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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Cas E Crowe

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Cas E Crowe

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hi. I am the author of The Wayward Haunt, the first novel in The Wayward Series, a YA dark fantasy which was released in June 2020. I like to write young adult, dark fantasy, and horror. Ever since I was a child, I have been intrigued by chilling, ominous stories. I honestly don’t know why. My favourite day is Halloween, closely followed by Christmas. I think what inspired me to write was that for a very long time as a child, I couldn’t. I really struggled and hated it at school. Eventually I was privately tutored by a teacher named Mrs Swann who recognised my love for storytelling. She taught me to see that reading and writing weren’t any different. With her guidance, I caught up to my peers in class. I think I chose to become a writer because I needed to prove that I could do it. Now I write because I love to be creative.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

There is something so appealing about dark fantasy and horror. I suppose I am similar to audiences out there who read and watch horror because they like to be unsettled and afraid, but know deep inside that they are safe. I write about subjects that frighten me, because it’s an opportunity for me to explore and understand that fear, and is something I can achieve in a safe environment.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I have so many favourite authors who have inspired me: Becca Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Clare, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Lauren Kate, Sarah J. Mass, Melissa Marr, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, James Dashner, Rachel Caine, Alexandra Adornetto. All these authors have novels for the young adult market in various sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy. I have enjoyed reading their novels. They have fantastic characters who drive the story, and as a reader, that’s what I want. If you don’t have a conflicted character with difficult choices to make, what’s the point? The story is uninteresting without this element.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

There are too many to choose from, but I’m going to go with the books that inspired my own writing, which is Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. These novels are in my bookcase right now and they are the most tattered things on the shelf. I guess that means I’ve read them quite a few times.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

That one is easy. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. I like to think my main character Zaya in The Wayward Haunt has some of these characters’ qualities, good and bad.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

The next book in The Wayward Series is The Four Revenants, due for release early 2022.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

You can learn more about me and my writing at the following links. Website: www.casecrowe.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/casecroweauthor/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/casecroweauthor/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20457182.Cas_E_Crowe

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wayward-Haunt-Young-Adult-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B08BKM1391

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Patricia Simpson

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Patricia Simpson

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Patricia Simpson is an Amazon bestselling paranormal and dark fantasy writer from the Bay Area of California. She has won numerous awards, including multiple Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times as well as a Career Achievement Award. Her debut novel, WHISPER OF MIDNIGHT, was a finalist in the prestigious RITA awards of Romance Writers of America. One of her more recent novels, SPELLBOUND, was nominated Best Indie Paranormal of the Year. After a long career with TOR, Silhouette and HarperMonogram, Patricia is now enjoying creative freedom as an indie author. In her spare time, Patricia is a shameless karaoke addict.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

A lifelong love affair with the phrase “what if?”

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Ken Follett, Anne Rice, Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, James Michener, Bram Stoker, Herman Hesse, Tom Robbins, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne du Maurier

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Prince of Tides, Pillars of the Earth, Queen of the Damned, Dracula, Siddhartha, The Historian, Rebecca

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Jan Eyre, Peter Blood, Jean Valjean, Tess d’Uberville, Louis de Point du Lac

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My favorite protagonist is one who remains true to themselves, no matter the challenges or the temptations, and that’s the kind of character I write about in my books. I’m partial to the strong, silent types, not so much the tough, fighter types!

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

https://patriciasimpson.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am the author of educational comic books, normally at MG level, though I have recently started also making picture books for the 6-8 age range. I wouldn’t call my genre fantasy, but the publicist Michael Evans, who I am a client of, suggested I contact you anyway given that I work with animal characters as the main protagonists of my stories, and there are thus certain science fiction and fantasy aspects to my books. The educational side of things is all about the natural environment, subjects such as climate change for example. My comic books are full of action, adventure and humour while also delivering scientific information and actionable tips for the readers to become leaders in their communities.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

