“BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER SUSPECT PHOTOS RELEASED”

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UPDATE: The suspects has been identified as Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, 19 (suspect with the white hat), Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 (suspect with the black hat). The 2 suspects are brothers that came to America from Russia 10 years ago and became legal residents in 2007.

Police killed the 26 year old suspect during a shootout. The other suspect Dzhokhar 19, is still at large in Boston. Police believe they have him trapped.

Officials are now saying there is a third accomplice that may have taken a Amtrak to Connecticut.

April 18, 2013

Photos of the Boston marathon bombers have been released. FBI investigations led to the photo release of 2 male suspects.

Investigators are unable to identify the suspects, so they have released photos and videos for the public’s help identifying the two suspects.

One of the un-identified men was spotted in a video leaving a backpack at one of the bomb sites. The 2 men are considered armed and dangerous. The FBI asks that only law enforcement officials approach and apprehend the suspects.

Anyone who is able to identify the suspects or any of their whereabouts are asked to contact the FBI by phone 1-800-CALL-FBI or online www.bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov

The incident on April 15, 2013 was horrible, senseless, and unfortunate. Prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Help the FBI identify the 2 men, these 2 could be responsible for the horrible crime or have some connection to the crime. Watch the FBI video released of the suspects:

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Fertilizer Plant Explodes in West, Texas 14 Deaths

A fertilizer plant exploded today in West, Texas 20 miles from Waco, Texas. A fire from earlier today was still blazing. Fireman and officials were in the process of controlling the fire when the explosion occurred. The blast effected 5 square miles of homes and businesses. The shock was felt up to 70 miles away from the explosion. Town officials has estimated more than 100 injuries and 14 fatalities.

Officials estimate 50-75 homes and businesses were destroyed.
Officials are going door to door making sure everyone is treated if needed.

Residents are warned to stay indoor due to the air quality and the uncertainty of more explosions. The major highway into town is closed from traffic and other safety reasons.

The explosion was caught on tape by a near observer of the initial fire.

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Rutger’s Basketball Coach Mike Rice Abusing Players

MikeRiceRutger’s University basketball coach Mike Rice was fired after a video was released of him abusing the players and using profane language. In the video Rice is physically and verbally abusing the players. The video showed Rice hitting and kicking the players and throwing basketballs at their heads. The practices looked more like dodge ball.

Former NBA player Eric Murdock was hired by Mike Rice as the team’s director of player development After witnessing the behavior of Rice, he informed the athletic director Tim Pernetti of his behavior.

Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000, after he was made aware of the video and gave very little explanation for the reason of his suspension.

Four months after the athletic director watched the videos, Mike Rice was fired. The announcement of his termination was made through the team’s twitter account, after the video went viral. “Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.”

ESPN reported that the university has over 100 hours of the videos with Rice displaying this behavior, going back to 2010.

Mike Rice released a statement apologizing for his behavior,

“I’ve let so many people down,” “My players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans. My family, who’s sitting in their house just huddled around because of the fact that their father was an embarrassment to them.

“It’s troubling, but I will at some time, maybe I’ll try to explain it, but right now, there’s no explanation for what’s on those films. Because there is no excuse for it. I was wrong. I want to tell everybody who’s believed in me that I’m deeply sorry.”

Rutgers University’s president Robert Barchi released a statement saying that Rice’s suspension was a “mistake”. He was also informed of Rice’s behavior had some decision in his punishment.

Pernetti claims he was responsible for trying to rehabilitate Rice, after watching the videos.

It’s reported that Mike Rice had a $750,000 contract with the university.

Athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned on April 5, 2013 after harsh media scrutiny. I expect more resignations in the future.

Abuse of any kind is unacceptable and he should have been fired months ago.

For me, this is the second college scandal involving abuse of the players by the coach, with Penn State being the first.

Mike Rice and Tim Pernetti

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Just Released! “The Real Verdict” – Book Trailer

Hi All!

