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Guest Author Feature – Author D.G. Kaye interviewed me for her blog

Featured author of the week

I am thrilled to introduce you all to Doris Heilmann, author, and publisher at 111 Publishing. Doris is the ‘woman behind the curtain’ at Savvybookwriters.com. Many of you who like to stay current with what’s happening in the publishing world may be familiar with Doris and her most informative website where she contributes myriad of articles on current events in marketing for authors.

Doris is a freelance writer, writing coach and author of several books on book marketing. I recently wrote a book review on another book of hers, a most informative guide for writers, Book Marketing on a Shoestring, and today we’re going to get to know a little more about Doris and her latest book, 111 Tips to get Free Book Reviews, as well as learn more about Amazon and reading and writing reviews.

Read the whole story here:
https://dgkayewriter.com/guest-author-feature-doris-heilmann-of-savvybookwriters-com/

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Author Interviews

 

Author Interview: Traci Lawrence

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Today’s Interview is with Author Traci Lawrence about writing her successful self-help book Accept No Trash Talk.

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Traci, how would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
My book is about perseverance in the midst of trials, whether those trials deal with communication, or medical challenges. I want to help people to realize that everybody has the ability and the right to overcome great odds. My book is the voice of significantly undervalued people, but it is also the voice of anyone who has been subject to any amount of disrespect.
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How did you get the idea for the book?
The basis for the book was the disrespect that I received and witnessed in my earlier years. I wanted to show how I have pushed beyond bullying, and how numerous famous people have also done the same. I quote empowering examples of famous people in history and current events.
In addition, I got ideas from talking with people I know that feel overwhelmed by all that’s expected of them in their personal lives and careers.  Some people have more money, better health, or better social skills than the majority of people in their social circles. Yet, the less-fortunate majority should not be held accountable for circumstances that are beyond their control.
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There are many excellent self-help books on the market. Why should a person choose to read your book?
My book is unique because I am unique. I am a distinctive person in several ways: I come from a background of medical, mental, and social challenges, and; I only have a bachelor’s degree.  My book has several distinguishing characteristics: it’s shorter than most self-help books; it is formatted in an easy-to-follow outline, and; the language that I use is simple, everyday English. My writing should be relevant and clear to everyone because I have the common touch.
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How do you want your book to change the way that people think?
I want my book to be a platform for the promotion of the idea that everyone is “okay”. We’re all “broken”; nobody’s perfect, and that’s acceptable. Most of us are trying the best that we can with limited resources. Some groups want us to think that they are perfect. They think that they have a right to judge and devalue other people. Therefore, I want my book to raise awareness of how disrespectfully some individuals treat each other. Also, I want readers to realize that everybody deserves a chance to get ahead in life.

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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
The underlying message of my book is that everyone has a right to live within their own truth and capabilities. Certain people shouldn’t be allowed to dictate what other people are capable of, or how they should act. Some of us have limited capabilities due to mental and medical concerns. The strongest of us are willing to push ourselves to expand our capabilities. I name such people, including historical figures and current celebrities, in my book.
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What would / could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they get you as an author?
One reviewer quoted a line from my book: “Everyone has a right to live within their own capabilities.”
My book is about people understanding and accepting their own capabilities. It’s also about everyone accepting the fact that not everyone operates within the same framework of values and strengths. For example, I have more medical challenges than many people, so I cannot be expected to accomplish as much as a person who has no medical concerns.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what ís the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
I have learned that beta readers are invaluable. I asked a few beta readers to look at portions of my book. They gave me validation and encouragement. They also gave me tough love when they pointed out areas where I could write with more clarity, conciseness, and optimism. Most of all, they demonstrated how to organize my highly jumbled thoughts.
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How did you get published? Please share your own personal journey.
I am self-published on Amazon. I went to the Amazon website and follow the links for self-publishing.

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What general advice do you have for other writers?
I would say that a good rule of thumb is to write about that which you’re passionate. Passion always comes through; so does apathy.

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What is the best part of being a writer?
I like the fact that my edited thoughts are published for anyone to read.  My writing illuminates my thought processes more than my speech does.  I think that there are other people out there who think like me, so the purpose of my book is to give them a voice, too. I strongly believe that reserved people who have been undervalued need to be given a voice amidst the many loud voices in the world.

