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Author Interview: Clarissa Gosling

Check out this author spotlight for Clarissa Gosling!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi! I’m Clarissa, though most people call me Clari.  I have always lived more in the world of daydream and fiction than in reality. In my writing I explore purpose and belonging across worlds. Having never found my own portal to faeryland, I am resigned to writing about fantastical worlds instead.

I now live in the Netherlands with my family, where I write as much as they will let me. When not reading or writing, I drink too much tea and have a burgeoning obsession with Bundt cakes.

I am the author of the “Dragons of Kaitstud” and “Lost Princess of Starlight” YA fantasy series, and the “Expat Life” series of non-fiction guides for families moving, and living, abroad. I am an admin for the 365 Writing Challenge, an international writing support group that supports writers to build the habit of writing. And I am one of the co-hosts of the Reading Queens podcast, which discusses mainly young adult fantasy books and their major tropes.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Spring – I love all the new flowers coming up and the new life blooming. It’s also my birthday, which helps too!
Tea or coffee? Definitely tea, I can’t stand coffee.

Morning or evening? I think I’m more of a mid-afternoon person really.

Library or museums? As an ex-librarian I have to say libraries, though museums are fantastic as well.

Plotter or pantser? Plotter through and through. I have tried to pants, but I get paralysed and can’t write at all as I don’t know where the story is going.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I love stories about a baby smuggled out of a castle and brought up “normally”, only to find out when they are of age that they are the true heir and need to fight to reclaim their birthright.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I am currently working on two young adult fantasy series, and alternating book releases in each. The first, Dragons of Kaitstud, is about dragons and a girl who has to find her family and then reconcile both halves of her heritage. The second , Lost Princess of Starlight, is about fae and is a portal fantasy about a girl who finds a way through into faery (with her horse) where she is hailed as a long-lost princess.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

The first book in my fae series, called Fae Fair, released in April.

Blurb:
A magical world.
A bewitching fair.
An impossible promise.

Zoe longs to escape her bullying foster brother, but when she takes her horse for a ride and accidentally crosses into faery, all she wants is to return home. That is until she is hailed as a long-lost princess.

But in faery, the forest is constantly changing and dangers lurk around every corner. When Zoe’s curiosity leads to the capture of the one friend she has made—the enigmatic Guardian of the Gates—she becomes bound by an unwinnable bargain to the Queen of Dawnlight.

Then there’s Prince Florian. Aloof and scornful, but irresistible, he knows more about Zoe’s past than she does. He may be the only one who can help her fulfil her promise to the Queen—if she can persuade him to help.

The magical fair in the centre of the forest may hold the answers Zoe seeks. But as with everything in faery, the fair may not be quite all it seems…

Fae Fair is the first in a new clean series for lovers of fae, epic fantasy, and magical bargains.

The second book in my dragon series, called Dragon heir, launches at the end of November.

Blurb:
Birgith has found her dragon family, but now her Bear Clan family is in danger.

The crystal to choose the next clan leader is missing and everyone blames her. With the dragon’s existence no longer a secret, Birgith must choose whether to stay with the clan that shunned her or hide with her dragon brothers. With the threat of destruction of everything she loves, Birgith has to take the matters into her own hands. But what can she do to stop the impending doom?

Haydn thought he had a future with Birgith.

But after she leaves him behind, he thinks all hope is lost. Until her brothers make him an offer he can’t refuse. This is a chance for him to prove himself, and to win back the girl he loves. Can these two find a way to save their continent and each other?

Continue Birgith’s epic fantasy adventure full of magic, political intrigue and slow-burn romance.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

A few years ago now I read a BBC article about an inverted tower on a supposed Templar site in Portugal, and the idea of a construction going vertically into the ground stuck with me. So a similar inverted tower is a major setting in the book I’m releasing in November.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

Once I’ve taken the kids to school I make some tea and sit at the computer. I start by looking through what I wrote the day before, generally adding more detail and emotion in. Then I work forwards from where I left off. My timetable is based around when the children are at school and when I need to ferry them to or from places, so some days I work more in the afternoon than others. Then most evenings I will do more admin or marketing work.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

To get started sooner! Stop talking about it and actually do it!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://clarissagosling.com

https://www.instagram.com/clarissahgosling/

https://www.facebook.com/clarissagosling

Author Interview: Billie Jade Kermack

Check out this author spotlight for Billie Jade Kermack!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

My name is Billie Jade Kermack and I’m from the UK. I am a makeup and sfx artist for tv and film and an author.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Summer – preferably lying on a sun lounger with a pint.

