Meet the lovely Ruth Curran…

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I’m so happy to introduce you to Ruth Curran. Of the bloggers I look forward to meeting in real life she is definitely in my top five. Ruth and I have a few things in common, one of which is we both shared a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident.

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Please join me in congratulating Ruth on the release of her book, Being Brain Healthy.

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The Author:

 Ruth drew on her experience successfully overcoming a traumatic brain injury suffered in an automobile accident to become an expert on maximizing brain health and function through lifestyle modification and “turning up the noise on life.” Curran is passionate about the connection between the brain and daily functioning and believes everyone—regardless of age or stage of life—has the ability to use neuroplasticity to live a richer, deeper, more fully engaged life. She has created a series of photo-based thinking puzzles, games, and apps that help players work on cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. Curran has a master’s degree in cognitive psychology as well as more than 28 years of experience as a strategist, business development executive, and organizational behaviorist.

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Back of the book:

 The journey to wellness when coming back from a brain injury can be a long one. It is one author Ruth Curran knows well. Faced with myriad cognitive challenges after her own traumatic brain injury resulting from an automobile accident, Curran decided to “turn up the volume” on the things that she loved in order to expedite the healing of her brain. She found ways to work through the discomfort and discouragement that can plague those suffering from traumatic brain injury as well as other conditions, chronic illnesses, and age-related changes that affect cognition and brain health.

In Being Brain Healthy, Curran shares her 18-month path to recovery along with the techniques she used—and continues to use—to amplify her everyday experiences with the goal of maximizing brain health and function. Her book is one of hope, not only for those whose brains have been compromised through injury or illness, but also for anyone who wants to think better and improve their cognitive abilities.

Curran has the unique ability to share her insights on brain health and healing in a manner that makes complex neuroscience matters make sense to even those taking their first frustrating steps toward recovery. Convinced that everyone can build better thinking skills and work their way out of what she calls “the fog” regardless of its cause, Curran shares how she did exactly that and made her entire life more fulfilling.

Being Brain Healthy combines the most cutting-edge research with what works in practice and fits in daily life. Curran helps readers understand how the brain and body work together and how the partnership between the two can be utilized to create a more healthy brain. Curran outlines how the newest science, activities, and exercises can help those with thinking challenges make the most of every day. Her “being” brain healthy methods—and book sections—include Be Active, Be Social, Be Engaged, Be Purposeful, and Be Complicated.

Also included in the book are personal stories from individuals on their process recovering from brain challenges. Their accounts along with insight and information from Curran will inspire readers to amplify their experiences and take their own brain functionality to the next level.

The Interview:

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Hammond, IN, one block away from the IN / IL state line – a short train ride from Downtown Chicago.

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing?

My mom was a teacher and preached the value of books, good grammar, and an ample vocabulary. She shared her love of reading with my brother (a recently retired English teacher) and me. It seemed as if my mom always had at least three books on her night stand, a newspaper in her lap, and a stack of New Yorkers waiting for her. As I got older, books were my escape. When I was a teenager my aunt got me into reading mysteries. We picked authors (and their detectives) and followed them from start to finish. I waded my way through bogs, pubs and smoke filled interrogation rooms, and strolled along the streets of so many foreign cities courtesy of amazing mystery writers – ones that took me somewhere I had never been and seamlessly planted me right in the middle of daily life. I am always reading something, listening to at least one audio book, and have a stack of publications calling me.

Do you have a dedicated writing space?

Author Ruth Curran write space

Have you always wanted to write a book or were you compelled to write this one for personal reasons?

I remember the day that my freshman English teacher, Mrs. Chang, told me I was good writer. I was shocked. My handwriting and spelling were (and still are) horrendous so I was used to pages filled with red marks and comments about the benefits of taking my time and neatness – nothing beyond the surface and certainly nothing about the quality of my writing. Enter Watergate and Woodward and Bernstein and my passion for writing took another turn. I was going to be a great investigative reporter. Life, as it does, eventually led me in a different direction but every job I had involved some kind of writing.  I don’t think I ever saw myself writing a book until recently. This book got in my head a couple years ago and it was not letting go. I started out writing a much expanded version of my blog on brain health, brain healthy lifestyles, and that connection between how we act and how we think. It was good information with great practical, everyday application but it was not relevant. With great prompting from a dear friend, I saw that I had to tell the story of how I got here and to own the fact that the value of my journey was being lost – especially if I just kept it locked up in a safe in my head.

