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January 2006

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 suggestions.

Happy writing!!


Paula Schmitt and Alana Morales

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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,

Latest book – Silent Heroes

Synopsis of Silent Heroes
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,

Latest Book – The Bitch Posse

Synopsis 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


Cynthia Brian,

Latest 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 trailblazers.

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 Cynthia Brian.

Celebrities and 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 unique perspective.

January 27, 2006

Heide Kaminski,

Latest Book – ADHD and Me

Synopsis of ADHD and Me
This innovative 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:

  1. 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 can.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.


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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 productive 2006!

  1. Setting Effective Writing Goals

    This article covers the basics of setting yearly writing goals.

  2. Writer’s Digest – The Best-Laid Plans

    This article offers a 10 list for New Year goal setting.

  3. 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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