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FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

19 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

K. R. Morrison author of “Be Not Afraid”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

My book is inspired by my faith, not by any fascination with the creatures of the darkness.  In truth, the very idea of vampires petrifies me.  I can’t even re-read my own book!!

What would you like for everyone to know about your book “Be Not Afraid”?

Above all else, the vampires in my book do not sparkle.  They do not have angst.  They are demons, through and through.  And they are…horrifying.

What genre does “Be Not Afraid” fall under?

This book is really a hybrid.  I would call it paranormal suspense/horror, but it has a lot in it that would be considered “inspirational” as well.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I’ll bet you won’t get this answer too often:  This creation was spawned from a nightmare I had one night in April of 2010.  I dreamed I was being attacked by a vampire.  Yeesh—it still makes me squirm.  All of my senses were engaged; I could feel everything.  The weirdest sensation was feeling my veins collapse from the blood being drained from them.  Very painful.  When I woke up, although I was totally wide awake, my thoughts segued into what could be thought of as Part 2, and from there the story grew.  My mind was never without it for three weeks; every time the story came to an end, it would start over, adding more and more detail.  Finally I had to write it down.  As I did, those parts on paper went away from inside my head.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like?

I write in the evenings usually, because I enjoy being outside or doing some sort of physical activity when it’s daylight.  I find it very hard to sit for long periods of time.  As I look around my “setting”, I have to laugh.  For someone who likes things tidy, this area is certainly a departure from normal.  I have my laptop and my manuscript (which I write out first before typing it in) on the dining room table, along with several quilt projects, a small ironing board, DVDs of “Dark Shadows” (both the new movie and the TV series), and sometimes my cat.

Your book is a good versus evil and how do you react day today with this?

There is a lot of evil out there, disguised as “good” or at the very least “harmless”.  We won’t see the forces of darkness for what they are, because they don’t want to show their true colors until they have their victims.  Faith is what helps us discern true good from evil, and keeps us safe through any turmoil as long as we follow the good.

If you were to have lunch with one of your characters from your book which would it be and why?

Saint Therese.  She is my patron saint, and I have always admired how she lived her life.  It is so simple and direct.  I would love to have her by my side to guide me.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I think we’d get along pretty well, although  I would probably embarrass her somewhat.  She was such a quiet, unassuming girl, and I’m, uh, not.  She’d be trying to get me to quiet down, and I would for a bit, but then I’d be “me” again.

Will there be a follow up to “Be Not Afraid”?

I have a prequel/sequel that I’m working on, entitled “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”.  It already dwarfs the first book, with 655 handwritten pages so far.  In it, we start out in the time of Adam and Eve, hop to the end of the Gospels, then it’s off to 14th-century Carpathia, 17th-century Scotland, 19th-century New Orleans, and then to the present time.  The book takes in the characters of the first story and moves on to their next skirmish with the darkness.  It’s almost done….I think.

So what else is in the future for you?

I’m hoping to write a third book to round out the series. I hadn’t originally planned a third one, but the characters in my present manuscript had a meeting without inviting me, and they decided that little Toby would have some interesting powers that would lead into the final battle.  And I’ve discovered that short stories are a lot of fun to write, so will keep up with that.  I’ve met a lot of fellow writers on Facebook, and I hope to be able to stay in contact with them.

What author, alive or dead, would you like to collaborate on a book with?

I have always loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s work.  It would be terrific to write with him.

What would you like it to be about?

An adventure story, probably suited for kids.  I loved Stevenson’s poetry for children, and it would be great fun to write something like that. 

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Feature Friday with Author of Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood -Liz Adams.

28 Sep

Feature Friday with Author of Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood -Liz Adams.

 

 

Tell us about yourself?

Liz Adams

I was born a Chihuahua with a love for chasing other dogs in parks and playing chess and scrabble. Or else that was a dream I had last night. Whichever it is, I know that I discovered my passion for writing erotica in my late teens so I got a minor in Creative Writing along with my major in Music. Or I’m just a super-talented Chihuahua.

