-- Brummets in the Media --
Jill Jepson’s blog: The Ninja Writer - which offers "daring strategies for the intrepid writer" will be discussing our work, books and radio show today! Please check it out when you have time and leave a comment on Jill's blog, if you enjoy what you find there: http://www.ninja-writer.blogspot.com
Writing the Whirlwind Newsletter reviews our book promotion guide: Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out in a Crowd. A synopsis of this review will also be posted at WritingtheWhirlwind.net – where you can "discover your unique journey in writing with passion and purpose". While you are there at this site you can sign up for the free writer newsletter, workshops and events, find coaching for writers and more: writingthewhirlwind.net
-- Writer Interview # 23 --
As many of our readers are aware, we began hosting interviews on this blog after being contacted by Brandi Drury http://virtualbooktourcafe.weebly.com for a special blog tour exchange between about 50 people back in April, 2010. The success of this endeavor lead to regular appearances on our blog by others in the writing industry. Today we have Karen Kostlivy joining us. Karen tells me that she enjoys spending time with her family in California and listening to her two sons Camron and Masson play guitar. After a successful career in the private and public sector, Karen decided to return to a former passion, writing and creating stories for readers of all ages.
Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A: When I start to write no one can be home in the house at all, I make my family leave the house. It drives them nuts, especially when I want to start writing at 6:30 am. Not sure why I’m that way.
Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?
A: How much I enjoy creating plots and my characters. I absolutely love that part of the process and was surprised how much I enjoy it. I have also discovered that I need help. For my internet promotion, I have a virtual assistant to help me. She and her partner will soon have a game and a web quest based on my book and eventually my series placed on my website, http://www.cyberwriters.net. There will also be lesson plans on my site also.
Q: How many books/stories have you written?
A: This is my first book. It is the first in a series of books based on different adventures in different countries. One of the best ways to get children interested in a book is to have a series. When kids fall in love with characters, they want more. I have already begun writing books 2 & 3 in the series.
Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?
A: Do not give up. Writing is difficult and stressful. However, when you have a story to tell, persevere. With hard work, it will happen.
Q: (optional) Do you hear from your readers? / What do they say?
A: Parents and grandparents call me or e-mail me with what their reader has to say. The biggest request is please let me know when book two will be available, my child loved the book. They couldn’t put it down. I was so excited when Brandi (the virtual tour director's) son Daniel wrote a review of my book, which will be included on another tour stop. She told me that he loves the book. I was so impressed with his review that I posted it on numerous sites. I’m proud that he took the time to read Cyber Writers and wrote the review.
Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca