitter.com/murray_mlmurray @#thedreamwalkerseries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dreamwalkerseries?ref=br_tf  Facebook Home

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/michellem1234/dream-walker-land-of-mystica-series

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/communities/117437543782650399991

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mlmurray.murray

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Walker-Land-Mystica-ebook/dp/B00MU828DW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427031778&sr=8-1&keywords=Michelle+Murray The Dream Walker

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Walker-Returns-Land-Mystica-ebook/dp/B00QE3KFC0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1427031778&sr=8-4&keywords=Michelle+Murray The Dream Walker Returns

Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dream-walker-land-of-mystica-series-volume-1-michelle-murray/1120175733?ean=9781500870089 The Dream Walker

Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dream-walker-returns-michelle-lee-murray/1120838227?ean=9781503164833 The Dream Walker

Indie Author Friday: D. Wallace Peach #IndieAuthor #scifi #fantasy

Today’s Indie Author is an incredibly talented writer and poet and I also have to mention her stunning book covers – so vibrant and eye-catching.  Catling’s Bane is the Book of the Month at KC Books & Music and will be free on Amazon this weekend.  Welcome, D. Wallace Peach!

In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

My first book begged for criticism, and wow, did I get a boat load from some very generous and dedicated souls in my critique group. I did just about everything wrong and had to rewrite that entire tome from front to back about six times on top of all the usual editing passes. Many of the criticisms were straight-forward no-brainers – such as “only one POV per scene.” Less easily implemented was the advice “less is more.” Tighten, tighten, tighten has become my mantra and something I still work hard at.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

When I was first published, my lack of knowledge could have filled a bottomless pit. I wasn’t hooked into the writing community through social media, so I didn’t even know that I was clueless. In hindsight, the biggest mistake was going with a traditional publisher. I gave up control over my books for six frustrating years. No control meant weak covers, zero promotional capability, and low sales. Without a doubt, I would have made mistakes without a publisher’s guidance, but I could have fixed them too! I’m much happier and more successful now as an indie author.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

I received an email from a teenage fan who said that my first book “Myths of the Mirror” had helped her during a difficult time in her life. It’s a gentle book about choices and a pair of young people seeking their “Way” in the world. I was so touched by her note, and it summed up all I could have hoped for with that story.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

These more personal questions are hard! My unusual talent is that I’m not afraid to try something new and fail. I enthusiastically take on any crazy project that triggers the old brain, and more often than not, I make a mess of things, learn my lessons, and do a better job the next time. First time successes are pretty fun too, though less common. The fearless failures have generated some life adventures to add to my writer’s file cabinet of experience.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I don’t watch much television, but I haven’t missed an episode of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Westworld. All fantasy-ish shows – right up my alley. Most days, I watch a bit of the bizarre Washington DC “reality show” but turn it off before my head explodes.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Honestly, the book hasn’t been written yet – probably because it would be incredibly dull. Nothing traumatic would happen, and there’d be no conflicts or hardships. The pace would drag, and the character would enjoy a great relationship with a wonderful family and friends, love and laughter. The world would be at peace and we’d truly be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. To sum it up, I like to write drama and death, but I wouldn’t want to live it.

Author Bio

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

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Indie Author Friday: Lucinda E. Clarke #IndieAuthor #thriller #autobiography @LucindaEClarke

Today’s author, Lucinda E. Clarke, has lived a colorful life so far – and after reading this interview, I’m inclined to believe more adventures lie in her future.  She shares with us a variety of award-winning books and a special talent I can identify with – ‘I’m a very average cook and my claim to fame is I’ve not poisoned anyone yet.’  My family can confirm this.

Walking over Eggshells:  myBook.to/WoE – available on all outlets

My story of growing up with a mother with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and my whirlwind life with a Walter Mitty husband who country hopped all over Africa. It covers 5 decades, 8 countries with never a dull moment.

Truth lies & Propaganda: http://goo.gl/Ws7b4w  &

More Truth, lies and Propaganda http://goo.gl/Ws7b4w – available on all outlets

Tales of my writing and filming career in Africa, from meeting Nelson Mandela, witchdoctors, royalty and everyday people in rural areas.

Amie: African Adventure Book 1 of 4 myBook.to/Amie1  – in Amazon KDP

I take Amie from her comfortable home and family outside London to Africa, but the moment she settles in, civil war breaks out and soon she fighting for her life.

Amie and the Child of Africa Book 2 myBook.to/Amie2 – in Amazon KDP

Amie and her husband are in hiding, but she is determined to rescue the little African child she fostered in book 1. Little does she know that Angelina is being held by a group affiliated to IS and she must use all her wits against this group of international terrorists.

Amie: Stolen Future Book 3  http://amzn.to/2ie5N72   – Amazon KDP

Amie loses everything, her possessions, her home, her family and even her name. She has never been more helpless or more alone. She is now forced to work for those who do not have her best interests at heart but she is determined to survive.

