Author Spotlight Ari Meghlen

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?

Firstly, thank you so much for having me on your blog.

I’ve been writing since I was given unsupervised access to pens. 🙂 I believe it was around the age of 8 years old. I loved making up stories and a teacher gave us an assignment to describe a friendly monster under the bed. I wrote not only a description but a story about him. And I haven’t stopped writing since 🙂

2. What motivates you to write?

I don’t really need motivation to write. It’s just what I was born to do. I am forever caught by scenes, character or plots that just fill my head until I need to get them down. It’s like writing relieves pressure in my mind and gives space to all the new ideas slipping in.

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

I write Preternatural Urban Fantasy, more traditional Fantasy though I’ve also written sci-fi and some crime as well as Police Procedural stories. I have always been drawn to fantasy and sci-fi. It’s what I love to read and watch as movies. But I never like being tied to just one genre. Mainly because the ideas I get stretch over multiple genres.

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

My dream is to write full-time. I don’t care for great success or wealth (the latter would be nice if it happened). I just want to do what I love full-time.

I would love to see my work published, but I have no interest in rushing that just to see something I wrote in print. I have a specific level I want to get my writing to before I publish.

I want someone to read my stories and escape within my worlds, to connect with my characters and the ultimate… would be for someone to love my characters the way I love my favourite author’s characters.

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

I call it Creative Constipation and yes, I’ve suffered badly. I will often take a step back from writing as it can come on due to burn-out. I will watch movies in the same genre I am currently writing and when I’m ready to go back, I will do writing exercises.

This usually involves trawling the internet for random photos or pictures and then writing about them. It can be something as simple as just literally writing out exactly what I see in the photo, to describing a mood, coming up with what happens next etc. I think of it like greasing the wheels in my head.

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

Advice? Let’s see:

1 – Never refer to yourself as “aspiring”. If you write, you’re a writer. Own it.

2 – Writing is hard but that’s okay. It’s awesome and worth it, but don’t think it’s a cake-walk because it’s not.

3 – Never stop writing – there will be a lot of people who want to tear you down. This can even include friends and family. If you want to write, then let nothing stop you.

4 – Work at it. Writing gets better with practice. Don’t just write something fast and publish. There is already too much rough, unedited, barely-polished stuff out there. Take pride in your work and make it the best it can be. Better that it takes time and be great, than you rush and it be lacking.

5 – Learn to take criticism. It’s hard and we all hate it. But suck it up, Buttercup it’s part of the process. Learn to distinguish between good, solid critiquing and random, unhelpful criticism. Don’t lash out when someone offers feedback. Take a breath, step back and see what they say. They might just help your story grow. And remember, in the end, you’re the writer – you don’t have to use the feedback if you really don’t want to.

6 – Lastly, understand that if you want to be a writer and sell your work, that there is a business side to it. So, start early and learn about things like networking, marketing, branding etc. The more you learn the better position you will be in.

7. Please, tell us about your work.

My Preternatural Urban Fantasy is in it’s 2nd draft and with my Alpha Reader at the moment.

I am currently working on a new, more traditional fantasy set in a world called Ly’rium. The first book focuses mostly on Thea, one of the long-living Imorie. Having been kept hidden in her family estate for years, she is finally reaching the age where she can take control of her own life.

However, that freedom is suddenly snatched away when she marked as a Potential. Now Thea is forced to fulfil a gruelling, mentally and physically-challenging trial to test her inner power. If she passes, she will become one of the Blessed. If not, her mind will broken in the maelstrom leaving her a shell of herself.

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


Connect with Ari:

Website – https://arimeghlen.co.uk/
Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/writerarimeghlen/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AriMeghlen
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ari_meghlen/

Author Spotlight – E. A. Comiskey

author picWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

 

The first real memory I have of falling in love with writing came in the fifth grade. We were told to make a journal as though we were pioneers telling of our experiences moving to the western US along the Oregon Trail. It was so much fun to be inside someone else’s mind – someone who was on a grand adventure. The more I wrote, the more ideas came to me. Everyone else turned in three or four pages. I think mine was something like twenty six pages long. I would have kept going if I’d had the time!

