The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Deb Logan

Yes. You read that right! While Debbie Mumford is the curator of this bundle, my alter-ego Deb Logan is one of the authors 😀

So … here’s all about Deb:

A prolific copywriter by day, Deb Logan has been published in WMG Publishing’s Fiction River anthologies, Dreaming Robot Press’s 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, as well as other anthologies and e-zines. WDM Publishing has released several short stories, short story collections, and novels for young readers, including the popular Dani Erickson series. Find out more about Deb’s work at deblogan.wordpress.com

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the USA. Vancouver, Washington to be exact. No, not Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s in Canada, several hundred miles north of where I live. Vancouver, Washington is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and in some ways, is a bedroom community to Portland.

As to the question of my writing space, I don’t have an actual office. I write on a MacBook Pro laptop, sitting in my favorite chair in the living room … with my feet up. What can I say? I’m into comfort! With my body at ease, my mind is free to wander into other worlds and visit possibilities of existences other than our own.

Why do you write?
I’m an avid reader—I think most writers are—and I’ve always found myself saying, “Yes, but what if that happened?” At some point, I stopped wondering about nuances of other writers’ worlds and decided to create my own. It’s harder than you’d think, being the god of an imagined world, but at the same time, it’s exhilarating and freeing. When I’m really in the zone, I’m completely submerged in my story. Words rush from my subconscious through my fingers onto the screen without me being consciously aware of what I’ll write next. It’s like magic! Characters do things I hadn’t even dreamed of, and my surface mind wonders, “What will they do next?”

Ultimately, that’s why I write…to discover what happens next.

When did you start writing?
I can truthfully say that I wrote my first story before I could read. I dictated it to my mother and then illustrated it with crayon drawings!

Then came a LONG period of no writing other than school assignments and later, Christmas newsletters. I thought about writing often while I was raising my children, but time with them always took priority, so I didn’t truly start writing until my husband and I launched them out into the world. Then I sat down and wrote my first novel. I finished it, all 100,000 words, in a little over six-months and blithely sent it off to agents and editors, thoroughly expecting it to be snapped up immediately.

Yeah. Not so much. My novel was met with universal form letter rejections. I was so green, I didn’t even have a clue about what I’d done wrong. At that point, I buckled down, found some writing mentors and began to learn my craft. Can anyone say “cart before the horse”? Definitely. But you don’t know what you don’t know, and at least I started and finished a novel and had the confidence to send it out. I also used the rejections as a goad instead of letting them defeat me.

What genre(s) do you write?
As Deb Logan, I write contemporary fantasy for middle grade and teen readers. My alter-ego, Debbie Mumford, writes a little bit of everything from fantasy romance to science fiction to mystery. If it interests me, I write it!

Interestingly enough, Deb Logan always writes in first person, but Debbie Mumford writes her tales in third person. Yep. I definitely have a personality split!

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
One of the very first short stories I wrote was a frame story – a little girl sitting on her grandmother’s lap and listening to stories of her grandmother’s childhood. I’d envisioned a whole set of these stories. The group that was mentoring me at the time suggested that frame stories were kind of dated, that I should simply tell the story. So I did, and Deirdre’s Dragon was born. Their advice was good, because that story was my very first sale!

But it was also a very short story and didn’t really tell the whole tale. So I rethought my premise and this time, I wrote a novel. Faery Unexpected is the story of a perfectly normal teen girl who inherits a dragon and discovers her destiny.

That very first story, Deirdre’s Dragon, is currently available as a free read for my newsletter subscribers. If you’d like to know more about my writing and are curious about that story, please sign up for my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bTXJ-f

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t give up! If you enjoy writing, write. Eventually your readers will find you.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I write off into the dark. I start with a character, in the case of Faery Unexpected it was a girl who inherited a dragon, and then I just start typing. I discover the story as my fingers type it, and that’s my favorite part: discovering the story!

As to speed, it depends. I’ll often take a week or two dreaming of a short story, but when I set out to write I usually start and finish in the same day … if I’m not interrupted by real life *smiles*

Novels come in fits and spurts since they’re too long to accomplish in a single sitting, and sometimes those fits and spurts are very widely spaced!

Tell us about your most recent book. 
At the moment, I’m writing short stories. My most recent publication, Beauty or Butterface?, is a re-imagination of a classic fairy tale, a contemporary story very loosely based on Sleeping Beauty.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m in the dreaming phase of a sequel to Faery Unexpected. I’m not planning a novel, more likely a short story though it could expand into a novella. We’ll see. My working / dreaming title is Faery Unpredictable. I expect to enter the writing phase as soon as other projects permit, but definitely by the end of September.

