Monthly Archives: February 2014

Welcome Spotlight Author – Bruce A Borders

First, thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

 Inside Room 913

My latest book, Inside Room 913, is one of those odd books that are difficult to place in a specific genre. Some call it a mystery, some refer to it as a suspense novel, and others categorize it as crime-fiction. It is, however, none of those, not by the true definition anyway. Yet, the book has elements of each of these genres.

When the writing of the book began, I’d planned on a short suspense, a mini-mystery – a novella. I wanted a book that most people could read at one sitting. Less than one hundred pages was my goal. Then, as writers are sometimes known to do, I didn’t know where to stop and kept writing. The further I got into the story, the more I needed to tell.

By the time I’d finished the rough draft, it had grown to well over 200 pages – not exactly a mini-mystery. Then, the editing process started and the page count did come down,

eventually settling at 155 pages in the print version.

The point is, when writing, the book sometimes takes on a life of its own – at least it works that way for me. I’m never sure what’s going to happen or where we are going. Sometimes, I’m just as surprised as a reader by what unfolds. Which is probably why I ended up with a book that doesn’t quite fit into any genre! But for those who NEED to know a book’s genre, I’ve decided Inside Room 913 is a short, crime-fiction, mystery, suspense novel.

 

Inside Room 913

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Connect with Bruce:

@BruceABorders

http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks

http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders

Bruce A Borders - Author

Bruce A Borders – Author

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984.
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation, he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter, and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles, and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and over a dozen completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns. Titles include: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, Miscarriage Of Justice, The Journey, and in The Wynn Garrett Series – Mistaken Identity, Holy Terror, Remote Control, Judicial Review, Even Odds, and Safety Hazard.

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Rave Reviews Book Club – Are you a member yet?

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I was honored to be invited to become a member of Rave Reviews Book Club in December of last year by Nonnie Jules (The Good Mommies Guide and Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend).  Nonnie had a vision of a book review club for authors and readers.  By the first weekend in January we had our governing board  selected and I took on the role of Membership Director.

In less than two months the club has grown to nearly 200 members.   Rave Reviews Book is a club like no other.    Some of the many perks of being a member are being featured as the Current Readbeing featured as our Spotlight Authoras well as Incentives for the reviewer with the most reviews.  I have featured all four of the Spotlight Authors on this blog.

Coming soon to our club is our Mentor Program to help up and coming authors.  We will soon be sponsoring our first Writing Contest.  Rave Reviews Book Club seeks to ProfilePromote, and Propel our authors.  To do so, we need to continue to grow.  Growth provides more opportunities as authors to have your work seen and growth provides our readers with a growing selection of books to choose from.

Today, as part of recruitment day at Rave Reviews Book Club, we are collectively reaching out to our social media contacts and our friends.  We are inviting them to become members of this amazing and rapidly growing club.  

I am inviting you to visit our website’s FAQ page to familiarize yourself with our policies.  Please click the “JOIN HERE” tab once you decide to become a member of our amazing group.  Don’t forget to sign up to follow and continue to get the latest information about our club through comments and our Newsletter.  Please mention that Kathryn sent you when you join.

Rave Reviews Book Club – Are you a member yet?

Book Club Badge Suggestion copy (1)

I was honored to be invited to become a member of Rave Reviews Book Club in December of last year by Nonnie Jules (The Good Mommies Guide and Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend).  Nonnie had a vision of a book review club for authors and readers.  By the first weekend in January we had our governing board  selected and I took on the role of Membership Director.

In less than two months the club has grown to nearly 200 members.   Rave Reviews Book is a club like no other.    Some of the many perks of being a member are being featured as the Current Readbeing featured as our Spotlight Authoras well as Incentives for the reviewer with the most reviews.  I have featured all four of the Spotlight Authors on this blog.

Coming soon to our club is our Mentor Program to help up and coming authors.  We will soon be sponsoring our first Writing Contest.  Rave Reviews Book Club seeks to Profile, Promote, and Propel our authors.  To do so, we need to continue to grow.  Growth provides more opportunities as authors to have your work seen and growth provides our readers with a growing selection of books to choose from.

Today, as part of recruitment day at Rave Reviews Book Club, we are collectively reaching out to our social media contacts and our friends.  We are inviting them to become members of this amazing and rapidly growing club.  

I am inviting you to visit our website’s FAQ page to familiarize yourself with our policies.  Please click the “JOIN HERE” tab once you decide to become a member of our amazing group.  Don’t forget to sign up to follow and continue to get the latest information about our club through comments and our Newsletter.  Please mention that Kathryn sent you when you join.

WELCOME “SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR” BRUCE A. BORDERS

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BRUCE A. BORDERS

Write What You Know – Maybe

Thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!

What would you do if Child Protective Services showed up on your doorstep with an army of Sheriff’s deputies and tried to remove your three-year-old from your home? Knowing there’s no justification for their action and the court documents they presented are fabricated, would you stand by or fight to protect your child?

Over My Dead Body explores the deadly reaction and consequences when a protective father, Jeff Blake, tries to prevent the state from  taking his daughter. The director of Child Protective Services uses his position to exact a personal vendetta in removing three-year-old Ashley from the Blake’s home.

The situation quickly becomes violent as Jeff resorts to the only response he feels he has. By the end of the short encounter, three people are dead. Ironically, Ashley is still taken, so the tragic fiasco gained nothing.

Matters are further complicated when Amy, the wife and mother, winds up in a mental ward due to the trauma she witnessed in her home. Jeff and Amy’s daughter is placed in temporary foster care, while the family’s attorneys attempt to salvage what they can and re-unite the family. The police, as well as the Courts, understandably, are not too concerned with the needs of the family and it seems the entire justice system is against them. Complete with many twists of fate, the story looks at the common problems of a typical family caught between love and the law.

Being my first novel, Over My Dead Body, will always have special place for me.

Many first-time authors choose an event in their personal life to write about; something they know well and thus can relate in a believable manner. Write what you know, that’s the “rule.” For me, it wasn’t quite that simple.

No single real-life event sparked the creation of Over My Dead Body – at least in my life. Over the years, I’d heard of several news stories, which began similarly to this book – a corrupt official from the state shows up to remove a child from the home without cause. Having a weakness for defending the underdog or, someone who has been unjustly treated, the “without cause” always bothered me.

Every time I’d hear one of these stories, my initial thought was “I hope that never happens to me.” I know how I would react and it wouldn’t be good – not for anyone involved. I’m VERY protective of my children! However, I’m under no illusion as to the likely outcome of my actions. I decided to write a book describing what my response would be and what I’m sure would result from that response.

Although my children are now grown, as a parent, inserting myself into the role of the father in this story came easily. Yet, admittedly, I cannot fully imagine the helpless sense of desperation one must feel in such an instance. To be forced into the position of defending my family in my home, justifiably or not, would undoubtedly be a horror I’d rather not face. For me, the choice would be an easy one to make. But once that split-second decision is made, and executed, the aftermath of it all would be extremely complicated and stressful – for everyone concerned. While everyone else’s life goes on, the struggle to maintain any sort of sanity in the family would be challenging to say the least. And that, a family coping with the repercussions of choices made, is what this book is really about.

While the settings and events of this book may not be real – just an author imagining the way things might play out if such an event were to occur – the scenario is something that could happen. Something, as I’ve found since the release of Over My Dead Body, to which many parents can relate.

Over My Dead Body

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Over-My-Dead-Body-ebook/dp/B005N260Z4

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/over-my-dead-body-bruce-a-borders/1105621591

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/114607

Sony Reader http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/bruce-a-borders/over-my-dead-body/

iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/over-my-dead-body/id464857750?mt=11

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Connect with Bruce:

Bruce A Borders - Author

Bruce A Borders – Author

Twitter handle: @BruceABorders

Facebook address: http://www.facebook.com/BruceABordersBooks

Website address: http://bruceabordersbooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752197.Bruce_A_Borders

 

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is pleased to announce a new Facebook “Question of the Day!” In an online Scavenger Hunt, participants will need to find the daily answer SOMEWHERE on the many Blog Tour Host sites! Please LIKE our FB page and play along:

https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Rave-Reviews-Book-Club/ 271290866357000?fref=ts

Bruce’s questions & answers on THIS site:

  1. 1.     RRBC: Who influences you the most?