Dog – We have a crazy Boston Terrier named Gus.

Anything other than these two – only ever drink tea when my husband is up for making it he has serious tea making skills.

Library – Getting lost in a good book will forever be my favourite thing to do.

Hunter – go big or go home.

Witches – got to love a badass

Pirates – the sea, tomfoolery and treasure – sold. I als reckon I’d be great with a sword.

Beaches – I’m not a trekker type of person, I am a beach, book and relax sort of girl.

Plotter – I love a good list!

Pen and paper – I have hundreds of notebooks filled with ideas, some of them will see the light of day, some of them wont.

Series – but only when all the books are released, I am very impatient when it comes to knowing how things end up, I cant even watch a tv series until all episodes are released.

Audiobook – for general day to day I love an audiobook because I can still get on with other stuff. A book at night, in the bath or on holiday and an ebook only if it isn’t available anywhere else.

Anti -hero – As a writer I think creating a compelling character is more fun when you have a darkness or a twisted history to play with.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

At the moment I am reading a lot of contemporary romances as the next series of books I am writing is this genre. I tend to go through bouts of interest, I will have a month of enjoying true crime, then move to comedy the next to change it up.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I am due to release the third instalment in my Dark PNR book series this Halloween, the first two in the series are AWOKEN and ASCEND. I also have four contemporary romance stand alone novels that fight on a daily basis for my attention and I am trying to teach myself scriptwriting.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My latest release is ASCEND book two in the Shadowed Veil Series, it is available on ebook, paperback and Audible.

SHORT BLURB

 Awoken is a dark modern-day love story that’s more Grimm than Disney; if singing mice and dancing crabs are what you were looking for, this is not the book for you. Seances, time travel, and torture, however – if that’s your thing, you just might fit right in.

Grace didn’t believe in ghosts or demons, she thought magic was something that only lived in the pages of fairy tales.

Hidden away most of his life, Beau had successfully managed to mask his gift from the world. Having the ability to commune with the dead wasn’t exactly the best conversation starter, and that was okay, he didn’t much like people anyway, until he walked back into Gallows Wood and into Grace’s life. 

Struggling with the incessant onslaught of nightmares about her father’s untimely death, Grace had accepted that maybe she just wasn’t destined for a happily ever after. Plagued by the spirit of a sadistic serial killer long dead, Grace must harness what power she can to defeat him and stay alive. Awakening family secrets that Grace could never have imagined to be true begs the question: Had she been surrounded by magic longer than she had thought?

How far into a world plagued by evil would you go to save the soul of the one you love?

AMAZON LINK

Awoken: Shadowed Veil Series (Audio Download): Billie Jade Kermack, Heather Vicky Walker, Billie Jade Kermack: Amazon.co.uk

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I love music; my spotify playlist an eclectic mix of various genres of music. I can’t write without music, T-rex and David Bowie are currently assisting my writing session. My protagonist was formed as a way for me to make sense of my own loss, writing a book series that dabbles with ghosts and entities helped me to heal. I am also a horror film buff and working as a SFX artist means that I can use my creations to visualise the ghosts in my stories.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I wish I had a routine, with a job, a house and three kids I write when I can, I tend to get lost in my writing and find it hard to stop when I start so late evening is usually best for me.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

It’s okay to ask for help, it can be a very lonely existence as an author so getting in touch with other authors helps, there is so much good advice out there you just have to put in the effort to find it. I recently started a blog for authors to offer up free advice, tips and tricks so I can pay it forward and help others in what ever stage of writing they are.

The Sable Scribbler – Tips, Tricks, Inspiration and Next level writing

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Instagram – billiejadekermackauthor

Facebook – @BJKAwoken· Author

Tiktok – @billiejadekermack

I hope they were all okay, thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed.

