Some of my favorite blogs…

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So, I spend a great deal of time reading and discovering new blogs. I am going to list for you several that I keep coming back to due to their content. They are very unique in their own ways. Some are about cats, dogs, baby animals. Some are inspirational. Some of educational and helpful for indie writers. And some are simply entertaining, because they allow you a glimpse into another persons life.

So, on with the list:

aopinionatedman.com
keithgarrettpoetry.com
kaineandrews.com
brittabottle.com
johncoyote.wordpress.com
bythemightymumford.wordpress.com
mistermaxxx08.wordpress.com
muscleheaded.wordpress.com
smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
disorientedmom.wordpress.com
depressionless.wordpress.com
totallyerotic.wordpress.com
bipoiarus.wordpress.com
beautifulkittens.wordpress.com
horror.org
raforallhorror.blogspot.com
hellhorror.com
horrorfreaknews.com
thisishorror.co.uk
brokehorrorfan.com
horror-asylum.com
horrorpedia.com
little-blog-of-horrors.com
nightmarenookhorrorblog.blogspot.com
yearofhorror.wordpress.com
isobelandcat.wordpress.com
dailywritingtips.com
blog.nanowrimo.org
blackcatastrophy.com
kittenarchive.wordpress.com
feedmykitty.wordpress.com
catsatthebar.org

There are SO many others. Angells Book Reviews and Courtney Wendeltons. And this doesn’t even cover many of the Blogger blogs I follow.

I am also honored that many of these bloggers follow my blog as well. Before my hiatus, I had called for people who would like to be interviewed and have their books or blog highlighted here, and a few stepped forward. There are still a few I am trying to get in touch with. Those interviews will be coming soon. I have so many questions I want to ask, I have to scale down my questionnaire a bit…lol.

Do you have a favored author or blogger that you follow? Want to share them here in the comments? I will gladly give them a look and see if they would like to be spotlighted here. Do you wish to be spotlighted? As I have said before, it’s for books, authors, bloggers…cat lovers, coffee enthusiasts…lol.

I would love to get as many as possible, covering all walks of life. I want to build brigdes and watch my favorite people mix and meet, but I dont want to do the traditions mix and meets that most other blogs do. I always have to do things the hardway, and, well, the oddball way. ..lol.
So dont be shy and step right up!

Be sweet!

Spotlight : Author Kaine Andrews

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First off, lets get to know Kaine a little…

Kaine Andrews was born in San Diego, California, before being spirited away to Carson City, Nevada. There he has remained, with the exception of one memorable week in Bend, Oregon and one small tour in hell (AKA Chandler, Arizona.)
Raised among a family filled with NASCAR loving, mechanically minded folk who considered themselves witches, Kaine’s unique upbringing and early escape from the halls of education, along with the theft of his father’s typewriter, led him to the demented scribbling that he refers to as his “work.”
Through the course of his life, Kaine has been involved in television production, retail work, criminal psychology, newspaper writing, radio and criminology as well as earning trade-school degrees in private investigation, computer programming, freelance writing and motorcycle repair. This eclectic background has left him with a fractured worldview and a number of unique experiences to translate into his writing.
He currently remains in Carson City, while dreaming of the Oregon coast, wrestling with his pet coyote and hoping to one day elope with Katy Perry.

Now I want a pet coyote…but all the ones on my land are afraid of me 🙁  . Kaine was every so sweet to indulge in my 10 silly questions. But come on…He has a pet coyote…everyone should have a pet coyote for the zombie apocalypse. ~sage nod~ On with the questions, and man, are they great answers!!!

