Author Spotlight

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Name of Author: TC Michael

Titles of Published Books: Short Story Pro Market 2017, Secret of the Last Born

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.

I’m an author, like this interview suggests, but I haven’t always wanted to write. In fact, the urge to write professionally didn’t begin until I started college, and during my first year I wanted to write for the film industry. However, that didn’t blossom because I was so busy with college over the next two years that I didn’t have time to get my own writing done. I still have that dream of writing movies but for the time being I enjoy writing books and short stories.

I grew up in a small town with a giant family, nine in total. I was always excited when we would drive into a big city, but extremely nervous because I had no idea what to do if we got lost. However, I now live in a city after moving for college and living closer to some family. Things are certainly different from the area I grew up, but it provides more fodder and more expansion on the information that I can use to inspire my writing.

Like most authors, I have a wish of someday becoming successful enough to quit the day job and write full time. The dream is to one day be a popular and globally renowned author like most people’s favorite authors, but in this industry, it’s always one step at a time and those steps are usually baby steps.

2) Tell us a little bit about your books.

Well, several years ago I decided to write a modern-day contemporary fantasy with witches, magic, mythical creatures and teenagers. That book is titled Secret of the Last Born. The reception has been positive for the most part, but the sales have been mediocre at best. That is hugely to blame on the fact that I was a new author and had no idea how to market or that I even had to. My mind has been revolving around the idea of a completely new rewrite for about a year now. It’s been a hard decision for many reasons, but I feel it is necessary because looking back on the book and my experience at the time of writing it, I now realize it just isn’t the idea I had in my mind. It wasn’t written by someone with the experience they needed, the experience I have now. So, that is going to be the ultimate outcome, but the first edition of the book is still currently in publication for any readers who would like to grab that before it is no more.

On a more positive note, I have just released another book less than a month ago titled Short Story Pro Market 2017. Through the trials and frustrations of researching, querying and submitting to short story publishers, I realized short form authors need a much improved and better all-in-one avenue to help them get their work published and increase their chances of success. This book is by no means similar to other market listings, such as those put out by Writers Digest/Writers Market. This book is a very niche book written specifically for short form authors and it only lists publishers that are reputable and pay the professional rate. Meaning this book helps short form writers make the most money possible and it helps them get published much quicker. The reception for this book has been very positive.

3) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I think by far the hardest part about writing Short Story Pro Market 2017 was the research. There was a ton of research to be done and it was not a quick process. It took a lot of tedious fact checking and stooping over my computer for hours on end. Besides the research, creating a foundation and organization system was somewhat difficult. I had to do this because this book, and especially the brand, “Short Story Pro Market”, is intended to be an annual product. Each year there will be a new installment with publisher updates and updated information as well as new or filtered listings. So, creating a basic foundation and system in which I can organize the information will be extremely helpful, not only for this first edition, but for all to come.

4) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Saying I have a favorite part of this is different than saying a fiction author has a favorite part of his or her book. This isn’t a typical nonfiction book or a typical writing reference book, this is more or less a catalog or publishing guide. So, it’s hard to say if I have a favorite part. I certainly like how many professional paying publishers there are for speculative fiction, though.

5) What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?

This is a nonfiction, so I didn’t do any world building, but I did draw from some real-life inspiration, or more accurately, real-life necessity. I have been writing short stories for several years now and I have since learned that seeking a tradition publisher is difficult on its own, but finding the perfect publisher that actually pays big bucks is even harder. Plus, reading through all of their requirements, guidelines, wants and don’t-wants can take up a lot of time and can be an extreme killjoy that causes a lot of stress and confusion. I went through all of this for years, especially after I decided I wanted to actually make money off short stories. I know there are thousands of short story writers that go through this on a regular basis and there might be even more new writers who don’t know where to begin. So, I decided it was well passed time that someone created an all-in-one resource where writers can get all of the information they need about all of the highest paying short form publishers. I accepted the challenge an embarked upon a journey that would take months to complete, but would ultimately bring ease to the lives of many writers.

There is another huge benefit to this book as well. It’s not only helpful to short story writers, it is also a great resource for nonfiction writers, article writers, interviewers and more.

6) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

I did, a few things in fact. One, there are a lot more short form publishers out there than people know or expect. So, don’t let yourself get discouraged thinking there are only a few places you can submit your work to. Two, there are a ton of publishers who will pay top dollar for your work if it’s good enough. These publishers will not only pay you, but they will publish your work in high quality publication’s and share your work with thousands of readers. Three, having your work accepted by a top publisher means your writing career may hit a new high, or at the very least, you may gain more readers and fans giving you a boost in your career. It can lead you to reprints and even gaining representation and publication for other works you may have. Four, your chances of publication success in the short story and article markets is heavily weighed on how close of attention you pay the publishers requirements and guidelines. That is why Short Story Pro Market 2017 is vital to short form authors, it will guide you through what is needed and what is necessary for success. I could list more, but the list is pretty long, so I’ll leave it at that.

7) What are your future projects?

Well, I have a young adult, real-world book I would like to start planning this spring or summer. Also, I have two short stories that are out for publication right now and I have two more that I will be writing very soon. I won’t begin any other projects until at least May because I’m concentrating on the market, promoting and publicity of Short Story Pro Market 2017 until then. And to repeat what I said earlier, the Short Story Pro Market is a brand that will have an annual edition, so I will begin working on the second edition for 2018 later this year.

8) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

Well, I have numerous options. I’m on several social media sites, I have a blog and a website. I’ll list everything below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.tcmichael

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorTCMichael

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7035740.T_C_Michael

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/TC-Michael/e/B00HZDEAUQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493061749&sr=8-1

Blog: https://tcmichael.com/blog/

Website: https://tcmichael.com

 

Author Spotlight

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Name of Author: Kellyn Roth
Titles of Published Books: The Lady of the Vineyard
Genre: historical fiction

1. Tell a little bit about yourself.

I’m a young author from Eastern Oregon who spends her non-writing, non-schooling time blogging, practicing the clarinet (because, let me tell you, I need the practice!), playing soccer and basketball, hanging out with my amazing friends and family, and roaming over our 100 acres of rocks, weeds, and scrub oaks with my beautiful border collies and annoying cat. Whoa, major run-on sentence!

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I think I knew for sure when I was about twelve. I’d been writing little stories and poems since I was about seven, and I started writing longer works at ten. However, at twelve, I came up with the idea for a book ‘so good’ that I was sure the world would actually want to read it. Since then, I’ve realized that it really wasn’t such a good idea, but it got me started, and I’ve never really imagined a different career/major hobby for myself since.

3. Tell us a little bit about your books.

At the moment, I only have one published work, The Lady of the Vineyard. Originally, I had another, The Dressmaker’s Secret, but I decided to remove it and do a little editing before publishing it again this summer.

The Lady of the Vineyard is the story of Adele Collier, her ex-husband, Troy Kee, and their daughter, Judy. Adele is a selfish woman who routinely neglects her daughter. When Troy reappears in Adele and Judy’s lives after having never attempted to contact them save through the occasional Christmas card, Adele isn’t sure how to react. Judy, however, is immediately attracted to her charming, fun father. When Troy insists that Adele allow Judy to spend the summer with him in France, Adele must analyse her life and decide what’s really important to her – having a good time or taking care of her child.

4. We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?

Adele is a happy-go-lucky, glamorous woman who loves having a good time on the town. She is selfish and egotistical, and often makes stupid decisions on the spur of the moment. She doesn’t sound exactly likable, I know, but, after all, this is the story of how she changes … or doesn’t … and how that affects those around her.

As far as real-life inspiration, I don’t think there really is one for her. She’s her own character. As such, it was hard to really empathize with her for the longest time, but after lots of character development, I finally got her down.

5. A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

Hmm … that’s a hard question to answer as Adele is really the villain as well as the protagonist! As I said before, she’s not really inspired by anyone.

6. What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Understanding Adele. When I began the book, I hadn’t intended to write Adele as the protagonist. I’d intended to write her as the antagonist. However, she just became the good guy in my brain. After all, we live in a world where even the bad guys are humans (unless, you know, you live in a Marvel movie and they’re aliens or super intelligent computers), and I wanted to explore that. So I did.

7. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

There’s a certain scene in the book where Adele discovers a letter from her ex-husband while rooting through some old stuff of hers. That was my favorite, first because it shows Adele’s erratic, emotional, messy personality so well, and second because I love writing dramatic letters. 😉

8. What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?

I used Pinterest a lot during the writing process, truth be told. I’ve never visited England or France. Everything I know about them comes through research … and reading books and watching movies with a similar setting. I’m a big fan of vintage movies, so those were, of course, a huge inspiration for the setting.

9. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

I learned that even a “bad” person is human and therefore redeemable. I’d known this in my head before, but I think seeing that unfold through Adele (yes, I do realize I created her …) really helped cement it in my heart. Then it was wonderful to finally get around to writing about an era I adore. It was interesting to explore it through my own writing.

10. What are your future projects?

At the moment I’m working on a historical novel, The Dressmaker’s Secret, and its sequel, Ivy Introspective. Both TDS and IvIn (#acronymsareawesome) are scheduled to publish this summer, June 24th. You can find out more about them and my other works on my blog, https://kellynroth.wordpress.com/

11. What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

Website: http://kellynroth.weebly.com/
Blog: https://kellynroth.wordpress.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kellyn-Roth/e/B01B0W0O7U…
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/krauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14874133.Kellyn_Roth

You can also sign up for my newsletter here: http://weebly.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe…

The Weekly Wonders of Writing

Tip #13: End with purpose

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So you have been writing your novel and find yourself coming to the end. Whether you are writing a single novel or a series, the ending should have a purpose.

A single novel should end with most of the readers questions answered. You don’t want to leave them hanging when a sequel is not in your plans. Readers can become angry or feel betrayed if an author doesn’t finish what they start story-wise.

A series should end without all of the questions answered. It should have a cliff-hanger or surprise to leave the readers hanging. That way the readers will be eager to read the next book in the series to see what happens next. However, a word of caution for your series. Do not end a book with a cliff-hanger or problem that never gets answered in the following novel. Readers want closure at some point.

For each book of The Glory Chronicles series, I have an epilogue which doesn’t really end the story, but leaves you wondering what will happen next. It hits readers hard so that they can’t wait for the next book to come out.

Whatever your ending, do it with purpose.

The Weekly Wonders of Writing

Tip #12: Deal with writer’s block carefully.

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You sit down at your computer or journal eager to write the next part of your book. You have no distractions and plenty of time to write, write, write. The last time you wrote you were on fire with tons of things to write. You are so excited!

Then it happens. You can’t think of anything to write. Your mind is blank. You don’t know where to take your characters. The plot seems blurry and unobtainable. You have a disease that plagues many writers from time to time. It is called Writer’s Block.

So how can you combat this Writer’s Block that can affect you when you least expect it? There are many different ways so you will have to choose things that work for you. When I have Writer’s Block, I take some time away from that story. I may try to jot down other ideas or write a short story that is completely different from the novel that has me stumped. Sometimes, believe it or not, writing is the problem. When I think that my mind has been stressed out or overwhelmed by writing, I sit it aside and do other things. Maybe I catch up on reading. Perhaps I take a walk or enjoy going to stores that I like. Moving away from a project for a bit and then returning it renewed can make a big difference.

The main thing to remember is that Writer’s Block is natural. We all experience it. It doesn’t mean that you are not a true writer. It doesn’t mean that you are a lousy writer. All it means is that you are a writer. Do not give up or become discouraged! Persevere! The Writer’s Block will fade away like the common cold if given time. Then you will be ready to continue your story.

The Weekly Wonders of Writing

Tip #11: Wait to revise and edit.

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It may be tempting for a writer to try and improve your story as you write it. However, I have found that I do less writing when I worry too much about revising and editing. In the writing process, there is a reason that writers write their draft first and then revising/editing is the next step. We have to focus on one thing at a time.

I usually write my stories down on paper in a journal or type them on the computer. After I finish the whole book, then I go back and reread to make corrections. However, some authors write a chapter and then go back to revise and edit.

I will share more revise and edit tips in the near future. For now, just enjoy the writing and concentrate on revising and editing later.

The Weekly Wonders of Writing

Tip #10: All stories need conflict.

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Conflict is a part of life. We all experience it though in different forms. It may come as a relationship issue or a financial problem. It could be a health crisis or work troubles. Whatever the conflict, we all face it in our lives.

So why should it be different for the characters in our novels? There are several reasons why conflict should be present in our writing. First, conflict gives a reality to our stories that helps the readers connect with the characters. For example, many people could relate to an overweight character who feels like no one could ever love him or her.

Second, conflict keeps the readers engaged in the story. When a story is too friendly and the characters never face problems, readers get tired and move on to something else. However, conflict makes the reader want to see what will happen next. It keeps their interest.

