Saturday, August 25, 2018

Clayton Graham - The IAN Interview



My UK childhood was set against a background of cobbled streets, ration books, terraced housing, milkmen's horses, coal dumped in the cellar, fish and chips on good days, bread and dripping on not good days, free school dinners (at lunchtime) and low paid footballers.

A retired aerospace engineer, I have worked in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA and Australia, every location being a blessed and treasured experience. I have always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, are a particular love of mine.

Family get-togethers, walking, travelling, gardening and writing occupy most of my waking hours.


IAN: Please tell us about your latest book.

Clayton Graham: Saving Paludis is based on a handwritten piece I penned many years ago, when writing a novel was the stuff of dreams. Events occur light years away, at the extreme of man’s colonized universe, and that in itself spurred my imagination. I always find that the characters within the story dictate where it is going and what happens next. In essence, it is the characters who formulate the tale!

The novel delivers futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action. What exactly happens when a subjugated alien race plots over centuries to regain their planet? How will this interact with the growing conflict between Earth authorities and Paludis? Just what is the mysterious threat which apparently emanates from this outlying verdant planet?

Saving Paludis is full of strong characters, but perhaps the strongest of all is Serpentine, a seer born of unusual circumstances on a slum of a planet at the fringes of our universe. He is endowed with certain powers, which make other humans fearful of him, yet also garners a respect which most of us would envy. He feels more akin to the indigenous species of Paludis than he does to his human brethren.

The book deals with many issues but conflict, camaraderie, coexistence, love and tragedy reign supreme. 

IAN: Is your book published in print, e-book or both?


Clayton Graham: Saving Paludis is available in both print and e-book formats.

IAN: Where can we go to buy your book?

Clayton Graham: Saving Paludis is available on my website https://claytongraham.com.au/ and at the following On-Line stores:

Print

eBook

IAN: Do you have a specific writing style?

Clayton Graham: Not really. I write when time permits and am lucky enough not to be lost for words on too many occasions. In my writing, I like to keep the action treadmill turning, but always have contemplative moments to let the reader mull over the plot and perhaps have a coffee or tea or whatever.

IAN: What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

Clayton Graham: A feeling of intrigue and suspense that will linger in their minds. A feeling of being transported to strange yet believable new worlds. Above all, an empathy with the characters and maybe even a wish to help them on their journey, and forge their future.

I love to share my characters’ adventures with readers. Describing new worlds. Interacting humans with other-worldly circumstances. I want readers to spread their own wings and share the journey.

IAN: How much of the book is realistic?

Clayton Graham: Had to answer this one as my genre is Science Fiction. Realistic is only bound by the reader’s imagination [and that of the author] and is only a point in the passing of time. Who knows what will be realistic in two thousand years?

My work usually combines Sci-Fi with a hint of the paranormal. I love writing about different worlds and how people would live and interact within them. It's an escape, but it's also an infinite universe, so anything is possible.
We don’t know all that much about our cosmic surrounds – they remain as mysterious as ever – and that is the appeal of Science Fiction.

IAN: What books have most influenced your life most?

Clayton Graham: Of all the books I have read, those by HG Wells stand out. This author was a visionary with a remarkable insight into the future. A close second would be Robert Louis Stevenson. ‘Treasure Island’ is still a favorite of mine – a wonderful adventure in a world far from our own. 

IAN: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Clayton Graham: Not one but a handful. I have always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love. I treasured the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham – well before many were made into films.

I must add Arthur C Clarke also, a master of broadening the ability of the human mind to grasp the possibility of new concepts within the universe.

IAN: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Clayton Graham: As an Indie author the most challenging part of writing is the marketing. The challenge of creating plot and dialogue pales into insignificance when compared to choosing the plethora of marketing arenas which exist to assist the independent author. Lots are better than none, but quality is the crux.

IAN: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Clayton Graham: Nowadays I read a lot of Dean Koontz. He is a master at making the paranormal believable.

IAN: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Clayton Graham: Write what you want, when you want. It doesn't matter if you never use it. Always keep it. Much easier now with computers at our beck and call. [Or the other way round!]

IAN: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Clayton Graham: I want to see what happens to mankind, to combine humans with other worlds, stir, and see what happens. What is our future anyway? Where are we going [if anywhere]?

And I really want to share the journeys!

I invite all lovers of Science Fiction and Mystery to join the interstellar adventures and enter the new worlds represented by all three books I have written so far. They represent First Contact with a difference. To quote a reviewer of Saving Paludis: “By the end, I felt as if I’d witnessed an interstellar adventure of truly epic proportions.” Barnsey’s Books 

IAN: Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand-alone?

Clayton Graham: My next release will be a sequel to Laura and Jason Sinclair’s somewhat terrifying alien adventures in first novel, ‘Milijun’. No title yet, but the book is well underway and, all things going well, will be published in 2019. Then again, it is quite possible I will release another short story anthology first, similar to ‘Silently in the Night’. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Steve Rosner: The IAN Interview


Steve Rosner is a self-professed “Steve of All Trades.” Born and raised in New York City, he holds an B.S. from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in psychology from Hofstra University, but his early career was business and computer related. He was a former vice-president at Salomon Brothers during the mid-1980’s.

In the late 1990s, Steve was an independent consultant, specializing in Y2K related issues. Moving to Iowa in 2000 he wrote several large scale works in the mental health field. His Guide To Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities In Iowa was the first ever Educational Manual for those with advisory or decision making authority in that arena.

Steve has written articles about computers, Wall Street, and financial management and has two published short stories to his credit. He also produced, directed and starred in Grandmother Tales, four comic one-act plays of life in the depression, written by his father Nathan.

In 2015, A Guide to the Psalms of David was released, featuring the first index categorizing each of the 150 psalms, and a heartfelt English translation. He says the best compliment he ever received was when a clinical psychologist told him, “Your rendition brought tears to my eyes. For the first time, I could feel David’s heart breaking.”

In 2016, God is Good was published, and God and Man: Love on the Rocks was released in April, 2018.

Steve lives in Brooklyn, with his talented wife Audrey, returning to NY from North Carolina in 2007 to take care of his dad and mom so that they could remain in their Manhattan apartment. Both have passed away, (mom at 97, dad at 106) but not until after they celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary!

According to his wife, “Steve is a kind and caring person. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He has a strong sense of honesty. He will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what is in his heart. His soul abhors deceit, so he often gets depressed observing the lack of integrity in our culture.”


IAN: Please tell us about God and Man: Love on the Rocks.


Steve Rosner: “On the Rocks,” was originally a phrase used for ships which ran aground and broke apart. But nothing could be a better metaphor to describe God’s relationship with man—hence the title of this book. For God created us with love and gave us His heart and soul:

And God created Man in His Own Likeness;
In God’s image created He him; both male and female.

Alas, ever since Cain slew Abel, our relationship with God has been on the rocks. Throughout the Millennia, we have totally failed to act in accordance with His relatively few requirements. At best, we have ignored Him, but mostly mocked, disparaged, and treated Him with disdain. We have abrogated our responsibility, whether as an individual or nation, have engaged non-stop in the worst evil imaginable, causing Him untold suffering.

Is it any wonder then, why God is estranged from us; why there is unrelenting havoc in our lives; why the world is falling apart; why suffering is prevalent at every level? Terrorism is a daily occurrence—no individual, no nation is immune! Isn’t it time we re-evaluated our behavior and altered it—to repair our relationship with God and gain His many blessings.

But to understand how, we need to know something about God, something about ourselves, something about religion, and something about history.

This book provides that understanding: It covers Scripture and science, God and His attributes, and Man—including his Free Will, Soul, Body and Mind. It addresses Good and Evil, and the nature of each. It reviews six major religions, and asserts at their core, they are virtually the same.

We will learn that God desires very little of us—regardless of our culture, religion, or ethnicity. In simple terms, He wants us to be righteous, do justice, and love compassion. He also longs for a relationship with man, and we will document not only multiple examples of Divine Providence, but how to engage God real-time!

You will find that while God may be ineffable, He is not unreachable!

We assert He wants to do our Will, and only wishes to shower us with blessings—provided we deserve them.  Finally, you will discover that one person—you—can save the world!

IAN: Is your book published in print, e-book or both?

