GROOVY COOL WRITING TECHNIQUES by Cinta Garcia De La Rosa – @CintaNani78

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Groovy Cool Writing Techniques is a collection of essays developing techniques for improving writing in a creative way. Every person is creative; they only need to light that spark inside, so the magic can begin. A picture, a walk in the streets, your own childhood memories… Everything can hold stories. You just need to find the way to tell those stories in a creative way. This book can help you.

EXCERPT

When you look at a blank page that insists on being blank, or after thousands of attempts to write the typical boy-meets-girl story in a more original way, I’m sure that you have also exclaimed, “I’m not creative!” And maybe you have wondered what the difference between a creative and a non-creative person is. Or maybe you want to know whether a person’s personality or profession play a role in that.

I have good news for you: we are all creative. You can be creative in the kitchen, creating delicious meals. You can be creative in the artistic field, drawing beautiful pictures. You can even be creative as a homemaker, creating a wonderful and cosy home for your family. It’s not all about writing.

Creativity is not a talent that only some chosen people possess and others can only envy. It’s an ability and, as such, you can learn it, develop it, and use it. Everybody can learn to be creative. Don’t roll your eyes, I am serious! You can do it with practice.

Every creative process has three phases: previous, conception, and subsequent. Creators usually consider the previous moment as the most important of the three. We “write” the most during the hours previous to actually putting words on paper or on screen. This is also when we can have negative thoughts about our writing (“I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”) or when we can choose to postpone everything. So it’s necessary for us to combine two attitudes:

Disposition. To create it is necessary to believe, to see ourselves as creative people. Only if we believe in ourselves we will be willing to create something new. When writers believe they have everything they need, the fear to fail disappears and they let themselves flow.

Avoid thoughts like “I haven’t lived enough experiences,” “I don’t have a great imagination,” “I can only speak of what I have lived,” “I won’t be able to catch the reader’s attention”… Run away from negative thoughts! You don’t need them!

We write with anxiety when we lack self-confidence: what if the challenge of the novel I have in my mind is beyond my talent? If you have those thoughts and feel stressed, please stop!

Take ten deep breaths: this will help you to relax and find the flow your brain needs to work better with less energy. Breathe. Breathe so deep that the air gets to your belly button, helping you to find balance. Slowly.

Next, admit that everything you are looking for is inside yourself. The creative person that you are is waiting somewhere. There is a diamond in the rough you must find — a diamond that exists for sure and is called creativity.

Breathe. Trusting the creative process, your creative self, will revive your flow.

Believe in yourself: the text is a reflection of the self. Dive into the blank page like in a refreshing swimming pool on a hot day. Look for the idea that is shining at the bottom of the pool. Visualise the diamond! Repeat: “I believe in myself, I believe in my creative self”. Make of that sentence your personal mantra. Breathe. Now you are in the best disposition for creating, for finding your diamond, polish it, and make it shine.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Author photo via Rosa StormCinta Garcia de la Rosa is an International Award-Winning Author who spends her time in the United States and Spain with her amazing husband. Along with writing, her career encompasses beta-reading, editing, proofreading, and translating Spanish/English. Cinta has loved the written word since she was five years old and reads at least one hundred books every year. She has a B.A. in English with minors in Literature, Art, and Creative Writing from Oxford. Cinta has published:

  • Never Again (included in the anthology Satan’s Holiday, and written under the pen name Rosa Storm).
  • Deadly Company (included in the anthology Don’t Look Back: Thirteen Terrifying Tales of Urban Folklore, and written under the pen name Rosa Storm).

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- Five readers (5) will win a signed copy of the book once the paperback is available.

 - One lucky reader (1) will win an Android Tablet.

What do you have to do in order to win? Very easy! Grab a copy of my book and write a review before March 31st, and send me the permalink to your review using the contact form on http://cintagarcia.com. On April 1st I will put the names of all the reviewers (including the people who received ARCs) in a random picker of winners, and I will notify the winners.

