The fourth Author Spotlight reading at Elissimo is Thursday, October 3rd!

Hello again, folks!

I am thrilled to announce that our next Local Author Spotlight reading over at Elissimo Coffee is right around the corner – Thursday, October 3rd. Come on by and hear some of your favorite local authors read their art for you!

If you are a local author and want to read in this or future events, please email me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com, with the subject ‘Local Author Spotlight at Elissimo,’ and we will get it all set up. Alternatively, you can fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Scheduled readings:

Reading authors are invited to bring their own books to sell if they wish. All readings and book covers (but not necessarily the book contents) must be family-friendly.

I hope to see you there!

~ JM Ames

The third Author Spotlight reading at Elissimo is Thursday, September 5th!

Hello again, folks!

I am thrilled to announce that our third Local Author Spotlight reading over at Elissimo Coffee is right around the corner – Thursday, September 5th. Come on by and hear some of your favorite local authors read their art for you!

If you are a local author and want to read in this or future events, please email me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com, with the subject ‘Local Author Spotlight at Elissimo,’ and we will get it all set up.

Scheduled readings:

  • Introductions
  • Lydia Nolan – TBD
  • Nick Mazmanian – TBD
  • R. M. Morgan – ‘Crown Hunt’
  • Caddy Everett – TBD
  • OPEN\Q&A\Critiques

I hope to see you there!

~ JM Ames

Rewrites and new stories

I’ve decided to pull both ‘Not Yet Dark‘ and ‘Beneath the Blue Irises‘ from the market, so I can do some significant rewrites and additions to them. Although the details are different, in both cases I felt the stories were not fully baked and needed changes to get them where I want them to be. I do feel that both contain some of my best writing in parts, just not as a whole.

I’ve also begun outlining a story I’ve had in mind for years, one which I unofficially call ‘All the Changing Seasons.’ This is significant for me personally for a few reasons, one of which is that this is the first net new story I’ve begun writing in well over a year. All other work has been on tweaking\finalizing\marketing old stories, as well as things like the website and the monthly local author readings at Elissimo. Feels good to have those creative juices flowing again!

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

‘Karma’ released TODAY!

Hello folks!

I am thrilled to announce that my San Francisco-based horror drabble ‘Karma‘ has been released TODAY in Black Hare Press’s dark drabble anthology ‘Monsters.’

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MONSTERS ARE COMING!

Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump 👹 or hide under the bed, witches 🤡, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies 👺, sirens and hundreds of other tiny 🎃 terrifying tales.

AVAILABLE in paperback, hardback, and digital formats

LINK: readerlinks.com/l/641709

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~JM Ames

Expect the Unexpected

Next Local Author’s Spotlight reading at Elissimo Coffee on August 1st!

Hello again, folks!

I am thrilled to announce that our second Local Author Spotlight reading over at Elissimo Coffee is right around the corner – Thursday, August 1st. Come on by and hear some of your favorite local authors read their art for you!

If you are a local author and want to read in this or future events, please email me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com, with the subject ‘Local Author Spotlight at Elissimo,’ and we will get it all set up.

I hope to see you there!

~ JM Ames

Local Author readings at Elissimo Coffee and an update on the publication of ‘Karma’

Hello folks!

I’ve been busy organizing a monthly local author’s reading even at Elissimo Coffee in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. The inaugural reading will be on Thursday, July 11th, and will run on the first Thursday of the month after that. I encourage all authors who can make it to sign up for a reading. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career, we have authors scheduled ranging from unpublished to ones who travel the country to do book signings. If you’ve written it, we’d love you to come read it! I also encourage ALL of you that can to come on down and listen to your fellow authors.

I can tell you that Elissimo has fantastic coffee and tea drinks, as well as some of the best pastries you can find. There are also several good places to eat in the complex, if you are looking for a full dinner.

You can read more about the events and the schedule here.

I look forward to seeing you!


 

In other news, ‘Karma‘ will be published in the anthology Monsters, which is the third in a series of “Dark Drabbles” anthologies by Black Hare Press. It will be published on August 20th, 2019, and is available for preorder now.

A drabble is a form of microfiction, in which the story must be told in exactly 100 words – no more or less.

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~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

I am still alive, just super busy… but I have a lot of updates!

Hello, folks! I know I’ve been AWOL lately, but the day job, family life, and medical issues have kept me tied up quite a bit lately. I haven’t gotten much writing in the past couple months as a result. Despite all of that I have made advances with stories already completed, and I have some updates for you all as a result.

  1. Thankful‘ was published on April 15th, in Zombie Pirate Publishing‘s anthology Flash Fiction Addiction. Ebook and paperback are available now via Amazon or direct from myself. I’ve not had the chance to update the website, so for now, if you would like a signed copy please email me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com for a quote. There’s even a tiny promotional video for it on my YouTube channel.

  2. Karma‘ has just today been accepted into the anthology Monsters – A Dark Drabbles Anthology by Black Hare Press, expected to release on 20th August 2019 in Paperback and eBook formats.

  3. Both ‘Not Yet Dark‘ and ‘Beneath the Blue Irises‘ have been submitted to publishers, and are awaiting either acceptance or rejection.

  4. I have joined two writer’s associations as a full member – Southern California Writers Association, whose alumni includes Ray Bradbury, and Third Street Writers, a non-profit organization that does considerable work for the local literary and artistic communities.

  5. Expect multiple updates to this website in the coming weeks to reflect these and other changes!

Stay tuned for more, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

AFOW Interview #11 – Alanah Andrews

Today, I am featuring author Alanah Andrews whose story “Earth II” is included in the anthology “A Flash of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “The Californian.”

What was the inspiration for your story?
I sat back and looked at the way we were treating the world around us. We don’t seem to be doing a very good job of looking after the Earth, and I wondered what we would do in the future when our waste production was past the point of no return. I figured that once we had wrecked the Earth, we would head to a different planet.

Was there a time when writing where you had to sit back stunned at what just happened? If so, what was it?
I started writing as though the colony was on a different planet (Mars, actually). All of a sudden, they were actually still on Earth. Hello, plot twist.

What do you think is the key to writing a compelling flash story?
1) Starting with the action – if you spend too much time ‘setting up the scene’ you will have reached the word limit before you even get to the story.
2) Word choice – although this is important in writing of all lengths, with flash fiction you really have to weigh up each and every word. Is it necessary? Is it the best word for this moment in the story?
3) A killer ending – flash fiction stories need to pack a punch.

Do you write every day?
Generally, but I don’t have a hard-and-fast rule about it. It depends what deadlines are looming! When I wrote my first novel, I was working full time and had to get up at 3am each day in order to get it finished.

Was this the first time you wrote a flash fiction story?
No, I actually began writing 100-word stories for a website called Nibble Reads in 2017. I entered my first writing competition with a 50 word story, and I was very surprised that it won. Since then, I have had flash fiction and short stories published in a range of places. My short story collection ‘Beyond’ includes 30 short stories and flash fiction pieces.

What was your favorite story in the book besides your own?
Lozzi Counsell’s ‘The Consequences of Grief.’ It made me teary.

Apart from writing, what do you do for fun?
I spend a lot of time hiking in the bush and exploring ghost towns. I also love to sing and dance, but I mostly do those in the house where no one can see (or hear) me.

What is your writing space like?
I write while sitting on the couch. It means I can still be ‘present’ for my children rather than being shut away in a study. I also carry a notebook everywhere, and do a lot of plotting while watching my kids swim or play tennis.

Did your story turn out the way you planned, or were there some surprises along the way?
My original plan was that humans were setting out to colonise Mars, and when they got there, they would find remnants of life from millions of years ago. At first, they think they have found proof of aliens, but no – it’s human. Yeah, my idea was that humans had started out on Mars, trashed it, and then moved onto Earth. I had this super cheesy idea that when humans on Mars were dying out, they sent their genetic material to Earth on a small ship. The ship crash-landed on Earth and was actually the ‘meteor’ that wiped out the dinosaurs, and then this was the first ‘seed’ of humanity. I’m pretty glad that this soon changed, as I’m not sure that it would have been accepted into A Flash of Words if this was still the plot .

How long did it take to write your story?
I started this story with the goal of entering it into a writing competition about saving the environment. I missed the deadline, and put it aside for a month, and then wrote it in a couple of days for AFOW.

Do you think writing flash fiction is a challenge with the word restriction?
Yes, it is a challenge, but it definitely hones your skills. I actually wrote a blog post about how useful it is to write flash fiction here: https://writingcooperative.com/in-defence-of-flash-fiction-…

If you were on death row, what would you want your last meal to be?

Indian food. All of it.

What is a quote that you find inspirational/motivates you to write?
‘Do something every day that scares you,’ and ‘Every journey begins with a step.’ I also listen to S Club 7’s ‘Bring it all Back’ when I’m lacking motivation.

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