This week we have picture book author, Alan Rubin, on the blog to discuss his humorous debut, Mr. Stomach Gets Upset. Welcome, Alan!

Author Name: Alan Rubin

Book Title: Mr. Stomach Gets Upset

Book Genre: Humor/Picture book

Release Date: Out now

Please share with us what your book is about.

I would describe Mr. Stomach Gets Upset as “the most brilliant and lucrative book ever written.”  That’s totally inaccurate, but that’s how I would describe it.

What sparked the idea for Mr. Stomach Gets Upset?

The title actually sparked the idea for the book, but I can’t say for certain what sparked the idea for the title.  All I can remember is that the title came to me in a dream, just after I had eaten a late-night snack of Hunan beef and castor oil.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?

Many years elapsed between the time I began working on the book and the time I completed it.  When I wrote the text I had no training or experience as an illustrator, so I spent years asking random artists if, in return for 15% of future profits, they would illustrate a book called “Mr. Stomach Gets Upset”.  They all said “no”.  And they did so without hesitation, as if to make a point.  So I decided to illustrate the book on my own, and I feel vindicated now that the book has been published.  After all, an artist who had agreed to my offer would already have earned $1.50 in royalties, and, based on sales projections, would be likely to have earned at least twice that much next year.  I don’t want to gloat, but I’ll bet they’re kicking themselves.

The research process was painstaking, largely because the book is written in rhyming verse.  Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find words that rhyme with “stomach”?

 If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Mr. Stomach Gets Upset?

I would tell everyone to read the title because it would take far less time than reading the rest of the book.

What’s next? Are you involved in/writing any new projects?

I have a plan to write a series of seven books, all set in Corpus Hollow, Mr. Stomach’s town.  The second book is already written though not yet illustrated—but progress on the books has been slow because I’ve been writing a full-length theatrical musical, also called Mr. Stomach Gets Upset, based on the characters from Corpus Hollow.  It’s very different from the book, and I think this is a good thing, because if you like the book you’ll probably like the musical, and if you don’t like the book, you’ll probably love the musical.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

I wouldn’t waste my time, because my younger writer self wouldn’t listen.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?


Buy the book (from Amazon) here:

Watch Ol’ Sir Paine sing and dance here:

The folks from Corpus Hollow have a “corpushollow” Facebook page, but they believe that Facebook is for old people, so they are currently learning to use Instagram.  Stay tuned…

Thank you, Alan! Mr. Stomach Gets Upset is out now.


Alan Rubin is an activist and hard-working advocate for the rights of internal organs.


Mr. Stomach Gets Upset takes you inside the mysterious yet familiar town of Corpus Hollow:

Inside the town it’s very icky
Some places slick, some places sticky.
The roads are red and blue and green–
The strangest roads you’ve ever seen!

If you enter be courageous–
Things in town may be contagious.
Come on in, but be advised:
Prepare yourself to be surprised!

Fellow Crooked Cat author, Lizzie Chantree, joins us today to chat about her latest release, If You Love Me, I’m Yours. Welcome, Lizzie!

Author Name: Lizzie Chantree

Book Title: If You Love Me, I’m Yours

Book Genre: Romance/Humour

Release Date: Out now

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Please share with us what your book is about.

Are the bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

What sparked the idea for this book?  

I am lucky enough to have a family who have always supported me, in some of the pretty zany business ideas that I have had over the years, but I wondered what it would be like if your family was against you fulfilling your dreams. This book is about connecting with like minded people in unexpected places and finding a voice when people discourage you.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?

It took about ten months from first idea to a finished and edited book. I used my own knowledge of art and business, as I was a business owner for over fifteen years before I began writing.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know in real life?

No I don’t. I do notice mannerisms and the ways people talk to each other when I’m out and about, but I don’t ever base characters on people I know.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read  your book?

I’d hope that my stories would make my readers smile. I wrote my first book after my daughter was unwell for a number of years and found writing a story full of sunshine and excitement a way to cope with stress and sadness at that time. If my books help make another person smile, then I’m happy. My daughter is fine now and tells everyone that she’s the reason I have a brand new career, which is wonderful too. 

Are you working on another book? Willing to share a bit about your next project?

I am currently writing a new novel and usually have a couple more crowding in my mind, waiting to be written too. My new book is about a woman who has a secret  that could positively change the fortunes of everyone she loves, but destroy her own quiet life. It’s a lot of fun to write.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self? 

