Why Short Stories Are The Devil

So I started a short story for an anthology that I will be a part of coming out in December. I went in all extra excited BUT as stories tend to do, it took on a life of it’s own. Seriously!! There was a 10K word limit and I have to FIGHT to keep it close…It ended up being about 10700 when all was said and done and that’s before edits…

 

Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself “who the hell cares” and you would 9 times out of 10 be right but I’m venting of a second. Short stories are the damn DEVIL….especially when you find yourself with an idea that decides to get bigger and bigger and now you are leaving out so much detail that you end up hating yourself and resenting your story. By the time I was done with it I didn’t even want to look at it…in fact I just sent it to my editor without even reading through it first which is sooo not like me. I at least try to read through it once to catch little things and maybe add or delete here and there but with this story I was so disgusted with myself and that I couldn’t take it where I wanted it to go that I was like I’M DONE!!!

 

Now there is a plus to this sad rant that I’m having…I know I will be expanding the short into a FULL LENGTH to release shortly (2-4 months) after the anthology because I want to give my readers the best of my work. Plus I really liked the idea and I really want to spend more time with the characters then I was able to. I think it may even be a big enough word to be two or three books. That’s how far out of left field this story idea came. Until I do that I won’t be 100% happy with the product I’m putting out BUT I know longer want to print it out just so I can ripe it up either :)

Look Before You Leap…

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When it comes to matters of the heart there are an abundant of quotes…

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

-From Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850

‘Tis absence, however, that makes the heart grow fonder.

-The contemporary version appears in The Pocket Magazine of Classic and Polite Literature, 1832, in a piece by a Miss Stickland

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

-Khalil Gibran

These are just a few used when dealing with the heart and love. I say all that to say this…

Love can make people do unusual and unexpected things. It can make you reject all that you’ve ever known and change the person you’ve always been. It can be an unhealthy obsession or the best thing that ever happens in your life. I believe everyone has a soul-mate. I believe the mythology of the Greeks about soul-mates to be the closest explanation of how I also feel about the word.

It is said that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them.

-Plato on soul mates

Again I said all that to say this…I believe in Soul-Mates…I believe in giving my all in a relationship and not holding back because until I prove otherwise the person that I’m vibing with could be the missing half of my soul. Here is my problem, I believe in love so much that I put my whole heart into my relationships. Even when those relationships don’t work out, when the next one comes along I’m just as open, caring, and giving. I don’t look before I leap. Why do I do this? I could tell you a number of reasons like blaming horoscopes (I’m a Scorpio), loneliness, or a number of other reasons. What I do know is that I give 110% in my relationships and I’ve tried everything imaginable to make sure they work. I hear stories of couples being together from their first date even after sleeping together, high school sweethearts, blind dates, you name it I’ve probably heard the love story. Am I bitter? Maybe, no one wants to be alone and if they say they do I think they aren’t being honest with themselves. Now am I saying settle for the first thing that comes along and shows you attention? No. You have standards, don’t lower them. There is someone (soulmate) who will not only meet them but surpass them.

I was married for 3 months because I leaped before I looked. Even when I knew in my heart that it wasn’t meant to be, I let what I believed should be happening to cloud my good judgment. My common sense. I listen to sappy love songs and I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with tears stained on my pillow. I give myself pep talks about finding love when I least expect it and I hate it. I absolutely hate it. When I do meet someone and I think we click, everything is going well, and then BAM! things change. I start to feel like I’m not good enough. The texts go from every morning, night, and hour in between, to I feel like I’m a stalker vying for the attention that I should have. It’s like a complete 180 and it in turn only makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong. I start to question not only myself but my sanity. What am I doing wrong? Like I said I hear all the love at first site and we had sex on the first date and now we’ve been together 5, 10, 15, 20+ years and the only thing I can think in response is, Mm…anytime I’ve had sex on the first day I didn’t get a phone call the next day. Doesn’t matter if we had been texting weeks prior to said first date. Again I ask, what am I doing wrong?

Recently I’ve met a super cool guy. We talked for weekends through the phone before we even had our first day. Then we had a second dinner date, and spend the 4th together for our third and now I’m beginning to let past heartbreak confuse and bewilder me. If I don’t get a text back right away I’m nervous. I start to second guess myself…am I texting too much, is this the same amount of texts I was sending before, is he bored of me already? Yes I’m a head case and neurotic. I can’t help it…I have anxiety and it seems to skyrocket when beginning a new relationship (is it even a relationship, does 3 dates a relationship make). So are there really soul-mates and if so where the hell is mine?

Author Interview – E LR Jones

The Discovery of Me banner4th up today is author E LR Jones…Amazing lady and very talented.

Interview – E LR Jones

Describe yourself in five words? Eclectic, Genuine, Romantic, Nurturing, Giving

Who do people say you look like? Queen Latifah

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? Tamera Mowry…Ha!

What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Poetry. A Life in “E” motion (already a book)

What are you addicted to? So You Think You Can Dance, Scandal and a fantastic read!

What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right?

What’s your greatest character strength? My overwhelming well of optimism that I draw from. I wake up every morning with one thought in mind: “It’s a new day!”

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to live in Italy. I have always had a fascination with the area and just believe it would be so wonderful to live there.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

What’s your favorite meal? My favorite meal would include lasagna, strawberry or peach topped cheesecake and a bottle of wine.

What color represents your personality the most? Orange because of how bright and eye catching it is.

How often do you write? And when do you write? I think on average I write at least once a day. I don’t try to force it. If it’s forced then it’s not genuine. I write when the inspiration hits me. I have ideas and stories going all the time. I carry three notebooks on me at all times. Scenes come to me and i have to get them on a page. Each story gets their own time.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule? I love this idea but there is no scheduled time for me to write. I have times where I have set aside for this but I refuse to make a story develop. The story I am telling comes in its own time. I don’t put it in a neat little box of Mon. through Fri. five to nine in the evening. Inspiration can hit me at two in the morning. I get up, write out or type up the scene then go back to bed.

 

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Author Interview – Samantha Jacobey

Third author up today is Samantha Jacobey

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Samantha Jacobey is a middle aged woman who earned a BS in Business Management and has worked in half a dozen fields. With a relentless zest for life, she enjoys action and adventure, as well as all the love and romance it has to offer. Creating stories in her mind for many years, she has put some of them into print for the world to share, and hopes you will enjoy reading them as much as she did creating them. What drives her most is the love of a good story and is confident you will enjoy her latest creation.

Interview – Samantha Jacobey

What makes you happiest? Connecting with people brings me an immense amount of joy – and I’m not just talking about building deep long lasting relationships. I’m talking about meeting people, and sharing a period of time talking, getting to know one another and maybe even working towards some goal or purpose, whether it be for an hour, for a day, for a school year, or a lifetime.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My sons and now my granddaughter. I have 4 boys, all of whom I am very proud of as individuals. They are all very different, and take after me, but they are not me. We have things that we can get together and do, activities and common interests that we enjoy, and they are all off to a great start in their own lives, and I am very happy and proud to be their mother.

What other jobs have you had in your life? I actually wrote a blog post about this, and realized later that I left some out… I have been a nursery worker, fast food employee, delivered flowers, did interior decorating, floral arranging, worked in clothing / shoes retail (was a manager there too), dollar store retail (manager there too), medical field billing/collections/ management, secretary / pa, newspaper delivery driver (OMG was that fun!!!), payroll clerk, accounts payable/accounts receivable clerk, bookkeeper, auditor, and high school science teacher…. And I am sure I am still leaving something out…

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to live on a beach… It has always been my dream… It would need to be a warm and sunny place, because I know there are beaches that are not, and I would need to own part of the shoreline or have access to it readily available so that I could go out and sit under my umbrella and just… be there.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? I have always been on the lower end of sleep necessity, and until recent years was more of a night owl, staying up until midnight or later. Now, I tend to go to bed around 10 pm, and get up somewhere between 3 and 5 (I don’t have to set an alarm, it just happens) depending on how badly the story wants to get out of my head (most of my books were written in the middle of the night)

What’s your favorite meal? Mexican doesn’t count as a meal, but that’s ok because I will eat about 95% of it – love love love… I didn’t even like black pepper when I was a kid because it was too spicy, but when I was pregnant with my second son, something happened to me and I have craved fire ever since.

What movie do you love to watch? Do you have a minute? I have built movie collections three times in my life, and both times I got divorced, I lost half… haha!!! Of course, I have rebuilt and have over 400 titles on my shelves, complete with a color cataloguing system and a rolodex for the card catalogue… my top ten favorites – in no particular order would be….

Shrek (all count as 1 in my book)

Star Trek (new or old are great, undiscovered country is pick of the litter, but the two newest ones put me in awe)

Everafter

Sense and sensibility

X-men (again, all count equal)

Megamind

Despicable me (both)

Lord of the Rings / Hobbit (all are great)

Die Hard (all but the last one, it blew)

Fast and Furious Movies (all but Tokyo drift)

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I love wild places, and used to dream about living in the old west, before technology spoiled everything… My favorite vacations involve water, such as a lake, a fishing pole, and some sort of camp site, from a sleeping bag on the ground up to a rustic cabin – the key is, it needs to be secluded and away from other people

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. What I can tell you about it is that I am a bookaholic, and there are over 50 on my nook with the kindle ap… that I have not read. I guess I should say… I don’t count any more. I love STORIES, whether they be in a book or a movie, or listening to someone talk. The last book that I straight up purchased was The Button Man, by Wayne Dupriest, and it is about a serial killer (I have not read it, but I have been dying to get it for months and can’t wait to read it!!!)

Why do you write? I write because this story is in there, and MUST come out. I have been working on it for about 25 years, and it is about as good as I can make it. The time has come, and the thing I want to do most before I die is to share it with the world.

Is writing a gift or a curse? I think it is a gift. I have a son, my little one, who makes things up. I used to do this when I was a kid, and I got busted so many times, just flat out making things up to have a story to tell. I get on to him about this, because no one likes to be around someone who is a liar, and I am trying really hard to teach him that it’s ok to have an imagination and to love to create these alternate realities… but to remember that there is a time and a place for those things… he is working on his first novel this summer, and I am so proud

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not at all, I love my stories, I love to talk about my stories, and the hard part is not boring everyone to death by blabbing about them continually

Do you plan to publish more books? Yes, I do. All 7 books in The New Life Series are completed, with 4 released and 3 more that will be out by next March. In the fall, I will start writing on a brand new series that I have been outlining. I say writing, but I am sure it will spend a few months in the daydream stage, and once I am confident with how it goes, I will let it out onto the page…

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Captive – A New Life Novel… To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering?

 

Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairy tale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.

 

After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth… there is always a price to be paid.

Bound – A New Life Novel… Raised by bikers and held by the FBI, Tori Farrell has literally walked over dead men to get to where she is today.

 

When she broke the ties to her dark and twisted life with the Dragons, she thought it would give her a fresh start and a chance to live a normal life. However, she soon discovered the demons from her past have no desire to let her go.

 

Bound to a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori takes things day by day, working to move forward and to face her own addictions. With her true identity a mystery and no family to turn to, she must learn to accept the love and support of those around her. When a mysterious and charismatic man walks into Tori’s life, she believes she’s finally found someone who wants her for who she is. But sometimes danger doesn’t hide cloaked in darkness…it comes out into the light of day in the form of a smooth talking bad boy who appears to be everything you’ve been looking for, but is really the one thing you should be running from…

Entwined – A New Life Novel… Nothing is more cruel then getting a taste of something you’ve fought hard to reach, only to have it ripped away, sending your world into a tailspin.

 

Tori wants to put the past behind her, but it’s a daunting task when you have the FBI trying to force you back into the life you’ve escaped. When she gets a visit from a ghost out of her past, it could be the leverage they need to do exactly that – put her back into the game of murder and deceit.

 

Tori decides to run, in an attempt to protect her new friends, by fleeing from LA. Wanting a place to call home and feel safe from the madness, she sets out with a plan to disappear and hide in anonymity. Her plan only holds one flaw – a man she can’t shake, who won’t take no for an answer. Who is this mysterious stranger and what does he want from her? Tori will soon discover that getting a new life means she must first lay to rest the demons of her past.

 

 

Exposed – A New Life Novel… When seduction and danger are all you’ve ever known, can you ever truly leave it behind?

 

When Tori walked away from a life of crime, she set forth on a path of redemption and discovery. She found a man to call her own, and a life she would give anything to keep. But love and life aren’t always beautiful or kind…sometimes they are painful and traitorous.

 

For years, Tori’s drug of choice was alcohol, but through hard work and self-determination she had learned to exist without it. Suddenly faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the world she left behind, she finds herself once again lost in a dark world filled with sex, drugs and murder. She thought that a life of normalcy is what she wanted most, but when she gets a small taste of the dangerous life she once lived, she is forced to face the fact… not all of the demons are found on the outside.

 

 

 

Indelible – A New Life Novel… What do you do if you discover the life you’re living isn’t the one you were meant to have?

 

Tori Farrell’s path has been a long one. She was raised by a Motorcycle Gang called the Dragons, trained as an assassin, and lived by the sword in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. She made her escape, and even successfully thwarted a second attempt to draw her back in.

 

Returning to her safe new life, Tori faces unforeseen challenges, as the discovery of her Rock Star relation, Brian Madson, gives way to the desire to have the life she was born to live. Haunted by fear, and caught in a fierce battle between her husband and brother, she must learn to accept her dark past and face her future boldly. The FBI and The Organization still linger in the shadows, and time is creeping forward, pushing her to choose. Which path will she take, and where will it lead, when she is forced to decide between destiny and fate…

 

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Author Interview – Rhys Christopher Ethan

Our second author today is Rhys Christopher Ethan….

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Rhys Christopher Ethan is by no means a scientist, but he is an

architect of his own fantasy worlds; an illustrator of emotional and

multi-dimensional characters; a doctor of creativity and inspiration

and a chemist of genres; mixing two or more, to find the perfect

fit for his creations. He lives in a small, dusty lab he calls Home

in London and works hard to bring his experiments out into the

world. His companions (for now) are his pet-Laptop and his coffee-
Booster and a bunch of notes, digitized and paper-wise. He voices

his obsessions on his website http://www.rcethan.com, rants on twitter

@Rhys_Ethan shares messages on facebook.com/rcethan1 and

pins his muses on pinterest.com/rcethan. You can contact him at

rhysethan@hotmail.co.uk, or if you’re telepathic, he will probably

meet you in your dreams.

My links

Website: http://rcethan.com

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/rcethan

Facebook: http://facebook.com/rcethan1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Rhys_Ethan

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rcethan

Buy Links

Snow White & the Poisoned Apple (Queerky Tales)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158832

The Little Mermaid & the Dry Lands (Queerky Tales 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Queerky-Tales-Little-Mermaid-ebook/dp/

B00AND5XBA/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/295947

Sleeping Beauty & the Magic Curse (Queerky Tales 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Queerky-Tales-Sleeping-Beauty-ebook/

dp/B00BJ5ZTQK/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/287933

Cinderella & the Fairy Secret (Queerky Tales 4)

http://www.amazon.com/Queerky-Tales-Cinderella-Fairy-Secret-

ebook/dp/B00KGG1CUK/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/441323

 

Interview – Rhys Christoper Ethan

Describe yourself in five words?

Creative, chaotic, disorganized, resourceful, multi-mixer

Who do people say you look like?

Fabregas. Cesc Fabregas. Yes, the Chelsea footballer guy. And yes it IS me and

I’ve thrown away the millions for a life as struggling author. I’m that crazy.

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire?

Hmmm…First actor that comes to mind is Hugh Jackman for some reason, which is

like fire and water. Like, that opposite from reality, so I’ll go with…Andrew Garfield.

Yeah, more like it.

What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions

are bang on right?

That I’m a very calm person. That’s a wrong assumption. I just have the patience

of a tiger. I will circle round and round ‘til I launch my attack. The right assumption?

That I’m a freak. And I <3 it.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I just cry it out and let it go. I also think of meeting my younger self with all of his

dreams and hopes and how proud he would be of how far “we”’ve come and that

does the trick. Usually.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

Thank you for giving us all you got and helping us dream and hope.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I’ve been a bell-boy, a waiter, a barman, a pancake-maker and a babysitter.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

I’ve already done my Bachelor Degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature. But

I would love to study Egyptology and History. Maybe some day.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

Write, act, sleep, repeat.

What would you love to produce in your life?

An infinity of written work and an infinite number of good movies/tv shows.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?

To write and create.

How important are friends in your life?

Yes. They are or can be your chosen family. They pick me up and pull me down.

They are my everything.

What does love mean to you?

A lot of pain in hopes of some magic.

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.

The Fault in Our Stars. Ugliest cry-fest E-V-E-R.

The Professional questions

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not to. Because I would probably be in a psych-ward if I didn’t.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Well, there are times I wanna punch my face and tell me to quit, but it’s all part of the

process. No, really. Ask anyone.

What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like)

I’ve written a lot of stuff, most unpublished, but I’m proudest of my newest baby,

Blood & Roses. A Sci-Fi serial that’s coming out on 25th July. Until then you can add it on Goodreads http://goo.gl/uaOb55

What books did you love growing up?

The Harry Potter series, the Artemis Fowl series, the Power of Five series, His Dark

Materials series, the Promises of Dr. Sigmundus series.

Who is your favorite author?

Anthony Horowitz. Word!

What book should everybody read at least once?

Any that will take them on a journey away from reality. Read some fantasy just once

in your life to know what magic is

How did you develop your writing?

I wrote, I wrote, I wrote. I also read a lot. And wrote.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing is THE HARDEST PART. No, for real. It’s what makes bestsellers.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

They are surprisngly supportive lately considering I have no job, yet spend so much

on my books.

Do you plan to publish more books?

Oh get ready to fill up an entire bookcase with just my books.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be

full time…

I now am a graphic designer and babysit.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I usually write on the laptop at bed or at a coffeehouse. Usually naked. Right ladies?

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

My street team for being there, and a bunch of other people who I will not name

because I will forget someone and will have to deal with the bloodbath. You know

who you are and now that I know you, I can’t do it without you.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does

success in writing look like to you?

Being able to support myself from writing. And my work being recognised.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

My newest book Blood & Roses: A Sci-Fi Adventure was born out of three words

my friend gave me to write a short story. The short story was so succesful with him,

that I decided to develop it and from there on it took a shape of its own. It’s about

an innocent little girl thrown in the center of a politically corupt galaxy and amidst a

brewing war she has to learn how to fight for herself. It’s a coming of age story, but

it’s also a self-discovery story. She’s a character searching for home, wherever that

may be.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

Who said I ever relax? Relax. What is that?

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make

them feel?

I hope they’re taken to other worlds and other times and escape for a little while, until

the next escape.

What’s your next project?

After the sci-fi serial is out of the way (4 episodes), I’m writing a paranormal novel/lla

and the Queerky retelling of Beauty & the Beast (for my Queerky Tales series).

 

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EXCERPT

My temples are palpitating and my stomach feels empty of air. My head is bobbed to my left, my cheek brushing my shoulder. I try to open my eyes, but my eyelids are sewn together and I start to think that they’ve blinded me. With a little more effort I manage to get them open. My tears must have dried while I was unconscious.

I don’t recognize any of my surroundings. Everything is made of metal. My body feels sore, but is strapped on a cushioned seat fixed on the wall. I see another seat across me, but it is empty. I crane my neck to my right and a pain shoots through my spine as I do. What the hell did they do to me?

I grunt the pain off me and get a view I’ve never seen before in my entire life.

There is an arch leading to a cockpit. Two men, dressed in military uniforms, stand in front of machines that are shaped like tables, with a leveled surface flashing with buttons in all shades. There is a persistent beeping sound, although its source is unknown to me.

It’s not the men, or the technology that fascinate me, however. It’s the view beyond the glass pane. Space. The stars clearer than ever. And rocks of planets my eyes have never set eyes upon. I’m not in Artemis anymore.

The pain soothes all over my body, but my stomach still feels sick and taut. A blast of chill travels up my legs giving me the shivers. I’m still barefoot. I hope they give me shoes at some point. I’m weak and hungry. I’m cold and dizzy. The amount of ichor I consumed yesterday was irrelevant when my body is shutting down. My grief isn’t helping the situation either.

My grief!

I remember Mam, lying still on the ground, right outside our burning house, her blue-tinted robe molested by the rapid attack of her own blood.

What would happen to her now? Did the sergeant take her with him, to deliver proof of his failed mission, or did they let her body burn along with everything that I called home?

I miss her already. I never had anyone else in my life, but her. My Pa died when I was far too young, along with everyone else on our planet. Would I even see my planet ever again? How am I going to survive without Mam‘s porridge cookies and milk-endowed rice? How am I supposed to live without her stories of a past much greater than the misery of the present? How am I gonna go on without her caress before bedtime?

I find myself unable to breathe. My lungs are squeezed shut for an instant and the oxygen is trapped inside. I inhale and inhale and inhale. The air just doesn’t come in. I’m suffocating. I want to punch-start my chest back to function, but my hands are tied to my sides. I pant. I’m squeal. I can’t breathe. My nostrils expand. I try. I try to survive. I won’t. Not without Mam. Not without her. My eyes splatter my knees with lukewarm tears and my panting turns into a sob. A monstrous lamentation I cannot tame.

A man appears to my left. He appears from nowhere. I don’t know where he came from. I don’t have the energy to lift my head and see his face, but he’s not Sergeant Efestus. I would recognize the killer’s composure anywhere.

“Careful, agap. Someone might take that sniffing for talk and put a bullet through your head,” he tells me and I’m finally able to raise my eyes.

