10 Statements – Beaufield Berry-Fisher

Beaufield Berry-Fisher is a playwright, blogger, journalist, novelist and theater enthusiast. Inspired by empathy, true stories, history, burlesque and rebellion Beaufield’s work strives to connect on a human level and always questions the status quo. Her work has been produced across the country and she’s a veteran of the Philadelphia Spark Fest, Great Plains Theater Conference, KC New Works festival and the William Inge Festival. Beaufield was a recipient of the 2017 IAF from the Nebraska Arts Council. Beau often writes for American Theater Magazine, collecting stories across the Midwest’s growing theater scene and her début novel, Childhood Friends, was published in January with ABO.

Find me…

Website & Blog:  http://www.beaufieldberryfisher.com/
Publisher:  http://agribellaorbis.com/
Twitter:  @BeautifulBeau84
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BeaufieldBerryFisher

 

My personal motto:

“Take it easy, but take it.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… lots of procrastination, a toddler hug and then COFFEE.
  2. I lose track of time ugh, either perusing Facebook, which is my worst habit or watching Real Housewives…which isn’t that great either.
  3. I have always… an excuse to drink wine.
  4. I have never… let ‘no’ be the final answer where it really counts.
  5. Home means to me… a place I can take pants off and wear questionable hairstyles and I’m not obligated to do anything.
  6. I am inspired by… truth-tellers, radical empathy and knowing when to say F off. Both in the real world and in the story world (and really they’re the same thing) When I can feel someone is being raw and authentic, stripped down to their core, I respond to that. I search that out in people and experiences and I think I’m good at telling the difference. Too often we put on façades or keep our walls up high in self-defense. I am inspired by those who tear those down.
  7. I would like to meet… OPRAH. Is that cliché? Because she’s it for me.
  8. My worst character trait… I can be a bit on my high-horse…but I don’t mind the view from up here.
  9. My best character trait… I love making people feel comfortable around me and I am exceedingly loyal…until crossed!
  10. The best advice I was given… the best advice we were ALL given, I feel comes from Maya Angelou…when someone shows you who they are, believe them. I think this bodes well for making the best decisions in life–learning to walk away from a bad deal, a bad relationship, a bad friendship. And followed by the simple and timeless; Stay Humble. I always lead with confidence, I let people know that I can’t be walked all over. But I always remember to stay gracious to those who share their time with you, to always be grateful and to always keep striving for your personal best. I think that encompasses the heart of humility and it’s very important as a writer to have that. Because one day you’re up…the next day, who knows?

Childhood Friends

When 30-something Jorah lands back in her hometown of Omaha, it’s raining outside. Her hoarder mother has redecorated her childhood bedroom like it’s 1998, she’s avoiding her best friend’s calls and living with a secret.

Driven by the need to reconcile her past life with her current one, Jorah reconnects with her friends from childhood. Shepherd, a movie-ticketer-turned-felon and Stassi, a frenemy with ulterior motives and a smile. Through their interactions, Jorah learns some things never change and others are irrevocably torn. Sometimes the only thing friends have in common is shared history.

Packed with wild prose, stunning visuals, and surprising twists, Childhood Friends is an incredible look into the power of friendships, the call of humility, and how the journey of life always leads back home.

Print length:  272 pages

Published:  2017-02-13

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/4N1nzz

Paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Friends-Beaufield-Berry/dp/0998596205/

 

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10 Statements – Leonora Meriel

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a law firm.

In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book The Unity Game will be released in May 2017.

