Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today I have the incredible honor of interviewing author, KL Dierking. Every once in a while you come across a person so strong and courageous that you can’t help but be inspired. Today we are having a glimpse into such a life. KL Dierking went from an abused child into a loving, wife, mom and adult. Having suffered sexual and physical abuse, she now works with PTSD victims and helps give them the strength they need to become survivors.

Although she typically writes adult inspirational fiction, she is introducing her first middle grade chapter book,  Angst of a Middle School Newbie   (Vol 1 of the Philippian 4:13 series).

 

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PHILIPPIAN MACEDON has never had a single friend his whole life. Not one. Why would he? He doesn’t fit in anywhere. He’s short, nerdy and terrified of the dark.

To make matters worse, he must now brave the cold cruel world of middle school all alone. His dad is deployed to Iraq and his mom expecting a new baby. Philippian has never felt more alone and invisible.

With a birthday on April thirteen, Philippian is reminded that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. Follow his journey through the Philippian 4:13 series as he faces many obstacles and discovers the value of being unique. Be there as he learns to lean on the one friend that has been there all along.

 

You can purchase it at:

https://www.createspace.com/5556598

 

 

Interview

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

I am KL Dierking (Katrina). I reside in central NC with my husband and 4 children ages 19,18,16 and 3. Writing is my passion along with encouraging women who have suffered and survived sexual abuse, dealing with the other side of sexual abuse (PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts/tendencies)  as well as educating women on the signs and how to keep their children safe from abuse.

I was sexually abused by the man who adopted my at the age of 4. He sexually and physically abused me for the next 12 years. I spent many years afterwards abusing myself and feeling as if I was unworthy of love. I was self-destructive and angry. Only by the grace and mercy of God was I able to turn my life around and change my future.

 

I have spent my entire adult life in the medical field holding several degrees and certifications including Firefighter I/II and EMT-Paramedic. I recently chose to leave the medical field to come home to work and raise my 3 year old the way I believe God intended for our family.

I also have an online homeschool and educational resource company called Mr. Row’s Adventures. Mr. Row is a stuffed monkey who travels around the world staying with host homeschooling families. The families take Mr. Row on educational field trips in their area and in turn, I create educational supplies and materials for the families to use in their homeschooling classroom.

What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

My genre of choice is Inspirational Fiction. I have written two novels and am currently working on a post-rapture novel series but recently decided to write my first young readers chapter book, also a series.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Writing has always been therapy for me. It was my safe place and the one place no one could harm me.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

Karen Kingsbury’s book One Tuesday Morning and Beyond Tuesday

If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

Writing has saved my life. Through my writing, I have been able to tell my story of sexual and physical abuse through the fictional characters I create. I’ve been able to go places in my mind that I may never truly experience.

What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

I always drink coffee while I write. Well, I drink coffee nearly all hours of the day. I don’t really snack while writing.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

“I won’t spend my life as nothing.” A Knight’s Tale. As a child, my mother told me every single day that I was stupid and unlovable. I believed her for far too long. This quote reminds me that her words do not dictate my future and my future is what I make it.

 

 

Links:

You can view my blog (http://www.IAmKLDierking.com) and subscribe to find out about my upcoming novel Beneath: Vol 1 of the Army of Hope Series (a post-rapture novel series) as well as my very first non-fiction book The Other Side of Sexual Abuse

Be sure to like my FB page @  https://www.facebook.com/pages/KL-Dierking/806859592715609

You may also email me with any thoughts or questions @ authorKLDierking@gmail.com

 

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About KL Dierking

KL Dierking is the author of several inspirational fiction novels as well as several young readers chapter books.

She is also the Founder/Owner of Mr Row’s Adventures: An interactive Global Homeschooling Adventure.

KL Dierking has been writing her entire life. Writing has been a form of therapy as she has worked to overcome years of childhood sexual/physical/emotional/mental abuse. She now speaks to other abuse survivors around the world, encouraging them to tell their story.

Her upcoming novel, “Where Angel Waits” depicts the very real life of an abused victim and the journey to overcoming PTSD, extreme depression disorder and suicidal ideations.

KL Dierking is the mom to 4 great kids and the wife to a wonderful husband. They reside in central NC.

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Wednesday’s Writing & Words

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to interview Marie Godley and introduce her debut novel, Janalya. Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about your life with us. 

Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

I live in Christchurch in Dorset, UK. A lovely historical town with ruined castles, an 11th century Priory and an old workhouse that now houses a museum. I only live a mile and half from the beach and about a 15min drive into the New Forest. Sharing this lovely location with me are my husband, teenage son and (for the moment as she’s about to start university) my daughter.

What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

I write fantasy stories because (if you listen to my family) I have a weird imagination. I’ve always loved reading, an influence from my youth would definitely be The Chronicles of Narnia (in fact my second children’s book has talking animals alongside elves, a unicorn, a sorceress and other creatures as well as the human protagonist) and although I don’t limit myself to fantasy, I do love the escape of those – and paranormal books. I think that feeling is why I write fantasy – because you can introduce things that don’t have to be real, reality can be rewritten, if only for the length of a book.

What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

Not sure about fondest memories but some of my earliest memories of reading by myself are reading under the covers by torchlight (something my son used to do, and once he reads this he’s going to be cross that I kept telling him off for doing it) and going to our local mobile library looking for books. My favourite was The Brother’s Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. I bought this book when my children were the right age for it and read them a chapter a night. Before long my husband was joining the story-telling sessions because he’s never read it.

What are some of your favorite authors and books?

I still love my childhood authors, the previously mentioned C.S Lewis and his Narnia books, as well as Enid Blyton. I find that sometimes you want to read something comforting, without having to concentrate too hard – children’s books that you’re familiar with are perfect for this. As for adult books I’m spoilt for choice, with all of my author friends producing such wonderful stories and I can’t mention them all for fear of taking up too much space but I enjoy paranormal, romance and romance set round police personnel, as well as the more well known authors like Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Rick Riordan and for the classics, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

Writing still has to take second place to my family, but when I’m writing, the story has to be told. The pictures and dialogue is vivid in my head, whether it translates to the page as well – I don’t know, I guess only readers can tell me that – but it has to be written, I can’t leave my characters without trying.

What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

Tea. Tea is a must to get me through the day whether I’m writing or not. There’s a great café where I go to write and I sit in the window with my mug of tea – or hot chocolate if I fancy a change and just write. I can get 4 pages of A4 paper filled with my scribble in an hour. My reward snack is M&M’s – chocolate ones. This started because my daughter and I both had stories published in anthologies – her initial is M too, so it seemed an obvious choice.

Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

I think the most authentic adaptations are usually the classics because the stories are so well known that they can’t change details in them (except for Pride and Prejudice when they usually lose one of Bingley’s sisters entirely!)

Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a good movie but if you compare it to the book you’d be disappointed. So many things are changed even the style of the camp that is a big deal in the book is completely different, although it works for the movie. I have to watch the movie without thinking about the series of books and then I can enjoy it.

Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

I like Roald Dahl’s quote – “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” because it’s true but the one that sums up my writing is by John Lennon “I believe in everything until it is disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s just in your mind.”

Any other things you’d like to share?

I’d like to say thanks for having me today and for letting me ramble on. Also just to let everyone know that my first YA novel, Janalya is out on 22nd August 2015. It is available to pre-order.

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Janalya is an air elemental, searching for others of her kind.
Katsuo is Shatara, a shape-shifting panther.
History decrees that they are enemies, but fate seems to be handing them different roles. What is Janalya’s true destiny, and is it more complex than even she knew?

Book Links:

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Marie%20Godley&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Amarie+godley&keywords=marie+godley&ie=UTF8&qid=1439545019&rnid=2941120011

If your readers would like to find out more about me, follow my progress, or purchase the book then here are the links:

Website: http://www.mariegodley.moonfruit.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariegodleyauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarieGodley

Blog: http://www.marie-mariegodleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday’s Writing & Words with Charles Ray

Today on Wednesday’s Writing & Words, I’m excited to introduce Charles Ray, author of Frontier Justice. 