B.B.:  That’s a hard question to answer. Several people influence me; some are authors, some are not. I suppose the best answer would be my family.

THANK YOU for stopping by! To read different posts, including excerpts from “Over My Dead Body,”  please visit all Blog Tour Hosts as found on:

http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/spotlight-authors/

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Intentional Healing ~ An Interview with Jennie Sherwin

Intentional Healing
Intentional Healing

This post was first shared on my Allergic to Life Blog on November 14, 2013.  I decided to post it here as part of my indie author interviews.

Today’s post is my first in what I hope to be a monthly tradition of either reviewing a book or chatting with the author in the form of an interview.  Reading helped me cope.  On my worst days, I could bury myself deep into a book and travel with the characters through the story as I turned the pages.  Reading took me away from “me” and my illness.  As I got a little better, I also began reading books relating to illness and learned the journey of others dealing with chronic illness.  Today I will be chatting with Jennie Sherwin, author of Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses.  So let’s begin.

Jennie, I became aware of your illness through our friendship and talks when we met in Dallas in 2003.  Reading your book, Intentional Healing:  One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses, has given me a much greater insight to the various diagnosed illnesses and your journey to becoming well.

Can you tell me what prompted you to share your journey with us?  I remembered how confused I felt when I started experiencing so many disparate symptoms that my doctors could not link under a single syndrome. I had so many doctors to consult because my symptoms seemed disconnected and in need of different treatments. Not until I consulted Dr. William J. Rea, founder of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, did I meet someone who linked all of my symptoms to one illness, that is, environmental illness—also called multiple chemical sensitivity. I thought that by sharing my story I could help others avoid a long journey from doctor to doctor and get to the root of their symptoms more quickly. And, as you’ve shared several times about your own experience in writing your story, it was therapeutic for me to write about my journey, which helped me let it go.

We both sought treatment at the Environmental Health Center-Dallas.  Mold was the trigger that pushed my body over the edge.  What environmental trigger pushed your body to the breaking point?  What were some of the different illnesses you were diagnosed with?   The breaking point came after a pesticide accident in our home, which I describe in detail in my book. My exposure to toxic chemicals, however, goes all the way back to my childhood when I was exposed to the pesticide that was sprayed in our town during the summers to keep the mosquito populations down. I grew up in small town that was a peninsula; that is, it was surrounded by water on three sides. I suppose the authorities decided to spray after surveying the mosquito breeding grounds, which are generally numerous near water. As I came to understand through education in Dallas, I was exposed throughout my life, where I lived and where I worked—to outgassing chemicals in a new addition to our family home as well as in the new apartment I occupied when I got married or houses I lived in and the various office buildings I worked in throughout my career as a teacher, writer, and editor. The pesticide accident put me over the edge; that is, once my tolerance levels had been breached, I became a “universal reactor” and was sensitive to many substances—foods, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, prescription drugs, vitamins and minerals, various chemicals and inhalants, and so on. So throughout my life, I had been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses, which cleared or receded after treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic. Fibromyalgia cleared and has never returned. Reactive hypoglycemia and continual yeast infections seem to be a thing of the past. GERD and reactive asthma receded for ten years and only recently returned under the stress of a number of life events my husband and I experienced in 2012. Both are now under good control through a combination of Western medicine and energy healing.