As a kid and still today I loved the European style of comics and graphic novels, such as Tintin and Asterix, and while developing my career in conservation I also used my natural artistic abilities to create a new, fun way of transmitting information about subjects I think more people should be thinking about. My specific sub-genre (educational comics) doesn’t seem to exist as such, certainly not in the mainstream, and my aim is to change that.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Within genre they would be Goscinny and Uderzo, Hergé, Morris. Outside my own genre, Noah Gordon, Bill Bryson, William Dalyrimple, Stephen King, George McDonald Fraser.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Flashman series, all the Asterix and Tintin albums, the Dune series, and many historical non-fiction titles, such as Why The West Rules for Now, by Ian Morris.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Flashman, Tarzan, Dracula.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My style of humour as seen in my comic books often makes use of cultural stereotypes, but these are never meant to offend. They are based on my own status as a true world citizen, having lived, worked and visited in many different parts of the world, and are meant to celebrate, not denigrate, diversity of all kinds.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My website: https://alanhesse.com/comic-books/

My Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TP497QA

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I have always been fascinated by mythology and epic poetry including the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. This passion has manifested in my writing which blends my knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy. When not working on a new book, you might find me throwing axes, kayaking, playing with my dog, brewing mead, or creating art, for I am also a reverse glass painter!

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Young adult, epic fantasy

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

This is a funny story. The Djed Chronicles is actually the reason why I wanted to become an author in the first place. As children, my sister and I created all sorts of characters, backstories, worlds, and arch-villains to combat our alter egos. I enjoyed these stories filled with mythological references, spunky heroines, and diverse friendships so much that I wanted to one day share them with the world. Though I actually wrote a different series first, I have finally returned to those stories and characters now that I have a better knowledge of indie publishing and have developed my literary ‘voice.’

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Twelve worlds. Two opposing forces. One prophesied Hero. The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth. Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl. *** The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

You can find The Twelve Tasks on Amazon, Kindle and KU. https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Tasks-Djed-Chronicles/dp/0998377988

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES E.G. Stone

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES E.G. Stone

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Bio taken from website: E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, quite literally, since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot and has written (so far) twenty-two full-length novels, various short stories, a screenplay, snippets of poetry, and various blog entries that may or may not make sense. E.G. enjoys writing in many different genres. The favourites are science fiction, mystery (preferably of the murder variety), adventure, fantasy — basically anything where the world isn’t quite what you would expect. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or wandering around and experiencing new people, places and things. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. She also is enjoying making a go of this writer thing full-time. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and causing trouble.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I wrote what it was that I wanted to read. If I wanted something with dragons, I wrote dragons. If I was feeling in a particularly dystopian mood, that’s what came out. That’s why I have such a wide range of books that cover everything from epic fantasy to cyberpunk to (not published) mystery.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Um… let’s see. Traditional authors: Louise Penny, Laurie R. King, Tamora Pierce, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Jim Butcher, many, many more. Indie authors: Ulff Lehmann, Jamie Davis, Emilie Knight, Joe Malik, Alexzander Christion, etc. etc.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

See above authors, add several more that I can’t remember off the top of my head, see their best selling books and assume that all of them are included on the list.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Well, most of the characters from above books, but if we’re going to talk archetype, then I’m an anti-hero/antagonist type of person.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Language is an art and I love using language in a way that paints a picture. Perhaps not the picture you expect, nor the one that you first see, but a vivid picture nonetheless.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

https://egstone.com

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of Tears by Brand J. Alexander

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of Tears by Brand J. Alexander

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Every year I design and construct a majority DIY dark fantasy world for my community for Halloween called Ravenfell Manor and promote a Haunts Against Hunger food drive to restock the local food pantry for the holidays. For a few months out of the year I get to bring the magic from my stories to life in the real world.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Epic Fantasy. My writing style tends to draw from authors like Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, and David Eddings. I enjoy the traditional 80s and 90s style fantasy and evoke it in my writing. So if you go into a book for more than just the main plot, but to explore the world-building, the cultures, and the amazing environments and creatures then I may be the author for you.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I wanted to explore the different facets of faith and religion. In a dying world, when all the gods are dead, where will mankind turn?

