Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Family Matters Show: Host Irene S. Roth on Empowering Teens

Join Irene Roth and Virginia S Grenier every 3rd Friday of the month for the Families Matter Show here on BTR's Freatured World of Ink Network.

Each month the Families Matter Show will cover topics on the importance of family to empowering our children.

This month we are on at special day and time with the topic: The Importance of Empowering Teens

It is very important for parents to empower teens to be their best. Teens struggle quite a bit nowadays and they have many problems that we didn't have when we were adolescents. The culture demands certain things from adolescent girls and boys. But it is important for them to do mor than mimic what their peers and culture is saying and doing.  They need to become authentic individuals.  Here are a few ways that parents can empower teens:
  • Talk to your kids a lot about what their beliefs and values are as opposed to what the culture is dishing out to them;
  • Empowering our children to be the best that they can be by believing in them and helping them be more responsible;
  • Not beating them up when they make mistakes but to talk to them at length and try and correct them in the future;
  • Developing a relationship of unconditional love with our children and teens;
  • Developing honest and open interaction with our teens by having face to face chats on a consistent basis.
By taking these steps we could saving our children to become the best that they can be. And this will help them be authentic adults as well--individuals who know what they like and dislike and can follow their inner voice.

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Interview with Bruce Atchison, author of How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity

Author Bio:
Bruce Atchison is a legally-blind Canadian freelance writer with articles published in a variety of magazines. He has also authored three paperbacks. "When a Man Loves a Rabbit: Learning and Living with Bunnies" is a memoir of the surprising facts he discovered about house rabbits."Deliverance from Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School" is his recollection of being sent five hundred miles from home for months at a stretch. "How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity" shows how God led Atchison out of a legalistic house church. Contact him at or via Facebook or Twitter. He also posts regularly on his and blogs. Atchison lives in a tiny Alberta hamlet with his house rabbit, Deborah.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? 
I've always loved telling stories. During junior high school, the local newspaper was looking for student articles. I wrote a few and one was published. For about 20 years, I set writing aside. Then I began writing for fan magazines of electronic music and the newsletter at work. An employment counselor convinced me to go professional when I was placed on permanent disability. After writing freelance articles, I decided to write three memoirs. Now I want to work on short fiction stories with the goal of developing good characters.

Where did the inspiration for How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity come from?
I've always loved puns. Since "razed" and "raised" sound the same, and since they both applied to my experiences with Christianity, I thought the pun was appropriate for the title.

What made you choose to write a novel?
Though my books are memoirs, they all are more than a hundred-thousand words long. I had no word count goal, just the desire to tell my experiences with house rabbits, at a blind school, and with a cultic house church.

What is the main message or theme that you hope readers of this book come away from it with?
It's a warning to pastors about the dangers new disciples face from cults. It also is my way of encouraging ex-cult members to tell their stories. Nobody likes to admit that they fell for lies, yet telling others about what happened is therapeutic.

 Who is your favorite author?
Without doubt, C. S. Lewis is my favourite. I'd love to write fantasy stories like his.

 Do you have a writing routine? A special pen, a certain type of music, time limits?
I'm very fond of my old MS DOS computer and WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS. Both have served me well since 1993 and I know those programs well. As for my weekday routine, I answer e-mails in the morning and promote my books. Afternoons are for writing blogs, stories, and query letters. I'm not a "morning person" so I need several cups of weapons-grade coffee to get my brain out of first gear.

 Do you enjoy edits/rewrites, or not?
I don't enjoy edits and rewrites but computers have made both so much easier. One reason I took so long to get back into writing was the tedium of having my nose almost touching the page as I squinted and printed my prose on paper. Now it's so much easier. Better yet, I have a screen-reading program that speaks the text aloud. I still touch-type but I listen to what I've written. It's handy for catching mistakes, with the exception of homonyms.

Please tell us a little bit about your journey to publication:
I self-published all three of my books because I knew that the topics weren't mainstreem. When a Man Loves a Rabbit sold a few hundred copies but Deliverance from Jericho and How I Was Razed didn't do so well. Self-publishing also helped me learn to market my books and to understand the dynamics of readership interest.

What is the hardest part of being a writer?
For me, it's marketing. I'd love to write all day but I need to get the word out about what I've written. Being a sales person has never worked out for me in the past. Perhaps I'll catch on to it soon.

Are there any common themes that you feel are particularly important to write about?
Being a born-again Christian, all I write is filtered through my beliefs. I want even my fiction writing to be truthful and to present the human condition as it is.

When you're not writing, what are your other hobbies/passions?
I'm an amateur radio operator with the call sign VE6XTC. Shortwave and AM listening at night are also favourite pastimes of mine. I also enjoy social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. Walking through forests is also an activity I enjoy but I don't get that much of a chance these days to do that.

 Are you working on any new projects?
I'm writing short stories and publishing them on Readwave. It's a site where people can upload 600 to 800-word stories for free. People read and even comment on them. It's good practice for when I shop them around to magazine editors and enter them into contests.

