BlindStudent Refused Entry To Tesco Because Of Guide Dog

Kev:

Another example of why we need to support Guide dogs for the blind. Kev is calling on all authors to contribute to an Anthology to help raise fund for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. All proceeds will go to this charity… so please, writer’s and authors, even a poem or a short work will go a long way to making this Anthology happen. Thank you all.

Originally posted on newauthoronline:

Last night my friend, Brian drew my attention to the case of a blind student who was ejected from Tesco’s supermarket for bringing her working guide dog into the store, (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/17/blind-student-banned-from-tesco-for-taking-in-guide-dog). Under the UK Disability Discrimination Act (now subsumed into the Equalities Act) assistance dogs (including guide dogs) are allowed to enter premises selling or serving food and it is an offense to refuse entry. Tesco and those employees who threw this lady out of the store where therefore guilty of breeching the legislation. To compound matters the dog was wearing it’s distinctive high visibility harness thereby clearly marking it as a working animal.

Initially Tesco offered the lady a £20 voucher. However following the BBC picking up on the story Tesco has, I understand agreed to pay £5000 to the Guide Dogs For The Blind Association (The UK charity which trains guide dogs). The supermarket has also…

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Author of the Month… Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe!

Author of the Month

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Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe!

 

Zarina Zabrisky & Simon Rogghe have won the spotlight on Author Of The Month for July 2014 and have a picture and direct link to their work posted for a limited time on Kev’s blog!

Presenting, Zarina & Simon, Everyone!

Zarina & Simon’s Interview

For more information on how YOU may have the same opportunity to appear on Author Of The Month visit my Author Interviews & Contact Info Page.

Presenting, The Illustrative… Mark Collins!

(Mark Collins is an author and an illustrator. Although there are no illustrations or books covers in this interview, I do urge you to check out his links below to view his vibrant colourful works. Thank you.)

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

 Mark C. Collins! 

 Middletown, DE

 USA

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

I was born in Ft. Meade MD, but grew up near Pottstown, PA. 

I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. My family life was typical of middle class America (dog, two cars, vacations at the beach each summer). I drew pictures since I was two and have always wanted to be an artist.  After graduating high school, I attended The Art Institute of Philadelphia to attain a commercial art education with a specialty in illustration. After graduation, I began an 18-year stint as a graphic designer, then switched to illustration solely in 2002. 

Kev: How long have you been writing for?

Throughout my teens I wrote poetry. In my twenties I wrote songs (I was in a band for a few years as bassist and songwriter). In my forties I started writing short adult stories along with my poetry, and just a couple of years ago I began writing children’s stories.

Kev: Why do you write?

I write because it’s an extension of my visual art. People always say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but I feel that a few well-chosen words can paint a brilliant picture.  Combining writing with my own drawn pictures is the ultimate expressive medium.

Kev: What is your genre?

My genre is children’s picture books.

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

I’m inspired and influenced by almost every author/illustrator of note… from Dr. Seuss to Mercer Mayer, to Lane Smith. These are author/illustrators who have carved a niche for themselves and are free to create whatever they choose – with success.

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

My latest book (released May 2014) is called, “Meet The Bugs!” It’s an introduction to eighteen of the most common bugs in our region. These are bugs young children can find in their own back yards. Each bug in the book is represented in a cute cartoon style, accompanied by a short poem containing some fact about the bug.

Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

I had illustrated several bug characters I intended to sell as posters and prints for children on Etsy. Then I landed a project illustrating a 5-book series for author Annette R. Burrell. The series is called “The Adventures of Danny Cricket,” and has an all-bug cast of characters.  This later inspired me to take my own original bug characters, add a few more to the collection, write a poem about each bug, and compile them into a fun and easy-reading book for kids.

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

The writing of this book came rather easily. Rhymes are like that to me.  The biggest challenge was presenting some of the creepier characteristics of some bugs in a way that wouldn’t frighten young children – instead, I turned many of them into humorous passages.

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

Not really. Aside from the common knowledge of most of the bugs, my knowledge came from experience. As a child, I spent many happy hours seeking out and playing with bugs in my backyard.

Kev: Is your book part of a series?

“Meet The Bugs!” can stand alone, but I do have plans for “Meet The Bugs 2″ next year, where I will highlight 18 more common bugs.

