InterView: Clare C. Marshall – e64s1p2

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“Whatever you do, don’t eat the food”

Welcome back to Valerie’s Variety Podcast, with your host me, Valerie Moss. This show is about ReVIEWS InterViews and my Dailys Views, it’s a story podcast about my life in Calgary. WhatEVER WhenEVER. This show drops every Tuesday!

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Today’s show is PartTWO of a 3 part series. If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode 63 PartOne go back and do this first as this week carries her story forward…

Clare C Marshall being InterViewed on Valerie’s Variety Podcast, reading from Sparkstone Sega Book ONE

Just a bit of a recap I’m interviewing Clare C Marshall, a Calgary Author who I found at a create market her in Calgary. Her and I are now friends. Spending a couple hours and several email threads, we are getting to know eachother. Honestly, I could listen to her read all day. She’s carasmatic, passionate about books and writting. When she first showed up at my studio, I asked her how her night was…she was up late writting as she had a brain surge she had to get onto paper.

In Part TWO we will explore more reading about this book, and sega called Sparkstone, we’re focussing on book one but there is 2 more books currently available and 2 more in the works…We talk about her connection to the Canadian references, it’s so neat to read a book and know where she’s talking about. We talk more about Clare and how she made her way west from her home so far East. Like we’re talking across country literally. Plus her shows to promote her book are across country, this girl puts on miles.

Her commentary about the ‘Angry Girl’ that is portrayed is so truthful, we all have people in our life that are angry and we remember an angry girl from school.

Clare C Marshall and Valerie Moss enjoying banter over her books Sparkstone SEGA

If you’re interested in reading along with me, check out her site and my site for all the details. Come take a lecture from the mysterious Jadore, don’t be late.

Enjoy the episode… 

Are you interested in this story now? What did you think about the characters with their amazing gifted personalities? Ingrid the protagonist is now getting settled and learning about her new circle of friend. Remember she’s only been there a few days when all of this is revealed.

Next week, is part THREE and the final part of my interview with Clare, she will do more reading for us, as I sit with my eyes closed and just listen to her. If you love her voice as much as I do, check out her weekly series where you can read a chapter and she narrates a chapter for you to listen. I’ll be starting this one soon.

InterView: Clare C. Marshall, Calgary Author – e63s1p1

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“Whatever you do, don’t eat the food”

Welcome back to Valerie’s Variety Podcast with your host me, Valerie Moss. This show is about ReViews, InterViews and my DailyViews, it’s a story podcast about my life in Calgary. WhatEVER | WhenEVER, this show drops every Tuesday.

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Episode 63 Part ONE

Todays show will be spread over several parts as I’m InterViewing Clare. C Marshall, Author of my latest read. The Sparkstone Sega a Young Adult Science Fiction series about superheroes fighting a secret alien invasion at a university in Alberta, Canada. This book has incredible artwork on the cover(s), wistfully details the school, the characters and the location connections like Macleod Hall. I was so enamoured with the writing I wanted her to be on my show! Here’s how this happened.


Last year I attended the Festival of Crafts, in Calgary Alberta, it runs around the middle of November each year at the Stampede Grounds. It’s a greatly inspiring show full of handmade everything including things like:

  • Jewellery
  • Wine
  • Books
  • Pottery
  • Wood Working
  • and more…

Our Purchases

While we my gf Alison and I attended this market we bought something from almost everything on this list Jewellery – yes both bought earring and necklaces. Wine yes we bought a case and split it – this wine is so delicious it’s honey wine from Spirit Hills, right here in Calgary. I bought a spurtle, which is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, Spurtles are made from hand crafted wood, the one I chose for my dad was cherrywood. So he could mix his perogy dough with it.

Clare C. Marshall, the Author

We were trying the wine at a booth and then I see this lovely booth full of books and the covers of her books captured me. Faery Ink Press and Clare C. Marshall the author. I’m gravitated towards her books and her attractive booth displays and all of these book covers.

Clare C Marshall, book launch Gear and Sea
Clare C. Marshall, FanQuest Winnipeg

Stars in her Eyes, the Sparkstone Sega caught my eye, I love the book cover, It’s mysterious and colourful, the girls hair is red and sort of wavy down her shoulders (not like mine at all). I was intrigued, then I find out Clare is the author and from Calgary!

Book One and Book Two fo the SPARKSTONE SEGA by, Clare C. Marshall

We bought letters on paper

So Alison and I make our way, right into the booth and get settled, she, Clare, has quite the spread of delightful paperbacks, and impressive book covers. She’s super outgoing and just wants to share all of her passion with us – she’s extremely magnetic. I buy the Sparkstone Sega and Alison buys the Violet Fox Series, both sets have 3 books in them. Clare, offered to sign our books for us, we agreed, left our paid for books and carried on our way throughout the show, stopped back and picked them up, all signed with delightful pens!