While in Dallas we both sought the help of Deborah Singleton, founder of the Arasini Foundation, and her healing team.  You talk a great deal in your book about receiving Deborah’s amazing energy healing and your internship of studying and learning the art of energy balancing.  Can you describe briefly how energy healing works?  Walt Whitman titled one of his poems in Leaves of Grass “I Sing the Body Electric,” and although he was using “electric” to describe the excitements, passion, beauty, and possibilities within each body, which he linked to soul, his use of the word “electric” was a throwback to what Eastern cultures have known about the body for thousands of years, that is, that the body, besides being a flesh and blood organic life form, harbors an electrical energy system that runs many of the processes in the body.  Think of the heart. What keeps it beating? An electrical system that regulates heart rate and initiates processes at the cell level. In energy medicine, the body’s electrical system is thought of as its energy system, complete with receiving and transmitting stations and ebbs and flows. Through hands-on manipulation of acupressure points along those flow pathways, called “meridians,” practitioners invite those flows into balance, thus the term “energy balancing” to describe what happens in a session. The practitioner holds her or his own energy in such a way, distinguishing it from the client’s system, so as to invite the client’s energy system into balance. In effect, the client’s energy system and inner resources right the flows, releasing “blockages” or energies that do not serve the individual. A balanced system supports the natural healing processes in the bodymindspirit. Energy medicine does not treat illness directly but works in concert with Western medicine, often helping clients to tolerate prescription drugs or recover from surgical procedures more quickly.

What steps did you take in your healing journey?  (therapies, living space, reading)  At the Environmental Health Center-Dallas (EHC-D), the treatment program included: testing for sensitivities, followed by the use of antigens for those sensitivities; sauna detoxification; IV infusions; massage therapy; and psychological counseling. While in Dallas I lived at Regina Coeli, an apartment complex, renovated with safer, non-toxic products. The furnishings were equally non-toxic, and the premises were free of pesticides and fragrance. Dr. Rea referred me to Deborah Singleton and her healing team for energy balancing, and I incorporated that therapy into my treatment and, in effect, to my life. Many of the books I read were recommended to me by Dr. Rea, founder of the EHC-D, or by Deborah, founder of A Healing Place. They include Detoxify or Die and the E.I. Syndrome Revised: An Rx for Environmental Illness by Dr. Sherry Rogers; Energy Medicine by Donna Eden; Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing through the Human Energy Field and Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing  by Barbara Brennan; and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.

I found the Navajo healing ceremonies you participated in extremely fascinating.  What prompted your participation and how did you learn of this?  In my book I describe some intuitive “knowings” I had when my perceptive abilities changed. If you are a fan of The Mists of Avalon and Marion Zimmer Bradley, then you are familiar with intuitive “knowings” or “sendings” that the head priestess Valerie and the women in her family receive from time to time. I had “knowings” about a Navajo headman, who had been a peace leader as well as a reluctant war leader. I became interested in learning about him and started to read about the Navajo experience in the early Southwest. At the same time I began meeting people who had connections with Navajo medicine men and women. Not surprising, since we were living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was invited to experience healing through a Navajo ceremony, and I accepted.

Everyone wants a quick fix. I’ve learned that there is no quick fix and taking a pill alleviates the symptoms and does not address the problem. How long has your recovery taken? You are so right about the quick fix. I was generally well enough to return to the “normal” world about five years after I began treatment in Dallas. However, recovery can take a lifetime. Layers of the emotional underpinnings of illness, as I’ve come to understand through energy medicine training, come forward over time. That is why, in retrospect, I would have chosen a different subtitle for my book. Instead of “freedom” from illness I think “a new way of thinking” about illness would better convey my understanding of  illness as an opportunity for growth. Illness is just the vehicle; how you drive it is what is most important.

Where has this healing journey led you?  Definitely to a place of wonder about our experience on the earth and our abilities to help ourselves heal. I’ve come to a new understanding of illness, not as something negative but as an opportunity for growth. And growth is not easy! My journey has also brought me to a place of gratitude for the wonderful medical and complementary therapy practitioners who helped me along the way. It has brought me new friends who’ve shared my journey with me. It has gifted me with your friendship, something that would never have happened had we not met at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas. As in all experience, however, the process continues, and new paths open all the time.

Many of my readers are chronically ill or have some invisible illness.  What message would you like to share with them?  Look into your heart. Are there any areas in your life where you feel blocked or have experienced disappointments or trauma? If I’ve learned anything along my journey, it is that illness always has an emotional component. And I’m not talking about the misinformed attitudes of “it’s all in your head” or “grow up, you’ll get over it”! These insensitive and ill-informed attitudes made my life miserable while I was searching for answers that would explain my symptoms. Because I had what seemed like an “invisible illness” to those who didn’t know where to look for root causes, I was seen as untreatable or in need of psychiatric care. On the contrary, why I refer to underlying emotional components is that as an energy practitioner I encountered emotional energetic layers in symptoms reported by clients. Those emotional components needed to be acknowledged in order for energy balance to be restored. Examining our lives can lead to clarity that helps us to heal on many levels.

