Showing posts with label #poetry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #poetry. Show all posts

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Author Interview with Susan York Meyers

Welcome author, Susan York Meyers, to Writing with God's Hope blog. I met this fellow author online when my debut novel released. I loved asking Meyers questions and learning more about her. I think you'll enjoy her answers.


1.    Susan, tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

In high school I loved to write scenes, usually dramatic and tension filled (or at least I thought so). It was fun. However, in college, I began to take the idea of writing seriously. I graduated from emotion filled drama to actual full stories. But, it wasn’t until several years later when I started telling my son bedtime stories that I found my passion – children’s writing. That’s when I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and realized I knew nothing about writing! But I learned. Now I am the proud author of two chapter books and two picture books, one the award winning “Grrr … Night!” I’ve also stretched my writing wings and this past year my first adult book, “Two Old Ladies – It’s all in the Attitude” was published. It’s been a great journey.

2.    Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Yes. A few years ago I experienced burnout. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write next. I had so many ideas and half-finished stories on my computer that I felt overwhelmed. I had to step back and decide exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I picked out a couple of stories and put the rest in a folder where I couldn’t see them. At the moment I am working on a sequel for Grrr…Night!. My middle grade novel, Stone Girl, just went to the publisher and my YA novel, I Spy Something Wicked, is in edits with another publisher. It’s a busy time.


3.    Where did you get the idea for your new book?

Two Old Ladies – It’s All in the Attitude started out as a short scene about contrasting attitudes toward winter weather. I fell in love with the main characters, two sisters, Lillybelle and Annabelle, but had no idea what to do with the scene. So,I put it aside. Every couple of years, I’d pull it back out wondering what to do with it. I finally decided to write a few more scenes. Each humorous “scene” showed how attitude can affect your life. I added a few thoughts and prayers. It became a humorous inspirational book about attitude.
I also have to put in a plug for my poetry book, Shoe Haiku. It’s official launch is next month. It’s for the woman who loves shoes as much as I do! You can find out more information about Shoe Haiku on my website.

4.    How do you feel this book will encourage readers?

Life is hard enough without focusing on the negative. So many things in life we can’t change, but our attitude is in our control. Lillybelle and Annabelle use love and humor to show the difference a good attitude can make in a stressful situation.

5.    How did you find your publisher?

I was very blessed in the fact that the publisher of Doodle and Peck is also a critique partner. She fell in love with Two Old Ladies. I was extremely blessed to have someone publishing my book who loved it as much as I do.

6.    If you were a song, what would it be?

Depends on the day. Many days it might be the hymn “I’m Happy Today.” But, there are a few days when “I’m Not Crazy” by Matchbox 20 definitely fits.

7.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read. I’m a huge mystery fan. Crochet. I’m making a Halloween afghan at the moment. Play on the computer. (Wayyy to much!) Drive. I love to drive back roads listening to CDs. Spend time with my family.

8. Tell us what your new book is about?

When your late husband worked downtown, thongs were something people wore on their feet,” Lillybelle Maudine Granger told her sister, Annabelle Verline Kingston. This pair of seventy-something senior citizens tackle everything with flair and humor, whether it’s trying to imagine heaven (“Wouldn’t a purple halo be nice?”), playing matchmaker for the youth minister, or helping a stressed-out young mother. Because, for these two old ladies, it's all in the attitude!   

Find Susan York Meyers at:

Website: susanameyers.com
On the main page of my website you can sign up for my once-a-month newsletter.
Blog: http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISpySomethingWicked/

Links where your book can be purchased.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Little-Old-Ladies-Attitude/dp/0996620508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449066318&sr=8-1&keywords=Two+Little+Old+Ladies%3A+It%27s+all+in+the+Attitude

Doodle and Peck: http://www.doodleandpeck.com/#!product-page/cekl/1043888d-0a0e-2ce5-9973-1bd4e2d231e4
  


Susan York Meyers is the author of two chapter books and two picture books. Her latest book, Two Old Ladies, It’s All in the Attitude, is a humorous inspirational book.

Susan worked in elementary school libraries for over 12 years and is familiar with both books and the children who check them out. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Susan is a past judge for the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation as well as a speaker for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Oklahoma.


Thank you for visiting us, Susan. I sure enjoyed the interview. Since I am "an old woman," I think I must read that book. I'm glad you shared it with us. I also wish you great things with the upcoming book of poetry. You're a busy woman.

Any questions or comments for Susan?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inspiration from the Past

Have you ever wondered if the desire to write began with you? Did anyone in your ancestry put words on paper for posterity? My question was answered when my mother passed away, and I shuffled through boxes of memories.

In one box, I found two small books, both titled "Mama's Book of Poetry." My great aunt Nannie Madden Foster wrote them. I've chosen two of her poems to share with you today, and pray that one or both ministers to you.

Alone
 
 
I was weary and lonely one evening;
And sitting at home by my hearth.
I thought of my life as a failure
And regretted the day of my birth.
 
For it seemed that with each undertaking
A failure I'd made of it all,
And the more I'd try to do better
The longer and harder I'd fall.
 
Some day the clouds will vanish,
And the sun will shine again;
Perhaps it will shine brighter
After the storm and the rain.
 
Just another heartbroken mother
January 29, 1928
 
 
A writer is never completely forgotten.
Any mother will understand the rhythm above.
 
 
Hope of Mine
 
Blessed Savior, Hope of mine,
Consecrate my life to thine;
Make me pure without, within;
Savior, keep my heart from sin.
 
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
And may I linger near Thy throne
Thy precious name to call upon.
 
To give me strength
That I may bear
My burdens to Thy
Throne of prayer.
 
As I lay them down
At my Savior's feet
Who will hear them all
When conditions meet.
 
He gives me strength
And courage true
And helps me to be
What He would have me to.
 
 
How precious is the inspiration from yesteryear!
I pray that MY BOOKS will live on to inspire my progeny.
 
 
 
 
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning

Lamentations 3:23 New Living Translation
 
 
 
What a memory from the past that God's faithfulness is timeless. Blessings today on all those who view this post.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Failure or Success?

I prepare the feast

With heavy heart.

Faults bog me down

Fear sets me apart.

 

I stir the foods, but

Something’s not right.

My hands shake

As I take a bite.

 

I taste bitterness for sure.

What’s that ingredient?

Submission to God makes

Repentence expedient.

 

I bow before the heavenly throne

Knowing I’m unworthy.

On my own, I fall short

Cling to food that’s earthly.

 

I’ve worked for You,

I plead with God.

Did I misread your command

Wanting Your applause?



No, my child He explains.

You don’t know my thoughts

They’re higher than yours

So don’t be distraught.

 

Dessert will come later.

I view the whole meal.

Stay in the kitchen

Pray for the yield.

 

How say you, you’ve failed

When the dinner’s not ready.

The yeast is still rising

Now hold fast and steady.

 

At banquet time

I’ll sound the alert.

We’ll gather round the table

In me, you’ll have worth.
                      Divine Dining
                  by Janet K. Brown



This is God's view.

How do you measure failure or success?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Interview with New Pen-L Author, Lily Iona Mackenzie

I'm excited to introduce a new author, Lily Iona Mackenzie, She teamed up with my publisher, Pen-L Publishing, for her first book.

Now, ta-da! Fling released today. isn't it beautiful!



In honor of her book's release, I interviewed Lily, so that my viewers and I will know more about her. For those who follow the "Writing with God's Hope" blog, this isn't a Christian book. It is a humorous one, and I believe you'll find Lily's story interesting.



First of all, what is your book, Fling, about?


Is it possible to come of age at 60 or 90?

Is it ever too late to fulfill your dreams?
When ninety-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother's ashes, lost there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they'd like a little action. And they get it.
      Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles' odyssey. The two women head south from Canada to Mexico where Bubbles' long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their hilarious antics.
      In Mexico, where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother, and Bubbles' quest for her mother's ashes-and a new man-increases her zest for life. Unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she's immortal. She doesn't hold back in any way, eating heartily and lusting after strangers, exulting in her youthful spirit.
 
Has Bubbles discovered a fountain of youth that everyone can drink from?



Where did you get the idea for your book?

 

Fling? I think it began because I was curious about my mother’s mother, someone I had never met. My grandfather, a former Scottish schoolmaster, had immigrated to Calgary, Canada, hoping to find a better life there for himself and his family. Meanwhile, WWI broke out, and his wife and four kids couldn’t join him for seven years. When they did, my grandmother couldn’t adjust to the brutal winters or to her husband. After being there a year, she moved out, refusing to put up with my grandpa’s meanness, and became a housekeeper for a wealthy family. The story is that her boss took her to Mexico with him. She never returned. I wanted to try and recreate what life might have been like for her once she left Canada, and that then brought in a number of other characters that inhabit the novel.

 

Definitely an interesting starting point.  How did you find your publisher?

 

Pen-L? Endurance, many queries, doggedness, and good luck.

 

 

Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

 

Fling is just one of four novels I’ve completed. Another publisher has contracted to publish Bone Songs in 2016. Freefall: a Divine Comedy and Tillie: Portrait of a Canadian Girl in Training are the other two.  I’m also a poet, and All This, a poetry collection was published in 2011. When I hit a dead-end in a novel, I write short stories and essays. I have enough of both to fill two books. I’ve done all this while helping to raise two stepchildren, teaching writing part-time at the University of San Francisco, and serving as vice-president of the part-time faculty union. I try to allot one hour a day to writing on most days of the week, and it’s amazing how much one can accomplish in just that period of time if it’s consistent.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

 

I like books that challenge me intellectually and offer me new horizons as a reader and writer: that make me see the world differently. I’ve read most of W.G. Sebald’s work. I also love Roberto Bolano. Marquez is a great favorite, as is anything from the magic realist vein. I’ll read anything by Anne Enright, an Irish writer. And so many more. It’s hard to state how varied my bookshelf is.

 

What has your writing journey been like so far?

 

I didn’t begin writing seriously until I was in my mid-thirties. I had been a high school dropout and a single parent. I was in my late twenties when I finally earned a GED and was able to attend college. It took a long time to discover and trust my voice. But it’s all been worth it.
 

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

 

My husband and I wish we had more time (and money!) to travel as we love to investigate new cultures and to visit great museums. We try to take a BIG trip every two to three years. We’ve been to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Istanbul, Russia, and Scandinavia in the past few years. Now, we’re off to Italy for a month’s immersion.

 

Wow, what a trip. Enjoy. Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

 

A friend and I created a children’s radio show modeled after “Let’s Pretend.” It aired for two years on a Marin County California radio station, KTIM (no longer in existence). We both enacted and created the scripts for the show. Many of them are available on my blog.

 

Give us you contact info.

 

lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com

@lilyionamac


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lily-Iona-MacKenzie/829244327113557

 
Where may we purchase your book?
 
 
 
A Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in her early years, Lily Iona MacKenzie supported herself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored her into the States). She also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (and almost got her legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, co-created THE STORY SHOPPE, a weekly radio program for children that aired on KTIM in Marin, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities). She has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 145 American and Canadian venues. Fling, one of her novels, was released today, July 1, 2015 by Pen-L Publishing. Bone Songs, another novel, will be published in 2016. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. She also teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, is vice-president of USF's part-time faculty union, paints, and travels widely with her husband. Visit her blog at: http://lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com.

Thank you, Lily, for visiting with us on the "Writing with God's Hope" blog. I wish you lots of luck with your writing now and in the future. I appreciate your sharing your walk with us.