THE BOOK: RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1 by Feminine Collective

To find like-minded women, (and men) who encourage, support and uplift by sharing the most difficult conversations with no judgement or shame is a rarity and a gift. Writing my column “Bleeding Ink” with Feminine Collective, and being applauded for telling my deepest, dark and not always pretty truths has been an honor and privilege. 

Feminine Collective, and founders, Julie Anderson and Marla Carlton are making magic and changing the literary landscape with real, raw and brave humanistic essays and poems. – Jacqueline Cioffa

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” ― Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

I am thrilled to announce: RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1: Selected Essays and Poems on Relationships with Self and Others.

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For Immediate Release

December 15, 2015

Los Angeles, CA – December 15, 2015: In their first bold venture into publishing, the masthead of Feminine Collective has pulled together an edgy, raw collection of essays and poems by women (and a few men) in Feminine Collective: RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1: Selected Essays and Poems on Relationships with Self and Others. These unfiltered essays from the best of FeminineCollective.com are touchpoints on popular culture, and span topics from self-awareness to bold revelations, from stories of empowerment to witty perspectives on working life and culture today.

RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1 is the passion project of Feminine Collective founders, international supermodel Julie Anderson, and art director Marla J. Carlton, as a celebration of women’s achievements. The collection gives readers intimate insight into the brilliant minds of top emerging writers.

Agapi Stassinopoulos, author of Unbinding the Heart, said, “In the pages of this book you will hear your deeper voice and touch the raw places of yourself where angels fear to tread and as you read them watch out because you might you just might become fearless and unbound.”

Actor and musician John Stamos said this about Feminine Collective, “When I need to tap into my feminine side, I run to FeminineCollective.com and now this book. It’s really smart.”

This astonishing book is divided into four sections, each highlighting both masculine and feminine perspectives that give us a glimpse into the often insane world of others. A collection of 44 writers in 376 pages—some published for the first time—converge to paint a portrait of the journey of the female mind in a dazzling spectrum that is an unrivaled compendium on raw, unfiltered voices including a poem by street artist Jules Muck. Famous for her green goddesses, as well as her green version of Gloria Steinem, Muck’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including the Bronx Museum of Art and can be seen on the book’s cover.

The foreword by Rachel Hunter, supermodel, actor and creator of DocuSeries Tour of Beauty describes Feminine Collective’s book as an experience “Where men and women can glimpse into the world of others … understanding the vulnerable, exquisite, powerful place of being a woman.”

Released December 11, 2015, Feminine Collective: RAW & Unfiltered: Vol 1 is available to purchase on Amazon.com. For the launch of this book, Feminine Collective has partnered with Women’s Center of LA. Now through March 31, 2016, Feminine Collective will donate 50% of the net proceeds from the book sales to Women’s Center of Los Angeles (WCLA). WCLA is a community of dedicated women with the shared goal of guiding, educating and supporting women and girls to attain the knowledge, confidence and courage for a life of personal success. On January 28, 2016, Feminine Collective will host a book launch party and fundraiser for WCLA in Los Angeles, open to the press.

About Feminine Collective

Feminine Collective is a platform devoted to raw, unfiltered stories and poems of emerging writers. They focus on nonfiction stories of interpersonal relationships, published four to six times per week, including essays, poems, and short fiction. While they avoid breaking news, they have been known to publish opinion pieces on current events. The provocative voices on Feminine Collective are unlike any found in mainstream media today—storytellers who openly share raw accounts of abuse, emotional and mental health issues, parenting, love, and self-image that empower, elevate, enlighten, and entertain. Each writer expresses a vulnerability yet unseen that impacts the lives of Feminine Collective’s rapidly growing readership. Feminine Collective was launched in January 2014 by creator Julie Anderson and co-founder Marla J. Carlton. Julie Anderson has enjoyed a two-decade long career as a supermodel—where she has been the face of influential luxury brands and cover girl on international editions of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Marla J. Carlton, a former international model, founded the award-winning Los Angeles based design firm, Specto Design in 2002, where she works as an art director and writer.

