Jina S. Bazzar – Questionnaire

Questionnaire – Jina S. Bazzar

Bio: I am a Brazilian born, Palestinian descendant, 33 year old mother of three hooligans. I write fantasy books, read almost anything and my disability doesn’t hamper me.

1- When was that moment when you realized that language had power?

Well, I’ve been reading for a very long time. I remember my very first comic book when

I was very young, and the love for poetry that followed. I remember going to the school’s

library and reading poems about the alphabet. I remember talking to friends about the

hidden meaning of something funny that they had to read twice to grasp (which meant it

was no longer funny). And I’ve always preferred books to movies. But although I’ve tried

once during high school to write a book, it was only after I became blind that I fully

comprehended the power of words, tools that could be wielded and shaped according to

what, or how I desired them to be. Words, carefully crafted, have the power to capture, to

repel, to make you laugh, or cry, even fear.

2- Who is your favorite author and why?

I have a lot of favorite authors but . . . kudos goes to Nora Roberts. I’ve read more than

140 of her books (including novellas, anthropologies and her In Death series under the

name JD Robb) and her work have never failed to astonish and capture me. Roberts has

“that way with words” that every writer wishes for: They are simple, descriptive and

realistic to the point that you can envision exactly what she wants you to see.

3- How do you select names for your characters?

Well, you got me here. Usually I go for the first that pops into my mind, but sometimes I

realize that “john” wasn’t a good fit for the character I want “john” to be, so I fish on the

internet. For example, if he’s American, I go for American names – select the one that

catches my attention; if he’s Russian, I go for Russian – choose the one that sounds like

my character. I do the same for surnames.

4- If you didn’t write, what would you do?

Easy one. I would read.

5- Why did you contact me to do this questionnaire?

The honest truth? Sounded like a fun way to get people to know you.

Five Stories High

I wrote this short story a while ago. I have it published on my Short Story tab but I think it deserved to be in the spotlight.

Here it is and I hope you enjoy.


Five Stories High

Then the fire. Everything we had tried to rebuild was burning in our apartment. Who got me this eighteenth birthday present? It wasn’t what I wanted. Continue reading

Don Massenzio – Questionnaire

Don Massenzio is the author of seven books. His Frank Rozzani Detective series is now made up of five books. His book, Blood Orange, is available as an audio book

Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/

Q1 – What other authors are you friends with? and how do they help you become a better writer?

There are many authors that I have met over the past couple of years that I consider friends. They are very supportive by helping to spread the word about my work. They have also provided very useful advice along the way.

Here is a list of some of them along with their blogs:

Nicholas Rossis – https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/

Annette Rochelle Aben – https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

C.S. Boyack – https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

John Howell – https://johnwhowell.com/

Charles Yallowitz – https://legendsofwindemere.com/

Marcia Meara – https://marciamearawrites.com/

Sue Vincent – https://scvincent.com/

Chris Graham – https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/

Yecheilyah Ysrayl – https://thepbsblog.com/

Dan Alatorre – https://danalatorre.com/

Anna Dobritt – https://amdobritt.blog/

And of course, my co-author on Frank Immersed, Kent Areceneaux

Q2 – When was that moment when you realized that language had power?

I think it was very early on in life. I have been an avid reader since I could first read. I read every book that I could get my hands on. Reading was an escape from a childhood that was short on friends and activities. Reading also got me through some awkward times in my teenage years when I spent a year in a full body cast.

Q3 – Who is your favourite author and why?

It’s tough to narrow it down. I like different authors for different reasons. If I had to select one, it would be Stephen King. His stories are captivating and well-developed and his writing advice is essential.

Q4 – If you didn’t write, what would you do?

I would have a much sadder life. I have other creative outlets as I’m a musician and love to edit video. I have a day job that intrudes on my writing life and I’m actually looking to replace that with a full-time writing career.

Q5 – What accomplishments do you want at the end of the year?

Some of them are well underway. My first audio books are out. I would like to complete a screenplay and submit it. I also have a book that I’m going to submit to the Kindle Scout program. I have one other book I’d like to publish as well as completing some short stories and starting on another, very ambitious book.


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Hobart, Tasmania

There is a reason why I haven’t posted anything for a while. 

I am in Tasmania with my family for my mother’s 60th birthday.

I have limited internet but to follow up on one of my recent posts.

The questionnaire.

I will begin to post the participants soon. Thank you to all that were willing to participate.
Thank you 😊 

#DWTSmith #hobart

Discussion Tuesday

Creating a title for your work.

To run from a recent post. I finished my first draft of my novel. 

I feel I am stumped with the title. I have had people asking me, What’s it called? I don’t know yet.

I came to conclusion. A Book Title = the essence of your book + a twist.

Simple right? Not for me. Until recent, I never thought about the immense pressure on the book title.

This week’s topic is: Book titles.

Am I the only one that feels confused on how to make a book title that will make or break your sales?

If there are any published authors, how did you conjure your book title?

Aspiring authors in draft stages, are you stuck like me? If not, how did your title come about?

Leave your comments below. Please share, tag or re-post this topic to someone that would have an opinion.

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#DWTSmith #booktitles




Bloggers for questionnaire

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If any authors, bloggers, or aspiring writers would like to participate in a questionnaire for my blog, please email me on dwtsmith89@gmail.com by the end of the month (30th of June) !!

I have 5 questions to ask you and I’ll post your answers on my blog. I would like to do it over two weeks, and post a few a week. If it all goes well, I’ll do it a few times and if I get a lot of interest. I’ll post them all in the time frame I am allowing this round.

The point of this is to interact with other people in my position and hear your stories.

Also, if there are any other bloggers doing a questionnaire, I would be more than happy to participate.

#DWTSmith #questionnaire