Month: April 2016

An Interview with Homeopathic Medicine Specialist Tom Theofanous

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Tom Theofanous is the developer of the  natural medicine ProleanaOne; here is a link to his Indiegogo Campaign:

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/115a8e6e#/

 

Q: What is ProleanOne?

 

A: ProlenaOne™ is a natural herbal product  and its used as a multi-purpose medication. It was approved by Health Canada 3+ years ago in 2012 for 3 different ailments; inflammation, abdominal fullness (stomach disorders), and urinary difficulties

 

Q: What are some of the benefits of taking it?

 

A: The benefits of taking Prolenaone are as follows: it is an exceptional medicine for arthritis pain ,inflammation of joints ,stomach disorders,prostate problems, diabetes, weight loss,circulation problems (heart disease) and frequent urination

 

Q:  How did you become involved with selling the product?

 

A: I became involved in the product for over 20 years because i developed the formula.

 

Q:  What kind of professional and  educational background do you have?

 

 A: I have a diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Science  DHMS

 

 

Q: What was the most challenging thing about getting your business off the ground?

 

A: The most challenging thing was the time it took to get the approval by Health Canada and to get its sale subject by the FDA as a commercial product.

 

 

Q:  What are some specific studies that have been done about your product and what were the results. (Please give the name of the researcher or the name of the research project.)

 

A: This being a natural product there was no clinical studies but Health Canada’s approval process distinguish it as a safe and effective product .As well there is many testimonials as to its results.Go towww.prolenaone.com and check testimonials on our youtube page.

 

 

 

Q:  Who commissioned the research?

A: N/A

 

Q:  What sets your product apart from other natural products?

 

A: Prolenaone is a versatile product and its admired for its effectiveness among various disease conditions.The chief action is centered around long standing inflammatory diseases and its marked for joint afflictions and one of its major compounds is found only in this particular species of  adzuki bean.

 

Q:   Has the labeling been approved by the FDA?

 

A; ProlenaOne is  approved by Health Canada NPN # 8003 4461 which is the equivalent to the FDA in US

 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your INDIEGOGO campaign?

 

A: What we want to accomplish is to raise $50,000 to expand the production of this medicine and make it available worldwide.We would also like to help people with above named afflictions that might not be in a position to afford this medicine so part of the money raised will go to help them by providing this medicine to them for free.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Bless & Clear Owner Gillian Harris

 

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Gillian Harris is the owner of Bless & Clear, which is a business that focuses on sacred ceremonies. She also owns Valet of the Dolls which is an all-female valet company; here is a link to the Bless & Clear website:

 

http://blessandclear.com/

 

Q: What inspired you to start Bless & Clear?

 

A: People need metaphysical services. I wanted to create a place where they could come and find a practitioner in the area of their situation or need.

 

Along with being a medium, channel and intuit, I’m a Light Worker. Have been one my entire life but began to work with Light consciously in the mid 1990s. A Light Worker is anyone who goes about moving energy consciously in service to others. By this, I mean the literally moving of energy; the at-will push, pull, drawing, mapping, blessing and clearing of energy! Clearing negative energy, calling in & expanding positive energy.  I guess, this love of manipulating energy, especially on behalf of myself or someone else’s wellbeing is why I was drawn to Reiki around 2001. Over several years I climbed the ladder of knowledge in this field and was eventually anointed a Reiki Master. Being a master only means that I commit to teaching others about Reiki; life energy and how to use it for healing people, places, things…

By 2012 I’d fulfilled requirements through the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards Congregations and was ordained as a Minister. I needed to figure out what to DO with that (!).  First thing I thought of was how much I enjoy House Blessing ceremonies.  I LOVE them.  I don’t necessarily LOVE House CLEARINGS; certain types I love, certain types I don’t!  In the beginning of the company, I hadn’t done many. Especially not the ones with angry entities and truly spooky stuff going on where ya might get hit by a flying whatnot! But I had a friend! Buddy and fellow minister Lori Camacho had done scores and scores of these spooky clearings. So when we started I said the plan is, “I’ll bless, you clear!” Lol! There are now more ministers to pick from and I do a number of clearing (peaceful ones!) myself!

 

So the initial intention of Bless & Clear was focused on sacred ceremonies to bless and clear homes, businesses, projects and eventually relationships.  We do a slew of wonderful weddings.  In the last year, we’ve also begun to see a growing number of request for Conscious Decoupling ceremonies (which is a blessing and clearing, by the way) which I’ve found can be as blissful as nuptials!!

I guess the short answer is: I started the company because, I love to bless and clear stuff!!!

 

Q: How would you define metaphysics?

 

A: Metaphysics is that field of philosophy that deals with what some call SPOOKY stuff cuz they can’t see it with their own eyes! Lol! Concepts like knowingness, consciousness, cause and effect, time, space, being(ness).  I like to say that simply: Meta means outside of. Physical means physical! So, Metaphysical is – in real basic terms, outside of the physical. Reiki is Metaphysical. Prayer is also metaphysical. When the phone rings and you already know who it is – you’re in the midst of a metaphysical experience! Entities or…PEOPLE who no longer have bodies and are still in earth realm and show up as foggy or other types of forms – are metaphysical! Metaphysics is the rest of life! It’s the part most overlooked but people are deeply fascinated by stuff outside the physical. Hence all the metaphysical type TV shows as well as the success of rock and crystal shops! There is a growing appeal for these stones and gems that we now know carry wonderful energy to enhance our lives as they work…metaphysically.

 

Q: What is a transition midwife?

 

A: A friend. A companion during this extremely sacred chapter.  Just as entering this incarnation was, exiting this lifetime is also a …BIRTH.

 

Transition Midwifery is especially sought by or for those in the midst of a conscious transition. Meaning, they know their time in this incarnation is ending soon. They may have questions about crossing. They may merely want the companionship of someone who is not afraid. Someone they can express feelings to that they may not feel comfortable expressing to loved ones who are already oh so fragile at this time.

 

And then…things can happen during this chapter for a transitioning person. Very ‘metaphysical’ things.  In my book, ‘The Secrets of Lost; The Validity of Multi-Dimensional Existence’ I write about the medical term, ‘terminal lucidity’.  Part of this kind of lucidity involves the awareness of visits from relatives and friends from across the veil. Gathering to assist in your crossing, to many people transitioning, the disincarnate loved ones are as clear as day and there is very lucid conversation. There are other ways terminal lucidity reveals itself.  Friends and family may unwittingly discount or interrupt these metaphysical interactions. A transition midwife comes in handy now! She is not only there for the transitioning one, but for their loved ones and can offer understanding of what is happening.

Depending on the midwife’s spiritual orientation she will have a set of tools to offer in the experience; In my case, intuition, mediumship, channeling and an acknowledged relationship, connection, oneness with Spirit. So, prayer is also a tool I offer if the patient desires. – And to be honest, I’ve also done it silently with those who don’t want prayer. The Transition Midwife’s overall intention is to hold the person transitioning in the Light during their entire experience. This is a moving energy, again! This time a conscious infusion of love energy is what I mean by holding someone in the Light.
My shortest time working with a patient has been 3 days. Most seem to be around 2 weeks to a month. Longest was seven months (42 year old man. A real fighter!). The theme of my work is sharing the eternal nature of life and the fact that we are not our bodies. We exist just fine without them. Many times I’ve heard myself tell someone, “You and me, right now, are as dead as dead gets! Now, you may not feel very good right now. You can’t run around the room and your BODY is dying but YOU are not!”

 

Q:  What is the procedure for, “transitioning from this life to the next?”

 

A: When we lift from our bodies because there is no more life in it (the physical body) there is a familiarity in the experience. I venture to say this is because we’ve done it so many times!  I often hear myself speak of the body death experience as one where, when it’s done, or when we’re done with IT, we “pop” out of our bodies!  But we don’t really POP!  It’s more of a floating. Once the physical body dies all we’ve got is our spirit body which now is operating only with its natural spirit tools. Same tools we have while were doing physical incarnations, by the way, but for most of us, while in the human experience we are mesmerized by all things solid. But now, here we are, in the spirit world…on the other side of an actual veil. This veil has been described many ways, by those who’ve actually seen it, touched it, crossed it. I have crossed it a plethora of times but have only see it once. There are others who have seen it regularly. One of the best descriptions I heard is that it is a very sheer – like, ULTRA sheer sheet – like fabric but not solid…and can be translucent and of course, is penetrable.  Again, when I cross I’ve personally don’t see it regularly but the time I did, it was not only shear and like a sheet, it had color like it was made from the fibers of angel hair. I can never feel the veil, only the clear difference of being on the other side of it.

I’ve heard from one disincarnates’ testimony that crossing over is like “walking from one room to the next”.  Another phenomenon comes when the transition is because of a violent death. Like a car crash where the person’s BODY stops at the windshield but the PERSON continues through. Kinda like, ‘whoops! Forgot my body!’ And after hovering for a few and checking out the crash site… Recognizing the car and the fact the body within, used to be theirs – a person can feel very disoriented in suddenly realizing, they are no longer inside that body and in fact… may be dead. If resuscitated and it was meant to be that they continue on in this incarnation, they’ll pop back into that body, go through motions with it until it heals and then if meant to be for them, they remember and be able to tell you all about that wild experience of looking down on the accident. If their body doesn’t survive because of its injuries AND/OR because the persons’ life curriculum means they are to move on from this incarnation, while hovering over the accident site, they could be met by an angel, spirit guide or loved one(s) who has(have) already crossed.  For the transitioned, sadness (if there is any) is tied to their continuing bond with their loved ones here in the physical, who are in deep grief and despair over their departure. There can even be frustration for the now transitioned person, as they are unable to bring peace of mind to them by letting them know they are alive n kickin’ and doing just fine!

 

What happens next? Gosh. There’s a whole assortment of things that could happen or ways the next part plays out and it has, has a lot to do with each individuals’ life curriculum. Will they leave their body and hover in earth realm because of an attachment they have here or a resistance to moving forward? Maybe. Depends. Will moving forward mean they need to stop for a bit in the ‘in between’ and do a ‘life review’? I’ve heard repeatedly, that this happens! I’ve heard it from Near Death survivors. I’ve heard it from disincarnates. And in this review, we are actually RE-EXPERIENCING EMOTION!  But here’s the kicker, it’s not just emotions that you had in different situations throughout your life. It’s the emotions we lead other people to have! – That can be good…and bad, depending on the choices you’ve made in your interactions! I suppose this part could feel a little purgatory-ish! Good news is, it happens in a relative ‘flash’! Phew!

