AHOW Blog Tour #19 – Jill Turner

Today we have the nineteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Jill Turner. Her story “Joe” is another story which will pull at the emotional heartstrings of any parent that reads it.

Title:
Joe

Blurb:
Joe – is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out.

What inspired you to write this story?
Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the story unfolds.

How long have you been writing?
A long, long time! I’ve only over the last few years begun to take it seriously and taken the leap into publishing any of my work. It was a tough decision to make – would people laugh at my efforts? Would they tell me I’m no good? Any writer puts a piece of their soul into their work, so I think that taking the plunge is possibly one of the hardest things to do as it leaves you open to the public eye (and I’m actually quite a private person). However, I love writing and I wish I’d taken it seriously much, much sooner than I did!

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
That’s a tricky question! I made up my own tales on a nightly basis for my own children during their growing years –  so putting a fantasy story that was begging to be written onto paper was quite easy and it wouldn’t let me rest until I’d developed it into a trilogy. I have also written a young adult book about how social media can have an effect on lives (comedy/contemporary fiction) and loved writing it, and more recently, I’ve written a darker, more adult book that is paranormal based, and, of course, the even darker tale of young Joe. I’m quite into these stories at the moment and have various ideas tugging at my subconscious mind!

What are you working on now?
I have two things on the go at the moment; a spin off from the fantasy trilogy that was triggered by a reader asking me what would happen if… and an adult book that involves someone witnessing the kidnapping of a little boy and the murder of his mother.

What else do you have published?
Okay, the books I have out at the moment are: The Seelie Princess; Rise of the Dragons; The Seelie Queen (they make up the fantasy trilogy); Nan Nose Best – about how a teenage girl’s nan posts on her social media page and the change it has on the family when her posts go viral; Sunshine Girl – a paranormal story about a girl who’s not quite dead enough, oh, and The Christmas Turkey – a rhyming story for youngsters that looks at Christmas from the point of view of an enterprising little turkey.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Get stuck in! Find out what works for you – do you need to write an outline of your story? Or are you just going to start writing with a good idea of where you want it to go? There’s no right or wrong way, just your way. If your story gets told, it’s what’s good for you! Join writer groups if you can (Fiction Writing on Facebook is rather fab) but be prepared to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any advice that’s given out. I always lurk in the background and get a feel for who actually knows what they’re talking about before I’ll interact! Oh, and don’t ask family members to read your work, you won’t get true reactions from them – ask other writers to beta read for you (you’ll find these via the groups you join – and they won’t hold back on telling you where you need to sharpen up so be careful who you ask)!

Links to your writing:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://authorjmturner.wordpress.com/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

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AHOW Blog Tour #18 – Sunanda Chatterjee

Today we have the eighteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Sunanda Chatterjee. Her story “Jimmy’s Shadow” is a gut-wrenching tale sure to rip the heart out of every parent reading it.

Title:
Jimmy’s Shadow

Blurb:
Jimmy’s Shadow is the story of a young mother, guilt-ridden from the death of her four-year old son who drowned in the family pool on her watch, but who has now has returned to haunt her.

What inspired you to write this story?
In this story, the imagery of the house, the backyard, the lawn, and the pool is from my own home. When I moved in fifteen years ago, I was always anxious with my two-year-old daughter playing in the backyard right beside the pool. I don’t write in the horror genre; I write about love, family relationships, and motherhood. Something about a mother’s love for her child, a visceral, elemental emotion that triumphs all else, haunts me. My bestselling novel is about a mother fighting for her child’s life, and I wondered about a world where she didn’t succeed. The haunting in this story is not horror, per se, but more filled with angst, regret, and guilt, and how a mother processes her feelings when faced with the memory of her lost son.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for thirty years, but only in the past ten did I start to send stories and novels out for publication. I finally started publishing three years ago.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I write women’s fiction and romance, including romantic suspense. My characters are often multiracial, and many are from India, where I was born.

What are you working on now?
I am working on a series right now, called The Wellington Estate Series, based in southern California. They are romantic suspense (with more romance than suspense), filled with family secrets, romantic love, and scandals, but are ultimately about female empowerment and friendships. I’m done with the first two of the series, which are now with the editor. I will start on the third book soon.

What else do you have published?
I have four stand-alone novels: Shadowed Promise, Fighting for Tara, The Vision, and The Blue House in Bishop.
A novelette: Maggie’s Farm, which first appeared in Cupid’s Bow Anthology and now is published separately. The other novelette Lost and Found, from Cupid’s Bow is based on characters from my novel, The Vision and will be published soon.
Several short stories: A White Christmas and Letters from Carmen in Holiday Heartwarmers Collection; and a few short stories in short-story.net.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
1. Write what you love and what you love to read. You don’t realize the nuances you’ll pick up from just reading a lot on your genre: about character arcs, plot structure, dialogue and themes. Because you may write for yourself, but if you want to make it your livelihood, you must bow to reader expectations.
2. Read about how to write, take a writing course, join writer’s groups or critique groups to solidify your basics, otherwise you’ll waste a lot of time re-editing. I know this from experience, because it took me ten years and eight full edits before publishing my first book, The Vision.
3. No matter how well you write, get an editor regardless of whether you want to go the indie publishing route or traditional publishing. You know your story too well and won’t find plot holes, but an outside look by an impartial editor will help strengthen your story.

