Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 5 ARIA Blog Tour: Lynne Holden

Hannah:  Hi, Lynn.  Welcome to the final day I’m hosting the ARIA blog tour. Tell us a little information about you and where you’re from.
Lynn:   I am a retired Pastor Emerita, teacher, genealogist and public speaker.

Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?
Lynn:   I am working on a genealogical project involving first and second cousins writing about the veterans in our families.  I will not only contribute to but edit the final book.
Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?
Lynn:   I like the permanency on the written word. I have always seen my work as an attempt to connect the divine story with our stories.
Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?
Lynn:  I am best at non-fiction writing, memoirs, and religious articles.
Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should now about?
Lynn:  I will be available at the ARIA’S Rhode Island Authors Expo, Saturday, November 8 at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Hannah: Favorite movie?
Lynn:  The King’s Speech 
Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?
Lynn:  Sweet and Sour Pork
Hannah:  Favorite place you have ever visited?
Lynn:  Petra, Jordan and Jerusalem
Hannah:  Favorite music band?
Lynn:  Can I answer Orchestra?…Boston 
Hannah:  Favorite book?
Lynn:  The Color Purple 
Hannah:  Any parting words?
Lynn:  A big shout out to you, Hannah and my appreciation for all readers around the world:  we can all help to repair the world

Links:
Lynn's Book

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 4 ARIA BLOG TOUR: Kate Siner

Hannah:  Hi, Kate.  Welcome to Day 4 of the Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour.

Kate:  I’m a Rhode Island native, but I have lived all over.  I have a PhD is Transpersonal Psychology, and other than being an author, I am also an internationally recognized speaker and mentor.  My business, Dr. Kate Inc. provides programs and one-on-one personal development under the slogan “Give A Damn, Make A Difference” 

Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Kate:  I am working on my next book. Apathy is Noxious. I am in the editing phase.

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Kate:  I believe that if people have the right information, they can all live happier more fulfilled lives, and this will radically improve the world.

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Kate:  Self Help

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should now about?

Kate:  Part of my work is the delivery of Personal development Programs. I have a new program starting this fall, LifeWork Community. I am really excited about it. I am also going to be starting my own radio show called Real Answers on Contact Radio starting in January.

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Kate:  I Heart Huckabees

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Kate:  I love to cook. I make a really yummy gumbo.

Hannah: Favorite place you have ever visited?

Kate:  I love to travel so I have many favorites: the rainforest in South America, Zimbawe, Vancouver Island British Columbia.

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Kate:  Frank Zappa

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Kate:  Ah, this one is tough.  I would have to say the poems of Pablo Neruda.  I’ve been reading them over and over again my entire adult life.

Hannah: Any parting thoughts?

Kate:  You can make a profound, positive impact on the world just by learning how to care for yourself and those around you.


Please follow the links below to get in touch with Kate and most importantly, buy her books!

Links:
Kate's website.
Kate's book.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ARIA BLOG TOUR DAY 3: Gail Eastwood

Hannah:  Hi, Gail.  Welcome to day 3 of my week to host the Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you're from.

Gail:  Thanks so much for this opportunity to meet your fans! I’m a native Rhode Islander –grew up in Barrington and have lived in Cranston, South Kingstown and Exeter. I’ve wanted to write all my life. I was a journalist and freelancer for almost 20 years before I finally wrote and sold my first novel.  It was published in 1994. I wrote and sold six more novels following that. After taking ten years off from fiction writing to deal with some family matters, I am happily back at it again.


Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Gail:  I’m suddenly very busy these days! Five of my out of print backlist books have been reissued as ebooks in the last couple of years, but I have just released the first new print editions of two of my books, available on Amazon, and I’ll  also have those at the RI Authors Expo on November 8.  I’m also part of an ebook boxed set project with five other authors that’s climbing the best-seller charts on pre-orders. It’s called Regency Masquerades and releases on October 13, just in time for Halloween! All six novels are about characters who are masquerading as other people, for various reasons, and with varying success. These are romances, so as you might imagine, falling in love under those circumstances can create all sorts of issues.

