Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interview with Irish singer/songwriter Mark Renolds


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Where were you born?

born in dublin ireland 13th july 1992

Is that where you live now?

yes im stilling living here 

What is it that you do exactly?

by day i am a sales assistant in a shop but after that im a devoted musican constantly doing stuff to do with music


Who are your musical influences?

they can range from ac/dc to the script to goo goo dolls and many many more 

How long have you been singing/playing?

i have been playing for about 4 years now

Do you write?

yes i try to write as much as i can 

Are you a part of a band? 

i am curretnly not with a band but would not turn down the offer from bands 

Is your family musical?

yes i have a musical family as my aunt was quiet big in the 70s and 80s with her band 

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

well i was born in ireland i am a very sporty person i had played many sports and i am very big into my music . when i was 16 i decided to learn guitar and then i began to sing .. after that i was not able to stop playing and singing. 

Do you have any hobbies?

as i said i am huge into sport i love football , darts , golf , boxing , ufc , u name it i probably like it. 

What are your future goals?

my furutre goals would be to be a signed musican , selling out arenas and selling millions of albums . i also would love to be a music producer with my own label

Are you seeing a profit from your artistic talents?

at the moment i am seeing no profit but it is due to not actually playing gigs atm

twitter - @Mark_Reynolds07
youtube - Bovver2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf8O8YwhELA I'm Yours-Jason Mraz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SO-Ujc-T50 - save tonight - eagle eye cherry cover 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBydZglBG-I - for the first time - the script cover

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpM8yhR_tjA - song bird - oasis cover

Interview with Traci Kauffman

Where are you from?


 I am from North Alabama and have lived there most of 
my life.  I lived in Texas when my husband was in the military, then 
Indiana where he is from.

Is that where you and your family reside now?

 Yes

How long have you been writing?


 I have been writing in some form or 
another since I was very young.  I published my first book a year ago.


What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?


  I like to write as I go.  I don't do a lot of research other than what I researched for my 
book Richard the Lionheart that I wrote.  I don't do a lot of 
brainstorming except when I first started writing.


Do you have any other interest? 


Writing is my passion but enjoy 
attending church with my family.  Occasionally we enjoy traveling.



Do you have any websites and or book links that you would like to share? 



My main website is http://tracykauffman.com   My Blog is 
http://tracykauffman.blogspot.com and http://tracykauffman.wordpress.com



What can you tell me about yourself that we haven't covered? 

Read my books and you will learn a lot about me. I put parts of me in my books.







What are your future goals with your writing?

 I plan to continue to write for years to come.  I plan on becoming the next Danielle Steel.



Is there any other genres that you would like to try? 


I will write in any genre if it interest me or if I get an idea about something that I 
would like to write about.


Are your books both Ebooks and paperback?


 Most of my books are both 
except "A Closer Walk" is only on EBook.


How long have you been published? 


My first book was published a year ago 
but I have published poetry before that.


Do your have a literary agent?


 No, why give someone part of your money 
that you work hard to get.


Do you have an editor? 


Yes, I have used several different ones. Mostly 
the ones that the publisher provided.


What companies have your used for publishing?


 Tate with Southern 
Adventures. Strategic with My Boyfriend the Squire and Publish America 
with the other two.


Would you use them again? 


Not sure.

Have you began to see a profit from your writing? 


Yes, some.




Interview with singer/songwriter/musician Johnny Straws


Where do you live?

I reside in Plaistow NH with my wife Keri and my son Jacob 4 years old

What is it that you do exactly?

I was in the IT field from 8/2000 until May 16, 2012 (Laid-Off)

Who are your musical influences?

I have a lot of influences from Metallica, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Social Distortion, The Clash, and the The Ramones

How long have you been rapping?

I do rap and I enjoy listening to rap however it all depends on my mood, Ive been rapping for a couple years most people probably dont know that

What is your birth name?

My birth name is John William Woolf Jr. My stage name is Johnny STRAWS. A cop in Haverhill Massachusetts gave me that nickname when I was a child because I used to chew on the red coffee stirrers that Dunkin Donuts has.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I was a problem child since birth, on probation all of my childhood. I spent some time in Middleton Prison (30 days) for driving without a license numerous amount of times. I was married once before and have two children with my first wife daughter that will be turning 20 this May and a son who turned 17 last November. I met my second wife (Who I am currently married to now) our 10th wedding anniversary is in August 2013. I met her and my life straightened out. We bought our home in November of 2006.