As a new author with a book just released and for my followers who are writers, do you have any tips on writing or marketing?  Write, write, write! Learning comes through doing. Then review from the reader’s point of view and ask questions of your writing. Is this easy for someone without knowledge of the technical terms to understand? Is there earlier information for this reference, or will the reader be scratching his head wondering how I got to this point? Is this clearly stated, or do I need to reorganize the sequence of events? Ask people to read your manuscript for feedback. If necessary, hire an editor or at least a proofreader to review your work. You want to make sure that the basics of grammar and punctuation are adequate so that readers aren’t turned off by your communication skills. As for marketing, take advantage of what social media has to offer. Sign up for Goodreads and all of the book marketing sites. Put up profiles on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook, and the many newer sites that are out there and people follow. Get involved with  the new author sites, where authors exchange tips. Meet people through their blogs, comment on their posts, and organize a book blog tour. Kathy, you just completed a very successful book blog tour, and others can use that as an example of the power and reach of social marketing.

How can my readers follow you and where can they find your book? I have a website at www.jenniesherwin.com with information about my book. On the author page, if you click on the “about the author” tab, a drop-down menu provides links to an excerpt as well as to resources for environmentally friendly living.  I invite your readers to explore my website, especially if they are interested in energy medicine or treatment at Dr. Rea’s clinic in Dallas or Deborah Singleton’s A Healing Place. I post blogs occasionally, but I post more regularly on Conscious Life News at http://consciouslifenews.com/. I write about healing and consciousness, emphasizing the bodymindspirit approach to balance in the body and its effects on health. My book can be found on AmazonBarnes and Noble, Goodreads, Library Thing, and I have a profile on Linked In. On Twitter I am @JennieSherwin and post every day—usually meditations or links to articles on the environment and health, consciousness, writing, books, and authors.

Kathy, thank you so much for the opportunity author photo Jennieto speak to your readers. Even more so, thank you for your enduring friendship. Despite, or maybe because of, all you’ve been through, you’ve been a great support to me from our first meeting at Dr. Rea’s clinic to the present. I wish you the best of luck in marketing your book and in getting the word out about the realities of living with environmental illness. Blessings to you and to all of your readers.

A Jane Austen Daydream ~ Scott D. Southard

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I don’t remember reading any Jane Austen books in high school.  I was just becoming ill when my sister invited me to watch the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice.  She assured me that I would love it and we watched it over six evenings.  I immediately became hooked on the characters Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and had to read the book and others written by Ms. Austen.  I think the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite and I watch it often.

This year I read about “A Jane Austen Daydream” through a post that my friend Jennie had shared with me.  I was drawn to the title of the book because I love all things Austen but was wary of a book whose intention was to capture what Miss Austen’s life was like based on her writings and written by a man.  How could a man capture the true essence?   As soon as I began reading, I forgot all about the gender of the author and became absorbed in the story.  The characters remind me of the characters in many of the Austen books and Mr. Southard uses phrases that are synonymous with these same books.

To learn more about Mr. Southard and how he came about writing this wonderful book, I asked him some questions.

1)      Tell me what made you choose to write about Jane Austen?   I first discovered Jane Austen in college. I was captivated by her voice, her incredible skill in characterization and her wit. Upon reading all of her books, I decided to learn more about her, meet the wizard behind the curtain.

It is shocking how little we actually know about her!  Whatever the case, it is obvious she sadly did not live any of the adventures she had written for her characters. That realization was the first spark that inspired A Jane Austen Daydream. I wanted to correct a wrong. So I used her own characters and plots as a template to imagine something a little more “Austenesque” for her.