About Feminine Collective Foundation
Feminine Collective formed Feminine Collective Foundation in December 2015 with the sole mission to raise money to donate to charities that are dedicated to helping women and children in need, including victims of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, rape, human trafficking, at-risk teens and women who suffer from mental health issues.

#Author Diaries ~ Kelly Wilson, author of Caskets From Costco

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#Author Diaries is pleased to welcome Kelly Wilson, Gravity Imprint author of Caskets from Costco.

 

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Kelly Wilson is an author and comedian who entertains and inspires with stories of humor, healing, and hope. She is the author of Live Cheap & Free, Don’t Punch People in the Junk, and Caskets From Costco, along with numerous articles and short stories for children and adults. Kelly currently writes for a living and lives with her Magically Delicious husband, junk-punching children, dog, cat, and stereotypical minivan in Portland, Oregon. Read more about her at www.wilsonwrites.com.

 

What is your book’s genre/category? Memoir

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Please describe what the story/book is about.

Caskets From Costco is a funny book about grief that demonstrates the certainty of hope and healing in an uncertain and painful world.

 NOW FOR THE JUICY, FUN PART ~ DISCOVERING MORE ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOU, THE AUTHOR TICK.

 

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 Please pick 15 random questions from Proust’s Questionnaire and answer.

What is your greatest fear?

When I was younger, I read Walden and was really taken with Hendry David Thoreau. This quote in particular has stuck with me: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” My greatest fear is to come to the end of my life and realize that I had not, in fact, really lived.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

The ingrained habit of pleasing people at all cost. This is definitely a hard habit to break, especially believing that my needs are important and worthwhile.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Victimization happens to us. Being a victim is something we choose. I have the hardest time dealing with people who believe that they are victims and have victim behaviors.

Which living person do you most admire?

I most admire Stephen Colbert. He intelligently funny, sensitive, compassionate, thoughtful, and strong. I love how he balances humor with serious issues and feelings, as well as his ability to effectively communicate that tricky balance.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

When I see myself in mirrors (which I have just really started to look at) or photos, I mostly criticize how puffy I look. I have always struggled with my weight. The extra weight I carry on my frame is a symbol of how I am trying to protect myself on the outside as well as the inside. It’s a reminder that sometimes I overeat to either feel or avoid feeling, to escape.

Which living person do you most despise?

This honor goes to both of my parents, who victimized me in a variety of ways, who stole what is most sacred and innocent and valuable. I continue to work on healing from their actions.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Gentle strength.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband. He’s a friggin’ rock star. We’ve been married for 20 years, and we still like to be together.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would spend less time protecting myself and more time having adventures.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I’m still standing and fairly sane, able to function for the most part in my life as a writer, comedian, wife, and mother. That’s me, keeping expectations low!

What is your favorite occupation?

Teaching.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I’m funny. Seriously.

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty. I have a strong aversion to pretending that everything is okay when it isn’t. I appreciate people who know what they need and honestly communicate. Also, a sense of humor helps immensely.

Who are your favorite writers?

My absolute favorite – since I was ten and huddled among the dusty shelves in my school library – is Madeleine L’Engle. I like a wide variety of writers: Diana Gabaldon, Elizabeth Peters, Laurie R. King, Ann Lamott, Nadia Weber-Boltz, and – wait for it – Tom Clancy.

What is your motto?

My motto is Choose Boldly, Fail Loudly, Embrace Criticism, and Celebrate Success

What motivated you to write the book and what have you learned about yourself from the process?

The only way I could process the grief and trauma I had been through was to write about it. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. I can’t explain why, but I felt a very visceral need to get this book out into the world and into people’s hands. There is always hope.

Kelly Wilson

Thank you Kelly for chatting, opening up and taking the Proust challenge. I wish you continued success with your writing, family, vast literary interests, always sticking up for yourself, and finding the humor in every situation.


 

Website? http://www.wilsonwrites.com

Where can we find your book? http://www.amazon.com/Caskets-Costco-Kelly-Wilson/dp/1513703919/

You can follow Kelly around the web

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilsonWrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KW_Writes
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/wilsonwrites
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KellyWilsonWrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548683.Kelly_Wilson
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/wilsonwrites/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Wilson/e/B0030ZX24S


ABOUT JACQUELINE CIOFFA

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Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector and Stone Crab enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the anthologies, Brainstorms, Feminine Collective’s Raw & Unfiltered Vol. 1, and numerous literary magazines. Living with manic depression, Jacqueline is an advocate for mental health awareness, and author of the poignant literary debut, The Vast Landscape, and soul-stirring sequel, Georgia Pine.