Other than physical damage to the brain due to injury or illness, what psychological or sociological factors might affect one’s brain health?

The two biggest issues are stress and social isolation. Prolonged stress or periods of isolation – physical, psychological, or sociological –can change how your brain works and how well you adapt to future situations. Both of these conditions can re-wire your brain in the long run.

What is the number one thing people should do daily to boost their brain health?

Smile. Your brain and your body are programmed to reward those things that make you feel good. Smiling is the fastest route to feeling good.

What are some common misconceptions people have about brain health?

There are two misconceptions about the brain that make me absolutely crazy. First, we are born with a certain number of brain cells and there is nothing we can do to make more. That is so wrong. We can absolutely encourage our bodies to grow new neurons and, beyond that, we can encourage our neurons to form new connections. Second, older brains don’t perform as well as younger brains. That too is untrue. Older brains may perform differently but definitely not worse.

The Links:

 The website/blog

 Ruth shares her insights and proven techniques for amplifying everyday experiences at

http://www.craniumcrunches.com

To buy the book:

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I’m here and it’s Friday…

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It has been awhile since I have participated in Friday Fragments and I have missed the opportunity to share tidbits from my week.

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post and link back to our host Mrs. 4444 at Half-Past Kissin’ Time.

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The best news of my week is the cover for The Stranger In My Recliner is on the drawing board and I cannot wait to share it with you. (I hope I like it, I am going to love it, I hope I love it) I am just a bit nervous.

I have the first cold I have had in at least two-years. I kind of forgot how awful they are.

The workshops I have been facilitating (along with an amazing committee) have been better than I could have imagined. I cannot believe there are only two more (one is our writing workshop, I cannot wait) and then we will have a fair. I am already looking forward to the next season.

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We had our warmest day in months yesterday, it was 66 degrees and sunny for forty-five-minutes before the downpours started. Today it is freezing again. Freezing cold, windy and raining again. I am trying to be patient. Hurry up Spring!

My Mom is going on her dream vacation. She has been missing my Dad terribly so I am thrilled for her and so proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a Viking Cruise. Have you heard about these things? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Her traveling buddy is her high school bff. They are going to have a blast.

Viking River Cruise

They will be flying Lufthansa and I admit to being slightly unnerved. I am guessing their security will be heightened, even though there wasn’t much security could have done to avert this intentional crash. Crazy scary isn’t this whole suicide/crash thing?

Are you getting excited for the next presidential election yet? Oh my I can hardly wait. Ted Cruz announced and was immediately attacked by the media for being a one-term senator and for not being born in the U.S.  Sound familiar?

I just saw that Hillary supporters sent a warning to the media stating that they will be reading and watching for ‘coded’ sexism and if they find it they will report on it. What is coded sexism? Making fun of a pantsuit? It was kind of rude.

I am not looking forward to the messiness of it all.

Who is participating in the A-Z April Blogging Challenge this year? This will be my 4th year. I am still excited! There is still plenty of time to sign up and give it a try:

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My big -bunch -of -grandbabies continue to get older and there are no signs of any new ones on the horizon. I am not complaining thirteen is enough for now and I am so grateful for each and every one of them.

I had so much fun shopping for a prom dress for my oldest granddaughter. She graduated last year but her bf is still in high school. I can’t show any photos yet but she promised I could when the big night gets here.

My next oldest granddaughter (15) is being bullied, again. More on that in its’ own post but I am furious at the way it is not being handled.

Have a blessed weekend,

Doreen

 

 

 

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#Keep Moving Forward Challenge…

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Keep Moving Forward Challenge…

My friend and the facilitator of Bucks County Creative Explorers, Kelly wrote a blog post about being stuck. She wrote that she felt like her feet were stuck in concrete. That is exactly how I was feeling too.

