Author Spotlight Stefan Lear

 

1) Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books generally are dark in nature. Almost all of them are tinged with horror elements. I’m a twisted little f*** and don’t see things the way “normal” people do. You have breakfast with eggs and sausage and see eggs and sausage. I have breakfast with eggs and sausage and wonder what parts of the victim’s body are stuffed inside that sausage skin. Twisted, yeah I know.

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2) How long have you been writing?

That’s sort of a loaded question. The first time I remember writing and being proud of what I had written was somewhere in the third grade (I’m in my fifties now). Our mother used to sit us down on Wednesdays at the coffee table in the living room and have us write. We could pick our own topic, and Momma would require us to write a one page paper on our chosen subject. She would grade us for spelling and grammar. i think my most memorable paper at that age was “When I become a rock star.”

 

3) Are you traditionally published, or self published?

Traditionally published? Are you kidding me? No way; I’m a proud indy. Let me briefly explain why I’m not seeking to have a traditional publisher.

In both traditional and indy [publishing] the first thing that happens is I write and get a story ready for submission. But in traditional publishing, I submit my work to a person that subjectively decides whether or not my writing will be financially viable for the market. More often than not, this one decision is influenced by their personal tastes. They say whether or not the work I just poured my soul into will bee accepted by the public. And oftentimes they are wrong. Let’s use JK Rowling as an example. She had over twenty rejection letters from publishers before a small press decided they would take a chance on her writing. We all know what happened after that.

The next issue is money. IF you get accepted by a traditional publisher, you’re lucky to get paid 10—13% of the royalties that the book you just wrote generates. But if i’m an indy author, I can see royalties of as high as 70%. So now I have to decide: 13% vs 70%. Hmmm…yea, no contest there.

 

4) If self-published when/why did you take that route.

See my previous answer. Let me also add I like to manage my projects from start to finish: I hire editors, I hire formatters for the interior, I hire covers artists, and love to figure out marketing plans for each launch. I love the nitty gritty details of bringing a book to market, and I’m okay with spending 12+ hours each day to do that.

5) Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I write. I’m an author. I chose this career. It’s obvious isn’t it?

6) How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I try to stay in my chair and pumping out words at least seven hours a day, but under a tight deadline have stayed up for fifty-two hours straight to pump out  edited words.

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

Of course! I think every author loves reviews. I’m extremely happy when five-star reviews show up, but the others that are three stars and down are a learning experience. It shows me what are perceived as weaknesses in my writing. The pivot, the determinant of whether I can grow as an author, is whether I take those negative reviews personal and let that resentment grow. If I can honestly assess my writing, I can use my negative reviews as a chance to hone my craft.

8) What was your hardest scene to write?

It hasn’t been written yet – or more precisely, it hasn’t been released yet.

Let me explain that. My middle sister (I had three) was violently murdered on June 2, 2017. I know how she got to that point, all the big events that led up to her being where she was, in the condition she was in, when she was murdered, and I was helpless to do anything about it. I’m working on a novel that dives in-depth about the subject. It’s a work of fiction, but there are thinly veiled events that happened in real life that heavily influenced the narrative. It’s an exploration of what I feel around the events, and each time I work on the novel I end up crying and have to stop and set it aside. After a year, the pain of losing my sister still overwhelms me at times.

 

9) What is your favorite childhood book?

That one’s easy. Lord of The Rings by JRR Tokein. It was the only fantasy book, the only book period, in which the author took the time to craft and create two syntactically correct languages for the story. You could say that about Star Trek and the Klingon language, but the creation of Klingon didn’t happen until the release of the series.

 

10) What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

lMAO, just sitting down at the desk and starting each day. There are a thousand things I want to do every day. It takes a few minutes to remind me once I’ve started writing that this is what I really love, what makes my soul soar. It really is a labor of love. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing…it just takes me a few minutes each day to be reminded of that.

 

11) Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Favorite author? That would be Clive Barker. Emulate him? I couldn’t even begin to think that I could write like him. The visual tapestry his words conjure are as close to magical for me as any magic show I’ve ever seen. He writes the most psychologically dense horror stories I’ve ever read. He weaves nightmares and philosophy into new worlds that teem with life and menace and hope.

12) What book changed your life?

