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Cover Reveal: ‘Desperate Tides, Desperate Measures’ by Brett Salter

Title: Desperate Tides, Desperate Measures

Series: The Talisman Series Vol. 5

Author: Brett Salter

Genre: Fantasy / Magical Realism

About the Book:

Looks like our heroes can finally put an end to the nightmare that was Scarabadon, The Juggernaut.  And it seems everyone’s favorite Synergist Knight and Master Dragon have fixed their Talisman issue too.  Having thwarted every attack The Tyrant King has thrown at them to this point, The Alliance believes that they can endure any challenge as long as they remain together.  Now, having the upper hand seems like the perfect opportunity to seek out more allies and even more of the realm’s mystical Talismans. Could this be a “happily ever after” for our ensemble of motley heroes?  Or is this peace just a fool’s hope and just as temporary as the changing tides?

The Talisman series will reveal the clandestine workings of the dragons and their knights who embrace the role of protecting our world from The Tyrant King and his evil minions. Whichever side controls the Talismans and their magic will determine the destiny of the world. The question is, what are these Talismans, and how can they be used for the good of humanity and the dragon dens?

The Talisman Series:

The Search for Synergy: The Talisman Series Vol. 1

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Riders of Fire and Ice: The Talisman Series Vol. 2

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Windy City Ruins: The Talisman Series Vol. 3

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The Battle for Verdana: The Talisman Series Vol. 4

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About the Author:

My background in writing stems mostly from the inspiration I found as a kid when I read Fantasy and Sci-Fi books. These include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Xanth Novels, The Time Quintet, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss. In my formative years, I joined several punk rock bands and wrote songs, poetry, and short stories aplenty. As an adult (?) I took on a dare and wrote the first book in my Talisman Series. I loved the feeling it gave me and the idea of inspiring others so much that I kept writing until I had an entire series.

And now, a massive head’s up! I am NOT a professional writer. That’s why I write MG/YA instead of High, Epic Fantasy. I do all my own writing, my own editing, my own promoting, and my own stunts with my extremely limited free time. If you are okay overlooking a few typos and coma splices, then we can be friends. If you are expecting the next George R.R. Martin, then my apologies. I write for kids like my own and tell stories meant to entertain. Check out my books if you like action, dragons, and zany characters.

Stay cool and keep a wary eye out for portals!

Social Media Links:

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16878722.Brett_Salter

Talisman Series Fandom Wiki page:  www.the-talisman-series-by-brett-salter.fandom.com/wiki/The_Talisman_Series_by_Brett_Salter_Wiki

Authorsden: www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=214341

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Author Interview: ‘The Search for Synergy’ by Brett Salter

About the Book:

“The Search for Synergy” is the story of two young men who are brought together by design to help save the world from the evil that lurks in The Void. Rome and Julian will have to join their fledgling powers and become a fighting duo of knight and dragon, working to fulfill a primordial destiny. This will be especially hard for Rome who, up until now, thought he was merely human.

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Excerpt:

Mr. Jones abruptly clapped his hands together and smiled ear to ear. “Great Saturn’s rings! That’s marvelous!” he exclaimed with childlike glee. “We must prepare for The Great Synergy soon. I am sure you have many questions, and I promise to answer each one. But first, I must have a closer look at you. Please come this way.”

He ushered both boys from the table and led them over to the children’s literature section. Mr. Jones walked around Rome eyeing him up and down. He extended Rome’s right arm straight out and tapped his pointer finger up and down on Rome’s wrist.

“Nothing there yet?” he asked aloud. He stomped his right foot hard on the ground near Rome’s left foot and looked squarely at him. He did it again. He did it a third time using much more force. Each time he stared firmly at Rome. “Hmmmmm. Reflexes are still inert,” he mused.

Mr. Jones stared at Rome for a few more seconds chewing on his glasses then finally muttered, “Oh, there you are!” He leaned in closer to Rome and glared decisively into Rome’s eyes. “By the Knights of the Round! I see it!” he exclaimed. Then, he moved closer to Julian. “He is going to be very powerful, indeed.”