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Gail:  Part of it is the desire to teach and to entertain –the same urge storytellers have had for all the ages. Part of it is the joy of creating –of capturing a vision through a chosen medium. The challenge of massaging words on a page into a sharply focused world with appealing characters and gripping events that speak to a reader is a natural addiction for me. I think writers are born with the inclination. Like other kinds of artists, our brains are wired a little differently!

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Gail:  I write romance with a twist of suspense or adventure, set in the Regency period in England. Think Jane Austen, or the Napoleonic Wars –early 19th century. I love history –I love bringing the times alive by the combination of imagination and research. Fiction is the closest thing we have to time travel! I’ve dabbled a bit with writing contemporary romance, but haven’t been happy with the results so far.  Maybe I’m just not very contemporary, LOL! I’m drawn to romance because I think love is the most powerful force in the universe, and also one of the most mysterious. The way it works on people can be endlessly fascinating to explore through stories.

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should know about?

Gail:  I’m working on a Christmas/12th Night novella, and also a new full-length novel that will be the start of a series.  The hero is part of a secret club that has some basis in fact. I’d hoped the novella would be done in time for this year’s holiday season, but it doesn’t look like I’ll have it ready.  So, 2015!! Updates will be posted on my website, GailEastwoodAuthor.com.

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Gail:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry. Or, The Princess Bride. How’s that for eclectic?

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Gail:  I’m better with words than with food. But I make a fantastic broiled swordfish the same way my mother always made it.

Hannah:  Favorite place you have ever visited?

Gail:  I have to choose? I love to travel. But I have to say England. More specifically, I’ll pick Stonehenge in the ‘70’s before all the crowds and barricades, or The George in Chatham, a neighborhood pub (since the 15th century!) that is a one-bedroom B&B with the loveliest people.

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Gail:  This is a throwback answer -- Steeleye Span.

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Gail:  LOL! There’s too many. I’m going to say Bewitching by Jill Barnett. Oh, or True Blue by Luanne Rice. Too hard!!

Hannah: Is there anything you would like to leave us with?

Gail:  The RI Authors Expo is going to be such a fun event and such a great opportunity for fans to meet authors of all kinds. I hope they are planning to come! I love to talk to readers, so I hope they’ll stop by and say hello.

Please follow the links below to get in touch with Gail and most importantly, buy her books!

Gail's Links:
Gail’s Amazon Page: http://tiny.cc/xux4mx
Gail’s Barnes & Noble Page: http://tiny.cc/3yx4mx
Gail’s Smashwords Page: http://tiny.cc/25x4mx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 2: ARIA BLOG TOUR: Kelly Kittel

Hannah:  Kelly, welcome to day 2 of my week to host the Association of Rhode Island Author (ARIA) blog tour. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you're from.

Kelly:  I’m a mom, author, and part fish. I live on Aquidneck Island with my husband and three of our five living children where I write and, like most fish, swim in the ocean daily.

Hannah:  What are you working on these days and what’s the current status of that project?

Kelly:  My memoir, Breathe, was published in May so I’m very busy with the marketing of that right now.  

Hannah:  Can you tell the audience what inspires you to write?

Kelly:  I was born with a book clutched tightly in my little fist and as a toddler spent my days in my playpen surrounded by books. Books are still some of my best friends and reading is what often inspires me to write.

Hannah:  What genre do you enjoy writing the most?

Kelly:  Nonfiction. I have no imagination.

Hannah:  Any upcoming projects we should now about?

Kelly:  Soon I’ll switch gears from marketing to writing my next book, a travel memoir about living in Costa Rica.

Hannah: Favorite movie?

Kelly:  Braveheart

Hannah: Favorite food or dish to make?

Kelly:  Cookies

Hannah:  Favorite place you have ever visited?

Kelly:  Any warm, white-sand beach and I’ve visited and lived on many

Hannah:  Favorite music band?

Kelly:  The Who

Hannah:  Favorite book?

Kelly:  Like asking a kid in a candy store to pick one, I can’t, but A Prayer for Owen Meany is up there and my favorite this year is Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World.

Hannah: Is there anything you would like to leave us with?

Kelly:  We write our stories to save our lives.