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Meet author Traci Lawrence here too:

Facebook Accept No Trash Talk book page  https://www.facebook.com/Tracisebook
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/114161341418207904221/posts/p/pub
Twitter https://twitter.com/aleen_traci
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tracilawrence77/
Author Blog http://tracisebook.blogspot.com/
Amazon page http://amzn.to/1nWAQ3y
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCznN3w6vzrldBkzc-2Vf-dw
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/traci.lawrence.779
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8416470.Traci_Lawrence

 

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Author Interviews

 

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Success Guide: Interview with Author Jerry Gladstone

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Today’s interview features author Jerry Gladstone and his very inspiring, upcoming book THE COMMON THREAD of Overcoming Adversity and Living Your Dreams. He shows how successful people are living their dreams and features Academy Award and Grammy Winners, Super Bowl and World Series Champions, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Legends, Best-selling Authors and Billionaires, Olympians, Boxing and UFC World Champions.  Having a vision and a plan, working hard, being dedicated and having a network of people, never giving up, being willing to take on whatever comes your way – this is what distinguishes them all – like a “common thread”.
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Author Jerry Gladstone and his wife Brooke

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Jerry, thanks for taking the time for this interview.
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

As an instant motivator not based on theory but rather on the experiences of those who have overcome challenges and obstacles on their journey to success. The book consists of more than 50 well-known celebrities from the world of sports, music, business and other areas.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
The belief that success is not just reserved for some of us, but can and should be for all of us.

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What inspired you to start writing?
The time that I spent with so many well-known people was invaluable and I wished that my friends, family and business associates could have the same experience as I did, gaining wisdom and insight from my conversations with them.

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How did you get the idea for this inspirational book?
My wife Brooke was a great inspiration. We were talking about how some of our friends and people we knew had such great potential, but had a hard time getting out of their own way.
We realized that there was a common way, a common theme, a “Common Thread” of overcoming obstacles and being successful, that ran through the successful people we came in contact with, and we wanted to share with others.

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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
Self-belief can knock down many barriers.

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Who is your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Sylvester Stallone. I was just 16 years old when Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky hit the theaters. He made me realize that it didn’t matter that I was not the biggest, strongest, smartest or most talented and that with heart, drive and determination, I could accomplish just about anything.

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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
Dan Caldwell, founder and president of TapouT. And also a friend of mine started a little T-shirt company out of the back of his car. Years later he sold it for more them $200 million.
He is a big believe that if he can do it then so can anyone!  “If you’re looking to get real strategies to make real productive and positive changes in your life, then ‘The Common Thread’ is a must-read!”
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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Self-belief, overcoming adversity and living your dreams!
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How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
100 percent.

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What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
That it was important to share these stories because as a young man I had many challenges and overcame them by using the same best practices offered in the book.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To write when you are inspired and in the right creative mindset. Also, if you do a little at a time, it adds up.

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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?
Re-living the experiences while writing the book.

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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Rule number one has always been and will be forever:  don’t beat yourself, don’t get in your own way and don’t come up short due to lack of effort, preparation or self-doubt.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I will tell you that when it comes out!
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If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?
Stallone because he represents how an underdog with a million to one shot can succeed.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
Conveying a message of hope.
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What’s your least favorite?
The grammar!

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What is your favorite book?
A very good friend of mine, Ben Macchia, went through a very difficult time after losing his brother Jamie in a motorcycle accident.  Years later I went through a very dark time in my life, Ben sent me this book.  I will always be grateful and without question this book, which was first published in 1968, inspired me to keep moving forward: The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
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Where can people learn more about your writing?

http://www.TheCommonThreadBook.com

http://www.thecommonthreadbook.com/SuccessBlog.en.html

 

Visit and follow Jerry Gladstone at these Social Media sites too:
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Twitter
https://twitter.com/JerryGladstone  @JerryGladstone

About.Me http://about.me/JerryGladstone

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/jerrygladstone

Facebook http://on.fb.me/1ooEYpu

GooglePlus http://bit.ly/1svQ7Z7

Pinterest http://bit.ly/1mHgeZR and http://bit.ly/1oLqWzp

Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/123427234@N07/

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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Hired Doris at http://111Publishing.com/Seminars!

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Has Your Book been on Air – At a Radio Show?

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The Book Report with Host Elaine Charles is a fun, fast-moving, fact-filled show in 10 major markets across the USA. Check their radio stations and show schedules:

A lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike. It’s a great way to find out who’s hot in the book world and which titles critics and readers are buzzing about.

