1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself? I am a daughter, sister, cousin, girlfriend, friend, and godmother, to name a few, and each relationship is important to me. Also, because I grew up and still live in New Jersey, I believe I am allowed to be as obsessed about Jon Bon Jovi as I am.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy listening to music, watching my favorite TV shows, shopping, making greeting cards, and spending time with family and friends.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story? I am not much of a morning person, but I bring a notebook with me to work so if I have any ideas I can work on them at lunch. I do most of my work right after work or in the evening. The worst is when I get an idea after I have tried to go to sleep. It seems my brain switches into high gear when I am exhausted and don’t feel like getting out of bed to write anything down!
4. Where do you get your ideas from? For Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, I got the ideas from watching my two dogs fight over toys, dog beds, affection from me, etc., as well as my relationship with my sister and my friends and family members who have siblings.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why? Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale is my favorite, as it’s the first one I have published. I have dabbled with writing stories about my family, but never finished them. My family is quite colorful (I am sure a lot of people think that about theirs, too), but mine really is! We can have a good time in an empty room. There have been a lot of laughs over the years.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about? I only like to eat a grilled cheese sandwich if it is cut into triangles. (That is how my mom always gave them to me, and I still want them that way, but I don’t have any “cutting rules” for eating other kinds of sandwiches.)
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? Most of what I have written is based on a life experience, although I may embellish something or use is as the basis for something that I change later.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name? I guess you would say my “muses” for Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale were my dogs, Nico and Tugger.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I would love to write the love story between my grandmother and grandfather (he wooed her with chocolate popsicles) or a humorous story about family dynamics (I have a lot to draw on there).
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now? I have been reading a lot of children’s/YA books for a book club (Best Family Friendly Book Club) I am in on Facebook, and I am really impressed with how well written books from those authors are, as well as what wonderful messages they have. I also like to reread To Kill a Mockingbird and Like Water for Chocolate from time to time.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why? This isn’t too applicable to me right now, as both dogs in my book are male. There are Mommy and Daddy characters, but they are not too prominent.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? Sometimes writer’s block is a real drag, and there are things that writers are expected to do (i.e. your own marketing, publicity, etc.) that you don’t really consider or possibly have the expertise in.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer? I would tell him or her to be true to what he or she wants to write, and to keep writing, as it will only help you to get better. Also, be prepared to do more than just writing if you plan to be serious about publishing. Learn social media, marketing, publicity, etc., or figure out how to hire someone to help you with that, and do your research in terms of which publishing company you would like to publish your book.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? I would love to think I would have been a singer, but I can’t sing a note to save my life. Some days I wish I had gone into nursing.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway? I would love to go back to Capri, or anywhere warm and relaxing. If Jon Bon Jovi were with me, I don’t think I would care about the weather, though.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
My book is about how my two dogs became brothers. The unique aspect of it is that the same story is told from both main characters’ points of view in two tales, Nico’s Tale and Tugger’s Tale. Nico, the “only dog”, tells what it was like when a puppy was brought home, while Tugger, the “new brother,” tells what it was like to not be accepted at first by his older brother.
Nico’s Tale begins:
I was an only dog, and I liked it that way.
No one bugged me when I ate, slept, and played.
One day Mommy and Daddy brought home a new toy.
“Oh wait,” I thought, “that’s not a toy, but a small puppy boy.”
Tugger’s Tale begins:
I wanted a brother—I knew I’d like it that way--
To have a forever friend with whom I could play.
One day I heard that I’d meet Nico, my new brother,
And I thought, “Let’s go there quick, now on the double!”
I am planning to write a series with the dogs as the main characters, and as in the first book, each dog will be able to tell his version of the story. I am outlining books two and three right now. I am leaning toward the dogs escaping the yard in book two, where they will meet some new friends, and Nico spending time with new friends in book three, where Tugger will feel left out.
Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale can be purchased on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Brother-Nico-Tugger-Tale/dp/1466942878/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369790965&sr=8-1), where it is available in print and for the Kindle;
BarnesandNoble.com (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-brother-kimberly-sentek/1113130704?ean=9781466942875), where it is available in print and for the Nook;
On the iTunes site (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-brother!/id639108492?ls=1&mt=8), and this version is interactive (it comes narrated, and you can record yourself reading the book, and the pages are coloring pages or puzzles);
Directly from Trafford (the publisher) at http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-000585235/Oh-Brother.aspx, and other online retail stores.