Author Spotlight – Lesley Donaldson

Introducing Lesley Donaldson

I love creating fantastical worlds with compelling characters who take you on a journey away from the stress of your everyday life. My debut fantasy, “The Queen’s Viper”, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. If you like your stories so realistic you feel like you’re there, I’m sure you’ll love this grim-dark blend of historical and contemporary fantasy.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

My stories take you to times and places that no longer exist… or do they? I love writing stories that blend real events with magic and supernatural elements, often with dark humour or tones.

The stories I write range in genre, from magical fantasy and adventure, to horror and space opera (the latter being in development). For me, creating compelling characters we love, or love to hate, is the most important part of the creative writing process.

My debut fantasy, “The Queen’s Viper”, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Awards. I’m pleased to announce that I’m inviting fantasy readers to be in the sequel, “The Wrath of Atticus”, or to create a character with plot involvement for the conclusion of the series. My Kickstarter campaign offers all the details: http://bit.ly/WrathofAtticus.

I’m a hobby medievalist, a nurse, a special needs parent, and an often companionable wife.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

I wrote a blog post talking about real historical artifacts that I integrated into Viper’s story. http://writerlesleydonaldson.com/tudor-artifacts-fantasy/
Originally, Viper didn’t have a name. Then I came across a less than flattering image of Queen Elizabeth I holding a black snake (which had been painted over by white roses to hide it). Viper’s name and her role in history fell into place.

My latest book, “The Wrath of Atticus”, is the sequel to “The Queen’s Viper”.

Viper is a villainous protagonist caught between the mystery of her immortal past and the malice of mortals in the present. Her journey is a re-imagining of Celtic folklore in a seamless blend of historical and contemporary fantasy for a mature audience.

The first book follows Viper across two timelines: Tudor-Elizabethan England and modern London. Viper stumbles across the young Tudor Princess Elizabeth and a Crown Jewel that unlocks Viper’s repressed memories. To secure a path to her past, Viper ensures Elizabeth’s safety, setting the threatened princess upon the Throne of England. Viper’s journey leads her to Annys, the unforeseen enemy who imprisons her for 400 years.

Then, in 2012, Viper is inexplicably freed from her magical prison. With the help of her Foundling Owain, and his eclectic cadre of helpers, Viper sets off for revenge upon the descendants of those who imprisoned her, starting with Queen Elizabeth II. All the while, a malicious figure exerts his influence from the shadows.

Will immortal Viper overcome the power surging within herself even as Queens of Britain try to control her?

In the sequel, “The Wrath of Atticus”, anti-hero Viper may have forgotten her past, but it’s about to catch up with her. Grudgingly obligated to help mortals prepare for a prophesied war, Viper’s torn between helping her allies and pursing her own, selfish interests.

Visions of the past reveal that the mysterious Atticus has hunted Viper since the Iron Age, when Viper aided in Queen Boudica’s rebellion against invading Romans.

Before Viper uncovers the truth about Atticus, an assassin arrives from Veyandra, the Otherworldly home Viper has never seen. He gives her a warning she can’t ignore. Viper must choose her path before new enemies determine her untimely fate on the summer solstice.

Who is your intended readership?

Speculative fiction readers, mature audience

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

My entire life has been about stories, even when I took a detour and studied/worked in nursing. My first story was at the age of 3 about a cat named Dimples. If I wrote that story now, Dimples would be a bio-hacked lab cat subjugating humankind for their own good.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

This question is always hard for me to answer, because I find so many authors and series enjoyable to read. Stephen King and Dean Koontz have a lot of room on my shelves. I also like Shirley Jackson and Robin Hobbs. Lately, I’ve spent more time reading Canadian authors.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Read a book twice: once for fun, and the second for dissecting what made it work. Learn the strategies of crafting before you let your imagination loose. Many of the emerging authors I speak too have lots and lots of creative ideas, but lack the skill to integrate them into a publishable story.

Give yourself lots of time and push your creativity.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love travelling with my family, and when time allows, I throw on garb and re-create certain aspects of medieval history. No plagues please!

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

My Kickstarter (http://bit.ly/WrathofAtticus) had a huge boost within the first 24 hours. Even though it’s successfully funded, I’m taking backers on the journey to the $3000 stretch goal so I can release a book of short stories for free.

The short stories represent my range and tone, from fantastical (plus or minus monsters) to slipstream. My editor and I are bantering titles about. The current working name is “The Crying Leaves”.

