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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Rhen Garland

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Rhen Garland

 

Tell us about yourself:

I started writing the Versipellis Mystery Series after I was diagnosed with CFS and I ended up spending a huge amount of my time at home, staring at four walls…the options were; go mad, or use my overactive imagination to entertain myself…so I started to write.

I am very easily distracted, so the peace and quiet of the countryside is far preferable to me than city or town living…where we live at the moment is out in the middle of nowhere in Somerset, England, and the peace is extremely helpful to me, both from a health point of view, and because the lack of urban living and sensory overload helps me focus a little more on my writing.

I’m a Gemini, which is quite handy in my writing, as apparently a sizable number of the most famous serial killers are/were either Gemini, Pisces, or Virgo, so I can use my imagination to come up with some rather messy methods of dispatching people!

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Tell us about your book:

“A Portrait of Death”, is the first book in a series of Paranormal Victorian Murder Mysteries.

In the quiet English village of Marmis Parva, a weekend house party is organised by a society hostessand all the top names are invited…but this is no ordinary party, the entire weekend is a ploy to cover for aGovernment meeting to discuss the possibility of a second Boer war.

Renowned Contralto Giselle Du’Lac, American socialite Lady Bunny Ellerbeck, and the society nerve specialist Dr Weatherly Draycott are all invited to make it the social event of the season, but the weekend ends in horror, when two men are savagely murdered during the course of the first evening and a young man, presumed dead, returns home after two years’ imprisonment in South Africa, bringing with him proof of treason.

Detective Chief Inspector Elliott Caine’s long-awaited holiday in the Lake District is cancelled as he is brought in to investigate the peculiar nature of the murders. More bodies are discovered and Elliott has to manoeuvre between High Society, Government protocols and the heinous nature of these crimes if he and his old friend, Detective Sergeant Abernathy Thorne, are to catch this sadistic killer and the traitor lurking amongst them.

When Caine’s mysterious past comes back to haunt him, will his judgement be too clouded to focus on solving the crime?

Will the Boer spy’s identity be uncovered before they can flee?

How are these murders connected to another in New York?

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What influenced you to write your current genre?

 

I think it landed in my lap fully formed, and I really didn’t have any choice.

I have always enjoyed mysteries, even as a child…I used to read Enid Blyton’s “Mystery” series and I absolutely loved them.

When I was nine, I read Agatha Christies’ “By the Pricking of my Thumbs”…a nine year old child reading a murder mystery about madness and a child-killer might not have been a sensible start, but I think it explains a great deal about the kind of books I write today!

I could read a 600 page book in one sitting, so epic fantasy was a firm favourite; murder, mystery, fantasy, and horror, they are all folded into the books I write today.

During my teens I also had the standard unhealthy obsession with true crime stories…

I always thought that when I started writing, the stories would be set in the 1920’s/30’s, because I absolutely love that era for murder mysteries, but when I tried to set my first book in that era, nothing would come out…it just felt wrong, so I tried moving the time frame back a little, from 1925 to 1899, and it worked.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

I love “Golden Era” murder mysteries; Ngaio Marsh, Gladys Mitchell, Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, John Dickson Carr (who also wrote as Carter Dickson…he was the King of the “Locked Room” mysteries), Arthur Conan Doyle,

I enjoy the “creepier” side of reading; Dennis Wheatley, James Herbert, Kelley Armstrong, and Dean Koontz.

I also have a great love for old school fantasy; Terry Pratchett, David and Leigh Eddings, Simon R Green, JRR Tolkien, and Terry Brooks.

 

 

What are your favorite books?

 

Oooooohhh…..That’s a nasty one, there are a few!

“The Elfstones of Shannara” by Terry Brooks; epic fantasy…636 pages of Elves, Demons, Druids, Magic, Love, friendshipand an accidental hero…what more could you ask for?

“Singing in the Shrouds” by Ngaio Marsh; classic murder mystery set on board a cargo ship that’s taking passengers to South Africa…with a killer who sings after their murderous act, it’s rather creepy!

“Fata Morgana” by William Kotzwinckle; an absolutely glorious adult fantasy written by the same man who gave us the novelization of “ET” (yes, really!) Set in the 1860’s it involves immortals, toymakers, and magicians…I love this book.

“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie; not one of her more well-known mysteries…it is more of a “Girl’s Own Adventure” with murders, ocean travel, trains across Africa, and a bit of a romance thrown in for good measure.

