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09-May-2020
07:46:04
User avatar Richv1 hello
09-May-2020
09:10:38
User avatar Reader Hello
09-May-2020
09:51:34
User avatar Booklover Hi!
09-May-2020
09:51:44
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 Hey everyone, can't wait for the live author chats to start at 1p PT!
09-May-2020
09:51:55
User avatar Richv1 yes me to
09-May-2020
09:52:26
User avatar Booklover <-^
09-May-2020
09:53:29
User avatar Booklover I'm checking out the reading room while I wait!
09-May-2020
10:01:05
User avatar Richv1 How is everybody?
09-May-2020
10:01:42
User avatar Richv1 Hi Russell
09-May-2020
10:02:18
User avatar russell nohelty Hi!!! I signed in!
09-May-2020
10:03:17
User avatar Richv1 So are lore and myth's the same thing?
09-May-2020
10:05:37
User avatar russell nohelty Let’s say yes, but you can really ask me about anything related to fantasy books. My specialty is mythology, greek/roman/norse/judeochristian and fairy tales.
09-May-2020
10:07:04
User avatar Richv1 Norse so is there a reason his father Odin only has one eye to do with his mythological nature?
09-May-2020
10:07:21
User avatar Richv1 Norse Thor's father
09-May-2020
10:11:24
User avatar Richv1 hey anyone still here?
09-May-2020
10:17:37
User avatar Richv1 Where are the authors?
09-May-2020
10:19:01
User avatar Richv1 Is anyone here?
09-May-2020
10:28:16
User avatar Richv1 what time is it for this website?
09-May-2020
10:34:30
User avatar Brian The author AMAs start at 1 pm PT
09-May-2020
10:35:32
User avatar Richv1 ok what time is it for this website it is 1:35 pm here
09-May-2020
10:52:18
User avatar Bill McCormick Well, this naughty kitten's going live in 8 minutes!
09-May-2020
10:52:59
User avatar Richv1 so your early
09-May-2020
10:53:14
User avatar Bill McCormick Just testing systems to make sure everything works.
09-May-2020
10:53:36
User avatar Richv1 good
09-May-2020
10:54:22
User avatar Richv1 out of curiousity what time is it now for you?
09-May-2020
10:56:15
User avatar Bill McCormick 12:56
09-May-2020
10:56:40
User avatar russell nohelty Odin lost his eye as a price for drink from mimir's well to learn unparralled knowledge. He was a voracious seeker of knowledge.
09-May-2020
10:56:48
User avatar Richv1 ok i'm an hour in the future
09-May-2020
10:56:54
User avatar russell nohelty It is 11am pt right now.
09-May-2020
10:57:21
User avatar Richv1 ok than i'm 3 hrs in the future from u
09-May-2020
10:58:04
User avatar Richv1 So I should come back in 3 hrs
09-May-2020
10:58:25
User avatar Richv1 or 2 i meant
09-May-2020
10:58:36
User avatar russell nohelty 2 hours. It is 11am.
09-May-2020
10:58:42
User avatar Richv1 yes
09-May-2020
10:59:17
User avatar Bill McCormick My brain broke. See you in two hours.
09-May-2020
10:59:22
User avatar Richv1 lol
09-May-2020
11:00:44
User avatar Richv1 back in 2 hrs
09-May-2020
11:03:54
User avatar Richv1 But that is not what I meant by the question I meant was there a purpose for Odin being portrayed with a disfigurement or handicap? Was it to show he was not perfect?
09-May-2020
11:08:14
User avatar russell nohelty I think it was to show the lengths that he would go for knowledge. He also hung himself from the tree of knowledge for 9 days as he quested for more knowledge.
09-May-2020
11:08:43
User avatar Richv1 alright
09-May-2020
11:10:23
User avatar Richv1 back later
09-May-2020
11:40:45
User avatar Steven Joseph Good afternoon everyone!  Just checking out the Chat Room!!
09-May-2020
12:51:50
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Hello everyone, ready to chat with our first author in our Live Author Chat today?
09-May-2020
12:52:08
User avatar Bill McCormick YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!
09-May-2020
12:52:17
User avatar Richv1 yes
09-May-2020
12:53:20
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Yaaay! Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us!
09-May-2020
12:57:13
User avatar russell nohelty Woooot!!!
09-May-2020
12:59:12
User avatar Nancy466 🙂
09-May-2020
12:59:52
User avatar russell nohelty put me in coach. I'm ready to plan.
09-May-2020
12:59:55
User avatar russell nohelty play*
09-May-2020
13:00:02
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Let's welcome Russell Nohelty, Author of Katrina Hates the Dead, founder of Wannabe Press, and a super creative genius! He will be us for the next fifteen minutes and answer your questions :).
09-May-2020
13:00:14
User avatar Bill McCormick Nice speech on the You Tube.
09-May-2020
13:00:27
User avatar russell nohelty Thanks.
09-May-2020
13:00:30
User avatar GeekGirlStl Yes, loved your take on utopia.  Thank you.
09-May-2020
13:00:42
User avatar smp746 Loved the panel Jenna just had! Thanks, Russell
09-May-2020
13:01:01
User avatar russell nohelty You're welcome. I really do believe this is the most utopian thing we've ever done as a culture. I hope we can look back on it fondly as the start of a new world order.
09-May-2020
13:01:16
User avatar russell nohelty Thanks @GeekGirlStl  thanks @smp746  Thanks @Bill McCormick
09-May-2020
13:01:48
User avatar russell nohelty So it says mythology, but we can talk about anything. I mostly write fantasy, but I also write science fiction, comics, and non-fiction.
09-May-2020
13:02:12
User avatar russell nohelty plus, I edit a Lovecraft anthology series called Cthulhu is Hard to Spell, my thing is basically mythology and monsters.
09-May-2020
13:02:44
User avatar russell nohelty The easiest way to find out more about my work is at www.russellnohelty.com. You can check out my books and if you sign up for my mailing list you will get several of my books for free.
09-May-2020
13:03:01
User avatar Bill McCormick It's a fun mailing list.
09-May-2020
13:03:20
User avatar russell nohelty 🙂 Thank you @Bill McCormick. It's honestly one of the highlights of my week to write it.
09-May-2020
13:03:27
User avatar Sue William Silverman In the genre of realistic literary fiction, I'm just curious who you read?
09-May-2020
13:03:55
User avatar GeekGirlStl Just signed up, thanks.
09-May-2020
13:05:28
User avatar jenna busch Hey Russell! I know we didn't talk a lot on the panel about mythology, and I'm a huge mythology fan. What's your favorite pantheon?
09-May-2020
13:05:43
User avatar smp746 I signed up too. New to your work.
09-May-2020
13:06:03
User avatar russell nohelty So, I just reread Catcher in the Rye. I also read a book called Holly Banks is full of angst. I loved Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, and Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe. @Sue William Silverman
09-May-2020
13:06:26
User avatar tashal9 Maria --What about Krampus?
09-May-2020
13:06:48
User avatar Sue William Silverman Thanks! That Holly Banks book sounds fascinating! I'm looking forward to reading your work, too!!
09-May-2020
13:07:01
User avatar Bill McCormick Why do you think ancients thought succubuses and incubuses were sterile?
09-May-2020
13:07:19
User avatar MariaAlexander Hi! Thanks for asking, but I don't want to step on Russell's AMA. I'll be back at 1:30pm to talk then. 🙂
09-May-2020
13:07:42
User avatar russell nohelty @jenna busch for sure my favorite is greek/roman. That's the basis for my Godsverse Universe. The idea is that all gods are real, they are just dicks. When a new habitable world is formed all the gods from all the pantheons come and make sure it works, and then they all leave except for one regent. We get stuck with Bacchus, who is a vain drunk who turns all the temples into churches to worship him, and starts spreading that he's all knowing, all powerful, and all good.
09-May-2020
13:08:12
User avatar russell nohelty @jenna busch It's really cool that you can go to Italy and literally see the temples that have become churches, kind of "confirming" the world I created in the mythos.
09-May-2020
13:08:12
User avatar jenna busch Russell, that's awesome! That's my favorite as well!
09-May-2020
13:08:29
User avatar russell nohelty @tashal9 Krampus is my favorite part of Christmas.
09-May-2020
13:08:34
User avatar jenna busch That's so cool!
09-May-2020
13:09:01
User avatar russell nohelty @Sue William Silverman  If you like realistic fiction, I recommend eithe My Father Didn't Kill Himself or Sorry for Existing from my books. Sorry for Existing is Free on all platforms right now.
09-May-2020
13:09:47
User avatar Sue William Silverman Oh, thank you so much for the ideas. I actually like ALL kinds of fiction! But I'm not familiar with those books and look forward to reading them. And yours, too!
09-May-2020
13:10:30
User avatar russell nohelty @Bill McCormick I think it had to due with the "punishment" for sexuality. They kind of embodied sexuality, and the opposite of stoicism, and because of that, their punishment was sterility. If you were a good wholesome person then you could bear children.
09-May-2020
13:11:03
User avatar Bill McCormick I'm so not that I guess my grandkids will be born sterile ....
09-May-2020
13:11:19
User avatar russell nohelty @jenna busch The first book in The Godsverse Chronicles And Death Followed Behind Her dives into that whole thing a lot and if you like twists on mythology, I think you'll dig it.
09-May-2020
13:11:19
User avatar Bill McCormick You know what I mean.
09-May-2020
13:11:31
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 Just gotta say, I love how Russell weaves mythology into his writing. Katrina Hates the Dead is so awesome.
09-May-2020
13:11:35
User avatar russell nohelty @Bill McCormick lol.
09-May-2020
13:11:47
User avatar smp746 I have two sons, 21 and 15. The older is a voracious reader, the younger hates reading. What kind of reader were you at 15?
09-May-2020
13:12:16
User avatar jenna busch Russell, I was just looking it up on Amazon so I can buy it!
09-May-2020
13:12:26
User avatar russell nohelty @Desiree Duffy 2 Thank you so much. My goal is to make it feel as realistic as possible, like IF there were gods it would make sense that this happened. I really loved Hercules as a kid and I loved how they do that.
09-May-2020
13:12:42
User avatar GeekGirlStl I looked forward to reading them too.  Monsters:  Do you tend to write old Hollywood style scary or the more misunderstood-just-like-us type genre?
09-May-2020
13:13:32
User avatar russell nohelty @smp746 I was more into movies and tv when I was a kid, and plays, which is why when people say that their kids aren't into reading now I tell them to wait. Though right now I would say to try comics. There are so many amazing comics out there, and 25% of people have no imagination, and comics can really help them.
09-May-2020
13:13:45
User avatar russell nohelty @smp746 but start with Understanding comics if your kid can't get into them at first.
09-May-2020
13:14:05
User avatar russell nohelty @GeekGirlStl I like my monster misunderstood and allegories for the other in society so that's how I tend to write them.
09-May-2020
13:14:31
User avatar smp746 he loves to draw them - he's an artist!! but hasn't read them in years
09-May-2020
13:14:35
User avatar jenna busch Russell, just got it! Are you going to do audio books for these as well?
09-May-2020
13:14:49
User avatar russell nohelty ahhh! It's almost over. If you want to continue the conversation (after the other AMAs of course) you can find me at www.facebook.com/russellnohelty or join the fun at www.facebook.com/russellnohelty
09-May-2020
13:14:49
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 That's why the devil is not exactly the bad guy in Russell's writing 😛
09-May-2020
13:15:04
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you, Russel for being with us today and your amazing input! It's time now to introduce our next guest, Jenna Busch, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like SYFY Fangrrls, Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and more. She also co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee. Welcome, Jenna!
09-May-2020
13:15:11
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 Fantastic having you Russell! Muah! TY!!
09-May-2020
13:15:14
User avatar smp746 I do think he should read Understanding Comics, tho-
09-May-2020
13:15:14
User avatar russell nohelty @Desiree Duffy 2 exactly, which is also why I love Piers Anthony's incarnations of immortality series.
09-May-2020
13:15:39
User avatar russell nohelty final thing @jenna busch I would love to do audio and have been working to find a good narrator. If you know anybody...let me know.
09-May-2020
13:16:02
User avatar jenna busch Hi everyone! I've contributed chapters to 11 of the 12 books in the PsychGeeks series including Star Wars Psychology, Captain America vs. Iron Man Psychology and Joker Psychology.
09-May-2020
13:16:15
User avatar jenna busch Russell, we should definitely talk about that! We'll chat on FB!
09-May-2020
13:16:17
User avatar Bill McCormick Well, the important question is obvious, what kind of cocktails did Stan like?
09-May-2020
13:16:21
User avatar jenna busch You can ask me about anything geeky!
09-May-2020
13:16:21
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 We gotta know how it was working with Stan Lee <3
09-May-2020
13:16:27
User avatar smp746 Thanks, Russell and Jenna 🙂
09-May-2020
13:16:32
User avatar jenna busch Also, Stan Lee did the foreword for two of the books!
09-May-2020
13:17:20
User avatar jenna busch @Bill McCormick it's funny! We made up drinks for each show, but they were all non-alcoholic because we shot in the morning. Actually, there was one day where he really wanted a vanilla milkshake. He joked that they messed it up because there wasn't vodka in it!
