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Welcome to The Might-E Heroes Club, the official blog of author Jordan J. Scavone. Here I'll post updates, event recaps, interviews, and more!
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Kristin Lenz - Author - The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This next interview is super exciting for me. I got to talk with Kristin Bartley Lenz about her book The Art of Holding on and Letting Go which if you have not had the chance to check out you really need to. I've listened to the audio book, and read the actual book, and both options are wonderful, I recommend doing either! Check out this interview and check out Kristin's book!


1. Give us a quick snapshot of you!

Writer, social worker, mom. Michigan to Georgia to California and back to Michigan.


2. When was the first moment you realized that you wanted to write, or do you have stories told to you about writing as a child?

My 3rd grade teacher made my entire class enter a poetry competition. I grumbled and struggled to write that one poem, but finally had some inspiration gazing out at the woods behind my house. My poem, If I Could Fly, won the contest. I got to read it in front of our entire school and attend a regional Young Authors Conference. I've been writing ever since, but it took 30 years for me to win another writing contest!


3. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go has 52 reviews on Amazon, and 50 of them are 5-Star and the other two are 4-Star, how does it feel to know that many people love your book?

This is one of the very rewarding parts of being an author. I know readers have lots of choices and we all have different reading preferences, so I'm honored when someone gives my book a try. And when they enjoy the story, when they relate to the story, when the story I've written is a bridge to their own life story - I love this human connection.


4. Do you have any upcoming events where people can come meet you?

I had weekly events for the first year after my book came out in September 2016, but I don't have that many scheduled now. I'll be at the Kerrytown Book Fest in Ann Arbor, MI on September 9th, and at the NCTE/ALAN conference in Houston in November. I love to meet with teens at schools, book clubs, and writing groups, so feel free to reach out!


5. Was describing the mountain climbing scenes difficult? When I read it the first time, it wasn't confusing at all to me, but it was something that I've never done, researched, even watched people do. That level of detail to make it understandable to those on the outside of mountain climbing must have been hard.

Yes! I worked really hard to make the climbing scenes relatable for climbers and non-climbers. I am a climber, so I really enjoyed translating that to the page, but it required a lot of experimenting and revising. It was necessary to explain some of the terminology and equipment, but I also tried to focus on the "feeling" of climbing - the physical and emotional, as well as the connection with nature.


6. This next question is one of two I am going to ask everyone who appears on the blog. Who is your favorite superhero?

The Flash!


7. If you could describe yourself in only a couple words what would it be? Example, I’ve been referred to as “Properly Unproper” and “A Self-Deprecating Narcissist”

A self-depreciating narcissist? My background in psychology makes me want to analyze that a bit! I'll borrow from Whitman and say, "Quiet, but I contain multitudes." I've heard "you're so quiet" my entire life from friends, family, and strangers, but it's only been in recent years that I've begun to accept and embrace this as a positive quality. I am quiet. I love to observe and listen and "talk" inside my head and through my writing. It's how I find my voice, and how I better understand the world around me and my place within it. For many years, my writing was rejected as "too quiet." (Big surprise!) I'm learning how to add richness and amplify the emotional resonance in my stories. Esteemed editor, Emma Dryden describes this as the resonant roar of quiet books: scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-resonant-roar-of-quiet-books-by.html. And of course there is the wonderful book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. She's my superhero!



The Mud Princess and my appendectomy

Posted on July 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Life Update!

Hello everyone! I am sorry that there have not been any blog posts since the first! I was planning to do a huge post about going to Motor City Comic Con, then a huge post about my new book The Mud Princess coming out on Amazon....but then...I had an appendectomy. Went in to the ER with sharp stomach pain and within several hours I was out cold and having surgery. Though, now that Mud Princess is out, and I am completely healed (aside from an awesome new scar) it is time to get back to starting to blog. I plan to have more interviews, more regular updates, and write-ups from events (I have on coming up in July!) Check out The Mud Princess now on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mud-Princess-Jordan-J-Scavone/dp/1983022535" target="_blank">https://www.amazon.com/Mud-Princess-Jordan-J-Scavone/dp/1983022535 and get the brand new book now!



