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Letting go and moving on

Letting go of people you love is difficult, um, er, that should say characters you love, yes, they’re not really people, right? No. Of course not.  Sheesh.

Only some days they certainly seem so. No really, the last 30 years of my life have been devoted – from 25% to 150% of the time – to a cast of characters I dreamed up and then wrote about in an epic story called Guardians of the Word.

And then I published those stories and discovered that other people felt the same way. They love these characters. They got into their heads, Became part of their lives, part of the story, invested time, money and energy into how they would turn out, which is of course, is something I can sympathies with completely. They love Dynan. They ADORE Dain. They like everyone else and care what sort of problems they could have, even off the page. Continue reading

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Of Mermaids and Magic

I had the recent pleasure of getting to know Fantasy author Jade M. Phillips, who has recently released her first book, MER, for Kindle and in paperback. And it has a stunning cover! Check it out and read the interview!

Mer

Jade, welcome to my little corner of the world! Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in the Arizona sun where I still reside. As long as I can remember I’ve always loved diving into a good book on hot summer days and coming up with stories of my own. But alongside my obsession with reading and writing books, I have also been an actress, a stunt woman (trained to fall off of tall buildings and do other scary things,) a dance teacher, bartender, the lead singer and back-up guitarist in a rock band, amongst a plethora of other fun and low-paying jobs. I now have my degree in interior design and own a small business. I love my friends and family dearly and enjoy spending time with them. I am well known for setting off the smoke detector in our house weekly by cooking/burning dinner. I also have two adorable children, an extremely wonderful husband, who is very supportive of my writing and chokes down his “dinner” without complaint, and a crazy cat named William Wallace Braveheart Fuzzy MacFarland the Third.

Do you have a preferred genre that you read? Is it the same as what you write?

I prefer to read fantasy. Any fantasy really, I love it all! And since this is the area of my expertise, that is what I write as well.

Are there any aspects of writing that you struggle with? What do you do about it?

The one area I think I might struggle in a bit is second-guessing myself and my writing. But I believe most authors do. You want to have the best possible characters, plot line and scenarios, so it is a constant back and forth on what fits the story perfectly. I just keep editing and editing until I feel confident that I have the best possible product.

Oh I know exactly what you mean and yes, I think most writers do question their own abilities. Probably a good thing though. So, the title of your book is MER. Tell me a little about it.

It’s my debut young adult fantasy novel, the first in a series. MER has an omnipresent feeling, an overall description of the characters, their powers, and their storybook world.

Where did the inspiration for your story come from?

This book has a secret. And I am going to give you some VIP information by telling you this… but if you couldn’t already tell by the title, its secret is Merpeople. The idea came from a couple different sources. First of all, my five-year-old daughter is obsessed with Mermaids, so I guess there is always a Mermaid floating around in the back of my brain. LOL!

Second, my husband and I were up late one night discussing the current trends in young adult fantasy books (my fav of course), and we were talking about Vampires and Werewolves, Zombies, and Faeries, when I was like, “Wait! What about Mermaids?” And thus: MER was born!

Maybe your daughter has picked the latest trend! What is the location of your story and why did you choose that place/time?

The location of my story is the fictional continent of Merenia and it also takes place in Mer Ocean. This is a fictional world but I based a lot of it on medieval Europe. It is one of my favorite places and time periods to read about. And what better place and time for my characters to have their storybook world?

Who is your favorite character and why?

Ooooh, that’s a hard one. I have so many that I love. I’d have to say Quin. She’s a feisty, tomboyish ten year old girl who isn’t afraid to speak her mind; quite the contrary to the lady of nobility that she is expected to be. She cracks me up by always getting into trouble!

Did the story come out the way you envisioned it?

For the most part, but there were some definite twists and turns in it that I did not expect. That’s what I love most about writing. Even I, as the author, don’t know exactly what to expect. It’s very exciting!

 

That’s fantastic. I looks intriguing. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your new book! So folks, this is where you can get more info on MER and Jade M. Phillips:

Buy MER on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AVKVPY4

Jade’s blog www.jademphillips.com

MER’s fan page. www.facebook.com/merbook1

MER’s book trailer is now released! http://youtu.be/-qUquvld1Vk

Follow Jade on twitter www.twitter.com/JadeMPhillips

Jade on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15113495-jade-m-phillips

Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/author/jademphillips

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A Song for Julia, interview with Charles Sheehan-Miles

I’m very pleased to be host to Best Selling author of Just Remember to Breathe, Charles Sheehan-Miles today who is here with a brief interview and information on his latest release, A Song for Julia.

Charles is on a blog tour and giving away a digital copy of Just Remember to Breathe. To win, you need to leave a comment here on my blog. There’s a grand prize of $250 that Charles will pick from all the comments from all the blogs. You can check them out by following the tour! I’m picking my winner on 12-24-12, so be sure to post your comments before then!

Without further ado, here’s Charles:

“What is the most inspirational thing a reader has said to you about the impact your writing has had on their life?

A long time reader, and probably the only person on earth who has read all of my books, told me recently that he’d first stumbled on my first novel, Prayer at Rumayla, and that it helped him understand his dad, who suffered from PTSD from Vietnam.

Reading something like that makes me break out in chills, because it reminds of the responsibility that writers have to their readers. Whatever the genre, I think it’s critically important to tell the truth about the human condition. I’ve written in multiple genres: a war retrospective, political thrillers, now romance. But the common thread in everything I write is trying to hold to the truth about humanity, at least as I understood it at the time.

You write about emotionally charged subjects. How much of your own personal story goes into your books?

Probably too much of my personal story ends up in my books. I pour my dreams, my nightmares, my fears into them. It’s one of the reasons why my wife generally won’t read my books: we share a lot of the same dark fears, and I tend to rake those over the coals in my stories. PTSD, trauma, dealing with a kid with Aspergers, fears about our future – these are all subjects which are pervasive in my writing. But so is hope for the future.

What’s interesting is when I look at how my writing has progressed from when I was in my twenties, I’ve become far less cynical and jaded as I’ve gotten older. My first novel didn’t sell very well, probably less than 2,000 copies over the ten years since I published it. But that’s because it really represented the way I felt after the Gulf War: a lack of hope, a lack of any feeling of resolution. Now, hope, love, understanding are things that are essential to my life and find their way into my stories.

You’ve become an Amazon Best Selling author! And you are an Indie author. What advice can you give other authors to achieve the same sort of success?

Keep writing. Focus on telling a great story instead of marketing. There are literally a million books out there, but success comes if people love your storytelling.

Honestly, I credit one single reader with the success of Just Remember to Breathe. I never expected it to do nearly as well as it has, but I floated it to a number of blogs right after it was published. One reviewer really connected with it, so much that she started telling her friends about it, and they read it, and told their friends. I had no idea this was happening at the time, and I’d sold maybe a couple of dozen copies the first two weeks the book was out. Then one day I sold fifty. The next, a hundred. I was stunned. And the thing was, no marketing tricks, or advertising, or hawking your book on blogs, or anything like that, can accomplish what a single reader who loves a book can accomplish, which is get word of mouth going.

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And now presenting – A Song for JuliaSongForJulia-AMAZON-682x1024

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy. When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

You can snap up a copy of A Song for Julia at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble: A Song for Julia on Amazon and Available on Barnes and Noble

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