Tell a Story Day - We have cookies - My stories: takeover, podcast & a virtual event. Interview

NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY is on April 27th each year in the United States encourages people of all ages to share all kinds of stories. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination, or an actual story from a childhood memory, the day supports gathering with friends and family to share those stories.

Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next. It’s a wonderful way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational. Some of the very best stories come from real-life experience.

Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day). Spending time telling stories with family, friends, and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember, and to grow closer together.

Besides creating a bonding environment, oral storytelling provides rich opportunities to reminisce. While connecting the past to our present, oral storytelling also fosters creativity. It encourages the use of imagination that lasts a lifetime.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTellAStoryDay

Do you have a story to tell? It does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. Seek the storytellers in your life and encourage them to regale you with stories. As you listen, record them in some way. This is a day for them all.

We encourage you to tell your stories and even share them on social media using #NationalTellAStoryDay. My personal note on this piece copied from National Calendar Day is that most writers before they were writers were just that - story tellers. If you love to tell stories, don't sell yourself short. Write them down!

Recipe of the Day -

Sugar Cookies

Prep: 15 minutes + overnight

Cook: 1 hour

Total Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes


2 cups sugar

1 cups Crisco

3 eggs

1 cups buttermilk

1/2 tsp. salt

1 table almond flavor

1 teaspoon soda

4 cups flour

4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon vanilla


Preheat over to 350 degrees (when ready to bake).

Mix all ingredients and cover; refrigerate overnight.

Roll dough out on floured board and cut out using a biscuit cutter.

Bake for 9-12 minutes or until just done.

Serve warm with dipping sauces if desired or frost them.

This week's new teasers

As stated last time here's the clip of Deka (Bone Woman) telling her story to Marai of how she was beloved of a god but abandoned. A detail about her. She's a shifter - a harpy, a siren-like black lioness but in human form can levitate and fly. Connection: A young black artist named Ana is being sought by a (dragon-like) spirit who has been looking for her for centuries. COULD IT BE?

In this next image Marai learns more about his own role in "shepherding" the Children of Stone. A Dream wants to reveal the true identity of his soul to him. DOES HE DARE LOOK in the well to see his soul?

Missed you guys at Mamaw Namid's Book Blog Review - April Takeover. Some of you might have never been to one, so you didn't know what to do. I'll be giving details here and on my page along with a list of presenting authors. Most at this point are Romance/Erotica/Paranormal Authors. Other genre are there too. And look! If you participate and play the games and talk to authors you might get a $20 Amazon Gift Card. If you buy one of my ebooks and show me the receipt, I'll buy you the next book in series. Let's do better in May - Go here and check "Going" then plan to go.

May is coming


BOLO a Podcast about Archaeology and Aliens -

Me, Shane Thomas, Ken Goudsward, Tory Phoenix and A Stump yakking it up for about 2-1/2 hours. Once it's published I'll post the link. Some Points covered. 1. Are you a believer? 2. Seen a UFO - Firsthand and secondhand stories 3. Maybe Extraterrestial should be relabeled Inter dimensional 4. Were the Gods ET's 5. What would the smoking gun of evidence be? 6. Our fiction/fantasy about that, books and movies we think got it right. 7. Carbon or silicon? SciFi Rountable

Interview: Clare Stevens

1. What made you want to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a compulsion to write. When was very small my older sister used to tell me ghost stories and encourage me to make up my own, which fostered an early love of stories. I grew up in a house full of disruptive older brothers and I retreated into an imaginary world to escape the chaos. At school we were encouraged to write stories and I clearly remember the teacher picking one of mine out, reading out the first line to the class and saying ‘doesn’t that make you want to read more?’ From that moment, I dreamt of being a writer.

I became a journalist early in my career and since then all my jobs have involved writing, but it’s only relatively recently that I’ve had the luxury of writing creatively.

2. 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.

I’m hoping my next book, currently called The Strawberry Girl, will be out next year (2021) but I need to finish it first! It’s a similar genre to the first – ie literary/contemporary fiction with an element of mystery/magical realism.

