Griddlebone on the Radio

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The werecat padded silently across the cobbles of the dark Vienna street. It was deserted now, but soon Griddlebone knew it would be filled with bootsteps and cries, gunshots and blood. They were slated to come at dawn, to cleanse this last Jewish neighborhood of its vermin, so that the proper folk of Vienna could finally live Judenfrei.

Inside the darkened houses the residents huddled in fear. The news of the transport had only come hours before and some still couldn’t believe it. They had been fooling themselves for months, believing that this one insignificant street could survive in its own little bubble, that somehow God would protect them.

They readied themselves with what little valuables they had left. Maybe they could still bribe the Nazi soldiers, maybe there was still a way out. The werecat flexed his claws as he waited in the shadows. Griddlebone wished he could rescue them all, but his orders were clear, he could only take one.

Join me tonight on OutSkirts Science Fiction Theatre to hear more!

And the recording is still available at the above link.

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And pick up a copy of Sins of the Past to read this and 16 other historic tales of the macabre.

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Debbie Manber Kupfer – Spotlight

I’m featured on Bree’s blog today – check it out and then go explore!

Author Bree Vanderland

Debbie is the author of a YA fantasy series, P.A.W.S. – books 1 and 2, P.A.W.S. and Argentum are out and she is currently writing book 3.

Also when she’s not writing fiction she writes puzzles for magazines and is about to release her first book of logic puzzles, Paws4Logic. Paws4Logic has been a long time in coming and is a collaboration between her and her son, Joey.

Debbie has stories in a variety of anthologies and is the editor of a historical horror anthology, Sins of the Past ,and will be reading her story, Griddlebone, on the radio this Saturday night (Jan 31).

Links:
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Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – Day 16 – Danielle Ross

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Today we reach the final day of the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour. I hope everyone enjoyed our magical trip around the globe. Today’s guest is blogger, writer, and artist, Danielle Ross.

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Tell us a little about yourself Danielle.

I have a Master’s of Science in Biology, and currently teach at a local University as an adjunct. I’m also an artist and crafter, and currently make wands from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede.

Danielle also has two furry friends that help her through her day!

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What originally drew you to writing, Danielle?

I loved to read, and had a number of stories in my head that I had to get out

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I often make things from my stories. Whether it is the costume of one of the characters, or a sculpture of one of the creatures that I made up for the story. I do like to make up creatures where it is needed. 😄

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What authors or books have influenced you?

There are too many books to list, but some of my favorite authors include, Kate Elliot, Kristen Britain, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Van Lustbader, Lee Martindale, Tanith Lee, Gale Greeno, David Gemmell, etc. 😄

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on my wands and wand shop. I have a couple of stories that I’m playing with writing, and trying to get one of my manuscripts ready for submission.

What most inspires your stories?

My dreams. I usually wake up in the mornings with very vivid dreams that I remember every detail of, and no, I’m not in my underwear.  😄  But I am flying or fighting in a battle of some sort.

Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

Whenever I can sit down and do it really.

Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

Just start writing, even if it’s just random thoughts out of your head. Usually, if you get that out, then you can concentrate and think about the story.

Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

I prefer to own hard copies. E-books are too easily lost.  I mean, all that has to happen is a server crash, virus, drop your e-reader in some water, and all your books are gone.  Hard copies at least take a major disaster to destroy.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

My main character is typically a strong female type. She either has some special skill, or something in her background that makes her important to the story.  Often she is the key to reaching the ultimate end of the story.

What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

Sword and sorcery style fantasy. I don’t want to call it epic, as that implies a series or great writing.  True some of my stories are series length, but most can be kept short to one story.

Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

No, and no. I’m too controlling a person to be able to really compromise.

Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

Only during NaNo, and most days I can hit the target easily, other days I have trouble. Usually though, I just sit and write and see what happens.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

Physical books will never go away, but they will become more of a luxury item since e-books are so easy to get and store. I think I’ll lose my mind if all the books I want in the future are only available as e-books. I don’t trust technology, and a physical book’s battery never runs out, nor does the software crash and loses a library worth of books. With physical books, it takes a library fire to lose that many stories.

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Connect with Danielle on her blog, A World in a Grain of Sand and find her art on her website, www.handmadewands.com

And be sure check out my visit today on C.B. Mac Gillavry’s blog where she is reviewing P.A.W.S. and Argentum.

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Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – Day 16 – Deedee Davies

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Today we continue the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour with British writer, Deedee Davies. Tell us a bit about yourself, Deedee.

I’m a short-story author and wannabe novelist interested mainly in the fantasy, horror and science-fiction genres. I’ve had five short stories published to date in publications from Seventh Star Press, Horrified Press and EMBY Press, and am currently seeking a publisher for my first novel. A second book is more or less complete and a third (a sequel to my first novel) is in progress. I’m also a cover artist, with around 30 published book covers under my belt. I live in Plymouth, UK with my partner, 10 spiders and four snakes.