09-May-2020
13:17:30
User avatar Cristina Deptula Hey! Whoops, this was a mythology question. Do you think we in our society are currently creating any new mythology? We always think of myths as being ancient but are we making anything new that fits that description?
09-May-2020
13:17:30
User avatar russell nohelty Do you think that these icons from today like superheroes are basically the mythological figures that would have been found in stories of the past?
09-May-2020
13:17:44
User avatar Cristina Deptula Apologies Jenna as I know it's now your turn
09-May-2020
13:17:55
User avatar Cristina Deptula I think so, yes comics
09-May-2020
13:18:03
User avatar jenna busch @Desiree Duffy 2 He was the loveliest man I've ever met! He was really sweet. When we first shot our show, he told me that he knew everything about me, and asked me to sign a comic book that I wrote.
09-May-2020
13:18:20
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 Awwwww <3
09-May-2020
13:18:26
User avatar Cristina Deptula 🙂
09-May-2020
13:18:55
User avatar russell nohelty @Cristina Deptula I think that the gods and monsters of comic books and super hero movies are the new mythology, a secular mythology that we've developed to answer the questions looming in our own lives, but I can't wait to hear what Jenna has to say since I asked her a similar question 🙂
09-May-2020
13:19:02
User avatar jenna busch He was unfailingly kind to everyone he met, even when he was having a bad day. He used to tell me stories between shoots about his wife and how wonderful she was.
09-May-2020
13:20:11
User avatar jenna busch @russell nohelty I definitely think superheroes stories are modern mythology. We are taught lessons on morality, we learn who not to anger, and how to put others ahead of ourselves.
09-May-2020
13:21:41
User avatar jenna busch They perform valiant acts, have super strength like Heracles, are sometimes the result of an unusual coupling...some come from far off lands, and some from a neighborhood in Queens. It all comes back to storytelling, and these are the stories we tell, and the heroes we look up to. I'm listening to Stephen Fry's Heroes right now (just listened to his Mythos), so this is on my mind.
09-May-2020
13:21:46
User avatar russell nohelty Are there any thematic consistencies across all the "psychology of..." that you've found in your research?
09-May-2020
13:21:47
User avatar Magnus Frater I am sad that people are seen as noble for talking about problems with no solution.  Racism, global warming, and poverty cannot be solved by people talking endlessly about them.
09-May-2020
13:22:15
User avatar Magnus Frater The Great Society war on poverty have created more poverty.
09-May-2020
13:23:08
User avatar jenna busch @russell nohelty Definitely. The concept of parasocial relationships has been a big theme. We connect to fictional characters more than real people sometimes, because we can just observe them. They don't answer back, so they don't sit in judgement. We can hold them up as heroes or villains, and we can take the time to relate to them.
09-May-2020
13:23:53
User avatar russell nohelty Yes, I love how some superhero archetypes are meant to be relatable, like Spider-man, while others are meant to be aspirational, like Captain America, and others are meant to be warnings of our baser urges gone to far, and those same archetypes can be found all the way back to the origins of fables and fairy tales.
09-May-2020
13:24:06
User avatar Magnus Frater We also have so many things to do by ourselves that we don't need other people as much as the past.
09-May-2020
13:24:35
User avatar Magnus Frater Before Social Security, parents would live with their children after they retired.
09-May-2020
13:25:01
User avatar Magnus Frater Before welfare, children would live with their parents while their children were young.
09-May-2020
13:25:21
User avatar jenna busch I've also seen the gradual change in the way women are portrayed as a property ages. It's usually for the better. In Wonder Woman Psychology (and a lot of articles I've written about the character), we see someone who has changed with the times. In the '40s, she was someone who took over and helped save the world. In America, women were taking over the work force. In the '50s, she was focused on love and marriage, which was what women were "supposed" to be doing then. In the late '60s and into the '70s, she lost her powers, but built up her martial arts skills and took her power back.
09-May-2020
13:25:25
User avatar jenna busch It's fascinating.
09-May-2020
13:26:17
User avatar Cristina Deptula Yes. As someone on the spectrum I enjoy parasocial relationships (well I enjoy all my social relationships, but parasocial too) because I can take all the time I need to process what I think about the person without them interrupting me. So book heroes and superheroes play a role for me psychologically to explore human nature at my own speed
09-May-2020
13:26:28
User avatar Cristina Deptula Jenna - fascinating about Wonder Woman!
09-May-2020
13:27:02
User avatar russell nohelty One of the wonderful thing about mythology is how it does morph to deal with the times. Monsters as well, how vampires started out as a fear of immigrants bringing diseases, and became fear of AIDs, and it makes sense that comics do that as well, morphing to becoming what a society needs at that time.
09-May-2020
13:27:04
User avatar Cristina Deptula What did you think of the latest Wonder Woman movie?
09-May-2020
13:27:04
User avatar jenna busch @Cristina Deptula I love that! I sometimes wonder how we'd react to someone like Hermione in real life, versus taking the time to understand her by observation in books.
09-May-2020
13:27:13
User avatar Cristina Deptula Me too!
09-May-2020
13:27:20
User avatar smp746 I'll definitely look up your Wonder Woman articles!
09-May-2020
13:27:46
User avatar jenna busch @smp746 Thank you! A few are in the Alamo Drafthouse magazines, but if you ping me on Facebook, I can send you the article.
09-May-2020
13:28:33
User avatar Cristina Deptula I've read some articles on how Star Wars morphed from fear of communism to fear of big corporate power to fear of toxic masculinity/neo nazis
09-May-2020
13:29:05
User avatar smp746 I grew up with Lynda Carter's WW 🙂
09-May-2020
13:29:09
User avatar Magnus Frater Masculinity is not toxic.
09-May-2020
13:29:19
User avatar jenna busch @russell nohelty I agree. I was just talking about Oedipus being the first modern character in Greek mythology because he isn't just killing monsters and gaining glory. He's dealing with a very different type of issue, balancing the Apollonian (logic) and Dionysian sides (emotion) of himself and the world around him.
09-May-2020
13:29:51
User avatar Cristina Deptula No, not all masculinity, just when guys choose to be bullies or harass others.
09-May-2020
13:29:54
User avatar jenna busch @Cristina Deptula I loved the movie! The third act was a bit messy, but that didn't take away from how much I loved it. I've read that as well about Star Wars.
09-May-2020
13:30:07
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Let's thank @jenna busch  for being with us today. Are you ready for our next guest?
09-May-2020
13:30:21
User avatar Bill McCormick Thanks @jenna busch
09-May-2020
13:30:32
User avatar jenna busch Thanks everyone! I appreciate you being here! You can find me on Twitter @jennabusch and Instagram as well. Facebook is jennabusch13. 🙂
09-May-2020
13:30:32
User avatar russell nohelty Did you listen to Madeleine Miller on The Ezra Klein show talking about Oedipus and Achilles? Madeleine wrote Song of Achilles and Circe, and is one of my all time favorite mythologians.
09-May-2020
13:30:32
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Let’s say hello to the amazing Maria Alexander, Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of Snowed.
09-May-2020
13:30:37
User avatar Cristina Deptula I enjoyed all the Star Wars films but then I've never been a purist about anything
09-May-2020
13:30:51
User avatar jenna busch @russell nohelty I didn't, but I will now!
09-May-2020
13:30:54
User avatar Cristina Deptula Thank you Jenna and Russell 🙂
09-May-2020
13:30:59
User avatar Magnus Frater There would be less toxic masculinity if it didn't get girls in their teens and twenties.  Women especially dislike toxic masculinity because they feel guilt for their mistakes when they were young.
09-May-2020
13:31:08
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @MariaAlexander the chat room is yours for the next 15 minutes :). Welcome!
09-May-2020
13:31:13
User avatar Richv1 The Krampus is coming.
09-May-2020
13:31:15
User avatar smp746 Thank you!!
09-May-2020
13:31:15
User avatar MariaAlexander Hi!
09-May-2020
13:31:19
User avatar MariaAlexander YES, YES HE IS.
09-May-2020
13:31:26
User avatar russell nohelty So @MariaAlexander, Krampus? Why do you think we don't have a Krampus in America when the character is so prevalent in Europe and across the world?
09-May-2020
13:31:28
User avatar Bill McCormick Krampus is my hero!
09-May-2020
13:31:46
User avatar Richv1 So is he always portrayed as a evil creature?
09-May-2020
13:31:55
User avatar MariaAlexander Because America specifically created it's own Santa Claus, which didn't have a dark counterpart.
09-May-2020
13:32:01
User avatar MariaAlexander Its, not it's
09-May-2020
13:32:24
User avatar MariaAlexander Rich, he is an evil creature.
09-May-2020
13:32:31
User avatar jenna busch @MariaAlexander I find that fascinating! I love the idea of Krampus, though I'm sure I would have had nightmares as a kid!
09-May-2020
13:32:44
User avatar MariaAlexander That would have been the point when you were a kid, Jenna!
09-May-2020
13:33:16
User avatar MariaAlexander Krampus was used to train kids to be more religiously observant.
09-May-2020
13:33:27
User avatar Bill McCormick I wrote a short for teens where Krampus was the helper who did the work Santa couldn't. I got a lot of hate mail.
09-May-2020
13:33:29
User avatar jenna busch @MariaAlexander I love it! 🙂
09-May-2020
13:33:50
User avatar MariaAlexander Oh, Bill. You'd love SNOWED.
09-May-2020
13:34:02
User avatar MariaAlexander SNOWED was banned in the county where it's set.
09-May-2020
13:34:06
User avatar Bill McCormick Then I shall read it.
09-May-2020
13:34:18
User avatar jenna busch Got to head out now, but @MariaAlexander, I can't wait to check out your work!
09-May-2020
13:34:26
User avatar Richv1 Which country?
09-May-2020
13:34:27
User avatar MariaAlexander Thanks, Jenna! Same!!
09-May-2020
13:34:31
User avatar MariaAlexander County.
09-May-2020
13:34:40
User avatar MariaAlexander El Dorado County.
09-May-2020
13:35:04
User avatar Richv1 Why did they ban it?
09-May-2020
13:35:19
User avatar MariaAlexander They have one bookstore, and I was informed that since the book is "anti-Christian," they won't sell it.
09-May-2020
13:35:48
User avatar Richv1 aw ok so it was just the owner
09-May-2020
13:36:16
User avatar MariaAlexander And the bookstore manager. You have to understand, they wield considerable power over what people read in that area.
09-May-2020
13:36:27
User avatar Richv1 yes
09-May-2020
13:37:05
User avatar Magnus Frater Jenna, what's it like to have George W. Bush for a father?
09-May-2020
13:37:07
User avatar MariaAlexander I, of course, didn't call it El Dorado County. I called it Oak County. I still wanted to evoke the mountainous area and pagan backdrop.
09-May-2020
13:38:48
User avatar MariaAlexander Snowed won the Bram Stoker Award for Best YA Novel, and was nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Children's/YA Novel by the World Mystery Convention.
09-May-2020
13:39:05
User avatar MariaAlexander The last book in the trilogy, Snowblind, comes out June 1.
09-May-2020
13:39:16
User avatar Bill McCormick I was just checking the preview. And stalking you while social distancing.
09-May-2020
13:39:22
User avatar MariaAlexander LOL
09-May-2020
13:40:42
User avatar Bill McCormick It's added to my TBR list.
09-May-2020
13:40:54
User avatar MariaAlexander Cool, thanks!
09-May-2020
13:40:57
User avatar MariaAlexander What else do you guys want to talk about? I could talk about Alpine folklore for ages.
09-May-2020
13:41:14
User avatar Bill McCormick Skiing?
09-May-2020
13:41:28
User avatar MariaAlexander I've never been!
09-May-2020
13:41:30
User avatar smp746 I love that you wrote a Banned Book! (such as it was)
09-May-2020
13:42:03
User avatar MariaAlexander Thanks! Actually, the School Library Journal reviewer -- a devout Mormon -- wasn't too fond of it, either.
09-May-2020
13:42:09
User avatar MariaAlexander LOL
09-May-2020
13:42:35
User avatar smp746 I'm an academic librarian -- I'll have to look up that review 😉
09-May-2020
13:42:42
User avatar MariaAlexander Oh please do!
09-May-2020
13:43:07
User avatar MariaAlexander She initially gave it two stars on Goodreads, then changed it to three.
09-May-2020
13:43:43
User avatar MariaAlexander I actually have a lot of big news about this trilogy, but I'm not allowed to talk about it yet. Let's just say, when it comes out, fans will be ecstatic.
09-May-2020
13:44:15
User avatar Bill McCormick Very cool. Do you have a mailing list?
09-May-2020
13:44:22
User avatar MariaAlexander Yes!
09-May-2020
13:44:36
User avatar MariaAlexander https://mailchi.mp/c28f55a21164/mariaalexandernewsletter
09-May-2020
13:44:47
User avatar MariaAlexander You can get a free copy of Snowed just for signing up!
09-May-2020
13:44:56
User avatar MariaAlexander (Kindle version)
09-May-2020
13:45:02
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you, @MariaAlexander for a great conversation!
