Interview With Author Jillian Kleine der Lowe

Today I have a special treat for all of you.  Please help me welcome Jillian Kleine der Lowe, author of Wicked, a Metaphysical and Visionary Fantasy Satire.

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Wicked, A Seven Deadly Sins Novel, Book One

Why did you choose to write Wicked?

I feel like this story chose me. I’m a vessel to tell this story, almost like automatic writing. I was shown a glimpse of what was, what is and what could be.

How much of the book is realistic?

Even though Wicked is a fantasy, some elements are very realistic. The CIA really did have a Project Stargate that researched military application of psychic abilities. The Otherkin community is very real and vast. The locations in my book are described as how they actually are. All of the locations visited on the Earthly plane really do exist.

Can you tell us about your main character?

Sev is an amalgam of many goddesses and spirits that all share similar energies. At her core, she’s very driven by a strong set of values. She cares deeply for other people. Her biggest strength is her sense of humor and her uncanny was of perceiving things. She loves Luc and is completely enamored with him, as he is her. They’re completely devoted to one another.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?

I haven’t really included people I know so much, although certain elements of Luc and Michael are based on my husband. I went through a period in my life from 2008 – 2012 where a lot of my friends passed away and for the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like to be sad. Before that, I had never really experienced loss or sadness. I handled it all very well. I also endured a few major betrayals during that time and they influenced certain elements of Wicked.

Have you developed a specific writing style?

My writing style is definitely campy, goofy, irreverent, offbeat, quirky, satirical and witty.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

I did learn many things. I was not looking forward to formatting in Scrivener, but it turned out to be so easy. I’ve learned a lot about other people. Like, writing and publishing this book really did teach me who my real friends were, because they were supportive and happy for me when my book was published.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?

When I’m working on a novel, I write all day, seven days a week. My process starts out with putting together a playlist of music and listening to it. While listening to my playlist I daydream up the whole story. Then I use Astrology for Writers and Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner to do a loose outline that’s usually a page long. Then I just start writing and it all flows very naturally.

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?

Lured, the sequel to Wicked, is much darker and more introspective. While still being just as comedic and having the same level of twist and turns. Wicked was about initiating action. Lured is more about reflection and moving on from the past. All of the characters will be back… Sev, Luc, Leon and Ace. I’ve also added in a few new characters that are deliciously dark like Cain and Vlad (who was the historical basis for Dracula). Lured also delves deeper into the back story and the whole shadow government storyline figures much more prominently.

What kind of support, if any, have you received from friends in the writing industry?

I do have friends in the industry. Some work for publishers and others are consultants. Some are designers, others do marketing. They’ve all been very helpful. I’ve not really asked for their help, except to let me know what they think of my advertising copy and stuff like that. Or if someone gives me a price quote for a service that sounds really unreasonable, I’ll check with my friends to verify if my suspicions about unrealistic pricing are accurate or not… They’ve helped me from getting scammed.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

My first job was when I was in high school and that was at a bookstore, of course. When I graduated from high school, I worked in IT first as a Technical Analyst and then as a Systems Administrator before deciding to go to college and pursue my dream. My very first start in publishing was actually as a model. I modeled for various magazines. Yet, I found that I really wanted to be admired for my mind and not for my appearance. So, I started working at publications as a Junior Designer and worked my way up to Creative Director before switching to Advertising, Marketing, Promotions and Public Relations since those were a much better fit for my outgoing personality.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

Yes, I intend for writing to be my career while still focusing on art and filmmaking as well. I originally went to school for film. Wicked started out as scripts for a sitcom. I ended up falling in love with publishing. But, I’d still love to turn the Seven Deadly Sins series into a visual format for cable or television.

About the Author

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Jillian Kleine der Löwe originally dreamt of being a time traveler… Either that or the Supreme Empress of the whole entire bloody Universe. Since, those jobs are not yet available until she defies the laws of physics… She’s settled with being an author…
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Cover Reveal: Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Content/Themes: Romance/Mystery

Release Date: February 5, 2014

Publisher: Solstice Shadows Publishing

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Fairy, Texas. A small town like any other.

