WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Meg Eden

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

megMeg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at http://www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal

 

Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Meg: A bird. I’ve always wanted to fly.

Wolf: I like the idea of flying as well. At least as long as I’m not actually flying. (Ask my kids about me on a plane.) What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Meg: Coagulated pig’s blood soup in Thailand.

Wolf: Can’t say as though I’ve tried that one. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Meg: I always pick archers in my strategy games, so probably a bow and arrow. I love long range weapons and the idea of being able to hide in a tree instead of being in close combat.

Wolf: That’s my pick too. I love archery. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Meg: I don’t know if I’ve done much of anything nice for my characters… >_>

Wolf: Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Meg: I used to be all the way a dog person, anti-cat and all too, until I got married and we got a cat. Now I’m a non-discriminating animal lover J

Wolf: While walking in the woods you come across…

Meg: An abandoned theme park!

Wolf: Fun. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Meg: Time travel! Writing is the closest I get to this, but I’d love to go back in time and watch history happen.

Wolf: The world is about to end. What is the first thing you do?

Meg: I feel like my instinct would be to pack my bag full of non-perishables like crackers and power bars. Old habits die hard.

Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?

Meg: Whichever MC I’m currently writing. J

Wolf: What story are you working on now?

Meg: I’m currently rewriting the novel that got me my first agent! It’s an old project that needs a lot of work, but it’s fun to see how much it’s changing and how I read it differently after all this time!

Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Meg: Playing video games and watching game playthroughs, doodling, scrollsawing, walking.

Wolf: Thanks for stopping by. You can learn more about Meg Eden at these link:

Facebook: Meg Eden Writes Poems

Twitter: @ConfusedNarwhal

www.megedenbooks.com

Advertisements
Posted in interview | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

RavenCon: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

RAVENCON2018-PosterSmall

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview Ann Quinn

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Ann authorAnn Quinn’s poetry was selected by Stanley Plumly as first place winner in the 2015 Bethesda Literary Arts Festival poetry contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work is published in Potomac Review, Little Patuxent Review, Beechwood Review, Haibun Today, and Snapdragon, and is included in the anthology Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women. The daughter of a Naval Aviator who went to elementary school in Pax River, several of Ann’s  poems in “Final Deployment” reflect on that time. Ann lives in Maryland with her family where she teaches music and plays clarinet with the Columbia Orchestra. Her degrees are in music performance; she fell in love with poetry in mid-life. Her chapbook, “Final Deployment,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Please visit online at www.annquinn.net.

Wolf:  If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?

Ann: I would be a Galapagos tortoise. I love islands, I love the sea, and I love the slow, contemplative life.

Wolf:  That sounds great. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Ann: Pepper spray. I hear that it is very effective, and I have no desire to kill or wound another.

Wolf:  You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.

Ann: I am a sycamore tree, 54 years old. I am tall and graceful. My skin (bark) is somewhat peeling and patchy, but this just adds to my interest and beauty. I live near a river and communicate with the other trees in the valley. I have a lot of family nearby as we all love the water so, but we also get along with our neighbors — the maples, dogwoods, etc. I proudly house families of squirrels and birds. I also enjoy my insect guests. It is wonderful being able to start over every spring with new foliage.

Wolf:  That sounds beautiful. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Ann: Flight!

Wolf:  Soaring through the air is fun. It’s also good for escaping danger. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Ann: Walk the other way and alert someone.

Wolf:  What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

Ann: A large box of matches or a lighter that would last a long time. A soft blanket that dries easily. A water purifier. Another person, preferably my husband. Soap.

Wolf:  What story are you working on now?

Ann: I have been working on a set of poems about my grandmother, who was born in a tiny farm community in Illinois in 1914 and thought she would always live there, but in 1949 she moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where she spent the rest of her life. Some of these poems have found their way into my graduate thesis, which is due at the end of April. I will graduate with my MFA in poetry from Pacific Lutheran University in August.

Wolf:  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ann: Make dinner, clean the kitchen, organize my stuff, read the NY Times—you know, procrastinate. I’m not a TV watcher but have enjoyed “Stranger Things” lately with my 13-year-old daughter. I also do yoga and practice clarinet (which I teach).

Wolf:  Feel free to come to my house next time you need to procrastinate. Thanks for visiting.

You can connect with Ann at this link: www.annquinn.net

 

Posted in interview | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’VE BEEN INTERVIEWED ON LATE LAST NIGHT BOOKS

Eileen McIntire, Author of Shadow and the Rock, The 90s Club and the Hidden Staircase, and The 90s Club and the Whispering Statue, interviewed me for Late Last Night Books. Pop on over to read her post. While you’re there, check out all the other cool articles.

www.latelastnightbooks.com

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CAN YOU BE WHO YOU ARE?

