Blogger Interview: Lottie Lomas

THE SECRET DIVORCEE BY LOTTIE LOMAS The Secret Divorcee by Lottie Lomas

PROFESSIONAL BIO:
When I was 40, I realised I’d married the wrong man. I had two beautiful boys, but was sinking into a mire of depression. So after months and months of tears and discussion and loneliness, I made the decision to separate from my husband.

I am a single parent, but don’t want to be defined as such. I work, I’m a pilot, I’m a singer, I’m a photographer. And a parent. I write about all sorts of aspects of life, from my family to my ageing body. Occasionally I add in pictures I’ve drawn, but they are awful. I am terrible at art.

I’m still looking for the right man. God knows where he is. He’d better show himself soon because my knees have started to make a frightening creaking sound every evening as I go upstairs to bed.

1) Tell us what your blog is about and what inspired its conception?
I started to write very soon after I had separated from my husband. Although it was my choice to leave, it was a very stressful time and I found that there was a lot of – well…stuff – that I couldn’t say to anyone. So I just let it out in my blog. In one big dump.

It started as an electronic diary, a private log, but quite quickly it grew into a more public space. As I became happier in my personal life, I found that I was considering my audience much more, and I wanted to share the fact that divorce can actually be a positive experience.

2) Who is your ideal reader and what do you hope they can gain from your blog?
My blog isn’t all about divorce now! In fact, as I separated three years ago, it’s much more about the ups and downs of life as a single parent. So I guess that the blog is aimed at single parents, because they will identify with my shenanigans – but actually the reality is that most of my readers tend to be in relationships.

I do get messages regularly though from unhappy women, who are thinking of leaving their husbands. Sometimes they want advice, and other times, they just need someone to speak to.

3) Where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time and will the topic continue to be as prevalent?
As the blog is about my life then I’m hoping it will still be going in 5 years’ time. Let’s see: my boys will be 19 and 17 by then. The 19 year old will probably have swanned off to America (he was talking about this just yesterday) leaving me hanging on to my 17 year old   with all my might. He will no doubt hate me for this, and I shall become a wizened old bitter empty husk of a crone, with a severe case of premature empty nest syndrome.

And who won’t want to read about that?!

4) How do you continually find content for your blog?
It mainly comes from my children. How I feel about them, what I do with them, how they affect my relationships… They have a wonderful insight on the world that adults don’t seem to have. I’m also a keen amateur photographer so, if I don’t have written content, I will share some of my photos. I don’t sweat it, though. If nothing comes into my head, I won’t post anything.

5) Do you have any words of wisdom for all the single parents out there that have tweens and teenagers in their household and how to deal with co-parenting effectively?
When I split from my husband, I had a fairytale vision that we would spend Christmases together, babysit for each other, support each other. But quite quickly our relationship exploded; he lied about me to our friends and cut off all communication. If this happens to you, my advice is to not rise to it. Head down, keep being polite, don’t lash out. Particularly don’t reveal your feelings to your kids. If you manage to bite your tongue, it will all level out in the end. It’s taken me three years, and we’re still not quite there, but we show each other more respect now than we have done for a long, long time.

6) Does your ex-husband read your blog? How does he feel about it?
No. I blog anonymously.  If he read some of my earlier posts, all our positive relationship-building would go down the toilet.

7) What opportunities has your blog provided you professionally?
Well, I spent six months drawing up an agreement with a large internet-based organisation, which sadly closed down before everything went live! So I’m back to the drawing board on that one. I would love to publish a collection of my posts, or write a book about divorce – but as all single parents know, time is hard to come by.

8) Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers?
Don’t faff about too much, thinking about your aims, or the blog title, or the platform, or whatever. They’re just excuses. Just write. It doesn’t matter if your first posts are a pile of poo. Actually, what am I saying? It doesn’t matter if ALL your posts are a pile of poo. Just get on and write. You’ll find it’s an amazing outlet for you. And if you’re not already on Twitter, get on it. There are like-minded single parents out there who will, in time, give you support when you most need it. Good luck!

