New Author Spotlight with Sharon K Connell!

I’m so thrilled to have an author we’ve had grace our presence before. She’s super duper talented, and one of the kindest people I have met. I’m talking about Author Sharon K. Connell.  Sharon thanks for joining us today!  I’m so glad you’ve agreed to chat again so let’s get going!

Sharon

 

 

What drives you to continue writing?

There seems to be a never quenchable thirst to tell a story. I don’t know how to explain it any other way. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

                                                                                                                     

Tell us your series genre?

I don’t write series. All of my books stand alone as stories, although they may have characters in them that have appeared in one or two of my other novels.

 

Tell us about your new book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback or hardcovers)

My newest novel is His Perfect Love. Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

 

This is one of the most stunning covers I’ve seen. I’m so impressed you painted it! Tell us how long have you been a painter?

The painting on my cover is not actually my painting. My book cover was done by Miriam Rue, the daughter of missionaries to the Ukraine. Her parents and I attended The Pensacola Bible Institute together. Miriam took the picture that I sent her and created the beautiful book cover you see on His Perfect Love. However, I am also an artist and created a painting using her finished book cover as the subject.

 

How long did it take you to complete this painting?

The painting I started took a few months to create. I believe Miriam worked on my book cover for about the same length of time.

 

What inspiration did you hold onto while painting this cover?

As I said, my painting is not actually the cover for the book, but what I did was think long and hard about the story I wrote and tried to decide what inspirational message within the story would be best represented by the cover of the book.

 

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

The instruction you receive from other authors, whether it is in their style of writing or the words they use or don’t use, is all gleaned from reading other author’s works. Sometimes you will read a book and think to yourself, I would have written it this way, or I wouldn’t have said that. Other times you read a story and think to yourself, that’s exactly the right way to say that, or I wish I had written that. All the books you read by other authors can help you develop your own style of writing and teach you what to do or not to do.

 

What book genre do you enjoy reading the most?

My reading preference is Historical novels set in what is now the United Kingdom but originally different countries.

 

What genre will you absolutely refuse to read and why?

I don’t read horror or paranormal. Sorry. I know that’s what you write, Aimee, but that’s not my interest. I also do not read anything other than what we call “clean reads.” SciFi is another genre that I’m really not interested in.

 

Share with your readers, what’s the best way to handle a less than outstanding book review?

Everyone has their own idea of what a good read is, and we are all different in our likes and dislikes. Some people love J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m one of those people. While others don’t care for his writing at all. It’s all a matter of perspective. One cannot take a bad review to heart, no matter how much it may hurt when you first read it. The best way to get over that hurt is to look at what was said, and decide if there is anything you can learn from that.

 

What message do you want to send through your book?

My books are all about God’s love and mercy. The message I want people to walk away with is that God is in control. He will allow things into your life to either teach you a lesson, something you have yet to learn, or to help you grow as a Christian.

 

What age range of readers is for your new novel?

I’d say that my novel is for anyone who is old enough to read an entire novel all the way up to senior citizen. Because my works are clean reads, they are suitable for anyone. A young person will not find anything in the stories that they wouldn’t hear on the daily news. They would more likely hear something offensive there, whereas the only offensive thing they would read in my stories would be the unlawful act of a stalker, and even those actions are not explicit, only hinted, such as attacking a woman with a knife, or looking at her in an uncomfortable way.

 

What encouragement can you give to the aspiring author?

The best encouragement I can give is to read all you can about writing, take classes (there are many free classes online today), and get started writing. Read what other authors have written. Learn what you do and don’t like. And most of all, if you know you are called to write, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

 

Have you ever had writers block? If so, how did you handle it? What are some tips to others who may experience a terrible case of writers block?

I think I have the opposite of Writers’ Block. As I mentioned before, once I decided to write, I couldn’t stop. I may a few moments when I don’t know what is coming next in a scene, but it doesn’t last long, so I can’t call it a block. I know. I’m an oddity. All I can tell others is that if you do get writer’s block, walk away from the manuscript. Take some time off. Read a book. Go online and enjoy someone’s writing prompt (especially on my group forum LOL). Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated. That would only make it worse. Go shopping. Take a trip. But always keep a notepad handy for when the ideas start up again. You’re a writer. Eventually, you’ll start writing again.

 

What characteristics do you relate to with your main character Patricia and why?

With Patricia, I believe the only characteristic I would relate to is her being of Celtic decent and the fact that she has doubts, fears, and desires love. But then, we all do.

 

What are some of the challenges that face Patricia?

I’m not going to go into much of that because I don’t want to give a spoiler. I will say that one of the biggest challenges Patricia faces in the story is fear and doubt.

 

What gave you the idea to write this new novel “His Perfect Love?”

When I first wrote about this character, it was in my first book, A Very Present Help. She wasn’t a nice person in that story. She shows up again in Paths of Righteousness in a situation with the hero, and still isn’t very nice. When I wrote my third book, There Abideth Hope, Patricia wasn’t in it at all, but I kept thinking about this poor girl. I decided that she had to have a story all her own.

 

I see there are three men pursuing Patricia. Be honest lol. Which one did you crush on and why?

Not telling. No spoilers. It would give it away. Hee hee hee

 

In publishing your novel, which part do you absolutely love?

Holding the finished product in my hands.

 

Tell your readers yet again, how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write? Example, music on or quiet etc.

You may not believe this, but I can write in almost any atmosphere. I have my own office, which is wonderful. I often play music, and I have a window at my side where I can watch the birds coming to my little birdbath (they often sit at the window and look in at me), and look out at the varying skies of Texas. But, I can also writing in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, sitting in the car waiting for someone, stretched out on the loveseat in the living room. At the kitchen table while I’m cooking, on the screened in back porch while Sheila (the dog) is checking out the yard and chasing squirrels. I’m flexible as a writer.

 

What is one special goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

COFFEE!

 

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can. 

The worst thing was lack of funds. I thought that was going to stop me for good. Then a fellow author I had been confiding in told me about CreateSpace and that I could self-publish. It made a world of difference.

 

When you need some extra encouragement when going through your manuscript, who do you turn to?

I do a lot of praying. I also talk to friends who I’ve found are all so supportive.

 

How do you market your book? If it’s a marketing service, please give the name.

I do my own marketing online. There will be some opportunities to have book signings coming up, thanks to my local American Christian Fiction Writers group, Writers on the Storm, but mostly marketing is a job of making posts about my writing in every possible outlet I can find where readers are likely to show an interest.

 

What is the worst thing someone has said to your regarding your work? How did you respond or overcome the criticism?

The worst thing was when I first started out writing and joined a writers’ group where the members had no idea how to critique someone else’s writing. Most of the comments were negative, and probably well-deserved since I had no idea what I was doing. My background was good as far as grammar and language, but I needed to learn a lot about story structure. All they knew how to do was tell me what they didn’t like. Only on a rare occasion was a comment made which was constructive criticism. Being a Christian for so many years helped in this area, as I’ve run into many people who criticism my faith. You just step back, evaluate what was said, and if there’s any truth in it, you fix it. If it’s not true, you let it roll off of you like water off a duck (I know, cliché…but it’s true and it fits).

 

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication? 

No one read the entire book from beginning to end when I’ve done the last tweak except for my editor. Before I send it to my editor, I have already send one chapter at a time to my critique partners in the Scribes Loop of ACFW. After that I go through the entire story myself. This process isn’t for everyone. Many writers I know have Alpha and Beta readers who read the story first, but I do it this way.

What are some of your hobbies when you’re not writing?   

When I’m not writing, I’m painting, gardening, bird watching, moon-gazing, and reading (of course).

 

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who the wonderful Sharon is.

Don’t know about that “wonderful” part, I’m just like everyone else. But, my favorite food is ice cream. I can’t resist it. And, I have three favorite colors: white, emerald green, and royal purple.

 

Tell us your favorite novel?

Lord of the Rings, with The Hobbit a close second.

 

What is your favorite classic movie?

McLintock with John Wayne. Or if you mean older, I guess it would be White Christmas.

 

I know you have pizza Fridays. What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What drink do you always have to go along with it?

My favorite is Spinach with Marinara Sauce instead of Alfredo. I also have Coke, sometimes Vanilla, sometimes Cherry.

 

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.  

Crime or mystery novel? Mystery

Singing Christmas carols or watching someone sing Christmas carols? Singing them.

Lighting New Year’s fireworks or watching it outside?

 

Neither. I don’t like fireworks except on the 4th of July and then I like watching.

 

A kindle or a paperback? Paperback only.

I want a real book, although I do appreciate my Kindle readers.

 

Paperback or hardcover? Hardcover

Favorite pie during the holidays? Pecan

Pie or cake? Pie

Holiday flavored creamers or regular creamers? I like both.

Espresso or regular coffee? Both

Name some of the delicious things you like to eat during New Year’s Eve and day? My own fruit cake, made using my grandmother’s recipe for raison cake.  And DARK CHOCOLATE covered cherries.

Are there any mistakes you have made during the publishing process? How did you learn from them? Yes, publishing the first three books before I really knew how to write.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out? My writer friends, if you’re referring to doubt about my writing.

What is one thing you’d like to address to your faithful readers? I appreciate every one of you, and hope that I will always write stories that you will love to read.

Do you have a mailing list? Give us the address to sign up!

If you go to my website, http://sharonkconnell.com/ you will see a signup box for my monthly newsletter. If you need to get in touch with me for something, you can always reach me at any of the links below.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

I have no deadline to meet for my next new novel and I’ll be working on my first three novels before I start that one. I do not write series, mainly because I don’t enjoy series myself. I like all my stories to stand alone so no one has the fear of reading one of my books and feeling like they should have read the one before it. My genre is Christian Romance Suspense with a bit of mystery. My first three novels are on Amazon, but I would prefer that my readers wait until I have rewritten them before they read them, so they can enjoy the stories the way they should have been written. I will be keeping everyone up to date on my progress in my newsletters.

 

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome books?

Following are my links:

Website: http://sharonkconnell.com/

 

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonkconnell

 

Author’s book page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averypresenthelpbook1

 

Group Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersandauthorsforum/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKConnell

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/sharonkconnell

 

Blogging on WordPress: https://sharonkconnell.wordpress.com/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SharonKConnell

 

Blogging on Niume: https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=52569

 

His Perfect Love on Amazon http://amzn.to/2iCMALI

 

And my book video:

His Perfect Love – New novel by Sharon K. Connell https://youtu.be/e3tRr6mLzZk

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Thanks so much, Sharon for your inspiration and your time and this wonderful new novel!  It’s sitting on my writing desk and going to be devoured soon. Ya’ all need to get online and grab one of her novels!

 

Join us next time for our all new Author Spotlight!

New Author Spotlight WITH…

I’m so blessed to have a new author spotlight with Author Gigi Sedlmayer author of The Talon Series.

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Gigi welcome!  I’m excited to have this time to pick your brain so let’s get started!

 

What made you want to be a writer?

Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, (but caring for our adopted twin-girls and my husband Albert) waiting to die, I finally came to my senses. Since I couldn’t work at a traditional job any longer. I couldn’t stand or sit too long, had too much damage through the radiation and it’s still very painful, and having bad feet, Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer.

Earlier, in my teen years, I wrote lots of little animal short stories by hand writing. Nothing came out of them, I just loved it.

I remembered this time and so I started to write, since there was nothing else for me to do.

In the beginning, I wasn’t sure, in which language I should write. But then I decided to write in English, since my English became better and we live in an English-speaking country.

I wrote many short stories and entered them into competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave me confidence to go on writing and inspired me to go on.

One of the short stories was about Talon and Matica. Judges from the competition loved the story and so I thought, I could develop a series about Talon and Matica. And so, the TALON series came to life.

Tell us your series genre?

I actually thought, it would be a series for children, reading age, from 9 to 13 years. But it turned out to be for all ages, as some reviewers tell me.

Tell us about your book series and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback or hardcovers)

I let Matica, my main character, speaking in her own voice. It’s best to describe her and her books:

My name is Matica and I am a special needs child with a growth disability. I am stuck in the body of a two-year-old, even though I am ten years old when my story begins in the first book of the Talon series, TALON, COME FLY WITH ME. Because of that disability, (I am saying ‘that’ disability, not ‘my’ disability because it’s a thing that happens to me, nothing more and because I am not accepting it as something bad. I can say that now after I learned to cope with it.) I was rejected by the local Indians as they couldn’t understand that that condition is not a sickness and so it can’t be really cured. It’s just a disorder of my body. But I never gave up on life and so I had lots of adventures roaming around the plateau where we live in Peru, South America, with my mum’s and dad’s blessings. But after I made friends with my condors I named Tamo and Tima, everything changed. It changed for the good. I was finally loved. And I am the hero and I embrace my problem. In better words: I had embraced my problem before I made friends with my condors Tamo and Tima. I held onto it and I felt sorry for myself and cried a lot, wanting to run away or something worse. But did it help me? Did it become better? Did I grow taller? No, nothing of that helped me. I didn’t have those questions when I was still in my sorrow, but all these questions came to me later, after I was loved and was cherished. One day I looked up into the sky and saw the majestic condors flying in the air.  Here and now, I made up my mind. I wanted to become friends with them. I believed if I could achieve that, all my sorrow and rejection would be over. And true enough, it was over. I was loved. I even became famous. (You can read all about it in the series) And so, if you are in a situation, with whatever your problem is, find something you could rely on and stick to it, love that and do with that what you were meant to do. And I never run from conflicts.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Gigi-Sedlmayer?store=book&keyword=Gigi+Sedlmayer

 

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

I would say, very important. But again, I have med writers, they never read, they just write their book. I read a lot and review them as well.

What book genre do you enjoy reading the most?

I love reading sci-fi and fantasy. YA books.

What genre will you absolutely refuse to read?

Erotica and Romance. I never would read them.

Share with your readers, what’s the best way to handle a less than outstanding book review?

Don’t dwell too long on it. It’s horrible, the first 5 seconds. I got one only with one star. I just couldn’t understand it, but it was there. Yes, I cried, but then I said, okay, it’s not my problem, it’s his/her problem. Next review.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

Live life the fullest, as much as you can. Smile as much as you can. As Crayn said in my book: Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.

And: Smile – it’s the most beautiful attire.

And: “If you don’t know how to go on in life, whatever it might be, even if you have a disability, find a ‘condor’.” Not literally in your life, because that was for Matica, but something you can rely to, something you love doing, something to help others. Whatever it is, that makes you happy. The condors made Matica happy. You have to find yours.

What encouragement can you give to the aspiring author?

Never give up. Your book must have a good story line and a good message, as my books have, I believe.

 

What characteristics do you relate to with your main character Matica and why?

To face myself. When I started to write the book, I never thought of the things they came out then. I wanted to write an adventure story for children and see what came out of that. Because, like Matica, I was rejected in school, not because of the growth handicap she has. I had other things. I had to face what Matica is facing, rejection, and learned, even from writing the book, more and more to cope with myself, to overcome my own rejection and to realise that I have survived a deadly disease.

In a sense, it changed my life as well. I have more confidence now as I never had before. I never thought I could write a story like that. But now? I can and I will write more stories about Matica and Talon and her adventure, her life.

 

What are some of the challenges that face Matica?

I wanted to let children and parents know, that they don’t need to suffer more than they already do. So:

Children suffer from all sorts of afflictions and through my book they can learn how to coup with everything, as Matica did, the main character in my TALON books. She had to learn it in her early life. Children can find a “Condor” as Matica did. Not literally a condor, but every child or adult for that matter, they are battling with none curable afflictions, should find something that let them forget what is happening to them. Finding a “Condor” would help them to overcome that.

Parents can read my books to younger children so they can see that they are not alone, if they have some type of affliction, but that they can overcome it in a positive way, not in a negative way.

I say:  Children with special needs or with disability, or are handicapped don’t have an illness, so there is no cure and it’s not contagious. They want what we all want, to be accepted.

My books are not only for children. As I said, adults face some illnesses as well, so my books are for adults as well as for children.

 

What gave you the inspiration to write this Talon series?

“Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others.” Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children’s self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Most children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the story line of the Talon series, Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

I hate to do the promotion. Mainly because I have no idea how to promote. My computer skill is not good enough for that anyway. So, why isn’t there anyone out there, who would love my books and so would take them and promote them for a fraction of the money the promoters are charging. I can’t do it myself, and I can’t give the books to someone and pay. I just don’t have the money.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I can’t listen to music and write, it has to be quiet. I am looking lots of times outside, to clear my head for a little while, then I go on.

