Interview with Children’s Author – Sandy Kegel

Hello Sandy!

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It’s nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy? 

Hi there! My name is Sandy Kegel, mom of five bright children, dispersed across America. I live in New Berlin, Wisconsin—born and raised here in Southeast WI. I am a person of varied hobbies. I enjoy the outdoors, so I try to do as much in this beautiful state as I can. If I can’t find what I’m looking for in Wisconsin, there’s a whole world to explore. So I’ve hiked some Fourteeners in Colorado, (and smaller hills elsewhere). I’ve been kayaking for the last several years, and took my first three—day overnight adventure on the flooded and rapidly-flowing Wisconsin River last summer. Paddle-Boarding is a new sport I recently tried, and love it. I enjoy traveling to see breathtaking scenery and the amazing beauty of God’s creation. I’m thankful for color…I enjoy gardening and creating a panorama of color in my yard, and I’m also a starving artist. So I get my hands in paint and other mediums to make beautiful things, whether on canvas or out of cement, or bits and pieces of leftovers.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I was writing stories since a young girl in elementary school. A Highschool teacher encouraged me to keep writing. I’ve felt a book inside of me since I was very young. But it lay dormant for many years while I raised my kids and other experiences invaded that space. When my kids were grown, several of them suggested that I write my story down, and then a group of friends mentioned the same thing. I decided that was confirmation, so I started by taking a class, “Creative Writing for Publication.” That got me moving in the right direction!

Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you? 

So many authors inspire me. I don’t have a favorite. I do enjoy reading memoirs that are full of conflict and hardship and victory. This is why I’m writing mine. I appreciate Erik Larson’s books, because he weaves a piece of history in by creating a moving narrative about an event or people, written as a novel.

I like the way Laura Hillenbrand writes, the author of Seabisquit and Unbroken. I’ve read Jeanette Walls books. Her book, The Glass Castle inspired me to begin mine. I enjoy many children’s book authors, and some of the YL series that have become movies. I’ve read Sue Monk Kidd’s works, and my husband has hooked me on several books (he reads historical fiction), a favorite being, “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

I do love true stories. They usually inspire me. I enjoy stories about incredible odds and people overcoming the hardships of life or the depravity of mankind on mankind, and surviving those terrible acts of man. I love the strength of the human spirit. So I also enjoy survival stories and war-themed stories. I delight in a touch of romance thrown into a good survival story too. I like character development stories, and twists in character, which is why I enjoyed reading Jane Austin’s books. The bad guy becomes good, the charming man is really the evil one! She is a very talented author.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 

I don’t think publishing my children’s book changed my process of writing. But writing a memoir is very different than writing a children’s book.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in? 

I’d like to try a fictional story. At this point I don’t have a plot, but as an author, I’m always devising pieces of story in my head, or characters from people I observe in real life.

What has been your most proud moment as an author? 

I truly value the discussion and feedback from kids after I do a reading in a school or classroom. It shows me that the students are engaged, and they are attentive, and bright. My children’s book, Sammy and Goliath, is a story about bullying, so the children really listen and come up with solutions and different scenarios to my story. Getting my first books in the mail was a highlight, and selling a bunch at a school was a reward.

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Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration? 

Many times. I lost 12,000 words once, and tried in vain to dig them out of my hard drive—no luck. I even went to the Apple store. The Geniuses couldn’t help me! I was very depressed for a week or two.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer? 

Both.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing? 

I use, commas, too, much!

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer? 

  • Don’t compare. The more you write, the better you get.
  • Join a writing group and take critiques with grace.
  • Read a lot.

What are you working on now? What will you release next? 

I’ve been working on my memoir, a slow process. I hope to get it in the hands of Beta readers this early fall, and some editor friends after that. Then send out query letters.

So… where can we get your books? 

Sammy and Goliath can be found on Amazon on this link: https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Sammy+and+Goliath

 Or on my webpage at:  www.sandykegel.com

It’s also at a few local bookstores, “The Little Read Bookstore” in Wauwatosa, WI, Martha Merrell’s Bookstore at 231 W. Main Str., Waukesha WI.

It is in Elmbrook Church’s bookstore located in Brookfield, WI and some are on the shelf at Barns and Noble, Mayfair Mall.

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How would you define what being a successful writer means?