Third, conflict gives the readers a reason to care. If we see a struggling character, then we begin to relate to him or her. We also start rooting for that character. We want to see them come out alright in the end.

Last, conflict helps the novel to grow. Without conflict, stories would be short and sweet. To have a true novel, there must be conflict.

As an author, I allow the conflict to come to me as I write. There have many times when I have written a chapter and suddenly an idea for conflict comes to mind. Of course, I believe it is God’s inspiration and guidance. Look at some books that are your favorites. Note all of the conflict that you see in them. This may give you some ideas, but be sure to come up with your own ideas. After all, only you know your characters and story.

Lost from Glory Sneak Peek #3

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Charity held on tightly to the reins as Feliz charged toward a large weeping willow tree. Twila had pointed it out as the place where the girl was waiting. The tree was only about three miles away from Le Carnival which made the escaped prisoner nervous. She didn’t want to stop so close to where her enemies were recovering from the escape. We must get the girl and move on quickly. Lady Amor will most likely send some men after us.

Feliz suddenly slowed down as they neared the drooping tree. Charity saw someone leaning against the base of the weeping willow. The figure seemed to hang as low as the branches of the tree. Something is wrong with her.

Lost from Glory Sneak Peek #2

Regalus sat down on a bench with a sigh as he finished tending to the gate. He had noticed that the latch was not closing properly. After tinkering with it in the hovering sun, the strong man had finally repaired it.

“Looks good, Reg.”

Regalus glanced over at his wife Iliana who was approaching from the garden. She was carrying a tray with food and water.

“I thought you could use some refreshment.”

The grateful man nodded, “Thanks, love. I am starving.”

Iliana handed the tray to her husband before she sat down on the bench beside him. Together the couple ate their meal enjoying each other’s company. They had just finished eating when a loud crash came against the gate.

Regalus jumped to his feet alert.

“What in the blazes?”

The man set the tray down on the bench and marched to the closed gates. He opened the small door that was used as a look out to identify visitors. A large gray snout snuffed through the opening causing Regalus to yell and step back horrified.

“What is it, Reg?”

The husband wiped the moisture off his face.

“Ugh. It’s Feliz. The rascal just snorted in my face.”

Iliana giggled, “Then you better let him in. You know nothing can keep Cristo’s horse out if he wants in.”

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Lost from Glory Sneak Peek #1

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Micah stared into the campfire as it crackled and smoked. The young man thought about all that he had experienced over the last year. A year ago, the blond man had been a slave to a man who was going to sell him in Shadow City. Instead, his master had been killed and Micah had met the prophet Aurelius. The two men had traveled with others to Mount Glory where Micah became free. He had also become Aurelius’ adopted son. The Beloved was in awe at what the Ancient One had done for him.

A loud snort drew Micah’s attention to his adoptive father Aurelius. The older man was asleep on the other side of the campfire. The son smiled feeling so blessed to be with Aurelius. Though he was already an adult, the young man had grown much and learned many things as he traveled with his father. The duo had been proclaiming the message of the Ancient One in different places. Micah enjoyed sharing what his Lord had done for him with others.

“Simon.”

Micah frowned at Aurelius who was now tossing and turning. The large man mumbled other things that were not so clear. The younger man wondered what was plaguing his father’s dreams.

“Chasm. No, Simon.”

Micah wondered if he should wake up Aurelius from the nightmare he was enduring.

“Diablo.”

The son stood up and walked over to his father. He knelt beside him debating whether he should disturb the man. I don’t know how he can be more disturbed.

Suddenly, Aurelius sat up with a scream. He breathed hard several times using a large sleeve to wipe the sweat from his face. Micah tried to remain calm, but the horrified expression on his father’s face filled him with concern.

“Dad?”

The older man snapped his attention to his son. His anguished expression relaxed at the sight of Micah. Aurelius placed a hand on the younger man’s shoulder. Is he trying to reassure me? Or steady himself?

“It’s okay, Dad. It was just a nightmare.”

Aurelius shook his head fiercely.

“No, Micah. It wasn’t a nightmare. It was a vision. I know what the Ancient One wants us to do.”

Micah thought about all the words that his father had muttered in his sleep. A shiver ran up his spine. He dreaded the answer to his own question, but he had to know.

“What is that, Dad?”

“We have to go to the Chasm of Misery.”