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Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing


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* What is your working title of your book (or story)?

My Tales2Inspire series of books are titled: Tales2Inspire ~ The Emerald Collection.(Beyond Coincidence stories) Tales2Inspire ~ The Topaz  Collection.(Stories of Awakenings and Aha Moments), Tales2Inspire ~ The Sapphire Collection.(Stories that Echo In the Mind) and Tales2Inspire ~ The Ruby Collection.(Gifts of Compassion). Each book is filled with Inspiring Stories so they are somewhat related despite the theme differences.

* Where did the idea come from for these books?

To begin with, I simply enjoyed inspirational stories and believe the world needs more of them to counteract all the gloom and doom news we are bombarded with daily. But I also know there are many talented authors out there who never get the recognition they deserve. This has become my personal “Authors Helping Authors” project. I help give my Tales2Inspire winners quite a boost in establishing themselves as authors of talent. That feels really good on two accounts: I am spreading motivational stories around the world and I am helping other authors

* What genre do your books fall under?

Motivational stories, Inspiring stories

* Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Each book is filled with about fourteen different short stories, so there is no one actor to play all those parts. In some cases, I could only see the subject of the story playing that role. Who but Jen Bricker could play the role of the gymnast in No Such Word As Can’t? .Who but Winter Vinecki could play the role of the runner in Seven Marathons ~ Seven Continents. Then there are other stories that could be played by many Hollywood types. For  example, I could see Cuba Gooding type cast as the Karate champ in A Hard Hitting Lesson. 

* What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Stories of people (and even animals) who follow their hearts to better their lives and the lives of others, reverse damaging patterns of personal behavior and move on to more fulfilling, productive ways of giving and receiving.

* Will your book(s) be self-published or represented by an agency? I published all four of these Tales2Inspire books through Create Space.

* How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first book in this series, The Emerald Collection, took about one and one half years from start to finish. The others came a bit more quickly – 3 ½ years total for the first four books in this collection.

* What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s the easiest question for me to answer, because almost everyone says it for me: Chicken Soup For the Soul. The big difference is that each Tales2Inspire story contains original photos, which certainly add power and interest.

* Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote a few blog postings, actually about inspiring animals at first, and saw that they had generated a lot of interest. That’s how I began. The rest, as they say, is history.

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