Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday August 8th 2018 – #Interviews and #Guest Posts- Janice Spina, The Story Reading Ape and The Sister’s of the Fey

Welcome to a snapshot of the posts that I have read in the last couple of days. Guest posting and accepting invitations to guest post are a great way to promote your blog and today I thought I would share some examples.

The first post is an interview of children’s author Victoria Zigler by fellow author Janice Spina. Janice is a wonderful host and being a guest will introduce you to some great new contacts.

It’s a pleasure to have you back again, Tori.

1. Please tell us something about yourself.

My name is Victoria, but I prefer to be called Tori. I’m a vegetarian poet and children’s author, who was born in the Welsh mountains, but now lives on the English coast.

I’ve been married to my Canadian husband for a little over 15 years now, and we currently have four furkids: a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.

I’ve never had particularly great eyesight, and have now been completely blind for more than a decade. I’ve been visually impaired since birth, registered blind since just before becoming a teenager, and lost the last of my sight to Congenital Glaucoma in my early 20s.

jjspina: I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of sight. You appear to be adapting amazingly well. God bless you.

2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

It varies. Sometimes – such as in the case of my “Degu Days Duo” and “Kero’s World” books – the ideas will come from the events in the lives of one or more of my furkids. Sometimes it will be an event in my own life that inspires me, like how my struggles to adapt after my sight loss inspired my “Toby’s Tales” series. Sometimes it will be random questions that pop in to my head, musings from things I’ve read or watched, or random things I hear in my day to day life. In other words, my ideas can – and do – come from just about anywhere.

I write them all down, and work on whichever I’m most inspired to work on at any given time, often having more than one story on the go at once.

jjspina: You are amazing, Tori, with all you have done with your books.

Head over and read the rest of the interview and find out more about Tori and her books:

Both Janice and Tori are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Janice Spina, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.


Victoria Zigler, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Victoria’s website to view all her books.

Another fantastic place to gain visibility for your blog and books is as a guest of Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape.. I do recommend that you read his submissions guidelines and take advantage of his offer to showcase your writing skills.

Here is a recent guest author Marlena Owens sharing her story and her work.

If I’m going to do this right, I’m going to have to take you to the beginning. My beginning. Next, I will talk about life events that set me on the path to becoming a writer, and natural talents I discovered in myself, as a teenager. Lastly, I will address what it was like to finally publish my first book and consider myself a writer.
Born in a Blizzard

“You are a miracle,” my paternal grandmother always told me. I was born in the blizzard of 1993. March 13th, to be exact. My paternal grandmother always told me that my grandfather drove my mother through 4 feet of snow, in a company work truck, to get my mom to a hospital moments after her water broke. As if that wasn’t enough, I was also only 34 weeks gestation.

The doctors told my mother that if I couldn’t breathe on my own, I would most likely die. This is because they didn’t have the advanced equipment, like the NICU units in larger hospitals have. And, because of the blizzard, they wouldn’t be able to fly me out to a better hospital. My life was in God’s hands.

I’m thankful that I was born healthy at four pounds and two ounces, breathing on my own.

My Childhood

The same paternal grandmother that told me I was a miracle, also encouraged me to learn as much as I could, while growing up. Because of all the books she made available to me, even a dictionary, I was able to develop a very proper and wide vocabulary. Growing up, I also had a very vivid imagination. Since my childhood took place is the 90’s, I played outside all day, every day. Most days, I would imagine myself as an indian princess trying to survive on my own. My favorite place on my property was “the woods”, as I called them. The woods was a magical place under a large canopy of trees where all of my imaginations came alive. Sometimes I would gather “herbs” (weeds) for my potions, as a witch. Other days, as an indian princess, I would crush berries and make face paints. I am very thankful for the simple childhood I had. A childhood that fostered a writer’s mind.

Head over and find out more about Marlena and her books:

Christopher Graham is also on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with his mother’s poetry collection.

Agnes Mae Graham  Buy:


Another way to boost your presence online is to be part of a collaborative group of writers on one blog. For example The Sisters of the Fey who have a wonderful team of contributors sharing the honours when posting. Adele Marie Park, Annette Rochelle Aben, Colleen Chesebro, Deborah A. Bowman, D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) M.J. Mallon, Tina Frisco and Wendy Darling.

There are posts on the spiritual and the magical and also informative posts such as the series on numerology by Annette Rochelle Aben.  I will share an extract for part one and you can follow the link to read and to find part’s two and three.

Step Through Numerology with Annette Rochelle Aben

The minute I meet someone, I want to know their birth date. Naturally, this makes some people wonder if am into astrology. Others, simply think I’m weird and ignore the question. Still, others, give me their information regardless. Admittedly, I am interested in astrology but that is not why I ask. Those numbers give me an immediate thumb nail sketch of that person’s life and personality because I take the numbers and translate them using NUMEROLOGY.

NUMEROLOGY dates back thousands of years with many naming Ancient Greek Mathematician, Pythagoras as the “Father of Numerology.” It seems that Pythagoras believed that personality traits of people could be ascertained by knowing the numbers of their lives.

Those numbers are sourced from the number value of the letters in a person’s name at birth. For example, the letter A is the first letter of the alphabet, so its number is a ONE. B would be a TWO and so forth. Once we get to NINE, we start adding the numbers down to the smallest number between 1 and 9. As a result, the letter J would also be a number ONE and not a TEN. People’s names are then translated into their numeric equivalent and the fun begins!

It sounds a bit complicated and at times could appear confusing, but I invite you to take a journey with me, here, as we Step Through Numerology. This series is designed to not only introduce you to numerology, but to provide you with the information to allow you to use numerology in your own life.

Head over and read part one and follow the links to the rest of the series:

Annette is an author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

Annette Rochelle Aben, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Annette’s blog to view all her books.


I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection and next time someone asks you to be a guest on their blog or do an interview.. you know the answef – YES PLEASE…..Thanks Sally



22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday August 8th 2018 – #Interviews and #Guest Posts- Janice Spina, The Story Reading Ape and The Sister’s of the Fey

  1. Thank you so much, Sally! I just saw this! I have been so busy lately with emails, working on authors’ interviews and family stuff. Haven’t had much time to breath and look at your posts. I apologize. Thank you for putting Tori and me in such good company. I know she will be thrilled too. Hugs xx to you and the other authors!

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