November 14, 2012

Interview with Pamela “Penlady” Jones

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , at 12:54 pm by Christine Rice

I first met Pamela “Penlady” Jones on Twitter when she asked me for help with technical ghostwriting. I wasn’t interested in technical writing, but we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I love visiting her blogs and chatting with her about writing careers. She is an online writer who resides in Northern California.

Christine: How long have you been a writer?
Pamela:
I’ve been a writer for 17 years.

Christine: What types of writing do you do?
Pamela:
I’m very diverse in my writing. I write nonfiction articles; now I’m expanding my horizon to write nonfiction eBooks. I also do copywriting, blogging, and press release writing.

Christine: What made you want to become an author?
Pamela:
I like having the freedom to choose the topics that I want to write on, so this was definitely a driving factor. Another reason I became an author is the joy I have in educating readers with valuable information. Plus I love writing eBooks – it’s my favorite type of online writing!

Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?
Pamela: I love research and writing, and nonfiction brings the two together perfectly. Even better, nonfiction writing offers me a chance to learn new things while I research and write on a topic.

Christine: What is the title of your most recently published eBook and a description of it?
Pamela: My eBook is entitled, “Virtual Love: Everything You Need to Know About Online Dating.” This is my first nonfiction eBook.

This eBook basically provides advice on how to be safe and successful with online dating. More people are logging on to their computers in search of love these days. Before they join any dating website, however, there are a few things they should know.

Christine: Where can we find this eBook?
Pamela:
It’s available at two websites:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Love-Everything-Online-ebook/dp/B009YC99MK/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/249555

Christine: What topic will your next eBook cover?
Pamela:
Child bullying. Although this problem has always existed, this is a problem that has worsened over time. So I’m working on an eBook that can hopefully provide guidance to parents on dealing with this issue.

Christine: In your spare time, what do you like to read?
Pamela:
My writing career keeps me so busy, that I hardly have spare time anymore! Nevertheless, whenever I do have it, I like to read about spirituality, health, relationships … anything that’s going to empower me with knowledge. I also like to read materials that entertain me such as romance novels, women’s fiction and biographies.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?
Pamela:
For starters, I have an Amazon Author Central Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009YJKA3A. My health blog is www.informationalhealthblog.com. I’ve also started two additional blogs: www.penladyebooks.com and www.goodproductreviewsblog.com. All three of these blogs have nonfictional information.

Thanks so much, Pamela, for stopping in at my blog today. Best of luck with your writing and your eBooks!

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November 10, 2012

Review of “Moving Your Blog”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:57 pm by Christine Rice

Moving Your Blog by Darryl Erentzen is an informational and instructional how-to guide. It covers various aspects of WordPress and Blogger blogs in relation to getting your own domain name, domain name providers, self-hosting a blog, pointing a domain name to your blog, domain suffixes, how to transfer information from an old blog to a new self-hosted blog, blog themes (and creating your own), recommended plugins, and other topics in this concise and compact user guide.

You need to have some understanding about blogs, and preferably have your own blog, so that you know what Erentzen is talking about. But you don’t need to be a Website Programmer to understand this book. He takes you through the steps easily, and even has images to guide you, in a simple and understandable way.

Something that I found interesting in the book was about pointing a domain name to your blog. You can do this with Blogger, such as buying the domain name from GoDaddy for cheap and then using that domain name on your Blogger blog, rather than purchasing a domain name through the blog host which can be expensive. However, with WordPress that option is not available. You have to purchase the domain name through WordPress (which costs $18.00 a year minimum) if you wish to keep WordPress as the blog host. You can, however, buy the domain name from GoDaddy or another domain name provider and install a WordPress platform. With that option, you would be self-hosting your blog with your own domain name and would have full control over the design, setup, and functionality. And that is the main point of the book–to self-host your own blog. But the book is well-rounded because, like I mentioned above, it covers a bunch of blog-related topics and different ways of doing things with your blog depending on your preferences.

In addition, WordPress is the platform that is explained in the book for a self-hosted blog. I am not aware if there are any other platforms that can be used with a self-hosted blog, but WordPress is the only one explained in the book. Therefore, if you have a Blogger blog and you wish to self-host it, you will have to transfer it to a WordPress platform.

I recommend this easy-to-understand book to anyone who wants a blog, wants more control over their blog by self-hosting it, or wants their own domain name for more credibility, either through the blog host or an independent domain name provider. You can get your copy of Moving Your Blog here.

 

November 7, 2012

Interview with Natasha House

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , , , at 10:35 am by Christine Rice

I met Natasha House on Book Blogs. She has been happily married for seven years. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, playing piano, and crafting. Her dream is to be a full-time author one day and quit her day job!

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
Natasha:
I decided to become a writer when I was twelve. I wrote a story for school and finished it in one day. I went to young authors because of it!

Christine: How long have you been a writer?
Natasha:
Eighteen years. Forever I know!

Christine: What is your writing experience as an author?
Natasha:
I’m a fairly new author, so I don’t have a ton of experience. I did have a book signing for the first time on my book Superhero Princess. That was exciting!

Christine: What types of writing do you do?
Natasha:
I do all kinds of writing. I have a sci-fi romance novel and a middle grade/YA fantasy book. I’m also writing a paranormal/gothic and fantasy book.

Christine: What books have you published recently?
Natasha:
My most recent one would be Superhero Princess and the Curse of the Rainbow Fairy. I’m working on book two for this series!

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?
Natasha:
I wish! That is what I’d love to do, but no, I’m a department manager for a retail store.

Christine: What is a typical day like for you as an author?
Natasha:
I write on my lunch break at a bookstore. It’s my best focus time. I tend to get distracted at home.

Christine: How much time do you spend writing each day and what do you normally work on?
Natasha:
I would say I spend a good half-hour a day writing. I’ve been working currently on my fantasy novel. It’s getting crazy exciting! I also have been working on Superhero Princess and the Well of Madness.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as a writer and your writing?
Natasha:
I use facebook, twitter, and blogs. It’s a lot of leg work, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end!

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?
Natasha:
http://www.amazon.com/Superhero-Princess-Curse-Rainbow-ebook/dp/B007ODOGJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352258808&sr=8-1&keywords=superhero+princess

http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-ebook/dp/B007SCUBG6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352258847&sr=8-2&keywords=superhero+princess

Christine: What genres do you like to read?
Natasha:
I like to read paranormal or YA books.

Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
Natasha:
I find myself observing other writers’ work. Sometimes too many errors get on my nerves, or if words sound choppy and hard to read. I think one thing as an author I encourage is to read your own work out loud to someone.

Christine: What is your favorite book?
Natasha:
I really love The Oath by Frank Peretti. It has so much action and crazy stuff in it.

Thanks so much for joining us, Natasha. All the best with your writing endeavors!