Wow! I’m learning how to self-promote!

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As I’ve said in more than one blog interview, I’m not very good at the promotion aspect of being an author. But I’m learning! I’ll have to bring the same dogged determination to this as I do to improving my writing.

Anyway, here are some endorsements for my book, from other authors:

From Dvora Waysman:

“The Right Ingredients” is appropriately named.  Nancy Bolton has cooked up something very satisfying … a realistic look at life behind the scenes in a cake shop;  a romance that has its ups and downs as in real life; three dimensional characters and family situations; and a spiritual awakening that is very moving.   This is a novel you’ll be sorry when it ends as you’ll grow to love Ann and her experiences.”

Dvora Waysman  Author of 13 books including “The Pomegranate Pendant” now a movie titled “The Golden Pomegranate.”

From Lena Nelson Dooley:

This debut novel reminds me of the early Mitford novels. A slice of life story with a gentler feeling to it. Some interesting plot twists surprised me, and I fell in love with the characters.

–Lena Nelson Dooley, multi-award winning author of the McKenna’s Daughters series–Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit

 

From Carlene Havel:

“The Right Ingredients” is an engaging book with realistic characters. Author Nancy Bolton manages to weave themes of divine, romantic, and family love into a cohesive plot, as the redemptive power of love transforms Ann from a timid wall flower into a mature, confident woman. Grab a tissue to dab at some happy tears while you immerse yourself in this tender love story.

Carlene Havel

Author, “A Hero’s Homecoming” and other love stories

 

From Diane Dean White:

I had the pleasure of previewing “The Right Ingredients” by Nancy Shew Bolton.   I wasn’t disappointed. Her story weaves a dream two college friends bring to fruition. Along the way they experience, faith, confidence, trust and love. A plus are the luscious goodies they make, that will bring a smile to your face and a dash to your favorite bakery!

Diane Dean White – author of Carolina in the MorningOn a Summer NightStories from a Porch Swing and Texting Mr. Right.

And here are the blog links for today:

http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com/interview/guest-interview/guest-interview-nancy-bolton/

http://marylouwrites.weebly.com/-behind-every-story-blog

http://susanbaganz.com/2014/09/26/the-right-ingredients-book-review/

And finally, the buy links for my book:

Amazon: To buy on Amazon

Barnes and Noble: To buy on Barnes and Noble

Smashwords: To Buy on Smashwords

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Interview and Book Giveaway With Dvora Waysman

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Interview and Book Giveaway with Dvora Waysman

Today I’m interviewing Dvora Waysman. She’s a multi-published author as well as a syndicated journalist, who lives in the ultimate city: Jerusalem! Her newest book, “Autumn Blessing,” an e-book published by Prism Book Group, is available now. After the interview, I’ll post a blurb about it. If you leave a comment, you’ll be included in the drawing for a free copy of “Autumn Blessing!” So, here we go!

Hi Dvora! I’m so enjoying getting to know you. Let me start the interview by asking what inspired you to start writing fiction books?

I have always been a writer – short stories, articles, poetry – anything that invoves the written word. I also love reading, so novels were a natural progression for me.

I’ve read that you began writing at age 7! What age were you when you began to write fiction novels? What was your first novel, and how long did it take you to write it?

My first novel was “The Pomegranate Pendant” now a movie titled “The Golden Pomegranate”. It came late in life – in1995 – when I was 64. “The Pomegranate Pendant” is a historical novel set in Jerusalem over 100 years ago (in 1882, when the first Jewish Yemenites arrived in the Holy Land to escape their persecution). I had to do a lot of research, and especially about Yemenite jewelry as my heroine is a silversmith. It took me 9 months to write.

“The Pomegranate Pendant” was made into a movie. What was it like to see something that began as an idea in your head actually fleshed-out into reality?

Having it made into a movie was very exciting. It is fairly faithful to my book although certain things were added for dramatic reasons.

I’ve heard some authors say they wished they hadn’t let go of creative control when their book was made into a movie. Did you feel that way? Was it hard to let other people take control of your story?

I had the right of veto and was present on the set for much of the filming – in fact I appear, like Hemingway, in a cameo part – but if you blink, you miss me. I exercised my veto on a rape scene they wanted to include. It held up the filming for a while, but in the end they agreed to delete it.

You’ve certainly had a very interesting life so far, and I can see that some of your books incorporate your experiences into them. After I read “Autumn Blessing” I found myself wondering how much of it was based on your own life. Care to expound on that?

“Autumn Blessing” is pure fiction, except for the name Dorothy which was my name in Australia (Dvora is the Hebrew version). Thankfully I am not a widow and have been married 59 years. But I think all fiction must represent emotions the author has experienced from time to time, or it would not be realistic.

I really enjoyed the way you describe Dorothy as if she were a flower herself, coming out of a dark, dormant phase and gradually responding to light and new growth. Was this a familiar process for you in your own life?

In my long life, I have lived in many places and travelled the world,sometimes on book tours When I was young, I lived a few years in London and Youth Hostelled my way around Europe; I have spent time also in the Far East – Hong Kong, Bangkock and Singapore. But my life took on a new dimension when we came to the spiritual city of Jerusalem. It is a great privilege to live here.

A large portion of American women (the baby-boomers, as we call them) are now around the age of your main character Dorothy. What advice would you give on how best to navigate this stage of life known as the golden years?

The golden years are really a misnomer, for they can’t replace youth where every day is a new exciting experience. But if you keep your heart young and take time to look for the dewdrop in the heart of the rose, you will go on finding life to be beautiful.

What is the main idea you want to convey to the reader through Dorothy’s story?

I think that when one door closes, another one opens. We shouldn’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened. Memories should be cherished.

What do you like most, and least about being a writer?

I love everything about being a writer. The joy never leaves me. I am in love with words!

What are you working on now?

A new novel called “Searching for Sarah” set in Jerusalem. It is about a portrait of a young woman found abandoned in a studio and the search for the artist. I am 83 now, so this will probably be my swan song. It is both prose and poetry and I aim to make it memorable if God grants me enough time to complete it.

I pray that He will, and more besides! Thank you so much for doing this interview, Dvora. I’m honored and thrilled to know you. I pray for blessings and safety to you in this challenging time in Jerusalem. May God’s protection cover you and all of Israel, and may there soon be peace.

Now, here’s a short blurb about “Autumn Blessings.”
Autumn can be a desolate season. For Dorothy, after losing her husband, the autumn of her life stretches before her lonely and uncertain. But a change, a new hobby, and new friends prove this new season to be bountiful with blessings.
Be sure to leave a comment, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a free copy of the “Autumn Blessings” e-book.

To visit Dvora’s blog, go tohttp://dvorawaysman.com
To learn more about Dvora, go tohttp://dvorawaysman.com/about-me/
To read about and purchase her books, go to either of these:  http://dvorawaysman.com/my-books/

Orhttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref%3Dnb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=dvora+waysman

My blog hop post about my writing process

I’ve been asked by Erin Unger (check out her blog at: http://erineunger.blogspot.com/), a wonderful critique partner, writer and artist, to participate in the blog hop on writing process, so here are my answers to the 4 questions:

What are you working on?

Too many things at once, I think! Right now I’m working on part two of a fantasy, edits for my debut novel due out in September, revisions and additions to my two non-fiction manuscripts, as well as working on a women’s fiction and formulating another romance.

How does your work differ from others in its genre?

I try not to follow any formula, and I’m not trained in creative writing, so perhaps the difference in my writing lies in its oddities? I’m not particularly organized or stream-lined, so that probably shines out in my characters as well as my writing. There is always a strong spiritual element in my stories, because I want to show how faith works within the life and struggles of people. I find that theme the truest and most interesting of all.

Why do you write what you do?

I have to! It’s a perfect fit for me to explore various genres. I’m introverted, but very curious. I love to listen to other people’s thoughts and feelings, and I love to connect and understand others. When I write, I can take all the time I need to really express what’s in my mind and heart. I can take all that I’ve learned from my own thoughts and questions, and from listening to and reading about others, and people my stories with what I’ve gleaned from all the input. I guess that’s why I write in such varied genres. Life is so multi-faceted and God’s creation is so diverse, writing helps me explore it!

How does your writing process work?

Oh my. I don’t think you could call it a process. I get an idea, a spark, and if it grows while I think on it, then I begin writing it. And I’m often surprised at the direction it travels in. I don’t use outlines, but I may try to in the future, because I had a very productive, creative experience writing a novella based on an old fairytale. I knew the main framework of the story before I started, and it was fun to flesh it out in my own way, and work it toward the requisite ending. Lots of fun! Other than that, I just sit at the typewriter and pull the story out of myself, or un-pack it, if that makes sense. Then I go back through and revise, add and edit. A lot. My critique partners are such a help in that process! So I guess I’m a pantser, with the looming possibility of integrating some organization into some of my future process. We’ll see.

Now that you’ve heard from me, there are three writers I asked to answer these same questions on their blogs. Amber Schamel writes wonderfully vivid historical fiction, bringing to life characters from Biblical and other times. Her words are a treat to read!  Read her answers next week at: http://amberschamel.blogspot.com/

Linda Wolf is a wordsmith of many talents. She is a writer, proof-reader, editor, and teacher. She was my first editor for my debut novel. She’s also my blood sister as well as my sister in the Lord! Enjoy her blogposts on her writing process as well as other insightful thoughts on her life and faith at: http://belonging2all.wordpress.com/

Dvora Waysman is a multi-published writer of books (13!) and a syndicated journalist. Her latest book is published through Prism Book Group, which is how I met her. She lives in Jerusalem, and this information sparked my curiosity, especially when she told the Prism authors that prayer for her was a ‘local call.’ I loved that sentiment and began to write her, and read some of her wonderful articles about her life in Jerusalem. Visit her blog to learn more about her and her writing process at: http://dvorawaysman.com/