Monthly Archives: December 2014

Questions and Answers PART 2

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Jorja Dupont Oliva More answers to your questions…

Are any of your characters based off of real people?

Of course. All of my characters are based off of real people. One Character could have at least 5 people in the combination. I write off of feeling and emotion. My characters come from how people make me feel and that attachment to them. I wanted to do my writing that way to see if  people who I know, could find themselves in the story. ()f course mostly in book one.

 

Where did the idea of BUCKETS come from?

I am in the bar business.(Yes I own a bar with a dear friend) I have been in the bar business for 20 years. We were 23 and 21 years old when we started out in the business.(Crazy right? That why the story needed to be written).  BUCKETS was also a vision of another business I had with the same dear friend. So I combined the two in the story. I am still part of that business but now I play more of the book-keeping and prep cook roll. (Of course that is by choice, because I need time to write-right?) Check out this video-

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=msbeerhouse

That is us!

 

Is book one and two based off of your real life?

Book one started out to be a memoir of my life… yes, but manifested into some greater. I will say now, that it is very similar to my life story, the trials, the learning and the rewards. Kind of like a blue print or an outline. Book two, I went more from my imagination although the trials, the learning and the rewards also came from my life experiences. (Being in the bar business you see many lives up close and personal. Almost as if you have lived it your self. At least it is like that for me.) By the way, I probably have heard thousands of stories over the years as I served beers, and that I am very thankful for.(lots of writing material)

 

What character do  you feel you are most like?

All of them. Okay I am probably like Lizzy the most. Occasionally I see a hint of me in Dee, Ripley and even Johnny.(I was a tomboy growing up, I always loved nature and I love butterflies.) As for Lizzy, I am not as innocent an naïve as she  appeared to be either. ( sure I was at some point in my life.) I wrote Lizzy that way to see her growth a little clearer or help the reader feel it a bit. We all were innocent at one time and face it, we all have a little demon in us.

 

Why did you write book one as a blue print of your life?

As I stated before, it started out to be a memoir.  As I started writing I realized that friends and family knew my real story-Right? So I wanted to add some mystery,  puzzle, and magic, make it fun  for them to figure it out. They were going to be my fan base-right? So it may not be actually what happened, but it should spark a memory of what really did happen. I know that is what happens for me when I read books that are similar to my life.

 

    What is the most important meaning you were trying to accomplish in both of your books?

This is the hardest of questions to answer.  I wanted to help people learn about themselves from the events that play out in their lives. (everything happens for a reason.)  To see those friendships that are destined to make each of us whole. The fact that sometimes terrible things may happen in your life but end up being a blessing in disguise. I believe that every person that enters into your life, offer you gifts. Maybe something you were suppose to learn or even just support through difficult times. I was blessed to have been born into an awesome family and never really experience a dysfunctional life or very many hardships. I am a very empathetic person almost as though I can feel the pain of others going through hardships.(Probably why I was always a pretty darn good bartender.) With that being said, I tend to want to be that same support for others. As for the meaning, there is always something to learn if you open up your awareness to it and the base of it all is LOVE , RESPECT, and ACCEPTANCE  for one another.

 

What was the reasons for the quotes to begin each chapter?

I have a great love for the written word. They were put there for me. Throughout my life I have learned a lot about myself.(I do a lot of soul-searching). I have gained a lot  of wisdom that I see many people still struggling with. I would find that wisdom and eventually run across a quote that matched exactly as to how I would interpret that particular situation. It is a lot like the Indian proverb-Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you. – Hopi

 

To be continued….

FREE Kindle Download Gift-December 25th- MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Dear Friends,

I wanted to give a gift for Christmas. So, Christmas day-December 25th –  on Amazon.com Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest KINDLE edition will be FREE to download. If you haven’t gotten it, this is another chance! It can be downloaded to kindle device, computer, and smart phone. Just download kindle APP and then down load the book for FREE! Here is the link!

http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Butterflies-Mystical-Forest-DuPont-Oliva-ebook/dp/B00O1A19VY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419017888&sr=8-1&keywords=chasing+butterflies+in+the+mystical+forest

Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden will still be 99 cents until the end of the year so if you are getting a KINDLE for Christmas this is the perfect chance to get both books for next to nothing. Here is the link!

http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Butterflies-Magical-Garden-DuPont-ebook/dp/B00IKPLJD4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419043643&sr=1-1&keywords=chasing+butterflies+in+the+magical+garden

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Wishing everyone to have a joyful and blessed season!!!

Love,

Jorja DuPont Oliva

P.S. PLEASE remember to do a review!!! It is extremely important to authors! YES I am begging! Please remember to do a review!!! }!{

Answers to your Questions.

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Dear friends,

Over the last year I have been asked many questions about writing, my books, and the how I went about getting started. At times I would be stumped and really had to think on how to answer them. I wanted to answer them as honestly as possible with out any clichés. (I love clichés, and metaphors.) So over the last year I have jotted down these questions. I thought long and hard  how to answer each one. (mostly for my on purpose.) Today I would like to share these questions and answers with you.

