Nine Questions with… Clara Lee

Today I’m pleased to present an interview with Clara Lee, author of The Cupcake Theory. For those of you that don’t know Clara yet, let’s take a few moments and get to know her…

Clara LeeMy name is Clara Lee. I am an Author, Coach, Speaker, Model, and Business Consultant! I was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Northern California. I am a graduate of Boston University. I am passionate to help and inspire people in overcoming hardships, self-confidence, and relationships! I live in Los Angeles, Calif., with my puppy Blueberry. My philosophy in life is that all things must transcend from within and that true beauty can only come from within. I was inspired of this idea at 19 years old when I temporarily lost my eye sight due to glaucoma. After overcoming this hardship, I have dedicated myself to sharing my messages and philosophy to the world through my various passions as entertainer, consultant and coach.

Welcome Clara, tell us about your writing process?

My writing process starts from observation, learning, epiphany and realization! Then follows extensive thinking, organizing my thoughts, research, connecting with experts and other wise people/mentors. Most of my writing process begins at little coffee and tea shops or in everyday places! I like to jot down ideas on anything ‘writable’ from coffee shop napkins to coffee cups and shoe boxes to notebooks whenever an idea or an inspiration comes to mind – I write them all down! Sometimes you don’t necessarily need a notebook and a pen to start writing and get inspired!

Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

Hmm… outside of self-help and personal development, I would say Fantasy/Sci-fi!!!

Oh, that’s very interesting! You’ll have to come back when you write that fantasy/sci-fi tome you’ve got hiding inside you! What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

For those who want to fly, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Present, The Gift of Imperfection, Leadership and Self Deception.

All of these books are inspirational, and they touch upon the idea of individualism and embracement of who you are and what makes you. These books encourage you to also acknowledge your flaws and transform them into something empowering and serving.

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Well, if I woke up in bed?  I would ask my puppy Blueberry to paw tap me and lick my face to make sure I am awake and not dreaming. Then if it’s really happening, I would roll around my bed (seriously!)… After I calm down a bit, call all my loved ones, contributors in the book and thank each of them. After that? Brush my teeth, wash my face, get dressed then run out of my house and distribute 100 books around the neighborhoods of Los Angeles for three straight days.

Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

Hmm excessively eating dried mangos or eating a whole pint of almond butter while writing.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Play with Blueberry, connect with loved ones, get inspired/think, yoga, dine, dance, model, consult, and coach!!

Coach models and actors, young and older professionals on image, self-confidence, and relationships. Speak at seminars and workshops for non-profits, corporations, and other organizations. Work on my business and provide corporate consulting for top companies.

Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

Still in development J please stay tuned!

Such a tease!! Oh well, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with The Cupcake Theory…

The Cupcake Theory Cover“THE CUPCAKE THEORY” is a powerful and encouraging book of wisdom, by Korean-American author, entertainer, consultant, and entrepreneur Clara Lee, that will empower and help women understand how they can best flourish in romantic relationships. Through using a charming analogy of the relationship between the cake and the frosting of cupcakes, the book reinforces concepts of balancing one’s own self-awareness and needs with the desire for fulfilling romantic relationships.

“It doesn’t matter how great and lavish your frosting is… because that is not what makes you who you are,” explains Lee, regarding her theory. “What makes you who you are, is you—the cupcake without all the decorations and glitz. Be whole. Be solid. Be beautiful. BE YOU!”

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BOOK TOUR: The Confessions of Sylva Slasher by Ace Antonio Hall

Today the FlipSide features:

The Confessions of Sylva Slasher by Ace Antonio Hall

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SPRING BREAK GETS WILD ON THE LIVELIEST CRUISE IN THE PACIFIC UNTIL THE UNDEAD CRASH THE PARTY.

Eighteen-year-old Sylva Fleischer and her friends raise the dead for a living for police investigations and mourning families. Two years after her high school crush, a hot guy named Brandon, is assumed dead, Sylva’s friends convince her to go on a spring break cruise in an effort to suppress her depression over him. But when passengers mysteriously die and reanimate into flesh-eating zombies like she’s never seen before, Sylva plunges into a horrifying struggle between a ship infested with the undead and the scariest thing of all: a second chance with Brandon after she discovers he’s still alive. This is a zombie story that eats right to the core and leaves you licking your chops for more.

Title:  The Confessions of Sylva Slasher

Author:  Ace Antonio Hall

Published:  April 14th, 2013 by Montag Press

Word Count:  84,000

Genre: YA Horror

Recommended Age:  12+

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About the Author:

Ace Antonio HallAce Antonio Hall graduated from Long Island University with a BFA. He is a former NYC middle school English teacher who can’t get enough of zombies and Spider-Man comic books. When he’s not in the gym working off the extra calories from eating way too many donuts, Ace writes young adult horror fiction.

His novel The Confessions of Sylva Slasher was released April 14, 2013 by Montag Press. The second book in his series, Crystal Coffin, will be available next year.

Ace’s short story Dead Chick Walking made the Fall 2013 edition of the best-selling Calliope Magazine and his science fiction story, They, won the Honorable  Mention distinction for the 2013 Writers of the Future Award.

For updates and news, follow him on Twitter @aceantoniohall, like his Facebook author fan page or visit http://www.aceantoniohall.com where you can read his blog, updated regularly.

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BOOK TOUR: Building Attraction by Monique McDonell

Today The FlipSide features Building Attraction by Monique McDonell!

Synopsis:

Building_Attraction3Hers has been a life of too many responsibilities and his has been a life of too few. Could the thing that initially repelled them from each other finally be the ultimate source of attraction?

Holly Adams has two jobs in the city, two petulant teenage sisters to support, a farm with a big mortgage and a terrible secret that propels her forward. Brad Winchester has a reputation for being a spoilt playboy who has abandoned his family business but he also has a secret that has finally brought him home.

When they are forced together at work (Holly works at the cut-throat PR Consultancy that handles his family’s account Winchester Homes – “They don’t build homes, they build dreams”)  a series of misunderstandings has them at odds.

Still working together they learn they have more in common than either might have imagined – common friends, family loyalty and dreams of something different. When life keeps pushing them in each other’s paths they must decide whether this is an attraction that might be worth building on after all.

Title: Building Attraction

Author: Monique McDonell

Published: October 31st, 2013

Word Count: 58,000

Genre: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy

Content Warning: Adult Sexual Content

Recommended Age:  16+

Purchase Link: Amazon

About the Author:

Monique-McDonellMonique is an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance. She lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her husband and daughter, and despite a dog phobia, has a dog called Skip.

Monique has written all of her life, especially as a child when she loved to write short stories and poetry. At University she studied Creative Writing as part of her Communication degree. After wards she was busy working in public relations and didn’t write for pleasure for quite a few years although she wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And she still does in her day-job!)

When Monique began to write again she noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made her unhappy. So she made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and she has been writing happy stories ever since.

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RELEASE: Glimpses of the Undead

Glimpses of the Undead
Julianne Snow

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From the mind of Julianne Snow comes an undead collection of stories that feature the gamut of emotions and situations. Presented in flash fiction and short stories, the tales are sure to leave you wanting more and checking over your shoulder.

How would a group of children handle an uprising of the undead? What would you do to save a loved one only to find out that you’re facing a different threat altogether? How would a country react to a timely warning at the end of a war? What happens when a vampiric Romeo hits on an unsuspecting human? In a world where the undead are common place and protected, what happens when speed dating produces a love match?

Featuring:

The Treehouse

Kamikaze

Vanier’s Blueprint: A Zombie Tale

Must Love Zombies

Flash Fiction Duo: Fight and Hunger

EXIT

BITE

FLICKER

HORSE

BELOW

AGONY

BLOAT

ELBOW

Love Bites: A Valentine’s Day Misadventure

An Excerpt from Days with the Undead: Book One

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Nine Questions with… Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, author of a great many things. I’ll let Shenoa tell you all a little bit about herself…

ShenoaHello! I’m Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, writer, dreamer, and snark expert extraordinaire. I grew up in Southern California, moved to Texas for a decade, and now I’m back, living near the San Bernardino Mountains. It’s been a fantastic writing year for me, and I’m thrilled to be able to share my little nightmares with you.

Currently out:

“The Minstrel Angel” available for download on Amazon.com

“Rings and Waves” in Locothology 2013: Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Due later this year:

“Spectrum” in Song Stories: Dark Side of the Moon

“Pool Closed” in Fear: Of the Water

“Red Hot Mama” in Tales of the Undead-Hell Whore vol. 3

“Have You Seen Her” in Dying to Live

“Emancipation” in The Urban Eddur

“Secrets of the Seven Symphonies Circus” in Daylight Dims

“Demon’s Drink Free” in The Last Diner

“Rose’s Wilting” in Monster Hunter: Blood Trails

“Welcome” in Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Tales

“Beheld” in Ignite

Due in 2014:

“Aldini’s Tether” in Raus! Untoten! vol. 4

Next year, I plan to focus more on longer works, and will try to finish up several of my fantasy novels-in-progress.

