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Fairy Tale Lies (Opposites Attract) By: DK Marie

Johnny- Thank you for taking the time to talking to me today, I’m in love with your book Fairy Tale Lies,  I’m also a huge fan of your Twitter poetry and IG poetry reading, if you could only pick one to describe yourself, would you call yourself  a writer or a poet?

DK- A writer. I’ve been writing books for a few years now, whereas poetry is much newer to me. I’m more confident and comfortable as a writer. However, I find poetry very rewarding and inspiring. Mine focuses solely on emotions, and it allows me to either release pent-up feelings or to use them to motivate them to fuel my daily writing. In fact, each morning, I begin with poetry to get the creative juices flowing, then switch to my WIP. (Work in Process book).

Johnny- I’m currently reading Love Songs (not wanting to give any spoiler away) but, it about a rock and roll band and relationship between the singer and lead guitarist, your description of the members of the band and normal tension that exist in that element is pretty spot on, now when I read Fairy Tale Lies, your dealing in a corporate world, once again, spot on, my question is do you have past or current experience in the either of these or was it just well researched?

DK-Some are from experience, most from meticulous research and asking knowledgeable people. For example, in Love Songs, I had two musicians read it to help with mistakes. I also contacted a CPA to make sure those scenes in that book were accurate.

With Fairy Tale Lies, the research was less as their careers were more in the background of the story and also similar to my own. With FTL, my research focus was more on location accuracy. Petite Bois was fictional, but the rest of the places are real, located in Michigan, and I wanted everything to be accurate. That research was fun. Letting me revisit places I’ve been to, but focusing more on surrounding, small details.

Johnny- I’d like to talk poetry for a moment, I’ve read some of your poems that deal with human interaction and sexuality, I’ve also read some that are just as desirable dealing with nature and other thought-provoking notions, what inspires the Poet inside of you?

DK- Emotions and people inspire me. Sometimes the feelings and thoughts are my own; other times, I gather them from strangers, loved ones, music, and even places.

Johnny- How many books have you published?

Dk- Two, with another one coming out in July. (The third book of the Opposites Attract Series)

Johnny- Do you have any off-limit topics that you just refuse to write about?

DK- Nope. Stories allow us to explore any topic we wish. Either to be entertained, to live vicariously through them, or to learn about new and different experiences. I don’t want to be closed off to anything.  Also, for me, I never have an issue with any topic, but do in how it’s presented.

For example, in a few of my books, drug addiction plays a minor (and major one, in an upcoming book) role in the story. I’ve read books where it’s treated as a fun game without consequences, or worse that those who become addicts are weak and just need to “man-up.” See, as a topic, it should be explored. It is prevalent in our society, and many readers would relate or want to understand the struggles. As such, treating it like a simple bad habit or a conflict easy to overcome is a disservice to the reader. If an author is going to tackle a serious or taboo issue, they should make sure they understand their topic (and do their research first).

Johnny- At what age did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?

DK- It was recent, in the last five to seven years. I’ve always loved to read but didn’t think I’d be able to write a whole book from start to finish. I gave it a try and wrote a complete story in about a month (It was awful, drowning in adverbs and plot holes, but I could do it. From there, I immersed myself in writing and improving my craft, writing Fairy Tale Lies). 

Johnny – Where do you draw your inspiration from?

DK – Everywhere. However, my stories and music are the biggest ones. When I say my stories, I mean the characters in them. For example, as I wrote Fairy Tale Lies, the secondary characters became more alive and demanded their stories. Tanner’s quiet, internal struggle begged to be told, so I did and wrote Love Songs. 

As for music, songs help set the tone of my writing (both novels and poetry). I also hear stories in the lyrics and melodies. For instance, the idea for the third book was born when I was idly listening to music. Before then, I knew I wanted to write Will’s story (Jacob’s brother from Fairy Tale Lies), but hearing this particular song gave me a burst of inspiration and a rough idea on how to do it.

Johnny- What are you doing during this covid-19 era we are experiencing? Are you self-quarantining?

DK- Cases are rapidly on the rise in Michigan. I don’t want to become part of the problem, so, yes, I am self-quarantining. To keep the stress of uncertainty at bay, I’m doing lots of reading and writing. Both keep me very busy and stop me from going stir-crazy. I also have plenty of projects at home to keep me occupied and a camera by my side for walks around the neighborhood and parks within driving distance.

Johnny- What is your biggest take away from this corvid-19 situation we are in?

DK – Since we are still going through it, it’s hard to say. I guess, enjoy the simple moments. The joy of reading a good book, or watching spring bloom as we take solitary walks (or with our families). Also, and most importantly, plan for the long term, but don’t forget to enjoy today, because who-the-hell knows what tomorrow will bring. 

Johnny – What have you got planned for future projects? Anything in the works?

DK – I have a few things in the works. As mentioned above, I have the third book of the Opposites Attract series coming out in July. I’ve also finished the fourth story, and it releases sometime in the start of 2021. 

As for future projects, I’m writing a loose outline for a new series and have begun character development for the first book. Once I have most of that written, I would love to write a romantic suspense. I actually have most of the outline for it written. It was a fun experiment I’d tried on Twitter in 2019. Every day that year, I wrote a small flash-fiction piece of the story, each day moving it along, but at the end of December 31, 2019, I had my three main characters, most of the conflict, and eighty percent of the story. Now those characters are demanding center stage, and I can’t wait to give it to them.

MORE FROM THE POETESS DK MARIE

REVIEW

FAIRY TALE LIES

What a pleasant surprise this book had turned out to be.

If you like well written romance with a good story line and interesting characters then you need to look no further. DK Marie does everything right in her debut novel, Fairy Tale Lies. Having recently started reading romance this book would have been enough to get anyone addicted to the genre.

Filled with sexy people, relatable relationships, and real world connection her narrative never slips, when the steam is turned up the sex scenes are enough to leave a body aching for relief.

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

There was a moment when I had first started reading this book that I realized that this was as refreshing to me as my favorite television program, there was no effort absorbing the situation as the chapters opened up before my eyes, when an introduction was made I felt as though I have known the person already. It was just a pure joy to be living in the moment of this romantic adventure.

I’m giving Fairy Tale Lies 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars as well as 5 stars to this amazing author, DK Marie.

Highly recommend this book to anyone not afraid of a little heat, but desires to be left a little bothered and craving more. A debut novel from an amazing woman, poet, and writer who has a voice and is not afraid to use it. I loved it!

POP REVIEW

LOVE SONGS

Just finished book two of DK Marie’s Opposites Attract series and before I get started please let me say that I’m relatively new to reading romance novels and I was a little nervous starting Love Songs right after finishing Fairy Tale Lies. Well… shame on me.

What I carelessly forgot was DK Marie is an amazing writer and her story telling abilities greatly surpasses a single genre.

I’m in awe by her abilities…

Entering this world I felt the energy, tension, and passion of a rock and roll band. The descriptive narrative pulled me in while the chemistry penned out before my eyes silently stole my heart.❤ Desirable dialogue along with a well structured characters did everything right to sell me on this book, believable situations matched the day to day challenges facing a touring band and when the chemistry was right DK brought out the flame thrower with sex that is guaranteed to make you ache, (in all the good ways).