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?
I don’t know that I really have a process, at least not one that I could call that. It’s more channeled insanity; you know what they say, take your handicaps and make them work for you! Generally, though, almost all of my fiction writing starts with a character – human or not. Something trips in the brain and they’re there, nattering and chewing on my ear, and just won’t shut up. Eventually, I get sick of it, and start talking back, asking them what it is that has them in such a state; if they answer back, I start writing it down. “And then…?” I say, and they tell me what happened, and why, and to who.
This generally means I’m sitting there talking to myself – often out loud, and with outlandish accents so I can keep my characters straight – in my computer chair or the cab of my truck, while my dog looks at me as though I’ve gone insane. But it seems to work, so I’m not going to complain.
If I ever hit a point where the character in question just shrugs and gives me a “Hell if I know!” in response, I start interrogating the other characters that have come up, fishing for which one of them has the next thread in the story. Rinse and repeat until they all tell me “The story is done. I’ll go away, now.”
For something that’s more practical and useful, I think the most important aspect of the process is that you do it every day. It doesn’t matter what you write – or even how much, really – but it does matter that you do it. Scribble a sentence on a manuscript, do a blog post, respond to an e-mail, just make sure you write something.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
Anything! Well, almost. Sometimes things get filed under “research” rather than “pleasure,” but for the most part, I enjoy research. Except when I’m trying to figure out something that I don’t care for or really have no interest in, and am only digging to satisfy my natural curiosity about people and the things they adore. But if it’s my absolute 100% choice with nothing resembling “work” wrapped up in it, I usually end up rereading Stephen King or Clive Barker, or digging around in the horror/sci-fi section of a used bookstore, picking something based on just how atrocious or hokey the cover art is, and diving in.
I’ve actually found some amazing reads that way; probably the best was Mr. Hands by Gary A. Braunbeck, which is probably the most amazing book I’ve read in a very long time.
I also spend far too much time on Wikipedia. I’ll pick a random article, and just keep following links until I’m tired or something fixates in my head and turns it into actual work instead of just random knowledge digestion.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Seeing how it all comes out. When I’m writing a story, I might have some idea of where it’s going and how it’ll all wash out, but more often than not, one of my characters will say “Uh, no. That’s not what happened,” and proceed to correct me. Often strenuously. With a ruler, in the manner of a Catholic school teacher. Typically the ending is as much of a surprise to me as it may be to any eventual readers. Watching it unfold and seeing the words spilling from my fingers – along with questioning “Am I really doing this?” – serves as my primary entertainment.
As noted, I may be insane, and merely trying to find ways to make that into a productive endeavor.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Oh, what highlights to hit… hmm. Well, for the things that I am in no way responsible for but am bizarrely proud of department, I’m descended from Scottish royalty, have amazing hair that is resistant to all damage and often has people threatening to scalp me, and I have enough genetic and medical anomalies that somehow manage to coexist that I could probably safely provide for retirement by selling myself to science. So far as personal accomplishments, I finished high school when I was 13, almost had a psychology degree and was going to move to Virginia to be a criminal profiler with the FBI and worked in television and radio production for twelve years. I have a pet coyote, play far too much Diablo III, and enjoy ghost hunting. I used to paint and play piano and guitar, before arthritis crawled into my hands and said “Uh, no,” and I’m still trying to train my computer to understand my accent for the eventuality that I won’t be able to run a keyboard anymore.
Oh, and if I ever actually make it big – or at least medium – I’m moving to Romania. I hear Bran Castle is for sale; if I could swing it, I would. Just to say “Yeah. I’m a horror novelist who lives in Dracula’s Castle.” Because that would be entirely too awesome.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
I think my greatest strength in that department is being able to get lost in my own story. When the characters are really talking to me and everything is gelling the way I like, as long as the coffee keeps flowing I can dump 8,000 words on the page in a day. I love those days.
The greatest weakness is the churlish, “I’m tired and don’t feel good and I hurt and I’m going to act like Sam Winchester and whine and flip my hair” aspect of me that glares at the computer chair or the iPad, knowing that there’s some work to be done, and not wanting to do it. Forcing myself to do it – even if it’s only to write one sentence – proves difficult sometimes. I’m also easily derailed by emotional or financial instability, prone to panicking rather than sitting down, taking a deep breath, and commencing the daily scribbles. Which of course only leads to more anxiety, which turns into a feedback loop, which means I don’t do any work at all for three months until something forces me back to it.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Aside from talking to myself? 😉 The only one I can think of – the one that seems most counter to every piece of advice I’ve ever heard on the subject – is break time. My workhorses, tablet and desktop both, have all kinds of websites, social media, and games installed on them, and so long as I’ve scribbled at least one sentence in between, I find no guilt in opening those things and poking at them for a bit before returning to the work.
Everyone I’ve heard says that’s death for the creative process, but I find it keeps me running; if I don’t “time out” to go hunt for a Legendary item or watch a cat video, I go insane and end up with nothing but nonsense or just a handful of words. If the day is otherwise relatively empty of activity, I can have one of those 8k days and still have logged three hours on non-work endeavors.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. I’m kind of a self-loathing individual, and I’ve also been termed, among other things, a “high-functioning depressive,” so liking myself or my work enough to try to convince other people to come see it is about as fun as dental work. Actually, less so; I’ve sat through more than twenty root canals (genetically bad teeth and a small measure of vanity are a terrible combination) and would do that again rather than have to Tweet “Hey, my book is free this weekend.” Add in that I really have no idea of how to market and there are so many conflicting opinions on the subject that trying to form a good, solid base to start from seems practically impossible, and you end up in my own personal Purgatory.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I try. I really do. But between a dog that can’t decide if he’s shedding or not, odd hours, insomnia, and health problems that mean moving a mattress three inches is going to create day-long wrist pain and shortness of breath or a full-on allergy attack from the dust and pet fur flying when you flounce the sheet, and it becomes something I just try to avoid.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Only one? But I can’t decide! Okay. Fine. *flips coin* Romania. Scotland was a close second – supposedly I’m heir to a rock with a rock etched into it over there – but Two-Face’s method of solving all conflicts says Dracula’s Castle wins. Sneaking in a third option, the Vatican. I want to break into the secret library. Even if it’s not real. I just wanna see… just a peek? No?

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Going to have to go with demons on this one, because from a “pure” standpoint, they’re probably the most intellectual and devious of the bunch. Zombies are pretty straightforward. Werewolves, too (the furry guys are just better at hide and seek). They want to eat you. Vampires may occasionally be sexy or brainy, but they come back to “I want to eat you” in the end. For the long term mental harassment, can’t beat a devil or succubus. Plus I think they’re more interesting, if coming at them from an angle other than straight antagonist.
Vampires, werewolves, zombies; they were all human – or something close, depending on your viewpoint – at some point. They’re us, with bonus features. Demons as heroes or antiheroes or remorseful and potentially redeemable villains have an inhumanity to them; they were here before us, are separate from us, probably don’t think about things the way us silly Earth people do, and I think that opens a door for all sorts of interesting characterization that’s lacking in creatures that, even if they are technically inhuman, are still very grounded in human understanding of the way things work, and live and work and play with us every day.
Also, it’s somewhat of a cheat. Depending on how broad your definition of the word “demon” is, you can probably smuggle in elements of the others without the bellhop noticing. Bonus carry-on luggage!

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Realistically, not at all. I am a fairly decent shot with a crossbow, a .22 rifle and a shotgun, and I do own and know how to use more than one heavy bladed object, but my physical handicaps are more than likely going to result in a fatal situation. Hard to get away from the horde while you’re wheezing more than Darth Vader and limping along like Frankenstein’s monster right after his radial electroshock therapy. I do have a backup plan, though; the neighbors are elderly and have walkers. Like the bumper stickers say, “I don’t have to be the fastest… just faster than you.”
Yes, I am a terrible person. 😉

I might just have to find this man, abduct him, and keep him in…well…I dont have a basement…How do you feel about chains, Kaine? I’ll protect you from the zombies!!! 😀
Okay, back to all the serious stuff. Kaine has written many things. Click on the pics to the direct buy links! Kaine’s works include the following…

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Michael Drakanis has lived as a shadow since the murder of his family three years ago. He’s given up his career as a homicide detective, cut himself off from his friends, burying himself in his grief. When his former partner Vincent Parker turns up on his doorstep bearing news of a new killing with disturbing similarities to the deaths of his family, Drakanis will discover there are forces at work far beyond anything he once knew… and those forces are hungry for something only Drakanis can provide. Drakanis must harness his unknown birthright and confront his family’s murderer before those forces break free and bring forth untold chaos.

