Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Diana Anderson-Tyler Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you....

Well, I’m a Texas girl, born and raised. I grew up on a farm and barrel raced (a mighty horseback sport down here in the south!) for fourteen years and played lots of sports. When I wasn’t outside, I was inside playing make-believe or scribbling down stories. I don’t play make-believe or barrel race anymore, but I’ve never stopped writing!

My husband and I live in San Antonio. We own a CrossFit gym called CrossFit 925 and love helping people reach their fitness goals. When I’m not writing, I can be found there lifting weights like a mad woman! Working out is like therapy for me, as well as a wonderful way for me to clear my head so new story ideas can take root.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?It’s common advice these days that writers should pick a genre or niche and stick to it for the sake of brand identity. I have nothing against that advice, it’s just not been easy for me to follow (not that I’ve really tried).
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been “genre hopping.” I have bins full of early stories, poems and plays, some about damsels and dragons, some about an ordinary Texas girl’s first love (semiautobiographical, of course…), and still others written in homage to whatever my favorite book or TV series was at the time (Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boy Meets World, Gilmore Girls, to name a few.) To put it simply, I write what I want to write, regardless of whether it’s well suited to a particular market or serves to build my “brand” or not. To me, writing is and always will be something I view and treat primarily as a passion, and secondarily as a career. 

It is that philosophy that’s led me to write straight from my heart, for better or worse. I began my publishing career with a series of nonfiction faith-based fiction books for women (how’s that for “niche”?), as well as an inspirational memoir chronicling my battle with an eating disorder, the sudden death of my father, falling in love, and finding my purpose. At the end of 2013, I decided it was time to get back to my storytelling roots (I majored in screenwriting at the University of Texas) and try my hand at penning a full-length novel. It was by far the most challenging writing endeavor I’d ever taken on, and also the most rewarding. Three years later, writing fiction is now a full-time career – though it is no less challenging than when I started!

Whether it’s writing motivational fitness books, Greek mythology-inspired novels, or women’s fiction hearkening back to my own heartbreaks, fears, and triumphs, my aim is to write words that ring true and resonate, on one level or another, with my readers. I believe we were all put on this earth to shine our unique, inimitable light with the world, and writing honestly and deeply about topics that move and have changed me is one of the ways I’m able to do that. 

When did you start writing? I honestly can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t my foremost passion. Sure, I claimed, as many children do, to want to be a thousand different things when I grew up, including archaeologist, marine biologist, and barrel racer (a horseback sport here in the south!), but I always maintained that I would “write on the side.”

I wish I knew what made me want to be a writer, but I’m convinced it was a proclivity I was born with. My grandpa was an actor, drama teacher, and playwright, so maybe it’s in the genes. I also wish there was a romantic story I could share, something about how I listened to a TED Talk that changed my life by encouraging me to pursue my dreams, or how I ran into Stephen King near his home in Maine and showed him a short story that he thought was fantastic and I’ve written ever since. But my story’s pretty boring, unfortunately. I’ve always loved writing more than anything else and, despite countless doubts, fears, and frustrations, I’ve kept at it.

Why do you write? Truthfully, I can’t help but write. It’s as essential to me as breathing, as cliché and dramatic as that may sound.

What would be your choice for a superpower?It’s a three-way tie between flight, invisibility, and telekinesis.

Who is your favorite author? Gosh, how does anyone pick a favorite? I might just have to go with the two whom I remember really making an impact on me in high school: Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Crichton. Kingsolver’s lyrical, poetic style blows me away, as does Crichton’s mastery of tension, pacing, and big, satisfying pay-offs.

What are you reading now? Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. I always read in whatever genre I’m currently writing in, and right now I’m working on a Contemporary Women’s novel that’s a bit Chick Lit as well. I’m also catching up on my issues of Writer’s Digest.

Who is your favorite character to write? So far, I’ve most loved writing Hermes in my series The Petros Chronicles. He’s mischievous, charming, self-possessed, but extremely wounded as well. It was a blast to reveal his backstory little by little and also follow his arc from villainy to redemption.

Do you have a writing process? I majored in screenwriting, so thoroughly outlining is something that was hammered into me. When it came to writing screenplays, treatments, beat outlines, and such were necessities, but novel writing is a whole other animal, at least for me – I never have been able to stick to the game plan!