Links to your writing:
Website: http://www.sunandachatterjee.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sunanda-J.Chatterjee/e/B00YNT97AS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunandaChatterjee_Author-515705275228760/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunandajoshich1

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #17 – Donise Sheppard

Today we have the seventeenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Donise Sheppard. Her story “Coalrun Road” is one I think any parent of multiple children can relate to. Kids, especially insolent teenagers, have a way of leaving their belongings strewn about the house. if you enjoyed the ‘Poltergeist’ movies, this is the story for you! And I say this not because she has proven herself to be my #1 fan, but because her story is just that good!

 

Title:
Coalrun Road

Blurb:
Jennifer’s in love with her family’s new house. Her youngest daughter copes with the move by making an imaginary friend. When objects start moving on their own, Jennifer begins to wonder if the bargain house has a secret. There’s a perfume stench in the bathroom that won’t go away, and Jennifer sees wisps of blonde hair when nobody is around. Maybe the drawings behind the wallpaper in the bedroom are just a sick joke from a previous owner, but what if they aren’t?

What inspired you to write this story?
Ghosts terrify me. I wanted to write something that would scare someone else just as much as it scares me.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing for fun when I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until I was in college.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I like to write Young Adult with science fiction and romance elements. I like the idea of incorporating real life with fantastical elements.

What are you working on now?
At this moment, I am working on a Young Adult science fiction novel and another short story in the horror genre.

What else do you have published?
I have previously published six young adult novels, three of which are part of a dystopian series.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Read whenever you can, and write at least an hour a day, even when you have writer’s block, because writing anything is always better than writing nothing.

Links to your writing:
https://www.facebook.com/authordonisesheppard/
amazon.com/author/donisesheppard

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #16 – D. W. Vogel

Today we have the sixteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – D. W. Vogel. Her story “Rowdy” is one I can relate to rather strongly, having had several pets over the years, and have lost two of them in the past two months. The core subject matter was also the basis of my first publication. If you are a dog lover like I am, you will love this story.

Title:
Rowdy

Blurb:
“Rowdy” is the story of an old dog’s last day on earth.  It’s a quick piece to remind us that love never dies, and best friends are forever.

What inspired you to write this story?
I’m a veterinarian.  The story comes from twenty years of wielding the needle that sends beloved pets on to their eternal rest.  It’s an honor to be trusted with that final moment, and it’s so important for the pets and their families.

How long have you been writing?
 I’ve been writing seriously for about five years.  An avid reader since forever, I was always one of those people who said, “I can do that.  Someday I’m going to write a novel.”  In 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and suddenly “Someday” became a huge question mark.  I realized I might not have too many “Somedays” left, and if I wanted to write a novel, it was time to sit down and write it.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
My science fiction series is going strong, with book two due to release at the end of June.  I also had a fantasy novel published which is currently out of print due to publisher closing.  My agent is currently shopping a couple of mystery/thrillers and we hope for great things in that genre.

What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished the first draft of a really fun project that my publisher put together.  Five of Future House Publishing’s authors are writing a series together, based on a board game world.  It’s a collaboration with the game’s publisher, and I was given book two of the series.  The concept of writing in someone else’s world, and working with other talented authors has been a big challenge and I think the final product will be amazing.

What else do you have published?
I’m the author of Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden (2016, Future House Publishing), Horizon Alpha: Transport Seventeen (2017, Future House Publishing), Horizon Alpha: High Wire (short story set in the Horizon Alpha world, 2016), Flamewalker (2015, Word Branch Publishing, out of print), and I’ve contributed short stories to several other science fiction anthologies.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
The best advice is to read.  Read everything.  Read in the genre you want to write, and read in genres you never thought you’d like.  I can teach you how to put words on a page.  I can teach you how to use commas, why you should eliminate filters, and why “then” should be cut whenever you see it.  But I can’t teach you the kind of instinctive flow that comes from a lifetime of reading well-written novels.  I can’t teach you rhythm.  I can’t teach you pace.  You can only absorb that by immersing yourself in the works of the masters, absorbing their skill with their words.

Links to your writing:
www.wendyvogelbooks.com

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #15 – Suanne Kim

Today we have the fifteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Suanne Kim. Her story “Objects In Motion” is probably my favorite story in this book, and I assure you that IS saying something. Beautifully written, it easily evokes the sensation of falling in love, followed by mystery, and eventually tragedy. If this one doesn’t awaken your emotions than you clearly don’t have any. I was an immediate fan.

