Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Author Interview--Clara Bowman-Jahn

Hello All, Today, I'd like to introduce to you--Author Clara Bowman-Jahn
Clara Bowman-Jahn worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have been published in two anthologies,”Campainer Challenges 2011,” and “The ‘I’ Word.” She is also the author of “Annie’s Special Day” a children’s picture book.
When Clara is not writing, she does volunteer work for a local elementary school and her church. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pennwriters, Bethesda Writer’s Center and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her brilliant husband, and two cats. She is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and a grandmother to a delightful grandson.

What are you working on now? 
A longer project than picture books, a book length project.  

What process in writing is hardest for you? 

What process in writing is the most enjoyable for you? 
Just writing is most enjoyable. Free writing without care of typos or grammar. The first draft is always the most fun. 
Are you pantser or a plotter?  
In this recent project I will definitely outline. The panster is taking time off.
How did you come up with your storyline, or what inspired you to write Annie's Special Day?   
I was sick in bed early in the morning listening to the birds wake up and I wanted to have a character listen to it. To hear it so to speak. So there came my idea. 

When is your favorite time to write? 
Early in the morning before my husband gets up.

What is your favorite snack while writing? 
It takes both hands to type or write my journal so I don't eat but do drink sodas. My most favorite is Zero cherry coke. Yummy.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Never Stop Trying...

The temptation to quit 
will be greatest 
just before 
you are about to succeed.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today prayers are going up everywhere in remembrance of the 9/11 attack. The police officers, firemen, military, medics,  people who became hero's that day and we'll never hear their name mentioned. Thank you!

My heart is heavy for the victim's family, the people who are forever scarred from the attack. Although I didn't know anyone personally that was killed or injured, my heart goes out to them. I will never forget that day. An ordinary day. I went to work, got my coffee, started my day. Then my co-worker comes in and says "Did you hear what happened?" I turned on the radio, started reading the reports on the internet and watching the new reports in disbelief. As I sat watching the news reporter telling of the events, in the background the 2nd plane hit.

It was a surreal moment...this isn't happening?

The building I worked in closed down for the day. People were in a panic. I remember so many people running around in fear, the feeling of sadness as I walked to my car and began driving home. I worked near the DFW airport and it was an eerie feeling as I drove past the airport and saw no planes coming or going. Even the sky seemed to have a strange orange tint to it. No on was speeding on the hwy, but had a dazed look on their faces.

I got home and watched the news and cried. I remember praying for the President, NYC, and all the people involved in rescue.

I will never forget that day nor will I ever forget how the United States pulled together  and supported each other. It didn't matter the race, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or health condition. Everyone pulled together.

I won't watch any of the memorials on TV replaying the images/video's of that day. They're still fresh in my mind and I'm sure they'll remain that way.

Praying for the nation.