WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Hugh Fritz’s Novel “Made to be Broken”

Hello BookWorms;

This month’s contribution to the tour is an interview with author Hugh Fritz. Mr. Fritz will discuss genies, writing as a profession, and advice for future (female) writers. As always, make him feel welcome, ask lots of questions, and comment all you want.

The next blog book tour, BookWorm will be participating in is for author Jackie Rod’s book Georgia Stories on my Mind in January (25th) and February (8th). It sounds like it might be an anthology series. So I look forward to reading it, interviewing her, and reviewing it for you.

Here’s my interview with Mr. Fritz:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

I chose all-powerful Genies as main characters to make setting up the suspense more challenging. I purposefully overpowered them by giving them rapid healing, exceptional speed and strength, and to top it all off, magical powers. All those things made it difficult to come up with a villain capable of threatening them physically, which provided motivation to develop them internally. The story progresses because the Genies have a strong attachment to people who do not share their abilities. I feel like this gave the story more depth, and helped readers connect with the characters, whether they were Genies or ordinary people.

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

Writing has been a fun way to research topics that I probably would normally not consider looking into. Even when working on a fantasy novel I try to base some of it on reality. While working on this story, the character who gave me the most to research was Soleil. I spent a lot of time looking into how different toxins affect people, although I tried to avoid getting too technical when working them into scenes where he poisoned people.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

If you’re like me you have a lot of story ideas and are worried you will never have time to write them all, or are not sure which one to write first. Instead of treating each idea as its own story, you might want to consider mashing them together. If you like crime dramas, try imagining a character from one story being considered a suspect for a something that happened in another, or if you’re into young adult novels, try having two characters find out they go to the same school.

I considered this while reading J.A. Konrath’s books. Once in a while his characters make a phone call to someone in a different book that he wrote. It made his books more interesting so I tried doing something similar. I enjoy writing action scenes so I thought about what a fight between my Genies and characters in some of my other stories would look like. It was so much fun that I introduced two new characters in the epilogue of Made to Be Broken. (So technically this series is a crossover, but it consists of material that was never released). I feel like this was the right decision because if I did not write about the Old Ticker now I probably never would have gotten to him later, and my initial idea for Inspector R.E.D. was not nearly as exciting as Mystic Rampage. Time can be difficult to manage, and sometimes the only way for a character to see the light of day is to throw them into another universe.

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your

website(blog)?

I would like to give a shout-out to other authors who have been critiquing my work and without them I would not be published.

Suicidals Are the True Believers by Sean P. Hall is available on Amazon. It’s a futuristic science fiction novel that is disturbing and twisted, but in a good way.

Marie Parks is working on an urban fantasy called The Grigori Books which is expected to be published soon. You can Google her name and the word “Grigori” for more information.

Soul Crossing is a web comic by Mia Casesa and can be found on Web Toons. She has been working on the artwork and the text for a long time and it is a fantastic story.

About Hugh Fritz:

Find out more about Hugh at his great website: http://www.hughfritz.com/

 ·         Print Length: 264 pages

·         Publisher: Golden Word Books (May 5, 2019)

·         Publication Date: May 5, 2019

·         ISBN-10: 1 948749432

WOW (Women of Writing) Blog Book Tour for Antoinette Truglio Martin’s “Hug Everyone You Know “

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Hello BookWorms;

Today is my third leg of my participation in WOW”s (Women on Writing) blog book tour for Antoinette Truglio Martin’s Hug Everyone You Know. This book is an excellent read click on the picture above to hear my thoughts about it.

The remaining dates for Mrs. Martin’s tours are:

November 3rd @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

Visit Lindsey’s blog today and you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

 November 4th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post about keeping a positive mindset during a health crisis.

https://strength4spouses.blog

 November 5th @ Life Like a Galaxy Girl

Be sure to visit Alanna’s blog where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

 November 6th @ 12 Books

Stop by Louise’s blog again where you can Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post featuring 5 books to keep you motivated during difficult times.

http://www.12books.co.uk

 November 8th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Stop by Anthony’s blog where you can read his review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s touching book Hug Everyone You Know
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com

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Hug Everyone You Know 
is now available to purchase on
 Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and  IndieBound.

 

As always, make Mrs. Martin feel welcome, ask as many questions as you like.  And comment all you want.

