Questionnaire for authors:
Thank you so much Aurora for the kind invitation to visit your blog.
Please introduce yourself.
I am a YA paranormal fantasy author who also writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories in multiple genres. I blog about a variety of topics, and review books at my blog: https://mjmallon.com
1. When did you start writing?
I published my first book about four years ago but have been blogging for about seven years. I think… I lose touch! Lol. I need that reminder from WordPress when they say Congratulations you have been blogging for …. years.
2. What motivates you to write?
Writing takes you out of yourself. It makes you a much more perceptive person. I like that, I like to see the world in a new light and that fascinates me.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I am primarily a YA Fantasy author but I write in multiple genres including horror and ghost short stories, poetry (all types,) and flash fiction (In which I’ve even tried a touch of murder! )
4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
To entertain and my goal at the moment is to grow and develop and hopefully get some accolades along the way. Recently, I was delighted to receive two awards from Amazon Influencer and book reviewer N. N. Light who awarded the first book in my Curse of Time series Bloodstone with a finalist in the Fantasy category. She also awarded me finalist in International Author, which was a nice surprise and a welcome one.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Rarely, if anything it’s more of a case of trying to stem the flow of ideas from getting too out of hand! But I reckon a good brisk walk using mindfulness techniques – being in the moment – and a touch of eavesdropping does wonders for writer’s block.
6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Stick with it! It is easy to be disheartened and overwhelmed by it all. There’s so much to learn and not just writing wise. Marketing is the worst part for me but with the help of my friends I hope to overcome that. Word of mouth goes a long way, as it does in any marketplace, books are no different. So, big piece of advice make lots of author/blogger and book reviewing friends!
7. Please, tell us about your work.
My most recent release is the 2nd in The Curse of Time series published by Next Chapter Publishing.
Golden Healer is The 2nd in The YA Paranormal Adventure Series – The Curse of Time.
I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster…
Amelina Scott’s destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.
Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder – a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers – Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened, and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.
As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?
A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal. NOTE: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.
It is a two part series but I may write a third… I’ve left the ending open for that possibility.
Next Chapter Publishing
Golden Healer (The Curse of Time Book 2)
Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1)
Mr Sagittarius (Poetry, prose and photography)
This Is Lockdown (Anthology/Compilation)
Lockdown Innit: Poems About Absurdity (Poetry Collection)
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/
Writing Skills Anthology
100 Ways to Write A Book compiled by Alex Pearl: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09PHHC2YX/
Chasing Driftwood’s A Year of Writing Through Lockdown: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stay-Home-Writing-Through-Lockdown/dp/B09JF88YHW/
Short Stories in Anthologies:
Bestselling horror compilations
Nightmareland edited by Dan Alatorre
Scrabble Boy (short story)
Spellbound edited by Dan Alatorre
The Twisted Sisters (short story)
Wings & Fire edited by Dan Alatorre
The Great Pottoo (short story)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!
M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these two vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.
M J’s motto is to Do what Your Heart Desires.
And her favourite genre to write is fantasy/magical realism because life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!
Connect with Marjorie:
Buy Link Bloodstone (multiple platforms): https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW
Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
Thank you so much Aurora, I really appreciate it.