Author Interview

Today I welcome Brenda H. Sedgwick author of “Marriage , a Jorney and a dog”

Brenda Sedgwick

Hi Brenda, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about yourself and your background.

Creative Writing Tutor U.K and Sri Lanka. Retired and still working. I strongly believe in education for adults. People should have a second chance. A lifetime in writing. First novel last year.

Blog  twitter @brendahSedgwick Facebook.

Marriage, a Journey and a Dog

 When did you start writing?

I started making up stories at junior school and won prizes. Ran school magazines etc. Joined a Creative Writing group early twenties and haven’t looked back.

What motivated you to start writing?

It could have been having a vivid imagination and love of words, or the boredom I made up stories to escape.

 What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

I discovered fiction at the age of fourteen after a childhood of restrictions on reading anything that wasn’t religious. I was amazed and still am. Love A.S Byatt, Joanna Trollope wrote about relationships and that was fun. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver was incredible. World history is engrossing. What more can I say?

Where did you find inspiration for your stories?

Relationships are rarely easy. Difficulties are a part of life and I like to make people smile and be entertained in spite of situations around them. Escapism. I leave the heavy stuff to other people.

Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

No, I would avoid specific people and situations, but I have experienced divorce and traveled to the places in France and Spain that I write about. I loved writing about Gerry who was obsessed with sport, he reminded me of many men I know.

When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music        while you are working?

Space is great and not often achieved – a freedom from interruptions with or without music.

How many books have you written?

One book, the second is on its fourth edit and counting.

What can you tell us about your next project?

Finished the draft of The Trinket Wife. Editing is essential to me and I want to get it right before I pay someone else to read the manuscript. I’ve started to write short stories and poetry again, some funny some not. A third novel is in my head.


Marriage, A Journey and A Dog by [Sedgwick, Brenda H]



What is your book about?

It’s a Romantic comedy. A comment on marriage in a humorous way. Incorporating travel, self-discovery, and a woman becoming independent. Love re enters her life but will she take it?

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

Natalie has a life restricted to the area she grew up in and she married a local boy. A family event calls her to France. Fired up with the experience of driving alone through France and visiting Paris, Natalie travels on to Spain. A whole new and exciting world opens up for her and it is difficult to return home and settle. Being married is important to her and she sticks to it until a revelation. The reader will probably not realize that the other characters have different attitudes to marriage. Spike the dog is an important character.

Would you like to send a message to the readers?

There is depth to what appears to be a light hearted read. Enjoy.




Author Interview

Today I welcome Linda Mansfield author of “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas“.


Hi Linda, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about yourself and your background.

I’m an author, reporter, editor and PR representative based in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m the author of “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas,” a collection of 13 fictional but realistic stories set at Christmas for teens through seniors.

To know more about Linda and her book please visit her Facebook page,  twitter or her website or her blog

  • When did you start writing?

In my teens.

  • What motivated you to start writing?

It was one of the few things that came naturally to me.

  • What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

My favorite book is “Black Beauty” because it teaches compassion, and I have always loved horses. I have been a horse owner for more than 30 years.

  • Where did you find inspiration for your stories?

From life! I drew from my personal past, from the news, and from my imagination.

  • Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

Some of them are, and some aren’t.

  • When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?

I’m just the opposite. I usually need something on in the background.

  • How many books have you written?

Just one, but I’ve edited six books for other authors.

  • What can you tell us about your next project?

I’m working on three sequels to the Christmas book. They will all be stand-alone books, but they’ll take the characters from the Christmas book and extend their stories into the spring, summer and fall. “Twelve Stories for Spring,” “Twelve Stories for Summer” and “Twelve Stories for Fall” are scheduled to be released in 2017. I’m a little more than half finished with the rough draft of all three.

About your book…“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas”


What is your book about?

“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” offers teens through seniors 13 realistic but fictional short stories set at Christmas. The holidays are so hectic that it’s hard to find time to read a novel, but these short stories are perfect for short breaks when you can fit them in.

Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?

There are seven female main characters and six male main characters. None of the characters fall in love, and they come from a variety of walks of life. For example, there’s a single mom, a trucker, a senior citizen, a young woman, a couple of mothers, a Jewish bachelor, a father who travels overseas a lot, etc.

Would you like to send a message to the readers? 

“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” makes a perfect gift or stocking stuffer! The e-book works out to just 23 cents per story, which is a lot less expensive than a cocktail or a massage. Give yourself a break and read this book, or give someone else who needs a break a copy!

It was a pleasure to get to know you Linda and about your work.





Quero viajar sem rumo, sem destino

Sem hora marcada, só com passagem de ida.

Só sei que quero aventura, uma pitada de fantasia

E talvez um pouco de suspense,

Romance quero sempre.

Quero visitar terras distantes,

Lugares que nunca vi.

Quero ver imagens que só com

Os olhos da mente consigo ver.

