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Karen Magill Return Interview…

February 19, 2015
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Karen McGill

What inspired you to write this book?

I have had multiple sclerosis since June of 2000. It took me thirteen years, but I got rid of my cane in 2013 and I thought it was time for people to hear my story. Maybe I’ll be able to help someone.

How did you come up with the title?

On the Right Side

I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. The title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This was my fourth published book, I have five books available. The other four are fiction.

Missing flowersmystique risingThe BondA Little Poison

 

 

 

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People are stronger than we think and we can conquer most anything. We are not victims.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since this is nonfiction, the whole thing is based on my life.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I would change anything in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

On The Right Side is an inspiring story

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

That would have to be the poem at the end. There is a special story to it but you have to read the book to find out! LOL

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I enjoy writing paranormal, exploring the unexplainable.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write on. If I get inspired, I will write on the topic.

What book are you reading now?

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane and Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Unfortunately, for the last few months, I have been buried in technical books and working on speeches. I haven’t had the time to explore any fiction or new writers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a highly successful motivational speaker with both nonfiction and fiction books available and selling well.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting started! I have tons of ideas but getting them on paper is sometimes difficult.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No, I have abandoned many projects, but I have never hated anything. They are all a part of me and to hate them would be to hate myself.

What book do you wish you had written?

I can’t think of any. Not to say that I don’t admire other works because I do but they are part of that writer, not me.

What is your best marketing tip?

Keep an open mind. What works for someone may not work for you and often the thing that worked for you in the past may not work again. And don’t give up.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

Presently, I am working on speaking career and investigating other markets for On The Right Side.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am not working on one at the moment though I am playing with ideas for the third in the Julie/Santoro (Missing Flowers, A Little Poison) series.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

www.karenmagill.com

Vancouver Vagabond blog: http://karen-magill.blogspot.com

Twitter: @KarenMagill https://twitter.com/KarenMagill

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436248.Karen_Magill

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarenMagill/posts/p/pub

Face book: http://goo.gl/1VL3f

FB Fan page: http://goo.gl/ulvSy

Author/Speaker fan page: http://goo.gl/SjnsrW

On The Right Side group: http://goo.gl/LWZKme

Amazon page: http://goo.gl/0LrRK

Karen’s last interview with me -https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/01/13/interview-with-karen-magill/

 

 

 

 

 

Literary News – Colleen McCullough…

February 2, 2015
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Colleen photo

Again we have lost a wonderful author,Colleen McCullough. I was dismayed at the harsh comments concerning how she looked – what does it matter what the outside looks like? She was an accomplished author and a Neuroscientist. It was her imagination, her drive and her love of life – which is apparent by her gorgeous smile and twinkling eyes. We will value her work and obvious intelligence and her words in some 24 novels and shun the insincerity of ‘face value’, ‘puddle deep’ thinking.

Here is the announcement:

“It is with great sadness that Harper Collins Books Australia advise(s) that the iconic and much-loved author, Colleen McCullough, passed away on Thursday in hospital on Norfolk Island, aged 77,” the publisher posted on Facebook.

Her 1977 novel “The Thorn Birds,” which sold 30 million copies worldwide, was made in to a TV miniseries in 1983, starring Richard Chamberlain, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Simmons and Christopher Plummer.

The generation spanning novel is set in the Australian outback. “A priest torn between his calling and the lure of a rancher’s daughter in this sumptuous epic…resulted in the second highest rated miniseries ever after Roots,”according to TV Guide.

At the time, the book’s paperback rights sold for a record setting price of $1.9 million.

McCullough was born in Australia, but lived and studied abroad for many years. She was a neurophysiologist and worked at hospitals in Australia and Britain, and for 10 years at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

 Thorn Birds cover

Aside from “The Thorn Birds,” McCullough wrote more than ten other novels including the historical series “The Masters of Rome.” Her most recent novel, “Bittersweet,” was published in 2013.

She was also featured on an Australian Post postage stamp. “She was one of the first Australian writers to succeed on the world stage,” according to HarperCollins Books Australia.

“It is very sad to lose Colleen McCullough. Her contribution to storytelling is the stuff of legend, she will be greatly missed,” Random House Books Australia tweeted.

Did you read The Thorn Birds? Watch the TV series?

Which novel of Colleen’s did you enjoy the most?

What’s Your Motivation for Writing – Money, Success or Satisfaction..?

July 21, 2014
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What is your motivation for writing?

Let’s look at each scenario:

money

a) Money – we would all love to be a best seller and have fame and fortune like the ‘big’ names, such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and the like. However, we need to be realistic – firstly can we manage to get a publishing contract with a big publishing house? How many years are you willing to wait for that? If you use the self-publishing route how much of your time (unpaid) can you sacrifice for promotion? Should you give your work away?

These links will give you an idea of the practicalities of writing with monetary visions foremost:

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/01/how-much-do-writers-earn-less-than-you-think/

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2008/11/validation-of-money.html

success

b) Success – once again we should temper our expectations. Global sales are a dream we want to make real but maybe measure our success on more of a local level. Do you have your books in local bookstores, the library, offered at local events? The more you attend and promote within your own locality the more your ‘success’ becomes tangible. Articles in the local newspaper could have people approach or question you in regard to your being an author. Social media allows us to expand our locality, of course, but starting small will give us a firm basis from which to start. Never under estimate the power of word of mouth for promotion.

This link has a list of concepts:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/03/01/definition-of-success/

satisfaction-

c) Satisfaction – Although this is third on the list, I feel it is the most important of all, as having your words, ideas and stories readily available for people to read now and for future generations, is the penultimate success. Our narratives will be enjoyed and relayed long after we are gone. It is our legacy.

A tongue in cheek link:

http://magicalmusings.com/2006/03/27/10-advantages-of-being-a-writer/

Obviously, a mixture of all three of the above would be the perfect scenario.

What do you consider the most satisfying part of being a writer/author?

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