Author Wednesday – Uvi Poznansky

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Welcome to another edition of Author Wednesday. There are so many things to say about today’s author. She’s multi-talented, writing across genres and never letting one type define her. No wonder she came up with the idea of creating a box set of Indie Authors who also defy definitions, as do their characters. So I’ll start there, with the introduction of the At Odds with Destiny box set, which is Uvi Poznansky’s brain child from conception to birth.

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She created, produced, and designed the product, all with the hopes of sharing the talents of other like-minded authors under the umbrella of one set. Full disclosure: I’m honored to have been asked by Uvi personally to join the set with my contribution of Native Lands

As impressive as that is, Uvi Poznansky, the writer is even more so. She writes historical and literary fiction, poetry, dark fantasy, and children’s books.

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I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but I’m tired just thinking about all she does. So without any further introduction, I present to you the talented and gracious Uvi.

Welcome, Uvi. I know you’re doing so much right now with getting out At Odds with Destiny. What knowledge have you acquired recently that might assist other writers?

I am acquiring new knowledge every single day, doing the best I possibly can to keep up with the changing landscape of book publishing. Beyond the nitty-gritty details, the most important piece of wisdom is this: Promoting literary work is a huge undertaking, best achieved by forming alliances with other strong, talented authors. I explore different ways to do it, creating multi-author events and producing multi-author boxed sets, to reach out to a shared audience eager to hear our stories.

You’re very wise. I’m learning so many things from you. What type of research do you conduct before writing your series, The David Chronicles?DavidChronicles

I go through meticulous research, like every author worth his salt, and collect every detail about the time and the setting. But then, I choose where to take my departure from the reference material. In this series, I chose to let the character speak in modern language. This is a design decision, meant to bring the reader into the realization that this is a universal story, happening here and now, rather than an old fairy tale.

It is essential to anchor fiction in the real setting of the plot. You can do it in a myriad  of ways: visit the place, read about it, and look at art and photographs that depict it.

RisetoPowerhistoricalFor example, in my novel Rise to Power, David describes the Valley of Elah, where he will soon face his enemy. I visited this place when I was a child, and at the time it surprised me that the valley was so shallow and well, boring. I imagined that perhaps it used to have dramatically sloped walls, as befits the scene of an iconic battle. I told myself that perhaps over the generations dust has settled over it and covered the rocky slopes, hiding the drama.

Before writing the scene, I also looked at a lot of paintings in the history of art. Then I set it all aside, and wrote the scene from imagination:

“There, with their backs to me, they are: three silhouettes, drawn sharply against the gray, gloomy landscape. The horsemen in the center is the one I am watching with keen interest. He is tall, formidable, and cloaked. A ray of morning light reaches hesitantly for his crown, sets it afire, and then pulls back.

Ahead of him, the valley opens like a fresh cut. Thin, muddy streams are washing over its rocks, oozing in and out of its cracks, and bleeding into its soil. Layers upon layers of moist, fleshy earth are pouring from one end to another, then halting on a slant, about to slip off. And from down below, somewhere under the heavy mist that hides the bottom of the valley from sight, stir some unexpected sounds. 

I wish I could ignore them. For a moment I am tempted to stick my fingers in my ears—but to do so I would have to let go of my lyre. Let go I cannot, because its strings may tremble in the air. My music may betray me, I mean, it may betray the place of my hideout. 

So I go on cowering, trying to imagine silence—only to be startled once more: in place of the first birdsongs of the day, there rise the shrieks of vultures.”

Being an artist, I find my inspiration also by artwork depicting the story. In each era, the artists did not shy away from staging David in garments that belongs to their time, and surrounding him with a contemporary scene. I take my cues from them. Here, for example, is a modern painting by Shaggal, depicting David and Bathsheba. Compare it to this excerpt from the book:

And the one image that keeps coming back to me is our reflection in the glass, where our faces melded into one. My eye, her eye, and around us, the outline of a new, fluid identity. A portrait of our love, rippling there, across the surface of the wine.”

Beautiful. I know you write in a variety of styles, but is there one message you always try to convey to your readers? 

As an artist and writer, my mission is to let the characters speak to you through me. The story is happening here and now. I invite you to step into their skin, and look yourself in the mirror.

This mission has come to its height with my trilogy, The David Chronicles, because it is here that you will find yourself inhabiting a character from youth to old age. I find this amazing, and I hope you will too.

That sounds amazing and inspiring. It seems silly to ask you, but do you plan to continue writing in this particular genre? 

