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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Claire Fitzpatrick

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Claire Fitzpatrick

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a speculative fiction author, visual artist, performance artist, and horticulturist. Yes – I am many things! I suppose horticulture is my ‘real job’. I also write non-fiction, and won the 2017 Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism. While I consider myself a speculative fiction author, my main genre is horror, specifically body horror.

 

 

 

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Writing body horror is a cathartic way for me to write about my epilepsy and borderline personality disorder, specifically my epilepsy. Writing has always been a form of escapism for me, and it’s a therapeutic tool, an outlet, a safe haven, where I can channel my frustration and depression. Also, horror is my calling. I don’t know what I’d do if it wasn’t what I wrote. Sounds stupid, but it’s true.

 

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

My favourite authors are Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Sonya Hartnett, and Isobelle Carmody, just to name a few. Clive Barker in particular was my introduction to body horror, and inspired me to write my first horror story.

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

‘Black Foxes’ by Sonya Hartnett is my all-time favourite novel. I also love the ‘Obernewtyn Chronicles’ by Isobelle Carmody. My daughter’s name is Isobelle. Wonder where that came from? As I mentioned, I love Anne Rice, so ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is another favourite, as well as the ‘Abarat’ series by Clive Barker.

 

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

I love Lestat from ‘The Vampire Chronicles’. Sure, he’s a selfish asshole at times, but he’s interesting and unpredictable. I like that in a character. He’s endlessly entertaining. I also love Elspeth from ‘The Obernewtyn Chronicles’. She’d headstrong, courageous, and inspiring.

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Write about what makes you happy. Write about what makes you sad. Write about what makes you angry. Write about what makes you peaceful. Be honest in your writing. Readers will appreciate it. I know I do.

 

 

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

Check out my website at www.clairefitzpatrick.net 🙂

 

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES PD Alleva

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES PD Alleva

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been writing all my life. Started writing fan fiction at a very early age of any movie I would become obsessed with at the time. Ghostbusters, The Goonies, even Rambo. Also wrote my own short stories as far back as second grade. I remember a story I wrote about a second grade girl who brings a pet hamster to school and the hamster escapes. Ten years later, the girl returns to the school and the hamster, whose been surviving on crayons for the past decade and has grown to monster like status, begins to terrorize the school. This is when the schoolgirl, now in high school, shows up to tame the savage beast and bring the big fella home. I wrote my first full novel in the sixth grade, twelve years old to be exact. The story, a sci-fi fantasy, was inspired by a dream and was more than likely a result of an overactive imagination, reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and Dungeons and Dragons. The story revolved around a group of unlikely heroes who are tasked with finding the book of the dead, having to troll through a dark forest, and a hell of a lot of monsters, black magic, and sorcery, to arrive at the castle of the dead, as I called it. And if they failed the world would be covered in darkness. Published my first book in 2011, Indifference, a psychological thriller about a misdiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who discovers he has the powers to heal other people. I also have interests in quantum physics, alchemy, and spiritual philosophies. I practice meditation daily and have been a trauma and PTSD hypnotist and psychotherapist for the past 15 years and have studied extensively (as well as put into practice) science of mind principles and the principles of neuro linguistic programming (NLP for short), which revolves around the science behind how our brains work and the power of our thoughts over matter. I enjoy bringing these concepts into my storytelling.

 

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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I write in both the horror and science fiction genres. There’s been so many influences from these two genres from HG Wells to Ray Bradbury, Dante’s Inferno to Poe, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. Movies too, Star Wars of course, but also The Silence of the Lambs (book and movie), Batman and the Joker (comics and movies), and movies like Inception and Interstellar (yes Christopher Nolan is a genius). And I can’t leave out The Matrix movies, (can’t wait for part 4). The list goes on and on including Blake Crouch’s Recursion and Dark Matter, JD Barker novels, VE Schwab and The Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. Throw in an obsession with conspiracy theories and Ancient Aliens and my mind just goes off to the far reaches of the cosmos.

 

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

This is a difficult question with a long answer. I’m forty-five years old and have been reading all my life. So, between Tolkien, King, Poe, Bradbury, Hemingway, Clive Barker, Lovecraft, how can anyone pick just one. What I can say is that Hemingway was my favorite author when I was in my early twenties. Nowadays, I choose not to put any one person up on a pedestal. So, with all that being said, I don’t have a favorite author but I do have authors I respect more than others. Authors such as Blake Crouch, JD Barker, John Connolly, VE Schwab, and Alma Katsu (I love her slow burn novels), continue to put out exemplary fiction time and time again.

