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Author Spotlight – Tiffany L. Wright

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! Today, I would like for you to meet my new friend and Indie Author, Tiffany Luv Wright! She has just recently released her novel, “Finding Stones: Tales From A 20 Year Old Witch”, a personal project that she has poured her heart and soul into. To quote Tiffany, “I wanted to create a character that young girls and women could relate too.  A female who was strong and empowered by those around her.  It’s been a long time coming for the women of the world to have a character that can prove she is driven by purpose and a deep love and appreciation for those who encircle her at the time.  And I wanted to bring back a heroine that was not mis-guided, or torn between men, but one who relished in connections that were meaningful and lasting.” It is an absolute honor to feature her first author interview on the blog, and I hope you will comment on the post and say hi! Thanks everyone! 🙂

INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY L. WRIGHT, AUTHOR OF FINDING STONES (TALES FROM A 20 YEAR OLD WITCH)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a mother of 3 sons, and finally got my daughter on the fourth kiddo.  We were an Army family and lived as far as South Korea.  We ended up in Washington state for 3 years, and we loved it!  It is very mystical.  A beautiful part of the country.  I am an avid animal lover, and love red wine and have a shoe problem.  A HUGE shoe problem!

What do you do when you are not writing? Any hobbies?

We spend a lot of time in the river, fishing & swimming.  We also love to take day trips, sometimes we just get in the car and drive!  And I sew, a lot.  I love heavy fabrics and bright color patterns.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Two of my best friends, Danielle & Michelle, are huge influences.  We all love the genre I am writing in, and spend a majority of our time together gossiping and arguing over characters we love and hate! Another huge influence is my husband, without the support of those 3 mentioned, I could never have written “Tales from a 20 year old witch”.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Two favorites, “The Ghost In The Swing”, which sadly is out of print, and Jay Bennett, “The Haunted One”.  Both oldies but goodies.  Those two books threw me into the world of paranormal.  At a very young age, I was an advanced reader, I read a lot of stories I shouldn’t have!  Ha!  Stephen King….anyone?  At age 11, not so good for bedtime, but I couldn’t put paranormal books down.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of fiction? 

I went back and forth between self publishing and a traditional house publisher.   I researched and truly felt like I needed to get this novel out now.  I’m not a very patient person, and self publishing was a great avenue for me in order to get the feedback I needed now to finish the series.   Plus, I was tired of getting “you suck” letters.  I sent off to a ton of huge agents and houses, still getting emails daily.  Self publishing offers a very important lesson in writing, especially when the reviews from normal, everyday readers start coming in.

How did you choose the genre you write in and where do you get your ideas? 

I LOVE, and I mean LOVE YA and paranormal books.  Putting the two together brings out some great stories.  I read a lot, and I watch a lot of paranormal television.  Funny, my idea came in a dream.  It’s so cliché I know, but…true story.  The name Silver City was in a dream, I spent the better part of a day in front of the computer researching the perfect “Silver City” and along with what I wanted to use, which were the mines and a new invention of blood drinkers, it was a perfect fit. 

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I just sit down and write.  Then I go back over and revise.  I have incredible friends in South Korea and Germany (the two listed above) who help me by reading along the way.  Sometimes I sit down at the computer and my fingers literally do not stop typing for 10K or more words.  An outline would cause me to think too much.  Probably a sick form of ADD.  😉

How did you come up with the title for your current novel? 

My 14 year old son helped with this title, and book 2 as well.  It fit perfectly with our theme. 

What do you think your readers will admire most about the lead character Jaxx? 

I think girls can relate because while she still is emotional, she isn’t completely hung up on a boy/man.  Girls need to feel empowered by one another, and they need to put weight in to the relationships they build with one another.  Love comes later in life, it finally hits you what it is about.  And I want my younger readers to feel empowered by her relationship with the other females, while still maintaining her relationship with Chase. 

Does your character Jaxx resemble you in any way?

