Author Everly Taylor #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a single mom of three crazy boys and our lives are ruled by our sassy Husky and our wannabe Chihuahua. When I am not writing I am tattooing, painting or going on adventures with my boys. I simply try to enjoy whatever I am doing to the fullest, life is too short to do otherwise.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Not at all. I never even thought about it really until this past year. Sure, I liked English, I liked writing the stories that were required, but that’s just my nature. I had never considered I would actually be writing books that people would enjoy.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration for Satan’s Gift was really simple… my boys learning to write and getting their letters mixed up. I thought how funny would it be if they mixed up Santa and Satan as its so easy to do. I also wanted to come up with a story where the good/asshole guys were not who you were expecting ❤

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What are you working on now?

There are a ton. Lol – Currently (as in today) I am working on the next book of Her Seven as well as an exciting Antho for Phases of Change. This one I am super excited about

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

So… I have this dildo on my desk… when I get angry I tend to throw it at stuff…. Yeah…. You asked.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I really just hope to keep writing and putting my words out there for people to enjoy. To be able to help them find that escape from everyday life even for a little bit would be such a blessing.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Your first book is the scariest… its big and its new, but don’t give up. You can totally do this.

Find your own voice and don’t try to copy someone else because you think its what readers want to hear… They want to hear YOU.

Reach out and find a group of like-minded author friends that will be your support when your ready to slam the laptop shut and call it quits.

Most of all, remember WHY you started writing in the first place, and have fun.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for taking your chance on me, and picking up that first book. Without you I would not be where I am today and I am so humbled and honored to not only call you fans, but friends. Thank you so much for all of your support. Know you can always reach out to me, I would love to hear from you about anything!

When in doubt, eat a cupcake 😊

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Satans Gift

Something Wicked

Cupcakes and Tattoos

Santa Strikes Back

Tattoos and Prophecies

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Men of Summer

Stories of the Seven Seas

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Blog post updated November 4th ~ 2019

Reverse Harem Anthologies #amreading

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Fairy Tales and Curses

K.A. Morse

Beth Hendrix

Alexis Taylor

Jenee Robinson

Lacey Carter Andersen

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Can one kiss break a curse? If not one, then what about more…

Sleeping Beauty is not going to spend her life waiting to be rescued, nor will she settle for just one handsome prince, when she can have them all. No, Sleeping Beauty is a whole different princess in these modern takes on a classic tale. These reverse harem stories, ranging from sweet to melt-your-panties hot, are full of surprises. Oh, and werewolves, vampires, mages, dragons, trolls, gargoyles… and so much more.

So if you’re looking for a collection of tales with surprises and adventure, you’re sure to find it in this collection from five amazing authors!

MORE THAN A KISS is a reverse harem anthology featuring four short stories. Each tale is unique, both in content and heat level, so get ready for the kind of collection that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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Saved Between the Sheets

R.M. Walker

Katie May

Leigh Kelsey

Jessa Lucas

Lacey Carter Andersen

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The call has been made, BTS City needs help!

Hang up the cape but leave on the mask for these steamy tales.

Heroes come in all shapes but what makes them super is the size of their….hearts.

Saved Between the Sheets is full of ultra steamy complete reads. The characters may or may not be familiar, but the story won’t leave you wanting.

Limited Time.

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Seduced by Myths

C.R. Jane

Mila Young

Eva Chase

Joely Sue Burkhart

Helen Scott

Erin Bedford

Yumoyori Wilson

Elle Cross

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Forbidden Romances.

Deadly Secrets.

Unforgiving Darkness…

Fall head over heels in love with this set of fantasy tales. Steeped in Greek, Norse, and Asian Mythologies, 8 bestselling authors bring you stories brimming with adventure, unexpected twists, and following the pursuit of true love. When it comes to the gods, passion doesn’t always follow the rules.

Grab your copy today.

Fans of paranormal romance, dark fantasy, and reverse harem will devour this collection of exclusive stories.

Every complete novella contains steaming hot alphas, strong sexual themes / language. Adults Only!

Some stories contain dark themes.

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Ruined Between the Sheets

L.A. Boruff

R.M. Walker

Grace White

Rhiannon Lee

K.A. Knight & Erin O’Kane

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The fun doesn’t stop when the world ends.

Slip between the sheets, or anywhere else that’s a flat surface, with these tales of seduction and destruction.

Ruined Between the Sheets is full of ultra steamy complete reads. The characters may or may not be familiar, but the story won’t leave you wanting.

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Hers From the Start

Laura Greenwood

Skye MacKinnon

Grace White

Aleera Anaya Ceres

TB Mann

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Whether you’re looking for mermaids or fae, princesses or hockey players, there’s something for everyone in Hers From the Start…

the only thing you’re sure to find is that these leading ladies don’t have to choose just one guy…

Free

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Before The Harem

Skye MacKinnon

Laura Greenwood

Kim Faulks

R.A. Steffan

Lacey Carter Andersen

May Dawson

Keira Blackwood & Liza Street

Brandi Bell & Sarah Louise

Erica Andrews

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Dive into tales of paranormal and fantasy worlds. From gods to shifters, genies to angels and demons, there’s something for everyone in these nine prequels to reverse harem series.

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Magick and Mayhem

Margo Bond Collins & Ivy Hearne

Laura Greenwood & L.A. Boruff

Arizona Tape

Catherine Banks

Lili Zander

Joely Sue Burkhart

Quinn Arthurs

Nikki Landis

May Dawson

Keira Blackwood & Liza Street

Grace White

Bethany Jadin

Tabitha Barret

Cecilia Randell

Jaliza A. Burwell

Gina Wynn

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Dear Reader,

We’re pleased to inform you that you’ve been accepted into the Magic and Mayhem Academy. Pack your bags and ready your wands for the beginning of a new term.

Packed with witches, shifters, and more, this collection of paranormal and fantasy academies has something for everyone. School was hard enough with the mean girls and exams, now there’s wayward spells and fantastic creatures to contend with.

Get ready for some Magic and Mayhem.

Author & Poet Ben Ditmars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author and poet Ben Ditmars

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Ah, the million-dollar question. Which is good, because I could really use a million dollars. I am an author and poet, currently working in bookkeeping and accounting. This ties into my latest collection Number Poetry – all about the hidden rhythm of the written word. But when I’m not writing or counting beans, I enjoy exploring local history and traveling. I found a bar near my parent’s house where Al Capone used to relax. Pretty cool, eh?

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Have you always wanted to become an poet/author?

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I’ve always wanted to be heard. But I’m shy around strangers. Writing helps me decipher my thoughts and communicate better.

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What was your inspiration for the writing?

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I find inspiration everywhere. The sky, the trees, stars in space – a lot with the stars in space. Science in general makes me think and ask questions. It’s a good conduit for metaphors. So is romance. My favorite poems from other poets are romantic ones – borderline erotic. Sex is liberating as an art form. And probably other ways too.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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OCD. Lots of OCD. I can agonize over a single word or piece of punctuation for hours. It’s slightly more muted writing for publications, because I can take time. But if it’s for the internet, you’re naked when it’s posted. There’s an urgency, exhilaration and fear that goes with it. But it also helps you find what works and resonates with an audience.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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Research the publishing and business world. Go to author events and see how they promote and interact. Watch Mad Men. Read as much as possible of the genre you intend to write. Think of who your audience will be and what you can give them they don’t have.

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What are you working on now?

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I’m working on quite a few things. A book of romantic haiku, a haiku novella and fantasy adventure, and a young-adult collection with various life lessons. It should be a real hoot.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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I would love to keep expanding and reaching new audiences. That’s my biggest struggle is growing the ranks of people who read poetry. Partly, I’ve been doing this through posting on Instagram, or the Gram as hip Gen-Y kids call it. Or it Gen Z? I’m too much of a Millennial to actually remember.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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Yes, as a matter of fact. I appreciate you staying with me through these weird ideas I have. I could be living under a bridge shouting haiku, but you like my posts and buy books so I don’t have to.

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Author Maria Savva #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Maria Savva

Tell us a bit about yourself

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I live in London, and have worked as a solicitor for about 25 years. I currently specialise in Family Law. I work in a university and supervise students at the legal advice centre within the university, where we give free advice to the public. The students I’m supervising are training to become barristers. It’s quite a unique set up. I also take them to court each week, and we assist people who attend court without representation; the students get advocacy experience, and the clients get free advice, so it’s good for everyone, I think.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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It wasn’t something I consciously chose to be. I’ve just developed a habit of writing over the years, and it’s not something I could stop doing now.

I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and I loved creative writing at school. I was a bookworm when I was a child, reading hundreds of books, and I always dreamed of writing a novel. I remember watching films when I was younger and seeing the credits, ‘based on the novel by…’—it’s always been a dream of mine to have a film made based on one of my books.

I started writing short stories in my mid-twenties and then challenged myself to write a novel when I found myself out of work when I was about 27. That’s when I wrote “Coincidences”. After that, I never stopped writing. I enjoy it.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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My new novel, “Evil Never Dies”, is a sequel to my novel “The Spider”. It will be published sometime this year. I already have a lovely cover design, by Kat from Aeternum Designs, who designed the covers for my books “A Time To Tell”– second edition, “The Spider”, and “Lost and Found”.

The edited draft of “Evil Never Dies” is currently with beta readers, and once I get their feedback I will make the final tweaks and publish the book.

