WHY DO I WRITE?

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My son steps into my office on his way to the fridge—his favourite electrical appliance—and looks at me slouched, as always, in front of my computer. It’s where he usually finds me before he leaves for work in the morning, or when he stumbles home late at night, unless, of course, I’m tangled tightly in the arms of a good book. I feel him hesitate beside me and I look up. He’s staring at the jumble of words on the screen lassoed between groups of periods and commas. His words aren’t posted for the whole world to see like mine are, but lurk in the dark corridors and crevasses within him, waiting for the right moment to break out and be heard.

I turn in my seat and brace myself for what’s troubling him. It’s not his fault his mother decided to become a writer—although I’m not sure it was a conscious decision on my part—maybe it was a done deal before I was even born. But I sure had a say at being his mother, and I’ve done my best to do good by that.

He shrugs and cocks his head towards the screen in front of me. “Why do you do it, Mom?” Why indeed. Why don’t I spend my retirement years watching my favourite shows, reading books, golfing, going on cruises to warmer countries, even knitting scarves for the homeless? He knows it’s not for the money; we all had a good laugh when I received my first $0.25 royalty check from Amazon.

He’s left me speechless. I wasn’t expecting to put a label to it. Maybe he’s questioning his own reason for things and wants me to show him how. Thing is, I don’t have an answer, and after a short pause, he turns to leave. “Sorry for bothering you, Mom.”

It’s only after I hear his bedroom door close that it comes to me. I do it to give back and share all the joy and soul-searching that reading has given me all my life. Some books have turned my head right around, others have made me cry, and some have showed me the way. I write, not for fame and glory, but to maybe give someone the necessary will to go on—be it a child being bullied or abused, or even a homeless person finding a life-changing book in a garbage bin—and to help them see how important their link is in that tight chain we call humankind.

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Excitement overload !! Two of my books: CULLOO, a novella for young teens and,  CATORI’S WORLDS, a young adult science fiction novel, are in the finals as TOP INDIE BOOKS FOR 2014 !!! CULLOO is in the OTHERS category, while CATORI’S WORLDS is among the PARANORMAL contenders. PLEASE vote, and ask your friends to vote too. Participating in the voting allows you to be eligible to win 10 free books, so you can’t lose!

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CULLOO now in paperback.

The road has been long and winding, but at long last my pre-teen novella, Culloo, has now been released in paperback format by Pemmican Publications. It’s a brand new cover, but the spirit of the story has remained intact.

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Synopsis

Tala can’t wait to be thirteen; then no one better tell her what to do. Her nosey neighbor is always checking up on her, and now the Welfare Officer is knocking on her door again and her father isn’t home to answer. Tala only has a few hours to find her missing father before she and her brother, Dason, get placed in a foster home.

Her quest brings them to secluded woods where they discover that a group of bear poachers are responsible for their father’s disappearance. Can they survive the night alone in woods alive with hungry bears and angry hunters? Will she be able to find her father before the hunters do?

Her adventures bring her in contact with the legendary woodland characters: the pipe-smoking frog-like people and the giant ferocious black bird. These characters are a vivid part of her Mi’Kmaq ancestry, told and retold from one generation to another. They’ve always existed happily for her in stories, but now, faced with a real-life crisis, they’ve become surreal and grotesque? She must learn to trust the wisdom of her ancestors if she wants to succeed in her quest to reunite her family.

 

Available at Pemmican Publications  http://pemmican.websites.ca

 

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Blog Tour for Sorrow’s Edge: Book 2 of the Sorrow’s

Welcome to Danielle DeVor’s BLOG TOUR . Don’t forget to click on the Helicopter link below to  participate in the raffle. Good luck!!  

 

 

 

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 Danielle  has graciously agreed to be interviewed here. We’ll be discussing her latest book Sorrow’s Edge:Book2.

Named one of the Examiner’s 2014 Women in Horror: 93 Horror Authors You Need to Read Right Now, Danielle DeVor has been spinning the spider webs, or rather, the keyboard for more frights and oddities. She spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. She also bakes a mean lemon cake.

 

Horror, in it’s many forms, is a genre that has had a captive audience for centuries, and isn’t about to die off. Why, in you opinion, are readers attracted to horror fiction?

What attracts you most to this genre?

 

I think, that most people, really do enjoy being scared. There have actually been studies done that being scared, and the fight or flight response gives some people a sense of euphoria. I have always been attracted to monsters and horror. I remember being very young and having my parents explain that movies are fake and that the effects are done with plastic and fake blood. After that, I became fascinated with how the effects worked.

 

Writing horror requires a lot of imagination. Would you consider yourself as having a fertile imagination? Did your childhood environment fuel in any way your attraction to the macabre?

 

I don’t know if my imagination is especially fertile, or if it just thinks of things that a lot of people don’t think of, or think of in a different way. Usually, give me about 5 minutes, and I can come up with a premise for a book. Now, it takes a heck of a lot more time to develop it, of course, but I can usually coddle something together from all the different monsters I’ve read about over the years combined with the many movies I watch.

 

Writing is a demanding, and often-lonely way of making a living. What was the turning point in your life when you decided you would become a writer? Have you ever considered doing another type of work?

 

I kind of fell into writing full-time. After I completed my second degree in Art History, the job market bottomed out. At the time, I was fiddling with the vampire book that eventually became Tail of the Devil. So, a full-time writer I became.

I wanted to be lots of things over the years. I’ve gone through rock star, ballerina, special effects make-up artist, director, and art historian.

 

Are you mainly interested in writing horror fiction, or have you written in different genres?

 

I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a sci fi book with an odd sort of vampire.

 

How do your characters come to life? Do you build a detailed character description before you start writing your stories?

 

Most of the time, my characters just pop into my head. Before I start writing, I have an idea of who the main character is and the general starting place of the story. Everything else just kind of pops in as I’m writing.

 

Writers always leave traces of their personality in their stories. Which one of your characters in Sorrow’s Edge do you connect most with?

 

I’ve been told that when reading Jimmy Holiday, that people can see me doing the things he does and making the comments he makes. But, a lot of Jimmy’s comments have been something that my dad has said over the years, so my dad has greatly influenced me.

 

We meet up with familiar characters in Sorrow’s Edge. Do you plan to bring them back in a future novel?

 

The third novel is with the publisher right now. I’m waiting on edits. The current plan is for five books in the series.

 

What are you working on now, and when should we expect to see the new release?

 

I write in several genres. Tail of the Devil and its follow up, The Devil’s Liege are both YA Fantasy. Constructing Marcus is YA Paranormal Romance. Dancing with a Dead Horse is a YA thriller. And, of course, Sorrow’s Point and its follow-up Sorrow’s Edge are dark fantasy/horror. My new book I am currently working on, loosely entitled, Maw, is a scifi book with an odd sort of vampire.

 

Book Blurb:

Finding the truth can sometimes be harder than exorcising a demon…

Jimmy Holiday, defrocked priest- turned- exorcist, is trying to make sense of41Ax6R00HJL._UY250_ his life. With his on-again-off-again witchy girlfriend moving in, Lucy- the spirit from his last exorcism hanging around, and a secret organization of exorcists hounding him, Jimmy is feeling the stress.

When a stranger calls in the middle of the night asking for help with a possession, Jimmy is puzzled. Especially when the dude on the phone says he got his number from Jimmy’s old mentor. Too bad his mentor has been dead for several years.

After a mysterious silver flask arrives at his doorstep, Jimmy is left with two options: either ignore the phone call and the flask, or listen to Lucy and travel to Arizona to solve the mystery before all hell breaks loose- literally.

Genre: Dark Fantasy                        Series: Book 2 of the Sorrow’s

Buy Link for Sorrow’s Edge:

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Links for Danielle:

Twitter: @sammyig

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danielledevorauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/DanielleDeVor

Website: http://danielledevor.wordpress.com

Blog: http://ddevor.weebly.com

 

 

Thank you so much, Danielle, for visiting my blog and agreeing to this interview.