A successful writer is one who has a story inside that has to be told, its got to come outside of oneself and onto a page. A successful writer begins with the first word and then keeps adding. A sentence at a time. Maybe some paragraphs, and then a few pages, and keeps going. But in the writing there is also a lot of re-working, like a good piece of art, and cutting away, which can be hard. And letting others in. That can be hard because we expose a great deal of who we are in our words, no matter if its a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Some people value my art, and others don’t like the style—the same with writing. I think success is about who we become in the writing.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

A big ego hurts in any profession. Humility is the way to go.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? 

Even in my memoir, I do a lot of research. I had to remember parts of a sailboat to describe two traumatic trips I took (One on a six-month adventure down the Mississippi River, another on the North Sea in my father’s vessel, in hurricane gale-force winds!) I had other research on this book as well.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do. I delight in good reviews; thankfully on Sammy and Goliath, I haven’t read any bad ones!

What was your hardest scene to write? 

In my memoir, I have very hard psychologically and verbally abusive scenes I had to capture, and it was like reliving them. I also wrote about my failure(s), and one, in particular, was hard to read in my writing class.

What’s your writing schedule like?   

Not enough time!  I have a sporadic work schedule, so write whenever. Often other things take over, even when I have determined to sit for a large chunk of time and only write. Typically, I write in the afternoons up until dinner time.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Everyone in my writing class is a close friend. They have all helped me write better dialogue, find grammar errors, I’ve discovered what danglers are, and recognize when I’ve written one now! Taking a writing class with the same group of people for several years now has been the most beneficial. I’m so glad to call these people my friends. There is a lot of talented writers out there who aren’t published, and should be!

How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?

The process is not the same for me, and I suspect my next book will be entirely different from my first children’s book, and this current memoir. I don’t write in the same genre. But my process starts in the thoughts, as everyone’s I presume. I make a mental outline. For children’s stories, I write out the basic idea first, in a very rough draft. I keep a zillion notes, writing them down on anything, a piece of paper, a receipt (if I’m driving and that’s what I find in my purse at the stop light), a tablet, notes on my phone—I have piles. For my memoir, I have a sort of timeline, but I have some flashbacks or some pieces out of sequence as I go through a memory. I think every book will have differences in my approach.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

Yes, they are the very people who encouraged me to write.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Real. My children’s book has some realness, based on things I’d heard, and another children’s story (in the works) is an authentic story with a fictional twist at the end.

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What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? 

The bullying story started with a discussion with a friend, and I researched news stories. Another children’s story which is not written yet (except in rough draft), is the inspiration from a friend as well.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

I enjoy traveling all over. In the next month, I’m traveling to a refugee camp on a Greek Island to help restore some dignity and worth to refugee women and children. They’ve had trauma not only during fleeing Isis from Syria, but abuse in the camps as well. I’m going with a team. This will have its rewards of a different nature than my traveling for leisure.

This past month, my husband and I spent time in Colorado partly visiting family, and for the adventure that Colorado offers. We both enjoy mountain hiking, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. We’ve visited Florida in the blaaaah long winter months, and both have been to Mexico several times, as well as on Mission trips to exotic places. My last mission trip was on a boat in the Amazon, visiting a jungle tribe, and in parts of Brazil and Peru along the river. I love traveling, and like discovering new places. There are so many unbelievable and beautiful places on this planet. There are so many experiences waiting at each new place!

Tell us about how you develop your characters? 

I don’t have a lot to contribute to this answer. I’ve written one children’s book, and the characters in my memoir are all real people. Their characters are developed, or developing as life happens!

What would you like readers to know? 

I’d like my readers to know that my motivation for writing is to add something to a person. I want my children ’s stories to be entertaining and/or a lesson in life that adds character to my readers.

I’m writing my memoir because I believe its a story that has to be told on a number of levels;

One is strictly entertainment—it’s a story with exciting, but often harrowing adventure, it has elements of a love story, yet one with complicated elements and many twists and twisted beliefs. The spiritual aspect is one I think many people will relate to…one of trust, betrayal, abuse, shame—from the spouse as well as the church.

It is a story that shows how one can come up from the ashes and find redemption personally, spiritually and psychologically. I want other people to know that not all churches are alike, and that if they struggle with Christianity, its ok, but don’t give up. The REAL Jesus is alive in many churches and many people. He’s good, and He’s loving.

