Once upon a time there was a man who had a secret recipe that turned chicken into the best meal in the world. Despite his ability to make chicken taste so wonderful that people salivated at the mere mention of his name, he had yet to earn a penny. He was became sadder and sadder and as he trudged the streets he got thinner and thinner. It seemed no-one wanted to buy his chicken recipe and he despaired of ever changing the taste-buds of the world. Continue reading
Claire Montanaro is the author of Spiritual Wisdom: Practical spirituality for people today. She is a spiritual teacher, channel, philosopher, blogger and photographer with a passion for wildlife. Her mission is to give knowledge and tools to support and encourage our human spiritual journey. Claire works and writes in the beautiful mountains of Mid-Wales. Continue reading
This week, after a short break, I’m really pleased to have on the Thursday Throng author MB Feeney and her short story compilation ‘Honour’. She calls herself an ‘army brat’ who finally settled down in Birmingham. She is currently studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching and is a serious doodler and chocoholic. Her publishing career began with two novellas and is currently writing a novel.
MB Feeney is one of those rare writers who is able to capture one’s imagination and emotion in single, seamless sweep of her pen. Her compilation of stories in this book focuses around a single idea, the stories of the people that put honour above all else and how it impacts on their daily lives and loves. She doesn’t flinch from expressing the sadness of war or the emotional turmoil that decisions taken in a split second can cause for a lifetime. It is 122 pages of undiluted loss and love, triumph and horror and it would be a great read for anyone looking for something to dip and out of for a while, mainly because the stories make you stop and think before you can move on to the next. Well worth reading.
The MB Feeney Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
This is a tough one as I am quite an open person and am a sharer, but I guess the one thing is the way I stew when I’m angry or annoyed. It’s not very often I lose my temper in a big way, especially when it comes to writing, but when I do, I get very ranty and EVERYTHING bugs me. I feel guilty after, not for what I’ve said, but sometimes the way it’s said.
It doesn’t happen very often though, I’m nice really. Honest J
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
I wish I could draw. Not instead of, but alongside my writing. I’d love to be one of those authors who is able to draw what she sees in her head so people know exactly what I’m on about. I have a friend who is the most amazing artist and I may have to commission her one day to design me a book cover. I’m not actually the most creative of people. Other than my writing, I enjoy photography, but that is very much a hobby and no way a career option.
Are you jealous of other writers?
I wouldn’t say jealous per say, but I do get envious. I read a lot, and I often find myself thinking “why can’t I write like that” or I get ‘cover envy’. Mostly, I am extremely supportive of other indie authors, even when they’re better and more successful than me, only slightly green J
How do you remain sane while working?
I step away. A lot. I get very frustrated with my own writing, particularly dialogue. I can be halfway through a conversation and it suddenly feels bland and wooden. Rather than delete it, I save, close the document, and then walk away whilst a friend has a read through. I read a lot and use this as an escape whenever I feel frustrated or blocked, or I take my camera out for a walk.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
To be honest, the most challenging thing for me is finding the time to physically sit at the computer and write. I’m a mum of 2 kids and a student teacher. I’m in my final year of my degree and the workload is getting more and more. I’m not great with time management at the best of times, so I have to make time to actually write. I’m also easily distracted by things around me and the internet.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
I’d take it to the nearest farm and feed it to the pigs. I learned from the film Snatch that pigs eat anything and it’s one of the best ways to dispose of a body. Not that I’m planning on killing anyone that is. I’m really very nice, honest!
Where can you find out more about MB Feeney and her work
You can meet her on her website http://mbfeeney.blogspot.co.uk/. She’s also on Facebook facebook.com/mbfeeneyauthor, Twitter @mbfeeneyauthor, LinkedIn linkedin.com/pub/m-b-feeney/82/b48/b90 and YouTube youtube.com/channel/UCHMSfDNquFKsdck06_34B8w
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/
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OK, I know it’s February and I missed my New Year deadline, but it is the first newsletter of this year and hopefully you’ll allow me to raise a glass to you all and say ‘let’s all look forward to a fab 2014′. Continue reading
This is special edition of the Thursday Throng as this time we are meeting another of the winners of the Hysteria Writing Competition, Sarah Hegarty. One lucky winner will also receive a paperback copy of Hysteria 2, the anthology that Sarah story appears in. To be in with a chance of winning just leave your name, email address and comment at the end of this interview. Continue reading
This week I’d like to welcome Joel Orr to the Thursday Throng author interview hotseat. Joel is the author of How To Write a Book: The Simple System for Writing a Nonfiction Book in 30 Days or Less, a book which many writers and would be authors might like to get hold of to help them in their quest to attain authorly success. In addition to creating his Book Program Method, he is also an expert in engineering automation and computer technologies and is one of the founders of Cyon Research Corporation, a publishing and consulting firm. Continue reading
Charles Frankhauser started writing about his life on the road with the big bands, morphed into fiction after a kindly agent advised him otherwise and in amongst his writing has produced The Slushpile Inspector – something many of us might feel a kinship with. His goal in writing fiction is to entertain readers at as reasonable a cost as possible whilst recognizing that status as a “household name in literature” is not likely to happen (his words and not mine!). Hopefully, he’ll get a little more recognition as a result of appearing on the Thursday Throng. Continue reading
I’ve been working online for many years and during that time I have come across so many people selling the idea that I can make money while I sleep through ‘passive income’. To be honest, I already do a lot of what they suggest works and I make a very decent income as a result of it. But … and it’s a big but, the phrase ‘passive income’ just doesn’t do it for me. Why? Because it’s anything but passive, and today I thought I’d weigh in to the argument and share the reasons why I know there is no such thing as passive income. Continue reading
This week on the Thursday Throng we have Penni Mannas Diefendorf, the author of Going Home: A roadmap to fulfillment and abundance by finding your truth. Penni is generously offering a FREE copy of the paperback version to one lucky commenter.You can find out how you might be ‘the one’ to get it by scrolling to the end of the interview.
Penni has spent more than 20 years in many fields ranging from customer service counseling to management; it is this experience which has enabled her to observe how returning to simplicity can result in massive change and shifts in people,companies and systems. Continue reading