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I’m giving Love Songs 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars, it’s gritty, sexy and full of passion, most of all it was fun to read.

DK Marie is a total class act, her writing has made me a fan for life, I am so excited to see what the future holds from this amazing individual!

❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤

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What Would God Think: Connected by: Luna Walter

Johnny– Having read your book, I know where this idea came from, but, if you don’t mind give us the elevator pitch about your book and where the idea came from.

Luna- I never meant to write a novel and that is the absolute truth! The first and major part of this dream came to me one very warm night in May, just before my birthday and it traumatized me! I became completely obsessed with the story and in trying to work out what it all meant. Why had I dreamed about genetically modified human clones, who were in some wired three-way relationship with a woman who looked a bit like me?

Most of all though I was obsessed with the feeling of absolute love I had experienced all night long. I felt a sudden emptiness and awareness that I was very unhappy, lonely and above all not in love and I wanted what Zak, Joe and Bella had.

This new desire the dream had given me for absolute love, was mixed up with a lot of sexual feelings and a new curiosity for this bazaar three-way love affair and the connection that the three main characters had with each other. I wanted to feel connected and I wanted to feel loved and I wanted passion. I started my novel by making clay models, quite erotic threesome poses of people entwined, and I started drawing pictures.

I spent a whole year drawing images to record my dream, and the story started to make sense to me. Drawing the pictures helped me to sort out a lot of my own issues, it gave me a kind of ‘awakening’.

Then I went back into the dream one night almost a year later and it became a reoccurring nightmare for a while. It was only at the point when I knew I had come to the end of the story that I decided to ‘pin’ words to my pictures, and it began to develop into the novel it is today.

I will be giving a more detailed explanation of how writing Zak and Joe’s life, relates to my own life, as I post it along with the drawings on Patreon every few weeks.

Johnny– I’m amazed at the fact that you say you are not a writer, what made you decide to step past your painting and start writing?

Luna- I had to write, as to print pictures is very expensive and to finish pictures to a standard good enough for printing, incredibly time consuming! I think my story would make a better film than a book and may be someone will see all the drawings one day and use them like a ‘story board’ to turn it into a movie or a series. I stepped past my painting because words were necessary in the end and once I started writing I loved it, and I couldn’t stop.

Johnny– Do you consider yourself a writer now?

Luna- No, but I have learned so much by writing this novel and my writing has really improved. As someone who has always struggled with sever dyslexia it has been great to go through the process of producing two books, but I would not do it again! It is way too expensive and I could not afford too. I have written a lot of poems in my life which I enjoyed, and I made some illustrated children’s books. I still consider myself to be an artist and not a writer though.

Johnny– This book is (in my opinion) controversial, what kind of feed back have you received from people who have read this?

Luna- I know it is very controversial and I warn people about this regularly when I post on social media. Luckily, I have only had really good feedback so far. I think that this is because I regularly post drawings which give away the controversial aspects of the story. People who do not like the sexual /violent, element of the story probable will not be tempted to buy it as they can tell clearly from the illustrations that the story will be alternative. My novel is also £10 to buy, so I imagine anyone who is considering reading it will check that they are going to enjoy the content before buying. There are so many free options to read out there as an alternative. Anyway, life is controversial, and I think that people are more open minded in general these days.

I was mostly worried about the violence shown towards Bella, the ‘heroin’ of the novel. The fact that she stays with her abusers and keeps loving them, doesn’t make her a great role model. I was concerned this might be giving the wrong message, along with the ‘people can change’, message when in truth they rarely do. This concern is one of the reasons it took me so many years to publish the books, but in the end, I just felt I had to, even though it still makes me feel uncomfortable.

Johnny– I know this came to you in an (for lack of a better term) continual dream, I’m wondering, do you think this was some sort of psychic communication? If so, from where? Or do you think this was just a dream?

Luna- The dream really helped me as did writing it, so it was like a gift to me, and I do have a belief that there is more to life than just flesh and bone and chemical reactions, so maybe there was some sort of psychic communication. I am a little shy to go into this too deeply though, religion is a tricky subject. I called the book “What Would God Think?” and that has confused people into thinking the book will have a strong religious content, which it really doesn’t. It poses questions, but there is no real answer.

Johnny– Personally, this book made me think. The more I thought about it the more I admire you for writing it. There had to be some turmoil, some internal conflict, how hard was this book to write?

Luna- It was incredibly hard to write, and I cried when I had my first five-star review from a stranger in America, who had read and loved my story.

There has been a lot of turmoil in my life and I have asked some of my friends and family never to read my novel. I know they will recognize aspects of the story that relate to real life issues and this could upset them. No one in my place of work knows that I have written a book, and my name is not Luna Walter.

The mind is a fascinating thing, and dreams are even more fascinating. I am glad I decided to record my dream and share my story with the world. With every person who has read and understood my novel, I feel like I step a little closer to fixing my soul.

review

I can’t say enough about this book, let me start by saying wow!

First this book is beautiful written and the illustrations are perfection. What a beautiful work of art this book turned out to be.

This is open minded fiction at its best.

What I really enjoyed most about this book was how smoothly the story progresses, it is written in a style that is seamless and easy to follow. As controversial as the topic of human cloning is Luna has penned a book that has set my mind to musing about the subject on a daily basis.

I also find it hard to believe that Luna does not consider herself to be a writer, I have to disagree with her on this topic because SHE IS a writer, a GREAT WRITER!

This book and it’s author gets a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me!

There are some parts that might trigger some reader but for me the whole story worked out in the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the second in the series.

Highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading really good fiction, totally suitable for YA fiction fans as well as mystery, romance, and drama lovers alike.

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Posted in A.M. Gilliam, indie author, Uncategorized

Sweet Serenity by: A.M. Gilliam

Sometimes you come across a book that is so delightful, you just want to share… ✌❤

Johnny– Welcome A.M. Gilliam, thank you for taking the time and talking with me today. Is ‘Sweet Serenity’ the first book that you’ve written?

A.M.- No, I actually wrote one book before that, but I wasn’t confident enough to publish it.

JohnnyReally! Please tell us a little bit about it if you don’t mind.

A.M I was a novel about 2 women, and their journey together. However, when I wrote it, I was very young, 18 years old. and back then, people weren’t as accepting of the LGBTQ community as they are now. Plus, I didn’t know that there was a huge writing community for LGBTQs within the overall community.

Johnny– Any chances that you might revisit that work someday and possibly publish?

A.M Yes, I actually thought about it recently. It will definitely need some rewriting but it’s a possibility. Almost a guarantee.

Johnny– I’ve got to admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I read your book ‘Sweet Serenity’ the story flowed and was fun to read, then it gets hot! I mean, like, erotica hot, has erotica always been something you wanted to write?

A.M.- Yes, to be honest. I have always been drawn to erotica and felt it was something I wanted to write. Some humans find interest in things like that, and I’m most definitely one of those humans.

