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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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Twenty Question Interview with Christine Solimeno

This interview is a special treat because I have known and been dear friends with this talented & kind lady since I’m 5 years old! Her musical/vocal skill is much to envy! We had a blast last week laughing over fun memories at my house for this interview and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

1. Where are you from?
Lynbrook, NY

2. What is your occupation?
Singer and musician

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
My original songs and arrangements recorded by my choir at the school I work at

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Everything lol… traffic, housing/apartment prices, and attitudes

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
It was with you actually, on our way to San Francisco, CA back in 2007 where we had to deplane at JFK, wait a couple of hours. Then we boarded again and sadly only made it as far as Cincinnati, OH because of storms out West. You, me and our new plane friend, Katie had to sleep at the airport due to all hotel rooms being sold out! Then we boarded another plane at 7am – we had laughs but boy it was tough and a bit scary!

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
Hmm… a few come to mind. Matthew Broderick when he was acting in the Producers. Eddie Money at his show. Steven Schwartz, composer of Wicked, etc. And a pseudo famous dancer, Elena Grinenko from Dancing with the Stars I got to know through a friend

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
Be a stowaway on Alicia Key’s yacht if she has one

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I don’t and definitely worst cooks!

9. What quote do you live by?
“A heart is not measured by how much you love but by how much you are loved by others.” The Wizard of Oz

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
Hearing all the melodies and harmonies in my head come to life in my recordings.

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

12. What award would you love to win?
An award for writing songs that ‘Touch the Soul’

13. Favorite dessert?
Friendly’s Watermelon Roll!

14. What do you dislike about your profession?
Low pay… lugging equipment… several gigs in one day/night

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
Piano, drums, guitar, and sax very well aside from being a classically trained vocalist. I would like to learn to play the auto harp and chromatic harmonica

16. Favorite concert to date?
A few stand out. Billy Joel, Van Halen – Living Color (opening act), and Duran Duran – Thompson Twins (opening act)

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

18. Biggest pet peeve?
Having too many bookings to choose from and not having a total free day to myself

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
My two CD’s – Stages and Christmas Bouquet. You can order from me or at Sip This in Valley Stream, NY.

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?
I have one for both of us. List three-two word phrases that best sum up your life
Mine are:

  • Precious gift
  • Various melodies
  • Meaningful insight

Cool question! Hmm… a quote and an album title come to mind.

  • Knowledge speaks
  • Wisdom listens
  • Secret samadhi

Heart felt thanks to Christine for sharing her insights with us! Please follow this lovely singer/musician below and buy her music & see her perform at Sip This monthly among other shows throughout the NY area:

http://www.sipthisny.com/
Solimenosong@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/christine.solimeno

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Sienna Snow

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

My first try at writing was in high school and college. I loved to write but my parents wanted me to get a “real job” so I put my writing dreams on hold and attained my MBA.

Twenty years later, I gave it another try. My husband wanted me to to pursue my childhood dream so during the November of 2013 I signed up for NanoWriMo and wrote my first book.

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

I love romance and fantasy. I am a sucker for a happily ever after and if it happens somewhere in Middle Earth, I am in heaven.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero? 

I love, Roarke, the hero from the In Death Series by Nora Roberts. He is sexy, confident, and vulnerable without being weak. 

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with? 

I am a super fan of Nalini Singh. Besides her being a fellow Indian author, love how she can capture me with her words and make me see through the eyes of her heroines.

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

I just finish the copy edits for the book in my Rules of Engagement series, RULE MASTER and I am currently writing book three, RULE CHANGER. Outside of this series, I am working on the outline for a fantasy series about four immortal siblings.

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

The main thing I would change in my debut novel, RULE BREAKER is that I would have added more details about what caused the main characters to break up before they were reunited.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

The best advice I can give, is to never give up. If you feel like writing, write. You can’t edit, revise, or polish something that was never written.

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

I would say A’s and B’s.  I was a total nerd in school.

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

I research a lot. Especially, the places and situations my characters are in. I also try to find out as much as possible about the ethnicities and social backgrounds of my characters. I try to make sure I am as accurate as possible.

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

I mainly write on my laptop, but I keep a notebook with me at all times, just in case I scene pops into my head while I am out and about.

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

Don’t give up. Those who succeed are the ones who were the hungriest and continued to pursue writing even when they faced adversity.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE are my two favorite books I read growing up and I still love rereading them.

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

I do not play an instrument, but I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. My daughter plays and listening to her play makes me wish I’d taken the time to learn when I was a child.

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

Before I singed my first contract, I pitched my book at ever conference I could go to. I also queried every agent and editor who was seeking books in my genre. I was fortunate to find my agent at a writers conference and then she found the book deal that I signed.