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

I’m proud of them all (Grandma Stinks!, Ben’s Day, Meet The Bugs!), equally. Each has strong qualities that the others may not.  If I had to choose, I’d say “Meet The Bugs!” because it seems to resonate well with teachers and librarians.

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

Yes, I’ve found that writing one children’s book opens up possibilities for subsequent books. I have so many ideas, synopses, and full stories going on, and not enough time to do them all! However, I will continue to produce and release quality books, carefully written and illustrated, for as long as I am able.

Kev: What are you working on now?

I’m presently finishing up “Harry’s Hair.”  It’s a tale of a young boy who awakens late one morning with a very bad case of bed-head. Furthermore, his mother reminds him that he has an appointment of which he cannot be late!  With no time to shower, Harry grabs a comb and a tube of styling gel, and quickly begins trying out a series of tame hairstyles – finally arriving at a style he likes.

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

The challenges are the usual for a writer/illustrator, in that the story sometimes takes on multiple revisions as I add the illustrations to the completed manuscript. There’s often a fine line between what the text tells, and where the illustrations pick up in telling the story. I always seem to re-write, add passages, reject and replace completed illustrations in the name of getting it perfect and flowing.

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

A spoiler? Well, I prefer not to as far as the conclusion goes. However, I will say that some of Harry’s hairstyles reference certain historical figures, and the book has a small glossary at the end with short entries on these historical figures.  My intent was to entertain, and throw a bit of educating into the mix. “Harry’s Hair” will be on Amazon mid-November, 2014.

Kev: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Gosh, where do I begin?

Keep writing every day… even if just a sketch, a few lines, a synopsis… whatever.  Carry around a pocket notebook with you wherever you go. Listen to dialog when in public, and jot down ideas, things people say, etc.

When you do complete a full manuscript, put it away for a while then read it later. Let friends and family read it to you aloud.  You’ll find mistakes. You’ll spend more time rewriting than you did the initial writing.

 Once you arrive at a “perfect” manuscript, seek out a good proofreader/copyeditor!  This it the most important thing I can advise!

 If you’re a self-published children’s book writer, save and spend good money on a quality illustrator. Why put your heart and soul into the perfect story only to hire some cheap yet sub-par illustrator? – Choose an illustrator that preferably has a graphic design background. Not every artist can design a great book layout – no matter how skilled they are at rendering beautiful pictures.  The book’s design, layout, font choices, title/masthead design are as equally important as good writing, and good illustrating.  Do not overlook this fact. Consider hiring a graphic designer even before your illustrator puts pencil to paper! Why? Because a good designer will find the best way to “flow” the pictures and text in such a way that will carry and enhance the impact of your story.

When your perfect book is complete and on the market, do everything you can to market yourself and your product. There are countless online sources of advice in this area, as well as marketing people ready to help you with it.

 And finally, ignore bad reviews. Do not respond, reply or engage the reviewer in any way. You can’t please everyone, so just let it go. Focus on your strengths and the good reviews. Follow the love!

Kev: Is there a question I haven’t asked that you would like me to ask? 

No. You’ve done a good job!

Kev: Thanks Mark!

 

Mark’s Links:

www.markcollinsillustration.com

 

www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Collins-Illustration/163120997136936

 

www.amazon.com/Mark-C.-Collins/e/B00HZCULXM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1414010782&sr=1-1

 

www.amazon.com/Mark-C.-Collins/e/B00HZCULXM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1414010782&sr=1-1

 

http://directoryofillustration.com/ArtistPortfolioThumbs.aspx?AID=706

 

http://illustrationonline.com/artist_kids.php?artistid=24&selectid=9809

 

Mark Collins, Everyone!

 

 

 

Presenting, The Charakteristisch… Debra Chapoton!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Debra Chapoton!

Debra Chapoton

Topinabee, Michigan

USA

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

Thank you for having me, Kev.  I grew up reading in trees (a great place to hide from a dictatorial older sister), swimming in the cleanest spring fed lake ever (which meant that one day I’d be the soloist on a synchronized swimming team), and diagramming sentences. What! Yes, I admit it: I love grammar! And I loved high school so much that after college I went back to teach in four different suburban schools. That’s where I learned a terrific secret: if you deal with teenagers day after day you never get any older.

