Genre: A historical drama romance fiction novel. Synopsis: Set in the early 19th century, the story entails the life of Amaranthine, a young peasant girl who lives in the outskirts of the Kingdom of Elynasia. She leads a humble life filled with hardships in the woods with her mother. Though she dreams of adventures full of thrills and excitement, she remains grateful for the little things she receives. In a turn of events, when Amaranthine encounters a young man, her life unfolds a new chapter. What she thinks is her new beginning, leads her towards something that perhaps was never meant for her, but her journey pushes her to her destiny.
Bushra Satkhed is an Indian journalist and author who has appeared on national television (NDTV) and published with a national newspaper (Indian Express). She is pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She self-published her first book at the age of fourteen called The Sender. She loves to experiment with every genre of fiction writing and has successfully authored murder mystery-thriller, children’s illustration books and now a historical romance drama. She looks forward to publishing more novels based on horror, poetry, adventure, short stories and fantasy genres in the near future. Writing has always been therapeutic for Bushra. She is also a part of an upcoming anthology called ‘The Turning Point’ which talks about a major wound of her life that helped her grow and is still healing. She looks forward to write her next novel in the fantasy category. She successfully runs a freelance side business online to fuel her passion for designing which was launched in May 2019.
Bushra’s previously self-published books available online:
A Rose, Colby Wren Fierek, Oceania Chee, Catherine Johnson
In every new story we pick up, we’re seeking an exciting original voice. So why are there still voices we don’t hear from nearly enough? Why are there characters that so rarely take centre stage? In this collection from Odd Voice Out press, we discover the stories of twelve teenagers who stand out from the crowd and who’ll not easily be forgotten.
With settings that range from Scotland to Syria, Mexico to Mauritius, Africa to Russia, these stories take us to all corners of the globe and into the lives of young people with their own unique circumstances and perspectives. Characters dealing with issues of culture and class, exploring their sexuality and gender identity, or letting us into their experiences with illness, disability or neurodiversity. Their tales span all genres and can’t be reduced to labels. These are stories about bending the rules and breaking the law. Stories of fighting for survival and finding your place in the world. Stories of family solidarity, unlikely friendships and aching first love told by teenagers who don’t always fit in and aren’t often heard.
With a foreword by award winning YA author Catherine Johnson, this anthology brings together the top ten stories of Odd Voice Out’s 2019 Not So Normal Narrators contest, as well as bonus stories from in-house authors Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn.
Prize: £200, £100, £50 (First, second and third prize respectively)
Publication: A dedicated anthology will include the top ten tales, available winter 2020/21.
Wordcount: 2000 – 5000
Internationally open to entrants aged fourteen and above.
We stand at the dawn of a new and uncertain decade. Here at Odd Voice Out press we are calling for short stories that reflect the socio-political issues that young people are dealing with now and will continue to tackle in the coming years. Entries submitted to our Teens of Tomorrow contest can be any genre – fantastical or realistic – and they may be set in the future, the present or even the past, provided that they centre on forward-looking teenage characters grappling with the world around them, the times ahead of them and the roles they personally aspire to play. Send us your utopias, dystopias, protest stories, political thrillers, social satires, climate fiction and prophetic steampunk.
Turn the hashtags trending today into a powerful YA story of tomorrow!
Your short stories with ‘odd voices’ must be written for a YA audience (that’s around 12 to 19 years old), but other than that they may be set in any genre or time period. This means that relevant content which is sexual, violent or contains extreme language will be accepted, provided it is somewhat moderated for a teen audience, rather than for adults (think about movies rated 15, compared to 18).
Our contest is open to writers aged fourteen and over from all nationalities and backgrounds (you should be at least fourteen years old by the closing date for entries). Entries must be no more 5,000 words long and be a minimum of 2000 words. Your entry should not have been previously published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been highly placed (e.g. shortlisted or semi-finalist) in another competition at any other time. Longlisted stories are acceptable, provided they have not been in print or online in full.
After our closing date of Monday 31st August, we will select ten finalists to feature in an anthology collection that will be made available in ebook and print editions, to be released alongside our usual book range. The winning entry will also receive a £200 cash prize, whilst second and third place will receive £100 and £50 respectively. All ten finalists will also be invited to participate in social media promotions, live events, interviews and broadcasts as per the promotion schedule for the anthology.
To cover prize fees and reading time, there is a small entry fee of £4 per story, payable via PayPal at the time of entering. Authors may enter up to five different stories, but must pay the entry fee for each one as a separate entry and transaction.
Co-authored stories are accepted, up to a maximum of two authors per story, and in the event of winning, authors would share the prize money evenly.
Odd Voice Out is an independent literary press, publishing YA and crossover stories filled with unique characters thrown into extraordinary circumstances. Our genre-bending books take contemporary social and political themes and explore them through a range of historical, futuristic, surreal and supernatural settings. Our diverse young heroes are never your typical leading guys and girls, but are flawed insecure misfits struggling with everything from racial and sexual identity, to body issues, disabilities, mental health and worst of all, being teenagers growing up in worlds gone mad.
with stories by Nicholas P Adams, Brian C Hailes and Rick Bennett
Cresting the Sun is a science fiction and fantasy anthology compiling twelve award-winning short stories (with a taste of crime and horror mixed in). Each included tale has in recent years earned recognition from the esteemed L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest judges, with adventures sure to rattle your bones, launch you beyond the stars, and carry you through space and time.
