Random Friday


And since I’m away, I’m going to introduce you to a guest! I found her through Goodreads and thought you might be interested in meeting someone else! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Claudie Arseneault!

Where do you live and write from?
I live in Quebec City, the capital of Canada’s majority French province. I’ve been here all my life, and English is a second language for me. I love my city, for all of its conservative faults. I think I see myself in a lot of its contradictions.

Why do you write?
Funnily enough, I recently wrote an entire guest post on this topic (it’s not up yet, but keep an eye on Ayah’s wonderful Why I Write series for it!). I won’t repeat all of those words here, but the short version is this: I write because it makes me feel like I belong. Writing allowed me to find my community. Writing reminds me that I am a professional, that I have found my path. Even when it is stressful and hard, writing is like coming home.

When did you start writing?
About ten years ago. At the time, it was a complement to my intense roleplaying habits. I ran games with a single player, and I wanted to write out the scenes between characters he didn’t witness. Then I heard of NaNoWriMo, got a sudden burst of inspiration, and after that first rush of creativity and fun, I could never go back.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy is my main turf, although I tend to play around a lot in the genre. My latest novel, City of Strife, is a crossover between high fantasy and political fantasy, while one of my other projects is… steampunk-fantasy-ish. Without the steam. Kind of falls a lot into the kind of magic/technology mix you’d expect from the Tales of _____ series, or Final Fantasy. I do also write science-fiction, and when I do, it’s absolutely solarpunk—a community-driven, eco-conscious, hopeful subgenre. I love the subgenre enough to edit an entire anthology of solarpunk dragons, Wings of Renewal!

What does your writing routine consist of?
I don’t have one. I write whenever and wherever I can. This means I write on my cellphone in the bus to/from work, I write at a cat café in the city, I write after work on weekdays when my brain is half mush from the day’s labour… anything I can get done, I try to do it. I sit my ass in my chair and try to ignore twitter and social media until I have the strict minimum done. It is not always successful, but that’s okay. (I also do not necessarily recommend it? I have to watch myself because I will overwork myself if I’m not careful).

What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?
Characters. I have absolutely no qualms stating that: I’m good with characterization. A lot of it comes from all the roleplaying I did, and creating such a wide range of characters over the years. I pay a lot of attention to details when I build a character, and a lot of time thinking of silly things that are unrelated to the story, but that help me nail their personalities.
I also tend to build storylines that have a great many threads, and with practice, a lot of craft-studying, and trial and error, I’ve grown quite good at tying all of them into an epic ending. I like to think the last quarters of my books are the best part—that the payoff is worth it.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
Everywhere. This isn’t a question I have a great answer for, really. I draw inspiration from other stories, from history, from things I feel aremissing from what I read. I used not to put much of myself in my writing, but now I do.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Outline. Gosh, I would have written myself into a corner a dozen times over without outlines. The degrees of precision I put into them varies a lot from one project to the next, but I always have a general outline before I start (typically, the ending is more vague, and I outline it as I get nearer). Although, really, I frequently end up ditching or redoing my outlines as I write, so it’s a little of both. But I never start without some basics down. I’m also definitely a fast writer. Not in terms of words/minute, but it terms of time I can and do put into it, yeah! I get through drafts fairly fast.

final-coverTell us about your latest book
Okay, here is the short version of the blurb:
Isandor, City of Spires.
Bickering merchant families vie for power through eccentric shows of wealth and brutal trading wars. Unspoken rules regulate their battles, but when an idealistic elven lord provokes the powerful Myrian Empire, all bets are off. They are outsiders, unbound by local customs, and no one knows how far they’ll take their magic to dominate the city. Nobles and commoners alike must fight to preserve their home, even if the struggle shatters friendships, destroys alliances, and changes them irrevocably.
City of Strife is the first installment of the City of Spires trilogy, a multi-layered political fantasy led by an all LGBTQIAP+ cast. Fans of complex  storylines criss-crossing one another, strong friendships and found families will find everything they need within these pages.
It is indeed published, and you can find it here on Amazon. The book’s page on my website also contains a list of trigger warnings and all other buy links. This universe has been with me since the very start of my writing, and I’m happy to share it at last!

