I am happy to host Author Stephanie Samson on my blog today. Lets talk to her about her latest book.
- Welcome Stephanie! Can you tell us briefly about your book and what inspired you to write it?
This book is filled with recipes for people who follow the Shred and Super Shred Diet. My inspiration comes from a few places.
I’ve always been a complete health freak and have always tried every diet that’s been brought to the market.
I soon realized I was good at making recipes for any given diet, because of my ability to cook and in depth knowledge. I also realized that I was spending a lot of money on each new diet book that came out, and there weren’t really many recipes being provided, so I had to come up with my own. I didn’t think this was fair for the average person who just wants to follow a diet and be given plenty of recipes so they can trust they are following the diet properly. So I started writing all of my recipes out and put them into categories depending on which diet they were for. I publish my books at a much cheaper price so people could follow the diets they wanted to without breaking the bank on books when they need the money for ingredients.
- That’s wonderful. I always say write with passion and purpose and your story is exactly that! What is one thing you want readers to take away from your book?
Enough recipes to follow the Shred and Super Shred diet for a month!
- How much research do you do for your books?
I wouldn’t call it research, but I do a lot of preparation. As I mentioned, I’m a complete health freak and I try every new diet that comes out. My preparation is mainly to see if the diet works and to see if I like it and would recommend it to anyone.
- That’s great and I’m sure your readers will appreciate your recommendations. What has been your most rewarding experience as an author?
The messages I’ve had from people telling me how much my recipes have helped them to stick with their diet and achieve their goals.
- Excellent! Do you have any book-marketing tip you want to share with your fellow authors?
Network with other authors. I personally learn most when I talk with other like-minded people, and I’ve learnt so much about publishing and writing by joining groups and talking with people.
That’s a great advice, I too am a fan of networking. You learn so much from others. Good luck with your books!
Stephanie’s Book Link: Amazon.com
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As authors, we have a lot of work to do before we start writing a story. From thinking of a concept to research to plotting and not to mention the most important task of characterization!
Authors have different techniques of developing their characters. When I started writing fiction, I used to develop my characters in a word document and it worked fine. However, over the years, I have moved on to excel sheets for filling in details of all my characters in my stories. I’m not sure why but I find that excel sheets work better, perhaps because I can see all characters side by side. This makes me not only focus on a particular character but also do a comparative analysis while I am filling in details.
Hope this helps, happy writing!
We are celebrating Chinese New year today which marks the beginning of Year of the Sheep for 2015.
For the longest time, the only astrology I believed in was Western astrology. As teenagers, we were all smitten by Linda Goodman’s book of sun signs. I was however enlightened by some of my Chinese colleagues when they introduced me to their astrology. Chinese astrology works by year and not by the month that you are born in. They kept telling me how my daughter is so lucky to be born in the Dragon year.
This whole conversation intrigued me quite a bit and then I looked up and read Suzanne White’s book on Chinese astrology. Suzanne has done quite a wonderful job of describing Chinese astrological signs. After reading it, some of my questions were answered such as why would two Scorpions behave differently even though they are both born under the same astrological signs.
For someone interested in astrology, it would be worth exploring Chinese astrological signs and understanding them.
I made the Betty Crocker pineapple upside-down cake today after a long time. I used to make it quite a bit and then for some reason forgot about it. Its probably the easiest cake to make and quite delicious too.
I am doing a promotional giveaway of ‘A Painful ordeal’ ebook on LibraryThing. This story is dedicated to all those who have had the courage to stand up against any wrongdoing, no matter how difficult the path was!
I am giving away 2 free ebooks. This giveaway will end on 03/03/2015.
Sexual harassment is a subject that most working professionals hear about but they never envision themselves as being a victim of it. Namrata, a software developer who works in AppDev, finds herself in the midst of one such ordeal. She is a hard working engineer, who decides to file a complaint against her harasser.
Is there any truth to her complaint? Or is there a personal agenda? Will justice prevail?
A couple of years ago, I had pretty much given up on making Pav bhaji, since it never turned out good. I kept following all recipes but I would never got the desired taste. My frustration grew because if you think about it, its not such a difficult dish to make!
Recently while conversing with a friend, I figured what I was doing wrong – I used too much potato! Potato soaks up water and made the dish very dry. The trick with Pav bhaji is to make it not too dry and not with too much curry, just the right consistency.
Yesterday was the eureka moment for me when my Pav bhaji turned out not only good but quite delicious! I used the Badshah Pav Bhaji masala and for veggies I used – potatoes, peas, zucchini, green bell pepper, beans and cauliflower.
Serve this dish with warm burger buns and optionally grated radish, which enhances the taste.
I can’t wait for Spring to arrive. I love the spring weather and something about it tells me to eat & drink healthy. I love freshly squeezed orange juice with just about any meal. It’s quick and easy and if you add a pinch of black salt to it, it makes the taste even more delicious!
I ran into an easy recipe for potato casserole that I tried yesterday. It is a good side dish to make with pasta or pizza. All you need is thinly sliced potatoes, some diced onions, cheese, vegetable stock, garlic salt and pinch of mustard. Microwave it for 20 minutes and it’s all ready to be consumed.
I generally use a lot of aromatherapy products and love all of them. The pillow mist that I bought from Bath&Body Works is amazing! It helps soothe an overactive mind and helps it relax and sleep well.
I am doing a promotional giveaway of ‘Mr. Imperfect Series’ paperback on Goodreads. This series explores three contemporary relationships. My stories are rooted in Indian tradition, yet very modern.
I am giving away 1 free book. This giveaway will end on 12/8/2014.
I have recently joined pilates fitness class. To be honest, it was hard at first. I had muscle pain in places that I could never imagine and it would even hurt to laugh out loud. But someone told me to stay with it and it will get better. Now, after having attended five sessions, I am getting the hang of it and my muscles are no longer sore. It is a very good exercise routine to strengthen your core muscles and a good supplement to aerobic and strength training.
I am doing a promotional giveaway of ‘Love Tango’ ebook on Librarything. This is the final book in the Mr. Imperfect series. My stories feature a strong female lead, who is modern, yet rooted in Indian tradition.
I am giving away 1 free copy of this ebook. This giveaway will end on 10/08/2014.
Self-editing is a must for all writers. After finishing my first draft and even while writing my draft, I run through many revisions. A great book for self-editing is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. This book and other resources will give you plenty of pointers on what to look for while revising your manuscript.
I also believe that each author has her own quirks while writing first draft and things that she may forget to take care of. These quirks will not be spelled out in any book. These are things for us to remember for ourselves. What I really find useful is keeping a revision checklist that I keep updating as and when I come across any quirk of mine. This running checklist is a great resource for me to feel confident that I have taken care of things.
There is an ice storm in Dallas and we are all stuck at home. This is the time to enjoy little things in life. I usually don’t make hot breakfast on weekdays but now I am. Made my favorite poha today, its light and its delicious.
You can follow any recipe, however the trick is to use thick poha and sprinkle some lemon juice when you are soaking it with water. The lemon juice brings out a zesty flavor to this dish.