Mini-Interview: Ethan Klaussen

I loved every minute I spent with my grandma and my cousins in the wide open country of Kansas. So much so, I wanted to share what I loved about the land in my new story “The Wheat Witch.” Though Ethan my main character isn’t a real live human, he does miss his home and seems to have left all of his goodness there after he moved away. Here today, I’m sharing an interview by fellow author Olga Godim with him. As you read “The Wheat Witch,” I’m hoping his love for his home inspires you to find something great about your own. My own personal favorite memory about growing up in Kansas was roaming free in my neighborhood and climbing all the trees. Do you have something you miss about yours? I’d love to hear it. Happy Monday, all.

Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life

bubble_knightinterview3Our IWSG anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, includes 12 tales of heroes lost or fallen, struggling or bewildered, living in fantasy worlds or in our own. Some of them agreed to have a mini-interview on this blog.
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Today I present to you Ethan Klaussen, the protagonist of Erika Beebe’s story The Wheat Witch.

Tell me about yourself—name, profession, home, family, the usual.

I don’t… well… I shouldn’t really be here at all. But I was told it was my responsibility to report my lessons. I am a “human” after all. I guess we “humans” have been flawed since the biblical time to make selfish choices. Mine, I can honestly say, was a long time meltdown.

So the beginning. Sorry to digress. Who am I? Ethan Isaac Klaussen, pleased to address your thorough questions. Born in MannHigh, Kansas in 1934. The year is 1989, isn’t…

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Celebrate the Small Things 4: Humanize Bad Behavior #FridayFeeling

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.

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This week, I’ve tried to practice a good behavior and an old skill I learned in a previous job as a corporate trainer. When I don’t understand what someone does, I try to stop and think, “Why would a reasonable and rational person do what they do and say what they say?” It’s a question from resource material “Crucial Conversations” I used to facilitate to managers. I learned a lot about people.

Body language. Tone. Facial Expressions. Above all things, facial expression tells us a lot.

This week, I’m celebrating the almost end of an incredibly busy week. I’ve tried every day to make amends with past hurts in relationships. Especially when I’ve had to swallow my pride. I think watching my kids grow and how they interpret the wrongs that go on helps remind me every day of the miracle we’re gifted in each day. I also really love these Friday posts. Why? Because reflecting on the good is healing for the heart and soul.

My list of smiles this week include the following:
  • I finished all the decorations I needed to make for a retirement reception at work. It was a huge event. It takes weeks of organizing to make sure all 61 retirees were celebrated. I fluffed and fixed tons of vases of flowers with raffia, moss and little monarch butterflies.
  • I smiled at people this week I know had a few bad thoughts about me. I tried to say sweet things and worked extra hard and extra detailed to prove I am competent and capable. I don’t know if you have the same pet peeve I do, but I’d rather a person talk to the face instead of the back. My mother always told me though, shine brighter than the rain. You’ll feel better on the inside.
  • My daughter had her summer birthday in school. These lovely rainbow cupcakes made everyone smile the second they saw them. I didn’t get to taste one, but I can only imagine the smile it gave others on the inside who did.
  • A book signing Saturday the 13th! I’ll be at a Second Saturdays event in downtown Blue Springs. It’s a celebration of artists, writers, and craftspeople. Free music! I’ll be at the bookstore with the newest loveliest anthology just released, “Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life.”

 

How about you? Did you have a great shiny moment this week? Do you try to smile when the world frowns?

 

It’s Friday! Yay! That’s reason to celebrate in my eyes.

Celebrate the Small Things: Every day is Another New Day

Fridays are all about celebrating the Small Things thanks to a weekly blog hop created by author Lexa Cain. Joint co-hosts this week are authors L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog The mission coincides with what I’m hoping to do with my own writing, inspire and focus on the light when those slippery shadows creep around our shoes. Want to sign up? Click Lexa Cain’s link to find out more.

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I wake up to my alarm in the morning and most days, I can’t wait to get up. I can’t wait to start my morning coffee. I can’t wait to have some “me” time before my two sleepy-eyed kiddos wake up and write. Mornings are always full of possibility. And this week, here in Kansas City, we’ve been doused with frequent rain and clouds. However, this morning I woke up to something different. The birds. Calling to one another. The sun broke the dark sky in a subtle golden band. I sat down at my desk and I began to look up quotes. This one by Mark Twain made me smile.
I have  a whole list of smiles this week:
  • I helped my kiddos make teacher appreciation thank you cards. I love to see what makes them happy about their teachers. My favorite thought was how my daughter’s teacher made her feel safe.
  • The gym! Finally! I made it made four days this week. Being the high energy person I am, I NEED the gym. LOL
  • Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life is here! I am honored to be one of the 12 authors chosen this year in the anthology.  Here’s a link to our website with how to purchase it.
  • A book signing! I scored a book signing at a local bookstore in town called Inklings Books and Coffee Shoppe. Come and join me. I’ll post the info on my author facebook page later today. I’d love to see you there.
  • Lastly, I bought a new house! I’m so excited! I might be busy right now as the end of the school year wraps up, a new house and a book launch, but sometimes you don’t get to pick the timing. You put on your best most fanciest shoes and you dance on.

How about you? Did you have any pleasant surprises this week?

It’s Friday! Yay! That’s reason to celebrate in my eyes.

IWSG POST 20: Weird Writing Research and Book Launch #IWSG #MysteriesOfDeathAndLife

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[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome hosts are Michelle Wallace, Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan , Liesbet @ Roaming About and Feather Stone

Thank you so much! And thank you founder Alex J. Cavanaugh!

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Research has always been my foundation for writing. I’ve loved history. As a kid, my mom gave us the best gift, a real set of hardcover Encyclopedias. I loved staring at those glossy pages. At the time, the dog section was my favorite. I pulled the “D” Encyclopedia out every night and dreamed about my own perfect dog. At the time it was a Pomeranian. Now, I’m more of a short-haired dog fan.

 

This month’s IWSG post asks me to think of the weirdest/coolest thing I’ve ever written for a story. In honor of the new release, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, I’ll pick old farm equipment. And here’s what I incorporated into my own story “The Wheat Witch,” set in the middle of Kansas in the year 1989.

After interviewing my father about farm life in Kansas, I came up with this list of equipment my main character Ethan had to clean up and use:

  • International 560 Diesel Tractor. 1963. Pull Combine.

    photo credit: Pixabay

  • Disc Plow (4) and Harrow
  • Tiller for weeds
  • Planter
  • Sprayers
  • Old Farm Truck with bed (Ford)
  • A broken down shed.

A scene in my story involves the repair of an old tractor. I relied heavily on YouTube to get the visuals going in my mind.

photo: pixabay

Here’s the Youtube video I watched to get the background on troubleshooting a tractor that isn’t starting up right.

The picture to the right is just for fun. It’s Ethan’s man car, his only prized possession, a 69′ Mustang. My dad told me he and his family were only allowed to buy ford vehicles since the ford dealer went to his family’s church. The church was the pillar of the community and tying into the community was pivotal.

Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life

Today is the day! Thank you to everyone who made this book such an incredible success, from the talented authors, the judges, those folks taking part in the blog tour this month, the IWSG, and Dancing Lemur Press, LLC. Friday I’ll post the list of blog tour stops. 🙂

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Question? What’s your strangest item you had to research in school, life or writing?

Thank you and have a lovely day 🙂