Do you have any hobbies?

The only hobby I ever had is my music which I realized in the spring of 2011

What are your future goals?

I would love to be a plain ol husband and father and of course writing a hit song...I'm too old to be performing I think.

Are you seeing any profit from your artistic talents? 








Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Interview with Author Debra Jayne East





Interview with upcoming rapper/songwriter Young Chicon


 Where were you born?

Young Chicon: I was born in the proud city of Chicago, Illinois. GO BEARS!!!


 Is that where you live now?

Young Chicon: Yes, it is. And I don't think I'm gonna leave.


 What is it that you do exactly?

Young Chicon: I am a rapper/ song writer. I mainly rap, but I also write in the pop, rock, r&b, and country genres
for singers. I love songwriting- especially for singers. I rap about everything, but most of my songs are love songs.


 Who are your musical influences?

Young Chicon: I would have to say Lil Wayne, Drake, Wale, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Maroon 5.

 How long have you been rapping?

Young Chicon: I have been rapping for five years but have wanted to be in the music business since I was 7. DREAM BIG KIDS, YOU CAN DO IT!!!


 Do you have a stage name?

Young Chicon: The stage name is Young Chicon, my real name is Devin Elias Ocasio, my old stage name was first DEO, then Wordplay,
but I found out that those names were taken so I came up with an original. Young means Young, LOL, and Chicon means "Chicago Icon."


 What is your birth given name?

Young Chicon: I mentioned my birth name already, it's Devin Elias Ocasio, however, I always thought I looked more like a Mario. 


 Can you tell me a little bit  about yourself?

Young Chicon: Well, I am a very caring person. Me and my record label are currently doing a Likes 4 Breast Cancer event where if you LIKE our page we will donate
ten cents put of our pocket towards Breast Cancer awareness. I love to teach kids about music and get them started. I love to write for women especially. I am ADHD but I do not let
it effect my success at all. I push through it. Message to ADHD victims: It may be hard to live with, but its not impossible. Love you guys. But yeah, I would say that I'm self-reserved, still on the hunt for Mrs. Chicon, thought I found her 6 years ago, 6 years wasted. LOL. But like the BEAR I am, I'm back on the hunt. I love comedies, I love Grimm, If you are a Grimmster please comment with your fave episode. I love what I do and I do it because I love it and I live by a self-made motto- "Don't just be iconic, be CHICONIC."



 Do you have any hobbies?

Young Chicon: Yes, Songwriting. O.o  Did we not establish that yet? Okay, fine. My other hobbie is watching Disney with my nephew. LOL. GO AUSTIN AND ALLY!!!

 What are your future goals?

Young Chicon: BE HEARD AND LOVED. I plan to...wait let me rephrase that... I WILL... be the greatest rapper alive. I put my heart and soul into every song I write and nothing less. I want
to give back to the community, I want to help cancer and muscular dystrophy centers find the cures, I have a story that needs to be told, and I WILL tell it whether people want to hear it or not.


  Are you seeing a profit from your artistic talents?

Young Chicon: As of right now my music is like your books- Not seeing much profit but hope to soon. Nevertheless, money isn't my main concern. Its like Jesse J said, "We just wanna make the world dance, forget about the price tag." I rest my case. Any other questions?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Songwriters Database

Songwriters Database I would love to have someone who writes music put music to my lyrics! I would also love to write words to someone's music and/or co-write! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Interview with Annette Bower






Where are you from?


I grew up and attended elementary school, high school, nurses’ training and University in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
If you go to this website and look at the you tube picture of Regina, my condo building is in the frame.



Is that where you and your family reside now?


Yes, my husband and I returned to the city in 2004. One son and his family live here and both my husband’s and my extended family. So this is home.
Another son and his family live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia because he is a member of the Canadian Navy. http://www.vancouverisland.com/regions/towns/?townID=20



How long have you been writing?


I have been writing for a long time. According to my family I was a tattletale but I remember the accolades of a well told story. I wrote poems as a teenager and young adult, but I always enjoyed reading romance and women’s fiction. When I was having a rough day as a young mother, my husband would bring home a series romance novel. I could escape and explore another world for a short time. I started attending classes and workshops while my children were young. As you can tell by my family history they are now married with families of their own so I have been at this a long time.