Tell us about your book?

My first book is a novella, an erotic version of Alice in Wonderland called Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Especially since it was a much more challenging task than I had anticipated. It’s hard to care about the characters if they only appear briefly and there’s no time to build a relationship with them. Yet that’s exactly what happens. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice goes from character to character without time to fully appreciate all the goals, motivations, and conflicts each character has. Trying to make the interactions between Alice and those she meets meaningful was very hard to do. But the book’s been getting four and five star reviews, so I couldn’t be happier. In fact, Amazon has paid the recording fees to turn it into an audio book! It should be up on Audible.com very soon now.

 

 

My favorite question that is mostly consistent is do you have to have it quiet or noisy when you are working on your story?

I prefer it noisy, like a café, but writing erotica in a café is not easy. Passers-by might look over my shoulder, for one thing. Which I suppose could lead to some interesting conversations. For another thing, I usually like to have one hand free when I’m writing erotica. In a café, I have to force myself to use both hands typing and I end up squirming in my seat.

What do you think has been the best thing to occur to you after starting to write for others to read?

I recently wrote a touchy blog post that briefly mentioned “rape fantasies” (and how actual rape is completely different from fantasies of non-consensual sex). Though I did get some heated responses from that post, a woman privately thanked me for writing it. She, herself, had fantasies of non-consensual sex and was ashamed for having such thoughts. Knowing it was a normal fantasy to have made her feel better about it. Anytime I can make someone feel better about their sexuality via is a treasure to me.

What book do you think has offered the most influence in your writing?

That’s a tough one. I hate to say it but I feel I learn most from bad writing. When I read bad writing, I ask myself “Why didn’t that work for me?” Answering that question has helped improve my writing tremendously.

If you were to be a character in your book, but not as a lead character, who would you like to be and why? I’d like to be the Cheshire Cat. Like us, he knows what happened in the past, and doesn’t know what will happen in the future. Unlike us, he travels backwards in time. He figures, since hindsight is 20-20, why not travel backwards in time and do everything perfectly.

If one of your books could be turned into a movie which would you prefer it to be and why?

I only have three stories out. The novella Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land, a short erotic romance story called Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood (an erotic version of Red Riding Hood), and a short story about the most wild sexual experience I had in college called “Squirting Secrets” in the anthology  Campus Sexploits 3:Naughty Tales of Wild Girls in College. Though Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood got voted to be “Book of the Month” for a Goodreads group, I’d have to go with Alice as a movie. I’d love to see that steamy Mad Hatter scene performed in all its wet tea party glory!

Okay so if everyone in the book’s clothes were only one color what color would that be?

The same color as orgasm.

So here is one for you, what book would you like a poster on your wall and what would it show?

I’d love a poster of the cover for Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood. To me it’s sexy as all hell. You can see it here: http://amzn.to/EroticRedRidingHood.

Why did you pick this genre to write and what genres do you like to read?

Actually, I have written in the horror genre before. But I love writing erotica. It’s the only genre where you get to have so much fun editing your book over and over and…yum…over again. I read erotica, of course, but I also like to read thrillers and mysteries.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things. One is an erotic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I’m really excited by this one because in it, Goldie is a thief with the capability of self-defense. So when the three bearish men return, she uses more than just her seductive ways to wiggle in and out of their grasp. I’m also working on a quickie. A short short based off of a fantasy I had at the airport. I’m really loving writing this one, too, because it’s the first time I will have written a story completely from a male perspective. The airport fantasy will attempt to conquer the question of why being dominated by a man is so sexy.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Just write. Don’t worry about how good or how bad it is. Finish what you’re writing and let the amazing beta-readers (like Xavier) guide you on how to fix it. Also, if you get bored writing a scene, introduce something that would make the scene more interesting for you. If you’re bored writing it, the reader will be bored reading it. If you are super-excited writing it, you’re going in the right direction.

 

Links to the Books:

Campus Sexploits 3: Naughty Tales of Wild Girls in College
http://amzn.to/WildGirlsinCollege

 

Amy Red Riding’s Hood
http://amzn.to.EroticRedRidingHood

Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land
http://amzn.to/AlicesSexualDiscovery

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Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

21 Sep

Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, an NICU nurse on “indefinite vacation”, a paranormal investigator, and an avid daydreamer, which serves to help me create my stories.  When I’m not writing or being domestic, I’m reading YA novels and sometimes painting pictures of horses.  Now that it’s getting closer to Halloween, I’m decorating my house with the MANY decorations that I’ve accumulated over the years.  My kids might need therapy someday from all the monsters in the house.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It took me four years to write One Petal Flower because of all the distractions in my life, but I never gave up on my dream of becoming published.  In my book, a few of the locations I used were based on actual haunted places that I investigated.

What genre does One Petal Flower fall under?

One Petal Flower is a young adult novel. 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I got the idea when I learned a high school classmate that I had had a crush on died suddenly at age 30.  He was the inspiration for the character Jonas.  The rest of the book formed around him as I added the elements of Native Americans and their customs, the holistic properties of gemstones, and the paranormal aspects of ghosts, werewolves, and revenants.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

My setting isn’t romantic by any means, but I like it just the same.  I sit on the couch with jazz music playing (unless I want to listen to something specific), and I always have coffee beside me.  I write with paper and pen and then type it afterward.  I like to be able to write anywhere I go without having to drag a laptop with me.  And it actually helps me edit and revise if I do it like this.

Okay so if you were to have lunch with one of your characters who would it be?

I would want to have lunch with Chayton (my Native American character) because he is just my type of guy.  He’s mature, protective, musically inclined, knows how to use a hammer, and best of all, he’s forgiving.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I would probably pick his brain about Native American beliefs.  Their ancient stories hold such wisdom and advice!  They are connected to and have such respect for nature and animals.  They believe in many things that close-minded people wouldn’t even sit still long enough to hear.  And then I’d also hope Chayton could give me advice on how to communicate with ghosts, because unlike him, I can’t hold a conversation with them.

Alright now in my research, I found that you like to do paranormal research, so which show do you like best Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures?

I prefer Ghost Hunters.  They go in with the intent of helping the client.  No one should be scared to live in their own home or be at their place of work.  The investigators assess the situation, gather data as scientifically as possible, and present the findings with the client’s well-being in mind.  Of course, if they get great evidence they are thrilled.  We each have a story that led us to the paranormal, and those stories were just enough to create the passion for answers.

Since 2008 how many paranormal investigations have you performed?

Oh gosh, so many.  We go on Saturday nights, but occasionally a Friday night is needed.  We’ve been to many houses; old to new, small to large.  But, we also go to libraries, museums, places of business, theaters, hotels, schools, hospitals, and restaurants.

Any popular place or places?

The most popular place that Oklahoman’s will recognize is Spaghetti Warehouse (a restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City) and possibly the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma. 

Have you had your own paranormal experience?

My first paranormal experience was when I was 18.  It was after my grandmother died.  I saw an image of an arm handing me a blanket.  I had just gone to bed and had been crying.  I think it was trying to comfort me.  The other time was just a couple years ago when I saw an apparition of a head and shoulders peek around a staircase at me.  It evidently made a noise that the other paranormal investigator heard because I saw his head snap in that direction right after I saw the apparition.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Whether the author is brand new or not, my advice is to just keep writing.  You are doing it for the passion of creating a story.  Your soul obviously has something to offer this world, so let it.  And know that no two people are alike, so not everyone will like your story.  That’s okay.  Because the people that do like it will make your day, your week, your life, with kind words that make the hard work all worth it in the end.

Will there be a follow up to One Petal Flower or are you writing a new story?  So what is in the future for you?

