A discussion about poetry with Pamela

My good friend and fellow author Pamela Beckford has recently taken her first foray into the publishing world. Today we are going to sit down with her and talk a little bit about her experiences and the art of poetry itself. Please welcome her to Readful Things and take a moment to check out her sites:

http://poetrybypamela.wordpress.com/

http://pamela984.wordpress.com/

 

You have been experimenting lately with different forms of poetry. Are there some that are easier to work with than others? What has been your favourite so far?

Thank you for noticing the different forms I’ve been working with. I really have enjoyed learning about them and how to make them work. I think that many times the shorter poems (tanka, doidotsu, cinquain, etc) are more difficult than a longer poem. With the shorter ones, the choice of words to make the biggest impact and convey just exactly the right feeling, can be very challenging. My favorite form is whichever one I’m working with at the moment. I haven’t found any that I really don’t enjoy.

 

You write with such emotional depth, and yet you haven’t been writing anything public for very long. Was it scary to share your talent with others?

I haven’t been writing anything privately for long either. I think that poetry is so personal and I feel like I am sharing my inner most self. It makes me very vulnerable. I still struggle with sharing some of them and feeling like I’m good enough. If it hadn’t been for a couple of individuals encouraging me, I might still be keeping most of them in my head. But I find poetry to be a great outlet.

 

What do you find inspires your poetry?

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m really a romantic at heart. I put up a tough guy facade, but deep down, I want to love and be loved. I have a couple of muses as well that keep me inspired.

 

Tell us a bit about your first collection of published poetry and how we can find it.

I put together a short collection of poetry called Dreams of Love. It is available on Amazon as a download and also in paperback. It is only $.99 for Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Love-Poetry-Collection-Pamela-ebook/dp/B00I9H9K3Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394495040&sr=1-1&keywords=dreams+of+love+a+poetry+collection

 

Any plans for further books?

I’m glad you asked. I collaborated with Kirsten on a book of nature poems, Voices of Nature. I love her poetry and we work really well together. http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Nature-Pamela-Beckford-ebook/dp/B00JCRWVJU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396639061&sr=1-1&keywords=voices+of+nature

 

Any final thoughts/ ideas you would like to share?

First, I would like to thank you for spotlighting my poetry. Second, I would want everyone to know that all poetry is not alike. If you think Walt Whitman “Leaves of Grass” is what poetry is all about, you need to explore poetry a bit more. It comes from the depths of your soul and I hope that anyone who reads my poetry feels deeply.

Heaven

Come, my love
Surrender to my touch
Waves of desire bring raptured delight
As tenderness yields gently to deepest longing
Ecstasy insists we never part
Laying with you’s pure joy
Paradise

 

Thank you, Pamela, for agreeing to the interview and for being my guest author :)

An Interview with author Stacey R. Campbell and an awesome giveaway

16488672 How would you like to win your very own signed ARC copy and matching bookmark of “Whisper”by Stacey R. Campbell? All you gotta do is tweet, facebook or reblog this interview to be entered into the giveaway. A winner will be chosen on Sunday, the 23rd of February. Don’t miss your chance!

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Tell us a little about you and your writing career.

I was told at a very young age I would never be a writer.
I have a learning disability called dyslexia and process things differently then other people do.
Reading was very difficult for me and at first I couldn’t do it. Now you’ll never find me without a book.
Writing was hard too, letters didn’t seem to make sense.
Thirty-five years after I was told I could never write, I took our three daughters to lunch and a street reporter approached us. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He asked for an article he was writing for our local newspaper.
Our eldest daughter Blakely, who was seven at the time, said “A princess.” Our middle daughter Leigh, age six, answered “A teacher.” Our youngest, Halle age four, blurted out “A monster.”
When the microphone turned to me I declined to answer.
When we went home that afternoon I realized, how can I tell our children they could be whatever they wanted to be if I didn’t do the same.
The next day I started writing.

 What inspired you to write your first novel?

Hush, is not the first novel I have written, but it is my first published work. I am a true believer in “when first you do not succeed, try, try again.” With writing, as other things, the more you do it, the better you get.

My first novel took three years to write, Hush took six months.

The idea for Hush came to me one night at the dinner table.
Our middle daughter Leigh asked where her red hair came from.
“Queen Elizabeth,” my husband said.
Our daughter Blakely, twelve at the time, immediately clued into her father’s reference to the British Royal Family and asked, “Does that mean I could be a princess?”
“Only if several hundred people died first,” I laughed.
“But what if that happened? What if there was some sort of big family reunion and everyone else died?”
Years later when Blakely left for boarding school, I started Hush as a way to stay in touch with her. I would write a couple of chapters and email them to her, and then she would tell me what she thought. It was a great way to still be part of her life without actually being there.

Have you found being a published author to be much different than you expected it to be?

Yes. I had no idea how hard it was to be a published author.
You pour yourself onto the page and then go through rounds of rewrites that can last up to a year before you ever get to print.
Then, even when a reputable house publishes you, you have to market your book. I didn’t realize how much non- writing work being published required.
I remember thinking, “Yay, my book is published. Now I can go back to my desk and get back to writing the next novel.”- Nope.

Can you offer a brief description of what your books are about, including genre and age group?

Hush, book one in the Lakeview Academy Series, is the story of an unknown princess who is discovered by an undercover student journalist and hunted down by terrorists on the campus of her elite boarding school.

Whisper, book two in the Lakeview Academy Series, tells the story of enemies who come together to solve a hundred year old mystery after finding a haunted journal that hints at a lost school treasure.

I wrote both books for our eldest daughters, Blakely and Leigh. In each book I used their name for the lead character and let them pick out whom they want their leading man to resemble. If you go to my Pinterest page, www.pinterest.com/srcampbellwrite, you can see the results.

Because our daughters go to a highly competitive school I thought it would be fun to write something for them to read when they weren’t neck deep in class work. Basically a quick, fun, simple, page turner.
I also noticed a huge gap in the YA market for books that weren’t too young or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, too sexually explicit.
Fortunately they are finally beginning to split up the Young Adult genre (technically ages twelve and up) into two different groupings putting the more sexually charged books under the new category of, New Adult.
That being said, I write my Lakeview Books for the thirteen to seventeen year old with hopes of entertaining people of all ages.

If you could meet any famous author that ever lived, who would it be and why?

Off the top of my head I would have to say JK Rowling. I know it’s not very original, but she believed in herself and her story when no one else did which is very hard to do. Plus in my opinion, she has one of the most amazing imaginations out there.

When can we expect your next book and can you tell us anything about your WIP?

