Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome George Geisinger

Today we wish to WELCOME Author George Geisinger. Welcome George!

Why don't you tell us what you are working on. My upcoming release will be a cohesive book called Lost Generation. Lost Generation is about the destruction of the capabilities and talents of entire generations, starting with us Baby Boomers, by imposing a lot of irrational peer pressure on each and everyone of us, to take large dosages of mind-altering chemicals, and distort, even disable, our thinking and reasoning. My basic message, pertinent not only to my own generation, but the one's to follow, is that any addiction is not an imperative. There is a way up and a way out.

That sounds very interesting! Can't wait to read it! So now why don't you tell us a little about yourself.
I studied music education in the early 1970's at Appalachian State University, in North Carolina, but after two years of study, I had a disastrous turn of health, with which he has struggled for a lifetime.  I, am a naturally creative person, composes music for classic guitar, as well as for piano, writes poetry, fiction, and autobiographical stories.  In the late 1980's, I achieved an Associate in Arts Degree in the liberal arts from Catonsville Community College, in Maryland.  I studied creative writing there, and has subsequently published short stories and poetry in literary and “little” magazines over a period of several years thru the 1980's and 90's.  Now, I publishe independently on Amazon and Wordpress.

Well you are a very creative person both musically and in the written word! I do hope your helath is better! Now just a few questions for you if you don't mind.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I enjoy expressing myself, and writing gives me the opportunity to go on at some length about what's on my mind.  When I write, I'm the one who's in charge.  I don't have to worry about time or space.  I do the saying, and no one else is directly involved at the time, while I'm developing my expression.  It helps me to organize my thoughts, which is challenging to me, considering my disability.

What genre(s) do you write?

I write classic fiction, as well as various confessional autobiographical pieces.  I've been to a lot of psychotherapy, and I've finally found a therapist I can write to: It is my laptop!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I've written several books; that is, I've written a plethora of short stories I've collected into book format.  The most difficult thing about writing, for me, has been developing the determination to keep on writing, after I finished one or two book-length works.  Once I got over that hurtle, I've been writing like a house afire ever since.  It's the one book syndrome I found difficult to get past.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sorry, I don't get it.  Let me see... I don't figure out plots ahead of time.  I figure out some kind of hook, or setting for a story to take place, and do the fleshing out from an overall scheme of an idea.

Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

I think that's a question every writer should ask himself.  I work very hard at making myself understood on the page, and also work hard at being entertaining and amusing when I write.  With a certain kind of reader in mind, I address my public with a thought of conscience and purpose.  I feel a moral imperative to write, and believe absolutely that there is an audience out there who needs to read what I write.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

In many of my stories, I'd like the reader to come away with the idea that they absolutely don't have to continue practicing any of their addictions, regardless of whatever they might be addicted to, that there is Divine help out there for every practicing addict of every conceivable addiction.

In others of my stories, I'd simply like my reader to come away entertained.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That there is a God, and we're not it.  He is very powerful and caring.  He wants us to ask Him to help us, with the things we cannot do without His help.  That it's alright to trust Him, and that He's Someone worthy of our trust.

How long have you been a writer? 

All my life.  I'm over 60 at the moment.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

I did some publishing of short fiction and poetry in the little magazine and literary magazine markets in the 1980's and 90's, but when I started writing my autobiographical stuff, my message, if you will, I went straight to Amazon Kindle, because there's no editor on the other end to say “No,” we won't publish that.  It's left up to the reader to choose for himself.

What other careers have you had?

I've been a disabled citizen all my adult life, struggling to do the most simple delivery driving jobs, or factory jobs on occasion.  I'm registered disabled with Social Security, and live off a pension.

 Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Yes.  Speaking of my nonfiction, well, of course they're real people and real events.  Speaking of my fiction, there is always a dose of reality mixed into the fictional setting of whatever I'm writing at that moment.  I believe fiction ought to ring true to the reader.
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I'm trying my best to be informative, and inspirational, without being pendantic, if I can avoid it.  My father was an unsuccessful Methodist Minister.  I'm not trying to take over his pulpit and finish what he left undone.  I'm trying to circulate my own message, generated by my own calling.

What books or authors have most influenced your life?

There have been so many, it would be impossible to come up with a list.  I've read a lot of classic English and American Literature, as an independent study project for much of my sober life, which spans about thirty years.  When I was first recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction, one of the things I did to organize my thinking was read classic literature voraciously.

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

My family and friends are proud of the idea that I'm doing as much writing as I'm doing.  My brother and his wife have been very supportive, taking me to get a current day laptop, with an amazing amount of storage space, to help me with my creativity when I asked them to.

Where are you from?

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, raised from the age of 13 in Aberdeen, MD, spent most of my life in the Baltimore area of MD, and now reside in the Tidewater Area of Southern VA.

How do you come up with the titles?

I do my best to settle on one word, or a very short phrase, to save my file shortly after I begin a project, which becomes the title of whatever project I'm working on.  On rare occasions, one of my friends with give me a title that I can wrap a story around.