Trailer image 1

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

Here is what critics are saying about STAR TOUCHED

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and emotionally complex
Star-Touched is the fast-paced and emotional journey of a teen-age girl and those surrounding her in a post apocalyptic world. Tatiana is a sensitive, likable young woman who is left “star-touched” with various powers after a cosmic event transforms the Earth. The planet becomes a place where simple survival is a full time shore, and Kaplan draws this new version of her characters’ home expertly. Tatiana’s world is a reflection of what might be left, or what might emerge, as people reconstruct civilization. It’s complete with dangers, hunger and power struggle. As a heroine, Tatiana is complex, kind and deeply damaged. You can’t help rooting for her as she and her canine companion Fifi try to start a new life – again – with a variety of fresh and original characters such as Gareth, Brother William and Bobby Sue. As the story unfolds, Tatiana is forced to confront both her own past and her deepest fears, which leave will leave young readers on the edge of their seat. Quick read with a roller coaster of emotions.
–Rissa

5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Captivating
Tatiana wants more than anything to be normal. Instead, she has to deal with the loss of family, home, and belonging. Worse, her new abilities after the cataclysm frighten her more so than anyone she encounters. It will take a whole community to help Tatiana confront her fears, powers, and anger. It’s a story about accepting who you are and learning the importance of forgiving yourself.
–Kindle Patron

Posted in Essay | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MY RAVENCON SCHEDULE

RavenCon

From Friday, April 20 – 22, I will be at RavenCon in Williamsburg, VA. I’m very excited to attend this science fiction and fantasy convention this year and hope to see some of you there.

Here is where you can find me.
(I’ll be doing some rapid fire running in the afternoon.)

Saturday, April 21
11:00 AM       Room 4
Reading: L. Jagi Lamplighter & A.L. Kaplan
Come hear us read our works.

Saturday, April 21
3:00 AM          Room 5
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Members of Broad Universe perform readings from their works.

Saturday, April 21
4:00 PM          Room L
Hold On To The Light
#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues.

Saturday, April 21
5:00 PM          Dealers Room
Signing: Michael G. Williams & A.L. Kaplan
The perfect chance to pick up a copy of our books and have them personalized.

Trailer image 1

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview Janis Wilson

081

Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Janis WilsonJanis Wilson is a former newspaper reporter and retired trial lawyer.  After leaving her law practice, she began researching the world’s most compelling cold case, that of Jack the Ripper.  He became the subject of her first novel, Goulston Street. Then, she taught a course on Jack at Temple University, where she attended law school.  Her next Ripper venture was to co-create RipperCon, a conference for students of the crimes and investigation into the Ripper.  She will be a panel moderator and principal speaker at this year’s RipperCon in Baltimore April 7-8.  Wilson is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Maryland Writers Association. Wilson is the author of The Devil’s Triangle, printed in Death Knell V, available through Amazon. She lives, without incident, with her husband and two rescue cats in Baltimore.

Wolf: If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Janis: I’d really like to slice people up with my sharp wit until they suffered the death of 1,000 cuts.

Wolf: I think you’ve been a bit over-immersed in Jack the Ripper. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Janis: I let one escape a serial killer when I could just as easily have made her another victim.  I also gave a poor woman an income for life.

Wolf: That was nice. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Janis: I sent an aristocratic woman to live in Whitechapel, the poorest section of the richest city in the 19th century.  She really didn’t deserve it.

Wolf: Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?

Janis: Confirmed cat person, although I wish long and happy lives to all canines.  I prefer cats because I am humble enough not to be upset by their superiority.  However, I am jealous of their beauty and grace.

Wolf: There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Janis: Wet my pants.

Wolf: After you change, I have another question for you. The world is about to end. What is the first thing you do?

Janis: Eat a whole pie.

Wolf: Pie is good. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Janis: Tough call.  My protagonist is Lady Sarah Grey, who has a lot of courage and a big heart.  On the other hand, Lady Millicent Maelson, Sarah’s best friend, is as smart as Sarah, far prettier, and kinder than Sarah.  However, she is not so nice as to be cloying.

Wolf: What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)

Janis: Without question, it would be the Thames River.  If flows in England, where my books are set and has inspired everyone from Charles Dickens to Jerome K. Jerome.

Wolf: That makes sense. What story are you working on now?

Janis: I’m writing another Lady Sarah Grey novel in which the 19th Century socialists are getting up to trouble and blowing things up, literally and figuratively.

Wolf: So, why aren’t literary agents beating a path to your door?

Janis: I live in a high-rise building.

 

Learn more about Janis at these links:
https://JanisWilson.com 
Janis@JanisWilson.com
Twitter:  @Janis757

Posted in interview | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment