Latest News: Contact Form is Now Open

The time has arrived to re-open the Contact form for authors! The form will only be open long enough for about 20 authors to apply. This could happen within an hour or up to one week. At that time, the Contact form will close once again. This is to avoid having a back log of wonderful authors who wish to be interviewed.

**Update on Monday, October 19, 2020 – Contact form is once again closed. Be sure to subscribe to the site so you receive notification when it re-opens. It is always posted on the blog FIRST, before any social media.**

If you have been interviewed on MTA in the past, please wait at least 1 year (and with a new book published), before reapplying to be interviewed. However, if it’s been longer than 6 months since your interview, you can complete the contact form for a “Friday with Friends” feature. Make sure to note that in the comments of the contact form.

In addition, I interview book bloggers once or twice per month. If you are a book blogger, and wish to be spotlighted, please complete the Book Blogger contact form.

Go here – Contact Form

Don’t miss out – Come on over!

Thank you for your continued support of these authors and the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by the authors and me. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Latest News: Vacation Time


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Hello MTA community! This is a quick post to let you know that I will be on vacation from Meeting the Authors from July 26th through August 9th.

I will most likely be on vacation from my personal blog, social media, and email during this time, too. No interviews, or other posts, will publish during this time. If you contact me during this time, please keep this in mind. Read more about the vacation time by going here …

Latest News: More on the Vacation Time

With the current situation we will not be traveling anywhere, but I hope to take advantage of this amazing place we call home, to read, read, read, and just take some time to not feel like I need to post something, or feel like I need to engage with others.

Thank you! – Camilla

 

Latest News: Top Interviews With Most Views for June 2020

Interview with Most Views for June 2020:

#1: Meet the Author: You Can Change The World by Margaret Rooke

Interview with Second Most Views for June 2020:

#2: Meet the Author: Hiding in Plain Site by Eoghan Egan

Interview with Third Most Views for June 2020:

#3 (Tie) Meet the Author: Grace & Serenity by Annalisa Crawford

Interview with Fourth Most Views for June 2020:

#3 (Tie) Meet the Author: Still Water by Catherine Marshall

Top Three Countries With the Most Traffic to Meeting the Authors in June 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about these authors and book bloggers, and for sharing the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by all involved. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interview
  • Share the interview using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!

Latest News: Chat and Spin Radio

I was recently on Chat And Spin Radio, an Internet Radio Station based in the UK. My interview begins at 1:35 if you’re in a hurry.

 

They’ve asked me to invite all the authors I know to be a guest! Here’s the information:

We Broadcast to half a million UK & International Listeners per week 24/7.

We are looking for Book Authors, Writers, Artists, Bands & Singers and Businesses to come on the Radio Station over the Phone or by Skype

Please email IAN JOHNSON on [email protected] for more information.

You must mention CAMILLA DOWNS so you can get on air this week.

IAN JOHNSON
PUBLICITY / ADVERTISING MANAGER
CHAT AND SPIN RADIO
UK

WEBSITE- www.chatandspinradio.com
FACEBOOK- www.facebook.com/chatandspin

Latest News: Top Interviews With Most Views for May 2020

Interview with Most Views for May 2020:

#1: Meet the Author: Being Greta by Maxine Sinclair

Interview with Second Most Views for May 2020:

#2: Meet the Book Blogger: Louise Cannon of Bookmarks and Stages

Interview with Third Most Views for May 2020:

#3 Meet the Author: Victorine by Drēma Drudge

Interview with Fourth Most Views for May 2020:

#4 Meet the Author: Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott – This is a FIRST! First time we’ve had an interview in the Top Interviews for two months in a row! Way to go Lucy!! 

Top Three Countries With the Most Traffic to Meeting the Authors in May 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about these authors and book bloggers, and for sharing the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by all involved. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interview
  • Share the interview using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!

Latest News: I Support BIPOC

As founder and host of this site, I wanted to share with you my personal thoughts on current events. I posted this on my personal website on Saturday, June  13, 2020.


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The fear of speaking my voice sits lodged in my throat. Yet, I can do this. It is nothing compared to the years of suffering my brothers and sisters have endured.

I can no longer remain silent about matters that offend my heart and soul. I have been quiet about current events as I begin to educate myself. I am 50 years old. I have been quiet for far too long. I know that no matter what I say in this writing, something will not be said in the best way, or the wrong words will be used. However, I cannot let that delay my speaking up.

I have been walking into my own discomfort for the past 15 years. I’m prepared to walk into the discomfort of learning about systemic racism and I’ve been doing it for a week, and will continue doing it until I feel I’ve educated myself fully, spoken, and continue to live from a different place with this knowledge. I love my fellow humans and I will do this for them, for myself, and for the positive advancement of the human race. This is an act of love. For me, love is not just a feeling one has for another. Love is an action. How do we expect change to happen unless we address it within ourselves first and foremost?

I support Black Lives Matter. I support BIPOC. I support the lifting of oppression. I support justice and equality for communities of color. I support the white population waking up to and educating ourselves, and then living from a different space. Once we educate ourselves there is no way we could continue to live from the same space we have been. I will not stick my head in the sand and pretend this does not exist. I will not bypass this portion of my DNA that needs to be opened, drained, and healed. As a dear friend recently stated, “this isn’t some fake assed thing that someone made up.” To quote her again, “It has some very real roots in it that needs to be addressed by every person.”

