Author Spotlight – Helen & Lorri Carpenter

Welcome!

Thanks! We appreciate the opportunity!

Please introduce yourself.

We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter duo. We write family-friendly fiction from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

 

1. When did you start writing?

Helen had fiction published when she was young and she began writing seriously when her job was downsized shortly after her kids left home. A few years later, Lorri decided she also wanted to get serious with her writing, and a partnership was born.

 

2. What motivates you to write?

Researchers might say what motivates us to write is momoamine oxidase A. When we sit down at our computers and jump into a story, mood elevating neurotransmitters fire up, activating our happiness gene. The hours disappear in a blur of joyful contentment.
That’s probably the real reason. We’re certainly not going to admit we write the stories we do because we’re…weird. So let’s just say we like creating worlds that are one twist of the dial away from the expected. Okay, we’re weird.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

We’re multi-genre authors. Our works include fantasy, allegory, satire and mystery. We tend to get bored easily, so switching genres is a great way to keep the ideas and the words flowing. Another advantage is that there’s always something new to learn, because each genre has its own peculiarities.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

Our goals change. When we started writing, our goal was to finish a complete manuscript (an entire book, whee!).
When we achieved that, our goal became having an editor respond favorably to our query.
Once that happened, the goal shifted to getting published.
Now…hmmm…let’s see… Oh, yes! Reaching the bestseller list and having a book optioned for a movie is definitely a goal.
After that happens…well, we’ll create the next goal when we get there. 🙂

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

No, we are quite fortunate. We think that’s one of the benefits of writing with a partner.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

If you have a story to tell, tell it.
Then put the manuscript in a drawer and go study authors whose books you love. Ask yourself what draws you to those stories. Write or type out passages that resonate with you. After a couple of months of immersing yourself in your favorite books, take your manuscript out of storage and read it with fresh eyes. Revise it based on what you’ve learned. Repeat the process at least once more.
And all the while, believe in the wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Oh, the places you’ll go.

7. Please tell us about your work.

Our books span genres, yet they all have signature similarities: a strong, practical, intelligent female protagonist, a steadfast friend or two with a sense of humor, and a supportive if exasperating family or family substitute. They’re all “clean” too. You won’t find explicit sex, violence, or language in our stories. We strive to create a world where readers of any age are welcome.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

Thank you for inviting us!


About HL Carpenter:

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write from their studio in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.


Connect with HL Carpenter:

https://www.hlcarpenter.com

https:// www.pinterest.com/hlcarpenter

https:// twitter.com/hl_carpenter

https://www.amazon.com/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA


HL Carpenter books:

We have a page on our website with all our books listed: https://www.hlcarpenter.com/index.php/fiction/

Our books are also listed on our Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA/

Author Spotlight – Butterfly Thomas

Welcome!

Please introduce yourself.
Greetings: my name is Butterfly Thomas

1. When did you start writing?
I started writing in middle school.

2. What motivates you to write?
When I write poetry, the motivation is an intense emotion I needs must express. When I write fiction it’s kinda when the ideas strike me.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
My novel is an urban thriller and I think the idea came to me back when that was my favorite genre. Now, I have an idea for an urban fantasy book and this genre is my new favorite genre.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
My goal for my writing is for all my writing, including my poetry, to be world renown. I want everyone to get something from my writing.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Yes, leave it alone and read or listen to music. Basically switch my focus until I can get past the block.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Just write. Someone unintentionally gave me that advice and it allowed me to write my first novel in 2 months; though I’d been nursing the idea for 10 years.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
This particular book is an urban thriller. It’s about a young girl who has many obstacles to overcome. While she is facing her demons, her brothers are battling their own. It’s a race to see who will come out the other side.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
Thank you for the opportunity


Butterfly’s Bio:

Guten Tag everybody:
My name is Butterfly Thomas. I was born in Germany, but I wasn’t
there long enough to learn the language. I attempted to take in in
school, but when I went to the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
I had to take a foreign language they actually offered. I chose
Spanish, but of course I don’t remember much of that either. Anyway,
fast forward to now I am about to be 34 and this year signifies the
halfway point where I have been blind the same amount of years I have
been sighted.
My day job is a counselor and advocate for people with disabilities.


Connect with Butterfly:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ButterflyTNovel


Butterfly’s book:

https://www.dldbooks.com/bthomas/

Author Spotlight Phyllis Campbell

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?

I won a short story contest when I was eleven.

