Category Archives: Bookish Delights

Kevin Cooper is a Songwriter and Author

Author Kevin Cooper on Songs, Publishing & His New Book

Today we have author and singer Kevin Cooper in the house! It’s quite the day, between it being Friday, the day after the American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and National Parfait Day (seriously!!). I am running around, making (poetic) parfaits and serving one up to Kevin. You can have one too. Yes, I share.

But what’s even sweeter is the treat of being able to interview Kevin, whose blog KC Books and Music I’ve followed for some time now. It’s full of wonderful poetry, fiction, original music, and more. Yes, Kev has many talents! He recently published the book Caboodle & The Whole Kit and is here to answer questions about the read, songwriting, and publishing.

Here we go:

Hi Kevin! Great to have you here. Let’s start with the question that’s been on my mind for a while. Which came first for you as a writer: short stories, poetry, or songs? Which one was your first love and why?

This is an easy one for me, Christy… definitely songs. I loved singing as a child. My first favourite was, Yellow Submarine, by the Beatles. I was three years old when my dad bought me a huge (well it seemed huge to me) inflatable yellow submarine for Christmas and I used to sit on it holding onto the periscope while singing to the wireless, and long after it was finished. I’m sure my grandmother, with whom I lived was very happy that my dad had bought me that inflatable submarine! Lol. The first thing I wrote after leaving school was a song, and I wrote many songs before I turned my hand to poetry and prose.
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Short Stories by Freya Pickard

Author Freya Pickard on Writing Short Stories & Dragons

Today we have a special guest in the house! Freya Pickard is the writer behind the blogs Pure Haiku and Dragonscale Clippings, both of which I highly recommend. When Freya recently published a collection of short stories titled The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories (Dragonscale Dimensions Book 1), I asked her here for an author interview and she graciously accepted the invitation. I admire Freya for many reasons, including her quirky yet lovable writing style and her determination to publish her newest book after facing chemotherapy. So, without further ado, let’s put on the coffee pot and catch up with Freya Pickard.

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Hi Freya and welcome to Poetic Parfait! I’m happy to interview you about your first short story collection. Congratulations! To start, could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing books?

Greetings, Earthlings! I’m a novelist, poet and cancer survivor with one novel, and one short story collection published to date! I have always written, ever since my mother taught me to write before I started school. From an early age I produced poetry and stories but when I turned 17, I began writing novels seriously. They were all rubbish but in my mid-twenties I started producing tales that were non-generic and therefore difficult to place with a publisher. Since having gone through cancer, I have realised how little time we have here on this planet and am therefore publishing my work myself.

I love that you have chosen to pursue your publishing dreams, regardless of whether it meets a traditional publisher’s expectations or not. I’m curious, why did you choose the short story format for your latest book?

I chose to publish a short story collection because I have had a number of short stories published over the years, including some about Dracomagan. I found that convincing editors to publish my tales about a female dragon slayer very difficult; it seems that a lot of Continue reading

Book Cover of Noah Padgett and the Dog-People

Sarah Potter Chats about Book Publishing & Writing Inspiration

I am pleased to give the blogging stage to author Sarah Potter today! I first connected with Sarah a few years ago, through her blog Sarah Potter Writes. Since then, I have enjoyed following her publishing career as well as reading the poetry and short stories she has shared on her blog.

When she released a new book of juvenile fiction titled Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, I wanted to have her over here to talk about the writing process and learn more about the book. So, without further ado, here is Sarah.

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Thank you, Christy, for inviting me to guest post at your wonderful blog, to talk about publishing and my latest novel, plus offer some tips on finding writing inspiration.

Welcome to the world of multi-genre mash-up

By nature, I’m an eccentric person with a quirky, exceedingly British sense of humour who doesn’t find it easy to conform; thus it’s hardly surprising that my novels buck against the trend and don’t fit neatly into a single category, which, in turn, makes them a huge challenge to market. I have a pile of rejection letters from publishers and agents to prove that this is the case; they say things such as, “beautiful writing, but too hard to market” or “we applaud your imagination, but can’t see this fitting neatly on any shelf in a bookshop.”

Chatting with Sarah Potter about books and more

Author Sarah Potter, taking a break from writing.

Last year, encouraged by my family, I decided to indie publish one of my five novels, Desiccation, rather than leave it filed away gathering dust. It is a young adult crossover novel (for readers aged 15+).

Years ago, my teenage son read it in a night and spent the following day dozing off at school. He didn’t care that my novel was a multi-genre mash-up of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, humour, with a few erotic undertones and plenty of teenagerisms. He just loved the story and characters.

My latest novel, Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, aimed at readers aged 10-18+, is an adventure and survival story with smidgeons of science fiction and fantasy.
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It’s a Bookish World with Captain Fantastic

Ben and family in the woods

Part of the cast of Captain Fantastic. I see books in one box!

Recently I went and saw the movie Captain Fantastic at a local theatre here in Victoria, BC. It was a drama with funny moments sprinkled throughout it as we follow the adventures of Ben (played by Viggo Mortenson) and his family after the passing of his wife. In particular, I enjoyed the spotlight on books that came with the viewing experience – although I admit to not being quite as immersed in the literary world as the family in this film! I’m also not living off the grid like this family.

Ben, Books & Family Life

In Captain Fantastic, Ben has a unique vision of parenting, to put it mildly. He and his six kids live in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, where he regularly puts them through tough physical and intellectual challenges as his form of education. Books are a huge part of this homemade curriculum; he assigns books to each of the children and asks them to present analyses to him of what they read as a way to strengthen their critical thinking skills.

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