Quick Fire round:

Coke or Pepsi? Yes.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Neither.
Rainy winter days or blazing hot summer days? Neither.
Hard Copy or e-book? E-book. My PC reads them out loud and I can preserve what little vision I have left.
Favorite book? The Bible
Last book you read? The Olsteenification of America by Hank Hanegraaff.
What's a quote that inspires you? I can't think of one at the moment.
What's your favorite comfort food? chocolate Easter bunnies.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mom's Choice Author Camille Matthews guests on The Writing Mama Show

The Writing Mama show is on every Monday and is hosted by Mom's Choice and Award-winning Author Virginia S Grenier, who is joined weekly by guest authors to talk about the publishing and writing industry. Grenier, with her guests, hope to not only share their love of the written word, but also tips on writing, what makes a good book and much more.

This week Grenier is joined by fellow Mom's Choice Author Camille Matthews to talk about her award-winning Quincy the Horse Books series and the lates book in the series, Quincy and Buck. Matthews wanted to become a writer but studied to be a psychotherapist. In 2002 she became certified in the new field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and opened one of the first programs in New Mexico. Camille relocated back to the East coast in 2010 and now resides near Reading PA. She is an avid trail rider, lover of American quarter horses and author -- finally fulling her dreams.

The real Quincy whose early experiences inspired the Quincy the Horse series, is an American quarter horse who came to live with Camille when he was 7 years old. Now 24 years old, he is still working as a member of the equine therapy team at Pathfinder Farm in Reading, PA.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Edge with Cassandre Dayne

Join Cassandre Dayne on Sunday, April 20th, 2 pm EST, as she takes artists to the very edge of their works. Joining Cassandre on this incredible episode is the dazzling Phoenix Johnson, all the way from Queensland. With titles such as The Return of the Master, Once Bitten Twice Shy, and a Wolf in the Neighborhood, you can tell she has a craving for the dark side. Her readers call her dark and sensuous, willing to take her stories to the extreme of passion.

A highly acclaimed author with Naughty Nights Press, Phoenix also has a celebrated career as an esteemed reviewer.

Join Cassandre as she delves into Phoenix' erotic side, the very dark place authors reserve for such terrifying yet romantic stories.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

ANOTHER ANYTHING GOES with Bennet Pomerantz

Join Bennet Pomerantz for his very special Premier show on Saturday April 19th at 6 PST 7 MT 8 CST 9 EST

It's going to be a wonderful new show with great guests and terrific conversation. Another Anything Goes will be fun and entertaining. Bennets special guests will be Elizabeth Black, Melissa Keir, Leeann Sontheimer Murphy and Yvonne Mason.

There will be a few guests coming on to say hello and to join in on the fun.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Interview with Mom's Choice Award-winning Author Camille Matthews

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I hear the story in my head and write it down as I hear the characters talking. I also envision the place and describe it. Later Michelle Black the illustrator and I plan the illustrations. As a last phase, I do some polishing of the wording.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
At times I have had that happen but not in this book. They were very cooperative.

What is your favourite thing to do when not writing?
I have a small horse farm and an organic vegetable garden. I love to spend time there taking care of the horses and gardening.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a morning person.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would love to go to New Zealand. I am huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I would love to see where it was filmed. I also understand there are great places to ride.

Do distant places feature in your books?
Geography definitely plays a role in my books. In the previous book in the series, Quincy and his best friend Beau travel across the US on a huge horse van and he learns that “Horses are everywhere.” He also learns that they do different things in different places. Quincy and Buck is set in the desert Southwest which for many kids is a distant place.

Do you listen to music while writing?
No. I love music but not while I am writing.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
It is called Quincy and Buck. It is the third book in the Quincy the Horse series. In this book I tackle the problems of overcoming fear and dealing with a bully. Quincy dreams of trail riding in the desert near his home but he is afraid of meeting wild animals out on the trail. His friend, Beau, an old horse who has done everything, explains to him that he will never become brave if he stays home, so he goes on his first trail ride. He hopes to find a trail buddy who will guide him but the horse he chooses turns out to be a bully. Over the course of the ride, he discovers that he is more confident than he imagined and that Buck is afraid underneath his fa├žade of strength. The story of the day’s ride along with the illustrations takes kids into the desert of the Southwest which has breathtaking scenery. 

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
The hallmark of the 6 years since the first Quincy book was published is that just about everything in publishing and the book trade and the marketing of books has changed. I have also learned a lot about eBooks. I see them as a complementary format now rather than an opposing format so we have released the entire series in eBooks as well as hardcover.

Is there anything you would do differently?
It is tempting to look back with hindsight but no, not really. This has been a journey and I would not change much.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My horses. Most of the important things I have learned and tried in life have been inspired by them.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Writing is the easy part.

What are three words that describe you?
Creative, passionate, stubborn

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I love so many books and have old favorites but I just finished a new book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It was one of the best I have read in a long time.

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book

Quincy and Buck tackles the topic of bullying and provides a framework for a dialogue between young children and those who want to empower them. When Quincy takes his first trail ride in the desert, the horse he chooses for a trail buddy turns out to be a bully. The detailed and realistic portrayal of the day’s ride will interest and inform K-2 readers and also engage 3rd and 4th graders.

List of previous books if any
Quincy Finds A New Home and Quincy Moves to the Desert

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Our website is and my blog is We also have a great Facebook community at I can be reached directly through the contact form on our website if anyone has specific questions or requests.

Author short bio

I live in Reading PA along with the real Quincy. I am a clinical social worker and equine assisted growth and learning specialist. The real Quincy, who inspired the Quincy the Horse books when he was 7 is now 24 years old. He is an American quarter horse who was a trail riding horse for many years and is a mainstay of my equine therapy program.

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