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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Interviews: Veteran English Teacher Sets Grand Example for Creativity




Hi! I am Carolyn Howard Johnson, your trusty New Book Review blogger and author of the multi award-winning HowTo Do It Frugally Series of books for writers. This blog has heretofore been exclusive for reviews but I thought I’d do a special series of interviews after I chatted with Jeanie Loiacono, President of Loiacono Literary Agency – Where ‘can’t’ is not in our vocabulary!  I thought sharing the interviews would help the many subscribers and visitors to this New Book Review blog, including authors, reviewers, and, of course, readers who just might find a new favorite author among the featured books and authors.

So, today welcome Caroline Giammanco.

Caroline Giammanco grew up on a farm in the Ozarks of Missouri. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she attended the University of Arizona. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Political Science with an English minor. Caroline has taught public school for over twenty years in New Mexico, Arizona, and Missouri. She is currently the English department chair of a southern Missouri high school. Caroline is the mother of two sons, Rick and Kevin, both military veterans.  

1. What is your genre? Is it fiction or nonfiction? I write non-fiction true crime with an emphasis on criminal justice reform.

2. What made you want to be a writer? I'm an English teacher and had considered writing for years. I finally found a topic I want to share with the world.

3. Of all the authors out there, who inspired you most? I have always admired authors who aren't afraid to tackle a tough subject; be it Harper Lee with To Kill a Mockingbird or Richard Peck writing The River Between Us. I like authors who make you think. 

4. What is your writing style? Do you outline? Linearly? By scene? Why? I seldom outline. When an idea strikes me, I write. Then I build around that central idea.

5. Do you write every day? How much? How long? I don't write every day, but some days I spend hours writing. It depends if there is something I have to get down on paper and what is happening in real life.

6. Do you think reading is as important to writing for an author? Why? Reading teaches children the power of writing. I am a huge advocate of early childhood reading, and in reading throughout your whole life.

7. What are some of the things you would like to share with budding authors? Write about what you believe in, and believe in your writing. If you have a passion for a topic, you will touch the hearts and minds of readers.  

8. Do you have any marketing and promotional advice, referrals, tips you would like to share? Don't just write to be published, write to be published and sell millions! Your success hinges on your own investment of time and effort into the promotion of your work. Don't be content stopping at step one. Network, use social media, and self-promote.

9. Do you think conferences are beneficial? If so, what have you learned? Which ones do you frequent? I'm a first-time author who just attended my very first writer’s conference, held by the Ozarks Writers League. Making those connections, learning from others, and sharing my own experiences were invaluable.

10. Where can we find you, your books and when is your next event? Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit is available online @ Amazon, BooksAMillion, Barnes & Noble and increasingly in stores. Ask for it at your local book retailer. www.booniehatbandit.com The Newsy Notes page is my blog. Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/Caroline-Giammanco-Author-Fans-708344612622445/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009880805237

 On December 6th I will be at the Barnes and Noble in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Larry Connors USA
By Brady Hempen on November 23, 2015 in Podcasts
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Caroline Giammanco, wife of Keith Giammanco, better known as the Boonie Hat Bandit, joined Larry to talk about her new book Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit

MORE ABOUT THE SPONSORING AGENT

Jeanie Loiacono, President, Loiacono Literary Agency
A facilitator of dreams, Jeanie Loiacono represents over eighty authors. Her forte is mystery, romance, thrillers, historical/military/southern fiction, and all quality fiction/nonfiction. Her passion is to see her authors succeed.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to hold one of my author’s books and know I helped bring it to fruition. I am so blessed and privileged to be able to work with some of the most talented writers in the world.” Jeanie.L@llallc.net  www.loiaconoliteraryagency.com



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