Writers: Keep Writing

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To all the writers who read this, please remember to keep doing what you do.

Keep writing, keep revising, and keep working!

Never let anyone dissuade you, and that includes you.

Do not doubt your work.

Remember, keep writing.

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Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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My radio interview:

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PURPLE GRASS AND GREEN COWS: HOW TO CREATE BELIEVABLE WORLDS IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

Having a great story isn’t enough. If the world your characters live in isn’t believable, it won’t hold your readers. Learn how to create an environment that will grab your readers. 

Join me at the Maryland Writers’ Association Baltimore Chapter meeting for a hands-on workshop. Don’t forget to bring writing materials.

August 29, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM – Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Gail Z. Martin

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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.

IMG_1840Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Newest titles include Convicts and Exiles, Spells Salt and Steel Season One, Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, Sons of Darkness, and Assassin’s Honor.

She is the co-author (with Larry N. Martin ) of  the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. She is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack Cauldron/Shadow Council series.  As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail.

Wolf: Thanks for stopping by. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Gail: Not really strange if you’re in Scotland, but I like haggis. I’ve had some very tasty versions, and I enjoyed them.

Wolf: I’ve always wanted to try haggis. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Gail: Probably a flamethrower, because you don’t need good aim.

Wolf: Scary. (Says the wolf who likes to make bonfires in pumpkins.) What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

IMG_1131Gail: I think that doing crossovers with all of my Gail Z. Martin/Morgan Brice urban fantasy series is a nice thing for the characters, because it creates a community of hunters and defenders against dark magic, and opens up all kinds of new plot and character opportunities.

Wolf: I like the way you think. What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Gail: Probably killing them, or letting them get captured, or having them fight really nasty psycho sorcerers. You know. The usual.

Wolf: So true. While walking in the woods you come across…

Gail: With my luck, a dead body. Or human bones. In a summoning circle. With a puckish demon and a surly werewolf.

Wolf: Hopefully you remembered to bring some protection items. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Gail: I’ve always wanted to be able to twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens on the old TV show Bewitched and have all of the house chores done!

Wolf: Have you tried moving your nose with your finger? It worked for Tabitha. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

Gail: Lay down a salt line and call the Winchester brothers!

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

Gail: Well, we’ve been warned by both The Walking Dead and Supernatural to hoard toilet paper, so there’s that. Matches, candles, a portable water filter, and Advil. Practical necessities!

Wolf: I like the Advil idea. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)

Gail: Any ocean with a beach. I love to sit and look at the waves. I am very happy with a view of the ocean, with a good book and a frothy beach drink!

Wolf: I love oceans too, especially jumping in the waves or playing in the sand. What story are you working on now?

978-1939704719Gail: I’m finishing edits on Treasure Trail, the first in a new Morgan Brice urban fantasy MM paranormal romance series set in Cape May, NJ. Then I start into edits on Flame and Ash, the next Witchbane book, also under my Morgan Brice name. Then I’m back to being Gail, working on Sellsword’s Oath, the second book in the Assassins of Landria series and Inheritance, the next Deadly Curiosities book.

Wolf: You really keep busy. What do you do when you’re not writing?

Gail: I like to read books that I don’t need to edit! Reading is a big escape for me. I also follow a few shows on Netflix like Lucifer and of course, Supernatural. I’m doing the Supernatural rewatch over the summer, which is watching all 14 seasons before the new season starts in October. I like to play with our dogs. Larry and I enjoy sightseeing, visiting extended family, and taking time off to go to the beach!

Wolf: I wish I had time to do all those fun things. Thanks for visiting and check out Gail’s sites:

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Find me at www.GailZMartin.com , on Twitter @GailZMartin on www.Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms at www.DisquietingVisions.com blog, on www.Pinterest.com/Gzmartin on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gail-z-martin I’m also the organizer of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign www.HoldOnToTheLight.com Never miss out on the news with my newsletter  http://eepurl.com/dd5XLj

 

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Perseid Meteor Shower

stars2There are several meteor showers throughout the year, but the Perseid meteor shower is one of my favorites. It’s one of the reasons I used is as a base for some of the events in my novel, Star Touched. This annual show is caused by the dust and debris left behind by the 1992 passing of the Swift-Tuttle Comet. It’s going on now, but peak is between August 11-13th, where you could see as many as 60-70 meteors an hour. That’s a lot of space junk. The little crescent moon will set before the shower starts after midnight.

Look north toward the Perseus constellation. (just below Cassiopeia)

Pull out a chair.

Slather on some bug spray.

Camp out under the night sky.

Enjoy the show.

While you’re there, keep an eye out for Mars and Saturn. Both will be visible.

But don’t worry, none of the meteors are big enough to cause a cataclysm.

 

Here are some links for more information:

https://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html?hc_location=ufi

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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.

