Category: Live Author Event

You’re never quite prepared to say, “Good-bye”,…

Posted Friday, 24 May, 2013 by jorielov , , 0 Comments

You’re never quite prepared to say, “Good-bye”, to someone you love and cherish to have around,… human or animal, our loved ones enrich our lives…

When the week of the 19th of May first dawned, I thought that my beloved tabby whose name rhymes with Beta, was going to pull through and make a turnabout in his fight to live. With my heart and head still consumed by grief and the loss that overtakes anyone whose experienced a similar loss can attest too, you tend to find things to fill in the consuming voids of time. Its hard not to notice the hours as they click off on the clock, as I remember the first hour, the second hour, and the third as he first passed. Then, it was the twelfth hour and the twenty-eighth, which is when I asked my head to stop ‘noticing’,… to allow time to fold back in on itself, and away from my eyes seeing the advancement of Time’s progression. One of the curious things that alighted in my mind to do was to re-open my Tuesday’s Shelf Awareness newsletter which was barely acknowledged when it originally arrived. The only bits of it that even interested me were the adverts at the bottom, as the crust of the content wobbled my head a bit, as you need a clearer mind than the one I have to digest what your reading!

This is when I saw the advert for “Sleeping in Eden” by Nicole Baart, whose last name struck a bell of recognition but the cloudy mess I was in I couldn’t begin to ascertain as to ‘why’,… I clicked over to her personal website, read the blurb for the novel, which interested me, and then, I clicked the curious little icon that would lead me to Vimeo {a platform I sort of prefer over YouTube}, and to this lovely little video about Ms. Baart’s writing life.

Nicole’s Personal Video by Todd Montsma

{I originally was going to encourage you to click the link, as I could not sort out how to embed the video to my blog, as a ‘share url’ box was not visible; until I read through the help sections for WordPress and realised Vimeo automatically embeds via the video url! Blogging is a perpetual learning curve!}

After the video concluded I tossed my hat into the contest, but that was only half of it, the video itself lifted my spirits if only for a short few minutes. I go through waves of emotion, where my heart grieves, my mind remembers his presence, and I will myself to remember he’s at peace, he’s in a better place, and his spirit will carry on with me through my tomorrow’s as all companions who enrich our lives with their love, their warmth, and their quirky personalities do. He had a penchant for vocality that was loss to him in the ending chapter of his life. He became a bit too silent, too soft spoken, and yet, in his enduring strength to overcome the plight he faced, his indomitable courage shined. He taught us so many things whilst he was here, eight years and four months shy of his ninth birthday. The greatest of all, I should think, is a calming of spirit inside adversity and a stealth of patience during the in-between. His gentleness and loving affection will remain with me always,…

As I was saying “Good-bye“, whilst he lived his last days, these were the events only a few weeks prior I had been itching to attend. How quickly life can alter our plans,…

Booktalk Nation : The Missed Events

  • Nathaniel Philbrick ~ Tuesday, 21st of May, 2013 at 7:00pm (EST)
  • Book Featured: Bunker Hill: A city, a siege, a revolution
  • Moderated by: Tony Horwitz

Question I proposed: Mr. Philbrick, What was the originating inspiration to dig into the history of the battle at Bunker Hill which ignited the Revolutionary War? And, how were you so fortunate to uncover not only new information that is pertinent, but wholly new to the readers who will read your book with a solidified appreciation of the history as it was previously known!?

  • Susanna Kearsley ~ Wednesday, 22nd of May, 2013 at 7:00pm (EST)
  • Book Featured: The Firebrand
  • Moderated by: Karen Holt

Question I proposed: Since your novel The Firebrand delves into the gift of Sight, what do you think draws you and your readers into stories that are touched with an element of the paranormal that can assimilate into the storyline as one readily breathes!? As though the element is organic in nature, and not an addition but rather a natural component!?

I’ll never know if my questions were read aloud during the events OR what inspiring bits of knowledge I would have gleamed from them, as I am finding that each author event that I attend through *Booktalk Nation*, is simply that ~ a way to broaden my horizons through getting to know the eclectically lovely authors that they host by way of phone and video telecast events! Instead, I am simply going to see if I can fetch these particular books through my library, and glisten a bit more insight into the authors through their stories,… as to me, that is always the first door that opens that leads us to understanding the person behind the pen!

Life is a constant balance of heartache and calm. I will regain my joy of reading and of blogging. I will find the light that shines through my posts on regularly read blogs, as I recapture what leads me to visit with the authors and bloggers who populate them. Right now, all of it feels too oppressive and evading. I want to pull back and withdraw and I shall. When I re-emerge I’ll feel lighter and more at peace with his passing than I do now with a heart bled open and raw from the pain of his passing.

{SOURCE: The video of Nicole Baart’s writing life by Todd Montsma had either URL share links or coding which made it possible to embed this media portal to this post and I thank them for this opportunity to share this uplifting video that helped me through a very difficult time.}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2013.

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Posted Friday, 24 May, 2013 by jorielov in Booktalk Nation, Death, Sorrow, and Loss, Jorie Loves A Story, Live Author Event

A conversation with Cathie Pelletier,… via Book Talk Nation!

Posted Thursday, 16 May, 2013 by jorielov , 0 Comments

A real-time conversation,
via video feed phone-in interview with
Booktalk Nation, and Cathie Pelletier!

Inspired to Share: I truly did not know what to expect, as I had decided to select authors that I would be curious to read as much as choosing authors I might causally know of, if I had not yet read their offerings. In this particular case, Ms. Pelletier falls under the category of curiosity!

The Details:

Cathie Pelletier, participated in a real-time conversation with Booktalk Nation to discuss her book “The One-Way Bridge”.

Once you’ve reserved your spot via email registration, from the author’s sign-up page, you return to the url dial the number they provide you at the time they specify, keying in the code to enter the discussion. In this instance, 6:00pm (EST) / 3:00 (PST). The interviews typically run for thirty minutes. And, on this particular day, originally we were meant to go to a video feed but were changed to a phone-in a day ahead of the interview taking place.

Question that I submitted upon sign-up: 

{NOTE: I had a sneaking feeling that the phone interviews might work a bit like the video feeds where the audience would be asked to question the author direct rather then to relay on the previously submitted questions! Therefore, I shortened my question from this: Ms. Pelletier, I read the biography of yours attached to your author’s page, noting that you’ve lived in four uniquely different areas of North America! May I ask, familial connections aside, what is it that drew you instinctly home to Maine?! Or is it something that is hard to formulate into words, and is resonated more in emotion?! When you went back home, did this spark your resurgence in writing?}

In order to reflect this instead: Hi, it’s Jorie and I have a question? What drew you back to Maine because I read in your biography that you’ve lived in different states and once you were back home in Maine is that what gave you a resurgance to your writing?

{I was recovering from a virus as I spoke to her on the phone via speaker, and hadn’t realised that my name “Jorie” sounded like “Joey or Joy” to her; I simply rolled with it, because try as I might I couldn’t get “Jorie” to come through!}

And, she replied: She lived in Connecticut as a child, but lived in Tennessee most of her life. She relocated to Quebec as her husband’s family lived in Montreal and Toronto (Ontario). Her family was shifting East, as her mother died in 2000 {same year as my grandfather!} and her father is 93 years old living alone in the house she was bourne in. He actually dug the foundation of the family home with horses and her grandfather assisted as well. They converted the room she was bourne in to a bathroom, but the history of the place evokes an emotional connection that cannot be topped. She came back to Maine for her father, expecting on a short furlough of six months! She was thinking of Houlton. She actually found that her writing voice was mostly contained to her life in the South. She prefers to look back in the past to write a book rather than to look at the present and base a story on what is surrounding her.

A second question I formulated on the fly whilst listening to Ms. Pelletier: What is your favourite part of Spring in Maine compared to Spring in Tennessee or the South? {which led to an interactive expose!}

And she replied: The main difference for her to recall is when her mother would call her on the phone speaking about a blizzard whilst she was laying out in the sun because it was February, with a glass of orange juice! The wisteria, honeysuckles, and the rattle of cicadas of Nashville are lulling to her. She instantly knows she’s in the South when she steps off the plane into the humid air. In direct difference she has moose walking through her property now!

