Review Smarter, Not Harder

I am an author and a book reviewer. Here are some of my views from both sides.

As an author, I try not to read my own reviews too often. I’ll glance over them and see if someone pointed out something I need to be aware of, but most of the time, it doesn’t lead to anything good. Since everyone is entitled to their opinion–even if it’s to hate my books–I just leave them be. Sometimes, this is really hard.

Like one review that got after me about the romance in my book “not cutting it” for a paranormal romance…when NOWHERE in ANYTHING do I class my book as a romance or belonging in the genre. It is paranormal suspense. I don’t list it in the romance category, or put romance in the keywords, don’t mention it in the book summary, or advertise it as such.

There is a touch of romance in the story, but it is, indeed, minor. Because I wasn’t writing a romance. Yet I got yelled at for not putting enough romance in my not-romance story.

I held my tongue and moved on. I considered writing a post like this, but procrastinated about it. Until I got an email from a friend the other day, who is also a writer.

She was upset about a review that pulled two big elements out of her story and said she didn’t know anything about them and needed to research more. The one that stuck out the most was how she was accused of not writing the effects of cancer on a terminal patient correctly. My friend is also a nurse, who has treated patients with cancer. She knows what she’s talking about.

Between this and the other, this reviewer was obviously what I’m going to call an armchair quarterback who didn’t have the wealth of personal experience that my friend did yet felt they had the right to decide she was writing it wrong, even though she wasn’t. (Thirty seconds to read an author bio would have told this reviewer that this author is also a practicing nurse.)

This struck close to home for my friend and she almost stopped publishing, but happily she was persuaded otherwise. Even so, I understand the feeling.

This isn’t going to be a diatribe against reviewers who “author bash” because there’s been enough of those. This won’t be a rallying cry for authors to go out against reviewers, because I know that’s a bad idea and won’t tell someone to do it. No, this is about my recommendation to those out there who decide to write reviews.

The internet gives you a big box to stand on and a microphone. So consider what you’re about to say before you start talking.

Am I saying to not write negative reviews? Not at all. I will review any book I choose to, even if what I say isn’t positive. Some reviewers won’t post a review under three stars because they don’t want to hurt an author’s feelings or prefer to focus on the positive. I get that. I respect it. But that’s not my philosophy. I think the author may need to know the issues, and readers need to know what they’re getting into.

But I try to review smart. I never bash the author personally. And I make sure I know what I’m talking about, like I won’t criticize a horror author for not having enough sci-fi. Or a YA author for not having enough adult scenes. If my only knowledge of something is having read some fictional books on it, then I won’t pretend I know about it. If I think an author is off-track on something but I don’t have that real knowledge of it, I’ll say that I was uncertain. Or that something didn’t work for me.

I’m not saying don’t review. I’m not saying don’t write negative reviews. If a book has problems, you are in your right to point it out. I’m saying that reviewers wield power and yes, with great power comes great responsibility. Don’t treat the internet like a shield. Think before you write: be sure of the ground you’re on and knowledge you’re wielding. Because reviewers need to put as much effort into their reviews as authors into their books.

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Available Now!

As promised, the new charity anthology Reaching Out is available for purchase now! You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords! Other vendors like Kobo and Apple will have it soon!

 

Reaching Out: A Romance Anthology

helping hand

Romance can be found among the darkest of times. In this anthology, you’ll find four tales of sweet romance about those who dedicate their time, and sometimes even their lives, to helping others. 100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

Cross My Heart by Abigail Owen
A Healing Touch by Jessica Nicholls
Lesson Learned by Crystal G. Smith
Hope by Mia Darien

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Coming Soon!

I’m very pleased to announce that a new anthology will be released on May 12! Reaching Out features four stories of sweet romance from myself, Abigail Owen, Jessica Nicholls and Crystal G. Smith. 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, and all these stories focus on the men and women who dedicate their time, energy and sometimes even their lives to helping others.

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Guest Post: “How I Made My First Sale” by Yvette Allen-Tatum

Last week, Yvette Allen-Tatum joined us to answer Ten Questions, and now she’s back with a guest post about her first sale!

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In all honesty, my first book sale had absolutely nothing to do with me. I was actually very uncomfortable talking to people the first time I went out to do a book promotion. I was at a local book store, myself and a few other authors, trying to promote and sell our books. I found myself more comfortable talking with the other authors, as opposed trying to talk to potential customers about my book. Fortunately for me, my husband accompanied to my first book promotion and was responsible for my very first book sale. This actually happened with my first book, Welcome to My Morning Glory.