Laney Harris didn’t want to live there. When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despised her and a high school where she was the only topic of gossip were bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), she grew suspicious. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there were Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hoped. Not to mention that dead guy she nearly tripped over in gym class.

She was right. Boring took on an entirely new dimension in Fairy, Texas.

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Fairy High could have fit into one wing of my old school. The three-story, red brick building looked like it had been around for at least a century—it actually had carvings over two of the doorways that read “Men’s Entrance” and “Women’s Entrance.” I was glad to see that none of the kids paid any attention to those instructions.

“Counselor’s office,” I muttered to myself. At least I wasn’t starting in the middle of a term—though given the fact that there were fewer than 500 students in the entire high school, I didn’t think I was going to be able to go unnoticed, even in the general bustle of the first day back from summer vacation.

I walked through the door marked “Men’s Entrance,” just be contrary, and faced a long hallway lined with heavy wooden doors. The spaces in between the doors were filled with lockers and marble staircases with ornate hand-rails flanked each end of the long hallway. Students poured in behind me, calling out greetings to each other and jostling me off to the side while I tried to get my bearings. None of the doors obviously led to a main office; I was going to have to walk the entire length of the hallway. And people were already starting to stare and whisper.

God. I hated being the new kid.

I took a deep breath and stepped forward. I made it halfway down the hall without seeing anything informative—all the doors had numbers over them and many of them had name plaques, but neither of those things did me any good since I didn’t know the name or office number for the counselor. I was almost getting desperate enough to ask Kayla, but of course she was nowhere to be seen.

I turned back from scanning the halls for her and caught sight of the first adult I’d seen—and almost screamed. As it was, I gasped loudly enough for a guy walking past me to do a double take. The man standing in the open doorway was tall, over six feet, and way skinny—so emaciated that it looked like you ought to be able to see his ribs through his shirt, if his shirt didn’t hang so loosely on him. He had white hair that stuck out in tufts, thin lips, a sharp nose, and pale blue eyes that narrowed as he watched the kids walk past—and all the kids gave him a wide berth without even seeming to notice that they did so. He stood in an empty circle while students streamed around him in the crowded hallway.

But none of that was what made me almost scream.

For a moment, just as I’d turned toward him, I could have sworn that I’d seen the shadow of two huge, black, leathery wings stretched out behind him.

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Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

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Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

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Hi Everyone,

By now, many of you are likely aware I’m an indie author who’s busily penning a science fiction/fantasy series.  And because I’m a “newbie” I’m sure it’s no surprise that when I’m not writing or on social media, I tend to spend time reading articles/blogs related to what emerging writers should be doing along the way to becoming published.  (Okay, in truth I’ve poured over such articles.)  Here’s what I’ve noticed.  There seems to be a general consensus out there regarding the importance of authors belonging to book clubs.  Whether you’re just starting out, or even if you’ve published several books–the recurring theme I’ve picked up on is that a good book club can be an author’s best friend.

Why Join a Book Club?

For those unfamiliar with book clubs, such groups can be an invaluable resource for writers.  The reason for this is because book clubs provide authors with  information while also increasing their readership and contacts.  More readers have an opportunity to become aware of an author through a book club’s readings and reviews as well as other promotional spotlights they may have.  Sounds good, right?  I couldn’t agree more!  However, the articles I’ve come across failed to mention just how enjoyable the right club can be!  As ridiculous as this may sound, I honestly didn’t know being a member of a book club would be FUN–at least not until I joined the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

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My Experiences as a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB Member

As a Governing Board member of RAVE REVIEWS, I now know what it’s like to belong to a warm and friendly (not to mention, supportive) book club.  We’re a community, in every sense of the word.  Members not only read and review books, but we also help one another with all sorts of things.  Questions about publishing or how one might fix an issue related to their own website are met with kind-hearted and informative responses.  Every single person I’ve interacted with has been incredibly nice and patient with any questions I’ve had (and believe me, I’ve had several at this point).  In turn, when someone has asked me for guidance I’ve been more than happy to help out.  As I’ve gotten to know some of these members a little better, we’ve shared laughs while developing what I consider to be genuine friendships.  Beyond all of this, as a group, RAVE REVIEWS members are showing the world just how supportive we are through tweets and Facebook likes.   Let’s face it, authors can always use a helping hand in this department!  Oh, and the incentives are enough to make my wallet sing, too!