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Meet L. Cipher. Or Bob, as his father named him. He’s also known to go by Luke, Nero or Rufus. Having been watching the internet for some time, he’s decided it’s time to set the record straight with an off-color running commentary about the true history of life, the universe and everything. Collected from his ramblings and including the commentary of such folks as JbarJ, SweetMaryM and Alpha2Omega, Blogs from the Basement covers such topics as the creation of the universe, what Adam and Eve really looked like, and reasons why Bob wants to torch his neighbor’s house. Did we mention Bob is the devil?

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Anthony West has lost everything. He would give anything to see her once more, to hold her, to hear his voice in his ear. He should be careful what he wishes for.

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Ashriel, fallen from the grace of Eden, has spent long centuries avoiding the judgement of his former superior. Humanity’s time is drawing to a close however, and Ashriel finds himself as the fulcrum on which fate turns. His rebellion and personal crusades may be the only hope left. Ashriel must delve into his own forgotten past, hold discourse with angels and demons and discover the truth behind his own existence if he is to have any chance of survival, but the Seraph of Purity has other plans… and will stop at nothing to see them come to fruition.

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Ophelia Roberts sleepwalks through a shadow of life, as she has since the tragic death of her sister five years ago. Roger Hathaway spends his time daydreaming of penance that will never be complete. Andrew Weiss, the unknown tie between them, sleeps dreamlessly in a comatose state. Soon, all three will wake… and blood will be spilled. The power of dreams and imagination may be supreme… but what happens when dreams become nightmares and imagination is soured by hatred and rejection? (Currently out of print; set for republication Spring 2015)

Insomniac Nightmares
A cop looking for his sister’s killer. A retired lawyer with an unhealthy obsession over a mysterious book. A young man on the Tokaido Road. An old woman under a streetlight. Judas Iscariot. All these individuals and more have gathered here to share their stories… and their terrors. Featuring twelve short stories, Insomniac Nightmares shows that everyone is afraid of something. (Set for release May 2015)

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It is two days before Christmas and retired detective Michael Drakanis is whistling as he drives home. He is looking forward to spending the holiday with the two people he loves most in the world-his wife, Gina, and their son, Joey. But just as he crests the hill by his house, a dark premonition overwhelms him. A handful of cops await him with horrifying news. His beloved family has just been murdered in cold blood. Drakanis is now a widower for reasons he cannot fathom. Three years later, Drakanis is still helplessly stuck in the depths of the darkness that accompanies grief; he is content to simply survive from day to day. But when his former partner, Vince Parker, notifies him of another murder-with a crime scene eerily similar to Gina and Joey’s-Drakanis is unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation with little evidence except a dead body and a missing artwork. As Drakanis’s future hangs in the balance, those close to him must make a valiant attempt to save him-before his soul is stained forever.

That is, without a doubt, an impression collection of writings. For further information on Kaine and his works, you can catch him on his various social media accounts…

Thank you so much Kaine, for giving us a little insight into your world, your wonderful collection of hard work, and of course, your plan for the zombie apocalypse!

Check Kaine and his work out, my lovelies!

Spotlight: Author M.K. Theodoratus

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M. K. Theodoratus
Hooked by comic books at an early age, M. K. Theodoratus’ fascination with fantasy solidified when she discovered the Oz books by L. Frank Baum with his strong female characters. She has traveled through many fantasy worlds since then. When she’s not reading about other writer’s worlds, she’s creating her own.
Most of her stories are set in the Far Isles where she explores the political effects of genetic drift on a mixed elf human population. Lately, Theodoratus has been setting her stories in an alternate world of Andor where demons stalk humankind.
A sixth grade English assignment started her writing. The teacher assigned a short story. Theodoratus gave her an incomplete, 25-page Nancy Drew pastiche which turned into a full novel by the next summer. She’s been writing happily ever after ever since…for four or five writing careers. Most recently she’s been concentrating of her Andor stories, set in an alternate world where demons and magic plague humans.
Now for the ten wacky questions:
10 Questions, Zoe style…

What is your writing process?
I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer who usually starts with a character with a problem. Sometimes it’s acute, like a demon physical attack. Sometimes it’s ongoing, like Mariah’s pissing contest with Linden, my Far Isles Half-Elven. Then I think of who or what is causing the problems. Somewhere in the process I come up with a rough outline.
My actual writing is done at the computer, which is way more fun than working with typed pages, like in the old typewriter days. Yeah, I’m so old I can remember revising my manuscripts with tape and staples keeping my changes in order. But, I also am a massive collector of Post-It notes. I have pads scattered all over the house and in the car. When I have an idea, I jot it down to transfer it to my manuscripts, background info, and/or outline.
The background info creates a “bible” for each story or world so I can keep track of my characters and the place names and background information. Again, the computer comes in handy by creating shortcuts. I put a shortcut with each new story draft, and the changes/additions magically appear in the bible.
Oh, I basically write in the mornings after I check my two main emails and read my comics—Crankshaft, Funky Winkerbean, and For Better or Worse. Oh, I must confess I check my stats on Amazon and Smashwords for the previous day.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly fantasy, but then, I consider most mysteries fantasy. I read a lot of mysteries as well as paranormal suspence. I used to read a lot of historical novels but have stopped. Too many recent writers don’t adequately research their time periods. The anachronisms drive me crazy because I’m something of an English history buff.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
“Joy”? Gotta think about that.
I’ve never considered writing anything to reach the joy end of the continuum. Writing does make me happy. Or, maybe a better way of putting it, writing amuses me. It’s the process of creating something where nothing was before.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Basically, I’m a grumpy iconoclast whose favorite word was “no” even before I could talk. Unfortunately, my mother is no longer around to complain about how stubborn I am.
I was raised in Northern California within easy driving distance of the Sierra foothills, the California Gold Country featured in my Andor stories. I grew up back when the American Dream was alive and well, enabling poor kids to get college educations without any debt.
Yeah. That makes me a Populist who believes all lives matter. Now I live in Colorado in a town that’s first to use the water before it sends it down river [after it’s cleaned up]. My politics shows up in my writing in my unusual characters who fight against powers-that-be of some kind or other. Mariah of my Far Isles Half-Elven is the exception, and she works outside “the system”.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
I’m easily distracted, not only by the web and solitaire, but by all the different ideas and people running around in my head. At the same time, I’m getting fairly good at concentrating on one story at a time until I get an ending on it. Of course, once the ending’s on, it’s a struggle to revise rather than start something new.
Over the last couple years, I’ve noticed I’m producing more usable words each writing session.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
No. I just sit at the computer and pound keys. Though I get ideas and sentences all over the place and at different times of day. That’s where Post-It notes come in so handy. I scatter them around the house and car with an available pen. I jot my thoughts down and stick them in my pocket. The crinkling alerts me I need to clean my pockets out. If that’s strange, I guess I lied when I said “no”.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. Period.
Marketing presents an interesting dilemma for me. I write mostly to amuse myself [though I am willing to share my stories]. Marketing doesn’t amuse me. Yet, I spend enormous amounts of time marketing. I see a collision of druthers coming.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I halfway make my side of the bed to be sure that the blankets and sheet are aligned.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I’m too much of a gimp to travel much anymore. Though I’d probably go back to California to visit family. I have kids in New York City but don’t have any inclination to visit there. The place is too difficult for a gimp to get around comfortably. Colorado has spoiled me.
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Since demons prey upon humans in my Andor world, guess it’d have to be demons … but my own particular ones. I’m really not into blood and gore…or stupidity.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m too old to be bothered much. The same goes for when the government collapses. In both cases, I’m not holding my breath. I’ll probably be dead of natural causes before either happens.
M.K. Theodoratus has recently released a new novelette, The Ghostcrow.
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Seeing ghosts has plagued Dumdie Swartz since early childhood.

Afraid that ghost guts might stick to her if she stepped through them, thirteen-year-old Dumdie Swartz still cringes when she encounters them.

Her strange attempts to avoid spirits create a lonely life.
Her sisters constantly mock her strange behavior, her parents are clueless, and her social life is zero. Dumdie finds solace working in a shared garden with her elderly neighbor, Mr. Carson. When teens from her high school steal pumpkins from his garden, Mr. Carson is hurt during the theft, and later, dies.

Dumdie’s life takes a dark turn.

She learns there are stranger things than ghosts, when she senses something evil living in Kyle, one of the boys who had raided the pumpkin patch. Kyle bullies Dumdie to scare her into silence. The more Kyle threatens her, the clearer she perceives the evil thing possessing him. Dumdie finds support in an unlikely group of girls who befriend her when she helps them with their costumes for the Pumpkin festival. During the festival, Dumdie’s fears explode when the thing possessing Kyle decides it wants to possess her.
A prequel to The Ghost in the Closet. Read about Dumdie, young and old.

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Over the years, Dumdie Swartz has developed many weird habits to hide the fact she sees ghosts. When her boss fired her because he thought her trances were mini-strokes, Dumdie becomes homeless, just another old lady living in her car.
Being homeless isn’t Dumdie’s biggest problem. When she finds a room at a private shelter, Dumdie discovers the ghost of the previous owner haunts her room, a ghost with a problem of her own. Her will is lost, and the shelter’s existence is threatened. Dumdie must conquer her fear of upsetting people if she’s to find the will and save the shelter for herself and the other ladies.
A novelette set in the world of Andor.
Also available from M.K. Theodoratus:
You can follow M.K. here, on her website and the following social links:
Also of note, M.K. offers guest blogs with promo for a book, subject: My Worst Writing Fear in 7-500 words.
Thank you so much to M.K for indulging me and participating. Best of luck to you in all future endeavors!

Spotlight: Author Ella Drayton

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I’m super stoked to have Ella on board. All hail us small town Alabama girls!!!
About Ella Drayton
Writer. Book Critic. Mother. Animal Lover. Twitter addict. Insomniac.
Ella is from a very small town in Alabama. When she is not day dreaming about her next story she spend most of her time caring for a Tiny Tyrant and her furry best friend, Mutt. Her house and her electronics are cluttered with books she’s read, books she’s reading, and books to be read. She also pretends to be a housewife in her spare time, occasionally cooking and cleaning for a wonderful husband who never complains. Writing and reading are her two biggest passions other than pretending to be a T-Rex princess pony that can only eat pink Starburst with her little one. Ella also uses movie quotes and song lyrics constantly in conversation and freaks out/passes out at the sight of slugs.

And now on to my ‘Zoe’s Ten Questions’:
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
It all depends on my mood and where I am when the writing mood strikes. Often times I write on my laptop while I sit on the couch or at my desk but for some stories I like to use good old-fashioned pen and paper. Or the backs of receipts if I’m out somewhere and I think of something.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
A little of everything. Lately it’s been whatever shows up in my mailbox from Goodreads giveaways!
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
This may not make sense to anyone else but when you become a stay-at-home mother, you can very easily lose yourself and your identity in being a mother and a housewife and trying to keep your daily life in order. While I wouldn’t give up being a stay-at-home mom for anything in the world, writing and blogging gives me a chance to connect with that part of myself that doesn’t see the light of day much.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
First and foremost, I’m a mother. After that I’m a writer, a painter, a sewing enthusiast, and hobby jewelry designer. I love reality TV (I know it’s all staged), animals, trivia games, and Twitter. My husband and I spend a lot of time challenging each other at trivia games (I’m usually the winner) and making silly bets (that I also usually win). I’m terrified of slugs and I am happy to say that I have successfully overcome severe social anxiety and OCD. And I also really love My Little Pony but I will never admit that to my Tiny Tyrant.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
Good question! I would say my strengths would be in my ability to write a good portion of a story in a short period of time. Once I’ve started writing it doesn’t take much for me to continue the story. My weakness is how easily distracted I can be.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
If I use paper and pen, the paper has to be college-rule lined, I have to leave the very last line of the page blank, and I have to write on both sides of the paper. I also prefer ball point pens to gel pens because I often end up smearing the ink all over myself and the pages when I use gel pens. Those are the only strange things I can think of.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Scheduling. I’m not a planner by nature. And for most of my life I’ve been perfecting the art of procrastination. I do think that blogging has helped me learn how to make and adhere to a set schedule but there is a little part of me that still doesn’t really like it. Sometimes I want the ability to say “Oh, I think I’ll do this today instead” or “Oh, I just don’t think I’ll do this at all.”
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
If I’m trying to earn some brownie points with my hubby for something (new books, bookshelves, craft supplies, etc) then I might make the bed in the morning but usually it gets made right before we get in it because my husband cannot sleep in an unmade bed.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I can only pick one place??? Italy. Between the food, the scenery, and the good-looking men (that I’m strictly admiring from afar), I’m sure it’s an amazing place to visit.
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
From what I have seen in movies and books, zombies seem to be easier to kill than the other three so I’m going with zombies.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m actually lining up treadmills around my house in between questions so I should be adequately prepared by the time you get these answers. Unless I run out of Brownie Brittle and then I’m just going to have to be brave and take my chances on a run to the store.

