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.

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Author Pages:

Amazon

Where to find Cassidy Taylor:

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

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Halloween Movie Marathon – Myk Pilgrim

I’m very excited about today’s slot, because not only is Myk Pilgrim a horror writer, but he’s also one of those people who LOVE horror films. As part of his Halloween celebrations, he picked 31 Halloween films, and has posted a review each day.

I’m very grateful to Myk for letting me bring you that very list, along with his Top 8 picks. So without further delay, I hand you over to Myk Pilgrim… And try not to blink… It might just get you killed…

Happy Halloween boils & ghouls!

In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year (spoilers it’s NOT the one with the mince pies) I’ve put together a Halloween Horror Movie Marathon to keep you creepy for October. It’s a pretty wide list, the impetus behind my choices it being particularly focused on popcorn munching horror flicks. The name of the game here being fun and (as much as I hate to use the word given its stigma in the current climate) inclusive.

Hope you have a Spooktacular Samhain and remember folks: Every day is Halloween.

Visit MykPilgrim.com to see the full list and download the PDF.
http://www.mykpilgrim.com/horrormarathon2017

And Here’s Myk’s Top 8 Films From The Lineup

Day 1 – Tales of Halloween (2015)

Tales of Halloween is a sweet anthology flick, a perfect start for the season. There really is a mixed bag in this one, flesh eating pumpkins, monstrous demons, murderous children and a Halloween joy-ride to end all joy-rides. Tricks for everyone!

Day 3 – Orphan (2009)

A multi-layered flick about the horrors of parenthood – this really is a criminally unsung horror gem. Also, the little girl, the youngest of the three kids, is so sweet you can almost feel your teeth falling out. The tension throughout the film is tangible and the payoff worth the wait.

Day 10 – Oculus (2013)

Oculus ploughs ahead at top speed managing expectations as it goes. Two grown siblings return to their childhood home to face the demons whose shadows have tarnished their whole lives. You may never see light bulb quite the same way again. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Also, did I mention that Karen Gillian is in it?

Day 11 – Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

I’m not going to guild the lily here, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is one of, if not my favourite horror comedy. This hill billy bromance stacks one laughable misunderstanding on another with hilariously bloody results. What do you get if you combine a bee hive & a chainsaw? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

Still not convinced? Here’s a review I did a few years back that should tip you over the edge.
http://www.mykpilgrim.com/unspoiled-reviews/tucker-dale-vs-evil-2010-review

Day 13  – Troll Hunter (2015)

After I first saw this it stuck to the insides of my skull for weeks – I hope it does the same for you. The way this found footage film uses Nordic folklore in its narrative is ingenious. I went into it completely blind and my experience was all the better for it. You may never look at the woods quite the same way again.

Day 21 – Hush (2016)

Hush A deaf writer working in her new book in a secluded cabin in the woods finds herself under siege by a masked lunatic with a crossbow. The use of silence in this one is remarkable. The danger is visceral.

Hush trailer link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_P8WCbhC6s

Day 26 – The Void (2016)

Probably the most decent Lovecraftian film in recent years. A group of strangers find themselves besieged in a hospital by one of the creepiest cults you’ve seen on film.

Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ot6ogGZNc

Day 30 – Night of the Demons 2 (1994)

A bunch of dumb kids decide to skip out on the naff school Halloween disco to drink beer and bump uglies in the local allegedly haunted house. The creature effects are fun, the demons hilarious and creepy. But really though, if you only need only ONE reason to watch this flick, I have three words for you: Bad Ass Nun.

Introducing Myk Pilgrim

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.

Where to find Myk Pilgrim:

Website (Myk Pilgrim), Twitter, Instagram, Blog, Facebook, YouTubeGoogle+

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

Interview with a Werewolf – with A.L. Mabry

In preparation for putting together this Halloween event, I reached out to a number of independent authors, trying to get ideas for posts. The wonderful A.L. Mabry (who was the subject of yesterday’s Author Spotlight) agreed to sit down and do a live interview with one of her latest creations, Miranda Spencer.

I’ve always enjoyed interviewing my own characters as part of the writing process, and this interview proved to be just as much fun. In the process of doing this interview we went from a brief character idea to an entire plot outline for “Blood Moon: The Hunt”, so keep your eyes open, because this shaped up to be a very interesting story. Of course, we hashed out some details after the interview was over, but I’m not going to put those discussions here, because they’re very definitely potential spoilers.

I’d like to thank both A.L. and Miranda for their time, and without further delay, here’s that interview…

Introducing Miranda Spencer

Miranda Spencer, 25. Born in Huntsville, Alabama. Raised by her adopted father after the mysterious death of her mother when she was four. Miranda currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her daughter, Remy and her live in girlfriend,Morygaine. She is a stewardess which gives her access to many cities across the world and aids her side gig, Werewolf hunter.

“Hello, Timothy. My name is Miranda and I am a werewolf. I don’t know much about being a werewolf because I was raised by a Vampire. I know, you’re scratching your head. You see, my mother was human and my father was a monster apparently. When my mother was killed, Rupert, a vampire who was desperately in love with Mother, took me in as his own. He did it out of love for her but his despisal of my father overshadowed my childhood. Profile me?”

“I have to admit to being curious now, especially since I’ve met my share of shapeshifters since I started writing about the Seattle supernatural community. When did you discover you were a werewolf?”

“I was six. I fell asleep in my bed, as per usual and I woke up chained in the basement. My dad showed me the video but I still didn’t understand. Apparently he was waiting for it and had been tracking my growth every full moon. I didn’t really “get” it until I was about 12 and he started showing me all the research and information he had collected over the years.”

“So when you say your dad was expecting this to happen, you mean Rupert, the vampire who adopted you? Or your birth father? And would I be right in assuming your birth father was a werewolf too, or were you bitten by a werewolf?”

“When I say my dad, I do mean Rupert. He’s a bastard but he’s the only dad I ever knew. My bio dad was a monster and he’s the reason my mom is dead.”

“Do you talking about how your mom died, or is it too painful? And what happened to your birth dad?”

“I don’t mind talking about her but it’s all what I have been told by others. I can’t even remember her anymore. What happened to my birth dad? Nothing…yet.”

“I asked because you said he WAS a monster, as if someone had decided to do something about him. What happened between him and your mom that ended in her death? And where is he now?”

“He mated outside of the pack and broke the rules. When his alpha found out he had my mom killed.My bio didn’t even TRY to protect her. Or me. Rupert barely got there in time to save me and my bio disappeared. He thinks he’s in hiding but I know where he is now.”

“Having got to know Richard as well as I have, I know a little about the dymanics of wolf shifter society. Did you ever consider the dynamics of a wolf pack? I’m not trying to defend him, but finding love outside the pack doesn’t necessarily make him a monster. Defending his mate or child, however, would mean challenging the Alpha for control of the pack, and it’s rare for a challenger to succeed.”

“Okay, I’m going to be frank. I’m not the angry discarded daughter I play myself to be. Looking like a victim keeps other people’s guard’s down. The fact is I have kid now. She’s five and I’m running out of time. I found a way to reverse the lycanthropy gene but, I need his blood. All of it.”

“Ever thought about trying to talk to him about it? After all, you’ve only got Rupert’s perspective on what happened. As much as Rupert loved you and your mother, it’s possible his view are more than a little skewed. There’s a chance your birth dad might not be the monster you’ve been lead to believe.”

“Oh, my info on this matter didn’t come from Rupert. I’ll be needing his blood as well. You see, I met a witch. She’s this beautiful, dazzling woman and she is completely in love with my little Remy. She wants to save her from this awful lifestyle, it’s already too late for me. It took her almost a year to find the right spell and it calls for the blood of the line and the blood of the undead. Which, seems odd to me…but she knows her stuff.”

“The blood of a shifter, and the blood of the undead? Sounds like we’re getting into serious Underworld territory here.”

*shrugs* “I’m just a hunter, trying to save her kid. And I will do anything to do so.”

“Sounds like Remy’s lucky to have you in her life. Does she know what’s in store for her?”

“No. I have gone to great lengths to protect Remy from the things that go bump in the night. Morygaine is the only supernatural person besides myself she has ever met but she doesn’t know that. I don’t want this life, this world, for her. Hiding her from Rupert has been the hardest. He’s such a damn busybody.”

“Hiding a child for five years can’t have been easy. I mean, I know a lot of people in the supernatural community spend so much effort to remain hidden already, without hiding from each other. How’ve you been explaining your absences around the full moon to Remy?”

“Morygaine locks me up and then she has special slumber parties with Remy. They have so much fun!”

“I hate to sound sceptical, but this is the same witch who thinks blood magic can cure Remy of lycanthropy? Is lycanthropy always passed on to the children? Richard always give me the impression that only happened when both parents were shifters, and not in every instance. He said the chances were a lot lower when only one of the parents was a shifter.”

