Analise Paone – A Journey of Words Blog Tour – Bonus Round!

I had the pleasure of meeting Analise in person a couple of weeks ago. She was the first Author to sign my personal copy of A Journey of Words, and the first person to do a video review of my story in it, The Last Ride. While you won’t see her listed on the cover or in the table of contents, you can find her story at the very end of the book. What makes Analise so special? She wrote the story at eight years old (but is now a much wiser nine). A very bright future this one has.

Author Name:
Analise Paone

Title of your AJOW story:
The Other World

Synopsis:
A girl stumbles into an alternate scary world through a blue glow and meets all the classic monsters.

What inspired you to write this story:
I love to watch scary movies like “Poltergeist” and read scary books like “Goosebumps.” I love scary stuff so I thought to myself, “yeah, I should try that.”

How long have you been writing:
I came up with story ideas when I was 6 years old, but I didn’t have the time to write them. When I turned 7 years old, I started to write poems, and when I was 8 years old, I started writing short stories and stapling the pages together and showing them to my family.

*from J.M. Ames – Who has the time at six? 🙂

What genre do you usually write in:
horror, comedy, and non-fiction.

What are you working on right now:
I’m working on my first comic book and trying to work on more non-fiction stories and poetry.

What advice would you give to new writers:
Come up with an idea and write it on paper first with a pencil so you can erase your mistakes. If you don’t know how to end a story or get stuck on a part, ask someone to help you. Also, put a lot of details and make your story make sense.

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William Thatch – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #20

I just finished reading The Highway a few days ago. I’d heard all about it from the other authors in the book as it is the only other story in A Journey of Words about a canine’s journey. Don’t let the opening word fool you, it is actually a sweet story, one which gives us another possible view into how a dog views our human world. I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend it. 

Author Name:
William Thatch

Title of your AJOW story:
The Highway

Synopsis of your AJOW story:
An abused dog gets free from her owner and goes on an adventure to see and smell things she hasn’t seen and smelled before.

What inspired you to write this story? 
A couple of things. First and foremost would be my own dogs. They’re full of personality, and the family often does voices for them for our own amusement which has led to a unique vocabulary for the dogs. For example, in the story the dog refers to cars as “Big Metal Beasts” and doesn’t understand that it isn’t an animal, similar to to the voices / characters that our dogs have grown to be. Secondly, a character in the story called ‘The Good Man’ is the protagonist of a novel I’m working on titled The Wayward Son. The novel begins with his having walked from Las Vegas, Nevada to Riverton, Wyoming. I’d been daydreaming about what all happened on his way there, but didn’t feel there was a story from his perspective about the walk. But, there was plenty of story in the dog going for a walk and happening to meet him.

How long have you been writing?
Twenty-two years, give or take. I wrote my first story when I was five or six.

What genre do you usually write in and why?
Science fiction. Everything I’m writing is set in the same world somehow. Sometimes the science fiction would be obvious, like characters having some sort of supernatural powers. Other times it’s background details, like more advanced robotics than what we have, but it isn’t the focus of the story. I usually pair the sci-fi with something else, like noir or westerns.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
As mentioned above I’m working on the Wayward Son, a novel about a man whose life has fallen to pieces and is returning to his childhood home to put it all back together.  I have the first draft of a short story written for Scout Media’s next anthology (A Haunting of Words), titled Hollywoodland, Baby.  I’m also in the process of preparing two television pitches—the Extinction Event and the Caper Chronicles.  The Extinction Event has also been written as a series of short stories, but how and when that would be released is a unknown.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? 
Write. You’ll suck at first, but we all did. It takes time to learn how to do this properly. Just write, make mistakes, and learn from them. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll spot when you did something wrong and figure out how to not make that mistake the next time.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
Website: http://williamthatch.wix.com/author
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The0s1s/
Twitter: @The_0s1s

 

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Uni Brown – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #19

Author Name:
Uni Brown

Title of AJOW Story:
The Healers

Synopsis of AJOW Story:
A woman suffering loss finds the healing she needs, but at what cost?

What inspired you to write this story?
My husband was in the hospital having surgery and while waiting for him to get out I stopped at the chapel.

How long have you been writing:
I think I was 7. I wrote a story about how a paragraph was a pair of giraffes and a paradox was a pair of ducks.

What genre do you usually write in and why?
I dislike labels. I write stories in whichever genre best fits the overall theme or moral of a story I want to tell. I’d like to think my stories get people thinking. If pushed I’d have to say probably speculative fiction, or mystery with a touch of romance or paranormal. I write fiction and non-fiction, 99% guaranteed there’s going to be an animal in it.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
Slow progression in a paranormal fantasy series, a mystery, a few short story ideas and a coffee table book of my dog photography. I’m trialing a process of open writing online on a near daily basis using another name (basically first draft writing in public with immediate feedback.) Nothing like adding a little stress. 🙂

What advice do you have to give to new writers?
Don’t sit on your ass all the time. You have to get out and live.

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

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D.T. Sako – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #18

Author Name:
D.T. Sako

Title of your AJOW story:
Baby-Blue Bug

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story:
A guy who is down on his luck buys a VW Beetle at a price he couldn’t refuse. Of course, there’s more than meets the eye… 🙂

What inspired you to write this story?
It started as the challenge of writing a “journey” story for AJOW. I brought in my own experiences with a baby-blue Bug (my first car), and the story sort of told itself from that point on.

How long have you been writing?
I know exactly! 🙂 When I was nine years old, I decided I wanted to write a boy-detective story. I pulled my dad’s Underwood typewriter out of the closet (weighed more than me – LOL), and typed out what I recall was a 2 1/2 page story.