The Letters, by Ella Drayton
The Letters

Brodie Barrett is a widowed mother of a 10 year old girl and a homicide detective for the Birmingham Police Department. Everything seems fine in her world until her ex-fiancé, Keaton Maddox walks back into her life. She’s ready to start a new life with Keaton but he’s also got a pregnant girlfriend working at his restaurant. Things at work start heating up for Brodie when someone decides to send her love letters at work. These aren’t your ordinary love letters, though! These letters leave clues for Brodie to find bodies of her admirer’s victims. Who could be sending these letters and why do they want Brodie to find the bodies?

Thank you so much to Ella, keep rocking that small town Alabama living, I know I am!

Spotlight: Blogger and Grimdark Writer Leona!

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Leona!

Yes, I’m a little late with the spotlight. I’m sorry. 🙁 Bad Zoe!!

However, in reading over my blogs, I came over some new developments for Miss Leona, and I will share her big announcement here with her interview!

Leona is a doll. Cute, friendly, wildly intelligent…and she writes dark stuff!! On with my silly questions and grilling of the young woman!

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?
I write by the seat of pants, pretty much. I can’t write at home, no matter how hard I try, but the words pour like the Niagara Falls when I sit at a pub or a café. I make a very vague outline of the chapters, but they end up going to places I never planned.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy fiction set in a medieval environment. These days I’m reading Mark Lawrence and Dan Polansky, and other grimdark masterpieces are lined up in my immediate TBR.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Writing: Finishing a chapter and getting feedback from my alpha readers. Making progress with the book and getting closer to finishing it.
Blogging: Connecting with the other people, meeting fantasy book lovers and exchanging comments with them. I love connecting with the new people!

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a naturalized US citizen but I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I moved to San Jose, California in 1999, relocated to Texas in 2003 and moved to Finland in 2013. I’m an IT engineer by day and dark fantasy writer at night. Oh and I have a commercial pilot license with instrument rating, for single engine land aircraft, earned with blood, sweat and tears. I’m a restless nomad and adventurer in a sense. I’m currently working on my first book, which is the book #1 of a dark fantasy trilogy set in the medieval Near Eastern environment. I can describe it as Game of Thrones-dragons+shamans+serious amount of military stuff+elemental races+the mischievous chaos deity+cats+more magic.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
Caffeine gives me all the strength I need! I guess my biggest strength is the ability to go into a semi-trance in a crowded, noisy environment and write like no tomorrow. As I mentioned before, I can only write at public places. Weaknesses? I cringe when I have to write horrible things happening to my characters.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I can’t write at home or a quiet environment. It has to be crowded, noisy and public. Then again Dan Polansky mentioned he writes at pubs and cafes so I guess it’s not that strange.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
For blogging –adding book cover images to my book review posts, I have to first download the image from Amazon then upload it to media manager and embed it in the post, such a tedious chore! I really hate it. How do those book bloggers make those book haul posts with a dozen covers, I really wonder! As for writing, I can’t think of anything. I love writing, editing, polishing my chapters.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make my bed most of the time. I’m a neat freak about certain things.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Svalbard. I want to go there and see the polar bears and the midnight sun sometime, hopefully this year if I can afford it. If not, next year.

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Demons. Not a fan of the others…. Nope. I love the demons, though. I summon them for help sometimes.

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Doomsday preppers style! Bring it on!

Now, as I said before, Leona made an announcement on her blog today, so I am spreading the love and quoting it here!

I am very pleased to announce a new project I started with two other fantasy book bloggers. If you like the dark fantasy genre, which is also known as Grimdark, or even just fantasy in general, I invite you to stop by and take a look at (drumroll goes here):
Grimdark Alliance
I, along with Eric from The Grimdark Review and Alexandru from Barbarian Book Club, have come together to create a master Grimdark site which will be a one stop has all portal.
We feature book reviews (mostly Grimdark but we are going to review more general fantasy books every now and then), writing and Grimdark related articles, author interviews (we have some serious names lined up already!) and news about the events such as conventions and book tours.

Seriously good news for Leona, her cohorts and their community!
To follow Leona and catch a glimmer of her fantasy world, you can find her here:

Leona’s Blog of Shadows
Wattpad
Twitter
Facebook
Google +
DeviantArt

Thank you so much for taking part in my insanity Leona!

Spotlight on Blogger Britta!

Spotlight: Blogger Britta!

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The lovely Britta!
I’m met Britta right here on the lovely interwebs, just stumbling over one another’s blogs. She fun, upbeat and just cute as a button! She indulged me with a little about herself and answered my questions with gusto.
Don’t forget to gander over to her blog and check her out! Now, on with the show…
Let’s meet Britta…
Hi all, I’m Britta; I’m currently a college student in Minnesota and will be graduating with a double major in history and English in May. I have a fuzzy idea of what I want to do with my life (something with public history, I think) and am trying to take life one step at a time. I would love to be a published author one day, too, but not now…one step at a time, remember? 🙂 I started blogging in September of 2013 and joined WordPress in May of 2014. My current site, It’s a Britta Bottle! (brittabottle.wordpress.com) was created in August of 2014. I started to blog to force myself to write—I had fallen out of my writing practice for quite some time—and have since discovered this amazing community of supportive and talented bloggers. It’s my pleasure to be in Zoe’s spotlight this week…nice to meet you!
Britta jumped right on in with my 10 silly questions. I absolutely LOVE her enthusiasm!