Watch the book trailer for “The Real Verdict, My Quest for The Freedom I Never Had”

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Author Interview with June Collins Author of “Goodbye Junie Moon”

JUNE COLLINS

– GUEST AUTHOR –
Today I welcome an Australian guest author who has led an interesting life – June Collins. Welcome, June. Tell us more …

Q.Tell us a little about your writing journey.
I always loved stories, whether reading them, listening to them or writing them. I must have driven my Grandmother mad, always asking her to ‘tell me about the olden days’. I listened to those stories with rapt attention, over and over and over again. In school I strove always to get top marks in composition, even though I dreaded having to read my work to the class. My difficulty was in sometimes over-writing. One time I was hurt when I did NOT obtain the highest marks and the teacher wrote on my paper ‘We want quality, not quantity.’ Hopefully, that has been overcome.
Sadly, I later let my interest in writing drop.
Q. Were you a good reader as a kid?

With total lack of humility, I admit to having been an excellent reader as a kid, whether reading aloud or to myself. Reading was a drug, especially boys adventure stories. My mind ran wild with dreams of future travel and adventure.
Q. When and how did you become a writer?

I was a late starter and it may not have happened had I not needed money and realized I had a story to tell. Towards the end of the Vietnam War I became a whistle blower against a group of corrupt army club sergeants who ran the American NCO and EM clubs in Vietnam. I had been doing business with them, and paying compulsory kickbacks while providing rock bands to their clubs. When they discovered I had reported them to the CID, my business was ruined and things got pretty darned hairy. However, a U.S. Senate Investigating Committee got wind of what was happening and called for hearings. They flew me to Washington as their chief witness. My story made front page headlines and I saw the possibility of recouping my losses by writing the story.
My first manuscript was turned down by a New York agent for not being well written. Robin Moore, a successful American author, then agreed to re-write the story with me. During the process, he gave me an entire one-on-one writing course.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

The writing process itself. I stumble out of bed and automatically head straight for the computer.
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Q. What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Finding enough quiet time to write. I have several family members living with me and they take up quite a few of my daylight hours. They need me to drive, – to babysit, – to help with school work, etc. etc. By night time I am too tired to write. That is why I get out of bed at 4 am each day and write until 8 am. If I’m lucky, I might get a chance to write again, later in the day.
Regarding the technicalities of writing, I sometimes get my tenses muddled. Another problem is I was raised in Australia but raised my own children in America. Frequently I forget if I’m using the English or the American spelling. After all the homework I supervised, I fall into American spelling more naturally.
Q. What were you in a past life, before you became a writer?

A showgirl, a magician’s assistant, a theatrical booking agent, a nightclub proprietor, a TV talk show host. So you see, I have quite a lot of material to choose from.
Q. What is your greatest writing achievement?

My last book, Goodbye Junie Moon. I did it without help and I like it!
Q. What are you working on now?

A sequel to Goodbye Junie Moon. It is almost finished but does not yet have a title.
Q. What inspires you?

How about a child’s face, a flower garden, trees, birds, a full moon, graceful body movement, strong women who protect their children? Humility in others!
Q. What genre do you write?

I write memoir. There is so much material to choose from. Sometimes I try to include it all and then I realize that I must cut some out unless I want to compete with James Mitchener. After I’ve exhausted reporting my life, I aspire to writing humour
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Q. Do you have any tips for new writers?

Just write and write and write. When you’re finished, re-write and re-write and re-write. Don’t listen to everyone who offers an opinion on your work, BUT, if several start saying the same thing, then you can listen.
Q. Do you suffer from writers block?

I do occasionally. If I get discouraged I temporarily give up. A trick I’ve learned is to quit the part that is blocking me and move onto something else. Later it seems to sort itself out and I can come back to the troublesome part and it flows again.
Q. Do you have a preferred writing schedule?

Four am or earlier. I seem to wake up with words and sentences in my brain. By mid-day I’m tired and my brain becomes dormant.
Q. Do you have a favorite writing place?

My office used to be downstairs and it was a deterrent to have to go downstairs to write. I added an office addition to my bedroom and now it is convenient to just sit down and write at any hour of the night or day.
Q. What is your greatest joy in writing?

Remembering the good times and bringing them back to life. Not all times were good but if I can induce emotion in myself and others when I write about them, that is a great reward.
Q. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorites started long ago with Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Noyes, Georgette Heyer, Robert Ruark, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, Angela Maya, Ken Follett, John Creasey. There was one ‘girls’ author in that lot that I liked in my early teens. Georgette Heyer stoked my dreams of romance but for the most part, I liked action/adventure. Maybe that is what started me out on the path I later followed.
Q. What is the greatest compliment you ever received from a reader?

