Publishing Reflective: Sonia Lewis, Discusses FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE

“Author SONIA LEWIS is taking her latest book, FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join SONIA LEWIS and FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, SONIA LEWIS  was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE. What is it about?

Sonia:  My book is Emotive, Dystopian Poetry, and is about the suppressed anger of our ancestors. They coped with songs of hope and dreams of returning to the motherland of Africa. Today we, the descendants, are fighting for change that is slow in coming, so we try to make Peace with a past that continues to invade our daily lives, and we continue to believe in GOD. We pray for acceptance and Peace in Surrender

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Sonia:  In my own country, Jamaica, we were exposed only to British and European History in schools. The scant curriculum did not include certain facts. For example: During the middle passage from Africa, there were many warrior chiefs on board who rebelled and were labeled as “Mutinous”. The slave ships stopped in the Islands to obtain fresh supplies like citrus to prevent scurvy among the crew, and other fresh supplies. The Mutinous slaves were left on the Islands. WE are descendants of those chiefs, and although I cannot revisit the past to fight, I have a pen through which I push the inherited, (perhaps genetic) pain.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Sonia: People who love poetry. Readers who have experienced loss and known deep sadness, and people of Faith who believe that with GOD, ALL, not some, but ALL things are possible

OP: What is special about your book?  

Sonia:  Much of the material on these pages was gleaned from my early years of nursing school in England, my first love affair AND heartbreak, the Ebb and Flow of recovery, and the shocking revelation that the biological imperative results in a unique struggle that, at times, is reflected as desperation i.e. “I have to meet someone to love before I am older” versus “It’s OK to be alone”. I should also point out that my ignorance of the suffering of my ancestors began to disappear when I was introduced to a series of books starting with “The Mandingo”. My hunger to learn sent me on a quest that is still in progress

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Sonia: This book of poetry is unique. Rather than dwelling on one subject, there is a mélange of situations that runs the gamut of human emotions.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Sonia: Yes, I published “A Corona of Clouds”. The idea began to take shape while I was visiting the “High Atlas” mountains of Morocco. The cover photograph is emblematic. There I am standing in blazing sunlight, with a backward glance at the clouds that formed a corona (crown) on the mountain. A perfect example of how far I had come from a troubled past (the clouds), to emerge into bright sunshine. The pain was left behind.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Sonia: I firmly believe that this little book is one that can be handed down to the younger generation, and the owner of this little treasure, will return to its pages again and again. Amazon carries it in both the printed version and Kindle. The publishers, Outskirts Press will be happy to forward purchases from them. When you read the poetry, share your feelings about whatever poem has touched you, and tell others but keep your own copy for reference.

OP: Thanks for your time, Sonia! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sonia Lewis is a retired registered nurse/midwife who spends half her time with her husband in Morocco, from where she writes as she is inspired and half the year in her second city, Miami, Florida. Her first book, “A Corona of Clouds”, is available on Amazon Kindle.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/frozenmemory

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Self-Publishing Book Tour: “What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same” by Nancy Panasci

“Author Nancy Panasci is taking her latest book, What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Nancy Panasci and What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, Nancy Panasci  was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same.

OP: Tell us a little bit about What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same. What is it about?

Nancy: Spring of 2020 brought to this world an unknown—the Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. Every day became the same with a constant routine. What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same is a story that attempts to help parents and children simplify what a “new normal” might look like with the presence of COVID-19 in their everyday lives.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nancy: I wrote this book because I firmly believed that children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers could benefit from a story that provided an idea to take each day of the week and make it memorable during a period when time stood still.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nancy: I submitted my book to Outskirts Press, Inc. for publication.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Nancy: Those interested in this book are children ages two to six years old, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers

OP: What is special about your book?  

Nancy: My book is unique because it provides a story that helps bring structure and understanding to parents and their children who struggled with the lingering effects of COVID-19 and everyday life.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

I believe my book is the only one of its kind with the story that it shares. It won the 2020 Story Monsters LLC Award.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Nancy: I am presently working on the sequel to What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Nancy: Interested readers can contact me or Outskirts Press, Inc. to purchase my book.

OP: Thanks for your time, Nancy! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Panasci is the mother of three talented and successful daughters. This, she believes, is the most important accomplishment of her life so far. Nancy is a speech pathologist who has her own private practice in Englewood, Colorado. She has spent her career surrounding herself with preschool and school-age children who need assistance in communicating effectively with peers and family. Nancy has been active in her community as a volunteer for many organizations and loves surrounding herself with family and friends. She believes What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same will encourage her to author additional children’s books.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/whatdayisit

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Outskirts Press Presents DONNA GIBBS CSJ, author of THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE

Author DONNA GIBBS CSJ is taking her latest book, THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join DONNA GIBBS CSJ and THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, DONNA GIBBS CSJ was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about THE SEAMLESS UNIVERSE: A DISCOVERY GUIDE THROUGH OUR GREAT HERITAGE. What is it about?

DONNA: It is an inspiring origin story that promotes a healthy Earth/Human relationship through poetic narrative, vivid illustration, and sacred experiences.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DONNA: In 2010, I switched from teaching one grade level to teaching the entire elementary school science program. I created this version of the emerging Universe story to help ground, increase meaning and connect the Kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum.

Teaching science based knowledge and science skills develop in my students the ability to influence everything that happens to living Earth. I believe a “planetary wisdom” to help them form an “Earth-identity” would be beneficial as they learned the standard Science curriculum

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

DONNA: I wrote it in a format that would enable a young reader to grow with the story. Parts of the narrative are for reading aloud to the youngest and as the child grows, they learn more and begin to experience their personal connection with Earth.

OP: What is special about your book?

DONNA: It has evolved from my own advanced studies in Child Development, Earth Literacy and Art Therapy.
I myself engage in the experiences as they open an ever-new wonder and appreciation for all that is.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

DONNA: Yes, The Quilter and the Quail is a true story about a woman who raised two wild quail. It follows their life in juxtaposition with the life of the wild quail. As the babies grow, the reader begins to understand how humanity links with wild nature.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

DONNA: There are very few books in this category. Surprisingly, adults seem to enjoy this book as much as the child and glean a new appreciation for our place in the Earth community.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

DONNA: Any questions about these books can be sent directly to me: seamlessuniverse@yahoo.com
Both books are available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Bulk orders can be made through me and/or Outskirts Press.

OP: Thanks for your time, DONNA! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna Gibbs CSJ has taught for thirty years in the elementary classroom. She has a degree in child development and Earth literacy and a master’s in art therapy. She gives workshops and lectures that focus on deepening our connection with the universe.

For more information visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/theseamlessuniverse

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Outskirts Press Presents CAROL A. LINDEMULDER, author of COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE

Author CAROL A. LINDEMULDER is taking her latest book, COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join CAROL A. LINDEMULDER and COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, CAROL A. LINDEMULDER was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about COLOR & CONTRAST: A BOOK FOR EVERYONE. What is it about?
CAROL: color techniques: color and contrast used together

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
CAROL: As an artist and also art teacher, I see contrast and color knowledge missing from so many art works in shows and classes.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
CAROL: Emerging artists without art school; professional artists wanting better understanding of contrast. Also, families with talented and creative children or students, people who just love color but know little about it, anyone just loving learning!

OP: What is special about your book?
CAROL: It is what I teach, as mentioned above, not about just my own techniques and colors used, but a book for everyone.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
CAROL: I do not have any other published books and I do not plan on publishing another one at this time.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
CAROL: Most art books are either scientific color books, or specific palette colors and techniques used by the author artist. color and contrast for everyone in simple basic terms is no longer taught in schools today.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?
CAROL: It is available on Amazon (paperback, or kindle, and also Barnes & Noble, and publisher Outskirts Press bookstore.

OP: Thanks for your time, CAROL! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

For more information visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/colorandcontrast

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Top 5 Benefits of a Virtual Book Tour

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Book marketing has changed due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, you can take your book on tour without ever leaving your home thanks to modern technology. So, take your book on the virtual road and connect with bloggers and readers all over the globe with the Virtual Book Tour!

Being able to market your book efficiently while following social distancing guidelines is just one of the benefits of a virtual book tour. Following are 5 additional benefits:

  1. It’s faster, less expensive, and more convenient to “tour” from in front of your computer than from town to town in your car. (Those are 3 benefits right there, and there are still 4 more to go!)
  2. It’s an opportunity to engage with readers. Your appearance on blogs may generate reader comments, which you are encouraged to respond to.
  3. More book sales and book reviews are generated. Of course, the whole point of going on a virtual book tour is to create book sales, but you may discover an added benefit—the resulting book reviews, which will, in turn, become MORE book sales, and it never stops!
  4. Virtual Book Tours last FOREVER. On a “real” book tour, it’s over the minute you get home. But a virtual book tour is archived and searchable online forever, available for search engines (and your readers) to discover days, months, or even years later. And due to the power of print-on-demand and distribution-on-demand, your book will still be available for sale when those orders come in.
  5. Word of mouth. While the initial “tour” may be a whirlwind, you may discover an additional benefit due to word-of-mouth. Bloggers know each other, which can turn into more “appearances” down the road. And readers know each other (just ask members of GoodReads), which may turn into additional sales and reviews down the road, even if those secondary readers didn’t see you “on tour.”

