Showing posts from 2011

[Interview_2] Mark Adam Kaplan

Mark Adam Kaplan is a school teacher, a novelist and a screenwriter. His first novel, A Thousand Beauties , was published by BeWrite Books in 2009. His second novel, Down , has just been picked up by Bewrite Books, and will be released soon. In this interview, Mark Kaplan talks about his first picture book, Monsters Do Ugly Things . How would you describe Monsters Do Ugly Things ? Monsters Do Ugly Things contains 36 illustrations about all things monstrous. It is a satire of social norms and common behaviors. Most of all, it's fun. It is about inappropriate social behavior. Our monsters pick their noses, eat when they talk, make messes, etc. They also do 'pretty' things, like have friends, and share. How did you come up with the idea for the book? This book has been gestating in my mind for years. After the birth of my children, it just gelled. But the book is nothing without Glenn Scano's brilliant illustrations. I'd written the book and it sat

[Interview_2] Tahlia Newland

Tahlia Newland writes young adult and adult urban fantasy. Her books include The Drorgon Slayer’s Choice (Catapult Press, 2011); A Matter of Perception (Catapult Press, 2011) and Realm Hunter (Catapult Press, forthcoming 2012). Newland is giving away a limited number of ebook copies of her short paranormal romance, The Drorgon Slayer’s Choice while the e-book version of her anthology of urban fantasy & magical realism, A Matter of Perception is available at the special release price of 99c until November 14. On the November 15 the price for A Matter of Perception goes up to $1.99. In this interview, Tahlia Newland talks about A Matter of Perception : How would you describe your latest anthology? A Matter of Perception is an unusual collection of urban fantasy and magical realism that will make you wonder what’s real and what’s not. The stories are thematically linked by various supernatural beings, a touch of romance, a bit of humour, and a smidgen of philosophy.

[Interview] Fungisayi Sasa

Zimbabwean poet and author Fungisayi Sasa lives in Milton Keynes. She is the author of the children’s book, The Search for the Perfect Head (Eloquent Books, 2008). One of her short stories was published in the anthology, Writing Free (Weaver Press, 2011) while her poems have appeared in places that include the Poetry International Web and Spilt Milk Magazine . In this interview, Fungisayi Sasa talks about her concerns as a writer: When did you start writing? My dad unwittingly led me to writing during my early childhood years. He was very firm about studying and, as children, we weren't allowed to watch television during the week. And he would often take us to the local library. At first, I didn't like these visits to the library because reading felt like work to me. But eventually I started enjoying it and through reading, my passion for writing grew and I started writing poems and short stories about my family and the annoying things they would have done to m

[Book Launch] Mad, Hopeless & Possible

On October 27, 2011, the Adult Education College in Leicester was the venue of the launch of Siobhan Logan 's latest poetry chapbook, Mad, Hopeless & Possible: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition (original plus, 2011). The title of the chapbook comes from Sir Ernest Shackleton himself who rated applicants for his legendary 1914 Antarctic Expedition as "Mad, Hopeless & Possible". The chapbook also weaves in the hidden shadow-story of the Ross Sea Party, his supply team, who were marooned in the white wilderness just as war consumed Europe. Leicestershire author Mark Goodwin says, "Siobhan Logan's Mad, Hopeless & Possible lifts the reader out of their warm armchair to place them among the stubborn men of Shackleton's 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition. "This history of polar exploration is at once effectively informative and dramatically powerful: smooth, economic prose offset against haunting poetic soliloquies. It's a

[Interview] Octavia McBride-Ahebee

Octavia McBride-Ahebee lives in Philadelphia in the United States. Her work has  been featured in journals and magazines that include   Damazine: A Literary Journal of the Muslim World ; Fingernails Across The Chalkboard: Poetry And Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora ; Under Our Skin: Literature of Breast Cancer ; Sea Breeze: A Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writing ; The Journal of the National Medical Association (Art in Medicine Section) and the Beloit Poetry Journal . Her poetry collections include Assuming Voices (Lit Pot Press, 2003) and Where My Birthmark Dances (Finishing Line Press, 2011). In this interview, Octavia McBride-Ahebee talks about her concerns as a writer: How would you describe your latest book, Where My Birthmark Dances ? My newest collection of poetry, Where My Birthmark Dances  was published this past summer - 2011 - by Finishing Line Press . In it I present various human relationships within the context of global inequality. Never are my

