Up Close and Personal with…. Sarah Marie Graye

Interviewed by LG Surgeson

TW: Suicide, Mental Health & related content.

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Sarah Marie Graye – no aliases

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

A depression sufferer who wants to ‘show’ mental health to those who have never experienced it.

Tell us about your current work?

My debut novel is called ‘The Second Cup’. It’s literary fiction/women’s contemporary fiction. It follows the lives of four friends and watches how their worlds unravel when someone they know commits suicide. I think that when someone decides to take their own life, it brings things into focus for other people – and ‘The Second Cup’ looks at the changes the characters make to their lives as a result. It was released in July 2017 and is currently available for the Amazon Kindle. It will be out in paperback soon – it’s with the Creativia design team.

Have you got anything else out at the moment?

No – ‘The Second Cup’ is my first novel. I’m currently working on my second one though. I hope to have it written for release in 2018 – but I’ve probably cursed myself by admitting it!

When did you first realise you had a story to tell?

I’ve always had stories in my head. I daydream a lot and create characters and conversations in my head. Writing it down seemed like the obvious next step. I write first-person multi-narration and like being able to get inside the heads of my different characters and experience their lives.

We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

I work in Marketing. My dream – as with every novelist I’m sure – is to one day give it up and be a full time writer.

What job did you want when you were 7 or 8 years old?

I’m not sure. I can remember wanting to be a children’s TV presenter when I was younger than that. Well, specifically, I wanted to be Floella Benjamin, who presented ‘Play School’. I was ridiculously upset when I found out you couldn’t turn into someone else when you grew up.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

Maggie O’Farrell, because she’s able to skilfully paint many different layers to her characters. They’re so well rounded and believable – I feel I get to know them as people.

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

After You’d Gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell – it’s the first book I’d ever read that broke my heart.

What makes you feel like a real author?

I still don’t! I’m hoping that will change when I first hold a paperback copy of my book in my hands. I’ve been longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award and the Online Book Club 2017 Book of the Year Award, which has helped it feel more real.

Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?

My favourite time to write is between 11.30pm and 4am. It means my writing is often restricted to weekends because those hours don’t fit very well alongside work. The other time I write is after having a bath – I find ideas that have been knocking around my brain for a few days often formulate more clearly for me when I have no other distractions. I have been known to jump out of the bath in order to write a section of a chapter.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

I’d never want a book I’d written to be dissected in the classroom because I think this is how you destroy a story; so I’d have to go for cult hero.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahMarieGraye

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/sarahmariegraye

Creativia/Publisher’s author page: http://www.creativia.org/author-sarah-marie-graye.html

Buy links: https://mybook.to/SecondCup

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Up Close and Personal with …. David Melville Edwards

with LG Surgeson &
Clara Euphemista Cropper &
Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin
aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’ .
Note: all answers are the unedited responses of the author. This interview contains language which may offend the faint of heart – feel free not to read it.

Give us your name & any known aliases

David Melville Edwards, DME headshot
Fred Wildebeest (my first hotmail address).

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

Mongrel British Computer Man and Author with 4 children, 2 grand children, still on first wife.

Tell us about your current work

The Spirit of the Age’ , a satirical metaphysical contemporary fantasy, is currently available on the Kindle, or as hard copy by arrangement with its publisher or author.

Have you got anything else out at the moment?

No.

We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

I write software and test and troubleshoot computer systems with large numbers (thousands to millions) of users.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

Terry Pratchett. He was very productive, often very funny, always humane, and published hardly any duds. He will be sadly missed.

[A man after my own heart – this is almost exactly my answer to this question… RIP Sir TP x – LG]

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

Definitely ‘The Bible’. Just think of all those royalties!

Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?

I write where I work at my day job; reclining on a lounger with a laptop on my lap. Dog gnawing my arm optional.

When it comes to language do you have a pet hate?

Overdone ‘Elegant Variation’, e.g. said/spoke/intoned/muttered/uttered …

What’s your favourite word/or words and why?