Johnny- Personally,I think most people enjoy erotica but on different levels of intensity or descriptiveness, I’ve never really understood the media in this country because everything is so pro-violence and anti-sex (unless it’s violent), as a mother what is your opinion on this subject?

A.MI’m more of a lover, not a fighter. I do believe that violence is necessary to protect one’s family, but other than that, we should strive to resolve things with little to no violence. And speaking from experience. Violence begets violence. It becomes a cycle of chaos, when people use violence to solve things.

Johnny- How difficult is it for you to write sex scenes that are this hot? How do you keep it so tasteful?

A.M.- I’m not sure honestly. It plays in my head as if I’m watching my characters do the scenes themselves, and It kind of just flows from there. The sex scenes are the easiest part for me, because I try to keep it very natural. If the scenes feel like D budget porno’s, then that’s not a good scene to me.

Johnny- The sex in your book was defiantly tasteful, classy, and clean, yes, using your description “very natural.” Are you open to using a smuttier narrative if the scene was to call for it to sell your character? Or is that just not your style?

A.M If the scene was about a certain type of sexual person, i.e. a stripper, I’d definitely write a scene that’s more racy then was I usually write. Because the scene would need that to feel real.

Johnny– I have a confession, I had assumed that this was going to be the typical rich guy falling for the average girl type story, (sort of 50 Shades, less the BDSM) however, it took a turn on me, (not wanting to give away for those who haven’t read it yet), did this story line come to you before you started to write, or did you work the story line out as you were writing it?

A.M.- Sweet Serenity was completely impromptu. As I wrote the images came to me about the next scene, and I wrote it. As I kept writing, the story just took on a life of its own. The only thing I planned out regarding this book, was the character descriptions. Other than that, I let my imagination guide me.

Johnny – Is Romance the only genre you plan on writing?

A.M – No. I’m actually venturing out into the paranormal romance right now; with the book I’m currently working on.

Johnny– Do you have a “off limits” topic that you refuse to incorporate in your work?

A.M – No, I think writing is a way for me or anyone else to express themselves.

Johnny- I’m guessing that A.M. Gilliam is a pen name you use when you write, did any of your family read your book? If so, what was their feedback?

A.M – That’s actually my name. Just the initials for my first and middle name. My siblings have read it, and they weren’t shocked by the erotica or anything like that. I’ve always been a naturally sexual person and I guess it just seeped into my writing. However, I told my parents not to read it. It’s just a little too weird for them to read it. Almost like if they caught me having sex, and that’s not appealing to me LOL.

JohnnyThat’s funny! Do you think they snuck a peek?

A.M – I’d hope not! But in all seriousness. I’m not as worried about my mother reading it, as much as my father. I’m a daddy’s girl, so imagining him reading my books is a little sickening. LOL

Johnny -How long did it take you to write Sweet Serenity? Do you self-publish?

A.M – I was originally published by Next Century Publishing back in 2017, but they went out of business. Giving me the rights to self-publish my book. As of 2019, I’m self-publishing everything I write.

Johnny– Good for you! Any advice for any Indie Writers who are thinking of self-publishing?

A.M – It’s definitely hard, but once your work is complete, and you hold a copy of it  in your hands, your sense of pride is going to overshadow the lack of sleep, the writer’s block, basically everything that you had to face to get to that point. It’s a trying time, but it’s so worth it.

Johnny – Take me through your process of developing your characters, do you visualize anybody in particular when you are doing this?

A.M – yes, it’s usually someone I’ve seen before or even dreamed of that gives me the visuals for my books. For me visualization is important because novels aren’t just words, they’re movies, but on paper.

Johnny – If this was being made into a movie, tell me, who your cast would be?

A.M – I don’t have a preference on cast, as long as the actors fit the role. I feel that I would be more detailed with the music. I’m a lover of music, and I believe that it sets the tone of everything. If you have the right music playing, no matter what event, place, etc. You’ll be just fine.

Johnny– You have a new book that is getting ready to be released, can you give us a quick elevator pitch on what it’s about?

A.M – Yes, the title is called “Redemption” and It’s about second chances, and loving someone with mental illness, and having that love withstand the test of time. My main character Crystal suffers from a mental illness and other health problems that destroyed her relationship with Zane (the beau), 5 years ago. After some time apart, they meet, causing old wounds to open for them both. They face many things creating a journey they’ll have to walk through to get to the place of love, and stability within themselves and together.

You can pre-order now on Amazon and it will be available March 16th, 2020 for purchase on Amazon, and to rent via Kindle Unlimited.

REVIEW

What a delightful and refreshing read this has been. This was my first book by Ms. Gilliam and I think it safe to say that it won’t be my last. Her mind is a beautiful place and her talent is her ability and willingness to share.

❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

This story flows and is very easy to digest, what seems like an innocent little romance tale quickly becomes hot dripping erotica that leaves very little to imagination, as innocent as it begins I was pleasantly surprised by how lusty it became and went on to be a story that satisfies all the way to the end.

What an amazing debut novel, it was refreshing, exhilarating, and very, very HOT!!

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A.M. Gilliam is an author that I highly recommend as well as this book, if romance is your thing be prepared to get hot and bothered because the queen has arrived.

I gave Sweet Serenity 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on both Goodreads and Amazon, if you haven’t read it you should. It will melt your face!!!

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Posted in Ava Lee Mosley, indie author, Random stuff about my blog, Uncategorized

Twice as nice

By: Ava Lee Mosley

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.” ― Henry Miller

Johnny– Hi Ava! Thank, thank you for taking the time to visit with me and have a conversation about your book. Where did the idea for ‘Twice as Nice’ originate?

Ava– I think I read somewhere the phrase “space pirate” recently and I really wanted there to be a female space pirate! So I created Allie. As for the idea for the story, I just thought it would be a funny conflict if we put together a female who is somewhat asexual with a hypersexual male and see what happens. I love conflict!

Johnny– Space Pirate, I love it!  You feature two different species of aliens Brex and Allie, (kudos on originality btw), where do you draw your inspiration from when you are creating different species?

Ava– Terran actually means human, but I understand it’s not very well explained in the story. As for Brex, who is not human, I guess I just draw on the many years of watching sci-fi shows and reading sci-fi books. But I also try to come up with something I haven’t seen.

Johnny– Brex is Primarsul, how did you go about creating this character? He is very unique in more ways than one.

Ava– To be honest, the idea for the story always comes first. As for the characters and the details, they just develop from the idea. I often “pantse” so I don’t know how they look until I write the scenes and sometimes even until I edit! For me, it’s easier to add the details later, and that’s only because what captivates me at the start is the story.

Johnny– This is the first book I’ve read that you’ve written, is sci-fi erotica the only genre you write? Or is this your first book?

