Meet the Author… AEM

Meet the Author... AEM

AEM is the pen name of Amy Miller, mother of four and creator of magical realms. I like Amy a lot because she has a practical side and doesn’t like laundry either. And she writes about dragons. Did I tell you I like dragons? 😀 Let’s find out more about Amy’s books. They’re magical!

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AEM

Biography

Amy Miller, who uses the nickname AEM to sign her books, is the author of the Endeavor Series and other random literature. While it’s rumored that she’s a homeschooling mama of 4 and wife of some dude who works with computers, most of the time she’s spotted with her nose in a book or clicking away on a laptop. Her main fantasy series, based in Oklahoma, blends old and new magical creatures and themes. Because seriously, the kind of bra worn while riding a dragon is important, ya’ll. Currently she’s working on book 5, Fervent Desolation.

Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book?

My Endeavor Series books, Phoenix Incandescent, Malignant Transfiguration, Apex Transcendence, Opalescent Immersion, and more to come, are about magic in the U.S.A. I wanted to bring the magic I experienced in children’s books to adult books. The first book introduces the magical world I’ve imagined, and is based in my home state, Oklahoma. Afterwards, the books hop about the United States and tell the stories of varies types of magical creatures.

The most recent book in my series, Fervent Desolation, is in the final round of getting ready to be released. The entire series is a reverse fairy tale, so it starts out with light and goes darker as the books go along. Book 5 is a turning point in the 9 book arc (there will be stand alones afterwards because as a reader I always want to know what happens after!). My main heroine, Charlotte, faces a new battle and makes a hard choice that will impact her for the rest of her life.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

For my latest book, I needed to know how long it took for a character to bleed out from an injury in a specific spot so I could have a good idea of how to pace the paragraphs. I’m still waiting for a search engine just for writers. Please and Thank You. 

Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?

Nope, but I’m an odd gal, and I have a desire to have all kinds of guys and gals in my books. I always felt left out as a person, and so it’s my goal in literature to have guys who are tender hearted, for example, as well as guys who are rocks. And then there are guys who are various mixtures of both. I’m the same way with the gals. I don’t think that the only way to be a tough female is to feel close to nothing. I love girls who can wear a dress and wield a weapon, cry about it later, and still get up and fight again.

What would the main character in your book have to say about you?

I’m hoping she wouldn’t talk about that time I locked her and most of the rest of the cast up in the castle attic while I made plans for the future of the series. She hasn’t quite forgiven me for my choices, and she kinda took it out on one of the other characters when she found out what we had done. Not that he didn’t deserve it…

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

My primary villain. He’s a manipulator and I really can’t stand when people harm other people through manipulation.

What did you edit out of this book?

All the stuff that I thought was brilliant when I wrote it, and then realized that there wasn’t room for it in the story line, or that it really didn’t contribute to the story line, or that it was a bit more garbage than brilliance. But that’s okay. Generally the pain of editing is nothing compared to the awesomeness of the stuff I write when I rewrite. I’m a huge fan of rewriting.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

I have details in my books that probably nobody cares about but me. For example, when I have a dwarf den, I decorate it with plants and animals from the region of the United States in which it is located. I love those kind of details. I don’t know if they matter to the readers or not, but it’s my geeky fun. There are also some secrets hanging about in my books, but I don’t know how hidden they are.

If you had to write yourself as a villain, what kind of villain would you be? What would you be named?

I actually think it would be interesting to have a villain named Amy. Amy is generally not a good villain name, and that’s why it would be great. I would be all the things I’m not in real life. Gorgeous and mean and I’d have all the cutting remarks to reply with. And a boat. I’d have a villainous boat and a villainous bikini. And henchmen. Hunky henchmen.

Speaking of, I actually have a short story on my website about a villain. It’s called the Overlord, and I had a blast writing it. Maybe I’ll expand it someday! Here’s a link to the short stories I’m writing on my blog to practice my writing skills: https://magicalworldweb.wordpress.com/random-literature/

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

I found that writing was the best way to learn to write. I’m a slow burn kind of writer, getting better as I go. The least useful thing for me was to read books about writing.  Of course, I had written four or five books by the time I tried that, so most of the lessons I had already learned. (I still read those books now and then to pick up new skills and learn new things.) The most destructive thing about learning to write was feeling like I had to fit some kind of mold to be a writer. In the end, I just was and I just did, and that’s how my story went. 

