Patricia Stover – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #12

In addition to being an excellent horror writer, Patricia has proven herself to be a steadfast supporter of the writing community as a whole. She is the only other writer I’ve come across to include a sentient plant in her story (outside of Little Shop of Horrors). She is definitely one to watch out for!

Title of your AJOW story:
Creepers

Synopsis of your AJOW story:
A bitter old woman in a competition to win a gardening contest finds a creepy greenhouse.

What inspired you to write this story?
It was the first story I had ever written. I wrote it for my first creative writing class years ago. When I heard about the AJOW anthology I wanted to be a part of it but the deadline was closing in and I didn’t have a story. I dug through some of my old writing and came across this one, originally titled, “The Perfect Garden”.

How long have you been writing?
About 9 years

What genre do you usually write and why?
Horror. I grew up watching horror films and reading Goosebumps.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
I am writing my first book, “Hitchhiking With The Devil”.

What advice do you have to give new writers?
Write as much as you can, and what you don’t know about writing research it.

How can people discover more about you and your work? 
www.PatriciaStover.wix.com/PatriciaStover
www.facebook.com/authorjkenedy

 

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Marlon S. Hayes – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #11

Fellow Scribe Marlon Hayes is a prolific writer and excellent storyteller. Like me, is a very diverse writer in many genres. Marlon is always looking to help other writers, and it is my honor to be working with him on a number of projects, including AJOW. In addition to the link he provides below, you can find a little more about him on his Scribes’ Page.

Author Name:
Marlon S. Hayes

Title of my AJOW story:
Daddy’s Boy

Synopsis:
A man takes a long dreamt of a road trip with his father, in an attempt to heal long-held grudges and wounds.

What inspired me to write this story?
After I wrote it, I realized the story sprang from all of the questions I would have liked to ask my own father, a deceased heroin addict, who was also a brilliant, talented artist.
How long have I been writing? I’ve been writing since I was 11, but I didn’t take it seriously until 2013 when I published my first book.

What genre do I usually write in and why?
I don’t have a genre, other than plain fiction. I constantly challenge myself to write about different subjects, in order to become a better writer.

What else am I working on/writing at the moment?
Finding a publisher for a novel, publishing a coffee table book of poems, editing a short story anthology, and my main WIP is tentatively titled “My Calling,” the tale of life through a serial killer’s eyes.

My advice to new writers?
Just write. Follow the processes of reading, writing, rewriting and learning. Repetition makes a writer better.

How can people discover more about me and my work?
Follow me daily @ Marlon’s Writings on Facebook, where I post poetry, short stories, and updates.
https://m.facebook.com/marlonswritings/

Susan Gibbons – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #10

Author Name:
Susan Gibbons

Title of your AJOW story:
21 Minutes

Synopsis of your AJOW story:
A woman who is a germaphobe and OCD tendencies rides the public metro

What inspired you to write this story?
Being a germaphobe with OCD tendencies, I thought “What could be the absolute worst journey of my life?” (because that’s what I always think) and this story appeared.

How long have you been writing?
I had a poem published in an anthology when I was around 9 or 10 years old. A friend of mine, like a lot of kids, wanted to be part of a band and I wrote some songs. I kept a journal of little stories here and there. I still have them. In 6th grade, I had an idea to write a book that I finally finished when I was 44 years old! It is a novelette called “The Veil” and will be published as part of a 3 story inspirational-romance set.

What genre do you usually write in and why? Romance and inspirational-romance. I don’t feel there is enough real romance or inspiration today. Romance isn’t sex. Inspiration isn’t a video game.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
My first romance book “The Mirror” will be out in autumn 2016. It is the first of The Dreamers Trilogy. I am revising and editing the other two books, as well as I’ve started a new book and am finishing up the 2 inspirational-romance set that goes along with “The Veil”. This inspirational-romance set characters interact at least once with one or more characters of The Dreamers Trilogy.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Never give up! I had a dream of being published when I was in elementary school. At the age of 45, that dream is finally coming true.

How can people discover more about you and your work?  FB: www.facebook.com/authorsusangibbons
Website: seuglea.wixsite.com/authorsusangibbons
Twitter: @WriterSGibbons

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J.M. Ames – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #9

Well, it’s my turn on the AJOW Blog tour. If you don’t know much about me, now is the time to find out, should you care to do so. If you do already know me, well then why are you reading this? Go read A Journey of Words instead. Surely you’ve already bought a copy….

Author Name: 
J.M. Ames

Title of your AJOW story: 
The Last Ride

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: 
A recollection of the narrator’s life and the many adventures he has had with his lifelong friend.

What inspired you to write this story?
My closest childhood friend.

How long have you been writing? 
Professionally, since the start of 2016. As a hobby, off and on since I was 8 years old, back in 1983.

