Bizarre Things People Say to Authors

And…”No, what’s your REAL job?” 😀

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Nobody tells you that when you publish a book, it becomes a license for total strangers to say outrageous things to you that you could never imagine saying to anyone.

I’m not just talking about people who’ve actually bought your book. Even people who haven’t read your book feel encouraged to share, in the spirit of helpfulness.

At first, when you’re on tour, it’s surprising, then tiring — but eventually it’s funny, and sometimes it even gives you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or other writer friends in almost exactly these words:

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Personality and Stress


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I was introduced to the website, 16Personalities.com, through a blog post on Story Empire by Mae Clair early last month and it’s been an interesting journey thus far.

Today’s email – on stress – made me do a double-take because a friend and I had this conversation Saturday evening! I’ve included some of the email below – bold text is my emphasis.

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From 16Personalities.com

Life is full of innumerable obstacles, unexpected surprises, and nasty shocks, and not even the most Zen of Buddhists can always escape the stresses of it all. There are too many potential stressors in life to cover all of them in one newsletter, so instead we’ll briefly discuss the role your personality type may play in stress management, and hopefully, provide some insights you can use.

The mental and physical strain that comes with stress affects each personality type differently. As the most likely personality type to want to be completely in control of their life’s circumstances, Architects aren’t likely to shy away from a challenge, even if it causes undue stress – but they may struggle.

According to our data, Architects are likely to:

  • Feel anxious if they have several equally good options to choose from;
  • Talk less when under stress;
  • Work hard to get their anxieties and worries under control;
  • Believe that a healthy amount of worrying leads to better results.

Architects generally do not shy away from stress, perhaps even thriving under it. Stress often acts as a catalyst for the most innovative of Architect projects.

That said, Turbulent Architects are significantly more vulnerable to stress compared to their Assertive cousins. For instance, they may have a lot of trouble controlling negative thoughts once they arise or feel completely paralyzed if they are forced to pick one of two equally good options quickly.

Here are some things Architects can do to rebalance themselves and remain in control under pressure:

  • Take the time to refocus on efficiency and long-term vision;
  • Consider looking for new, unorthodox solutions to their problems;
  • Single out one priority at a time instead of spreading their energy;
  • Remember that perfection is a path, not a destination.

Individuals of every personality type can benefit from viewing stressful situations as learning opportunities. Stress may be an inseparable part of our lives, but being aware of its triggers and effects can help you handle it better.

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Visit 16Personalities.com and take a free test. You may find out things you already knew… or you might get a surprise!

“A Very Scary Pumpkin (Nuggies Book #3)” by Jeff Minich

It’s another Nuggies – #FREE for a #LimitedTime!


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“A Very Scary Pumpkin (Nuggies Book 3)”

Author: Jeff Minich

Genre: Children’s Book/Fantasy

Release Date: September 29, 2015

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With all their toys and treats packed away, Chomper and Coco learned it was moving day. After they arrive at their new home they discover they’re not alone. The house is haunted by a very scary ghost named Pumpkin. Will Pumpkin scare the Nuggies away? Or will they find a way to become friends and stay? Find out in Nuggies Volume 3, “A Very Scary Pumpkin”.

“Snifter of Death” by Chris Karlsen #BlogTour

Title: Snifter of Death
Author: Chris Karlsen
Genre: Historical Suspense (With Romantic Elements)

Release Date: May 16, 2017
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

The summer of 1889 was proving to be a strange one for Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner.
They had a sexual pervert loose. The man didn’t actually harm women but threatened them at knife point, fondling them, and ultimately stealing their stockings.
Far more serious were the murders of influential men, which appeared random other than they were all killed by arsenic poison. Never had he and his partner had cases with so little workable evidence.
Also, the rivalry between him and his detective nemesis at London’s other police department was intensifying. That nemesis was the boxing champion of their department and looking to challenge Rudyard, who never trained as a boxer.
Besides Rudyard’s pride being at stake, and the pride of his station, his nemesis also had in his possession a photograph of the woman Rudyard cares very much for. The new lady in Rudyard’s life had captured his heart and he’d fight the devil himself to save her reputation.

“What address do you show for the Cross family?” the Vicar asked. Her mind went completely blank. Finally, she blurted the only one that came to her, which was no doubt wrong. “Park Lane.”The Vicar smirked. Not smiled. Smirked. That meant it had to be wrong.

“I suggest you start there. In the meantime, I will have my housekeeper escort you out. I don’t know what you’re playing at but I don’t care for mischief. You’ll do your soul a good turn to drop a coin in the poor box on your way to the street.” He rang a small bell on his desk and the housekeeper came. “See this lady out.”

Graciela stood on the top stair of the chapel cursing her luck when a man’s disturbingly familiar laugh interrupted her thoughts. She took a quick step to the left and flattened herself against one of the portico pillars. The horrible laugh rippled over from close by. It sounded like Detective Bloodstone’s from the morning she’d bailed out Addy. He’d said something that sent the shine boy scampering away and had all the detectives snickering, including Bloodstone.

Taking a deep breath, she peered around the edge of the pillar expecting to see the detective. His presence would’ve been the perfect end to this entire St. Jude’s Chapel mission-turned-catastrophe. To her great relief, it came from a carriage driver. She hadn’t noticed a group of them gathered at the corner waiting to be hired. Graciela, you had no reason to be frightened. You’d done nothing wrong. Stop being such a ninny.

She left the church and headed home. Zachary would be getting up from her nap soon. The whole way home she questioned her luck. A dozen people are murdered every day in London.

How hard can it be to kill someone?

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

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