Love y’all  ❤️❤️❤️
Anjanette Potter
aka
AdamsRib 

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Antoinette Truglio Martin’s “Hug Everyone You Know “ (week 2)

Hello BookWorms;

This is the second leg of BookWorm’s participation WOW’S blog book tour for Antoinette Truglio Martin’s Hug Everyone You Know. Today’s post is a double feature of a guest post and interview so you get read Ms Martin’s thoughts in her words.

The guest post topic is “5 Tips for Writing Your Memoir”. In it, Ms. discusses time management, accountability, and direction.

In our interview, we discuss how she arrived at the subject matter, her decision to become a writer, and her advice to future writers (especially women). Make her feel welcome like you always do, ask lots of questions, and comment all y’all want. Be blessed.

The Guest Post

Five Tips For Writing Your Memoir

 You decided to write a memoir chronicling your life experiences. You have a compelling story ready to tell. You know the story so well. You have talked about it and retold it for so long. The only problem is writing it. There are a million and one strategies that profess a tried and true method to write a memoir. I have found a few that worked for me when I wrote Hug Everyone You Know. 

1. Carve out time in your day dedicated to your memoir project. Use the time to research (there is always research), organize your workspace and notes, and actually write. I am in awe of writers who can spend six to eight hours each day writing. My personal life and attention span do not allow for that amount of time expenditure, so I am thrilled if I get an hour here, 45 minutes there. No matter your time restraints, know that if you are driven the memoir will get written, eventually.
2. Beginning your memoir with action. I learned that a good story always starts with a dynamic scene. Identify the active hook that can bring readers into your story by page one. Background information and details could be woven within the memoir as the story progresses.
3. Keep your voice consistent, yet readable. Although the story is your story told in your cadence and lilt, it must be understandable. I find reading my work out loud to be very helpful. While writing my memoir, I could be heard reading the text over and over. If it doesn’t sound fluent, it will not read smoothly. 
4. Set up an outline or timeline. A visual line of events helps keep scenes in order. There are several apps and software that provide templates and cues to optimize outlining. I am stuck in a dark ages skill set and prefer paper, pen, and Post-it notes. Organization will help move your story along and to an end.
5. Find writing buddies. Writing is a lonely business. Fellow writers, who are just as dedicated to the craft, can be your strongest assets when writing. While composing my memoir, My group included three women working on separate book projects. We met every two to three weeks to share our progress and writing angst. I could not have finished my memoir without them. Fellow writers with kind critiques and fresh insights will help develop your story to be the best it can ever be.

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

During the first year of breast cancer treatment, I journaled all of my rage, angst, gratitude, and plans. I corresponded with my family and friends (My Everyone) through emails so I would not have to hear or say those cancer words any more than necessary. I thought that once I had completed treatment, I would write a memoir. It would be a whimsical tale complete with humor and a happy ending (I survived). For years, I took out the journal and collection of emails, then abandon the whole project. There was too much fear and I did not want to relive it. I was healthy, bit wiser, and happy to live my life without that menace. 

Then, within five years, I was re-diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. This is the forever type that eventually kills the body. I was really scared. I resurrected the journal and emails and began the memoir journey. While reading back over my journal and emails, and writing, I began to see that I really was brave because of the incredible love and support from My Everyone. They made sure I was going to be part of the life story.  Because of My Everyone, I was brave enough to write the memoir.

As I was writing and sharing excerpts, I was given kind and constructive feedback. Many exclaimed that this was a story that needed to be told. This was a story that was important. It could offer so much hope to so many. It was not only for women with breast cancer. It spoke to all women, men, and the families and friends who have been touched by cancer. I hoped that my book gives others hope and courage to reach out to their communities and live a life full of stories.

 

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

I cannot claim that I am a professional writer since I have not been able to quit the day job to write full time. As a child I had always said I wanted to be a writer when I grow up—still do.

 Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

Keep writing.  Make writing part of your identity. Find a group of like minded writers and be sure to share and read each other’s work. Go to a conference. Hone the craft.

 

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

I am always working on something. Currently, I am collecting family stories. My website, Stories Served Around The Table (www.antoinettetrugliomartin.com), features stories that have been told and retold.  I am fascinated by my family’s immigrant tales and how my parents grew up in Brooklyn, New York. My mother’s side.

