Ladies and Gentlemen May I Introduce You to George Sirois



George Sirois self-published his first novel “From Parts Unknown” in November of 2002, which he is re-working as a five-part eBook serial and paperback release. When he self-published his Young Adult/Science-Fiction novel “Excelsior” in July of 2010, it was named “Top Pick” by Night Owl Reviews and a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. George’s writing has also been seen on and as a featured columnist. After living in New York City for most of his life, George and his wife and their two dogs now happily call St. Louis, MO their home. In his spare time, George is an avid cinephile, a collector of film scores, a lifelong fan of the New York Giants, and enjoys West Coast Swing dancing.

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2048 P.A.W.S. edition


Over on Facebook I’ve noticed a trend among my puzzly associates. More and more of them are succumbing to the very addictive tile game, 2048. So presenting 2048 – Paws Edition.

You have been warned!

My Writing Process

Today is “My Writing Process” blog tour day, when writers answer questions about their writing process. Last week, fellow author Brooke Williams posted hers.


Brooke Williams is an award winning author and freelance writer.  She has written hundreds of articles as well as full novels including Someone Always Loved You.  She looks forward to the release of Wrong Place, Right Time from The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House in December and Accept this Dandelion from Prism Books in February.  She has 12 years of experience in radio broadcasting and a brief amount in TV news.  Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

Connect with Brooke on her blog, or Facebook.

Thanks to Brooke for tagging me on her blog.

A little bit about me first. My name’s Debbie Manber Kupfer. I grew up in London, but today live in St. Louis with my husband, two kids and a cat. I’ve been writing ever since I was small, but only started taking my writing seriously in 2012 when I wrote my first novel P.A.W.S. during NaNoWriMo. When I’m not writing fiction, I write puzzles for magazines and for my blog Paws4Puzzles. So here’s my writing process answers.


What am I working on?

I’m currently finishing up the edits for Argentum, the next book in the P.A.W.S. series. I also have stories coming out in several anthologies over the next few months.

Over on my puzzle blog Paws4Puzzles, I’m getting ready to participate in this year’s “Blogging from A to Z Challenge”. During the month of April, I’ll be posting 26 puzzles, one for each letter of the alphabet.


How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I’d like to think that P.A.W.S. appeals to those who don’t normally read YA or fantasy, and certainly the comments I’ve had seem to bear it out. Most teen reads focus on the relationship between the central couple. While there is romance in P.A.W.S. and Argentum it is not the central focus. Rather we follow the lives of many characters both teen and adult and I feel that everyone will find someone they can identify with in my books.


Why do I write what I do?

Because the characters inside me insist that I tell their story. I have a whole world stretched out waiting to be written!

How does your writing process work?

When I wrote P.A.W.S. I did it with very little outline, just a few ideas scribbled in a notebook. When I sat down to write Argentum though I realized that the “pantser” approach that works well for a first book in a series is not quite appropriate when working on a sequel. Thus for Argentum I had to take a step back and spend some time working on a timeline and character list. When you have a couple of characters who are practically immortal and a tendency towards flashback a timeline is essential.

Other than that I work best in the mornings when I have the least interruptions and need about a gallon of hot tea with milk to get through my day!


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Chasity Nicole grew up in a small town in North Carolina. In 2005 writing became a big part of her life, when she would write stories with a friend of hers. After graduating high school in 2008, she went to college for Criminal Justice. During this time writing went on a bit of a hiatus until Chasity was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in 2009. Months later she realized that writing was the only thing that helped keep the tics at bay, part of a few different projects. Chasity’s advice is to find something that you love doing and do it. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it. Do what you love, and love what you do. To see what other projects she’s working on visit Chasity on Facebook or WordPress.



T. D. Harvey is a British dark fiction author. Her writing spans many genres, but always errs on the darker side. She has been published in two anthologies, Flash It!, an un-themed flash fiction anthology and Shades of Fear, fear themed short stories. Ms Harvey also has several stories appearing in anthologies this year, including Writers’ Anarchy III: Heroes and Villains, a multi-genre themed anthology; Sins of the Past, a collection of historical horror shorts; An Anthology of Pants, a fun anthology with a pants (trousers) theme; and Anything Goes, an un-themed and multi-genre anthology. You can find her on Facebook,  and on WordPress



Misha Burnett has little formal education, but has been writing poetry and fiction for around forty years. During this time he has supported himself and his family with a variety of jobs, including locksmith, cab driver, and building maintenance.

Major influences include Tim Powers, Samuel Delany, William Burroughs, and Phillip K. Dick.

Connect with Misha on WordPress or Facebook.




Say Hello to S.M. Lowry


Today on Paws4Thought we continue our Shades of Fear series with S. M. Lowry the author of the powerful story, Forbidden Child.

 Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a wife and a mother of four wonderful children, ranging from 15 to 21. We live on a beautiful half-acre in Oregon with three dogs and a snake. I work full time for the State of Oregon reading and analyzing Workers’ Comp. orders. I’m also a full time student working toward my BA in English Language and Literature at Southern New Hampshire University. In my free time, I hang out with my kids and read obsessively.

How did you get involved with Shades of Fear?

I had decided to start writing seriously and joined NaNoWriMo in October. I was on a Facebook group for Southern New Hampshire University, and someone mentioned there was a new group on Facebook for NaNo support. Since it was my first time doing NaNo, I jumped into the group. It was full of supportive and fun writers, and when NaNo ended, we continued the group. D.L. Scott decided to put together an anthology with members of the group, and I swallowed my fear and wrote “Forbidden Child!”