I’ve enjoyed the challenge and hope Kelly will bring it back at the beginning of every season.

Kelly then posted this challenge. If you are feeling stuck too please join us. Let’s inspire each other to smash our concrete shoes.

CHALLENGE:

I will post an entry in the Keep Moving Forward Challenge every Thursday from now through March 2015. To join in on the journey, use the comment section to tell us about how you “kept moving forward” that week. Write about it on your own blog site (and include the link in the comments), make a video, and/or use the hashtag #KeepMovingForwardChallenge on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

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As usual my goals were pretty mighty this week. Life got in the way so I didn’t complete everything I wanted too.

I spent an afternoon with my nineteen-year-old, fifteen-year-old and five-year-old granddaughters. We went shopping for and found a beautiful prom dress, for Allyson (the nineteen-year-old.) I practiced making videos with the five-year-old. She is quite a director, oh my. I need SO much more practice.

I facilitate workshops for the Press Club and we had to cancel one in January due to weather. The make- up was last Saturday and this Saturday we have a regularly scheduled workshop. The committee, presenters and attendees are all having a really good time but it is time consuming. I never imagined I would enjoy teaching so much. Next month we have a writing workshop. This is the one I have been most looking forward to.

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Although the workshops are taking up a lot of my time I did manage to write and post my A-to-Z April Blog Challenge Theme Reveal post and I wrote 2 ½ posts for the challenge. Only twenty-four more left to write. Are you participating in the challenge? I highly recommend it.

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I finished my book cover questionnaire for The Stranger In My Recliner and received some great feedback on my back matter (text on the back of the book) from my writing friends at Bucks County Creative Explorers. So I guess you could say I finished a lot of ‘business’ writing this week.

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I still haven’t found a forward writer or blurb writers for the book. I haven’t tried very hard either. This goal needs to be #one next week.

All in all I feel like I have moved forward this week, slightly.

How about you?

Have a blessed week,

Doreen

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Writing Wednesday/Book Covers

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my writing journey and on to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us in the comments…

Are books really judged by their covers’

I hate to admit that I am that person that is attracted to books by their covers’, wine by the label, heck I even choose my shampoos and body washes to match my bathroom. So you can imagine how full of anxiety I will be when it is time to choose my own book covers.

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Actually I don’t get to choose the cover at all. I get a vote but the ultimate choice is the publishers. They tell me the cover will be chosen based on marketability.

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I got the call today letting me know that my cover questionnaire was sent and would I please take my time to think about and then answer the questions and have it back to the art department by April 20th.

The cover has been in my thoughts for months and honestly I had no vision or clue what I wanted. I did know that I was getting it done today and sending it back because continuing to think about it would be awful.

The first part was easy, title, sub-title, do I have a currant author photo. The next question was to describe the message I want my cover to give. What? That made my heart race so I skipped it and went on to the next question. What feelings do I want people to have when they look at the cover? The feelings I chose were contradictory. Did I really want to confuse people?

I was starting to get frustrated. A friend suggested I look through my photographs and see if any imagery popped into my head. It worked. I had a vision for the cover so then all I had to do was put that vision into words. I cheated and sent a few photos with my words.  Now I wait. Will the artists get it? Will I love what they come up with?

Will people judge me and my book by its’ cover?

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Now I can start stressing about blurbs, back matter and a forward. It truly is like having a baby. I cannot wait to see the book, I know production will be painful but once I see it and hold it I will be in love.

 

How do you choose a book? If you are writing a book have you thought about the cover? If you’ve written a book how was your cover chosen?

Happy Writing,

Doreen

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A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal…

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I have to admit I am not ready for the challenge but I am never fully prepared. My post titles have been chosen and I am hoping to get several of them pre-written this week.  I am however beyond excited and cannot wait to discover what all of your themes are!

Once again I will be a minion for the challenge and am so proud to be one of Lisa’s Live Wires!

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My theme this year is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of, Sophie.  Sophie is the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The night that she walked through our front door changed me.

