Featured Foodies Interview with Joseph Lewis

  • Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites. 
  • After having been in education for forty-four years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis is retiring on July 1st. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting psychological thriller/mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC. Lewis has published six books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews:
  •  Taking Lives (August 2014) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; 
  • Stolen Lives (November 2014) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; 
  • Shattered Lives (March 2015) Book Two of the Trilogy; and 
  • Splintered Lives (November 2015) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications;
  •  Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; 
  • Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed will debut November 2020, also from Black Rose Writing. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily, and they now reside in Virginia.
  • Social Media ContactTwitter at @jrlewisauthor
  • Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author
  • Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /
  •  Blog at: https://jrlewis.blogspot.com
  • What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started? My blog is Simple Thoughts From A Complicated Mind, Sort Of . . . it is an inspirational blog to bring hope and help folks consider choices and decisions, attitudes and beliefs. I began, I think, in 2013 or so. 
  • What is your favorite food? I would kill for cookies and donuts. Oh, but I suspect you want “real” food. Hmm, anything Italian, but I make a great chili. 
  • What foods do you crave all the time? Cookies. All kinds.
  • What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author? To be able to connect with readers. I have wonderful conversations at book sales and signings with readers. I get nice comments on my blog- not so much in the comment section as I do on the Facebook pages or through email.
  • What advice do you have for new writers just starting out? Don’t quit reading. To me, reading is to writing as weight training is to athletics. You can’t do one well without the other. Secondly, develop a thick skin because not everyone will like or love what you write.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I love being with my family. I love movies and music.
  • What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing? The urge. I know that sounds trite, but I enjoy sitting at the keyboard and creating something from nothing.
  • How do you attract new readers? Right now, word of mouth seems to be going well. I’ve developed a small but rabid readership. I use groups in Facebook and Twitter.
  • What has influenced you the most as a writer? This is a good question. I think my life experiences. I think my job as a high school administrator and former counselor gives me insight into my adolescent characters. I read in the same genre I write: psychological thriller/mystery. I learn and have learned much from Patterson, Sandford, and Baldacci.
  • What is something about yourself most people don’t know? I am actually reserved. I force myself to be outgoing. A second thing that I’ve been doing for years is at my high school’s commencement ceremony, instead of giving a principal address, I select a song that means something to me or one that “fits” the class and sing it to them. It becomes their song. Long after the ceremony and for many years after, they remember “their” song.
  • What kind of music do you like to listen to? I grew up on Top 40, moved to Rock n Roll, but currently Modern Country. I am eclectic.
  • Who are your top three favorite authors? Patterson, Sandford, Baldacci, CJ Box.
  • Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend? For the writer, the book on dialogue – Shut Up, He Explained. It is my go to Bible. Stephen King’s On Writing is excellent.
  • What is your favorite movie that was based off a book? Kiss The Girls or Along Came A Spider (both Patterson books)
  • What projects are you working on right now? I have a new book, Betrayed, that comes out 11-12-20, and while I write, I’m currently writing a follow up tentatively titled Blaze In, Blaze Out. Both are in the psychological thriller/mystery genre.

Thank you Joseph for such a great interview!

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Featured Foodies Interview with Derra Sabo

  • Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

Hi all, my name is Derra Sabo or D. I was born and raised in So Cal and became a writer in my early twenties. When I’m not thinking and typin’ away, I’m spending time with my family, friends, going to the movies, spending days/ nights at the beach and boppin’ to music. One of my favorite ways to wind down from a busy day or to get together with my family is cooking. Food is an escape, it’s an universal language that everyone understands. I love meeting new people, so if you’d like to connect you can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat under the handle @derra_nic, or you can find my blog at www.genuinelyderra.com

  • What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

The title of my latest book is Slumberland. It is a partial collection of the dreams and nightmares I’ve had since I was a youngster. From light and hopefull to dark and twisted. I began writing in Jr. High as a simple way of destressing from school. I have lived my entire life with a rare disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa, and that led to being teased and bullied throughout school. while my wit and sarcasm are superb, I knew that should the bully fight back with a punch, I’d be a goner. Writing out what I would’ve loved to say to those bullies was very cathartic. Well, that and banging on the drums, lol.

  • What is your favorite food?

Oh…that’s a tough question. I know that sounds weird, but I am just a total foodie. However, being part German, there is this meatball dish with a different sweet and sour sauce that is absolutely delicious. They are served alongside smoked gouda mashed potatoes. That dish is definitely a labor of love dish, but so worth it. I also love In-N-Out burgers and Mexican food. The Cali diet, lol.

  • What foods do you crave all the time?

Mac n Cheese….it is my ultimate comfort food. While I love a good homemade mac, oftentimes I am super busy and I will pop in a Stouffers Mac n Cheese in the oven. Lunch or a late night snack…that’s my fav!

  • What is your favorite comfort food?

I actually made my comfort food tonight…Catalina roast with carrots and mashed potatoes. The carrots slow cook with the roast, so they’re very tender. I plop a spoonful or two of mashed potatoes in a bowl and put the roast and carrots over that. Drizzle with the catalina sauce….comfort in a bowl.

  • If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I would love to learn how to make homemade creme brulee. That is my favorite dessert. I find custards a bit intimidating to whip up.

  • What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

Writing allows me to speak my mind, especially on those more sensitive topics. I am not always the best at verbally communicating certain emotions, but hand me a pen or a laptop and out come all the feels.

