The Reluctant Copilot By: Kelly Durham

NefretitiM: Tonight on Literary Links we have Kelly Durham author of The Reluctant Copilot.  So Kelly what inspired you to write this book?

Kelly Durham: As a boy, I remember watching the television series Twelve O’Clock High.  I was fascinated then, and remain so today, at the perils encountered by the crews of the heavy bombers flying from bases in the bucolic English countryside, risking their lives for several hours and then returning to the relative peace of the airbase at the end of their missions.  As I got older, I read histories of the air war in Europe as well as memoirs of pilots and crew members.  I was struck by the extraordinary losses these men suffered and by their dogged determination to complete their missions.  As an adult, I got to know a couple of men who flew in the bombers.  They had amazing stories to tell–some of which are captured in The Reluctant Copilot.  Nearly everyone in America was affected by World War II in some way.  Many served, most knew someone, either a family member or friend, who served.  Even if you were in that small majority without a direct contact with a service member, you were affected by rationing, travel restrictions and propaganda.  The war spawned the GI Bill, offering college educations to those who had served in the armed forces.  That spawned a tremendous increase in post-secondary education and helped change the American economy.  Other changes influenced by the war included the Civil Rights movement, the space race and the Cold War.

The Reluctant Copilot is a tribute to those who served.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Kelly Durham:The Reluctant Copilot describes the main character, Bob Foster, who in a public relations move is bumped from the left seat, that’s the pilot’s seat, of his B-17 bomber to make room for the son of a US Senator who the Army hopes to turn into a hero.  Bob is demoted to the copilot’s position from which he is told to help the new pilot.  Bob becomes the reluctant copilot, but also understands that his life, along with the lives of the other nine members of the crew, still depends on him doing his job to the best of his ability.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Kelly Durham:This is historical fiction.  The setting is historically accurate to the place and time.  The book is accurate in its depiction of the conditions in which the bomber crews served and fought.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Kelly Durham: My writing began with reading.  I love to read good stories and my favorites are ones that help me learn about history in an entertaining way.  I began to wonder if I had the ability to write such a story, so I gave it a shot.  My first book, The War Widow, is set at the Nuremberg Trials which occurred just after World War II.  In it, I tackle one of the mysteries of the aftermath of the war: how the highest-ranking survivor of Hitler’s regime, Hermann Goering, was able to cheat the hangman by committing suicide in his jail cell just hours before his scheduled execution.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Kelly Durham: I enjoy writing.  Time simply melts away when I’m telling a story.  I like to begin with the end in mind, that is I want to have a general idea of how the story ends.  With that end in mind, I write episodes that advance the plot, stacking one after another like building blocks.  After each episode, which might range from a couple of paragraphs to several pages, I’ll go back and read, edit, re-read and re-edit until the section has the right tone and feel.  Once I build up some momentum, I stop only reluctantly.  For me, writing is a pleasure.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Kelly Durham: I love to spend time with my family, to read, watch movies and travel.  I also enjoy volunteer work.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Kelly Durham: Write as much as you can.  Read as much as you can.  Find authors whose writing you admire and see what you can learn from their work.  There are many good writers out there and many good story tellers–and some who are great at both!  Keep your eyes and ears open for characters and anecdotes in your life that you can adapt for your writing.  And keep at it realizing that “overnight success” usually takes years of effort!

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Creativebloch By: JOE BLOCH

About Creativebloch

CREATIVEBLOCH is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. A unique STUDIO andGALLERY, we create art, show work from emerging artists, and support community efforts to preserve creativity in the area.

The STUDIO serves as a residence for artists to create their work.  A variety of styles and techniques are used to create unique artwork.

The GALLERY is open by appointment, and features work from local artists.  We have solo and group shows throughout the year.  These shows are featured on DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery walks.

About the Artist and Curator

Joe Bloch is the artist in residence and curator.  He has a BFA from RIT and over 25 years experience in both the commercial and fine art world.  He became well known for his medical art and has illustrated countless books and journals for many top surgeons and physicians around the world. Over the span of his career, he has branched out as a painter, creative director and curator.  His goal with Creativebloch, is to support community efforts to keep artists and art in the creative post industrial neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Joe’s highly textured acrylic paintings are part of the permanent collection atCreativebloch.


Piper Once & Again By: Caroline E. Zani

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Caroline E. Zani; author of Piper Once & Again.  What inspired you to write this book Ms. Zani?

Caroline E. Zani: A long time ago a woman at a pocketbook party asked me if I was writing a book to which I answered with a resounding “No.” I didn’t know at that time that the woman was a card reader and I wanted nothing to do with a psychic reading but she seemed so nice and normal. Ha…she has since become a dear friend.

I was curious about this idea of writing a book as she kept saying she saw this and that it would be an important story with a message that others needed to hear. And also that it would catapult me to a different work and I would have a following of sorts. Who wouldn’t be curious about that? So I went home and opened a Word document – more to prove her wrong than anything. But sure enough – the story began to form in my mind. All the names, dates, faces, scents an places were there waiting for me to put into words.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Caroline E. Zani: I knew the character’s name the moment I began writing. Actually it is a name that’s been with me for many, many years and I never knew why until I started the book. Piper discovers that she lived before this lifetime so it popped into my head several times: Piper, Once and Again.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Caroline E. Zani: When I pitched it to my agent I called it women’s fiction. Since then my publisher has pitched it as women’s fiction, visionary & metaphysical, romance, Time Travel, Occult & Supernatural and Romance/Historical/General and I think that’s about it. I’m not sure but maybe that’s why Publishers Weekly decided to review it.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

 I think like a lot of people, I had said often, “I’m going to write a book someday. Honestly I’ve always loved to write but didn’t know if I had what it took to sit and follow a process so I didn’t. I really never intended to sit and write this story but it was there and I allowed it to come through me. So I just followed the story really, as odd as that might sound. I truly just wrote what was there. Growing up I always had my nose in a book when I wasn’t riding my horse and I loved how it could take me to different places and different times and allowed me to escape the monotony of my routine.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Caroline E. Zani: Again, for me it was so exciting to see what was going to happen each time I sat at the computer that it wasn’t really as much a process as an experience. I wouldn’t sit down until 9:00 at night after a full day of teaching middle school and trying not to lose my shirt in a legal battle with some professional tenants who were clearly trying to destroy me and the investment building I purchased to help put my daughter through school. So in the same way that reading helped me escape reality as a kid, writing was doing that for me as an adult. I would pour myself a half glass of wine and open my Word document and it was there, the next chapter or two. I’d work until midnight or so –

whenever I couldn’t see straight anymore and go to bed. I think that helped too because we take what ever we are thinking about before bed into our sleep state and that helps work things out. I feel like that was an important step in all of it.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Caroline E. Zani: Horses are a favorite part of being alive for me so I try to ride as much as I can which hasn’t been as much as I’d like with everything else happening. I teach workshops and classes on intuition development, card reading and I do readings as well. Talk about full circle from that pocketbook party years ago. I also love gardening and watching the miracle of seeds, soil and sun. It’s a good reminder to me that things unfold when they are supposed to. You can look at the photo of the sunflower on the seed packet and know that the seeds potentially can end up like that but that there a lot of days and steps in between. And watching each of those steps is fascinating to me. I wish more people would understand that we are unfolding also and it’s not all supposed to happen at once.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Caroline E. Zani: Write the story you’d love to read or if it was a movie, the one you’d like to star in. Live the story – let it flow through you. And also put yourself in the reader’s shoes and ask the questions they might be asking – then don’t give them the answers right away. Let them figure some of it out. Readers are really intelligent and they don’t like to be fed each detail. I like to leave just a little to the reader’s own imagination about an aspect of a character or perhaps how life was a century ago in a country an ocean away.

Also, I would say don’t give up. If I had known how difficult and how long it would take to get a publishing contract I probably wouldn’t have bothered trying. But like those towering sunflowers, I had to start out in the dirt and unfold. And everything that has happened in between has been equally fascinating and each an important part of my journey.

NefretitiM: Thank You for joining us. Get your copy of Piper Once & Again


Phoenixes Groomed As Genesis Doves By: Jasmine Farrell

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write this book?

Jasmine Farrell: What inspired me to write Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves (PGAGD) was my road to self discovery. I realized that my journey is quite common for those who have left one community in order to live their best life.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Jasmine Farrell: The title kinda just snuck up on me.