 

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Some of my favorite books are: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; A Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; I am legend by Richard Matheson; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving; The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand; The Damnation Game by Clive Barker; The Shining by Stephen King (a true masterpiece); Dracula by Bram Stoker; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; Others by James Herbert; Time and Again by Jack Finney; A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; Dark Matter and Recursion by Blake Crouch; Vicious and Vengeful by VE Schwab; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; and John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series, to name a few. I can go all day with this one.

 

 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Hannibal Lecter

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’ve got a few books in the pipeline. My current writing in progress is titled Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect: A Truly Offensive Grindhouse Novel. Carnivals, Cannibals, and Clowns. Oh My! Not sure if I can use the term Grindhouse though, I’ll need to check into any trademark or copyright on that word prior to publication. Next up is Golem, a horror thriller, currently in the content editing phase of publishing. One of my favorite silent horror films is The Golem, and for those who don’t know a Golem is based on Jewish folklore and is a spirit that incarnates inside of a statue, usually clay, although I used marble in the novel. The story setting is late 1940’s to early 1950’s New York City and follows the young and naive John Ashton after he receives a promotion to be a detective in the departments missing persons unit. His first assignment is a cold case (not that cold really, just a few years) that involves the new district attorneys missing daughter. Unfortunately for John his only lead is Alena Francon, a high society New York socialite, artist, and sculptor who has been a resident at Bellevue’s’ Psychiatric facility for the last six months. Alena filed a report indicating that she knows the whereabouts of the DA’s daughter and when Ashton arrives to question her about the claim, she tells him the story of Golem, a demonic presence from the far reaches of the universe, a hellish place of damnation called Xibalba. Alena admits to incarnating Golem into a statue she sculpted from marble in late 1947, and he’s causing havoc among the social elite while infiltrating every aspect of New York’s infrastructure. He also uses orphans to help take control, sending them out to homes as the Black Eyed Kids in an effort to indoctrinate and possess those who hold power in the city. Both Jigglyspot and Golem are part of my horror and dark fiction series of stand alone novels, Beyond the Chamber Door. Books one and two are already published, Twisted Tales of Deceit and Presenting the Marriage of Kelli Anne & Gerri Denemer respectively. But of course we are here to discuss my new dystopian science fiction novel, and the first book in a planned series, The Rose Vol. 1. The Rose is a dystopian science fiction thriller inspired by an obsession with conspiracy theories, ancient aliens, and alien lore. The book features a sophisticated race of alien vampires living in middle earth who have conspired with elite human beings and grey aliens to turn the human population into easily controlled zombies in an effort to achieve planetary and interstellar domination. The story begins directly after the end of World War 3 in an underground medical complex where human beings are subjected to genetic experimentation. The plot revolves around an unsuspecting WW3 safety camp survivor, Sandy Cox, who has been thrown in the middle of a mysterious human rebellion against the aliens and elite humans. The book features concepts found in alien lore and ancient aliens, including the Akashic Record and Robert Morningstar papers, to name a few. The book can be described as The Matrix with Ancient Aliens or Star Wars in The Hunger Games. I developed a martial arts practice I refer to as The Blades for one on one fighting scenes along with multiple surprise aliens and genetically mutated humans. The book is an action adventure thriller from start to finish.

 

 

 

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

The best way to stay up to date with new releases, progress on current projects, sales, giveaways, and raffles is to be on my mailing list.

Sign up from my website @ https://pdalleva.com.

Of course you can stalk me all you want on social media too.

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And be sure to check the Dystopian Science Thriller, The Rose:

 

Thank you James for this opportunity.

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES LAURENCE ST. JOHN

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Laurence St. John

 

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Tell us about yourself:

I was born on January 11, 1965 in Toledo Ohio.

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I have one older brother and two younger sisters. I, along with my parents, brother and sisters moved once while growing up to Genoa Ohio, just south of Toledo. While attending Genoa Area schools, I was active in track, football and baseball. Later, after I graduated from Genoa High School (Comets) in 1983, I worked for a few manufacturing companies.

 

At the age of 23 and after three years of dedication, hard work and sweat, in 1988, I received my first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Tae Kwon Do. This gave me the self-confidence and perseverance needed to surmount anything that came my way.

