Wonderful Authors Interviews
Interview with Author Naomi Williams
Our featured author today is Naomi Williams. She has written and published many books like: Shattered, Shameless, Growing Pains, You are What you Eat, Social Skills Learning and Will This Last Forever? Naomi is from the United Kingdom. I asked Naomi a few questions in regards to her writing career which I will outline below:
When did you publish your first book?
I published my first book in 2015.
What is your inspiration behind writing?
I am inspired by true life events, by the needs in my community, personal experiences and my faith in Christ Jesus.
How can you describe a day in your life?
A day in my life,oh you’d have to be there to believe me. I am a Christian wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunty, social worker, managing director, specialist tutor, author and mentor. So my life is very busy however, I always make the space to chill, exercise and cook/bake.
What would you tell us about your family?
I value family and loved ones, so they are always my priority.
What advice would you give to parents when it comes to children and reading?
I believe children need time, love, patience and space to grow into the strong individuals they will soon become. They will do what you show them and rarely what you tell them. I encourage parents and children to read my book, ‘You Are What You Eat.’ It covers every aspect of growing up in a fun and engaging way. With lots of helpful tips too. Structure, consistency, coupled with love and time are great ingredients for parenting but there is no manual, we are all learning! I tend to pray about specifics for my children and trust that God is guiding me. When I get it wrong, I’m not afraid to apologize to my children or spouse. After all, we are all we’ve got.
Thank you. Naomi Williams(Author, Social Worker, Motivational Speaker and Managing Director of Sensory Learning & play C.I.C)
What a wonderful interview? I’m inspired. Hope you all are too. For Naomi’s books, follow her on Instagram at naomi_williamz17. Find links to Naomi William’s brilliant books on Amazon below.
Interview with Author Andrea Twumasi
Our featured author today is Andrea Twumasi from Belgium. She is a new upcoming author and is amazingly inspirational. I asked Andrea a few questions as outlined below in regards to her writing career.
How long have you been an author?
I would say six months since I started working on this book six months ago.
What is your inspiration behind writing?
My inspiration was first given by God. He used many people to keep me inspired. A few of them are Tony Gaskins, Rebecca Lynn Pope, William Djamen and Luvvie Ajayi. As a black woman, it was very essential for me to be able to look up to black authors. Just seeing someone that looks like me writing their own book, gave me the courage to write my own story.
How does a day look like in your life?
A day in my life is pretty simple. I wake up and give thanks to God, then get ready to start my day. I journal, read my Bible, work on my skills and watch sermons. I’m usually working on my manuscript from 3pm until 8pm. After that, I just clean up, scroll on social media, pray and then get ready to go to bed.
Discuss your literary works and the genres of your specification.
My genre is non-fiction narrative. I’m basically just telling my own story. ‘Ma Plus Belle Erreur’ means my most beautiful mistake in English. My book is a testimony of God’s grace. I wrote it to prevent people from making the same mistakes that I’ve made. The mistake that I made was a beautiful one because I’ve gained more than I lost from it. I would say that my story is like the one of Joseph in the Bible in the sense that, what people used for bad, God has used it for good.
You can find a link to get Andrea’s wonderful book from Amazon below. It was a wonderful and inspiring interview. Hope you get inspired as you read this book.
Interview with Author Ronald Hull
Our featured author today is Ronald Hull. He is a great author who happens to have written and published many books. Ronald Hull is from the USA. The books under Ronald’s belt are: The Kaleidoscope Effect, War’s End, Hanging by a Thread, American Mole: The Vespers, American Mole: The Cartel, American Mole: Aryan Nation, It’s in the Water and Other Stories, Verge of Apocalypse Tales, Impolite Stories: Sex, Politics & Religion, Seven Fires which is written by Brian Godson but is edited and published by Ronald Hull and last but not least, Alone?
I asked Ronald Hull a few questions in regards to his writing career which I will outline below.
Tell us a bit about you
I am 77 and retired from full-time work at 69 in 2011. I was a junior in college and 20 years old when I elected to have spinal surgery to correct a weakness in my left arm and hand over my Thanksgiving holiday just after President Kennedy was shot. During the exploratory surgery, I received too much anaesthetic and my blood pressure dropped to the point where my neurosurgeon had to lay me down from the sitting up position and haemorrhaging from the open wound caused paralysis of my upper body, hands and arms.
It was a life-changing event. Changing my direction from becoming an architect or astronaut or both. Fortunately, a simple stainless steel hand splint costing $200 allowed me to return to college and excel even though I slowed a bit in my writing and my paralyzed hands were a challenge in doing almost everything. I always enjoyed beating others in competition, like my twin brother, even though their hands worked much better than mine. Acquiring an electric typewriter and typing with one finger, I never let words slow me down and never bothered with crutches like dictionaries and thesauruses to try to perfect my writing because those books were always cumbersome to handle and got in the way of my one finger typing or my hand lettering, engineering style, that was easier than trying to continue to write cursory, my earlier style.
I started work as a quality control engineer with my master’s degree in industrial engineering- human factors- from Stanford. Wooed back to my alma mater, I taught management and product management courses until going to West Virginia University to earn my doctorate in education . After a year teaching business courses at Marshall University, I returned to West Virginia University as a research coordinator for the study of technology program. After that, I taught at two universities before becoming an administrator at Texas Southern University for 30 years. I have lived in Wisconsin where I grew up, the San Francisco Bay Area, West Virginia for seven years, in Atlanta for three years where I designed and built a solar passive energy efficient new home and then settled in Houston. I became a member of many organisations and serve in leadership of some. I have played many roles in my life but the best role has been to be a traveller and an adventurer. I was always looking for new horizons to peek over.
What inspired you to become a writer and how long have you been writing for and what genre do you specify in?
I always enjoyed learning new things and was very curious and competitive as a child with my twin brother, a better writer and an artist. I had a few successes in English classes with my writing that told me that, when inspired, I could write something worth others reading. My greatest success was in my senior year in college in expository writing. I wrote an allegory comparing a library to a car engine and the professor gave me an A+ and asked me to read the essay to the class to my embarrassment. Somehow sentimental and sarcastic ( satire), I have written poems since high school without ever taking a poetry course. Some of my poems are in anthologies.
I started writing in earnest in 1992 when I felt that it was important to write my autobiography for others to read. Hanging by a thread was completed in 2014. I opened a website in 1997 and wrote my first novel in 1999 from an idea, first contact, that I taught in my classes in the late 70s. I started writing hard science fiction and historically based fiction but have written in other genres since. My poetry covers many genres. I also write one poem a week and post it on my website and on authorsden.com.
What does a day in the life of Ron look like?
I wrote, A Day in the Life of, as a chapter in my autobiography to describe what it was like when I lived alone and worked full-time. I started hiring caregivers in 1992 and they have taken much of my daily routine and are doing it for me. My routine now is diametrically different.
I usually awake to watch the news at 7 AM. My caregiver then gets me in my wheelchair and I exercise both my arms and legs for 15 minutes while I watch the news. She then feeds me breakfast while I watch the news. After that, I wade through my email and duties that require my attention, paying bills etc. By 10 AM, I’m usually on authorsden.com reading all the new book blurbs, stories, articles, poems and I respond by giving kudos where earned and constructive criticism that is usually well received. As a result, I have many followers and some collaborators from that site.
By noon, I am eating lunch alone with my hand splint picking up vegetables and fruit while watching the noon news. I try to catch 20 minutes of sun on sunny days. In the afternoon, I will often lie back in my electric wheelchair and watch TV shows that I missed and sometimes, movies on demand. From 3 to 4, I spend some time writing chapters to my books or short stories. By about 4 PM, I read my current magazines, three or four, while watching the news. I have read many books in my life but few for pleasure. I can’t hold a book in my hands and keeping many of them open on a desk in front of me is very difficult but I enjoy reading from the computer screen. I don’t listen to audiobooks.
Around 7 PM, my partner and primary caregiver for the past 28 years arrives home from her shop and feeds me my evening meal ( always fabulous) and then I settle in to watch television until 10 PM when I abruptly stop. Once again, I spend 15 minutes exercising on that machine and watching the late evening news. After that, I go to the toilet and or shower on alternate nights before going to bed where I need a caregiver to stay with me all night to keep me from pain from autonomic dysreflexia, pressure sores and other irritations as well as keeping my body temperature in check as the temperature outside moves from summer to winter and we compensate by heat or air conditioning. It is a challenge because my body control of my temperature is not good.
