Guest Author Interview – Jim McDonald, Jr.

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Title: Twilight to Son Shine: The 1st poems (Thoughts Into Poetry) (Volume 1)

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: This is a book of poetry, describing different times in my life. Ranging from my parents, then through an era of drinking and drugging, while raising my two sons (without their mother), into depression and subsequently, quitting the drink and drugs and surrendering to the blood of Christ Jesus.

Jim McDonald, Jr., Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jim McDonald, Jr. He recently published his debut book of poetry. Welcome to my Blog, Jim.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

JM: In a sense, this book of poetry is my memoir and each poem describes an everyday life situation that you might be able to relate to.

CH: What inspires or motivates you to write poetry?

JM: My life has been filled with drinking, drugging and depression, while raising my two sons (Jamie and Billy) without their mother. The three of us made it through all of that with the help of my mom and God.

To answer your question more concisely though: God, mom, my sons and my grandkids inspire me.

CH: How do you begin writing a book of poetry?

JM: I started writing poems to get recurring thoughts out of my head and heart. It became very therapeutic, so I continued to write them. I maintain a running total of new poems for the next book of poems in the series entitled, Thoughts Into Poetry.

A friend read a couple of them and said, “We need to get these published.”

CH: How do you chose which poems will be included in your book?

JM: This particular set of poems are set in a chronological order: early on thoughts of family, the hole that depression pitted me in, some everyday issues, then Twilight to Son Shine ends with the spiritual up lifting, that only God can provide.

CH: Is this book of poetry considered a memoir?

JM: Yes, it is. As you might have gathered from the above questions, my first wife left Jamie, Billy and myself, when they were four and two. I raised them with help from my mom and whatever woman was in my life at the time. I drank and drugged for the next twelve years, until Jesus and Bill Wilson led me out of the fracas and into sobriety.

I lost my home, when I got sick and became a disabled carpenter. Having no desire to become a burden to my family or friends, I bought an old beat-up houseboat and started writing about my life as I floated up and down with the tide and this memoir is what became of it.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book of poems?

JM: The book actually started with doodles on napkins, backs of receipts and on scraps of paper. At some point, I gathered all these up and started putting them on my computer.

More importantly, now it’s a book that my grandkids might read, when I’m not around anymore.

CH: What do most poorly-written poems have in common?

JM: I can’t really say, because I’m new at this, but I think that poetry should make sense and not an abstract set of words—just my opinion.

CH: What do most well-written poems have in common?

JM: Again, this is my opinion, but I would think good poems have a meaningful message in them and pull the reader along with it.

CH: Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poems?

JM: Yes. In the past, I didn’t know how to read poetry. So, it was difficult to understand. In 2012, I attended the local college, College of Southern Maryland, to learn how to write. I have a lifetime of hard luck stories, but learning how to write them in a clear and coherent manner took some time and I’m still learning.

CH: Do you use social media—facebook and twitter—to help get the word out about your poetry?

JM: I try, but who knows how well it works. The following are my sites.

Facebook –  https://facebook.com/jimmcdonaldjr

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/hats_a_plenty

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mcdonald-8119b256

CH: What poets do you read?

JM: Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman….

CH: What genre of books do you read? What book are you currently reading?

JM: Normally, human interest stories. Right now though, I’m writing more than reading. However, I do have a book mark in Brother Against Brother (Civil War) by William C. Davis.

CH: How long did it take you to write your book of poems?

JM: Six months, after I started compiling the notes, but it took sixty-two years to live it.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JM: I used to play a game with my sons; I would give them three unrelated words and they were supposed to tell me a story using them.

However, now on my blog,  From My Head to Yours, which I’m in the process of upgrading to become my Website, https://jfmcdonaldjr.com/your-three-words-my-little-story, I ask people to give me the words, then I write little stories using them. It’s called, ‘Your three words, my little story.’

I will probably compile that book next. Each story will be accompanied by a picture that I have personally taken. The pictures might not have anything to do with the stories though.

After that, probably another book of poetry.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

JM: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

CH: How to Find Jim McDonald, Jr.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JM: Cheryl, thank you so much for taking the time and interest in my life and book. Also, each poem has a corresponding photo that is meaningful to that particular poem.

CH: Thank you so much, Jim McDonald, Jr., for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Mary Crawford

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Title: Tough: A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 5

Genre: Romance/Inspirational

Synopsis: Savannah Lyons has her secrets. She buried them in the past long ago, and she’d like to leave them there. She never talks about her past with anyone—especially wickedly handsome restaurant owners like the guy next door.

Casey Moore has met women with moves and instincts like hers before but not since he was a teenage runaway. He lost his best friend to the streets, and for once, he hopes his razor-sharp intuition is dead wrong, because there’s just something about Savannah that turns him from a tough guy to a tender heart.

Authors note: This book contains descriptive memories of sexual abuse. It may be disturbing to some.

Mary Crawford, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Mary Crawford. She writes because love matters and differences don’t. Welcome to my blog, Mary.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

MC: You should read my book because it is a fascinating look into the psychology of overcoming.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

MC: My ideas come from everywhere. It could be a conversation I overhear in the line at the grocery store, from a story-line I see on the news, or a song I like.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?  

MC: I am a dyed in the wool pantser. I basically start with characters and a blank sheet of paper—or, in my case, a computer screen—and start from there. Sometimes, I don’t know where my characters are going to take me.

CH: This book is about sexual abuse in Savannah’s past. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

MC: The character of Savanna came into being in Love is More Than Skin Deep. In that book, she was more of a minor character with a mysterious past. I started thinking about what would make her be so secretive. Given the set of circumstances under which Shelby and Savannah were brought up, it seems likely to me that she would be naïve enough to fall victim to a predator.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

MC: My tagline is ‘Because love matters, differences don’t.’ My books celebrate inclusion and diversity. I want to make different more acceptable. Differences between us are more than just race or gender. It’s a disability, body type, age, economic background and life experience. I want my characters to seem like normal people you could meet on the street in your town.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?  

MC: How you view yourself is not necessarily how others view you and you are not the sum of your past.

CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?

MC: To the extent that Savannah is a tough survivor who tends to take blame for things that are not her fault, probably a great deal. However, I am less like Savannah than some of my other characters.

CH: Over the years, you’ve written several books. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

MC: I am persistent. What I don’t know, I try to figure out. I am naturally curious. I write almost every day, seven days a week.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

MC: In the Hidden Hearts Series, Ketki is my favorite character to write just because her response to the world is so unique and different from my other characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was a little difficult for me to write Savannah’s father. I just don’t share his worldview.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the previous books in the series? 

MC: All of my books can be read as standalone novels. It is fun to read the whole series because you can see how characters grow and change, but you don’t need to do so to be able to understand a new book in either series.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers?

MC: Generally, the vast majority of the feedback is positive. If someone has a negative review, I try to take any usable information out of the review and apply it to future works.

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

MC: Linda Kage was the inspiration for my career. I started as a beta reader for her and she encouraged me to write my own stories. She held my hand a lot during the first book. She was a phenomenal cheerleader and tough coach.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

MC: Yes, write every day and be accountable to someone. Sprints are magic, and start a Story Bible from your first book.

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

MC: Tayanita’s story is next in a book entitled Rectify. It will be released May 16, 2017. Right now, I am working on two novellas for charity anthologies. However after I’m done, I will be telling Katie’s story in a novel entitled Pieces. I expect to publish Pieces sometime in the middle of July.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

MC: My books are currently available on Amazon, Kindle iBooks, Nook, and kobo. They are also available in paperback. You can find out more by going to MaryCrawfordAuthor.com/books

CH: How to Find Mary Crawford:

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: It is my practice to name a charity in conjunction with each book to receive 15% of my net profits. If you have a charity which has national or international reach, and you would like to see me highlight it, please let me know at mary@marycrawfordauthor.com. Thanks, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Mary Crawford, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Robert Skuce

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Title: Kiss of Death

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Synopsis: Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will he escape his clutches once again?

Robert Skuce, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Canadian writer, Robert Skuce. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. Welcome to my blog, Robert.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

RS: It’s a great mystery that has me challenging anyone to figure out who did it in the end.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this book? 

RS: Honestly, it was just a discussion I was having with my wife. She mentioned I would be good at this kind of story and in the end, I wrote Kiss of Death from an idea that I had that would stump people.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

RS: No standard formula or any real structure to my writing. I get an idea in my head, either watching television or in a dream and it develops as I start putting the idea on paper.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate? 

RS: It was tough to make it realistic. Mainly because of the research that came with it. It was a difficult process, but eventually the story just came together.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

RS: I get inspiration from the people around me. I take those I meet in real life or see on television and it helps me to put my characters together. I get an idea of what I want and I add real people to the mix and this is the result.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

RS: Bruno was the hardest to write. I needed him to be very knowledgeable, very deceptive and he was a difficult character to write. He turned out exactly like I wanted.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

RS: I loved writing Ashley. He is the stalker with true love fantasies and quirky ideals. I really enjoyed developing him.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your suspense writing style?

