DLC: DIY Interview – Lisa Buie-Collard

Name: Lisa Buie-Collard

Email Address: celticadlx@bellsouth.net

What is your blog URL?
http://www.celticadlx.blogsopt.com

What is your website URL?
http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born?
Tallahassee, Florida in September

What schools did you attend? 
What was your course of study?

Stonesoup School, Inc., a private high school in Florida, Miami-Dade College, basic education.

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
My father used to give us allowance for writing short stories when I was young.  He’d go over the stories with us, correcting spelling, telling us what he liked or didn’t like.  I was also a day-dreamer.  Seemed like a perfect fit!

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates.
‘Evangeline’s Miracle,’ June 2011

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
Soft cover novel can be bought from my website or Amazon.com.  Amazon also carries the e-book.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
Exciting! There were problems but the fact that the novel was for sale sent me sky-high.

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your writing career.
The words/phrases that appear and make me laugh or cry out loud keep me in and loving the game.

Please tell us about your current work.
‘Evangeline’s Miracle,’ Evangeline has some of me in her, but most of my inspiration for her came from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Miracle’s story came from a vision I had of her husband, Janko, who showed himself to me at a piano concert and started this whole thing.  This story was gifted to me.  Maybe someone’s grandmother lived this or a similar story and helped.  Wherever it came from, I am thankful I was the recipient.

Have you won any awards?  If yes, which awards and when?
First prize at the Golden Triangle awards ceremony for an unpublished novel and synopsis as well.  EM has been nominated for the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm award. Will know the results during their conference on October 20th, 2012.

Have you been on a ‘best seller’ list?  Which one(s) and when?
Not yet. Fingers are crossed.

What problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
I deal with the ‘hardships’ constantly, as do others.  I try to not give in when doubt, lack of positive feedback, and loneliness get in the way.   I hate the 24/7 of marketing.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how sit the mentor help you?
Yes!  Jill Jones (author of eight novels) took me under her wing and helped me through the 700 pages of my first novel.  She had patience, talent, and dedication.  It is essential to have someone who has faith in you and is willing to ‘bloody’ your mss.  She did it not as my friend (I didn’t know her until the week she took me into her writer’s world), but as a writer who wanted to give something back to other writers.  I was very lucky.

What genre do you most often write?
Historical

What other genres have you written?
Crime, women’s fiction, paranormal

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Marion Zimmer Bradley, D.H. Lawrence, Mary Stewart, J.R.R. Tolkien, Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and many others.

Who are the authors you read most often?
Those listed above, plus storytellers like Robert Bly, Bill Cosby, Ellen DeGeneres, David Sedaris.  Recently, I’ve found ‘new’ writers I’m enjoying like Dean Koontz, Kristi Gold, Patrice Fitzgerald, Erin Morgenstern, Celia Rice, and John Grisham. Check out my Goodreads page.

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I would gladly mentor.

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?

  • First: the old cliché, write, write and then write some more is still valid, and will always be, however, there is so much more to it than that these days.  Whether or not you are published by traditional means or Indie published, an author must take on the marketing.  Be aware of this.  Also: for those looking at Indie publishing: Write not only the best story you can but hire a professional editor. Pay to have the inside and outside of your novel formatted properly.  There are SO many ‘Self Published’ books out there that aren’t up to snuff.  Getting past bad writing, multiple typos, and structure that limps is too difficult to ask from anyone who doesn’t know you.  If you are serious about writing and gaining a readership beyond your friends and family, if you want to be picked up by a ‘traditional’ publishing house, be professional and invest.  SP titles have an uphill climb because there are so many out there that are NOT professional.  Pay to have the e-book formatted properly as well.
  • Second: Don’t give up.  Only you can make it happen.  Sounds trite but the truth is, if you don’t invest sweat equity in your idea/story, no one else will do it for you.
  • Third: Make use of blogs, especially ‘blog hops.’  That’s what they’re there for.  Go online and research reader blogs. Readers are your friends and hopefully, customers.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Write and learn about marketing, in that order.  Pace yourself, always set aside time for writing, no matter what you do with the rest of your day. Research counts only if it furthers the writing.

Are you involved in the ‘writing scene’ in your community/area?
Active

Please tell about your community activities.

  • Member:  a small writing group.
  • Member: a local garden club.
  • Teach: Continuing Education (Conversational French) at the local University.

I don’t like to stay too busy outside my office, but like to socialize.  I must have balance.

What is the name of your current project?
‘Rain’

What is the expected release date?
Spring 2013

What is the genre?
Drama/Romance

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing?
I will be signing books at the Florida Writer’s Conference.

Do you have any projects planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the projects.
The blurb for ‘The Seventh Man’: London.  Three people; a killer, a writer, and a cop.  Their destinies collide, changing them forever. One might find redemption, one release, and one may find love is more important than being right.

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?
Stand-alone project

What is the anticipated release date?
Fall 2013

What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
Florida Writer’s Association 2012 Annual Writer’s Conference, ‘The Magic of the Pen,’ October 19-21, at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary, Florida.  http://www.floridawriters.net/

 

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DLC: DIY Interview – Robert E. Hirsch

Name: Robert E. Hirsch

Email Address:
drroberthirsch@gmail.com

What is your pen name?
Robert Hirsch

What is your website URL? www.robertehirsch.com

What is the contact information you are willing to share?
E-mail:
drroberthirsch@gmail.com

Where were you born?
Pusan, Korea

What schools did you attend?
What was your course of study?