Like everyone of us, Elaine is a voracious reader, book club member in good standing and book lover from the days of Golden Books on. Elaine received her undergrad degree from Boston University and Master’s from George Washington University. She’s worked overseas, at the Library of Congress and most recently at The Miami Herald.

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STATIONS & SHOW SCHEDULES

Cocoa, FL
WMEL AM 1300
Saturdays 6pm
The Book Report: Listen Live at 1300wmel.com 
Gotta Read It Minutes: Every Weekday

New York, NY
WABC AM 770
Saturdays 6:30-7pm
The Book Report: Listen Live at wabcradio.com

Visit The Book Report channel at YouTube for archived “Gotta Read It Minutes”.
Or listen on iTunes
The Book Report On: iTunes  Listen to popular and emerging authors discuss their latest projects, new books, and the craft of writing. Featured authors in all genres appearing weekly at Book Talk RadioThe Book Report On: YouTube 

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If you have ideas on books you’d like previewed, author interviews you would like to hear, or any sort of feedback, please contact Elaine directly at: elaine@bookreportradio.com/

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Post it on Your Author Pages
Your book sales will certainly not sky-rocket after a radio show, but it will be on YouTube and iTunes archived, which is another possibility to subtle post and tweet about your book and your radio appearance.  After being interviewed by a local radio station: endorsements of traditional media, even if it’s simply mentioning your name, is marketing gold if you are trying to get a book into more readers hands. Don’t miss to let everyone know about it, post it on YouTube and all free video sharing sites and certainly on all your author pages at online retailers.

See also:

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/how-to-let-publicity-work-for-you/

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/30-video-sharing-sites-to-upload-your-book-trailer/

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/7-errors-writers-make-when-dealing-with-the-media/

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Interview with Author Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett

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Our Interview today is with Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett, a licensed Family Therapist from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, who has written a fantastic book, that received already lots of praise and awards, and very positive reviews – many from other therapists, who recommend her book to their clients.
In September her self-help guide book The Marriage Whisperer was named the “Book of the Month” by MidWest Review.  To learn more about Dr. Hollinger and her work we asked her lots of questions:

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How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
My book, The Marriage Whisperer: Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight, explains readers how relationships of couples can be brought to the next level. It’s a self-help title, inspired by over 10,000 conversations I had with clients.  It delivers 70 couple stories with humor and includes practical tips and tools for lasting relationship improvement. Popular themes like communication, habits, chores, arguments, sex, and intimacy are explored in easy-read tales. It showcases simple stories and delivers simple solutions. Lots of couples found themselves in the book, and could through humor identify themselves. It’s not a blaming book, it offers solutions to take their relationship to the next level.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
My primary message in the book is to keep your life in balance, something that is important to avoid marital neglect.  Not having a balance in your life, such as work, marital life, family, hobbies etc. has long-term consequences for relationships.

“Will spend more time when …” we are in vacation, the kids are in school, the kids are out of the house, we are retired … NEVER works. If you don’t spent enough time together NOW, your interest changes and your attachment weakens. The challenge for couples is to find out how much is enough (time to spend together).
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What inspired you to start writing?
I am a Marriage Therapist for over 20 years, and often heard from my clients: “I never thought about it

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In seminars I asked: “Who wants a better marriage?” Barely anyone raised a hand… No one wanted to admit that their marriage was not in the best shape. However, now with my book reading it together with their partner, working together with the book, having debates and conversation / in a non-blaming, non-threatening way, couples can work on their relationship in privacy.
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Are your characters based on real people?
Yes, but certainly keeping their anonymity.
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What was the most difficult case you ever had.
Not one particularly, but often with couples where one thinks he/she is “right”, and constantly blaming the other person. The other stays either defensive, and argues, or the “yes, dear” person, who freezes in the relationship, and finally stepping out of it.
Challenge in therapy is to make people seeing their situation from a different angle, and opening up their line of thinking.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?
Hearing people that know me : “That’s just like you” And I wanted the book to be my voice and have my voice. I did my best to write it, like I talk with my clients.

What’s your least favorite part of writing a book?
The meticulous editing process.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
To be able to share what I have learned with a larger population.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I would have written it sooner. But at that time I had other priorities and I wanted to keep my life in balance.  Relationships are often struggling due to the lack of balance.
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What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Making the time to write.
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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
Speaking engagements! And presentations.
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Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?
Egypt.
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What is your favorite book?
I like to cook and like to read cook books.
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How would a close friend describe you?
Very creative and honest to the point, without being insulting.
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What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I am painting, do sewing, doing quilts, even a Firefighter T-shirt quilt. I am an avid gardener and love flowers and being a home gourmet cook. I am not a perfectionist.

