Featured Author | BEE L.KIRK

Featured Author | BEE L.KIRK.

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My Interview with a Gardner

I requested an interview with Kevin Gillard of Hetfordshire, England. We met through Facebook and he came across as someone who wanted to help others.  So I wanted to find out more about him. Often times, we think that only the famous should be able to share their life. Well, I disagree. I believe that everyone has something to share, I believe everybody is gifted with a story. This…is part of Kevin Gillards. Please enjoy.

Bee: 

Hello Kevin Gillard and thank you for agreeing to let me interview you. 

Where are you from?


Kevin G: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.


Bee: I did a little research and this is one of the pictures that came up for Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England. I Think it’s beautiful. 

 

Kevin G:

I have been here for five years, previously I lived wherever work took me. I’m originally from the county of Somerset.

 

Bee: 

Are you married?

 

Kevin G:

I married when I was much younger but that did not last very long. I was far too young.

 

Bee: 

You know what, I think a lot of people can relate. As young people, we made plenty of whoopsies.

Do you have children? 

 

Kevin G: 

Yes, two but I don’t see them.

 

Bee: 

I won’t go into that any further but I hope that your relationship with your children will be better one day.

What is it that you currently title as your job?

 

Kevin G: 

I’m a handyman gardener, previously I worked as a truck driver.

 

Bee: 

I like gardens and even want one some time in the future but I just can’t deal with the insects. Speaking of gardens, what’s your favorite food?

 

Kevin G: 

Thai curries are my favorite.

 

 

 

 

Bee: 

I haven’t had the pleasure of trying any Thai Curry but am putting it on my bucket list. Do you recall your fondest childhood memory?

 

Kevin G: 

Swimming, as a child we had a pool in our garden.

 

 

Bee: 

That sounds like a bloody good time:) Learning to swim is also on my bucket list. Can you name a fear that you overcame?

 

Kevin G: 

I’m not keen on flying but I’ve done it three times.

 

Bee: 

Kudos to you. Have you ever ran across a famous personality? 


Kevin G: 

Not that I am aware of.

 

Bee: 

If you had a Do-Over Button, what would be your top 3?

 

 

Kevin G: 

Nothing, my past experiences make me the person I am today.

I am constantly trying to find ways to do things better.

 

Bee: 

That’s noble…If you stumbleupon one, send it my way:)

Do you own any pets?

 

Kevin G: 

No but I’d love to have another dog.

 

Bee: 

Do you have any religious beliefs?

 

Kevin G: 

I’m not religious but Karma seems to be real enough. 

What goes around comes around.

 

Bee: 

Yes, it does always comes back around.

 Have you ever seen a ghost or anything paranormal?

 

Kevin G: 

Paranormal, I don’t think so.

 

Bee: 

I have but we won’t get into that. If someone asked you for the best Life Advice you could give, what would it be?

 

Kevin G: 

Advice…if you have the chance to learn take it with both hands. 

The world is changing and we need to keep up.

 

 

 

Bee: 

Give me one event that changed your life?

 

Kevin G: 

The current recession has changed my life drastically. 

It has inspired me to create ‘Advertise for Free’


Bee: 

I really appreciate you taking the time to share some of your life with me. I enjoy interviewing people from all different walks of life and parts of the world. We’re all alike in some way. There’s something that Universally connects us all. Let’s remember that the next time we start to think we’re, “The Special Ones.”

 

Bee L. Kirk, Author of City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor

 

Dreaming of a Win

I’m taking a few moments of your time not to toot my own horn but to share and help as I learn.
I entered a book cover contest with Authorsdb back in August. Upon entering, I was confident that it would do well. I felt this way because I absolutely loved the cover myself. Not only because it was mine but because it told the story before even opening the book. And I think this is one of the key things to remember when designing a cover. I didn’t physically design it myself, I had a vision, and a few ideas. I knew what I wanted and didn’t want. After conveying this with the designer, they nailed it on the first try.