All my five star Amazon reviews are most complimentary and downright flattering so I accept them gratefully and prefer not to choose.
Q. What is the worst comment from a reader?

One reader gave me a one star review even though she admitted to reading only the first few pages of the book. She claimed my book contained ‘forbiddened’ sex. That was her spelling not mine. She was talking about Goodbye Junie Moon which opens with a steamy scene although the book is not erotica – which she would have discovered had she read on. I never uncovered the supposed forbidden acts. Fortunately for me, another reader jumped to my defense in response to the negative review.
Q. Writers are sometimes influenced by things that happen in their own lives. Are you?

Of course!
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Q. How many books have you published?

One was published by Crown in hardcover and Avon in paperback. Another, the last, is self published.
Q. Have you won any prizes or awards?

I wish!
Q. Other than writing what else do you love?

Music, travel, dance. Truth and justice. If you had asked this question a few years back I would have answered children. I still love them but I am no longer involved with them the way I used to be. They were my focus then, not writing, and I adopted six of them from four countries. It is now that they have grown that I can find the time to write.
Q. Did you have your book/books professionally edited before publication?

The first one was thoroughly edited by the publishing house that bought it. Regarding Goodbye Junie Moon, I had the manuscript professionally assessed and the first half professionally edited. I learned much and did the remainder myself. Editing is expensive, especially here in Australia! Unfortunately, I am a nit-wit when it comes to computers and social networking. These skills are pretty essential today. Unable to format my manuscript for ebook and POD myself, I paid several thousand dollars to have someone else do it for me. This cut into by budget.
Q. If you had an opportunity to speak to the entire world, what would you say?

Oscar Wilde hit the nail on the head when he said “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist; that is all.” I endorse that. Take some risks and live a little.
Q. Describe your perfect day.

Start with four hours of writing that totally excites me. Have lunch with some dear friends. Maybe discuss the latest books. Allow time in the afternoon to spend with family members who live with me. On a perfect day we would all be in complete harmony. There would be no complaints and the dogs would behave themselves. My house would be spotless of course, someone else having cleaned it as a kindness to me. There would be a full moon that night and I would sit with a glass of merlot on my deck. I would catch the moon in its early stages while it was still large and yellow, hanging just above the ocean, its light shimmering on the dark water. I’d probably have another glass of merlot. You can probably guess I’ve watched that moon many times and I do love merlot.
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Q. What are your greatest assets as a writer?

I am a simple writer and don’t feel I write many ‘literary’ passages. Consequently I never enter writing contests. However, I have a knack for writing scenes that you can see and feel. Maybe I should have been a movie script writer. After reading my work, people often say “Oh, I can just see that. This would make a terrific movie scene.”
Q. If you were stuck on an island with one person, who would you like it to be? Why?

If he was still here, which he isn’t, I’d choose Jacques Costeau; after he had undergone a nose job. I loved his lifestyle, a mix of travel, adventure and exploration.
Q. Should you write your perfect book, what would it be about?

Probably me – again; leaving out all the bad parts.
Q. What are your plans for the future?

I must finish my sequel to Goodbye Junie Moon. I would then like to write a humorous story about antique dealers. That’s something I forgot to mention – I used to be one of them too. Other than that, I won’t go quietly. I’ll continue stirring up trouble as I endeavor to keep life interesting to the end.
Q. Anything you’d like to add?

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Enough already!”
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Memoir Readers: Interview with Leila Summers Author of “It Rains in February: A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss”

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Memoir Readers: Leila Summer Discusses her memoir: It Rains In February, A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss

About The Book
It Rains In February: A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss, is the true story of my husband’s suicide. The book begins when Stuart arrives home from work a year before his death, and unexpectedly confesses his love for another woman. Over the following year Stuart spirals downwards in depression and talks persistently about ending his life. I spend that year torn between my own heartache and trying to save him. After several suicide attempts, Stuart took his own life in February 2007, leaving me widowed and grieving with our two young daughters, Rose and Jane, aged four and six.

Q: Tell me a little about yourself?
A: I’ve always been a natural storyteller, though it was never my goal to become a writer. This occurred somewhat naturally, after I began journaling my way through the pain and grief. After I published my book at the end of 2011, I moved to a tiny country village in South Africa where I now live contentedly with my two daughters and our six pets. I have just started writing my second book.

