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Chit Chatting with Claudine Wolk

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Chit Chatting with Claudine Wolk  Interviewed by: Jill Sheets   J:  Tell us about your book/audiobook:  It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. C: I always thought that the book, first published in 2009,  would make a great audiobook because as the cover suggests, it’s advice from a girlfriend, or any other woman you trust, and hearing that advice in digestible chapters, in your own time is the perfect audio book. It wasn’t until I completed voice acting lessons and completed a demo that I had the confidence to pitch it to my publisher.  I offered to do the narration of the audiobook myself and sent my demo. The publisher, Harper Collins, liked the idea. Always take a chance and ask!  J: How did you come up with the idea to write this book? C: As a new mom who was a career gal first, I thought motherhood would be easy. Ha! I was shocked at how hard it was.  This little baby - who mostly cried, slept little, and came with no instructions - was a mystery to me.  Determined

Chit Chatting with K.E. Bonner

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Chit Chatting with  K.E. Bonner Interviewed by: Jill Sheets J:  At what age did you start to write?  Tell us about it. K: I've written my whole life, mainly letters and journal entries when I was a youngster. In high school, I was the nerd who loved term papers; going to the library to research, scribbling on note cards, carrying them around in that sweet little file box, then spreading out the note cards and writing the actual paper was thrilling to me. I knew that I needed a good job to support myself, so I decided to study nursing in college. (Note: I flunked out of nursing school, took six months off, returned to college as a biology major, graduated, and entered the Anesthesiologist Assistants program at Emory University). I had a technical job taking care of patients in the operating room, but I felt devoid of creativity. When I turned 40 years old, I asked myself what I wanted to do with the time I had left on earth, and the answer was that I wanted to write. At 40 years old

Chit Chatting with Raven Howell

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Chit Chatting with Raven Howell Interviewed by:  Jill Sheets  J: Tell us about yourself. R: Warm sunshine brings me peace, pets nourish me with joy, gardening is rewarding, flowers delight me, and my family is most precious. Songs from the 70’s and 80’s are my favorite. There’s an innocence in the lyrics, and the melodies have a hopeful, positive, and relaxed vibe. Music has always been a backdrop to my life’s journey. Because I’m a full-time writer, I need my breaks from the computer, and I love to hike in nature or just go for a stroll. Many of my creative ideas spring from those outings.  Cooking and baking are therapeutic, allowing me to be both inventive and expressive while still taking a momentary break from whatever project, article, poem or book I’m working on. After all, writing a children’s story is similar to coming up with a great recipe, something you concoct to be delicious, to have others enjoy. J: When did you start to write, and what was your first story? R: As soon a

Chit Chatting with Melanie Faith

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 Chit Chatting with Melanie Faith  Interview With: Jill Sheets J: Tell us a little bit about yourself. M: I’m a December birthday, a mint-tea lover, a perpetual learner (and sometimes re-learner the hard way), and a terrible athlete (seriously: you would not pick me for your dodge ball, pickle ball, or any otherorganized team that involves running and depth perception acuity, and that’s fine with me). I’m much more a pen collector and a cozy cardigan-sweater wearer. I’m also an avid reader, writer, sister, auntie, daughter, photographer, tutor, teacher, doodler, and most of all: fellow writer.   J: Tell us about your book From Promising to Published: A Multi-Genre, Insider’s Guide to the Publication Process. M:I wrote the book to share some tips that have helped me and my creative-writing students as we trod the path to publication. I always hope to encourage readers both that their ambitions are worthy of all of their time, effort, and passion they invest as well as that there are mor

Where You Can Find Blog Tour for Raven Howell

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 The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes Book Summary Discover the magic in simple moments when a child peers in the mirror to unintentionally come upon his smile, where kittens nap in boots, fairy hugs feel good, mice delight in reading books, and January snowflakes taste yummy. Twenty whimsical poems warm the heart and inspire cheer; a collection enticing both the young and seasoned reader to explore the enchantment of the wonderful world of poetry. Publisher: Handersen Publishing ASIN: B0BJNT69WG ISBN: 1647030757 ISBN-13: 978-1647030759 Print Pages: 28 Pages Purchase a copy of The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or Bookshop.org. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list. About the Author Raven Howell writes stories and poetry for children. Having published several award-winning picture books, she enjoys sharing her love of literature by visiting classrooms and libraries. Raven is Creative & Publishing Advisor for Red Clover Reade

Chit Chatting with Barbara Barth

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  Chit Chatting with  Barbara Barth J:  Tell us about your book A Wingman for Christmas. How did you come up with the idea for this story?   B: I started this story in 2016 after I lost my mother. My mother had many birds over the years, but her Amazon parrot and his disappearance stayed with me. He came back home, strutting down Aviles Street outside her shop and it was a big hoopla for all the shops around her. I wanted to recreate something similar.   J: How did you come up with the characters?  Were any of them based on people that you know?   B: The closest to reality was the Mama character. Some of my mother’s personality quirks made it to Mama, but the character is totally fictional.   J: You have written many books. Please tell us a little bit about them. B: My first book was my widow memoir. Essays on my first year on my own. It’s quirky (one of my favorite words). Since then I’ve written a slightly naughty small town thriller – complete with a fried green tomato recipe at the

Take It To God and Pray

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  Take It To God and Pray Written by: Jill Sheets https://www.istockphoto.com/es/foto/mujer-rezando-por-la-ma%C3%B1ana-sobre-el-fondo-de-la-naturaleza-manos-dobladas-en-oraci%C3%B3n-gm1272243965-374568632?phrase=prayer Image found on: https://www.freeimages.com/ If there is something, you are worried about. Take it to God and pray. If there is a loved one who is sick or hurt, Take it to God and pray. If you are sick or hurt, Take it to God and pray. If there is something you need, Take it to God and pray. If you are sad and depressed Take it to God and pray. If you see someone with a need, Take it to God and pray. If you want to talk to Him, Praying to thank Him for everything He has done in your life. Take it to God and pray. God wants to hear from you, so take it to God and pray.