Friday, May 7, 2021

Interview with Mindy Dougherty, author of A Resilient Warrior and Mindy's Fight


 Mindy Dougherty

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Mindy Dougherty, and I am the author of Mindy’s Fight, and A Resilient Warrior. Which is an autobiography about my life and overcoming abuse to become resilient. I have created a program called Feed My City, which helps people learn how to garden to decrease anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder by learning how to plant the seeds and grow plants for both myself and to give to others such as food banks and child advocacy groups around the world. This program also teaches children nonattachment to material things by growing plants for themselves and giving to others so they also learn to give without expectation of return.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing since I was in kindergarten, but not seriously until 2014 when I had some unfortunate events happen to me while at the San Antonio, Texas VA Hospital that altered and changed my life as I knew it. This is what I write about in both Mindy’s Fight and A Resilient Warrior.

What projects have been published?

I have published Mindy’s Fight e-reader and A Resilient Warrior both an e-reader and my first paperback available on amazon.com and www.feedmycity.net for those who want autographed copies of A Resilient Warrior. I was also published in a medical journal for the C-Peptide studies I did with The Barbara Davis Center for research of Diabetes and Endocrine disorders.

I can be found at www.feedmycity.net which has a small video and my social media outlets available with podcasts of some of my poetry read out loud.

How did you select the title of your novel?

Throughout my life, I have encountered sexual abuse, incest, and being tortured by the individuals that were supposed to be treating me at the San Antonio, Texas VA Medical Hospital and Center. Since then I have had to relearn how to walk, speak, and swallow making my life completely different as I knew it before the events that occurred in 2014. I am recovering and with therapy getting better with time. I feel through perseverance and resiliency I have been able to inspire those who have wanted or needed some kind of hope to prevent more suicides from happening. I also was speaking to high school students before Covid hit and hope to resume this when changes are made and we are allowed to do public speaking events again.

 What was your inspiration?

My inspiration for writing my book came from my grandma who asked me to write a book twenty-one years ago. I am very glad I waited to write these as I have been in three comas, have had three transplants, and four organs taken out to include my appendix, gallbladder, duodenum, and pancreas making me a diabetic in 2004 once my pancreas was taken out. I have been doing research and was published in several magazines for diabetes prevention and awareness as well as studies to help others find a cure for it. I have also been published in Women’s Magazine and most recently Integrity Magazine in the UK, to help inspire and give hope to those who are in need. 

 What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am getting ready for the seasons to change to get back to gardening and helping expand Feed My City, as I hope to be able to spread awareness to local schools and possibly get into the jail system to decrease recidivism and teach inmates that by gardening they can help their communities flourish once they get out and hopefully become a better citizen within their community.

I have had A Resilient Warrior bought internationally and hope to keep spreading my knowledge and inspiration to as many as will listen.

What are you reading at the moment?

I am reading scripts for future films that I have been asked to consider producing and doing social media events for.

What do you like to do in your free time when you're not reading or writing?

I like to produce and act in movies as well as TV series. I am also the social media marketer for a few projects and will be walking in the canyon and gardening as well as meditating to keep me grounded.

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Writing will not make you rich so you may do this for the love of writing but make sure you keep a day job as well because it sincerely doesn’t pay much and a lot of time goes into it for not much return. For me, I have found an inner justice and peace that I would not have been able to find if I hadn’t written A Resilient Warrior. I also believe I am continuing to inspire people to make their dreams come true and really hope to decrease suicidal ideation amongst those who struggle on a daily basis.

And finally, can you tell us some fun facts about yourself, such as crossed skydiving off my bucket list.

I am a United States Army Veteran and served from 1995 to 1999 as a field combat medic. I became a trauma nurse after relearning how to read in my 20’s as I struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and executive functioning disorder. I have had two stem cell transplants called mesenchymal and exosomal stem cell transplants which have taken the burning down to at least 50% and the swelling in my foot is never as bad as it was, so I remain humbled, grateful, ad thankful to have legs that work.

I am in a film called Bridge of the Doomed which comes out in October 2021 and will be working in the future to continue to build Feed My City in areas that want to help their communities.

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Link for National Stem Cell Institute video after personal success with Mesenchymal Stem Cells

National Stem Cell Institute Video


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US Army Veteran Mindy Dougherty has a warrior spirit that will capture your attention. The resiliency and strength she embodies while overcoming childhood abuse, PTSD, and more medical adversities than one can imagine will inspire you. Navigating a lifetime of trauma could leave a person bitter and hateful, but Mindy takes a completely different approach. She uses comedy, gratitude, and gardening to influence healing for herself and others. Mindy’s garden, known as Feed My City, promotes healing, growth, and health for those who may be fighting their own battle for survival. Mindy Dougherty is the epitome of a resilient warrior, a fact that is showcased throughout this narrative of her life.