Q: What was your true inspiration for writing your book?
A: Ultimately, I wrote my story for my children. During the traumatic year leading up to Stuart’s death, I kept a journal, a space to simply pour out my pain. After he was gone, I typed up the scribbled tear-stained pages to keep as a record for my daughters so that they would one day know the story. More words poured out as the story expanded and became a part of my healing process until I realized that I had the skeleton of a book. Another three years went by as I worked for hours at night, the story growing and evolving as I filled in all the spaces. Through writing, I walked through all my fears and questions, my grief and hurt, into a voyage towards discovering myself.

Q: Is there a message you want to give your reader after they’ve read the book and what is the message?
A: To be honest, I tried to keep away from including a ‘message’ in my book, and simply shared my story. I believe that stories have the power to heal, not only ourselves, but others who come across them. Not all stories have happy endings. But the depth that comes from within them, the powerful feeling they leave us with, reminds us that we are all connected. Each of us has our own story, our own heartache and our moments of joy. Mine is a story of love and loss, but also hope. Hope because no matter what any of us have been through, we know that someone else has been through hard times too, and has survived. I have survived.

Q: Who would you recommend your book to?
A: My book is for readers who enjoy true stories and affliction memoirs. Though all emotions are universal and so any human being may find a piece of my story to relate to.

Q: What do you think makes your book unique?
A: No story in and of itself is unique. Yet there is only one person who can tell a particular story, their story in their own voice, and that is unique. My book also includes all the letters and emails from my late husband in his last year, giving the reader a insight into the mind of one suicide victim.

Q: Was your book dedicated to anyone?
A: My book, even before it became a book, was dedicated to my two daughters.

Q: What is your reason for writing?
A: To try and make sense of the inexplicable.

Q: Is there anything else you would like your reader know?
A: Yes, there are many readers who do not understand how I could put up with as much as I did. I would like to add, that I didn’t plan my story, it simply unfolded before my eyes, and I dealt with it in survival mode on a day to day basis. In retrospect, I have no regrets. My daughters and I are now living the life of our dreams in the country, and in spite of our loss, we have found much happiness.

I want to thank Leila for sharing her story with me, I really enjoyed the experienced!

Be sure to order your copy of her book on Amazon today!
Also visit her website: www.leilasummers.com for updates and other contact information.

Download the Amazon app for iPhone/IPad and purchase Leila’s book right from your phone!

Download the Free Kindle App for IPhone/IPad and get the Kindle version of her book! No need to buy a Kindle! Click Here To Download

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Memoir Readers: Interview with Leila Summers Author of “It Rains in February: A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss”

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Memoir Readers: Leila Summer Discusses her memoir: It Rains In February, A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss

About The Book
It Rains In February: A Wife’s Memoir of Love and Loss, is the true story of my husband’s suicide. The book begins when Stuart arrives home from work a year before his death, and unexpectedly confesses his love for another woman. Over the following year Stuart spirals downwards in depression and talks persistently about ending his life. I spend that year torn between my own heartache and trying to save him. After several suicide attempts, Stuart took his own life in February 2007, leaving me widowed and grieving with our two young daughters, Rose and Jane, aged four and six.

Q: Tell me a little about yourself?
A: I’ve always been a natural storyteller, though it was never my goal to become a writer. This occurred somewhat naturally, after I began journaling my way through the pain and grief. After I published my book at the end of 2011, I moved to a tiny country village in South Africa where I now live contentedly with my two daughters and our six pets. I have just started writing my second book.

Q: What was your true inspiration for writing your book?
A: Ultimately, I wrote my story for my children. During the traumatic year leading up to Stuart’s death, I kept a journal, a space to simply pour out my pain. After he was gone, I typed up the scribbled tear-stained pages to keep as a record for my daughters so that they would one day know the story. More words poured out as the story expanded and became a part of my healing process until I realized that I had the skeleton of a book. Another three years went by as I worked for hours at night, the story growing and evolving as I filled in all the spaces. Through writing, I walked through all my fears and questions, my grief and hurt, into a voyage towards discovering myself.

Q: Is there a message you want to give your reader after they’ve read the book and what is the message?
A: To be honest, I tried to keep away from including a ‘message’ in my book, and simply shared my story. I believe that stories have the power to heal, not only ourselves, but others who come across them. Not all stories have happy endings. But the depth that comes from within them, the powerful feeling they leave us with, reminds us that we are all connected. Each of us has our own story, our own heartache and our moments of joy. Mine is a story of love and loss, but also hope. Hope because no matter what any of us have been through, we know that someone else has been through hard times too, and has survived. I have survived.

