Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Author Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos: On Writing a Memoir

Aloha Everyone, and Mahalo for joining us today at Sisters in Crime/Hawaii.

Today’s guest author is one of our newest members to Sisters in Crime/Hawaii, Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos. Welcome, to SinC/Hawaii, Jenny and thank you for participating in today’s interview. First, won’t you please share a bit about yourself? 

Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos:
Thank you. I live in the McCully area, near the Hawaii Convention Center. Technically, I grew up in Ewa Beach and went to James Campbell High School. I’m married to my husband Pancho Delos Santos, and I have two adult children from a previous marriage. 

I work at Honolulu Star-Advertiser as an editorial assistant for the newsroom, and I have been there for the past 13 years. My responsibilities include writing On the Move, Business Calendar, Get Involved Calendar, Ship Arrivals and Hawaii Mutuals on a daily basis as well as the obituaries (once a week), payroll (for 120 newsroom employees) when in need and other office duties. 

Sisters in Crime/Hawaii:
You have written a story about an important time in your life. When did you decide to write a Memoir, and why? 

Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos:
My decision to write a Memoir came from many people encouraging me to write a book about my life since they knew I went through a great lot. I became more focused in writing a book when I was told that I couldn’t become a news reporter because I haven’t published anything for the past 10 years. As a result, I thought that I would write my own books, especially since I was fond of reading and writing.
My intentions to write a Memoir is to give people, who went through domestic abuse or a traumatic experience, “hope” and “dreams” knowing that if I can go through all that I went through…they also can turn around their lives and become successful in their own way.  

I also want people to know that not everyone abuses the Department of Human Services system, which offers benefits such as food stamps, medical and financial help to the needy, disabled and homeless. Many people end up under dire circumstances, because something traumatic happened in their life, and they just need help to get back on their feet.  

Sisters in Crime/Hawaii:
Why did you decide to join Sisters in Crime/Hawaii? 

Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos: 
By joining a group of writers (such as Sisters in Crime Hawaii), meant that I could be part of a support group, consisting of people who loved to read and write. I remember going to a Sisters in Crime meeting in Kapolei last November, and I was so determined to attend it for the first time. However, I had no idea where Kapolei Library was, and I knew it would take me two hours by bus to reach the destination where the meeting was held. When I finally got to the library, I was in complete awe when I was heartily welcomed by members from the Sisters in Crime Hawaii. Imagine…I finally got to meet real writers, who published numerous books.  

Sisters in Crime/Hawaii:
Where would you most like to live to do your writing? 

Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos:
Hawaii is my first choice to live at while I write books. I like the thought of being surrounded by family, friends and relatives, but at the same time being somewhat secluded for a couple of months as I write. Like, stay at a beautiful resort or a legal vacation rental that has many amenities on the grounds so that I may be able to take time out to rest my weary body after writing for hours and hours. 

Thank you so much for taking time to visit today, Jenny. Best of Success with your writing.
Readers can learn more about Jenny Duhaylonsod Delos Santos and visit her at these Web sites: 

Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/Jenny Delos Santos@duhaylonsod60 



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Aloha Romance Writers Reading at Kapolei Library

Secrets, Memorable Dates, Roses & Thorns
07 Feb 2015 (Saturday), 10:30am  at Kapolei Public Library
Roses & Thorns
What’s romance without a little intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seats?  Secrets are sure to keep things interesting. Join our favorite romance writers as they share their different perspectives on this fun topic just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Readings and book giveaways are also planned. 
We hope to see you here at the Library!

Presenting the Romance Writers of America, Aloha Chapter….

Michael Little is the author of the novels Chasing  Cowboys and Queen of the Rodeo.  He is also the author of the short stories "Walter Gets Romantic”, “Pickles and Shawnilynn and Me at the Mall," “Mango Lessons,” “Walter and the Dream Girls,” “Seven Ways to Tell If You Married a   Cosmo Girl,” and “Walter! Walter!” Michael co-edited the anthology The Breakup Queen and Other       Romantic Tales by Hawaii Writers  and was co-editor of Sunset Inn :  Tales from the North Shore.  He edits Island Voices, a blog for writers at www.islandvoiceswriters.blogspot.com

Lynde Lakes holds a Masters  degree from University of California and a California lifetime teaching credential. She is the author of twenty novels including the Virgin Wolf Series and the Ryan Ranch Series.  Her current releases are Virgin Wolf I, II, III and IV Circus Wolf with Evernight Publishing, Cowboy in my Sights with MusItUp Publishing and Cowboy Lies with Wild Rose Press. Find excerpts at www.lyndelakes.com or www.facebook.com/

Shauna Jones has a degree in history    and professional journalism experience.  Her work has appeared in the     Hawaiian Church Chronicles, several newsletters and The Breakup Queen.  Shauna is the Hawaii State representative for the International Women Writers Guide and the Romance Writers Association of America Aloha Chapter Secretary.  She has been coleading a weekly writing group since 2000 and enjoys writing romantic  suspense and  historical romance.

Leslee Ellenson has written several hundred poems, dozens of short stories, several articles on Government Contracting and a manuscript of a contemporary romantic suspense novel titled Isles Apart.  Her work has appeared in the anthologies Strong Currents 2 and Sunset Inn: Tales from the North Shore. A past president of the RWA, Leslee holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in Education.  She works full-time as the Proposal and Contract Manager for the Government Sales Department of Hawaiian Telcom, Inc.

Gail Baugniet is the author of the Pepper Bibeau mystery series.  She has worked in law enforcement as a first responder, police officer and dispatcher. After living through many snowy winters in northern states, she now calls Honolulu, Hawaii her home.  She is president of the Sisters in Crime Hawaii Chapter.  Her novels are available at Amazon.com in trade book and e-book format.