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When I was 25 years old he fell in love then married the love of my life, Julie in 1990. I then adopted her two young wonderful children Joe and Jan shortly after.

 

Out of high school for nearly fifteen years and after persuaded by my former manager, I attended Owens State Community College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Microcomputer Business Systems while working full-time. In addition to computer classes, I enjoyed composition classes where I could free my mind and write what I wanted.

 

While working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, my place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for myjob, again. In the same year my first granddaughter, Kendall, “Papa’s Angel” was born. I would describe this as one of the most uplifting moments of my life. In addition, it was during this time when my emotions were running wild; I became inspired as well as determined to write my penned-up thoughts on paper.

 

Nearly four years later, I had completed my first middle grade/teen fantasy/sci-fi novel, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen. In addition, my second novel, Metatron: The Mystical Blade, was published in August 2014. My latest novel, Metatron: Dagger of Mortality, was published in 2017. The next Metatron Series Novels are projected to be published in 2020 and 2022.

 

I currently live in Northwood Ohio with my wife of 30 years, Julie. My son Joe is married to Cari and they have three daughters, Kendall, Sadie and Harper. My daughter Jan is married to Andrew and they have a son Eli and a daughter Evelyn. I currently hold the position of Administrations Manager at Precision Strip, Inc. in Perrysburg Ohio, where I work full time. I continually write in my spare time; weekends and after work, and I’m endlessly inspired by my five grandkids Kendall, Elijah, Sadie, Evelyn and Harper.

 

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What influenced you to write your current genre?

ever since I was a young kid, I had this story in my head. A boy with powers. Powers that were hidden inside along with his unique weapons. However, since I was involved with sports, I didn’t take the time to write on paper what I had in my head. Around 14 years ago, as I was about to fall asleep, I heard a voice that said “Laurence write your book”. I sat up in bed then looked around. Nobody was in the room. As I laid back down, I thought of only one person that spoke to me; Jesus. The next day, I began writing…

Who was a big influence — Stan Lee, who is the co-creator of Marvel Comics. I love his creative mind along with all his awesome characters he brought to life.

 

 

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Who are your favorite authors?

Stan Lee

Dan Brown

Rick Riordan

Cassandra Clare

Piers Anthony

 

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What are your favorite books?

Marvel Comics/Books

Percy Jackson Series

The Mortal Instruments

The Da Vinci Code

Xanth Series

The Bible

 

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Who are your favorite literary characters?

Marvel Characters (Most of them)

Tyler Thompson AKA: Metatron

Percy Jackson

Harry Potter

Star Wars characters

 

 

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

Whatever your endeavors, rise above your self doubts. Life is full of choices, try to make the correct one.

My stories have no hard violence, bloodshed or cursing.My hope is that everyone enjoy my stories and leaves a positive impact on their lives.

 

 

 

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

Paperbacks, eBooks and audiobooks can be purchased at Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble – see my website for a complete list of suppliers at http://www.laurencestjohn.com

 

 

 

And for a Special Treat to Everyone who has read this far, an excerpt from Metatron Book 4:

 

Tyler gazed at Pat dumbfounded. Tears began materializing. “For once in my life I’m speechless. I need someone to pinch me because I must be dreaming.”

Pat reached up and pinched his earlobe.

“Ouch!” Tyler screamed. “Now I know what it must feel like to get an ear pierced.”

Pat laughed. “You’re not dreaming young one.”

“Wow, this news is so incredible! Again, I’m very grateful and honored for his teachings. And, yours as well Pat.”

“You’re quite welcome Tyler, it is well deserved. You are further advanced with your skills than Jhoon and much more highly developed than I will ever be.”

“I appreciate your kind words Pat. I’m humbled.” Tyler had a puzzled look on his face as he scratched his head.

“I take it from your facial expression that something more important is on your mind?”

“Well, yes. Master Rhee mentioned something about concealing my identity. Has he ever talked with you about that? Why would he say that? Iron Man, Thor and Captain America just to name a few don’t hide their identity, so why should I hide mine?”

“Those characters aren’t real.”

“So, you think,” Tyler winked.

“I believe his reasoning isn’t for your benefit but your family and friends.”

Tyler pondered for a few seconds. “Maybe you’re right,” he mumbled.