It’s much more fun for me to “discovery write,” as they say. I have a general story arc in mind, as well as major plot and pivot points, but I leave the specifics unknown. The characters take on a life of their own, thereby taking the story in surprising directions I never could have planned.

After I have a first draft, I will reverse outline by going through my manuscript and making sure all the turning points are in place and that each of the scenes has a valence shift.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? I love this piece of advice I from Joanna Penn: Find a balance between creativity and consumption.

Don’t feel like you have to choose writing mode over read/research/learn mode or vice versa. I strongly believe that writers should be in the practice of writing as close to daily as possible, so letting other activities – even advantageous ones – get in the way of creating is detrimental. 


Even if you have a lot to learn about the publishing process, don’t wait to write until you’ve figured out your game plan. Even if you have to research The Revolutionary War for your next novel, don’t wait to start outlining until you’ve read your mountain of library books. Even if you want to write three novels in the next three months, don’t neglect your fiction-reading time, as reading fine work makes us finer artists.

I’ve found that balancing creating time with consuming time keeps me productive and allows me to learn and digest new info and material at a manageable rate.

What inspired you to pursue writing?This sort of goes along with your question, “Why do you write?” Writing is what I’m most passionate about. Nothing else comes close. Sure, there are other occupations that are more lucrative and less discouraging, but none would be as spiritually, mentally, and emotionally rewarding to me as an artist who expresses herself best through the written word. 


What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?My husband and I are huge comic book nerds. We love watching Arrow and The Flash, as well as all the D.C. and Marvel films. We also love fantasy movies (The Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, etc.) and historical epics like Gladiator and Braveheart.

What are your current projects?I’m editing book 2 of The Petros Chronicles and outlining book 4 of The Orchid Series.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, I’d love to have you join my newsletter as I’m always eager to hear your feedback and receive suggestions on what to write about next! You can sign up here: http://www.dianaandersontyler.com/signup/. I run fun giveaways every month! I typically share exclusive short stories, too.

Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? Dogs
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Favorite food? Burgers
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla
What are 3 things you never leave home without? Purse, cell phone, book (unless what I’m reading is on the Kindle app on my phone!)
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? Steve Martin, Steven Pressfield, Margaret George
TV or Movies? Movies





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Friday, June 16, 2017

JM Sullivan Interview



First off, tell us a little bit about you
Ok! Well, hi! My name is JM Sullivan and I am a Science Teacher by day and an author by night. I love reading, singing, all things sparkly and am entirely too dependent on coffee. When I’m not working or writing, you can find me at home dancing around with my kids or watching scary movies with my husband (if the cats give us their blessing).

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?I guess the easiest way to classify my books are as YA retellings. Otherwise, I seem to mix it up a bit within the genre. For example, my debut novel, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles is a Dark Fantasy twist of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and my second novel, The Neverland Transmissions is a SciFi spin on Peter Pan. So even though I like to switch it up a bit, I would definitely say I’ve found my happy place in fairy tales and retellings.

When did you start writing?Oh gosh, I’ve written forever. I’ve always loved reading and telling stories, but I didn’t really get serious about my writing until the beginning of 2016 when I committed to completing my first manuscript.

Why do you write?  
Writing is my escape. My life can get pretty hectic between work, family, pets, and and and….writing is the way that I am able to go relax and find a way to organize and declutter the billion and a half thoughts that threaten to drown me every single day. I find that being able to focus my energy and creativity into making something provides an outlet for the chaos and really, just makes me happy.

What would be your choice for a superpower?Any superpower? I would definitely go the Aquaman route! I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean and secretly wanted to be a mermaid, so I would totally be down to hang with the fishes.

Who is your favorite author? Oh gosh, this is really tricky, and I don’t even know that I could gie you an honest answer because I love so many authors, but I will say that Marissa Meyer is the RETELLING QUEEN and an absolutely incredible storyteller. To be even have my work considered alongside hers would be the most amazing honor.

What are you reading now?   
Right now I’m reading a couple of different stories. I just finished the cutest YA Contemporary, Chasing Zenn by Wendy Bryant, and I’m in the middle of a YA Sci-Fi, Matched, along with a YA Fantasy, Counting Wolves. I’m enjoying both. June has definitely been a good reading month.

