Meet Author Meg Dendler

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meg Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in fifth grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year. Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the ’90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She has won contests with her short stories and poetry, along with multiple international awards for her best-selling Cats in the Mirror alien rescue cat children’s book series.

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is her first adult novel, but it won’t be her last. Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live at 1,400 feet in the Ozark Mountains on what they call Serenity Mountain, just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

AT THE CORNER OF MAGNETIC AND MAIN

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SYNOPSIS: It’s hard to get on with your life when you’re already dead. Penny had been stuck in the same diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Her diner was comfortable and safe. Serving ice cream to those who dropped in on their way to the next level of existence, she helped to ease their transition into The Light, the one place she can’t go. Her afterlife was perfect.

But when the ridiculously handsome, bad-boy biker Jake Thatcher shows up and becomes stuck as well, Penny rediscovers feelings that she thought had been buried with her body.

Life is still life, and love is still love. But was her existence really perfect, or was it something else entirely?

The SISTERHOOD is excited for fellow writer, Meg Welch Dendler, on the debute of her new novel. And as you can see, she has a pretty darned good premise. So what kind of writer comes up with such ideas? We thought you’d like to know, so we asked a few questions!

Meg, what was your inspiration for this book?

It started with the actual diner that sits at the corner of Magnetic and Main. We had lunch there, and it was just so kitschy and delightful. Then a friend mentioned that “at the corner of Magnetic and Main” sounded like a good book title, so I started pondering what that book would be about. After that, I was off and running. 

Hook us with your first line!
“Life never ceases to be life, just as love never ceases to be love, and love is eternally at the heart of what every immortal soul years for.”
What actors would you choose to play the leading roles in your book?
There has been a lot of controversy at my house about this because my husband sees Penny very differently from how I see her. I hate to put faces with my characters for that very reason. I’d rather let the reader develop his/her own way of seeing her. But I will admit that a young Ian Somerhalder was definitely what I had in mind when I wrote Jake. When I do a Facebook party in December, one of the games will be to cast the movie version, so I’m really curious to see how others would cast it. 
What message did you want the reader to come away with, if any?
From the opening line, it is obvious the book is about love. It’s also about learning how to get unstuck. The characters, as ghosts, are stuck here in a semi-earthly life, but it is just as easy to get stuck and dormant and lost in normal life. I’ve been there many times. Penny’s challenge is to take her life into her own hands and find a way to keep seeking a joyful life full of love. I truly believe that life continues past what we can see, and I can only imagine that we keep wanting the same things. Like love. Everyone wants to be loved.
Tell us something quirky about yourself.
I also write children’s books about animals, so I’m forever coming up with names and stories for the creatures we see around our property. One time we spotted a massive black snake, probably seven feet long, heading up the steps of our outdoor pavilion. Instead of freaking out, I just decided that we would call him Dwight. It’s easier to calmly imagine a huge snake somewhere in our yard if his name is Dwight. Much less threatening.

 

Hurry and purchase your copy of:

At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Dendler

Trade paper: 180 pp | ISBN 978-1-942428-50-3  | Price: $13.97       eBook:   ISBN 978-1-942428-51-0  | $4.97

Availability: via Ingram, Amazon.com, BN.com, Pen-L.com and local booksellers

MORE INFORMATION, please visit:

www.Pen-L.com/MagneticAndMain.html

 

Links for Meg Welch Dendler:

Web site:

http://megdendler.com

 

Blog:

http://megdendler.blogspot.com

Newsletter Sign Up:

http://megdendler.com/readers-group-sign/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MegDendlerAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/KimbaBabyCat (Kimba fan page)

https://www.facebook.com/MagneticandMain (book page)

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6951290.Meg_Welch_Dendler

Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Meg-Dendler/e/B00BBNY5O2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1441924340&sr=8-1

LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/meg-dendler/64/625/315

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MegWelchDendler

https://twitter.com/KimbaBaby

Books:

