Featured Author – Interview – The return of Sharon K Connell

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You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects. 

Let’s see what you can tell us today: 

 

  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres? 

Christian Romance Suspense is still my genre, although I’ve decided to add a bit more mystery to my story in His Perfect Love, just released. I’ve also started a many themed collection of short stories that I will be publishing when I have enough of them. At some point in my writing career, I’d love to write an Historical Romance set in Ireland. I may try that after I finish with my current projects.

 

  1. Please, tell us a little about your writing process. 

This is the system that I came up with and developed through the writing of my last book:

  1. Come up with an idea for a story, decide what characters will be needed, the setting for the story, where I want my story to go and end, and what kind of a climax I will need.
  2. Start Chapter One in the computer, and get out a spiral notebook to keep next to me. As I finish each scene, I keep a short description of it in my notebook under chapter and scene headings (C1-A, C1-B, and so on). I don’t worry about my spelling or grammar, unless something obvious glares at me.
  3. After my first draft of the story is complete, I begin the self-editing process where I read the story and see what needs to be changed, moved, etc. With my last book, I used the index card system through this process. That way, when I needed to move a scene to another point in the story, it was easy to renumber the index card and move it as I cut and paste the scene in the computer.
  4. After a 1st self-edit, I read the story aloud to myself or use the translation feature on my computer (if I don’t feel like hearing myself speak). This catches many little problems.
  5. Then, I send one chapter at a time to my critique group in American Christian Fiction Writers and scrutinize every critique I get from the “Scribes.”
  6. I make my changes and then reread that chapter.
  7. After that, I send the chapter to my proofreader.
  8. When I’ve finished this process all the way through the last chapter of my story, I send it to the editor.
  9. When she sends it back to me with her first round of edits, we go through the last process of reading, making/accepting changes, and resubmitting it to her until the writing is as I think it should be.
  10. That’s when it is submitted to be published.

There’s still a proof to go through, but for the most part, that’s the whole of it. 

 

  1. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers? 

Never give up. If you think you have a story in you, write it. Never mind what others say, unless it’s in the form of encouragement. Also, take some classes in writing. You won’t be sorry. There are so many offered free now online that you can complete at your own pace, there’s no excuse not to. 

 

  1. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?

Yes, I am content where I am today as an author. Yet, I will still keep working at furthering my writing career. I still have a lot to learn.

 

  1. In your opinion, are you a writer or an author – and what is the difference for you? 

I am both a writer and an author. A writer is someone who writes, period. Whether they’ve been published or not is beside the point. A writer writes stories, poems, news articles, periodicals, etc. 

An author, on the other hand, is someone who has had something published. They authored a written piece for others to read.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects? 

Since my interview by you in June of 2015, I feel that I’ve come a long way in my writing career. During that interview, I had started writing my last novel, His Perfect Love. It was just about then that I decided to change my writing style into deep point of view. I began the writing process for that book all over again and finally published it in December 2016.

Now I’m in the process of rewriting my first three novels into my new writing style, which to me is so much better than what I had been doing. Those who read my first three novels said the stories were very good, and they enjoyed them. That’s why I decided redoing them would be worth the time. It will probably take me an entire year to finish all three books, but I know my readers will be happier with them. After I accomplish this, I’ll begin my fifth novel, of which I already have the plot, setting, and characters in mind. 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

As always, Aurora. It is a privilege to be interviewed by you regarding my writing career and novels. God bless you.

 


  Sharon Connells’ current novel: 

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Here is the link to my book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/His-Perfect-Love-Sharon-Connell/dp/1505782139/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480876539&sr=1-1

 

And here is the link to my book video for His Perfect Love: https://youtu.be/e3tRr6mLzZk 

 


Readers can contact Sharon K. Connell:

 

Sharon’s new Website: http://www.sharonkconnell.com/

I will be starting a newsletter in January, sent to subscribers once a month, so please keep checking the site for the subscribe button. I’d also be pleased if anyone would like to give me their email address so I can include them in the initial subscription. Be a “Chapter Subscriber.” 

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonkconnell 

Author’s book page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averypresenthelpbook1 

Group Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersandauthorsforum/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKConnell 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/sharonkconnell 

Blogging on WordPress: https://sharonkconnell.wordpress.com/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SharonKConnell 

Blogging on Niume: https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=52569


 

Author Spotlight – Cynthia Morgan

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  1. When did you start writing?

