Welcome, John Tracy and His New CD Release Titled “Quintessential.”

I am so thrilled and honored to once again have my dear friend and a fantastic musician and recording artist, John Tracy back with us. Now, your most likely wondering why Cat is spotlighting a musician since most of my spotlights are with authors and about books. Well, musicians are writers too!

Writing music I am sure can have a whole different set of challenges and be very rewarding when a new CD is finished like John’s new one titled “Quintessential.” So this time I am including a little interview with John on just how this new CD came about. Besides, Cat loves listening to music and I enjoy John’s sound of a little it soft rock with a dash of country twang … He makes a difference in the lives of the people who listen to and love his music on our “Journey of Life!” ~Catherine Lyon

 

My Interview With John Tracy

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Where were you born and raised? 

I was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. I actually lived there most of my life until we moved to Virginia six years ago. It was just time for a change. Actually, I think my soul was crying out for a change, but that’s a whole other story. Our daughters moved to the East Coastand Virginia just seemed to be calling our name.

We spent some time in Charlottesville and last year moved to Richmond to put down new roots. I love the vibe in this community – it’s a big city without being pretentious. 

 

What inspired your writing and the new release of Quintessential?

This album is mostly an accumulation of the most recent songs I’ve written. It’s always exciting to get the new stuff out into the world. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of “Quintessential” is “of the pure and essential essence of something” and “of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something.” When we started out working on this album, I don’t think we had an overall theme in mind. Like I said, these were just the newest songs written and I think they are my best to date.

However, once we got started, I think the overall theme of the songs we put together is the quest to find that pure and essential essence. Perhaps that’s in the love and peace in “Home,” or in the comfort of listening to the “Midnight Moon.” Maybe it is in finding the joy in “Blue Sunny Skies,” or the longing for that healthy relationship in “The Shallow Game.”

 

Do you have training in music or attended music school?

I don’t have formal music training. I had a couple of guitar teachers early on that showed me the basics. As far as my fingerpicking style of playing guitar, I developed that on my own, playing by ear. I had a reel-to-reel (ok, I’m dating myself here) and I would record favorite songs onto tape and then play them back bar by bar, teaching myself to play every note.

 

What music and other musicians do listen to and inspire you?

Early on, I was inspired by all of my musical heroes from the 70s – singer/songwriters like Simon & Garfunkel, Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jim Croce, etc. That was an era to me when music really said something, lyrics were meaningful, and melodies were intricate and interesting.

To be completely honest, I find it hard to be inspired by many mainstream artists in this current musical era. The music is either too electronic or to manufactured (meaning it all sounds the same) and it just doesn’t move me. There are artists that are fun to listen to of course, but I don’t find a lot of inspiration for my own songwriting.

The cool thing about working with Kevin is that he honors who I am as a singer and a songwriter, allowing me to be myself while adding in elements that are modern and current without destroying the integrity of the songs.

 

How long did this CD take and why?

It took almost a year from first recordings to the final product. We do things a bit differently perhaps than most. We record a scratch or demo of the song (just vocals and acoustic guitar) and send that to our producer, Kevin McNoldy at Cphonic Mastering.

He then lays down the framework for the song – a bass line, drums, maybe some piano or electric guitar. From there, we go back and re-record the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks. Once we’re finished with our parts, it’s back to Kevin for more instrumentation and background vocals. We kind of go back and forth like this, bouncing around ideas, adding or taking away parts until we’ve carved out the perfect song. This is why it takes a little while.

However, we don’t get in a rush. We work the song until all three of us (my wife Teri, who is the co-producer, Kevin and myself) are happy. I have that luxury because I am an independent artist not beholden to a label. It allows me to make good quality music, not music that has to be forced into a formula or rushed through.


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Your unique offer to do House Concerts is very different, how did this idea come about?

I’ll be really honest – these are the most fun and rewarding events for me. They are intimate, personal and the audience is really there to listen to what I bring. Unlike a bar or restaurant where there are tons of distractions and so much competing for the audience’s attention. Or like large venues where the audience is removed and separate that it’s harder to feel a connection with them.