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

13) Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

First, they’re damn good and getting better. Second, I don’t follow one genre. You never know what I’ll write. But there is always darkness in them. Not everything ends nicely and neatly. Life is full of tragedies and personal disappointments. But there is always hope. I like to cover all aspects of that, of life.

 

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Meet the Author – Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds is a native of North Alabama. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.

She is a multi-genre author who focuses mostly on post-apocalyptic novels with plagues and zombies as their source of destruction and paranormal romances, especially shifters, weres, and ghosts. She does occasionally dabble in other genres such as general fiction, horror, and suspense thrillers.

When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver of her elderly in-laws, a stay at home wife, an avid reader, and the mother to two kitties, Lilith and Midnight.

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Captive

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A BBW Paranormal Romance

The loss of a job, her husband, her home, and her quiet life has Talia dreaming of a life she’s only read about in paranormal romance novels.

An inherent need to find his mate and settle down has werecoyote Bane hoping that the human who’s just entered his life is the one for him.

Peace is all Casen, the king of the werewolves, wants but with half his pack yearning to be the warring pack they once were, he’s sure it won’t come in his lifetime.

Max is determined that the war between his people and the coyotes continues even if it means kidnapping and torturing a group of coyotes and the human with them to make it happen.

The Fates, on the other hand, have their own agenda for these four, and their desires are all that matter.

  1. How long have you been writing?

All my life, but I published my first book in 2012.

  1. Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

Self-published.

  1. If self-published when/why did you take that route.

    I took this route because I have a master’s in creative writing and while getting that degree I worked for two small press. I learned a lot from them and figured I could do most of this on my own. I have an editor and cover artist that I love dearly, and I am teaching myself the marketing process.

  2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize.

  1. How many hours a day do you write?

Unfortunately, in the last two years, I’ve only managed to write about an hour a day. My FIL was diagnosed with Dementia, and I became his full-time caregiver.

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

On occasion. The bad ones don’t bother me, especially the ones that I know are honest. I use them as learning experiences. I take the comments, if they are valid ones, and try to apply them to my current project.

  1. What was your hardest scene to write?

There wasn’t one particular scene Captive that was hard. For some reason the first few drafts of the novel didn’t feel right. My editor and I finally got it right, but Captive was one of my most difficult to write, but that probably had more to do with the fact that I was adjusting to my new life as a caregiver while working on the novel.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Where the Red Fern Grows

  1. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Aside from marketing, I’d say getting time to write at this point in my life. Usually, once I start a novel, and have time to give all of my focus, I don’t have much difficulty in finding the flow.

  1. Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Stephen King. No. I’d give up on writing if I aimed to be like him.

  1. What book changed your life?

The Stand. The uncut version. I made me want to be a writer. I long for the day when I can create such a world as that.

  1. Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Nearly all of my novels have happy endings. I strive to show that we as a people can be better than we are. I’m also not afraid to be real and graphic. My romances aren’t overly erotic, but there is sex. I do describe rape as what it is, dead bodies as they truly look, and my characters got to the bathroom, have morning breath, stretch marks, and almost always over a size 14, and have flaws.

 

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Author Interview with Rebecca Bryn

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I began writing about fourteen years ago. I didn’t aspire to write; rather, I fell into it helping a fellow author with her novel. One day, on a whim, I wrote Chapter One and I was off.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished editing The Dandelion Clock, a tale of young lovers torn apart by the Great War. It was inspired by my grandfather’s exploits in Egypt and The Holy Land from 1916 to 1918, while Grandma, the girl he’d promised to marry if he survived, kept life together at home in England and waited for him to return. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. The horrors soldiers endured in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine were a real eye-opener. Bill’s struggle to survive and keep his promises to bring home his beloved warhorse and marry his sweetheart are inspirational and heartbreaking.

The Dandelion Clock is available now at the special pre-order price of 99p/99c at http://mybook.to/DandelionClock – Royalties until the Remembrance Day Centenary will go to http://ABF Soldiers’Charity.org https://www.soldierscharity.org/about-us/what-we-do/  and www.thebrooke.org a charity that rescues horses, mules, and donkeys from some of the poorest parts of the world and was founded to rescue the old warhorses abandoned by the army in Cairo in 1918.

My next project, ‘Th1rte3n’, forming silently in my mind, will be something completely different – contemporary and maybe bordering on horror.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?