 

 Frontier Justice:  Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

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When the Civil War ended, runaway slave Bass Reeves returned to Arkansas, married his sweetheart, and started raising a family. Unable to read or write English, but proficient in six Indian languages and an expert with firearms, he was often hired by deputy U.S. Marshals to scout when they sought fugitives in Indian Territory. When President U.S. Grant appointed Isaac Parker federal judge for Arkansas and the Indian Territory, Parker decided to hire African-Americans as deputies because inhabitants of the Indian Territory didn’t trust whites. Reeves was one of several blacks among the 200 deputies Parker deputized, and became the most famous. In a 32-year career, this amazing man captured over 3,000 fugitives and only had to kill 14.

Frontier Justice is a fictionalized account of Reeves’ first two years as a deputy marshal.

 

Interview:

  1. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Are you married? Any kids? Where do you live?

A:  I grew up in a small town in East Texas. When  I graduated from high school, I joined the army just to get away from it—oh, and to see the world as well. I’m married and have four adult kids and three grandchildren. After spending 20 years in the army, and a further 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service as an American diplomat there’s no way I could ever fit back into the rural Texas world, so I live in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.

  1. What genre do you write? Why do you like that particular type of story?

A:  I write fiction and nonfiction, and because I like reading several genres, I also write more than one. My main fiction, though, is Western/History; a series about the Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry, in the Old West after the Civil War; and a mystery series about a retired army officer who lives in the DC  area and works as a private detective. He hates bureaucrats, politicians, and except for his friend who  works for a firm that has him on retainer, he’s not too fond of lawyers.  I’ve also done a trilogy about the Cold War, a fictionalized account of the life of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi, some urban fantasy, and a couple of sword and sorcery stories.  My nonfiction has included a few books on leadership and management and a couple of photo books of my travels. I once taught photography in a junior college, and have worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer/artist.  As to why I like my two main fiction genres—I’ve always been something of a history geek, and I try in my books, even though the events are fictional, to set the historical record straight. In my mystery series, I show how honor and integrity are important, and that in DC, the average people live pretty exciting lives, too.

  1. What are your fondest memories of writing or reading?

A:  When I was a kid, my stepfather’s sister had two sets of encyclopedias—Americana and Britannica—and I was the only person she would let read them. By the time I graduated from high school, I had read every book in both series.

  1. What are some of your favorite authors and books?

A: Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, Sue Grafton’s Alphabet mysteries, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Louis L’Amour. Some of my favorite books:  The Illustrated Man; I, Robot; A is for Alibi; The Big Chill; John Carter of Mars; The Fire Next Time; Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. See where I’m going with this? I’m all over the place. I love to read—and with a few exceptions, I’ll read anything (almost).

  1. If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

A: Writing helps me to make sense of the constant jumble of thoughts whirling around in my mind.

  1. What is your favorite snack & drink while reading/writing?

A: I seldom eat when I’m writing. When I’m reading, I like a peanut butter sandwich (only super crunchy). As to drink, when I feel like being healthy, I drink water. I start each morning with one or two cups of coffee. When I get tired of drinking healthy, I mix a big vodka and tonic or plain vodka on ice.

  1. Which book do you think was best adapted into a movie? Why?

A:  I am Legend, starring Will Smith. Even though the screenplay veered off many of the most  chilling scenes in the book, it stayed true to the intent.

  1. Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

A:  I, Robot, also with Will Smith. It was funny and exciting, but too far from the book which has always been one of my favorites.

  1. Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

A:  “You can only be insulted if you allow it.”  Don’t know who originally said it, but it applies so well to writers. You have to have a lot of self-confidence and a thick skin to write for public consumption. No matter how well you write, there will always be someone who doesn’t like it—for whatever reason. That can only bother you if you allow it to.

  1. Any other things you’d like to share?

A: Being a writer means one really important thing—you write. You should write every day, even if it’s just a grocery list or a list of chores. Never, never, never let someone else convince you that you can’t write, because the truth is, you can.

 

Thanks so much for jouning us today!!

 

 

Author Bio:

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Charles Ray has been writing fiction since his teens. A native of Texas, he left home and joined the U.S. Army when he was 17. After 20 years in uniform, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as an American diplomat in Africa and Asia until his retirement in 2012. He now lives in Maryland where he is a fulltime writer/photographer. Ray has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist and has written more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, including a popular series about the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth U.S. Cavalry in the period after the Civil War. He has been a book reviewer for various print publications since the 1970s and does regular book reviews on his writer’s blog, http://charlieray45.wordpress.com (Charles Ray’s Ramblings).

He currently works as a part time lecturer for Johns Hopkins University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and runs a workshop in professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University.

 

 FB page ishttps://www.facebook.com/CharlieRay

Twitter is https://twitter.com/charlieray45

 

Wednesday Writings & Words

It’s been a long time since I’ve used my blog. As life got hetic I ran out of time. However, I need to start writing in it again, but I am not a very good blogger. I can never seem to write witty, informative posts. But I guess I won’t get any better at it if I don’t try. So I’m using Wednesdays for my Writing & Words articles.

On Wednesdays I will talk about writing, post interviews with other authors, share new releases or book reviews, maybe just chat about books. I’m so happy to get back to my first love – Writing!!

On Fridays I have decided to donate space to my other great love – Food. On Foodish Fridays I will share some of my favorite recipes along with some from my family and friends. I love trying new foods, and since I never get to travel, I enjoy making foods from other countries. I hope you will join me for a trip around the world.

Now, I hope you enjoy this interview from May Woodworth.

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1. What genre do you write in and why?

I write in many genres, but to date, I have been published in Romance, Young Adult, and Non-Fiction. Current books in the works are Non-Fiction and Romance. I need to get to several children’s books I have in progress, but the timing just hasn’t been right. My goal is to release two books yearly, so eventually that will happen.

2. What are your fondest memories of reading or writing?

I do not necessarily have fond memories of writing. As a teenager, I wrote painful poetry, or short stories about heartache. Reading memories, on the other hand, are abundant. I was (still am) a huge library rat. I used to carry so many books home as a child I had a friend direct me over curbs and crossing streets. A cool recent happening was the librarian who issued me my first library card as a child, issued me a new one when I returned to my hometown as an adult.

3. What are some of your favorite authors and books?

I read a lot more fiction before I began writing five years ago. My fiction ‘to read’ list is huge! Along with millions of other people, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I seem to find more time for ‘how to’, self –help, and spiritual books. I think that has to do with the big growth/ change process I have been going through.

4. If you could describe what writing means to you, how would you do so?

For me, writing is not an act, it is a state of mind. It brings me peace and tranquility. The only other experiences which provide that for me is power walking, sex, and meditation. All of them natural so I’m happy about that.

5. What is your favorite snack & drink while writing?

Peanut butter & apples & coffee!

6. Which book was the least successful adaptation into a movie? Why?

That’s a weird question for me because I think that ANY book adapted into a movie is good. I mean really, the author wins either way. Either people say the movie was just as good as the book, or the book was better. I think the book always comes out on top, while the movie is critiqued. Best publicity ever.

7. Write your favorite quote and explain why you picked it?

“Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light, don’t give in without a fight.” Pink Floyd Those lyrics are a slice of the song “Hey You.” For me, that song represents the very dark places people can go, in their mind, and the fight to stay alive, and in the light. That quote reminds me that there is always something to fight for.

8. Any other things you’d like to share? This would be a good place to mention other works and share your buy links.

As an author, I ask that my readers please leave a review, drop me an email, like my author page, etc… As a human being I ask my fellow humans to spread love. This world can be crazy, spreading a little love online and offline is not just nice, it’s needed to shed more light, and lessen those deep dark scary corners of this planet. Peace, May

It was a pleasure learning more about you and your work. Thanks once again for joining us!!

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Review – Murder Of An Oil Heiress

Murder of an Oil Heiress – Coming November 2013  from Inknbean Press

Review by Wendy Jones – Bookaholics http://wendyhjones-bookaholic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/great-books-by-candy-ann-little.html

 

And so on to the murder mystery. This is not released until later in the year but I was fortunate to be given an advance copy. As a mystery this book works well but it is the characterisation where this book really comes in to play. The characters are extremely well written and every aspect of the way in which humans behave can be seen in this book. I felt I could picture each character perfectly and one of them is the most loathsome I have ever come across in a book. I felt like killing them myself. The way the characters interact was also well drawn. I also enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of the book and the way in which it could have been any of the characters who could have committed the murder. The ending has a surprise twists which adds well to the overall plot of the book. This is not an on the edge of your seat type mystery but one which is enjoyable. It is not long but definitely well worth reading. 