Speaking of road, it used to be a long, hard road to put together a Virtual Book Tour on your own. But Outskirts Press makes it easy with our Virtual Book Tour Launch . . . and for a limited time, you can save 10% on this valuable marketing opportunity!

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Are you looking for new ways to market your book while following social distancing guidelines? Thanks to modern technology, you can take your book on tour without ever leaving your home. Outskirts Press makes it easy with our Virtual Book Tour Launch . . . and for a limited time, you can save 10% on this valuable marketing opportunity!

Here’s how the Virtual Book Tour Launch works:

  • Outskirts Press uses the power of the blogosphere to launch your Virtual Book Tour with two guaranteed blog appearances on SelfPublishingNews.com and SelfPublishingAdvisor.com. Automated aggregation will then announce and promote those blog appearances to our Facebook and Twitter communities, resulting in a combined grand total of approximately 60,000 “views” with active readers and writers.
  • Once your virtual tour appearances are scheduled, you will receive the dates along with a Virtual Book Tour Packet that contains all the materials and information you need to personally continue your Virtual Book Tour on additional blogs, websites, and social networks.
  • Outskirts Press will register you with a “digital clipping service,” which tracks all your book’s virtual book appearances. Each time your book is mentioned anywhere on the internet, you will receive a notification so you can follow the buzz about your book and even participate in the discussion about your book through the comments sections.

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Self-Publishing Insight: JERRY L. JONES, EdD, discusses Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle

Author JERRY L. JONES, EdD is taking his latest book, Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join JERRY L. JONES, EdD and Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, JERRY L. JONES, EdD was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle. What is it about?

Jerry:  My book is about growing up African American in Appalachia in the 1950s and the early 1960s. It is about being an educator and teaching for 52 years. My book analyzes the issues of race, career success, life’s journey, and destiny.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jerry:  I wrote this book to show respect to the legacy of African Americans of earlier times and honoring those African Americans who are living today. I use this book as a center point for discussions about race relations and analyzing my own life’s story.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Jerry: All ages can benefit from reading Go and Come Again.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Jerry:  The pictures are priceless. The humor is real. The details are stunning and the empathy is apparent.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jerry: Few educators have stayed in the classroom for 50 years; my perspective is different than that of administrators. The Appalachian location is unique.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Jerry: Yes, and yes.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Jerry: To purchase, they can go to my website at https://www.jjonesgladespring.com AND by internet searching, jerry jones glade spring.

OP: Thanks for your time, Jerry! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An African American born in 1947 in the Southwest Virginia small town of Glade Spring, Dr. Jerry L. Jones attended public schools in the era of segregation. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia State University and a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. Starting his teaching career as a high school teacher in Baltimore in 1969, he became a professor at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond in 1974. Returning to his hometown in 2001 to take care of his elderly mother, Jones is currently a professor at Emory & Henry College, which is located only four miles from the Glade Spring home where he grew up and that has been in his family since 1870. With nearly sixty years in education, both as a student and as a teacher, Jones provides a unique prospective about society, education, and minority status in America—past and present. When Jerry Jones’s mother, Mary Waugh, finished the seventh grade in the 1920s, there was no high school for black children in Washington County, Virginia. She and one of her brothers were homeschooled during the eighth grade by a paid teacher. Later, Mary and her brother were sent to Morristown Junior College in Tennessee which—at that point in time—had a high school department. The author details four generations of black public-school education in his hometown, from his great grandfather (a former slave) to his own education, which involved being bused about 60 miles a day to and from high school. With nearly fifty years as a teacher, Jones writes his book as a tribute to the struggles that many African Americans faced in their pursuit of an education. The stories about his family may not be overly unique. However, these stories are representative of the time and of the geographic location. The education of Negro children in the early years of the twentieth century in most Southern school districts was not a priority. This was a case of separate and unequal—a situation which took decades and federal intervention to remedy. Hesitant to call his book autobiographical, Jones does detail many of his life experiences—tracing his journey from the segregated public schools of Virginia, to his college experiences at the historically black Virginia State University, and to his teaching career in Baltimore, Richmond, and Emory. Additionally, he analyzes his own shortcomings and reflects on his personal traits and strengths.

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.comgoandcomeagain

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Outskirts Press Presents David D Bernstein, author of ‘Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems’

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D Bernstein and Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems    as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, David D Bernstein was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.