The classification to genres is only one method available to you to discern the subject of a book. This method can be rigid. I trust that you use it in combination with reading the book description, and taking a peek at the first few pages, which gives you a true taste of the writing style.

I strive to stretch the envelope of what I create. In writing all of my books, I often break the confines of the particular genre, because life as we know it–and my art, which mirrors it– constantly changes from one genre to the next. One moment is is humorous; the next, it is erotic; then, it might be a tragedy.

In art, I use different mediums, which enriches my designs: I sculpt (in bronze, clay, and paper, draw in charcoal, ink, and pencils, paint in watercolor and oils, and create animations. I love to be lured outside of my comfort zone, and I hope you do too.

Certainly I do. That’s what makes the artist grow and without that growth, there is no challenge. To me, that means nothing important can be achieved. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. You’ve given us all something to think about.

UviAbout Uvi: Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Uvi writes across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance), The Edge of Revolt (historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy), and Now I Am Paper (children’s book.)

Author Links:

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Book Links:

The David Chronicles ebook

The Edge of Revolt ebook

A Peek at Bathsheba  ebook print audio

Rise to Power  ebook print audio

Apart From Love  ebook print audio

Twisted ebook print audio

A Favorite Son ebook print audio

Home ebook print audio

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Author Wednesday – Eva Gordon

cropped-typewriter.jpgWelcome to Author Wednesday. Eva Gordon stops by today for an interview about her novella series, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, which she describes as a “werewolf paranormal romance series.” The genre sounds intriguing and filled with something for many readers. 

 

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Hello, Eva. I’m happy you’re here today to talk about your novella series. First, let’s talk about your life as a writer. When did you first discover your voice?

While I was teaching high school biology and discovered my students enjoyed my ‘made-up’ stories.

I started my writing career while a high school English teacher, so I understand how that happens. What about writing rituals? Do you have any?

Walk the dog, make the coffee, turn on my laptop and choose my music for that particular book or scene.

You’re working on a series, so I’m curious if all your books have a common theme or thread.  

Hmm.  Good question. The enduring theme in all my books, no matter the setting, circumstances, and genre, the theme happens to be a strong romance and happily ever after.

Nothing wrong with that at all! Your genre spans several areas. Do you plan on writing in the same genre?

Yes. I write paranormal romance, but also steampunk, fantasy, historical, and in the near future, will venture into science fiction (not romance).

That will be a good challenge. I like to change things up as a writer. I think it’s good to explore. What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

The best thing a reviewer has said about all my books is their desire to read the next.

I like to hear that, too. We all get them at some point in our writing career, but the bad review is never easy to take, especially for writers new to the publishing experience. What advice can you give to other writers about receiving a bad review?

Don’t sweat it. Not everybody loves coffee, in fact, some people hate coffee. Do you give up making coffee? No, but you might make it stronger.

Good advice to remember. I’m going to use that! Tell us about your new series.

It’s part of a novella series, which follows Mia’s relationship with alpha werewolf Dominic.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00065] Book 2, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Kept was just released and Book 3, Alpha’s Pet, Hunted will be released Winter 2015. Then I plan a spinoff from the series. I love all things wolf and werewolf. This last summer I did a workshop on Wolf/Werewolf Lore and just love creating stories with werewolves. In this new series, the werewolves are born wolf and are turned into a human once bitten, by yes, a human.  A man bites dog book.

What type of research did you do in the writing of this series?

My background is in zoology, and I’ve always had a soft spot for real wolves. I even once volunteered at a wolf sanctuary and currently do workshops on wolf and werewolf lore. My werewolf myth bookshelf is huge.

I’d love to take one of your workshops, just for personal interest. Please share your blurb for the first two books in the series that are published.

fb reveal - Alpha Wolf Pet book 1Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden Book 1 – Mia’s testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak. Will hidden danger keep them from gratifying their burning passion?

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00065]Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Kept, Book 2 – In the sequel to Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden, Mia has two choices: remain hidden, frightened by the Russian mob determined to murder her, or become a sworn member and under the protection of Dominic’s werewolf pack. Dominic is torn.He loves her, but his pack rules will never allow him to claim a human as his mate. Worse, he’s drawn to Mia’s addictive blood. Was one taste too much?

What else do you want readers to know about your series?

I plan to continue the series with characters introduced in Book 3, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hunted.

Tell us about your other books.

