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Interview with Beverly Oliver, Author of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali

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Today’s interview is with Beverly Oliver, author of Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.

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Best,

Vincent Lowry

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Interview:

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

My name is Beverly Oliver and I live in California.

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

My newest book is Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali. It’s nonfiction: part memoir, part social commentary.

3) What is the book about?

Alfred Bowman (Dr. Sebi) lived in the United States among Black people for more than fifty years, longer than in his birthplace Honduras, Central America. He married and started his family in New Orleans so he knows the health, culture and food customs of the United States as well as anyone who was born there. His asthma and impotence, and the state of health and nutrition in the United States, propelled him to become the natural healer and alkaline herbal medicine specialist we affectionately call Dr. Sebi. The new book briefly recalls that journey. It mainly focuses on what dembali means and why Dr. Sebi urged me to write the book. Dembali is a word he coined to draw attention to why people reject recommendations in matters of health, race, family and culture. He observed these challenges through dembali’s lens. But it’s the same manner he viewed solutions, such as his African Bio Mineral Balance therapeutic method and his nutrition guide. It’s full of alkaline food recommendations. 

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

I was in Honduras when Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali. He felt health and nutrition in America, especially Black America, hadn’t improved much since he retired. He wanted the book to explain why and he wanted to offer solutions. 

In Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali, he encourages readers to understand why we choose the food we eat, know how race and culture affect food choices, health and behavior, be aware of the slow, cumulative effects of acid and hybrid food on the body, and finally, know that eating comfort food (20%) is fine but it’s alkaline food (80%) your body needs. 

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

Dr. Sebi introduced me to dembali in 2008. I started developing the book in 2018.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

Yes. I learned that even though he was charismatic and eccentric at times, his key traits were patience, compassion, empathy and understanding. I also learned he was proud of his daughter Xave and her expertise in natural healing. As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” 

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

Yes. The websites are https://www.sojourntohonduras.com and https://www.sevendaysinushavillage.org. Dembali’s landing page is on the first website. The book trailers are on YouTube, on the SojournHonduras1 channel. The videos are titled Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali trailer and Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali release trailer. 

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

I’ll echo what others have said about editors—You need one. Fresh, professional eyes are key to book development. Without fail editors catch something authors missed. I’m grateful for editorial assistance from The Artful Editor. 

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

I like to read memoirs, biographies, personal development books and inspirational texts. Yes, I’m open to reviewing a new work or two and would appreciate someone doing the same for Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.

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

Sorry, too many in that category but I will mention Sidney Poitier’s Measure of a Man and Clint Hill’s Mrs. Kennedy and Me. 

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

I don’t have any pets right now.

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

Other than my cell phone, I read stories on my laptop.

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Interview with Ty Jordan, Author of Red Scott Blue

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Ty Jordan, author of Red Scott Blue.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live?

Howdy! My name is Ty Jordan and I live in the abyss, otherwise known as Florida.

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

The title of my book is Red Scott Blue and it’s a fantasy/action/drama combo-deal.

3) What is the book about?

Ah, my favorite part! Red Scott Blue is about a guy that gets pulled into another dimension, which exists in what was intended to be a dystopian YA novel. The demon who created said dimension is out to kill the protagonist, but wants to use that new environment to deteriorate his mental health first. The guy meets a colorful cast of characters along the journey to escape the demon and find a way back home. However, the fantasy of being a hero in this world that seems to revolve around him can be too alluring at times. Even knowing how things could turn out for him if he stays, he contemplates if this short lived fantasy would be better than his miserable reality.

4)How long did it take to write it?

It took three years to finish writing, then another year to get through the publishing process.

5)Did you learn anything from the project?

I learned so much from this project. Writing dialogue and reactions that were believable for those respective characters took a lot of research, which is something I carry on to current projects. Also, self-care is important and takes many forms, but you should at least take breaks and get rest whenever you can. I neglected my health for a while during the time I wrote this book and I’m still paying the price for it now. I’ve made many mistakes, and I’m not done yet, but it never hurts to relax every now and then.

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

I have a tumblr blog, @tyjordanshairline. I’m quite the minimalist online. The other place I put behind the scenes work is on instagram @dangerfandango. That’s all.