Majored in Social Studies and French at Cameron University, doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
In watching the many dramas I encountered teaching school (parental abuse, teen pregnancy, drugs, depression, fighting, etc…), I saw and learned so many things that I felt needed to be told… details, for example, about why some kids acted the way they did.  I learned quickly that many teachers are intolerant, impatient and unforgiving… and also that they seldom knew the details about a student’s life, shortcomings, misbehavior or misdirection. The human drama, therefore, that I witnessed daily made me want to write down some of these stories because they were compelling and generally circulated around making mistakes, then trying to recover… which is the age old pattern of personal failure followed by the quest for redemption… which is also the foundation of my novel Contrition.  The need for redemption and making amends takes on new significance as one enters the latter stage of life because as death approaches, we hope to be at peace with ourselves.

Are you a published author? Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
‘Contrition’ (JournalStone Publishing, August 24, 2012

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
Amazon: paperback, hard cover and Kindle, Barnes & Noble: paperback and Nook, and other booksellers.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
‘Contrition’ is my first published novel after several failed efforts.  Last year I got more serious about publication, and acquired an agent (Jeannie Pantelakis of Sullivan-Maxx Literary Agency).  She loved the book, guaranteed it would get published, and the rest is history.  My biggest problem was discouragement, but writing takes perseverance and faith … I have both.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your writing career.
My greatest moment was, of course, receiving the phone call from my agent that JournalStone Publishing wanted to sign a contract.  Next was actually seeing my book in the flesh, then seeing it at my local Barnes & Noble in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Have you won any awards? If yes, which awards and when?
I just learned this month that my novel, ‘Contrition,’ has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.

What problems have you encountered and how did you deal with them?
Finding time to write has been the greatest issue, of course (children, hurricanes, job promotions, etc…).  I am now retired, however, and have begun to write full-time.

What genre do you most often write?
‘Contrition’ is classified as horror/mystery, but my second novel (just sent to my agent) is strictly historical fiction.

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
The French novelists such as Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.  French literature is so descriptive and poignant.

Who are the authors your read most often?
Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens… the classics!  After them, I hugely admire Steinbeck’s word-smithing and descriptive talents.

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?
Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?

I am mentoring right now. I would gladly mentor.

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?

  • Make time to write…
  • Don’t lose the dream….
  • Read other authors and pick their pockets…

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Remain grounded … it’s a tough, tough business full of critics and rejections.

Please tell about your other community activities.
I am a retired educator of 40 years and have been a bus driver, teacher, principal and superintendent.  Have been involved with Rotary, YMCA, United Way, church, coaching youth league soccer and softball.

What is the name of your current project?
‘Promise of the Black Monks’

What is the expected release date?
As soon as my agent locates a publisher.

What is the genre?
Historical fiction.

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing. I am currently doing book signings between Mobile, AL and New Orleans, LA.

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?
Stand-alone

Do you have any projects planned for the future? Yes

Please provide some details of the projects.
Am currently working on my third novel, ‘Hammer of God,’ a sequel to the historical fiction work of ‘Promise of the Black Monks.’

Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you plan to attend in the next year?
I plan to attend the Bram Stoker conference in New Orleans this upcoming season.

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I’d like to thank Robert for his great interview.  He is so right when he says ” … it’s a tough, tough business full of critics and rejections.”  We’ve all been there, that’s for sure.

Happy Writing,

Julie/Dayna

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Posts by Dayna

I’m so glad you’re here‼

Welcome to the Grand Opening of my new Web/Blog Site!

Since January of 2010 (more or less), I have blogged from ‘A Place for Writers’ on WordPress.com under my real name, Julie Jordan.

‘A Place for Writers’ isn’t going anywhere – it will stay right where it is – but it will be static. All of the content there will remain accessible, including the DIY Interviews (up to September 24th). New interviews, and their entries on the Archive page, will be on the new site.

Now that I’m a published author, I’ve become my alter-ego – my pen name – ‘Dayna Leigh Cheser,’ and my blog is now ‘Posts by Dayna.’  The content will be the similar (better, I hope); just the name and location have changed.

To celebrate my Grand Opening – AND – that I now have 15,000 Followers on my Twitter Page, @Writers_Cafe, I present to you a CONTEST!  It’s actually four contests in one, and one or more of the little contests will surely appeal to you!

Check out the CONTEST information in the Contest tab in the Menu above.

The Contest starts at 12:00 AM on September 24, and ends at 11:59 PM on October 15, 2012. That gives everyone a chance to write a little something for which they could win a book, or a book and a gift card.  My contests are tailored to writers – who must write something to win … but nothing is over 500 words, so it won’t cut into your busy schedule.  I hope to get a big pile of entrants!  Will yours be among them?

Having the Contest end on October 15, also gives me a chance to get the judging done and the prizes on their way before NaNoWriMo begins on November 1.  I’ll be starting Adelle’s Time, book 3 in my series, as my project this year.

Please see the post on the Home page for navigation information – what is where now.

After a string of bad luck in getting this site set up, I was able to overcome the problems. Then, I spent over two weeks of non-stop work making this site a reality.  I searched through thousands of plugins to make the site uniquely mine, and spent hours on the WordPress Forums learning about the features.  It’s much more organized and a lot easier to navigate (see the first Home page entry for navigation help). Some of the pages came over more or less intact from ‘A Place for Writers,’ while other pages are unique content.

Have a great day,

Dayna (Julie)

 

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