Monday, July 7, 2014

‪#‎MondayBlogs‬ > I was asked by, Marta Moran Bishop, to answer some questions, and also tag three other authors... Here goes!

I was honoured when I was asked to answer some questions by the wonderful, awesome author, Marta Moran Bishop. 

I must say, in all the time I have known Marta, she is one of the nicest ladies I have had the pleasure of chatting with. Not only does Marta have a heart of gold, but she also has many talents and not just in her writing. There is so much to Marta that you will be amazed. This is one lady well worth checking out, but please don't just take my word for it, see for yourself by checking out the links below:

My name is Kevin Swarbrick. I’m in my late thirties and now live in Manchester, UK.

All my life I have had many ups and downs continuing to this day, but that’s another story!! When I first started writing at the age of 35 I really had no idea that this talent was there until it was pointed out to me. “It is all in my story”, but I’ve always been an artsy person, studying art and design at college, then my life led me on more paths and more failures. I was taking the knock downs that life had to offer, but no matter what and no matter how hard my times have been, I have always gotten up from the falls. In retrospect to all that, it has made me the person I am today, on a path I would have never dreamed of back then. They say everything happens for a reason, I can say I have found that reason at long last! 
Now I just want to share with my readers the fun times and the bad times that have happened in my life, which can range from many things, Romance! Affairs! Erotic times! Destruction! Fun times! Heartache! Bullying! And of course that magic word ‘Love’ which has tended to get in my way many times! When I look back at some of the situations, I do think, “Did that really happen”? Unfortunately and fortunately it all did. I truly believe in what hurts us does make us stronger; I always try to bring a positive out of a negative, and you should never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams or try to put you down for following them. This is my dream, my vision, my path, my journey and most of all, my life! Your life is in your hands and yours alone! We all make the wrong choices, we all make mistakes, we wouldn't be human if we didn't. We are who we are today and not who we were. Never look back to what could have been, look forward to how it can be, follow your dreams!

What am I working on?

 At the moment I'm working on reclaiming my life! No, really, it was a rough last couple of years. I won’t go into too much detail about all that yet as it could be another Louie Has Landed story, just not nearly as much fun! My life is back on track again and I am now continuing to finish the three stories that I have had on my laptop for such a long time. I have now removed the dust and the figures and my mind and heart are now back on track. I have three projects I am working on right now.  Like most writers, I write from my life experiences and that’s what I’m working on at the moment.  

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

 My work is fun and unique. I’ve said it as it is with no fluff or nonsense. I’ve told my story to the world from my heart and my prospective; it’s about who I was back then and not who I am now. As you know, my work is about improving myself and to get to where I want to be and hopefully have that happy ending in life!  It’s also a great feeling knowing that others are inspired by my work and this does give me more drive to succeed. I don’t want to let my readers down, let alone myself. Everyone knows in this game, it’s a long ladder to climb; it’s a lot like snakes and ladders, you can hit a fall in life and you are back at first base, do you walk away or make sure you never leave the ladder. I am on that ladder and no matter what snakes are out there, I will continue to climb. 

Why do I write what I do?

When I first started writing, I kept a promise to the woman in my book and that promise was also made to myself. As anyone can see, I kept that promise which was  writing from the heart. After that, my writing became a passion.  My writing has helped take away all the pain I was feeling at the time and now that pain has turned into love and joy. In life things happen for a reason and  if you would have asked me when I was 34 would I want to be a writer, the thought would have never crossed my mind. I believe everyone has some talent they don’t know about, I was just lucky that this one person spotted that talent in me and did push me forward. Despite what happened in the story, you can still call this woman a blessing in disguise as I would never have been on this path if it wasn’t for her encouragement. It’s in all  my stories how I became a writer/author.

 How does your writing process work?

I work during the day running my own business which takes up a lot of time and energy, so my writing happens late at night or early morning and that’s the time my mind usually switches off from life dramas!  I write when I can and as much as I can but sometimes it’s not easy with everyday life getting in the way. However, when I get inspired to write, that’s what I do whether I am working or not, the ideas in my head will stay there until I get home and that idea will be put into action the best way I can. In saying that, I have now started writing notes down on my Iphone which I think is what they really were invented for weren't they?:) 
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I was asked to ask nominate three other authors to come on board and the authors I have chosen do inspire me in many ways and have been a great support of my writing journey. They have become great friends since the first day of chatting with them. My first chosen author is my overseas adopted mum, you might have read my post in the past, but this lady does rock in every way, she isn't only a great author, but a fantastic friend... Like I said. 'My overseas adopted mother!' 

Regina Puckett is an award nominated author for her short story, Balloon Wishes.                 Concealed in My Heart won runner-up in the international 2014 MARSocial Author of  the Year Competition. Borrowed Wings, has received the Children's Literary Classics  Seal of Approval. Memories won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Tilting at Windmills and Words. Slowly Drowning won second place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her poetry book, My Words into the Beyond. Sir Galahad Comes to the Rescue won third place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Ramblings and Dreams. Her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year. Her sweet romance, Songs that I Whisper, received a 5 star review from Readers' Favorite. Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite-a 5 star review. She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of m   completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper. Please visit Regina here >

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My second author is a wonderful lady I have had the lovely pleasure of knowing               since day one of chatting with her many years ago. You may have seen this author many times, including on my post in the past as I have worked with this lady often. I must say she is a lady of many talents and her writing is just one of them. I can honestly say that this author has been another huge inspiration to me as well as a               great friend with a heart of gold. Here's a little more about my second author.

Minnie Lahongrais has always been Native New Yorker, author, and an avid reader. As a child, she would sneak books to read under her covers at bedtime and read them with the light of a penlight her father secretly gave her. This small gift gave way to a vivid imagination coupled with a seemingly unquenchable curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
She began writing thrillers and fantasy stories in earnest after her father died in 2005 as a way of dealing with his death.
Minnie is the author of two psychological thrillers: SINNERS RIDE and DIVERGENT LIVES.
Time not spent working at her day job or with family and friends is
split between two novels – another psychological thriller – and a paranormal series. For more information on this fantastic lady and author, please check out the links below, trust me you won't be disappointed.

My third and final author I have chosen is a new awesome author from Ireland. Since knowing Natasha, I have found her to be kind, loyal and has a heart of gold as well as a fantastic talent for writing and telling a story. I believe this is another author to keep an eye on in the near future. I know I am proud to support all
authors, including the new ones. Here's a little more about this wonderful, lovely author, Natasha White.

Natasha White is 41, lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, in a crumbling Victorian house, with her partner,three young children, three chickens, a cat and a dog. While coming from a motoring and banking background, she has always had an unhealthy interest in serial killers and their psychology. From a carefree childhood in South Dublin through a turbulent and abusive marriage, she has drawn on memories and feelings from both experiences. What woman hasn't entertained thoughts of murder orrevenge, but what is your excuse if you've never been abused? That’s the question posed by her new book. This book is an insight into Ireland in post Celtic tiger days, the boom is over and certainly the country is bust. The author hoped to draw on that from personal experience, and that of many people in Ireland, although she can’t lay claim to personal knowledge of murder and disposal.

I would like to thank, Marta Moran Bishop, for giving me this opportunity to answer these question and thank you for being such a great influence and a huge inspiration in my life. I would also like to thank another great friend, Edith Mosback, for being such a huge support on my writing journey. You lady's really do rock. Thank you. Until next time keep smiling.