09-May-2020
13:45:08
User avatar smp746 So I have a couple weeks to read parts 1 & 2
09-May-2020
13:45:10
User avatar Bill McCormick Cool. Thanks @MariaAlexander
09-May-2020
13:45:17
User avatar MariaAlexander Yup! Thanks, everyone!
09-May-2020
13:45:26
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) I know all of us would wish time went by slower today 🙂
09-May-2020
13:45:39
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) But.....we have another special guest for you, here in the chatroom. Let me introduce Edgar Scott, Economist turned computer scientist, futurist, and author of the forthcoming 418. Welcome, Edgar!
09-May-2020
13:45:50
User avatar Edgar Scott Hello everyone.
09-May-2020
13:46:34
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Edgar Scott , can't wait to hear your ideas about how the immersive Internet will look like.
09-May-2020
13:47:06
User avatar Edgar Scott it won't really look like anything, you will experience it, fully, completely
09-May-2020
13:47:41
User avatar Edgar Scott Imagine virtual reality that is right inside your head.  You can smell, see, touch, taste anything and everything.
09-May-2020
13:47:54
User avatar Tamara Hi there! I read some good reviews about your new book. What is behind the title 418?
09-May-2020
13:48:14
User avatar Edgar Scott You can go anywhere, by simply asking, do anything that you like, jump off the roof of a building and you are still safe in your chair.
09-May-2020
13:48:22
User avatar Cristina Deptula That holds promise for opening up more of the world for disabled people - and it sounds cool!
09-May-2020
13:49:20
User avatar Edgar Scott Hi @Tamara, 418, refers to the characters ending 3 of his serial number, which is how his owner knows him, but it also, co-incidentally, refers to the http client side error code 418 www.google.com/teapot if you will
09-May-2020
13:50:16
User avatar Edgar Scott Hi @Cristina Deptula , that would be one of the upsides of that technology, and it is always great to exploit the upsides of all technology.
09-May-2020
13:50:49
User avatar Edgar Scott there may be a catch...
09-May-2020
13:50:58
User avatar Tamara Thanks, lol! It is true, it is the error code...
09-May-2020
13:51:04
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 I love the premise of 418 -- I won't give too much away, but it makes you think!
09-May-2020
13:51:22
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Edgar Scott  so how are we going to experience the immersive internet? What tools are we going to use? Is it going to be anything like in your book?
09-May-2020
13:51:28
User avatar Edgar Scott yes, 418 is a story about re-humaization.
09-May-2020
13:52:48
User avatar Bill McCormick Do you think humans could come back, like in THX-1138, or once that portal is opened they're done.
09-May-2020
13:52:52
User avatar Edgar Scott The human brain is a wonderful thing, my book describes two possibilities: one with a big pipe to the head, we can experience everything in full bloom.  The other would be a mobile, stripped down version, we basically chat, surf and gamble all day while going about our work tasks.
09-May-2020
13:54:22
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) I'm also curious to know with people getting used to working from home, how do you see the future of remote work?
09-May-2020
13:54:34
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Edgar Scott I totally agree about the human brain being a wonderful thing. Hercule Poirot is such a good example  😀
09-May-2020
13:55:03
User avatar Tamara So? Do you think that people might have chips and controlled  as they say in one of the conspiracy theories
09-May-2020
13:55:16
User avatar Edgar Scott @Bill McCormick my technology doesn't bring humans back, but we could do or experience anything.
09-May-2020
13:55:55
User avatar Edgar Scott @Tamara I do think there will have to be a chip, and some memory, and basically we simply stimulate the parts of your brain that cause you to feel any experience.
09-May-2020
13:56:42
User avatar Edgar Scott So, while this does have applications for working at home, or extending work to persons otherwise not able to participate, it comes with the price of an implant.  The lure is that the immersive internet would be so much fun.
09-May-2020
13:57:08
User avatar Edgar Scott @Hercule Poirot (Admin) the little grey cells are certainly at work for you
09-May-2020
13:57:56
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And @Miss Marple (Admin)  🙂
09-May-2020
13:58:18
User avatar Edgar Scott Oh yes, of course  🙂
09-May-2020
13:58:55
User avatar Edgar Scott remote work, the internet has meant you can work for a California Tech company without ever setting foot in California.  Which I have to say is pretty magnificent
09-May-2020
13:59:30
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Edgar Scott it really is! Internet is such a great asset when used properly
09-May-2020
13:59:31
User avatar Srs1990 Very brilliant
09-May-2020
13:59:37
User avatar Edgar Scott The world is certainly a smaller place, and technology. keeps bringing us together while shrinking distances.  Though I do miss going to a restaurant!
09-May-2020
13:59:40
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) it is! opens so many possibilities for us
09-May-2020
14:00:17
User avatar Edgar Scott I have great hope for technology, it offers us so much, but we must look at the dark sides too.
09-May-2020
14:00:25
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you so much, @Edgar Scott . Looks like interesting time lie ahead. We’re looking forward to reading your novel.
09-May-2020
14:00:46
User avatar Nancy466 My whole team was remote before COVID19, I didn’t meet my boss in person till We had a convention we all went to. It can work very well
09-May-2020
14:00:50
User avatar Edgar Scott @Hercule Poirot (Admin) I look forward to hearing what you think about it.
09-May-2020
14:00:58
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Our next guest is Scott Brody, author of political thriller The Org, radio station manager and political activist. And he knows a lot about cults. Welcome, Scott!
09-May-2020
14:01:14
User avatar Edgar Scott Thank you everyone!  Take it away Scott!
09-May-2020
14:01:21
User avatar Bill McCormick COOL! Did he bring the Kool-Aid?
09-May-2020
14:01:32
User avatar Srs1990 Oh I love reading and learning about cults. Too cool! welcome scott
09-May-2020
14:02:29
User avatar Richv1 Are the KKK a cult?
09-May-2020
14:03:00
User avatar Srs1990 @Richv1 i would say organization/cult
09-May-2020
14:03:35
User avatar Leigh Seitan Hello! Can you tell us about your cult inspiration for the book?
09-May-2020
14:04:50
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Let's give Scott a minute. He's experiencing some technical issues.
09-May-2020
14:05:47
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Meanwhile, you can go check his video where he's sharing an excerpt from his book in the Author Readings section.
09-May-2020
14:05:56
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) So many cool questions, thank you.
09-May-2020
14:06:48
User avatar Loki Scott's video: https://youtu.be/gB5rYDzgF8A
09-May-2020
14:07:07
User avatar Leigh Seitan Thanks! Excited about this book
09-May-2020
14:08:09
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome @Scott Brody
09-May-2020
14:08:28
User avatar Scott Brody Hello
09-May-2020
14:08:35
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Can you tell us about your cult inspiration for the book?
09-May-2020
14:08:45
User avatar Scott Brody Sorry for the delay.
09-May-2020
14:10:18
User avatar Scott Brody My inspiration, I was in a cult after college and I always felt it would make for a good book.
09-May-2020
14:11:21
User avatar Leigh Seitan And you made it out to tell the tale! How much of the book mirrors what it’s really like?
09-May-2020
14:11:34
User avatar Scott Brody I don't think the KKK is really a cult. Just a hate group.
09-May-2020
14:11:56
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) What is the story behind you joining the cult?
09-May-2020
14:12:34
User avatar Scott Brody I tried to recreate a lot of aspects of what I saw.
09-May-2020
14:13:22
User avatar Bill McCormick What lured you in?
09-May-2020
14:14:17
User avatar Scott Brody The story is I was young and idealistic and I thought they were doing good. It took a while to realize hotw much control they demanded.
09-May-2020
14:15:00
User avatar Scott Brody The charismatic leader lured me in.
09-May-2020
14:15:16
User avatar Bill McCormick I can see that. Welcome back.
09-May-2020
14:15:16
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you, Scott for being with us today!
09-May-2020
14:15:26
User avatar Loki What made you want to write about it all these years later?
09-May-2020
14:15:54
User avatar Richard Michael What was your method for dealing with writer's block?
09-May-2020
14:16:07
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) It’s time to introduce our next guest, the wonderful Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning, and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD. Welcome, @Debra Eckerling !
09-May-2020
14:16:15
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi everyone!
09-May-2020
14:16:25
User avatar russell nohelty DEB!!!
09-May-2020
14:16:25
User avatar Scott Brody No excuse, life got in the way...thanks everyone!!
09-May-2020
14:16:26
User avatar Debra Eckerling Thanks for having me at #LABookFest
09-May-2020
14:16:28
User avatar Bill McCormick Hi Debra!
09-May-2020
14:16:40
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi Russell! Hi Bill!
09-May-2020
14:16:43
User avatar russell nohelty How can we keep our goals while the whole world is burning down around us and doing anything feels impossible?
09-May-2020
14:16:49
User avatar Debra Eckerling How is everyone enjoying the conference?
09-May-2020
14:17:09
User avatar Debra Eckerling @russell nohelty Start by setting appointments with yourself
09-May-2020
14:17:12
User avatar russell nohelty I find myself sitting at my keyboard for hours, able to do some things, but unable to write and create.
09-May-2020
14:17:19
User avatar Debra Eckerling Even an hour a day - or a week - adds up.
09-May-2020
14:17:28
User avatar russell nohelty I've done that, just as I always do, and then I blow them, which I never used to do.
09-May-2020
14:17:30
User avatar Booklover Hi!
09-May-2020
14:17:39
User avatar Debra Eckerling The trick is to keep appts with yourself as you would scheduled meetings with anyone else/
09-May-2020
14:18:02
User avatar Debra Eckerling Well @russell nohelty since I know you, I can say this - take a break!!!
09-May-2020
14:18:11
User avatar Debra Eckerling refresh and recharge
09-May-2020
14:18:19
User avatar russell nohelty fair enough.
09-May-2020
14:18:43
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi booklover
09-May-2020
14:19:07
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi @Hercule Poirot (Admin)
09-May-2020
14:19:11
User avatar russell nohelty ...how do we do that if we are super type A and feel guilty not doing something every hour of every day, and fear that it will all come crashing down like a house of cards if we stop for even a second?
09-May-2020
14:19:23
User avatar Booklover Do you have any tips for procrastination?
09-May-2020
14:20:21
User avatar Debra Eckerling @russell nohelty stop feeling guilty. during this challenging time, everybody handles it differently. set a super-attainable, easy goal - 15 minutes a day - and then celebrate. if you do more, than great! if not, you have still accomplished
09-May-2020
14:21:25
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi @Booklover In case you didn't see my rec to @russell nohelty , set appointments with yourself and keep them
09-May-2020
14:21:30
User avatar Debra Eckerling set small, realistic goals
09-May-2020
14:22:53
User avatar Debra Eckerling I also have a Facebook page and group for setting goals and developing community
09-May-2020
14:23:35
User avatar Debra Eckerling Follow http://facebook.com/writeononline to report on wins, set goals, and get resources throughout the week
09-May-2020
14:23:39
User avatar Booklover Awesome thanks
09-May-2020
14:23:48
User avatar Booklover Awesome thanks!
09-May-2020
14:23:50
User avatar russell nohelty That FB community is the bomb.
09-May-2020
14:24:13
User avatar Debra Eckerling Join http://facebook.com/groups/writeononline to chime in on daily threads, designed to encourage community and conversation
09-May-2020
14:24:24
User avatar Debra Eckerling Thanks @russell nohelty
09-May-2020
14:24:52
User avatar Debra Eckerling I also lead the #goalchat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm PT from http://Twitter.com/TheDEBMethod
09-May-2020
14:25:09
User avatar Perry gee Thank you for the tip about setting appointments with oneself to stay on task to write our stories.
09-May-2020
14:25:39
User avatar Debra Eckerling AND I have a Facebook live show - #GoalChatLive - every Monday at 4pm PT on the Mango Publishing FB page: http://Facebook.com/MangoPublishing
09-May-2020
14:25:53
User avatar Debra Eckerling You are welcome @Perry gee
09-May-2020
14:26:27
User avatar Bill McCormick Stalking you as well as social distancing allows. Thanks.
09-May-2020
14:27:03
User avatar Debra Eckerling The other "trick" is to write out an extensive todo list for yourself each week. then set appointments for every action item, and track all activity! That way, at the end of each week and moth, you can see - at a glace - all you accomplished
09-May-2020
14:27:15
User avatar Debra Eckerling Nice to "meet" you too @Bill McCormick
09-May-2020
14:27:54
User avatar Debra Eckerling All of communities are designed to help people stay focused, motivated, and connected
09-May-2020
14:28:34
User avatar Debra Eckerling And for more tips, go to TheDEBMethod.com or check out my book YourGoalGuideRoadmap.com - which you can enter to win in the giveaway
09-May-2020
14:29:52
User avatar Debra Eckerling You can also connect with me on LinkedIn http://Linkedin.com/in/coastbunny
09-May-2020
14:30:05
User avatar Debra Eckerling And watch my panel at 3:30pm
09-May-2020
14:30:09
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) Thank you so much for your help, Debra! It was awesome!
09-May-2020
14:30:24
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) It’s time to say hello to a brilliant scientist turned author. Let’s welcome Sara Winokur, author of Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders and Ph.D. molecular geneticist
09-May-2020
14:30:27
User avatar Debra Eckerling Thanks for having me @Miss Marple (Admin)
09-May-2020
14:30:44
User avatar Sara Winokur Hi Everyone - Happy BookFest Day!
