Meet RL Andrew, author of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships

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Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m excited to welcome RL Andrew who recently published her debut novel the awesomely titled A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former Legal Executive, chronically ill Australian writer, Movie Reviewer, mother of three adult daughters and grandmother (aka Grammy) to two grandchildren. Along with many short stories published in International Anthologies I’m also a regular, long term contributor to the CrypticRock.com Website based in New York.

(RL Andrew has a wonderful story in once of the horror anthologies I edited, Sins of the Future. Be sure to check it out, DMK)

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I live in a regional city in Victoria, Australia, where I’ve been for around thirty years. Early next year my husband and I will be moving back to the place I grew up in where he will work as a full time bee keeper.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Edgar Allan Poe

Janet Evanovich

Joss Wheldon

Danielle Trussoni

The Soska Sisters

Nicholas Gyeney

  1. Tell us a bit about your new book, A Lunatic’s Guide To Interplanetary Relationships? (I love the title by the way. Reminds a lot of my favorite author Douglas Adams!)

Thank you so much. I grew tired of reading stories containing main characters with ordinary flaws, none over the age of 35 nor any sick ones. I’ve got a crazy imagination and one day the idea came to me. In many ways Shayne’s the physical embodiment of personality traits that frustrate and irritate me in people I’ve met or come across. She does get her darkness and sarcasm from me and her small stature. That’s about where the similarities end. As for Annu all his good qualities come from my husband and other close men in my life. In regards to the rest of their and other character’s traits are all fiction.

Blurb:

When perpetual screw-up Shayne James is transported from Earth to another planet, she has no idea she’s the key to saving the universe. When Annu discovers this puny human on his planet, little does he know that she’s the key to the two of them defeating the enemy. He finds her irritating, annoying, and somewhat attractive! If they don’t kill each other, or get killed by an unknown force attempting to take over the universe, they might live happily ever after.

(That sounds a lot of fun. I can’t wait to read it, DMK)

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

Back to the time of creation when everything was apparently perfect.

  1. Do you have any pets? (Pictures please! We love to see furry friends here on Paws 4 Thought!)

We have one pet – a chocolate labrador named Max.

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(Hi Max – he’s a cutie! DMK)

  1. What are you currently reading?

A day with an Extraterrestrial by Lou Baldin

Forbidden Science

The Anunaki of Niribu by Gerald Clark

The Hidden History of the Human Race by Michael A Cremo

  1. So whats next? What are you working now?

The sequel ‘A Demigoddess’s Guide to Menopause and Marriage’ is currently in revision stage and I’m plotting book three – A Demigoddess’s Guide to an Interplanetary Apocalypse.  (Adore those titles, DMK)

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

When I’m able to I go out in my garden and weed or tidy up. I also enjoy baking and watching horror movies, which I review for a New York based website. Purely for the experience and I’ve made some amazing contacts.

  1. Tell us a fun fact about Australia that my readers might not know?

Well for starters we live in towns and cities just like you guys. And while in some more country areas you see Kangaroos and Emus they aren’t wandering our streets. Oh and despite how it looks Vegemite on toast is delicious.

Would you like to read a little of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships? Sure you would:

Chapter 1: Crazy Like a Falling Coconut

Ardrossan, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Earth

 How did I, Shayne James, a Demi-Goddess and daughter of the Great God Ki, end up in a nut house? It’s God damned ridiculous. Literally. Ive got to get out of here. I cant do another night in this stupid place.

Shayne shook the gate; her fingers ached and rust embedded beneath her nails. “What kind of screwed up torture is this? Haven’t I suffered enough?”

She surveyed the yard for Geoffrey from Ward 3, her one true fan, believer and stalker. Where he went, hospital staff followed. Yard all clear, Shayne counted on her fingers. “How many weeks have I spent in this shit hole?”

2 or 3? Fuck. I don’t know.

