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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Your Beloved Writer,
Sandra Easter

Stardust Always Authors (Debbie)

DebbieWelcome Debbie Manber Kupfer, thank you for joining us today. Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

Like many people I was shaken by the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman and was excited about the idea of an anthology in their honor.

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

My story, The Big C, is a memoir about my time going through cancer treatment. By sharing my story my hope is that I can help others going through treatment to know that they’re not alone in their journey.

How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

I consider Bowie’s music the soundtrack of my youth. I was surprised how profoundly shocked I was after his death. Starman ran through my head for days on end.

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

For Bowie just how much his music meant to me and for Rickman how perfect he was as Snape.

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

When I wrote the first story in my short collection, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? I had the Bowie song Five Years running through my head, so that might also have fitted well in this collection.

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

Enjoy the moment – we never know how long we have so we need to cherish each moment on this earth.

Below are the links you can find Debbie at. Thank you Debbie for your time.

Paws4Thought: http://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter: @CiciCat42

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Manber-Kupfer/e/B00DHPNJ5I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7142164.Debbie_Manber_Kupfer

Get your copy of Stardust Always.

Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter

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

Get your copy of Stardust Always.

Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter

Stardust Always Authors (Dr. Perry)

Hello, Dr. Perry,
thank you for taking the time to talk to us about Stardust Always and your involvement.  Tell us what Stardust Always is to you. Why did you write something for it?

It’s a way to use words to help fight cancer. Charity anthologies are one of the few things we fiction writers can do to help. I like to submit to as many of them as I can.

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

I wrote a poem. I hope to help those grieving to know that others have been through that, though it’s different for everyone.

How did Rickman and/or Bowie influence your life?

Bowie’s music did for me exactly what I hope my poem did; helped me feel less singular during hard times. And Alan Rickman helped me remember that it’s okay to start a creative career late in life. I started publishing at the same age he did his first film. His name was part of my mantra.

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

Thank you.

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

We’ll beat this disease someday.

You can find Debbie here:

Website: http://www.drperryauthor.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DRPerry22

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8588997.D_R_Perry

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/author/drperry

Please pick up your copy of Stardust Always. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter

Christopher D. Morgan’s Portallas Series Interview

Welcome my avid reading friends! Today I’d like to introduce you to a fellow writer.

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Christopher D. Morgan. Meow. I love the face painting. So Chris, tell us a little something about yourself.

Ok, let me think. During an 18 month back-packing tour around the world with my wife, Sandy, I was nearly killed numerous times. I was charged by an angry bull elephant in the Okavango Delta in Botswana; I fell off a quad bike (it landed on top of me) whilst racing over the dunes in the Namibian desert; I narrowly escaped injury from a Lion in the Kruger National Park in South Africa when the animal captured a baby baboon just a few meters from our position; I ran out of air on a SCUBA dive off the west coast of Thailand; I found myself in the midst of a military coup whilst in Quito, Ecuador; I was in a high-rise hotel in China when there was an earthquake; I was nearly bitten by a sea-snake, which I was later told was about 10 times more venomous than the most venomous land snake; oh, and I missed the Thailand tsunami by just a couple of days.

Wow, not really what I was expecting to hear. It sounds like you have another book you could make just from that. I also love that you’re wife’s name is Sandy. I don’t meet many with the same name as myself. What book would you like to tell us about?

At the moment, I’m promoting Forestium: The Mirror Never Lies, which is book 1 in the Portallas series. It’s a thrilling adventure set in the magical world of Forestium, where weird and wonderful creatures abound.

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Ooooh, I absolutely love fantasy and that cover. I’ll have to add this to my reading list. Do you have a blurb or a synopsis?

My synopsis is:

Joshua’s life is on the line as he attempts to navigate through the magical world to find the truth about his father. He and his companions will need to use all their cunning to stay alive and avoid the dark forces of the Goat. Will Joshua find the magical orbs and open the Portallas, a gateway to other worlds, before he is killed?

