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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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Author Interview With Antonio Westley

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I had the good fortune connecting with this fellow writer, blogger, and creative visualist Antonio Westley here on wordpress (another great example of this site’s perks). Antonio was gracious to take time talking about his cutting-edge process.

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
About 12 – 13 years ago.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Poetry when it’s very subliminal.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Though this may not be a popular choice but based solely on the ideal of a character, I would have to say Superman.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Probably J.K. Rowling at the moment based on the ground work she was willing to do to make it where she is today. Not to mention the fact that she thrives on providing her readers with fascinating story arcs.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Well, I’m currently finishing up a novella which will be the final title of four creations I have been working on for the last 3 or 4 years. After which will be placed in proper editing for the readers pleasure upon completion. Outside of that I have just been putting muscle behind my social media status and blogs. All which can be found on my main WordPress site when googling my name. Lately, I have also been pushing my prize blog subjectsmatter.weebly.com where I constantly write about a variety of topics. While also rebooting a site called AllTheeAbove on WordPress to help give bloggers a place to promote and share their content. YouTube is the final place I have yet to tackle but something I’m willing to explore once my book titles are finally submitted to the auto mechanics of the literary world. I have channels on standby in the meanwhile that will also include music when I put my latest writing to rest and invest time in putting something together.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
Well since I haven’t released anything yet then I cannot answer that. However, I do pride myself in my work and would never publish something unless I was completely satisfied, at peace and proud of the content I created.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
For those writers out there who allow something like writers block to get in the way of progress, try to learn to let go of what can’t be made in the moment and move on to the material that can be created. Assembly in order should be a tactic used for the final print. So place your thoughts on paper now and treat your story like a jigsaw puzzle when all the pieces are ready to be set in place.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
I would say I was an A student when effort was applied but a B student without.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
I try to do as much research as possible when it’s needed in order to provide the most accurate detail in my writing.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I tried a typewriter once but felt I made up far more ground with a computer.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
In life: Don’t take everything to the heart. In the literal aspect: Take grammar more seriously even if it’s debatable.

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I have always felt “Hamlet” was a piece worth exploring.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I’ve dabbled but never had the time to master any instrument. However, if I could learn one instrument it would be the guitar – no contest.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
Hopefully, I can tackle as many platforms as possible when my work is ready to be released. But I’d hope to primarily host my titles on Amazon in order to provide readers with both a digital and hard cover copy of my books.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
This is bit out of my spectrum since I’m not much on sports anymore but actually Derek Jeter. Just because he’s the only guy I had ever come to envy in the world, which inadvertently comes from a place of respect.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Well, growing up I always felt it would be nice to be an illustrator. But I abandoned the idea after discovering how time consuming it was for me to bring my ideas to life. Surprisingly, it would be the very decision that allowed me to transition into writing.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray hands down and sadly though I am a bit familiar with John Cleese I don’t know enough to make a distinction between him and Michael Palin.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Well, it’s no heart stopper but there was an article called “Family Matters” which I wrote on a website called Bubblews. This was during its illustrious years and was one of my very first posts on the platform. So this meant I wasn’t expecting much attention especially as a newbie in an active community where posts were constantly being uploaded in real time. I’m talking about an around the clock sort of thing that made me believe I’d get lost in the shuffle. But I was wrong and found that not only did my topic do well but garnered more attention than I expected. I chose to tackle family values in this post and the struggles people are usually faced with in life. This led to me getting over 300 likes and over 30 comments on the subject making it to this day my top post on that account. What made it rewarding was the idea that I was able to thrive in a competitive area of the internet at the time. Which we all know can be a daunting task on that side of the web.

19. What quote do you live by?
Live and let live.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous pulitzer prize winningauthor, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I would say a successful self-published author as a day job would be sufficient enough. Anything else that comes my way would be a bonus.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Okay, Jokingly: A rooster laid an Egg on top of the barn roof. Which way did it roll? Seriously: Do you believe rehashing format in authorship is preferred over original creativity?

To answer your first question, it rolled down the North-West corner of the barn… haha. I’d say original creativity is where it’s at for sure… but I also feel when rehashed formatting is successful (think Quentin Tarantino movies inspired by movies he’s fans of) the skies the limit.

Thanks again to Antonio Westley for giving us a glimpse in his super-creative talented mind. He’s one to watch! Please see all of his exceptional work on the links below:
http://wp.me/4hgUs
http://www.booksie.com/true_confessions/short_story/antoniowestley/a-bugs-life
http://www.booksie.com/AntonioWestley

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Writers / Creatives – Who Wants To Be Interviewed?

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If you (or someone you know) would like to promote your work whilst having fun talking about your creative process with me, featured here on my unpretentious blog – please message me at lmontanino@gmail.com or comment below.

❤-felt thanks,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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