Wednesday, July 31, 2013

April M. Reign, HASH: Human Alien Species Hybrid



AUTHOR: April M. Reign
BOOK TITLE: HASH: Human Alien Species Hybrid
PUBLISHER: April M. Reign

Tell me a little about your book.
Every night, Jade is rattled by a recurring dream—a dream that’s as real as the research institute where she lives. When flames fall from the sky and an alien ship crashes into Earth, Jade becomes government property and at the mercy of scientists. After all, she’s imprinted with an intelligent alien metal that could be the answer to all of Earth’s problems.

However, in the wrong hands, the metal implant could become the deadliest weapon known to humankind.

Kept underground for sixteen years, Jade fights to keep her sanity and understand the intelligent organism that is wrapped around her spine. When a new company takes over the science institute, Jade’s alien symbiont warns her of imminent danger.

Then Jade meets Aric, the lone survivor from the spaceship. They form an alliance that will change their personal destiny and they put a plan into motion that will alter the future of mankind.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I pondered what it would be like if an alien metal, which was the key to another world, landed on earth and was in danger.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m a full-time writer. I write every day, clocking in (in my own mind) at 9 am and sometimes working past midnight. Of that time spent behind my desk and laptop, I probably get 4 hours of writing in and the rest is spent formatting, outlining, marketing, networking, website maintenance, answering emails, creating book covers and many more things to keep this business running.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? 
As a teenager.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope they will share a bond with my characters and be a part of the adventure that my characters experience. When I write my stories, I get lost in the worlds that I create. I hope my readers do the same thing.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write in all genres. Romance, Mystery Thrillers, Urban Paranormal, Horror, and Sci-Fi.  I prefer to write anything that I can make up my own rules and is a bit out of the norm.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Outside noise. In other words, everything else, other than writing, that comes with being an Indie Author. I hide in my office at home, or I will go to a couple restaurants and sit in the back away from everyone.  As I stated above, my writing only gets about four hours of my day and everything else monopolizes the rest of the hours dedicated to work.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
No.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
She is her own person and has no similarities to me whatsoever.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
Some research, but this was mostly a book based on creativity and my ideas of the type of alien I wanted to create.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?
No.

Why or why not?
Because it’s the creative process of telling a story.

What about your book makes it special?
The characters. They are innocent teenagers living in an institution when all they want is to live a normal life.

What is your marketing plan?
Giveaways, Twitter, Facebook, Website, Press releases.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? 

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
Study the craft and write every day. There isn’t one day that goes by when I’m not writing. Even when I’m on vacation, I write. Be passionate about it and be consistent and your dreams will flourish.

What’s in the future for you?
I have five open series. I need to write the next book in each of those series and move forward with new ideas.  

Thank you so much Penny for allowing me this time to share my work with you and your readers. It was a pleasure to be here.




Blurb:

Every night, Jade is rattled by a recurring dream—a dream that’s as real as the research institute where she lives. When flames fall from the sky and an alien ship crashes into Earth, Jade becomes government property and at the mercy of scientists. After all, she’s imprinted with an intelligent alien metal that could be the answer to all of Earth’s problems.

However, in the wrong hands, the metal implant could become the deadliest weapon known to humankind.

Kept underground for sixteen years, Jade fights to keep her sanity and understand the intelligent organism that is wrapped around her spine. When a new company takes over the science institute, Jade’s alien symbiont warns her of imminent danger.

Then Jade meets Aric, the lone survivor from the spaceship. They form an alliance that will change their personal destiny and they put a plan into motion that will alter the future of mankind.

Book One of THE IMPRINT TRILOGY.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lillian Brummet, Purple Snowflake Marketing, plus #giveaway





AUTHOR: Lillian Brummet

BOOK TITLE: Purple Snowflake Marketing

PUBLISHERs: CreateSpace.com & Smashwords.com

BUY LINKs: http://www.brummet.ca/promotebooks.html  - where a list of several online sites sell this book including the publisher’s sites:
GIVEAWAY:
 Jump Start for Writers e-book http://www.brummet.ca/Jumpstart.html
* Alternatively, or in addition, I can offer a package of 6 eco-friendly bookmarks for a North American winner only (due to shipping issues.