“You have shown your weakness to that immoral Black Shadow — your love for your family, therefore evildoers will forevermore use that against you.”

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Daniel Potter

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Daniel Potter

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a failed mad scientist. While there is plenty of creativity in science its not the create massive animal hybrids to parade down the streets kind. I got out of grad school with a PhD and fierce desire to do something else. It took almost twenty years to chisel out of academia, but that sometimes happens when you use a keyboard and a bic pen as mining implements. Now I’m a full time author, nothing can stop me from creating a T-Rex sized tiger and naming her Fluffy.

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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Writing humorious urban fantasy was a happy accident. I needed a break from the Scifi thriller I was struggling with at the time. So I decided to write a story about a guy who gets himself turned into a mountain lion. A wacky idea that spawned great characters that almost make you forget about the darkness of the world they’re rolling around in. That said I’ve always gravitated to books that a core of humor around them.

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I could give you a list but lets pick one who generally stands above most of the others. Terry Pratchett. You simply cannot read one of his books and not smile. But his books work on multiple layers, they’re fantasy, sure but you always know precisely what he’s getting at. There are always parallels back to the real world that you get. And these satirical elements are usually melded so seamlessly that they don’t bog down the story, they are pieces of the world. I can only hope I’m half that good.

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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

I don’t have favorite books. I’m not a big rereader. There’s simply too much out there to have a favorite.

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnel also known as Digger from the same titled Ursula Vernon comic. She’s my sort of fantasy hero. Practical, stubborn and any time a god start flinging chosen one destiny dust she’ll try to sock it one.

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IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

In Aggressive Behavior (the fourth Freelance Familiar book) squirrel builds a giant robot. In the Fifth book there will be a scene where it rains lions.

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

http://Fallenkitten.com

 

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Eric Shapiro

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Eric Shapiro

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I wrote the books RED DENNIS and IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY, among others. I directed the movies RULE OF 3 and LIVING THINGS. I co-own The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper. I live in Milpitas, CA, with my wife Rhoda and our two sons.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I always go dark, as it reflects my outlook on things. I’m not a pessimist, or even a realist, but I am vehemently opposed to bullshit, and interested in discussing things that are extreme or taboo to discuss. Otherwise, you run the risk of saying what everyone else already has…

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Eric Bogosian, Greg F. Gifune, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Stephen King, Denis Johnson, Chuck Palahniuk.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Eric Bogosian’s 3 novels — MALL, WASTED BEAUTY, and PERFORATED HEART — all blew me away. Perfect balance of literary prose and excited, raw populism; best of both all whipped up seamlessly together.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

As a kid, I used to daydream about The Losers Club in IT being my actual friends. Beyond that, I love narrators who are just the author under another name, like in Hunter S. Thompson or Charles Bukowski’s books.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

If you’re hungering for a perspective that doesn’t deny the anxious, visceral, sensate, sexual side of our moment-to-moment reality, I might be worth a shot.

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

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Camilla Downs

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Camilla Downs

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Camilla Downs (pronounced like Pamela, but with a “C”). I was named after Camilla Sparv, a Swedish actress in the 1960’s and 70’s. I’ve been told that I’m the great great grand-daughter of a full blooded Chickasaw Indian and Irish immigrants (haven’t researched this yet, it’s on my to do list for this year). I have lived in Reno, Nevada, USA for the past 14 years, moving here from the Seattle, Washington area in 2006. I spent my first 18 years in Jackson, Mississippi and Houma, Louisiana. I love walking. I am out for walks anywhere from three to six days a week. Nature is partly the inspiration for my writings and poetry. The other part is a desire to process my life experiences; to give them an outlet through writing. I have been single parenting fourteen year old Thomas and eighteen year old Lillian since Thomas was 1 year old. Lillian has a chromosome deletion simply called 18p-. This means she is missing the short arm of chromosome #18. My kids and I call ourselves Team TLC to correspond with the first letters of each of our names. During 2015-2019 we were tiny home dwellers, living in a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 810 square foot apartment. That was one heck of an adventure!

