#FF Flashback Friday – Meet Photographer Laure Dherbécourt

Good afternoon Everyone and a warm welcome to you. This past week, I caught up with my artist friend, Laure Dherbécourt, whom I featured back in December 2017. Since then she’s been doing a lot of interesting things. Come on over and see what she’s been up to as well as read the interview that was published on 10-Dec-17.

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Laure 2018

What’s new under the Tropics ???

Since last December between the cyclones and strong tropical storms, I was pretty busy…

I know it wasn’t the original plan but since there were several requests, I officialized my job as a NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER and also created a website.

You can check it out here:   https://natural-reunion–la-reunion-au-naturel-00.webself.net/

My photos are without retouching, it means that they have 100% NATURAL COLORS!! Amazing, nope???

They are available in several sizes: A5 – A4 – 30x40cms, etc … So, if you are interested in one or more paper prints, please contact me via the website.

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Click here for more information and how to order photos.

On the site, you’ll also find some other information about me, and my other jobs: Beta reader (it evolved on this side too), Translator and Ecotourism Consultant.

My brain has no time to rest since my head is full of projects … but it will be for later, in another chapter of the book of my life…

Read on for her full interview with this amazing multi-talented woman.

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Good afternoon friends. It is so great to see you all. Today I have a real treat for you. Photographer Laure Dherbécourt is here to chat about her work. This woman is amazing and each aspect of herself describes just that. Come on over and meet this talented and humble woman.

  Profile picture (3)Where Reunion Island is on the mapTell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in France. I wasn’t born there but I grew up in Normandy, in the country surrounded by goats and plenty of other animals and my parents always showed me the sustainable development. I made my entire schooling in Normandy… I worked 8 years near Paris after my graduation from college. It’s when I had my 1st experiences with women… 10 years ago, after I’ve lost my job I had a wonderful opportunity to come in Réunion Island (a French overseas department located in the Indian Ocean). I discovered this Island when I was in middle school. A classmate who spent 5 years over here finished her school-year with us. She showed us some pics during recess. I was intrigued so I asked my parents where Réunion was … They told me to have a look in the dictionary … It wasn’t enough so I had a look at encyclopedias, I bought some books and fell in love with the Island. When I went to college, I met some people from Réunion and I discovered the creole language …  I feel at home over here … Even if I’m the only one person from my blood family over here & I’m single for now, I have a good Life and I enjoy it as a Nature Lover, a bird rescuer, a photographer, a scuba-diver, and plenty other things, surrounded by my heart family (I know one of my heart sisters since 21 years) and a few other good friends. I love reading comic books (I’m a huge fan of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” since I was a child) and lesfic paperbacks in English (I also read some Ebooks sometimes ‘cause I’m not totally old-fashioned, lmao), singing (working on country songs is another way for me to enjoy the English language), hiking, dancing, cooking, laughing and making the others laugh …

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Tell us about your love for Photography. Where can we find your work?
For now, Nature photography (including underwater photography) is a hobby and I like it this way. But maybe someday it will be a part of my job… I’ll see later, when I’ll have more pictures, maybe I’ll release a book or two (I’ve already had several requests about that, mostly from US citizen).

I haven’t any personal blog. From time to time I share some pics for my friends on my personal Facebook page. Since I’m not a “friends hunter” I haven’t thousands of friends, I prefer to have only a few (hundreds) of cyber friends but being able to exchange regularly with them. Facebook is also a work tool for me, a way to reach some people I work with.

I’m not very active these last few weeks over there since I’m a bit bored by this social media but I have a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/Payoo974 ) where I share some pics too but less than on Facebook… Of course, I have some common contacts between Facebook and Twitter (since I met plenty of great authors on the Blue Bird) but I haven’t the same use … Twitter is for me a way to reach different kinds of people: scientists, artists, etc.

I must think a bit more about that but maybe someday I’ll share my work on Pinterest. On Instagram, you won’t find me for now since I haven’t any smartphone or tablet (so I can’t use the app which is needed to create the account…). I’ll see when I’ll have the good device for that (I mean when I’ll have no other choice than having a smartphone, lol).

One of my pics of Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) was published 2 years ago in a book about the local wildlife (“La Réunion, Faune et Flore” from Austral Editions).

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Where is the most exotic place you’ve visited?
When I lived in France the most exotic places I‘ve visited were Réunion Island and Mauritius (in 2003) But since I live in Réunion now maybe I can say that the most exotic place I‘ve visited is Iceland (it was also in 2003)…

I love travelling… Since I was a child I dream to visit the USA and Canada but I also want to discover Australia, South Africa (and a few other countries in Africa), the Caribbean … I want to be able to dive all around the world …

What do you like to during October? What is this month like in Réunion?
In October and November in Réunion it’s the arrival of the Southern Summer (I can’t say that it’s Spring since we only have 2 real seasons over here): the days are a bit longer and warmer .. Plenty of flowers bloom and birds are everywhere, preparing their breeding season… Life and Love are in the air and it’s very cool !!

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Tell us about your interest in birds of your area.
A long time ago I’ve discovered the Tropicbirds through the lyrics of a local creole song … I instantly fell in love with the name “Payanké”. In French, we call them “Phaétons” (Phaethons) or “Pailles-En-Queue” (but, please, don’t translate literally the name by “Straw-In-Tale” like I’ve recently seen …).

I saw my 1st real Tropicbird in 2003 when I went to the tropics for the 1st time. Seeing those birds in flesh and feathers was amazing and I fell head over heels in love with them… I wanted to know them better so I did some research but it was disappointing.

Eight years ago I joined the local ornithological association. I’ve learned plenty of things about plenty of birds. I’m a volunteer involved in the Rescue Network as “Head of Network”, it means that I’m an area manager or sort of and that I’m able to make some diagnostics about the rescued birds, take care of them, collect the data that scientists need for their studies, put a ring on them and, the best part … release them !!) It’s very interesting but, once again, I wasn’t able to learn a lot about Tropicbirds until, lucky me, I found the part of the “Handbook of the birds of the world” which talked about Tropicbirds. I scanned it and I translated it into French … I learned a lot of things. But each day some new things are discovered so I try to stay informed since I’m currently, for the association a least, the Tropicbirds expert. More recently, a new book with a chapter about Tropicbirds was published: “The Birds of Africa: Volume VIII, The Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Mascarenes”. What a surprise I had when I read it: I found my name in it about what it stays, for now, the most amazing thing I’ve witnessed in my life…

I love all birds but Tropicbirds are my favorites …

I currently lead a scientific study for the association (my 1st one !!), I’ll let you guess what its subject is …  LOL

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What is the most amazing thing you’ve seen in your life?
Like I said, Tropicbirds are my favorite birds and I can tell you that the most amazing thing I’ve witnessed was on April 18th, 2011 when a Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) laid her egg in my hand …, when 46 days later (one day after the egg has hatched) PhaOnce opened his little eyes and looked at me right in the eyes (I was the 1st person he’s seen so I became his Mom). PhaOnce’s development lasted 4 months (against an average of 3 months in Nature) but he was able to take off. I cried a lot on October 4th, 2011 … I was sad to see him leave but I was, most of all, very proud of him and happy to see him being able to live his life in the Wild, where he belongs like ALL the birds (and other wild animals) in the World …

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PhaOnce stands for “Phaethon Once” .. but, at the same time, it’s a tribute to a former local slave who escaped, lived in a place called “Piton Rouge” (Red Piton) and was named “King Phaonce” …

Where is a great place to go hiking and see nature in Réunion? Which parts have you connected to?

Réunion (aka “the Little Hawaii”) offers several kinds of unique and unforgettable landscapes What is great over here is that from the crashing waves to the summit of the mountains Nature is everywhere … and our sunsets are amazing!

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We regularly (and literally) feel the beating heart of the planet over here, we can for real take the pulse of our Earth because of the “Piton de la Fournaise” (Peak of the furnace), one of the most active volcanoes of the planet.

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The National Park covers 42% of the island and it offers hundreds of kilometers of walking trails. Of course, you’ll also find walking trails outside of the National Park, in some protected areas.

If you want to explore entirely my lovely island, you must dive: snorkeling is great but nothing to compare with scuba diving !! And no need to be afraid of sharks. Sadly, we never see them when we scuba dive …

OK in Réunion you won’t find a very large range of wildlife (compared to Hawaii or Madagascar) but at the same time, we have plenty of endemic birds, insects, and plants …

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What caught your interest in beta reading manuscripts for authors?
I’ve been beta-reading in French and Creole for a friend of mine for several years now, and for almost two years, I’ve been reading lesfic in English. It was a bit hard in the beginning since I hadn’t practiced much English since graduating from college. But I’ve worked hard ( a lot of vocabulary searches), and step by step my skills have improved. I’ve noticed mistakes in novels from time to time, providing that information to the editors. They’ve always thanked me and assured that they would correct the errors before the next release of the book. I was happy to help.

I became interested in beta-reading lesfic after reading two novels written by the same author which were full of nonsense and typos (change in the name of the characters, poor pronoun usage, etc.). I was very disappointed with the quality, and I told myself that as a non-anglophone by birth, if I was able to catch those mistakes, maybe I could do some beta reading.

A few months ago, I saw an announcement posted by a friend of someone searching for beta readers. I responded saying that I was interested but asked if it was okay as English is not my mother language. When my offer was declined for that precise reason, I confess that I was offended, sad, and disappointed. BUT … (yeah there’s always a « but » somewhere) KA Moll saw the comment and directly asked me if I wanted to join her beta-reader-team. I was so touched and happy!! No need to tell you that I said yes without any hesitation. As a test, we worked on her then current WIP, “Close Enough To Touch,” written under her pen name “Cade Brogan”. We both appreciated the collaboration and decided to pursue it further. We’re currently working on, “Whispers of the Heart,” a sequel to “Change of Heart.”

A bit after I finished working with KA, another author sent me a friend request on Facebook. She’d heard about my good work from KA and asked if I would agree to beta-read for her. I want everybody to know that that author is you, Lynn … You’re very welcome BTW!! I appreciated our first experience working together and am happy to be reading your current WIP.

More recently, I had an exchange with Tey Holden about her novel, “Turning On A Dime” (Addy and Karen Series – Book 1). I wanted to read it but, sadly, I wasn’t able to purchase it as the paperback format was out of stock on Amazon. We began to chat about this problem, and as a solution, she asked me to join her beta-reader-team. So, here we go again!! We’re currently working together on her next novel.

I’m really touched by your trust ladies, THANK YOU !!!

KA Moll: http://www.kamoll.com/home.html

Lynn Lawler: www.lynnlawler.blogspot.com  & https://lynnlawler.wordpress.com/

Tey Holden: https://www.amazon.com/Tey-Holden/e/B071ZTXFB4

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What is the last lesfic book you read? What did you like about it?
The last lesfic novel I’ve read is Erica Abbott‘s “Fragmentary Blue” (Thriller series Book 1). It’s a discovery for me since I’ve never read anything by Erica before. I confess that I liked it a lot: there’s a good chemistry between CJ & Alex, some quite erotic passages, some action and a bit of humor… Definitely a good book !! Can’t wait to read the others in the series …

I love the novels which allow us to ask ourselves some questions for a permanent self-discovery journey (even if it’s a very emotional one), which help us to evolve and become a better “Self.” Suzie Carr is very good in that both in her novels and on her blog: http://curveswelcome.com/

I’m a huge fan of thrillers and other cops novels. I also love the docs stories, the soldiers’ stories but also the more common people stories …

Sadly, some authors seem to forget that nobody has a “perfect body”, so, I really appreciate when the main character of a novel has a disability  … I want to remind that the beauty & the « physical perfection » will always be different due to the eyes which watch … The best way to truly love someone is not to watch outside but deeply inside the other person, to understand her heart, her mind, and her soul …

I like a lot of the “paranormal” topic. I know the Soul Mates / Twin Mates exist .. my Soul Mate, the ONE is somewhere, over here, or over there and we’ll find each other when the good time will arrive … Waiting for her, I enjoy my life and find the romance I need in those novels I love.