  • What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Write what you want. Don’t write what is trending or what you think people will want to read. When you write what you have a passion for, it absolutely shows. It also shows when you try to write what you are not passionate about. One last piece of advice…never give up. Writing is 100% a love/ hate relationship. There will be times when the words flow and there will be times when nothing, but stressful blank screens happen. Keep at it because the end result makes it all worth it.

  • What do you like to do for fun?

I love traveling, going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends. I also love staying in and spending the day watching movies, reading books, playing Animal Crossing, building legos (new hobby during this crazy quarantine) and cooking of course.

  • What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

Having a schedule absolutely helps. Breaking up my day and allotting times for just writing keeps me accountable for writing a certain amount each day. It also helps me from getting burned out, which is easy to do because I start writing and lose complete track of time.

  • How do you attract new readers? 

The one way I found that works in attracting readers is posting the back blurb to upcoming books. That small snippet needs to capture the reader’s attention, entice them to want to read you book. After a few reviews come in I like to attach a few snippets of reviews so that new readers can see what others thought..

  • What has influenced you the most as a writer?

The one thing that has influenced me in writing is the world…i am constantly finding inspiration to write. From the beautiful aspects to the dark aspects.

  • What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a big fan of Stephen King…the twisted side of storytelling always captures my mind.

  • What are you reading right now?

I just finished rereading The Institute by King.

  • What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I am a total rock/ alternative girl. Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Green Day… just to name a few However, when writing I listen to hip hop/ rap…a few of my fav artists are Eminen, Postmalone and NF.

  • If you could have super powers what would they be?

Teleportation…that way I could travel the world without spending hours at the airport, lol.

  • What is a typical day of writing look like for you?

Well, the first thing I like doing in the morning is shower and get dressed. This just helps me start the day and prevents me from wanting to lounge around in my pj’s too long, lol. Breakfast and some me time is had, it allows me to fully wake up and have a quiet morning to get ready for the day. I schedule the morning for writing…laptop, cup of coffee and music playing…in the zone I go. After lunch is when I run errands, clean the apartment or do the laundry. I like to keep the night free for comfy clothes and watching a bit of TV, to relax. That is a typical weekday for me. Scheduled out and simple. 

  • What is your favorite movie that was based off a book?

One of my favorite books was Muder on the Orient Express, so when the movie came out I was excited.

  • What projects are you working on right now?

Living life with a rare disorder doesn’t just affect me, it also affects those around me. So, my next project is my family’s side of what it’s like having someone in their life who has a rare disorder. I am turning the tables in a way. 

  • Any other information you would like to include to our readers?

Be open to multiple genres…reading the unexpected leads to finding a new favorite. This goes for anything in life, hence, Variety is the spice of life. So, keep life spicy lol.

Thank you Derra for such a great interview! Be sure to check out her book and blog for more!

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Featured Foodies Interview with Chef Julie Michele

I’m starting a new section of this blog to showcase fellow food bloggers, writers, authors, and chefs! https://noshwithchefjulie.com/contact/ to get started!

I’m doing the first Featured Foodie post on myself so you can see how it will look. Plus I wanted to share more about myself with all of you!

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

I’m a native to Colorado, I love hiking, anime, coffee, and watching too many cooking shows. My website is http://www.noshwithchefjulie.com You can also connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads all under @noshchefjulie. I have three books published on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B078PNHZB7

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

Nosh with Chef Julie. I got started after I graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a degree in culinary arts in 2016. I started this blog three years ago and I’ve used it as inspiration for my books.

What is your favorite food?

Strawberries!

What foods do you crave all the time?

Chips and cookies. Salty and sweet is my weakness like yogurt pretzels!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Spaghetti.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

Korean food.

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

I love sharing my work and my passions for food on a daily basis.

What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?

Move beyond your fears and just write what is in your heart!

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to go on hikes, play video and table top games, watch anime, spend time with friends and family, and of course cook!

What helps you to stay motivated and keep writing?

Getting feedback from my readers and connecting with other writers and chefs. I’m very passionate about writing and cooking so this is my dream.

How do you attract new readers?

I engage people in all my social media sites, post weekly blog posts, and promote my books regularly.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Other writers and bloggers that have beautiful sites, books, and pictures. It’s all inspiring to me. Also reading other people’s work and learning from their examples and carving my own path has helped me discover who I am and what I want the most.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m a sucker for young adult fantasy books. Anything with a heroine, quests, dragons, vampires, magic I love it all!

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I’m looking into reading Ann Rice’s vampire books again.

What is something about yourself most people don’t know?

I took martial arts as a kid for 7 years.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I love pop music, electronica, new age, musicals, rock, metal, folk, country, classical, it just depends on my mood at the time.

If you could live in any book what would it be?

Alice in Wonderland or Eragon.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Lewis Carrol, Mary Weber, and Christopher Paloini.

Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

Ah there are so many great bloggers and authors out there. I love the Joy of Cooking for my go to cookbook it has everything. For fellow bloggers I love the Minimalist Baker and Budget Bytes. And for chefs that inspire me are Chef Roy Choi and Christina Tossi.

If you could have super powers what would they be?

Elemental powers like Storm would be cool.

What is a typical day of writing look like for you?

I wake up make coffee and check my reports. I engage on my social sites and then work on writing my next book or blog post. I research fellow writers and bloggers for tips and advice to be the best writer and engage as much as I can with my readers.

What is your favorite movie that was based off a book?

The Hobbit.

What projects are you working on right now?

I just published my third book so I’m working on ideas for my next one and I’m always working on new recipes for this blog.

Any other information you would like to include to our readers?

I just wanted to thank all my readers and those that support me and my books. You all inspire me on a daily basis to be at my best!

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