THANK YOU FOR LETTING US GETTING TO KNOW YOU!
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A Brand New Day Review: By Bookideas.com

A Brand New Day has been reviewed by BookIdeas.com. BookIdeas.com is one of the Internet’s most popular destinations for book lovers everywhere it finds strength in its diversity of viewpoints and cultural affiliations. All are bound by one common thread–the love of good books and the creativity, ideas, thoughts, debates, and intellect found within them.

The book was reviewed by senior editor John L. Hoh who has written over a dozen books and numerous articles for newspapers and magazine. He gave A Brand New Day 4.5 stars and we thank him for taking the time to write such an honest review. This is what he had to say:

“This book is published by a rather new Australian author and publishing firm. The author was going through a divorce and wanted some comfort and security for her children. Finding no books on the market that speak positively to kids, she wrote her own.

The narrator in the story relates the days of the week as she (?) bounces between mom and dad. The narrator relates the activities enjoyed with each parent. In the narrative, it should be mentioned, the parents are both active with the child. The book pretty much follows a shared placement arrangement. In fact it echoes my own arrangement with my son and his mother with the exception we alternate weekends rather than divide up the days in the weekend. But the narrator, like my son Matthew, spends Mondays and Tuesdays with dad and Wednesdays and Thursdays with mom.

I found this book very refreshing and helpful. The illustrations are of the classic style, line art in black/gray with red highlights.

Pigeonhole Books publishes primarily books for children of separated or divorced parents. I cannot wait to see what titles come out next.”

A Brand New Day Review: by Tony Jerris

Tony Jerris is an accomplished playwright, author, and screenwriter. His off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! ran in New York City before premiering in Los Angeles. As an author, Tony created a trilogy of children’s books. The first in the series, The Littlest Spruce, was featured on Good Morning America. The third book, The Littlest Witch, he adapted into a musical that is being licensed by Steele Spring Licensing. His book, “Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret,” has been featured on Extra-TV and The Reelz Channel. His current ventures include several film projects, including a new stop-motion feature called The Potters with JenKev Productions. Tony currently lives in Los Angeles and is excited to be working with up-and-coming artist, Oliver Batin.

Taking the time out of his hectic career, Tony has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day:

A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story, is a charming read, written in rhyme, that doesn’t get preachy about children of divorce (or separation). The author, A.S. Chung, doesn’t focus on the negatives of a child whose parents are divorced, rather, she conveys a positive message of how a child can continue to spend time with “both” parents (not to mention a step brother). Along with Paula Bossio’s delightful illustrations, A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story is simple enough for young readers, yet entertaining enough for adults. Ultimately, this would be a great book for parents who are divorced to read along with their children. I look forward to reading more from this author.”

Character Blog Hop with A.S. Chung: by Carmela Dutra

Pigeonhole Books was invited to participate in a Character Blog Hop by Carmela Dutra of A Blog For Your Thoughts. The main character of A Brand New Day was featured and is a great way for everyone to get to know her.  Carmela is a children’s picture book author of Lorenzo The Bear. The original posting may be found here.

What is the name of your character?
My character is nameless and will continue to be so for the rest of the Banana Split Story series. For the purpose of the storyline, I felt that naming the character was unnecessary as he/she was to represent all young children around the ages of 3-6 years who hail from a divorced family.

Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
This character is based on my daughter, who was 5 years old at the time of writing. I wrote this story for her. I wanted to show her that despite the fact that her father and I were no longer together, it does not mean that we love her any less or that life would be any more difficult or less happy. I wanted to show her some of the special things that could come out of a separated family and how love could conquer anything!

When and where does the story take place?
The story is timeless and knows no boundaries. Divorce is a prevalent life challenge experienced in all walks of life.

What is the personal goal of the character?
The personal goal of this character is to represent all the young children in society today who have to live in a family with divorced parents. The character shows love, resilience and a positive outlook on life.

What are the problems your character faces?
As A Brand New Day is about divorce and that alone is the major problem at hand. Instead on dwelling on the issue however, the character chooses to see the brighter side of life and understands that it is possible to live a full and happy life, despite her parents being separated.