Without reading a blurb or a review, one can tell that the two characters depicted on the cover are inmorally different places. The character on the left is Stilo, he’s the voice of Strength, the Good guy. The character on the right is RIP and is the voice of Rage. He can be heard whispering, “Give up, orCommit Suicide.”
Rip is the Bad guy. I hope the impression of conflict & struggle emerge when someone sees the cover.
So, when I  made it to the Semi Finals in the contest, I was very happy. I was excited that people were voting and showing support. ASMSG members played a huge part in that. And I’m truly thankful for the ever present support they show.
I’m still very new at being a writer, I have much to learn. Often I’m learing these things by trial & error. I recently released my second publication only to pull it 2 days later because of a hastily mademistake. I’m going to release a Revised version of it soon but the whole experience really had myspirits low. The editor of my first book City of the Guardians wasn’t available during the Month of December and I’d planned to release the book December 25th. Well, instead of being patient and waiting, I decided to edit it to the best of my ability and release it. And that was a mistake. It wasn’t ready for the world to see and I should’ve just moved the release date up a few weeks. Any who, she’s editing it now and I’m excited about Re-Releasing it. Lesson learned:)
After that hard learned lesson, I desperately needed a little pick me up and received in the form of a tweet.
@beelkirk #author BOOK COVER FINALIST Congratulations! http://authorsdb.com/author-publicity/book-cover-contest … Download Badge #covercontest pls RT
And just like that, I knew I was doing something right. So I push on, I stay open to constructive criticism, I help people as much as I can, and I keep believing in my dream.
Bee

65 + Tips, Sites & Advice Articles! Use & Pass Along!

Greetings and Salutations!

My name is Bee L. Kirk and I recently released my first novel entitled City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor. The journey of writing a book has been one of extreme highs as well as disappointing lows. I didn’t know half of what I know now and I still have tons to learn. Along the way, I’ve collected information that I think can be helpful to you. Although you may not be able to use all of it, I’m sure some of it will help.

I believe in helping and paying it forward. So, I ask you to do the same. Pass the information along to someone else who might me able to use it. Remember to always sow good seeds so that when it’s time to reap the harvest, it will be a good one. For those of you who may not be familiar with this saying, I’m speaking of Karma. What you put out is what will return to you. With that being said, enjoy and use the information below in your quest to make it to the top or simply touch someones life.

Black Caviar Book Club.com – They allow you do have a free book promotion on their site. *Free* They have 573 likes as well as a 144 shares. It’s very simple. You click on one of the genre’s listed to the right and then upload a book cover, blurb and a few other things. It took me all of 4 minutes to do this. Exposure! After submitting your book, you should stay and research the site because there’s a wealth of information there.

Molly Greene/Writer – This site offers advice from a fellow writer. Take and leave what works for you. It’s worth the read.

Different Ways to say Thank You! – As writers we are often asking for favors, asking for help or showing our appreciation for something. I don’t know about you but I get tired of saying, ‘Thank You’. It’s so plain and uneventful. This website gives you the opportunity to get creative with your appreciation. Try it:)

Calibe – eBook Conversion – We always need reviews and in 2013, everyone likes to read on their phone…at least I do. If you only have a PDF version to offer potential reviewers, you’re narrowing your opportunity to get more reviews. We want to make it as easy and simple as possible for our potential fan base and reviewers. This site offers you the ability to do this. I have not had the chance to actually use it yet but it is on my to do list for this week. And I’m excited about it.

100’s of Links to Publishers and Agent – This site has all the potential to really pay off for someone. I have looked around and queried some of the agents. Have I spent the necessary time there to ensure a call back or great lead? No. But you may have the time to do this. Give it a try.

Tweepi – We all know how important Twitter is. This app allows you to manage your followers, follower their followers and gain an exponential amount of followers. You have to play around a little bit but it’s worth every minute you spend there. This is a wonderful site and I hope you all take advantage of it.

65 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog – Here’s another site with a wealth of information. There’s bound to be something here that you haven’t heard or know.

Association of Independent Authors – This next site is a hit or miss. I believe they charge for some services, while others are free. It may be a fit or not.

BookPinning – Takes about 1:13 seconds to do this. *Free* Promotion.

Book Promotion Ideas – Are you stuck when it’s time to tell people about your book? This website will give you some pretty cool options. Check it!

I will do a part II soon because there’s a lot more I have to share.  If the above links are helpful then I’ve done my job. Now, make sure you do the same and pay if forward. Feel free to follow me:)

Bee L. Kirk
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An Interview with a Vampire…

Bee

When did you know writing was your passion? 

 Lucien

There’s a scratching at the window. Bee sees a ghostly face leering at her. At first she is scared, but then remembers I am a vampire come for an interview. She lets me in. 

“Hello Bee, I am Count Lucien Dupont.” 

Bee looks a little ruffled. 

“I won’t bite if I have a glass of red wine.” 

Bee fetches some wine.

 Bee

Uhhh…Do you write full time?

 Lucien

When I have the time I might pen a word or two, but being a vampire really presses me. There’s so much to do and so little time before night caresses my soul.

 Bee

I’ve never interviewed a Vampire before and I’m a little nervous. Let’s try to stick to the area of books.

How many books have you published?

 Lucien

I have lived a thousand lifetimes and can only confess to three books thus far. I am more at home musing others to greatness such as De Sade and Poe.

 Bee

What advice do you have for new authors?

 Lucien

You can’t write and be a vampire. Try getting a day job to pay for all those pesky expenses, computers, editing, marketing, and do have an established following on social media. Big sigh. Oh and never give up – look at me, it took thousands of years to get where I am today.

 Bee

Are you self published? Do you have a literary agent?  

 Lucien

My Gothic Luna Series is self published as I doubt a publisher would understand both books are basically my journals. No one believes I am real. But look, I do have a reflection. As for most agents, well it’s best I don’t get into bed with them – some are vampires and they’ve been sucking the blood from writers almost as long as I have.

 Bee

Yes, I can see your reflection. According to all the movies, Vamps don’t have a relection. I can see you’re not the average Vampire. Let’s continue.

What genres do you read/write?

 Lucien

I’ll read anything that takes my fancy, Bee. As I am a supernatural creature I tend to stick in that genre like fangs in a blood clot.

 Bee

Oh my…Do you have any events coming up?

 Lucien

Halloween is due and that’s my busiest time of year, especially this one as it’s my Lunatics Blog Tour kick off. Can’t wait to bite all my new blogging friends. Hiss.

 Bee

How do you come up with your book ideas?

 Lucien

My Luna Series is all about my life, scary as it may sound, that’s the gist of it. As for ideas, well they come from the realm of darkness where my dreams run rampant and unchecked.

 Bee

I can only imagine. (nervous smile)

Is there a message you try to relate through your writing?

 Lucien

Don’t do this at home.

 Bee

Who is your favorite character from one of your novels and why?

 Lucien

Mememememememe – Count Lucien Dupont is a ruthless savage vampire out to get his eternal blood. I failed back in 1925, but here I am for another shot.

Can’t keep a good vampire down.

 Bee

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

 Lucien

Back in Paris where I belong amongst the nightlife and a never-ending supply of blood vintage.

 Bee

Do you think we will ever have a female president? 

 Lucien

Yeah, whoever has the highest twitter following, probably Lady Gaga.

 Bee

 Now, that was funny. I didn’t think Vampires has a sense of humor. What kind of music do you listen to?

 Lucien

Gothic!

 Bee

How old are you?

 Lucien

I’m as old as the wind across the desert, when we could see the stars without pollution before the Pyramids were built in my honour.

 Bee

Inspired more by Beyonce or Oprah?

 Lucien

I am my own inspiration.

 Bee

Steak or Hamburger? Why?

 Lucien

When I’m on a date then raw steak will have to do until dessert.

 Bee

 Oh my (A chill goes down my spine but I shake it off, determined to finish this interview and not run out screaming)

What is your writing process like?

