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Summer Giveaway Hop August 1- 7


 

Welcome to the
Summer Giveaway Hop

August 1st – 7th 2011

Co-hosted by Mary from BookHouds & Forever Young (adult) and I am a reader, not a writer

There will be 1 winner for this Hop USA ONLY

Prize Pack is 4 Children’s books

The Wickit Chronicles Book 1 by Joan Lennon

The Imagination Station Peril in the Palace by Marianne Hering

Danny the Chamion of the World by Roald Dahl

Going Solo by Roald Dahl

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This giveaway close at midnight on Sunday, August 7th  

Winner will be selected at random.org and post noon August 8th  

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Interview with Ella Johnson, owner of Memorable Children Books & Gifts


Interview with Ella Johnson, owner of Memorable Children Books & Gifts http://melangeofcultures.wordp​ress.com/2011/07/31/interview-​with-ella-johnson-founder-of-m​emorable-children-books-gifts/

Interviewer: Nicole Weaver

July 31, 2011 Posted by | Mymcbooks | | 2 Comments

In My Mailbox #16


In my mailbox this week for review

Danny The Dragon “Meets Jimmy” written by Tina Turbin

Life Is Not a Candy S tore It’s the Way to the Candy Store written by Tal Yanai

Almost Zero A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes New York Times Bestselling Author

The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen

My Hare Line written by Patsy M. Henry

My Hare Line meets the Brown Rabbit written by Patsy M. Henry

My Hare Line and the Dead Pine Tree written by Patsy M. Henry

The Day Dirk Yeller Came To Town written by Mary Casanova

Wolf Camp written by Katie McKy

Pumpkin Town! written by Katie McKy

Strange Creatures The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum written by Lita Judge

Not Fat Because I Wanna Be written by LaNiyah Bailey

 

In My Mailbox was started in November of 2008 by The Story Siren. This is a great way to feature Author’s books even though it might not be in the form of a review. In My Mailbox is a great way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs, it’s also a great way for bloggers to share upcoming releases!

 

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you’ve bought or books that you’ve gotten at the library.

 

 

July 30, 2011 Posted by | In My Mailbox | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review and Giveaway: Countercharm by Cherese A. Vines. Ends August 10th


Countercharm by Cherese A. Vines

Sydnie Knight never knew how much her life would change when her mother sent her to Seattle to stay with her aunt. Upon her first meeting with a strange young man named Ron Andres, she has a foreboding feeling about him. After a series of dreamlike visions, bizarre behavior, and a near-fatal drowning accident, Sydnie is sent to “talk things out” with psychologist Dr. Neal Vaughan. From the doctor, Sydnie learns frightening realizations that only get more fantastic as time goes on. Who can she trust when she finds out her mother is missing and everyone seems to think she’s gone crazy? Including herself.

My Review: I love a good book that you can’t put down and Countercharm is that book. This story reminds me of sitting with my brothers and sister listen to my grandmother tell a good story where you can’t wait to know what happened to the main character. A story full of fantasy and imagination as you wonder what Ron is up to, and why Sydnie felt so strange every time he is around. Great story line and I recommend this book to family.

Age: 9 – 12

Pages: 111 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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July 29, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Interview with Author Cherese A. Vines


Biography

Novelist, Cherese A. Vines was born into a military family in the late 1970s. She has lived in a number of different cities and states throughout her life. Although she has a background in Journalism, her love of reading fiction led to creative writing pursuits. She has incorporated her experiences and travels into her stories, which include young adult fiction, science-fiction, and fantasy. She has self-published two young adult novels, Countercharm and Countercharm 2: Of Stars and Dreams and is currently working on her third novel, Elan Vital. Cherese currently resides nearAtlanta,GAwith her husband and two children. www.chereseavines.mysite.com

Interview with Cherese A. Vines author of Countercharm.

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Interview

What is the last book you read?

The last book I read was Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by DJ MacHale. I found the book at my local thrift store and saw that there was a series so I bought all the Pendragon books there. Thrift stores and libraries are good places to take a chance of an author you don’t know. I had never heard of the Pendragon series, but it seems like a pretty good series so far.

What were your earliest memories of writing?

I wrote a story in second grade for a project. We made our own books with wallpaper and cardboard and wrote our stories inside. I still have the two that I made some 27 years ago. It’s amazing to see your words in a book that everyone can enjoy. It was not until I was 24 that I was able to see my words in a professional, glossy book when I self-published my first young adult novel, Countercharm. It was only a little more exciting that those first ones in second grade.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

A little of both. But I was definitely nurtured as a reader first and then a writer. I love reading and that’s where writing starts. Once I discovered that I could make up my own stories and write them down, it became a fun thing for me to do and to escape into a new world. But it wasn’t until I was about 13 or 14 years old when I got typewriter as a present that I started typing up my first book. It was about a young girl who’s parents were going through a divorce. I guess it was therapeutic because my parents were divorcing at that time. I think a lot of children could relate to the story today, but I never published it I think because it was so personal to me.

Are you working on a new book?

Yes. Elan Vital is my next book. It is a fantasy adventure story. It takes place on the same world as the one mentioned in my first book Countercharm and the sequel, Countercharm 2: Of Stars and Dreams. In Elan Vital two sisters are being trained as priestesses to protect their world by maintaining the balance of energy when they are orphaned by an attack on their village by semi-immortal beings. Afterward, the girls must complete their training on their own so that they can prevent the semi-immortals from further disturbing the balance and subsequently destroying their world.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?

I am a stay-at-home mom, so I have plenty to keep me busy with two young children. I also help other writers by critiquing and editing their work.

How did you come up with each character?

A lot of my stories come from dreams I’ve had so the characters come to me pretty well rounded already. Other characters come in to support my central character. In Countercharm, Sydnie Knight is 16, so she needs a guardian. Since her mother is not there, Aunt Sandra becomes the mother figure. So most of my characters evolve because my protagonist needs them. They all add something to the protagonist’s transformation.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Oh definitely. When I put too much pressure on myself to produce something spectacular on the first draft, I end up blocking my creativity. I usually write without outlines and so most of the time I’m working from a general idea. As I write the inspiration for characters, settings, plot come to me without much planning. But when I try to be too specific and rigid with the direction of my story, it stifles my creative flow. The best thing for me to do is to put the story down for a few days or start on another part of the story and then I can usually work around the writer’s block. It’s always better to keep writing than to have a perfect first draft.

What is the most difficult part of writing?

Editing is the most difficult part of writing for me. I’m really all about getting the story out and going along on the adventure. This is the fun part for me. But when I start to edit, it becomes work. I’m no longer riding along, I’m checking the gears to make sure it’s working right and replacing parts: Work. However, it’s something that must be done to give my characters and the story the respect they deserve. Spending all that time on editing makes me feel like I’m really invested in this story and that I really want it to be heard. There have been some stories that I didn’t think deserved editing, and so they’re in the bottom drawer somewhere. That’s not to mean that I will never revisit those stories again, it just means not now. They may get a second try because I may feel differently about them a few years from now. Another reason why editing is my least favorite task is that it tends to be a “forever” activity. As the author, I will probably always find something to change or make better, even when the book is in print.

How do you react to a bad review?

It can hurt a little, but if people only say “I liked it” when they really didn’t, this does me no good. How can I fix something so my reader can enjoy the journey if I don’t know something is wrong? With a bad review, I can take it and use it to make my stories better. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I take critiques seriously and I make sure I don’t repeat the mistakes that brought that type of review.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

It would have been great to sit down with Octavia Butler who passed away in 2005. She had such a phenomenal imagination. Before reading Octavia Butler’s books, I didn’t know African-Amercian women read or even wrote Science-Fiction and Fantasy. I thought I was a little strange for liking it when I was younger. Anne Rice is another writer I would like to meet. The way she writes is so beautiful. The words flow almost without effort, taking you into new worlds that although seedy at times, still sound pleasing just because of the way she puts the words together. J.R.R. Tolkien is another creative author. The world created in Lord of the Rings is amazing. The history is what drew me. The attention to the details of each character’s history and the worlds’ history is so appealing because Tolkien knew these worlds as if he really lived there. That’s what I like about J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series as well. The characters are not just thrown in there. They are well thought out and have their own history that is just as real and important as Harry Potter’s because it made them who they are in the story.

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?

Well, as a mother of two young children, I don’t have much time to write. But what I do make sure to do is to have a notebook and pen nearby at all times. I can get inspiration while driving or getting the kids ready for bed. Ideas come at such strange times for me. I also make sure I participate in the National Novel Writing Month each November (nanowrimo.org). It’s where you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It’s very ambitious, but I have finished three out of the four years I’ve done it. I like the challenge, it gives me the added discipline or push I need to make sure I write. It also gives me a sense of comradery with other others and a sense of accomplishment which is really a motivator in itself.

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

I would tell them to talk to people who work with children like teachers, caregivers, librarians. Also, try different types of books to see what your child likes. Libraries and the internet are good resources as well. The best resource, however, is other parents. See what they are reading their children. What works best for me is letting my daughter choose her own books. I found that if I chose her books, they were more to my tastes and did not always interest her. But allowing her to choose the books actually was amazing. She seemed to pick the right books for her, for the time and message that we/she needed at that particular moment. She gets some sense of independence and responsibility as well which promotes positive emotions about reading.

What advice you would give to new writers?

My advice is to read widely, even genres you don’t like. Write daily. Take an English class. Interact with others who like books, whether it’s reading or writing. I like the idea that you write, write, write and then edit later. My focus is on getting the story out of your head and on paper. It’s so rewarding to see those words, your words, in print. Experience life as much as you can because every story has come from some bit of reality. Use all your resources and get positive support for your writing. Most important for me would be to write because you love to write not because you want to be a bestseller. I believe when you start writing to please others, your writing loses that sincerity and heart that makes it worth reading.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I believe everyone has a story in them, fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. Some people may not believe they are “writers” but if you can speak, you can write. And there are so many resources out there to make what you write, glossy and print ready. So write, because your story needs to be heard, read and enjoyed.

Thank you for this interview.

 

July 29, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. Ends August 7th


Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle by Nicole Weaver and illustrated by Ruben Chavez.

 

A delightful story about compassion and the richness of family love and devotion!

This story is about the love that developed between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle. The story tells the struggles Marie had as she helped the sea turtle back out to sea.

Esta historia es sobre el amor que se desarrolló entre una niña llamaba María y una tortuga que vino a tierra para poner sus huevos. La historia cuenta las dificultades que tenía María para regresar la tortuga de nuevo al océano.

Cette histoire est au sujet de l’amour qui s’est développé entre une petite fille qui s’appelait Marie et une tortue de mer qui est venue sur le sable pour pondre ses oeufs. L’histoire raconte les dificultés que Marie a rencontrées pour remettre la tortue dans l’océan.

My Review: This is a great story written by the author in 3 different languages, English, Spanish and French. Marie was seeking seashells at the seaside when she came across a huge sea turtle who was finding it difficult to crawl back into the ocean. She came to its aid and tried to help but the turtle was too huge and she needed help. Her parents was standing at the seaside and the taught of asking them was out of the question for they will take the turtle home and cut it up to make stew.

What is Marie to do? Will her parents cut up the turtle for stew or will they help the poor turtle? You just have to buy your own copy and find out…lol!

This is a great story about friendship between a young girl and a sea turtle and her desire to help it back into the ocean. The story is also told in two other languages, a great way to promote other languages. This is a must have for parents and classroom teaching.  One of the best watercolor illustrations I have come across by Ruben Chavez.

Age: 9 – 12

Pages: 36

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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July 27, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Interview with Nicole Weaver


Biography

Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, ” My sister is my Best Friend ” will be published in 2011.