Mr. Jones turned back to Rome and saw the look of a scared cat about to run. His excitement abated. Mr. Jones had allowed his own excitement to supersede the boy’s need for understanding. If Rome left now, there would be no getting him back and another generation would go without having made a connection. He could not wait fifteen more years.

“Please excuse an old man’s excitement,” Mr. Jones offered. “Rome, do you ever read fairy tale books or fiction of the fantasy vein?”

Rome was bewildered. “Not really,” he said, trying to find an escape route. “I watched The Lord of the Rings if that counts.” Julian cackled out loud. He exchanged a glance with Mr. Jones then walked away from the pair towards a distant bookshelf.

Mr. Jones continued. “You see, young Master, most of, but not all of those tales about wizardry and knighthood are very real. At least, they WERE very real in olden times. Especially the tomes that pertain to the kingdom of Britannia and the good king known as King Arthur.” He suddenly stood up very straight. “I am going to tell you something, and I want you to please believe me when I tell you this. You are not what you think you are. You are not the normal person you see when you look in the mirror. You come from a long blood line of great power and tremendous bravery.”

Rome cocked his head not knowing what to expect next. He squinted his eyes and glanced at Julian who was fiddling with his die. Mr. Jones stepped back and crossed his arms. “You, young Master, are a dragon!”

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My background in writing stems mostly from the inspiration I found as a kid when I read Fantasy and Sci-Fi books. These include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Xanth Novels, The Time Quintet, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss. In my formative years, I joined several punk rock bands and wrote songs, poetry, and short stories aplenty. As an adult (?) I took on a dare and wrote the first book in my Talisman Series.  I loved the feeling it gave me and the idea of inspiring others so much that I kept writing until I had an entire series. I am currently working to finish The Talisman Series. I have self-published 4 of the books which can be found on Amazon. At this very moment, I am on book 11 of the 12 I have planned. I also have plans for a series which will take influence from the portal fiction genre about a girl and 6 others that travel to another dimension to fulfill a destiny by saving a planet from cruel overseers.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I write whenever I have some free time. I used to have a job that granted me a ton of downtime. That’s when I wrote the first 3 books.  Like most of the things in my life, I am pretty clueless when it comes to making a schedule, so I just write when and where I can. I’ll tell you though, the best ideas come to me at night juuuuust before I fall asleep. Which makes remembering them nigh impossible unless I wake myself up and write them down.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Umm,  I would say my inspiration comes from multiple sources including classic fantasy/sci-fi books, anime, and myths of the ancient world. I pull from everything from kung fu epics and action-packed comic books to Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. I get my ideas from pretty much every source you can think of; and just mixed them together in my old noggin. I would also say that since I am from the Nintendo generation, games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, and other classic RPGs also helped mould my storytelling and character development too.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I am pathetically unorganized and critically unstructured. When it comes to writing, I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. So, you can see why editing and retcons are the bane of my existence. Seriously, I need an editor!!!

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books would be classified as MG/YA Fantasy. But I lovingly refer to them with the acronym A.I.A.Ns, which stands for Anime Inspired Action Novellas. Patent pending.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I love this question so much. Because, admittedly, it’s something I’ve done in my fanboy head in the past when I’m trying to fall asleep. I’ll do this in a list form and only with the first book’s characters so I don’t spoil any possible readers out there:

Rome: Tom Holland

Julian: A much younger, much blonder Zac Efron.  I mean, we’re talking High School Musical days

Mr. Jones: A combo of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and Christopher Lloyd’s Dr. Emmett Brown

