CHILLED RUN - review and interview with Joan Bramsch

Written by Hope Clark

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HC: You have many other educational ideas inrepparttar works. Can you explain some of them to us?

Joan: Regarding those other educational ideas? Do you have a couple days, Hope? ;) I'm so grateful forrepparttar 108499 Internet and its growing technology. This technological revolution enables me to communicate with Parents worldwide. It seems a miracle when I note EP goes to subscribers on every continent, to places I have only read about, to Parents who trust me and have become my friends. Becauserepparttar 108500 web tools improve daily, I have new ways to reach out to families. I can read Positive stories torepparttar 108501 children, sing Positive songs, provide pep talks forrepparttar 108502 Parents -- all by clicking on a little "PLAY" button. Amazing!

There will be a section onrepparttar 108503 Parenting Network to share positive essays, too. I also want to contact schools through their parent organizations.

HC: I just finished reading CHILLED RUN. It was quite a unique story - futuristic, sci-fi, a little romance, with an educational message on world peace and diversity. Tell us how this tale came to be and how will this book be available?

CHILLED RUN was a Gift of Hope. The entire story came to me in a dream. Starting that very morning, I wrote nonstop for 3 ½ weeks. (One does not askrepparttar 108504 Muse to wait! :) The entire experience seemed meant to be; an important work to benefit Children.

Evenrepparttar 108505 title is a conscious play onrepparttar 108506 word: CHILLED RUN isrepparttar 108507 name ofrepparttar 108508 prison in a frozen desolate wasteland. Afterrepparttar 108509 manuscript was complete I knewrepparttar 108510 story should have music. A book published electronically - an Ebook - may contain music, graphics, even streaming video. But I had no love song. That night as I fell asleep I "requested" my melody. When I awokerepparttar 108511 following morning, I promise you, I was hummingrepparttar 108512 Mystic Lovesong. Lyrics were an unexpected plus.

Because I feel so strongly about CHILLED RUN fifty percent of my earnings on sales will go torepparttar 108513 Crisis Nursery, a wondrous organization where out-of-control parents can bring their children until they can safely care for them again. Only God knows how many young lives have been saved with their help. CHILLED RUN can be purchased in several formats for US $7.95 at my web site:

HC: You have aspirations to be a radio talk show host, a thought that would frighten many of us. Tell us your plans.

Joan: Yes, I'll have a radio talk show, but it will be a show with a twist - I'll broadcast onrepparttar 108514 Internet! It's true, Hope, I'll have my own radio station. A few years ago this was beyond belief. Amazing 21st Century technology. Inrepparttar 108515 meantime, forrepparttar 108516 next six months at least, I'll be doing traditional radio talk shows acrossrepparttar 108517 nation, entertaining listeners with true stories about raising a large family from my ebook - YOU KIDS JUST WAIT TILL I GET OVER BEING PREGNANT... AM I GOING TO STRAIGHTEN YOU OUT!

HC: Back to writing, what are your immediate writing goals? And long term goals?

Joan: My immediate writing plan is to continue expanding my web site, The International Parenting Network, to better serve Parents. In addition I have a contemporary romance and a mainstream novel inrepparttar 108518 final editing stage.

Long term? For Families, I have six file drawers filled with completed work, partials and new ideas, stories and research. For adult readers there are four completed manuscripts and at least two dozen partials waiting for me. I figure ten years of steady work might put a dent inrepparttar 108519 inventory.

HC: Give us a typical writing day inrepparttar 108520 life of Joan Bramsch.

Joan: I awaken at 6 a.m., have an energy drink, then enjoy my 5-mile run. After showering and a cool down I meditate and do tai chi for one hour. Munching on fresh fruit and a whole grain muffin I begin outlining my day's writing which will last for at least four hours, but never more than twelve.

POP!!! Oops, there's that recurring dream again. Sorry. ;)

In actuality, family comes first and it is my honor to provide full-time care for my Bill, who has been dealing with serious health challenges for many years. Therefore, I write when I'm able - an hour, sometimes two hours at a time. Much of my serious writing is done late at night whenrepparttar 108521 house is quiet and all my other jobs are complete for another day.

HC: And finally, give some advice torepparttar 108522 struggling writers out there trying to earn a living at their passion.

A writer has to know where to findrepparttar 108523 work. Your newsletter informs writers about opportunities inrepparttar 108524 field. There are other newsletters that provide publishing needs. Then I can list three suggestions.

#1 - Be fearless. Send out your work. A thick skin is an absolute necessity if you would be a working writer because every word you submit is judged subjectively by another person.

#2 - Expect to be paid for your best work. Unless you gain something in a win-win barter, don't give your work away just to see your name in print. Neither sell it for two cents a click. Do you know how many clicks it takes to equal $25 and your first check? A lot!

#3 - If writing truly is your passion, you can repeat after me: I will never, never, never, ever give up!

Thanks, Hope, for this opportunity to visit with you and your readers. Please invite them to come visit me at

I love company! :)

Clark is a book reviewer and columnist.

Ebook Formats (PDF)

Written by Shelley Lowery

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- Users must haverepparttar free Acrobat Reader installed on their computer.


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This powerful program provides Internet users withrepparttar 108498 ability to create and distribute ebooks that are viewable by everyone, regardless of what browser or operating system. Your documents will be beautifully preserved in their original layout and will appear exactly as you had intended. Withrepparttar 108499 release of Acrobat 5.0, users not only have increased document security, but they also haverepparttar 108500 ability to create documents that can be easily viewed byrepparttar 108501 visually impaired and on Palm OS® devices. In addition, Acrobat compliments Microsoft Word, as it adds a toolbar shortcut directly torepparttar 108502 program. Simply open your document in Microsoft Word, click onrepparttar 108503 Acrobat button, and your Word document will be automatically converted into a PDF document for distribution.

Cost: $249.00

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Easy PDF is an inexpensive alternative torepparttar 108504 Adobe Acrobat software. It will enable you to quickly and easily create Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. It is a true WYSIWYG editor with full drag and drop support. It includes an image editor for optimizing your images, supports hypertext and bookmarks and even includes a spell checker and document security.

Cost: $30.00

Documents formatted in PDF, can not only be downloaded via a link, but they can also be viewed directly from your website, without being downloaded. They are very easily distributed and will enable you to easily deliver your ebook.

Shelley Lowery is the author of Ebook Starter. A complete ebook design kit that takes you step by step through designing, creating and marketing your own ebook. Give your ebook a professional look in just a few simple steps with over 100 ebook interface and cover templates.

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