Prepare yourself, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride!
Roadblock by Brian C Hailes – All Drew really wants is a chance with his high school crush, Lily. But on his way to a party where he plans to give it one last shot, he’s forced to take a detour off Highway 89, where fate has something else waiting in store.
The Hubbard Drive by Rick Bennett – I just can’t resist comedy. This time-dilation romp is my little Einsteinian “thought experiment” and tribute to L Ron Hubbard, a sci-fi giant.
L.E.A.P. by Nicholas P Adams – A cop with the ability to navigate the timestream puts his skills to the test when a series of murders threatens his freedom and the future of those he’d kill to protect.
Sketch Artist by Brian C Hailes – An innocent girl witnesses a murder, and works with a San Francisco Police Department sketch artist who has an uncanny ability to draw portraits based on witnesses’ firsthand accounts with a ninety-five percent facial recognition accuracy rate. However, as they both find themselves caught in the middle of a deadly mob war, can they find the killer or killers before they themselves fall prey to the infamous crime families?
The Devil & Woody Harrelson by Rick Bennett – Ever think about selling your soul to the devil? You may already have done just that if you clicked “accept” on the terms and conditions on an online program license agreement.
Half Z’s by Nicholas P Adams – A human/alien half-breed, desperate for a connection with either world, travels to the Gya’ol enclave for answers when she discovers a rapidly forming growth inside her body.
The Chaser’s Prey by Brian C Hailes – Having been shipped off to alien scout camp, Gareth Stillwater stumbles across the other boys torturing and mutilating a squirrel-like creature called an ehkhoor’n. When he confronts the alpha scout, Morrow Krin, and his accomplices, they bully him into secrecy . . . until he decides to steal Krin’s hoverbike and put the animal out of its misery, placing himself (and everyone else) in harm’s way.
Overture to The Opera of The Blades by Rick Bennett – This literal “rock opera” features a computer genius who speaks only in palindromes and shows the effect she has on an immortal being.
Uncoiling the Loop by Nicholas P Adams – A temporal manipulator struggles against time, the authorities, and a crotchety barkeep, to prevent his father from going on a killing spree before it happens.
The Artist’s Model by Brian C Hailes – An artist’s model with a past veiled in amnesia meets a mysterious visitor who claims to know who and what she really is. But when her most beloved master artist and patron unexpectedly dies, she must find a way to live up to her otherworldly destiny, and fulfill her new role.
Elvis, Baby Jesus, and One UFO by Rick Bennett – Most first-contact stories involve a superior alien race ravaging the Earth. Here’s my take on the opposite scenario: A superior alien race gets crippled by a clever Earthman-generated computer virus.
Gone are the Light-Wielders by Nicholas P Adams – A shepherd boy holds the fate of the colony in his hands when he must choose between keeping a promise to his mother and his responsibility to the community.
After her parents mysteriously disappeared at the age of thirteen, Evangeline Evans has been on her own. As a military pilot for Olympus, the most powerful and technologically progressive Citadel of the new world, she keeps her reasons for finding them a secret.
Without warning a terrifying disease that could destroy civilization begins to infect citizens across the city. Only the race known as Angels—who brought advanced technology to Earth—seem to be immune to its devastation.
Evangeline and her husband Jack, an Artificial Intelligence designer, are swept into a secret war between the Dissidents in the Low Technology Zones and The Quorum of Zeus.
The Human race is on the precipice of Extinction. Who will prevail? Angel or Human? High Tech Olympian or Low Tech Dissident?
But the better question is… Who SHOULD prevail?
25% of Monthly Net sales are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!
Malcolm Silvestra’s Synthetic Organ Replacement technique saved the lives of thousands of people.
Then “The Scald” deformed and killed millions more.
Imprisoned above the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest Territories, Malcolm’s only hope to stave off his execution is to find the cure to save not only humanity but more importantly, his beloved wife.
Will Malcolm’s brilliance unlock the secret to freeing Cynthiana from her prison of flesh? Or will he watch her die like all the others?
Nicholas Adams grew up in the small, rural town of Boring, OR with his six brothers and sisters.
After graduating from High School in Gresham, OR he attended BYU-ID and received his Associates Degree in Pre-Med. From there he returned to Portland, OR and attended Portland State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Med before changing his career track to Architecture.
He completed his second Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at Portland State University before going on to achieve his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.
After his graduation he and his wife moved to the Phoenix Arizona area where they adopted four children over the next eight years.
Nicholas currently lives in the Salt Lake City area where he is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
His other interests include reading, video games, singing and motorcycles.
I donate 25% of my Net sales to the Wounded Warrior Project!
Mason and Lilly came from two different worlds, and their union resulted in their deaths… but not before they brought their baby girl into the world. Now, their daughter, Jocelynn, must learn to survive in a world that sees her as an abomination. Will she ever find her place in the world, or is she destined to remain an outcast?
“I started writing when I was in elementary school. I struggled for the most part due to my dyslexia, and people often told me that I would never be a good writer. They told me to give up, but I refused. I gave it everything I had. At one point, I won a young author’s award, and I continued writing as I got older. I recently had three short stories published and a fourth accepted for an anthology scheduled for release on March 1st. My biggest goal with my writing is that others might resonate with my characters and that my stories might empower them in some way and give them the courage to keep going, even when life gets them down. While not all stories have happy endings or see the characters take a positive path, they do typically follow the theme of acceptance — acceptance of who you are as a person and who you want to be — and the moment where one decides to stand up for themselves.”
