Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Get to Know the Writer: Lily Stejskal

I always like to get to know other writers and especially those who share similar interests to mine, so it's my pleasure to be joined by children's writer Lily Stejskal for today's post. 

Lily Skejskal
Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Lily Stejskal. I am twenty-six years old and live in northern Virginia. I am an aspiring children’s author who hasn’t published anything yet, but I have two blogs that I would love to share. I am currently searching for places to publish my work, and if you have any ideas, please let me know.

As a writer I am very spontaneous, and I tend to write whatever comes to mind. As a result, I have completed works in many different genres with many different themes.

I am very passionate about educating children, something that I’m sure shows in my writing. Another thing I am passionate about is the environment, and so I am hoping to write both fiction and nonfiction with environmental themes. I have already written many different environmental poems, many of which can be found on my writing blog.

I was born with autism, and another passion of mine is helping autistic children. In addition to many of my memoirs being about autism, I am getting ready to submit some shorter memoirs to the Autism Society’s web site. After I have done so, I will post a link to those stories on my blog. Maybe I will even write fiction about autistic children someday!

When did you start writing?

I’ve been making up stories ever since I could talk, and I was about eight when I first started typing these stories on the computer.

What genre do you write and why?

As mentioned before, I write all sorts of different genres. Right now I have poems, picture book manuscripts, personal essays, memoirs, and book reviews on my blog, but I have also just started writing short stories and have lots of ideas for novels. I write for all age groups except very young children. While some of my writing is for adults, most of it is for children ages four and older. I don’t have much of an interest in writing for children under four, for a couple of reasons. One is that books meant for this age group tend to rely on illustrations, and I have neither an illustrator nor adequate drawing instruction to provide those right now, though drawing is a hobby of mine. Another is that I like to write lengthy, complicated stories, and children under four don’t usually have the patience for those. I am, however, able and willing to try out just about any genre for any other age group, adults included. For that reason, when you visit my blog, I would love it if you would leave ideas for other things I can try. If you have children, I am especially interested in what they would like me to try.

Where can people see samples of your work?

People can see samples of the work I listed above on my writing blog:

What else do you post on your blog?

My writing blog is strictly for my writing, but I also have another blog: This blog is all about fairy tales. So far it contains analytical discussions of fairy tales, ideas for parents on sharing fairy tales with their children, and a couple original fairy tales I wrote. In the future I plan to also include fairy tale re-tellings and ideas for teachers to use fairy tales in the classroom. Just as with my writing, I am open to new ideas with this blog, so when you visit, please feel free to tell me what else you would like to see there.

Plans for the future?

I have lots of tentative plans for the future, and being a spontaneous writer, I never know which ones I’ll try when. I plan to write more short stories, but have no idea when I’ll have improved them enough to post on my blog. I also don’t know when I’ll have enough writing experience to start toying with one of my novel ideas. One thing I may do soon, though, is write more memoirs and personal essays.

Right now my biggest project is a screenplay for a possible children’s movie. This screenplay, which is almost complete, is a crossover story featuring heroes and villains from different musicals battling one another. This screenplay is too big to post on my blog, but I may find a way to make it accessible to the public once it is complete. Needless to say, finishing this screenplay is another plan for the future, as are publishing some of what’s on my blog. I also may post some additional poems, memoirs, and personal essays on my writing blog, but those I would like to first try submitting to web sites that publish only unpublished material. If I succeed in that endeavor, I will definitely post links to the web site(s) on my blog.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wall Chat Wednesday: Special Guest Denise Turney

Wall Chat Wednesday is back. This week my special guest is Denise Turney who will be joining me to chat about her books and will share some tips on doing radio interviews. Don't miss the chat, 9:30 pm Central European Time (that's 3:30 pm EST) today on my Facebook page.

A bit about Denise

Denise Turney is a professional writer who brings more than thirty-two years of book, newspaper, magazine, radio and business writing to a project. She is the author of the books Portia, Love Has Many Faces, Spiral, Rosetta’s Great Adventure, Long Walk Up and Love Pour Over Me. Denise Turney is an internationally celebrated author who is listed in various entertainment and business directories, including industry leaders such as Who’s Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women and Crosswalk. Denise Turney’s works have appeared in Parade, Essence, Ebony, Madame Noire, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Obsidian II. Denise would love it if you visited her online at –

As always you are welcome to post your own questions for Denise directly to the wall during the chat.

Friday, 19 October 2012

PiBoIdMo 2012

I'll be joining Doddle and a bunch of other children's authors in November as I participate in this years PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) challenge.The aim is to create 30 new ideas in 30 days. Should be fun!

You'll be able to follow my progress here on the blog. To follow the event check out the hashtag #PiBoIdMo on Twitter.

Will you be take part too?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wall Chat Wednesday: Special Guest Janiera Eldridge

Be sure to drop by my Facebook page at 9:30 pm Central European Time today to join in Wall Chat Wednesday. My special guest is Janiera Eldridge who'll be chatting with me about her book Soul Sisters and sharing some info about a huge give-away that will be happening in November.

