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An Interview With Writer Stephen Nawotniak


Stephen Nawotniak is the author of the children’s book Mubu the Morph; here is a link to the website:



Q:  Who is Mubu the Morph?


A: Mubu is the main character in the story Mubu the Morph.  As a Morph, he is able to change his shape into whatever he chooses to be, which, in the story, is a bike, a bird, a dog, and a fish.  In a companion story on a poster called Mubu the Morph, Origin Story, I explain how Morphs are made up of the hopes and dreams of individuals.

Q:  Why will children like Mubu?

A: The children that I have read the story to think the character is cute and love that he can change into different objects.  The various forms he takes are often pointed out as the child’s favorite part of the story.

Q:  You are an Occupational Therapist; what does the job entail?


A: As an Occupational Therapist I focus on supporting people in successfully completing meaningful parts of their lives for an improved quality of life.  When I worked with children it focused on coordination and fine motor skills to improve their abilities in school work and play.  I now work with the elderly and adult rehab where I focus on helping people regain the ability to feed, clothe and bathe themselves.

Q:  What kind of training did you have for the job?


A: To be an Occupational Therapist one must have a Masters Degree and obtain State and National Licenses.

Q:  How does your job affect your writing?


A: Occupational Therapy involves helping people address challenges of a physical or mental state and support them in developing a desired quality of life.  Through this I witness how people address challenges in their life and how those challenges can affect their identity.  This influence provides me with insight into themes of self identity and personal development I like to include as central themes in the children’s books I write.

Q:  How did you meet Jeffery, the books illistrator?

A: I met him at a local farmers market.  I found out he was an artist and asked if he would be interested in illustrating my children’s book.  I recited it from memory and he was hooked right away.  His talent for capturing my words in illustration, and artwork in general, is second to none.  I couldn’t have asked for a better illustrator.




Q:  What advice would you give to someone who works full time, but has creative ambitions?

A: Just start!  There is no recipe for success, no magic formula for having all the right pieces come together (or at least I haven’t found any).  You just make your creative project and share it with passion.  Expect “no’s” because they are part of the process.  The most important part is that you just let yourself have fun with the process.  It is that passion and fun that will draw people into the fold.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?


A: My favorite book is Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss.  I hope my books can deliver a timeless message in a fun format like he did.




Q:  What trends in children’s literature annoy you?


A: I think that messages on self identity and self confidence are important messages for children these days.  Fables and fairy tales had messages to them to teach a child important life lessons as they grow.  I’m not sure that we do that enough in today’s children’s literature.  Does this annoy me? No.  But I feel that it is an important niche that I hope to support.


Q:  If Mubu could make a guest appearance on a famous comic strip, which one would it be?

A: I think Mubu would love to make a guest appearance on The Peanuts Comic Strip because he would like to help Charlie Brown improve his self identity.  Mubu is also impressed with how the Peanuts gang accepts the idiosyncrasies of each other which allows the unique gifts and talents to be shared to improve everyone’s quality of life.

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 EN McNamara


EN McNamara is the author of The Jamie Keller Mystery Series; here is a link to the Amazon page






Q:  What inspired you to start the Jamie Keller Mystery Series?

A: Reading the book, A Course in Miracles, radically shifted my way of thinking. Change your mind and you’ll change your world. I found it to be true and wished I’d learned the lessons earlier in life. This new way of thinking brought me from the clamorous San Francisco Bay Area to the forests of western Oregon, where I purchased ten acres of property, off-grid, with plans of starting my own lavender farm and business.

In 2004, when we first arrived in Oregon, we got turned on to mushroom hunting. The forest was just outside our door and it was an enjoyable way to make extra money. (Chanterelles can go for as much as eight bucks a pound.)

One afternoon, our new kittens, Schwartz and Isaiah, insisted on accompanying us on the hunt. They were like mini-mountain lions.

As we marveled over their prowess, later that evening, over a glass of vin (perhaps inspired by the wine), I decided to write a story calledThe Chanty Cat Mystery. I excitedly began jotting down my cast of characters (never mind I could hardly spell, and knew nothing about grammar), starting with a fourteen year old protagonist named Jamie Keller, who’s father has just been killed by a roadside bomb. From there the story wrote itself. I later changed the title to Off the Grid, but the cats remain in the story, playing an important role. The first draft took only thirty days to write, but forever to refine and edit.