How do author friends help you become a better writer?

I cannot brag enough on my author friends. When I didn’t have author friends, I was terribly lonely. Now I know I’m not alone or weird and I have people I can ask for advice. Author friends have been where you’ve been, and can be a huge emotional support in the weak moments. Everybody needs somebody to tell them to Chin Up now and then, and I’m grateful for the writers in my life. Thank you! 

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Thank you so much, Amy, for sharing with us about your books, the character in your books, and about your writing experience. I totally agree that it is awesome to have writer friends. They understand us and help us through the tough times. 

You can contact/follow Amy on the following social media:

Email: magicalworldweb@gmail.com

Twitter: @magicalworldweb

Instagram: magical_world_web

Website: https://magicalworldweb.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: @endeavorbookseries @BooksandArtbyAmy

Pinterest: @magicalworldweb

AEM’s books are all available on Amazon:

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Another 5 star review for ‘Living Like A Vampire’!

Another 5 Star Review for
'Living Like A Vampire'!

Five Stars

I just finished the second edit of ‘The Stranger,’ my new paranormal romance, and had some time to go online again. As a pleasant surprise, I found I had another review for Living Like A Vampire, and what a beauty it is! Read it for yourself:

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Thank you so much, JanR. You made my day!

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Meet the Author… Sherry Leclerc

Meet the Author… Sherry Leclerc

She is an author of speculative fiction. The reason I contacted Sherry, however, was because her book cover had a dragon on it. I love dragons. I’m a big fan of Anne McAffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series and have been a sucker for anything dragon ever since. So, I wanted to know more about Sherry and her books. I found out her second book actually has dragon shifters in it, and she’s planning to write a paranormal romance. Awesome! Here’s her interview.

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Author Sherry Leclerc

Author Biography

Sherry Leclerc is a science fiction and fantasy fanatic who lives in magical realms where swords and sorcery, action and adventure, seers, shifters and sorcerers abound. A teacher and mom by day, and an avid reader and writer by night, Sherry has a B.A. in Language and Literature, and a B.Ed.

What is your favorite childhood book, and why?

My parents had a big book of fairy tales that they would read to my sisters and me at night. Then as we got older I read it again myself—numerous times. I don’t remember what the book was called, but I remember some of the stories. My favorite story from the book was The Ugly Duckling. I was a shy kid, who never felt like I really fit in. I think that’s why the story resonated so strongly with me.

Then, in my teenaged years, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It started as an Advanced English class requirement, but it soon turned into a passion. It’s what sparked my love for fantasy fiction.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t writing something, but the first short stories I wrote were a collection of three horror stories to try and scare my friends and family with at Halloween. I even drew some basic illustrations for the cover. They were paranormal stories with ghosts, spirits and poltergeists. They were handwritten on lined paper and stapled together into a booklet.

Who is your favorite author? How much is your work influenced by their work?

I have a few “favorite” authors, but the one who has influenced me the most is J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember having a difficult time getting into The Fellowship of the Ring when I first read it. There was so much back story and detail that the beginning felt slow-paced. Once the real action started in the book, I was glad for all the information that had come before as it made the story that much richer. By the time I finished the book, I was hooked on LOTR and fantasy fiction. I think I’ve read most of what he’s written since then.

Tolkien’s work made me realize that writing fantasy can be difficult and time consuming, but it can also be freeing. With fantasy, you are limited only by the depth of your imagination. The idea of being able to create a world and characters that feel real to the readers, that draw them in and allow them to connect with them, is both my goal and my inspiration in writing speculative fiction.

Have you read anything that has made you feel differently about fiction?

 I have read many books over the years that have shaped and changed how I feel about fiction. Most recently, it was Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoire, part instructional book, it contained a lot of useful information and gave me much food for thought.

If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why? 

