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#BLOGGER INTERVIEW – Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape

The Story Reading ApeChris Graham  is much admired, respected, and appreciated in the blogging world. His indefatigable support of authors and bloggers is rivaled by few others.  The Story Reading Ape‘s 4th blog anniversary is April 4th, and I can think of no better way to show my appreciation than by featuring him on my blog. Here’s to you, Mr. Ape! May you live long and prosper. I’m also putting energy out there for you to win the lottery 😊

Follow Chris’ blog  HERE 

When did you start blogging and what prompted you to do so?  

I started blogging on April 4th 2013 after reading authors’ pleas (on Goodreads) for promotional opportunities on blogs. 

What moved you to choose an ape as your gravatar and online presence? 

My Most favourite author was (and still is) Terry Pratchett, who once stated, “The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens (‘wise man’). In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality, we are Pan Narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee.” 

From this I extrapolated that since I didn’t TELL stories, but listened to, or READ them, I must be a Story READING ape (Pan Audiencia – as near as I can get). 

What motivated you to make author promotion and support the
focus of your blog?
 

I’ve always enjoyed reading, either to learn or be entertained, and owe a debt of gratitude to authors, so when I saw their pleas on Goodreads, I decided to focus on authors, rather than the stories they wrote. 

After all, there are LOTS of book review blogs, but very few that give authors the opportunity to talk about themselves (as well as getting a plug in about their books). 

You also add a weekly dose of humor to your blog. Does humor play an important role in your daily life as well? 

Yes, it does. 

Like everyone else in the world, I have my bad times, as well as good, but was raised not to dwell on, or agonise over, the bad things. It’s better to learn from them and get on with those aspects of life I DO have control over. 

Laughter and the ability to see humour (or the stupidity) in bad situations helps me get over, or overcome, the depths of despair that others seem to slip into easily. 

It may well be an Irish trait, an example being after a funeral, where humour, song and celebration are an important part of remembering the deceased (and overcome grief). 

This could be summed up in the old joke about friends putting a crate of drinks on top of the coffin and saying, “He left instructions that the drinks were to be on him.” 

How much time each day do you spend blogging? 

Too long I suspect; I often pop in and out of the blog to respond to comments and thank those who share the posts, while I’m reading emails, other peoples’ posts and searching around for articles that might be of interest to my blog readers (and myself). 

Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books? 

Apart from Terry Pratchett, I enjoy books by the old masters like Dickens, et al, but there are quite a few modern (and self-published) authors I enjoy as well – however, I’m not going to say who – they already know who they are 😊 

You and your sister recently published a book of your mother’s My Vibrating Vertebraepoetry. Tell us a little about your Mum, her poetry, and the book. 

It was my sister Lorna who collected the poems and Jo Robinson who edited and formatted the book – all I did was upload and publish it. 

Poetry was a side of Mum that I never knew about until Lorna sent them to me. So I was both surprised and humbled when I read them. 

What most inspires you in life? 

Nature in all its diverse forms, from the variety and tenacity of life, to the wonder and immensity of the Universe. 

Any parting words for your followers? 

Read, learn and experience as much as you can about everything. 

If Reincarnation exists, it will help you progress. 

If it doesn’t, you will have enriched your time while alive. 

I hope you enjoyed learning more about our very own blogging Ape. I’m sure I speak for all of us in thanking Chris for his abiding support of authors and in wishing him a

VERY 

 

Please visit and follow Chris’  BLOG, and take a peek inside his book,  My Vibrating Vertebrae
Thanks so much for stopping by ❤

Free book promo, Savvywriters.com, buy one get 2 free, writing, publishing, D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye reblogging Doris Heilman of Savvywriters.com, who is offering an amazing deal for Black Friday Weekend — purchase one ebook, get 2 other ebooks free! Hope over to Debby’s blog for details …

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I had to reblog this, as I just came across this great deal!My friend, Doris Heilman of Savvywriters.com is offering an amazing deal for Black Friday Weekend! In case some of you aren’t familiar with Doris’ blog and newsletter, she blog is well-known for informative article directed to writers about everything publishing!

Until this Monday, Doris is offering if you purchase one of her ebooks, you email her the receipt of purchase and she will send you 2 other FREE ebooks of hers. Her books are valuable and informative resources for all writers. Have a look below at her article, where she slipped in this gem of a sale and also include some ‘SAVVY’ tips for Christmas shopping.

Why spend time and money – and stress yourself out when heading to the mall?  I gave it up years ago and never looked back.  Christmas shopping this year took me exactly 10 minutes.

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Christmas Promotions – Starting November 13th – Smorgasbord Christmas Reading.

It’s time once again for Christmas promotions on Sally Cronin‘s Smorgasbord, beginning Sunday November 13th. Soooo… All you authors and artisans out there, hop over to Sally’s blog for the details, as well as a look at John Howell‘s lovely Christmas Tree 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

word-cloudIt is time to talk about Christmas (please see my note at the bottom of the post)… and  from Sunday November 13th there will be at least four opportunities a week to get your book, blog, gifts in front of the people dropping in regularly to the blog.

You will find most of the people who have been promoted or who have contributed are featured in the tree decoration above and I hope will also be included in the three promotions on offer.

Recently I asked for people to send in pictures of their Christmas Trees or those they have photographed to headline the various promotions and I have three images that I chosen.

For this first promotion I have chosen the tree sent in by John W. Howell….

I will be using John’s tree for all the Smorgasbord Christmas Reading.

John is author of the John J…

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FREE Blog and Book Promotions

Authors, artists, and all creative folk: If you haven’t yet availed yourself of the free promotion Sally Cronin offers on her blog, this might be a good time to check it out. The holidays are fast approaching, and a little publicity could be a wonderful gift to yourself ❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I know from experience that a great many of you are so modest that you might take a little persuasion.. I promise that I don’t bite and I have a great many lovely friends who would love to re…

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