Book 3 in the Lakeview Series, Scream, has an estimated release of spring 2015 and stars our youngest daughter Halle. I’ve stepped away from the paranormal and the book time span is over a few months instead of a full school year. It will be the last book in the series set on the Lakeview campus.
A teaser, in the form of the first three chapters, will in the back of Whisper when it comes out on March 15th.
I am happy to announce that there will be a book four, Silence.
Silence, estimated release spring 2016, will be set in Europe and brings back several characters from the first book in the series, Hush.

In addition to the Lakeview books, I have a middle grade pirate yarn called ARRGH, coming out this September and a picture book, Sock Monster, being released shortly after in October.

Where can we find you and your books?

You can find my books in book stores everywhere, if they aren’t on the shelf just ask the clerk to order it.
They are also available online at Amazon, Barns and Noble and through iBook.
If your school, or book club wants to do a Skype event, you can order books directly through my publisher, Kari Hock at Green Darner Press.

What is the best piece of advice you have received about writing?

The best piece of advice I ever received was from my husband who told me to go for it. He’s been my best friend for the last twenty-five years, not a day goes by when I’m not thankful I actually listened to him that day.

Final thoughts

My final thoughts return to reading.
I truly believe that one must be a good reader before they can be a good writer.
For kids and adults, like myself, who struggle, I want to say that there is no such thing as a bad reader.
Explore different genres.
There really is something out there for everyone.
Don’t be worried if you are a slow reader or don’t understand certain things, just have fun.

For more information or if you just have a question, visit my website www.staceyrcampbell.com, come visit me on Facebook -authorstaceyrcampbell, or find me on twitter @staceyrcampbell

Deadly Sins: An interview With Author Kori D. Miller

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Read on for an excerpt after the interview:)
Tell us about you and your current project.
I’m a wife, mother, martial artist, tea guru, and writer — not necessarily in that order. My most recent business venture is Back Porch Writer: The show for writers, about writers, and writing. As the host, I have the opportunity to talk with amazing people that everyone should know. I edit Kori Miller Writes: The site for creative writers and newbie podcasters. When I’m not writing, or thinking about writing (yeah, that’s rare), I’m creating signature teas, tisanes, and lemonades for The Tea Trove while the kiddos are at school. We’re a martial arts family, so that takes up a bit of my off time. Lock, rock, and roll, baby! (Hapkido/JiuJitsu humor – what can I say, I’m hooked! See what I did there? Hapkidoists love their canes.)

Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series is my current focus. The book includes four mysteries written in a flash fiction style. Each scene, with the exception of two, is less than 1000 words. Each mystery is based on a deadly sin. The reader decides which deadly sin was committed in three out of the four.

 When can we expect to see this book available and where can we find it?

Deadly Sins will be available just in time for Valentine’s Day on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Book Tango, and via other major retailers. It’s being released as an e-book first. You can read an excerpt over at Goodreads. The print edition will be published about two weeks later.

  What inspired you to begin writing and what continues to inspire you?

I don’t know what that initial spark was. I learned early that my ability to write could save my grades in certain school subjects. It didn’t help in algebra. That was a total loss. I’m inspired by events unfolding around me and by things my children say.

 Do you have any genres that you have yet to write in that particularly interest you?

I love watching Scifi movies. That’s what made me decide to write a middle grade Scifi story (Archer Jaxson and the Compass Wars for NaNo.) Magical realism might be an area I’d explore at some point.

Do you have other works that you have previously published?

I released the second edition of My Life in Black and White: A Book of Experiences January 2014. It includes an updated forward, additional comments for specific essays, two new sections: A 40-year-old’s Perspective and Final Thoughts, and two new essays: I Can’t See White People and Our Lawn Burned. It’s available via Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Book Tango, and other major retailers.

Any advice for authors that have yet to put their work out there?

You need to accept a few truths:
1. Writing is subjective. Not everyone is going to like what you write. Be intrinsically motivated.
2. Writing is a skill. There’s always room for improvement.
3. You must believe in your work. If you don’t, why should anyone else?
4. There will always be at least one typo, no matter how many times your work was edited, regardless of who did the editing. (Believe me, I’ve read a lot of books by guests on Back Porch Writer in the past year. Every book had errors whether the book was traditionally, or self-published.)
5. You can’t do everything equally well. If you’re self-publishing, learn where to expend your energy and effort, and hire someone else to do the things that you don’t want to learn to do. Be honest, not cheap.
6. You must sell your work. Even traditionally published authors hire a publicist at some point.
I think Auntie Mame said it best: Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! Live! Live! Live! (Ok, that’s two separate scenes from the movie, but you get the point. And, I’m talking about Rosalind Russell as Mame. Funny, stuff.)

 What, in your opinion, is the most difficult part of being an author?

There isn’t anything difficult about being an author. It’s a great gig! Where else can you earn money by sitting in your pajamas dreaming up stuff?

Seriously, though, I don’t find many things difficult. (Difficult is learning your child has a life-threatening illness, or something equally out of one’s control. Writing is completely in my control. How I view my writing, what I choose to write, or not to write — all of it is in my control.) I do find some things challenging. And, I love a good challenge! I credit Sister Mary Lucy for my outlook on this front. She was my sixth grade teacher. She posted a quote on a bulletin board in our classroom. It read, “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.” I remember thinking, “Huh, that’s true.”

Where can we find you and do you have any additional projects you would like to mention?

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Blog Talk Radio (Back Porch Writer). My twitter handles are @KMillerWrites and @backporchwriter. My author website is www.koridmiller.com.

Final thoughts

Ionia, thank you for giving me an opportunity to share information about my new book, Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series with your readers. And, thank you for creating The Community Story Board. It’s a great space for writers to post their work. I shared one or two of the scenes from one of the mysteries and received helpful feedback. It’s the next best thing to having a critique group.
Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series ** Excerpt **
I opted to walk the four blocks from my apartment to the New York City office of Tracer International. It was my last day. By this time tomorrow, I’d be heading to Omaha, NE. A free house was an offer I couldn’t refuse. And, Omaha would be a welcome change of pace.
“Dez.” Sam Walters greeted me as I stepped out of the elevator on the 20th floor.
“Sam.” I kept walking. He tagged along. The office was like every other place I’d worked. The elevator door opened and the reception desk was all you saw. To the right, a door led to the back offices and cubicles for entry-and mid-level investigators. That was me. I waved my ID in front of the sensor. There was a click, and the lock released.
“You’ve got one more assignment. Becker dropped it on your desk an hour ago.”
I checked my watch. It was 7:30 a.m.
“He said I should go along with you.”
I stopped at my desk. A file rested in the center. I’d cleaned everything else out last night, not that it amounted to much after two years. It all fit in a shoebox. I opened the file.
“It’s a stolen-property case. The client doesn’t want the police involved. I’m not sure why.” Sam plopped down in a chair next to my desk. He was an entry-level investigator.
“Sasha Alexander? Why do I know that name?” I asked more to myself than to Sam, but
he spoke up anyway.
“Socialite. She owns a gallery in SOHO.” He twirled a pencil between his fingers.
“Wait a minute! Not that gallery?”
“One and the same.” He grinned.
“Christ.” I dropped the file. “Let’s go.”
We grabbed a taxi. Screw the trains. It was my last day. Company-paid expenses are a
privilege I’d be without in about 24 hours.
Alexander’s gallery fit in perfectly with all the others in SOHO until you walked through
the doors. I paused on the street in front and took a deep breath.
“Let’s go!” Sam, always the eager one, reached for the handle. People pushed past me on
the sidewalk. I followed Sam through large, ornately-carved wood doors into a small alcove.
Heavy, plush, red drapes hung from the ceiling, blocking our view.
Sam pulled one of the drapes aside, allowing me to enter the gallery.
“Oy,” I mumbled, and took it all in at once. Some things can’t be unseen.
“Wow” was all Sam could manage to say.

© 2014 Kori D. Miller – Fremont, NE – http://www.koridmiller.com

Get to know Author Joe Gazzam

FrontCOVSome of my favourite discoveries this last year have been accidental, and that is certainly the case with the talented author we are featuring here today. Please give a huge welcome to author Joe Gazzam. I think there is a good chance this will not be the last you hear from him. I’m pretty good at these big future judging games, no?

 

 Tell us a little bit about you and your work.

Quick bio:

I was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and graduated from the University of Florida. Soon after college, I moved to Los Angeles with one script under my arm, never having been to California in my life and literally knowing no one. Since then, due to good luck and the support of friends and family, I’ve been a working screenwriter (21 Jump Street,
 Barbarella, 
Step Up: Revolution, Anubis Tapestry) for 8 years. I currently live in Southern California with my wife and son.

About the work:

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My work falls into two categories novels and screenplays. But yet, the content is pretty similar. I gravitate toward grounded, action-y Young Adult stories.

I just think YA fits me the best. I have a hard time reading books that take a long time to get going or spend inordinate amounts of time describing non-essential stuff. If you take five pages to describe how sunlight hits off a tin can, I’m probably not going to keep reading.

With screenwriting you ALWAYS have to be moving the plot. In fact, if you have a scene that doesn’t forward the plot in some way – you better delete it. YA, in a way, is somewhere between a long drawn out novel and a screenplay. It’s very much about character, mood and such, but you better keep it moving. I love that.

 What first gave you the idea for your book “Uncaged?”

The story came out of my own, unmitigated fear of prison. Prison and sharks pretty much scare the crap out of me. The prison part, stemmed from an old documentary I watched when I was probably way too young to watch it. My dad had it on an old videotape; it was called “Scared Straight.”

Named, obviously, after the program (the same program in my fictional book). It was this program for repeat juvy offenders — kids they couldn’t get to stop committing crimes. They’d put them in a real jail for a day and these real convicts would explain (in the most terrifying manner ever) what life would be like in prison if they ended up there.

It honestly gave me some of my worst nightmares growing up. And that seed just stuck in my head. So when I decided I wanted to do a YA thriller – it was already there.

In the documentary, as scary as it was, those convicts were all volunteers. Guys who had a new attitude and wanted to help reform these kids. So there was always an imaginary line you knew they couldn’t cross. No matter how much they threatened these kids, you knew they weren’t really going to hurt them.

But, in my head it was always – what if that imaginary line was gone. What would it be like to be one of those kids in the most terrifying place on the planet with some of the most dangerous people on the planet? And the writing pretty much flowed from that.

What has been the most difficult part of publishing/marketing your work?

Getting word out. I guess this is everyone’s problems if you go with a small publisher. They really have no marketing budget to speak of, so it rests mostly on my shoulders.

I’ve been pulling what strings I can – getting some celebrities to tweet it out, doing a couple radio shows, and a few interviews for smaller papers. But it’s really tough. Now with self-publishing (which I think is great) – there’s so much noise in the system. It’s hard to get people’s attention.

Have there been any surprises for you in how the book has been received?

Yes! Now, this is going to sound totally self-serving, but just the overwhelmingly positive response and reviews. I honestly expected to just have some people just hammer me. You always hear the horror stories of people that are just brutal on the internet. Just to be mean.

But all but one of my reviews on Amazon have been 4 and 5 stars. The only 3 star I’ve had so far, the guy was actually really positive about the book.

I know the ugly one is coming and I’ve prepared a fetal position to drop into when it hits. I know it’s gonna be tough, you put your heart and so much time into the writing, but the truth is — not everyone is going to like it.

Do you have another work in progress?

I just finished two screenplays, one for Disney (Disney’s Hawaiian Adventure) and one for Universal (It Takes a Thief)

And I just finished the first draft of a new YA series that I’m really excited about. It’s basically a big, fun blockbuster movie in book form. It’s been so much fun to write. It has everything in it – romance, action, thrills. I can’t wait to get it out there. Plus, I’ve been dying to write a series. “Uncaged” is sort of a self-contained story. It would be tough to pull another book out of it. But this new series I could write for a long time.

Where can we find you and your work?

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Here are a few ways…

“UNCAGED” can be purchased:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G1YDC9U

Website:

www.joegazzam.com

Twitter:

@JOE_GAZZAM

Goodreads:

www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231923.Joe_Gazzam

An interview with Charles E. Yallowitz (Legends of Windemere)

By Jason Pedersen

By Jason Pedersen

I am very proud to welcome my favourite author and fellow blogger Charles E. Yallowitz to Readful Things today to discuss his career as an author. Please give him a welcome and a pat on the back, he is the hardest working author I know.

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Each one will feed a starving writer in New York….

 What has been the hardest and most unexpected part of your journey as an indie author thus far?

The level and scope of marketing caught me by surprise. I had been told that I would have to do my own marketing, so I started my blog. Soon after I started, I realized I had to spread out to other social media sites and look for promo sites to work with. At the beginning I was thinking I would never need Twitter or find much use for Facebook, but now I promote on them every day. This aspect of being an indie author has required a lot of time and patience to figure out the nuances of all the sites. It helps to use my blog as a center for the other social media sites because my posts end up on every platform, which keeps me active. Being active on the sites is certainly one of the keys to success as an indie author.

Has your perception of what a self-published author does changed since you have begun publishing the Windemere series?

I can barely remember what my initial impression was, which means my perception is entirely different. I knew it was going to be a lot of work as a self-published author, but I never realized how much I would have to put myself out there. Growing up, I had the image that an author spent more time writing their next book than doing marketing. This might be true for traditionally published authors, but a self-published author needs to spend a few hours every day interacting with others. This creates exposure and reveals that there’s a human being behind the books. You’re no longer a name within the self-published pack, but a known entity with a personality.