All the best

Billie Jade Kermack

Author Interview: I. Velez

Check out this author spotlight for I. Velez!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Born and raised in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, I spent most of my youth daydreaming about becoming a vampire or having dinosaurs as pets. However, it wasn’t until I found out about Wattpad that those daydreams became stories to be shared with the world.

Most of my stories are paranormal and fantasy romances with hot guys and bad-mouthed chicks that have some connection with my island paradise but I have ventured into other genres like: horror and chick lit. All those writing experiments are only available in my Wattpad profile for the moment. My favorite genre will always be romance, though. Those who have read my online works know I like to add erotic scenes to my romances to spice the stories a bit.

In my free time I like to draw and paint, it’s my relaxation therapy.

Also, I’m an animal lover. Cats, horses and dolphins are my favorites so don’t be surprised if you find one of those in my books.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I can’t stand any kind of tea but the coffee is my drug. It helps me write though I must confess it doesn’t do anything for me if I’m sleepy. I guess living in an island where visitors are greeted with coffee made me develop a resistance to caffeine.

Library or museums?
I’m a museum girl. Libraries are cool because of the countless books but I can get that in a book shop. On the other hand, museums have always held a mystery to me. I guess it’s the mystery of the past and I just love the ancient past.

Plotter or pantser?
I’m a plantser, the in-between option. I note down all the worldbuilding, a loose plot and the main couple in a trusty notebook before sitting before the computer to type away. The story comes alive while I write.

Standalone or series?
Currently I’m preferring standalones but I’m no stranger to reading entire series. However, when the series can be read as standalones, like my own, those are truly my favorites.

Book or ebook?
Book. I may be considered old school but a digital book never beats a paper one. There’s no loading time to wait nor a complicated method to write notes, you just pick it up and enjoy it right away. Plus, the aroma as you pass the pages help you be transported into the story.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Enemies to Lovers, Insta-Love, Second Chance Romance, Time travel Romance, Forbidden Love and Soul Mates. But among all those my true guilty pleasure is Forbidden Love. Those stories always shake me deep in my heart and soul.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write steamy Paranormal and Fantasy Romance. Up until now, the paranormal romance has been reserved to my English-speaking audience while the Fantasy Romance is for my Spanish-speaking audience, but that will likely change in the future. I’m also thinking to delve into Sci-fi Romance once I finish my Fantasy Romance trilogy.

My current project is the novella 1.5 of the Last Days series, which is about demons, gods, angels and the apocalypse. These books will be paranormal romances standalones in the same universe and written in English.

Now that you have an understanding of my series, I can talk to you about the half-way finished novella. It’s titled Angel of my Dark Heart and it’s a second-chance romance set during a mob war between the Italians and Yakuza of New York. As the third-in-command in the Italian Mafia, Marcus Di’nardo will need to fight mutated Yakuza members, who plan to eradicate the Italians and purify the city from their demonic control, while trying to reconquest the girlfriend he abandoned in the past. And since we are talking about Marcus, Vergil’s BFF, there will be some funny awkward scenes thrown about.

Regarding my latest happenings, I published a Spanish anthology on June 18 and later on July updated Tied to Darkness, book 1 in the Last Days series, so all of you could read the new and improved second edition. Also, on August 27 I was interviewed by a fellow Puerto Rican, who owns a bookish business.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release was an anthology in Spanish, but for the purpose of this feature, I’ll share with you my paranormal romance in English, Tied to Darkness. Which, btw, was edited and updated on July, so it counts as a recent release, lol.

Tied to Darkness is a paranormal romance filled with steamy sex scenes, Greek mythology and a little bit of Indiana Jones. You can expect to find Christian angels and demons plus an assortment of Greek gods and monsters to go around. Lucifer, Uriel, Thanatos, harpies and even Empusas can be found between the pages of my baby.

BLURB⠀

The end of days is approaching and the key to accelerating humanity’s demise is hidden among the humans themselves…

Mina has one goal: the worldwide acceptance that angels and demons truly exist. But fate has something new for her, something bigger… which revolves around the forced marriage to a hot and dangerous man.

Vergil isn’t what he appears, neither a billionaire businessman nor human, he lives to serve Lilith, the queen of Hell. However, an arranged marriage will change his life completely and leave him in charge of the most sought after creature in the entire universe: the Chosen One.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My biggest sources of inspiration are my top 2 favorite authors: Sherrilyn Kenyon and Gena Showalter. Also, all the vampire films I have seen in my life like Dracula, Dracula Untold, Interview with the Vampire and even Blade.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I usually sit down to write 3 hours every day. The first one and a half hour is normally between 1 pm to 3 pm, then I take one hour to rest before tackling the last one and a half hour. I do it this way so my neck and upper back don’t feel so much strain. Whenever I write longer, my back makes me suffer for it at night.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Stop buying books for yourself and save that money to pay the editor. Lol, editors are a necessary inversion when publishing a book in a language you haven’t mastered. So, yes, even if you need to make some sacrifices to get your book professionally edited, it’s totally worth it.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Social links

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/IVelezArtandBooks/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vamplover_nei17?s=07

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivelezauthor/

Author Interview: C. F. Welburn

Check out this author spotlight for C. F. Welburn!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please! 

Craig Farndale Welburn is an award-winning author for his series: The Ashen Levels.

 He was born in the year of Star Wars, in the birth town of Charles Darwin, and caught the fantasy bug as a child at the top of a faraway tree, in a hole in the ground and through a snowy wardrobe.

 He left Shropshire to study literature, travel the lands and seek his fortune.

(He’s still seeking…)

He currently lives in Madrid with his wife Jessica and son Otis.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Cat or dog?
First choice dog! Second choice, dog! (sorry cat lovers, but dogs are my thing).

Library or museums?
I worked as a tour guide in London for 2 years, and spent many hours in free museums. Love me some mummies, swords and dinosaurs. But books smell nicer than mummies… so I’ve been told.

Hunter or gatherer?
Whilst the idea of being able to shoot a bow and look awesome is great, I love animals… so I’d probably pick some mushrooms and hope they didn’t kill me or make me shrink.

Witches or wizards?
I want to say wizard, but I’ve always had an affinity with woods and gnarled trees and mossy stones. I imagine myself huddled over a cauldron rather than channelling lightning through a staff.

Ninjas or pirates?
Oh, this is easy. Pirates! Ever since I played Monkey Island as a kid, I’ve dreamt of sailing the seven seas and seeking treasure. Plus, rum!

Mountains or beaches?
I live near the mountains, but I’m an aspiring (and terrible) surfer, and love snorkelling. Yeah, beach!

Plotter or pantser?
Can I be a plantser? My first draft I go with the flow. Is he going to die? Is she going to die? Am I going to die? I really have no idea. It’s terrifying. The second draft is more laborious, digging deep, creating backgrounds, histories, religions etc… Then the third draft happens and I burn everything, mush it all up in a cauldron and see if it explodes and singes my eyebrows.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?

Until I began self-publishing, I always used pen and paper. Got shoe-boxes of old notepads somewhere, which I really must destroy in case someone accidentally reads them and has a brain haemorrhage! Nowadays my laptop is my trusted friend. Easier to edit and look at crappy memes.

Standalone or series?
Both! I love a good standalone. The story just seems to stay in my head, like many classics from when I was a kid… but good series with characters I get attached to and make me curl up in a ball when it’s over are good, too… My latest book was intended to be a standalone; now I’m starting to work on the sequel. Damn you story, I thought we were done!

Book or ebook?
Books. Love the papery beauties. Although everyday I enjoy my Kindle Paperwhite that little bit more.

Hero or anti-hero?
I find morally grey characters more interesting and believable. I mean, I like a good guy, but flawed/conflicted good, not Micky Mouse good.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I like books with morally grey characters, darker storylines and unpredictable plot twists. I’m also a sucker for good prose… Not sure I have a favourite/worst trope, but as long as it tries to do something original with it, I don’t mind. My latest book ended up having a bit of a ‘chosen-one’ trope, but I hope I did it differently enough to turn it on its head.

4 What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I’ve just (this week) released a new first-in-the-series epic/grimdark book called I Shall Return With Winter; I have a completed 5 book series called The Ashen Levels which is a mix of epic/dark fantasy with (very) subtle gamelit elements. And I’ve also written a couple of creepy (The Linguist) and bizarre (Toybox) novellas.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My latest book I SHALL RETURN WITH WINTER came out this week! In fact, you can snap it up now for a mere .99 before it rises to a gazillion dollars! It’s a tale of revenge and prophesy.

Blurb incoming:

DEFY FATE. DEFY GODS. DEFY EVERYONE.

When Oben’s farm is sacked by marauding Skalgs, he embarks on a deadly quest for revenge, leaving pious Edale behind to enter the godless north. But he finds himself an unwitting pawn in his enemy’s ancient prophesy; one which tells of a Conduit who will deliver Edale into their hands.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

Travelling is a biggy for me. I’ve spent several years backpacking and living in other countries, jotting down ideas, getting lost and eating questionable things.

I try to read a lot of fantasy, and used to play a lot of videogames before I got too busy being a dad. I’m a lover of heavy metal music, and missing concerts/gigs so much lately!

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

My routine is chaotic. In general, my writing brain is less mushy in the mornings.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Buy a comfortable chair. Oh, and start earlier. Building up a name for yourself is a long process and I’m not a writer that churns out a book every 3 months.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

I’m behind you! (not really, covid has made travel difficult)… You can check out my website www.cfwelburn.com and join my mailing list for (not too frequent) updates. I’m also on Goodreads and Bookbub, and I’m most sociable on FB and Instagram. Feel free to drop me a line!

https://www.instagram.com/c.f.welburn/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAshenLevels

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/c-f-welburn

Author Interview: David Green

Check out this author spotlight for David Green!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi! Thanks so much for having me! I’m David Green, author of the dark fantasy Empire of Ruin series, and the urban fantasy noir Nick Holleran saga. I spent my youth between Manchester, UK and Galway, Ireland, but moved permanently to Ireland in 2009. Somehow my Mancunian accent has grown stronger over the years. It’s hard to explain, but I’ve stopped questioning it.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn. It’s cool, but you still get some nice warm days, and there’s the excitement building for Halloween, Christmas, and all the great movies, TV shows, and books that usually release around then.

Cat or dog?
Dog! I wish I was one.

Tea or coffee?
I’m not hugely into either, but I’ve drank way more coffee since my son was born three years ago than in the thirty-odd before.

Morning or evening?
Both! I’m just happy out!

Library or museums?
Oohh, tough one… I can’t really say “both” two times in a row, but I have to.

Hunter or gatherer?
Probably a gatherer. I like to hoard, and also look after people.

Witches or wizards?
Wizards. Merlin and Gandalf have much to answer for.

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates! But ninjas vs pirates would be awesome.

Mountains or beaches?
Mountains. *Fantasy writer*

Plotter or pantser?
Somewhere in between.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Computer, sadly!

Standalone or series?
Series. Though I do enjoy standalones in existing worlds…

Book or ebook?
Book. Though I’m not anti-ebook.

Hero or anti-hero?
There’s more than enough room for both, if well fleshed out.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I do enjoy a good “ragtag team going on a mission” story. The more impossible the better. Of course, it rarely *is* impossible, but the casualties along the way make up for the nearly always completed mission.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I started my writing dalliance by mainly doing horror short-stories in anthologies way back in the heady days of March 2020, though my stories always veered towards the fantastical, as that’s my genre of choice.

When I focused on solo long-form works, I went into fantasy. Empire of Ruin, with the first book being In Solitude’s Shadow, is a character-driven epic fantasy featuring kick-ass women, emotional depth, epic stakes, and small intimate moments. Someone described it as grimdark with hope, which I liked.

My other series is Nick Holleran, an urban fantasy noir. There’s two books so far, Dead Man Walking, and its sequel, The Devil Walks In Blood. It’s like a mix between Harry Dresden and John Constantine, and I really love writing the character. It’s my playground to bring in any elements I want due to the world’s set-up, but it’s always fantasy in my books.

Current project? Working on Empire of Ruin book two, which is called Path of War.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My latest release was the re-do of Nick Holleran: Dead Man Walking in extended form to go alongside the brand new The Devil Walks In Blood. You can get either (and In Solitude’s Shadow) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and so on, or signed copies from me!

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

Movies are a big inspiration for me – scenes in particular. Elements of films such as Chinatown, LA Confidential, The Frighteners, and John Wick have had an influence on my latest fantasy words. And that’s just a few.

In terms of books, obviously Tolkien. It’s a cliche at this stage, but I read The Hobbit at age 7, Lord of the Rings aged 9, and The Silmarillion a short time after, and read them all at least once a year to this day. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time too, my work will always have a nod towards him. Big world-building makes my heart happy.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I look after my son during the day, so will plan what I want to write in my head, going so far as mentally working out scenes and chapters. As soon as he’s in bed, my phone goes off, music comes on, and the writing begins. I usually write six days a week, taking Friday as a day to relax.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Trust my instinct and go with fantasy earlier, and explore that community. To be honest, being such a huge fan of the genre, writing it intimidated me, and I ended up writing my books without building a fantasy led newsletter and so on until too late. I’ve adjusted that now, but if you want to work in a certain genre, just go for it and don’t hedge your bets.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

The best place is my newsletter. Not only will you keep up to date with all my goings on, you’ll get a free short-story collection for joining called “Tales of Fire and Shadow.”

You can join up here:

tinyurl.com/DavidGreenWriter and email me through there.

I always respond and love to chat! Other than that, you can find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/davidgreenwriter

Author Interview: Michael Evan

Check out this author spotlight for Michael Evan!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

I’m Michael Evan. I’m a publicist for authors, a publisher with Fallbrandt Press, and most recently I’ve become a writer. I live in Toronto, with my amazing wife, my two awesome kids and a French Bulldog.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn for sure. The weather is perfect, and it will always remind me of the time I met my wife.

Cat or dog?
I’ve had both cats and a dog and I can definitely say that I’m way more connected to my dog than I ever was to my cats. He feels like a legit family member and is very loving.

Tea or coffee?
I don’t mind a cup of tea from time to time but I literally don’t think I could survive without coffee. It’s the fuel that keeps me going all day. It’s the drink of the gods, an elixir from heaven. (Did I mention I love coffee? 😂)

Plotter or pantser?
I’m definitely a plotter. I like to have chapter by chapter plot points written out in detail as well as a list of character traits and descriptions for all my characters. As a co-writer that physically writes less and plots more, it’s integral to our system. I might pants a joke every once in a while, but that’s about it.

Standalone or series?
I generally enjoy series. It’s cool to know that there’s a lot more of a good thing. That said stand alones are much more time conducive for me these days because I have no time to read and I think my TBR mountain is about to destroy the house.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I love stuff that will make me laugh but I also enjoy highly emotional work. I tend to read books with a lot of abstract prose. James Joyce and David Mitchell are favorites of mine.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I just launched a satirical series that I co-wrote with JMD Reid called The Cider & Ale Chronicles. It’s a genre-bending, fourth-wall-breaking set of stories about anthropomorphic animals, and their love of beer, cider, wine, and whiskey. There’s tons of offbeat humor but also a lot of warmth and heart in the series. James and I have another series called Max & The Captain launching in February which is set in the same world but less irreverent and slightly more suited to younger readers. We’re also working on a standalone project for the spring which will be our first foray into a serious book as a writing team.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
The most recent release is The Cider & Ale Chronicles box set and Omnibus paperback which I mentioned above.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
All of my characters come from some type of personal influence. The main characters of The Cider of Legend are avatars of my wife and I. She basically makes it into most of my female leads. As far as fictional inspiration, aside from James Joyce who I already mentioned, I’d say Terry Pratchett has been hugely influential to me, as has Chuck Palahniuk. For film, I’d say Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino’s films have always been favorites when it comes to dialogue.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
My writing routine is that I have absolutely none. I write when I feel like it, and when I feel that inspiration buzz set it. I’m really not a disciplined writer, and I rather loathe the physical process of writing and much prefer storytelling and coming up with ideas, which is why I can say with confidence that without James Reid, I’d still be stumbling to figure out how to make seals fight with flippers.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
I think it’s important for writers to not give up. I shelved Alehouse Wars for about a year before I came up with an unorthodox solution to completing it, and I’m glad I didn’t just leave it behind. I also think it’s important for writers not to hold themselves to the standards of others and realize that not everyone can write 10 books a year, and that’s ok. Everyone has their own pace. A thick skin is also imperative to develop. One person’s treasure is another’s trash and the more one puts themselves out there to be discovered the more polarizing the opinions will be.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

I can be found at fantasy-focus.com and fantasy/sci-fi focus on Facebook, or email me at authorsinfocus@gmail.com

Author Interview: Kimberly T. Hennessy

Check out this author spotlight for Kimberly T. Hennessy!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi, my name is Kimberly T. Hennessy. I live in the suburbs of Montreal. I was born on a cold January 13th with snowbanks as far as the eye could see, in a small town called Île Bizard, which translates to weird island. I’ll admit the ominous allure is tempting, but there’s nothing grim about me.

After completing my Bachelor’s in Psychology, and then my MA in screenwriting, I embarked on this wild journey to create a world with characters that appealed to me, shall we say a mature woman with an odd sensibility for impending death and mayhem?

Don’t be fooled! Dubbed the Slow Writer, I’m wide-eyed and quirky with a side of kook, but I gravitate towards dystopian stories for their doom and gloom, and well, because they’re cool and human foibles intrigue me.

I write because otherwise the stories in my head would never let me get another moments sleep.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
I love all the seasons because they each offer something. Autumn because the leaves here in Québec are spectacular during the fall. It’s impossible to describe the smell of winter to someone who hasn’t lived it. Although I have tried in my book. When you first detect it, you know winter is here, and cosy fireplace tea is knocking at your door. Spring is always a thrill because it feels like out with the old and in with new. We feel like anything is possible, and lastly summer is the best because heat.

Cat or dog?
Big dogs. They have so much love and devotion in their fluffy goodness.

Morning or evening?
Mornings. Towards the end of the day my brain is mush.

Hunter or gatherer?
I’d like to say both, but my book and most of my writing features hunters.

Mountains or beaches?
Beaches are more exotic to where I live, since we have some mountain ranges nearby. So if I have to pick one, I would definitely sit by the sea.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

My tastes are wide-ranging. I like to switch it up. Some days romantic comedies, other days a coming of age, or a vampire might catch my attention, but I definitely gravitate towards world building stories that transport me to a different time and place. Certainly dystopian, but also historical, and political always get my attention.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I’m currently writing book 2 of The Pogrom War series as a follow up of my first book.

I’m also set to write three screenplays for three different producers in the next year. So I’ll be very busy, and I’m penning my first historical fiction based on a screenplay, I wrote several years ago set in Ireland and Canada. Although I wish I could give more details, I will be releasing it under a pen name. I also do freelance copywriting on the side, so I think 2021 will fly by.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My first book is a dystopian sci-fi\fantasy, set in a post-apocalyptic world. The main character Eira flees her evil captor King Lorcan only to fall into the hands of this odd underground sect bent on reviving the old SIDHE religion. Eira is at the centre of their revival but must give up her humanity to save the sect and her unborn baby.

It’s a mash up of tribal history and artificial intelligence.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My environment is my main source of inspiration. When I write I can see, and feel where I am. I mostly draw from the area where I live and extrapolate from there. As for my characters I love to really dig deep into their psyche, which is my psychology background. I love to understand where their angst is coming from, and why, although I don’t go into depth explain it because I don’t want to force feed my reader. I want them to unravel the puzzle on their own, and come to their own conclusion.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

It’s simple. I get my kids ready for school, do my morning workout, and write for a couple of hours, then in the afternoon, I tackle any other work deadlines if I have some, otherwise I finish paperwork and any other household issue that requires my attention.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Your first draft isn’t your book. You will edit, edit, edit until your blue in the face and it will never be perfect, but you have to put it out there. The next one will be better, and better.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://kimberlythennessy.com/https://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-T.-Hennessy/e/B08CJBQ1NV

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