Ava– I’ve written many unfinished speculative stories, novellas and even novels throughout the years – urban fantasy, dark fantasy, science fiction, science fantasy, paranormal, etc. However, as I don’t easily finish long stories, I decided to go shorter and shorter… and once I did and I decided I wanted to publish, I realized the only short fiction that was publishable was mostly erotica. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I’ve read and written my share throughout the years, but this decision was more necessity than anything else. Luckily, I started writing and publishing in this genre – after doing some market research – and I LOVED IT. Who knew it would be so fun to write short steamy stories with aliens?!

Johnny– It most defiantly is steamy and fun! Do you self-publish? Or do you go through an agency?

Ava– Yes, I self-publish. I am such a control freak and so multipassionate that I suppose self-publishing is fun for me, and necessary. I can’t imagine someone telling me what to do with my story, so I just do everything myself, and it works! I have spent years writing, editing, designing, marketing… so the natural conclusion was to self-publish. It’s a challenge because you have a tiny budget and a LOT of tasks, but there’s also a lot to be learned, and that’s what I thrive on.

Johnny– What advise would you give to anyone that is wanting to write erotica?

Ava– Well, right now it’s not as easy to make money off erotica… if you’re in it for the money, you better write longer romance works. If you’re just writing for fun, shorter pieces are a great way to improve your craft and get feedback. Definitely read top stories on literotica.com if you want to improve your sex scenes and sign up on Erotic Authors, the subreddit, where people will help you on your journey.

Johnny– Do you have to be ‘thick skinned’ to write erotica? I would imagine that there are some pretty crude people out there that just think they can message or email you some pretty vulgar stuff, or for the most part, is everybody cordial?

Ava– For now everyone has been super nice, but after all, I have just started. I have only published 3 short stories and I have only been an “author” for 1 month, so I’m sure I might face some weirdness in the future, but so what? I have become pretty thick-skinned already since I have been active only for years and have encountered all kind of people. As long as people are reading my stories, I am happy.

Johnny– What does the future hold for Brex and Allie? Any plans for later adventures?

Ava– Yes actually! After some positive feedback and a couple of suggestions, I decided to turn this story into a series called Starfarers and Warriors. Sadly, I might not revisit those specific characters, or I might, in passing. I have a couple of ideas for other series as well and it’s usually always the same world but with different people/couples.

Johnny– This is a very short read, are you planning on writing larger volumes in the future?

Ava– Absolutely!!! Even though I said I’m not good at longer works, I actually can last for a novella (no pun intended). So I definitely plan on publishing some longer works in the romance genre in the future, since Romance readers prefer longer reads. Also, I get most of my royalties from Kindle Unlimited readers, and that’s really pennies when the work is shorter.

Johnny– Who or what is your inspiration? (Could be your favorite author, musician, or music), what makes you want to write?

Ava– To be honest, writing is in my blood, my breath, my everything. I have been a writer since a very early age and the only times when I don’t write, I am miserable. As for my inspiration, it’s J.K. Rowling. Even though it sounds cheesy, Harry Potter opened my eyes to the magic of world building and storytelling and I became a true fiction writer than. I started with fanfiction and slowly built up my confidence to come up with my own stories. And once I opened that well, OH BOY, I still get dozens of ideas every week…

Johnny– Give me a quick elevator pitch for “Kicking the Vow”.

Ava– Kicking the Vow is about a woman who is highly religious and who has taken a vow of chastity, but because of horrid circumstance, she has to go work in a brothel on another planet. There she meets the charismatic concubines Tanar and Crahain and the owner Seb, and suddenly, she doesn’t know what to do with herself!

Johnny– What are your plans for 2020?

Ava– I plan to release a story at least every fortnight, so I hope that 2020 will come with a bit more clarity. I want to experiment and perfect my marketing strategy, so I can reach more readers, and I would be very excited to write more series! I love some of the worlds I’ve created, and my readers love them, too, so the new year looks good indeed!

Johnny– That’s a pretty aggressive goal! Are you the person that needs to challenge themselves?

Ava– See, that’s a normal goal for me! I guess if I don’t go big, it’s just not me. If I’m not challenged, I’m bored… so that answers your question.

REVIEW

Twice as Nice: Alien Breeding Romance is a fast read that will take less than thirty minutes to consume.  Although short but sweet I found that what it lacks in volume it makes up for in creativity. Twice as Nice is also the first erotica book to be reviewed on this site.

No spoiler alert warning needed for this but do expect the heat 🔥 to rise while you are reading this book. Ava leaves nothing to the imagination, she also leaves nothing on the table.

Although short but sweet I can’t help but give Ava credit for originality and creativity. For that reason I’m giving this a thumbs up. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐HIGHLY RECOMMEND

This short story contains explicit sexual content, some may look as a disclaimer while other view it as a welcome sign, where-ever you reading preference I feel positive that there will be something in this book that you will like.

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Except GENESIS is an intergalactic brothel. And the more she works there with the charismatic owner, Seb, the flimsier her vows get.
In this short, steamy story, let’s follow Raya’s sexy transformation.
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KICKING THE VOW
When Raya’s small planet is torn by war, she has to find a new place to live and work… and were it not for her vow of chastity, she would have been happy about finding work in GENESIS.

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Posted in indie author, Jessica Conwell, Uncategorized

Three Sharp Knives

By: Jessica Conwell

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” -Jack Kerouac

Johnny– Hey Jessica, first I want to thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me about your book ‘Three Sharp Knives’. Having read your book I understand the name, and what it stands for, do you have any particular story behind the term/brand? where did “3SK” come from?

Jessica– Hey Johnny! Thanks for reading, I’m always happy to answer questions! The title Three Sharp Knives comes from the idea that certain people are considered ‘dangerous’ to society simply for existing, like sharp knives sitting on a counter. The three narrators are all such people, three women who fall just outside the bounds of what the world wants to understand.

Johnny– You are such a charming writer, you have a way when you developed your characters that is so real and strong that I feel invested, “bought in” and very close to them, what do you attribute to that?

Jessica– Thank you. I’ve always been of the view that characters are more important than plot. I’ll read a book with interesting characters and a thin plot well before I will finish a book with a fascinating plot and flat characters. I think the number one thing I try to remember when developing my characters is that people don’t make sense. People are messy. People are illogical. People act in ways contrary to their own values. People screw up. But despite it all, most people in the world are trying to do their best to work toward what they envision “good” to be. Whether that is a moral good, a spiritual good, or just a personal good varies person to person. But I try to start with asking myself, “What does this character define as their ‘good’ and what does it look like when they try to work towards it? How will they screw up along the way?” I think that might be why my characters are relatable. I think most people can understand the feeling of knowing the good, wanting the good, but having no effing idea how to go about achieving the good.

Johnny– This book is written in a different format than most, separated into four sections with no chapters, (which, by the way, works!), is this your style when you are writing? Or is it unique to this book?

Jessica– I tend to work with sections more than chapters. My earlier novel, Cluster, works this way as well. I think I fits my stories structure-wise better than breaking them up into chapters. I want the narrative to flow in a series of long arcs, mainly to create the feeling that everything is connected, nothing separated from anything else. Past mixes with present.

Johnny– What motivated you to write Three Sharp Knives?

