Don't Show, Don't Tell (Author Interview)




Don’t Show, Don’t Tell looks like a great collection of shorts.  Any plans to turn it into a series?    
All of the stories in Don’t Show, Don’t Tell are individual stories surrounding various conspiracy theories and imagined worlds. There are a couple of stories that are connected to one-another, but besides that, they are all separate stories with their own plotline. I do hope to write another collection of short stories in the same dystopian genre, but I do not plan on having them be a continuation of these existing stories. I am also currently working on a novel in the same genre that I hope to release later this year!

How did you come up with the stories in Don’t Show, Don’t Tell?  
I have always loved conspiracy theories and questioning everything that exists around us, and I was taught by a college professor that one way to start a story is to write a ‘What if’ question. This became my focal point in writing these stories because I would begin to think about the things that are told to us or the things that we see and ask myself, ‘what if…?’ From there, I began writing, and the stories turned into what they are today!

What will readers get out of your book?
Readers will get a new outlook on life, an awakening that will open their eyes and show them some truths that are hidden and disguised in our world. They will have the thrill of reading a short story with the added bonus of experiencing a different take on the way that we live every single day. From the way that we run our social media accounts to the way the news is portrayed to us, these stories cover it all.

What inspired you when writing Don’t Show, Don’t Tell?   
One of my biggest inspirations was Shane Dawson because, to be honest, I fell down a pit hole of his conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. I have always loved the dystopian genre such as 1984, and I truly believe that there are things that we ignore that are hidden just beyond the surface. Through all of this, I began to write down every question that I had about our world, and that is how these stories were made.

When writing Don’t Show, Don’t Tell did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Before I learned the ‘what if’ method, I struggled with what most writers struggle with: writer’s block. I had so many ideas floating around in my head that I didn’t know where to start. Once I began writing down my questions, my ideas were able to be contained and flow out into the stories.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I am currently finishing my last semester of student teaching. Next year, I will be a middle school teacher because I love to help kids achieve their goals and see their full potential just as teachers did for me in school. Aside from that, I am an avid reader, a big fan of Stephen King, and an artist. While I don’t do art full-time, I do like to do it as a form of creative output and relaxation.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can find out more about my work through my Instagram (@abigail_lanee) where I post about my writing and life in general as well as my Facebook account (Abigail Lane). My collection is currently sold through Amazon in both Kindle and paperback version. It is free for those with Kindle Unlimited as well.





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The Choices We Make (Author Interview)





The Choices We Make is a very inspiring story. Is it all based on your true story or in part?  Can you take us through the thought process on how you decided what to share?  
In my book The Choices We Make, all events within the context of the book are in fact true.  Names and locations however have been changed.  As I wrote the words down I immersed myself into my thoughts and emotions, all the events that have transpired left such an everlasting impression on me.  The way the book was written was me reliving the journey through the NICU.  The timeframe that I spent there was enough for me to have all the events that my son endured engraved within my memories so the thought process was as clear as the moment it happened.


What will readers get out of your book?
Readers will be brought into a world that no parent should embrace.  The world of Preemies is yet just another word I heard in passing as time went on in my life.  Readers will be inspired especially those who currently have babies in the NICU.   Being a parent and walking down this path of uncertainties is not only unsettling but nerve wrecking, doctors will highlight the negatives based on their experience and practice.  My book will show that even in the worst scenarios, preemies are resilient and fighters where nothing is set in stone.


What inspired you when writing The Choices We Make?   
My inspiration came from my son where as he grows I take part in a milestone that in several points in my life I thought he would never meet.  When he was discharged from the NICU he had  machines hooked up to him, a pulse sock to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation levels and oxygen tank  hooked up to a nasal cannula. These machines would sustain and monitor his vitals.  He had 8 different medications that had to be administered daily where he also needed respiratory treatments twice a day.  The older he got, although delayed he began to sit up, where next he crawled and it was within the last year did he finally walk.  These beautiful moments despite the challenges he faced are what inspired me and I hope many others become inspired as well in times of struggle to keep pushing forward.