Who is your favorite character to write? There are good points to all of my characters, but I adore Chess. His snark and witty banter always bring a smile to my face, but on the flip side, getting in the head of the Red Queen, my villain can also be entertaining… especially if I’m feeling particularly cantankerous that day ;)

Do you have a writing process? Um…. Does forcing myself to write count? My process really isn’t very organized. Normally I start off with a basic outline for where I want the story to go, but from there I let the story take over. I don’t like being too detailed in my outlines because more often than not I’ll end up changing and veering off on different tangents so providing a starting and ending point with a few key events in the middle to keep me anchored is about as structured as I get.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?Be nice to yourself! Writers (and most creatives I find), are hard on ourselves far too often. An inner critic can help keep you on your ‘A-game’, but only if you don't give it so much free reign that it derails your work. Remember, someone needs your words. No one can tell your stories. To get them out there you have to write them!

What inspired you to pursue writing?I think it was my love of literature and stories that ultimately inspired me. It has always been a dream of mine to become an author and I think it’s because of all the authors and stories that I’ve loved so much over the course of my lifetime. I know what an impact the words of people like JK Rowling and Gail Carson Levine have had on me, I thought it would be so amazing to have my words provide the same things for others.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?To be honest, since I’ve started writing more, my TV time has gone down dramatically, so more often than not if I’m watching something it’s either a movie that the kids are playing while I work, or my husband has hidden my computer and forced me to sit down and relax. When that happens our go-to genre is almost always Horror but sometimes we like to mix it up with some Sci-Fi or Fantasy films.

What are your current projects?Right now I’ve got a couple things on my plate. I recently finished drafting and revising my second novel, a Peter Pan retelling tentatively titled The Neverland Transmissions, and I have begun the querying process towards representation and publication. While I wait on that, I’m currently writing the sequel to Alice, Through the Broken Glass (again, working title, lol). So those are definitely my focus right now, and I’m having a lot of fun with them.   

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for taking the time to read my work. Whether it’s this article, or work on my blog, or my stories, thank you. Your support means the world to me and I am so grateful to you. Without you, my words would have no-one to play with! Thanks so much for keeping them company! I love you guys! :D


Quick Fire:Cats or dogs?  Both.
Coffee or tea?  COFFEEEEEEE
Favorite food?  Pizza
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?  Chocolate
What are 3 things you never leave home without?  My purse, my sunglasses, my laptop
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with?  Gordon Ramsey, Jennifer Lawrence, JK Rowling
TV or Movies?  Movies



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Friday, June 9, 2017

Fanni S Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you
My name is Fanni (with an “i” not with a “y,” strange, I know, but that’s how it is.) I’m in my late twenties and I live in France, near Paris. I’m Hungarian but nowadays I mostly write in English. My hobbies are travelling, reading, writing and learning languages. I love board games, series and cute crazy stuff. I teach English from kindergarten to middle school.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?
I like stories where reality and imagination intermingle, that’s why my favourite genres are urban fantasy, magical realism and cyberpunk. Even when I write realist fiction, I try to make the story “magical” either with the atmosphere or with the story telling. 

I have (too) many WIPs both in Hungarian and in English, but I think I’ll concentrate on the English ones. I hope one day I’ll be able to finish most of them.

The ones I’m most intrigued by are “Glasgow, my love,” which is a multiple-ended love story, exploring various possible endings of a coffee house meeting and “Dreamless” which is an alternative history / Victorian novel where imagination is banned and dreamers are hunted down. You can get to know more about my novels by checking out their Pinterest boards. (https://uk.pinterest.com/mspumpkinhime/

When did you start writing? 
Oh, I started writing way back. My first projects were Sailor Moon fanzines and Knight Rider fan fiction in primary school. Then as adolescence hit I wrote love-hate poems about my crushes. Around the end of high school I started writing stuff which was not completely embarrassing. I started writing in English in 2013 while I was spending my Erasmus semester in London.

Why do you write?
I love making up worlds and I’m also awfully curious about the life of others. When I was in middle school I thought I wanted to be an artist, but I wasn’t skilled enough to draw the things I saw in my head and I wasn’t patient enough to try to learn it. In the end, I found out that I can also draw pictures with words and I’m much better at that.

What would be your choice for a superpower?
I’d like to be able to stop time, so that I can get a few more hours to write when the writing bug bites me. My biggest problem is that I’m very enthusiastic and I fall head over heels for story ideas and I work like a madwoman in the beginning. Then something interrupts my process or I have a lot of other things to do so I get out of the mood. Sadly, I’m a bit like Dory from Finding Nemo: Look, a new idea! 
I think stopping time could definitely help with this issue.

Who is your favorite author?
Neil Gaiman is my absolute favourite, he is also my role model. I also like Antal Szerb, a Hungarian writer from early 20th century. He has pretty good English translations, I warmly recommend him because he shaped me a lot as a writer.

What are you reading now? 
I’m reading J. M. Sullivan’s debut novel, Wanderland Chronicles and The Hollow City from Ransom Riggs. I also started re-reading an Antal Szerb novel because I found a good French translation. I want the summer holidays to start already so I have more time to read.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
I like characters who are easy-going and make me laugh, they’re very fun to write. Sometimes I create characters because I’m inspired my one of my celeb crushes and I want to spend some time with them at least on paper :D

Do you have a writing process? 
Not really. Ideally I just sit down and write but for that I need peace and like 0 distractions. Approaching deadlines do miracles to me and I can write 2000 words in 1-2 hours. I like these marathons because although the stories aren’t perfect, at least I got them done. Usually I return to them a few weeks / months later and make them into something good. If it’s a longer story, I like to create Pinterest boards and Spotify playlists because this way I can bottle up the mood of the story.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
I know it’s a cliché but really, please read. Read the classics and the big names but read also indie authors because, besides helping fellow writers, you can discover hidden gems.

If you feel writing is your way, don’t let others discourage you. Listen to the critiques. Take what you need and try to improve your writing. Everybody has to work on their writing even the big names. Some stories will be better, some stories will be worse. 

I know it’s difficult to face mean words and rejections, but if the other person is an a*hole it’s really their problem and not yours. If they’re nice and fair about your opinion, take notice and don’t give up. Maybe they weren’t just the right audience for your story.

Try to find writing buddies. Join a Nanowrimo community, sign up for Scribophile or any other writing group. Read and critique other people’s writing. The easiest and least painful way is to learn from other people’s mistakes.

What inspired you to pursue writing?
I’m a serial hobby-abandoner. I’ve done folk dancing, karate, modern dance, guitar, cross-stitch, etc., but I just fell out of love with them after a while. Writing stayed with me. I write because it makes me happy and I can get transform my troubles and pain into something (hopefully) beautiful. Of course, I also want to be rich, famous and beloved but if only my friends read me I’m fine with that too. 

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?
It’s been a very good year as for series. I follow Dr. Who, American Gods and the new Twin Peaks. I also love Parks and Recreations, Black Adder and Buffy. My newest love is Gravity Falls.

What are your current projects?
It’s really high time I finish my first novel, Londemonium. It’s an urban fantasy set in Hell and London. In Londemonium Hell is a multinational company, led by its eccentric CEO, Luke Seyton. The characters include: Gregor, a German programmer who descends to Hell to retrieve his abducted crush; Molly, a feisty Irish girl in look out for her heritage; Aiko, an English-Japanese girl who wants to make sense of her life and Raphael, an immigrant angel, who desperately wants to fit in.

I’ve recently come up with a summer project for myself, we’ll see how it works out. I’m planning to write a tween novel about an adventurous summer holiday. I imagine it as a blend between Gravity Falls and Doctor Who with a lot of humour and excitement. My idea is to use the cards from a Dixit (it’s a very good association-based board game with gorgeous art) expansion which would give the writing process some randomness and excitement. I can’t wait to start.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?
You can never be too nice. Be nice. I really, honestly believe in the power of politeness and kindness and I try to make the life of others easier. If more people did the same, we’d live on a much friendlier planet. I also believe that hard work and determination pays off. 

I want to bring people stories that show the lives of different people because knowledge and empathy usually walk hand in hand. I also want to write stories which give hope and consolation on hard days.