My music is a bit more sophisticated than what is typically on the radio. So, it’s best appreciated when you can actually listen to and take in the lyrics and feel the melody move your soul. A house concert is the ideal setting for that. And the audience finds it ultimately more rewarding as well. Not only do they get to know the music, but they get to hear the stories behind the songs and get a glimpse into who I am not only as an artist but as a person.

If anyone out there is interested in learning more, just stop by my website
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Where in any state is your favorite place or venue to play and why?

That’s a tough one! I’ve had the opportunity to play all across the US and in Europe. Honestly, anywhere that I have an attentive audience is a favorite for me.

I will share this story talking about house concerts. About three years ago, I met a radio host from Sweden on Twitter. We hit it off in our conversations online. In 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe, so I talked to him about hosting a house concert. It was something he had never heard about before but was intrigued by the idea. So, he set it up, inviting friends and family from all over Sweden. Some came from as far away as Norway. Everyone commented about how much fun it was to get together, have time to visit and then be able to enjoy live music together. They had so much fun, they keep asking when I’m coming back.

 

“I consider my style to be a blend of Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country, and Adult Contemporary. Take a listen to “Mightnight Moon” one of Cat’s Favorites!”

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Tell us a little more about John Tracy, like, are you married? Have Kids? Pets? Hobbies?

I am married to my soulmate and my best friend Teri. Celebrating and coming up on 35 years together later this year. We have two grown girls, both out of college and on their own journey. We have a family pet – a Dachshund named Princess who has been in our family for 17 years now.

Aside from music, my biggest passions are food and movies. Favorite food is anything that doesn’t eat me first. We’re huge sci-fi fans in our family – Teri and I, our first date was watching “Return of the Jedi” and we indoctrinated our girls early in the way of the Force. Lol.

Lastly, what is one funny “Secret or Fedish” about your fans and new ones won’t read or find out about?

Well, funny and probably depends on who you are asking. I am a bit OCD and can drive my family crazy. I’m not sure if you remember the TV show “Monk” about a private investigator who was intensely OCD, making him a great detective. I’m not quite that bad, though my kids bought me the DVD set of the show for Christmas one year as an inside joke.


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Well, John, you are in good company as I too have OCD and a few other challenges in that department! Lol. I thank you kindly for allowing me to share you and your new CD! I hope readers you have enjoyed this interview and learning all about John Tracy Music. I urge you to take a visit to his amazing official website here at John Tracy Music to take a listen to a few more of his song and you can SHOP and purchase unique CD packages there too!

AND? John is a writer and author as well! Another wee-bit-of info you all didn’t know. Check out his book titled; Of Life, Love, and Famly – John Tracy Wilson.

Now that you know John, please connect with him on Social Media below and tell him “CAT” sent you.

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A Sneak Peek of a Working Memoir. Take a Walk With Us. A Former NFL Pro and His Legacy In The Making …

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have seen this opportunity coming in my life.”

 

WHY? Because, many years ago if anyone would have told me I would have gotten entangled in a gambling addiction, begin recovery and maintain recovery 11-yrs let alone become a published author twice, and begin a writing and book marketing career? I would have laughed at them and say; “not in my lifetime!” But here I am! I attribute these wonderful abilities and blessings for both maintaining recovery and writing as beautiful “Gifts from GOD.”

It truly is the only way I can really describe where these opportunities came from. When we let Christ take over in our lives, you never know what blessings or surprises are right around the corner. Nor do we know where his path, his lovingly laid out path for us will go. However, I am sure enjoying the literary ride with my co-writer!

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed 4th week! ~Author and Advocate, Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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A Note From Vance Johnson:  

It’s taken me 55 years to find myself. Since I was a child, I wondered why, why am I on this earth. When I started chasing fame, fortune, accolades, and acceptance, I figured it out, or at least I thought I had. My goals, success, fame, and being at the TOP of whatever I pursued was my mission. I reached those goals …I stood on the sidelines at Super Bowl listening to the National Anthem, remembering when I was 9-yrs old, telling myself and everyone else “when I grow up, I’m going to play in the Super Bowl” I then heard voices in my head, “Vance, you’re too short, too small, and a wuss. You have a better chance of making it to the moon. “WATCH ME! I said.