I believe many people get their view and understanding of spiritual things, particularly Christianity through ignorant and damaging counsel from church leaders, and from their terrible experiences with people who represent the Christian faith falsely. There is Hope. And there IS a happy ending!

 

***Watch for my memoir—coming soon!

And read my bio at Wisconsin Writer’s Association:

https://wiwrite.org/sandy-kegel/

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Barn Town Journal almost here…

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cover in process

 

Anna Gary and I are in the final pages of our newest addition to the Barn Town Children’s Books family titled, Barn Town Journal.  If all goes according to schedule, the journal will be ready for the upcoming holiday season.  The journal will feature snippets of new dialog from residents of Barn Town and visitors. Also included will be Anna’s fabulous artwork on the journal’s pages.

 

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Welcome NEW Barn Town Subscribers

I am pleased to welcome several new subscribers to our Barn Town News Letter. For those of you who are interested, sign up is at www.eveculley.com. News Letters are monthly and I will never sell your contact info. Again, thanks for joining our exciting journey.

NEWS FLASH

Wal-Mart is now offering our first two books published by Clean Reads Publishing.

 

Further Adventures in Barn Town

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  • Authors:
    • Eve Culley
  • ISBN10: 1621357023
  • ISBN: 9781621357025
  • 9781621357025

 

 

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Adventures in Barn Town

  • Authors:
    • Eve Culley
  • ISBN10: 1621355985
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I know who did it and I’m not telling!

The Clockwork Dollhouse by Jordan Elizabeth

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I have read other works by Jordan Elizabeth, and I must say that this story meets all my expectations of her work. It is particularly appropriate for this fall season as it is a mystery with an unexpected twist at the end. The mechanical dolls with the eerie true to life events dollhouse make for an unusual backdrop for a who-done-it mystery. One I enjoyed very much.

I would recommend this book. It was a quick read for me, and the events moved rather well throughout the story as you are sure you have it figured out until the end when you realize that the author snuck one over on you. Good job Jordan!

 

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Jordan Elizabeth writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

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Interview with Roxanne Lambie, Author of Quantum

Hello Roxanne.

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It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas which is where I still live with my husband and our two children. I have a long list of places that I think I’d like to try living in, but my day job keeps my wanderlust in check. I travel for a living which couldn’t be better. Besides writing, flying has been a passion of mine since a young age.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I’ve always wanted to write. Way back in seventh grade, I tried to write a book, but it never got over short story length. Finally, so many, many years later, I got back to writing, and this time I was able to pull off a novel. My inspiration comes from the strangest places. It could be a dream, a conversation or something funny my kids say. I never know when inspiration is going to “strike.”

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

From the time I was a teenager, I read adult books. Back then there wasn’t a young adult genre. You went from middle-grade chapter books to adult, so that’s what I’ve mostly read. Historical fiction is my favorite, especially if the research has been done right. I read a lot of young adult now since that is what I write, but I’m all over the bookstore. Adult, YA, MG, Fiction, Non-Fiction.

My favorite book is Outlander. If you’ve read it, then it needs no explanation. If you haven’t, then you must. Talk about research! If I had only one book to take with me to a desert island, that’s the one I’d take.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My process hasn’t changed all that much. I’m still an extremely slow writer. Of course, there are things that I hope I’m doing better. I would love to say that I see my mistakes more clearly now, but I’m not sure if that’s true. I have years and years of learning left.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?

I’ve had an urge to write a middle-grade story for a while now.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

There are many moments that make the list, so it’s hard to pick just one. Holding my book in my hand for the first time was one of the best though.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Of course! There are days that I just can’t write. I have zero ambition. Those are tough days.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I do a bit of both. I have a general story and outline, with specific characters, setting and plot when I first sit down to write a new book, but those ideas tend to develop and change as I go along.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

  • Engage with other writers—at conferences, at community events, online–whatever avenue you can. You will learn so much.
  • Use beta readers and critique partners. They will give you honest feedback that you need.
  • Put your work out there. Contests like those on Twitter can be a great way to strengthen your work. Even if you don’t “win,” the feedback you get is the best way to make your manuscript shine.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I’m currently working on something completely different. A middle grade that deals with some tough issues like racism and verbal abuse. There’s not a lot in the market like this, and I think there are kids that need a book they can relate to.