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That book will be out later this year.

I decided this year’s posts will be on programs that actually help the homeless and the mentally ill, programs that don’t, when did homelessness become a problem and what or who caused it, famous homeless people, famous people that help the homeless and the mentally ill, what you can do that will help in a real way, excerpts from the book, the drain on emergency rooms and the justice system and a whole alphabet more…

I am looking forward to revisiting all of my old A-to-Z friends and making lots of new ones.

High Fives and Good Luck to all of the participants! Here we go!

Doreen

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Keep Moving Forward…

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Keep Moving Forward Challenge…

My friend and the facilitator of Bucks County Creative Explorers, Kelly wrote a blog post about being stuck. She wrote that she felt like her feet were stuck in concrete. That is exactly how I was feeling too.

Kelly then posted this challenge. If you are feeling stuck too please join us. Let’s inspire each other to smash our concrete shoes.

CHALLENGE:

I will post an entry in the Keep Moving Forward Challenge every Thursday from now through March 2015. To join in on the journey, use the comment section to tell us about how you “kept moving forward” that week. Write about it on your own blog site (and include the link in the comments), make a video, and/or use the hashtag #KeepMovingForwardChallenge on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

For more information:

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It happened again. I lost another dear friend far too soon. At first I was in shock, then, I was angry and wanted to know what cruelness snatched her from her family and friends. Now I am so sad.

Recently I heard that every time you lose someone close to you, you re-grieve everyone you have ever lost. That would explain a lot.

I know I am supposed to wake up every morning feeling grateful and ready to attack the day but today I just want to pull the covers up, find the cool spot on my pillow and go back to sleep.

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Time has no trouble moving forward no matter how I am feeling. In fact it just sprung ahead an hour leaving me desperately wanting that hour back. Just sixty-minutes to make my brother one more cup of coffee and tell him how much I still miss him, to laugh at one of my Dad’s goofy jokes one more time, to watch my BFF’s eyes fill with those proud Mommy tears as she watched her baby girl being sworn into the Navy and to catch up with my friend because I hadn’t seen her in awhile. None of this is possible now except for in my dreams, which is why I want to sleep.

Last week my goal was to clean up my e-mail and as hard as it was I got it done. Email is like laundry though because it keeps coming. I am hoping to get rid of the junk daily.

This week I need to take care of a frightening health issue. My blood pressure has been consistently spiking for days now. I take blood pressure meds so it is usually controlled. Perhaps it’s a warning to keep moving forward but doing so a bit slower.

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This week it will be one hour; one day and one foot at a time but the motion will be forward.

How do you keep yourself moving towards your goals when life or death keeps getting in the way?

#keepmovingforward

Doreen

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Writing Wednesday/ More on Media Pitches…

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my writing journey and on to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us in the comments…

More on Marketing/ Media Pitches

You’ve written the book, the proposal, the query, the synopsis, the marketing plan and yes, there is more. The media pitch or one sheet it what is used to try to entice a newspaper or magazine editor to write a feature, a TV producer to do a segment or a radio producer to do an interview with you.

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The first and most important thing you must remember is the editors and producers have no interest in your book or blog. Their only interest is their audience. With that in mind you will need to come up with a story idea that would be of interest to that media outlets entire audience.

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Through researching and writing your book or blog what is the common theme? Have you become an expert on that topic? Perhaps you write book reviews on your blog. Have you considered pitching a summer reading list segment or article? Perhaps you write a blog on disabilities. Have you considered pitching a list of tips on traveling with a disability? My first book was the true story of my brother’s random road rage murder. I sadly learned everything there is to learn about road rage and consider myself an expert. I pitch tips on not becoming a victim of road rage and also tips on not becoming full of rage as a driver.  My second book is the true story of a homeless woman that my husband brought home one night and she stayed with us for nearly three years. I am now an expert on homelessness. The possibilities of ideas for stories to pitch are endless. You are a writer, of course you can come up with a few.