 

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Fortune’s Thief.  It was (as most of my work is) inspired by a random thought.  I started writing about a man who had been away from his friends and their thirst for adventure for some years, being pulled back into that life. Around that time, I also had another idea about a mystical stone and a magical sword.  I ended up working the three elements into one story and out popped Fortune’s Thief.

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Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I think the phrase ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ applies. I have been known to write in bus shelters, pubs, hotels, on trains, buses, parked in my car in a layby, and walking down the street (dangerous, but it has to be done if you want to get those ideas down while they’re fresh!).  I also need either absolute silence to write, or else low background noise (like the noise of a coffee shop or pub). If there’s music, my head’s in the music, not the writing. Oh, and the most potent ideas always pop into my head ten minutes after I’ve turned the light off, which is why I keep a book and pen next to my bed.

 

What authors or books have influenced you?

Clarke Ashton Smith, Robert E Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs are the biggest influences on my writing.  Clarke Ashton Smith (and his contemporaries) always drew me in with his rich writing style, while the low fantasy of Howard and Burroughs appealed to me in a way high fantasy never has.  Although it’s fantasy, you won’t find elves or wizards throwing fireballs in my writing!

 

What are you working on now?

A sequel to Fortune’s Thief and a vampire romance novel.  No, it’s absolutely not what you’re thinking!

 

What is your best method or website for book promotion

It’s hard to say as I’ve only had stories published in anthologies, but social media seems by far the best way to get the word out. I have profiles on and constantly update Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon Author Central, Goodreads and AuthorDB.

 

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Go and see what publishers are looking for, find something that appeals to you, and write about that.  If you go and write a random story about something no publisher is looking for, it’ll be that much harder to find representation.

 

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Write with one person in mind as the audience: it really helps you focus.

 

What are you reading now?

 Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. I really enjoyed the first two in the trilogy but I’m finding this one slow going, so I’m dipping into the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I’m on my third this month – I think they’re a bit addictive…

 

What’s next for you as a writer?

To finish my next book and get the first one published. I have three publishers potentially interested at the moment, but I’m finding it a bit of a minefield.

 

3 or 4 books for deserted island?

The Name of the Wind, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Newnes Golden Treasury, The Mabinogion.

 

What inspires you to write?

Really mundane, everyday things.  I like to take a concept or image that strikes me in everyday life, convert it, add a fantasy twist and run with it to see where it takes me.

 

Tell us about your writing process

I outline the plot, sketch the main scenes, figure out roughly what’s going to happen – and then often write something completely different.

 

Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?

Usually I just let the story flow with just a nugget of an idea underpinning it, but I’ve found recently where I’m working on novel-length projects, once I get past 40,000 words, I lose track and I absolutely have to plan it out so that I know where I’m going.

 

What do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software?

I use yWriter, which is free software and has some fantastically useful tools for planning, outlining, organising your thoughts, characters, items, locations, chapters and scenes. It also has a ‘read aloud’ feature, which helps you to understand how your text flows, and a facility to output to e-book format. I’ve also recently taken up a free trial of Scrivener and may well be investing when the 30 days are up!

 

Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?

I rarely create character sketches before I start: I prefer to let them create themselves as I go, but I’ve just started doing this with my current book in Scrivener. I’ve found pictures that match each of the principal characters, and have noted the salient details for each. I’ve found it’s given me a much stronger starting point than usual and just looking at the pictures inspires me to write about the characters and envisage what they might say.

 

Do you listen to or talk to your characters?

While I know some people have characters running riot in their heads with constant internal monologues, my process is to drive their creation, and I usually find that after a short while, they write themselves.

 

How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?

When I’m having trouble getting the dialogue to come out, I stand up and act out the scene, playing each part and putting myself in the character’s shoes. It works a treat!

 

What advice would you give other writers?

Write about what you know and love.

 

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

I think the market for e-books will get stronger and stronger, but I’d like to think there will always be a market for the hard copy.  While I do have an e-reader, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a bona fide paperback. I’ve also found in my recent dealings with publishing companies that there are a lot of POD publishers out there masquerading as traditional publishers, or who aren’t up front about the fact that they want you to pay for your own publishing. I think there will be more of this kind of approach as POD services become more accessible.

 

Connect with Deedee on her blog or Amazon author page.

 

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Visit Charlotte Babb for my stop of the tour and an intro to the devious Tegs, Morgana and Stella.

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Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – Day 15 – Elizabeth Loraine

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Today we welcome Elizabeth Loraine, author of the Royal Blood Chronicles.

Royal Blood Chronicles is about Five young Royal Blooded Vampires who have been chosen to be the protectors of all the hidden, peaceful races of the world including humans. Book one starts the journey as Katrina recalls how it all began. It full of action, love, friendship and betrayal and features strong female characters and the rich, secret lives and sanctuaries that royalty provides. It’s been called ‘Twilight meets Lord of the Rings’. Start the adventure with Katrina, The Beginning.

 

The first book in the series, Katrina, is available free:

 

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Or her website – www.royalbloodchronicles.com

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And visit Viv Sang‘s blog today to read extracts from P.A.W.S. and Argentum.