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Heart’s Song by Charity Parkerson

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Heart’s Song
SERIES – Ugly Eternity
AUTHOR – Charity Parkerson
GENRE – M/M Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – 3/2/15
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 35,000 words
PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications
COVER ARTIST – Charity Parkerson
PHOTOGRAPHER—Taria Reed/The Reed Files

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Hawke swore one day he’d hate Maddox for using him…

Maddox, lead singer of the band, Ugly Eternity, is a man of many secrets. Unfortunately, Hawke isn’t one of them. He’s been openly using Hawke for his delicious body for over a year, taunting him with a half-life, and always giving him just enough hope to keep him hanging on.

When three tiny and heartless words finally break Hawke, the day of reckoning arrives…

Even though Maddox knew Hawke would one day grow tired of his games, Maddox never expected how thoroughly the other man would cut him from his life. Left with no other recourse, Maddox is forced to live on Hawke’s terms to have any chance of reclaiming Hawke’s heart.

But in Hawke’s determination to rid himself of the sexy singer, he failed to consider one major detail—he belongs to Maddox.

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EXCERPT

He’d had enough. This constant weight sitting on his chest was choking the life from Hawke. The price of Maddox was Hawke’s sanity. It wasn’t one he could afford to pay any longer. Anger carried Hawke’s feet outside, intent on settling things now. Waiting hadn’t gained him shit. He found Maddox at his car, shirtless and digging around in the trunk.

“What was that all about?”

Maddox glanced up. The closed expression on his face let Hawke know this was going to be a useless conversation. Maddox shrugged.

“You were horny. I helped you out. No big deal.”

No big deal. Hawke’s brain latched onto those three tiny words and began repeating them like a mantra. Anger grew with each pass. As usual, he was no big deal. “I’ve got some of your clothes in my backseat.” Hawke couldn’t believe how calm he sounded. Surely that wasn’t his voice.

Maddox didn’t seem to notice anything off. “You should throw them out.”

Hawke ran his hands through his hair, beyond frustrated. The guy couldn’t give him inch. Not ever. “At least take my shirt so you’ll have something. It’s my fault you’re without, and I can go home whereas you still have to work.” Maddox still wouldn’t look at him. He slammed the trunk closed. “Nah. It’s cool.” He flashed a fake smile, not meeting Hawke’s gaze. “Everyone likes me better this way anyhow.” He smoothed his palm across his bare chest, emphasizing his point. “They’ll never even notice when I’m off-key.”

Hawke wanted to punch him in the throat. Maybe then Maddox would understand what it was like to be incapable of drawing a single breath. The way Hawke couldn’t whenever he was around.

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Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Indie Publishing House LLC, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards
*2015 Golden Flogger BDSM Award Finalist
*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

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Mind’s Eye Author Lisette Brodey

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Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

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What genre do you write?

 

That sounds like an easy question but it’s not. I’ve written in several. Putting labels on books isn’t as simple as it sounds. My first published novel, Crooked Moon, could be considered literary fiction or women’s fiction. Some consider my first-written novel, Squalor, New Mexico, to be Young Adult, as it is a 1970s coming-of-age novel. But many have appropriately classified it as literary fiction, and I agree.

My third novel, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!, is a romantic comedy that is definitely in the chicklit or women’s fiction genre. Currently I’m writing my sixth novel, which is also book 3 of a Young Adult paranormal series.

My seventh novel is partially written, and it is definitely literary fiction. That’s probably the genre in which I’ll stay. But you never know!

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Have you always wanted to be an author?

 

Ever since I learned how to write, I wanted to, but I wasn’t sure what to write: plays, screenplays, or books. For the past twenty years, I’ve been content to be a novelist.

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

 

I have never and would never write a character that is solely me. Not even close.

 

I have a very difficult time reading most books written as if they’re happening in present time, e.g. she walks to the door and answers it.

 

I consider typing the most valuable class I ever took in high school.