- Jordan

Paul Bauer AKA Small Sounds

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I am excited to introduce my brand-new blog, The Might-E Heroes Club! I am so excited to announce that my first interviewee on the blog is my friend Paul Bauer, aka Small Sounds! I had the pleasure of meeting Paul in 2015 at the first event I ever took Might-E to table. Paul was only a few spaces down from me, and I was entranced by his music, and the way that the kids just gravitated to him! When I was tossing around if I wanted to do this blog, I knew that I had to get Paul on here, and the sooner the better, so, I want to thank to Paul for being my blog guinea pig! Enjoy the interview below and be sure to listen to his awesome stuff!


1. Give us a quick snapshot of you!

My name is Paul Bauer and as Small Sounds I write, record and perform music for kid's, but the whole family can enjoy it too! I also have a Pre-K music curriculum that is focused on hands-on music immersion, movement and enjoyment.

I am based in Kalamazoo, MI.


2. What made you want to be a Children’s musician?

It happened by accident when I was a preschool teacher many moons ago. In an effort to maintain my sanity I decided to try something new and bring my djembe to class. I gave the drum a persona and a name-- "Djembe," not super clever I know. I played for them the classics, 5 Green and Speckled Frogs, 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, etc and made up some other silly songs on the spot. They were dancing, acting out the parts and best of all every one of them was engaged.

I went home for the night and really didn't give it a second thought. The next day the kids excitedly asked, "Where's Djembe?!" "Can we play music again?!" Etc. I knew I found something. "Djembe" became a regular guest during class and on breaks or during free time I would quietly record snippets of ideas and melodies that popped into my head on my phone. Being around the kids offered an unending pool of creativity to pull from.

Years later I met the super-awesome Neil Firstenleit AKA Mr. Singer AKA Electric Neil who does kids music in Chicago. (Anyone reading this should check out his music!) He had been doing kid's music a while and really got the proverbial ball rolling for me when he helped me record and produce my first song "Hey, Alligator!" He was really encouraging and positive and it pushed me to complete my first full album. Eventually I stopped teaching preschool to focus more time on Small Sounds. I also really like writing kid's music because it offers a lot of freedom musically. On the same album I can go from rock to bluegrass to electronic talking about alligators, robots or opossums.


3. What is your personal favorite song you’ve created?

I like to think I haven't written my favorite song yet. But "Hey, Alligator!" is my current favorite. It has sentimental value for me, it's the first kids song I wrote and recorded and marks the beginning of what I feel is an important chapter of my life. I also think it tells a fun albeit slightly dark story and has a chorus that encourages audience participation.


4. Tell me about your upcoming album and upcoming events!

I am in the process of recording my second Small Sounds album entitled "Ear Worms!" Release date is TBA but will come out later this year. Also, I feel I've pushed my luck with people who have been listening to "Good Morning, Sun!" for a couple years now. Although it's nice to know it's still in their rotation and kids are still asking for it! This summer I will be focusing a lot of energy and attention on completing the album.


5. Biggest inspiration in children’s music and/or non-children’s music?

As far as kids music inspiration goes my friend Neil Firstenleit who I mentioned before and Caspar Babypants. But my Pre-K music students offer endless inspiration for song topics. Also, I was really obsessed with jingles as a kid which might be why I like to write two-minute songs.

Also, my drum instructor growing up, Jeff Moehle, was and still is a huge inspiration to me. Beyond being an amazing musician and instructor, he taught me professional etiquette and to be someone people want to regularly work with. I still seek his advice to this day.


6. This next question is one of two I am going to ask everyone who appears on the blog. Who is your favorite superhero?

As a self-proclaimed comic book nerd I really can't name just one!

DC - Batman and the lesser-known Animal-Man who's not an average superhero. He has a wife and kids and uses his powers to not only save people but also make a living as a movie stunt man.

Marvel - Wolverine and Spider-Man.

Real life - Mom and dad, of course.


7. If you could describe yourself in only a couple words what would it be? Example, I’ve been referred to as “Properly Unproper” and “A Self-Deprecating Narcissist”


Fundamentally Optimistic



 

Links to Music:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3FXGgQH4JTjdBfzLuwhfBR

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/smallsoundsmusic

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/good-morning-sun/1076117849


Social:

Facebook: facebook.com/smallsoundskalamazoo

Instagram: @smallsoundskidsmusic

Web: www.smallsounds.co




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