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Interview with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Kaitlynzq, Author of Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

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1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My author name is my first name, Kaitlynzq, and I currently live in northern California, and have a love for soft, gentle breezes and calm climates.  Trees, flowers, the ocean, and mountains are all extremely important to me with how I connect.

 

 

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

My writing forms into books that are connected as a set of interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.  Characters with the same feelings, needs, dreams, desires while each book holds its own unique form.  Instead of a chronological set, the books included in a series are inter-connected, meaning interior connected.

 

My first series, Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu includes Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, Legend of Song de Light audio book, Legend of Song de Light audio play, and Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set.

 

With interior poetic stanzas hinted at in Legend of Song de Light that bloom into full poems in Ancient Script of Lovecontu to then step within notes of love within Legend of Song de Light, as a “Yes, …, I, …, will meet you tonight.”

 

And, all three of these books are held gently in my book Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set, and written with poetic prose and touches of romance.

 

 

3) What is the book about?

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set holds the internal vocabulary of a character’s heart, that beautiful space of needs, desires, dreams, feelings, with the undercurrent of the depth of lovecontu a continual rhythm within a heart.

 

Lovecontu touches as flowers, sounds of a pink glow, song of radiant chords, and continues within the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu.

 

For the vocal synopsis of this audio set, and more about the series, the following link will guide you to the playlist on my audio streams for Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

 

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlynzq/sets/lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-series

 

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Within my books, I include delicate symmetry of colors, music, and flowers.  Sometimes as symbolic metaphors, and other times as literal connections, within a character’s experiences that at times, link with another character’s experience.  Moment by moment, layer by layer, that become a story.

 

My inspirations come from the interior spaces within my heart, within other people, and within precious natural elements like the layers inside of a tree.  And, in the night time depths of my heart the idea for this series continued to unfold to join in the daylight hours to reveal even more as I wrote.

 

 

5) How long did it take you to write it?

Each book is unique, and typically begin to form well before I put pen to paper. Once I do begin to write what my imagination holds, it takes about one to two years.

 

 

6) Do you have an author website and/or blog?

kaitlynzq.com

kaitlynzq.boutique

 

blog & audio streams newsletter signup form:  http://eepurl.com/dN-AFj

 

 

7) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I love adult literary fiction, poetry and romance, and these are the same genres that I write in.  New authors are as wonderful as any author along the spectrum of their life and artistry.

 

I don’t review authors’ work; however, I have created a collective book box subscription that focuses on the beautiful depths of poetry, and highlights the full color wheel of poets.  If any poets are interested in being included in one of the editions for hearts’ poetry, more information is available here  kaitlynzq.com/poets-center

 

I would be honored to have a conversation with you about the opportunities to include you in hearts’ poetry…

 

a special extension and collection of the artistry of poets

each of their heart’s natural language, imagination’s dance

their words stream into sounds of lyrical compositions that form the stanzas

lines and notes that connect together into poems as their unique

heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath

heart’s breath, heart’s song, heart’s wave

and are woven into each month’s hearts’ poetry

 

 

8) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

I don’t have a pet; however, I connect with many animals…butterflies gentle way they float in the air, snow leopard and their soft, intense depth of their eyes, horses and their elegant way, bigfin reef squid and its beautiful way of bioluminescence in the sea, a hummingbird’s dance, eagle’s long wingspan, axolotl and their kind expression, little blue penguin’s precious tenderness, and my list goes on and on.

 

And, my love of these precious beings are part of something that I’ve designed called giving tree, where 25% of sales goes to a charity within books, theatre, radio and nature.  For more information about this community sharing extension, and to synchronize your purchase with the current month’s giving tree moments, please visit these pages

 

kaitlynzq.com/giving-tree

kaitlynzq.boutique/giving-tree

 

#kaitlynzq

 

 

 

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Interview with Dawn Young, Author of Melvin Fastidious the Sailor

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Dawn Young, author of Melvin Fastidious the Sailor.

I hope you enjoy it.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Dawn Doig.  I penned one book under my maiden name, Dawn Young, because it was inspired by and written for my father.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
‘Melvin Fastidious the Sailor’ is my most recent release.  It’s a children’s picture book.
3) What is the book about?
A sailor with OCD.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Growing up with my father, a veteran of the Canadian navy, and his need to have things ‘just so’.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
About 3 hours.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I have learned how to work with illustrators through the publication of all of my books so far.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Persevere.  If you love writing, keep doing it.  I have appreciated the art work of all of the illustrators I have been put in contact with through Pen It! Publications
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Crime detective, historical romance, and children’s books; I work full-time so my ‘free’ time is limited.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I don’t have one favourite – I enjoy all of Diana Gabaldon’s books and anything I have read by James Patterson.  I also love ‘Stellaluna’ and ‘The Phantom Tollbooth.’
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Two beautiful cats we adopted in Mongolia.  My husband and I have always had cats.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
iPad mini – I don’t use it for reading books.  Actually, I seldom use it, but my tech-loving husband insisted I have one.
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Interview with Andy Douglas, Author of Redemption Songs

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Andy Douglas, author of Redemption Songs.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? Andy Douglas, Iowa.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? My latest book is “Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir.”
3) What is the book about? The book chronicles the six years I spent volunteering in a medium security prison as part of a choir that  combines incarcerated men and community volunteers. Its main narrative thrust details the experience of entering the prison each week, getting to know the men, overcoming preconceptions about these folks, and forging a strong community through shared creative undertaking. The book also has a research-based component, and focuses on some of the issues facing the penal system. Thirdly, the book tells the stories of several of the men I got to know, exploring their early lives, their crimes, their efforts to rehabilitate.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? In conversation with a writing mentor, who saw the inherent drama and value of the idea.
5) How long did it take you to write it? Six years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? Ha. I learned a great deal. Certainly I learned much about criminal justice and restorative justice, for example, the fact that as a nation we compose five percent of the the world’s population but have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. I interrogated my own biases about people in prison and came away with new understanding. Intellectually, I had acknowledged that people in prison were simply people who had gone down a wrong path, but to learn in an intimate way about the challenges and struggles and, yes, often selfish behavior, of people and put it into a larger context of, well, racism, economic hardship, unfair sentencing practices, was all eye-opening. On a writing level, this book combines several different types of writing, narrative, more research-based expository writing, interview-based retelling of the men’s stories, as well as direct quotes from the men. It also, in places, leans toward a more lyrical essayistic style. How in the world were those very different types of writing going to coalesce into an integral whole? This was the challenge for me, which I think I met, shaping the narrative and the various styles in a way that ultimately created a seamless narrative.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? My website is andydouglas.net
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Cultivate some good readers whose opinions you trust. At the same time, trust your own vision. Finally, revise more than you think you need to. Revise and put the work away for a while. Then reread it with fresh eyes. Revise until every sentence is sparklingly clear, until every niggling doubt is resolved, until every chapter ends in a way that propels the reader on to the next one. Revise.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I read a lot of literary fiction. Also some nonfiction, often related to environmental or social justice issues.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? That’s a tough one. One of my favorite is Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains. Kidder does what I’d like to do better: sinks deeply into a world until he can write about it with ease and comprehension, then pulls us into that world with beautiful prose.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? nope.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Also nope.

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Interview with Cole Bruce, Author of Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone

 

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Hello,

Today’s interview is with Cole Bruce, author of Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?Cole Bruce. Tennessee.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? Well, I have tons of books out already. So, if this for the book to show up, it’s ‘Ruler and the Gods and the Athanatos Stone‘; oldest book out of them.
3) What is the book about? Jesse Talley is chosen to go into the Greek World to face against Hades. On his adventure, he meets Athena and Ares; he’ll also meet Gods and Goddesses, fight Greek Mythology Monsters and see creatures. But, what makes this book series unique is my very own Fantasy characters, creatures and worlds.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? Back in 2009, I had a notebook plan called ‘Ruler’s Ring’, but in 9th Grade at my High School, my English Teacher showed us ‘The Odysee’ and that’s when ‘Ruler’s Ring’ turned into ‘Ruler of the Gods’. The ring turned into the Magical Timeline Transporter and the magical world combined into Greek Mythology. In 2012, ‘Ruler of the Gods’ changed to ‘Ruler and the Gods’.
5) How long did it take you to write it? 9 years on Notebook and a few attempts on computer, but on Oct.2017, I finished it.
6) Did you learn anything from the project? It really helped me love History, create more stories, come up with more imagination.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? ‘Ruler’s Greek World Crossovers and Others’ Facebook Page shows it all! Books, Links, Videos, etc
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? Right now, I’m still trying to get my work out. I’m the Editor and Book Cover artist (in a way. I went on Canva.com, but zoomed it in to make it something else)
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? I love mostly Fantasy, Adventure and Sci-fi, but also Classic Literature, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, etc. I do like to see new Arthors and connect with them.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Even though, I’m a Potterhead (Harry Potter Lover), my favorite book is ‘Of Mice and Men’
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? 3 Cats, 2 Dogs, 2 Guini Pigs and a Hampster (My sisters)
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? Amazon Kindle and only care about the music. I don’t care about Ebooks and Digital Books. Only way I would use them as a sample of my books.