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie all the way! I can’t even imagine going a traditional route. First, too much of it is still hostile to wide LGBTQIAP+ casts, and I don’t have time to waste arguing about the validity and existence of my characters, or being pressurized to add a romance. Second, indie publishing allows me to choose my contributors and encourage marginalized freelancers with my money. Third, I like being in control. I like leading projects from beginning to end, and earning every bit of those way-better royalties. I do wish I had a larger marketing reach, but I’m working on that too! I just created The Kraken Collective with fellow indies, a cooperative of QUILTBAG science fiction and fantasy! We share platforms, advice, and skills, leading to high-quality books and great times.

Any other projects in the pipeline?
The second book, haha. The City of Spires trilogy was conceived as a unit, and I want to get the second one out as fast as I can. Spare my readers the long years of wait between cliffhangers (there are some).
I do have another project besides that one, called Baker Thief, which is sort of a fantasy-mystery-romance, except instead of actual romance, you have the slow bound between an aromantic spectrum character and a demisexual one. There’s a lot of me in it—twins, French puns and sentences, a city that draws upon Québec’s history—and it gets quite tropey at times, which I love.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
Two things: first, I want to provide a large array of stories in which the whole LGBTQIAP+ spectrum gets to play a part and be a hero. This is especially true of aromantic and asexual people, because these are also my stories, and I hope that through the body of work I can give voice to a large part of the spectrum. Second, I would love to earn a living with this? A lot? Hey, we can always dream. So I write or work on my projects almost every day, and I follow and listen to other marginalized voices, and hopefully as years go by things will get better.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Find the writing advice that applies to you. Seriously, every writer has a different process, and a lot of writing advice disregards that, especially when it comes to writers with disability. So, sure, try out the writing advice out there, but know that if it doesn’t work, it’s not you. You’re still a writer!
One that worked for me was: “open a blank document and rewrite.” This is a follow-up to the more common “your first draft is crap”, but it taught me not to be afraid to start over. My process changes between projects, but for novels, I will often scrap almost the entirety of the first draft. Because I need to reach the end to see the story as a whole. So I tend to rewrite with only a few looks at the first draft, from beginning to end. Even later in the project, I still apply that to entire scenes too. Sometimes it’s better to start from scratch. Scary and long, but better.

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Claudie Arseneault is an asexual and aromantic-spectrum writer hailing from the very-French Québec City. Her long studies in biochemistry and immunology often sneak back into her science-fiction, and her love for sprawling casts invariably turns her novels into multi-storylined wonders. The most recent, City of Strife, comes out on February 22, 2017! Claudie is a founding member of The Kraken Collective and is well-known for her involvement in solarpunk, her database of aro and ace characters in speculative fiction, and her unending love of squids. Find out more on her website!

Saturday Sales


Skipped Random Friday and Sunday Surprise since it’s July and there are so many sales going on! 🙂 So, in no particular order…

Amrendra is now complete with part 4. If you got it on Amazon, you’ll probably receive the updated file. If you got in on Smashwords, you probably should go download the new file.

And if you haven’t bought it yet, well, there’s 50% off on Smashwords! 🙂 I enrolled a few more books on the Smashwords site-wide promo – see below.

Star Minds – the Trilogy

Star Minds Snippets

Star Minds Next Generation

Star Minds Next Generation Diaries

Star Minds Chasing Stardom

Star Minds Interregnum

Body Switches

Today People

Rajveer the Vampire

All are 50% off until the site-wide sale that ends July 31. And don’t forget the pre-order for Kaylyn the Sister-in-Darkness, in September I’ll upload the temporary manuscript.