One fictional character from your book: I would probably choose Maelona from my first book, The Guardians of Eastgate. She is a seer, a warrior and a hunter, and she has some knowledge of healing.

One fictional character from any other book: For a fictional character from another book, it would be a toss up between Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books and Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings. They are both wise and are very powerful wizards.

One famous person who is not a family member or friend: I think I would choose Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is hard-working, motivating and inspirational. He’s funny and always seems to be smiling. He is also very strong, so he’d be helpful for all the manual labor that would need to be done, like building a treehouse like the one that was on The Swiss Family Robinson.

What are your books about? Can you tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

I currently have two self-published books available. They are The Guardians of Eastgate and The Dragon Shifters at Southgate, books 1 and 2 of the Seers Series, respectively.

The series is about a race of people, the Seers, who have been getting visions about an evil sorcerer who wants to take over the realm. There are four Seer Champions, each one named a guardian of a certain kingdom and its keystone. They must travel to the kingdom they are responsible for to try and protect that keystone, which is the first line of defense against the dark sorcerer. Along the way, they recruit others to stand with them in protecting the realm.

In book 2, my most recently published book, Seer Champion Talwyn must protect the kingdom of Southgate and its keystone. Along the way, she tries to recruit a group of reclusive Dragon Shifters to help her.

Aside from the entertainment factor, I try to tackle issues I myself feel strongly about in real life. For example, I try to make gender a non-issue in my books to in order to promote gender equality. There is also the idea of accepting others for who they are and seeing the benefit in welcoming differences between people as a way of strengthening the whole.

What genre do you consider your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?

My current two books are epic fantasy with love story sub-plots. I’ve also started a second epic fantasy series. I consider myself a speculative fiction author because I have plans to write a sci-fi book and a paranormal romance. I’ve also considered writing contemporary romance, but if I do that I will likely use a pseudonym.

Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?

I don’t have much difficulty in writing male characters when they are secondary characters, probably because I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. However, I do have some difficulty when a male is the MC and I have to delve deeper into how they think and what makes them tick. I try to read a lot of novels written by men or with men as the MC to help me in this area.

What motivated you to become an indie author? How did you break into publishing?

A big part of my choice to publish independently is due to desire to have complete creative control over these stories that mean so much to me.

For my first published book, I used an assisted self-publishing service to help me. I had to do a lot of research to find an honest company that has the authors’ interests at heart. I did this because I had no clue about the process. I learned a lot from that experience, and for the second edition of that same book, I took more control, finding and hiring people myself to do the cover, editing and formatting. For the second book, I ran into a couple of speed bumps with people I hired, but in the end I took on more of the work than in the past, only hiring a cover artist and editor and taking care of the rest myself.

I had a huge learning curve, and had to do a lot of reading, online courses and workshops in order to learn the process, but I’ve enjoyed it very much and I plan to keep on learning and publishing.

What do your fans mean to you?

Since I write the kinds of stories I myself would like to read, I consider my fans to be kindred spirits. I started writing and publishing to make a life-long dream of mine come true. Hearing from fans—heck, even having fans—and knowing there are people out there who have read and re-read my work and loved it, means more to me than I would have thought. They are the driving force that motivate me to keep going during moments of self-doubt and times of difficulty. I don’t feel like I need a huge, adoring fan base. I’d be happy to have even just a few people who seem to get me and my work.

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Thank you so much, Sherry, for sharing all this with us. You have been very modest not to mention that your first book, The Guardians of Eastgate, has won a Golden Literary Titan Book Award last year. Only books that have unique writing, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas get these awards, so I take my hat off to you! 

If you want to contact Sherry Leclerc or follow her on social media, you can do so via the following:

Email: sherry@sherryleclerc.com

Website: www.sherryleclerc.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleclercauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherryLeclercAuthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherryleclercauthor/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Leclerc/e/B0787V2JPJ/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Meet the Author… Laura Daleo

Meet the Author... Laura Daleo

I haven’t met Laura Daleo, but I like her already. She loves vampires, furry creatures, and even has been so bold to start her own publishing company! Laura has written four vampire novels. Let’s find out about Laura and her books. 