“It Walks by Night” by John Dickson Carr; gloriously creepy Grand Guignol mystery with an axe murderer…set in Paris in the late 1920’s, it is a classic example of the Locked room Mystery.

“The Belgariad and the Mallorean” by David and Leigh Eddings; again…epic fantasy, ten books worth of adventure, magic, fear, love, loss, friendship, family, and how to create flowers with the Will and the Word.

“Portent” by James Herbert; he’s most well known for some really terrifying horror stories…The Rats, The Spear, The Fog etc…but this book is my favourite Herbert; the earth is changing, violent weather patterns threaten human life…children may have the answer to our salvation, but Mama Pitie is not about to let them interfere!

“Last Call” by Tim Powers; a card game played with Tarot cards that can lead to you losing your body, as well as your soul, a one-eyed Jack fighting to save his friends, and a Mob boss who just will not die…Danny Boy! Again, I love this book.

“Lords and Ladies” by Terry Pratchett; when the Fae try to take over the Kingdom, who you gonna call? The three Witches of Lancre, that’s who…with a supporting cast of Morris Dancers, the truth behind crop circles, Faery Glamour, and a mad unicorn, this is classic Pratchett.

“Space Captain Smith” by Toby Frost; the British Empire in space…with a sex-bot who walks out of her job on the first day, evil space ants, a spaceship that is rather battered, war crazed giant rodents, a hamster called Gerald, a companion who is about seven feet tall (with an impressive collection of sharp implements and an unwholesome preoccupation with collecting skulls) and with enough nods to classic sci-fi/fantasy/horror books, TV shows and movies to keep even the most dedicated nerd happy (me, I’m the nerd…it’s a cracking series!)

 

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?

 

This is rather difficult…I enjoy so many different types of book, but most of them aren’t what many people would refer to as “Classics”.

I enjoyed the battle between Fitzwilliam Darcy, and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice…they both needed taking down a peg or six, and their characters were so beautifully written, it was a joy to read.

The character of Glady Mitchell’s “Lady Adela Lestrange Bradley”; she is described as a “toad like” woman in appearance, descended from an ancestor who was killed for being a Witch. She uses psychology to solve murders. For the era (1920’s), she was very open minded as an investigator, Speedy Death (the first book in the series) was considered quite shocking when it first came out. 

I rather like the character of Colonel Race in Agatha Christie’s books…he pops up in quite a few, The Man in the Brown Suit, and Death on the Nile amongst others…he is a man of few words, but a solid type of person, utterly trustworthy, the type where even if the odds were stacked massively against you, if he could help you, he would.

Miss Jane Marple, her title is very important…I love the way she uses the lens of her life in a small village to solve crimes that are sometimes massively urban, “Oh yes, of course…it was the Vicar’s cat” Wait! What was the Vicar’s cat??? We’re on the Riviera…what did I miss?

Sam Vimes, he is the lead character in Terry Pratchett’s City Watch books, part of the Discworld series. When we first meet him in Guards Guards he is a non-functioning alcoholic, in charge of the police officers who patrol at night…someone in the city summons a dragon, all hell breaks loose, and he has to face his future and decide; does he want to be a good man…or a pile of smoking ash!  Again, it’s the strength of the writing, you care about him as a character, even if at the beginning he doesn’t even care about himself! 

 

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

 

As an author, it’s always a little concerning…actually, it’s rather terrifying…putting your book-babies out there in the cruel, and sometimes harsh light of day, you hope people will enjoy the story, the characters, the odd little red herrings, the not so subtle clues, and the occasional twist of the macabre…and a lot of the time people do.

Getting fans and supporters is a lovely part of writing, interacting with people who have read your books, who have enjoyed them, and who take the time to tell you they have enjoyed them, is something I really look forward to.

So please, if you read a book, and you enjoy it, please, please, please leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Bookbub…let the authors know what you thought about it…and if you didn’t enjoy it, then please pass it on to someone else who might, or drop it off at a charity shop, so it can continue to give.

 

 

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

My website, where you can find links to both my books on Amazon is 

https://rhengarlandkdp.wixsite.com/rhengarland/books

 

“A Portrait of Death” and the second book in the series “Death in the Sound” are available in Paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.

 

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Robert Cano

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Robert Cano

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
My bio:
An artist who has chosen to paint with words, Robert Cano began a journey years ago which has finally culminated in him finding his momentum with the Soul of Sorrows series. Robert Cano brings his poetry roots to his novels. Inspired by Tolkien, Le Guin, Shelley, and Wordsworth, he builds worlds with a classical feel and infuses them with hard realities. A constant student, he is always seeking to perfect his craft.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
I think it was just my love for the sci-fi/fantasy genres. The way we can craft a story from the ground up, in my case without anything from the real world outside of influence or inspiration. The worldbuilding aspect is something that really hits home for me when I think of the why or what. On top of that, I have found that exploring truths through elements we think as unrealistic is a wonderful way to bring ideas into our readers’ minds. I think some of the greatest novels of all time were once seen as outlandish in some way. Orwell’s 1984 comes to mind.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
Tolkien, Le Guin, Thomas Harris, Anne Rice, John Saul. Some indie authors also make that list, specifically: S.A. Cosby, Deborah Wolf, Joshua Robertson, JC Boyd, and A.L. Mengel (among others)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
My all-time favorite novel is Hannibal, by Thomas Harris. The most life-changing book for me was probably The Republic, by Plato, which makes it a favorite of mine. More recently, that honor would probably have to go to Blood and Bile, written by JC Boyd and Joshua Robertson. That book is a study in not only norse myth and tradition, but culture as well. It’s a fantasy, and very evidently so, but the writing is so good that I felt the lines were blurred, and that was incredible.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
I think my favorite character ever is probably still Kate McTiernan, from Kiss the Girls, by James Patterson. Her character comes back in later Alex Cross books as well, but in that book, particularly, I fell in love with her. Even through the hells she was forced to endure, she never let go of who she was, she refused to give in.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
My writing hearkens back to the archaic styles and more classical nature of those writers of yesteryear. While a risk, it was calculated, because I wanted not only to bring back this beautiful style of writing, but I also wanted my readers to be able to reread my books and find new wonders to explore. I place easter eggs throughout, giving little nods and winks to some of my favorite geek culture movies or games or books. And I also incorporate a lot of what I would call poetic prose, which speaks to my love and passion for poetry.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Raven Airena

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Raven Airena

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I review books as Sam, but write fiction as Raven Airena.  I’m a high school student living on the Washington Coast, with no idea what I’m doing half the time. I love reading (obviously – book review vlog, right?), writing, drawing – I do my own graphic novels, and chillaxing with our cats Pumpkin (the book panther) and Zeke (the book tiger). I enjoy stormy weather, but I hate being out in it. Living so close to the Pacific Ocean, we get some epic storms that are great to watch. I’m also a Twilight geek, which is fantastic when you figure that we live just a couple hours south of Forks and La Push. Mom’s a werewolf supporter. I’m a vampire supporter. We’re perpetually at odds over which side of the treaty line we should stand on.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
Boredom? I started writing in kindergarten, with a little story called PEANUTBUTTER SNOWFALL (a fantasy, obviously), that I came up with while we were stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowstorm. Wouldn’t snow be better if it tasted good and you could eat it? NaNoWriMo was a homeschool assignment that I brought upon myself (because Mom writes, too, and I wanted to try). I love reading horror, paranormal, and fantasy, so my very first first draft was fantasy. “They” say that great writers read as much as they write, and I think I have that one under control. On the vlog, I typically review anywhere from one to four books a week, and I’m still catching up on the backlog from an extended break from the vlog. Why Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal? They aren’t the normal world we live in. I love seeing the creative ways people view and change what we know into something magical, scary, or just downright cool.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
Megan O’Russell; Mary Pope Osborn; Quinn Loftis; Yana Toboso
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
The MAGIC TREEHOUSE series has a special place in my heart. Quinn Loftis’s Gray Wolves series BLACK BUTLER mangas GIRL OF GLASS by Megan O’Russell
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Sebastian Michaelis; Nola Trent; Takata
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
Potential Viewers! We get crazy on the channel sometimes and I love interacting with my viewers during a live stream. Be sure to subscribe so that you’ll know when we’re live (link below), though we’re usually live on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Swing by, say hi, ask a question. Maybe catch a cameo of one of the cats hopping in to say hi. The show is live and unedited these days, so bloopers happen.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
You can check out Sam’s Teen Reads Corner on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtxPt-TTPnO-IfJesKSq0gor the book blog at www.thricereadbooks.com
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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Matt Larkin