Kev: How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2002 after a fellow teacher challenged his eleventh graders to write a novel during the school year. I tried it on summer vacation and was hooked. I absolutely love how the characters take over and let me come along for the ride.

Kev: Why do you write?

Writing is a natural extension of my passion: languages. I love words and their origins and I love language rules. And I understand writing well enough to disregard some of the rules and bend others in order to shape my stories. I love editing, too. Writing is a creative outlet that is more fun than work. So, I write to have fun.

Kev: What is your genre?

I currently write young adult novels.

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

I’ve been influenced in some way or another by every author I’ve read, but I especially owe a lot of gratitude to Dean Koontz, whose themes have influenced my plots as well as my life since I live in a cabin in the woods – the usual setting of his scarier works.

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

A soul's kissThis past spring I released A Soul’s Kiss which crosses genres to combine the paranormal, suspense, coming of age, and romance.

Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

I had read a book about a woman in a coma and what happened around her. She couldn’t influence events in any way. I wondered what would have happened if she could have had an out-of-body experience and interacted with the world on a different plane. From there I developed a plot with the main character unconsciously moving into her friends’ minds or her enemies’ dreams.

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

The main character, Jessica, continually left secrets behind in the hearts of those she communicated with. As you can imagine that complicated matters. But it was a lot of fun to write and to help her fall in love with the right guy, all while she was fast asleep.

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

I did a little research on coma victims, out-of-body experiences, and hospital procedures.

Kev: Is your book part of a series?

No, but I have a couple of middle grades series that I wrote years ago and I am currently shopping out a two book young adult series.

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

I’d like to think that my writing has improved since my first novel, Edge of Escape, but nevertheless I am most proud of that one because it was selected by a major German publisher to be one of the company’s first translations in its new imprint back in 2012.

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

Hi readers! You can write to me at bigpinelodge at gmail if you want. I love fan mail.

Kev: What are you working on now? 

I just finished a two book re-telling of the story of Moses, but you wouldn’t know it was about one of the most famous characters in history since it takes place in 2095 America. Imagination is a wonderful thing.

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

It’s hard to sell anything to publishers now if there’s even a hint of dystopia in it. I have to call my latest work sci-fi or speculative fiction. I’m not sure that fools anyone and besides, isn’t every setting a kind of dystopia?

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

Here’s a spoiler from A Soul’s Kiss:

I’m stuck. There’s no pulling back out of her mind. Last night I felt her nausea, her migraine. I heard Brittany’s voice, took in their conversation, their goodbyes, the walk into the house. I saw her father, felt Hannah’s disappointment—a mixture of repulsion and love as she sneaked past the snoring hulk sprawled on the living room couch. I remember her, us, getting ready for bed.

Then this blackness.

My heart, or maybe it’s Hannah’s, stutters to life in a race to beat my mind to a horrible conclusion: I am stuck in Hannah and Hannah is waking up.

Kev: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Absolutely. I tell everyone to read Dwight V. Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer. It’s a wealth of information.

Debra Chapoton’s Blog: http://debrachapoton.com

 

Debra Chapoton’s Book Links:

A SOUL’S KISS: 

A soul's kiss

EDGE OF ESCAPE: 

Edge of Escape

SHELTERED:

Sheltered

THE GUARDIAN’S DIARY:

The Guardian's Diary

CROSSING THE SCRIPTURES: http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-the-Scriptures-ebook/dp/B004ZXX36Q/

BUILDING A LOG HOME IN UNDER A YEAR: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Home-Under-Year-ebook/dp/B00B7J4IB0/

Children’s Chapter books: http://www.amazon.com/Debra-Chapoton/e/B003MX4NCS/

Debra Chapoton Everyone!

 

 

 

 

Forget all the Rules and WRITE!!!

Kev:

I love this!

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Shining the Light For All:

forget the rules writing

A friend of mine asked me, “What’s the secret to writing?”

I replied, “Ditch the rules and just write.”

It’s not complicated, people. Writing is as simple as you want to make it. So-called experts come up with these tricks of the trade in order to get published and rules to follow.

I agree with Melinda Haynes above (thanks to Belinda Witzenhausen for the graphic).

“Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.”