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Rise of Tears follows the story of a young man named Asahn, son and heir to the chieftain of his people. He is coming of age to take his place among the tribe’s hierarchy only to discover that the world is changing and most of the truths he once believed in are incomplete or entirely false altogether. As the future chieftain, he must learn the secrets of the Kahn Shogal if he ever hopes to lead them. Unfortunately, time is running short. Their world is dying, and according to the old tribe storyteller, Asahn may be the only one who can stop it. The people of their tribe are being hunted by a nefarious new religion rising from the south. And all of it appears to be connected to the origins of his tribe and the bloodline he carries. Asahn will have to uncover the mysteries of his tribe’s past and the secrets locked in his heritage while fleeing with his people deep into their dying homeland where even the land will rise up against them. But his greatest challenge could be the man he always looked up to. The stubborn pride of his father could doom them all unless Asahn rises up to challenge him.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Troy Young

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Troy Young

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a neophyte part-time author who would love to be a full time author. In my regular, stable career I am a CEO of a non-profit and a part-time lecturer at a university. I live in Toronto with my wife and 10 year old daughter.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I have four genres I am working in (I know, pick one or two and concentrate). The first novel I wrote (which remains unpublished) is a contemporary, humourous coming of age story that was once compared to Catcher in the Rye by a senior VP of one of the top five publishing houses (while still passing on it). I gravitated to horror after reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and I had a short story idea that seemed to me to be kinda Lovecraftian and was based on an experience in my youth. That one-off short story has spurred on an 18-piece story arc (#14 comes out on September 29th) which will be captured in three compilations (the first came out in February, the second releases in ebook form on October 4). As for the other two genres (fantasy and sci-fi) these are the genres I read the most.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I draw on a bunch of them. Robert E. Howard’s Conan series was the most influential to me at a young age, particularly the compilations by L. Sprague de Camp. J.R.R. Tolkien is also a large influence having loved the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings pre-high school. Later authors include H.P. Lovecraft (obviously; I was introduced to him via the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game) and J.K. Rowling (although re-reading her books recently out loud to my daughter has highlighted some major holes in her work, so the shine is off a bit, but not enough to get rid of my Gryffindor robe and Mad Eye Moody wand). I really enjoyed Raymond E. Feist (especially his Daughter of the Empire series), David Eddings and George R.R. Martin, but I’ve been struggling to get through Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World. From a more contemporary selection, Nick Hornby and John Kennedy Toole are favorites. And you can’t go wrong with Agatha Christie.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Confederacy of Dunces is a classic to me. I can also read Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series ad nauseam.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Ignatius Riley is so quirky and cringeworthy. Samwise Gamgee is the true hero of LotR. Conan for his simple approach to things. Movie Aragorn is better than Literary Aragorn.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

There is nothing more uplifting than hearing someone say something positive about your work. It’s better than money (only because the money is still not there I guess!).

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

https://www.facebook.com/TheOtherLovecraft https://www.facebook.com/TroyYoungAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNovel

www.floridamanthenovel.com (really out of date though)

https://storyoriginapp.com/giveaways/4ffcfe38-d1a0-11ea-8c53-f79b2255c481 (it’s a reader magnet that will get them to my email list)

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret by Marie Gin

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret by Marie Gin

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born in France, have an American accent and live in Sydney, Australia

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Young Adult

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Wanting to have something constant in my life

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret is a dark fantasy series set in 1700’s France. It follows the story of Elena, whose life is changed forever when her family home is destroyed by creatures of the night. Escaping with her best friend Lucas, she is rescued by the immortal Nepheines and taken under their protection where she learns that she is a part of a prophecy that will allow the Nepheines to create the Stone of Four Fires, and finally release themselves from the curse of immortality. As she grows older, she discovers she has the power to control fire and embarks on quests to find the other three elements and discovers that there are indeed, worse things than death.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.E.Mueller