Since I haven’t read any sci-fi novels yet, I won’t talk about this topic, for now … I’m not a beginner anymore since I read for almost 2 years now but I have still plenty of great authors to discover and hundreds (maybe thousands) of books to read before re-reading some of them…

Who is the person you admire the most and has been inspiring on your journey of life?
My parents showed me that, even it’s not the easiest path, it’s better to follow our dreams in Life, so … When, after having read Paolo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” I understood what I was supposed to do, I did it !! And my parents supported me…

My favorite singer, Véronique Sanson, inspires me a lot ‘cause she’s an engaged and courageous person…

On the Nature side, the Commandant Jean-Yves Cousteau inspired me a lot … I wasn’t able to become a marine biologist but it doesn’t matter, I deeply love the Ocean and do my best to protect it. Nonetheless, I’m in contact with several members of the Cousteau family … And since I’m a scuba diver myself, I hope, someday, I’ll be able to dive with some of them …

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How does the ‘glass is half full’ apply to your life now?
A long time ago I understood that, even if there are rough paths in Life, tough moments never last… So I’ve always been the positive kind of person. Life has already proven me several times that I’m right to think like that. So… no matter what, even after a few very difficult years on all the sides of my life, I still enjoy what I have, I am grateful for it and look right in front of me, it’s the better way to move forward…

Some songs are great to remind you the need to move on. Right now the three which come to my mind are: Chely Wright’s “Shut up and drive” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6NmMe7RYhk ); Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo1VInw-SKc ) & Shania Twain’s “Life’s About To Get Good” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we-VfNnbzzY )

Which other photographers do you follow?
I follow a bunch of photographers … on Twitter and/or on Facebook or elsewhere.

Klearphotography: https://twitter.com/klearphotograph or https://www.facebook.com/KlearPhotographyAndGraphicDesign/

Gabriel Barathieu (winner of the Underwater Photographer of the year)

Nicolas Rakotopare Photography: https://www.facebook.com/nicolasrakotoparephotography/ or https://vimeo.com/nrakotoparephotography

Paul Nicklen / Paul Nicklen Photography: https://twitter.com/PaulNicklen or https://www.facebook.com/paulnicklenphoto/

Dave Z Photography: http://www.davezphotography.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/davezphoto/

Still, on the artistic side, I also love: Street art, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Music, Singing with harmonies made only with human voices, etc …

Do you create ‘dark room’ photos?  If so, do you have one you’d like to share?
Nope… no “dark room” required for me ‘cause I work only with a digital camera (I can’t afford to take silver halide photography, it’s far too expensive …).

Please, note that I don’t need Lightroom or Photoshop either. What you see on your screen when I share a pic is what my eye has caught .. I never work on my pics. I use Photoshop only to put my copyright on the pics. One could think it a shame not to use such a powerful tool but it’s my choice: I’m a Nature Photographer, so, I keep only what Nature gives to me, in the way she gives it to me …

Besides photography, in what other ways do you express yourself in the world?When I was a bit younger I used to write some poems .. Mostly in French and a few ones in creole from Réunion … No translation in English available for now but maybe I’ll translate them someday to share them with the entire planet …  Still, about poetry I have a few ideas for some creations, directly in English this time but nothing concrete for now.

On Facebook, I tried plenty of groups around a lot of topics but in plenty of these groups people are not there to share and exchange, they just want to flatter their egos. Since I’m not interested in this sort of people, I’ve left those spaces.

Still, on Facebook, I joined several groups (mostly lesfic related). Each time I share, I do it in all of them but some are not very dynamic so IDK if I’ll stay long … The one where I deeply enjoy the dynamism, where I feel really good and, so, where I’m the most active is Sheena Lemos Ebersohn‘s “The Lesbian Review Book Club” : https://www.facebook.com/groups/LesReviewBookClub

In spite of the strict rules in the groups, I’ve recently been harassed on Facebook (via PM) by a few women, and I don’t want to live all this once again.

I want to precise that, since I had very bad experiences before, I haven’t joined any dating groups (or dating sites BTW) Why ??? Just because I’m not on the internet to flirt (I trust the Universe to bring Love in my life …), the entire world. Our World is great and what makes is beauty is its diversity …

Oh … I wanted you to know that I also love inspirational quotations… As an example I can give you:

° “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

° “Work For A Cause, Not For Applause. Live Life To Express, Not To Impress. Don’t Strive To Make Your Presence Noticed, Just Make Your Absence Felt” – Unknown

° “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

° “When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander den Heijer

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From time to time, I like pairing some of them with my pics as an illustration and share them on my timeline and in “Feed your Joy”, the group created by Suzie Carr on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/feedyourjoy/)…

What is next for you?
I’m a former Purchase and Logistics Manager. Since a few days, I’m officially back on the employment market 😊. It’s a total professional reconversion so I make my come back with the help of a cooperative (they help people during a while, to let them the time to start their own business). Between a few other things, (mostly translator and beta reader) I’m now a tourism consultant (for eco-tourism) and this new job will allow me to work on, for and with my passions … Life is good !!!

I want to thank Laure for stopping by. If you’d like to know more about Laure, go to these links:

https://www.facebook.com/laure.dherbecourt

https://twitter.com/Payoo974

Feel free to ask her questions in the comments section.

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll be posting my review for author Candace Walsh’s ‘Janeland.’

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Lisa tapped her head and said, “Now I remember what I wanted to talk to you about. Tom told me that you love to go to the downtown Art Walk. You know, I’ve never been. Would you be up to going with me sometime?”

“Yeah, there’s one coming up next month. I’d love to go. What time do you get off from work?” Jackie said.

“Five o’clock, but I can always find an excuse to get off early. If you’d like, I could come pick you up.”

Lisa gave her phone to Jackie so she could add her information. The second Jackie touched it, she felt a bolt of energy flow through her. An instant later, she saw a flash of Lisa standing in front of a sculpture grinning. Jackie dropped the phone into her lap.

“Jackie, did I say something to offend you? If I did, I’m really sorry.”

“No. I’m not sure what just happened.”

“Are you feeling nauseous? Why don’t you sit right here, and I’ll get you a cold towel?”