 Lucien

Haphazard, confusing and disjointed.

 Bee

Movies at home or at the theater? Why?

 Lucien

Back in the good old days when talking movies were a thing of the future I loved to partake of a vintage in the back seat. These days I can’t abide the volume so I have to resort to a drop of blood or two back home in front of the boob tube. How sad.

 Bee

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?  

 Lucien

Drinking more blood.

 Bee

(Okay, that’s it. Time to wrap this up.)

Do you believe in ghost? Why or Why not? 

 Lucien

I am a supernatural being and see those bloody things all the time. Very disconcerting I must say when driving.

 Bee

What is your book about?

 Lucien

Me and my tumultuous struggle we call life!

 Bee

What should readers expect when they read your book? 

 Lucien

Something completely different, unusual, thought-provoking and not normal vampire musings.

 Bee

What would you tell your younger self?

 Lucien

How far back do you want me to go? Sleeping in a coffin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The times I’ve struggled to get out with stiff joints, well more times than I’ve had hot dinners – no that’s wrong, I haven’t had any hot dinners except that blonde last night.


Bee (I’m standing with purse in hand now. My palms are sweating and I’m eyeing the door of the night lounge we’ve chosen to meet at. Is he going to let me leave? Is he hungry right now! Calm down)

Lucien, it was…a pleasure speaking with you. I won’t be inviting you over to my home any time soon (I laugh nervously, as does Lucien) but I wish you all the best. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.


Bee L. Kirk, Author of City of the Guardians

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***Book Review*** for A River Moves Forward by Selena Haskins

One of the things I love most about reviewing books is the opportunity it affords me in sharing the range of emotions I go through while reading a book. As I’m reading, I never think about the reviewing aspect until I’m completely finished because I don’t want to misjudge someones work or jump to conclusions.

 I read A River Moves Forward about two weeks ago and I’m just now writing the review. This is due to several reasons. The most important being the fact that I wasn’t sure how to approach this review, I didn’t know where to start or how it would end.

 I have a confession to make…no this has nothing to do with the FB confession epidemic, I really have a confession. I judge books by their cover. I’m trying to retrain my brain but it is so hard. The first thing I see often draws me in or turns me away. So when I saw the cover for A River Moves Forward, I really didn’t know what to expect. I love city skylines and the cover for A River Moves Forward has a beautiful one displayed in conjunction with a calm and unwinding waterfront. It all gave me a sense of ease.

 Looking back on it now, the cover is very misleading. A River Moves Forward is anything but calm. I was on a roller coaster of emotions almost from the beginning. Author Selena Haskins gives the reader an inside view of life as most of us have never experienced it. It’s a time period piece, something else I am hesitant about. After reading this novel, I have changed my mind about that also. She made everything seem so relatable, you forget that it takes place in the 1970’s. I began reminiscing about the music that my parents would play around the house, which solidified my bond with the characters.

Cabrini Green Housing Projects is the location that most of the most heart wrenching events occur. I’ve never lived in, “The Projects” but Selena Haskins made me feel like I had. I’ve never had a sibling strung out on drugs, but Selena Haskins made me wonder what it would be like. I’ve never been beaten but Selena Haskins made me realize how blessed I have been.

 A River Moves Forward is by far more than just a nice cover, it will take you on a journey of ups and downs. You’ll be sad and happy. Anger will cause your face to blush and teenage love will make you remember those innocent days.

I would definitely recommend this book!

 The Bee Count: 9

 1-3 Bee’s => Sorry I read it

4-5 Bee’s=> I found watching paint dry more exciting

6-7 Bee’s=> Congrats on Publishing a book

8 Bee’s => Very Good Book, Would Recommend it!

 9 Bee’s=>Extremely Glad I read It!! Can’t wait to talk about it on my Internet Radio Show (City of the Guardians Blog Talk Radio.com)

10 Bee’s=> I can’t breath, I want more, RIGHT NOW!

 Bee L. Kirk, Author of City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor

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