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And now you know a little bit more about the other side of my personality! Thanks for reading 😀

Information about the Faery Tales Bundle is available at BundleRabbit.

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Charlotte English

 

It’s my honor to introduce you to Charlotte English, author of Miss Landon and Aubranael, an utterly delightful faery story set in England’s Regency period.

Tell us about yourself, Charlotte 😀

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in a Dutch town not far from Amsterdam. I am lucky enough to have a home office, a space I like to decorate with many fairytale and fantasy things to boost my inspiration. My brain being particularly fond of colour, I like to make it bright and shiny, too.

Why do you write?
I write because the world needs stories. I write fantasy because the world needs more magic. Life is universally difficult, and if my tales can bring people a little escapism, a little peace and more than a little happiness, then what else could I possibly choose to do with my time? It doesn’t hurt that writing them in the first place brings me all three!

When did you start writing?
I remember writing complete short stories as early as age eleven (not that they were any good… but I had fun). I began writing more consistently in my late teens, and haven’t really stopped since.

What genre(s) do you write?
I write fantasy at the moment, albeit rather varied stories within it. I favour the fairytale, but I like to bring in elements of history and mystery as well – and my tales run the gamut from bright and happy through to creepy dark fantasy. I have plans to write historical fiction and classic mysteries at some point in the future, though I haven’t got there yet.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
Miss Landon and Aubranael is a special book for me, since I wrote it at a bad time. I don’t always enjoy the soundest mental health, and a few years ago I was going through a dark phase. I knew that if I expected to get any books done that year at all, I’d need to come up with the brightest, most colourful book I could think of – something built from all my favourite things, practically guaranteed to make me happy. So I brought in my beloved fairytale creatures and tales, mixed it up with my favourite period of history (Regency), set it in my home county (Lincolnshire), and liberally sprinkled it with magic and sparkle and… I had a blast. It’s still one of my best-loved of my own books.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Just write. More complicated than it sounds, for it’s easy to cripple ourselves worrying about all the things – is this the best idea I could come up with? Am I skilled enough right now to pull this off? What if it’s rubbish? What if I can’t finish it? What if it isn’t good enough? And so on. Sweeping all of that aside and just getting the words down as they come is the only way to keep going.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I love to write into the dark, because that way it’s an adventure for me as well – I get to find out how it ends! And I find that ideas flow better for me when I’m in the middle of writing. I never was any good at coming up with a plan stone cold, or sticking to it afterwards. I’m a fast writer, I suppose? At the moment I’m ploughing more time and energy into writing than ever, and producing several books a year.

Tell us about your most recent book.
My latest book is my first contemporary fantasy project, set in Britain. It’s about a secret society whose mission is to keep old magick alive in the modern world, which isn’t easy – and to save what’s left of a magickal heritage that’s rapidly disappearing. I’m publishing it in serial form online, as well as in ebooks as usual. It can be found on its own site here: http://www.modernmagick.net/

What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up another fairytale-style book called Gloaming, which will be the second book in a new collection (the first being Faerie Fruit, which came out last year). It’s probably my most magical book yet, and also my most chaotic…

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Thank you, Charlotte! It’s been a delight to learn more about you.

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Marcelle Dubé!

Today I’m excited to introduce Marcelle Dubé, author of Kirwan’s Son, a fascinating tale of a power struggle between the Seelie and Unseelie courts of Fae.

Welcome, Marcelle!

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in the Yukon, which is—let’s be honest—the best place in the world to live. I am surrounded by boreal forest, frigid lakes and rivers, and breathtaking mountains. Try not to be too jealous. My writing space is a corner of my (admittedly huge) bedroom, on a table with a comfy chair and surrounded by artwork and pithy sayings. I get a view of the mountain tops from my window, including the windmills on Haeckel Hill, and in the summer, I hear kids playing in the green space outside my window.

Why do you write?
I write because I can’t not write. I don’t do it to change the world, or even to change anyone’s opinion. I write because there’s an idea in my head that Just. Won’t. Leave. Me. Alone until I write it down. Sheesh.

What genre(s) do you write?
I write whatever I feel like writing at any given moment. So far, my stories have mostly fallen into the mystery or fantasy genres, with occasional forays into contemporary fiction and even romance. My stories are rarely strictly one genre or another—they are definitely hybrid. Alternate history/fantasy/mystery, ghost story/suspense… chimera, all…

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
Kirwan’s Son tells the story of the modern-day O’Rourke clan, descendants of the titular Kirwan, who answer the Faery king’s call for help. The story came about when my daughters, much younger then, asked me for a story about elves. I’m pretty sure this isn’t what they had in mind.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I sail off into the darkness every time. Blithely, as if I know what I’m doing. Just once, I’d love to be able to do a detailed outline and then write the story quickly. But no. Apparently that’s not in the grand plan for me. I start with an idea and I just start writing. That makes me slow because I sometimes have to pause while my conscious mind catches up to my subconscious. And sometimes I have to backtrack and figure out where I sailed off the edge of the world.

