Bobby Nash at Warp Speed

“I love encouraging other creative people, not just writers, (but also) actors, artists, singers. I meet a lot of people at various stages in their careers. It cost me nothing to be encouraging to someone else. It doesn’t hurt me in the least to go, ‘I like what you’re doing.’ Or they’re like, ‘Hey, I’d like some advice on this.’ It cost me nothing to give them advice. And you don’t do it with any expectation of getting anything in return.” 

It is hard not to get pulled into Bobby Nash’s energy and enthusiasm. He has the storyteller’s knack of making even mundane things seem interesting.  

Bobby Nash is an award-winning author. He writes novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. On occasion, he appears in movies and TV shows where, as he says, he’s “usually standing behind your favorite actor.” 

In this interview, Bobby talks about his creative influences, his publishing imprint, and occupying the command chair of the Starship Enterprise. Continue reading “Bobby Nash at Warp Speed”

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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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”

Portia Wayne’s Power of Words

“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”

Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell

“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”

When Christy Writes

“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”

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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Frannie Watson Finds Her Voice

“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”

Living History with Julie & Rick Clarke

“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”

Life, Laughter and Marlene

“The truth is, I love to listen to people.  People are so entertaining, especially when they don’t mean to be.  I love the cadence of the talk and the relationship in the works between people. I love to hear them reminisce and tell stories of their youth. I just love to talk to and listen to people. That is really my inspiration.”

Marlene Ratledge Buchanan is a southern humorist. She draws from a deep well of experience and has a keen eye for observation. Like all truly good humorists, Marlene subtlety sews wisdom with a smile. That rare gift comes through in this interview…

Jim Wall Coaching (JWC): Tell us about your book, Life is Hard, Soften it With Laughter. What brought it about and what was your goal in writing it?

Marlene: I have worked for over 34 years in high school as an art teacher and a counselor.  I rarely got a phone call that was good news.  I found that when you are talking to parents and kids alike, you need to break that hard shell of anger, grief, fear, whatever it is troubling the person.  Humor does that. If I could get a little smile or a giggle out of the person who was so miserable, I knew I could help.

That is my goal–make life a little softer. Life is Hard. We need to do what we can to make our lives happier and easier.  A giggle or two can do that for you. Continue reading “Life, Laughter and Marlene”