Darcia Helle is the brain behind this anthology. I’m lucky to be included. It’s free!
Mind Games free on BookFunnel:
Darcia Helle is the brain behind this anthology. I’m lucky to be included. It’s free!
Mind Games free on BookFunnel:
Please give a warm welcome to author Maria Savva
Tell us a bit about yourself
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?
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.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
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.
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.
What are you working on now?
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?
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.
What are your hopes for the future?
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.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
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.
Do you have anything to say to your readers?
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.
The wonderful author Maria Savva has just released her new book “The Spider.”
‘No one’s ever come out of that house alive…’
What lurks behind the door of 8 Goldfern Road?
Are you brave enough to step inside?
By entering the sinister house, George and Glen become entangled in a dangerous battle of wills.
“The Spider” is a story of obsession, infidelity, and broken dreams.
This darkly humorous mystery will appeal to fantasy and romance readers as well as those who love to hate spiders!
I’m pleased to present you with the cover for the 4 book in the Mind’s Eye series,
Tales From The Cacao Tree.
It’s all about the sinfully delicious chocolate.
The awesome Kat from Aeternum Designs made the amazing cover.
Pre.order the book now and pay ony 99 cents.
The price is a pre-order discount, and will go up to 3.99 when the book goes live.
You can find the previous books in The Minds’ Eye series here:
Maria Savva have a new book out for pre-order.
She is a brilliant story teller and I highly recommend that you check out her books.
It’s available to purchase in paperback on Amazon.com, coming to Amazon UK soon and other online retailers. It’s on Lulu in paperback. The Kindle version is on pre-sale at the moment: release date 14th October.
Video on the book, check it out!
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Today I have co-creator and Mind’s Eye series author, Maria Savva on my blog.
Maria Savva works as an administrator at a legal advice centre in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The University of Law. She is a solicitor, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth and most recent collection of short stories. She’s also contributed short stories to the BestsellerBound Anthologies (most of which are free to download on Amazon) and she is one of the founders of The Mind’s Eye Series. In addition to writing fiction, Maria is a music blogger for the UK Arts Directory.
I write novels and short stories in all sorts of genres and never really stick to one genre within a book or even within a story.
Most of my books and stories have elements of romance, mystery, and the paranormal in them. I also have recurrent themes that tend to run through many of my books and stories, including relationships, dreams, regret, guilt, secrets, and lies.
I think it’s something I always wanted to do, yes. I’ve always been a bookworm. I started reading when I was very young and have always loved words; I used to do lots of crossword puzzles when I was younger, for example. I asked for a typewriter when I was about seven. My dad got me an old typewriter, the kind where you have to replace the ribbon. I don’t have it anymore, not sure what happened to it… Whenever I watched films that were based on novels, as a child, I’d always say that one day I’d like to write a novel and have it made into a film. That’s always been a dream of mine. I had lots of other interests when I was growing up, though, so writing wasn’t something I concentrated on.
As for always wanting to be an author, I wouldn’t say that has been my sole aim. I started off when I was younger wanting to be an actress, then a teacher, then a make-up artist, then a hairdresser, and I had other dreams like wanting to be a musician or a Wimbledon tennis champion LOL. But I suppose you could say, reading and writing have always been part of my life in some way.
I studied to be a lawyer, which involves lots of reading, and worked as a lawyer for about 15 years. Much of my legal career inspired a lot of my fiction. I met lots of different people. Working in a job like that, you meet people from all walks of life and you get to know a lot about them. It certainly gives you an interesting insight into human nature.
I think my readers probably know all there is to know about me as I’ve done lots of interviews in the past few years. Anything I haven’t revealed in interviews is probably a secret anyway LOL.
In case people haven’t read my blog/interviews:
– Tell me a bit about your stories.
For “Triptychs” I wrote 2 stories. The first one I wrote is called “Glimmer Siluridae”. It’s a fantasy tale. (I’ve found that the Mind’s Eye Series has been bringing out the fantasy writer in me! In “Perspectives”, I wrote a fairy story.) Glimmer Siluridae is the name of a mermaid who appears in the story. That tale is lighthearted but also deals with the subject of life after death. It was inspired by one of your photos, Helle, the one with the sun reflecting off the water.
The second story I wrote for “Triptychs” took a bit longer to come to me. “Lost in You” is quite an introspective, dark piece of work. The main character is a troubled soul. This is a twisted story about lost love. It nearly made me cry when I first read it over. It’s quite a tragic tale. It was inspired by Martin David Porter’s photo of a harbour.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Reflections in the P&E Poll!
The book finished in the top ten in the Best Anthology category.
You can see the results here:
REFLECTIONS, the second book in the Mind’s Eye series, is up for pre-order on Amazon.
The price is 99 cents during the pre-order period.
November 1 when the book goes live on Amazon, the prize will rise to $2.99
The cover was designed by Jason McIntyre from a photo by Martin David Porter.
We are hosting a Facebook party tomorrow Wednesday 15th October.
Stop by to meet and chat with the authors, poets and photographers.
There will also be giveaways.
You can find out more about the Mind’s Eye series here:
I’ve been invited to join The Chocolate Book Tag Challenge by the lovely author Maria Savva. You can find her post here https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/6345038-the-chocolate-book-tag-challenge Thank you for tagging me, Maria! J
Books and chocolate goes hand in hand in my opinion. Anyone that knows me know that I’m utterly addicted to both chocolate and books and I do not intent to give up any of those addictions.
The rules are that you should choose between 6-8 chocolate bars or types of chocolate and link them to books you think they might be a good accompaniment for.
Dark chocolate with chili:
Perspectives by Maria Savva, Dacia Helle and photographer Martin David Porter is definitely like dark chocolate with chili. The stories start out like sweet dark chocolate and then suddenly the bite of the chili appears.
Swiss Chocolate truffles:
Charity Parkersons A Secure Heart
These four stories in one book makes me think of chocolate truffles from Switzerland. They draw you in and doesn’t let go until the bowl is empty…ups…I mean until the book is finished.
Each a decadent bite of bliss.
Milk chocolate covered sweet licorice dusted in licorice powder:
Ben Ditmars Night Poems was one of the first poetry books I have ever read.
I devoured the book of darkness, love and hope the same way I devour those delicious licorice chocolate spheres.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
This book is one of my favorite books of all time and I vividly remember reading it while eating those delicious kinder bonbons. It will forever be a piece of my childhood that I often return to.
I couldn’t just choose one Harry Potter book, so I simply chose them all, which led me to choose mixed Summerbird chocolate. There is darkness, sweetness, bitterness, power, fluffy fun, champange love and surprises around every corner.
Well I think I deserve a piece of chocolate now.
While I’m stuffing my face with all that chocolate goodness I’m going to tag my friend Kim Stapf.
She is an awesome Indie author supporter and reviewer.
You can find her reviews here http://kimpitbull123.wordpress.com/
She is also a photographer http://blackrose789.wordpress.com/
Here is the link to some of the other Chocolate Book Tag Challenge participants:
Author/Poet Ben Ditmars:
Author Susan Buchanan:
Maria Savva just released her new book Far Away In Time.
Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with
the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that
fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories
belong to us all.
Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time…