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Author Ashley Nicole fasinates with her insights about charity and Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology

Interviewing Ashley Nicole (U.S.A)

Interviewer: Kiriti Sengupta (India)


Hello Ashley. Greetings from India, this is Kiriti. I must thank you for your contribution in Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology, by Stephen L Wilson. I am eager to ask you few things, if you please, allow …


Ashley: Hi Kiriti. You may please.

Kiriti: You are a known author from the United States. Why didn’t you contribute in terms of literary submission ?


Ashley: As much as I would have loved to submit a short-story to the anthology, my life is in a bit of mayhem at the moment as a mom and a writer. Photography was my way of still contributing to the anthology without overworking myself and crunching for time.


Kiriti: Are you an expensive author ?


Ashley: Actually no. All my publications are free so far. My next book will be $2.99 or less as an ebook. I’m not sure what the paperback will cost yet though. As a reader I appreciate quality writing that is affordable. I want my readers to feel the same way about my books.


Kiriti: What is the role of the photographs in this anthology ?


Ashley: Photography captures a single moment. I like to think that it brings everyone together, to that one point in time. Next to the literature, we can all experience and feel the compassion that is going into this anthology.


Kiriti: How did you become a member of the group, Indies In Action (IIA) ?


Ashley: Stephen invited me to an author event, asking for contributions of written work. After all the support he has given me and seeing the news, I knew I wanted to be a part of something that could help ease the troubles of those in need. When he told me he needed some photography I joined the group as soon as I could and I’m so glad I did.


Kiriti:  How far would this anthology help in supporting the victims ?


Ashley: The great thing about the anthology is it can contribute donations to the May Tornado Relief Fund as long as United Way is accepting donations and readers continue to buy it. All the proceeds of Twist of Fate will be donated and used towards immediate needs, intermediate, and long-term care of Central Oklahoma tornado victims. Twist of Fate also gives the victims a gift that symbolizes there are people all over the world who are sending their sympathies.


Kiriti: Which comes first, Love or Sympathy ? What is of more importance in a charity work ?


Ashley: The two can often be mixed up or coincide with one another. To me, love is intense and personal. Those who know the victims personally have all the love they require. But sympathy is that emotional tug even a stranger feels for someone in need. It is what drives us to volunteer and give to charity.


Kiriti: Name your favourite three submissions in the anthology.


Ashley: There are so many wonderful submissions in the anthology it is hard to choose. But my top three entries would probably be “Oklahoma Strong!” by Jason Luttrell and Marshall G. Kent Sr, “An Angel On My Shoulder” by Sara Walker, and “Home” by Sheenah Freitas.


Kiriti: Thank you so much. Wish you success. Keep well.


Ashley: You’re welcome and thank you. Best of success to you as well.





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Versatile writer Cynthia Meyers-Hanson and her take on Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology

Interviewing Cynthia Meyers-Hanson (U.S.A)

Interviewer: Kiriti Sengupta (India)


Hello Cynthia. Greetings from India, this is Kiriti. I must congratulate and thank you for your contribution in Twist of Fate, an international charitable anthology. I wish to ask few things, are you ready ?


Cynthia: Hi Kiriti, yes, you may proceed.


Kiriti: Why did you contribute to this anthology ?

Cynthia: I tend to gravitate towards helping others; I’m the caretaker type. I have written eight or more nonfiction inspirational tales that shine the light at the end of the tunnel. So, I tend to write in a caretaker way helping people struggling way. I fit into the style of the anthologies this group prepares. I am not as adept at fiction or the style other groups do to help with charity anthologies.

Kiriti: Share your experiences as you have worked with Stephen ?

Cynthia: Stephen is very fair minded and caring. It was easy to prepare a piece for his style of book. To clarify, I wrote a short story not a poem. I look forward to future interaction since this group’s style fits my main writing niche the best.

Kiriti: Do you think Twist of Fate is going to be a collectors’ edition ?

Cynthia: I think the Internet has opened doors to enormous possibilities. In other words, I think all the unique artists and writers may bring it to a noteworthy status. For me, it will be a collectable passed to my family’s future!


Kiriti: What is the genre of your writing ?

Cynthia: MAINLY, I write nonfiction inspirational tales about people overcoming near fatal injuries or coping with the aftermath of death. They are NOT sad tales but they are full of HOPE. My co-authors, those tales , and I hold the light at the end of the tunnel of despair. I, also, write children’s picture books about standing strong and believing in the win. Plus, I write historical YA and social issues based fiction. I have a sly sense of humour so my books are not hardcore or hard to read stories not even the ones about death.

Kiriti: How are you going to publicize the anthology ?

Cynthia: I have it up on my author page under the charities index. I have been tweeting and facebook announcing the cover reveal. I will do whatever I can.

Kiriti: Do you think your contribution in this anthology is better than donating fund directly to the affected ?

Cynthia: This collection or book can donate more if the anthology becomes- as you imagine- a collectors’ edition or goes viral. I am sure the cause will get more than my smaller donation of cash might render. PLUS, our words read by victims and other people bring gifts beyond the cash flow- they are PRICELESS. One final thought, it must be hard to be Stephen having to pick and choose submitted prose and do all the compiling and editing. Thanks Stephen!


Thank you so much, Cynthia for answering me, I wish you all grand success. Keep well.


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My upcoming book (Bengali) Not a conventional poetry book, a book based on free verses …

My upcoming book (Bengali) Not a conventional poetry book, a book based on free verses ...

Come in; the mirror !!

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June 4, 2013 · 4:49 pm

Love matters …

Am wondering for the last few weeks about a declaration. If one states, “I love you”, it feels wonderful, really. But when one says, “Love you”, it hurts. Don’t know why, the later seems so diffused whilst the former concentrates on me, exclusively on me.

Love matters, I won’t sound bizarre, humanly love needs to remain focused !! Image

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