 

2. What motivates you to write?

Several things motivate me to write. I write two bi-monthly columns for National Braille Press, and a monthly for the Blind Post. For these, I’m motivated to offer information. For fiction, many things influence me, an item in the news, a happening in the community, or in my own world. I try to keep a list of things that strike my interest.

 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My short pieces have ranged from romance to The Virginia Psychiatric Journal. My books have included my memoir, a mystery, Young Adult Inspirational, supernatural, and Christian (family) I think of a plot, and if I keep thinking about it, I write. As with what motivates me described earlier, many things may influence my choice of plot. For instance, some years ago, I was doing a short piece on the lot of women in the 1800s. At dinner, I wondered what it must have been for blind women, especially those who had ambition. “Like you,” a friend said. “They probably did even stay dead,” he further commented. “Out of the Night” supernatural was born.

 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I think we all secretly want a bestseller, but I would be content with steady sales, bringing a reasonable income, and that perhaps, leave something meaningful with the readers.

 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I seldom suffer from that dread condition. My husband has been dead for almost six years, but I can still hear him saying, “Leave it alone for a while. It will come.” I do, and it does.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Try to start small. Unless you’re a JK Rowling, likely you won’t have an immediate bestseller. Be happy with that small sale, more likely small sales. Get a feel for the market, and raise the bar. Study the markets, and follow guidelines carefully. They may seem silly to us, but they’re what the editors want, and there are plenty of writers out there, who don’t care how silly they sound. Look carefully at your dreams. Be sure they are practical, and go for them. Try not to get discouraged. Look at your work, just to be sure that you haven’t missed something important. Pick yourself up, and try again.

 

7. Please, tell us about your work.

As I stated earlier, I write in many genre. If it interests me, I write about it. I have written six books, published by both traditional and self-publishers. My latest book is “Where Sheep May Safely graze” Westbow Press, available from
http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all
available both in print and digital formats.
You will find a listing of my books there, along with the link to purchase. I have also written a true-crime book under contract with the family of the victim, rights belonging to them.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


About Phyllis:

Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.


Connect with Phyllis:

Emails: Pcampbell16@verizon.net 
campbellphyllis17@gmail.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Phyllis-Campbell/e/B001KC40ZI/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Phyllis-Staton-Campbell-361675114286715/


Books by Phyllis Campbell:

Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
ByAFBon February 24, 2018
This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…

COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001

 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.

A Place To Belong August, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Night February, 2014

 

 

Author Spotlight – Colin Guest

Welcome!

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1. When did you start writing?
After my late wife died in 2007

2. What motivates you to write?
I get pleasure from writing and hope that readers enjoy reading my books

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I write in both fiction and non-fiction. By doing so I get the best of both worlds related to writing

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I like to think that I have what it takes to write a best seller, and that one of my books will be used as the basis for a film or television series.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
No

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
When you’re writing and get stuck on how to proceed, take a break. Leave your writing then go back to it the next day with a clear head. Also, once you have completed your work, it is essential that you have it professionally edited. Don’t think for a minute that as you have used an online editing program it is not worth the cost. If you do, most likely you will be disappointed at what readers say when they read what you wrote.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
I have written and self-published seven books. I did pay for my memoir Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps to be published by a company I thought good. I found out to my cost it was a big mistake. This company is now listed as one not to use. As is over twelve other sites connected to them. Four of my books are now available as audiobooks, a fifth will be shortly, and my novel A Dangerous Love Affair now in the process of being made into an audiobook. In conjunction with Voyage Media, based on my memoir, I wrote a pilot episode for what they think could be used as a television series. I also write poems with several in the final four in competitions. One was made into a film.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Colin Guest Bio:

As an expat who worked in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa, Colin Guest has lived a life most only dream. He has self-published seven books. Two have been made into Audiobooks, with three more due to be completed early 2019.
A number of Colin’s articles have been published in online magazines and one in a UK expat magazine. A local newspaper in Colin’s hometown in England published an article about him. In conjunction with Voyage Media, Colin prepared a pilot episode based on his memoir that they think could be suitable for a television series. Colin has taken part in several online interviwes and once took part in a live online American radio show. Colin uses his website http://www.colinguestauthor and various social media accounts to help publise his books.


Connect with Colin:

Website: https://www.colinguestauthor.com

Blog: https://www.turkmed.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Tigermanguest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tigerman55

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/colinguest9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9857414

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigerman77

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tigerman105

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Colin-Guest/e/B00OM3VCLW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1547607613&sr=1-2-ent


Colin’s Books:

 

Author Spotlight – Alethea Kehas

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?

