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 Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus”

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“Erin Morgenstern (born July 8, 1978) is an American writer and visual artist best known for writing The Night Circus.  Erin Morgenstern was raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts and studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northhampton Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. 

In addition to writing, she paints, mostly in acrylics, including the Phantomwise tarot deck. She signed with Inkwell Management  in May 2010 after being rejected by thirty literary agents, and sold her debut novel to Doubleday in September 2010; The Night Circus was published in September 2011.”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/Kcik4G

To view the 5:44-minute video of Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus,” visit: http://bit.ly/KNSu7G

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Harper Lee’s 2006 Birmingham Acceptance Speech

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“Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel  To Kill A Mockingbird which deals with issues of racism that the author observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee’s only published book, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Lee has received numerous honorary degrees, but has always declined to make a speech.”  Wikipedia, http://bit.ly/1lzHkPG 

This 4:02-minute video is a photo montage of a day with Harper Lee in Birmingham where she was honored at a Birmingham Pledge foundation for low-income children in 2006.  Pay particular attention to 3:02 where she states that her heart was “foo full” to make her prepared speech.  Enjoy!  http://bit.ly/19HCTg8

Happy New Year!

Interview: Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate

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This 3:52-minute interview with 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate, Alice Munro is brought to you by nobelprize.org. 

Before receiving the aware, 82-year-old, Ms. Munro announced earlier that she was contemplating stopping writing – as she’s been published since she was 20 years old. She has an amazing body of work.  For more information on her life and works, visit her profile in Wikipedia at http://bit.ly/19xkHsJ.

To see the interview, visit:  http://bit.ly/1cfeMp3

Happy New Year!

Stephen King on the Craft of Writing Short Stories

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From Wikipedia –  http://bit.ly/JXvQJG  : “Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine. 

King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station was a Nebula Award novelette nominee, and his short story “The Man in the Black Suit” received the O. Henry Award in 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his whole career, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. (2007).”

In this, 2008,  4-1/2 minute interview, he discusses the craft of writing short stories, how long they should be and his failures and successes in writing them.  For more, visit: http://bit.ly/18IN3ly

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Nora Ephron Answers the Questions About Writing

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Nora Ephron, master of multimedia productions, answers questions that are commonly posed to writers.  Ms. Ephron passed away June 26, 2012, after managing a professional writing career for over 50 years.  

Known for such movies as “Julie and Julia,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Heartburn,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Mixed Nuts,” and “Silkwood” she also chronicled books on later-in-life issues such as “I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections,” “I Feel Bad about My Neck,: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” and  “Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women.” For more about her, visit: http://bit.ly/18GrAK1   

You can watch her 6-minute You Tube interview, brought to you by authormagazine.org,  and relevant to this blog post here:  http://bit.ly/1d1aqq0

Merry Christmas!

 

And yet another way to market your book … Book Trailers

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For those of you looking for innovative ways to market your published books, here’s an idea.  How about a book trailer for your latest release to be shown on the Barnes & Noble book video page?   Or for those of you looking for previews and synopses of books, new or old, what better way to get an overall picture than to look at a book trailer.  No, this is not an endorsement for Barnes & Noble, however, you can see just how many book videos they have to offer, including the finalists in the Kirkus review of book trailers.  Not too shabby! For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1e1ksWC  or you can see them on You Tube at:  http://bit.ly/1e1lYYK

For those of you interested in making FREE book trailers, here’s some more video info:  You Tube:  http://bit.ly/1hv4c2G

Or another option might be:  http://bit.ly/1cJJozQ

Merry Christmas!