So… where can we get your books?

My books are available in select Barnes & Noble stores and online at Amazon.com.

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What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

My books don’t require heavy research, so I tend to research as I go, sometimes getting lost for a day or two before I get any real writing done. The research is a fun part of the process though.

What was your hardest scene to write?

For me, endings are the toughest. Knowing when a story is over and making sure you’ve given the reader everything they were looking for.

What’s your writing schedule like?

Due to my job, it’s impossible to keep a schedule. I write when I can. I might have two weeks where I can’t sit down and dedicate the time, or I might have several days where I get a few thousand words a day done.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

The list is too long to put down here, and even if I wrote it down, it’s an evolving list.

 

Contact:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/quantumbyroxannelambie

TWITTER: @roxannelambie

INSTAGRAM: RMLAMBIE

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Quantum. 168 likes. QUANTUM is available in print and Kindle edition. 

 

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Need Help? She’s got you covered – that’s if you’re a goat!

Hello Catherine, it’s nice to meet you!

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Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing for your FaceBook/Blogger group what else do you enjoy?

Hello, thank you for having me. I’m a mother of 8, a wife of nearly 37 years and have a deep love for Christ. I grew up in California and have lived in the city my whole life until my husband, and I moved our family to Texas and bought a farm. This farm life excites me! There is always something new to learn, to experience. It’s an amazing life. I have always been a writer. Even as a child I wrote stories. This life certainly provides plenty of inspiration.

Why did you start this Facebook group? What was your inspiration to create?

When I started raising Goats, I had very little help. I made many mistakes and lost animals due to my lack of knowledge. I decided I had better learn or get out of goats. If one has never owned a goat, it may be hard to imagine the attachment to goats that grow in your heart very, very quickly. So I learned, and kept learning and I am still learning! I started the Goat emergency FB page to help fellow herdsman like myself. I wanted to share what I learned and learn from others…I was not prepared for the rapid growth a group could grow in a short time! This made me very aware of the need of blogs, FB pages and support for those of us in the goat world.

Little Gemma

Do you have a favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

Not sure I have a favorite, as I have many, but I will mention Jan Karron I think. She took me into a world that was close to my own. My husband being a pastor put me in a place that I understood many of the characters in her series with Father Tim. She has a way that drew me in, made me laugh out loud and shed a tear. I looked forward to each book to see what my friends were doing. I was sad when the series ended. Although my writings are different, she was refreshing.

How did you start this group? Do you do it all by yourself?

Starting an FB page was the easy part. Getting it out there for fellow herdsman to find was harder. I made mention of it on my personal page. Friends shared the link. Slowly more and more people found it. When we were 500 members strong, I invited a member to help me admin the group. I tell her she is the ying to my yang, lol. We have added Moderators to help us. The Group jumped to 1500, then 3000 and kept growing. We are now 14,000+ members.

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Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?

I have. I have a pretty wild imagination. I have written many short stories in my head, but this one story, it took me by surprise. It delighted me and frightened me, it thrills and convicts me…I would call its genre “mystery” I have it all written in my head. One day I may figure out how to get it on paper.

What has been your most proud moment as a provider for your Facebook group?

Oh, there are many proud moments. The FB page is an emergency goat page..as you can imagine, its filled with emergency situations, When you spend several hours or days helping a Member save their pet goat or help diagnose what is happening in a herd, or help them deliver a stuck baby goat, those are all proud moments.

What three tips would you give any aspiring blogger?

  1. Do not let it consume you

     2. Create balance

     3. Be true to yourself

So… where can we get all your information on goats?

You can join my facebook page. Also, visit my web sight. And soon my book. The working title is “ Goat emergency guide for the barn and field.

Happybleatsdairygoats.weebly.com

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What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before answering questions?

I write “files” for my group. These files help members learn about Goat issues and how to deal with them. I have studied many hours and even days on some subjects. I find documented experiences, scientific journals and many many blogs and papers written by goat producers…I weight these finding together with my experience to define a proper protocol.