When writing The Choices We Make did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
The challenging aspects of when writing my book was definitely the emotional aspect of it all.  I would hear the hospital machines and the beeping sounds they made, how when my son’s heart rate would drop the feeling of pain and anxiety surrounded me.   There was a point when I was writing towards the events leading to his surgery, I could remember how well he was doing and after the surgery I recall seeing him lie there so lifeless and pale.  This absolutely broke my heart to see him in that state of being.  I had to be reassured by doctors multiple times that he was doing fine despite what I saw.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love to spend time with my family. Being there for my son who absolutely loves to smile and laugh everyday , I witness a miracle because it serves as a reminder that he is with me.  The amount of joy within my heart is without limit and spending time with him makes me feel complete.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can find me on multiple social media platforms:
Facebook@thechoiceswemake
Instagram@nicu_thechoiceswemake 
Twitter@nicu_choices



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Lost Era (Author Interview)




Lost Era looks like a great retro fashion and art collection.  How many pictures are in the book?  
At it’s core I wanted Lost Era to just be a book of inspiration for creatives and art lovers alike. I wanted there to be enough content for anyone to look through and enjoy, but more importantly, push to create. Lost Era has five separate editorials with each editorial having at least six images. Of course there is way more than thirty images but that gives you an idea of how much content there is in a forty paged photo magazine.


How did you find such a wide collection of retro items and clothing?  
            We are lucky enough to have incredible friends who own vintage shops and just live a vintage lifestyle. For instance, my favorite piece I have is from the amazing Junk Fairy at Bad Granny's Bazaar in OKC, and it is a boombox that bumps if I need to get people hyped up. Outside of that, Josie and I go out to vintage shops ourselves and scrounge around. You never know what you’ll find but I do generally have an idea of what I want for the shoot.


Who is your target market for the book?
I like to think that Lost Era has two audiences. The first being creatives, artists. It is meant to give people a place to create and be inspired. The second audience I like to think are women who love to support women and self confidence. A huge part of Lost Era is creating an environment for women to feel sexy and explore their true badass selves.


What inspired you when creating Lost Era?   
When I started to really dive into the pop culture of the 70s, 80s, and 90s it was hard to not be inspired by the figures like Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. You see these people and many others being unapologetically themselves. They created art they believed in, they did not copy any one else, they were original.
Working with other models and photographers inspire me daily I love seeing energy and enthusiasm to create something that might not be the norm.
The true inspiration comes from wanting to build a community of like minded individuals who inspire each other and creating a place for people to create art they want to create.


When creating Lost Era did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
The biggest challenge for Lost Era was actually just getting the name and message out there. We’re in a world of constant media and getting over that hump was specifically challenging. Basic business really. Figuring out my target audience and really nailing how exactly to describe Lost Era in a short phrase, I feel there is so many layers to this brand. Nothing out of the ordinary, things every brand and business go through.



Where can fans find out more about your work?
You can find more about Lost Era and join our community on our website
There we have a killer line of clothes we are dropping and of course our photo magazine!

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Whythehellnot?









Whythehellnot?’ looks like a great romance book.  What type of readers would be interested in your book?         
I believe adults of all ages will take something away from this story. It's ageless. But especially women who have perhaps given up on the idea that true love--the kind you see in the movies and read about in novels--women who think they deserve less, so they settle for less, because they don't think there is anything better out there for them, or because they think being alone is worse; these women can know there is always hope. And they are worthy of the kind of love that reveals and enhances their best self.     It's not just for women, though. There are men who have lost their wives and think they can never find love again. Men who have never found it and think it's too late. It's never too late, whatever kind of love you're looking for--love...is love.     It's for anyone who's afraid to make that one decision--that first move--to change their life forever, because it scares the sh*t out of them. We're all scared. None of us own the patent on fear. But Honey, we gotta decide what we really want the rest of our time on this planet to be like, because we're gonna be here either way.     It's for you. You, who's sitting there thinking you're alone. You're not.      

Any plans to make ‘Whythehellnot?’a series?           
This is definitely something I am thinking about. I've started a second book a few times already. There will probably be a few more false starts before the engine turns over.

What inspired you when writing the book?              
How spiritual this entire journey is. I'm a writer. It's what I do, so I had to record what was happening. But the frustration was the limitations of the human language. I will never have enough or adequate words to make anyone really feel what this feels like. But I can't just not try. People have to know that this kind of thing is real. That those stories they make into movies--those come from someplace real. You can believe in it.     (If you're on your deathbed don't be cussin'me out if it hasn't happened for you, 'cause I'm still gonna tell you to believe. I'm gonna say--it's not the end.)

Why did you decide to become a writer?                
I didn't. Just like I didn't choose to have brown eyes. (Unless you believe that we choose these things before we come here, which maybe I did. But if that's the case, you'd have to ask me why in the spirit world.) It's what I am. Even when I've had other jobs, I've always written. I've never not been a writer.     Writing helps me communicate more clearly, or sometimes in hidden ways, something I want to get out. I write a lot of poetry as well, and that has been my way of purging thoughts and feelings in a sort of code.     Writing, as with any form of art, is a miraculous opportunity to connect with another person's soul. I have walked into a bookstore, pulled a book off a shelf, opened it and started reading, and thought, My God, this book was written for me. This person is speaking to me. And I've literally stood crying in the bookstore. I've started reading a book in a bookstore and stood there laughing my a** off. I want to touch someone like that. People remember the way you made them feel.

How did you come up with the story in the book?           
I lived it.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing?           
Writing the parts that I wasn't sure I wanted anyone to know about me. I would talk to Anthony about it and say, "People are going to see me and have this picture in their head now." And he would tell me, "But you have to leave it in. It's all part of your story. They have to know the bad or they won't know why the good is as good as it is." You know you're not the only only one. They have to know they're not either. And they have to know there's hope." That was before I changed all the names and locations and took a pen name. But reality is, I want to promote my book. I live in a small town. So as soon as someone in town reads the back of the book, they will immediately know who wrote it. I think really, the hardest...is knowing that my family will know how much I'd been suffering. I didn't want to go there. I don't want them thinking about that.

What do you like to do when not writing?            
Have interesting, thought-provoking conversations with my hubby or anyone else, but especially my hubby. Visit my kids. Hang with fam. (I have an awesome family.) Paint, draw, photography, play piano and flute. Crochet. Have coffee with friends. Pet my cats. Pet my dog. Dog sit. I'm considering a podcast. Read. Did I mention painting and drawing?     Watch Netflix or Amazon, especially something that makes me laugh. I love to laugh and make people laugh. You gotta laugh. I enjoy going to movie theaters, especially old ones. I love historical places, where you walk right where everything happened, especially mansions, where there is the history of the families told and evidence of them having been there. Going to very old cemeteries. Museums. Going to cities. People watching. Being near children. (That sounds weird. I was in childcare for 25 years--not like, as an adult-child, but as a caregiver--so I really miss it sometimes and miss my own kids being little, so I really enjoy when I get to be near them...little kids that is. Well, my own kids, too, but I already said that up there ^^^.)     
Okay! I'm guessing that's more than enough. I can get a little out of control at times. And I'm feeling that feeling where I'm pretty sure there should be someone stopping me from saying anything else, but of course, no one's gonna stop me. I'm like that drunk friend that needs their keys confiscated, but everyone's in the living room and I just came out of the bathroom which happens to be right by the back door, so nobody sees me slip out and get into my car, and if it was a movie you'd be like,  "Oh come on. Nobody's that stupid. It's like, thirteen degrees out and she left her coat inside...." ...... Not sure anymore where I was going with this. Talk amongst yourselves.

Where can readers find out more about your work?           
Ooh, good! An easy one.     
I have a Facebook page @tayleekind. Also an author page at amazon.com/author/tayleekind. You can watch for more to come there!


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Depression No More (Author Interview)




Depression No More looks like a great guide for people suffering from depression and anxiety.  What types of topics does your book cover?
It is about how to identify and defeat depression using a ‘treat yourself approach’.
It covers such topics as understanding depression, the nature and cause of depression, post-traumatic depression and healthy lifestyle changes to combat depression.


How did you come up with the ideas in Depression No More?  
This book reflects my strategies that I used to cope with my own depressive experiences. It is a compact and easy to use guide, which anyone can follow.


What will readers get out of your book?
Readers will get a set of easy to use practical instructions on how to deal with their depressive state, these methods do not require any prescribed medications.


What inspired you when writing Depression No More?   
Depression effects more and more people in the world. Some of us immediately reach for the tablets without even trying alternative methods first. I wanted to provide readers with a sustainable and healthier alternative to the use of medication where possible.


When did you decide to become a writer?
I come from a family of writers and journalists. I became passionate about writing as a teenager, however, started to write professionally only in the last few years.
‘Depression No More’ is my first published book in the upcoming series of 6, tackling the subject of mental and physical health.

When writing Depression No More did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
When you write you open yourself to the world. Your beliefs, your ideas and feelings are broadcast through your writing, it might feel quite challenging. This is why believing in yourself and your ideas is very important when you write. If you don’t fully believe in your ideas how are you supposed to convince others that your book is valuable and worth reading?

What do you like to do when not writing?
I like to unwind by going for long stimulating walks in the countryside with my dog.


Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can stay up-to-date with my new book releases by visiting my Amazon Author page
https://www.amazon.com/Mari-A.-Moore/e/B084GV8S2F



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Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter (Author Interview)



Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter looks like a helpful book for educators.  What will readers get out of your book?
Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter was written specifically for those who care for children. The book provides early childhood professionals with evidence-based, actionable tools, tips, and resources that can be implemented quickly and affordably. Readers will learn proven techniques to help aid their preparedness efforts. This includes ways to increase security, conduct training and drills, implement effective policies, and develop action plans for threats both inside and around their program. Ultimately, I hope readers will take away a sense of empowerment - there are easy to implement, affordable, steps we can take today to make us better prepared for the threats we may face tomorrow. 
What motivated you to write Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter?
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness was established to help early childhood professionals prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Our driving force is to ensure early childhood professionals have the tools, training, and resources needed to help keep children safe. Our team has the honor of working on-site at early childhood programs throughout the United States each week. From our first-hand experiences, we have seen the need for this information. In recent years, significant resources have been spent preparing public schools, universities, and other entities for active shooter scenarios. However, the early childhood community has largely been excluded from these planning efforts. We originally developed our active shooter training program to address these concerns. Our on-site training program has been delivered to thousands of early childhood professionals across the country. This book was developed to help capture the knowledge we have gained through all of these interactions, discussions, and training sessions.
Can you tell us a little about the rings of security you mention in the book?
In 2008, I moved from Illinois to Washington, DC. I have had the privilege of working throughout the government, in the US Senate, and many White House meetings. Even when going about your daily life, you can’t help but notice the large security presence that protects these important American institutions. As I was coming out of a meeting at the White House one afternoon, I stopped to reflect on all of the mechanisms, systems, and personnel that were in place to ensure the building was secure and protected. 
As one of the most secure buildings in the world, these systems are impressive without a doubt. I then began thinking about how we could apply similar concepts to child care programs, Head Start centers, the homes of family child care providers, schools, and other places where young children spend the bulk of their time. This is where the rings of security concepts come in. Essentially, the rings of security are a way to think about your security strategies and opportunities. 
Start to think about how a threat could impact your program. The threat would have a starting point - likely in your parking lot. For many, the parking lot represents our biggest ring. It is our first opportunity to recognize there is something out of the ordinary happening. Despite the availability and low cost of high definition cameras - we see many businesses (early childhood programs, religious organizations, etc.) lack the ability to monitor their parking environments. This is an opportunity missed - as the quicker we can identify an issue, the better - as we will have more time to take action.
Thinking through the rings of security allows us to identify potential opportunities to make things safer. From cameras in the parking lot, to the type of doors/locks used, to internal policies and procedures - each ring has the opportunity to prevent or slow potential threats. 
How did you come up with the ideas in the book?
Many, many hours of research went into developing our in-person training and our online courses. The book was no different. Our goal is to have evidence-based strategies and techniques that can be implemented in an emergency or disaster. Our team studies each active shooter incident to learn what worked well and where improvement could be made. However, that is not simply enough. We must then take these valuable insights and translate them so that they are relevant to the early childhood community. Our audience is much different than a traditional business. Where options for run, hide, fight may work well in a traditional office setting - they do not easily translate into a classroom full of infants and toddlers. 
The methods and ideas in the book have been developed, tested, and vetted by early childhood experts. We want to ensure they meet the needs of the field and take into account the various nuances that come with working with young children. 
Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter?
A couple of things for certain! This topic is so dynamic, so ever-changing that it took a while to know when to call the book ‘finished’. Sadly, we keep seeing new incidents happen - and I wanted to ensure we provided the most up to date information as possible. 
As we have seen over and over again, not only are we attempting to learn all we can so we can be as safe as possible - but the bad guys are doing the same. So our challenge is ensuring we are aware of the latest tactics and strategies - to stay one step ahead of the next bad guy. This was difficult, as the book represents a snapshot in time. However, thanks to our online courses and in-person training - we can provide the most up to date information. 
Also, I am a visual learner and enjoy interactive environments. I believe the information contained in this book will be a very useful tool for many, but at the end of the day, we need to practice and exercise to prepare for emergencies. Fortunately, we have that capability through our on-site training, and I’d love to show all our readers how to put these concepts and theories into practice - that is where the rubber meets the road.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I spend much of my time relentlessly working to ensure early childcare professionals are prepared to respond to and recover from disasters. Part of this mission includes disaster relief and recovery. Since the devastating hurricanes, I have been working in the Caribbean, assisting the US Virgin Islands Department of Health and the Puerto Rico Department of Health to help bolster preparedness, response and recovery efforts for early childhood programs. Through our wonderful partnerships with the Region II Head Start Association and the National Environmental Health Association, we have been able to make significant impacts, and most importantly raise the awareness on issues impacting children. When I’m not traveling and working, I love playing/watching hockey and spending time with my loving wife and our nearly 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier at home in Washington, DC. 
Where can readers find out more about your work? 
We would be delighted if folks would visit us on our website or any of our social media channels. Our Facebook page is very active - and we are constantly posting new stories, videos and tips to help keep children safe. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. More information about how to sign up for preparedness training, and to learn more tips through our timely blog posts are available at The Institute for Childhood Preparedness website


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A Cold Drink of Meaning (Author Interview)




A Cold Drink of Meaning looks like interesting poetry and commentary book.  Can you tell us a little about it?  

