author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Story of How Lisa Knopp Befriended a Death Row Inmate

A Poto of Lisa Knopp in a dark suit.

This week, my special guest shares the story of how she befriended a death row inmate and wrote his story through letters and other research. Fix up your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and eavesdrop on this fascinating conversation

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

The Story of How Lisa Knop Befriended a Death Row Inmate

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?

Lisa Knopp

WHEN?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Lisa Knopp…

Lisa Knopp is the author of seven books of creative nonfiction including Bread: A Memoir of Hunger and What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte. Her essays have appeared in the best journals including Georgia Review, Seneca Review, Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Brevity. Knopp is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She lives in Lincoln.

Lisa’s featured book is entitled: From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row.

Description:

When Lisa Knopp visited Nebraska’s death row with other death penalty abolitionists in 1995, she couldn’t have imagined that one of the inmates she met that day would become a dear friend. For the next 23 years, through visits, phone calls, and letters, a remarkable, platonic friendship flourished between Knopp, an English professor, and Carey Dean Moore, who’d murdered two Omaha cab drivers in 1979 and was executed for by lethal injection in 2018. 

In her open and insightful new book, From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row(Cascade BooksJune 2022, $21.00 paperback, $9.99 eBook) Knopp tells two other stories as well. One is that of a broken correctional system (Nebraska’s prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded, and excessive in their use of solitary confinement), and what it’s like to be incarcerated there, which Moore frequently spoke and wrote about. The other is the story of how a double murderer was transformed and nourished by his faith in God’s promises. Though Moore and Knopp were different types of Christians (he, a Biblical literalist and evangelical; she, a Biblical contextualist with progressive leanings), they shared an enduring faith in God’s grace and mercy.

Purchase link:

Connect with Lisa at the following links:

https://www.lisaknopp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lisa.knopp.33

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

InspirationalJourneys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Pooja Chilukuri

Today’s guest is a nutritionist, health and wellness coach and an author. Follow the links below to hear her amazing story.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Pooja Chilukuri!
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?
Pooja Chilukuri

WHEN?
Friday, February 7, 2020
WHERE?
Podcast:

YouTube:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Pooja Chilukuri…

Pooja is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Health Coach with a passion for empowering individuals with chronic illnesses to take charge of their health through education and counseling.
Pooja is also a published author. In her memoir, And Then There Was Jesus, she recounts her journey of traveling from India to the USA, of finding religious freedom, and rediscovering herself. Her other books include faith based reflections and poems.

Pooja’s book is entitled And Then There Was Jesus

Description:

And Then There Was Jesus is my story of my journey to USA from India, from Hinduism to Christianity, the story of freedom from religious chains, healing from spiritual wounds and reconstruction of self.
Purchase link:

Connect with Pooja at the following links:
For more information, visit Pooja’s website:
http://www.poojachilukuri.com

Connect with Pooja on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/bemadewhole/

Connect with Pooja on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pooja-chilukuri/
For updates on Pooja’s new books:
http://bit.ly/PoojaChilukuriAuthor

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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, fill out the contact form below, or message me on social media with your name and email address.
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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author interviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman (AKA Aoede

I was surprised that I have several commonalities with today’s special guest. Continue reading to learn more about Aoede.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman!
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?
LISA SNIDERMAN
WHEN?
Monday, October 21, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR LISA SNIDERMAN…

Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, author, filmmaker from San Francisco who obsessively creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Lisa’s mission is to be a light and a muse by inspiring, engaging, empowering, connecting with, encouraging, and supporting young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges, and abilities through original art and music. Her new memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. Lisa founded an online community of artists creating to heal and collaborated with more than 50 artists who are also creating to heal, culminating in an online video showcase and live multi-media performances in December 2018.

Today’s featured book is entitled A Light in the Darkness
Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude

Description:

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

Purchase link:
https://www.amazon.com/A-Light-in-the-Darkness/dp/B07VQW3M83/

Excerpt:
When life throws us curveballs; when we’ve lost our inspiration because of a significant change in health status, and if we live day in and day out with a chronic disease or disability, it’s tempting to want to give up our dreams, to play the victim. It’s easy to succumb to discouragement, self-pity, or even despair. But dreams and significant health challenges aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m a living example. We can live with hope, passion, and joy, even if the shape and substance of our dreams have changed!

Connect with Lisa at the following links:

Websites and social media:

Front Page


doyoubelieveinmagic.info
whataredreamsmadeof.com
isloveafairytale.com
aoedemuse.com
facebook.com/aoedemusemusic
twitter.com/aoedemuse

youtube.com/aoedemuse

Author Page on Crimson Cloak:
http://crimsoncloakpublishing.com/lisa-sniderman.html

Amazon Author Page:

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.

this is the cover art for my podcast

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