Vol. #35: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Hello Everyone!

How is your Tuesday morning going? The weather is improving gradually here in New York City!! How about in your town?? My illustrator Anastasia and I, from Tad_Art on Fiverr, are actually finished with Not All Girls Play With Dolls illustrations!!! As I said before, I have to hunt down some YouTube videos in order to figure this out how to get it properly formatted and go live on Amazon. The goal has been to have my children’s book released and live on Amazon by April 2022! 🙂 I’m going to give Book Bildr a shot with getting it ready to go live on Amazon. I don’t have the patience to figure out all of the technical things for the book. Have you ever worked on getting a children’s book online? Are you a budding author who just launched your book/podcast!? It’s important to have all of the social media platforms and build your brand via networking with others. I find great power in the hashtag as well. My hashtags are #LeslieMJasper, #ConstructionTales, and #VerballyDisastrous. Share with me your hashtag and connect with me on social media. If you could also network with my 16-year-old son John’s “Call To Action Marketing” business (hashtag #CTAMarketing), that would be helpful and highly appreciated. This post is intended to share even more work of some independent authors, such as myself, and earn some good karma in the process. Why not offer you a taste of a variety of authors with different content? Let me know if you have discovered a new author during this “Showcased Author Series”? My objective is to pick out different authors that offer a variety of media content. For the record, I know nothing about the author other than what is showcased in the author article that was shared, via Awesome Gang. Feel free to copy and paste and share this content on your blog, if you like. As an author, if you want to add more information, drop it down in the comment section below and I will edit and add at my earliest convenience. For now, I’m connecting with the authors in an effort to build my author network. Hopefully, they will follow me back on social media. I’m game to cross promote each other on social media as well. Just let me know or re-tweet one of my posts and I will automatically return the favor on Twitter. I’m totally cool with many ways to help each other market each other. When you are a small content creator, it is important to help others out. I’ve even submitted #ConstructionTales to both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine recently. I shall also submit my children’s book real soon to Awesome Gang and other avenues once it goes live. I’m actually getting excited for the release of this project!! My first children’s book #NotAllGirlsPlayWithDolls is intended to empower young kids to pursue their passions even if it is not normally the tradition in their society.

Photo Credit: Front Cover Of Not All Girls Play With Dolls- illustrated By Tad_Art

Do you have any requests for a specific author or style of content? Let me know your various suggestions down the in the comment section below. For now, here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Jeanette Watts

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
How are you defining “books” and “written?” I’ve published five, and my sixth book will be out March 14th. But I’ve also got half-written books, books that I’ve written that aren’t ripe yet, books in other genres than the ones I’ve written in so far. It gets complicated, when I have an unpublished erotica series, AND there are children’s books that I need an illustrator for.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“My Dearest Miss Fairfax.” I have two other books that are Jane Austen-inspired, so I belong to a lot of Jane Austen chat groups. I wrote a comment in defense of Emma (the character, not the book). For all her faults, she has a generous heart. But in the course of the conversation, I ended up intrigued by the end of writing a novel from the point of view of her…well, I’ll call her rival, for lack of a better term. Or maybe frenemy? Anyway, I reread Emma, then went to the used bookstore and bought a beat up used copy that I could take a highlighter to, and I read it again – and this book is the result of hours of carefully extracting every bit of Jane Fairfax’s life that is buried in Emma.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know how unusual it is, but I love to write in pretty places. Hotel lobbies while my husband is at a conference. An Air BnB by the beach, or in the woods. I’ve rented cabins in Allegheny National Forest, and stayed in a friend’s cabin in Canada, looking at Lake Erie from the opposite shore than I usually see. I love traveling and writing. Wineries are fabulous places to write. So is the library where I currently live in Champaign, Urbana.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Well, Jane Austen, obviously. I grew up adoring Gone With the Wind (and its author Margaret Mitchell), so my first book is historical fiction set in Pittsburgh in the Gilded Age, heavily influenced by Margaret Mitchell. She was a journalist, so she knew how to do her homework. There are some very subtle historical details buried in Gone With the Wind. I wonder how many people have noticed the references to abortion? There are quite a few.

Another writer who has strongly inspired my writing is Edith Wharton. I have tried in my first two books to make Pittsburgh society come to life as clearly as she did with New York society.

What are you working on now?
Well, once “My Dearest Miss Fairfax” is well and truly launched, my husband is finishing new cover art for my romantic comedy, “Jane Austen Lied to Me.” Once I get that relaunched, I was in the middle of writing a textbook series on historical dancing when I got distracted by the Jane Fairfax project. I really do want to finish the dance books. They are for small historical museums all over the country who have school programs, and festivals, and no one employed there knows anything about dancing in the eras they teach about.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love going to book festivals all over the country! I don’t know if it’s my “best” method. But it is my favorite. It is so much fun to get to spend a weekend talking with a festival full of voracious readers. I’ve met so many amazing people there. Inspiring people.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t start writing because you think you are going to make money at this, unless you realize the first thing you have to do is spend a lot of money. It’s like most other business ventures: if you are going to open a store, you have to buy a building, buy the merchandise, hire people to stock the shelves and help customers. Same with writing. You aren’t writing a book. You are starting a business. You are going to spend several thousand dollars getting a product worth selling AND getting it into readers’ hands.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
From the artistic side: my college professor talked with us about the writing process, and said do NOT censor yourself as you write. You’ll never get anywhere. Just write it all down, spit it all out on paper, then go back and edit. If your censor monkey is really preventing you from getting anything down on paper to start with, give it a shot and a beer and tell it to go to sleep for a while. Only in Wisconsin would you have a college professor advocating drinking…I am old enough that I started college when the drinking age was 18, not 21. But I have never had writer’s block. How much can I blame all the wineries that I write at? I don’t know. My coffee shop around the corner from my house is a good place to write, too. It has a pretty patio in the summer.

From the marketing side: network. You can’t just ask your friends to buy your book when it comes out. If they put up a review on Amazon for you, Amazon will see that you are friends on Facebook, and they will remove that review. You need acquaintances through a network of connections that have to do with what you write about, and help each other getting the word out.

What are you reading now?
I just finished “A Visitors Guide to Jane Austen’s England, and after I get through my Smithsonian Magazine and the latest National Geographic History Magazine, I haven’t decided if I’m going to tackle Mary Chestnut’s diaries from the Civil War, Mark Twain’s autobiography, of David McCullough’s book on Theodore Roosevelt. Funny thing, I write historical fiction, but I don’t read much historical fiction. I love biographies and history books. It means that when you read my historical fiction, you can trust any historical fact in it. I do my homework. I don’t even stop doing homework after the book is published… nice thing about the publishing industry as it is, I can always go in and fix a mistake.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Besides the dance instructional books for historical museums, I have so many more projects to tackle! One book that I had started writing was about Belle daCosta Greene, JP Morgan’s librarian. Some of the research I needed to do was in Florence Italy, and then Covid put a stop to any trips to see materials that weren’t digitized yet. Now, someone else has just released a novel on that very topic! As soon as I get caught up on those other 3 books I mentioned, I need to go buy that book.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Shelby Foote’s The Civil War. My copy is broken into 3 volumes, does that mean that’s all I get to bring? If I’m allowed the books, I’ll take the complete works of Edith Wharton, and an anthology of all Jane Austen’s letters – because, I’m sorry to say, I still haven’t read her letters! Which is a disgraceful state of affairs.

Author Websites and Profiles
Jeanette Watts Website: https://jeanettewatts.com/
Jeanette Watts Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B00ICRA7JC

Showcased Author- 2.) Kingsley Osajie

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Kingsley Osajie, I am the author of the book Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. It is my first published book; and I have other ones coming later. I am an astounding, talented, prolific and Heart-based Writer. I write in many categories as inspired or led by the Universe. I write on: Spirituality, LGBT, Inspiration, Personal Development, Life, Culture, Feminism, Humour, Black Lives Matter, Religion, Relationship and others.

Kingsley believes that he can use his writings to inspire, heal, empower, liberate, teach and enlighten Humanity into embracing Higher Consciousness. Kingsley’s vision for the society is one where truth, justice, love, compassion and unity dwells. He strongly believes that people should be treated fairly and equally no matter their skin colour, gender, culture and sexual orientation.

Here are some cool features of Kingsley: quirky, maverick, genial, humble, compassion, adventure/travelling and spending time in Nature

Hobbies: swimming, ping-pong, watching documentaries of wildlife, dolphins, whales and the aquatic world on YouTube and listening to Mantras on YouTube, WWE, gymnastics, music/singing and reading

To learn more about Kingsley, visit his beautiful website where he blogs with passion and compassion (www.kingsley-osajie.com)

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. It was inspired by my love for children and the song by Mary McKee titled My Songbird.

I can be crazy some times (LOL); I often joke to people that Cindy is my child. I will say, “I have two children Cindy and Quimby…” (Quimby is the brother to Cindy in this story). In turn they will ask me, “how come you have two children when you are not yet married yet”?

Anyway, I still consider Cindy and Quimby my children (do not worry about their mother. She is fine…hahahaha!!). The reason I call Cindy and Quimby my children is because they are my brainchildren and such I consider them my children in way—kind of…(winks, smiles and kisses).

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes. I infuse my quirkiness and maverickness into my writing. As one who does not really follow the consensus; my writing reflects some kind of eccentricity! Plus, I do not follow routine when writing. I write when I am aroused to write. That could mean any time of the day or place. Sometimes it could even be in the bush! (Lol)

What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite authors are: Buchi Emecheta, Cyprian Ekwensi, SMO Aka, Charles Dickens, Tea Obreht, Chinua Achebe, John Grisham, Robert Kiyosaki, Danielle Steele and host of others.

What are you working on now?
I am working on a Young Adult Nonfiction about a South African boy. It is a must read because even my editor made a very heartwarming and remarkable comment about my story and style of writing. It should be ought subsequently.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use variety of ways; sharing my book on Authors groups and other online book platforms

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. Hang in there. On my journey to becoming a published author I was rejected by 13 publishers before I finally found a publisher that agreed to publish my book. It required faith, focus and positive thinking. Plus believing that I am worthy of being a published author and knowing my worth.

