Bumps in the road. Everyone has them. One of my “bumps” turned into my first novel ever—The Saros Curse
In 2009-ish I was diagnosed with having Simple Partial Seizures. These kinds of seizures don’t affect motor skills, but they can affect all five of your senses. In addition they caused me to have MASSIVE déjà vu where time slowed to a crawl and everything around me faded in and out (not to mention my muffled hearing, a metallic taste, and the bright lights). Yeah . . . it was weird.
The diagnosis left me feeling low. It meant medication (probably for life) and the memory loss I’d experienced was permanent. After getting a bunch of tests at the hospital, I went to bed thinking about my situation. That night I had the most vivid dream. It was about a teenage girl who had these frightening feelings of having already experienced things before . . . but in another lifetime.
I woke up and knew I was going to write a book. A novel. For me, that was something new. I had been a journalist and non-fiction ghost author for twenty years. I had always told myself that fiction was out of my league.
Writing the book The Saros Curse was therapy for me. Sure, the story is fake. Sure, things that happen in the book aren’t real, but in a weird way it helped me come to terms with my own “bump” in the road and move on. Better yet, I learned I LOVED writing fiction. Twenty years of being afraid of writing a novel were gone.
I don’t mean to turn this into a sermon, but if you’re going through a hard time, do what you can to embrace the challenge. For everyone that is something different. For me, it was writing a book.
Lois has kindly offered my readers a free short story: Death in the Air. Just click the link.
I have news. My friend Danielle Bannister, author (she has been featured in 2016 here with an awesome article on the cost of publishing books) and author Amy Miles have co-authored a book: Netherworld, Book 1 of the Hallowed Realms Trilogy in the Fantasy/Mythology genre. She shared with me the cover reveal that was released on 7/11.
Here is a Blurb:
Flatline. The moment when one life ends and the next begins. That’s my cue. And I hate it. Being a banshee is a right pain in the arse. When I’m not ferrying manky old blokes or mental cat ladies through the veil between Earth and Netherworld, I’m training in secret for a war our King denies is coming. But I know better. An army of Lorcan monsters stands ready to breach the walls. If they succeed, the destruction they seek will not be contained to just our world, but to the human world beyond. My only hope is to rely on the aid of a cocky prince with his own agenda. But after a human man captures my interest, will I be able to accept the terms of the prince’s aid?
Our paths were never meant to cross. I’m meant to live my human life, unaware of the world that exists beyond the veil. I know about death, sure. My own sister’s life hangs in the balance, holding my own happiness with it. But when Taryn and I collide, my world flips upside down. Nothing makes sense anymore. There are things I shouldn’t be able to see but now can’t escape from. Logic tells me to run as far as I can from Taryn and the horrors of her world but my heart screams at me to follow her to the literal ends of the earth. Even if it means my own damnation. Pre-order at ibooks more venues will be coming soon.
Shojai, CABC calls herself an "accidental writer" because she took a
detour on her way to Broadway and stayed to write books. She earned a
double-major in music and theater performance, and sings, plays piano
and cello, as well as composing/producing musical comedy plays.
Amy is a certified animal
behavior consultant (for dogs and cats) and a former vet tech. All of
these topics inform Amy's "pet-centric Thrillers With Bite!" She
is also the award-winning author of more than 30 nonfiction pet care
books, and has appeared frequently in the media as a pet care expert,
including Animal planet.
Once Amy accepted the
commute from her mid-west home to New York theater was outside her gas
budget, writing became her creative outlet. She fell in love with
advocating for pets through her articles, blogs and books, and
co-founded the Cat Writers Association in 1992 (catwriters.com). She's
also a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, International
Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and an honorary life member/past
president of Oklahoma Writers Federation.
Today, Amy lives in North
Texas with an 11-year-old wise-ass German Shepherd, a delinquent
four-year-old tabby cat, and a 21-year-old Siamese wannabe who rules the
In her spare time, Amy
volunteers with local school programs and community theaters teaching
young thespians, as well as offering professional cat and dog behavior
consults to help solve "pet peeves." Oh...and she loves bling,
especially pet-theme jewelry, hence the name of her blog, BLING, BITCHES
acclaimed September & Shadow Thriller Series, set in North Texas,
are high-octane domestic thrillers praised by James Rollins, J.T.
Ellison. Jon Land and others. They feature an animal behaviorist who
plays cello on the side, and her German Shepherd service dog (he has his
own viewpoint chapters!) as well as a trained Maine Coon cat. Of
course, her "furry muses" keep her honest and on track writing both
fiction and nonfiction that empowers pet lovers with life saving
Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency.