Title:
Objects In Motion

Blurb:
The last four years have been difficult for Miles. In a stroke of luck, he finds love under the most unlikely circumstances–while rescuing strangers in a subway station.
Mattie is everything he’s ever wanted: witty, beautiful, intelligent. Or is she?

What inspired you to write this story?
I had no intention of submitting. I was engrossed working on my novel, “Prism.” But the sheer challenge of writing about a haunting called to me. And I liked the supportive camaraderie of the Fiction Writing group so I decided to throw my hat into the ring last minute.

How long have you been writing?
Like most writers, forever.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I write mostly poetry, lit fic, women’s lit, crime fic and romance. But like my many of my main characters, I enjoy a challenge so I don’t limit myself to genres or styles. I’m always up for trying new things.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel called “Prism” about a woman who wakes up in a hospital and has no memory of being viciously attacked along with her boyfriend. The man who calls 911 for help disappears and the detective tries to piece together the mystery surrounding the event. Is the caller the culprit, accomplice, witness or another victim?
I’m also working on a short story about a Korean woman–a former thief and assassin–who’s out for revenge.

What else do you have published?
I’ve had poems published with Newtown Literary and Nomad’s Choir.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Hone your craft, keep reading, and develop a thick skin when asking for critiques. All are lifelong endeavors.

Links to your writing:
www.facebook.com/SuanneKim.author

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #14 – Laura Ings Self

Today we have the fourteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Laura Ings Self. Her story “Home” is a twisty, touching tale about a love lost, and the difficulty of letting go.

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Title:
Home

Blurb:
After losing the love of her life in a car accident, Nicky can’t bring herself to leave the flat they shared together. She is convinced she still sees flashes of her lost love, but lately the sightings are becoming less frequent.

What inspired you to write this story?
I find the best ideas come when I’m not looking for them. I was focusing on other projects, although I was aware of the open submissions for AHOW, when the idea of Nicky and her traumatic bereavement just took root in the back of my mind. The story came to me pretty much fully formed and I wrote it in just a few hours.

How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first “book” aged 7 and have dabbled on and off my entire life, blogging and attempting novels and short stories, but I didn’t really throw myself into it until 2012, when I figured I would write a children’s novel during my maternity leave (hahahahaha!) and eventually finished that book in 2015. I have since written another novel and am working on getting both published.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
Primarily drama/realism. I like exploring psychology and the human condition. I like writing flawed protagonists.

What are you working on now?
I have put my novels to one side so I can approach them with fresh eyes at some point in the near future. Currently, I am working on a stage play called ‘Fear Itself’ about a team of security guards working the night shift at a pharmaceutical company and an as yet untitled ‘Black Mirror’-esque short story that I hope to submit for ACOW involving a reality TV show.

What else do you have published?
‘Home’ is my first published work.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Find a decent editor and a good group of beta readers/critical partners. There is so much more to writing a good story than telling it efficiently and with good grammar (although those things help!). I thought I knew what made a good book (I can certainly point out what makes an awful book) but I have learned so much from people in the Fiction Writing group and Facebook pages like The Writers’ Circle as well as feedback I have received from editors and agents.

List links where people can find your writing:
www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #13 – Dawn Taylor

Well, well, well. It seems I’ve been negligent on my blog here for a couple weeks, as Life has ever-so-graciously thrown a couple more hurdles my way. Overcome and in the rearview as they are, it’s high time to get caught back up, shall we?

Today we have the lucky thirteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Dawn Taylor. Her story “Pepe” I was admittedly hesitant to read, despite knowing the quality of her work from AJOW. You see, “Pepe” is about a ghost clown that appears under the bed of a less-than-virtuous lawyer (aren’t they all?) and torments her nights away. And as a boy, clowns scared the shit out of me. But alas, I read Pepe anyway, and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the story – and I think you will, too.

Hopefully, you can sleep with the light off after, though….

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Title:
Pepe

Blurb:
Diane accepts an internship at a law firm. Shortly after settling into her new apartment, a clown appears under her bed disturbing her sleep. Who is he? What does he want? Will Diane have the strength to conquer her tormentor before he destroys her sanity?

What inspired you to write this story?
I have always had a fear of clowns. They emit an eerie presence and must never be trusted. The thought of one hiding under my bed, waiting to torment me is a nightmare.

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing as a child, but my first short story titled “The Double Nickel Tour,” was published in 2016 in Scout Media’s A Journey of Words.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I like to write psychological horror and stories with a twist ending.

What are you working on now?
Currently, I have written a debut novel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.

What else do you have published?
I have published a few short stories. In addition to “Pepe” and “The Double Nickel Tour,” I have published “Katey,” “Dirty Gypsy Girl,” and “The Price of Admission.”

What advice would you offer to new writers?
My advice to new writers is to study the craft. Learn grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and all the necessities of writing, and then allow your imagination to soar.

List links where people can find your writing:
I can be found at https://www.facebook.com/authordawntaylor/ or https://www.dawnmtaylor.com/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.