I interjected: Do you prefer Maine or the South for Spring? She’s a birder who prefers to have the best of both worlds! This way she will not miss any of the birds for sake of one location or the other. She could no more pick between two children than deciding between two locales. I stated that I’d prefer Maine, as a reprieve from the humidity where I live. She needs Autumn to re-balance as I wish I could. I told her I get ‘a kiss of Autumn and then it’s gone’. She loves Winter but stresses about the lack of food for the animals. Her husband is quick to point out that if she ever drove in Winter, she would no longer be romantic about the season! She enjoys sitting at home by the fireside and feeds the birds. She enjoys watching the rivers freeze over marking the next passage of time. She still is poetic as she called the frozen river “a scar that heals itself”. She reflected about the ice that took out the one-way bridge. Her small towne celebrates the river’s release of freedom in April as it sheds its ice. I said that she’s in harmony with nature, like I am. I like to walk in nature by our lakes on a nature trail. I feel more at peace when I see the marsh rabbits, the sandhill cranes, and the white ibis. And, when I have that direct connection like you do, it changes your perception and you feel more grounded. She believed the same, telling me that her novels are full of nature. Nature plays a central theme to all of her novels. I told her I look forward to reading this one, as it will be the first one I read of hers.

My recollections of what I overheard throughout the conversation that evolved between Ms. Pelletier and the interviewer Mickey Raphael. I am relaying what I felt was pertinent to share as much as what I found the most interesting to be revealed.

Curious Tidbits I Learnt:

  • Ms. Pelletier originally comes from a small towne in Maine called Allagash, which was known for three one-way bridges. Whilst living in Nashville {1991} she overheard that ice had taken out one of her hometown bridges! This inspired her to finally include such a bridge in one of her stories, where previously she hadn’t done so. Bridges are their own metaphors and to have the inspiration to include a ‘one way bridge’ she took as a special gift.
  • Ms. Pelletier started to pen the story in the early 1990s, with certain characters coming forward that stood out to her, such as Orville Craft, the mailman and the Vet, Harry Plunkett.
  • Ms. Pelletier relayed to us that a copy of her book ended up in the University of Moscow, Russia because it was a universal impression of life in America.
  • Ms. Pelletier said in her real town of Allagash, there is only one true road in and out of towne. And, she’s had the honour of being the Northernmost writer in the {lower 48} United States.
  • Martin W., an aspiring songwriter from New Brunswick wrote “The One-Way Bridge” song out of inspiration from the book.

Insight into the novel “The One-Way Bridge”: Her hometown was founded by three Diamond sisters, who came to Maine down from Canada, who brought with them the Celtic tradition of story-telling, which is also well-known to have been of the South. She took all of her life experiences and ancestral roots to combine into small towne life that would appeal to a broad audience. Including finding hintings of similarity between Nashville and Maine. She was used to the music of country artists as her father played guitar and harmonica.

She’s never received ill comments about her books from locals in her towne, but she has had issues with reviews published in magazines! She’s only have had positive responses from people she is in touch with and of whom count. She doesn’t attempt to make real life counterparts inside her novel(s), but she said that its plausible. Like most writers, she spends 8 to 10 hours a day writing, and she considers it a regular job. She’s an emotional writer who could avg. anywhere from 10 to 25 pages! She goes through a process of re-writers until a week later she’s confident about what she’s written. When she travels she refuses to take a notebook computer because she is an organic writer. {This I can personally attest to myself!} She lamented that her characters tell her their stories, which is how I approach the written word.

She also shares the ability to use new words that she doesn’t recognise as having known about previously until she cross checks them in a dictionary and realises they are the right words after all. I have noticed that this is a new trend for me. She tends to be indecisive to know when her book is truly done! She likes to celebrate its conclusion then realises it needs more work. It’s frustrating to her, especially once in print and bound form she cannot make any more changes! She envies songwriters who can use a limited amount of words to convey their stories through songs, even though she started out as a poet she doesn’t feel she has this ability. She decided that her writing personality needed a bigger canvas to convey her thoughts properly.

One character in particular changed her course with the book: Harry Plunkett, became a pivotal character who led her to research the Vietnam War. He spoke the words “War is about Words”, and she said that novels are always about the words. PTSD was called “Soldier’s Heart” during the Civil War, which she thinks has far more humanity in it.

Advice she gives to aspiring writers: Stop worrying about the time your waiting to arrive to sit down and write, and just put the words down on the page and BEGIN! Put the metal to the pedal in other words! Start with keeping journals she suggests, because it cultivates the habit of writing.

{I attempted to paraphrase Ms. Pelletier’s actual responses and words, as I wanted to recollect this interview as I overheard it. In a few places, I might have caught her words more exactly than in other places. This is not an attempt to record a transcript, but rather one listeners observations of what she heard.}

Copyright © Jorie Loves A Story, 2013.