Janiera has been touring the web to promote her book and so will no doubt have some great tips to share about doing virtual book tours too. 

As always everyone is welcome to come to the wall chat and post their own questions for Janiera directly to the wall. Hope to see you there :)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Amazon Author Rank

Amazon added a new feature this week called Amazon Author Rank. It's basically the definitive list of best-selling authors on and makes it easy for readers to discover the best-selling authors on overall and within a selection of major genres.

Amazon Author Rank is based on the sales of all books by that author on and is updated hourly. The Top 100 authors overall and the top 100 authors in selected genres will be displayed on

I'm happy dancing at the moment as my current overall Amazon Author Rank is 13,476

My Amazon Author Rank for kindle books is #5,284

My Amazon Author Rank for kindle books in the fiction category is #3,847

My Amazon Author Rank for books  is #13,394

Friday, 12 October 2012

10 Ways Readers Can Help Promote a Book

Many readers already do an excellent job of promoting the books and authors that they love. Which trust me is much appreciated. There are however lots of readers out there that don't realise how much authors need their help. And we really do!

Here's a few ideas for things you can do to help promote a book:

  1. Write a review of the book and post it to online bookstores like Amazon.
  2. Make a video recording of your review and upload it to YouTube. A short summary of what you liked most is enough.
  3. Add the book to your bookshelf at Goodreads and then write a review for it.
  4. Suggest the book to your reading groups both in person and online. Some authors (including myself) are happy to meet with groups via skype for a discussion or question and answer session.
  5. After reading the book organise a give-away using it as a prize on your blog. 
  6. Ask to host the author on your blog. This can be an interview or a guest post depending what fits best with your audience.
  7. Take a picture of yourself with the book and post it to your blog, website and/or social media sites.
  8. When reading the book let others know what you think about it. For example on twitter you can use hashtags like #FridayReads and #Iamreading
  9. Talk about the book. Let your friends know when you're reading a book that you enjoy. They might want to check it out for themselves.
  10. Invite the author to do a book signing. This could be in your shop or at an event you organise.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. What other things have you seen done/ done yourself to help promote books? 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Wall Chat Wednesday: Special Guest Claudia Moss

This week my Wall Chat Wednesday special guest is Claudia Moss. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Claudia on her radio show as part of my promotional tour for Out and About at the Zoo and this lady's energy and positive attitude is amazing. Be sure to drop by my Facebook page at 9:30 pm Central European Time today to find out more about her.

A bit about Claudia:

CLAUDIA MOSS is a novelist, poet, blogger, motivational speaker and talk show host. In her fabulous former life, she was a College Board consultant and a DeKalb County English educator. 

Today, in her sizzling present reality, Claudia is an independently published author of fiction and social commentary. Her literary offerings are her second novel, If You Love Me, Come and the Wanda B. Wonders series. The series consists of Wanda B. Wonders Speaks Her Mind: stories, Wanda B. Takes the Cake and Wanda B. Sings the Bailout Blues. All books can be found on Amazon's Kindle books, and both are coming soon as softback books on

Holloway House published her debut novel, Dolly: The Memoirs of a High School Graduate. Claudia showcased her outspoken, race woman, Wanda B. Wonders, who wonders about all things in black and white, in The Hoot & Holler of the Owls: an anthology.

Her sexy fiction is featured in SWING!: Adventures in Swinging by Today’s Top Erotic Writers. Claudia is the author of the popular story, “The Purple Panty Revue,” which appeared in Zane’s first collection of lesbian stories, Purple Panties.

Claudia co-authored GIETIC with friend, Baltimore’s beautiful, Giselle. She penned stories in Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories, Lesbian Memoirs’ Life, Love & Love, and poetry in Lesbian Memoirs’ Her Voice.
Ms. Moss is the enigmatic hostess of TheClaudiaMossShow on BlogTalkRadio, where she has relished being hostess and guest. Her love of people and talk has made for the perfect marriage in manifesting her long-time dream of hosting her own show, on radio or television.

Claudia loves writing, dancing, speaking, cooking and spending quality with family and friends.

She can be reached for speaking engagements at

Thursday, 4 October 2012

More Tips for Writers in the October Show of W&A TV

Watch the latest episode of Writers and Authors TV. Special guest Virginia Jennings talks Sci-fi and I give some tips for optimising your Facebook page.

Comments and video responses are welcome and don't forget to click the like button :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Wall Chat Wednesday: Special guest Amber Lea Easton

This weeks Wall Chat Wednesday special guest is author Amber Lea Easton. Join us today on my Facebook page at 9:30pm CET where we'll be chatting about her latest release Riptide and more.

A bit about Amber:
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For twenty years, she's worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry.

Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking classes on a wide variety of subjects when time allows.

Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream." 

As always you are welcome to post your own questions for Amber directly to the wall during the chat.

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