I follow the same routine 24/7 and never get bored because I change attention so many times during the day. I have not left the house since October 2019 and have had very few visitors. My immediate family is all a thousand miles away. I find that okay. I am through with road trips and venturing out to events in the city unless it is of much importance. I may do another cruise to add to the four I’ve already taken. I do regret that my exploring days are generally over.
What academic advice can you give to children?
Be curious and don’t let others determine what you explore. Learn how to learn yourself without the help of others and be competitive both physically and mentally because it will sharpen your skills. Don’t spend a lot of time in rote memorizing. It will limit your ability to change and think on your own. Do not be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them right way to go.
Do you have any books that you would recommend for children?
I don’t have any children of my own but I do recall that, Dr.Seuss books were something I sought out in first grade and many of them have wonderful moral lessons. One I recall was about a young entrepreneur that was so successful that, he used up all of his natural resources ( palm trees) and lost his business. At the proper grade level, Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist, where they will learn some history, how children lived in other times and what great writing is.
What an enlightening, wonderful and absolutely inspirational interview with Ronald? I have learnt so much from him and hope you will too. Below, find Ronald Hull’s website link and Amazon links of his wonderful books.
Interview with Author Budd Nelson
Our featured author today is Budd Nelson from USA. He has written a vast number of stories, poems and books. I was honored to have an interview with this legend. I asked Budd Nelson a few questions in regards to his writing career which I will outline below.
When did you start your writing career?
My first poem was published in 1992, my first book in 2011, that is when I joined Authors Den.
What was/is your inspiration in becoming an author?
I have always written since high school but never considered publishing anything until 2010. I started writing ‘Dusty’ while I was deployed in Afghanistan ( I work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), there is a funny story on how that happened. Probably longer than you want to read here. The first poem was published earlier because one of my friends submitted it without telling me. I knew when I got the acceptance letter from the publisher… my friend Andi had a long talk about that Lol.
What genres do you specify in?
In poetry, I just write. I do not put them in genres as some do. My first book ‘ Dusty’ is a western. I have written mostly in genres where I do a lot of research so that I write stories about Ancient Rome, Vikings, Medieval Britain, Colonial America etc. I also write some mystery in/suspense (more modern times). They are listed in several genres: historic fiction, fantasy, western, nature, memoir, science fiction, romance etc. It depends on what gives me the initial spark to write each story. Most of my stories are on Authors Den so it’s easy to read them. Some have been published in ‘The Path.’ Dusty is the only one listed on Amazon.
What does a day look like in the life of Budd?
I’m up early and go to work early at USACE ( Based out of Fort Detrick MD). I get off at mid afternoon and come home to my wonderful wife Mary (She is also my editor of what I write), that and weekends is when I write. We have our four fur babies: Rosie is a Shih Tzu, Bella is a Corgi and Maxwell is a Bichon Frise. Their companion in crime is Doodle our Calico cat. So in the evenings, I spend a bit of time petting and holding them ( many times more than one at a time….. they are all very spoiled). I like to garden, my backyard is listed on the national nature habitat society. I collect fossils and have since I was ten ( which is why my degree is in Geology and worked for ten years in that field not long after I finished my USMC enlistment when I returned from about two years in Vietnam in 1970. I also collect ancient and other coins and collect Boy Scout memorabilia ( I was in the Boy Scouts for about twenty five years as a youth and then an adult.
What academic advice can you give to children?
Attend and graduate from college with a broad and full spectrum of courses. Take composition and writing classes if you can. Live a full life and draw from where you have been, seen and lived. We write best about what interests us the most. Be kind, get involved and most of all listen and learn from wherever you are.
What books would you recommend for children?
Shakespeare, Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Poe, Burrows, Wells and any classics should all be read thoroughly. Ellis Peters for the enjoyment of medieval mystery. The Clan of the Cave Bear series and feel the depth of research she made and what excellent descriptions of where and when the book takes place. Escape where you are and so many others but most of all when you read, immerse yourself in whatever you read. Live the experience you have chosen in it. Reading as much as writing allows you to escape to a place you might not have the chance to visit in person.
