Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ten Questions with Ronda Eden



Ronda Eden (a.k.a. Ronnie Roo) was born in Adelaide, South Australia and spent her childhood dreaming about horses. As an adult, she is now living that childhood dream. Ronda’s been a factory worker, Chinese cook’s assistant, pharmacy assistant, teacher, storyteller, writer,  waitress, bartender, dishwasher, cleaner, touring art curator, gallery owner, horse trainer and artist A.O.T. (Among Other Things).
Ronda’s hobbies include the joy of  hiking, climbing, wind surfing, belly dancing, jogging, traveling, swimming, daydreaming, listening to music and, of course, horse riding. Apart from the later, none of these activities get much of her attention these days. Especially travel! Ronda loves it right where she is, doing exactly what she is doing. You see, Ronda lives in Laramie, Wyoming with her husband Mernie and together they run a horse boarding operation with 60 horses, 2 mules, a miniature donkey and a tough, bad boy tomcat. Ronda still manages to be an artist A.O.T (Among Other Things) in between feeding, riding and shoveling poop, but the horses come first. She does travel during the summers, but a couple of the horses go with her and together they cover hundreds of miles on the endurance trails of the Mountain Region. Ronda plans to be getting onto a horse and riding high well into her old age!

Hi, Ronda.  Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Yes! I was born in Adelaide, Australia and came to Colorado on a teaching exchange in December 1988. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UCD Denver, I worked as a Curator for the University of Wyoming’s Art mobile program, traveling to remote parts of the State teaching art and art appreciation. I’ve done all kinds of things from waiting tables and bartending to being an artist in residence in schools across the Midwest and doing murals and window painting. I call myself an ‘Artist A.O.T’ which stands for ‘Artist Among Other Things’. What I like to do more than anything else is ride and be with horses. Everything else is secondary. One day I will actually have my saddle grafted to my bottom and that will be that! LOL

  
Do you also write or would you like to in the future?

Yes. But I feel words are only for those who can’t read the pictures! LOL


When did you first know you wanted to be an illustrator?

When I realized I could not add or subtract for beans!


What kind of training prepared you for your career as an illustrator?

I have a Bachelors of Fine Art, a Teaching Degree and have taken lots of work shops but I still think it’s just a matter of moving the pencil around the page, making lots of mistakes and correcting them over and over again.

    
What is the best advice you've ever received?

Develop your own style. Look around for ideas and information but ultimately let your true self develop. Not someone else’s true self. If that makes sense.

  
Can you describe the process you go through when illustrating a picture book?

I take huge pieces of newsprint (I get end of rolls from newspaper printers in my area) and do lots of doodles of whatever comes into my mind. I develop characters first then try to picture them doing different things and having different expressions and gestures to depict what is happening. The setting comes later. Sort of like props and costumes on a stage. I make lots of changes all the time and sometimes throw it all out and start again. No details at first until I get the shapes and gestures I’m looking for. I run these passed the author for suggestions if I can.


What advice would you give an aspiring illustrator?

Do not get too serious or attached to your work. If you are not enjoying it rethink what you are doing. Learn to laugh at yourself.


What are your current marketing strategies for The Brothers Foot?

When the book first came out Steve and I did a tour in Grand County, Co performing for audiences in all towns. Then our jobs and lives took over again and we haven’t done much since. This is the biggest promo we have had. 

In June we will be performing at Curt Gowdy State part at the Arts in the Park function. Neither of us are very good at the marketing side of all this. I think Steve mentioned this somewhere on this tour. I wish we were. But ‘we are what we are and we ain’t what we ain’t!’


Can you share about any projects you are currently working on?

Steve has written a sequel to The Brothers Foot and I will be working on the illustration again. It’s very cute (of course) and has another new song and dance.  So far I’ve just sketched out the character for ‘Farmer Fox’. Guess I’d better get to work on the rest! 


Is there anything else you'd like to share?

At 54 years old I would still much rather read a children’s book than an adult one. Maybe it’s the illustrations. Maybe it’s the brevity. Or maybe I will just never really grow up!  Thank you so much for letting me share my thoughts here.





Monday, May 30, 2011

Back Story of The Brothers Foot (Guest Post)


I am a songwriter, not necessarily an author.  The two are one in the same, I believe, and I have been inspired by many songs and books over the years.  "The Foot Foot Song" was one of the first songs I can recall.

