Monday, November 2, 2015

Spotlight Interview and Giveaway: Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes

Book Information :

It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain​ ​there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?

These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!

Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.

Then you will have come closer to achieving ...as it should.

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Author Interview:
Q - How did you get started as an author. What or whom inspired you?

A - While I have writing forever and have mounds of paper for proof, I guess I did not become a bona fide author until 2008 with my children's book. My biggest inspiration is my maternal grandmother. She was a wonderful storyteller with a vivid imagination, wiser than her years and a sense of humor. I even fashioned a character after her in my current novel, Convergence.

Q - How do you research your work?


A - Since much of what I do is spontaneous much comes from real life experiences. When I write something of a more technical or historical nature I fact check to make certain I am accurate.

Q - Your book is set in Connecticut and Washington, DC. Have you ever been there?


A - Yes and Yes. I am originally from and still reside in Connecticut and I have visited the nation's capital. In addition to these two locations there are three parallel worlds in Convergence: a past - The All Agos; a present - The Ne'er Now; and a future -The Will Be Once.

Q - Do you write every day?


A - Yes. Whether it's working on a current project or writing something nonsensical I jot daily. I really enjoy writing poems and playing with words. There are times, however, I choose to quiet the thoughts and rest the pen.

Q - What is your writing schedule?


A - I have none. For me having a designated time just for writing is like having a 9 to 5. Writing encompasses the pluses of a Bohemian existence. Unfortunately, that lifestyle can quickly take on the negative aspects thereof really quickly.

Q - Now that you've taken the plunge into world of writing--any regrets?


A - Not one iota! There is nothing better than delving into a world you created. A world where anything and everything is possible just because you say so. 


Author's Bio:
Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one's personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.

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7 comments:

  1. Great interview, I loved reading it!

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  2. I have a grandson that I'd like to give the book to.

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  3. The book sounds interesting. Great cover! I liked your interview with the author. I like that her maternal grandmother inspired her with her own storytelling skills.
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    1. I always love hearing why and how authors got their starts! So I kind of ask the same or similar questions.

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  4. I love to read coming of age stories and this book also has time travel to add to the excitement.

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  5. I like the book summary and the author interview. I hope that the book will be a big success!

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