At the beginning of the book there is a scene which is adult rated. However this is completely in context and sets the scene for the subsequent events.
So grab yourself one of Candy’s books and find yourself a new author today. In the meantime I’m off to  spend some time writing my own book. I will see you all soon with another great read.

April Prompt – Day 4 – Sin

Since this prompt is 4 days after Easter, I’m posting a poem a wrote years ago. *Warning*  I am NOT a poet so read at your own risk!!

Hold On

The time passed ever so quickly

as Jesus grew into a man.

Mary knew deep in her heart

it was time for God’s plan.

Jesus had taught them many things,

but some didn’t like what he said.

They lied and conspired against him

and said they wanted him dead.

As Jesus hung there on the cross

in the hot heat of the day.

Being mocked, bleeding and bruised,

dying to take our sins away.

When Jesus felt like giving up,

his strength was done and gone.

God gently whispered in his ear,

hold on, a little longer, hold on.”

As we go through the trails of life,

we sometimes feel alone.

We forget that God is there

as we complain and moan.

Losing the one you love is hard,

the pain too strong to bear.

We forget the pain Jesus suffered,

as we ask, “God don’t you care.”

He cared as his son hung on the cross,

but it was all part of his plan.

If Jesus hadn’t been willing to die,

we couldn’t get in the Promised Land.

If we quiet our hearts in times of need

and know that God is not gone.

We can hear him gently whisper in our ear,

hold on, a little longer, hold on.”

The Next BIG Thing – week 8

  1. What is the working title of your book?

Unforgiving Ghosts

2 .Where did the idea come from for the book?

This is the first book I wrote and it comes from my personal experience. As a matter of fact, the tragedy in the book is the reason I became a writer.

 

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Christian contemporary romance

 

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I like Carly Schroeder or Ashley Tisdale to play Megan. The part of Steven Peterson would be Paul Walker but he’s have to wear brown contacts. Leonardo Dicaprio could also work. As for John I always pictured a young Tom Seleck or Lee Majors. The closest thing I could find as a younger actor was Bradley Cooper or Niall Matter who played Zane in Eureka, of course he needs to grow a mustache!

 

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Are you kidding me? One sentence!! *Sigh* Okay here it is: Megan Black is trying to outrun the ghosts of her past, but soon learns that running away only causes more problems.

 

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published under my own imprint: Kingdom Kastle Publishing, Inc.

 

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took 2 years but I had a little problem. I wrote the first half on our old computer. Then we got a new computer and I couldn’t open the disk (yes a floppy disk!!) because the disk wasn’t compatible with the new computer. It took 8 months to find someone who could help format the old disk, so I didn’t write anything during that time.

 

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That is a hard question. The one thing I miss in Christian novels is the lack of sexual tension. Obviously there is a reason for the closed door perception regarding sex scenes. However, the fact that characters have to be engaged to even kiss is a bit much to take. And, I’ve never liked the plots where the whole town is saved and everyone goes to church. So I walk a fine line between Christian content and general romance. I create sexual tension between the characters without giving blow by blow details about what they are doing. I feel like most Christian novels are devoid of passion. I try to bring that passion into all of my novels. My greatest sense of accomplishment is when a reviewer says “I don’t usually read Christian content but I loved this book!” Therefore I can’t really compare my work to other Christian authors.

 

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

As I said earlier this novel was inspired by a personal loss. I had a stillborn daughter 15 years ago. Through that tragedy I became a writer. It’s a good thing to remember that God is always in control even during the bad things.

 

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

As my character, Megan (who is named after my daughter) tries to deal with her heartbreak she must also find her faith in God and trust that He is in control. She cannot have peace until she comes to terms with this. The romance parts are pretty good too! ; )

 

 

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) ***

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. It’s that simple.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

  1. What is the working title of your book?
  2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
  3. What genre does your book fall under?
  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
  7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
  8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
  9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
  10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 

TAG You’re it!!

Tina Kline Smith

Kerri Griffith

J.C. Andrijeski

J.T. Kalnay

Jacquie Rogers