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Check out the interview I did for JVJ Podcast

mic 5I had fun chatting with Josh and the gang at JVJ Podcast. Stop by their website and give it a listen.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Star Touched

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – James Nettles

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.

James NettlesJames Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also a founding partner for Author Essentials.

In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series, and soon to be released technothriller series under the name James P. McDonald.

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

James: Given the chance, and it’s a bit of a stretch as an “animal,” I’d love to be Dionysus for a while. Yeah, he’s an old god, but who wouldn’t want to be a trickster deity over wine, ritual mayhem, and the theater?

If I was going the stricter animal definition, I’m going to stick with the tricksters, and go with the fox or wolf. They’re cunning, and willing to fully embrace who they are.

Wolf: I’m partial to wolves myself, but I’ll let you get away with Dionysus. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

James: A Bat’leth. Granted, in many ways it’s not the most effective, especially in a gunfight, but on the other hand, if someone shows up in a kilt swinging a Klingon weapon, they’re pretty likely to stop and wonder what’s happening. You might even get a laugh before you take their head.

There can be only one! (I might have hopped franchises.)

Wolf: Just don’t hop too high in that kilt. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

James: I gave Grey Forrester a Bat’leth in Pandora’s curse. Not that he got to use it… yet. But if I’m going with kindness, I wrote a short story a few years back for Valentine’s Day. It was for the Bloody Valentine Blog Tour. I wrote a little redemption story for Cupid a few years back.

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

James: Kill them? Turn them to stone? Make them babysit a werehamster at DragonCon? There’s way too many choices to make here, but the best ones become spoilers (like letting the ghosts torment the TV ghost hunter).

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

James: Got to love the pups. My writing partner is frequently my 14 pounds of rescued mini-schnauzer fury. He sleeps on my shoulder while I’m writing, and thinks his little mohawk makes him a badass. But you can find all of our pups scattered through my books. Our grumpy 15-pound schnauzer is the inspiration for Scar, a mopey old hellhound that loves to show up just in time to cause trouble.

Wolf: My neighbor growing up had a schnauzer. Nice dog. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

James: Teleport. I used to travel 48 weeks a year, and I still travel a lot, but it’s a huge pain these days.

But I’d love to be able to pop in and see sunrise at a passage grave in Ireland, have lunch in Ohau and spend the afternoon snorkeling, and have an evening pint and watch the sun set in New Zealand before jumping in to do a convention.

Or just be able to avoid rush hour traffic.

Wolf: I’d go for that. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?

James: Seeing as how I’m a future Darwin Award nominee, I’m loading the shotgun, and knocking on the door. Unless of course, I have my Damascus Steel Bat’leth (if you’re going to dream, dream big), you kick in the door, and scream, “Today is a good day to die!”

With my luck, I’d burst in on a meeting of the followers of the Great Old Ones who have now formed a Multi-Level-Marketing company. They’re happy to sacrifice themselves to my blade, as that’s part of how they get advancement in the organization, but you have to listen to their initial pitch first. It lasts 10,000 years, and restarts every time someone comes in the door.

Wolf: Arg. Run away fast. What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?

James: 1) A large, sharp carbon steel knife, 2) A full size parachute (it’s a self-contained camping kit!) 3) A mountain bike 4) Flints 5) a Cast-iron pan.

Bonus: A solar powered tank.

Wolf: Good luck with that tank. Which of your characters is your favorite?

James: Melvin. Melvin is a deranged angel in the Home Summonings series that shows up to “help.” Melvin is a little depressed; he’d like to undo the universe because the sky is the wrong color, but has grown to love pop culture, a little too much.

Occasionally, I’ll do a retelling of a story of myth or legend through his lens, but he’s a great deal of fun when you need to unleash some mayhem. And sometimes, he does really save the day, in his own way.

Wolf: Bring on the mayhem. What is your favorite body of water and why?

James: I love moving water, whether it’s the ocean, a river, a stream. If it’s a body of water I can throw a boat into, dive into, or stare at and listen to the water, I’m in.

Wolf: Moving water can be soothing. (unless it’s a rapid. Then it’s exciting.) What story are you working on now?

James: I’m finishing up the next Longbow Novella, it’s a heist story with gnomes. It’s been a while since I’ve had anything come out in that universe, and I’m ready to get it and Book 4 of Home Summonings out. After that, it’s back to the first book in the new technothriller series.

I’m also having fun recording the audiobook version of Business Essentials for Writers, and the video workshops that go with the book.

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

James: You’re supposed to do something besides stare at a blank screen and check Facebook?

The work we’re doing with Author Essentials and other projects are keeping me pretty busy (plus trying to get some writing in), and I do a lot of conventions and events.

