A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar is the Associate Editor of Industry for Solander, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society, and writes the “Red Pencil” column where she profiles authors and compares a selection from their published historical novels with an early draft of that work. She also reviews for their journal, Historical Novels Review. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a freelance editor, and a content editor for Pyrates Way magazine. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, the Red River Branch of Clan Cameron, the Scottish Clans of North Texas,... Read More
What can be better than curling up by a cozy fire this holiday season reading a book about the Civil war? I love books about the Civil war – fiction or nonfiction. I used to live in Newport News, Virginia, and there was a park called appropriately The Newport News Park where I remember seeing actual trenches where the Confederate Army hid during enemy attacks. That was the exact moment I not only fell in love with American history, but the Civil war in particular. Dot Ryan’s Corrigans’ Pool is a book you’ll fall in love with if you’re a Civil war buff or a historical fiction lover like me.... Read More
In the short amount of time I have known J.W. Nicklaus, it astounds me how much I feel connected to him. It’s not just me. It’s everyone who walks the same path he walks and has read the words that were written by a man who is so literally gifted. You see, J.W. Nicklaus is not a well-known writer in the sense that his book has graced the New York Times bestseller list (give him time), but in the sense that what he writes reads like fine-tuned poetry. Not only do his words stick with you, but they penetrate your inner being – the inner core of your existence. If you have any doubts of what... Read More
Joining us today is Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein. Dr. Barbara is the originator of The Enchanted Self(R) a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. She is currently in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.
The magic of the human spirit, with its capacity for survival, growth and joy, has always intrigued Dr. Barbara. As years went by and her practice grew, she longed to explore adult development even... Read More
I've gotten to know debut author Bernadine Feagins for the past month or so as we've talked about her first children's book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. I asked Bernadine to share with our readers why she decided to write this book and who inspired it. Here is what the book is about:
Best friends Hakim and Terrance set out on an adventure to find Terrance’s lost dog. The amazing journey is a tribute to devoted friendship, hope and dedication to Shadow, the dog they truly love.
"I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, second from the youngest of sixteen children. My parents... Read More
In your opinion do you believe that gangs are more prevalent in poorer, disadvantaged communities?
This is a very good question but in my opinion, gangs are more prominent where ever there is money to be made. I can understand why people in general would instantly think that gang members are more active in disadvantaged areas due to the lack of resources made available to them as compared to more advantaged areas. However, at the end of the day it really comes down to the individual person’s self belief, exposure and moral sense. I am friends with people who grew up with very little,... Read More
Welcome, Dixie. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
I have been a pastor’s wife for 32 years. My husband Paul and I have four grown children, one grandson, and another grandson to arrive in March 2010.
My husband and I are the promoters of a two-day, all-day southern gospel sing. Over 30 groups from various states come to our little town in Floyd, Iowa.
We have been honored to serve the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd, Iowa, for 28 years and Lighthouse Academy for 21 years.
Our son John gave Paul a kidney on... Read More
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Shaun you're probably nearer the mark than most. "mmm...right right" spoken with contemplative "yawn" inflection when you join a writers' group or dare blurt out in front of established writers (any writers) you tend to scribble, usually sending all...
Very interesting train of thoughts, but I found myself asking, what about those that write under a ghost name...is it to keep their privacy, or perhaps lack of ego...I actually can see both sides, especially when you are talking about writing fiction....