Get ‘Wither’ed with Multi-Genre Author, Amy Miles

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Author Amy Miles has always been a bit of a dreamer.  Growing up as an only child, and a military brat to boot, she spent countless hours escaping into the pages of a book, only to spend the following days creating a new idea of how to twist up the story to make it unique.

Since becoming a mother, Amy has slowly nourished her love of the written word while snatching writing time in the midst of soiled diapers, tumbling over legos and peering around mounds of laundry and dishes that never seem to go away.  Once her only son started school, Amy was free to let her fingers dive into dark mythology, tales of betrayal and love, and explore human nature in its rawest form.  Her love of seeing the world from a different angle bloomed.

Amy is the author of several novels, including her popular young adult immortal books, The Arotas Series, which are an Amazon and iBooks bestselling series.  Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she proceeded to flip over to a science fiction/fantasy based idea with her Rising Trilogy. She then dove into contemporary romance with her novel, Captivate and explored the depths of her own faith with In Your Embrace.

She is currently working on completing her Immortal Rose trilogy, a prequel to her Arotas novels.  She has also embarked on two new journeys this year, one in the form of a co-written banshee trilogy, The Hallowed Realms, which is currently represented by GH Literary and she breached another genre with her upcoming adult horror novel, Wither.

Amy is giving away an ebook copy of Wither! Enter here:

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She even has this awesome book trailer to give you goosebumps.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I think most authors will tell you that they’ve always know they would be a writer. Its in our blood. We write because if we don’t, bad things could happen haha. Being an author is a different story. It was always a dream of mine, but until the indie world began I never really held out much hope of standing out in the traditional world.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity this new indie community had allowed for my family and I.

In what genre do you write?

I’m one of those writers who loves too many genres to be labeled by one. I started out with my Arotas Series in the paranormal realm, then hopped to sci/fi fantasy with my Rising Trilogy.  After that I tried my hand at contemporary romance with Captivate and wrote an inspirational romance, In Your Embrace.  My two newest ventures are delving into mythology with my co-written banshee novel, Netherworld and my first horror zombiesque novel, Wither due out for Halloween.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Not yet, but if I think of one I’m sure I’ll jump to that one next!

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

Of the 12 books that I’ve written so far, only one was fully plotted out.  Typically I know a beginning and the end but the middle is up for grabs. And by grabs I mean the characters steal away my control and I’m just flailing helplessly after them.  They lead the story. I just relay it.

I’m totally a computer person. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve lost notebooks in my house. I have dozens of them in pretty much every room of the house for when a new idea hits me. Then I lose said notebook and tear apart my house in search of it.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

It really depends on what the book is. Typically I do basic research on the location.  I try to keep it as legit as I can so that people living in these places wont email me with a “what the heck. That is so not in my town.”  For other books I’ve had to do extensive research.  For my Immortal Rose books I wrote from 1600’s Transylvania and had to learn about the country at that time, the wars going on, the clothing, the major events. For my horror novel, Wither, I did a lot of digging into science. As a professed NON science lover that was hard but I loved the premise of the book so much it was worth it to me.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

NO!  I can’t have any sound. Literally.  I wear ear plugs to keep even the sound of the tapping keys out. I know…I’m weird.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I love to hang out with my husband and son. We travel a lot, lounge by the pool, go golfing, play pool.  Just be a family.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Getting emails from readers is always a highlight for any author, but when you get a message from a teen that you’ve inspired to either start reading or grab a pen and craft their own stories, that’s the best feeling. I write because I love to do it. If I can allow one person to escape reality even for a few hours then I’ve accomplished my first goal.  If I can encourage a future writer, all the better.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Michelle Monique has created most of my covers. She is brilliantly talented!

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^The cover is flippin’ awesome!^

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

My newest novel, Wither is the darkest book I’ve ever written. It is my take on the zombie craze.  To be honest, zombies freak me out! Truly. I have nightmares about them, but I had several people begging me to write my own take on the genre so I figured I’ve give it a go.  In doing so I knew that I had two rules: 1. I cant have then mindless eating machines.  2. I can’t kill kids.

With that in mind the idea for Wither was born.  A point of view that twists the enemy around.  What if its not the zombies we have to fear, but the humans instead.  Or more specifically human nature.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

I’m a HUGE James Dashner fan. Love his Maze Runner series so I’d love to meet him in person and pick his brain.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Books are rarely better in movies, but I did love the Harry Potter series on the big screen.  The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings has been brilliantly done.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

The first chapter. I NEED action.  If you can’t grip me in the first chapter I’m done. There are some books that I’ve forced myself to continue reading because people swore that it would get better but I believe a book should start off strong.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

Nope. It’s gone. There are far too many great books out there for me to discover so why waste my time on one that’s not my cup of tea?

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I predominately read what I love to write: paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, urban fantasy and mythology. I will occasionally pick up something not in those realms but those are my go to.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I prefer an old fashioned book to an ereader, but I do love carrying hundreds of books with ease. It’s a toss up.

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, X-Files…seeing a pattern here?

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Hands down my biggest nemesis are cupcakes!  White cake, white gooey sweet frosting.  Heaven in a little cup!

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Daughtry. Safety Suit. Lifehouse. Nickelback. Linkin Park. 80’s rock bands

What is your dream vacation?

I want to tour Italy and Greece.  I’ve been trying to get that trip arranged for the past two years but work just keeps getting in the way. But in 2015 I get to mark one of my bucket list locations off by going to Australia for 3 weeks for a book signing. I’m wicked excited about that!

Contact Information:

Author Name: Amy Miles

Blog: www.AmyMilesBooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMiles

Twitter https://twitter.com/AmyMilesBooks

Ebooks available on all ebook platforms

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Horror Author, Jeremy Hicks talks about The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers

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Author Jeremy Hicks is one of the first authors I met when I started going to conventions. Let me tell you, if you’re just starting out and haven’t had the opportunity to meet your fellow authors, conventions can be very intimidating. Meeting Jeremy immediately put me at ease. I knew if all of the authors I met were like him, then I was going to have a great time!

Jeremy has been on my blog before and I am so glad that he’s back to talk to us about his horror novel The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers. He’s also giving away a paperback copy! Enter below:

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AP: Where did you get the idea for The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers?

JH: The idea came from my past role-playing experiences, specifically playing in a D&D campaign run by my friend and co-writer Barry Hayes. We both ran games using several different RPG systems, so our friends used to tell us that we should turn our stories into novels or short stories. When we finally got around to doing that, we decided to combine our ideas, fuse our worlds, and use a plotline from one of his games as the basis of introducing our new world of faraway Faltyr, its places, peoples, and predators. We ended up with a hard-hitting dark fantasy storyline set on a world evocative enough of Earth to be familiar to our target audience but strange enough to feel like an alien world seeded from multiple sources. We wrote a feature length screenplay to introduce it and eventually a novel. While trying to get produced and later published, we tried to get licensed by Wizards of the Coast actually but the deal never materialized. So we settled for forging ahead with our own franchise and crediting our major influences like Gary Gygax, Robert Howard, and even Ronnie James Dio.

AP: Who is your main character? Why are you writing from that perspective?