“Is this in an interview or an interrogation? *nervous laughter* Remy’s dad…he was shifter too…”

“Sorry. I’m just curious about these things. Every time I think I have a handle on how things work in the supernatural world, something jumps out and surprises me.”

“Or kills you.”
 

“True enough. Though I consider myself lucky so far in that respect.”
 

“So it would seem.”
 

“So, what are your plans going forward?”
 

“I plan to kill my father and kill every werewolf that gets in my way. I’ll cure Remy and keep her with me as long as I can.”

“Well, from what you’ve told me, it doesn’t sound like too many will be standing up for him.”

“That’s what I thought but dogs are surprising loyal to each other.”
 

“And if any of them get wind that you’re trying to cure Remy’s lycanthropy, they might be afraid you’ll try the same thing with them.”

“From what I understand, the spell only works if it is performed before the first shift. Once the gene has been activated, so to speak…there’s no turning back. I was six. Rupert’s research shows that to be pretty consistent. I need to get this done before Remy’s next birthday.”

“What if she discovers what she is, or the price of her cure?”
 
 

“She’ll understand I did it for her…won’t she? Maybe I’ll just have to make sure she never knows…”

“I can’t talk for everyone, but Richard grew up knowing about the shifter world, even before he showed any signs of being one. If his mother hadn’t hidden her abilities from her husband, he might never have left them, driving Richard’s mother to drink, and her eventual death. Sometimes keeping these secrets can do more harm than good.”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“I suppose so. I just want to protect her. How do we know when we’re doing it right or not? I don’t want to wait until she’s already hurt…”

“Thank you. I trust you will not allow this information to fall into the wrong hands? I’d hate to have to add you to my list…”

“Trust me, I’m used to keeping secrets. I’m probably one of the few mortals who can navigate the ins and out of Seattle’s supernatural world. Sure I’ve made a few enemies in the process, but I know too much for certain people to risk removing me from the picture.”

“Good to know. I’ll keep your number, in case.”
 

“If you decide to learn more about the shifter communities, I’ll setup a meeting with the Seattle pack for you. Until then, happy hunting”

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.

Where to find A.L. Mabry:

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

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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Where to find Toi Thomas:

Website & Blog (The ToiBox of Words), Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook

Author Spotlight – Renee Scattergood

Introducing Renee Scattergood

Renee Scattergood, author of the dark fantasy serial, Shadow Stalker, lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She loves reading, watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter.

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

I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I’m originally from the US, but I met my husband online and came out here for a visit. We were married three months later and I’ve never looked back.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?

Currently, I’m finish up my Shadow Stalker serial. It’s about a girl who is destined to enslave her world, but she is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen. Of course, sometimes there are some things we can’t control. Really it’s her struggle to create her own destiny. Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) is available free in most online retailers for those interested in checking it out.

Who is your intended readership?

This is a hard one to answer. I guess dark speculative fiction is the best way to describe it since it has a mix: a dark fantasy with elements of science fiction and thriller. It’s been described as having futuristic technology in a primitive world. There are also some themes (such as torture), which may be uncomfortable for some readers. It’s recommended for mature young adult readers and up.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved telling stories, but it never occurred to me to be a writer until I was in my mid-twenties. I was in college and my English instructor suggested I get some of my work published. Before that, I had always done badly in English, so writing wasn’t something I would have ever considered.

Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?

I’m inspired by various people for different reasons. Terry Goodkind inspires me by getting me into a creative mood. J.K. Rowling inspired me with the way she maintained control of her work and didn’t sell out simply for a shot at glory. And there are many indie authors who inspire me every single day to keep doing what I’m doing.

What advice would you give beginning writers?

Something I was told, and it’s turned out to be the best advice I’ve ever gotten, is to keep writing. If you finish your first book and it doesn’t sell well, keep writing. If your second doesn’t sell well, keep writing. And don’t keep yourself in a shell either. We live in an age where authors don’t have to be hermits. The internet gives us a limitless platform for connecting with our readers (and potential readers). So get yourself out there and let people see who you are as a person as well as an author!

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

I really haven’t had much time for hobbies. I used to love doing crafts, but arthritis keeps me from that now, and I have an autistic daughter as well who keeps me busy. I love watching movies and reading though.

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

Well, I am starting work on a new serial. It’s basically the shadow stalkers’ origin story. And I’m working on my first novel series as well. It’s called A God’s Deception. I’m still working out the details of the story still, but I think the title tells a lot. 🙂

Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)


Auren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.

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Author Pages:

Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords

Where to find Renee Scattergood:

Website (Renee Writes), Twitter, Pinterest, Blog (Renee Writes), Facebook