 

I’ve learned (from disincarnates and near death survivors) of an instant feeling and knowingness of their continuing ALIVENESS and how much more easily it is now to connect with and understand (effortlessly) ones’ self as an ‘Eternal Spirit Being’ yet understanding that this is nothing new. They are now the same spirit being they were when they were gallivanting around Earth living as Marge the nurse in Minot North Dakota or Walter the orange grove guy Yettum California. Again, what happens next is …very individual. And there does seem to be steps. Entering an incarnation is much faster than exiting one. It’s the process of exiting one that readies us to enter another! When we’re ready – ZOOM! But where will we go next?!  Will it be another physical lifetime?! – Or an incarnation at a totally different vibration – maybe a non-physical incarnation in a different dimension? I’ll stop here on this before I accidentally write another book!

 

Q: When did you realize you were a clairvoyant?

 

A: I realized it, long after I experienced it! The experiences may have started when I was younger but it wasn’t until I was around 10 years old when I started….seeing stuff and…going places!! Involuntary cross dimensional astral projection. And even then, I didn’t realize I was clairvoyant! Didn’t even know the word!! I was clairsentient, too. Didn’t know that either!! This is back in the day when I had never heard the words astral projection. I astral projected many times as a kid and would only realize what happened when I’d suddenly return to my body standing out field playing …baseball or whatever I was doing. Terrifying! And I never told ANYONE this was happening. At most, I asked a friend in my presence, “hey, did I just look really weird just now?” And they’d say “no”! I’d be stunned. It felt liked been gone for 30 minutes! But actually the travel probably took a split second.  I remember the day I prayed for this to stop. And so it was and for quite a while. I stopped astral projecting especially. I seriously didn’t get that, then! Lol! The rest was gentler. Premonitions were plentiful but never startling. I didn’t know that I was experiencing anything unusual.  And I think The Universe let me ease into it by not introducing my clairaudience when I was really young. Clairaudience began about 20 years ago….

 

So it was gradual. I started to realize my gifts slowly.. Clairvoyance. Clairsentience. Clairaudience. Most of this blossoming in my late 20s and 30s! After a while I realized I am a natural medium. I then learned I am also a channel. I’d say these realizations each unfolded as a layer (each layer, an ability and gift), one at a time, over a couple of decades. And… the realizations haven’t stopped…

 

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Q: How did you go about setting up your business Valet of the Dolls?

 

A: Oh THAT!
Dude… that was a total accident! (There’s no such thing as an ‘accident’).  My 20 year radio career ended. While trying to get my next radio gig, I took on a little job with a local female valet company because I thought it was just the coolest thing I’d ever heard of! All female valets?! What?! The owner of that company wanted to sell. No one was biting at the price she was asking so, charmed with the business concept, I offered to run the company for her, “$10 an hour. Teach me how to do it. If I like it and if I’m good at it, I’ll buy it from you!”

After 3 months working for her as a valet, I was suddenly Operations Manager. Exhausted with the business, she trained me for 2 weeks and then, basically, disappeared!  I held the position of Op. Mgr. for 19 months. During that time grew her company from 35 valets to more than 100 enabling the company to grow from 200+ parties per year to more than 400. She’d never experienced that kind of profit! Long story short, she rejected all FIVE of my offers and then… she fired me! Lol!

 

Thing is, there was never a non-compete promise between us so, with a new skill that I absolutely LOVED and a small army of 20 experienced valets who were also my friends pushing me forward, I prayed for a great name and brainstormed for three days. ‘Valet Of The Dolls’ was what I got. The name itself was so intensely – ridiculously – amazing I KNEW without QUESTION I was supposed to move forward.

Our doors opened on 03/03/03!  It was a truly hefty process.  There’s A LOT to this business. The work is illusive but oh so real!! I basically set the company up single handedly but am completely clear I had (have) a team of guides who lead me through the process!

 

Q: What is your strangest work story?
A: Strange? Or Scary?!  In the strange category – Valet Of The Dolls does roughly 600 private events per year. An easy 50% of our clientele is ‘Hollywood’.  People who can afford to do things like, parade an elephant down the beach as part of a birthday party for an 8 year old, a helicopter landing on the property as part of a mitzvah! Oh! A super strange one was a wedding we did on a Tuesday, midday, and the father of the bride (who arranged our service) wanted the valets to dress as a variety of super heroes! The valets dressed this way did NOT correlate with any theme happening with the rest of the wedding! Truly a weird thing! But hey- if the customer wants super heroes – that’s what they get!

As a Minister: the strangest story has to be the house clearing I did when a disincarnate physically attacked me. That…was NOT cool! Didn’t hurt, though!!! His contact felt like a very, very light electrical current! Strange, for sure!

