Sunday, January 26, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
THE BOOKS and STORIES of
ROGER DEAN KISER - Child Advocate
ROGER DEAN KISER - Child Advocate
The White House Boys (other books by Roger Dean Kiser)
ROGER KISER'S BIO
Published author Roger Dean Kiser's stories take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Through his stories, he relives the sadness and cruelty of growing up an orphan in the early 1950s.
Today, Kiser lives in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife Judy where he continues to write and publishing his heartfelt short stories. Unknowingly at first and by the power of the Internet, Kiser's short stories have touched millions.
In the vein of Mark Twain, Roger Dean Kiser's collection of almost 1,000 stories has captured the drama and emotion of not only his childhood, but also his current day tales. Kiser's short stories carry with them strong images and feelings that search out and find that common thread which connects each of us to our own emotions.
Roger Dean Kiser is the author of the books "Orphan, A True Story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption," "American Orphan" and "RUNAWAY, Life on the streets-The Lessons Learned" and "The White House Boys-An American Tragedy." Many of Roger's stories have appeared in numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul Books and have been enjoyed by thousands.
Roger will never forget how he and about 300 other children were treated as though they were less than human while living at the Children's Home Society Orphanage in Jacksonville, Florida. How he and hundreds of other boys were brutally beaten, abused and some raped at the hands of officials employed at the Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna in the 1950s and 1960s.
Roger's short stories have also been published in books such as: Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Friend's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories to Soothe the Spirit, Heartwarmers, Heartwarmers of Love, A Cool Collection I and A Cool Collection II (Israel), Connections-Textbook and CD Rom (Israel), Faith & True Stories of Friendship, Teen Miracles, Man's Best Friend (Australia), The Next Voice You Hear, Soul Disclosures, Dog Buddies (Australia), Skyline Magazine IV, Venice, Gulf Coast Living, Petwarmers CD Collection, Kiwanis Magazine, as well as his own CD titled "The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser."
Roger's short story "The Bully" was made into a short film by Executive Producer Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show), and has been entered into several major film festivals in the United States.
Between Edward Asner's bustling, award winning career and a busy political agenda, the actor has still made himself available to lend his support and voice to Roger Dean Kiser.
CONTACT: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.
Child Advocate Office
303 Juliette Circle
Brunswick, Georgia 31525
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
1. Give us a brief synopsis of your latest work.
The Recluse Storyteller is about a recluse named Margaret, who watchers the happenings of her neighbors and then tells stories about them to herself. Unbeknownst to her neighbors, her stories hold deep secrets which could and do eventually alter the lives of everyone who unexpectedly comes into contact with Margaret.
2. What got you into writing?
I’ve always dabbled in writing, even as a kid. I remember writing song lyrics especially. I went to college, not knowing what to major in, and eventually majored in English. I didn’t let my poor SAT scores stop me. In college, I especially enjoyed writing poetry. And then I just stopped writing for nearly twenty years, frustrated that I couldn’t write any coherent sentence. That all changed seven years ago when I came to my new teaching position. I wrote a play with my students for us to perform. From that point on, I was hooked. Now I’ve written 11 plays and 3 novels with a 4th in the works.
3. What genres do you like to read and write?
I write general fiction. I know; it sounds boring. I don’t like to write genre fiction; some might call my work literary fiction, but I also think it has strong commercial qualities with well-developed characters and fast-moving plot-lines. Reading? Actually, as strange as it may sound, I don’t read fiction anymore. Honestly, if I have time to read, then I’d much rather be writing. But I stay up on the news and world events. I feel that is important for a writer.
4. What is your process for developing characters? Do you people watch and base characters off of what you see? Or are your characters complete figments of your imagination?
My characters are mainly a figment of my imagination. I have, at times, taken some character traits from people I used to know, but I always morph it in ways fitting to the story. I really enjoy creating characters. They do become friends after a while, and if one has to die, it is tragic.
5. How much time and effort do you put into marketing?
A lot. I wish I could put in more, but I’m not a full-time writer. I’m also a teacher, a drama coach, a softball coach, and a father. Time certainly is limited. But I go through promotional seasons in conjunction with my new books where I will do a lot of interviews, advertising, and searching for quality book reviews. Promotion is hard, but extremely important. I’ve learned to like blogging which I do on a daily basis.
6. Do you have any works in mind that you’ve not yet written? If so, what are they?
I started my fourth novel about 3 weeks ago and I’m about 33,000 words into it. It’s based on a short play I wrote called “Almighty Might”, about a man who stands in front of the presidential palace of his country and just waits for a revolution. It’s been really fun to write. I can’t wait to get back at it.
7. If there is one thing that stands out about your writing or your stories, what is it?
I like writing about the emotional connections between people. My stories tend to have integrated, winding plots, but they are always driven by emotion and relationships because, I believe, there is nothing more fascinating than that. We all can relate.
8. What inspired you to write your most recent story?
After I wrote my first novel, Beauty Rising, I challenged myself to write my second, and in fact, I don’t release a new novel until I’ve already finished the next. So I had an image of a woman looking over a balcony and seeing a man in a red hat. I wondered what it take for me to develop such a simple image into a complete novel. It was a challenge. And so Red Hat the terrorist was born – one of the four recurring stories that the recluse tells.
9. Where can potential readers find your work?
My books can be purchased at any major on-line outlet. Paperback copies are available as well and can be ordered through your local bookstore or through an on-line retailer.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Hello writing friends. It’s contest time. We are looking for flash fiction stories under 1000 words, and we’re only accepting the first 30 (thirty) entries. So get your story in right away if you want to be counted. This is a NO FEE contest. Check your spelling and grammar. The deadline is: February 28, 2014. We won’t take anything after that date. The judging will be done in March and we’ll let the winners know by the end of March. Your story will be posted on Patricia Crandall’s blog for one month. It will stay published on Linda Barnett-Johnson’s blog, unless asked to be removed. It will also be featured on the home page of Long Story Short e-zine. Please put ‘CONTEST’ in the subject line.
Here’s what is being given away by Patricia Crandall, author of The Dog Men, Pat’s Collectibles and winner of several short story submissions.
NO attachments - Copy and paste. No previously published stories.
NO attachments - Copy and paste. No previously published stories.
First - $30.00; published on 2 blogs and LSS e-zine.
2nd - autographed copy of The Dog Men plus the new Steven King or another bestselling author;
3rd - autographed copy of Pat's Collectibles paired with the latest Mary Higgins Clark or another top selling book.
As you can see, this is a win-win situation. We’d like to suggest no profanity, explicit sex, or abuse of animals or people. Use our good ol’ English language.
We look forward to reading your flash fiction stories. Only one submission per author.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and good luck!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Did you know that only 30% of employees are fully engaged in their work? Did you know that 10% of employees actually try to harm the company? These are grim numbers for both employers and employees. Energize people and turn the disengaged into a productive force. How?
First, begin with a Level-10 Energy day. What’s a Level-10 Energy day? “It's like being on top of the world with no worries. It's doing anything you want without stress. It's the feeling of unlimited creativity and enjoying every minute of the day. It's the best feeling in the world. It's a way of life!” Follow the steps to success including the right amount of sleep, find the exact exercise, eat special foods for energy, and more.
Second, turn work into an energybuilder. Some people are able to do this naturally. For most, it’s a learned response. The good news is that almost everyone, no matter the job they do, can learn to create energy while working. Concentrate on positive events. Shrug off negative comments and events, let them pass through without using energy to judge them or fight them. Gain energy through positive interactions with people and focus on successes, no matter how small. Learn about your special traits and talents. These are defined as recurrent behaviors and activities that you enjoy doing every day and keep returning to them over the years. There are about 30 of them and everyone has three to five that are uniquely theirs. They are your passion. Know them and do work that’s aligned with your traits and talents. This is what will happen –you will enjoy your work, you will be good at your work, and you will be energized. For quick energy, look for the good things at work, compliment someone, and give a gesture of help.
Third, create a positive work environment: The energized environment occurs when people know what is expected of them. Everyone needs the tools and resources to do the job right. You need to be setup for success and believe your opinions matter. Everyone needs opportunities to learn and grow.
Fourth, eliminate an environment of chronic stress. Chronic stress can cause cortisol-based life-threatening health problems and drain energy. Stress is a fear-based reaction. A plane ride with up and down loops is exhilarating for some people, producing positive neurotransmitters and hormones, but terrifying for others, producing stress hormones and chemicals. What are some ideas for coping with stress? The happiness factor is important, learn to focus on what’s intrinsically important and discarding or ignoring everything else. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Compassion, kindness, and forgiveness are stress relievers. Eliminate stress by realizing that it’s an interpretation of a threat, based on fear. “Eliminate fear at the workplace, eliminate stress.”
Fifth, create energy from social interaction at the workplace. You need to feel free to flourish in creativity. Take advantage of people who are battery chargers. They can instantly charge a person’s energy level from low to high. Being near them, talking to them, and interacting with them can be energizing. Better yet, be one yourself. The science behind the transfer of energy between people is related to the feel-good neurotransmitters like oxytocin, the bonding hormone. How can someone become an energy producer? Have a Level-10 Energy day.
These five steps will increase personal energy at the workplace resulting in personal enjoyment, improved efficiency, and higher productivity.
Best-selling author of “Fuel for Life: Level-10 Energy”