Without laying it on too thick, I try to incorporate some of life’s lessons, while giving people something fun to read. Many of my fans are not young adults. The dedication to On the Brink is for my hundred year old aunt who’s always asking for the next story.


Q:  What happens in On the Brink?

A: The story starts off on a high note, when Jamie, Jenny and Catherine get their first real paying gig. Excitement wanes as certain realities creep into the picture. All of the Keller siblings are curious about the mysterious someone, Mrs. Keller spends hours on the phone with, and are none too impressed when they meet him. Also, sweet little Jana has fallen in with a bad crowd and finds herself in trouble deep.

Q:  What makes Jamie a character worth reading about?

A: Jamie is a dichotomy, like most of us, which makes her relatable.

She can jump from generous to jealous at the drop of a hat. She’s a thinker and a stinker and a victim of instant karma who’s selfish tendencies tend to smack her in the butt. At times she is master at cloaking her emotions, while other times over-reacting to the point of ridiculousness. She’s curious and mostly honest. Being only fourteen she is creative, expressive, and oft’ times excessive.

Q:  What life experiences do you draw from in your work?

A: Write about what you know they said. So I did. Sibling dynamics we’re easy, being the fifth out of six kids, and the action takes place on a one-horse, off grid, farm in rural Oregon, which is – let’s say – all familiar. I made Jamie a musician because I know how it feels. And animals, always animals, because I am surrounded by them myself.

I turn to current events for fodder. The Iraq War was raging when I started Off the GridOver the Edge, explores the generational effects of meth. Gay Rights were foremost in the news when I wrote In the Groove, and I used the Drought in the West as an issue in On the Brink.

Under the Weather (expect summer release) revolves around issues of Medical rights/Right to Die and much, much more.

Q:  Who are some of your writing influences?

A: They’ve changed along the way. In high school my sisters and I adored Lenora Mattingly Weber’s WW2 era Beany Malone Series. Currently? Let’s see. . . Ursula Hedgy, Joyce Maynard, and Anne Lamott come to mind, but I admire anyone who dares artistic expression.

I heard a writer interviewed on NPR, who suggested if you find your writing below your standards perhaps you should lower your standards. That statement gave me courage and I wish I could recall the source.

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

A: I’m a lavender farmer with an online product store, Lord and Lady Lavender, so I work from home in the day, out in the yard (weeding, planting, scooping poop) or inside on my website.

A few nights out of the month we play gigs. My partner and I have an acoustic duet, called Moonglow. We play mostly the beautiful old songs from the Hit Parade era, but also Country, Bluegrass, and Rock&Roll. You can find us (moonglow the duet) on YouTube, singingScotch and Soda and a few other hits.

As mentioned, my farm is the backdrop for The Jamie Keller Mystery Series. Jamie is a passionate musician, who experiences all of the highs and lows of the profession. Ouch!

Q:  Why do you think series books are so popular with young people?

A: I think for the same reasons they watch the same movie over and over. Familiarity is comforting.
Q:  What are you working on now?

A: I’m just wrapping up Under the Weather, book five. The story is figured and very close to done. I still have to draw the cover art and deal with the ever tedious task of editing, but I think it will be ready by July.

Q:  What are Lord and Lady Lavender Products?

A: Thanks for asking!

We specialize in lavender gift boxes for men and women; offering soaps, sprays, salts, lip balm, beeswax candles (we have three hives), and love potions. All are hand-crafted on our farm. We’re a small company so it’s more manageable than it sounds. We established in 2004 and grow a bit every year.
Q:  If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would you pick and why?

A: I’d choose The Cat in the Hat, because he’s such an artful trouble maker. I received a set of Dr. Seuss books for my fifth birthday and remember loving them so.

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 Frankie Bow


Frankie Bow is a teacher and the author of The Musubi Murder; here is a link to her website:

Q:  What is The Musubi Murder about?

A:  The Musubi Murder is the first campus crime novel set in Hawaii. The protagonist is professor Molly Barda, a reluctant sleuth who is very much a fish out of water. She’s a big city girl recently transplanted to remote Mahina State University, using her top-ten literature Ph.D. to teach resume-writing to business majors. She just wants to keep her head down and stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, so naturally she ends up getting dragged into the middle of a grisly murder case.

Q:  What life experiences did you draw from when writing the book?

A:  Everything in the book is entirely fictitious, but I do work in higher education. We seem to have a lot of “Rewarding A While Hoping for B,” or what economists call perverse incentives. A lot of this, in my opinion, comes from the fact that we reward or punish short term results, when we’re hoping for long-term improvement. For example, Molly’s dean refuses to turn away a tuition-paying customer under any circumstances. Even if the “customer” plagiarizes an assignment, fails every test, or waves a machete around in class. These kinds of conflicts are kind of fun to write about, because everyone thinks they’re the put-upon hero of the story.

Q:  What makes Molly Barda worth reading about?

A:  Molly is obsessive and neurotic, and she overthinks everything, but I’ve tried to write her so that the reader can understand and even identify with her. For example, as she’s taking her seat in a theater, she thinks: “I can never decide whether to face front or back when I’m squeezing into a row of seats; which intimate body part does the average theatergoer want hovering inches from their face? Someone should do a survey.” I’m hoping that the reader will recognize that they have wondered this exact thing themselves.

Q:  What makes her different from other characters?

A:  Molly’s superpower is reading. There’s some research that shows that exposing people to literature makes them more adept at reading the emotions of others. These are lab experiments, not observational studies, so it’s not just that empathetic people like to read. Because of her reading habit, Molly, as socially awkward and insensitive as she can be, is better than average at reading peoples’ emotions and motivations.

Q:  Who are some of your literary influences?

A:  Dorothy Parker, P.G. Wodehouse, Sarah Caudwell, Dave Barry, Molly Ivins, Alexander McCall Smith, and E.F. Benson.

Q:  What are some things you have done to promote your book?

A:  I set up a WordPress blog using Simon Whistler’s tremendously helpful video tutorial. The blog is where I post things first, but I’m also onTwitterFacebook, LinkedInPinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Blogger. As the hardcover launch date gets closer I’m thinking of using Buzzfeed and Storify a little more.

I gave away a signed ARC on Goodreads, and will do another one before the August 5 release date of the hardcover. I’m also doing anAudible giveaway on LibraryThing.

Q:  What elements do you think a good murder mystery contains?

A:  I think there should be enough clues planted along the way that when you re-read it, the murderer’s identity and motivation should be obvious. It should also be entertaining enough that you actually want to re-read it!

Q:  What challenges did you face in writing the series?

A:  One big challenge was Molly’s love life—I didn’t want it to be too perfect. It had to be flawed enough to generate some interesting conflict. I wanted her love interest to be appealing enough that you can understand what Molly sees in him, and I wanted it to be believable that he would pursue her. I didn’t want him to be Astronaut Mike Dexter.

Q:  What is your weirdest teaching story?

A:  Living in a small town (not entirely unlike the fictional Mahina), I realize that there are no secrets, but even so, this was a weird one. My husband and I had just learned that we would be having a daughter. I was visibly pregnant, but we hadn’t told anyone (except for his mother) the sex of the baby. Imagine my surprise when two of my students announced to the rest of the class—in class—that I was going to have a girl. And they wouldn’t tell me how they knew.

Q:  If you could meet Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes, who would you pick and why?

A: I would pick Nancy Drew. Sherlock Holmes is likely to be in bad humor and might not speak at all. Nancy Drew would be gracious and willing to recount some interesting stories.

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 Liberator Art Brand Owner Zig Gruz


Zig Gruz is the owner of Liberator Art Brand; here is a link to his website:





Q:  What is Liberator Art Brand?


A: Liberator Art Brand (LAB) corporation is an American art manufacturing and distribution company. Liberator Art Brand produces the artwork of talented emerging artists under our own brand. Normally art investments are very risky, not practical, and only for the very wealthy. LAB has now revolutionized the way people can invest in art. LAB art ownership comes with almost no risk and many great safe guards, benefits and opportunities.

We want to change the world for the better by offering products and services that can bring financial safety and liberty to millions of regular Americans and others around the world. Our product and benefits offer unlimited possibilities with losses limited to 20% max.

Liberator Art Brand art Is the only Investment in the world that has a 10 Year Money Back Worldwide Return Guarantee. LAB art can be used for Safety, Profit and Protection.