For fans of American Horror Story, Shirley Jackson, and Creepshow.
You know them. Those girls that aren’t quite like everyone else. Those girls who stand out in the crowd. Those girls that dare to be different. Those girls are dangerous.
In Strange Girls, twenty-one authors dare to tackle what makes the girls in this collection different. Vampires, selkies, murderous mermaids, succubus, and possessed dolls take center stage in these short stories that are sure to invoke feelings of quiet terror and uneasiness in the reader. Following the successful debut of Women in Horror anthology with My American Nightmare, Strange Girls is the sophomore effort to showcase these talented women in a genre that is often dominated by the male gaze.
Dare to take a walk on the dark side.
Stories in the Anthology:
24 Hour Diner by Charlotte Platt
Sideshow by Jude Reid
The Doll’s House by Alyson Faye
Blood by Red Claire
Self-Portrait with Pears by Rachel Bolton
Personal Demons by Angelique Fawns
Friends with Benefits by E.F. Schraeder
Night Terrors by Angela Sylvaine
The Girl Who Never Stopped Bleeding by Sam Lauren
Leda and the Fly by Marnie Azzarelli
Jenny’s Bobo by Hillary Lyon
Extinguishing Fireflies by Rebecca Rowland
The Eyes of the Dead by Danielle R. Bailey
My Mirror Wife by Ash Tudor
Pattern of Faerytales by Azzurra Nox
Campfire Tales: The Bloody Rings by Emma Johnson-Rivard
Born in Catania, Sicily, Azzurra Nox has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.
Levanine’s life as a slave is insignificant. She has always been property; bound to her owner, content to serve quietly where no one can cause her harm. However, when her master sells her to pay a debt, her false safety is shattered, and she finds herself offered as a sex slave on the continent of Dreanis.Fearful and hopeless, Levanine expects the worst to happen. Nothing could prepare her to be suddenly swept onto a pirate ship by an infamous captain whose interests are a mystery to her. Forced to think on her feet, the silent girl must overcome a lifetime of servitude to survive on a ship where everything is trying to destroy her.As sea monsters, mutinies, and ghosts wreak havoc on the ship and its crew, Levanine realizes that she doesn’t have the luxury of simply surviving until they arrive at Avondella, her continent of redemption. Levanine must decide whether she will die the person she has always been, a meek nobody… or will she make a name for herself at sea?
Dawn Dagger has had a passion for reading and writing ever since she could remember. When she was six she drew and wrote her very own book, and though it hardly makes sense now, she was so proud. She has written many books, short stories, and poems since then, and continues to do so. Dawn placed highly in her two middle school years of Power of the Pen and even has her short story ‘The Haunting’ published in an anthology, She admits she isn’t good at anything physical (except some ballroom dancing), or video games, but she does enjoy a nice game of Mario Kart, a trip fishing, or just a walk in the woods. She has a knack for taking pictures of whatever catches her eye; especially brightly colored flowers. Dawn is a sucker for a good fantasy book, lives off of coffee, and loves her wonderful family and friends, and her dedicated boyfriend, Nevin, who is just like a romance novel character.
Dawn has over 70 stories started (don’t believe her? Just the other night she rattled off the 37 stories she’s actually named and what they’re about to Nevin because he wanted to know) and that doesn’t include short stories or poems. She has lots of writing to do, and is excited for what’s ahead!
Gen Alpha-Z is a powerful little book that packs a massive literary punch. The sequel to the successful debut, The Originals, Gen Alpha-Z is a breath-taking collection of 25 original stories written by talented young writers aged between six and 21 years around the world. These hugely talented authors entered The little BIG Book Competition run by The Lil’ Author Skool in 2018-2019. Judged by an independent panel, eight stories selected to be in this new anthology won and a further 16 were chosen as stand-out stories that merited publication. Launching on Universal Children’s Day – 20th November 2019 – #GenAlphaZ is set to be a huge success that showcases the astoundingly high quality of writing by today’s children and teenagers – the next generation of authors are already showing what they’re capable of and it’s incredibly excited for the future of literature! Introducing the freshest voices in original fiction.
The Lil’ Author Skool is a not for profit organisation. It was founded in 2016 by London born author A. Bello, who wrote her debut novel ‘Emily Knight I am…’ at aged 12! .We are passionate about encouraging young people to read and write and want to give them as many free and affordable opportunities. The Lil’ Author Skool is part of The Author School (GB Entrepreneur Awards Finalists 2016) and we help young writers aged 5-21 years old. The little BIG Book Comp started in 2016 and The Originals is our first book.
Moss, Liz Ashlee, Clara Winter, Tammy Mannersly, Sarah Vance
Tompkins, Kitsy Clare, Mark Love, Melissa Kay Clarke
boyfriends and dangerâ€¦summer is certainly hot! Grab a hold tight as
these eight authors wow you with stories from sweet to sizzling!
After all, every day can have some summer fun!