“At the Corner of Magnetic and Main”

http://www.amazon.com/Corner-Magnetic-Main-Welch-Dendler-ebook/dp/B015YWEZFO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

“Why Kimba Saved The World”

http://www.amazon.com/Kimba-Saved-World-Cats-Mirror-ebook/dp/B00BB2S7AG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395166391&sr=1-1&keywords=why+kimba+saved+the+world

 

“Vacation Hiro”

http://www.amazon.com/Vacation-Hiro-Cats-Mirror-Dender-ebook/dp/B00FGX6C5S/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Y4HFPYB7C0M97MHGW8E

 

“Miss Fatty Cat’s Revenge”

http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Fatty-Cats-Revenge-Mirror-ebook/dp/B00KZ1YF5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403035560&sr=8-1&keywords=Miss+Fatty+Cat%27s+Revenge

 

“Max’s Wild Night”

http://www.amazon.com/Maxs-Wild-Night-Meg-Dendler-ebook/dp/B00W8FOKS8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1444755913&sr=8-1

 

Autographed Book Copies:

http://megdendler.com/purchase-autographed-books/

Ode to the Pterodactyl

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Last week the Sisterhood, (Jan Morrill, Linda Apple, and I) held a writing retreat at Spider Creek Resort just outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The place was beautiful. Our cabin was better than some hotel rooms I’ve stayed in. On Saturday morning the three of us went “walk-about” with our pens and paper tucked in with our cell phones. The exercise that morning was to observe things we could later write about.
For those of you not familiar with this area, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Beaver Dam. Years ago Dinosaur World was a huge attraction for people going to the dam. Today, however, Dinosaur World is gone. But. The ghosts of ancient prehistoric ones still roam. This is what I saw that morning and what I wrote:

Ode to the Pterodactyl

In the golden hour when day is neither dawn nor dusk,
They ruled the…

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Behind the Scenes

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My new novel, Daughter of the Howling Moon is out! Available from both Amazon and Pen-L Publishing. So, what’s next? My book launch of course.

Not to ruin or give away secrets, but I’m busy rehearsing my presentation for the book launch. Right now I’m doubting. I’m sure everything will come off easy and smooth, but what my friends and coworkers won’t know is how many hours I spend making this happen.

First, I had to write down everything I want to say, which is quite a lot. I usually outline the process. I learned how to outline in Junior High. I liked it. Was good at it. Most of my school mates hated outlines but for some unknown reason, an outline clicked for me. Quite a few writers outline their books. I don’t go this far. I’m a seat-of-pants kind of writer. But when it comes to presentations and…

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Yea God!

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On my way to lunch the other day I cut down a back street to avoid traffic. The sun was shining. A soft breeze blew. It was one of those magical fall days that I love so well. Perfect weather. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. I glanced over into a manicured yard and saw a huge tree dressed in its best fall coat of brilliant red. The sun hit the leaves and the whole tree dazzled in fire. Totally awesome. I stopped the car in the middle of the street, sat there, and drank in the beauty. It was one of those, stop and smell the roses, moment.

I asked God some questions: Did you really plan all of this when you made the world? How and why did you determine, “well in summer my trees will be green but in the fall I’ll change them into…

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Doobies and Bumper Cars

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Often I get together with my ex for dinner and a movie. He always watches the news, something I try to avoid at all costs. I refuse to listen and watch all the murders, rapes, war, politics, and all the other destructive energy being reported. No wonder the world sucks. Twenty-four hours a day we are bombarded with this negativity. I can’t control what the news reports, but I can me, therefore I don’t watch. However it’s my ex’s house and TV so I sat on the couch and shook my head at the nonsense mankind wallows in. That’s when it hit me.

I turned to my ex and said, “I think the world would be a far better place if everyone was stoned.”

He laughed.

I continued.

“Think about it,” I said. “There would be no more war. No murders. No rapes. Everyone would be in eternal peace and…

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PIG HAS FLOWN!