[Interview] Barbara Magara-Nkosana

Barbara Magara-Nkosana lives in Leeds in the United Kingdom. She is the author of the Traditional Zimbabwean Cookbook (Lion Press, 2011). In this interview, Barbara Magara-Nkosana talks about why she wrote the cookbook: How would you describe the Traditional Zimbabwean Cookbook ? It is all about Zimbabwean cooking . The book comprises of over 100 recipes of dishes that make Zimbabwe’s fascinating and diverse cuisine. The cookbook invites food lovers to taste the delicacies and flavours of Zimbabwean food. How many books have you written so far? This is the first cookbook that I have written, published by Lion Press . My next book will talk all about contemporary Zimbabwean cooking, fusing the classic favourite Zimbabwean dishes with world cuisines. I am hoping to invite food lovers to experiment with the fused tastes, hopefully bring Zimbabwean cuisine to the level that it deserves. Why did you decide to write the Traditional Zimbabwean Cookbook ? I believe that

[Interview] P. J. Hawkinson

P. J. Hawkinson lives in Kansas in the United States. She is the author of Half Bitten (Trafford Publishing, 2010). Working with Karen Wodke and writing as Wodke Hawkinson , P. J Hawkinson is also the co-author of books that include Catch Her in the Rye: Selected Short Stories Vol. I (CreateSpace, 2011) and Blue: Selected Short Stories Vol. II (Smashwords, 2011). In this interview, P. J. Hawkinson talks about her concerns as a writer: How would you describe the writing you are doing? Karen describes our writing as " a fictional smorgasbord ." I agree with her and would like to add that readers can sample our variety of genres in both Catch Her in the Rye and Blue . Who is your target audience? Betrayed will be for mature audiences while our short story books and Tangerine would make good reading for readers from young adult to senior readers. The audience we write for is the one we ourselves fit into. However, in the near future, we plan to write some

[Short Story] Ophelia

By Ambrose Musiyiwa* I am my Beloved’s but my Beloved is not mine. We were sitting on the edge of the road when she asked me: “What do you think about my Beloved?” I didn’t want to think about her Beloved. “Well?” she probed — big, bright, brown eyes looking up at me as if I were a genii about to grant a wish. “Well, what?” I asked, looking away. “Well, what do you think about my Beloved?” she insisted. “You might not want to hear what I have to say,” I said. “I want to hear it,” she insisted. “I don’t think I am the right person to ask,” I said. “I can’t be objective.” “It doesn’t matter,” she said. “I want to here what you have to say.” “You want the truth?” I asked. She nodded. “I don’t like Simba,” I said. “I think he is childish and mean and I think he is using you.” My Beloved’s face darkened the way earth darkens when rain clouds gather around over it and a glint appeared in her big, bright, brown eyes. “How can you say that about him?” she asked.

Interview _ Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende was born in Zimbabwe. She worked in Germany for a number of years before moving to Scotland where she was a student at the University of Glasgow. Currently, she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of her short stories has been featured in Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe (amaBooks, 2011). In this interview, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende talks about her concerns as a writer: Do you write every day? No. I do not write every day. That is in part due to time constraints but also because I spend a lot of time reading or creating stories in my head so that when I do sit down to write, I write as opposed to thinking. I am putting together a short story collection and working on a novel. I create stories while I am chopping vegetables or folding laundry. Then when I have half an hour to sit at my computer, it is to put down something. The writing usually ends because I have something to attend to, like the pot of burning stew! Often times I have a n

[Interview] Debra Duneier

Debra Duneier is an accredited LEED® Green Associate, a certified Eco-Designer and a Feng Shui master practitioner. She is also creator of EcoChi ® and author of EcoChi: Designing The Human Experience (New Voices Press, 2011). In this interview, Debra Duneier talks about her concerns as a writer: Do you write every day? I write five or six days a week. I have three blogs. I have two columns that I write weekly. I am a guest writer for a variety of websites and, of course, there is always ... the next book. My favorite place to write is in my outdoor office on the North Fork of Long Island. Surrounded by organic farms, vineyards and the Long Island sound with my feet firmly planted in nature, my creative juices flow! This is where my first book, EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience was written. What would you say led you to create the EcoChi design system? It is exhilarating and not really surprising that all the hard work and the years of accumulating knowledge in

[Interview] Ellah Kandi

Zimbabwean writer, Ellah Kandi is a chef, a wedding and events planner, and a basic worship sign language and performing arts teacher. She is also secretary and choir coordinator of the Emmanu’-El Apostolic Gospel Academy aka De Montfort University Gospel Choir which is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom. She is the author of El-Ellah Multi-Cultural Cuisines: Heavenly Recipes (Xlibris, 2011) and is currently working on a children’s book. In this interview, Ellah Kandi talks about her concerns as a writer: When did you start writing? I started writing and producing short reports when l was still in high school in Zimbabwe. I remember using exercise books and arranging my work to make it look like a magazine and saying, “One day l will publish a church magazine or a book”. When l moved to Leicester, there was a project called “As Is” that encouraged us to write. I remember a Mr Higgins asking me to translate Shona writings into English and to write what l did durin