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process has been constantly changing as a blogger. I used to write and publish a post all in the same day. A little while ago, however, I became really unsatisfied with the work I was producing in that small amount of time. I am learning how to give myself time to think through ideas. I’ve started to utilize my draft folder, which has been really wonderful for coming back to some writing that felt like it wasn’t going anywhere the first time around.
My writing process as a blogger is different than my personal writing process (as in journaling) and the process I have for writing school papers. If I ever do write a book in the future, as I’d like to, I’m sure my writing process for that will be a little different, too.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
Well, I’d like to say everything, but that’s simply not true. I am mostly drawn to historical fiction and the classics. My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I’m also drawn to biographies—I am interested in biography as a subfield of history and love learning about a particular time period or event in time through the lens of one individual. I love books that make me think, allow me to see the world differently. That said, I have been enjoying book reviews by my fellow bloggers because they’ve exposed me to titles I might not have otherwise batted an eye at. I really would like to read more books from many different genres, but that just doesn’t happen as much as I’d like given the books that I am generally drawn to. Well, also, I don’t find a whole lot of time to read for pleasure during school since I’m so busy with reading the bazillions of pages of assigned readings for my history and English classes. 🙂

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
I started to blog for myself—to better understand myself and allow myself to grow as a person. I believe blogging has helped me with that extensively and I credit all the writing I’ve been doing since I started blogging frequently in really helping me to figure myself out this year—I’m in my last year of college and don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. That’s scary, but writing and blogging has really helped me with that.
I’ve recently developed an immense joy in connecting with other bloggers out there. I had no idea that such an amazing community of bloggers existed when I started blogging, and I’m so thankful I’ve found it. The people I’ve met here in the blogosphere are simply amazing! So, while I do write for myself and love how much I’ve grown in simply writing so much since I’ve started blogging, I have to say that my greatest joy is a tie between writing for myself and interacting with the community—because this community is just so wonderful!
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m 21—though I’ll be 22 in March. I was born in raised in Minnesota and though it’s been a wonderful state to grow up in, I don’t want to stay here…at least not at this time in my life. I love to read, I love to write, and I love history. I am majoring in history and English, but I don’t want to teach (so don’t ask me that…it’s one of my pet peeves). I am interested in pursuing a career in public history at some point. I did a curatorial internship at the Smithsonian last summer and thought I had an amazing experience, I also learned that I don’t want to be a curator. I’m an introvert (and INFJ to be exact) though I love spending time with people too…especially my good friends and my family. I love coffee, I’m a pescetarian (meaning I don’t eat meat, but DO eat fish), I just started doing yoga daily about two weeks ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I can be a little scatterbrained and am definitely random, as you can probably see from my answers to this question.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My biggest weakness is FOCUS! This most commonly manifests itself in school papers that I’m really just not feeling. I have spent way too many nights up until 3 am writing a paper the day before it was due simply because of a lack of focus. If I don’t feel inspired, I have a really hard time writing. This is something I’m trying to work on because I’m not necessarily proud of this 3 a.m. nights and the work that is produced through them…but that is certainly easier said than done.
My strength comes is my understanding that writing takes time. This is something that I really learned to embrace last semester when I was taking a composition studies course. A major theme of the course was how writing is a process. I’ve been trying to implement that in my blogging much more of late and I’m much more satisfied with my blog as a whole because of that.
I just realized how intertwined my weakness and strength are. Perhaps if I gave myself more time to write my school papers, I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my lack of focus!
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
None that I can think of. Well, I guess staying up until 3 am trying to finish a paper is kind of strange…or maybe that’s just an incredibly college student thing to do.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
The (I would say self-inflicted) pressure to get more followers, more views, more likes. I started to blog for myself, as I’ve said before; I’ve lost sight of that multiple times already on my journey as a blogger because I’ve felt like I needed to change my blogging style to become more popular. I want to write stuff that speaks to me, though…if people respond well to it, that’s great, if not, at least I know I’m doing something good for myself. That’s really hard to remember sometimes—especially when I see the success of my fellow bloggers. I know shouldn’t be comparing myself to them, but that is certainly easier said than done sometimes!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make my bed every morning! It’s one of those things that just makes me feel accomplished and ready for the day (like coffee).
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Oh, goodness. I’ve always wanted to travel to England. I’ve been to the U.K. before—Northern Ireland, to be exact—but never to England! But that’s just one of many places I’d like to travel to!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Well, one more thing to know about me—I’m terrible at making decisions about things like this—I am going to go with werewolves because Professor Lupin is a werewolf and he’s pretty badass.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m probably not prepared at all. I’ll most likely be the first to die.

Isnt she great?!?! And dont worry Britta, I’ll start prepping you for that Zombie Apocalypse!! 😀
Thank you so much for taking part, and keep on blogging!

Troubles in Zoe’s little bubble

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Well. The Spotlight seats will be empty this week, as no one has taken me up on my offer to help promote them a little. I have used up everyone I had on the back list and advertised to encourage a little more to come on over and share their works with us.
Nada.
Zip.
Zilch.
~crickets chirping~
I almost had one! But when they saw I was a horror genre, and planned to publish erotica as well, they pleasantly declined.
I tried to be clear…these Spotlights are for ANY genre…it doesn’t have to mesh with my own. I am just wanting to help people out. I invite bloggers, too.
You know what I have to say for it all? POOP!! Okay, not my word of choice, but I’m trying to behave myself at the moment.
Fat-cat has learned some new curse words over the last few days, that’s for sure.
Personal life isn’t going to well at all. Its in the crapper, really.
Professional life is okay. Not great, but not totally dead. I should run another book giveaway!
I’m going to be talking to the own of my beloved coffee shop this weekend. I saw him yesterday, but he was just too busy to have a conversation. The poor man had to take one of their machines apart and fix it.
ANYWAY…we’re pitching the idea of a joint venture. I supply the books. The deal is, we’ll advertise the hell out of, newspapers, local magazines, maybe radio…anyway, after we set a date and advertise it, when people come into the shop and purchase a LARGE SPECIALTY drink, they will get a voucher for $1.99 off a copy of my book, and the book will also be signed to them. Not a bad deal at all, huh? I don’t have to pay shipping costs on the soft cover book editions, so I’m not really out anything. And the coffee shop makes a profit. I get my name out there a little more.
well, like I said, my personal life is in the pooper. I’d share, but, yeahno.
Be sweet my lovelies. Hopefully some people will take advantage of the Spotlight once again. If is stays dead, I think I will replace it with something else. Who knows?