Q: Tell me a little about your book.

Purple Snowflake Marketing offers a realistic guide to what authors can expect to face and how to employ research and preparation to make a memorable first impression. As you put together a marketing plan, you will be able to proceed with the confidence of a seasoned writer. This book is packed with value, with over 1000 resources along with stats and inspiring quotes to assist you in developing that unique marketing plan for each book you write. This book compiles information we’ve learned in our own research, courses and business experience - plus more than 13 years of experience in the industry as freelance writers, published poets, former professional book reviewers, staff writers, authoring our 5 books with traditional, self-publishing and e-book outlets and as members of the media ourselves.



Q: What gave you the idea for this particular book?

Back in 2007 I was inundated with questions from various forums, message boards and emails from people interested in how we went about building our successful branding, grew our platform, and continually appear in the media. In those days I earned the titles: Pink Bunny (because our marketing success went on and on) and Book Marketing Guru from those who received advice. At this time I realized that a lot of the information I was giving out was repetitive, and that resulted in the first manuscript. Now the Purple Snowflake Marketing book is out in a 3rd edition of 378 pages offering start-up advice on how to set up the office, organization, deal with family/friends, and both business plan tips and a step-by-step guide to creating a unique marketing plan. It now offers over 1000 resources as well in the appendices.

Q: Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

(She laughs) Well I’d love to be a full time writer, but as a self-marketing entrepreneur writer – that means I have to run the office, take care of book-keeping and record keeping files, deal with ongoing communications, query members of the media, networking, managing the radio show that airs 3 X per week and the daily blog …and somehow here and there I get some writing in. Writing time is scheduled in when I’m working on a manuscript or article. My days are flexible in that I can move things around to suit whatever is most important to accomplish that day. Manuscripts take a long time, however, so those get scheduled in whenever I have the headspace and the inspiration to get back to the projects. Once a manuscript has been developed, the hard work comes in the form of editing and proof reading and rewrites before formatting and imagery are added in. So at that stage I tend to clear my schedule as much as possible so that I can crunch those activities out.

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I started very young writing stories that brought my teachers to tears, poetry that both shocked and awed friends who read them and various writing contests I joined just to see if I would be accepted. Sadly, I never took the career seriously because I doubted myself too much. It wasn’t until 1998 after being involved in a vehicle accident and subsequently losing my business that I started to look at writing more seriously. I was desperate to find a way to leave a legacy, to create a lasting positive ripple and give meaning to my life. For the first couple years I concentrated on taking writing courses and gleaning from old business course materials I had saved, learning the craft, how to query and work with a variety of publishers, magazines and local publications. One of my articles was picked up as a column and that ran internationally in several publications for about 6 years. Once that happened I decided to write the first manuscript based on that column and that is when Dave jumped in to help produce a high quality book – called Trash Talk, which is now in a 3rd edition as a 2-book series.

Q: What do you hope readers will take from your writing?

The main focus of everything we do is to encourage and empower people to become proactive and create a conscious, sustainable and informed lifestyle. I suppose that is why I prefer to write in non-fiction genres – while this involves more research, interviews and organization – it allows me to share real life tools, quotes, interviews, and skills the reader can use in their own lives.

Q: What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?

The toughest part of being a writer is dealing with the emotional lows – you know, when you get inundated with paperwork and filing, when sales aren’t coming in and you have to do more freelance work or workshops to make ends meet, when the numbers of radio listeners or blog readers slide down for a short time before climbing back up again. These low periods can cause one to become tired, overwhelmed, and sometimes depressed. I tend to have a lot of inspiring quotes on my bulletin board and a note to myself as well in my own words that remind me of this passion and why I am doing this regardless of the bank account statements.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

~ Woodrow Wilson



Q: What is your marketing plan?

