Fairly Unequal (Author Interview)






Fairly Unequal looks like a helpful book. What can you tell us about it?

It is a motivational metaphorical memoir that expresses the Fairly Unequal treatment in a variety of different variations through the perspective of me.


How long did it take you to write Fairly Unequal?


3 Years

What inspired you when writing Fairly Unequal?


During college and after college after realizing that the college system scams young kids with dreams.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Fairly Unequal?


Fatigue is common when writing a book.
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How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs (Author Interview)



https://www.amazon.com/s?k=how+to+cope+parenting+a+child+with+special+needs+by+Christine+Staple+Ebanks&ref=nb_sb_noss


How to Cope looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?
How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs is written for the parents, caregivers and family who have just received a diagnosis or who are learning to live with a diagnosis of a disability for their child.  While the speaks to disabilities and how these affect children’s development and learning, it is more focused on the parent. The book’s foreword is written by renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist   Dr. Ganesh Shetty. Dr Shetty states that “How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs is a rich cache of inspiration, encouragement, and information to equip every parent of a child with special needs with the right attitude, perspective , and knowledge required to accept, embrace, and cope.”

How long did it take you to write How to Cope?
Writing How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs was written over an 8-year period. I started the book back in 2012, but at the time, I was still in the throes of dealing with my son’s diagnosis. So I wrote the book in bits and pieces and actually went on to write and publish two other books. My first book - Raising Nathan: Every life Has a Story (2015) captures my story. It gave voice to my and my family’s struggles off coming to terms with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy, which is a major life-altering disability. It captures my process in moving past the myriad of emotions to acceptance of my son and his special needs. My 2nd book – A parent’s guide to surviving the Homework years supported my journey as not a parent of children with and without disabilities, who had to learn how to manage those very challenging years.

I finally went back to the manuscript for How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs in late  2018 and finally published in May 2020.
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My Chosen Words: Memories of a Professional Immigrant Woman (Author Interview)




April 23, 2020
ABOUT FERIAL

These questions take me back many decades - to be exact 3 decades. The idea of writing about my 'Life-Experiences,' as a visible minority woman, mother;including my journey to becoming a scientist. It was proposed by a few women's groups in 1987 summer. I was completing my contract on Fingerprint Research at that time.

I was confused with this proposition. I did not have the skills of the writer. I had no experience to write on non-scientific themes. So, my language of communication was definitely technical...

Soon, I gave serious thoughts to explore the whys of this request... The title of the book as suggested was - "My Identity in the Canadian Multicultural Society," Ferial I. Haque, Ph.D.

I asked myself a few questions “What were my dreams? When I left My Birthplace in September 1963. I was brave enough to discover the unknown way of life in another city in another country.”

I did not know I would be lost in the cultural maze of other people. The world in 1963 and world in 2020 are so different? We were not blessed with digital technology. So, I found my way to create a new me in my early twenties in Ottawa.
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My Deep Breath (Author Interview)





My Deep Breath looks like the perfect book for teaching kids how to deal with emotions.  What age group is the book for?

This book is for children aged 2 to 12 and even beyond. It is targeted towards all children and parents that may benefit from reading it.

How long did it take you to write My Deep Breath?

My Deep Breath took me a couple of years to write. Once I decided what the main focus of my book would be, I started to brainstorm and compile ideas for the stories and illustrations. One thing I was certain of before I began to write this book was that I wanted the main focus to be on children's mental health. 

What inspired you when writing My Deep Breath?  

The main inspiration for this book came from my six year old son, who has been suffering from anxiety since he was a baby and as he grew, this became more apparent through his thoughts and his behaviours. He constantly needed reassurance and help with self-regulation. Throughout the years, I have worked with him to help him manage his anxieties and one of our main focuses to help with self-regulation has been to deep breath which has helped him immensely. I realized that many parents, like myself, may be struggling with a variety of mental health issues with their children therefore it is important to nourish a child’s mental health while they are still young and to help them deal with a variety of emotions positively. My Deep Breath is a book that does just that. It helps a child to understand that the variety of emotions they encounter daily are all normal and teaches them a form of self regulation.

How did you come up with the story and ideas in My Deep Breath?