Write with an honest heart, a personal truth, and don’t duck the difficult bits – readers respond to honestly told stories with which they can identify – and be prepared for a lot of hard work both during the writing process and after – promotion is harder than writing. Research your subject thoroughly. Write whenever you can, put your writing out there, and accept criticism as a method of improving. It doesn’t much matter what you write because every word is honing your craft, and it’s a very steep learning curve. If you love writing, you’ll climb the hill. Someone once said writing was a selfish profession. It’s true: you have to immerse yourself in a different world, and it takes a lot of time and concentration, and it can feel exclusive to those around you. Don’t forget reality exists, and there are people there who need you.

What of your own writing was your favorite piece?

That’s a hard question to answer. Each of my books has its own place in my heart and there are passages in each I especially love, usually descriptive or emotional pieces, but I think I’m most proud of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ series. It was inspired by my own family history, and I wrote it for myself, my children, and grandchildren. It turned into an epic tale I loved researching and writing. I learnt a lot about my roots.

A quote by you or your Life motto?

‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’

 

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Book 1 On Different Shores http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

Book 2 Beneath Strange Stars http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

Book 3 On Common Ground http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

The Dandelion Clock http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

Your Genres: Historical fiction, Contemporary fiction, Dystopian

Official website: https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/

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Author Interview with Rhonda Hopkins

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How long have you been writing?

I’ve pretty much written ever since third grade. We were given a fiction assignment and I wrote about how the raccoons got their masks. Ever since I’ve made up stories just for myself. I really never thought about publishing though until a friend encouraged me after reading one of my stories. She even went to the trouble of getting a list of writing courses for me at a local college. Thank you, Kay Rifkin! The professor was a fantastic mentor for me and she encouraged me to attend one of the local writer workshops where I learned even more. Thank you, Carmen Goldthwaite! So, I’ve been writing with an eye to publication for a few years now.  Most of it was just learning as I go until recently.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I’m an indie author.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I researched all my options and decided that I wanted to try the indie path. I’m so glad I did. I think I have learned more about the publishing industry than I would have had I had someone handling everything for me. I wouldn’t rule out a traditional deal in the future though if the terms are good.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing definitely energizes me. I love getting all my ideas written down and out of my head. I have all these stories vying for attention, so it’s very rewarding getting them out there.

How many hours a day do you write?

Anywhere from one to six. It just depends on what else I have to do and if the words are flowing. I haven’t ever suffered from writing block, but there are some days when words just don’t flow as well. I don’t force like forcing them because I usually have to go back and rewrite those sections. But, I absolutely adore those days, when the muse is pouring out words so quickly I can barely keep up.

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

I do read the reviews. I’m honored and elated by the good ones. I read the not so great ones to see if they offer any criticism that I need to take into account for the future. Otherwise, I don’t let them get me down. I don’t like everything I read, so I can’t expect everyone to like everything I write.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Actually, the hardest thing for me to write was my grandmother’s dedication for Survival. She passed away in 2002 from cancer and I still miss her every day.

What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite is actually a series. I started reading Nancy Drew when I was about seven and I think I went through all our library had. I just devoured them. I’ve been a devoted reader ever since, reading all kinds of different genres. I read very fast and usually get through three to four books a week. I don’t think I could even fall asleep now without reading.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Deciding what to work on is the most difficult part of writing. As I said above, I have so many stories/ideas and I want to write them all now. I have to actually give myself deadlines on different projects, so I’ll concentrate on one until it’s complete. Otherwise, I’d be skipping back and forth and never accomplishing anything. But, the most difficult part of publishing is the marketing/promotion. I’m a true introvert and don’t like bringing attention to myself. But, my work won’t ever be seen if I don’t.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

My favorite author is Dean Koontz. His words flow like magic. I would love to be able to write like him, but I can only write like me.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I write several different genres and for different ages. I have a zombie apocalypse series, Survival, in

The Gift 3D Cover Transparent copyprogress. Survival: Prequel is available now and Dead of Winter will be out this fall. I’ve won a couple of awards for my paranormal novella, The Consuming. I even have a heart-warming family holiday short story published. Toward the end of the year, I should (hopefully) release the first in a middle-grade paranormal series. And, I’ll be working on a young adult urban fantasy the beginning of next year as well. I also have plans for a paranormal romance series and a romantic suspense series.

