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/
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
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
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
This week I’d like to welcome Annie Carter to the first Thursday Throng author interview of 2014. Annie is the author of The Book Beyond Time. The year is 2325 – three hundred years after the Great Catastrophe, which wiped out most of Krinton. It’s now a world ruled by the legendary emperor, Treanthor, where technology is limited, education is discouraged and children become adults on their thirteenth birthday. What would you do in such a situation? Continue reading
This week it is my greatest pleasure to have the one and only Charles Dickens visiting the Thursday Throng. Charles hails from London, is married with ten children. He has been writing since 1833 with his first published work A Dinner at Poplar Walk. A Christmas Carol was first published on 17th December 1843. Continue reading
This week I’d like to welcome Janet Gogerty to the Thursday Throng. Janet hails from somewhere very local to me, Southbourne-on-Sea in Dorset and was one of the contributors to ‘Dorset Voices’, a compilation of stories from local authors in our area. She’s produced three novels and her work is contained in two anthologies. Her book, Three Ages of Man, is the second in a trilogy that considers what happens when the world around isn’t quite what it seems on the surface. Continue reading
This week it’s my great pleasure to welcome Tracy Fells to the Thursday Throng hot seat. Tracy was the winner of this years Hysteria 2013 writing competition with a story called Fibonacci’s Tree. She was also a runner up in last years Hysteria 2012 competition and has had success in several significant short story competitions over the years.
You can read her winning entry over on The Hysterectomy Association website here: hysteria-writing-competition/fibonaccis-tree-winner-hysteria-2013/ Continue reading
Stephanie Elmas describes herself as a true English girl in the following interview. Born in Hong Kong, moving to Bristol and then studying in London, she has finally wound up in Surrey with her husband and three children. Stephanie drinks tea by the gallon and writes books that reflect her fascination for the Victorian period. Her second book is due out some time soon. Continue reading