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Biography

Laura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California, where she majored in Fine Arts at Mesa College. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with three humorous Basset Hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter, her toughest critics. Laura has held positions in several industries, restaurant, telecom, biotech, research, and retail. Throughout Laura’s professional career, she furthered her writing skills by taking courses and by joining writers’ critique groups and Writers Digest. She is now the owner of Story Bound Publishing, a fresh voice in the supernatural realm of ebooks and traditional print, committed to publishing unearhtly tales of aliens, angels, demons, fairies, ghosts, shifters, vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and all other creatures that go bump in the night. 

What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?

When I started submitting queries for my vampire book, Immortal Kiss, to agents and publishers, the feedback I received was they had no interest in another vampire book. Twilight was big at that time which I would have thought would drive up the need for more vampire books, yet agents and publishers said the opposite. In my opinion vampires will never go out of style. I did find one publisher who was interested and offered me a contract.

Who is your favorite author?

Anne Rice is my favorite author. Her book, The Interview With The Vampire, in my opinion changed how the world perceived the vampire. Her character, Lestat, is one of my favorite vampires of all time. When I’d finished the 4th book in her vampire chronicles, the 5th book wasn’t due out for a year. I couldn’t wait and the anticipation led me to create my own vampire series, Immortal Kiss.

Music or silence?

I like to listen to music to get ideas, but then turn it off once I start to write.

What is your favorite genre and why?

I enjoy dark fantasy and urban fantasy. I love a creature perceived as evil, yet they are given a vulnerable side which makes you care about them.

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Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?

I took an Egyptian myth and used a variation of it to create how vampirism began.

Are you working on another book? Can you give us a small teaser?

I’m working on my 5th book, The Soul Collector. It’s my first non-vampire tale. Here is a teaser:

As I lay trapped inside this quiet realm, 
my soul adrift, my body earthbound,
a magical book guards my flight,
though will it keep me safe till morning’s light.

What do your plans for future projects include?

My future projects are two more books in my Immoral Kiss series, The Ten and The Old Ones, and then a standalone book, The Doll.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My first two books were published by a small press publisher. I felt that I didn’t have the creative freedom with covers, editing, and the time frame it took to publish. Once my contracts were up, I began publishing my own books. I’m very happy I made that decision. My writing has grown so much since then.

Do you do book tours, and if yes, what’s your experience?

Yes, I love book tours. It’s great exposure. You do have to do your research, though. Not all book tour services have a great organizer behind them.

Do you send out a newsletter, and if yes, what’s your experience?

I do send out a newsletter. I do a monthly giveaway for my subscribers and I think that keeps them happy.

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Thanks so much, Laura, for letting us get to know about you, your writing, and your experience in the publishing world. It’s hard to get heard (or rather ‘read’). Good advice about book tours!

You can follow Lauro via the following social media:

email: laura.d.daleo@gmail.com

Website: https://www.lauradaleobooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraDaleo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutLauraDaleo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_laura_daleo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13162897.Laura_Daleo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Daleo/e/B00WP8F514

All Laura’s books are available on Amazon

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Giveaways!

Giveaways!

It’s been a while, but I have ‘Releasing A Vampire’ now into BookFunnel promos. This means I can offer you these fantastic giveaways again 🙂 . Check them out! When you click on them, it’ll take you to the website.

Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 7

Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 7. Last day! Read my History of Vampires on the Silver Screen at Go Book Yourself blog.

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I’m sad that the Blog Tour is almost over, but I have one nice stop for you at the funny Amanda’s Go Book Yourself, a bookish blog. I have a guest post there about the history of vampires on the silver screen. Go check it out and tell me who your favorite vampire is.

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A BIG THANK YOU to the amazing Kelly Lacey from LOVE BOOKS GROUP who was so kind to help me out last minute organizing my Blog Tour. I couldn’t have done it without her! Big hug, girl. You are one amazing woman! xx

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If you’ve missed any of my Blog Tour stops, here they are again:

Day 1 – Joyful Antidotes

Day 2 – B for Bookreview

Day 3 – The Midnight Review

Day 4 – Over the Rainbow Book Blog

Day 5 – Nemesis Book Blog, MADEUP Books and Parenting, and Tangents and Tissues

Day 6 – Chat About Books

Day 7 – Go Book Yourself

Thank you so much, lovely ladies, for participating in my Blog Tour! A special thanks to Kirsty and Cassandra for taking the time to read my book (so appreciated!), and to Kerry, for interviewing me. You have made my first Blog Tour extra special!