 

Tell me a bit about your stories

“I Wish…,” which was inspired by your sunset photo, is the story of a well-to-do woman who lives in a New York City high rise. She is married to a good man, but having focused solely on her children, she is now lost and lonely as they have lives of their own. Every day, she watches the rush-hour traffic from her window, but she dreams of being back in a vacation spot she visited with her family decades ago and longs for the blissful sunset she remembers so ardently.

“May Twenty-Fourth” is the story of two American sisters, Julie and Carol, who travel to England together. Despite the death of her husband, Julie is a happy person. She has many friends and a positive outlook on life. Carol is happy being miserable. She’s a chronic complainer who rarely appreciates anything in life. Julie takes Carol on a trip to London in hopes of bonding with her sister away from the stresses of home. On a bus ride to see some church ruins, Carol makes a life-changing decision that impacts both sisters profoundly.

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And Now a Poetic Interview with Amber Jerome~Norrgard!

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Amber Jerome~Norrgard is one of the coolest writers you will ever meet. She is also one of the best and most bad-ass people on the planet. And if that isn’t enough, she writes incredible fiction, nonfiction and poetry. An amazing friend and philanthropist, she teaches and supports charities on a regular basis. But don’t let me tell you everything. I’m here to introduce: the woman, the myth, the legend (and reverend) Amber Jerome~Norrgard.

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Amber Jerome~Norrgard is the bestselling author of more than twenty books including The Eve of Leaving, The Allegory of Dusk, Interpretations and In the Gloaming. She is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization The Quillective Project, the President of 629 Publications and a professor at Collin County College. Amber is a coffee addict who currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her family.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mom to three…

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The Fixer Upper by Anne Conley #NewRelease

From the author of The Stories of Serendipity, and The Four Winds comes a brand new stand alone novel, The Fixer Upper, by Anne Conley.

James, a UK based chef, has tried to make a career with EAT-TV, but his womanizing ways aren’t what they’re looking for with their wholesome family style image.  However, the producers of a new reality show about single life, The Fixer Upper, think he’s perfect.  His agent convinces him to give it a shot.  His overpriced bachelor pad is needing a mortgage payment, and he needs a job to support the tween-aged daughter that’s recently been dumped in his lap.
Margaret Dumas is control freak who has micromanaged her marriage to shambles.  When she makes a deal with her mother to quit fixing her up if she’ll do this new reality show, she thinks she’s won.  No more blind dates, no more friendly advice, no more “chance meetings” with her Mother’s friends’ sons.  The only catch is she’s got to go on detestable reality television and expose her dating habits to a total stranger who is supposed to “fix” her and make her a dating machine.  As if.

When Margaret meets James, they clash on the surface, but deep down they recognize something in the other that they want: redemption.

Excerpt from The Fixer Upper:

“So, tell me about yourself.”  James took a sip of the juice and managed to barely suppress his grimace.  Okay, so it’s not fresh squeezed, get over it.  Pushing her aloofness back in the forefront of her mind, she was better able to control her reactions to him and focus on the situation at hand.
“I’m thirty-eight, divorced, an accountant.  I live here with my dog, Puppet, he’s out in the backyard, or else he’d be in your lap, messing up your, uh… jeans.”  Looking at his jeans while she’d said that

screwed her up again, so she looked around the room.  “Not much to tell…”

