Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Stories for Children show 09/26 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Fiona Ingram’s earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favorites in the cast of characters. Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children’s bookThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone.

You can learn more at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/FionaIngram.aspx

Set a reminder for the show or listen live here The Stories for Children show 09/26 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Friday, September 23, 2011

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Exploring Your Child's Feelings with School and Mu...

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Exploring Your Child's Feelings with School and Mu...: There are many discussions that focus on academics, test scores and student performance but there is another critical component that needs to be in place for a child to have a productive school year and it starts with one simple question. Is your child happy? Psychologists who work with school-age children talk about how important it is to speak with children about how they feel about their roles as students in schools and it is just as important to acknowledge positive attitudes as it is to intervene when there are negative feelings. Buried among statistics and test scores is one of the most nourishing tools in a parent’s ability to help a child with school performance; exploring a child’s feelings about school and the world around him or her.

The Brain Fart Explosion: Guest Post by Fiona Ingram

The Brain Fart Explosion: Guest Post by Fiona Ingram: Fiona Ingram Website Blog Twitter Facebook Facebook Fan Page THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB is available for sale at Amazon an...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Families Matter Show 09/21 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

The Families Matter Show 09/21 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

The Families Matter show is a monthly show for families where no issue is to small or great for us to tackle. We want to share as much information and true stories as we can to help uplift and strengthen the family unit.

Joining us will be Irene Roth, wonderful Children’s Author and Stories for Children Magazine Nonfiction Editor. She will be our shows new Producer.

Your hosts are Kecia Burchan and VS Grenier.

This weeks topic: Standardized Testing and How Teachers are Teaching to Tests. If you would like to read some articles about standardized testing by Kecia Burcham visit http://worldofinknetwork.blogspot.com

This is a huge discussion going on all over the nation with No Child Left Behind and Teacher Accountability. If we can get people thinking about it - we can make a change!

The World of Ink Network: Guest Post: Writing for Children with Fiona Ingram...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Heartwarming and Uplifting Picture Book for Children and Adults

From the moment we are born, someone is telling us to be careful. No matter what country we call home or what language we speak, I Love You, Be Carefula picture book that is also designed to be a gift book for adults and children alike—shares these word that follow us our entire lives. The beautiful illustrations capture poignant memories and cause one to reflect on all the “Be Careful” moments in life and smile.

I Love You, Be Careful can be experienced in two ways. The book can be purchased as a print version (in hard or soft cover) for personal use or as a gift. You can also send as an eBook/Card from Amazon.com, Smashword, B&N or wherever eBooks are sold. (Note: There is a page to personalize it as a gift for adults or children.)

Co-authored by sisters Joan Dickow and Judy Snider, the idea of I Love You, Be Careful started from a telephone conversation one day when the sisters talked about wanting their loved ones to be safe and know how much they are loved.

“No matter whether it was our grown kids, husbands or other loved ones our love and concern for them inspired us to write this book,” states Judy Snider.

Judy Snider lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, Gil and two silly cats. She is the author of the CWA award-winning children’s picture book, Goldy’s Baby Socks and one of a team of authors who wrote, The Scared Purse.

Joan Dickow stated, “Everyday moments in my life inspire me!” 

Joan Dickow is a 20-year breast cancer survivor, a mother, grandmother, wife, friend and sister. She finds that there is beauty all around her and all her good moments and stressful moments inspire her. She lives in Berkley, Michigan with her husband, Fred and their cat, Coffee. This is her first book and she is currently working on her second picture book, The Porch Fairy.

I Love You, Be Careful makes you think about all of the times that a loved one goes off to school, play or work, and you say, “I Love You, Be Careful!" It opens discussion for children to talk and ask questions, and each page presents a different 'be careful' moment for the reader to contemplate. Lighthearted and sweet, this book would be a lovely addition to any library. Cady B. Driver does the book’s beautiful illustrations.

Sneak a peek at the official I Love You, Be Careful trailer done by SFC Book & Event Trailers at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSeCNnutZ80

You can find out more I Love You, Be Careful, and Judy Snider & Joan Dickow at http://iloveyoubecareful.com

I Love You, Be Careful also was part of the April ’11 World of Ink Author/Book Tour. You can visit past virtual tour stops at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/JudySniderandJoanDickow.aspx. You can read reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. In addition, you can listen to an interview on blog talk radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2011/04/04/stories-for-children-with-host-vs-grenier. The hosts chatted with co-authors and sisters Judy Snider and Joan Dickow, along with illustrator Cady B. Driver and their book, writing, the publishing industry and experiences. The show originally aired live on April 4, 2011 at 1pm EST.

