Category Archives: Author Sharon C. Williams

Jasper’s bio

JasperI have had a lot of people ask about Jasper, http://tinyurl.com/p34thhb, prior and after purchasing my book. So I have come up with a small bio that I hand out to them concerning his royal greenness.

Jasper T. Williams was adopted in 1999 at the age of five. His first owner, an army soldier, either did not properly research how to take care of a parrot or her time in the service kept her from doing so. Jasper was held in a cage the size meant for cockatiels for the first five years of his life.

When he came home it took him 3-4 months before he would even come out. We made a promise to him that he would never been locked up in his new home. He would have the freedom to come and go as he please in reference to his cage.

Jasper is a yellow cheek Amazon, or the more popular term a Red Lored. They are native to the tropical regions of the Americas. They can live up to 80 years old.

The song that is written in my first book, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure” is one I wrote for Jasper. As of today he has four songs written especially for him by me.

His favorite foods are any kind of potato. This can include the French fries, hash browns, mash or broiled. He loves spaghetti and if it is a green vegetable he will love it forever. If it is a fruit he will try it. His favorite is watermelon.

His favorite shows are Spongebob,Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo. He has the good sense to not like Scrappy Do. His favorite channels are Discovery, Nat Geo and Cartoon Network. He loves when his dad plays the harmonica and loves to sing with us and at us. He loves it when my mom speaks French to him. He hates squirrels and small bugs.

Here is the link to our channel on Youtube.

http://tinyurl.com/qxz8769

One of the videos list his song and how it should be sung.

Book Reviewer: Me

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I have been reviewing for Booksneeze since 2010. Since I started, I have reviewed quite a number of books. Some from BS while others from authors who have heard that I offer this service for free. That’s right, for free. I now review for three sites and on my own.

Over the years the rules on how I place a review has changed as I come across people who give me reasons to do so. The rules are very specific, and only after an author agrees to the rules, and if I have time, will I say yes.

-I had one author send me an email and it said,” Where do I send my book?” What the heck? Manners would be nice, it is truly not asking a lot to be asked I think.

-I have had a person, after I read her book, say that if the review was going to be less than a three to not place it at all. I was pissed. I had taken time to read this book and to be told this made me see red.

– I have had authors ask for me to review all their books.

-I have had authors want to see the review and when seeing it have asked for me to change it.

– Last week I had someone ask me to not only review their book but would I purchase it so it be a verified purchase on Amazon. I had to admit I was taken back. The price was under a dollar so I did the purchase. But it was the first and will be the last time I do that. I broke my own rules. I receive all books for free. But considering that a review is coming out of it, I consider that a fair exchange.

Recently I found out my site has been placed on a listing for people who review. I was not asked but I didn’t mind. That was before I received an onslaught of people asking for me to review, and some of them not wanting to play by the rules. Some of the authors got down right mean when I refused to review three of their books in a row on my site. I said I would review their books but one at a time so the other people asking would get a turn. They were not happy. But we all know we can’t make everyone happy.

People are funny. I get it. Reviews are important to writers. Their important to me as well. But there is this little thing called courtesy. Use them people. I have the right to say no when you ask me to review for you. I am a writer myself and my time is hectic like everyone else. Courtesy is repaid with courtesy.

These are my rules for how I review a book. Am I being fair? I believe so.

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Topics for Writers

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My editor has been working on my novel “Squirrel Mafia” for a small while now. It will be a book that I will self publish instead of trying for a publisher. The story started a few years ago when I observed the squirrels in my back yard. While I use to think squirrels were cute and even adorable, I no longer feel this way. They are evil little rodents who love to plaque Jasper and me.

What will be a bit different from my other writings is there will be pictures in each chapter. Ones that I shot myself in the area I live in. I am super excited to get it on the market and for people to learn about these creatures in a way they may never have heard off.

The joy of being a writer. We can write about anything that comes in our path or in our mind. The small and the big and the in between can all be wrapped up onto pages between a book. Isn’t that great? I surely think so. My list of ideas of things to write on grows just about every day. Some are ideas that probably won’t see the light but that’s okay. So long my brain is thinking, plotting and wondering on what to write next that is the best part.

So yes I wrote a book about squirrels and how they are not what they seem. It is dark humor, no one gets hurt in the book, but I hope people will enjoy the sarcasm that is placed inside. I had a lot of fun writing it especially since the motivation was definitely there. Who knew when I started writing this would end up as one of my story lines? I surely didn’t. All it took was for me to look outside my window and the idea came on its own.

Lesson learned. Look around you, pay attention, get out and see what is going on outside your four walls. The ideas will come in boatloads if not more. It is so much fun when an idea comes that I just want to stop and write about it. The only problem is having too many ideas that I can’t possible get it all done in a decent amount of time. But it is a good thing to have more ideas than not enough, right?

Squirrel Mafia” will be out in a bit but while I wait I am working on my apocalyptic YA book, “Lost Faith” and my third book in my Jasper series. If I only knew how much fun it would be to be a writer, I would definitely have started sooner.