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After YEARS of writing, I finally have a novel coming out! I’m an author!

No . . . wait . . . I’ve been an author for a long time. An author is one who originated or gave existence to any written work, Hey, I’ve been doing that for at least eighteen years. I’ll admit that in the early years most of what I wrote wasn’t publishable. However, with time and great mentors, I did get published.

If you are writing, you are an author. Don’t be discouraged by the jubilant announcements of your fellow writers that they’ve been accepted, gotten an agent, or sold an article. Rejoice with them! Your day WILL COME. I know. I used to say that the day I sell a novel, pigs will fly. Well, September 19, 2014 is the world-wide release date for my novel, Women of Washington Avenue, published by Wild Rose Press. It is the first book in my Moonlight Mississippi series.

So watch your heads, THE PIGS ARE FLYING. And they will for you too if you keep writing and submitting.

For more information about Women of Washingtone Avenue visit my site: lindaapple.com

Louisiana Swamp Smackdown

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Here is my fourth picture from my new book, Daughter of the Howling Moon. I call it Lousianna Swamp Smackdown.

According to Lady Tabitha, “Evil often times takes the shape of a dragon.” A fact that Benjamin Sol knows only too well. Tricked by the devil, Benjamin is lured into the shadow land between the dead and living. Attacked by the Beast of Revelation, desperate, alone, fighting for his life and soul, Benjamin cries out to the angels.

Angels always answer the call for help. But not all have halos and wings.

Some have fangs and claws and own the night as a black jaguar.

Deep in the swamps of Louisiana a mighty evil walks. It’s the age ol’ battle between good and evil. Which be the more powerful?

Daughter of the Howling Moon. Coming soon from RH Burkett and Pen-L Publishing.

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Painting My Words

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I’m sure all you writers out there have heard the old saying, “writing is painting with words.” How true. I even teach this in my presentation, “Adding Bling.” I love to take plain sentences and dress them up. For example: Plain: It was a full moon. Dressed up: The moon hung like a giant sugar cookie in the inky sky. Get the idea? And the more outside the box I can get, the better.

I just signed a contract with Pen-L Publishing for my third book, Daughter of the Howling Moon. Book covers are my passion. I believe a great book cover is the most important selling tool for any novel, and I’m really picky on what I want. So this time around I decided I would paint my own book cover. I mean, how hard could it be? Mama was a commercial artist and worked for Hallmark Cards…

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Ode to the Howling Moon

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What is it about the moon that holds me so?
Sparks my innards and touches the soul?
Deep in the wilds as a jaguar I did growl
And ran with wind, free to howl.

I feel kinship to this silver orb shining in the inky sky.
It boils the blood and makes me itch to fly
On backs of dragons. Or Unicorns. Or broomsticks
As a black cat on the end who hisses and spits.

Orange, with purple and red swirls.
Heavenly light so close to the earth.
This be my calling. My purpose for birth.
For a Howling Moon its been said
Frees the spirits and redeems the dead.

A Howling Moon so beautiful it bubbles the blood
Makes me stand in its magic light so full.
So powerful, I surrender to its pull
To draw the circle, cast the spell
And write the story that only I, Bethany…

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Conversation Around a Camp Fire

Character development is a great deal of the fun of writing.

Pamela Foster, Author and Speaker

osage warriorCreation myths reveal the original culture of a people. Oh, we shift and grow and turn to the left and the right over thousands of years, but still our view of this life is colored with how our ancestors explained their existence on this earth.
In The Long Journey Home series, between narrow escapes and the killing of those that need killing, Jeremiah and Montego spend time chewing the fat around a campfire. Part of the fun of writing these novels is the conversations these two men have while sitting under the stars.

Jeremiah, a haunted confederate soldier in the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, is an educated, well-read man. Montego, an Osage who also knows the burden of fighting hard and losing a war, was educated by Jesuits. Both men learned much of what they know of the world in battle.
So, sitting around a fire under the stars, gnawing…

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