Girl Code by Brooke Moss
is having the perfect evening out, with the perfect guy, on a perfect
summer night. The problem isâ€¦ Prestonâ€™s not her date. His real
date is her B.F.F., and sheâ€™s passed out in the backseat.
on Water by Liz Ashlee
watching everyoneâ€™s elseâ€™s lives hit huge milestones, all Hope
wants is to escape to her boring, unchanging, single life. So,
whereâ€™s the one logical place to escape to? A retirement home.
with a Pulse by Clara Winter
Alice finds herself rescuing a seal on the sands of Laguna Beach with
screenwriter Elijah. Can Alice put her past behind her and give
Elijah the chance he deserves?Â
Natural Passion by Tammy Mannersly
will marine biologist, Dylan O’Day, solve the illegal poaching
problem threatening the ecosystem he loves and protects when the
gorgeous, new intern, Kyra Shine, is occupying his every thought?
Had Me at Aloha by Sarah Vance Tompkins
media guru Vivienne Parker’s dream trip to Hawaii turns into a
nightmare when her roommate in the luxurious surf shack is the hot
Olympic athlete who just got her fired.
Than Puppy Love by Kitsy Clare
spark when Arianna, a city girl with an elite pet portrait business
is in a wreck and asks Dave a country auto mechanic for help, but can
these two beagle owners from different worlds see eye to eye?
Haven by Mark Love
sun, romance and a mystery to solve. Sounds like a perfect vacation
in the Key of Murder by Melissa Kay Clarke
in the South can mean a different type of heat when a newly appointed
investigator and a mechanical genius cross paths leading to murder
write because if I don’t…my head will explode, and ruin the
writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited
lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have
the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor
just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the
pages, and begging for more!
Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning,
reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of
course, wrangling five kids, mugging on her hubby she lovingly refers
to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount
Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.
is a romance novelist who recently graduated from Northern Kentucky
University her B.A. in English and B.S. in Library Informatics. She
has been published inÂ Loch
Norse MagazineÂ andÂ The
has won the Miller Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing. She
currently lives in Independence, Kentucky, with her family and
Rugg grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and
Alice in Wonderland, while watching Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and
Doctor Who. Writing her own stories naturally ensued. She is a wife,
mother, and former school counselor, with a Masterâ€™s Degree in
Counseling. Amy is from Colorado Springs, Co and currently resides in
Mission Viejo, Ca.
Mannersly is an Australian author based in Brisbane, Queensland.
She loves writing romance, has a fondness for animals, is crazy about
movies and enjoys a great Happily Ever After. Her passion for writing
started from a very young age and led her to complete a Bachelor
Degree in Creative Industries majoring in Creative Writing at
Queensland University of Technology.
Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She
spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping
Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los
Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received
an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film
development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly
entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries,
press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles,
and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry
store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her
husband and three cats.
Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic
at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and
particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her
paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new
adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a
Bookworld says: â€œBeautifully written! We get to learn things about
art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a
promising new adult author.â€ The next in her Art of Love series,
Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.
loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach
writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her
futuristic thriller, Rubyâ€™s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next
Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was
a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book
Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna,
launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. Sheâ€™s a member of SFWA, RWA
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am a Michigan native, who up until recently lived in the Metro
Detroit area, where crime and corruption always seem to be at the top
of everyone’s news. So there’s always the chance to find something
that can trigger a story idea and enough interesting characters to
jump start your imagination.
I have worked in many industries and career paths over the years, one
of my passions has always been writing. I was even able to parlay
that passion for a while, working as a freelance reporter for a
couple of newspapers in the Detroit area. Writing features and hard
news helped me hone my talents. But while newspaper work was
interesting and paid a few bills, it was a far cry from the fiction
writing that I enjoy the most.
always been drawn to mysteries and thrillers, the kind of stories
that have a fast pace, that keep you moving and keep you guessing as
to what’s going to take place next. Mix those in with some elements
of crime, perhaps a glimpse of the seedier side and you’ve got me. So
it’s always been one of my goals to write stories like
was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and raised in Houlka, a small rural
town forty-five minutes southwest down the famous Natchez Trace. She
found a love of reading very early and quickly devoured everything
she could. Told repeatedly that she had a wonderful imagination, she
turned to scribbling her musings and wrote her first novel while in
college. It was never published and has since vanished. The death of
a close friend who aspired to become an author reawakened her own
desire resulting in penning her first book, Shattered Dreams,
published in 2013.
now resides in Meridian, Mississippi with her supportive family â€“
husband, Robert and daughter Rebecca, two cats, and two dogs. When
she isn’t writing, she spends way too much time with her online
friends and feeding her ravenous appetite for the written word.
Christine Clemetson, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in a small beach town in New Jersey where I spent most of my time fishing, crabbing and reading books. Now, I live just a little north of where I grew up. New Jersey has the most beautiful change of seasons and I canâ€™t be very far from the ocean!
Where do you receive your inspiration or ideas for your books?
Ideas seem to come from everywhere. Most of the time, Iâ€™ll see something and start asking the â€œwhat ifâ€ questions. Sometimes, my ideas come from dreams too! Usually when this happens, a small part of my dream will linger in the morning and eventually form into an idea.
Why did you choose to self-publish? Or go with the publisher you are with?
The Insecure Writerâ€™s Support Group (IWSG), a fabulous group for supporting writers, was accepting entries for a new short story anthology with the premise of a ticking clock. I was so intrigued that I wrote a story called Center Lane. Through the anthology, I met the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.
How often do you write?
