An interview with Victoria Bolton, author of the book entitled « Rude Boy USA »

me_siteVictoria Bolton lives in New York. A graduate of the College of Westchester, she works as a computer technician in schools and as a part-time actress. Here a description of her last book entitled « Rude Boy USA »:

Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime. Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.

Operating as an investment shell company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.

Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group. Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?

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How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?

Rude_Boy_USA_new_cover_jpgThe Rude Boy USA books are in a trilogy. When I first started typing it, I had no intent on making this into three books but as I got into writing, I discovered that there is a lot to this story that needs to be out there. There may be more with this story in the future. I have a few ideas that I have in mind. One of them is making a prequel to Rude Boy USA but that is still in the idea stages. I also thought about making a spin-off but that will be later on down the line.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?

Keep working despite all of the obstacles that may be in your way. Block out naysayers and focus on your art.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

I write naked sometimes. It was hot this past summer and sitting under an air-conditioner costs money. I wrote all three of these books sitting on top of my bed. It’s comfortable and when I get tired, I can just fall right to sleep.

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day –

The smallest things make my day. Just now I got bonus onion rings in my French fry order. I am happy as hell about that.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –

Book reviews scare the crap out of me. I’d rather not read them because you are not sure if a reader is going to give you praise or rip you to shreds. I’ve had both happen to me. I do however enjoy criticism that is well thought out and insightful. Of course, you can’t pick your critics so on occasion, you may get the guy or girl who just yells “you suck!” and run.

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An interview with Steve Magill, author of the book “Revelation and the Age of Antichrist”

steveportrait02Steve Magill is a retired pastor with over forty years in the ministry. He continues to teach and write on the last days, evangelism, and Christian growth. He hasfour grown children and two teenage boys. He lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.

“Revelation and the Age of Antichrist” is a brief commentary on the book of Revelation. It follows the natural ordering of the book of Revelation. By following the order of the book of Revelation, the ordering of last day events are placed in their proper ordering.

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HERE THE INTERVIEW:

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?

This is my third book. My first book is 48 pages and was written to support my evangelistic efforts to leave with those I speak to about Jesus Christ. It focuses on scientific and historical rationale for believing in God versus not believing. My second book is a collection of stories written in a fairy tale, fantasy styel that I told to my six children over the years. My youngest son came to me one day when he was about ten and said, “Dad, if you put your stories in a book, I could read it and put it on my school reading list.” I did, and he did.

Tell us a little about your book.

CoverRevelationlrg1700x“Revelation and the Age of Antichrist” is a brief commentary on the biblical book of Revelation. Its focus is to follow the natural order of the book of Revelation and let its literary transitions and flow of thought reveal a timeline of earth’s final years when the one called the Antichrist is upon the world scene.

Many have asked “Why anyone should want to read and try to understand what many call such a confusing book?” It’s an important book to read because it is the only book in the Bible where we are given a picture of God giving the Revelation directly to Jesus to give to His people. Not only did God give the revelation directly, He gave the revelation in picture form with sound. He gave an hour and a half video so John could write down exactly what He said without reinterpreting the imagery. This revelation is so important that there is also a promise of a special “blessing” to all who reads, hears, and embraces the revelation.

What I find amazing about the book of Revelation is that what the Apostle John had written down as his future is now our present. With all that is going on in our world today with Great Britain, the United States, Russia, and Islam, we find that the book of Revelation reveals why Great Britain and the United States are giving leadership to the world today at the same time that Russia is making many alliances with its Islamic neighbors, Islam is spreading its terror on every continent, and our world leaders increasing talk of moving toward a new world order where the nation’s economy merge as one.

Do you have plans for a new book?

Actually I am finishing up a book now that will soon be going to press. The premise of the book is, Does God have a prophetic/historical timeline outlined in Scripture that has a beginning, an end, and a sequence of events that does not need to be rearranged and reasoned into place? The resounding answer is—yes! When we know God’s timeline, we also know the ordering of last day events and where we are on the prophetic timeline. You can be on the lookout for its release by going to my website at www.ageofantichrist.com.

Cats or dogs?

Okay, since you asked … it is definitely dogs. What can I say … dogs are definitely man’s best friend.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Stalkers can visit with me at:
www.AgeofAntichrist.com
www.ReturnAmerica.com

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Writing for over 50 years – An interview with Howard Eisenberg, The Toddler Poet Laureate

Howard_EisenbergHere is an interview with Howard Eisenberg, The Toddler Poet Laureate. Writing for over 50 years, turning 90 this year, author Howard Eisenberg has written hundreds of articles, countless books –often with his late wife, Arlene (What to Expect When You’re Expecting)– for national publications. Howard’s writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Parenting Magazine, Baby Talk, Reader’s Digest and dozens of others.

Additionally he’s written six adult books, four co-authored with Arlene, three Guess Who (Guess Who Zoo, Guess Who Farm, Guess Who Neighborhood) books for children, and scripts for radio and TV. Howard’s latest book Adorable Scoundrels is a wry read of super poems about tenacious tots. A great grandfather even greater writer, Howard’s website is www.howardeisenbergauthor.com.