OP: Tell us a little bit about Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.  

OP: What is it about?

David:  My book has a collection of poems that I wrote over the course of about ten years. These poems were written when I was in middle school through my college years.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David:  I decided to write this poetry book because I strongly believe that poetry is very important in our lives, and it also is a great way to express someone’s life story through poetic language and photography. This art is even more important today than ever.

OP: How did you get your book published? 

David: I published my book with outskirts press a self-publishing company that has been very good and professional with all my books which I now have six off.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

David: I think that readers of all ages will be interested in my book. I also think it is a great book to read for inspiration, growth, and to learn the story of a young man’s journey through life, which was not that perfect.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David:  My book is special because it tells the story of how I survived in an urban society, where a gang war raged, murder was common, and being a young boy that had to watch his back all the time. It was these wonderful and emotional poetry that helped me survive in such a scary place. If it was not for my poetry and connecting with others through open mic nights, I might not have been alive to see this book of poetry come out.     

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category? 

David: Each poetry book is unique and different because poets are human, and they each have a wonderful story to tell. This story can be told through fiction, non-fiction, poetry or through writing.  I think the more books that are out there the better.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Yes, I have published many books. This includes two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” they deal with real life issues we face death and diverse and help readers out in their own lives. I also published a collection of tween books named “The CORT Chronicles” This includes “The Portal” which won a CIPA EVVY Merit Award in Juvenile Fiction. “Spirral” and “Rebirth”. Finally, “Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems.”

I do plan to publish more books two more middle grade series one called “Living Library Chronicles”, A pre sequel named “His-story” for CORT Chronicles”, a trilogy of books based on elements and some more picture books. I am not sure when these books will be out yet.  

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: You can find my books on amazon, Barnes & Nobles, outskirts press and other online bookstores like Target and Walmart.   

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D Bernstein was born in Moscow and immigrated from the Soviet Union in 1981. He has been writing poetry from the heart since high school. Several of his poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, and David has been the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He has hosted several open mic events in bookstores and in college was the co-founder of The Poetry Society. He is the author of two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book The Portal won a CIPA Envy Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles. David is the proud uncle of two teenage boys.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/vociesoftheheart

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Outskirts Press Presents S.C. Burns, author of Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West

Author S.C. Burns is taking her latest book, Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join S.C. Burns and Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, S.C. Burns was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West. What is it about?

S.C.:  It is a historical satire/drama/western, based upon the history and peoples of Bakersfield, CA—and its relationship with Hollywood. While Bakersfield was founded by a Colonel Baker, the fictional town of Cookesville was settled and founded by a wealthy goldminer named Frank Cooke. Cooke was a captain in the U.S. Cavalry (yes, he was Captain Cooke), who fought in the Mexican War before heading to the California gold fields to make his fortune. When he returned to the southern “San Andreas” valley with his Choctaw wife, and a menagerie of Chinese and Mexican laborers, he brought with him the idea of protecting the “others” in the new state of California—those who had no legal protections by the new state constitution. This story continues into the 21st century, as Cookesville grows into a modern and thriving town—governed oftentimes by persons of questionable character. The major protagonist, “Lynnie,” is a sleuth who uncovers, and often covers up, the major crimes for a major law firm in Cookesville. He and most characters in this book are based upon real people in the history of Bakersfield, most of whom I have known personally, and some of the characters’ storylines are a composition of numerous people. The investigator whose life mirrored Lynnie’s (he passed away in 2011, like his character in the book) was approached by actor Dennis Quaid, who wanted to tell the story of one of the real crimes “Lynnie” had worked to alter (cover up?). “Lynnie” passed away before this could happen. My spouse (criminal attorney, family law attorney and administrative law judge with the California Department of Rehabilitations) and I were close friends of “Lynnie’s.” We often met for lunch, had him over for dinner in our home, and I collected those stories through the years.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

S.C.:  I have lived in Bakersfield for over forty years, raised my three children here, and often planned to leave the area. In plotting my “escape,” I have been continually snagged by a relationship, friendships, and career advantages. Also, as I state in my introductory chapter, Cookesville (like Bakersfield) is a conundrum, one that is hard to leave behind. There are great country clubs, tennis clubs, wealthy organizations and beautiful neighborhoods that freeway flyers never see. They have no idea about the amazing quality of life, and benefits, of living here—in spite of the heat in the summer, and Tule fog in the winter. Its extremes in climate and wealth (from poverty to extreme wealth) are responsible for its dramatic history and stories. As I continued to dream of retiring elsewhere, I finally decided that the reason I have been “stuck” here is that I need to tell the dramatic stores I have been privy to: crimes, affairs, crooked and clever politics, but mainly the personal dramas I have observed.

