Free Book Friday / Inktober Day 29 (Patch): My latest Interview- In Conversation With Author Elizabeth O’Carroll

October 29: Patch (Don’t use Reggie’s All Purpose Econo-patch)

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About the interviews:

When I published my first book, I looked for ways to reach new readers, and being a brand new author, participating in various book bloggers interviews was a good way to start. Some interviews were standard questions, while others had more individuality built into them.

I then did a twist on the author interview by interviewing myself (Leon Interviews Himself). I then thought it would be fun to get to know some of the authors I was cross-promoting with, and the Friday Conversations were born. Guess what? They are a lot of work. I look up the authors information, visit the website so I can craft a unique set of questions (OK, there are a few standard ones) to let my readership get to know these new authors. Worth the work? You bet. Here is today’s conversation:

In Conversation With Author Elizabeth O’Carroll

Elizabeth O’Carroll is a world traveler, ESL Teacher, Rehabilitation Counselor and Minister of Metaphysics.
She is a native Californian and author of two book series of middle grade to young adult Realistic Fiction.

Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with author Elizabeth O’Carroll. Happy that you made it to this Word document. Such a warm and inviting atmosphere, isn’t it?  Can I offer you a hot or cold beverage?

Ooohh…I would love a cup of cyber “Almond Latte!”

You’ll have to give me a minute…

[Various sounds of a complicated coffee order.] Time elapsed: 3.56 minutes.

Here you go.

WOW! Who knew that cyber coffee could seem so…real!

You published your first book in 2019. Tell me about it.

Yes, “Tae Sung’s Peculiar Life” is now a series, and the first book’s title is “Tae Sung and the Flattened Snake.” I was inspired by my elementary students where I teach English, here in South Korea. They told me all about aninjured snake that the students found merciless enjoyment poking with sticks. They told me it had been run overby a car and was flattened in the middle. Hence the title of the first book evolved! As a teacher, mother, counselor, and mother, I never miss a golden opportunity to have a talk about ‘morals and ethical behaviors!”

The book teaches empathy and Tae Sung learns of his innate ability to connect energetically to other livingthings. There is a villain “Creeper” who bullies Tae’s best friend “Squeak.” Several of the events came from thestories my students shared with me. They are a never-ending source of creativity in writing!

Kids have quite the imagination, don’t they? For many people, creativity, and sense of wonderment wane as they get older.

Hmm…..I wonder. I feel it is on an individual basis. If a person has become complacent in their life, as in the ‘same old routine.’ Then there is no stimulation to the right brain where all those wonderous elements reside. Therefore, ‘change your thoughts, change your mind.” Choose to seek out the ‘little kid’ that still lives in our hearts and minds.

What prompted you to write your “Myloh” books?

The first book in the  series of “Myloh’s Ocean Adventures” is, “When Myloh met Sorry. ”It  was a daydream the Co-Author, Missy Richardson had while sitting on a beach. She saw a plastic bag floating on the ocean waves and the jelly fish washed up on the shore. That was all I needed to start an adventure! The book addresses environmental awareness of the hazards of helium balloon release. It’s a fun journey with Myloh and his ocean friends. “Sorry” is a balloon whose path crosses with Myloh, the handsome jellyfish.

The second book, “When Myloh met Professor Seamore” is another adventure to the depths of the ocean to seek out a wise old seaworm for answers about micro-plastics. Another ocean pollution awareness theme.

The third book is in the ‘Beta stage!” “ When Myloh met Dolly” and Myloh helps Dolly (dolphin) find her family. It is focused on seismic ocean blasting that affects the sonar ability of mammals to communicate with each other and the coral reefs dying. I am hoping to release this book in February 2022!

The ocean pollution problem isn’t new, but more people are raising awareness these days. Any new projects on the go?

Of course! I just need more time! “When Myloh met Dolly” and “180 Degrees” are in the works as additions in their respective series. I also have some movie -series pitch scripts that I trust will land in the right hands soon! 😊

Fingers crossed, right? In your bio, you said you like to travel. Bummer of a hobby to have these last two years, right? What did you do instead?

Geez….the past couple years have been a blessing and a barrier at the same time! Learning to be in this new ‘norm’ has allowed me to get back on track with my writing and allowing some dust to collect on my shoes. Fortunately, I was able to travel Europe for six months volunteering and writing Tae Sung before the barriers arrived. I feel now it is more about working with what we have, finding the gratitude in all things and doing our ‘inner’ work. Happiness is an ‘inside job!”

Any places in the world that you would define as magical?

I feel there is magic everywhere! It is inside of us and we reflect back what is ‘inside.’ I find magic out on my roof apartment here in Korea. The butterflies, birds, bees, new flowers blooming. That is magic to me! Although, I must say, Verona Italy was magical with all the purple wisteria everywhere, Romeo and Juliet balconies!

That sounds like a beautiful place to visit. Let’s dive into who Elizabeth is. What would you like the readers out there to know about you?