What genre do you usually write in and why?
I love horror, so I’ve gravitated to that genre. From roller coasters to Jack the Ripper films, I’ve always relished the cold tendrils of fear wending up my spine, and wanted to subject others to the same. 🙂 But as the answer to the next question shows, my interests stray…

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
I have four novels in various stages of completion. A completed draft of one I call “supernatural noir” because I’m not sure how well it dovetails into any particular genre. A second WIP is definitely “classic” horror. A third WIP is historical fiction (I absolutely LOVE history). And the fourth is fantasy (doesn’t a bit of Tolkien flow through all of us?).

What advice do you have to give to new writers?
Write. Read. Write. Read.

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

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Travis West – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #17

Travis West’s AJOW piece ‘The Errandsman’s Folly’ can best be described as a highly imaginative and entertaining adult fairy tale. Evoking The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and the An American Tail film series, this little adventure is sure to raise an eyebrow while making you laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the next from Mr. West.

Author Name:
Travis West

Title of your AJOW story:
The Errandsman’s Folly

Synopsis:
A king’s errandsman leading a caravan to deliver supplies for the princess’s wedding gets more than he bargained for when he’s also tasked with harboring an urchin.

What inspired you to write this story?
I had an image in my head one day of a man leading a caravan of toad riders. Then I started thinking of how jarring it would be to ride a hopping toad all day, so I changed toads to salamanders. The thought of little people riding amphibians put me in mind of Monty Python for some reason, and I knew the story had to have obvious comic elements

How long have you been writing?
I started writing in high school. Creative writing in English class was always my favorite. My sophomore English teacher even wrote my parents a letter, asking them to encourage me to continue writing. Which I did until graduation. We don’t always make the best decisions in early adulthood, and writing was forgotten although I still read all the time. Two years ago I sat down one night and wrote the beginnings of a story and I’m still going.

What genre do you usually write in and why?
I don’t write with genre in mind. I’m currently (and slowly) working on a novel about the beginnings of a rock band in the early eighties. However, I’ve found that most of my short stories are speculative in one form or another. So I definitely see myself writing novels in the literary fiction genre, and my short stories can be a bit more fantastical.

What else are you working on?
My novel, which is currently untitled. I think I tried to jump into novel writing too soon, and I’ve spent the last nine months or so concentrating solely on writing shorts. It’s really helped me to improve my writing. A Haunting of Words may be the last “. . . of Words” collection I participate in for a while because the time feels right to finish the novel. Those characters are still very much with me and they need to speak their piece.

What advice do you have to give new writers?
Beyond the advice to keep writing, don’t ever be afraid to let others read what you’ve written. Insight from other minds is tremendously underrated as far as I’m concerned. There’s no rule saying you have to use anyone’s advice, but just hearing other opinions can spark ideas in you that you might not have been able to reach on your own.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
My blog, which currently needs some attention: travisjackflash.blogspot.com
And at: Facebook.com/traviswestwrites

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Laurie Gardiner – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #16

Laurie is an excellent writer and an all-around joy of a person to know. As a father to two young girls, her story ‘Retribution’ hit me hard, and really put me in the shoes of the main character Ray.

Author name:
Laurie Gardiner

Title of AJOW story:
Retribution

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: 
They say life can change in the blink of an eye. Ray Tremblay is living proof. In one horrific moment his world shatters. Now, the man who destroyed his family has nowhere to hide, and Ray has nothing to lose.

What inspired you to write this story:
Retribution was inspired by a news story I read about a family on a road trip.
How long have you been writing? As long as I can remember.

What genre do you usually write in?
My first novel, Tranquility, is women’s fiction. The novel I’m working on now is contemporary young adult. I enjoy reading and writing in a wide variety of genres.

What else are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a second novel and a short story.

What advice do you have to give to new writers?
Never stop learning. The more you know about writing, and about yourself as a writer, the better you will become.

How can people discover more about you and your work? https://www.facebook.com/www.lauriegardiner.me/
http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Gardiner/e/B00RZPBBTC
https://lauriegardiner.me

Lauren Nalls – A Journey of Words Blog Tour #15

Fellow Scribe Lauren Nalls is a fantastic writer and editor-in-training, and a pretty darn good person to boot. Her AJOW story Loose Ends hit home with me for several reasons, and I highly recommend it.

Author Name:
Lauren Nalls

Title of your AJOW story:
Loose Ends

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story:
A woman flies home to see her terminally ill father one last time. Through her own preparation, she is able to guide her family through the doors of death, and in the process, gets to know her dad, herself, and her own strength.

What inspired you to write this story?
Therapy. Writing is always therapeutic. My greatest hope is someone will read my story and better know what to expect so they can spend calm, focused, last moments with a loved one

How long have you been writing?
Since I was small, like so many other authors. I was first published in 2012, so I guess professionally since 2012.

What genre do you usually write in and why?
Literary Fiction. Historical Fiction. I love conveying feelings, detailed scenes, and beautiful periodic moments.

What else are you working on writing at the moment?
My current WIP, “Dear Jonah” is a story spanning the lifetime of a tortured mind, and my second WIP “American Gypsy”, is set in a 1930’s-40’s era traveling carnival. Both are coming-of-age novels.

What advice do you have to give to new writers?
Number one: realize you don’t know everything, or, maybe, anything at all. Be humble, be willing to take direction. Don’t get hurt by honest feedback, you can take it or leave it, but everyone is a potential reader. Have a thick skin but think seriously about what your readers are telling you. Read in your genre, read outside of your genre, educate yourself, write, pay the money for good editing, and believe your editor. Repeat this process forever.

How can people discover more about you and your work?
www.LaurenNalls.com

 

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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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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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