Excited to have author Nancy Parish on today to talk about her new book and I want to share that 15% of the proceeds will be donated to animal shelters and cat rescues. Buy a book and help some kitties!
Tell us about your new book
In January 2020, I attended a kitty yoga class at a cat cafe. As I was practicing my downward dog, I met a blind kitten that was as cute as she was boisterous. I watched as she scampered across the floor with a stuffed chicken between her teeth. She’d stolen it from a bigger cat. I was instantly smitten and adopted her a day later.
Life with Scout: The Blind Kitty Chronicles details my time with Scout and gives the reader a view of the good, bad and funny sides of pet adoption and ownership of a blind kitten.
What inspired you to write the book?
The chapters for Life with Scout: The Blind Kitty Chronicles started as articles for publications on www.medium.com. I wrote a lot of different articles on Medium, but the cat articles always received the most views. So, when one of the publications that I frequently wrote for closed, I decided to curate the best cat articles, revise them and publish an e-book. That book became Life with Scout: The Blind Kitty Chronicles.
Tell us about the cause the book helps support
Although Scout was a resident of the kitty café, she came there by way of a cat rescue. My other cats—I have three total—all came from animal shelters. I can’t imagine my life without these three characters especially during the pandemic. They make laugh every day. I decided I wanted to donate a portion of my proceeds to help animal shelters and cat rescues.
I guess it’s about lending my voice to help those who don’t have one.
You have a lot of great articles and essays about cats. Tell us what you write as a freelancer and where we can find these.
I write mainly essays and those I submit to publications on www.Medium.com. Catness and The Haven are two of my favorite publications. I usually post my articles on Twitter too. You can follow me there @nancyparish
What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
Socks by Beverly Cleary was a favorite. I checked that out whenever I could from the library growing up. I also enjoyed Millions of cats. I’m sensing a theme… and I read Are you there God? It’s me Margaret over and over. I loved all things Judy Blume.
What is your favorite genre?
I love a good YA Thriller. I’m a huge fan of Karen McManus’ books.
I always reread my favorite books. Do you reread books and if so, which one(s) have you read over again?
Besides the ones above, I re-read the Harry Potter Series each time a new movie or book came out. I also re-read To Kill A Mockingbird every few years.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Nora Ephron, Karen McManus, Harper Lee, Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume
This or That Questions:
Autumn or Spring? Autumn. I’m a sweaters and boots gal.
Ocean/Lake or Mountains? Ocean
Coffee, Tea, or soda? Coffee
Favorite singer: So many. Carole King, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor. Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Taylor Swift
Song you could listen to on repeat for hours: Brown-eyed Girl, Big Yellow Taxi, American Pie
Favorite show to watch: I’ve re-watched The West Wing so many times. Anything by Aaron Sorkin
Bio: Nancy Parish is a Cincinnati-based freelance writer and the founder of the Cincinnati SCBWI group. Her column, “Footnotes,” appeared on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog for several years. Her writing has also appeared in Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Better Marketing, The Startup and Catness. When she is not writing, she is teaching her cats how to fetch their toys.
Find her online: www.thesoundandfurry.com
Instagram: @nparish86, Twitter: @nancyparish
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Check out author Julie C. Gilbert's fun answers to my Spring Break Fun Q & A interview
Spring Break Fun
Favorite thing to do on Spring Break when you were a kid/preteen/teen?
I read a lot as a kid, so unless we were on actual vacation, I’m pretty sure I was just plowing through a stack of easy reads.
Did you go on any trips during Spring Break?
I honestly can’t remember when our trips were timed. I think we avoided Spring Break trips because everywhere would be crowded. A Fall long weekend was more likely.
Favorite Spring flower?
Any that doesn’t give me allergies. I don’t like maintaining the bushes, but forsythia are nice.
What’s the best part of Spring for you and the least favorite part?
These days? Best part is Spring Break 😉
Least favorite part is the bugs. They come out of hiding.
What food says Spring to you? Any specific fruit or dessert?
Noodle salad has always been a spring/summer thing. I don’t have much use for mayonnaise in the winter, but come spring or summer, having a variety of cooler type meals was always nice.
This or That
Movies or TV Series?
Depends on the exact show or movie. And circumstances. I do like the movie experience and the big screen appeal, but since I’m mostly a homebody, I’d say shows are easier.
Lemonade or fruit juice/smoothie?
I do like smoothies. Some have a splash of lemonade in it, but on its own, lemonade is a tad too tart.
Picnics or hiking?
Ha, neither, but if I had to choose one, I’d say hiking.
Park or beach?
Audiobook News: Big Sale for Q2 2022
Findaway Voices is letting people run a large audiobooks sale. It runs all of Q2, which I believe is April, May, June.
This is an excellent time to catch up. I’m really liking Chirp’s layout. You can also look these up by title. Please note, the sale does NOT extend to audible. They march to their own drummer.
Shadow Council Books 1-4 (Thriller, Mystery; an FBI agent finds plenty of trouble) – $2.99 or $3.99 (I think it depends on the retailer)
Eagle Eyes Books 1-3 (Thriller, Mystery, takes place after Shadow Council) – $1.99
Beyond Broken Pencils (Fiction, Contemporary, Literary, school shooting) – $1.99
Redeemer Chronicles Books 1-3 (Christian, Middle Grade, Fantasy; a girl and her friends try to save a world)
Guardian Angel Files Books 1 and 2 (Christian Fantasy, 2 guardian angels in training run afoul of Satan and co) – $2.99
The Collins Case (Christian Mystery) - $0.99; 2 FBI agents scramble to save a family.
Innova (Christian dystopia, short story) – $0.99 Religion is outlawed; Jenna Hall finds that out the hard way.
5 Steps to Better Blurbs (Nonfiction, writing help) – $0.99; Find out how to write tighter blurbs with snappy taglines.
5 Steps to Surviving Chemistry (Nonfiction, school help) – $1.99; Need chem help?
Made to Praise (Christian Poetry; inspirational) – $0.99
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Check out the writing themed podcast this week where author Marsha Casper Cook welcomes author Jennifer Hilt and myself on to talk about everything from how to write blurbs, using tropes in stories, how watching movies can fill your creative well, plotting, and dealing with the "soggy" middles of stories.
Jennifer is the author of, The Trope Thesaurus, so you'll want to check out everything she has to say about using tropes.
She's also a USA Today Bestselling author who has worked as a plotter and concept creator. She’s written 24 books across four pen names and she has a degree in linguistics and literature. She lives in Seattle with her family and her canine fan club. She also loves collecting dictionaries in unfamiliar languages, bingeing Scandi-Noir streaming series, and shouting out tropes from the comfort of her couch.
Find out more about Jennifer
Marsha is an author, screenwriter, and host-producer of all the Michigan Avenue Media podcasts on Blog Talk Radio. For more info about the show and Marsha http://marshacaspercook.com
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Titles discussed on the show
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.