 

The essence continues because you do. Harrison leaves the door open a crack. I seize the opportunity to revisit my whole, healthy self a bit longer, live in the mystic beach home I adore, dream eyes open. Hope is our greatest asset. To choose hope against the worst possible odds is the true measure of life. ~ Georgia Pine by Jacqueline Cioffa

Look for her new column, “Bleeding Ink” with Feminine Collective.

“The essence continues because you do. Harrison leaves the door open a crack. I seize the opportunity to revisit my whole, healthy self a bit longer, live in the mystic beach home I adore, dream eyes open. Hope is our greatest asset. To choose hope against the worst possible odds is the true measure of life.” ~ Georgia Pine by Jacqueline Cioffa

Look for her new column, “Bleeding Ink” with Feminine Collective.

The Infamous Proust Questionnaire

In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession album” — a Victorian version of today’s popular personality tests, designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility in a series of simple questions. Proust’s original manuscript, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” wasn’t discovered until 1924, two years after his death. Decades later, the French television host Bernard Pivot, whose work inspired James Lipton’s Inside the Actor’s Studio, saw in the questionnaire an excellent lubricant for his interviews and began administering it to his guests in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1993, Vanity Fair resurrected the tradition and started publishing various public figures’ answers to the Proust Questionnaire on the last page of each issue.

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“Snow Drifts” – excerpt from The Vast Landscape by Jacqueline Cioffa #vignette

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The Gravity Imprint re-release, The Vast Landscape by Jacqueline Cioffa will be out soon!

“This story was quite the ride; it was raw and full of emotions, doubts, mistrusts, fame, love and it was like following a train wreck as it goes down the track.”

 “Poignant Narrative”

 “Remarkably Well-Written Debut Novel”

 “STUNNINGLY EMOTIONAL AND SOUL-GRIPPING”

 “BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN AND DEEPLY MEANINGFUL”

#Author Diaries ~ Wendy Garfinkle, author of SERPENT ON A CROSS

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#Author Diaries is pleased to welcome Wendy Garfinkle, Booktrope author of SERPENT ON A CROSS.

 

Wendy_Author_HeadshotWendy is a writer who holds degrees from three different universities, including MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Her debut novel, SERPENT ON A CROSS, which was published October 30, 2012, by Northampton House Press as an eBook, was re-released digitally and in print – with new content – by Booktrope, in August 2014.

She has authored numerous poems, and is currently working on her second novel, the sequel to SOAC, which will be published by Booktrope in Spring 2016, and a new contemporary thriller series. She has served as a copy editor and panel reader for Hippocampus Magazine, and a reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She works as an Editor and Proofreader for Booktrope, and its Gravity Imprint.

In her day job, Wendy is a crime analyst. Her hobbies include reading, photography, writing and editing, and traveling. She lives in South Florida with her teenage son.

 

soac_front_cover_11.24.15 copyWhat is your book’s genre/category?

Jewish Medieval Fantasy/Jewish Historical

Please describe what the story/book is about.

Dennah Dubrovnika is a formidable hunter and talented healer. However, she cannot control her own powers, which have suddenly reawakened in the aftermath of her mother’s violent capture by a powerful warlord who destroyed their village in his wake. As she races to free her mother, Dennah is accompanied by Jeth, the man she loves. But she’s increasingly, inexorably drawn to the mysterious Skallan who is allied with her greatest enemy.

Will Dennah be able to gain a measure of control over her magic or will she lose everything and everyone she loves to its raging inferno?

 

NOW FOR THE JUICY, FUN PART ~ DISCOVERING MORE ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOU, THE AUTHOR TICK.

 

Please pick 15 random questions from Proust’s Questionnaire and answer.