Yes.  I am a closed book to most.  I have serious trust issues!   I may seem open, but in reality, there are only a few who know me.  And I have a tendency to blurt out my opinion….*snickers*

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? 

I love anything involving fantasy.  Anything that holds a legend, that intrigues and pulls the imagination out of its shell.  I’m not sure I would go back to any of the characters, because they were necessary sacrifices.  Although I’ve already gotten a request to do a prequel.  Not sure, no promises!

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character? 

I have actually, my husband and I outlined a story this last fall.  It is a huge possibility.

What is your favorite movie/book? Why? 

My favorite book is “The Ghost In The Swing”; it was just magical.  My favorite movie is probably The Notebook, I am not a crier, so if I feel the need to cry, I just put that on.

What is your favorite part about being an indie author? 

I love the fact that my work is out there.  That I took the initiative to put it out for all to see.  I love different concepts and anything that provokes the imagination.   Indie authors push the envelope, they force people to use their creativity and spark their imagination.  If we lose imagination as a civilization, we are doomed.  I love that Indie authors absolutely own their fan base.  They created their own destiny.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?What has been the best compliment? 

The toughest was that I needed more details; more details on the girls, and more on the parents.  I was also told that my story ended too abruptly.  Something I’ll be working on with book 2.  The best is hearing that my fans want more…more…more.  When I was sending the chapters off to reviews, BAM, I’d get an email from a girlfriend desperately wanting the next chapter.  That is a great feeling, that I’ve drawn them in.  And I made one of my girlfriends cry.  I’ve heard crying = 5 stars, lol!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Just do it.  Just sit down at the computer, or your notebook and write.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can revise it later.  But when you build a basis for a story, it’s so incredible to develop and see where it takes you.  You can get it all out!  And you never know, until you’ve finished it.  My novel isn’t very long, but it was an incredible feeling to finish such a task that I had set out for myself.

xoxo

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MEET AUTHOR TIFFANY L. WRIGHT

Tiffany Luv Wright

Tiffany Wright currently resides in Marshfield, Mo., and also where she completed “Finding Stones”. She and her husband have traveled the globe while he served on a 4 year active duty Army enlistment, living as far as South Korea. Tiffany is 33, has 4 children and they are a very active and fun family.

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ABOUT TIFFANY’S BOOK

Finding Stones by Tiffany Luv Wright

FINDING STONES: TALES FROM A 20 YEAR OLD WITCH

Jaxx had moved around her entire life, until settling in Silver City, NM., where she meets the best friends she cannot imagine her life without. She enters in to a world of witchcraft handed down in her family for centuries, and learns that sometimes you have to hold on to those friendships in the physical and spiritual world in order to continue the journey.

Gut-wrenching losses, eternal battles between good and evil, and finally able to let go of the material world, Jaxx slides in to an Underworld where witches, spirits, Immortals, Lusts, and other demonic creatures rule. She loses some of the people closest to her, and gains new relationships that are furious with love and purpose.

The evil lurking right around the corner is bad enough, but when she realizes how fine the line is between good and evil, it threatens to consume all of the love she has known. She draws her power from earthly stones, and each person has a power connected to the elemental stones destined to them. As her battle pushes on, she realizes that she has only tapped the surface of what exists in our world.

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EXCERPT FROM FINDING STONES

Jaxx looked up. Her eyes were swollen with tears. Blood was encrusted all over her face and exposed body. Her hair sitting wild on her shoulders. Even in her mess, she looked like the most beautiful girl he had ever laid eyes on. His heart skipped a beat at her presence, then it sank when she welled up again at the sight of Ariannas lifeless body. She turned to Mau, and they buried their heads on each others shoulders. Huge, silent sobs had taken over the girls. Ariannas mother stepped forward and screamed. She ran to her daughter and forced her body out of Chases arms. Landing in the floor, holding her face in her own hands, and crying out.

