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An interview with Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson author of Bonners Fairy

1.) I have always enjoyed fairy stories ever since I was a young child. I often fantasized what it would be like to be tiny and able to fly like a bird. There are not a whole lot of fairy stories out there and since I share a kind of “kinship” with fairies, I chose to create a story about them. I think the uniqueness would be the fact that my fairies are guardians, warriors of their realm.

2.) I have only written one topic and that is the Bonners’ Fairy series (so far). I hand write all my books.

3.) I usually only do research when I come to a part in the scene in which I am not so familiar with (what is proper, what is correct). I will go online and check out the available information.

4.) My resources are: My own mind, and the internet

5.) I work for a Sheriff’s Office, so I have 10 years experience in that field.

6.) I am self published.

7.) I am still self published.

8.) Absolutely I would recommend self publishing. The company that does my books is phenomenal. Finding a traditional publisher is almost next to impossible. There are tons of submissions and tons of rejections unless you get really lucky. I think self publishing is the way to go at the beginning. Once you get some good sales and reviews, traditional publishers “may” take notice.

9.) Writing doesn’t usually provide sufficient income unless you are fortunate to write a best seller. Hopefully I am on the way

10.) I haven’t really had anything “funny” happen on a book tour, my first book signing in the real Bonners Ferry, I found out the reporter that did the story on me was born and raised in the town I live in. Coincidence?

I don’t think so. Also, my tent almost blew away in the wind at a book signing.





Kirsten Campbell speaks: Blood Mastery tells


Kirsten Campbell speaks:Author Kirsten Campbell 2015 pic

Questions for Kirsten Campbell/ Author of Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I write Urban Paranormal because I love the genre. Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series is the first book in a series of four. I love the fantastic element of Urban Paranormal fiction and the fact that to me, its reality based. There has to be some type of fact in fiction or it just doesn’t hold up well and the story can seem fake deeming things within the story realm false. My approach to the subject is unique because I look at our modern technology and I try to go a step forward into a dystopian future with hopes that things fare positively for my characters.

How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

Yes, actually I do think long and hard about a topic before I decide to write. It can be days or even weeks before I actually put things on paper. I have several notebooks and I even type out scenarios with hope that I can flesh out scenes for a book before the actual writing of the book.

How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

I write my book and then I research, and then fix whatever needs to be fixed. I write chapters as scenes and then I go in and research later. There are four books in the G.O.D.s Series. Each book is different. I had to research all types of things for Blood Master. I researched all types of theories about telepathy, empathy, gods, vampires, meditation, teleportation, inter-dimensional doors, quarks, string theory, and even researched how the body reactions to pain and to being burned, glass blowing, and the creation of diamonds. I even researched earthquakes, tremors and studied building plans for different buildings to figure out how I wanted the fortress and the Guild Faction Main Office to look and figure out the different type of furniture and walls and interiors. There was so much research for the first book but it carries over into the second, third and fourth, so there is no way to be sure how much research I did.

  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

I used the internet, an line encyclopaedia, the library and my phone, for Blood Master.

  1. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

Not applicable

  1. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

I self-published Blood Master, but it’s based on a short story that was published in Bewildering Stories in 2010. The story was called Dark Matters and it was about an alien, Dinn Russ Jarrin, (a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being, my protagonist, Griffin Storm of Blood Master is a G.O.D.) Dinn Russ Jarrin goes up against a six-year-old little boy. It’s a battle of wits and there is a surprise ending.

  1. Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

No. I have had pieces published and I was a co-author of an anthology that went to International best seller this September. (Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul).

 Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

If that’s the route you want to take. I believe everyone has a journey and it’s up to the individual to choose what’s best for them. 

  1. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?

I haven’t had anything funny happen yet, but when I do I will surely let you know!

Thanks Kirsten, we look forward to hearing about it! and tomorrow I shall post more about the book.. so keep reading!

Story Telling Time in Memphis

An ‘Interview’ with Gerald Duff

  “When I wrote my novel Memphis Ribs,  I did it for the same reason that all writers take up a task that lasts so long and uses up so much electricity. I was mesmerized by the topic, in this case my trying to understand the essence of the Bluff City where I had come to live for a spell. And it was a spell, because that’s what Memphis casts upon those who come to live with her.

Memphis is an embodiment of the central paradox of the South. It is both tight and loose, and so are Southerners. Memphis has more churches of every denomination, conducting more worship services, attended by more of the faithful, than any comparably sized city in the nation.

Memphis also has more low dives and honky tonks, more high and low bars, more prostitutes and drug houses, more robberies and gang shootings, more muggings and murders, just generally more of the fast life, than any other metropolitan area in the country. If Nashville, Tennessee’s richest city, is about the greed for money and the drive to make it, Memphis is about giving in, abandoning all hope, and having a good time.

Memphis has suffered from calamities over time, including a yellow fever contagion which decimated the city in the nineteenth century and the assassination of Dr.King in the twentieth century which dealt the finishing blow to Memphis’s status as a contender in the big world of growth and commerce. For the  commercial hopers and city planners, these disasters were apocalyptic, but for the writer they created a climate and culture conducive to dream, disillusionment, regret, and loss.

The advantages for a novelist are clear and compelling. All is vanity, endeavor is doomed, and success is fleeting, evanescent, and gone. That’s the country where a novelist feels most at home.

How all this influenced me as a chronicler of a fictional pair of police detectives – one black, one white – trying to solve some crimes in the Bluff City is clear enough.  Memphis and its contradictions and energies and despair and humor emboldened me to try to capture in fiction some of its toughness, violence, obsession with barbecue and beautiful women, its racism and restiveness, and its hard-edged hilarity. I tried to do so by casting as a Memphis homicide cop a man in North Mississippi I had come to know. He was an independent cotton farmer, a Vietnam veteran who wasn’t outwardly bothered by his year in that war as a combat infantryman, and a man completely at ease with himself. He drank copious amounts of bourbon without seeming to become drunk, he loved his wife, and he had many friends, black and white, who admired and gave him great room and latitude. His fictional partner in the novel knows him to the core.

All I’m trying to do in Memphis Ribs is to show how Danny M. would act if called upon to sort out some crimes in the Bluff City.  In my attempt, I hope I’ve captured some of the gut and soul of that city on the big river that flows through the heart of America.”

Some biographical information about Gerald Duff.

Winner of the Cohen award for fiction, the philosophical society of Texas literary award, and the silver medal for fiction from the independent publishers association.

Gerald Duff is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and has published 19 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry and non-fiction. Memphis Ribs is his unforgettable tale of deception, crime, and barbecue.  Duff grew up in two parts of Texas: the petro-chemical area of the Gulf Coast, and the pine barrens of Deep East Texas, which made for two-mindedness and a bifurcated view of the world, as he demonstrates in his fiction.

He has has worked as a hand in the oil fields and the cotton fields, as a janitor, a TV camera man, a professor of English, a college dean, and as a bit actor in television drama. He has made up stories all his life and written wherever he’s been. He’s still doing that.