Carole Townsend: Witty, Wise, Wonderful

“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.

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Paul Bielatowicz’s Progressive Creativity

“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”

Randi Ward’s Endless Journey

“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”

Charles de Andrade and the Scribblers Christian Writers’ Club

“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.

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