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Remember; the buzz about you and your book should never come from you. The journalist and radio or TV hosts will mention your book and how to get it at the end of the article/interview. With the buzz coming from them, you and your book will gain immediate credibility.

At first, think small and local. Look up the websites for your local newspapers, TV and radio stations and look for their story idea or pitch submission guidelines. It may not be that easy to find but it is there.

 

Do the research on the media outlets you want to pitch. Read the paper, listen to the radio shows and watch the TV shows you are intending to pitch. Make sure they cover the kind of story you are pitching.

The best way to pitch the media is on the outlets website or by e-mail. It is a good idea to follow them on social media but don’t pitch them there.

The Pitch:

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Try to address it to a specific editor/producer/show etc…

Don’t be over formal.

You will probably have three sentences to grab their attention so start with your elevator pitch.

Add your story idea. Show them don’t tell them J you want them to visualize the segment. Relate the story to their audience.

Use bullet points to add 5 or 6 talking points/ suggestions

Next add why you are the best person for the interview adding your book/blog title and a brief synopsis.

A short bio and contact information.

Keep it short, concise and simple, no fluff. One page is sufficient.

Good luck!

Happy Pitching and Writing,

Doreen

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Keep Moving Forward…

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Keep Moving Forward Challenge…

My friend and the facilitator of Bucks County creative Explorers, Kelly wrote a blog post about being stuck. She wrote that she felt like her feet were stuck in concrete. That is exactly how I was feeling too.

Kelly then posted this challenge. If you are feeling stuck too please join us. Let’s inspire each other to smash our concrete shoes.

CHALLENGE:

I will post an entry in the Keep Moving Forward Challenge every Thursday from now through March 2015. To join in on the journey, use the comment section to tell us about how you “kept moving forward” that week. Write about it on your own blog site (and include the link in the comments), make a video, and/or use the hashtag #KeepMovingForwardChallenge on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

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I still feel like I am stuck in a spin wearing concrete shoes but I am kicking and dragging my feet so I hope that is making the concrete brittle.

As much as I feel like I am stuck in that spin, physically I am actually moving and covering a lot of miles, I’m just not sure in what direction.

Last weekend I attended the inaugural Bloggers at Midlife Conference #BAMC15 in Nashville. The conference was held at the beautiful (but extremely large) Gaylord Marriott. I was looking forward to this event for months and was feeling sick when a snowstorm threatened to ruin my travel plans.

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I didn’t breathe easy until I was in the air, headed southwest.

I have no words to explain how amazing it was to meet IRL (in real life) so many people that I have been blogging and or Facebook friends with for over year, especially Helene Cohen Bludman and Cathy Chester. It felt like I had known them for years. I am hoping to hang out with them again at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference.

I could go on and on and on about that conference and I probably will, in another post, it was simply amazing. Even the organizers and sponsors felt like long lost girlfriends.

Once I stepped off of the plane in Philadelphia and got into John’s truck with the Harley Davidson’s  in tow, we headed south on I-95.

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85 degrees is nice, on a motorcycle it is Heavenly.

I received the e-mail I was stressing about, the one that told me The Stranger In My Recliner is in production! That of course is amazing news and definitely something I need to consider moving forward. It just means I am now working on vacation. I am grateful I am doing it in 85 degreesJ

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Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my writing journey and on to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

Public Relations (PR) Part 5- Promotional Materials

The time to think about what promotional items you will need to promote your book/blog is when you are writing your marketing plan. Promotional materials can be part of your PR plan so remember you want whatever you choose to show you as an author and your book/blog in a good light. All of your products should coordinate. When ordering products remember to order enough for any conferences you are planning to attend, networking events, book signings and your launch party.

I custom created postcards for each location I had a book signing but I used the same colors so they all had a similar look.

It is easy to overspend on promotional items; they can be fun but try to stick with your budget.

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Product ideas:

Table cloths for book signings

Banners/ posters

Post cards

Letterhead

Business cards

Book markers

Pens

Key chains

T-shirts

Mugs

Note pads

Journals

There are many promotional material companies to choose from so do some comparison shopping. I have used and recommend Vista Print, Café Press and Moo. I have also used an independent local company and was happy with the convenience and the quality.

