Monday, December 28, 2015
This is an exciting day for me. This is the day I get to post about a good friend of mine from high school. Under normal conditions posting about a friend is a usual occurrence in the blog world. We talk all the time about our family life, our children, pets, and our friends. Today though is different. It is different because I am here to help introduce a new talent to the word, Sheri Sanders.
Sheri is not only and author, but an actress. She has performed on and off broadway and teaches acting classes in colleges and all over the country. She has studied and perfected her art and she has decided to share her knowledge with the world. Pretty gracious if you ask me. Her new book is out now and it's called Rock the Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals. I have to say I love the title of this book. Mostly because when I read the title I can picture Sheri acting on stage and singing her heart out. I think those who know Sheri personally will agree. But, wait, you still don't know Sheri, well them it's time to meet her!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Sheri Sander, my interview:
1) Tell us a little bit about your back ground. Where did you study your craft?
I studied acting with great teachers here in the city but I studied popular music by listening to the radio!
2) Tell us about your experience with auditions and what made you decide to write a book on the subject?
I wrote a book because there was no formal training in auditioning for rock musicals. And it's something that I was naturally good at so I was happy to help the performers who grew up listening to show tunes.
3) What type of research did you do?
I watched alot of you tube videos and listened to alot of records!
4) How did you tackle the process of getting published? Did you submit to agents or go straight to self publishing?
I cold called Hal Leonard they asked me to write a book proposal. I did an I got a book deal!
5) You travel all over the country teaching classes, where are you headed next and what are you excited about once you get there?
I'm trying desperately to get to Australia! It looks-so beautiful there!
6) What is next for you?
I am looking to invite producers and theatrical organizations to my rock concert in October in the Nymf festival . I need someone to invest in me. It's too big for me to do on my own now! (NyMf is the New York Musical Festival).
7) How can you be reached, and where can Rock the Audition be purchased?
My book is in every barnes and noble across the country!
So there you have it everyone, Sheri Sanders, Actress, Author, Teacher, and lover of the arts! Click on the links to buy her book and check out her website. You can check out Sheri's whereabouts on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, December 21, 2015
(I'm am posting this a little late to give time for Contest over at Susanna Leonard Hill's website)
So A few weeks ago I posted a small sample from my Uncle's work in progress. Today I thought I would post a small sample of one of my own. This is the opening of my YA novel. The Guardian: Farmers
Trinity and her brother David are inseparable twins, until David decides to leave the farm and join the military. Every birthday Trinity looks forward to when David returns for their birthday celebration, but this time David returns with this friend Michael and Trinity is anything but thrilled. When David starts evading Trinity on errands he claims he has in town Michael tries to calm her fears, but Trinity knows her brother, and she knows when something is up. Then when their whole unit turns up at the farm, all hell brakes lose.
David isn't their to celebrate his birthday with this sister. He is there to recruit her. Trinity has a special ability they need, but joining the military was never something she wanted to do. Trinity doesn't want to leave the farm and her parents, they need her help, but her brother and her country need her too. Trinity needs to decide, does she stay so her parents won't lose the farm, or does she leave so her parents can keep the farm after the war is over?
I hope you enjoy. Oh, and don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments.
“You’re sixteen, you have your whole life ahead of you, what the hell would you want to go into the army for?” I remember my father yelling at my brother, David.
“They lowered the age minimum. We need the men if we are going to win this war.”
“Yes, men. You are just a boy.”
“I’m old enough to enlist, I’m enlisting.”
“We need you here.” My father yelled.
“I’m needed there too.” David shouted back.
When I saw my father’s face a little piece of my heart broke that day. He was hurt; so broken. It killed me I couldn't fix his pain. I turned to David praying he would give in and change his mind. My mother stepped in ignoring my father’s shouts. She placed herself between the two of them.
“You will always be welcome in this house. You will always have a place to come home too.” My mother cupped David’s face in her hand reached up and kissed him on the forehead, “Just make sure you come home.”
I remember my father storming out of the house after that. If my brother's decision had come at any other time I really don’t think my father would have flipped out the way he did. It was as if the stress of being short on help, the government taking most of our crops, bills piling up, and the farm close to foreclosure, meant nothing to my brother.
My father didn't come home until late that night. I sat up waiting for him in my bedroom. I stared at the clock willing him to come home before morning. David had gone out with friends and had come back long before Dad came home.That was over two years ago. David was due home today.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Susanna Leonard Hill is having a contest. You should check her out. I love her site.
So I decided to enter her contest, so sit back, grab the lines and enjoy!
Swinging Around the Christmas Tree
Swinging around the Christmas tree
The squirrel swung from branch to branch.
No one saw him huddled inside
For outside was cold and damp.
He fell asleep on the warm ride home snuggled against the trunk
For when he opened up his eyes
His home was brightly funk.
He swung around the Christmas tree
A delight from branch to branch
As each ornament he past
They made a funny clank.
Until he made it to the top
The angel smiling down,
He felt a warmth like none before and hugged her
Home at last.
Monday, December 7, 2015
These are the things which chill me to the bone.
These are the things which make November complete.
These are the colors which spring to say Hello
These scream summer, everybody knows.