Jaxx ran to Chase. Landing in his arms. They both sank in the cavern floor in a heap of sobbing. Chase was speaking softly to Jaxx, moving her hair out of her face to take it in his hands. “She is still with you Jaxx” he said softly.

I know, choking on her words. It was all she could muster up the strength to say. She looked at Chase deeply. At first he couldn’t understand why, and with a silent anguish she pointed to the very back of the cavern where Gretta and what was left of Petra were lying. He felt like vomiting. Arianna was right. There was a reason she could no longer see Gretta. It went deeper than Gretta dying. It was the most unexpected and horrific thing that could have happened. Worse than any of them had predicted or imagined when beginning this trek into the dark, evil mines of New Mexico.

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YOU CAN FIND TIFFANY L. WRIGHT HERE

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Talesfroma20yearoldwitch

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/tiffanyluvwright

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Tiffluv78

Book available on:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/FINDING-STONES-Tales-Witch-ebook/dp/B008DWLPY2

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3915948

Book GIVEAWAY @ “Britt’s Book Nook”!

A big THANK YOU to Brittany of “Britt’s Book Nook” for not only reviewing “Vengeance of the Wolf”, but also posting an interview and giveaway on her blog!! I encourage you to visit and follow her blog! She is an Indie Supporter and has been so kind in helping to promote my Thriller/Horror novel! Links to both the interview and giveaway below.

Not to mention, you gotta love a blogger who references “Monty Python” in an interview! 🙂

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Author Interview on Britt’s Book Nook!
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“Vengeance of the Wolf” Giveaway!
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Even more giveaways below – check out the “Indie Author Giveaway Hop”!!!

Author Spotlight – J.A. Schneider

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! I am extremely honored to have my friend and fellow Indie Author, J.A. Schneider on my blog today!! Her debut novel, “Embryo” is an exciting and controversial medical thriller that is sure to keep you riveted! With her novel receiving rave reviews and 5 stars, “Embryo” is the ultimate thriller novel to add to your TBR list!

INTERVIEW WITH J.A. SCHNEIDER, AUTHOR OF EMBRYO

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up loving to read…everything! From Nancy Drew to the back of a cereal box. Words and story ideas are always teeming in my head – a very colorful place! I’m a wife, mother, passionate about reading & writing – especially thrillers, medical thrillers, and mysteries. Decades of being married to a cardiologist means that there’ll be fascinating medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that I write. CanNOT fall asleep without reading…even after a long day of writing.

What do you do when you are not writing? Any hobbies?

I’m passionate too about gardening, always digging out some boulder for a new shrub or tracking mud around the house. My favorite plants are boxwood and rambler roses, which can reach 30 feet and are now blocking second floor windows. I spend a lot of time on a ladder…

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Mainly it was just me, scribbling away from age 12, and then during my French lit major years. Then there was my husband, who despite being headed for med school was an English major and still reads his favorite Conan Doyles; practically knows them by heart. Other influences were writers during my Newsweek years. The oft-heard dream there was to “stay home and write.” The brave ones would leave, then come back with the challenge “You’re still here?”

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Ira Levin and Agatha Christie at her best. I am fascinated by writers who in one or few words can say it all. For example, news comes that’s sad or terrible, and a character just says, “Oh?” There you have it; in one word that character has revealed indifference, shallowness. Levin is the master; I am fascinated by his ingenious brevity. Scenes that have influenced me hugely are, for example, the one in Levin’s “The Boys From Brazil,” where the female former warden in a concentration camp is to be brought from her prison cell for Lieberman, the Nazi hunter, to question. Lieberman is just dying of nerves wondering how he’ll react when he sees her. Finally, her lawyer brings her. The door opens. Lieberman’s heart is in his mouth…and out simply comes a drab old woman with “a disappointed mouth.”

“A disappointed mouth!” This person’s whole life summed up in three words! And we see her, much better than if Levin had gone on and on about her pallor, sunken features, shuffling gait, depressing German prison uniform. He could have done that, but he didn’t. With those three words we see that woman so clearly that it hits us emotionally.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of fiction?

