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Ryan_G wrote:

I had that kind of a childhood for years, and it was books that allowed me to escape it all.  It's amazing, how a world someone else created can take you out of your reality for even a little while.  Thankfully, that bit of "away time" can be what it takes to survive such an upbringing.


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I grew up in a violent, chaotic home with alcoholic parents. Early on, I found a copy of Jane Eyre and thought, "Gee, if she could find a way to change her life, so can I!" So Jane Eyre was, in my mind, the book that saved my life. Writing an extension of it was a delight. 


 


I was the oldest of five kids in a loud, chaotic household. Books were an escape for me, if in a slightly different way.

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CarterkidCO wrote:

Hi, Joanna -- I have Paper, Scissors, Death on my nightstand and am looking forward to reading it. I'm not a craft person--my attempts at anything always look "homemade" instead of "handmade" so I'm always interested in what other people can do.

 

 


Thanks so much for joining us!

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NancyJCohenFL wrote:

You're amazingly prolific. I love your Jane Eyre Chronicles and can't wait to read your new book, Death of a Dowager! I'm also getting into Kiki's stories. You have so many great ideas.


Thanks so much for joining us, Nancy!

 

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
I've heard from so many readers that they are NOT crafty, but they still enjoy Kiki. I try to strike a balance so that my crafty readers are happy and my "anything but crafts" readers are too. Did you know there are also Kiki short stories?

Are the short stories available for Nook?

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
I wish that schools could do more to help kids realize that a book is a ticket out of here! Too often, kids think of reading as a chore when it's one of life's great pleasures.

It's frustrating, because I always dreaded reading the "required" books. When I reread them years later, I liked them, but I hated being told I HAD to read something.

 

It's sad because libraries - including school libraries - are losing funding. When I was a kid finding a new library was like finding a pirate's cave full of treasure.

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Hi, Becke. I'll have to remember to pop in more often.

 

I just finished Kiki Lowenstein and the Empty Heart. Here's a brief blurb: Kiki ponders the past of Mrs. Lieberman who volunteers at her local synagogue. The older woman seems to really enjoy working with the children. But it’s not until the lady suffers a medical setback that Kiki really learns about her life. This short story is a heartwarming tale that will lift your spirits.

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
Good for you! The world needs more avid readers. If we had them, people would be more compassionate. They would see the world through the eyes of others--and not just from their own limited perspectives.

Joanna - I just realized I neglected to tell you about the "quote" feature. If you want to reply to a specific post, go to that post and click "reply" in the lower right corner. Then when you go to make a comment, click "Quote" and the original comment SHOULD appear with a line under it.

 

Click "Add Product" if you want to add book or Nook links.

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
That elfin magic is strong stuff, Becke.

Joanna has a Resident Gnome looking over her shoulder!

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That's the beauty of a book--it is a friend in need and non-judgmental (sp? I need SpellCheck!) at that. Five kids? I think that would make for wonderful family reunions but a lot of noise!
Author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award finalist), The Jane Eyre Chronicles, and (writing as "Lila Dare") the fourth book in the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series.
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I understand the necessity for "required" books, but if kids aren't allowed to find what appeals to each of them, they won't develop a personal relationship with books.
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Nancy, that's taken from a true story that happened in a temple we attended.
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They can be viewed on a Nook by using the Calibre program.


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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
I've heard from so many readers that they are NOT crafty, but they still enjoy Kiki. I try to strike a balance so that my crafty readers are happy and my "anything but crafts" readers are too. Did you know there are also Kiki short stories?

Are the short stories available for Nook?


 

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:

They can be viewed on a Nook by using the Calibre program.


becke_davis wrote:

Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
I've heard from so many readers that they are NOT crafty, but they still enjoy Kiki. I try to strike a balance so that my crafty readers are happy and my "anything but crafts" readers are too. Did you know there are also Kiki short stories?

Are the short stories available for Nook?


 


I'm not very tech-minded, Joanna, and I'm not familiar with Calibre. Is this it?

 

http://calibre-ebook.com/

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
That's the beauty of a book--it is a friend in need and non-judgmental (sp? I need SpellCheck!) at that. Five kids? I think that would make for wonderful family reunions but a lot of noise!

The family get-togethers are REALLY noisy now that there are babies added to the mix.

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Joanna - What do you do when you Really Should Be Writing?

 

Also, if you don't mind, please tell us a little known fact about yourself.

 

Thank you!

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Becke, when "I really should be writing," I walk the beach. I pick up the most amazing thing. Seashells, and a message in a bottle even. It's amazing how it clears my mind and helps me see what I need to do next in my writing. Often I'll walk for a couple of hours!low qual sunset.JPG

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Oh, Becke! I'm sorry! I meant to hit "post" and now I can't delete the extra post!

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Little known fact: I took fourteen years of ballet, and my mother was a professional ballerina.


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becke_davis wrote:

Joanna - What do you do when you Really Should Be Writing?

 

Also, if you don't mind, please tell us a little known fact about yourself.

 

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Becke, when "I really should be writing," I walk the beach. I pick up the most amazing thing. Seashells, and a message in a bottle even. It's amazing how it clears my mind and helps me see what I need to do next in my writing. Often I'll walk for a couple of hours!low qual sunset.JPG


 

Author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award finalist), The Jane Eyre Chronicles, and (writing as "Lila Dare") the fourth book in the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series.
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You took Ballet? So did I! I went to National Music Camp in Interlochen MI for two summers to study ballet. I quit in high school when I had to make a career decision. Follow my dream to be a nurse or audition for a professional ballet company. Took it up again later just for the exercise. What made you quit?

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:

Little known fact: I took fourteen years of ballet, and my mother was a professional ballerina.


Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

Joanna - What do you do when you Really Should Be Writing?

 

Also, if you don't mind, please tell us a little known fact about yourself.

 

Thank you!



Becke, when "I really should be writing," I walk the beach. I pick up the most amazing thing. Seashells, and a message in a bottle even. It's amazing how it clears my mind and helps me see what I need to do next in my writing. Often I'll walk for a couple of hours!low qual sunset.JPG


 


Was anything exciting in the bottle you found? I have lots of shells I've collected over the years - none collected close to home, unfortunately. When I lived in Cincinnati I frequently found fossils, though.