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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Books That Go Bump in the Night!

If you’re ready for summer thrills and chills (ones that don’t even require air conditioning), I’m happy to show off the brand new “Bump in the Night Thrillers” storybundle, which just launched today. Sixteen suspenseful, fun, and entertaining reads.

You name your own price, get the eBooks via instant download in your preferred format. You support indie authors, and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to charity, to support the worthy cause of the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.

The bundle books include compelling urban fantasy reads with some of the strangest detectives you’ve ever met, including Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. in Kevin J. Anderson’s Unnatural Acts, as well as ghosts, elves, vampires, sorceresses, modern-day dragon slayers, immortal Shakespearean characters, and more in Dean Wesley Smith’s The Deep Sunset, R.R. Virdi’s Grave Beginnings, Patrick Hester’s Into the Fire, Susan Sizemore’s Living Dead Girl, J.A. Pitt’s Night Terrors, L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Prospero Lost, Alex Berg’s Red Hot Steele and Cold Hard Steele.

For thrilling adventures in other times and places, there’s Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto and Lady Sherlock by Brooks Wachtel. For straight suspense with a high-tech or a darker edge, you’ll enjoy the Daredevils Club novel Artifact by Kevin J. Anderson, F. Paul Wilson, Matthew J. Costello, and Janet Berliner, and The Demon in Business Class by Anthony Dobranski, Whack Job by Mike Baron, and The Devil’s Churn by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

If you like all kinds of fast-paced fiction, there’s the new Fiction River anthology Pulse Pounders 2: Adrenaline — which includes my story Egg Thief!

This bundle is only available through August 16. Get a huge bundle of reading material, help support indie authors, as well as the Challenger Center.

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