Fuck’. It’s so flexible and expressive, saves thinking time, and mostly conjures up happy memories. Unfortunately taboo limits its literary outings.

What’s your favourite book and why?

Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’. I first read it at the height of the Cold War, and I was struck by its depiction of a Russia that was neither a Workers’ Paradise nor the Evil Empire; just another place where people like me lived and worked. But its blend of the fantastical and the mundane with drama, humour and philosophising has stayed with me and inspired my own efforts.

When did you first realise you had a story to tell?

I’ve loved reading ever since I was able to do so, and I’d always wanted to write. I get bored if I’m not ‘doing things’. I started writing a novel soon after I finished University, but felt that my life experience was too limited to make it interesting. However, all my working life I have had to write reports on what I do. The subject matter is often rather dry, so I would amuse myself livening it up with inappropriate shifts of register. These would sometimes get me into trouble. For example, when I suggested that only the most self-flagellistic Operations Manager would continue on the current path. Actually writing the novel crept up on me, but I found my software development skills transferable. One year after I started, there it was.

Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?

No. I’m by nature tolerant and my plotting is character-driven, so my characters follow their natural instincts. I could no more be upset by the sun coming up in the morning when I feel like staying in bed.

What makes you feel like a real author?

Seeing the book on the Kindle, all 400 pages of it, sharing the device with Charles Dickens’s ‘Bleak House’!

What do your family think of your writing – be honest!

They are unremittingly hostile. “You spent a year writing a novel? Why haven’t you written a killer software app!”

If you were a superhero what would your name and power be, what colour would your costume be and if you had a sidekick what would their name be?

I have a super-power, or so I’m told; acid from my fingers eats through computer keyboards. When working at weekends on tricky assignments, I used to wear a Batman T-shirt, until my children grew big enough to pinch it. My ideal side-kick would be hardworking, brilliant enough to always exceed my expectations, self-effacing and cheap! So that would be “CheapSelfEffacingBrilliantPerson”.

What job did you want when you were 7 or 8 years old?

I wanted to be an archaeologist. The dream died when I realised that it wasn’t supposed to be about treasure hunting. Though I now hope to take up detectoring.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

Definitely a Literary Great. Getting paid to spout bollocks on TV and Radio beats earning a living!

If you could spend one day as any literary character who would it be and why?

Any member of PG Wodehouse’s ‘Drones Club’. I’d be able to devote my time to anything that took my fancy whilst all my physical needs were taken care of. Not that I’m lazy or anything …

Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.

Are you posh or wot?

Only the REALLY posh wouldn’t consider me posh; son of a senior army officer, cut glass accent, friends in high places, hob-nobbing with Peers of the Realm at weddings, cousin a cabinet minister …

{wow – that really is posh…. maybe we shuda washed? ….. Shut up Clara….}

What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?

Antidisestablishmentarianism

‘ave you ever been harrested?

I picked up a £5 fine for cycling without lights, back in an age when the Police had nothing better to do

What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?

I never wanted to be late …”

‘ave you ever used a gazunda?

Does taking them off count?

What’s your favourite pie fillin’?

Bramley Apple

How do ya’ like it?

As a crumble, with real egg custard

Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?

Yes, I’m a Tenor in a choir. We’ll be doing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on 16th December 2017 at Reading University Great Hall.
See
http://www.wokingham-choral-society.org.uk/ for more details!

{Bloody Nora Clara…. he is posh! … Shut up Pudding.}

What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?

Yes. At University I joined a Folk Dancing club in a vain attempt to meet girls. I didn’t get injured, but neither did I get laid. I was useless!

‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?

Singing ‘Sixteen Tons’, the song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, a capella.

Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?

As long as they’re Bramleys, Russets, Galas or Coxes.

Do you have a fab’lous hat? hatless DME

I have two; an Akubra, and a leather ‘Indiana Jones’-type effort from South Africa.

I’ve lost my Indiana Jones hat at this point …

What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?

The twelve one-footed moles; they wouldn’t even be able to function as Golden or Marsupial Moles 😦

If someone gives you an empty colander, what do you do wiv it?

Strain the flour for my white sauce through it.

What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

Hide in plain site. I doubt that the zombies would be able to tell that I wasn’t one of them.

The shameless plugs

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidCreativia

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/David-Edwards/e/B01N6QCRG8

Creativia author page: http://www.creativia.org/david-melville-edwards.html

youtube channel: I don’t use it. But there is https://video.twimg.com/tweet_video/DLDWZAtWAAckVJH.mp4

Buy links: http://mybook.to/TheSpiritOfTheAge

Up Close and Kind of Personal…with Mari Collier

with LG Surgeson &
Clara Euphemista Cropper & Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin
aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’ .

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Marilyn J. Collier

Mari Collier

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

I was born in Iowa, lived in Phoenix, Northwestern Washington, and now in a quirky, high desert town called Twentynine Palms. I’ve been a wife, mother, bookkeeper, collector, Super Advanced Agent for Nintendo of America, and now an author.

Tell us about your current work?

The Silver and The Green, Book 2 Chronicles of Tonath was just published. It’s a tale of the planet Tonath and its culture which makes it a work of science fiction. Three people struggle to find their Pathway in a wild province of their world.  One is a Seeker of knowledge and old legends. One seeks the family wealth, and one seeks a way to ease the sufferings she has seen. One will become the new Teacher for all of Tonath, one will begin her dream of rescuing the older, destitute women on the planet, and one will give his life to save the others. In the course of their journey, there are fights, wars, raids, and a fight for survival in a wild land. Grant Vidal the leader of the Green Marauders will interfere with their plans.

Have you got anything else out at the moment?

There are seven other novels. One is Book 1 of the Chronicles of Tonath and the other are Books 1 through 6 of the Chronicles of the Maca. All are #scifi, adventure, and a family saga of aliens and Earth beings which means love, romance, and sex are not slighted either. There are four anthologies of Twisted Tales written by someone who looks at the world at a different angle.

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We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

I’m always a glutton for punishment and a history buff so I volunteer at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, I’m on the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s Board of Directors, and write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

Really a difficult question. There are Will and Ariel Durant for the outstanding historical volumes, the Story of Civilization, Zenna Henderson for her series on The People, Frank Herbert for the Dune Series, and, of course, the incomparable Shirley Jackson.

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

 Caesar and Christ by Will Durant. It is the best book I have ever read.

Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?

I tend to do all the physical work first. Yard work, house cleaning, shopping, laundry etc. Then there is the promo work online. That means I’m at the keyboard between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?

Not really, although Red O’Neal can be upsetting at times.

What makes you feel like a real author?

When someone thanks me for writing a certain novel. Don’t laugh. It has happened.

What do your family think of your writing – be honest!

My son was shocked, shocked, I tell you, that HIS mother wrote such a book. My daughter won’t read my novels because as she says, “I know my mother.” My one granddaughter is a doll. She loves my books and even wrote a review on my anthologies. I treasure that one. I have been told one great niece has all of them, but do not know if she has read any.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

Cult hero would be great! I could wave at all my fans.

Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.

Are you posh or wot?

 I grew up on a farm without electricity or an indoor bathroom. Posh isn’t my style.

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Mari outside the back porch of the farm where she grew up.

What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?

I refuse to answer on grounds that it may incriminate me. Spell Check has forever ruined my spelling ability.

‘ave you ever been harrested?

That puzzled me, but realized you weren’t using German so I went to the Urban dictionary. The answer is “no.” The only time I was stopped by a policeman (for driving too fast), he smiled and gave me a verbal warning.

What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?

Here lies a child of God

‘ave you ever used a gazunda?

Okay, I’ll admit that I had to look that one up. We called it a thunder mug. I was surprised to learn the polite term was chamber pot. In the cold of winter with outhouse outside, far away from the house, of course, I’ve used one.    

(‘herherher… thunder mug…. herherher’ – Pudding)

What’s your favourite pie fillin’?

Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, and butter.

How do ya’ like it?

Fresh out of the oven or cold.

Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?

That may be debatable, but I sing quite loudly. I know the hymns I’ve been singing since I was three, a few folksongs, spirituals, and, of course, I once belted out Heartbreak Hotel.

What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?

I’ve square danced and have done the polka (that’s folk dancing, isn’t it?), but beyond that I stuck to the two-step, the waltz, and oh, yeah, there was a time when I rocked ‘nd rolled. No injuries from any.

‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?

I have become rather dull without my husband, so the answer is no.

Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?

As long as they aren’t horse apples, I’m game.

Do you have a fab’lous hat?

Alas, all of my hats went the way of fashion along with the gloves.

What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?

Either way it’s an invasion. Man the ramparts.

If someone gives you an empty collander, what do you do wiv it?

Give it to my daughter-in-law. She still cooks pasta, I don’t.

What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

Get out the rifle and ammunition and shoot them in the head. Then wake up when the alarm goes off and write down the main points of the story. I never figured out why people like or watch that.

The shameless plugs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Twisted-Tales-From-A-Skewed-Mind-124947397618599/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/child7mari

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/MariCollier/e/B00BGTT09Q/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Creativia author page: http://www.creativia.org/twisted-tales-and-scifi-westerns-from-twentynine-palms-author-mari-collier.html

Website: http://maricollier.com/ 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4618494.Mari_Collier/blog

Buy links: The Amazon Author Page has all my books. Barnes & Noble doesn’t have and Author Page so this is as close as it can be: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/books++mari+collier

Up Close and Kind of Personal with…. Stewart Bint

Interviewed by LG Surgeson &

Clara Euphemista Cropper & Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’ 

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Stewart Bint

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

Ageing barefoot hippy, writer, compassionate

Tell us about your current work?

To Rise Again is a mix of paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy. It’s available as a paperback and ebook.

Synopsis: Just before the German occupation during World War II, the Marquand family flee their home on the island of Jersey in the English Channel, and never return.

Now, it’s the summer of 1983, and the once opulent Idlewild mansion is crumbling and derelict. The mansion holds a mysterious lure for 18-year-old David Simeon, who dreams of Idlewild years past, as it used to be. But who is the young girl he sees, endlessly wandering through its corridors?

As the nerve-shattering link between David, the girl, and the mysterious Idlewild comes to light, it it too late to stop the seeds of destruction and world domination planted there long ago, during Adolf Hitler’s last desperate throw of the dice in World War II?

The threads of 1945 and 1983 slowly intertwine to reveal a world on the brink of destruction.

Have you got anything else out at the moment?

Three other novels: In Shadows Waiting, Timeshaft, and The Jigsaw And The Fan.

We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

I am a full-time writer, with two other writing roles as well as my novels. I have my own magazine column in a local magazine, and I’m a Public Relation s writer for the world’s leading CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) developer.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because he created the most endearing and enduring fictional character of all-time, Sherlock Holmes.

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, because it’s a wonderful fantasy tale that appeals to children and adults. I regularly re-read it

Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?

I’m always barefoot when I write. But then again, I’m always barefoot, full stop. I don’t think Alfie, my charismatic budgie, would like it if I wrote in the altogether, because my pecker is bigger than his 😉

When did you first realise you had a story to tell?

When my maths teacher kept putting little red kisses next to all my sums. I knew I’d starve if I had to earn my living through numbers. So it had to be words. It really began when I was seven, and watched the very first episode of Doctor Who, which has been my favourite TV programme ever since. I started creating my own worlds and characters in little blue notebooks until my parents bought me a portable typewriter when I was nine. And I started retreating into those worlds when my Dad died when I was 11. I made sure that whatever happened to my characters during the story they would be okay in the end – my imaginary worlds were much better than the real one at that time.

Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?

Yes…when they go off on a tangent doing their own thing, and muggins here is simply being a reporter relaying what they’re doing instead of ordering them about.

What makes you feel like a real author?

Each time my new paperback comes out and I hold it in my hand.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

A literary great. I know my writing isn’t great literature, and while my readers tell me I’m a half-passable entertaining storyteller, it would be good to be up there with the greats.

If you could spend one day as any literary character who would it be and why?

Tarzan. Have you seen Jane?

Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.

Are you posh or wot?

Are you insinuating that I could be Victoria Beckham?

What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?

Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious (at least, I reckon that’s how you spell it).

[Not bad – only one letter out! It’s supercalifragilisticexpIalidocious! -LG]

‘ave you ever been harrested?

No. But the thought of being handcuffed and locked in a cell has definite appeal. Can you suggest any suitable crimes for me to commit?

What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?

He hasn’t shown up yet.”

‘ave you ever used a gazunda?

When I was a child, yes. I have no idea why my parents would have one, nor why it was in my room.

What’s your favourite pie fillin’?

Fish (a combo of cod, mackerel and king prawns with a cheese topping)

How do ya’ like it?

With a glass of white wine, followed by a rather large malt whisky.

Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?

No. I was expelled from the school choir, because they said I sang in my boots. I reckon that comment was what started me going barefoot. If I wasn’t wearing boots I thought they might let me back in the choir, right? They didn’t!

What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?

Hhhmmm, I’m rackin’ my brains now (or should that be wrackin’?). I don’t remember folk dancing, no. I’ve danced with folk, however.

‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?

Not nowadays. When I was a teenager, though, my party piece was pulling. No…not muscles, you know what I mean; stop feigning ignorance

Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?

Definitely not. Apples are the fruit of the devil, unless they’ve been pressed and fermented. Now, if you were to offer me oranges, bananas or grapes, however…

Do you have a fab’lous hat?Stewart Bint with fab'lous hat

Oh yes! It was a hat I received for completing the Amis Sans Shoes 10k barefoot walk for charity.

What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?

Oh, definitely the latter. They’d just sit there on my lawn like individual molehills and I could charge people to come in and see them.

If someone gives you an empty collander, what do you do wiv it?

Remember your question about a fab’lous hat? I’ve now got two.

What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

Bring my speedy perambulation skills to the fore.

The shameless plugs

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/StewartBintAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSJB

Amazon author page: UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stewart-Bint/e/B00D18IARS

USA: https://www.amazon.com/Stewart-Bint/e/B00D18IARS

Creativia author page: http://www.creativia.org/author-stewart-bint.html

Blog/Website/podcasts

Website: https://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/

Blog: https://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/stewart-bints-blog

youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9HuW3mS3pxX9ljW0syqS1w

Buy links: (Amazon): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stewart-Bint/e/B00D18IARS

https://www.amazon.com/Stewart-Bint/e/B00D18IARS

Any upcoming promos/giveaways?
Not at the moment. But watch this space.

Up Close and Kind of Personal with…. Janine R. Pestel

Interviewed by LG Surgeson &

Clara Euphemista Cropper & Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’ 

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Janine R. Pestel.

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

Born in a small town. Interested in science fiction and horror my whole life. LOVE to use my imagination.

Tell us about your current work

Most of my work is in the Supernatural Thriller genre, although I do write some horror and science fiction. My main series, at the moment, is the “Father Gunter, Demon Hunter” series, a supernatural thriller series about a former priest (with an attitude) who, along with his newly found friend Robert (a coroner), hunts demons. The title of the first book in the series is “The Bucktown Babies” (if anyone is “squeamish” about things like this, NO, the babies are NOT the demons), and since I am published by Creativia, it is only available on Amazon. I also am the author of “The Mons Connection”, a science fiction novella having to do with Egypt and aliens, and four short horror stories – “Harry”, “The Visit”, “The Servants”, and “Infected”, all of which are also in my compilation “Infected and Other Short Stories”. I also have one short story that would fall under the genre of Children’s books – “Wait at the Rainbow Bridge”. I wrote that one to help anyone, child or adult, deal with the passing of a beloved pet.

