MATT PATTERSON CELEBRITY AUTHOR INTERVIEW

“KING OF THE WEEK”

CELEBRITY AUTHOR

MATT PATTERSON

Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Prince of Wales tea and we’ll get started. Please help yourself to my version of your Captain Harvey’s Steak Sub Sandwiches. I made sliders for tea! We also have the Turtle Chocolate Cake you like for dessert.

M.P. Thank you so very much for having me. I don’t believe I’ve ever been a “King of the Week” before, so I consider this an honor!

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

Home, sweet home is currently Gilbert, Arizona – a growing suburb of the Phoenix area. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland – youngest of two children.  I have been married to my wife, Bonnie, for 27-plus years. We’ve had three daughters – Emily, Lauren and Kimberly.

I’m an absolutely huge sports fan – especially, baseball and college football. I’m also a little bit of a movie geek.

I’m a fan of food as well. I love Maryland steamed crabs or crab soup! It they’re not readily accessible, a really good, back-home cheesesteak or cheeseburger sub with loads of hot peppers and grilled onions. Probably not the perfect compliment to tea, but they sure are yummy!

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

I’m very proud to say I am a self-published indie author! Given the current publishing and economic climate – any and all marketing efforts an indie author is performing on their own behalf is also going to be required by a traditional publisher. I’m a very hands-on person and would prefer to make the call on certain aspects of my book(s). At the end of the day if I have anyone to complain about – it’ll boil down to the fella I see in the mirror.

What are your hobbies?

I’m reasonably boring fella. I read, listen to audio books, try my hardest to work out, watch college football and write. Boy, after writing that I have to say – I’m not a reasonably boring fella. I’m a VERY BORING fella!

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

I’d be happy to. My Emily was released in late November/early December of last year.

My inspiration? My daughter – Emily.  The actual idea for the book came from a newspaper column I wrote almost 20 years prior.

Emily was born with Down syndrome and just two years later was diagnosed with leukemia.  I try to take the reader by the hand and walk them through our journey with our little one – from birth, diagnosis, treatment, her eventual passing and our efforts to move on without her.

I’ve been so very touched by the wonderful response to our story.  Numerous readers have shared notes containing such heartfelt words of encouragement as to how Emily’s story has affected them. It’s been truly humbling, considering many of these notes come from families with special needs children or those who are actually fighting the fight with cancer/leukemia. It’s been quite an emotional and gratifying time.

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

I have a background in journalism and marketing communications that totals some 20-plus years. I’ve written everything from straight news stories and columns to news releases and annual reports. Thing is, I really don’t believe I became a “writer” until I sat down and tried to write my first book. So, I have to say I have two answers – 1986 and 2010, but let’s go with the latter.

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

It would kill me to say 20 years, but I have to agree the timing was right for when it finally came to pass.  In actuality, it took me three to four months to write, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit and finally have friends say, “Let it go for crying out loud.”

Where do you like to write?

As funny as it may seem – I prefer to write at our public library here in Gilbert. It’s quiet. I have a large table to work from and I have any and all the comforts of home.

Favorite author?

This is an easy one – Mitch Albom.

He has such a simple and clean delivery to his work. He creates the perfect blend of humor, sensitivity and spirituality (without being preachy) that truly makes you laugh, cry and be inspired. I have to say I try to pattern my writing after his. When I grow up – I want to be Mitch Albom.

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

I have written one book – My Emily. Yes, I have two books on the horizon – one, which will be co-authored with my wife Bonnie and the second will be a book about how men deal with grief.

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

The easiest link, offering the most options, is most likely on the My Emily website:  http://www.my-emily.com/Buy_My_Emily.html

What about a link to your website?

I invite folks to stop by and visit www.my-emily.com and learn a little bit more about our little girl and our story.

Links:

Websites:  http://mattpatterson.me   http://www.my-emily.com

Twitter: @myemily_thebook

Facebook: Matt Patterson, Author  &  My Emily 

Matt, thank you so much for sharing your journey with us – I’ve admired your courage and wonderful spirit from afar. So good to finally connect! 

This week’s winner of Matt Patterson’s book “My Emily” was won by Paulette Harper Johnson. CONGRATULATIONS PAULETTE!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST WEEK’S WINNER OF C.L.RAGSDALE’S

“THE MYSTERY OF HURTLEBERRY HOUSE”

DEBORAH MALONE!!

NATY MATOS CELEBRITY AUTHOR INTERVIEW

“QUEEN OF THE WEEK”

CELEBRITY AUTHOR

NATY MATOS

Welcome! Let me pour you a cup of Lemon Lift tea and we’ll get started. I made your favorite eggplant finger sandwiches. I’ve included your recipe at the end of the interview. Hope they turned out like yours! And we have custard pie for dessert.

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

I was born in New York, but grew up in Puerto Rico. I moved to Atlanta 10 years ago. Although I miss the beach, I have made Atlanta my home.

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

I’m an indie author.

What are your hobbies?

Do writers have time for hobbies? LOL! Seriously, I like to read, I love to cook, and visit museums. I like all forms of art.

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

My last published book is The Road Home. When I was writing this book I was going through a transition of faith, from a believer to a committed relationship with Christ. The book is not my personal journey, but Desiree’s (my main character) journey to finding true love.

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

I started writing when I was 14 years old. I just had so many stories that would come into my head that I needed a way to get them out. I have always loved writing; it was the one thing that made me happy. After my college I stopped for a while because life took over, but God showed me my way back and I’m not leaving it this time.

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

Although I published a devotional in 2010 (Growth Lessons), my first book is The Road Home and it took me two years to get it ready for publication.

Where do you like to write?

