I am THE next favorite author because I think outside the
box. A mix of old and new.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
What I enjoy most about writing is the new ideas
that pop into my head as the words flow out of me, the twist and turns that I
take the reader and characters on, and even the excitement I have when someone
reads some of my work and enjoys it. I love to write and hope that I can put a
smile or leave an impression with someone else.
Rae is a Mother, Wife, Nurse, Novelist, Explorer, Animal
Activist, and a Daydreamer. She spends most of her days with her head in the
clouds and is happy to be there. She feels a good story can change a person's
world even if it is only for a day.
Time for a change in perspective. Write a scene from your story from the POV of a minor character, Post the result in the comments, see what you learn about your character and your story from this exercise.
When forced to abandon the only life she knows, Maria finds herself endangered by Were from all sides and learns a tough lesson - she isn’t the scariest thing out there.
HUNTED •By other Were to strengthen their Covens •By those with great power to further their own agendas •By those who would wipe the scourge of her race and her own special kind of evil from the earth •By the Hunter who must kill her to fulfill his destiny, but wants to protect her instead Can she choose between death or life on her own terms or will that choice be made for her? The only constant is her ever present hunger, driving her to feed.
Promo Tip: Bring copies of your book everywhere you go. Let people see it. Have a pitch ready when people ask about it. We have a little lending library in our neighborhood. I place my books there on the regular. (I'm still not good at selfies)
I write great characters in difficult spots you can fall in
love with. And cats and dragons, often in pivotal roles.
If you were to ask me my "interesting" writing
quirk, I'd probably ask you which one you meant? The cats in every book? The
dragons? The snarky humor? But, really, what's oddest about the way I write is
that what comes out in the first draft is really close to what I have in my
last draft. My subconscious does all of the work. That's convenient and saves a
lot of time on editing—yes, I still miss stuff but it's more my fingers
missing, not my brain—but also means I'm not one of those writers who can sit
down and just write a thousand words every day on her favorite work in
progress. If I try to force writing, what comes out is garbage. If I wait until
my subconscious has cooked it up nicely and is ready to serve it, what comes
out tickles the snot out of me. And usually not just me. I might not write any
fiction for eight months and then pump out a novel in a month and a half while
still working my day job. On the other hand, it does take over all my waking
and free hours when the mood is on me. And more than once has woken me in the
wee hours to pound out a short story or something.
Stephanie Barr is a part time novelist, full
time rocket scientist, mother of three children and slave to many cats. She has
three blogs, which are sporadically updated: Rocket Scientist, Rockets and
Dragons, and The Unlikely Otaku. Anything else even vaguely interesting about
her can be found in her writing since she puts a little bit of herself in
everything she writes . . . just not the same piece. Keep up with new releases
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Writing Prompt: Earth is dying. Humanity has created an Ark to send into space. How do we decide who and what gets to go? This is a premise used frequently in fiction How would you give it a unique twist?
The Shadowlands lie behind a hidden locked door within the Superior Crow Judge’s Chambers. Kidnapped souls are imprisoned there. These souls will be tormented by all their transgressions, and the parts of themselves that they denied will be magnified ten times. Xander Veh, one of three Indigo Travelers, is called to find his former rival’s lost soul. To do so, Xander has to enter in his mortal form. He’s been warned to do so could drive him crazy, as all the parts of himself that are buried deep within his psyche will surface for him to either face or deny. It could drive him insane, never to see his home world, family or friends again.
Matt Hogan is
a practicing internist who had to slog through medical school and residency
before finding the time to pursue his other interests, including sleeping,
eating foods that don't come in a can, and writing fiction. As a child in
Philadelphia, Matt fell in love with both science and fiction, consuming every
medium from which they came. From textbooks to movies, his life was filled with
things both real and imagined, and he dreamed of one day blending them
together. So when his real pursuits finally allowed, he started to imagine
again. Matt currently lives and works in Atlanta and loves being able to pursue
two of the things that make him the most happy (being a father of two, however,
he still doesn't get much sleep).
Why are you the next favorite author?
We all face an unknown future. I take reality
as we know it—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and dream up the world that it
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was fifteen, my oldest brother was
in a high-speed, head-on collision. He survived, but the driver of the other car
did not. She was a professional, a wife, and a mother of two young children. It
was all my family could think about for months, and, eventually, it tore us
As my parents went through a tough divorce,
I retreated into my brain and started to read everything I got my hands on. Initially,
I gravitated toward medical texts, trying to figure out ways to help my brother
as he made a slow recovery. This is when I first dreamed of becoming a doctor. Eventually,
however, I broadened my scope and started reading fiction, biographies, comic
books, and newspapers. One particularly tough day, I wrote something down,
mostly just to get my emotions out in a constructive way. I instantly loved how
cathartic it was.
From high school into college, I continued
to write, mostly just for me. I had a few small works published locally, but
the demands of medicine soon sidelined those pursuits. When I finally got through
residency, I found time to write again. Since then, medicine has been my path
of intellectual growth, while writing has been my creative and emotional
outlet. It’s undoubtedly the best avenue for my fears and frustrations, but
it’s also the best way for me to communicate what I love about this world and
the people in it.
Mr. November was borne out of those two
realities – science and sentiment. It takes a concept as fanciful as time
travel and uses real scientific principals and discovery to make it seem
plausible. When my wife first read the book, she jokingly asked if I really
knew how to travel through time because the science was so real. Interwoven
with all those realities and facts, however, is a story rooted in something we
all struggle with – the search for self. Who am I, and why am I who I am? As a
result, there really is something for everyone in the book, including emotion,
family, action, drama, mystery, and, of course, science fiction.
My brother still bares the emotional and
physical scars of that day long ago. They’re constant reminders of how life can
change, for better and for worse, in an instant. It’s comforting to think that
we were meant to be who we are. But in all honesty, I’ll never know whether I
would’ve become a doctor or a writer had that accident never occurred.
Evie never really thought about how fragile life truly was, nor how quickly it could be taken from her. One fateful day changes all that as her entire world is destroyed. A man deemed The Hunter bent on destruction, decimates Evies entire village leaving nothing but fragmented pieces for her to pick up. In the shards of what is left is Evies best friend, who bestows on Evie words that will quite literally change her life. As Evie runs from her village into her new identity, part animal and part human, she becomes comfortable with her new self, and fights desperately to forget her painful past. Then one day, a stranger changes all that. A stranger who may hold the answer to everything she has ever questioned.
away from Updrift feeling like you’ve eaten something delicious; and you’ll
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I remember pretty much always wanting to write… I think I
attempted my first story when I was nine and it was so bad, even young childish
me knew it. I literally burned it. I read fiction then and now like I breathe,
which is to say constantly; and it was more than just a pastime, has always
felt more visceral and necessary to me than that.
I think incessant reading wired me up strangely, too,
meaning I constructed a kind of narrative filter through which I apprehend
life’s experiences. And view reality. I’m always working on how I would express
in words what I see happening around me. But I didn’t give myself permission to
take a serious run at storytelling until five years ago. I think I was able to
write Updrift because I loved the premise, and because the genre felt
approachable to me.
About the Author
Errin Stevens writes
paranormal suspense/romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with
her husband and son. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading
everything from mythology to contemporary romance to literary novels – you’ll
find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the
other three days of the year). Visit her blog site at http://errinstevens.com
for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.