InD’Tale Magazine – June 2018

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Introducing: International Freelance Publicist Donna Segura @ Oleander PR

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Hi friends!  I hope everything is going well for you.  I have a lot to share with you soon, but today I want to introduce you to my fabulous friend Donna Segura.  Whether you are new to the entertainment industry or a well-seasoned pro, if you are in need of a professional publicist, Donna is the woman for you.  Please check out and connect with her awesome business here.

About Oleander PR;

Oleander PR focuses on developing and executing strategically targeted press campaigns to brand clients as leaders in their own particular sect including, Branding, Marketing, Advertising. Clients include innovators, visionaries in the Entertainment, Luxury, Beauty & Fashion industries.

Vision, Focus, Strategy, Outcome;

Using the reputable services of communication ranging from traditional print, major networks and social media, ‘Old Fashioned’ word of mouth is also an effective tool to get clients where they need to be. Oleander PR focuses on the client’s’ objectives to either create an image, promotion of an event, marketing, branding, canvassing potential investors should the need arise, then strategically devising a plan focusing on the client’s needs, and overall goals. Constant research on new, and effective marketing, network, pitching tools, communications resources are always on hand in order to not only be one of the best in the world of Public Relations but gives our clients added success in reaching beyond their targeted goals, dreams and desires.

Oleander PR is the brainchild of a one-woman powerhouse, a fairly new agency that is rapidly growing in name, talent and confidence. Prides itself with experience in all facets of Acting, Marketing, Retail, Communications, Networking, and more. Focusing on the various personas, and responsibilities within the Entertainment Industry, Oleander PR isn’t shy to reach out and take on a challenge even if for a small Freelance Agency with friendships, resources and both National, International connections forged in honesty, trust and faith, with a quality of work never compromised.

Simply put, Oleander PR will never make promises it cannot keep!!  Creation, Strategy, Focus, Success is the embodiment that makes Oleander PR.

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Just a little of what Oleander PR offers: Ad Creation – Website Creation, Brand Analysis, Creation & Consistency, Brand Partnerships, Corporate Charitable Programs, Content Marketing, Crisis Communications, Guerilla Marketing, Media Relations, Personal Brand & Image Consulting, Press Kit Creation (digital and print), Social Media Advertising – Social Media Management.

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33505449_2157648661132806_3882890739004211200_nDonna Segura is an International Freelance Publicist from Hill Country, Texas with Associate Degrees from the University of Phoenix & Professional Careers Institute. Her initial journey in entertainment started with the modeling scene, then traveling the globe while operating an independent travel agency that eventually led her to Luxury and Fashion industries in Talent Acquisitions and a public relations assistant. Thus far, with several high-end clients in Film/TV, Fashion and Luxury communities, worldwide, she has a large circle of resources available to satisfy every type of client in entertainment with unbreakable dedication and compassion for the best of their promotional needs.

Contact Oleander PR by using the webpage Contact Form or by direct email to:  Donna – dsoleanderpr@gmail.com

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Author Spotlight: Alyce M. Anders

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Alyce Unchained (Autobiography)
by Alyce Anders

Alyce Unchained is part fiction and part memoir dealing with Gender Identity and the difficulties of growing up Intersex. It consists of a novella, a short memoir focusing on her childhood, a collection of short stories, as well as several essays on the subject. The fictional stories are character driven, most of which are based on Alyce’s life experiences.

Amazon Link: http://a.co/36QCOHB

About the Author:

Alyce Anders studied creative writing and photojournalism at the City University of New York and currently writes about issues that affect the Transgender and Intersex communities. Her Trans Life column can be found in the Desert Outlook magazine, a USA Today publication. She was formerly a board member of the Transgender Community Coalition, where she served as the Secretary as well as the organization’s Intersex ambassador.

On August 30, 2017, Alyce was issued a corrected birth certificate from New York City, which accurately indicates her sex at birth as INTERSEX. At that time, she was just the third known recipient of an INTERSEX birth certificate in the United States.