What products have you used to promote your book/blog/business?

Happy Writing,

Doreen

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Lady Thy Name Is Trouble…

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Fellow Insecure Writer, Lori MacLaughlin is an author!

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Congratulations Lori and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for my readers…

 

Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.

She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.

When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.

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The Book

 Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos… and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

 Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

The Interview:

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Vermont, USA, and I’ve lived in Vermont all my life. I love the beauty of the state — its forests, mountains, and farmlands. I’ve always enjoyed the small-town feel, the moderate climate, and the distinct seasons, though at this point, winter and snow are not at the top of my favorites list. 

Did you grow up in a household that encouraged reading or writing?

Absolutely. My parents read to me all the time when I was young. They are great readers themselves. My mom loves mysteries and the old-time romances of Grace Livingston Hill and Emilie Loring. My dad has read tons of westerns. I think he has every Louis L’Amour book ever written. My grandparents were readers, too. I distinctly remember visiting their houses as a kid and being impressed by their shelves upon shelves of books. Writing was encouraged, as well. My grandmother wrote columns for her hometown Fulton (NY) Patriot newspaper for years.

Do you have a designated writing space? A schedule?

Yes, I do have a writing space. I turned what used to be a small bedroom/office into a little library with my computer desk in one corner and bookshelves along the walls. It’s a cozy space with a window that looks out into the woods behind the house. The only disadvantage to this is that I sometimes get distracted by the various birds flitting through the trees and the antics of the squirrels and chipmunks. I used to have a writing schedule, but that has pretty much gone out the door over the past few months as I worked on getting my first novel published. After the blog tour this month and the A to Z Challenge in April, I hope to be able to spend more time writing and finishing up edits on Book 2.

What was the last book you read?

This World Bites (Loni Townsend.) It’s a funny story about zombies, vampires, and an unusual group of people led by Cera, a woman with elemental powers. The group travels from world to world, searching for a cure for Cera’s father. Their encounters with the local inhabitants, and the dark and deadpan humor made me laugh and grossed me out at the same time.

Share your journey to publication:

My journey to publication has spanned so many years — years spent writing, revising, and writing some more. My story grew and evolved as I did. As I matured as a person, my characters matured in depth, my story in scope. Words about life and love and loss ring so much truer once you’ve experienced those things for yourself.Years of intertwined day-to-day living and writing as a hobby culminated in the decision, about a year ago, to take a leap of faith into the world of self-publishing. I’ve spent the last year learning about author platforms, social media, ISBNs, book cover design and layout, and all the many facets of the trade. I can’t count the times I felt completely overwhelmed by all the things I had to learn. I’ve had my share of setbacks. But I never gave up. As of February 27, 2015, I am a published author. Woo hoo!

Do you have a book trailer?

I have two of them, actually. The first is about the overall story, but I realized afterward that it didn’t include the romantic elements integral to the story. Partly to remedy this, and partly for fun, I made another one that focused on the main character, Tara, and her internal struggles with love, loss, and new possibilities.

Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble

http://youtu.be/reB_0mfclhY

Tara (character study)

http://youtu.be/AFUhqSyuXvc

What are you writing now?

I’ve been working on the second book in the series, Trouble By Any Other Name, which is in the final editing stage. It’s about Tara’s struggle to discover who and what she really is and to destroy the evil Being that is trying to steal her magic and escape through her dreams. I hope to have it published by the end of the year.

What is your favorite music genre?

I enjoy pop rock the most, but I’ll listen to anything other than screaming headbanger stuff and rap. Rap will make me get up and leave the room.

Coffee, tea, wine or whiskey?

Milk for me, please. I’ll always be a dairy girl.

Thank you, Doreen  for hosting me!! 

The Book is Available:

 Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Name-Trouble-Lori-MacLaughlin-ebook/dp/B00TT8NERU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425178824&sr=1-1&keywords=lady+thy+name+is+trouble

 Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/lady-thy-name-is-trouble

 Lori’s blog: http://lorilmaclaughlin.com

 

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