Emi is on her way!

Hi everyone,

Just popping in to let you all know that the book I’ve been itching to share with you all is almost here!

Thanks to the amazing support of my patrons and the expert editing of 6th Element Publishing, Emi will be hitting shelves both virtual and corporeal very very soon.

Here’s the blurb:

The stunning new dark fantasy novella from the author of Greaveburn and The Alan Shaw Adventures.

The world ended long ago. Humanity, burnt out by a global fever, is a distant memory and the creatures that came before have returned.

Christopher isn’t a survivor, The Sickness killed him long ago. Still, he walks through the wild paradise that the world has become, believing that he is alone. Until he finds a little dead girl chained in the ruins of a barn.

Emi.

As these two unlikely companions experience the new world and it’s host of weird inhabitants together, it becomes clear that even for the undead, there is something very wrong with Emi. As Christopher remembers more of his humanity, and Emi slips further away from her own, it seems there is still something to lose for the ancient Undying.

Inspired by Japanese mythology, this Apocalyptic Fantasy is like nothing you’ve ever read before. Read Emi now on Kindle or in paperback.

“So weirdly atmospheric, you get drawn into this world so much that you find yourself rooting for Christopher and Emi even though they’re already dead.”

And the awesome cover as well!

Book Composite Emi

Squee!

I can’t wait for you to meet Emi, Christopher, and all of the weird Yokai creatures they meet on their journey.

 

Thanks for reading!

Author Interview: D.H. Nevins

Hello and welcome once again to Pseudo-writer for the lastest author spotlight. This time we’re talking to D.H. Nevins, author of Wormwood. For those with a penchant for post-apocalyptic and religious fantasy novels, this one will be for

This is your next read. Guaranteed!

you! Here’s the blurb:

This post-apocalyptic tale, set across earth’s freshly devastated landscape, follows the intertwined paths of a half-angel, tormented by the necessity of completing tasks he has no choice but to follow, and the book’s heroine, Kali, who must trust her greatest enemy in order to survive.
What people say about it:
“Wow, I actually thought I was out of breath. Very well done…an excellent read”

“Wormwood is a must read! D.H. Nevins has created
something special, a fascinating read by a fantastic new writer.”
D.H. Nevins is one of those people who seems to have a whole lot of cool crammed into one place (the kind I hate ;D). As well as writing speculative fiction, she also has a bug for acting and spends her spare time (how she has any, I’ll never know) treading the boards. On top of that, she’s a self confessed thrill junkie and perfectionist, which is a great combo. You don’t want anyone but a perfectionist packing your parachute! And as if that weren’t enough, she’s a biker. That’s it, I can’t possibly describe any more coolness in one place. In fact, the jealousy is starting to well up in my fingers and cause cramps. So, without any further ado, let’s talk to her:

"Say, that's a nice bike" (Terminator 2 reference, anyone?)
Me – Hi D.H.. Thanks for gracing my blog with your literary presence! So that everyone can get to know you a little, why not give us a little history of your writing journey? When did you set your first pen to paper and what inspired those first words?

D.H. – Thanks so much for inviting me, Craig!  I’ve always enjoyed writing (I remember lying on my stomach under my picnic table when I was 8 years old writing a terrible little adventure about ‘Kelly the Dolphin’) and I’ve been a daydreamer with an overactive imagination for as long as I can remember.  But obviously, I’m also a little slow at connecting the dots because it took me quite a long time to finally combine those elements and write my first novel.  Then one day, it just kind of happened.  A few years ago, I simply sat down and started writing notes about angels and the end of the world.  The notes quickly became lengthier and more detailed—and before I knew it, I had plotted out my first novel.  Once I had fully formed ideas and characters, the words for the book simply flowed—I wouldn’t have been able to contain them even if I wanted to. 

Me – Kelly the Dolphin sounds like it has some potential as your next project 😉 I really enjoyed reading the first five chapters of your novel, Wormwood, on your blog. It really throws the reader in at the deep end with a great introductory scene. Did you do a lot of research for the apocalyptic theme? You certainly have some fantastic imagery.

D.H. – I’m so pleased that you feel that way about Wormwoods opening chapter, Craig.  Thank you!  You know, it’s funny.  I did spend a fair bit of time doing research for this book, mostly examining apocalyptic themes across a variety of religions, from Christianity to Hindu to ancient Babylonian stories.  But when it came down to describing the apocalypse itself, I relied almost entirely on my own imagination.  In fact, I could see that entire scene as clear as anything in my mind’s eye.  The difficult part was putting it down accurately in written form.  I really want my readers to be able to clearly visualize that scene and feel like they’re actually there, running for their lives.

Me – You nailed it! So, what are your plans for Wormwood now? Did you find the decision between traditional and e-publishing difficult?

D.H. – Wormwoodwill finally be published through Black Wraith Books (my own imprint) a little later on this month… I estimate the release date to be September 26th.  And yes, I did find the decision between going the traditional route and self-publishing to be a difficult one.  It would take far too long to go into the details about it now, but as a rendered version, I really felt that publishing it myself would be best for Wormwood overall.  Yes, I’m limiting scope and publicity, but not only do I now keep the rights to the book, I’m also ensuring that the cover is exactly how I want it, I can keep the title and maintain the story in exactly the way I want it to be told.  When it came down to it, I knew that the story itself and the characters within it were more important to me than how many books I sold.  I won’t deny that it was a tough choice, but it’s a decision that I feel good about.