In my day life, I do a lot of consulting work and speaking, I’m heavy athletics judge for Scottish Highland Games, and love to do hot glass work when I have a chance, but it’s been a while since I’ve gotten in some torch time. I’ve also started doing some carving work again, and with the wife we are playing with electroforming, and I’m trying to learn blending that medium with the glasswork.

Wolf: Sounds cool. Thanks for stopping by. You can catch up with James at these locations:

Short stories, fiction and more can be found at: https://www.jim-mcdonald.net/https://JamesPNettles.com will be live soon (since I was finally able to get the domain) with more nonfiction, and the other stuff I’m working on.

Founding partner for Author Essentials (https://www.authoressentials.net and https://www.authoressentialsworkshops.com), with resources and workshops dedicated to the business of being an author.

jimn@authoressentials.net
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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Pete Prellwitz

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.

Peter Prellwitz AuthorBioPicAuthor Biography: Pete Prellwitz was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and has never been cured. Starting with an awful (but produced!) Thanksgiving play in 4th grade, Pete’s writing skills fortunately have improved over time. With ten novels in print/ebook, as well as short stories in multiple anthologies, Peter also writes as H.K. Devonshire, Mars’ most popular Martian author, whose first Terran edition of Company A (2019) is now available, with three more Martian westerns in the next year.

Pete and his wife Bethlynne live in Jeffersonville, PA with one-and-a-half of their five sons and two dachshunds.

http://ShardsUniverse.net

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

Pete: A dachshund, without a doubt. In my Shards Universe, dachshunds are found on every Earth-type planet, are comfortable in space and make excellent companions for the humans who live, work, and travel through space.

Wolf: Those are cute dogs. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?

Pete: A Ruger Vacaro .45 single-six revolver. In fact, I own one now. I use it only for shooting targets, but the feel is just right. When I was younger, I could draw the pistol from its holster fast enough to have a half-dollar, resting on my gun hand, fall into the empty holster.

Wolf: That is really cool. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Pete: I’m a pretty nice guy to my protagonists… eventually. I believe that novels and novellas should conclude with a positive ending. (Why pay money to get depressed when you can do that for free?) Because of that, for as much as it makes a satisfying, well-constructed story, my protagonists fare well. For a specific example, one character goes from being a 31-year old successful man who “wakes up” suddenly 650 years later as a 14-year old girl. Talk about messed up! Things work out very well for her by the end of the fourth book.

Wolf: I read the sample of that one. Looking forward to reading the rest. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Pete: Yeah… that’s where the “eventually” from the previous question comes to play. I’m outright nasty to my characters. I believe the distance a character travels from the nadir of the story to the zenith should be as great as possible. And since nearly all my characters have good endings, well… let’s just say what I’ve done to most of them pretty much excludes me from being on their Christmas card list.

Wolf: That sounds about write for most of the writers I’ve talked to. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Pete: Teleportation without limit. I’d pay the bills by working for NASA, gathering samples from various locations off-planet, and spending weekends with my wife pretty much anywhere we wanted.

Wolf: Great idea. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Pete: Though I love all my protagonists and more than a few supporting characters, Abigail Wyeth is my favorite. Horizons was my first published novel, but Shards was my first completed novel. Comprised of four books and nearly 300,000 words, Shards was written in 54 weeks. I lived with the protagonist, Abigail Wyeth, virtually every minute of every day during that time. And then again in subsequent edits, and its successful publishing. (The four books came out over a six-week period and held four of the top five ebook sales slots for a couple months at the time of release.)

Abigail was me, more than any other character I’ve written. Sometimes an author understands that; other times they deny it. Regardless, the author is always showing themselves in their writing. I understood that completely with Abigail, which made her a cathartic character in many respects, while also being her own person.

Wolf: So true. What is your favorite body of water and why?

Pete: Waters within 20 miles of about any tropical island. Bethlynne and I are both accomplished scuba divers.

Wolf: That takes courage. I never made It past the surface when snorkeling. What story are you working on now?

Pete: I’m under contract for four Martian Westerns by H.K. Devonshire. The first, Company A, is available on Earth now through Falstaff Publishing. The second, The Bombala Mines Fast Draw, was just finished and sent in for editing and production. I’ve started and am now writing the third novella, Dixie Gomez: Bounty Hunter, which I’ve been looking forward to, as most of my novels are from the female perspective.

Wolf: Nice. I’ll look for them. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Pete: I’m a big history buff, so that takes up a good bit of my time. I also enjoy the above-mentioned scuba diving, spending time with our dachshunds, and writing. (Yes, I like to write when I’m not writing.) Most of all, spending time with my wife doing anything is my favorite pastime.

Wolf: Thanks for stopping by. You can connect with Pete through these links:

https://www.facebook.com/peter.prellwitz
http://shardsuniverse.net/
http://hkdevonshire.com/

 

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