Liberator Art Brand is a lot more than just another company with another product. LAB can be used by people as their own financial liberation vehicle. Our customers can invest, protect and preserve their hard earned money just by acquiring one or more of our artworks. All funds used to purchase our art become automatically protected from just about everything and everybody.

Q:  What qualifies you to run this business?


A: I have a great passion and desire to be able to help regular Americans to protect and preserve their financial future and make their life easier and simpler.

I do not have any direct experience in running large corporations. Having said that, I do have more experience and qualifications than Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg combined.  I do have very wide knowledge of economics, engineering, software, tax laws, finances, legalities and politics;  American and international. I am a natural inventor and problem fixer.

I deeply believe that it’s about time that somebody did something significant to help middle class Americans. Politicians are only giving us a lip service and in too many cases make things worse.

Q:  What is your background in art?


A: I am an art lover. Art speaks to me. Art is timeless and I appreciate this fact. Art is one of the great world’s natural equalizers, since education, race, color, age, country and nothing else matters – just art itself.

I understand how art values appreciate and how art market works. I studied this subject extensively.  I want make art even more than it is today. I believe that we can increase art value and appreciation tenfold. We can help thousands of artists.

LAB art can bring true equality of opportunities to all people.

Q:  What are your standards for the artwork itself?


A: There is no such thing as a standard in art. Art is subjective and we do not plan to control anybodies taste. In a long run, we are planning to let people with help of some experts to choose our art.

Q: How can it serve as an alternative to a pre-nup?


A: Depending on individual circumstances, it may or may not be a full prenup alternative, since we can offer protections only to liquid assets (holdings converted to cash).

What is the purpose of a prenup? Basically, one or both parties are trying to protect some of their assets from a future spouse, in case of a divorce. For the average Joe or Jane this can create a source of present and future tension and even breakup.

Purchase of one or more LAB artworks can handle this type of situation painlessly and without hard feeling. LAB solution is even better from legal aspect, since it cannot be challenge in court like a prenup can be. LAB art can be easily acquired without other people knowledge. Even if it’s known, it would not make much difference, since only the registered art owner is entitled to return and other benefits.

In case of a divorce, all fund used to acquire LAB art stay “property” of the art owner.  No courts, no lawyers.

Q:  You promise “we shall have enough funds at all times to be able to pay out on all return claims;” how are you able to make that guarantee?


A: All LAB artworks come with 10 Year Worldwide Return Guarantee.  Due to this LAB art ownership benefit, LAB is legally obligated to keep 80% of the money paid in reserve for the duration of the return guarantee period, to be available in case of return.

After art purchase is completed, LAB will take off  20% (fee charged in case of return) of the total to be used in company’s business, while putting 80% of the money in separate trust type accounts to be kept for the duration of the return guarantee period. So, these funds should be available at all times in case of return. (Note: 80% amount can be less if art owner decides to take a loan against it. LAB allows up to 75% loan amounts. So, the amount LAB will be holding is 80% – $loan amount. In case of 75% loan, LAB would only hold 5%)

Q:  What are some of the reasons potential clients might have for patronizing your business?


A: We offer many solutions to many big challenges and problems, in addition to safe art investment opportunities. We hope to communicate to people that they should become LAB art owners to insure their financial future stability and prosperity. They have very little to lose and a lot to gain. Together we can revolutionize the world for the better. We offer the world’s only safe investment opportunity and better safety net than any other product, program or insurance – and we doing it for Free.

Q: How can your services benefit a middle class person?


A: Middle class gets abused more than anybody else, especially in case of lawsuits and creditors. Poor do not care. Nobody going to try to sue them or collect money from them. Rich can afford legal challenges and they have experts to do their bidding. The middle class get screwed too many time, too often. Average middle class person is scared to death of lawyers and courts. Even if he wins he is going to lose. One lawsuit or medical expense can wipe out almost anyone.

Liberator Art Brand art ownership can be used as great equalizer. All funds used in LAB art purchase can be protected from lawsuits, creditors and from just about everything else.

Q:  What happens to peoples investments if you go out of business?


A: Great and very important question. All 80% funds (funds that are hold in case of return. Explained under question 6) will be refunded to all registered art owners. Art owners get to keep their artworks and 80% of the price paid  (or whatever is due to them after loan adjustments).


Q:  What kind of legal research did you do before starting your company to make sure that what you were doing was legal?