The marketing plan is revised every year with goals for each month, and then broken down to what I hope to achieve each week. It is a flexible plan so that if something should come up I can deal with it and not have regrets about letting something go for a while. I have a powerful reach online via social networking sites, my daily blog, the website, the radio show… and I appear in the media at least twice a week and as many as 12 times a month. I write promotional filler articles for blogs, do a lot of interviews like this one, and am constantly taking down notes for future marketing opportunities that I can follow up on when the schedule allows.

Q: What’s in the future for you?

Well, right now we are looking at getting advertisers and sponsors set up for the radio show and blog, and we are releasing a 6th book (2nd book of poetry) later this year. I have 2 other manuscripts that I am just now finding the time to get back to and I can hardly wait for them to be ready for the public.

Q: You mentioned earlier that Dave works with you in creating the books – how did you two get together on this?

Dave is a phenomenal writer – he has an ability to connect with the reader by manipulating the content to pull their heartstrings and peak their interest. He also has the ability to create cover designs, images, formatting and book promotion materials. So when I started creating manuscripts he was very supportive and wanted to help with his natural skills that I don’t possess. So I do the research, interviews and manuscript development, and he takes over at that point to work his magic. Once the book is released, he’ll update the website and create marketing images for me to use and I start on the marketing campaign for that project.  Dave is better at public marketing and event work, while I tend to deal with print and online media. So we balance each other out fairly well. Dave prefers to write in fiction and travel formats and has several manuscripts of his own that he works on when time allows.

Q: What are the difficulties of co-authoring a book?

We have to be patient with one-another, giving each other space to do things in their own time – yet cheerleading in the background to encourage growth and creativity. We have to learn how to work with each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and that can take some time to figure out. We have to have a business plan, a business contract and as part of the estate planning – a legal documentation giving each other the power to take over the business activities should the other be unable to do so.

Q: What are the benefits of co-writing?

What I love most about it is that all the work is not on my shoulders and I don’t have to outsource a lot of work, making it easier on the budget. I have a sounding board, a cheerleader in the background, a support system and a hug when I need it.

Q: Any tips for other authors wanting to co-author?

I would suggest that you have several meetings about the project keeping minutes of those meetings so you can refer to them later. Get to know the individual’s passions, why they want to get involved, what they can offer, what they are willing to learn, what kinds of connections they have, how much time they have and what time of day they’ll be available to work on the project. Get everything in writing so that you are both protected in case emotions get in the way. Have a contingency plan in place, revise the business and marketing plan often, and be sure to have a legal document in place so that a partner can take over if the other one is unable to continue on the project. And finally – continue to schedule in regular meetings after the book is published.




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Award-winning authors Dave and Lillian Brummet: owners of the Brummet Media Group(http://brummet.ca), offering book publishing services from formatting to cover design, graphic design and promotion material creation, books and CD's, the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions and the Brummet's Conscious Blog:http://www.consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com


Monday, July 29, 2013

Beverly Stowe McClure, Life on Hold





WRITING STORIES ABOUT LIFE


Do your friends, relatives, and readers always ask where you came up with the idea for your story? Do you sometimes wonder yourself, when your mind is blank, what you can write about next? As writers, we know that story ideas are all around us. All we have to do is look at our families and friends, our pets and our children’s school activities, along with sports events, music recitals, magazines and newspapers, and sometimes our own dreams, to name a few places where ideas lurk. Today, I’m talking about my YA contemporary novel Life on Hold and why I decided to write Myra’s story. Myra is a fictional character, as are the members of her family and her friends. The novel, however, is loosely based on an article I read in the local newspaper.

A boy and girl in high school had a baby. This alone isn’t so unusual. It happens all the time. The parents of the girl made her give the baby away for adoption and the young couple each went their own way, eventually marrying others. Again, we hear about this happening all the time. Eighteen years later, a chance conversation overheard by a friend of the girl, now an adult, about a boy they knew that had  been adopted and who wanted to find his natural parents, led to the boy’s natural parents, both single again, finding each other, as well as the son they’d given up.

 Now, I love stories with happy endings, and as far as I know this couple, their son, and the children by their marriages are together, a family. What a beautiful story they have to tell. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always turn out the way we hope it will. Family is so important for a child. A mother, a father, people they love and trust will help them grow to adults with values and compassion for others.
In Life on Hold, Myra Gibson’s comfortable life takes a drastic turn when she discovers that her parents have lied to her for sixteen years. Unable to trust her mother and father any longer, she decides, with the help of her friends, to learn the truth about her biological father. Along the way  to discovering why he never tried to contact her, Myra makes some amazing discoveries not only about her parents but about herself, as well.

For my novel, I took the basics of a true-life story, added twists to it to add more tension to the plot, and wrote a story that I hope will help other children and teens who might be living in a similar situation find a solution to his/her problems. One of my goals when I write for young people is to give them a story that they can relate to, either in their own lives or perhaps those of a friend. When they see they’re not alone, that others their age have similar troubles, yet solve them, even in the pages of a book, whether in the way that they want to or not, they can be encouraged that they too can deal with whatever they may face. Knowing that my story has made even one child a little stronger, a little more able to cope with their place in the world is my reward.  So the next time someone asks you where you get your ideas for your novel, tell them “from life.”

I’m happy to announce that Life on Hold has won the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and they’ve forwarded my book to their Awards Department.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Amy Neftzger, The Orphanage of Miracles, plus #giveaway




AUTHOR: Amy Neftzger
BOOK TITLE: The Orphanage of Miracles
PUBLISHER: Fog Ink
GIVEAWAY?: Yes - one copy (hardcover). Be sure to leave contact information to be entered into drawing.

Please tell us about yourself? 

I’ve been publishing fiction for over 10 years now, but I also publish nonfiction and write a variety of things. I’m originally from the Chicago area, but now I live in Nashville. I’m married to a musician. I have two teenage children and a dog who is addicted to laser lights.

When and why did you begin writing? 

I started writing at a very early age. I had notebooks full of poetry before I was in the 3rd grade and wrote my first book in the 6th grade. The book was terrible and luckily destroyed in a flood.

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

There are a lot of themes in the book (teamwork, etc), but the primary message is about what really makes or defines a miracle.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

Neil Gaiman. He’s a master at story construction and so creative. I respect his work and enjoy reading it very much.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it? 

The Cider House Rules by John Irving. I’ve read his work before and each time I read one of his books I wonder why I haven’t read more of it, but I’m slowly working my way through his stuff. It’s excellent writing and he creates such great characters.

What are your current projects? 

The sequel to the “Orphanage of Miracles.” It’s called “The Orchard of Hope.”

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it? '

My biggest problem is not having enough time to write, so I’ve never really had writer’s block. I usually have more than one project going on at once, so I can switch projects if I need a change. If I tried to work on one story until it was done before doing anything else, I might experience writer’s block. Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery or task to get the creative juices flowing.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing? 

I play several instruments (the drums is my favorite) and I have written lyrics for songs. It’s a very different form of writing and I enjoy the change.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Keep writing and don’t measure your success by the money you make. Some books make more money and sell more copies than others, and this is not necessarily reflective of the quality. Sometimes success is dependent upon how ready the public is to hear the message.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Thank you for reading.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them? 

Fog Ink is a division of Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc. that is primarily a music publisher here in Nashville. Back in 2002 (pre self publishing) the process for publishing a book and print music were very similar, so I was the first author published. While it’s still a small company, they now have several authors and there’s a lot of personal attention.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.



my band on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luckymunk

twitter: @neftzger or  http://twitter.com/Neftzger






Book Description:

Amid a war torn land, hidden deep within an enchanted forest, hides an orphanage where miracles abound. It s a magical place built by a resolute king who is determined to defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his people. Victory just might take a miracle, and so the orphanage may very well hide the key to winning the war.

A young girl named Kelsey also desperately needs a miracle. She embarks on a quest to find the mysterious and hidden orphanage. Along the way she is joined by several traveling companions, including an over-sized snow leopard and a boy who cannot speak. In a land enchanted, it's difficult to know the difference between what's real and what isn't ... and what a true friend looks like. Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other.