Press: SDE Magazine

SDE MagazineSkin Deep Exposures Magazine is a quarterly publication committed to meeting women where they are and then inspiring and uplifting them as they discover where they are meant to be. Dedicated to equipping our readers and each other to develop healthy, natural and productive lifestyles through self acceptance and love of others, our goal is to promote the significance of each individual journey and the recognition of the beauty of the scars that accompany our unique testimonies. We offer a safe and judgement free environment in which to connect and encourage one another to recognize and embrace the extraordinary God- given beauty we each possess from the inside, out. Click here for the feature on A Brand New Day.

 

Winner! Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!

Purple Dragonfly Book AwardA Brand New Day, children’s picture book about divorce,  wins second place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in Family Matters category! We are delighted to have selected! Please click here for full list of winners.

About Purple Dragonfly Book Awards:
Five Star Publications is proud to present the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which were conceived and designed with children in mind. Not only do we want to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, but we also want to highlight and reward up-and-coming, newly published authors and younger published writers.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book’s cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence.

Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. Being honored with a Purple Dragonfly Book Award confers credibility upon the winner, as well as provides positive publicity to further their success. The goal of these awards is to give published authors the recognition they deserve and provide a helping hand to further their careers.

Winner! 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

National Indie Excellence AwardsPigeonhole Books is absolutely thrilled to have recently won the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in its Divorce category! Here is the email  we received which marks the start of a truly amazing journey:

CONGRATULATIONS!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.
 
The lists of winners and finalists will be highlighted on our website. Please go to http://www.indieexcellence.com to see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.
 
The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.
 
Warmly,
Ellen Reid
President & CEO
National Indie Excellence Awards

The National Indie Excellence® Book Awards contest is proudly sponsored by Smarketing LLC. a company established in 2007 by Ellen Reid, an entrepreneur who has guided countless authors in creating their own publishing companies and producing books of outstanding quality. With an eclectic background that spans business, advertising, sales, marketing and motion picture distribution, Ellen brings a remarkably broad view and depth of experience to her clients and her contests.

As the self-publishing industry flourishes over time, it is the likes of National Indie Excellence Awards that creates a platform of recognition so important to the industry.

Thank you once again!

 

Blogger Interview: Kyle Bradford

CHOPPERPAPA BY KYLE BRADFORD ChopperPapa.com by Kyle Bradford

PROFESSIONAL BIO:
Kyle is the author of ChopperPapa.com, a blog dedicated to observations and discussions about single parenting, dating, divorce, manhood, and occasionally motorcycles and music. Launched in late 2010, ChopperPapa.com is not the average “daddy blog” about potty training, naps, minivans, or the best apps for toddlers. Once referred to as “Confucius on a Chopper,” Kyle brings a shrewd and candid approach to the weighty issues we all face (married or single) such as relationship communication, coping after an extramarital affair, co-parenting, relationships and the kids, dealing with ex-spouses, and other tidbits he affectionately refers to as  “intellectual road kill.”  A single father for nearly a decade parenting two tweens, he will soon be remarried and add another topic to his tag line – blended families.

Through his own mistakes, he is intimately familiar with the struggles single parents endure whether it’s answering our children’s questions about divorce, spending holidays alone, or finding love again.

In 2013 he launched a program called ‘Fatherhood Wide Open‘. A podcast dedicated to intelligent conversations on issues facing fatherhood and masculinity. He holds in-depth conversations with writers and thinkers about topics most important to men and dads.

1) Tell us what your blog is about and what inspired its conception? Tell us how a recovering backwoods redneck became a prolific blogger that has been featured on Huffington Post.
Naively, I believed, when I began writing, that I would be the next Oprah prodigy. When that didn’t happen – I am still waiting for the phone to ring – I discovered more authentic and sincere reasons. As the first of my circle of friends to become a divorced father, in the ensuing years those same friends who were now facing the same trials I had previously endured approached me. After discussing with others, it was suggested I begin writing about my thoughts on divorced fatherhood, dating, remarriage, and all that entails. I write what’s on my heart and mind. Issues that I read about or hear of that sit at the intersection of fatherhood, relationships, and divorce always grab my attention. Over the years my blog has become the storehouse of my thoughts on life and love. Hopefully I’ll write indefinitely and can, in the years to come, look back and see how much I’ve changed or stayed the same.