I work as a Technical Writer full time, so I write toward a word count goal each morning. If I donâ€™t meet the goal, Iâ€™ll go back into the story at night to finish.Â Some days the story is waiting for me and other days the muse takes longer to arrive,Â and I have to work harder to get the words down!
What is the name of your book?
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, which contains 11 mysteries by 11 authors. If you love mysteries, youâ€™ll love this anthology!
What genre is it?
Tell us about some of your future projects?
Iâ€™m plottingÂ a new thriller where I still need to determine the setting. I find the setting plays the same role as a character in the book, and it should reflect the story goals.Â This requires a lot of planning and possibly travel â€“ which I love!
What are some of your favorite books?
There are too many to possibly name. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Rick Mofina.
If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?
I would love to co-write a book with Stephen King. I think it would be fun to plot a thriller or horror book and explore the different characters with him.
Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?
Keep writing and reading as much as you can. Join a writerâ€™s group and attend workshops. Keep learning. And above all, donâ€™t give up! Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!
I was born in California. If Iâ€™d been born in the 90â€™s I would have been called a Valley Girl because my hometown was in one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, Modesto. Fortunately, I wasnâ€™t born in the 90â€™s (or unfortunately because then Iâ€™d be much younger). I lived in a lot of other places, and then returned to my home state where I still live. When we came back to the states, we had the choice between living near the Pacific or living in the mountains with the trees. We chose the trees and drive to the beach.
Give me a brief Bio of you.
I write in two categories of fiction. I write contemporary/realistic young adult-crossover stories (Â Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). MyÂ middle grade fiction include adventure/fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (Spring 2018) and Sign of the Green Dragon. I have a lot of magazine articles and stories out and about, and I have several short stories in anthologies. Short stories are a great break from writing novels, so thatâ€™s why I jump in to write them once in a while.
When Iâ€™m not forcing a story into submission, Iâ€™m traveling. Give me a ticket and Iâ€™m offâ€¦anywhere. It doesnâ€™t matter. However, no matter how much Iâ€™m excited to see other places, my heartâ€™s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, Iâ€™ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose thatâ€™s one of the reasons for my love of seeing other parts of the world. That and I have a lot of family and friends in different places.
My family says Iâ€™m an exercise nut, and theyâ€™re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga â€¦ a lot. Also I love to cook and to eat, so the only way i can do that and fit in my clothes is to move this body around with some vigor.
What is the name of your book?
Well, I have 7 books in print ( I mentioned them above), so Iâ€™m not sure which one to choose. That would be kind of like giving preferential treatment to one of my kids. However, I do have a new one coming out May 15 called Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (a middle grade fantasy published by Dancing Lemur Press), so I can tell you a bit about that one without showing favoritism. The other book (anÂ anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and itâ€™s a bit a departure for me since itâ€™s an adult crime piece set in Chicago in the 19th century. Actually, I set it during the great Chicago fire.
What genre is it?
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of my middle grade fantasy/adventure stories, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is an anthology of mystery and crime.
Give us a short synopsis or snippet of your book.
Peteâ€™s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought theyâ€™d closed the Time Lock on their last time travel expedition. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless heâ€™s found.
Thereâ€™s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peterâ€™s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.
But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the earlâ€™s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes heâ€™s in over his young wizard head yet again.
In the short story for Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, I dabbled in a bit of horror, setting my story, Heartless, in the strict Victorian period where even the word, leg, was considered improper in polite conversation. I also chose to set the story to coincide with the Great Chicago fire, so thereâ€™s an element of a race against time and the flames that consumed so much of that city back in 1871.
Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?
#1 I like to hike. I take one whenever I canâ€™t put words down that make sense or when someone tells me to.
#2 I iron my sheets. My mother once told me, I had a Princess and The Pea, attitude about my bed. I do. Smooth, white linen sheets make going to bed a treatâ€¦those and a book that I canâ€™t wait to return to.
#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when Iâ€™m upset. Chocolate doesnâ€™t do the trick. I save chocolate for when Iâ€™m happy.
How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?
Iâ€™m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long Iâ€™ve been writing fiction for publication. I sold my first book in 2009, so I must have started doing that in 2007 or 8. At least I had the idea for the book about that time, then the nerve to actually tell the story must have come right on the heels of inspiration. Using my trusty calculator (fingers and one toe) that makes it about eleven years. Iâ€™m still not sure itâ€™s what I want to do. I just know writing fiction is something that I want to get better at doing before moving on to my next great adventure.
What else might pique the readerâ€™s interest in your book?
Readers might like to see the trailer. Itâ€™s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Hereâ€™s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/Â <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h59dYGrVQvs” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>
And if they like knights and medieval castles with moats and magic, the story has all of that. Â Iâ€™ll be posting some great pictures of castles I visited last fall where the story took place. I even got to see King Ricard II’s private quarters, his personal toilet (a noble privilege) and some motes that I describe in the story. Iâ€™d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew Iâ€™d written the descriptions accurately.
In Tick Tock: A Stick in Crime, the readers are going to find eleven very different, but riveting tales about crimes and mysteries and really dark hearts. Where can we find your book?Â
Tara Tyler, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born: Plymouth, MA; Now: Cincinnati, OH
What makes you passionate about writing?
I want to encourage kids to read and get the message to them that they can succeed as long as they don’t give up
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
about a month
Who or What inspired you to write this book?â€¨
The IWSG anthology contest with the theme: Time
What is the title of your book?
Could you give us a back cover blurb?
Twelve-year-old Casey has no time for her quirky family. Mr. Zander has been searching for the perfect specimen to save his. When Casey walks into Mr. Zander’s clock repair shop, he sees her as a prime contender and coerces her to help him. Hopefully, the machine will work this time.
What genre does your book fall under?â€¨
Sci Fi Thriller
Do you have a favorite character, why?
I like Mr. Zander â€“ he’s dementedly dedicated â€“ he spent his whole life building a time machine to go back and start over
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I’d say the message is to deal with what happens in your life and make the most of it
What else might pique the readerâ€™s interest in your book?
The prospect of time travel has consequences â€“ and the relationship between the girl and her captor
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.Â
I was born in Ada, Minnesota, and now live in central Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.
Really…nice. Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Once jilted, twice shy. She was left at the alter, literally, and is still wearing her wedding dress. The wedding feast, including the rock hard wedding cake and decaying food, remain on the table where they were set. She refuses to let anyone make any changes in her life. She has full control over her home, her body, and her finances. She’s powerful and resourceful, and yet has a charitable soul and a soft spot for Pip. I would like to have tea with her.
She sounds awesome.What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
Harriet Beecher Stowe. She wrote a powerful story that changed people’s views and called them to action. She was a mother, a writer, and an activist. I’d also like to have tea with her.
Wow, very nice. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
I would like to see less money spent in military and weapons and more put towards world hunger and taking care of each other. I know it’s naive to write, but I would eliminate borders.
How interesting…I like it. Who inspires your writing?
I have been inspired by many great writers, artists and musicians. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lorna Landvik, Lisa Genova, and J.H. Moncrieff to name a few.
Those are great people to count at your side. What is the name of your book?
My short story “One More Minute” is in the Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology.
How wonderful. What genre is it?
Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasnâ€™t yours? And if you did, what was it like?
Yes, but not so much “as if it wasn’t yours.” It was a thrill to see it in print alongside all the other great stories in this anthology!
J. R. Ferguson,Â Welcome to my post. Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.
Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. Iâ€™m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe thatâ€™s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.
Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?
I wouldnâ€™t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. Heâ€™s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since Iâ€™m vegetarian.
He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?
Iâ€™d stay on earth, thank you. Iâ€™d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summerâ€”with option to buy.
I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.
My dream writing spot is just a dreamâ€”a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place Iâ€™ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!
Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?
I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years Iâ€™ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.
Nice. What is the name of your book?
My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.
Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.
Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is tickingâ€¦
Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?
My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?
As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, Iâ€™ve had to continue my research to update the story. Iâ€™ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Donâ€™t get the impression my story is X-rated. Itâ€™s a clean story about a guy who cares.
Really? Where can we find your books?Â
Iâ€™ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.
Masters of Time: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Time Travel Anthology
A clone who usurps his own destiny–and with it, the power of Time. A time travel romance that would defy death, and an alluring agent from the future hunting her prey…
Imaginative and heart-pounding stories are woven into the fabric of this time travel short story collection. From adventure to loss, hope and sacrifice, each tale touches upon the precious value given to Time, and what we’d do with it, if we were its masters.
The Masters of Time sci-fi/fantasy time travel anthology is presented to you by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox, Hugo Award nominee Timothy C. Ward, B.R.A.G Medallion honoree H.M. Jones, and author Alice Marks.
Magic Unveiled: An Anthology
Either the wondrous or the perilous awaits us when we play a hand at magic.
A hard boiled detective chases the supernatural, unveiling a frightening world right alongside modern man’s. A mother, able to grant wishes, shows us we must be careful what we wish for. An African Orisha might just pass you in downtown Los Angeles, eager to siphon some of your energy so that he will not fade out of existence.
From heart wrenching, ghostly goodbyes to relatives, to discovering sparks of otherworldly magic permeating contemporary society, these nine tales of magical realism and paranormal fantasy come together to form this enchanting and gripping anthology.
Magic Unveiled is presented to you by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, Seattle Times and Amazon bestselling author Raven Oak, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox, NIEA Finalist H.M. Jones, Alice Marks, Jayme Beddingfield, Ronovan Hester, and Keith Goodno.
The Pamlico Writers
Group is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our 2016 anthology of
short stories and poems written by our members with a section of award winning
prose and poetry from our 2015 and 2016 competition winners.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A
Carolina Christmas isnâ€™t your traditional holiday feast of tinsel and sugar
plums. While there is still a smattering of stars sprinkled through the pages
and a little glitter and artificial snow lighting up a few plastic Santas,
these stories are filled with more than ornaments and figgy pudding. From
broken hearts to hopeful reunions, holiday anxiety to joyful tidings, the
truest gift of Christmas is still found to be family, faith and friendship. But
these stories are not fairy tales and every holiday is not Peace on Earth.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œReaders are in for a holiday treat
with the 2016 Pamlico Writers Anthology with its Christmas theme.â€ ~Marni
Graff, award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy
Genova Manhattan Mysteries
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œAÂ Carolina Christmas establishes itself as a holiday classic, a must read.
The journey isnâ€™t your typical holiday adventure.â€ ~Angela Beach Silverthorne,
author of Depression Cookies,Â
two-time silver medalist in Womenâ€™s Fiction and Chick Lit for Readersâ€™ Favorite
and Cries of Innocence, a five-starÂ Contemporary Christian Fiction.