I have two in the After the Bane series, Apocalyptic Moon (selected as one of Best Kindle Books for 2014.) and book 2 Raven Moon. A paranormal historical, Lycan Gladiator in the Wolf Maiden Saga and Book 1 in my steampunk series, Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel. My agent is working on getting my historical and steampunk series sold. I’m also getting ready to re-release my epic fantasy, The Stone of the Tenth Realm.

If a movie was made about your success as a writer, who would play you?

Minnie Driver, but without the British accent.

Good choice! I’m so glad you stopped by today, Eva. You are prolific, and I wish the great success with the new series.

Eva at StonehengeAbout Eva: Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.

Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. When not in her den writing, she can be found teaching animal lore at writing conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway, on some global eco adventure.

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Book 1 Buy Links: Amazon US  Amazon UK  Barnes and Noble (Nook) Smashwords All Romance Apple  Kobo

Book 2 Buy links: Amazon US    Amazon UK      Nook     Smashwords  Apple

 

 

 

Book Review Friday – #Wild by Cheryl Strayed

WildI’m weird about the books I read. If something has become popular, a fad, an explosion, I’m reluctant to read or purchase. I don’t know what it is. I’ve never wanted to follow popular trends because I want to be the trend that is being followed. That’s a big confession for me to make. But in the past few months, I’ve finally caved on two books that everyone was telling me “You must read” or my favorite, “You’re a writer; you’ll love these.” The first was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (click here for my review), which I loved in a strange sort of way. But those who urged me to read it were right. It’s an excellent book even though the subject matter made me feel squeamish. That’s a good thing from my perspective.

The second time it happened was with the nonfiction book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. For two years, folks urged me to read this book, but I’m stubborn. It took watching an interview on 60 Minutes with Reese Witherspoon, who produced and stars in the movie, to give it a try. Once again, I read a book that made me squeamish. But it also made me feel something as a human being who’s lost too many close friends and relatives, and as a writer, who appreciates an exceptional tale told from the first person perspective.

I give Ms. Strayed extra gold stars for writing this book as a memoir. It means she’s writing her life and putting it out on the page for all of us to examine. It’s not her imagination–I hope, since she’s calling it a memoir–it’s her reality, and it’s raw, painful, and inspiring.

I kept thinking as I read it about the power of her words and about how brave she was. Yes, she was brave–and perhaps a bit naive and stupid–to set out to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. She was alone and wholly inexperienced. She did it out of pure instinct, and I admire that. But even more, I was in awe of her ability to expose herself to us, the readers. She writes about her life in raw and rugged terms. She is honest about her failings, and the failings of those around her. There were times when I saw myself in her universal expression of what grief feels like. And when that happened, when I saw myself in her prose, I felt something else. I felt respect and awe of Cheryl Strayed as an author and as a fellow comrade. She knows how to reach in and pull all the innards out of an experience. She created the characters that peopled her journey in minute detail, so they were as real to me as they were to her on the PCT. That’s a rare quality for an author to achieve.

Of course, she had the outstanding setting to provide the backdrop for most of the story. But it was the interspersing of her personal details of how she found herself 6,000 feet above the ocean that makes this book compelling. The painful parts from her mother’s death to her divorce are all there while she makes her way from California to the Columbia River on the border between Oregon and Washington.

I want to thank Cheryl Strayed for writing such a phenomenal book. And I apologize that her popularity almost stood in the way of me reading it.

Pat on the OhioIt’s inspired me. I know I can’t hike that trail, but I can dream and plot about my escape on a boat for one long summer season, where my husband and I travel from Pittsburgh on the Ohio River to Cairo, Illinois, where it meets the Mississippi. From there, we can go anywhere.

Author Wednesday – Lorna Lee

cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpgWelcome to Author Wednesday and my interview with Lorna Lee, the author of  Never Turn Back, a work of historical fiction that is based on a true story about the life of Lorna’s grandmother. She’s also published her memoir, How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost.

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Welcome, Lorna. I love something that one of my heroes claimed about her writing. Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) said she never chose a subject because as a writer, the subject chose her. Did this happen to you with this book?

Never Turn Back is a perfect example of the subject choosing me. The character is based on my maternal grandmother and her grim life. She and I could not be more different in personality. I remember her as a controlling, stubborn, mostly miserable woman who trudged through her days with a yoke of duty burdening her. She sighed a great deal. Conversely, I try to find the positive in people and any circumstance that comes my way. Her story, however, is a compelling one—one that my family urged me to tell (even as fiction because she kept too many secrets for me to weave a complete narrative based only on the selected stories she revealed). When I told her story to friends at social gatherings, amazement and intrigue were always the response. “Lorna, you have to write a book about her!” And so I did.