I official began my writing career in June of 2013 when I created my blog, booknvolume.com.  In 2014 I dove into the Indie Author end of the pool when my first book, Dark Fey: The Reviled was published on Kindle, however, I have been writing since I was a child.  In fact, I recently discovered poems, which I wrote to my mother, that were written in crayon. 

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

Nearly anything can Inspire me, but most often it is a striking image/photograph, or a stirring piece of music, a moving scene in a movie/show, and of course the immortal Shakespeare.   Inspiration is a spark drifting on the breeze waiting to ignite the Imagination it touches.

 

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My current WIP is Fantasy/speculative fiction/YA, because the Inspiration that set this particular flame burning began life as fantasy, but I have written in many other genres including Dystopian Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction/Romance, Childrens, and of course Poetry.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

As far as a goal or where my writing should take me, I look forward to being able to quit the 9-5er and enjoy a lifelong career as an author, because words are my passion and writing is what I Believe I was meant to do.

 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Silence is a natural part of the writing process.  I believe writer’s block is simply the spirit of Inspiration recharging within us.  When the silence comes, I think the best thing to do is pause, refocus, and listen.  It may take days, it sometimes takes weeks, but the Spirit of Inspiration speaks loudest when we do not.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

I would say be true to you. Write because you love words and you have something worthwhile to say.  Write because painting pictures with words is more intoxicating to you than wine and brings you as much joy.  Write because you long to with all your spirit, not because you think it will make you rich and famous.  15 minutes of fame isn’t very long in comparison to a lifetime of simple pleasures deeply enjoyed.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

The story of Dark Fey is set in a Fantasy Realm, but the message is relative to our own reality.  That The Power of Hope, Acceptance and Forgiveness can change the world, if you take Positive Action to Create Change through doing what is Right.  Another way to look at it is to say:  The only way to achieve Peace is to become Peace.  This message came partially as a result of learning about the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in Uganda, where militant rebels have been abducting children for over 20 years, integrating them into their army through abuse and cruelty, and forcing them to endure lives of violence.  I was moved to my very spirit by such a horrifying truth and chose this medium to share a similar story. However, unlike our own reality where this atrocity continues even today, the Fey of Jyndari choose to change their world by taking Positive Action through Sacrifice, Acceptance and Forgiveness.   It is my Hope to be able to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dark Fey to UNICEF’s work in Uganda where they actively rehabilitate the children affected by the LRA.

 

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Author Bio:

Cynthia A. Morgan is the creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, which is based, in part, upon the true-life events surrounding the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and draws readers into a mystical realm of primordial forests, magic and the lives of Light-loving and Darkness-revering Feykind.  Not to be confused with pixies or “Tinkerbell” type fairies, the feyfolk of Jyndari are winged beings the size of any human who live in a realm where tradition, magic, and spirituality are fundamentals of everyday life.  Dark Fey has earned many 5 stars reviews, including one of the leading industry review organizations, Readers Favorite.  Compared to a fantasy version of a play by Shakespeare, Dark Fey is a brutally beautiful story of Love, Hope, and finding Peace in the Darkness.  Published by Creativia Publications in January 2015, Dark Fey is already among the top #50 in several Fantasy genre categories on Amazon.

 

Morgan is also the author of the popular blog “Booknvolume” where her ever-increasing number of followers are regularly treated to Morgan’s own brand of poetry, English Sonnets, and musings about life.  She is a current member of the Poetry Society of America; is ranked among the top authors on the Independent Author Network; has had poetry published on numerous poetry websites and is rapidly becoming an Author to keep your eye on.

 

Some of her other interests includes a deep love for animals and the environment.  She is passionate about music and theatre; is frequently heard laughing; finds the mysteries of ancient times, spirituality, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the cosmos intriguing.  Morgan Believes in the power of Love, Hope and Forgiveness, all of which is reflected in her lyrically elegant writing style.

 

You can find Morgan through social media in the following places:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganBC728

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

Google Plus:

Blog / website: www.booknvolume.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/cynthey728

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-morgan-7a68a774

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Morgan/e/B00JYJ0NEG

And my Website:  Website http://allthingsdarkfey.wix.com/feyandmusings 

 



Cynthia Morgan’s Books:

 

DF TrueDark Fey The Reviled on Amazon/Kindle:    http://goo.gl/iRl5pZ
Dark Fey The Reviled on Barnes and Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reviled-cynthia-a-morgan/1123608621

 

Dark Fey Standing In Shadows on Amazon

Amazon US –  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018HF4HSA

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B018HF4HSA

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/standing-in-shadows-cynthia-a-morgan/1123760716

 

 

 

 


 

Author Spotlight – Stephen Morris

By T Lewis Med SizeWelcome!

