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Author Interview: Christopher M. Fink

Check out this author spotlight for Christopher M. Fink!

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 interest in writing came from an early age, not so early as my fascination with horror which started when I was three. At least that’s the story I am told, and thus the one I share. I’ve spent my life enjoying the creative paths in both film and literature, but I felt it was time I added my own flavor of menace and macabre to the mix. Sacrifices Incarnate is my first publication, released in 2020. The welcome mat, if you will into the madness; merely the introduction to the many stories to come. They’re only getting better, bloodier, more grim than the last. Keep those lights off, and the house empty. You’re not going to want to miss this!

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?
CAT – Not that I don’t like dogs (or all animals), but I grew up with cats and I find them to be more demanding of our respect. Cats draw more honesty from us.

Hunter or Gatherer?
GATHERER – Probably more to my propensity of not being able to hurt an animal, I feel I would have been the gatherer in those times.

Mountains or Beaches?
BEACHES – Growing up on Long Island, I’ve always viewed the ocean as a place of sanctity. “The ocean will carry away all your troubles.”

Pen and paper, or computer/phone?
PEN & PAPER – This is a no-brainer. When writing, it’s a much more personal experience when you have to let it flow through the pen.

Hero or Anti-hero?
ANTI-HERO – The world isn’t simple black and white. Sometimes it takes the wrong/unwarranted person to do the right thing.

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

Something original. If it sounds familiar, or if I can confidently assume what’s going to happen, I’m not interested. I understand there’s only so many stories you can tell, but there are infinitely more ways you can mix and match certain tropes. I’m expecting X, Y, and Z, give me something I can’t see coming!

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

I stick to horror, mainly. Right now I am promoting my latest publication, Kyn. I’m working on expanding my network and presence in order to grow my fanbase. I’m aiming to do this for a living, wanting to bring a worthy entertainment to my readers, encourage those who are less prone to sitting with a book, while delivering a few well-earned scares along the way.

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 is mentioned above, Kyn.

It is a frighteningly mythological story about the last remaining members of a great race of Lycan that once reigned over humanity. Commanding their own domains, they ruled for millennia before being driven from their castles and back into the wilderness. There they struggled and scrapped for their survival, but having lost that feral edge, they began to die off. Now, with only few in numbers remaining, they live in seclusion, isolated and domesticated. For Darrus, it’s a well-enough existence until the looming horror of the possibility that his daughter might carry a similar gene dawns on him. And along with another lurking creature, one much more vicious and hellbent on bringing rise to his Lycan kind once again, Darrus must do what he can to protect his family from this new threat, as well as themselves.

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!

In truth, I like to allow my imagination to do most of the work, as much as it can on its own. As I am sure my influences are sprinkled throughout, I do not draw on them consciously, that is while I am planning a story. But for the direct resources I derive, they usually come from my life. Little experiences here and there I take directly and implement when/where they are helpful.

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

I don’t have anything I would call a routine. With a day-job and life in general, it’s hard to lock down a schedule. However, I do write almost every day every chance I can.

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 would say to my younger self: “Self, have more confidence in your ambition/talent.” It was a debilitating habit I had with not trusting myself with, wel, just about anything. I kind of had to force confidence onto myself, and once that happened, I noticed a difference almost immediately. Trust yourself, and do what you love.

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

You can dig me up via Linktree. The central hub to all things for The Horror Seeker!

https://linktr.ee/thehorrorseeker

Author Interview: Jeffrey Kippel

Check out this author spotlight for Jeffrey Kippel!

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!

A Little Glimpse Into Me 🤪

 Author: The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand 

Ambassador: RethinkFIT

Coach & Mentor

I currently live in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario, Canada together with my wife Mindy Blackstien and our newly adopted cat, Oracle Spirit Spirit, or “Aura” for short. 

My first passion is writing and I began The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand in my teens after being inspired by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Fawlty Towers and Monty Python. 

My second passion is to make a difference in the world. In 1990, I took the initiative to start Canada’s first environmental magazine, Recover. Its tagline was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. 