Jessica– So, the most simplistic answer to that question is that after I finished Cluster, a friend of mine said, “I think you should write a story about ghost hunters.” Naturally, I took that in the least logical, barely connected direction I could.

The larger answer is that I wanted a story about unconventional people and unconventional love. Obviously, there is a lot of LGBTQ+ representation in 3SK, but even beyond that, I wanted to write a book for people who feel like they don’t really fit anywhere, people who want to love and be loved, but find it difficult to be understood.

Johnny– I want to talk about your characters again, they are so damn believable, and likable, did you have inspirations or muses when you created them, or were they strictly products of your imagination?

Jessica– Way back when I was younger writer, I made the mistake of basing characters entirely on people I knew. This, predictably, blew up in my face when said people read the stories, mainly because I was not yet a strong enough writer to mask what I was doing. So, I now have a strict policy for myself against writing biographical (or autobiographical) characters. However, there are, of course, scraps and snipping’s of people I have known or encountered in my life. I don’t think any author can truly avoid that. And, honesty time, there is a bit of me in each of my narrators.

Johnny– Without giving anything away, what was the hardest part of this book to write?

Jessica– Ha! That’s a difficult one to answer without giving anything away, because the truth is that the most difficult part of the book to write was the ending. In part it was because I couldn’t decide how to execute it. It was a eureka moment on a long walk that finally gave me the ‘nested circle’ structure of the flashbacks in the last section. The other reason it was difficult was—and this will be very difficult to say without spoiling anything—because, well, authors tend to get emotionally invested in their own characters, too. I’ve had people tell me how hard they have taken various unkind things I have done to characters of mine they connected with. My knee-jerk response is, “I know! I’m a monster!”

Johnny– You did it beautifully! Although, I gotta admit, I was a little surprised at the ending, so I’m guessing your going to be that writer that likes to shock your readers?

Jessica– I actually try not to, typically. Otherwise there isn’t much of a surprise since the reader is expecting a surprise, you know? I’m completely of the mindset that surprise endings have to be earned. They need to be a surprise only due to the reader not putting the pieces together ahead of time.

Johnny– My thought is that this book was written through the eyes of three different individuals, which narration was the hardest to write for?

Jessica– Heather, actually, who is also my favorite character. She was hard to write because of how bleak her worldview is at the beginning of her section. In a lot of ways, it mirrored my own thoughts during darker, lower moments of my life, and it wasn’t always enjoyable to access those while I was writing her.

Johnny– Was it therapeutic for you to write her?

Jessica– It actually was. It is good to speak dark feelings aloud sometimes.

Johnny– I did this when I interviewed Rebecca Hefner and it was a lot of fun so I’d like to try it with you if you don’t mind. You get a call from Hollywood, your book is going into production to become a movie, you are chosen to cast it, you can use any artists you want, who do you pick?

Jessica– I’ve been asked about before actually! I think my main demand that would be that all of my trans characters be portrayed by trans actors. Beyond that, if Saoirse Ronan isn’t Heather and Katey Sagal isn’t Mari, I just don’t know that I could sign off on the production.

Johnny– Ha! Katey Sagal would be perfect! Good call for Heather, NOW, who would play Seph and Lia?

Jessica– She’s a bit older than the character, but I think Jamie Clayton from Sense8 would be a great Seph. For Lia, I’ve never been able to lock down who I think would be good for her role. But I’m open to suggestions.

Johnny– I’m curious, because your book centers around this, are you a fan of puzzle rooms?

Jessica– I am a huge fan of puzzle rooms, verging on being evangelical about them. I’ve done enough of them that I have formed strong opinions regarding their quality.

Johnny– What advise do you have for someone that wants to become a writer?

Jessica– Write the stories you think only you will be interested in. That won’t be the case. Write the books you wish you’d had at your lowest moments. Also, immediately stop thinking about writing as some mystical art. Like any craft, it needs to be honed and developed. Practice.

Johnny– What advise do you have for someone that might be struggling with gender identity?

Jessica– Trust yourself. A million voices will tell you that you don’t know yourself, that they know you better than you could. Surround yourself with the people who love and support you, discard the ones who don’t. Never be afraid to seek additional support. Hold in your mind the truth that no matter what, you have intrinsic value and are worthy of love and respect.

Johnny– I hope I’m asking this right, because I am ignorant about transgender people, I’ll be the first to admit that, but, at what age did you drop the gender society given you (because of the anatomy you were born with), to become the woman you are today?

Jessica– That’s a tricky one, because I spent a long time knowing and being in active denial. I was 33 when I finally came out, though.

Johnny– Was your family supportive? are you close with your family?

Jessica– The members of my family I am close with were very supportive, even if they didn’t understand right away. I, of course, had some members who were less so (especially among my then-in-laws) but the people who knew me the best knew that this wasn’t something I had decided based on some whim I was having.

Johnny– As a transgender woman do you feel accepted by society?

Jessica– In certain segments, sure. Otherwise, no, no I don’t. For one thing, the US government itself is currently hostile toward trans people. Aside from that, the background noise of life as a trans person is a cacophony of microaggressions, threats of violence, discrimination, distrust, and prejudice. So, we find our pocket communities. We build our “found families” and we do everything we can to try to change the way things are. But we have a hell of a long way to go.

Johnny– When you say “currently hostile” was it more-so after the 2016 election than before?

Jessica– Absolutely. Before 2016, things weren’t great, but it seemed like progress was being made, if only in an ‘inch at a time’ way. After the election, not only were protections and rights we had been granted under constant attack, it was almost as if a license had been given to not hide your prejudices.

*(I’d like to add a side note here, as a veteran who served in the US Army it breaks my heart and angers me to my core that you have to deal with this sort of hate and hostilities. When I joined, I joined so EVERYONE regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation could live in this country freely, peacefully, without fear or harassment from bigots and their hate, intolerance, and prejudice.) JS

Johnny– Jessica where do you want to be in 10 years?

Jessica– Watching my daughter start college (if that’s what she wants), going on adventures with my partner, and always, always, always still writing. Even if my audience can still be counted on one hand.

Johnny– You keep writing like you do I’m predicting that you will need a “few” hands to count your audience on. What are you wanting your readers to take away with them after reading 3SK?

Jessica– I hope they leave with more empathy and understanding for people different than they are, as well as more openness to love in all of its bizarre, beautiful forms. I hope I can make some people who have never felt understood seen, even if just a little.

Johnny– Who is your favorite writer?

Jessica– That is tough one, because every time I think I know the answer, my brain yells, “Wait! Wait! But what about…?” A short list would have to include Richard Russo, Carmen Maria Machado, Tillie Walden, and Neil Gaiman.

Johnny– Do you have any projects planned for 2020?

Jessica– Roughly a thousand of them, though I am favoring a project that does have a loose tie-in to 3SK (much as 3SK has some loose connections to my earlier book, Cluster). Unfortunately, it is in the form of bringing back probably the last character 3SK readers wanted to see return, so….

Johnny– So… we might not see Seph and Heather again?

