Radio Days, Heart of the Lotus Maps and promos, memories of Dr. Demento - Lynne Stringer's Sarah
Good evening and thank you for joining us.
On tonight’s broadcast, we’ll be discussing a time-honored tradition that has for decades been a source of joy, a focal point for debate, and a way to bring friends and family together.
On this day, August 20, we celebrate National Radio Day, and we’ll be coming to you on all frequencies. A favorite song. A famous speech. Shocking news that changed the world.
Over the years, listeners have experienced all of the above through the advent of the radio. And while the internet plays a huge role in how we listen to people and music these days, the radio is still an enormous part of that. While the invention of the radio was a decades-long process that slowly culminated into what we know today. Here's a brief history of the Radio Show!
1895 - Radio Is Born - Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi sends and receives his first radio signal 1906 - Violins and the BIble - On Christmas Eve, Reginald Fessenden broadcasts the first radio program: some violin playing and passages from the Bible
1920 - Testing, Testing - KDKA receives the first US radio broadcasting license
1927 - FCC - The Radio Act of 1927 created the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) (Renamed the FCC in 1934)
Most of the time I write about places long ago that I've only seen in my dreams. Some of the shorter works are based on my own experiences. In the 1970's, when my imagination was just begionning to really come on line, I was a single grad student who almost didn't get my degree because I was too busy playing and enjoying my life. One of my late night favorites was The Dr. Demento Show which featured comedy and often naughty double-entendre ditties that could only be aired around midnight. One of the more tame songs was a favorite "Cockroach that ate Cincinnati" a spoof on the 1950's sci-fi films. Here's a clip!
Young men, their living rooms filled with students eager to discuss writing, philosophy, spiritualism and psych have all drifted in and out of my life. Years have flown by. Crackly radio shows became CD's and now are internet broadcasts, but but the memories of Radio Days remain.
As you know (if you've been out and about on social media) Book 4 of Children of Stone - Heart of the Lotus print edition is currently available and the e-book is on Pre-Order to be released on September 9. Watch Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for details. Here's a pre-order link!
One of the constant curiosities in my writing, and a question that often comes up is where is Kemet? I had one book buyer think the setting was medieval England because she thought I meant or had misspelled Camelot. In Book 4 (and it will appear in any revisions down the line) I have provided a map. My son Thom Woldering based the rendering on other ancient world maps. Some of the cities are in slightly different places (distance, which side of the Nile, etc. but travel time and the way rivers flow and even the location of cities has varied over almost 5000 years.
Now you will know Where Ineb Hedj, Sokor, Marai's home and Ari's home in Tyre as well as many other places are. I think Thom did a great job!
Last week I interviewed Lynne Stringer. This week she presents her character Sarah!
First a review of The Heir, by Iola
Sarah is a normal American teenager. Well, mostly normal. She goes to a fancy private school where all the other kids are rich, her dad is an inventor who never quite seems to get it right, she’s being stalked at school by a creepy boy, and her English teacher is always picking her for class debates even though she hates them. Apart from that, she’s just a normal kid who loves art, tries to survive high school and has a secret crush on Dan, her best friend’s kind-of boyfriend.
But things are not what they seem, and when tragedy strikes and Sarah’s life changes overnight, things start to get even stranger. Melting tables, windows that don’t open, eyes in the bushes ... and then things get even stranger.
The story started slowly but there was a growing sense of foreboding and rising suspense that made me realise it wasn’t the predictable Young Adult coming-of-age kind of story it started out as (but I’m not going to spoil the surprise by saying too much). Strange things started to happen and there were a few left-field comments from Sarah’s friends that made me think I was missing something. I was.
So was Sarah. And when we got the big reveal it was both a huge surprise and not, because it answered all those niggles.
The Heir is told entirely in the first person, from Sarah’s point of view (which I know some readers don’t like). But she’s a strong character who can carry the story without being so perfect as to be annoying. She’s a realistic teen, with strong likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, a secret crush, and a secret history even she doesn’t know about...
I really enjoyed The Heir. It was well-plotted with good foreshadowing (but without making it obvious), good characters, and an ending that was both satisfying in the way it completed the current story, but left me wanting more (fortunately, the sequel is expected out at the end of the year). An excellent debut novel, recommended for those who like authors such as Kathy Tyers, or those who enjoy YA dystopian or science fiction.
Thanks to Wombat Books for providing a free ebook for review.
And now, Sarah Fenhart 1.Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is Sarah Fenhardt and I live with my dad. I’m in my Senior year of high school. My mother walked out on us when I was five years old, so it’s just Dad and me.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in Connecticut, where I live now. We’ve never really been people who move around a lot.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I think I’m reliable and friendly. I like to help others and be there for my friends. Unfortunately, the other kids in the school don’t usually like me because my dad isn’t rich enough for them.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I grew up in Connecticut. I know, it’s boring. My best friend Jillian grew up in New York City, where her parents work. She boards at the school.
5. How old are you?
I just turned eighteen.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
It was okay. I hurt a lot when my mother walked out on us. We never heard from her after that. The divorce papers were sent through her lawyer. I don’t like to talk to Dad about her even now, as he can get a little sensitive about it, but I often wonder if she thinks of me.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I’ve never had a boyfriend and I’m trying not to like Dan Bradfield at school, mainly because he’s dating Jillian. But it’s hard. He’s so nice and is about the only guy who’s nice to me.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
I value family and integrity.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Dan Bradfield, although I’m trying not to be.
10. How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I think it helps my dad that I’m committed to him. I worry about him a lot, especially as work is bad for him. I try and be the positive influence around the house.
11. Biggest fear?
Losing my father.
12. What line will you never cross?
I will not date Dan Bradfield while he is still dating Jillian.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
The best thing? Having Jillian as a friend at school. The worst is my mother leaving.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
That’s something that happens on a daily basis, especially when Frank Howell is around. He makes my life a misery.
15. Biggest secret?
I dream about my mother a lot. She made a quilt with me before she left. It’s full of color (which I love) and absolutely beautiful. I frequently dream that it becomes a staircase to the sky and we float there together, above the world. It’s wonderful ... but then I wake up. Also, there was that time I thought I saw a monster in the bushes at school, red eyed and everything! But it was probably just my imagination.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
To graduate and try to get a decent job so I can help Dad out financially
Next up? Bill Nash and his writing life!
Author Questions for Interview
What made you want to be a writer?
Retirement and a broken ankle.
Actually, it’s a book I wrote back between 1971 and 1982. A so-called friend disappeared with my final typed copy. Since then it collected dust until I ran across my old written version and earlier copies back in 2015 after retiring from the DJ business (I literally partied for a living). My wife told me I better do something else than play video games in my retirement.
Tell us your book’s genre?
It’s a sci-fi trilogy (at least for now).
Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
Kindle and Amazon. Not sure about other locations, haven’t talked to my publisher’s marketing director about it yet.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
I think it’s very important. Take it from someone who didn’t ready much during his partying years. When I started again after I began writing, I found it informative to see other works out there. It’s important to know more that just telling the story. Reading helped me with story arcs, the importance of “showing versus telling”, character development, and ideas for improving my books. One drawback, though. Things change. What was required for proper grammar thirty or forty years ago isn’t correct today. But that’s another story.
How did you come up with this fantastic idea?
Back in 1971, when I was a sophomore in high school, my best friend and I wanted to make a sci-fi movie using a super-8 camera. We had conflicting ideas for the movie. So, we decided to write our own version to see which was better. His ended up as a short story and mine kept growing into three books. Never did make that movie, though.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
My main one, Jack Slater. He has some of my attributes and others I wish I had.
Did the Bible or other spiritual works have anything to do with your idea for this novel?
The original story, yes. Only God didn’t come into the story until the end.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
I don’t’ think there is one. I just wrote it for enjoyment.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
The waiting. And, maybe, some of the editing. Even though I do enjoy the challenge editing brings.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
It varies. When I was originally writing my book back in mid ‘70s I spent hours writing where my girlfriend worked, a Pizza Inn. I had my fill of pizza, crackers, and French dressing. Today I’ve sat in quiet as I rewrote the books, or have music playing. My favorite for writing is disco and songs about UFOs and space (Ex: Fly on UFO by Chrome, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafts by the Carpenters, the themes to Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica…just to name a few).
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
Me. Even though I do have saucers and a few space pics nearby.
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
Besides the waiting, nothing so far.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
My wife. She helps a lot with story ideas, a bounding board, and just by being there.
How do you market your book?
Not out yet. But, there is something I didn’t mention before. At the end of 2015 I self-published the first book under the title of “Invasion USA”. During the summer of 2016 I joined a local critique group and found the book still needed a lot of work. When I finished and found a publisher in December 2017 I took down the book from Amazon and renamed it “USA: Eliminated” because I discovered a book series called “Invasion USA”. I already started marketing the new version by advertising my author pages. I made up postcards and business cards that I hand out at different events and locations. (Sometimes I leave a few business cards on a gas pump as I fill up). My publisher told me it’s too early to promote the book, so I stopped for now.
Have readers every contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
I got a good feedback from one of my wife’s co-workers who bought a copy of the original version. He asked me if I ever served in the military, specifically working with nuclear missiles and launch silos. I told him I didn’t, everything I knew came from research on the internet. He swore I must have serve based on how accurate my scenes were. (I love the internet.)
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
My critique group.
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
Haven’t done one, yet.
What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
Good movies, time with my wife, playing video games, reading, playing with my wife, yardwork, and, oh, did I mention my wife?
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is.
Tell us your favorite novel?
I really don’t have one. But I do have a favorite author, Michael E. Gonzales, and his Unborn Galaxy book series.
Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you love.
A live drama or the opera?
Definitely not the opera. And my family gives me plenty of live drama.
Chips or crackers?
Neither on my diet, but in the past…chips.
Hamburger or chicken sandwich?
Fries or onion rings?
Neither on my diet, but I do love the natural cut fries from Bubba’s when I cheat on my diet.
Milk shake or smoothie?
Milkshake (another cheat).
Thunderstorms or star gazing??
Believe it or not, thunderstorms help me sleep. Can’t star gaze much in my area (too much light pollution).
Kindle or paperback novels?
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
Have fun writing and don’t be afraid of “honest” critique. Find a group in your area not afraid to telling you the honest truth about your writing. Keep an open mind for improvement.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
Need I say…my wife.
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
My first book will be released in late August. Currently it’s titled “USA: Eliminated”. It’s the first book in “The Jupiter Factor Series”.
Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
I have two, for now.
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And now here's a preview of next issue, and what's in store for the next four! August 27 National Just Because Day Bill Nash Character – Jack Slater + Eric Johannsen interview & reviews - My two friends along the way, Buddy and Mike. September 3 Labor Day Eric Johanssen‘s character – Ji-Min Carmilla Voiez Interview - Release Specials September 10 National Swap Ideas Day Carmilla’s characters pics + Merri Halma Interview - It's a wrap! Trials and Tribulations September 17 National Apple Dumpling Day Merri character or excerpt + A H. Johnstone Interview. What's Next! Book 5 - Lake of Memory, "Raemkai's Stairs", Miss Hattie and the Hoppers" and prequel "If I fell Between Worlds" (Provisional Title)