Jasmine Farrell: I left Christianity, church ways and mannerisms that were eating away at my core. I was groomed to be a genesis dove. I was supposed to fit in this cute box and I couldn’t question much without feeling as though I was arrogant. However, I was, I am a phoenix. I’ve got vibrant colors, I rise from my own ashes and I flaw-fully soar towards my dreams. Hence: Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Jasmine Farrell: PGAGD fits into poetry.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Jasmine Farrell: I don’t know what influenced my interest in writing. From what my mother has told me, I used to scribble my baby jargon in my late grandmother’s memo pad and then tried to read my story aloud to my mother. I’ve been writing ever since. However, my passion for poetry grew while I was in high school.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Jasmine Farrell: My writing process always involves a “word vomit”. A word vomit is pretty much free writing but there is no set time. You keep writing until you have nothing left to say at that moment. When I complete my word vomit, I go back to it a day or two later and clean it up. I am inspired by many things, life being a big one. But, I always free write first.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Jasmine Farrell: I love to dance barefoot. I like to walk around Central Park during the autumn season and confiscate the big leaves that have fallen on the pathway. I like to connect with people and learn about new cultures.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Jasmine Farrell: Do not impersonate someone else’s voice. Your voice, your words and perspective is worthy enough to be read. Be open to learn and never get comfortable with your current level of writing. Appreciate your writing, but always be receptive to growth!

What inspired you to write this book?

NefretitiM: Thank you for joining us tonight Jasmine.  Pick up your copy of Phoenixes Groomed As Genesis Doves TODAY!





Court On Mount High By: Randall Amos

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write this book?

Randall Amos: I  wrote Court On Mount High because I wanted to speak about how animals are treated.

NefretitiM: Interesting, can you give a short synopsis bout this book?

Randall Amos: There is growing frustration, discontent, and fear among the animal kingdom. Entire species have become extinct and hundreds more are endangered. There seems to be no end to their suffering. The environment, too, is being plagued by deforestation and contaminants; both the water and air are highly polluted. The few humans who are rich and powerful wield seemingly unstoppable power while the majority of humanity are helpless, manipulated, and abused. Finally, one soul summons the moral strength to question the status quo, and the unthinkable happens! Court on Mount High is an invigorating novelette that will inflame and mobilize a passion for the animal kingdom and the environment, which we mutually inhabit. The characters, acting upon a driving need for change, evoke a universal hope for the future.

NefretitiM: OMG this sounds like a really good story.  Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other writers?

Randall Amos: Writing is a learning process. Keep writing you will eventually find your audience

NefretitiM: Thank You for joining us today Mr. Amos. Court On Mount High will be free on Kindle May 27, 28, 29, 2016.. so don’t forget to get your free copy!!!,


Harry’s War By: Ed Benjamin

NefretitiMToday on Literary Links we have Ed Benjamin author of Harry’s War.   Thank you for joining us today.  What inspired you to write Harry’s War?

Ed Benjamin: I wondered how a fighter pilot hero in an epic air battle would react to being medically discharged from the Air Force.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Ed Benjamin: Harry Miles, the main character.

NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?

Benjamin: Action Adventure Military Heroism

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Ed Benjamin: I have been an avid reader all my life

NefretitiM:  What is the writing process like for you?

Ed Benjamin: Write when the spirit moves me.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ed Benjamin: Read, watch movies and TV

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Ed Benjamin: Write, write and write!

NefretitiM:  Good advise.  Thank, it’s been a pleasure having you.  Much success on your book.

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Perfect Mum By: Lizzie O’Halloran

NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Lizzie O’Halloran author of Perfect Mum. Thank you for joining us.  What inspired you to write Perfect Mum?

Lizzie O’Halloran: As a mother of two young children & a professional Counsellor & Life Coach I know first hand the challenges mothers face. After my first daughter was born I realized there were countless books on how to look after my baby but very little information on how to look after my own needs. After spending a year doing intensive research it became apparent why there were thousands of women all over the world suffering from exhaustion, loneliness, anxiety & depression as a result of motherhood. In addition to those who identified themselves as suffering from postnatal depression, many more mothers were just hanging in there because they did not see their symptoms as extreme enough to warrant seeking help. So, I decided to write Perfect Mum to support mothers and to empower them to be and feel their best. In doing so they would improve their self esteem & the self esteem of their children.

NefretitiM:  How did you come up with the title?

Lizzie O’Halloran: The title Perfect Mum is a play on words, as mothers are often searching to be perfect when there really is no such thing as the perfect mother.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Lizzie O’Halloran: As a busy parent my writing occurs at night when the girls are asleep & I edit a lot.

NefretitiM:  What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Lizzie O’Halloran: I would advise writers to follow their passions

NefretitiM: Great advise!  Thank You for joining us Lizzie! Pick up your copy of Perfect