Who’s That Indie Author? Sarah Woodard

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Author name:  Sarah Woodard

Genre:  Children’s Lit

BookAdri’s Big Dream

Bio:  Sarah Woodard is a writer and shaman. She hopes to inspire children and adults to reach for their dreams through her writing. Sarah is a freelance writer for a variety of businesses and publications, fulfilling a life-long dream to be a writer. She lives in Nashua, NH with her cats. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys hiking, crafts and putting her personal touch on her home.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Using my creativity and love of words to inspire others

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  As kid, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. Now, any and all mysteries, but especially Agatha Christie.

Contact Information:
Website: Sarah Woodard – Author
Facebook:   @sarahwoodardauthor


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Who’s That Indie Author? Brigid P. Gallagher

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Author name:  Brigid P. Gallagher

Genre:  Memoir

Book:  Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow

Bio:  Brigid was a natural medicines therapist and teacher for 20 years. She facilitated classes for community projects, prisons, and women’s groups in Scotland and Ireland, including self-healing classes for Stirling University Open Studies and Summer Schools from 1993 to 1999. In 1999, she relocated to Donegal, Ireland the home of her ancestors. Brigid succumbed to a mystery illness in 2003 that was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia. She retrained in organic horticulture and taught this subject in schools until recently.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I write about the topics I love, and hope to inspire others on their self-healing journey.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing and book promotion.

Favorite bookThe Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Contact Informationwatchingthedaisies.com

Awards/special recognition:  Blog shortlisted in 2016 Ireland Blog Awards


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Who’s That Indie Author? Robert L. Ruisi

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Author name:  Robert L. Ruisi

Genre:  nonfiction, fiction, children’s and adult

BooksTurning Point – A Pathway out of the Fog of Alzheimer’s, The Hitchhiker, The Unknown Stories, The Green Book

             

Bio: I did not start writing stories until I became ill with Alzheimer’s disease. I am not sure what it was, a need to write my memoirs or just the way the disease struck me, but I was on fire writing stories and ended up writing about 70 short stories. The stories were mostly about childhood and then, as things changed, I was writing more adult until I wrote Turning Point – A Pathway out of the Fog of Alzheimer’s, my next to last book. I am grateful and feel blessed. I have had one doctor hold up my book stating that it is a “must read,” and another doctor verified I’ve beaten the disease!

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I have expressed myself in many ways music, art, designing of costume jewelry and clothing and now writing. I fully enjoy the freedom of expression that writing offers.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  As an indie author trying to get the word out about your newest book can be a daunting task. Marketing is the make or break it for any indie author.

Favorite booksThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Contact Information:
Facebook:  @hope4AlzheimersDisease
Facebook:  Robert L Ruisi
I am available for speaking engagements:  (732) 343-4571


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Who’s That Indie Author? Robert DeAngelis

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Author name:  Robert DeAngelis

Genre:  Fiction

BookAnno Domini

Bio:  I have worked in a variety of Social Services positions during my career. The last fifteen years I have worked in Student Services in a public school system. I am married with two children. Hobbies include old cars and fast motorcycles.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Expressing interesting thoughts in a way that may be relevant and compelling to your readers.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: It’s a rat race. Hurdles and challenges are never-ending. The process forces you to decide just how important to you, the delivery of your story really is.

Favorite books: The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Iliad by Homer, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. So many though…I listed the first titles that emerged into my awareness.

Contact Information:
Amazon author page:  Robert DeAngelis.
Facebook:  @A.D.ageofIa
email:  dean286@comcast.net.

Awards/special recognition: Anno Domini is my first release. I am still waiting for the accolades. LOL


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Who’s That Indie Author? Linda Smolkin

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Author name:  Linda Smolkin

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction

BookAmong the Branded (May 2017)

Bio:  Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an ad agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Letting my imagination go wild. Oh, and writing dialogue!

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Finding enough time to do everything. I have a full-time job, so all of the writing and business aspects of being an indie author have to be done on the side. But, meeting my goal of becoming a published novelist has been really great—except for the dark circles!

Favorite book:  So many wonderful books to choose from, but if I could only choose one, it would be: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @lindasmoklin
Website:  lindasmolkin.com
Goodreads Author:  Linda Smolkin
Among the Branded on Amazon

Awards/special recognition:  San Francisco Book Review rated Among the Branded 4.5 out of 5 stars, and in their review wrote, “This is a beautiful and fascinating novel that will keep readers hooked.”


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Who’s That Indie Author? Kathleen Doler

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Author name:  Kathleen Doler

Genre:  Crossover Fiction: Literary, Crime and Action/Adventure

BookTHE HOOK: Surfing to Survive a Shattered Family, Drugs, Gangs and the FBI

Bio:  I was raised on the coast of Northern California. I’m an author, journalist and adventure sports addict. I write for national newspapers and magazines on everything from business and finance to helicopter skiing, sea kayaking and scuba diving. I also travel extensively, mostly to wild places, often while pursuing sports that have the potential to maim me. I own a wardrobe of wetsuits and a closet full of Gor-tex.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to tell stories that touch people. I’ve enjoyed working as a journalist, but in business journalism you have to shelve the emotion. Now that my first novel, THE HOOK, is out, I get to experience how different readers connect with various pieces of the story.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  I have to pump myself up to remain upbeat every day in my efforts to promote THE HOOK and build my readership and distribution network one contact at a time. As a self-published author, it’s all on me. But I’m a journalist; tenacity is part of my DNA. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised and gratified at how other authors have shared information, opportunities and advice.

