Monday, February 27, 2017

Code Name: Fox and Mind Games

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Mia Bishop
What's was the writing process like for these two novellas? The writing process was very smooth. We brainstormed the novellas in less than a month, wrote them during November, and luckily for us when one of us gets an idea it’s very easy for the other to jump right in and know exactly what needs to happen.

What was the hardest part of co-writing? The hardest part, I’d say, is keeping everything that might crossover consistent. But we share a OneNote file where any relevant info is shared, we keep a running tally of descriptions, locations, and lore that the other might need to know so it was fairly easy.

What is your favorite part of write about witch, werewolves and this kind of world? World building and Lore building is my favorite part of writing anything paranormal. I love magical, strong females, and wild alpha males.

What is the hardest part of write about psychic? I think the hardest part is trying to balance what is happening in the mind versus what is or isn’t happening at the same time in the physical world.

How are these two novellas different from each other? Since each novella is written by a different author I’d say the writing styles are the main difference. According to our editor, Mind Games is more PNR and Code Name: Fox is more UF with romance mixed in.

A.L. Kessler

How did the idea of these two novellas come about?

Mia and I had been discussing two different, yet similar ideas and we decided to pull together and create a world we could both work in. We’ve worked together before, so we knew we could pull it off. We spent a couple weeks brain storming and coming up with the world and characters.

How does writing with two authors help the these novellas?

Readers get a bit of both writing styles and personalities. Mia is a little more PNR whereas mine is a bit more Urban Fantasy. We also get the advantage of different audiences to help with marketing purposes.

What was the hardest part of co-writing?

Consistency! Making sure the details of the world and story line match up from novella to novella. There was no clashing of personalities or any crazy drama which is nice. Mia is great to work with.

What is the Agency?

The Agency was created by the government to police the supernatural creatures where the human agencies can’t. But they have their own darker secrets and aren’t what they seem.

What is the Vampire Syndicate council?

The Syndicate council is actually made up of many difference supernatural creatures who supervise the mafia on goings of their respected race. They make sure that they stay within the agreements and work towards the goals that the Syndicate has placed on them.

What is the hardest part of write about shifter, vampire and this kind of world?

I don’t actually find anything particularly hard about this kind of world. It almost comes natural to me and maybe that’s because I spent my childhood imagining what it would be like for such creatures to exist in our world.

Top Ten Paranormal TV shows

I love tv, movies, books, and all matter of entertainment. It doesn’t have to be deep or philosophical, it just has to be entertaining. In our house, we love mindless TV crack that we can escape to during a lunch break or while my family and I are unwinding after a long day. Since I write Paranormal romance I thought I’d give my list for the Top Ten Paranormal genre (non-reality) TV shows.

10) Vampire Diaries- it gets the ten spot because I did eventually just stop watching. I really liked the first season, and then as time went on I lost interest.

9) Grimm- I know it’s lost viewers and is in its final season but I still love me some Nick.

8) The Magicians- I’m just getting into this one, so it might eventually move up on the list, but so far so good.

7) Angel- Just a few pegs below Buffy, but still just as good.

6) Constantine- Oh my goodness, I loved this show. It needs to be brought back.

5) Preacher- Tulip is my spirit animal.

4) Buffy- You can never go wrong going Old School

3) Lucifer- Lucifer in a suit, yes, please!

2) Supernatural- This show breaks my heart and yet I keep coming back. Plus, Sam and Dean without their shirts can rival any PNR book cover model.

1) Teen Wolf. Seriously this hits all the beats that make my little Paranormal Romance loving heart go pitter patter. Hot guys, beautiful and strong females, monsters, humor, lots, and lots of humor. Also, Parrish. Just Parrish. He’s all I need.

There is my list, what makes it onto your Top Ten for Paranormal TV shows?

Top Ten Internet Searches

As an author I get to research a lot of fun, weird, and sometimes scary things to make sure facts are straight or things are possible. This is my top ten research list.