In 1997, Mindy and I embarked on a journey to help pioneer the natural bodybuilding and fitness model movements. We produced the World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO) & the FAME World Tour, hosting hundreds of events globally, producing top rated television shows, publishing magazines and providing pathways and platforms for wellness enthusiasts around the world to transform into their own visual superhero. By 2008, Mindy and I conceptualized the bodyproud term to convey that beyond strength and appearance, to truly be one’s own superhero you must take action to uplevel your personal mental, emotional, functional and spiritual wellness too. 

Ever since 2008 I have mentored under experts in all areas of business, empowerment, nutrition, wellness and mental health — I was even ordained as a Metaphysical Minister — and developed a gamified initiative to Rethink FIT where people have the ability to access coaching, attend workshops, host retreats, and participate in social media challenges to love better how they think, feel, act, look, function and dream. 

Today I enjoy writing, nature, spending time with Mindy and our new cat, giving talks about Serbinand and inspiring the creative process in others.  I am still also active as an Ambassador for the RethinkFIT initiative and also coach and mentor.

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? 
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor … funny to see this here. My wife and I have been talking for years about singing, just for fun and to each other… we just got one of the singing apps and each chose a song to practice and record. We are sharing the recording with each other today and my song is You’ve Got a Friend, with the chorus being “winter, spring, summer or fall (sorry, changed the autumn lol) all you have to do is call… and I’ll be there… you’ve got a friend  🎶 

Cat or dog?
I have always been a dog fan, well I’ve had dogs all my life and in fact we had 3 all at the same time. Once they left us we didn’t have any pets for awhile and over the last year got a cat. Yup, at first I felt like a traitor. Like I did something wrong… and wow, they sure are different than dogs! And fun at the same time… a very different experience. I really like her now and recognize the benefits of cats, well, for one, you get to sleep in instead of heading out for walks at all hours! lol

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. An acquired taste. I guess it is true. I never, never drank coffee. Thought it was gross and no point to it. Well, I am drinking a cup right now as I write this! I started to enjoy coffee, black, a few years ago and now I really enjoy it to kick start the day. In addition to the the thermogenic benefit to the body, it does act as a blast off to the day. So, ya, now I am a coffee drinker,… what’s next? Scotch? Yukkkk!

Witches or wizards?
Well my wife is for sure leaning towards the witches… the good ones of course, the light witch. Me, well, that would be a wizard. I have been fascinated by wizards all my life, read a lot about the metaphysical and spiritual worlds, watch all the fun movies like the Hobbit, etc and actually got ordained as a Metaphysical Minister by an Oracle, yup an Oracle, several years ago! 

Mountains or beaches?
Well mountains are awesome. The scenery, the view, the fun of the climb and the energy of the region. However beaches are incredible as you can just sit, relax and take in the scene. You can cool off in the water, get some exercise and go for a swim, chill out on a boat or raft, or just sit on the beach. So you have the best of both activity and chill out. Mountains provide that too, especially when you get to a lake or river while hiking… just, in most cases, you have to climb back down when you are ready to just have a sandwich and chill out 🙂

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

Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy… o, ya, comedy 🙂

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

Well my book provides, an escape from it all with a comedy… well a laugh out loud sci-fi comedy book & audiobook 😉 It’s called The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand and it’s a true case of humour, escapism and an anything goes kinda of trip to another world. It’s also about self discovery and growth with a bunch of laugh out loud moments in between. I has a blend of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Family Guy and some Star Wars 🙂  It is in paperback, ebook and my favourite, audibook! 
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
“From deltic spagnoids to the Algernon Sector Serbinand and his slightly annoying, yet really super smart ship Godfried careened across the somewhat vast universe intersecting with Jime and Orville in some bizarre galactic space disruption that turned everyone’s world completely upside down, or right side up… ahh… or was it inside out…umm, outside in maybe… or… umm… well… everything changed.
It is available on Audible, Amazon & Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Ridiculous-Adventures-Serbinand-Jeffrey-Kippel-ebook/dp/B08R2ZKVCQ/
There is a sneak peak of part of the first chapter in both written and audio format on my website: www.serbinand.com

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!

There are a few more people that I would like to thank for inspiring me to write this book. Firstly, Douglas Adams through the famous Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series; it was the hours and hours of laughing out loud reading and re-reading those books that prompted me to start writing.  Secondly, my friends from my younger days, whose stories are embedded throughout the book based on some of the crazy adventures we had together!  Next, to my mother-in-law, for writing her first book at the age of 69, under the pseudonym E.P. Snider, called Why Me? A Memoir and her new children’s book The Magical Adventures of Lori and Bonnie B. Bunny’. Both times she became motivation to get my “butt in gear”! To my friends and family who read the book in various stages over the years, offering suggestions and feedback that may have ended up in the pages throughout the story.

Humanitarian Cause:

Since laughter is one of the best “medicines” I chose to work with the RethinkFIT Initiative. Proceeds from the book sales will go to their humanitarian efforts to spread health, wellness, fitness, empowerment, love and laughter  to those in need around the world. 

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

When stuff pops into my head I write it down… I also keep myself active writing and just got a blog started:

https://vocal.media/authors/jeffrey-kippel

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? 

Dream bigger, faster! Never give up! I had started writing The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand in my early teens and came back to it every so often… my advice it to keep going, finish the passion project you started right to the end… the satisfaction of finishing it is awesome

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

Here are a few:

www.serbinand.com

amazon.com/author/jeffreykippel 

https://vocal.media/authors/jeffrey-kippel

https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKippel

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreykippel

https://ko-fi.com/jeffreykippel

Author Interview: Michael Paul Scott

Check out this author spotlight for Michael Paul Scott!

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!

Sure! My name is Michael Paul Scott and I live in a sleepy village called Gardiner in New York, about 90 miles north of NYC. My family and I are surrounded by apple orchards, lush vineyards, and just about the best autumn views you can imagine. I work as a dispatcher for the local utility company, bossing around linemen and gas crews to get power restored during stormy weather outages and respond to natural gas emergencies. I am married to a lovely and wonderful woman, Christine. I published my debut novel, Freewilds – The Cult & the Constable, on September 30th of 2021.

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?
Oh gosh… probably autumn for the views and the relative relief I get from seasonal allergies. I feel kind of fortunate to live in a region that actually gets all four. When I lived near Oceanside, California for a while, the lack of a genuine winter was a real letdown for me.

Cat or dog?
I love pretty much all animals, but I am partial to my dog, Scrappy (and yes, the name suits him well!)

Morning or evening?
I am definitely a night owl. I dread the early rise and love sleeping in.

Mountains or beaches?
I was born in Longview, Washington and vividly recall the majestic vistas of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier… but if I’m planning a trip, it’s to the beach (less climby!)

Standalone or series?
I never want the story to ‘end,’ but rather to evolve and mature over the course of a series.

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

Relatable characters and verisimilitude, mostly. I enjoy a villain that I can understand, a flawed and fallible hero, and a plot that doesn’t collapse under any kind of objective scrutiny.

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

This is an easy one, since I only have the one novel to my name (so far).

I write dark fantasy/horror in the vein of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson and R.A. Salvatore. My debut novel blends these themes with a detective protagonist and a suspenseful occult-related mystery.

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

Freewilds – The Cult & the Constable

In a refugee shanty town on the outskirts of a vast and opulent imperial capital city, an insidious sect of demon worshippers, the Cult of Ebon, began to prey upon the Gathered, a diaspora of peoples displaced from their nations in the aftermath of a mad tyrant’s ceaseless wars of conquest, long ago.

Unwilling to overlook these heinous crimes against a vulnerable, underserved populace, Constable Lukarde Alfans began an investigation that brought him far too close to the truth, leading him to become the cult’s next target.

