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Cindy Sproles-Spirit & Heart

cindy-sproles  Cindy Sproles is  an author and a speaker. On her website,
http://cindysproles.com you will see where Cindy says, “My dream is do nothing more than craft words that speak from the heart.
Tell us about your  book, Spirit & Heart: A Devotional Journey

spirit-and-heart Spirit and Heart, we feel, has been blessed by God. It’s the little devotional that just keeps selling. It has solid writing, and devotions that soothe the heart. We hope when readers glean through this book, they find a certain peace that God is with them, warming their hearts and souls.
This book was a six-month project that included writers from our website, and published authors. It includes scripture verses, space to  journal, for individual prayers and words of wisdom from some of today’s best-selling authors.
Listen to God speak as you read His word and reflect on the stories of others. Write down your thoughts and meditate on each day’s message.

This book is a primer, a tool to get you started on the path toward spending your best moments with the Father. Christ says, where your heart is there your treasure will be. Treasure His words and whispers as you walk in the footsteps of award-winning authors.

The daily devotions included in this book are heartfelt stories, lessons, and advice from others who have traveled the devotional journey.
It was a joy to edit and compile these 30 devotions into work that we continue to sell at conferences and on the internet.
What is your personal writing schedule?
My personal writing schedule varies. But I try to write 1800 words a day. It is a goal I usually reach but sometimes, like everyone, I get pulled away.  God has blessed me to be a part of Christian Devotions. www.christiandevotions.us. Our ministry has not only allowed us to teach writers, but it has honed my personal skills as well.
Tell us about Cindy Sproles.
I’m a mountain gal, born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains where life is simple, words have a deep southern drawl, and colloquialisms like, “well slap my knee and call me corn pone” seem to take precedence over proper speech. Apple Butter, coal mining, the river, pink sunrises and golden sunsets help you settle into a porch swing and relax. Family, the love of God and strong morals are embedded into my life in the mountains. Teaching writers, spinning fiction tales about life in the mountains, history and down home ideas find their way into all I do. I love to write devotions, to seek after the deeper side of Christ and to share the lessons He teaches me from life in the hills of East Tennessee. I am a writer. A speaker. A lover of God’s Word and friend to all.
Thank you for visiting us today Cindy.
Be sure and visit Cindy’s website. http://cindysproles.com

Shelly Frome-A Man of Many Talents

 

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Shelly Frome, author of Murder Run, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, play write, director, columnist, just to name a few hats he wears. I’m told he has written over twenty-five plays in addition to articles, novels, and non-fiction.

We are so delighted to have him visiting with us today. Thank you Shelly.

It is a pleasure to visit with you Susan.

Murder Run 

Your fiction includes Twilight of the DrifterThe Twinning Murders, and Lilac Moon. His Hollywood crime caper Tinseltown Riff and your latest crime novel Murder Run, which was released in August.

Your non-fiction works are the acclaimed The Actors Studio and texts on The Art and Craft of Screenwriting and writing for the stage. Many people would love to know how to become a screenwriter. What is your book about exactly?

Unlike many handbooks on the subject offering surefire methods that often contradict one another; this book is an attempt to offer a variety of approaches in view of differing aims and sensibilities.  To accomplish this, in addition to my own experiences and understanding, I interviewed a range of insiders. As a result, the introductory chapters cover basic essentials. The second part deals with options, such as engaging in a host of genres, indie films and adaptation.  Part Three is a collection of the revealing interviews I engaged in in Hollywood and elsewhere in order to get deep within the realities.

Well indeed this would be a good book for people to read and study who want to be a screenwriter.

I want to get back to your newest novel, Murder Run. Tell us about it. Murder Run

It’s a crime novel in which I wanted to explore what happens when a rank amateur unwittingly gets caught up in circumstances beyond his or her control. In this case, I picked the most unlikely amateur detective–a wayward handyman who finds himself grappling with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, more mayhem takes place and leads begin to connect to the handyman’s past, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Lakes and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

You got a great review from Peter Lefcourt, who won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

I was lucky. Peter just happens to hail from the mean streets of New York before he became a fixture in Hollywood. In fact, there’s a full interview with him in my book on screenwriting relating to his background and unique vision. As for my crime novel, he said, “A terrific read, fast and funny, with well-drawn characters and a good deal of ambiance and charm.”

Tell us about your directing.

I directed my original screenplay The Royal Palm Ragamuffin Blues for Time-Warner’s Cable 5. I’ve also directed over sixty college, Community Theater and high school productions and thirteen original dance/theater pieces.  You could say, my days as a New York starving actor, teaching acting and film at The University of Connecticut all those years, and the original plays I’ve written along with my directing experiences have a lot to do with my sense of what makes stories come to life on the page, stage and screen.

You are truly a busy man. We are so delighted you visited with us today. Please come back and keep us posted on your next book release.

Thank you, Susan, I surely will. In the meantime, I’m always happy to receive feedback from my column on screenwriting in Southern Writers Magazine.