#BLTBF – Meet Tracey M. Cox

BLT-logo#BLTBF – Meet Tracey M. Cox

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Last up is me – Tracey M. Cox.

Q:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Tracey: I love to write picture books. I like to think of myself as a 4 1/2 year old that refuses to grow up.

Q:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Tracey:  I have eight picture books out now.

  1. Shaping Up the Year – teaches shapes and holidays found on the American calendar.
  2. Ribbert’s Way Home – Allows readers to see the main character to overcome his fear of moving and other fears.
  3. Liddil Gets Her Light – Allows readers to see the main character take on a problem, create short term goals and build on them to reach her long term goal.
  4. Just the Thing to Be – Allows readers to see our two main characters see how embracing yourself and what you are good at is the best thing you can do. 
  5. Angels Do That – Encourages readers to see the little miracles that occur in our every day life.
  6. Arachnabet – An alphabet book on spiders and some of their common traits.
  7. The Children at the Playground – Encourages readers to get out and play, exercise, and eat healthy.
  8. Clare’s Christmas Wish – Allows readers to see the point of view of two children, one better off than the other, and how both learn that to give of themselves is the best present one can receive. 

Q:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?

Tracey:   I have always enjoyed writing and creating stories. My papa use to tell me some of his own when I was little. In school, I always had great grades when it came to creative writing. But I never thought of taking it further, until one January night in 2000. My older two wanted me to tell them a story before they went to bed. Son#2 was asleep before the story ended. But Son#1 stayed awake til the very end. When it was over, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Mom, THAT would make a cool book.”. He went to sleep. Me? I thought, “Why not?” and went to my computer and typed in how to become a children’s writer. I haven’t looked back. 

Q:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Tracey:   I would like to try my hand a mg or ya. I have a few mss that are collecting dust. Maybe I will get back to them.

Q:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Tracey:   Hands down — EVE BUNTING! She a wonderful writer and a complete inspiration to me. She is one of those writers that can write any thing and write it well. She can write cross genre from picture book to mid grade to young adult. She has written across topics too, from butterflies to homelessness to racism. I hope to accomplish at least half as much as her. 

For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
Q:   Who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Tracey:   The witch.  She is a complex character. She is suffering, because of the loss of her sister. She feels as if she is being wronged. After all her sister’s killer is rewarded with shoes. And she doesn’t even have the respect of her people. Still she carries on.

Q:   Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer
Tracey:   I like Dorothy. She shows people to look beyond what lies in front of them. To dream and to never give up.

Thanks bunches!

ABOUT   TRACEY M. COX:

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Tracey M. Cox lives in Ocilla, Georgia. She is an author and loves to be involved in the KidLit community. After looking around her community, she realized the need to get people excited about reading. That was when the idea of starting a book festival came to her. Tracey is the founder/director of the Books Love & Taters Book Festival. She is also in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Within that organization she is the Local Liaison for South Georgia and webmaster for the Southern Breeze region. She is also a KidLit.TV team member and enjoys promoting literacy whenever she can.

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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#BLTBF – Meet Janie Hopwood

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Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Fifth up is Janie Hopwood.

Me:   Hi Janie. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Janie: I like to write poetry, Historical fiction, fiction, and children’s stories.

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Janie:  First book, Beck House, began as a non-fiction group of stories concerning my Grandmother’s boarding house.  At the time, I had three relatives that had either lived in the house or eaten there on a regular basis.  As I questioned them, I realized I was getting three versions of the same story so I decided to make the book fiction and add stories, include stories that did not occur in the Beck House. Beck House is a collection of short stories.  One of the stories concerned a young boy abandoned by his parents.  The first part of this story is true according to tapes in which my Aunt Sybil talks about the boy; how he came to live with them and why he left.  She mentions that he had visited Rena as a man but nothing more.  I fell in love with this courageous lad and decided to invent him a life history.  The Forever Child is about surviving in spite of and sometimes because of what life throws at you.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Janie:   I have no idea.  Someone told me that I needed to get Beck House published and I did.