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Well, that’s it, folks. One more day that my books are available for 99c/99p, so grab your copies while you can!

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Another 5 star review!

What a way to start the day! Another 5 star review for Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy, ‘Raising A Vampire.’

 

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After a bit of quiet since its release, I received an amazing review for Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy! Here it is:

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I was initially pulled in by the title of this book, “Raising A Vampire.” I’d also read a glowing review of the first book in the trilogy. I decided to check out book two. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the storyline, character development, and constant twists and turns held my attention to the end.

I found the traumatic situations that Kate and her family encountered were presented in a way that was entirely realistic. I appreciated Kate’s relationship with her special daughter who is a “sucker.” Her interaction with her child comes from a place of respect and as much wisdom as Kate can muster. Her daughter’s reactions are also genuine and described in a way that was perfect for a child who embodies a very intense physical and emotional makeup.

There are many dilemmas in the story that Kate has to face. One major quandary is choosing between two men. As both men vie for Kate’s love, I felt her turmoil. The situation was very difficult because each man was unique and compelling in his own way. Kate’s emotional confusion and responses are portrayed in ways that are poignant and at times, heart-wrenching.

This is a well-written book that I found very difficult to put down. I was happy that there were resolutions to many of the issues raised in the book. However, after becoming invested in the lives of Kate and her family, I was left with a desire to plunge into book three, the final installment in the trilogy.

Thank you so much, Sandy! You made my day! Love you to bits for taking the time to read and write such a wonderful review on top!

Now, my dear reader, yes, you who is reading this. Did you read and review Book 2, Raising a Vampire, yet? Why not? It’s on sale for 99c/99p at the moment but only for a limited time. Grab your copy now! Here, on Amazon, Kobo, or Nook.

 

Meet the Author… S.S. Bazinet

Meet the Author… S.S. Bazinet, author of The Vampire Reclamation Project series

Sandy Bazinet writes about vampires. That was enough for me to ask her for an interview! It appears that, like my own stories, her vampire stories are about being human and about relationships. Stuff to make you think. I also love her book covers. Let’s find out how she got into writing about vampires.

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Biography

Sandy Bazinet grew up in Kansas, spent many years in the Baltimore, Maryland area and currently lives in New Mexico. After raising a family, she found out that she loved computers and worked in website design. Since 2008, she’s been passionate about writing. Her books include The Vampire Reclamation Project series, the Sentenced to Heaven series, as well as the YA thriller, My Brother’s Keeper, and a dystopian novel, Dying Takes It Out of You.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love walks in the desert, working jigsaw puzzles, and graphic design! Graphic design is particularly nice when I’ve been writing all day and need to switch to a different way of expressing the artistic part of myself.

What is your favorite childhood book, and why?

A favorite was and still is Mr. Snitzel’s Cookies, by Jane Flory. It has a wonderful message. Do what you love and you’ll succeed!

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

SS_Bazinet_DyingIt wasn’t the first story I read, but I read Wuthering Heights when I was about twelve years old. I think the intense, emotional states of the characters impressed me the most. I still feel that strong character development is a must in the books that I write.

If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?

I’d tell my younger self to stop worrying about getting everything perfect, to relax and have more fun with life and writing.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energizes!

Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?

Actually, my two grown daughters and I used to have a writer’s meeting once a week via a conference call. After a while, we decided to co-author three stories. Each week, one of us would write a section of a story and then pass the story on to the next person. It was great fun and also challenging since we each had a knack for leaving our section on a cliffhanger. We enjoyed the process, however, the stories got so complicated that we never completed them.

What gives you inspiration for your books? How did you come up with the idea for The Vampire Reclamation Project series?