Have you got anything else out at the moment?

I started writing in January of 2016, and had self-published four short stories, one compilation of short stories, one novella and one novel. Now that I am proudly published by Creativia, they are re-publishing my work, so at this time, only “The Bucktown Babies” has been published by them. The next one up is “The Mons Connection”, but I am doing a little bit of a re-write on that, to change it from present tense to past tense, before they publish it. I am about to submit the second “Father Gunter, Demon Hunter” book to Creativia, so I’m hoping they will like it, and it will be out shortly.

We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

I am also the operations manager for my husband’s electrical contracting business (he also writes, by the way), and I own a small company that manufactures and sells scented candles, wax melts and spray air fresheners.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

Without a doubt, that would have to be Stephen King, because his writing is brilliant, and he is so prolific.

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

I never really thought about that, but I guess it would be “The Shining”, mainly because I love the story.

Tell us about your writing rituals

I don’t really have a “writing ritual”. I mostly write between the hours of 3pm – 6pm. Sometimes, I don’t even start writing until 7 or 8 pm, and sometimes I’ll start writing in the morning, and go all day. However, I am trying to discipline myself to write between 3pm – 6pm, mostly for the sake of being able to organize my time better, since I do also have to run my candle business and help my husband with his business.

When did you first realise you had a story to tell?

I guess that would have been when I first tried my hand at writing back in 1974. I got about halfway through the story, and realized I had no real idea where I was going with it, so I just stopped, and never started again until 2016.

Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?

No. At least, not yet, anyway.

What makes you feel like a real author?

Seeing my books for sale on Amazon, doing book signings, and sitting in front of my computer, getting deep into writing my book.

What do your family think of your writing – be honest!

It was a surprise to me, but my family and friends are all very supportive of my writing. Some of them even tell me to get back in front of my computer and start writing, if they see me away from it.

What job did you want when you were 7 or 8 years old?

Believe it, or not, when I was 7 or 8, I actually wanted to be an astronomer, at Yerkes Observatory. I have no idea why I wanted to work at Yerkes Observatory instead of Palomar, or any other, but, that was what I wanted.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

Without a doubt…Cult Hero.

Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.

Are you posh or wot?

I’m posh as heck! Actually…no, not posh at all.

What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?

Antidisestablishmentarianism

‘ave you ever been harrested?

Nope.

What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?

She was born a few centuries ago…and we’re STILL waitin’ for her”

‘ave you ever used a gazunda?

Nope…don’t even own one.

What’s your favourite pie fillin’?

Coconut Cream

How do ya’ like it?

Lots of different ways.

Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?

Can’t sing, and trust me…you wouldn’t want to hear me try.

What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?

Actually, I can’t dance, either.

‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?

I guess the closest thing I would have to a party piece would be to drink a bottle of beer, then sit there and giggle for two hours.

Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?

Only if they’re Granny Smith Apples

Do you have a fab’lous hat?

Yes, I do.

What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?

One twelve foot mole, because it will get around better than twelve moles with one foot.

If someone gives you an empty collander, what do you do wiv it?

Put spaghetti in it.

What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

Kill, kill, kill, kill…oh, and kill.

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The Shield of Soren by D.M. Cain

From the pen of D.M. Cain: 

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I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release! This next installment in The Light and Shadow Chronicles is called The Shield of Soren. Set thirty years before the events of A Chronicle of Chaos, this novel covers the story of mischievous trouble maker, ten-year-old Soren Nitaya and the events that change the way he will see the world forever.

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Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.

But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons?

When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?

The Shield of Soren EXCERPT

With a loud clang of metal slamming into metal, the final bolt was undone. Reign slowly pulled the door open, and Vincent found his breath catching in his throat.

High-pitched whimpering came from the tiny bundle of rags cowering at the back of the cage. Her long silver hair parted for a moment and Vincent could see her wide, silver eyes, terrified and innocent. Vincent’s skin prickled with discomfort. He hoped that Reign had a damned good reason for capturing a small child like this.

Beside the glass cage were two oil lamps, both resting unlit. Reign reached up and took one down. Then, in a single savage moment, he slammed the lamp onto the floor of her cage. The girl screamed in terror and covered her head with her hands, but he hadn’t been aiming for her.

The shattered glass gave way to a stream of oil that spread out in a pool across the floor. This seemed to scare the girl even more, and she began to cry quietly, sobbing into her clenched hands.

Reign looked back at Vincent. Excitement flashed in his eyes as he drew a match from a box in his pocket. A small flare of light, a flicker of sulphur and a small flame danced on top of the match. With another laugh, Reign tossed the match into the glass cage.

Vincent gasped as the oil ignited in a rush of intense heat. The entire floor of the cage burst into flames. Vincent tried to rush forwards to save the girl from a fiery death, but the heat was too intense. A hand tapped incessantly at his shoulder, and he tried to brush it away, but Reign grabbed hold of his hand.

Look! Look!” Reign shouted excitedly, pointing at the cage.

When his eyes fell upon the cage, Vincent froze to the spot, his eyes nearly popping from their sockets. “But…how?”

The girl, who Vincent had assumed would be burning in agony, was somehow floating above the flames, hovering at the top of her cage. From her back sprouted two enormous wings of the purest white feathers Vincent had ever seen. The two beautiful white fans could only just fit within the confines of the cage, and as she beat them to stay afloat they fanned the flames beneath her.

It wasn’t just her wings that dazzled Vincent with their purity. Her whole body had adopted an ethereal, almost ghostly, silver aura, her hair shimmering with radiance. She didn’t seem too frightened any more, but there was a definite hint of sadness in her gentle eyes.

Vincent studied her carefully, struggling to catch his breath, which he hadn’t realised he had been holding. “What is she?” he managed to croak.

Reign grinned and draped an arm across Vincent’s shoulder. “She, my friend, is an angel.”

D.M. CAIN BIO

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The first of these to be written was A Chronicle of Chaos. The Shield of Soren will be released in March 2017. She is currently working on the next novel in the Light and Shadow Chronicles series, The Sins of Silas, as well as two complementary novellas entitled Genesis of Light and Origin of Shadow.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Best Sci-Fi novel Award.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story The End was published in Awethology Dark: an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

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Synopsis

When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.

The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?

“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”

Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick’s Reachers series.

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Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/

Start with Book One, The Running Game

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher… one of their own kind.

With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

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Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01GIGM1X8/

About the author

L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.

L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.

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Festival of Lights

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It’s time again for the Festival of Lights. The City of Aberddu will be illuminated with thousands of candles, magical fires with shoot into the sky, braziers will burn and the city will glow. Join us all and celebrate the turn of the year.

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Gems of Gratitude: Stories of Thankfulness

Gems of Gratitude
Releasing November 14th, 2016
Author List:
Alana Madden
Chrissy Moon
Christie Stratos
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Karen J. Mossman
LG Surgeson
Lily Luchesi
Markie Madden
Jennifer Roche
From the Gems of Strength authors comes the second book in the Gems of Sisterhood series! The theme of this book is, of course, gratitude!
Meet Detective Cara Solino, a young woman following in her father’s footsteps. Can she solve the case he was unable to?
Find out how Chloe’s mother discovers a way to keep her daughter’s dream alive under the worst possible circumstances!

Read about young Lady Iona, widowed by the Summer of Fire, as she struggles to give her daughter a fighting chance in a harsh world.

Cheer on Sharliss as she finally takes control of her own life, and becomes a better person. Meet Julie, who gathers information on history, and Jody, an elderly dog whose time to cross The Rainbow Bridge is near. These stories and more are within these pages, just waiting for YOU!