Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 1/31

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have Wanda Murry, Wanda Luthman, and Geraldine Davis!

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Name: Wanda Murry
 
How long have you been published? 1st book was in 2011. 2nd book published November 2016


What's the worst part about being published? The first time was the money I extended but never recouped in sales.

What's the best part about being published? It is a dream accomplished.


Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? *What are the highs, if any? *What are the lows, if any? I did my first book through AuthorHouse. The high was having them do my cover which featured my only granddaughter at the time. It was beautiful and fit just right. The low was the cost to purchase direct from them wasn’t discounted enough; and because I am a horrible sales person, I have yet to recoup the investment made upfront. However, on my recent self-published book through Amazon’s CreateSpace I like the discount I receive as the author; the Author’s page I’m given, and the fact that there is no upfront costs associated with it.


What is the name of your book(s)? My Soul Cries…Holy, Holy, Holy (Developing Child-Like Faith Through Simple Inspirations) and Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life


Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes, for both. The first was a compilation of inspirational texts that I began sending out in 2007. The second was poetry I’ve been setting on for 20-30 years that I’d never done anything with. 


What's the hardest part about writing a book? For me, it’s not chasing rabbits in my thought process as I am writing. I can veer off track with what I was intending to say at times with storylines that are better suited to a different book I have in mind or in the works.

 
What's the easiest part about writing a book? Writing when my thoughts are fresh – usually in the morning.

 
Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)?
Amazon & CreateSpace

 
Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? Yes. I am starting work on the second “My Soul Cries” which will be daily inspirations which I tentatively hope to have out by the end of September 2017. I’m also working on a “Speak True Life” series of booklets that will deal with various biblical aspects for living a Christian life. I don’t have a tentative date for the series. 


Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Facebook 

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Name: Wanda Luthman

How long have you been published? Since Oct. 2014

What's the worst part about being published? I can’t think of anything. It’s a dream come true for me!

What's the best part about being published? Realizing a lifelong dream and joining the Indie Community! They are wonderful people and I never knew this world was out there.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I’m self-published.


*What are the highs, if any? The highs are when a child wants to buy my book and is excited for me to sign it to them personally. 


*What are the lows, if any? The lows are the rejections from bookstores and libraries. I had no idea before I was published that places for books would reject authors.

What is the name of your book(s)? I have 3 (2 are chapter books for ages 7-11 and 1 is a picture book for ages 0-5):
The Lilac Princess is my first chapter book.
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure is my second chapter book.
Little Birdie Grows Up is my newest book and it is a picture book.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes and no. It’s easy for me to write when the ideas are flowing faster than my fingers can type. The editing part is a bit more difficult.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Editing. I want to be sure my book is the best it can be, so I agonize over editing.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The easiest part by far is typing as the ideas are flowing. I get in a zone and it’s so much fun!

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and they can purchase from me directly and I’ll be happy to personally sign the book(s)—they can reach me via my website or by email at wandalu64@gmail.com.

Do you have any future projects in the works?
*Is there a tentative release date? Oh yes! I have 3 more books coming out this year! I hope to have Gloria & The Unicorn out early this year (2017) and Franky, the Finicky Flamingo out this summer and Dirk & The Dragon (the sequel to The Lilac Princess) out this fall.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers?
You can follow me on my blog/website, my Facebook Fanpage, on Twitter, or on Amazon


Thank you so much for interviewing me today and helping me spread the word about my children’s books!


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Name: Geraldine Davis

How long have you been published? I had my first book, Suspended, published in 2012. My second book, A Traveler’s Journey, was published in 2013. 

What's the worst part about being published? Trying to get the work right in every way.

What's the best part about being published? Having others read your work and having them tell you how much they loved it and telling me how much they want to have more.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? *What are the highs, if any? *What are the lows, if any? I went through a publisher with, Suspended, but chose to do it myself for, A Traveler’s Journey. The publisher setup my advertising and book signing for my d├ębut. But I chose to do it myself for the second book because of health issues for the publisher and it gave me a chance to do it all for myself to see what it was really all about. It wasn’t that bad.

What is the name of your book(s)? Suspended published 2012 and A Traveler’s Journey in 2013

Was it/were they an easy write for you? They we both pretty easy to write. I wrote, Suspended, because I needed an escape from a house full of family. My daughter was ill and needed to stay with me for a while to recover and she has six children that all had to stay as well. Writing gave me the getaway I needed. When I wrote, A Traveler’s Journey, I had become just gotten home from church with a sermon still swirling around in my head making me think about my own life choices. I needed to get it outside of me to take a better look at myself.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Not being able to connect with my new friends when the story is over.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? Truly, making or creating my new friends, giving them life and love. Then being able to put small parts of me into the storyline sometimes helps me to let go of some of the things that could be bothering me at the time I’m writing.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Amazon has both books and I understand that I can grab Suspended at Barnes and Noble’s website now.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? I have had to take a little time away from my writing due to life but I do have a couple of new writes coming up for late summer. One is a sequel for, Suspended, and another one that goes in a brand new direction for me. It will still be Christian fiction. 

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers?
Just Facebook.

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Join me on Thursday as I bring to you authors Allysa Hart and Sidney Reetz! 
 

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