The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Linda Jordan

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Linda Jordan, author of Faerie Unraveled, the first book in her Bones of the Earth series.

Tell us all your secrets, Linda!

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, about half an hour north of Seattle. In the woods. I have two main writing spaces. In the cold, wet weather I write at my desk in the kitchen/dining room of a teeny tiny house. My desk closes up because — cats! When I open it up there’s a (small) space filled with lights, and rocks and artwork. It’s very pretty. And pens, lots of pens, even though I use a laptop to write on. I’ve been collecting rocks since I was old enough to pick them up. I haven’t stopped.

In the summer, when it’s not raining, I write at one of the tables outside in the garden. When it’s cooler, I pick a table in the sun and when it’s hot, I head for the shade. We have extension cords stretched across the garden to various tables, so I can plug in and get to work. It’s wonderful to write outside and be influenced by the birds, the wind and other various noises that come into my world. Writing outside is my favorite place, which always makes me wish summer would last a bit longer.

Why do you write?
I’m the kind of person who needs to be creative. I chose writing as that outlet because I was a voracious reader. It seemed the best fit for me. I sometimes make other art — paintings and mosaics, very badly.

When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was in my early 20’s. I floundered around for many, many, many years before I took a writing workshop from Steve Perry, and then went to Clarion West.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery. There may be others, I always like to try new, shiny things.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I was sitting around one spring day, settling in to write. I knew it was time to write a novel, I’d just written a slew of short stories and was ready for something longer. I saw the first scene in my head. A woman walking around the Fremont area of Seattle (where I used to live) in the early hours before dawn. She was watching a coyote eat something, probably a cat. And I knew she wasn’t human. It took me quite a while before I figured out who and what she was. That was the birth of Faerie Unraveled. Which eventually grew into a five book series.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Oh, there’s so much awesome advice. The best I’ve received recently is to immerse myself completely in the character. Feel what they are feeling, smell what they’re smelling and taste what they’re tasting. And write that. If you just keep following the character, you’ll find your story.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I used to be a planner and plot everything out. But then I never wanted to write the book. I felt done with it, since I knew what happened. So I began to write in the dark and it’s so much more fun. I’m so often surprised by where the story takes me.

I write fast when I apply myself. When I spend more hours in the chair. However, since my life is crazy busy, I don’t get as much time and focus as I’d like. Then I write very slowly.

Tell us about your most recent book.
I have two most recent books. Both published in April of 2017. The first one is the third Faerie book: Faerie Descent. The second is the beginning of a cozy mystery series, Horticultural Homicide.

But let me tell you about my 2nd Faerie book: Faerie Contact – The Bones of the Earth Series: Book 2.

Faerie must find a way to tell humans they exist. The sylph, Skye, goes to Glastonbury as an ambassador. She needs to pass as human to gain their trust.

Just as she begins her work a strange being who threatens Faerie’s existence appears. Skye and her friends must thwart the being’s plan.

Faerie threatens to fall and take our world with them.

An earthy epic fantasy set in contemporary times that provides a welcome breath of fresh air.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up a science fiction novel that I must change the working title for, so I can’t tell you what it is.

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Thank you, Linda. It’s always fun to get to spend time with you!

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The Faery Tales Bundle: Author Leah Cutter

It’s my privilege to introduce you to my friend (and editor!) Leah Cutter, author of The Changeling Troll, the first novel in a new adult urban fantasy series.

Welcome, Leah! Tell us about yourself 😀

Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
That’s complicated. I have a house on Capitol Hill in Seattle: think funky, comfortable, urban. My husband owns a farm out in Ravensdale: 6.5 acres of woodlands. I spend time at both properties. I have three desks between the two properties. Plus, I write on the couch, sitting on chairs, sitting outside on the deck, at the Starbucks in town… I know some people advocate always writing at the same time everyday, and in the same location. That will never work for me. Variety helps me produce more.

Why do you write?
I always change this question to: why do you publish? I write because I have no choice. I publish, and share my work, because I’m a tour guide at heart. Come, let me show you, dear reader, the strange and wonderful places I’ve been to, either physically or just in my head.

When did you start writing?
My first journal from when I was eight years old states that, “When I grow up, I want to be a writer.” I don’t remember a time when I didn’t tell stories.

What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, science fiction, mystery, literary, horror.

Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
I was at CampCon (group of writers who get together for a weekend every summer and camp and write) and the novel I’d planned to write wasn’t going well. I went on a hike with my husband and we talked about what I was really interested in, what did I want to write instead. “The Changeling Troll” turned out to be the result.

The sequel, “The Princess Troll” is already available.

The final book in the trilogy, “The Fairy Bridge Troll” is currently scheduled to be published in October. (The book is written and is at the copyeditor at this time.)

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Have fun. If you’re not having fun, you’ll burn out as a writer.

Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I write mostly into the dark. And I write fast. I’m always trying to hit “flow state” as soon as I sit down, training myself that when I sit down with my writing computer, it’s time to write. Period. I’m up to about 2000 words per hour at this point, and am working toward pushing that up to 2500.

Tell us about your most recent book.
“The Harps of the Six Kingdoms” – a dark epic fantasy that was a long time in coming. I started the initial trilogy in 2008, however, the books were broken. I would have had to rewrite everything from scratch. Instead, I decided to scrap those books and start again, in the same world, 1000 years later.

What are you currently working on?
Short fiction for the next month or so. Too much going on to focus on a novel. I’ll be picking up “Bloodied Ice”, the last of the Cassie stories, later in the fall.

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Thanks, Leah. It’s always fabulous to spend time with you!

Information about the Faery Tales Bundle is available at BundleRabbit.

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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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