 

WOW Blog Book Tour for “Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer” by Antoinette Truglio Martin

Hello BookWorms;

This month (and next) BookWorm is participating in another two blog tours with our friends at WOW (Women on Writing). Our October offering is Antoinette Truglio Martin’s Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer.

Here’s the press kit and tour dates:

WOW! Women on Writing Presents

A Book Blog Tour for:

Hug Everyone You Know

Tour Starts October 7th

Ends November 10th

About the Book

In 2007, Martin believed her call back doctor appointment was routine, maybe a scare, nothing worse. Her shock at receiving a Stage I breast cancer diagnosis was instantly compounded by her own deep fears. As a self-described wimp—afraid of needles and uncomfortable with sedation—how was she going to get through this?

Antoinette started her fight against cancer with words. She began by journaling and by writing emails to Her Everyone—the large close-knit family and circle of beloved friends wanting to offer their support, especially those who were fighting breast cancer alongside her. The emails not only helped to keep Her Everyone informed, they gave cancer less of a presence in Antoinette’s life, since she wasn’t repeatedly updating people or saying the word “cancer” over and over. The practice of writing calmed her and also gave her space to focus on living: on the house that wasn’t selling, an exciting new job, daughters in college, and summer beach plans. She signed every email with the reminder to “hug everyone you know.”

Those emails and journal entries are at the heart of this memoir, which give the book an immediacy and raw power.

HUG EVERYONE YOU KNOW is a memoir about how Antoinette found the courage to navigate her first year of breast cancer treatment. It’s the story of how a community—colleagues, family, friends—rallied to support her. The book is moving, brave, informative, and occasionally funny—and it speaks to us all.

Praise for Hug Everyone You Know

“…a well-written, concise telling of what it’s like to be hit with a cancer diagnosis and the human thoughts that accompany it, like ‘how do I tell the family?’ and ‘what do I tell them?…. In five words: she writes a good story…. Martin’s persona is optimistic; you just want to hang around her and it’s that attitude that got her through. Not surprisingly, gratefulness is part of her mantra. So are hugs.”—The Suffolk County News

“Filled with fresh air, light, and life, Hug Everyone You Know is an intimate conversation with an intelligent, funny survivor. The voice rings true, and the insights resonate well beyond the cancer moment. Highly recommended.”—Joni Rodgers, NYT bestselling author of Bald in the Land of Big Hair

“… a compelling memoir about the importance of community while navigating a life crisis such as cancer. As an oncology nurse and a cancer survivor myself, I found Martin’s writing to be a refreshingly real depiction of life as a cancer patient. Her writing is a testimony to the endurance of the human spirit, the importance of love and community, and the need for hope every day of the journey.”—Lee Ambrose, StoryCircle Book Reviews

“Martin used journaling and emails to “My Everyone,” her group of close family and friends, to get through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from early-stage breast cancer….The account reveals the value of keeping a journal as a means of coping with one’s fears and acknowledges the support Martin received through sharing her experience rather than trying to shield others from her illness.”—Library Journal

“…how does one wake up from a nightmare like Stage 1 breast cancer? For Antoinette Truglio Martin, the answer was in her community — her family, friends, and close “everyone.” In this memoir, she documents how staying connected with the people in her life helped her to find the courage to embrace her reality and to transform it into a life-giving experience….Martin writes with natural humor and readers will find a lot of encouragement and hope in her writing. This book will show readers the power of human connectivity and how sharing our experience can become an inspiring journey, not only for those who listen to us, but for us who live it….a gift to receive, use and pass on. This book will give readers the strength and the inspiration to name their suffering and to triumph over it. It’s exciting, informative and, above all, entertaining.”—Christian Sia, Reader’s Favorite

“ . . . really great.  She has a way of writing that really captured my attention and brought me into her “story”.  I felt like her best friend at the end . . . .”—Kathryn Gates-Ferris, MS, MPA, CHt, Avon Project Director

“This is a great story: inventive, informative, and irresistibly readable. Quite an accomplishment when the subject is cancer. Brava.”―Odette Heideman, Editor, Epiphany Magazine