 

Q: What does a house blessing entail?
A: First there is an assessment by the Light Worker to determine if there are any energies that need to be removed before beginning. Clearings are not only to evict spirits but the imprints left behind by ‘emotional energy’. That debris is actually contagious so needs to be cleared – or HEALED. A clearing is REALLY a ‘healing’.  Even if the intention is only to do a house BLESSING and not a clearing – there is still a little clearing/healing to do. Kind of like dusting and vacuuming. It’s not a big dramatic deal but needs to be done! (Regularly!)  The occupants are asked to do some actual housekeeping prior to the ceremony. Open windows and let fresh air in. The one conducting the ceremony will also have asked the occupants if there are any intentions they would like to set for the home and/or themselves while they live in the home. These elements are incorporated into the ceremony.

The ceremony uses aroma therapy and different stones are placed strategically. The types of stones are dependent upon each person/home/situation. There are sounds, voice, singing bowls, bells or other tools can be used to enhance the movement of energy. My effort is always to call Spirit into the dwelling and may also beckon the assistance of certain guides and Archangels to assist in the process of anointing, purifying energetically, the building and the aforementioned intentions of those who live (or work) there. The blessing comes with gratitude …it is done. And so it is. The blessing portion of a House blessing ceremony actually seals the healing and empowers all intentions and results of love infused.

 

Q:  What made you leave broadcasting?
A: Spirit did it.

I loved radio so much, I would have done it FOREVER! How was I supposed to know there could possibly be anything more exciting and wonderful than what I was doing?!
Seriously. The Universe/Creator/Source of all Life – whatever you wanna call it – had TRIED to tell me numerous times to open my mind and branch out into the world. But I was like, “huh? No way! I don’t care that I don’t make enough money and work too many hours I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do!” I did thoroughly love radio! Like, to the bone! I loved my listeners. I was one of the only drive time radio announcers who actually answered the request line! I was IN LOVE with my job. So I said, “no thanks Universe, I’ll just stay here”.  To that, the Universe had to take desperate measures.

My radio station was sold! I’d survived that before only thing is, this time, the format would be Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish! Not even a little bit! I studied French for three years and don’t even speak THAT! So after an amazing 20 year run, my daily life on the radio was over. I didn’t know it until my life in the valet business gave me new vision! At that point I stopped looking for more radio work!

Q: How do you, “consciously uncouple” someone?

 

A: Decoupling. Uncoupling. Tomato. Tomahto! I refer to it as Conscious Decoupling.  It started for me as a ‘CEREMONY’. And in fact, in 2012 when starting Bless & Clear one of the many sacred ceremonies we immediately made available was the ‘Divorce Ceremony’. Over time I realized, this type of ceremony needed to be available to people who were not married but are ending their romance. So, the term became a Conscious Decoupling Ceremony! The ceremony is really the icing on the cake – the true conscious decoupling starts prior to the ceremony. The processing is where one gets to be conscious.
Conscious decoupling doesn’t pretend there is no pain to a romantic break up. On the contrary, I advise people that the emotions they experience during the break up are important and are the yellow brick road to the places within that are in need of healing. These wounded places most likely existed long before you met the person you’re breaking up with. Its accumulated baggage, stuffed for so long and now by way of this break up, is bubbling to the surface; unresolved issues – hurt from misperceptions from a faulty belief system that may be fueling your pain and influencing the outcome of our life experiences! So ultimately, conscious decoupling is a process where your intention is to get back to heal – get clear – and grow into joy and self-empowerment as you can then more easily go about to create whatever it is you like!

 

So, as you can see, the real work comes prior to the ceremony. Many people have already done that work and come to me just for the ceremony. Others need guidance with that processing so that they are READY for the ceremony! Otherwise… it would be like getting to the part of your wedding where you’re supposed to say “I Do” but…you’re not actually sure yet!
In this ceremony the couple celebrates their relationship; what it was, what it is and genuinely wishes the best for each other as they go forward now, individually. There’s a moment where each shares why they fell in love in the first place, how they’ve grown as a result of the relationship. Judgements have been released PRIOR to the ceremony (in processing!). So it is easy to do the part of the ceremony where each basks in forgiveness – especially SELF forgiveness. They may have prepared vows for each other and they can read those.  Ultimately, the rite of passage blesses each of them as well as the transformation of their relationship because it hasn’t ended. It has only changed.

For those who want this but haven’t reached place where they can comfortably and eagerly cover all the parts of this loving ceremony, I offer short series of coaching sessions to assist in the processing necessary to clear and rise to a place of authentic joy, again. Once in that place, not only have you done the work to consciously decouple, you are now in a place where you can consciously create your life and include in it, the bliss you ultimately want!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Jazz Singer Akua Allrich

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Akua Allrich is a jazz singer; here is a link to her website:

 

http://www.akuaallrich.com/

 


Q:  
When did you know you wanted to be a singer? 
A: I think I always wanted to be a singer as a young child, but by the time I was a teenager I wasn’t really interested in singing other than for fun. I was going to be a doctor, and thus I went to undergrad as a biology major. That changed after 1 semester. lol!

Q  Who are some of your musical influences and why? 
A My most notable early influence is definitely my dad, Agyei Akoto, a jazz musician and educator. He was my first music teacher, from watching him rehearse with his band (Nation) and listening to his albums, to being his student in our Jazz band in middle school. But my parents really exposed me and my siblings to the best music from all over with their album collection; Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane, Olatunji, Oscar Brown Jr., Earth Wind and Fire, Bill Withers, Muddy Waters, Michael Jackson, Archie Shepp, the list is endless! Each of these artists have their own unique sound and expression. They were all dedicated to using their art for social justice.