If interested in sharing this book with your readership, review copies are available. Please contact VS Grenier at vsgrenier@storiesforchildrenpublishing.com with “I Love You, Be Careful Review” in the subject line.

To learn more visit Stories for Children Publishing at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Karen Cioffi - Writing and Marketing: The Muse Online Writers Conference Registration

Karen Cioffi - Writing and Marketing: The Muse Online Writers Conference Registration: You know, there aren't many things of real value that you can get for free, especially when it's something that has the potential to change ...

When is the Best Time to Think about Giving Up as a Writer?

When is the Best Time to Think about Giving Up as a Writer? by Yvonne Perry JR:  

When is the best time to think about giving up as a writer? YP: Never! A writer can't stop writing and feel that her life is in perfect order. We artistic types must write or do something creative to keep our second chakra open and the intense energy flowing. However, if you are referring to being a freelance writer trying to earn a living by writing, there are some checkpoints to consider. I'll touch on these in your next question. Read more at http://writersinthesky.blogspot.com/2011/09/when-is-best-time-to-think-about-giving.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FgHUeV+%28Writers+in+the+Sky+E-zine%29

Friday, September 16, 2011

The World of Ink Network: Sept. 16th: What is Success?

The World of Ink Network: Sept. 16th: What is Success?: The "What is Success?" Show Come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: What is Success? Hosts VS Grenier, Marsha Cook and...

Interview Friday with Author Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram’s earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favorites in the cast of characters. Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children’s bookThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The author has finished the next book in the series—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.



VS: I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today, Fiona. It’s always a pleasure to chatting with a fellow author. To get things started can you share what do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?

Fiona: I am strict about my writing hours. My mom is disabled and I have a school-going adopted child so my day has little sections devoted to them. I usually have several hours in the morning and afternoon to write, blog, edit, etc. The evenings are family time.

VS: My day is very much like that as well. I think it is great you section out family time. It’s easy to get lost in your writing if you’re not careful. Fiona, how long have you been writing?

Fiona: I only began writing seriously once I’d actually embraced a career in the theater. I used to write all our production press releases and from there I drifted into journalism. As for the art of entertaining – well, that began at an early age when I would entertain my three younger brothers and their friends with stories of children embarking upon heroic adventures. These adventures always included haunted castles, vampires, werewolves, and skeletons bent on capturing any young person foolish enough to tangle with them.

VS: Wow, you’re not only an author, but have a background in theater as well. From what you’ve shared, it seems you have a very creative side. What inspired you to write books?

Fiona: I began with writing family poems. These were always inspired by a birthday, anniversary or special event. I am quite a good artist and I would illustrate these amusing poems with line drawings. From there I wrote a few short stories while I was studying mime in Paris. I only wrote again, when I was in theater and of course, once I started getting free-lance writing jobs, then it was a ‘real’ career according to my parents.

VS: With all that you have done, what was the first thing you ever had published?

Fiona: I should be honest and say it was a 20-word caption to accompany a photograph in a magazine. I actually was paid for it! As a full-time writer, my first published book is The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. Surprisingly I also wrote two other books shortly after publication – an historical romance, and a collaboration on an historical adventure with a fellow writer.

VS: I would love for you to share with us a little about your current book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab.

Fiona: I’d love to talk about The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in my children’s adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. It was inspired by a trip I took to Egypt with my mom and my two young nephews (aged 10 and 12). A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realize they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive…only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

VS: Your book sounds very interesting and great for reluctant readers, too. I love Egypt and what a great storyline. What do you enjoy most about writing?

Fiona: I love creating a world where characters come alive, do their own thing, solve their own problems, unravel mysteries, and generally make it a wonderfully exciting and satisfying experience.

VS: You not only sound like the writing bug has bitten you, but also shared the key elements on telling a great story. It’s no wonder why you’re a published author. With that said, what is the most difficult part of writing?

Fiona: Getting it all down on paper. The ideas are the easy part. I find my ideas just erupt in my head and whole scenes play out as the story unfolds. The hard part is being able to type fast enough, in the hope that the images in my head do not fade before I have translated it all into words.

VS: I’ll have to agree on that. It is hard, especially if you’re not somewhere you can just sit and write, all your ideas down as a story unfolds. You have already shared some great insight and I was wondering if you could share the best writing advice you ever received?

Fiona: Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.

VS: Yes, too many new writers give up way to early in the game. Do you find it hard to balance your personal writing time with your other jobs?

Fiona: Not really. My life is focused on writing so everything seems to fit together. I find the most annoying aspect having to get into the car and shop, pay bills, or buy food. Life’s boring chores often get in the way!