RS: I try to create stories that are believable with endings that are unpredictable. It’s like taking a roller coaster ride and I try to keep that thrill going from beginning to end.

CH: Your book has a lot of ups and downs and potholes and high rises, so do you prefer writing a book with a lot of twists and turns?

RS: Absolutely. I love taking my readers on a ride that will keep them wanting to turn the pages. I watch my wife read and when she is hooked on a book, she can’t put it down. It was my desire to do that for my readers.

CH: Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?

RS: A lot actually. Not in the sense that you can read something and say that it’s me, but more like the concept of things. I like to take things that I have either experienced personally, or experienced through others and put it into my books. It helps make the book more personal and relatable.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

RS: Stephen King, for sure. I love how twisted his mind must be to write the books he does and to me that is a mind I would love to pick. It would be a fantastic opportunity to work with him. I have a lot to learn and I know he can teach it to me.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

RS: Once again, Stephen King. I love how detailed his books are and his style. It is what I hope to strive to be or at least come close to.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

RS: Many are telling me how they didn’t guess what would happen at the end. I like that as it was what I was aiming for.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?

RS: Yes, I am currently working on another book.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

RS: You can find my book online in most online retail stores, such as Amazon and Smashwords, etc.

CH: How to Find Robert Skuce:

CH: Any closing remarks?

RS: Cheryl, Thank you very much for this opportunity. I hope those who read my books will enjoy them and I look forward to future projects.

CH: Thank you so much, Robert Skuce, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review for The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

Synopsis: If you love contemporary romance with real-life events…

Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge…

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

Cheryl Holloway’s The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is inspired by a real-life women and real-life events.

Please read the wonderful 5 Star Review by Rosie Malezer at:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-proposal

“This is my all-time favorite review of any of my books!”

 

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Guest Character Interview – Carol from The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

 Synopsis: If you love contemporary romance with real-life events…

Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge…

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nyl2J3

Cheryl Holloway, Author

Note: This interview was prior to Leap Year Day 2016.

CH: Welcome, Carol Anderson. She is the main character in The Proposal: A Leap of Faith. My readers and followers would like to find out a little about your life as a character. Let’s begin, since you are in a contemporary romance book tell us about your love life, are you in love and with whom? And how long have you been in a relationship?

CA: Yes, I’m in love with Marvin Brewster. We’ve dated, on and off, for about ten years.

CH: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

CA: Finding a man that I love and who loves me in return, and ultimately, getting married. I’m half way there. I’m so excited. I think, he’s going to propose to me on Leap Year Day. (Carol laughs with joy in her heart and a smile on her face.)

CH: Do you have any secrets?

CA: I just have one secret that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is that I want to get married—sooner, than later.

CH: Wow, that’s a big one. So, do you have any fears?

CA: My only fear is my significant other doesn’t seem to think it’s important.

CH: When and where are you the happiest?

CA: When I’m with Marvin. He makes me smile and makes my heart beat fast. We can be anywhere. He always holds my hand when we are walking. And he gives me the best hugs—ever.

CH: What is your favorite memory?

CA: When me and Marvin were walking in a light rain, holding hands, while laughing and talking. It was a beautiful moment.

CH: What is your favorite flower?

CA: Marvin gave me a single red rose for Valentine’s Day.

CH: What is your favorite possession?

CA: A Tiffany & Co. Heart Tag bracelet engraved with “Will you marry me?”

CH: What is your favorite pastime?

CA: I would say going to dinner with Marvin.

CH: Wow, every question I ask, you refer to your life with Marvin. I take it, he’s very important to you.

CA: Yes, indeed. I love him with all of my heart and I can hardly wait until we get married and start a family.

CH: Let’s change the subject a moment and talk about your author. What is Cheryl like?

CA: Cheryl is a nice person and a talented writer, but sometimes I have to make sure she doesn’t diss my man. I think Cheryl doesn’t like Marvin.

CH: Oh, really. Well, since you seem to have a one-tract mind, this interview is almost over. Do you have any closing comments?

CA: Yes, love is often the fruit of marriage. So, I just want Cheryl to write about our June wedding with 250 guests, a made to order chocolate wedding cake and hundreds of pale pink roses—everywhere. I think that would be absolutely stunning. Don’t you?

CH: Yes…Well, thank you, Carol, for giving this interview. And one thing is for sure. You are definitely in love with Marvin. And readers, if you would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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