C.L. RAGSDALE CELEBRITY AUTHOR INTERVIEW

“QUEEN OF THE WEEK”

CELEBRITY AUTHOR

C.L.RAGSDALE

Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Raspberry Royale tea and we’ll get started. Please help yourself to a Smoked Chicken Mushroom Tart and a finger sandwich. The tart is a recipe from Tea Party Girl, a cute site I’ve subscribed to recently. We’re having your wonderful Cherry Topped Cheesecake Pie for dessert. I’ve included the recipe at the end.

Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a California girl. I’m not married and I have no children, although nephews and nieces, and great-nephews and nieces (yes I am that old) make up for it. I have a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced my writing style of telling a story through the dialogue between my characters. My work experience is in the clerical field in a lot of different industries, which is convenient for plot lines. Long story short, I’m boring.

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

I’m an Indie author.

What are your hobbies?

Embroidery, knitting, and walking.

Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

My most recent book is called “The Wrong Ghost.” The inspiration actually came from an assignment I had in a Spanish class. One assignment was to ask different people about the story of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) a variation of “The White Lady” legend. What fascinated me was the number of variations I heard on the theme, no two stories were alike. Which fits into the plot line of “The Wrong Ghost.”

How did you become a writer? When did you start?

According to my mother I’ve been making up my own stories since before I could read. She said I would take sister’s comic books and sit under the kitchen table and make up the story to go with the picture. I thought Spiderman was the bad guy because he scared me. However I actually started writing in junior high when I got hooked on reading. However it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I actually sat down to the work of writing and try to put together an actual novel. Then it was a matter of trial and error.

How long did it take you to finish your first book?

My first book in the series “The Mystery of Hurtleberry House,” took about six months to complete.

Where do you like to write?

On my laptop computer in front of the TV. Not that I’m actually watching the show, but I do like the background noise for some reason.

Favorite author(s)?

Do I have to pick? I love so many. However, C.S. Lewis, John Bunyan, Arthur Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman…Oh man there are just too many!

How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?

So far I have written four in The Reboot Files Series, and yes I plan on more. How many? Well that’s up to God who has to give me the ending.

Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?

The Reboot Files #1 – The Mystery of Hurtleberry House

http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Hurtleberry-House-Reboot-ebook/dp/B004M8S850/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1340072508&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mystery+of+hurtleberry+house

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mystery-of-hurtleberry-house-cl-ragsdale/1030801507?ean=2940012385727

The Reboot Files #2 – The Island of Living Trees

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Living-Trees-Reboot-ebook/dp/B00517425G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/island-of-living-trees-cl-ragsdale/1102283674?ean=2940012506092

The Reboot Files #3 – The Harbinger of Retribution

http://www.amazon.com/Harbinger-Retribution-Reboot-Files-ebook/dp/B005KYIYJU/ref=pd_rhf_dp_shvl1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-harbinger-of-retribution-cl-ragsdale/1105361392?ean=2940013094093

Reboot Files #4 – The Wrong Ghost:

http://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Ghost-Reboot-Files-ebook/dp/B008C9S5S0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1340072275&sr=1-2&keywords=the+wrong+ghost

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wrong-ghost-cl-ragsdale/1111622289?ean=2940014706766

What about a link to your website?

My blog, called Short Mysteries and Tall Tales is located at http://www.shortmysteriesandtalltales.blogspot.com

Cindy, it’s been so much fun to have you come for tea. I’ve enjoyed reading the Reboot Files and wish you great success in all your upcoming endeavors. Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations to last week’s contest winner Linneann! She will be receiving a copy of  “Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler” by Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Cindy Ragsdale’s Reboot Files #1

“The Mystery of Hurtleberry House”:

1. Leave a comment with your e-mail address (so we can send a copy to you if you win).

2. Follow “Queen of Afternoon Tea.” (You must comment and Follow by Email to qualify for the drawing.)

Now here are the recipes!

CHERRY TOPPED CREAM CHEESE PIE

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (softened)

½ cup sugar

1 8 oz container thawed frozen whipped topping

1 9 inch unbaked graham cracker crust

1 21 oz can cherry pie filling

With electric beater combine cream cheese and sugar until integrated. Blend in cool whip.  Pour into graham cracker crust. Top with cherries. Chill before serving.

Smoked Chicken Mushroom Tarts

Ingredients:

1/2 pkg. puff pastry dough, thawed
1 tsp. water
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 C. diced smoked chicken, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 pkg. Cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
12 Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped, divided
2 T. olive oil
1 T. finely chopped parsley, divided
1 egg
1 T. finely minced scallion stems, divided

Preheat oven to 450*. Roll out pastry dough and flatten seams. Cut
pastry sheet into 9 sections and place sections on a greased baking
sheet. In a large pan over medium high heat, saute’ sliced onions,
minced garlic and chopped mushrooms in olive oil until softened.
Remove from heat and let cool. In a small bowl, beat egg with
water. Brush the borders of the pastry with egg mixture. Spread
mushroom mixture into the center of each pastry section. Fold up
1/2″ of each pastry side, pinching the corners together to hold the
filling. Bake for 10 minutes.

Top each tart with smoked chicken, shredded Montery Jack cheese
and chopped olives. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes,
until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle each tart
with chopped parsley and scallions. Serve warm. Makes 9 servings.

