Your Book Your Story with Dr Barker

Megel Barker

This is..YOUR BOOK YOUR STORY… the podcast dedicated to helping young authors promote their books and grow their audience rapidly! Join your host, Dr Barker, along with special guests, as they share their personal stories on how they learned their craft and how they got to where they are today. Now, let’s get into today’s episode… read less
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Episodes

S1 E16: Bella Lucia Series - Kristina Lucia
Nov 18 2022
S1 E16: Bella Lucia Series - Kristina Lucia
Meet Kristina Lucia. In this episode, we learn about multi-talented New Yorker Kristina who is an artist, a creator and an author.  In my conversation with her, I learned of her ambitious project to complete a 15-part children's book series starred by eponymous Bella Lucia. This is a lovely conversation where Kristina shares her writing process, her inspiration and her incredible focus. She is a budding podcaster who teems with energy. You will enjoy this conversation immeasurably!  Kristina Lucia is an artist, creator, and author who ignites the imaginations of children and their parents through her limited edition animals and touching storybooks. Her humble beginnings in a small farm town (there was only one traffic light!) sparked her creativity at a young age and her adopted home of New York City keeps her inspired daily. Curiously Curated Creations of Kristina Lucia features a magical array of warm, cuddly and comforting creatures along with storybooks that help parents and kids improve their communication and deepen their relationships.Whether she is strutting down Fifth Avenue in Manolos or curled up on her sofa in slipper socks, Kristina is ready to create a masterpiece. Her crochet hooks and knitting needles are always within reach to whip up anything from stuffies to baby sweaters, while her kitchen table is often covered with her watercolor paints and brushes or freshly baked cookies. After an injury forced her to reconsider her 100-mile-an-hour corporate career, Kristina realized her true path: to be the artist she was meant to be. The door of Curiously Curated Creations of Kristina Lucia opened upon her receiving a sign from her Mom. The journey began in November 2019. Kristina is also a competitive dancer, an avid reader, and travel buff. When she is not working, you can find her in the studio dancing her cha cha, with her nose in a book, or exploring a new destination.The Bella Lucia Series is composed of 15 children's books where Bella Elephant learns skills and goes through transitions that cause her to feel feelings of frustration.  With the help of her parents and special adults in her life she is able to express her feelings and work through her frustrations.  With practice and patience she is able to overcome her fears and accomplish her goals.  The beauty is that she is then able to share this wisdom with her friends.  Each book features a readers guide.  A coordinating coloring book is available for separate purchase as well!  The first books of this series are coming in Spring 2023.  Follow me on Twitter @mathter.
S1 E15: Trash Talk - Lillian Brummett
Nov 18 2022
S1 E15: Trash Talk - Lillian Brummett
Today's author is Lillian Brummet, one half of the dynamic duo Lillian and Dave. Lillian is a passionate environmentally-conscious writer with many other strings to her bow. Our conversation traverses her foray into writing as well as delve into her tranquil escape living in BC. Her story will inspire you to find your quiet space and write. Her first book, Trash Talk, shares useful tips to turn trash into treasure. Check out the biography before and listen to our lovely conversation. Lillian & Dave Brummet have been professional writers since 1999. To date, they have 6 published books, including the recent release: From One Small Garden - Over 300 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes! Dave is an accomplished musician, with more than 30 years experience teaching, performing and manufacturing drums and percussion.As members of the media, the Brummets are experienced radio show hosts, product reviewers and bloggers. The two produced and hosted the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show for 10 years (2005-2015), which aired 3 times per week (1 hour, talk radio). Back in 2005-2007, Lillian also produced and hosted the Authors Read radio show featuring various authors reading from their published work.Today the Brummets manage 2 popular blogs, a mesmerizing website & the Angle Hill drum studio. The main focus of their work is to inspire hope in individuals, helping people realize the value of their efforts and encouraging them to become more positive, proactive in life.  Find us online via these landing pages:https://taplink.cc/brummethttps://linktr.ee/LillianBrummetFollow me on Twitter @mathter.
S1 E12: The Death and Resurrection of Baseball: Echoes from a Distant Past - Douglas Peterson
Nov 18 2022
S1 E12: The Death and Resurrection of Baseball: Echoes from a Distant Past - Douglas Peterson
If you are interested in writing Dystopian fiction this is your episode. Meet William R. Douglas, from McHenry, Illinois. In this episode, William shares the motivation for his book, his team of critical friends and how he maintained focus. His book, a futuristic glance at the world in Post Second Civil War USA, where the sport of baseball is no longer part of the national memory bank. Imagine an America where no remembers baseball! This is a fictional tale but as the main character pieces together artefacts to reconstruct baseball, you can't help but wonder about a world so reliant on clouds to store data and the risks associated. William's book may be fictional but the underlying themes are current. You will enjoy this episode! Here is William explaining the inspiration for his book. Years ago, I saw an article that talked about games that kids used to play back in the 1850's and earlier that are now extinct. No kids play these games anymore, or even has any knowledge of them. Back in the 1990s, I read David Aickman's novel: When the Almond Tree Blossoms. This is a fiction book about a Second American Civil War that is fought along idealogical lines of Liberal vs Conservative. 10 years ago I read William Forstchen's novel: One Second After. This story is about en EMP attack against the United States that puts the country back into "horse and buggy mode". I have been a baseball fan all my life. Before I started writing the novel, I began to see early warning signs regarding the overall popularity of baseball, especially among youth, beginning a decline.  So, taking all the above inputs, a 'what-if' scenario started kicking around in my mind. What if baseball died as a sport? How could it die? What external event could hasten it's demise?  The end product is my speculative fiction novel: The Death and Resurrection of Baseball: Echoes from a Distant Past.His book is available online on Amazon and other online retailers. Follow me on Twitter @mathter.
S1 E8: Djembe - Fabian Thomas
Nov 4 2022
S1 E8: Djembe - Fabian Thomas
Meet Fabian Thomas! Fabian was trained at the University of the West Indies and at Fordham University in the USA. He made his mark across the arts as a writer, especially in the fields of poetry and theatre. Painting with words, he gently draws his audience into worlds they have not experienced before. Powerful and lyrical, his works have garnered awards both for his published literary pieces as well as staged productions.Fabian is the founder and Artistic Director of the performing arts group Tribe Sankofa, and sole trader of his umbrella company Sankofa Arts & Facilitation.In 2018, fabian launched his first self-published book entitled New Thought, New Words, a collection of gratitude verses, affirmations and spoken word. His first children’s book Djembe was published in February 2022 and Tribal Elements (A Tribe Ting, Volume 1), a chapbook of original writings by members of Tribe Sankofa was launched on April 23 as part of the collective’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. He hosts a YouTube show called Fabian Seh!.Links for books:DJEMBEPaperback: https://bit.ly/3zzLbfGT-shirt 1: https://sankofa-arts-facilitation.creator-spring.com/listing/team-djembe-tee-1T-shirt 2: https://sankofa-arts-facilitation.creator-spring.com/listing/king-djembe-tee-2TRIBAL ELEMENTSKindle: https://amzn.to/3t789XgPaperback: https://amzn.to/3FRBuN1NEW THOUGHT, NEW WORDShttps://amzn.to/2rLyHBn  (Kindle)https://amzn.to/2smXls4  (Paperback)Follow me on Twitter @mathter.
S1 E4: Breaking Free - Dr Shannon Bruce Ramaka
Oct 12 2022
S1 E4: Breaking Free - Dr Shannon Bruce Ramaka
Shannon is a personal narrative writer who uses the writing process to digest, discover, and uncover the world around her. She is an American born in the state of Indiana, who grew up mostly in North Carolina, moved to California for college, and raised her family in Oregon. She has worked as an elementary teacher, middle school art teacher, high school drama teacher, principal, or school director in Oregon, Zambia, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, Kosovo, and The Netherlands. Her first book is titled, “Breaking Free in Zambia—Tales of a Western Woman” is self-published on kindle with Amazon.com. After 30 years in education, she has taken her first sabbatical and is living and writing from the Azores, Portugal. In the last year she has published two professional writings for educational leadership and two opinion articles for the local newspaper in Angra do Heroismo. She is working on her first professional book titled: “ Opening Doors to Professional Collaboration” and is looking for an interested publisher. She is currently working part time as an online writing coach for elementary students and publishes a monthly blog called, “Shannon’sGlobalTales”. She is the founder and CEO of the synchronized global education team, VisionaryEd, LLC. Breaking Free is a personal memoir that was written during my first teaching position abroad in Zambia. I found the experience so profound that I needed to write; firstly for myself, and then for the loved ones who were curious about my adventure.Follow me on Twitter @mathter.