The medication they’d thrust into her made time a slippery worm difficult to grasp. The morning’s pills jiggled next to her phone in Shayne’s pocket. She’d hide them with the others. The few missed days cleared her brain and the memories returned. The instant their effects wore off, Shayne realised the governmental nightmare with its hard beds, terrible food, and bad TV, interfered with her true destiny on another planet.

Shayne kicked the metal lock. Pain shot through her foot. “Shit. Crap.”

She hopped in a circle and cursed dodgy hips connected to short legs. The bastards prevented her climbing up the Wistingera hedge beside the gate without assistance, and she couldn’t find anyone to hold her steady without grabbing her arse.

Cant get out the gate, cant break the fence, cant climb the hedge. I’ve tried all the doors. Which leaves what exactly?

Shayne breathed in crazy free air and ran through other options. “Oh fuck it. I can’t think of any. What to do, what to do?”

Her shoulders drooped; Shayne’s freedom remained as distant as Orion.

Even if I did escape, what then? How do I get home and back to Orion? Why can’t a wormhole just appear right here? Huh?

Frustrated with her lack of control, Shayne grabbed the top fence rail and shook. Each rattle represented wasted minutes spent there and the time taken from her future with Annu. The strive for freedom pulsed through her, it interrupted her thoughts and shoved her out of bed each morning. All to face a day filled with half baked escape concepts and pleas to release her Godly self.

Shayne moved her anger down a rung. “That nobody fucking listens to.”

Her arms ached; she relent her hold on the fence. Shayne shifted from the gate across to the hedge filling the fence and smushed into the middle of it. The faint scent of rosemary comforted her, a fresh wave of memories flooded Shayne’s mind.

Shayne wriggled her middle finger, not a scar or mark indicated its former separation.

I can’t believe I got a finger chopped off and it grew back, let alone all the other stuff.

Before being found on the pantry floor by her son and taken to the hospital, Annu held Shayne in his arms inside a stone room. Both Demi-Gods fresh from ascension, and filled with universal power. All they’d been through to get there seemed like a dream, and she’d fucked it up.

Shayne in the ultimate moment of stupidity mentioned Earth one too many times, and in a flash a wormhole ripped Shayne back to her home planet and away from love.

True fucking love and shit too.

Annu’s shocked expression tormented her. “Damn you medication for making me forget it even for one second.”

A branch stuck into her back, Shayne wriggled further onto the hospital’s back lawn, a large pile of dried bird poop on her right fared better than her. “We did everything right and in return we weren’t given time to soak in our success; the greatest moment of existence. Let alone kiss and enjoy things. No, not me. I got cosmically shafted. As usual.”

Shayne yanked out a wad of grass and tossed it to the side. “I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind, there’s something pleasant about that place, even your emotions had a gecko, and so much pace. Mmm. Does that make me crazyyyy? Does that make me–oh wait apparently it does.”

Neighbourhood dogs howled, a flock of magpies a few metres ahead shot into the air.

Bastards don’t appreciate a good voice. Oh what does it matter? My new life waits on the other side of the Galaxy, through the stupid wormhole–an hour and a half, several security guards, and several door alarms from here.

Shayne resigned herself to no knight in shining armour arriving to rescue her from the current dilemma.

Rather, a retard in tin foil waited on this one planet, on the hospital lawn, deep in thought and determined. “It’s not the first time I’ve saved myself. It’s probably like the third. Surely I can do it again?”

I miss my chocolate hulk.

Shayne shook her head, Annu lingered in her mind. Her belly gurgled, doubt poked into her thoughts.

Is he still waiting for me? No, he probably gave up, and I cant blame him. He’s probably relishing in glory–alone.

Shayne tried to twirl her jade ring, its absence on her naked finger shot another wave of panic through Shayne. She’d grown accustomed to the odd piece of jewellery despite its catalytic nature.

Where did it go? I must have lost it when I burst through the wall. Its got to be under the pantry shelf.

Shayne massaged a lump in her shoulder and sighed. “Another thing that doesn’t matter because I’m not getting out right now, so fuck it and fuck them.”

She scanned again for any sign of staff; all clear. Eyes squinted; she pulled out a smoke and lit it. Shayne inhaled to her lungs’ capacity, held the breath and fought coughing.

Hold it in, don’t waste it. Any second now it will be worth it. You’ve got to cough to get off don’t you?

The scratch in her lungs eased, a warm rush numbed her senses and removed life’s edges. While it didn’t remove the body pain, it made not caring about it easier.

Want to read more? Pick up a copy of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships today.

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An Interview with an Artist – Meet Tina Wijesiri

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Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to welcome illustrator, Tina Wijesiri. Tina created the awesome pictures for my new picture book, Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself, Tina.

I’m Tina Wijesiri. I live in Sri Lanka and I’m 27 years old. I love drawing.

  1. When did you start drawing?

I’ve liked to draw since I was a kid.

  1. What is your favorite thing to draw?

I like to draw every kind of thing and improve my skills.

  1. Do you prefer working on the computer or by hand?

I love both. But by hand is easier. (The pictures that Tina created for Esmeralda Grunch were hand drawn with watercolors. DMK)

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  1. What’s your favorite food?

Rice and curries, pizza, and burgers.

  1. Tell us a little bit about Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is in the Indian Ocean. It’s an island and a tropical country. We speaks Sinhala, Tamil, and English. Our main religion is Buddhism, but there are also Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Catholics. Sri Lanka has lots of natural beauty and a great history.

  1. Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a cat. (Aw – we like kitties here at Paws 4 Thought, DMK)

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not drawing?

I like to write to my pen pals, and enjoy reading and writing stories.

Tina has written and illustrated her own picture book, Bob the Cat, which currently available FREE on Amazon. Download a copy today.

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Do you want to hire Tina as an illustrator? Check out her page on Fiverr!

And of course, if you haven’t already pick a copy of Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip, now available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

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Meet Mirren Hogan

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we are privileged to host the Night Witches blog tour. Night Witches is a cool new book from eclectic author Mirren Hogan. I caught up with Mirren to ask a few questions.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Mirren.

I’m an Australian author with two kids and too many pets. I write fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, horror, historical fiction… maybe it’d be quicker to say I don’t write romance, ha-ha.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Jennifer Fallon, Anne McCaffrey, JK Rowling, Kathy Reichs, and tons more.

  1. Tell us a bit about Night Witches?

The Night Witches is based on a true story about a regiment of Soviet women who flew biplanes on the front line during WW2. It was their job to drop bombs on the Germans to keep them from sleeping. They frequently came under fire and many were shot down and died. There were three regiments with different roles, but the Night Witches were the only ones to consist entirely of women throughout the war.

The book itself centres around Nadia, a young Russian woman who wants to defend her country, and joins the air force. We follow her training and allocation to the regiment as a navigator. Along the way she makes some friends, but loses many others.

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  1. If you could choose a superpower what would it be?

The ability to edit an entire book in an hour. Lol

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I like to walk my dog in the forest behind my house.

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  1. Who is your favorite character you have written and why?

Flynn from the upcoming Dark Shores trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. He’s cute but goofy, and ends up having to be a bit of an action hero.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m working my way through a backlog of editing, but when that’s done I have book 3 of a fantasy series to write.

  1. If you could visit any time period when we choose?

Right now. The last year has been a good place for me. I hope it keeps up!

  1. Do you have any pets? 

Lots! A dog, cat, rabbits, parrots and chickens.

  1. Tell us one odd thing about Australia that we wouldn’t know.

Most people I know don’t say ‘g’day’.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Ouija board. No really @MirrenHogan on Twitter or on Facebook

Pick up a copy of Night Witches today and check out all of Mirren’s awesome writing on Amazon.

Meet Tiger Hebert

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author, Tiger Hebert.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Tiger.