Alyce M. Anders

Bonus Interview:

  • Q: There are quite a few references to your religion in Alyce Unchained. Do you consider yourself a religious or spiritual person?
  • A: No, not really. But I am a product of a Catholic education, and it’s so ingrained in me that it sometimes seeps out into my writing. But unlike the first lesson we learned in catechism class, God did not make us in His image and likeness, we made God in our image.
  • Q: “The Boy” seems to be a traditional memoir based on your early childhood. The character Alex in Alyce and Alex is a high school student. Is his story a continuation of your childhood memoir?
  • A: Yes, very much so. All the events that happened are true, but since I did present them in a fictionalized form, I was able to embellish the stories a little bit. For example, the touch football story is real; in fact, it happened continually to the point that I looked for any reason to be excused from PE each week. But most of the dialogue was written to enhance the story.
  • Q: Were you actually harassed like that in the gym shower?
  • Yes, it was devastating, and it damaged me for most of my life. I originally considered it bullying, but since I started living as a woman, I realize that I was actually being sexually harassed. My male persona could never accept that. But now, after witnessing all the women in the #metoo movement that have come forward to speak out against their abusers, I’m ready to call it out for what it was. I was sexually molested.
  • Q: Despite the serious issues you discuss in Alyce Unchained, it doesn’t come across as being depressing. In fact, it almost seems hopeful.
  • A: I think that’s because of where I am at this stage of my life. I never thought I’d ever get the opportunity to be me, so I locked myself away in the darkness of my soul.  But now I’ve escaped those chains, and I want to share my story with others who have suffered like me. Living in that much pain without the hope of redemption is unendurable.

 

Author Spotlight: Children’s Author & Illustrator Maxine Sylvester

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Happy early Holidays, my Friends.  It’s been a while, I know, but I am happy to take this time to get back into promoting authors and other entertainment folks on my blog.   Since it is very close to the Christmas holiday, and because books make a really wonderful gift, especially for the kiddos, I am starting this venture back off with World-Traveling, Children’s Author & Illustrator Maxine Sylvester!

  1. “About the Author”

I was born in London but now live in Bali, Indonesia, with my partner, Mark.

  1. How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first book in the Ronaldo series, The Reindeer Flying Academy, three years ago. I followed up with The Phantom Carrot Snatcher one year later, and self-published Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza last month.

  1. What was your life like before becoming an author?

Ha! It took thirty years to find a job that I love. I enjoyed art when I was a child but in my teens, I became obsessed with traveling. I abandoned any career in art to work as a Holiday Representative in Greece. I then sailed the ocean waves working in the gift shop and casino on board cruise ships, which is where I met Mark. After 10 years on ships, we decided to try our luck in the desert and accepted positions at a casino in Jericho, Palestine. After two years the casino was forced to close due to political unrest.

Mark was offered a job in Moscow. By this time I was itching to get back to art so I took some time out and enrolled in The College of Cartoon Art. I was mentored by top British cartoonist/caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. I then did a course in children’s book illustration.

After 8 years in Russia, Mark decided he wanted out of the casino industry and bought into a scuba diving business in Bali. I was now a qualified cartoonist and wanted a reason to illustrate so decide to write a short children’s book. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. I unleashed an imagination I never knew I had. I now love writing as much as illustrating. I feel imagination and illustration are my strengths, not grammar, so I use a professional editor on my books.

  1. Who or what inspired you to write?

This is the part where I am supposed to list authors I admire, but in fact, it was Walt Disney. I am obsessed with Disney animation, I always have been. So I think my stories are courtesy of a lifetime of watching Disney movies. They always make me laugh and feel good. I try to put the same values into my books. I hope my readers feel the same way about Ronaldo as I do about Disney.

  1. Do you have a specific writing style or genre?

I write for the 6-10 age group. I try to keep my books fast-paced, funny and adventurous. When I was in my thirties, I got very excited about going to see Tarzan, the latest Disney animation. A work colleague laughed and said I was too old to be watching cartoons. Her comment really touched a nerve (I even stopped shopping at The Disney Store!). I told my niece, a wise pre-school teacher called Gemma, what my colleague had said. She told me I was in touch with my inner child. I now think it is an advantage to be in touch with my inner child as I naturally write for children, and my illustrating enhances my stories. For the first time in my life I can honestly say I love what I do.