“This is a beautifully and honestly written account of the challenges that face women and families confronting a breast cancer diagnosis. It passionately illustrates the ability of women and their ‘Everyone’s’ to find their strength and demonstrate their love.”—Karen Schmitt, MA, BSN, Director, Cancer Services Program of Manhattan New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Executive Director, CARE Shared Resource Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

“…Being in the medical field, it’s a shot of reality seeing it from the patients’ point of view, with the day-in and day-out struggles of life compounded with the diagnosis. This book brought a face to breast cancer and I feel privileged and honored that she shared it with me. I will hug everyone I know, now and forever.”—Barbara M. O’Brien RN, Director of Cancer Services Program of Staten Island, Staten Island University Hospital

“…beautifully captures the terror and anxiety—as well as the awkwardness and occasional humor—that follow a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the salvation to be found in the love and support of family and friends.”—Andrew Botsford, Editor and Visiting Professor, Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature

“ . . . really great.  She has a way of writing that really captured my attention and brought me into her “story”.  I felt like her best friend at the end . . . .”—Kathryn Gates-Ferris, MS, MPA, CHt, Avon Project Director

About the Author

Antoinette Truglio Martin is a life-long Long Islander, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer—a memoir chronicling her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir were published in Bridges, Visible Ink, and The Southampton Review. Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University in 2016. Antoinette had also written the children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman and Company), and was a regular columnist for local periodicals Parent Connections (In a Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Her blog, Stories Served Around The Table, tells family tales and life’s musings. She lives in her hometown of Sayville, New York with her husband, Matt, and is never far from her “Everyone” and the beaches she loves. Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012, she strives to not let cancer to dictate her life.

Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/AntoinetteTruglioMartin2017/ and https://antoinettetrugliomartin.com/.

And here are the dates for the rest of the tour:

October 20th @ Rachael’s Thoughts

Visit Rachel’s thoughts today where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

https://rachaelstray.com/

October 21st @ Writing Through Life

Visit Amber’s blog and read Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post featuring 5 journaling tips when going through difficult trials. You can also read Amber’s review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

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October 22nd @ Karen Brown Tyson’s Blog

Get inspired today at Karen’s blog where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post about 5 lessons she learned writing about her cancer journey.

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

October 23rd @ Thoughts in Progress

Be sure to stop by Mason Canyon’s blog where you can read an interview with the author Antoinette Truglio Martin.

https://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

October 24th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s bookworm blog again where you can view her video vlog review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

October 25th @ World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

October 26th @ Keeping it Real

Be sure to visit Lisa’s blog today and read author Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post that is talking about her ways to not let a difficult diagnosis run (or ruin) your life. Plus read Lisa’s review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

October 28th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Stop by Wendi’s blog today and read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

Welcome to Strength 4 Spouses Blog!

October 29th @ Bring On Lemons

Turn lemons into lemonade today by visiting Crystal’s blog and read her review of the touching memoir Hug Everyone You Know.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

November 1st @ Bookworm Blog

Stop by Anjanette’s blog again and read her interview with author Antoinette Truglio Martin.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

November 3rd @ Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

Visit Lindsey’s blog today and you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

https://russelllindsey.blog/

November 4th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post about keeping a positive mindset during a health crisis.

Welcome to Strength 4 Spouses Blog!

November 5th @ Life Like a Galaxy Girl

Be sure to visit Alanna’s blog where you can read her review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s book Hug Everyone You Know.

http://lifelikeagalaxygirl.com/

November 6th @ 12 Books

Stop by Louise’s blog again where you can Antoinette Truglio Martin’s guest post featuring 5 books to keep you motivated during difficult times.

November 8th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Stop by Anthony’s blog where you can read his review of Antoinette Truglio Martin’s touching book Hug Everyone You Know.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

Please make Ms Martin feel welcome like I know you will, ask plenty of questions, and comment all you like.

Your Web Minister;

Anjanette Potter

AKA

AdamsRib

WoW Blog Book Tour for Mari L McCarthy’s “Heal Yourself through Journaling Power

Here’s the review I promised you:

Ms. McCarthy’s website is:

createwritenow.com

Please make Ms. McCarthy feel welcome like you always do. Feel free to comment all you like and ask as many questions as you want.

See you tonight at 11pm on Stationhead for Eclectic Weekends.

Here’s the link if you don’t find me anywhere else on the internet:

Please comment your song requests on the link. Love you. See you tonight.