09-May-2020
14:30:48
User avatar Debra Eckerling Bye, everyone. Enjoy the rest of #LABookFest
09-May-2020
14:31:02
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) You can ask her about DNA
09-May-2020
14:31:31
User avatar Sara Winokur Or Iceland 🙂
09-May-2020
14:31:45
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Hi @Sara Winokur, is great to have you here! And great reading in the Author Reading Room
09-May-2020
14:32:01
User avatar Sara Winokur Thanks Hercule
09-May-2020
14:32:02
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) I loved those mittens
09-May-2020
14:32:36
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) Can you tell us why you went to Iceland?
09-May-2020
14:32:36
User avatar Sara Winokur Those mittens were handknit by the President if Iceland's mother and given to me by the First Lady!
09-May-2020
14:32:37
User avatar LagunaWithLove Hi Sara.  I am curious to know who your favorite author and who has influenced you the most.
09-May-2020
14:33:00
User avatar LagunaWithLove I am sorry I missed your Author Reading! 🙂  Is there a recording?
09-May-2020
14:33:12
User avatar Sara Winokur I guess I got hooked on Nordic Noir with the Henning Mankell novels (Wallender)
09-May-2020
14:33:54
User avatar LagunaWithLove What is the most recent book you have read, other than your own. 😉
09-May-2020
14:33:57
User avatar Sara Winokur I believe you can check out all the author readings on the LA BookFest Website and also they're recorded on YouTube
09-May-2020
14:34:51
User avatar Sara Winokur Sooo many book - loads of time to read these days. I just read Less by Andrew Sean Greer - hysterical and poignant
09-May-2020
14:35:49
User avatar Miss Marple (Admin) @LagunaWithLove you can find it on our website in reading room section
09-May-2020
14:36:10
User avatar Booklover Hi Sara, I plan to start reading your book next! I'm super excited. What is your favorite part that I can look out for when reading?
09-May-2020
14:36:16
User avatar Sara Winokur And I read Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders about the plague in 1660 in England (Historical Fiction) But it was too eerily similar to the current situation 😉
09-May-2020
14:36:57
User avatar Sara Winokur Well hmmm It's a fun, twisty mystery that will keep you busy putting the pieces together
09-May-2020
14:37:44
User avatar LagunaWithLove Great, I will check those out after finishing your book.  <3
09-May-2020
14:38:12
User avatar Sara Winokur Hey Booklover There's a lot in there about Iceland, plant poisons, genetics (light) - have you ever been to Iceland?
09-May-2020
14:38:23
User avatar Bill McCormick I need to know about the elves, please.
09-May-2020
14:39:10
User avatar Sara Winokur The elves aren't the little green leprachauns (sp?) - they are actually called The Hidden People in Iceland
09-May-2020
14:39:36
User avatar Booklover No I haven't but would love to someday!
09-May-2020
14:39:57
User avatar Bill McCormick I knew that, I was more interested in the Elvish DNA hinted at in your promo.
09-May-2020
14:40:12
User avatar Sara Winokur In the 'old days' when life was so consumed with just surving and staying warm in that climate, they told stories of a magical, beuatiful beauty that lived in splendor within the boulders and hillocks
09-May-2020
14:40:26
User avatar Cristina Deptula Glad you enjoyed Less! We hosted Andrew Sean Greer on WeLoveBookstores.org at a benefit for local CA indie bookstores.
09-May-2020
14:41:05
User avatar Sara Winokur Honestly, that was one of my favorite books - I just wanted to hug Arthur Less
09-May-2020
14:41:05
User avatar Cristina Deptula Sara, your book sounds fascinating, I will check it out! Intrigued by the mix of science and fiction.
09-May-2020
14:41:47
User avatar ScottLandsbaum @Bill McCormick loved the reading brother. You are gifted in more ways that i know to count
09-May-2020
14:41:50
User avatar Sara Winokur Thanks so much Cristina! I had fun writing it
09-May-2020
14:42:32
User avatar Sara Winokur I'm writing a second one called Ivory Bones - a second mystery set in Iceland - been there 7 times already
09-May-2020
14:42:57
User avatar Bill McCormick Have you tried ICY vodka?
09-May-2020
14:42:58
User avatar Cristina Deptula What interests you about Iceland?
09-May-2020
14:43:07
User avatar Sara Winokur Hey Bill - not too much about Elvish DNA in the book but loads about Iceland's DNA Database
09-May-2020
14:43:34
User avatar Bill McCormick It's a start. I bet I'll find some elvish chromosomes in there somewhere.
09-May-2020
14:43:43
User avatar Sara Winokur Icelanders are AMAZING people - so creative, resilient and when there's any excuse for a party you are in for a good time
09-May-2020
14:44:01
User avatar LagunaWithLove That is exciting that you are already on to the second Iceland adventure.  Look forward to learning more!
09-May-2020
14:44:41
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Now I do want to visit Iceland!
09-May-2020
14:44:44
User avatar Sara Winokur Bill - I'll have to do a little more research on elvish genes (I know there are some devilish genes, but have to check out the elvish ones)
09-May-2020
14:44:57
User avatar Cristina Deptula Awesome!
09-May-2020
14:45:08
User avatar Bill McCormick Join my screed coming up. You'd be amazed what genes can do.
09-May-2020
14:45:26
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you so much, @Sara Winokur ! And good luck with the research on the elvish genes  😉
09-May-2020
14:45:36
User avatar Sara Winokur And the landscapes - glaciers, volcanoes, lava tubes, misdnight sun , northern lights (shall I go on?)
09-May-2020
14:45:43
User avatar Bill McCormick Thanks @Sara Winokur
09-May-2020
14:45:56
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) I’m going to introduce our next guest and very gifted writer. Welcome, Bill McCormick, author of The Brittle Riders!
09-May-2020
14:46:08
User avatar Sara Winokur Thansk Everyone - Happy Reading!
09-May-2020
14:46:13
User avatar LagunaWithLove Thank you Sara!
09-May-2020
14:46:34
User avatar Sara Winokur THANK YOU 🙂
09-May-2020
14:46:52
User avatar Bill McCormick Hi everyone. I'm also the asst. editor for ICC Magazine, have over two dozen anthologies with my stiff, and blah .... more.
09-May-2020
14:46:52
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Bill McCormick thank you for all your great questions so far. Time for you to switch roles 🙂
09-May-2020
14:47:06
User avatar Bill McCormick Thanks @Hercule Poirot (Admin)
09-May-2020
14:47:32
User avatar Sara Winokur Hi Bill - ICC Magazine stands for?
09-May-2020
14:47:35
User avatar Bill McCormick stuff, not stiff. I left the adult film industry in the late 80s.
09-May-2020
14:47:36
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And you and @Sara Winokur share a passion for genetics...
09-May-2020
14:47:39
User avatar ScottLandsbaum Amazing writer Bill. I've enjoyed you for years now
09-May-2020
14:47:51
User avatar Sara Winokur HaHa good one
09-May-2020
14:48:07
User avatar Sara Winokur (adult film joke)
09-May-2020
14:48:10
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sara Winokur = http://independentcreatorsconnection.com/icc-magazine/
09-May-2020
14:48:46
User avatar Sara Winokur Thank you, I'll check it out. So what angle do you like about genetics?
09-May-2020
14:48:56
User avatar Bill McCormick @ScottLandsbaum welcome aboard. Didn't see you lurking. And, thanks. You;re in for a treat. The prequel/sequel to The Brittle Riders just got greenlit.
09-May-2020
14:49:25
User avatar Sara Winokur Congrats!
09-May-2020
14:49:53
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi @Bill McCormick
09-May-2020
14:49:55
User avatar ScottLandsbaum Cant wait for more brittle riders reading
09-May-2020
14:50:03
User avatar Debra Eckerling Hi @Sara Winokur
09-May-2020
14:50:28
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sara Winokur I like how something simple can alter humans in ways unimaginable. By adding six chromosomes I was able to create succubi, minotaurs, badgebeth, and so on. And, yes, I checked my work with scientists. https://www.ericlklein.com/feature-friday-futures/interview-bill-mccormick/
09-May-2020
14:50:48
User avatar Bill McCormick Hi @Debra Eckerling
09-May-2020
14:51:33
User avatar Richv1 So your creatures are created through genetics?
09-May-2020
14:51:39
User avatar Sara Winokur Now I'm definitely intrigued, can't wait to read your book
09-May-2020
14:52:12
User avatar Bill McCormick Yeah. My story is simply this, what if Frankenstein's monsters ruled the world?
09-May-2020
14:52:38
User avatar Richv1 So it is like part 2 of Frankenstein
09-May-2020
14:52:51
User avatar ScottLandsbaum Got bad news for you Bill....he does
09-May-2020
14:52:58
User avatar Sara Winokur Sometimes it seems like they do already
09-May-2020
14:53:36
User avatar Bill McCormick Kind of. If the good doctor had been able to create a slave race of monsters, which is the obvious implication of the story, then what? In my take, they got pissed off, killed everyone, and started over.
09-May-2020
14:54:03
User avatar ScottLandsbaum @Sara Winokur great minds think alike...lol
09-May-2020
14:54:37
User avatar Richv1 Well in Frankenstein the book ends with Adam the creature going off to create  arace like himself to conquer the world
09-May-2020
14:54:40
User avatar Bill McCormick The above is funny to me. I wrote TBR years before the 2016 elections and keep getting accused of having based the evil characters on one specific human.
09-May-2020
14:54:46
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 LOL yep @ScottLandsbaum and @Sara Winokur
09-May-2020
14:55:14
User avatar Richv1 one specific human lol
09-May-2020
14:55:28
User avatar Sara Winokur Hope your sequel predicts a better outcome next time 😉
09-May-2020
14:55:28
User avatar Richv1 are we sure he is human
09-May-2020
14:55:36
User avatar Bill McCormick @Richv1 yes, but alone and separate. And that was the result of several factors, none of which involved the doctor succeeding and doing ti again.
09-May-2020
14:55:55
User avatar Sara Winokur Bill - How long have you been writing or did you have an earlier career as well?
09-May-2020
14:56:00
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sara Winokur It's actually darker. My publisher balked for a bit.
09-May-2020
14:56:23
User avatar Richv1 the creature had all the doctors knowledge on how to create more
09-May-2020
14:56:55
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sara Winokur I've been selling fiction since 2011. But I wrote nonfiction since 1986. If you go to BillMcSciFi.com you can read all about it.
09-May-2020
14:57:21
User avatar Bill McCormick Rich, yes, the knowledge but not the infrastructure.
09-May-2020
14:58:09
User avatar Richv1 infrastructure?
09-May-2020
14:58:28
User avatar Bill McCormick The lab, and materials required to create more.
09-May-2020
14:58:49
User avatar Richv1 right but he had a full knwledge on how to recreate it all
09-May-2020
14:59:29
User avatar Bill McCormick Sure. The ancient Egyptians knew how to make a battery. Didn't see any Elon Muck like cars in town.
09-May-2020
14:59:39
User avatar Bill McCormick Musck
09-May-2020
14:59:43
User avatar Bill McCormick Musk
09-May-2020
15:00:00
User avatar Bill McCormick Bad words.
09-May-2020
15:00:11
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you, @Bill McCormick  for being with us today. Hope you will stay a little longer :).
09-May-2020
15:00:14
User avatar Sara Winokur What's up with Elon Musk's baby name?
09-May-2020
15:00:17
User avatar ScottLandsbaum Thank you Bill, it's been a pleasure
09-May-2020
15:00:32
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) If you always wanted to pick the mind of a successful professional in the movie industry, now is your time. Sheryl Benko, Screenwriter, post-production supervisor, and author of The Last of Will Welcome, Sheryl!
09-May-2020
15:00:53
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Sheryl Benko, the chat room is yours :)!
09-May-2020
15:00:57
User avatar Sheryl Benko Hi everyone!  Happy to join the conversation!
09-May-2020
15:01:07
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sara Winokur They don't know  - https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/08/entertainment/elon-musk-grimes-baby-name-pronunciation-scli-intl/index.html
09-May-2020
15:01:15
User avatar Sheryl Benko Hope you are all staying healthy and well
09-May-2020
15:01:42
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Sheryl Benko happy to have you here!
09-May-2020
15:01:52
User avatar Bill McCormick Hi @Sheryl Benko Happy Pandemic!
09-May-2020
15:02:13
User avatar Sara Winokur Hey Sheryl, Can you tell us what The Last of Will is about?
09-May-2020
15:02:18
User avatar Sheryl Benko Happy Quarantine, Stay-at-Home, or whatever we are technically doing
09-May-2020
15:02:31
User avatar Sheryl Benko Hi Sara
09-May-2020
15:02:48
User avatar Sheryl Benko The book is a comedy, told first-person by a 15-yr-old girl
09-May-2020
15:03:04
User avatar Sheryl Benko She is forced to go on a crazy road trip with her dad...
09-May-2020
15:03:17
User avatar Sheryl Benko He's been unemployed due to downsizing ...
