M.R. Ward – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #3

Author Name: M.R. Ward

Title of your AJOW story: The Open Road

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A weekend trip turns into a nightmare as four friends find themselves on a collision course with the supernatural.

What inspired you to write this story? I wanted to tell a scary story, one that would stick with the reader long after the last line.

How long have you been writing? A year, or twenty-five, depending on your view. At thirteen, I spent a year writing stories, but lacked life experience and technical knowledge. Twenty years later I began writing a novel, but quit after a few months due to self-doubt. I never stopped creating stories in my head, though, so in 2015 I decided it was “now or never” and have remained consistent.

What genre do you usually write in and why? Horror. I find it entertaining.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? I’m working on a short story that’s more along the lines of a paranormal love story. I’m also continuing the novel I started five years ago.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? You have to take a chance and really give your best effort, but that means putting in the time and doing the work. No one can write your story for you.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
Instagram: www.instagram.com/m.r.ward_author/


Brian Paone – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #2

Brian is not just an author, he is also a professional copy editor, publisher, vocalist in several bands, and police officer. He is a man of many talents. Somehow he manages to do all of these jobs quite well and with a smile on his face. Brian has been extremely helpful to my career this year, and I know I would not be getting published in AJOW if it were not for him. I am honored to consider him a friend.

Brian Paone

Author Name: Brian Paone

Title of your AJOW story:  The Whaler’s Dues

Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: An unquenchable love for an unobtainable stripper. A stolen mandolin. The rattlesnake trail. A journey on a whaleboat. Heavy water. A secret infinite world of cursed islands. An ancient legend. A changing of the guard. Strange avenues … the whaler’s dues.

What inspired you to write this story?  Jethro Tull’s “Rock Island” album

How long have you been writing?  I wrote my first short story in 7th grade in 1988. My first published work was a novel in 2007.

What genre do you usually write in and why?  I write exclusively in a genre called rock fiction, which is a sub-genre of musical fiction, when a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artists complete work is turned into fiction, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?  A short story for the 2017 anthology, “A Haunting of Words,” which will be an adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s album, “Fear of a Blank Planet.” And my next novel that I am currently writing is about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, and left me home alone with two toddlers. Every night I would send her an email, usually quoting song lyrics from our favorite bands at the end. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward.

What advice do you have to give to new writers?  Beware the procrastination demons.

How can people discover more about you and your work?


Jacklynn M Desmond – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #1

Personally, I’ve come to know Jacklynn pretty well over the past few months. I’ve read some of her work and can confirm she is a fantastic writer with a sharp and biting wit that I really appreciate. She is as tough as nails too. You can find her highly rated Novella Sixteen on Amazon here. At $3.99 it is a steal. I highly suggest you order it.


Author Name: Jacklynn M Desmond

Title: Six Miles to Suring

Synopsis: A young woman fleeing an abusive relationship with her baby runs into some supernatural troubles.

What inspired you to write this story?
A sudden, paranoia-inducing episode of Deja vu while driving home from my parent’s cabin “Up North”. For about thirty seconds I was absolutely convinced I was going in circles. ‘What if?’ took over from there.

How long have you been writing?
Fourth grade. Mrs. Law’s class. I got bored.

What genre do you write in? 
I have no idea. All over the board, really. I seem to like dead people.

What else are you writing at the moment? 
I’m working on the next “of Words” submission, an erotica piece for an anthology, a sequel to my novella “Sixteen” and have some back burner projects. Because ADD is real.

How can people discover more of your work?