Favorite booksDamage, by Josephine Hart, is my all-time favorite. I love how she can just gut the reader with a short sentence or phrase. For the rest of my top five: I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb, The Wave by Susan Casey, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.

Contact Information:
Website:  kathleendoler.com
Facebook: @kathleendolerauthor
Twitter: @kathleendoler

Awards/special recognition:  THE HOOK now has 43 5- and 4-star reviews on Amazon. Also, in May THE HOOK was named a “Finalist 2017, Action-Adventure,” by the National Indie Excellence Awards. And Blueink Review gave THE HOOK a “STARRED” review and named it a “Notable Book of 2017.”

This editorial review made me swoon: “In THE HOOK, the pace is swift, the plot is involving, and character development is thorough … Plus, there is a lyrical, almost mystical homage to surfing, sailing, and the sea itself. Participants in this tale are never far from its enticing allure.” — Joe Kilgore, the US Review of Books.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Anatoly Volynets

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Author name: Anatoly Volynets

Genre:  Philosophical Diary

BookCulture vs. Copyright

Bio:  Volynets is a psychologist, educator, scholar, former programmer, co-founder of the software consulting Total Knowledge (California) and NGO Dialogue of Cultures XXI (Kiev, Ukraine). He is a research fellow at the Ukrainian National Institute of Psychology, and a participant in The School of the Dialogue of Cultures project. Volynets lives in Palo Alto, California.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  While writing you always have an interlocutor able to understand you.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  All classics, many books on history, on the US history particularly. Out of latter I adore, for example, Ann Hagedorn’s Savage Peace.

Contact Information: cvc.culturedialogue.org

Awards/special recognition:  Nothing special happened to me and my book. There were some modest achievements. Culture vs. Copyright was: 1. Bought by The Queen Mary University of London library; 2. Nominated by Book Awards / Philosophy in 2015; 3. Accepted by Barnes & Noble; 4. Written about at Wikipedia.


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Six months of indie authors: Who’s That Indie Author? Jan-Jun 2017

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Indie authors are hard at work, writing, publishing and spreading the news about their books. These author profiles represent a wide variety of genres, author interests and provide a closer look at the challenges indie authors face. What’s the number one challenge? Hands down, it’s marketing.

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Many indie authors hold full-time jobs and they fit their writing and marketing in whenever they can. Obtaining reviews, shares, retweets and mentions is the ultimate reward for endless efforts on social media.

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So let’s help these writers out. Get to know the names highlighted below. Share their titles, follow them on WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Pick a title that catches your interest and post a review on your blog, on Amazon and Goodreads. Tweet about the indie books you like and help open readers’ eyes to great stories and thrilling reads!



Who’s That Indie Author? Nicholas Nash – 1/4/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  JD Estrada – 1/12/17



Who’s That Indie Author?  Debbi Mack – 1/31/17



Who’s That Indie Author?  Tammie Painter – 2/7/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Kathryn Occhipinti, M.D. – 2/14/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  A. H. Amin – 3/8/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Marc D. Crepeaux – 3/14/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Sojourner McConnell – 3/21/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Teri Polen – 3/28/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  M.L. Ruscsak – 4/4/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Eliot Parker – 4/13/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Glen Craney – 4/24/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Kristen Hansen Brakeman – 5/2/17


Who’s That Indie Author? Joseph Ferguson – 5/9/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Laura Simmons – 5/16/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Suzette D. Harrison – 5/24/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Tonya Coffey – 6/1/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Glenn Maynard – 6/10/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Yvonne deSousa – 6/16/17


Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna Altomara – 6/23/17


Who’s That Indie Author?  Sue Coletta – 6/27/17


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Who’s That Indie Author? Sue Coletta

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Author name:  Sue Coletta

Genre:  Psychological Thriller/Mystery

BooksCleaved, Marred, Wings of Mayhem

          

Bio:  Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is a multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue co-hosts the Blog Talk Radio show “Partners in Crime.” She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Witnessing readers’ reactions to my stories

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Marketing

Favorite books:  My all-time favorite book is Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Other favorites include Pressure Points and Bait and Switch by Larry Brooks.

Contact Information:
Website: suecoletta.com
Goodreads Author Sue Coletta
Amazon Author Sue Coletta
Facebook:  @SueColetta1
Twitter: @SueColetta1
YouTube:  Crime Writer Sue Coletta

Awards/special recognition:  Best Author in Crime, Mystery, Heist


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Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna Altomara

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Author name:  Deanna Altomara

Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy/Science Fiction

Books: Ageless, Pi

     

Bio:  Fascinated by reading and writing from a young age, Deanna Altomara has dreamed of publishing her own novel since the fourth grade. She is the published author of two middle-grade fantasy novels, Ageless and Pi. While she is working on a sequel to Pi, she takes frequent breaks to try new foods, go hiking, and embroider.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  I love being able to create worlds and journey through them. I long to live all the lives I never got the chance to, and writing allows me to do that.

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  The most difficult thing about self-publishing is self-promotion. Besides being slightly awkward, it’s very time-consuming. It’s very hard to balance a steady stream of advertising and outreach with work and daily life.

Favorite books:  I honestly have to pick Harry Potter! Those books filled my life with new color and potential, and that’s something I want to replicate in my own work. I also love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, as well as a few classics like Gone With the Wind and Dracula.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @DeannaAltomara
Instagram @deannaaltomara
Facebook: Deanna Altomara @authordeannaaltomara
Goodreads Author Deanna Altomara
Website: deannaaltomara.biz.ly

Awards/special recognition:  Future Problem Solving International, Best On-site Writer Award;

Future Problem Solving International, 2nd Place Scenario; Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Finalist; Outdoor Writers of America, 2nd Place Poem


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