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Janie:   I want to write a mystery novel, I have one started but have bogged down, and have an idea for another more contemporary story.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Janie:   Pat Conroy, my two favorite books are Beach Music and To Kill  a Mockingbird.  Love Conroy”s ability to tell seven stories in one book and to keep it all together.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Janie:   The wizard.  He took an awful situation, turned it into a great situation and still knew when to leave.

Me:   Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer
Janie:   I like Dorothy for not only her dreaming but her courage, brains, and heart.

Me: Thanks bunches, Janie!

ABOUT JANIE HOPWOOD:

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Janie Hopwood was born in Americus Georgia in 1943.  The family moved to Macon Georgia shortly thereafter and Mrs. Hopwood attended the public schools of Macon, graduating with honors in 1961.  She attended Georgia Southern College majoring in physical education and health.  Upon graduation from college, Mrs. Hopwood was offered a graduate assistants position while she worked on her MST degree.  Once the degree was finished, she accepted a teaching and coaching position in the Dekalb County School system where she taught physical education and coached girls basketball and tennis.  After one year, she was offered a teaching position with Georgia Southern and taught there for two years after which, she married and moved to Monroe Georgia.  She also taught in Waycross Georgia where both of her daughters were born, and Lawrenceville Georgia.  After a divorce she moved her family to Tifton Georgia.  Here she met and married Jerry Hopwood.  She retired from teaching in 1997 and currently spends her time writing, working in the community and spending time with husband, children, and grandchildren. Mrs. Hopwood published her first novel Beck House in 2009.  Followed by an offshoot novel The Forever Child in 2014.

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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#BLTBF – Meet Rick A. Register

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Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Fourth up is Rick A. Register.

Me: Hi Rick. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me: What genres do you enjoy writing in?

Rick: I enjoy writing quirky fiction, mixed with realism.

Me: Can you tell us a little about your books?

Rick: My first book is titled “A Turkey Loves my Wife” It’s an offbeat love story, filled with adventure and romance. My style of writing is a little left of the norm.

Me: What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?

Rick: I was originally an art major in college and always assumed I would pursue that field. I started writing seriously, although scarcely, when I was in my teens. I had a lot of crazy ideas, but nothing gelled. The voice I needed seemed to gain greater clarity as got older. The desire to write a book stuck with me and it has been one of the most enjoyable and challenging things I have ever completed. Hopefully, I’ll have my second offering ready next year.

Me: What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?

Rick: I love short stories and even my own brand of odd poetry. The ultimate goal is to move beyond novella status and crank out a novel.

Me: If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?

Rick: This is a tough question. My wife will tell you that I don’t have a favorite anything, so it’s always hard for me to narrow it down to one. I will give you a few examples of what I consider masterful-
John Steinbeck- All of his work. I love his phasing and imagery.
Clement C. Moore- ‘Twas the night before Christmas, an incredible piece of writing.
Ezra Jack Keats- The Snowy Day, A kids book that book stuck with me in 60’s and is still with me.
James Hearst- The Scarlet Ibus. I pay a slight homage to this, my favorite short story, in my own book. The first story that really moved me.
Stan Lee- He fueled my imagination, the reason I loved to read as a kid.
I’ll take a meeting with any of these guys

Me: For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?

Rick: All I can say about the Wizard of Oz, is that I am intrigued by the lore of Pink Floyd’s Dark side of the Moon album lining up in perfect sync with the movie.

Me: Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer

Rick: Gonna have to go with Dorothy, as writers, we’re all dreamers.

Me: Thanks bunches, Rick!

ABOUT RICK A. REGISTER:

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As far back as I can remember, I have always had an interest in art, photography and all things visual. I discovered a flair for writing while in high school, and eventually recognized it to be my real passion. My first offering shares an imaginary world, built on ideas created for my wife and two sons. In my down time, I’m an avid runner and enjoy other athletic pursuits.

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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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#BLTBF – Meet E.M. Knowles

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Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Third up is E.M. Knowles, who sent in a video.

Thanks bunches, E.M.! LOVE the video!!!