We are all storytellers and we have a story (or several thousand) to tell. So, tell your story. Be passionate about it and let the words flow. Readers will be drawn to the story and the characters, not the rules. :-)

Celebrate writing and get started!

MRS N, the Writer

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Kev’s Character Interviews Presents… The Phantom!

I love the opera, but nothing had prepared me for this. I decided I’d go to France and watch one… Since I am pretty fluent in Spanish I didn’t think it would be a problem.

I couldn’t understand a bloody word of it! Then I remembered, oh yes, it’s France… trust the French to have to do things differently! They even have their own bloody language. No wonder nobody ever understands ‘em!

Anyway the show was good and had a lot of action and great music in it. It was all about this guy in a mask trying to seduce a beautiful woman, she thought he was an angel sent by her dead father and she was in love with some other guy. Well the first guy didn’t like her being in love with someone else, so he seduced/kidnapped the woman and tried to make her marry him. (bit luny that one!) Anyway, the guy she liked saved her from him in the end.

After the show, I was minding my own, as you do, and decided I’d have a nice stroll back to my hotel when upon passing a dark alleyway around the back of the opera, I heard a strange sound and that’s how I came to be conducting the following interview:

Kev’s Character Interviews Presents:

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The Phantom of The Opera!

Phantom: Psst!

Kev: Hello. Is someone there?

Phantom: Psst (a shadowy cloaked figures beckons Kev to follow him)

Kev: Are you sure this is wise, it’s rather dark and cold down here?

Phantom: Fear not, I am your Angel!

Kev: Really? Oh well that’s all right then. 

The Phantom leads Kev down through a labyrinth underneath the opera house. It’s cold, damp and there are candles and broken pieces of glass, like shattered mirrors everywhere. They stop by an enclave in the cave. There is an old bust of a woman wrapped in a rather old and shabby wedding dress and what is left of the veil. The Phantom motions Kev to sit. 

Phantom: Are you Kev?

Kev: That’s right, but you already know that ’cause you’re an angel, right?

Phantom: Ah yes, quite right. 

Kev: So, what can I do for you?

Phantom: I need you to interview me, of course! 

Kev: Ah… Well it just so happens I brought my trusty pen and have a pad in my coat pocket. (Kev produces the pen and pad to show as evidence.)

Phantom: Excellent! Let us begin!

Kev: Well what I normally do is start by saying, in a generalized way, tell us a little about yourself. Where you grew up, siblings, family life, education, and how you got to where you are now, but being an angel, I’m not sure that will do for you. 

Phantom: Oh no, that just will not do! I do not wish to go into my childhood… it is full of horror and pain! I was abused and beaten because of my facial deformity, you see… hence the mask!

Kev: (The penny drops) Hang on a minute… Where are we?

Phantom: In the catacombs beneath the opera house. This is my lair!

Kev: You’re no angel! You imposter. You’re, you’re… The Phantom! Aren’t you?

Phantom: I am an angel. Ask Christine, she’ll tell you! She even said as much when she came with me to my lair. She sang only for me. She was my angel of music! She loved me. Here’s lies the evidence:

Kev: Can’t you see, this only proves that you seduced her?

Phantom: I loved her! And she would have loved me if it wasn’t for that meddling Raoul! 

Kev (He sounds like a villain from Scooby Doo now!) But didn’t she love Raoul rather than yourself? (Kev sees an object in the cave and picks it up) Look! Is this not her engagement ring?

Phantom: How dare you! I should run you through for your insolence! I have my sword!

Kev: And I sir, have my pen! (The pen is mightier than the sword and all that… wink, wink)

Phantom: Trait de plume! (meaning: the stroke of the pen!)

Kev: (Kev thinks he’s being invited to go for Scooby snacks and plums. It fits with his impression of the French eating strange things at odd times of the day) No thanks, not hungry! Ooh, look at the time, must be off.  

Phantom: But what will you make of our interview?

Kev: I’ll tell everyone that you didn’t really mean to do any harm and it was all done for love! (smiles)

Phantom: Oh, that’s alright then. Cheers Kev!

Kev: Don’t mention it. 

The Phantom, Everyone!

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Kev’s Author Interviews Presents… Lorna Earl!

Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:

Framed photo for promo Lorna Earl

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

Lorna: I grew up in the North Eastern part of the U.S., mostly in a very rural part of New York State near the Canadian border. But the only French I speak is “eh?” I’m the middle of three daughters, so I have a classic case of Middle Child Syndrome that I’ve never been able to shake.

My father killed himself when I was four years old. (I don’t think I pushed him over the edge or anything. He was already headed there before I was born.) So I grew up in an all-female household. How the heck was I supposed to stand out in that kind of a family dynamic?

I decided to be my mother’s perfectly smart and good girl (rather than go the juvenile delinquent route). I did pretty well at that—class Valedictorian, graduated Magna Cum Laude from college—except for one little flaw. I took to drinking like a bug takes to a bright light.

My drinking career began early with sips of beer and blossomed in my early teens. I quit cold turkey when I was 27, after I had consumed more vodka than a depressed Russian. After I sobered up with the help of my then-husband, I had a child, earned a Ph.D. in sociology, got various jobs in research and then college teaching.

In 2001, I crashed along with the World Trade Centre towers, just not at the same time and not because a plane crashed into me. All of a sudden I got dizzy. Being a natural blonde all my life, I became (and still am) the quintessential dizzy blonde. No one in the medical profession knew what caused my dizziness, so they decided I had Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. I had to retire prematurely from teaching because colleges don’t need any more doozy professors. Shortly after that, my husband of nearly 30 years left me. I rebooted my dizzy life and here I am.

Kev: How long have you been writing for?

Lorna: I wrote my first poem when I was five. Want to hear it?

20131017_184020Kev: Do I really have to?

Lorna: Sure you do!

Kev: (Sighs) Go on then.

Lorna: “Here is a ghost for you. All he can say is Boo! Not Who. Not Moo. Just Boo!”

Kev: Scares the hell out of me. (not the poem)

Lorna: Edgar Allen Poe, eat your heart out.

Kev: Indeed! :D

Lorna: I did a great deal of academic writing and publishing. My creative writing career reignited after I became dizzy. I started writing funny stories about my pre-illness life to remind me of “Normal Silly Lorna.” So, since 2001.

Kev: Why do you write Lorna?

Lorna: Because speaking gives me panic attacks. Okay, seriously. The reason I loved teaching was that I felt that every day I made a difference in someone’s life. Writing does that for me. If my words can touch someone’s heart, make them laugh, or make them think about something in a different way, then maybe I still have value in the world.

Kev: What is your genre?

Lorna: I’m what you might call a “genre-hopper.” Is that a thing? Maybe we can make it a thing! My first book was a memoir and my new novel is historical fiction, but it is based on real events and real people.

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

Lorna: I wish I could spout off an impressive list of well-known classic authors, but remember, I was drunk for much of my high school and college years. If I read the classics, the brain cells that held them are drowned or pickled.

My contemporary list includes anything written by Ann Patchette. Her prose is captivating. I often re-read passages just to study how she crafts her sentences. Laura Hillenbrand is another wonderful author. Her nonfiction books read like riveting fiction. She, too, has Chronic Fatigue.

Finally, I have to include Steven King. I read only selected works of his because I shy away from really scary novels. But, golly, that man can write. While reading a horrifying passage in “Misery,” I actually jumped. Not many authors can achieve that level of suspense with just words on a page.

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

Never Turn Back KINDLELorna: “Never Turn Back” is my new novel. This is the book’s synopsis. Meri Vaarsara had a dream and something to prove. She also had incredibly bad fortune and even worse timing.

Her dream was to become a famous fashion designer in Paris, a dream born from a need to prove herself worthy of love and a happy life, something her stern Finnish mother never fostered but her seafaring father always knew was hers for the taking. So at the tender age of sixteen, Meri left the security of her family and her home for a country where she didn’t speak the language and she didn’t know a soul.

Paris in the late 1920s was not friendly to immigrants, even those with extraordinary talents. Forced to find work as a domestic, Meri forged ahead through turns of fate and misfortune as Paris braced for Hitler’s invasion. By choice, Meri becomes a single mother caring for her half-Jewish daughter throughout the occupation of France. Once the war was over, she used her feminine wiles to find her way to America, the land of milk and honey, with the hope of finally being able to work as a designer in a New York fashion house. But that too was not to be, until fate and a kind stranger stepped in to help.

Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?

Lorna: Because this story is based on my maternal grandmother’s life, my family had a lot to do with encouraging me to write her story for posterity’s sake. Also, whenever I tell her story at social gatherings, people are awestruck. Their reactions suggest to me that this is a story worth telling.

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

Lorna: I only knew bits and pieces of the true story. My grandmother was a secretive woman and my mother is a private person. So I had to make up characters and scenes to tie the facts together into a cohesive, believable narrative.

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

Lorna: Oh yes. Meri did a lot of walking around the streets of Paris. I had to find street names and addresses that were real and within reasonable walking distances. Since I’m no history buff, I had to research a great deal about Hitler before and during the war as well as the occupation of France.

Kev: Is your book part of a series?

Lorna: No, not now at least. If readers beg me for a sequel to know what happened to my mother’s character, I’ll entertain the idea of writing a sequel.

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

Lorna: Oh, Kev! That’s not fair! That’s like asking a mother to say which child is her favourite.

Kev: Maliciously pulls black cloak across his face so only his eyes are revealed. (Tee hee, hee!)

2nd Edition Front Book Cover Version 2Lorna: I love both books for different reasons. My memoir demonstrates my wit and shows people how to face life’s challenges with grace. I feel that this book is my way of doing some good in this world. My novel proves to me that I can create characters, dialogue, and scenes that are real. I truly feel my creative voice emerge in this book.

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

Lorna: I have a challenge for my readers—try to discern fact from the fiction as you are reading. Which characters are real and which are not? What events actually happened and what ones did I make up? I bet you’ll have a hard time!

Kev: What are you working on now?

Lorna: I’m feverishly trying to market my novel while I prepare to move from one end of the U.S. to the other. I’m trying to stay current with my blog and help promote my blogger buddies’ books as well. When I settle down, I’m kicking around an idea for a crime drama with a comic twist. Tentatively, it’s entitled “Closure.” See, I’m such a genre-hopper!

Kev: What new challenges are you facing?

Lorna: All the stress of what I just said creates a not-so-merry-go-round of physical and neurological symptoms, all of which make being a productive member of society difficult and painful. The fatigue and brain fog are the worst. Well, the stomach and joint pain aren’t that much fun, come to think of it.

Kev: Could you give us a little spoiler?

Lorna: Meri was exploited by many of her male employers before and during the war. After Paris was liberated, she decided that America was the place for her dreams to come true. But she had to find a way to get there. She had to do some exploiting of her own. And she did.

Kev: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Lorna: Read, read, read! I have learned more about writing from reading both well-written and poorly written books. You can learn so much by example—of what to do and what not to do!

Kev: Is there a question I haven’t asked that you would like me to ask? (If so, give question and respond.)

Lorna: Thanks! What’s the hardest part of writing?

Lorna: I thought that writing the first draft would be the hardest part. Wrong! After you have a manuscript you’re so very proud of, the real hard work begins—editing. I can’t overemphasize the importance of editing your work and having others edit it as well (professionals and people who will give you honest feedback).

Lorna’s Blog:

(Lorna has a special free book offer on her blog folks. Don’t miss it!)

I would love to have you visit my zany little blog called Lorna’s Voice. 

Lorna’s Book Links

Never Turn Back, US audience

Never Turn Back, UK audience

How Was I Supposed to Know? US audience

How Was I Supposed to Know? UK audience

 

Thank you, Kev, for the opportunity to talk with you and thanks to your readers for taking an interest in me and my work!

 

 Lorna Earl Everyone!

 

My Workspace Blog Hop!

Hello folks! I was invited today on this wonderful workplace blog hop by a very dear friend, Jo Robinson.

Jo obviously though I had nothing better to do tonight (and she was right, but don’t tell her I told you so) and so she grabbed me by the shirt collar and told me to, “hop to it.” How could I refuse? ;)

Ok folks allow me to give you a proper introduction to Kev’s Domain:

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Most of my blogging is done from my laptop downstairs on the sofa… usually with Aragorn watching over my shoulder. :)

cropped-dsc01098.jpgOn this blog hop I would like to invite the following wonderful bloggers and authors:

Percy

Morgan

Kevin

Aquileana and finally

Tom