“I Grew Grandma’s Tomatoes” and so much more…a moment with children’s writer and illustrator, Pamela C. Rice.

Indie Beginning Podcast gets a slew of submissions that we go through, giving authors our complete anPeyPIC3ad undivided attention.  Sometimes, no matter how much we adore a book IB has to turn it down for whatever reason.  Pam Rice came across the IB desk, and as much as they adored her children’s book submission of  I Grew Grandma’s Tomatoes the podcast felt they couldn’t do the story justice when visually it is stunning! How can you see that over an audio-book format podcast? Immediately ACNBooks snatched up the opportunity to feature Ms Rice and her work as an author and illustrator.

This week we will get to know a little bit about Pam Rice and her passion for not only writing children’s books, but illustrating them!  Next week the author of I Grew Grandma’s Tomatoes will take over ACNBooks with a piece on being your own illustrator.

Creating children’s books is what Pamela C. Rice enjoys and since August 2015 she has released 12 books including When the Brown Bird Flies, The Painting Speaks, Aaron’s Dreams, and Rufus Finds A Prize. Each book is warmly illustrated by Rice and offers written artistic expression of her childhood experiences and inspirations that children will find fun, imaginative and educational.

Rice grew up surrounded by creative art and design, and believes that she is a person born to write and illustrate for children. Both Pam’s father and brother were in the field of design. Her father was a commercial artist, and her brother was in textile and artisan design. With over 30 years of independent and corporate experience in advertising, graphic design, and visual communications, Rice has earned high recognition and top accolades with over 30 design awards. She has made guest appearances as a lecturer at the Illinois Academy of Design and Merchandising and at Northeastern Illinois University. She has also taught at the University of Illinois-Chicago, in the Principal Scholar’s Program.

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Pam has illustrated for various authors such as Anna K. Morris, Emma Young, and Kay McCrimon, to name a few. For many years Pam has developed her unique illustrative style, and is excited to create content that both parents and children can enjoy. She is currently working with a Peruvian friend and translator to bring more diversity and inclusion to her library of books.

What was the inspiration for I Grew Grandma’s Tomatoes?

The inspiration for the book was an idea of planting and how a few seeds could yield  a plentiful harvest.

I read that you write and illustrate your books; which is your favorite part?

Because my life’s work has been art, graphics, advertising design and visual communications, I’d have to say illustrating…that’s the easy part and my favorite. 

And for you which comes first?  The drawings or the story?

When I’m coming up with the story, my mind automatically jumps to the visual. I believe that the visuals drives the story —for me.

What are you working on now?

I have a book called “Lizzy’s Purse”, that I’ve completed. I will probably release it towards the fall, because it’s season appropriate.

What drew you to children’s books?

For years I had illustrated books for various authors. I realized that my style of illustration had developed and that people would recognize immediately books I illustrated. I also would send my niece stories of events and incidents I had when I was a child, and realized that individually they would make good material for book content. I will never run out of material to write about.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

Since I am still freelance and a graphic designer, I’m working on various projects from websites to exhibits.

What does your writing space look like?

In front of my laptop, wherever I am.

Out of all the books you’ve written do you have a favorite?

Because so many of my books are stories of life experiences as a child, most are my favorite. “Whistle Watch At Uncle Willie’s House”, “I Can Smell The Rain”, “Daisy’s Bright Idea:, “Aaron’s Dream”…On the inside back cover of most of these books I include a small paragraph that explains the reason for the story.

Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?

I have to write stories that are meaningful…stories children can relate to ‘from a child’s perspective’. Some children’s books can be too simple and trifling. My stories can be read and enjoyed by adults because I weave in ‘life lessons.”

What were some of the unexpected challenges you faced on your writing journey?

Because ideas come to me in pieces, I have to thread those pieces together, so the books eventually flows together. If that doesn’t happen, I usually ‘can’ the book OR just put it to the side.

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Do you have anything today that is your author “kryptonite”? Examples: Coming up with new ideas, Book readings, book signings, marketing, public speaking, touring, etc. etc. How do you handle them?

I haven’t done any book readings. Marketing, yes. A few Podcasts, no touring. I’ve been asked to get involve with some book fairs, but I am not one to set up, sit around, and personally sell books. At some point I will. My ‘library’ has grown and selling and promoting a variety of books appeals to me more than just hitting the circuit with just one book.  I’ve done the whole ‘exhibit ‘ thing with my paintings. I have had several one-woman shows with my art, and was in four galleries (Wisconsin, Chicago, Michigan)

For right now, my books have been on the ‘organic’ sell. Website, Social Media, local Whole Foods. I guess I, income way , still see it as a hobby.

I am in the process now of writing a book on African American ’adventurists’. I’ve selected some very interesting people who I know and their stories needed to be told. This is something I had been pondering for a while…a few people you may or may not of heard of. I’m hoping to complete by November.

What advice would you give to someone just beginning their career as a writer?

One needs a source to draw from, that’s important or you’re always going to run into writer’s block.

For more on Pam’s work in illustration check in next week! To get yourself a copy of one of her beautiful life lessons you can click the link here:

Pamela C. Rice’s Children’s Books

Learn how people have reacted to Pamela C. Rice’s stories on Goodreads

Curious about Pamela C. Rice? Learn more on her webpage!

 

Are you a writer, reader, or person in the publishing industry? Would you like to talk books with our followers? Email mkf.acnbooks@gmail.com with your topic idea!

Let me tell you about…

coming-soonComing later this month; ACNBooks will be giving followers the stage!  We have lined up authors, people from the industry, and BOOK READERS to take over the site with their own articles. They have put so much time and effort into writing stories to help you learn and understand the world of books.  We have everything from being a children’s book writer and illustrator to what it is like to adore books when you have ADHD.

 

If you are an author, or someone who enjoys reading and would like to participate in a takeover please email: mkf.acnbooks@gmail.com with your idea!

The Long and Short of Writing Short Form Fiction: A Conversation with Indie Author Stella Coulson.

Indie Beginning Episode 24
Ben and Marie discuss Whitby After Dark and the process of writing short fiction

Ben and Marie discuss reviews left for Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson as well as the topic of Short Form Fiction with the author. Novellas and novelettes are gaining in popularity with the rise of kindle and other e-readers (especially since Hugh Howey’s breakthrough tale WOOL) and people are so busy that they just do not have the time for a novel. We also live in a “quick fix” society and may be witnessing the shorter attention spans, at least that is Ben’s belief.

What influenced indie author Stella Coulson to begin writing short form fiction? What are her thoughts of the rise in its popularity? Does she see a downside to writing a short story? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment wherever you found this podcast, I’ll find it! We’d would also be truly grateful if you would rate and review this show while you are there. Your reviews are a wonderful way to support this show and also a way for us to keep bringing you the content you want to listen to. Don’t forget that each review makes you eligible to win some Indie Beginning merchandise: every time we hit a 25 review milestone up to 500! Screenshot that baby and tag Indiebeginning in it, or not, I’ll find it somehow, I like a good treasure hunt. Whitby After Dark is available for purchase on Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Tinmouth and is titled Generation to Generation. I would like to thank Shirts by Sarah for supporting this show and our featured indie author. A special thank you to Stella Coulson for taking the time to be part of the Indie Beginning Podcast. Thanks for listening!
Read the Writer’s Digest blog post discussed in this episode.

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Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson an Audiobook Introduction


Whitby After Dark by Stella Coulson as read by Marie Kammerer Franke

For our 23rd episode we are bringing you the beginning of Stella Coulson’s Young Adult indie read Whitby After Dark about a young woman who moves to the Gothic small town of Whitby, Yorkshire and discovers a hidden world of vampires, shifters and demons. Her precognitive visions of death lead her to become the target of a serial killing demon. This Indie Beginning is brought to you by Shirts by Sarah, your one stop shop for all your specialized shirt needs. After the episode please take a moment to leave a comment about what you just heard or leave a question for the author to discuss during the interview segment next week. The topic will be the long and short of short form fiction.