It sounds as if you didn’t have much choice. Is there a message you try to convey to your readers?

While the humorous voice of my memoir is so different from the serious tone of the novel, both books are about human perseverance through seemingly impossible circumstances. My grandmother and I certainly approached life differently in terms of our attitudes and had different challenges to face, but we both had multiple tragedies in our lives, with which we coped in our own ways. My books are about the unsinkable human spirit.

You’ve written a memoir and an historical novel. What are your plans for your next books? 

So far, I’ve written two books in two different genres. Either I don’t want to be pigeon-holed or I want to be known as a “genre-jumper!” I’m seriously contemplating writing pure fiction next. It would be a murder mystery with a humorous twist—quirky characters in outlandish situations.

That would be quite a leap, but I operate that way, too. I’m always trying to challenge myself as an author. Since you’ve published two books, you must have reviews, so what’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

Since Never Turn Back was my first stab at fiction (although based on a true story), getting feedback about not knowing which events or characters were real and which were fictional was high praise. I knew I succeeded in my goal at writing believable fiction.

We all get them, so we might as well talk about them. What advice can you give to other writers about receiving a bad review?

Some bad reviews are simply because the reader didn’t care for the book’s subject matter or characters. If that’s the case, remind yourself that, no matter how much you want to, you can never please all of the people all of the time. As writers, we must stay true to our characters and our stories. If the bad review is of your work (i.e., hard to follow plot or unnatural dialogue), see if there is anything you can learn from the review to improve your writing. As humans, we crave the accolades; but as wordsmiths and storytellers, we learn quite effectively from our mistakes if we are willing to keep an open mind.

Excellent advice. So tell us the one sentence pitch for Never Look Back?

“Meri Vaarsara had a dream and something to prove; she also had incredibly bad fortune and even worse timing.”

Very intriguing. I love the contrasts. How did you choose the title? 

My grandmother was a very stubborn woman. When she decided to leave her home and family in Finland as a young woman, she left and never turned back. When she left Paris to come to a very disappointing America, she never considered going back. Her pride stopped her. The title came from what must have been her life’s guiding credo. I knew the title before I started writing the first line of the book.

Is the book traditionally or self-published? 

This book, like my memoir, is self-published. Before I wrote my memoir, I knew nothing about the publishing aspect of writing. I thought that once you wrote the manuscript and got an agent to represent you, your work as a writer was done. Ha! When my memoir manuscript was nearing completion, I started doing my homework about publishing. I discovered that even if I could get an agent interested in my manuscript, I would have the lion’s share of marketing responsibility even though they would get the lion’s share of any royalties. Yes, there is more prestige associated with being traditionally published. But there is more freedom as an Indie author. If I have to do the marketing anyway, I decided to try self-publishing and avoid the inevitable waiting for rejection letters. My skin is too thin for all of that anyway.

I thought the same thing after I finished my first novel. I’ve gone both routes, and I’ll take the Indie route any day. I’m so glad you stopped by today. Your first attempt at fiction sounds very interesting, and I hope you’ll stop by again when you get that murder mystery written.

LornaAbout Lorna Lee:  In her former life as a sociology professor, Lorna published many academic and research papers. Creative writing is her new path since her premature disability retirement in 2006 because to Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

Never Turn Back is her second book and first novel. Her first book is a memoir entitled How Was I Supposed to Know? That book was awarded Best Memoir, 2012 by the Adirondack Writing Center in their Annual Literary Award Contest. In 2010, she was a finalist in the memoir genre of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Contest with her short story, Monkey Business.

Lorna currently lives with the man of her dreams and the dog of her dreams in the home of her dreams in the Portland, Oregon area. She keeps herself busy by writing, quilting, walking, meditating, and blogging.

Links:

Blog: Lorna’s Voice 

Never Turn Back page on Lorna’s Voice

How Was I Supposed to Know? page on Lorna’s Voice

Never Turn Back on Amazon

How Was I Suppose to Know? on Amazon

 

Author Wednesday – Jennifer Kibble

cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpgSeems like it’s been forever since I did an Author Wednesday post. But I’m back with the 2015 edition and am pleased to welcome Jennifer Kibble as the first author of the new year. Jennifer has just published, Normality Twisted, the first book in the young adult adventure series, Phoenix Element. It is written through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl who discovers that she has magical powers and an alien entity that lives within her. Pheonix-Cover_TITLE-FINAL_web

Welcome, Jennifer. The premise of your novel is fascinating. Tell us a little bit about yourself as a writer. When did you first discover your voice as a writer?

