Geoff Le Pard
Geoff Le Pard (not Geoffrey, except to his mother) was born in 1956 and is a lawyer who saw the light. He started writing (creatively) in 2006 following a summer school course. Being a course junkie he had spells at Birkbeck College, twice at Arvon and most recently at Sheffield Hallam where he achieved an MA in Creative Writing. And what did he learn? That they are great fun, you meet wonderful people but the best lessons come from the unexpected places. He has a line of books waiting to be published but it has taken until now to find the courage to go live.
He blogs at https://geofflepard.com/ on anything and everything. His aim is for each novel to be in a different style and genre. Most people have been nice about his writing (though when his brother’s dog peed on the manuscript he was editing, he did wonder) but he knows the skill is in seeking and accepting criticism. His career in the law has helped prepare him.
Geoff excels at dark humour. His short story, Ice Cream, won first place in Dan Alatorre’s recent Word Weaver short story competition and was one of two short stories of Geoff’s included in Dark Visions, an anthology of horror stories, that featured as a number one best seller on Amazon during October 2018.
I have read Geoff’s collection of flash fiction stories, called Life in a Flash, which I enjoyed thoroughly. You can read my Amazon review here: Life in a Flash
The following is a recent humourous poem by Geoff Le Pard:
‘Twas the night before Christmas by Geoff Le Pard
‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
The only sound to be heard
Was the old man, who’d grouse
‘Why is it my job
To play Santa each year
And eat the raw carrot
That’s left out for his deer?
While you get the sherry
And another mince tart
Knowing they’ll wake me
Before a sparrow can fart.’
‘You are such a whinge,’
Said the lady in charge,
‘For tomorrow we know
You’ll give it so large.
Carry on reading this hysterical poem here: Geoff le Pard poem on Smorgasbord blog
Geoff has a number of books, which you can purchase here: Amazon author page: Geoff Le Pard
D.G. Kaye was born and resides in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Conflicted Hearts – A Daughter’s Quest for Solace From Emotional Guilt, Meno-What? – A Memoir, Words We Carry, Have Bags, Will Travel, P.S. I Forgive You, and her newest release – Twenty Years: After “I Do”. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer and writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.
You can read my review of Have Bags, Will Travel here: Amazon review
Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emotionally neglected childhood, to growing up with a narcissistic mother, leaving her with a severely deflated self-esteem, D.G. began seeking a path to rise above her issues. When she isn’t writing intimate memoirs, Kaye brings her natural sense of humor into her other works.
D.G. began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. Her writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her voice.
Through the years, Kaye journaled about life, writing about her opinions on people and events and later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest grew in natural healthcare. Kaye became interested in natural healing and remedies after encountering a few serious health issues. Against many odds, D.G. has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.
D.G. began writing books to share her stories and inspiration. Her compassion and life experiences inspire her to write from the heart. She looks for the good and the positive in everything, and believes in paying it forward.
“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return, Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”
D.G.’s Favorite Saying: “Live. Laugh. Love …and don’t forget to breathe!”
When D.G. is not writing, she’s reading. Her favorite genres of reading are: biographies, memoirs, writing and natural health. Kaye loves to read about people who overcome adversity, victories and redemption and believes we have to keep learning–there is always room for improvement! She loves to cook, travel, and play poker (when she gets the chance).
D.G. Kaye is a lovely writer and great blogger. On her blog, https://dgkayewriter.com/ she shares anecdotes about her life, relationship and travels. Debby also shares wonderful and thoughtful reviews of a variety of interesting books and tips and blog links to help other bloggers and writers.
You can find D.G. on social media and her author and blog pages:
Debby also dabbles into poetry and produces some lovely tankas and haikus. An example is as follows: