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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 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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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is until he finds a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch.

But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.

 

 

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Interview with Mary Feliciani, author of The Invisible Boy.

Today’s interview is with Mary Feliciani, author of The Invisible Boy!

I hope you enjoy it!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

 

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

 

My name is Mary Feliciani, and I am a Canadian author and publisher from Mississauga, Ontario.

 

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

 

My latest eBook, The Invisible Boy, is the second installment of what will be a trilogy about bullying that happens in a school environment. It is about a boy who feels invisible at school. Although it is part of a trilogy, it is also a stand-alone.

 

3) What is the book about?

 

Carlo, the main character, feels invisible at school for a day. The reader is taken through his lonely and painful journey as the other students ignore him. I think the story creates empathy and enlightenment for students that haven’t gone through this kind of experience.

 

4)  Where did you come up with the idea?

 

I taught elementary school for many years. It became apparent to me that the issue of bullying was a challenge for both teachers and parents alike. The story is a great way for teachers and parents to ignite a discussion about bullying. Not all children realize that shunning is a form of bullying. There are discussion questions at the end of the book to help put the story in perspective.

 

 

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

 

It is difficult to say because I don’t sit down to write until most of the story is written in my head. This is a good way to avoid writer’s block. If I have to put a time frame on the process, it would be a year. This includes the writing, editing, illustrations and publishing.

 

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

 

The Invisible Boy is my fourth book. I find that one story idea leads to another. It becomes easier for the creativity to flow once you are emerged in writing or storytelling.

 

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

 

Yes, I have both.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14210392.Mary_Feliciani

 

Website: https://www.mfpublishing.com

 

 

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

 

The best advice that I can give anyone who wants to publish a book is that they should join Goodreads. It is the simplest way of acquiring reviews. My other piece of advice is to have your work edited by a professional editor. I have two editors who respectively do a first and second reading of the books. I have been very lucky to have employed two great illustrators. I am a small publisher but try to do everything that a traditional publisher does, but on a smaller scale. My illustrators are given credit on the cover of my books. If you want information on my editors, ask on my website or message me on Goodreads.

 

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

 

The Mystery genre has intrigued me since I was a teenager. It never gets old. I also like Historical Fiction. I have read books by new authors and I enjoy writing reviews when I am inspired. Writing a review after being enthralled with a book, is like savouring the flavour of it.

 

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

 

Since mysteries are my go-to books, and I have to choose just one, I will pick Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. And Then There Were None is a close second. Agatha Christie is the queen of the cozy mystery. These two books have all the puzzle-solving qualities of a good mystery, but they also have a moral dilemma in each. Since joining Goodreads, I have been introduced to, and appreciated the works of, Tana French and Donna Leon.

 

 

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Interview with Denver Kidd, author of Bubbles and Buddy!

Hello,

Today I’m happy to bring you the interview with Denver Kidd, author of Bubbles and Buddy! Please enjoy!

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Vincent Lowry

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Big and Small in the Mirror by Mary Feliciani

Friends Carlo and Marco learn the effects of bullying on their self-images and that positive relationships help them grow.

A discussion page appears at the end of the story to help foster a deeper understanding of the issue of bullying, and to put the story in perspective. The author creates empathy for the victims while at the same time showing that bullies don’t feel good about themselves.

Big and Small in the Mirror is the first of a trilogy of books about bullying that happens at school. The author uses the same characters and setting as The Magic Leaf — Carlo and Marco in a small Italian town named Roseto. Each book will focus on a different aspect of bullying.

About the Author:
Mary Feliciani is a Canadian author, independent publisher and an elementary school teacher. She attended UTM where she studied psychology and still lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Mary’s background in psychology, work with children and passionate interest in the human condition, which stems back as far as she can remember, are all evident in her writing.

 

 

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Interview with Jocelyn Soriano, author of The Good For Nothing Boy!

Hello, I’m please to bring you the next interview on the E-author blog: Jocelyn  Soriano, author of The Good For Nothing Boy! 
Enjoy!
Warmly,
Vincent Lowry 
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
I’m Jocelyn Soriano.  I’m a resident of Australia but I’m currently in the Philippines.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest work is a children’s book entitled “The Good For Nothing Boy”.
3) What is the book about?

“The Good for Nothing Boy” is a coming of age story about a boy who wanted to know his name and his true worth. Together with his firefly friend, they would venture into magical lands and meet extraordinary creatures while learning priceless wisdom along the way and bringing inspiration to all of those he meets.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

“The Good For Nothing Boy” is a story about searching for one’s worth and one’s purpose. I remember the times I felt like the boy in the story, not knowing what I’m really good at and not knowing my mission in life. I often felt as though I’m not good enough. I guess the idea for the book came up at the time when I was searching for my own worth.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I honestly do not remember how long it took me to write it because I have written it about two decades ago.  It was only recently that I have decided to publish it.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, but then it would have to be a SPOILER for the book!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
The website I have maintained for more than ten years is http://itakeoffthemask.com/
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Perseverance is the key.  And you really have to go the extra mile.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read a variety of genres.  Aside from children’s books, I also enjoy inspirational, Christian/Catholic, fantasy, mystery, romance and self-help books.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Holy Bible.  Aside from that, I can say it’s “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R.Tolkien.

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