Interview with Nicole Weaver author of Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What is the last book you read?
I read Habanera –A portrait of a Cuban Family by Teresa Dovalpage. I remember being in Catholic grade school and having to write these long descriptive essays. All of my exams were essays so I did a fair amount of writing.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
I started writing poetry for therapeutic reasons. In 2005, I won a local poetry contest and that experience encouraged me to venture out. An author friend talked me into attending the Denver chapter of SCBWI. At the conference I was encouraged to use personal experiences as part of my writing. A few months later I wrote my first trilingual children’s picture book titled: Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle/ María y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/ Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer.

Are you working on a new book?
Yes! I have several manuscripts I am revising. I am currently working on publishing an E book on kindle. I just got the manuscripts back from the copyeditor.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I spend a great deal of time reading and reviewing books. My youngest keeps me very busy with his sportive activities too. Lastly, as a school teacher I do a lot of grading of papers and preparing of lesson plans. In short, I am a very busy person.

How did you come up with each characters?
My first trilingual children’s picture book is based on my life while living in my native country of Haiti. My second trilingual book due to be released this month is about my sister.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Yes! Many times!

What is the most difficult part of writing?
Writing for children is very difficult. I have trouble letting the child character solve his or her problems.

How do you react to a bad review?
I am very lucky, all of my reviews have been very positive. I did get one bad review from a reviewer. I was definitely not very pleased. I realized you can’t make everyone happy. I get daily request from authors to do reviews and to me that is a huge responsibility. In my opinion it is best to not do a review if it is not positive.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
I would love to dine with Jane Yolen and Alexandre Dumas . A lexandre Dumas is by far my favorite author. I have read all of his books.

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? Since I teach high school French and Spanish I have a very busy schedule. I make appointments with myself to get time to write. I try to write every day.
I also must take time to exercise at least three times a week. I used to watch a lot of television, now I write. My youngest will be a junior in high school in the fall, and I try to attend all of his basketball tournaments. So you see, I am one busy person. As far as goals are concerned, I always write them down and every morning I make positive affirmations concerning those goals. I have short term and long term goals. Making positive affirmations is a very powerful tool that can help someone visualize what it is he or she wants. I neatly type each goal and say them out loud each morning after my morning ritual of praying and reading my favorite bible verses. I also keep a journal where I write nothing but positives.

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Always read the book first and be sure to let children read books on topics they are interested in. I also think it is a very good idea for parents to
become familiar with certain publishers. For instance, Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc publishes books that are very positive and that always
teach children good morals. Just recently I read about the children author who wrote a book titled: Go the*** to Sleep. As a parent I would not buy books from the publisher of this book.

What advice you would give to new writers?
Make it a habit to read books on the genre you like to write for. Attend writer’s conferences. Join a critique group. Join online writer’s organizations and groups. There are many excellent groups online, but be sure the groups have the same interest as you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Thank you for your time and interest and if you would like to learn more about my books and what I do please visit my sites: My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog: http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle Blog: http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

Websites: http://outskirtspress.com/nicoleweaver

http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com
http://nicole-weaver.com

Educational Expert:
http://www.bizymoms.com/city-experts-cp/ce-nicole-weaver-130.php

Blogcritics Contributor:
http://blogcritics.org/writers/nicole-weaver

 

July 27, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Free Back to School Supplies Giveaway – Ends August 15th, 2011


Memorable Children Books & Gifts

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Free Giveaway for School Supplies!

Starts July 25th – Ends August 15th

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School supplies will be for grades Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

 

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July 25, 2011 Posted by | Free Back To School Supplies, Free Giveaways | 78 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Talee and the fallen Object & Coloring Book. Ends August 7th


Talee and the fallen object

Talee and the fallen object – Fantasy Adventure Coloring Book

Talee, a girl who lives on the gas planet Gala has her curiosity piqued when she sees an object fall from the backpack of a mail flyer and journeys out to see what it is.

My Review: If you love reading about adventures then let Talee who is eight years old take you on a fantasy adventure. When Talee notice something fallen out of the mail flyer’s bag from the sky she couldn’t wait to see what it was. Talee let her curiosity get the better of her by leaving home and not letting her parents know. She learnt an important lesson about safely.

The author also added a coloring book with giant pictures featuring scenes in the book. Any child that loves to color would love to bring this coloring book to life with fun colors. And you can write your own adventure at the back of the coloring book. I highly recommend this book for young readers as it is a light chapter book to start children with.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

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Author is giving 1 lucky winner a copy of this book

Giveaway Ends August 7th  @ 12 noon

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July 24, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 14 Comments

Interview with Author Jacquitta A. McManus


All my life, I’ve gravitated to fantasy stories. Stories that I felt I could be a part of and completely immerse myself in … in my imagination.” – JmcManus

A little girl from Kentucky, Jacquitta McManus was always drawn to fantasy stories. It was a way for her to immerse herself into exciting adventures in faraway lands that she otherwise wouldn’t experience. As she got older she would find that immersing herself into those fantasy stories was just the beginning of a journey of writing children’s books.

With nothing else interesting her, she headed off to college to pursue a degree in digital animation. She took art classes along side animation classes and of course her basics. If you asked her she didn’t have a need for the basics.

“ I was one of the students who hated taking the basic courses. I was there for animation and that was all I wanted to do. Math… uhhh could have left it. Spanish… uhhh could have left it. English… well… was never a strong subject for me. Grammatics, (I know, it’s not a real word… but it sounds good.), just didn’t sink into my brain. I didn’t get it. Therefore I didn’t even consider being a writer of stories. My focus was getting into my animation classes.”

By the end of her college experience she started developing an interest in film. She also had a son, and although her grandmother was concerned that she wouldn’t finish, she did with a Mass Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Animation and minors in Art and African American studies.

Married with a son, she moved to Atlanta. And not too long after had another baby, a girl. With a daughter growing out of watching Sesame Street and Blues Clues, Jacquitta realized that there were not a lot of stories, with protagonist that look like her, out there for her daughter to get into. And this bothered her! And although this didn’t immediately start her down the path of writing children’s books, it did spark the idea of writing children’s books.

She went on to produce and direct her first short film. Picked as one of the top five finalists in a film festival she was very happy with what she had accomplished. Shortly after, she began writing a series based on her short film. It was during this time that she realized that she didn’t like writing dramas that much, but preferred the fantasy adventure genre. And then she remembered all those movies she was able to escape into when she was a child. So like any storyteller she picked up some paper and a pen and began to outline her first trilogy. Six legal pads later she was hooked.

And now with two published books and one coloring book adventure she is on the path she had been on all her life. Writing fantasy adventures stories for children around the world to enjoy. http://WorldsToDiscover.com/

 Interveiw with Jacquitta A McManus author of Anyia: Dream of a Warrior and Talee and the fallen Object.

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was, The Septavalent Stone. I read it for my site InsideTheBooks.com. The last book I read just for fun was, Septimus Heap – Flyte. And now I’m currently switching between a couple of writing books.

What are your earliest memories of writing?
I didn’t write a lot as a child as far as I can remember. I preferred daydreaming. But I do remember writing a story in middle school and reading it out loud in class and later having my teacher tell me it moved him. That’s the earliest memory I have of having someone commenting on something I wrote in that way.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
As I think back on it, I did have some teachers over the years tell me I had a way of bringing out stories. But I didn’t think much of it. What brought me to writing was my love of storytelling and my desire to one day create a series that I hopefully will have animated. Writing isn’t something that comes natural but storytelling does. So I’m encouraged to write by my desire to tell stories.

Are you working on a new book?
Yes, I’m working on a couple of books. I’m editing the second book in my Anyia series as well as editing a chapter book titled Ava Brooks. And in between those two books I’m working on my first novel, which I would love to have in a rough draft by the end of the year.

