Two Interviews

I have been blessed this month to be interviewed twice.

Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut novel, The Hangman’s Noose is an Amateur Sleuth with an Edge mystery. She also runs a series of interviews with authors on her blog. I am so happy to be part of her Interview With Authors Series.

Interview with an Author: Carol Balawyder

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My guest today is Carol Balawyder. Carol holds degrees in both criminology and literature. It is this mixture that brings her to want to write crime novels, but it was her divorce that led her to write fiction about being single in mid-life.

Carol’s short stories have appeared in The Anthology of Canadian Authors Association, Room Magazine, Entre Les Lignes, Mindfulness.org and Carte Blanche. She also manages a blog where she posts series on: Female Nobel Prize Laureates, Famous Writers’ Desks, The Femme Fatale, Interviews with crime writers on How They Got Published, Ten Great First Dates and posts on writing.

Cafe ParadiseJudy: Tell us a bit about your latest novel, Cafe Paradise

Carol: The protagonist in Cafe Paradise is Suzy Paradise (who also was one of the four main characters in Getting To Mr. Right). At fifty-two she’s finally fulfilling a long cherished dream of owning her own café when a giant chain opens across the street. As she fights to save her business she learns to re-define the meaning of work, family and romance so she can find her own formula for happiness.

Cafe Paradise takes place in  two up-and-coming boroughs in Montreal.

Griffintown or The Grif, was quickly becoming a vibrant neighborhood. As part of a revitalization project, the city was building parks, playgrounds and bicycle paths in the area and attracting artists and hi-tech enterprises. It seemed like the perfect place to open a cafe .

The second setting is in The Plateau, specifically Prince Arthur Street.

The street had been Montreal’s hippie haven and the home of its counterculture movement in the ‘60s. A number of artists and playwrights still lived around the square.

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 The other interview was with Heather Debreceni from The Divorce Summit website. 

This was my first experience doing a voice interview and by listening to much more seasoned and very interesting guests that were part of this Dating Edition summit, I discovered how much I love listening to interviews while lying in bed at night! 🙂

In case you didn’t catch it the first time I posted it, here’s my interview again.

 

Empowering Divorce Summit: Day 2

Dear Blogging Friends,

I hope that you are all having a good day. 🙂

I just want to let you know that my interview with Heather Debreceni, host of the Empowering Divorce Summit (Dating Edition) that started yesterday, is now live.

In this interview I talk about how my post divorce experiences influenced the writing of my contemporary women’s fiction books.

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The interviews go on for 10 days. In Day 1 Heather gives great advice for high conflict divorce cases and the inspirational Amita Patel offers 7 skills to improve any relationship. 

http://www.empowereddivorcesummit.com/day-one/

 If you haven’t already reserved your spot to the summit you can do so Here.

 

 

HOW TO UPDATE A BOOK ON AMAZON

Thanks to all of you who participated in my weekend promotion of Missi’s Dating Adventure (Second edition).

An update is available for those who bought the first edition of the book by: Log on to your Amazon account. Click on Manage my devices. Select Settings and then automatic book update. You’ll then be kept updated on all your Amazon book orders. 🙂

 

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ABOUT TEN GREAT FIRST DATES

Artistic-Rendering-2Hello and Welcome to TEN GREAT FIRST DATES-

The idea of writing about Ten Great First Dates came to me because I was tired of meeting men in coffee shops. Although most of the men I met were very nice men (no creeps or psychopaths); I just didn’t click with them and it became terribly depressing.

I have nothing against going for coffee once in awhile. But I think this should be saved as an adjunct to some other activity, like after seeing a movie or simply hanging out.

But first dates aren’t about hanging out. Nor are they about getting to know everything about the person’s history in half an hour. First dates are about seeing if you like the person enough to want to have a second date with him and if that doesn’t happen because let’s face it, it rarely does, in the meantime, you might as well have a good time.

It occurred to me that there were lots of alternatives to the stereotype coffee shop date and so I began to search for these places. In doing so, I discovered something interesting. I was getting to know my city in ways I hadn’t before. I was also getting to know myself and the kind of man I was looking for.

That is great in itself.

Do take time to click on the links. There’s some interesting stuff there.

Although they are set in Montreal they can easily be transferred to any city or town. They are mainly ideas. I hope that you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed creating them .

I also hope that you’ll enjoy reading my stories and that we will get to meet again in my upcoming books: Missi’s Dating Adventures and The Dating Club.

Finally, thank you so much for stopping by and do leave comments if you feel like it. I’d love to hear about your own first date experiences.

Warm Regards,

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TEN GREAT FIRST DATES: SOMETIMES YOU NEED A STIFF DRINK

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I met Andrew at The Whiskey Café. I walked in the half empty bar and saw him sitting there watching me as I approached him. He was a lot better looking than his photo. He rose when I arrived and we shook hands and then I sat across from him.

He was already drinking a scotch and when the waiter came I ordered a glass of Italian white wine.

We chatted a bit, about his two boys and how every year for their birthdays he took them on a trip. His oldest son’s birthday was coming up and he was taking him to London, England.

“You always do that?” I asked him.

“Yes. Every birthday I take them to a different place.”

Hmm. I liked that about him.  I asked him about his work.

“I work in environmental waste.”

I also liked that about him.

“I travel a lot,” he said. “Sometimes I’m gone for four or five days. Sometimes a bit longer.”

He took a sip of his scotch. “You’re very lovely,” he said. “Are you an independent woman,” he asked me.

I found his question odd. “In which way?”

“I’m looking for a woman who is available to accompany me on my business trips.”

Sounds too good to be true? Well, of course, it was. Continue reading

TEN GREAT FIRST DATES: I CAN READ YOU LIKE A BOOK

This post is about meeting a first date in a book store.

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This happened to me a few years ago. A book store seemed like a good place because if my date happened to be late (traffic, finding parking or whatever) I could browse around and I wouldn’t look conspicuous just waiting on some street corner like a hooker or in some cafe sipping a cup of coffee hoping that I won’t be stood up.

I had suggested meeting by the travel section on the second floor of a bookstore that was mid-way between where he lived and I did.

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I didn’t see him when I got there and so I took out a book on Nepal and looked at the pictures. Ten minutes, then fifteen minutes passed. Twenty minutes is usually my maximum before I leave.  Then, I spotted him at the pen section. Continue reading

TEN GREAT FIRST DATES: THE ELIXIR OF LIFE

A subscriber told me that he never clicks on my post links. If you’re like him, I invite you to go back and click on the links (they’re usually underlined or highlighted) and then open them in a new window. I find that these links are the most interesting parts of my posts.  

Camellia Sinensis is a very charming café in the Latin Quarters of Montreal

where you can buy lovely tea ware as well as teas from all  over the

world.

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What is interesting about this Tea Salon and Boutique is that it is also a tea school, offering a variety of courses on teas.

One of them is the Japanese tea ceremony.

In this ceremony you learn the procedures and etiquette of preparing a simple bowl of tea, a tradition attached to Zen Buddhism.

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Mastering the art of Japanese tea is not to be taken lightly – to become a master it takes five years. Continue reading