iUniverse debut author, Milena Banks, is seduced by history

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013iUniverse author, Milena Banks, was recently voted one of the coveted Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2013 for her debut novel, Riding the Tiger. iUniverse Blog asked Milena her thoughts about her book and novel writing in general, here is what she said.

Kirkus Star“Novel writing is generally a thankless business but it should always be an affair of the heart, something that excites you when times are bad, something that makes you find wonder in everything you see, something that makes you find interest in the greatest dullards around. Writing a 5star ratingnovel should be no less exciting and perilous than a trek to the North Pole or a spinning ride down the Amazon in a round animal iUniverse Scene One from Riding the Tigerskin coracle. I personally write standing up at my computer in a dark closet, far away from the noisy distractions of my busy farm, but in my heart I can see the world. What I didn’t foresee was writing a historical novel; I didn’t even like history—but life does take you on strange journeys . . .

I consider my own novel a late child of my life because I wrote it long after I’d passed all of my personal deadlines for publication—publishing not by the time I was 20, 30, or 40, but now at 51. It comes after a decade of serious illness, cancer ten years ago, and the past six years nearly bedridden from chronic Lyme and fatigue. But, as some of you might know, illness can have its gifts. I got the chance to finish this book I’d begun years ago when I lived in Hong Kong, years ago when I was full of energy and time for everything but sitting down with patience. Life, illness and rewriting have all taught me patience. Yes, writing is hard.”

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Breaking news from iUniverse Publishing

iUniverse is extremely pleased to bring you hot off the press that yet another of our titles, Babygate, has been snapped up by an independent publisher, The Feminist Press. Please take a look at the press release below:

iUniverse Babygate acquired by The Feminist Press

Pregnancy and parenting guide written by three legal experts offers advice for the expecting and new parents for navigating the American workplace.

iUniverse Babygate authors

Babygate authors enjoy their success

release-topquoteMy co-authors and I are so pleased that Babygate has been contracted by The Feminist Press. We are also grateful to iUniverse for its original publication of this book, which helped us get our book out there in the public eye. -Dina Bakst, co-authorrelease-bottomquote

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, supported self-publishing imprint and marketing services provider for authors around the globe, announced Wednesday that independent, nonprofit publisher The Feminist Press has acquired iUniverse title Babygate: What You Really Need to Know about Pregnancy and Parenting in the American Workplace, by Dina Bakst, Elizabeth Gedmark and Phoebe Taubman.

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News, News, News! iUniverse Author Hits the Headlines

Here at iUniverse Blog we just love our authors to be successful, especially those who have contributed to the blog, so we just want to share with you the great news about one of our fantastic community of authors, J.L. Witterick. Also we just want to say we told you first here back in May that this book was going places.

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iUniverse author scoops the Florida prizes

iUniverse Publishing back in July published a great series of blog posts from the husband and wife team of authors, Jim and Brenda Hodge. Already award winners with their book, The Legend of Anne Southern, Jim and Brenda have now gone on to win two more coveted awards at the Florida Writers Association Conference.

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Dad Publishes with iUniverse to Obtain Justice

iUniverse Blog now takes a look at the man behind these kind words and the heartbreaking cause that lies behind the book.

Parents who fought 8 years for justice for their late daughter tell their story

iUniverse author Charles W Pearce

iUniverse author Charles W Pearce with his book

“I think Kirsty would have been proud of me”.

Those are the words of Chas Pearce, who has just published a book about his 17-year-old daughter who died at Basildon Hospital after a series of failings.

The devoted father, who lives in Pitsea, has spent eight years fighting for justice for Kirsty, who died in 2003.

The book, from iUniverse Publishing called Kirsty: A Father’s Fight for Justice, goes into depth about Chas and wife Peggy’s battle to get the doctors who looked after Kirsty on that fateful night to admit they did things wrong.

Kirsty, who had learning difficulties, died after doctors failed to realise the seriousness of her condition, and did not send her to the intensive care unit until it was too late.

In November last year an inquest finally took place and concluded failings in the care Kirsty received contributed to her death. Mr Pearce said:

“At first, the book just started as something for family and friends, so everyone would know what we had been through. But the story has got bigger and lots of people have become interested and want to know what happened to Kirsty.

It is a real relief to see the book in published form. Peggy and I are very pleased to have got to this point. We have used our favourite picture of Kirsty on the front cover of the book and I think she would have been really proud. She would have said ‘you kicked butt dad’.”

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