The Benefits of RAVE REVIEWS Membership…

  • Joining is Free!
  • Generous Member Incentives and Promos Including “REVIEWER OF THE YEAR” AWARD – 1st Place Winner – $200 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd Place Winner – $100 Amazon Gift Card; 3rd Place Winner – $50 Amazon Gift Card!
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  • Author Spotlights!
  • A total of 30 Authors are Promoted through Spotlights or Book Reviews Each Year!
  • Fun, Friendly and Supportive Environment!

SPOTLIGHT AUTHORS Receive…    

A one week long blog tour; Press releases sent to your local hometown newspaper/magazine; A PDF file that you can print and post in local businesses/book stores promoting your status as SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR; A Blog-spot Radio Interview (if you so choose); Tweets and RTs promoting you.your book heavily during your SPOTLIGHT week; Facebook blasts on club member walls; A SPOTLIGHT on our site, with your photo, book cover, blurb and buy links!

Anyway, I think you get the picture.  RAVE REVIEWS is a wonderful, supportive and fun book club.  And just to be clear…nobody twisted my arm to write this post. I’m doing this for one reason and one reason only… because I want to.  🙂

To learn more about RAVE REVIEWS as well as how to join, please visit our website at:   http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/

You may also follow us on Twitter at:   https://twitter.com/Rave_ReviewsBC

Until next time…

Happy writing,

Danica

To learn more about my DARK STAR Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, my support of UNICEF, and my involvement with the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, please visit my website at http://www.danicacornell.com.

You may also follow me on Twitter at: @DanicaCornell  https://twitter.com/DanicaCornell

The Long Way Home

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Submitted by Danica Cornell

Call me crazy, but when it comes to authors, I think I may have picked up on what (at least at first glance) looks to be a fairly common thread—one that quietly binds us in a way that’s interesting, if not a bit unexpected.  The thread I’m referring to is the journey of returning to our truest selves—as writers.  For some, this voyage is a long and arduous expedition back to our roots.  For others, the trek isn’t quite as difficult, even though it does still represent a period of personal growth.  Not to mention, perseverance.

For those of us who set out on this pilgrimage, we do so because penning stories is what we must do.  Our words and make-believe worlds fill us with joy (and sometimes tremendous self-doubt).  But either way, in the end it’s always the same.  We turn back to the written word like a flower turns towards the sun—because to do otherwise would be to deny our truest selves.  Words nourish our souls.  Words ignite our creativity.  We breathe life into our words, and our words breathe life back into us.  Without this type of artistic expression, we begin to feel stagnant.  And sullen.

I should state up front that my observations are decidedly unscientific.  I’ve conducted no official interviews and I have no statistics to back up my impressions.  What I do have are years of data from a variety of sources tucked neatly away in the back my mind.  And while I’m sure it isn’t always the case, it appears that fairly often young writers are pulled away from pursuing careers (as authors) by well-intentioned family members who don’t want to see their loved ones dejected.  Not to mention, penniless.  As the years slip away, adult responsibilities leave many of these same folks with little time (not to mention energy) for starting or completing that long-dreamed-of novel, and thus they find themselves swallowed up by an overwhelming sense of stagnation.  Not to mention, frustration.

For those writers who (almost miraculously) make it over these hurdles years later, it seems quite a few will face yet another uphill battle in the form of questions or prods by spouses, significant others, extended family, and sometimes even the dearest of friends.  “What do you mean you’re experimenting with writing styles?”  Or maybe, “I don’t understand—what’s the big deal with dialogue?”  Or my personal favorite, “Quit playing on Twitter!”  Very often, these types of comments are meant to help, but often end up hindering emerging authors because they distract us from the steep learning curve (for writing, marketing, and networking) that goes hand-in-hand with such an undertaking.  Even worse, such comments have the potential to make budding authors question their efforts and writing abilities just as they’re finding their way back to themselves.

