S.W. Anderson – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #14

Author Name:
S.W. Anderson

Title of your AJOW story:
The Last Human

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story:
Emily is the last known human on earth.  Her dog, Bruiser, and trusted butler robot, Oliver, take a short trip to find food, but encounter unexpected obstacles along their way.

What inspired you to write this story? 
A writing prompt I found on Reddit.  The prompt was something like “you’re the last human in a world full of robots and you’re dying.  What do you say to your robot who’s been with you through everything?”  The responses were centered mostly around older gentlemen dying of old age, in their comfortable hospital bed, but I decided that it wouldn’t happen like that at all.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing in high school for newspapers, continued writing research papers through college, and began writing fiction on my own about a year ago.

What genre do you usually write in and why? 
I guess it’s technically called “slipstream.”  Young adult dystopian sci-fi would be my primary genre I guess, but I do have a story or two that won’t be in this genre.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? 
I’m currently working on my A Haunting of Words (AHOW) story, along with two more short stories.  I hope to publish them all (4 or 5 total) in my own anthology some day.  I’ve also been working on two novels as well, editing one and writing the other.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? 
I guess my biggest struggle as a writer is learning that it’s okay to take time out to write.  You need to do something for you, and if that means you have to find a babysitter or ask your husband to watch the kids for a while to fit in writing time, then don’t feel guilty about it.  The best advice that was given to me so far, however, is that your main goal is to get eyes on the page, even if that means putting your work up on a blog for free for a while.  I was hesitant to “give away my work for free,” but I was really glad I did it in the end.  It gave me a lot of confidence to continue on and write more!

How can people discover more about you and your work? 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/s.w.anderson.author
Blog: https://www.swanderson.net

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K.N. Johnson – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #13

Author Name:
K.N. Johnson

Title of your AJOW story:
Dead Head Mile

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story:
A postman skis his route in a remote, snowy region only to discover someone or something arrived before him.

What inspired you to write this story?
I came across the true story of Snowshoe Thompson, the legendary skiing mailman, as well as folk legends of the Loup Garou and Sidehill Gouger. I’m intrigued by how stories, both true and legend, morph with time. I think many folk legends grew out of people trying to understand the world around them with the limited knowledge they had. When someone is experiencing pure fear, imaginary creatures may seem very possible, very real.

How long have you been writing?
Since childhood. I remember a Halloween where I cried to be a princess, but we had nothing of that sort in the house. My mom dressed me in my dad’s shirt with pens in the pocket, popped a men’s fedora on my head with a paper proclaiming “PRESS”. She handed me a clipboard and said, “Well, you’re the writer in the family.” She was right, of course. I’d create little newspapers about family events, miniature magazines for Barbie dolls, children’s books in scribble pads, and even tiny, folded notes for my mother denouncing her for not buying me enough books. My room was consumed with my writings and paper creations. My poor mother!

What genre do you usually write in and why?
In general, I write horror. Or let’s say, those are the stories I seem to complete. For many reasons, I was a fearful child plagued by nightmares and this led to a strange pursuit of everything paranormal, haunting, or reality-bending. I’d like to think writing in this genre works out my own fears, but I still have the nightmares. Now I just write them down.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
I’m revising my debut novel, tentatively titled “The Birthling”. I’m easily distracted with other ideas, though, and am also working on stories about an Amberola that foretells the future and a couple so obsessed with digging for treasure, they risk their most important treasure of all.

What advice do you have to give to new writers?
Read writers you love and try to figure out why you love their stories. Then, make time to write. Write absolute rubbish just to get your story down. You can’t be a writer if you don’t write, write, write.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/knjohnsonauthor
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01KUNOBP6

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Author Interview with J.M. Ames…

I was interviewed by Mercedes Prunty earlier this week. Please check it out, and while at it check out the rest of her website 🙂

Mercedes Prunty Author

ames.jpg                                 Here is my Author Interview with J.M. Ames, hope you enjoy.

Question 1: Thanks for taking part in my author interview. Why not tell us a little about yourself, Where are you from? Do you write using your own name or do you prefer a pen name?  

Thanks for having me! I am a married father of two beautiful girls, ages 7 and 9. I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life – born in San Diego, raised in Huntington Beach, now living in Rancho Santa Margarita. My ‘pen name’ is J.M. Ames – which is really just a variation on my real name.

Question 2: Have you always seen yourself as being in the writing industry? What made you want to write?

I’ve always wanted to write, but never seriously considered doing it professionally until this year. Until then, it was more of a hobby/dream. When I…

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