The Orphanage of Miracles is a work of fiction that examines the concept of miracles and what it takes to find or make the one you need.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Irene S. Roth, Courage, plus #giveaway






AUTHOR:  Irene S. Roth
BOOK TITLE:  Courage
PUBLISHER:  Halo Publishing
BUY LINK:  http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Courage?filter_name=courage&filter_description=true 
GIVEAWAY?:  A free copy of my book. Be sure to leave contact information to be included in drawing!

Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.

I started writing for children and teens about ten years ago. I feel in love with picture books and started out simply reading lots and lots of them. Then I realized how the most successful picture books can transport a child’s bedtime routine and life. That is when something inside of me moved to write for kids. 

Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?

I am a full time writer—both I write creatively and academically.  So, I have to organize my writing time between these two types of writing. 

What influences your writing?

What influences my writing for kids is how our culture offers them very little to go on to develop their values and who they were truly meant to be. So, one of my goals for my books is to ensure that kids learn important lessons about themselves after reading my book.  I would consider myself successful if I accomplish this. 

Is this your first published work?  No, I have written hundreds of articles for teens and tweens. What other types of writing have you done?  In addition, I have written a few books for teens and tweens, one of which is in press. I also write academically as a philosopher. 

Why did you choose to write a children's story? Because I wanted to write books about empowerment for kids. I will have another 4 more books in this series on empowerment being published over the next three years. 

What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
I immediately saw this book as one of a series of empowerment books. Once I decided to do that, I just started writing. And it all came together pretty quickly.

What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing? I believe that authors have to decide for themselves whether they will pursue traditional routes of publishing and whether they will self-publish. 

What is your marketing strategy? I read my book to kids at the local library, and I do a lot of readings at the schools as well. 

What are your thoughts about children's writers needing an agent or not needing one?  Again, I think writers have to decide for themselves how to proceed, depending on their goals as a writer and how they want a particular book to fit into their careers.  

Where can people find out more about you and your writing? They could check out my review blog http://rothsinspiringbooksandproducts.wordpress.com and my writer’s blog at:  http://irenesroth.wordpress.com

Do you have any tips for writers who are new to children's literature? Determine what your goals as a writer are, and pursue them.  Be persistent, and work hard. Hone your skills, and then don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.




Please give us a brief synopsis or excerpt from your current book and when and where it will be available.

This is the first book in the Empowerment Series for kids.  It is a book about courage.  It is an important topic for kids to learn. The next books in the series will be about self-respect, self-love, self-assurance, and self-confidence. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tamara Levitt, Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands





AUTHOR: Tamara Levitt
BOOK TITLE: Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands
PUBLISHER: Begin Within Productions

Tell me a little about your book.

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a picture book about a girl named leela who dreams of doing headstands. However, no matter how hard she tries, she’s unable to achieve her goal. She’s devastated by this as we usually are when faced with defeat, but through discovering that having a failure doesn’t mean that “she” is failure, she is ultimately able to find happiness.

This story offers an alternative to the “little engine that could” message that practice makes perfect and that if we just keep trying, we eventually reach a goal. The reality is, no matter how hard we try, we’re sometimes still unable to succeed in life. This book encourages cultivating self-acceptance, compassion and resilience in order to accept, learn and grow from defeat.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?

The story was in part inspired by my own struggle with perfectionism, which I’ve had since childhood and lead to a lack of self-acceptance or self-compassion. These were qualities I’ve had to learn as an adult and continue to practice as best as I can.

The beliefs we learn as children become our core beliefs as adults, so my intention through the work I create is to inspire healthy and empowering belief systems in children from the start, to help them become high functioning, happy, adults.

My sense has always been that if I had known some of what I know now, at a younger age, life could have been easier. Perhaps I would have been a little less afraid to fail in life, and would have been a little more resilient when I did. My hope is the struggles I’ve faced and learned from in life, can help others.



Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I invest most of my time in my company Begin Within where I create inspirational content for both children and adults such as books, apps, and transmedia properties. My goal is to help people “find the calm within the chaos.” I work far beyond what are typical full time hours, and wish I could say I was writing full time, but as an entrepreneur, my time is split between writing, working with service providers (such as illustrators, graphic designers, and printing companies,) selling and marketing my book, shipping, doing promotion, social media and blogging, along with the many other “parts” of self publishing which are too many to name. I’m a busy gal.


When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
My background is in music and I’ve been writing music since I was a late teen but it’s only been within the last 5 years that I’ve really identified as a writer. For a time, I tried to find people to help bring my numerous ideas to life, but ultimately I realized that the best way to manifest my visions clearly was to learn how to write so I could effectively bring them to life myself. Literary work doesn’t come as instinctively to me as writing music, but it’s equally as meaningful.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I’ll refer to the message of Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands specifically.  We’re living in a time when children are experiencing more stress, anxiety and pressure than ever before and the pressure to succeed is often overwhelming. Children are learning to equate their self-worth with achievement and developing a deep fear of failure (and even trying). So it’s more important than ever before to empower children by teaching them that failure is okay, through enhancing their self-acceptance, self-compassion, and an ability to find gratitude in every day moments.


Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I enjoy writing in many demographics and genres. My challenge is that as a self-published author I haven’t had the resources to share it all - Yet! I have been focusing on picture books as they are such a passion of mine and I will have another picture book for kids on the theme of meditation, as well as one for adults called “You Are Enough” out by the end of 2013. I’m also tremendously excited about a middle grade novel I’m currently writing, and a YA novel and script are on hold until time allows for development.


What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
I have very little time. That’s been my biggest sacrifice.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.

Absolutely. As an artist, I have had great practice in rising from failure.  Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands evolved out of an idea for a television series that I had a great deal of interest in. I had received an option for it, and at one point was developing it with a production company. But after investing years of time and money into this project, I realized it was ahead of it’s time, and still required development, so I decided to shelf it. The failure of that project to me, represented that I was a failure and I fell into deep depression. Once I had some time, gaining some wisdom and clarity, I began to question that belief, and out of a desire to help others in a similar position, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands was born.

The work I create is often written for myself as a reminder in times of challenge. We all need reminders, including those who regard themselves as subject authorities or teachers, and that’s okay. No one is perfect. The goal is to find acceptance and compassion for ourselves within our imperfections. This is yet another way to find the calm within the chaos. ;)

What is your marketing plan?
Oh, there is a big plan indeed! As a self-published author I’m selling my book on my website http://www.beginwithin.ca/ and also on  Amazon for US and international buyers. I’ll be starting a video blog offering blogs and interviews which people can sign up for here. I’m big on social media and facilitate my Twitter and Facebook group pages to help spread the word about my work and appreciate others helping out in that regard. I have already begun to sell my books in stores locally which are listed on my website. And I’ll be doing author readings – my first one being an event at The Bay Bloor location of Chapters Indigo here in Toronto on July 27th.  The key is to spread the word through social media, word of mouth, and offer reviews on Amazon.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
My website Begin Within is the best place to learn more about me, and my projects. The best way to connect with me personally is through my Twitter account and my Facebook group. There, you can find out about events, contests, updates and all things Begin Within!

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
Find one person who completely believes in you and listen to them when you fall into self-doubt. I’m very fortunate to have had that one person in my life.

What’s in the future for you?
I’ll be attending the Los Angeles SCBWI book conference in August which I’m very much looking forward to. You can view my upcoming project page in Begin Within to see some of the upcoming projects I’m working on!




Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands 
Excerpt
By Tamara levitt


Leela loved to do yoga.
(Yay Yoga!)

She practiced each week with her best friend Lyle.
They could do all sorts of fancy poses.
Like downward dog,

Tree pose,

And cat pose.

But there was one pose that Leela couldn’t do.
She couldn’t do a headstand.

Each time Leela tried,
she counted…
1…2…3…
Then she swung her legs into the air and…
KERPLUNK!