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Interview with Elaine Bosvik Ciarnau, Author of The Adventures of Cardigan

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Elaine Bosvik Ciarnau, author of The Adventures of Cardigan.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Elaine Bosvik Ciarnau    Canada
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Adventures of Cardigan.  Children’s Fiction
3) What is the book about?
  A six year old boy and his dog, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, experience several adventures with majestic wild life in the wilderness of Northern, Ontario. They are picking blueberries with a bear. They raise a crow that fell out of its best, have a bear and Cardigan having dinner at a cookhouse.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
 The stories are from my own adventures while growing up in the Bush Camps
5) How long did it take you to write it?
 I started writing them over twenty years ago. As my son was growing up, I used to tell him the stories of my childhood. He would want to her more so I decided to share them in a book.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
  I learned kids  are curious about wildlife.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
No
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
 Write about what you know. Let others read and give you advice on what they read.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
 I like to read anything except history. I have been reviewing books for other authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
 The Moon child by Kenneth McKenney.  The book scared me so much I would have to put it down so often but,I had to keep picking it up to find out what was going to happen next.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
 2 Russian Blue cats. Had a rabbit named Piggy and a cat Tiger that passed. Always had pets, wild and domestic.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

No. Just use my tablet.

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Interview with Gary Gach, Author of Pause Breathe Smile

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Gary Gach, author of Pause, Breathe, Smile.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vince

Interview:

1)  What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Gary Gach ( pronounced like “Bach” or “clock” ) & I live in California.

 

2)  What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

 

My latest book is:
 
PAUSE   BREATHE   SMILE
Awakening Mindfulness When

Meditation Is Not Enough

 

It’s in the Practical Spirituality genre (aka Mind Body Spirit ).

 

3)    What is the book about? 
The title is something anyone can remember (PBS) and practice anytime. Pause, breathe, smile. That’s also the simple structure of the book – presenting mindfulness as pausing (to respond, instead of react), conscious breathing (as meditation), and smiling (in the face of impermanence, interconnection, and nonself). These three can be read in any order because each contains the others.  Hopefully, it’s not just about mindfulness, but also a personal experience of mindfulness itself.

 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

 

I’ve been practicing mindfulness for many decades. As you know, it’s become the fastest-growing self-help trend since yoga. Yet with popularity can come trivialization and misunderstanding.

 

My teacher Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh introduced the world to mindfulness 45 years ago. In our last retreat together, after a discussion of secularization, he very clearly told us we aren’t to teach mindfulness as a tool: it is a way.(247/7). I’d go as far as to say it’s not only a way of life, it’s life itself.

These days, people seeking “mindfulness” often think being calm is all there is. (There’s also insight.) Or they have yet to see themselves in relation. Or they still are getting in their own way because of their general worldview. So I felt it was time to bring contemporary mindfulness back to its roots, for a general audience. This, of course, draws on my own experiences, as an individual and from my community

 

 

5) How long did it take you to write it?

Five years.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

 

For sure. For me, this book was a big career move – moving out from the shadow of a best-selling branded series and taking a stand on my own.

From the outset, the book evolved organically. When I gave the manuscript over to a publisher, it continued growing in my mind and heart, and I continued thinking about it, reflecting and learning from it.

Being able to write that way, rather than by advance proposal then following a timeline, was inestimably rewarding to me as an author and I hope it carries over for the reader.

 

In general, I learned to see how mindfulness is evolving in our society. I came to understand the arguments against its co-optation, on the one hand, and, on the other, its introduction in schools as being perceived as a threat to freedom of religion. This led me to begin to formulate my own sense of the importance of postsecularism and what it means to me. Ultimately, I’ve also come to appreciate mindfulness is not a trend but a palpable element taking root in our culture today, and how important that can be for these uncertain times.

I’ve also come to see mindfulness as holding one truth – with many meanings. Bill Gates naturally uses it via a computer app, where for Yuval Noah Harari it deeply informs his practice as a historian and so he goes on month-long mindfulness retreats.

A more specific learning instance might be my appreciation of motivation as underlying intention, of resilience as an essential survival skill, of how to put theory into practice, and so on.

And, as a writer, I now better appreciate how important story can be in nonfiction as well as fiction. That includes personal story, and how being vulnerable can be of benefit to both myself and my readers, without it necessarily being self-indulgent, but, rather, as a mirror.

 

Plus, this was my first audio edition – and I was fortunately to be able to be its narrator. I’m still assimilating what I learned from that experience.

 

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

My author page is GaryGach.com – a work-in-progress.

Sorry, no book video, per se. But there are video clips of me there, reading from the book and at venues.

 

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors?

 

 

Read your work aloud. Even record it and listen to how it sounds.

 

Revise on paper.

 

Pace yourself. Chart the arc of your work’s emotional peaks and valleys, builds and releases.

Besides an outline, try making a mindmap of it – its topics and themes, characters or characteristics.

