Author Interview 9/20/2016

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I’m sorry this is so late. Yesterday got away from me.

Chanelle Volbrecht

Author Interview

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  1. What kind of writing do you do?

I’m currently working in the supernatural/syfy genre.

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

I was always very imaginative as a child and so fantasy/syfy was always appealing. I have       not yet ventured into other genres, there’s always a possibility.

  1. Where did your love of reading and writing come from?

I always loved books before I could even read, so naturally my love for writing stems from  this.

  1. How long have you been writing?

I started dabbling with it at the age of ten. However, I did not take it too seriously, until my freshman year of high school. (2006).

  1. Can you share some stories about the people you met while researching the book you’re working on?

I have a friend who I’ve known since high school, We were in a writer’s group called Writer’s Ink. Ever since then through social media we’ve kept in touch, and she has been one of my biggest supports.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Finishing it, I started in 2006 and just finished the first typed draft this year. I never really had much faith in the book to begin with, and struggled with it a lot.  Yet it never left me alone, so I never gave up on it.

 

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Guidance Needed

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The Archangels, reminded me, again that I need to work on leadership skills while helping others.  This is a huge help when it comes to working with Emilie, the lead character in the Bearclaw Coven.   She is destined to become the head witch and matriarch of the Lords family.

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The Animal Spirit Guides said it’s time to meditate and open myself to ways to cleanse my body and spirit.  When the energy is flowing smoothly then life tends to be fuller and runs better without all the clutter.

What do these readings mean to you and why?  How do you interpret these readings? Do they fit what’s going on your life ?

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Name: Heather Hayes

  • What kind of writing do you do?

I am a children’s book author. I have two books in print. My picture book is called The Fantastic Backyard of Imagination. It is the story of a brother and sister and their friends using the same tree and backyard to imagine totally different things. It encourages kids to get off the couch and play! I also have a young readers chapter book called Unexpected Magic. It is about a witch who has spent 50 years alone in her cave guarding a magic crystal. Some girls happen upon her, and after some grumpy interactions become her friend.

  • Where did your love of reading and writing come from?

I was never very good at math, so I guess reading and writing has always appealed more to me! I used to write little books and newspapers for my friends and family when I was a child. I’ve always loved reading a good, grabbing story!

 

  • How long have you been writing?

 

I wrote silly little stories as a child and teen. The first time I tried as an adult to write a real book was in 2013. My first edition of Unexpected Magic then came to be. I wrote it to be a Christmas gift for my daughters. I reworked the manuscript to make it a chapter book, and it was published in 2014.

  • Can you share some stories about the people you met while researching the book you’re working on?

 

All of my work so far has not needed much research. It is all fiction for children. I imagined Woodsville and Griselda’s cave for the setting of Unexpected Magic. The five girls in that story are based on my daughters’ personalities and interests. Hannah in The Fantastic Backyard of Imagination is based on me as a child. The adventures and activities of the children in that story come from memories of my childhood.

  • What was the hardest part of writing this book?

 

When you write children’s books, you have to find the perfect balance of writing and pictures. You don’t want to overwhelm your readers with too many words, or words they won’t understand. I end up simplifying my words a lot, which is hard sometimes. The word my grown up mind says is perfect for a situation in my book, might confuse a child, so I have to simplify it.

  • Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

 

I love all kinds of books. I like Charles Dickens, Jane Austin,  J. K. Rowling, Shannon Hale, Terry Brooks, Janette Oke, Rick Riordan, Stephanie Meyers, Gerald Lund, Lynn Austin, and  L.A. Meyer. I like when these authors surprise me. I like when I can’t help but fall in love with the characters. But most of all, I love happy endings. If I’m going to spend hours of my free time engrossed in a book, I want to feel enlightened, uplifted, or warm and fuzzy when I’m done.

  • What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write the question out and then answer it.

 

Why does Griselda change her name at the end of Unexpected Magic?

Griselda changed her name to Rissy because that was a nickname her  father used to call her. She hated when he called her that as a teenager. She insisted on being called Griselda during that selfish time in her life. Changing her name to Rissy represents Griselda wanting to turn a new leaf.  She desires to surround herself with people who love her again.  That story will come out in the sequel to Unexpected Magic.

  • What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

 

In Unexpected Magic I wanted to tell a grabbing story with a good moral. I wanted people to want to be kinder and be willing to leave their own comfort zone after reading it. I think I did accomplish that.

In The Fantastic Backyard of Imagination I wanted to get kids off their electronics and excited to explore the fun worlds that could come to life in their own backyard. Like I say in that book, “When you have a good imagination, you are never bored.” I watched my kids and nieces and nephews take to the climbing tree in Grandma’s yard after reading my book.  So I think I accomplished my goal for that book as well.

  • What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I think my writing in general is wholesome, uplifting, moderately funny, and leaves you evaluating your own behavior, hopefully wanting to be a little better.

 

10)  What inspires you?