Just know that your book has its own audience. Everyone has their own audience and the Universe has more than enough space for everyone to express their passions and shine their lights. Do not let anyone talk you down!!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As an author, the best advice I have ever heard is keep writing.

What are you reading now?
I am reading a book about Dragons.

What’s next for you as a writer?
What I am hoping to achieve as a Writer is to have my books turned into a movie. For example, I have had the intention of having my book (Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird) turned into a children’s cartoon movie such as Snow White, Cinderella, etc

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I will take An Awakening, Mapping Your Dream by Suzanne Hosang, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta, Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill

Author Websites and Profiles
Kingsley Osajie Website: https://kingsley-osajie.com/
Kingsley Osajie Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Kingsley-Osajie/e/B089M58N2M?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

Showcased Author- 3.) Ogburn Charles

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a debut author, although I have been writing for over ten years. The genres I like to write in are science fiction, paranormal and mystical with a huge does of action-adventure tossed in

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Passage is the title of the work.
It comes from a love of Native American cultures combining this with the many cultures I have met during my travels. I thought I would blend these many stories I have heard as a child into one work. Bringing the rich heritage of the native peoples in a novel that already has several five-star ratings on amazon was both an honor and my pleasure.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
SEveral, I binge-write, then don’t write for days on end? I also have a unique problem with my writing every few words I capitalize both letters of a certain SEntence? like that!
Inspiration, from everywhere, I see an ad on tv I write, I see a coyote in my field, It sparks something in me. Science fiction junkie, yup me? Everything leads to something else in writing.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Issac Asimov, Stephen King, Brahm Stoker, and of course Clive Cussler. However, the one thing that most influenced me was as a boy growing into manhood. The stories my Grandfather would tell night after night over the fire in the woods. He’s been gone now these many years, but that above all else influences me to this day.

What are you working on now?
Several works all at the same time, I write funny like that?
A.I. – A work on what if it’s not what you think it is?
Ancient – An age-old city rises from its grave, if it’s not stopped we all?
Tempest – A work on The dark plans of the Nazi empire and its reach into modern governments to this day.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Twitter/ unable to get account info error code working on it
Linked in
Amazon, currently published there, many 5 star ratings
Redit
Goodreads

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give, up keep at it
Refine your work get better use poor ratings of 1 or 2 stars as motivation to write more and better.
Find your niche and blow it up!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Funny as is seems a man that bought one of my books said,
” The book was so bad I just had to put it down.” That lit a fire under me never give up!

What are you reading now?
simply everything I can get my hands on, voracious, Hemmingway is always a favorite. Then there’s the classics sherlock holmes, HOund of the Baskerville. The early works of Tolstoy were an interesting read. Mostly at this moment Iam reading A friend’s novel Isabella Steeles work Skedamuch witch on amazon.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Continue to get better, I hope to at some point reach out into screenwriting as well as continue into audiobooks.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Tough one?
Shakessshere’s collected works, Much Ado About Nothing (c. 1598–99) I’ve got time?
Hemmingway, The Old Man, and the Sea Great for desert Islands!
Sherlock Holmes as well

Author Websites and Profiles
Ogburn Charles Website: https://ogburn-charles.mailchimpsites.com/

I appreciate you swinging by to check out all of this great author content that I have shared with you today. Hopefully, you enjoy learning about some new authors that are out on the market. Perhaps we have found a future best seller? Let me know, in the comment section below, if you either like or dislike the author showcase content? I’m also sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. It is low key at work today so I’m able to share with you my blog posts. Yesterday was an absolute bear with work tasks. Enjoy your Tuesday and be safe now that we are actively grinding out another work week so let’s get through it together my friend. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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Link To Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician (Paperback & Kindle) On Amazon:

Link To Construction Tales: A Young Person’s Guide To Accomplish Anything In Life (Paperback & Kindle) On Amazon:

U.S.A.: Use This Link For The Audio Version Of My Book #ConstructionTales On Audible:

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VERBALLY DISASTROUS PODCAST EPISODE LINKS:

Here is the link to the Verbally Disastrous Podcast on Spotify:

Verbally Disastrous-On Spotify

Verbally Disastrous Season #1, Ep. #41: Part A- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Season #1, Ep. #42: Part B- Working On The Railroad With The Tools As A Chick! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #43: Part A- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #44: Part B- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #45: Part C- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #2, Episode #46:Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice On YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #47: Part A- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #48: Part B- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

Construction Tales- Told By A Woman: (11) Kindle Vella Short Stories On Amazon!!

The Verbally Disastrous Store On Tee-Spring:

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https://my-store-c1f946.creator-spring.com

Cheers!
Leslie M. Jasper

-Author And Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on many platforms that include: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Soundtrap, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In, and YouTube.

-The Audio Blog: Verbally Disastrous Podcast And Construction Tales Blog. Now available on: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and Tune In.

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