What is one special goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

Actually, no goodies. Sorry

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can. 

After I finished writing the first novel in the Talon series about Matica and Talon, I wrote query letters and sent my manuscript to several conventional publishers here in Australia. And guess what? I always got that rejection letter back. I even lost count of them. I tried for many years. I failed.

Next I approached an editor and agent and she edited my book properly. She loved my book and she tried to place it with a conventional publisher. But she too failed.

So, I looked up all the self-publishers here in Australia and decided to let my book be published by BookPal in Brisbane. At that time, they were new here in Australia and weren’t as expensive as the rest. They did a very good job with the designing of the cover page, the outlaying of the book, the distribution, and making an eBook. They also wrote a press release.

When I finished the second book in the Talon series, I approached them again. They were a bit too expensive for me then. But a friend of ours offered me to pay, because he just loved the first book and thought, the books has to go out, people have to read them. And now in the meantime I finished the third as well and published with BookPal again.

But now, since I finished the fourth and the fifth book I had to look for another publisher, since BookPal became too expensive for me. I found Aurora House. http://aurorahouse.com.au/  She is doing now a very good job, even better. We re-published the first four books with new covers. Better. And she has published the fifth book as well. I am happy with them, they do editing as well.

When you need some extra encouragement when going through your manuscript, who do you turn to?

Most of the time I go to my husband. We talk it through and all is well again.

How do you market your book? If it’s a marketing service, please give the name.

Since I hate the promotion thing and marketing, I actually don’t do much. But I promote my books in Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Google+. I have just entered a cover competition with Authorsdb with the first and fifth book. Ab to now I won the finals for both covers.  But now waiting for the GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE finals.

Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the BEST thing they’ve said to you.

When they read my book, they nearly always say, how wonderful the story is. But buying my books? They like to have a free copy. Okay, I give it to them. At least they do write a review then as well. Mostly 5 stars.

What is the worst thing someone has said to your regarding your work? How did you respond or overcome the criticism?

Didn’t had a negative yet. Not that I recall. Only one review with 1 star. That was bad enough.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication? 

I trust myself. So, sadly to say, no one likes reading my books from my family. All too busy to do other things or working too hard to have the time. But I give it to my editor, and she loves my stories.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

Well, my first book signing was a very long time ago. But I have to say, it was great and I nearly sold all the books I had there. People were so friendly and asked what’s the story about. All in all, it was a good experience and I loved it. Did many more after that, until Angus & Robertson closed down their stores. Since then, sadly, I had no book signings anymore.

What are some of your hobbies when you’re not writing?   

I like to relax, go for a drive with my husband with our 4×4 car, into the hinterland of Australia or even further, when going on a holiday, into the outback of Australia and hunting for fossils.

I also like gardening, watching good movies and DVD’s and, I am reading a lot, real books, paper backs, or kindle.

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Gigi is.

I love blue, like the sky. All my clothes are mostly blue and grey. Favorite food? Well, potatoes and tomatoes. More German food then the food the people are eating here in Australia. Hehehehe. Can’t describe them. Love them. You have to come and I cook for you and see and test it for yourself.

Tell us your favorite novel?

My favorite series is DUNE, from Frank Herbert. All Ben Bova novels. All Sci-fi. Hehehe. But I do love YA novels as well. Like Fairies, Fantasy

What was your favorite children’s book growing up?

Since I grew up in Germany, I loved Karl May. You can’t get his books here. They are a big series as well. They were a mixture of sci-fi, adventure. I still have some of his books.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.  

Fantasy book or science fiction?

Actually, both. I love Fantasy and sci-fi, but sci-fi more. Love to read them anytime.

Singing Christmas carols or watching someone sing Christmas carols?

Watching someone sing Christmas carols. Don’t like singing. Well, can’t really sing. hehehe

Favorite side with your Thanksgiving turkey?

Sorry, we don’t have Thanksgiving here. Never ate a turkey. But with a chicken, it’s the leg. Hmm

Watching Christmas light shows on T.V. or driving around to see the Christmas lights?

Both again, love to see the Christmas lights in real, and watch them on TV

A kindle or a paperback?

I love reading books, real books as paperbacks, but it’s more economical reading kindle. My shelves in my house are full with books. Can’t fit any more on them. So, it has to be kindle.

Thanksgiving dinner before 3 pm. or after 3 pm.?

If we would have one, it would be after 3 pm.

Favorite pie during the holidays?

Pastry I like, but not so much pie, or yes, shepherd’s pie. Hmm

Pie or cake?

Definitely cake

Holiday flavored creamers or regular creamers?

Regular creamers

Espresso or regular coffee?

Regular coffee with milk

How many days do you eat your leftover Thanksgiving dinner?

Well, all leftovers, only a few days. No longer

Are there any mistakes you have made during the publishing process? How did you learn from them?

Not really, I only say, when you start writing, don’t give up. Go on, press on. The success maybe right around the corner. When you give up, you will never know. So, stick to it. And with writing you are becoming better each day.

And what I am doing is, reading, reading, reading other books and write reviews. That will help your writing. Well, it helps me.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

My trusted husband

What is one thing you’d like to address to your readers?

Never give up, success maybe is just around the corner, as I said earlier.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

I am writing on my sixed book in the Talon series. It is finish, but I am on the re-writing, and that I will do several times. I will call it: TALON, WINDSONG. So, it will be available, hopefully, early next year. With all the editing and publishing. It all takes time.