When Lisa returned, she handed the towel to Jackie. Jackie buried her head in it, absorbing the moisture.

Why am I seeing random visions? This is maddening!

After a minute, she put the towel down and said, “Sometimes I just get lightheaded. It’s nothing to worry about.”

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Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you. I am proud to announce that my book, ‘Awakened by Fate’,  published by Triplicity Publishing, is now available. If you enjoy paranormal with a twist, peppered with romance, then this is the book for you. I have included a little teaser down below. Read on!

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Jackie is a woman living life according to her own rules. She’s married, but it’s the unspoken, open kind. She can have as many female lovers as she wants; she just can’t talk about them.

After a bizarre encounter turns her world upside down, things slowly begin to change. She finds herself in desperation as she searches for answers. What she discovers is nothing is delivered in a neatly wrapped box.

Now that everything has been brought out into the open, she finds she can’t run away from her truth anymore. With her new life, comes new responsibilities and a different outcome than what she was expecting.

Jackie isn’t alone in the story. She meets several new people who help her along her journey.

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     She did her best to blend in, walking around, drink in hand. Then she saw Holly. This time she wasn’t letting her get away, so she locked in on her.
     Arching her eyebrow, Holly said, “So you’re back, I see. How would you like to go do something bad?”
     Jackie felt her heart race like she was running a marathon. Her nipples hardened and her insides quivered. Smiling, she replied, “What did you have in mind?”
     “Whatever you’d like.”
     Jackie led her to the pool house. She imagined feeling the warmth of the woman’s smooth naked skin against hers.
     They slipped into the darkness. The glow of the full moon provided their only light.       Closing the door, Holly was suddenly all over her. “Are you ready for the ride of your life?” Holly asked.
     Jackie barely got, “Oh, yes” out of her mouth when Holly’s mouth was upon hers. She worked her tongue into Jackie’s mouth and their tongues danced. Reaching behind Jackie, she unzipped her dress and gently moved it over her shoulders. It fell to the floor and Jackie kicked it away.

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Jackie is a woman living life according to her own rules. She’s married, but it’s the unspoken, open kind. She can have as many female lovers as she likes; she just can’t talk about them. After a bizarre encounter turns her world upside down, things slowly begin to change. She finds herself in desperation as she searches for answers. What she discovers is nothing is delivered in a neatly wrapped box. Now that everything has been brought out into the open, she finds she can’t run away from her truth anymore. With her new life, comes new responsibilities and a different outcome than what she was expecting. Jackie isn’t alone in the story. She meets several new people who help her along her journey.

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Awakened by Fate – Lynn Lawler is now out!

Hello Everyone and a warm welcome to you. I am proud to announce that my book, ‘Awakened by Fate’,  published by Triplicity Publishing, is now available for you to read. This has been a major undertaking and I hope you enjoy it.

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Jackie is a woman living life according to her own rules. She’s married, but it’s the unspoken, open kind. She can have as many female lovers as she wants; she just can’t talk about them.

After a bizarre encounter turns her world upside down, things slowly begin to change. She finds herself in desperation as she searches for answers. What she discovers is nothing is delivered in a neatly wrapped box.

Now that everything has been brought out into the open, she finds she can’t run away from her truth anymore. With her new life, comes new responsibilities and a different outcome than what she was expecting.

Jackie isn’t alone in the story. She meets several new people who help her along her journey.

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I want to thank all of you who helped me along the way to make this publication possible. This goes to all of you too who support this blog. I couldn’t do it without you all.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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Meet Author Kathy L. Salt

Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank Jennifer Lynn and all of you who visited the site last week. For those of you who missed her guest blog, you can read it here.

Jennifer Lynn’s Journey

Today we are chatting with international author Kathy L. Salt, whose debut book, ‘Out of Hand’, is now available. Kathy is with Triplicity Publishing and is a rising star. Come see why and feel free to ask her question in the comments.img_0935

“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”

– F. Scott. Fitzgerald.

Tell us about yourself?
I’m a twenty-eight-year-old teacher and author living in Sweden with my wife and our two dogs. The most important thing to know about me is that I teach young children, which means I might over-explain things to you in a slow voice, cut your food for you and ask if you’ve been to the restroom if you complain that your stomach hurts.

What is your book ‘Out of Hand’ about?
It’s about a kidnapping. It sprung from the wish to write a story about the kidnapping of a woman so bitchy the kidnappers couldn’t take it anymore. It became a story about Leo who does kidnap Mimi but very reluctantly so and Mimi’s demanding nature only makes Leo like her. In the end, the lines blur between them. The interesting thing about the book is that they make a journey from Britain, through France, and into Germany and I’m proud of the way I have described the different places.

Book CoverWhat traits do you look for in your protagonists?
The number one thing I don’t want them to be is perfect, but I struggle with making anyone downright cruel. I need to still be able to like them and understand why they’re acting like they do. I also love giving them a rich backstory whether I put it in the book or not.

How have your two dogs been a positive influence?
I believe in responsibility and that it’s healthy. We got our first dog when we were twenty-two and the change in me from just being a student to a dog-owner and having to take care of something other than myself was very positive. It also made me less lonely when my wife (then girlfriend) was away during the day.

Let’s talk about your blog. What things do you like to write about?
I struggle a lot with my blog and am very bad at updating it regularly. When I created it, it was a place to share my short stories and sometimes ramble on about writing or, occasionally, family history. Nowadays I don’t have the energy for short stories and sadly I don’t have that much to say about writing either – I just want to do the writing. The only thing I have things to say about now is teaching and that feels wrong since it’s not a teacher blog. I need to come up with a plan to keep my blog alive. Maybe I will do a theme, like motivation-Mondays or write blog posts in an alphabetical order (first month I write about something on a word or thing starting with A, next month something on B etc…).

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I see you write down goals for the year. Why do you set them and what role do they play in your everyday life? 
I love having a goal in every aspect of my life, I am a teacher after all. If I didn’t have a goal, I wouldn’t know where I was going. My goals, however, are pretty much always the same, every year I want to finish the book I’m writing, start a new one, publish an old one. I can’t be more ambitious than that while I work full-time.Kathy's dogs

You have also created short stories which you share on your WordPress blog page. How is writing short stories different from writing a full-length novel?
They’re very different, from start to finish. My short-stories are rawer, more stream-of-consciousness, less agonizing over every word. They’re also less planned. When I write a full-length novel I plan every bit, sometimes I don’t follow the plan fully or change it as I continue, but short stories are not planned at all. I know what I want to write and sometimes I put down some sentences at the end of the document I’m working on but that’s it. Full-length novels get a whole folder with lots of documents of planning.

What was the last book you read and what would you like to say about the author?
The book I’ve almost finished now is ‘Close Enough to Touch’ by Cade Brogan. It’s the first of hers I’ve read but after reading this, I want to read more!

Do you keep a journal? If so how has it helped you?
I do and have for most of my life. The newest one, however, is mostly for regular journaling but some pages are more bullet-journal like. My pages aren’t neat and pretty like you see online, but it’s good enough for me. I like record-keeping, like how much I’m writing or exercising, books that I’m reading etc. I should, however, be doing some journaling every day, I’ve noticed in the past that it helps sort out my thoughts and feelings and helps with stress.

What is it like living in Sweden?
I love living here. I’ve lived in a couple of places on-off since I was a child. United Arab Emirates. Britain. To me, Sweden is the best, but I’m probably biased being half-Swedish. People tend to be really trusting and that’s nice. I really like the climate too and that we don’t have that many animals or critters that can kill you. Both the wife and I really enjoy the changing of the seasons going from quite cold to fairly warm. We live rather south now but we used to live in the north a few years ago and we’d get minus 30 degrees Celsius, that was kind of cool. Kalmar Castle, Kalmar, Sweden

Describe a typical day for yourself.
I wake up at 5.30, prepare breakfast and lunchboxes for myself and the wife. I put hers in the hallway because she’s forgotten to go into the kitchen in the past. I’m a morning person and I love having a nice, calm breakfast, lighting some candles, putting on some calm music, drinking something warm etc. But when you’re waking up before six it’s a bit too early even for me. I leave around six, arrive around seven since I work at a small public school outside the city. The working day is usually lost in a haze of parental emails, meetings not to mention actually teaching. I have an adorable class of 25 seven-year-olds. They’re quite well-behaved now but if anyone is interested to see how it was just last semester, they can check out my blog post “Adventures in Teaching First Graders.” My job is stressful and wonderful and crazy, and I somehow love it and hate it at the same time. Sometimes I wish I could leave for any other job, but it’s the only thing I can and want to do.

After work I sometimes go swimming, sometimes go to my parents for a cup of tea, sometimes head straight home. I pick up the dogs from dog daycare (wife leaves them in the morning) do a load of laundry, start dinner. Wife arrives, we eat and talk about our days. When all that is done, I could do some writing, but my brain is usually too tired, so I read or play video games or watch something. (My creative writing waits until weekends or holidays, like this one, both kids and I have the coming week off – plenty of time for writing!) We go to bed at nine or ten, sometimes eight. After all, my alarm rings at 5.30 the next day again.

What video games do you enjoy playing?
I haven’t played Tomb Raider myself, but my wife has played all of them and I watched her. I love Bioware games like Dragon Age or Mass Effect. I also loved Horizon Zero Dawn. I want to play Witcher 3 but am waiting for my wife to play through it first (after all, that game is hers.) I enjoyed Telltale games like The Walking Dead Game. I like games with a story and I like RPGs where I can play as a female character.

My heart, however, will always belong to the Dragon Age series, in fact, I have a play-through of Dragon Age Inquisition going on right now. Dragon Age is also the reason why I try to hide a nightingale in all my stories, it’s a homage to my favorite character ever, who happens to be from a video game.

What is a favorite dish that you like to prepare for your wife?
My wife’s favorite dish is a traditional Swedish one, mash, meatballs, and lingonberry. It’s an easy dish to prepare for me too since I can just swap the meatballs for vegetarian meatballs and we both get something we enjoy since she eats meat and I don’t. She loves potato in all forms so most of what I cook for her will have it.

As a teacher, how does your interaction with students make a difference in your community?
I have put my heart into my job. Instead of choosing private schools to work at, I have stayed in public schools because the kids who need the most help won’t always be at private schools. I have chosen to take over rather difficult classes (not the one I have now though, to be fair I needed the rest) where I’ve had students, mainly boys, who have acted out in different ways or come from backgrounds where there are drugs and/or violent parents. I have also been actively involved in my school’s conflict-solving group where we helped children who are stuck in bad behavior or have been harassed in some way. I’ve also been involved in two cases where we’ve had to contact social services.

What other countries would you be interested in visiting?
Hmm. I had to think about this one for a while. I want to go to Iceland because they have a working temple to Odin there and I want to see it. I want to go to Brazil because my wife was born there, and we still haven’t gone there together. But no, where I want to go the most is Kiruna, the north part of Sweden where my dad was born. Mainly to just walk around in nature and see what grows there.

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What is next for you?
What’s very next for me is a week off from work which I desperately need. When it comes to writing I just sent Stargazing, a lesbian romance, off to my publisher and while waiting for an editor to contact me I’ll be working on my newest, still-unnamed, novel which is about a professor and a student who falls for each other. It’s set in Aberdeen, at a university I once attended so it’s pretty fun to write.

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Before we go, I have included an excerpt from this fine story. Enjoy.

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Leo had never been a planner. Which was an odd thing, considering that in her line of work, even the tiniest mistake could be the end of the operation. Most smugglers probably had a brilliant masterplan for each job. And a plan B in case something went wrong. And a plan C just to be sure. But Leo never did. Making so many plans she could lose herself in them, wasn’t her thing. She didn’t plan. She reacted. Leo didn’t need a plan, she had her instincts. Her talent for improvisation had saved her more than once.

But kidnapping an adult person required a different kind of praxis. To kidnap someone you needed a plan. Leo should have known all of that and still had headed to Mimi’s place without one. All she had known was that she would go to Mimi’s place, find her very hungover and in bed, and then… well, she would have decided when she got there.  

What she hadn’t anticipated was an obvious workaholic heading to work while hardly able to walk. Idiot. But so very, very good for Leo. It had been too easy. She couldn’t believe that she was actually out of London with her ‘package’.

Mimi had been completely quiet during the whole ride so far and when Leo stole a glance at her, she could see that she was very pale. Her complexion had taken on a green tone. She better not throw up.

“What the fuck is wrong with you?” Mimi hissed when their gazes met. “Are you some big creepy kidnapper?”  

Her voice had a hard edge to it, as if she was more pissed off than scared, and against her better judgment, Leo was impressed. She didn’t answer and turned her gaze back to the wheel. She guessed she should have been more concerned over what to do next but she kept cruising along the road, not even breaching the speed limit. It was better to act normal than call the attention of the police.

She had to stop somewhere of course. Call Sandra. Hal too. And book tickets for the ferry from Dover to Calais. Hmm. I need to figure out the ferry situation. Leo stole another glance at her little prisoner.

“I need to throw up.” Mimi sucked in air through her mouth but instead of puffy cheeks, Mimi looked determined. Leo wasn’t a fool. She just wants you to stop the car so she can try to get away.

“Use some of the fabrics in the back.” It was a test and from Mimi’s stunned silence, Leo knew that she had won.

“That’s my livelihood, you know,” Mimi said. “Those fabrics weren’t cheap.”

The need to throw up seemed forgotten and Leo ignored her.

“Are you stupid?” Venom dropped from every word that came out of Mimi’s mouth when she continued to talk. “Were you dropped on your head as a child? I demand you stop the car and let me go right now.”

“That’s not happening.”

Leo didn’t care about Mimi, she could say anything, do anything, it wouldn’t stop Leo from doing what had to be done. After all, Sandra was counting on her. 

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I want to thank Kathy for stopping by to talk with us. It was a real pleasure!

Stay tuned … coming soon a major announcement!

Until Next Time,

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Jennifer Lynn – An Artist’s Journey Documentation

Good afternoon friends, readers, fans, and welcome. Today I am featuring a blog by artist Jennifer Lynn. She has put together a GoFundMe project for an artist documentary hike she is embarking on later this year as a way to inspire others to never give up, know that you can change for the better and that you can accomplish everything you desire, you just have to start. For those of you who are new, I recently interviewed this wonderful artist a few months back. You can read the blog by clicking the link below. 

Jennifer Lynn Artist Interview

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THE GREAT BRUCE TRAIL END TO END ART SHOW & HIKE! This is more than just an artist camping along a trail… please read… #brucetrailartist PLEASE help us get the word out! SHARE THIS! All donators over $75 will be entered in a draw to receive a free 24″ x 36″ custom painting by Jennifer Lynn. (retail value $1250).

THE STORY:
How this started… Almost two years ago now I came close to dying. I had major DVTs in my left leg that just about took my leg and my life. When I finally went in for surgery, May 19th, 2016, I was moments away from losing both.

I struggled hard to come back from that, losing my home, my relationship, all of my savings, and almost my will to keep going. I could hardly walk 1km and I had gained 140 lbs from forcibly being inactive. I had to use a walker at 49 years old.

When I moved to Niagara and took in my beautiful surroundings, the power of the falls, the strength of the rapids, the effect and spiritual presence of the escarpment, the vast vineyards, and the sense of history and nature, my spirits began to lift. I began again with The Secret and then read the entire series by Lisa Nichols Abundance Now. I returned to meditation and positive affirmation methods. I returned to prayer and the guidance of the universe. I regained my attitude of gratitude. With a little help from friends I got my body in motion and started my long journey back to me.

I picked up my paint brushes again, I began to work more aggressively on being able to walk again, and I pledged to myself that I would be able to hike and cycle again by the summer of 2018. I went from the walker to a cane to now. occasionally needing a walking stick after being out and active for hours.

I began eating healthy again, I focused on doing the exercises I needed to get my leg moving, I went from slow walks, to fast walks to finally being able to join a gym and managed to take off 100lbs while doing so and relaunched my career as an artist.

This journey isn’t just about painting and hiking – this is about celebrating my return to health, nature, the arts and me. This journey is a celebration of life – not just my life – but motivating you to also celebrate your life. We welcome people to visit us along the way. Share our fire. Hear our stories. Hopefully we’ll help you spark your way back to your own trail.

Many people have been encouraging me to put what I’ve learned in a book or on a blog… Well this is the rest of the journey yet to be documented. So, please, help me get to the start line in Tobermory and the finish line in Queenston where I will create a documentary and a book to inspire others to do the same.

The Documentary will be my video journal of the hike, painting, eating, exploring the Bruce Trail. Of course, the documentary will also include the making of the book.

The Book will include images of the paintings, inspirational thoughts, trail recipes, exercise tips for those of us over 50, and everything else I can think of to inspire you to get in shape and chase your goals.
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THE HIKE/THE PLAN 
Following in the footsteps of the Group of Seven I will hike and paint another beautiful part of Canada – The Bruce Trail in Ontario Canada end to end. The trail begins in the Niagara Peninsula of Southern Ontario in Queenston, Ontario, on the Niagara River, not far from Niagara Falls and ends on the tip of Tobermory Ontario. We will be hiking down the trail – this means starting in Tobermory and working my way down to Queenston.

FIRSTS:
– THE FIRST ARTIST TO DO A PAINTING HIKE OF THE BRUCE TRAIL END TO END.
– THE FIRST SURVIVOR OF DVTS AND SEVERE NERVE DAMAGE TO HIKE THE BRUCE TRAIL END TO END
– THE FIRST WOMAN OVER 50 TO SOLO HIKE THE BRUCE TRAIL END TO END

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The Bruce Trail is approximately 900km end to end. To hike, paint and camp, it will take about 3 months. I’m not out to break any records for speed – I’m out to capture the beauty of the trail end to end.

As each work of art is complete it will be sent to the Hub Gallery on Queen in Niagara Falls where a showing and private auction will be held when the entire trail is finished. 25% of the funds from the private auction will go toward funding the Hub Gallery in their efforts to support new artists and art programs.

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When the hike is finished I will be cutting a documentary of my experience and marketing it to various networks. As well, the paintings and sketches will be made available in a book about the experience when the hike is complete and will be sold on Amazon.

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The money I am raising here is to pay for equipment rental, camping costs, art supplies, supply runs and shipping, and other miscellaneous expenses while I’m doing the hike. After the hike it pays for editing equipment, book design, and marketing packages to send out to various networks to buy our documentary. 

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HIKE METHOD:
The hike will be 25 days on and 5 days off every month. The 5 days off is for interviews, sending off completed art, medical check, wash up, and general inventory replenishments as well as needed gear changes and to deal with any issues with video equipment etc…

I am setting up volunteers along the route to run supplies and such – if you would like to volunteer along your portion of the route please contact me.

With camping and painting we will cover approximately 15 km a day. Some days will be dedicated to painting and no KM will be covered. The next day would be a 25 to 30 KM hike. The website will have up to date progress.

I, Jennifer Lynn, am the primary for this project. I have been an artist for 36 years and I’m an intermediate hiker. I am a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and my work hangs in the Hub Gallery on Queen in Niagara Falls. I also have experience in book design, book editing and video editing and creation.

I am also a chef and nutritionist and look forward to how many things I can actually find edible on the trail.

More about what to expect…

During the hike I will be doing facebook live and youtube videos to keep our investors informed as I go. I’ll be blogging directly to my gallery page on Facebook.  

Jennifer Lynn Gallery
 
I would love to be able to do this hike this SUMMER/FALL 2018 so that I can launch the documentary and book this year. However, I will plan the hike for as soon as 1/2 the money is raised provided we have the equipment we need. All money will be held in a CIBC savings account until enough is raised to get underway. Regular posts will be made to ensure all donators are aware of the current status.

I am also looking for brand name sponsors like Sail, Canadian Tire, Micheal’s, Home Hardware, Coleman, website and website designer sponsor, if anyone would like to help me out with that. No sponsor is too small! In fact, we encourage Ma&Pa shops to sponsor us!!! We need gear, clothing, tents, cellular chargers video equipment art supplies etc… again please send me a message if you’d like to sponsor me with gear or art supplies or anything else.

Note to large investors, gear and art supply sponsors – we will have a website launched just before the trip. Your logos will appear on the site on every page as well as our facebook page, youtube page and any other promotional venue we use.

PLEASE NOTE: I really want this to be a straight through – end to end hike. However, to keep everyone happy, when 1/2 the funds are raised, if all equipment is in place, I will go forward with the hike. PLEASE help me get the word out. SHARE THIS!

What volunteer we need right now…
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More about my work and my qualifications


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I want to thank Jennifer Lynn for sharing with us. This project is very important to her so I’m encouraging you all to pass this blog on to as many people as you can.

Stop by next week, as I will be announcing a major event that has been in the works for a long time.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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Whale Watching 2018

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for visiting last week to meet author Graysen Morgen. Her book, ‘Castor Valley’ is out and is doing very well, so check it out. Thank you, Graysen.

This year keeps getting better and better. Two years ago we went whale watching on a stormy day and didn’t see any whales. This year we went again for a completely different experience.

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The sky was a bit hazy, but the sun shone on threw casting it’s inviting glow. The waters looked very inviting. Immediately when we got out of the car, I could smell the salty air. I inhaled deep and ingested all of the negative ions I could. There was no heavy mist in the air.

The boat was much larger than the one I remembered. Also, it wasn’t crowded, being on a Tuesday afternoon. We were supposed to go on the early boat, but we got caught in traffic on the I-405 and were delayed. Thankfully we were able to switch to the afternoon trip.

It was just the four of us, my two sister-in-laws, my wife, and myself. We boarded the boat and found a spot that had a spectacular open view of the water.

Author photo While we were still in the harbor, I saw a group of rowers rowing a long boat. I’ve only seen this on TV. I never expected to see this on a whale watching trip, but I find it interesting and give a big applaud to the rowers.

Rowers Very soon into the ride, we saw movement out on the waters. Then I saw the little fin and up emerged a dolphin. I have never seen dolphins live either. This was fascinating so I got up and went to another part of the boat. Here the fresh air hit my face as I leaned over the railing. Out in front of me were several dolphins swimming, some really near the boat. I was amazed. Then we saw a flock of pelicans dive down into the water and up again. This time no birds landed on the boat. The two pictures below were taken by Photographer Chelsea Mayer. See bottom for her website.

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Then the boat operator made an announcement that got everyone out of their seats – Whale sighting. I looked over the railing and I saw this big grey mass break the surface. Then about a minute later, it flapped its massive tail. We got to see this a few times and I was awed. This is so beautiful. I just love this next picture, which I thank my sister-in-law for taking.

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We saw some sea lions jump in and out of the waves. Their short tails would point up as they dove back into the waters. We saw more dolphins and another whale sighting later on and it was just as gorgeous as the first one. Again, I thank Photographer Chelsea Mayer for the below picture of the sea lion.

Legacy 1-16-18 1PM (5 of 23)The trip was amazing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to see such beauty. I felt feelings of bliss go through me as I watched the dolphins jump in and out of the water. It was spiritually moving for me and I felt one with everything. The below picture shows how serene the atmosphere was. I can’t wait to go again. If you’ve never been whale watching, I’m encouraging you to go experience it.

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Feel free to share your experiences in the comments.

Stay tuned for next week to meet author Jenny Frame author of ‘Unexpected’.

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Meet Author Graysen Morgen

Good afternoon friends and welcome. I want to thank all of you who visited last week for my 2018 Goals blog. Today I have a special treat for you. Author Graysen Morgen  of Triplicity Publishing  is here to talk with us. This is an interview you want to read. She is amazing. Come see why.

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Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 18½ years, and we have a 7-year-old daughter. I went to the University of Florida, which is where I met my wife. I was a Lieutenant in the Navy, working as a flight deck officer on an aircraft carrier. I now spend my time writing books, sports writing for women’s pro soccer, and coaching youth soccer.

What is your book “Boone Creek” about?
Boone Creek is a western, set in Colorado in 1880. This story is the first in a series about an outlaw woman named Jessie Henry, who leaves her past behind to start anew. She winds up in a small, troubled town called Boone Creek, where after a mishap, she becomes the Town Marshall.

Me: Graysen’s new book, ‘Castor Valley’, is the second in this series and one that you’re going to want to read.

How did you feel the moment you saw your first book published?
I was overjoyed. I’d always loved reading, and once I’d started writing, it sort of took off. I’m still thrilled to see each new book get published. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
I don’t find as much time to read as I used to, but the last book I made time for was Scarlett. It’s a sequel to Gone With The Wind, by Alexandra Ripley.

How has your daughter been an inspiration for you? 
My daughter, Rylie, is my whole world. She looks up to me in so many ways and mimics everything I do. I try my best to be a good role model for her. She makes me a better person. When I first wrote Natural Instinct, my wife and I weren’t thinking of having any children, at least at that time. It’s funny, my daughter turned out very similar in character to the little girl in the book. I don’t write many children into my books, but each one has a piece of Rylie in it for sure, whether it’s when she was little, what she’s like now, or what I hope for her to be like as she gets older.

Graysen and Rylie

What are your daughter’s creative activities?
She loves anything to do with art, and she’s actually written two books about animals, both of which she also illustrated. Plus, an avid reader and has a soaring imagination.

How has your family been supportive of your career?
My wife is the person who first told me I should write my own stories, instead of reading so many books, mostly because after reading a book, I’d tell her everything I would’ve done differently. J When I wrote a couple of stories, she pushed me to get them published. She’s been behind me from the very beginning. The rest of my family is very proud of what I have accomplished. Some of them have read every single book that has been published.

Can you explain more about “#Bekindchallenge”?
Be Kind Challenge is about random acts of kindness. There is so much power in a simple gesture. The challenge is a month of doing one kind thing every day.

What is the cutest thing your dogs do?
Remy and Roxy are Jack Russell Terriers who are just over a year old. They are littermate girls, and they run our lives! J They chase each other around the house, watch TV with our daughter, hang out in the office when I’m writing, you name it. I’d say the cutest thing is the way they are always together. The sleep in the oddest positions like yin/yang or on top of each other.

Roxy and Remy

Who are you rooting for in the next World Cup Soccer championship?
If it’s the World Cup, then I’m always rooting for the USA. I’m a fan of Canada, Australia, and England so I root for them if they’re not playing the USA.

Where is a good place to hang out with friends?
We do a lot of family stuff, so our hangout this past year was Disney World, literally every month. We have an oasis in our backyard, so hanging out at home is always nice.

What would be the perfect ‘stay-cation’ for you?
We pretty much have a stay-cation every weekend, but the perfect stay-cation for me would be some quiet time with absolutely nothing to do but read a novel or lie in the hammock by the pool.

What is your favorite time of year and why?
I love the holidays. There is just something magical about that time of year. We decorate inside and put up a full yard display outside with a lot of lights and wood cutouts that I make myself. I also look forward to the little bit of cold weather that we get in North Florida.

Would you ever want to co-write a book with another author?
Probably not. I believe all authors have a vision, and everyone’s vision is different.

What puts you in the zone when you are writing?
Music is my muse, so I listen to music when I write. It varies from classical to pop and everything in between.

Soccer Coach

What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a romantic adventure/suspense story that involves British MI6. I’m really hoping to turn it into a series. It’s fun, thrilling, sexy, humorous, all the qualities that make for a good read.

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Amazon Author Page: Graysen Morgen

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Yearly Goals 2018

Hello, Everyone! It’s great to see you all. First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by last week for my review of Blake Everstone’s, ‘Ominous Tales.’ It was great seeing you all.

It’s January again, which means long nights and short days. That doesn’t cut into my workday though, and I continue to work in the dark aka 5:00 p.m. Good news is the days are now getting longer and on 11-Mar-18 we will be back on daylight savings time. I have really been enjoying the new year so far and am looking forward to what’s next.2015-09-08 11.10.25This year I am setting goals as opposed to resolutions. These seem to fail for one reason or another. I have read goal lists that other people have shared and I saw for myself that they work. One of my FB friends does goals and she succeeds in meeting them. I am amazed at authors who do this because I believe in the practice.

I’ve made some 2018 goals that I’d like to share with you:

Workout Profile1.   Workout at the gym three times a week at a moderate speed.
2.   Keep drinking lots of water.
3.   Write more personal blogs.
4.   Keep reaching out to artists and authors.
5.   Submit a new manuscript to be published.
6.   Get my other WIP’s finished.
7.   Stay positive.
8.   Have get-togethers with friends and family.
9.   Go see live musical performances.
10. See a few live Dodger games.
11. Get out of town and take a short trip.Morro BayThat is my list so far. I’ll add more as the year goes on. I’m going to keep this blog and refer to it from time to time to see how I’m progressing. I understand that some are ongoing and my goal is to incorporate them into my schedule with ease.

In recent years, I’ve noticed a shift in my consciousness and I now feel that a lot of things that used to bother me I’ve let go.

Going to the gym used to be a chore for me, now I view it as a fun way to help maintain my physical health. Also, it has done wonders in such ways as stress reduction and increased energy. I am able to go now and set the cardio machine on a low level and get a nice workout. I just bring my water bottle and my phone and I’m in another world.Full SunLast weekend we helped out with a blanket drive for the homeless. We bagged up the blankets and took them to downtown LA to distribute. It was an eye-opening experience and one that I’m glad I helped out with. There were a lot of tents up on the sidewalks. It felt good to help out and to hear people tell me “God Bless.” I plan to do more work like this.

I believe in always being positive and I have seen results with this attitude. Very grounded and confident people are coming my way in greater numbers.  I have a lot of things to thank for my peaceful living.

Before I go, I’d like to include my excitement for the new baseball season. Only a few more weeks until Exhibition and then soon the 2018 regular season will begin. We are going all the way this year. Go Blue!Opening DayStay tuned for some other great news that I will be sharing with you in the weeks to come. Next week I will be featuring author Graysen Morgen. You are going to want to mark this one down and you will see why next week.

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