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Author Interview: Lindsey Kinsella

Check out this author spotlight for Lindsey Kinsella!

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!

Certainly, and thank you for having me. My name is Lindsey and I reside in the eternally rainy glens of Scotland. I live with my girlfriend and my two children and work as a naval architect. I only began writing in earnest around 18 months ago after years of convincing myself that it was silly idea. I don’t think I then decided it wasn’t silly, I just figured that an idea being a silly one isn’t something which should stop me. As such, I’m a fairly inexperience author, but I have been buoyed by my feedback so far!

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!

Cat or dog? Cats! I’m an animal person all round, so I certainly have nothing against dogs, but I just find cats more rewarding. You have to work harder to form a bond with a cat because, at its heart, it’s still nature’s finest killing machine and doesn’t really need your affection.

Morning or evening? Most certainly evening. There are few things I despise more than an early morning rise; thankfully home working has reduced those somewhat. On the other hand, writing into the early hours of the morning is not out of the norm, in fact I find myself far more productive.

Library or museums? Museums; is that sacrilege for an author? Libraries are great, but I adore a museum, especially a natural history museum. The fact that such a vast wealth of knowledge is mostly free to the public is mind blowing.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer, my handwriting is atrocious!

Standalone or series? Based on my current writing trends I do seem to be laying the groundwork for several series. It’s not really a conscious decision, I just feel I have more stories to explore with certain concepts than a single book would allow.

Oddly, I usually prefer to read standalone books. I think that probably makes me some kind of psychopath.

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

To be honest, I much prefer a story with no obvious tropes. Originality is the biggest draw for me, something which strikes as being entirely new. That does mean occasionally falling for gimmicks, mind you!

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

So far I have written science fiction, currently writing fantasy and have plans for some horror. In truth, I tend to concoct a story and worry about what genre it might fall into later which does result in some “genre hopping”. I like to experiment with different topics, different audiences, and different writing styles. Perhaps that means I haven’t really found my niche yet, but then perhaps I don’t want to.

My current work in progress is a family friendly fantasy (a fairly dramatic departure from my previous work) which follows a young girl on a quest within her own subconscious. The quest in question is in an attempt to save the main character’s cancer-stricken mother, so the stakes are high.

The basic concept allows for a lot of creative freedom, which I am enjoying a lot, but also makes striking the right tone somewhat difficult. It’s quite an ubsurd concept, so it can’t take itself too seriously; it has to be fun and charming and sometimes overtly silly. However, it still has to be able to provide real emotional impact when called for. It’s a difficult balance to reach.

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

My current book, The Lazarus Taxa, is a tense, grounded, sci-fi thriller. It features time travel but in a limited way; I intentionally created the rules of this particular method of time travel in such a way that it has a very limited effect on the plot. This was done primarily to remove the temptation to use the functionality of time travel as a deus ex machina; a common frustration of mine within the sci-fi world.

One of my primary inspirations was the desire to combat the prevailing and outdated presentation of dinosaurs by popular media. As an avid palaeontology geek, I find these animals to be fascinating and it has pained me to see them being relegated to Hollywood movie monsters or otherwise being “for kids”. It’s a complex and wonderful science which is wildly underutilised in current culture.

The plot of the book follows the first scientific expedition through time to the Late Cretaceous. Here, evidence of a dark conspiracy slowly becomes apparent. It’s difficult to delve much deeper without spoiling it for the reader, but, despite the dinosaurs, the real villains are very much human.

Please do check out the Amazon link below!

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 tend to draw a lot of real life inspiration from people I know and use that as a basis for a character’s personality. It’s much easier to imagine how a real person might react to a situation and then apply that to the fictional version. Of course, I only tend to pick aspects of people, so no character is fully based on a single, real life person.

I also draw heavily on science, something which I’m sure is common for science fiction writers. Deep dives into the research are common… and sometimes distracting!

History is another fantastic source for inspiration for me; some of the greatest stories ever told were real. I wouldn’t say that has been hugely influential on my current book, but I have a few rough drafts which are heavily influenced by classical European and Mesoamerican history.

