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Interview with Edward Medina featured on The Indie Writer Network Daily!!

Author Interviews | Posted by admin October 30th, 2013

Check out my Interview with Bestselling author Edward Medina posted as one of the featured stories in today’s (October 30, 2013) issue of The Indie Writer Network Daily!!

Featured Story: Interview with Edward Medina.

Interview with Bestselling Author Edward Medina!!

Author Interviews | Posted by admin October 29th, 2013

Bestselling author Edward Medina captures the beauty of writing and the limitless possibilities of the imagination in his popular novels, plays, and short stories. His books, full of excitement, thrill, and intrigue, are Amazon bestsellers in three categories: Fantasy, Action Adventure, and Horror. He has also written, produced, and directed New York Off and Off-Off Broadway plays, has had the honor of working for the iconic Jim Henson, and has even been a radio and voice over artist. He introduces us to his latest project: Four Days with Edgar A. Poe—A 19th Century Mystery, A 21st Century Crime. In this play for the New York Off-Broadway stage, Medina explores the life and legacy of one of the greatest American authors, Edgar Allan Poe. With wisdom and flair, Medina also describes what being a writer means to him in an interview for the reader, the writer, and the visionary.

 

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Q: Tell us about how you began writing.

 

A: Writing has always been with me. As a child I would cut out pictures from magazines, paste them onto construction paper, and write in descriptions next to them. I would write dialogue and put the lines in word balloons by the peoples and animals faces. When I think back I was always writing down stories and story ideas. When I was ten years old I wrote a story about a penny that escaped from the U.S. Mint. I bought little blank booklets, hand wrote copies of my story, and sold them to my friends for a penny. I was a little independent author very early on.

I was, and still am, a voracious reader. Another sign of a writer in the making. I also have a love of music, movies, and all things theatrical. Those are all forms of storytelling. Music taught me that the rhythm of the tale is important. From film I learned structure drives the plot. Theatre always reminds me that there’s an audience out there in the dark. I like to tell good stories. The story, the rhythm, the structure, and the effect words have on a reader are everything. I like stories with twists throughout. I enjoy taking my readers along for a grand adventure.

 

Q: Your books have very interesting premises! It Is Said, the first book in the Mathias Bootmaker and the Keepers of the Sandbox trilogy, is a dark fantasy, steampunk adventure with a lot of mystery. A Murder of Crows, Adventures of the X Pirates, is also a dark fantasy, steampunk adventure that gives the reader a unique look into the pirate legends. Were you always a fan of steampunk?

 

A: Ever since I was a child reading Jules Verne. Steampunk as a movement is still a relatively new and beautiful thing but its pedigree is long, deep and rich. I’m drawn to the style and feel of the genre. I’m drawn to the inventors and inventions of that world. Then there’s the romance of it all and the true desire for optimism to triumph over pessimism. Good steampunk is full of big adventure and epic heroes.

My books have the steampunk flavor but they exist outside of the traditional settings. It Is Said is set in a world of high fantasy in the moment just before the release of the big bang. It explores science, imagination, creativity and tells us how everything we know in the universe came to be. A Murder of Crows is set in a world entirely populated with animals. Not a human being in sight. And yet they’re there. Those animals behave like we do and it’s not always pretty. I figured if it was good enough for George Orwell then it’s good enough for me.

 

Q: You also delve into other genres with your short stories. Awilda is an urban paranormal story about a huntress of a unique type of vampire. The public tends to categorize authors into one genre and associates any book that that author releases into that genre. But more and more authors are releasing works in various genres. Do you feel that the public is changing its views on this?

 

A: I think it’s more a case of author’s changing their views. Independence means creative freedom. There is no box to keep writers in anymore. Good stories come in many forms and cross every genre. Writers should feel free to explore. If there’s a genre that drives you then follow that path. If you wake up one morning with a great story in mind, but it doesn’t fit in your norm, then step off the path for a bit and write away.

There are many traditionally published authors who do just that all the time. Two of my favorites, King and Poe, do just that. Stephen King is known for horror but not all his work fits neatly in that category. Some of his works are just wonderfully deep character studies and if you think you know King and haven’t read his YA book Dragon’s Eyes then you have quite the surprise coming. As for Poe, the man originated several genres all on his own throughout his career. I really don’t think he was consciously doing it. He was just writing what he wanted to write. What he needed to write. We should all do that. It would make the world a much more interesting place.

 

Q: You write, direct, and produce off- and off-off Broadway plays. How different is it writing plays to writing novels? Do you find that you favor writing one over the other?

