An Interview with Kathy Strahs, Author of The Lemonade Stand Cookbook

Kathy Strahs is the author of The Lemonade Stand Cookbook:

Lemonade stands . . . kids have been running them for decades, whether to raise money for a new bike, for a charitable cause, or simply to conquer boredom. Inspired by dozens of kid experts from all over the country, author Kathy Strahs pours her expertise as a food writer, entrepreneur and mother of two school-aged children into the ultimate guide to setting up your own lemonade stand. Step-by-step illustrations and full-color photographs of each recipe and craft make each page easy and fun to dive into. Find delicious drinks, such as Classic Lemonade and Cold-Brew Iced Tea, sweet treats such as Polka Dot Blondies and Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Pops, grab-and-go snacks such as Owen’s Cheddar Chompers and Sunflower Crunch Balls, and creative crafts such as Hayley’s Flower Pencils and Friendship Bracelets. Tips for setting up a successful stand, packaging ideas, cooking technique tutorials, and real-life “stand stories” from kids themselves are sure to inspire kids everywhere to “give life a squeeze.”

Read on for an exclusive interview with Kathy. Continue reading

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Interview: Starting Digital Pubbing, Self-Publishing Advice, Startups, and More

Recently, Salesgenie published an interview with me where I got to talk about Digital Pubbing and self-publishing. We talk about marketing, having your own website, and a little bit about the current publishing startup landscape (thanks in large part to information from Thad McIllory).

You can read the full interview here, but some highlights include:

  • Options for building a website
  • Advice for building a mailing list
  • Marketing ideas

I had a great time answering the questions, and I hope you find some good tidbits in there!

An Interview with Russ Colchamiro, author of Genius de Milo

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Russ Colchamiro is the author of Genius de Milo, the second book in his series, Finders Keepers. Here is the official description:

Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy.
But just as they embrace a future without any more cosmic lunacy: The Earth has started fluxing in and out of Existence; Theo’s twin girls are teleporting; and Jason can’t tell which version of his life is real. All because of Milo, the Universe’s ultimate gremlin.
Joined by the mysterious Jamie — a down-and-out hotel clerk from Eternity — Jason and Theo reunite on a frantic, cross-country chase across America, praying they can retrieve that radioactive jar, circumvent Milo, and save the Earth from irrevocable disaster.
In author Russ Colchamiro’s uproarious sequel to FINDERS KEEPERS, he finally confirms what we’ve long suspected … that there’s just no de Milo quite like a GENIUS DE MILO.

Read on for Russ Colchamiro’s interview, as well as an excerpt from the book. Continue reading

I Know Dino: The Podcast

I Know Dino logoAfter months of researching, interviewing, and polishing, we have finally launched our long-awaited I Know Dino podcast (part of a larger I Know Dino project, which involves blog posts, books, and more)!

You can find our new, free podcast on iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i-know-dino/id960976813?mt=2

Our first episode features Pete Larson, president of the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota. Pete is a T-rex expert, and one of the main people in the documentary Dinosaur 13:

When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.

For those who may prefer reading, see the full transcript of our first episode here.

And our second episode features Dr. Anthony J. Martin, a paleontologist who specializes in ichnology, which according to his website, is “the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests.”

Dr. Martin is also the author of several books, including his most recent one, Dinosaurs Without Bones. You can also find him on Twitter, @Ichnologist. and I recommend reading his post that dissects the ichnology in the Jurassic Park movies.

An Interview with N.D. Wilson, author of Death by Living

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I had the great pleasure of interviewing N.D. Wilson, a best-selling author whose latest book, Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent, was published this past July.

Death by Living is a follow-up to Wilson’s Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl, which was critically acclaimed. Wilson is an insightful writer, who at the same time obviously likes to have fun. Just read his bio:

N.D. Wilson is a best-selling author, professional daydreamer, and occasional screenwriter. His novels include the 100 Cupboards trilogy and the Ashtown Burials series; his first work of nonfiction was Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, and he has several scripts in various stages of development. He enjoys hilltops, calluses, and the smell of rain on hot asphalt. He and his wife have five children, and they watch them battle the sea with surfboards and buckets as often as possible. He once faked the Shroud of Turin, which got him yelled at on Hungarian television, and he typed a tiny novel on a paper napkin which was then printed in Esquire magazine (that bastion of righteousness). He is currently a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches freshman how to play with words. Like everyone else, he is made from dust.

Wilson had a lot of insightful things to say, about his writing and about life: Continue reading

An Interview with Chris Allen, author of Hunter: Intrepid 2

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Some days I really love blogging! Recently I had the good fortune of meeting people from Pan Macmillan Australia, and they put me in touch with Chris Allen, author of the Intrepid series.

Chris Allen 2012Chris Allen is known for writing “escapist action thrillers for realists,” and he has served in three Commonwealth armies over the span of two decades and in four countries. According to Pan Macmillan, Intrepid “is the culmination of his military and law enforcement insider experience. Intrepid is the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division: the razor-sharp, ultra-secret, black ops division of Interpol, established to operate across the world, regardless of borders, politics or race.” His latest book is Hunter: Intrepid 2, and you can read a sample chapter here.

Here is Allen’s official bio:

Chris Army7_0001Before penning his Alex Morgan espionage series, Chris saw the world from under a parachute; made a difference in East Timor; protected Sydney’s iconic Opera House sails post 9/11; and most recently, held one of the most historic offices in Australia. Since self-publishing and being signed by Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital imprint Momentum, Defender and Hunter have wowed readers worldwide, with Avenger in-progress. Chris dreams of one day spending extended periods of time enjoying an English country cottage in Surrey, preferably one in walking distance from the local pub.

Sounds amazing! So of course I was thrilled to able to ask Allen more about his inspiration and his work. Continue reading

Interview on Scribd: Getting the Word Out

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Yesterday Scribd posted an interview with me on self-publishing tools and getting book reviews. It was a great experience and I want to thank Taylor for the interview. Below is an excerpt. You can read the full article here. Continue reading

Write or Read is Featured on The Story Exchange!

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I’m proud to share that I’ve been interviewed by The Story Exchange about Write or Read! The Story Exchange is “a global video project empowering women to start their own business.” Read my interview here.

An Interview With Kate Policani

A while back, I had a great opportunity to interview Kate Policani, author of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. She shared some valuable experiences and gave advice on how to be successful at self-publishing.  Continue reading