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Mindy's Fight is the story about one Army female combat medic's PTSD journey from childhood sexual violence to medical neglect at the hands of the VA to finding herself.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Spotlight on Jennifer Anton, author of Under the Light of the Italian Moon

A promise keeps them apart until WW2 threatens to destroy their love forever

Fonzaso Italy, between two wars

Nina Argenta doesnt want the traditional life of a rural Italian woman. The daughter of a strong-willed midwife, she is determined to define her own destiny. But when her brother emigrates to America, she promises her mother to never leave.

When childhood friend Pietro 
Pante briefly returns to their mountain town, passion between them ignites while Mussolini forces political tensions to rise. Just as their romance deepens, Pietro must leave again for work in the coal mines of America. Nina is torn between joining him and her commitment to Italy and her mother.

As Mussolinis fascists throw the country into chaos and Hitlers Nazis terrorise their town, each day becomes a struggle to survive greater atrocities. A future with Pietro seems impossible when they lose contact and Ninas dreams of a life together are threatened by Nazi occupation and an enemy she must face alone…

A gripping historical fiction novel, based on a true story and heartbreaking real events.

Spanning over two decades, Under the Light of the Italian Moon is an epic, emotional and triumphant tale of one woman
s incredible resilience during the rise of fascism and Italys collapse into WWII.

 

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Jennifer Anton
Some Fun Facts
(You may or may not already know!)

 When I was born, the local paper did a story highlighting modern hospital technology in 1977 vs. childbirth in the early 1900s when my great-great grandmother was midwifing in Italy. Little did I know, years later, I would write a novel about her and the topic of strong women in Italy with the publication of Under the Light of the Italian Moon

 


I grew up in Joliet, where my family emigrated to from Italy. Downtown, there is a beautiful theatre called the Rialto Square. I danced for years growing up and the Rialto was where we had our recitals. The theatre has been there since the downtown was a vibrant mini-metropolis. It appears in my novel in its heyday.

 Rialto Square

 My husband, daughter and I moved to Italy in 2012 after I obtained my Italian citizenship. We moved to Milan and House Hunter's International followed our apartment search. 

 House Hunters International

My mission is to help other women rise and to drive for equality. While Mussolini's fascist Italy forced women back into the home and controlled reproductive rights, we still have not advanced enough in these 100 years since fascism began. I deeply hope that those who read my novel and listen to the various podcasts I've done understand how learning from the past can help the future. 

Outside of writing, my career is in international business in the beauty and fashion industry. Being a novelist while continuing to lead businesses is something of a life dream. I believe women can achieve everything they dream of if we can remove the barriers society places in front of us. 

Jennifer Anton

Jennifer Anton is an American/Italian dual citizen born in Joliet, Illinois, and now lives between London and Lake Como, Italy. A proud advocate for women's rights and equality, she hopes to rescue women's stories from history, starting with her Italian family.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Book Spotlight and Audio Excerpt: : The Assassins (Johnny Swift Thrillers) by Alan Bardos

 

1914.

Tensions are reaching a boiling point in Europe and the threat of war is imminent.

 Johnny Swift, a young and brash diplomatic clerk employed by the British embassy is sent to infiltrate the Young Bosnians, a group of idealistic conspirators planning to murder Franz Ferdinand. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in a bid to liberate their country from the monarchy’s grip.

 Swift has been having an affair with his employers wife, Lady Elizabeth Smyth. Sir George Smyth dispatches the agent on the dangerous mission, believing that it will be the last he will see of his young rival.

The agent manages to infiltrate the Young Bosnian conspiratorscell, helped by Lazlo Breitner, a Hungarian Civil Servant.

However, Swift soon realises that he may be in over his head. His gambling debts and taste for beautiful women prove the least of his problems as he struggles to survive on his wits in the increasingly complex - and perilous - world of politics and espionage.

Desperate to advance himself and with the lives of a royal couple unexpectedly in his hands, Swift tries to avert catastrophe.



AUDIO EXCERPT


Audiobook narrated by Jack Bennett

Praise for Assassins

A cracking read, highly recommended- Roger A Price 

 Written with polished panache, it kept me gripped from the first to last. Five stars from me!’ - A.A. Chaudhuri

 Part historical fiction, part thriller, and part love story, this is a compelling and entertaining read- Gary Haynes

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This book is available to read for free with a #KindleUnlimited subscription.

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Alan Bardos 

Alan Bardos is a graduate of the MA in TV Script Writing at De Montfort University, he also has a degree in Politics and History from Brunel University. Writing historical fiction combines the first great love of his life, making up stories, with the second, researching historical events and characters. Alan currently lives in Oxfordshire with his wife… the other great love of his life.

Despite the amount of material that has been written about the twentieth century there is still a great deal of mystery and debate surrounding many of its events, which Alan explores in his historical fiction series using a certain amount of artistic license to fill in the gaps, while remaining historically accurate. The series will chronicle the first half of the twentieth century from the perspective of Johnny Swift, a disgraced and degenerate diplomat and soldier; starting with the pivotal event of the twentieth century, the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in ‘The Assassins’.