Joshua sets out to learn the truth about his father. Along the way, he finds friends, enemies, adventure & romance. Most of all, he finds himself.

The Goat? I haven’t heard a story with a Goat as the enemy yet. I’m intrigued.

My Blurb is: 

Joshua, a young woodsman, is approaching the age of decision. Despite the tales of his father having died in a skirmish with another tribe, Joshua’s dreams are telling him otherwise. The young man yearns for the truth and decides to enlist the help of his village elder to guide him. Armed with little more than the cryptic musing from the ailing elder, Joshua sets off to find the Oracle with his best friend and an imp, who is travelling the land to find others of his kind. It isn’t long before they stumble into a beautiful and ingenious young woman who is herself on a journey of discovery.

On the way to the Oracle, Joshua comes by some curious magical artefacts. Can these help him to find his father? An evil and malevolent creature of the underworld known only as the Goat learns that Joshua has possession of some of the magical orbs needed to open the Portallas, a permanent gateway that links worlds together. Enraged, the Goat sends his dark forces to thwart Joshua and to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny.

Travelling through fantastic landscapes, the four travelling companions meet strange people and creatures alike, and must use all their cunning and ingenuity to find the remaining magical orbs. Will Joshua find all the magical artefacts needed to open the Portallas and free his father?

PORTALLAS – FORESTIUM is full of twists and turns, as Joshua goes on a veritable roller-coaster ride of challenges that will test his courage and emotional strength.

What, out of all your own characters, is your favorite and why?

I like all my characters but I do have a soft spot for Sarah and Galleon. I deliberately wrote Sarah to be a runaway enthusiastic young woman who is extremely intelligent and ingenious. She has a solution for every problem and the traveling companions must rely on her abilities on multiple occasions. She is everything I would like my daughter to be when she grows up. Galleon makes me laugh. He has a slicing wit that is reminiscent of the kind of humour I’m familiar with from growing up in the UK.

What make this books so special to you?

I think an author’s first published book will always be very special to them. For me, it’s not only the culmination of all the hard work that went into it but it has proven that I could do it after all.

I have found that my first book is always in revisions. Never satisfied I guess. Who is your favorite author?

JK Rowling.

I love her Harry Potter Series. Of course. What inspired you to write for the first time?

I’m quite late in the game with my writing career but for me the main inspiration was to put my writing skills to some practical use. I always felt I was good at writing and my travel journals have brought many people lots of pleasure. Taking on a full-sized novel and a piece of fiction were both firsts for me, however, so I was always very nervous about whether I could pull it off.

It’s never too late. What keeps you coming back to writing?

Ask me again in a few years! So far, I’m really enjoying the process and all the positive attention I’m getting from book 1, so I’m really happy to be continuing to churn out more books. only time will tell whether I can sustain my current levels of enthusiasm.

It is a very rewarding hobby and career. If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?

Wow, that’s a tough question. I’m itching to tell everyone about all the exciting things that are going to be happening in the next books in the series and the direction the whole series is going more generally, although I would never do that, of course. I guess my message would simply be ‘Watch this space!’

Be careful not too give too much away. What is the first book you’ve ever read that pulled you into its world?

For works of fiction, it was the Harry Potter books, for sure. I was absolutely captivated. I used to sneak off from work in London to find a quiet spot somewhere to absorb another chapter or two. I probably lost quite a bit of productivity doing this at the time.

That explains her being your favorite author. What would you say to future authors you might inspire?

Just do it! Stop thinking about it and have a go. If you don’t think you can pull off something substantial initially, then do what I did and attempt something smaller first, like a short story. Don’t be put off by criticism. Use it to your advantage and go back and make improvements. By all means get your friends and family to read your work but expect them to all tell you just how wonderful it is. Seek out strangers, like beta readers, to check your work. It’s the only way you’ll truly find out whether it’s actually any good.

Great advice! What are the best ways for your readers to reach you?