And the Sci-Fi May Day bundle is now available (for a fixed price) on Amazon and Kobo. It’s temporary, so get it now! 10 sci-fi novels bundled together, don’t miss it!

Happy summer reading!

Sunday Surprise


PathWaterEbookHi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

We’re still on the new Silvery Earth! That’s a batch of old and new characters in this novel…

Hello, handsome! Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m Hinrik, I’m twenty-five and I’m enrolled in the Salamar army. We marched off to protect Moriana from the Varian attack, but we failed.

Bummer. You do look like a defeated soldier… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Well-built warrior with chestnut brown hair and turquoise eyes.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I don’t know. My mother is dead and I don’t have anyone left. I fight out of duty and respect for my captain.

Mmm… you forgot to mention the melancholy of your eyes! Where do you live?

Salamar, capital of the Salamar Kingdom, on the shores of the great river Ondan.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what it is about them that you find appealing?

It’s unrequited love and I don’t want to talk about it.

Man, I must say you’re handsome even when you brood! So what is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Survive rape and finding self-respect. And my true calling.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

My mother was a washerwoman. I was her only child. She never married after breeding with a “demon” and was cast out by everyone. She said my father was a “magical being” who lived in the river, but I never believed her.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have these turquoise eyes and water seems to have a healing power on me.

You’re forgetting to mention you’re very shy… Let’s see if the lady here is more talkative!

Hello there, tell me a little about yourself.

Bellinda, daughter of Joyrise, also known as Joris, and a Human. I’m half-blood and for some thirty-five years tried to fit in either with the Genn or the Human communities, sort of succeeding. As you can see, I have the body shape of a female Genn with small tits, but the round ears of Humans, and my hair is dark blond.

Where do you live?

I was born in Havenstock, capital of the Varian Kingdom, and spent a lot of time in the Genn villages of the forest of Appleyard. Our warmongering king made me want to leave, though, so now I’m exploring the northern kingdoms, starting with Salamar.

A-ha! So that’s how you bump into Hinrik? What’s your role in the story?

I’m a healer, and when Belfi brought bruised Hinrik to the camp, I had to do something! I mean, he wasn’t visibly wounded or dying, but he was upset and filled with pain…

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I was. With Keneith. Because he’s tall and handsome and a powerful half-blood. I loved his black eyes and his smile. Then we moved together to Havenstock and things started falling apart. He’s still my best friend and traveling companion. We watch each other’s back.

Well, thank you, Hinrik and Bellinda, and good luck with your quest! May you find what you’re looking for, whatever it is…

Quests Book One – The Path of Water

Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

And we have a couple here! Who wants to go first? The tall barbarian or the blond elf?

Joris: I’m a Genn, not an elf.

Whatever… so you go first! Tell me a little about yourself!

K&J4DA_resizeJoris: My name is Joyrise, but this ugly, hairy barbarian calls me Joris.

Kolia *glares* You don’t have to tell everything like that!

Joris: So what’s the point? Try to think of her as our next employer.

Kolia: Really? You’d say that to our prospective employer? And then what, that we’re lovers?

Guys, we’re getting there! Can you please stop bickering? *sighs* Since you don’t seem to want to take turns, let’s make it a joint interview. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Kolia: I’m tall, a warrior with blue eyes.

Joris: Long blond hair, pointed ears, nothing any other Genn wouldn’t have.

And then you wonder why I call you elf. Maybe you were an elf in a previous incarnation! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Kolia: The Clan Cadwaller. They destroyed my family and threw me out of Caer Nittak.

Joris: No, they threw you in a dungeon, where I rescued you.

Kolia: Whatever, now I’m in exile. But one day… one day…

Joris: Yeah yeah… *rolls eyes*

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Kolia: Definitely! Unfortunately when I tried to fight for my town and my people, I was defeated…

Joris: Don’t look at me! I’m Genn. The Magical Races are non-violent by their very nature!

Where do you live?

Kolia: Currently in Salamar, capital of the namesake kingdom. We’re mercenaries.