Jessica– You may, but they will be wandering through the background of a scene. I have this long-standing belief that everyone is the background character in someone else’s life. All of my novels have a shared universe, but rarely will I bring a main character from one book into the forefront of another. However, you may see someone who was a minor character in 3SK play a more major role.

Johnny– Do you mind giving a quick elevator pitch for Cluster?

Jessica– A group of misfit friends run a music venue/coffee shope/vintage toy store together while coping with love and loss of many different flavors. Also, there’s a lengthy discussion about ghost sex.

REVIEW

Every once in a while I get the pleasure to come across a book that totally catches me off guard. Three Sharp Knives was one of those books.

Upon opening this book, I was carried away with a narrative that was so mesmerizing, characters so endearing, a plot well-groomed that it belongs on a Hollywood screen, I could not help but fall in LOVE with this book! I think you will too.

Three against the world was a reoccurring theme that ran across my mind time after time while I was reading this. Love, defined on their terms was what I was left with.

I love this book! It has earned the five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐rating that I’ve given it on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m proud to say that I am a HUGE fan of Jessica Conwell.

If a good story and strong characters is your thing, then Three Sharp Knives is the book for you. I can’t wait to read and review Jessica’s other book Cluster.

Great job on writing a great book Jessica! I’m a fan!!

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Posted in indie author, Shaun McCoy, Uncategorized

Electric Blues

By: Shaun O McCoy

“What all of us have to do is to make sure we are using AI in a way that is for the benefit of humanity, not to the detriment of humanity.”  –Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Johnny– Hello Shaun, thank you for taking the time to talk with me about your book, where did the idea for Electric Blues come from?

Shaun– Ha!  I don’t think I’ve admitted this before, but I wrote this story right after smartphones were coming into the mainstream.  I had a little android phone that I adored, and I wondered what it would be like if it was sentient.

Johnny– LOL, that’s pretty cool. Did you by any chance hang on to it over the years?

Shaun– I did! In fact, even seven or so years later, it still works 😀 

Johnny– That is awesome! And it still works… that’s pretty cool. The opening lines in your book reads: “I can’t love. That’s okay, if you ask me, most humans can’t either.” That is profound, what is Arty telling us in this opening line?

Shaun– Well, first, let’s all hope that Arty is wrong there. The world is a lonely enough place as it is! It’s a little hard to answer this question without dorking out completely, but essentially, I imagine Arty here is dealing with the fact that most people have a romanticized view of love—and even Arty can tell that the people around him don’t have that Romeo and Juliet stuff at their disposal.  Like all of us, I hope, Arty, as he meets new people and sees more relationships, will grow in his understanding of what human love really is.

Johnny– Just so you know, dorking out is completely allowed, in-fact is very much encouraged here, lol. Tell me more about Arty, he seems interesting. He lives in a storage unit due to his unemployment circumstance; it sounds like he is improvising, adapting and overcoming his current situation, which is rather amazing since he seems to be running on a rather dated program.  

Shaun– Well, to be fair, he’s running a pretty darn advanced program compared to what we have today 😀 It just depends on your perspective, I suppose. 

Johnny– I’m constructing that question from Arty’s narration, I guess; he had mentioned that other A.I. models having a more updated programming than he.  As a reader he just seemed like what he lacked in his program he made up through improvising. Was this intentional? Or is Arty pulling a Captain Kirk during his ‘Kobayashi Maru? (LOL)

Shaun– Ha!  I don’t feel Arty is winning the unwinnable Kobayashi Maru scenario here.  Certainly, a Denizen H could come up with the plan that Arty did, and perhaps even a more cost effective one.  That being said, I did envision Arty’s AI as sufficiently complex to display a level of creativity. To use human beings as an analogy, the ability to succeed and be employable is more complex than just how good our pattern recognition (intelligence) is or how good our education is.  Those things help, but they’re not the end all be all.  So too, for an AI, I don’t think that processing power and updated software are always going to win the day.  Maybe most days, but not all of them!

Johnny– There are so many good points to talk about in this book I’m having a hard time choosing one to start with, we know where the idea came from, what was your motivation to write Electric Blues?

Shaun– While I started with the idea of my phone, the story really is a reflection of a lot more than that.  As a child who moved a lot, I’ve definitely lived the fish-out-of-water story, which, to an extent, Electric Blues is.  And, as an analytical person, sometimes I find myself confused, or even occasionally estranged by the people around me who are more intuitive.  Arty, as a robot, works as a pretty good vehicle for getting that estrangement, and the eventual catharsis of finding a way through the world, across.  Social situations are hard, insanely complicated, and yet, people are expected to understand them perfectly.  So, I think it’s easy for a lot of us to feel for Arty because so many of us have walked that same path. 

Johnny– I love the dialog between Arty and the Veterinarian, is Arty starting to develop a personality or is he being logical?

Shaun– Oh yes!  I don’t think you can really have intelligence as we think of it WITHOUT having personality or character.  And, a lot of those character points are going to look like emotions.  That may sound crazy to say about an AI, but hear me out!  Our emotions serve certain purposes.  Anger helps us keep boundaries for our emotional and physical safety, affection helps us treat our friends well, sadness helps us reflect on our life choices, etc. etc.  Arty may not feel anger, but he has to develop habits which keep his boundaries.  He may not feel sadness, but he has to look back on his choices, and his relationships, and see if he can learn better ways, he can handle his next set of choices and relationships.  So, while Arty doesn’t feel like we do, it’s sort of a moot point because he’s thinking in the ways that are the root of our emotions.  I think this is one of the reasons why people can empathize with how Arty feels, even though he isn’t really feeling.  And THAT, I believe, gets back to the first line of the book where Arty says most people can’t love. What that’s really about is the misconception of what love is, and maybe we all have a bit of a misconception of what it means to feel.

Johnny– You seem like a pretty philosophical person so I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts, Knickers basically tells Arty to go help the underprivileged in order to keep his Government assistance, (how revolutionary is that?), do you consider that to be socialism or maybe, responsible, creative government? Or, is it something else?

Shaun– I wasn’t trying to make a point about governments there!  For many people getting government assistance in the US, their assistance is contingent on them looking for work.  I just updated our current laws as if a legislative body were to try and get them to encompass AI.  BUT SINCE YOU ASKED, I think the fact that AI might be able to take jobs from us in a way that automation never could before, we really should be ready to transition to a universal basic income if the need arises 😀

Johnny– I read on your social media profile that you are a former MMA fighter? How did you get started in that? Was this something you did full-time?

Shaun– OH!  Those were beautiful days 😀 The beginnings of that were pretty tragic though.  I was nearly killed by an infection when I was 20.  I was in a coma and hospitalized for two weeks.  When I came out of it, I had trouble walking more than 100 yards.  My Aunt and Uncle, Tori and Barry Polinitza, agreed to let me stay on their horse ranch during the day and train at their martial arts dojo in the nights.  I fell in love with the puzzle of fighting, and eventually just had to try it out in practice.

I never did do MMA as a living/full time though.  I think it’s entirely possible I could have opened up a studio and taught, but though I won all my fights, I don’t think I was good enough to live off of the purses. 