 

A: One would think that plays are easier. All dialogue. Some would think novels are easier. You have all that room for narrative. Others would think it’s the opposite for both. Too much dialogue. Too much narrative. My thing is the story is all that matters. If it’s a good story it can be told in many ways.

I have a very good friend in the music business. He’s had quite the amazing career. He told me his secret to finding a great song was to find one that sounded amazing fully produced but also sounded equally amazing being played on one instrument and unplugged. To him that was the difference between a hit song and a classic.

A good story should flourish with great narrative but it should also sing if it’s reduced down to the whisper of a private conversation. I love doing both.

 

Q: You have announced that you are writing a play for Off Broadway called Four Days with Edgar A. Poe—A 19th Century Mystery, A 21st Century Crime. A big fan of Edgar Allan Poe myself, tell us why you decided to take on this challenge.

 

A: Poe fascinates me. Mysteries fascinate me. For as long as I can remember I have loved his work. Then I started learning about the man, the woman in his life, and the way the world, and time, had created and rose to the level of myth, the circumstances of his life. About a year ago I came across an article containing the last words of famous figures in history. Edgar’s was there. I realized I had not a clue of how he died. There were four mysterious days that no one can account for that played a role in taking the life of a brilliant and tortured genius.

The challenge was how does one tell a story about an incident that has no record of occurrence. My solution was to create a story with a contemporary mystery that has its roots in what may or may not have happened during those four days so long ago. I can use his stories and words to paint a picture of his life as it’s reflected in the life of another. I can use a modern day crime to explore what drives a person to madness and heartbreak.

Poe’s last words were “Lord help my poor soul!” Or was it, as some have reported, one word, “Reynolds!’ Or was it misunderstood. Was it really, “Renounced!” Like I said, I love a good mystery.

 

Q: As a bestselling author and a kind-hearted person, you are someone to look up to. Do you have any advice for writers out there just starting?

 

A: Read. Write. Create. Dream. Always be open to learning. Don’t be afraid. Find a story you love. Stick with it. Finish it. Edit. Edit. Edit. Now that it’s really finished get it out there. Buck the system. Be a proud independent author. Find your audience. Help them find your work. Respect their support. Support your fellow authors because we are most assuredly all in this together. Then repeat it all again with your next story, and the next, and the next. And remember to enjoy your life while you do it.

I thank you for those kind words you said about me. I’m far from perfect and I prefer that people look each other in the eye. I’m here in New York, and out there with my stories, slugging it out like other hard working creative types. I really try to conduct myself in the way I was raised by my mother and my grandmother. Be fair. Care about other people. Believe that different is good and special. Try and help when you can and sometimes when you can’t. Work hard and be true to who you are no matter what. It took me a long time to become the person I am. It took me a long time to put together everything they taught me. I’m pretty happy with the way I turned out, and if that makes other people happy then I say join the party, the more the merrier.

 

Q: How do you picture yourself in the future?

 

A: In a boat, on a river, with tangerine trees, and marmalade skies. 😉 I’d like to thank you for this interview. It was fun. I’d like to thank your fans by giving them an excerpt, and a link to a free copy, of my short story Awilda. It’s my Halloween treat. I hope they enjoy.

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Awilda on Amazon.com

Awilda made an observation last night that made her laugh out loud on the subway. Chicken in a can shouldn’t come in liquid. It’s just wrong. We accept it with tuna. Fish are meant to be in liquid. Chickens are air breathers. Awilda often had thoughts like that. Quick random shots through the dark that made her laugh out loud, or cry quite a lot. She liked to laugh. She didn’t like the crying at all. The laughing helped her forget the dark things. The crying reminded her that the laughing was a lie.

 

Awilda killed her first vampire when she was six years old. He was a child just like she was. He attacked her and she stabbed him in the heart. Just like that. Nice and easy. She was young, but she knew exactly what he was. She had seen the movies. She knew Bela Lugosi when she saw him. So Awilda killed him and buried his body in the abandoned building where it happened.

 

There were questions. There were police and an investigation. The boy was a friend, of a friend, of a friend, so no one really talked to her about the incident. They couldn’t find him for a long time and then the questions stopped. They never found the body. Just a few years ago the building was demolished. They built a church on that spot. Awilda laughed a lot when she heard they had done that.

 

Awilda was a demure young lady of twenty-six now, with an indefatigable mind in a myriad of places. She was very pretty. Not too thin. Not too heavy. She was a bit on the tall side with lots of leg. Her flesh was creamy white with light pink tones. The vampires loved her for all those lovely attributes. They were all foolishly drawn to her because of them. Awilda was her own secret weapon.