10. How much of the world population would die if Yellowstone exploded. – 1/3 of the population, with more to follow from starvation. (Below the Surface-Short Story)

9. Different kind of raptors – this term didn’t refer to just one kind of dinosaur, I chose to go with the type that were thought to be a bit larger than a dog. (His Name in Rodger, A Case Files of Abigail Collins short story, available in Domesticated Velociraptors anthology)

8. Drug overdose symptoms – shortness of breath, unconsciousness or barely conscious, slurred words, lack of motor skills. (Code Name: Fox, Syndicate Novella Set One)

7. How long it takes for an eye ball to decompose – A couple months give or take (On Torn Wings/ Past Demons –Dark War Chronicles book 3&4)

6. How long it would take the plague to spread through humanity. – The plague can be spread through bodily fluids and would spread quicker in more populated areas and the effects can be seen as soon as 24 hours after infection. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)

5. How to fight with a scythe. – there’s no real way to fight with a scythe, they aren’t meant to be used as weapons. However, there is a royal guide to fighting with them, but it’s more for show. (Just a Little Death, Children of the Apocalypse book 1)

4. How many people Jack the Ripper killed – At least five. (Split Souls, short story)

3. How to make tea in the Victorian era – so very complicated, almost ritualistic (Of Brass and Magic)

2. Poltergeist -  there are some very interesting stories out there on these. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)

1. If it was plausible to keep someone captive in a basement for an extended period of time. – Yes, yes it is, and there are some very modern examples as well as older ones. This was by fare the most terrifying thing I’ve had to research. (The Trouble with Ghosts, Here Witchy Witchy book 3)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Interview with Author Phyllis Morneau

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

To be honest, although I loved reading books as a child, I didn't have a passion to write until I was 51 years old in 2004, when my husband was stationed in Iraq. I wrote to my husband faithfully every day, either by email or by letter, sharing news of life back home in West Hartford, CT. It was therapeutic for me to write creatively from my heart in a positive and humorous manner. It helped me to continue to be optimistic and lighthearted during a difficult year when my husband was so far from home.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I am a Christian and I am convinced that it was the Lord that put the desire in my heart to write to my husband words that would be uplifting and inspiring. In order to do that, I needed to keep a positive outlook. I found that the words I wrote had the power to help me stay hopeful and cheerful in the daily grind of life and also had the power to encourage and bless my husband as he looked forward to reading news about family and friends back home.

Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

Most books of fiction that I have read are entertaining but I found "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyon not only enjoyable but also very inspiring. It is an allegory about the journey of a person called Christian from his home to the Celestial City or Heaven. He encountered much hardship along the way that threatened him many times and made it difficult to remain on the right path. I could relate to it as a Christian in my own life and was encouraged and inspired in my own walk with the Lord.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Although I enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew mystery books as a child, I think that my favorite childhood book is "The Diary of Anne Frank". It had a deep impact on me. I loved how she wrote so honestly from her heart about her daily life. When I first read the book, I was probably about the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote it. I could relate to her when she shared the mixed emotions she was having as an adolescent. And, In spite of the terrible conditions of her daily life, she wrote these profound words, "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." That statement really touched my heart.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
When I am in the flow of writing, I lose all sense of time and can easily write for hours. When I wrote my 1st book "From My Heart to Yours: A Legacy of Love" I spent many hours at a time sitting in my recliner using my laptop computer to write. I remember one time that I was literally sitting for hours writing and found that, when I finally did stand up, I was so stiff that I actually had trouble walking. :) So, for me, the most difficult part of the artistic process is to be patient, pace myself, and take breaks periodically.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is sitting in my recliner with either pen and paper or my laptop computer. And my favorite time to write is during my quiet time with the Lord in the morning. That is usually when the Lord places an idea about something on my heart. For example, my 2nd book "My Season of Writing: Bible Bedtime Stories, Poems, Prayers, and Songs" was written during my morning quiet time with the Lord. That is when I first got the deep desire to write some bible bedtime stories and prayers as nursery rhymes for my grandchildren to read at bedtime. After many months of writing, I decided to have the collection of poems published to share not only with my grandchildren but with my family and friends. I am currently writing essays about the importance of "hope" in different situations in life and posting them on my Facebook Community Page called "Hope for the Daily Grind: Morning Meditations on God's Word".



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