Give me pie and nobody gets hurt! Just kidding—sorta. I do like pie though; Apple, cherry, or even blueberry.

Okay, all kidding aside. Debbie, thank you for having me.

My name is Tiger, and I am the author of The Chronicles of Aurion & Dragon’s Fire. More importantly, I am a husband, a dad (3 kiddos & 2 kitties), a veteran, and a Christian. I have often been guilty of getting lost in my own imagination, and I don’t feel bad about it either. I try to live with no regrets, but I do wish I started writing 20 years ago. By now I would probably be in a position to make my living from it. Instead, I burn the midnight oil to make it happen!

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  1. When did you first start writing?

I think I always wanted to write some grand epic fantasy novel. I never really knew exactly what it would be, just that it would be chock full of awesomeness. Throughout the years, I sat down to start my novel probably half a dozen times or so, but I had no clue what I was doing. So I don’t think I ever got more than a paragraph or two before giving up. I was so afraid of failure, that I wouldn’t allow myself to even try.

Fast forward to 2001. I had just finished basic training in the Air Force, and I hated it. I needed a way vent, so I finally turned to writing. What started as song lyrics turned into poetry, but I still didn’t start writing what would ultimately become Dragon’s Fire until Christmas of 2012.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I must start with the obligatory Tolkien mention, because it was Middle Earth that I first fell in love with. I know that modern fantasy has evolved a great extent, but he laid such a magnificent foundation for us to build upon.

My favorites among the living are currently Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson. The sheer scope and meticulous attention to detail in their worldbuilding is a marvel to me.

  1. What inspires you to write?

Making the impossible possible.
The grand adventure. The impossible odds. The unbeatable foe. Unlikely heroes. Light in the midst of darkness.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent release?

The Chronicles of Aurion was released last summer. It is a short fantasy novella which is set in the same world as my series, Beating Back the Darkness. It is actually a prequel to my first release, Dragon’s Fire.

One of the things that sets TCoA apart from other books, is that it is written in this historical framework where you follow the journey of these two dragon-cult priests. Their journey is only part of the tale though, as the reader soon finds there are stories within the story. So as the reader, you get a history lesson, without feeling like you had a history lesson. Plus, it’s full of war and malevolent sorcery!

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  1. What attracts to writing fantasy?

I guess I have just always preferred swords to guns, castles to sky scrapers, and dragons to jets.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am working on three projects at the moment.

The first is The Halls of the Fallen King, which is the next installment in The Beating Back the Darkness series. The heroes from Dragon’s Fire embark on an quest to uncover the source of a magical disturbance that is emanating from an abandoned dwarven kingdom. I expect it to be out this year.

Tales from Darkness, my second project, is a small collection of short stories from the same world as TCoA and Dragon’s Fire. These small vignettes serve as an introduction to some new faces that will appear in the series. Tales from Darkness is not required reading for those who want to read the series, it’s just a collection of fun little side excursions—besides, it’s going to be free for all my subscribers. I also expect it to be out this year.

My last project is a brand-new fantasy thriller called The Republic, and it is actually going to be released in an episodic format. The Republic is the story of a young man named Dirjek Harns, and his struggles to take care of his family during the rise of a gilded, corrupt empire. Politicians and aristocrats have subverted the spirit of the of nation’s democracy, locking its people into oppressive poverty. The family business alone won’t feed his family, but stepping outside the law will. The Republic is a story of magic and mayhem, and is a Patreon exclusive. The 1st chapter is free, and will be released this month (January 2017).

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I rarely get the opportunity to do it, but I absolutely love hiking. Being surrounded by nature is so soothing. Hopefully I’ll get to explore some of the mountains here in NC and maybe even in TN this year.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

When I was a little boy staring up at impossibly tall pine trees in the Maine woods, I wanted nothing more than to be able to fly—well that and to shoot cosmic rays of doom!