I was in the fifth grade, sitting on a brown bean bag in my home room. We had these composition books that we used to write in. The first thing that I wrote in that book was a silly little poem about a fish named Brett. From there, I wrote short stories that involved my classmates and occasionally a few of my teachers. I then got the idea to write a series that followed me and my friends on everyday adventures, some normal, others not so much. I was encouraged to write by my fifth grade teacher, and I knew then that it was something that I wanted to.

That’s young, but your teacher’s encouragement probably helped push you toward something you obviously loved to do. Do you have any writing rituals?

I write better when I am alone and with the right type of music playing in my ears. I tend to search out musical pieces that fit the scene that I am working on. It is also a great way to discover new music.

I also dream about what I need to write next and where I want the series to go. If I’m lucky, a scene that I am having trouble with will pop into my mind as I sleep.

I think it’s very important to walk away from something at that point. I’ve had the same thing happen, either when I’m sleeping or when I’m just relaxing thinking about other things. What are you working on right now? 

I am currently working on the third book of the Phoenix Element series. I have no subtitle and only a rough outline. I’ve decided to write the entire first draft in a notebook, the old-fashioned way, and the way I started out. I know what I have in mind for the third book, but like my past two books, the characters always take over the story.

The second book in the Phoenix Element series, Mages of Vane, has been entered into a contest, and I won’t know the outcome of that until March. If I do not win, I plan on self publishing my second book.

Mages of Vane answers a lot of questions from the first book in the series, Normality Twisted. Of course, with more answers come more questions, as well as more trouble.

I wish you success no matter what happens with the contest. I love that you mention writing your next novel in a notebook. I often start that way. And when I’m having writer’s block on a particular scene, I pull out a legal pad and pencil and write that way. It can be freeing. Since you’re writing a series, do all of the books have a common theme or thread? 

Phoenix Element is about redemption. Either righting a wrong or wronging something that was righteous. Seeking redemption can span across several years and lifetimes.

Interesting. Redemption is a great theme, but having it span lifetimes is intriguing and opens a world of possibilities. Once this series is finished, are you planning to continue writing in the same genre?

I hope to continue with the Phoenix Element series for as long as I can get ideas for that universe. I enjoy writing adventures for young adults. That doesn’t necessarily mean that only young adults can read them of course. I do have an idea floating around that I haven’t put to paper yet, but I do have notes for. It might shape out to be a science fiction type of read. Hopefully, I’ll get to that project eventually.

I’m sure you will. Tell us how you conceived of the idea for Phoenix Element.

I continued to write during my time in middle school, but it wasn’t until the eighth grade that my passion was renewed, once again being encouraged by a teacher. I started a series that would eventually turn into the Phoenix Element series. Of course, it did take a while to mutate into what I wanted the series to be. It started out simple: a bunch of kids with superhero like powers trying to save the world. I knew I needed it to be more, with more substance. I started to role play on an online message board, which also helped jog my writing juices. I had the characters; I just needed a journey to take them on. With what I had already written down, mixed in with inspiration from movies and video games, I started to dream my book series to life. Then one day it clicked, and I knew I finally had something. I was scared, still am, but I knew that I had to at least try, and it wouldn’t be fair if I kept my characters to myself.

I’m glad you continued on this journey. It sounds as if you were driven, which is the mark of a true writer. What else do you want readers to know about your book?

When I first started Phoenix Element, I didn’t want to focus on one thing but instead bring elements from both fantasy and superhero comics into my work. It is a universe where science and magic can live together, aliens who can ascend to another plane of existence and the turmoil that can come about because of magic and different views people have about it. It is a universe where nothing is black and white but gray.

I can’t wait to see how you answer this next question! If you could invite two other authors over to your house for dinner, who would you choose?

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, who worked together to bring Dragonlance to life! I would love to be able to speak with them about the memorable characters that were created for their work. And I wouldn’t mind playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons with them either.

What book are you reading right now?

I’ve been lost within the world of Dragonlance for well over a year now. The main trilogies were written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman; however, there are more than one hundred books set within the work of Krynn that have been under the wing of different authors. It will be hard to leave this series and venture out to other books. Currently, I am reading The Dark Disciple series, a trilogy solely written by Margaret Weis. Both authors have managed to create an intriguing world within the Dungeons and Dragons setting and characters that will stick with the reader for a lifetime.