 

She loved her full breasts. She loved the weight of them in her hands. She was also quite fond of her derriere. It was round and plump. Whenever she couldn’t sleep she would lay on her side, close her eyes, and slowly breathe three deep breaths while she caressed all her curves. The sensation would always lull her into dreamtime. Awilda loved her body. She started to develop her shapely presence when she turned thirteen. That’s when she killed her second vampire.

 

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This short story from Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina was originally intended for an anthology submission. But Edward fell in love with Awilda, and decided to keep her all to himself. Now it’s time for him to share her with you.

 

The story of Awilda is an urban paranormal trip through the mind of a dedicated hunter. A hunter specifically designed to kill a very particular form of vampire. Believing it to be her mission since birth, Awilda puts a meticulously planned set of events in motion in order to eradicate the world of this infestation. Good girl by day, holy terror by night, Awilda is not the type of woman you’ll soon forget.

 

“You’ll enjoy this story – I guarantee it. Edward is a fabulous writer and Awilda is a fascinating character. She’s exactly what she seems, and yet not at all what you’d expect.” – Author Jamie DeBree

 

“Balanced precariously between fantasy and cold, cruel reality, this story introduces the reader to a character so engaging that the final pages hit you like a punch to the gut.” – Amazon Reader

 

Awilda has charmed her way to 13 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews and is FREE 10/29 and 10/30 on Amazon.  Awilda is intended for mature readers.

Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina is a native New Yorker who was raised by his mother and grandmother to believe that life is an adventure best lived to the fullest. To that end he has lived his life on the edge of creative possibility.

 

Over time, Edward has been a radio and voice over artist. He built a significant career as a producer, director and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson. He then went on to become a theme park designer. For fun, he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood, a sometime magician. Although, at this point in his life, the magic he creates is more for the page as an author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic steampunk adventures.

 

If you’d like more information on Edward’s work,

visit his website: Edward Medina

follow him on Twitter: @loboed13

like his page on Facebook: Edward Medina – Author

and subscribe to his blog on WordPress: Just Sayin’.

 

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

A Great Read! Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Author Interviews | Posted by admin September 24th, 2013

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN:  B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

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The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

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Excerpt

–As he spoke I checked out the surroundings. It was just starting to get dark outside but I could still see the black outlines of the trees that surrounded us on either side of the narrow road.

“Why are we in a forest?” I asked, a slight hint of fear creeping into my voice as I was unnerved by the fact that we were in a place where Elementals were most likely to inhabit.

“Because the house is located in the forest. Don’t worry we’ll be safe there, I’ve hardly had any Elemental sightings when I’ve stayed here,” he said, but something about it didn’t sound very encouraging.

“And how often do you stay here?” I said slowly, my tone wary.

“Whenever I’m in the area.” His avoidance of a definite answer unnerved me even more as I knew what he was going on to say.

“I have to say, that isn’t very often, but the four times I’ve been here since buying the place have been peacefully silent.”

I was dumbfounded by his statement and my eyes were wide in shock as I watched him to see if he was joking. I saw nothing that led me to believe that or to make me doubt his words though.

“You’ve only been here four times?! How do you know this is a safe place then? It could be crawling with Elementals for all you know.”

He laughed at my sudden outburst of panic.–

Buy Links: Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!

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Praise:

“I couldn’t put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

“I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

The Elemental Forces, Romance, and the Paranormal in a Young Adult world, Limitless Satisfaction for the Reader’s Imagination

Author Interviews | Posted by admin September 17th, 2013

The creative new author, a rising star from the UK, Mia Hoddell, opens up the magical Young Adult Paranormal genre to readers around the world. A fresh genre, YA Paranormal is not often talked about in the mainstream but should be, because it is a thriving and enthralling world which makes the reader ask the important question, “What if…?” Hoddell crafts a beautiful story about a dynamic love story interweaved with the influence and power of earth’s elemental forces.

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CM: What made you decide to become a writer?

MH: I’ve always been taught to follow what you love and happiness will come with it, and that’s what writing does for me. I’m at my happiest when writing and have always been creative, whether in the arts, poetry or novels. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and recently found a book of poems I wrote from ages 4-10. I just love inventing worlds, stories and characters (it’s better than the real world sometimes).

My writing progressed as I found I had more to tell and after a year of great English lessons in high school I knew it was what I wanted to do. Once I got three poems published before the age of 16, I moved onto short stories which I entered into a few competitions. I found that the word limit restricted me though so it was just an obvious step to progress into full length novels. I love the freedom writing gives you and as long as it continues to bring me happiness I will stick with it.

 

CM: What books influenced your life?

MH: I read for fun and to escape the real world (or the voices in my head) for a while so I wouldn’t say they influence my life in any big way, other than relaxation. If I had to choose one though, I guess I would say The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding as it was the first book I ever read all the way through without being forced. It was also the first book I bought myself and since then I fell in love with books. Before the age of fourteen I’d have rather watched paint dry so I guess this author has influenced me the most.

 

CM: What drew you to writing in the Young Adult genre, and, specifically, in the YA Paranormal genre?

MH: Young Adult books are what I read, although I am starting to read New Adult too, so it is what interests me. I tend to like the paranormal genre as personally, I feel it allows me to be more creative. I don’t feel constrained to normality and can invent my own world which I love.                                           

Also, setting my books in paranormal worlds or with paranormal aspects allows me to get around challenges such as locations easily. Because I haven’t travelled much, it’s hard to make settings realistic so for me this is a great solution. Besides that, I just find it more fun as I can let my imagination run free. One of my favourite parts of writing a novel is researching potential creatures as there are just so many interesting myths out there.

 

CM: What is your process for writing? Do you write notes or just let the words flow?

MH: When writing my first book I just let the words flow. That was probably down to the fact I wasn’t planning on writing a novel though, I was just entertaining myself during the summer holidays. However, now I have to write a detailed plan on everything before starting, especially when it’s the first in a series like Deadly to Love.

When Planning Deadly to Love I ended up with a twelve-page plan. It included everything from a plot summary, chapter by chapter breakdown, character profiles and details about specific and important items. I found this helps me keep continuity in the novel and the sequels. It also focuses me on where I am going with the book, hopefully creating a solid plot structure (which I’ve been told in reviews is the case). I also think this is the reason I’ve never had writer’s block as I already have a general outline for each chapter when I come to write it so I’m not thinking where to take the story next.

I do have pages and pages of notes for new book ideas though.

 

CM: You mentioned to me you took a year off to write. Why did you decide to do this?

MH: Well, I finished my A-Levels in June and up until that point I’d been having to write around studying. I had to put exams first and although I managed to release three books and still achieve top grades, doing this it was incredibly tiring.

I decided to take a break from education before going on to university this year. I applied but deferred my application as I felt that I needed time to focus on what I want to do rather than being lectured on things I wasn’t really interested in. There were no courses that really grabbed my attention (even the creative writing ones looked bland) so for me deferring was the best option. It gives me a year to focus solely on my writing and a much needed break from exam stress.

 

CM: Tell us about Deadly to Love, the first book in the Elemental Killers series.

MH: Deadly to Love is a YA romance with paranormal/fantasy aspects. It is my third novel and after writing my first trilogy (The Wanderer), I wanted to write something more light-hearted and fun. I knew I wanted to create a romance with a modern twist and stay away from high-school, so I started experimenting with social games on my iPod. It was from some of the messages I received on there, which generated the idea for Deadly to Love.

Originally, it was going to be just a romance but when I started writing, I decided I needed a paranormal element as I felt restrained to realism. I prefer to create my own worlds (even though my island in Deadly to Love is on Earth) or have an element that allows my imagination to run free. As well as this, I wanted the lead characters to stay human so when I found the Elementals they seemed like the perfect antagonists.

The book is based on some real life experiences and the rest was down to my imagination asking “what if the world was alive and fought back?”

 

CM: What do you want your readers to take, or absorb, from your books?

MH: I didn’t really write it with anything in mind. I just hope readers enjoy it and have fun while reading it. If they can get immersed in my world and characters then I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do.

 

CM: How do you picture yourself in the future?

MH: That’s a tough question to answer as writing is unpredictable and I have both long term and short term goals I would like to achieve. In general, I would love to have more books released, either through self-publishing or a publisher but I also want to travel. I have a huge list of countries/places I want to visit so I would love to be able to cross a few off.

 

Book Info…

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Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN:  B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

 

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

 

Available on Amazon (Kindle now only 99c) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu

 

Praise:

“I couldn’t put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Goodreads Reviewer)

 

“I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

 

“I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

A little bit more about the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still – despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series ‘The Wanderer Trilogy’ and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series ‘Elemental Killers’ before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.

Links:  Blog |Twitter @MiaHoddell | Facebook Page |Goodreads

 

Upcoming Interview: Mia Hoddell!!

Author Interviews | Posted by admin September 13th, 2013

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, Author Mia Hoddell talks about her love for writing and her new YA Paranormal novel Deadly to Love, Book One of the Elemental Killers Series (available on www.amazon.com now!) on www.claudettemarco.com.

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“I don’t feel constrained to normality and can invent my own world, which I love.” –Mia Hoddell, why she enjoys writing in the exciting genre of YA Paranormal.

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