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Meet Dr. Patt Hollinger Pickett and her book here too:

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6456762.Patt_Hollinger_Pickett

Amazon Paperback, 214 pages, $18.40
http://www.amazon.com/Marriage-Whisperer-Patt-Hollinger-Pickett/dp/1933455659

Authors BroadCast
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOJ_dTh5HE5MqaPnxPxfWa6hnjSjzkIgU

MSI Press Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhnG9-mNvMM

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What Reviewers Said About the Book:
“The Marriage Whisperer is a practical, accessible book for married couples seeking to improve their relationship. The chapters, on helpful topics such as communication, trust, intimacy, roles, etc. offer relevant illustrations, practical insights and excellent discussion starters for couples. I have begun working through it with my wife and we are finding it very helpful in enhancing our intimacy and communication, in particular. I also perform wedding ceremonies and am trained to do pre-marital counseling for the couples whose ceremonies I perform, and will be enthusiastically recommending this excellent book to this whom I counsel. Highly recommended!”

“The author clearly understands the various dynamics that impact how couples navigate their life issues, and has an amazing handle on why difficulties may be occurring and what can be done to improve them. With a wise, sensible, and professional touch, she invites the reader to consider respectful options and accommodations. The inclusion of tables, lists, and short paragraphs, which offer specific ideas on what needs to be done and how one can proceed, makes this a user-friendly support to couples.”
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to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Author Interviews

 

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Marci Fair, Author of Parenting Guide TILT

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Today’s author we are interviewing, is Marci Fair, a career women and mother of four children. Marci Fair shares her decades of insight in an enlightening way that weaves in quotes from her children along with 100+ practical, guilt-free parenting tips for the challenges working mothers face. Marci shows how mothers can live imperfectly on purpose. She inspires them to determine what really matters the most for themselves and their families, and then to focus on what lasts beyond childhood.
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Marci, how would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
TILT was written out of the difficult struggles and unexpected answers that I have found on my journey through the TILT of life, work, and motherhood. The wisdom of over 80 other working mothers in my book also demonstrates how moms can grow through their journeys to find happiness and success along the way. Balance is impossible; I teach how to TILT instead.
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Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
There are many significant messages in TILT, but if I had to pick the most important, it would be to encourage mothers to continue to dream and set goals for their lives. I believe that by continuing to pursue our dreams, as we help their children reach for theirs, sets a very important parenting leadership example. Through TILT, I share how to choose, in the nucleus of our families, to set the example by shining our own light, so we can love, guide, and empower those little lights we brought into this world.
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What inspired you to start writing?
As a working mom of four children, I have lived the juggles, the struggles and the heartache of guilt in trying to pursue professional accomplishments, as well as raise our children well.  Over time I found solutions that have helped our children find their own success and have brought happiness to myself. I shared them with women around me, who found them to be unique, easy to do and satisfying for themselves. As I walked my own motherhood journey, I realized that I needed to share the humor, the insight and ultimately the love and strength that a thoughtful motherhood can bring.
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How did you get the idea for this book?
Unknowingly at the time, I actually started writing TILT in July of 1996 – the first time I wrote down a quote from our oldest child. He was three at the time, and he made a funny kid statement that I wanted to remember. If I did not write them down immediately, (which is still true today) I would forget them.
That began the chronicling of the funny and heartfelt moments of my motherhood journey. Eventually I began to realize that our little ones had some serious wisdom to share; their musings could actually become the heartfelt answers to some of my soul-searching questions. Their quotes are actually the basis that TILT was built on.
There are over 70 of their quotes woven throughout the book, to help relay the messages of an enriching motherhood. I have learned that with careful insight, our biggest challenges can often become our greatest learning opportunities.
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Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
The message of TILT is to encourage mothers to continue to dream and set goals for their lives. I believe that by continuing to pursue our dreams, as we help their children reach for theirs, sets a very important parenting leadership example.  
We teach our children that just as we are here to help them find the path to fulfill their own missions and life purpose, we need to fulfill ours as well.

