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Interview with Joe McKnight…

March 1, 2013
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Please welcome Joe, a time travel expert making his stories beguiling. When you read his latest novel, Time’s Hostage, you will understand why I used today’s word – Bravado – definition: a display of reckless or pretended bravery. *Hint * character’s in the book!

Joe McKnightOf the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite and why? I’d say my favorite character to date is the one I am currently creating. She is an alien from a planet that is completely uneducated about the world around them. She is strong and will go against the society if she feels that they are wrong, even if she knows it could turn her world upside down.

  • Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one? I enjoy writing paranormal/supernatural stories and a lot of my stories have a time travel element but I also play around with other genres.
  • It depends on my mood and what inspires me.
  • Have you got a favorite place to write? I don’t have a particular favorite place to write. Most often it’s just been in my office but now that I have a new laptop, I may discover a favorite place.
  • Do you plan your stories or are you a seat of the pants type of writer? I daydream a lot and that’s where I work out a lot of the details in my stories.
  • What inspires your stories? Different things will inspire my writing. I have been inspired by conversations, a piece of music, or a dream. Inspiration can come at me from just about anywhere.
  • What are you currently reading? I don’t do a lot of reading. Currently, I am reading a Bathroom Reader.
  • Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories? I’m not sure if I have what you would call odd habits and I have many different childhood stories; too many to include here.
  • Do you have any pets? I have one cat named Bandit.
  • Do you belong to a writers group? If so, which one? I belong to the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.

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  • What age did you start writing stories/poems? I have enjoyed writing since an early age. Creative Writing was always my favorite subject in school. I began writing my first novel, Time’s Hostage, when I was in Junior High School.

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  • Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called and where can people buy it? I do have one book published; it’s called Time’s Hostage and can be found and purchased on Smashwords.com and Amazon.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264043

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AUG724Q#_

  • If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why? I think I’d like to meet H.G. Wells. I have only read one of his books, The Time Machine, and though it’s not one of my favorites, he’s a writer from the distant past and deals with similar themes that I like to explore and I think it would be fun to meet and talk with him.
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I can’t say that I’d want to live anywhere other than the province that I live in now. I was born here and despite the cold winters, I like it here.
  • What is your favorite movie of all time? Back to the Future
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English: The DeLorean Time Machine in “Back to the Future” Deutsch: Die Zeitmaschine, ein Delorean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Where can readers find you and your blog? I do not currently have a blog.
  • Do you have plans/ideas for your next book? I always have ideas for upcoming projects. The ideas seem to come at me faster than I can write them out.
  • Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager? My mom and dad have always been great supporters of mine. They try to make it to my readings as much as they can.

Interview with Linda Pedley…

January 20, 2013
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It is my great, great pleasure to introduce Linda Pedley, my dear friend and mentor. She is an inspiration to many. Today’s word is Principle – Definition: 1) a general or fundamental law 2) a rule of or code of conduct or devotion to such a code. Linda lives by a code and is strong in her principals.

Linda

a) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
Although one of my favorite characters is the portrayal of William Shakespeare in my WIP “An Elizabethan Affair” it would be unfair to claim him totally as my creation. So, in the interest of fairness, I would choose Udmurt ~ the rough and tumble Russian mountain man in the novella “A Journey of Brothers.” Although he is not the main character, his growth and change through the tale takes you on a secondary path to discover his story while you travel with the other characters.