I have never been good talking about ME. All the educational degrees, life experiences and other labels that get tagged on through our life adventures….are just a reference. A little bit of ‘me’ is in Myloh and Tae Sung. Tae Sung’s abilities are similar to my own innate abilities (we all have them!) and his life experiences he endures in the second book resonate with my own past.

Well, I feel that everyone should know that there is a story inside of them waiting to be written. Reading is transformative and it expands our creativity and perspectives. Writing is very cathartic as well.

Isn’t it, though? My poetry started out as therapeutic before I decided to publish.

Poetry is so amazing in that it engages-heart, mind, body and soul. With all your innate abilities connected, it is therapeutic as well as creatively profound! As a counselor, suggesting a personal journal is our ‘go to’ tool that helps clients get in touch with themselves. Eliminate the disconnect!

Do you have any phobias?

Fortunately, I do not have any phobias! In my research (counseling) I have learned that phobias are rooted in fear and fear is a learned behavior. Fear is based on ignorance-the ‘unknown’. Therefore, to overcome phobias, we must educate ourselves and lean into the phobia and connect with why it is there and rise above it. Innately, as humans we create these behaviors as default survival mechanisms, and it prevents us from fully living. Only the individual as the ‘key’ to unlock themselves from their own mental prisons.

I’m always afraid that my ATM card will get stuck in the machine…

I enjoy music. Do you have any preferences?

Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Andre Bocelli, (it is my true nature—love—peace) I enjoy a large genre of music! My son recently introduced me to some controversial rappers that have brilliant content-opinions in their lyrics. “Hopsin”, Donald Glover, Tom MacDonald. I am not political, however, there are some profound concepts these musician’s address.

I saw Ed Sheeran open for Taylor Swift (yes, I went to a Taylor Swift concert, but I took my niece, so that’s my excuse). As a guitar player, I was blown away with what he could do as a solo act.

Ahh, yes! Musicians have mutual appreciation for each other, it’s a vibe.

Are you ready for the lightning round?

Yup!!

Great! Here we go.

Pumpkin Spice. Yea or Nay?
YEA!!
Favorite city?
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Summer or Winter?
Winter-hot chocolate
Rock & Roll or Smooth Jazz?
80’s soft rock!!
Turtles or Armadillos?
Turtles!
What number am I thinking of?
11
Close enough.

The producer (me) is telling me that we are out of time. Anything you want to plug?

Of course! You can find my books on Amazon and more information on the individual websites!

Both of my series have new books coming in 2022! I want to wish the world to find peace, love, and happiness in their own little bubbles in this big universe!! Also, know that we all make a difference one small step of kindness at a time!

https://mylohsadventures.com/

https://taesungspeculiarlife.com/


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Reads From StoryOrigin and BookFunnel: 

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Thursday Thoughts / Inktober Day 28: No Thoughts at All…

October 28: Crispy

“Doug Jines likes his bacon crisp.”

If you know where that comes from, congratulations, you are in an elite group. Well, maybe not elite, but less that most people will recognize the reference.

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Thursday Thoughts:

 Ever have no thoughts at all?

Some times it’s easy and we don’t even have to try. In the scary version, it sometimes happens when we are driving, and we realize that we haven’t been paying attention to anything and some time has as passed. Often, it happens when we might be sitting and relaxing and we just zone out for a brief amount of time. When I’m running or cycling, I can sometimes enter that state where I’m just…”Am”.

It’s difficult to try too not think when we put that constraint in place. Don’t think of pink elephants. Now that’s what you are thinking about, right?

Many people’s minds will race as they try to get to sleep. That’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it? With no other distractions, our mind can take over and process everything it couldn’t because we were so focused on watching “The Masked Singer”* or “The Bachelor”**.

Meditation can be a stress reliever, but it can also be stressful. I don’t try it very often anymore. I have in the past with varying degrees of success. When you are able to be in the moment, it’s a relaxing feeling. It takes dedication. For some, it’s worth a try.

-Leon

*I don’t watch.

**I really don’t watch.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday / Inktober Day 27 (Spark): Recipe for Success (or Disaster)

October 27: Spark(s)

Weird Wednesday: Recipe for Success (or Disaster)

Flour + water = glue

Flour + water + salt = glue the kids won’t eat

Flour + water + salt + yeast = bread

Hey, where did the glue go?

The Untitled

The Miniscules

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Lines by Leon Newsletter: October 27

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Tuesday Tirade / Inktober Day 26 (Connect): Ripe ideas

“I don’t like twisty things.”
Inktober Day 26: Connect

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Tuesday Tirade: Ripe Ideas

Planning for National Novel Writing Month: Brainstorming ideas


As I cut into the avocado, I knew immediately that it was a mistake. The razor edge of my paring knife pierced the outer layer entering the still hard, unripe (and therefore inedible) inner flesh. Too hard for guacamole, the halves were wrapped in plastic in hopes of salvation without oxidation.


The bananas, bought green—why were there not any bunches with a yellow hue?—sat amongst the apples and oranges in the bowl. Each morning, the anticipation of having the perfect banana, yellow with some black mottling, for breakfast was enough to send me into a nervous state. Finally, on that cloudy day in May, it happened.

Unfortunately, the next day, the remaining bananas were all black, as if during the night a coup was declared, so I was forced to quell the new order by placing them into the freezer to be forgotten until a loaf of banana bread was required.


The peaches were piled high. Removing any other than the top layer would result in a catastrophic avalanche. I choose one that had a slight give when I pressed my thumb where the stem had been. Do I roll the dice on this one? Will it be juicy? Mealy? When I cut and twist, will the skin extricate itself leaving the remainder firmly attached to the pit? I couldn’t risk it and placed it back for the next unlucky victim.


Vine-ripened tomatoes, straight from my garden, ruins any chance of being satisfied with the store-bought variety. Yet, despite the fact it is mid-winter, I throw caution to the wind, only to be deeply disappointed…again. Will I ever learn?


Ahhh, Squash. You never fail me. I forget about you, yet when I need you, you are always there, waiting, ready to supply the needed nutrients I have been craving.


Will any become the next great novel?

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Monday Musings / Inktober Day 25 (Splat): How Slow Can You Go?

Inktober Day 25: Splat (Pestus Pancakus)

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Monday Musing: How Slow Can You Go?

I took out the first pizza from the 500-degree oven and set it aside to cool. As I proceeded to place the second one into the oven, the pan caught on the rack, jarring it from my hand. I watched as the toppings slowly—or so it seemed to be—sliding off the tomato sauce lubricated crust and landing on the bottom of the oven.

Five hundred degrees if hot enough to melt cheese on contact, caramelize onions, and crisp the edges of oily pepperoni, not to mention making a mess that’s nearly impossible to clean. I quickly scooped up the remains with a flipper before too much damage was done. Cleaning up is a whole other story.

Some things in life look great in slow-motion. The diving touchdown catch or the flapping wings of a hummingbird. Some things in life happen slowly but are not so great—the sliding of your vehicle on an icy road as it makes its way toward the rear end of the car in front of you.

Other things seem to happen in slow-motion. The pizza incident, for one. The closing of a locked car door after you realize that the keys are still in it and it’s after hours (and also a holiday). Falling of your bike gives you a chance to reminisce on the last ten minutes of fun you had before pondering how much it’s going to hurt when you make contact with the ground while trying to formulate a plan to do a stunt-like barrel roll ending in a quick leap to the feet, hands raised, looking around to the onlookers and crying out, “Superstar!”

In reality, you know it’s just going to hurt.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Inktober Day 24 (Extinct) and a Sunday Survey

Inktober Day 24: Extinct

Mistakes
We made a few
Then a few more
Consequences piling up
Identifying the tipping point much too late
Futility becomes the word de jour
We didn’t learn a thing
From the past
Mistakes

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Sunday Survey

When I started conducting my author interviews, it was a way to get to know the people that I was participating in my BookFunnel and StoryOrigin promos. I thought I would post them on Free Book Friday along with the promo information.

Well, I now have 7 in the queue, and In a bit of a quandary. I’m running out of Fridays!

Let me know if you want me to post two interviews/week.

Haven’t read any? http://linesbyleon.com/the-interviews/


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Inktober Day 22 (Open)

After I finished drawing the nest I though, “Those are some big babies…” and, “How are they fitting in the nest?”*

Inktober Day 22: Open

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*It must be a Tardis nest. Yeah, that’s it.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Thursday Thoughts/ Inktober Day 21 (Fuzzy): The Last Great Year.

Gen Z. Don’t get it? Ask your parents.

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Thursday Thoughts: The Last Great Year?

No answers here, just a whole lot of questions.

Are our lives better now than they were a decade ago? Two? Do we need to go further back? At risk of sounding like the stereotypical comedic grandparent (of which I am not): “I remember when…”

Ask 100 people what the last great year was, and you will probably get 100 different answers. And by picking one, you have committed to a date where everything has gone downhill ever since. The farther back that date is, the longer we have been descending into chaos on a collision course to an uncertain future filled with dystopian nightmares and world wide societal collapse.

OK. That’s way too melodramatic.

Each generation will have their own criteria. Was it a simpler time? Were there advances in science and technology that made things easier? Are we healthier because of a medical breakthrough? Is connectivity an advantage or disadvantage? Maybe there was an event that changed your life for the better—or the worst. Do you wish you were born sooner or later?

Ask 100 people what the last great year was and I’m pretty sure that no one will say 2020 or 2021.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday/ Inktober Day 20 (Sprout): Cartoons Return

October 20: Sprout

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I took a bit of a hiatus from drawing my silly little cartoons, The Miniscules and The Untitled. Was it worth it? I was hoping to build up a few in the queue, but I only did a couple. Curse you Inktober!!

The Untitled

The Miniscules

Lines by Leon Newsletter: October 20

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Inktober Day 18 (Moon)

Inktober Day 18: Moon

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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