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

This one is a hard one for me. If I had to pick, then I’d want to be Kate Middleton. Who wouldn’t want to be a princess for a week. I’m sure it is not way as glamorous as it seems, but It would be awesome to take a peek at that life.

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

A chef, I love to cook and would love to pursue a career where I get to feed people for fun.

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

Bill Murray. He is so funny and weird. It is hard not to like him.

John Cleese. He is hilarious without trying and of course Monty Python

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

Of course, having my first book published by one of the big five, Hachette. Besides that is having one of my blog posts featured in USA Today HEA Blog

19.  What quote do you live by?

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

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

Ideally, I would love to have one of my books become a best selling movie, as well as,hit the NY Times best seller list consistently with my books.

21. Would you like to ask me a question? What do you enjoy most about your writing?
Two things… the freedom as a novelist and therapeutic de-stress benefits it provides me.

Special thanks to Sienna for sharing her thoughts with me! Please follow this gifted writer here:

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 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.

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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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My Interviews Featured In The Review Review Magazine

I’m very proud to be a contributing writer for The Review Review Magazine. My interviews are featured here:

http://www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/poems-take-you-surprise-chat-philip-quinlan-angle

http://www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/quality-platform-readers-and-agents-find-talented

Correction on interviews – my new blog address is: https://ldmountain.wordpress.com/
 

Happy Tuesday!
Little Mountain

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview with Jennifer Kelland Perry

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  1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

While I was the consummate bookworm in elementary school, I discovered I also liked to write, but my first serious project was a YA novella when I was fifteen. It was called Forget-Me-Not Summer.

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

I write contemporary fiction, Young Adult and New Adult at the moment. As for reading, I prefer literary fiction.

  1. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

I don’t think I have a favourite! I loved Jane Eyre’s character, but she is one of many.

  1. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

Jodi Picoult or John Green.

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

I’m putting the finishing touches on the sequel to my debut novel, Calmer Girls. By the way, I’m having a devil of a time settling on a title for it. I continue to update my blog Jennifer’s Journal with short written pieces, poetry, and photography. I’m also giving serious thought to my next writing project.

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

No, I don’t think so. Have you heard the quote by Da Vinci, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”? You feel as if you can tweak it and fiddle with it forever until you realize enough is enough already.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Try to write every day, not only when you’re in the mood or inspired to write. Also, you have to love the process enough to do it without thought of sales or recognition. It’s like a need inside of you.

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

Mostly A’s. I adored English class!

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

Quite a bit. Because I write realistic fiction, I strive for accuracy in many areas of the plot.

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

I write on my laptop chiefly, but if I’m composing a poem, I like pencil and paper.

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

For writing as well as life in general? Be true to yourself and follow your dreams. Technical advice: avoid clichés.

  1. What book do you think everyone should read?

Our Marvelous Native Tongue by Robert Claiborne. It is fascinating to me to learn how our language and vocabulary evolved.

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

Oh boy. I took guitar lessons from my dad three separate times in my earlier life. The last time was when I was in my thirties and I nearly got the hang of it but life got in the way. Now I wish I could play the piano.

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

After submitting Calmer Girls to different publishers for about nine or ten months, I was offered a contract by a small press in March of 2015, its release slated for one year later on March 24th.

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

I’d like to trade places with someone living in London, England (J.K.Rowling, maybe?) because I’ve always wanted to go there, but I would miss my husband terribly. If he could trade places so he could go too, that would be wonderful.

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

Something in the arts. Visual artist perhaps, though I don’t know if I have enough talent for it. My second choice would be to work with animals in some capacity.

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

Bill Murray and John Cleese, but I do like Palin too!

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

It used to be having my essays or writings read out in class by my high school English teacher, as the example of “how it’s done”. Then it was getting positive reviews for my debut novel from beta readers. Now I think it’s getting my first novel contract.

  1. What quote do you live by?

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ― Gloria Steinem. I can identify with that.

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

Ideally, I’d like to make an honest-to-goodness living from writing. That’s it. Oh, and it would be cool to see my book made into a movie.

  1. Would you like to ask me a question?

How did you come up with so many neat questions? Thank you so much, Lisa, for the opportunity to answer them! It was fun.

I figured these were questions that would give readers a fun and closer look into the interviewers psyche.  Luckily everyone participating enjoys them and glad you did too. Thanks again for chatting with me! It was my pleasure interviewing with you.

Please check out this lovely and talented writer on the links below:

Website/blog:  http://www.jenniferkellandperry.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JenniferKellandPerry

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/JenKellandPerry

Linkedin:  http://ca.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-kelland-perry-189b2750

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14954788.Jennifer_Kelland_Perry

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jkellandperry/       

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferkellandperry

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/jkellandperry/

 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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