“Brilliant People’s Schedules – The Real Story for Women Writers”

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Woman writing“A couple of weeks ago, The Huffington Post published a piece called “Here’s How the World’s Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days.” Because I’m a writer — a creative person — I began to peruse the poster of “creative routines” to see how my schedule stacked up against those of brilliant people. I quickly saw that I fell short.

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven’t had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week. The visualizations of others’ schedules marked so much “real work” in dark green that I wondered whether my “real work” is writing, teaching or a mish-mash of loosely-related life tasks that includes laundry. I posted the link on Facebook so that I could go back to it after I’d recovered from my initial discouragement over being not very brilliant, mismanaging my time or both.”  For more, visit:  http://huff.to/RoOtuq

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare: The Story behind the Story

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“Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare is a young adult fiction, write most known for her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments. 

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1akQwW0 

To watch this 5:13-minute, interview with Cassandra Clare, video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1iNWjWv

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Neil Gaiman – 3 Books that Changed my Life

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“Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman born Neil Richard Gaiman; 10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.”  – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eXhnaN

To view this 5:35-minute interview with Neil Gaiman, visit:  http://bit.ly/1aipU8g

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An Interview with Markus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief”

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“Markus Frank Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian author. He is best known for his books  The Book Thief and The Messenger (published in USA as I Am the Messenger), which have been international bestsellers. 

Zusak is the author of five books. His first three books, The UnderdogFighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards. The Underdog, his 1st book, took seven years to publish. The Messenger, published in 2002, won the 2003 CBC Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America.

In 2005, The Book Thief was released and is now translated into over 30 languages. As well as receiving awards in Australia and overseas, The Book Thief has held the number one position at Amazon.com, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in Brazil, Ireland and Taiwan. It has been in the top five in the UK, Spain, Israel and South Korea, and is still set to be released in many other territories.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/KcU9TP

To view the  4:12-minute video interview of Markus Zusak, visit:  http://bit.ly/1izBuOA

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An Interview with J. K. Rowling

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“Joanne “Jo” Rowling (born 31 July 1965), best known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.They have become the best-selling book series in history,  and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel  . . . ” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1eKWkrC

To view the 5:07-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eKWu2d

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An Interview with E. L. James, author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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E. L. James“Erika Leonard (born Erika Mitchell; 7 March 1963) , better known by the pen name E L James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The combined novels have sold over 35 million copies in the United States, and over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. 

In 2012,Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” – Wikipedia    For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1gkoH0W

To view the interview with Ms. James, visit: http://bit.ly/1lEct7o

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A 6-Minute Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

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“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.  His works such as Cat’s Cradle 1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. 

The New York Times headline at the time of Vonnegut’s passing called Vonnegut “the counterculture’s novelist.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1lfEJgr

To view one of his last interviews (6 minutes) before his 2005 death, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hnVFRC

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