I started writing poems about twenty-five years ago after reading some writing advice from the great Ray Bradbury. True to his advice I found that poetry helped me say things with a certain amplification. I used to try my poems out on certain web sites and found that a lot of people connected with them in the spirit in which I wrote them. I had over a hundred poems I’d written over the last couple of years, along with certain observations and meditations on things, just sitting there. As I read over them I realized that they had an implicit theme of trying to find meaning in what I wrote about. Wanting to find meaning in things isn’t specific to me. We all want our lives and the world to be meaningful to us, and we want it badly. We just don’t stop moving long enough to make a customized space for it. That’s my reason for writing this book. It’s just one person’s way of pointing to the reality that, without meaning, it’s pointless to keep wearing ourselves out living through unexamined and substituted narratives (the air is full of them) that eventually leave us exhausted and empty. It’s my way of saying that one can stop at any time, clear a space, and establish a simple gound of meaning from which to proceed with purpose. I don’t have to prove my thesis because the news is a daily chronicle of things falling apart from meaninglessness.


How did you come up with the poems and thoughts in the book?  
           
I never know when something will prompt me to write a poem or record thoughts. I might be listening to music, be reading an article or book, or hear a snatch of conversation. I might be taking a walk and thinking about something and suddenly see a deeper part of it. Each poem is just the end result of some unexpected interaction with everyday life or the result of focused thoughts about something. I feel like I find treasure every time it happens.

What will readers get out of your book?

I believe that human beings, no matter where they’re from, are much more alike than they are different. If I speak from that within myself that is genuine, then I believe I’m automatically speaking to the same thing in others. If I’m correct about that then readers should feel as if they’re just plugging into something akin to an underground current that runs beneath us all. In fact a tagline on the book’s landing page says that “these poems are you thinking aloud.” I hope they come away feeling like they were inwardly confirmed in some way even though they don’t know me. I want them to experience my words as a witness of meaning through a variety of expressions (in the book I compare them to jazz riffs) that help them feel a bit less disconnected from things. It remains to be seen how well I’ve pulled it off, but that’s what I’d like for them to get out of it.


What inspired you when writing A Cold Drink of Meaning?   

The material was already written. As I said, it was when I perceived the theme that I decided to assemble the parts under this heading. I ejected some things, modified others, and added new material. What I found interesting is that, while I was going through that process, I encountered several arcticles and a couple of television interviews with writers of very different backgrounds centering in on the loss of meaning as a source of much of our ills. Naturally, that inspired me to feel like what I was doing was aligned with what some known writers were also trying to say in their own way.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always known that I wanted to write because I’ve been a reader since childhood. I’ve written mainly personal things over the years. Back in the eighties I had a local following based on letters to the editor and articles I wrote for the local newspaper. But it’s only been since I’ve gotten older and out from under certain responsibilities that I’ve given more serious focus to developing as a writer, and to facing the reality that writing something others want to read is not a simple task.


When writing A Cold Drink of Meaning did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

Once I decided that I wanted the poem by that title to be the theme of the entire book, the challenge became how to unify everything in a genuine way without it coming across as forced under the theme. So I read and reread my words many times until I could feel what belonged and what didn’t. I put it all aside for a while and then came back to it with a fresh look. That’s when I could see that the theme of meaning, at least for what I was trying to do, wasn’t like a theme in an essay. It was more like a theme that worked like a bassline in a jazz band, allowing riffs and explorations of the theme to take the reader in different improvisational directions while still providing a solid link.

What do you like to do when not writing?

 I work in Information Technology as a technical support person. I like to read a lot. Fiction and non-fiction. The writing of others teaches me and stretches my own comprehension. I like watching a good movie with my wife. I also like to jog, take meditative walks, and go to the gym.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can look up the book on Amazon. That would be the best way. It’s the only public work I have. Well, there is an ealier book of poems there but I plan to rework it. I’d like to say they could Google me but they’d just come up with other people with the same name. I want to ask these people to stop using my name but somehow I don’t think they’d listen. If readers have any questions or comments they can email me at salutarywords@gmail.com. I plan to start on a new book. I have several ideas I’m playing with and as soon as I decide on a direction, I’ll get started.

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My Ugly Truth (Author Interview)




The Ugly Truth looks like a very emotional memoir.  Can you tell us a little about your journey?