Q:  How did you go about selecting songs for “Soul Singer?” 
A: This project was a true labor of love. I really just chose songs that spoke to me during that time. All but 2 of the songs are my originals, some written almost 10 years before the recording and some written almost a day or so before the recording. Even though I had an idea of the songs I wanted to include, I had my good friend, Kris Funn, an outstanding bassist, to MD the project for me. He helped me make my final determination of songs and lead the band in the most productive and efficient way possible.

Q:  What kind of day jobs have you had in your life and how have they influenced you as an artist?
A: My day jobs have included cashier, medical biller, secretary, African dancer, social work intern and teacher. Most of my jobs have been in education. I would say being a teacher has given me a special appreciation for interacting with the audience. I think working with children has really taught me the importance of acknowledging and involving the energy of the audience/class. I see my performances more as a cyclical experience than just a performance. An exchange of energy between performer and audience. Kids will quickly humble you. lol! Teaching has humbled me to be fully apart of the process.

Q:  Do you actually speak all the languages in which you sing?

 

 

A: Ha! No I do not. I know a few phrases in all of them, but I am not a speaker of any language other than English. I have studied French, Twi, Swahili and Portuguese, so I am able to navigate a bit better with those languages.

Q:  You went to Harvard, what was the subject of your application essay.
A: No, I went to Howard University. I am a bison! I am apart of family legacy of Howard graduates. Lord, I can’t remember what my application essay was about. lol!

Q:  Of all the different controversies in the music industry (royalty distribution, file sharing and so forth), which issue do you think effects the most artists in a negative way?


A: I think royalty distribution is a pretty sketchy area for artists. Our percentages are generally way too low. There are too many sites that pay pennies for using our art. We work very hard to produce and distribute our music, so it is only fair that we are compensated for our product.
Q:  What is your strangest performance story? 
A: Oh man. Well, each performance is unique in its own right, but 1 really nutty experience I can think of was at a jam session. I was singing my lil heart out, with my eyes closed and everything. The next thing I know, I feel something on my shirt. I opened my eyes, mid note, to see some man stuffing some money in my shirt. OMG! lmao! It was nuts, and weird, and very inappropriate. But, it’s a pretty funny story. WOW! I had to think hard about that one. lol!

Q: What qualities do you look for in band members? 
A: Positive and open energy is very important to me. I’ve been blessed to know so many amazing musicians who truly love to express and uplift people with their work. Excellent musicianship, professionalism, positive, open energy and a team player.

Q:  If you could give a concert to benefit any famous Harvard graduate, who would you pick and why would you pick that person? 
I’m assuming you mean Howard University, and if so, I would say Debbie Allen. I love the work she does for youth. She’s an excellent educator and a true advocate for youth and their full development.

A: If you meant Harvard University I would definitely say Michelle Obama. She’s awesome, and a true inspiration with the work she does regarding education, health, her political message, and her advocacy for the arts.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Historical Romance Author Faye Hall

 

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Faye Hall is an Australian historical romance author; here is a link to her website:

 
http://www.faye-hall.com

 

 

Q: What motivated you to start writing?

 

A: I’ve always loved telling stories even as a child.  One day my mum suggested I write them down and so it began.

 

Q:  Why historical erotica?

 

A: I love history, but more so I love the passion of our ancestors that struggled through to make life what it is today.  Also we have this misconception that those in the past were very ‘hush hush’ about sex and I’d like to show a different side.

 

Q:  What was the Bountiful Burdekin?

 

A: It’s where I grew up.  It’s called the Bountiful Burdekin because there are quite a few townships all situated around the Burdekin river, one of the largest water systems in the world.  When the towns were first settled they were the hub of the north and many founding family still live here.  I wanted to show that history but in a more passionate way.

 

Q:  What made you chose it as a setting?

 

A:  As I said before I grew up there and I love the history of the town.  I also think it’s something away from the mainstream settings for most romances.

 

Q:  What is Shrouded Passions about?

 

A: It tells the story of two lovers torn apart when Lotte, the heroine, is shot and killed.  Devon, the hero, falls apart after her death and begs for just one more chance to be with her.  Lotte returns to him, having been saved from death by the tavern girls, but she is in disguise as she needs to stay hidden until she can prove who tried to kill her.

 

Q:  What makes the hero Devon Munroy a character worth reading about?

 

A:  I adore him as a character.  He’s so passionate and devoted to Lotte.  After her death he becomes the dark brooding hero that needs to punish himself for all the wrongs he’d done.

 

Q: What motivates the heroine, Lottie Higgins?

 

A: Lotte wants revenge.  She wants it to be known who shot her.  She also tired of hiding her identity and wants nothing more then to return to Devon and tell him she’s alive.

 

Q:  What kind of day job do you have and how do you draw from it in your writing?

 

A: Day job – I am a mother and a step mother.  We have a combined family of 9 children, 7 of which are currently still at home.  I do school runs.  I pack lunches.  I pay bills and run the household while my husband does shift work.  Not sure if I draw on my home life to help with my writing as such but I do find my writing an escape from the day to day chores.

 

Q:  What do you think is the most effective way to promote an Ebook?

 

A: I’m still to figure that out but I have enjoyed guest blogging and interviews.

 

Q:  What do you think Americans misunderstand about Australia?

 

A:  I always reckon Australian’s are seen a bit like ‘Crocodile Dundee’ with pet kangaroos and corked hats.  That’s also why I set my books in Australia, to show how rich and passionate our country’s history really is.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Writer Howard Eisenberg

 

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Howard Eisenberg is a writer who penned many articles with his wife Arlene Eisenberg, the co-author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. He is the author of the Guess Who series for children and he also wrote  the book and lyrics for the musical The Million Dollar Bet; here is a link to his website:

 

Q: When did your realize you were a writer?

 

A: World War II had just ended and I was an 18-year-old PFC in Company K of the 357th Infantry bivouacked in an SS barracks. “I see in your file,” Captain Ingraham said, “that you’ve had two years of college. The Krauts left a mimeograph machine here when they took off. Write us a newspaper.” A half-dozen interviews and days later, the first copies of “The Rifleman” came hot off the mimeograph and I thought, “I’m a writer. This is what I  want to do for the rest of my life.”

 

Q: What kind of day jobs did you have in your life and how did they inspire your writing?

 

A: Writing copy about D-con rat poison for a small ad agency ended suddenly when a rat of a vice-president absconded with the company’s bank account. (Not at all inspirational.) A job writing “The Tattler” at the legendary Grossinger’s in the Catskills led to meeting 50s super-star Eddie Fisher, singing with the band while waiting to turn 18 so he could perform legally at the also legendary Copacabana.  I became Eddie’s press agent, got him in “Time” magazine, later wrote for his TV and radio “Coke Time” shows, and ghosted dozens of fan magazine articles. When the show went Hollywood, I was able to write and sell free-lance pieces about, among others Steve McQueen, Shelley Winters, Deborah Kerr, Alan Ladd, and Rory Calhoun. That jump-started a free-lance writing career which, when Eddie joined the U.S. Army Band, led to collaborating with my magnificent late wife, Arlene, for the majors: Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, McCall’s, Parade, Reader’s Digest, New York Times Magazine, and then for every free-lance writer’s dream: the Saturday Evening Post with a Halloween cover story: “Memoirs of a Monster,” as told to us by Boris Karloff.

Q: What inspired you to write, Adorable Scoundrels?

 

A: My muse, Arlene, who co-wrote the “What to Expect” series with our daughter, Heidi Murkoff.  Traveling with Arlene on her book tours, I met armies of moms and dads. And toddlers. Time spent at 30,000 feet is a great time to write, and I used it. So when Arlene toured for “What to Expect in the Toddler Years” she always sintroduced me five minutes into her lectures to read my fresh-off-the-747 toddler poems. Later, parents would come  up to me and ask, “Where can I get the book?”  I didn’t have one then. I do now.

 

Q: You have written for some major publications! What advice would you give to all of those aspiring bloggers out there who fantasize about being real journalist?

 

 A: There are a lot of bloggers out there doing darned good journalism without any help from me. Ordinarily I suggest things most already know — buying a good book or two on free-lance writing or taking a community college course. But I do have a timely late-breaking news suggestion.  I’ve been a part of the 1,200 member American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) for almost 60 years. Writers, both aspiring and already successful will be coming to its 45th Annual Writing Conference in NYC from all over the country May 20-21. It’s not too late to register at asja.com. It would take another 500 words to describe the 35 instructive sessions, the one-on-one meetings with editors, agents, and publishers, and individual mentoring sessions. Assignments sometimes happen on the spot, and it’s not too late to learn more and to register at asja.com. I’m still attending and learning.

 

Q: What is the overall theme of the, “Guess Who” series?

 

A: Kids read the giraffe’s, the bear’s, the alligator’s “autobiographies in rhyme,” with educational clues in every line and the last word (the animal’s name) left blank for them to guess.  Rhyming books are fun for kids and encourage them to read instead of burying their heads in digital dumpsters. And the fact that they are riddles as well as rhymes increases the fun. There are three book so far: Guess Who Zoo, Farm, and Neighborhood. GWZoo and GWFarm include “If Animals Could Talk” sections where the animals reveal other things that make them interesting — like the camel’s, “Most horses stand when they’re sleeping. I’m smarter. I lie down.”

 

Q:  What is the oddest thing you ever heard from an editor?

 

A: “I’m sorry, but we had to drop Arlene’s byline.” Those words came from an editor of “This Week” magazine, talking about the first piece Arlene and I ever collaborated on. She was 20 years old and a new mom who’d left college to marry lucky me. A mom was, at that point, all she wanted to be. (She’d practically memorized Dr. Spock to earn a Girl Scout merit badge).  This was my first Big Time assignment and I’d been essentially rewriting the lead for two weeks. The morning before a Mothers’  Day deadline with panic and writer’s block setting in, Arlene calmly suggested that I move over. Two hours later we had an excellent piece that needed only a light coat of polish. The next day my editor informed me that the layout had already been finished and Arlene’s first byline would have to wait. It did, but not for long. Over the next 35 years “By Arlene and Howard Eisenberg” appeared in more than 100 major magazines and on the cover of five books.
Q: If you and Arlene disagreed about what to put in an article how did you resolve it?

A: The same way we resolved any and all disagreements in our 48-year marriage. The “winner” should always be the one to whom the issue was most important. And if that didn’t work, never go to bed mad. So as I slipped under the sheets I always apologized —  even if I thought Arlene was wrong.
Q: What trends in children’s literature annoys you?

 

A: This may shock you. But to be honest (something I learned from my dad while I was in knickers), I don’t read a lot of children’s literature because I’d rather write it. I am happy that the days with sentences structured like, “Run, Jack, run,” are over. My six-year-old son struggled at reading until his teacher realized why: People don’t talk like that. She gave him a fourth grade book about submarines and he sailed through it. My books don’t shrink from using “hibernate” when writing about bears. Children can learn an unfamiliar word’s meaning by asking parents and teachers or, better yet, by figuring it out from the context.

 

Q: What is, The Million Dollar Bet about?

 

 A: “The Million Dollar Bet” (for which I wrote book and lyrics) is as much about love as it is about a bet. The show’s key song captures this inspirational theme so important as people live longer: “Life Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over.” Leila, the leading lady expands on that when she cautions her husband, Jerry, “Never give up on your dreams. That’s how people get migraine headaches.” Jerry, an untutored closet baritone and occasional wedding singer, is the retired press agent who helped Eddie Hunter win fame and fortune. At Eddie’s fifth wedding, he is goaded into a a bet that Eddie is sure he can’t lose and Jerry is certain he can’t win: Eddie’s million against a year’s worth of Jerry and Leila’s social security pensions. Jerry has a year to become a singing star — with a booking in Vegas, a hit record, and a shot on the Tonight Show. Somehow (you knew this) in 100 minutes and 18 songs, that’s just what he does.

 

Q: When will we be able to see it?

 

 A: I wish I knew. We’ve had two successful readings so far and the show is in submission to regional theatres.  I believe in my show and I’m optimistic, but  realistic. I live on 80th St. It can take ten years to get  from there to Broadway.  But…l’m on the way.  ##

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

 

 

An Interview With Author James Pope

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James Pope is the author of Post Hole Digger; here is a link to his Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Post-Hole-Digger-James-Pope/dp/1499029209 

 

Q: What is Post Hole Digger about?

A: The life of Iowa farm boy James Pope, from first memory to adult.

Q: What inspired you to write it?

A: The book is a good learning tool for young children pertaining to family responsibility, wants versus needs, earning rewards versus hand-out , being held accountable.  All member give and receive love.

Q: What does the Department of Child Welfare do in cases where children are forced to work full time on a farm?

A: Better wording: forced to work full time on truck farms.

DCW should ensure the children go to school.  This lowers the productivity of the family, hence lower income.  The children now work after school.

A farmer working his own land cannot afford to hire help.  The children have to participate to make the farm productive.  During harvest time it’s a 24/7 operation.

  

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

 

A:  Senator John McCain, Ken Burns

Q:  Is farming your only day job or have you tried other professions?

A: Always took any odd job I could find to earn money.

I lived and worked on the farm until dads health started failing.  He had to find lighter work.  At the end of my 6th grade dad took the job of school janitor.  We lived in the school house, under the gym.  First time we had indoor plumbing.  Dad and I worked very hard learning all the utility systems and how the school operated.  The summer between my 8th and 9th grade dad became very Ill.  I took over all janitorial duties, sleeping in the boiler room, getting up at 2;00 am to scoop coal.  I was always getting called out of class due to some emergence .  Dad died in my arms March 18th   1953, 7 days before my 16 birthday.  It was up to me to support my mother and little sister.  At the end of the 9th grade mom found a job and I went to work as a hired farm hand for the next four years.  I joined the Navy and entered the submarine service retiring after 28 years service.  I than went to work for a utility company.  Doing farm work with a tractor starting in the 3rdgrade, at age 60, after working for 53 years I stopped going to work.

I have written three novels:  Inner space Nomads (no Longer in print), Trifecta ( current), Post Hole Digger (current) .

Awarded trademark for my candy creation Wild Peanut Butter.

I have a 1958 Corvette and an a member of the San Diego Corvette Owners Club.

I graduated from high school in Avoca, Iowa in 1958.  First car I Purchased after graduation was a 1958
Corvette.  I had it in San Francisco and Hawaii for 5 years.  Only Vette on Oahu.

Q:  How did you come up with the title?

A: I got so damn tired of so called educated people spewing bullshit, I’d tell them I to have a PHD.  My PHD is a Post Hole Digger.  I’d tell them to go back to their college and demand all their money back, they taught you 50 year old information.

Q:  What have you done to promote your book?

A: I’ve listed it on InkTip web site, Sell your book to the movies web site, Mailed a flyer to every public library in the state of Iowa, promoted it at book fairs in New York, Miami, Germany

 

Q:  Do you think publishers tend to shy away from books about poor people?

A: Not if there is a valid story line.

Q:  What is it that most Americans misunderstand about farming?