Tell us about your most recent book.
My most recent novel is Shelter, a cross between women’s fiction and suspense, with a frisson of modern gothic. Of Shelter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch said,

“The novel has a marvelous sense of dread. The dread got so severe that I finally had to make a decision: set the novel aside or read it in one lump to the end. Of course, I opted to finish it. Marvelous book, dark and rewarding.”

What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’ve almost finished my fifth Mendenhall mystery, which features Chief of Police Kate Williams and her intrepid constables in tiny Mendenhall, Manitoba, population 16,314. The first in the series saw Kate trying to find a maybe missing kid in The Shoeless Kid. This time around, Kate has to deal with the theft of bull semen (no, I’m not kidding) and suspicious activities at a building site.

Next up is the second in the A’lle Chronicles, following Backli’s Ford: In 1711, a generation ship crash landed in Lower Canada. Survivors stumbled out of the wreckage to find French settlers working the land. While many of the colonists sheltered the injured A’lle, some reacted with fear and loathing. Two centuries later, nothing much has changed.

This is the world Constance A’lle, first A’lle investigator for Lower Canada, must deal with.

The second book follows Constance as she investigates the conspiracy against the A’lle while trying to keep the boiling cauldron of fear and suspicion in Montreal from boiling over in the wake of an outbreak of smallpox.

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You can discover more about Marcelle here: Facebook | Twitter | Web

 

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Bonnie Elizabeth!

I’m thrilled to introduce Bonnie Elizabeth, author of One Bad Wish, an absolutely wonderful young adult fairy godmother tale. But why listen to me tell you about this delightful writer when she’s ready to tell you all about herself?

Take it away, Bonnie!

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
Currently I live in Charlotte North Carolina. I’m able to write full time so I have a regular old office with a computer and file cabinets and all the usual stuff.

And a cat. A cat who loves to site on the keyboard.

Why do you write?
Because I can’t not write. When I was working as an acupuncturist, I started blogging just so I could write. And while it might have been interesting to blog about being an acupuncturist, instead I blogged as my cat.

When did you start writing?
Probably when I was about 8 or so.

What genre(s) do you write?
Mostly fantasy and mystery and combining the two genres. Fantasy is broad for me, from other world fantasy to urban fantasy, although most published novels are currently contemporary fantasy.

One Bad Wish is my first book for young adults or middle graders

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I had to write a young adult short story for an anthology about wishes. It’s still to be published, but Willow Vaughn was the main character. Her voicy attitude insisted upon more stories and so here she is, in a nice little novel (and another on the way)

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
That all editors have tastes and just because an editor (or dozens of editors) don’t like the work, it doesn’t mean other people won’t. Because of tastes … and that tastes change.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I write fast and toss a lot of stuff. As far as planning or writing into the dark, well that depends upon the project.

Tell us about your most recent book.
My most recent book is One Bad Wish (which is in the bundle) and there’s another Teenage Fairy Godmother book coming out called Sun Spot Magic. I hope to have that published in October (if all goes well!)

What are you currently working on?
I always have multiple projects going on. I’m finishing up some changes based on first reader feedback on a second Fairy Godmother book called Sun Spot Magic. I just finished an initial draft of a book based on a short story I wrote called Man in Shades of Beige. I’m looking forward to starting an SF mystery novel but by the time I finish the edits, I could be inspired by yet another project. I also want to get back to my first series, an episodic series about a town named Whisper.

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Thanks, Bonnie! It’s been fun visiting with you 😀

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Debbie Ventures into Bundling!

I’m very excited to announce my very first foray into the world of curating a bundle of books! My friends at BundleRabbit have made this a very smooth and enjoyable journey and next weekend the Faery Tales Bundle will launch at BundleRabbit, as well as Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks! *major happy dancing*

In anticipation of our launch, I want to introduce you to the amazing writers who have agreed to be part of this bundle.

But first, here’s the premise:

Faeries are an enduring fable. How do various authors portray them? Cute little pixies … tricky, but harmless? Lovely fairy godmothers … benevolent and wise? Or a beautiful, but deadly race older than humanity and approached at your peril?

Enter the realm of Fae with this bundle of ten fantasy novels and see how the fair folk have chosen to reveal themselves to each of our authors.

Can’t wait to launch this awesome project! Stay tuned for upcoming author interviews…

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