Presenting, The Excitable and Fun Loving… Judy Teel

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents

Judy Teel!

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North Carolina

USA

Judy’s blog with links to her wonderful books can be found right here

Presenting, The Devoted… Lisa C Miller!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Lisa C. Miller
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Fairbanks, Alaska
 USA
1 Tell us a little about yourself, Where you grew up, sibling, family life, education and how you got to where you are now.
Hi, I live in the beautiful state of Alaska with my family where the spirits of animals and men roam free.
I am married to a wonderful man and we have three children and we used to foster girls which brought us lots of joy. I am currently a full-time college student and I write inspirational poetry. I have published two books so far.
Titles are:
1 Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul
2 Inspirations  from Heaven’s Gate
Both are books of poetry with bible verses sprinkled within.They can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I am able through the help of The Holy Spirit to write about the beauty and simplicity of life. Through words I want to reveal the beauty of Christ to the broken and lost spirits of humanity. Through pouring out my heart and tears and trying to be transparent I want to encourage people to see we are in this together.
I enjoy reading, writing, blogging, walking, family, social networking, scrap booking and photography.
I started out in a military family my dad joined the Air Force  when i was little so the world has been my playground. It is where I learned to get along with other people and accept myself. I have four brothers.We are all friends.
I am very comfortable with books and pens and paper. I sometimes feel like I was born with a pencil in my hand and I started writing at six years old and it has just expanded from there. I have never passed a library or used bookstore that I haven’t liked. As you can tell I am very chatty about my life, books and writing.
I am a Christian lady who comes from a Christian background and family. I came to know the Lord on a personal level when I was 17 years old. Since then I have been on a quest to learn more about Him and myself. On my journey I have come to realize my purpose in life is to write what is on God’s heart and encourage the broken and lost souls of humanity with it.
Here are two quotes I think sum up my writing life:
“I am a little pencil in the hand of writing God who is sending out a love letter to the world.”
Mother Teresa
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
William Wordsworth
2. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was six years old. I remember writing story about a pencil. I remember bringing it to the dinner table and everyone enjoying it. I also have been journaling since I was 12 years old. During this time I started writing poetry and have published two books of poetry so far.
3. Why do you write?
The reason I write is because I am a highly communicative person. I have found more freedom on the page than anywhere else.My thoughts flow much smoother and stronger from my pen to paper than even through talking. I feel God has given me the gift of communication and I fully use it  to glorify Him.
4. What is your genre?
I write inspirational poetry. and non-fiction.
5. Who would you say are your favorite authors and why?
Danielle Steele – It is when I started reading her books I decided I wanted to my name on a cover of a book.
Joyce Meyer – She writes the kind of books I want to write; encouraging and uplifting.
Julia Cameron – Her books are full of doable advice that anyone can use.
Natalie Goldberg – She has good advice for writers and she is an encourager.
6. What is your latest (published) book called and what is it about?
My latest book is a book of poetry with bible verses sprinkled throughout its pages.
Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate
I want to allow God’s light to shine through all the broken places in my life. One heart at a time I want to reach the spiritually disconnected and introduce them to Jesus through my writing so living an ordinary life is no longer an option. I want to share my daily struggle to represent God in my everyday life. I want them to realize they are not alone. We are in this struggle together.
I write about the beauty and simplicity of life and want to reveal the beauty of Christ to the broken and lost souls of humanity. I have been given the ability to write simply and honestly from the heart so it is understandable. I believe writing is a language of the heart and is a beautiful way to share one’s innermost feelings. I am an author working under the Holy Spirit’s daily direction. I focus on the Holy Spirit’s daily direction for my life and writing. I have enjoyed a creative partnership with the Holy Spirit for many years.
7. Who or what influenced you to write it?
God has given me the gift of writing. He gives me the words to write.
I want to encourage people through the written word with the help of the whispered power of The Holy Spirit I write about the beauty and simplicity of life. Through my writing I want to reveal the beauty of Christ. I listen for the Lord’s direction and write what is put on my heart to encourage the lost and broken souls of the world. I have been told that my writings remind people of the Psalms of David. I am similar to Ruth Graham Bell and Helen Steiner Rice. I have finally come to realize my purpose in life is to write what is on God’s heart and encourage them with it.
8. What challenges did you face while writing the story?
I have challenges with time. I am married, a mom and college student.
9. Did you do any specialized research for your story?
I do look up bible verses to put with the poems.
10. Is your book a part of a series?
No.
11. Which of your works do you like best (feel most proud of) and why?
I am most proud of my current book : Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate. The reason why is because it is better put together. I can see the maturity I have gained as a writer.
12. What are you working on now?
I am currently working on my third book of poetry and I am working on a memoir about how Aspergers Syndrome has affected our family.
Insights from Heaven
Prayer is a pathway to a rich and meaningful life in which time has no meaning.
Once someone starts a life of prayer they changed forever.
There is no going back.
The insights gained from the world around them are so powerful it is consuming.
When you have a life of prayer you have a huge responsibility for those around you.
prayer is the first line of defense for the heart and soul.
Otherwise they are left bruised and bleeding on the side of life’s highway.
Prayer is to the soul what oxygen is to the heart life.
Whether we realize it or not we are actually comforted in the knowledge that someone we hold dear; those who hold us up to the throne of heaven.
They care for us so deeply that they will seek daily solitude to strengthen their own. relationship with the Lord.
In doing so they touch heaven for us.
Our lives become more clear and focused. Throughout their lives they have learned to slip their hands into the Father’s hand.
They help us not drown in our daily struggles.
Our family, friends and neighbors uplift our concerns as much as possible.
Prayer will bring healing and strength to those who are weary. God’s love will flow from your heart to their’s to show that they are highly treasured.
His love has supernatural power and will bring life to those who honor Him.
Knowing the Father is always available is a beautiful gift He bestows upon us.
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”
      2 Cor. 2:15 (NIV)
13. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Let your soul speak. Do not be afraid. It has something to say.Give it the freedom to speak up. Write about your interest/passion. Somewhere within your life there is a story waiting to be told. Your soul wants to be free and therefore lighter. Don’t let the shadows of yesterday block the light of today. 
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Woman of the North

