author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Alexa Bigwarfe

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with the host of the Women in Publishing summit, which was held March 2-8 2020. Listen as she shares her inspirational Journey with us.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

ALEXA BIGWARFE!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Alexa Bigwarfe
WHEN?
Tuesday March 24, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ALEXA BIGWARFE…

Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother, proud veteran, a USA Today Best-Selling author, speaker, author coach, and publisher. Her writing career
began when she turned to writing for healing after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. She began to support others who wanted to do the same
and now guides other authors through the publishing and marketing process in her company Write|Publish|Sell and her publishing houses: Kat Biggie Press,
Purple Butterfly Press, and Chrysalis Press. Alexa enjoys hosting the annual Women in Publishing Summit, an online conference for women writers. Passionate
about serving mothers who have lost children, she founded a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm. A spirited activist, Alexa enjoys bringing light to topics
surrounding marginalized voices, particularly as they pertain to women and children. She lives in Columbia, SC with her husband, three living children
destined to be activists too, and her dog.

Alexa’s book is entitled Ditch the Fear and Just Write It

Description:
You KNOW you have a book in you, you KNOW you want to write and publish a book. But as soon as you start thinking about it, your palms get
all sweaty, you start to breathe faster, you come up with a MILLION reasons why no one would read or buy your book. So, you put it off. Again.
Stop doing that!
Yes, writing a book is overwhelming! Yes, there are a lot of excuses that may stop you from moving forward.
Yes, there are a TON of things you have to do beyond JUST WRITING to get your book published.
But at the end of the day, if you don’t JUST WRITE IT! you will spend the rest of your life wondering WHAT IF?
Hiring a coach to help you through the process and get your book published is expensive. So why not let me “coach” you through this workbook, at a minuscule
of the coaching cost!
Don’t be that person who watches book launch after book launch and thinks -that should have been me.
Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! The No Excuses Power Plan to Start Your First Book is the answer to your problem.
In this 12-week workbook (if a timeframe scares the pants off of you, don’t let it -this is just a suggested timeline to get you moving forward) you will
find simple, action-oriented format with:
Tips for getting started
Daily and weekly activities to ensure you don’t push it off… again How to write and plan your outline Tools, strategies, advice from other female entrepreneurs
who took the plunge and wrote their book to grow their business Mindset work to get you past your limiting beliefs The motivation to get moving Inspirational
tips Time management strategies Space to journal your thoughts, if that’s your thing. and so much more!
If you’re committed to writing your book and you know you need help to get it done but don’t have the funds to invest in an author coach to get you through
the process, this is the BOOK FOR YOU.
Featuring insight and tips from:
Dana Malstaff -Boss-Moms Stacy Tuschl -She’s Building Her Empire Laura Jack -Laura Jack Coaching Jennifer Blanchard -Dream Life or Bust Kelsey Humphreys
-Pursuit Media And more!

Purchase link:

Connect with Alexa at the following links:
http://writepublishsell.co/

https://www.facebook.com/WomenInPublishing/

https://www.facebook.com/WritePubSell/
https://www.instagram.com/writepublishsell/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Writing about Writing

Ali Likes to Write

I don’t know this for sure, but I believe that no one really knows how to be a writer. For sure there is the age old sentiment that you must write a lot, then a lot more, and you must read a lot. Just write, that’s how you’re a writer. These things are for sure true, but I’m finding there’s so much more to being a writer than merely putting your thoughts down on the page. There’s blogging, networking, social media, meetings, conferences, stretching that comfort zone. There’s finding your voice, where you fit, you niche.  Also there’s breaking that ideal that you must craft a perfect piece, kneed it, mould it, sculpt it, sand it, then present it. How, though, can you ever just get those words out when you’re so concerned about perfection? The answer, I’ve found, is simply, don’t think so hard, just pour out the words…

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Event Invitation: 7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Launching a Podcast (Webinar)

Have you ever thought about launching a podcast, but don’t know where to start? Do you have questions about how to plan a podcast?
Join me as I shares seven questions you should ask yourself before launching a podcast in a free webinar on May 21 at 3 PM Eastern.
To register for this event, click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7-questions-you-should-ask-yourself-before-launching-a-podcast-tickets-103608196906

Once you register for the webinar, a zoom invitation will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you have any questions about the event, or suggestions for future events, connect with me at the following links:

Email:
Annwrites75@gmail.com

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and my podcast at the following links:
https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Denise Brixey

If you love all things cats and writing, today’s episode will not disappoint you! Click the link below to hear my conversation with my special guest, who is a cat lover and a cozy mystery author with a bit of paranormal and fantasy thrown in the mix

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Denise Brixey!

Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening! Please write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Denise Brixey
WHEN?
Friday, April 24, 2020
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR DENISE BRIXEY…

Denise Brixey grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where she studied writing. During her many years of living in a big city from birth into adulthood, she had more than her share of challenges. When she left the big city life to move up to a small town in the Gold Country, Denise volunteered at a cat rescue. She soon discovered that, while she was working to save them, it was she who was magically being rescued by the cats!

Felines have been a meaningful part of Denise’s world ever since: starring in blogs, social media pages, and currently, her new book series. Although he’s been physically absent for years, the original Harry, a.k.a. Monkeyface, continues to magically impact her life through his teleportation that continues to fuel Denise’s passion for writing and love for her cats. Harry will live forever, so Denise started her series, Harry, the Wonder Cat, to share all his antics and spread meaning and joy to the lives of readers.

Book Title:

Harry the Wonder Cat: The Jamaican Mission

Description:

In Harry the Wonder Cat: The Jamaican Mission, Harry is back in action after receiving another special assignment from the Cat King. He has been tasked with finding out who killed Marianne Johnson in 1929. At that time, Marianne had just gotten married in Jamaica to Nikki’s Great Uncle Frank, Harry’s then charge in the line of the Johnson family.
Following Marianne’s death on their honeymoon, Frank spent the rest of his life trying to solve the mystery as to who killed her. Now he is unable to be at rest and needs Harry’s help, since he has the limitations brought on by being a ghost. To accomplish this mission, Harry needs to go back to the Hailey House B&B where Marianne died.
Using his powers, and the cunning of his cat gang, he convinces Nikki, and her friend and housemate Heather, to vacation in Jamaica. Once there, Harry rounds up some Jamaican cats–and even a dog gets involved–to help him solve the mystery. The leader of the beach cat gang is a beautiful petite cat named Luna, who may be the solution to more than one mystery.

Purchase link:

Connect with Denise at the following links:
http://www.harrythewondercat.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2803554816547919/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

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Original Poetry: Warning Sign

The following poem was written as a warning to the reader of things to come, by the shadowy figure following my protagonist in the revised version of A Journey of Faith.

I leave a note on the pillow
As a warning,
My charge must heed
In the morning.
A detour she must take
For her safety’s sake
With Omar she must talk
Before continuing her walk
For rough terrain lies ahead
As a new day is dawning.

Blessings,
Ann

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author interviews

Special Guest Interview with Marleen Mesot

Hello everyone,
Today, I’d like to introduce my special guest, Marlene Mesot. Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to conduct a podcast interview, so I gave her the option to be a guest on my blog instead. Before we get started, Let me give Marlene a little introduction.

Marlene Mesot was born an only child, grandchild, and niece from Manchester, New Hampshire. She and her deceased husband, Albert, have two sons, two grandchildren, and English mastiff dogs.
She shares her heroine’s disabilities of legal blindness and hearing aids use due to nerve damage at premature birth. She has loved writing since early childhood.
Marlene holds a bachelor of education degree from Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire, and a master’s in Library and Information Studies from U-NC Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ann: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Marlene: I am from Manchester, New Hampshire originally but now live in Virginia. I went to public school, and sight saving class for the first eight years. In high school I was on the honor roll consecutively all four years. It wasn’t because I was smart. I was good at memorizing. I met my husband the year I graduated from college and we have two sons. My husband was a breeder of English mastiff dogs and we’ve had a lot of them over the years, two currently even though my husband passed in 2017.

Ann: When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer, and what was your source of inspiration?

Marlene: I have been writing stories since about age six. I love reading, and writing has always come easy to me as a hobby. My grandfather taught me to sound out words before kindergarten and he taught me my colors. When I was about twelve, my uncle bought me a portable tape recorder. I used to make up plays, and my grandparents, my mother and I would record the short plays I wrote. Writing became a passion. During my teen years I wrote romances during the summers, even though I had zero experience in that area. I was an English major in college.

Ann: What tips and tricks did you learn throughout your writing journey? How have these little gems of advice helped you improve your writing or enhance your writing career?

Marlene: Put a little of yourself into the writing. No one else will know, but it makes the writing more real and helps your ability to make a better story. I think you asked if I was a plotter or a pantser. Definitely a pantser for the first few books. I’d get excited about a great idea and take off with it only to stumble in the middle. Which is where I am with the third novel in the 4 Elements of Mystery series, titled Whirlwind of Fear. I got to the middle of The Purging Fire and didn’t know how to continue for a couple of weeks. I knew where I was going, the ending, but not how to get there. Finally a transition came to me and the rest flowed better.

