Author Interview A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Author Interview

Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?  

Katherine Shears

Yes, and I honestly believe I’ve always been a writer. We all have infinite capabilities and various talents that come naturally to us. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed expressing myself through writing.I am inspired to write knowing that my writing will be around for future generations. That’s some serious sharing.

C.S. Whitehurst

I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. When I was in college, I was studying game development, and I had to write game narratives. Then, I realized that there was a great need for a certain set of informations that I, my schoolmates, and my professors had, that people in many urban neighborhoods did not have, information that makes functioning in higher society possible. My coauthor and I stockpiled the fundamental information that could be used to help fortify the intellectual foundation while enhancing a person’s knowledge and logic. And there, our first published book was born.

 

Do you plan to write more books similar to this one?  

Katherine Shears and C. S. Whitehurst:

There might possibly be a Part 2, because, to keep the page-count short in Part 1, we left out a set of important informations that would help make personal transformations and explanations in a person much more complete and thorough. 

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Katherine Shears:

When you have an idea, question, or thought, write it down! Get it out of your head onto something that will allow you to go back and work on it at will. The brain deals with a multitude of information, and when busy it will keep you from remembering important things when you need to the most.

C.S. Whitehurst

 

For new writers, I would suggest have a picture in your mind of who you want your book to reach, and imagine talking to that audience, sharing what you want them to know and learn, and try to remember to a voice recorder, or some other recording device, to not have it all in your head, so you can have an easier time when typing it up later.

 

 

 

Are you working on another book now?

Katherine Shears and C. S. Whitehurst:

We are working on a few more collaborations together currently, that are aimed at helping parent/kids relationship.  One is Surrogate Re-parenting 2: AKA. Get Your Mind Right 2, and the other we have yet to choose a title for. Both of which should be released in early 2018.

 

About the Book

Title: A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Author: C.S. Whitehurst

Genre: Nonfiction self-help

Just for kicks, have you ever wondered what your parents really want from you in life? Is it you, or do your parents want you to have no real fun? On any given day, do you want to make your parents proud of you and still do what makes you feel really happy within yourself? Of course you do! But the real question has always been, and still is…how? How can we actually get this done?

Well, with A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, a.k.a “the child-part consoler”, you will get past common misunderstandings by learning how to truly talk, hear, and listen to your parents, guardians or caregivers instead of feeling like you have to run to friends to find some sense of acceptance, understanding, and real connection.

In this book, chock-full of questions and answers gotten directly from the source, you’ll learn what your parents, guardians or caregivers really expect of you—and maybe you’ll even find out how to explain to them what you really expect from them! Not that this book could ever replace a parent, because it can not. But when it comes to openly communicating certain key ideas, this book comes really close.

This tell-all guide contains lots of enlightening explanations and helpful answers to many common kid questions like:

  • What do my parents really want from me?
  • Why do my parents do what they do and say what they say?
  • What do I really need to know about my parents’ parenting skills?
  • How can I keep my parents happy with me?
  • How can I help my parents to help me?
  • How can I get what I want from my parents every time?

A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is an intro to the secret knowledge of adults which is a set of informations that is mainly covered in the book entitled Surrogate Re-Parenting: A.K.A. Get Your Mind Right, and even more thoroughly covered in the book The Secret Knowledge Of Adults. While this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is intended for kids 10 and up, the info in this book is beneficial and useful to the intelligent kid parts in all of us. Yes, this means you too.

The information in this book will help you and yours to start to see your parents, not as the enemy, but as the caring human beings they really are, and take the first step toward family unity, understanding, growth, success, and happiness! Both you and your parents really deserve this, and with this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, you and your parents can actually achieve this.

 

Author Bios

Katherine Shears is a mom, graduate of Strayer University, and an executive consultant, who is dedicated to bettering the social function and overall visibility of all she encounters. She is a deep thinker with an open mind who stays on the cutting edge of learning, having read over one hundred self-help titles and counting.

C.S. Whitehurst is a psychology-based UX/UI designer/tester, computer programmer, IT Project Manager, and self-help enthusiast, who is a student of science, philosophy, life, and NYU. As a native of New York, having been exposed to social diversity, he has been coached by life to respond to the issues plaguing inner-city youth.

 

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Guest Post Just Like The Bronte Sisters

Every Woman Has the Same Story

By Laurel Osterkamp

Okay, so you recently had a baby and you’re having trouble getting your groove back. Your kind husband (who is also your doctor) rents a summer house with this huge nursery, but the nursery isn’t for the baby; it’s for you. You’re to stay in the nursery, day in and day out, and because you need “rest” you’re not to read, write, workout, care for your baby, or do anything at all interesting. Your one diversion is to stare at the nursery’s ugly yellow wallpaper, until you begin to believe there’s a woman trapped behind it. And then, your purpose is to free that woman, but what you don’t realize is that you’re really trying to free yourself.

It could happen, right?