Johnny– That an amazing story Shaun, thanks for sharing, very inspirational! What discipline did you practice?

Shaun– I studied quite a few disciplines!  Shootfighting, Jiu jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing and Mui Thai were the arts which helped me the most.  Almost everyone I was training and competing with had learned one art a youngster, so it was always a puzzle for me to make sure I had the skills to avoid or neutralize what my opponents were bringing to the table. 

Johnny– Do you still train and/or compete?

Shaun– I do a little boxing, but I’m retired from fighting now!  I play tournament chess to satisfy my competitive drive.

Johnny– Which is more vicious? I’ve heard chess tournaments can be downright brutal. Are they that competitive?

Shaun– Brutal is certainly the right word for competitive chess!  Imagine taking the Bar to become a lawyer, but that the exam is taking you back.  You’re thinking as hard as you can for over five hours at times, and the toll it takes is difficult to explain.  The brain is a top calorie using organ in the human body, and when measured, it apparently eats up as much calories in a professional chess game as an NBA basketball player’s entire body will burn in their game.   Which is more vicious?  Definitely MMA!  After a few days rest, you’re going to be recovered from almost any chess game.  That’s not true for huge number of fights! 

Johnny– What made you want to become a writer?

Shaun– I feel like I have a million answers to that question, and maybe they all come together into one giant answer!  My father and grandfather told me stories growing up which lit my mind on fire.  My mother would always find time to read to me.  My friends and I would play make believe growing up, so storytelling was baked into my early socializing.  I played a ton of dungeons and dragons and had to run and write the campaigns for my friends.  I read the entire fiction section of my middle school library in sixth grade and it started to leak out of my ears in prose.  There are ideas I experience which are so beautiful I feel like I have to share them with other people.  I feel alive after I write. 

But, if there’s anything the research on consciousness I did for Electric Blues has taught me, it’s that people are particularly terrible at giving the reasons for why they do things.  So, who knows?

Johnny– Ha! Fair enough, have any of the stories told to you by your father and grandfather ever made it into any of your writing?

Shaun– Not the stories themselves, but my father’s world building and my grandfather’s way of building a character certainly come through a good bit in what I do.

Johnny– Was Electric Blues your first book?

Shaun– Not by a long shot!  The first book I wrote was in seventh grade.  I don’t know that anyone should read it though.  My first full length novel that was published is Even Hell Has Knights.

Johnny– What writing plans have you got for the upcoming year? Any projects in the works?

Shaun– Oh yes!  Wasteland, a book in my Hellsong Universe, is in its final editing stage.  It should be a beaut!

Johnny– Oh sweet, any release date ETS’s?

Shaun– We’re working on late first quarter next year!  That gives you guys plenty of time to catch up!  You can start the series here:

Johnny– Who inspires you?

Shaun– I have a ton of heroes!  Some from the sports I’ve competed in.  Garry Kasparov in Chess, who branched out to fight for fair elections in Russia and who helped move his home village to safety during regional unrest.  Mirko Filipović, a fighter who got elected to the Croatian Parliament.  Epicurus, who’s philosophy is so strangely modern!  But it’s not just my heroes who inspire me!  I have a friend who quit his job and gave up his dreams because he felt what he was being asked to do was unethical.  And I have friends who are actually raising decent human beings!  How the crap are they doing that?  I could never do that! 

Johnny– Who is your favorite author/writer?

Shaun– Frederik Pohl, I think, is amazing.  I really think his material is right up there with Asimov and Bradbury, but he’s not as well known.  I’d recommend Gateway to anyone looking to get into him. 

Johnny– Do you have a sequel planned or written for Electric Blues?

Shaun– I do!  There is a sequel out now for Arty called Binary Jazz.  I have a third one planned, called Digital Muse, which is on the backburner.  I feel that it wouldn’t be a good Arty story if the theme didn’t in some way tackle an emotion.  Electric Blues deals with depression, while Binary Jazz is primarily about how positive and negative emotions build friendships.  The third story will touch on the idea love and how human beings in love look from Arty’s perspective. 

Johnny– I notice Electric Blues was on Audible, (Great performance by Gabrielle Olexa btw), are any other books been converted to audio?

Shaun– They’re not!  Electric Blues is the only one so far!  I agree that Gabe did a fabulous job on the audio.  Getting someone to be monotone for that long and still keep the story exciting to listen to was no easy task!

https://www.audible.com/pd/Electric-Blues-Audiobook/B00GR9GGLA

Johnny– Absolutely! Her monotone was nothing short of phenomenal! (I’ve included a link above for anyone wanting to listen to this amazing performance). Shaun, what is your process when you begin writing a book from an idea?

Shaun– For me, it seems different for each story.  Sometimes there’s an image or scene that burns its way into my consciousness, and I play the detective to see what came before it and after it.  For the Hellsong series, the setting came first, and the story-lines emerged as I imagined how people would handle that particular damnation.  At other times there’s a concept or emotion I have that I want to share, and the story is just the best way to communicate it with another person. 

Johnny– Any advice for inspiring writers, cage fighters, or chess players?

Shaun– All three pursuits straddle the line between science and art.  They require both phenomenal discipline and unfettered passion.  Most people I meet have one of the two requirements down.  My advice to anyone who is chasing one of these three endeavors is to find the area you are most lacking, whether it be discipline or passion, and feed the weaker of the two. 

Review

Electric Blues is a fun futuristic tale of an A.I. that is looking for his purpose. In doing so Arty teaches us all the possible meaning of life. To think that this whole story came about because of a smartphone blows me away, and so does this book.

With plenty of room for this franchise to grow I can hardly wait to see what Arties next adventure will be.

Dynamic narration is necessary to make this book work for the reader. Logical and engaging dialog are entwined presenting a believe-ability that will easily hold your interest to the end. Shaun has done a wonderful job with Electric Blues.

Personally, I love the fact that coping with his current reality Artie is teaching me the basics principles of philosophy. While searching for his purpose in an ever advancing world, Artie has taught me that adapting is surviving, when one door closes another opens, it’s just depend on how one chooses to view it.

I’m giving Electric Blues five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on both Goodreads and Amazon because of it is original, humorous, and intelligent. I walk away from this book feeling both amused and charmed, but most importantly, entertained.

Shaun proves that sometimes the little things that come into our lives can provide some great opportunities. He also proved that with hard work and determination you can overcome adversity. Good luck 🍀 with all your endeavors Shaun, I’m a Fan! 🙏

Be on the look-out for these other books by Shaun McCoy.

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Ghost Stories

By: Antara Roy O

“A scene should be selected by the writer for haunted-ness-of-mind interest.
If you’re not haunted by something, as by a dream, a vision, or a memory, which are involuntary, you’re not interested or even involved.” ― Jack Kerouac

I don’t know about you, but I love a good ghost story. Growing up in the Ozarks I remember hearing stories that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. There were no explanations, no reasoning, just a story, and it was scary. Naturally when I came across Ghost Stories, I jumped at the chance to talk with author, Antara Roy O.