The Wrath of Atticus

Immortal anti-hero Viper may have forgotten her past, but it’s about to catch up with her. Grudgingly obligated to help mortals prepare for a prophesied war, Viper’s torn between helping her allies and pursing her own selfish interests.

Visions of the past reveal that the mysterious Atticus has hunted Viper since the Iron Age, when Viper aided in Queen Boudica’s rebellion against invading Romans.

Before Viper uncovers the truth about Atticus, an assassin arrives from Veyandra, the Otherworldly home she has never seen. He gives her a warning she can’t ignore. Viper must choose her path before new enemies determine her untimely fate on the summer solstice.

 

Check Out The Kickstarter Campaign

Author Pages:

Amazon, Smashwords

Where to find Lesley Donaldson:

Website (Lesley Donaldson – Author of Speculative Fiction), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Lesley Donaldson – Author of Speculative Fiction), Facebook, LinkedIn, Newsletter (Escape for Free!)

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Author Spotlight – C.J. Rose

Introducing C.J. Rose

RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have a select group of friends that I care deeply for and together we make up a merry band of board gaming nerds.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

The Ultimate Companion Cookbook-You will find some of yummiest recipes this side of the dimension. Each Character, each book, each actor, and each staff member has a recipe dedicated to them. Each chapter is a different adventure, from soups and salads, to desserts and drinks. Dive into the bbq lamb chops, or take a sip of the magic cocktail. Each one will entice your taste buds and bring you to a new world full of tastes and smells.

Who is your intended readership?

This book is written and designed for people of all ages. I wanted to write something the everyone could enjoy.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

Growing up I was never a fan of reading. It wasn’t until senior year when I took a novels class that I started to find enjoyment in it. One of the novels we were to read was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was then that I realized that the reason I didn’t enjoy reading was because I was reading the wrong thing.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Don’t give up. Write for yourself first, then your audience. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to take a break from it and come back.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I have a major love for musical theater and just recently finished directing my first children’s musical (Madagascar Jr.) I am now in Hunchback of Notre Dame.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

Book 2 (To Rescue a King)-France, 1633; a time when ladies wore tight corsets, men’s boots came to their knees, and weaponry was a common accessory. In book 2 To Rescue a King, Come along with Luthor and Gwen as they travel back to a world here hygiene wasn’t the greatest, but parties were incredible. Fresh off the battle with Hera, Luthor finds himself teaming up with four of history’s most loyal and trusted men. With a new team of heroes, it’s a race to the finish in order to save the one true king.

Generation Chronicles: Bridge of the Gods


Bridge of the Gods is the first book in the Generation Chronicles series. It focuses on Luthor and Gwen. Here is the blurb: Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

Buy Now: E-Book, Paperback

Where to find C.J. Rose:

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, LinkedIn, Instagram, Blog (C.J. Rose Author and Blogger), Website (Facebook Street Team)

Author Spotlight – Cassidy Taylor

Introducing Cassidy Taylor

Cassidy Taylor is a fantasy author who studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was there that she found her niche in children’s literature, and won the Bill Hooks Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2007. Her first novel, When Rains Fall, is forthcoming in December 2017. The prequel short story, The Dry Season, is available for free on Amazon.

She lives in beautiful North Carolina with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s a dog.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I’m a paralegal by day, writer by night. I’m currently editing my debut novel, When Rains Fall, scheduled to release in December 2017. I also do editing work for authors through Dragon Realm Press.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My latest story, The Life & Death of Cora Svanros, is available exclusively in Mirrors & Thorns: An OWS Ink Anthology. It is set in the same world as my upcoming novel, When Rains Fall, and loosely based in Greek and Norse mythology.

Cora Svanros, a self-sacrificing slave girl with an iron will, wants nothing more than to protect her little sister. Sold into slavery after the death of their mother, she’s spent the last eight years being tortured by a cruel young chief with an unusual ability. When a seer tells her that to defeat him, she must pluck three feathers from the Crow of Malos, she knows she must try, even if it means dying to get what she needs.

If you like fierce female characters, a bit of magic, and a smoldering god of death and darkness, this is the story for you.

Who is your intended readership?