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I suppose my inspiration for “Evil Never Dies” would have been the character Rex. I became intrigued by that character when I wrote “The Spider” and wanted to write another book to see how far I could explore this strange individual. I’m not sure whether it’ll become a series, but I can say that I think the ending to “Evil Never Dies” is open enough for at least another book to be written.

Time will tell.The inspiration for “The Spider” was probably, like most of my writing, inspired by the world around me. and usually darker side of life and human behaviour, which I try to make sense of in my writing and in the characters that I create.

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What are you working on now?

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I am at that point where I’ve just finished a novel and haven’t yet started the next one. I’m always writing, though, whether it’s blogging or short stories. I have just written a new short story, which will be available free to all subscribers of Darcia Helle’s newsletter. Darcia is one of the best indie writers out there, and she recently contacted a few authors to put together a free anthology. I’m happy to be part of that. As well as the new story that I wrote for the anthology, it will also feature one of my stories, “Where Do We Go?’, that was originally published on The Write Launch, online literary magazine.

I am hoping to find time to put together another collection of short stories soon.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

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Not really, not anymore. I just write. I can write anywhere, these days. I used to only write while sitting up in bed in the evening, and only ever with a pen and paper (I wrote my first three novels, and many of my earlier short stories, with pen and paper in the old-fashioned way). I used to also always need complete silence. But now I can just pick up a pen or start typing whenever and wherever.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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World peace. Is that even possible? I don’t like seeing and hearing about all the endless hate and violence every day. I also don’t understand why people are so intolerant these days and get offended so easily. I’m hoping people will become more understanding and kinder.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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Not really. People write for many different reasons. The only thing I would say is always remember that not everyone is going to like your writing and that’s okay.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

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I know I have at least a handful of loyal readers, and to them I would like to say thank you. Thank you for taking time to read my books and stories, and for the wonderful reviews. I am grateful that you have chosen to read my books and that you enjoy them. It makes me happy to think that my stories can entertain others, as that is what writing is all about really.

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Author Jenee Robinson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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I’m a wife for almost 18 years now! I have 3 beautiful but ornery girls. I love books and writing them. I have a Supernatural, Harry Potter and Captain America obsession. Other then that I’m boring.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

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I have always loved writing and people always told me I was good at it. About a year and half ago, I stumbled onto AK Koonce and the indie word and decided that I would give it a try.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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I just released my last book in my creeper saga in March. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to start so I did a mash up. It’s Walking Dead meets Fae.

My next project coming is a Sleeping Beauty retelling, it’s always been my favorite Disney movie.

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What are you working on now?

I just started my short for the pirate anthology, Abandon Hope.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I watch TV as I write, I love the background noise.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To be a successful author and show my girls that no matter how old you are, if you keep pushing you can achieve it.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Don’t give up, this community isn’t as savage as you were lead to believe. I have a great support system and it’s only increasing in size.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you for all your love and support! All your encouragement keeps me going!

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Blog post updated November 4th ~ 2019

Mind’s Eye Author Marc Nash

 Next Mind’s Eye author is Marc Nash.

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Bio

Marc Nash has published 4 novels and 4 collections of flash fiction. He also collaborates with artists and programmers to make digital literature. After working in a record store for 19 years, he has been working for a freedom of expression NGO for the last 5 years. He lives in London with his wife and twin sons, whose football team he has managed which caused him more stress than anything to do with literature and writing.

– What genre do you write?

I don’t really write genre

– Have you always wanted to be an author?

I wanted to be a bass player in a band, but that didn’t really pan out! I wrote stage plays until my twins came along when I started to write prose instead as I couldn’t hang out at theatres night after night any more

– Tell me 3 things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

I didn’t start reading books myself until I was 15 and I have hardly read any Classics

I was ready to drop out of university but started writing plays and having them performed by the students, so I decided to hang in there

My biggest regret is that I studied Latin and not German. I would love to be able to write something in English and German

Tell me a bit about your stories
“Water Fugue In C Minor” is a stream of consciousness piece that cuts across the sedate and idyllic tone suggested by the photo. It is increasingly fuelled by paranoia and rage and the way it is constructed in terms of the character’s thoughts build and counterpoint like a fugue, while also playing on the meaning of the word fugue as a state in which there is a loss of memory or awareness.
“Cloud Animals” seems to be an innocent pastoral scene for two boys as they are growing up, but when they reach adulthood they take very different turns and nothing remains shared.
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Mind’s Eye Author Julie Elizabeth Powell @starjewelz

My next author in The Mind’s Eye series is Julie Elizabeth Powell.

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Bio

I cannot ignore my dreams, so many of them, with names and places and ideas that spark my imagination and compel me to write; to create stories, whether fantasy or horror, or mystery or psychological thriller or murder or even humour and adventure.  So, my garden is sown, flourishing, with all manner of growth, and still the dreams come.