That was DARKNESS FALLS, a thriller which sold in a 3-day auction to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. That book just started with something someone said, and the idea grew. I mulled over it for months, and did umpteen drafts. That was back in the day when you actually met your editor and they’d take you to lunch. Can you imagine such a time?

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always loved adventure thrillers, even as a child reading “Black Beauty” or “Kim” or Nancy Drew. The one exception was “The Secret Garden,” which I still love.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I start with a rough outline, which “sets the tracks” to start with but goes off the rails pretty fast.

How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

EMBRYO… I saw the cover image first, and the title just came.

What do you think readers will appreciate most about your book?

A story about malignant geniuses tinkering with IVF and human genetic engineering hasn’t been done yet. Some will call this sci/fi, but the technology is there. That’s what’s really frightening. There are also scenes so scary that they approach Gothic horror.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

There will be a sequel to EMBRYO. Readers won’t want to say good-bye to two of the characters, and neither will I.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

No.

What is your favorite part about being an indie author?

The independence! Traditional publishing has gotten slower than ever, with editors getting laid off and books winding up as orphans for months on abandoned desks. Also, I don’t miss agents and editors, some of whom can be awfully nit-picky.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

“I’m not writing well enough or fast enough.”  I’m my own worst critic. The sweetest compliment I ever received was from an editor who said, “You put your heart on the page.”

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

There’ll be two upcoming books. Second, a sequel to EMBRYO, and before that a medical/legal thriller: Should a lawyer defend her philandering husband in the murder trial of a girl he dallied with?

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Mainly, believe in yourself. Understand that we’re all our own worst critics. Also be patient with yourself. Some stories can rattle around in our heads for years and then suddenly resolve themselves and say, “Okay, I’m ready.”

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MEET AUTHOR J.A. SCHNEIDER

J.A. Schneider, Author

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. She has published FLORA TRISTAN and DARKNESS FALLS (Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books); EMBRYO is her first ebook. She is passionate about reading & writing – especially thrillers, medical thrillers, and mysteries. Decades of being married to a physician and patient explainer means that there’ll be fascinating medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She canNOT fall asleep without reading a favorite book…even after a long day of writing.

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ABOUT J.A.’S BOOK

Embryo by J.A. Schneider

EMBRYO

“Maria Moran’s first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood.”

So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors – including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link.

But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman – her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her – following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone experimenting with life…and the structure of human life itself?

An unforgettable tale of suspense with a shocking denouement, Embryo takes you deep into the mind of a malignant genius.

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YOU CAN FIND J.A. SCHNEIDER HERE

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JoyceSchneider1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816594802

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832782.J_A_Schneider

Book available on:

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7vjyqao

(Soon to be available on Nook, Smashwords, etc.)

Author Spotlight – Lia Fairchild

Happy Friday everyone! I would like to welcome Indie Author, Lia Fairchild to my blog today! She is the author of “In Search of Lucy”, “Special Delivery” and the murder mystery series, “A Hint Of Murder”. She has quite a bit of experience in the world of self-publishing, and it is an honor to have her on the blog today discussing her books and her journey as an Indie Author!

INTERVIEW WITH LIA FAIRCHILD, AUTHOR OF IN SEARCH OF LUCY AND A HINT OF MURDER SERIES

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Southern California so I love the sun and prefer the heat. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two kids, ages 13 and 15.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m learning about writing, meeting people, getting the word out about my books, managing three blogs/websites and reading. When I pull myself away from the literary world, I love to hang out with my family, playing games, watching movies and traveling.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

Before I wrote my first novel, In Search of Lucy, I didn’t have someone that I looked up to or was motivated by. It was a whole new world to me. But now, I’ve made so many author friends who’ve inspired me and have really been helpful in my journey. My biggest supporter from the beginning has been my husband. He cheers me on when things are going smoothly and picks me up in my setbacks.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Once I started publishing my works, reading changed for me. Every book I read is no longer just for enjoyment. I’m learning, absorbing, picking apart storyline, word choice, character. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but mostly I’m thankful for it. The biggest impact an author has had on me recently was Jodi Picoult. I’d never read anything like her writing before. She’s just so amazing, insightful, poetic even. I was also very impressed with the Hunger Games.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first novel?