 

 

 

 

I also write non-fiction. Navigating Family Court:

NFC Paperback ImageIn the Best Interest of Your Child will help those involved in family court prepare for what to expect and for what will be expected of them. It’s scary and confusing when your children are involved in custody litigation, so I wanted to share my twenty years experience of working within the family courts to help ease things for the parents and therefore the children.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for the great interview questions, Theresa. I really appreciate the opportunity to discuss my work with you and your readers.

 

 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: VAL TOBIN

Please welcome Val, check out her interview with me, her books, and like, share – READ.

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

I’ve published seven novels, one box set (The Valiant Chronicles), and some short stories. The Valiant Chronicles is also available as a series of individual novels. My main genre is romance (romantic suspense, paranormal romance).

The Valiant Chronicles set is a supernatural thriller comprised of three novels: The Experiencers, A Ring of Truth, and Earthbound.

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The Experiencers introduces the main characters and the conflict. It’s a story of good versus evil but with the added challenge that some characters believe they’re working for the greater good when they’re not. I’ve always enjoyed exploring perceptions, truth, and reality.

 

 

 

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A Ring of Truth completes the journey after a much darker turn. The two main characters get to a point where they have some closure. Their story continues beyond the scope of the novel, but this was a good place to leave them. I’ve considered revisiting this world a number of times but haven’t started working on anything yet. Instead, I wrote a prequel, which is where Earthbound came from.

 

 

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With Earthbound, I explore the afterlife from the perspective of a murder victim who is instrumental in triggering the epiphany that changes the course of Michael Valiant’s life in The Experiencers. Michael is an anti-hero. With this character, I wanted to explore a number of concepts, one of which was how a person can kill but still be a good person. How can someone like that carry on? How much remorse can one live with? How do you recover from committing heinous crimes if you have a conscience?

 

Gillian's Island EBOOK COVER 3march2016.2500Gillian’s Island tells the story of a socially anxious divorcée who confronts her greatest fears when she’s forced to sell her island home and falls for the dashing new owner. The idea for it came to me when I was looking at a website for a friend’s island resort. I thought that would be a wonderful place for an introvert so long as they had someone else deal with the guests. Then, of course, I thought about that saying that no man is an island. The character of Gillian Foster sprang to life from that, and the story evolved around her.

 

 

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Injury is another romantic suspense and grew from my ruminations on what it must be like to be famous and not know your father, to believe he abandoned you. How would that affect a young woman’s self-esteem over the years? Her relationships with men? Would she wonder if her father regretted abandoning her? Was he out there wanting to contact her? Then I took it even further and wondered how her view of herself would change if she discovered her father hadn’t abandoned her after all—that he’d been murdered and her mother killed him. This story begins with the revelation about actress Daniella Grayson’s father and the resulting fallout when the media get a hold of the story.

WALK-IN ebook COVER 15june2016.2500Walk-In explores the new age concept of walk-ins but in the context of a paranormal romance thriller. I’d always been fascinated by the possibility that a soul could contract to leave the body and allow another soul to inhabit it. This isn’t possession, because the exiting soul agrees to relinquish the body for another soul. Without getting too much into it, I contemplated what an evil being might do with this and the story evolved from that.

 

 

Storm Lake is a short horror story with children as the main characters. I wanted to take a thirteen-year-old girl and make her a hero. I also have a small non-fiction story in Angel Words by Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue, which was published by Hay House. Aedammair’s Choice is a short fantasy story that will be published in an anthology for charity with fellow authors from the Indie Author Support & Discussion group.

How long have you been writing?

Ever since I could read (around age five), I wrote. I started putting my work out there around 2000/2001 when I wrote tech articles for Community MX. I wrote for other online publications after that but didn’t get into fiction writing professionally until 2013.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I’m self-published (except for the story in Angel Words, which was published by Hay House.)

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

An author friend who is a hybrid author (traditionally and indie published) discussed the pros and cons with me based on what he’d experienced. He steered me towards indie publishing, and I published my first novel, The Experiencers, in 2013.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both.

How many hours a day do you write?

When I’m working on a draft, I use word count as my target rather than time. I’ll typically target 1,500 words. Sometimes that means I can move on to something else after a couple of hours. Other times, that means I’m pecking away at my manuscript all day.