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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

My latest book to publish is a poetry memoir of the last 6 years of my life. It was largely inspired and influenced by Nature, and the many walks I took during the time it was written. About six years ago, I visited Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe, California. The beauty was quite overwhelming, bringing me to tears. As I drove home, I made several stops along Lake Tahoe, sitting to take it all in. While doing this, poetic words bubbled to the surface of my consciousness. This was the beginning of a six year journey of being inspired by nature with poetic words, then later, inspired by life events. My first book is a memoir of my journey to acceptance of myself, and acceptance of becoming a single parent to two children, one with special needs, one a genius (who is most likely on the spectrum). The influence for this book was born of a desire to share my life with others, in the hopes of letting them know they are not alone. In addition, the feedback I received for life experiences I shared on my blog and in social media, fueled the desire to share in a published book. The second book, for which I am simply a contributor, is my daughter’s book. I collected her writings, organized them, wrote the introduction, edited, proofed, and published the book. Her book was intentionally not professionally edited so as to share her unique view with the reading world. A photo I took of her was used for the cover of the book. It is in the fiction genre as it is a collection of her short stories and poetry from 5 years old to 15 years old. The influence for this book was a desire to help Lillian have something that showcases her unique talents and skills. She and I had talked about publishing a book ever since she was about 5 years old. The third book, I am also simply a contributor, as it is a photography book of photos my then 8 year old son took. I organized the book, wrote the introduction, and he and I chose quotes to pair with the sections of the book. The influence for this book was a promise I made to 8 year old Thomas. Before he began the 365 photo a day project, I told him that he he followed through and finished, we would publish the photographic journey as a book.

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I don’t know that I have a favorite author, book, or literary character. I love to read authors and books that enlighten me in an interesting or fun way about life, topics, events of which I am ignorant. I like authors and books that involve my emotions, books that I can’t stand to put down. The majority of what I read is nonfiction. However, I do love reading fiction if it covers a topic I want to learn more about, or it has an inspirational message. I also enjoy fiction books that have a character solving a mystery, as long as the mystery to be solved is not someone’s murder or crime related. Here are a some of my latest reads: On Writing by Stephen King Untamed by Glennon Doyle Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz Star Crossed by Barbara Dee The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee The Library Book by Susan Orlean

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

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IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

What I’d like to share are words from readers, rather than myself, from blog reviews and Amazon reviews … A beautiful testament to the love and dedication of a mother to her children, and her personal transformation using nature as a guide and companion. I was instantly transported to zenlike mindfulness by the melodic prose in this beautiful collection. Poems like “Released” will remain with me as a reminder of the healing strength of our connection to nature. The rich imagery and natural metaphors make each piece a standalone daily meditation. – Michelle S. I have always loved Camilla’s writing. So glad she put it in a book for me, for us, to always have on hand. Her poem form is original and real. I get release and comfort in reading the selections. Godspeed to her and thank you. – Amazon Customer Words of Alchemy is warm and personal, like being invited to sit on the author’s couch and listen to her talk to family and friends. Intimate and loving, these poems are a celebration of family, of friends, of life, of nature, and of adaptation. – Amazon Customer What a joy it is to read this gem of a poetry book. Full of beautiful free-verse, a memoir about friends, family, relationships and the love of the nature. This is for you if you enjoy the natural world, (as I do,) if you appreciate poetry that delves into the heart and doesn’t hold back. In many ways it is an intimate and brave expression of the author – Camilla Down’s – thoughts and feelings. – Marjorie M. This book is full of beautiful, inspiring, thought provoking poems about love, nature, acceptance, joys, fun, mindfulness and gratitude! They really pick you up and make you consider your own life and the changes you could welcome to lead a happier, fuller life while reading about Camilla’s passion and love for nature, family, friends and all the small things that a lot of us take for granted! It’s emotive, and lovely and just a stunning read for a day when you may be feeling low! It’s a feel good collection of poems that really will brighten your day! – Lynne P.

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

The easiest place for most people would be Amazon, or the equivalent to Amazon in your country. Amazon: mybook.to/WordsofAlchemy

If you’re in the United States, and wish to have an autographed book, you can order from my website: https://camilladowns.com/books/words-of-alchemy/

 

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Craig A. Price Jr.

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Craig A. Price Jr.

 

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my wife and two sons and write fantasy books, with my first Sci-Fi series coming out later this year. I love symphony and jazz and on occasion smoke a long step pipe like Gandalf.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Lord of the Rings, Eragon, R.A. Salvatore, and Brandon Sanderson. The more fantasy I devoured, the more I wanted to be a part of it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Jeffrey Collyer, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, R. A. Salvatore, Melissa McPhail.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Dreams & Shadows and Woven Peril by Jeffrey Collyer. Then of course Wheel of Time and A Pattern of Shadow and Light.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Mat Cauthon, Zeddicus Zul Zurrander, Samwise Gamgee.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Dragons are awesome. Magic is fun. And Science is fascinating. If you mix the three, you can come up with some pretty neat concepts.