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Matt Larkin

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I’m a husband, father, writer, reader, and mythologist. Plus, I love video games.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
I got into fantasy at a really young age, mainly through my dad. By middle school I’d begun to develop an obsession with the mythological roots of fantasy and started delving into all world mythologies with a fervor.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
R. Scott Bakker, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, R.F. Kuang
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
The Darkness That Comes Before, Under Heaven, The Poppy War, Dune
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Anasûrimbor Kellhus, Paul Atreides. Unless you want to count mythology as literary, then a whole scope more starting with Prometheus.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
All of my fantasy works take place in the same universe, called the Eschaton Cycle, which attempts to reconcile all world mythologies into a cohesive dark fantasy.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K. Emerson

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K. Emerson

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I am a sci-fi and fantasy writer. I am currently working on the sequel of my first sci-fi YA novel “ZORAH”.
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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
I definitely think it was books like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and movies like The Matrix where they mess up with the perception of reality.
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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
Philip Pullman, and Tolkien.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
His Dark Materials, The Lord of the Rings, and The Domain series.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Lord Asriel from His Dark Materials, and Lord Voldemort from HP.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
The Adversaries is the first book in the Zorah series, introducing Henry (one of the protagonists), and the beginning of his bizarre and intricate journey to save humanity.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
You can definitely follow me up on
Facebook: K. Emerson Author Zorah – The Adversaries
Instagram K.Emerson Author Zorah – The Adversaries
You can also email questions to Kemersonauthor@gmail.com
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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Leslie Conzatti

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Leslie Conzatti

 

Leslie Conzatti 

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m an avid reader and writer from the Pacific Northwest. I work full-time as an elementary school paraeducator (so, not a full-fledged teacher, but I lead small groups, provide support in the classroom, and supervise crosswalks, recess, and cafeteria times), but the hope is to someday be able to make enough from my writing that I can work only as much as I want (like maybe part-time, at least) and spend most of my time writing. (Kind of like I’m doing right now, during Quarantine!)

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

A large part of the thing that influenced me to start writing fantasy is probably the kind of stories I grew up reading–and how much they really ignited my imagination, how I couldn’t stop thinking about those stories: the fairy tales, the fantasy adventures, the vivid descriptions and magnificent prose. I enjoy writing fantasy above any other genre for the freedom in creativity it allows–any problem can be solved, as long as one can explain it. Everything is possible, as long as the writer can justify how it fits within the world they’ve created.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Oh man, so many! Visiting the library more frequently and listening to book-loving friends recommend authors introduced me to mainstream authors whose books were so wonderful that nowadays I would seize their books in a heartbeat, merely because of the name on the spine. Authors like David Baldacci, Anthony Horowitz (especially his more recent books–fantastic work!), Cornelia Funke, Mark Lawrence, Naomi Novik, Brandon Sanderson, and Marissa Meyer. As well, ever since I started posting indie reviews on my blog, I’ve encountered many wonderful indie authors like Kelly Blanchard, Patricia Loofbourrow, R. R. Virdi, Jeffrey Cook, Kimberly Rogers, Nils Visser, and C. L. Coffey. They are all spectacular, creating characters I quickly became obsessed with, and adventures that I couldn’t stop reading till I reached the end of the book–this is by no means a definitive list, but it does highlight many of my favorites!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Oh, I have just about as hard a time answering this question as the last one! A few titles that come to mind immediately when I think about “books that I would not hesitate to recommend to people because I enjoyed them so much”: Specifically, The Red Queen’s War trilogy by Mark Lawrence–a spin-off of his first trilogy, The Broken Empire, but a lot more light-hearted (still very grimdark)–which I definitely enjoyed. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers stands out in my opinion as the single BEST series of fairy tale re-tellings I have ever read. Anthony Horowitz is writing a series called the Inspector Hawthorne series, which is a Sherlock-style self-insert–but in the best way possible! In regards to indie books, The Chronicles of Lorrek by Kelly Blanchard is a spectacularly epic fantasy series that blends magic and technology in a seamlessly balanced way that draws a reader in and certainly gets my imagination going! And as far as classics go… The Princess Bride by William Goldman holds a special place in my heart, as well as the series of anthologies put out by the Writerpunk Press, a group of spectacular authors who have re-written classics from every genre and Shakespeare plays in various “punk” styles that are amazing and wonderful to read!

 

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

I have definitely been obsessed with many characters from various books! I don’t get too attached to any specific one, though–I more view books as an overall experiencing of the author’s skill at storytelling, and this includes the portrayal of different characters. I could easily name a handful of authors who possess the capacity to create vivid, realistic, and relatable characters–those are the kinds of characters I like reading the most, the ones who take on a life of their own, the ones that are portrayed with such personality that I can imagine them having their own conversations, or better yet, when they converse with another character, their “voices” are so unique that I know exactly who’s talking, even without dialogue tags!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Oh that’s an interesting thought… What WOULD I share with potential readers? How about this piece of advice: read fearlessly. Don’t be afraid to try out new books, explore genres you’ve never read. Maybe you didn’t have a very good experience with one particular book in one particular genre–that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t find a book in the same genre that appeals more to you. There are many books I might never have read, genres that I would have never experienced and enjoyed, if I just stuck with a certain specific criteria for my reading material. Reading without limits encourages imagining without limits. What you read affects how you think–the more you read, the more food for thought your brain has!

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

I’ve got plenty of places to find me! I have an author page on Facebook, where I post regular updates, deals from authors I follow, and different things I’m writing and reading: https://www.facebook.com/LeslieConzattiWriter/

My blog, where I post reviews of indie books, serialized stories, and very many writing updates, is called The Upstream Writer:

https://upstreamwriter.blogspot.com/

My books are also available on Amazon:

Princess of Undersea: https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Undersea-Timeless-Leslie-Conzatti-ebook/dp/B01MSWZRUU

Dreamtime Dragons: https://www.amazon.com/Dreamtime-Dragons-Tale-Fantasy-Authors-ebook/dp/B0771KT46G

Cracks in The Tapestry: https://www.amazon.com/Cracks-Tapestry-Arthur-David-ebook/dp/B07H69PCT3

Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes: https://www.amazon.com/Dreamtime-Damsels-Fatal-Femmes-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07WFWSQ26

COMING TOMORROW: Myths and Monsters, A Limited Edition Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Myths-Monsters-Anthology-Pauline-Creeden-ebook/dp/B084PYKJW5

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes J.M. Kearl

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes J.M. Kearl

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
Unlike most authors I know, I used to hate reading as a kid. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I became a library aide and started reading out of boredom. This sparked my love for books and soon I was writing novels. I wrote for 13 years before publishing my first book Rise. I just enjoyed writing so much I didn’t care if anyone else read what I wrote. It was good practice for me! Currently, I have 3 books on Amazon and my fourth will release April 7th, 2020. I am 33, a mother of two, a 3-year-old and an 8 month. I’ve been married for 8 years! I call Idaho home but every winter I wished I lived somewhere warmer.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
The book Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the book that got me to read. And I realized how much I love fantasy from then on. I don’t usually read books unless there is an element of fantasy. It’s just what I like.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? 
I don’t know if I have favorite authors. Sometimes I read books I love but don’t necessarily love their other books. But J.K. Rowling, Sarah J Maas, J.R.R Tolkein, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, are a few
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
Hate me but I loved Twilight lol. A Court of Thorns and Roses (particularly book 2 in the series) Harry Potter series, An Ember in the Ashes, The Selection, Hawksong, some Dragonlance books just to name a few. I like a lot of books!
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Gandalf is a fav. Harry Dresden from the Dresden files, Ryhsand from A Court of Mist and Fury.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
If you love fantasy with swords, magic, talking cats, romance and a story that keeps you guessing, that’s my style! I keep my books pg-13. I personally don’t like a lot of smut in the books I read but still love a good romance in my fantasy, so I figured there are others out there like me.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
jmkearl.com or my Facebook reader group Author J.M. Kearl- Fantasy Novels

 

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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Taylor Aston White

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Taylor Aston White

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I’m Tay, from England, UK. I have two children under two also known as ‘The Good One’ and ‘The Demon.’ Between the zero sleep, puking and crying (and that’s just from my husband!) I’m able to make up lies for a living.
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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
My mum thought it was appropriate to read to a 5-year-old the original, gruesome fairy tales. Add that to the amazing myths that surround the UK and Europe, they inspired me to write fantasy, specifically Urban Fantasy.
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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
Kim Harrison, Nalini Singh, Karen Marie Moning, James Herbert, Karin Slaughter just to name a few.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
Ugh, I can’t answer this! I very rarely find a book I dislike (I’m easy, what can I say.) Saying that I loved ‘The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien. Also The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski and Fever Series by KMM. Oh, guess I could answer this!
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?
Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She’s just so innocently amusing.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
If you enjoy unexpected twists, dark secrets and nail-biting action then you should probably check out my Alice Skye series. It’s pretty good, not that I’m biased.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
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JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Amber Morant

