Author Interview: Ginny Karoub

8 02 2013

This week we are interviewing Ginny Karoub about her works. Ginny Karoub is a children’s author, publisher, and is currently working on a YA novel.

What makes a good story?

For me, an inspired story is always good.  When something comes from the heart, it can always touch another heart. When reading, if the story and characters can reach out and touch the reader, you have a very good story. Reading a book is not just reading, but it can be a wonderful life changing experience.

What attracted you to writing stories for children?

When I was thinking of ‘writing a book’ one day, I would never have thought of writing books for children. But when I sat down to write that is what came to me. Oliver and Arthur, my very first book, literally flew into my head one early morning. My attraction is making reading fun for children. I loved reading to my children and I do believe a love for reading happens in your youth. I love creating colorful, fun stories to be read again and again.

What do your children think about your books?

My children, especially my daughters, the readers, love my books. They are my greatest fans.

Why did you decide to tell the story Mulberry Lane from the point of view of a pine tree?

Mulberry Lane was born from the publisher of Oliver and Arthur asking me for a Christmas manuscript for children. I sat down and typed, ‘There once was a little pine tree..’ then nothing came to me. After a day or two, I went back to my office and looking out the window at the huge snowflakes coming down, Mulberry Lane was born. It was no longer a manuscript for a book for children, but a book the whole family could enjoy. I was blessed with the whole story right at that moment in my office. The pine tree stayed special throughout because that was what I first typed.

Which character from Mulberry Lane is your favorite?

I love them all, it took courage to do what each did. We don’t always do what we should, due to fear or embarrassment. But, I will have to say Melissa is my favorite. In her loss she still moved forward in faith. And by doing so, she was used to bless many other people.

Can you tell us about your Young Adult Novel, Lilliana?

Lilliana is a wonderful, inspired story. The book and character’s are really coming to life. Lilliana is sixteen and has a ‘big purpose’ in her high school. God is using her to help several students. Her father is the pastor of the local church. He is suffering from a great loss, and it is affecting him more than he wants to admit as a man and a pastor. Lily doesn’t realize it yet, but she has a purpose in his life also. How does a teenager trying to figure out her own life, help others? In Lilliana, the bigger picture is in place… there is always a purpose and sometimes the past can be changed with a miracle.

Which of your books was the most difficult to write?

 Looking Through the Water, my first novel, had to be the best experience and the most difficult to write. It was difficult in the way, that it became so real, I had to write with tears in my eyes many times. I experienced what, Author Steven King, has taught about and that is, you have never experienced writing until one of your character’s speaks to you. I experienced that with, Looking Through the Water. What was so great to me, it was not the main character, but one of the other important character’s asking me for a second chance. My character’s second chance changed the outline ending. I had something else in mind for the ending but I was questioning it. The change in the book, for my character, made the book so much better. It was true inspiration at its greatest. My ‘difficult’ was a moving experience I am so glad I had.

I heard you are starting your own publishing company. What sort of books are you planning on publishing?

I started, Turn the Page Publishing because the publisher of my book, Adventures With Samantha Fellows, The Big Move! had to close their doors due to the economy. I did not want to lose the book, so  at the advice of another publisher of one of my books, I started my own to get the book re-published.  At this time I am only publishing my book but who knows in the future, I may want to take on a book or two! A good point to point out here is, I am making an author name change on my books. Over the next few months my books second printings are going to happen, so I am going to use, Ginae Lee Scott as my author name. Please find me there also.

What are your upcoming projects?

Lilliana is in the writing process and almost done. Munchkin, the Baby Vampire, is in the illustration process. What a cute book for children. Munchkin is adorable and he is learning not to bite. I am at the beginning of gathering the stories for, “I Wish I Had Known” a non-fiction book of ‘after’ the abortion. This book is on a very touchy subject but I felt very led to tell it. The response so far is overwhelming! I have women lining up to tell their stories. Some have even thanked me because they believe this is the start of their healing. I have been so touched and blessed in this project already and I am just starting it. I am starting another Adventures with Samantha soon too!

Where can we buy your books?

Amazon, Kindle and other finer bookstores. I also have them at my website’s online store.

Learn More about Ginny Karoub here:

http://ginaeleescott.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ginaeleescott

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ginaeleescott

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Author Interview: Jilll Malone

25 01 2013

Hello, Readers!

This week we have interview Jill Malone about her upcoming title Giraffe People which will be out in May, 2013 by Bywater Books. It is a fantastic read about adolescence, rock and roll, love and army life.

1.  What makes a good story?

I prefer character-driven stories with tension and subtlety. Jack Gilbert called it the engine. Is the engine big enough for this story? What kind of engine does this story have? I’m a sucker for grace – for stories that redeem the character(s) in some way. I don’t mean spiritually, but I am talking about soul. Why is this story told with these characters? The story needs to feel surprising, and inevitable. I have to want things with them, and for them. I have to buy in to their conflict in some way. It’s not important to me to like the characters; I’d rather they be recognizable than likeable. I read to be compelled.

2. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve been writing stories since I remember holding a pencil. I grew up with Bible stories and Shakespeare. My mother read Jane Austen, and bought me piles of mythology stories – Greek, Roman, South Pacific, Norse. My parents read me an odd mix of Southern American writers and English writers, and when I listened to my father’s sermons, I realized they were stories, too. In elementary school I wrote plays for all my friends, and printed newspaper sheets to entertain them. It was more fun to invent news than report actual happenings.

3. How did you come up with the title Giraffe People?

For a while, I wasn’t sure what to call it, but Cole describes her family as Giraffe People early in the manuscript, and it seemed so perfect. They are these strange lumbering creatures — familial and foreign, wandering and tribal. And it allowed for the beautiful awkwardness of Cole herself.

4.  How much of the military life presented in Giraffe People is based off of personal experience?

My father was an Army chaplain for twenty years – he retired when I graduated from high school. The military details are true to my experience as a military brat. I combined the bases at Fort Monmouth and Oahu to allow for richer details and to help camouflage real people. I read this amazing story, Dog Heaven, by Stephanie Vaughn, and it seemed to me that the experience of military dependents was this trove that had rarely been explored.

5. Does Cole’s band, Doggy Life, survive her move to Hawaii?

Probably not, but I imagine something else will find her. The islands are filled with alluring music, and she has learned that new sounds are out there and it’s important to seek them.

6.  Where did the idea for the word lists come from? 

My family did sponsor cadets when I was in school at Fort Monmouth, and the cadets had these awful vocabulary lists they’d bring over to the house. It seemed like the ideal way to allow for a private conversation between Cole and Meghan as well as Cole and the reader. And you get to see how Cole’s mind works in ways that the narrative doesn’t necessarily allow.

7.  Sex and the loss of innocence is a recurring theme in Giraffe People– is there a message you want the reader to grasp about sex?

Sex is a recurring theme in everything I write. I think I’m trying to take sex and shame apart — to separate them so that I can see each clearly. Initially, for Cole, sex seems almost an empirical experience, but that changes as the story progresses, and that’s the part I love. I love that sex unfurls. That it seems, at first, to be one shape, but is, in fact, many.

8. Music is such an important influence in Cole’s life- what is your ultimate play list?

Oh! I love this question. I’ve just been listening to a lot of Jazz because Dave Brubeck died, and so there’d be horns and piano and drums. Duets with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. There’d be Ramones, and CCR, and Fiona Apple. There’d be Spanish guitar, and Florence and the Machine. The National, Gillian Welch, Arcade Fire, Metric, Santigold, Jack White, Loretta Lynn. There’d be old country and punk and club-kid music from the 80s and Bikini Kill and Warpaint and djembe and all sorts of weird stuff.  If we could dance to it, we’d play it.

9.  Which of your characters would you like to have dinner with and why?

I’d like to have dinner with Jane from Red Audrey and the Roping, and Cole from Giraffe People. I feel like those two would have a lot to talk about and I could just sit and observe them. We’d eat Island food and watch the tide and drink beer from green bottles.

10.  When will Giraffe People be published?

Giraffe People is due out in May, 2013.

11.  Can you tell the readers about your other books?

Red Audrey and the Roping is a story about self. About self-injury and self-forgiveness.

A Field Guide to Deception is a story about family. About the kind of honesty it takes to live in a family and function.

In different ways, I think my first two novels are love stories. It just takes time to get there. Sometimes lifetimes.

12.  Where can my readers buy your books?

My books are available through my publisher’s site: www.bywaterbooks.com, on Amazon.com and at your local, independent retailer. They’re available in print and e-books.

Check out Jill Malone and her awesome book, Giraffe People at the following links:

http://www.jillmalone.com

http://www.facebook.com/jillamymalone

http://www.twitter.com/jill_malone





Book Review Promotional: The Dawn Herald

29 11 2012

On Saturday, November 30th, Charles Henry Editing will be reviewing The Dawn Herald by LB Mara.

From Amazon.com

“Charis is a solitary child. Everyone suspects that her mother, Isolde, is a witch. Both have magical powers they hide from their ordinary, stuffy neighbours. But when Charis begins to glow brightly at night, Isolde has no choice but to tell her that they hail from another world entirely – and that without Charis’s powers their world will vanish from existence.
The Dawn Herald is a tale of fantastical creatures, broadswords and battles, princesses and angels, ancient evil and extraordinary bravery.”

http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Herald-Three-Worlds-ebook/dp/B005ZSR866

You can buy LB Mara’s book: The Dawn Herald here:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/256302

Learn more about LB Mara here:

http://www.thedawnherald.blogspot.com.

Happy reading and we’ll see you Saturday, December 1st for the full review.





