Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays! Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Christian writer, Linda Sallee!
Linda Sallee is a first time author. Her book, "Blue After Midnight" is a short story, a collection of poems about the loss of her granddaughter, Ashley, who died in 2003 due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Sallee has dedicated this book to her. It is published by Publish America
A sixty-two- year- old retired nurse, Linda Sallee received her degree in Nursing at Bacone College in Muskogee Oklahoma. She is a mother of three, and a grandmother of seven. She lives in Stilwell Oklahoma with her husband.
Her hobbies include writing poetry, crocheting and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her family. When it comes to reading, Sallee says, "To be honest I would rather write, but I do enjoy reading poetry."
Her favorite authors are her daughter, Barbie Sallee And Ron Hall.
"About three years after losing Ashley," Sallee says, "my daughter Barbara encouraged me often to write. I found that writing down my feelings helped me make it through the depression. My poems are written about life tragedy's and blessings. The main reason my book is special, is because Ashley was so special. She went through much pain and suffering in her short life but was always there to hold another child's hand and comfort them. My hope is that readers will understand that it is okay to love, laugh and smile again after losing a love one and that no matter how deep your valley, God is always there, you just have to reach out and take his hand."
To those who wish to become a published author, Sallee says, "Go with your heart, believe in your self and don't give up. Always keep a pen and paper on hand and write the words as they come to you. Never force your self to write. I take a tablet to bed with me at night and jot down things through the night, even though sometimes I have a hard time trying to figure out what I wrote in the morning. (lol)
Write from your heart and remember every book starts out with just a few words jotted down."
So, Linda, is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
"One thing I can say about my book is every word comes from my heart. Ashley wanted people to understand that Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating disease and without their help it will continue taking the lives of children and young adults."
To learn more about Linda Sallee and her book, visit her website at
To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, visit
To view Linda's trailer for her book, go to
Thank you for joining me for another edition of Author Fridays! Be sure to come back in two weeks on Friday, January 1, 2010 to read about our next featured author, Alessandrina Learner! See you then, and Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays! Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Mark J. Roberts!
Mark Roberts is the author of "Hawthorne Revelations book I" published by Publish America.
He is forty-one-years-old and lives in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife, Nancy, and step-daughter, Sabrina. "I have always enjoyed playing baseball as well as watching the Detroit Tigers, but my favorite sport to watch is hockey and the Detroit Red Wings," he says.
"I read everyday," he continues, "and some of my favorite authors are Stephen King (love The Dark Tower series), Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Bentley Little, Peter Straub, Robert Jordan and others."
Roberts says that he started writing "Hawthorne Revelations" approximately seventeen or eighteen years ago. He wanted it to be a comic book, but was unable to draw the illustrations, thus he gave up on it for a while. However, the story he wanted to tell always stuck with him. When a friend of his published a book with Publish America, he encouraged Roberts to do the same. "So," Mark says, "I started writing again a couple of years ago and finished the first part of my story."
I always like to ask authors from where do they get their ideas, and to this question, Mark replied, "I used to read comic books pretty regular from childhood till my early twenties, and I came up with the idea of my character. I watch a lot of movies and read and just let my mind wander to come up with ideas. When I get an idea I run with it. The second book in the Hawthorne series has taken on a totally different course after I had another brainstorm on the story."
When I asked him what readers will get from reading his books, Mark told me, "Hopefully readers will just be entertained. I'm not the greatest writer on the planet, and I never will claim to be. I just hope I can tell a good and entertaining story and let people escape from their everyday lives for a while."
"So Mark, what advice would you give to someone who wishes to become a published author?"
""I would tell anyone trying to write to just keep writing. I find the more I write the better I become, and I think this will be true for anyone. I gave up on my story for almost two decades, but a friend inspired me, and I now have a book published."
"And, is there anything else that you would like to share with us?"
"I am currently working on my second Hawthorne book titled "Hawthorne The Return". I am also working on a children's (or a book for the entire family) called "Feline Justice Team". This book deals with a family of cats who accidentally acquire super powers and decide to use their powers to fight crime in their small suburban town. Thanks for your time and you can visit me at www.markjroberts.com
Thank you for joining me for this week's edition of Author Fridays! Be sure to come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, Christian poetry writer, Linda Sallee!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays! Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Lynne Woodvail!
Lynne Woodvail is a first time author. Her book is "Untouchable Desire". It is published by Publish America.
Born and raised in West Michigan, Lynne has been a resident of Charlotte since 2007. She has three children who are very supportive. She says she really doesn't have a favorite hobby, but she does like to create things out of nothing, such as making area rugs out of carpet pieces.
When it comes to reading, she says, "Unfortunately, I have not had a lot of leisure time to read busy, busy, busy, but when I had the time, I read: romance novels, suspense, thriller and self help books. Moreover, I enjoyed several of Danielle Steel books and a few others; whose names I can't remember. In addition, I love writing; it takes me out to the real world actually when I'm writing I am literally in the scene that I'm writing at the time."
Woodvail says she did not actually realize she was a writer until she went back to college. It was during her extensive curriculum of English courses that she discovered there was a writer lying dormant in within her. "And when I recognized this wonderful gift," she goes on to say, "I embraced it. My major was Business Administration can you believe? Moving on, I am inspired by God he used English to birth the gift out of me."
Most authors of whom I have had the privilege to interview seem to get their ideas from just anywhere, and Woodvail is no different. "My ideas come from life," she says, "movies, friends, books and just ideas from my mind. I minister God's word through everyday life situations. Christians are so timid about certain things like dating and I use that shyness to say what they are afraid to say."
When I asked Lynne if she had any advice to share, she told me, "I would say to anyone who desires to write to GO FOR IT use their God given gift and expound on it. Don't allow anyone or anything to stop them. However, when it comes time to publish their work please, please do their homework. Search all available publishing companies. Make sure they are getting the best deal possible."
So, Lynne is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
"I just want to say; I thank God for giving me this gift; for I am undeserving. We as writers have to recognize much power we hold and we need to use that power in positive ways. I pray that we use our gift to encourage, uplift as well as entertain."
To learn more about Lynne Woodvail and her book, visit her blog at
Thank you for joining me for another edition of Author Fridays! Be sure to come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, Mark J. Roberts!