author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special guest interview with Children’s Author/illustrator Rachael Clarke

In today’s episode, Rachael and I talk about creating illustrations for her books, writing in multiple genres and her latest book, The Big Ole Bike. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

The Big Ole Bike and more with Rachael Clarke!

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?

Rachael Clarke

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Rachael Clarke…

Rachael Clarke is a former police officer turned stay-at-home mom living in Portage la Prairie, MB, with her sport-aholic husband, two adorably mischievous children, and dog. Besides sipping coffee, Rachael enjoys writing and illustrating children’s literature, plotting fantastical novels, and publishing multi-genre short fiction under her pen name R.A. Clarke. Her short stories have won The Writer’s Games and the Writer’s Weekly international competitions. She was also nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Futurescapes Award. Rachael’s children’s chapter book The Big Ol’ Bike, is available wherever books are sold. Follow her writing adventures at: http://www.rachaelclarkewrites.com.

Details for The Big Ole Bike are as follows:

Description:        Big things are happening in Little Springs…

Everything about Oliver is small, from his footprint to his glasses—and a trio of bullies never let him forget it. When Oliver receives his grandfather’s old bike for his birthday, he rides tall for the first time. But the meanest bully in school doesn’t like that at all. Oliver quickly finds himself challenged to a race. Now, he’ll have to be bigger than he ever imagined in order to prove heroes come in small packages too.

The Big Ol’ Bike is a contemporary slice of life for ages 7-10. Come hang out with Oliver, Austin, and Sue, as they experience excitement, setbacks, and adventure together. Themes of bullying, family, friendship, confidence, and community are all explored.

WARNING: Reading this book may cause an urgent need to ride your bike. Don’t be alarmed. The feeling will pass… But don’t let it. 😉

Purchase link:    AMAZON.COM: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Ol-Bike-Rachael-Clarke/dp/1647190134/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

                              BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-big-ol-bike-rachael-clarke/1138375334?ean=9781647190132

                              BOOK LOCKER: https://booklocker.com/books/11389.html

Excerpt:

Oliver lived in a cozy, little house on a quiet street in a small town called Little Springs. He had a short, shaggy-haired dog named Tiny who loved to cuddle. He also loved to bark like a pit bull, but hid in the hallway whenever the mailman came by.

Everything about Oliver’s life seemed to be small. His hat. His footprint. His bike. He wore small, round glasses to see better, which made the kids at school call him “Bug Eyes.” If that nickname wasn’t bad enough, Oliver also got teased for being short and skinny for his age.

He dreamed of riding big, beautiful thoroughbreds in the fanciest horse races someday—like the Kentucky Derby. Sometimes, when he rode his bike around the neighbourhood, Oliver liked to pretend he was galloping around a racetrack instead. Sitting on the back of a mighty steed, he’d rush toward the finish line, which was usually just a crack in the cement or a long shadow across the street. His dad said that horse riders—called jockeys—always needed to be small people. Short and light.

It was the perfect job for Oliver!

“You have such an overactive imagination,” his mom would always say. ©

She’d ruffle his hair, and Oliver would just smile. He didn’t mind that fact at all. Imagining things was fun.

One thing he really didn’t like, though, was his bike. Oliver was small, but his bike was even smaller. He’d grown out of it last year already, and now he looked huge sitting on top of it. Normally, Oliver would love that—since he didn’t look huge very often. But this wasn’t one of those times. The kids at school had started to tease him because it looked so silly.

Plus, his knees kept hitting the handlebars, leaving purple bruises behind.

He needed a new bike badly. But his parents said they couldn’t afford one right now. So, instead of letting himself get sad, Oliver grew determined. If his parents didn’t have enough money, then he’d help them pay for it.

He decided to save all of his weekly allowance in a special jar he’d marked, “Bike.” And for extra good luck, each night before he drifted off to sleep, Oliver searched for the brightest star in the sky to wish upon. He’d squeeze his eyes shut, asking for a new bike. Oliver hoped with all his might that someday his wish would come true.  ©2020 Rachael Clarke

https://www.rachaelclarkewrites.com

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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 with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: A Conversation about Children’s Books and an Impromptu reading with Tracy Murdick

In Today’s episode, my special guest and I talk about her writing process, how she illustrates her children’s books and she gives us an author reading of her latest book. Sit back, relax, and join me on my front porch as Tracy and I have a fun and engaging conversation about Jesus and writing.

 

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

 

A conversation about Children’s literature and a live reading with Tracy Murdock!

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?

Tracy Murdock

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube

The Inspirational Journeys Podcast

 

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Tracy Murdock…

Tracy Murdock is a Christian author inspired by her twins plus two to share God’s glory and family love in her children’s books, from her #1 Best-Selling, Award-Winning Children’s picture book “Zoe in Double Trouble” to her next delightful picture book coming soon! God blessed her with a Master’s Degree in Education and she has fun homeschooling, illustrating, and writing to uplift moms and families. Check out more faith and family fun at yourtwinmom.com!

 

Here are the details for Zoe in Double Trouble:

 

Description: Zoe is the princess pup, until everything changes when she discovers twin babies arrive at her house! Join the fun as she discovers the best gifts of all in being blessed with twin sisters!

 

Purchase link:

www.zoeindoubletrouble.com

 

Connect with Tracy at the following links:

Website:

https://yourtwinmom.com/

Instagram:

 @yourtwinmom on IG 

Facebook:

Your Twin Mom Author Page at https://www.facebook.com/yourtwinmom 

Mom Prayer Group at  your twin mom group on FB  

Twitter:

your twin mom on Twitter group  

Pinterest:

Your Twin Mom on Pinterest

 

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 with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

 

Follow me on Social media:

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https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys

 

poetry

Original Poetry: A Pandiculation of the Brain

Pandiculation,

Oh, the frustration!

I don’t know this word

Though it sounds absurd.

I’m stretching my brain,

It’s about to drive me insane!

Maybe doing some jumping jacks

Will clear my head, so I can write a come back

For a word that seems silly

With a bit of a gesticulation.

Today’s challenge: Set a timer for three minutes and write a poem using the word “Swing” as your prompt. Be sure to post your poem on your own blog and pingback to this post so we can see your one word poetry challenge creation. Happy Writing!

poetry

Original Poetry: The Wuzzle named Bumfuzzle

The following poem was inspired by the word “bumfuzzle”, which was part of the One  Word Poetry Challenge workshop, hosted by Jen Lowry, which Tish Bouvier and I participated in Yesterday. Each day I’ll post one poem prompted by this event and challenge you with a new word at random, so read this post in its entirety for your special challenge.

There once was a little wuzzle

Whose name was Bumfuzzle

His body was covered with hair,

Though he wasn’t a bear.

What was this wuzzle

Whose name was Bumfuzzle?

Bumfuzzle Was a dust bunny,

Who sneezed and coughed and walked real funny

He could always be found

Hanging around

Sticking his nose in a jar of honey.

Today’s challenge set a timer for three minutes and write a poem using the word “mask” as your prompt. Be sure to post your poem on your own blog and pingback to this post, so I can see what you come up with.

#amwriting, #WritingTips

Someone wanted, but, and, so, or: Developing Your Story Arch

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, today I have a special writing tip to help you develop your story arch. Before we get into the formula, I have some news to share.

My friend Teresa Guffanti invited me to join a new social media app called Clubhouse. While in a room for beginning podcasters, room moderator Danny De Hek invited Teresa and I to be his special guests on his What De Hek podcast.

The following tip was inspired by a conversation in a room where several people were talking about how to tell your story so others will listen. Her formula was designed to help motivational speakers structure their content to make it more engaging to their audience. I expanded the formula to teach fiction writers how to develop their story arches. The formula is as follows:

Someone, your protagonist

Wanted, what does your MC want? What is the character’s goal in your story?

But, the fear or flaw keeping your character from achieving his or her goal

And, in walks the villain to turn your MC’s world upside down in each paradigm shift

So, Your MC must conquer the fear or flaw holding her back and confront the villain to achieve her goal

Or, lose everything, including her life, depending on your genre.

To hear the full explanation of my formula, check out today’s podcast episode.

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: A Conversation about Christian Romance, Children’s Books, Jesus and Writing with M. Michelle Derosier

In today’s audio/video episode, My special guest and I talk about books, writing and more. Sit back, relax and eavesdrop on my conversation with M. Michelle Derosier as wee talk about two of our favorite topics,  Jesus and Writing.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

M. Michelle Derosier!

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?

M. Michelle Derosier

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast Episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR M. Michelle Derosier…

Michelle loves Jesus and is fueled by black coffee, espresso, and freshly baked goods. Sadly, she’s not skilled at making any of the three. She writes culturally diverse stories from picture books to novels and shares an assortment of Haitian-American tales that are overlooked in the mainstream.

Michelle’s featured book is entitled Accepting Elijah’s Heart. The information is as follows:

Description:

He’s a former bad boy learning to forgive his past mistakes.

She’s a grieving widow struggling with motherhood.

A life-altering event offers them hope for a better future together.

Elijah Cooper grew up in church but without a relationship with God. Something he didn’t think he needed until he did. When Eli offers Reina support in a crisis, a friendship develops that could blossom

to more. But with his troubled past, he is not interested in a love match or a ready-made family.

After her husband’s untimely death, Reina Blackwell can’t trust the ground she walks on not to crumble beneath her. She’s certainly no longer trusting the God who created it. Not after he shatters her world leaving her alone to mourn and raise her son. 

With scars too deep to heal on their own, can Eli and Reina find the faith they need to give and receive love?

Purchase link: https://books2read.com/acceptingelijahsheart

Connect with Michelle at the following links:

Website: https://www.writerderosier.com/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/writerderosier

Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/writerderosier

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerderosier

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterDerosier/

Bookbub: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18184600.M_Michelle_Derosier

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18184600.M_Michelle_Derosier

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerderosier

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 with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

A photo of my special guest