QUESTION #1 -How did you come up with the title to book one- Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden?

It just happened- I answered. (really it did, but it wasn’t the answer I wanted to give but I didn’t know exactly how to explain.)

Originally book one was going to be called Magical Misfits or Gifts from the Misfits (I still plan to write that book!) Book one really started out and took on a life of its own. The characters were searching for change (metaphor of butterfly). One character looking for a sign from a deceased boyfriend and the other wanting to fall in love again.  I too was in a transition in my life so Chasing Butterflies was the perfect fit. The magical Garden came into play (Metaphor for the character’s small community) and also part of the story, flowers bloomed to represent loved ones that past and while in the garden (magical) friendships formed. So when a book two-Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest started brewing in my head (I was still working on book one at the time) Chasing Butterflies Series manifested its self. (I personally prefer short titles) 

QUESTION #2-How long did it take you to write?

Book one took me 44 days I took 2 hours every night (my TV time) and just wrote. Book two took me 3 months. I wrote when I was able too(I loved to sneak off and write when kids were at school). I took my time on that one.(Book two was a cleaner version than book one at the end of the story, due to learning with book one.) So “the stories” were written quickly. The writing process seems to come naturally to me. My weakness is the editing and rewriting(Which now after two books I’m getting that down too!) I work anywhere from 6-8 weeks (Depending on how fast the proofreader’s get back to me) cleaning up errors and content that may be hard to understand. I’m old-fashioned so I still send my manuscripts out to proofers with red pen and on paper.(Just like I am being graded in school.) I probably go over my work at least 100 times before it gets sent to a professional editor. (So at times, writing the story is the easy part.) As this process is happening I sometimes get idea’s that expand the story.

QUESTION #3- What made you write a book?

I never planned to write a book. It just happened.(Really it did! That wasn’t the answer I wanted to give but I didn’t know exactly how to explain.) I would always “say” I was going to write a book some day but never “meant” it. My mother wrote for our local news paper for years and always wanted to write children’s books. So maybe the fact that she always said it played part in why I always “Said” it. What I did want was to maybe find a new occupation or learn to do something I never have done before. (I was going through some kind of middle life crisis at 42 years old.) So I started wanting to go back to school.  Money and the lack of was holding me back  from college. (I do still want to go back!) I wanted to start with something that I could dedicate to and still take care of my family. Going through an Adult Community Education newsletter I saw a class that gave me a vision.-“Maybe I could write a book like the ones I love to read. Magical!” The class was “Go write and you can’t go wrong” How to write a book in thirty days. The teacher’s name was Michael Ray King and he was a 9 times published author. Which made me remember my mother always wanting to write children’s books, so I went to her house to see if she would be interested in taking this easy 6 week class with me. It wasn’t a pass or fail kind of  class, you either did or you didn’t. My mother agreed (Which by the way she has several books she has in the works but doesn’t ever plan to publish them.-But I still do!) So we took the class, and that’s how it all started. I did exactly as Michael Ray King taught and I was loving it. I became addicted to my new-found joy!

QUESTION#4-What was the idea behind the meanings or creatures of air and earth in book one?

I am an animal lover. I have many animals (most were given to us from people who were no longer able to care for them). Dogs, chickens, pigs, and a cockatoo named Casper. Oh… a hamster, lizard, and fish. Yes there is a lot. Each one unique and with its own set of needs. We care for these animals daily and give them the best life possible. I would observe them a lot and I could see how they socialize very similar to humans. That being said, they inspired me to start researching animal meanings. Life of Pi was just coming out on pay per view so it also sparked my interest even more. I researched and found all kinds of cool stuff. At first I was going to have it in the story (kind of hidden) but very few people would find it or get it. Unless I explained it. So that is why I decided on adding the creatures of air and earth glossary. (So now I’ve unknowingly started branding my style.) I do have to tell you, many people knew I was researching animal meanings, and would ask me what certain animals meant. So that was my validation that it was needed in the book. My editor suggested the prologue with the creatures of air and earth talking about the humans. (Again unknowingly branding myself.) And by the way that’s one of my favorite parts of the Chasing Butterflies Series books.

QUESTION#5-How did the meanings of tree’s come about in book two?

As a child, my father worked for the forestry service, and that probably brought on my love of tree’s. As a kid he would take us on rides in the woods and he would teach us things about trees. Just as the animals inspired me to do research, so did the idea of tree meanings. I also have many tree’s where I live. Oak, cedar, and some pine , again I would observe them. How they grew, how they swayed and how different they appeared. A lot like with the animals they too were unique and with its own set of needs. A lot like humans. That is how Mystical Forest started to evolve.

QUESTION#6- What are you working on now? 