Quick Fire:
Cats or dogs? Owls! Okay if I have to choose between the two I’ll go with cats, but I love dogs too.
Coffee or tea? Usually coffee, but I also like herbal tea..
Favorite food? Sushi and Japanese food in general. Also cheese sticks. 
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla.
What are 3 things you never leave home without? I have type 1 diabetes, so it’s essential to have my blood sugar checker, some sweet things in case of an emergency, and my phone + earbuds
Laptop or desktop? Laptop. I haven’t owned a desktop for many many years.
Who are 3 famous people you would want to hang out with? Neil Gaiman, Tom Hiddleston, Steven Moffat
TV or Movies? We don’t have a TV in our flat, although we do have Netflix. I like to go to the cinema every now and again for a change, but I prefer the cosiness of my bedroom.

Bio: Fanni Sütő is a writer in her mid-twenties. She writes in Hungarian and English; poems, flash fiction and countless unfinished novels. She tries to find the magical in the everyday and likes to spy on the secret life of cities and their inhabitants. 

Twitter: @Fanni_Pumpkin




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trina L. Talma Interview



First off, tell us a little bit about you
My name is Trina Talma, though people I meet on Twitter more often see me as an anagram of that name. I am very nearly half a century old, and I live in the more civilized part of North Dakota with my husband, my son, my mother-in-law and five cats. I also have a daughter, who lives with her own menagerie elsewhere. Besides being a writer, I am also a jewelry designer; most years I make way more money from craft shows than I do from book sales. My hobbies include spending not enough time reading, spending too damn much time on Twitter, attempting to grow vegetables during the summer, playing The Sims, and watching to see whether the birds or the squirrels will win the Battle of the Feeder. I love music and animals, and hate housework and bigotry. I speak English and sarcasm, and can read a smattering of French and German.

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?

Over the past 12 years I've self-published a total of nine books (one is no longer in print). I have a fantasy-adventure series (the Zania series) of five books: Silver and Blood, River's End, The Throne of the Sun, Return To Dawn and Dreams of Darkness. My other series is a mash-up of YA, speculative fiction and action/adventure, and so far consists of two books, The Time of the Wolf and Cherish the Fire. I also have a mixed-genre short-story collection, Unlikely Muses. A few years back I produced a “free sampler” book with novel excerpts and short stories, which I give away at shows and conventions.


When did you start writing?
Somewhere in the dim distant days of my very young youth. I didn't start seriously considering it as a career until my middle teen years, though.

Why do you write?

Part of it is that I like the process of capturing a scene or a moment in time as it appears in my head, and I can't draw. The bigger part of it is that I just like telling stories. I'll take the dumbest little events from my life and when I tell somebody else about them, they become stories that are way longer than necessary. I suppose that might be because I started reading at a young age (pre-kindergarten) and telling stories is just a natural thing for me.

What would be your choice for a superpower?

The ability to stretch time. I could really use a day that lasts for 48 hours or so.

Who is your favorite author?

I used to say Tolkien every time, but nowadays it's a toss-up between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

What are you reading now?

I'm currently re-reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series for the third or fourth time, and I'm just about to start Terry Pratchett's Nation. I generally have one paper book and one ebook going at the same time.

Who is your favorite character to write?

Considering that most of my first-person narrators are female, I'm surprised to find that I (somewhat) prefer writing about their male companions. Kahri Aldien in my Zania series is one of my favorites, as is Yvan Landbru from the same series. I like them for their own selves as well as for their relationships with Zania. Then there's Sharrec Fehr, who turned up briefly in Dreams of Darkness and is now a main character in a new book. He interests me because I know a lot about his back-story but he hasn't revealed much of it to the reader or to his friends in the book.

Do you have a writing process?

Not really, apart from the fact that I write all my first drafts on paper first. Back when I started writing, the only writing “machinery” I had access to was a manual typewriter that was probably 20 years older than I was. It was quite a while before I had an electric typewriter, and I didn't have my own computer til I was in my late 20s. So the paper was a necessity that became a habit I still cling to. New notebooks and pens make me happy.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Read, read, read! Read in your chosen writing genre, read anything else that appeals to you, read fiction and nonfiction. You never know what's going to lead to interesting ideas. And don't spend too much time thinking about “the book I'm going to write some day”. Start writing it. It'll be crap – everybody's first book is crap. But if you're really determined to write, and if you're any good at it, you'll learn from everything you read and everything you write. Never think you've learned everything you need to know, either. You can't improve if you don't keep learning and keep writing.

What inspired you to pursue writing?

Apart from realizing that all of the books I loved were written by ordinary people – if they could do it, I could too – I had some really excellent English teachers when I was in high school and college. They were the ones who told me that I showed some talent for writing when I wasn't sure if I did. I probably would have given up if they hadn't told me that I was good at what I wanted to do.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?

I tend to gravitate toward fantasy and SF genre shows more than anything else, but I'm picky. A lot of the shows that are really popular right now just bore me. But I love “Supernatural”, and “Doctor Who” is great (most of the time), and I still love re-watching older shows like “Buffy”, “Charmed”, “Quantum Leap”. For movies I split about 50/50 between fantasy/SF and comedies. Everything that's good enough to stick with me for a while eventually becomes idea fodder for writing.

What are your current projects?

Right now I'm working on sequels for both of my series, plus I have a fanfic going just for fun. I'm hoping to finish the book in my YA/spec fic series within the next month or two – although I've been hoping that for several years now! After that's done I have another book planned for that series, and I'm hoping to get some more short stories going soon too.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Hi readers! How are you? If you like my books, could you please leave me a review somewhere, or visit my Facebook page or my Goodreads page or my Patreon page? Writing is way more fun when I get to hear from my readers in some way.



Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? I like dogs, but I love cats.

Coffee or tea? Tea. Herbal varieties please.

Favorite food? Pizza – and yes I am one of those weirdos who likes pineapple on it.

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate – with brown sugar and/or whipped cream on top

What are 3 things you never leave home without? Phone, wallet and pen. You can pretty much travel the world with just a smart phone and a credit card these days.

Laptop or desktop? Desktop – better for playing the Sims

Who are 3 famous people you would like to hang out with? Uhhhh.... Peter Tork (my cousin met him last week and I'm very jealous), Neil Gaiman and... ummm... Misha Collins

TV or Movies? TV, but only because I don't often have time for a whole m





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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sophia Beaumont Interview


First off, tell us a little bit about you
I’m originally from Ohio, which is where I live and write. I love chocolate and anything with fur and four legs. When I’m not writing, I’m usually knitting, and I also design patterns sometimes. 

Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books? 
The Evie Cappelli series is YA urban fantasy. The first book, THE SPIDER’S WEB, is a twist on the myth of Arachne. It’s about a young woman who wakes up in the hospital after attempting to commit suicide, only to discover she can see ghosts. It’s the first book in a trilogy, which is really all about her recovery and how she goes from the darkest time in her life, with no support system, no one to help her, to taking the lessons she learned during those hard times and her newfound support, and turning those into strengths that will help her stop a vengeful goddess and a cult who want to use her for human sacrifice. 

When did you start writing? 
I started telling stories to other kids at naptime in kindergarten, and I wrote my first short story in first grade. I’ve been pursing publication since I was about 13, when I started sending out really awful query letters. Thankfully, I’ve learned a lot since then.

Why do you write? 
Because I can’t stop! At first it was an escape, but more and more as I’ve gotten older there are stories I want to read that haven’t been written, so I do it myself. 

What would be your choice for a superpower? 
Hands down, I want one of Evie’s powers—in addition to seeing ghosts, she also has the blessing of Athena and can control fibers. That would be so handy when I’m knitting and sewing!

Who is your favorite author? 
This changes often! I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one. I love Rob Thurman, C.E. Murphy, and Cat Winters. 

What are you reading now? 
At the moment I’m on a historical fiction kick. I’m listening to The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston and I’m reading In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen.

Who is your favorite character to write? 
One of my favorite characters in this series is Drac, Evie’s cat. He’s this big fat tuxedo cat who always knows how to make an entrance. And he has secrets of his own. 

Do you have a writing process? 
I am a dedicated plotter! I have to have an outline to work from. I usually spend a couple of weeks toying around with opening scenes and researching, then I write up my entire outline before I sit down to write. I try to keep to a pretty regular schedule. 