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Posted Thursday, 16 May, 2013 by jorielov in Booktalk Nation, Live Author Event

A conversation with Deeanne Gist,… via Booktalk Nation!

Posted Thursday, 9 May, 2013 by jorielov , 0 Comments

A real-time conversation, via video feed on Booktalk Nation, with Deeanne Gist!

Inspired to Share: As I am always humbled and amazed at how giving authors are today of their time! They write engagingly witty blogs, encourage their readers to participate in bookaways or giveaways, inspire us to continue to keen on their works through their author newsletters, and either make appearances at book signings, bookish conventions or festivals, or find new and clever ways to interact with their readership! I was fascinated by this invite that I received via Ms. Gist’s newsletter, on Tuesday 6th of May, and quickly clicked over to reserve my ‘spot’ to take part in the interview on Thursday, 9th of May! This will be my first Book Talk Nation event, and I cannot wait to absorb what she has to share and listen the answers of the questions other readers’ like myself have proposed to her!

The Details:

Deeanne Gist, participated in a real-time conversation on Book Talk Nation.

Once you’ve reserved your spot via email registration, from the author’s sign-up page, you return to the url they provide you at the time they specify. In this instance, 7:00pm (EST) / 4:00 (PST). The interviews typically run for thirty minutes.

Question that I submitted on Tuesday: Ms. Gist: Do you intend to write more psychological suspense novels, such as Beguiled? As it was a departure from your regular faire of historical romances, but contained within it a sense of adventure and intrigue that held my breath throughout the story! Wicked pacing! I’d be keen to know if you have any other suspense novels in the wings with J. Mark Bertrand? Or, was this a one-off?

{NOTE: I re-submitted my question via the live chat interface where we could log in as a guest {thankfully! as I am not involved in social media and hadn’t thought that that could be an issue!} to ask questions directly to Ms. Gist during the Q&A session at the end of the interview. My question was the first one that posted and was happily the first one asked! I choose to re-submit the question, as Jen {who moderated the internet side of the chat} mentioned that she’d take questions pitch through this interface ahead of the ones originally submitted at sign-up!}

And, she replied {at approx. 20 minutes}: It was the first suspense, the first contemporary, and the first collaboration that she undertook. She had such a fun time writing this book. She chose to work with Mr. Bertrand due to the fact he’s an up-in-coming author that she believes we should all keep an eye on as his writing starts to take off. He wrote the suspense bits and she wrote the romantic bits. She is not planning at this point in time to write another romantic suspense, as the rest of the books that are mapped out at this time are historicals.

Background Insight on my Thursday: What I wasn’t expecting when I signed up for this author chat & the RWA Historical Romance one that follows it at 8pm, is that the virus I came down with late Sunday/early Monday would take a turning for the worse! I am plumb miserable dealing with it, but I have a fresh mug of echinacea tea and a heaping pile of ricola’s {the cherry dual-action lovelies!} to keep me company, which I am making a vain attempt to curtail the worse of my symptoms so that I can fully enjoy my FIRST EVER live author chats online! Fingers crossed this is not an effort in futility!

A few seconds ahead of 6:50pm, I opened up the url for this chat, and discovered that the chat interface was already *LIVE*, for which I was thankful, as it gave me a chance to get my feet wet! I clicked on the ‘join the conversation’ button, keyed in “Jorie” and signed in as a guest! As thankfully, I wasn’t alerted that most would be using social media outlets to log in — which would not have been an option for me, as I am not social media inclined {save this blog and the blogosphere in general!}! So far, the window reflects myself and Jen, who is most likely the chat mod! The sick girl ends up being the early bird! Now that is something for the memory books! Inwardly laughs, as otherwise to do so would be devastating this close to the chat going live!

I clicked Play, at 6:53pm and was alerted to stand by as the discussion will start soon,… okay, now I’m growing more excited! Especially since this is an author that I discovered whilst getting back into reading after quite a long hiatus, and came to love the way she writes and builds her characters! I pitched my question about “Beguiled” because it was such a departure from her other books,… and one that I was pleasantly wrapped up in! When I first read it, it was through the library, but I happily picked up a copy of “Beguiled” whilst walking through a big box store having a rockin’ sale on inspirational fiction! Don’t you simply live for those sorts of sales!? I brought home “A Bride in the Bargain” that same day, as well! Fast forward a few years, and I am about to meet her through a video chat hosted by Booktalk Nation!
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Posted Thursday, 9 May, 2013 by jorielov in Booktalk Nation, Live Author Event