Stardust Always (Lacey)

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Welcome one, welcome all, welcome Lacey Sutton. Another author that has contributed to the masterpiece known as Stardust, Always.  Thank you Lacey for taking the time to answer our queations. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

Cancer hurt my mother, stepmother and friends, and taken a lot of people I love. Time to make it pay. Also, 2016 is being a horrible year so far, and I wanted to do something to turn that around.

I also had the pleasure of editing stories for this anthology, and then publishing it under Writers Colony Press. There were so many incredible stories, that I am so proud that I got to do my part in bringing them to the public.

Tell me about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

My story is about a very angry woman. She just lost a sister to cancer, but what hurts the most is that her sister didn’t share that the cancer came back after her treatments. The story is about an abbreviated trip through grief, guided by childhood memories and a few helpers.
I wrote it to help me get over some of my own anger. I had lost my good friend Pat Brda only a few months before, to a cancer we thought had been beat but as it turned out had hidden out in her spine. The prognosis for even holding it at bay didn’t look good, and Pat decided to live out her remaining days without feeling sick for them as well. As much as I got the why’s of her decision, I was still so furious that the choice had to be made and that fighting wouldn’t do her any good.

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I hope that others who are feeling the betrayal of losing those they love can read this story and find a little peace in the journey Meredith takes through her own Labryinth.

I had the wonderful pleasure of beta reading this story. It was quite captivating and very much honors our fallen celebrities.
How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

As a kid, there were three movies we watched EVERY WEEKEND – “The Princess Bride”, “The Dark Crystal”, and “Labyrinth”. Bowie was the epitome of ‘be careful what you wish for,’ and it was wonderful. My cousin and I also listened to his Ziggy Stardust music, making sure we included at least one Bowie song on every mix tape we made.

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Rickman’s influence was much more subtle—he played so many parts that for the longest time I didn’t connect that it was HIM each time. From “Die Hard” to “Robin Hood” and so many others, I just enjoyed him. It was “Dogma” and “Galaxy Quest” that really turned me into a Rickman superfan. His part in Dogma was so small, yet so very perfect—the sardonic angel—that I rewatched that movie just for him.

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And, of course, Snape. That casting is so obvious that Jo must have written it for him. I am happy that there are people for whom that character IS Rickman, because I think it was in so many ways. But I hope they branch out and get to know him also for his humor and his kindness, because that will always be the Rickman I remember.

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If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?

Thank you. Just that. They lived their lives, bringing entertainment to the world, showing children that they could be themselves and grow to become legends.

Are there any other stories you would have liked to include with this anthology?  If so,  where can people find it?

I am really proud of the piece I have in “The Longest Night Watch”—“Bedtime Stories”, but it wouldn’t have fit here. That one is a tribute piece to Terry Pratchett, as is the whole anthology. I have some ideas if we do a volume 2 for “Stardust, Always”, but they have yet to be written.

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Anything you’d like to say to those whose lives have been affected by cancer?

Live your life for you as much as those who love you. People won’t know how to talk to you, they won’t know how to deal, so you might feel alone. But you’re walking this road with so many others. My mother was astounded when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at how many of her friends had as well… and she never even knew. So share your stories, and you’ll be surprised at the support you receive.

Find Lacey at the sites below:

My infrequently updated author blog is http://shadowandclay.com. I’m slightly more active over on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lacey-D-Sutton-819125298138668/ I’m @LaceyDSutton on twitter, but I’ve never really gotten the hang of that one. Basically, for a much time as I spend on the internet, I spend very little of that being productive…

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Stardust Always Authors (Georgette)

GeorgetteGive a warm welcome to Georgette Frey. Thank you for taking some time to join us here on our electronic devices to answer a few questions. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

My household has Labyrinth marathons and Space Oddity sing a longs and Harry Potter weekends are like  holidays for us so losing both gentlemen so close together was like a kick in the teeth.  In June of 2014 my father was diagnosed with a rare cancer and later that summer I learned my remaining grandfather had cancer as well.  The idea of writing for the anthology called to me.

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Tell us about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

I wrote a brisk, short story of the six weeks from my father first becoming ill to his death. I hope my story helps people see how cancer effects more than the those that are ill but also those around them.  If one more person learns about Kappa Light Chain Amlyodosis I’ll be happy.

