Friday, August 22, 2014

Interview Friday with Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author and book geek. Her books include BLOOD MOON, and the upcoming BLACK MOON, STORM MOON and A PAINTED LIFE. She also writes a book column for, and contributes regular book segments to Studio 5, Utah’s #1 lifestyle show.  Join in the magic and chaos at

What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?
Religious devotion to schedules, routines, and calendars. My priorities are always taking care of my family, taking care of myself, and writing. Other things –like folding laundry – can slip. Who cares if we all pull our underwear and jammies from a basket instead of folded from a drawer? We also make sure to take time to be together on weekends – outings, movies, dinners, etc.

How long have you been writing?
It may sound a little cliché, but always. I was born a writer and storyteller, like many of us are. The first story I remember writing (and still have) was when I was four years old. I dictated it to my mom, who typed it on her electric typewriter. It was about a cow.

What inspired you to write your book (if this is a personal story about you, please share about the decision to open up about your life)?
Funny enough, a Halloween party. Every year I throw a witch-themed party for the women in my family. In 2010, I found a killer location: The Fairfield Schoolhouse at Camp Floyd State Park, Utah. It’s one hundred years old and has great atmosphere. With this amazing location, I needed the party to match, so I started doing some casual research into witches to get ideas for décor, games, food, etc. I stumbled on an off-shot of Wicca – Natural Magic – and was fascinated. I kept reading and finally my husband suggested I write a book.

What is a typical writing day like for you?
Most days I write after I get the kids to school (two of my three are now full-time in school) for a couple hours. Then I exercise and make lunch. After a shower, it’s back to writing until it’s time to pick up the kids. If I’m on deadline or have tons to do I will also write after dinner or after bedtime. Some days this works really well and I get a lot done. Other days, I’m lucky to get in an hour. I’ve learned to be flexible, but disciplined. That what you have to do to be a writer-mom.

Is your family supportive of your writing?
Very. I couldn’t do all I do without my husband and our mothers. They help me have time to write and babysit when I’m off doing book-things. My extended family is also great at attending my launch parties and spreading the word to friends about my books.

Can you share with us a little about your current book(s)?
The sequel to my first book, BLACK MOON is out September 16, 2014. I’m so excited about it because it was a struggle to write, but also a triumph. It’s dark and twisted and lots of magical fun. Kirkus Reviews called it, ‘unusual and absorbing.’
I’m still working on the third book in the Moonlight Trilogy, STORM MOON. But before that one comes out, I have a stand-alone gothic romance A PAINTED LIFE coming out next spring. It’s about a girl in a painting who is alive.

What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your book(s)?
Every book is a little different. The trilogy has been tough; it’s hard to keep a story fresh, interesting, and surprising for three whole books. Staying true to the story and characters is also a challenge.

What part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally?
At its heart, I wanted the Moonlight Trilogy to be about a couple learning to love each other and staying strong despite hardship.

If this is a work of fiction, what character is most like you?
The thing about fiction is you are every character. There are parts of me in Willa, Simon, and even the villains, Archard and Bartholomew. That’s what is fun and hard about writing fiction.

Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?
I do have another gothic romance in the early stages. All I will say is that it involves typewriters magically typing love letters.

What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?
Be patient with the process. Every part of it will most likely take longer than you want it to. Also, make your kids part of the process. Talk to them about your writing – you can also ask them for ideas when you’re stuck.

What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?
Authentic, compelling flawed characters.
A creative story you can’t turn away from, which usually means a good balance of conflict and triumph.
Elegant writing.

What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours? (answer only if your book is fiction)
They have to be REAL. Emotions are not logical and we often feel every side of something. They have to have a past – characters don’t start on page one. They have to have flaws and strengths. Lastly, they have to grow during the story.

What do you feel as parents we need to do to help our children see success?
I think it’s important that kids understand that success requires hard work – lots of it. It doesn’t just happen. Sometimes it takes years and years. And we fail a lot too. Most people give up too easily. I want my kids to push through the hard stuff, keep going. Success is never easy.

Have you received any awards for your writing?
I won a short story contest a couple years ago for a story called “The Wheel of Wasted Souls,” which is on my website.
Also, BLACK MOON got a glowing Kirkus review, which almost feels like an award J

Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about and your writing?
Instagram: @teriharman
Twitter: @TeriHarman,

Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama or Dad”?
Make writing a priority. It’s easy to let life steal away the time and energy you need. Protect it. Writing is sanity – even if doing it is actually chaos. Patience, persistence, hard work.