Many, if not all of the ideas in my book came up through my personal experiences with my own child and what we have been doing to help him manage his emotions and to help him self-regulate. The ideas I have shown are very common challenges that parents are faced with each day and the variety of emotions are also those that children experience on a daily basis.  I feel that writing from personal experiences also helps me to connect with my readers which is very important to me.
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Didn't See This Coming (Author Interview)





BC: Didn’t See This Coming looks like a great African American Fiction Book.  What can you tell us about Loretta?

SC: Didn’t See This Coming is about the life of a young woman named Loretta Mathis whose life changed in the blink of an eye. She was involved in a traumatic event with her unborn child’s father who was at an all high peak in his career as a notorious hustler. This single event altered her one dream of having a family and living happily ever after. After having survived the event and awakening from a five-year coma, Loretta is left to pick up the pieces and begin a new life alone. In her new life, Loretta becomes involved in a relationship that turns out to be more then she had bargained for and she’s not sure she can handle the lifestyle associated with the relationship. She decides that in order to obtain the peace and happiness she deserves she must return to her New York roots. Upon her return, she re-unites with her favorite cousin Sparkles, and quickly returns to the street life that she has so desperately tried to leave. Sparkle introduces her to the key players of the New York streets ultimately leading Loretta right back to the very people who took away her American Dream. Loretta desperately devises her own secret plan for what she considers to be sweet revenge.
She has only one thing to tell her soon to be victims...I bet you Didn’t See This Coming!


BC: How did you come up with the story in Didn’t See This Coming?  

SC: Believe it or not, I don’t plan out anything for my novels...my stories just come to me. I’ll be somewhere and something will hit me, and I’ll grab a piece of paper and jot my thoughts down. When I get a chance, I’ll add it into the story I’m working on at the time. Now, I have also been seen in several clubs with my laptop as well, and I’ll open it up at a table and start typing away. It’s something about the club scene that gives me ideas as well          


BC: Any plans for this to be a series?

SC: I thought about it and I actually put down some framework for it. But I'm so busy writing new stories so it's up in the air. But I will definitely do it if fans requested it. Matter of fact I would entitle it 'What Goes Around Comes Around'

BC: Do you write other literary genres and if so which one’s?

SC: Yes, I do, and they are the traditional Fiction, Folktales, Drama and Poetry


BC: So, it is safe to say we will see other genres by you?

SC: Yes, it is safe to say that. BUT I will go under various synonym.
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The Calling (Author Interview)




The Calling looks like the perfect self-help book.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The Calling is all about listening to your inner voice and follow the calling. Living a purposeful live. I believe that we are born with a purpose – we all bring something to this world that will make it a better place. The calling encourages you to do just that.

How did you come up with the stories in The Calling and what kind of message to the provide the reader? 
           
While I believe that each one has it calling, I see many struggles to follow it. There are many reasons for that – belief systems, society, norms, fears, uncertainty and more… That is when I realized I did not want to do it alone – sharing just my journey would help only a few who are on similar paths as me – what about the others? So, I decided to connect with more individuals like me and share their journeys too..

What inspired you when writing The Calling?   

My Calling – The purpose of my life is to be of service and uplift others. I had reached a space where not sharing was more painful than sharing


When writing The Calling did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

I would say – finding the right authors – whose vision matched with that of “The Calling” It is the longest time I took to find all the authors. I interviewed and spoke to more than 100 prospects and then found this bunch. One aspect that was revealed in this journey  made me realize how much this book is needed; that was when I was speaking to prospects which I believed were a good fit – did not live upto my expectations – I saw a lot of mismatch in what the influencers/leaders speak about and what they exactly do.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I enjoy cooking. Cooking and serving a soulful meal to my loved ones makes me happy.

Where can readers find out more about your work?


My social media – Facebook – Instagram – LinkedIn - @snehalauthorpreneur



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Kiss Me or Kill Me : Set Me Free (Author Interview)




Kiss Me or Kill Me looks like the perfect poetry book especially for current times. Can you tell us a little about it?
Well, "Kiss Me and Kill Me, But Please Set Me Free!" is, basically, a collection of poems written to an interactive book that speak about three different subjects; Mental Health, Love, and Inner Strength.
The first chapter, Mental Health, is meant to unearth the things that we tend to sweep under the rug. You can't fix what no one ever knows about.
The second chapter, Love, is meant to shower you with moments of love and appreciation as well as other poems about loving from the soul out.
And the last chapter, Inner strength, are poems about reclaiming the positive things about you while letting go of the things that don't serve you.

How long did it take you to write Kiss Me or Kill Me?

It kind of flowed to me. Some of the poems were already written, but when I'm going through something, and I get emotional, Inspiration comes pretty quickly, so it only took me around three to four months to write it.

What inspired you when writing Kiss Me or Kill Me?
This book was written at a time when I was feeling trapped and helpless.


 I had just moved away from everything I knew, from Florida to FREEZING Michigan, I was having a hard time adjusting, and no one I could really talk to about it. 
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Economics: A Different Perspective (Author Interview)





How did you come up with the ideas in Economics?
The ideas in Economics mainly come from observations/correlations I have made over the years. For example, the vast majority of start-ups fail within the first 3-5 years. When I started thinking about this a little deeper, I realized that start-ups are similar to mariages (in terms of success rate and considering the fact that vast majority of divorces are initiated by women). The more I thought about it the more it became clear to me that making these types of observations is not enough: There are key lessons/insights that can be learned by looking at our lives from an economic standpoint. Each chapter in Economics contains very insightful observations, lessons and questions that I believe can help us all lead happier and rewarding lives.

Economics looks like a great book on how economics affects our lives.  Can you tell us a little about it?

I’d be tough for anyone who is not a fan Dave Chapelle and/or George Carlin’s comedy to enjoy reading Economics: A Different Perspective. Both of them are huge influences of mine when it comes sharing one’s insight on various topics and it shows in my writing. In this book, I share valuable insights on what I consider to be the main aspects of our lives (love, masculinity, femininity, war, skills, media, religion, debt, and beauty) and raise questions that will lead my readers to meaningful answers. Through Economics: A Different Perspective, I invite my readers to embark on a journey of reflection that I believe will lead to positive and meaningful adjustments in their lives.


What inspired you when writing Economics?   
My decision to write Economics: A Different Perspective came from my buring desire to finally put my writing skills to use. When I asked myself “what should I write about?” I immediately came to the conclusion that I should write about Economics, as I majored in Applied Ecnomics in college and have been working in the financial services industry for a few years now. Another motivating factor was the fact that when my then fiancĂ©e and I broke up 4 years ago, I started writing a romance novel, and even though the process of writing that novel was very therapeutic, I was unable to finish that novel. So, I promised myself that this time around, I’d finish what I started. 
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A New Beginning: A Fantasy Adventure (Author Interview)





A New Beginning looks like fantastic fantasy series.  How far along is book 2 and how many do you plan for the series?
Book two is currently getting its first pass of editing. After that, it will go to beta readers, then back to the editor for a final pass. Book three has been plotted and I’ve started writing. Unfortunately, marketing and nervousness for A New Beginning have taken up much of my time this month. My circle of friends is taking social distancing very seriously, so my nights and weekends have given me much more time to write and plot than I have in the past.


How did you come up with the story in A New Beginning?  
            One thing that I found missing in fantasy novels was a warlock protagonist. It seems like so many fantasy novels have characters who swing big melee weapons, use a sword and shield, or some other melee attack and if they are a magic user, they’re a mage. The exception being those books with warlocks who summon harems of succubi, which isn’t this book.

So, after coming up with the characters, I started crafting an adventure for them. The first book is kind of a homage to many of those first quests you get when starting a level one character in your favorite fantasy RPG. Go kill some goblins, thieves, wolves, rats, etc.


What can you tell us about Vexx White?
            Vexx is a young, cocky warlock who desires fame above all else. He has a few innate skills and abilities, but he still has much to learn. In the first book, he thinks that fire magic will solve all his problems. For goblins, rats, and petty thieves, that might work, but he’ll need to learn to expand on his other skills and abilities as well for future battles. His goal is to become a renowned dungeoneer, and Vexx definitely won’t let a few corpses get in his way.


