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“Greg and Chrystal Mimbs are photographers living in Murphy, North Carolina. After many years of wedding and portrait photography, Chrystal and Greg have turned their focus to landscape and urban photography. Photographing not only the beautiful scenery and open spaces of the Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and North Georgia Mountains, but also the small towns in the mountains.
Q. Great photos of New Orleans on your Twitter page here. Which NOLA pics are your personal favorites?
A. Thank you, I actually have four favorite New Orleans photographs, all for different reasons.
Evening on Bourbon is my favorite because it is my most sold photograph I have ever taken. Although I really like the photo, I never really intended to show it, much less make it available for purchase. I may have had a mental block on thinking of this photograph as sellable because to me it was a snapshot. I was eating a steak on a balcony along Bourbon Street when I noticed the evening light on the street below. I grabbed my camera, leaned slightly over the railing and took the photo. I never really thought much about the photo until over a year later when I was reorganizing my files and realized that my snapshot was wonderful. Several prints of Evening on Bourbon sell every month and the print is also available as a poster in record stores and Spencer’s Gifts across the country.
1041 Royal Street is my favorite photograph of a building in the French Quarter. I really like the quality of light this early morning photograph has.
Past Present Future is a photograph that I cannot get enough of. I love the story the photos tells with the older buildings of Jackson Square in the foreground, the newer buildings in the background and the uniquely New Orleans atmosphere of the people in the square. Then on top of all these wonderful features within the same photograph, there are the amazing clouds. I could return to this spot a hundred times and not have all these elements together at the same time.
My most favorite NOLA photograph is the ones I have not taken yet. New Orleans is a photographer’s dream city, there is something for everyone and I always look forward to returning and taking more.
Q. Good answers! Have you ever lived in New Orleans? If not, then how frequently do you visit?
A. I have never lived in New Orleans. For several years my wife and I held 2 pet portrait fundraiser a year for the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter. The fundraiser was always a one day event, but we would always stick around for a few days to play in New Orleans. Although we no longer take pet portraits, we still try to get to New Orleans every year.
Q. Besides photographing cities, you also capture spectacularly moving mountains and beaches. Where have you found great captures in beach and mountain areas?
A. I live in the mountains of North Carolina, but I sometimes suffer from GIG syndrome (Grass Is Greener), which makes me think any beach is great for photos. I have a weakness for including driftwood as an element in my photographs so Jekyll Island, Georgia is one of my favorite location. Mountains use to be more difficult for me, because I live here. Let me explain.
There is a barn near my house that people from out of town always stop on the side of the road to photograph. I see this barn everyday, it’s visible from my back porch. One day it hit me that these visitors from out of town see the beauty of the barn, where I just saw the barn next door (Farmall Barn photo attached). This made me wonder; when I’m on vacation and I’ve set up my camera to photograph a scene, do the locals in that area wonder why I’m taking a photograph of that tree next door. It hit me that I had what I think of as “Grass is Greener Syndrome”. I could not, no would not slow down enough in my everyday life to actually SEE the beauty right in front of me. I set a goal for myself to photograph only things within walking distance of my house. I was amazed at the beauty I found and the photographs I took.
Living In The Clouds of Western North Carolina is the view from my front porch.
North Carolina Pond is in my back yard (my neighbor’s pond).
Q. <LOL> regarding GIG syndrome. I may have suffered from that one before, too. So, did you take photography courses, or are you self-taught?
A. I attended North Georgia Tech School of Photography in Clarkesville, Georgia and the U.S. Navy School of Photography in Pensacola, FL.
But I’m still learning everyday.
Q. At your Mimbs Photography site here, you offer wedding photography, real estate listing photography, et cetera. What other professional services do you offer?
A. My wife and officially retired almost 10 years ago. Last year we decided to reopen our photography business. A couple of months after going back into the business my wife Chrystal was offered a job using her degree, so she took the job. Not sure I wanted to be working for the public again, I did nothing to promote the business. Just this month I decided to start offering weddings again in a limited form. I’ve always continued to do real estate photos because I really enjoy photographing houses/businesses. I also do some portraits.
Q. I have seen many of your photos from parts of the Southeastern United States. Have you ever visited and photographed in Charleston, South Carolina?
A. I have visited Charleston many years ago, and took some photographs on film. I have been considering returning to Charleston, but have not done so yet.
Q. What’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2014?
A. During my 38 years as a photographer, only a few friends and family ever saw any of my landscape photography. Averaging 50 weddings per year, with my wife averaging 30 weddings per year, we never really had time to think about doing anything with our landscapes until 2 years ago when we started placing them for sale on Fine Art America. The response was wonderful, showing us that we should have been showing and selling them all along. 2014 has been filled with seeking out and photographing beautiful places. Having been published in a couple of magazines this year, we have been getting more request from other magazines to photograph different areas (including Charleston) for possible publication. We hope to travel to more of our ever expanding list of locations we want to photograph.
Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your wonderful work (social networking sites, websites)?
A. To find our photographs: http://1-greg-mimbs.artistwebsites.com/
Our photography website: https://www.facebook.com/MimbsPhotography
and one other non related:
Our website which enabled us to retire almost 10 years ago (me at 44, Chrystal at 28): http://www.mountaintravelguide.com/
Gary Starta fuses SCI FI, Mystery and the Paranormal/Occult in “Blood Web,” the first book of the Caitlin Diggs series including “Extreme Liquidation,” “Demon Inhibitions” and “9 Incarnate.” A former journalist, Starta has published 9 books since 2004 and looks forward to publishing a new series entitled Camden Investigation as well as “Dead Market” and “I Bought the Sun for a Dollar.” For more information, visit his Amazon page here.
Q. I’ve been a fan of your work for some time. In fact, I had the pleasure of reviewing your “Extreme Liquidation,” et cetera. Readers can check out one of the reviews here. I mention “Blood Web” in the review which has now been re-released with a new cover. What made you decide it was time for new cover art?
A. The change in cover was necessitated by the original publisher sort of disappearing into the night – kind of scary – lol. So I grabbed the opportunity to publish it on KDP where I can control the price etc. By the way there is an alternative cover posted on Kindle that readers can view. I’m hoping a bargain price for a novel that runs well over normal mass market length will give readers value.
Q. What are the challenges in mixing genre fiction?
A. That’s a good question but for me I seem to see blending genres as quite normal. I believe if you’re giving a reader science theories you should be able to make it easy to digest for them because maybe your reader isn’t so much a SCI FI reader as a mystery or romance reader. It’s a juggle to blend information with entertainment. I sort of go through the whole process by feel and think as if I’m the reader and what would be entertaining for them.
Q. Good way to do it! Please give readers a synopsis of “9 Incarnate.” And, why were you inspired to write it?
A. As for 9 Incarnate this is the fourth installment in the series and if you’re going to read Blood Web you’re going to see a very changed Caitlin Diggs to say the least.
Here’s a synopsis in the words of a reviewer:
Agent Caitlin Diggs is back and still adjusting to her new life in the parallel universe. She is posing as her alternate self because this universe’s Caitlin Diggs died trying to protect her. It is a weird concept for her to grasp at first, but she is learning.
When the President of the United States is mysteriously murdered, Caitlin and Briana must go to work to figure out if it was a demon who committed the crime. Armed with paranormal powers and Briana’s ability to cast spells, they handle the paranormal side of FBI investigations.
They feel like they may be getting clues, when suddenly, the whole demon population on the planet suddenly disappears.
Now, this is the alternate universe that Caitlin is in, so demons are as common as humans.
When strange orbs enter Earth and begin trying to communicate with the population, Caitlin and her crew at the FBI begin to theorize that they may be dealing with ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses.
This intrigues Caitlin more than usual because she is so constantly referred to as the goddess Isis.