Now that I’m older, I’d have to say healing would be my choice. Lame, right? I know. This world needs more healing. So I’d be a healer—who flies and shoots beams of cosmic energy.  😉

  1. How can readers connect with you?

I love connecting with readers!
www.TigerHebert.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Goodreads
Patreon

 

 

 

Say Hello to R.R Virdi

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome urban fantasy author, R.R . Virdi. Virdi’s Grave Report books were a couple of my favorite reads of 2016 and I look forward to reading his new release Dangerous Ways in the near future. Virdi stopped by to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m an author, born and raised in Northern Virginia around muscles cars, which I restored, repaired and modded as a kid upward. I love gaming, reading, building things and tinkering on stuff. Big DIY’er and making stuff with my hands. I’m a lifelong ADHD survivor. It’s been tough 😉

When did you start writing?

Age 18, summer right before college. Have been doing it since.

I adored the Grave Reports books so far. How did you come up with the concept?

After about 4 years of trying to write epic fantasy because of course, I convinced myself I was one of those authors. 4 years taught me I sucked at it. So, I went back to what I really loved. Mythology. I needed a vehicle to deliver on all the cool mythos and culture stuff I loved. That meant urban fantasy. There was one series, and one comic close to my heart that did that best. The Dresden Files, and the Hellblazer comics.

Enter Quantum Leap and the desire to mash them together. But, as you know QL is sci fi, I needed a paranormal/metaphysical reason for a bouncing body hopping protagonist. Enter the soul.

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Do you see yourself in Vincent Graves

I see some of myself in him, and I think there’s a fair bit of me in him. But, he definitely makes a lot of choices I wouldn’t.

What should we expect to see in book 3 in the series?

Vincent continuing to grow as a person, a soul. Being pushed, tried, going through more crucibles while trying to do some good. His life getting more difficult, new enemies, new problems. New stakes.

Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading these days?

Jim Butcher, E.A. Copen, James Osiris Baldwin, Glen Cook, Neil Gaiman, off the top of my head. I’m currently reading E.A. Copen’s books.

Tell us about Dangerous Ways?

Dangerous Ways takes place in the same world as The Grave Report. New series with new people and problems. It’s about a man, immune to ageing and time, pulled into the problems of a girl who’s slipping between the cracks of reality, the paranormal and human world.

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What attracts you to urban fantasy?

The ability to draw on, and play with mythos in an urban, modern, and familiar setting. You can take the normal, the mundane, and add a layer of surreal and wow to it.

Do you have any advice to writers just starting out?

Just start. Write. Get out of your own way and permit yourself to suck. It’s okay. No one is expecting you to write like a best seller day one. As much as writing is an art/craft, it’s also a skill. It will come with practice. That’s something you can do. The quicker you start, the quicker you can work on improving.

(Great advice. DMK)

What do you like to do to relax?

Read, meditate, workout, video games, and writing.

If you could have dinner with five famous people, real or fictional who would you invite?

Harry Dresden, Dalai Lama, Batman, my mentor and best friend: Jim Hurd. And Marcus Aurelius.

(Would definitely be an interesting dinner party! DMK)

So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I’m currently finishing up the draft of the third novel in The Grave Report.

(Cool, can’t wait to read it! – DMK)

How can readers connect with you?

Easy:

website: www.rrvirdi.com

Facebook

Amazon

Twitter: @rrvirdi

Virdi also has stories in three charity anthologies, a couple of which I also have a story in. Check them out. They’re all for wonderful causes and are filled with oodles of good writing.