Author/Poets & Titles
Suzannah Lynn Cockerille:Â How I Can Be So Sure Santa is
RealÂ (creative non-fiction)
Jonathan Clayborne:Â Winter Finds the CardinalÂ (poem)
Jerry Cuthrell:Â UnsolicitedÂ (poem),Â CandlesÂ (poem)
Cordano:Â Misfits of Christmas Eve
Anne Blyth Davis:Â OrbitÂ (2015
High School Competition ~ Poetry First Place)
Pam Desloges:Â Christmas
Doolittle:Â My Motherâ€™s Rocky Road to DublinÂ (#1),Â Here
I am Laughing with BearsÂ (#2),Â Elizabeth Bishop Attends to the
AmarilliÂ (#3)–(2016 Adult Poetry Competion~ First Place)
Echeandia:Â Christmas Cards-Bah Humbug!Â (poem),Â Spring
MeltÂ (2015 Adult Poetry Competition~First Place) Â
Polly Frank:Â My
Christmas TreeÂ (prose)
Sarah Haglund:Â Pray
For HerÂ (2016 High School Competition~ First Place Poetry)
Ted Harrison: In The
Same Country (recreation of Biblical story)
Lupton-Hollister:Â Lexie and Ethel, Season of Hope,Â andÂ Three
Jeanne Julian:Â Allisonâ€™s
Adventures on Christmas Eve, Holiday FlotilliaÂ (poem)
Â James Keen:Â Christmas
Stocking ConversationÂ (creative non-fiction)
Richard Knowles:Â Long,
Cold RoadÂ (2016 Adult Competion First Place Non-Fiction)
James Lupton:Â Christmas
AdventuresÂ (creative non-fiction)
Rappleyea:Â Rolling in Her GraveÂ (2016 High School
Competition~First Place Prose)
Doris Schneider:Â Innocence
on HolidayÂ (creative non-fiction), The GiftÂ (creative
non-fiction), Â andÂ Christmas ConfessionÂ (fiction)
Merry Simmons:Â The
Naming of ThingsÂ (2016 Adult Competition First Place Fiction)
Sparks:Â The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Courtney Staton:Â A Letter From a Gifted KidÂ (2015
High School Competition ~ Prose First Place)
Allison Stuart:Â The CombinationÂ (2015 Adult
Competition First Place Fiction)
K D Wilson:Â Forgetful AdjustmentsÂ (fiction)
Michael Worthington:Â Ayden Racial UnrestÂ (2015
Adult Competition First Place Non-Fiction)
The Pamlico WritersÂ Group is from the Innerbanks of North Carolina, where the Tar and the Pamlico
rivers meet in the town of little Washington. Theyâ€™re housed just off the river
in the old Turnage Theater, the oldest still-standing Burlesque Theater House
still standing in North Carolina and home of the Arts of the Pamlico. The
Pamlico Writers are a non-profit group and we affiliated with the Arts of the
The Turnage Theater stands on Main Street just one street over
from the waterfront. The town of Washington is on the Inner Banks of North
Carolina, where the Tar and Pamlico Rivers meet, just down the sound from the
Atlantic Ocean. Forestry, watermen, and Military history are abundant in
Washington and Beaufort County.
The Pamlico Writers Group hopes to use the funds generated by this
anthology to assist in this, our fifth annual Pamlico Writers Conference March
17 and 18, 2017 with Keynote speaker Zelda Lockhart.
Â Pamlico Writers Group
PWG chairperson: Sherri
Lupton-Hollister in charge of planning, theme and media
James â€œJimâ€ Keen in charge of formatting anthology and setting up Submittable
Kay Wilson assisted with all aspects of planning and media
Doris Schneider in charge of editing and cover planning
Member: Jeanne Julian
assisted with editing
Member: Marni Graff
Â 2016 Pamlico Writers Competition Winners
(L to R) James Kelley, Michaela Rappleyea, Michael Worthington,
Merry Simmons, Marty Silverthorne (in front), Richard Knowles, Sarah Swan,
Deborah Doolittle, Jack Fay.2016 Winners of the Pamlico Writers Competition
photo taken at the back of the Turnage Theater after the 2016 Pamlico Writers
Conference.Â Photo taken by Sherri
Writers Competition is an annual juried writing contest featuring adult and
student authors. Started in 2013, the current event featured adult contests in
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and student contests in Prose and Poetry. Â First, Second, and Honorary Mention Cash
Prizes were awarded in the Adult competition while a cash student scholarship
was awarded in each student contest.
(L to R) Nancy
Clark, Alison Stuart, Kayla Wyrick, Courtney
Staton, Polly Frank, Diane De Echeandia, Debra Kornegay, Â Michael Worthington, Anne Blythe Davis. Heather Bell Adams and Lane Schroeder were not present.
Jeanneâ€™s chapbook,Â Blossom
and Loss,Â was published by Longleaf Press in 2015. Her poems have
appeared in many journals, includingÂ Naugatuck River Review, Poetry
Quarterly, Kakalak, Earthâ€™s Daughters,Â andÂ Spank the
Carp,Â and are forthcoming two anthologies:Â The Well-Versed
ReaderÂ andÂ The Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology.Â Her work
also has won awards in competitions sponsored byÂ The Comstock
Review,Â The North Carolina Poetry Society, The Lanier Library, and the
Asheville Writersâ€™ Workshop. She was the featured photographer inÂ moonShine
review, Summer 2015. A graduate of Allegheny College, she has an MFA from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Neuse River
Writersâ€™ Group.Â www.jeannejulian.com
Assistant Editor for AÂ Carolina ChristmasÂ Jeanne met herÂ publisher, Longleaf Press at the 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference Pitch to theÂ Publisher event.