Steve Rosner: God and Man: Love on the Rocks is a 328 page paperback, listed at $12.95 and can be purchased on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, etc., or ordered at your local book store. A Kindle version is available as well at Amazon for $.99

IAN: Where can we go to buy your book?



IAN: What inspired you to write the book?

Steve Rosner: In my latter years, to make up for the folly of my youth, I wanted to use whatever time I had left, to try to help make this world a better place—if one reader at a time—using the gifts God gave me.

IAN: Do you have a specific writing style?

Steve Rosner:
Not really. Over the course of my life I have written in over a dozen genres. Besides my books, I have written short stories, poetry, plays, essays, business articles, user guides, legal briefs, song lyrics, exposés, and three unpublished—as yet—Sherlock Holmes pastiches.

IAN: How did you come up with the title?

Steve Rosner: It seemed like the perfect metaphor to describe God’s relationship with man. Just as a marriage is a partnership, I believe Man’s relationship with God is one as well. And just as couples, too often, are at odds, and their marriage is “on the rocks,” so too with humans and God.

But a marriage can be repaired, as can Man’s relationship with God. The fact Neil Diamond wrote a song with that title for The Jazz Singer clinched it, as the expression would be familiar to most Americans.

IAN: What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

Steve Rosner:
A strong desire to give it a positive review on Amazon!  (only half-kidding).

IAN: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Steve Rosner: God! He not only inspired me with words, but any number of times, He led me to sources for the subject I was working onoften, out of the blue. I know it was no accident!

IAN: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Steve Rosner: Humans—at least this human—tend to be lazy. The biggest challenge was getting to the computer and writing even when my mood was melancholy. Also, painstaking research was always difficult for me as I tend to be impatient.

IAN: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Steve Rosner:
I knew there was is a lot of evil in the world, but never realized just how much. The Third Section in my book entitled “Love on the Rocks” has seven chapters devoted to conflicts and wars throughout the millennia. Research and writing those chapters was often very difficult, and at times I couldn’t go on emotionally and had to take a break, although the words were there in my head.

IAN: Who designed the cover?

Steve Rosner: My wife, Audrey Rosner, has designed all my book covers. She is exceptionally creative, but most importantly, her traits of kindness, integrity, and sense of responsibility are her best qualities. A graphic artist by vocation, formerly designing textbook covers for a major publisher, she is a gifted artist, used to kayak, and plays the fiddle. Recently, Audrey, who has multiple sclerosis, fulfilled a life-long dream that took 28 years, by completing her B.A. in Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College—with straight "A"s!!! As a result of her MS, she is passionate about health, and is constantly researching emerging technology for healing. Finally, often volunteering to help others, her attitude when she meets someone new is "What can I do for that person," not "What can he/she do for me!"

IAN: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Steve Rosner: I deem this the most important question of all!

First:  I follow the advice of David Westheimer, author of a number of novels, including Van Ryan's Express, which was made into a movie. He said, “You need only do two things to write a novel: put one word after another; do it one day at a time.” This is great advice not only for a novel, but for any book, short story or essay.

Second; The most important thing in writing is the idea. They are so precious! Don’t lose them! When one or more ideas occur to you—day or night—stop what you are doing and jot it down on anything handy. (Best keep a small pad with you.) Later, when you get to your computer, put it on the last page of your document and write as much about it as you can. As you proceed with the book, you’ll know when and where to add it. At that point, cut it from the back of your manuscript, paste it where necessary, and get it in shape.

Third: When composing, if you are like me—-a bit obsessive—wanting to get the part I am working on perfect, fight that tendency! Every sentence/paragraph you put down does not have to be complete the very first—or second/third—draft. Trying to make it so, will waste unbelievable time. For example, if you cannot find the exact word (or sentence) to describe something, use a related word, adding “”xx” at the end. Then your  “spell check” will pick it out as many times as necessary, until the best word/description comes to you.

Fourth: Find a good copy editor to make your book literate. No matter how good you are as a writer, or editing works by others, you will miss any number of problems, incorrect usage, spelling, grammar, etc., in your manuscript. And a book that is poorly written, even if the author is brilliant, will turn off readers, reviewers etc.  For any book I plan to publish, I write my editor:  

Please do not be afraid of hurting my feelings. Any suggestion, however, trivial is not only welcome, it is your job! I have no ego invested in how I express myself! Even the suggested removal or addition of a comma will be greatly appreciated! If you don’t find 75-100 problems in my manuscript, I’d be shocked.

Fifth: Believe in yourself and your work! Literacy aside, writing is extremely subjective. No one has the right or wisdom to tell you, that overall, your book is of poor quality, or “you’ll never amount to much as a writer.” Any suggestions about improving your book should be specific and tactful, such as, “I believe there are inconsistencies in the plot,” or “You might want to double-check your sources for what you state on page 93.”

Anyone daring to criticize you personally is an imbecile. He/she could be the chair of the English Department in a major university; which, alas, is unfortunate for those majoring in that subject matter. 

Sixth: The hardest task is to write from your heart! Do not try to figure out what your readers and/or the publisher expects. It is your work, not theirs! It is not only a waste of time, but readers will sense when you aren’t committed to what you are stating, and be turned off. Writing a book is to express oneself, not to make a million dollars. If you want to make money, get a job on Wall Street.

One last thought: So-called “Writers Block” is a complete fiction!  Don’t spend thousands for therapists who supposedly will help your overcome it. If you get to a point, where the ideas stop, you mind is muddled, and you can’t seem to write, don’t beat yourself up and spend hours trying to get through it.  Play golf, go bowling or dancing, see a movie or go to a Bach concert . . .  get away from your book for a couple of days.  Your creativity will return when you least expect it.
You see, WB is actually an early-warning system! It is a safety valve, like the overflow tube in car radiators. It is your soul knowing and informing your ego that what you are planning to write is not worthwhile, and not part of who you are. WB prevents you from writing that which you will regret later. If you try to force yourself to write, whatever you put down you’ll regret. Again, get away from your book; within a few days you will have clarity.

IAN: What were the challenges in bringing God and Man: Love on the Rocks to life?

Steve Rosner: The major challenge was forcing myself to write at least something, when I was melancholy. Also if I woke up 2:00 in the morning and ideas flowed through me, as tired as I was, I forced myself to get out of bed, go to the computer, and put them down.

IAN: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Steve Rosner: First and foremost: May God bless you in all your endeavors!

Whatever your faith, culture or ethnicity, try to become a little more compassionate, look for opportunities to be kind, have integrity—don’t use the excuse “everyone does it”—and consider that God knows everything you do and everything you think.

Know all you do will come back to you. When you go out of your way for another, God will go out of his way for you!

Also, if you find my book worthwhile, please tell your friends. I determined the list price. For a 328 page book, I priced it at 12.95—as inexpensive as possible. My royalty for each book is little more than $1.00, so it is not about making money, but inspiring as many people as I can to be better humans.

IAN: Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand-alone?

Steve Rosner: Having written three books related to spirituality/religion over the past four years, currently I am concentrating on marketing them; hopefully getting reviews, doing radio/TV/internet interviews, giving talks, etc. I hope to talk to as many people as possible to discover what is missing in their lives. Perhaps a new book will evolve as a result of gaining more insight into others’ lives.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Ann Streetman: The IAN Interview

After editing the high school newspaper, I worked my way through the last two years of my college journalism degree on an off-campus professional magazine. Then came a lifelong career in public relations, public affairs, association management, and manuscript editing. Telling the stories of organizations and issues and helping others to do so has been a satisfying occupation.

Since retirement, I concentrate on telling the stories of characters which are a figment of my imagination. Occasionally, I write children’s books populated by animals and real life objects to spark the imagination of toddlers and young readers.



IAN: Please tell us about your latest book Her Man in Sorrento.

Ann Streetman: Sarah Millerman meets handsome Navy Commander Nathan Ferrari on the steps of a cathedral in Amalfi, Italy. Nathan is staying at his Aunt Alessa’s beach house in Sorrento, while he is on annual leave from Naval Base San Diego. 
Sarah’s vacation takes unexpected turns as breathtaking as the drive along the Amalfi coast. As Nathan puts it, “You’re an American on vacation. I am an American on vacation. It makes sense for us to have some fun together.” Sarah intends to keep the relationship light and flirty and uncomplicated, as they enjoy dinners under the stars at the beach house and day trips around the Amalfi coast. But it did get complicated.
After the vacation, they continue an uneasy romance in San Diego. Both have been hurt by lost loves. Nathan is essentially married to the Navy. Sarah is focused on finishing her master’s degree in cybersecurity and snagging a great job wherever she wants to go. 
Is Nathan ready for a wife? Could Sarah ever be a Navy spouse? I hope IAN readers will come along for their romantic journey.

IAN: Is your book published in print, e-book or both?
Ann Streetman: Her Man in Sorrento is available only in e-book format at this time.

IAN: Where can we go to buy Her Man in Sorrento?

Ann Streetman: Published in February, 2018, it is available only on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079K5793C. After August 2018, it will be available on other popular e-book retail sites.

IAN: What inspired you to write Her Man in Sorrento?

Ann Streetman: I have a passion for writing about favorite places I’ve visited, Italian characters, and people who serve in the military and the people who love them. Her Man in Sorrento allowed me to exercise all three of these interests in one novel. How could I not write this novel?

IAN: Did you use an outline or do you just wing the first draft?
Ann Streetman: My regular writing process is using an outline, but I create the characters and the major places of action long before I begin the outline. In fact, the outline keeps changing right up to my beginning the last chapter of the first draft. As the characters interact, the plot details and the outline change. I am happiest on a day when my characters simply take control of the plot and send it in a direction I did not anticipate. That’s a good writing day.

IAN: How long did it take to write Her Man in Sorrento?
Ann Streetman: I worked on the book about six months.

IAN: Do you have a specific writing style?
Ann Streetman: My writing style is concise. No flowery language here. Maybe it’s the journalist in me that won’t allow it. Besides that, I never want my “author words” to impede my reader’s interaction with the characters since it is the reader’s own imagination that makes the characters come alive.

Settings are very important in my writing. It’s my job to make the reader experience the environment where a piece of action takes place. More often than not, I let one of the characters describe the details of the setting via his or her internal thoughts or through dialogue with another character. When a character describes the setting, the reader is also getting insight into that character. The description must be detailed and convey emotion that will arouse the reader’s interest and enrich the story line. A good setting implies how the characters feel about their surroundings and how that environment contributes to their interactions at the time.

My writing style includes constant editing as I develop the first draft. When I write a scene that is not quite right, I usually realize it. I’ve learned to fix the problem as soon as possible. When I start a day’s writing session, I read the product of the day before. Then I fix the things that are bothering me before moving forward.

IAN: How did you come up with the title?

Ann Streetman: The book is titled Her Man in Sorrento because Sarah and Nathan meet there and the Amalfi Coast is so much a part of who Nathan Ferrari is. The title is in keeping with my niche of novels set in places I have loved to visit.

IAN: What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

Ann Streetman: I hope the readers come away believing two imperfect people in their own world can love each other enough to find their way forward together.

IAN: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Ann Streetman: The characters and events are solely the creation of my imagination.

IAN: How is Her Man in Sorrento different from others in your genre?

Ann Streetman: I have carved out a small niche of romance with an international flair. Many of my readers may not be able to visit the places I write about. Perhaps my books can take them there.

The joy of forgiveness and redemption are recurring themes in my books. I am by no means the only romance author who embraces those themes, and I salute others who do.

IAN: Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand-alone
Ann Streetman: My next book is not a sequel to Her Man in Sorrento. I have written one series Love on Life’s Zip Line, and I did enjoy writing it. I hope IAN readers will check it out.
As for the next book, there’s only one thing I can tell you now. The characters will be imperfect people with the courage to find their way forward, whatever their circumstances are. When the IAN readers put down that next book, they will know that chivalry and love tested by real life are alive and well in my books and in my life.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jennelle L. White - The Ian Interview


I am a Registered Nurse, Author, Poet, Medical Assistant and I have diplomas from Correspondence Schools in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation, Parapsychology, & Animal Care Specialist. I love reading books, traveling, hiking, writing poetry, and love animals.
          







IAN: Please tell us about your latest books.
         