Do you receive reviews on what you have written? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I receive feedback many times. It’s not the same as a review on a story or blog, but how we handle ourselves in any given situation, whether it a quick answer to a question on medication or an emergency that is life or death. Members are very gracious with their gratitude. It’s not always a happy ending, but we strive to be caring and supportive. Any time you have more than one person to contend with, you will have those who disagree or give a bad review. I have had several bad reviews or negative opinions on my advice I had given. I take a moment to step back and see if what they are saying has value. If it does, I adjust my thinking, if no value, I stand my ground.

What is the hardest advice to give to your readers?

Euthanasia. When the animal is far past anything the owner or vet can care for, when the animals are suffering, we sometimes have to give the gift of letting go. Many times these are pets. Well loved and owners want to save them. We want to save them..but sometimes to try is cruel.

What’s your writing schedule like?

Hectic, lol. It’s not a schedule but a life. I spend many hours online helping 14000 members with their goat needs. Between the Admins and moderators, there’s someone on almost 24/7.

Miss Holly

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a blogger? Are they supportive?

It can be difficult for them at times. It’s very time-consuming. I have had to learn to walk away from the computer. My family knows this is a deep love of mine, but I also know its important to gain balance.

What would you like readers to know?

The picture is my sweet Rosie, My first dairy goat. She taught me so much about goats, milking, kidding, and illness. We lost her a few years ago, and she is greatly missed.

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Interview with Author of the Super Power Heroes – Six Pack, B. W. Morris

 

Hello Bob!

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It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

I was born in Texas, grew up in Longmont, Colo., and have lived in Rocky Ford, Colo., Raton, N.M., and Duncan, Okla., before I settled down in Kingman, Kan., where I have lived for the past four years. I am a writer and photographer for small-town newspapers, so I’ve been writing as a career for a long time. Along with writing, I enjoy watching DVDs, collecting football cards, volunteering for the Kingman County Humane Society and enjoying walks.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

I had ideas for a book after watching the animated TV series Young Justice, which focused on teenage superheroes in ways that went beyond their work as superheroes – it focused on their lives outside of that work, too. So I had ideas for a team of teenage superheroes but didn’t know how they would come together or what the world would be like. Then I read The Hunger Games, came to appreciate the world building Suzanne Collins undertook, and that’s when I had the idea for teenage superheroes in a dystopian environment. From there, The Six Pack was born.

Who is your favorite author, and is there anyone out there that inspires you?

Along with Collins, I enjoy George Orwell, who inspired my writing as well. I also like Stephen King and Douglas Adams.

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

Young adult and science fiction would be my favorite genres. I could go all day long regarding what my favorite books would be, but I have to include The Hunger Games series, 1984, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Outsiders and The Stand among my favorites.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

The Six Pack Series focuses on six teenagers who acquire superpowers through a drink and must learn how to control their powers and how they can change a society that is controlled, in large part, through another drink. Along the way, they have to learn how to work together to solve problems and figure out who they can trust along the way.

 What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

It required me to think of a longer story arc through multiple books and how events in one book would impact events that take place in a later book. It took a lot of time to get all the books in the series completed – in fact, the third book is still undergoing beta reads and final edits. But it’s been worth it to see the longer story arc come together.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?

I’ve given thought to writing mysteries, but that requires a different mindset because you have to know what the outcome will be and how to place clues and developments earlier into the story, that tie into the outcome.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

Finding a publisher! It took more than six months before I found somebody who was willing to take a chance on my first novel. I owe a lot to Stephanie Taylor at Clean Reads for giving me that chance.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

I’m a plotter for the most part, but there are times when I engage in “pantster” mode, in which things don’t go the way I expect them to go.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

The obvious one: Do a lot of reading! Another obvious one: Do a lot of writing, whether it’s blog posts, short stories or anything else that allows you to practice.

 The other tip I would give aspiring writers is to work your imagination – that means you take the time to explore what’s on your mind and think about “what if” scenarios and what might happen if certain circumstances arose.

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

The third book in The Six Pack Series, as I’ve mentioned. I also need to sit down and finalize an outline for a spinoff book I have in mind.

So… where can we get your books?

The first two books in The Six Pack Series are available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

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How would you define what being a successful writer means?

