Hey everybody! Nick Bagrationi from Howtreasure.com has just recently interviewed Dave Burkey, author of short story collection, Life’s Tales! To read the interview, please feel free to click the link below. Thank you!
Hey everyone! Just the other day, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the wonderful and talented, Nick Bagrationi, creator of the website Howtreasure! Nick asked me questions about my two published books, my writing for The Seeds 4 Life, and my two stores on teespring.com!
Please feel free to check out the interview by clicking the link below. Thank you!
Hey everybody! Through Instagram, I met Nick Bagrationi. I soon discovered that in addition to his love for writing and photography, Nick works hard to support other authors. Nick has created the website howtreasure.com to help promote the work of others through: author interviews, book reviews, business and marketing, and much more. Just recently, Nick created The Wordsmith’s Alliance. The Wordsmith Alliance is described on the website as the following:
The “Wordsmiths’ Alliance” is a project created to unite authors from all around the world, with the purpose of helping and promoting each other by sharing…”
I’m proud to say that I am now officially a member of the Wordsmiths’ Alliance. As a member, I will be sharing some of the reviews, etc. found on the website. If you are interested in joining the Wordsmiths’ Alliance, please feel free to let Nick know by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Hey everybody! I have just finished reading N.M. McGregor’s novel, West End Montana, the first book in a series about a spunky and independent teenager who must navigate the daily tides of life. McGregor does a wonderful job of creating a character and plot that we as readers can relate to in various ways. Today I have the pleasure of speaking to this wonderful author.
B.W. : Nadine, Montana’s character is strong-willed, independent, and curious. Do you see yourself in her? Who was your inspiration for this character?
N.M. : That is an excellent question. I think it was Jack Kerouac, that said we are whom we write. I would say that the makeup of who Montana is, how she deals with struggles and her unique system for surviving a very tough environment is very much based on my own tenacity growing up.
B.W. : Montana has a very interesting family dynamic – a whole household of brothers! Is this similar to your own family?
N.M. : I have twins, boy and girl, and two additional sons. I definitely used a lot of the twin dynamic from observing my twins, however, the characters themselves are not.
B.W. : Montana is a character that many people can relate to. Did you find yourself learning anything from her, maybe something you didn’t expect?
N.M. : yep, she has her crap together, probably more than most, and I never saw her as that until I read her story. She is very brave and she is strong and she is compassionate, those qualities in her will often make up for the lack of other qualities that society may find more meaningful.
B.W. : Where did you get the idea for West End Montana?
N.M. : I read the Outsiders when I was 14 and fell in love with the characters and the simplicity of the language. I think Susie E. Hinton is brilliant and I wanted something similar. Montana is part of a series, book one is very much done in a diary style, and we move away from that he said, she said conversational dairy style writing in book 2. In essence, the novels grow with her maturity and experience. Also, I very much wanted to honour where I come from. My tribe from Vancouver B.C. they are an awesome, crazy, eclectic crew who warms my heart. The experiences, for the most part, are true and did occur, the school was my school I was a cheerleader, etc. So much of the truth is sandwiched in a fictitious storyline.
B.W. : West End Montana is the first novel in a series. What interests you about writing a series as opposed to a standalone novel?
N.M. : I think ‘stand alone’ novels are great too. I have a novella coming out, The Moon Goddess Chronicles that is about a lovely yogi named Suri. I really believe for me the difference between a novel and a series is based on how much the character has to say. I think of how much time I invested reading the Outlander series which is great writing. Had there been one book I would have been very disappointed. I wanted to know the long story of Jaime and Claire. I believe when folks ready about Montana, they will want the same thing with her and Adam, they want to follow them to the end. That sometimes takes a few books.
B.W: What do you hope readers will gain from your work?
N.M. : I think there is a huge opportunity for women to see there are varying ways to show strength in character….I also believe that there is an opportunity for parents to learn their children and communication tools are abundant in this story. Also, no matter where you come from, or what happens to you, its okay. You’re not broken, only chipped and that adds to the flavour of who you are. A sense of unpredictable power as possessed by the main character. An unusual presence of mind in someone who isn’t a super hero but lives larger than most people. A view into a world with few rules, that change in a heartbeat. A struggle to find real connections and live with a sense of purpose and justice that comes at a cost.
B.W. What excites you most about the rest of the Montana series?
N.M. A chance to blend personal experience with fantasy. To remember people and places and say “What if…?” and fill in the blanks. It’s an escape and a journey into a world that allows me to makes sense of the one I live in.
Surprise! I was interviewed!
Hello, hello everybody and Happy Wednesday! Today I am sitting down to chat with B.W. Ginsburg, author of Rest in Piece. Grab a cup of coffee and join us!
Though decades apart, two young girls are connected in a way that is both fantastical and surreal. When twelve year old Louise Erikson finds out that she holds the key to saving a nine year old who disappeared twenty years earlier, she decides to accept the challenge. Will Louise be able to rescue the girl and the others locked away with her before it’s too late?
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Hi friends! I recently wrote a guest post for and was interviewed by the talented and kind author, Diana Tyler-Anderson! Diana is the author of two novels – Moonbow (which I am currently reading) and the first book of The Orchid Series. She also has a number of fitness books available for purchase! For more information about her work, please feel free to click here! Thank you!
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little while. I just want to let you know where I am with my writing.
2.) I am currently working on a short story collection! I have one more story to finish writing for it and then need to go over everything one last time. I will continue to keep you updated as my progress continues!
3.) Thursday I will be reblogging an interview that I did with author, Diana Anderson-Tyler, who has been so kind as to help me get the word out about my book. I hope to share a review of my book today for you as well. Stay tuned!
Thanks again for all your support! If you have any questions about my writing, etc. , please don’t hesitate to ask!