A: The cost of producing crops, cost of machinery, the uncertainty of mother nature.  A used combine can cost you $350,000.00 and only gets used 3 months a year. When I was working as a hired man, a farmer had to have enough money in the bank to plant crops three years in a row as a hedge against bad times.  Family emergency may a family to send a truck load of hogs or steers to market to cover unexpected medical bills.

Today financial planners advocate 6 month savings.

That’s the difference between growing up in the “cash and carry” era.  Law-a-way started the switch from needs to wants.  AND NEXT CAME CREDIT CARDS and a life time of debt.

Q:  If you could have any famous writer stay on your farm for a month who would it be?

A:  A horticulturist .  By the end of the century the earth will not be able to support the population.   You can led a horse to water but can’t lead a whoretocaluture

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Actor Sriram Parthasarathy

 

 

 

sirpSriram Parthasarathy is a Chicago based actor who has appeared in many short films and in the series Outta Air; here is a link to his Vimeo page:

 

 

 

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

A: From the moment I first saw Terminator 2, I knew that my only dream in life was to become an actor. From 1992 onwards, this has been my conscious and subconscious thought pattern, to somehow find a way to live it.

Q:  You’ve been in a lot of short films. What do you look for in a role?

A: Typically, I will take on short/independent films or series that have a principal role that will actually teach me something about acting. Whether it’s an antihero, villain, or protagonist, I am constantly able to absorb depth,

Q: What is Outta Air about?

A: It’s definitely a redemptive story about not wasting time in righting your wrongs.  I have never in my heart believed in letting things go, especially if I am responsible for royally screwing something or someone up. The only way the heart can truly rest is if the truth is told, consequences are understood and embraced, and life is lived better as a result.  If one waits around for self-created problems to hopefully go away and just be moved past from, they are damning themselves to a life of dishonor. This film shortens said life 🙂

Q:   What role do you play?

A: I play two roles actually: the first is a fellow named Reggie who’s told by some magical voice in his brain that his life will expire in 24 hours.  I also play said voice and its corresponding silhouetted figure 😉

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?

A: The main thing was to NOT memorize dialogue, which is my normal m.o. I have no idea if it’s actually effective or not, but it allows me to absorb the story and environment, and not be self-conscious of my lines, which of course shows on screen J. For 99% of the films I’ve been a part of, if the director was not a theater director, they have been ok with not hearing dialogue verbatim.

Q: You have a real job as an IT manager. How does your job affect your ability to pursue acting?

A: God bless my employer, Carevoyant software, that knows very well what I do outside of the day job, in between fashion and film on evenings and weekends. They have been angels in knowing that if I ever miss any time, as long as I am reachable during the time for emergencies, they will get my undivided attention and loyalty and overcompensated hours in return 😉

Q:  What is your strangest onset story?

A: It actually took place in my own condo. An independent feature, The Great Chicago Filmmaker, had required a few scenes to be shot in my place. My character was actually a film producer that allowed the “director” in the film to shoot scenes in my condo. Unfortunately, as we were shooting scenes that day, the crew decided to wire up and use very extensive lighting out in the public hallways of my building. The building management started banging on my door (as I was actually in my bedroom taking a nap, as the scenes being shot didn’t need me yet), and told me (in the midst of 25 cast+crew in my place) that the building was going to fine me 500 dollars for all of this. Luckily, the gentleman was a sweetheart, and mentioned that if I could donate to the Christmas fund for the maintenance and regular building staff, he would not write it up, and would not document any more complaints from other residents. 100 dollars later, we continued shooting everything inside my place, and wound up reshooting the scenes, where my character actually goes through the same exact problem, and casted another actor to play by building management staff J A grand total of 3 people laughed when they saw the reshot scene at the premiere. I was one of them 😦

Q: Why Chicago and not LA or New York?

A: Mainly because I have no background whatsoever as an actor, and also due to my age. Since I never took acting classes/workshops and had no stage background whatsoever, I could not throw caution to the wind and head out east or west; also, thanks to my lovely mortgage payment and my parents who stay in the suburbs of Chicago, my heart will always be here. If either NYC or LA do call me, it would be based on the results of the works that I’ve been a part of, that the world would ALLOW me to head out to those places, and not as a result of my taking six months out there and hoping that something works out. Although, I may change my stupidly idealistic tune in 1 year 🙂

Q: What would you change about the film industry?

A: I would completely eliminate gofundme.com etc as forms of investment for films. From all of the legendary stories I’ve read from productions like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Superman I, even the battles between producers/directors/investors/cast based on actual budgets, battles in the background were part of the mystique and aura of a true film, and not just simply collaboration, showing up and doing your job etc. Unfortunately, mystique is a long-lost concept in the entertainment industry in general, where our heroes and idols are destroyed the moment they become public figures. I would rather know them and admire them as talents rather than TMZ-related fodder for all 😦

 

Q:  If you could spend a year in the world of any short film you have been in which one would you pick and why?

A: It would be in a film called Corvus, where I played death in human form. Everything I touched would turn to fire, except for humans, and any human I came in contact with would take me on a journey through their life that took them to the moment they met me.  I would have no control of whether their time was up or not, but it would allow me to understand the human soul in ways I could never fathom. And the next day, I would hopefully treat the world better as a result of knowing that it does not revolve around me and any ego I may have 🙂

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.