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Interview with Joan Brooks Baker, Author of The Magnolia Code

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Joan Brooks Baker, author of The Magnolia Code–a memoir.

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)?

Joan Brooks Baker. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

The Magnolia Code, a Creative non-fiction Memoir

3)    What is the book about? 

Risk, Choice and the Consequences to both are the themes. Following the rules of conduct, espoused in the Southern unwritten Magnolia Code, promises a mythical sphere of happiness, but fulfillment in finding our true selves, whatever the consequences, is the worthy goal. However Beware, the risk of authentic choice could place one on the outer rim of belonging.

4)    Where did you come up with the idea?

My Southern Aunt Billie told me as a little girl, “Remember, Joanie, Oscar Wilde said something like this: “Might as well be yourself, cuz everyone else is taken.”

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

Seven years. I had always been a photographer. Then I learned to write and I loved it.

6)    Did you learn anything from the project?

Compassion. . . for myself and for others, particularly my parents who I discovered were also Human, not just parents.

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

Yes, JoanBrooksBaker.com which includes two Book Video Interviews.

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

Dare to hear your voice. Just start with a sentence, or a good story, that is about you.

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

I like stories about life’s emotional challenges. Just finished several James Baldwin short stories and Patti Smith’s Just Kids. In the middle of Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Definitely open to reading new authors.

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

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Overcoming the obstacles – I envisioned the garden.

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

Nikko, the most wonderful dog in the world, came from the Pound.

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

Yes, I have a Kindle – for traveling. And I sometimes listen to Audio, depending on the Reader

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Interview with Karen Pinney, Author of Golden Days & Velvet Nights

Hello,

I’m very pleased today to bring you this interview with Karen Pinney, author of Golden Days & Velvet Nights.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview Questions:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?         
Karen Pinney.  I currently live in Tampa, Florida

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?        Golden Days and Velvet Nights.  The title came from a tag line my husband used to describe our relationship.  The book is a romance, a real life romance.

3) What is the book about?          
The book is a memoir about two people whose lives intertwined at a time when they’d given up ever finding their love of a lifetime.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?         
I’ve always wanted to write a book.  When I met my husband I was 64 years old.  When he died, I wanted to share an incredible experience that changed me forever. 

5) How long did it take you to write it?         
5 years….working full time as a cosmetic specialist at Macy’s.  I worked the night shift and wrote during the day.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?        
 Writing a book isn’t as easy as it looks.  Letting others ready it, an even bigger challenge.
         
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? 
My blog “Three Score and Then” is a life message to seniors and adult children from my experiences as the executive director of assisted living communities.   My website is a work in progress, but will be named after my book.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?     
My greatest success at this time is completing my project. I worried that life would get in the way and prevent me from finishing, and I wrote nearly every day even if only for a short time. I wish I’d had more help editing.  I will be more proactive at finding someone for my next book. The cover is a photo from my husbands library of digitals he’d taken and edited. 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?    
Historical Romance has always been a favorite.  I enjoy new authors.  Times have changed and their writing is simple and easily digested.    

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?           
My number one reference is   “And the Ladies of the Club”  by  Helen Hooven Santmyer.   Besides being a wonderful story, Ms Santmyer was 87 when it became a best seller.  I can relax; I have plenty of time left.
My all time favorite book is “God is an Englishman” by R.F. Delderfield  

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?            
My miniature schnauzer Raleigh is my significant other.   She turns 14 in July, and age had taken it’s toll.  Each day is precious. 

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device?
If so, what kind and how do you like it?  I read most books on my computer or my iPhone.

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Interview with Ajay Nair, Author of Droplets

Hello,

Today we have an interview with Ajay Nair, author of Droplets.

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)?
Ajay Nair-  I live in Vancouver, B.C- Canada. I moved from southern part of India from a state called Kerala, otherwise, known as GODS OWN COUNTRY. 
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The latest one which just came out in January 3rd 2020 is a children’s book, titled CUTIE FOX WENT TO TOWN. Great for younger minds aged between 3 to 8 years. This book actually got materialized because of my both sons. They wanted me to write a book for children after my first book DROPLETS came out. I asked them, what should I write about? My younger son came up with the character and its name “Cutie Fox”. We together wrote this book  and story is developed by our effort together. So I am a very proud father.
Now both books are out, I am working on a novel. This I have high expectations on it. Story is happening in India during un-touchablility existed and caste division was practiced. Story of a woman who faced many hardships. Truly a inspirational story for women. I am not sure when I will finish. But it is coming soon this year for sure.
3) What is the book about?
Droplets- It is a memoir. I have to say this, when I moved from India to Canada. I saw how happy kids are here at school. I right away saw, how hard it is for us in India. I felt like telling my story. I had seen and read many news, where kids suicide in India, just by the pressure they get from schooling. The society needs to open their eyes and do something about it. So as a citizen, I felt the need to tell my story. So I did. It will touch our hardships with a pinch of humor. That is why I survived and I am here to tell my story.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Its my life. So I didn’t have to come up with anything. But starting to write was the huddle, I did not have the confidence. I am told many times, that my writing is not good. OR my way of communication is not what people want to see or hear. I had to overcome that criticism to positivism. That took a while. But I am content.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
One year to finish the book. That is because, I am not a disciplined writer. Also, I do have full time job plus my household responsibilities. I write whenever I feel like. Some days, I don;t write at all even though I had the urge to do so. I am getting better at it now.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, Life is a journey, one cannot plan or reserve tickets. This is what I learned. You clear your own path. Do not allow others to see only your flaws and fall for it. Move forward with the plan. You will succeed. I never thought, i will be an author. But the hard work today got me where I am. 
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes, I do have a blog site, which you an call as an author website as well.  It is https://onewhohatedbooks.com
Please do follow me if you like to read positive thoughts only. 
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Those who want to write and become an author. Start writing. Do not hesitate. No point in doing that. If you don’t start, you will never reach the goal. So write, write and write.. That is the only tip I go for you guys.  
I did not use any editors so far. But for the children’s book I used an artist to do illustraions. His name is Melcasipit. He is good and did an amazing work for me.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I will read any thing with a story. I am not too keen on research stuff.  I will love to read new authors book and review them. Recently I did review one book named “The Long Road”. It is posted in my blog. Any one interested, please do approach me. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Ramayan and Mahabharat. Both are hindu mythologies. I am fascinated by the characters and their side stories. It is the most complicated yet very interesting books i have read. I have yet to see a movie come out where all the characters in this books are played. They cannot do it. It is very vast and I believe may be a 10 series movie needs to be made. 
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I had a dog when I was young. I cannot see them die. So I don’t have one now. 
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes, I do have a kindle. I do like it. But I still like the feel and smell of the book. Kindle may be easy to carry it around. Books are definitely the one I still go for.

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