A: My research started about 20 years ago when I was frivolously sued. Case had no merit, but my lawyer informed me that courts are unpredictable and there was a very small chance that I can lose. Luckily we did not go to a full trial, nobody won, nobody lost. It only cost me about $30,000. Great success. I was traumatized, hurt, and pissed off. How is it fare that I could lose everything I have for no reason what so ever. Courts can take all you have. Lawyers charge by the hour at rates a lot more than people can afford.

To make a long story short, I spent next 15 years + trying to find answers on how regular people can protect at least portion of their assets. I became an expert on the subject, but could not come up with good solutions for an average person. All standard assets protection schemes require a lot of money. And they still far from perfect.

About 2 years ago I finally had an Eureka moment, what much later became a Liberator Art Brand Inc.

Now to the main question about legality:

This is one of the most ingenious thing about LAB. It almost completely avoids legal and government headaches and regulations. LAB sells a product, just like any other manufacturing company. LAB trying to keep our customers happy and provides the best service to them. To this aim, we offer unprecedented 10 year worldwide return guarantee and many other unique useful benefits. What can be illegal about that?  (For more legal explanations and details please see our website, under Help/ How LAB Free Protection works menu.)

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 Radio Host Steven Knight

Steven Knight

Steven Knight is a singer/songwriter who is the host of The Steven Knight Show on EOTM Radio Networks; here is a link to his website:


Q:  What made you interested in hosting your own radio show?

A: I did an interview promoting my music with Rahn Anthony on EOTM Networks and from there I was actually asked to host my own show based on my Facebook page and interaction with my online friends.  Initially I turned down the offer but Rahn expressed how much exposure I would get and the interesting people I would meet so I eventually agreed to do it.

Q:  What makes your show unique?

A: I think our show is unique because we mix celebrities with every day people.  We not only provide exposure to the big names but also to those who have a great brand but just need that introduction to the masses.  Plus our team is pretty funny.  I have a great time each week and I think that comes through to our listeners.


Q: How do you go about procuring material for your show?

A: We solicited guests to be on our show but being in our 5th season now, we get tons of PR people wanting their clients on the show.  Our inbox stays full which is a blessing.  A lot of people really want to be on this show.


Q:  Who was your most challenging interview?

A: Years ago I was asked to interview this 14 year old music artist.  This would be my first time interviewing an adolescent but I agreed to do it as a favor.  When the interview started, I was getting nothing but one word answers and I really felt this interview was not going well.  His mother had also called into the station but I figured it was for moral support.  It turns out that the young man was autistic when lead to a bigger conversation and completely turned the interview around.  It ended up being a success.  I just wish I would have known that going in but either way it was a great experience.


Q:  What kinds of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your creative work?

A: For the past 8 years I have been in staffing and one key skill needed to be successful is the ability to listen.  That also is true to being a good interviewer.  You have to be able to listen to the guests and know how to direct the conversation.  I don’t like my interviews to be overly scripted, so I listen and ask questions based on what the guest is telling me.


Q:  How did you go about promoting your show?

A: Social media is our best friend.  We are all over the net so that is our biggest form of promotion but I also promote when I perform at an event, etc.  Chike (producer & movie review contributor) does a lot of promotion at events he hosts, etc as well.


Q:  Who are some of your radio show hosting heroes and why?

A: In an effort to become a good interviewer, I have listened to many different types of people who do this.  Anyone from Steve Harvey to Oprah to the team at the Breakfast Club, etc.  Each person has their own style but I have learned a lot from listening to them and studying the way they interview.  So there is not just one radio show hosting hero.  There are many.

Q:  What are some themes you like to write about in your music?

A: With my music I want to make timeless songs that can be heard and still relevant years to come.  I try to write songs that speak to our different moods – whether it’s being in love, dealing with a break up or just having a good time.  I try to speak to things that I can relate to you.


Q:  Why Atlanta and not New York or Hollywood?

A: I actually never wanted to live in Atlanta until 2006 when I came down to visit with some friends.  As we were leaving to head back to VA, we stopped to get directions so that we could get back on the highway.  This guy provided them for us and then started talking about music and gave me the numbers to his contacts in ATL.  As I was driving back, my mind started thinking and I knew that I needed to get to Atlanta.  That was over 8 years ago and I have been thinking about relocating to NY.  It would just have to be the right situation but definitely a strong possibility.  Atlanta has been good to me but I am definitely ready for a change and new exposure.


Q:  If you could have your choice of guests on your show, who would you pick and why?

A:  I would love to interview Oprah, Jay Z and other stars of that caliber because I believe they are great teachers in their own rights.  I have interviewed so many people from different backgrounds, etc and have learned so much over the years.  I definitely believe Oprah and Jay Z could teach me some value tools about success and managing it all.

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 Vinicius Machado



is an actor who plays Nomar Arcielo who is a pedophile on the Starz show Power. Mr. Machado has appeared on many network shows including Cold Case and CSI Miami; here is a link to his IMDB page:




Q: When did you know you were an actor?


A: In my sophomore year in High School. I had to pick an elective to complete my classes for that year. I hated drawing and painting. So, I chose drama. I didn’t have a natural inclination for the stage or anything like that. I just wanted an easy grade. Well, one of the requirements for the class that year, was that I had to audition, for one of the school plays. So I auditioned for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I don’t remember specifically, what my monologue was entirely for my audition, but I do remember, that it had nothing to do with nothing. I took a sentence off a billboard sign and I wrote something about it. I just made it my own, I was actually trying not to get it. Well, I got it. I played one of the Athenian workers, Robin Starveling. Don’t know why I actually accepted the role. Didn’t fight it, didn’t put much effort behind it either. Leading up to performance night, I was oblivious to what was happening to me. I fell in love with the stage. The applauses came like gasoline, fueling my heart towards that world more and more with each clap. It was then, that I decided to move to that world permanently…I ended up being in almost every other play for the rest of my high school years.


Q:  How did you get your first big break?


A: Within the first month of being out here in Los Angeles. I got my manager and agent the first two weeks. One of my first few auditions was for Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide on Nickelodeon. It was a guest starring, possibly recurring role initially. I played Faymen Forchin, the exchange student from Brazil that becomes Jennifer Mozely’ love interest (played by Lindsey Shaw). The role recurred and became a regular on the show. I got a lot of recognition for it. Doors opened up for me immediately because of that, and I began working consistently for the next few years.


Q:  How did you prepare for the role of Nomar Arcielo on Power?


A: So I knew that Nomar was a pedophile. I initially wanted to stretch that, as far as I could in my head as I was thinking about preparation. I remember, watching all these pedophile confessions and documentaries and all. One of the things that intrigued me so much about these people, was the fact that they all had normal and in most cases, decent lives. They were family members, with children, good jobs, etc. Of course you have your extreme cases, but generally speaking, pedophiles are not on the surface, the monsters we know them to be. On the contrary. Most, are even sweet people to talk to. So I decided to dress Nomar that way. Externally pure and well suited for life. But, internally, he’s a frustrated man. A man with unsatisfied addictions, and desires. I also used the influence of specific music to help me grasp his mindset.


Q:  What makes the show controversial?


A: I think the title of the show, “POWER”, alone, is controversial. There’s a lot of things that make the show controversial. But, I think the two most important, which I must mention, are. One, the racial element of the main character’s story. This is a man of color, rising in a difficult world. A world filled with prejudice towards his person, culture, etc. Two, is the social class injustices every character in this series is experiencing, in one way or another. “He who has the gold, makes the rules” right? If that’s the case, then POWER, by definition, is reserved for the Elites alone. What implication does that have to a seemingly “free world”?


Q:  You’ve been on some major shows, what’s was your weirdest celebrity encounter?


A: I think meeting Lucy Liu on Southland. She was my favorite Angel, so meeting her was supposed to be love at first sight for me. Which it was. But, when I met her, she was sitting next to me for the table read. I turned to look at her and introduce myself and in between us, was her dog, the cutest chocolate lab I have ever seen. I’m a huge dog lover. I grew up with six (6) dogs. So meeting her was like being reconnected with my dogs. It was so weird. Indeed, it was love at first sight, for me and the dog.


Q:  What qualities do you think you have, that made you successful in Hollywood?


A: Definitely my versatility with the languages i speak. I speak fluently Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of English. lol. Also, my Brazilian complexity, which gives me universal appeal, which has afforded me the look to be diverse in casting.


Q:  If acting didn’t work out what was your back up plan?


