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Twenty Question Interview with Luciana V. Suárez

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Anyone following my blog knows Lucia, my latest featured published author who has contributed here and an avid supporter of my work. I am grateful and proud to share my huge support of her extraordinary accomplishments—the latest being the release of her book! I can’t wait to read/review it and know after you read below, you’ll be hooked too.

1. Where are you from?

I’m from Argentina… that’s where I live now.

2. What is your occupation?

I have a degree in Communications but right now I’m not working so much because of a medical treatment that I’m doing. I do luckily write full time now that I’m published.

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?

My work has always been related to writing, so I guess I’m proud of my perseverance, because I’ve been writing since a very young age (poems and tales).  Then my job was to write for some magazines and websites. In 2010, I began writing novels and ever since I’ve been writing every day, so it has become my priority.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?

I would like to turn it into Connecticut, ha! I guess the weather, because It’s hot from September to April or May, and it’s really humid.

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling? 

This happened in 2004: I was going home from College on a bus, I fell asleep and woke up in another town… 5 hours away from my home town, ha! I took another bus to come back.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?

I haven’t met anyone famous yet, I’ll tell you as soon as I do.

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?

I guess breaking and entering on a house of a famous person, like Henry Cavill or Donna Tartt (since she’s one of my favorite authors). I would check her computer and all the notes about her works so I can see part of her writing process. As for Henry, I would smell his clothes, lol.

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?

I’m a good eater, so I guess I’m a ‘worst cooks’ material… but I like baking.

9. What quote do you live by?

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?

I love it when I can connect with characters, because that doesn’t always happen. When it does, I can understand where they come from… why they are the way they are and their goals in life, because characters are the ones who shape the story.

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?

Black or brown and extremely pale.

12. What award would you love to win?

I guess any literary award.

13. Favorite dessert?

Caramel or chocolate ice cream.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?

Nothing.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?

I would love to learn to play the piano.

16. Favorite concert to date?

I’ve never been to concerts… because where I live there aren’t many and when there is a local one, it features artists from Argentina and I don’t listen to our native music.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Audrey Hepburn, because I’ve always admired her, not for her career but because she had an interesting life, which she overcame by doing various work with children and I always loved that about her.  Every time I volunteered with children, she was my inspiration and guide for it.

18. Biggest pet peeve?

Gossiping… people who like to gossip.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?

My latest book debuts today! All my other work is in production right now (revision), seven of my novels are going to be published.  I think by the end of the year or the beginning of the next one, I’ll be able to promote them as well.

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?

Can I ask you two? Questions 4 and 6 that you asked me.

Sure, for no. 4 where do I begin? In NY… TRAINS! (the whole crap MTA – LIRR system) TRAINS! The service and ticket prices are a nightmare. Also, get rid of the garbage on the streets! NY is filthy compared to other places.  Ok, I’m done venting.  For no. 6 I’ve lucked out meeting a host of famous people, especially doing side gigs as a film/TV extra. I’ll go with the most recent, Steve Martin on a plane… nice guy who was impressed that I saw him play banjo a few times at Outside Lands Festival and like me, spends a lot of time in the air.    

Countless thanks and congratulations to Luciana for sharing her thoughts and new novel with us!  I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  

Till next time, well wishes, L. 

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Twenty Question Interview with Michael Fedison

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1. Where are you from?
I am from Rochester, NY. The Flower City! Now, I live in Vermont.

2. What is your occupation?
Varied! My “day job” is a technical writer for a computer software company, but I also do a ton of freelance proofreading for book publishers and also tutor writing at a local college on Fridays during the semester. Not to mention an indie author, too!

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
Out of the professions listed above, it’s probably the tutoring, when I feel like I really reached a student and helped them out, and helped them to achieve a better grade and appreciate the nuances of the English language, if only just a little bit more than they had previously.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Hmm. Not sure if this is applicable, as I live in a town where the cows outnumber the people! I guess, if I can expand this to the entire state of Vermont, I would say the weather. I just wish the winters up here were a little shorter . . .

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
Waiting for close to 20 minutes while hundreds of cows crossed the road from one pasture to another. I was close enough that some of the cows brushed up against my car as they crossed the road.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
I don’t think I’ve met anyone famous 😦

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
Wow. Um . . . probably speeding down the interstate. I am a careful driver, but sometimes I want to go a bit faster.:)

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I have been known to dabble. Probably somewhere in the middle! Between Chopped and Worst Cooks – the middle path!

9. What quote do you live by?
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” I always try to go deep in the things I learn.

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
The unpredictability. There is no clear, tangible way to define the creative process. Some days you are on the mountaintop. Other days you are in the valley. And it’s hard sometimes to see the reasons for either. I suppose the aspect I admire the most about the creative process can also, sometimes, be the most frustrating!

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
Do I have to choose just one?

12. What award would you love to win?
The Nobel Prize for Literature would sure be nice!

13. Favorite dessert?
Ice cream… pretty much any kind.

14. What do you dislike about your profession?
With technical writing, I suppose the dryness. It’s not the most riveting material! It’s always nice to go home in the evening and dip in to something creative.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
I don’t play any instruments. And I don’t even have that much of a desire to learn. If I did take up an instrument, though, it would probably be the guitar.

16. Favorite concert to date?
A Reba concert, back in the day in Rochester.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who
would it be?

Probably Winston Churchill. Or maybe Ray Bradbury. Maybe both at the same time? That would be an interesting dinner.

18. Biggest pet peeve?
Ignorance. Without a doubt.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
Well, “The Singularity Wheel” was published earlier this year! So–if anyone wants to take a look… it is the sequel to “The Eye-Dancers.”

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one? Can I be a shameless, shameless salesman? I would like to answer the question, “Where can I purchase ‘The Singularity Wheel’?” And the answer is–Amazon, at https://www.amazon.com/Singularity-Wheel-Michael-S-Fedison-ebook/dp/B0797XNPHL

But also, I did want to ask you, if you were to answer Question 17 above, who would you choose for the dinner date?
This one changes daily, currently dinner with a secret fan of mine from afar that subtly makes their presence known occasionally would be fun.

Thanks again to Michael for sharing his thoughts with us, please check out this gifted writer now!

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday’s Quotes & Tunes

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” ― Ray Bradbury

“Taking into account the public’s regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in.” ― Janeane Garafalo

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” ― Augusten Burroughs

“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ― Rita Mae Brown

“I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.” ― George Carlin

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coming Home (Live at the Royal Albert Hall 12/1/69) / Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Destination Unknown / Missing Persons
Even If It Hurts / Sam Tinnesz
All The Stars / Kendrick Lamar (ft. SZA)
Antmusic / Adam & The Ants
Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man / Public Enemy
Logic / 1-800-273-8255 (ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Peaceful Easy Feeling / Eagles

Special dedication to Tony ❤

Power Of My Love / Elvis Presley
I Wish It Would Rain Down / Phil Collins
Mainline Florida / Eric Clapton
More Than a Feeling / Boston
Bad / U2
Rocky Mountain Way / Joe Walsh

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Robert Fall

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

When I was ten I used to dream a ton and write what I remembered down. They were often fights in pirate ships, so they were like really short stories. However, this didn’t last for too long, a couple of months perhaps. After that, I stopped writing completely, until last year a family friend mentioned those stories back to me, and encouraged me to try and write again. I can’t stop now. 

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Prose. I’ve written some poems, but they aren’t my thing. To expand on this question, I must admit that I always aim for my prose to have a musical, almost magical edge to it. I’m working on it though! It’s quite hard to accomplish.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Does Goku count? If he does, then it’s him, otherwise probably Batman.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Oh snap! Quite the question you threw me here. To be honest, to even say that I even identify with any famous writer would be an exaggeration, but for the sake of the interview, I will say Patrick Rothfuss. His prose is exactly what I want mine to be.

5What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I’m working on a novella, which I plan to submit to Tor Publishing. Besides that I have my subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/therobertfall — Shameless plug!) where I post prompts and short stories.

6. Nothing wrong with shameless plugs… if you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

No, probably not. I’ve learned to control myself and be happy with the end result of my works.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Read and write a ton. Don’t rush it, it takes time. Join critique groups if you can take criticism. Do read other famous writer’s advice but don’t take them as absolutes, distill your own interpretation of them instead and see how they the quality of your writing. 