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Presenting A Very Special Post, With The Incredible… Mihran Kalaydjian!

Kev:

An Interview from Kev’s Music Blog. An author in a very different sense!

Originally posted on Kev's Music Blog:

Presenting:

Piano Compositionist…

Mihran “Mino” Kalaydjian! 

San Diego, Coronado Island CA 

Israel

http://youtu.be/IfJWjUUIit4

Kev: In a generalized way, Mihran, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

I am originally from Jerusalem, Israel. I have half Armenian & Jewish descent..  My both parents reside in Jerusalem with my 3 youngest brothers and one adopted married in London. 

I graduated from College Des Frères in Jerusalem with an excellence grade, than I joined the Hebrew University for my higher education and obtained a B.A in Political Science and Islamic History.

My parents encouraged me from a young age to study hard and earn good grades so I enrol for Master Degree. For myself, getting into college wasn’t the problem; it was finding a way to win a scholarship.  The scholarship support I received…

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Getting Ready For A Car-Boot Sale

Well we’ve done it folks. Pat and I have spent a good part of the day sorting through… well, stuff.

We’ve created a nice little pile in the dining room and a bit more in the foyer. Now we just need to get rid of it and hopefully come home tomorrow with a few pennies. :D

DSC00540Rico did the usual ninja trick and disappeared during the process… wasn’t having none of that! (Hence no pics of Rico from today) He hates change. move anything out of its place and he eyes it suspiciously. Bring out mister noisy (no, not me, the bloody vacuüm cleaner!) and he does one. (before it’s plugged in) He gives it that, oh hell, no! look and he’s off. No flies on Rico! ;)

Aragorn, on the other hand, has to get into everything. We spend half of our time looking around to make sure we’re not going to trip over him. He loves the pile we’ve created… thinks he got a new pad. Unlike with the basket from our earlier episode with him however, he’s soon to find out different. I’ve tried telling him, he won’t listen. He’s a cheeky little bugger; check these out:

Presenting, Soon to be Author… Nina Karadzic!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Nina Karadzic!

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Adelaide

Australia 

Kev: In a generalized way Nina, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now. 

I am a 19 year old quietly spoken girl from Adelaide, and the best I can liken it too is a small country town that resides in the South of Australia. Here, I live with my younger siblings and my mother. We also have two beloved dogs, Seymour and Pablo. And we love them.

Upon completing High School, I am now a second year full time university student, studying Journalism and Creative Communication. I also am a model, and have been so since I was sixteen.