What is the most important piece of advice you have received about writing or publishing so far?

The most important piece of advice is kind of a combination. I’ve been told to keep writing and keep evolving. I messed up the second part when I was younger and mistook accepting all advice as evolving. So, I would tell other authors to add ‘stay true to your own style’ in there because that’s where you will get your best work from.

If you could steal any character from any book, movie, or TV show and make them your own, who would it be and why?

This is an answer that will be different tomorrow depending on what I watch or read today. For now, I would love to claim Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series. He’s a mentor character with a great combination of wisdom, cunning, and wit. The evolution of his character is entertaining because he grows alongside the main character instead of staying the same like other mentor characters.

Tell us a bit about your current WIP.

My big project is Legends of Windemere, which is going to be a 15 book series. So, I’m trying to keep working on it and avoid lengthy delays. This is a tale of adventure, which follows a group of adventurers who are pitted against an ancient evil that is trying to return to the world of Windemere. Much of the story involves them coming to terms with their roles and dealing with the pressure of being a destined champion. One of my big goals with Legends of Windemere is to create colorful characters that people can connect to and enjoy following. This series is also going to be the foundation of the future Windemere series that I gradually outline and think about on the weekends.

You made the decision to keep your Windemere series exclusive to Amazon. Has this been an advantage or a hindrance and why?

I started with Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero on all mediums and I wasn’t selling beyond Amazon. I tried marketing for them and nothing seemed to click. So, I haven’t lost much by going Amazon exclusive and I gain the advantages of the KDP Select program. I have received a few requests to put my books on the other sites, but only by about five people, which isn’t enough for me to want to leave the exclusivity. Now, this is only my personal experience and I’m not saying this is how it always goes. For any first-time authors, I would recommend trying the other sites at first. It never hurts to try and gain a foothold on the other mediums because you can always go exclusive at a later date.

What does your writing process involve when you begin a new book? Do you keep strict outlines or do you just go with whatever is in your head at that moment?

I’m a big planner, so I start with designing basic plots and writing up character profiles. This is where a lot of my subplots and character evolution paths come from. After that, I plan out the chapters of a book with general descriptions to give myself a section goal. For series, I may do this for all of the books or the first few before I begin writing. This helps me set up foreshadowing and keeping my series goal in mind. Once I start writing, I find that about half of what I planned gets altered to fit the characters and my style. Many times I’ll find that I should merge chapter sections, remove others, or add a scene that would clear up a plot hole. I’m always aware that things will change when I begin the actual writing. For example, the character of Kira Grasdon from Legends of Windemere never existed in the original outline or the first version of the story. Now, she’s one of the biggest supporting cast members and will play a big role in a few of the books.

What do you see happening in the future of books? Will Ebooks ever take over and if so will indie authors benefit from this or will it hurt them?

I don’t think Ebooks will ever take over because there will always be a place for paperback and hardcovers. If anything, I can see Ebooks gaining equal amounts of respect and viability as the other mediums. While they are portable, there are advantages to physical books such as not needing to be charged or a corrupted file wiping them out. From experience, I can tell you that a physical book can be a precious thing when dealing with a long power outage.
I don’t think an Ebook takeover would change the indie author game. Many of us already depend more on Ebook than physical books, so it’s more about an author gaining exposure than the medium. It would be business as usual for us.

Where can we find your books available?

All of my books are available on Amazon in both Ebook and paperback form.

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Legends-Windemere-Charles-Yallowitz-ebook/dp/B00BL9GBU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387324756&sr=8-1&keywords=legends+of+windemere

To anyone who is thinking about self-publishing a book, I would recommend blogging and making friends with other authors. Contrary to popular belief, the world of indie authors is more of a community than a competition. Indie authors can draw a lot of confidence from positive support, which can be found from those that are attempting to do the same as you. This is because they understand what you’re trying to accomplish and all of the hard work you’re putting into your book. This is certainly one of the best discoveries I made as an indie author because I feel like I’m not alone in this.

So Excited!!!! (An Interview with CJ Lyons) NYT Bestselling author of Broken

I am very, very excited to have CJ Lyons on Readful Things today. CJ is an amazing author that writes deeply thoughtful and emotional books. If you have not had the chance to read her work yet, please do so. You will not be sorry. Thank you, CJ for letting us inside the world of your writing! Broken is particularly special, so if you are looking for a good place to start with reading this author’s work, I strongly recommend this book.

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What first made you decide to start writing?

CJ: I’ve always used stories to makes sense of the world around me—it’s my coping mechanism for dealing with chaos. But I never really thought of writing as a career until after I sold my second novel–that’s second novel sold. I’d written my first novel in high school followed by two SF/F novels in medical school. I think I had five or six full novels and several half-started ones finished by the time I sold my first book.

Did you write prior to becoming a medical professional?


CJ: The first story I wrote was in nursery school (I’ve been a storyteller all my life, leading to a lot of time spent in time out as a child!) and was a convoluted soap opera involving finger puppets made from empty toilet paper rolls. My first published story was when I was in third grade and featured a blind girl and her horse making their way through rural Pennsylvania during the Civil War.

Are your books mostly based on real events and situations you have encountered?

CJ: I never use real life people—or patients!—in any of my stories, but I try to always use real life situations such as medical diseases, criminal cases, or emotions drawn from my own experiences.

Broken is based in part upon a very important member of your family, how is Abby coping with having Long QT Syndrome?


CJ: Abby’s great, thanks for asking! She’s totally opposite of Scarlet, fiercely independent and refuses to let her heart condition hold her back from anything she wants. She rides horses, raises Rottweilers, is a straight A student, and a budding fashionista.

You can see for yourself in this video my publisher produced: http://youtu.be/_Jk7ojHyd_o

Abby has never allowed her heart condition to define her life. I think a large part of the credit for that goes to her parents—they were always open and up front with Abby about her Long QT. By the age of three she could explain what Long QT was (including a short summary of the genetics!) to anyone who asked about her MedAlert bracelet.

Since then, she’s grown into a smart, independent young woman who is the first to jump in to defend a friend (or tell them they’re making a mistake), confront a bully, or lead a cause she’s passionate about.

If I sound like a proud aunt, it’s because I am!

How do you feel when fans tell you how your books have affected them?


CJ: It’s hard to describe. Discovering that I had the power to connect with people I’d never met, to inspire as well as entertain–that felt almost as good as saving lives in the ER! Only now, instead of touching one life at a time, I could reach out to thousands!

BROKEN is my twentieth book and I treasure each fan letter as much as the first. There have been people facing the pain of chronic illnesses who have been able to make it through the night because of my books. Fellow medical personnel, EMS, firefighters, and police officers have written, thanking me for the way I “tell it like it really is.” And readers who simply needed an escape from their lives have found refuge in my words.

Honestly, no matter how much money or which bestseller lists I hit, I can’t imagine any feeling as wonderful as the feeling I get when I hear from readers who have fallen in love with my books.

Any hints about what we may expect from your pen in the future?


CJ: I just turned in my second YA Thriller and this one was so hard to write! It deals with two kids, Jesse and Miranda, being black mailed by a cyber-predator using capping (screen capture images) and how they find the courage to stand up to him (with the help of their parents). They go through hell and some of the things that happen to them were so painful to write that I was weeping as I typed—but then I was crying again when I wrote the ending as they rose above it all and triumphed.

I thought it would be a stand alone, but after I finished it (the working title is DAMAGED, but I’m not sure if we’ll be keeping it) I realized there aren’t many books out there that tell you the rest of the story, the price to be paid for defeating the bad guys, so I’d love to tackle another book with Jesse and Miranda and show how their courage, strength, and relationship continue to evolve.

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About CJ:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

An Great Interview with Author Stephanie Elmas

7305910   Today, I am so excited to bring you an interview with the talented and rising author Stephanie Elmas. Stephanie has written an incredible book called “The Room Beyond.” Check out the interview and learn more about her work below. Thank you so much, Stephanie, for taking the time to tell us more about you!

Can you tell us a little about you and your work?

I am thirty-six years old and live in the UK, just outside London. I’ve had a really mixed upbringing: my Father is English, my Mother is Czech and I was born in Hong Kong. To make matters even more interesting my husband is Turkish, so my three children have quite a genetic melting pot going on (of which, needless to say, they are very proud)! We live in a big noisy house with gentle green rolling countryside just moments away. In the other direction we have London close by, so it’s a nice position to be in. When I’m not dashing off to school, rummaging through mounds of laundry, trying to get vegetables into my grumpy two year old, attending swimming galas etc etc, I am writing! It’s the thing I love doing most in the world. I have written one book so far, The Room Beyond, but I have about ten more in my head. Now that I’ve written one, nothing will stop me making this a lifelong career.

 When did you first know that you were going to be an author?

The Room Beyond took me seven long years to write. This was mainly because I had a young daughter already and went on to have my other two children during that time. It’s been a busy few years. When I started writing it I was actually trying my best to avoid doing some real work. I was supposed to be researching for a Phd and instead I was sitting in the library twiddling my thumbs. In my heart I knew I just didn’t have the time or passion to complete my studies. And so, I picked up my pen and started writing a story. I loved it, and as soon as it started taking shape I knew I was an author.

 Tell us about your most recent work and where we can find it.

The Room Beyond is a dual time suspense novel set in the present day and the Victorian era. The central theme of the story is a beautiful London house on a road called Marguerite Avenue, home to the Hartreve family who have lived there for generations.

In the 1890s the house is bought by Lord Hartreve for his beautiful but rebellious daughter Lucinda. Her neighbours are Miranda and Tristan Whitestone, a couple trapped in a loveless marriage . When Lucinda and Tristan set eyes on each other there are immediate fireworks but the relationship that ensues between leaves a dark legacy that will plague the family for more than a century to come.
In the present day a young woman, Serena, moves into the Hartreve house as a nanny. From the outset she is entranced by the beautiful building and its eccentric aristocratic inhabitants. But, as Serena begins to find out, things in Marguerite Avenue aren’t quite what they seem. The past lurks around every corner and there are secrets in every shadow.

You find The Room Beyond on Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/19czREZ

And Amazon.co.uk:

http://amzn.to/1bmtSvq

How has publishing been different than you expected?

Publishing The Room Beyond was one long battle. The first massive hurdle was getting an agent, which only happened after a great number of rejections and many re-writes. Then there was the nightmare of trying to secure a publisher as an unknown, non-celebrity writer in a huge recession. I actually got to the final round with a major publisher before being turned down because my book wasn’t a romance. Although The Room Beyond has many ‘romantic’ elements in it, it just doesn’t quite fall neatly enough into that genre. It was heart breaking until my agent offered to support me through the Amazon White Glove Programme. This is an agent based scheme for quality self-published books through Amazon. From the moment it went out to the public, my world turned upside down. I’ve loved every minute of being published and have come into contact with many wonderful readers and reviewers all over the world.

What does your creative process look like?

Writing a book isn’t just about being chained to a computer and waiting for the muse to take hold of you. Some of my best ideas have come to me whilst waiting at a traffic light or mowing the lawn! There have been times when I’ve had to rush out of the shower to find a pen before that ‘perfect sentence’ escapes my brain. However, ultimately you do have to put the hours into writing a book. It’s a lengthy process that requires a lot of patience and can be frustrating when the words don’t flow. I write best in the mornings when my brain is fresh and the house is a quiet as possible.

 How important do you think word of mouth/reviews are in getting attention for a book?

Absolutely vital! Most of the books I’ve read have been recommended to me and I think that most people would rather buy a book that has a selection of good reviews than one that has nothing to say for it at all. Before I published The Room Beyond I had no idea how active and vocal the online reading community is. I feel like I’ve been dragged out of the Dark Ages and it’s opened up a whole new world to me.

Who is your favourite character from your book and why?

Probably Miranda. She’s the character that most of my readers seem to like best too. She’s married to an awful man, Tristan, and is a complete underdog at the start: lonely, a product of an unhappy childhood, plain faced and unloved. But as the story develops Miranda finds strength inside herself that she never knew she had. She turns out to be a fighter with a noble heart. For me she is the heroine of the novel. I also love Walter Balanchine, a strange Victorian mystic from London’s poor East End. He wears extraordinary wizard-like clothes and has bottles and charms hanging from around his neck. His early life is the subject of my next novel.

Any advice for fellow writers about taking the plunge into publishing?

Be strong, it’s a jungle out there! If you a find a traditional publisher then that’s fantastic but you are most likely to meet a lot of rejection along the way. Always take criticism on the chin and keep working to make your writing as good as it can possibly be. The competition is fierce and there is no room for pride. On the upside the possibilities for self-published authors are better than they have ever been and the publishing world is changing dramatically. Recently a UK self-published author reached the No. 1 spot on Amazon. It can be done and if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it then it’s a great ride.

Where can we find you?

Amazon of course, I gave the links above.

My website is: www.stephanieelmas.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoomBeyondbyStephanieElmas

Twitter: @StephanieElmas

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/TheRoomBeyondbyStephanieElmas

Feel free to contact me, I always love a chat!
I’d like to thank Ionia for all her amazing support and her wonderful review.

 

 

An Interview with the fabulous Carly Drake

Please give author Carly Drake–author of Words Once Spoken a big welcome to Readful Things. This series promises to be one of the most exciting and adventurous new series out there. Carly has been kind enough to offer us some insight into her books and her writing career–thank you for sharing with us!

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What was the earliest thing you remember writing?

I remember being really little, I think it was after my 5th birthday, which incidentally, I spent in the hospital with a nasty tummy bug. My dad really wanted me to write “thank you” cards for the birthday presents I had gotten. There were so many to write and when you are that young, a task like that is pretty arduous. Most of my earliest “writing” memories were equally traumatic in one way or the other, so its a huge surprise to me that I’m actually an author!

When did you know that writing books was going to be part of your future?

I honestly never considered it. Even after I got my English degree and people kept asking me if I wrote books. My answer was always, “No, and I probably never will.” I had attempted to in the past without much success, but apparently Evelyn’s story needed to be told, and if you’ve read this book you will see that she is pretty hard to resist!

The category your book falls in is a busy one with a lot of competition, how have you made your work stand out in the crowd?

This is something I have struggled with, and a writer friend of mine keeps asking me the same question. “How are you marketing this book?” I think he is quite frustrated with my answers, because they are often some variation of, “I don’t know.” I’m an introvert who doesn’t like to toot her own horn, and even though social media has its advantages, I’m not fond of cramming myself down everyone’s throat. I almost wish we could go back to the good old days of books being popular because of bookstores and word of mouth.

Can you tell us a bit about you and your writing?

I got married when I was 18 because I had met “the one” and wasn’t about to let him go. The only problem was that he was in the military which meant I had to follow his career and couldn’t follow my own. So, its taken 13 years to figure out what I want to do, and as I’ve said before I’m very much surprised that it is writing.

As for my writing style, its very organic. I will go as far to plan motives/intentions and the bare bones of the story’s structure, but a lot of things happen in the hands of the characters. It is their story after all!

What first gave you the idea for “Words Once Spoken?”

My Katniss Halloween costume last year. I think girls being about to fight and fend for themselves is awesome!

Your main character is amazing. She is tough and yet caring and easy to love, did you know what her personality would evolve into when you first began writing. or did she surprise you as the book came together?

I had a pretty good idea, but yes she did surprise me at times. I wanted her to be tough, but not unemotional. She has a good heart, but I wanted her to be thick skinned enough to be able to survive not only the harsh realities of medieval life, but also the predatory ones of the paranormal life.

Can you tell us anything about upcoming books and where we can find your work?

This book is available where ever ebooks are sold. Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, etc.

I can be found on twitter @endlessbindings and my website is carlydrake.com

I would love to hear from the fans! I am currently working on finishing the rest of the series.

How important do you feel it is for an author to receive feedback from fans?

Very important. Of course, I can’t make changes/decisions to please everyone, but if a fan really enjoys my work I would love to hear from them/interact with them. A positive word of encouragement for an artist that puts so much work and time into a project is like our pixie dust….it helps us fly with our happy thoughts!

 

Thank you for reviewing my book and for interviewing me. It is very much appreciated!

An Interview with Author Michael M. Hughes (Blackwater Lights)

Today, I am very pleased to feature author Michael Hughes from Random House’s Hydra imprint. He is the author of “Blackwater Lights,” which I recently read and fell in love with. You can find my review here in case you missed it. I would like to take a moment and thank Mr. Hughes for agreeing to the interview and providing insight into his creative process. Please welcome him to Readful Things :)

 

 
 Tell us a little about you and your writing career.

I’ve been writing fiction and poetry ever since I was a kid, and I first attempted a novel when I was seven (about a modern day vampire) but only got through three chapters. I distinctly remember sitting on my bedroom floor pecking at the keys on my typewriter and being startled (and a little freaked out) at how the words I was putting on paper were actually creeping me out. I was scaring myself! That was my first taste of the magic of storytelling. As I got older I drifted into acting and was a theater major in college, and it wasn’t until I was almost forty that I decided to get serious and write a novel. I have to credit Stephen King’s excellent On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft with lighting the fire that made me decide I could, and should, do it. So I gave myself a deadline of my daughter’s birth to finish my first draft. I made it by a few days and celebrated with a glass of champagne. I had actually done it!

But I was all alone when it came to the formidable world of publishing, and didn’t know anyone who had written a book, much less published one. By a lovely stroke of luck, the Borderlands Boot Camp—an intensive writing workshop focused on horror and dark fantasy—was taking place that winter, and was located about fifteen minutes from my home. One of the instructors, bestselling author Thomas F. Monteleone, read my first three chapters and asked me, “What have you published?” “Nothing,” I said. He looked surprised. “Who’s your agent?” he then asked. I told him I didn’t have one. “Well, this is really good stuff. It should be published. Let me introduce you to my agent.” I was in shock. It wasn’t supposed to be that easy.

His agent liked the story (which at that point was titled Cabal), but decided to pass. But Tom hooked me up with another agent, and he immediately loved it and decided to represent me. We revised the hell out of the book, maybe a total of five or six major revisions over the course of a year. A film agent expressed his interest, but wanted to wait for print publication before securing rights. At that point I was fantasizing about quitting my day job and building my lake house writing retreat where I could spend my life cranking out bestsellers. Good thing I didn’t, because soon the rejections started coming. One after another, almost all along the lines of “Great story, very suspenseful, but just not for us.” I got depressed. Then I submitted to tiny publishers, and even tinier publishers, but no one wanted the damn novel. Even my short stories were getting rejected from magazines with horrible names along the lines of Rotting Corpse Review. My agent finally said, “Just write your next book.” Which I started to do, but my heart was still with my firstborn novel. I couldn’t just shove it into a drawer, so I kept sending it out whenever a faint possibility arose.

Then I saw that Random House was starting a new sf/f/h digital imprint. I’d become a massive reader of ebooks after getting one of the very first iPads off the assembly line, so I knew that digital books were going to become more and more important to the industry. So I sent off my first few chapters, expecting the usual rejection. About a month later an email popped up. The editor wanted to read the whole thing. A couple weeks later I got an offer, and to say I was elated would be an incredibly understatement. And my first novel, Blackwater Lights, is now a real book, albeit made of electrons and not paper. And I’m working on two more books in the series.

When did you first know that you were going to write?

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love to read, and ever since I could read I knew I wanted to write stories for other people. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone who loves fiction not wanting to create it. I was one of those kids who would always carry a book with me, and when visiting with my relatives I’d find a quiet corner and plop myself down and get lost in the world of my book. Some of my aunts and uncles thought I was being antisocial or rude, but my parents always supported me. They realized that reading is not passive—it’s active engagement, not mindless escape like watching TV. My imagination was always cranking out stories, so I knew at a very early age that I was lucky to have that gift and I should make use of it. My first “published” story appeared in my high school literary magazine. It was a horror short story called “The Catalyst” and I recently found a copy of it and posted it on my blog. And it’s not that bad!