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

I read some of my book reviews. If a bad review contains constructive criticism, I’ll learn from it. The good reviews also provide opportunities to learn. They tell me what readers like about my work, what works.

What was your hardest scene to write?

The scenes in Storm Lake were difficult to write. I don’t like mutilating and killing characters, but this was a horror story, and the situation called for some horrifying stuff.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Harold and the Purple Crayon.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I enjoy all parts of the artistic process. I love nothing more than taking an idea and turning it into a story filled with interesting characters. Even editing and revising turns me on. What makes me cringe is blurb writing and marketing.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have a lot of favourite authors, for example, Margaret Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Tolkien, Richard Adams, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, and so many more. I learn from them but don’t try to copy their voice. As an author, I have my own style, my own voice.

What book changed your life?

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien changed my life. I read it when I was fourteen and fell in love with fantasy novels then. The Valiant Chronicles is my homage to LOTR. While it’s not a fantasy story, it’s an epic, multi-character journey with the modern world as its backdrop.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

My main goal when I write a story is to entertain. I want to pull the reader into the life of one or more main characters. Readers will, hopefully, relate to the characters and live vicariously through them. I want readers to get lost in the story and forget about the real world while they’re immersed in my worlds.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

I’m pleased to share my interview with Gordon Bickerstaff! Like, Follow, Share, READ and review!

Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books are in the crime/thriller genre but not police /detective. They take inspiration from a TV series in the 70s called ‘Doomwatch’ centered around a government department which investigates high-level crimes. So in my books, the department is called The Lambeth Group. The series is now 6 books, and all the stories are stand-alone but there are recurring characters and in each new episode. The series features ex-Special Forces Zoe Tampsin and scientist Gavin Shawlens as the principal protagonists.

How long have you been writing?

I started pulling ideas together and writing scenes about twelve years ago. When I retired in 2011, I started writing full-time.

Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

Self-published. I have been trad published, but they were academic textbooks.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I prefer self-pub because it is easy to enhance the stories weeks, months or years later.  Self-pub is less pressure. Even with academic books, I had publishers asking for a synopsis of the next book and the next and their deadlines are rigid because of schedules.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both researching and writing are energising. Editing and marketing are exhausting.

How many hours a day do you write?

Depends on the scene. Creating a new scene can consume 10 hours a day. Modifying, tweaking or enhancing can take a few hours in a day.

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

I try to. Good reviewers can provide useful feedback, which has led me to tweak a story. I don’t bother with bad reviews. If someone didn’t like a book, then that is a personal choice. You can’t please all of the readers. I’m a reader, and I’ve read books that weren’t for me. It is also about numbers if I have 20 reviews and only or two are negative then that can be ignored. If 15 reviews were negative, then there is something wrong with the book.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I haven’t found any scene hard to write.  I prefer to research a topic, so I have material to inform me and help me create a new perspective.  Having said that, some of the research I’ve done has been harrowing.

 

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Biggles adventures by W.E. Johns were my favourites.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

One the story is done, going over and over and over it to find plot holes, errors and scene glitches that need to be fixed.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I like Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I think I am aware of their style and as I enjoy reading them, I aim to reach their standard.

What book changed your life?

Jules Verne ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ made me want to become a scientist, which I did.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

Feedback is always welcome.  Try one before you decide. On my Website, there are Free PDF samples of first 8 chapters of each book. No sign-up required.

Please add all your links below.

Twitter                 @ADPase

Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552

Website               https://gordonbickerstaff.blogspot.co.uk/

Amazon                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gordon-Bickerstaff/e/B008KK5Q9W/

The most recent book (June 2018) is ‘Tears of Fire’

Two serial killers have been getting away with murder for years. For them, it’s a well-paid hobby while they bide their time. It’s about to stop when everything slots into place for them to leap to the next level. Payback for the people who killed their parents.51QX4h7EdlL._UY250_

Lambeth Group investigator, Gavin Shawlens, is on their trail. But all is not as it seems and he is pushed way out of his depth when the killers turn on his family. Gavin’s Lambeth Group partner, Zoe Tampsin, is cut off from him and fighting her own battle to stay alive.

They need to connect, but Zoe will face an impossible choice. Stop the killers before they pull off the most audacious murder that will shock the world and change it forever. Or, rescue Gavin’s family from the jaws of evil.

