Writing changed my life. It can change yours too.

I began writing as a child, but I was terrified to share it with anyone. When I hit my 40’s and the dreaded midlife crisis began I was asking “IS THIS IT?” and truly disappointed with where I’d led myself to. Life was work, watch TV, repeat.

Thanks to my dear friend Lisa Crawford who informed me of self-publishing, I dusted off the novel that’d been sitting in my drawer for twenty years and I was off!

Unchanged since first loaded Jan 2016 http://Cataclysm was my life long project.

Then I began blogging and connecting on social media with other authors. The scariest next step was live interviews! I tell you I was terrified for my first one. I felt like an imposter talking about my new career. However, once I started chatting and learning that everyone else feels the same way, all my jitters fell away. Don’t let fear stop you! Now I’ll talk to anyone about anything, that’s huge for me. A quick 4 yrs. later and here I am doing an interview with the local paper.

Put yourself out there, the worst that can happen is people say no – and they will – however it’s the YES’S that count and those will come too.

If you’ve read all the way to here I have a special for you. Do you have a book you want to promote? Drop the comment with a link and I’ll add it to my #WHATTOREAD2021 page – FREE. Check it out below, you can drop your comment there too if you prefer. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Spooks, ghouls, and haunts galore for all horror fans with this Indie feast…

Soul’s Day Boxset 

Old Hallows Eve, when things go bump in the night,
Children come to play, and the witches provide the fright.
For 19 authors, USA Today and international bestselling,
The Halloween tales become more than this foretelling.
In the Soul’s Day Boxset, a mansion feeds on souls,
A gargoyle captures them, and a demon dungeon master makes the calls,
Campers gets picked off one by one,
The Karnaval’s corn dogs are less than fun,
Ghosts lurking around every bend,
‘I do’ at the wedding is the very end.
A boxset of chills and thrills to keep you up at night,
One-click pre-order to snap your copy filled with fright.
On old Hallow’s eve when creatures come to play,
With this spine chilling pages, it’s where you’ll want to stay. 


May Soul’s Day bring you all the haunts, mysteries and thrills you seek …

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Biggest Event Yet & Live Chat

Want to know me better?

Check out a live chat this Sat, May 4th at 10am EST

With AF Stewart here; https://www.facebook.com/afstewartauthor


Or you can join me through my Facebook page, plus I’ll be sharing later for those who can’t watch live. https://www.facebook.com/writerTheresaJ

Then be sure to check out all the exciting promo’s, games, giveaways, and more at the MAY 17- 19 OWSCYCON EVENT


From Romance to mystery to horror, there is a ton happening. I specifically will be working in the sci-fi and horror categories, with cover wars and character battles; there is sure to be something fun to catch your eye.


Mark your calendars, or watch the feeds on Facebook and Twitter to win some prizes and support Indie!

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Street Lit Author’s Corner

Have you ever wanted to see your books in the public library?

Of course you have! 

And this wonderful project set up by some amazing people at the Patagonia, Arizona library are giving us authors this very opportunity. 

I joined in the summer, and it’s been a wonderful experience. 

You have nothing to lose. It’s free advertising, and you may gain a new fan or two. 

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Click below, check out their new blog, and join the fun!

via The Project


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.


Supernaturals Book 3

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?


  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?


  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.












If you’d like to know more about me, Author Jennifer Reynolds, then check out this informational brochure or one of my many social media sites.
















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.





Personal Links:

Website: http://rhondahopkins.com

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Rhonda-Hopkins/e/B009KWDCCW

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/RhondaHopkins

Facebook: https://familycourt.com/RhondaHopkins.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhonda_Hopkins

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+RhondaHopkins

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/RhondaRHopkins


Navigating Family Court Links:

Website: https://navigatingfamilycourt.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/NavigatingFamilyCourt

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NavigatingCourt

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


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



Support Indie

Have you ever wanted to be in the arts?

Or want your name in IMDB? 

But you’re not an artist – or a movie star?


Here’s your chance!


Help an indie filmmaker to bring the Demon of technology to life and get your name listed as an executive producer on IMDB

The short film was written by me, based on my creation of the Demon Brimorie, from the novella, Sudden Death. 

Tagline “Death, there’s an App for that.” 






If you want to read about the Demon Brimorie click here http://theresajcbs.wixsite.com/demons

I know most of us are struggling artists, even if you can’t support via dollars, you can show your support by sharing!

Please SHARE and ask others to share, the wider we go the better chance we have.

We all thank you for that one click! 




Read Indie TOO

Read Indie TOO

I did write a blog topic about this not too long ago — so I am just sharing the information here.

If you are a self-published author, you should also read other Indie’s. You can gain insight from others works. Whether it be, avoiding their mistakes, or picking up new forms of writing, it is truly eye opening.

I highly recommend it, and have read many myself this year. I have seen what not to do — what I need to do — and met some amazing writers along the way.

For full details see my “Writers Life Blog” here — and perhaps read a book 🙂


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