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 (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 (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

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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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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

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Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter