MAIAM–Rebecca Howie, The Sam Beckett Mysteries

The days are definitely getting colder and darker. That’s the best time to curl up with a good book–especially a mystery. This month’s featured indie author is Rebecca Howie, writer and blogger of For The Love of Fiction. Definitely check out her website.

 

A Woman Scorned

 

First things first, what’s the name of your current book?

It’s called A Woman Scorned, and it’s the second instalment in the Sam Beckett Mysteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.

I actually have loads of titles which don’t have stories yet, but two of my favourites are ‘Retribution’ and ‘Trial by Fire’. I have no idea if I’ll ever use them, but I liked the sound of them when I thought them up, so I might try and write a story for each.

 

Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?

I like ‘mellifluous’ and ‘ethereal’ and ‘denouement’ because they sound nice, but my favourite word is ‘defenestration’ because I never expected its meaning to be what it is.

 

Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?

I used to write whenever I had the time, but since I found it difficult to get focussed on A Woman Scorned, I made myself write for a few hours every morning, and that’s become my routine.

 

Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?

Character names have to feel right for me, and I can waste a lot of time trying to pick one. They need to suit the character, and they also have to fit in with the story’s setting, so it takes me a while to name new characters.

Luckily I didn’t have to spend too much time naming the main characters in The Game Begins and A Woman Scorned, because I’d already written them in other projects, or their names just came to me while I was writing.

 

Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?

The first thing I do as soon as I finish a project is to switch my laptop off, and I’ll either watch a film, or go out a walk. I like just being able to take a break and getting to clear my head, although when I finished writing A Woman Scorned, my break took about three months, and I didn’t go near my computer once during that time.

 

We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.

I never planned to publish anything I’d written, so seeing my books being for sale on Amazon and Waterstones was unexpected. It’s still strange, and I haven’t quite wrapped my head around the fact that I’ve written two books and that other people have read them and enjoyed them, although it’s almost been three years since I started writing The Game Begins.

 

Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?

I’d quite like to know what James Oswald thinks of my writing, or Ian Rankin. I love their writing, so it would be amazing if they even knew of my existence, although I’d be terrified if I thought they were reading my books.

 

Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?

Too many to count, and I don’t think I want to ever attempt it. You can’t move in my room for notepads and stationary.

 

Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?

I love watching life happening around me, whether it’s people going about their day, or just nature running its course. Overheard conversations on public transport are a great source of inspiration for me, as are local newspapers, and living in the countryside means I get to see lots of birds of prey and wild animals in their element, which is always calming to see.

 

As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?

The internet. I spent a lot of time researching things for my writing, and I can fritter away hours Googling things which only have the faintest relevance to my writing projects.

 

We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?

I made it a resolution in January to try reading more indie novels, and I’ve read a few including K.J. Chapman’s Evo Nation trilogy, Suzanne Rogerson’s Visions of Zarua, and Ian Gregoire’s Exercise of Vital Powers.

The great thing I love about trying new authors is that I’m reading books in other genres, so I plan to keep finding more indie authors with even more stories to pass my time with.

 

It was great getting to know you better as a person and a writer, Rebecca! Thanks for participating in MAIAM.

MAIAM–Catherine Green, aka Spooky Mrs. Green

Summer and autumn are battling it out, but I have reason to be grateful. The weather here is finally showing signs of getting nippy and the holiday season is fast approaching. I’ve always thought Halloween was a great way to usher in a period of time full of whimsy and enchantment. I can think of no one better to interview at this time of year than Catherine Green, a writer of paranormal stories filled with the creatures that frighten and fascinate. Her books are sure to get you into the spirit of this coming season!

Return of the Vampire Hunter[2755]

 

 

First things first, what’s the name of your current book?

My most recent published novel is Return of the Vampire Hunter, released December 2017. My most recent book included the short story The Trouble with Wolves (A Redcliffe Short Story) in the anthology Filth – An Anthology for naughty girls with dirty desires.

 

 

 

 

 

New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.

Night Stairs to Dormitory – I saw it on a sign at Lindisfarne Priory during my summer vacation.

 

Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?

Ooh, I have so many favourite words! OK, Xenophobia is one that I discovered during research for my university dissertation many years ago – I like the way it sounds.

 

Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?

I am definitely a night owl, although most of my writing nowadays is done during school hours. I used to write while my babies were in bed, and that was a very productive time for me.