What genre do you usually write in and why? 
I am a pretty diverse writer. The Last Ride is creative nonfiction and stands out as the only nonfiction story I have. The rest of my body of work is fiction – be it mystery, adventure, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, or drama. I do plan on writing at least one short story in every major genre, if nothing else to stretch my abilities.

I pull from my life experiences when I write. Every story I have has at least a part of it that is based on something I have experienced in my life. In the case of The Last Ride, the entire story is. I find that I do my best writing when I write from the heart. Like most people that have been around for many decades, I have many experiences that lend themselves to each genre. I’ve been devastated, I’ve been in love, I’ve been horrified, I’ve been quite fulfilled, I’ve been filled with wonder, I’ve laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. If I can relay those feelings to my readers, I’ve done my job well.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? 
I have several stories in various stages of development, ranging from shorts like The Last Ride to an epic 6-novel series. The two items you should expect next from me are a horror short for the next Scout Media anthology (A Haunting of Words), and a suburban fantasy novelette titled Phil. I am also working on a coming of age superhero story with my 9-year-old daughter.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? 
Write from the heart. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help, but don’t take other’s word as gospel. Most importantly – never stop writing!

How can people discover more about you and your work?
Website: https://jm-ames.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JM-Ames-676104905864145/
Twitter (@J_M_Ames): https://twitter.com/J_M_Ames
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-m-ames-985011119

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Victoria Griffin – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #8

Victoria’s writing has won multiple awards. She is also organizing an anthology of brain injury stories called Flooded.

Author Name: Victoria Griffin

Title of your AJOW story: “Bottom of the River”

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A man takes a kayak down the river, revisits his life, and decides whether or not he has a future.

What inspired you to write this story? I began with an image of a kayak on a river. Once I began writing that image, the character’s story made me continue.

How long have you been writing? I have been writing as long as I can remember. I have a folder of scary stories from first grade, but my first publication was my junior year of high school, 2011. That was when I began to consider myself a writer.

What genre do you usually write in and why? Most of my stories are horror, suspense, drama, or some combination thereof. During creative writing class in high school, I absolutely loved the stillness in the room when I would read a suspenseful piece. That feeling is always in the back of my mind while I’m writing—is the reader tensing up yet?

What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am querying my suspense novel, Ghostlings, and drafting another, Left at the Sycamore. The former explores the ability of desperation to steal a person’s judgment. The latter deals with a topic I am extremely passionate about: the culture of belonging in southern Appalachia, as both an asset and a poison to the region.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Your life will never stop and say, “Okay, now write.” Your words will never fall pristine and polished onto the page. Writing is work. You have to wedge it into your schedule and tear apart your drafts line by line. But writing is the most rewarding work you will ever find. You get to create and to find truth in an inconsistent world. Remind yourself why you love writing, and do whatever you need to to keep working at it.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
Website/Blog: VictoriaGriffin.net
Facebook: Facebook.com/victoriagriffinfiction
Twitter: Twitter.com/Victoria_grif7

 

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Dennis Doty – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #7

Author Name: Dennis Doty

Title of your AJOW story: The Flying Tiger

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A man wanders back to the old home place and finds himself talking to a pile of scrap lumber about the places they’ve been and the things they’ve done.

What inspired you to write this story? I was searching my memories for something to write about and somewhere among the dusty boots and broken bones I stumbled upon a childhood memory.

How long have you been writing? I wrote a couple of “creative” term papers in college, then just didn’t write again ‘til around 1989.  I started putting out a monthly newsletter for a bookstore I owned and caught the bug.  I started writing fiction while between jobs around 2004.  I didn’t start my first novel until 2015.

What genre do you usually write in and why? I write a lot that could be called Western or western themed, but I also write a lot of military, historical, slice of life kinds of things.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am always writing short stories and essays and I have two Western-themed novels in progress.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Write.  Write any time you get a chance even if it’s only a few words.  Read.  Read anything you can get your hands on.  Read books in and out of your genre, read magazines.  Heck, if you don’t have anything else to read, walk downtown and read the window advertising.  Share.  Share your work with other writers and readers and try to get honest feedback.  Not the kind your kinfolk will shovel at you, but the real deal.  Ask what works and what doesn’t and why.

How can people discover more about you and your work?  Mostly you can find me at home writing, but if you can’t get out my way you can find me at www.dennisdotywebsite.com or www.facebook.com/authordennisdoty1.

Dawn Taylor – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #6

Author Name: Dawn Taylor

Title of your AJOW story: The Double Nickel Tour

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A woman on her first international flight discovers her real journey is one of self-enlightenment.

What inspired you to write this story? A similar journey I took to overcome my fear of traveling.

How long have you been writing? Since I was a child, professionally since 2014.

What genre do you usually write in and why? I love suspense and mystery. My current manuscript is psychological horror.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am writing a collection of short stories with the common theme of “twist” endings.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Set a schedule and write as often as you can.

How can people discover more about you and your work?  https://www.facebook.com/authordawntaylor/

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