Mrs. Case: Someone with classic good looks Jennifer Connelly or Natalie Portman

Mr. Rider: Jude Law mixed with a dash of Tim Curry from the movie Clue

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

If I had to nail down one author that influenced my writing style and burgeoning personality, I would say that Piers Anthony was my idol author growing up. Of course, I LOVE the classics (Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, L’engle, Carroll, etc), but The Xanth Series really opened my eyes to how writing could be full of humor, full of action, AND full of lore all at the same time.  As for more modern authors, I love James Patterson, E.C. Meyers, Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, and Brandon Sanderson.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Currently, I am in the middle of an Author Swap with a very talented young author named Blake Vanier.  He is reading/reviewing my first book, and I am reading/reviewing his. It’s called “The Orphans of New Lur” and it is a sci-fi adventure book with a ton of great world building and interesting characters. The world of Anterra is brilliantly chalked full of plenty of lore and different races with very in-depth cultures. I’m only halfway through it, so I can’t spoil it yet, but check it out if you like that sorta stuff.  

9: What is your favourite book and why?

You know that’s basically an impossible question. It’s like asking “what’s your favorite song?” or “what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” or “what’s your favorite RWBY character?” If you made me pick one, it’s probably “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Use your influences. That way what you love will come out in your writing. If you like stories about ghosts, write stories about ghosts.  If you watch TV shows about unsolved crimes, make your series about unsolved mysteries. If the coolest thing you can imagine is a boy that can secretly transform into a dragon and go on quests with a knight-in-training……um. Read my books!!!  And THEN go write about them.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Shameless plug time. Please check me and my book(s) out.  If you love fantasy and action, you will not be let down with The Talisman Series. You can find me on all the major sites, but make sure to check out my Fandom Wiki Page to explore my world deeply. WARNING: Major Spoilers!!

Amazon:  www.amazon.com/Talisman-4-Book/dp/B08L82QWBJ

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/16878722.Brett_Salter

Talisman Series Fandom Wiki page:  www.the-talisman-series-by-brett-salter.fandom.com/wiki/The_Talisman_Series_by_Brett_Salter_Wiki

Authorsden: www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=214341

About the Author:

Proud Father, Lucky Husband, Friend, Jokester, Music Lover, Sports Fanatic, Pizza Eater, Anime Viewer, and…Oh! Author of Dragon Books!

Recent winner of Literary Titan’s Silver Book Award for August of 2021: www.literarytitan.com/2021/08/02/literary-titan-book-awards-august-2021

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Author Interview: ‘Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy’ by Mandi Oyster

About the Book:

Magic exists …

Monsters are real ……

The fate of one may save them all. 

In a world where magic is no more than sleight of hand, Dacia Wolf is an anomaly. Strange things happen in her presence, and the locals shy away from her. After setting her house on fire when she was six, even her parents fear her.

When Dacia leaves for college, she hopes her life is about to change for the better, but when her powers surface in class, she finds out she is part of a prophecy involving a demon hell-bent on taking over the world.

Dacia doesn’t believe in prophecies, but when she starts living her nightmares, she can’t help but wonder if she’s wrong. Can she learn to control her powers and save the world?

Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy… is the electrifying debut novel in the Dacia Wolf series. If you like magic and adventure mixed with a touch of romance, you’ll love Mandi Oyster’s spellbinding series.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

My name is Mandi Oyster. I live in Southwest Iowa with my husband and two kids. I’ve been writing for most of my life. I started Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy about 15 years ago. I’d read the first three books in the Harry Potter series, and afterward, this scene kept replaying in my head. It was a girl walking through the fog. Diffused light shown down, brightening just enough for her to tell she was on a sidewalk. Someone screamed, and she ran toward the sound. When she arrived, she could see reptilian eyes staring at her and a body lying on the ground. This scene begged me to write it, and once I did, the rest of the story came to me.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