My stories would be perfect for readers of YA fantasy comparable to SJ Maas or Morgan Rhodes. I have big, complex worlds and character-driven action that wouldn’t be complete without a splash of romance.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was a writer before I could read. One of my earliest memories is making up a story to the Peter Pan picture book when I couldn’t find anyone to read it to me. I wrote through school, majoring in English and Creative Writing in college. I lost focus for a couple years when I graduated and got a desk job, but I’m back at it, more determined than ever.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

Strangely, some of my favorite authors are contemporary writers. Sarah Dessen (who was one of my professors at UNC), Jennifer Weiner, Rebecca Wells, and Becky Albertalli. If I were to narrow it down to fantasy authors, my faithful go-to’s are SJ Maas, Morgan Rhodes, Shannon Hale, and Kristin Cashore.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Read widely and write often. You won’t improve without either of those things.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

When I’m not working or writing, I’m reading. I read at least 50 books a year, but this includes audiobooks that I listen to during my commute. I also have two young, active children, so I spend a lot of time reading in the gymnastics lobby or during soccer practice.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

My debut novel, When Rains Fall, will be out in December 2017. It’s the first in a new YA fantasy series. You can add it to your to-read list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36154732-when-rains-fall.

“When rains fall and tides rise, you must decide on which shore you stand.”

Sibba Hallowtide has never felt like a Fielding, but fierce loyalty to her mother has always kept her close to home. When tragedy strikes, Sibba suddenly has a chance to leave the Fields in search of independence. But unless she can rescue her brother and return him to his rightful place as chief, the duty of clan leadership will fall onto her shoulders.

Rayne Crowheart is not just any rebel, but the daughter of the Casuin emperor, estranged from her family from the time she was only 12. Now, five years later, with the training of an assassin, she returns home on a mission to kill the crown princess—her own little sister—and hand the country over to the rebels. That is, until she makes an unexpected ally who gives her hope there might be another way.

Sibba wants nothing more than to be free, but her journey to save her brother reveals that instead, her destiny may lie in a land across the sea. A land rife with turmoil, rich in magic and revenge, where a new queen is about to take the throne.

Two girls, two worlds, and one destiny collide in the first installment of this new fantasy series.

Mirrors & Thorns: An OWS Ink Anthology


Where the fairy tales ends and the reflection begins….
A dark fairy tale collection from the twisted pens of:
J.M. Ames, Kerry E.B. Black, J.K. Allen, C.L. Bledsoe, Lucy Palmer, Stacy Overby, T.S. Dickerson, Edward Ahern, Melanie Noell Bernard, S.L. Scott, Sarah Nour, Paul Stansbury, Cassidy Taylor, and J. Lee Strickland.

Buy Now: E-Book

Author Pages:

Amazon

Where to find Cassidy Taylor:

Website, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Newsletter (The Reading Warriors), Facebook

31 Days Of Halloween – Happy Halloween

It’s Halloween At Last!

And, yes, this post is going live 4 hours earlier than usual, and you’ll see why shortly…

This month has been an amazing ride, and I’ve loved being able to bring so many authors, books, and stories to you all. (Click here for a list of everything that’s happened this month).

This entire month was about celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” being in print. So, don’t forget to get your FREE copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” before the end of the night.

After midnight on Halloween night, the price will go back up to it’s usual $0.99 (USD). If you’re unsure this is the story for you, there’s a preview of the story at the bottom of this post.

So 31 Days, 31 Posts? Challenge Accepted… And Defeated!

When I first challenged myself to do this event, 31 posts in 31 days looked like such a daunting challenge. And there were ups and downs along the way. I had some posts planned with authors, which for didn’t make it into the line up, for different reasons. But there was always someone willing to step up and fill the slot.

I may have had to rush to make sure some of the posts went out on the days I’d promised, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone I’ve worked with has been amazing.

Here’s To All My Wonderful Contributors, And Readers

I want to put out a HUGE thank you to all the authors who took part, without whom I’d have been writing a blog post every day for an entire month… And I suspect I’d have failed miserably…

I’d also like to thank everyone who dropped in, took the time to comment on posts, share them, and click those like buttons. It means a lot to me that so many people came by and helped make this a blog event I’ll remember for a long time to come.

As a surprise to the contributing authors, I wanted to do something special, and this video is my way of showing my gratitude. I dug deep into author interviews, websites, blog posts and more to find some things about them that may people might not know…

So take a peek behind the scenes of the event, and learn a little about everyone who helped make this such a huge success.

And that’s a wrap…

But, I wouldn’t have even DARED to try something like this, if it wasn’t for you, my followers and readers. So, as a thank you, I decided to do something crazy… “Under A Hunter’s Moon” is STILL free, until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Grab Your Copy NOW!

Want a preview of what to expect? Then check out the preview below… And if you like what you read, PLEASE leave a review, and tell your friends how much you enjoyed it.

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Author Spotlight – Patricia Josephine

Introducing Patricia Josephine

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head and began learning all she could about writing. That was the start of it, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

I am a born and raised Michigander, meaning I can easily use my hands to indicate where in the state of Michigan I live. Creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It started with my grandpa’s oil paintings. I loved watching him and that eventually led to me wanting to be an artist as well. The first story I ever wrote was because I was bored. It was also awful and will not see the light of day, but it opened me up to a new way of creativity and I haven’t looked back.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My latest release is called Mistakes of the Past. It’s about two people dealing with their pasts and having to face them in order to move forward. The main character is also someone who is usually the bad guy in novels. I’ve always wanted to write a story where someone who is usually the villain gets to be the good guy and hero.

Who is your intended readership?

This is a question I always freeze on. LOL In all honestly, since I like to read to escape, my writing is the same, so if you’re a reader who likes to escape the real world for a while, I have some book recommendations. 😉 Also vampire lover or werewolf lover. Basically monster lovers. I do dabble in sci-fi too, so anyone who enjoys sci-fi stories. If you have picked up one of my books, expect something supernatural or sci-fi to happen.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I thought I sucked at writing for the longest time and it wasn’t even on my radar until I got bored one day. Then when the idea for my YA novel, Being Human, was almost written, it struck me as something other people might enjoy too. I started researching and learning more about writing, hired an editor because I am hopeless when it comes to commas, and trying to improve. Now, it’s hard to imagine not writing. I get tons of ideas and always have something in the works. Whether or not it is developed enough to finish is another story.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

My two favorite authors are Kerrelyne Sparks and Zac Brewer. Both have written amazing vampire stories and I love all things vampires.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Learn your own routine. There’s a ton of advice out there, and a lot of guilt tripping over not writing every day. Not every writer can write every day and that is okay. You’re better off finding what works best for YOU other than struggling with something that works best for someone else.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

When I was in college, I had to take an English class and on a writing paper, I got a D. The profession didn’t really give much advice, but now I know what she wanted was more show not tell, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why she didn’t just say that.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

When I’m not writing, I like to knit, paint, and make jewelry. I also have a serious obsession with Doctor Who and serial killers (not connected in anyway.)

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I’m bouncing around a few different projects and different stages, and getting distracted easily. I’m like Dug the dog. SQUIRREL. Makes it hard to answer this because I don’t know which one to talk about.

Mistakes of the Past


Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

Buy Now: E-Book

Author Pages:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords

Where to find Patricia Josephine:

Website (Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Author Spotlight – A.L. Mabry

Introducing A.L. Mabry

A.L. Mabry is a publisher and multi-genre author. She is currently working on several projects, including a short story collection, Darker Daze: The Storms Within (dark fiction) and the first book in her Chthonian Guardian trilogy, Soul Purge (fantasy). Darker Daze is being released exclusively on Patreon while Soul Purge will be published in 2018 by OWS Ink, llc. She has a sci-fi project in the works, Vivamus (science fiction), which will be released in early 2019.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

Hello, I am Amanda aka A.L. Mabry aka the Sassy Scorpio Scribe. I am I domestic abuse survivor, a special needs mom, an Air Force mom, and a wife with questionable domestic capabilities. I am also one of the owners of the OWS Ink, LLC empire with Stephanie Ayers and Heidi Angell. Stephanie and I were random partnered up in a writing group over eight years ago and we became best friend instantly. We founded OWS in 2015 and have been growing ever since. It is our goal to become a one stop hub for writers at all points of the journey while fostering a constant focus on community.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

My “big debut” is coming soon. Soul Purge is the first book in my Chthonian Guardian trilogy and it has been a labor of love. I began working on this story over seven years ago and I have continued to craft and recraft as my writing skills improved. This biggest lesson I have learned from the project is the laborious process involved in creating incredibly complex characters.
I have worked hard to make these characters flowing singularly and among each other in such a way that their interactions are unexpected but naturally evolving.

Who is your intended readership?