8. What were your grades like in English class? A’s, B’s, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Well, I’m from Argentina, hehe. I had a class where we learned the English language, and I would say I was a B student. I was lazy in school, don’t judge me.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

Depends on a lot of factors. I write fantasy, and I often can create my own rules there. However, when it comes to accurate details, like the techniques/means they used in the middle ages to cook, build, and such, I always research that a lot. I will say I’m a picky researcher, I only do research when I need to write something I don’t know anything about.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer. 

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

I read quite a bit of Stephen King. In his book ‘On Writing’ he talks about how the road toward Hell is paved with adverbs. When I read that I remember frowning, picking up a book of his, and spotting some adverbs in his work. This was the advice which taught me no advice should be taken as an absolute, rules are made to be broken. 

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t a reader until I started writing, so my repertoire isn’t so vast, specially because I read mostly fantasy. All things considered, my answer will be One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. It’s the first book I picked up and couldn’t put down. 

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I don’t play an instrument, but knowing how to play piano would be fantastic.

14. What process are or did you go through to get your book published?

First of all, I have to finish writing this novella. Once that’s done, I will edit and polish the hell out of it, and then I will submit it to Tor, and hope to be good enough. In the mean time, I’m working on building an audience, which is proving to be quite tricky.

15. Who would you like to change places with… e.g. live someone else’s life for a week?

Another hard question, hmm. If I could see how the other person’s mind works, then I would choose someone like Stephen King. 

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I’m currently studying business administration while writing on my spare time. My ideal profession is definitely being a full-time author. However, I wouldn’t complain working on the stock market or growing my own business.
 
17. Two-part question: 1. Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? 2. John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray and Michael Palin.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

I don’t know if it counts, but to me—considering that I wasn’t a reader finishing three fat books in a month was absolutely incredible. Now, if we speak about my writing (I must clarify that I’m just starting so it won’t be anything incredible) the most mind-blowing thing that happened to me was having a story surpass 2.5k upvotes in less than 24 hours, and getting gilded, the same day, for another story. As I said, reddit is like my home, I write a ton in there. An upvote means that someone enjoyed what you posted, and if someone gilds you it means they gifted you a paid, premium version of reddit. The crazy thing about it, is that everything happened the night of New Year’s Eve. I woke up with 2018 over my shoulders, saw those things, and knew I had to pursue writing. 

19.  What quote do you live by?

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” —Sumner Redstone.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author or a day job as a writer, etc.)

If I can spend my days writing without worrying about my bills, then I will have made it.   

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

Of course! I will ask you two if you allow me. I’m feeling mischievous today.
-What’s your favorite book?
-What’s your favorite story of yours?

These questions are tricky to answer as each book I loved reading usually are different genres or have nuances that set them apart… that I admire.  I will go with a must read that can benefit all readers — The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. A favorite story of mine? I’ll go with my non-fiction short story — Observations of a Native New Yorker as it was my first writing effort. 

Many thanks to Robert for sharing his work and ideas with us— a kind young talent to look at for! Please check out this humble writer here: 

https://www.reddit.com/r/therobertfall or @TheRobertFall 

 
 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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A Book Worth Your Time…

I found this book (by chance) in the library last month for a research project and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Usually these psychological books are chock full of facile overtones but not this one. It’s relatable and unique. It’s also the first book I’ve read where the psychologist / author is clinically depressed—qualified to sincerely empathize with his patients / readers with his own experiences. Considering all the tragic news we have to wake up to each day, it’s comforting to have books like this one supplying tangible tools to deal with these “traumas” more positively.  Side note – the books cover design perfectly compliments the content. Cheers!

 

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Author Interview with Mia Powell

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I remember writing a short story about a ladybug when I was around six or seven. I typed it up on the family computer, printed it out, drew pictures, and stapled it together. My parents were friends with the owner of a restaurant by our house and I remember bringing my little book with me to dinner one night; I think I wanted to show him my accomplishment!

  1. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Prose, poetry, and plays mostly! I’ll write or read anything!

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Right now, Wonder Woman and Moana. I thought they were both beautiful stories, I loved all the characters, and these heroines are super important for audiences, especially children, to see.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I’ve been compared to Hemingway and I absolutely love that. I also have a strong connection in my heart to Stephen King: my grandfather and I are very much alike and King was his favorite; towards the end of his life, he read and reread any King book he could get his hands on.

  1. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

My major WIP is a high fantasy novel, but I’m also working on two poetry collections. I have a blog (http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/) where I post some of my creative writing, op-eds, and reviews. And I’m planning out a YouTube channel centered around writing, books, and makeup that I hope to get up very soon!