 What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?

I am a pantser. I have not embraced plot outlines. I get an idea and then I research and write in clouds around it. I have a female character in mind then I have to people her world and find her love interest.
I also enjoy writing short stories. I’ve had approximately two dozen published. I also enjoy the challenge of a flash fiction story with a beginning middle and end in one hundred words.
But short or long, women’s stories, the community and love that surround them are my passion.

 Do you have any other interests?

My friends call me the research queen. They mention something and I’ll be on the computer and find the information for them. Or because I have an inquiring mind, I have researched many subjects in the past.
I was a nurse, office administrator, teacher’s assistant, volunteer, and town councilor and adult university student, so I have many life experiences from which to glean.
I also love to walk and bicycle ride. Either at home or away, I explore thrift shops. I examine what the communities donate to the poor. I think I can tell a great deal about a community by the items on the shelves and clothing racks.

Do you have any websites and or book links that you would like to share?



 What can you tell me about yourself that we haven't covered?


When I’m not writing I’m learning about how to promote myself as an author of electronic published books. It’s like selling a piece of land in a far off place. Readers need to have imagination and the tools to explore this new and fast growing method of reading. I know that many readers love a book to hold but my books are contained in a computer chip of sort, whether it is on an e reader or a computer.

Moving On, A Prairie Romance, released Dec. 2011, is a one flame G-rated novel set in Regina Beach, SK. http://www.reginabeach.ca/ .

Anna is Moving On she will not love Nick. She won’t risk it. But he has other plans.

XoXo Publishers: http://tinyurl.com/d4xk8pw


Woman of Substance, released Dec. 2012, is one flame, G-rated novel set in Regina, SK.
Robbie deceives Jake for all the right reasons. She needs him to forgive her for love.
Barns and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/dyxjguk
Soul Mate Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/c3s23ns

What are your future goals with your writing?


I’m clouding the first draft of a new novel. I know it will have love, community and a strong woman character as well as a good man.


 Is there any other genres that you would like to try?


I very much want to learn how to write what are referred to as quick read books. These are novellas for adults who struggle with literacy, ESL, or reluctant readers. http://orcabook.com/rapid-reads.com/
My first novel Moving On, A Prairie Romance is as close as I have come. One reader told me that she had stopped reading until she read my book. She returned to reading and is now reading to her grandchildren. This is very rewarding for me as an author.


 Are your books both Ebooks and paperback?


Moving On, A Prairie Romance and Woman of Substance are Ebooks.
Woman of Substance will also be a paperback later in 2013. Soul Mate Publishing offers paperback about nine months after the release of the electronic version.
However I have many short stories in magazines and anthologies that are printed.
The anthologies are listed on my webpage: http://www.annettebower.com/books.html


How long have you been published?

My first short story, Another Mae Day was published in TRANSITION in the spring of 2002. http://www.cmhask.com/inside/publications.htm This is a good place to submit stories for publication.


Do you have a literary agent?

No, and at this point in my career he or she wouldn’t eat very well from my profits.

Do you have an editor?

I have had editors for most of my publications, the short stories as well as both novels.
Both XoXo Publishing™ and Soul Mate Publishing are publishers who provide editors for your novels.

What companies have you used for publishing?


I have been published by XoXo Publishing ™ out of Toronto, Canada http://www.xoxopublishing.com/Products/ and Soul Mate Publishing out of New York, http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/ .

Would you use them again?

Yes, I have published a very short story with XoXo Publishing for the Christmas season.
Christmas Wishes is part of their Hugs series: http://www.tinyurl.com/ayglyaz

I am sure I will but it is never a guarantee of acceptance. All manuscripts have to go through the right departments and be appropriate for the publisher and the quality of their publications.
Both publishers have contracts and honor them.

 Have you begun to see a profit from your writing?


I have received payments for my short stories and royalty money from my novels. I also spend money like any business on promotions such as review tours etc. Advertising books gets them noticed and today the expenses overshadow the royalties. 

Have you held any book signings?