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Meet P.D. Workman

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Hello everybody today on Paws4Thought I welcome YA author P.D. Workman. P.D. is a prolific writer and her name title, Chloe is releasing this month.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I write riveting young adult/suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other tough subjects. I am a wife, a mother of one, born and raised in Alberta, Canada. I love to read books in all formats and am a technology geek with a love for all kinds of gadgets and tools. For as long as I can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure, leading me to write my first complete novel at the age of twelve. I kept writing, but did not start publishing until three years ago. With Chloe, I have now published 23 titles.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I have little construction paper books that my mother kept from when I was very young. Even before I could draw or write, I was making scribbles and stapling them together into books. I guess it was inevitable!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I have so many of them! S.E. Hinton, J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery, Jay Bennett, Kristen D. Randle…

  1. Tell us a bit about Chloe and the Between the Cracks series.

The Between the Cracks series begins with the award-winning book Ruby, Between the Cracks. Ruby is a tough-as-nails street kid, doing whatever she has to to survive and proud of her independence. She blocked out a lot of her past history rather than dealing with it. Ruby is a hard-hitting, conflict-filled journey of discovery as Ruby is forced to face her past and decide what she really wants out of life.

The other books in the series follow other members of Ruby’s family as each of them strives to overcome their toxic histories in order to survive and move on in their lives.

Chloe is book four of the series, and is my favorite. In books 1-3, the reader has only seen Chloe from the perspectives of her siblings—the polar opposite of Ruby, June and Justin’s bossy big sister, the only one of the children who stayed by their mother’s side through everything. Now it’s time to hear Chloe’s story. Take a deep breath and buckle your seat belts, because it’s going to be a tough ride.

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Pick up your copy of Chloe to meet this handsome fellow!

  1. What attracts you to writing young adult literature?

The genre sort of picked me. Because I started writing so young, the young adult genre was a natural fit for me to begin with. And while I’ve written non-young-adult books as well, I never really grew out of YA and it is still my preferred genre. I still see, as I did when I was a teen, so much unfairness and heartbreak in this age group. I want to reach out to those who are hurting, and this is my way of doing it.

  1. Your books deal with some tough subjects how do you prepare yourself mentally for writing?

It can be hard, especially with a story like Chloe’s. My heart breaks for everything that she is going through, but I have to write my truth. Because it is happening to kids all over the world. It isn’t just something I have made up, but an attempt to capture their stories and the pain and struggle of their lives. I need to take breaks, and I need to make an effort to pull myself out of the story to deal with my own family and life.

  1. Do you have a favorite character you have written?

I love all my kids. J

Chloe is amazing because she is so strong after everything she goes through. She doesn’t see herself that way, but she is something special. She also gains a special friend along the way, one who understands better than anyone else could what she has gone through. But I don’t want to give any spoilers!

  1. What was your favorite book you read this year?

Tough call! I usually prefer fiction, but I think I’m going to have to go with I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai. There is one strong young lady!

(That one’s on my TBR list too – DMK)

  1. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?

I think it would have to be super speed. I am always trying to squeeze so much into my day!

  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I just put out a new series of YA thrillers called  ThMedical Kidnap Files, and I’ve been working on a sequel to Tattooed Teardrops and some private eye stuff. I’m kicking off the New Year writing a cozy mystery series. So, something a little lighter, but you can bet that I will still work my passions into the story!

(I admire how prolific you are J – DMK)

  1. How can readers and parents connect with you?

You can find me at http://pdworkman.com and on most social media platforms as pdworkmanauthor. I love to hear from readers and can also be reached directly at pdworkman.author@gmail.com

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Check out P.D. Workman’s books on Amazon!

Say Hello to Wendy Van Camp

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome writer, blogger, jeweler and poet Wendy Van Camp.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Wendy.

Hello, I am Wendy Van Camp. I write science fiction, fantasy, scifaiku poetry, and dabble in regency romance. My work has appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Quantum Visions”, “Altered Reality Magazine”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, and “Far Horizons”. I have published one novelette and it is available via most online retail outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

I’ve been married to the same guy for over 20 years and have a furbaby that I spoil. I collect fountain pens, inks and notebooks like other women collect shoes. I’ve been an artisan jeweler for the past 20 years and a certified gemologist since 2011. However, I consider myself to be more a writer than a jeweler these days.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Some of my earliest memories are of being a writer.  I wrote my first novelette when I was 4 or 5 years old, all in child’s handwritten scrawl, and a second one when I was in high school on a broken Selectric typewriter.  I remember having to move the carriage return with my right hand and typing only with my left.  My parents never offered to fix the machine!  To them, writing was not something to be encouraged.  I was the only creative one in the family and they did not quite understand my need to make music, draw, or tell stories.