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Amber Morant

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: 
I love to explore the darker sides of humanity and mythos. Growing up half Japanese, I have fallen in love with the culture and allowed it to inspire me in ways that normal Western fantasy has sometimes failed to do. I currently reside in Dayton, Ohio where I continue my exploration of the shadows and chase after dragons with my husband, son, and cats.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)? 
The biggest influence for dungeonunk resided in the Final Fantasy series where it had so many modern and futuristic technology all while still feeling like it was a medieval fantasy style adventure. However, my love of grimdark arose when I discovered A Song of Ice and Fire and realized why I could never connect with some of the happier fantasy stories out there as much.It introduced me to grimdark and made me fall in love with fantasy all over again.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
Although many of the things she does now don’t align with my personal views, JK Rowling will be one of my favorite authors because of how much of an impact she had on my life since I was in elementary school that led me to the careers I am in today. Outside of her, I have a few rotating favorites with my current favorite being Andy Peloquin.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? 
One of my favorite current books is Red Sister by Mark Lawrence because I was able to explore a grimdark world with a female protagonist focus without it feeling like a damsel in distress. It felt so different compared to so many other rogue-like books I had experienced.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? 
Illana from the Queen of Thieves series is one of my favorite characters because of how realistic she feels. As she ages throughout the series it is all natural and events that she dealt with in the past are still very much a part of who she is. Besides her, Rezkin from King’s Dark Tidings is an absolute cinnamon roll. He is an emotionless killer, but his innocence in understanding others is something I absolutely love about him.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? 
I have so many Easter Egss in each one of my books I have ever published and challenge you to find some of them. It is always a bonus if you can find them. I love talking with my readers as well, so if you ever want to email me or send me a message, I would love to talk with you all about nerd culture or whether the dress is pink or blue.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS? 
You can find me on my website: http://www.ambermorant.com
My Twitter: @ambermorant
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Author Interview

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Drēma Drudge

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Drēma Drudge 

 

 

Tell us about yourself:

 

I suffer from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. I attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where I learned to transform that intensity into fiction. My first novel, Victorine, comes out March 2020. My husband, Barry, and I live in a small town in Indiana. He’s a writer and a musician. We have two grown children, Mia and Zack.

 

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Tell us about your book:

 

My novel is about the model and painter, Victorine Meurent. She posed for Édouard Manet’s most iconic paintings. She was his Olympia and she was the nude again in Luncheon on the Grass. Though I say she was a painter, no one remembers that. If they recognize her at all, it’s for her face and body as Manet’s favorite model. But she was so much more than that.

 

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What influenced you to write your current genre?

 

It started when I was in a literature class called The Painted Word. We read great books about art, such as Irving Stone’s Lust forLife. I had always enjoyed reading books such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring, but the class made me realize writing fiction about art was a whole subgenre! I adore art, so it was the right choice for me.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

I like a real variety of authors. My books are probably surprised about the books beside them on the shelf. Virginia Woolf, Amy Tan, Anne Tyler, Anne Lamott, and K.C. Kirkley, among others are my favorite authors.

 

What are your favorite books?

 

Where do I start? Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham is a great novel. Beloved by Toni Morrison is a favorite. Edith Wharton novels are beautiful little studies of human character. I have a deep and abiding love for the classics. They’re old friends of mine.

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?

 

Margaret Schlegel from Howards End, Emma Woodhouse from Jane Austen’s Emma, and Lily Briscoe from To The Lighthouse. Can you tell I like strong female characters?

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

 

If you, too, like strong female characters, you’ll like my novel, Victorine. She’s a woman who starts out terribly disadvantaged, but she ends up besting some of her male competitors in the art world, even having her painting shown at the Paris Salon in 1876 when Édouard Manet, her mentor’s, painting was rejected. I can’t help but crow about that just a little. I hope she did, too, even if just privately.

 

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

 

You can find me on my website at www.dremadrudge.com, where you can sign up for my newsletter, Artful Fiction. I’m on Twitter: @dremadrudge, Instagram: Drēma Drudge, and on Facebook in The Painted Word Salon. I love to connect with my readers!