When the Ennead actually make it to Earth, their motives come into question. Are they here to help humanity, or are they here to take over. Battling the investigation into the President’s death as well as trying to figure out why gods and goddesses are reappearing on Earth, Agent Diggs has no lack of action in her life.
With a character as well written and likeable as Caitlin Diggs, I feel fans of any genre would be able to get into this book.
The rest of the characters are also great supporting characters. They are all pretty likable in their own ways and have strong character arcs. They are well-written, and I don’t feel like any character was paid less attention to
The writing makes for a nice reading pace. It flows together nicely and has a nice balance of dialogue.
Q. On your Amazon page, it’s noted that “Contemporary authors Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher and Kelly Armstrong also fuel [your] aspiration to create paranormal suspense.” How did you go about building paranormal suspense in both “Blood Web” and “9 Incarnate?”
A. In Blood Web, Caitlin is already on pins and needles due to the death of her FBI partner and lover so in order to make it more than just an ordinary crime drama I wanted to create a scenario where she would relive or re-experience some events. Using a crystal, which attaches itself to an unsuspecting teen, it begins controlling him and ordering him to kill to sustain it. By the time Caitlin faces off against the killer she has another nemesis in the crystal which will attempt to connect with her and tempt her with a false reality, possibly saving her deceased lover/partner.
In 9 Incarnate, Caitlin Diggs is perplexed when she finds she is sharing consciousness with the goddess Isis due to the crystal connection. When the other gods return to Earth she begins doubting herself as an investigator and wonders if the Isis connection will be a nefarious influence. Could she be both criminal and investigator?
Q. What books have you read this year that you think should be on everyone’s ‘must list?’
A. I am kind of out of date with current books but I am looking to forward to reading the brand new Dresden Files release. I found these books very influential when I decided to switch Caitlin Diggs from third person to first person narrative.
Q. What’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2014?
A. I am looking forward to releasing Dead Market through a traditional publisher as well as finishing up the trilogy of my new Camden Investigations series. Dead Market is a zombie novel that ties into the push for pills by Big Pharma. Camden Investigations involves ufology and ghost hunting.
Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your wonderful work? (social networking sites, etc.)
A. Blood Web FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Web/7548046583
9 Incarnate FB page: https://www.facebook.com/9IncarnateCaitlinDiggsIV
***Mr. Starta can be found on Twitter here.
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Colonel Mahip Chadha is a retired officer from the Indian Army. He was married to Kiran Sethi who, tragically, passed away in April 2010, and they had two daughters -Ganiv and Jyotan. Ganiv is married to Colonel Inderjit Panjrath and they have one son. His younger daughter, Jyotan, is married to Daljit Singh, a business man who is an Australian citizen. They have two sons. Col. Chadha lives in New Delhi with his aged father and mother-in-law, both of whom he looks after. He worked various jobs after retirement—including a prestigious one as President of Helios Aviation.
Q. It was my pleasure to review your wonderful “Gin and Lime, Whiskey or Wine” here last year. But, why were you inspired to write “Grit, Guts and Gallantry?”
A. I loved writing and always dreamt of writing about my life in the National Defence Academy. I was very disappointed to see the mental apathy in the younger generation who either had no inkling of the life in the services or were not motivated enough! The sons and daughters of Services Officer cadre were also not willing to join the Armed Forces, preferring a life in an air conditioned environment or then working abroad!
Q. How did YS Books International come about?
A. I had written three books –GRIT GUTS AND GALLANTRY, SOLJER SOLJER and GIN and LIME WHISKEY or WINE? The latter were self published at extravagant costs by Author House and Create Space, both American publishing houses of repute. I have yet to receive a single cent from them! I could not discuss anything with them because of the compartmentalized way of working and a little arrogance! John would not take a message to Paul and neither could he deal with Mary who was now dealing with that subject! I have now published my books under our own banner and also written the second edition of GRIT GUTS and GALLANTRY. Let me say-I became a Publisher because I was very angry with big publishing houses!
