National Jelly Bean Day is observed each year on April 22.
While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, Boston confectioner William Schrafft made them popular during the Civil War. With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies to be sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers.
During the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday but are now enjoyed year round. Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy a handful of your favorite jelly bean flavor and share on Social Media using #NationalJellyBeanDay.
I asked some of you about your favorite bean flavor and here are the answers:
Mine are sour apple or any sour flavor Jackie's are lime and root beer Gayreth Walden, one of my top share folks said coconut and popcorn Rachel Shell Vance says licorice Mark McQuillen says lime
Last week we learned all about Rik Ty's journey from artist to writer to both! Now let's meet Nonstop, one of Rik's characters
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Nonstop is my apelido – My riding name. It keeps people from knowing who my family is, keeps them safe.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I guess I can say something... Florida. It's a big state. People are born there everyday. I don't think that's too much information. I guess i was born in a hospital. Yeah. Long time ago.
3. How would you describe yourself?
Let's see. I'm young...I can drive anything -- peel the wheels off whatever you got. Whatever you need.
5. Tell us about where you grew up.
Uh, Uhm. Florida has oceans. And some very nice motocross runs. And tourist stuff.
6. How old are you?
Super-old! High school was like forever ago.
7. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
Sure. My childhood was Aces!
My folks would have liked to have had more money, for sure, but that didn't effect me much.
How about you? Did you have a happy childhood? Ever sneak in the movies? That was fun. Ever drive a motocross bike through a...never mind. Me either. I spent all my time in glee-club. Gleeing up everything. I shouldn't talk too much about it, because they could look up GLEE CLUB and probably find me, so let's chill on that.
8. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
What do you mean? Affect me how? My folks have always been great. The girls and the guys are all great. I've been paling around with a buddy from another planet, and he's usually down for some fun. Dig it. You gotta ride the Realmlines sometime, and you gotta ride them with Krork. That cat will sail the tsunamis right with the best of them, and he does it on that big, clunky, Grandma bike even... and...you know... you know, I always wind up saying too much in these things. I always regret it. Let's move on.
9. What do you value above all else in life?
9A.What are you obsessed with?
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
Me? My beliefs are just not to screw up. That's how I could make life better for everyone. I've had a good run on the Bleed Zones though. I have helped a lot of people in those situations and that feels great.
11. Biggest fear?
That one of these things will be unfixable. That we'll meet one that won't care how good I can drive, or how good Varrage can fight. That something will happen to the Earth, and just some dumbness on some dumb afternoon will ruin things forever. You can miss you know. You can miss, and someone can fall, and you can never take it back. You can never fix it. That's my fear. That the world will fall into some dumb hole, and the second it does, it will be too late.
12. What line will you never cross?
I will never be the one that lets it fall. I will never be the one that quits.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
The best thing is that Dr. Norel asked me to help test drive his interdimensional motorcycles. The wor...I don't want to talk about it.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Nothing embarrassing has ever happened to me. I have routinely landed in alien slop piles, started battles by saying the wrong thing to alien Queens, poorly represented humanity to the enraptured denizens of the Multiverse at every opportunity, and I have never spent a single moment being embarrassed. Not me Jackson, I've got the slide in my stride.
15. Biggest secret?
I hate not knowing how to use my data-box. I hate how my head locks up when I try. Don't tell anyone though. Okay? We keep that on the down-low for now, right?
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Reckless baby! Well, leave off the “baby”, so that it's right with the only one word thing.
17. What is your current goal?
My Goal? Hmmm...I'd like to catch a side thrum in the Realmlines, in a nice spot of high brightness, and not fall off right away. I 'd like to catch one, and stay on it for a fat ten minutes. Ride a whole vista if I had to – but, you know, be able to get back and stuff. That's my personal goal, and I'm always on the look out for the chance.
Thanks! This was fun!
And now, Lauren H. Salisbury, author of the Legacy Chronicles
What made you want to be a writer?
A: I’ve always loved stories, both reading and writing them. Making a living from my creativity and sharing what’s in my head has always appealed, but it took me a long time to take the plunge.
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.
A: My newest release is Strength, the second book in The Legacy Chronicles. The series reimagines the story of Moses in a science fiction setting, and the first, Courage, focuses on his birth mother and what she had to do to save him. A side novel, Conviction, follows the human characters through the aftermath of the events in the first book as two of them fall in love. Strength goes back to the women in Moses’s life and explores what his life with his adoptive mother might have been like.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
A: Reading is essential if you want to write. It gives you a grounding in literary styles, narrative forms, character development and world building. It’s also important to have a love of books in order to navigate the difficulties of a career in publishing.
Do you remember the first book you read?
A: I’ve read from such a young age that I can’t reach far enough back to know what the first one was. That said, I have a set of Winnie the Pooh books that I scribbled in as a toddler, and I remember loving the Mallory Towers and Chalet School series.
What book are you reading now?
A: I usually avoid reading anything while I’m writing a manuscript and then binge read for a month or so before I go back to edit it. I’m about to start beta reading a fantasy novel for a friend of mine, and then I can make a start on my TBR pile.
How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?
A: The series came from my love of those women in the Bible who had such a powerful influence on one of the most famous men, the women who had such faith and courage, but who are barely mentioned. I originally planned to set the series in our modern-day world, but the sci-fi setting popped into my head one day and stuck.
The titles took longer. I eventually chose words that encapsulated the qualities I admired in each woman whose story I retold, and the series title references the legacy they created through their support of Moses.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
A: There are pieces of me in each character I write, but the one I identify with most at this point is Mahsan. He is isolated and bullied for being different, he has a quiet, inquisitive nature, and he is driven to exceed expectations despite struggling to see his own worth. We share many experiences and hang-ups although I am nowhere near as athletic as him.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A: Although the book is science-fiction, many of the circumstances and issues the characters face are realistic and relatable. The book deals with human experiences such as adoption, bullying, jealousy, and revenge, as well as struggling to find our place in the world and someone to share our lives with. As stated above, I included several scenes based on my own life and people I know.
To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
A: I wish I could travel to do research for these books, but alas, time travel is currently beyond us, and I don’t have the physical stamina to make it into a space programme.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
A: I work best when it’s quiet, comfortable, and warm, but if I’m struggling with a scene, I often move around and talk out loud until inspiration strikes again.
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
A: I like a sweet treat every so often while I’m writing. In Spain, that was a pastry, but in England, it’s usually something with Cadbury’s on the label. I also can’t write without my soft-grip pen, even when I’m using my laptop. It’s always close at hand.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
A: Editing. I agonise over every decision, which takes forever. Also, the idea of marketing. I’m fine when it comes to each individual task, but the prospect of selling my work to people and creating promotional materials for it is daunting.
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.
A: I had to get over my fear of criticism. A long history with bullying made that difficult, but I used very specific coping mechanisms and took small steps until I could learn to separate myself from my work.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
A: My family. They’ve been beside me every step of the way and have shown me how much they believe in my writing again and again.
How do you market your book?
A: I’ve used mostly online marketing so far—review sites, giveaways, a blog tour, social media, mybookcave, a mailing list. I also advertised through posters, flyers, and local bookshops. This year, I’m going to try my hand at Amazon adverts and a book signing, and I want to get more active on Instagram.
Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
A: A reviewer contacted me to tell me my book was in his top ten of the year. That made my week. I haven’t had an everyday reader that I don’t know in some way contact me yet, but I can’t wait for it to happen.
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
A: My family, especially my husband, although dad refuses to read anything I write until he can buy it for himself in print. I’m still working on a regular beta team, but there are several I know I want to keep. I also have an unofficial writing mentor of sorts who gets a copy of each book when it’s ready.
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
A: I’ve not done a book signing yet. It’s on my list of things to do this year, so I’m working up the courage to organize one.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
A: Yes, that there are many ways of being strong. All of them take courage and faith, and all of them are equally valid.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A: I think the lead role might involve a lot of CGI as Reemah is an Esarelian. Jennifer Lawrence would capture her well though—aim high, right.
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
A: Too many to count.
Do you have any hobbies?
A: I enjoy making my own greeting cards. I have other hobbies as well, but that’s my favourite at the moment. It allows me to be creative and use lots of different mediums, so it never gets boring
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A: I love Firefly, Terra Nova, anything with the word “Star” in it, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Marvel and DC films, action-adventure, fantasy, rom-coms, period dramas, anything except slapstick comedy and horror.
A: Fresh crusty bread and butter, cooked cheese, pasta, mushrooms, stir-fry, korma, roast dinner, bread-and-butter pudding, apple crumble.
What’s your sign, lucky number.
A: I don’t really have one, but I like the number three.
What’s your favorite color.
A: Again, it’s not something I think about often. If pushed, I would have to say green.
What music do you hear in your latest book.
A: I seem to be fairly atypical for an author these days as I don’t hear or use a soundtrack with my books. I often see the events unfolding like a film, but rarely with background music.
Do you have hobbies other than writing?
A: Yes. I make greeting cards, bake, and am trying to get back into hiking.
Imagine a future where you no longer write.
What would you do?
A: Read and travel! Do some charity work using my teaching skills, or maybe start up a little coffee shop at the base of one of my favourite hiking trails.
You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
A: With my family, playing games and eating.
What do you want written on your head stone?
A: I haven’t ever considered this before. Either a quote from one of my favourite books or something like “faith, love, courage.”
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
A: Lots of them. I had no idea what I was doing and had to climb a steep learning curve. I’m still learning now and making plenty of new mistakes, but the gradient isn’t as bad after that first book.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
A: Learn the difference between criticism and critique. Ignore the first but embrace the second. Write what you enjoy, and don’t give up.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
A: My husband and my mum. When it comes to my writing, they are my first and last calls.
Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)
My books are available on Amazon in kindle and paperback formats as well as on Kindle Unlimited here:
Courage - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07954NGNS
Conviction - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FB5LBVF
Strength - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PX4DXN7
Social media links and websites? Website: http://www.laurenhsalisbury.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gillascourage