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FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

12 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

Suzy Milhoan author of “The Healing Game”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I have been through a lot of tragedy over my lifetime, but I have not given up. I am a survivor and nothing will keep me down. I hope that what I have learned through it can help others who are struggling through the same things. That is the focus of several of my books as I just began my writing career.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It is an inspirational story for others who have lost someone. It displays the progress of my grief from deep depression through my decision to move on and finally becoming happy again. It gives hope to others that if I could come out of what I did, so can they.

What genre does “The Healing Game” fall under?

 It is a memoir that falls under the autobiography genre.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I was in school and had to write a creative non-fiction piece and decided to use the subject of losing my husband from colon cancer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take myself back into that deep subject, but thought it would help me heal even further, so I did. It was a great piece and did help me further. Later, I decided I would write a book on it to help others who are dealing with a loss and also as a tribute to my husband, Kevin. The responses I have received from the book prove I was successful in doing both.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like ?

I try to write everyday, but with my schedule that is sometimes hard. My schedule is setup to write a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon. With that, I also have time scheduled for reading. I believe reading books in your genre are just as important to learn from others.

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

Read just as much as you write. Read successful writers in your genre. Not only will you learn tips from their writing style, but also ideas will pop into your head based on what you read.

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. I would love to collaborate with her. I am amazed how she is able to write in multiple voices throughout a book, and then bring them all back together to a successful ending.

Will there be a follow up to “The Healing Game”? 

No, It was a one-time deal.

I read that you are working on “Where’s My Family” are you willing to give us some insight of what it is going to be about?

Sure. This is at the printers right now. It is about a family of rabbits that live under a deck in a burrow. The main character, Johnnie, is a rebel and doesn’t like to listen too well. He ignores what his mother tells him and gets into some trouble. Soon after, the family is trying to find him and they begin to disappear as well. Eventually, they are all reunited as a family in the end.

So what else is in the future for you?

I believe my path for now will be in stories that can help others and children’s books. My passion is to help others through the tragedy I have gone through in my life and also bring joy to children. I may do a series on the bunny family in “Where’s My Family” and I am deciding on which major project to do next right now.

I have always wanted to write about my childhood growing up with domestic violence and also child abuse. My hope is to write about it from the child’s voice so that mother’s could find the extra strength it takes to get out of the situation.

At some point, I believe I will write about my brother, Mike, who suffered from bi-polar and ended his life in suicide. Again, hoping to educate others on bi-polar and the importance for remaining on medication even when the patient feels fine.         

I have read Blindfolded and so sorry for your loss and it is great that you shared it.  How are you coping with it now?

What I have learned through the grieving process I suffered when I lost my husband has helped me cope with losing my brother. I am also able to help my mother. I now recognize the stages she is going through and I am able to talk intelligently to her about how she is feeling. Her greatest compliment to me one day after one of our long talks was when she said, “You just made my day.”

We just made it through my brother’s birthday on September 30th. He would have been 49. We gathered, as a family, at my mother’s to help her keep her mind of it. The 2-year anniversary of his death is October 26th, and I’m sure that will be another tough day.

Friend Suzy!

5 Reasons Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

11 Sep

Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

 

1. They have no publishing house-this may seem like a ridiculous idea of why INDIE WRITERS rock but they work even harder because they don’t have a big fat check to sit and write with. They either write to live or they live to write. 

2. Mistakes are made in every industry. With a writer, a writer that is “traditionally” published this is what an editor is for. With an INDIE WRITER you see their mistakes. This makes them human, humble.

3. Approachable. Meanwhile the big names you can’t say hi to on Facebook or get to know what they do day in and day out. An INDIE WRITER will say hello and “Friend” you. They will get to know their readers. They in fact depend on them.

4. An INDIE WRITER inspires us all. If a flunked out English major can write a best seller we all can. 

5. They are constantly improving their craft. With a “traditionally” published author they have editors, publisher and marketers that work with them to continually help them. With an INDIE WRITER you can watch them evolve into a beautiful writer with help from their readers, friends, and others who are in their inner circle. 

 

Support your INDIE WRITER and download a book today at www.hotlitbooks.org!

The Push is on for our lineup!

28 Aug

We have had an overwhelming response as some of you know to our FEATURED AUTHOR program over these last eight going on nine months now. Do you know why? We are the only non-profit out there that does this for FREE! Yes you read that right-FREE! We have continually worked with all of our authors and supported them hour after hour day in and day out for FREE! Although we would love donations, we don’t ask for them from our authors. 

2013-Going to be a great year!

Our lineup for 2013 is coming along nicely. We have heard from over 20 authors thus far.  Spots are still available for 2013 as we still need confirmation from some of these authors.  We have had some great success with this program but things are changing for this new year. Since we have been assigned a non-profit status we have to cross all our T’s and dot all our I’s so we now have an application. We also have decided to create this application to weed out any authors out there that might not value their time or OURS. We understand that this might seem a bit strange but we take your feature with Hotlit Books very serious and so should YOU! If you would like to be part of our program we expect you to work with us as a team. Which means that you follow our posts and you post as well. You like our page and you tweet about your feature. I know this seems simple, but trust me it obviously isn’t. 

Tweet us too!

If you feel that you would like to be part of this successful program and would like some great PR for your book contact us today at www.hotlitbooks.org/contact and we will be happy to send you an application. 

If you like what we are doing and feel like you could help in any way financially please feel free to make a donation in any amount at www.hotlitbooks.org/donations. We also offer memberships, which include a link of your choosing and a picture of your choosing (this could be your book cover and or company logo). 

3 Days and Counting….

21 Aug

Yes you read that right! We will be officially moved over to this blog in 3 days.

We are really excited about it. We can’t control ourselves. We are jumping up and down!!! (Exclamation points are supposed to show how we are jumping up and down). Well as most of you know over the last nine months (wow I can’t believe it has been that long), we have made a lot of changes. We started with a small site and now going in to our eleventh featured authors, seven reviews, and four feature Friday authors under our belt I think we have done pretty well. 

We are not saying that we want to toot our own horn or anything but that means that we have helped twenty two authors in nine months time. WOW! We ask ourselves everyday what it is that we can do to make things better for our authors. This is where you come in. We would love to hear from you. Tell us what exactly you would like to see from Hotlit Books or is there something we could be doing better? Let us know. We would like to make things GREAT for our authors! That is why we started this organization to begin with. We are in love with the literary arts. 

We would like to take this time to tell all of you who have supported us over the last nine months. Thank you all so much. We appreciate all of you! Without you we wouldn’t be here so thank you!

Stop by our site today and see all of the wonderful things we have been up to! 

We are moving to this BLOG…make a note of it!

17 Aug

Moving day….

Moving Day!!!

Well what shall we say? We know that we really haven’t been on our blogger page that long but to be honest with you we really didn’t like the digs. So we packed up our little fingers and started typing over here at WordPress. It seems a better fit as we like the layout and the way the digs are over here.

 

We will say this, we will still have our past up on our old spot at www.hotlitbooks.blogspot.com but as far as our future it will be put up on this blog.

 

Nothing is worse than a constant frustration of typing and html coding and never quite getting it right. This is the other reason why we moved. So we hope you will find our new blog a better spot for us and we hope you will still support us and of course follow us. You will always be able to find us here and also on our site at www.hotlitbooks.org.

 

Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend,

Gabriella Deveraux

Founder

Hotlit Books
www.hotlitbooks.org
founder@hotlitbooks.org

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