What inspired you to write Blackwater Lights?

A lot of things inspired the book. I’ve always been fascinated by the capital-M Mystery—the big questions about life, death, consciousness, and the often-ignored data that bedevils scientists (and that most of them would rather ignore). Stuff like psychic phenomena, UFOs, near-death experiences, shamanic states of consciousness, psychedelics, and the like. I’ve also been a fan of horror and the macabre since I can remember, and was lucky enough to read Poe, Lovecraft, Stoker, Shelley, and other classics before I got bowled over by Stephen King in the 70s and discovered that horror can be modern and realistic, and wasn’t relegated to gloomy moors and creaky old mansions. So it only made sense that these subjects would become integral parts of my fiction.

And in 1990 I had a sighting of two extremely fast-moving orange lights in the night sky over the Atlantic Ocean. They were doing things that are impossible for conventional aircraft, and I am still trying to understand what they were. I know what they weren’t but I have no idea what they were. So that incident became the genesis for the mystery lights of Blackwater, West Virginia, where the novel takes place.

Sometimes people neglect to review a book they have read. How important do you find it as an author, for people to share their opinions about your work? Do you take their comments into consideration when planning your next novel?

Reviews have become critical to a book’s success, particularly if the book is digital-only (like mine). So I encourage everyone who reads Blackwater Lights to leave a review—even if they don’t like it. I even send personalized postcards to those who review it online, as a thank you (and as an alternative to signing a book since I don’t have physical copies to sign). But although I love it when a reader posts a positive review—especially when he or she really gets what I was aiming for—I expect there are plenty of people who will not like the book. It’s inevitable. But I would never change my vision or my style to appease a reader based on reviews. I have to go with the stuff the muses offer me. I trust them, and my judgment from years of reading and writing, more than some anonymous person on Amazon or B&N.

Can we expect further works form you in the near future and can you give us any hints about what we might see?

I’m already deep into the as-yet-untitled followup to Blackwater Lights, which should satisfy the many people who have been clamoring for a sequel. I left the book open-ended because it felt like the story should continue, and I’m glad I can watch the characters and their world come alive again. In the sequel, the main characters are on the run in Central America, so the setting has gotten bigger, as have the stakes. And Lily, who everyone loves to hate, is back and nastier than ever. The central elements from the first book—the global conspiracy, battling secret societies, ritual magic, and otherworldly entities—are there in book two, only in a much bigger way. And Ray and Ellen, and Ellen’s son, William are still fighting for their lives against malevolent forces that want to destroy them. This book is much more Ellen’s story, so readers who wanted more of her will get it. The book will arrive, again in digital form, in the summer of 2014.

Has publishing and marketing been different than you expected it to be?

I really didn’t know what to expect from Hydra, my publisher, since the digital imprint was a new concept for one of the Big Five. There was a lot of negativity when the imprint launched because people found the initial contracts too restrictive on authors and too “grabby” when it came to rights. To Random House’s credit they made a number of changes and I found the contract and their new business model (a profit-sharing partnership with authors) to be satisfactory and, in some ways, quite progressive.

One of the reasons I resisted self-publishing was the power a traditional publisher wields in not just name-recognition but in sales and marketing savvy. The team at Hydra have confirmed my choice to wait for a contract from a major publisher, in spite of all the suggestions to go it alone. While every author always wants more PR and marketing than a publisher can or will deliver, I have been impressed with the team’s dedication to my book, and at its peak Blackwater Lights was in the top 25 bestselling books in the Nook store and the top 10 in Kindle horror. I couldn’t have done that myself. I would rather spend my time writing than marketing, so I’m happy to have the professionals doing what they do best.

That said, it is critical for every writer, especially a newly published one, to do as much as possible to boost sales. That means Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and taking every opportunity to get your book and your name circulating online and in the real world. If you’re already established and have sold hundreds of thousands of books, you might, like Jonathan Franzen, be able to avoid pimping your work on social media. But if you’re a new commodity, and you don’t have a base of fans waiting to buy your work, you need to find those fans. And that means tooting your own horn, even if you find it distasteful. You may not like it, but it’s the reality of the world we live in.

Where can we find and your work?

My blog (http://michaelmhughes.com) has a list of all my writing, including my nonfiction. Blackwater Lights is available now from all the major online retailers of ebooks, and the sequel will out in July of 2014. I have a short story coming out in the anthology Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification from Great Old Ones Publishing (http://www.amazon.com/Canopic-Jars-Tales-Mummies-Mummification/dp/0615912028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383585237&sr=1-1&keywords=canopic+jars), and some other projects in the works. So stop by my blog and sign up for the newsletter if you want to stay updated (and get some exclusive extras like deleted chapters, previews, and more).

Any final thoughts for fans/audience?

I love when readers connect with my vision. It’s dark, and disturbing at times, and it’s certainly not for everyone. But I am a hopeful, optimistic person, and I think that comes through in my writing, even when the stories go to some very creepy places. I’ve been overjoyed that many people who don’t consider themselves horror readers/fans have loved Blackwater Lights. And that’s what I was hoping for. Because I don’t define myself as a horror writer. I am a writer of stories that contain horror and the supernatural, certainly, but they’re also about human beings and their loves, their fears, their quirks, and their triumphs. I don’t like being contained in a genre—genres can become ghettos, and I’m always trying to stretch my boundaries. I think the people who like my books the most are those who don’t want by-the-numbers stories about zombies or vampires and the like, but enjoy supernatural thrills based in a very real and believable world with complex, interesting characters. That’s the stuff I find the most deliciously creepy, and I hope others do, too.

Bio

Michael M. Hughes writes both fiction and nonfiction. His debut novel, BLACKWATER LIGHTS, is published by Hydra, an imprint of Random House. When he’s not writing, he lectures on paranormal and fortean topics and performs as a mentalist (psychic entertainer). He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters.

A collection of his short horror stories, Invocation of the Incisor and Other Dark Tales, can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Nook, iBooks, and other ebook vendors.

An Interview with The Lich

Ionia-

So, today, I am very honoured to have…uhm…pssst…how should I announce you…do you want to go by Lich or by the Lich or by…

The Lich-
The Lich is what I am known as. All other names have been cast aside.

Ionia-
Very good then. Today I am very honoured to have The Lich on Readful Things Blog for an interview. Can you tell us a little about yourself Mr. Lich?

The Lich-
Most of my history is cloaked in shadows, so it will be very little. I am the ruler of the Caster Swamp and the favorite of my dark master. It is my job to create armies in his name and remove all obstacles to his return.