I’m of course referring to the famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Maybe you once read it in a high school lit class? In my latest novel, Just Like the Brontë Sisters, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is briefly mentioned, when one of my main characters, Jo Beth, is stir-crazy and paranoid during her pregnancy bed-rest. I also just had my high school AP Lit students read “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and write an essay on it. AND I just finished The Widow’s House, by Carol Goodman, who uses The Yellow Wallpaper as inspiration for her entire novel.

So, the story has been on my mind.

And here’s my conclusion: While the author, Charlotte Perkins-Gillman, never achieved brilliant-author-status like Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, or Daphne Du Maurier, she did accomplish something big. She created an “everywoman.” We hear about “everyman” in literature: that universal male character we can all relate to, because his struggle is our struggle. Well, I’m not the first to believe that a man’s struggle is different than a woman’s, and the reason Perkin’s-Gillman never gave her main character a name is because she is everywoman.

Now, I’m not saying we’re all destined for insanity, or to be locked in a poorly decorated room by our controlling husbands. But I do believe that every woman’s story has a shared element. We’re looking to free that person inside us, the one who is trapped by society’s constraints, people’s expectations, or our own poor choices. Every woman’s story, on some level, is about empowerment and finding our voice. Because, as women, we are expected to make other people happy first, before satisfying our own yearnings.

All my books have been about women and empowerment. None of my characters are victims, and only a few are insane. And I should add, there is a lot of great fiction out now, with kick-ass female protagonists, truly empowered gals we’re rooting for from page one. BUT, at the very least, those kick-ass protagonists must struggle to hold onto that empowerment.

It’s not their fault. And it’ the reason “The Yellow Wallpaper” is still referenced today. We’re all looking to find that woman inside us, and to keep her from creeping away.

About the Book

Title: Just Like The Bronte Sisters

Author: Laurel Osterkamp

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Sisters Skylar and Jo Beth adore skiing and they virtually share the same soul. After an accident, Jo Beth flees to Brazil, leaving Skylar behind in Colorado to obsessively read the Brontë sisters. While abroad, Jo Beth meets Mitch and her life takes some unexpected turns, until tragedy leads free-spirited Mitch right into Skylar’s empty arms. With their Heathcliff/Catherine romance in full swing, Skylar wants to trust Mitch, but did he harm her sister? Loving Mitch could make Skylar lose everything. Just Like the Brontë Sisters is an unconventional romantic page-turner inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, full of magical realism, literary references, a ghost, and some healthy doses of suspense.

 

 

Author Bio

Laurel Osterkamp is a Kindle Scout/award-winning author of women’s fiction and suspense. Her “day job” is as at Columbia Heights High School, where she teaches creative writing, college writing, and AP Lit. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, two chatty children, an overweight cat, a gecko, and a hissing cockroach (don’t ask). Her other loves include chocolate, jogging, and boots.

 

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Book Review It Feels Good to Feel Good

Title: It Feels Good to Feel Good

Author: Cheryl Meyer

Genre: Non-Fiction / Health

Got Pain?

This book is for anyone with chronic pain looking for answers. It will give you a place to start. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of pain and pills.

In this book you will learn:
* What is causing your pain and how to eliminate it.
* How to find a practitioner that will help you gain back your health.
* What’s in your food? Organic, conventional, GMOs processed, fast, canned, dairy, factory farmed meat, soy, water.  Identify your sensitivities and heal your leaky gut.
* Identify the toxins in your life. in  your cosmetics, over the counter drugs,in you kitchen, in your body. Learn how to purge them.
* 34 stress busting ideas, and four simple exercises to reduce your stress.
* 32 suggestions from leading functional experts on how to get a good night’s sleep..
* How to recognize a toxic relationship and make it work or walk away.
* How to tame Anxious Negative Thoughts “ANTs”.
* The importance of movement, even for people who don’t like to move
* How to take control of your health, reduce your inflammation and feel great again!

 

I suffer from fibromyalgia. Occasionally, it gets really bad. Sometimes, I barely feel it. Most days, it’s bearable. I wanted to read “It Feels Good to Feel Good” because I was hoping to find some helpful tips there, because often I’ve found that in changing my diet, the pain tends to go away, or at least diminish somewhat. But then I eat something “bad” again (not knowing it will be “bad” for me) and the pain is back. “It Feels Good to Feel Good” delivered on its promise. Stress-busting ideas that actually work (I already tried a few), valid lessons about food and how to identify your sensitivities. Just by adopting a few of the strategies mentioned in the book, I’ve already managed to diminish my pain levels since my latest flare up of fibromyalgia, and I’m thankful for that.

If you suffer from chronic pain and you believe, like me, that there’s a way to get rid of it or at least diminish it that doesn’t involve pills, read this book.

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Author Interview Framed

Have you been writing a long time?

No. I started working on my first novel about five years ago. I wish I had started sooner, but the thought of putting a whole novel together was very intimidating.