 

From Harvest: Episode 1.1

(Blood & Roses: A Sci-Fi Adventure)

Author Interview – Cristy Rey

Up first today is my Moon Twin Cristy Rey…her Incarnate Series and Women’s Fiction works are very good. I’m waiting on the next thing she writes very impatiently :)

Author Bio

Cristy

Cristy Rey is the author of the romantic urban fantasy Incarnate series. The first book, Taking

Back Sunday, and a short prequel novelette, Edge of Seventeen, are available now at online

retailers. She also writes and publishes unconventional romantic women’s fiction. Her first

standalone, Weeping Angels, is available now, and her second, Heart Grow Fonder, will be out

in winter 2014/2015.

Cristy lives in Miami, FL where she is a reader and writer most of the time, and a knitter much

less of the time than she was six months before she took up writing again. She writes the books

that she likes to read. She describes her writing style as riot grrrl Jane Austen sprinkled with a

little magic. There’s always a killer soundtrack running in the background of her novels – all you

need to do is turn to the playlist to know what’s up.

Find Cristy Rey Online

• Cristy’s website http://www.cristyrey.com

• Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cristywrites

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Interview – Cristy Rey

Describe yourself in five words?

Coffee-addicted ostrich human hybrid.

Who do people say you look like?

Marissa Tomei. I don’t see it, but there it is. Also, Jeanette the Chipette, which I do see. I even dressed up like her on a Halloween. DIY costume FTW.

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire?

If I could hire *anyone*, it would be Judy Greer. But I’m pretty sure I’d get saddled with Katherine Heigl.

What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story?

I’d like to think that my life would be a 1920’s period murder mystery. I want to solve murders…on trains, especially…and in fancy hats, most especially. But I don’t know.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I’m a boring old knitting cat lady.

What are you addicted to?

Coffee and cigarettes.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I plan.

What scares you the most?

Tiny frogs. Miniscule frogs. I know, logically, that what I’m about to say absolutely is NOT true, but it totally doesn’t matter: Little frogs can get inside of you. They can spring out of nowhere and then enter your body through your orifices. Then, they can harvest frog eggs inside of your body. That is what I fear.

What makes you happiest?

I don’t know. I’m easily entertained. When I am entertained, I become engaged. When I become engaged, I get passionate. When I get passionate, I become happy. In short, I am easily happy-ed.

What’s your greatest character strength?

I am compassionate and empathetic. It has always been in my nature to just care, really care about things and people. I care unconditionally.

What’s your weakest character trait?

If I could only commit to working out…

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

Bah, I’m proud of everything. I’ve worked really hard for everything I have. I’m proud of my character. I’m proud of the company I keep. I’m proud that I can *still* recite the entire script of “Wayne’s World.”

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

She had hair like a lion. She smoked and cussed like a sailor. She didn’t meet a stray she didn’t love. At the end of the day, she was a really good kid and people liked her. Anyway, she believes she’ll be back. Just like the Terminator.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

I was a telemarketer for a hot minute. I think I lasted three hours. I was also Hello Kitty’s pimp TRUE STORY.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?

If I could get a luxury PhD, I would get one in Religious Studies. I’d study American New Religious Movements.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I want to live on the coast, by the cliff of a rocky shore with waves crashing. I want to open my eyes every morning, look out my bedroom window, and see a lighthouse first thing.

Tell us about your family?

I have the family I was born into and the family I created. All of us are pretty amazing.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

I want catnaps. All day long catnaps.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

I think I’d like to just jive with Hemingway for a night. Think Midnight in Paris. That’s, like, a dream I once had. Lasted throughout high school and college.

What’s your favorite meal?

Every year, for our anniversary, my other and I go out to the place we had our first date. It’s an Indian restaurant. Anyway, that is my favorite meal.

What color represents your personality the most?

Orange. Duh.

What movie do you love to watch?

Movies are my life. I can’t answer this question.

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

Social media is a great way to connect with people you otherwise wouldn’t have connected with. It gives you a reach that you wouldn’t have otherwise had. That said, it’s isolating. It’s tragic that we live our lives on some quasi-public spectrum 24/7 even when we’re not actively “online.” Questions of identity come to mind: Who are you? Who do you portray yourself to be? Does that manufactured projection match your interior life? Does it match the “real you” that others would have perceived without your intervention? It’s a complicated relationship – ours with social media, I mean. The saddest thing is that people, as without the intermediary of the Internet, are generally not self-aware. They can’t see the forest for the trees and, now, because we’re living in the Me Digital Age, they are both the forest and the trees. It’s going to be amazing to see what the future holds.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

I literally have my dream job: I am a librarian.

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?

I am passionate about intellectual and social engagement. I engage in debate for fun. That doesn’t mean I seek conflict. I’m conflict-averse, to a fault; but I enjoy lively discussion and conversation. But it’s a quid pro quo thing with me. If I don’t sense a mind that loves to learn, then I won’t engage. So, I guess, in the end, I am passionate about discourse that furthers my intellect and my humanity.

What makes you angry?

Social injustice, distrust of science, and willful ignorance.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life?

I have so many that I don’t even bother remembering them anymore.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

I’m urban. All the way.

What would you love to produce in your life?

A child. Or a vegetable garden that doesn’t freakin’ die. You know, one or the other

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?

My life is a coincidence of genetics and natural selection. There isn’t some great mystery about The Meaning of Life for me to uncover. That’s why it’s so important that I give meaning to my own life and make sure that, at the end of it, I was proud of every second of my experience of humanity. So far, I am. I’m a really good human.

Do you know your neighbors?

Yep. Michael and Ehle. I don’t know the rest, though. Which I find kind of tragic.

How important are friends in your life?

My friends are my family.

How many friends does a person need?

This is a silly question. You don’t need any. You just need to be a good one to as many people as possible and hope that you get what you give in return.

What does love mean to you?

Love means nothing without compassion. That is what love means to me.

What social issues interest you the most?

I don’t want to answer this question. I am socially active. I advocate for a lot of things.

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about?

I’ve spent a lot of my life reading the greats, thinking big thoughts, learning grand ideas, and changing my own world (and hopefully others’ worlds) one book at a time…so it, eventually, got to the point where I just want to read plot-heavy books, sometimes with steamy love scenes, and that don’t make me think too hard. That said, I get into “moods” and decide I need to become an expert in some things. Depends on what’s going on, I guess. Lately, I just wish I had time to read something other than drafts of my own [many] books in pre-publication.

Who do you admire?

I admire Kathleen Hanna. If you don’t know who she is, you should probably Google her. I also admire Neil Gaiman and Zoe Keating.

The Professional questions

Why do you write?

I don’t really know why. I just always have. What else is a daydreamer supposed to do?

What motivates you to write?

I like when people get excited about my stories and characters. That, more than anything, motivates me to write more. The next book. The one after that. The one after that. They each come from someone telling me, “I can’t wait to read the next thing you do.”

What books did you love growing up?

I loved Nancy Drew and Baby-sitter’s Club Books when I was really young. My favorite childhood novel was Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. By middle school, I was all up in Christopher Pike and RL Stine (Goosebumps was after my time, I mean his other work), and that generation’s paperback young reader gory horror and thriller. I loved those. I still do. As much as I write supernatural stories with Incarnate, what really calls to me is that campy high school blood and guts slasher thriller. I remember SOBBING while I read some of those from how powerful those emotions were. Those are my earliest literary heroes. After that, it was all high-falutin’ literary fiction and classics.

