Mom Writer's Talk Radio Newsletter
Happy New Year!!
Welcome to the January issue of the Mom Writer’s Talk Radio Newsletter!
This month’s issue is
a great way to take a much needed break from the
craziness of the holiday season. We hope you all
survived with your sanity and pocketbooks intact!
This month, take some
time to think about what you want to accomplish this
year with your writing. Whether it’s getting that much
coveted first clip, finding an agent, or selling your
first (or sixth) book, put your goals on paper. It will
help keep you more accountable.
If you have a
particular topic you would like covered on the show,
please contact us. We are always open to your
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Our Authors This Month…
- Maureen Focht
- Martha O’Conner
- Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore
- Cynthia Brian
- Heide Kaminski
January 6, 2006
Maureen Focht, www.thesilentheroes.com
Latest book – Silent Heroes
Synopsis of Silent
This book is a tribute
to the author's father, and for all those living with or
who have lived with mentally ill family members. At age 11,
the author went through the process of watching her
mother become a paranoid schizophrenic. She witnessed
her mother change from a beautiful, loving person to one
she barely recognized. In addition, the author describes
her father's ultimate commitment to his wife, who
remained ill for over 40 years.
Other families’ stories of their loved ones with
different types of brain disorders provide a full menu
of all the heart-rending experiences that silent heroes
must face every single day. The stories describe living
with schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.
~from The Silent Heroes Website
January 13, 2006
Martha O’Conner, www.MarthaOConnor.com
Latest Book – The
of The Bitch Posse
These are the confessions of The Bitch Posse. Cherry, Rennie, and
Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their
friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call
it dangerous. This is the story of three women – as
seniors in high school and as women in their
mid-thirties – who formed a bond in order to survive the
pitfalls and perils of their lives. In the present day,
one of them is a wife and mother-to-be, trying to live a
"normal" life. One of them is a writer who engages in a
number of self-destructive relationships. And one of
them is in a mental hospital, and has been ever since
that one fateful night fifteen years ago, when a
heart-wrenching betrayal and the unraveling of
relationships led them to a point of no return, where
their actions triggered unimaginable consequences. These
secrets have torn them apart, while inextricably binding
them to one another. What happened to them? And can they
survive their shared history, even today?
The Bitch Posse is an anthem for friendships that defy
society's approval or disapproval. It's a novel of
secrets, courage, sacrifice, and hope against the odds.
It is both a journey back to being a girl on the verge
of adulthood, and a journey forward, showing how the
events of our past can unearth the best in us today.
Dare to jump in.
~from Martha O’Connor’s Website
January 20, 2006
Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore,
Latest Book - What About Me? Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention
Without Hitting Your Sister
Synopsis of What About Me?
“What about me?” wonders a little boy when his parents seem
preoccupied with his sister and the baby. Bursting with
charming illustrations by Mits Katayama, this picture
book, by a mother of four, shows children how being
helpful and caring gets them loving attention. Eileen
Kennedy-Moore’s story gently handles the issue of
sibling rivalry and shows how every child can be noticed.
~from Parenting Press.com
Cynthia Brian, www.star-style.com
Book - Be the Star You Are!
Synopsis of Starstyle!
A new television series with heart, vision, passion, and inspiration. Starstyle - Live Your Dreams! celebrates the
accomplishments, trials, choices, and ordeals of people
who have had the special courage to risk all in the
pursuit of their dreams. Hosted by the effervescent
Cynthia Brian, who brings more than 20 years of
experience in the entertainment business to the show,
viewers learn the secrets of true human success and
happiness from the journeys traveled by real life
The show is produced
in a half-hour format with two interviews per show.
Every interview is highlighted with inspirational quotes
and messages and complimented by a brief closing. The
interviews are intimate, honest, sincere, spontaneous,
unrehearsed, and fun.
Starstyle - Live Your
Dreams! was conceived at the bedside of Cynthia's dying father. When
she asked him if there was anything else that she could
do for him in this life, he held her hand, looked into her
eyes, smiled, and said, "I am a happy man. I married the
woman I loved, and we were happy together for 45 years.
We had 5 wonderful children of whom I am very proud, and
we have 11 fabulous grandchildren. I tilled the soil and
worked at my passion as a farmer my entire life. What
more could a man want? I have lived my dreams." See
Fight for Your Life, an inspirational story by
ordinary citizens share equal billing on Starstyle -
Live Your Dreams! as stories of authors, artists,
actors, poets, musicians, doctors, lawyers, policemen,
teachers, chefs, gardeners, sports figures, and vocations
of every sort are brought to life with an individual and
January 27, 2006
Latest Book – ADHD and Me
Synopsis of ADHD
book provides a hands-on approach to understanding ADHD.
Pages are simple to keep the easily distracted child
attentive and illustrations are black and white offering
the child opportunities for creative expression.
Reviewed and recommended by psychologists, therapists,
and other professionals as well as acclaimed author Benjamin Polis
(My Life and Triumph over ADD) and co-author Kate Kelly, MSN (You
Mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!) this book is a
long awaited resource for everyone touched by ADHD.
Finally a book that helps the youngest of the ADHD
children understand the feelings and emotions associated
with their lives. This book can also be shared with
non-ADHD family members and friends.
Writing Tips of the Month
Three Tips to Achieve
Your Writing Goals:
Make your goals achievable.
By achievable, we mean realistic and attainable. You might unconsciously have
set a goal even others will have a hard time achieving,
even if they had the means and the time to do so.
Here's what you can do: break down your goals into small, realistic goals
set against reasonable timeframes. Oftentimes, you'll
achieve your bigger goals if you work on achieving the
smaller goals leading to those. The important thing is
making your goals as realistic and as achievable as you
Devise a feasible plan.
You know what you want, but do you know how to get what you want? Do you
need technical or artistic training to achieve your
goals? Or perhaps further studies? Do you have a set
plan of action that will lead to the achievement of your
goals? What things, both tangible and intangible, do you
need to aid you in reaching your goals?
Take a moment to sit down and list the things you need and make your action
plan. This is a good time to break them down into small,
realistic goals and then tackle them one day at a time!
Resist spreading yourself too thinly.
Sometimes, it's better to work on one goal at a time, rather than doing and
shooting for so many all at the same time. Work on so
many goals at one given time, and you'll find out you're
nowhere near achieving even one goal. You won't be able
to focus your full energy on one goal.
Prioritize your goals and start with either your top priority or your most
realistic goal. You'll discover you're able to do more
and achieve more using this approach.
If you'd like to share a writing tip of your own,
please email us at:
Three Sites For For Writing
Through the Holidays
The New Year is a
perfect time for getting your 2006 writing goals on
paper. This month’s sites include articles to help you
write goals that are attainable, measurable, and
appropriate for the types of writing you do. Here’s to a
Setting Effective Writing Goals
This article covers the basics of setting yearly writing goals.
Writer’s Digest – The Best-Laid Plans
This article offers a
10 list for New Year goal setting.
How to Get There from Here: The Magic of Goals
If you haven’t been to
Holly’s site, it is a must see. This article talks about
goal setting for writers and includes specific examples
to help you write your own goals.
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