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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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Author Interview with Nicole Belanger

Happy New Year everyone – I hope you had wonderful holidays / festivities! I enjoyed traveling and taking a much needed time out… (despite returning to bone chilling weather) cheers to 2018 with love and great changes to come 🙂

I’m happy to share the first author interview of ’18, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I relish hosting them!

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I started writing when I was six, but it wasn’t until I was about 12 that I became more serious about it and started writing my first book.

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

I like writing novels, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of poetry.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Batman or Wonder Woman

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

That’s a tough one. In a review for my book, Shadows, my writing style was compared to Gillian Flynn. I’ll have to go with either her or Chevy Stevens.

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

Currently just writing poetry, but I do want to try to start planning out a new book soon.

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

I don’t think so. Every book has room to grow, but I’m happy with the was One Last Wish came out in the end. There are some parts that I’m sure have angered readers, but every scene in this book was necessary. Now the other two books, that’s a different story. I have a laundry list of things I want to change in those, but I’m still happy that people like them.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write for yourself before you write for other people. It took me a long time to realize that by writing for others held me back because I was more concerned about what they would like or dislike. Once I learned to write for myself, my writing improved drastically.

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

Always A’s.

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

I do a lot of research. When you write about such heavy topics, you want to get it right. The things that I put my characters through are intense, and I want to be able to accurately portray what they’re going through. I want my books to be believable.

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

I own a typewriter, but it doesn’t work. I write my longer works on my computer, but for poetry I often write it on a piece of scrap paper then transfer the polished version into my journal.

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

My junior year of high school I let my English teacher read the first few chapters of my book Lost Voice. He responded by telling me that if I didn’t at least try to pursue publication then he was going to fail me for the semester. I’m glad I listened to him, because publishing that first book brought me on an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

My current favorite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I read it recently and fell in love. Its about WW2 and the holocaust. It is such a raw and emotional book. It was so beautifully executed I cried during almost every chapter.

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

I do not play an instrument, but I would love to learn violin or the guitar.

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

For my first two books I published through the Createspace platform. It’s an independent publishing platform that gives you 100% control of everything. I liked this method as I was starting out because I didn’t have to pay any costs and I was able to get my work out there quickly. For One Last Wish, my most recent book, I published through a company called Bookfuel. It’s still an independent publishing platform, but it’s very much layed out like a traditional publisher. I was signed on by an agent, and got an editor who still let me have complete control of edits and primarily pointed out flaws, plot hole, and grammar issues as well as adding in suggestions for things to change. They designed a cover for me based off what I described as my vision (and made it much better than I pictured in my head) and formatted my book for me. It definitely cost a pretty penny, and it took me about 2 years to pay off,  but it was worth it in the end.

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

There’s this Instagram page made by this guy called The Doggist, who takes pictures of dogs for a living. He basically walks up to strangers and asks if he can take a picture of their dogs. How do I get this kind of job?

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

Outside of writing, I work as a CNA at a hospital and I go to school for Nursing. Alongside that, I’m also a self taught freelance photographer. I wouldn’t change what I do for anything.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

That’s tough. Bill Murray and Michael Palin.

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

My vows. I made everyone (including myself) cry when I read them.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”

  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 successful self-published author. I feel like having the pressure of people harassing you for the next book causes an author to rush through it. I like taking my time and putting out the best material I can, while still having time for my family and friends.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

Sure! What have you enjoyed most about interviewing authors? Thanks for having me!

The whole process really, I enjoy networking with fellow authors and learning about their craft while having some laughs. 

Thanks again to Nicole for interviewing with me, be sure to check out her gifted work here:

nicolebelangerauthor.com

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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The 10 Best Bookstores in New York!

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https://bestthingsny.com/bookstores/

I’ve been to 8 of these, hope to scratch off Buffalo & Ithaca soon. Road trip anyone? Support your local bookstore gems 🙂

Happy Friday!
LDM

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Book Sale!

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Who doesn’t love a book sale?

If you haven’t read the Pulitzer & Nobel prize winning… wait a minute… oops… what day is it today? I meant to say Pulitzer & Nobel prize worthy novel, Feedback (listen, I can dream can’t I?) than you need to and spread the word!

Amazon – Kindle version only $2.99 and paperback $12.99!
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lisa+montanino

From the 5 star reviews alone, you’ll ❤ it. Also, I’ll be announcing contests / prizes in the near future for new / old reviews so sit tight.

P.s. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I released this gem… full stop 🙂

Hugs,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Lisa Montanino

Happy Friday Readers!

Please see my latest interview by the lovely author, Jennifer Kelland.

ccbd66bb-e1e0-4b5b-80fa-62f2e70f1c9a41IMhjpnPnL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, Lisa! So happy to have this opportunity to interview you.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY to two extraordinary parents. The rest is your typical… boring history.

Were you good at English?
I was a great English student, honors classes and even minored in English Literature at University.

Which writers inspire you?
I could shoot off some of the great novelists of our time but lately I’m super impressed with English and American opinion journalists that can make me laugh and I can agree with, like The Independent’s Grace Dent, Evening Standard’s Faye Maschler, Time Out NY’s Jillian Anthony, and Robert Levin of AM NY to name some.

Give us a blurb for your latest book.
Feedback, a novel by Lisa Montanino, takes you on a yearlong journey in the life of Claire Convenzionale—a prominent radio deejay in…

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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday Wisdom & Tunes…

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“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves” – William Arthur Ward

“Do right. Do your best. Treat Others as you want to be treated” – Lou Holtz

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” – Tim Fargo

Hey lovely readers!
More author interviews, posts, and flash fictions pieces soon. I’m taking a well deserved time out. Cheers to us enjoying happy summer days!

Currently playing on Little Mountain, FM
White, Discussion – Live
Love In Itself – Depeche Mode
Party & Bullshit – Notorious B.I.G.
Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
Mind Games – John Lennon
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepard
Live Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Radar – Britney Spears
Der Kommissar – After The Fire
Hysteria – Muse
You Still Touch Me – Sting
Obsessed – Mariah Carey
The Good Life – Weezer
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Temptation – New Order
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake (featuring Majid Jordan)

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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