A successful writer is somebody who writes a book that other people enjoy. One doesn’t need to sell thousands of copies – all a writer needs to know is that there are people out there who enjoy the book.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I find it’s best to minimize your research when you start the first draft, but when you sit down to review it, you go out and research material to make sure you are accurate with terminology, operations, concepts, etc. If you do too much research before your first draft, you can be overwhelmed with trying to get everything right the first time. Just put the ideas you have into written form, then after you’ve had the chance to review what you’ve written, that’s when you should do research. And as for how much, that all depends on what I’ve written and how many spots in which I ask the question “is that really how this works?”

What’s your writing schedule like?

It varies depending on my real-life schedule and when I find inspiration. When I do write, it’s mostly in the evenings, though I may find some time on weekend afternoons.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

I can’t ask for better support from my family. They are always interested in how things are coming along with my books. I have several friends who are asking questions as well, even if they may not always understand the ideas that go through my mind!

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

A combination of the two. There are a couple of characters who were inspired by real people, but I vary them so they aren’t clones. And when it comes to my six primary characters in The Six Pack Series, I put a little bit of myself into each of them.

What would you like readers to know?

That I always appreciate hearing from them about what they liked or didn’t like about the books and I hope they continue to show interest in the adventures my characters will take.

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THE SIX PACK SERIES

By B.W. Morris

It all started with a drink – a drink that gave Tyler Ward and five of his friends superpowers. Now they must figure out how their new powers can change society.

But who can they trust?

Who has their best interests in mind and who has a bigger agenda?

And what cost comes with change?

The young adult, science fiction/dystopian series is published by Clean Reads.

SIX PACK: EMERGENCE

Available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Just weeks before Tyler Ward is to graduate from secondary school, he learns the truth about Novusordo and how a drink controls the population. After sharing this information with his five friends, they visit a professor’s house, take another drink and gain strange powers. It leads to them learning more about how the government controls people and the discovery of a movement against the government. Calling themselves the Six Pack, Tyler and his friends must learn how their powers can change society. But they first must learn to trust this movement… and even each other.

SIX PACK: GYRATION

Available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Months after the Six Pack has fled City 37N104W, Tyler Ward wonders how much longer the Underground Network can afford to wait to make its next move against the Novusordo government. The disappearance of five more students from Monroe Secondary School pushes his desire to take action. And when he learns that Professor Roger Woods may be in trouble, he is convinced he and the Six Pack must take matters into their own hands, even if it means defying the Network. But actions have consequences, and the decisions Tyler and his friends make will impact everyone they encounter — including themselves.

SIX PACK: UPRISING

In editing stages, targeted for release in 2019. More info to be announced.

 

About the author:

B.W. Morris is a longtime writer for small-town newspapers who put his inner comic book geek to work through writing novels. Born in Texas but grew up in Colorado, he has lived in New Mexico, Oklahoma and currently resides in Kingman, Kan. Greg Weisman, Suzanne Collins, Stan Lee, George Orwell and Conor Friedersdorf all influenced his writing. Morris is a fan of the Young Justice animated series, the Arrowverse shows on the CW Network, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars films and more graphic novels than he can keep track. You can learn more about his love for science fiction at his website at bwmorrisauthor.com.

CONTACT:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sixpackwriter

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

website: bwmorrisauthor.com

email: bwmorris@mail.com

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CELEBRATION TIME, COME ON!

Congratulations, the paperback edition of your book “Midnight at Barn Town: Art Work by Anna Gary” is live in the Amazon Store.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720234299/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537545042&sr=8-1&keywords=Midnight+at+Barn+Town

ebook available October 1, 2018.

Is Barn Town in danger? Will the bunnies be found in time? Mysterious events are happening, and Barn Town is in an uproar. Stripe will need to be on his toes and will need all the help he can get to figure things out. One thing is certain, Stripe and the residents of Barn Town are in for some exciting times.

 

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Interview with Australia’s Storyteller, Author, Publisher, Photographer, Human Rights Activist, Social Justice Campaigner and sometime poet: Clancy Tucker.

Hello Clancy!

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It is very nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy? 

I reside in Australia, but am well-traveled, and have lived in four countries. I’ve been a full-time writer and photographer for more than twenty years, but am also a human rights advocate and social justice campaigner.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create? 

I’ve always been a writer, but I became a full-time writer as soon as I stopped working due to a medical condition.

Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you? 

John Grisham and Lord Jeffrey Archer inspire me as a writer. They are my favorites.