Spotlight: Author Team HL Carpenter

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Mother/Daughter Team HL Carpenter
This is a first for me. A writing team, mom and daughter to boot! Lets give them a warm welcome!
Florida-based mother/daughter duo HL Carpenter writes sweet, clean fiction that is suitable for everyone in your family. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, Zoe! Thanks so much for inviting us to share your blog space today.
We’re Helen and Lorri Carpenter, a Florida-based mother/daughter duo. We write together as HL Carpenter. We work in our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. In addition to being multi-generational writers, we’re also multi-genre writers. We like variety!

2. What is your writing process?
Our writing process—hmm. Have you ever read the poem The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson? That describes our writing process beautifully.
In less lyrical terms, typically a phrase from a newspaper article or a line from a poem or an interesting image starts our imagination train. From there, we chug along through what we call the “steam-building” stage, where we think about what would happen if…
Then we fuel up by preparing a character sheet, followed by a summary of each chapter that provides a general guide for the journey.
When the summary is finished, we take off with the writing. We pass the story back and forth, gathering momentum, until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Once a book is done, we set it aside for a cooling-off period, then we revise, revise, revise.
Oh, and if you haven’t read the poem, here it is (it’s in the public domain):
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson
I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step
Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties, by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill
And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop–docile and omnipotent–
At its own stable door.

3. What do you read for pleasure?
We read a lot of fiction of all types. We read poetry too, as you may have noticed. We also read instruction manuals, which seem like fiction to us because they seldom match the actual process required to assemble the item purchased. And sometimes we read the dictionary for fun, though mostly we do that when we’re trying to cheat at Scrabble. 🙂 We’re big fans of words.

4. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The possibilities at the beginning of each story and the challenge of bringing those possibilities to light.
As an example, our satirical short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature, started out as a writing challenge from graphic artist Kelly Shorten. Kelly found a photo she loved so much that she sponsored a contest. We were intrigued with both the possibilities and the challenge, and we were delighted to win the contest and have our story published.
This is the photo that inspired Kelly and us.
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Your imagination is jumping up and down now too, right?

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sitting down and writing?
The strength is easy to answer—having a partner. Knowing someone is waiting for the next story installment is great incentive, as is the fact that there’s no worry about getting stuck. When either of us reaches a stopping point, we pass the work to the other. When it comes back, the next scene provides a springboard to move on.
The weakness is that we’re fairly slow writers. We’re turtles in a hare-hurry world.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
The only one we can think of is that we don’t actually sit down to write. We both work standing up. But that’s not strange. Is it? Say no.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing/blogging process?
Having to let go of a story. There’s always one more sentence that could be worded better or a scene that could be described differently or an epiphany that could be expressed more clearly or…well, you get the idea.
We’re fighting that tendency right now, with a cozy mystery we finished at the end of last year, A Cause for Murder. We’ve been through edits, we have the cover, we’re ready to publish…, and we just discovered one more change we want to make. We’re determined to get the book out this month. Our hero, Emma Twiggs, deserves her day in the Amazon sunshine!

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Bed makers, definitely. Life’s pleasures start with attending the details.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Mars. We’re ready to help colonize a new planet.

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
We always want to be the cavalry-to-the-rescue. Can we be demons-gone-good?

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Locked and loaded, with a cupboard full of canned spaghetti.

This mighty duo can be found on:

The duo has offered up one particular book for Spotlighting, but, me being me, did my homework and will also provide covers and links (click the covers) for their other works as well. Now, on to the Spotlight book!

Dream Stealer
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Ever wonder what became of the dreams you once had? Fancy Moonstruck can tell you.
Fancy is supposed to steal dreams. It’s what her family does for a living, and now that she’s fifteen, the job is hers.
It’s a job she’d rather not have. She knows first-hand what dreams mean to the dreamer because she dreams of her mom, who died five years ago. Losing her dream would be like losing her mom all over again. That’s a pain Fancy doesn’t want to inflict on anyone.
But the rules are clear: Steal a dream—or lose her own.

G-Rated excerpt from Dream Stealer:
Another moment and the dream will be gone.
The winter sea breeze brushes my hair from my face, its cold caress as light as the layer of fear I wear like my dark hoodie, and as soft as my shallow breathing. In the way of every good thief, I take care that the whispery puff of my breath is the only sound I make.
Though I’m not touching the fleeing dream, it kisses my mind, sticky as a spider’s web. I stand still, wide-awake in the hush of the two a.m. darkness, staring at the pulsing silver sliver. The external details are breathtaking: the shivering tendrils of longing; the filaments of hope, quivering like the strings of a harp. They float through the window of the ramshackle beach cottage where Mrs. Hooper sleeps, reaching upward with fog-thin fingers, anchored within her heart, searching for the sky.
Mrs. Hooper’s dream is one of love-longing, and I peek inside as it sways above me, though I’m not supposed to. The Dream Buyers pay well for dreams of love-longing, and they pay especially well for dreams untouched by us Stealers.
Even so, I can’t stop myself from lingering inside the dream. I spend precious seconds there, warming myself in the heat of Mrs. Hooper’s longing for the love of her son, before drawing back into the chill of the night’s reality, and my work in it. I fumble to release the dream catcher, which dangles from my belt on a leather cord, then grasp the handle of the delicate, tightly-woven net. I focus on the hours of practice runs I went over with Dad. I need only reach out now, and my very first dream-stealing excursion will end in success.
And I will keep my family safe.
I must do this. Yet I hesitate. Dad says Mrs. Hooper will never miss her dream. Is it possible he’s wrong? I dream a similar love-longing dream myself, every night, and I know what it means to me—the same as this dream must mean to Mrs. Hooper.
If I’m right, I cannot take it from her.
I must take it.
I must…

The lovely teams other works! Just click the pics to be taken to the buy pages for summaries!
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Thank you ladies, for allowing me to Spotlight you and share your works!

