Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 23rd January 2020 #Interview Book Club Mom with Ritu Bhathal, #Guest Mae Clair with Victoria Zigler, #Afghanistan Mary Smith

The first post I would like to share today is from the Book Club Mom Barbara Vitelli who is showcasing Ritu Bhathal and her poetry collection Poetry Rituals and new novel Marriage Unarranged.

Who’s That Indie Author

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?

What is my story, indeed. I am a British born Indian woman, born to Kenyan born Indian parents who moved to the UK in the seventies from Kenya. I was born in Birmingham, in the Midlands, and was raised with a massive extended family around me. After school, I went to university to study to become a teacher, my dream since I was seven. Along the way, I developed a passion for reading, thanks to my mother, and the urge to write stories came from the wonderful books I grew up reading. I would write short stories as a child and won a competition at school which definitely gave me more of an urge to write.

The beginnings of this novel started twenty years ago, as I was preparing for my own marriage. I would write little bits, then save and file away my installments. Life happened and with the addition of a husband, in-laws and then two children, there was precious little time to think about my book.

Head over to read the rest of the interview and find out more about Ritu and her books: Book Club Mom with Ritu Bhathal

Book Club Mom

Find out about Barbara Vitelli – The Book Club Mom : Barbara Vitelli WordPress


Ritu Bhathal, Buy: Amazon UK – andAmazon US- Blog: Ritu Bhathal WordPress Follow Ritu: Goodreads

The next post is by Victoria Zigler as a guest on the blog of Mae Clair

Guest Blogger: Victoria Zigler on Writing for Children

Today I am pleased to welcome a first time visitor to From the Pen of Mae Clair. Please say hello to Victoria (Tori) Zigler as she shares a glimpse of why she chooses to write children’s books, and also takes a look at her newest release, Voyage of the Crimson Sail.

Why do I write for children?

Well, it turns out the answer to that question isn’t very exciting. But here it is anyway.

First of all, I know it’s been said many times by many authors, but I’ve been writing ever since I knew how. I learned to read and write somewhat before I even started school – bearing in mind, children start school at around four years old in the UK –partially due to having older siblings, but mostly because my main regular babysitter was in her teens, and would often do her homework while watching me, and I wanted to, “Do homework,” too.

Yeah… I stayed that eager to do schoolwork. Don’t hate me for it. I’d say sorry, but I’m not.

So, anyway, once I started school, and was introduced to the idea of writing my own stories and poems, there was no stopping me. I fell in love with the idea, and loved doing it. Though I dare say my early attempts were terrible. Although, having said that, I won third place in a writing contest my teacher submitted one of my stories to when I was seven, so I was showing promise with writing by then at least. I still have the medal I was awarded that day, in case you’re interested.

Mae Clair, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Mae on: Goodreads
Website: Mae Clair

A selection of Mae’s books


Victoria Zigler, Buy: Amazon UK – and : Amazon US – Follow Victoria on: Goodreads – Website: Victoria Zigler

A selection of Victoria’s books.

Now time for a regular link in the Blogger Daily, adventures in Afghanistan with Mary Smith. Sounds like the most scariest drive… and near mishaps…. fantastic post as always.

Afghanistan Adventures #18 – Russian jeeps and hairpin bends

I had established a stock keeping system for the clinic and now was going to set up a similar one in Mubarak Shah’s neighbouring clinic in Malestan district. Jawad was to take me there – about a three hour journey – and collect me a few days later.

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In the bazaar Jawad filled up with petrol. If you are picturing a filling station with pumps – forget it. The fuel was stored in large drums. It was poured into the vehicle’s tank through a plastic funnel over the mouth of which was stretched a piece of cloth to filter out some of the dust and dirt.

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Once we had left the bazaar behind us I eagerly accepted Jawad’s offer to let me drive. I set off cautiously. It was the first time I had driven a Russian jeep – and I was nervous about hurting Hussain’s pride and joy on one of the innumerable boulders littering the rough track. Apologising whenever I crashed the gears, we progressed rather jerkily along. Jawad was very relaxed and uncritical about my driving.

I think that you can see what Mary was up against as she took the wheel of this jeep.. head over and enjoy the entire adventure.. buckle up: Afghanistan #18 Russian Jeeps and Hairpin Bends with Mary Smith

Mary Smith, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Website: Mary SmithGoodreads: Goodreads


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

16 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 23rd January 2020 #Interview Book Club Mom with Ritu Bhathal, #Guest Mae Clair with Victoria Zigler, #Afghanistan Mary Smith

  1. I just ordered Ritu’s book, having been following its progress at her blog. Comes out the day after my birthday, so a good birthday present.
    I love the idea of Victoria joining in the babysitter’s homework and getting a love for homework.
    What scenery we are enjoying in Mary’s blog without the scariness of driving up and down it!

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