My favorite place to write is in the mountains, sitting by the campfire. A close second for me is lying in my hammock under the trees. Since I only get to the mountains a couple times a year at most, I write about anywhere: while my husband is driving us to and from work, while sitting on the couch with my kitties, at my breaks and my lunch at my day job, while I’m cooking supper, waiting to get my allergy shots,  anywhere I can get some words in works for me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I have always been fascinated with magic and mythical creatures, so I started with those. As far as the rest of my ideas, I almost have to say they come from my characters. Half of the time, I don’t know what I’m going to write until they direct me. I know that sounds nuts, but when I have a plan, my characters change it all up and lead me down paths I never expected.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Sometimes, I think I do, but my characters don’t let me plot. I tried it a couple of times and gave up. It’s just a waste of my time.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are YA Fantasy – Magical Realism. I love to read fantasy because the problems in the book aren’t real world problems. They’re an escape from those, but you can still learn from them. When I started writing, I had young kids, and I wanted to write something they could read as they got older, and I don’t know that I’m cut out to write Adult. Maybe someday.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

That’s something I really don’t know. My characters are in their teens when the series starts, and I don’t know the actors that are that age. Just from her looks, I would say Francesca Capaldi as Dacia Wolf. 

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I do quite a bit of reading. I’ve read 18 books so far this year, and most of them have been Indie Authors. I’m trying to support more of the people out there like me. Some of my favorite authors are: Becca Fitzpatrick (she writes the best body language ever), Cassandra Clare (I love how the fantasy world overlays the mundane world), Melissa Marr (her stories make me want to read them over and over again), Sarah J. Maas (I loved how she could make you root for an assassin), Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles are amazing), M. H.  Woodscourt (she wrote my favorite book of 2020), Naomi Kelly (her mermaid tale left me wanting more), Angelina Steffort (something about her books just touches me), JK Rowling (she made the Harry Potter world come to life; it felt like she’d actually been there and witnessed everything), Janet Evanovich (her books are laugh out loud funny), Susan Dennard (when I start one of her books, I can’t put them down), Patricia Briggs (she writes the best werewolves), Anne Bishop (I just love her world-building), John Flanagan (his books started as bedtime stories for his kids, and they’re fantastic), and Johnathan Stroud (a snarky demon, what more could you want).

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I started Enthrallment by Meg Evans on Friday, but I haven’t gotten too far into it. My 6th book is releasing at the end of the month, so I’ve been working on that and writing my 7th book. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This sounds a little narcissistic, but Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy is my favorite because it made my dream of being a published author come true. There are too many good books out there to choose just one by another author.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Sit down and write. It doesn’t matter if it’s good. Get the words down on paper. You can fix them later.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.MandiOyster.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MandiOysterAuthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mandioyster

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19356322.Mandi_Oyster

 

About the Author:

Mandi Oyster dreams of living in a world where dragons and unicorns abound. For now, she lives in Southwest Iowa with her husband, two children, four cats, and two chinchillas. By day, she works as a Digital Prepress Supervisor for a local printshop. By night, she tries to make stories come to life.

 

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Author Interview: ‘Escape’ by Emma Eggleston

About the Book:

Laila is Richardsville High’s quirky girl. She’s just biding her time until graduation when she has an unusual encounter with Matty, the all-American boy next door. When Matty and Laila start to talk, he shares a secret with her. He’s a part of a clinical study for a medication called effugium and it can really transport him to other places and times. Will Laila trust Matty enough to try the effugium?

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What people are saying:

“Emma Eggleston’s literary brilliance shines in new and unexpected ways with this debut masterpiece.” – Veronica Rose 

“This book makes you want to laugh, cry and hold somebody you love that tiny bit closer. A great book for teens and adults alike.” -Shannon Bavister

“This book definitely touches on mental health in a way that a majority of teens/young adults feel. I could feel myself relating very heavily to how Matty was feeling in the beginning of the novel. Absolutely loved it!” – Kaylyn Erskins

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I’m a new author currently studying journalism. I’ve liked to write since pretty much forever! I was writing stories and plays for my family to perform at seven and I never really stopped.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

My favorite time to write would probably be mid-afternoon. I feel like that’s when my brain is working best. I like to write in a cozy place like on my bed or the couch with a blanket.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I used to get a lot of my ideas from other books, movies, and music, but with this project I really drew from personal experience. I think that’s a good thing because it made the story more authentic and original to the audience.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