How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

They were both amazing men that I was able to introduce my children to and enjoy together.  Whether as Jareth or singing Space Oddity down the highway to mimicking Snape every time we say “Always” or :”Obviously.”

If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?

They they were amazing and people will remember them.

Anything you’d like to say to those whose lives have been affected by cancer?

You aren’t alone, someone out there is going through it with you.

You can find Georgette at the links below.

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Stardust Always Authors (Ashlee)

AshleeWelcome Ashlee Hetherington to my virtual comfy couch. Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answering a few questions. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

Stardust, Always was a way for some writers to get together and have an outlet in a community sense for how cancer and, in some cases, the loss of two celebrities, has impacted us or those we know and love. On a personal level, I know so many people who have battled. Some have died and some have lived–all of them won. They fought hard and they fought fearlessly. One of the most important people in my life does after fighting longer than any doctor said she could. She was an aunt, friend, sister, mother, and I’m not the only one who misses her every day. The piece I wrote is what I like to call faction: it is a meshing of fiction and non fiction. She was always so very supportive of me and everyone she cared about. She died before seeing me published and this is sort of a way to honor her support and love. Plus, she worked with kids as a nurse so St. Judes is something she would be thrilled to have supported, so I do it in her memory.

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Tell us about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

As I mentioned, it is faction. I wrote it in a creative writing class, but I had a hard time editing and reworking it because I was so close to it. So it sat, untouched, for years. I’m not a believer in fate, but I’m very pleased it has worked out this way. I hope to show people not a sad story of loss, but a rocky road of life. With snapshots of the ups and downs and the change of dynamics relationships go through I hope to lend a view of those left behind when their world sort of falls away and the survival, I guess, of those who have to go back to life all topsy turvy.

How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

Rickman was an amazing actor in some of my favorite movies–an angel, an alien, a cheater, a baddie, and so on. Neither were my motivation for being a part of the anthology, aside from a shared bond over cancer.

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If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?

Them meaning Bowie and Rickman? I can’t think of anything other than thank you for inspiring people.

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Are there any other stories you would have liked to include with this anthology?  If so,  where can people find it?

I wrote on my blog, a free write over the memories I had a very long time ago. I’ve neglected it.

Anything you’d like to say to those whose lives have been affected by cancer?

I don’t have regrets with my Faery Lori. I told her I loved her and she knew I was there. I miss things though. I miss coffee and cigarettes. I wish she could have seen my brother get married, me graduate college, my cousins starting families and meeting their kids. I made promises to her I couldn’t keep and it took a long time to forgive myself. So I guess I just want to let people know it is OK to be frustrated and feel cheated and lonely and angry. Please forgive yourself and others.

Do you have any links to social media where fans and fellow authors can reach you?

I should probably start blogging. Haha.
https://ashleebones.wordpress.com

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Stardust Always Authors (Andrew)

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Hello Andrew. Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions about Stardust Always. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

I wrote a poem about this – it’s an acrostic. It’s a little bittersweet because I wish I could do more to help.

Such a sad beginning to the scene:
Two great titans lost to cancer’s grasp.
Alan Rickman, star of stage and screen,
Rudely taken ere his act was passed;
David Bowie (just some days before)
Up above, an oddity in space,
Stardust on them both, and always, for
They gave outsider aliens a face.
All this writer knows to do is write;
Little could I do for cancer’s curse.
Writing seems a way to fight that fight,
As all that I seem fit to do is verse,
Yammering in sonnets of regret –
‘Stardust, Always’ helps me to forget.

Tell us about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

My story is called ‘The Man Who Fell Back To Earth’ and is the further adventures of Enoch, father of Methuselah, who apparently became the angel Metatron (Alan Rickman’s character in Dogma). He falls naked from the sky during a thunderstorm, and the story is about his attempts to understand the world, and his mission on Earth. He’s been away for quite a while.

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How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

I’m also a musician, and Bowie songs are some of my favourites. I think ‘Life On Mars?’ is one of the most musically complex ‘pop songs’ I’ve ever heard. There are over twenty separate chords, not including variations like dominant sevenths or whatever. My favourite period of Bowie was probably between about 1969 and 1974. He was an extraordinary talent, constantly finding new ways of doing things. He was the ultimate musical chameleon.