OP: How did you get your book published?

S.C.: During the years I have been writing this book, and especially during the race to finish it in 2020, I have continued to peruse publishers, the length of time the publishing process might take, while continually returning to the terms proposed by Outskirts Press. Knowing that I would be in complete control of the contents of my book and the story I need to tell, I opted for this company. They have a solid history of sound practices, and well-oiled promotional plans. At this point in the process, I have been very happy with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

S.C.: If you read the review by Peter Freedman in the front pages of the book, I think you’ll see that this book should appeal strongly to anyone familiar with Bakersfield: residents of this fine town (of many nationalities and ethnicities), Hollywood writers and producers, and anyone who likes western history. The story starts in 1846 and concludes in the year 2011, and it includes authentic mob influences (establishing Las Vegas and reaching into the valley), Italian farmers, big-time oil and agricultural corporations, and more. It has both a small-town vibe and an international community of investors in the various industries. Always, there are strong communities—Native Americans, Chinese, Italian, Basque, Mexican, African Americans, and Middle Easterners. You can see that anyone who knows anything about Bakersfield might be curious to read about some familiar and salacious history.

OP: What is special about your book?

S.C.:  The authentic Bakersfield shows through: the historic wild west, the influences of the U.S. South (King Cotton), country-western music, the hidden resources such as oil and agriculture, and a continual connection to the Los Angeles/Hollywood community. The real crimes are recognizable, though they have been fictionalized to protect both the guilty and innocent. My book contains authentic sexual relationships, ladies of the night, and extramarital affairs—many of them known to community leaders who will recognize the inferences.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

S.C.:What sets Cookesville apart are the real stories of Bakersfield that have not been exposed before. As already stated, people I have known through years of socializing, working and being involved in the legal community will recognize many of the stories. Much like the book/movie, The Help, I am already being contacted by friends who are telling me whose story they recognize, and asking me who some of the others represent. I knew this would be a fun project, and it is certainly proving to be so.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

S.C.:Yes. My first book was entitled, Daughters of Juno, Chronicle I; Matilda of Argyll. It was published in 2003 by Pentland Press. Before they went out of business, I republished the book with University Press of the South in 2007 as Matilda of Argyll—after re-editing the book and removing the introductory paragraph—in order to have it stand on its own, not as a series.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

S.C.: There is a lengthy summary about this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I will be advertising through digital billboards around Bakersfield soon, and hopefully beyond Kern County in the not-too-distant future. Also, I hope to be interviewed by you, on your Blogsite!

OP: Thanks for your time, S.C.! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

S.C. Burns has been a teaching historian at the college/university level for 26 years. Her scholarship and research focus on hot-button social issues, and her search for authenticity in history and fiction has led her across Europe and Latin America. A native of northwestern Kentucky, Burns has lived in Orange County, CA, San Francisco and British Columbia, Canada. She eventually settled in Bakersfield, CA where she raised her three children.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/CookesvilleUSA

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Self-Publishing Author Conor Mitchell Discusses Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future

Author Conor Mitchell is taking his latest book, Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Conor Mitchell and Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Conor Mitchell was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future


OP: Tell us a little bit about Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future. What is it about?

Conor:  My book documents the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco using pictures that I took on my iPhone.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Conor:  I decided to write it after I had taken thousands of photos of the city, shared them with family, and every one of them had told me to get these put into a book.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Conor: A friend of mine from New York City had published with Outskirts Press and she had recommended my name to them in order to help move the process of the book along.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Conor: I think everyone would be interested in this book. We have all lived through some part of the pandemic and we each saw some perspective of what happened. Being able to see something like this in a city as famous as San Francisco would certainly be something everyone will want to see.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Conor:  This documents a very specific time in the pandemic when nothing was certain and a time in San Francisco’s history that is unlike anything the city had ever experienced before.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Conor: For each day I was taking these pictures, I kept notes to myself about how each day was in terms of how I felt or what was going on at the time. It not only offers a view into what the city must have looked like but also what it must have been like to experience it first-hand.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Conor: I have not published any other books but I do plan to publish a follow-up to this book, which will focus on the recovery of San Francisco and the revival of different sectors of the city.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Conor: You can learn more about it through LockdownSF.com and order the book through Amazon.

OP: Thanks for your time, Conor! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Conor Mitchell, a photographer and videographer lives in downtown San Francisco. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he found himself alone in the city he had called home for just 18 months. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in this book to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lockdown

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