So, I’m writing my story, Co-Authored by, Catherine Townsend-Lyon who has guided me to be open, tell all, and learning transparency as we write. It has been an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Also, this coming season NFL films is doing a special “NFL Presents” about my journey, my sobriety, and my ‘Passion.’

Another new blessing has come, as I am excited to have been contacted by another nationally known group, a Los Angeles-based production company that creates premium documentary content. The company is run by a multiple ‘Emmy Award Winning Executive Producer and partner’  Some of their clients and partners include Netflix, CNN, A&E, National Geographic, History, Discovery, AMC, Turner, Oxygen, and Travel Channel. I won’t disclose who they are just yet, not until after they let me know their thoughts on what type of project they would like to do, hopefully with me. We will keep you posted!

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Once upon a time, a young man made his dreams and God-given seeds of athletics come to fruition through faith. There he was, a young man standing, looking in awe at the crowds in the stadium and getting ready to play his first Super Bowl in 1986 as a Denver Bronco. The game, Denver vs New York Giants.

“I felt like a little boy standing there with my oversized Super Bowl Jersey on as a Denver Bronco. It was hanging off of me. At that moment I was seeing the super bowl crowds through the eyes as that little boy way back when with the drive and big dreams to make it to the NFL.”

“This is a Memoir and The Legacy of a former NFL pro–#82 wide receiver of the Denver Broncos. A man “Wide Open and Standing Redeemed”  ~Vance Edward Johnson.

 

Note From Catherine: We have made the one year mark in our writing journey thus far. Challenging? Yes, but the journey of two writers can never be rushed. With a few roadblocks here and there, some nervous transparency decisions, and openness, and a whole lot of phone calls and transcribing, we are getting closer to “The End.”

Vance, born in March 1963 has had an interesting unique life. Not just about his college and NFL football careers, nor him making it as an alternate on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics track and field team. God put him through some trials and tribulations to test his faith, his real abilities …Called Real Life.
Here are some highlights from the book in progress thus far. We both welcome your comments and ideas.

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Excerpt One – Partial Intro Page

 

“There I was, a 50-year-old man chained to a hospital bed. Now a washed up broke former NFL football pro. My life spiraled out of my control. As I came out of my coma after 26 days, seeing dark shadows walking in and around my room. Looking at me while chained to my bed. I knew then it was my time. Those shadows were going to take me. Then, God came into my room, showed me his amazing power at that moment when I woke up. He showed me it wasn’t my time. I heard him whisper, “Son, I have much bigger plans and a purpose for you in your life!”

In 2012 I was hurting. Hurting emotionally and physically. My mom took me to the hospital in Colorado where I was living at the time. Since my son Vaughn’s passing, I’d gone off the rails, just killing myself with alcohol and pills. I wasn’t well. When I arrived in the ER they began some tests, and my blood work was all over the place. Before I knew what was happening the doctors put me in an induced coma in hopes to save my life.

I remained in an induced coma for 26 days. My pastor came and prayed over me as my daughter, sister, and family began to say their goodbyes. No one thought I would make it. Neither did I. I was broken, exhausted physically, mentally, and was spiritually lost and bankrupt. Another of the lowest points in my life other than my son’s passing and my suicide attempt years before.
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Now looking back, as I share my life with all of you, I wondered if this was how it was all going to end. All the trials and tribulations I had been through, the loss of my son, broken relationships, many shattered marriages, hurting my family with my addictions and selfishness. Many children with a variety of women and denied some of them out of more selfishness.

As I lay in that hospital bed, still having hallucinations and visions of dark shadows and figures walking in and out of my room. Is this Satans enemy circling my bed as if to take me with him when I passed from this world? They came every day, the fear, becoming so unbearable, but they never took me with them. As a matter of fact, here is when my healing and recovery was about to begin.

Take a walk with me, and I will share with you how a man so broken can be “Redeemed, Uncovered, and once again Standing In Grace!”