My words are intended for anyone who seeks refuge from the real world if only briefly. A dark and snarky sense of humor is required and please, suspend your belief at the door.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about four and reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Or, maybe it was Hop on Pop? All I know is I have been consuming stories since the first day I learned to sound out letters phonetically and knew I wanted to create stories of my own. I joined the Young Authors club in school and stayed with it. As an adult, I wrote lesson plans for preschoolers and made up songs and stories for my students. When I struggled with parenting, I turned to “mommy blogs” and it’s all history from there.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

I have several favorite authors and several inspirational people. But, one who wears both hats? That would be Neil Gaiman. I know, that is *so* pop culture of me to say. I especially love listening to him read his own work but I will jump into his worlds in any medium available. Gaiman’s work enthralls the reader in me and when I finish reading anything of his, the writer in me is ready to set this keyboard on FIRE.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Find your tribe. Seriously. I could give you technical advice all day but writing is isolating and consuming. Find your people and make honest to goodness connections with them. They will pick you up when you fall, push you down when you’re being stupid, and cheer for you all the time.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

This was hard. Humor is my coping mechanism of choice so there are many stories I could share. I will tell you this; as I read through my drafts I leave notes to myself. Sometimes they are funny or self deprecating. And sometimes? I forget to delete them before passing the draft off to a beta or editor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love art. I love to paint and draw and create. I don’t always end up with something beautiful, but I love the process and just disappearing into it. Much like writing…I also love traveling with my husband, exploring mountains and rivers and such.

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I am eagerly finishing up Soul Purge so I can finish up the first book in another series, Vivamus.

In a dystopian society that is masquerading as a Utopian society we will learn to question everything.

Our number 1 question is: Are we real?

Meet the replacement kids from C.I.R.F. (Child Insurance Replacement Facility) and follow along as we learn what it’s like to grow up as a back-up kid. Can we conform and become exact copies of genetic donors or will we struggle with who it is we are really meant to be?

We are vivamus, and these are our stories.

Ambrosia

*Delight in the nectar of the gods. Feed your mind with Ambrosia*

Whispers to the gods are like honey from a poet’s lips. When several poets raise their voices together, it’s a sacred feast of memories and dreams. Poetry is divine food for the soul, full of emotional and celestial feeling. Join us in our longing, our pain and passion, heartache, logic and insanity, fear, faith, confusion, hope, unity, solitude, daily life, political strife, and more.

From the creative minds of Eric Keizer, A.L. Mabry, Sam DeLoach, Alyssa Trivett, Mello Sakia, Stacy Overby, Phillip Matthew Roberts, Veronica Falletta and Stephanie Ayers.

The Poets of this project have partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and all royalties will be donated to this charity.

Buy Now: Paperback, E-Book

Author Pages:

Amazon, Smashwords

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

Website (A.L. Mabry), Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog (Our Write Side), Facebook

Come back tomorrow for – “Interview With A Werewolf”

A.L. Mabry and I also sat down to do an interview with one of her latest characters, Miranda Spencer – werewolf hunter. Miranda has a little secret that makes her choice of occupation an interesting one…

 

Author Spotlight – Toi Thomas

Introducing Toi Thomas

I’ve been at this for about 10 years. I’ve entertained paranormal fans with my Eternal Curse series, an angels, demons, and others tale with a Christian world view. I stretch minds and imaginations with my short story collection, Legend of the Boy…, featuring works of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance, and suspense. Glorie Townson, my pen name, brings along a bit of romance and comedy in the first book of my Sayings Series, It’s Like the Full Moon. I’ve even delved into the world of educational children’s books to enlighten and entertain little minds. Something for the whole family, here.

Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.

A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, I was born in Texas, but consider Virginia, USA to be home. I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with my family. Currently working as a special education teacher’s assistant while blogging and writing full-time, I find comfort and peace of mind in chocolate, green tea, and naps. My husband and I have been married for twelve years and share our home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie, who’s sure to inspire future publications.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

I’m currently working on two different sequels, but the one that’s pulling me the most is for my Eternal Curse Series. When I first wrote Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel it was a pivotal moment in my life. I had no idea I was writing a book. I just thought I was piecing together remnants of a reoccurring dream so it would finally go away.
As I developed the story, I realized that I didn’t want it to end. I’d grown attached to the gray man, who later became Giovanni. Giovanni was a sad and secluded character, and it was my job to fill his world with purpose, wonder, and even a few companions. What I created, still to this day, blows my mind. I don’t think it’s the greatest story ever conceived, but the fact that it came from me, humbles me.
Giovanni’s story makes me laugh and cry and wonder; what if? By the time I finished the first draft, I realized it was a book and had finally decided to share it with a small few for feedback while starting a blog to help me plan out the developmental details. It was amazing to see Giovanni’s tale of literal and emotional transformation evolve and develop into the story it is now.