To keep up with my progress, please visit my blog at www.sbcbfiction.net, join my fan page at www.facebook.com/sbcbfiction or say “Hi” on twitter @ShenoaSays

Awesome news Shenoa! Tell us about your writing process?

I don’t have much of an official writing process, certainly not a set schedule. I write whenever and wherever inspiration strikes, whether it’s in the car or in the middle of dinner.

When inspiration is being coy, I tend to write the first draft in broad strokes, like I’m telling someone a story. On the second draft, I write the scenes in order of interest to me, so that the clearest sections materialize first and the rest of the story follows. For the third draft, I read through and flesh it out further, making sure the seams are covered and everything flows as it should.

Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

I’m a big Ray Bradbury fan, and would love to get better at writing science fiction. The few sci-fi pieces I’ve written so far have yet to find a home.

What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and On Writing by Stephen King both helped with my writing focus and motivation, as well as some of the more nuts-and-bolts mechanics of good writing.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – This short story collection really inspired me to try harder and put more faith in my writing. Joe Hill’s stories are exactly what I’d like mine to be someday.

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce – This is one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and I loved how vibrant and lovable the characters were, and how fierce the female main character was. This was the book that made me want to become an author.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking and magical. I always recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and would be thrilled if I could write with ¼ of Beagle’s verve.

If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

For my fantasy novelette “The Minstrel Angel”, I would cast Colin Morgan (or Benedict Cumberbatch) as the titular angel, Iain Glen as Captain Harmon Barrett, and Charles Dance as The Magician.

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Hah! I would scream, probably tear up a little, then call my mother. And, likely do an embarrassing victory dance in the kitchen.

There is nothing wrong with a victory dance! Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

What an interesting question! I do prefer to write with a drink at hand, as it loosens me up and quiets my inner critic. Other than that, I have a couple rings I like to wear as I write, because the sparkle as I type is like a silent cheerleading squad.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m probably binge-watching shows on Netflix, baking, crocheting, or playing role-playing games with friends.

Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

This is the opening of last year’s NaNoWriMo project, “The Shadows of Chateau Vrai”, a prequel to this year’s “Parchment Girl”:

Deep underground, a metal man sat at a table hewn from the rough, dark stone of the cavern walls. Long crystals hung from the roof of the cave, casting everything in a milky blue glow. The metal man shone like polished moonlight. He paged through an unbound manuscript, spending no more than a few seconds on each page, his glass eyes flying back and forth over the carefully scribed lines.

Footsteps approached down the earthen hall, and the metal man carefully closed the manuscript. He folded his hands and bowed his head, as if in sleep.  

A slight man stepped through the cave wall, the glamour he had set up in place of an actual door. The stone pattern flickered as he passed, and seemed to solidify again behind him. The man stood only as tall as a child, but had long white hair gathered in a delicate braid, banded in silver, and a beard the same color.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Shenoa! Now let’s take a look at The Minstrel Angel

Minstrel AngelThe forces of mankind face certain defeat as a demon army closes in, but when they capture an intriguing, inhuman spy, his dark powers may prove to be just what they need to turn the tide.

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Book Tour: The Awakener by Amanda Strong

I have something new for you all my pretties!! Read all about The Awakener!!

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Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.

With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire.  Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts.  Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple.

With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love.

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About the Author:

Amanda-Strong-712x1024Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. Because of The Awakener’s success as a non-published book, she was asked to talk on 1400 KSTAR about her story.

In September 2013 Amanda Strong signed with Clean Teen Publishing for publication of The Awakener, which is scheduled to release in late October of this year. The Awakener is the first book in an all-new young adult paranormal romance series called: The Watchers of Men.

When Amanda isn’t writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream.

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  • GRAND PRIZE:  A Clean Teen Publishing eBook of the reader’s choice, bookmark prize pack, and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Coffin Hop 2013 Winners!

Yeah!! It’s time to give away some prizes!!

Each day of the Coffin Hop, I was offering a digital copy of my novel Days with the Undead: Book One but I’m willing to swap that with a copy of my collection Glimpses of the Undead which is releasing Wednesday. All digital prizes will be delivered via Smashwords. And the winners are:

David Pagan

Cait

Kim Koning

Stories by William

Juan Gutierrez

Jeanette Jackson

E.J. Wesley

Georgina Morales

And the Grand Prize Winner of a signed print copy of Days with the Undead: Book One along with a digital copy of Glimpses of the Undead and The Carnival 13, a charity round robin novella written by 13 authors is:

Fuonlyknew!

Don’t forget to get in touch so I can make sure you get your prizes!!

Send me an email at JulianneMSnow@gmail.com!