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New Release: TREE ROADS

Just released another short story, TREE ROADS, on Amazon. I’m undecided whether to post it on Goodreads with all the troll problems they’re experiencing. This is the story of a woman’s determination to uphold justice for all. Her staunch belief in the inherent goodness of man is shaken one day when she decides to help out a stranger on a lonely country road. Her decision proves disastrous for her and her young child. Will her ideology survive her horrific ordeal? Ariana is another person like you and I. What about the  historical Joan of Arcs of our world? Would Joan of Arc’s ideals have persisted if she had  survived the fire?

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Let me know what you think? Have a magical day !!

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TOP TEN AUTHORS

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Made it to top ten! Come and visit to see all the wonderful authors.

 

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CATORI’S WORLD

The old cover  for CATORI’S WORLDS didn’t seem to be working. Denise Kim Wy of COVER ATELIER came up with this one. Hope you like it. Please message me if you want a FREE copy for review. Magical day to all !!!

 

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Interview with Christoph Fischer

 

Today’s post will focus on a new release by a writer I admire, not only for his great talent 81-Co-qVK0L._UX250_as a historical writer, but also for his generosity and willingness to help and encourage other struggling writers. He’s also a devoted dog lover, which puts him topmost on my list of compassionate people.

If I can quote Roger Carcas: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Christoph has managed to integrate his dogs within his writing persona.

I first connected with Christoph Fischer on a Goodreads forum when I embarked on my tumultuous social media journey.  Wilma, his Labradoodle, was about to give birth at the time but he promised to review my book, CULLOO, as soon as he could find a spare moment. I didn’t think I’d hear from him again, but he came through with an encouraging review which motivated me to persevere with the overwhelming world of self-publishing.

Christoph is a solid historical writer who gives an emotional punch to all his novels. In his epic saga, The Luck of the Weissensteiners , he chronicles the Holocaust years in wartime Eastern Europe. The drama of his second novel, Sebastian, is set in Austria and depicts life in Vienna in pre-WW1. The Black Eagle Inn (on my to-read list), is the third novel of his Three Nations Trilogy, and describes the political landscape of post-war Germany. The characters in his novels are memorable and well fleshed—their conflicts, romances, and family tragedies tightly woven into the politics and cruel reality of the era.

I will be wrapping my review questions around his newest novel, Time To Let Go. The Zstory deals with the dynamics of a family trying to come to terms with the cruel fact that their once vibrant mother is stricken with Alzheimers’s disease. Christoph’s passion with all things historical makes an about-face in this touching story to examine the opposite side of the spectrum—those who no longer have access to their personal history. It’s an honour to welcome Christoph here, and certainly about time he dropped by considering I’ve been featured on his blog three times now.

 

 

 

It’s wonderful to finally have you here, Christoph. Without giving any of the story away, I’d like to discuss the prevailing issue with ‘control’ shadowing some of your characters in Time to Let Go. Was that ‘writers’ intent’ or a matter of the characters taking over?

Tough question, Murielle.
My partner frequently likens me to the character ‘Monica’ in “Friends”, who “can be fun at organised and pre-planned indoor events”. I am sure a psychologist would have a field day with me and my choice of characters.
But now seriously: I find that many people in real life (and with hence the characters in my books) tend to cope with the stress factors in their lives and with the demands of modern life and its fast pace with neurotic mannerisms and controlling behaviour.

You have a point there; my family has a tendency to completely avoid me when I have a deadline to meet. Your character, Walter, is definitely an over-protective parent. Do you equate his excessive worrying to his controlling nature; i.e. to worry about someone is in fact simply trying to control another person’s life?

I agree that protecting can be controlling. However, I didn’t have that in mind when I wrote Walter. Many family patriarchs that I thought about when giving Walter life in my novel, act in a similar way but out of a sense of responsibility, family tradition and family honour. To me, Walter worries that he has failed in his duties and his actions are born out of a stubborn clinging to the ideas that have proven successful in the past and which he tries to project to a present that has evolved beyond his understanding.

Your description of Biddy’s day-to day battle with Alzheimer’s is so true to life that I found myself reliving my own mother’s painful journey with the same disease. Did you model Biddy on someone close to you?