Thank you Theresa

Meet A Horror Promoter Extraordinaire

I’ve had such a busy winter that I’ve neglected my monthly author spotlights. I’m back at it with a surprise guest for you all today.

She goes by the moniker Mar Garcia. I first met her when I signed up to promote my book on her website: “The Bold Mom.”

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Her level of personal service was so welcoming and refreshing that I joined all her sites. As soon as I did that, I found her crazy beautiful artwork. Her work is so stunning in fact that I asked if she made covers for authors. Lucky for me – she does! She is working on my next horror book Cimmerians for me right now. I can’t wait to showcase it.

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                Now I’d like to introduce you to the soon to be famous (yes I do believe it)

Mar Garcia.

 

 

 

 

First, can you tell our readers what “The bold mom” site is about and all that you offer?

The Bold Mom is Horror. A shelter for special, beautiful minds. On one side, I lend an space for some guest authors to review books and express themselves, and on the other, I promote, share, push and support horror books and metal music. As much as I can 🙂

I’m also an illustrator, but it doesn’t have much to do with TBM really, it’s just something I’ve done since I can remember.

When did you decide to start “The Bold Mom” and how has the site evolved?

I started a blog due to the need of taking care of my daughter. I had to make money from home, so I started a simple site, creating contacts with authors, promoting them, reviewing for sites… I’ve been working very hard and practically for free for almost two years, and now, since some months ago, TBM took shape and a strong position, collaborating with many other sites, rising audience, lots of engagement. Which is something I wasn’t very sure it was going to happen… but everyone seems happy with it! Happy authors, happy promoter 🙂

Do you also write? If so what are your works.

No, I do not… I like to write little things, but I don’t show them haha! English is not my natural language so I’m always very insecure about it. I like making disturbing introductions for posts or interviews, or poems. But nothing longer than that. Luckily Toneye has always my back with it covering my catastrophes lol 

Do you have a favorite author?

As classics, Cesar, Alexandre Dumas, Edmond Rostand, Stoker.

Do you have a favorite artist?

I couldn’t tell, because I see all the time amazing drawings made by many different people. I don’t like the “fairy” fantasy type. I’m tired of it, and illustrations are usually just a Photoshop arrangement. I like artists who soil their hands drawing. But it’s only my personal opinion.

Does your talent for art come naturally, or have you taken classes to hone it?

Not a single class lol I’m naturally insane.

Do you know why you are drawn – pun intended – into horror?

Hum… curiously, a couple of days ago another author asked me the same! As I told him, it’s just where I feel at home. Since I was a kid, I’m drawn into it because I’m a very sensitive person with these things. When I was very little, I already had this thoughts and nightmares. I slowly made them mine. Horror expresses what no one wants to hear,  embraces everyone accepting their own darkness and doesn’t reject any content. 

Horror is where you can be free of prejudices, cuffs and the trash wrapped in glitter that the world tries to make us swallow, constantly. Horror is the beauty of Darkness.

Tell us what type of art you offer to clients? And do you have a set price list? (Ex – the covers)

My style is very specific because I don’t control it. I have print-on-demand service, and personalized too, for covers or book illustrations, where the author just tells me what they need. I send sketches and progress pics to build exactly what they need. The prices… it’s not exactly a list. If they want a cover, then yes I have a price for Kindle and for paperback, and both, but the single illustrations, it varies depending on how long it will take for me to do it. 

How do you balance your home life with your promotions and your artwork?

With great difficulties lol My daughter goes to school some hours a day, but the rest I’m working with her climbing on me, literally.

What does your dream life look like?

A cabin on a lake away from everything. I’ve had this dream since I can remember. 

 

If you are a horror enthusiast of any kind, I urge you to go check out Mar’s Bold Mom site for promoting!

Check out her stunning artwork!

Or just be a stalker – links below.

Website: http://www.theboldmom.com/

Art Portfolio: http://margarcia.portfoliobox.net/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mar-Garc%C3%ADa-Amorena-Plana/e/B077ZRNNP7

Facebook: (The Bold Mom) https://www.facebook.com/theboldmom/

(Mar G-A) https://www.facebook.com/disturbing.drawings/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/theboldmom

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

G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TheBoldMom

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/theboldmom/

 

A screenshot from her Sunday Wicked reads posting – you either want to be on this list – or selecting from it!

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