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Excerpt Two ~ High School Memories

When I began High School from 1978-81 I was a pretty shy guy at the time. My struggles with math and science seemed to follow me from middle school and became even harder. I didn’t have many friends, except for my best friend Frank who was Mexican. He said when we got to high school that we weren’t allowed to be friends any longer because Mexican’s and Blacks didn’t get along at the high school we were going to attend in Tucson, Arizona.

I was sad about this, and it hit me deeply. At that time there was still so much racism happening, and I began to notice it more when I did get to high school and like Frank told me. We never hung out much after that though. I started to hang out with the athletes, began to focus on sports more and more. I ran track and loved long jumping. I played football and a little bit of basketball. I spent most of my time in the weight room doing leg exercises because I didn’t have the upper body strength like most of the other athletes.

Being shy also meant I didn’t date initially, I did have one girlfriend, but she broke my heart early in our relationship. She had gotten pregnant by an opposing athlete who was a competitor on track and field. I focused mainly on sports; I still struggled in school a little bit with science and math, although I thought it was fun to play around and experiment in science class!

I was pretty good with shop class; I believe it was because I had been “noticed.” Was this my first taste of being a little famous? Art was my favorite thing to do, my art teacher was my favorite person in the world and spent a lot of time with her. Had never knew she was dying of cancer the whole time she was teaching our class. When I learned about it it really broke my heart.

During my first year of football, I was scared, because I wasn’t a large or tremendous sized kid. I was also not very masculine as these days it’s what you call metrosexual. I had long hair, I didn’t date, and had only had one serious girlfriend Anna. I would not go out and party, ever. I didn’t drink, didn’t smoke cigarettes or weed; didn’t even hang out with “the crowd” or even my teammates after games. I ended up getting injured after my first year of high school football and thought I would not play again to be honest.

I thought I might be too fragile or not cut out for it. Later on, I guess that’s why I always made touchdowns because I didn’t like anyone to touch me or tackle me hard. In my second year, I was moved to varsity in track and field, being the fastest in the school, and in varsity football. I did try varsity basketball but I stunk at it, in fact, I sucked. All the while domestic issues at home were still very prevalent.

My father continuously put his hands on mother. Subtle, but I remember the cries and muffled arguments late at night. Sometimes I would hope that my dad wouldn’t make it home. Maybe if he stayed out philandering and drinking all night, he would feel more guilty than pissed off. Amazing how as a child for some reason I always blamed it all on me. That just made me more determined to excel. Thinking it would make my dad less mean or not hurt my mother like he did.

So, I threw myself even more heavily into sports. I won most of all the awards, but because I was so shy? I had my sister go up and get them for me and give the acceptance speech for me too! I would always wait outside because of being too timid, shy and had a little stutter. I couldn’t speak in public because I was very nervous in front of crowds. HA, HA look at what I do now speaking all over the country and in front of hundreds all the time!  …

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In Closing:

I realized something today after listening to my Pastor. He spoke of a conversation he had with Elvis Presley’s brother, and how his brother really died. It wasn’t Drugs, it was Fame. 

It wasn’t alcohol or drugs that nearly killed me, Fame and the enemy did! Alcohol & drugs was merely a way to cope with the diminishment of my fame. It was a way to tranquilize myself because I had no identity outside of my “ego” and that fame. The cheers, accolades, commercials, 3 Amigos, a Bronco. When it all stopped, so did I. 

We look at all these famous people like “Idols and Icons, wanting to be like them. Not knowing they go home and drink, do drugs just to sleep, drugs to wake up, drink and drugs to perform. Because like me, they were made into someone they were not created God to be, ICONS, self-absorbed, believing all of the hype they read about themselves.

I could go on and on about how blind I was, even the world in its pursuit to chase fame, fortune, and evil pleasures. Let me close with this.

Whatever you do, even chasing Fame, Fortune, and Popularity, do it for his good pleasure and Gods glory. Seek first the kingdom, and all these things will be added!