Alan Rickman had such a wonderfully lugubrious voice. It was just built for withering sarcasm, and Rickman characters were some of the most cynical and sarcastic I’ve ever seen. From Dogma to Galaxy Quest, whether he was an angel, an alien or something else between, he did sarcasm better than anyone. I’m too much of a Douglas Adams fan to enjoy all of the Hitchhikers movie, but the casting of Alan Rickman as Marvin was one of my favourite parts.

If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?

I’d have told David Bowie not to give up on the guitar-based sound of Ziggy Stardust, but I don’t suppose he’d have listened to me. I’m sure his record company told him the same thing. He and Mick Ronson were a fantastic combination, though.

Are there any other stories you would have liked to include with this anthology?  If so,  where can purple find it?

No, but I’ve written four novels in The Cybermancer Chronicles, and they’re available here. This page also has links to the eBooks:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Cybermancer

Anything you’d like to say to those who’s lives have been affected by cancer?

I really wish they didn’t have to go through it. I’ve seen what it’s done to my own family, Hopefully organisations like St Jude’s, which are researching the condition in its various forms, will be able to find new and better ways to treat, prevent and even cure cancer.

Would you like to tell us anything else?

I was one of the organisers of this project as well, focussed on getting the book ready, and I’d like to thank all of the other contributors, and all of those who helped out with the sort of things that usually get overlooked, like typesetters. beta readers and marketing folk, because this was a real team effort, and I’m glad there was such a great team.

Find Andrew below on Facebook.

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Stardust Always Authors (Janet)

Janet.jpgWelcome Janet Gershen-Siegel. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions about Stardust Always. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

Cancer affects everyone. It’s the Sword of Damocles over a lot of heads.
Tell us about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?
My story is about an experience I had about 35 years ago, when my therapist became ill with lung cancer and subsequently died. I had never seen an advanced patient before. I was 18 years old, and he kept me on as his last patient even as he gave up his other work and was busy dying. His ex-wife told me later that I was cheerful and silly and it kept him going for a while. I have never had such a good connection with a therapist before or since, and I have never forgotten him.
How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?
Bowie more than Rickman. It was very much a soundtrack to my life.The Bowie song, Modern Love, figures prominently in my 2014 NaNo novel.
If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?
Thank you for being weird and different.
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Are there any other stories you would have liked to include with this anthology?  If so,  where can people find it?
       
 I have tons of other work but it doesn’t go with this anthology. My author site is: http://www.janetgershensiegel.com/
Anything you’d like to say to those whose lives have been affected by cancer?
Hang in there and do whatever it takes to give yourself happiness.
You can find Janet at the links below.
        Twitter @shrinkingjes
        Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JRGershenSiegel/
I am also doing a summer Capstone project for school (I am getting my MS in Interactive Media – yes, you can really get a Master’s in social media!). The site is:
Twitter: @Lonely1Writer
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Stardust Always Authors (R.R. Virdi)

RonnieSay Hello to R.R. Virdi. Thank you R.R. Virdi for taking the time to answer a few questions. Tell everyone what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

It’s for a wonderfully great cause and another chance to work with fellow authors and friends to do something awesome. There’s no thought needed. Just do it. I love the fact that we can use/share our medium and art to help raise awareness, as well as funds, to combat something as horrible as cancer

Tell us about your story.  What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

I wrote A Bag Full of Stars. It’s a spin on a few fairy tales and references that will hopefully inspire people to fully their dreams since life is short, fulfill promises, and realize that our loved ones are always with us—always

How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

Bowie’s roles in certain movies (as a geek) influenced and exposed me to other creative worlds. But more so, it was the man. The things he’s said. There is a fantastic short video in where he explains why people should follow their creative passions, why we have them, and that we should never let them go. The same goes for Alan Rickman. There is a man who pushed his acting and passion as far as he could. Acting in things like Galaxy Quest and doing comedic parodies.  Putting himself in thrillers like Die Hard. And then a magical children’s fantasy world like Harry Potter.

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If you could tell them/ him anything what would it be?

Thank you for living by example.

Is there anything you’d like to say to those whose lives have been affected by cancer?

One day it will be cured—promise.

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You can find R.R. Virdi at the links listed below:

Website: http://rrvirdi.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rrvirdi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rrvirdi/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7769192.R_R_Virdi

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/R.R.-Virdi/e/B00J9PZ1YW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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