What inspired you to write Talee and the Fallen Object and how did you come up with each character?
I was inspired by the world. I wanted to create a story on a gas planet, which is what the concept of the planet Gala is based on. Once I had a rough idea of the world I had to create a character that would fit into it and that character came to be Talee. Talee is actually not the first character I created, but since the first character was much older and didn’t fit the age group, I created Talee. The inspiration for the Calpa’s came from the need to have a fantasy animal that could fly but still be friendly enough for a young age group. And since Talee was going to need a companion on her adventures I created Nola. And although Nola is Talee’s Calpa they are best friends and will go on a lot of amazing adventures together. I see them having lots of fun together.

Anyia: Dream of a Warrior is a great book about African Tradition, what inspired you to write it and have you visited any African country or plan to?
I have been to Africa. I did a study abroad course in Africa when I was in college and had a great time. And I’m sure that experience had some influence on me as a writer in general as well as specifically for the Anyia series. The story itself came to me in a very unusual way. I never set out to write a story with Anyia as the protagonist. Her series came about when I was working on my novel and Anyia, which is a character in the novel, wasn’t coming to me like I wanted her to. So I started writing a back story on her and from there grew her series. And I must say, Anyia and her story has greatly impacted the story of my novel … for the better.

What was your favorite children’s book?
The Secret of Nimh. I use to read a lot when I was a child and for some reason that book always stood out to me. I even drew the cover of the book when I was in middle school, which came out really good! I remember someone telling me that they thought I had traced it. I wish I had kept it.

What is the most difficult part of writing?
Turning the worlds in my head into words. When I write I visually see it happening in my head, good imagination! Which is why it’s easier for me to write screenplays. What is hard for me is to transform those images and scenes into words that flow into chapters and ultimately a book.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
Creating the worlds. I love creating worlds and I love working with illustrators. I even like designing the clothing.

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
I haven’t really had a bad review. I did have someone give me 3 stars on Labyrinth’s Door but the review itself wasn’t bad. From what I can tell of their review is that they thought the book was cumbersome for their 7-year-old niece at times do to names and characters, which I can understand. The book is targeted at ages 9 – 12. So … I don’t know if that’s a fair assessment.

What do you hope that readers will take away from your book?
Adventure! I would love for children to read my books and escape into an adventure that they would want to return to over and over again. To feel like they met new friends and, if only for a moment, be able to be part of their world. That’s what I hope to do when I read a book so I hope to be able to create that for others.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
If I could have a dinner party of authors, screenwriters and songwriters I would invite: Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, James Cameron, Rebecca Keegan, Philip Pullman, Angie Sage, Joseph Campbell, Salif Keita, Regina Spektor, India Arie and Will Jennings just to name a few. Oh, and Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy. I would love to know how he forms his jokes.

What author inspires you the most and why?
More than books, I’m inspired by storytelling. And for me, that mostly comes through the visual media. So I really find a lot of inspiration in the Star Trek series as well as series like Rome. I really don’t have a favorite author. I do have authors I will always read like J.K. Rowling and what I love about her writing is her ability to immerse me into her fictional worlds without distraction. I don’t like it when the author distracts me when I’m reading.

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Okay, I’m laughing because I wish I were more disciplined. My goals are to keep writing and creating worlds and the only discipline I have right now is to write when the muse hits me, regardless if that means I’m writing at 3:00 am or 3:00 pm.

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
As long as the language and content is appropriate I don’t think there is a wrong selection. What we as parents might like our kids to read might not be what our kids like to read. So my advice is to just let them read what inspires them. As long as they’re reading they are learning/practicing reading comprehension, which will be a great asset to them. And as they grow they will also find other books that will interest them and know they can read them and not be intimidated by them.

What advice you would give to new writers?
I would tell them to make sure they get their books line-edited before they publish. It’s part of the final polish and well worth the time and money.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yes, If they would like to know more about my books they can visit my website, http://WorldsToDiscover.com/ or the can find me on Blog, Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little more about me.

Links:
Blog: http://worldstodiscover.com/Storyteller
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WTDiscover
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/WTDiscover
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4392020.Jacquitta_A_McManus

 

July 24, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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