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What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll allow fear of the unknown and low self-confidence to keep me from realizing my potential – as a professional, as a mother, as a friend, as a writer, etcetera.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination. I’m a big procrastinator. I don’t MEAN to be, it just happens. I usually have the best of intentions with regards to writing and editing. But something ALWAYS happens. Whether I get caught up in reading the newest book by a favorite author, or trying to catch up on all the DVR-D episodes of my favorite shows – and there are a lot of them – or my warm bedcovers refuse to release me… time manages to slip away, and then I’m rushed.

Ironically though, procrastination seems to suit me. I’ve tried completing projects ahead of time; for some reason, it just doesn’t happen. If I’m editing, I end up having trouble with the layout or headers, or some such, which puts me behind schedule anyway. So I usually just throw in the towel and let procrastination have her way. They don’t call me Turtle Editor for nothing, you know.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Disloyalty. If I have a problem with someone, I try to remember that that person – and not the rest of social media – is the FIRST one who needs to hear that I have a problem with him or her, and hope that we can work through it in a manner acceptable to both parties.

I faced this issue recently. Someone I thought was a “friend” pretty much threw me under the bus because he was having trouble facing his own fears and limitations. Apparently, I was one of the major players in this stressful situation, so I guess he decided instead of working through the problem, he needed to make me “pay.” Once I got over being hurt by his blitz attack (a day or two later), I got pissed. Needless to say, we’re not “friends” anymore and I can’t say that I miss the toxicity he brought to my life.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books. I have loads of them. They’ve all but taken over my bedroom and my half of the office I share with my brother. Even if I don’t have money for groceries or gas, I WILL find a way to buy a book if I want it bad enough. See? I’m obsessed. But it’s an obsession I won’t be seeking a cure for anytime soon. I think it’s the healthiest extravagance to have.

What is your current state of mind?

While I’m writing this, my state of mind is a bit frantic. I’m trying to finish answering 15 questions so I can get this interview back to Jackie so she won’t think I’m a TOTAL slacker.

Other than that, I’m less-stressed than I was a few weeks ago. Further along with my 2nd novel – might actually finish it before Christmas…this year! – have a few more editing and proofreading projects under my belt, and resolved a few personal/family issues. Life is good at the moment.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience. I missed the patience train as a developing fetus. My childhood motto was “But I WANT it (NOW)!” That hasn’t changed much. I try to be more mature these days about my impatience, usually attempting to distract myself with something else – reading, sleeping, playing crossword puzzles – while I wait for other parties involved to catch up. This works really well with my deplorable procrastination trait. I like to think that impatience and procrastination will someday find an easy middle.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Two things. My weight and rosacea. I never had a problem with my weight before I got pregnant. I blame the OB/GYN (a MAN, by the way) who told me to put on more weight. He apparently forgot to tell me HOW to safely do this (time frame, meal plan, etc.) so that it wouldn’t take the rest of my life to lose it again. Just, “you need to gain more weight.” I took that directive and ran with it. I’ve lost some of that weight, and then put it back on. So more than 15 years later, I’ve never been any closer than 25 lbs over to my pre-pregnancy weight. Fortunately, I’m almost 6 feet tall bare-foot, so it’s easier to camouflage most of that extra weight than it would be if I was, say 6 inches shorter.

Rosacea. I’ve had this all of my adult life. When I’m stressed or anxious or depressed (which is about half the time), it shows on my face. I’m almost 42 and I feel like a teenager most days because of my blotchy complexion – NOT good for the self-confidence, which I already struggle with. I’ve tried many different products, and no products at all – both store-bought and homeopathic – to little avail. The thing that works best is little to no makeup; except for special occasions – date night or some such –washing my face at least twice a day with cold water and a mild salicylic face wash, and a monthly or bi-monthly facial/face peel. That’s it. Anything else and I have break-outs of epic proportions – well, epic to me, because, hey, almost 42 here.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

I can only pick ONE quality? Choices, choices. Well, if we’re talking about a platonic relationship with a man, then I’d have to say a great sense of humor. If we’re talking about a romantic relationship, I have a whole page of qualities. One of the most important qualities for a romantic relationship is that he be taller than me – at least 6 feet tall. I’ve tried dating guys who are shorter than me. Makes me feel awkward, and there’s the whole self-confidence issue. For some reason, tall men like itty-bitty women and short men like taller women. I take issue with this – we tall women like to feel “itty-bitty” too (at least, I do)! But a sense of humor coupled with a spirit of adventure rank almost at the top. Must love to have sex. It’s great if he likes to cook, also, because I don’t. Like to cook, that is. I CAN cook, but I prefer not to. He also needs to be a reader. I’m suspicious of men who don’t like to read.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to pound out a full-length manuscript in 2-3 months, and write 2 blog posts a week. Even if that full-length manuscript needs a lot of editing, the meat of it – the work that’s the most challenging for me – would be finished and I wouldn’t be so stressed over the novel I’ve been working on for the past 2 years and NEVER seem to finish. Even though said novel has been completely outlined for the past 2 years, and I know EXACTLY where the story is going. And I wouldn’t agonize so much over whether I’m going to have a fresh post for #MondayBlogs, or if so-and-so is going to “yell” at me because I STILL haven’t finished that blog post I promised her 6 months ago! In addition to Turtle Editor, I’m also Turtle Writer.

Where would you most like to live?

The UK. Specifically, London. I’ve been there 4 times over a 15-year period and every time I go back, I fall in love a little bit more. The first 3 times I was there were for summer study programs through my university. Through that program and those trips, I was able to visit other parts of England, such as Winchester and Salisbury, as well as travel to France (Paris) and Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow).

I like to call London my hometown. It would be wonderful if it someday actually DOES become my hometown. Then I could travel all around the UK and other parts of Europe. It would be a dream come true to live and work there.

What is your favorite occupation?

Something that combines my love of writing, editing, history, travel and photography – freelancing for National Geographic comes to mind. Don’t get me wrong, I love my day job as a crime analyst and working in law enforcement, and getting paid by Booktrope to read and edit, help guide authors to polish their stories into something even more fantastic and memorable. But if I could have my dream job? It would be something that combines these loves. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to do that.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My green eyes. I think they’re my best feature; my European heritage coming through. And green is the rarest eye color, which makes them that much more special in my opinion.

Who are your favorite writers?

Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Karen Rose, John Gwynne, Robin Owens, Robyn Carr, Alison Weir, Anne Bishop, Richard Montanari, Karin Slaughter, Michelle Sagara, Maggie Anton, Patrick Rothfuss.

In most cases, I’ve read everything or almost everything the above authors have written. In a few cases (Patrick Rothfuss and John Gwynne), I’m counting the days until their newest releases – the series are THAT excellent. I’m not waiting breathlessly, because while I’m fairly certain that John Gwynne’s final book in his The Faithful and The Fallen series will be available within the next 9 months or so, holding my breath while waiting on the release date for the next book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles would most likely end in my own demise.

Who are your heroes in real life?

One of my heroes is my mother. She’s ALWAYS there for me, even when we’re miles apart. I’m fortunate to currently live just a few miles from her. She’s been my back-up caregiver since my son’s father and I separated, he moved away, and then we divorced more than 9 years ago. My mom is my sounding board and my role model of a godly, compassionate woman. I’ll never be as good as she is, but it’s nice to have someone to emulate.

Other heroes include my fellow Gravity Imprint peeps. We have some awesome authors who’ve shared some heart-wrenching stories. Their bravery, determination, compassion, and dedication to community humble me daily.

What is your greatest regret?

Letting anxiety and fear of the unknown stop me from taking chances when I was younger, had more energy and no child. Hindsight truly IS 20/20. At my “mature age” of almost 42 years, I make conscious effort not to let this fear continue to rule my life and decisions.

How would you like to die?

I’m not going to die; I am immortal!!

Ahem. Sorry. That’s a different interview. Now what did I do with that answer? Oh, yes…

I would like to die as a very elderly lady, say about age 90 or so, peacefully, in my sleep, after accomplishing everything on my rather lengthy bucket list.

What is your motto?

I have the will and I will find a way.


What motivated you to write the book and what have you learned about yourself from the process?

SERPENT ON A CROSS began life in response to a writing prompt while working toward my MA in Creative Writing degree.

The prompt was: Write a scene from the point of view of a young character in a setting that is uncomfortable, threatening, dangerous, or fearful. Create the sense of conflict with the surroundings through at least three senses. Use elements of weather, time of day, and time of year as well as place.