Quero dar asas a minha imaginação.

Sonhar com um mundo perfeito.

Quero ser criança, moleque levado ou moça apaixonada.

Quero primeiro amor,

Quero me enebriar nas plavras do poeta,

Quero viver estórias, vidas diferentes.

Quero ver as cores do arco iris nas páginas em preto e branco.

Páginas que me encantam,

Me fazem rir ou chorar

Sentir medo ou me emocionar.

Quero ouvir canções nas entrelinhas

Quero transformar as palavras mudas de um livro

Em uma aventura sem fim.

Para a aventura começar  basta abrir um livro qualquer….


©Marcia Weber Martins


Emotional Manipulation



Perfect Match, it is not a true story, but was based on the facts of life.

Perfect Match is about family bonds, friendship, – very important values to me,  love and the outcome of loving and trusting the wrong person.

Some would say that Mary and Robert relationship is a cliché and what had happened to her would never possible happened to a middle class and well educated woman like her.

Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Manipulators can hide their true self from others very well, concealing their aggressive intentions and behaviors to make their victims believe that they are caring and sensitive.

The manipulators use praise and flattery or superficial charm and sympathy to gain trust, love. Once they  know the victim emotional vulnerabilities, such as, naiveté, trust and emotional dependency  they  use it to persuade, to influence and control the victim’s behavior.

Robert made Mary  feel valued and loved, fooling her posing as a romantic and a nice guy, which he was not, to gain her trust and love and to know her vulnerabilities and flaws.

Mary was naivé and trusting and somehow innocent and Robert used it well to drag her into a manipulative relationship. She didn’t notice it until it was too late.

Psychological manipulation can be subtle and misleading. It works below the level of conscious awareness and the victim doesn’t  realize that her/his thoughts, action and desires are being manipulated into something that better suits the manipulator.

Emotional manipulators used  diversion, they don’t give  straight answers to a direct question, instead they  dodge the topic and  changed the subject.

Robert used diversion every time Mary wanted to know more about him, instead talking about himself, he diverted her attention talking about his love for her and showing how romantic he was.

Emotional manipulators play the victim role, especially if the victim is kind and sensitive.

They  intimidate the victim using verbal abuse and subtle or implied threats. During discussions they raise their voices, or became more violent to show who is in command. This way the victim will avoid upsetting or confronting the manipulator, concentrating on the anger and not on the manipulation tactic.

Another technique is projecting the blame. Manipulators denied responsibility for their actions, so the victim looks like he or she has done something wrong.

One day while  Robert, Mary, Phil and Emmy were studying together, Robert argued with Phil and instead of making amends, he blamed Mary for losing his temper, accusing her of flirting with Phil.

Why they do it?

They need to control people and situations  no matter what they have to do to have it. They need to feel superior and powerful to feel safe and effective, to mask their insecurities because they are afraid of failure.


I’m positive that you will enjoy “Perfect Match”. And once you get to know Mary Walker better and what she went through, you will sympathize with her.

 © Marcia Weber Martins







Are you capable of forgiveness? Could you forgive who had hurt you, especially if it was someone you trusted, believed and most of all loved?

To answer this question you have to understand what forgiveness means.

According to the dictionary forgiveness is: the act of forgiving, the disposition or willingness to forgive.

For me forgiveness is the decision to put aside the resentment, the anger and stop blaming who had wronged you.

When someone hurts you, you might feel angry, sad or even asked yourself what have you done to deserve it. You want to punish, to hurt back whom had wronged you.

Remember, forgiveness is not excusing or pardoning who had wronged you. It is not denying the other person’s responsibility for hurting you. And most of all it is not reconciliation. The act of forgiving doesn’t mean that you have to reconcile with the person.

It is up to you to forgive or not, but if decide to, it has to come from your heart, without waiting for an apology.

Why should you forgive who had wronged you?

First, it is not going to do you any good to keep the grudges, the resentment. In fact, it is more stressful to keep the hard feelings than let them go. These negative emotions create a state of chronic anxiety. Studies have found that if you don’t forgive it increase the  risk of heart attack, increase the risk of depression, increase cholesterol levels and blood pressure and decreased the quality of sleep. As you can see, in the end you might be the one who will pay dearly.

In my opinion, it is possible to forgive, to stop blaming, or  wanting revenge, but you are not going to forget. After all, forgiveness is not pretending that it never happened. You were hurt  and humiliate and all this leaves emotional scars.

But if you don’t let it go, you’re not going to move on. You’re going to be attached to your past, letting this negative energy surround you and keeping you from happiness.

Before you are ready to forgive, allow yourself to  feel the pain, to be sad and  to be angry. Let it take its course.

Then you can  look at it dispassionately and finally let it go of grudges.

Letting it go you’re going to find peace of mind and will be free to start again.

You don’t have the power to change what had happened to you, but you can decide what you are going to do with your present, with future.