Amie: Cut for Life – due out in September 2017

Amie the most reluctant spy in history is sent on a look see mission which turns out to be more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. She has no idea who to trust or how to get 4 kidnapped children home to England.

Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups http://goo.gl/s7IQT4

A parody set in Fairyland in the genre of Rowan Atkinson and Tom Sharpe which shows the well-loved characters in a whole new light.

The very Worst riding School in the World – my free novella  myBook.to/WRS

What do you love most about the writing process?

Power! Now, this is going to sound awful, but I promise you I’m quite a nice person and would never do anyone any harm or hurt them in any way – but the same cannot be said about my writing. I just adore creating characters and then doing exactly what I want with them. I can put them in wheelchairs, give them a fatal disease, transport them unwillingly across the world and then, if they begin to annoy me I can kill them off after they watched the love of their life being tortured to death. As a writer I can do all those things I would never dare – or possibly want to do – quite safely, and know I’ve not broken the law.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

“Sign it and make time!” I’m going back now over 20 years to the day I wrote in my diary “My publisher flew down from Johannesburg and took me out to lunch.” One of those magical moments in any writer’s career, and yes, she worked for one of the big 5. They had already published one of my educational books, she held out a contract for a whole series and I turned it down. Not as crazy as you might think. At the time I was writing for radio, television and videos and they paid me quickly. I knew that royalties from further books would take months to arrive, and I needed to pay the rent and put food on the table. I didn’t have time to write books, scripts and go out on location, I was working 24/7 as it was. Now I’m retired and self-publishing I often wonder what if I had signed? Probably starved to death!

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

I had no intentions of publishing my first book, a memoir “Walking over Eggshells.” I wrote it to explain to my children my life with my mother who could not or would not love me. It was only after her death that I discovered she suffered from a personality disorder and that knowledge washed away years of guilt. I met someone who’d had the same experience and after comparing notes, I decided to share the knowledge. I’ve received dozens of emails from all over the world thanking me for telling my story and how it has helped them. Those readers’ responses mean more to me than the silver medal I won.  It was worth all the hard work and I hope it will continue to enlighten many more people in the future.

Oh and a couple of readers have called me the new Wilbur Smith – for the Amie books – I loved that!

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’m not sure I have! It has been a massive leap from radio and TV to the printed page, even though in my almost 40 years I’ve scribbled all the other stuff from mayoral speeches, to brochures, plays, adverts, articles, newspaper column etc. Each day I write I learn something new but the hardest thing for me is to keep track of timelines and characters for over 100,000 words. My editor tears her hair out. I am getting there, but I’ve always written from the heart, not mechanically plotting out from scene to scene before I write the first paragraph.

My biggest learning curve is the marketing side – what a nightmare for a techie idiot like me!

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I really shouldn’t answer this one as I’m pretty mediocre at most things. My daily exercise – on the odd occasion I’m not writing – is to walk from the front door to the car. I’m a very average cook and my claim to fame is I’ve not poisoned anyone yet. I used to knit and sew, but nothing earth shattering. Is it unusual to move house at the drop of a hat? I’ve got permanent itchy feet, lived in 8 different countries to date and would relocate again if asked. I know the moment I press end on this I’ll remember some amazing talent I’d quite forgotten about, but right now, no, I’m nothing special.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’ve retired – the retired bit is a joke – to Spain so we don’t get Netflix and only watch a couple of programmes a night if that, but my favourites are the European series and the one I watched last night on BBC 4 “I Know Who You Are” a Spanish production is excellent. Needless to say we read the subtitles! – but we do that with a lot of British programmes too, after living in Africa for most of my life, I can’t understand many of the local UK accents. I love series like “The Bridge,” “West Wing,” and “House of Cards,” programmes that are cleverly written and make you think and try to guess the end.

Author Bio

Abandoned in the African bush with a 9 week old baby and no resources Lucinda could look back on a childhood of mental abuse, without knowing that before her lay an even more bizarre future. She would run the worst riding school in the world, broadcast live with a bayonet at her throat, be fired from her teaching position and thrown into the media world. She would learn how to lie in the name of propaganda, write about dozens of topics for a variety of clients and have her own newspaper column. She would meet kings and statesmen, international artists and rural Africans. She would win several awards along the way for her scripting and films. Eventually she would reluctantly leave Africa to retire in Spain. A few months later she would begin writing books – seven to date in a variety of genres – and start a whole new career, collecting more awards.

Back in Europe Lucinda met many people who knew little about Africa except for what they had seen in the media. And so, the Amie stories were born, to paint a true picture of the peoples and culture on the Dark continent wrapped up in a thrilling series of adventures which reflect the author’s love for the lands she unwillingly left behind.

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