Ann: Tell us a little about your most recently published book(s).

Marlene: The Purging Fire is the first book in the 4 Elements of Mystery series. My heroine shares my disabilities, which made it easy and comfortable to write. How’s that for putting yourself in the book? She seems to be unavoidably present wherever danger lurks and she knows her romantic interest, the hero, has a secret he won’t share. The second book, titled The Snowball Effect, is written but not published yet. I have just republished a separate novel titled The Cat Stalker’s Sonnets. Both published books are in print and eBook formats.

Ann: Which is harder, writing or editing? Why?

Marlene: Editing is definitely harder. When writing I don’t have to look at the keys. I can just go with the flow of the ideas and the story as it progresses. With editing you have to concentrate on the specific, fine details and really look at what you are doing.

Ann: Do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

Marlene: Yes, I’m working on the third novel in the series titled Whirlwind of Fear. In it a deaf-blind high school student in the heroine’s special education class is kidnapped. There are other things also going on, but the girl’s classmates try to enlist the heroine, and ultimately the hero, to help them find the missing girl.

Ann: What advice do you have for aspiring authors and new writers?

Marlene: Believe in yourself and keep writing—no matter what.

Ann: If you could have a conversation with, or be educated by anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Marlene: I would love to train under Dean Koontz. He uses many wonderful techniques and important truths in his writing. In his novel Breathless he has seemingly separate stories which are all connected together by the time the book ends. Another skilled author is Karen Ball. The middle book in her Family Honor series titled Kaleidoscope Eyes is another of my most favorite reads. One of her techniques is to use a scene from the book in the prologue, but from a different point of view, and with a different slant, to build the anticipation.

Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?

Marlene: My website is. marlsmenagerie.com My books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Christianbook.com. You can find me on Goodreads at:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4460535.Marlene_Mesot

You can also watch the book trailer at:

and visit my Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/author/marlenemesot

Ann: Do you have a favorite Bible verse you’d like to leave us with?

Marlene: Yes. I love this question. Psalms 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord for the desires of your heart.” I have a Bible verse to represent each novel prior to the books beginning. In The Purging Fire it’s II Corinthians 12:10. “Therefore I am well content with weakness, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak then I am strong.”

Marlene: Thank you so much, Ann, for the privilege of sharing with you and your fans. It’s a pleasure to meet a fellow mystery writer who also loves the Lord.

Ann: It was a pleasure having you on my blog. I hope readers will enjoy this interview as much as you and I have enjoyed putting it together.

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Carla Vergot

Today’s special guest and I talk about our love of writing mysteries. Click the link below and listen as we talk about her process and her Lily Barlow mystery series.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Carla Vergot!

Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Carla Vergot
WHEN?
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Carla Vergot…

Carla Vergot taught special education in Virginia for years before taking a sabbatical to write her first book— Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough. The experience was fulfilling, and while she missed touching the lives and minds of elementary school kids, she decided to resign from teaching permanently in order to write the second book in the series — Lily Barlow: The Mystery in the Mangroves — which was released in March, 2020.
Carla recycles, gardens, and rescues bugs. For fun, she loves to travel, camp, fish and drive her Jeep off road. Her favorite food is a homegrown tomato on white bread with Duke’s mayonnaise. Her favorite dessert is a marshmallow on a stick by a campfire with friends. She lives with her husband and two rescue dogs in Virginia and is working on Lily Barlow 3 now.

Book Title:
Lily Barlow: The Mystery in the Mangroves (Book 2 in the Lily Barlow series)

Description:

Lily Barlow: The Mystery in the Mangroves is Book 2 in the Lily Barlow series. It picks up right where Book 1 left off. In the first book, Lily managed to untangle one mystery, only to have that launch the next adventure. In Book 2, Lily and her friends travel to the Florida Keys looking for answers to the identity of the murdered woman with the purple flower tattoo. Meanwhile, Lily wrestles with her future as she reconsiders her major at the University of Virginia. Throw in the romantic advances from her best friend, Jack, and Lily has her hands full. McNugget, the chicken, and Miss Delphine, Lily’s temporary landlady, are both back in LB2.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

..someone had tossed paint on the rock cairn. Lilac. Yellow. Carolina Blue. The colors ran into each other in a way that implied the task was conceived and/or completed in haste. “What happened here?” I asked, my voice edged with excitement that could’ve been mistaken for panic.
“Looks like a unicorn threw up,” Joe offered.

Connect with Carla at the following links:

Website:

Homepage

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarlaVergotsBackPorch/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/carla_vergot/
BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

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