Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrity Interview: Julie Oyang: Novelist, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Visual Artist: China Noir: Butterfly

Julie O’Yang, Europe-based novelist, screenwriter/filmmaker & visual artist, will soon launch China Noir, a political thriller; plus a resplendent 10-epidode fiction drama series set in the Tang Dynasty. Her fiction, short fiction, essays and film reviews have featured in international renowned publications. Her most recent title, Butterfly, a novel, received praises from global audiences as well as literary reviewers and critics around the world. Julie is nominated for MICRO AWARDS.


Your real name and pen name?
 欧阳 Julie Oyang.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood
Please wait for the film.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life
My bank account.

What hurts you most in this world.
Exploitation.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
Life.

How did you overcome it?
Walk away. I can’t.


If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?
Genghis Kahn. I like his horse.

When did you start writing?
It’s a mistake I’m trying to correct every day.

What is the purpose of your writing?
To earn money.

Which of your work has been published so far?
Four novels and two translations.
Butterfly is my most recent title. Buy my book on Amazon


Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
www.julieoyang.com. I made the site for people to visit.

What are your forthcoming writings?
Various plans and manuscripts in my laptop.

What are your future plans?
To be happy.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
Coffee, silence, music. And walk away from my computer whenever I can.

How much real life goes into a fiction writing?
100%.

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?
Yes.


Your dream destination on Earth?
I support moon tourism.

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed.
China. Too many to mention.

What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?
The people. The food. I can talk about food at 2am. Please wake me up for a good bowl of noodles.

Your favorite time of the day?
Twilight.

Your zodiac/ sunsign?
Gemini.
Monkey.

Your favorite color and why?
The rainbow.


Your favorite book and why?
Skellig by David Almond. It’s thin and rich.
And my dictionary. It’s thick and it takes considerable knowledge to realize the extent of one’s own ignorance.


Your favorite celebrity and why?
My reader.

Some quickies:
Sun or Moon,
Laughter or Smile,
Morning or Evening,
Coffee or Tea,
Mountain or Sea,
Long Drive or Short Drive,
Silence or Conversation,
Water or Fire,
Air or Earth,
Mars or Jupiter,
Moon or Sun,
Tulip or Rose,
Red or Blue,
Left or Right,
Glance or Stare

What three words come to your mind for each –

Technology
Good bad ugly

Life
I love you

Humanity
No matter what

Terrorism
Makes me cry

Racism
Fucking hates me

Childhood Abuse
Goldmine for writers

Love
Two worst inventions

Parenting
I hope that

Old age
Very quickly this

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

Presence of a brilliant brainwave

The last line of your autobiography would be…

Give me some lemons.

Links: 

Twitter handle:@esjewel

Facebook page: Julie Oyang

Goodreads author page:


Author Interview: Nicole Jennings: The Seduction Game series

She grew up and went to college in Mickey Mouse land (sunny Florida). After college she ventured to Boston, and later to California, where she now resides. Growing up an only child, she learned early on how to use her imagination to the fullest when the neighborhood kids had to go home for the night. Adventure and creativity drive her daily life, when she's not writing, drawing, or acting, she's going on road trips, or hiking new canyon trails with her dog.

Your real name and pen name? 

If I revealed my secret identity, I’d lose my superhero powers. I go by Nicole Jennings.

About your education

 I went to school for biology.

What career did you plan during your education days

 It’s funny, everything I’ve wanted to do involves long hours, hard work, and little pay unless you are at the very top of the career ladder. I didn’t plan my career very well, just followed my heart. I always wanted to be an Actress, Writer, and a Marine Biologist, and I’ve done all three.

If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

Anne Boylen, before she got on the King’s bad side. To have the power to make a King leave his wife and change his religion all for you, must be incredibly intoxicating.

What is your favorite genre and why? 

I don’t have a favorite, I just like a good story. I’m pretty sure my bookshelf has more personalities than a psych ward.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing? 

The first story I remember writing was in grade school, about a killer fog. It was about twenty pages, hand written in pencil. I think I scared my teacher when she read it. I write because the characters get in my head and it’s the only way to get them to stop pestering me.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work? 

The Seduction Game series has been published. It’s a story that follows the lives of Sarah and Amy, as they make a game of pursuing rich, desirable men.  The End Game, which is coming out at the end of April, leaves Sarah completely smitten with a previous target. While sleeping with men for sport was fun, she learns just how much fun a real connection with the man of her dreams can be. 


What are your forthcoming writings? 

Aside from the End Game, I’m working on a romantic suspense novel that actually inspired The Seduction Game. One of the Seduction Game targets is the Hero of the novel.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book? 

Having a drink (either wine, or tea, depending on the intensity of the scene), Going to the bathroom, refilling drink, going to the bathroom. Nothing else matters while writing.


How much real life goes into a fiction writing? 

Personally, I let some of the wonderful people in my life inspire characters. Then I like to throw them into impossible situations.

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author? 

I can’t speak for Non-Fiction, but I assume the answer is the same. Are hands needed to become a surgeon?

Your dream destination on Earth? 

You’re putting limitations on an author?


Your favorite time of the day? 

When someone smiles at me and says hello.

Your zodiac/ sunsign? 

I straddle the fence between Gemini and Taurus, but my personality is way more Gemini. 

Some quickies: 
Sun or Moon, 
Laughter or Smile,
Morning or Evening,
Coffee or Tea,
Mountain or Sea, 
Long Drive or Short Drive, 
Silence or Conversation, 
Water or Fire, 
Air or Earth,
Mars or Jupiter,
Tulip or Rose,
Red or Blue,
Left or Right, 
Glance or Stare

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

 Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. By Winston Churchill


The last line of your autobiography would be… 

We tried to tell her not to do it.

Links: 
Twitter handle: NJenningsWrites

Monday, April 14, 2014

Skin Care Symptoms: Cancerous Mole Signs: Checkup At MoleMap

One should not take lightly when it is a question of skin cancer or a specific mole somewhere on the body. It must be brought to the notice of a learned medical attendant so as to get it examined and checked thoroughly. A group of experienced dermatologists along with a combination of 3 highly effective diagnostic tools are the strong points at MoleMap to ensure accurate diagnosis of melanoma skin cancer at an early stage so as to assure best possible treatment. Molemap goes for each case reported in a specialized manner with a mission of providing best of the services to its customers.


Melanoma skin cancer is among the most predominant type among various cancers that are possible to occur. Almost every 2 persons out of 3 are found to have symptoms of skin cancer by the age of 70. Main source of so high occurrence of melanoma skin cancer is higher sunlight exposure or rather the sunburn. The disease is hereditary also. In any kind of cancer it is a well known factor that an earliest possible diagnosis ensure quicker and permanent cure from it.


 It is very important to learn about Melanoma symptoms and the difference between men and women. Researchers have found out that men are more prone to Melanoma cancer as compared to women. One of the reasons that strongly indicate why men have higher chances of getting Melanoma skin cancer is their higher susceptibility or exposure. Men have higher rates of UV exposure because of their higher tendency for outdoor recreational and/or occupational activities that makes them more vulnerable towards spending more time in open as compared to women. That is why men have higher risk of acquiring sunburn and higher rate of skin damage that in turn causes long term impact.


Proactively protecting yourself is one of the best techniques to lower down the risk to acquire Melanoma skin cancer. Wearing hat and sunglasses to get relief from direct exposure of skin under sun and thereby lowering their risk of getting sunburn or sunbake. Men tend to care less towards them by preferring to stay in the shade like women. This clearly indicates that men have higher tendency to long duration exposure of their skin directly under sun as compared to their women counterparts. That is why as far as melanoma skin cancer is concerned, men have more chances of getting it than women. 

Author Interview: Jo Maeder: Truth is Stranger than Fiction

She is the author of the memoir When I Married My Mother and the novel Opposites Attack. Maya Angelou said about WIMMM: “This book is important to every mother and daughter, and to every woman who wants to be one.” Cassandra King heralded OA as “A fun, rollicking tale with an enchanted setting, the kind of book you want to share with your dearest friends.” In 2013 she was named Best Local Author in the News & Record’s Go Triad Reader’s Choice Awards.


Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, More magazine and on AOL. She is a contributor to O. Henry magazine. She is none other than Jo Maeder.

Welcome Jo!


What is your favorite genre and why?

Memoir and auto-biographical fiction. As Lord Byron said, "Truth is stranger than fiction."


What are your forthcoming writings?


NAKED DJ - a novel about my experiences as a radio DJ living in New York City.

What four top most things do you take care of while writing a book?

Conflict, plausible resolution, taking the reader somewhere they've never been internally and externally, no empty calories. I want the story to stay with the reader, like a delicious, filling meal. 


Your dream destination on Earth?

Ooty, India. I want to write a book that takes place there. Can't say more at this time. :-X 


Your favorite time of the day?

The early morning, when the birds start to sing and the end of the night when you feel the world sigh.


Your favorite book and why?

The Secret Language of Relationships
 by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Eiffers. I find it is often very accurate, but sometimes not at all, and therein lies the mystery.


State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

The matchmaking adage 'every pot has a lid' does not apply to someone who is a skillet.

The last line of your autobiography would be…

Now what?


Links:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Author Interview: Dean F Wilson: The Call of Agon: TAP Educational Award Winner from Trinity College Dublin

He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his many novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.

Thanks Dean F. Wilson for accepting this invitation and sparing out your valuable time for answering below questions. Welcome onboard!

Your real name and pen name?
Dean F. Wilson. Some people ask what the F. stands for. It's Francis.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood.
I think the best memories of my childhood are most of the times I spent with my sister, from playing in sand dunes to playing tennis, from giggling at nothing to discussing all manner of things.

About your education:
I had a typical public school education in Ireland. After that I tried Animation Drawing Studies, discovered it really wasn't for me (lots of drawing circles), and then did Audio Visual Media. In the end, however, I pursued a career doing what I always wanted to do: write.

What career did you plan during your education days?
I really wasn't sure what I was going to do throughout college. I have a wide range of interests, and I'm always curious about trying new things, but ultimately writing was what I felt compelled to do. It was simply a matter of finding out how to get paid to do it.

What languages you can speak and write?
English, Irish, German, and Hebrew.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
I don't think there's one single source of inspiration for me. I am inspired by the basic humanity of most people, by art, music, and literature, and by a belief in something greater than us.

What hurts you most in this world?
The behaviour of some people, who show pettiness, vindictiveness, or downright evil. That said, I always make sure to recognise that while people like this exist, there are many others who do good deeds, and sometimes they go unnoticed.

What is your favorite genre and why?
Fantasy, because it allows both the writer and reader to explore things he or she could not otherwise explore, from the most outlandish to the most mundane. In fantasy we get to experience the lives of others vicariously, so the genre offers an escape from reality, while also letting us experience reality more fully, since difficult issues can be dealt with in fantastical ways. It is also possible to communicate on multiple levels, from the surface storyline to the deeper layers of symbolism beneath. In this way fantasy is the modern day continuation of ancient mythology.

When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was around 11. Initially I began a film script, but I quickly shifted to the medium of the novel. I was always very curious about language and storytelling, so I think this was a natural development for me.

What is the purpose of your writing?
My writing is intended to first and foremost tell a story, and thus be entertaining. Beyond that, however, there is usually a message, or multiple messages. Sometimes it might be as simple as “don't give up,” but things like that often have to be communicated on a different level if they are to be truly meaningful.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
Two of my novels have been published so far, The Call of Agon and The Road to Rebirth. They are both part of the Children of Telm series, which follows the story of Ifferon, one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who imprisoned Agon in the Underworld with his dying breath. Ifferon has attempted to hide away from his duty to ensure that Agon does not escape his bonds, but certain incidents leave him with little choice—and so the story begins.

What are your forthcoming writings?
The third novel of the Children of Telm series is currently in the works. It will resolve the story of the first two books. I also plan to delve further into the world of Iraldas I created for these books, as well as a new world I created for another series also in the works.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
In no particular order: character development, world immersion, suspense/tension, and a compelling story.

Your dream destination on Earth?
At the moment I am happy to live in Ireland, but I certainly would love to see more of the world, particularly locations with a rich history and intriguing mythologies.

Your favorite time of the day? Night.

Your zodiac/sunsign? Gemini.

Your favorite color and why? Blue. It is vibrant and deep.

Your favorite book and why? I have a hard time choosing a favourite book, as it largely depends on my mood. I do, however, love Tolkien, the Gormenghast trilogy, and Charles Dickens. I am on a bit of a Dickens reading binge at the moment.

Your favorite celebrity and why? Probably Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He has proven to be consistently talented, and has a lot of potential.

Your favorite food? I like variety, so it could shift from Chinese to Italian to bog standard Irish cuisine. I like flavour and sauces. I generally dislike dry or overly plain food.
Sun or Moon: Moon
Laughter or Smile: Laughter
Morning or Evening: Evening
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Mountain or Sea: Mountain
Long Drive or Short Drive: Short Drive
Silence or Conversation: Conversation
Water or Fire: Fire
Air or Earth: Air
Mars or Jupiter: Jupiter
Tulip or Rose: Rose
Red or Blue: Blue
Left or Right: Left
Glance or Stare: Glance

What three words come to your mind for each -
Technology: Advancement, Helpful, Essential.
Life: Growth, Potential, Wonder.
God: Unknowable, Indescribable, Illimitable.
Humanity: Divided, Good, Evil.
Terrorism: Insanity, Apathy, War.
Racism: Illogical, Damaging, Learned.
Childhood Abuse: Horrific, Scarring, Soul-destroying.
Love: Open, Embrace, Vulnerability.
Parenting: Gift, Learning, Nurturing.
Old age: Wisdom, Achievement, Guidance.

The last line of your autobiography would be...
“He achieved all of his goals, and more, and he will be remembered for all that he contributed to the world, through his life and his works.”

Links:

The Call of Agon: http://amzn.to/WSLRmt

The Road to Rebirth: http://amzn.to/L8ub4k