AdamsRib

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Mari L McCarthy’s “Heal Yourself through Journaling Power”

Hello Bookworms;

Here’s the first leg in my participation in WOW’s blog Book Tour for Mari L. McCarthy’s Heal Yourself through Journaling Power. In this week’s post I’m including a guest post on the subject of journaling power for emotional health and an interview with Ms. McCarthy.

Journaling for Emotional Health:

When you decide to be more attentive to your physical health, you usually know where to start. You may strive to eat more vegetables, go for morning walks or quit smoking. But what about when you want to care for your emotional health? What steps can you take to make it as much of a priority as your physical well-being? 

Journaling has a way of shining a light on your inner life. In the pages of your journal, you can safely express all of youremotions, fears and desires. Regular journaling will help you define what you are feeling and why, giving you insight into what is going well in your life and what you’d like to change. 

Try one of these journaling exercises to give your emotional health the attention it deserves. 

 1. Name That Emotion 

 Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” Can you identify your emotions – boredom, worry, frustration, happiness, enthusiasm? Notice and name your current feelings in your journal. Explore why you might be feeling a certain way and how your emotions are affecting your actions. This processhelps you build self-awareness, minimize the impact of negative emotions and make healthy changes. 

 2. Let It Out

 When you are feeling unpleasant emotions – anger, shame, sadness, envy – give them an outlet in your journal instead of bottling them up. Vent about whatever is bothering you, jotting down stream-of-consciousness thoughts until you feel you don’t have anything else to say. 

3. Gather Gratitude 

A funny thing happens when you practice focusing on the positive moments in your life: you notice more and more of them and encourage an attitude of gratitude. Positive psychology research shows that simply remembering and writing down three good things that happened to you in a day can give you a huge happiness boost over time. 

 Every day for at least a week, write a detailed description of three things that went well that day. Why do you think it happened? How did you feel at the time? How do you feel now, looking back on it? The items on your list can be as small as, “I sat in the sunshine during my lunch break,” or as big as, “I finished my last round of chemo today.” 

Incorporating journaling into your daily routine – even just a few minutes a day – can have a remarkable impact on your emotional health.

The Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

My Journal prompted me in this direction. She’s my muse and mentor. We’ve been partners for 21+ years and she’s always sending me universal messages and one day the message, journaling power trilogy, appeared so I knew it was time to write and publish my journaling power experiences. With her help, I published the first book in the trilogy Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live in 2016 which is an introduction to Journaling Power. It was my Journaling Journey story. I call it a self-help memoir as it contains lots of practical exercises for people to create and enhance their own life-changing journaling practice. The second book in the trilogy, Heal Your Self With Journaling Power, the book I just published, focuses on the Journaling Journeys of 10 other writers and how they use journaling to master life’s mental, physical, and spiritual challenges. My Journal and I have so far created a title for the third book in the trilogy Create Unconditional Self-Love – A Journaling Power Book which will be another self-help memoir about my journey from self-sabotage to self-love.

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I majored in journalism looking for a practical major that would help me be a success in the real world. After a short stint as a weekly newspaper editor, I set off into the business world and then the only writing I did was business reports. A health challenge forced me off the road (I owned a management consulting firm traveling 24/7) and I took up journaling (Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages) for physical therapy purposes only since I’d lost most feeling on the right side of my body and needed to teach myself how to write with my left hand. But lo and behold, Journaling opened up many, many memories and I remembered how I loved words, writing essays and stories and I was back into the writing profession.

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

Keep a Journal. Pen to Paper every day. That way, you’ll stay connected to your Muse, your Inner Writer, your True Self. Inner Critics hate it when we take care of ourselves first. So write, write, write in your Journal every day and you’ll never encounter page fright, writer’s block or other literary ailments.

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

I’m the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of CreateWriteNow.com, The Journaling Power Center. I mentor health conscious writers in using Journaling For The Health of It, also known as therapeutic journaling, to heal the issues in their tissues and grow and transform their life. We have tons of resources: complimentary ebooks, 375 unique and soul searching Journaling Power Prompts, a Journaling Power Journey Blog where other writers share their journaling experiences and AHA adventures, and a store with 20+ Journaling Power workbooks that cover life challenging topics such as Empower Your Self, Heal Your Life and Journal Magic For Writers.

Please come visit and please always #JustWriteON!

Here are the remaining dates for the tour:

As always, make Ms. McCarthy feel welcome feel free to post any questions you have in the comment section of this post. Next week I’m posting my review and all additional information about the CreateWriteNow.com program. Have a blessed day and enjoy 😉

WOW (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s “Born Under Fire”

Guest Post :

Music plays a big role in my book, Born Under Fire, and goes to the core of the main character. When I was putting the finishing touches onto the manuscript, a friend asked if there was a way to hear the music mentioned in my book. She told me about a photography book that had a companion smartphone app. When you held your phone up to the icon in the book, a video about the subject played.

That got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool if I wrote:

“What is it?” she asks. “What is it? It’s the score for the debut concert of the Palestine Orchestra,” he replies as he points at a line. Rachel gasps. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream!” she says.

…and you could hear the actual recording of that orchestra from 1936. I searched YouTube and found Toscanini conducts Palestine Symphony Orchestra 1936 (rare audio fragment).

Creating an app on my self-published book budget was not an option, but using QR codes was.

What’s a QR code?

A QR code is one of those black and white bar coded squares you see on bus stop posters and in museum exhibits that say SCAN ME!

What’s bad about a QR code, is it’s kind of ugly. What’s great about a QR code, is when scanned using a QR code reader app on a smart phone, it will take the user directly to a website. There are many free QR code generators online. Plug in the URL you want to link to and the generator makes your unique QR code. Download the QR code and insert into manuscript!

I made a list of all the music and historical events that I’d want to attach an audio or video cue to, and searched. In the end, I came up with a list of 25 videos that I linked to via QR codes.

But how to insert them? I didn’t want them to be intrusive to the reader. In the end, I decided to use the footnote approach, that way if someone wanted to ignore them, they could. And if someone was interested then they could delve deeper into the material online.

For a list of QR code links in Born Under Fire, click here. Or SCAN ME!

Our Interview:

Q: What made you choose this subject matter?

A:  The main character in Born Under Fire is based on my mother, Shulamith Dubno Neiman, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1928. Unfortunately, she died when I was eleven years old and there were so many questions about her life that were never answered. When I uncovered her belongings after my father’s death years later, I found photographs and documents that I had never seen before. Most significantly, I found a sketch book that her late-brother wrote and illustrated about a trip they took to the Galilee in 1947. This was the uncle we never met but knew was her best friend. For the first time, I had a view into their relationship. It was also a snapshot of what life was like for this first generation of modern day Israelis. The story of their relationship and of the history of the Sabra generation compelled me to write this book. 

 

Q: What made you choose writing as a profession?

A: I had stories that I wanted to tell and found that writing was the way I could best convey this one. Writing has always been part of my work, and as a PR professional I had a years of experience with the crafting of descriptions and compelling narratives. Once I found the book that my late-uncle created, I knew I had a story worth my time and energy. It has given me so much and so many levels. 

 

Q: Do you have any advice for future writers? Especially women?

A: Here’s my two-cents:

 Take classes in writing. Learn the craft. 
 Create a timeline with an outline. That’s your path.
 Find a writing group with other women writers. In Adair Lara’s book Naked, Drunk, and Writing, she talks of howimportant it is for women to find a supportive writing group. By nature, women want community and connection and, although we need quiet time to write, we can do it around other women (and that’s okay!). 
 Polish your final piece. Use an editor! Make it as professional as you can. Spelling, grammar, punctuation – you need to check it all. 
 Write THE END. Are you sure? Better check it one more time…
 Network with other writers, writing groups and organizations that may have an interest in your work. Self-marketing is part of the publishing world now. The best way to create interest in your story is to find like-minded people, and promote to those you are connected with. Move out from there. 

 

Q: Use this space to give yourself a shameless plug about this work/any other works/your website(blog)?

A: The most rewarding part of this project is hearing how the story touches people. It was important to me to not only capture the place and time, but the spirit of the people and the city of Tel Aviv, where most of the book takes place. The website that I built (www.bornunderfire.com) has photos from my mother’s collection, links to historical documents and books that I used in my research, as well as my video promo that gives some context to my journey with this story. I’ve done several talks to middle schools and other organizations that have been very successful. Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

AND here’s MY shameless plug for my radio show Eclectic Weekends on Stationhead.