I need a view to write. I have a chaise in my bedroom near a window. Recently I rearranged my office and now I have two windows, one in front of me and one next to me, so that has become my new favorite place, but as long as I have a window to look out of I can write anywhere.

Favorite authors?

I have a few, but I can think of Elizabeth Elliot, Precarious Yates, Nicholas Sparks.

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

I have published two, but I have written a total of 12 some of which are in the process of being edited. Yes, I plan to write as long as God gives me the energy to do so.

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

Here are all my books on

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Naty-Matos/e/B00657JDLE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Barnes & Nobles

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/naty-matos?keyword=naty+matos&store=allproducts

These are the links to the book

What about a link to your website?

http://therisingmuse.com

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Naty. It was a real pleasure to have you over for tea and we wish you great success with your books.

Naty Mattos’ EGGPLANT SANDWICH

2 slices of bread

1 Eggplant

1 egg or ½ cup of egg substitute

1 slice of Swiss cheese

Alfalfa Sprouts

Lettuce

Tomato

Salt & Pepper to taste.

Non-stick spray

 

Directions:

Peel and slice the eggplant. On a bowl beat the egg or place the egg substitute. I put salt and pepper to the egg mixture. (Sometimes I would also add garlic powder). Spray a skillet with the non-stick spray. Submerge the eggplant slices and cook on med-high until they are golden. Once the eggplant is cooked, build your sandwich with the bread, cheese, lettuce, tomato, eggplant slices and alfalfa sprouts. (1 eggplant is enough for 3-4 sandwiches depending on the size) Enjoy!

 

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Nancy Jill’s Cozy Custard Pie

1 9″ unbaked pie shell

1  13 oz can evaporated milk                                       

7 oz milk

3 eggs

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 t salt

1 t vanilla

ground nutmeg 

Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine evaporated milk and milk in a microwave safe container (such as large glass or plastic measuring cup) and microwave for 3 minutes until milk is scalded. (A film will form when it is.)


In a mixing bowl (or stand mixer if you have one) beat the eggs until lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, mixing well. Add salt and mix in. While mixing, slowly add the scalded milk until blended. Add vanilla and mix in. 


Slowly pour mixture into unbaked pie shell and dust with nutmeg to taste. (See picture.)


Bake at 400 degrees until firm or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. About 40 minutes.

 

MARY ANN BERNAL CELEBRITY AUTHOR INTERVIEW

“QUEEN OF THE WEEK”

CELEBRITY AUTHOR

MARY ANN BERNAL             

                                                          

Welcome! Let me pour you a nice cup of white peach tea and we’ll get started.                

Please help yourself to a finger sandwich – I’ve included smoked salmon and dill, too. I heard it was one of your favorites. And we have fruit tarts for dessert today.                                                                             

Where do you live?

I currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska, having moved from New York several years ago to be closer to my son and his family.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a very energetic senior citizen, having started my dream career as a published author upon my retirement from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010.  With years of experience in time management, it is not difficult to juggle writing, volunteering in various programs supporting the U.S. military and spending time with my children and grandchildren, especially cheering in the stands at sporting events and dance competitions.

 

Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?

 

My first novel was traditionally published, but my subsequent novels went the Indie route.  I prefer being an Indie author with its perks, specifically retaining all rights in addition to having complete control over content and the look of the book (cover design).  In today’s economy, the traditional publisher expects the author to provide a marketing plan to sell his/her book, and there are little, if any advertising funds available for unknown authors.  If the author is aggressively promoting/marketing his/her work, then he/she should receive higher royalties, which is only possible through self-publishing.

 

What are your hobbies?

 

Since retiring from the work force, I have been able to travel to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy, and am planning a trip to Greece later this year.  Reading and period movies are also favorite pastimes, but I also love science fiction, James Bond and solving murder mysteries.

 

Tell us about your current book.

 

“The Briton and the Dane: Legacy,” the final installment of the “The Briton and the Dane” trilogy, is an action-packed adventure, sprinkled with a dash of romance, where deception, treachery and betrayal impacts not only the reign of Alfred the Great, but also the lives of Lord Richard and his family in the ongoing struggle to keep the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex free from Viking rule.

 

What was your inspiration?

 

My inspiration comes from the Hollywood blockbusters of the sixties, when Vikings roamed the seas and King Arthur defended the realm, and from Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe,” which was required reading in my sophomore year of high school.

 

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

 

After reading numerous historical fiction novels over the years, I wanted to create my own characters in historical settings of my favorite century – the Dark Ages.  Erik, the Viking, found his way into my psyche, demanding a story, but it would take years before I could find the time to write his epic adventure.  In the meantime, I attended creative writing classes and workshops, and also completed online novel writing courses.

 

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

 

My first book took about ten months to complete, and subsequent novels have taken the same amount of time to write, edit, and publish.

 

Where do you like to write?

 

In my home office, which is a great commute, especially during inclement weather.

 

Favorite author(s)?

 

Stephen King, James Patterson, Josephine Tey, Frans G. Bengtsson, Jacob Abbott, Thomas Carlyle, Steven Saylor, Derek Wilson,

 

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

 

The third book of the “The Briton and the Dane” trilogy was launched earlier this year.  I am currently writing “The Briton and the Dane: Concordia,” which will be available in 2013.  My next project will be “The Briton and the Dane: Timeline,” which will be available in 2014.

 

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

 

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mary+ann+bernal

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mary+ann+bernal

The Literary Underground

http://www.litunderground.com/MaryAnnBernal.html

What about a link to your website?

http://www.maryannbernal.com

Book Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH1qSGHOSMA

Mary Ann, it was such a pleasure to meet you today. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I wish you wonderful success with your writing!