Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interview with Scott R. Caseley, Author of Isosceles



Q: Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.

Sean McIntyre, a shy nineteen year old wakes up in the morning during Labor Day Weekend and finds his wild best friend Trey Goodsby dead in his bathroom after he had spent the night in his new apartment. During the subsequent chapters, the novel takes the reader on a journey through the thirteen year friendship that led up to this point and then goes into what effect his death has on Sean and those closest to the two boys. Madeline Edwards, a beautiful caring young lady who constantly came between them just may know a thing or two about what caused this tragedy to occur.

Q: Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?

I submitted to MuseitUp in March of 2012, and was sent a message back from them the next day telling me that my submission materials would be reviewed and I would find out in ten to twelve weeks one way or another. Having been rejected by numerous other publishing companies and literary agencies I focused my attention on other aspects of my life. I began working on my voice-over lessons to strengthen that set of skills to audition for commercials, books on CD, etc. Then before I knew it, in far less than ten weeks, on April 13th, I received my contract with Muse. When I signed on, it was understood that I would be going through a rigorous editing process as all signed authors are, working with a content editor and a line editor to fine-tune my manuscript for publication. Along the way, a cover artist was assigned to create the look of my novel. Then, after working tirelessly with those three individuals, my book was released in January of 2013.

Q: How did you get the idea for this book?

A number of people around my age passed away when I was in my early twenties. I started to think about what does death mean for those left behind. I started to ask myself questions about how death affects us, and how we view people differently for some reason when they’re gone. I wanted to write out all my emotions about these circumstances, and I began writing it out, not holding back, just free writing. It was very cathartic. Slowly, characters began to emerge to tell the tale for me.

Q: What is a typical writing day like for you?

I start off the day composing notes about a new or existing story in a notepad or on my computer, after doing this for about an hour or so. Then I leave it to focus on getting some exercise in, either yoga or a 500-calorie walk on the treadmill. Then, I have some breakfast and make mental notes about my written notes. Afterward, I start to write something based on my notes: a scene, dialogue, or a poem. Then, I expand upon this for about a couple hours, have lunch, and maybe do another physical workout. Then I spend the rest of my day writing a draft of a scene based on what I wrote first thing in the morning.

Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?

Creating the characters that I want to make so real that I can feel them inhabiting space around me during the few months of the writing and revising process. I want to make them so dynamic that they’ll linger around in my readers’ minds long after they put the book down.

Q: What is the most difficult part of writing?

When my characters do something unexpected that doesn’t make sense to the work. They’ll be insistent that what’s going on will make the story better like it or not, I know I have to put it into the piece and show it to my editor. I know that she’ll find something in there that I didn’t and being the gifted person that she is, she’ll know how to help me see how to make the choices ‘they’ made be true, or know right away why they need to be taken out.

Q: How has publishing a book changed your life?

It’s given me the confidence to write the characters that have been locked away in my mind for years and give them some traits that I didn’t know would work before. My insecurity stood in my way for a long time, but now I feel I have been given validation I have what it takes to put together a story and maybe if I do it just right, there will be readers awaiting the time to come so that they can enter my literary world.

Q: What are your plans now?

I’m writing a romantic caper that takes place across New England based on several different story ideas I’ve had over several years. My main female protagonist was created six or seven years ago, and the male protagonist is loosely based on one that I created for a short story I wrote in the third grade.

Q: What is your best tip for aspiring authors?

Write your draft out, get it all out of your system, and then revise it a couple times. When you feel you have a good working draft, find an editor to look it over for you who can give you constructive feedback to improve it enough so you can submit it to literary agencies and publishing companies.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?

Sean McIntyre, Trey Goodsby, Madeline Edwards spend their childhood and young adulthood in central New England. They start off in a town called Noone, which has a population of only a few thousand people and go to an elementary school on Zoe Avenue that’s been there for many generations. Sean and Trey are part of the working middle class, while Madeline comes from one of the richest families in town. They spend their free time at a convenience store, a roller rink, a bowling alley, and do normal kid stuff. Their lives are not any different than what many of us go through, it’s how they go through it that makes them extraordinary as individuals and as the group that they are.

Q: Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?

I have two webpages, please like me at https://www.facebook.com/ScottRCaseleyWriter, and my blog is https://www.scottrcaseleyauthor.com. I’m also on Twitter @scottrcaseley, and you can email me at SRCaseley@gmail.com.
           
            Isosceles is available at the following pages:

MuseItUp Publishing
Amazon.com
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
Bookstrands
Koko
Smashwords

You can find out more about Scott R. Caseley, his novel and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/c85xoz4

Monday, April 15, 2013

Author Interview: Sarah E. Sauer

Sarah E. Sauer is a childhood brain cancer survivor. She is also an animal lover. Sarah’s love of animals was something she drew on for strength throughout her illness. In her first children’s book, Sarah shares her love and respect for wildlife animals through her photos she took for her high school digital photography class. Sarah is currently studying early childhood education and hopes to share her love and knowledge of animals to promote and develop an appreciation of wildlife in young children. She currently lives in Corydon, IN with her family and her horses, llamas, donkey, cats and dogs.
 
Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.
My book has bright and colorful photos with a simple caption underneath the photos to encourage young children (between ages of 3 to 7/8 years) to see more than just the animal but to see the beauty and detail of each animal such as the smile on the elephant’s face or the tear in the horse’s eye.

Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
My publisher is Lisa Umina from Halo publishing. She is wonderful! She was so helpful, kind, generous and professional in giving me direction on getting a book published. I submitted my manuscript and photos along with directions for the background colors. Lisa helped me every step along the way with good advice and lots of encouragement. She felt the book would be best in hardcover and she was absolutely right. I feel my book looks amazing.

How did you get the idea for this book?
My high school digital photography teacher Ms. Iles told me that I had a talent for telling a story through my pictures. I wasn’t quite sure how I could do that until I received an assignment for my early childhood class. I had to create something to show how I saw my goals and myself for my career. I decided to share my love of animals, and promote and develop an appreciation of wildlife in young children by creating a children’s book using my photography.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Being able to share my thoughts and ideas with others.

What is the most difficult part of writing?
For me, because of the weakness in my hands that was caused by the brain cancer, it is actually the physical part of trying to write or type.

How has publishing a book changed your life?
It has given me more confidence in myself. It has helped me be able to take all the bad things that cancer did to me and turn it into something good. I hope that I can inspire other people to not let things that happen to them cause them to give up but to keep on fighting and know that no matter what happens, we all have the choice to take something bad and turn it into something good.

What are your plans now?
I have started to write a simple chapter book for kids with cancer to help them and inspire them.

What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
To keep on writing, thank the teachers and those in your life who encouraged you to write and write about what you know and what interests you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?
I hope that my book will encourage others to write. I hope that with my book I can give encouragement to people who have cancer and their families and that with my book, I hope to be able to give back to those who believed in me and helped me by donating some of the proceeds from my book to those groups that helped me.

Where can readers go online to learn more about your book and to order?
My book can be ordered through Halo Publishing or Amazon.com



Publisher website http://halopublishing.com/

Find out more about Sarah E. Sauer and her book at the World of Ink Author/Book Tour, visit http://tinyurl.com/carfswr

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: What Do You See When You Look at Me?




About the Book:
In What Do You See When You Look at Me? the author engages her young readers with bright and colorful photos and invites them to see more than just an animal but to look at the beauty of each creature in detail.



Overall Thoughts:
This is a great book for kids who love animals. Sauer’s eye for capturing wildlife is amazing. The details of each photo is vivid and allows the reader to explore the question…What do you see when you look at me?





Children will see flamingos, rosters, lions, eagles, horses, etc. with simple text to a company each picture, making this a great book for early readers as well. My favorite photos where of the flamingo, tiger and zebra.



About the Author: 
Sarah E. Sauer is a childhood brain cancer survivor. She is also an animal lover. Sarah’s love of animals was something she drew on for strength throughout her illness. In her first children’s book, Sarah shares her love and respect for wildlife animals through her photos she took for her high school digital photography class. Sarah is currently studying early childhood education and hopes to share her love and knowledge of animals to promote and develop an appreciation of wildlife in young children. She currently lives in Corydon, IN with her family and her horses, llamas, donkey, cats and dogs.



Book Information
ISBN Number: 13:978-1-61244-147-4 (hardcover – 24pgs)
ASIN: 1612441475
Price $16.95
Genre of Book: Children’s Non-Fiction/Photography Picture Book
Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.

Places where book is available for sale: Halo, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Publisher website http://halopublishing.com/

Find out more about Sarah E. Sauer and her book at the World of Ink Author/Book Tour, visit http://tinyurl.com/carfswr

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