I believe I was uncomfortable because of the fear of rejection; both of which, fear and rejection, can have a crippling effect upon anyone! I thank God every day for my husband being there with me. Not just because he sold my first book, but more importantly, I learned from him how to talk to potentially customers and how to promote and sell myself. I learned from him how to relax and just be me, instead of being a robot. At first, I created a script to ensure I was capturing the essence of what my book was about. However, this caused me to be more concerned about getting through the script that I never connected with the person right there in front of me. I ended up appearing to be more interested in the book – selling the book, rather than talking to the person. This is definitely a turn-off for most people.

My first true sale was when I realized all I needed to be was “me.” I wrote the book, therefore, who knew more about it than I did? So, I began to provide a synopsis of my book according to whoever was right in front of me. I first engaged the person in conversation about themselves and then connected with them on their level. This was way easier than my first approach. Clearly just starting out I really just didn’t know what to do.

With my current book, I Didn’t Know: Identifying, Confronting and Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse, I have a vested interest, I’m passionate, I’m advocating for a cause and provoking others to start a movement; therefore, sharing and discussing my book is easy. I not only want to get my book in the hands of others – I need to get my book in the hands of others. I am on a mission; I have an assignment on my life to Raise Public Awareness and Raise Public Consciousness about Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).

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Yvette Allen-Tatum Cover Art

You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers. You can find the author at her site!

Yvette Allen-Tatum Author Photo

About the Author: Author, Teacher, Advocate, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, the list goes on… Born some 40 plus years ago, this mighty Woman of God is Blessed with Grace, Intelligence and a Prophetic Teaching Anointing.

Yvette is in the process of earning a Master of Arts in Human Services, Concentration in Executive Leadership, at Liberty University. She earned her Master of Divinity Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Grace Christian College; she is also a graduate of the University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance and a Minor in Leadership Studies. In addition, she has 30 plus years of experience in income tax preparation and bookkeeping.

Yvette is the Founder of Surrounded By Faith Ministries, Inc. Surrounded by Faith Ministries is a DESTINY-DRIVEN outreach ministry with a mandate from God to transform LIVES with the Word of God. The Word of God is not only ACTIVE and ALIVE but PERPETUAL. Because of this, we expect God to EXPONENTIALLY reach those we may never see simply because of those HE has entrusted us to TRAIN and EQUIP.

To date, Yvette has authored two books “Welcome to my Morning Glory” and “I Didn’t Know”, She has taught numerous Bible Studies, has been a featured speaker at several conferences and hosted numerous ministry events; most notably The Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conferences sponsored by Surrounded By Faith Ministries, Inc.

What began as a mandate from God to train and equip women in the ways of the Lord so they would become like the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible, has expanded to a platform of child advocacy. Actually, her spiritual focus has always been on the family unit – to receive and achieve spiritual wholeness. God has taken this mighty vessel by various routes to touch and reach the masses. First, targeting women – to strengthen them as the nurturing forces they were created to be; and now giving a voice to the voiceless – our children.

All of this is how she started; it has yet to be revealed who she shall be or how she will finish. You’ll just have to wait and see.

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Ten Questions with… Yvette Allen-Tatum

As a guest previously scheduled before my shift in posting sites, I am happy to welcome Yvette Allen-Tatum, who joins us today to talk to us about her non-fiction book I Didn’t Know: Identifying, Confronting and Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse.

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Yvette Allen-Tatum Author Photo

Author Bio: Author, Teacher, Advocate, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, the list goes on… Born some 40 plus years ago, this mighty Woman of God is Blessed with Grace, Intelligence and a Prophetic Teaching Anointing.

Yvette is in the process of earning a Master of Arts in Human Services, Concentration in Executive Leadership, at Liberty University. She earned her Master of Divinity Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Grace Christian College; she is also a graduate of the University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance and a Minor in Leadership Studies. In addition, she has 30 plus years of experience in income tax preparation and bookkeeping.

Yvette is the Founder of Surrounded By Faith Ministries, Inc. Surrounded by Faith Ministries is a DESTINY-DRIVEN outreach ministry with a mandate from God to transform LIVES with the Word of God. The Word of God is not only ACTIVE and ALIVE but PERPETUAL. Because of this, we expect God to EXPONENTIALLY reach those we may never see simply because of those HE has entrusted us to TRAIN and EQUIP.

To date, Yvette has authored two books “Welcome to my Morning Glory” and “I Didn’t Know”, She has taught numerous Bible Studies, has been a featured speaker at several conferences and hosted numerous ministry events; most notably The Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conferences sponsored by Surrounded By Faith Ministries, Inc.