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

http://www.CraigAPrice.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES JMD Reid

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES JMD Reid

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a full time writer and former paratransit driver who has a passion to tell stories.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Lord of the Rings and the Wheel of Time are my biggest influences. Tolkein got me into writing and Jordan inspired my style.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Tolkein, Robert Jordan, R. Scott Bakker, Steven Eriksen, David Eddings, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Lord of Chaos, The Darkness that Comes Before, Mistborn: Final Empire, Dead Beat

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Silk from the Belgariad, Mat Cauthon from Wheel of Time, Shallan from Stormlight Archive, Achamian from The Prince of Nothing, Tehol and Bug from Malazan Book of the Fallen

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I write imaginitive fantasy with emotional stakes, interesting characters, and gut-punching twists.

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

http://JMD-Reid.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Allan Batchelder

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Allan Batchelder

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a longtime professional actor, a former stand-up comedian, a teacher, and an author. I have never been arrested, but I’m always looking for opportunities.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

As a kid, I would pick up whatever paperback my dad had just finished; so, a lot of Conan, John Carter of Mars, etc.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Is there any way to answer this without sounding pompous? Because, if not, I’ll just make up some names like, uh, Morty Leftscowitz, and Deutsch Bannister. You probably want REAL people, but I can’t very well name ANY authors then, can I? Because authors AREN’T real people; they’re figments of their own deranged imaginations. I, for instance, am very unreal. Just ask my cat.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Watership Down. The Hobbit. Fahrenheit 451. Animal Farm. A Tale of Two Cities. The Dead Zone.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Sidney Carton (Two Cities), Ebenezer Scrooge (Xmas Carol), Henry V (Shakespeare), Karsa Orlong (Malazan), Kruppe (Malazan), Elric, Winnie the Pooh, the Hulk, Captain Underpants

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

You mean, besides a keg of Mack and Jack’s African Amber? Very well: I write, er, whimsical grimdark. What’s that, you say? Whimsical grimdark? “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof.” Yes, dammit! Gritty, grim, dark…and occasionally silly.

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

www.immortaltreachery.com, or

https://www.facebook.com/SteelBloodFire/or,

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Ashleigh Farr Pate

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Ashleigh Farr Pate

 

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born in Newnan, Georgia. I am a wife, a mother of two, and a stepmother of one. When I’m is not writing, I am completely obsessed with Monster High (dolls, shows, and movies). My wonderful husband can attest to that. I love, love, love writing. My writing began as a coping mechanism to deal with the death of my beloved grandfather I called Pa. He was like a father to me because he raised me from the time I was an infant until he passed away when I was 11. He had passed five years before I started writing. I found myself in a darkness and writing helped me slowly climb to the light. I let my writing slip in my early 20’s but began writing again at a low point in in life. That’s when “My Vampire in Shining Armor”and the “Elvin Dreams Saga book 1, True Beginnings” was born. I moved to North Carolina in 2014 and met my husband a month after moving there, which is another story in and of itself.

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WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

They’re genres I love to read. Plus it started as a coping mechanism & turned into a passion! I love far off lands full of adventure, & mysteries & love!

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Pepper North, Allie Belle, Rayanna Jamison, Red Phoenix, Mary Ting, Kara Kelley… just to name a few…the list is miles long lol

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Rawhide Ranch series, Brie Submission series, Twilight saga, Crossroads saga, to name a few… again miles long lol

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

They are tv characters as well…to of my favorite TV shows were made into books… Supernatural & Charmed! So Sam & Dean Winchester, & Prue, Piper, Phoebe Halliwell & Paige Matthews.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I write paranormal romance, fantasy romance, & erotica. My characters are a wide variety of creatures, from vampires to demons, werewolves to elves. Anything you can think of I probably have at least one story with them lol. Most of my stories have a little romance in them…some are dark but all are for mature audiences only. As in 18+

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

Amazon & Barnes & Noble. I have all my books on Amazon. & only 1 of them is on Barnes & Noble right now…in progress of getting all my books available there too