YS does not charge anything from its authors except a small fee of Rs 4000/-INR-around $57 /-to cover the expense of re-formatting and evolving two covers for the book! The cost of printing is borne by me. We are extremely author friendly and try and accommodate authors to the extent possible in order to bring out a quality product using the best paper for interiors. WE are basically A TWO MAN ARMY!—I read the manuscript ,carry out the editing ,corrections and designing of the covers, as well as correspond with the authors! Hemant takes care of distribution and we market some of our books through Deep and Deep Publishers and Distributors.
Q. How many books have been published by YS Books?
A. Gia –we now have about 28 books in our kitty considering that we opened shop in July last year!
Q. That’s amazing, Mahip! What kind of books is YS looking for?
A. We publish books of Higher Education, Defence, Politics, Law and its Application, World Events, United Nations, Copyright, Geography and Fiction! We also publish thesis written by professors in pursuit of a doctorate!
Q. What does YS stand for?
A. YS is a distribution company which was owned by my partner Hemant Kalra. I have joined him as the publishing segment. Y and S stand for the first letters of Hemant’s brother and mother.
Q. Which books are you currently promoting and where?
A. I am currently working on a book on WITNESS PROTECTION, a book on UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING, one fiction book based on Lucifer-titled LORD OF DARKNESS, one book on the memoirs of an Air Force Air Commodore-called RAINDROPS, one book on the memoirs of a Colonel who served in the Kumaon Regiment –titled KUMAONI NOSTALGIA, another book by the same author called INDUSTRIAL SECURITY, and a COFFEE TABLE Book on THE KUMAON REGIMENT! We also have a book on LAW and one book on political essays titled INDIA AWAKE!
Q. What’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2014?
A. I will be working on two volumes of Laws on various subjects ranging from SEZ, Airport Authority, ELECTRICITY and such subjects, This work is in two volumes. I will also have book on REFUGEES, and one book on INDIAS POLITICAL OUTLOOK TOWARDS SOUTH EAST ASIA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NORTH EAST INDIA! Our books on education are printed in Hard Cover,whereas fiction books are printed in paperback!
Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and YS Books?
A. Our website is ysbooksinternational.com where we can be seen and also contacted.
Biography of Ms. Winter (in her own words):
“I was born during a very cold winter in 1953 in Germany, 8 years after WWII. My father was a Civil Engineer from Germany. His mother, my grandmother, had met Himmler, on one occasion, and my father was 17 when he was made a POW of Great Britain. He had been in a SS Elite School (NAPOLA) before the war and, luckily for him (and me), that war was over before he could have been made another tool of that deceitful regime.
My mother was French, from Lorraine originally, and I have spent many holidays with that part of the family, who at the time truly had been French. ‘Vive la France’ was their motto.
My father, from a German family as you can picture it, my mother from a French family with a socialistic background. They must have loved each other even though the marriage broke up when I was five. It could have never worked from my point of view now. My father, 85 years old, recently gave me an old photograph of my mother with tears in his eyes, saying: She was an extraordinary woman and I have loved her all my life. My mother is long dead.
I grew up in a little village, near the French border. By foot two hours. Our district town was an old garrison town and after WWII occupied by French and Canadian troops and later by the Americans.
Those times after the war were hard and the black market was something to make our lives better and not to starve…The inspiration to write came to me in early years. By the age of 5, I had read Wilhelm Busch, a terribly thick book, kneeling in front of our old sofa. Later on, when I was about 14, I nicked Arthur Miller from my mum’s book shelf and then Dostojewskij, Tolstoij and Hemingway. My mum had been an avid reader.
I have been inspired to write because my life was, like millions of others’, diminished, stained, attacked and twisted by a regime and a war which many of us Germans never wanted. We, as children, had the responsibility to build another world.
I am inspired to write, because wars are still ongoing and cruel.”