Book One of the Violet Fox Series by Clare C. Marshall

I start reading the Sparkstone Sega series and I love favourite line, “Don’t Eat the Food”. Since Clare C. Marshall is a Calgary author I reached out to her and asked if she’d like to be on the show. She was In!

Clare C. Marshall InterView in my home studio 17, drinking tea and reading from her books = BLISS

InterView Day

She arrives at my home, studio 17 and we settle in over a good book Sega – which of course is hers. In this InterView she’s funny and serious, and reads pages from her books. I could listen to her read all day, giving a great personal touch to each Character. I closed my eyes and listened as she read, it’s amazing, almost mesmerizing. We drank tea and talked through all my questions, thank you Clare C. Marshall.

Clare C. Marshall, reading from Stars in her Eyes, book one of the Sparkstone Sega

Here’s part 1 of a 3 part series with Clare C. Marshall from Faery Ink Press, talking about The Sparkstone Sega, we focus mostly on book one to get you interested in reading along with me. Here’s my questions:

  • What’s your background, tell me about the inspiration for your sparkstone series of books 
  • Tell me about Ingrid? Is she someone you know?
  • Love all the Canadian references Calgary Alberta McLeod Trail. Where are You from?
  • Clare, reads a passage….
  • My favourite line “don’t eat the food”
  • Such thought in the fact that even the doors can pin prick you to get your DNA ? 
  • Read a passage….
  • Tell me about the characters their traits Who’s Sunni. Southern bell what’s her story Misty, Jia, Will Ethan
  • The teachers Jadore her skin is so neat and her ‘blind’ crutch is such a good facade 
  • Where can people find you on social media?
  • What’s next for you?
  • What’s your favourite book. Author?
  • Artwork, where does this creativeness come from?
Clare C. Marshall and me, Valerie Moss get talking about the Sparkstone Sega

Enjoy the episode.

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Visit My websites for all the links:

  • The Festival of Crafts Show
  • The Spirit Hills Winery
  • Clare C. Marshall and her publishing company: FaeryInkPress: her socials: Facebook @FaeryInkPress, IG@FaeryInkPress her books, and her upcoming events. Her new weekly series called Wingtorn: a Young Adult Fantasy Serial Novel, Podcast – which I’m going to start listening to. You can read it or listen to her podcast, in this interView Clare gives us a reading from this new series also, she’s so good.
  • and photos of the books and us enjoying letters on pages.
  • Videos of her reading, seriously people she has a knack for this!
  • Where to buy her books either E-read or PaperBack.

Part 2 will drop next Tuesday, as always…talk to you then!

Mental Health Podcast Challenge – Accepted! – e46s1

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a personal story about mental health…

Welcome back to another episode of Valerie’s Variety Podcast, this is a follow up to a previous show, episode 35 Mental Health Podcast Challenge where I told an intimate story about how we all suffer from Mental Health at one time or another in our lives. For those of you who are new to my show, I thought I’d share this episode again, plus it’s a good reminder to be a little extra patient, call a friend that you haven’t heard from for sometime be a little better of a person.

The person who put the request out back in January is an acquaintance in my Calgary Podcasting community, his name is River – great name hey? He lost his sister to suicide recently and since this change of life moment he’s been a huge advocate of mental health in our community (and abroad I’m sure).

Insert episode here…What did you think of this? Mental Heath Podcast Challenge – Accepted! They chose me and I received a little kit by a local company called Stresscase (great name hey) containing all sorts of lovely items:

  • Golden Milk: It’s a powder you mix with your favourite “milk” coconut oil, MCT oils, or butter, heat and simmer…ingredients are Tumeric, Ginger, Pepper & Cinnamon – I have’t tried this yet but it’s supposed to reduce inflammation, support brain and joint health and calm digest issues…oh it’s a deep mustard colour – stunning
  • Loving Bath Bomb: self explanatory however, it’s a flat disc style about the size of a hockey puck!
  • Rose Quartz Meditation Crystals: to reduce anxiety with a little note of step by step instructions about how to calm your mind. These little gems are soft sided, when they touch each other it’s a beautiful ‘tap’ sound
  • Barefoot venus, Gingerly Green Tea Cleanser: packed with skin loving extracts of White Pine Bark, green Tea, Ginseng, Bearberry and Licorice.

Thank you StressCase for this lovely kit. Plus it was hand delivered to my home! Check out the StressCase Story – it’s so amazing, a Mother-Daughter Team came up with this. Check out my blog for all of the pictures of my goodies. Thank you to River and his team for choosing my blog/podcast amongst the entries. I had to reflect on this challenge but having a voice and platform to share my story, will hopefully encourage you to share yours. To me, a stranger, to your friend, to your colleague, if you need to share your story and get it off your chest, do that- it’s healing. You know what else is a great outlet, write your future self a letter. I used this method/outlet a lot growing up to get my feeling off my mind and stored securely in my journal…when I had my daughter I used journalling as my psychologist…except I did the writing with pen.

Talk to you next Tuesday