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Marci, please give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:

Finally a book for professional women who have a heart for mothering. Marci doesn’t write to convince us we’ve made the right decision.  She writes to help us find peace on the path we’ve chosen, recognizing “balance” is a myth.  Her only agenda is to help us further our professional goals while being better mothers, with specific examples and chapter checklists that give us concrete steps to find the perfect “TILT” for today andtomorrow.”

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Assistant Director, Georgia State University College of Law Tax Clinic
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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

Working Moms Do Not Have To Be Guilty-Moms – Learn How To TILT Instead”  or
How to live a TILT-ed life with success for you and your children!
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you have learned as a writer from then to now?
Be brave. Follow your heart. Ask a lot of questions of people who are smarter than you. Don’t just dream about it – take action. Nothing will happen unless you take (the right) action.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
My least favorite parts about writing the book are the deep edits and total reconstruction during that process. It is hard to re-write and make everything flow well together when it has been moved around so much.

I did enjoy creating all the different “parts” of TILT. I worked very hard to make it interesting for the reader, so I have

  • Mom Quizzes at the beginning of every chapter
  • Graphics throughout the book to give a visual explanation of an important point
  • Our children’s quotes woven throughout where they support the material
  • Wonderful wisdom from over 80 other women who wanted to help mothers
  • Checklists at the end of every chapter for specific, real life ideas that women
    can use today if they need more of the solution in their lives.

Ultimately my favorite part of the book process was holding the first copy of it in my hands!
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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The opening piece, “Why You – and I – Need to Read This Book” is pretty powerful and designed to speak to the heart of my reader. I want her to know that we are on the same page, with the humor and the challenges, and that TILT will give her real solutions.
The other piece “Closing Thoughts” was also written with great passion to help my reader. It comes straight from my core, to support them in believing that “our purpose in in our journey,” so make your journey count.
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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I am thankful to tell you that no – I would not change a thing. Even though it has been edited for over three years by many people, I am sure it could still be improved upon and written better here and there. But I have poured my heart and soul into the messages TILT shares, and I hope that the reader sees my desire for them to live a thoughtful, fulfilling life.
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How did you get published? Please share your own personal journey.
I researched. Then I researched. Then I researched some more. Ultimately, a friend on twitter recommended CreateSpace for Print-on-Demand, and they have been wonderful to work with.
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TILT by Marci Fair

What general advice do you have for other writers?
Do not give up on your dream!!!  It will be hard, it will be challenging, but if you believe that your message should be shared, this is the best time in the publishing world for you to have the opportunity to share it.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
The best part of being a writer is knowing that my book will one of a few things that will live beyond me.   I am very hopeful that I will accomplish my goal with it – to help 10,000 moms and raise $10,000 for our children’s charity: Kares 4 Kids  www.kares4kids.com.

Once TILT has done that, I will know that I have really touched the lives of 10,000 women for the better and also helped thousands of children through Kares 4 Kids. Most importantly, I did it while honoring the family that I love and adore.
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What’s the most challenging part of being a writer for you?
The most challenging part about being a writer is the editing process, to be sure that I have caught my grammar, punctuation, and flow mistakes. Beyond creating the book, the next most challenging part is figuring out the best methods to launch it and share it with the world.
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Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?  Italy.

What is your favorite book?
I am an avid reader, so it is difficult to say that I only have one favorite book. I love John Maxwell’s books for the excellent leadership and life wisdom. I love Andy Andrew’s books “The Noticer & The Noticer Returns” for their soul-searching wisdom. I love Dan Zadra’s “5” for it’s ability to help you define where you will be in your life in 5 years. I love Dave Ramsey’s books for their financial intelligence, and I love Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book “The One Thing” for its amazing ability to help you simply “line up the domino’s” in your life to achieve uncommon success. There are more….
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How would a close friend describe you?
A close friend would describe me as a mom who intensely loves her family, as a wife who is very thankful to live her life with her soul mate, as a big picture thinker who purposefully, if imperfectly, thoroughly lives each of the 100 years she will hopefully be blessed with.
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Where can people learn more about your writing?

http://amzn.to/1bs4L8Y
http://www.facebook.com/guiltfreemom
http://www.guiltfreemom.com
http://marcifair.wordpress.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7427243.Marci_Fair

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What is the ONE thing that brought you more readers?

The one thing that I have done that has brought me more readers has been to host workshops in my local marketplace on my subject matter – helping working moms.
 

What’s one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about
That I secretly wish I had a whole weekend to sit on the sofa and veg out.  Well, maybe for half a day.  Well, I could get “antsy” after a couple of hours. Anyway, it really sounds wonderful.
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Author Interview Cleveland O. McLeish

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Cleveland O. McLeish

Today’s Author Interview is with Cleveland O. McLeish, a prolific writer, screenwriter and play wright. 

Cleveland, thanks for telling us a bit more about yourself and your books. How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it? For example your latest work Chloe.

Chloe represents everyone who has ever made a difference in somebody’s life. She was that unplanned pregnancy that came with an option to abort, who grew up to change the world…or did she.

Chloe is a mystery/thriller that will keep the reader guessing. I have a friend who read the book, and skipped to the end, only to be forced to go back and read the book from where she left off.
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What inspired you to start writing ?
I have been writing plays for my church since 1999. It was fun to be able to add some structure to the productions we did, as opposed to just improvising. That led to my online ministry at www.christianplaywright.org. I loved writing so much, that I have tried my hand at all types of writing.
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ChloeHow did you get the idea for the novel?

It was originally a play, that morphed into a screenplay that ended up as a novel. Each version has won an award, so it’s easily one of my favorite stories. I was inspired to write it many years ago from a “What if” thought I had.

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Who is your favorite character and why?
Chloe, of course. She has easily grown to be a part of me….a part of the family. She is real, honest and open about how she feels and what she is thinking. She is not afraid to be herself, despite what others may think of her.
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Are your characters based on real people?
Fragments of real people, no one particular character.
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Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
This was written by a non-Christian:  “I don’t agree with the message of this book and I think some of its points are a bit of a stretch, but that doesn’t mean that the story didn’t catch me by surprise and present an argument that was not only concise but well written. Instead of shoving points of view in your face, it guides you through a scenario that is a valid way to approach this topic. (I won’t spoil it for you future readers)I didn’t realize the impact of what was going to happen to the characters until it really hit me and I realized the intent of the story. It did make me think for a moment about my own personal beliefs and though they differ than what is in the book, I still think it’s a good read because of how thought out and well written it is.”
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If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Purpose of Life
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How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
Not much. I created a world I was not familiar with, and characters I was meeting for the very first time.
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Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you have learned as a writer from then to now?
Being persistent and consistent in writing will make us better writers.
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What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Well, it’s hard to say with spoiling it for future readers, but without saying it…I am sure everyone who reads the book will agree that that is the best part lol.
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If your book would be made into a movie, who should play the main character?
Emma Watson would do well as Chloe.
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How did you get published? Please share your own personal journey.
I have had written material for a while, as well as hundreds of length plays. I have approached trade Who-I-am-in-Godpublishers in the past, but found it to be too tedious a task, so I was quite content with the reach and success of my website. One day while browsing, Amazon took me to CreateSpace.com.  It caught my interest, so I tested the system with a few of my plays, as customers keep asking me for hard copies of plays from my website. It worked out pretty well, and I was sold on their system…so I have been using them since.
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What general advice do you have for other writers?
Keep writing, and never stop. Write everyday. Write consistently everyday. Rejection from publishers and peers is not a failing grade for your talent. Most of all, believe in yourself, and what you write.
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What is the best part of being a writer?
Touching and prompting a change for the better in someone…maybe bringing comfort or laughter to those who mourn or are dejected.
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Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process?  What’s your least favorite? Creating a story on a blank piece of paper is priceless. Marketing and getting the book on the shelves is a difficult stage for me.
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What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers? 
Announce the availability of my book during a Church service.
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What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Writing everyday.
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Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?
Jerusalem.
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What is your favorite book?
Anything by Frank Peretti or Randy Alcorn
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How would a close friend describe you?
Troublesome. LOL
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Where can people learn more about your writing?
My website www.christianplaywright.org
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These are Cleveland McLeish’s latest books:

Chloe: A Novel, available on Amazon as paperback and e-book

Who I Am In Christ: 101 Daily Declarations of Faithpaperback and e-book

or meet him at Facebook
or his webpage to learn more about this multi-award-winning playwright and screenwriter, who considers himself one of God’s modern-day scribes. He has penned over 100 plays and several
screen plays, some of which have won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in competition, including the Screenplay Chloe Cleopatra Taylor. He is also a youth director and lay minister in the Church of God of Prophecy in Jamaica. He is a born Jamaican living in Kingston with his lovely wife, Nordia.
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