 

My children inspire me all the time. My youngest two are in a really creative, imaginative phase right now and I just love to eavesdrop on their play! Whenever I don’t feel inspired, I usually pick up a book that catches my eye, and something creative in the story inspires me.  On the flip side, when I read a truly uncreative piece of work, I tend to think I can do better, and then the wheels start turning…

This is so bad…

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Usually, on a Friday I will post my daily reading.  I got so caught up editing my novel that I completely spaced blogging.  Anyone else do that?

Here I was going to dis myself for not blogging today and of course the card I drew was from the Archangel Sandalphon.  Gentleness is what the card is about.  Basically, it’s all about the way your treat yourself.  Instead of being cruel, try being loving and nurturing.  Take care of you, because no one else will.

What goes around comes around.  If you don’t like yourself, others won’t like you either.  For many years I’ve hated myself but loved everyone around me.  Time and time again, it’s been said “you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself.”  This is a false statement.  While you may not love others as much as you want, you can still love them.  Will love be returned, possibly but not likely.

Being gentle with yourself will help you in all of your relationships,whether they’re romantic or just friends.  If you’re kind to yourself, you’re more likely to be kind to other.  This isn’t always the case, but is thought to be usual.

Being gentle with yourself allows you to learn who you are and to see the potential  that you have to grow, learn and love yourself as well as others. It used to be all about me, even when I didn’t like myself.  Now, it’s all about my furkids.  I have to like and even love myself for them to feel safe, loved and protected.

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I offer up these roses to anyone who wants to share the love, I share with all my friends and family.  Of course, my followers/fans are considered to be part of my friends and family.  You are welcome to share these roses with your friends and family.  I just ask that you remember to share them with yourself.  You deserved to be happy and these roses will remind you,with their thorny stem, to always be gentle with yourself and kind to others.

Getting to know Local Authors Part 1.

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Oliver P. Samora, Jr.

Author Interview

1) What kind of writing do you do?
I think of my style as detective noir

2) Where did your love of reading and writing come from?

)I have always been an avid reader and I have always wanted to be an author but was not sure if anyone would like my stories
3) How long have you been writing?
I dabbled in writing when I was in high school but stepped away I have been working at this set of books for 20 plus years
4) Can you share some stories about the people you met while researching the book you’re working on? working on my degree as criminal investigating in Hawaii with the Army I worked with some great officers and saw the harsh world of drugs and prostitution, and lots of my female friends helped me with the reactions from the females view in lots of the book

5)What was the hardest part of writing this book? The hardest part has been reaching into my “dark corners” of my mind and put the characters in motion, there is lots of feelings that push my writing and I have put them to a different part of my mind.
6) Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
I have so many different authors that I read, the main ones for action and drama have been Robert B Parker (R.I.P) who wrote the Spenser series and Jessie stone and a little know writer Carl Ramm who wrote the Hawker series Ed Mcbain and joseph wambaugh for the different police stories and Peter Maas (R.I.P) who wrote the life story of one of my hero’s Serpico also J.C. Pollock
7) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write the question out and then answer it.
“do you have any life experience as a officer?” “While I have not been a police officer I have worked in security as a prison Guard at 18,and have always wanted to be a officer, I have done some bail recovery ( bounty hunting )”
8) What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
The main goal was to get my dreams down on paper and get my anger and confusion out, and to see if my thoughts would be liked by more than the small circle of friends that knew of the story I feel I have achieved my goal after all this time as I have gotten some great feed back
9) What do you think most characterizes your writing? The main struggle of good and bad, light and dark and the desire to write the wrongs
What inspires you? Music of all styles and the feedback from my friends

Spiritual Reading

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The Llama represents the past where courage and support helped to get through some difficult situations.  There’s nothing like facing a hard decision alone.  Dreading doctor appointments, fearing the worst will happen, looking at past relationships of all kinds, and most of all, becoming unhealthy again.

The crocodile represent to the present situation.  With the guidance of the crocodile we can learn death can bring new life.  The death of my bad health has led way to a new healthy life style where I can move, exercise, dance and lift weights.  There’s nothing that can keep me down.

The dolphin is coming into my life to guide me towards meditation and cleansing.  This will bring about relaxation and the patience everyone else talks about.

Meditation can help cleanse the body, mind and soul.  The cleansing will help improve health and other situations that are both in and out of your coneroli.

By listening and watching the animals you can learn a wide array of ways to stay calm, first day peace and feel free.

Relationship Harmony

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It’s nice to know the Archangels are with us in the times of our need.

This is my card of the day.  Archangel Raquel responded to whatsee been in my heart and on my mind.

I like being alone and living alone but I still get lonely sometimessage.  Having a relationship of any kind is great, especially having great friends.  Thoder you can count the on, those who count on you and those whom you feel are family.

Having a loving relationship with those around you is amazing.  The relationship with other humans, animals and Mother Nature, herself.

Be kind to all and you’ll receive it back 3 fold.  No matter who you are, what yourelse going through, whether were friends, acquaintances, etc.  Know this you are lover by many and the Archangels can help guide you in the direction you want to go whether it’s a relationship or something else.