What began as a mandate from God to train and equip women in the ways of the Lord so they would become like the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible, has expanded to a platform of child advocacy. Actually, her spiritual focus has always been on the family unit – to receive and achieve spiritual wholeness. God has taken this mighty vessel by various routes to touch and reach the masses. First, targeting women – to strengthen them as the nurturing forces they were created to be; and now giving a voice to the voiceless – our children.

All of this is how she started; it has yet to be revealed who she shall be or how she will finish. You’ll just have to wait and see.

Author Site: http://www.yvetteallentatum.com

You can find her books at all online retail outlets and on her personal websites!

About the Writer

1. What five words describe you?
Sorry, I have nine: Author, Teacher, Advocate, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ

2. What drew you to start writing?
I’m really not sure what or who inspired me to become a writer. I have always written in some form or fashion nearly all my life. Most of my early writings probably came from my day-dreams and then just writing down what I dreamed about. From there I picked up journaling and began to write-down different things that I believed God was speaking to me through visions and/or Scripture.

When I started writing plays for my Church, specifically for the Children’s Church program, was when I actually began to believe my writings were for more than an audience of me. During those days, most of those stories came from my personal experiences while going through a divorce.

I guess the short answer is that I have always believed that I had a story to tell.

3. What inspires you?
God, Life and myself – God is the giver of all life and that’s all the inspiration I can handle.

4. What distracts you?
Life – whenever I take my eyes off God I become distracted by life events. My ultimate goal in life is to not be moved by anything other than God.

5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I do not know that I have a favorite story, but I too am a sucker for stories of redemption. I also enjoy stories of beating the odds. I can tell you that I am a movie buff and that one of my favorite movies is Sparkle; not the remake, though I did enjoy the twist they added with the remake, but I fell in love with the original movie with Irene Cara and Philip Michael Thomas.

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About the Writing

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1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
Well, to date I have written two books: Welcome to my Morning Glory and I Didn’t Know: Identifying, Confronting and Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse.

Welcome to my Morning Glory is my personal adventure of growing up and finding God. It details my lessons learned of looking for love in all the wrong places to how God will bless you when you allow Him to guide and lead you into all truth – including love.

In my current book, I Didn’t Know, I share my personal experience(s) of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Perhaps more important than the abuse, I explain how I didn’t know that I had been abused. While I understood that I had been inappropriately touched, I did not have the language or the knowledge to communicate that I had been abused – sexually abused. Moreover, I thought sexual abuse was the equivalent of penetration; I later learned that it encompasses so much more.

In addition, I share with the reader(s) how to Identify, Confront and Overcome Child Sexual Abuse (my subtitle).

2. What’s your favorite part about writing these books?
I really cannot say. For me, each chapter was built upon the previous chapter which for me increased the momentum for writing the book. I was enthusiastic about sharing not only my story, but the facts about Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). The facts are equally as important as the stories because people need to know the truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:32 NIV)

3. What do you hope readers gain most from your work?
I believe there are many lessons to be learned from my book, but the most important lesson is to be able to identify Child Sexual Abuse. Identification is where it all starts. We cannot confront what we don’t know and we definitely cannot overcome those things we do not confront.

The Bible states, “My people suffer for lack of knowledge.” I hope to equip people with the knowledge of CSA and together we can make a mark that cannot be erased by annihilating Child Sexual Abuse.

4. What have you gotten out of your writing?
In a word, “Inspiration!” Each time I accomplish something new whether it is writing or something else, I’m inspired!

5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
From a literary perspective – I have plans to write a children’s book speaking to children on their level about Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). With this book I hope to help children to be able to identify Child Sexual Abuse and to encourage them to tell a responsible adult that they have been touched inappropriately. I understand that children may not know what I mean by responsible adult, therefore, I plan to identify for them who those responsible parties are: parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, older siblings/cousins, teachers, school nurse, policeman, firemen, etc., in the book. Yet, I am not ignorant of the fact that some of these people could have been the very one(s) who touched them. Statistics show that 90% of child victims know their offenders. Moreover, I aim to equip parents with tools and techniques to get the conversation started with their children. Ultimately, I aim to start a movement to eradicate Child Sexual Abuse one community at a time.

From a Community or Public Awareness Perspective – I am currently gearing up to host my most compelling event as of yet, The I Didn’t Know Public Forum to RAISE Public Awareness and Raise Public Consciousness About Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). The Forum is scheduled for 4/19/14 in Richmond, Va.

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Thank you for joining us today, Yvette, and good luck with your books!

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News from Adelheid!

I know that it’s been a while since our favorite city has had something to talk about here, but wait no longer! I have not one but two bits of news that I hope y’all will enjoy!

First off, there’s a new short story! Sheltered follows Edward. That hadn’t been my plan after writing Family Matters, but I discuss this in a special Author’s Note at the end of the story. ;)

Short Story, Between the Tales 4.5: Sheltered

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Love is love in any form.

Several years ago, Edward spent eight months as a bullmastiff. And he learned a few things about life and love while being unexpectedly stuck as a shelter dog.

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Secondly! This is just a bit of fun, but there is now a Stanton Agency website and Facebook! It’s pretty sparse right now, but I’ll be expanding over time. You can go there (particularly FB) if you ever want to talk to the employees and I’ll respond in character. ;)

http://stantonagency.miadarien.com

Happy Reading!

Mia

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A Few Changes at From Mia’s Desk

With spring on the horizon and for a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with, I’m doing a little rearranging here at From Mia’s Desk.

My sister site, Boom Baby Reviews, is somewhere I’m focusing more time and attention on, posting not only reviews but hosting blog tour stops. As such, I’ve decided to suspend author and character interviews here on From Mia’s Desk and move them there. Character interviews will remain the same, but the author interviews will change.

I will still be posting guest posts here on From Mia’s Desk, as well as whatever else I feel like regarding my fellow authors and my writing community. Otherwise, posts here will focus on the craft of writing and on my own writing, like new releases and news about the various series and books that I have.

Any authors who are interested in having an author or character interview are still welcome and encouraged to contact me, either here or via the Boom Baby Review site, which can be located in the links on the right hand side of the page.

And…that’s it. I’ll leave up the pages with links to old interviews, however, so people can still read them. As my life outside of authoring and inside of authoring is in a constant state of flux, other tweaks may come along but that’s it for now. :)

Happy Reading!
Mia

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One Question: A Multi-Author Post

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my computer when my husband walked past me and said, apropos of nothing really, what two books he would leave behind to describe himself to others. I sat back and thought for a moment and two books instantly leaped to mind for myself, and then came an idea to torture my fellow authors. Or so they told me after I asked them… ;D

I asked several of them to name the two books they’d leave behind (written by themselves or others) to tell other people about who they were. Here is the list of what they said. Because it would be a mystery to come across these books, I’ve chosen not to include any explanations for why they chose these books. Their answers are listed below in no particular order.

The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
–Chris Galford (http://cianphelan.wordpress.com/)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Liber Null & Psychnaut by Peter J. Carroll
– Suzi M. (http://amzn.com/e/B003TTLGP2)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
– Lisa Eugene (https://www.facebook.com/LisaEugeneTheSweetSpot)

The Scar by Sergey & Marina Dyachenko
The Ridge by Michael Kortya
– Mia Darien (http://www.miadarien.com)

The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self Discovery by David G. Benner
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
– Dariel Raye (http://pendarielraye.blogspot.com/)

Absolutely Done by Dominae Primus
Daily Doses & Vital Verses by Dominae Primus
– Dominae Primus (http://dominaeprimus.blogspot.com)

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Swept Away by Crystal Smith
– Crystal Smith (http:/crystalr022.wix.com/sisterauthors)

The Dreamweaver’s Journey by Diana Wicker
The Story of Religion by Betsy & Giulio Maestro
– Diana Wicker (https://talesfromfeyron.squarespace.com/welcome)

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Evan Torelli (http://evantorelli.blogspot.com)

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
– Steve Thomas (http://kalhariaonline.com/)

Milk in my Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickey
Ebony Magazine by Various
–Diantha Jones (http://www.diantha-jones.com/)

A Chat with A. L. Butcher & Dii’Athella from ‘The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles’

Today, we welcome back A. L. Butcher, who joins us with Dii’Athella, from The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Hello to you both!

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Mia: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Dii’Athella: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. It is what you would call a fantasy adventure, with magic, romance, strange creatures and heroes.

Mia: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Dii’Athella: I am an elven sorceress. I used to be a ‘Kept’ – which is a slave. No elf is free, that is the law of the land but a mage or sorcerer is even more forbidden. Magic is illegal. I escaped from the house of the man who owned me, he was very unkind and cruel. As I said elves are not free, so I was quickly captured. I had very little money and no papers, so it was very difficult to move around. Luckily I was rescued by a wonderful man, Archos, Lord of Tremellic, he treats me very well and is very kind. I love to read, I was fortunate that my foster mother taught me. Most elves cannot read, in fact literacy is not encourage by the ruling Order of Witch-Hunters. I suppose they think the populace might start asking awkward questions. Most of the common folk are too busy surviving to learn.

Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Dii’Athella: At first I thought she was very mean, giving me such a terrible life but then I suppose my life does get a lot better. Things are certainly exciting when she is around.

Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Dii’Athella: The first story is my escape and rescue and then finding the wicked slavers who have taken the elves from one of the nearby villages. There is a lot of hatred, and a lot of revenge. The second story is a journey, but not a simple quest of travelling from one place to another. It is a journey of people too; my own discoveries about my history, and the journey of another character Marden who finds his beliefs turned about. Of course there is the journey to find the Shining Citadel, the elven city of Lor’Arthinis, lost for centuries. We have many adventures and encounters on the way.

Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
Dii’Athella: It is what I am, I know nothing else.

Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Dii’Athella: I think things may become very difficult for us. The Witch-Hunters are unlikely to relinquish power easily or willingly. Yet we have a tight bond, and a goodly set of friends and allies.

Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Dii’Athella: Oh yes, there is another book in planning in which I appear briefly, although it mostly features my husband’s daughter, Mirandra, and the trolls who helped us in our journey to the Citadel. There will be other adventures, I am certain, before the final curtain as they say. There are many allies to find and we must ensure the safety of our people.

Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Dii’Athella: I actually have no idea.

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Author Bio: Alexandra Butcher is a British author, who lives in the South West UK. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading, history, nature, watching movies and going to the theatre. She has a background in sociology, politics and history which have been useful in her writing career.  She has a variety of pets, who eat a lot and don’t pay the rent.

Author Site: http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/

Buy Link: Amazon (Book I and Book II)
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Buy Link: Barnes & Noble (Book I and Book II)
Buy Link: iTunes (Book I and Book II).

Ten Questions with…A. L. Butcher

Today, we are joined by A. L. Butcher, who is the author of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, as well as various short stories. Welcome!

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Author Bio: Alexandra Butcher is a British author, who lives in the South West UK. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading, history, nature, watching movies and going to the theatre. She has a background in sociology, politics and history which have been useful in her writing career.  She has a variety of pets, who eat a lot and don’t pay the rent.

Author Sitehttp://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/

You can find her books on Amazon (Book I and Book II), Smashwords (Book I and Book II), Barnes & Noble (Book I and Book II), and iTunes (Book I and Book II).

About the Writer

1. What five words describe you?
Creative, rebellious, loyal, weird, forgetful

2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
Oh gosh, I have no idea. I have written stories and poems for as long as I can remember. If you mean other than at school – let me see. I have some fan-fic around Phantom of the Opera if that counts. I was trying to write a novel as well using an adaptation of the character. Fortunately it is stuffed under the bed in a notebook.

3. What inspires you?
Nature, other people, history, dreams, things I think of in the bath.

4. What distracts you?
Pretty much everything. I have a terrible concentration span. Facebook and the internet are the worst. I am actually pretty good at multitasking as my brain seems inclined to be able to focus on several things at once more than one thing. I was always terrible in exams – 3 hours of trying to concentrate on one thing was really hard for me. Even if I knew the information it was getting it out of my head and onto paper without my bra.in wandering off which I struggled with

5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I don’t have one particular book or story above all the others but I do like anti-heroes or heroic type fantasy. I like a troubled character. One of my favourite books is The Count of Monte Cristo, which is the ultimate revenge novel. I like a book which hooks me in early, it needs to be exciting and plausible. I hate silly and implausible plots and weak characters.

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About the Writing

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1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I
The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II
I also have short fantasy stories in the following anthologies:
A Splendid Salmagundi
Wyrd Worlds
No Sleeves and Short Dresses

2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
I love the journey of the story. I usually know the beginning and the end but how I get there is up to the characters. I like the research too. There isn’t a huge amount but I have studied herblore, geography, historical weaponry and other useful subjects.

3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
I hate to think! Why are you so mean? Stop getting distracted and write our stories.

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4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
Oh gosh. For Archos someone older – maybe Ian McKellan; for Dii, I actually have no idea; Olek perhaps Zachary Quinto or Alexander Siddiq; for Ozena Jennifer Lawrence or Zoe Saladana.

5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I am working on Book III of the series. I am also working on a number of anthology pieces, both for my own collection, the Indie Collaboration and a couple of fantasy ones.
Hopefully at some point there will be a book of erotic short stories.

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Thanks for joining us today, Alexandra, and good luck with your stories!

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