It changes every time I write a little bit. I really like character-driven stories so during the early stages of writing I usually am more focused on developing their personalities and backstories and then the plot usually just comes with time.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Escape, is YA magical realism. I’m a young author (19) and so I feel like it’s very natural for me to write young adult books especially if I’m basing it off of my own emotional experiences or things I’ve seen. As far as magical realism goes, I was introduced to that genre my senior year of high school when reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez and I fell in love. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I think that I would want the characters to be played by new actors. If I was lucky enough to see, Escape, become a motion picture, I would want it to be at least one of actors’ debut film because this is my debut novel and I would want to support someone just at the beginning of their career like people have supported me. 

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I love to read. My favourite author is C.S. Lewis. 

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

The most recent book I read and really enjoyed was The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles is my favourite book. I remember everybody in my tenth grade English class hating it when we read it, but something about that book strikes a chord with me emotionally. I think the characters are very interesting and unique as well.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t put it off. Start writing now and keep writing. Always try to improve and don’t get discouraged.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I’m on Instagram. @eggleston.emma is my username.

 

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Author Interview: ‘While Earth Still Speaks’ by Nancy Werking Poling

About the Book:

Elizabeth’s daughter, Angelica, has joined a cadre of eco-terrorists, and Mary (yes, the Holy One) has abruptly ended her “Operation: Earth Rescue” appearances at Elizabeth’s North Carolina farm. Now Elizabeth must discover her own calling, a passion worth risking her life for. It’s a journey into her own heart, and the adventure she embarks on is as unpredictable to her as it will be to the reader.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m a late bloomer. While I admire the energy and honesty of young writers, I’d like to think that added wisdom and insight come with age. Freed from the hectic demands of job and parenting, I have time to reflect on my own life choices/experiences and those of people I’ve come into contact with over the years (which includes characters I’ve encountered through reading).

Yet I’ve always been a storyteller—that is, ask me a question and I’ll answer with a story. And I’ve long recognized a good story when I’ve heard about someone’s experience. That happened with Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987). I met Anna and Daniel thirty years ago and thought, wow, that would make a great book. They agreed to an 11-day interview. However, the book didn’t come out until 2017. It took me that long to figure out how to tell a love story that didn’t end with “happily-ever-after.”

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I treat writing as a job. That is, I try not to schedule daytime activities. “Try” is the operative word here. Even though I’m an introvert I recognize the need for friends. But I limit engagements.

I’m neither a morning nor night person. Each morning I have to read the news and do a Sudoku before I get to my computer. That seems to get my brain in gear.

I’m lucky to have my own space, a quiet office that looks out on our wooded lot, distracted by little more than a male cardinal or nuthatch.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m often inspired by weird stories that appear in the newspaper. In the 1990s I read a short piece in The Chicago Tribune that Virgin Mary visitations at a Conyers, GA farm, had ended. Until then busloads of people had been attending. I wondered, what would the woman who had channeled Mary do now? She had become irrelevant.

At about that time I was looking up a word in my dictionary and came upon a picture of Mary Surratt (executed as a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth). I started reading about her. As deplorable as her actions were, she was committed to a cause. I found that interesting.

In more recent years I became worried about the environment. How could I make my life and my voice count? I considered several options, one of them eco-terrorism. No, I’m afraid of dying. My imagination returned to the Mary visitations. What if Mary came to a contemporary woman with the goal of rescuing Earth from ecological destruction? What if the main character’s daughter became an eco-terrorist? How could Mary Surratt somehow get into the story?

Thus was While Earth Still Speaks inspired.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

A character forms first, and I’m pretty sure what her dilemma is. I write and write until she’s fully revealed herself. Sometimes that’s easy, sometimes it’s challenging. I end up throwing away a lot of the initial writing. At some point the story takes on a life of its own, often surprising me. I’ll read and ask myself, “Where did that come from?”