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b) Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
I feel, as a writer, you should try your hand at everything there is… after all, to choose means you prefer one type over another, which it totally acceptable if you fancy writing and reading one over another. Experience is not a bad thing.
c) What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the ability to go to places I have not gone; to do the things I might not do; to be the person I might not be… everything we write is part of us in one way or another even if it is just in the learning and research we can share it as if we own it.
d) Have you got a favorite place to write?
Why, yes please – a panoramic view of majestic mountains, pristine lakes, or a field of beautiful free running horses… since I have none of those unless we venture out to a writing retreat, I settle for my 4th floor apartment view overlooking a suburban street. It faces south and I welcome the sunshine. You have to make what you have your favorite or it will never be good enough.
e) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I have tried both: outlining and plotting on charts and story lines, drawing out maps and settings, inventing places and crafting time… I have also written pieces that have gone from beginning to end without one thought of how and why – it just did. Both methods produce the desired outcome – a written piece.
f) What inspires your stories?
It could be a word, a phrase, a thought… it could be an inspirational setting or the interaction during the company of other creative people. It could be a memory from deep within or a passing fancy that lights upon my creative muse. I am able to use the prompt writing tool with great ease. I have also written on ideas that I often wonder later, “where the heck did that come from?” I don’t question – I just write.
g) What are you currently reading?
Truth be told – book 3 of the 50 Shades trilogy J ~ I keep “several” choices on the bedside table and if I laid all the books I wanted to read, one after the other, they would take me until I die, surely. Anything Shakespeare has a good chance of being hurried to the front of the line.
h) Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?
In writing or in general? I’ll never tell. Writing – nothing odd just obsessive at times, but that’s a good thing, in my books. I have fond memories of being encouraged to be creative during my childhood that stemmed from school and home influences. Although known at the “artist” when younger, I became the “poet” and “story writer” in junior high. The most significant recollection, one that permeates my experience from early on to now, is the increasing awareness of creativity around me as I grew older ~ with my work as a volunteer in my community, and the connections on the Internet through social media, I am amazed at the number of creative people out there.
i) Do you have any pets?
I would love to have a dog. I would love to have a horse. But as a happy urbanite with an apartment, I am the co-owner of a black and white cat named Squishy. I use the term “owner” loosely because with cats it is apparent who “owns” who and who is indeed in charge around the apartment, at certain times. Other times he is a quiet companion lying nearby to share the moment with his roomie. He is a character; he is loveable; we are happy he is sharing his life with us.
j) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I participate whenever I can in several groups – I am a member of the Get Publishing Society, The Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County, and as soon as I get my submission together, the Professional Writers Association of Canada. But the most rewarding badge on my writing life achievements > I am a member of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC); an organization I helped co-found with a mandate to support and promote the literary arts in our community. Over the years, we have become known beyond our own centre and this has opened the doors to many wonderful opportunities. The Strathcona County Writers Circle has been around for 11 ½ years now and is still going strong with old members, new members, and a renewed passion for the written work, ongoing. You can find out more about our group at http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com

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k) What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I’m finding little tidbits here and there from when I was in elementary school. I loved to write verses especially for greeting cards to family. I have a collection of poetry written in Grade 9 – it’s packed away for safe keeping. It emulated back then the way I look at creativity now. We studied a written piece by a published author and then used our own imagination to create a similar piece. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and a valuable way to learn.
l) Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
I have two Ebooks published by my publishing company on Smashwords: the first, A Journey of Brothers, came out last summer and is dedicated to my late mother. The second is dedicated to all my fellow writers and was just released on line January 2013. “A Writer’s Life – My Ode to the Bard” recounts some of my own writing experiences the last few years. I give advice and tips to writers by sharing my journey and making suggestions.

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Other books Linda forgot to mention that she is featured in are:

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    Writing Prompt Journey                                                                       From A Solitary Drop

Writing Prompt Journey offers 20 unique writing prompts, and additional challenges for each, to “pump up the prompt.” Samples for each of the prompts are provided by 17 writers from the WFSC and 5 artists provide illustrated accompaniments to each of the prompts. Read them first or read them last… after you’ve had your turn – there is no right or wrong way to inspire your creativity.

From A Solitary Drop recounts the history of the Strathcona County Writers Circle from October 2001 – October 2011, as told by members of the group. The book includes not only the contributing authors’ visions of how the circle affected their writing over the years but includes interactions with others around them who share/shared their writing journey. The book  also provides some points to consider if you are thinking of starting a writer’s group.