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

Be ready to fail by other people’s standards. Keep in mind that life isn’t a race, and if you’re diligent your work will pay off in time. Be kind to others. Don’t just be cordial because of what you believe others can do for you; be kind and respect others for who they are. You’re not entitled to anyone’s time, and of course, no one is entitled to yours. Plan out your stories in whatever way that helps you personally. Notebooks? Doodles? Songs? Character and event outlines? Do what helps you progress in your work. It doesn’t matter if it’s unconventional or considered wrong by formal writing standards. I personally looked up writing techniques that should be avoided and did a few out of spite. Just do what comes naturally for you.

I did most of the editing myself because there was a very specific way I wanted things to be handled so that the tone would be consistent. The rest was done by my publisher. I also did the main part of the cover art. The finished product was a joint effort from the publisher and myself, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. In this regard, I suppose I’m not the best with recommendations. Apologies for that one.

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

I haven’t read any romance or horror novels yet, but outside of that I’m familiar with many genres. I don’t have a favorite genre per se, but I do favor books that aren’t too heavy on prose. I read a lot of nonfiction for research, so that’s what I’m accustomed to now, but I’m always open to reading more lighthearted things. I would love to review projects from other authors! In fact, I’ve done so two months ago, and I used to review manuscripts for a bit in the past.

I love seeing other writing styles because it’s like getting to know someone in a new and unique way. I’m careful not to criticize a story for it not having what I personally would’ve done. I get a feel for the author’s voice and what ideas they are trying to convey, then I try to help them improve on that. If you’re looking for a helpful review that gets to the point and spares harsh words, one could throw a request directly at my email, tyjordanshairline@gmail.com, or on my blog.

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

I don’t use definitive terms when it comes to my favorite things because as I change, my interests may as well. Time isn’t over for me yet, but I do have some odd favorites. The Wizard of Oz is a great book that’s underrated in terms of humor. It’s vibrant and whimsical, especially the original version with W. W. Denslow’s illustrations. If you’ve only seen the movies, do yourself a favor and read the original.

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

I have an invisible walrus named Rufus. They’re more of a roommate than a pet, but I use that term since it’s easier for people to understand.

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

I wish I could say I own one and be honest, but alas, it would be a falsehood. I Ty Jordan do solemnly swear that I do not own an electronic device dedicated to reading

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Interview with Madeleine Marina Mitchell, Author of The Open Doorway

Today’s interview is with Madeleine Mitchell, author of The Open Doorway.

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)?
Madeleine Marina Mitchell.  I live in Manchester, UK.  
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2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The title of my book is The Open Doorway, and the genre is Historical Romance.
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3) What is the book about?

The Open Doorway is an historical time travel romance set against the American Civil War and the Lincoln Assassination.

Twenty eight year old Leigh Boswell is on holiday at Gettysburg with her abusive husband, Daniel.  At the Slaughter Pen on the Gettysburg battlefield, she encounters the Shawnee storm goddess, Kokumthena, in the guise of a child.  The storm Kokumthena summons launches Leigh back in time to the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Here, she meets Lewis Thornton Powell, a young Confederate soldier who carries her to safety at the expense of being captured by Union Troops. Thus, begins a two year adventure for Leigh where she’s forced to work as a nurse in the horrific field hospitals of Old Dorm and Camp Letterman.  After being taken under the wing of Confederate sympathiser, Maggie Branson,  she travels to Baltimore where she helps Maggie engineer Powell’s escape from a Union hospital. Fate and circumstance take her deep into the Virginian countryside where she’s adopted by Daniel’s ancestors; the Chandlers, befriends a psychic slave, Minnie, and survives the burning raid of Loudoun Valley. Once more her path is crossed by the enigmatic Powell with whom she seems unable to escape a mutual destiny.

Tormented by her knowledge of the future, Leigh is driven to the sprawling metropolis of Washington DC in a desperate bid to change history and stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; but as her nightmare unfolds, she finally uncovers the terrible truth about the man she loves. 