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

No, because I don't remember a time when I wasn't a writer, in one context or another.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

I mostly write one story at a time.

When not writing, how do you relax?

I like to go for walks around the hallways of the big assisted living building where I live.  It helps me clear my mind, and it's all contained indoors.  Sometimes, I'll mindlessly flip channels on the TV, or listen to Funk music on my stereo.  

Well George, Thank you for taking the time to visit with us today. I have enjoyed your visit. I wish you the best in life and writing.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Heart On Hold By Sara Barnard

Today we are talking with author Sara Barnard. Welcome Sara!
So your newest release is A Heart On Hold.
Please tell us a little about this book. Charlotte’s lips only took a moment to find those belonging to her beloved. He tasted faintly of molasses and she was immediately drawn into the warmth of his embrace. Their bodies were perfectly pressed together, fitting as though one had been divinely made for the other, as Sanderson’s kisses trailed from Charlotte’s lips down her neck. Her hands found his softly stubbled face and guided him back to her lips. With his strong arms around her, she’d never felt more safe. Or more vulnerable. War. Devotion. Deceit. Death. How long can a heart hold on before it breaks? Most women would carry on with their lives after being thrust into widowhood, but not Charlotte Adamsland. Upon learning that her husband, Captain Sanderson Redding, was killed in a botched escape from a Confederate prison in Illinois, she clings to his promise to return to her no matter what, and quickly heads north through a war-ravaged country with only her faith in God and her beloved horse to bring her beloved Sanderson home – one way or another. WOW! This certainly makes me want to read more! Where can we get it? So just a few questions for our readers to get to know you more. What is your favorite thing about being a writer? I have enjoyed creating stories since I was a little girl, playing with my dogs in the backyard. I remember all through school, I wanted to be a forest ranger ... we would take our aptitude tests and I would answer all of the questions so that it would point to "outdoors career" but whenever it came to talking about the classes about making that happen, it was all science-related, which made me kind of turn up my nose. I kept writing all the while, winning a contest here, being published in the school paper there. It wasn't until my husband deployed to Afghanistan and I had three little kiddos at home that I seriously put pen to paper. Once I started writing, I felt that all of the chaos that came with my every day life kind of made sense out of itself once I got it down on paper (or typed into a Word document). I began my novel, A HEART ON HOLD, at that point and a mess of other short stories and kid's stories. Now, I finally feel at peace! What genre(s) do you write? Children's Nonfiction, Adult Historical Romance, and Children's Fiction. What was the hardest part of writing your book? I faced many challenges writing A Heart on Hold (Book One of An Everlasting Heart series). First of all, Dear Hubby was deployed so that was an emotional roller coaster in itself. Secondly, I underwent surgery for a malfunctioning thyroid gland soon after beginning work on it. Then, I kept writing through my husband's homecoming, a cross country move, the buying of a first house, epic PTSD-related breakdowns, the birth of baby number four, and another cross country move to our present duty station in the historic Oklahoma hills. Then came the three rewrites! Are you a plotter or a pantser? A pantster in fiction, all the way! I love writing the stories because the characters take on a life unto themselves and I am living and experiencing the adventures and adversities they face right along with them! I am plotted in nonfiction. Why do you think people should choose your books over another author? They shouldn't. They should choose my books AND the other authors!! What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? Life experience, a feeling of hope, and happily ever after. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Perseverance, faith, trust. Oh yeah, and above all, LOVE. Love for Him and for him! Are any of your characters based on real people or events? Yes. In my children's story "The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn't So Big and Bad", the narrator, Cocoa, is based on my late wolf-hybrid of the same name. In A Heart on Hold, Sanderson is based on two people: Captain E.A. Adams of the Confederate Army who really died in Alton Confederate Prison, after lasting longer than most of his comrades, three days before the war ended; and my sweet husband. Cotton is based on my eldest son, while the three children Charlotte has to rescue is based loosely on the rest of my children. Minerva is based on my best friend, Rochelle, while in Charlotte, I tried to show a little of myself. In all honesty, Jackson is based on Jackson Rathbone's character in Twilight. What else would you like readers to know about you or your work? I am a metal head. At work, I received a call from the management representing some eighties hair metal bands who want to write books about their lives. When the management official told me their names, I squealed like a groupie. Sheesh. What books or authors have most influenced your life? Ann Swann, because she is my mother and her writing has captivated me since I was small. Stephen King. I don't read horror (mostly because I read the newspaper and that is horrific enough), but my mom's collection of his works surrounded me as a child. I remember looking at the book covers and the way they smelled and looked on the bookshelves in our southwestern-decored home ... and that will always be home to me. Larry McMurtry and Lucia St. Clair Robson, for obvious reasons. How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general? Everyone is very supportive, particularly my sweet mama. While I believe her writing blows mine out of the proverbial water, she insists we simply have different writing voices. Well it has been great to visit with you! How can people get in touch with you?