Find me…

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32172075

Amazon US author page:  Leonora Meriel

Amazon UK author page:  Leonora Meriel

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leonoramerielwriter

Twitter – @leonora_meriel:  https://twitter.com/leonora_meriel

Website:  http://www.leonorameriel.com

 

My personal motto:

“Life is a journey.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… meditation, candles and a clear list for the day.
  2. I lose track of time when I am writing, writing, writing and being used as a channel to create someone else’s world.
  3. I have always… wanted to do far more than was physically possible, ideally, living about 20 different lives in the space of this one.
  4. I have never… not felt passionate about the many things I am creating and doing and building.
  5. Home means to me… a place with flowers and candles and people I love the most.
  6. I am inspired by… people who genuinely use their imagination – who create things I could not possibly have ever thought of – in writing, in painting, in architecture, in actions, in clothes – anywhere!
  7. I would like to meet… some of my favourite writers: David Mitchell, Michael Cunningham, Haruki Murakami, Hilary Mantel.
  8. My worst character trait… a refusal to accept physical limitations (leads to burnout and sleep deprivation).
  9. My best character trait… I have a big, loving heart and I’m passionately loyal to the people I love.
  10. The best advice I was given… everything is possible if you combine belief, thought and action!

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/4Agyyp

 

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10 Statements – Anthony Hains

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Anthony Hains is a professor of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. His latest novel, The Disembodied, is a Kindle Scout winner and published by Kindle Press. He is the author of two previous horror novels, Birth Offering and Dead Works. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter.

 

Find me…

Website:  http://www.anthonyhains.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AnthonyHains
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyHainsAuthor/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7275928.Anthony_Hains
Amazon:  Anthony Hains
Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/Disembodied-Anthony-Hains-ebook/dp/B01IA6FDOS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

My personal motto:

“Wouldn’t this be a cool setting?”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… shaving, eating breakfast, going to the gym to work out, and then getting to the office.
  2. I lose track of time doing research on the internet. One link leads to another and then hours pass by.
  3. I have always… loved horror stories and snowstorms. I’m not sure if there is any connection, but there it is.
  4. I have never… broken a bone on the right side of my body. I have broken four bones on my left side, though.
  5. Home means to me… some place safe and comfortable; a place where I can think about and share dreams.
  6. I am inspired by… people who live with significant personal challenges who never complain and are often smiling.
  7. I would like to meet… any number of good horror novelists.
  8. My worst character trait… I’m highly distractible.
  9. My best character trait… I’m generally easy-going and empathic.
  10. The best advice I was given… was try and do my best at things I try and be open to new experiences.

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The Disembodied

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin’s only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.

When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren’s tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.

Print length:  316 pages
Release date:  August 16, 2016
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/4jKvjv

 

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Birth Offering

An ancient evil…an ungodly ritual…a boy thrust into a living nightmare.

When fourteen-year-old Ryan Perry moves to his grandmother’s coastal home in South Carolina, he is haunted by a malevolent entity masquerading as his double—a specter of ancient evil intent on destroying Ryan. As the hauntings become dangerous, Ryan encounters an additional threat: two menacing feral boys and their caretaker somehow connected to this other twin. Ryan realizes that in order to save himself and his family, he must confront the all-too-real presence of an unimaginable evil.

Print length:  250 pages
Release date:  September 1, 2013
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bzpON9

 

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Dead Works

A graduate psychology student must help a young client make sense of terrifying visions while acts of brutal evil threaten to destroy them both.

Doctoral student, Eric Hansen is in the second year of his counseling psychology program. His first therapy client is thirteen-year-old, Greg who sees apparitions of children roaming outside his bedroom window. While Greg’s father leans towards a paranormal explanation, his mother fears mental illness and brings him to the university clinic. Eric’s efforts to help the boy stir up memories of his own traumatic past and both are drawn into a whirlpool of horror well beyond the reach of modern psychology.

Print length:  144 pages
Release date:  August 14, 2014
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/mgKodx

 

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10 Statements – Dylan D. Debelis

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Dylan D. Debelis is a buckaroo in western shootout. His award-winning work is raw, playful, and cathartic.

Dylan is a minister, chaplain, poet, performer, and alligator wrestler based out of New York, NY.

His most recent full-length book of poetry, The Garage? Just Torch It. is out now through Vine Leaves Press.

 

Find me…

Website:  http://dylandebelis.com/
Amazon:  Dylan D. Debelis
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15719069.Dylan_D_Debelis
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DylanDDebelis
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DylanDDebelis

 

My personal motto:

“If you can complain about it, you can write about it.”
“Try your best, take a nap, try your best again, and then another nap.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… dog hair.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m with you.
  3. I have always… been a glutton for punishment.
  4. I have never… stopped.
  5. Home means to me… friends, beer, and music.
  6. I am inspired by… people and the things they carry.
  7. I would like to meet… someone who has this whole thing figured out.
  8. My worst character trait… is that I am flakier than cornflakes.
  9. My best character trait… is my stubborn drive to succeed.
  10. The best advice I was given… is that my only goal should be to leave this world a little better than I found it. So long as I work towards that I can never let myself down.

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The Garage? Just Torch It.

A rally cry for the healing power of wonder and the disarming catharsis of grief, The Garage? Just Torch It. balances themes of belonging, love, politics, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and an intense playfulness. Paced as if the reader is moving through the belly of a burning building, each turn of the page represents the uncovering of the long-hidden, buried, and the better-left-forgotten.

Print length:  75 pages

Release date:  December 12, 2016

Genre(s):

Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Themes & Styles > Death, Grief & Loss
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Religious & Inspirational
Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Themes & Styles > Inspirational & Religious

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/Garage-Just-Torch/dp/1925417220

 

 

10 Statements – Tarrah Anders

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Tarrah Anders has been writing since she was in middle school and throughout college. She never vocalized or followed through with her desire to be a writer, until one day she read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ Tarrah kept her writing romance from her husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. When he immediately tried to skip forward to any steamy scenes, then referred to the moment as in Lethal Weapon 4.

Tarrah is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently resides in beautiful San Diego with her own little family while working during the day as a social worker. She is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and Zombies.

Find me…

Website:  www.tarrahanders.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TarrahAnders/
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/tarrahanders
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/tarrahanders
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/Tarrah_Anders
Amazon:  amazon.com/author/tarrahanders

 

My personal motto:

As Buzz Lightyear says: “Never give up, never surrender.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking up to a 3-year-old calling for me from his bedroom, getting him ready for Pre-School , getting myself to my day job and sitting in my office for a solid hour until the caffeine kicks in.
  2. I lose track of time by listening to music, I get so caught up with the imagery the lyrics sometimes provide that I look like I’ve zoned out for a solid hour whilst daydreaming, which also helps lead to storylines or just really good pictures behind the eye lids.
  3. I have always… created to-do lists. I have them everywhere, in my planner, on my computer, in my phone… sometimes I forget to cross things off in one and not the other, so I probably need to come up with a better system.
  4. I have never… said … Never. I try to keep it out of my vocabulary, unless I’m telling my toddler to “…never do that again!”
  5. Home means to me… the place that I go to to sit on my side out the couch and ‘vedge out after my long day of doing things and stuff.
  6. I am inspired by… children – they aren’t touched (yet) by the world and I wish I could re-see things through their eyes.
  7. I would like to meet… author BB Easton – I feel like she’s my spirit animal.
  8. My worst character trait… is my sarcasm. Not everyone gets it.
  9. My best character trait… is my sarcasm, my husband sure gets it!
  10. The best advice I was given… is from Nike: “Just do it!”

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Frozen Over

TYSON MADDOX is confident, cocky and a playboy. He is also the CEO of Mad Designs, a company which he was born into, a revived fashion company in the city. With the upcoming launch of their summer campaign, Tyson takes notice of one of the models employed by his company. When circumstances arise to provide the perfect opportunity, he makes his move. With her he is the open, caring and attentive one woman man. However, when he learns about a side job which she has, all is lost. If Tyson doesn’t get his way, then they’re done. Too bad, he’s miserable without her.

ALLISON STAFFORD was hired to become the face of Mad Designs for the new summer line. She’s beautiful and not afraid to eat doughnuts in public. When she catches the eye of the CEO, she doesn’t know how to interpret his affections. When they become an official item and Hell has Frozen Over, but it’s over before they know it, before the ice is fully thawed.

ALLISON & TYSON deal with their issues, until his past catches up with them and tries to pull them apart. Will they get the chance that they both need or will they be torn apart?

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/m2X1n7