You are involved in a relationship – what is it about him that you find appealing?

Kolia: He’s a wizard! And has the longest hair I ever saw! And he saved me! And…

Joris: And he kept saying “I love you” to anything I told him, how could I resist?

*chuckles* What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Kolia: Ryan Cadwaller.

Joris: You’re obsessed with him!

Kolia: No, I’m not. He is obsessed with me.

Joris: Denial, Kolia… our biggest challenge it to take this ugly hairy barbarian back to Caer Nittak.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourselves.

Kolia: I’m your average warrior of the northern tribes…

Joris: I actually have a small portion of dark blood. I descend from Belfi, the Immortal Half-blood. And please, don’t ask Kolia about his family. Nine surviving children, can you believe it? These Humans do nothing but breed!

Kolia: Because we’re short-lived, unlike you! Besides, nine survived into adulthood but I don’t know how many survived the Cadwaller take-over, so… I might be the only one left now!

Mm, okay, thank you guys… *shoos them off* I know them… yes, from the late 1990s… Yes! “Kolia and Joris”, the 15-issues comic book fanzine by the crazy author of this blog! Took some adjustments, then… the couple of lucky readers of that comic may recognize the story, though. Hasn’t changed much… *mutters to herself* I really hope this is the last recycled story we see from this darn author!

Lovers buy links

Writer Wednesday


I’m going to be slightly telegraphic this week. Writing: one more tale of the southern kingdom written, one last to go. Then I’ll be back to the vampires through the centuries for the long weekend ahead. Jumping on a train Friday night and coming back next Wednesday – which might mean next Wednesday the post will be late, unless I manage to do it from the netbook! 😉

Publishing: one more title out, Lovers, revised version of an old comic book fanzine – revised only because Joris was an elf, and now he is a Genn, the elf-like beings of Silvery Earth! 😉 And I added a couple of things from Beautiful, since Kerrien is from Caer Nittak and he knew Kolia! 😉

And then, since I’m doing the Teams in Fiction workshop, a reminder of the available ones for the coming month:

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Class #1… July 5th … Author Voice
Class #2… July 5th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #3… July 5th … Adding Suspense to Your Writing
Class #4… July 5th … Plotting With Depth
Class #5… July 5th … Character Development
Class #6… July 6th … Depth in Writing
Class #7… July 6th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #8… July 6th … Cliffhangers
Class #9… July 6th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #10… July 6th … Teams in Fiction

I can vouch for Author Voice, Depth in Writing and Teams in Fiction! 🙂 Go book at least one and try it! 🙂 I shall try not to skip Friday’s post… Have a great week! 🙂

Random Friday


heroika revised 1Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Hello handsome. Tell me a little about yourself.

I am Rufus Redblade. I was once Captain of the Royal Guard, but times have changed. Now I am a blade for hire. I’m a Griffin Rider. We used to be the elite, for it takes a certain sort to tame and ride a Griffin. Many try, few succeed, and fewer still survive it long.

Age? No idea. I don’t keep track of such things.

That’s fine, I don’t do either. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Male, tall, dark haired, many scars

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

A man like myself has many enemies. I have fought in the civil wars, the border wars, defended the late Arch Duke, although not well enough, I have pissed off mercenaries, priests, husbands, fathers, brothers, and politicians. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for them the name Redblade is well earned. The Griffin Riders are feared. In many ways that’s far more useful than respect, and easier to earn.

Wow, you’ve been busy! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes. I loved the old Arch Duke, he was an honourable man, far more so than some of his predecessors. I fought for him, beside him and upheld his peace. My friends, my allies I would kill for and they for me. In our profession we must watch each other’s backs.

Where do you live?

Ilmar. I have a dwelling in the countryside, beyond the main city but I’m often out working.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Yes. Few people know of it. I have a woman, Silena, she is strong, intelligent and I can truthfully say she is the only woman to tame an old warrior’s heart. She has been through so much, the loss of her husband (not by my hand), her sons and much more. Still she is strong, joyful when we are together and determined to protect her family and her legacy no matter what.