What inspired you when writing A New Beginning?   
            I don’t think there was any one specific thing that inspired me. I would say one of my recent Dungeons & Dragons campaigns was a big inspiration. I enjoy the character growth and comradery of D&D in general and tried to reflect that in A New Beginning. Some of the quests and other events were inspired by ones I’ve come across in other media.


When writing A New Beginning did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
            I would say keeping the humorous tone. I wanted this to be less serious than a lot of other fantasy novels out there. Something close to the feel you’d get while having a beer and playing D&D with some friends.

Ultimately, it has gone exceptionally smoothly. In the past, I’ve had small ideas for other books or series, but was unable to convert them into a full series or even a novel. With A New Beginning, the ideas just kept flowing. The only other challenge for this series has been character skill progression. I want to give Vexx and his friends powerful abilities, but it’s a balancing act between the characters’ strength and the difficulty of their upcoming challenges.


What do you like to do when not writing?
I enjoy playing video games, reading other novels, cooking, and spending too much time on Reddit. I just finished The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I’m also currently playing World of Warcraft in preparation for its new expansion, Shadowlands. Marketing also takes up a lot of my time these days! Tim O’Reilly once said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors than piracy.” And I believe it. New authors need to invest either a ton of money or their own time into getting the word of their book out.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
            My website, jetwrites.com, has the most up-to-date information. I can also be found on twitter, @jet_writes. Readers can also reach me through e-mail if they have any questions or feedback, Hello@jetwrites.com.




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Humanity's Guide to Prosperity (Author Interview)





Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity looks like a great financial guide.  What will readers get out of your book?
I would hope that the readers would get a better understanding of how their finances work and how stewardship works and they can achieve any financial goal they want, but at a minimum they should get better understanding of how to spend a dollar, why their children’s education is important, and how being a servant or steward for God can not only change their lives but their children’s lives and others around them as well.

How did you come up with the ideas and concepts in Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity?  
All the ideas and concepts within the book is knowledge that I have acquired over time. I myself was struggling at one time financially and after reading and learning all that I could and becoming financially independent. I wondered why there wasn’t one book that had a majority of the answers to achieving your financial goals in a way that not only helps the reader but helps to make this world a better place and Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity was created.

What inspired you when writing Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity?   
As I talked about before the inspiration was to take many sources of information and put that into one place so that the reader would not have to purchase as many books as I did to find the answers. Now the biggest motivator was this epidemic that we find ourselves currently living in. I wanted to make sure there was a beacon of hope that many people could turn to help themselves instead of waiting for someone to rescue them.

When writing Humanity’s Guide to Prosperity did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
When I reflect back there is not any one thing that stands out as far as information other than did I put enough information in the book or did I put too much information in the book. I tried to keep things in context and reduce the amount of opinions  and keep the facts. I know one thing that was particularly challenging was that I am not a book writer by trade so that made things interesting. I relied on what I would expect from a book and I believe that it was achieved.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Well since this is my first book and I can promise you that I enjoyed it and there will be more to come. Usually when I am not writing I am the Chief Financial Officer for Jp Chrones & Co. We (Jp Chrones & Co.) assist Individuals, Couples, and Business’ with their finances utilizing Bible Based Financial Principles. I volunteer at my church and run a mentoring program for veterans.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
The easiest way to find out more would be to go to our website www.JPChrones.com on there not only is the book available in our resource page but more information on our company is there and we are always ready to serve anyone that may need help to achieve their financial goals.

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Mercy: The Devil is in the Details... (Author Interview)





Mercy looks like a great supernatural thriller.  Can you tell us a little about the book?
I refer to Mercy as a “supernatural love story,” because the love which develops between the two main characters is the central theme and driving force of the story. The character of Anthony Banna is first visited by the demon when he is eight years old, and the haunting continues throughout the majority of his life. He eventually learns that there is one person on earth who can help him to defeat the demon, and he spends many years searching the world for that individual.


How did you come up with the story in Mercy?  
The are four unrelated elements which form the foundation for the book Mercy. The first of these is the Byzantine cross fragment which I found and photographed in Woodstock, NY (it is the cover of the book). The second is the epitaph I discovered nearly fifty years ago on an old gravestone in Southhampton, NY (in the book, it is the inscription on Mercedes Engle’s tombstone in Gravesend, NY). The third element is an urban legend I heard about when I was a student at New York Military Academy. And the final element is the friendship I had many years ago with a Native American chieftan of the Oneonta Nation from upstate NY.