I’ve always loved creativity and always wanted to create something big and lasting. That feeling intensified when I started having children. I guess that’s what happens when you see your replacement. I had been trying to find my place in a career and made two major career changes, but I still wasn’t content in what I was doing. It dawned on me that I needed to put all of the ideas running through my head to good use. When I finally made the commitment and the idea of In Search of Lucy came to me, I felt such a drive to write the story. The most important thing to me was that I didn’t give up and I saw the project through to completion.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I do an outline, but only after I’ve started writing. I don’t like to think and plot while sitting at the computer so I walk or do something else while I plan scenes in my head. Once I have a basic idea of where the story is going, then I do a brief outline of events.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel “In Search of Lucy” or getting it published that you would change?

Yes. I’d take my time. Sit with the story for a while. I was in a rush to get it out there and then I looked back on it wanting to change or
add certain things.

How did you come up with the title for your novel?

Really I had a basic idea of what I wanted. Then I came up with about four choices and had my husband, mother and friends vote on them.

What is different about this book compared to others you’ve written?

My first novel, In Search of Lucy, was Contemporary fiction. Since then I spent some time writing short stories. I wrote a very short story, romance, called Special Delivery. Then I wrote a murder mystery series (also short stories) called A Hint of Murder. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the mysteries as fun whodunits.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

I’m working on a romantic comedy that is first person but a female. I think it would be fun to do a male lead and might consider it down the line.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

For sure the toughest criticism has been negativity in reviews. I’m supposed to know that it comes with the territory, that everyone has different tastes, but sometimes people can be very cruel in their critiques. Maybe they forget that an actual person is on the other side reading those words. The best compliment is just hearing directly from the fans. When they take the time to message me how much they loved my characters, or liked the story, it really means a lot.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

I have two books in progress. I recently finished a thriller about an ex-cop vigilante that I’m currently editing. I’m also in the middle of a romantic comedy I hope to finish by the end of the summer.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

I have two pieces of advice for anyone wanting to publish a book. First, learn as much as you can about the business of selling your book, marketing, and social media before you get your book out there. If not, you’ll feel like you are playing catch up. It can be very stressful to have your book completed but not know what to do with it or worry that people are not seeing it. Second one is simple: READ.

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MEET AUTHOR LIA FAIRCHILD

I am a native Californian who loves reading, writing, movies and anything else related to the arts. Writing is something I’ve thought about all my life, so the completion of my first novel, “In Search of Lucy” is truely satisfying. I hold a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors or simply laughing and being together.

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ABOUT LIA’S BOOKS

In Search of Lucy and Special Delivery by Lia Fairchild

IN SEARCH OF LUCY

Lucy Lang’s life is spiraling out of control. For years she sacrificed her own needs to care for her half sister and alcoholic mother, only to be abandoned by both. Now, at age 30, Lucy finds herself held back by memories and regret as she struggles to find her own purpose in life. But when her sister needs a kidney transplant, Lucy is the only one who can save her life.

With the help of new friends and a man who won’t give up on her, Lucy sets out on a journey to reunite with her sister and find the answers she so desperately needs. Can she get past her emotions and have a chance at happiness? With its colorful and endearing cast of characters, In Search of Lucy takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and heartache to happiness and hope.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Free flowers every month for a year! Recently widowed Amy was delighted to find that she had won. Flowers have always been a big part of her life. But delivery driver Dave brings more than just bouquets. Can he help Amy find happiness again? Will Amy get even more than she bargained for? Find out in this short story about love, loss, friendship and flowers.