Thank you so much!
 Teri Harman will be one of many Featured Guest Authors at the 2014 St. George Book Festival. Come see all the fun and informative events we have planned at

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WOI Special: Mark Coker founder of Smashwords

Welcome to The World of Ink Network show on Blog Talk Radio. Our goal is to bring informative and entertaining shows to our listners.The mission of the World of Ink Network is to share resources that introduce tips, products and services to help strengthen, support and challenge those who love writing and the written word. The World of Ink Network hopes not only to bring authors, illustrators and publishers together, but also help them reach their readership.

Please join Marsha Casper Cook and VS Grenier on Wednesday at Noon EST 11CST 10MT 9PST as they welcome  Mark Coker, Founder, CEO and Chief Author Advocate. Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to change the way books are published.Mark and his wife Lesleyann co-authored Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wacky world of daytime television soap operas. Their book was rejected by every major New York publisher of commercial women’s fiction, despite representation by a top NYC literary agency. The experience inspired him to start Smashwords, a free publishing platform that allows authors to instantly publish their work online.

Today, Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. The company has helped over 50,000 authors around the world publish and distribute over 200,000 ebooks to major retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading Programs on The Stories for Children Show

Listen to the Stories for Children Show Monday July 28, 2014 at 6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific for a special on Summer Reading Programs and Book Clubs. Mom's Choice & Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier will be talking about the importance of children and teens reading through the summer months.

Our guest today is Rebecca Kelley, the National Director of Achievement Gap Initiatives of the YMCA. During 12 years with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Rebecca co-led a multi-sector community team that developed the award-winning Cincinnati Community Learning Center initiative and academic enrichment programs, including CincyAfterSchool, a 2013 nominee for National Summer Learning Association’s Award of Excellence. Through school-community partnership, Cincinnati produced a rise in graduation rates during the past decade from 50 percent to 82 percent, and a reduction in the achievement gap from 14.5 percent to 4.5 percent. Prior to joining the YMCA, Rebecca served as the director of knowledge and innovation for Strive’s National Network at the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, she supported more than 90 cradle to career collective impact initiatives.

Grenier, with her guest Rebecca Kelley, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also what makes a good book for young readers and much more.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Empowerment Show with Irene Roth - How Important is it to Empower Our Teens?

Join Host Irene Roth Today at 6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific for a discussion about families, communication and much more. The discussion is open to callers and comments/questions in the chatroom.

The World of Ink Network brings you shows each week on topics such as books, writing, author interviews, self-help and much more. Today on The Empowerment Show, Host Irene Roth will be discussing the importance of empowering teens and how it is very important for parents to empower teens to be their best. Teens struggle quite a bit nowadays and they have many problems adults didn't have when they were adolescents. The culture demands certain things from adolescent girls and boys. But it is important for them to do more than mimic what their peers and culture is saying and doing. They need to become authentic individuals.

By taking these steps and joining in on today's discussion, parents could help their children become the best they can be. Call in or post comments in the chatroom, along with your questions, because we know as parents, you want help your children be authentic adults as well--individuals who know what they like and dislike, by following their inner voice.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BlogTalkRadio: Guerrilla Marketing with Tom Garrison on The What IS Success Show

Join Host Virginia S Grenier on the Wed. July 23rd for Blog Talk Radio's Featured World of Ink Network show What is Success where she will talk with guests, share tips and talk about the film and publishing industry.

This month's guest is Author Tom Garrison, who for 15 years had a “career” (along with a full time job editing a political science journal) as a socialist in Santa Barbara, CA. Since then he now puts his mind to work writing opinion and hiking/travel essays for the local newspaper, The Spectrum and the Salt Lake Tribune in Southern Utah.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

BlogTalkRadio WOI Special: Emma Dryden returns to the World Of Ink Network

Welcome to a special World of Ink Network show here on Blog Talk Radio. Our goal is to bring informitive and entertaining shows to our listners.

The mission of the World of Ink Network is to share resources that introduce tips, products and services to help strengthen, support and challenge those who love writing and the written word. The World of Ink Network hopes not only to bring authors, illustrators and publishers together, but also help them reach their readership.

We invite you to join Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook on Monday July 21 at 5PM EST 4 PM CST 3 PM MT 2PM PST when they welcome back their very special guest Emma Dryden.

Emma has over twenty- five years of experience editing and publishing Children’s books. She works with authors to help define, enrich, and craft their work to make it viable for the current marketplace. She is there for writers as she has always been and her interests range from picture books and graphic novels to humorous middle grade, high fantasy, and edgy teen fiction. You can learn more about Emma at

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