So, who am I to talk about all of this anyway?  Well, for starters I’m like a lot of other indie authors—I’m an unknown writer who’s busily penning a science fiction/fantasy series.  At the tender age of 17, I too was talked out of pursuing a writing (or journalism) career.  Later on, when I decided to bite the bullet and try my hand at this craft, I ended up making just about every mistake there is to make—not only with writing—but with everything that goes along with it.  For example, I initially set up my Facebook pages incorrectly which ended up causing me some significant security headaches later on.  I didn’t understand how to use Twitter in the early days which means I probably (inadvertently) ticked off more than a few people.  I renamed my book series because I realized the first name wasn’t catchy enough.  I’ve struggled with web design and book trailers.  And worst of all, I didn’t network for a really, really long time—probably because I was swallowed by the self-doubt and self-consciousness that seems to infect so many emerging authors, especially during their early days.

But here’s the thing.  With all the mistakes I’ve made, I’ve learned an equal number of valuable lessons.  I’ve learned about the art of writing a novel—not to mention an entire series. I’ve discovered who I am as an author—what I stand for and where my boundaries lie.  And perhaps most importantly, I’ve made connections and genuine friendships with other writers who seem to share many of the same (or at least similar) experiences I’ve described here.

Once I reflected on all of this, I realized I truly had come full-circle–not only as a writer but as a person.  I also became cognizant of the fact that in order to end up back where I started, I had to learn when and when not to listen others.  There’s a reason why I spent a year experimenting with writing styles and dialogue.  And as for Twitter?  I’m not “playing.”  I’m interacting with writers and readers.  Besides, what’s wrong with making some new friends on my journey to becoming a published author?  I truly value each and every one of these lovely people.  They make my days more fun, and I’m more than happy to support them just as they do me.

So, in the end I guess it’s true that I may have taken the long way home…but I sure am happy as hell to be back!  🙂

Until we meet again…

Happy writing,

Danica

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Announcing the Winner of the Name That Robot Contest!

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Submitted by Danica Cornell

Congratulations to Yvette D. Kiss of Lake City, Florida for submitting the winning entry in the Name That Robot Contest!  Yvette is the lucky recipient of a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card plus I will list her name in the acknowledgements section in the  front of my second novel!

So…what was the winning entry?  Xenon” will be the name of the deranged robot character in DARK STAR II: Rise of the Hubots slated for release later this year!

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Now, in all fairness Yvette had some help from her daughter, Kailey (13) in all of this…but Yvette is the one who submitted the entry (and is also the one who is 18 years or older), so she is the official winner.  Still, I have to say “Great teamwork!” to the Kiss ladies!  And since Yvette is happy to share the limelight with her daughter, Kailey will be mentioned as helping her mom in the acknowledgements section of DARK STAR II.
Congratulations, Kailey!   🙂

A Little More About Our Winner…

Yvette tells me her hometown (Lake City) is called the crossroads of Florida because it’s where I-75 and
I-10 meet.  Yvette loves sci-fi movies (good choice); baking and cooking; drawing and painting; traveling; boating and camping at Fort Wilderness at Disney.  She owns her own business and works from home doing Bookkeeping and Property Management.  Yvette enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at school.  She also has three dogs and one cat.  The dogs and cat all have candy names, (hmmm…might be because their last name is Kiss?). Their animal companions include Sandy, (lab) Hershey (Yorkie), Snickers (Shitzu-Chihuahua mix) and Nestle the cat!

My sincere thanks to all who participated in the Name That Robot Contest.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading through all of your wonderful ideas and I hope you enjoyed this contest as much as I did!

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COVER REVEAL: Chasing Anya by J.L. Campbell

COVER REVEAL: Chasing Anya by J.L. Campbell

Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction

Content/Theme(s):  Sexual Content (not graphic), Post Abortion Syndrome, Relationships, Spousal Abuse,

Release Date:  January 13, 2014

Publisher: The Writers’ Suite

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Been there. Done that.