Book 1. TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

Book 2. TALON, ON THE WING

Book 3. TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE

Book 4. TALON, CONNECTED

Book 5. TALON, ENCOUNTER

All my books are available as paper back and kindle at amazon, B/N and all the other places.

 

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome books?

My website: https://gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com/

But my editor and publisher is just in the brink of doing for me a new and better website.

My website: http://www.gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/gisela.sedlmayer

https://www.facebook.com/gigisedlmayer

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GigiSedlmayer11/posts?cfem=1

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=83666990&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

https://twitter.com/GigiSedlmayer

https://www.pinterest.com/pucara/

YouTube animation clips for the Talon books:

First book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ontac7S20

Second book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqayANo77x0&feature=youtu.be

 

Thank you, Aimee, for letting me express myself. Had fun answering all the questions.

You’re welcome!  We loved having you.  And I don’t know about anyone else but these novels need to be added to my reading list!  

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In the Author’s Spotlight We Have…..

It’s been a while since I’ve run an interview. Lots of terrific things happening! But so glad we’re back and we have a wonderful author with us today. Her name is Traci M. Sanders! She is author of some wonderful parenting books! I’m super intrigued to speak with her today so, let’s get crackin’!

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What made you want to be a writer?

I began writing at the early age of ten—poems and short stories, so I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t think of myself as a writer.

Tell us your book’s genre?

The books I’m sharing today are nonfiction parenting guides on two topics that most parents are concerned with—potty training and preschool readiness.

Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback or hardcovers)
Both of these parenting guides are available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon. Paperbacks only are available on Barnes and Noble.

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

The way I see it, we are all students of life. Reading, in my opinion, is like studying for a big test, the big test being your published book. I feel authors learn a great deal about what to do and what not to do when they read frequently, especially books in their chosen writing genre.

I have always been told that children are sponges. After helping raise my niece, I did see she picked up everything!How many children do you have and how did you come up with this unique idea for your parenting book?

I am licensed to care for up to six children at any time, but I like to keep my numbers low to offer more individual care and instruction. So I have three in care at the moment. I teach children ages one to four, to prepare them for preschool and Kindergarten. Every time I get a new child in and learn his/her individual learning curve, I am amazed at how quickly young children can learn and retain knowledge. I’ve referred to my kids in care as Little Sponges for as long as I can remember. So when I decided to share my teaching methods in my curriculum guide, there was no better suitable title for it.

Share with your readers, what’s the worst thing your children have spoken that they’ve accidentally sponged off of you?

Oh, I’m bad at saying the word “crap”, which I honestly don’t think is such a big deal, but to hear them say it sounds terrible to me. So I try to use words like “aww phooey” and silly food names like “aww crackers”. They seem to do well with that.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book to parents or single parents?

The message I’d like to convey to parents and caregivers of young children everywhere is, “Stop doing things FOR your children and start doing things WITH them.” They are smart little critters. Give them a chance to show you what they can do without rushing to their rescue to suit your own schedule and personality. It’s our job as adults to teach them how to do it, not to do it for them.

How important is it for a child to learn colors shapes and numbers?

Some pediatricians and parents disagree with me when I say this but I feel that all children should know all of their basic concepts—letters, colors, shapes, and numbers before entering Kindergarten, and even Pre-K if possible. The reason for this is to keep up with current technology. School-aged kids are learning in first and second grade what I learned in fifth and sixth. Three and four-year old kids are better equipped at using a smart phone than most adults. Kids are capable of much more than earlier generations were!

What is one of the best projects you’ve used for your child to learn either colors, shapes and numbers?

One of my favorite games I teach the kids is called the “Train Game”. I teach using all hands-on methods, no ditto sheets. But the cool thing about this game is it allows them to be active, loud, and still learn anything I want to teach them. Any concept can be focused on.
The game: I’m the conductor and I pass out tickets – color cards for colors, or single-colored cards for letters, shapes, or numbers.
Then I say, “If you’re gonna ride my train and you’re gonna play my game I need a “_” ticket please.” The kids then have to search through the tickets they are holding to find the one that matches mine. Once they put it in my ticket bucket, we continue to another station – of course using all the fun sounds and motions to the tune “All Aboard the Choo-Choo Train” from Disney.
The kids LOVE this game and learn so quickly when we do it.

How many days does it typically take a child to potty-train if faithfully teaching?

Okay, I have, to date, successfully potty trained about sixty kids. With that said, it’s NOT easy like some of the sing-songy books make parents think. (i.e. Train your kid in 3 days with my system). It’s frustrating, it’s messy, and it’s NOT FUN, no matter what anyone tries to tell you. But … it’s a necessary part of life.
Some parents worry that their kids will be “traumatized” if they start potty training before the child is ready. What they really mean is, “I don’t want to do what it takes (time wise and effort wise) to potty train my kid right now. I want an easy fix. I don’t want to deal with the tantrums or mess.” I’ve learned this over the years.
There is no certain time frame in which a child will be potty trained. And let me clarify that a “potty trained” kid is not one who goes to the potty every time the parent takes him. It’s a kid who recognizes the signs and GETS HIMSELF to the potty, with or without an adult.
But if the parents follow my steps at home and work with me, I can get a child (who is physically ready – usually around age 2) to start recognizing the signs and going on his/her own by a week into the process, sometimes three days. The youngest I’ve trained was fourteen months and the oldest was three.
It’s also important to remember that children’s personalities play a huge role in the process. If your child is stubborn about other things – eating dinner, brushing teeth, sitting in a car seat; chances are, he will be just as defiant about potty training. So there will be times when he will be dry and going to the potty all day and then other days where he will NOT want to stop playing long enough to go to the potty. It’s just part of the process, and life.