I think my fictional sources of inspiration are far more varied. Curiously, for an author, I’m not a huge reader. It perhaps takes me a couple of months to get through a book, but I do draw inspiration from the likes of Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman and Steven King; all very different writers, but I like aspects of each style. I have always been somewhat of a movie buff and I draw a lot of inspiration from there too; oddly I think “Alien” was one of the primary sources for The Lazarus Taxa, I think I applied some similar tricks in creating tension.

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

I don’t have a routine as such, I write whenever I find time, which tends to be late at night when everyone else has gone to bed.

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, rather than giving advice once I had started writing, I would instead travel back further and convince myself to start writing sooner. I’d tell myself not to worry about what other people would think, but to simply write for me. Thankfully, my reviews so far have been positive and it feels great to be able to share my work, but even if no one had ever read it it’s a surprisingly cathartic process. I think everyone needs a creative outlet.

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

I have a Facebook page which is my primary method of engaging with readers and fans. I now have a Facebook group for engaging more directly on matters relating to the book/s (I tend to bang on about palaeontology a lot on the page) and I do also appear on Goodreads.

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60043780-the-lazarus-taxa

Author Interview: Laura Drake

Check out this author spotlight for Laura Drake!

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!

Laura Drake is a New York and self-published published author of Women’s Fiction and Romance. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, was a double-finalist, then won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 12 more books.

Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

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 – colors, leaves falling, hot chocolate…sigh.

Cat or dog? Both!

Tea or coffee? Coffee, coffee, coffee. Drink like 8 cups a day

Morning or evening? WAY morning – get up at 3 am.

Library or museums? Both!

Hunter or gatherer? Does hunting meat in grocery stores count? I couldn’t kill anything…

Witches or wizards? Neither

Ninjas or pirates? Pirate! Arrrrgh!

Mountains or beaches? Both! Anything outdoors.

Plotter or pantser? Total Pantser

Pen and paper or computer/phone?  Desktop computer

Standalone or series? Both!

Book or ebook? Shocks me to say this, but ebook.

Hero or anti-hero? Both!

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

Emotional. I’m fascinated by the human condition.

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

I write Women’s Fiction and romance. My WF, The Road to Me is comes out April 19, and I can’t wait to get it in readers’ hands! In my spare time, I fish, knit, right and wait on my  husband and 2 spoiled cat.

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

Here’s the blurb:

Jacqueline Oliver is an indie perfumer, trying to bury her ravaged childhood by shoveling ground under her own feet. Then she gets a call she dreads—the hippie grandmother she bitterly resents was apprehended when police busted a charlatan shaman’s sweat lodge. Others scattered, but Nellie was slowed by her walker, and the fact that she was wearing nothing but a few Mardi-Gras beads. Jacqueline is her only kin, so like it or not, she’s responsible.

Despite being late developing next year’s scent, she drops everything to travel to Arizona and pick up her free-range grandma. But the Universe conspires to set them on a Route 66 road trip together. What Jacqueline discovers out there could not only heal the scars of her childhood but open her to a brighter future.

https://www.thestoryplant.com/the-road-to-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!

My main inspiratioin for the story are my own experiences – my husband and I have travelled the west for over 200,000 miles on motorcycles!  I love reading WF, and aspire to be as good as Barbara O’Neal and Charles Martin, to name a few.

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

Oh wow, it’s very strange. I get up at 3 am every morning, do social media until I have enough coffee onboard to think, then start writing. I started the habit when I was working, getting up 2 hours early to write before I had to get ready for work. Now, it’s just habit. But I’ll tell you, I’m a drag at parties – I’m in bed by 8 pm!

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?

Relax and enjoy the journey and the process. Don’t be in such a hurry to sell. This is the only time you’ll have to just PLAY!

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

Website:  https://lauradrakebooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/753367188406020

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LauraDrakeBooks

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

Author Interview: Wayne Turmel

Check out this author spotlight for Wayne Turmel!

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!