My dear Aunt Philomena is suffering from the disease and a lot of her wonderful character shines through in Biddy, especially the telephone manners. I have seen her family cope with the responsibilities of caring for her and a lot of my knowledge and experience is from my visits to family and from my visits to the father of a close friend. Biddy is a tribute to my aunt’s best features but I ended up changing more or less everything personal and substituted the events I would have liked to share because it seemed morally wrong to intrude on a real person’s privacy.

Patrick chooses to stay in the background but he’s still a complex character. He shuns the material world to help others, yet his altruism doesn’t extend to his own family. His strict devotion to his cause resembles his brother Henrik’s single-minded focus on making his business prosper. Can you expand on this similarity?

I think that a stubborn and rigid father, such as Walter, to some extent would rub off on all of his children. However hard some of us try to be different from our parents, it is their world views that we learnt from and shaped us. I wanted to focus on Hanna and Walter alone, so her siblings had to be on the periphery of the book. Their disinterest in the family was a given that I had to accommodate. I imagined Henrik as a competitive person who needs the success because he is not getting the recognition at home that he craves. He is the stereotypical older sibling who would ideally take over as the head of the family. He might even have driven Patrick out of the family with this who has no interest in a battle between two alpha males.
I see Patrick driven by admiration. He surrounds himself with music fans and patients who need him and who owe their break-through to his abilities. He, too, cannot win his father’s approval inside the family and stays away but his interests are more varied.

On the lighter side, a few of your chapters have days of the week as titles. Does this have any significance to the story, or are they just titles?

They are primarily just titles, yet I chose them because they signify Walter’s clinging on to daily routines. The titles serve as a frame of reference for readers as seen by Walter. I also included lunch and dinner as titles, which are part of Walter’s running and planning of the days themselves. Every day is a challenge and the table of contents could be seen as how he might record the events in my book in a chronicle. Every day should be the same for him; he gets up at 6am and does the same morning routine. Hanna arrives and suddenly there are extraordinary events that interrupt the flow.

Now that Time to Let Go is completed, do you have another writing project in mind?

Yes, I have three. I have just passed “In Search of a Revolution” to my beta readers, a Scandinavian 20th century war drama which I hope to have ready later in the year. I am also writing on a very first draft of a psychological thriller, called “The Healer”, which is 2/3 done. I also occasionally work on an edit of “Conditions” my very first (un-published) novel about mental health.

Thank you so much for this interview and for your interest in my books.

 Thank you for accepting to appear on my blog, Christoph, and good luck with your writing projects.

 My review of Time to Let Go can be found at the following:   http://www.wattpad.com/47503422-review-time-to-let-go

 

 You can contact Christoph  at the  links below:

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS    

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SEBASTIAN

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THE BLACK EAGLE INN

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TIME TO LET GO

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Culloo by Murielle Cyr | The Mystic Princesses

Culloo by Murielle Cyr | The Mystic Princesses.

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New release: CATORI’S WORLDS

It’s been quite a challenge, but finally, my young adult novel, CATORI’S WORLDS, is finally released on Amazon. My biggest hurdle was staying within the confines of Catori’s mind–a fifteen-year old emotionally and verbally bullied by her peers. I needed immediacy for her to be believable, so I decided to use first person present throughout the novel-now that wasn’t an easy task! Writing with that point of view was completely foreign to me. I also stripped the text of all ‘he says’ and ‘she says’ since I found they slowed down the flow of the story. Writing for young adults was a physical as well as a terrific learning experience. They are all so much more energetic and smarter than  I ever was. I had to learn a brand new teen-dialogue as well as try to keep pace with all the advanced knowledge they have at their disposal. It was like participating in  the triathlon–I came in last, but it was so exhilarating.

Did I succeed? Only my readers will tell. Will I try that genre of writing again? Absolutely! I learned so much from my characters that I want to see them through a couple more novels. I can’t let them go yet.

So if you do decide to read it, leave your comments ( A sentence or two will do.) at Amazon and Goodreads.  Happy Easter everyone!!

 

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