“When (I’m writing) the story and it’s flowing well, I’m actually in the story. I’m there and I love it. To me, it’s nothing short of magical.”
Carole Townsend transitioned from a successfull marketing career to a full-time writer at the age of 40.
She is a columnist and correspondent for the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper in Georgia, where she writes a weekly (Not So) Common Sense column, and reports on the the good news that happens in a diverse county with nearly 1 million residents.
Before she began writing for the Gwinnett Citizen, she was a staff correspondent and blogger for the Gwinnett Daily Post for more than 12 years.
Carole has published four books, with two more on the way in 2020.
In this interview, Carole talks about her mid-career transition, her books, her work as an advocate for women, and how dogs wagging their tails can affect your story-telling ability.
Continue reading “Carole Townsend: Witty, Wise, Wonderful”
“I don’t want to create something that’s already there because, what’s the point? What am I adding to the world?”
Paul’s bio at his Facebook page tells you some of what you need to know about him…
“Paul Bielatowicz has earned a name for himself as a technical guitarist in the Prog Rock genre. Paul has toured the world as a member of both the Carl Palmer Band (Emerson Lake and Palmer) and Neal Morse’s band (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic). His live performances with these two bands have been well documented on both live albums and DVDs.
Aside from his busy touring schedule, Paul’s career as a studio musician has seen him making album appearances alongside Paul Gilbert, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Neal Morse and Carl Palmer, to name but a few.
Over the years, Paul has been a regular contributor for the UK guitar magazines; writing regular columns for Guitarist Magazine and working as a transcriber for Guitar Techniques magazine. Through his work with Guitar Techniques magazine he has also had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in rock guitar, including Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.”
But yet, that doesn’t quite cover it. There’s something about Paul’s personality that immediately draws you in. Perhaps it’s his non-stop curiosity in discovering ways of doing new things, maybe it’s the level of joy he has as he shares those things, or the level of self-awareness he brings to his creative life. To top it all off, Paul is an exceptionally gifted communicator.
All of those things come out in this interview in which Paul talks about his playing technique, a talking cat, and a special offer to his fans… Continue reading “Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity”
“I could have written many fascinating stories about my world travels, but I knew this life story and Egypt’s story needed to be shared with the world. My fantasy to teach in a foreign country had become a reality even though I lived in a turbulent period in Egypt’s history.”
Randi Ward is energetic. And interesting. And well-traveled. And lots of other good things.
The depth that comes from her experience shows up in conversation and her creative work.
Randi touches on several of her interests in this interview, including her thoughts on imagination and the creative process, never standing still, and a pivotal trip to Cairo, Egypt. Continue reading “Randi Ward’s Endless Journey”
“I’m actually inspired by younger authors. I love how parents are encouraging young people to write and become authors and entrepreneurs. I think that is just awesome. I am so inspired when I see little ones out selling their books and owning it. I love that. I think that if I had been bold enough to do that, wow, where would I be today? So I am just super proud of these young authors and their gumption.”
Dr. Portia Wayne is multi-dimensional and fascinating individual, with a laser focus on the value of reading and writing.
In addition to authoring several books, Dr. Wayne founded and leads a non-profit to encourage literacy in homes and communities.
In this interview, Dr. Wayne discusses children’s books, her novel, and how childhood reading and experiences led her to touch others with writing… Continue reading “Portia Wayne’s Power of Words”
“God’s presence affects everything in my life, but—beyond whatever talent God gave me—it’s difficult to narrow anything down to a single facet of life, e.g., creativity. Some things that I write—”Views of the Cross,” or “King of the World” for instance—are overtly religious. More of them have a religious component, sometimes nearly hidden. I don’t know that any of them are totally without something that comes from my faith.”
Clear, humorous, factual, interesting, engaging. Those descriptions came to mind as I got to know Chuck Holmes. But those aren’t quite enough.
In the best of ways, Chuck truly is a vendor or words (as Augustine and Malcolm Muggeridge described themselves.) Chuck says he has made his living “putting one word after another for more than 50 years.”
I’m grateful that Chuck took the time to put some words together for this interview… Continue reading “Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell”
“Shakespeare was totally correct when he said ‘to thine own self be true.’ Don’t change yourself to be viewed as cool. You can’t keep it up because it’s not who you are.”
I’m all in on anyone who lists her job titles as, “…writer, chauffeur, maid and short order cook. My paying job is a Media Para-pro at a middle school (pray hard for me).”
Christy Breedlove is all these things and more. She’s an especially good writer, with the gift of making you feel you know her from the very first word. In this interview, Christy shares about her two novels, goats, and how being normal is so overated. Continue reading “When Christy Writes”
“And it was even more special because I would be serving God. I was bringing the things that I like and spreading joy. I felt blessed and joyful because every time I sang, people appreciated it and then they felt something from it. And then, to be able to work with the other singers and musicians from Kenya, US and Indonesia was special.”
From his earliest memories of singing in a children’s choir to forming the award-winning Palu Children Choir, Harry Mantong has spread joy around the world.
I first met Harry on a crowded elevator at an event in Indonesia. Even among strangers in an elevator, Harry’s natural charisma stood out. It wasn’t a complete surprise to find out later that this same man was a featured performer at the event.
Below the transcription of the interview is an audio of one of Harry’s songs. Be sure to check it out! Continue reading “Harry Mantong’s Song of Joy”
“One of the most unique experiences I’ve had with Scribblers is the fact that this is one of these things in my life where, as I see it developing, it brings me joy. I feel like my energies, my talents are being used to create something that reflects… greater glory for God.”
Once upon a time a group of writers formed a club…
And they called it the Scribblers Christian Writers’ Club.
Serving in equal measures encourager and spark plug, Charles de Andrade has helped organize several Scribblers’ chapters, all of which meet once a month.
Beyond providing encouragement to authors, Scribblers’ members share costs for marketing expenses like exhibit booths, graphic designers, web designers, etc. Scribblers’ meetings are also frequently visited by industry experts who share their knowledge of publishing and printing.
In this interview, Charles talks about his writing career, how and why he formed Scribblers, and the joy and driving force of stewardship in his life.
Continue reading “Charles de Andrade and the Scribblers Christian Writers’ Club”
“For people like me that have always struggled, maybe there’s a story that’s been burning in their heart for a long time. You just need to sit down and write it, and then ask God to show you who to get help from. Don’t ever push away what God has put in your heart to do. You’ve got to do it. He shows you. Believe him for showing you the right path to go down.”
Author of several books, Frannie Watson was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where she still resides with her husband, Doug, and dog, Sally.
In this interview, Frannie shares about suspense and mystery, her writing process, and overcoming a potentially debilitating learning disability.
Jim Wall Coaching (JWC): You’ve worked in education, corporations and manufacturing, and you’ve served with a mission group in France. What drew you to writing, and when did you know you had an interest in it?
Frannie: I never really thought about writing because I have a brain disability in language arts. Continue reading “Frannie Watson Finds Her Voice”
“We would encourage younger readers to learn from history so we can understand how to work together today. Also, don’t hide your light under a bushel, but let it shine.“
Perhaps the best way to know history is to relive it, which is what authors Julie and Rick Clarke have done and written about…
Jim Wall Coaching (JWC): You live, love and write history. Which came first: doing reenactments or writing your book?
Julie and Rick: The reenactments came first. We had to follow the steps of the ancestors before we had enough information to write a book.
JWC: Your book is Pauline D’Alvigny Campbell, Civil War Nurse, Her Life and Times of War in Atlanta. What was the catalyst for writing a book about Pauline? Continue reading “Living History with Julie & Rick Clarke”