 

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Spotlight on David Loux, author of Chateau Laux

 

A young entrepreneur from a youthful Philadelphia, chances upon a French aristocrat and his family living on the edge of the frontier. Born to an unwed mother and raised by a disapproving and judgmental grandfather, he is drawn to the close-knit family. As part of his courtship of one of the patriarchs daughters, he builds a ch√Ęteau for her, setting in motion a sequence of events he could not have anticipated.


 David Loux

Some Interesting Facts

(Stuff you may or may not know!)

I actually worked for food.  I was headed up the west coast of the US on my way to Alaska when I ran out of money in a town called Arcata.  There I met a bookstore lady who needed help unpacking a large publisher shipment.  She couldn’t afford to pay for the help she needed and I had no money for food.  The solution was that I hefted the boxes and shelved the books and she shared her sandwich with me.

I was struck by lightning when I was about eight and never told a living soul until recently.  Perhaps you see issues with openness and transparency . . .  When I told my wife about the incident, she just shook her head in that knowing way of hers and said, “That explains everything!”

While I enjoy wildlife, I recently got a little too close to a black bear.  I was on the patio of our Sierra home after dark, using my stargazer, when I heard a sound and glanced over to find a 300-pounder five feet away.  After a bit of explosive vocalizations from both parties, we came to a mutual agreement on a tactical retreat.

I have a BA in History, a BA in Political Science, an MFA in English, and ended up as a winery consultant.  I’m not saying my education drove me to drink . . .

I once broke my son out of his elementary school classroom because the redtail surfperch were running.  He later confided the occasion was a defining moment of his childhood.

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David Loux

David Loux is a short story writer who has published under a pseudonym and served as a past board member of California Poets in the Schools. Chateau Laux is his first novel. He lives in the Eastern Sierra with his wife, Lynn.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Spotlight on Eric Schumacher, author of Sigurd’s Swords (Olaf’s Saga, Book 2)

 


From best-selling historical fiction novelist, Eric Schumacher, comes the second volume in Olaf’s Saga: the adrenaline-charged story of Olaf Tryggvason and his adventures in the kingdom of the Rus.

AD 968. It has been ten summers since the noble sons of the North, Olaf and Torgil, were driven from their homeland by the treachery of the Norse king, Harald Eriksson. Having then escaped the horrors of slavery in Estland, they now fight among the Rus in the company of Olaf’s uncle, Sigurd. 

It will be some of the bloodiest years in Rus history. The Grand Prince, Sviatoslav, is hungry for land, riches, and power, but his unending campaigns are leaving the corpses of thousands in their wakes. From the siege of Konugard to the battlefields of ancient Bulgaria, Olaf and Torgil struggle to stay alive in Sigurd’s Swords, the riveting sequel to Forged by Iron

 




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Fun Facts
Stuff you may or may not already know!

Swedish Chef and the Cookie Monster Impersonations

According to my wife, I do a great impersonation of both the Cookie Monster (when I eat cookies) and the Swedish Chef from The Muppets (when I cook). The former impersonation is because I love cookies, but the latter is because I am not a very good cook, so anything to distract the eater!

 Swedish Chef/Cookie Monster

Egg-tremely egg-shaped cranium

I have a perfect egg-shaped head. I did not realize this particular attribute of mine until I was in 3rd grade and I decided to get a buzz haircut for the summer. Upon seeing the perfect shape of my cranium, my older brother showered me with colorful nicknames, many of which are still in use today (45+ years later!) among my long-term friends. Thankfully, I still have a head of hair to hide it.

Obnoxious public jammy displays

Many of us have heard of PDA, or public displays of affection. I am guilty of PDJ, or public displays of “jammies.” We had a coffee shop across the street from our house that sadly did not survive Covid. Almost every morning, I walked across the street in my pajamas and slippers, hair still bedraggled from sleep, to get my first cup of coffee. That mortified my wife, but I saw absolutely nothing wrong with it. What do you think?

 


Eric Schumacher

Martinis and steak

James Bond liked his vodka martinis shaken, not stirred. I, too, like vodka martinis shaken, not stirred, but with a lemon twist. No olives! Any comparison to James Bond ends there, sadly.

Wasps are not bees

Sadly, I learned this the hard way. Wasps bite. Bees sting, then die. When I was 12, I stepped in a wasp hive and was bitten over 100 times. If I had been allergic, I do not think I would be writing these fun facts now. On the plus side, my mom got to smack me with a fly swatter again and again in an attempt to kill all of the wasps that kept biting me. I think there may have been a few extra smacks in there for good measure.

 



Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher (1968 - ) is an American historical novelist who currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and two children. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended college at the University of San Diego.

At a very early age, Schumacher discovered his love for writing and medieval European history, as well as authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those discoveries continue to fuel his imagination and influence the stories he tells. His first novel, God's Hammer, was published in 2005.

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