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4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I was reading a newspaper one day and saw an article about the Lincoln assassination conspirators.  There were photos of the executions and a mug shot of Lewis Thornton Powell in chains on the ironclad, Saugus.  Something about his photo and the expression on his face that wouldn’t let me go.  I’d never heard of Powell, and decided to do some research on him.  Lewis Powell has mostly been portrayed as a mindless killer, but I really felt there was more to this young man.  So,  I read his biography – Alias, Paine – written by historian, Betty Ownsbey.  Thirty years of dedicated research by Ownsbey uncovered a very different person from the one depicted in fiction and film.  I decided to write about him myself, weaving him into the story as the love interest of the main character.  The novel is as much his story as Leigh’s but I wanted it to be viewed through her lens so the reader can better identity with her struggles in that era.  By this time I was in touch with Betty Ownsbey, who became my technical adviser on the novel.  Along with other historians, she very kindly helped me with details about the trial and execution of the conspirators, the etiquette and society of that time, and shared all her own research about Powell with me.  Most events in the novel took place.   All I can say is, thank God for Google Maps.   I’ve ‘walked’ every inch of Washington DC and Gettysburg!  
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5) How long did it take you to write it?
Two years, one of which was pure research.   I knew nothing at all about the American Civil War, and even less about Lewis Thornton Powell.  The editing took months out of my life!  I can’t remember which writer said… “Writing your novel is easy.   Editing it is the real work.”   That’s so true.  
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6) Did you learn anything from the project?
That anything is possible.   With hard work, and dedication, and dogged passion for writing, one can write a piece of work to be proud of.   I also learned the importance of asking for help when you need it, and that people, including other writers,  are usually very generous in that department.  I also set up and run the official Lewis Thornton Powell website. 
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7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
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8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My tips are don’t give up.  Never think you’re not good enough. Always be open to learning.   Always ask for help if you need it – you’d be surprised how many people are up for caring and sharing with your research, and beta reading etc.  It’s vital to get a good editor if you don’t have the skill and ruthlessness to edit your own work.   The Open Doorway was originally 180K words.   I had to cut it to 143K.    Cover artwork is so important and yet often out of the financial reach of many authors.   Sites like Wattpad and DeviantArt are home to many excellent and affordable artists.  Wattpad also has a great forum attached to it that offers endless tips and advice, along with getting yourself a reader following.  Goodreads is the same.   Most importantly, believe in yourself and your writing, and never compromise your creativity to please others.   Your work is unique to you.  
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9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read all kinds of stuff. I’m a prodigious reader.   Horror. Romance. Historical.  Sci Fi.  Non-fiction. Biography.   I’m not keen on Fantasy or chick lit.   
Yes, I’m open to reading new authors and reviewing their work.  I do that all the time over on Wattpad.  
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10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
That’s a hard one.  I have many.   I recently read The Terror by Dan Simmons – over a thousand pages and a great read.  I learned so much about the great sailing ships of the 1800’s and it was a real page turner.   I think my absolute favourite is Shogun by James Clavell.  It has everything from romance and adventure to gritty violence and great characterisation.  It’s a relentless novel with many twists and turns and political intrigues set against the backdrop of feudal Japan.  I tend to favour writers who’ll give me a good gritty read, and I think this is reflected in my own work.  I once tried to write for Mills & Boon but got rejected because all my work was “too dark”!
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Interview with Lynn Hallbrooks, Author of Helpful Household Hints for the Harried Human

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Lynn Hallbrooks, author of Helpful Household Hints for the Harried Human!

Please enjoy!

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live?
My name is Lynn Hallbrooks and I currently live in rural, mountainous Colorado.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The newest non-fiction book that I wrote is Helpful Household Hints for the Harried Human.

3) What is the book about?
In this book, I provide suggestions and tips that perhaps others may not have considered when doing housework.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I came to realize that not everyone does housework the same. Since I’ve had decades of experience, I thought sharing some of the things that I do might be beneficial to others.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me about a year, as I added to the list of things that I wanted to share, in between other projects.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learned that it is easier to do, the things I do, than it is to explain it to others.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
Yes, thanks to Weebly, I have a website with a blog. You can find it here: https://cswcllc.weebly.com/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Success comes from hard work, perseverance, and the ability to get back up after you’ve fallen. The best advice I have to aspiring authors is to read and learn from authors who write in your chosen genre. Also read the books that fellow authors have written on the writing process. Take all that you’ve learned and create what you have inside you to create.

You’ve highly recommended Creative Digital Studios and I agree they do wonderful work. If an author needs an alternate place to visit, try Go On Write – https://www.goonwrite.com/ – they have lots of premade cover art and will do custom work. Whether premade or custom work, the cover art is yours –
once you’ve paid for it. They did the cover for Helpful Household Hints for the Harried Human.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’ve read a variety of genres. My main favorites are mysteries, thrillers, and suspense. I’m most definitely open to reading new authors. I do my best to review all of them. I started Author-Reader-Cheerleader website – https://author-reader-cheerleader.weebly.com – to advocate for both readers and authors.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I’m not sure I have an all-time favorite. Each book “speaks to me” in different ways.

 

 

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