Who is your intended readership?

Most of my work is written for adults, but is suitable for teens. I write adult fiction, mostly in the speculative genres, which is why I took on the pen name, Glorie Townson, when I decided to delve into romantic comedy.  Recently, I allowed my day job to influence my writing by developing four educational children’s books. For those, I saw no need to take on another pen name; it’s simply an extension, another part of my writing spectrum.  Most of my promotion is split between catering to adult readers of speculative fiction or readers of contemporary or romantic fiction. The children’s books tend to be bonuses discovered by satisfied moms or dads.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I look back in retrospect, it’s clear that I’ve always been a writer. I’ve found old notebooks filled with stories, drawings, bad poetry, character ideas, and more. For me, though, writing was never something I considered as a career. I’ve also loved technology since I was a kid and got my degree in computers, even interning for a short time with N.A.S.A Langley. When I begin to crave a creative outlet beyond my amateurish paintings and baking from scratch, I began to develop a love of reading and writing that I’d let slip away from me.
When a reoccurring dream began to haunt my days with figments of a story that made no sense, I began to write it down until I had something to base a whole book on. Once I completed that story, I knew writing was the one thing missing from my life. I’ve never stopped since. I may not always pursue publication, but I will always write.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

This question requires two answers, sort of. When I look back at the many stories I read in my youth, before school work tainted my love of reading, there were so many authors who made me feel like I could do anything. There was one, however, who brought out my creativity. What would now be considered fanfiction, as a kid, I paid homage to J.M.Barrie with by writing my own tales of Neverland with me as one of the many lost boys. That story, at the time, made we want to create new worlds and characters.
As an adult, I’m influence by everything around me; of course, that includes what I read. I try not to take what I’m reading too seriously, unless it’s nonfiction. I’ve rekindled my love of reading simply for pleasure and try not to let my writer’s mind get in the way. At the moment, I’d say my favorite authors are Stacey Rourke, Marissa Mayer, Deborah Harkness, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Tricia Drammeh.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

For a young or aspiring writer, I’d say it’s important to know why you are writing.  I think the why is one of the most overlooked, yet powerful, struggles a writer faces. Are you writing for pleasure? Are you writing for therapy or understanding? Are you writing for publication, just to put something out there? Are you writing for money? Are you writing for fame? The why will determine the course of action you take in your writing life. It will decide if or how much research and effort will go into the development of your work. It will decide if or how much time and or money will be spent on promotion, and so much more.

Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?

I once wrote a short story about a gray cat who stalked me and my sister around the little town in Texas, where we lived at the time. Everyone thought it was a good and creepy story I wrote for the Halloween season, but in reality, it was a true story. Yes, there were some exaggerations, but it really happened.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I’m a geekgirl. I collect comic books and action figures (guess that makes me a bit of a collector too). I also collect vinyl records. I love the cinema and taking pictures of my family and my dog, Margie. I like to bake and cook, from scratch when I can, but it’s not required. I’ve been struggling to find the right balance between my faith and all my other interests, and since I’m still seeking, I feel like I’m on the right path (I don’t feel lost and I haven’t given up).

What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?

I have a ridiculously long list of WIPs at the moment. Because of this, I’m taking a year off from attending major live events and am scaling back on my blogging. Aside from the sequels in the works for the Eternal Curse Series and my Saying Series, I have a new fantasy I hope to release soon. It’s set in a world were magic is tied to the land and should be used, but is being suppressed. A garden hidden in a library and an unknowing young mage are about to change this world forever.

Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel


“You have plenty of time to change your mind. You have not yet seen the monster I can be.”
Giovanni has been waiting his whole life to meet someone like Mira, someone from the outside world who might be able to help him. He wonders if there really is help for him as he continues to hold tightly onto dark secrets and even darker memories. Giovanni wants to be hopeful and he wants to accept Mira’s help, but first he has to look himself in the mirror and face what he truly is- and that is a reality no one is quite ready to accept.
Searching for new purpose and meaning in her life, Mira meets Giovanni online and an exciting and, in some ways, scary friendship is developed. Mira decides one day to meet Giovanni in person, at his secluded country home, in order to aid him on his journey of self-discovery. What these two are able to discover will not only test their strength and will, but it will stretch the limits of their minds and catapult them into a world where earth, Heaven, and Hell collide.
Giovanni’s Angel is the story of a man who may just be the answer to a spiritual war swiftly heading his way- but for now, he just wants to be a man.

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