And Dennah was born. The original 4-page scene that resulted from this prompt was amateurish. The revised and re-revised scene expanded into a 10-page writing sample that made it into my final portfolio for the semester, and while it was a little more advanced than the original, still wasn’t my best work. It began with a “waking up” scene – the kind of beginning my mentor detests, and was quick to tell me so. Since acting auditions in my 20s helped me grow a thick skin, I was able to accept, with humor and humility, his comments; constructive criticism from an experienced author intended to help me grow as a writer and to mold my story into a publishable novel, which eventually became SERPENT ON A CROSS.

Transitioning into my Project/Thesis Semester, I wanted to revise this 10-page piece of fantastic juvenile fluff into a fantasy novel, and so asked my mentor, Dave Poyer, his thoughts. This began a discussion of my ancestral background, and how it could be woven into Dennah’s story. My heritage on my father’s side is Ashkenazi Jewish, my great-grandparents having emigrated from Russian territories (Ukraine and Belarus) during late 19th century pogroms. Thus, the background for Dennah’s story – a young Jewish healer with unknown Elemental powers living in Medieval Eastern Europe on the eve of a pogrom.

Since I planned to set my novel in the real world, during an historical time period, but with fantasy themes of magic, mythology and mysticism, I had to research the historical and realistic pieces of Dennah’s story, language and geography, as well as the mysticism and magic that has been part of Jewish heritage for thousands of years. I also spent a whirlwind 8 days in 2010 traveling through Poland, Ukraine and Russia, in an attempt to get a “feel” for the countries and people that make up the landscape and characters of my books.

Though I’ve had to stumble through most of my discovery, as my father’s family wasn’t very observant, didn’t keep very good family records, and most of them have passed on, I’ve fallen more deeply in love with my rich Jewish heritage and continue my research into this part of my ancestry. I’ve also learned a great deal about herbalism and medieval medicinal practices.

I probably have enough knowledge and references to someday open an apothecary, which will, naturally, be adjoined to my cafe-bookstore full of new, used and rare volumes of the printed word, which I travel the world to procure.

Author Website?

http://wendycgarfinkle.com/

Where can we find your book?

 Amazon

Barnes & Noble

You can follow Wendy Garfinkle around the web:

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook Personal Page

Goodreads

Google+

LinkedIn

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Thank you, Wendy for chatting and taking the Proust challenge. I wish you continued success with your writing, and immortal life pursuits. You have already completed quite the extensive, and impressive ‘bucket list’ check. Slacker? I hardly think so. Maybe writing a suspense drama for the BBC is in your future, staring a beguiling and bewitching heroine with stricking green eyes…


ABOUT JACQUELINE CIOFFA

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Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector and Stone Crab enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the anthologies, Brainstorms, Feminine Collective’s Raw & Unfiltered Vol. 1, and numerous literary magazines. Living with manic depression, Jacqueline is an advocate for mental health awareness. She’s a storyteller, observer, essayist, potty mouth and film lover who’s traveled the world.

Her poignant, literary fiction debut, The Vast Landscape, gives new meaning to intense, raw and heartfelt.
Fans of the emotional, soul stirring first novel will not be able to put the exciting sequel, Georgia Pine, down.

“The essence continues because you do. Harrison leaves the door open a crack. I seize the opportunity to revisit my whole, healthy self a bit longer, live in the mystic beach home I adore, dream eyes open. Hope is our greatest asset. To choose hope against the worst possible odds is the true measure of life.” ~ Georgia Pine by Jacqueline Cioffa

Look for her new column, “Bleeding Ink” with Feminine Collective.

The Infamous Proust Questionnaire

In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession album” — a Victorian version of today’s popular personality tests, designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility in a series of simple questions. Proust’s original manuscript, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” wasn’t discovered until 1924, two years after his death. Decades later, the French television host Bernard Pivot, whose work inspired James Lipton’s Inside the Actor’s Studio, saw in the questionnaire an excellent lubricant for his interviews and began administering it to his guests in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1993, Vanity Fair resurrected the tradition and started publishing various public figures’ answers to the Proust Questionnaire on the last page of each issue.

