Announcement: Interviews

No Authors Helping Authors post today, just some announcements. 🙂

 

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Today marks the first day of Authors Month in April over at Were, Vamps, and Romance. All month long, Melissa has scheduled interviews, reviews, and giveaways. So definitely check out her event calendar. Guess what, I’m first! Check out the interview she did with me as well as your chance to win a copy of Shadow Cat.

fReado also interviewed me today. It was a request which came out of the blue. I was quite surprised and lots of excited. If you haven’t seen the book widgets on the right side bar, look now. They’re associated with Bookbuzzr which has awesome tools for authors.

Okay, we’re on link overload this morning. But like I said, we’re doing announcements. Curious about the April events for Shadow Cat? Well look no further. 🙂

Were Vamp Romance

4/1 Review/Interview/Giveaway
Melissa

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fReado

4/1 Interview
Ranga

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Book Lover and Procrastinator

3/15 Review
Marlene Breakfield

4/9 Interview/Giveaway
Marlene Breakfield

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Book’d Out

4/11 Review
ShelleyRae

4/12 Interview
ShelleyRae

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Book Lovin’ Bitches Ebook Tours

4/7 Review
Book Lover’s Hideaway

4/8 Review/Giveaway
My Eclectic Bookshelf

4/10 Review
The Enchanted Book

4/13 Review
Spellbound Witch Reviews

4/19 Author Interview
Beck’s Book Picks

4/21 Author Guest Post
Sugarbeat’s Books

4/25 Review
Sara Is Reading What?

4/29 Review
Aobibliosphere

If you want in on the action, go ahead an pop me an email. I’d love to stop by your blog also.

Reviews, Interviews, & Giveaways

Greetings, Friendlies and Unfriendlies. May the force be with you.

Monday is my day to review a book. I still plan to do that, just not right now. 🙂 Seems I still have about 30 pages left to read of the Iron King. I hope to finish that sometime this afternoon. I’m rather curious to see how it winds down.

Until then, allow me to point you to some recent Shadow Cat reviews & giveaways, as well as a couple of interviews. 🙂

Yara at Once upon a Twilight reviewed Shadow Cat. She’s also did an interview and giveaway me.

Blood Rose Books reviewed Shadow Cat.

ParaYourNormal interviewed me and is offering a copy of Shadow Cat. Plus stop by for the Talk Radio interview today (3 pm PST/6 pm ET). You can put me on the spot. 🙂 The number is 619-639-4626.

Good luck to all who enter, and I hope to talk to you real soon.

Interview: Kimberly Cain on Music & Writing

I’ve been chatting with Kimberly Cain over the last few weeks. It’s been absolutely wonderful to meet an individual who doesn’t let conventional ideas about sex confine her. Makes me feel a little less alone in the world. 🙂 Well, she agreed to let me interview her. So let’s get to it!

Tell us a little about your writing and what works you have planned for the future.

I always have more “works” in my idea folders than I’ll ever be able to manifest! That’s okay because I find that the threads of the ideas usually run through just about everything, so whatever needs to come out eventually will come out in one work or another. I currently have a non-fiction work about intuition in progress, as well as loose notes for my next novel.

I see you’re also artistic in other areas such as art and music. Share a bit about your style.

Style, hmmm. I’ve never really thought much about that. I’m a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll gal, I suppose. By that, I mean I don’t make art by any hard and fast rules. I do it the way I want to do it, regardless of how anyone else says it should be done. I’ve written & performed music for most of my life – most of it in the rock/pop genre, though I love all types of music.

Besides my love of color, I believe my watercolor art was born simply out of a need for completion during the long novel research & writing process. I didn’t take any lessons; I just bought beautiful paints & allowed my feelings to flow onto paper. It was a joyful discovery! It was gratifying to have completed pieces – it boosted my spirits & my energy.

How does music influence your writing?

Music is a major influence on my prose writing – so much so, that Heaven comes with a CD of original songs written & performed by various artists (including me).

Everything has a rhythm. Words & stories have a rhythm; we are rhythmic beings. Music is the great communicator of emotions, crossing all language barriers. When I hear a song I like, I can move into an altered state of consciousness that allows me to experience emotions or energy that may not be my own, but that of a character, a scene or a place. I wrote the entire novel to a soundtrack of favorite songs, specifically chosen for the mood they created. Before the writing began each day, I started the music & entered the space. The current non-fiction I’m writing requires a different soundtrack. Writing a proposal or some other “businessy” piece…I have to have total silence!

 

 

 

 

I have to say, I love the cover art on Heaven. The subject matter also seems to be on the controversial side. What pushed you to step out there and present Heaven to the world?

Thank you! I love the cover art too – designed by my extremely talented sister, Kelly Brown, of Studio Honey (www.StudioHoney.com). She really captured the look & feel of the story. And for those who understand the symbolism of the tattoo, the naked woman becomes even more alluring!

You’re right about the subject matter. Heaven is about the nature of God as seen through the eyes of Eve, an exotic dancer. It is a story of healing the perceived separation between our spiritual & our sexual selves.

We clamor for sexual imagery in our Western culture & the media serves it up in spades, yet we still practice Puritanical values in our daily lives, acting as if the sight of nipples peaking out from a blouse is somehow “slutty”.

The mixed messages lead to confusion & guilt for more people than one might imagine. I learned from therapists & ministers that they see an overwhelming number of people dealing with sexual issues due to religious repression. Many exotic dancers revealed, in interviews, the mistreatment they had received from religious caretakers.

Eastern practices involving the Kundalini energy introduce the sexual nature to the spiritual nature. It’s time these two aspects of our humanity became friends! When they are fully integrated within us as a culture, we’ll be healthier people.

I was inspired to write Heaven in novel form because, as a performer, I have always felt the spiritual & sexual aspects of my being united in a very joyful way. I believe entertainment has great power to transform culture by stimulating the imaginations of people & creating conversations around new perspectives. Controversy tends to be stimulating & I can’t think of anything more provocative than sex & religion!

Do you use music to promote your writing and vice versa? And if yes, how?

 

I definitely do! They really go hand in hand. The Heaven release event included a concert where I performed songs from the novel’s accompanying CD & did corresponding passage readings. Music can convey the same messages carried in the novel in shorter bits & with an immediate intensity of emotion. You can hear some of the songs at www.HeavenTheNovel.com.

Sometimes, with short readings, I’ll use a passage containing music lyrics. I’ll often sing those, instead of speaking them – it adds a different dimension or depth.

My radio show, Naked Vibes , contains music interspersed between readings & interviews with other artists & healers of all types. http://www.kimberlycainblog.com/lio-radio-live-inside-out/

I also do presentations for groups, one-on-one intuitive guidance & a workshop called Move Your Sexy Spirit®. Many of the novel’s concepts are incorporated & I almost always use music & movement to help integrate the concept of wholeness – body, mind, & spirit. (www.KimberlyCain.com)

Reena, thank you for your wonderful website & for the interview! Blessings on all of your endeavors.

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Kimberly Brown Cain is an intuitive spiritual guide, author, speaker & performing artist. Performing as the former duo Frankly Scarlet – with sister Kelly Brown (now Local Honey) – she has opened for artists such as David Bowie and shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan (Lilith Fair), and others. She has received songwriting awards from Billboard and Musician Magazines.

Heaven is Kimberly’s first novel. While writing to a background of her favorite music, she realized how integral it was to the feel of the novel & the idea was born for an accompanying CD.

Find out more about Kimberly Cain, her music, and novel on her website and blog.

Glynis Smy Interviews Me on Her Blog

So I’ve been so busy today. I just decided to check my e-mail. And guess what? Glynis Smy, writer and poet, posted the interview she did with me on her blog. Head over and find out whom I’d go to dinner with. Yeah… not all to inventive, but still. Still looking for your copy of Shadow Cat? Enter the giveaway she’s hosting.

And if you haven’t already, check out the guest post Terrance Foxxe did here today.