My Facebook page is: https://facebook.com/portallas

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14880470.Christopher_D_Morgan

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28601190-forestium

Book links:
http://amzn.com/B01CH8BGY6

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forestium-christopher-d-morgan/1123485635?ean=9780994525727

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/forestium

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forestium/id1089787299?mt=11

My blog:
http://portallas.com/blog

Do you have any special offers for your readers?

Readers who sign up via http://portallas.com will automatically go into a monthly draw for a FREE autographed HARDBACK copy of Forestium: The mirror never lies, as well as receiving special offers and other advanced notifications about upcoming releases.

Thank you Chris for your time and I wish you the best of luck. Keep writing.

Asylum VIII

The  ghosts of its halls
They have stories to tell
Listen to them
As their screams loop
Each night
The terror of their last night
Echoing across time
Through dimensions

Tragedy befell this place
Horrors you couldn’t imagine
Cruelty only the insane
Could remember
Bloody deaths
Electric torture
Straps to hold down
The unwilling

This skeleton before you
Lives in the night
It breathes
Eats
Kills
When dusk falls
This place
Has a heartbeat

Take caution
Heed the warnings
The ghosts here
They’re alone
Starving
Waiting
For some like you
To join them

Your Beloved Author,
Sandra Easter

The Loss of time

There never seems to be enough time.

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For anything. This seems especially true for writers. One would think with all the technological advances we’d have a lot more time. Instead, we’re  trying to fit more into less time. Even if someone were able to unfold space and time to make the days longer, we’d still try to do more than we have time for.

So,  how do we manage the time?  As authors, we spread ourselves thin trying to post to every social media we’re apart of, write, read,  edit, send out queries, and work full time (in most cases). 24 hours isn’t enough,  even if we didn’t have to sleep.

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Over the past few years I’ve been trying to find a solution to this particular problem. Much like a Rubix Cube, there seemed no end in sight. (To tell you the truth,  it still seems that way.) I never found a complete solution to ‘do it all’, but I  came to a conclusion.

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I put myself in the shoes of my readers.  I’ve signed up for so many writer’s advice emails, books, and so on. It’s exhausting to sift through them all and absorb all the advice. Not to mention trying them all out. I kept wondering; what are they doing that I’m not? It was simple,  spending a ton of time sending out emails to other authors.  Authors were their main source of a platform.  While this is effective,  I want more.  I want readers.  I want to inspire the lost. Yes, that’s a tall order. 

If you’re still with me, you’re probably in the same boat.  Here’s what I do. It’s slow going right now,  but everyone must start somewhere.

1. I post where most of my readers/followers are.  If those outlets connect to other sources, I’ll share it. But be careful not to post the same thing everywhere.  Have variety. You want them to seek you out.  Not the other way around.

2. Post stories for your readers and interviews/reviews for your fellow authors.  I currently have the following sources for my stories. 
Wattpad: where a portion of my published stories can be found. This way they can get a good view of the book to determine if they want to buy it. 
Wordpress: short stories,  poetry, mini series. Avaliable to everyone.
Email/mail chimp: A never before seen, and never to be seen again, short story series that can only be found in my reader’s email. An exclusive treat for my most loyal readers. These stories will never be published.

So, I have something for everyone. How do I manage the time? Simple. 
I write one story a month (occasionally more) for the email.  The reader had something to look forward to with out feeling overwhelmed by the mass content. 
I try to write two to four things a month on WordPress.  Again, less is usually more. Then I share these in my Facebook page, Twitter page and tumblr.
I, very slowly,  add half my books to Wattpad. I sometimes share these on Facebook and twitter.
Is this working? Yes. With the help of hashtags, I’ve managed to grow my reader base by a few hundred in 6 months. Slow, but getting there. 

This isn’t a guaranteed method,  but for the busy author,  it’s better than nothing.

I hope this helps you struggling authors out there. Comment below if you try it and how well.

Your Beloved Author,
Sandra Easter