2)      My image of Miss Jane Austen is of a young woman sitting at her desk with ink stained fingers laboriously writing her stories.  It is not of a young man sitting at his desk composing the story by clicking away on his computer keyboard.  How did you get your mind set to writing in the tone of Miss Austen?   Well, first I needed the courage to undertake it, because I knew right from the start how challenging it would be. I sat on this idea for years before I started it! It was actually my wife that encouraged me on, almost making me feel guilty I didn’t do it sooner.

The first thing I did was completely immerse myself in her books. I ruined numerous paperback copies of her books in the undertaking. See, in the book I draw more from her own fiction than history (this is not what I would call historical fiction, which is why daydream is part of the title).  I spent almost a year just planning it out, creating the template. The image of me hunched over a computer does come up later, but I started first in longhand, filling up numerous yellow notepads in my illegible scribble.

3)      Have you read all of her books?  What research did you do in writing your book?   I knew that if I was to do this book right, I couldn’t only dip my toe in. I had to do this fully, live in the deep end of the pool, underwater. Her books, a few biographies, her letters, her unpublished works, I even visited some locations back before I began the book looking for inspiration. Everything I could get my hands on plays a part in the work.

My goal was not just to write about her, but to have her be a part of it. So references and quotes from her classic works are sprinkled throughout it. The trick for me was though writing a book that could work for the casual fan as well as the obsessed reader. Again, it all comes down to planning, which means I had to find a narrator voice that was between Jane and my own. If I did this right, there is something for everyone in this book and it is readable even for those not used to reading regency novels.

4)      What was your greatest inspiration in writing this book?   I would point to three inspirations. One, I already discussed; the fact that she didn’t find love like all of her characters did, dying tragically at only 41. I wanted to fix that, give her an adventure.

 The second was the big twist in the book, which I won’t ruin here. I wanted to see if I could pull it off in a book and what the reaction would be. I’ve spoken to quite a few fellow readers and writers and I think I might be the first that has attempted such a surprise. The reaction to it has been a lot of fun for me to read (like when a reviewer at the Jane Austen Centre called me cheeky); and it’s nice that so many reviewers are passionate about keeping it a secret.

 The third inspiration was my wife. She has asked for me to write this book for years! And after giving birth to our first child I wanted to give her a thank you that only I could, something very personable.

5)      This is the first of your books that I have read but I currently have downloaded on my Kindle your book Maximillian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare.  How many books have you written and are any of them similar to “A Jane Austen Daydream”?  One of my goals as a writer has always been to surprise my readers. Which means, every time I undertake a story I am aiming to do something new, not only for myself but for the reader. It’s why there is the big twist in Daydream, for example.

So when someone reads one of my books they can’t be guaranteed what they will be getting. With Daydream, I have four books available right now. Megan is a dark contemporary fantasy about the power of the imagination; My Problem With Doors is a time-travel adventure; and Maximilian (which you mentioned) is probably my most experimental. It pretends to be a Gothic period mystery, but underneath it is a very different book about the idea of creation and fiction.

6)      What do you most like about writing?   Writing has always been a lot of fun to me, and I have always been drawn to the idea of being an author.

I love every step of it, the spark of the initial idea, the frantic energy of having to write it down before it is lost. And then watching it grow and evolve over time as new chapters emerge and plots develop. When done right it is all very organic. There are few things I have found in this world more satisfying than the feeling of completing that first draft and holding it in my hands.

A Jane Austen Daydream was a dream project of mine for many years. It is truly satisfying to know that readers, like yourself, are enjoying it as much as I did creating it.

Author Scott D. Southard

Author Scott D. Southard

I would like to thank Scott Southard for sharing with us the inspiration behind A Jane Austin Daydream.  You can purchase your copy through Amazon.

Whispers of the Heart

Jens Thoughts

door “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,”  Afterthoughts , 1931

I shared the above quote last week with some other uplifting and encouraging quotes for writers and wow, the feedback was so amazing. Some of you shared which one touched you, others remembered why you’re a writer and some of you shared it on your blog. I had a great day, so thanks to each one of you.

The above quote really stuck with me. I often think of what goes unsaid, what we might do or say if we felt confident enough to do it. To me, it’s not only about what the author whispers, but for each of us, what does our heart whisper? What would you write if you had the guts to do it?

I read some dark books. For instance, I…

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