She is a woman doing, what in our society, is a man’s job and doing it better than most men could.

Heroika 1 Perfect promo 6&9I like her!What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Well killing dragons isn’t something I do every day….Big armoured flying monsters with teeth the size of my head and who can spit caustic breath? Yes THOSE dragons.

Yes, not the most safe job available. Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Not really. Only Silena, and my Griffin Riders. Oh and Bloodsnap, my griffin. I have no official family, perhaps a few bastards here and there but my parents died long ago and my siblings I haven’t seen for years.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself – besides killing dragons and mounting griffins, I mean.

I have the skull of a hydra as a keepsake. Now they are buggers to kill.

I bet they are! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

What does dragon taste like? I was in a pretty bad state after the fight so my memory is a little hazy. It tastes like old venison, coated with pepper and soaked in cheap brandy. It’s magical though, REALLY magical. Taste doesn’t have much to do with it. A man who was dying, finds he isn’t. The senses are heightened. The world is born anew.

How does one kill a dragon? With a great deal of luck, some very good weapons and more courage than sense.

How is something the size of a dragon able to fly? Don’t ask me – I’m a mercenary. However that’s not an answer, so I’ll say they are OLD, magic is strange and misunderstood. There are a lot of thermals in the mountains – the griffins use them. It’s a dragon, it can do what it damn well pleases.

HEROIKA1 New banner heroika_TChirezpromo

Rufus Redblade appears in Of Blood and Scales featured in Heroika: Dragon Eaters

http://www.amazon.com/HEROIKA-DRAGON-S-E-Lindberg-ebook/dp/B00VFVCQRS/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/HEROIKA-DRAGON-S-E-Lindberg-ebook/dp/B00VFVCQRS/

Author’s interview for the release of the anthology.

Author Bio:

A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres.  She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.

Blog: http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandra-Butcher/e/B008BQFCC6/

Twitter:@libraryoferana

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

Writer Wednesday


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Now, let’s welcome today’s guest! Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

My name’s Trevor Dittmar and let’s just say I’m close to 100-years-old

Cool. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m 5’7 with a pigtail and perfectly dressed.

Mm, okay… Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

I’m a Tracker so I do have two enemies. Dangerous humans who are a threat to society and the Accurseds, vampires who refuse to change.

I think humans are always dangerous… vampires… not so much. Depends on the vampire, I guess. *shrugs* Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Absolutely on both.

Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

I grew up in a chateau near Braunschweig, Germany, but I also live with my wife in Worthless, Nevada.

What a worthless name for a town! *winks* I get the castle was better! Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I am now married to Janna. When I first saw her, I was attracted to her beauty, to how she dressed, and to her luscious red lips.

Women look for Prince Charming, what do men look for? I guess you answered that! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

In this first book, it’s trying to play human all the time so Janna won’t realize what I really am. I just can’t lose her.

Ah, yes, trying to hide the truth from loved ones… Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have a mother, father, two brothers (one I’m sure is an ogre, one is super smart) and two sisters, along with a rather large extended family.

Wow! A very interesting family! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

Don’t tell Janna, but I come from a race known as Dimidiums although we refer to ourselves as Halblings. I’m half vampire and half human.

Don’t worry, my lips are sealed. What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Where did my parents find my obnoxious brother Jeffrey? In a basket in front of an ogre cave, I’m pretty sure.

Why am I a Tracker? Because my father is the legendary Tracker of our race, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Well, thank you, Trevor. I’m off to interview Janna now – I promise I won’t tell her your secret!

Hello there! Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Janna and I’m 29-years-old. I was accused of killing my husband Jed. That’s how I met Trevor. He was sent to kill me for the murder.

I love tragic beginnings! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m slim with green eyes and auburn hair.

Sweet! What is your role in the story?

Trevor falls in love with me. He loves me so much, he’s afraid to tell me what he really is.

So you figured it out, huh? Why do men think we’re just blinded by love? Tsk! What is your relationship with the protagonist?

He’s my husband now, but he’s the best lover I’ve ever had.

*chuckles* That’s great! Where do you live?

I was from Nebraska, but when I was accused of murder, I moved to a town of 25 people, Worthless, Nevada.

Ah, yes, the worthless town. Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I’m with Trevor. I wish I knew what the attraction was. I just know that I can’t live without him.

It’s called LOVE with all CAPS, I guess… *shrugs* What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Accepting what he and his family are. After all, doesn’t being half vampire and half human make them monsters? Or at the least, freaks?

Nah. It depends on what you think is normal… Do you have a moral code?

I’m a good person. That’s just how I live, although I did steal a candy bar once.

LOL! Nobody is perfect! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

Well, I can’t give the other books away. Let’s say that I find something out about myself that gives me no right to call Trevor and his family monsters.

Ouch… What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Do I have any talents? I’m the only woman able to keep Trevor in check.

Where would I like to spend the rest of my life? Why, in the little town of Worthless, Nevada of course.

Well thank you, Janna for putting up with me! I wish you both all the best… I might wander in your universe one day…

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BOUND BY LOVE - 2000Book(s) in which the character appears and links

The Dimidiums is a 5 book series:

Bound by Love

Blood Lust

Four Our Love

Eutychus

Alex

Fantasy/romance genre, but book one won’t be out until Nov 1 of this year.

About the Author
DM Yates mainly writes spiritual/New Age poetry and fantasy/romance novels. She has an Associate’s Degree from Brigham Young University, Idaho Campus and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, Hawaii Campus where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and became an alumnus of Alpha Chi. She attended 3 years of graduate school at Brigham Young University, Provo Campus. Her degrees are in the Humanities, Languages with minors in History and Linguistics.
She has written stories and poetry all her life, although this is her first published work. She has a passion for reading the classics and classical poetry, especially the English and Scottish Romantic Poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries. She is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction.
She became interested in spirituality, religions of the world, self help, self-healing, New Age, Zen and other esoteric subjects from a very young age. She has spent the last 30 years studying these concepts plus yoga and meditation techniques, and considers herself a classical Taoist and spiritualist at heart.
These subjects, along with her own beliefs in the after-life, are what have inspired her to write this book.

Author interview on this blog.

dm landing page (800x617)Connect with me online:

https://twitter.com/merridm

My blog: http://dmyates.weebly.com

http://www.dmyatesbelieveinyourself.blogspot.com

http://dmyatesjournalings.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/DMYatesAuthor

http://wattpad.com/DM_Yates

 

Sunday Surprise


Heroika 1 Perfect promo 6&9The art of dragon killing:

Dragons have been eating humans for centuries. Now heroes throughout history stalk their legendary foe. Learn how to hunt, kill, and eat the wild dragon. Never before has revenge tasted so good. A literary feast for the bloody-minded.

In Janet Morris’ anthology on the art of dragon killing, seventeen writers bring you so close to dragons you can smell their fetid breath. Tales for the bold among you.

HEROIKA 1 — DRAGON EATERS, an anthology of heroic fiction edited by Janet Morris, features original stories by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, S. E. Lindberg, Jack William Finley, Travis Ludvigson, Tom Barczak, J. P. Wilder, Joe Bonadonna, Milton Davis, Alexandra Butcher, William Hiles, M Harold Page, Walter Rhein, Cas Peace, Beth Waggoner Patterson, Bruce Durham, Mark Finn.

 

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Amazon and Amazon UK links.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, Alexandra Butcher’s interview! Stay tuned for more authors!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in Bristol, in the South West of the UK. It’s a historic city, John Cabot sailed from Bristol to America, Isambard Kingdom Brunel built bridges and railways here, and there has been a settlement in these parts since the Stone Age.  Truth be told I am not a city person, but my part of the city is quite rural, we have a nature reserve and a holy well close by and there are lots of good walks in the woods and by the river, when I’m up to it.

When did you start writing?

At school, same as everyone else…. Seriously though I assume you mean storytelling? I was always an imaginative child, I was the one writing the poem/short story for the school display or off somewhere in my own head. I’d make believe, as many kids do and I wrote plays or poetry, or short stories a lot at school.  Some were, well, rubbish but a fair few were worthy at note, even then. I was often asked to write something for the school display. I loved the writing but I have terrible handwriting, and these were the days before word processors so that aspect I struggled with.

This progressed to writing fan-fic for Phantom of the Opera and adventures for games.  Then onto novels and short stories.  I think either you are a story teller or you aren’t. Learning the technical ins and outs – now that is another matter. An author can always learn something new.

erana bannerWhat genre(s) do you write?

Fantasy, fantasy romance and erotica. I’ve mentioned the poetry and I occasionally dip into horror – in fact last year I published two short horror stories and a poem about Jack the Ripper with the Indie Collaboration. The Jack the Ripper story is very visceral, very dark.  Mostly though it’s fantasy based work.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

Everywhere. Books I’ve read, films I’ve seen, nature, people, other stories I’ve written. I think every writer puts him or herself into his or her own books, certainly fiction writers do.  If you mean do I cast myself? Not on purpose.

Do you have a specific writing routine?

No. I have lots of folders of notes and half-ideas. I am far too chaotic for routine;) I also have a few health issues and a full time job so I sometimes don’t find the time I’d like for writing.

chronicles bannerOutliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

See number 5. I have vague outlines but they are just that – vague. I’ve tried to plan but they end up changing so now I just have notes and ideas, which work, or don’t. I do have someone I discuss ideas with and she tells me if they are stupid.  I work full time so I only get to write in the evenings and weekends, assuming I am not too tired. If I am good and motivated I can usually write a short story in an afternoon but a novel – that is a totally different matter. It usually takes me about a year or more to write a novel. Is that fast or slow?

Tell us about your latest book

Heroika: The Dragon Eaters contains my latest story – Of Blood and Scales. It forms part of a Heroic Fantasy anthology in a shared world/theme anthology from Perseid Press and edited by Janet Morris. The collection is dark, deadly and filled with heroes, dragons and myths from this world and others. It was quite a challenge to write the tale as I was also working on a couple of other projects, and for a while I wasn’t sure of the ending.  The collection as a whole is supreme – heroic fiction filled with myth, mayhem and of course dragons.

http://www.amazon.com/HEROIKA-DRAGON-S-E-Lindberg-ebook/dp/B00VFVCQRS/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/HEROIKA-DRAGON-S-E-Lindberg-ebook/dp/B00VFVCQRS/

thestolentower500x800 (1)Also recently published The Stolen Tower: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book III.  It is the latest installment in my adult fantasy series.

http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00U8A9044/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00U8A9044/

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

Indie. I like the freedom it brings. The deadlines and control of the book are mine. My books are generally a little outside mainstream as the novels contain a degree of erotica. Indie publishing allows for the more varied and outside mainstream books to be published.  Of course there are downsides.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Book IV of the Chronicles, plus several short stories for the Tales of Erana series.

Warriors Curse Final  1 - ebookWhat is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

Finishing my series, and hopefully publishing a few more novels. I’d like be able to live from the writing, but for indies that is rare. What am I doing? I’d like to produce a role-play game system for the world as well. That won’t be until most of the series is done, and I need to find an artist for that.  I try and promote regularly, but that too has its pitfalls. The line between promotion and over-promotion is a thin one indeed. Networking has provided some great contacts and opportunities so one never knows where that might lead.

Author Bio:

A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres.  She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.

Blog: http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandra-Butcher/e/B008BQFCC6/

Twitter:@libraryoferana

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

Writer Wednesday


My name is Brenda de Zorig and I’m a journalist for the Konigtown Gazette. I’ve been on the road for years as an actress in an itinerant company, but eventually decided to go back to my hometown to start living of the thing I like the most – writing. So while I write my Masterpiece, I took this job at the Gazette and they send me on various assignments… I thought I might as well starting interviewing random people. Since I intend to write fiction, but truth is always stranger than fiction, I’m eager to hear about people out there – on my world or beyond.

EarthCoverSo, erm… hello. Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m Samantha and I come from another world. We can all do some kind of magic, and we usually are born twins. My twin’s name is Sonia, and we’re twenty-three. Of course we’ve been twenty-three forever, and we’re not really looking for our Prince Charming. I mean, not even my friend Jessica, who doesn’t have a twin, or my elder sisters Veruska and Vanessa who are twenty-five…

Whoa, slow down! Lots of names that make no sense here! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

*glares for the interruption* A brunette with blue eyes, what else? Don’t you have eyes?

*rolls eyes* Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

No, I don’t, or I wouldn’t be bored and spend my time watching other worlds such as yours!

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Honey, we don’t die on Silvery Earth. So your question makes no sense whatsoever.

Wait, my world is called Silvery Earth and we’re not immortals!

That’s because you were created by that silly Italian writer. That’s the NEW Silvery Earth. I’m from the original Silvery Earth. It might have been created by a child with a wild imagination and an overdramatic story sense, but it’s not just for kids anymore.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

No, I told you, I don’t believe in Prince Charming. Although if I ever find a Desi vampire… I might think about it! But only if he looks like… well, I’m not saying. Just in case. Careful what you wish for, it might happen and you might not like it! Ask Marian, if you don’t believe me!

Who’s Marian? *shrugs* Never mind… What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

I don’t have challenges. I’m the deus ex machina! I’m the one who switches bodies at will, so it’s my “victims” who have challenges to overcome! So ask that to Johnny&Marian, Ciaran&Harith or Pat&Babs!

*sighs* This is getting worse every minute… Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

Mmm… never been in love and probably never will. All powerful in my world and all the others… why am I still talking to you anyway? You’re boring. You fell in love with a portrait!

*glares* I didn’t!

You did! Yes, Kevan de Sire is gorgeous, but he’ll never look at you!

3b0944ad6a87e76183158e6c2224cb1f38d16489And I don’t expect him to! Damn! Are you a witch of what?

A witch, a fortune teller, a faery in human form… that’s how they’ve called me so far.

So you read the future?

Unfortunately, no. That would be fun.

*snorts* Trying to change it, mostly?

*grins* That would be really fun… but not going to happen, unfortunately. Are we done yet? I’ve got things to do!

Like what, switching bodies?

Nah, I promised three would be enough. So I’ll have to find another pastime. Maybe I’ll go looking for that Desi vampire after all. On Earth. Ever heard of Earth? No? Thought so…

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Brenda de Zorig is one of the protagonists of Books of the Immortals – Earth. Samantha the Witch is the one to blame for the three body switches – Johnny&Marian, Ciaran&Harith and Pat&Babs. And she might eventually meet a Desi vampire.

Random Friday


Since B.G. Hope doesn’t have a blog, she’s going to take over today! 😉 (yes, I have split personalities! 😀 Mwhahahaha!)

These are my bestselling titles under this pseudonym, although the third one has come out only a month ago, and hasn’t sold much yet. But if you’d like to have the whole collection, here it is, on Apple, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, Amazon – and sometime even on Kobo, who has become the slowest to upload.

Yes, there’s even the printed version, see? (well, someone has, thank you, you anonymous buyer!)

4ShafaliCutOtherwise grab your ebook at the above – even if the Matchbook thingy doesn’t seem to be there… I swear I checked the box and said that whoever got the POD can have the ebook for free!

Two random advices in comic book form – for dreamers and for artists, but both apply to writing! Or any other creative endehavor, really…

Now back to reading Wyrd Worlds 2… Have a great weekend! 😀

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