I have been involved in book signings for the published anthologies. They are always so much fun. However, I have not had a signing event for my novels. Yet! If I am accepted to the RWA “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing at the RWA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 2013 then I will be there with new pens and a big smile.

I enjoy reading at any event that I can. There are local opportunities and one day I hope to read in other major cities in Canada, the United States and perhaps even other countries in the world. I do enjoy travelling.

Whew the end. The readers will wonder if I could have told this story in one hundred words.
Now that is an experiment I have to try.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Interview with David Marrocco

 Where are you from ?

I am from Rhode Island.
Is that where you and your family reside now?
 I have lived in Rhode Island my whole life, and currently reside in North Scituate, with my wife, daughter, and dog! A rural area of the state.
How long have you been writing?
 I have been seriously writing since 2008. Before that, it was just for fun.
What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?
 I like to think of myself as a prince, preparing to become a king. I am putting down the ground work, and the blood, sweat, and tears, to one day walk down that royal red carpet of the writing world. I think I will be considered the greatest writer of the 21st century, when it is all said and done, he he.
Do you have any websites and or book links that you would like to share?
  http://sbpra.com/DavidMarrocco/ http://www.facebook.com/AShiftInPerception
Do you have any other interests?

I have been in the liquor industry for seventeen years and like to bowl now and again.

 
What can you tell me about yourself that we haven't covered?
 I am first and foremost a man of faith and of God. After my near fatal accident in 2007, I was born again and had a new found energy to do something special with my life. I also am a major advocate for keeping the homeless off the streets. I hope to have my own shelter within the next couple of years.
My time is precious to me. Whenever I have extra time to spend with my family, I take advantage of it! I work many hours, so my days off are guarded. I love Politics and Sports. Other than that, I pass the time by working out when I can, and reading.

What are your future goals with your writing?
 I will continue writing until I reach my goal of ten books. Then I will reevaluate. Hopefully the passion that flows through my veins will still be there, and I will continue to pump out good, insightful, creative stories. I have started two chapters of a book that is very different than what I have written before. It is a dark comedy that involves ice cream, and an alter-ego. That is all I am going to say for now. I don't want the idea to slip away from me. When it comes out, it will catch on fast.

Are your books both Ebooks and paperback?
Yes! Kindle and Nook for $9.95. Paperback is a little more expensive but the new one is only $16.97. You can find it on one of the websites I listed!



What companies have your used for publishing?
 I was published in 2011 by Publish America. I do, but it was really a waste of time for me. Nothing got accomplished. I will fish around when I have more books under my belt.



Do you have an editor?
I do. Her name is Adela Brito. She is from New York. I recommend her to anyone who wants honesty and hard work put into the edit. I am taking my chances with mainstream publishing for my third and fourth books.


Have you began to see a profit from your writing?
I see a profit each day with my book! I think it is the easiest profession to feel vindicated with.



Have you held any book signings?
I will be hitting the book signing scene hard, this coming spring thru fall. I didn't feel right going out there with just one book under my belt. Now that I have two, I can show people that I am for real, and not going away!

Stop by Youtube and check my book trailers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHdUY69y1XI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtZ2swPaNfc

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What's New With Author Shelia Burket

Hi guys:) I just wanted to stop by and update what I am doing. Besides dishes and a little laundry, a lot of Facebook babysitting my grandson Noah and Grey's Anatomy all with my coffee near by...

I am co-writing with fellow author Joshua Skye. We are doing a romance/thriller called "Shades Of Deception." Joshua also does my book trailers. Check out his interview on my blog. I am working with author Bruce Spohn also. We are working on "Lakeside," a story about a camping trip. A romance so it seems so far.

I also write with author and music/film producer Tony Angelo. We are working on some children's stories that we may do an audio for.
I also work here and their on some stories that I wrote awhile back that needs some tweaking and rewriting. "Ghost From The Past" and "Faith Can Move Mountains." 

I have been talking to a few authors about illustrating their children's books. I have some other children's books in mind myself. 

My book links are on my blog, I have 5 books in print so far. I have published with PA and with XoXo. I have a children's ebook and some stories in anthologies etc. on XoXo.

I would love to write greeting cards and write songs that someone actually sings:) besides me! I love anything creative! My latest creative adventure is making paper snowfakes with my 2 yr. old grandson!