09-May-2020
15:03:36
User avatar Sheryl Benko And on a whim, takes a job as a groundskeeper at a cemetery
09-May-2020
15:03:36
User avatar Sara Winokur Uh oh... Sounds like some ripe material
09-May-2020
15:03:53
User avatar Sheryl Benko So, of course, his daughter is not happy about this idea
09-May-2020
15:04:20
User avatar Sheryl Benko He has to deliver a man's ashes to an out-of-state funeral ...
09-May-2020
15:04:25
User avatar Sara Winokur Is Will the dad
09-May-2020
15:04:52
User avatar Sara Winokur Will you adapt it for the screen?
09-May-2020
15:04:52
User avatar Sheryl Benko Yes, Will is her dad.  But the "departed" character's name is "William"
09-May-2020
15:05:22
User avatar Sheryl Benko So the title is a play on words
09-May-2020
15:05:33
User avatar Sheryl Benko I am working on the screenplay outline now
09-May-2020
15:05:51
User avatar Sheryl Benko Trying to make use of the quarantine down time!
09-May-2020
15:06:54
User avatar Sheryl Benko Working in post production has (I think) made me a better screenwriter
09-May-2020
15:06:58
User avatar Sara Winokur What have you written for the screen and were you involved with one of the studios?
09-May-2020
15:07:31
User avatar Perry Gee You note that u r currently working on an outline to turn ur story into a screenplay. Can u talk a little more about ur adaptation process?
09-May-2020
15:07:39
User avatar Sheryl Benko To date, I have done independent re-writes for a handful of Producers who were developing scripts
09-May-2020
15:08:02
User avatar Sheryl Benko Hi Perry!
09-May-2020
15:08:23
User avatar Perry Gee Hello 👋 Nice to meet u
09-May-2020
15:08:28
User avatar Sheryl Benko The main thing I would say is to always be mindful of the objective of a scene
09-May-2020
15:08:48
User avatar Sheryl Benko Ask yourself, how is the scene driving the narrative forward?
09-May-2020
15:09:13
User avatar Bill McCormick I recently wrote a film, which I sold, and then wrote a novel based on the film. Besides being an obviously bad idea to do it that way, what advice could you give me?
09-May-2020
15:09:20
User avatar Sheryl Benko By nature, there is an abundance of material in a book that won't inherently translate to film
09-May-2020
15:09:58
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 That is great advice, important in writing good dialogue, too--what is driving it, the goal of each person. I love the dialogue in Last of WIll, btw 🙂
09-May-2020
15:10:04
User avatar Sheryl Benko Hi Bill -- actually, "novels from film" is something of a cottage industry!
09-May-2020
15:10:52
User avatar Sheryl Benko Thanks Desiree!  Since the book is Greer's dialogue ...
09-May-2020
15:11:07
User avatar Sheryl Benko The goal of a screenplay is to be able to take the best of her words ...
09-May-2020
15:11:24
User avatar Sheryl Benko And let the character say them, but not get bogged down in heavy V.O.
09-May-2020
15:11:56
User avatar Perry Gee Would u mind sharing a little about how u create/develop ur characters?
09-May-2020
15:12:10
User avatar Bill McCormick @Sheryl Benko I guess I just wish the film had been made. It was an odd elevator ptich that got me here.
09-May-2020
15:12:15
User avatar Sheryl Benko So it's important to respect film and books as separate entities
09-May-2020
15:12:40
User avatar Sheryl Benko Of course, Perry.  Thank you for asking ...
09-May-2020
15:13:11
User avatar Sheryl Benko I think the main thing to strive for in any character -- and in any writing discipline-- is truth
09-May-2020
15:13:26
User avatar Perry Gee I’m always curious to know how other writers draw inspiration when developing their stories, starting with the people/characters who are featured.
09-May-2020
15:13:32
User avatar Sheryl Benko When you spend time with your characters, you get to know them intimately
09-May-2020
15:13:57
User avatar Sheryl Benko And the more you get to know them, you will hear their voices coming through
09-May-2020
15:14:24
User avatar Sheryl Benko I've actually had times where I've written a line, and then thought "That character wouldn't say that"
09-May-2020
15:14:54
User avatar Sheryl Benko That's when the characters are starting to write themselves, which is magical!
09-May-2020
15:15:16
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you so much, @Sheryl Benko for being a part of the LA Book Fest!
09-May-2020
15:15:21
User avatar Sheryl Benko When I get blocked, I find that "people watching" is always helpful
09-May-2020
15:15:27
User avatar Sheryl Benko Thank you all!
09-May-2020
15:15:31
User avatar Perry Gee Do you create biographies for your characters?
09-May-2020
15:15:42
User avatar Bill McCormick @Thanks @Sheryl Benko You're awesome!
09-May-2020
15:16:01
User avatar Sheryl Benko Yes, create backstory and a history.  Even if you are the only one who sees it!
09-May-2020
15:16:18
User avatar Sheryl Benko You are too, Bill!
09-May-2020
15:16:26
User avatar Sheryl Benko Good luck, Perry!!
09-May-2020
15:16:57
User avatar Perry Gee Thank you for ur time 🙏
09-May-2020
15:16:59
User avatar Sheryl Benko Thank you LA Bookfest
09-May-2020
15:17:04
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Sheryl Benko , I think Agatha would totally agree with what you've just said about creating a backstory and a history!
09-May-2020
15:17:40
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you @Sheryl Benko and all the amazing participants in this conversation.
09-May-2020
15:17:42
User avatar Sheryl Benko The history is part of what can bring out the nuance and elegance in a character's words and actions.
09-May-2020
15:17:59
User avatar Sheryl Benko It can bring an "intent" to what they say and do
09-May-2020
15:18:11
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) We'll be back with more authors at 3:30 PDT.
09-May-2020
15:18:31
User avatar Bill McCormick :FL:
09-May-2020
15:21:46
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) We hope you guys are enjoying the chats here. It was wonderful to have  @Sheryl Benko here with us. Do check out her book https://www.labookfest.com/the-last-of-will/
09-May-2020
15:30:20
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Hi, we’re back! I’m excited to introduce Sue William Silverman, Author of How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences. One of 9 essay collections feminists should read in 2020 ~~ BITCH MEDIA
09-May-2020
15:30:54
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) How is everybody doing so far?
09-May-2020
15:33:29
User avatar Alice Hi Sue, could you tell us about your book?
09-May-2020
15:36:02
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) We're still waiting for Sue to log in. Meanwhile, we still have @Sara Winokur and @Debra Eckerling  with us
09-May-2020
15:37:14
User avatar Sue William Silverman Hi, I'm here!
09-May-2020
15:37:23
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Hi @Sue William Silverman
09-May-2020
15:37:46
User avatar Sue William Silverman Yes, "How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences" is about my fear of death and also searching for the origins of the fear
09-May-2020
15:38:34
User avatar Sue William Silverman Additionally, it's about the need to collect and preserve and study our memories...because if we don't physically survive, our memories will. They are everlasting!
09-May-2020
15:40:05
User avatar Alice Thanks, Sue. So live in the moment and make the most of it!
09-May-2020
15:40:07
User avatar Sue William Silverman For a more typical book description, here you go: In these thematically linked pieces, I explore the fear of death, and my desire to survive it, through gallows humor, realism, and speculation. Although defeating death is physically impossible, language, commemoration, and metaphor can offer slivers of transcendent immortality.
09-May-2020
15:40:43
User avatar Sue William Silverman Yes! And at the same time, savor all that happens in order to understand it, kind of good and the bad...or the sad and the happy!
09-May-2020
15:41:19
User avatar Sue William Silverman That all aspects of life are important! We learn from everything.
09-May-2020
15:41:50
User avatar Camilla or the joy and the pain 🙂  hi Sue!
09-May-2020
15:42:20
User avatar Daniella Sue, what would be your advice to those of us interested in writing memoirs?
09-May-2020
15:42:20
User avatar Sue William Silverman @Camilla yes, exactly! And in this way, and in some ways, the book is about how to survive life, too!
09-May-2020
15:42:23
User avatar Elisa Beck Is this just a chat, or is there a room where we can see the authors?
09-May-2020
15:43:20
User avatar Sue William Silverman @Daniella to first focus on one theme of your life that you most want to explore, in that a memoir is only one slice of a life, not a whole life! And, next, be emotionally open to follow that theme wherever it leads.
09-May-2020
15:43:53
User avatar Daniella Yes! I find so often people want to squeeze their whole life into a memoir, not understanding the purpose and intention behind a memoir.
09-May-2020
15:44:28
User avatar Daniella Were there certain strategies that helped you become more emotionally open?
09-May-2020
15:44:49
User avatar Sue William Silverman @Daniella you are so right! And that's an autobiography, but not a memoir! It works better to think of it as a slice of a life. Plus, you get more books that way! LOL. That's why I've written 4 memoirs!
09-May-2020
15:45:34
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) How cool! Thank you, @Sue William Silverman!
09-May-2020
15:45:42
User avatar Sue William Silverman @Daniella Yes, mainly, by writing with a lot of sensory details! By doing that, I was able to "submerge" myself back in moments of time...and that helped me to re-create those moments.
09-May-2020
15:45:59
User avatar Sue William Silverman @Hercule Poirot (Admin) You are so welcome!
09-May-2020
15:46:08
User avatar Daniella Amazing - thanks. Great panel before this too! 🙂
09-May-2020
15:46:14
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Now it’s time to say hello to our next guest, Bilal Alaji. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of “This Ain’t My Life: One Man’s Journey to Finding His Destiny.” His book was distinguished with the Best memoir of 2019 Pinnacle Book Award and was also a SPR Finalist 2020.
09-May-2020
15:46:23
User avatar Marc Sheehan Sue - Did you find it more difficult (and/or more fulfilling) to write a memoir that is one continuous narrative as opposed to a memoir written as a series of essays?
09-May-2020
15:46:33
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @Bilal Alaji !
09-May-2020
15:46:34
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) We wish the chat went on. But for those of you who haven't already, here's the link to @Sue William Silverman book: https://www.labookfest.com/how-to-survive-death-and-other-inconveniences/
09-May-2020
15:47:19
User avatar Daniella Bilal, I'll ask you the same question I asked Sue - what would be your advice for those of us who would like to write a memoir? (BTW, wonderful panel just before. You have incredible insight!)
09-May-2020
15:47:45
User avatar Bilal Alaji Yes, I find it is better to have one continuous narrative. It allows the reader to journey with you
09-May-2020
15:49:23
User avatar Bilal Alaji Thank You!! I found for myself that you must be authentic and be willing to be vulnerable. It is important to not be vindictive in telling your story but you should be honest and have a moral or lesson for those to takeaway.
09-May-2020
15:51:43
User avatar Daniella hmm...It's like in the panel when I think it was Sue that said you're not creating a memoir to show like a perfect kind of life, but often the messy bits. Were there strategies/techniques that helped you reach that level of vulnerability? I find that's the hardest part of writing a memoir - if it's messy, traumatic parts of your life, at some points in your journey, you may just be like "Nope! Don't go there!" 😛
09-May-2020
15:52:16
User avatar Bilal Alaji “What I did not know at the time was that I was being transformed in the darkness. There is a process for transformation. It does not happen overnight. The process is what I was struggling with. The pain I had to endure was more than I thought I could bear. Muslims always say, “Allah will not place a burden on you greater than you can bear.” I didn’t feel the truth of this statement while I was going through this troubled time. It wasn’t until I began to grow a little that I was able to endure a little more.”--- Alaji
09-May-2020
15:52:41
User avatar njwriter Balal - wondered if you could talk about how writing the book has changed your view of yourself. And what do you do now, after publication? Are you connecting with others having gone through similar experiences?
09-May-2020
15:53:36
User avatar Daniella (y)
09-May-2020
15:53:37
User avatar njwriter I'm in the final editing stages of my book about being a 'ward of the state' and living in various state institutions, foster care, etc.
09-May-2020
15:53:42
User avatar Bilal Alaji Yes, absolutely!! There comes a time where you wonder what is off the table. For me, I needed to be bare bones free and tell it all. It was therapeautic as well.
09-May-2020
15:54:11
User avatar Daniella Great, thanks 🙂
09-May-2020
15:56:45
User avatar Bilal Alaji That's awesome @njwriter
09-May-2020
15:57:06
User avatar Bilal Alaji How has memoirs affected you lately?
09-May-2020
15:58:14
User avatar Bilal Alaji Personal Development Stop Blaming--- Do not blame others for where you are in life. Own who you are and what you have become. Make the neccesary changes to be a better version of yourself. Change your thinking and change the outcome--- Change how you see situations, how you see others, and more importantly how you see yourself. Every situation is not bad. It’s only bad becasue we say it’s bad. Look at the lesson within and see it as an opportunity. What you have you have attracted--- You have attracted everything in your life by the person you have become. If you desire more or something else, it’s just a matter of realigning yourself to that which you desire, so you may attract it. To have more become more Don’t ASK for it to be easier, ASK to be better Work harder on yourself than on your job
09-May-2020
15:58:35
User avatar Bilal Alaji Just some tips to help with personal development
09-May-2020
15:58:40
User avatar njwriter I learned so much more about myself. Writing has allowed me to be open to myself, my motivations. And I did stop blaming and stopped being so critical of my own failings.
09-May-2020
15:59:20
User avatar Bilal Alaji That's excellent. That's where the real growth starts happening.
