Somewhere in the deepest bowels of hell there sits an evil imp collecting royalties every time a frustrated human gives up trying to leave a comment on a blog because he can't decipher the garbled string of letters that is the CAPTCHA.
There, I said it. I hate the CAPTCHA.
The purpose of this mishmash of letters all crammed together so that it's impossible to tell "l o" from "b", or "m n" from "n m" (sometimes they're so garbled they no longer resembled anything close to the English alphabet), is supposedly to prevent spam -- to ensure the entity leaving the comment, or answering a poll question, is human. Well, I submit to you that only a machine can make heads or tails out of the majority of those compressed, squiggled, damnedable verification roadblocks.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Maribeth Graham, reader/writer
I am also an avid reader. I enjoy reading everything and try to stay up to date with all the books getting buzz or hitting the NY times best sellers lists. I have made it a goal to read more of the classics. I recently purchased Great Expectations which I am eager to read. Some of my favorite authors are Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Lois Duncan, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, Mitch Albom, Suzanne Collins, Jodi Piccoult, Shel Silverstein, S.E. Hinton (I guess you can say I have eclectic taste).
I have been blogging for about ten years. My current blog is titled Writing Like Crazy and can be visited at http://www.ninidee.wordpress.com
I can be found on Twitter @YolaRamunno
My publishing credits include -All You Magazine, Stories for Children Magazine, LCCC Annual Literary Magazine, Alien Skin and I once received payment from ABC studios for a short story about motherhood.
#1: This question was submitted by @lkhillbooks: If you have two books, both of which sound interesting and are the type of thing you generally read, how do you choose between the two? What are your deciding factors?
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Israel J Parker, Author
Israel Parker is the author of "The Anne Marie." The former Helicopter Rescue Swimmer for the Coast Guard penned his first novel "The Anne Marie" in 2011. He has noted that the book is an allegoric telling of some of his experiences in and out of the Coast Guard. The book has since sold thousands of copies and is required reading in a dozen schools.
About the book:
Newfoundlands are considered to be the most loyal breed of dogs. It is said that once one of the giant water-dogs bonds with a human, they can never bond with another. Atticus Stockton is a Newfoundland living in Wells, Maine with his master, John Stockton. Together, they make their living from the sea on their fishing boat the Anne Marie. The dog’s life is perfect- hot meals, good company, with a kind master and crew. One fateful day, Atticus’s life is turned upside down when a violent storm breaks apart and sinks their fishing boat in the seas off of Maine’s rocky coast.
The unforgiving storm takes the Newfoundland’s family away and leaves him emotionally and physically devastated with an uncharacteristic phobia of water. When no one from Atticus’s small town will take him in, he is forced into a dog pound in nearby Portland, Maine. There, in the confines of the pound, the big dog meets other interesting canines with stories of their own. As Atticus rests each night on the lonely concrete, he is haunted by vivid dreams of his once perfect world and its abrupt ending.
Can Atticus find a home and overcome his fears? If so, can he ever love another human again?
#1: You self-published your first book, The Anne Marie, last year. Tell us about that process, and why you decided to self-publish instead of going the traditional route.
The short answer is that I wanted the control that self-publishing offered. I had several agents interested; but in the end, I decided that I wanted to control every aspect of my work. I did a lot of research on publishing (part of the neuroses that makes me who I am) for the first go around.
#2: You are a Coast Guard Officer. First, let me thank you for your service. When I think of Coast Guard, I think of daring rescues, of heroes. What is the most dangerous thing you've ever done in your job?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
One of the original goals of 10 Questions was to interview not just authors, and aspiring authors, but readers. Without readers, authors would be left holding an empty bag. But how do we connect with our readers? How do we attract new readers? And most importantly, perhaps, how do readers select their next book? Meet Renee DeAngelo, Avid Reader.
In my free time, I read as much as I can. As mentioned earlier, I read an average of five books a week. The kindle is one of the best inventions ever (although my husband disagrees with that when he sees the bill each month). It doesn't get better than having all of those wonderful worlds created by writers right at my fingertips. The stories that interest me most are young adult fiction and adult romance (but there has to be a great story behind it, not just continuous love scenes). Many of my co-workers, friends, and family come to me for book suggestions because they know how much I enjoy everything about books.
#1: You mentioned in your bio that the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever. How do you find books for your Kindle? Explain your selection process. All of us indie writers need to know how to reach people like you.
It's hard work inspiring some of these students to want to read, but when that child who didn't raise their hand in the beginning of the year asks for free reading time or picks up a book without being prompted, it's totally worth it!
I have to say that all of your questions were totally awesome. I think you may have missed a calling as an interviewer. I guess the only thing I would hope you would ask is: "Would you be willing to come back and do another interview once your book is published?"
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Morgan Nyberg, author
Book site: http://www.morgan-nyberg.ca/
Two novels for younger readers: Galahad Schwartz and the Cockroach Army and Bad Day in Gladland. Three novels for adults: El Dorado Shuffle, Mr. Millennium and Since Tomorrow. Also: a book of poetry in the form of a play for 4 voices, The Crazy Horse Suite.
#2: Sales aside, do you have a favorite among the novels you've published?
El Dorado Shuffle was my first adults’ novel, set in the Andes Mountains, where I spent a couple of years in the 1980s. It is very different from my most popular book, Since Tomorrow. The story is narrated in the first person by its emotionally complex protagonist, Mac McKnight, who is fueled, in the words of the Amazon description, by “…guilt, anger, reckless courage, love, alcohol.” (There is more about Mac on my blog at http://goo.gl/33LI5 ) The tone of El Dorado Shuffle is ironic, the humour dark. Somehow I managed to create a wild and poetic story that blends sadness and humour.
#3: Since Tomorrow is among my list of all-time favorite books, and I've read a lot of books. How long did it take you to write it, and how different was the final draft from the first?