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10 Questions Answered About Raven Thornwick

This is an introduction to Raven. She is the main character in the story I’m working on right now which is Town Curse but the title will be changing as the story has changed and evolved into something new. I wanted to do this so you could learn a little about her as I share snippets and other details about the story in the coming months. Enjoy.

What is your name?

Raven Thornwick

Where do you call home?

Forest Grove, a small town in the South. I would rather not say what state at this time to protect its location.

How close are you to your family?

I like to think we are as close as any family could be. We might be a lot closer to each other than most because we are a family of witches and warlocks. My aunt would be the exception because no one in the family wants to have anything to do with her because of something she did when I was younger.

Do you have any siblings? If so, what are they like?

No siblings. Not that my parents didn’t want more but it just didn’t work out.

Do you have any scars? How did you get them?

Only one scar. It’s on my right leg. I got it fighting with another kid when I was about 10 or 11 years old.

Where do you go when you’re angry or depressed?

I like to go to the woods near my house and walk the paths there for hours to cool off and to think.

What annoys you more than anything else?

People who lie and I can tell when someone is lying to me.

Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?

At home with my parents as my teachers. They have taught me how to use the skills and abilities I have.

Tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities.

I have always been aware of my abilities and skills. I was born into a family of witches and warlocks. I will let you in on a little secret about me. I’m more powerful than even my parents and my aunt who is a dark witch. I can control all 4 elements and have some other abilities like telekinesis among others that I won’t go into here because the list would be very long. My parents worry about me and my aunt wants to control me.

Do you have any magical items? Where did you get them?

I have a family spell book that is very old. It was handed down to me by my mother. There are other items as well, but I can’t reveal everything can I. What fun would that be if you learned everything now.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Raven. There will be more in the upcoming months about her and the other characters of the story.

Look forward to your comments.

 

 

 

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Interview with A.M. Griffin

Thank you to A.M. Griffin, author of the soon to be released The Guicai Talisman, for answering a few questions about herself and her writing. 🙂

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What books have influenced your life most? I would say the books that have influenced me the most are the books where after I finished reading it, I felt as though I could write a story too. Not every book had that type of impact on me. I love regency, but after I read them I don’t feel like I can do that too (lol). But the paranormal and sci-fi books give me that warm and tingling feeling of, “the story doesn’t have to end here” or “what about different worlds?”.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I can’t really say. I have a lot of awesome writer friends and friends that I can reach out for help anytime I want. But as for the first writer who reached out to me and gave me some much needed advice and help me out, that would be the lovely Cynthia Sax. She had the same publisher as me and out of nowhere she emailed me. It felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline in the middle of a storm and I took it and held on tight. Authors are a great group of people and I’m lucky enough to have found friends in them.

If you could be any character from any book, who would you be? Hands down I would be Babylonia Jones from my newest release The Guicai Talisman from my new series The Undercity Chronicles of Babylonia Jones, P.I. She’s kick-ass, smart, funny, pretty and has a totally wicked life. She’s half-paranormal and half-human and because of that she doesn’t fit in either world; human or paranormal, but she’s desperately trying to find her way. I like that she’s honest and most of all true to herself. Oh, and she also has some cool friends; Melia is a Vampire and Demarcus is a Demi-God. I could totally hang out with them.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my first book was published I knew that there was no turning back. I was official.

What inspired you to write your first book? I kept having the same scene repeat in my head, this woman fighting aliens during an alien invasion. I would night dream and day dream about her. I knew the only way to get it to stop was to get her story out. So while I was in my night class I began writing Dangerously Mine. It felt good to get Eva’s story down and completed. That was the first story that I’d ever finished and it felt damn good.

Do you have a specific writing style? I’m a hybrid; pantser and plotter. I’ll write off the cuff, putting down whatever comes to mind, but it never fails, toward the middle of my story I have to plot the rest of the book. It’s usually toward the middle of the story where I have to rein my characters in and get back on plot.

Do you have a regular writing routine? NOPE.

What’s the BEST writing advice you ever received? Cynthia Sax gave me a ton of writing advice that I still remember and find useful today, but the best is to not engage reviewers who have left a bad review of a book. Just thank them and move on. It can be very gut wrenching to get a bad review, but I have to understand that it’s one person’s perspective and that not every book is meant for every reader. I thank the reviewer regardless if it was a good or bad review because they have taken the time to read my story.

Want to find out more about A.M. and her books check out the links below.