09-May-2020
15:59:29
User avatar Alice Yes @Bilal Alaji you are so right about being honest. A true memoir makes you trust the author more, get involved
09-May-2020
15:59:36
User avatar Daniella Great PD tips!
09-May-2020
15:59:48
User avatar Bilal Alaji It sounds like you're on your way to being your most authentic self! 🙂
09-May-2020
16:00:25
User avatar Bilal Alaji Are you okay with being vulnerable to achieve that goal?
09-May-2020
16:00:52
User avatar Bilal Alaji Thank you @Daniella
09-May-2020
16:01:20
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you, @Bilal Alaji  !
09-May-2020
16:01:27
User avatar Bilal Alaji Facing Vulnerability We all have times in our lives where we are vulnerable. But, we are not always keen on how we should handle our vulnerabilities with ourselves and with others. Feeling vulnerable often times makes us feel weak, unprepared, incompetent, or just flat out hopeless. Use these stratagies to overcome vulnerability. Identify your feelings--- This is completely subjective to you, but determine how YOU feel before doing anything. Do not react, do not share, do not post; simply take time to yourself to reflect on your current feeling state. Embrace your feelings--- Although you are facing something challenging in your life, coping, or embracing it may be one of the most difficult things to do. However, it is when you embrace the challenge, your feelings, and your circumstance, that you can find the lesson or hidden treasure that was meant for you.  Share your feelings--- This may be the toughest of all to execute because it leaves you exposed. Also, because not everyone is worthy of your trust or has earned your trust to share such vulnerabilities with. This is a judgment call. If there is no one you can confide in than it would be best to write it down in a journal or talk with a higher power. Sharing your feelings is important to release toxins and unwanted energy from your body.
09-May-2020
16:01:28
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thank you @Bilal Alaji, such a great conversation. Do check out his book https://www.labookfest.com/this-aint-my-life-one-mans-journey-to-finding-his-destiny/
09-May-2020
16:01:40
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) A very warm welcome now to Gerald Everett Jones, award-winning author, editor and host of Get Published! Podcast.
09-May-2020
16:01:58
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones Thanks for the use of the screen @Hercule Poirot (Admin)
09-May-2020
16:02:24
User avatar Daniella Thank you @Bilal Alaji!
09-May-2020
16:02:27
User avatar pag Hello Gerald:   Do the real people who inspired your characters ever get angry (or hurt) when they recognize themselves?
09-May-2020
16:02:40
User avatar njwriter sounds like you learned a lot in your life and from writing about it. you have a gift in the sharing of it.
09-May-2020
16:02:42
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Gerald Everett Jones you're most welcome! And congratulations for your recent book awards.
09-May-2020
16:02:55
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones I was thinking about the memoir panel and this discussion. Fiction writers are like actors, we have to plumb the depths, find feelings within ourselves we never thought we had.
09-May-2020
16:03:17
User avatar Monica Matulich Great advice @Bilal Alaji - its important to share your feelings in any memoir!
09-May-2020
16:03:35
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones Oh those awards were a surprise. Mystery and Literary Fiction are such broad genres, then to have separate books win. A thrill.
09-May-2020
16:04:37
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Gerald Everett Jones maybe the book you're working on will get an award, too 🙂
09-May-2020
16:04:44
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones In Preacher Finds a Corpse, the true story basis was my uncle's suicide. No one ever knew quite why. So the mystery is more of a why done it than a whodunnit.
09-May-2020
16:05:23
User avatar RobinQuinninLA Gerald, I like that - "why done it?"  Congrats on the awards!
09-May-2020
16:05:28
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones The book I'm working on is the sequel Preacher Fakes a Miracle. Evan counsels a boy who has schizophrenia and has been accused of rape.
09-May-2020
16:05:34
User avatar pag Have you ever used a real character for inspiration, and regretted it afterwards?
09-May-2020
16:05:45
User avatar Diana Lee Brown How did you choose characters in your life story as material for your novels?
09-May-2020
16:06:12
User avatar Sara Winokur You must have to really dig into the family archives to attempt an understanding -Who in the family did you speak to about 'Preacher' and was that difficult?
09-May-2020
16:06:29
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones Regret? No. If I stretched the truth I made sure to also stretch the identity, even change ethnicity or sex. The person wouldn't recognize themselves.
09-May-2020
16:07:30
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones @Sara Winokur I lived through the time of his suicide, and I saw him at my great aunt's funeral right before it happened. I was aware of some of the issues. He felt he'd somehow bungled the handling of her estate.
09-May-2020
16:08:55
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones But it turns out in that part of Southern Missouri, farm deeds were based on handshakes back in the day. And before that, the government had taken land from the Indians, so title work was murky. That's one reason he had trouble selling the farm. They ended up gifting it to the tenants because they couldn't prove they owned it!
09-May-2020
16:09:48
User avatar pag Wow, that's quite a story by itself!
09-May-2020
16:10:21
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones During the memoir panel, I also mentioned the other book that got an award, Clifford's Spiral. Main character based on my father's stroke. But the stories he's trying to piece together are mostly episodes from my own life. Fictionalized to protect the guilty!
09-May-2020
16:10:34
User avatar Sara Winokur Sounds fascinating. Can't wait to rea!. What aspects of the 'real-life' characters  do you keep? Personality, quirks, behavior?
09-May-2020
16:11:33
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones @Sara Winokur I think in general you keep what's dramatically interesting. Same as they'd do adapting for Hollywood. Focus on what's newsworthy, unusual, remarkable, scandalous.
09-May-2020
16:12:18
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones My uncle was also a 33rd degree Mason and that connection was a bit murky. Whole group of men in aprons showed up at his funeral, said their rite, and left!
09-May-2020
16:12:30
User avatar Sara Winokur At what point in your life did you start writing?
09-May-2020
16:13:46
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones I started writing in 6th grade. My first award was Scholastic-Shaeffer (pens) for short story "The Mayor's Secretary" about a politician who replaces his secretary with a robot and then regrets it because the android steals his cigars. Very Freudian, ahead of its time!
09-May-2020
16:14:23
User avatar Sara Winokur Love it
09-May-2020
16:14:51
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones I decide I wanted a career as a writer in high school. Up to that time I was going to be a research scientist, which was the career my father wanted for me. He was a chemical engineer, oil company man. We didn't get along well after that, for the most part.
09-May-2020
16:15:12
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thank you @Gerald Everett Jones we truly enjoyed having you on our chat. And viewers, you’ve been great. If you'd like to learn more about Gerald’s book, go to https://www.labookfest.com/preacher-finds-a-corpse-an-evan-wycliff-mystery/
09-May-2020
16:15:24
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And.....I’m excited to introduce our next guest, Diana Lee Brown, M.A., M.F.T., and Author of “Fly By: A Daughter’s Journey from Tragedy to Tribute.” The book was distinguished with the Most Inspirational Book of the Year IRWIN Award in 2019.
09-May-2020
16:15:34
User avatar Gerald Everett Jones So my main character in the Preacher books is Evan Wycliff, who intends to be a Baptist minister, gets disillusioned, tries astrophysics, gives up on that!
09-May-2020
16:15:40
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @Diana Lee Brown !
09-May-2020
16:15:40
User avatar Sara Winokur I'm glad you chose writing
09-May-2020
16:15:45
User avatar Diana Lee Brown Hello everyone.
09-May-2020
16:15:54
User avatar pag Do you find yourself being more intentional about observing people?  Especially friends and relatives?
09-May-2020
16:16:23
User avatar Diana Lee Brown Not really. Life was too serious most of the time.
09-May-2020
16:17:34
User avatar RobinQuinninLA How has COVID-19 affected the effort to return the remains of loved ones from Korea?
09-May-2020
16:18:23
User avatar Diana Lee Brown I don't believe it has had any impact. That is between the US and North Korea negotiations.
09-May-2020
16:18:31
User avatar Daniella How did you first come across the theory of ambiguous loss and did you find that having a term for your specific type of grief helpful in your healing process?
09-May-2020
16:19:25
User avatar Diana Lee Brown I came across the term in the midst of my writing. It would have been more helpful for my healing had I known about it when Dr. Pauline Boss coined the term in the 1970's.
09-May-2020
16:19:57
User avatar Diana Lee Brown It made  perfect sense after my own healing journey.
09-May-2020
16:20:20
User avatar RobinQuinninLA Ambiguous loss and its uncertainties is similar to living with COVID-19. There is so much uncertainty. How do we deal with all we don't know?
09-May-2020
16:21:33
User avatar Daniella Thanks, Diana!
09-May-2020
16:22:30
User avatar Diana Lee Brown It's not easy... but the uncertainty and unanswered question that I have lived a lifetime with are no different that what people are living with during Covid-19.  It takes practice holding opposites at the same time: what you do know and have control of and what you don't know and lack control of. Peace of mind comes with accepting both.
09-May-2020
16:23:37
User avatar RobinQuinninLA That's true... it's important to keep in mind all you do still know and not be overwhelmed by what you don't.
09-May-2020
16:24:44
User avatar RobinQuinninLA Acceptance is important too.... I've heard some people talk about being really angry about COVID.
09-May-2020
16:25:30
User avatar Daniella Diana, how did you overcome resistance from your mother not wanting to discuss your father and also personal resistance (if you faced any), like perhaps times when you thought, "It's too difficult to face this loss and write about it."
09-May-2020
16:25:58
User avatar Diana Lee Brown Anger is natural part of the emotional impact... just important to identify it, acknowledge it, and have a way to release it... and don't judge yourself badly for feeling it.
09-May-2020
16:27:52
User avatar Diana Lee Brown I had to face my mom's anger each time I wanted to learn about my dad. Sometimes I procrastinated asking, other times I buried it... which was to my own self-destruction. Had to learn to have my own voice facing her, even it though it ultimately meant she rejected me completely.
09-May-2020
16:29:12
User avatar Daniella Very true. Sorry to hear about the rejection. But I guess ultimately you felt like finding your voice and telling your story was too important, even at the risk of your mother's rejection?
09-May-2020
16:29:36
User avatar RobinQuinninLA I know that feeling of being afraid to show a self that is different than a parent's expectation. Too bad your mom could not accept you being yourself.
09-May-2020
16:29:41
User avatar Diana Lee Brown Exactly, my own voice meant my healing and freedom from pain.
09-May-2020
16:30:01
User avatar Daniella Beautiful way of explaining your voice, Diana.
09-May-2020
16:30:11
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you so much, @Diana Lee Brown . And thank you @all for your questions. Don't forget to check Diana's book: https://www.labookfest.com/fly-by/
09-May-2020
16:30:11
User avatar RobinQuinninLA More painful to push your voice down.
09-May-2020
16:30:15
User avatar Diana Lee Brown And it ultimately meant my father was honored and never forgotten.
09-May-2020
16:30:25
User avatar Daniella Thank you, Diana!
09-May-2020
16:30:29
User avatar RobinQuinninLA Bravo, Diana!
09-May-2020
16:30:34
User avatar Brandyn Hi
09-May-2020
16:30:36
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Are you ready for our next guest? I’m happy to introduce Brandyn Cross, Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Musician, and author of The Legacy Book Series.
09-May-2020
16:30:47
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @Brandyn Cross!
09-May-2020
16:30:55
User avatar Brandyn Thanks
09-May-2020
16:33:25
User avatar Brandyn I haven't had the chance to speak directly with Mr. Poirot before. Although I've read your memoirs. ha!
09-May-2020
16:34:18
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And I've read the first book in "The Legacy Book Series" and loved it.
09-May-2020
16:34:57
User avatar Brandyn Well, thank you. And the second gets exponentially more intense.
09-May-2020
16:35:26
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Why was it important for you to talk about abused children? And reveal the secrets they hide from adults?
09-May-2020
16:37:24
User avatar Brandyn In a general sense, because I hadn't seen any kids doing that, while they were children and in the process of enduring that. Specifically with Brandy, the young boy in question in this case, because he and his online friends imparted such profound experiences and feelings.
09-May-2020
16:38:27
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And here it comes again, the power of the Internet to unite us 🙂
09-May-2020
16:39:11
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And sometimes save us. Your novel is inspired by a real story. How did you find out about it?
09-May-2020
16:39:27
User avatar Cristina Deptula Brandyn, as a fellow autistic creator, thank you for sharing that part of your story.
09-May-2020
16:39:47
User avatar Brandyn Oh, definitely. And I think even more so in the early-mid 90s, when these events were taking place. The reason being that it was far less commercialized then. It was just a place for people, and especially kids, to meet who didn't have much reach in the 3D world.
09-May-2020
16:41:23
User avatar Brandyn Yes, thank you, Cristina. I think that's so important for those of us who are autistic, physically disabled (as I also am), or facing whatever unusual challenges to show that we can accomplish positive goals regardless what may stand in the way.
09-May-2020
16:42:04
User avatar Brandyn I knew a couple of this young kid's online friends, and they introduced me to what he was sharing with them. At least to a small degree.
09-May-2020
16:45:20
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thank you @Brandyn So good to have you here!  For those of you who want to learn more about Brandyn’s new book, go to https://www.labookfest.com/the-legacy-series-book-two/
09-May-2020
16:45:43
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And I'm excited to introduce to you another amazing guest. Ryan Southwick is author of the Z-Tech Chronicles, works in software development industry, making everything from 3-D games to mission-critical business applications to help cure cancer.
09-May-2020
16:45:54
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @Ryan Southwick !
09-May-2020
16:46:10
User avatar Ryan Southwick Thanks for having me!
09-May-2020
16:46:41
User avatar Ryan Southwick I've really enjoyed the BookFest so far. Such an array of distinguished and talented speakers
09-May-2020
16:47:39
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) So glad that you are @Ryan Southwick We are happy to have you here
09-May-2020
16:48:34
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Ryan Southwick I'm curios to learn more about the protagonist of "Angels in the Mist," the first book in the "Z-Tech Chronicles" series.
09-May-2020
16:48:41
User avatar Booklover Hi! I'm really excited for your series. How many books are planned?
09-May-2020
16:48:46
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) I know it's not a man, it's a woman.
09-May-2020
16:48:52
User avatar Monica Matulich Thanks for participating @Ryan Southwick
09-May-2020
16:50:24
User avatar Ryan Southwick Ah! First, there are 4 main books planned, plus a few novellas. Book 1 is due June 16th of this year, and the first novella in the series will be a few months after, followed closely by Book 2
09-May-2020
16:51:06
User avatar Ryan Southwick And yes, the protagonist is a woman. Anne Perrin is a waitress in modern-day San Francisco
09-May-2020
16:52:25
User avatar Ryan Southwick Anne is doing her best to make it day by day, made difficult by a teenage trauma that haunts her
09-May-2020
16:52:31
User avatar Alice Hi Ryan..how did you build that character?
09-May-2020
16:53:22
User avatar Ryan Southwick Piece by piece. =] The book went through several iterations. The first iteration, honestly, was me getting to know her
09-May-2020
16:53:46
User avatar Ryan Southwick As the book took form, and as I got more feedback about what people wanted to know, her background and personality really came to life
09-May-2020
16:54:50
User avatar Alice can you share some insights on the research part for her character
09-May-2020
16:55:05
User avatar Ryan Southwick I also found myself doing a lot of research into trauma and healing, not just to bring the character to life, but to make sure her journey reflected what so many others have unfortunately lived in real life
09-May-2020
16:55:45
User avatar Ryan Southwick It was an experience that changed me for sure
09-May-2020
16:56:41
User avatar Alice 🙂 Thanks
09-May-2020
16:57:17
User avatar Ryan Southwick It's an urban fantasy, though, so things get really interesting for her when a small group of people at Z-Tech show her that the things she knows --and even some of the people she's come to care about--aren't at all what they seem
09-May-2020
16:58:07
User avatar Steven Radecki Hi Ryan! Four books seems unusual for a series. Why not the more common three/trilogy?
09-May-2020
16:58:20
User avatar Ryan Southwick Like her, they also have issues of their own, so the book really focuses on Anne's journey through this strange reality, which is a mix of fantasy and high tech, while dealing with her own
09-May-2020
16:58:33
User avatar Cristina Deptula I'm excited about your book. Could you speak to the experience of working with a small press? Why did you choose your publisher?
09-May-2020
16:59:01
User avatar Ryan Southwick Funny enough @Steven Radecki , it was originally going to be a trilogy. The last book ended up being over 300k words (800+ pages), so I had to split it up. =]
09-May-2020
16:59:40
User avatar Ryan Southwick In a word, I did some research, and the small publisher I'm working with, Water Dragon Publishing, really spoke to me
09-May-2020
16:59:55
User avatar Ryan Southwick Both in their high morals and incredibly collaborative working manner
09-May-2020
17:00:06
User avatar Ryan Southwick It's been an incredible experience that I'm excited to continue
09-May-2020
17:00:25
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thank you @Ryan Southwick Guys, don’t forget to check out Angels in the Mist at https://www.labookfest.com/angeles-in-the-mist/
09-May-2020
17:00:44
User avatar Ryan Southwick Thank you!
09-May-2020
17:00:52
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Please welcome Ora Nadrich, Founder and President of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindful Guide to Authenticity.
09-May-2020
17:03:38
User avatar Steven Joseph Is ora there?
09-May-2020
17:03:45
User avatar Desiree Duffy 2 Hi Ora -- thank you for the Mindfulness Moments!
09-May-2020
17:03:50
User avatar Steven Joseph Ora.  With a Capital O.
09-May-2020
17:04:45
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Just give her one more minute to join the conversation.
09-May-2020
17:05:07
User avatar Cristina Deptula Ryan, cool, thanks!
09-May-2020
17:06:00
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) In the meantime, you can also read about her book: https://www.labookfest.com/live-true-a-mindfulness-guide-to-authenticity/
09-May-2020
17:08:24
User avatar Steven Joseph Will definitely check it out since it is in the same genre on what I write about.
09-May-2020
17:10:40
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Steven Joseph , you'll get to talk about it pretty soon :). Glad you're with us today,
09-May-2020
17:11:14
User avatar Steven Joseph Thank you for having me!!!  This is a lot of fun!!!
09-May-2020
17:13:34
User avatar Alice Do you mind discussing about your book @Steven Joseph
09-May-2020
17:13:41
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @Steven Joseph, it's time to officially meet you
09-May-2020
17:13:47
User avatar Steven Joseph HI!!
09-May-2020
17:13:56
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) But let me do a proper introduction
09-May-2020
17:14:01
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) It’s time to meet Steven Joseph, author of the The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris as well as the forthcoming The Crankatsuris Method: A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness.
09-May-2020
17:14:32
User avatar Steven Joseph The first one is a kids book, and the second one is for he grownups!
09-May-2020
17:17:30
User avatar Steven Joseph I wrote the dinosaur book after my partner was having a bit of a melt down and it just came out of my mouth that she was a TyrantoCrankaTsuris, and that was probably how all the dinosaurs died.  There was the tiniest dinosaur who let out a loud CrankaTsuris and all the other dinosaurs disappeared.  Except for the TyrantoKvetchaTsuris.  And of course, human eventually evolved from these two dinosaurs which explains a lot, needless to say!!
09-May-2020
17:18:33
User avatar Steven Joseph For those who need a brief Yiddish lesson, Tsuris means PROBLEMS, big big PROBLEMS!!
09-May-2020
17:19:00
User avatar Alice oh, good to know!
09-May-2020
17:20:03
User avatar Steven Joseph Growing up in my family, we had the Tsuris Olympics.  Who can have the most Tsuris!!
09-May-2020
17:22:38
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thanks for the insight on Tsuris, @Steven Joseph. You can also ask Steven about embracing your crankiness in these cranky times 🙂
09-May-2020
17:22:41
User avatar Sara Winokur Couldn't be better timing for your book!
09-May-2020
17:23:41
User avatar Sara Winokur So, what are the take-homes for how to be effectively cranky? I'm pretty good at being ineffectively cranky...
09-May-2020
17:24:02
User avatar Steven Joseph So, when I talk about effective crankiness, I use the term "CrankaTsuris".  I want to give a physical feel to it.  So, if you imagine that you have me over, and I may have eaten or drank something that did not quite agree with me, I may ask where your bathroom is.  And you would not say "I insist that you do it on my fancy rug!!!  And you are standing next to the Picasso on the wall.  Maybe you can release some of whatever is inside on to the Picasso as well.
09-May-2020
17:24:59
User avatar Steven Joseph So, while we would not do it on the fancy rug, we put our crankiness on others , sometimes in hurtful ways.    So, I want to take it on, embrace it, and make it fun!
09-May-2020
17:26:24
User avatar Sara Winokur Good lesson for these days. We've got to remember to use a little humor. Can I ask you how you published your children's book? My daughter is writing one.
09-May-2020
17:26:57
User avatar Steven Joseph Ineffective crankiness is something that goes straight from the top of your head, the boiling tea kettle, and pops right up.  Effective crankiness turns it into a CrankaTsuris.  It is a noun.  And I can warn my partner that I have a CrankaTsuris in me.
09-May-2020
17:27:12
User avatar Sara Winokur Love it
09-May-2020
17:27:23
User avatar Steven Joseph It makes it about me.  It is never about her, and vice aversa.  Since we are all cranky.
09-May-2020
17:28:23
User avatar Steven Joseph Think of the Common Cold, and it is the Common Cold because you may have one cold in a year.  The Common CrankaTsuris can be something that you have four times a day!!!
09-May-2020
17:30:21
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) So grateful to have you chat with us today, @Steven Joseph   Read more about his book on https://www.labookfest.com/the-last-surviving-dinosaur-the-tyrantocrankatsuris/
09-May-2020
17:30:31
User avatar Steven Joseph Of course, now, it is more important.  Instead of kins in the back of the car yelling When will we get to Disney World?, we are all yelling, and there is no Magic Kingdom to go to.  I get cranky just writing this!!!
09-May-2020
17:30:43
User avatar Steven Joseph Thank you for having me!!
09-May-2020
17:31:28
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, David Ruggerio, Celebrity Chef turned writer, author of the best-selling A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters and of the forthcoming Say Goodbye and Goodnight.
09-May-2020
17:31:33
User avatar David Ruggerio Hello, its David Ruggerio from my kitchen in New York where outside it was 31 degrees today and snowed!
09-May-2020
17:31:40
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @David Ruggerio,
09-May-2020
17:31:47
User avatar David Ruggerio Well hello there!
09-May-2020
17:32:06
User avatar David Ruggerio From horror to romance, kind of like working in a kitchen!
09-May-2020
17:32:32
User avatar David Ruggerio I scared you last year, and this year I'm trying to marry you!
09-May-2020
17:32:34
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Yes, that's amazing how easily you can switch from the frying pan to the keyboard
09-May-2020
17:32:50
User avatar David Ruggerio Great similarities, did you know that?
09-May-2020
17:32:53
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And from horror to romance. What's your secret?
09-May-2020
17:33:25
User avatar David Ruggerio I'm alittle nuts, it was all the heat over the yars!
09-May-2020
17:33:30
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) I thought I had an answer to everything, but, no, I don't  🙁
09-May-2020
17:33:51
User avatar David Ruggerio Cooks and writers, what a bunch
09-May-2020
17:33:57
User avatar David Ruggerio Writing and cooking has dramatic similarities. If Moses were alive today, he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published. Chefs spend countless hours hoping that someday they will be “Chopped!”
09-May-2020
17:34:11
User avatar David Ruggerio Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in tiny rooms and commiserate. Chefs are no better; they sit in hot kitchens and go mad.
09-May-2020
17:34:36
User avatar David Ruggerio Let me try and be serious for a moment
09-May-2020
17:35:15
User avatar David Ruggerio My new Book, Say Goodbye and Goodnight, coming out at a Amazon near you, is a romance set in Brooklyn in 1977
09-May-2020
17:35:23
User avatar David Ruggerio Why 1977 you might ask?
09-May-2020
17:35:47
User avatar Booklover Hi David! I read a wistful take, romance novels aren't really my thing though, do you think I'll like your new book?
09-May-2020
17:36:05
User avatar David Ruggerio 1977 was the most tumultuous year in New York City's history.
09-May-2020
17:36:31
User avatar David Ruggerio You had the Son of Sam, the damn city was bankrupt, and disco was the rage
09-May-2020
17:36:39
User avatar David Ruggerio do you still have your white suit?
09-May-2020
17:37:07
User avatar David Ruggerio The main character of the book is a young Italian American fighter
09-May-2020
17:37:29
User avatar David Ruggerio He sets his eyes on a beautiful Italian American girl, and the sparks fly!
09-May-2020
17:38:05
User avatar David Ruggerio This book will make you cry, make you dance, and tug on your heart strings, while giving you good vibrations!
09-May-2020
17:38:21
User avatar David Ruggerio Meanwhile, back at the ranch
09-May-2020
17:38:59
User avatar David Ruggerio My last book, A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters is a book that you will want to read to the kiddies every Halloween
09-May-2020
17:39:22
User avatar David Ruggerio You know, when I get started, I cant shut up
09-May-2020
17:39:23
User avatar Booklover Hi David! I read a wistful take, romance novels aren't really my thing though, do you think I'll like your new book?
09-May-2020
17:39:38
User avatar David Ruggerio Are you kidding, you'll love it
09-May-2020
17:39:56
User avatar David Ruggerio 'It is a romance for not only women, but men will love it also
09-May-2020
17:40:12
User avatar David Ruggerio When I was younger, I was a pro-fighter
09-May-2020
17:40:36
User avatar David Ruggerio I take you on the ring in this book, and make you feel as though your there along with me
09-May-2020
17:41:02
User avatar David Ruggerio Meanwhile, disco was invented in Brooklyn, and in 1977, it was at its height!
09-May-2020
17:41:19
User avatar David Ruggerio Within the novel, there are dangers lurking behind every street corner
09-May-2020
17:41:45
User avatar David Ruggerio The setting is the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn
09-May-2020
17:41:51
User avatar Booklover Interesting
09-May-2020
17:42:03
User avatar David Ruggerio You cant write about that period, without mentioning the mob
09-May-2020
17:42:43
User avatar David Ruggerio The main character of my book must dodge wiseguys, while he avoids other dangers such as the Son of Sam
09-May-2020
17:43:33
User avatar David Ruggerio Brooklyn was like the wild west back then, and no one will show you what it was like, like I will. Say Goodbye and Goodnight will bring you back to that era
09-May-2020
17:43:57
User avatar David Ruggerio And remember, I have 47 kids to feed
09-May-2020
17:44:11
User avatar Booklover That actually sounds really intriguing.