Who is your favorite author?

I have read too much of too many fantastic authors to pick just one. I think that, easily, some of my favorites are: Neil Gaiman, Thomas Pynchon, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, John Krakauer, Elmore Leonard, MLN Hanover, Heather Graham, Alan Moore, Charles Bukowski, Christopher Pike and RL Stine, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs….I mean, at this point I have to stop because I just can’t go on.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I was born and raised in Miami, FL to Cuban exiles who came to the States when they were young. When I tell people that Miami is its own country, they don’t really understand what that means. We are. Down here, we’re nothing like anywhere else in the world. I am a woman from a minority culture and I live in the only place in the US where the minority enjoys majority privilege. I am surrounded by such diversity on such a daily, ever present level that I don’t feel comfortable in places where I’m not surrounded by such diversity. I think that, in my novels, I project that world onto the pages. A lot of my novels are about people who are from here, people, like me, that don’t fit into a mold, yet find comfort in the colorful landscape that is my immediate surrounding environment. A lot of people hate it here, and I get that. Particularly people who are into what I’m into: low-brow and indie art and culture, high-brow and classical art and culture, feminists, social progressives, intellectuals, etc. But I don’t see the point in rejecting the surrounding when, in this one place, I experience more of the world than most people do…and I don’t have to go farther than a mile to be in a whole new version of it.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

I publish for my friends and family. I don’t do it out of some great mission to be a famous author or to even be an author at all. I’m happy writing and not publishing. But I work to make them proud. My whole life, I’ve been surrounded by a mass of people who want big things for me. I almost feel like I’m doing them justice by giving them something to purchase and keep in their pockets. So, yeah, not only do they support me, they’re my reason for doing this at all.

Do you plan to publish more books?

Yes. I do. Have at least 5 ready to go and at least 3 additional ones in the works. 2014-2016 are going to be big years for me. If I choose to never write again, know that, by 2016, I’ll have published quite a canon.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…

I am a librarian.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I write on laptop at home and I write on desktop at work. I type faster than I handwrite and I have a lot of gusto when I get going.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

My barometer of success is extremely conservative. The fact that I’m learning both a craft (writing) and an industry (publishing) on the daily makes this already a success. Success, for me, comes from my level of engagement in the process and, right now, I’m engaged. I have fun with it from the writing to the publishing. There are lots of people for whom sales and dollar signs or widespread mainstream publicity are markers of “success,” but I’m much more grounded in reality. I am one of millions – literally – and, for as smart and skilled and personable as I am, I am just one of millions. My books can be the best (they are not), but I’d still be one of those. The only true happiness comes from self-awareness, awareness of your surroundings, and accepting that you set your own standards. That’s what I’ve done. It’s what I always do. Never stop reaching for the stars, but never forget that there’s plenty of stuff to celebrate between the ground floor and the penthouse.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

My friend died. I was at her funeral and I was writing something else…when it hit me that I had left her. I had left her years ago when she, my sister’s ex, refused to get sober. Her funeral hit me hard. The observations therein struck me as something that I couldn’t let go, that I wouldn’t let go. She is not my first friend to die young, nor will she be the last, but it’s like her death marked something special passing. Anyway, I got home that night and immediately got to writing. I created a sister for her and I told her sister’s story. Then I created an old childhood friend of hers and I told his story. I learned what it’s like to mourn someone twice and I wanted to share that. It’s a hard story to tell, but I think I did right by it. Or, at least, I think I did right by my sister and the real life Iris. She would have been proud of me. Really really proud.

How often do you write? And when do you write?

Right now, I’m revising which is a bit of editing and a bit of writing. When I write, I marathon write. I write whole books in the matter of days. How often I do depends on my mood and my available time. Lately, I’m having to force myself away from other duties like marketing and the like so that I can focus on my writing.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?

Ah, I have schedules. I have agendas. I plan and I plan to plan. But those are mostly for publication – things that are already in the line to get beta read, edited, formatted, etc. For writing, it’s tougher. Sometimes, I get taken in a whole different direction than what I should be working on.

Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?

I have met some wonderful people that have guided me and walked beside me. Bella Roccaforte, Shakuita Johnson, Trudy Stiles, Katie Mac, NL Hoffmann…I could go on. Whether you know those names or not, they’re people who are out there are have the good stuff. They are the good stuff. I can’t get enough of them.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

My writing is my own. I write characters that are real to me. They are people I know and they are people that have sprung from my imagination. My friends read my characters and they immediately recognize them as one of us. But I know a lot of people aren’t familiar with my world. So, what I hope, is that people get a glimpse into a reality that’s diverse, a little different, and a little unconventional, but that they can still appreciate as real. It’s fun when you write a conversation you’ve had before and others read it and love it. They think “Oh, she’s so clever,” but, really, that’s what’s happened in my life. Right now, I’m having those conversations. I’m seeing those things. They’re happening just outside your periphery, but they’re real.

How do you think people perceive writers?

People perceive writers as smart. It comes from the notion of the printed word being some intellectual effort and an effort that, in order to have achieved, one must have passed through various “gates,” or tests. It’s an accomplishment; therefore, people who aren’t published look at those who are as though they’re accomplished. In a way, that’s merited. In another, though, it’s not. When anyone can be published – and everyone is published, by the way, because the Internet (i.e. your Facebook profile, your blog or website, your comment on an online news article) – then it’s not so much an accomplishment to just be published. You need to work to stand out. Your work needs to merit your status, I guess. Anyway, I’d hope that’s the case.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

I have a horse in this race, right? I’m a self-published author. I think that it’s great in that it’s allowed me, personally, to overcome hurdles of a trillion proposal query letters and endless waiting for someone to pick me up if they ever pick me up. I’m an active person and I like to participate. Self-publishing has given me the opportunity to learn a new skill: business management and, in specific, publishing business management. So I like that too. I think, though, there are drawbacks to its popularity but, again, I have a horse in this race. If there are a lot of self-published books then there’s more opportunity for people who don’t learn the business to get hoodwinked and scammed, there’s more fiscal risk in that we spend money to produce content in an oversaturated market thereby lowering our potential return, and the like. In the end, I think I’ll keep it up. The good thing is that I control my own writing career so, if one day I decide to let it go, I can. That is a comfort to me.

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Author Interview – Amber Morant

The 4th author up today is Amber Morant.

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Bio: Amber Morant lives in the “quiet” town of Springfield, Ohio. She is a mother of one and wife for 3 years. She is the author of the Kalla Series and an avid fan of all subjects related to fantasy and the occult. Since a young age she has studied different religions all over the world and read different young adult books which influenced her over the years for her own writing. She has also written different flash fiction works which can be found on her Tumblr and Wattpad account.

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Interview – Amber Morant

What are you addicted to?

I’m addicted to caffeine. Actually, when I was a few years younger and felt the world revolved around me I drank a bottle of “Bawls” energy drink (you know the one with like 90% caffeine) and literally a few minutes after I passed out. It was then that I realized I had to go a little cold turkey and stop drinking so much. So now I have maybe a bottle of soda every two days instead of a 2 liter every two days.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

Ok this will sound cheesy but I’m most proud of my son and my capability of self-control with him. He was born back in February of 2014 and was super adorable from the day he was born until now. He’s been a really smart kid and advancing in his developments far quicker than doctors expected of him. He’s my pride and joy and honestly love showing him off to people. Then again he loves showing off and seeing people anyways.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

Well, back when I was 17 I enlisted into the US Army Reserves as a “computer geek” basically. For a few years that was my only job until my parents opened their pizzeria and I got a job there. Working as a waitress you would think would be horrid but for me meeting different people and seeing how they interact is probably the best way for me to create new characters constantly.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

Honestly I would love to just be a full time writer and make a living off of it. That’s what I really love doing and it would give me a chance to plan vacations around my schedule and my husband’s since I would just bring a laptop to keep working sometimes. For me to create new stories is the best job in the world.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

I was born in a small city so definitely can say I’m more a city girl, but I do have some roots in the country. Of course they’re nowhere near an ability to survive. I get squeamish just thinking of bugs still.

 

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.

My last book was actually “Dancing with Dragons” by DJ Conway. I have an entire shelf dedicated to all things dragon in my house from books on dragons to statues. Seeing his book with the amazing art dawn in and the idea of conjuring dragons through magic just amazes me.

Why do you write?

A lot of times it’s for release of stress. Ever since I was a teenager I wrote on my personal inner demons. Actually one of my stories I looked back on and it was just really dark and depressing. Though now I also write to inspire others to write and read more books out there.

What books did you love growing up?

I loved the Harry Potter books. It was actually what got me to write back then and all I wrote was fanfiction based off of the books. Besides that I love the Goosebumps series. I think I read almost all of them at least twice. I was just a little bookworm back then and spent more time reading compared to doing anything else.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is and always will be JK Rowling. Her books and life were just really inspirational for me as a person and as a writer.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Showers. Lots of showers. If I could bring my laptop into my shower with me I’d probably pump out the next “Great Gatsby” with enough time. Someone invent a waterproof laptop for me!

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Extremely! Even when it’s up on shelves I’m terrified when someone looks at it. I’m always scared someone will just tell me I’m crap and will never equate to anything.

Do you plan to publish more books?

I plan to continue to publish books until my readership just tells me to stop and I’ll continue writing even then. I’ll be like King with all the books he has out that could fill a library on its own.

 

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?

My husband likes to say he’s my support but honestly all he likes to do is try to mimic what I’m writing or just make me feel awkward as I’m writing. If anything my friend, Tiffany, has been the best support. I’ve found myself down in the dumps on writing and she’s found ways to cheer me up and keep me going. Though she’s only an aspiring writer right now but I have faith she can one day get her books out there too.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

What I’d like to say is being able to survive off of the money from the books. Instead it’s more so when you have strangers telling you they enjoy your writing or its impacted them in some way. It could be the only reader you ever hear from or they could be the only positive voice but that’s what makes it a success when you touch at least one individual.

What’s your next project?

Once the Kalla series is over with I plan to work on my novel series “Succession of Narishma” which is a medieval epic fantasy. Originally it was aimed at young adults but I think it’s going to turn out to be a little darker and be more suited for the older young adults and new adults. I really am excited to get back to it too.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

Go ahead and self-publish all you want! All I ask is don’t have your friends be the only ones to edit your book and don’t design your cover yourself. Seriously it looks bad and makes self-published writers look bad as well. Though definitely try to get an agent or get a publisher first before becoming self-published. It’s definitely a lot less work on your part and very little money out of your pocket.

Kalla and the Abyss

Title of Book: Kalla and the Abyss

Synopsis:

Kalla is a young woman with no memory of her past and only a bleak future in front of her. She spends her nights in a tiny cell with a lone window she can barely reach and spends her days with three people she calls the Witches and a scientist who loves to torture her named Thales Mercer.

What is so special about Kalla? She is a tech, a type of person born with a malfunction in the brain that alters the way things affect them. Her ability? Cryotech, the ability to control the heat (or lack thereof) around her. At the time she doesn’t understand her gift but as she discovers more who are similar to her in the organization Myst she begins to train and perfect her ability.

However, she is still stuck in her current prison and has to escape. Will the Myst be there or she be trapped within the abyss of this hell forever?

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Author Interview – Angela Fattig

Our 3rd author for today is Angela Fattig…

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Angela Fattig spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.

In 1998, she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 15 years. In 1999, she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.

Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.

Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe.

 

Links

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Angela-Fattig?store=allproducts&keyword=Angela+Fattig

 

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Fattig/e/B00K0MRO2U

Where to find the Author:

 

Website: http://www.authorangelaf.webs.com

Blog: http://thewritingcraft01.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelaF_Author

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Interview – Angela Fattig

Describe yourself in five words? Creative, Inventive, Loving, Strange, Open Minded

Who do people say you look like? When I was young, it was Gloria Estefan. Now, no one has said…

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? Kathy Bates when she was younger

What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Drama with a Science Fiction Twist— ‘She Fought Back’

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? That I am very shy or maybe I am afraid of the dark

What are you addicted to? Books

What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? The wrong- That I’m selfish…. The right- I know when it is time to be a bitch and no one does it better than me…

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? A lot of crying and talking in the mirror

What scares you the most? Being alone

What makes you happiest? If you want honesty— I have never really been truly happy

What’s your greatest character strength? Creativity

What’s your weakest character trait? Self-Regulation

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My children

What do you hope your obituary will day about you? Here lies a woman who knew her worth and didn’t stop until she reached the top.

What other jobs have you had in your life? Customer Service, Telemarketing, Sales, Janitorial

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Psychology

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Maine

Tell us about your family? I have been in a relationship for almost 16 years. I have 2 beautiful daughters and 2 dogs.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 3 hours

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Stephen King, E L James, Poe, Giorgio Tsoukalos, Harrison Ford, John Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., and Larry The Cable Guy

What’s your favorite meal? Chinese

What color represents your personality the most? Purple

What movie do you love to watch? Until Fifty Shades of Grey is out— I would say 1408

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? Social Media Site is a two edge sword. They can either help or hurt a person.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do? I would love to be a PA to either Stephen King or E L James- Of course I would still write

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? The world in general. I am crazy about theories

What makes you angry? Close minded people

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? When my family and friends forgot my 16th birthday

Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I can survive either but I love the country

What would you love to produce in your life? I want to write/say just one thing that makes a person think, really think. I want to make them question their life and the world around them.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? I don’t think anyone really knows the answer to this question. We all have theories, but in the end they are just that, a theory. And I do LOVE a theory!

Do you know your neighbors? I tend to only leave the house once a month. So no, I really don’t know them.

How important are friends in your life? I do have a soft spot for humans, but all I really need is me. Friends are fine, but in the end, you are the only one who truly has your back.

How many friends does a person need? Maybe one

What does love mean to you? Communication, understanding, forgiveness, and acceptance. Love is what YOU make of it. Until you have this you will never truly be happy. “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.” Erich Fromm

What social issues interest you the most? Government Conspiracy

When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? Theories of any kind, Most any genres

Do you find the time to read? Find the time? NO—Make the time? YES! In order to be a good Author you must first be a good reader

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. The Spotlight Series by JS Taylor—It was amazing! There is a woman who has demons, but doesn’t realize it until a beautifully screwed up movie producer helps her overcome them in the process frees himself. It is the perfect read after Fifty Shades of Grey!

Who do you admire? I admire Authors in general. However, I most admire the indy authors. They put themselves out there on their own.

The Professional questions

Why do you write? I find it to be a way to escape reality. While most use drugs or drink, I write. I also feel I have something to give the world and the only way I can do that is to write.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, ever since I was 9 yrs. old

What motivates you to write? Life… All my books so far are Fiction. However, I try to inject truth, reality into it.

What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like) My Invasion Trilogy- http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Fattig/e/B00K0MRO2U

What books did you love growing up? Anything by Stephen King, R L Stine, anything Harlequin Romance

Who is your favorite author? That is a toss-up between Stephen King, E L James, and Poe

What book genre of books do you adore? Any type of Romance. Science Fiction is a strong second.

Is writing a gift or a curse? Both. While I truly enjoy it there are times my mind will not shut down. When I am writing I feel like I am neglecting my family. When I’m with my family I feel like I am neglecting the people I give birth to. I don’t create characters, but real people. My “people” are me and I am them.

What book should everybody read at least once? Fifty Shades of Grey—No not for the sex, but rather for the story line. I have seen it all too often in real life.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? You may find this funny, but I don’t care for shape-shifters. Yes, I know I am writing The Incubi Series and I loved Twilight, but they really don’t so it for me. Although, I highly respect all who do read and write them. (Did I just kill my career before I started?)

How did you develop your writing? On my own. I did great in English class with very little help. I have also taken a few English/Writing college classes and was placed on the Dean’s List!

Where do you get your inspiration from? Life, television, theories, and dreams.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Writing- Writing “The End” is bittersweet

What marketing works for you? Ads on Facebook, Twitter, and my Street Team.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Yes! My first book We Are Not Alone Book 1 Invasion Trilogy almost didn’t happen.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Yes, to both.

Do you plan to publish more books? Hell yes! Right now I have a total of 15 books waiting to be written and I’m sure before the night is out I will have more!

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… Right now I am full time. Jobs just do not exist where I live.

How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Notebook, Laptop, the living room and a TV tray is my office. I do dream of having a real office one day.

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? Cp Bialois and Jamie White have helped me from the start

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Cp Bialois, Jamie White, my Street Team, my Beta Readers, and everyone who has purchased my books!

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? I haven’t made it until Stephen King has written a script to one of my books and John Cusack has been cast to star in it!

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? Teasers, promos, reviews, and word of mouth.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? It is more than one book… Invasion Trilogy- “The Invasion is here and it is NOT what you think… In the pages of the Bible there are stories that no one really talks about…Those on television only theorize…What if an Alien Invasion happened? What if the Invasion didn’t come from outer space? What if it came from within the Bible? Would you be ready? Would you know what to do?”

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I love to read!

Do you have any tips on how writers can relax? Music is the path to the soul!

How often do you write? And when do you write? I write about 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going? Music.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I want them to experience all emotions and question the world around them.

What’s your next project? Right now I am finishing Her Hidden Desire Book 2 The Incubi Series. Next is Just… Breathe an Erotic Romance that is already 60% complete. Then on to two Science Fictions.

How do you feel about self-publishing? I tried a publisher but it didn’t work. I self-Publish now and love having all the control

Invasion Trilogy We Are Not Alone Book 1

Blurb

‘The world in 2044, filled with hate and corruption, finds that the ‘God’ of the Bible is not what He appears to be or is ‘He’.

 

Dr. Jay Winder, a man with a secret unknown to even him, alongside Dr. Mandi Stevens must work with a government he disagrees with in order to save the human race from extinction.

 

Faced with said extinction, he finds love in a burning world filled with rubble, ash, death, and betrayal.

 

Does he have the strength, and can he find the will to overcome his past and vanquish the enemy in time? Or will he allow his secret and the betrayal to cause their demise?’

 

 

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The Invasion is here and it is NOT what you think…

 

 

In the pages of the Bible there are stories that no one really talks about…

 

Those on television only theorize…

 

What if an Alien Invasion happened?

What if the Invasion didn’t come from outer space?

What if it came from within the Bible?

 

Would you be ready? Would you know what to do?

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Author Interview – Christa Cervone

Second up today we have author Christa Cervone

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Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.


Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes – Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, is releasing on July 22, 2014.


Christa also has several other novels in the works, with no release dates announced at this time.

FB — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christa-Cervone-Author/582898048419207?ref=hl

Twitter — @christacervone

Blog — http://authorchristacervone.blogspot.com/

  • Your buy links – wherever people can buy your work.

On the Ropes

Amazon US — http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOT5W20
Amazon UK — http://tinyurl.com/m8jawwn
B&N — http://tinyurl.com/o3mux9q

Broken

Amazon US — http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BLSD2KA

Amazon UK — http://tinyurl.com/nfmhc8h

B&N — http://tinyurl.com/q8lelfn

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On the Ropes –

***Author’s note*** This book is not recommended for readers under the age of eighteen, due to strong sexual content, language, child abuse, and drug reference. Also, this is the first book in a series.

A murderer’s child…A foster child…A troubled teen…Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was  spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything.

Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex.

Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn’t stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her.

Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he’s never known – love? Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn’t deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he’s gotten in his life.

Interview – Christa Cervone

If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? I would choose either Chelsea Handler or Jenny McCarthy. I love both of them. I think they’re both hilarious and both are authors as well. The best way I can explain my life and family is a cross between Rosanne, The Osbournes and the Munsters. That’s quite a visual isn’t it and I think Chelsea or Jenny could totally pull that off. As for a husband. . . . Adam Levine!

What are you addicted to? I think most of my fans already know this, but I’m addicted to Diet Coke. Every morning before I work I stop at my local Pride station and buy myself a large fountain soda. That first sip to me is like heaven. The best way for me to explain it is liquid heaven.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? Probably parenthood. Though, my kids drive me insane on a daily basis. I’m so proud of them. This past year has been especially trying with my oldest who is 15. He was diagnosed with ADD and had many struggles in school. I’m happy to say, he made it through the 8th grade.  

What’s your favorite meal? Cheeseburger and French fries. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like.

What movie do you love to watch? I’m a huge 80′s action movie fan. I love me a good Bruce Willis movie and of course one of my favorite lines is, “Yippee ki yay mother fucker,” from Die Hard.

Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. The last book I purchased was Orange is the New Black. I’m obsessed with the television show. I purchased the book right before I was taking a trip to California. Let me say how disappointed I was in it. I could only make it to 30% before I gave up. I’m not sure if it’s because I love the show so much or if the book was just that bad.

The Professional questions

What books did you love growing up? I loved Charlotte’s Web and the Little House on Prairie series when I was a child. As I got older I got hooked on Mary Higgins Clark. Now, I read smut. The dirtier the better.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. The majority of my writing has been influenced from people from my “real life” and surroundings. As they say, “write what you know.”

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? At first I kept my writing a secret from the majority of my family. When I finally let the cat out of the bag on my personal Facebook page I think the majority of my friends and family were completely shocked. The shock has worn off and my mother, aunts and even one of my male cousins have read my books. I know it’s a little hard for them to swallow considering the content. But, they’re all very supportive. My husband is my biggest supporter. He even promotes me at the gym. I told him I was going to make a him a shirt that says, “My wife writes porn. Ask me about it.”

Do you plan to publish more books? I’m currently finishing up my third book, Going the Distance, that will be releasing July 22nd. I have two current works in progress and two more books floating around in my brain.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I work at a local university. I also have a small photography business. I don’t write to make a living, I write for fun and if I happen to make a little extra money at it, so be it.

 

Author Interview – N. L. Hoffmann

First up today is author N. L. Hoffmann…she’s pretty cool and her first book Blood Slaves is awesome :)

She can be found at the following sites…

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoffmannNL

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NLHoffmann

Book Trailer for Blood Slaves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2upxs_Hph0

Website: http://www.nlhoffmann.com

 

Author Interview – N. L. Hoffmann

 

*Describe yourself in five words? Crazy, weird, immature, perfectionist, shy

*What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? Women’s fiction… and “Padded room.”

*What fact about yourself would really surprise people? How weird I am. I didn’t show the husband what I was like until we got married. Now, I think he may need therapy. They probably won’t be able to help him. There is no cure for N.L. Hoffmann Syndrome.

*What are you addicted to? Chocolate, beef jerky, books, writing, painting my nails, sleep, sitting, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Justified, junk food, egg rolls… I can’t think of anything else.

*What assumptions do people make about you that are wrong? And what assumptions are bang on right? They assume that I am always shy and won’t stand up for myself. That is completely false. They are right about me wanting to help people and that occasionally I do take showers. ß that is a joke. I do shower. :O

*How do you work through self-doubts and fear? Just force myself to take a leap without actually thinking it through. Most of my life I have over analyzed things so I wouldn’t accomplish anything outside my usual. Sometimes you just have to step outside of what you consider safe.

*What scares you the most? Being a failure. Being known as a failure.

*What makes you happiest? Connecting with people who understand me. My sense of humor is hard to understand a lot of times, so when I do find someone that can get me, I try to hold on to them until they manage to pry my fingers off of their arms.

*What’s your greatest character strength? My ability to adapt and solve problems.

*What’s your weakest character trait? I have trust issues. Wait, why do you want to know?

*What are you most proud of in your personal life? Besides keeping my kids alive for thirteen years… actually publishing my book.  

*What do you hope your obituary will say about you? After DNA testing we have confirmed she is human.

*What other jobs have you had in your life? That’s a secret. –stares suspiciously-

*If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere that doesn’t go over 80 degrees…

*Tell us about your family? I have three amazing kids who inherited my creepiness. I have a husband that I love, who tolerates my creepiness. I also have an amazing mom and dad who made me creepy, but have supported me my entire life in whatever I wanted to do.

*How much sleep do you need to be your best? I will tell you when I figure that out.

*If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Darynda Jones!!! <3 Cristy Rey, Shakuita Johnson, Steve Yzerman… And I dunno who else.

*What’s your favorite meal? Anything my dad cooks. I miss his food.

*What movie do you love to watch? Anything that makes me laugh. This Means War… I think that is the name of it.

*If you could do any job in the world what would you do? WRITE! And computer forensics. I like it. I like it a lot.

*What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? Writing, my children, my husband, anything that’s positive.

*What makes you angry? Getting out of bed.

*What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? I don’t think I have one. If something embarrassing happens to me I just laugh along with it.

*Are you a city slicker or a country lover? I am the lover of where it doesn’t take me more than 15 minutes to get to a decent grocery store and a Biggby Coffee… which we don’t have here. -cries-

*What would you love to produce in your life? A novel that becomes well known

*How important are friends in your life? VERY. I have a scrapbook of pictures of different moments in their lives, like where they are sleeping. 

*What does love mean to you? That it’s okay to pass gas and not wear deodorant sometimes. Love means… they accept you for who you are and not try to change you. That no matter how long you are together you try to keep the passion going.

*When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? Anything. I like to research random things. Like where the heck did tucking your shirt in come from????

*Do you find the time to read? Usually when I am in the bathroom.

*Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Weeping Angels by Cristy Rey. I will be reading it as soon as I am done with Darynda Jones recent book.

*Who do you admire? My Mom. She is always there for me when I need it and always trying to make something more of herself.

The Professional questions

Why do you write? It’s my escape from reality.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Since I was in middle school! I was a loser and well, making my own awesome world always seemed like a good idea.

What motivates you to write? Knowing people actually like my writing.

What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like) The one I have coming out August 1, 2014 (Shadow Cursed). I feel like this is better than my first book, Blood Slaves

What books did you love growing up? Anything with horses! Horses, horses, and more horses.

Who is your favorite author? Darynda Jones!!!

What book genre of books do you adore? Paranormal romance, uban fantasy, romance, crime / mystery.

Is writing a gift or a curse? A gift, not many people have it, so you might as well cherish it.

What book should everybody read at least once? Mine.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy? Non-fiction, self help… just real life stuff.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? I am a military brat, so I was born in Germany and lived in a few different places. Finally, in middle school we settled down in Michigan. I live in Missouri now.

How did you develop your writing? My dad started to teach me about writing. From there as I got older I felt a need to be inside a different world, so I made my own by writing. I used to have an English teacher that would accept each chapter I wrote as an assignment instead of making me do the normal work.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Depends… finding an agent is hard. Marketing also takes up a lot of time as a self-published writer.

What marketing works for you? I have yet to figure out the best option.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Yes, because it’s a piece of me.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family is very supportive. Mom and Dad have encouraged me from day one. My Aunt Wendy has offered her advice and life experiences to help me. My cousin Kristine also encouraged me. Cristy Rey, Terri, Seregon O’Dassey, and Ruth give me my confidence. Then my wonderful friends have always believed in me… there are too many to name and I doubt anyone would like reading twenty of them. You all know who you are!

Do you plan to publish more books? Of course!

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I have a job in an office.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? On my computer. I used to hand write everything.

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? Cristy Rey, Seregon O’Dassey, Shakuita Johnson, Darynda Jones, Rhys Christopher Ethan.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Everyone I have listed from my family to my friends.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? I’ve always wanted to get published by a traditional publisher. Find an agent and be published by one of the big ones.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? I have a new book coming out August 1, 2014. It is the second book in my The Daughters of Darkness series. Book one is Blood Slaves. I wrote Shadow Cursed to continue on with the story. When Blood Slaves came out a lot of people told me I should continue on the series. So that was when Shadow Cursed began. The following is the blurb for Shadow Cursed. It wouldn’t be as awesome if I had made it. Cristy put it together and it does an excellent job giving you an idea of the book.

“U.S. Marshal, Jacey Noble, has just taken a well-deserved vacation when one of her fugitives ends up murdered. Detective Trent Vinolva is less than enthusiastic to take on a new partner, especially the hot-blooded Jacey. When they encounter a werewolf at the scene, Jacey is thrust into a new world of supernatural beings and high-stakes encounters with no one else to turn to but Trent.

Jacey discovers that she’s a Shadow, one of an order of powerful beings that are able to manipulate darkness. Amidst the whirlwind of discovering her newly activated powers, Jacey must solve the murder while battling sexual tension with Detective Vinolva. Things get interesting when the pair is led to Jacey’s demon father and her flame throwing sister. Finding herself in a new world on the brink of supernatural war, Jacey doesn’t know who to trust. She must rely on instinct to traverse the unknown.

With the Supernatural Council and Trent, Jacey attempts to accomplish the impossible: evade the Shadows who are on her tail and solve a murder. The only assurance in Shadow Cursed is uncertainty. Jacey must journey down a trail of mystery, destruction, and romance.”

What’s your next project? My next project is book three of The Daughters of Darkness series, which is called Death Design. I also have another series that will be begin called Dark Angels of Valhalla.

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