I am also…

  • Highly intuitive, even as a child. It is as if I almost have some sort of foreseeability over others.
  • Trust, honesty and sensitivity are traits I admire in people the most.
  • I adore animals, and am equally passionate about their welfare and rights.
  • I speak little French, and autumn is the time of year I cherish the most.

I am where I am now after a special teacher of mine, prompted me to write.

Kev: How long have you been writing for?

Not seriously until a few months ago. I have written creative pieces during my studies, however, it was not until recently that I attempted to write for myself.

Kev: Why do you write?

That is a difficult question to answer as there is a whole plethora of reasons as to why I do so. But ultimately, I write because I love to study a world, and the worlds within those. Writing allows me to capture the beauty of minute things that others often overlook. A world could be about autumn leaves;

Muted sun lights the avenue,

Weakening the auburn leaves,

Drying out the sap.

To reveal veins,

Their course, an uncharted map.

It is the study of magnificence for me. But there is so much more to say, and I cannot express it.

Kev: What is your genre?

As I am in the very early and humble stages of writing, I have yet to nurture a genre. However my blog, Prolific Daydreamer, centres upon my daydreams. There, I write about dandelions in the sweltering summer, indulging in the darkness of nightfall; children falling asleep to their mother’s soothing voice. There, smudges of white fog mask trees, and in the winter, there are tears on leaves. I romanticise my writing because the subtle things, the unnoticed, haunt me.

Kev: Who would you say are your favourite/most influential authors and why?

Ian McEwan. I first came across his novel, On Chesil Beach a couple of years back and I have devoured more of his novels since. I have so much admiration for him. What McEwan is able to do so beautifully, so poetically, is create these vivid images in the reader’s minds, and create this feeling of familiarity. He can make the alien, real. To me, that is what constitutes a writer; to give reader’s the propensity to feel something through the words. I was left will total empathy for the protagonists by the end, and an outbreak of pebbled bumps rose off my skin. I knew something incredible just happened.

I also adore Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites. Again, she thoughtfully crafts her words to create a world where all the senses are experienced. She also is a source of inspiration for me, a glint of hope, and she comes from my hometown.

Kev: What is your book called and what is it about?

I have yet to publish my book, which most likely will be made available on iTunes. It is a short story concerning three adolescents in the Scandinavian mountains. It is called Fjällen, meaning “the mountains,” and draws on themes of appearance and reality, darkness and light, betrayal and love. Birds, setting and certain objects also play a significant role in portraying these themes.

Nina’s Blog and Twitter Link:

http://www.prolificdaydreamer.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/ninakaradzic

Nina’s Upcoming Book:

A Short Story: Fjällen

The Winter Series

 

Nina Karadzic, everybody!

 

 

 

Kev’s Author Interviews presents, Charles F. Bond! (007? Could it be?)

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

:) Charles F. Bond :)

Macduff

Scotland

Kev: In a generalized way, Ja.., (ahem!) Charles, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now.

Well Kev, and to all readers, I was born in Basildon, Essex, and moved up to Scotland, on what I thought of back then as, to the other end of the world on a hellishly long journey. We, the family moved to a farm, where I enjoyed many great adventures with my brothers, exploring every field and woodland, though these were rather small and spaced out, when we first moved to the farm. There I found a love for animals, namely pigs, and after leaving school, spent the next few years roaming the UK, taking up residence on many pig farms throughout, England and Scotland. 

I’ve always loved reading, and read a lot of J T Edson westerns when I was young, and through these pages, found a love for words. I wrote my first book when I was in my early twenties, and have been honing my skills as a writer and learning the art of the craft. 

Kev: How long have you been writing for? 

As I expressed in the previous question, I started in my early twenties. Now fifteen or so years later, I believe I have found my voice.

Kev: Why do you write, Charles?

I have always been a daydreamer, and have always been thinking up stories in my head. This has been going on for as long as I can remember, and I remember as far back as when I took my first steps, so it has been quite some time.

In my late teens, I read a book called, Lionesse. I became so entranced by that story I had no idea of what was happening around me. The author took me to another place, and led me on a journey through his pages. I knew then that I wanted to do the same. To take people away from their everyday grind, into a land I had created from my musings.

Now it has grown to something far richer. I write because I simply can’t not. Not writing now is like surrounding a child with toys and telling him/her they aren’t allowed to play, it is torture.

Kev: What is your genre? 

I have two, fantasy and paranormal. At the moment I am heavily involved in my fantasy worlds, but between writing the novels/novellas I like to write about ghosts, and be the ghosts themselves. 