My parents gave my sister, brother and I a record player for a Christmas present when I was about four or five years old.  It came with a '45' record sung by Ray Bolger (the scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz").  I only remember that one side had a yellow label and the other side was pink.  The pink side was a song called "I'm Glad I'm Not a Rubber Ball" and the yellow side was called "The Foot Foot Song"!

I listened to those songs so many times that I never forgot them.  Years later, when I was playing guitar and singing to help get me through college, I would sometimes play "The Foot Foot Song" and everyone would get a big kick out of it.  In 1979, I joined a band in Colorado Springs and occasionally we would do the song just for fun and it was always a big hit.

Somebody even made rabbit puppets for us to use.  They had little ties and one time when we played a restaurant where if someone wore a tie, the wait staff would come ringing a bell, cut off the person's tie and staple it to the wall with their business card attached.

One night when we were playing the song... they came out ringing the cowbell, cut off the rabbit's ties, stapled them to the front of the stage and labeled them 'Foot', 'Foot Foot', and 'Foot Foot Foot'!  That song has always been fun to sing and obviously sticks in a person (or child's) mind forever!

About seven years ago I came up with the idea to write a simple children's book based on the song.  I asked my friend and artist, Ronda Eden, if she would like to do the illustrations.

Ronnie knew the song and even used to sing it for children's story time visits to various schools and libraries in Wyoming (she still has the puppets, by the way).

Well, to make a long story longer... We collaborated on the book, I got the copyright approval for the song and we are very proud of it.  The Brothers Foot has received great reviews so far but neither one of us are very good at marketing or selling so we are hoping the the World of Ink Tour will help us promote the book.

We do have a sequel in the works with a song I wrote years ago called "The Carrot Song".  Why that would relate to three rabbit brothers', I don't know?



A third generation Coloradan, Steve Cormey has entertained the people of Grand County and Colorado for over thirty years. An award winning songwriter, he has written, produced and released six very successful CDs while playing an always full schedule of live performances.

His background in Folk, bluegrass, rock and traditional music is evident whether live or on CD. Colorado Blue, Somewhere with a Beach, Never Summer..forever home, Walking Stick and the all solo-acoustic Pure & Simple CDs offer a potpourri of musical styles, and his Old Fashioned Christmas is a Yule Tide favorite. Steve’s live performances show off a talented mix of danceable music, humor and fun!
Steve makes his home in Grand County, Colorado. Although he has entertained in Australia, South Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and around the country, you can usually catch his act in the shadows of the Never Summer Mountains of Colorado.


Sites to check out:

http://www.stevecormeymusic.com/

http://www.footfootsong.com/





Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Review of The Brothers Foot: A Hare Raising Story



The Brothers Foot: A Hare Raising Story

Written by Steve Cormey

Illustrated by Ronda Eden

Published in March 2009

Published by AuthorHouse
www.authorhouse.com

ISBN: 978-1-4389-4269-8


MY REVIEW
The Brothers Foot is a children's picture book about three rabbit brothers with rather peculiar names.  The brothers like to jump and play in the briar patch, but best of all they like to sing.  The trio likes to sing their special Foot Foot song.  One day three hunters, with guns, come to the briar patch.  What do you think happens?  I don't want to spoil the ending, so you will just have to read the book to find out for yourself!

The Brothers Foot has fun, colorful illustrations that compliment the story.  In the back of the bok, you will find the words to The Foot Foot Song along with guitar chords, so you, too, can sing and play.  The available CD has one song on it.  The Foot Foot Song!  Now you, too, can sing along with this folksy song.  Who knows, you might even catch yourself humming or singing this catchy tune, when going about your day.  The DVD has both the story and song along with the same whimsical illustrations that are in the book.

I would definitely recommend reading this fun book.  I think that it will be enjoyed by both children and adults.  The book, CD and DVD will have you laughing and singing along.  Who doesn't need a little laughter and silliness in their day?




PLACES WHERE BOOK IS AVAILABLE TO BUY
- Amazon.com
- AuthorHouse bookstore
- http://footfootsong.com/ 


Friday, May 20, 2011

Ten Questions with Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz



Today my guest is author Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz.  She lives in the rural Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small dogs, and three cats.  Penny has published more than 100 articles, 75 stories, two e-books, a chapbook, and her stories have also been included in two anthologies.  She enjoys writing for both children and adults. 


Hi, Penny.  Could you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother.  I’ve lived a full and interesting life, having started my journey on the east coast and culminating on the west coast.  I’ve enjoyed a variety of interests over my lifetime including yoga, motorcycling, gardening, crocheting, crafting, reading, and of course, writing.  My husband and I have three cats and two dogs, Lhasa Apso/Poodle mix.  We enjoy spending time with friends and family and cooking and eating a wide selection of ethnic foods.


Could you describe your desk/workspace?

I have several areas where I enjoy working.  In the summer, I take my laptop into my garden to work.  On cold, rainy days, I will often work in my “comfy” chair with my legs up on a hassock and my dogs draped across my legs. Other times, I actually have a small office where my desktop computer is located.  There, I am surrounded by writing related books stacked on my bookshelves, my various “can’t do without” reference books, supplies, and plenty of desk space.  On the walls, I have photos of my children, grandchild, husband and friends.  Of course, I also have my lucky bamboo in a hand-made pitcher crafted by my talented daughter.


Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes, but I don’t remember who said it in the first place.  “These things, too, shall pass.” They always do.


What is the best advice you've ever received?

Believe in yourself.  As a young writer, I had no confidence and after the first few rejections, I basically gave up writing, except for my own enjoyment.  I wish I knew then what I know now.  It isn’t just about how well you write, although that’s certainly important.  Many times, it’s about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right story.  It’s important to believe in your ability to create a good story.  When you’ve edited the story to the best of your ability, send it off, don’t file it away because you think you’re not good enough.


If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?

Good question.  I would like to have coffee with you.  You have been supportive of me since we first “met” online.  You are always stopping by my blog and leaving comments.  You support other writers on your own blog.  I always see you commenting on various forums.  I think it would be great to get to know you better and on a more personal level.


Thanks, Penny.  What are your top three favorite books and why?

Right now, I am very much into fantasy and magic, so my top three authors are Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, and Devon Monk.  I would hate to say which are my three favorite books simply because I don’t think I could pick three out of the thousands I’ve read since I was a child.  I rarely dislike a book complete, but there are definitely many I’ve enjoyed immensely. 


What was your favorite book as a child and why?

My favorite childhood book was Black Beauty.  I loved horses as a child, but my mother could only afford occasional riding lessons.  Reading about Black Beauty was an intense experience for me.  I loved the characters and the way the book was written. 


What are your current marketing strategies for A Past and A Present?

I have contacted my friends and family and informed them of the book’s release.  I post regularly on Facebook and Twitter.  I did an intensive blog tour in February.  I have contacted local bookstores, libraries, and high schools.  I talk up the book whenever I have the opportunity.


Where can people find your book, A Past and A Present?

Sam’s Dot Publishing recently switched to a new site for their books.  A Past and A Future, while available in print edition, is only available through Sam’s Dot Publishing at http://sdpbookstore.com/anthologies.htm.  The site was recently developed and I hope it will be improved.  There is no search button on the site, so you have to scroll through the anthologies to find A Past and A Future.  I noticed it still states the book would be released in October and one can preorder.  This is an error and the book is now available.  It’s my understanding Sam’s Dot Publishing does plan to release a number of their books on Smashwords, but it will be awhile before that occurs.


Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Yes, people can read more about me on my website and blog.
http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com/

The direct buy link for A Past and A Future is here 
http://sdpbookstore.com/anthologies.htm

Ghost for Rent is my middle grade paranormal mystery and is available from
http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b8656/?si=0

Love Delivery, a contemporary romance is coming August, 2011
Lady in Waiting, an historical romance is coming November, 2011
Mirror, Mirror, a time-travel romance is coming December, 2011
All from MuseItUp Publishing at https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2

Funny Dog, a picture book, is coming May, 2012
Ghost for Lunch, the sequel to Ghost for Rent, and also a MG paranormal mystery is coming September, 2013
Many Colored Coats, a picture book, is coming October, 2014
Boo's Bad Day, a picture book, is coming June, 2015
All from 4RV Publishing, LLC at  http://4RVpublishingllc.com/Childrens_Books.html



Thanks, Penny, for a great interview.  I've enjoyed hosting you on my blog this week.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Review of A Past and a Future



A Past and a Future

by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Publisher: Sam's Dot Publishing
                  http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/

First Printing, October 2010


Author's website: http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com/




EXCERPT


ASHLEY OF ASHLAND

Ashley, younger son of Brandon, Duke of Ashland, sat brooding in front of the fire. Although it was late spring, the stone castle was drafty and always cold. Deep in thought, he tried to ignore the gaiety around him, as party guests frolicked and made merry. A spark from the fire fell on his blue silk hose, and he flicked it away angrily. He sat up straighter on his chair and adjusted his dark blue brocade jacket. He noticed a small smudge spot on one of the white lace cuffs protruding from the right sleeve. He rubbed at it absently, but that only pushed the soot deeper into the fabric.
Ashley glanced back over his shoulder. A small group of musicians, gaily dressed in green and gold brocade, played a rollicking dance tune. Dancers of all ages bobbed, swayed, curtseyed and bowed to each other as their feet flashed through the intricate dance steps. Serving girls wove among the dancers, tankards of ale and goblets of wine balanced on their huge trays. Ashley sighed and turned back to his fire; he had never managed to conquer those dance steps.
Ashley picked up a poker leaning against the stonework and shoved it into the pile of burning logs. The flames danced higher, the sparks flying like tiny fairy lights. Ashley sighed and looked back over his shoulder again. Princess Thalia danced with his brother, Gerand. Her small blond head was thrown back in laughter, her cheeks lit with a rosy glow. She was dressed in a low-cut, lime-green brocade dress, the full skirt trimmed in the finest ermine. Around her neck flashed a choker of emeralds and diamonds. Woven into her hair were strings of pearls. Gerand’s tall muscular frame, topped by his head of thick, black hair, created a stark contrast to the small plump princess as he propelled her around the dance floor in an intricate maneuver. Ashley sighed again. Thalia was so lovely, if only he had been born first, she’d be pledged to him, not his older brother.
Ashley stirred the logs while muttering under his breath. A rainbow of colors flickered, and suddenly an image of Princess Thalia appeared, hovering in the huge fireplace. Several more words created Ashley’s image standing alongside Thalia’s. When a hand touched Ashley’s shoulder lightly, it startled him. The images flickered and disappeared.
“Impressive, Ashley of Ashland,” Thalia’s soft voice murmured.
Ashley spun around quickly, a blush coloring his pudgy cheeks. “Good evening,
Princess. I thought I was alone.” Ashley stood and bowed, his eyes never leaving Thalia’s face.
“You were. I just came to see if my future brother-in-law would like to dance with me?” Thalia’s cheeks dimpled slightly as she smiled, extending her hand.



MY REVIEW
A collection of sixteen fantasy and soft science fiction stories, A Past and a Future has something for every reader to enjoy.  From sorceresses, evil magicians and dragons to blue-skinned robots and telepathic empaths, each character is unique in their own way.  Each of the sixteen short stories is well written and with such detail that you will find yourself transported into the different worlds, overcoming obstacles and challenges along side the characters.  Each story is an adventure you won't soon forget.

I would recommend A Past and a Future to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy or soft science fiction stories.


** Go about 2/3 of the way down the page


Be sure to come back on Friday when I share an interview I did with Penny.  You won't want to miss it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Book Spotlight - A Past and a Future


  

A Past and a Future
By Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Published by Sam's Dot Publishing

A Collection of Sixteen Fantasy and Soft Science Fiction Stories

FLIGHT OF THE ROC – Lona is a budding sorceress, but her tutor isn’t too impressed with her skills.  When he sends her off to collect a roc’s egg, she finds herself in a heap of trouble.  Part of the trouble begins when she meets handsome, young Tom.  Tom agrees to help her collect the egg, but disaster strikes when the egg hatches.  Will Lona chose the roc or Tom?
BLURRED VENGEANCE – Vain and aggressive, Temur ignores the warnings of his dream vision, as he seeks vengeance for his father’s death.  With his friend and confidant, Jamthrak, Temur rides across the steppes toward town.  On the way, unforeseen events cause him to lose focus.  He regains his strength and continues on.  Once in town, he meets Bota, a buxom woman unlike those of his village. He arranges to bring her back with him to be his first wife. Then, using his skills of magik, stealth, and cunning, he tracks down his father’s murderer.  He completes his task, but encounters yet another young woman, Mira…this one a slave.  He saves her, but in doing so, causes strife between Bota, Mira, and Jamthrak.  He should not have ignored his dead father’s warnings.
WHO WILL HEAL THE HEALER – Niane, a young sorceress, is aware of her elderly mentor’s feelings for her, but she cannot return them.  She trusts to the Moon Goddess to guide her and Marzan, her mentor, to train her as the next court sorceress.   Yet something, deep, dark and disturbing has taken a part of Marzan.  Can she save herself and her mentor when the powers of darkness threaten?
ASHLEY OF ASHLAND – Ashley is the younger son of Brandon, Duke of Ashland.  His older brother, Gerand, has been betrothed to the lovely Princess Thalia since birth.  Unfortunately, Ashley loves Thalia and she him.  Gerand is a womanizer and a brute. When they devise a plan to run away, Ashley and Thalia encounter obstacles and terrors, not the least of which is pursuit by Gerand and the king’s troops. Will the plain, younger brother win the hand of the fair princess or be executed as a traitor?
THE WATCHER – Zerelda lives in a land of women.  Her job is to watch for the young men who come to impregnate her Lady.  As a child, she has a vision wherein she meets and loves a young man.  Knowing this not allowed to her, she believes her vision is false.  Yet when the man of her vision appears, she is torn.  No one has ever told her she is beautiful.  No one has ever told her of life outside her community of women.  Yet, Prince Ulric does all this and more. Will he cause her to become a betrayer of all she holds dear?  Can she be saved?
ENCHANTRESS – When Merlin meets young Viviane, a priestess of Avalon, he knows she will be his downfall, but he cannot ignore the pull of love she holds over him.  Using his own magik, he tricks her into lying with him during the festival of Beltane.  Once she has lost her virginity, they approach Morgaine for permission to be together.  They set out traveling, and as Merlin teaches Viviane more and more magic, he realizes the love he holds for her will destroy him, yet he cannot deny it.  Will Merlin come to his senses before he is lost forever?
DRAKONI – Torn from her modern day world and thrust into a world of dragons, evil magicians, and handsome elves, will Farah succeed or die trying?  In her own world, she is a successful zookeeper working with lizards, but once a freak accident propels her into the land of Draknoll, she finds herself in a field, lost and alone, until Josef, an elf, aids her.  With his help, they set off to his village. On the way there, the evil magician, Cor, attacks them and kidnaps Farah.  Dragged before the king, she must defend herself and prove she is not who they think she is—a Dragon Woman.  Of course, when Drakoni, a great bronze dragon, comes to her rescue, she, herself, begins to doubt who she is.  Fortunately, Josef is there to help her embrace not only her new life but her new love, as well.
HESHE - Lyda’s stepfather sells her to the highest bidder after her mother dies, leaving her no choice but to flee her captors. To survive, she hides, disguised as a young man. Unfortunately, this disguise backfires when she meets the handsome, talented Garwen, who also has a secret to hide.  Will the young noble woman tell her benefactor who she is, or will her pursuers capture her and take her back into slavery?
THE BABY MAKERS – In a world where cloning is possible, Reese and his wife, Akira take the chance to have a child they could never have on their own.  Unfortunately in their part of the world, the government does not recognize these children as citizens.  After the baby is born, Reese and Akira go through the necessary steps to acquire their new child.  One of these procedures turns Akira into a robot who will do anything to keep Reese away from the baby. Loving both his wife and child, Reese has to make a decision to keep their family safe and intact.  Will he make the right one?
3-D PICTURES – Avery sees people in 3-D pictures.  The government thinks he is crazy and sends him to a shrink.  As he waits in the doctor’s office, the 3-D picture in front of him comes alive.  Suddenly a beautiful, petite woman appears perched on his lap. She tells him of his destiny and his heritage. Elvina and her people have been waiting for him for many years.  Will he go with her through the picture, or allow himself to be “cured?”
SCREEN SAVER – Clancy works for an agent, Shianna, who represents the freaks of the world.  With all the nuclear fallout, the agency is thriving.  Clancy, however, longs to leave his world and travel the stars. The computer program arrives as a demo, promising instant transport.  When all hell breaks out at the office, will it be Clancy’s ticket to survival or a rip-off which brings him to destruction?
ISOLATION - The world as we know it is gone.  The rich are isolated from the dying poor.  Rader and Caryn are fed up with living in isolation, away from fresh air and real food. Rumors abound of places where people can still live.  When they meet by accident, they decide to make a break for it.  Unfortunately, outside their isolated living quarters, disease, for which they have no immunities, runs rampant.  Their mutual attraction and determination keep them going despite the many hazards they face outside the walls. Will Caryn and Rader make the right decisions when they search for freedom?
LOVE IN A DIFFERENT HUE – Chiri and her husband are not on the best of terms. He married her for her connections.  Her father is a leader in the robotics field.  By marrying Chiri, Tevon was guaranteed a partnership in a very lucrative business.  Shunned by her husband, Chiri becomes intrigued by her father’s latest creation, Devro. What would you do if a blue-skinned robot wanted to protect and love you?  Chiri isn’t sure until he takes her in his arms.
DOWN SO LOW, THE GROUND LOOKS LIKE UP – Sylvan is a telepathic empath and is hired by a mining company to help them ferret out swindlers. Unfortunately, something on her new world made her talents go ballistic. She drinks herself into oblivion to compensate for her psi talents.  When Deveneaux finds her, he’s attracted, but he is also on a mission to find his dead brother’s daughter.  Can Deveneaux save her from her demons, or will he lock her up for propositioning an officer of the law?
REBELS WITH A CAUSE – Shayleena is tired of living her life through holovision.  She wants a real life with real people. When she sees an ad for volunteers to help with juvenile offenders, she signs up.  She not only finds meaning in her life, but a connection to real people, including Bradon, a visual artist with a dream.  Together, they hope to find a future for themselves and for the young people who’ve been thrown away by society.
CLOCKWORKS – John lives in Structured.  His ancestors came from Upheaval, a country where time means nothing. He decides to take a trip—learn about his history and see Upheaval for himself. What will he do when he tries to trace his roots and finds his structured life is now in chaos?


Be sure to stop by on Wednesday to read an excerpt from one of the stories and to read my review of the book.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ten Questions with Lisa Umina


Lisa Umina’s cute and cuddly character, Milo has accompanied her around the globe as she has shared her mission through humor, live entertainment and faith. The Milo book series gives children a compelling message that children can talk to God anytime, anywhere…about anything.
Lisa Umina is the owner of Halo Publishing International. She not only publishes books but also enjoys a successful career as an award-winning author, motivational speaker and literary consultant. Lisa’s publishing company continues to flourish by strengthening the movement of words across the international borders in order to benefit cultures and society as a whole. She has been interviewed by countless newspapers, radio and television shows, and has traveled the world to teach children about their purpose and important life lessons inside her books.

Hi, Lisa.  Could you describe your desk/workspace?

I am surrounded by positive books and my favorite pen.


Do you have a favorite quote?

How you do anything is how you do everything.


What are you currently reading?

A Little Faith by Mitch Albom


What is the best advice you've ever received?

Believe in yourself and not be scared to take risks.


What are your top three favorite books and why?

For One More Day, this book reminds us how important our mothers are in our lives and not to take them for granted.    

The Shack, the book was a tear jerker throughout.  I love how the author showed the humanization of God, where man meets God and they have a relationship.

The Last Lecture, I loved this story because it reminded me to have faith under all circumstances.


What was your favorite book as a child and why?

Green Eggs and Ham.  I love books that rhythm I would use my different voices when reading aloud to my parents.


What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

My most interesting quirk is I write in odd places.  I am not the sit down and write at a desk kind of gal.


Do you write full-time or part-time?

part-time


What are your current marketing strategies for the Milo books?

I am expanding the Milo series into bilingual books to be scheduled to release in Mexico May 2011


What would be the best way for readers to contact you? 




You can find out more about Lisa Umina’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/LisaUmina.aspx.  There will be reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Lisa Umina and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Lisa Umina will be checking in throughout the tour.
In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth will be chatting with Lisa Umina about her Milo book series, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Lisa will also be sharing writing tips, and trials and tribulations of the writer’s life.
The show will be live May 30, 2011 at (12pm Central, , and ). You can tune in at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you cannot make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)


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