Welcome to this week’s Saturday Morning Coffee where I am sharing some of those who have been such an important part of Smorgasbord over the last year or so.
My blog began as a tentative solo effort back in October 2013.
I had been away for almost six years from our home here in Madrid with infrequent visits; particularly in the last four years of my mother’s life. Whilst in Portsmouth I resumed my radio presenting and had two shows in the week. One on Thursday afternoon which was mainly about health and then the Sunday Morning Show. I also co-presented Drive Time with my great friend Adrian Knight on a couple of evenings a week which was a huge amount of fun as well as producing a popular programme.
When I moved to the Internet television station for a year, I combined my role as station director with newsreading and presenting. I was delighted when Adrian teamed up with me again for a Friday afternoon chat show. That collaboration was amazing and hopefully one day we can get the Adrian and Sally Show on the airways again.
After settling my mother’s affairs I returned to Madrid and shut the gate to the house and spent the next six months getting to know my home again and chilling. I did manage to get two books out and that was very satisfying, but I did miss the stimulation of working with others on projects outside of the home.
When I started the blog I was uncertain about which direction it would take. I began promoting it on other social media platforms and slowly over the next few months I began to see familiar faces popping up. Their interaction prompted me to start a virtual Sunday Show to replace my radio programme.
I soon came to realise that a blog is a team effort and it is the collaboration of others that makes it more interesting and encourages interaction. Over the last eighteen months I have met some extraordinary people from around the world who have given support, contributed posts or offered their services to promote my work.
Meet my guests…..
William Price King – Café Américain with an Almond Croissant.
My first guest this morning was on Twitter and I found him by chance when looking at musicians. I checked out his website and decided to chance my arm by approaching him for an interview. At that time I think I only had a few hundred followers on Twitter and he had many thousands and I was a little nervous about his reaction.
However I needn’t have been worried as I immediately got a response back and William was one of my first guests on the new show.
Since then we have developed a friendship that extends beyond the blog and it is lovely to share in the lives of he and his wife. We have never met in person but hope that one day the four of us will be able to do so and then I can thank him in person.
Regular visitors to the blog will have read his in-depth articles on some of the most amazing Jazz performers of the last century including Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Roberta Flack. Next Wednesday he begins a brand new series about Quincy Jones.
Apart from beginning a new series, William has also announced that there will be a new album released shortly. This is great news and I am looking forward to showcasing some of the tracks here on the blog. William has had a very busy summer with composing, mentoring other singers and performing but delighted to welcome him back next week. Here is a little more about him if this is your first visit.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully. Here is a wonderful version of Moondance.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
Download the Album
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
And for my second guest…..
Teresa Karlinski – Black coffee and sharing a Chocolate Brownie with me (because we are being good)
Teresa (Tess) has become a warm and encouraging friend who supports others without a moment’s hesitation. She obviously has a quirky sense of humour since she always laughs at my jokes and I also see it when reading about her experiences… She has recently been travelling and away from her blog, How The Cookie Crumbles, and I missed her input very much… Glad to see her back and with us for coffee this morning. She asked for a very small piece of brownie but since it is virtually calorie, sugar and fat free I think she can indulge.
Tess has been there for much of the last eighteen months and has always commented and boosted my morale despite being extremely busy on her own blog. I have laughed and cried when reading her fabulous flash fiction.
For the last year I have also been following the trip that Tess made to China and enjoying every minute of her daily accounts. China has been hidden from us in the West for so long and whilst some of their customs and their culture do seem a little bewildering at times it is wonderful to see beyond the official tourist promotion. Tess seems to always find that nugget of information or little blip that makes a trip memorable. There are sixty two episodes and reading them has saved me thousands in fares and hotel bills. I had contemplated perhaps visiting China but having read Tess’s in-depth journal I feel that I do not need to see in person.
So stock up on the Dim Sum, crispy duck and pancakes with some hot rice wine and follow the link here.
Tess is the queen of short story fiction and rises to challenges on a weekly basis that would daunt me. Here is a link to her latest that she posted this week.
Apart from articles on a number of subjects Tess has contributed to two anthologies. I love collections of poetry, real life experiences and short stories from several authors that you can dip into even if you have little time to relax…. It is a testament to Tess’s creative writing and expertise in this area that she is in both these anthologies.
Buy the anthologies
LINKS for Tess.
Teresa Karlinski writes and blogs from Canada.
Read her blog at how the cookie crumbles
http://1perspectives.webs.com/pmjuly2012.htm (read: Friends – page 6)
http://twistedendings.webs.com/sept2013 (read: Slammed – page 11)
And last but not least……..
M.C.V. Egan (Catalina) – Latte and oats and Nutella cookie
My third guest is author M.C.V Egan (Catalina) who has not only collaborated by sharing posts here on WordPress but also on Facebook and LinkedIn. Catalina illustrates how important it is to share and because of her efforts I have far more followers than I might have done without her. And they are like minded followers; who share my passion for health and writing which means they in turn share around the usual haunts.
Earlier this year Catalina generously made me two trailers for Sam’s book and also Size Matters. I use them all the time and here is Sam’s since I can watch it over and over again.
Catalina has a wicked sense of humour as those of you who follow her on Facebook will have discovered. She is also unafraid to tackle tough topics and is a staunch supporter of those who are being treated unfairly. Very generous to other authors and promotes them on her various sites. Her two books are highly acclaimed and both have fascinating subjects. Here is a look at Catalina’s life and work to date.
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths and Defined by Others. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age she became obsessed with the story of her maternal Grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, mostly the story of how he died. She only spent her childhood in Mexico. Her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. From the early 1970s at the age of 12 she moved with her entire family to the United States.
Catalina was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award; ironically being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977.
She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (The Swedish kind, not the football player kind) Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish business people. She returned to the USA where she has been living ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Buy Catalina’s books.
Author spotlight: http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com.es/
So those are my three generous and collaborative guests who make writing this blog all the more pleasurable and successful. Whilst it is only words, I do hope they understand how much their presence on my writing journey means to me.
I hope that you will follow these wonderful friends of mine on their websites, blogs and social media, and you won’t regret it.
The previous coffee mornings..
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