Since winning the eighth grade short story competition, he has aspired to become a rich and famous author. Always inspired by pursuits of remedies for the most needful, except for a few poems that were published over the years, fiction took a backseat. In 2002, Robert accepted a job at a local community-based mental health center. The program where he worked served kids with serious mental health problems, many of whom had been traumatized by child abuse, parental abandonment, rape…. For the first time in his career, his job description did not include the production of written material. The heartfelt need to write began to build until one day something almost magical happened.
In 2006, Robert met the role model for his protagonist during a group psychotherapy session that he was facilitating. She sat around a table used for written therapeutic exercises – a skinny eleven year old girl with stringy brown hair. Instead of just disclosing her abuse by one of the meanest daddies on Earth, she spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future, finding a loving family that would protect her. Robert named her Lacy Dawn, the origin of the Lacy Dawn Adventures project.
After fifty-two years of contributions into the U.S. Social Security fund, Robert retired in 2015 to write and promote his fiction. Three short Lacy Dawn Adventures have been published by magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. The Advance Review Copy was named one of the best books of 2015 along side of Revival by Stephen King and The Martian by Andy Weir.It was also awarded Gold Medals by two prominent book review organizations. On December 5, 2016, the final edition of Rarity from the Hollowwas releasedto Anazib. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/
Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment. So far, most of his work has been literary genre benders with a speculative or science fiction backdrop. His next major project is titled, Ivy – an almost forgotten Appalachian town and the headquarters of an alien invasion of Earth. Of course, satiric social commentary is written into the story.
PS from me, Diane, I read both the first and the second editions of Rarity From the Hollow. I enjoyed the second much more than the first. Here is my review of the second on Goodreads, Rarity From the Hollow The picture though is the first.
Scott Bury who was featured as an "Author of the Day" 1/2/17 is having a launch party on facebook for the last book in his WWII Trilogy - Walking Out of War - Check it out here Launch Party 5p - 9p EST Scott Bury
I love some of the articles at Bustle. Today I found one by Maddy Foley regarding George Orwell's 1984. In this article she points out quotes in the book that was published in 1949 that are relevant today.
Check out the article here. I noticed that the first link that says: "1984 quotes that are horrifyingly relevant in 2017" goes to a site that only shows where Kellyanne Conway used one. If you scroll down the article on Bustle you will find all of them.
You can get the Dystopian novel 1984 on Amazon (Kindle edition) or Amazon.com (HB or PB) if you haven't read it yet.
Given that I conjure up stories about murder and mayhem every day, you might think my own life is quite exciting. You’d be wrong. When I’m not hunched over my computer, I’m either struggling with my half-acre garden, discouraging my dog from chasing my cats (she means well!), or thinking about what to have for dinner. (I do that a lot.)
I love to travel, though, and many of my favorite destinations are right here in Canada—from the soaring bank towers of Torontoto the open Prairies, and the snow-capped Rockies to the cobbled streets of old Quebec City. As a financial journalist, I lived in three provinces and traveled across the country. Now I live in southern Ontario, near the shores of Lake Ontario and not far from Niagara Falls. (Surprisingly, I’ve ended up just a few miles from my childhood home.)
Later this year, I’m travelling with friends to India, which has been a lifelong dream of mine. We’ll see the TajMahal, take a boat trip on the Ganges, and look for tigers in Ranthambore National Park. I’m beyond excited!
I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, but I started writing fiction seriously a few years ago, when I began a series of financial thrillers. My Ruby Danger stories are based on real-life cases of fraud and larceny. Ruby’s a troubled young actress with a heart of gold and Hari’s a math genius who’s crazy about her. The stories have darker elements, but I had real fun with the characters.
Then I turned to cozy mysteries, which are much more fun!
The protagonist in my Leafy Hollow Mysteries, Verity Hawkes, travels to the deceptively idyllic Canadian village of Leafy Hollow to search for her missing aunt and blunders into a murder mystery. An Amazon reviewer says it has “quirky characters and clever plot twists.” I hope she’s right, but you’ll have to judge for yourself!
This is a postscript from me: I've read 2 of Rickie's mysteries and they are fantastic. You can see my reviews of recently From Garden to Grave and early last year, I think, Dangerous Allies. You can find my reviews on my the Mystery/Psychological thrillers page