“Okay, why did you sign up for the show?”
“Oh, that’s easy.  My mother did it.  I’m doing this to make her happy.  Not really interested in a relationship.  Divorce just finalized last month, and I don’t really see the point in a relationship at this moment.  But she’s brutal in her doggedness.”  She flashed him a smile and his faltered, much to her satisfaction.  “She’s signed me up for online dating, tried introducing me to sons of her friends, you name it.  I’m trying to get her off my back.”
He ran his finger over his bottom lip.  “So let me get this straight.  You have no desire to date, yet you’re on the show to find out how to date?  To be fixed up?”  He leaned back, his arms stretched over the sofa back.  “How utterly lazy of you.”
“What?  No, I’m not lazy.  Far from it—”  She started to explain herself, but he didn’t let her words come out.
“Sounds like it to me.”  He crossed an ankle over his knee in an infuriating gesture.  “You don’t want to date, yet you call us in to do all the work for you.”
Her nerves dissolved as indignation materialized.  She was suddenly angry at this man who came into her house with cameras to make her look like a complete loser.  “That’s not it.  I go out!”
James leaned forward, blue eyes sparkling with interest.  “Now we’re getting there.  Who do you go out with?”
“N-no one.  I go out to a bar by my office.  Alone.”  Margaret tried to steel her voice, but heard her resolve crumble in the hopelessness that her life had become.  She didn’t need this man to make her sound like a loser, she was one.
“Do you pick up men?”  he asked eagerly, and Margaret stiffened her backbone as he managed to make her habitual routine sound salacious.
“No!  How trashy!  I don’t do one-night stands.”  Loser. 
“I didn’t say you did, pigeon, but do you speak to potential dates in this bar?”  His eyes roamed her legs, and Margaret crossed them self-consciously, to no avail.  The motion seemed to draw his attention further, and his tongue snaked out, resting on the corner of his lip.
“Um, not exactly.”  Would you please put that tongue away?  It’s highly distracting.  “I mean, I speak to them, to say I’m not interested.”
His gaze snapped back up to her eyes, and thankfully, his tongue went back to its typical place.  “So, you’re completely uninterested in dating?”
She shrugged.  “Not uninterested, per se, I just haven’t met anyone who meets my standards, yet.”
He steepled his fingers under his chin, as if deep in thought, and Margaret wondered if the affectation was for the camera.  “What, exactly, are your standards, Ms. Dumas?”
She leaned back and relaxed a little.  This was an easy question.  And it got the focus off her, at least.  “Well, he needs to be taller than me, fit physique, have ambition, be neat, attractive, work a good job, enjoy his mother, no children, be close to my age, and have a hobby.”  Margaret ticked each item off on her fingers like a shopping list.
“Well, that’s not too much to ask, is it?”  She couldn’t tell if he was being sarcastic or not, as she watched him make some notes on a notepad he retrieved from the case he’d brought in.  “How tall are you?”
“Five foot, nine inches.”
“How fit is fit?”  He stared at her, an unreadable expression on his face.
“Excuse me?”
“Do you want a muscle bound god, or are you content with a small spare tire, befitting a man of a certain age?”  His accent distracted her mercilessly, and she had to concentrate on his words instead of his voice.
“I’m not into steroid-users.  They don’t have to be that fit, but spare tires?  Um, I don’t think so.”
“Vague.”  He stood, and to her mortification, reached behind his neck and pulled his t-shirt over his head to reveal the perfectly sculpted torso.  Lean muscle, not too bulky, the smallest trail of reddish-brown hair leading to the snap of his jeans alluding to something impressive down there.  “Do you consider this fit?”
Her eyes were glued to the v formation on his abdomen.  Why did that part of a man’s physique always make her mouth completely fill with saliva?  Her eyes trailed back up over his defined chest—dips and valleys punctuated by a smattering of hair—to admire his wide shoulders.  She noticed his Adam’s apple on her way up to his kissable lips, smirking at her.  Was that a gleam in his eyes?
Shit.  He’d asked her a question, and she had no idea what it was.  Hoping an absent nod would be sufficient, she provided one of those before dragging her eyes away.
“Please put your shirt back on, that’s really not appropriate, um… I don’t think.”
She managed to release the breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding when he put his shirt back on, covering the smooth tanned skin and muscles.  Plopping back on the sofa, he resumed his note-taking.
“Now I know what fit means, thank you.  I think the word ambition speaks for itself, but attractive has all sorts of connotations.  Can you elaborate on what you find attractive?”
His eyes were back on her, his gaze seeking answers, flicking back and forth between her eyes.
“Um, I like dark hair, but blond hair, as long as it’s neat is okay, too.  I’ve always been attracted to light eyes and smooth skin, but a certain ruggedness is okay as well.”  She bit her lip in thought, refusing to meet his eyes, instead focusing on the quiches perfectly arranged on the platter in front of her.  “I suppose a straight nose is in there somewhere, as well as nice lips… ” Her voice trailed off as her eyes rose, with a will of their own, to see him staring at her, that damned smirk on his mouth again.  Nice lips.  Plump, but not too much.  Definitely kissable.  She cleared her throat.
“He needs to have good manners, too.  No chewing with his mouth open, holds doors for ladies, things like that,” she added for good measure, noting to herself how squeaky her voice sounded.
He put his pen behind his ear and slipped his notepad into his case.  “So, let me make sure I’m clear.  You’re looking for a financially stable man in his late thirties, early forties, with hobbies, smooth skin, rugged appeal, dark hair, who works out regularly, has no children, good relationship with his mum, who holds doors for others, doesn’t smack when he chews, and aspirations for even more?”  He clapped his hands on his thighs as if he was about to stand.  “You, my dear, have impossibly high standards.”
One of her eyebrows arched in incredulity.  “Excuse me?”
“If there’s a man out there like that, I’m sure every woman on the planet would like an introduction, but we’ll do our best.  In the meanwhile, you need some work yourself.  If you’re going to hold others to such a high standard, you’ll need to go through some changes.”  He stood, towering over her, his eyes roaming her body, expression unreadable.
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Mind’s Eye Author Ben Ditmars