6. Tell me about your latest book.

It’s a colour version of my first Ronaldo adventure, The Reindeer Flying Academy. My books have black & white illustrations and some reviewers mentioned they would have preferred colour. As the book is set in winter, I thought it would make a perfect Christmas book. I’ve had so much fun illustrating it; I think children are going to love it!

The story introduces Ronaldo. He is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license and becoming one of Santa’s reindeer, just like his hero, Vixen.

At flying school, Ronaldo, his loyal best friend, Rudi, and the other second-year cadets face their toughest ever flying test – The Endurance Challenge. Freezing conditions make the task nearly impossible, but Ronaldo remembers his grandad’s inspiring words:

“Imagine, see it, feel it, believe it. You can do anything if you truly believe in yourself.”

The book has plenty of laughs for both the young and young at heart and has a clear message for children – to believe in yourself!

  1. What was your favourite part of the book to write?

The ending – I think it’s hysterical! Reviewers say the book is ‘heartfelt’ and love what happens to Ronaldo at the end of the book.

  1. What was the hardest part to write?

I can’t think of any issues I had with the first book – it was the second one, The Phantom Carrot Snatcher! I loved the ending but my editor said it didn’t fit with the rest of the book. After a week of digesting her comments, I re-wrote the ending. I am delighted every time a get a good review for Phantom as it took a lot of extra work getting it right.

  1. What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?

All of it! I love writing and illustrating. I think it helps that I did a few jobs that made me miserable as I really appreciate what I do now. Good reviews are very rewarding. I am always humbled by people’s kind comments and thrilled when they enjoy my books.

  1. Do you have any other books complete or in progress?

There are four books in the Ronaldo series.

  • The Reindeer Flying Academy
  • The Phantom Carrot Snatcher
  • Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza
  • The Reindeer Flying Academy (colour edition)

I will start work on The Vixen Pederson Workshop in December. I have been illustrating for months so can’t wait to start writing again. Ronaldo and Rudi go to the North Pole in the next installment!

  1. What are your future plans in regards to writing?

I always planned on writing a series before sending my work to an agent or publisher. I now think the time is right so I will start applying to agents in the new year. I plan to finish The Vixen Pederson Workshop by October 2018, ready for a Christmas release.

  1. Are you listed on the major social networks like facebook, twitter, Goodreads, etc…

Yes, yes and yes! Fortunately, Mark is more computer savvy than me and helps with social networking. Ronaldo also has a website with children’s activities, which I am immensely proud of.

Website:    ronaldotheflyingreindeer.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaxineSylvesterAuthor/

Twitter:      @flyingronaldo

Pinterest:   https://id.pinterest.com/flyingronaldo/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxinesylvester/

  1. What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

To believe in yourself and follow your dreams (it’s what I say to Ronaldo!). Also to take advice on board and listen to people who have experience in the industry. My editor once annihilated the first draft of one of my books. I was so upset; I couldn’t look at it for a week. When I calmed down I read her comments again. She was 100 percent correct in what she said. I made changes and the book was stronger because of it.

  1. Outside of writing, what is your most favourite thing to do and why?

I wouldn’t say Pilates is my favourite thing to do but I couldn’t survive without it. Our bodies are not designed to sit at computers all day and Pilates strengthens the muscles that support the spine. I practice three times a week.

Mark and I have a movie day most weeks. We catch an early showing, then go to the beach and watch the sun go down. When I’m back in England I love going to the theatre in London or catching an Arsenal match.

  1. Anything you would like to add for future fans and friends?

THANK YOU!!! I am so grateful to every person who either purchases one of my books or kindly writes a review. Reviews are essential to self-published authors and I really appreciate the time it takes to write them.

Thank you too, Maxine!  It has been a pleasure to get to know you and your awesome work!  Much success to you.

Writer’s Write Program Sponsored by Inkitt – November 2017

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We’re launching a huge writers event in November to assist authors to finish their novels and I thought your audience might be interested. There will be free writing coaching sessions (e.g. with the editor of the Martian), Q&As with famous authors such as Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, Gayle Forman, etc. a writing buddy system and much more. Currently, we’re inviting authors to pledge here:

https://www.inkitt.com/writerswrite?utm_source=writerswrite_spotlight

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