At the age of eighteen I found myself in my first, “real” co-dependent relationship with my first husband and father of my two eldest children. My old habits I must have learned back in childhood, quickly arose while I stayed in a very unhealthy relationship. It became my new normal. Pleasing others and not living this relationship was my new normal. I wasn’t wise enough until three marriages and being abused in all forms. I had an addiction to the pain! I was so dependent on someone to emotional nurture me that I allowed abuse to happen for fifteen long years of my life. My father died and my life fell apart when I was 25 years old! I had low self-esteem, poor boundaries, a need to save others, self-denial, perfectionism, and control issues. I literally had to fall on my face to realize I needed to wake up. I began to help myself by seeking therapy and working on me. I became my best advocate. When I began writing the book in 2010 it was hard to realize what I was doing to myself and I made a priority that I would help anyone and everyone who needed to see how to get the fuck out of a poor relationship safely. I had spent thousands and continue to spend thousands of dollars dealing with the PTSD of abuse. I knew the average person would never be able to afford what I put into working on myself and I was compelled to share with others from a survivor’s point of view what to do in order to get out of an ugly relationship. Writing this book healed a lot of wounded parts I was afraid to look at and forgive. By showing my wounds to others I wanted them to be ok to heal themselves and make a better life so they would not continue the vicious cycle of abuse. If someone would have asked me 21 years ago what I would be doing, this is definitely something I would not have stated. My journey wasn’t easy but, at the end of the day I am happy, I am alive, and my children are well. I would not one to change anything about me.
           
What are you hoping readers will come away with after reading your book?

Tools and techniques to love themselves and know what self-worth is about. To really love themselves and know they are not alone and that they can do it but, need to provide some self-awareness and work behind their psyche.

What inspired you to write The Ugly Truth?   

My daughter and boys. I wanted them to know what was not ok. To really know self-worth and to really love their selves. If you don’t love yourself how could you really know what love is. Love is just a definition and there are so many of those definitions. It’s really just an energy and if you only know the worst kind of energy only those narcissistic behaviors of others will show up on your doorsteps. To be quite honest I was tired of picking up books or talking with therapist who had never experienced abuse. How can you tell someone what they think they should do if they never experienced? I have helped hundreds of women get out safely and provided them with their own roadmap of happiness. Everything is a choice and I wanted my readers to know they had a choice.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Ugly Truth?

Seeing how I allowed myself to mistreat the beautiful person I am and to allow myself to be brainwashed and lied to made me upset when I wrote this book. A lot of self forgiveness had to take place. To also recognize I was hurting my children as well as my family.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Cooking, traveling, and being near a body of water. Anytime I can be around my two best friends who make me laugh I would take that any day of the week. A good hearty laugh is what everyone needs in life. We should not take life so seriously for we never know when we will go. My dad was super young when he died and when he died a piece of me was broken. He taught me to never give up my faith. Even though my faith was messed with when I was abused by the priest through a lot of therapy I know this is not what God intended. My faith for the Lord is between me and his spirit and no man nor woman will ever change that. I really enjoy sitting in front of the open host and being with the Spirit. I would say food, family, faith, laughter, and the water are my top five things I do when I am not writing. My kids are my world and seeing them evolve into these amazing creatures fascinates me every day.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
They can follow me on facebook at Jillian Edwards Coburn
or Instagram at gigijillian
or on my website at www.jilliancoburn.com

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Steel Reign (Author Interview)




Steel Reign looks like a great science fiction book. Any plans to turn this into a series? 
Steel Reign represents a segue novel that will connect the two worlds of my Scifi Universe of THE RED GEMINI CHRONICLES. It takes place in a nearby galaxy called Proxima Centauri, where two twin Red Dwarf stars have gone Supernova and merged with one another. This happened in the previous series called THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA, which won multiple awards for science fiction, including Readers’ Favorite, CLS International Book Awards, and Literary Titan Book of the month. This was a trilogy that spanned both Proxima Centauri and our galaxy, The Milky Way. Once it was completed, the main characters of the story, William and Sydney, relocated back to Proxima Centauri on William’s homeworld of Fabricius. That's where William now reigns as the king and faces challenges from the neighboring five Houses and mercenary factions spread across ten Inner and Outer Colony planets. They would all love to conquer Fabricius since it has the most optimal living conditions and, therefore, prime resources. 
I was inspired to write Steel Reign’s story because once I finished with THE STAR-CROSSED SAGAS TRILOGY of books, PROTOSTAR, SUPERNOVA, and SOLSTICE, I wanted to build out this fabricated universe of mine and I needed to have a fulcrum on which to work from. Steel’s character was so impressive that I chose to build an exposition narrative through him to smoothly transition readers into the next phase of my storytelling. Steel Reign is a Bounty Hunter that was introduced in THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA and had a growing character story arc in book three SOLSTICE. The story, in particular, STEEL REIGN: FLIGHT OF THE STARSHIP CONCORD, builds on his character development and provide more history of Proxima Centauri and sets up the more extensive series that I am working on called THE RED GEMINI CHRONICLES, which I compare to a Game of Thrones in Space.  