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Bio:

Ben is an author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more. He was first published in his college publication and heads the poetry committee at the Mid-Ohio Fine Art Society. Currently, he lives in Marion, Ohio and is working toward his Master’s Degree. He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome.

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What genre do you write?

I mostly write poetry but I’ve been known to dabble in fan fiction and stories about magic Zeppelins.

Have you always wanted to be an author/poet?

Interesting question.  I’ve always been writing (and sometimes scaring my elementary school teachers in the process).

I know I’ve always wanted to be myself and make a difference, which writing seems to help.

Tell me three things your readers might not know.

  • I’m terrified of uncertainty. Writing helps me face my fears, but driving to strange places, relationships, even the dark at times can overwhelm me.  Also, death. I really don’t want to die.
  • I’m addicted to caffeine: soda, coffee, tea. Everything but energy drinks. Apparently, I draw the line somewhere.
  • I head a local poetry group where we meet every month to share words, thoughts, and other suggestions.

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My poems in “Triptychs” are inspired by some thought-provoking (and beautiful) photographs. For the first Think Green I thought of my mother. She’s always had a green-thumb and seems to think days are best spent outside doing some form of yard work. It’s not a bad thing, unless you have poetry to write or lessons to plan, but I know I’ll miss it when she’s gone.  My second poem “Dry dock” was a take on nostalgia. Martin’s photograph reminded me of age and the danger of complacency. Writers can be guilty of over-dreaming and I’ve tried to get outside and live as much as I write: but it’s hard when there are books to read.

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Triptychs the third book in The Mind’s Eye seris is up for pre-order. It’s available at the special pre-order price of 99cents/99pence. The price will rise to £3.99/$3.99 when it goes live on 16th March.

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Mind’s Eye Author Maria Savva

Today I have co-creator and Mind’s Eye series author, Maria Savva on my blog.

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Bio:

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.

  • What genre do you write?

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.

  • Have you always wanted to be an author?

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.

 

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

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:

  1. I lived in a haunted house from the age of 5 until the age of 9 and this has inspired a lot of the paranormal/ghost elements in my novels and stories.
  2. I had a catheter ablation to cure my SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia) over 4 years ago (I was born with an extra pathway in my heart and wasn’t diagnosed until I was in my late thirties). My heart used to randomly start beating at nearly 250 bpm for sometimes up to 3 hours or more. I’m glad to have put that behind me!
  3. I can’t swim.

- 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.

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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.

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.

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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.