Kev: Who would you say are your favourite/most influential authors and why?

Trudi Canavan, the Australian fantasy author, is my most favoured author. I love her worlds, love her way with words and the people in her books are brilliant. She tells a story like no other I have read, so far. The first of her books I read was, Last of the Wilds, and I was hooked.

Terry Brooks of course is the master of the fantasy genre. His storytelling is superbly written and I never feel like I have wasted a moment when immersing my mind in his worlds. The first Brooks book I ever read was Armageddon’s Children. 

And, Stephen King − world dominator of the thriller. What could I say about him that hasn’t been said a gazillion times. He is a superb writer of words, whose imagination stretches the mind.

Kev: What is your latest (published) book called and what is it about?

My first ever published book is a novella. It is The White Queen and is a story about merpeople; though in their world they are known as asperini. Just briefly, asperini have been mating with humans, (nghozas), in order to leave the oceans and secure their future. They have been doing this for it is feared ocean life will become non-existent and they along with it. Morg is a mergirl coming of age, and having been born to a shawl who believe in the move to land, wants nothing to do with any such mating. She escapes, but wants to put an end to the ritual and find a better way of securing their survival. Hearing about the White Queen, a mermaid (ligphur), who can see into the future, she embarks on a journey to end the madness.

Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it? 

I have always been fascinated by the ocean. We, the human race, have and are heavily involved with looking up, yet know very little of what lies beneath, heck we are still discovering new life on Madagascar.

With new technology, we are now starting to delve deeper into the seas, and I’m sure in time we will learn, discover new exotic species under the surf.

I have always believed in a humanoid existence living beneath the waves and have, in my daydreaming, thought of many stories of how they inhabit the oceans keeping apart from us. To me they are fascinating creatures, ones in which I hope we never discover.

Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?

I want my merfolk to be believable, or as believable as I can make them. One of the challenges for me in writing this is in language, like in descriptions. I can’t use human terminology when describing certain things. Take snout for example, humans use it when talking about dogs, wolves and dragons. Mermaids have no knowledge of these things so I have to come up with other ways of describing what they are seeing.

Kev:  Did you do any specialized research for your story? 

The short answer is no. This is a totally made up world. I have however studied and read many books about the ocean, and watched many of the BBC series, The Blue Planet, which is narrated by the king of nature, Sir David Attenborough, and not too difficult a task. All of this has helped me, I hope, to create a more believable world with my asperini characters.

Kev: Is your book part of a series? 

Yes. The White Queen is the first of my, Beyond Endless Tides, mini-series. It will consist of three short novellas.

Kev: Which of your works do you like best (feel most proud of) and why?

Out as an e-book short story, available on most platforms is Buried. It is a paranormal story which I wrote in one afternoon. I love the feel of its words and how the story was written. I loved every moment of writing this, and enjoy reading it to whoever wants to listen. 

Kev: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers at this point?

I like writing stories. At this point I have no deeper meaning to give, just great stories. Stick around there’s plenty to come. 

Kev: What are you working on now?

At the time of writing this, I am currently in the final polishing stages of writing the second of the Beyond Endless Tides series. Which is due out as an e-book on the 1st September, paperbacks will follow shortly after. By the time you read this I will be on with the third.

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

I guess jostling my time between writing and marketing. There is so much to do. I never realised ‘going it alone’ would take up so much of my time. I now write every morning, and then spend afternoons promoting and marketing.

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

It took me a while to consider this, but all right. In The White Queen, Theema, one of ten White Queens, along with her sisters are destroyed, killed, by one of the Nine Monaikas, (pearls) of Allinon. But instead of killing them, it binds them together to create one whole being, a stronger more powerful mermaid (ligphur).

Kev: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just keep going. Write plenty, read lots and never let the demons of doubt hold you back.

Charles F. Bond, Everyone!

I highly recommend Charles’ Links:

Charles’s Blog: http://www.charlesfbond.com/charless-blogs

Charles’s Book Links:

Paperbacks:

FeedARead: http://www.feedaread.com/books/The-White-Queen.aspx

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4718660

E-book Formats:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424745

 Kindle Edition: (Amazon.co.uk) http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JDPL2TQ?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-white-queen-charles-f-bond/1119254235?ean=2940045829045

 Paperbacks will soon be available through local independent bookshops, across North-East, Scotland.