What can you tell us about the main character, Steel Reign? 
Like the tagline of the book says, Steel Reign was a spy, turned thief, and then turned hero (a reluctant one at that), who helped to fight back the Dagmans Clan in THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA. He now finds himself in a race for his life as he attempts to free his long-lost sister Olia from the clutches of a Space Pirate while trying to save himself from a dangerous disease he contracted over the years that is threatening to take his life. In an attempt not to give much of the story away, Reign is a complex character who was an orphan early in life and never quite found his sense of purpose. That is, until being recruited by the Thieves and Spy guild, where he found sanctuary in a surrogate family of similar members. As he developed over the years, Reign came into his own and followed a tattered path, where he built a laundry list of regrets and pain from experiences through rogue missions that he participated in.   

Why did you decide to become a writer, and is there any crossover between your other books? 
I was called to be a writer back in 2010 during a Sunday service at church. I was in a bit of a rut, working my gig as a full-time physical therapist and the preacher said that God was talking to him and was telling him that He wanted to use someone to do something special, and use it as a testimony of what can be done when someone acts on faith. So I started praying and asking God what He wanted me to do, and I distinctly heard Him say, ‘write a book.’
Up to his point, I had never written anything in my life, and the idea of taking on such an arduous task was daunting, to say the least. But after sketching out a quick outline on the back of one of the pamphlets at church, I went home and did the diligence of researching what it all entailed. And before you know it, I was on my way. Three months later, I was looking at a 90 thousand word rough draft of PROTOSTAR. 

How did you come up with the story in Steel Reign? 
Who doesn’t love a bad guy, turned good, right? It’s the original prose of writing where you try to force the reader into believing the unthinkable and fall in love with either the character or the story. Reign gave me a chance to do both since I had already built out THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA and was looking to glue things together in a separate transition novel. Reign had been introduced as a badass character, hat you weren’t sure you could trust when he is introduced in SOLSTICE, but then you soon realize he’s the real deal and you quickly cling to him. A lot of readers of THE STAR-CROSSED SAGA expressed that they wanted to know more about him, so it seemed very obvious of the direction in which I would go to fuse more of the story of Proxima Centauri along. 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Steel Reign? 
The challenge in scripting Steel Reign’s story was finding the right amount of conflict to continually move the story along while trusting that the readers love both the Sci-Fi world I was building out and remaining attached to Reign and not getting lost in the details. But since I, fell in love with the world on my own, the transition began to develop with increased ease over time. The duality between Reign and the galaxy of Proxima Centauri – a complex world, ever-changing, while containing equal parts volatility and predictability – was quite remarkable in the end.  

What do you like to do when not writing? 
I’m an avid gamer – VR is where it’s at right now, and I’m a self-proclaimed movie buff for sure. 

Where can readers find out more about your work? 
You can find out more about me and more works, over 16 novels and novellas, along with multiple screenplays at www.braxtoncosby.com and my publishing company, run and owned by me and my wife Shontel Cosby at www.cosbymediaproductions.com. You can also follow me at the links below on social media:
Instagram:
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Twitter:
@BraxtonACosby
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Keys to Success (Author Interview)





Keys to Success looks like a great motivational and take-charge kind of book.  Who is your target market for the book?
Keys To Success provides powerful encouragement to anyone seeking personal, spiritual, and financial improvement. 

How long did it take you to write Keys to Success?
From when I first conceived the idea to write the book to when it was released took about five years. A lot of the time I was figuring out how to do it. In 2015 I started a local writers group and the members motivated and inspired me to finish it and get it published.

What inspired you when writing Keys to Success?  

I wrote Keys To Success to share insights and strategies of becoming prosperous. I wrote to make a difference, to share affirmations, mantras, and quotes and to help people through my spiritual experiences. 


Why did you decide to become a writer?
When my grandmother Cora passed away, I had to write her obituary. When I was researching her past I was amazed at how successful throughout her life she was. During the funeral, the Pastor was reading her biography full of accomplishments over her eighty years on this earth and he stopped in mid-sentence and look directly at me said... “Kora, write your grandmother's story. You have to do it.” I accepted the challenge. After the funeral, I met with scores of family members to help me put the memories of her life together. Also, with the help of DNA research, I was able to locate over one hundred family members here and abroad to help me piece it all together.

How did you come up with the ideas in Keys to Success?
Over the years, I kept a journal of all my favorite quotes and anecdotes that keep me motivated and inspired to moving forward with my goals for creating prosperity and success.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Keys to Success?
The only challenge I had was to figure out how much content should be put in the book without doing an information dump. I wanted to write something meaningful that people would incorporate into their daily lives that would make a positive impact on them.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When I am not writing I love spending time with my family. I have over one hundred family members and having potluck dinners on Sundays is our family tradition. Currently, my grandfather is ninety-four years old and my youngest grandchild is nine months old. Spending time with family is priceless.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
The best way to find out more about my work is to Google me - Kora Sadler  or my



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Rewiring Your Success (Author Interview)



John Qreshi

Rewiring Your Success

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I was born in a small town in the communist country of Saudi Arabia. My parents each stem from different countries, one from India and the other from Pakistan, because we were poor, I was raised with loads of limiting beliefs, when I was in middle school our family started experiencing extreme financial hardship. My parents couldn’t support me in any sort of educational path. This is about when I started losing interest in school. I saw no value in working so hard for no future, but I also saw clearly how the real purpose of school was linear and to learn one thing, the difference between what is and what isn’t important. The school system was designed to acquire job not entrepreneurship but good for if you want to be a doctor or lawyer.

The knowledge you acquire in school is a process in and of itself, but it doesn’t do anything for you, or really provide you with anything. It doesn’t teach you how to do your taxes, how to pay your credit card or how to run a business, how to be financially confident... No, school was actually designed to guide you toward finding a job, all so you can continue to live your life, work for someone else’s dream, and all the while, allow others to decide how much you should earn. This, in fact, reminds me of something my mentor Earl Nightingale is known for saying, “Most people tiptoe their way through life, hoping they make it safely to death.” Well, living with the programmed belief that I had no choices other than to work as a slave for someone else, I saw no point in school. I received poor grades, so I dropped out with the hopes of getting a job to help my parents make ends meet.

What inspired you to author this book?

The first reason is simple. I want you to succeed! This has been my mission from a very young age because fifteen years ago, when I was lost, I wished there was someone who could guide me like what I have laid down in this book. Second, there’s so much information out there. One guru says one thing, then someone says the opposite; they all contradict each other, making your life even more confusing. This is where I come in so you can start creating a legacy by becoming a leader in your field

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
My vision and my intuition gave me inspiration for the cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I have had many distant mentors & real time mentors including legends like Earl Nightingale, Andrew Carniegie,  and especially Jay Abraham, Elon Musk and Daymond John. There are many more whom I could list, but these great men influenced me the most.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Gathering all the masterpiece into one book followed by finding the time and energy to compile the draft.

Tell your readers about your book.

Can you rewire your mind to help you become successful in everything you do? What's missing from your life that you really want? Maybe it’s success in your business, a promotion at work or financial confidence; perhaps it’s certainty in life or significance, good health or whatever the next level is for you. If so, what’s prevented you from making this change already? Author John Qreshi explains how it’s not just about the doing of it. It’s about breaking it down into actionable steps and then doing it. So, he’s combined all of those actionable steps, one by one, into one book, and has called it Rewiring Your Success. This book is a business treasure for entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, trainers, coaches and anyone looking to gain massive confidence and have financial freedom. Whether you are lost and not knowing how to do or what to do, or you are trying to get that Upgrade in your career, figure out how to quit your job and become a freelancer, launch your entrepreneurial idea into a business scale.

Who is your target audience, and why?

It is a business treasure for entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, trainers, coaches and anyone looking to gain massive confidence and have financial freedom. Whether you are lost and not knowing how to do or what to do, or you are trying to get that upgrade in your career, figure out how to quit your job and become a freelancer, launch your entrepreneurial idea into a business, scale your existing business to the next level, or turn your current success into something very significant, Rewire Your Success has an amazing insight for you.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I think my greatest success was my failures because they make me who truly I am and who I have become. My failures gave me learning, un-learning, and re-learning. I believe success is not necessarily only financial achievement but also anything that counts as progress to you or the next level to you in your life. For me, I believe testing my potential so I can learn to grow and evolve more and become is the sign of success for me.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

There is always someone who has invented something that you are doing, but what uniquely sets me apart from other writers is me myself, my story, and whom I have become. I want to make a difference in the cognitive study of our psychology and mind and discover why we do what we do and how we can make a difference in our lives to become more. Why I am different is because I want to give the truth out as it is and the most profound and most hidden layer of all belief is, “I am not good enough.” The biggest power inside the human mind is one’s self-image, i.e., what image they are giving themselves. I believe your life reflects upon what self-image you’re giving yourself. I think if we can fix that unconsciously, then what is impossible for you to achieve? Most of the things we do, we do unconsciously. It’s not about fixing things consciously but unconsciously and one of the ways we can do this is by being aware of why we do what we are doing; therefore, consciousness equates to awareness.


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