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? 
Find a system that works for you. I spent a lot of very unproductive years because I hadn’t found the right process for me. I have a lot of unfinished novels that will probably die of old age on my hard drive, if they haven’t already been lost or corrupted. Find a system that works for you—plotting, pantsing, some kind of hybrid—and stick to it. 

What inspired you to pursue writing?
 I was an only child growing up in the middle of nowhere. I had nothing to do except make up games and stories, which I would act out. My mom loves to read, and she made sure I had access to as many books as possible as a kid. I was super awkward, so most of the time I preferred being around books more than people. Writing just seemed like a natural fit. 

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing? 
I love Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Bletchley Circle. I’m also a huge fan of Charmed, and usually watch the entire series about once a year, once every two years. 

What are your current projects? 
Right now I’m in revision mode. I’m just wrapping up Evie’s second book, THE FERRYMEN, which will be out in the fall. I’m also querying a murder mystery, and revising a genderbent, steampunk retelling of The Three Musketeers, as well as a Nancy Drew-inspired mystery.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to readers? 
Recovery is a huge theme in both THE SPIDER’S WEB and THE FERRYMEN. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues for most of my life, it was really important to me that Evie’s story be both realistic and hopeful. I really want readers who have struggled with things like anxiety and depression to be able to read her books and know they aren’t alone, they can turn things around, they can ask for help. There is a future to work toward. 


Quick Fire:
Cats or dogs? Both! I love dogs, but right now I only have cats.
Coffee or tea? Tea. 
Favorite food? Chips and salsa.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate!
What are 3 things you never leave home without? Cell phone, pens, car keys.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop.
Who are 3 famous people you would want to hang out with? Hm…I want to talk politics and feminism with Emma Watson, writing and ghost stories with Cat Winters, and…I don’t know about a third. I don’t really follow celebrities much. Maybe J.K. Rowling can join Cat and me for dinner?
TV or Movies? This is a hard one! Probably TV. 





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Sunday, February 19, 2017

A G Mallaghan Interview



Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books?
Contemporary horror mainly although I am working on a zombie horror that has conspiracy elements to it and I also have a historical thriller in the pipeline.

When did you start writing? Since my teens but only started seriously about 5 years ago.

Why do you write? A good question. I think like most writers you would be as well asking why do I breathe. It is in my blood and I just have to do it. I feel that there are characters inside me that want their stories told. As soon as I start writing even though I have a plot set out beforehand it is as though the characters come to life and make me realise they want their story to take a different route. This has its own force and becomes a rush that is hard to explain.

What would be your choice for a superpower?Flying like superman. Definitely flying.

Who is your favorite author? I don’t have just one, I love a variety of different horror authors : Stephen King, Paul F Wilson, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon, Clive Barker and Shaun Hutson to name a few. I also loved the Robert Ludlum Bourne series.

What are you reading now? Reading Salems Lot for the umpteenth time. Now that has real vampires in it.

Who is your favorite character to write? A new character in my upcoming zombie conspiracy horror nicknamed Rhino. He is what would normally be a proper anti-hero, an honest to goodness old school baddie who ends up having to do some good deeds. I deliberately have him as a brutal leader who doesn’t hesitate to kill, a present day Darth Vader if you will. The strange thing is the more I write about him the harder it is not to like him somehow. This will be a series of books and I am looking forward to seeing how he evolves as the series goes on. Potential cult anti-hero I think.



Do you have a writing process? Generally I write down notes of ideas as I go about my day, sketch out a plot on MS Word then carry out research to get my locations, characters and items they use as correct as possible. For example in Devil I wanted to get the way that the Army used their automatic weapons correctly so I researched the types of weapons and how you arm them before firing etc. Once I have carried out this research I will go back over my outline and then write the story from start to finish as a first draft before going through the joys of editing a few times. I then get the help from one of the helpful souls who volunteer to read the book before I do my final draft.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Believe in yourself and just write. You will evolve as a writer the more you write so there is no shortcut to it. I was amazed at the amount of people who are supportive and confide that they would love to write a book once I had started.

