Who’s That Indie Author? Miriam Hurdle

Author Name: Miriam Hurdle

Genre: Poetry and Children’s Books

Books: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude and Tina Lost in a Crowd

Brief Bio: I write poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and children’s stories. I’m retired after two years of counseling, fifteen years of teaching, and ten years of school administration. During my retirement, I enjoy gardening, painting, photography, and traveling, especially going to visit my granddaughters.

What got you started as a writer? After I finished college in Hong Kong, I wrote children’s books as part of my job in a literacy company. In 2016, I started blogging with the desire to share my cancer recovery journey. The blogging took me to write about my travel notes, flash fiction, gardening, and poetry. I compiled the poems written in two years to publish my first poetry collection.

What difficult experience has helped you as a writer? I think the ten years of my first marriage, the five years being separated from my daughter, and my cancer experience made me look at life differently and helped me as a writer.

Have you ever participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? If so, how many times and what was your experience? I have participated in the NaNoWriMo 2017, and the NaNoWriMo Camp in July 2020. November is not a convenient month for me to make a commitment to write every day because the Thanksgiving week is a family time. I completed the word count in 2017, but the last one-third of the story is messy. July is a better time to write, and I could use what I wrote in 2020.

What advice would you give a new indie author hoping to publish a book? My advice would be:

  1. Write what you’re passionate about and write freely,
    as if nobody will read it.
  2. Read aloud what you write to see if YOU like it.
  3. Take a few online writing courses to refresh your writing skills.
  4. Do research to get a bird’s eye view of writing, editing,
    publishing, and marketing.
  5. Have a good or professional editing of your book for the publication.

What has been the biggest challenge for you during Covid?  The biggest challenge during Covid was not being able to see my granddaughters. I missed being with my daughter for her childbirth for my second granddaughter. I didn’t see my younger granddaughter until she was eight months old. On my first visit, it took her several days to warm up with me. In fact, studies show that babies born during Covid take a while to get used to the social contact.

What are you reading right now? I’m reading my blogging friend Elizabeth Gauffreau’s new book Grief Songs: Poems of Love. I should be done reading it by the time this interview is posted.

Would you rather laugh or cry over a book? I would rather laugh over a book with a pleasant sense of humor. I have plenty of experiences that remind me of the tears.

Have you ever climbed a tree to read a book? I grew up in a city full of skyscrapers rather than trees, so I have never climbed a tree to read. I have had no experience of climbing trees.

Have you ever dropped a book in the tub, in a pool or in the ocean? I read Kindle books on my phone. I once left my phone in the pocket and put the jacket in the washer. It almost gave me a heart attack, not because of the books, but my contacts. It makes me very conscientious about holding a phone in the tub at home or in the spa at the gym.

Could you live in a tiny house? From childhood to young adult, I lived with my family in a tiny apartment in Hong Kong. After forty-some years of living in good sizes of houses, it would take a big adjustment to live in a tiny house.

What are the small things that make you happy? The smallest things are when my older granddaughter called me “grandma,” asking me to do things with her, and when my younger granddaughter warmed up with me and let me hold her.

Website and social media links:
Website/Blog: theshowersofblessings.com
Amazon Author Page: Miriam-Hurdle
Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle
Twitter: @mhurdle112
Facebook: Miriam-Hurdle-Author

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On YouTube today – a book I got in Germany, a long time ago!

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I’m on YouTube today showing you a book I got in Germany, a very long time ago on a family trip. Take a look!

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Joan Walsh Anglund, artist, poet and children’s book creator

Last week, I read that Joan Walsh Anglund passed away on March 9 at age 95. One of my favorite books as a young girl was A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. When I was in Kindergarten, I bragged that I could read it, and soon found myself at the front of the class at story time. I didn’t really know how to read it or anything else, but I knew most of the book by heart. I stumbled through a few pages, but the pictures carried us through and no one seemed to care. I like to think it was because the story and pictures are so nice.

A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You was published in 1958 and was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books that year.

You can read my review here and Anglund’s obituary in Publishers Weekly here.

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BC Mom’s Author Update: Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry

Welcome to Book Club Mom’s Author Update. Open to all authors who want to share news with readers. I recently caught up with Annika Perry, who has news about her new children’s book, Oskar’s Quest. Here’s what Annika has to say:

The year has started with a flourish of activity for me as I’ve published my first children’s book, Oskar’s Quest. I am still on an emotional high from the joy of seeing the book in print, reading the wonderful reviews and from the kind opportunities to promote the book.

Originally a story I created for my son, I was overjoyed to release it as a book after a year of rewrites / edits and working with a gifted illustrator. Oskar’s Quest acknowledges the fear that we all feel through the beautiful bird Oskar who is afraid of adventures yet one day finds himself on a mysterious island that needs his help!

As one reviewer writes: “Annika Perry captures the importance of caring for others, overcoming fears and making new friends. Young children are sure to relate as a fearful Oskar steps out of his comfort zone and embarks on a perilous journey in an effort to save a beautiful songbird and return happiness to an island where he’s been stranded during a fierce storm.”

One further exciting development this year has been the translation of Oskar’s Quest into German. As a fluent(ish) speaker I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the translator and we have now become firm friends.

Oskar’s Abenteuer was released this month, both in print and Kindle format, and it’s amazing to have two language versions out on sale of my children’s book.  A Swedish version will soon be ready for release … and there are requests for one in Spanish. Who knows!?

After a busy two months promoting online I am now looking forward to visiting schools and library events in the area … bringing Oskar and the story of his Quest directly to the intended audience, the children!

Annika Perry is a full-time writer, blogger and book reviewer. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The Storyteller Speaks, a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, was her debut book. Oskar’s Quest, a beautifully illustrated and enchanting children’s story, is her second published book. Annika Perry lives with her family in a small village in North Essex, England.

Website and social media links:
WordPress blog:  Annika Perry’s Writing Blog
Author Website:  annika-perry-author.com
Twitter: @AnnikaPerry68
Goodreads Author:  Annika Perry
Amazon Author Page: Annika Perry
LinkedIn: Annika Perry Author

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BC Mom’s Author Update: Author Roberta Eaton Cheadle announces publication of Through the Nethergate

Welcome to Book Club Mom’s Author Update. Open to all authors who want to share news with readers.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle announces the publication of Through the Nethergate, a Young Adult supernatural novel.

Here’s an author who has her feet in two very different worlds. You may know Robbie Cheadle from her popular blog, Robbie’s Inspiration, home of the Sir Chocolate book series for children. Robbie is an expert baker and her impressive fondant art appears throughout her books and on her blog. Each Sir Chocolate book includes a children’s story written in poetry form about the world of Sir Chocolate, and includes four or five recipes that children can make with adult supervision.

Cheadle runs a second blog called Roberta Writes, which is dedicated to the craft of adult horror and supernatural writing.

I recently caught up with this versatile writer, who told me how she branched into the horror and supernatural genre.

“I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life,” she explains. “At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6 pm in order to get a good night’s sleep, but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.”

In order to clearly differentiate her children’s books from her young adult and adult writing, this new body of work will be published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Her first young adult supernatural novel, Through the Nethergate, has recently been published.

What’s Through the Nethergate about? Here’s a quick peek:

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.

In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.

With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

Cheadle also has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre as well as three short stories published in Death Among Us, a collection of murder mystery short stories by 10 different authors and edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

In addition to Cheadle’s blogs, you can find her at these sites:

Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/
Twitter:  @RobertaEaton17
Facebook: @robertawrites

Cheadle’s books are available for purchase at TSL Publications and Lulu.com.

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On YouTube today – Books my kids loved – I can’t let go of them!

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Today on YouTube I’m talking about all the books we read to our kids when they were little. I still remember the lines from many and so does my family! Here are some of them. Come see what were our favorites. Do you have favorite children’s books that you can’t let go of?

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I just have one bin of books that I’ve saved, but I have another one full of puzzles! How many bins of books do you have?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Pamela S. Wight

Author name:  Pamela S. Wight

Genre:  Fiction (romantic suspense, women’s fiction) and children’s picture book

BooksThe Right Wrong Man, Twin Desires, Birds of Paradise; {In process: As Lovely as a Lie (fiction); Molly Finds Her Purr (picture book)}


When did you begin your writing career?  Beginning my “writing career” is different than beginning my “writing” (high school friends tell me I wrote stories in class, which I don’t remember!). My first job out of graduate school was as a writer/editor for a feminist newspaper called “New Directions for Women.” From there I became a medical editor for a medical publishing company, Slack, Inc., and then the editor/writer of medical journals and books. I savored creativity, though, and finally began writing short stories in the creative writing classes I began to teach 30 years ago (and still ongoing in the Boston and San Francisco areas).

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Oh, how I’d love to plan my plots. But my characters send me in all directions, and since they’re in charge, I’m a pantser.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I begin writing by 6 a.m., usually working on my blog or preparing lessons for the creative writing classes I teach. By 8, I’m ready to work on my next novel or children’s book. I break for exercise and household errands, then resume in the afternoon. But I always take a “reading” break during the day. William Faulkner said: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. . .”

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Most of the time I work at my computer; but I find that I love writing in long hand at times also. When I write in long hand I tend to not edit as quickly but to just let the writing flow. Then I edit the story or chapter when I type it into my computer file.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Green tea first, then an Earl Gray tea latte, then iced tea. I have my “tea routine.” :–)

Favorite book:  My favorite book is generally the one I’m reading at the moment. Currently, it’s Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind.  If I’m not engaged with a book within the first two chapters, I drop it back off at the library (or delete from my Kindle). Too many great choices out there to be stuck in one that doesn’t create great characters/setting/description/plot. I don’t read horror or psychological suspense – I get too involved….and scared.