Julie Elizabeth Powell, my soul lingering within my imagination; maybe you’ll join me?

What genre do you write?

I write in a variety of genres /mix genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery adventure, humour, crime thriller, murder mystery, psychological thriller and non-fiction and poetry.  I write for adults and children.

Have you always wanted to be an author /poet /photographer?

Writing has always been part of me, and have written many stories throughout but it wasn’t until the tragic event that overtook my third child that I stopped throwing them away, feeling the words had to settle and grow until a novel sprang tall enough to flower.  Gone was the result.  Since then – and the fact of being able to self-publish – sixteen other titles are now available.  I also enjoy photography and, sometimes doodle with poetry.

Tell me three things about yourself that your readers don’t know.

  1. I readily acknowledge that I think I’m an alien because I don’t fit into what others deem ‘normal’.
  2. Rules are not my watchword, while censorship curtails thinking.
  3. Formulas for writing are boring. I like to experiment, challenge and try new ways with words.  And I never know where my writing will take me…allowing the characters or ideas or spark to take me where they wish.  The imagination will always be the last frontier.

My stories /poems /photographs

If we are sticking to Triptychs, then the two photographs given to me were of a fairground at night and reflections on the water.  The first sparked a story called #666; it’s a dark and gritty tale.  The latter compelled a fantasy /science fiction story relating to stars, which I called, Beyond The Eyes.

As for the rest of my writing, Gone was my first completed and kept novel.  This is quoted from Gone – About the Book –

When only two and a half years old, her daughter’s heart stopped and she died.  Unfortunately, doctors resuscitated too long and too late and brought back into this world a severely brain-damaged child, who was wiped clean of her memories and anything that had made her Samantha.

Samantha’s life (and that of her mother) became a nightmarish one of pain and suffering for seventeen years until she died for the second time at the age of nineteen.

One question haunted the author throughout those terrible years: Where had her daughter gone?

Gone is one answer to the question.

This story is about a mother who finds herself inexplicably taken into a mysterious world, where the impossible meets the undeniable.

The fantasy sees her struggle against insanity and fear, encounter extraordinary characters and grapple with the awakening of a dream.

 

 

Slings & Arrows is a non-fictional account of that time.  It is brutally honest.

I think Gone and Slings & Arrows would help others – I really hope so.  These titles are also available as an omnibus edition.

The Avalon Trilogy (#1 The Star Realm, #2 Invasion #3 Secrets Of The Ice) is an epic fantasy adventure that was inspired by the world I’d created in Gone.  It was too delicious to waste.  I never expected the story to be so big, but I consider it’s turned out well.  Each book is available separately or as an omnibus edition (although the OE is only as an eBook because it’s too large for print).  It’s for ages about 12+ tween /YA or those young at heart).

Of Sound Mind (fantasy) explores the issue of sanity /insanity, while Lost Shadows is a psychological thriller /fantasy that deals with memory.  I have always been fascinated about how and why the mind works, and like to write stories that, I hope, make readers think.

Misadventures Of Fatwoman is a humorous fictional story about what it is like to be fat…it tackles very real and sad issues around this subject but is also funny (in my opinion, although it has been said to be too British and probably offensive).  Why the truth is offensive, I don’t know, but fat is fat!  I understand how fat people think because, yep, that’s me.  I think readers would understand the feelings concerned and it may help, and allow fat people to value who they are, regardless.  Maybe instead of ‘fat’ many other ‘differences’ could be inserted, as the same kind of thinking and emotions are involved, I believe.

Knowing Jack is a mystery adventure set in the Lake District in England, a place I loved as a child.  The story takes place at Christmas time and involves Jack who has special gifts.  It is meant for 12+ /tween /YA but I love these kinds of stories.  It was sparked by my son’s amazing intuition.

Dirty Business and A Murderer’s Heart are crime thrillers /murder mysteries.  Each have a psychological element, although the former is perhaps more direct and chilling, while the latter really searches into the motives behind why people kill – those emotions that lead, rather than cold-blooded for gain.

13 is a horror.  It’s different in many ways, not least that none of the characters have names.  This story is more about motives and the consequences of such.

Figments, Expressions, Three Into One and Christmas Past are short stories – the first two are collections of shorts and poems, while the second two are one-off complete shorts.  The ideas came in dreams, as do many of my stories.

Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive One is a recent addition.  This time it was the name I dreamt. I knew it was going to be an odd story.  It’s about an unusual character with a paranormal life.  This is missive one, missive two is already being written and is far longer.  I don’t know where it’s going and what will happen, but it feels like it will be a series.

Links to my books /me:

Website: http://freewebs.com/julizpow

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Thank you to anyone who reads my work.  And thank you, Helle, for taking the time to do this.