About his last book entitled “Adorable Scoundrels, a treasury of toddler poetry”:  You’ll recognize your own toddlers (past or present) in the charming illustrations of Susan Robinson who has two 3-year-olds of her own and in the truth-telling verses of author, poet, and playwright Howard Eisenberg who met them first as toddlers of his own and of his much beloved late wife Arlene, who co-wrote the parenting bible, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Arlene and the hundreds of toddlers he met with her became Howard’s inspiration for a treasury of charming Adorable Scoundrel poems that “make you smile when you feel like crying.” After hearing them at Arlene’s lectures parents would ask, Where can I get the book? There was no book then, but there is now.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING, AND WHEN?

“Private Eisenberg, write us a newspaper!”  The place was a former SS barracks in Flossenburg, Germany a week after the end of WWII.  The voice was that of Captain Ingraham, who wanted a morale booster for a very bored infantry unit: Co. K, 357th Infantry.

Fleeing Nazis had abandoned a mimeograph machine and my company commander, checking military files, had discovered my two years of college, and assumed I could spell. I set to work profiling the guys and published the first and only issue of “The Company K Rifleman.” Somehow a copy reached Corps Headquarters and I was drafted to write for the 90th Division’s weekly “American Traveler.”  When it featured my first article on the front page, I thought, “Hmm, it might be nice to spend the rest of my life as a writer.”  And so, for roughly the last 70 years, I have.

HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN?

I’m  up to No. 11  — plus hundreds of national magazine articles, a musical, a film play, and one-man show. A lot of that was written with my wonderful late wife for life, Arlene, who was later hijacked by our daughters to write the original books in the “What to Expect” series.  Pretty good move. The series has sold more than 35 million copies and moms (dads, too) can read it in 30 languages.

WAS THERE AN AUTHOR THAT INSPIRED YOUR WRITING?

Adorable Scoundrels, a treasury of toddler poetryCharles Dickens and Mark Twain, for both their drama and their humor, light my lit. And Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker’s satirical light-as-a-feather verse continues to inspire mine. Readers with time and children on their hands might like to check out my first three Guess Who Books — Zoo, Farm, and Neighborhood — at howardeisenbergauthor.com. What makes them worth checking out (and, if I may say so, unique) is that they both rhyme and riddle. They are “fun that educates” —  with clues in every line and the last word left blank for readers to guess. If you can spare the time, check out this sample:

My face is quite adorable,
But you may think it horrible.
I wear a mask upon my eyes.
Why not? I came to rob you guys.

When sun has set and darkness falls,
I want spaghetti and meatballs.
Since I do not know how to cook,
Your garbage can is where I look.

My nose can sniff from half a mile.
When it smells leftovers, I smile.
The stuff you left upon your platter,
I’ll dine upon with midnight clatter.

I lick my lips and thank your  Mommy
For chicken nuggets and salami.
Oh how I feast beneath the moon!
I’m sure you know my name:
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DO YOU PLOT OR WRITE BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS?

Sometimes I write by the seat of my pajamas.  Early one morning, I suddenly sat bolt upright with the opening and theme of a musical in my head. I headed for my computer, went into a zone (the best place for a writer to be) and had written the first four scenes of what became “The Million Dollar Bet” before breakfast.

Oh, there was a long way to go and plenty of rewriting ahead, but my inspiration was five years as super-star singer Eddie Fisher’s press agent. When he was onstage, I often wondered if it might have been me if only I’d taken the singing lessons a Bronx “talent scout” had tried to sell my parents, who couldn’t afford them. That inspired the idea for a million dollars (his) bet against a year’s Social Security checks (mine) that I could win if I became a singing star in one year.

Having others read my early draft paid off.  One pro suggested a surprise ending that was just what the play doctor ordered.  Two readings so far and lots of hope to go.  I live on 80th St. in NYC and I know that for a musical to travel from there to a Broadway theatre in the 50’s can take ten years.

DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR A NEW BOOK?

For half a dozen new books. One will be a memoir of my wonderful years collaborating with Arlene entitled, A Typewriter Built for Two: My 50 Years with the Woman who Co-Wrote ‘The Bible.’ A few chapters are written, but other projects keep getting in the way. First it was the Guess Who series.  Now it’s the newly published Adorable Scoundrels (available, of course, on Amazon) 43 poems about the wonderful world of toddlers. Can you tolerate another sample? (If not, skip on.)

GALE WARNINGS
Hurricane? Tornado? Violent spouse?
Who wrought this havoc in our house?
You want to know what is it?
Our grandchildren came to visit.

Since nobody’s ever written that many poems about toddlers or claimed the title, I’ve officially appointed myself The Toddler Poet Laureate.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS STARTING OUT?

Yes, two pieces.  First, if you have something started or a finished first-draft  (a short story, a novel, a memoir, a play, whatever) an inexpensive way to get top-notch feedback is to sign up for a course at a local community college or, even better, (in NYC or online) Gotham Writers Workshop. It welcomes beginners, but it’s for pros as well. I’ve taken both the Children’s lit course and the film writing class and feedback from fellow writers and instructors turned good into better.

Second, attend the annual Writers’ Conference of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). It’s usually in NYC, which makes it possible to write off a great visit to the Big Juicy Apple. Its workshops with prominent authors, agents, and book and magazine editors often lead to assignments  or book contracts. I’ve been a member forever — since it started as the Society of Magazine Writers (SMW) — and all (or much) I am or ever hope to be I owe to my darling mother and the ASJA —  whose members are free with coaching and counsel for both beginners and those qualified via previous publications to become members.

Just google the ASJA and get on your way.

Book links:  www.amazon.com/author/eisenberg.

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