Ok So my questions are the red ones the guest answers are in black.
1) Can you please introduce yourself to everyone?
I am Penny Adams publisher at both LadyBeePublishing.ca and EvolutionaryPublishing.ca. Attempting to run two publishing houses proves that I am insane. Fortunately I have equally insane people working for and with me, so effectively the inmates are now running the asylum. I have won awards, and may do so again, but if I were to brag about anything it would be my recent dealing with cancer, my work as a natural therapist and my rescue work with animals.
First the cancer. In Dec.of 2011 I found a lump. I knew immediately from the feel, the news was not going to be good but kept all of this to myself as Christmas was just around the corner and I didn't want to upset anyone. On March 3/2012,after a core biopsy, it was confirmed that it was DCIS. I spent a year boosting my immune system and became an expert on me and my health needs. In June of 2013, I had the mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. My surgeon has declared me cancer free from a surgical standpoint. That is not really realistic, but I won't get into that here. Let's just say I don't believe in chemo and radiation, and am healthier today than I have been for a very long time. My work as a natural therapist came in very handy, as I was able to determine what it was I need to do for myself and did it, and am still doing it. It was while I was recovering from the surgery, I began fostering dogs for Bright Eyes Dog Rescue and I do so to this day. Currently I have beautiful little long haired Dachshund cross, with 7 puppies. They fit in nicely with the 9 permanent dogs that reside on our acreage.
2) Would you like to share any work you have done or doing?
I am not a writer, or so I keep saying, although I was published in two anthologies in the past from a now defunct company. I do however, write a natural therapy column for Sensual Treats magazine- http://sensualtreats.webs.com/ . The magazine comes out quarterly and has a little something for everyone in it.
3) Do you have a favorite genre?
I don't know that I have a favorite genre. As both an avid reader and a publisher, it doesn't matter what I read as long as it's well written.
4) What inspired you to publish and / or who was your biggest influence?
I worked for another publishing company and wound up practically running it. Again during my recovery from the mastectomy I realised two things. I couldn't continue to work that hard for someone else and never see a cent in pay.I also knew I wanted to continue to be a part of this business. I love children and young adult books. I think reading is the greatest gift we can give our children. So I began the steps to launch LadyBee Publishing. My biggest influence from the start was and is Denyse Bridger. We started off as friends, then she got me to beta read some of her work. That led to editing, then led to the work for the now defunct other publishing company. She helps me constantly. I wouldn't be this far in either company were it not for how much she helped and continues to help. Another huge thanks needs to go to Cynthia MacGregor who is not only a very prolific writer as well as a producer for Younger Every Day, a weekly t.v. production that she does and hosts from her home. Without those two ladies, and all the help and encouragement they have provided, I would have given up before I started. I have made friends with two wonderful Canadian publishers. Patricia Bates from Crimson Frost Publishing and Gina Kincade from Naughty Nights Press. Both of those ladies have offered help, advice and encouragement to this newbie. They have no idea how much I appreciate them both.
5) Do you need a nice quiet space to write or are you blasting your music while writing?
I never know what I am going to write about, I think it will be one thing and I sit down and boom, something entirely different comes out, so in that aspect I guess I am a writer but it's not a driving force for me. I have a million story ideas, but seldom feel the need to write them out which is why I state I am not really a writer. When I do sit down to do an article, I typically like it very quiet, hence why I am doing this at 2:30 a.m. All the beasties are sleeping :-)
6) If you could give one tip to someone who wants to write what would it be?
My one piece of advice to anyone who wants to write? Learn your craft! Writing is work and it's a constant learning curve. If you aren't willing to make the commitment to learn proper English and sentence structure, to take the hits along with the praises and absolutely know there is going to be more than one person who hates your work, this is not the job for you.
7) What is the big dream? In other words where would you like your writing to take you to in the future?
My own big dream would be to have all my authors get the recognition they so justly deserve. I am thrilled that I have some truly amazing authors on board with both publishing houses. They are wonderful writers and they deserve to be fully recognized for the true talents that they are.
8) City or suburbs?
9) If you could live anywhere where would it be?
I love Canada and while I enjoy visiting other places, I am right where I want to be although, I have my eye on a piece of property that has protected wildlife and wetlands all around it. So come on lottery, momma wants to move!
10) Do you have tattoos? Do you want one?
I do have tattoos. Two of them. I wouldn't mind having the one on my wrist changed but I really don't plan on getting any more.
Gizmo question's will be in blue and his guest in black.
1) Hi, I am Gizmo and you are?
Hi, I am Truffles. I am a 12 year old Jackamo.For those that are wondering what that is, I am half Jack Russell Terrier and half miniature American Eskimo.
2) Do you go to any stores? If so which is your favorite store?
I go to all kinds of places with both my human mom and dad. I like them all because everyone pets me and tells me how pretty I am, and I get a lot of treats.
3) What is your favorite toy that you play with?
I like rawhide chews and sometimes a stuffed toy to play with.
4) Do you have a favorite animal show?
I like animal shows and my human mom watches a lot of those. I really like the ones that have little kittens in them.
5) Do you chase cats?
We just got two new little kittens. They like to play with all of us and we like to play back. Human mom makes sure we don't get too rough as these are just babies yet. We have always had cats and we love them. But we don't like strays and will chase them off the property.
6) Do you like off the leash parks better than walks?
We leave in the country so as mom say, we leave in an off leash park. But I am on a leash when we go to town or the city. It's okay, as it keeps me safe but I love just walking with my humans out here, and being able to run and investigate all the smells we come across.
7) Do you like having belly rubs?
Love, love, love belly rubs. I could have my belly rubbed for hours and not move.
8) Do you like it when it's warm or cold out? Day or night?
I have plenty of warm places to go into when I am outside, so unless it's really cold that is where I want to be. I like it just a little bit cooler, maybe because of my long coat.
9) What is your favorite treat?
My favorite treat is actually going for a ride. I love any kind of ride, Dad's truck, or mom's car is great but the best of all is the motorcycle. I get the first and last ride of the year every year. I have included a picture of me getting the first ride of the year this year. You can see me smiling. I was actually kind of mad at dad when he took me for the last ride. We only went out for 10 mins. I pouted when we came back home, I wanted a much longer ride.
10) Do you sleep on a human bed, a dog bed, the top of the couch, the floor or the crate?
I used to sleep on the back of the couch when I was just a pup, and my humans were watching t.v. I always slept on the bed with them too, but now I sleep on a real soft bed beside their bed. I am getting old and it's too hard for me to jump up and down. So they bought me my own bed and I love it.
11) Are you a lap dog?
I cuddle with my humans but I am not really a lap dog. As I have gotten older, I don't need to be on them as much. I like to be near them though because one never knows when they will offer up a great belly rub.