Favorite movieGone with the Wind

Favorite musicians:  The Beatles, Beethoven.

Blog: roughwighting.net
Facebook:  facebook.com/roughwighting
Instagram: instagram.com/pam94920
Twitter: @pamelawight

Awards/special recognition:  My illustrated children’s book Birds of Paradise was a Finalist in the International Book Awards (for children’s literature); Certificate of Merit: Writer’s Digest Zine Publishing Competition.

I receive special recognition each time a reader picks up one of my books, reads it, and writes me (or writes a review) about how much she or he has enjoyed it. Makes my day!

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Who’s That Indie Author? Robbie Cheadle

Author name:  Robbie Cheadle

Genre:  Children, poetry and supernatural/horror for adults

Books:  The Sir Chocolate series of books for young readers (3 to 9 years): 1. Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries; 2. Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster; 3. Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees; 4. Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River; 5. Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Cave

The Sir Chocolate books are about a little man who lives in a world where you can eat everything, even the houses and the trees. I co-authored these books with my younger son, Michael. Sir Chocolate and his friend, Lady Sweet, have adventures together as various problems crop up in Chocolate Land such as the Baby Cookie Monster who has lost his mother and who is causing havoc while he searches for her and the Condensed Milk River which mysteriously dries up. The Sir Chocolate books are aimed at providing entertainment for parents and children and include simple recipes and biscuit art that children love making.

Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (8 to 10 years) is a story and includes step-by-step instructions on how to make fondant art figurines and flowers and five lovely party cake recipes and instructions.

While the Bombs Fell (9 years upwards) is a fictionalized autobiography of my mother’s life as a very young girl growing up in the English town during World War II. It includes a few authentic WWII recipes.

When did you begin your writing career?  I was first published in August 2016 and started writing a few years before that.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I have the basic story line in my head when I start and then I go from there. I suppose that makes me a bit of both as I go off in new directions when I start writing.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  Definitely morning, I am not a good night time person at all.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Long-hand? What is that? Just kidding, definitely I write on a computer.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Tea, I get up at 5 a.m. most days and make tea before I do anything else.

Favorite book:  The Shining by Stephen King (Adult) and Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (children)

Favorite movie:  I don’t watch movies or TV.

Favorite musician:  I like Queen (Freddie Mercury)

Social media links:
Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com
Goodreads Author Page: Robbie Cheadle
Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks
Twitter: @bakeandwrite

Awards/special recognition:  Word Weaver competition Honorable Mention for my children’s short story. Two short stories in Dark Visions, an anthology of horror stories which was a #1 Amazon best-selling book pre-Halloween.

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Book Talk – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Welcome to a new and occasional feature on Book Club Mom called Book Talk, home to quick previews of new and not-so-new books that catch my eye.

I read The Secret Garden many years ago and it’s a book I remember loving as a girl. Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it’s considered a children’s classic. First published in 1912, the story has been adapted to many film and stage versions, including a Broadway musical in 1991.

The Secret Garden is the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl living in India, whose family dies of cholera. Mary is sent to England to live with a widowed uncle on his large estate, where she is left by herself much of the time. Lonely and with few friends, Mary discovers a key to an abandoned walled garden and her life begins to change, as secrets about her uncle and his family are revealed.

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Image: Wikipedia

Burnett was a British novelist and playwright and, in addition to The Secret Garden, is the author of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885-6) and A Little Princess (1905). Burnett wrote constantly, as a young girl, and later to support her family. She was born in England in 1849, moved to America as a young woman, was married and divorced twice, had two sons and lived the last years of her life on Long Island, New York. She died in 1924 at age 74.

One of the BINGO squares on my Libraries Rock Summer Reading card is to read a children’s classic, so I chose The Secret Garden. I remember how good I felt when I first read this story, so I’m looking forward to feeling the same!

Have you re-read any of your childhood favorites?

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Who’s That Indie Author? Maighread MacKay

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Maighread Heffernan

Author name: Maighread MacKay

Genre: Metaphysical/Visionary/Paranormal Fiction

Book: Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage

Bio: Maighread MacKay is an author and Podcaster from Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), and the PRAC (Pine Ridge Arts Council).

Her publishing credits include three books for children:   Bedtime Treasures, The Mysterious Door and the Crystal Grove written under the name of Margaret Hefferman. Stone Cottage is was published in 2015 by Solstice Shadows Publishing. She was included in the 2015 Christmas Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas edition with her story “Being Santa”. Stepping Stones, an anthology of inspirational parables is to be released March 25, 2016 from Solstice Publishing.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Crafting the story to be told

Biggest challenge as an indie author: The rewriting and editing to make the story the best it can be

Favorite book: Oh, there are so many. I love the Harry Potter series, Dan Brown’s books. Norah Roberts. There are too many to pick just one!

Contact Information:
Website: Maighread MacKay, Author & Artist
Facebook: Author Maighread MacKay
Twitter: @maighreadmackay
Podcasts: iTunes and Podcasts.com

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