Monday, February 23, 2015

WOI: Author J.E. Thompson on the Stories for Children show

Welcome to BlogTalkRadio's featured World of Ink Network. Today on the Stories for Children show, host Virginia S Grenier will be chatting with Author J.E. Thompson about his books, Revelation and Deliciously Dark Tales.

J. E. Thompson began his stormy relationship with writing at age fourteen when his English teacher nominated his short story for inclusion his school district’s writing competition. With the joy of success, and the sourness of that first submitted story’s subsequent failure behind him, he puttered on and off, writing fiction stories, non-fiction articles, and commercial copy for years. In November 2003, he accepted the NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to complete a fifty-thousand word book in one month. That rough draft, after myriad revisions, edits, rewrites, edits, revisions, professional editing, rewriting, eventually emerged as his first book, Revelation.

Revelation is the first book in a trilogy that chronicles fifteen year old Michelle Thorn’s life as it grows continually more confusing after she sees a Bigfoot in the Oregon forest near her home. Retaliation, the second book in the series continues to tell Michelle’s ongoing story, and is due out in August 2015.
Deliciously Dark Tales is a collection of sixteen short stories for those who like it dark.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

BlogTalkRadio's WOI: Author David Smith on The Writing Mama show

This is The Writing Mama Show on BlogTalkRadio's featured World of Ink Network. This week host Virginia S Grenier will be chatting with David W. Smith of the Amazon Best-selling adventure series Hidden Mickey.

David Smith has published over 300 articles, books, and publications over the past ten years. He has been a Keynote Speaker for the National Honor Society; he received "Speaker of the Year" for the USPTA several times. He also worked at Disneyland in Southern California which inspired his novels, Hidden Mickey as well as his non-fiction work, "In the Shadow of the Matterhorn."

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

What is Your Writing Priority?

Every New Year, people sit down and write out their resolutions on the things they want to happen over the next year. The lists can be long or short, it doesn’t matter. We all have done it, but how often do you complete the goals listed? Rarely in my case; so I spent all of January doing more than just writing my New Year Resolutions, I spent time thinking about what I really wanted to see happen in 2015 and then took it a step further by listing ways to make those things happen. I also looked long and hard at the things I have been working on and doing. I evaluated each of them and the ones that weren’t taking me where I wanted to be I dropped off my list of things to work on in the New Year. 

Once I was happy with the list I had, I began looking at my time and seeing if there was enough time in my week and daily to work on each item. In some cases…I didn’t. I was right back to reworking my list and making sure I was putting goals in the right priority. A few things at the top of my list I wish I could remove or move down, but they have proved to be important in building my reputation over the last few years. However, I was able to reduce the amount of time spent on those things to make room for others. It’s a delicate balance and one I’m willing to tweak until just right.

As writers, we have many goals, but we seldom take the time to outline how to reach those goals. I have many things I want to do as a writer, blog talk host and writing coach, but I can’t do them all. I also need to reflect and really think about if the things I want to do are beneficial to my writing career. I don’t mind doing a few things for fun, but ultimately I need to keep my focus on what will move my career forward, make me a better writer and help me reach my goals.

There are lots of writing opportunities out there, but do you know what your writing priorities are? Do you have an outline in place? Are you carving out the right amount of time to get things done? If you don’t, I challenge you to sit down and get your lists refined to help you meet your 2015 writing goals.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Maze Runner & Wild Reviews on the What is Success Show

This is the What is Success Show with hosts Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Cook. This week the hosts will be discussing New York Times Best-selling books "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed and "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner; along with the movie adapations on both books. We invited you to post comments and questions in the chatroom.

Host Marsha Casper Cook is the author of six published books and 11 feature-length screenplays, and a literary agent with 15 years of experience. Marsha founded the literary agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996 and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years. In that capacity, she has represented more than 100 screenwriters and authors, and has also optioned books to movie production companies. Marsha has spoken about her work and the craft of writing to a wide range of audiences including bookstores, schools, museums and local cable and will continue to speak to the media. Author Website:

Host Virginia S Grenier was voted one of the Top Ten Editors in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll 2007 & 2008. Grenier is an award-winning children's author, an editor for Halo Publishing, Int., and also, the director of the St. George Book Festival. Grenier teaches at Dixie State University's Comminity Education and is speaker at various conferences and colleges. She loves writing books, articles, and short stories for children and teens, finding that it keeps her young. Author site

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Interview Friday: Dennis Marcoux - Children's Picture Book Author

Dennis Marcoux lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for most of his life and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida. He has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination. In his spare time, you can find him reading books as a volunteer in elementary schools and children's hospitals. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Fort Myers, Florida

VS: What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?
Dennis: I do not have a typical routine. I write whenever ideas and thoughts enter my mind.  My  imagination is like a jig saw puzzle.  Sometimes the pieces do not always fall into place easily.

It has been a humbling experience, especially when children and parents express to me how much they enjoyed my book. 

VS: What inspired you to write your book?
Dennis: I was inspired by my Granddaughter Molly's imagination. We often walked together in the woods and the animals there fascinated her...namely the squirrels 

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book?

Dennis: Nutty and his sister Twittles set out to play a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes.  Nutty has to find his sister because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.

VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your book?
Dennis: The publishing process. I sent my manuscript to Halo Publishing Int., and received a response from Lisa Umina the CEO. I had no idea what getting a book published entailed and really learned a lot about the process. Lisa guided me through each step of the process beginning with editing, finding an illustrator, marketing and the final print. Lisa went above and beyond my expectations and made the challenges of getting a book published a good experience.
VS: Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?
Dennis: I'm currently working on a series of books with Nutty and Twittles that will include a teaching element, as well as open up their imagination and develop their creativity.
VS: What do you feel as parents we need to do to help our children see success?

Dennis: Reading is important because it ultimately leads to greater creativity. I compare my philosophy on reading like playing dominos. Reading leads to imagination, which leads to ideas, and ideas lead to creativity.  You can't get to the last domino until you start the first one. 

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about and your writing?

Dennis: Places where available for sale: Halo Publishing International, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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