 

Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?

They tell me! I haven’t struggled to find names too much, at least not for my main characters and locations.

 

Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?

I drink a glass of wine and eat a bar of chocolate – usually Galaxy or Dairy Milk!

 

We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.

I never realized just how satisfying it is to write. Even when I scribble in a notebook or write in my journal, I come away smiling. It just feels good.

 

Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?

That’s a tricky question! I would probably ask Laurell K Hamilton – she inspired me with her Anita Blake, vampire hunter series.

 

Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?

I don’t know! We moved house recently and I still can’t find a bunch of notebooks with story ideas and reports that I need now. I must have about three notebooks waiting to be written in, three journals on the go, my witchy notebooks, my Tarot ones, my general writer ones… 15, 20 maybe?

 

Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?

Our local canal. The boats are always changing, and I experience new sights, smells and sounds with them. We have a resident heron, lots of ducks and swans, and of course the daily dog walkers (of which I am one). So much inspiration!

 

As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?

Crafts! I gaze longingly at my Decopatch kits, my cardmaking supplies, and all those seasonal projects, and have to sit on my fingers or glue them to the keyboard (figuratively speaking, of course!) to make me write.

 

We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?

Yes! I am keen to support Joy Pearson, my very good friend and local writer who recently released her new book Untangling the Webs.

And shoutout to my fellow contributors in the Filth anthology – C.A. Bell, Holly J Gill, Rachael Stewart, Jennah Thornhill and Sienna Grant.

 

Catherine Green Author Bio:

Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.

If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.

More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!

Known as SpookyMrsGreen: The Pagan Housewife, Catherine runs a pagan lifestyle blog chronicling her adventures in mothering and magic, with a series of non-fiction books to follow, when she finds time to write them!

You can find Catherine in the following places:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SpookyMrsGreen

Author blog – http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter page –  https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen

The Pagan Housewife Blog – http://spookymrsgreen.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/spookymrsgreen/

Amazon US Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinegreen

Amazon UK Author Page – https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005BTNHTG

 

#Character Charades, A writer’s challenge by Rachel Farrimond

38 CharacterCharades

This challenge was posted by Rachel Farrimond on her blog. It sounded like fun (and an excellent way to procrastinate while “working” on my novella) and a great way to introduce my readers to my new project.

  1. Name the character you have found so difficult to write: My character is Conall Grant.
  2. Why was he so challenging: I tend to write stories from a female perspective and I had to look at a male perspective in terms of love. He’s so buttoned-up, but he has a romantic streak and believes in love at first sight and soulmates. It was maddening!
  3. Questions:

Book/Film/TV Show/Play: A paranormal romance WIP, The Cemetery Circle (due out mid-Oct.), is a novella about a woman who leaves her life and complications behind in the US and moves to Scotland only to discover she’s part of an ancient tradition of minding the dead.

The: Conall Grant is the love interest of protagonist, Altagracia “Cia” Flores. He is the solicitor handling her late grandmother’s estate.

Short Words: He’s a steady, buttoned-up character who believes in soulmates.

Sounds Like/Doesn’t Sound Like: He is a cross between Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and Jaime Fraser from the Outlander series. Proper and passionate!

One Syllable: He has a strong attachment to his family.

Song: “Try not to get yourself killed.”

  1. Tag, you’re it! SpookyMrsGreen blogger, Catherine Green and Suzanne Rogerson, fantasy author.

Self-Pub Fantasy Month!

This is an amazing idea and I great way to support indie authors.

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SelfPubFantasyMonth

Self-Published Fantasy Month is here!

If you haven’t been following along lately, September is Self-Pub Fantasy Month here on Off The TBR, and you’re invited to join in on the fun. This is a month where we’re going to celebrate and discuss all things self-pub fantasy. Some context behind the motivation for this month devoted to self-pub fantasy can be found in my post The 2018 #SPFBO (And Maybe A Self-Pub Fantasy Month).

So what can you expect to see here on the blog this month? Well, I’m still new to this so things won’t get too crazy. But you should expect to see the following:

  • Self-Pub Book Reviews: I mean that’s a given right? All of the reviews this month will be for self-pub fantasy. I’m working on one that I should have up this weekend.
  • Author Interviews: I hope to have at least a couple (maybe more) author…

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