Johnny– Hi Antara, thank you for taking the time to talk with me. This was so much fun! What made you want to write Ghost Stories?

Antara– Hi Johnny, it’s always a pleasure to talk to fellow ghost story enthusiasts, and good to be here! 

   I have always been a keen ghost story enthusiast. Perhaps, growing up in a small, quaint town with majestic pine trees all around me helped to nurture my interest in the paranormal. There was my grandma’s old, rambling bungalow up on a hill that is said to be haunted, and then there were plenty of ghostly tales that I listened to while sitting around bonfires during winter nights.

 You could say that the atmosphere I grew up in was perpetually infused with countless supernatural tales. The ghosts were everywhere, part of my growing years, and I never stopped being intrigued by them. 

Johnny– That sounds like a beautiful place. Has any of the stories you heard growing up ever been solved or explained scientifically?

Antara– None that I know of. It is hard to explore these inexplicable terrains and in a small town like ours, no one was up for exploring or finding a scientific perspective to things. Those who sighted the ghosts or experienced the hauntings told their stories, and those who were afraid kept out of the way! You could say that we mortals maintained a respectful distance from the supernatural beings.

Johnny– Are these stories that you’ve heard, or did you create them?

Antara-Most of these stories are inspired by true life encounters I have heard through the years, while some are works of my imagination. 

Johnny– Are the works of your imagination inspired by something you may have experienced in real life?

Antara– Most of my stories are inspired by the eerie and majestic setting of my home town. I have once heard a door open all by itself in the dead of the night in my childhood home. Also, the true-life encounters of my immediate family members and relatives were enough to keep my creative spirit going.

Johnny– If you had to pick one out of your book, which would be your favorite?

Antara– My favorite would be ‘The girl by the lake.’ This story is inspired by a local legend about a beautiful girl who wanders around the highway, by a lake. She waylays travelers who are much smitten by her beauty and follow her into the depths of a forest. 

Johnny– That one is my favorite as well. What made you a fan of the paranormal and supernatural? Have you ever experienced anything like that?

Antara– I have always been fascinated by the paranormal and supernatural. I have had a couple of experiences which have left me both terrified and intrigued. When I was in school, there was a ghost visiting our house and like I mentioned, I heard a door creaking and opening in the middle of the night. When we turned on the lights, there was no one around. Needless to say, such experiences are unnerving but they also make me feel alive and strangely curious about the otherworldly.

Johnny– Was this the only ghostly or paranormal experience you ever encountered?

Antara– There was one more, and this was much away from my original home. It happened here in the city that I now live in, Bangalore. A dear friend had lost his life in an accident and that very day I had seen a vision of him across the road. This experience chilled me to the bones and at the same time I was grateful that his spirit had appeared to come to bid me goodbye.

Johnny– Are you more fascinated or frightened by the unexplained?

Antara– I would say a good measure of both. At times my fascination helps me bridge over my fears and at times my fears keep my fascinations in check!

Johnny– In your opinion, what makes a good ghost story?

Antara– While there are no set rules to writing a good ghost story, but it helps to have the element of suspense. It is also important to create an apt eerie atmosphere, to draw the reader in and offer a completely satisfying, spooky experience. One of my readers told me once of how he loved the way one of my stories transported him to another world, as he sat waiting for his doctor’s appointment for a nasty ear infection. 

Johnny– How do you collect ghost stories? Do people contact you or do you try to go out and experience it yourself?

Antara– Whenever I can, I speak to people of their supernatural experiences. Also, a really fascinating thing happened after I began to write and publish ghost stories. I started to receive messages on Facebook and Twitter from strangers who said they enjoyed reading my ghost stories and would like me to hear their stories. While some of these I have listened to and respected them for their personal details, the rest I plan to turn into stories, with the permission of the narrators.

Johnny– Tell me a little something about yourself , (where are you from, what do you do for fun, favorite foods, hobbies, pets etc…)

Antara– I come from the Eastern valleys of India, and although I have traveled far away from my home and have moved towns and cities ever since, my heart always belongs to my native valleys.

 Other than my fascination with the paranormal, I love writing poetry. I write a lot of nature poems, some of which are motivational and inspirational. You can find my poems on Instagram (antara.ro). It does sound funny- my two interests, nature and the supernatural, but one does strangely complement the other, and I always believe that everything in the universe is inter-connected. I also enjoy playing the guitar and the piano. One of my favorite things to do is to head out on long drives with the music on. I enjoy baking and cooking new, exotic cuisines. When a newly cooked dish turns into a disaster, my dear husband is always there to encourage me to keep going.

my dear husband is always there to encourage me to keep going.

Johnny– He sounds like an awesome individual. When you go out on long drives what kind of music do you listen to?

Antara– I am a devoted fan of Rock and blues music and my favorite bands include The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Blind Melon, Lemonheads, Nirvana, The Cranberries, and many others.

Johnny– Great bands! Sounds like a 90’s roadtrip waiting to happen. Is Ghost Stories the only book you’ve written?

Antara– I have written another book of short stories. These are mostly stories of childhood adventures. The book is named, ‘Simply, Bahadur,’ inspired by the character of an old, quirky gardener who worked in my grandma’s garden. These are gentle, feel good childhood tales describing the picturesque beauty of the valleys and the many delightful, eccentric people I met through my growing years.

Johnny– That sounds like a good read. It almost sounds like what we call around here,  folk-stories, does the study of human behavior and customs interest you?

Antara– I’m immensely drawn to the study of human nature and folklore. There is so much magic in this world and I believe that one lifetime isn’t enough to thoroughly revel in it all!

Johnny– What other books do you have planned? Are you currently working on anything?

Antara– Presently, I’m working on a paranormal mystery novel. The story is set in an old, quaint town and there will be plenty of black magic and witchcraft thrown in. I’m truly excited to complete it and get it out into the world!

Johnny– Oh that sounds interesting, will this be released in 2020?

Antara– Yes, most definitely, and I hope it appeals to the lovers of spook and witchcraft out there!

Johnny– I’m sure it will! Thank you so much Antara for taking the time to talk to me, it has been a pleasure!

REVIEW

What can I say, I’m a sucker for the supernatural.

Growing up in the Ozarks nothing delighted me more than hearing a tale that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. It was exhilarating.  It made me feel alive.

This is what delights me about Ghost Stories, Antara has captured in this book everything that I love, it’s both frightful and delightful!

Warning! 👻 Enter at your own risk. ⚠

From her native India she share tales that were passed down through local folklore and legend. Her prose is smooth and calm, her openings are so clear I feel as though I see the lay of the land a half a world away. The beauty of this book it that it’s without boundaries.

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Ghost Stories does what governments has been trying to do for hundreds if not thousands of years, it unites us as people, it brings us together if only for a short amount of time as humans sharing a spine tickling experiences.

I’m giving Ghost Stories five stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on both Amazon and Goodreads. It fascinates me, it makes me feel young, it made me feel alive.

If you haven’t already read Ghost Stories I highly recommend that you do.

Antara has proven that she is a master of storytelling, passing along the spoken word of her ancestors to this written work of art.

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