In order to derail his investigation, the enigmatic leader of the cult framed Lukarde for the grisly murder of a woman whose psychic gifts had been invaluable in his investigations.

The disgraced former constable, haunted by the lingering trauma of all he had seen and endured during his investigations, was chased into exile with his life in utter ruins.

He must travel far to the southern reaches, to the Freewilds, in search of a new start and, perhaps, a chance to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Cult of Ebon, bringing them to justice, clearing his good name, and silencing the horrors that plague his mind whenever he closes his eyes.

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’m going to get deep here, so bear with me. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD inform just about everything I do, and my writing is no exception. This book is a creative and constructive outlet for me. It is a catharsis. Therapeutic and essential.

As far as fictional sources of inspiration, it will be tough to limit myself to just a few! I am an avid tactical and pen & paper roleplayer. I cut my teeth on Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, and that is an itch in constant craving for a good scratch. Writing a fantasy novel definitely satisfies, in that regard. I am also a fan of both great literary works and more pulpy fare.

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

I am writing the sequel to Freewilds – The Cult & the Constable, now, and I learned a lot the first time, so I am refining my process and trying to do things a bit differently.

I like to stay organized, so I begin by creating a dedicated folder and come up with a rough outline of the overarching plot, light on specific details. I then write each chapter, including the prologue and epilogue, as its own individual Word file.

I learned the hard way that the way you format those Word files can make a big difference later, during the editing, proofreading, and publishing process.

Since my first book is pretty hefty (a little over 700 pages in Soft- and Hardcover), and it landed at about 240,000 words with 38 chapters, I set myself a reasonable and achievable goal, created 40 preformatted chapter DOCX files, and aim for an average of 6,000 words per chapter if I can, give or take here and there.

As far as staying motivated and inspired are concerned, I believe in palate cleansing with a video game, a movie, or binging a TV show… but I try to limit what I read to things outside the genre I am working on… just to avoid being inadvertently derivative.

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

Do the work.

You are on a journey, and this is all heading somewhere amazing, so even when the going gets tough… keep going.

Don’t believe your lying mind; you are worth more than you think, and you have much to be grateful for.

Finally, make this a priority, and keep it that way. You love writing, so write!

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

https://www.amazon.com/Freewilds-Book-One-Cult-Constable-ebook/dp/B09FZPJCH6

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/freewilds-michael-scott/1140159160?ean=9781737085522

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/freewilds

https://www.booksamillion.com/search?filter=&id=8337511124263&query=Freewilds%3A+The+Cult+%26+the+Constable

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21805194.Michael_Paul_Scott

https://reedsy.com/discovery/user/michaelscott3674

https://www.facebook.com/TheFreewilds

https://twitter.com/TheFreewilds

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZQMK7IsnQQf7Q7ph77y6w

https://anchor.fm/michael-paul-scott

https://www.pinterest.com/MichaelScottPublishingCo/_created/

https://michaelscottpublishingcompanyllc.tumblr.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thefreewilds/

Author Interview: Natalie J Holden

Check out this author spotlight for Natalie J. Holden!

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! My pen name is Natalie J.Holden. I’m a beginning author who just published her first full-length novel. I’ve been suffering from worldbuilding disease for years, but only recently managed to figure out a decent story to make use of 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?
Hm, that’s difficult. I guess spring and autumn because the weather is bearable and everything is colorful. Winter is drab and cold and summer can be too hot.

Cat or dog?
Cat. Dogs are too loud and stinky to my liking.

Tea or coffee?
Why not both? Coffee in the morning, tea – or rather, herbal and fruit teas – through the rest of the day.

Morning or evening?
Evening. After waking up I need a few hours before I’m good for anything.

Library or museums?
Museums, my social anxiety is too strong to read in public.

Hunter or gatherer?
I like meat, but with my pathetic coordination, I better stick to gathering…

Witches or wizards?
Incredibly stunning sorceresses!

Ninjas or pirates?
Another hard one! Pirates seemed to have had more interesting lives, but ninjas were cleaner. And they haven’t been done to death. I think I’ll go with ninjas.

Mountains or beaches?
Forests!

Plotter or pantser?
Pantser, but I’m working on it.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Computer. Pen and paper seem so inefficient in comparison! (Although with all the distractions computer offers…)

Standalone or series?
Series, but can be read as a standalone.

Book or ebook?
Ebook. Paper books are nice, but I have no space to keep them and I mostly read during breaks at work and for that phone is the most efficient.

Hero or anti-hero?
Both can be interesting and both can be obnoxious. It’s all about execution.

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

I prefer adult characters with mental struggles, be it neurodivergence, depression, trauma.

I also like good LGBTQ+ representation.

But most of all, I love love love travel between worlds. Portals, machines, supernatural beings, I don’t care, just give me those green skies, cyclopean ruins, and giant mushrooms!

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

My writing is rather unusual since most of my stories take place in a different universe – and I mean actually different, with flat worlds floating in a sea of chaos and connected by a web of natural portals. There’s magic, but many societies advanced to a level comparable to what we have now. So there’s a democracy, people walk around with magic mirrors in their pockets and there’s a raging debate about carrying wands in public.

But many of my characters come from different cultures and I love exploring the differences. They are outsiders, nonhumans, third-gender people, neurodivergent, people with unusual experiences, and usually some kind of trauma.

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

My first full novel is finally available! I was really struggling to get it out, had problems with finding good editors, then with formatting, cover, and whatnot, but it’s finally out.

It follows Aldeaith Tearshan, a second-generation immigrant and soldier with social anxiety, in the wake of the war between two of his homeworlds. It includes fight, treason, friendship, and magic, and explores themes of belonging and loyalty.

It’s available at Amazon: https://mybook.to/TheOutworlder

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!

Currently, the biggest inspiration is my own life. I started writing because I noticed there were no people like me in fiction and set out to change it. Aldeaith is anxious, awkward and struggling to find his place. Some scenes in The Outworlder were even inspired by events in my own life. And the feelings were defintely all mine.

As for literary influences, Lovecraft with his unhindered imagination, Zelazny (“The Chronicles of Amber” are one of my favorite books ever), La Guin (different cultures!), and Sapkowski (the English translation of his works is a travesty, but I could read it in Polish, so you have to take my word that the writing is brilliant).

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

Smashing keyboards at random intervals until something comes out of it. 

Currently, I’m taking a break, because I took over too many projects and I feel burned out. But even apart from that, I was never good with routines.

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 give up. I know it’s cheesy, but it’s an important one. I used to write a lot when I was younger, but then my life got complicated, I got some harsh criticism, and I gave up. Only recently I picked that up and I feel like I lost a few years of my life. That may not necessarily be the case, as the publishing scene is much different now than it was a few years ago, and I don’t think I’d have any chance in trad publishing. Still, if I didn’t give up, perhaps I’d have a few books ready to publish today.

Another one would be to focus on the characters. Write people you want to write, not people everyone else writes. I think right now that’s my biggest strength (other than worldbuilding).

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

https://www.njholdenauthor.com

https://twitter.com/NJWrites1

https://www.facebook.com/NJHoldenauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20580262.Natalie_J_Holden

Author Interview: KB Benson

Check out this author spotlight for KB Benson!

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 Kim. Author. Reader. Story Addict. Social Media Guru (sort of). Cookie Eating Champ (self-proclaimed). Wife of the best hubs ever. Mommy of two littles and a giant Golden Retriever.

I am the author of the Call of the Sirens trilogy, which relaunched in July 2021 and includes three novels PLUS a fun side story novella that you can get by signing up for my newsletter. Ever since elementary school, I’ve had a love for story and make-believe, and writing stories has been a part of my life since I was young. I love writing about fierce women who rise from the ashes to conquer the impossible, and hope readers find strength in my stories.

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

Cat or dog? Dog

Tea or coffee? Lemonade

Morning or evening? Morning. I just wish my kid would sleep in past 5:30A so I could capitalize on my morning energy

Library or museums? Library!

Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer

Witches or wizards? Both, so long as I get magic

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates for sure

Mountains or beaches? Mountains

Plotter or pantser? Pantser turned plotter, who is now considering plantsing *shrug, I don’t know ha*

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer/phone. My fingers can’t keep up with my brain if I handwrite

Standalone or series? Both in different seasons of life

Book or ebook? Both

Hero or anti-hero? Anti-hero

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

Enemies-to-lovers and fantasy. Really, I’ll look at anything so long as it has a romantic subplot. I gotta have me that swoon worthy, slow-burn romance

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

I love to write YA Fantasy and dabble in all its sub-genres.

I’m currently working on an Upper YA Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery series. It starts two years after a girl is sacrificed to the troll realm to fight as the Troll King’s mercenary. Now she has a chance to end her misery: Unleash the monster she’s buried deep inside and kill them all. But when a man from her past faces her in the arena, the young girl learns that there’s more to life than survival and that true strength comes from unlikely places. 

I have been so engrossed in this story for over a year now. It definitely has my heart, and the romance subplot makes me smile and get all giddy… and I wrote the thing haha. Book one is with critique partners and I’m furiously working on drafting book 2. *high five*

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—the Call of the Sirens trilogy—is a Contemporary/Urban fantasy trilogy about a siren who is charged to live on land and lure human prey into the ocean for her clan to feast on. But she falls in love with her prey and must decide where her true loyalties lie. To the human boy she loves or to her siren clan.

https://www.amazon.com/Harvest-Mermaid-Fantasy-Call-Sirens-ebook/dp/B0999LK5VL

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 primary source of inspiration comes from daydreaming to music that speaks to my soul and looking at fantasy photos on Pinterest… and long, hot showers. I kid you not, every time I get stuck drafting or editing or brainstorming, I jump in the shower with my playlist and come out having solved the problem.

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

I try so hard to have a routine, but it’s hit or miss depending on how the day is going with my kiddos. I only sit down to write if I think I can have at least thirty minutes to myself. It tends to take me 20-30 minutes to get in the “zone” so I prefer at least an hour but will take what I can get ha.

I usually start on Instagram and clear out any comments/DMs so that I can put my phone away and not be tempted to pick it up while I draft. Then, I flip on my playlist and dive in for as long as my kids are happy entertaining themselves.

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?

Join Bookstagram and connect! Writing is a very lonely path to take. You meet all sorts of characters in your head and are basically living a double life… yet you do it completely alone. Finding a writing community who gets it is so incredibly important for mental health, in my opinion.

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

My newsletter and Instagram are where I hang out the most. Come connect with me and let’s be friends!

*Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/69c42e2a410f/theharbor

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kb-benson

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/KB-Benson/e/B07MYV2YL3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18818664.K_B_Benson

*Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kb_benson_books/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkbbenson/

Author Interview: Tahani Nelson

Check out this author spotlight for Tahani Nelson!

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 Tahani Nelson. I live and write in Billings, Montana and am best known for wearing armor to all of my events, signings, and readings. My local newspaper has referred to me as “local armored woman” on more than one occasion—which, honestly, is the best legacy someone can hope for.

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!

Tea or coffee?
Tea. I love the smell of coffee, but it tastes like death. And tea has so many amazing varieties! What’s not to love?

Morning or evening? I’m a night owl. I’m often awake in the mornings, but that’s just because I haven’t gone to bed, yet.

Ninjas or pirates? Vikings. Which I guess are closer to pirates than ninjas. But also so, so much better.

Plotter or pantser? I really respect plotters. Those people are like unicorns. I, on the other hand, don’t know what’s going to happen until about 3 paragraphs after it’s over. Then it’s a surprise for everyone!

Hero or anti-hero? Heroine. One wearing armor that covers all of her body parts. Anti-heroes can be fun, too, but there’s something special about a woman standing up for the betterment of everyone.