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

Yes, I already have to! There’s a character in the first few chapters that I decided I didn’t need. I knew that if I went back to edit her out before moving on, I’d stop writing (it’s happened before). I just made her leave as soon as I could and kept writing, so I’ll have to remove her when I go back for the first big edit!

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Try everything. You don’t have to write one specific way or genre because you’ll get stuck and sad and think about giving up; you don’t have to follow every piece of advice that people give you because it will contradict. Try everything until you decide it doesn’t work for you – and then try it again later.

  1. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 )

Straight A’s! I still talk to some of my English teachers from high school, and I so admire the professors I have in college.

  1. How much research do you do for your writing?

Depends on the piece. If I’m doing something that’s soaked, marinated, and covered in history I’ll go through months of timelines and history books and trivia. There’s a WIP in the deep, deep depths of my folders set in WWI or II and I spent an entire year reading books and looking at maps and writing out a timeline of real-life events that might affect the characters and important fictional events in the characters’ lives before I even sat down to write the first word. In another historical romance, I didn’t do any research except for what I already knew until I had a question or two that needed to be answered immediately. For my current WIP, the only “research” I’ve done is figuring out how to draw a map and finding the pictures I put on my Pinterest board.

  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I mostly write on my laptop, but there are a few that I’ll write longhand if the mood demands it. I almost always write poems longhand first, because I get a line stuck in my head in class and need to put it somewhere, so I write it out in my binder or maybe my phone if I’m in the hall. There’s one WIP that needs to feel like a journal and an essay, so I have a very in-character notebook that I’m writing that in.

  1. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

One of my writing professors is an absolute Godsend, especially when it comes to speaking actual gold very offhandedly. I’ve tweeted two things in particular that I find to be excellent reminders: “I think a lot of people stop writing because they don’t think it’s good. But it’s not good because it’s not done,” and “There’s no ‘good enough.’ There’s just what you want to do.” Keep an eye out on my Twitter for #GreenFacilitates (he often says he doesn’t teach, he facilitates – because you can’t teach writing)!

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

There are three books I recommend to absolutely everyone no matter what they usually like to read: Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby, The Winter Seaby Susanna Kearsley, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

  1. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I do not! I took piano and violin lessons when I was younger, but I never quite connected. I’d love to learn the harp – that would be so cool!

  1. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I think I’d like to go the traditional route, but I’ve only done minimal research into the different paths so far.

  1. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I don’t know who Tom Hanks considers to be his best friend, but that person! I would love to hang out with him!

  1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I almost wish I enjoyed science, so I could be a marine biologist!
 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Bill Murray. John Cleese. No question.

  1. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)?

My senior year of high school, I got to direct a one act play that I wrote the year before. I don’t really like the play that much anymore and I wish certain circumstances could have been better, but I’m still really proud that I got it to production.

19.  What quote do you live by?

Robin Williams: “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Mr. Williams is a huge inspiration to me, and the reason behind my tattooed R on my wrist.

  1. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)   

I think it would be really cool for my work to be taught in school.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Was there a specific book or author that sparked your interest in writing?

Probably Catcher In The Rye.  It was the first book I read where I felt like an adult… absorbing his (J.D. Salinger) compelling words considering I was only 15 years old. I paid homage by naming one of my characters in my book, Feedback after him.

Many thanks to Mia for interviewing with me! Please keep tabs on this cool up and coming writer here:

Twitter @LegendsOfMia
https://www.instagram.com/legendsofmia/
http://legendsofmia.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW7GrcwJRId2_ulUJdKDHIA

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Monday’s Motivational Quotes & Tunes

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“We have no choice of what color we’re born or who our parents are or whether we’re rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we’re here.” – Mildred Taylor

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

“Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.” – Unknown

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

My Baby – The Pretenders
Doesn’t Remind Me – Audioslave
You Never Can tell – Chuck Berry
Wait – The Beatles
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Simple Creed – Live
Spirits in the Material World – The Police
Making Me Nervous – Brad Sucks
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
All the Things I’ve Done – The Killers

Special dedication for Tony
Brandy – Looking Glass
Glorified G – Pearl Jam
Double play – All This Time – Sting / Synchronicity II – The Police

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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