ABOUT E.M. KNOWLES:

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As a graduate of Columbia College with a B.A. in psychology and sociology, and as enraptured by current events as she is history, E.M. Knowles’ fiction leans to the cerebral and macabre. Her novels have been consecutive award winners with Diary of Mimosa Creek (NaNoWriMo 2012) Iona (2013), The Yawning Veil (2014).

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Happy Writing!
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#BLTBF – Meet Kristofer M. Hanson

BLT-logo #BLTBF – Meet Kristofer M. Hanson

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

Second up is Kristofer M. Hanson.

Me:   Hi Kris. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Kris:   Fantasy and Science Fiction, ranging from YA to Mainstream

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Kris:   My first book is The Attuning, The Athran Saga, Book 1. I literally created Athran and the universe it resides in from the “celestial” ground up. The first book feels a little like high fantasy, as you meet Dwarves (don’t say that name to their face), see a form of Elf that is not an Elf (the Elffin), as well as other creatures such as the Orc-like Gralln and brutish Ogres. Then there is an element of steampunk mixed into the book as the people on the planet Athran have successfully combined their form of magic, elemental Mysticism, with different technologies. A white Mystic who manipulates air can fly an air barge, or a Red Mystic (fire) working with a Blue Mystic (water) can create a steam engine.

Once the world was created, I then asked myself, does a Dwarf or an Elf look into the stars and wonder what is up there? This is where elements of science fiction begin to bleed into the story. What if something from the stars came to them? What would happen to a fantasy world at odds with a science fiction world? Are the two truly separate, or can the fantasy be explained by science? Not to give too much away, but it has been more fun than I imagined writing this book.

I am currently 2/3 of the way done with Book 2, and look forward to finishing this series as a trilogy and pushing farther into this world and universe that I have crafted.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Kris:   I am a retired Disabled Veteran and Wounded Warrior, having served in the Air Force for 18 years. I have been creating this world for over a decade now, but the military has kept me thoroughly busy. Now that I am retired, it is time to share this story with the world and open people’s imaginations. 

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Kris:   I don’t see myself writing in another genre, but I could see myself writing exclusively in either category, even though I prefer to mix the two together.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Kris:   R.A. Salvatore and Robert Jordan are my biggest influences. I have already met Mr. Salvatore, so I would given a lot to see Mr. Jordan while he was still alive. Robert Jordan created a world and story that spanned over fifteen books, and I would just like to sit down over a nice cup of coffee and pick his brain about his characters and writing process.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here. 😀 Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Kris:   Toto. A loyal dog and companion just along for the ride. He was brave and someone Dorothy could use to remind her of home.

Me:   Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

Tinman – Heart
Lion – Bravery
Scarecrow – Brains
Dorothy – Dreamer
Kris:   Like any good zombie, I would go for more brains. What is bravery if you don’t have the brains to guide it? You just needlessly throw your life away because you are not smart enough to realize those fifty flying monkeys are probably a bit too much to handle without some help. Heart is great, but heart is just a battery for the brains. You could say that emotions and empathy come from the heart, but the are actually formed in the brain through a long life full of experiences. Dreams are where our brains go to play when we sleep. If we did not dream, we would literally go insane. Sorry folks, but the Scarecrow was onto something here. Perhaps he wanted more brains and intellect so he could finally finish his plan of taking over Oz.

“What are we going to tonight, Scarecrow?”

“The same thing we do every night, Lion, try and take over the world… of Oz!”

Me: Thanks bunches, Kris!  And that was too, too, tooooooooooo funny!!!

ABOUT KRISTOFER M. HANSON:

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Kristofer Hanson is an independent author who has just emerged on the fantasy and science fiction scene. He is also a retired, 18-year United States Air Force Veteran and Wounded Warrior. While serving his nation took up most of his time, he has finally had the opportunity to sit down and bring his stories to life. His time spent in the military heavily influences his writing, and he hopes his readers enjoy the adventures he takes them on. 

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Happy Writing!
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#BLTBF – Meet Raven Price

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#BLTBF – Meet Raven Price

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce the authors who will be at Book Love & Taters Book Festival on October 31st.

First up is Raven Price.

Me:   Hi Raven. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Me:   What genres do you enjoy writing in?
Raven:   Fantasy / Romance

Me:   Can you tell us a little about your books?
Raven:   The are Christian Fiction with a supernatural, fantasy and romantic twist.