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

I love fantasy. I love strong heroines leading armies and who have ambitions other than romance. Give me sword and sorcery with a strong, interesting protagonist who hates love triangles as much as I do and I’ll follow you anywhere.

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

I write female-led military fantasy. I started my debut series, the Faoii Chronicles, back in 2017, and now the final book is releasing on November 16!

I can’t believe how far our army has come and how much we’ve accomplished in that time. It’s been an incredible journey and such an honor.

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

Faoii Ascended is the captivating conclusion to the Faoii Chronicles.

The Old Gods have returned to Imeriel. As one of the few people who can hear Their Call, Ehryn, a simple launderer, is expected to lead Clearwall to greatness.

Along with several others—a warrior destined to rule Clearwall, a spirited child with infinite knowledge, and an enigmatic Faoii as their guide—Ehryn is sent to uncover the will of the Old Gods and act as destiny’s harbinger.

But Clearwall has always been built atop buried secrets, and as ancient beings begin to rise again, dark forces stitch the final threads of a grim Tapestry that stems from very beginning of the Faoii Order.

Can Ehryn and her companions escape a trap that’s circled Imeriel for a millennia? Or will they fall beneath the machinations of deities lost to time?

You can read the rest of the series before Faoii Ascended’s November 16 release! They are available in audiobook, ebook, paperback, and hardback formats. Check them out on TahaniNelson.com!

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’ve always been enthralled by warrior women in history and myths. The Amazons, Athena, Freyja, Skadi, Macha, onnabugeisha, Boudicca, Hua Mulan… there are so many amazing sources of inspiration out there, and young me soaked them in like a sponge. Those legends and stories built the foundations of what I sought in my role models and heroines as I grew and discovered myself, and I use what I’ve learned to craft new worlds and protagonists that the next generation of women warriors may also build upon. It’s been an amazing journey.

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

My writing routine is probably the exact opposite of what most people would expect. I used to get overwhelmed by word counts and how much I was expected to write each night as a “real” author. It seemed like everyone else in the world was writing 1,000 or 2,000 words a day and I just couldn’t keep up. It made me ashamed and exhausted, so most nights I wouldn’t write anything at all because I knew I’d never be able to hit a number that was “worthy.”

Now I write 200 words a night after everyone else has gone to bed. That’s it. 200 words. I never feel too tired or overwhelmed to hit that goal, and often just starting is enough to break the dam. Sometimes I end up writing thousands of words. Sometimes I only hit the 200. But it’s always more than the 0 I used to consistently hit.

I know that some people laugh at that number, and that’s okay with me. 200 words a night has brought me through three 100k books and an additional anthology. It works for me. I don’t think there’s any wrong writing routine as long as you put words on paper.

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 compare yourself to all the other authors you see on social media. You’re only seeing the cherry-picked highlights, and comparing yourself to that will only lead to disappointment. There will always be someone who writes more than you each night or who has more followers or who gets more reviews. There will always be someone better, and it’s easy to be buried by “betters”. But you’re better, too. You’re better than the person you were when you started. And that young version of you would be so, so proud. Keep going. Only compare yourself to the author you were a year ago. Or 5. Or 10. That’s the only one that matters.

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

TahaniNelson.com

Facebook.com/TheLastFaoii

Twitter.com/TahaniNelson

Instagram: TahaniNelson

TikTok: TahaniNelson

Author Interview: T. L. Thorne

Check out this author spotlight for T. L. Thorne!

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!

Well, I’m from the Northeast US. Right in that place that’s green country, cold ocean and beautiful mountains. My dreams of a log cabin in the woods and a homestead farm blending together with my family. I’m a mom, a certified dog trainer, a lover of coffee, maple, cars and hiking. I run a dog rescue and craft in my spare time—when I’m not reading and writing, that is. I love the possibilities and imagination the realm of fantasy can let you sink into as a reader and a writer and I live half my life in my scattered stories.  

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! (I love ALL things autumn)
Cat or dog? DOG—dog trainer, remember? 😊
Tea or coffee? COFFEE aka. Life blood
Morning or evening? MORNING (I rarely make it past my kids bedtime story)
Library or museums? LIBRARY
Hunter or gatherer? BOTH
Witches or wizards? WIZARD
Ninjas or pirates? PIRATES
Mountains or beaches? MOUNTAINS
Plotter or pantser? PANTSER
Pen and paper or computer/phone? BOTH
Standalone or series? SERIES
Book or ebook? BOTH
Hero or anti-hero? ANTI-HERO USUALLY

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

I read a lot but I definitely prefer sword and sorcery style books. I love reading about a good sword fight. I also really enjoy a romantic sub-plot—any kind. I like medieval fantasy times.

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

I write a few different things. I have an adult oriented fantasy series that is a dark high fatnasy with a blend of sword and sorcery and sci-fi. I also have a young adult pen name: Trisha Lynn, where I have a series out that’s portal fantasy about the Fae, friendship and prophecy. Very magic based with a deep romantic sub-plot. I’m currently working on another series that is upper YA portal fantasy with sword and sorcery. I’m delving into 1st person in this one, so I’m feeling challenged but enjoying the different pace.

I wanted to try something new, and its certainly had its trials, but it’s such a super cool story and I can’t wait to share it with the world! Hopefully March of 2022.

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

I recently released my second in the series of my Fae fantasy YA in paperback, which I am thrilled about. It was a whopping 742 pages and I skinnied it up to around 420 pages because printing costs were astronomical. So I’m really excited about that.

What would you do to save your best friend?

Adeila is settling into her life in Faerie, but she’s plagued by visions she doesn’t understand. With Marissa missing, she knows just one thing: she must find her friend before its too late. When she hears about an ancient coming-of-age rite, it may just be her only way to save Marissa, despite the immense danger it puts her in.
Adeila finds herself in a shrouded castle with a self-proclaimed king whose determined to make her his queen, allied with her backstabbing betrothed, she discovers the truth about her mother’s past and the exact who that has her held captive.

Adeila must discover what lengths she will go to to save the people she loves.

In the exciting second installment of the Five Kingdoms of Fae series, heroes are forged, blood is spilled, and war is on the horizon…

Link: Amazon.com: Golden Heir: Five Kingdoms novel (Five Kingdoms of Fae Book 2) eBook : Lynn, Trisha: Kindle Store

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 love for reading started at a very young age as my mother was an avid reader, and when I say avid she would have left most people in the dust in ALL reading challenges! She went through a book a night while my Dad watched football. Outings with her always consisted of the library, and she read me novels from the age of 5. A half hour every night she would read to me, and it widened my love for books.

Once I hit about twelve, I really developed a love for fantasy and began writing short stories. My mom was my biggest fan. As a special education teacher she was able to get me quite a bit of resources when it came to my passion for writing. I wrote a lot of murder mystery in high school, and was planning on going to college to advance my profession as a journalist, but when I lost my mom at eighteen I lost all hope for writing. My creative inspiration vanished. I didn’t write a single thing for over seven years. I slowly started getting back into it with a high fantasy that I still have not finished, but my Five Kingdoms of Fae series came to me on a sleepless night shortly after buying my house and that took off!

A lot of inspiration comes from Deviantart, dreams and favorite authors. Tolkien, Chanda Hahn, Terri Brooks to name a few.

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

I wish I had a routine! Ugh. As a mom and a busy body I have a really hard time sitting. Its like the bane of my existence really. I try to write at least a half hour a day (I know that sounds like a ridiculously small amount, but it shortens and lengthens depending on circumstance) and somehow I make it 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?

Research more. Make sure my books were plotted more thorough, and edited better. I made the mistake of just wanting to get my name out there, and had so many grammatical errors with my first book, I think I deterred a lot of people as they loved the storyline but there was too many errors for them. That certainly would be something I’d go back and fix had I known.

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

T.L. Thorne – Author | Facebook

https://mailchi.mp/829484ec6f56/tl-thorne-newsletter

Trisha Lynn | Facebook

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