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.E.Mueller

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Mueller is a midwesterner who was born and raised in IL where she currently resides. While unicorns and magic sparked an interest in the genre, it was childhood friends that convinced her to write, and turn to a life of whimsy. Mueller has been described as two penguins in a trench coat though nothing has been proven just yet. Currently, Mueller is focused on writing all things magical and adores having characters battle curses, tangle with spirits, and face off against wicked family members for a chance at a better ending.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

That nagging ‘what if’. Once I have an idea I need to explore it. The next thing you know there are three docs open, a random wiki, a list of character names, and a faint memory of where the idea came from.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Maria V Snyder, Kerri Hawkins, Kelly Blanchard, Annette Marie -all of them write very different fantasy and take me away consistently in ways other books don’t usually. The ideas are always fun unique, and full of just the right amount of chaos, mischief, and nonsense while pushing characters to great limits.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

404 answer cannot be found -but if I really REALLY had to decide I’d go back to where my love for fantasy started with Ella Enchanted. Being a little kid, seeing someone destroy their own curse by pure love and willpower was so captivating that I’ve been hooked on the genre since.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I have thought, and thought about this, and honestly it is just too hard to decide on any overall favorites. My current favorites tend to be things I am enjoying reading so Tori in Two Witches and a Whisky (Annette Marie), and Kestral from Running Bet (Nico C Grey -not yet published). Tori is the best definition of constant trainwreck character who means well, gets things done, but ultimately in ways we *wish* we could. Rude customer? Yeah, she’s the one who is going to tell them off. Are there consequences? Yes! But still, we get to feel that rush, and huzzah from her recklessness. As for Kestral she is an up and comming star monster slayer. With her magic, that I won’t spoil, she makes bringing down nasty beasts and art while still being very relatably human. Not to mention the fantastic “watch and learn” style bet that starts the whole series.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

The best advice is to really just write. Some days you don’t have motivation, or know what to do. It’s okay to take breaks, but sometimes you just got to push through out of spite and get something done. Anything can be edited and fixed, but first, it needs to be written.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

The soundtrack would either have to be Howard Shore(LotR sound track) or Jeremy Soule (Skyrim soundtrack). As for the cast, I’d want new or lesser known individuals to play the characters. While it’s always fun to see big names play different things, I don’t know if I’d really want Sherlock -Ironman -Captain Jack Sparrow to play a high demon, purely because I see them as so many people already.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I love randomly sharing snippets of my work. If you ever want to see how a story changes over time, follow me on social media. Sometimes there is a huge difference from first draft to finished, sometimes not. Writing is a wild journey, and I love how constantly changing it can be.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/391014962198368

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16958250.J_E_Mueller

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/j-e-mueller

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.E.-Mueller/e/B074V9YJWG/

LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/j.e.mueller

Website: https://authorjemueller.wixsite.com/online

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Michael Ross

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Michael Ross

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a UK-based multi-genre author, who is into epic fantasy. I recently published my 4 book series, The Wand Chronicles https://amzn.to/33IWuAO I come from a professional Acting background, but it was a visit to a clairvoyant who suggested I write.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I grew up reading Michael Moorcock, Tolkien etc. I have always found my imagination my best trait. In fact, anything to do with Fairies, Orcs, elves, but there was something missing. So I introduced real-time adventures. Made them as believable as possible

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Michael Moorcock, James Barclay, Jane Austin, Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, James Clavell, Charles Dickens

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Pride & Prejudice, The Chronicles of the Raven, Mila 18, Shogun, The Discworld Series

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Atticus Finch, The Artful Dodger, David Copperfield

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

As a hook, I designed a board Game to accompany my Wand Chronicles. It went on to win a place in the best top ten rankings in the best Gameboard game for 2019 in the UK. I also wrote and narrated a true-life story, which won the 2019 Independent Audiobook Awards.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My website: www.thewand.me

My Amazon Author page: https://amzn.to/2ZPPWzd