After that I started writing all the time. I had binders full of short stories, and I’d turn in math worksheets with stories on the back. A friend from high school once said, “I’m not surprised you wrote a book. Every memory I have of you in school you were writing in the margins of your homework.”

I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t aspire to be an author!

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

         

It’s like a super power! When you write you get to see the world through the eyes of others. You can travel to the future, or back in time, or to a whole new universe, never before discovered.          There are so many things you can ask or say through the wonderful medium of story that you could never get away with in life. You can explore big questions and taboos and those things that one culture accepts as normal, while another thinks it’s completely strange.

I have a great belief in the power of story. Imagine how many people were challenged to consider their worldview by a book like, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” We are all better for Harper Lee having written it. Anne Rice’s book, “Memnoch the Devil” completely changed the way I think of God and my own ideas about worship. It’s a vampire book, for goodness sake! Who would have ever thought? But story is powerful that way.

One of the themes that runs through my Heaven and Earth series has to do with the importance of a culture’s stories and what happens if the people don’t maintain proper respect for them.

That’s what motivates me to write – my belief that stories make us better human beings.

 

 

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

 

I primarily write fantasy because I love the lack of boundaries. My “author motto” on my website is, “exploring the wonder of creation, seen and unseen.” There are so many legends and myths with a common thread that runs all the way around the world. Nearly every culture has stories of immortal blood drinkers, tiny people with magic powers, creatures that influence dreams, creatures that harvest the souls of the dead; I can’t help but wonder if those things are so much more than just stories. Something in our racial memory connects to those ideas. When I write fantasy I can bring those characters in to our modern world and see what happens.

 

 

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

 

Personally, my goal at this point is to write at least two novels per year: one from the Heaven and Earth series, and one outside of it. I’d dearly love to see those books (at least some of them) become wildly famous and made into movies. I’m doing everything I know how to make that happen. That said, every time I see my little thumbnail on Amazon,  I realize all over again that I’ve already earned the title of “author” and that’s pretty awesome, even if I never make it to the NY Times best seller list.

 

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

 

I think everyone experiences times when creativity is flowing and times when you just want to lay on the couch and drool because there are no more thoughts to be thunk. For me there are three things that need to happen when I reach that place. One, I need to allow myself the grace to lay on the couch and drool. Sometimes the mind gets tired and you need to rest, and that’s OK. Even God rested on the seventh day. The trick is to get back in motion after a bit.

That’s my second thing. I need to move: take a walk, work in the garden, clean the house, and generally find a change of scenery. I had one story I couldn’t write sitting in my usual spot, but at my dining room table it flowed out of me. I don’t know why one room was better than the other, but there it is. I had to move.

Third, as cheesy as it sounds, I write. It’s usually trash at that point. I might write about the items on the shelf next to me, or what the weather is like, but the act of putting words on paper will usually, in time, lead me back to where I need to be.

 

 

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

 

Learn the fundamentals of the craft. Join writing groups and LISTEN to their advice. They are objective and you are not. Understand why adverbs are not as good as verbs, and what a passive sentence looks like. Learn about point of view and narrative distance. Once you master the fundamentals, remain humble enough to honestly consider the advice of others in regard to your work, but confident enough to know when you are right and they are not.

Also, be prepared to be tenacious.

Remember when I said everybody should be a writer? Scrap that. Writing is a horrible business that will drive you to drink.

This industry is ridiculous. There is no other business where you ask a professional a question and they respond with a form letter that says, “If I want to work with you, I’ll get back to you sometime in the next three months. If not, I just won’t ever respond to you at all.” And authors who have spent years lovingly crafting a manuscript and months perfecting a query are supposed to accept that with grace.

The waiting and the rejection can make you insane. Hold on to your dream and fight for your own success. I have heard it said that less than 2% of people who set out to write a book get traditionally published, but that’s not because it’s the lottery. Only 2% are willing to hold on long enough to make it to the end. If you write one story and query five or ten agents and get a poor response and give up, you didn’t fail. You quit.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work.

 

My first novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth will be released in September of this year and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. It’s the story of a housewife who has battled against voices in her head her whole life. One day an angel comes to her and tells her she’s not mentally ill. She’s hearing the chatter of the spirit realm and, as one who has the ability to hear both humans and spirit creatures, she must act as an intercessor to bring peace among creation before God decides to wipe the slate clean and start over again.

It’s really the story of her personal journey of faith and inner strength, and there are some pretty intense parts, but it was an adventure to write. It’s definitely written from the point of view of a Judeo-Christian main character, but she has to re-think her definition of truth when everyone from a Nordic goddess to a Lakota shape-shifter come in to her world.

The second book in the series, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth, will be released next July.

 

 

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

 


 

Contact E. A. Comiskey:

website: https://eacomiskey.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eacomiskey

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LazyHippieMama/photos

 


 

More things in heaven and earthE. A. Comiskey’s book:

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Author Spotlight – Seumas Gallacher

Seumas_GallacherWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself. 

Good day, m’Lady, Aurora. First up, a gazillion thanks for permitting this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler licence to intrude on your blog… I trust you have the standard insurance and attorney protections for this…

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I’ve dabbled in short stories most of my life… and poetry of a teenage angst sort to begin with, branching into more mellow life incidence… but I primarily consider myself more an authorial wordsmith rather than a Wordsworth… the Jack Calder crime series began around eight years or so back…

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

At the time of the urge to write the first novel, it was born out of the sense that it was ‘just time’ to get down on paper ‘that novel’ we all supposedly have in us… I wanted to see if I could actually do it… now, I’m afraid the writing addiction is well and truly set, and I understand it’s incurable… and I’m happy about that…

 

 

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

Frankly, I chose to dabble in crime fiction, as it seemed to lend itself to an easier inventive narrative… since then, I’ve realized that sum’times real world fact is crazier than any fiction I can ever create, thus leading to a lot of past personal experiences and live observations being amended and inserted into my stories… changing detail to protect the guilty, most of the time…

 

 

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

With no false modesty, I try to be as good as I can be at anything I take up, and do so wholeheartedly… from a standing start, I understood the need to be immersed in the whole nine yards of being a writer, particularly including the absolute necessity to be positively present on the SOSYAL NETWURKS… so far, the reading population has been generous in the aggregate downloads of my books on the Great God Amazon… next step would be a television series or film options… fingers crossed…

 

 

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

Never… I enjoy being creative and playing inventively with words, so if I reach a wee ‘resting spot’ in the novel writing, I indulge the blog and the networking on the web… where the novels are more cerebral, the blog is more lighthearted, often whimsical… the balance and the mix is healthy for me…

 

 

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

Read… read more… read even more… support your fellow authors… most are not in competition with you… the global scribblers family is full of generosity of spirit… partake of it and share it back… and start NOW to ’build your platform’ of followers and other writers relationships on the internet… it’s all part of the ‘business of writing’…

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

The core of the Jack Calder series is built around former SAS officers who run their own specialized security firm, International Security Partners (ISP)… in the course of their business of protecting their clients interests, they encounter international drug lords, crime cartels, people-traffickers, money-launderers… with the gloves off, they use their black ops skills to foil the bad guys…

 

 

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

My immense pleasure to be here, m’Lady, thanks again…

 


 

Contact Seumas:

Blog                 : seumasgallacher.com

Twitter             : @seumasgallacher

Facebook         : http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher

Email                : seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

 


 

Seumas Gallacher’s Books:

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THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

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VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

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SAVAGE PAYBACK

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KILLER CITY

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