A: A Sales Entrepreneur. I love selling, I’m good at it. I used to sell things on Ebay for a living at one point of my life. I’ve sold everything you can imagine, literally. I’ve sold things on the streets too. I used to load up my car with things to sell, I would find a hot spot, park, open the car doors and begin making money. That was obviously before I was introduced to Ebay.


Q:  What do you miss about Brazil?


A: I miss my family. I come from a big family.  I’ve lost a lot of family members within the past few years, some way before their time. Which has made me realize how important it is to enjoy the people you love while you have them because we never know. I miss them all. There’s nothing more important to me today, then spending time with my family.


Q:  What character from literature would you most like to play?


A: The Infamous, young, Emperor Nero! For many different reasons.


Q:  What would you change about Hollywood?


A: I plan on finding ways to open up more doors for Actors and Artists of color like myself. My goal is to change the way we are perceived for casting. To no longer be a minority, or a stereotype, but an Actor, known and accepted for our talent, not our skin color. That’s my goal at least.


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 GreenSurance Founder Kari Gray



Kari Gray is the founder of GreenSurance; here is a link to the website:






Q:  What is GreenSurance?


A: The People’s Voice for Insured Alternative Medicine


Q:  Would pharmaceutical medications be covered as well?


A: They will not be covered by the policies once in force, This is 100% alternative medicine which is not covered by conventional insurance. We are not duplicating what is instead we’re pioneering a voice for coverage for what has never been covered before.


Q: What kind of providers are you looking for?


A: Integrative, Complimentary, Holistic & Alternative


Q:  Will marijuana be covered?


A: Hemp or CDB nothing illegal unless prescribed


Q:  Will it count as insurance in terms of Obama Care?


A: No this is not Obamacare


Q:  What is your personal background in alternative medicine?


A: At 27, as a young wife and mother I faced the unthinkable; terminal liver cancer and two ‘no hope of survival’ medical diagnosis. Faced with certain death and left with no medical options, I chose to ‘fight like a girl”. It was that choice and the determination to never give in, that put me on the path to a changed life. As a terminally ill person, I had a small window of opportunity to seize before the clock ran out. Making the alternative choice meant I was to carry the financial load of paying insurance premiums for my family while self-funding  my alternative cancer care that cost thousands in a time sensitive window.


Working with an alternative practitioner, I followed a battery of treatments prescribed which included changes in diet, work, thinking, emotions, living, and more. Nothing remained the same as she now spent thousands on organic foods, multiple cleanses, detoxes, and myriads of food supplements, plus the equipment needed to manage the life crisis


It was life altering to say the least” because what frustrated me most was no matter the premiums I paid, I had no medical options and no say in insured treatment choice. Left without medical options, my life looking back was a ‘death sentence’ that saved me because it pushed me to chose alternative. And while my insurance company called what I chose “out of coverage” and “unproven”, the results eight months later proved all the money spent was the best money I could have ever spent when new blood work verified my enzyme count was normal. New test results verified I was diagnosed a cancer free miracle! That was 25 years ago.


Q:  Your website says that you had a business that gave you access to confidential court document records; what kind of business was it?


A: Litigation funding


Q: In her book Gulp Mary Roach says her  research indicated that neither pharmaceuticals or natural alternatives are the best thing to cure intestinal aliments and that fecal transplant is the best alternative. What are your feelings about this procedure?


A: I can’t speak because I have no idea what this is


Q:  Why do you think people are hesitant to try alternative medicine?


A: People are uneducated and kept intimidated by the medical cartel who controls people out of fear and ignorance of the beautiful healing power each of our bodies posses.


Q: Why do you think so many pharmaceutical drugs are approved and later taken off the market?


A: Because the FDA is in bed with big pharma. Do the research and you will see the executives of Big Pharma as directors and inspectors of the FDA. http://www.goodhealthinfo.net/cancer/fda_cozy_relationship.htm They’re the fox guarding the hen house.


In my experience through litigation funding, court documents tell the story. FDA approved patent drugs empowers big pharma to promote ‘off brand use’ to capture all the market in the 20 year patent protection window. With that they know so many people will be injured and die and they call it the ‘ cost of doing business’ the human suffering that happens when profits are put over people. Tens of billions in profits settled by pennies on the dollar settlements to the injured is the game, and its a profitable ‘game’ at that. It’s a numbers game that comes in the way of lives ruined, healths destroyed.


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