 

1 Corinthians: 
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Romans 12:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Own Your Sobriety Through Faith! Please Visit Vance Today! www.vanceinspires.com
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Meet The Author Behind The Writer of The New Book: 40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers …

Hello and Welcome Writers and Visitors!
All my writers are in for a treat as my friend and fellow Author, Dan Buri has released a new resource to help writers become the best at their craft. Behind every #1 Best Selling Author is an exceptional writer, and Dan is no different except? Writers come to him as a trusted resource for writing! He lives in the Pacific Northwest and is an active attorney by day and an amazing writer by night. His release titled “Pieces Like Pottery” had hit #1 on Amazon Best Seller list and with over 100 book reviews, readers are enjoying it.

Now Dan has released a new guide to help authors become more creative and seasoned writers with his new release titled:

40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers to Turn Your Passion Into a Successful Book

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK & GUIDE:

Whether you’re just starting your writing journey or you’ve been writing for years, 40 Tips on Creative Writing is a must-have guide for writers. Filled with inspiration, motivation, and helpful everyday writing tips, this book provides a fresh look at how to become published and find readers.

For those writers just starting out, you’ll find advice on how to find your voice as an author, how to foster successful writing habits, and how to avoid the dreaded writer’s block. For those that have been writing for years and have seen their works published before, you’ll find some fantastic motivation to re-energize and inspire your writing and excellent advice on how to grow your readership.

The first half of 40 Tips on Creative Writing focuses on the writing process and how to hone the craft of being a writer. The tips help on how to become a more diligent writer, how to avoid common pitfalls of unsuccessful writers, and how to allow your passion for writing to come through in the words you put down on the page. The second half of the 40 Tips focuses on getting involved in the writer community, publishing, and marketing.

If you’re writing a book, an essay, a poem, an article, or a journal, this book will help you refocus and invigorate your writing. 40 Tips on Creative Writing is an excellent guide for writers new and old. It is a great addition to any authors bookshelf and a fantastic gift for any writer! A visit to Dan’s website, Nothing Any Good | Indie Author Book Blog, Writing & Publishing Advice is a must.

 

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About The Writer Behind The Author:

Dan Buri is the son of an indie author. His father has two published books and countless article credits to his name. He has his father to blame for his passion for writing. Dan’s first collection of short fiction, Pieces Like Pottery, is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption. The book is uniquely heartfelt and explores the depths of the human struggle and the search for meaning in life.

Dan’s second book, 40 Tips on Creative Writing, provides a fresh look at how to become published and find readers Dan’s non-fiction works have been distributed online and in print for nearly two decades, including publications in Pundit Press, Tree, Summit Avenue Review, American Discovery, and TC Huddle. The defunct and very well regarded Buris On The Couch was a He-Says/She-Says blog musing on the ups and downs of marriage with his wife.

Dan is an active attorney in the Pacific Northwest. He has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Magazine as one of the World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists every year since 2010. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two young children.

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One thing readers won’t read about me anywhere is when I was a little boy many of my siblings and cousins were at the zoo with our parents. We visited the petting zoo area and then it was time to go home!  Except? They forgot ME at the zoo!! LOL.
They came back to get me and found my sleeping in the hay with the baby goats!” 

 

Dan enjoys and is asked to be a Guest Writer on any blogs and website! Just as he features writers and authors on his own. And his website is a great resource. Here is more about his website and blog! Make sure you check out his Writing and Musings Page as he shares some funny stuff from his Twitter each week!

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About Nothing Any Good

 

Nothing Any Good is a community. Indie publishing is difficult. A love of writing does not mean we will see our work published, nor does it mean we will find our readership. Not in the least.

This site offers advice for writers and recommendations for readers. The site aims to help make sense of the difficult world that is indie publishing. It supports indie authors. It provides compelling content in the form of essays and stories provided by a variety of sources.

In an homage to the most famous writer from my home state of Minnesota, F. Scott Fitzgerald, (with all apologies to poetic songwriter Bob Dylan), “Nothing any good isn’t hard.” This is a difficult path we have as indie writers. I hope I can help.


“Always Remember: Good writing doesn’t come the first time you sit down.”

In short:
1. Don’t worry about whether you have anything important to say. If you are inspired, say it.
2. Write often. You won’t become a good writer unless you’re regularly finding time to write.

Please feel free to Contact Me with any thoughts, questions, or requests. I want to hear from you! Dan Buri, Author

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Dan’s books can be found here: 

Amazon (4.5 out of 5 stars with over 100 reviews)

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

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Come connect with Dan on Social Media: 

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Cat’s A New Guest! My Book Promo Article on “Nothing Any Good” Writers Blog. Meet Dan Buri, Author/Writer.

What does Cat love just as much as helping authors and Book Promoting? Being a writer and sharing my knowledge and expertise for all authors to benefit!

I was invited to write a few Guest Articles over on “Nothing Any Good”   run by Author, Dan Buri. It is an informative site that Dan shares loads of writing tips and advice. I hope you will support us both by taking a visit, but here is a little more about Dan, and his published works!

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Meet My Dear Friend and Author, Whitney McKendree Moore and Her New Book Cover Reveal and Interview.

A fantastic rerelease and book I read that is an AMAZING read and Whitney is an amazing woman you need to meet…She is an “Angel” sent from Heaven! We have been friends a few years and I so enjoy helping authors and my friends alike when they books released that can help many others. And man does she have many books to choose from here: Whitney McKendree Moore! Purchase her current book on Amazon Books!

I know you will love her as much as I DO!  Catherine XoXo

 

A few of My FAV’S!

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God Can!: Parables and Proofs   Downloads from God  Praise in the Storm

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More About My Friend Whitney:

 

RECOVERY IN THE BIBLE

Whitney McKendree Moore says she writes “campfire stories.” Her books are for any Christian discouraged by a loved one’s alcoholism, especially for those who may not realize that help is available. Twelve-Step recovery led Whitney to discover that a relationship with God can be interactive, up close, and personal. She writes to tell of God’s incredible help in her life three ways:

Divine Intervention: “Whit’s End” is her personal testimony of how God revealed denial and delivered her from it into a whole new life.

Direct Connect: “Downloads from God” and “Contemporary Psalms” are companion volumes — excerpts of what it sounds like to be in Quiet Time with the Maker of the Universe.

Divine Connections: “BS-Busters” and “Praise in the Storm” are books of encouragement, urging gatherings where it is safe to “get real” with God, with ourselves, and with each other. Two other titles (“God Can!” and “What the Conductor Said”) offer additional “campfire stories” of God speaking, even through each of us, to one another.

Whitney writes to come alongside other Christians who, like her, have reached the point of saying, “I can’t; God can; I need to let Him.” She has a website called RecoveryintheBible.com and a blog there called The Question Corner.

 

 

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“Cozy Author Interview With ~ Author, Whitney McKendree Moore”

 

1. When did realize that you wanted to be a writer and author?
Ever since ever! I remember seeing a TV ad for coffee when I was a girl (in the late 50s) where a woman was typing in front of a roaring fire with a dog at her side. I always thought that was a picture of me.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books? It took me a decade to write “Whit’s End.” At one point, the manuscript was 420 pages. Now it’s 112. For me, it was tricky trying to tell my story without doing so at someone else’s expense.

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?  I am retired now, but when I worked, I spent many nights and weekends and even vacation days writing. I guess it’s true that if you’re a writer you write!

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?  I am very colloquial, and I actually seek to sound as though I am talking. Also, I make up words. A lot.

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?  I just decided to package up all those pages I’d been writing on nights and weekends!

6. When did you write your first book? 1986. It was called “Where To Next?” and is out of print now.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing? Walking, singing with guitar and others, playing the piano.

8. How do your family and close friends think of your writing? One relative said, “We loved the cover.” And not a peep else!

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9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?  How reluctant I was to market it myself. I no longer consider “marketing” a swear word. Now I think of it as reaching out to encourage someone with what I have been given to share.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?  Twelve books of my own, plus another five helping other people tell their stories.

11. What do you think makes a good story?  The truth, which is so often stranger than fiction. When I wrote for magazines, I would describe my subjects as “extraordinary & ordinary people.”