09-May-2020
17:44:18
User avatar David Ruggerio Please buy both my books, I'll come to your house and autograph them for you!
09-May-2020
17:44:28
User avatar David Ruggerio Along with the 47 kids
09-May-2020
17:45:14
User avatar David Ruggerio Say Goodbye and Goodnight is available now for presale (June11th delivery date) and A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters is also on Amazon as we speak
09-May-2020
17:45:38
User avatar David Ruggerio Had fun, au revoir to all my friends. This was great fun!
09-May-2020
17:45:44
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Switching so many different hats is not easy. Yet, you make it sound so simple! Thank you @David Ruggerio  for a wonderful conversation.
09-May-2020
17:46:02
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And now it’s time to say hello to Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., Author of Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace. She has 25 years of experience in the media industry at companies such as Condé Nast, Lionsgate, CBS, Viacom, Discovery and Hasbro.
09-May-2020
17:46:07
User avatar David Ruggerio Ruggerio signing out from NY. Mars next stop!
09-May-2020
17:46:08
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Hi. It's a pleasure to be here!
09-May-2020
17:46:16
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome @Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. !
09-May-2020
17:46:29
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Thank you. I am also in NYC, where it snowed today.
09-May-2020
17:47:46
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. It was a momentous day because I attended a Zoom wedding. I am an expert on generations and I love observing the differences. I have to say that I am impressed with and not at all surprised with the adaption rate to tech during the stay at home time.
09-May-2020
17:48:47
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. human beings can handle absolutely anything in the moment. As long as we keep our head in the same room as our feet, life is manageable. It is the thinking about it that makes it scary and/or upsetting.
09-May-2020
17:49:31
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. My book, "Culture Shock," which comes out on May 19th and is available for pre-order on Amazon now, is part business book and part self-help book that includes a lot of messages, like the one I typed above.
09-May-2020
17:50:08
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. My writing style is casual and I use relatable stories and current events to illustrate what I'm saying.
09-May-2020
17:50:40
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. I have spent 30 years working as a communication (PR) executive, so I know that talking clearly and concisely is the best way to be heard.
09-May-2020
17:51:23
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) What do you think is the best way to avoid miscommunication between ages?
09-May-2020
17:51:42
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Understanding!
09-May-2020
17:51:49
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Understanding other people is the secret to everything.
09-May-2020
17:52:24
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. I talk a lot about that in "Culture Shock," as well as in another brief book I wrote during the COVID-19 crisis called "Communicating During a Crisis: Influencing Others When the Stakes Are High."
09-May-2020
17:53:15
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. When we are genuinely curious in what makes someone tick (instead of assuming we know why they said what they said or did what they did) then we open up the opportunity for understanding and discussion
09-May-2020
17:53:28
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. We are in a culture of toxic blaming and shaming and it makes people defensive.
09-May-2020
17:54:18
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. When someone says to me, "WHY did you do that?!" I get defensive. If you genuinely ask why I took a certain action or what was my movtivation behind it, and I feel like I can be heard and accepted, I am more willing to open up.
09-May-2020
17:54:47
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. I am using the word "I" here, but I mean that as a commonality that we share as human being. When we feel that we won't be judged and that we will be understood and accepted, we are more open.
09-May-2020
17:55:21
User avatar Alice What are some of your observations on communication handled by different kinds of teams in this crisis?
09-May-2020
17:55:23
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Yes, I can totally relate to that. Thank you!
09-May-2020
17:56:18
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Hi Alice. In my book, Communicating During a Crisis, I open with a story about US Surgeon General Dr. Adams going on Good Morning America and pleading with young Americans to stay off the beaches and out of the bars and to practice social distancing.
09-May-2020
17:56:31
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. It seemed like they weren't doing it, because they were ignoring the message, but I have a different view of it.
09-May-2020
17:56:45
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. I think they weren't doing it, because they weren't getting the right message, from the right people in the right way.
09-May-2020
17:57:04
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. So, method, message and medium (the platform on which you communicate) are vital. Having said that...
09-May-2020
17:57:24
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. There are also key tenets of communications that I discuss in the book that some leaders have been very good at doing and others have not.
09-May-2020
17:57:56
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. In a crisis, your message needs to be timely, truthful and transparent about what is happening
09-May-2020
17:58:10
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. It also needs to convey a tone of compassion, calm and confidence.
09-May-2020
17:58:20
User avatar Alice Thank you, that makes complete sense.
09-May-2020
17:58:36
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. The officials who are doing that are getting praised for it and the ones who aren't are sewing confusion and division.
09-May-2020
17:58:53
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Thanks for your question, Alice.
09-May-2020
17:59:33
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. I have a Doctor of Psychology, so I look at everything through a psychological lens, so I write my books that way.
09-May-2020
18:00:04
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. If you read them, I think you'll find that they are very relatable, flow easily and include interesting information told in a way that is entertaining. It's how I roll.
09-May-2020
18:00:22
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) So grateful to have you chat with us today, @Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D.   Read more about her book on https://www.labookfest.com/culture-shock/
09-May-2020
18:00:31
User avatar Joanna Dodd Massey Ph.D. Thank you. it was nice to be here!~
09-May-2020
18:00:57
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) We have another very special guest with us. Let’s say hello to Raye Mitchell, JD, MBA, Boss Girl and Chief Content Officer, The Genius Agency, Inc.
09-May-2020
18:01:54
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Let's give her a minute, please.
09-May-2020
18:02:54
User avatar rayemitchell Hi This is Raye
09-May-2020
18:03:04
User avatar rayemitchell Little log in challenge
09-May-2020
18:03:26
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Welcome, @rayemitchell !
09-May-2020
18:03:43
User avatar omgbooks Hi 🙂
09-May-2020
18:05:18
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) @rayemitchell your are known as the Boss Girl. Could you explain this concept to us?
09-May-2020
18:05:56
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And how did you get to it? How is your approach different?
09-May-2020
18:06:14
User avatar rayemitchell Hi.
09-May-2020
18:07:02
User avatar rayemitchell Sure.  Boss Girl is just my nick name.  It means I love being good at what I do-helping others
09-May-2020
18:07:57
User avatar rayemitchell My approach is based on a little left brain-right brain mix.  Lots of practical trainig, deep understanidng of strategy, but a love of creative engagement.
09-May-2020
18:08:34
User avatar rayemitchell I get to work some great creative genuses and help them be boss!
09-May-2020
18:09:29
User avatar omgbooks so what are some tips on becoming a boss girl?!
09-May-2020
18:09:55
User avatar rayemitchell Tip # 1: Name it and claim it
09-May-2020
18:10:22
User avatar rayemitchell Tip # 2: Have fun. Be Humble about, but be Boss about it.
09-May-2020
18:11:01
User avatar rayemitchell Tip # 3: Being boss is not just for us girls-I work all sorts of boss geniuses
09-May-2020
18:11:30
User avatar rayemitchell Tip # 4: Channel you inner nerd!
09-May-2020
18:12:10
User avatar omgbooks ha
09-May-2020
18:12:36
User avatar omgbooks who do you look up to as being the ultimate boss?
09-May-2020
18:13:40
User avatar rayemitchell My company and team at The Genius Agency helps you produce, protect, and tell your story to the masses.  That is a hard one.  One of my favorite Boss cretives is. . . .
09-May-2020
18:13:44
User avatar Cristina Deptula Joanna, as a literary publicist and science journalist, thank you for your wise words. I completely agree about the Covid communication - focus on what you can control, your own messaging, rather than blaming the audience.
09-May-2020
18:13:44
User avatar rayemitchell Stalling
09-May-2020
18:14:43
User avatar Cristina Deptula Raye, sorry to interrupt, and thank you for your wisdom as well.
09-May-2020
18:15:02
User avatar rayemitchell It's all good. Like you comments
09-May-2020
18:15:19
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Thank you @rayemitchell We truly enjoyed having you on our chat. And viewers, you’ve been great. If you like to learn more about Raye’s book, go to https://www.labookfest.com/how-women-negotiate-from-a-position-of-strength/
09-May-2020
18:15:29
User avatar rayemitchell Like Your comments-I meant to type
09-May-2020
18:15:42
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) It’s time to meet our last guest here, in the chat room. Welcome Jonathan Maberry! Jonathan is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. And he know A LOT about vampires and zombies.
09-May-2020
18:15:49
User avatar rayemitchell Cheers. Thx
09-May-2020
18:19:32
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) While we're waiting for Jonathan, a short reminder about our Reading Room. Make sure you stop by :).
09-May-2020
18:22:42
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Do check out the link to his book https://www.labookfest.com/v-wars-the-graphic-novel-collection/
09-May-2020
18:29:03
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) We hope everyone has enjoyed chatting with all the guests on our Live Author Chat today!
09-May-2020
18:29:22
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) Thank you for being here!
09-May-2020
18:30:27
User avatar Sam Spade (Admin) Don't miss the Closing Power Talk with Raye Mitchell, Esq. starting now..
09-May-2020
18:31:14
User avatar Hercule Poirot (Admin) And enjoy the rest of the festival. LA Book Fest continues until later in the evening. And don't forget that Danny Trejo will read us a bedtime story  ;).
10-May-2020
17:07:33
User avatar ora nadrich Hi There! Ora Nadrich here. Please ask me any questions you might have about how Mindfulness can help bring more awareness into your life, especially now with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Check out the Ask an Author Chat schedule to find out when authors were chatting above.

Join us in conversation at the next LA Bookfest Live Ask an Author Chat and ask anything. Well, except THAT! Space is limited so be sure to join early.

Have fun, keep it clean, and get ready to expand your world with these interactive chats.

11:00pRussell
Nohelty
Ask me about mythology.  
21:15pJenna
Busch
Ask me about Stan Lee.
31:30pMaria
Alexander
Ask me about Krampus. 
41:45pEdgar
Scott
Ask me for my thoughts on AI and creative
writing.  
52:00pScott
Brody
Ask me about cults.
62:15pDebra
Eckerling
Ask me about goal-setting. 
72:30pSara
Winokur
Ask me about DNA or whether elves exist in Iceland.
82:45pBill
McCormick
Ask me about hubris and genetics.
93:00pSheryl
Benko
Ask me about writing a book that has the potential to get turned into a film.
 3:15pBREAK
— 15 minute intermission
 
103:30pSue
William Silverman
Ask me about meeting both Pat Boone and Adam Lambert. 
113:45pBilal
Alaji
Ask me about personal development strategies. 
124:00pGerald
Everett Jones
Ask me about using characters and events in my life story as material for my
novels.
134:15pDiana
Lee Brown
Ask me about ambiguous loss. 
144:30pBrandyn
Cross
Ask about writing while also being autistic and
disabled. 
154:45pRyan
Southwick
Ask me about working with a small publisher. 
165:00pOra
Nadrich
Ask me how mindfulness can bring more awareness into
your life. 
175:15pSteven
Joseph
Ask me about embracing your crankiness in these cranky times.
185:30pDavid
Ruggerio
Ask me about transitioning from being a chef to being a writer.
195:45pJoanna
Dodd Massey, Ph.D.
Ask me about generational problems in the workplace.
206:00pRaye
Mitchell, Esq.
Ask me about being a Boss Girl and how my approach is different than others.
216:15pJonathan
Maberry
Ask me about vampires and zombies.
   

Schedule (Pacific Time)

10:00a Welcome Message from LA BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
10:15a Opening Keynote by Best-Selling Billions at Play author NJ Ayuk
11:00a A Conversation with Mitch Albom
Noon The Future of Fiction: What Are People Writing Today for Tomorrow’s Readers?
1:00p Intermission
1:30p Integrity in Journalism in the Age of Covid-19, Fake News and Partisan Politics
2:30p The Allure of the Memoir: Telling the Human Story
3:30p The World Is Getting Closer: How Digital Media Is Changing Society
4:30p A Conversation with Sarah Kendzior
5:30p Power Pitching Your Manuscript or Screenplay: How to Make Them Love Your Story
6:30p Be Genius – Bossology 101: 5 Power Moves to a Big Idea with Raye Mitchell Esq.
7:30p After Party Celebration
8:45p Danny Trejo Reads Goodnight Moon
1:00p Russell Nohelty
1:15p Jenna Busch
1:30p Maria Alexander
1:45p Edgar Scott
2:00p Scott Brody
2:15p Debra Eckerling
2:30p Sara Winokur
2:45p Bill McCormick
3:00p Sheryl Benko
3:15p BREAK — 15 minute intermission
3:30p Sue William Silverman
3:45p Bilal Alaji
4:00p Gerald Everett Jones
4:15p Diana Lee Brown
4:30p Brandyn Cross
4:45p Ryan Southwick
5:00p Ora Nadrich
5:15p Steven Joseph
5:30p David Ruggerio
5:45p Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.
6:00p Raye Mitchell, Esq.
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