What is one of the best techniques or games to help encourage a child to use the big potty?

Once I see the readiness signs in a child, there are four things that speed the process and offer the most success:

1. Go to underwear only during the day, even if you put the Pull-up or diaper over it. The child needs to feel the wetness.
2. Develop a reward system that works for your child and stick to it until the child starts coming to tell you he/she has to go. Then gradually start weaning the child off the treat. Stickers or toys are better than food treats. It’s truly better to use praise as a reward instead of material things.
3. Sit with the child. Don’t leave him/her on the potty alone until you know he/she is confident and capable of getting on and off unassisted. Plus, it’s a great bonding time. Read books together, practice basic academic concepts, or watch videos together—preferably potty training videos.
4. Give plenty of fluids during the day, praise (but don’t over-praise) the child for success, and keep at the system. Don’t go back to diapers or Pull-ups just because it’s convenient for you. Make sure everyone who is involved with the process is using the same methods and terminology.
What encouragement can you give for the discouraged parent or child caregiver?
The system works. Relax and keep at the steps in the book and you WILL train your child. But make sure your child doesn’t train you – by putting you in charge of the potty visits. Allow your child to wet or soil his pants so he knows it’s not acceptable. You can’t learn right unless you learn wrong.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?

I detest marketing. I’m great at promoting other authors but not very good at promoting my own work. Plus, it’s very time consuming. I love interacting with my readers but I hate having to research to find them 

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I have to have solitude and quiet. Door shut. No interruptions.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

I have to have my laptop, of course, because I prefer typing to writing. But I also like to have my phone and a great pen and paper handy.

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

The worst thing I had to overcome in publishing was learning that I couldn’t edit my own books. Sure, I could do the pre-editing, but seeing how much I missed once a professional editor got hold of it, I was embarrassed. I’m great at editing others’ work, but I’m too close to my own work to be the final set of eyes on it.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
Thankfully, I have amazingly talented mentors and author friends who are always there to offer an extra set of eyes or ears on my writing, or steer me in the right direction. And most thankfully, they are honest with me.

How do you market your book? If it’s a marketing service, please give the name.

I spend a great deal of time promoting other authors, to the detriment of my own books’ sales. But that’s also how I find new readers and friends.

Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Yes, one of my favorite reviews ever for one of my romance novels was when a guy emailed me (and disclosed in his review) that my book was “Chick-lit for men”. I just loved that! But I’m a twisted writers, as in, I love to evoke strong emotions in my readers, whether through novels, poetry, songs, or blog posts.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

Two of my sisters are my beta readers, and then two of my good friends are Alpha readers. Then I send it to my editor.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

My first book signing was okay in sales. It was at a child care provider conference and I was featuring my children’s book Just Like Home: Adventures in Family Child Care. I think I sold about 30 copies, of course because it was a target-rich environment.
But my first adult book signing was horrible. I was unprepared in marketing, chose a little-known local venue, and didn’t sell a single book.

What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

I enjoy yoga, camping with my kids and hubby, and singing.

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Traci is.
My favorite food is pretty much any type of rice or pasta – I’m a carb-o-holic – and I love seafood. My favorite color is purple. I love butterflies and turtles, and I own a pet turtle named Shelby.

Tell us your favorite novel?

One of my favorite traditionally published novels is Wuthering Heights but as far as Indie novels go, I have so many. But one that I’ll never forget is RUSH by Emma Scott. Her words break my heart and then piece me back together all in one sitting.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.
Hot bath or a hot shower? shower
How long does it take you to take down your Christmas tree? Month, weeks?
A few days
What is your favorite candy you like to eat during Halloween time?
Mr. Goodbar and Twix
Do you open a Christmas gift on Christmas Eve?
My family has the tradition of opening all gifts on Christmas Eve, but my hubby and kids open ours on Christmas Day.
Disney movies or Romance movies?
Romance – I’m a Lifetime Movie Network addict
Nap time or a long walk?
Long walk. What’s a nap? 
Kindle or paperback/hardcover novels?
Kindle
Funniest story when you brought your first child home?
Not really funny but my oldest son slept almost eight hours the first night we brought him home. I was the one up every two hours making sure he was breathing. LOL. He was snoozing away. And he STILL loves to sleep.
Diapers or cloth diapers?
Diapers! I did cloth diapers ONE time and never will again.
Turkey or ham?
ham
Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Thanksgiving

Are there any mistakes you have made during the publishing process?

With my first book, too many to name. But it’s all been a learning process and each one got better.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors or authors?

Get a professional editor, even if you are one. Even the celebrities have more than one editor. Some have six, and I’ve found errors in their books.
Don’t give up and don’t compare your success to others. We all follow our own paths.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?

Honestly, my husband. He is my biggest fan, even though he’s never read one of my books. Any song or poem I’ve ever written brings him to tears. He truly absorbs my writing and supports me no matter how much (or how little) money I make because he knows it’s my passion. And he always convinces me to trust my heart.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.

I actually have two things in the works. The first is the companion children’s picture book to my potty training guide. I’m excited about that. So the child and parent can learn more about the process together.
I’ve also begun writing my first middle-grade fiction chapter book. My 11-year-old daughter helped me outline it and she’s involved in the process, so that’s pretty cool.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome books?
My Amazon page is:

https://www.amazon.com/Traci-M-Sanders/e/B00BA9VUUY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6?qid=1476816943&sr=8-6

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Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog and sharing my work with your followers.
Any time Traci! We loved having you here. The stories are wonderful! I think these novels will really help out the parent.

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Welcome To the Spotlight Author Mary Woldering!

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Welcome one and all! I’ve been sick so we’re late but we can’t pass this interview up! It’s with the talented Mary Woldering. This is going to be fun so let’s get started!

What made you want to be a writer? I always wanted to be one.

Tell us your book’s genre? Historical/Visionary Fantasy

Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.) Amazon print and e-book

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author? Fairly important. However, it DOES cut into writing time.

How did you come up with this fantastic idea? I had a lot of dreams and meditations on the Ancient world with friends, A story emerged bit by bit later.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel? Ariennu of Tyre – my darker, wilder side

“Did the Bible have anything to do with your idea for this novel? Not specifically. Many legends and customs of the ancient Middle East that are mentioned in the Bible show up.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book? If you journey from being man to god, you don’t lose human nature. There are still emotions or all kinds as long as we live. That’s just one of many, though.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most? MARKETING

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc. Generally quiet.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing? Coffee in the morning

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can. A regular job. I had to retire.

When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to? My writer’s group

How do you market your book? I have no real plan. I talk about it on Facebook & Twitter and my website. I go to live sales events. I don’t have a marketing budget.

Has readers every contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you. They love my books and can’t wait for the next one to come out. I’m a bit late this year and they are coming after me.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication? My writer’s group & my son

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc. I’ve never had an official signing that featured only me. I’ve sold signed books at fairs and gone to meetings with my spouse… sold signed copies there.

What do you enjoy when you’re not writing? Being with my spouse & talking with my family.

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Mary is. I love the colors of sunrise, sunset , night and rainbows… almost all colors

Tell us your favorite novel? There are many I like. I don’t really have a favorite.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.
A live drama or the opera? Live drama
Chips or crackers? Tortilla chips
Hamburger or chicken sandwich? Chicken
Fries or onion rings? Fries
Milk shake or smoothie? Milk Shake
Thunderstorms or star gazing?? Thunderstorms
Kindle or paperback novels? Kindle

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book? Also my covers are great, but don’t promote the books well. I’m constantly improving. They still get 5 stars though.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors? Publish earlier, don’t think your book isn’t good enough. Your readers will let you know.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out? Writer’s group and my son or daughter.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale. Book 3 of the Children of Stone Series –

Opener of the Sky. Scheduled for the Fall.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
http://www.amazon.com/Mary-R.-Woldering/e/B00OND7QMU/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
And http://www.maryrwoldering.com
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This Week’s Author Spotlight We Have Seven Steps!

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Welcome and we’re back with an all new author’s spotlight with the lovely Seven Steps! Seven thanks for coming and joining us this week! I’m excited at some of the topics we’re tackling so let’s get started!

What made you want to be a writer? I was an avid reader growing up. I remember my father and I hanging out in bookstores for hours. It was a natural progression for me to become a writer and to tell the stories that I didn’t see written growing up.

Tell us your book’s genre? I write Science Fiction Romance.

Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.) The Slave Planet is set in an Earth colony stationed on the planet Venus. Over time, women have taken over the government and enslaved all men. The main character is a woman named Nadira who has fallen in love with her slave, Kiln. When she is elected to the High Council, she becomes caught up in a crooked politician’s murderous scheme. The collateral is her slave, Kiln. The story follows Nadira in her quest to get Kiln back by any means necessary.

How important is it to read books when you want to be an author? Reading books when you’re an author is like studying biology before you become a doctor. It is indispensable. You must read if you write. There is no way around it.

I personally love how you add characters that are a black woman and a white man. How did you decide to write a book about an inter-racial couple? I am an African American woman, and I have always been attracted to other races. I think that my preference just comes out in my writing. It is also important to me to make sure that my books are as diverse as possible. I want to write in a way that anyone can relate and everyone feels included.

Which character do you identify with most in your novel? Definitely Nadira. I am a hopeless romantic and I go against the grain, just like her. I’m also stubborn, head strong, and have a nervous tick where I rub my stomach. Hmmm… maybe Nadira is more like me then I thought.

Is there a message you’d like to send through your book? Love conquers all.

What made you want to add a very difficult issue such as slavery in your novel? I thought that it would be a unique perspective on the slavery issue. Having white males be slaves to black women is a trope that I have never seen before, and I love the uniqueness of it.

Which part of the publishing process do you detest most? Marketing. I’d rather spend time writing more books then constantly trying to promote myself. I’m an introvert, so putting myself out there is hard for me.

Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc. I need it to be quiet with no interruptions. My favorite writing times are in my car during my lunch break, and while my husband plays video games. He normally plays with a headset on, so I can sit in the recliner and really get stuff done. I usually listen to whales singing or animal sounds. I know, it’s weird.

What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing? A wrist rest.

What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can. My own self-doubt. Its one thing to read what you wrote and say that is good. It’s another thing to put yourself out there for the world to judge. But, I ripped the Band-Aid off and I’m glad I did.

When you need some extra encouragement, who do you turn to? I have great friends on Facebook who give me the extra push that I need when I need it.

How do you market your book? I like to use different book related blogs and websites.

Has readers every contacted you? If so, tell us what they said. I have had good feedback from readers who’ve told me that they enjoyed my book and that they are looking for the next one. It’s really flattering and humbling when anyone says that they have read anything that I’ve written.

Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication? My beta readers and my editor.

Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc. I have never had a book signing but I hope to have one in the future.

What do you enjoy when you’re not writing? I love hanging out with my family. We are really big movie buffs, and we especially love Disney movies. I also am a bit of a wine connoisseur. Well, not a connoisseur. Maybe a wine connoisseur in training. Who am I kidding? I just like to drink wine!

Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. Let them in to just who Seven Steps is. Baked Macaroni and Cheese and the color blue.

Tell us your favorite novel? The Air He Breathes by Brittinay Cherry.

Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.

A walk in the park or a stroll around town? A stroll around town. I’d love to take in the sights.

Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Ice Cream.

Cool whip or real whip cream? Is there a difference?

Sci-fi novels or romance novels? Oohh, can I have both? No? Ok, romance.

Orange juice or milk? Orange juice all the way.

Cold cereal or hot cereal?? Hot cereal, particularly oatmeal.

Kindle or paperback novels? Nothing beats a good paperback.

Are there any mistakes you made with your first book? I wish I had gotten a better editor / proofreader.

What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors? Write every day. Read every day.

When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out? My family.

When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale. My next novel is a clean contemporary rock star romance, titled THE LAST ROCK KING. It is a stand-alone.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book? On my website, http://www.sevenstepsauthor.com

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I don’t know about all of you but my reading list is growing lol. Thank you Seven Steps! I look forward to interviewing you again when your next novel is released.
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Wonderful BLOG Interview With Blogger Sara Rose Chatterjee!

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Everyone welcome back from a restful holiday weekend! This is a fun interview with a blogger Sara Rose! She’s here to offer some much needed advice for blogging. We have so much to discuss with her so let’s get started!!

How important is it for authors to have their own blog?
For authors, blogging is a wonderful way to introduce their work to their readers, update readers about upcoming books and share their views in general. Of course, the social media platforms are always there but I guess blogging is a more eloquent way of expressing oneself as an author. I wouldn’t say it is absolutely essential for authors to have a blog but it benefits both the author and their readers. Also, it’s a great way to interact with other writers and build a supportive community.

What are the subjects you tackle in your blog?
My blog is a book review blog. I mainly review Indie books and books that are published by lesser known publishers. I also do author interviews and feature guest posts on my blog.

What interest’s readers to flock to your blog?
Readers come across a wide variety of books as I review several different genres. Indie books often go unnoticed because potential readers don’t even get to know about them. Blogs such as mine exist to help readers discover some amazing books by authors they’ve never heard of before.

How many times a week do you post?
That depends on my schedule. But I definitely post once a week. If I manage to make time, I do three to four posts.

Do you get to interact with readers of your blog?
Yes, it is a pleasure to interact with readers. Many readers of my blog are authors themselves and they often share guest posts.

What are some of the questions or comments you’re asked on your blog?
Since my blog mainly focuses on book reviews I receive quite a lot of emails from authors who wish to get their work reviewed by me. Many authors seek suggestions for book marketing and website building. I try to keep my review guidelines and other guidelines as simple as possible and this has been appreciated by authors. Readers have commented on the appearance of my blog posts and said they liked how each post looked somewhat different from the other. Also, I never drop any spoilers in my reviews and share my thoughts on them instead of judging them as good or bad. This is something that readers appreciate.

How do you market your blog?
My blog is listed on IndieView and BookBlogger List. These websites are great for Indie authors and bloggers alike. Most readers and authors have found my blog on either of these. Of course, Twitter is the most effective source when it comes to marketing. I have a separate account for my blog on Twitter and this helps in gaining readership. The authors and publishers with whom I interact share my blog with others and this is also quite helpful

What is the blog site you use to begin your blog?
I have always used Wix. I like it best because it’s very flexible and even people who don’t have a lot of knowledge about coding can experiment with different features. There is a fast growing app market for Wix websites. In short, you can get creative with Wix websites and there are very few restrictions unlike in Weebly or WordPress.

If an author or aspiring author doesn’t have a blog, what is some advice you can give them?
I was a clueless writer wanting to get some feedback. That is how I stumbled upon some interesting blogs on Goodreads and on IndieView. I decided I should start my own blog because I thought of it as a tribute to my love for books. I would suggest authors to consider blogging because it’s a welcome break and it’s fun. But they should never consider it a compulsion or just a tool for marketing their books because that will spoil the fun. I strongly feel that authors should only devote their time and energy to a blog if the idea truly appeals to them.

Do readers get to see the blogger’s writing skills and interests in their blog in their posts?
I’d say yes. But it varies. My blog doesn’t really showcase all my interests because it is limited to books. The only way readers get to know about my other interests is the ‘About’ section.

If an author refuses to begin a blog, what would you expect to see from them as a writer?
If the author traditionally publishes his or her book and the publisher is one of the more famous ones, I don’t think a blog is really necessary. If the author decides to self-publish, a blog helps to communicate with readers because Indie authors don’t get the same opportunities as traditionally published authors. But there are other options if the author is unwilling to start a blog and social media is one of those other options. I would expect them to participate in events outside cyberspace too.

How many followers do you have on your blog?
I don’t have a follower counter app on my website. All I know is that I have enough followers to persuade me to continue with the blog.

Who designed your blog?
I am the only person behind my blog!

If readers would like to follow your blog, please give us your blog address to follow along.
Here’s a link to my blog http://www.pagehungrybookworm.com/ I hope your readers enjoy their visit to my blog!

What is some encouragement you can give people who are vacillating on beginning a blog?
I’d simply say give it a shot. It will definitely be a rewarding experience. Blogging has given me a chance to meet some talented authors and avid readers. Best of all, it has exposed me to a world of fascinating books.

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This has been so helpful and I don’t know about any of you, but I see the importance to blogging. Follow her terrific blog!

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