JH: The main character in Finders Keepers is Kaladimus Dor. Our calamitous mage of Myth is the catalyst for the events that transpire in the first novel, so we feature his perspective heavily in the course of the story. However, the novel is a multiple third-person viewpoint work. Each chapter or subsection is written from the perspective of either Dor or one of the other survivors of the shipwreck that strands them on the island. We wanted to introduce Faltyr through a number of viewpoints, each one from a radically different character, to provide several perspectives on Faltyr and its happenings, rather than using a single limited narrator.

AP: Is there a supporting character that you want to spend more time on in the future?

JH: Barry and I have our favorites. For me, it’s the elven mercenary Yax’Kaqix (pronounced Yahsh-Kah-Keesh). His name translates to Blue Macaw in the language of his people, the Unen’ek elves. I based their culture on an elaboration of Mayan culture that focuses on dragon worship and a dedication to the Eternal War, a millennial long jihad against the insidious forces of Faltyr’s expansive and very real Underworld. Yax is a centuries old lesser noble son who trained as a monk before becoming a high-ranking war mage, often referred to as a Choj’Ahaw or Wand Bearer. Drawn by an insatiable curiosity and wanderlust, Yax travels the world and wages what he deems righteous wars where he can, padding his pocket and increasing his material or magical power along his own Long Road across Faltyr. I’ve completed one story for Yax so far; it’s called “Deep Diving Death Defying Dwarves of the Deep” and can be found in the Dark Oak Press anthology, Capes & Clockwork: Superheroes in the Age of Steam. That tale is set about two hundred years before the events of Finders Keepers and focuses on Yax’s relationships with the Free Dwarves of the Underworld (or Hollow World, as the dwarves call it). It also sets up events that will be concluded in one of our future novels in this saga.

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AP: What do paranormal/horror readers have to look forward to in your new release?

JH: Our world of Faltyr is a blend of classical horror and fantasy elements, albeit with our own twist on most of them. In Finders Keepers, there are sad ghosts, angry ghosts, and even hungry ghost who feed on the living. There are also elements of necromancy, featuring exorcisms and the undead. We even feature vampires, although they do not sparkle. They are as dark and bloody as our tale. On a different level, this first installment of the Cycle of Ages Saga feels very much like survival horror, since it involves a shipwreck where most of the crew goes down with the ship and the survivors are hunted by a winged predator from the moment they hit the beach. And for Dor, there is an aspect of personal horror as he is the one who sinks the ship and strands them there in the first place.

AP: Where can it be purchased?

JH: The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers is available in trade paperback, hard cover, and e-book through Dark Oak Press. You can also find it online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million. It is also available in select bookstores in Alabama and other parts of the Southeast.

AP: What influenced you to write this novel?

JH: Originally, we had no intention of writing a full length novel. We wanted to see the Cycle of Ages Saga on screen as a major motion picture, so we wrote it as a screenplay first. When intrigued producers told us that we needed to develop a fan base due to the budgetary considerations, we attempted a graphic novel version, as it would allow us to storyboard the story in the process. However, our artist was unable to complete the project due to commitments with his full-time employer. At that point, we realized we needed to sit down and take a stab at novelizing the screenplay. After an awful first attempt, we started anew, found a professional editor, and then a publisher. To risk a cliché, necessity was truly the mother of this invention.

AP: With this being a Halloween post are you a fan of the holiday? If so, why or why not?

JH: Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I grew up in a family that enjoyed the scary, spooky, macabre, and horrific, whether it was Vincent Price or Stephen King. I was raised in a haunted house, watched old horror movies, and read/wrote/and listened to ghost stories whenever possible. And one of my first crushes was on Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. My family even had several hearses over the years that we used for Halloween, haunted houses, and trips to Florida in the summer. Nothing colder than the AC in the back of something designed to haul dead bodies. In fact, I liked them so much that I used to drive an old Oldsmobile ambulance that looked like Ecto-1. I bought it to piss off the preps at my high school, but they loved it as much as everyone else. Although I don’t dress up as much as I used to for Halloween, I started going to HallowCon last year and will be a guest again this year at this great little three-day costume party in Dalton, GA.

AP: What is your favorite Horror movie? Why?

JH: Hmm. That’s a very interesting question. And a hard one to answer, I hate to admit. I like many of them for vastly different reasons. But one of my favorites from childhood onward is a movie that I bought on DVD recently to introduce other people to it. Something Wicked This Way Comes is based on one of my favorite Ray Bradbury stories and is a successful horror tale that Disney sadly will never be able to replicate, even though they are remaking it soon. Much to my chagrin.

As to why I enjoy it so much, it’s Ray Bradbury. It’s hard not to love anything he writes, but he excels beautifully at coming-of-age spooktacular tales like The Halloween Tree and Dandelion Wine. His only rival for me would be Stephen King’s Stand By Me (based on his tale, The Body, featured in Different Seasons). These kinds of stories resonated deeply with me as a growing boy and stuck with me long after I made the transition to adulthood. In fact, I still relish the transition to the fall season as much as the boys in Something Wicked This Way Comes look forward to it, until the Autumn People arrives in town.

AP: Could you see your book in film? Who would you want cast as your characters? Who would you want to direct it?

JH: Since Finders Keepers and its upcoming sequel Sands of Sorrows started out in screenplay format, we have thought about these questions endlessly. In fact, the hard part was transitioning from a visual format to a literary one. Originally, the character envisioned for Kaladimus Dor is much too old now. But I could see Robert Sheehan from Misfits bringing our Master-of-Disaster to life on the big screen. My personal preference for Yax is still Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice; he has the right fierce face for our elven war mage as well as the appropriate background in production, martial arts, and action sequences. For Breuxias, we went as far as contacting Peter Mensah’s agent who accepted copies of our screenplays. But our former manager never heard back from him, which isn’t surprising since there was no money behind the project at the time. As far as directors go, I’d love to have Guillermo Del Toro do it. He has the right respect for fantasy, horror, world-building, and storytelling, not to mention he’s a talented writer/director and well-known nice guy around Hollywood.

AP: Tell us which Horror author has had the most impact on you.

JH: That would most likely be H.P. Lovecraft. I read his work heavily during middle school and high school, even going so far as to write an essay on his Cthulhu Mythos. In fact, the last story I completed was a short submission for The Summer of Lovecraft anthology. It was a wild ride through the war in South Vietnam through the eyes of Viet Cong operatives who end up on the wrong side of an otherworldly entity from the Cthulhu Mythos while trapped deep within a subterranean temple. Unfortunately, it ended up in the spam folder apparently and wasn’t even read for consideration. Pretty disappointing since I poured a lot of time and effort into doing Lovecraft proper justice. Thanks, Spam Filter. You and your cousin, Auto-Correct, can **** right off!

AP: Give us a sneak peek at your WIP.

JH: Hmm…that would imply I had a work-in-progress at the moment. Most of my projects are in the stage of being edited or outlined. But I can probably get away with posting a snippet from The Cycle of Ages Saga: Sands of Sorrow without getting into too much trouble with my co-writer and publisher. I hope.

The following excerpt comes from within the first chapter of Sands of Sorrow. Please keep in mind that it is still in the final stages of the editing process.

Dor’s attention shifted to the colorful display beyond the high walls of Eastgate. The aurora danced and played over the desert sands to the north and west of the border city. Known as the Sands of Sorrow, the desolate area between Eastgate and the broken profile of the Meshkenet Mountains was a byproduct of the Cataclysm, the final apocalyptic battle between Artemis and Ra’Tallah. Dor shivered as he recalled his previous visit to that terrifying, twisted wasteland.

The grumbling of his allies pulled Dor out of his horrific reverie. With some considerable effort, he tore his lingering gaze from the hypnotic patterns swirling in the aurora above the Sands of Sorrow.

He took hold of the rope unsteadily and lowered himself through the hole in the roof. The weight of the chest shifted within his pack, causing him to swing wide on the rope toward the wall of the room. The slack on the rope stopped short of sending him face first into the wall. Sighing with relief, he clung to the rope and waited for it to cease swaying.

That blasted chest, Dor thought, it’ll be the death of me yet.

Jeremy’s Contact Info:

Email: jjeremyhicks@wordpress.com
Twitter: @Jeremy_Hicks 
Facebook: Https://www.facebook.com/JeremyHicksAuthor

YA Paranormal Author, Lexi Witcher, Gets a little Twisted

Lexi Witcher is a published author of young adult contemporary paranormal romances. She’s always enjoyed stories about falling in love for the first time and watching programs geared toward teens like Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Jane By Design, and Switched at Birth.

 

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Give us 6 details of your new book:

1. New book Title: Twisted Sixteen
2. It’s a continuation in the Dodie Jenks series.
3. Main character is Dodie Jenks. I’m writing in her POV because it is her story. I tried switching and writing it in the hero’s POV but it didn’t work because it wasn’t his story.
4. Leopold  is the hero and very pivotal to the outcome of the series.
5. There’s supernatural elements, suspense and romance.
6. It will be available thru Amazon.
Lexi is giving away a copy of Twisted Sixteen! You can enter for you chance to win by clicking the link below:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I was 12 when a friend shared the secret that her dad was writing a book. That sparked something in my head and I tried to write. It wasn’t until a year later when I read my first YA romance that I actually tried to write my own story. The rest is history.

In what genre do you write?

Young Adult. I have a YA Paranormal series and I’ve just began working on a straight YA with romantic elements.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I might like to try my hand at New Adult or maybe a suspense.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I fly by the seat of my pants because in the initial phase I get ideas and they gel on the computer screen for me. Even when I get stuck I find if I sit down to write something will come to me and I’ll get over the hurdle. I do try to use GMC and have an idea what these three components are for my characters. Do I stick to that? Sometimes, but other times as the story progresses it changes for the characters for the better. Essentially I allow my characters the freedom to write their own story and use me as their medium.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

Since I do YA Paranormal I’ve had to spend time researching witchcraft, symbols and their meanings, natural elements, auras, supernatural experiences. I’ve watched programs, read a few books, but mainly searched for aspects on the internet.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I listen to music when I write and edit. I have made my own mix of music for the series I’m writing.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I spend time with other authors, go to author/reader events, read for pleasure, watch period pieces or YA focused movies. I also love to travel whenever I can.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Christy Carlyle with Gilded Heart Design is my cover artist. She has designed two fabulous covers for my series and I can’t wait to put in the order for my third book which will be available sometime in 2015.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

Twisted Sixteen is my upcoming release which will be available October 2014. It is the continuing story of Dodie Jenks and the fight to save her from the 300 year old curse that was placed on her family in the late 1700s. As the first born daughter of her generation, Dodie was supposed to have died on her sixteenth birthday, but a warlock named Leopold found a way to save her. The only problem is there is more than the curse out to get her. Will Leopold find a way to keep Dodie alive or will the dark shadows claim her?

 

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sara Shepard or Alison Noël

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read across many genres.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I do both print and ebooks. Both formats have their merits.

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

Pretty Little Liars

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Birthday cake. I love it.

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, One Republic

What’s your hidden talent?

Creativity, especially when I’m writing YA. The story ideas just come to me.

What is your dream vacation?

Anywhere with a beach. I’d love to go to a private beach resort and be pampered for a month while I write. Now that would be a dream vacation.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Lexi Witcher

Blog: lexiwitcher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Lexi_Witcher

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LexiWitcher

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LexiWitcher

Book Links:

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Author Racquel Kechagias is on Fire for YA Fantasy

Hey everyone! I’m so thrilled to be kicking of the Paranormal/Horror Blog Fest with Author Racquel Kechagias.

 

Born in March 1991 in Sydney, Australia, Racquel Kechagias spent most of her childhood reading adventure and fantasy books, while exploring the inner creativity of her mind through her interactions with other children and story-telling. After graduating high school, she entered university to study her Bachelor of Arts where she is majoring in English and Education. She has a deep love for books, chocolate, Supernatural, Marvel movies, anti-heros and villains. She would prefer to have Loki over Thor any day of the week.

Racquel is giving away TWO ebook sets of The Fire of the Soul series. Enter here:

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I realized that I wanted to be an author when I was in my late years of high school around 2006-2008. It was when we were requested to do a creative piece of writing that I realized that I had the potential of turning a school project into something more.

In what genre do you write?

The majority of what I’ve written so far has been YA Fantasy as that is my preferred genre to write in. However, I have also released a collection of poetry.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Yes, I would like to one day try my hand at a thriller or horror genre story. I think a major reason behind that is because I’m a huge Stephan King fan.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

It’s a little bit of everything I guess. A lot of it is computer based but I do have a lot of resources that I use that aren’t on the computer either i.e. Character flashcards. Although this may be a little unorthodox when planning a new book or series I start by compiling a playlist. That playlist helps me to keep the same theme, style and mood throughout my process of writing. Most of my outline is done by computer, or through my phone/iPad. I like to back it all up through google drive so I can access it wherever I go. I outline in dot points, elaborating on the major or more complex plot lines. I do both well before I start writing a new book or series as it helps me to stay focused and helps avoid ‘writers block’ 90% of the time.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

That’s a hard one. There is so many people that are inspirations for me but I’ll only name two to save time. As I mentioned earlier Stephan King is a big one but I’m also inspired by Rachelle Mead as well, every time I read a new book of hers or return to one of my favorites (of hers) I’m left with that same feeling that I got the first time I read the book and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now aim to do.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

For this series ‘The Fire of the Soul’ there wasn’t much research that I had to do. As the story is set in a parallel world not much of what makes sense in our world relates in there but despite that fact there was still some research that had to be done, mainly it was spent on weapons and naming characters especially the ‘Immortals’ in my series as they are based off of ancient gods (greek, roman, celtic etc).

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Definitely. As I mentioned before I create playlists before I even start writing to get that style and mood that I want for the book/series. One of my favorites to listen to is ‘Two Steps from Hell’. Their music doesn’t have lyrics but it’s all instrumental and is simply amazing. Besides them my taste in music is all over the place. I go from classic rock (Foreigner, ACDC, Bob Seger, Metallica) to more modern rock (Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cab, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Maroon 5, Paramore), Movie Scores (I particularly like the Transformers and Dark Knight albums) and I’ve even got some Jazz/Blues in there (I put a spell on you by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins).

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Haha besides reading? There’s not much time for fun between work, school and writing but in those precious moments where I do get some free time I’m either chilling before the T.V. screen catching up on my favorite shows or at the mall, do some shopping.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

The most exciting experience for me since starting on this crazy ride is being able to meet other authors and some of the amazing readers who have read what I’ve written.

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Who created your amazing cover art?

I tried to work with a few people to make my cover art but every time I just wasn’t satisfied. So I decided to learn how to do it myself lol!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

My current WIP is ‘The Eternal Flame’ the third book in my series ‘The Fire of the Soul’. It basically picks up a week after the events of ‘Last Ashes’ where the main villain Novak has returned from his imprisonment and raises his son Christian back from the dead. The novel follows Anna and her friends during the last leg of her trials and sees her eventual rise to destroy Novak, in a battle that will obliterate the world around her.

I won’t say if Anna is successful in destroying Novak or not but it’ll definitely be something to see. I’m actually really looking forward to publishing this in late January/early February. I don’t know if it will have a HEA/HFN ending but if it does it will have a twist that may or may not cause a riot lol.

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Hands down it would be Richelle Mead. Why? Because what girl can’t resist the charms of Adrian Ivashkov? But also because she is one of my favorite authors of all time and I kind of geek-out every time I read one of her books.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

Oh that’s hard. Haha there’s so many and even if I name a series there would still be too many. It’s most likely a tossup between House by Frank E. Peretti & Ted Dekker and Phantom by Susan Kay. House is one of my favorites as it’s a great supernatural thriller about the true extent of humanity’s evil. The second because I’m a fan of The Phantom of the Opera and ‘Phantom’ is about the Phantom (named Eric in the novel) and his life from birth until death. For those who have seen the movie or better yet the musical you would know that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the Phantom’s life before the Opera and this book goes into great depth and sheds some light on to what exactly the Phantom/Eric actually experienced in his life.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

I love film adaptions of novels, they provide a gateway for interest in the books for those less inclinded to read and for those of us who have read the book before the movie, it shows us an interpretation of the stories we love. Yes, there are some that aren’t as great as the book i.e. ‘Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014)’ and ‘The Host (2013)’ but there are some that go beyond expectation such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’ and the much-awaited ‘Mockinjay Pt 1’ as well as ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘The Fault in our Stars’ to name a few.

The movie I’m most excited to see (that’s already in production) is the Mockinjay movies. I mean who isn’t excited to see it?! But as for what isn’t made into movies I think I would like to see Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel ‘The Sandman’ done as a TV series. I think it would be too long of a series to be done as a movie but it would definitely be interesting to see.

Last Ashes (Final Draft)

 

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

I think what turns me away most is if it’s slow to begin or if it’s too predictable. I feel that a book should pique your interest from the first few pages.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I’m usually a trooper and push through. I rarely find that I can’t finish a book but there are times when it happens.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I do like to read around but I tend to stay away from anything in the romance/erotica genres. I don’t mind if there’s some romance thrown in with a different genre but I don’t stay interested in it for too long if it’s by itself.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. If it’s a traditionally published book then I prefer a paperback but as I’ve begun reading indie books as well (in a sense to give back and to help out others) so I usually get them as e-books.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

There’s far too many to name them all. I enjoy watching anything with Jim Carey in it (but especially Bruce Almighty, The Cable Guy), Easy A, The Underworld Series (But not #2) and The Hunger Game movies.

Favorite TV show?

There’s far too many to name them all. To name a few though there is Supernatural!!!, Haven, American Horror Story (That clown looks scary as hell, did I mention I have a fear of clowns?!), The Strain, Hart of Dixie, Hannibal!!!, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones and Grimm.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Haha I don’t know, maybe Shepherd’s Pie but eventually I would get sick of it.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Any type of pie or tart, though I prefer apple or pecan pie and custard tarts.


What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

I think that may be Lady Antebellum, Tyrone Wells or The Cab.


What’s your hidden talent?

My hidden talent is good at hiding that even I don’t know what it is lol.


What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be somewhere out in the woods in a cottage or a cabin.


Contact Information:

Author Name: Racquel Kechagias

Blog: www.rkechagias.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RLKechagias

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_L_Kechagias

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Rkechagias

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rkechagias/

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Racquel-Kechagias/e/B00B0OM3FU (Amazon Author Page) 

Horror Author and Award Winning Book Blogger Toni Lesatz is taking over the Literary World!

When I was first beginning my Indie Author career, I knew that I needed someone to help me promote my book and myself. To be honest, I had no idea where to start. I mean, how did you promote yourself? Who did you turn to for such a task? I can’t remember where I’d read about, but someone, somewhere told met to utilize Book Bloggers.

I just started contacting bloggers, praying they’d be interested. It was amazing to me how many of them were willing to read a book from someone they’d never heard of! One of those amazing human beings was none other than UtopYA’s 2014 Best Blogger of the Year, Toni Lesatz.

Toni-profile

Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, are both being published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut dark fantasy novel, which she hopes to have in reader’s hands by spring 2015.

Toni’s book blog, My Book Addiction, won the UtopYA Blog of the Year award in 2014. She enjoys promoting authors, and has recently taken on the role of Editorial Director for the Book Hub side of Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. If she’s not curled up with a book and a cup of coffee, you’ll find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.

Toni UtopYA 2

Toni takes what she does seriously (for her serious face see above photo) and puts her heart into it. I can’t express how thankful that she is a true promoter of artists like me. Did I mention that Toni is also an author? Her first published works can be found in two upcoming anthologies.

Toni

Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show will be coming out October 4th and is published by MD 20/20 (Monique Happy and David Rueblin). Toni’s story is called Ashes to Ashes (Horror). The icing on the cake is that Toni plans to continue writing it into a full length novel very, very soon!

Toni 2

After Tomorrow Anthology will be coming December 10th and is published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, edited by Author Samantha Ketteman. The cover reveal will be sometime in mid to late October. Toni’s story is called Dead World (Post-apoc). This will also be adapted into a full length novel!

Blogger Questions

What made you wake up and say, “I’m going to blog about books!”

– I’ve always been a blogger; I’ve just changed what I blog about throughout the years. I’m pretty certain this is my bloggy calling, though. J

What genre do you enjoy reviewing the most?

– Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’m not sure I have an answer for it. I love reading and reviewing all different genres, and I try to mix things up a lot so I don’t get burned out on one genre. One of my favorites is horror, so I’ll go with that for now.

Is there a genre you haven’t reviewed yet, but want to?

– Nope. Everything I enjoy reading, I’ve reviewed as well.

What hosting site do you use? Blogger, WordPress, other?

– My domain is my own, hosted through an actual hosting company. I have WordPress installed, which I use to publish my posts, but I don’t have a Blogger or WordPress blog.

Are their other Bloggers that you follow?

– Oh, for sure! I follow a lot of blogs on Bloglovin’. Book blogs are where I learn about books I haven’t heard about yet. There are so many books released into the literary wild every week, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them on your own.

How much time does it take you to get one blog post up? Tell us your process.

– It depends on the type of post. If it’s a book blast or another type of promo post, it takes me no more than 10 minutes. If it’s a review, it all depends on how long it takes me to get my feelings out. Some books are easier to review than others.

Do you listen to music while you’re blogging? If so, who do you listen to?

– Not usually. I sometimes have the TV on in the background, but just as when I am writing (books) I prefer silence.

When you’re not being an amazing Blogger, what do you for fun?

– I’m pretty boring on the fun front. I read, write, play with my kids, and play video games. My favorite video games generally involve killing zombies!

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your blog?

– Going to UtopYA! Not only was I on a blogging panel, but I also won Best Blog and Best Blogger of 2014!

Toni UtopYA 3

 

Who created your cute logo?

– Dooni Designs created my logo. My designer had to ask permission to use it in exchange for an ad for Dooni Designs on my sidebar. I love it because anyone can have items made with my little zombie girl on it!

When you first started your blog did you think it would become this big?

– I didn’t. I’ve had successful blogs before, but nothing close to this. I’m so grateful to all of book loving peers out there that have helped to make it a success.

When did you realize that your blog was a full-time job?

– It didn’t take long; maybe a few months.  

You’re also a writer; do you want to tell us what you’re working on?

– I’m working on about six different books. Some are still just ideas floating around in my head screaming to get out, and it’s getting difficult to keep them at bay. My current WIP is a YA dark fantasy novel about a teenage necromancer.

Will you be enlisting other Book Bloggers to help you market your book in the future?

For sure! I’m super grateful that I have such an awesome community of book blogging and authors friends that are willing to support each other.

I’m also the editorial director on the Book Hub side of an Indie author site called Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. We’re hoping to launch it on November 1st. I’ve assembled an awesome team of the most badass book bloggers to help promote Indie authors. There will also be a PubHub side, which will offer services from editing and formatting to premium book covers and educational services to help raise the standards and visibility of Indie authors.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

– I fangirl over tons of authors. I spent a great deal of time fangirling at UtopYA.

Toni UtopYA 4

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

– There’s no way I could ever pick one book. I do make lists of my favorites every year, though. In fact this year I started a Pinterest board of my 2014 favorites.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

– I would LOVE to see Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon turned into a movie.

What about a book turns you away?

– Awkward pacing, poor grammar, characters that I can’t relate to, and situations that are completely unbelievable.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? How does this work if you’ve promised a review on your blog?

– First, I don’t guarantee reviews. That fact is stated in my review policy. If I can’t finish a book, I generally won’t write a review – unless I feel like it’s really important for other readers to know why I couldn’t finish it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

– I’m a bonafide book whore 😉

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

– I prefer to read ebooks. I don’t like anyone (including myself) touching my paperbacks.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

– Shaun of the Dead

Favorite TV show?

– A lot! The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Hemlock Grove to name a few.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– Shrimp and pasta

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

– Crème Brulee

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

– Ben Lee, Coldplay, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew West

What’s your hidden talent?

– Procrastinating

What is your dream vacation?

– I would love to hop in a decked-out RV with my husband and travel everywhere the road leads us.

Toni UtopYA

 

Contact Information:

Blog: My Book Addiction http://mybookaddiction.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonibookaddict

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Toni_BookAddict

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13706669-toni-my-book-addiction

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mybookaddiction/

 

 

 

Adult Paranormal Romance Author, K.J. Coakley and her Otherworldly Enmortals Series

I first met K.J. Coakley at the TNVAE in Knoxville this past summer. If you were unable to attend that event then you truly missed out on a lot fun! I was walking around, trying to meet all of my fellow authors before the doors opened and the first thing I noticed was the cover for Kairos. It is absolutely beautiful!

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I had to know more about this book and the author who wrote it! That is why I am so glad that K.J. decided to join me on my blog today.

Kellie

Author K. J. Coakley lives a life where she plays many roles…as most women do when they are a wife, mother, and caretaker of two rowdy dogs. But when she’s not working her nine to five gig, or spending time with her family, she can be found glued to her laptop where she loves to create worlds with sexy alpha males and brazen heroines. She is also an avid fan of heavy metal and rock music, and regularly attends music festivals.

Coakley received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Walters State Community College, and a Bachelor of Business Management degree from East Tennessee State University. Her debut novel Kairos is the inaugural installment of a new paranormal romance series.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I have been writing since I was a small child. My mother has so many poems and short stories stock piled in her attic that I’m sure it’s a fire hazard. So, if I had to put a number on it, I would say that I decided to seriously write when I was 25. I was a sophomore in college at the time and taking a creative writing course that sparked my old imagination to life again. That was when I began writing the Enmortals Series.

 In what genre do you write?

Adult Paranormal Romance

 Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I’m tinkering with a Contemporary Romance novel, but haven’t finished it yet.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I am what most refer to as a “quilter”. I write my stories in sections and then piece them together when I’m about 70% into it. I never outline. I never write on paper. But, I use WriteWay to section out my books into Chapters, Acts, and Scenes. This keeps me organized.

 Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, and Diana Gabaldon.

 How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I have to research heavily for my books. There is Norse mythology in my books, Finnish translations, Gaelic translations, and overall Scottish historical data research. Not to mention, I had to study the Templar Knights and Joan of Arc extensively. I also watch Ancient Aliens for ideas on how to intertwine myth and reality into my series.

Back cover of Kairos

Back cover of Kairos

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

I usually need silence to write, but if I’m writing a steamy scene…Nine In Nails and Deftones are my go to bands. I also listen to different types of heavy metal for fight scenes and overall mood setting.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I love to travel and go to music concerts. My husband and I are heavy metal junkies and you can find us traveling throughout the summer to music festivals. As a family, we like to take our boys to amusement parks and we go to the beach several times a year since my parents live in Florida.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Signings and conventions. I love meeting my fans and it never gets old listening to them talk about my characters.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Kari Ayasha from Cover to Cover Design is re-doing the cover for Kairos. We’ll be re-launching that in mid September. She is also designing the cover for Metanoia.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Jenny Sims from Editing For Indies

The ladies form Smexy Fab Four: For managing my street team and just being wonderful women to work with.

Iris: For being an amazing VA.

And mad props to my fantabulous street team ladies at Coakley’s Angels. Sarah, Vanessa, Reagan, Melissa, and Bambi…you ladies are awesome.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I just finished Metanoia, An Enmortals Series Novel (Book 2). It’s the second installment to The Enmortals Series and picks up exactly where Kairos ended. In this book all of your questions from Kairos will be answered and new questions will arise.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

I can’t name just one so I’ll name series instead.

Fae Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Outlander was just made into a series, so I’m pretty good right now on that subject.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Bad editing

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I always finish them unless the editing is so bad that I feel like launching my kindle across the room. That’s happened a couple of times…but it’s rare.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read anything with a romance undertone.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Ebooks

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Lord Of The Rings

Favorite TV show?

Outlander

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Fried Rice

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Alpine chocolates

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Avenged Sevenfold, Apocalyptica, Metallica, Seether, Chevelle, Tool, A Perfect Circle, The Black Keys…the list goes on and on. When it comes to music I have a great love affair with anything rock and heavy metal. But, if I had to pick one band…TOOL.

What’s your hidden talent?

I’m wicked with a compound bow.

What is your dream vacation?

Scotland and Ireland

Contact Information:

Author Name: K. J. Coakley

Blog: www.kjcoakley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkjcoakley

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@authorkjcoakley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authorkjcoakley

Book Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kairos-an-enmortals-series-novel-k-j-coakley/1119726422?ean=2940149689101

http://www.amazon.com/Kairos-An-Enmortals-Series-Novel/dp/1496039874

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kairos-enmortals-series-novel/id889338542?mt=11

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447750

 

 

Author Janae Mitchell brings Southern Charm to the YA Paranormal World

I found my best friend at the Tennessee Valley Author Event in Knoxville. From the moment I walked over to her wonderfully decorated table I knew this tall, beautiful girl, with a purple streak in her hair, was going to be my BFF for the rest of the day. You know what, she was. We had breakfast together and traded books at the end of the event.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

The friendship soon spilled over into Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. It didn’t take me long to figure out I was a good judge of character and I had chosen my best friend wisely. For example, she’s a huge Harry Potter fan, she was obviously a fan of purple (hence the highlight in her hair) and loved YA Paranormal. To me, that solidified the friendship and I knew that I wanted Janae Mitchell on my blog. 

 

Janae Mitchell

Janae Mitchell

Janae has been a writer since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her genre of choice was poetry and short stories—until now. After falling in love with so many books over the past decade, she decided that she wanted to write a novel of her own and bring life to the characters that haunt her mind. It wasn’t until 2012 that she pursued that passion and started on her first YA novel. 115,000 words later, For Always was born.

Having grown up in an historical Dandridge home that was used as slave quarters during the Civil War, she experienced several things that couldn’t be explained. Due to these events, she sought out and joined an investigative team called Eyewitness Paranormal. Her interest in ghosts and the unexplained, combined with her love for telling a story, made writing the For Always series inevitable.

Janae was born and raised in East Tennessee, where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and their hairless dog, Slick. In her spare time, she likes to read, play tennis, and spend time with her family on the lake.

For Always

For Always

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
Well, I used to write short stories as a kid just for fun. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually took that desire to tell a story and ran with it, which led me to my first book series, For Always.

In what genre do you write?
Young Adult, mainly of the paranormal variety. I’ve got a bit of a fascination with ghosts.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?
I’ve been asked to write fantasy, which might be cool.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?
Since I don’t even like writing a grocery list out, I only freehand important notes that I don’t want to forget. I don’t outline, either, but keep telling myself that I need to. I tend to play out scenes in my head while doing random things and then sit down and write them out later… while listening to SiriusXM; I can’t write in silence.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I tend to pull stories and characters from thin air. Sometimes I’ll let my characters have certain characteristics of those around me, even myself on occasion, or I’ll incorporate some random memory into the story. But for the most part, music is my inspiration. Certain songs set the mood and help build the characters and storyline in my head.

For Now

For Now

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?
The For Always series involves a character (Beau Brogan) who lived in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, as well as some Latin, all of which I know nothing about. So, for that story, I had to do a bit of research to make sure I was getting it right and not letting Beau eat popcorn before it was invented or saying phrases that weren’t relevant to his time.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?
Most definitely. As I mentioned before, music is a big inspiration and I’m listening to it right at this very moment, actually—my all-time fav, Prince. When I’m forming stories in my head, I usually listen to my iPod. Crossfade is a band that’s usually on my most-played list. Certain songs inspire certain scenes and I’ll focus on those when I need to. I’ve even mentioned a few those songs in my books that they helped to inspire.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?
When it’s not too hot and humid in this southern heat, I love to play tennis. And when it is too hot and humid for that, we’re on the lake. I also love to read, of course, which is my winter sport.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?
Oh, my… there seems to be so many. I’m trying to think of when I actually busted out in my happy dance. I guess when I signed my first publishing contract, which is always a big deal. I also get extremely excited when people like my books; the fact that there are people who call themselves my fans and say they fangirl over me is amazing. (But I can’t bring myself to call them that… to me, they’ll always be my readers.)

Who created your amazing cover art?
Eden Crane Designs

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?
There are SO many bloggers I could mention that I hate mentioning just one. Bloggers and reviewers are the ones who put our books out there in the public eye, and usually without getting anything in return. I love bloggers!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.
The final installment in the For Always series, “For Eternity”, is my next book that’s coming out, but I don’t have a release date yet. Until then, I’m working on a bit of a spin-off novel from that series, which will incorporate a character that isn’t mentioned until the epilogue of the last book… and that’s all I can say about that. *insert evil grin here*

For Eternity

For Eternity

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?
Oh, mylanta… just letting all the possibilities dance through my mind made me shiver. I’d have to say, without a doubt, that I’d completely geek out over J.K. Rowling. I might even drool just a bit. It would be embarrassing.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?
Harry Potter—all of them. The way the story unfolds from beginning to end is absolutely genius, in my opinion. I’m so glad to be a part of the HP generation.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?
Books are always better, however, I really enjoy watching film adaptations of them… unless they royally screw them up and they’re nothing like the book—then I just get pissy. I’d love to see Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series be made into a movie, which if I’m not mistaken, is in the works.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?
If the book doesn’t play out like a movie in my mind or just doesn’t make sense, I can’t do it. I also don’t like over-writing, which sometimes inhibits the flow instead of adding to it. Being a southerner, I also don’t like bad southern dialect from authors who obviously aren’t southern.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?
I’m not a trooper lol. I’d have to be bored to the point of doing something stupid and dangerous to finish a book I didn’t like—reading a bad book is better than going to jail.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?
I’m partial to YA paranormal, but tend to like all paranormal, as well as contemporary.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?
Both. If the e-book is awesome, I want the hardback.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?
Of course I love the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, but if we don’t count those, I’d have to say it’s a tie between Labrinth and The Goonies.

Favorite TV show?
Ghost Hunters & Ghost Adventures

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Blondie from Applebees

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?
I’m not big on candy. (For dessert, see above answer.)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.
Crossfade, SafetySuit, Hinder, and Prince.

What’s your hidden talent?
If I expose it, it will no longer be hidden.

What is your dream vacation?
Spending a week with fellow author/adventurer Josh Gates (with my family in tow, of course) exploring some of his favorite locations.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Janae Mitchell

Blog: www.JanaeisWriting.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JanaeMitchellAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Janaeiswriting

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/JanaeMitchell

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/Janaeiswriting

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Janae-Mitchell/e/B00GSG0XES/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

 

TDT August Newsletter

If you’ve signed up for mailing list then you’ve already been privy to my recent announcements. However, for those of you who are inundated with emails (I understand) you can see what’s happening here on my blog. 

TDT Newsletter Aug 2014

TDT Newsletter Aug 2014

Author, Dancer, Choreographer…Is There Anything That John Robert Mack Can’t Do?

I met Author John Robert Mack on…wait for it…Facebook! You know that part of the Internet that’s pretty much a black-hole for a creative person. Why? Well because it just sucks you in and before you know it you’ve traveled in time and it’s time to either go to bed, work or you know…feed your kids.

Meeting John was one of the pleasant experiences of that dark and dangerous land of The Web. He’s a true sweetheart and after interviewing him I found that I was smiling. You’ll see why!

John Robert Mack

John Robert Mack

John studied writing in college, published the short story “Jonny Hates Jazz” in a literary journal, wrote a column “Dancing The Rainbow” for two years in the regional Texas dance periodical The Dancer’s Guide and has written and produced five plays (one on commission). His play Talking with Jacob won statewide recognition in Wisconsin and landed John’s face on the cover of three magazines. He produced an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story, “The Better Part of Wisdom” with the author’s input and blessing. He also self-published (before it was cool and edgy) a book called KEEP BREATHING: Zen and the Art of Social Dance.  Choreographer

For the past twenty years, John as worked as a dance teacher. He has choreographed musicals like West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar and helped create and coach the original Radio Disney dance team in San Antonio, TX.

Now, John has moved to Virginia in semi-retirement to focus on his writing. He has taught workshops for the Hampton Roads Writers and is on staff at the Muse writing center in Norfolk, VA. He has a total of twelve completed novel manuscripts, six plays, and ten screenplays. As a dance teacher, he has been featured twice in the international education periodical Quality in Action.

Books by JRM

Books by JRM

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author? When I was about nine years old and first read The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s descriptive writing enthralled me. To me, writing novels was how adults played games of make believe. Then in high school I discovered Kurt Vonnegut, who taught me that “literature” (which you have to say with a snooty accent) could also be vulgar. I was hooked.

 

In what genre do you write? I like the broad term “speculative fiction.” I’ve written sci fi, fantasy, supernatural, horror, paranormal, steampunk, thriller, mystery, adventure, super hero, Arthurian. I love crossing genres and trying to find a fresh spin on genre clichés. I wrote several episodes for an indie sci fi/paranormal internet series that died before it was born. I have written a number of plays actually set in the real world, and a bunch of “inspirational” stuff for dancers, including a column for a Texas dance magazine and several operational manuals for dance studios and teacher training programs.

 

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to? You know, I’ve tried to write romance a couple of times. I have a friend who edits for a romance press who wanted to publish me, but I just couldn’t get it to work. On the business side, there’s a bit of money to be made in romance and all its various permutations. Maybe I need a writing partner for that?

 

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen? Gonna work backward on this one. I use both paper and computer. I have a tablet for when I need to get away from the house, but there are times I just need to grab a notebook and sit under a tree. To be honest, the more I try to create a professional routine, the less I use notebook and pen. Transcribing always takes longer than cutting and pasting. As for process, I don’t trust outlines for novels. I paid for college as a debate judge and graduated with an English/philosophy major. In an outline, for me, every A needs a B and a C, and that can lead to very predictable stories. I use what I call “sketches.” I brainstorm into the computer with bits of story and snippets of dialog. With all the playwriting I’ve done, scenes often find their shape in dialog. I let myself freestyle the novel this way, following the advice of Alma Katsu: whenever I find myself stuck for the next plot point, I ask myself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen to my character?” I reject that and ask, “What’s even worse?” I reject that, too. When I figure out what’s even worse than that, then I start sketching again. On a side note, a lot of my writing is done in my head on long walks or staring at a tree. Once I have a scene sketched out, I play it over and over in my head until I know exactly how I want it to run, dialog included. Of course, once I actually start writing I often surprise myself.

 

Who are you(r) writing inspirations, famous or not? My friends inspire me. I have been amazingly fortunate to have some of the most amazing friends on the planet, far more than anyone else I know. I consider them my family. These are people for I’d take a bullet for (and end a sentence with a preposition for). My main goal as a writer is to share these amazing relationships with the world. So, when it comes down to it, I guess I’m still playing make believe games with my besties. They just don’t always know it. Bwa ha ha.

 

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)? Ha. Ha ha ha. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha. Oh dear gods. TONS! I’m revising an apocalyptic sci fi novel about the return of Jesus (it’s not what you think). I realized I was doing too much research when I decided to take my King James Bible with me to the coffee shop to study because it was by far the smallest book I had. I’m also working on a steampunk novel set in an alternate history where the Civil War lasted twenty years and the industrial revolution never happened. I took my nephews to the library yesterday and was browsing DVD’s. “Holy crap!” I exclaimed. “This is awesome!” Of course they wanted to know what amazing movie I’d found for us to watch. “It’s a biography of Nicolai Tesla! Oh my God, they have two!!” Sigh. The challenge is taking all that intense research and then rendering it invisible. No one cares but the author, but I like to think that it creates an authenticity the readers sense, even if they don’t know it. Also, I want to make sure I know my crap when I’m interviewed by Jon Stewart. Ha ha.

 

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to? Writing and revising always. Editing not so much. Every novel has a different sound track. A Consequence of Folly favors Mumford and Sons. Third Testament likes Sneaker Pimps. Tango with a Twist worked well with Korean Pop artists like Boa.

 

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun? That’s a funny question. I moved out to Virginia Beach two years ago on a sort of sabbatical from teaching dance to work on my novels. I have an amazing opportunity to live out here rent free, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible writing so as not to waste the generosity of the friends who invited me. I’ve gained fifty pounds as a result! So now I’m trying to find more of a balance, getting outside more, hitting the beach, running, swimming and dancing.

 

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career? The phone call I received from Ray Bradbury! I’d adapted his short story “The Better Part of Wisdom” into a stage play and had written to him for permission to produce it. I corresponded with his agent a few times and sent a copy of the play. A few weeks later, the phone rang and this deep voice said, “Hello. This is Ray Bradbury.” He sounded exactly the way he’d introduced his TV show and I looked up at the row of his books lining the shelf in front of me. He liked the adaptation and offered a few suggestions, as well as asking if I’d consider a production with one of his own plays, since the script was a fairly short one. Best. day. ever. Unfortunately, the night of auditions was the worst snowstorm of the decade, so no one showed up. Then my personal life interrupted everything and the production never happened. I’ll always think of it as “the one that got away,” but that phone call was exhilarating.

 

Who created your amazing cover art? Me. Thanks! I do all my own design work, and most of my own photography.

 

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to? I always need to thank Ryan and Hope Rooyakkers, who let me live here for free and make all this possible. I should also mention my editor Lauran Strait. Woot! Oh, and Rhea Gropper Petit just painted a wonderful portrait for the cover of “Consequence.” Google her and check out her stuff!

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

 

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel. Okay. Brief. Well, the series I’ve just started publishing is the Tango Triptych. The first novel is Tango with a Twist (available for FREE on my website ( http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16) It has dancing, romance, bromance, a gay single dad, witchcraft and a devil bunny rabbit. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Glee. No. Really. Two other projects are racing to be the next published. Third Testament: The Book of John is affectionately known as the “Jesus Clone book” and is being considered by a publisher!!! (So stoked.) It’s an apocalyptic sci fi/paranormal novel set in a future where Jesus makes a comeback, but isn’t what anyone expected. A Consequence of Folly is a steampunk novel where aliens invade Earth to enslave the human race and the only ones who can save the planet are a gay pirate and the First Lady. Hold onto your goggles and pack a clockwork monkey, the dirigible leaves at dawn!

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life? Terry Pratchett. You have no idea. He is the only author I can read again and again. I actually wrote the entire steampunk novel (A Consequence of Folly) just to enter an alternative history contest he sponsored, only to find out I can only enter if I’m a British citizen. Always read the fine print!

 

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why? How about series? The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read all of them at least 3 or 4 times, and I’m not one to do that sort of thing. His language is so interesting that each and every sentence is a joy to read. Many editors claim that the goal of a writer is to keep the narrator/narration as invisible as possible, but Mr. Pratchett proves (to me anyway) that’s just silly. Why write all those words just to keep them inconspicuous? Also, he manages to write fun, fanciful tales while also creating brilliant satire. (By the way, don’t start with book 1 in the series. It took him a couple of novels to really figure out his style. I recommend Equal Rites as a good entry point. Another good place is The Wee Free Men, a recent YA novel in the same universe, but it exists as a standalone.)

 

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone? Books should never be left alone. They get lonely. They deserve all the attention they can get. I like the new trend (especially since The Lord of the Rings) to remain as faithful as possible to the original. Other than my own books (all of which I’d love to see on the big screen or the small) I’d have to say Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Forrest Gump the movie should NEVER have been made. The book was brilliant, the movie appalling. Don’t even get me started.

 

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? Bad grammar. Get an editor people! Oh, also getting twenty pages into a novel and A) nothing has happened or B) I already know how it’s going to end.

 

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? Oh good Lord, put it down and don’t look back. There are too many novels out there who deserve our time and attention to waste it on books that need revision and editing. If you can’t grab me in 20 pages, it’s not worth my time. Isn’t that what we’re all told as writers? Novels by friends are a different story. Those I will trudge through. I often go to the library and grab ten books from the new arrivals section to keep up with what’s getting published. (There’s that research thing again.)  Most of it is crap, and I can’t get through it. Mind you, there are a number of amazingly successful books (Twilight and 50 Shades come to mind) that I forced myself to finish (while cutting myself with razor blades) in my ongoing effort to understand what sells. If you ever figure it out, please tell me. No. Really.

 

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around? I’m a whore. I’ll read any style of writing. I look for characters and relationships. Give me a group of friends battling together (or against one another) to overcome adversity and I’m hooked. Doesn’t matter if “adversity” means an alien horde or paying the rent on time.

 

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both? Both. I’m old enough to love the smell and feel of a good book, but I’ve moved around a lot in the past several years and understand that 1,000 novels are much easier to transport across the country on my e-reader.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie? Room with a View. Go figure.

 

Favorite TV show? Okay, massive guilty pleasure. Beastmaster. New Zealand scenery, constant eye candy in a loincloth, and the best bromance in TV history. I can’t help myself.

 

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything with curry.

 

What’s your favorite candy/dessert? Carrot cake with way too much cream cheese frosting.

 

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sneaker Pimps, Peter Gabriel, Debussy, Danny Elfman, Bitter:Sweet, Pink Martini, oh hell, I could go on and on.

What’s your hidden talent? If I tell you, it’s no longer hidden is it?

 

What is your dream vacation? Me and a few close friends on our own private island in the tropics. Naked.

 

Thank you  John for taking the time to join me here on my little ‘ol blog! I really hope all of you enjoyed this funny and fantastic interview! Also, remember to get in contact with John!

 

Do you want to get in contact with John? Well here’s how!

 

Contact Information:

Author Name: John Robert Mack

Blog: http://johnrobertmack.com/?cat=2

Facebook:www.facebook.com/johnrobertmack

Twitter: Twitter shall be the downfall of the American Empire.

Goodreads: I suck. Still making this happen.

Book Links: http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16 FREE!!

Email: john@johnrobertmack.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nexus; Where the Paranormal and Sci-Fi Collide

After reading Brian Weimer’s Paranormal/Sci-Fi (yes you read that correctly) novel, Nexus, I was thrilled that he agreed to be interviewed by me. I was fortunate enough to have met Brian at the Alabama Phoenix Festival in Birmingham back in April. There we learned that we shared many of the same interests and even wrote in similar genres.

After the interview keep reading. I have posted my review of Nexus.

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer

Brian Weimer is an author, and digital artist from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Southeastern Bible College with a degree in theology. Brian has recently released his first novel, Nexus, a supernatural, sci-fi thriller currently available on Amazon.com. He is a regular writer for The Examiner, covering such topics as entertainment, pop culture, health and nutrition, and a range of other topics. He is currently working on his second novel, The Citadel, a horror story, as well as a follow up to Nexus.

Author Questions  

When did you realize you wanted to be an author? 

I knew I wanted to write a book when I was about 14, and although I’ve written a novel, I’m still not sure I’m an author.

What is your writing process? Such as outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen? 

This depends on the project. I used to write everything down on paper, but now, it’s all done on computer. I normally write a story out in short, script form first, then expand it into full novelization. At least, that’s worked for me so far.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not? 

Not sure if i have any inspirations, as in writers, but just collecting books and visiting so many bookstores over the years has inspired me.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)? 

For Nexus, it took around ten years from initial conception until completion. Research wise, there wasn’t much required, other than knowing some basics about electronics and police work.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to? 

I do listen to music while writing. For Nexus, I put together a ‘soundtrack’, compiling various electronic music that reminded me of that world, such as the Halo soundtracks, and would listen to that all that time during the writing process. As for artists, I listen to electronic artists such as BT, Chicane and Andy Hunter.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun? 

For fun, I’m usually working out, shopping, thrifting, watching Dr Who, being lazy or eating.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

The most exciting experience is just people buying my book, reading it, and hearing positive things about it. Nothing can beat that!

Who created your amazing cover art? 

Well, I actually designed the cover. Conceptually, I knew what I wanted years before the novel was released. Thankfully, i know just enough about photoshop and digital design to be dangerous.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Does my mom count?


Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life? 

Probably Terrance Dicks, who novelized the vast majority of the original Doctor Who stories back in the 70’s and 80’s.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? 

The main thing that turns me away is having a main character that I can’t relate to, and isn’t interesting.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? 

It depends on the type of investment I have with it. If the book is written by someone I know, I will likely finish it. Thankfully, the only books I’ve lost interest in so far were written by people I’ve never met.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I like to read a lot of different genres. Outside of sci-fi and horror, i enjoy biographies and non-fiction.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

To me, nothing can beat actually holding a paperback in hand, smelling the paper, and feeling it. I guess I’m old school, and I’m a book collector.


Random Questions

Favorite movie?

So many, but Tron Legacy is up there.

Favorite TV show?

Classic Dr Who, hands down!

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?  

Either Mexican food or pizza. Tough choice.

Have a sweet tooth? What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Homemade ice cream, cookie dough, or the best of both worlds … Cookie dough ice cream!

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one. 

Anberlin, BT, Tangerine Dream, and Skillet … Just to name a few.

What’s your hidden talent? 

I’m pretty good with cutting hair, although that could just be on myself. I’ve been doing it since i was twelve.

What is your dream vacation?

To have 3 months to travel around the country, from east coast to west coast, staying in nice hotels, buying tons of souvenirs, and eating in awesome restaurants. Yep, that about covers it!

~My Review~

Nexus

Nexus

Nexus is an excellent book for new author, Brian Weimer. The story is both supernatural and sci-fi with an original plot, which I truly enjoyed. The characters were well developed, the dialogue was smart and the flow of the story was gripping and smooth.
The three main characters, Josh, Daniel and Nicole, are people from different walks of life who are brought together through fate, tragedy and divine design. Josh is a private investigator that works cases a little outside the norm. Nicole is attacked and nearly killed by a dark entity, the same dark force that Josh is investigating. Daniel is a college student with many supernatural abilities. Together they discover an evil organization is bent on unleashing demonic forces on their city and they must work together to stop them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys supernatural stories with a dash of Sci-Fi. In addition, this book is laced with Christian elements that I found refreshing and could be read by those of the same faith. It a great debut novel!

Contact Information:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Brian-Weimer/dp/149602091X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404784138&sr=1-1&keywords=nexus+brian+weimer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8289647.Brian_Weimer