What inspired you to pursue writing?It was something I always wanted to do, I had written some stories when a teenager just for my own amusement and then at University I wrote some more when learning about screenwriting and film making. It is also in the blood as I have an Aunt and an Uncle who are both successful authors in different fields so I think this always gave me the encouragement that being a successful author was achievable.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?Like authors I have a few. TV shows I love are The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Strain, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul and Band of Brothers.

Movies I have really enjoyed recently are Train to Busan, Rogue One, 30 Days of Night and The Siege of Jadotville. Bit of an eclectic mix.

What are your current projects?A historical thriller set in Ireland and the then American colonies is in the pipeline but my two main projects are the first in a zombie conspiracy series which I am a good way through a first draft and a sequel to Devil which is part of a vampire trilogy which I have partly set out.

The zombie one is good fun as I am trying out a few things with it.



Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?I really hope that readers enjoy my books. I try to tell classic horror stories with the antagonists being far worse than some pouting misunderstood youth. I believe that you as readers want evil creatures to be evil with no grey area around them. Horror is meant to be an escapist fantasy and that is what I want to provide. Yes, there will sometimes be an underlying narrative relating to modern themes but my aim is to give you the fantasy version of our world that you want to escape to where creatures like Vampires, Demons and zombies can walk the Earth with us The kind of things that you think you might have seen in the periphery of your vision in a dark corner of a room when you are alone at night. I am paraphrasing the great Stephen King here but on writing he mentions along the lines that you know you are getting something right in horror when you write a scene where you are almost pleading for the characters to go no further as you write it. I have one particular scene in Devil where the soldiers are watching a family scene in a kitchen that did this and hopefully it had the same effect on readers.

Quick Fire:Cats or dogs? Dog but had both.
Coffee or tea? Tea
Favorite food? Chinese chicken curry.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla
What are 3 things you never leave home without? Keys, phone and pocket paper notebook.
Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with? Winston Churchill, Muhammed Ali and Richard Burton ( I am assuming it is people from any point in recent history and they don’t need to be alive- would be strange hanging out with dead guys haha)
TV or Movies? Normally movies but some of the modern tv shows are just as good like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

LINKS:


Godking
UK version for kindle

Uk version paperback

International version for kindle

International version for paperback

Devil
UK version for kindle

UK version for paperback

International version for kindle

International version for paperback






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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nicholas Clausen Interview

First off, tell us a little bit about you...
Tell us about your books/What genre do you consider your books? - I have two novels out, both are from The Dragon Riders of Arvain series which is a YA Fantasy series.

When did you start writing?
I started writing in 2008, when I was 19 years old.

Why do you write?
 Well I started writing because I wanted to entertain and provide a world for readers to get lost in and, most importantly, enjoy.

What would be your choice for a superpower?
 The ability to see peoples needs, true needs.

Who is your favorite author?
 That's a loaded question that I think changes frequently but right now Christopher Paolini would take that title.

What are you reading now?
 Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Timer series.

Who is your favorite character to write?
 Draek, the silver dragon. This guy does what he wants and fears nothing.

Do you have a writing process?
 I try to get a page done a day. I write outlines but I am not afraid to break free of them and let the story tell itself.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
 One page at a time, don’t get lost trying to figure out the ending of the book before you finish the first chapter. Take your time and don't be afraid to rewrite and revise, paintings are finished in one stroke. 

What inspired you to pursue writing?
I read a story that I loved but when it came time for the ending it left me feeling cheated. I got so mad at it that I failed to see just how emotional I was getting over words on pages. I hated the ending but I loved feeling so strongly about it and I wanted to cause people to feel strongly about my works.

What are your favorite TV shows/Movies to watch in between writing?
Game of Thrones, the greatest show.

What are your current projects?
Book Three in The Dragon Riders of Arvain series, can't give you the title yet. 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers? Without you there wouldn't be writers, thank you for all that you do and for taking the time to read our stories. 


Quick Fire:
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Coffee or tea? tea
Favorite food?  pasta
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? vanilla 
What are 3 things you never leave home without?  Phone, keys, knife
Laptop or desktop?  laptop
Who are 3 famous people you would to hang out with?  J. K. Rowling, Paolini and George R. R. Martin.
TV or Movies? Movies.




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