Please visit www.dreamwritepublishing.ca for these wonderful books as well as a wealth of others…

m) If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
Everybody is moaning – omg she’d go back there! Yes, William Shakespeare. I respect the contribution he made to our lives despite the unknowing questions and summations about the truth behind his works. There is no doubt in my mind, me thinks.
n) If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
I often thought it would be the mountains because of their grandeur and beauty but now realize that they are too close to snow. Then I fancied the ocean because the draw to water seems so natural even though I can’t swim. Historical places are an alternative and I would choose somewhere close to where greatness lies – Stratford Upon Avon. Now, as I stare out at the snow and shiver in the cold, I am saying it is anywhere… warm.
o) What’s your favorite movie of all time?
There are many wonderful movies and it really depends upon the criteria used to rate them. It’s a simple enough question if one is to consider one’s likes or passions. I love Viggo Mortenson, so would willing choose anything Viggo (Hidalgo, LOTR); Robert Downey Jr. is a fav and he has done so many I love, too. Anything horses. Anything “period piece” as long as it is a new version with all the advancements in cinematic artistry allowing one to be right there. Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers is a favorite of the trilogy masterpiece. Very close to the top of the list is… Shakespeare in Love or Passion.
p) Where can readers find you and your blog?
You can check out my blog at http://www.wildhorse33.wordpress.com – I’m on twitter @wildhorse33 and Facebook – Linda J. Pedley
q) Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?
I have a WIP (An Elizabethan Affair) that is chomping at the bit to be done and I have two other novels (Power Struggle and An Italian Son) to review and edit. I have several smaller works including a kid’s book (The Falcon and the Wild Horse) that I would like to tackle. There are always ideas mixing in there but the next to come out will probably be the two follow-up parts to my novella I, A Journey of Brothers. Parts II and III will follow each of the women in the story and continue the journey from their perspective.
r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
Although it is with great sadness I accept that my #1 supporter, my late mother BJ, passed away in early November 2012, it is with happiness I report she is my writing angel muse. Also, with much happiness, I am so lucky to have a daughter, Kelsey, who is so close to me and a dear friend, Mandy: I could not imagine my writing life without her encouragement and sharing.
To all readers and writers, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.

October Events…

October 27, 2012
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This has been a very busy week one way or another so forgive me if I have been absent for a while. My day job had me supporting and instructing new management, my daughter required homework help and my usual weekly commitments had to be fit in. I did however manage to attend two wonderful events. The first was an author reading at a local coffee shop hosted by my publisher –Dream Write Publishing. My nerves were in check, for once, and I read the entire first chapter of my fantasy novella – The Rython Kingdom. (www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247) It received loud applause and lots of nice comments. Other authors from Dream Write read their work and the whole evening was enjoyable and fun. I would recommend reciting your work in public to any author – it is a great way to share your work and actually see your audience’s reaction.

My next event was the annual Words in the Park, held at my local community center. We are extremely lucky to have a very supportive literary community in my home town so this event is now in its fifth year. Local authors get together to share, communicate and sell their words. The feeling of fellowship is wonderful and it is great to see the numerous genres spread out for all to see. You certainly cannot tell what sort of books a person writes by looking at them! I took Rumble with me and he charmed the children as always – he’s such a cute monster.

 The winner of the Rumble coloring competition came by to collect her book and hand puppet too. It’s such a thrill to see children interacting with your creation. The photos will be posted at a later date.

So how was your week? Did the words flow – were you able to share them?

Report on Literary Weekend…

September 27, 2012
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Well I’m back to the grindstone but feeling relaxed and regenerated after a wonderful long weekend. The drive to Saskatoon took five hours and my companion, Linda, kindly drove all the way (although I did volunteer). For those of you who do not know, I live on the Albertan prairies, which, as the name suggests, are flat. As an expat, I sorely miss the rolling hillsides of England. So you can image my delight in seeing undulations in the landscape as we travelled toward Saskatchewan. Of course nothing matches the English countryside but it was a real treat to see hills.

