doing more with less Anthi Theiopoulou

Meet Anthi Theiopoulou, author of Doing More With Less: Organizational Learning and the OLSET Tool

Anthi Theiopoulou is a pioneer in the development, transfer and integration of knowhow in the Greece. OLSET was founded in 2015; based in London it provides software that enables organisations to apply Organizational Learning at any scale. Doing More With Less is her first book; it was published in 2016 to provide a simple way of explaining the science behind the OLSET software. Continue reading

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Meeting Jo Linsdell, author of Gunpowder

This week I’d like to introduce Jo Linsdell, she’s the author of Gunpowder a different take on the plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James . Born in Kent and brought up in the UK Jo left England and moved to Rome in June 2001, where she now lives with her Italian husband and their two young sons.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

This is tough because I’m pretty much an open book. Few people know that I used to collect Garfield  books when I was a kid. I had the whole “classics” series.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Probably someone like Sandra Bullock. I love her and think she’d do an awesome job.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Finding the time to write. I’m a writer, but also a blogger, illustrator, book cover designer, and organiser of the Promo Day event. Hubby and the kids keep me busy too so it’s not always easy to find the time to just sit down and write.

I found doing writing sprints was the solution. It’s not easy to find hours to sit and write but 10 minute sprints here and there go a long way.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

There is no such thing as “aspiring writers”. If you write you are a writer. Be proud of it. Repeat after me “I am a writer”. Feels good doesn’t it? 🙂

Writing the book is only the start. Learn as such as you can about book marketing. You’ll need it regardless of how you publish.

No book is for everyone. You might love your book but not everyone else will and that’s OK. You didn’t write is for everyone. You wrote it for a target audience.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere.  For me, ideas are a bit like rabbits. I get a couple and then before I know it I have too many.

When I was writing the KOSMOS series my nine year old was my biggest inspiration. I basically wrote the series for him. Some of the locations that Matthew Smith (the main character) travels to were chosen because my son was studying them at school or asked me about it. For example, in episode two he finds himself in London in 1605 and gets caught up in the Gunpowder plot. This came from my son asking me about why we celebrate with fireworks in the UK on 5th November.  In episode four, he finds himself in Egypt. This was because my son is studying Egypt in his history class at school.

Other places I find inspiration are from books (I read a LOT), from TV shows and films, from over hearing conversations, and  from pictures or photo’s I see online.  Every time I go on Pinterest I get new ideas.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Black tea with milk and sugar. I’m a true Brit 🙂

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GunpowderWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT jo AND HER BOOK?

You can find Gunpowder in Kindle format here:

And you can meet Jo on her website: http://www.jolinsdell.com/

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.

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An intereview with Derek Williams, author of Waking Lazarus

D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector. In his latest novel, Waking Lazarus he has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. Think Jason Bourne meets Homeland. Continue reading

my journey through war and peace melissa burch

Meeting Melissa Burch, author of My Journey Through War and Peace

Melissa Burch was a filmmaker, producer and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and a story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. She was in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahedeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000 foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. Continue reading

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An interview with Reyna Favis, author of Soul Search

Hi everyone, and this week I’d like to introduce Reyna Favis to the Thursday Throng. Reyna spent more than a dozen years as a drug development genomics scientist before turning to write fiction full-time. Her previous publishing history includes scholarly articles. When not writing, she responds to callouts as a canine handler for search and rescue. She lives in Warren County New Jersey with her husband, a search dog and a coterie of pets. Continue reading

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Meeting Catherine Berry, author of But you are in France, Madame

This week, we have writer Catherine Berry on the Thursday Throng. Catherine was introduced to the French language at high school in Australia, but had no idea that this would dictate many of her life choices.  Her French love affair re-emerged several years later due to a series of lucky coincidences. These ultimately led her and her husband to set out on their French adventure with their three children in tow. ‘But you are in France, Madame’ is their story. Continue reading