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Some People Don't Sleep

I write and don’t necessarily go out of our way to help other writers, but there are those like Susan Henderson who writes novels, short stories for journals, NPR AND manages to run Litpark.com, a literary blog site where she shines the light on other writers and editorial cartoonists.  (Litpark.com receives tens of thousands of hits a month.)  She is what I would like to be if I didn’t enjoy sleeping.  Oh, and did I forgot to say she is wife and mother of two beautiful children--boys.

(I have created my own website, and have spent a lot of time blogging and adding visuals to my posts, so I know just how much work it takes to put something up on the web.  A particular post in Redroom may take me up to 3 hours to set up the visuals.  On a good day, it takes me 2 hours.)

Each month, Susan Henderson’s Litpark.com features a writer, I am lucky enough to be the It Girl this February.   Susan's first question of our interview:

When did you know you were an artist/writer? And talk to me about how you knew—a joy in creating, rebelling against something, a need to tell an important story, …?

In 1986 I left Los Angeles, where I’d been studying art, because of a lover turned violent. He followed me to my childhood home in Carmel where I had taken refuge. This monster broke into my parents’ house and stole just about everything meaningful to us—my father’s five hundred, original poems, written in his own calligraphy, photographs galore, paintings, letters, yearbooks. All our clothes, too.

The police bungled the initial investigation . . . please click here and read on.

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Excellent news, both about

Excellent news, both about susan and you. I look foward to reading this, Belle.

Best,

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan
www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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I think it's so much better

to do virtual book tours.  When I was promoting my adult books in the 90's, I remember how lonely and suicidal I felt when arriving at a bookstore with no publicity and slim audience.  Eating dinner in the hotels over the waste bin.

One of my friends, now a best-selling author said, someone in the audience told her, "I admire how deeply moved you are when you read the passages you've written."  She was crying because there were only 3 people at the store for her event.

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Yes, I have been to the

Yes, I have been to the audience of 4. The bookseller, my husband, my mother, and a homeless person come in from the cold.

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan
www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Looking forward to reading this Belle. :)

We can't remember the author's name but Gina read about an American author who slept three days solid after completing a book tour in the US! He gave a grueling account of his experience - sounded horrific. :(

We are fortunate as the UK is comparatively tiny. Gina starts a very localised book tour in March for her new novel. If I have to drag people off the street to her, I will!! LOL!

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Aww, this is so awfully

Aww, this is so awfully sweet of you, Belle. And I think it's those painful, empty book tours that make writers feel like blood-sisters and blood brothers!

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What an insightful interview!

Thank you both, Susan and Belle.

Cheryl Snell
www.shivasarms.blogspot.com

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Thanks, Cheryl. The site

Thanks, Cheryl. The site went down a little while ago from too much traffic but should be up again in a bit. Never fear!