Feisty and independent, Anya Davies lives by her own rules. The one thing she’s hell-bent on avoiding is a conventional relationship. Nor is she interested in romance, thanks to her abusive ex who refuses to stay in the past. The second complication in her life is a secret that condemns her to constant guilt and a solitary life. A series of near misses and escalating threats are a third and worrying factor. Only a special man would understand or live with Anya’s challenges and demands.

Casual sex…so not having that.

Enter Christophe Mondesir. Two years ago, Anya dumped him without explanation. An accidental meeting shoots Anya back on Christophe’s radar. He refuses to be denied and plans to breach the fortress Anya has built around her heart—if she’ll commit to more than a casual liaison. He’s also determined to find out what she’s hiding. That’s if the stalker who’s after Anya doesn’t end her life first.

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He stood before her, pressing kisses to her neck. Then his lips covered hers. Soft. Persuasive. She resisted him at first, but the memory of his lovemaking warmed her blood and she relaxed against him. The unknown word he’d spoken came to mind and she twisted away from him. “I’m not so sure I should let you touch me, ’specially since I don’t know what you said earlier. What was that anyhow?”“I said you should stop talking like a slut.”She mashed his toes with her foot. “How dare you talk to me like that?”“Ouch! If you insist on treating sex as if it is some sort of pill—”“If you were sensitive to my needs, I wouldn’t have to resort to asking for sex.”He narrowed his eyes. “You know what? I’m going to give you what you want.”That said, Christophe pressed his lips to hers, forcing her mouth open. She fought him, but this time he ignored her attempts to escape.

The intensity of his kiss frightened her. His grip on her arms was too tight and she felt suffocated by his strength. “No, Christophe, I—”

His hand glided under her shirt and the words lodged in her throat. She cast aside her objections, swept away by the fire his touch lit on her insides.

They landed on her bed, struggling to free themselves of their clothing. Minutes later, Christophe reduced her to an orgasmic shudder.

Then they started over.

When they were satisfied, she panted against his chest.

Christophe eased away from her and rolled onto his back to stare into a corner of the room.

Now what was wrong with him? She raised herself up on her elbow. “What’s bugging you now?”

It took him a while to look her in the eyes. “D’you realize I just raped you?”

She almost giggled. “Well, it was the best rape I ever had.”

He sighed. “I’m serious. You said no, and I didn’t listen.”

He murmured something she didn’t hear and rolled onto his side, away from her.

Anya stared at a mole on his shoulder, unable to believe what she was seeing and hearing. Was he serious? Wasn’t she supposed to be the basket case?

She scratched at the skin around the cast. It was itching like hell lately.

Christophe got up and went into the bathroom. The toilet flushed and she waited for him to come back to bed. Instead, he got a pair of jeans from the cupboard and pulled them on, along with a tee-shirt.

Anya gaped at him. “Where the hell d’you think you’re going?”

“Home. I need to think.”

“What d’you need to think about, Christophe?”

“Things.”

She yanked her shirt on and stood in front of him. “Every time I get mad and tell you to leave, you refuse to go. Now, we don’t even have a serious quarrel and you’re running away. What’s wrong with you?”

He slipped both hands in his pockets and wouldn’t look at her. “I have to go.”

Using her hand, she tipped his head so she could see his eyes.

He was in pain.

She didn’t understand what the problem was, but something had gone terribly wrong. She grabbed his arms and spoke softly to him. “Don’t walk out on me now. I don’t know what’s going on with you, or what you think you did, but I need you.”

“I’m sorry, Anya.” He stepped out of her grasp and walked away.

She sank on the bed, rubbing the frown line on her forehead. Would he be all right? Her heart rate went up and she pressed a hand to her chest. Christophe had left, but she needed to check whether he’d locked up.

The lock was engaged and she was alone in the house. She leaned against the front door, feeling as if she’d bought a bus ticket and the driver had dropped her off miles away from her destination.

Her eyes smarted, but she would not cry. While she was sure Christophe’s withdrawal was directly related to her, she sensed there were other factors at play.

If he didn’t want to talk, how could she get to the root of what was eating him?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JL

 J.L. Campbell is a proud Jamaican, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

 She writes romantic suspense, women’s fiction and young adult novels. She is the author of Anya’s Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine’s Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don’t Get Mad…Get Even, Retribution, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

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