Ionia-
Evasive. I like that. You know, you should eat you look a bit…er…boney

The Lich-
I’m on a strict soul of the innocent diet with the occasional drink for entertainment.

Ionia-
Would you like a cupcake? They are innocent cupcakes.

The Lich-
I lack the innards and tongue to fully enjoy such things. At least now. There are certain spells and rituals that allow me to take a more . . . fleshed out form.

Ionia-
The reason I wanted to interview you today is partially because I find you rather sexy and also because I was hoping you could explain what a Lich is. Many do not know….

The Lich-
Interesting. I would think Liches are common knowledge within your world as they are here.
The sexy part sounds like Queen Trinity put you up to mocking me.

Ionia-
Not so much…There are many who only know vampires (shparkly)and werewolves.

The Lich-
I’ve heard of those vampires. My old teacher is not amused by them. So, what do you wish to know of my kind?

Ionia-
Trinity and I were girl talking a bit ago, but no… I really do think you are super hot. I love the attitude.

The Lich-
Then I accept your compliment.

Ionia-
How do you become a Lich?

The Lich-
Traditionally, a Lich is born from a powerful and evil caster. There are rituals that can transform such people into Liches and there have been times that a truly evil caster becomes a Lich upon death. The main ingredient is to be evil to your core. So evil that it does not fade after death.

There are spells that can force a Lich transformation on an enemy or create one from the corpse of a pure caster, but those are weaker servant Liches.

A final note on Liches is that they keep their souls in another item. This is to allow them to return from destruction, which makes them one of the more complicated undead to destroy. The item is usually hidden far away from the Lich.

Ionia-
I could be a Lich!

The Lich-
If you feel you’re evil enough and have enough magic that it will carry over into death then you can be.

Ionia-
I figure a certain author may kill me eventually for suggesting edits anyway.

I will work on the magic

The Lich-
I’m sure he will behave. He’s still wallowing in guilt for creating something truly horrible. It’s fun to watch him squirm.

Ionia-
If you could choose someone to play you in a movie, who would you choose?

The Lich-
I’m not very familiar with a lot of your actors, so I will pick one of the few I know. Tim Curry.

Ionia-
Oh…I was thinking Skeletor You know…that chick from Twilight is really boney

The Lich-
I have not been subjected to those movies yet. I find the look of those vampires rather distasteful. No rotting or smears of blood or anything truly monstrous about them.

Ionia-
Oh trust me….They are monstrous. They have the power to make me gag. They don’t even require gesticulating.

Do you celebrate Halloween in Windemere?

The Lich-
We are unfamiliar with the tradition since actual monsters prowl the night. The closest we have is the Day of Darkness. It is a twenty-four hour period of pure darkness where the undead rule and mortals hide in their homes.

I have heard of one person talking about inventing a holiday like your Halloween, but she’s rather odd . . . even for a gypsy.

Ionia-
Maybe you could dress up as Luke? Free candy…
You could go out with me…

The Lich-
Transform into one of my most hated enemies? You might be onto something. I still taste his aura, so it is entirely possible to steal his form.

Ionia-
See..I told you I could do evil. Teach me….my number is 867-5309

The Lich-
I lack a cellphone, but I’m sure I can send a message through more amusing means. Is there a pig farm around here?

Ionia-
Just wait…I will get the # for zombie wireless. Okay…that’s 666-6660. ;)

The Lich-
I notice an obsession with 6′s in your world. Why is that?

Ionia-
We have an obsession with 6 because 5 and 7 are boring and not curvy enough. We like fat bottoms.

The Lich-
Such a sexual world. Are all of you gypsies, succubi, or from Bor’daruk?

Ionia-
I may be a gypsie. Or a vampire princess. Either way I have a big 6.

The Lich-
Then you need not bother becoming a Lich. Vampires are another creature entirely and are unable to become Liches.

Ionia-
I will have to go to ancestry.com and get back to you. Do you hear something?

The Lich-
Many things. Zombies shuffling, the creatures of the Caster Swamp, my allies talking behind my back. It is rather noisy here.

Ionia-
This sounded like laughter… Uhm…you just grew boobs….

The Lich-
I have a distinct sense that I should be worried. After all, you were the one who insinuated that I had a thing for that harsh mercenary woman in my earlier interview this year.

Ionia-
I think I should go…and let you deal with…her

The Lich-
Oh . . . her . . . I should send her after someone else. Someone worthy of being annoyed to the point of insanity.

Ionia-
Uhm….I stand by that Selenia statement.

The Lich-
You are still wrong. The only thing I want from that woman is her beating heart on a pike.

Ionia-
With that small waist…that doesn’t look too bad on you…he he

The Lich-
*waves hand to undo transformation spell* She should have been locked up in a cage.

Ionia-
Thank you, Lich, for the interview. I hope we have cleared up some misconceptions about what you are and what you do. I’m going to go work on a summoning spell. I want cupcakes.
The Lich-
I believe your people call it baking or ordering out.

Ionia-
We really are boring…

The Lich-
You merely live in a world with magic and monster. In my world, you’ll never be bored . . . if you survived.

Ionia-

*POOF!!!!* 🍄

Uh…A little help here…

Succubus by Manidiforbice (Found in Yahoo Image Search)

Succubus by Manidiforbice (Found in Yahoo Image Search)

The Lich-

Much better.

Ionia-
I can’t rock this shite. It’s the wings. They itch.

The Lich-
I prefer traveling as mist, but I assume wings feel better if you stretch them and give them air.

Ionia-
Will you catch me if I fall?

The Lich-
I have minions for that.

Ionia-
Right…never trust a Lich

The Lich-
Of course not. We are evil creatures who work from the shadows. We do not get physically involved.

Ionia-
Wait…that’s what I do…. Ask the csb editors….

The Lich-
I see. Are those demons or zombies?

Ionia-
They are water ghasts. Seems we got off track…have you been taking lessons from the author?

The Lich-
Interesting choice of minions. I’m merely stalling for time while I learn more about your world and leave a delicious spell for future use.

Ionia-
They ride the wave. If you keep stalling I’m going to go interview Trinity

The Lich-
Very well. What else do you wish to know?

Ionia-
Do you want us talking about you in public?

The Lich-
There is no harm in it. The word of my existence brings people to investigate, which gives me more zombies and other experiments.

Ionia-
I want to know…boxers or briefs?

The Lich-
I lack those parts to bother with such items.

Ionia-
Your sexy just went down

The Lich-
My kind are not know for being sexy. You are thinking of vampires in terms of attractive undead.

Ionia-
No. I really dig your kill them all let Gabriel sort them out attitude.

The Lich-
Amusing phrase. It is entertaining to make trouble for my master’s greatest enemy.