To not be too hard on myself. I had lovely success with my first book, even as an unknown writer, but thought I needed to do more all of the time. I had so much to learn and am still learning today. Luckily the writers community is so supportive and any new writer will find a wealth of information and help from writing groups, community pages and forums. I wish I’d discovered them sooner. I run one myself called Lizzie’s BookGroup on Facebook and #CreativeBizHour on Twitter, to help creatives with marketing and to offer mentor support.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)? 

Social media links:


Author page:





Thank you, Lizzie! If You Love Me, I’m Yours is out now.


Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree.


‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshiped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

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Heidi Catherine is on the blog today. She’s the author of The Soulweaver Series, available now from Crooked Cat Books.

Welcome to my blog, Heidi!

Author Name: Heidi Catherine

Book Title: The Soulweaver Series

Book Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Release Date: Out now

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Please tells us a bit about your series.

The Soulweaver Series is about loving the same souls over many lifetimes. It follows a group of souls as they reincarnate and find each other again and again. The first book in the series was the winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award.

What sparked the idea for the series?

The idea sparked long before my writing ambitions did. I just didn’t know it at the time because I was only a child. A widow my family knew had remarried and I asked my mother what would happen when she died and went to heaven and found herself with two husbands. My mum told me that in heaven there’s no jealousy, just pure love. I liked this answer and thought about it over the years, eventually deciding to turn this concept into a book where a woman finds herself in love with two men – one from her current life and another who she remembers from her past life.

How long did it take for you to write the series? Did you do have to do any research?

Each book took about six months to write. I purposely didn’t research the concepts in the book (such as reincarnation or near-death experiences) as I really wanted it to be my own take on it without being too heavily influenced by other people’s ideas. The first book is set in Hong Kong, Australia, London and New York and parts of the second book take place in India, so there was a little bit of research involved in that aspect to get the settings right.

How did you celebrate when you learned your series was going to be published?

Apart from a few glasses of champagne with friends and family, I saved my celebrations for when the third book in the series was released by having a launch party. It was a great way to take a step back from all the hard work and enjoy the moment. Seeing a big pile of my books on a table and having people ask me to sign them was a little surreal and a wonderful memory to keep.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read The Soulweaver Series?

Because it will make them think! A few reviewers have said these books changed the way they see the world and that has to be one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever had. The books aren’t meant to tell the reader what happens after you die, but rather paint a picture of one of the possibilities and prompt them to think about what they believe. But putting that aside, the books are a celebration of all the different kinds of love, not just romantic love. And who doesn’t love to love!

What’s next? Do you have another project in the works?

I’ve just finished writing a fantasy novel about an evil king who discovers the power of the spoken word and recruits an army to whisper his heart’s darkest desires. I wrote it as a standalone novel but only very recently decided that it would work really well as a six book series. So, it looks like I’m going to be busy for the next couple of years!

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

Work hard. Be patient. Keep learning. Step out of your comfort zone as often as possible. And don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?




Link to the first book in the series

Thank you, Heidi! The Soulweaver Series is out now.


Heidi Catherine’s award-winning, romantic fantasy series, The Soulweaver, explores the possibility of loving the same souls over many lifetimes. The first novel in the series was the winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and was released by Crooked Cat Books. This novel is followed by The Truthseeker and The Shadowmaker.

After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi’s story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories. She was also a finalist four times in Romance Writers of Australia’s Little Gems competition.

Not being able to decide if she prefers living in Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, Heidi shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.


She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world

Previous Interviews:

August 21, 2018: Jennifer Klepper Q&A

August 14, 2018: Megan Mayfair Q&A

August 7, 2018: Lissa Linden Q&A

July 31, 2018: Diane Freeman Q&A

July 24, 2018: Willa Ramsey Q&A

July 17, 2018: Rachel Dacus Q&A

July 10, 2018: Randee Green Q&A

July 3, 2018: Carolyn Walker Q&A

June 26, 2018: Joy Norstrom Q&A

June 19, 2018: Joan Livingston Q&A

June 5, 2018: Elizabeth LaBan Q&A

May 22, 2018: Dawn Ius Q&A

May 8, 2018: Alice Castle Q&A

April 24, 2018: Isabella May Q&A

April 14, 2018: Margarita Montimore Q&A


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