Trigger Warning / Content Advisory! The story contained in this episode deals with topics that many young adults face including suicide, self harm, and abuse. If you feel that any of these topics are too hard to listen to please skip this episodee. If you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self harm please contact the national suicide hotline here in the states at 1-800-273-8255. For our friends overseas please go to Samaritans.org.

Are you enjoying Indie Beginning? Remember to subscribe to Indie Beginning on your favorite Podcast platform. Please let us know what you think of the show by leaving a review while you’re there. Reviews are the best way to support your favorite podcasts. In fact Indie Beginning will be sending one random reviewer a special gift for every 25 reviews until we hit 500. All you have to do is leave a review and tune in to hear if your name is called after each 25 milestone. Or you can screenshot your review and tag @indiebeginning on Instagram with the #indiebeginningreview. Join us next week when we discuss short fiction with Stella Coulson.
Music found in this episode was written and performed by Tinmouth and is titled Generation to Generation. This episode was read by Marie Kammerer Franke and edited by me. I am your host Benjamin Franke asking everyone to read more books, be the best possible you and to simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.

 

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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, a Conversation on Alternative History – L S Bassen Interview

A Conversation with L.S. Bassen on Alternative History

If you could go back in time and re-write a historical moment, what moment would you choose? LS Bassen wanted to revisit WWII and more specifically the death of Adolf Hitler in her tale Summer of the Long Knives. (Learn more about LS Bassen here.) In this episode Marie and Benjamin discuss reviews left for the story as well as their thoughts on the topic of Alternative History. Below are a list of topic Questions posed to the author.

1. Alternative fiction is a popular genre for story lovers, yet many authors find it a difficult genre to write. Did you have any concerns when you began writing Summer of the Long Knives?
2. With Nazi Germany being such a major historical period in time what tips or tricks did you utilize to keep fact and fiction from flowing too far away from one another?
3. What are your thoughts on reader knowledge? Do you feel that the average reader is willing to suspend disbelief to be entertained?

I posed this question to the Writers Group on facebook and I would like to take a moment to thank Sarah, Eanna, Mark, Kenneth, and Sasha for joining in the conversation. All of them agreed that a reader will suspend disbelief and that it is the Authors job through character development and world-building (a topic we discussed with Paul Grover in episode 17) but the examples given stemmed from Harry Potter (Still refuse to read that little gem) to Marvel. I wonder more about factual events straight out of High-School history books where there really is a universal agreement of facts.

4. Does writing alternative history allow you as the author to change history if even for a brief moment in time? Are there any other historical moments you wish (or plan) to re-write?
5. If you could rewrite anything in your own career as an author what would it be?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment after you listen to the show. We would also be truly grateful if you would rate and review this show while you are there. Your reviews are a wonderful way to support this show and also a way for us to keep bringing you the content you want to listen to. Summer of the Long Knives is available for purchase on Amazon. Music found in this episode was performed by Dee Yan Key and is titled Holy Holy Holy. I would like to that Shirts by Sarah for supporting this show and Thank LS Bassen for taking the time to be part of the Indie Beginning Podcast. And most of all, thank you for listening!

Find the New Marwa Coda Chapter mentioned in this episode here!

Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen an Audiobook Introduction

Benjamin Franke introduces readers to Summer of the Long Knives

This week we are featuring the indie novel Summer of the Long Knives by LS Bassen as read by Benjamin Franke. After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Amid great betrayal, loss, and danger, Lisel must act while there is still time. A novel of what literary critic George Steiner has called alternity, Summer of the Long Knives explores the hopes and horrors that emerge from history’s darkest moments.

*Note!!! This story contains adult content that may not be suitable for all listeners. There is sexual violence as well as adult language.

Next week on episode 22 we will speak to LS Bassen about writing an Alternative History and what concerns she may have had as well as some tricks up her sleeve. Learn more about the author here. Remember to leave a comment below about what you have heard or post a question for the author and/or hosts.

Music found in this episode was written and preformed Dee Yan Kee and is titled Holy Holy Holy. Please take a moment to rate and review this podcast. It is the number one way to support this show. Thanks for listening!