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28 11 2012

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Correction Line: A Book Review.

24 11 2012

Charles Henry Editing has started a weekly book review and the debut novel Correction Line has started us off strong.

I’ll admit it; I do not like most books. As a professional editor reading for enjoyment is difficult because it is my job to pick apart a book and correct the flaws. Correction Line quickly ameliorated my fears and took me on a wild ride across the American west to find what connected a duo of hit men, a spiritual hippie, and a traveling book salesman as they crisscrossed the barren recesses of the American landscape. The book was gritty and violent without being crass. The rugged, craggy nature of the landscape was realistic and beautiful. The characters were lovable in their loneliness and I couldn’t help but want to follow their respective journeys to the end.

This book is about enjoying the many disparate journeys’ converging after many missed connections. So, if you want to know to always know where you’re headed and what is happening Correction Line will be difficult to digest. Half the time, I could not easy identify how things were going to work out; and was continually disappointed when the characters didn’t connect in the way I had thought they woul

What made me keep reading? The beauty of the writing.  Underlying the violent, lonely images is an undercurrent of romanticism. Like when watching a Clint Eastwood movie, you come to watch the violence; you stay to watch whether the hero will get the girl. In this case, I was curious to watch the intimate relationship between Lucy and Roy unfolds. I was drawn to the charismatic, dangerous and oddly soothing personality of the primary antagonist, Dave. I wanted to understand what was happening just like the characters did and that is the most brilliant element of Correction Line.  Craig Terlson’s genius is that the reader is a character in the book- we get to go on a journey, we get to try to figure it out what is going on, and we get to feel the disappointment of a missed connection, and the triumph when things finally work out the way we wanted.

Is the story perfect? No, just like any road trip there are confusing moments, stretches of narration that are long and arduous, and there is always the nagging feeling of wanting to get to the destination. Sometimes the reader is left wondering ‘what is the point of the story?’ If you can suspend your desire to know the destination and just resign yourself to enjoy the ride, this is one road trip you won’t want to miss.





Promotional: Correction Line, A Book Review

21 11 2012

This Saturday, Charles Henry Editing is launching a weekly book review series! Our first book is Correction Line by Craig Terlson.

Craig Terlson’s fiction has appeared in Carve, Hobart, Smokelong Quarterly, Bound Off, 3:AM, Slow Trains Literary and many other literary journals in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Correction Line is Terlson’s first novel,  and it looks like a doozy.

Here is a brief description of Correction Line from Amazon.com:

If not for the sharp curves of prairie correction lines, grid roads would converge into one point. When encyclopedia salesman Roy Blake meets Lucy, an ex-palmist living in a secluded house, he hits a different sort of curve. After a failed sales visit, Roy returns to find the house trashed and her dog tied up in the basement. Just as he discovers a shelf of glowing mason jars, two men carrying shotguns arrive and start smashing furniture upstairs. Before the men can flush him out of the basement, a chemically induced explosion levels the house and Roy barely escapes. Lucy pulls Roy into a world of bowling hustlers, Cuba-loving assassins, strange healing liquids, and guys that take baseball way too seriously. Curve balls meet curved roads, and Roy hits a correction line that will drive him toward a man who controls an entirely different salesforce.

If you’d like to read Correction Line go to:

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Promotional: Author Interview with writing duo, Wodke Hawkinson.

19 11 2012

This Friday, November 23rd, Charles Henry editing is interviewing writing duo: Karen Wodke and PJ Hawkinson! This writing duo has produced twelve works together and several solo works. We will be asking them about their writing process; their two newest books: Zeke, and, Tangerine.

‘Zeke is a dark novel of sexual obsession, psychological manipulation, and looming peril.

A naive college student falls for the new clerk at a local store. Captivated by his brooding good looks and menacing but irresistible charisma, she leaves herself wide open for exploitation and agrees to leave town with him. As they travel, his behavior grows more deviant and increasingly volatile.

Her parents’ concern leads them to hire a small-town PI, who begins his inquiry with only two objectives: first, to verify that her departure is voluntary, and second to ascertain her whereabouts. A simple case; however, he soon finds himself locked into a chase to save her life. Will he find her in time or will she become another victim of a cunning sociopath?’

Sounds good, right? If you would like to read Zeke 

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A description of  Tangerine by Wodke Hawkinson

Tangerine is a novel set in a future time where long distance space travel is commonplace and aliens are a natural part of society. A story of an interstellar biologist who explores the wild orange beauty of the planet, Tangerine, and discovers she is the heir to a device of great power. As she and her furry companion take to the stars, she is pursued not only by an evil collector but also by a romantic rogue!

To learn about Zeke, Tangerine, and the rest of their books visit their website http://wodke-hawkinson.com. If you need more reading suggestions make sure to check out http://findagoodbooktoread.com/ where they discuss good books to read with their readers.

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