I had intended it to be just a single book.  Anything more seemed daunting.  But, I’ve decided that the story was not finished.  I’m working on a sequel, and it will be in Chayton’s point of view rather than Darian’s.  This will require me to delve even deeper into Native American customs and beliefs, which I’m so excited about doing.  I’m also working on a contemporary young adult novelthat I think people will really enjoy.  The characters are coming out so crystal clear that I feel I know them personally!

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To Pay or not to Pay-Book Reviews.

18 Sep

The internet is full of them. I am sure that you have thought about it.Haven’t you ever wondered how some authors get those countless reviews in one day right after they have published their book? They have purchased reviews.

Well we have thought about this and where we stand is that this is just wrong.

Reviews should be earned! It is really that simple.

We understand that the market is difficult but how do you get the feeling of accomplishment with a paid review? The simple answer is-you don’t!

Reviews tell you something about your writing. Rather it be good or bad one way or the other it helps you as a writer grow. You cannot achieve this growth with a paid review.

Paid reviews do not give you any satisfaction from your peers. There is something to be said about knowing that your peers have purchased and reviewed your book. You do not receive this with a paid review. Your peers tell you what they are looking for from you as a writer. 

Although reviews of any type look good against your book, your conscious knows. Do you really just want sales? Wouldn’t you rather know that people enjoy your writing, your craft? You will not receive this either with a paid book review. 

Reviews are part of being a writer in fact they are necessary but receiving them dishonestly is not morally or ethically right. Part of being a writer is being honest with yourself and your readers. You make yourself vulnerable every time you sit down and write so do not waste your time and all that effort by deceiving your readers. 

Earn your reviews-you will feel extremely satisfied, accomplished. 

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Feature Friday with Author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

14 Sep

Feature Friday with author of Fancy Gap, C. David Gelly.

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Eternal optimist—lover of life—sets goals & gets them done! Ignores “you can’t do that because!”

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

First but foremost it’s a work of fiction! First word hit the parchment last October 1, 2011.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The legendary fog (cloud deck) that settles in over Fancy Gap on a regular basis is mystical and the notion that a book could be crafted from that planted the seed.

How often do you get out into the woods, to just walk around and enjoy the mountain air. 

Run at noontime just about every day and ride my road bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway on weekends.

How have the folks of Fancy Gap and the surrounding area taken to this book?

Actually much better than I anticipated. The majority, especially the younger set sees it as a very exciting moment. Yet there are a few…but that is simply expected with any novel. I also have a Billboard on Highway 52 halfway between Fancy Gap & Hillsville. So the locals know all about it! 

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

When I write it usually is before breakfast. I knock out a 1,000 words at a time. I also write on long flights to Europe or Hawaii.

Which of your characters would you like to solve a mystery with?

Quinn & Louisa are the obvious answers. Yet Levi the Carroll County detective would be a hoot to work with.

Who would be the lead detective?

Levi Blackburn.

This is one of five novels, so how do you know that there will only be five?

Orchard Gap is the next Gap going down the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be an agro-terrorism mystery/thriller.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Listen…this isn’t easy. Any author must be committed to the project. Know your audience. Know what will keep them glued to your novel. Keep throwing out bait and reel them into the next chapter. Through in a surprise or two throughout the novel. In Fancy Gap the search was for the little girl. I included a dwarf into the mix. Readers loved it!

I wanted to finish my questions regarding your poem “The Clock of Life”, which of course, is not part of your book, but once I read it I enjoyed it.  Plus these are my questions, so I can deviate.

Do you think that a clock can be wound more than once, if you look at from the standpoint of either new found love or if in the sense of repair?

The clock of love can be wound more than once. The clock of life but once.

"The Clock of Life" 

The Clock of Life is wound but once 
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop 
At late or early hour. 
Now is the only time we own 
Love, live, toil with will, 
Do not wait until tomorrow, 
For the Clock may then be still.

 

Much thanks!!! I have included an interview that was recently published.

 

Fog shrouds mountain in mystery

Fancy Gap’s mist inspired an author to set his thriller in the Carroll community.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: August 10, 6:00 am)

FANCY GAP  — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.
He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.
Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.
To write “Fancy Gap,” Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”

“On the bucket list: I said one day I want to write this novel,” he explained.
Staples of Carroll County and Blue Ridge Mountain living appear in the piece, including the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve and the Hillsville Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market, Buffalo Mountain, the Beaver Dam Trail and vintages from a well-known local winery.
“For travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap, the fog often hangs like an azure dream over the rolling green hills,” the book’s blurb says. “But when a madman abducts two children and disappears into the wisps with the young brother and sister, the landscape becomes a nightmare for the children’s parents and local residents.”
The inspiration came to him in October to write this story. After that, Gelly got up at 4 a.m. each Saturday and sat in his chateau with its panoramic views through the bay windows of the Piedmont. He continues typing until there were 1,000 more words on the page.
“It was a great use of my time instead of going to the bar,” he joked.

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While the places have their basis in fact, few characters in the book do, Gelly stressed. Any similarity to real people is a coincidence.
Quinn McSpain, the novel’s hero, is a 60-something widower, living like a hermit in his adopted mountain home and still mourning the loss of his spouse.
He meets workaholic FBI agent Louisa Hawke at a retirement party in Arlington, but the couple’s budding romance gets interrupted by a crime that horrifies the mountain community.
Gelly’s previous writing flowed in the non-fiction vein, as the author of many articles for the Twin City Track Club monthly newsletter.
Gelly has directed considerable energy over the years to his running, participating in 50 marathons. His outdoor activities continue, only now he’s hiking, biking and kayaking in the mountains.
Gelly provided security during his time in the U.S. Army, before going on to work for the IRS and then entering the private sector, including working for Sara Lee while it still manufactured clothing in Hillsville and Galax.
That meant he would travel here on occasion to talk about security matters. “I always thought Carroll County was a pretty place.”
No case he investigated in corporate security resembled the plot in the book. However, Gelly did help resolve a prominent scheme where a cotton buyer working to fill Sara Lee’s demand for the textile fiber took kickbacks from suppliers. David H. Mauney III was found guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in federal court in Greensboro.
An estimated $1.2 million was involved and the ringleader went to prison for 6.5 years.
Gelly stands on the verge of retirement himself, at which time he plans to fully immerse himself in the continuing adventures of McSpain and Hawke in the other five planned novels in the “Gap series.”
“Next year, when I retire, I won’t be bound by work,” he explained.

This is the first in a series of six “Gap” novels by David Gelly. Others planned for the series include Orchard Gap, Volunteer Gap, Willis Gap, Squirrel Gap and Low Gap. Fancy Gap is available on Amazon.com and comes in paperback for $14.99 plus shipping or $5.99 for a downloadable version. For more, see Gelly’s blog, www.makedustoreatdust.com.

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5 Reasons Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

11 Sep

Why INDIE WRITERS Rock!

 

1. They have no publishing house-this may seem like a ridiculous idea of why INDIE WRITERS rock but they work even harder because they don’t have a big fat check to sit and write with. They either write to live or they live to write. 

2. Mistakes are made in every industry. With a writer, a writer that is “traditionally” published this is what an editor is for. With an INDIE WRITER you see their mistakes. This makes them human, humble.

3. Approachable. Meanwhile the big names you can’t say hi to on Facebook or get to know what they do day in and day out. An INDIE WRITER will say hello and “Friend” you. They will get to know their readers. They in fact depend on them.

4. An INDIE WRITER inspires us all. If a flunked out English major can write a best seller we all can. 

5. They are constantly improving their craft. With a “traditionally” published author they have editors, publisher and marketers that work with them to continually help them. With an INDIE WRITER you can watch them evolve into a beautiful writer with help from their readers, friends, and others who are in their inner circle. 

 

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