  ©Marcia Weber Martins














Vasculhei as gavetas,

Abri, fechei, tornei a abrir.

Encontrei recibos de coisas que comprei,

Fotos que tirei,

Bilhetes seus que lá guardei.

Revirei as gavetas da vida,

Abri, fechei, tornei a abrir,

Lá encontrei memórias,

Tudo que nesta vida passei,

Encontrei saudades do tempo que se foi,

Saudades de pessoas que nesta

longa caminhada encontrei.

Algumas coisas ficaram,

Deixaram marcas que nunca se apagarão,

Outras se foram sem deixar vestígio.

Mexi nas gavetas,

Abri, fechei, tornei a abrir,

Tirei tudo que não queria mais,

Que não valia a pena guardar.

E lá se foram as mágoas, tristezas,

Rancores, medo e desamores.

Mexi, remexi, arrumei as gavetas,

e lá deixei apenas o que fez meu

coração bater mais forte.


©Marcia Weber Martins


Author Interview


Today I welcome Mary Anne Yarde author of  ” The Du Lac Chronicles”  – Book 1. and

” The Du Lac Chronicles” – The Pitchfork Rebellion.


Mary Anne Yarde Head Shot


Hi Mary Anne, thank you for agreeing to this interview.  Tell us about yourself and your background.

I was born in Bath, England, and I grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury–the fabled Isle of Avalon–was a mere fifteen-minute drive from my home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of my childhood.
At nineteen, I married my childhood sweetheart and began a bachelor of arts in history at Cardiff University, only to have my studies interrupted by the arrival of my first child. I would later return to higher education, studying equine science at Warwickshire College. Horses and history remain two of my major passions.
I  keep busy raising four children and helping run a successful family business.

To explore the legends of King Arthur visit Mary’s blog

Mary can also be contacted online…

Tweet Mary @maryanneyarde



When did you start writing?

I always loved to create stories and I initially started to write for the sheer pleasure of it. Before I attempted to write my first manuscript I had written historical advertorials for local business and advertisements / blog posts for the family business. I started my first ever manuscript about 12 years ago, and I have been writing ever since!

I cannot remember a time when I did not have a story rattling around in my head. I initially began to write for the sheer pleasure of it and also for work. I have written historical advertorials for local business and advertisements / blog posts for the family business. I started my first ever manuscript about 12 years ago, and I have been writing stories ever since!


 What motivated you to start writing?

Many years ago, one of my dearest friends was in the middle of studying for her English degree. Over coffee, one morning, she told me how much she was enjoying her latest module  – which so happened to be about creative writing. In turn, I told her about this idea I had for a book set in the times of King Arthur. When I had finished telling her my rough outline for a plot, she looked at me and said, “What are you waiting for? Write it!” She handed me her creative writing books and the rest, as they say, is history!


 What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?

One of my favourite authors is Nicholas Evans, who wrote The Horse Whisper. I love the way Evan’s brings his characters to life and his writing is so heartfelt that I can not help but be moved by it.


 Where did you find inspiration for your stories?


I grew up very close to Glastonbury in Somerset, so it was hard to get away from the Arthurian myths – but as great as these stories are, I always felt a little bit let-down by how the story of Arthur ends. There is a battle at Camlann, where King Arthur is mortally wounded. He is taken to Avalon and never heard of again. Likewise, the Knights who did not perish in battle, either end up in monasteries or become hermits. I wanted to write an alternative ending, where the knights carried on the fight for a united Britain.


Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?

I think it would be difficult to write if I did not draw from my life experience. However, I do not base my stories on actual people I know or events that have happened in my life.


When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?

I always listen to music. It helps to focus me. I love the Celtic music of Scotland and Ireland – there is nothing like the sounds of pipes.


How many books have you written?

My debut novel is called The Du Lac Chronicles  – Book 1. I have also recently published an interim novella called The Du Lac Chronicles – The Pitchfork Rebellion.

What can you tell us about your next project?

 I am currently working on book 2 of The Du Lac Chronicles, which has a working title called The Du Lac Devil.


About your book…

The Du Lac Chronicles 2 Nov 2015 KINDLE


What is your book about?

The Du Lac Chronicles (Blurb)

“It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.

Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon whore with her claws in a broken, wounded king.

Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.


The Pitchfork Rebelion



The Pitchfork Rebellion (Blurb)
When the devil wanted to destroy the world he would do so with fire. Alden du Lac knew this for a fact, because the devil had come to Cerniw.

Alden may have driven the man who tortured him from his lands, but he can do nothing to drive him from his dreams.

Alden has become bitter, angry and unrecognizable to those who love him. The only person whom could possible bring him back from the brink is his younger brother Merton. But even Merton is at a loss as to what to do.

As Alden seemingly wars with himself, there is a new threat to the kingdom. A threat that nobody foresaw, or could have possibly predicted…

It was a pleasure to get to know you Mary Anne and about your work.