I was a closet writer for most of my life. When I was a child and teen I would journal my thoughts, dreams, and other musings. Then, I would rip them up and throw them away so no one could see them.

2. What motivates you to write?

When I wrote my first book, my memoir, my motivation was to heal myself. Now, I write to help others heal and find their inner truths.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. At the moment, my focus is on my visionary fantasy series written for the middle-grade to adult audience.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I did have a dream, a few years ago where I found myself on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show (which I confess I don’t watch) with Elizabeth Gilbert. That’s always lingering in the back of my mind, but seriously, my main goal is for my writing to reach the eyes of those who might benefit from my words.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Not so much writer’s block as writer’s motivation. When I give myself time sit down and open myself up to the stories that want to come forth, they most often make their way onto the page without too much difficulty. I let my characters take over and discover from them, which means I sometimes have to do my research after I write the words. It makes the process fun and exciting, giving up the reins, so to speak. It’s like putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without ever looking at the picture on the box cover.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Write from the heart. Open yourself up to the stories tucked inside of you and write what wants to come forth. The rest can be figured out later.

7. Please, tell us about your work.

I have two published books so far, a memoir called A Girl Named Truth and the first book in my visionary fantasy series, The Labyrinth. My memoir is a journey of healing my truth and reuniting with my estranged father. The Labyrinth is book 1 in the Warriors of Light series and is part of a larger endeavor of empowering youth to find and embrace their inner gifts and truths through a metaphysical adventure with six shapeshifting teens who are tasked to repair the broken lines of light in Earth. There is a companion website, warriorsoflight.club, and a monthly newsletter that allows kids and teens to deepen their exploration of self and life, while finding a safe and open community to be their authentic selves. I am starting to take it out into the word through workshops and events and hope to add some interactive games to the website in the future.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Alethea Bio:

Alethea Kehas is the author of A Girl Named Truth and The Labyrinth. She has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and is the owner of Inner Truth Healing & Yoga. Once a year she follows her heart to the ancient lands of Albion and listens to the stories of the stones.


Connect with Alethea:

Author website: https://aletheakehas.com/
Warriors of Light Club website: https://warriorsoflight.club/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AletheaKehasAuthor/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/warriorsoflightclub/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Aletheakehas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@AletheaKehas
Blog: https://nottomatoes.wordpress.com/


Alethea’s Books:

The Labyrinth: https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Warriors-Light-Alethea-Kehas/dp/0692123571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532298501&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Labyrinth+by+Alethea+Kehas

 

 

 

A Girl Named Truth: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Named-Truth-Alethea-Kehas/dp/0692921575/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505436573&sr=8-1&keywords=a+girl+named+truth

Featured Author – Interview – The return of Don Massenzio

don_massenzio_author_picWelcome back!

 

You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects.

 

Let’s see what you can tell us today: 

 

 

 

  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?  

Interestingly enough, a couple of months before last year’s interview, I had released a terrorist thriller Blood Orange which, after writing three detective mystery novels, was a change in genre. I have since released another two detective mysteries, but I am writing a follow-up to that thriller as readers seemed to like the main character and his team. It will, however, crossover into the universe of my detective novels.

 

  1. Please, tell us a little about your writing process. 

It’s chaotic. I work full-time in a 50-60 hour per week consulting job that has me traveling 45 weeks per year. I’m not a good hotel sleeper so I spend much of my travel and insomnia time writing. I write whenever I have free moments. This makes continuity a challenge sometimes, especially because I’m not a traditional outliner. But, hey, I was able to publish three books last year, so it works for me.

 

  1. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers? 

Great question. My advice would, just do it. My eight-year-old came to one of my book signings and said she wanted to write a book someday. With my help, she published her first children’s book a couple of months ago, and now she has the fever to do it again. If my writing accomplishes nothing else, I’m truly happy.

 

  1. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go? 

Writing takes me away from the real world and that is exactly where I want to go occasionally. In terms of success, I’m happy with where my sales place on Amazon for the moment. Would I like to take it to a higher level of success? Of course. I don’t know many authors that wouldn’t, but I am content when I look at my bookcase and see my name on a book.

 

  1. In your opinion, are you a writer or an author – and what is the difference for you? 

I am both. A Writer puts word on the page. An author lets other people read those words.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects? 