What a wonderful and lovely interview with Budd Nelson? Follow Budd Nelson on Authors Den where you can read his amazing brilliant stories and poetry. Find the link to Budd Nelson’s brilliant book Dusty on Amazon below.
Interview with Author Rosslin Kuurien
Our featured author today is Rosslin Kuurien from Mumbai India. I was honored to have an interview with this absolutely brilliant author who has accomplished so much in the world of literature. Let’s get to know Rosslin Kuurien. Shall we? I asked Rosslin Kuurien a few questions in regards to her writing career and I will outline them below.
Tell us a bit about you
My name is Rosslin Kuurien. I have been writing by the pen name J K Roseline. I began my writing career as a freelance journalist in 1996. My articles and features have been published in prominent newspapers in India and Dubai. I used to write for Gulf news tabloid section of the newspaper when I lived with my family in Dubai as my husband was working there. I continued writing features in newspapers until 2010.
When did you start your writing career?
When I returned to Mumbai India. I wanted to do something of my own and thought that I could commence writing a short story collection. Meanwhile, I would write poems every once in a while and would get much appreciation for it. That was way back in 1988 when I published them in a newspaper. That was long before I started my freelance writing work.
What inspired you to become an author
I got back to writing poems only in 2004 when I lost my mother. I wrote a tribute, like a catharsis, it healed me. I wrote a long tribute of more than a thousand words which I wrote in bits and pieces little by little. It is titled, ‘ An Ode to a Mother.’ I thought nobody would read it but when I posted it on Authors Den, it soon acquired more than a thousand hits. Such poems about family are available on my third book ‘ The Guiding Lights’ which I have dedicated to my parents. In 2012, I came to know of the Authors Den site. I posted just one poem and forgot about it. I started some other work in writing but I was not consistent about it. It was in 2013 that I got a laptop and was soon back to writing. I began posting a poem once every four days on Authors Den. I didn’t think anything much about it until a couple of poems later when Ronald Hull from Authors Den read and commented on a poem. One by one, the comments of other members went on increasing so much that by the time I had posted all the poems I had with me, I was motivated to write more! Poetry wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to do short stories. There was this community of wonderful writers commenting and supporting without bias. Authors Den is a beautiful world.
Tell us about a remarkable time in your life and how it inspired your thoughts as a writer
Life takes its own turns. It is a chance meeting with Martin Kiszko in Mumbai India at a literature festival. I attended his children’s workshop on poems which I half heartedly went – it changed my world. I became his fan. I wanted to try and do what he taught us on that day in a two hour workshop! He talked about his book, ‘Green Poems for a Blue Planet.’ The workshop was for children. A few adults were there too. I took back an idea for life!
Martin Kiszko is a poet, composer and screenwriter. He has composed over 200 scores for film and television. He has also released eight albums with major European orchestras. His screenplays include the children’s fantasy Junkworld.
Yes, my vision in life changed. All the books I published were for all especially for motivating children into poetry writing. I have also written a few songs.
What does your day usually look like?
I spend time doing haikus double dactyls, clerihew, the tankas, sonnets, limericks and most of the other forms. It is like a game of words for me. I become childlike and can connect with them.
Tell us a bit about your family
I come from a family of writers. My paternal grandfather was a dramatist and a revolutionary poet of his time. My uncles have published books. One is historical as one my uncles was a history professor. My other uncle who lived till the age of 97 was a poet too and did much work. His main language of writing was not English. He did many translations in English. I have an under graduate degree in Science and a post graduate degree in English Literature where I had the option of doing American literature.
What is your experience with children as a writer?
I have written and published poetry books meant for children. Before I became a writer, I taught in schools. I delve into topics that interest them. My collection of poems are about seasons and nature, tales of animals and birds which are especially for school children. I would like to help children develop the skill of writing poems just as they learn any other art forms by means of fun filled workshops.
My poems are included in various anthologies in India and America including an anthology collection ‘I Am a Woman’ a tribute to Kamala Das released in New Delhi in May 31 2015.
What academic advice can you give to children?
I would tell children to follow their hearts in whatever they wish to do in life. Let them work on their best qualities as that will surely bring out good results.
What a wonderful interview with Rosslin Kuurien? Find Rosslin Kuurien’ Youtube link where she showcases her literary works below. Also, find links to Rosslin Kuurien’s books on Amazon below too.