2) Who is your ideal reader and what do you hope they can gain from your blog?
I hope to connect with single fathers. What breaks my heart most are fathers who, through the ending of a relationship, abandon their children for the sake of fun, freedom, or fear. I want to inspire, encourage, and even frighten them into reengaging with their kids. I hope to connect with single and divorced fathers who are dating again and how to navigate those dangerous waters. Yet, I also hope to give a different perspective to single and divorced moms and offer a male’s thoughts on the topics they often wonder about.

3) Where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time and will the topic continue to be as prevalent?
I have no expectations for my site. I will continue to write with a heart of sincerity, authenticity, and transparency. Perhaps I’ll expand on a series of posts about a topic and put that into a book. With a remarriage in the near future, blending families will be a central topic of my future writing, but I will not move away from those same topics that have grabbed my attention for the last few years.

4) How do you continually find content for your blog?
I read authors who inspire me, most should add, are dead. F. W. Boreham and J. G. Greenhough are two very obscure writers/preachers from the 19th century that have given me new perspectives on numerous topics. My faith is an important part of my content. Current news and events around us can be wonderful inspirations, but always trying to keep any topic within the framework of fatherhood, masculinity, and single parenting.

5) Tell us about ‘Fatherhood Wide Open’ and how did it come about?
There are wonderful men around this world who are doing great things by they are sharing their manhood journeys with the world and I have been inspired by many of them. FWO is an opportunity to catalogue just a sliver of their wisdom. The program is two years old and in the 20 plus episodes I have recorded, I have yet to have a conversation where I didn’t learn something new. It is one of my greatest joys in connecting with other men about issues that matter.

6) What sort of content makes it to your ‘intellectual roadkill’ section of your blog? How did you come about naming that segment of your blog?
Intellectual Roadkill is that content that doesn’t fit neatly into fatherhood or parenting topic, it’s a catch all for anything that doesn’t stick, for example my article on Thanksgiving dinner or the dangers of the social media app Yik Yak. I chose that because, as any motorcycle rider will quickly admit, roadkill is something we must always watch out for.

7) What advice do you have for single fathers raising tweens?
Be there! As children get older the influence of a father becomes crucial and there may be no better time than in the tweens to have a father pour himself into his children. Don’t allow the shiny objects of singlehood to distract you from the responsibilities of being a dad. Childhood is fleeting and before one knows it any influence we have vanishes never to be regained again.

8) Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers?
Forget the popularity, forget the idea of making a living at it, never mind the number of readers you have, or the likes, forwards, or comments on social media. If all that happens great, if not, great. I don’t believe in this idea that as a blogger we ‘write for ourselves’. If that were so we wouldn’t publish it for the world to see. Everyone enjoys recognition, but that shouldn’t be the aim of a blogger. Always and every time write from the heart, where your passion is, write on what you enjoy and that matters to you. But I must caution that when you do so you will likely experience what was noted by Catholic mystic Thomas Merton, “If you write for yourself, you can read what you’ve written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you’ll wish you were dead.”

THANK YOU FOR LETTING US GETTING TO KNOW YOU!
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Author Interview: David Dickerman

MOM, DAD, AND EVERYONE ELSE BY DAVID DICKERMAN Mom, Dad, and Everyone Else by David Dickerman

1) Please provide a short excerpt of what your children’s book is about
Mom, Dad, and Everyone Else is about a boy whose life is turned upside down when his parents tell him they are getting a divorce.  After the initial sadness he discovers something positive and unexpected.  As a result of these life changes, he has the opportunity to meet new people and do new things that he would not have been exposed to before.