Actually, I had writer’s block for many years. I took writing very seriously, and I think my mind’s ideas about how to write got in the way of my creative side. In frustration, I finally threw up my hands and decided not to worry about what I wrote. I decided to just write for the fun of it.

With that thought in mind, I sat down with a pad and pencil. I didn’t have a clue about what to write or what my story should be about. And I’m so grateful that I was in that open, receptive state. A story began to flow in on its own, a story about a wonderful angel named Michael and a desperate vampire named Arel. After that, I had to start writing at the computer because I couldn’t keep up with pad and pencil.

SS_Bazinet_MyBrotersKeeperDo you try to be original in your storytelling or to deliver to readers what they want?

Nope, since I gave inspiration permission to lead the way, I have never tried to steer the stories I write. I’m always as surprised as any reader as the story reveals itself. Maybe that’s why writing is so enjoyable for me.

Do you want each book to stand on its own or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

In my series, The Vampire Reclamation Project, each book is complete in itself, but the characters change and grow as the series progresses. In that way, they build on each other.  In my other books, the stories are always able to stand on their own too.

How do you select the names of your characters? Are your characters based on real people?

None of my characters are based on real people. A couple of times, it took a little longer for a name to come in, but most of the time, I begin to write about a character and a name pops in on its own.

What was your hardest scene to write?

The worst scene I had to write was one in which one of my main characters remembers a past life when he was burned at the stake. I don’t like violence or writing about violence so that was very hard to write. Thankfully, the brutality was kept to a minimum.

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

Sorry, but that’s like asking me to name a favorite child. I love them all.

When you develop characters, do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

I start out with a blank slate. I don’t know who or what will populate a story. My characters are in charge and definitely develop as the story progresses. For instance, in the vampire series, the main character, Arel, is suffering from low self-esteem when the story begins. He’d had a very abusive childhood that left him nearly crippled with fear. However, as he’s helped by his angelic mentor, Michael, and some humans who “adopt” him, he comes out of his shell.

In each book, Arel becomes more himself, and we learn just how strong and gifted he truly is. However, in the last book, Tainted Blood, his attempts at finding the perfect partner were hard for me to watch and write. I felt like the protective mom who’s observing their adult child flounder. However, I never have to worry. My stories have a way of working out in the end. Thank goodness!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I read my book reviews, but I try not to assign much weight to a negative one. Everyone has their perspective, and I respect that. What really helps is that I love writing, and I’ll write no matter what someone else thinks about my books.

What writing/publishing wisdom would you bestow upon new writers?

Don’t try to rush anything. Take your time and make sure that your book is the best it can be before you publish it. Make sure it’s well edited. Also, find a good designer for your cover! A cover is the first thing a person sees when they look at your book.

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

One reader said that my story helped them to reexamine their own life. They found comfort in the characters finding ways to give themselves a break and live happier lives. Another reader said my story gave them the courage to carry on in very adverse circumstances.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment as a writer?

In a world that is often stressful, I love the idea of providing people with stories that they can enjoy. If in some small way, I can contribute something positive and inspiring to others, I feel doubly blessed.

Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your answers with us. I can so relate with the non-planning way of writing. It is so much more exciting to wake up and not know what is going to happen next. And what great comments by your readers! It is a huge boost when you learn that you have had such a positive influence on someone 😀 .

Where can we find you online?

Email: ssbazinet@gmail.com

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon Author page

The Vampire Reclamation Project series has five books now. Check them out!



 

My Darker Side of Fiction Experience

My Darker Side of Fiction Experience; read up on my wonderful weekend at the book signing in Peterborough!

I was on such a high after attending The Darker Side of Fiction book signing event last Saturday, but I crashed on Monday and Tuesday afternoon (I had an appointment I couldn’t get out of on Tuesday morning). Two days of people-ing takes its toll on me:). The event was organized by Hourglass Events ladies Jo Curtis PA and Rachel Brightey PA, and these two ladies did a fabulous job! The venue, The Bull Hotel in Peterborough, was awesome, the organization run as smooth as a well-oiled engine, and the people I met were fantastic!

