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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

Terry Irving's Day of the Dragonking

Book Spotlight: Day of the Dragonking by Terry Irving

Hello and happy reading to all! Today I am chatting about the latest book I read. It is Terry Irving’s Day of the Dragonking, which is Book One of The Last American Wizard series. It is a fantasy book that is one heck of a wild ride!

The Day of the Dragonking features Steve Rowan as the last American wizard and Ace Morningstar, a female Navy SEAL who has orders to defend Steve… Well, unless it comes down to defending him or his cell phone, in which case the cell takes precedence.

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Author Interview: Chatting with Balroop Singh

Interview with author Balroop Singh

Author Balroop Singh. Photo courtesy of Balroop Singh.

Welcome to the land of Poetic Parfait, and today’s visitor is author Balroop Singh. I have followed her blog Emotional Shadows for a while now, and it is nice to have the opportunity to chat in depth with her about writing, her poetry book Sublime Shadows of Life, and more. I put out a platter of assorted cheeses and crackers for us as we talk. You are welcome to help yourself to some too! Let’s get started with the interview, shall we?

Welcome, Balroop! Let’s start with an open-ended question. Please tell us a little about yourself and your writing background.

When I was young, quite young, I had no idea that books contained so much of knowledge that could be beyond our comprehension. I was happy with whatever reading material I could find and felt that I had all the information of the world.

When I gained some awareness about the vastness of this globe, I hardly had any time to read, didn’t have any guidance about the choice of books but I was highly imaginative or so I thought! I loved to read and during my flights of fantasy, I could see myself writing. I would consciously tell myself – ‘one day I would write my own book.’

But I had no time! Early, traditional marriage made my life extremely busy and hectic. I forgot all about reading… writing was a far cry!

I gave up my first and a very secure job at the age of 23 to start my family but I couldn’t stay away from the company of students, my most cherished companions who kept my creativity alive.

I chose a busy life to be with the youngsters who were my perennial source of inspiration. As I moved on, balancing various duties of a wife, mother, homemaker and teacher, I started recording my fleeting thoughts on whatever piece of paper or notepad I could find.

It was so easy to write! I didn’t have to struggle with the haphazard placement of syllables on a keyboard, trying to locate them. All my thoughts could flow so spontaneously from my pen!

My students continued to inspire me and many of the poems, which have been compiled in ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life’, were written when I conducted creative workshops to motivate them to write poetry. Those challenging hours and the competitive spirit brought the best out of me.

If you had to choose your favorite poets, whom would you choose?

The classic poets, who have inspired me for varied reasons, have always carried me away:

William Wordsworth for his Nature poems

Robert Frost for his realism and imagery

Rudyard Kipling for his poem “If”

William Blake for his sensitivity and “Songs of Innocence”

I will now read a bit of Blake… No, best to stay on track here (note to self to read more later). Balroop, let’s talk about your book. Who do you think would enjoy reading Sublime Shadows of Life? Continue reading