Cover Reveal: Caskets from Costco

Caskets from Costco
Kelly Wilson
Genre: Memoir
Release Date: November 2, 2015

Gravity Imprint of Booktrope Publishing

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Blurb:

For twenty years, I thought that I had been marching through the stages of grief in a straight line. I had been following the formula, crossing each processed grief experience off my list.
Except that I was totally deluded. And I didn’t discover that until Jim, my beloved father-in-law, died. I found myself drying off from my shower the morning after his death, really hoping he couldn’t see me naked. Or, if he could, that he was averting his eyes.
From that moment, my path through grief resembled a roller coaster, spiraling and twisting and turning, circling back around. Echoes of past trauma, including childhood abuse and cheating death, would no longer be ignored. I somehow needed to get from the beginning to the end of this grief adventure, and I don’t have a good sense of direction.
But what is always present during a journey through grief, regardless of the path chosen?
Hope.
Caskets From Costco is a funny book about grief that demonstrates the certainty of hope and healing in an uncertain and painful world.

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Author:
Kelly Wilson is an author and comedian who entertains and inspires with stories of humor, healing, and hope. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Kelly writes and speaks about finding hope in the process of recovery. Through both stand-up and improv comedy, she brings laughter to audiences of all ages using a wide range of subject matter, including silly songs, parenting stories, and jokes and anecdotes revolving around mental health issues.
Kelly is the author of Live Cheap & Free, Don’t Punch People in the Junk, and Caskets From Costco, along with numerous articles and short stories for children and adults. She currently writes for a living and lives with her Magically Delicious husband, junk-punching children, dog, cat, and stereotypical minivan in Portland, Oregon.

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5-Stars The Vast Landscape is both beautifully written, and deeply meaningful."#Amazon Review

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THE VAST LANDSCAPE

5-Stars and I loved every single moment of it

“Jacqueline Cioffa writes with such a soul stirring intensity that it can’t help but ignite a passion in her readers. I took my time with this book, and I loved every single moment of it. Harrison is beautiful in her strength and vulnerability. She spoke to me in ways that a character never has. I felt like I knew Harry, and could understand everything she reckoned with.

Thank you, Jacqueline Cioffa for writing an outstanding and brilliant book. This story and these characters will always be part of my life.

The Vast Landscape is both beautifully written, and deeply meaningful. This book is a 5 star highly recommended book, one that holds a special place on my bookshelf, and one that I will read over and over again.

Well done, Ms. Cioffa. Stunning work.” – Amazon Review

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“ Charting life by the ebb and flow of the tides, sunrise, sunset and the earth’s rotation. ” GEORGIA PINE by Jacqueline Cioffa #earthday2015

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“ Charting life by the ebb and flow of the tides, sunrise, sunset and the earth’s rotation. ”

-GEORGIA PINE by Jacqueline Cioffa

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Tomorrow is #earthday2015.

I plan on hugging a tree, digging in the dirt, planting perennials, going for a walk in the woods, drinking fresh water from the tap, dreaming of a tiny home with a wall of glass on a beach and a lush, edible green garden.

And, to continue to write sagas filled with finite pink quartz, sand granules, crunchy gravel, sustainable gardens built on friendship, second chance love, bougainvillea, magnolia and jasmine sweet scents, acrid rain, coral reefs and the vast hues of nature providing a fresh palette to paint words with the earth’s rich, mystic elements.

The earth plays an inspiring pivotal role and central theme in my life and the make-believe worlds the characters in “The Vast Landscape” and “Georgia Pine” inhabit.

I’m grateful for the dirt, sea, and stable ground I walk upon.

What would you like to do tomorrow? Here on this earth.

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RAVE: "And when you’re done with The Vast Landscape take the next step to Georgia Pine…"

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“A book about growing up and figuring out who you really are and what you really want out of life. The struggles on the path to happiness.The Vast Landscape is a relatable book with a heroine that you can’t help but love and root for (and wish was in your circle of friends).

And when you’re done with The Vast Landscape take the next step to Georgia Pine! The emotionally charged page turner sequel….a MUST read!” Rave / verumvita.worpress.com