Interview with author Carrie Rubin

A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight

standing-color-cropped Carrie Rubin, author of “Eating Bull” and “The Seneca Scourge”

[I recently read the bookEating Bull, by Carrie Rubin. I loved it, and contacted the author.  She very kindly agreed to be interviewed about her work.  Enjoy!]

BG: I’ll start at the beginning: how did you get the idea for “Eating Bull”? Did the idea just come to you one day, did some specific incident suggest it, or…?

CR: A little bit of both. Overweight/obesity is a professional interest of mine. I’ve dealt with it in both a clinical and research setting. Many people assume a large BMI means a lack of willpower, but that’s both inaccurate and unfair. Many other factors come into play, especially our disastrous food environment where processed food, mega-sizes, and sugar-laden junk bombard us wherever we go.

Through fiction, I wanted to bring the issue of the food industry’s role in obesity…

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The Red Knight – Miles Cameron

My Own Adventure

Who is the Red Knight?

This is a question that runs through the heart of the book and provides plenty of mystery around the main character that keeps you reading in an effort to find out more about the elusive identity of the titular character.

The book starts by dropping you straight into the action with the Red Knight and his mercenary company hired by the head of a religious Abbey to hunt down a solitary monster responsible for killing a local family. However, it soon becomes clear that the situation is not all as it seems and the Red Knight – along with the Abbey and surrounding lands – may have bigger problems than originally bargained for!

The book is set in a sort of quasi-medieval England with references to real places in England (Sir John of Reigate), Jesus, and other European countries. As this setting is a fairly…

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My Introverted Heart Is Aglow

Carrie Rubin

December 14th. You must be joking.

How, after telling myself Christmas would never sneak up on me again, has it done exactly that?

Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo online. Perhaps he'll regret it. Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo. Perhaps he’ll regret it.

But my loss is your gain, because today’s post is simple. I’m too covered in wrapping paper and flour to wax poetic.

But I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve already received some gifts. Unexpected gifts that come in the form of kindness and generosity from others. So before I get back to flinging flour and packing brown sugar, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to:

  1. A**holes Watching Movies for mentioning my book on their fabulous film-review blog AND for giving away two copies of Eating Bull. In fact, the contest is open for two more days, so if you’d like a chance to win…

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Should Authors Write Book Reviews?

Yes, authors should review books, if they have the time!
What a thought provoking question, Carrie.

Carrie Rubin

A recent blog post has my mind churning.

Kristen Lamb, an author, social media sage, and guru for writers, penned a wonderful article titled “Three NEVERS of Social Media for Writers.”

One of the things she recommends is never writing a bad book review. In fact, she suggests writers should not publish book reviews on their blogs at all: “Our BRAND is AUTHOR, not ‘book reviewer.’ My opinion is we can’t do both.”

book review form Original Image from Microsoft Clip Art

In terms of publishing book reviews on my blog, I tend to agree. Only on rare occasions have I posted a review. But up until now, my hesitancy stemmed mostly from not wanting to change the tone of my blog. Given the number of books I read, I would soon be posting nothing else.

But now I’m wondering about the wisdom of reviewing books at all, either on my blog or on Amazon…

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The Melding of the Minds, Part 2 – My Story

Good morning, everyone! Today is a good day. Sometimes I have trouble thinking positively, even in the morning, but today feels pretty good so far.

Today, I’m going to finish my little duet on writing one’s gender opposite. My previous post, The Melding of the Minds, Part 1, discussed famous men and women who have written their gender opposite to great popularity. I also shared some insightful, interesting posts from other writers on this topic.

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I would like to thank everyone who replied and has been following and commenting. I have blogged before, but never about writing, so this whole experience is new to me. Sometimes I feel like I am stumbling along in the dark on a cobbled road, with witnesses! So excuse me if I occasionally let out a yelp as I stub my toe. One thing I’m really loving about writing this blog is…

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Ferguson: Civil Unrest & Change

Hear hear

Harlem Inner City Blues: Random Thoughts

CNN televised the fiery passionate expression of a people in great despair. Poor people, angry, disenfranchised citizens of Missouri, Ferguson living and witnessing the American experiment. It was a day of shame that imbrue the fabric of our national conscious.  This greasy spot will be forever burned on the entire nations memory.  Malcolm X, my spiritual father came to mind; the man who gave me my manhood from the grave. My asthma then began to flare up while viewing this, mixed emotions surfaced as my chest had gotten tight.  In the struggling final words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe”.

Ferguson civil unrest & change

Ferguson: Civil Unrest & Change

America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is “Us”. It appears she doesn’t want us here.

However, some of our people act as if they don’t want…

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