3. How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?


4. Do you remember the first book you read?

My sister read me all the Narnia books and The Hobbit. I can’t remember the first book I read myself, but I was a member of the Puffin Club so used to try and get hold of all the new releases.

5. What book are you reading now?

I’ve got two on the go. The Wind Reader by fellow IQ author Dorothy A. Winsor, and The Last Family in England by Matt Haig (told from the point of view of a Labrador.)

6. How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?

Blue Tide Rising had several working titles before we arrived at this one. It’s a play on words because the main character’s name is Amy Blue, it’s set by the sea and in the novel she rises up. The novel started as a two-page freewrite in a writing group then developed a life of its own.

7. Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

Bits of Amy remind me of my younger self. There are also bits of Rita in me too. (Rita runs the organic smallholding in Anglesey - Môr Tawel - where Amy takes refuge)

8. How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

It’s a mash-up of stuff accumulated over the years. Amy’s relationship with a much older, controlling man, is similar to something that happened to someone I knew – so in that respect is realistic. Some of the settings are inspired by actual places. I lived in the grim part of Manchester where the story begins, and Môr Tawel is based on a real place.

9. To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

I went back to the places in the book to refresh my memory.

10. Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I like having an interesting view - the room where I mostly work looks out over rooftops and trees. I don’t like background noise eg music, but I do like writing in cafes and on trains. While editing Blue Tide Rising I took myself off to our local Wetherspoons where I’d sit upstairs on a balcony with a view of the street and of the bar below. Other people go up there to work so there’s an industrious atmosphere, but I find the supply of human interest conducive to writing! I can get more done there than at home where there are too many other distractions.

11. When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

My writing group are encouraging and give constructive criticism.

12. How do you market your book?

Word of mouth, events, book festivals, signings, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve done well marketing it locally but need to expand the reach.

13. Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Readers have got in touch via Twitter, email or Facebook messenger. When I’m doing book signing events, I ask people to give me feedback when they’ve read it, and some do. A reading group got in touch to tell me how much they all loved the book. A woman I vaguely recognised came up to me on the street recently and told me she liked the book. I think the best thing was someone who emailed me to say ‘your book helped so much. It’s so uplifting. I was in a dark place and your story helped me find some much needed light.

’14. Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

My partner John and a few trusted but discerning friends. I had a panel of beta readers for Blue Tide Rising.

15. Tell us all about your very first book signing.

I got a taste of this when published in an anthology before I wrote my novel. We launched it at Waterstones and afterwards people came up to get their copies signed. I loved it and thought ‘I could get used to this!’ The first time when it was exclusively me was last March when I launched Blue Tide Rising – again at Waterstones. Again I loved it!

16. Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

That it’s possible to find a healing space. That people can recover and move on from dire circumstances and, given the right environment, and shown a little kindness, they can flourish.

17. Is there one writer, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Susan Jeffers, who wrote Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. Her books inspired and encouraged me enormously and helped me overcome difficulties when I was younger. I’d also love to meet Sara Winman as I love her books.

18. What music do you hear in your latest book?

A lot of 80s music as the main character keeps flashing back to her past. (It’s about a reunion between two women who were at college together in the 80s when one of them went missing).

19. Do you have hobbies other than writing?

Outdoorsy things like cycling and walking with my dog. I’m also into environmental things.

20. Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?Go stir crazy – I have to write! (A few years ago I broke both wrists so couldn’t write for a while – it drove me mad.)

21. You only have 24 hours to live - how would you spend that time?

I’d have a party and make sure all the people I care about are there. I’d spend the last couple of hours with my partner, my best friend and my dog.

22. What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Never give up!

Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)

Social media links and websites?

Through the publisher’s website: available on Amazon etc and in independent bookshops in and around Nottingham, UK. I have a blog: I’m on Twitter @ClareWynSteven

I blame the Virus but only one follower's book dropped.

Sinners & Saints: A Sci-Fi Alien Time Travel Romance (Ravage Riders MC Book 2) Kindle Edition by Nikki Landis (Author), Cooper Art, Victoria (Illustrator) 4/24/2020

When we'll have more releases, updates on a release of mine, report on Kalicon, links for May Takeovers and other stuff. An interview, an article, and more teasers.



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