What inspired you to start a writing career?
A couple factors inspired my writing career. As a Christmas present for my daughter, I’d put onto paper a bedtime story I’d told her when she was a child. I quite enjoyed the process and started to believe I could write a longer version (this story eventually became my fourth novel ‘Dwelt – Guardian of the Realm’). Secondly, an operation had me couch-bound for three months and I thought if ever I’d have the time to try writing a novel that was it. ‘Monsters and Miracles’ a paranormal adventure for middle-grade readers came to life, based on an idea for a story I’d had twenty years earlier. That got me started on this path.

Is your book a stand alone?
No. It is the first in a series. I’m working on the second draft of book two and am half done the first draft of book three. The second Black Swann Investigation should come out sometime in 2018.

Why did you choose this genre?
My favorite books to read are murder mysteries. I’d had the Reggie Swann character floating around in the back of mind for a while, but I didn’t know what to do with her.  My previous book, ‘Ric-A-Dam-Doo’ was a thriller with bits of mystery thrown in to keep the protagonists on their toes. This gave me the confidence to tackle a murder mystery. It was challenging and at the same time a lot of fun to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. First, you can do it. It just takes perseverance. It is best to set aside whatever amount of time you can spare on a daily basis, make it a routine and then write, write, write. Second, I recommend that you get the entire first draft finished before doing any major editing. Get the whole story on paper then go back and make the necessary changes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner after you’ve rewritten and got your masterpiece ready, get a professional to edit it. This will make it so much better and can be a great learning experience.
I wish for you all to have the amazing experience of holding your first book in your hands. Good luck.

About the Book

Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation

Author: Wayne Kerr

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

 

 

Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

For more information on the author and his books please visit: waynekerrnovels.com or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels

 

 

 

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Promo Post Penchant for Vengeance

About the Book

Title: Penchant for Vengeance

Author: Robert Downs

Genre: Mystery

Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons, along with a few skeletons; a steady job, but no steady partner or girlfriend; and is still married to his wife Sallie, even though she’s been dead for three years. Then his detective work takes a turn for the worse when a body is discovered at the downtown mall. One dead body isn’t enough, though, and another one turns up. When ties to a cold murder case in another county present themselves, Luke realizes that, if he doesn’t tread carefully, he could end up short more than just a few answers…

 

Author Bio

Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he’d already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his stories might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reviewing, blogging, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: www.RobertDowns.net. PENCHANT FOR VENGEANCE is his fifth novel.

 

 

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Guest Post Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

Guest Post: What does a writer know about teaching art?

On its surface, An Intention of Flowers (Book One in my Work of Art series) is a story about artists and art students and art teachers, about painters and sculptors, amateurs and professionals – none of which I know a single thing about!

And you may find yourself wondering: Why? Why write about artists? Isn’t the rule for writing, after all, to “write what you know”?

Indeed, it is. And I found myself wondering over my motivations as well, even as this story filled my mind with its twists and turns, details and mysteries. What could I, certainly no expert in the visual arts, understand about artists?

Well, as it turns out… There’s not as much a difference as you might think. All artists, be they visual artists or musicians or actors or film-makers – whatever you want to call them – all artists share a lot more in common than their mediums might suggest.

And nothing makes that commonality more clear than the current under-valuation all art is experiencing. Musicians can’t make a buck. Authors can’t sell books. Photographers find their work propagated on the Internet before they can earn anything from them. We find ourselves at a time in which art is certainly in crisis.

And then, one day as my wife and I were driving over the Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles, I looked down into a parking lot to see a group of children painting the pavement. What if they decide to become artists, I wondered. What will art mean to them? How is the next generation of artists, be they painters or writers or singers, supposed to make their mark when the tide of commerce so easily sweeps them away?

These are questions I face every day as an independent author. I decided to strike out on my own after spending years trying to work within a publishing industry in disarray. While there are definitely strategies that can help you succeed in the business, reconciling that business with art is more difficult when there’s a business telling you what that art should be.

And so, the meaning of art has become far more important as the meaningfulness of art becomes diminished. Where are artists to go when galleries have to compete with Instagram and every live theater produces live-action versions of animated films? For an artist to stand out, they must truly stand up.

An Intention of Flowers is not just about students or teachers, artists or otherwise; it is about people of passion standing up in a world that believes them to be invisible and saying “I am here.” As far as that goes, I know at least a thing or two.

 

About the Book

Title: Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

Author: Ken La Salle

Genre: YA / Contemporary Fiction

Oily pavement.

Thick tempera paint.

A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.

A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.

And Andy Hollis steps in it.

As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.

He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.

Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.

But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?

And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.

Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.

An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.

 

Author Bio

Author and occasional philosopher and monologist, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. You can find a growing number of his books and performances available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.

 

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Book Promo Kindred Spirits

About the Book

Title: Kindred Spirits

Author: Whitney Dineen

Genre: Chicklit / Romance

Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible.

After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.

Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off.

Will Pip’s new “Spirit Helper,” Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard?

Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!

 

 

Author Bio

Whitney Dineen is a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor and middle reader fiction. When she’s not spinning stories, Whitney’s raising her young daughters, wrangling chicken, or eating french fries, not necessarily in that order.

 

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