A Pamlico Writers Group member since 2008, Jim served as the
second PWG Chairman. He wrote two newspaper columns chronicling his sailingÂ adventures: â€œNautical Musings,â€ a weekly column about coastal familyÂ adventures; and â€œIn the Loop,â€ a bi-weekly column about circumnavigating theÂ eastern United States on Americaâ€™s 6,300-mile Great Loop. Jimâ€™s bookÂ Trinidad
ExpressÂ is the story of his 5,300-mile doublehanded South
Africa-to-Trinidad Atlantic Ocean sailboat crossing. His ebook,Â Log ofÂ S/V Irish Mist, chronicles his singlehanded 13-month trip on Americaâ€™sÂ Great Loop.Â Nautical Musings I and IIÂ are ebook anthologies ofÂ Jimâ€™s newspaper articles.
Visit his author page at
Assistant Director of
the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering Committee
Financial Director of
the Pamlico Writers Group and Conference
KayÂ Wilson wrote simple poetry before her best friend pushed her, kicking
and screaming, into a mystery writing class at the local community college.
From there she was hooked, learning all she could about the craft. She is an
actress and has played numerous roles in community theatre productions (Encore
Theatre – Elizabeth City; College of the Albemarle Coast Players – Elizabeth
City; and Pamlico Playhouse – Washington), and believes itâ€™s helped her see
characters and their stories better. Ms Wilson is a member of two writer’s
groups (North Carolina Writers’ Read – Belhaven and Pamlico Writers Group –
Washington) both encourage and challenge her to improve her skills. She writes
and manages a blog for the Pamlico Writers Group. She’s also written several
short stories and two novels which are in different stages of completion. K D
Wilson writes Women’s Fiction (Domestic & Romantic Suspense) and as yet has
not been published.
the Programming Coordinator for the Pamlico Writers Group, she is also a member
of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering committee, writes the blog â€œWriting
on the Pamlicoâ€ pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/writerkay
Thirty-yearÂ veteran of the education system, retired. Elizabeth City State University,Â North Carolina. Michael now writes full-time with his pug asleep on theÂ footrest of his recliner.
His HI/LoÂ books are designed for reluctant young adult readers with high interest and lowÂ reading difficulty. You can find Michaelâ€™s books at Goodreads and Amazon.
The Earl of Dentin returns. Eight stories ranging from short story to novelette in length give us greater understanding into why Dentin is the complex and enigmatic man he is. It also includes new adventures that happen between Honor and the next Rhynan novel.
This are the tittles included:
Passing the Mantle â€“ An ill-fated hunting trip
Forging Friendships â€“ Recruiting able-bodied men ineligible for knighthood
The Sword of Korma Monroe â€“ A sword made for trouble
Turning Point â€“ A duke and an earl plot treason
The Bittersweet Pear â€“ A marital misunderstanding
Isbeth’s Redemption â€“ Dentin doesn’t make a good first impression
A Squire’s Love â€“ Reginald’s quest
Restoration â€“ A trip to Braulyn produces unexpected company
Rachel Rossano specializes in clean romantic fiction set in historical-feeling fantasy worlds. She also dabbles in straightforward historical romance and not-so-strict speculative fiction.Â
A happily married mother of three small children, she divides her time between mothering, teaching, and writing. She endeavors to enchant, thrill, entertain, and amuse through her work. A constant student, she seeks to improve her skills and loves to hear from readers.
Roger WhiteÂ when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
What originally got me into writing was word processors on personal computers, way back in 1977. Writing by hand or typewriter was boring because it was so hard to fix mistakes. But with cut-and-paste and spellcheckers… wow! What I started
writing were articles that explained high technology… such as how to use
personal computers and local area computer networks. Gradually I started adding some fun science fiction writing to that, and then I got into many other topics.
My first, and still my most popular book, was a how-to: Wordstar with Style. It
explained how to use the Wordstar word processor on CP/M machines, and later MSDOS machines.
The next big breakthrough was starting a web site: White World. I started that in 1996, and now I had a home for whatever I wrote that I thought was interesting to other people. I still personally maintain White World.
==What makes you passionate about writing?
I like explaining new concepts to interested people. The concepts can be in
science, technology, history or current events. Making my new concepts
understandable to other people became an interesting, life-long challenge. My
style of science fiction — Technofiction — is an extension of that into the
realms of speculative fiction. (more…)
Q: Jay BarnsonÂ what makes you passionate about writing?
A: I love exploring imaginary worlds and meeting interesting characters. I love asking “what if?” and seeing how things might work. And then I love sharing these places and people and situations with others.
Q: Do you have a writing routine?
A: I always start with an outline. By the time the first draft is done, I’ve usually gone way off the rails from the original outline. Things develop differently than I expected them too. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but an outline gives me at least a “jumping off place.” You need somewhere to start!
Q: Very true.Â What is the title of your book?
A: My latest work is a short story in an anthology, “Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Stories of (more…)