This paragraph spoke to my heart, as well as my mind as I’m deeply interested in epigenetics. I will be getting this book, too. Follow this link to read the full article … https://engage.onbeing.org/_notice_the_rage_notice_the_silence:

” ……. Resmaa Menakem is a teacher and visionary in this city, though I only became aware of his groundbreaking work a few months ago. Just before the pandemic sent us into lockdown, I sat across from him in our studio on Loring Park. He watched me as closely as he listened to my words. He caught me bracing at the term “white supremacy,” and taught me that noticing such bracing is exactly where I have to begin to live differently. He’s drawing on knowledge we’re just now gaining about systems and processes in our bodies that we’re only now learning to see: vagus nerve, psoas muscle, trauma, epigenetics. He draws a stunning connection between generations of trauma that white bodies inflicted on each other in the centuries we call the Dark Ages and the generations of horrific trauma inflicted on black bodies in the “new world” of America — which, as Langston Hughes wrote, “never was America to me.” We are all literally carrying – breathing, reliving, and so repeating — much that didn’t happen to us personally. It’s one way to finally grasp why talking about race, and “teaching our brains to think better” about race, has fallen brutally, tragically short: “The vital force behind white supremacy,” Resmaa Menakem writes in his extraordinary book My Grandmother’s Hands, “is in our nervous systems ….. ”

The work I have done over the past 15 years has been for my own self-gain, addressing my own mental and emotional health. The purpose of this current work is to help heal and restore dignity to BIPOC. I believe that every human being deserves dignity, freedom, and equality. I desire wholeness for myself and the world. This is a commitment to my personal and spiritual values. I am doing this because it’s the right thing to do. I know no one is going to congratulate me, or celebrate me. In fact, I fully expect it will turn some away. This will bring sadness, as I do not like controversy or confrontation. I’m sure some will choose to unfollow, unfriend, or ghost me. However, it is more important that I be in integrity with my values, my soul, my heart.

I commit to:

Continue to educate myself, expunging what is in my subconscious that I’m not aware of

Continue to research every candidate running for any position. If I come across any information which makes it clear the candidate does not align with the values stated above; they do not get my vote. (I did this in the election this past Tuesday, finding at least three candidates that were a NO due to this or for standing against the LGBTQ community.)

Continue to vote in every election. See above.

I will begin to support non-profit and community organizations that stand for justice and equity

Pay attention to other ways in which I can help

Here are a list of resources that I am making my way through. I have not looked through most of these. I am making my way through them and will come back and note when I’ve watched, read, or listened to a resource: please follow the link below to read further …

Latest News: I Support Black Lives Matter – BIPOC

Latest News: Top Interviews with Most Views for April 2020

Interview with Most Views for April 2020:

#1: Nightmare Asylum and Other Deadly Delights by Sonia Kilvington

Interview with Second Most Views for April 2020:

#2: Maria and David Marvin of Scintilla

Interview with Third Most Views for April 2020:

#3 Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott

Interview with Fourth Most Views for April 2020:

#4 The Lilith Trilogy by Kim ten Tusscher

Top Three Countries With the Most Traffic to Meeting the Authors in April 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about these authors and book bloggers, and for sharing the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by all involved. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interview
  • Share the interview using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!

 

Latest News: Top Interviews with Most Views for March 2020

Interview with Most Views for March 2020:

#1: Tina Hartas of TripFiction

 Interview with Second Most Views for March 2020:

#2: Love Earth Now by Cheryl Leutjen

Interview with Third Most Views for March 2020:

#3 Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas

Interview with Fourth Most Views for March 2020:

#4 The Twelve Man Bilbo Choir by Peter Staadecker

Top Three Countries With the Most Traffic to Meeting the Authors in March 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about these authors and book bloggers, and for sharing the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by all involved. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interview
  • Share the interview using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!

Latest News: February 2020 Meet the Author Interviews with Most Views

Meet the Author Interview with Most Views for February 2020:

#1: Mud and Glass by Laura Goodin

Meet the Author Interview with Second Most Views for February 2020:

#2: A Very Important Teapot by Steve Sheppard

Meet the Author Interview with Third Most Views for February 2020:

#3 Bowing to Elephants by Mag Dimond

Top Three Countries With the Most Traffic to Meeting the Authors in February 2020:

Thank you for taking the time to read more about these authors and sharing the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by the authors and by me. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interview
  • Share the interview using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!

Latest News: Contact Form is Now Open

The time has arrived to re-open the Contact form for authors! The form will only be open long enough for about 20 authors to apply. This could happen within an hour or up to two days. At that time, the Contact form will close once again.

This is to avoid having a back log of wonderful authors who wish to be interviewed. The first time around the wait list was so long that by the time I reached a few authors they had already published another book and we had to adjust their answers to the questions.

If you have been interviewed on MTA in the past, please wait at least 1 year (and with a new book published), before reapplying.

In addition, I’m adding a spotlight or interview of top notch book bloggers once or twice per month. If you are a book blogger, and wish to be spotlighted, please complete the Book Blogger contact form.

Go here – Contact Form

Don’t miss out – Come on over!

Thank you for your continued support of these authors and the interviews on this website. A great deal of work goes into these interviews by the authors and me. Deep gratitude! –Camilla, Founder & Host

Here are a few suggestions on how to further support these authors:

  • Comment on the interviews
  • Share the interviews using the social media buttons
  • Click through to learn more about the author and their book(s)

To support this website and the author’s interviewed, visit Support MTA for more suggestions. Thank you!