A Hint of Murder Series
A HINT OF MURDER SERIES

“A Hint of Murder”  is a short story murder mystery series and includes, “The Writer”, “The Doctor”, “The Bouncer” and an “Anthology” that compiles all three “A Hint of Murder” stories in one book. Also included is one bonus mystery entitled “Homeless” and excerpts from the novels of these mystery and thriller writers: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Valerie Maarten, Mel Comley, Sibel Hodge, Faith Mortimer, and Seb Kirby.

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YOU CAN FIND LIA FAIRCHILD HERE

Website:  http://www.liafairchild.com/

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/lia.fairchild.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/LiaFairchild

Books available on:

Amazon Author page:  http://ow.ly/bf7c4

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lia-fairchild

Vengeance of the Wolf Review & Interview

I can’t thank Lacey from “The Page Turner” enough for the kick butt review she gave my debut novel, “Vengeance of the Wolf”!!! I hope that you will visit her blog and read the review and author interview she was so kind enough to post! Many thanks Lacey!!!

The Page Turner

I wish everyone a fun and safe weekend! What do you have planned?

I was thinking about going to see The Avengers!! 🙂

Author Spotlight – Michelle Muto

Today is a very special day, as I get to interview an amazing Indie Author! I am extremely honored to have Michelle Muto, author of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “The Book of Lost Souls” with us today! She is a writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and to quote Michelle, “all things eerie and curious.” So without further ado…sit back, relax and let’s get to know more about Michelle and her books!

INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE MUTO, AUTHOR OF “DON’T FEAR THE REAPER” AND “BOOK OF LOST SOULS”

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married, have two dogs, and am a total geek. Oh, and I’m a chocoholic.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Spend time with the dogs and hubby, learn new geeky things, watch Supernatural or Vampire Diaries, do a little herb gardening, and of course, reading. Sleep is overrated.

Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write? Who and how/why?

My mother, who passed away almost 11 years ago. She loved to read and took me to the library as a kid. It’s still one of my favorite memories.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Plenty. Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Dean Koontz, Rod Serling, Shirly Jackson, Alfred Hitchcock, and J.K. Rowling.

Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of
fiction?

The Book of Lost Souls was originally with a top agency – but in the end, they declined. From there I read about indie publishing and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve never looked back.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always loved anything to do with the supernatural. The rest just sort of fell into place after reading books like Harry Potter and The Wicked Lovely.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I outline, but that outline is subject to change as I write. It’s meant primarily to keep me on course for the main story line.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting
it published that you would change?

I would have gone indie sooner.

How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

The most current novel, Don’t Fear the Reaper is from the iconic Blue Oyster Cult song from the same name. I’ve always loved the song.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or
idea you’d love to work with?

When I’m working on a book, it seems I’m always coming up with ideas and notes for the book I’m not writing, LOL!  Right now, I’m anxious to write the sequel to Don’t Fear the Reaper.

Have you ever considered writing a book in first person with a male lead character?

Not the entire book – at least, I haven’t yet come up with a story line entirely from a YA male’s perspective. I will say that the current book, as well as the sequels to The Book of Lost Souls and Don’t Fear the Reaper will have chapters from the male POV.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been
the best compliment?

Toughest? That I should get a real job. The best? There are several reviews on Amazon for Don’t Fear the Reaper that I love, and three agents had said that the opening of Reaper was one of the best they’d read – this, despite that they didn’t think they could sell the book.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project/book?

It’s a stand-alone YA horror that takes place in Savannah Georgia. It will be out late this summer, possibly as well as a formerly trunked cross-over novel.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Believe in yourself and your dreams. Keep the faith. Keep writing.

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AUTHOR MICHELLE MUTO, IN HER OWN WORDS

Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

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ABOUT MICHELLE’S BOOKS

The Book of Lost Souls and Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto

THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS

When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before – that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic.

Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers. Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.

DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace. But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation–revenge on her sister’s killer–she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true–that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

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