Spotlight: Author/Playwright Damian Trasler

We welcome our first playwright this week! Exciting for me!

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Welcome Damian Trasler!
We’re going to get my silly questions out of the way before digging into the good meat of things!!!
10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
I sit at the keyboard and then make coffee. Then I sit at the keyboard and drink coffee. Then I look at the internet and drink coffee. At some point, usually while one of my kids has required me to go and sit in a cold ice rink for an hour, I write the words that are pounding round my head and then feel ridiculously pleased with myself. Sometimes those words are a play script that I send to my publisher, www,lazybeescripts.co.uk
2. What do you read for pleasure?
I love Science Fiction, and am a particular fan of John Scalzi, but any well-written book is good. I prefer it if the story carries the weight – literary books have no merit if they are all art and no matter. That’s what Polonius said*
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Embarrassingly, the greatest joy of writing is writing. Like many people, I find it hard to commit to getting the story out of my head, and I will whine and wheedle and prevaricate, but once the thing is done I am delighted. Getting other people to read it is a bonus joy, but the main thing is typing “The End” or “Curtain” and knowing that an idea has become a real thing.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born while Elvis Presley was still alive, and before Star Wars existed. Hard to believe, I know, but there was such a time. I grew up in England, moving around a lot and gaining three children and a wife (not in that order) before emigrating to Canada. We did that because life was too easy, and we wanted more stress. Or something. Anyway, we ended up in British Columbia, which was created to make up for Australia.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My weakness is sitting down and writing. I could prevaricate for England, except I wouldn’t get around to it. On the other hand, I have a neat little netbook which is painfully slow for anything but running Word, so when I go away or out to a sports event or music lesson with my offspring, I can get some actual work done. The strength is something other people have found – when I really enjoy the story I’m writing, I don’t notice the time or the distractions. It’s fun to write.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Once, long ago, we went to a Greek island (Kefalonia) and my wife took our only baby at the time for a day trip to the capital city. She told me to just hang out at the local bar and write all day. I drank three small beers, ate a burger with fries and wrote longhand in a notebook while the crystal blue sea washed the sands only a few feet away. I really, really wish that was a habit I could maintain.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Editing. I hate rewriting. Hate it with a burning passion. I have yet to find any method that makes it feasible for me to review an entire piece of work without printing it out and going through it with a pen. Which is just stupid. I believe this attitude may be detected in my published e-books.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make the bed. It’s a duvet, one flump and you’re done. That makes it so much nicer when you crawl back into bed hours later, wondering if you accomplished anything at all, or whether it was just one fourteen-hour long scream.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I have so little ambition when it comes to travel. I’m taking my wife to New York for our wedding anniversary (despite a fervent wish never to see the place myself) and I’m going back to the only place I want to go – Lucasfilm Headquarters in San Francisco. Just to look. Certainly not to badger anyone I see about this Boba Fett movie script I have….
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Zombies. Slow moving, stupid , lurching losers.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m good. I wrote “Eddie and the Kingdom” because I think a lot about surviving the zombie apocalypse. It’s not the zombies you have to watch out for, it’s the other survivors.
*This is me showing off my education. (Host note: LOVE INSIGHT AND HUMOR!)
Now! On to the good stuffs!
In his own words:
I was born and raised in England but moved to Canada with my family in 2009. I’ve been a published playwright since 2000, winning a few awards and having my plays performed all over the world. I published some of my old short stories to see how hard it was to use Amazon’s KDP program, and now I’ve reached a total of seven e-books. My next one will be the second “Eddie and the Kingdom” book, “Murder in the Kingdom”
You can find Damian on his website
His line-up of great work can be found on Amazon, just click the pic to be magically swept away!
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Thank you so much Damian, enjoy the Spotlight and best of luck in all your future endeavors!!

Spotlight – Chris from Living The Dream

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I met Chris here on WordPress and he runs a great blog. He’s had his ups and downs, but in this life, who doesnt? He’s coming through marvelously though, and kudos to him for his positive outlook on things!
He was sweet enough to humor me with my silly questions, then I encourage you all to check out his page!

1. What is your writing process?
I tend to just start writing. I may think of something throughout the day and
Make a note of in my phone to go back and write that evening. Whatever
Crosses my path that I find or think interesting.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
I read many different books. I like the cheesy detective story that hits the
Bestseller list weekly. I love historical fiction. Ken Follett is my favorite.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
The blog allows me to vent. It allows me to put thoughts and words down that I
Normally would not verbalize. It gives me an outlet. Plus I have met some very
Very interesting people from blogging.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure… As you can read on my blog. I am a divorced father of two teenage girls.
Under the cover of darkness I save innocent people from the evils of mankind.
During the day I work a normal job.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
I feel my strength is that I just openly share my fears, failures, thoughts, and
Emotions. I don’t cover anything up. I don’t try and sound like I have the
Answers. I am what one might call brutally honest about me.
I feel my weakness is that I am too wordy.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not really. Usually set alarm for 4:30 AM and drink coffee, ready news, and
Write blog entries after I get out of shower. I then leave for work at 5:45. I also
Tend to write blogs very late at night. When everything has settled down.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Not having anything to talk about. I think my day has been a failure if I can’t
Share something!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make my bed every morning. It’s a ritual. Read a blog entry I posted about
This from a graduation speaker.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Fargo, North Dakota
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Wolverines??? I like their healing ability. No, I enjoy the Zombies. The
Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m ready. I have a loaded shotgun in my living room, multiple knives throughout the house, a Scottish Claymore sword hanging on the wall. I also have a .38 revolver and a PK-9 in my house. Plus a few cans of beans. I’m ready.

Thank you so much for taking the time to engage our readers and take part in my little interview!!
Go on over and pay him a visit! Tell’im Zoe sent ya! 😉 Living the Dream