What can you tell us about Anthony Banna?
Anthony is an Italian-American boy, who grows to adulthood under the constant threat of the demon he first encounters in the corpse of his dead Grandfather at the age of eight. The demon intends to kill him, however and whenever he chooses, and to ensure that the boy resides in Hell for all eternity. As the old saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger;” Anthony grows strong and determined to defeat the demon or, at the very least, to die fighting against it.


What inspired you when writing Mercy?   
I became inspired to write the best story I could, when the central theme of the story became clear to me: “Love really does conquer all.” And it is in finding the special love that completes us that hopefully brings us the person we can go through life with securely and happily. There was that, and the fact that I was a huge fan of ghost- and horror-stories as a kid. There were points in my writing of Mercy at which the story began to write itself and I just went along for the ride.
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Buddies (Author Interview)




Buddies looks like a great children’s book.  What age group would you recommend?
           
I would recommend it for ages between 5 - 16 years old, but adults would enjoy it too.


What inspired you when writing Buddies?   

I've been bullied numerous times as a child and believe it or not as an adult also, but I've also helped others being bullied and I could relate to both main characters in the story.


How did you come up with the story in Buddies?
I wanted children to be able to empathize or at least learn how to empathize with a character going through a very sad and lonely experience of  being bullied. So I thought why not try to use a beautiful flower as a character being bullied.

Everyone thinks all flowers are beautiful, so why would anyone think of bullying a flower for the way it looks lol. There is an underlying theme in this story about discrimination of any kind.  All flowers are beautiful, all humans are beautiful. 

Why would anyone think a flower is ugly or treat a flower poorly because of how it looks, so why would anyone treat any human poorly because they look different.  We're all flowers in a garden in a way.

I wanted to point it out subtly and it starts with the children.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Buddies?

Trying to explain pollen and how to make the Bumblebees collecting pollen look exciting lol

What do you like to do when not writing?
I like filmmaking.  I love to bring my stories to life and show everyone the stories in my head. I produce my screenplays, I also direct and edit my films.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
They can go to my website and read a couple of pages of my screenplays, watch the trailers I made for my books and my short film trailer at www.delainamwaldron.com they can also follow me on twitter @delainawaldron

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IT IS FINISHED: Man's Inhumanity to Man




www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086WHT2K5/

More than once, Tom Murray held someone as that person died in his arms in Ireland during the conflict between the Irish Republican Army factions and the government of Great Britain during the troubles from the 70`s.

Born a Catholic in Derry in the heart of the Bogside on the 12th of July. The very day the Protestant Orangemen march throughout the province but especially on the Derry walls looking over into the Bogside with a shout of “no surrender”. While many joined the IRA various factions against British rule became a volunteer as a medic, at the First Aid post in the language of the time and location. He didn’t care who was wounded, he only wanted to help those in great needed of first aid before medical aid was available.


Being born into a Catholic family does not make a person a Christian, as Tom would learn. When US President John Kennedy was assassinated, Tom took a major step in following the Catholic teaching but it was not the full journey that he’d make later in life.

This is most decidedly not a story about the fighting. This kind of story is played out across the world every day in conflicts that make international news and violent disputes that barely make the local media. As Tom says in the introduction, "This book is about a conflict that goes far deeper than the history of Ireland, or of any other place – the conflict within the soul, which has expressed itself in a myriad form of ways since man first rebelled against God at the dawn of creation."

It is the story of one man trying to come to grips with his fellow man and the inhumanity displayed toward each other. The time and the setting are real, the Northern Ireland conflicts and the people are equally real. It is the IRA factions war against the British forces.

In these very real battles that are also a metaphor, Tom sometimes identifies the people by name and rank. The atrocities of conflict are very real, but Tom does not dwell on the horrors of that. In other words, this is not a story of fighting, blood and gore in the physical realm. The fighting Tom goes through is just a real but is on the spiritual battlefield.

Tom signing up as a cadet as a first Aider, brought his journey into the horrors of the conflict which was an unforgettable one.
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