VS: Very true about life and the chores and duties of it. I find there are days or a week where I’ll just say, “It can wait a bit. I need to get some writing done.” Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Fiona: I have finished Book 2 in the Chronicles of the Stone. It is called, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. Of course, it concerns King Arthur and the famous sword Excalibur. It’s a wonderfully exciting story, set in Scotland mostly, but with enough adventure to satisfy the most demanding hero.

VS: Can’t wait for its release. Another time period and topic I love reading about. Fiona, what tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Fiona: Manage your time. Be scrupulous in your writing habits, and let your family share in your projects. Once they know what you’re doing, you’ll find they will be proud to be helpful and understanding. Also … never give up, never give up, and never give up!

VS: Okay, let’s get back to writing a book. What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Fiona: A solid structure, an exciting plot, believable, real characters, and a satisfying conclusion. Also, not too many implausible coincidences.

VS: All very important indeed. What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours? (answer only if your book is fiction)

Fiona: I read many newsletters and blogs about creating characters and I find I don’t do everything like the advice offered. In my children’s book, my main characters, my young heroes, are modeled on my two nephews of that age. Once I had the boys down as real, solid characters, the other characters just seemed to arrive, fully fledged in my head. I think a character must ‘feel real’ to be believable. They may only have a small part to play, but the density of the character must add weight to the scene. Everything they think, do, and say must make the reader accept them as ‘real people.’ Many of my minor characters are absolutely marvelous and often I reread bits where they appear, just to enjoy them.

VS: Very true about characters needing to feel real. I talk to mine a lot…my family thinks I’m a bit nuts. Have you received any awards?

Fiona: Yes, I have entered as many book contests as possible.
Book Award Nominations & Wins:
Finalist Children's Fiction USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards
Number 2 in the USA Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favorite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards
Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2011 

VS: Wow, I knew about some of your awards, but what a list. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama” before we go?

Fiona: Books are wonderful things. Simply having twenty books or more in the house immediately increases your child’s chances of going to study at college. Books in a home, or a parent involved with books is a great way for kids to enjoy reading. Make sure your children or young relatives are exposed to books from an early age. Books are the mark of a civilized society and hold all life’s lessons.

I am passionate about child literacy and have written many articles on the subject. (www.FionaIngram.com) I know from personal experience how a child can struggle with reading. My adopted daughter (an African child) was illiterate when she came to live with me. I had to teach her to read and that was an enlightening experience.

VS: It’s been great having you here Fiona today and thank you so much for sharing so much about you, your book (The Secret of the Sacred Scarab) and tips on writing. I wish you much success with your next book and future creations.

 
Remembering kids today are computer savvy, ALL of Fiona Ingram’s books are available both in hard copy and eBook.

You can find out more about Fiona Ingram’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/FionaIngram.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Ingram and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Ingram will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with Fiona Ingram about her children’s book series, writing, the publishing industry, and the trials and tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will be live September 26, 2011 at 2pm EST. You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradion.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit Stories for Children Publishing at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Brain Warp an Exemplar of the Medical/Political Thriller Genre

We are excited to announce Brain Warp: A Medical Thriller, which is a riveting page turner by Dr. Snider, who has stretched the boundaries of the genre to make the political element a focal point of his novel. This medical thriller includes the awareness of a Ukrainian’s strong feelings of nationalism and long history of their powerful Russian neighbor to the East.

“Alcoholic vagrants die sometimes on the streets of New York City. It’s not unusual,” colleagues tell Peter Branstead, a neurologist at St. Mark’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. However, when homeless men continue to show up at his hospital with what appears to be super-accelerated Alzheimer’s disease, Peter suspects something sinister. His investigation leads him into a dark underworld of international intrigue and into the center of a plot to destroy the president of the Ukraine, Anatoly Labrinska. The matter becomes an international one and Peter ends up on a deadly road involving illicit human research, the Ukrainian Mafia and the political stability of Eastern Europe.

The truth is, Dr. Snider’s research years prior to publishing his novel made him aware of the political and historical complexity of the relationship between the two Slavic countries. Not only did this provide an interesting plot line, but also served as a jumping off point for Dr. Snider to learn more about his interesting heritage.

Brain Warp, by author Dr. Snider is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory and ultimately immortality. Dr. Gil Snider is a neurologist practicing in Chesapeake, Virginia. Trained at the University of Michigan and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, he lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two sons.

You can find out more about Brain Warp and Dr. Snider at http://www.brainwarp.net

If interested in sharing this book with your readership, review copies are available. Please contact VS Grenier at vsgrenier@gmail.com with “Brain Warp Review” in the subject line.