I always intended to become an author when I “grew up”, but then a little thing called “Star Wars: A New Hope” happened.  I was enamored by the film and its slick new editing style.  I changed from wanting to write, to telling my stories via movies. I wanted to be a film director like George Lucas and ended up going to film school here in California. I spent a good fifteen years afterward producing and directing television projects as a career.  Writing took a backseat.

It was not until I was in my early 40s that I returned to writing novels.  I credit Nanowrimo with inspiring me to become a novelist. While I had been a participant of Nanowrimo for several years, I was suffering from writer’s block and could never put together a fictional story.  Then one day in 2010, a character woke up in me and demanded that I start writing about him.  That year was the first time that I won the 50K word goal at Nanowrimo. I viewed my writing as a hobby at that point, but have come full circle and have returned to the idea of being a professional writer.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

My favorites include: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Elizabeth Moon, and Robert A. Heinlein.

  1. Tell us a little about The Curate’s Brother.

The Curate’s Brother” is a novelette that could be seen as a prequel to Jane Austen’s famous novel “Persuasion”. It is also the first of a series of four stories that uses Austen’s characters, but departs from her storyline into a new “what if” of my own invention.  The first story revolves around the relationship between the two Wentworth brothers as seen through the eyes of Edward Wentworth and showcases many historical elements of the regency time period.

Edward Wentworth, a young Anglican curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother. Commander Fredrick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo”, is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic war and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to a young outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of the girl is sorely outdated.  Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to a shy wallflower, Anne Elliot.  She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which way will prevail? The bold actions of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?

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  1. What is your favorite genre to read/write? What attracts you to it?

I consider myself to be mainly a science fiction author.  Most of my short stories are either science fiction or fantasy, although many of them have not been published as yet.  I have been reading science fiction since my early years and continue to love the genre.  When I think of science fiction, I think of the “golden age” of sci-fi.  These stories looked to the future and showed how humanity might better itself instead of being dystopic in nature.  That is what attracts me, messages of hope for the future.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

That would be Jane Austen.  I love her writing and her wit.  I fear that I would be the butt of her jokes since I’m a bit square and would not be able to keep up with her verbally!  She is the inventor of the romance genre, but her writing draws deep upon character.  This is what I admire and I’d love a chance to be able to chat with her about writing.  It is too bad that time travel is not possible.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your blog. What would we find there if we visited?

No Wasted Ink features science fiction and fantasy author interviews, book reviews of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels, writer’s links, my articles, and my own illustrated scifaiku poetry.  There are links to my book and short stories.  Many of the short stories and poetry I’ve published in magazines are free to read, just follow the handy links.  The blog is entering its fifth year and still going strong. If you love to read science fiction or fantasy, you will find plenty on No Wasted Ink to interest you.

  1. Here on Paws 4 Thought we love to meet author’s furry companions. Do you have a pet you’d like to share with us?

This touches close to my heart.  My Aussie shepherd is my constant companion.  She has a special cushion in front of my office where she can rest her arthritic bones as she “guards” my door.  My baby girl is turning into an old lady, but I love her all the same.  We still enjoy walks and I give her treats every day.

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  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

The sequel to “The Curate’s Brother” is “Christmas in Kellynch”. It is in final editing and will be released sometime in 2017. I am also in the revision stage of a science fiction/steampunk novel trilogy and a poetry chapbook of science fiction haiku on the theme of Mars.  There are many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the pipeline.  One by one, they will find homes in magazines.  I will announce on the blog when they publish.

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