 

12. Now lastly, where do you like to kick back and write your books?  My favorite is to take a thick stack of blank white paper to my great big bed with a bunch of sharp pencils and start there. It never goes well for me if I get onto the computer too soon…

I’d like to close by saying “You are amazing, woman. Amazing. Thank you so much for your incredible generosity, interview and ‘CAN DO attitude.” You give me GRATITUDE! Friends and Readers can come connect with me on social media below!  Visit my  Website    GoodReads   Twitter
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I want to “Thank” my dear friend Whitney for allowing me to share her books and more about her with all my readers and recovery friends too! Please do yourself a great favor and pick up a few of her books and give them a read. You will enjoy them all!

CAT

 

 

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Holiday Guest Post ~ 9 Ways to Write Better By JayDee of Author Wall & Being Author Book Promo…

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WRITERS? Are you happy with your way of writing? Do you stick to a certain style, format, or outline? Well, today my friend Jay explains how to write better in this special “Writers Spotlight.” He owns and runs Being Author an Author Promotion and Writer Blog and the new Free Book Promo site

9 Ways to Write Better:

We are all writers now. Whether you write books, blog posts, emails, tweets, or text messages, you are a writer. No matter your preferred medium, here are a few tips to help you write more effectively:

Treat text messages like prose. Before hitting the send button, look over your text: check spelling, content, punctuation. Ask yourself: What am I attempting to communicate? What am I attempting to express? Be more deliberate with your most common form of casual writing, and you’ll automatically become more deliberate in other mediums.

Words are tools. Expand your vocabulary to make your writing more precise. There’s no need to use a ten-dollar word when a ten-cent word will suffice, but having more tools in your toolbox will allow you to select the most appropriate tool for the job. Because sometimes you need an ax, sometimes you need a scalpel. So pick one new word each day, and then use it at least 21 times in your conversations with others that day. The most useful words will stick, and your vocabulary will expand over time.

Do it daily. If you want to improve your writing, write every day—make it a daily habit. Writing is a muscle: if you don’t use it, you lose it. For me, the best way to guarantee consistent writing was to start a blog.

Punctuation. Is. Pace. To add variety, velocity, and cadence to your writing, play around with different punctuation: periods, commas, em dashes, colons, semicolons. Short sentences communicate tension. Longer run-on sentences, on the other hand, help establish a frantic, hurried rhythm—a feeling that the pace is picking up as the words tumble onto the page.

Avoid throat-clearing. Blogs, books, and social media posts are littered with unnecessary intros, solipsistic digressions, and avoidable drivel. Ditch the nonsense and state your points. When in doubt, delete your first two paragraphs and see whether the writing improves.

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Don’t waste the reader’s time. Our time and our attention are two of our most precious resources. It is selfish to force a reader to spend fifteen minutes reading something you could’ve and should’ve communicated in 90 seconds. If you want to earn your reader’s trust, don’t waste her time.

30% composition, 70% editing. For every hour you spend writing, spend three hours editing, shaping your work into something more concise, more powerful—more beautiful. Writing truly is rewriting.

Narrative urgency. Every sentence must serve a purpose: Your first sentence must make the reader want to read the second. The second sentence must propel the reader to the third. So forth and so on until the very end. If a sentence doesn’t move the narrative forward—if it doesn’t make the writing more urgent—then it must hit the cutting-room floor, no matter how clever or precious it seems.

Avoid too many adverbs. A sure sign of amateur writing is the overuse of adverbs, especially -ly adverbs. A woman in a story isn’t incredibly pretty—she’s beautiful; the sky isn’t very blue—it’s azure. Find the right words to avoid using adverbs as crutches.

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I Welcome Writer and Author, Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin, Ph.D. to Cat’s Writing Den…

 

 

“My name is Reverend Dr., Provincial Superintendent Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., most call me Rev. Kev. All that I have been, all that I am, and all that I ever will be is because of God’s grace.”

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Hello Everyone, and Welcome to Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den, Writer Interviews.