 

  1. When did you start writing?

I started telling stories when I was in grade school and began to write them down shortly thereafter. I wrote my first books – one was a story involving time travel using a “timeract,” similar to the tesseract from “Wrinkle in Time” and another with characters similar to those on “Bewitched,” my favorite television series — in middle school. I wrote an epic poem similar to “Paradise Lost” in high school.

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

I love to tell stories. I love it when people catch a glimpse of a larger world outside themselves when they are listening to or reading something of mine.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fantasy novels for adults, both historical fantasy and contemporary fantasy.

I first became interested in the occult and magic when I was in kindergarten – or even earlier — and saw The Wizard of Oz on television for the first and second times. The first time, my mom says I was terrified of the Wicked Witch’s appearance in Munchkin Land amidst smoke and flames and ran straight to bed! (I must have en 5 years old or so.) The next year I began watching the movie again and made myself stick with it past the appearance of the Witch and after that — I was hooked!

The Wicked Witch of the West became my favorite character because not only is she the most interesting but she is the only one who wields any real power in the movie. She became my idol for years and years! (When a major storm recently struck Manhattan, I made a comment on FB about the wind picking up our house and depositing it atop someone wearing peppermint stripped stockings and glittering red shoes and my cousin responded: ‘You’ve been chasing those shoes for YEARS!’ LoL!)

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal at first was to write a story that I wanted to read because I was having a hard time finding adult-level books that were supernatural thrillers or that involved the  supernatural that were not just Horror or Gothic genre. But now my goal, my dream, is to share what I have learned about the legends, history, and folklore of a variety of cultures and to stir those all up with a dash of my own imagination to make new stories are brand new while being based in historical reality. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Although I go through phases of writing more followed by phases of writing less, there always comes a point when there is such a critical mass of words and ideas in my head that is it simply easier to write than to not write. But the first pages of each chapter in a book are like pulling teeth or climbing up a rock wall by my fingertips  – but eventually, maybe halfway or 2/3 of the way into the chapter, that it feels like I’ve crested the hill and the  of the chapter is like sledding down a mountainside of fresh snow. 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

Read. Read! READ! And then read some more. Then write. And keep writing. And then come back to it after you’ve given up in frustration. Write stories that you want to read and there will always be someone else who wants to read it as well. 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

All the magical and fantastic elements in my books are based on authentic medieval or Renaissance occult beliefs and practices, as well as local legends and history from the places where my stories are set.

STORM WOLF, coming out in late August or early September, tells the story of Alexei who inherits his grandfather’s magical wolf-pelt and thereby assumes the position of village “metsatöll” (Werewolf) in rural late 1880s Estonia to protect the area by fighting the terrible storms in the sky that could devastate the farms and fields. But he breaks the terms of the wolf-magic and loses the ability to control the shapeshifting, becoming a killer. Heartbroken at what he has become, Alexei flees his home and wanders through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Bohemia in hopes of finding an enchanter who can free him from the curse.

In the COME HELL OR HIGH WATER trilogy, a witch curses Prague as she is burnt at the stake in the Old Town Square during the 1350s. The curse begins to work its way through the life of the city. A university secretary meets the ghost of the witch in contemporary Prague and inadvertently reawakens the curse. Now a group of professors specializing in folklore attempts to prevent George, a powerful priest, and Elizabeth, an Irish vampire, from unleashing a curse which threatens to destroy Prague with a mammoth flood–can the professors find a way to defend and save the city?

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for the opportunity to “chat” with you!

 


Contact Stephen:

www.stephenmorrisauthor.com

smmorris58@gmail.com

 


Stephen’s book “Storm Wolf” and more:


IMG_2916Storm Wolf:
https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Wolf-Stephen-Morris-ebook/dp/B01JF9SJTU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470608504&sr=1-1&keywords=storm+wolf+morris#navbar

 

Amazon Author Central:  http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Morris/e/B0089PYB6C/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Come Hell or High Water trilogy: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Stephen+Morris+come+hell+or+high+water