I have published two more books in my Frank Rozzani detective series since the last interview on your blog. I have a follow-up to Blood Orange written and going through the polishing stage and ideas for more ‘Frank’ books on the way. There will always be new projects until I run out of time to complete them.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

 

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Contact Don:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordonmassenzio/

Twitter: @dmassenzio

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Blog: http://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

Web Site: www.donmassenzio.com

 


Don Massenzio Books:

(click on the cover to be linked to the book page to get more information and buy it. Thank you)

 

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Author Spotlight – Annette Rochelle Aben

me2015-13Welcome!

 

Please introduce yourself. 

Hi there!  I am Annette Rochelle Aben and I am living the dream of being a published author. My world is filled with scraps of paper, journals, notebooks, pens, pencils and magic markers all to ensure that I can capture what floats around inside my head.  When I am not writing, I am blogging, cooking, hanging out with our cats, reading, making jewelry, taking pictures at the park and binge watching the Food Network on my computer.  Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my books with everyone.

 

When did you start writing? 

I have always written, as far back as grade school and just never stopped.

 

 What motivates you to write?  

Writing to me, is as natural as breathing. So I write every day and sometimes all day. In addition, I submit monthly to a digital magazine (as well as edit that publication) so I have between 3-5 pieces that are due like clockwork for them. 

 

What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

My favorite genre is poetry.  It began with using poetry as a way of expressing my feelings when I was younger and grew into ways of celebrating the world around me.  Funny, because I was thinking about this the other day. Everyone in my immediate family can draw, even my ex-husband was a talented artist. Me? Not so much. However, I found that I could use my words and ‘paint a picture’ and it gives me a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when someone tells me they can see what I am saying. 

 

What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

Boy, I am having the time of my life putting together the books I self-publish, so I see myself always creating books. I’ve dreams of doing documentary film work and creating children’s books too. I am open to the options as well as the unknown as far as writing is concerned, let’s have some fun, right?

 

 Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I don’t know it if is writer’s block as much as stalled progress. Let me explain. I storyboard my books, for me that process stems from writing television commercials, where I used to lay things out to get the final visual. I will actually create a homemade version of each book. When I find myself being unduly distracted it means there is a better idea about to hatch. Sometimes the better idea isn’t about changing the physical book; it’s about the release date. So how I deal with it is to do anything other than think about that book until the book jumps back into my stream of consciousness.

 

What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Wow, write from your heart. Challenge yourself from time to time. Find a mentor. Allow yourself to fall in love with what you are writing. Remember there are those who will not totally get you and be okay with that. Publish that book! And by all means, hold yourself in the highest of esteems! 

 

Please, tell us about your work. 

At this time, I have 6 self-published works available on Amazon in print and in Kindle format.  

Choose, the 2-step plan is a self-help book which offers steps to take to reach very specific end results. This is actually the syllabus from a workshop I presented years ago and is filled with the steps that worked for me (and still do actually).

Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another is the re-issue of the very first book I self-published in 2009. Filled with photographs, prose and poetry of an inspirational nature, I was seeking an outlet for creativity and someone suggested I create a book.  In 2015, I was showing a friend the out of print original and she said that I should re-issue it so I did.  It has all the original content along with some additional material.

A Haiku Perspective 2015 was born out of being introduced to creating poetry in a haiku format and not being able to stop.  Had to do something with it and thought, why not!

Then I got the idea to put photographs and poetry together again but this time I used only haiku and digitally laid the poems over photographs I had taken. Not that I originated this, but I created a title for this presentation and PhoKu, visual perspective haiku came about.

 Angel Messages, a wing and a prayer is a book I have been being asked to write for nearly a decade but couldn’t quite wrap my head around it.  I had amassed thousands of messages from Angels over the years (and these were just those I wrote down) This is a collection of photographs of Angels in my home, prayers I have written, poems and messages I have received. 

My most recent published work is A Haiku Perspective 2016 which I chose to release in honor of April being National Poetry Month.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


 

Connect with Annette: 

http://www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/annetterochelleaben

https://www.facebook.com/pages/annette-rochelle-aben-communicates/156789881019973

https://plus.google.com/117587381760910538120/

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/annette-rochelle-aben/104/55a/79b

http://www.pinterest.com/AnnetteRochelleAben

https://twitter.com/YouAreTheExpert

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfaRCXDZtEBks2PkYtyEAoA


 

Annette Rochelle Aben’s books: (Click on the cover to find them on Amazon.com)

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