School Visit at Ecole Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoy

I had a great time with the Grade 3s and Grade 4s at Ecole Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoy in Calgary. Two groups of children (approximately 100 in total) attended two half hour sessions in the library. We talked about how the Boulton Quest Series came to be, writing, revision, and book cover design. They had a ton of questions, lots of answers, and enjoyed a few surpise pictures of the dogs. The children were attentive, curious, polite and fun.

I wish to thank the teachers and staff at Ecole Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoy for inviting me into their school and my wife, Tracy, for taking the picutres.

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Self-Publishing: An Author’s Experiences

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I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree N.D. (David) Richman today to talk with me about his self-publishing experiences thus far. David is the father of four teenage children – Christopher, Michael, Thomas and Katherine. He has been married to his high school friend, Tracy, for thirty years. David is a dedicated husband and father, and wrote his first book for his children, wanting to ensure they were interested in reading. When not writing David is a self-employed Automation Engineering Technologist. He loves the wilderness, in particular the Rocky Mountains to the west of his home in Calgary, Alberta. David is a graduate of an Outward Bounds wilderness survival program.

When did you decide you were going to self-publish?

I decided to self-publish after submitting my first book to agents over a one year period. The manuscript was getting rave reviews from those who read it and the agents were…

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Winner, Indie Excellence Awards

I’m pleased to announce that Brothers, Bullies and Bad Guys took top spot in the National Indie Excellence awards, Juvenile Fiction Category.

Now, the book is:

Awesome Indies Approved

A B.R.A.G. Medallion Recipient

Winner in the Juvenile Fiction Category, National Indie Excellence Awards, 2015

Honourable mention in the Hollywood Book Festival Awards, 2013

Brother, Bullies and Bad Guys Kindle AIA BRAGG

Berners

I’ve lived with dogs my entire life. I found a starving little mutt when I was ten and brought her home. My wife and I were given a Shepherd/Lab cross as a wedding gift (ulp!), We had a Flatboat retriever for thirteen years.

And now, we have two Bernese Mountain Dogs (Berners).

Berners are different from any dog we’ve ever had. They have peculiarities. For example, they love to sit on your feet. They like to sit straight up like rabbits peeking over a hedge, and while doing this will flop their heads over backwards onto your lap, and usually fall over. They grab things and hide them. Even though they weigh a hundred pounds they do 360’s when you get home and look out if you get in the way.

Berner’s have wonderful personalities. If you can deal with the hair, the regular baths required (Yeah, bathing two-100 pound dogs every four weeks. No problem), and the food, they’re definitely a treat.

The first picture is Mia pretending she hadn’t stolen my shoe in spite of the evidence sitting beside her. Ellie is sitting by the football helmet and the last picture is Mia at twelve weeks.

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Interview with B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree N.D. Richman

Great interview. Stephanie really does her homework.

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I’d like to welcome N.D. (David) Richman today to talk with me about his B.R.A.G. Medallion book. David is the father of four teenage children – Christopher, Michael, Thomas and Katherine. He has been married to his high school friend, Tracy, for thirty years. David is a dedicated husband and father, and wrote his first book for his children, wanting to ensure they were interested in reading. When not writing David is a self-employed Automation Engineering Technologist. He loves the wilderness, in particular the Rocky Mountains to the west of his home in Calgary, Alberta. David is a graduate of an Outward Bounds wilderness survival program.

Hello, David! Thank you for talking with me today about your B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree book, Brothers, Bullies and Bad Guys.

Thank you for this opportunity, Stephanie, and all you do for writers and readers.

Please tell me a little about your book.

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Supporting my Local Authors

Nancy Schroeder’s pretty cool so it’s nice to see her book featured like this. And I’m sure the other two books are great as well.

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book5As a newish serious writer and a hopeful some-day-to-be-published author, I have taken the opportunity to connect with local authors. I’ve enjoyed meeting them on Facebook, Twitter, over dinner, and local book signings. It’s a delight to pick their brains and see their paths and encourage their goals.

As my own manuscript is in the middle-grade genre, I’ve focused mainly on middle-grade and children’s authors to meet and greet, although I’ve enjoyed connecting with others also.

Of course, I’ve purchased and read my new friend’s books.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit my young grandchildren in Florida. I was packing three special books! 🙂

I purposely did not read the books I brought with me in advance as I wanted them to be new to me as well as the kids.

book3 Because this family had just moved away from St. Louis only 18 months earlier, their favorite was Who…

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