Q. Please give readers a synopsis of “Hexe.” And, what inspired you to write it?
A. A memoir but not in the strict sense of the word as I was born after the war. It is a pondering about all I have heard and seen during my time growing up. My grandmothers, my aunts, neighbours, at night when the lamp was pulled down over the kitchen table, knitting, talking about hardship, the old times, the old magic and a world in turmoil. Talking about gods who had abandoned us. Talks about honourable, heathen ancestors, ever so sad that our values had been used for propaganda. It is my story, about growing up, coming of age and being eyed suspiciously because I seemed to know and understand. A heathen childhood, coming of age during times of guilt, after a devastating war, stained, branded, searching for new values and returning to the Heathen ancestry.
Q. Do you generally favour wordy descriptions or a more laconic way of writing?
A. Oh, I do favour wordy descriptions because I do believe in the magic of words. Words distinguish us as humans and with words we paint our souls. Words have power and with words we touch hearts. There are not many words needed to show your heart and to touch others’ hearts. Words are magic, words are the ultimate tool of mankind, carried on and on, from generation to generation to make this world a better world. Words of many journalists have stopped the Vietnam War. I do believe in words and the responsibility of a true writer.
Q. Are you currently working on another book? If so, then what genre(s) will it fall in?
A. Yes, I am. One book is with the editor now, a mystery story about the wolf children of eastern Prussia. A fiction story but it could have been true. I am not a historian, but I am looking deep into the hearts of those who have been used, violated and are struggling to come to terms with what they have lived through. It is a book of a girl from eastern Prussia at the end of the war, when the Great Treks were going west, who’s abused, raped, a victim but searching for a new beginning, her tales of her grandmother in her heart.
Q. “Hexe” has been getting great reviews on Amazon. Why do you think that the storyline resonates with many?
A. Yes, “Hexe” has had some good reviews. I do believe that the power and magic of words have contributed to the reviews, I am not a savvy market analyst, and truly, I don’t care. I want my story out there to connect with hearts and souls, people who do believe that writers have an obligation to tell tales from the bottom of their hearts. Many turn to Buddhism, other religions. My intent is to say that we all should go back to our own roots, respect and tolerate others. The values of ancient societies teach us a lot. We, the writers, only have to listen.
Q. In what ways is it a ‘wild world of writing’ these days?
A. Writing nowadays means possessing a computer, an internet connection, a bit of money – and out the stories go. No skills of grammar, no commas. No real story, just what keyhole readers want to read, 50 shades of an ugly colour, magicians, werewolves. Tolstoij and Dostojewskij would have been lost, smiling, Hemingway, the good Bukowski – they would have drunk themselves to death. (They did.)
Q. Now for a fun question: Which book(s) contain your favourite literary inside jokes/hidden messages/’Easter eggs’?
A. Hidden inside jokes? Not really. Writing is a serious job. It takes it out of you. Writing is dark humour, the joke that hits you at your core. You read the joke and you have tears in your eyes because it is the joke of life as such, writers laughing about it in desperation.
Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your work?
A. I am on Facebook, twitter and Goodreads. And, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Go, look it up. My name is Skadi Winter and I hate the internet.
Q. Please tell readers about being interviewed by Radio BBC Essex recently.
A. I had an interview with Radio BBC Essex. It was done one day after Germany had won the world cup. All was about football and I truly had forgotten to mention my book. What a crazy world.
Q. What’s on the horizon for the remainder of 2014?
A. My 3rd book – story of a serial killer. Ukraine after Chernobyl. Devastation and danger. The Red Zone. A highly decorated Russian soldier, returning to his home village in the Red Zone. How could he ever find a way back into a civilian life without being recognized as what he himself believed he was: A hero. He had been trained to kill and that is what he is going to do over and over again. To save the world. But never being decorated again. The schizophrenia between the real world and the world we all wish it to be. The longing for the Gods of our ancestors to soothe the pain.
***You can pick up a copy of “Hexe” here.