  1. The Plan
  2. The Conversion
  3. The Chosen

The Plan is my first book. It is a stand alone novel.
The Conversion & The Chosen are two of a trilogy I am working on that shows how God uses normal people to bring others into knowing his love while helping them find a loving relationship for themselves. I use a lot of supernatural events mixed with drama in this trilogy.

Me:   What made you decide to pursue writing professionally?
Raven:   In 2010, I was compelled to write my own story in a fictitious format after remembering how reading formed my beliefs and lifestyle.

Me:   What others genre(s) or subject(s) would you like to write?
Raven:   I’ve been told by a couple of reviewers that I have a tendency to write in several genres in one novel. So to answer your question, I don’t have another one I pretty much cover the basics other than erotica. My style covers romance, fantasy, drama, supernatural, science fiction, horror, crime, YA, and NA.

Me:   If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
Raven:   Nora Roberts. I like Nora, because she writes a lot like me. She even has a drama series under another name: JD Robb.

Me:   For those of you who may not know, The Books Love & Taters Book Festival takes place during the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. This is my little town and it’s a big to-do around here.   😀   Every year, we take on a different theme. This year “There’s No Place Like Home” (The Wizard of OZ) was chosen.
My question to you is, who is your favorite Wizard of OZ character and why?
Raven:   I like Dorothy. She is stubborn, driven to explore and loving all at the same time.

Me:  Whose qualities do you like the most and why:

  • Tinman – Heart
  • Lion – Bravery
  • Scarecrow – Brains
  • Dorothy – Dreamer

Raven: Dorothy. Dorothy is inquisitive. She hates evil and wants to rescue the innocent which leads her through a journey of self-discovery and moral values. She loves her aunt and unle and the men who work with them, but she is sadden when they want to side against her when an evil woman wants to destroy her dog. To stop injustice on her own, she flees only to be trapped in a supernatural event which throws her into a land where she has to grow. This journey will empower her and help others to overcome fears and brokenness.

Me:   Thanks bunches, Raven!!!!

ABOUT RAVEN PRICE:

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Raven Price is a wife, mother and grandmother who writes Christian Fiction. Along with writing, she works for her church and engages people on social media.  With three books published, she also writes a blog twice a month called Author Talk Interview to help other authors get promoted.

 The Plan      The Conversion      The Chosen

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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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October is BIZ-ZEEEEEEEEEE!

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I am having issues with my laptop, which is why I haven’t been on time with my posts lately. Some days it will allow me to go to certain websites, some days no. Today is a good day!!!!!

October is an amazing month! AND it will be busy for writers. Check out what all I know about this month…

#PBPitch

(October 15th, 8 am – 8 pm)
www.pbpitch.com

Twitter event for Picture Books only! You can categorize by sub-genre too. Agents will definitely be checking this feed throughout the day. Check out the website for all the deets!

#WIK15

(October 16th – 18th)
www.southern-breeze.scbwi.org

Southern Breeze’s Chapter of SCBWI has their fall conference. Learn about your craft, promotional ideas, network and more. Check out the Southern Breeze website for all the deets!

#SoGAWritersGuild

(October 27th)

Writers of all genres are welcomed in the South Georgia Writers Guild. We meet monthly in Adel, Georgia and quarterly in Tifton, Georgia. We have monthly challenges of #30mdare using the same prompt, discuss marketing, and talk about writing in general. Leave me a comment if you would like more information about this great group I happen to belong to. 😀

#BLTBF

(October 31st, 9 am – 5 pm)
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This is the biggest little book festival in South Georgia. Okay, it’s the only book festival in south Georgia. I saw a need to promote literacy and this is how I’m trying to get my community better involved. It is held within the Arts & Crafts venue of the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. There is a great line up of six authors. Come out and say hello!

So, please excuse me if my laptop shows out again. And let me know if you are planning on attending any of these events.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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If you’re near Ocilla, Georgia on Halloween, come to the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival and find the Books Love & Potatoes Book Festival booth and say HI!

 

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