Q: Who would you recommend your book to?
A: My book is for readers who enjoy true stories and affliction memoirs. Though all emotions are universal and so any human being may find a piece of my story to relate to.

Q: What do you think makes your book unique?
A: No story in and of itself is unique. Yet there is only one person who can tell a particular story, their story in their own voice, and that is unique. My book also includes all the letters and emails from my late husband in his last year, giving the reader a insight into the mind of one suicide victim.

Q: Was your book dedicated to anyone?
A: My book, even before it became a book, was dedicated to my two daughters.

Q: What is your reason for writing?
A: To try and make sense of the inexplicable.

Q: Is there anything else you would like your reader know?
A: Yes, there are many readers who do not understand how I could put up with as much as I did. I would like to add, that I didn’t plan my story, it simply unfolded before my eyes, and I dealt with it in survival mode on a day to day basis. In retrospect, I have no regrets. My daughters and I are now living the life of our dreams in the country, and in spite of our loss, we have found much happiness.

I want to thank Leila for sharing her story with me, I really enjoyed the experienced!

Be sure to order your copy of her book on Amazon today!
Also visit her website: www.leilasummers.com for updates and other contact information.

Download the Amazon app for iPhone/IPad and purchase Leila’s book right from your phone!

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“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” – Details Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

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Director Alex Gibney

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, a HBO special on child sexual abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church.

This documentary was well over due! I’ve always heard rumors of sexual abuse of boys within the Catholic Church and not being a Catholic, made it hard for me to get further details about the “abuse scandals”.

This documentary details sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It starts off with the case of Father Lawrence Murphy, who is believed to have molested as many as 200 boys at the St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin in the 1950’s. The Vatican was made aware of the priest’s actions in 1963, he was never defrocked and, was even allowed to remain at the school until 1974. Mea Maxima Culpa, which translates to “My Most Grievous Fault,” I just learned. The documentary scrutinizes the roles that the late Pope John Paul II and his successor Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) played in awful abuse tragedies. It includes videos of some of the abuse victims. One victim in particular faced his abuser and told him “he should kill himself and burn in hell” for abusing them. The scene was too real! The victim was deaf but his emotions were very clear while signing.

The perpetrator responded by say “I know, I know it was a long time ago”! So it’s very clear this was no lie. In that very scene the victim was approached by an older female who was there during the confrontation. She asked the abused victim “Are you a catholic”, you’re supposed to be catholic! You’re supposed to forgive him! The victim continued with his message, even to her. He was wrong and he should burn in hell for what he did!

But the issue is not a matter of religion, these were crimes committed, and the church was very much aware of them. It was their moral duty to report him, have him prosecuted and jailed, rather than allowing him continued access to more children. Over 200 boys is more than enough evidence to render a verdict.

This documentary is one that everyone should watch. Catholic or not, I think Catholics especially need to watch it because it can give better insight on a serious issue. Some may have a son, nephew, or brother even, who could’ve been a victim or witness. The children in the situation should be the focus of the conversation and not the religion. I only say that because often times we lose sight on the real issue.

Reality is, people don’t like to point out the bad characteristics of their priest, pastors and etc. This is the results of not being honest and being silent. “SILENCE CAN BE PAINFUL” – a quote from my book I published October 2012. I say that because I experienced abuse and it was covered up. Something that our world is to familiar with. Abuse cover-ups are usually associated with families and churches believe it or not.

Why…

Of course we know why! No one wants to be associated with anything that’s deemed wrong or inappropriate. But sexual abuse is not just wrong and its far from inappropriate, I refer to it as “Life-Changing” and for child victims, it shapes their lives. Maybe only a survivor or therapist would understand.

Just a side note: I think this will be a SVU episode! It may even make it more interesting to others…

So should religion be put above child abuse and should we all stay silent and just forgive the perpetrators?

The special is showing on HBO, HBO On Demand and HBO Go.

Download the HBO Go app for iPhone/iPad.

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Memoir Readers: Interview with Shirley Hershey Showalter Author of “Blush”

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Memoir Readers: Shirley Hershey Showalter Discuss her soon to be published memoir: “Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World” will be published Fall, 2013

Hi Shirley! Can you tell readers a little about yourself?