2) What inspired you to write this book?
This book was part of my graduate thesis on bibliotherapy in relation to divorce.  I was tasked to locate a gap in children’s literature, support it, and back up my stance with research.  My parents had a very acrimonious divorce, but after the dust settled I had many new enjoyable experiences and relationships that I would not have had if not for the restructuring of my family.  I found that most children’s books about divorced only focussed only on the negative and did not accurately convey what I believe is a common story.  While not a foregone conclusion, I felt it was important to share my experience as it could help reframe the idea of divorce for children and possibly give them hope where there is often none.

3) How did you come up with the title or series of your book?
Mom, Dad, and Everyone Else conveys the idea that a family is not just a mother and a father, but also everyone else that touches a person’s life.  Additionally, children’s worlds are small when they are young.  The title shows the expanding network that the main character will be gaining at a time when it would intuitively appear to be shrinking.  It is not just the mother and father caring for the child, but now everyone else as well.

4) Why did you pick this genre?
I have a history as an educator and have always loved working with children.  This type of content appeared to be missing for children of this age.

5) How do the illustrations complement your book? What was important to you as an author?
I created the characters and several features of the images from clay.  In addition to giving the images depth and texture, this material is found in many classrooms and in that regard, intended to create a stronger connection between reader and text.  The backgrounds were created digitally and added to bring a stronger visual presence while elevating the book.

6) As a child, what books and/or authors influenced you the most and why?
I was a fan of the typical child literature.  Some of my favourites were The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, and anything Dr. Seuss related.  As I grew into adolescence I enjoyed books such as Bridge to Terabithia and Where the Red Fern Grows (I guess I like to cry!) to lighter, more fun works like comics or choose your own adventure books.  That said, I’ll take a good Harry Potter story any day.

7) What is the most fulfilling thing about being an author?
I enjoy writing because it has always been the easiest way for me to communicate.  Not being blessed with a strong memory, writing allows me to get thoughts out in a timely fashion, and then refine them later once I have had time to process.  Furthermore, I have always been able to express a greater level of passion through the written word which, in turn, gives things that are important to me more weight.  Every writer feels he or she has a perspective that is worth sharing.  I feel this way because I found a lack of my perspective while researching.  It is incredibly fulfilling for me to provide a resource for children going through a tough time that I would have found useful while I was going through that time.

8) What do you hope children will take away with them after reading your book?
As mentioned before, I am hoping for this book to be a resource for teachers, therapists, mediators, families, and most importantly, children.  I want it to give them hope and help them realize that even though this is just one possibility of how changes that seem negative can end up positive, their lives are changing.  Change leads to possibilities and they must use that as something to look forward to for a positive future.  I am hoping that they will then use this attitude moving forward with all aspects of their lives.  Even though they may feel like they are drowning in the divorce, this too shall pass.  Furthermore, it will inform their personality in many ways.  The book is not just about divorce, but also about the perspective one chooses to take on negative events in life.

9) Who is/are your favourite author/s as an adult and why?
I enjoy Chuck Kloseterman very much for his quick witted intelligence and conversational style writing.

10) What are you working on now?
I currently work as an Assessment Specialist at The Educational Testing Service in the Teacher Licensure and Certification division.  In regards to writing, I am currently in the early stages of developing several ideas.

David DickermanTHANK YOU FOR LETTING US GETTING TO KNOW YOU!
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Website: David Dickerman
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Blogger Interview: Barbara Goldberg

THE EVIL STEPMOTHER SPEAKS BY BARBARA GOLDBERG The Evil Stepmother Speaks by Barbara Goldberg

PROFESSIONAL BIO:
Once upon a time, I misplaced my first husband…similar to misplacing your car keys. I came home and my husband was gone, which led me to a life as a single mom for six years. I was a single mom to a darling, little boy, Ean. I am Barb Goldberg. I was about to embark on my next adventure. Read on…

Several years later, I was at a friend’s birthday party at a local restaurant. I noticed a lone gentleman in the room and knew immediately that I would someday marry that guy. I told my best friend to take a look at him because I would one day marry him. True to my word, I married “that guy”, my second husband, Bruce. Thus, began my journey as a stepmother to three wonderful kids: Adrienne, Nathan and Betsy. I now had the opportunity to parent children who ranged in age from six to fifteen. It wasn’t long before my children started to label me, “Wicked One”: a name I have worn with pride (especially when given the opportunity to shoot at them at laser tag). I made it my personal mission to make sure that I showed those kids a good time and appropriate revenge on a daily basis. It has been quite the journey that I love sharing with my readers, students and clients.

Along the way, I received a Masters degree in Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. I am also a Certified Life Coach, studying with Dr. Martha Beck. (Dr. Beck is a world renowned author and columnist for O Magazine.) I also have spent almost 20 years in corporate America with a large Fortune 500 company: skills that have certainly helped to create classes and coaching programs for stepmothers who would like a more peaceful life. To that end, my goal is to teach the art and science of stepfamily management.  Neuroscience, biology, sociology, leadership skills combined with good ole fashioned Mom know-how combine to find each stepmother’s happily ever after. Bring your sense of humor. You’ll need it!

1) Tell us what your blog is about and what inspired its conception?
The Evil Stepmother Speaks is a blog dedicated to saving the world one stepfamily at a time. Over 95 million people have a step-relationship and many of them suffer. I want to stop that frustration and explore solutions. Look for lessons from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, sociology, physics and leadership.  I also like to include practical ideas from my own experience and mom ‘know-how’. If a person reads one blog and learns something or feels better about themselves and their families, then I have done my job.

2) Who is your ideal reader and what do you hope they can gain from your blog?
my ideal reader is a woman who is in a relationship with a partner who has children from a previous relationship.  She is about 25-55 years old and has frustrations about her role as a stepparent.  The goal of The Evil Stepmother Speaks is for stepmothers to know that they are not alone. My ultimate goal is to teach stepmoms how to love and laugh.

3) Where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time and will the topic continue to be as prevalent? 
I see the blog becoming more popular and relevant. Stepfamilies will continue to be recognized, as the ‘normal’ family structure. Readership will grow by double digits. More stepparents will take our classes and understand the value of taking the time to learn how to lead.

4) How do you continually find content for your blog? 
It feels as though the stepfamily journey has an unending list of blog topics. After all, the stepmother fable started so long ago! I never struggle with new ideas.  The women who chat on my Facebook pages inspire me every day and keep me relevant.

5) “Once upon a time, I misplaced my first husband…” Although I laughed at your opening line, it must have been extremely difficult. How did you find the strength to cope with this and are you a different person now? 
The pain of a divorce is like someone stabbing you in the heart.  Even if you are the one that initiates the separation, the impact is the same.  So, yes, this was an extremely difficult time.  The strength came from my son who was a toddler when I got divorced.  Children keep you focused and you just do not have the luxury to be depressed or lazy. I still believe the life of a single parent is the most difficult.

Divorce, single parenthood and stepparent-hood changes who you are. Am I a different person?  I would say that I am the same person, just wiser and older.

6) How do you find the time to blog, get a Bachelor and Master’s degree, become a life coach and write a book? Oh, and be a wife and mother of course!
All of these accomplishments have happened over a lifetime.  My Bachelor and Masters degrees happened prior to the birth of my son.  I studied with Dr. Martha Beck and became one of her certified coaches by taking courses at night, during the last several years of my corporate career. The book was a journey over a couple of years.  It is all about pursuing goals that you love and taking it one small step at a time.

7) What is the secret to a successful blended family? 
One secret to a successful blended family is a stepmother who has a great sense of humour and does not take herself too seriously.  She understands the science behind it all and the power of compassion and silence. Don’t try to go it alone.  Get support from a trusted professional while understanding that it isn’t personal.

8) How would you describe your parenting style? 
I would describe myself as tough on the outside, with a soft heart.  I like to think that my family knows what I stand for and what the expectations are.

9) What advice do you have for aspiring bloggers in terms of getting into the media? 
The media is interested in what you have to say.  There are so many outlets and you can find your place.  Have confidence and tell people your story.  They want to hear it.

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