My name is Wayne Turmel. I’m a Canadian living in Las Vegas. I started life in the small town of Mission BC, spent nearly 18 years as a professional comedian, then got a big-boy job. I’ve written 4 novels, a bunch of short stories and 9 non-fiction books. Did I mention I’m tired?

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!

Cat or dog? Cats are fine, but I’m allergic. No amount of love is worth itchy, watery eyes. (A good piece of relationship advice in general) My current office mate and harshest editor is Mad Max, Defender of the Realm and Most Manly of Poodles.

Tea or coffee?  Too. Much. Coffee. My Canadian mother would be scandalized at how little tea I drink. But when there’s a crisis, it’s genetically programmed that the first thing you do is put the kettle on. Tea is for emotional emergencies only.

Mountains or beaches? Mountains. Something about seeing mountains that keeps you humble. Plus, at my age the sound of all that water makes me have to go to the bathroom three times a night.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? I noodle and outline on paper with a pen, then pound out the words on my computer. Can’t write on my phone…. My thumbs are too fat, and I have to blow up the text to about five words per screen so I can read it. I’m a dinosaur, but hopefully one of the cute cuddly ones that make good stuffed toys.

Hero or anti-hero? I confess I don’t like my heroes too perfect. In the 3 Musketeers, Dartagnan is a bit of a jerk, and he’s my favorite.  Johnny Lycan is a bit of both—nice guy, wants to do the right thing, turns into a hairy rage monster at the slightest provocation.

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

I’m a sucker for Fish out of water stories or anything where the main character is their own biggest obstacle (if I had a therapist I’m sure she’d tell you why) My favorite historical figures and book characters are all very complicated humans who would be fun to talk to at a party but you’d want them dead by the end of the weekend.

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

I live a split life. On the one hand I write business books, and the third in our Long-Distance Leader series is coming out in January. Then there’s my fiction. Johnny Lycan is my 4th novel and a complete change. I’ve gone from historical fiction to urban fantasy. At first I worried it would ruin my brand, but what am I going to do? Tick off both my readers?

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

After 3 Historical Novels,  I have written the first in the Urban Fantasy Johnny Lycan series, “Johnny Lycan and the Anubis Disk,” with the next installment coming in November 2022 and I’m working on the third.  Johnny is a normal 30=ish guy in Chicago with a sketchy past who’s trying to start up his own security and relocation business. He just happens to be a werewolf, which gets tricky. He thinks he’s the strangest, most awful thing out there, but he’s learning the world is way weirder than he ever thought possible. Some people have compared it to Dresden Files, and that’s flattering, but I think it’s more like Spencer for Hire if Spencer was a Lycan. Think gritty,  humorous, detective noir. With claws.

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 am bibliographically promiscuous (so much nicer term than “book slut,” which I am)  I like historical figures that succeed or not despite their own failings. That’s why real people like Byron de Prorok (subject of my first novel, The Count of the Sahara) and Richard Francis Burton fascinate me. My fictional inspiration stretches from the 3 Musketeers (my all-time favorite novel) to Hunter S Thompson, to Mark Helprin (whose prose is so beautiful it makes me want to quit every time I read himi) and back to Jim Butcher and George RR Martin. Sometimes you want art, sometimes you need jelly beans. I hope to write art-flavored jelly beans.

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

Because I still rely on the dreaded day job, weekdays are limited to my non-fiction work like blog posts and my business books. During the week I doodle in my notebook, writing down lines and working out plot points. It’s like all those ideas build up like a dam. Then, Saturday and Sunday I pull the cork and spend time writing the book. This way I can pound out thousands of words in a fairly short period of time.

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?

There are 3 buckets of feedback and advice you’ll receive as a writer. The smallest bucket is the gold… take it and use it and learn to get better. The second bucket is well-intentioned and might be the roots of something useful, so treat it seriously and give it thought, then decide on your course of action. The third bucket is huge, and it’s all the useless, just plain wrong advice you’ll get from people. Thank them and ignore it. The trick is to listen to all of the feedback you get and carefully decide what goes in each bucket.

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

My Amazon Author Page, where you can find both my fiction and non-fiction work

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KQHJQ7D/

Twitter @Wturmel  https://twitter.com/WTurmel

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/wayne.turmel/ My website https://wayneturmel.com/

Author Interview: Eliza Eveland

Check out this author spotlight for Eliza Eveland!

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!

Hello! Thanks for having me. I’m Eliza Eveland and I write romantic fantasy and queer romantic fantasy. When I’m not writing, I’m probably either reading. I live in Cryptid Country West Virginia, not too far from the Mothman and a few of his friends.

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? Autumn is the best season! The cool breezes, the crunchy leaves, bonfires and warm blankets on cold evenings with hot chocolate… I’m just in love with the aesthetic.

Tea or coffee? Coffee! I like tea, but I can’t live without coffee. Who would want to?

Plotter or pantser? I’m a plantser, which is a mix of the two. I know about 3-5 scenes when I start writing and make the rest up as I go. Sometimes I use an outline, though I almost always abandon it after the first few chapters for a better idea.

Standalone or series? Oh, a series. Definitely. I need as much time as possible with the characters in a book. They become like family. I know that when I finish a good series, I’m going to cry because I have to say goodbye to them.

Hero or anti-hero?  Anti-heroes. I can’t help but fall for the bad boys, I guess! And a villain love story is just… *chef’s kiss*.

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

I look for books with complex and conflicted characters. Dark and tortured angsty love interests are the fastest way to get me to click buy. If the two lovers are from opposite sides in a conflict of some kind, even better. I love stories where love defeats all odds and lets two people come together, where their love makes the world a better place. It’s idealistic, and beautiful escapism, and I need so much more of that, especially with queer protagonists.

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

I write queer-inclusive fantasy romance. I’d say I write queer fantasy romance, but some of the couples present as straight, even if there’s a queer romantic subplot or something. I’m currently writing book three of the Talons and Tethers series, A Thread of Gold. In this series, each book focuses on a new couple, though the series follows four mercenary commanders as they find their new home in the city of Brucia. A Thread of Gold follows Katyr Runecleaver, leader of the Crow mages. He and Isaac were fan favorites among early readers in the first book and I’m excited to give them their own story. Speaking of people from opposite sides of a conflict, Isaac is a member of the Brotherhood of the Divine, whose job it is to police mages and Katyr is… Well, he breaks a lot of rules.

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 the Talons and Tethers series, A Court of Crows, is out February 10th here:

After her city falls under siege, Queen Eris hires a band of mercenaries, the Crows, to help defend Brucia. But their commander, Ruith, is interested in winning more than the war for her. He wants her, and Ruith is used to getting what he wants…

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!

For this series, it’s sort of a cross between Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s big, epic fantasy with elves and battle sequences, but I’ve narrowed the scope to focus on one group of people in one city as opposed to the whole world. Additionally, large swaths of elvish culture are inspired by Norse and Japanese mythology. If there were a soundtrack for the Crows, it would be by a band called Skáld. They essentially sing portions of the poetic and prose Edda.  

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

I start by cleaning my office. Once my writing buddy arrives (my cat, Button, has his own special perch to sit beside me while I work), and I have my coffee, I sit down to read 1-2 chapters for fun, just to sort of get my brain working. Then, if I have editing to do, I do that first to get it out of the way. While I have lunch at my desk, I usually have some music on repeat. It’s a sort of meditation for me and helps me work out the mood of what I’m about to work on. After deciding on the soundtrack for the next scene, I just sit down and write it. Everything I write then goes to my husband who reads it and gives me feedback that I incorporate in my editing the next day. Then, just rinse and repeat.

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?

Write fearlessly. Write for yourself. Pursue your passion and it will show in the prose. It sounds sort of cliché, but I was always terrified of being judged for writing LGBT+ content. For a long time, I was afraid of how my audience would take it, how they would judge me for being a bisexual woman in a straight presenting relationship writing LGBT characters… I felt like I couldn’t write certain things because I wasn’t queer enough. It’s funny, but surviving Covid has really changed my perspective on a lot and now I just want to write and live authentically. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss: the people who matter won’t mind, and the people who mind don’t matter

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

I am most active on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@elizaeveland

I’m also on Bookbub here: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-eveland

And of course on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eliza-Eveland/e/B07DK7B42G/

My website is: elizaeveland.com

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eliza-Eveland-Author-103738342072981

Author Interview: Whitney Spradling

Check out this author spotlight for Whitney Spradling!

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!

I am a full time Occupational Therapist at an elementary school. I live with my husband, 5 year old autistic son, and 2 cats Magnus and Tessa (and yes, they are named after characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series). I have a bad habit of starting really expensive hobbies, currently I enjoy making custom glitter tumblers. I love to read and drink wine and coffee.

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? Autumn. I love the cooler weather and changing leaves. Autumn starts my favorite time of year holiday wise and I start getting so excited about spending time with family and eating good food.

Library or museums? This is hard, but I’d have to go with museums. I love to learn new things, and taking my son to explore different museums is so much fun.

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates. Who doesn’t love the idea of a sexy pirate that whisks you away into adventure?

Mountains or beaches? Mountains. I hate hot weather. I love to hike and have a mild obsession with waterfalls, so mountains are always my go to.

Plotter or pantser? Pantser. I just write and let my characters do their own things. Occasionally, I’ll have to rein them in, but otherwise I follow their lead. When I get towards the end of a book, I’ll do a small outline to make sure I tie up all loose ends.

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

Enemies to lovers always gets me. I also love a morally gray love interest. The combination of both of those will have me drooling over the pages.

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

I write adult fantasy romance. I just published my first book, The Obsidian Sword. It is the first book in The Obsidian Artifacts duology. The second book, The Obsidian Crown, has been written and I am currently going through edits on it. I have another book written about faeries that I will start editing once I’m done with The Obsidian Crown.

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

The Obsidian Crown is a steamy adult fantasy. It features a race of Dark Fae who have been erasing the history of the realms in order to remake the world in their image. Wren is a newly discovered Light Fae who sets out to learn about her magic and discover who her family is. During this adventure, she meets Silas who joins her on travels. Together, they have to find a way to stop the Dark Fae from gaining access to The Obsidian Artifacts, magical relics that, when used together, give the person wielding them unimaginable power. They have to overcome their differences and survive secrets and heartbreak to save the world.

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!

Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout are two of my favorite authors and I find their work highly inspirational. I strive to be more like them. I listen to a lot of Yellowcard and find a lot of inspiration from their music, as well as Tommee Profitt.

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

I don’t have much of a routine. I listen to music and write whenever I have free time. I just finished creating a space in my craft room with a comfy chair and soft lights. I’m working on adding bits and pieces of my favorite books to decorate the space.

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?

Don’t rush it! I would have taken my time with releasing my first book and made sure I had done all the necessary editing to make it the best it could be.

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

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Whitney-L.-Spradling/e/B09LMQWH9H

Website: https://whitneyspradlingauthor.com/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3140713252882460/

Insta: whitney_spradling_author

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/wlspradlingauthor

Author Interview: Rich Blecher

Check out this author spotlight for Rich Blecher!

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, my name is Rich Blecher. I’m a retired Air Force officer who had struggled with ADHD my entire life. I had a story in mind that I discussed with colleages and friends and began to dabble with the story. I struggled with English in school and was intimidated with writing this story. Through support of friends and family and an editor who helped coach the development of this story, it became something I could be proud of not only creating a story, but finishing 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 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Cat or dog? Dog lover, but life is too busy to give a dog the attention it deserves 

Tea or coffee? I like both, but prefer coffee

Morning or evening? I am definitely a morning person. A brand new start every day.

Library or museums? I’m a visual guy. I could spend hours in a museum, but in the past few years I’ve found myself lost in libraries also.

Hunter or gatherer? Just spent a week in the woods hunting

Witches or wizards? Although similar, I like the grander aspects of a Wizard

Ninjas or pirates? Can we have Ninja Pirates?

Mountains or beaches? I love the mountains all year round moreso than the beach, but enjoy the beach in moderation

Pen and paper or computer/phone? I’m a little of both. For heavy writing I prefer typing it, but I keep a pen and notebook with me most of the time to catch my thoughts. I’ve also been known to use the notes section in my phone to capture those notes too

Book or ebook? I like a physical book

Hero or anti-hero? Can an anti-hero become a hero?

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

Something that will take me to somewhere new. Ender’s Game was brilliant especially as a strategic war planner. I also liked Troy and the fun sci-fi new concepts that brought. Who’d a thought you could sell maple syrup as a drug to aliens?

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

I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. I have about six other projects at some level of writing. One is a mom and her two children that find out they have super powers and the government is trying to stop them from saving the planet from aliens

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

Xima is a great story of a young Zack Bates who grew up in a dystopian environment in a small compound. The planet Xima was accidentally discovered, and Earth set up a shuttle system to begin populating the new planet. Zack’s parents were killed and he was on his own to survive. Sneaking away to Xima he was tricked and enslaved where he was found and trained to not only save the planet of Xima, but also save Earth from civil unrest.

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 haven’t read very many books to influence me too much. I think I let the accumulation of movies and books inspire me to create something new, but they all have some influence with my jumbled mind of ideas.

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

My writing routine is quite complex. When I find time, I write…but I can’t sit still with one story. My ADHD weighs in and I need to change it up which is why I have about six different story lines going at the same time. I’ll eventually finish all of them, but I like the way I can take my lack of focus and apply it to different storylines which ultimately will produce more books.

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?

Retake an English writing class or two

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

Currently only on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/EscapetoXima/

Author Interview: Gabriella Balcom

Check out this author spotlight for Gabriella Balcom!

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!

Hello. I’m Gabriella Balcom and I want to thank you interviewing me. I appreciate your time and effort very much.

Here is a short bio about me:

Gabriella Balcom lives in Texas and writes fantasy, horror, romance, sci-fi, literary fiction, children’s stories, poems, and more. She loves great stories, forests, mountains, and back roads, and has a weakness for lasagna, garlic bread, tacos, cheese, and chocolate. She’s had 280+ works accepted by publishers including Barrio Blues, Black Hare Press, Black Ink Fiction, Blood Song Books, Breaking Rules Publishing, Celestial Echo Press, Clarendon House Publications, Clarendon House Short Story Magazine, Crow’s Feet Journal, Dastaan World, Dragon Soul Press, Eerie River Publishing, Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine, Insignia Books, Iron Faerie Publishing, JayZoMon/Dark Myth Publishing, Paper Djinn Press, Pixie Forest Publishing, Raven and Drake Publishing, Reanimated Writers Press, Siren’s Call, Soteira Press, Stormy Island Publishing, Suicide House Publishing, Sweetycat Press, The Great Void, The World of Myth Magazine, and Zombie Pirate Publishing.

Gabriella won the right to have a novel published by Clarendon House Publications when one of her short stories was voted best in the anthology in which it appeared; her book, On the Wings of Ideas, came out afterward. She was nominated for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award, won second place in JayZoMon/Dark Myth Company’s 2020 Open Contract Challenge, and her novelette, Worth Waiting For, was then released. Gabriella’s novelette, Free’s Tale: No Home at Christmas-time, was published at the end of 2020, and her sci-fi novella, The Return, came out in 2021. Another of her novellas pends publication.  Her Facebook author’s page: https://m.facebook.com/GabriellaBalcom.lonestarauthor

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this-or-that questions. Explain why you chose your this answer or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn?

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the trees’ stunning colors, and the usually mild temperatures. It’s not hot to the point of sweltering like part of Spring and most of Summer, and not cold like Winter. Being able to relax in shorts is nice as opposed to needing heavier, warmer clothing.

Cat or dog?

I prefer cats, although I like dogs a lot, too. My first friend was a cat, and I can say quite honesty she was a true one. I’ll never forget how loving and responsive she was to my emotions. Cats’ overall independence and alert watchfulness appeal to me, as opposed to dogs often fawning over people and seeming more “needy,” per se. But I know cats can demand attention forcefully, too. I also admire cats’ cleanliness, ability to twist their bodies and land on their feet, and how many of them hunt for food even when they don’t have to.

Tea or coffee?

Neither. I prefer hot chocolate, although I do like certain decaffeinated teas (camomile, blueberry, green, lemongrass, peppermint, etc.). Water is probably what I drink the most, but I also enjoy blue Powerade and fruit juices like orange, grape, and apple.

Morning or evening?

Both, and night, too. I’m naturally most alert in the morning, but typically sleep through a good part of it because I work evening shift (mid-afternoon throughout the evening, and sometimes a few hours into the night). When I’m off work, I get up early to have time for writing or writing-related things, and work on my creations for hours at a time. The days I go to my job, I try to fit in writing time before I have to leave, and once I get back home, too.         

Mountains or beaches?

Mountains and forests, actually. I live in a small town in the country surrounded by trees, and love it. I enjoy smelling all the nature scents, and seeing and hearing birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, coyotes, and other animals. I find walking in the woods to be both healing and uplifting. Mountains thrill me also. I love seeing them and being on or near them. I admire their majesty, agelessness, and knowing how long they’ve been around. 

I do enjoy visiting beaches now and then, walking in the sand, hearing gulls, and collecting shells. But forests and mountains are my favorites.

Plotter or pantser?

Pantser. I don’t outline my stories or plan out this or that. Ideas constantly flood my mind, and I never know where a certain idea will take me. My characters lead me along, per se, and I often envision or “hear” scenes from their lives.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?

I mainly use my laptop, as I type fast and can go quicker that way. When things pop into my head, I don’t want to forget them, and jot notes down on paper, index cards, or whatever I can get my hands on. If I’m driving, I’ll dictate into a memo app or text things to myself.  

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

I write in multiple genres, including fantasy, horror, romance, sci-fi, literary fiction, children’s stories, poems, and more. I do stories of varying sizes, all the way from one-hundred-word drabbles through novel-length works. Right now, I’m working on several pieces, some for specific calls, others just for myself.

I submit things to several publishers on a regular basis. My acceptances for 2022 include drabbles for Black Ink Press’ Heartless anthology, a short story for Raven and Drake’s Aliens anthology, a poem for Sweetycat’s Beautiful: In The Eye Of The Beholder anthology, and a drabble and story for the January issue of The World of Myth Magazine. I’m excited to say one of my novellas has been accepted for publication, too, but I’ll keep that secret for now and announce it later. 

My goals for this year include submitting more works, and doing so steadily. I hope more will be accepted. I also hope to finish a novel I’ve been working on, do edits on a second, and submit a third  to publishers.

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

My most recent publication is The Return, a sci-fi novella published by Black Hare Press. I’m quite proud of it, and just love the cover. Here’s a little about my story:

The world doesn’t know anything about the compound hidden underground, and the wealthy investors funding it want things to stay as they are. It’s the year 2030, and scientists have made numerous scientific advances.

They use cutting-edge technology with their Feline Service Units and Human Replicas—HRs, as they’re commonly known. However, most of the research being conducted in the facility is illegal. If animal rights’ activists had an inkling of what went on, they’re clamor for justice. Human rights’ activists would scream from the rooftops.

Tensions are mounting, and things are not as they appear.

Amazon link: https://bit.ly/39y9iOL

Reader comments about The Return:

“…This is a thrilling ride. I’m hoping there’s a sequel.”

“…man, it got me good. Best plot twist I’ve read in a book…you’ll love this book!”

“Fascinating and amazing!”

“…had me on the edge of my seat.”

5. 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?

BELIEVE in yourself, no matter what!

6. Last but not least, where can we find you? Drop those links!

My Facebook author page: https://m.facebook.com/GabriellaBalcom.lonestarauthor

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