My name Catherine Lyon, Author…Let’s get Kevin introduced to everyone and have some fun of the writer side of YOU! Now, of course, I need to begin that Kev helps others reaching out and those maintaining Recovery from Addictions. He is a Best-Selling writer and author over a bazillion books I cannot keep count! But each one is amazing…

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Tell who you are? Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. Provincial Superintendent, CIP, IMAC, DCC, DD.

 

Now I know loads about you, but tell readers a little of what you do?
Pastoral Counselor, Christian Therapist, Interventionist, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Poet, Writer, Blog Writer and Guest Blog Writer, Speaker, Trainer, Master Coach, Consultant, Addiction Expert.

 

Where are you from? – CT, FLA, now The Poconos, PA.

 

Tell us more about you? Like your education, family life. Etc.

I have a very extensive education.  I continue to do research for my books and articles.  I have numerous certifications and degrees.

Family life, my mother passed six years ago, my father is in a nursing home in CT with Parkinson’s, my sister is an RN in CT, my brother is a Contractor in FLA, I live with my two girls in the Poconos, Bella and Stella, my pups! I am currently disabled with joint disease, in a wheelchair for now.  I am a former State Champion Powerlifter, a Nine-Time National Champion and Two-Time World Champion, and I still hold several bench-press records.  My long-time buddy died last month at 12 years of age, Mr. Rabbit, he was a Bichon Frise that my mother had given me as a gift 12 years ago. I don’t care for cats very much, well maybe one! LOL. I love dogs especially Pitbulls!

Don’t LIKE CATS? WELL!….. LOL!

 

Do you have any latest news or projects? 

I’m closing in on 40 published books this year mostly non-fiction.  I am designing and selling products on Amazon besides books, such as coffee mugs, there is even one for writers! I’m doing a series on addictions called;  Ten The Hard Way; True Stories of Addiction and Recovery and the book one is already on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Seller list, there were eight authors involved. We are getting ready to start Book 2 and are looking for people to submit stories on addiction from any point of view.

 

Are you a writer? YES!

 

When and why did you begin writing?
About 22 years ago as I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?
About 22 years ago.  I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed and continued writing award-winning poetry.



How did you come up with the title?
I picked a title that people would relate to and use the keywords when looking for the type of book.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?
I write just like I talk and from feelings.

 


How much of your books are realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Just about all of it.

To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No.

Who designed the covers? I Do…

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Usually.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer? Alana Haase, Emma Ashley, and her Amish books.


Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to becoming a published author?
Melissa Manes and you.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, doing our new book; Ten The Hard Way, The Amazing stories and strength of the authors in recovery.


If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, there are ten different people’s stories so the lead would have to be a real talent or storyteller, Nick Carroway who narrated The Great Gatsby, or Jim Carroll, American poet and author of The Basketball Diaries.

Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing you will get better and better, read, read, read, you will get better and better.  Use editors after you edit 15 times. Share one thing about you that will surprise readers…I’ve written almost 40 books in 18 months


Will you write another book?
No, I will write many more books! LOL.

What are you reading now?
I just finished Webs by Alana Haase, it was excellent!

 

Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably Curious George when very Young.

 

Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus, so I can get all the answers for everything!

 

Do you have any hobbies?
I used to be a power weightlifting champ, now I am writing to help others recover or train others to help those looking for treatment and recovery.

 

 

Favorite Music?
Rock n Roll!

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Use a typewriter!

 

What do you want to be written on your headstone as part of your Legacy?
“We Can’t Find Him; He’s Still Alive!”

 

Do you have a blog or website where readers can visit for updates, events or updates?   Rev Kev’s Recovery World.

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Well, Kevin, I thank you for sharing with me and my readers the writer side of all the work you DO helping others and families from addiction. It was interesting to learn more “the writer side” of you, a MAN of very few WORDS! LOL. Where can my friends find and connect with you on Social Media?

I am all over!  On Facebook –  Tumblr – LinkedIn
Most Importantly my Video Series on YouTube

If you need an Intervention or Recovery Coaching visit my Recovery Coaching & Intervention too!


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And Don’t Let Kev Fool You, HE LOVES CAT!

My Daily Pet Journal Book;: I Love Cats by [Coughlin Ph.D., Rev. Dr. Kevin T. ]