I grew up in Pennsylvania, went to college in Virginia, grad school in Texas, career years in Indiana and Michigan and have now returned to Virginia, where my husband and I walk and bike on the hills in the Shenandoah Valley where we first met in 1966. I’m a mother and grandmother. I was president of Goshen College (1996-2004) and professor of English there for 21 years. I ended my career as a foundation executive at the Fetzer Institute and have become a full-time writer, blogger, speaker, and consultant since then. My husband and I spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Brooklyn taking care of our infant grandson by day and enjoying the city by night. I’ve had a life of great adventure beyond even my own dreams, and I write in a spirit of continued exploration and gratitude.

Q: Can you tell the readers a little about your memoir?

A: Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
Little Shirley Hershey, named for a movie star, grew up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world. Three locations shaped her—a family farm, a country school, and Lititz Mennonite Church. She later became a college president and then a foundation executive, but the rosy-cheeked, barefoot farm girl never quite disappeared.

As Willa Cather said, “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” This childhood memoir tells the story of a little girl who yearned to make a big splash in the world and found a surprising way to do it.

Q: What was your true inspiration for writing your book?

A: A combination of challenging myself to go deeper in self understanding in order to locate the values and stories I want to pass on to another generation.

Q: Is there a message you want to give your reader after they’ve read the book and what is the message?

A: There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be great, but you will never become great until you learn the meaning of true humility.

Q: Who would you recommend your book to?

A: Two groups: (A) people over 55 who are interested in simplicity, peace, and kindness and how to teach these things to the young. These people may or may not be Mennonite. They may have read Amish and Mennonite romance novels. (B) And young people who are interested in the story of an old-fashioned girl with lots of verve.

Q: What do you think makes your book unique?

The subtitle says it: Mennonite Girl. There are very few published true stories about Mennonite girls from Lancaster County, PA, the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch” country. Millions of readers are reading fiction about young Amish and Mennonite girls. Here’s a real story from a real life.

Q: Was your book dedicated to anyone, if so who and why?

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To My Mother

Barbara Ann Hess Hershey Becker
In her 87th year

You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Q: What is your reason for writing?

To increase the amount of love and forgiveness in the world. To prepare for the hour of my death, one good day at a time, and to help others do the same.

Shirley had cover reveal back in December, watch the video here:

It was my pleasure working with Shirley and getting know her better! Visit her website and Facebook page for updated information on her memoir.

http://www.shirleyshowalter.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShirleyHersheyShowalter

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Memoir Readers: Interview With Mirta Ines Trupp Author of: With Love, The Argentina Family

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Author Mirta Trupp Discuss her Memoir: With Love, The Argentina Family!

About The Book

With Love, The Argentina Family ~ Memories of Tango and Kugel; Mate with Knishes is a unique account, enlightening and inspirational with its autobiographical genuineness. The story unfolds in the die goldene medina-America-sharing the insecurities and confusion of a young, immigrant girl. With a mother that never stops crying about The Argentina Family and a father who procures employment with an international airline, her life is divided in between her adopted country and her native land. Dramas and simchas (delights, joys) abound with a long distance, whirlwind relationship unfolding in the aftermath of Argentina’s “Dirty War”, including a frightening interrogation with the Argentine Police and an astonishing encounter at the American Consulate. Follow the sometimes comical, sometimes poignant trials and tribulations of a girl coming to terms with her Jewish heritage, her Argentine traditions and a fierce patriotism to her new country.

About The Author

With Love, The Argentina family is based on my experiences, at times seen through rose-colored glasses, construed through ignorance, misunderstanding or simply the naiveté that shelters a young girl. My recounting of these events does not mean to represent anyone else’s reality; they are reflections of my distinctive journey as an immigrant under considerably unique circumstances. Although countless of Argentine immigrants have come to the United States, many of them of mixed ethnicities, my story tells the tale of a multicultural girl who, because of her father’s employment, divided her life in between her homeland and her adopted country. The story of the whirlwind courtship that ensued could only have taken place under these circumstances.

Q: Where can readers find your book?

A: The book is available through my E-store on Createspace
The cost is $14.95 plus shipping and handling.

For added convenience, you may find the book on Amazon
It is also available on all Amazon channels, such as the European and Latin markets.

The ISBN# is: 978-1478205456

I also have a Facebook page which has additional information, interesting tidbits and photos.

Q: What was your true inspiration for your book?

A:I was inspired to write this book for a variety of reasons. I have three adult children and as I have watched them head out into the world, I wanted to give them a link- something that would remind them that wherever they end up going, whatever they choose to do with their lives, they will know that they came from this sturdy, loving, enduring stock made up of Jewish values, Russian ancestry, and Argentine culture. Having the good fortune of growing up in America, I hope that I have also instilled a sense of pride and gratitude.

In addition to that rather emotionally charged motivator, I was encouraged to write the story by friends and family; coworkers and fellow congregants- people who have continually said that my story was fascinating and enlightening. Recently, I found myself whiling away a few hours on a tour bus. My fellow passengers and I engaged in customary small talk…
“Where are you visiting from?”
“What is your name?”
“Murda? Marta? Myrna? Oh, Mirta…where are you from originally?”

My decision to write this memoir was validated once again as two lovely ladies, both teachers and lovers of history, genealogy and romance said, “That is the greatest story I ever heard! You should write a book!” Imagine my pride and sense of accomplishment when I turned to them both and said, “I did!” (They both ended up purchasing the book.)

Q: Is there a message you want to give your readers after they’ve read the book and what is that message?

A: Because the book is a memoir, the subject matter might seem to be limited to close family and friends; however with the advent of the multicultural genre, I believe that the general reading public can relate to the universal themes. The message is that family and culture are enduring; that self-reflection and self-identity are worthy of contemplation and of course, one must never give up hope, especially in matters of the heart!

Additionally, there is an educational component to this book. For fifty years, I have been answering questions, such as, “How come you speak Spanish but you are white?” and “How did Jews end up in Argentina?” Inevitably, the question of Nazis soon follows. Although the vast majority of Jews escaping Eastern Europe in the early 1900’s entered the United States, another mass exodus found their “New Jerusalem” in the Pampas of Argentina.

As I think about your question in depth, I believe that there is a very basic and human message of survival- the parental instinct of wanting to give their child a better life.

Q: Who would you recommend your book to?

A: Although one would think that the Jewish Argentine community would be the prime audience, I have found that my greatest compliments – my best reviews, are coming from the general public and most definitely, the non-Jew. People of color, or of mixed ethnicities, will identify with the struggle of finding oneself within the American tapestry.

The story recalls one incident that remained with me for quite some time. While in class, a particularly brash student shouted out, “She is too white to be Latina and to Latina to be Jewish!” Our society likes to put others in neat, little boxes; hence the stereotypical pictures we tend to formulate. We all know the consequences of stereotypes- kids in particular feel the sting of being pushed aside. I couldn’t help but feel confused with my own self-identity. Another chapter highlights this issue as the self-proclaimed, Latinas alienate the huera (white girl) while the main-stream, “popular” set with their Chemin de Fir jeans and their silky, straight, hair ostracize the ethnic geek wearing gaucho pants and a fringed, llama poncho.

My story will appeal to fans of history and genealogy, journeys- spiritual or otherwise and plain, old-fashioned romance and adventure. As the story unfolds, a series of events take place that create a singularly distinctive memoir, one that will entertain and enlighten a wide and diverse audience.

Q: What do you think makes your book unique?

A:With Love, The Argentina Family is a Creative Non-Fiction by genre; it is a memoir with a twist! Think of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets “Father Knows Best” meets “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.” And for old movie buffs like myself, this book is a nod to such classics, as “I Remember Mama.” The story is a reflection of my distinctive journey as an immigrant under considerably unique circumstances. Although countless of Argentine immigrants have come to the United States, many of them of mixed ethnicities, not many can say that they wore out five passports before the age of twenty-two! Because of my dad’s fringe benefits from Pan American Airlines, we used to travel all the way down to South America on a drop of a hat…my mom would have our suitcases packed faster than Superman could stop a speeding bullet! My sister and I lived for ten years without truly having a “summer vacation.” Argentina is below the equator; when it’s summer here in the U.S., they are in the dead of winter! Later, as a budding romance intensified, so did the politics and governing powers. It was not necessarily the best time to be cris-crossing the continents. With so many colorful characters, exciting scenarios, and fascinating history, this absolutely is one, unique story!

Thank You Mirta for sharing your story!

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