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http://www.amgriffinbooks.com

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Posted by on 03/16/2016 in Interviews

 

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Tasha’s Thinkings: Guest Interview

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to thank Tasha for having me on her blog today. I did a guest interview for her for her Writerly Wednesdays segment and it was a lot of fun. You can read it here. Thanks again Tasha. 🙂

Have a good night everyone. 🙂

 
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Posted by on 01/13/2016 in Interviews

 

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Q & A with Janis Hill

I would like to thank Janis for taking time to answer the following questions.

Janis is the author of Isis, Vampires and Ghosts-Oh My! The first book in the Other World Series.

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1) What inspired you to write Isis, Vampires, and Ghosts-Oh My!(Other World #1)?

I’m a huge fan of the supernatural, have been for most of my life. And some of the older stuff is the more interesting. Sadly a lot of that older stuff just isn’t used in modern day representations of the supernatural/ paranormal. Nor is it often seen in mainstream Urban Fantasy. So I thought it was time to go a bit old school and get away from the ‘Disneyfied’ version we seem to be stuck in right now.

I know not everyone is going to enjoy it, as they like the modern version, but I also know there are a lot of people wishing to go back to old school… so I’m doing my best.

Plus, I have had the storyline of Stephanie going to an old church, now run by Isis, to find her sister isn’t so dead as she believed, rattling around in my head for some years now. Possibly my view of old churches changed into new things, my mild Pagan faith,  and my love of the supernatural just snowballed one day and this is what came out. I also never planned to make it into a series, but now it is.

2) Will we be seeing Stephanie make an appearance in the next book of the series?

Stephanie is the main protagonist for all the books in this series as they’re pretty much about her journey in the Other World as she finds exactly where she belongs… is it in the Light? In the Darkness? That’s what we’re going to find out.

3) How did you come up with idea for the Other World series? 

Like so many of my stories, it’s just been something that’s been floating about in my head for some years waiting to find the right beginning so I could write it down. One of the very first pieces of the story to appear in my head (as a dream no less) is the one that happens just after the ‘sunbed incident’. Stephanie, her undead sister with autopsy scars showing, a vampire brewing in her subconscious, and the ghost of a Buddhist monk are walking down a rain washed back alley. I then needed to figure out the rest.

4) When you were writing Isis, did you ever feel like you were one of the characters? If so, which one?

Although I wrote Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! in the first person narrative, I’ve never really seen myself as just one of the character. There’s a bit of me in all of them, except maybe Branwyre. Though, having just finished the final edit, I did have a laugh at how much Stephanie swears while complaining about Trishna’s more colourful curses. I honestly hadn’t noticed how much she was actually swearing too… So it’s made me look at myself to ensure I don’t swear as much too!

5) What books would you say have been an influence on you and your writing?

I’m a fan of Kim Harrison and Katie MacAlister and so their books have had some influence on me. But my love of sarcastic first person possibly comes more from the late Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Michaels, aka Barbara Mertz) as her Amelia Peabody series was my first encounter with such a character. And it took me a while to realise she really was writing it tongue in cheek (and I wasn’t just reading that way due to my twisted sense of humour) and I fell in love with her series all the more. It was like a light being shined into my brain – people can write the way I think and talk. Yes!

It was a love of that type of female that then had a friend introduce me to the other authors mentioned. I’d not even heard of them before then as I’d not wanted to have anything to do with paranormal genre as I was so used to it being all ‘blood and gore’ or ‘tits and bums’. I was a dyed in the wool historic crime fiction fan until then.

6) Do you have a regular writing routine? 

Can I laugh at this question? I try to have a writing routine, I really do. Currently I’m a stay at home mum by choice (as in I wanted to be there for my kids and we can just about afford it) so my house and kids are my full time job. My attempted writing routine is that one week I am a Haus Frau (do the house and kids thing) and the next week it mostly all gets ignored while I sit and write and try and get about five thousand words completed a day. Sadly, with the essential cleaning needing to be done daily (dishes, etc.) and the two hour school run I have in the afternoon… I tend to only get a four hour work day and manage half that word count.

Most of my writing actually happens from about one in the morning in bed next to my son as he sleeps. And this usually only happens during the school holidays where I have the ability to write into the small hours and then sleep until nine and not worry about the kids as they’re mostly old enough to fend for themselves when school isn’t involved.

Not too sure if that makes me a terrible writer, or a terrible mother. Ooops! 

7) What 3 words best describe you as an author?

Beginner, but trying?

8)Finally, what’s the best writing advice you ever received?

Seriously, my best advice is to just write. You have a story idea and you would like to see it turned into a book – write. Don’t write a chapter and then spend months proofing it and perfecting it, write the whole story. Don’t proof and perfect it until it’s all done.

Also, don’t sell yourself short. If you’ve been writing stories all your life for fun and enjoyment (like me) you are already a writer. Don’t tell people you want to be a writer – you are one already and be proud. So what if no one has read your work, that doesn’t diminish the fact, you’re a writer.

Also, be passionate. If you want to go from being a writer to being an author, make it happen. Write, finish, polish it and start researching publishers. Ensure your work is completed and written well (no major spelling mistakes, grammar issues, etc) and start submitting it. Don’t wait until it’s polished to perfection as publishers are going to want to change it, no matter what.

Don’t let rejection get to you, we all get rejected in life and not just when being a writer. It’s what we take from the rejection that makes us stronger. If you’re determined to become an author, work as hard at the pitch as you did the story. Learn from your mistakes and learn to sell your idea because if you don’t sell it, how is a publisher meant to know they really want it?

Don’t expect instant success and to be rolling in money. That is a rare thing for an author and happens more from luck than talent.

Consider the smaller, independent publishers too, not just the big ones. I was rejected my all the major publishing houses, but was accepted by Hague Publishing and was only their fourth book signed they were such a young independent publisher. On my second book I went straight to the independent smaller publishers first. Was offered my first contract within four days of beginning the pitch. An author friend of mine, Ann Cleeves, says this is almost unheard of so I was either very lucky of very good. Me, I feel I was lucky.

Simply – be yourself, try your best and write.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Janis Hill

Janis grew up in and around Darwin and its rural surrounds. As a child, she spent a lot of time around ‘science geeks’ at the Darwin University, where her father was a lecturer for many years. It took her a long time to realise that not everyone got to grow up like that, or could relate to all the Science Labs scenes in the old Doctor Who.

Janis now lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and 3 children, lovingly referred to as the ‘Demonic Hordes’. She is a semi-retired ICT Support Officer who, when not writing, takes pride in her work as a Haus Frau while dabbling in the art of translating century old cookery books into modern recipes to experiment on her family with.

For more information visit http://janishill.wordpress.com/

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To Be Released: August 30, 2014

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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in Interviews

 

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Interview with Marie Treanor

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Thank you to Marie Treanor, author of the recently released book Blood Chills,  for answering a few questions about herself and her writing. 🙂

1.       What books have influenced your life most?

Goodness, that’s surprisingly hard to answer! There are loads of books I’ve loved and lost myself in, from classics to contemporary romances and thrillers, and I know they must influence my writing and my outlook on life to some extent. However, trying to narrow it down…  I suppose I first got hooked on reading by Enid Blyton’s children’s books and by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women! A children’s biography of Mary Queen of Scots I read when I was 9 – I can’t even remember its name since it belonged to a friend – made me want to study history – which I went on to do at university. Then The Masqueraders and The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer introduced me to the idea of humour and romance in writing. Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca began my love affair with Gothic romance, while Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and later Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire sold me on the undead for life 🙂

2.       What inspired you to write your first book?

The discovery of ebook romances and the birth of my daughter :). I’d been writing historical novels, which were very time-consuming in terms of research and sheer length, and while investigating the possibilities of e-publishing, I discovered the wealth of imagination and talent in the romance genres. With less time on my hands, but determined to keep writing, I decided to try a novella – a paranormal romance called Ghost Unlaid. I was lucky enough to sell it right away to an epublisher (and in fact  it’s available now at The Wild Rose Press :).

3.       Did you know you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, I did – almost as soon as I could hold a pencil I was scribbling stories and plays for my friends to perform in 🙂

4.       What advice would you give to a new author?

To read as well as write constantly, to take account of constructive criticism, and never to give up!

5.       Do you have a specific writing style?

I suppose I must have, but it isn’t conscious – I just write! I like humour and intensity of emotion and I hope those come through in my writing.

6.       If you could be any character from one of your books, who would you be?

Yikes, they all have much more exciting lives than me! Not sure I could handle it in reality :). I would like to be someone much more capable and decisive – like Cyn in Blood Chills… Or maybe Elizabeth Silk, who grew from someone a little bit like me into a self-confident, capable, kick-ass-when-necessary kind of a woman – and of course she does have the most powerful of vampire of all time as her lover 🙂

Many thanks for interviewing me!

You can find out more about Marie and her books on her website: www.MarieTreanor.com.

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Posted by on 02/20/2014 in Interviews

 

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