Who are your favorite authors?

I have so many of them! My absolute favorites would be Marion Zimmer-Bradley, Evangeline Walton, Geoffrey Chaucer, Juliet Marillier, and Jim Butcher. However, in the past few months, I have been introduced to some excellent indie authors that are quickly becoming my favorites as well.

Tell us a bit about your story Forbidden Child?

“Forbidden Child” is a medieval-type fantasy story. It follows a young woman who is running away from home in an effort to save the life of her unborn child.

So, what happens next? Are you planning to continue the story?

Yes, “Forbidden Child” ended up being the prologue to a larger story. There will be a novel that follows the story, which I hope to have out early next year.

What inspires you to write?

So many things inspire me to write. Reading, watching TV, people-watching, music, and mythology are all big inspirations for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m always writing a story in my head!

When did you first start writing?

I don’t really remember when I started writing, but I think it was in junior high. I have written intermittently since then, but never finishing anything beyond a short story. I made the decision to begin writing seriously last October and I’ve never looked back.

What are your own greatest fears and how do you deal with them?

That’s a tough question. Fears for my family would be at the top of the list, but as a mother that’s something that never goes away. As for personal fears, I fear failure, like lots of people do, but as I get older I also fear not doing enough of the things I enjoy. Part of the reason I didn’t write seriously until recently was a fear that I wasn’t good at it. When I jumped into NaNoWriMo last year, I made a decision to just do it for the fun and the challenge of writing so much. Once I decided to do it for fun and not worry about being terrible at it, the words came a lot easier for me.

What do you like to do to relax?

I love hanging out with my kids or sitting down with a good book.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on two projects. One of them is the novel that follows “Forbidden Child.” The other is a novel that retells Arianrhod’s story from the Welsh Mabinogi. I love mythology, so that story has been a lot of fun for me to write. I hope to have both of them out by early next year.

How can readers connect with you?

On Facebook at:

On Twitter: @SarahLowry9

And on my blog:


I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together

And more on Fauxpocalypse from Misha Burnett.


The Fauxpocalypse Project The Fauxpocalypse Project

Fauxpocalypse is now available on Story Cartel for free.

Story Cartel is a pretty good deal for both readers and writers.  Authors put their work up on the site and readers can download them for free.  There is no obligation to review a book, but readers who do leave a review are entered to win a prize.  So it’s a win-win.

I’m still pretty amazed that the book even exists.  It started as a whim, kind of a spur of the moment thought that I wrote about in my blog, and it turned out that other people liked the idea.

It’s not my book–a lot of other people worked on it, many of them put more work into it than I did.  Dave Higgins stepped up as publisher, Schevus Osborne did a huge amount of the editing, Debbie Manber Kupfer has been a tireless promoter, really all of…

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Free Copies of Fauxpocalypse, and a Chance to Win Prizes

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Meet Jack Darkness (if you dare!)


Today on Paws4Thought we continue our series of interviews with Shades of Fear authors with the one and only Jack Darkness. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Jack.

I grew up in a small town in Oregon called Cave Junction, where there was little to do besides read or get into trouble. Let’s just Say I was a little bit like Puck back in those days.

How did you choose your pen name?

The name Jack Darkness actually came from a web-comic series that I enjoy and have been following since I was in high school called Vampire Phantasm. Jack Darkness and the other fantastic characters were a creation of a wonderful woman named Sarah Nelson; she has Inspired a lot of my current activities.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are hard to just pick out because I enjoy different styles and genres so I’ll just name off a few titles and authors on my bookshelf. Michael Scott’s The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel (which I have every book of, including the Kindle books.), Mary Janice Davidson’s Betsy the Vampire Queen series (yes, I tend to read romance.), The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Tell us a bit about your Shades of Fear story The Morrigan?

I actually based this story off of my own childhood fear of the Faerie realms in Irish mythology, In particular the Banshee or Bean – Sidhe as it is properly spelled. I grew up with the folklore of the five major clans of Ireland, as I belonged to the actual O’ Riley family (my middle name is a shortened version.) I in particular had a short lovespell over The Morrigan, a Tuatha De Danaan, Irish goddess.

Have you ever been to Ireland?

No sadly, though I am hoping that when I make enough money off my projects that I can take my wife and children.

Did you do any research for The Morrigan?

I have a huge book called The Folklore of the British Isles that gave me a lot of information on the land and countryside there. Otherwise I read through a family grimoire and searched the internet, where I found an obscure reference to the Morrigan being the Goddess of the Bean – sidhe.

What are your own greatest fears and how do you deal with them?

Dwarves and gnomes, maniacs and pranksters. They’re plotting to kill us all. Seriously though, I despise garden gnomes and avoid them.

What do you like to do to relax?

Read, write, draw and kill fey in a wonderful game called Kingdom of Amular: Reckoning, created by authors and animation geniuses, Todd McFarlane, R.A Salvatore, and the creator of Fable.

 What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my apocalyptic horror novel, and webcomic series based off of the same novel, called Dirge. My other project is Fire – Dancer, to be released in the Elemental anthology this summer, it’s a continuation from where The Morrigan left off.

How can readers connect with you?

Either through my Facebook under my pen name of course, by email: or at JackDarkness1 on