Jennelle White: I am the author of two books:  Growing Up, Poetry and Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money.
           
Growing Up, Poetry is about a collection of 46 whimsical poems with pictures that captures that Spirit of Youth. Seeing the world through youthful eyes. For ages 2-7 years old, although adults like the book also. One can experience the joys of childhood and gives everyone a a sense of peace & happiness. There are poems about a puppy, a kitten, stars, the seasons, and many more. Similar to the MG nursery rhymes. From HomeSchooling Library " it's the perfect introduction to poetry for little ones."


Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money. it's been said to pay yourself first, at least 10% of your earnings. The problem is that most people may not be able to set aside 10%of their earnings, let alone 20%-30%. My book teaches people, based on your pay schedule, a much easier and better way to save money. Easy to understand as uses basic math and benefits everyone. You don' t have to be a financial guru to use this plan. Not about investments.  From Blue Ink Review - "Out of all the PF books out there on the market, Jennelle White's money savings plan book has the most truthful title." Based on only two steps.

IAN: What formats are your books published in?

Jennelle White: Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money - is available as paperback and Ebook.  Growing Up, Poetry is a hardcover book.

IAN: Where can we go to buy your books? 

Jennelle White: You can go to my website: JennelleWhite.com (Has buttons to click on)



IAN: What inspired you to write your books?

Jennelle White: For my money savings plan book- I thought how could I come up with a plan that people can save money regardless of their debts, income, job, and location? I had a dream, got up the next day and wrote it down on paper, then made it into a book.  For my children's picture poetry book - As I young child I always loved reading the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes so I was inspired to write poems that children could relate to.

IAN: Do you use an outline or do you just wing the first draft?

Jennelle White: No, I did not use an outline. I just wrote down the words as they came to me especially with my children's poems.

IAN: Do you have a specific writing style?

Jennelle White: No.

IAN: How did you come up with the titles?

Jennelle White: For Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money - I came up with this title because it is the easiest money savings plan for both short term and long term savings.   For Growing Up, Poetry -  I came up with the title because of my love for nursery rhymes as a child and have experienced life events mostly at the parks I visited when younger and now. Several of my poems are about things I observed in the parks, playing outdoors when I was little, and it was the reason I chose the title - Growing Up, Poetry for my children's book.

IAN: How much of the book is realistic?

Jennelle White: All of it.

IAN: What books have most influenced your life most?

Jennelle White: I love all types of books but I have to say the comic books especially the ones about the Super Heros and The Archies. I love self -help books and books about ghost stories.  Also, religious self- help books. Also other books that were inspiring to me are books about animals, nature, Walt Disney books, and Sesame Street books.

IAN: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?

Jennelle White: No, I would not change anything. I am quite happy with the way my books have turned out.

IAN: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Jennelle White: Yes.  My interest in writing started when I was in Junior High School. My teacher gave our class a project to make a poetry book of some of our most favorite poems and two of the poems had to be created by each student as their own.  My teacher asked if she could keep my poetry book but l told her "no" since I had worked hard on it and got an A as my grade. She commented on how much she loved my class poetry book. This was the beginning and I was inspired to become a writer when I became a little older.

IAN: Who designed the covers?

Jennelle White: I designed the covers for both of my books. Also, I drew all the pictures in my children's picture poetry book - Growing Up, Poetry.

IAN: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Jennelle White: Yes. Regarding my book: Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money - For those who are young, if you start out saving money now, the way I've instructed in my book, you will be on your way to a secure savings plan. You will possibly be able to retire at an early age because of the amount of money you've saved. The possibilities are endless using this plan!  For middle-aged and older adults, using my plan can help you to save for retirement and for an awesome vacation, one that you may have always wanted to go on.

Regarding:  Growing Up, Poetry - my book will leave both children and adults with feelings of peace and happiness. Poetry has been known to decrease stress in children.

It would be a wonderful edition to your children's library. If you liked Mother Goose nursery rhymes as a child then you'll enjoy reading this book as well as it's similar to nursery rhymes.

IAN: Tell us about your next book or a work in progress. Is it a sequel or a stand-alone?

Jennelle White: Eventually, I would like to publish another poetry book, children's book, and a scary story based on true events that I experienced.