Getting there

My husband and I flew to Birmingham on Friday evening (leaving our teenaged kids at home for the first time. They didn’t set the house on fire!). We could have driven, but it would have been an eight-hour drive. As my husband still has to work (I’m afraid someone has to), we just didn’t have the time for this, so I didn’t expect to earn our expenses back. The reason for going was to show my face and get my name out there. I did have a pre-order form and had four orders of all the books of the trilogy beforehand which was great. As we were flying, we had a limit to what we could bring, but we managed to bring another five sets, some short story bundles, and some extra copies of Book 1.

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Showing off my wonderful assistant

 

On Friday evening, we arrived in Birmingham, picked up our rented car, and drove to Peterborough. We arrived at the Bull Hotel at 11pm and went straight to bed. I wanted to be ready for the long day. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep the night before, and I didn’t sleep well that night either. Whether it was caused by the high temperature in the room, the hum of the air-conditioning, or the hard mattress (yes, I’m a bit of a princess in that respect), or plain excitement, I will never know.

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The Bull Hotel

The Big  Day

The next morning we got up at 8am. The signing started at 10am, and this would give us enough time to have breakfast downstairs, get dressed up for the occasion, and set up the table. I was so glad I brought my husband as an assistant with me as he was such a great help. I couldn’t have managed without him! Before the doors opened, I went around the other authors’ stalls, to see what they had and what they priced everything. As this was basically my first signing with more than one book and with accessories, I had no idea about this. I had brought several price tags and put the ones down that I thought were a fair price.

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The Darker Side of Fiction, well… half of it 😀

They had sold ‘only’ seventy tickets (apparently they’re used to more), but there was a continuous stream of buyers walking past the tables. Some bought a whole set of the trilogy, some bought the short story bundle, some immediately walked past as soon as they saw my books were about vampires. It was fun to chat with the people who stopped at my table. My husband, bless him, was a better salesperson than I’ll ever be and often could win people over to buy something. All in all, I sold over thirty-five books which was great! Here are some piccies with visitors and myself.

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In the afternoon, there was a raffle with proceedings going the Samaritans, and many fantastic prizes were picked up.

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The excellent prices of the raffle!

The doors to the signing closed at five and we quickly packed up. I put our names down for the evening ball, but we had a few hours to spare. We headed into the city center of Peterborough beforehand but unfortunately were a few minutes too late to enter the Museum of the Moon exhibition. Instead, we walked around the cathedral and learned about its architecture through the multiple information boards. When we got back to the hotel, I managed to fit in a quick nap before we headed downstairs for pre-dinner drinks. There were a magician and a photographer.

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Our table companions Katie and Ben. Sorry, Lou and John; your photo turned out blurry!

Sunday in Birmingham

The next morning we drove back to Birmingham to visit the Newman Brothers coffin museum. They actually didn’t make coffins there, but the furniture, i.e. the handles and metal plates that they put on the coffins, as well as the shrouds the dead are put in. We had a fun guide and it was interesting. After a quick bite, we managed to meet with a fellow author, Iain Pattison/Jay Raven, who is from Birmingham. Unfortunately, time was short and so was our meeting. We could have talked for hours. Birmingham is a beautiful city and I hope to be back there one day. Here are some photos from this beautiful place.

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Jay Raven and me

Getting Back

Our trip back home was less relaxed as the way to Peterborough. Our plane was delayed for an hour and once back in Aberdeen, it appeared that both the headlights of my car had given the ghost. The ride home hence was a bit of an adrenaline ride, tagging behind people who did have lights, but we made it home safe. All in all, what a ride! What a fantastic weekend!

 

My interview with Dr DJ JoN will be airing soon!

My Dr DJ JoN Podcast will be airing soon! Check it out at 1pm EST/6pm London Time!

Remember I mentioned I was interviewed by Dr DJ JoN last week? Well, I just got the heads up that the interview will be aired on Flobcast Radio within the next hour! Don’t worry if you’ll miss it as it will be repeated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week a during the 1-3pm (EST) timeslot (early in the slot).

The website to go to is:

Flobcast

You only have to click on the play button on the website to hear the radio station.

I haven’t heard it yet, so I’m going to listen too!