111125-185439About Jennifer Kibble: Author Jennifer Kibble’s professional career as a writer has hit the ground running in December 2013 when her first book, Phoenix Element Normality Twisted was published thanks to Black Rose Writing. Jennifer has taken influences from comics, anime, video games, and science fiction to help create a new adventure for a new and current generation of readers. Jennifer is currently working on the second book in the Phoenix Element series, Mages of Vane. Born and raised in South Florida, Jennifer has not only obtained inspiration from different aspects of media but also from local teachers.

Links 

Amazon: Phoenix Element: Normality Twisted on Amazon

Phoenix Element on Facebook 

Phoenix Element Blog

 

#2015 – A New Start

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I’m not big on resolutions, but I do believe the new year is an opportunity to look back and forward. Then it’s time to get onto the business of NOW.

So first, here’s my look back at what I wrote about my goals for 2014.

1. Establish myself as a best-selling author – I certainly gave it my best effort. I continued establishing social media contacts, and I joined the box set Heroes to Swoon For with ten other authors to make a pretty good stab at best-selling status. 47a53-heroes2bto2bswoon2bfor_3d_medium

2. Finish writing Native Lands and publish it in 2014 – Done!

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3. Publish Odyssey to Myself – Another check off the list! 

4. Work on new travel blog, P.C. Zick Travels – OK, so I didn’t work on this one, but I published the essay book! 

5. Establish my editing and formatting business – I started off with a few jobs, but as the year progressed, my own writing and publishing took priority. I am starting off with a few jobs again this year, so contact me if you’re interested in talking about my services.

6. Start a new work in progress by the end of the year – I believe I accomplished this goal. I wrote my first romance, 64Behind the Altar, and published it in September. That novel went into the box set, Heroes to Swoon For. Then I started the next novel in that series, Behind the Bar. I put all of my Florida Fiction Series into a box set in November. ffs_boxset_final

 

That brings me to 2015 and my new goals for the year.

  1. Continue to pursue my writing dreams – This means I continue writing, publishing, and interacting with colleagues and readers. I’ve been given a great gift, and I will honor it and continue toward success as both an author and an entrepreneur.
  2. Finish Behind the Bar – bb_PBOOK005I hope to finish it in January and publish it by mid-year. I also plan to write the third book in the Behind the Love trilogy, Behind the Curtain. It would be nice to get it published by year’s end as well. I’m still participating in the Romance in a Month class, so that should keep me on track with this series.
  3. Continue to participate in box sets with fellow authors – I submitted Native Lands to the box set, At Odds with Destiny, with nine other authors. This should be released in March. I’m signed up with some other romance authors to write a steamy novella, The Hot Boys of Summer, about my beloved and sometimes beleaguered Pittsburgh Pirates. That will come out in June. I’m also participating in a Christmas box set with a pet theme. My novella will star an old and wise cat named Minty. And then if that’s not enough, last night I signed up to participate in a set about wine. Mine is called the Sins of Zin. Release date on this one will be early 2016.
  4. Finish a work in progress, The Learning Curve – I started this years ago, and it’s set on the banks of the Suwanee River so I’m thinking about changing the title to include the famous river. I look forward to getting back to this novel which will probably turn into a murder mystery–my first attempt at that genre.
  5. Continue to grow as a writer – This includes honing my craft, expanding my horizons by attempting different genres, and learning all I can about the art of writing compelling fiction.
  6. Assist my fellow Indie Authors, as well as those going the traditional route and those who are still trying to figure out which way to go – In 2014, I almost stopped doing Author Wednesday. But then I received such wonderful feedback from the authors I’ve featured, that I kept going, and I’m glad I did. It’s an easy way to give back and help others, and I’ve met some wonderful folks in doing so. I will also continue to write my reviews my way, with positive comments and feedback on the books I read.
  7. Read and then read some more – I have a full Kindle Fire and bookshelves of unread books. It’s one of the best ways to become a better writer.
  8. And finally, I will write, and then I will write some more – I have several novels started with first chapters. I really want to write one about four female friends in their fifties and how they’ve managed to stay friends through husbands, children, divorces, diseases, and deaths. It won’t always be pretty, but it will be real.

My personal goals are to maintain a healthy lifestyle, live with little impact upon the earth, and love others with grace and kindness. Wish me the best!

How about you? What are your goals for 2015? Do you set resolutions? Please leave me a comment – I always love to hear from you.

And thank you for following this blog. I’ve gained some new followers this year, so welcome aboard. I’m grateful for all your support.