What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?

Both fiction and non-fiction, but I do not read science fiction and fantasy. No, I have not read any Harry Potter books.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 

It didn’t. I just kept going, writing the same way I always have – keeping it simple, and keeping the story moving.

If you’ve published a series, what is the series about? 

I have two series. One is about a family who own a large farming property in Australia. The other series is about a young gutsy girl who becomes a top lawyer.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link? 

It takes a lot of concentration.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in? 

No. I’m happy writing what I write best.

What has been your most proud moment as an author? 

The day a nervous young boy came to my house to meet me. He’d just read one of my books, but he left with three new books to read. Nice kid. He called me Mr. Tucker, but I soon squashed that idea.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Never!

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer? 

I’m a pantster. I have an idea and run with it.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing? 

There are some tricky things in the English language that often make me stop and think before I proceed.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer? 

If you are not passionate about writing, find another hobby. Maintain your own voice. Don’t hold back – let it rip.

What are you working on now? What will you release next? 

I’m working on two books that are series.

So… where can we get your books? 

All my books are available as paperbacks and e-books. Naturally, they are available on Amazon and my daily blog of course.

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CLANCY’S BLOG

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How would you define what being a successful writer means?

Good book reviews are very pleasing.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers? 

A big ego doesn’t help anyone. Me? I’m confident, not cocky.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? 

None, normally. I have an idea and run with it. The stories develop their own life, and it usually takes three months to complete a novel, working 12 hours day, seven days a week. And, I’m mentally exhausted when it’s finished.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

I read all my book reviews because people have taken the time to write a review. Sadly, not enough people write reviews.

What was your hardest scene to write? 

None. Things take on a life of their own and I love the adrenaline rush.

What’s your writing schedule like?

It used to be every day, but sadly, I have become too involved in other things. However, I miss writing and am cutting back on commitments to get back to writing.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I guess we are on the same page. We have a common interest.

How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?

Yes, they are. However, I’m the very creative person, whereas most of them are not. You have to be a tad crazy to be creative, and you must accept that you are different to most people.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Most are based on real people. Why not? There are so many crazy people out there.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?

A past occupation dealing with migrants. ‘Bold Journey’ is about a five-year-old boy who migrates to Australia in 1954.

Where would you like to travel to and why? 

I’ve traveled a lot and lived in four countries. However, I plan to live in Thailand permanently. I love the people and their way of life. It does help when you can speak their language.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

Not easy to explain. I guess I climb into their heads and go from there.

Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

Mm … I have a very close affection to all of my main characters. They are like close friends.

What would you like readers to know? 

I write teenage fiction, but all of my books contain hidden messages for teenagers. For example, if you read ‘KY!’, an award-winning book about bullying, you might pick up a few clues on how to deal with bullies.

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A Sad But Necessary Day.

Today was the day that was very hard on the residences of Barn Town. Today was the day that the eight and nine month old babie goats left us. In the past, some went to larger herds to be brought into their breeding programs; some went into smaller beginner herds and some went to homes as pets. No one was untouched on this day. Everyone knew their jobs. Everyone worked to make it as painless as possible.

That would change today, Puzzle decided that she would not leave home. She would not cooperate. She was definitely not leaving Barn Town. No one consulted her. Just ask her. She screamed in her loudest voice. Did not matter whether it was her inside or outside voice, according to her, in plain, simple, loud language, we were wrong!

She protested so loudly that the geese got upset and started taking her side. “If she didn’t want to leave home, why should we make her?” They wanted to know.

Savannah, the donkey, got upset and started kicking her hind legs at anything that moved. OK, we needed to get Savannah out of the barn before she embarrassed herself and connected with one of us. Telling everyone to watch out, I opened the door to let her out. BIG MISTAKE! Puzzle hit the door right as Savannah started out. Door flew open; Puzzle developed wings and flew past me. Savannah still upset and now mad on top of it, bucked her way out of the barn.

Hubby decided that we could just walk up to her with a grain can and she would have a change of mind. Ya right! Like that was gonna happen. Long story short, (I know right.) All the babies loaded nicely and are gone. Puzzle? Puzzle is in barn eating supper. Guess she was right. She wasn’t leaving Barn Town.

Good thing I’m not in the mood for goat meat spaghetti tonight.

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