We arrived early evening and after registering at the hotel, went in search of supper. We found a great Chili’s restaurant and afterwards at the hotel indulged in uninterrupted writing – bliss. On the Saturday we attended a conference hosted by PWAC (Professional Writers Association of Canada).

Connect, Celebrate, & Collaborate

Date: September 22, 2012
Location: The Refinery, 607 & 609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon, SK

This was a very informative day where we networked and gained some valuable insights. Linda and I have come up with a game plan for her publishing company, Dream Write Publishing, advertising campaign. So we are both pumped. Not to end the day too quickly we happened upon a great Italian restaurant so had to partake of the fine pasta with a glass of good red, of course.

Sunday was The Word on the Street event and we drove downtown to set up beside the library. Rows of white canopies with dark blue covered tables welcomed us. It didn’t take long to have all the books displayed and I had one corner for Rumble to sit ‘guarding’ his books. I loved to see the reaction of children and adults alike when they noticed my little monster. With lots of cuddles and pats on the head and a candy for a treat, I found everyone intrigued at the Rumble coloring competition.

http://dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/competitions/rumbles-coloring-competition

I also had postcards for my e-book, The Rython Kingdom’s front cover on display with the Smashwords link on the back – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

The weather was kind with lots of sunshine and with Linda and Tammy, whose book was launched we had a great day conversing with some very interesting people. At day’s end we were tired after packing up the boxes of books so indulged in a quick fast food meal in the hotel. Having plenty of time to check out we slept late before our trip home. I managed to sew a couple of Rumble hand puppets on the road, which got a few looks from other travellers but it did help the five-hour drive pass quicker.

How far have you traveled for your book sales?

Interview with Jason E. Maurer…

September 26, 2012
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Jason was kind enough to interview me for his blog and when I offered to reciprocate his reply came back so quickly I thought it best to get it on here PDQ! Thank you Jason for being so kind to me and as promised here is my interview with you. Find him at – Jason’s Writing Corner.

• Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
I’ve had so many over the years that were great- but unfortunately most of my older stuff is long gone.
Right now, my favorites are Phoenix and Milo, from a work-in-progress.

• Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
It all depends what the story is about. I’ve tackled mystery, vampire, teen issues, a children’s book, as well as erotica. Unfortunately, most of the my older stuff has long since been lost. This is why I tell everyone the importance of backing up EVERYTHING (or at least having it in printed form).

• Have you got a favorite place to write?
I like to go into the mountains and sit by a stream somewhere, it’s relaxing and enables me to think clearly.

• What inspires your stories?
I have so many ideas running around my mind that it’s difficult to say precisely where any particular one came from. Family, friends, everyday events, people-watching, everywhere.

• Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I belong to several author groups on facebook, but that isn’t exactly the same thing.

• What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I wrote my first story around age 12, something about kids being lost in the forest. I used to write poetry all the time through my teens, but all of that is gone now.

• Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
I have one novel, one novella, and several short stories for sale on amazon and smashwords.
http://www.amazon.com/Jason-E.-Maurer/e/B0080HHLPC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jasonmaurer

• If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
Tough choice. My favorites have always been Dean Koontz and Anne Rice [and eventually J.K. Rowling when the Harry Potter series arrived]. I couldn’t choose just one.

• Where can readers find you and your blog?
If you check out the About Me / Links page on my blog, everything is all in one neat and tidy place.
http://jasonemaurer.blogspot.com

• Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
A few of the best friends a guy could ever ask for- Amanda, Ang, Krysta, and Theresa. They’ve been my support group for the last few years, pushing me to write, and telling me my stories were good even when I didn’t think they were.

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