Please hit follow and follow my blog! Drop by and tell me all about yourself, leave me a comment about my books etc. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Interview with Bruce Spohn






 Where are you from? 

 Born in Landcaster California  but lived in Germany for 40 years 1965 - 2006

 

Is that where you and your family reside now?

 San Antonio, Texas

 

How long have you been writing? 

Started when I was in High School never published.  wrote articles for the Army post news paper in Germany and have a few poems published.  I have a collection of Short Stories published in 2012.


 

What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?

 So far YA romance, but I like SIFY a lot and might try that next

 

Do you have any other interests? 

Love to travel and learn new cultures.  reading is high on the list.  Drinking good wine with good friends is great 

 

What can you tell me about yourself that we haven't covered?

 Hate to remove all the mystery.  I have many different outlooks on life and that has been enriched by the many years spent in Germany 

 

What are your future goals with your writing?

 Currently working of a YA Romance and after that maybe a SIFY adventure for YA.  I have been playing around with an idea for an erotic story for women that examine the way their lives are touched and how they can be pushed into living a life they never dreamed of sort of a Shades of Gray but I need to do more thought on that.

 

Is there any other genres that you would like to try?


 SIFY, EROTIC and maybe comedy

Are your books both Ebooks and paperback? 

 

Yes "Christmas Treasures" is available in paperback and ebook format.


 

How long have you been published?

 This is the first year for me and I know it is hard to get your book into the readers hands.

 

Do your have a literary agent?

  Maybe sell it to a Hallmark as a Made for TV Christmas series. No not yet.  I am going to try to submit "Christmas Treasures" to see if I can find an agent.

 

Do you have an editor?

 No and I have found that is an essential if you want a good published book

 

What companies have your used for publishing?

 Publish America and Create space,.  I do not recommend Publish America they are free but give you nothing no support no advertising and they charge too much for the book so you can't sell them.  Create Space is not too costly.  They do give you free EBook conversion and they are part of Amazon so kindle is free.  They have great authors discount prices for your book and they ship at a really low price of it is easy to sell your own book and make some money.

 

Would you use them again? 

 would use Create Space again they are friendly and they give good service.

 

 

Have you began to see a profit from your writing?

 I sold 200 copies of my book cost price was $3.00 per copy including shipping and I sold them for $10.00 each so I am at the break even point now.

 

Have you held any book signings?

 I have had 3 book signings.  Two in small Indi book stores in San Antonio and one is a Senior citizen center.  Most of the books I sold were where I work. 


Interview with Casey Fry


Where are you from?

I am from Pennsylvania.

Is that where you and your family reside now?

I live on a small farm in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.

How long have you been writing?

 I’ve always enjoyed creating stories, characters, and new worlds, and have been writing since I was very young. I decided that I would be a writer when I was ten-years-old, and that was fourteen years ago.

What kind of writer would you describe yourself as?

I am a novelist, primarily of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

Do you have any other interests?

When not writing, I enjoy reading, watching horror movies, playing video games, horseback riding, researching whatever has struck my fancy, and playing with my cats.

Do you have any websites and or book links that you would like to share?

My website is www.caseyfryauthor.com, and there you can find links to where you can find my books and social media sites where you can connect with me. 

What are your future goals with your writing?

 I have a number of projects lined up.  

Is there any other genres that you would like to try?

My focus has been primarily in fantasy and horror, though I also write science fiction from time to time. I have a science fiction novel planned in the future, and other than that, I have considered the possibility of delving into crime fiction.

Are your books both Ebooks and paperback?

Yes. I’ve been publishing my books both in paperback and in ebook format.

How long have you been published?

My debut novel, DeathSpeaker: Hunt, was published at the end of October in 2012. I have previously published short stories and poetry, as well, and through that have been published for a few years.

Do your have a literary agent?

No, I do not have a literary agent.

Do you have an editor?

Yes, I have an editor who has been a great deal of help in reading my work.

What companies have your used for publishing?

 I self-publish through CreateSpace.  

Would you use them again?

Most definitely. CreateSpace does what I need it to do, and it’s not needlessly complicated.

Have you began to see a profit from your writing?

Yes. I have sold a number of books so far.

Have you held any book signings?

I have held four book signings, as of January 2013. I have two more planned in February, one in Bloomsburg, PA, and one in Bowie, Maryland.