 

One of the challenges of this book was not to comment on what I’d just written. See if this is a habit in your own work. Another way of putting this: see when you need to get out of your own way.

 

Where possible, be vivid.

Present ideas through things.

 

Enjoy your writing along the way. Then your reader will enjoy reading too.

 

Share with a community of those interested in your material and ask for feedback.

At some point, visit bookstores and libraries and see what else is out there that’s like your work, and clarify how your work is different. If it’s for a magazine, see what other magazines might have published something like your own piece, and check back as far as six months.

 

There are no unpublished writers. If you’re a writer, you’re a writer. You may be pre-published, but not unpublished. 

 

Ask yourself why you write.

And who do you write for.

Know your audience and get to know them in real life.

 

 

How about any great editors/cover artists? 

For editors, I can wholeheartedly recommend Nancy Owen Barton, in South Carolina.
As for artists, I’m so happy the cover for PBS features the impeccable calligraphy of Denise L. Nguyen. Instagram: @Lotusology  

 

9) What genres do you like to read?

 

Simple question for which I lack a simple answer.
I hope my honesty doesn’t seem pedantic or didactic but more like a friendly, sincere local park-bench philosopher. You see, my tastes have grown more and more eclectic, over the years.

 

My current reading habits are characterized by particular sub-genres. But I’ve always been wary of categories and boundaries. (Maybe it’s an offshoot of my working in a 2nd-hand bookstore for many years – or wondering how education is broken into separate categories.) For example, years ago, I read classical pulp fiction: Hammett, Cain, and Chandler, “hard-boiled,” but so is Hemingway, and Camus. I like Fritz Leiber’s work whether sword and sorcery or the Change Wars series (science-fiction). Al Young’s “musical memoir” series (Bodies & Soul, Kinds of Blue, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, and Drowning in the Sea of Love) is a mash-up of personal essay, memoir, writing on music.

 

Anyhoo —

 

On my “To Read” shelf:

 

Mindfulness; Buddhism; Taoism; science – neurocognition (Rick Hanson; Daniel Siegel; Embodied Mind by Rosch, Thompson, and Varela), biomimicry, and Ayurveda; philosophy (phenomenology); anthropology (Ritual Process): economics (Viking Economics); systems thinkers (Charles Eisenstein, Daniel Christian Wahl); poetry of various sorts particularly Eastern poetry and poetics; history (Mongol Empire); contemporary fiction, rarely – preferring classics, but will give the new ones by Richard Powers (Overstory) and Ocean Vuong (On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous) a try. 

 

Right now, I’m reading the Qur’an.

 

Plus there’s always reading for research for what I’m currently writing, which I also find pleasurable.
Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

 

I wish. But —I’ve written and published several dozen book reviews and now taken a blanket retirement from same. That’s practically true with blurbs too.

 

From time to time, I’ll read Page One of a new author’s work and offer feedback.

 

 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

 

A blank book. Honestly! For one thing, there are so many editions to choose from. Lined / unlined. Artists’ sketchpad or college composition book. It’s always incredible to re-read. Often worth underlining. It never fails to hold for me the greatest range of sheer possibility combined with the capacity for deepest revelation. And I’m always frankly curious to see what will happen next.

 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

 

                   -=[ no pets ]=-

 

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

 

I might read a couple articles on my iPad, now and then.

 

 

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Interview with B.R. Bentley, Author of The Banker’s Box

Happy Friday!

Today’s interview is with BR Bentley, author of The Banker’s Box.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

B.R. Bentley (pseudonym). I live in British Columbia, Canada.

 

What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

The Banker’s Box – Mystery/Crime

 

What is the book about?

The unanticipated consequences of a casual remark leading to the unexpected disappearance of a flamboyant banker.

 

Where did you come up with the idea?

All my novels are inspired by real events as is this one – inspired by the disappearance of a local banker.

 

How long did it take you to write it?

About two years – interrupted fairly frequently by my boxer dog. High energy and very demanding.

 

Did you learn anything from the project?

Crime and politics are a continual influence on our everyday lives.

 

Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

Author website is www.brbentley.com No book video.

 

Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Read Stephen King’s book – On Writing…it’s my writing bible. Have used several editors all of whom added value. Also used Beta readers – essential. Latest cover designer did excellent work on interpreting what I I tried to outline verbally.

 

What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I read pretty much anything. I’m studying Novel Writing and writing my next novel at the same time so limited time for reading and reviewing new authors. That said I’d be happy to engage for brief conversations (skype, WhatsApp  etc.) if it helped another writer with their work.

 

What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Peyton. I loved the ‘voices’ in the book. Smacks of authenticity.

 

Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

Dog and cat. My wife also has a horse.

 

Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

Still prefer paper. So hard copy books although I do read university and other material on my Samsung laptop.

 

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