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

If my stories fall into any genre it’s probably women’s fiction—not to be confused with chick-lit.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I love this question. Meryl Streep as Elizabeth; Archie Panjabi (with added wrinkles and padding around the waist) as Mary.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I read. Being part of a book club, I’m introduced to books I probably wouldn’t read otherwise. For example, June’s book was Behind the Beautiful Forevers, certainly not a pleasant story but one that broadens my circle of empathy.

My favorite author is Anne Tyler. I love her eccentric characters. Reading her books makes me feel like I have permission to imagine quirky protagonists. Isabel Allende’s a favorite too, mainly because of all the authors I’ve heard speak, she seemed the most genuine.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

In preparation for my next writing project, I’ve mainly been delving into non-fiction books about the South, particularly North Carolina at the close of the nineteenth century: the plight of North Carolina farmers, Jim Crow laws, and state politics. Last year I won the Alex Albright Non-fiction award for a piece about my husband’s grandfather: “Leander’s Lies.” I plan to develop that into a historical novel about Leander, a minister who deserted two wives and five children in North Carolina and married Wife No. 3 out in Missouri. I keep wondering, why did he leave?

9: What is your favorite book and why?

Giant, by Edna Ferber. I was very young when I saw Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in the movie. I immediately checked the book out of the library. I don’t remember the differences between the movie and the book, but something in it touched a young girl’s heart at a deep level. Now as the mother of adult children and friend to many mothers like me, I appreciate the way each generation must map the future for themselves. AND how as mothers we must accept our children’s decisions.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I’m not sure there’s such a thing as “thinking about” it. It’s a drive that grabs you and you can’t do otherwise. For some, like me, it takes longer for all this drive inside us to bubble up and erupt. But when it does…

It sounds like a cliché, you hear it so much, but you’ve got to sit down at the computer or with a pencil in hand and just start. It’ll likely be crap at first, and you’ll ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” You won’t be able to help yourself, though.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I have a website: www.nancypoling.com, I’m on Facebook as “Nancy Poling, author,” and on Twitter @nancypoling.

A few years ago a hacker sent out a message through my Facebook page that I had lost thirty pounds through a miraculous weight-loss program. The grammar mistakes were the giveaway—plus acquaintances knew I hadn’t lost thirty pounds. I changed my password and went to a private setting. Recently I again established the public page at “Nancy Poling, author.”

For several years I’ve been blogging. I began to realize that all of my posts were political, which would get me all riled up while writing them. So I took a break and started an email list. For the next few months I’ll share scenes of the protagonist’s childhood that I decided not to include in While Earth Still Speaks.

About the Author:

I am a late bloomer. As a child I didn’t create stories nor did I dream of someday becoming an author. Yet I’ve long had other qualities associated with writers: I seldom follow directions and I’ve always been a daydreamer. Ask me a question, and my response is likely to be a long narrative that goes practically back to “In the beginning…”

Though born in Indiana, I was reared in Orlando, Florida, when it was still a sleepy little southern town. Yet my husband and I have lived in the Chicago area for more than twenty years. So I’m either a Midwesterner who’s been influenced by my southern upbringing or a Southerner influenced by midwestern ways. In December of 2008, to be closer to our children and grandchildren, we returned to the South, to North Carolina. The move further confuses my identity conundrum.

Friends think of me as having a positive outlook, but I can quickly create a list of negatives—things I DON”T do. I don’t cook. I don’t have a pet, nor do I want one. I don’t serve on committees. I haven’t adjusted well to technology (not even to the telephone).

I DO like sunshine and feel nostalgic for the days when we assumed it was safe to bake on a beach towel. I like time to myself. I like books. I travel every chance I get, and if I anticipate staying home for a while, I take trips vicariously through the Travel section of the New York Times. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 2005 and 2008 my husband was invited to teach a semester in Seoul, ROK. We both came to love the country and its people, who taught us much about hospitality.

Finally, I treasure time spent with my husband, Jim, our children, and grandchildren.

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