Book three Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe. I always look up to the stars and make wishes. This was an idea that sparked again while writing book two. I always was intrigued with the idea that stars we see here on earth have died millions of years ago but yet we still see them. Again like humans I see my grandparents now in my parents and my parents now in myself, and my self in my children,  just like the stars. So with that being said, look for some kind of star related meanings in book three.-2015/2016. I am improving with writing so I am trying some more complicated idea’s with this story.

 

QUESTION #7- Are you making any money? (This is the question I hate to answer but seems to be the most popular.)

I will say that writing only takes a pen and a paper. So to write it doesn’t cost you much to get started.(So don’t let money every stop you from writing!) I haven’t made any money as of yet, but I see it as an investment in myself. Money is needed to get your book out there. I have put money out with the books I have donated and paying for the professional editing. Also publishing fee’s and art work, etc…  I am very proud to say in one year most of those money’s have been paid back and only 1/4 of that is still waiting. So I believe that’s pretty good for my new business adventure. (I’m not making a living on two books, but I’m not stopping at two either!) I would love to be able to make a living on my writing.  I see it actually happening someday, but today it is not the case.  I am being paid in other ways. I have readers tell me they loved my writing and that is priceless. I also love to do it and that is priceless. My family is proud of me and that is priceless. My friends are inspired and that too is priceless. So to answer- Am I making any money?-no but I’m being rewarded with things money could never touch!

QUESTION #8- All of your characters have some kind of quirky flaw what is the reason for that?

My characters are perfect. Just like the animals and the tree’s each of us are unique and with our own set of needs. So flaws is my idea of perfection in a character.  Over the years I have come to believe our so-called flaws may actually be our gifts. So we as people should embrace them not hide or look down on them. 

QUESTION #9- If you could describe your book series in one sentence what would it be?

The books in the Chasing Butterflies Series are Magical, Mystical, Unseen Journey’s just like the animals, the tree’s and the stars…each one unique with its own set of needs!(I told you I liked metaphors!)

 

 MORE QUESTION AND ANSWERS TO BE CONTINUE…..

Jorja Dupont Oliva

 

 

 

 

One year of being a published author!

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So friends, it has been one full year since I became a published author. Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden was Published November 30,2013 and my release was December 7. 2013. It was an amazing time for me (Still is but with two books under my belt I feel a bit smarter) I know all books have TYPO’S and I did have some, still do…I wanted to give the book one year and then revise it, get rid of some of them (if not all). 2015 I have plans of doing a revised version of book one Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden for all the TYPO Nazi’s I aggravated. (sorry again) I’m even considering changing the cover. (Not sure yet) Big publishing house’s do it all the time. So I asked myself why can’t I do the same! It’s been a year of wonderful adventures, I’ll share some great moments with you.

My first book signing

This was my first books signing. The picture is of me and my publisher/teacher/mentor Michael Ray King. I love this picture because for one -look at my face! And notice my book! It was me, all me, and it was MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece!
 
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This is and event I became involved in- Authors Supporting the troops- sign copies of various authors sent books over seas to the troops, and I plan to do this again this year with book two. I have to say, when I saw my book, MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece in the a solders hands I felt honored to be a part of the event!
 
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This was two contest that I held to get MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece to be noticed by new readers. Favorite Magical garden photo and Favorite fan picture! That was fun to do with MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece!
 
Change Jar
This was a picture taken at a book store in Flagler Beach-Change Jar Books.  It was a great day, local authors gathered to this event. Change Jar opened at a new location, bigger and better.
 
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Last, but not least my second book- Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest-Book signing. Another great chapter in my life. Wow, how I’ve grown. MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece was there beside me on all of the journeys.
 
MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece…It was me, the true me(TYPO’S and all). My point is that we (as humans) tend to seek out perfection or what society considers to be perfect. (Face it, no one or nothing is perfect) Nothing is wrong with seeking to make something better, but do it for you-not because it is expected. For years I struggled with trying to please everyone and be perfect(or at least appear to be),but in side I was still the prefect-imperfect person. One day I woke up and realized I was only an actress,  being what society wanted me to be. Right now I’m cleaning up some of the TYPO’s that seeped through the cracks of the publishing world (yeah they were my fault) and it saddens me a bit. Why? Here it is -MY perfect-imperfect masterpiece-Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden FIRST EDITION- that is me, the true ME. Then I ask myself…(Is this how caterpillars feel before they cocoon and change into butterflies?) So I’m taking a moment to reflect on the year, and embrace my perfect- imperfections (Which I think are perfect by the way) then I plan to move forward. Did you know I only type 10 words a minute?-No joke…I can’t spell very well either and I only averaged C’s in English through my school years. In college I avoided the English classes until the very end. (Mind you I am improving daily and plan to keep improving. Not to conform to society or others, but to better my perfect-imperfections.)
 
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Revised Version of Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden will be out 2015.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me and journeyed along with me. Remember to embrace and love your perfect-imperfections because they are who you are. They fertilize your growth and feed your soul to help you become the best that you can be.