ADA BROWNELL CELEBRITY AUTHOR INTERVIEW

“QUEEN OF THE WEEK”

CELEBRITY AUTHOR

ADA BROWNELL                           

     Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Lady Grey tea and we’ll get started. Please help yourself to a chicken salad sandwich and a scone. We have macadamia feast cake for dessert.

Q Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A I am a transplant to Missouri from Colorado. I grew up in a large family of poor folks—seven of us redheads—which includes Mom. Dad and one girl and boy escaped that distinction. But all of us are a bunch of tenacious achievers who know how to work and do it, and it extended into the next generation.
I’ve written for Christian publications since age 15 and along the way began reporting for newspapers. I spent 17 years as a staff reporter squeezed between raising our five children. I worked 14 of those years for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado, and am now retired. I still write op-ed pieces for newspapers and for Christian publications.

Q Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

A My latest book, Swallowed by LIFE, is an Amazon Create-Space book. My first, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published by Radiant Books, a division of the Assemblies of God’s Gospel Publishing House.

Q What are your hobbies?

A Gardening, games, singing in groups, playing the piano and organ.

Q Tell us about your current book. What was your inspiration?

A I wrote Swallowed by LIFE because when our 31-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma, she had nothing to turn to except the Word and secular ideas. The Word is sufficient, but facts we know from medical science add incredible information that shows we’re more than a body. I had access to much of this as a medical reporter, but also did research. Although I had an agent/publisher when I completed the book, he went bankrupt. I didn’t go forward with the book for years, and changed it from a four-part book to what I have now. The first section was similar to what I have now, with the second section dealing with losses with illness and aging, difficult chronic illness, etc. The last section was about choices such as power of attorney; living wills, burial or cremation, and what different denominations and religions believe about each; and the last part on why we should leave a “testament” (literally a testimony) and legacy to friends and family. By pitching the four-part book at conferences, I learned publishers expected anyone who writes such a book to be a minister or someone with a huge following.

Q How long did it take you to finish your first book?

A I had no office when I wrote Confessions and because my husband worked shifts and did paperwork at home, I created it with him sitting across from me at the dining room table, often interrupting and talking to me. I imagine I completed it in about six weeks, but it’s only 26,000 words. I completed the first draft of The Belle of Peachville, except for the first six chapters, in five weeks during ACFW’s Novel Track—80,000 words.

Q Where do you like to write?

A I’ve had an office for years now and it’s a blessings. I started writing at the kitchen table between the time the kids went to bed and my husband got up to go to work for the railroad at midnight. But I once had a idea for a story while I was rocking a colicky baby. I sent the older children for paper and pen, wrote it out on the rocking chair arm, got up early the next morning and typed it up and sent it. It appeared in The Pentecostal Evangel in six weeks. The editor needed that article for that edition.
But let me add, a noisy newsroom also is a wonderful place to write. First, you are motivated by a deadline or an editor breathing down your neck; Second, people respect that you are working; Third, you know payday is coming!

Q Favorite author(s)?

A Nothing tops the Bible. Whatever Bible book I’m reading becomes my favorite because it is rich with truth, encouragement and motivation. I also like Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Peretti. Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan for writing advice. I was hooked on historical romances by Janette Oke, but then the Prairie Rose series by Catherine Palmer became my all-time favorite. I still like that one, which I’ve probably read close to a dozen times, but today’s Christian writers are producing so much great fiction it’s difficult to choose just one.

Q How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?

A I have only two published books, but I have chapters in five others. Then, I have a teen novel, Joe the Dreamer and the Mystery at Sir Henry’s Castle and Imagine the future YOU, that I plan to self publish. I’m hoping for a traditional publisher for the historical Christian romance. I have other non-fiction books for teens, which were used as curriculum, and plan sequels to both novels.

Q Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?

A Paperbacks and the Kindle version of Swallowed by LIFE are available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Jnc1rW

The paperback is also available at  Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/JnbKVL
I plan to have Confessions available on Kindle soon.

Q What about a link to your website?

A My blog is serving as my website now: http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com

Ada, it’s been lovely getting to know you and hearing about your work. I wish you the greatest success in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

Read a Summary of “Swallowed by LIFE” by Ada Brownell

Do you know you are more than a physical body? Evidence shows our body is constantly dying and being renewed cell by cell and about every seven years is totally rebuilt – even our bones. We start as an egg about the size of a dust mite, yet we were the same person in the womb we are today. We may lose limbs, gain and lose weight, have vital organs removed and mechanical or transplanted parts inserted and we’re still the same person. Inside us is life, and a soul and spirit which were designed by God to live forever.

“Swallowed by LIFE” is subtitled “Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.” The book speaks about this mystery; how you know what to believe; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration; brain death, and other mysteries of the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; a glimpse at what we will do in heaven; God’s mercy  after man’s rebellion when He promised a Redeemer way back in Genesis to deliver us from death; and leaving a legacy here.

Questions and answers are included for study groups.

        Paperback and Kindle versions are available.

        The paperback is $10 from me – usually $12.95 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

        The Kindle version is $3.95 on Amazon, but free for download May 18-20.

        The link: http://amzn.to/Jnc1rW

Biography:

ADA BROWNELL spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter, mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, CO.  She has sold approximately 275 articles and fiction stories to 45 Christian magazines and wrote one story on assignment for US Magazine. She is author of two books, Swallowed by LIFE, and Confessions of a Pentecostal. She and her husband, Lester, have five children—one in heaven.