Me – I had the same dilemma, and I think many indie authors out there can relate too. So what’s next for D.H. Nevins, the writer?

D.H. – I’m currently plotting out lots of ideas for a sequel to Wormwood.  The problem is that I have so many ideas, I keep changing my mind!  Also, my characters have become so real to me, I almost feel pressured to continue telling their stories.  Kali, for example, really exploded as a kick-ass character, and I’m anxious to continue on with her.  Additionally, Wormwoodoriginally had a prologue where we see Tiamat’s unusual birth.  I ended up loving that scene so much, I completely cut the prologue from the book and set it aside.  This is now the bones of a prequel to Wormwood, which will follow a young Tiamat through a very trying and bizarre childhood. I’m thinking of calling it Monster.  But this project is kind of simmering on a backburner, because the sequel has to come first.


Me – Sounds like we could be hearing about the Wormwood Trilogy soon enough! If you could resurrect any author for your End of Days celebration, who would you dig up? 

D.H. – I’d dig up both William Shakespeare andDr. Seuss.  Then, I would start an argument between the two of them… you know, just for fun.  They would probably have the coolest soundingargument ever!

Me – Thanks for dropping by, D.H., it’s been great talking to you. I look forward to reading more of your work.

D.H. – My pleasure, Craig.  It’s been an honour.

Wormwood is now available from the following places:
Amazon
You can contact D.H. Nevins all over the web here:

Website: http://www.dhnevins.com

Blog: http://www.dhnevins.com/dh-nevins-blog.html

Author Interview: Lizzette E. Manning

I’d like everyone to give a huge Pseudowriter welcome to Lizzette E. Manning, author of short stories. She’s here to talk to us about her latest endeavour, Stuck, a post-apocalyptic story about risk and loss. Here’s a little more about her:

Bio: My real name is Nancy Medina and I write under the penname of Lissette E. Manning. I live in Waterbury, CT and have a long-haired domestic cat named Mikey who likes to bite people’s ankles whenever he has the chance to. I also enjoy reading a lot, listening to music, and playing video games whenever I have the time to.


 

 

 

Blurb for Stuck

A world too different from what we once knew . . . all we hold onto now is survival.

Memories of the dead remind Annie Page of the world she’d once known. Renegade forces are closing in, seeking to command the little that remains. Yet she refuses to stand by and watch the world crumble.

Her children’s love the driving force behind the choices that she’s made, she’s determined to make their world a better place. Yet their survival comes with a price — one that she never meant to pay.

 

Interview:

1: Hi Lissette, nice to have you here. So your new story, Stuck, is now on general release. Why don’t you tell us a bit about it?

Hi Craig. Thanks for having me here. It’s quite a pleasure.


I’ve been working on this story for quite some time. As you know, it’s gone through quite a few edits and revisions, but I must say that I’m pleased with the final version.


The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that centers around Annie Page as she sets out to provide for her family. The setting isn’t pretty, in all honesty, as I did my best to describe a world in ruin and full of obstacles. While these obstacles impeded Annie from reaching her goal, it also gives the reader a glimpse into what life would be like if the world were to
‘end’. I think that all those that read my story can relate to what Annie is going through as she does her best to help her family survive.



2: Now, I’ve read the story already and it’s a pretty bleak vision of our near-future. This material is far removed from your previous story, Closure. What made you take the plunge into Speculative Fiction for this one?

I started working on this short story during a writing course that I was taking online taught by
Jeremy C. Shipp. I’d been having a bit of a writer’s block with one of my assignments and had been watching a movie while doing so. I’m not exactly sure what it was, but it cut to some commercials and I saw something with a broken road and some fire on the screen. My muse ‘woke up’ at that moment, and next thing you know, ideas started brewing and this story started taking shape.


3. For the budding-authors out there who are debating between traditional and e-publishing, how did you make the decision? And do you have any tips for them?

My journey into e-publishing started off as an experiment. I’d seen quite a few of my friends having success with it, so I decided to take a chance and start getting my work out there. Mind you, I’d still like to be traditionally published (And no, I’m not selling out). I think we all aspire to be, at some point.


For aspiring authors, keep trying. If someone tells you that it’s not worth it to keep writing and make something of yourself, don’t let it dishearten you. Instead, show them that anything is possible. And as someone once told me, write what you know. 😉



4. And you’re writing under a pseudonym, too. Many authors, both e-published and traditional, have chosen to do the same. How did you come up with your name, and what made you decide not to use your own name?

I confess that as a kid, I never liked my name. Literally, I hated it. My younger self always wished that my Mom would have given me a much fancier name – something snazzy and with spunk. But alas, she named me after my older sister on my Father’s side.


I’ve been using a pseudonym ever since high school. I came up with it one day while sitting in the library with my best friend, Amy Morrill. We both decided that instead of using our own names, we’d use a penname that we thought would compliment our writing.


I’ve always loved the name Lissette so I chose that as a my penname’s first name. I chose Elizabeth as a middle name to honor my favorite author, Elizabeth Haydon. My penname’s last name, Manning, came from one of the character’s in Days Of Our Lives named Dr. Carly Manning.


With all of these things in place, it was then that my penname of Lissette Elizabeth Manning was born. It’s what I’ve used for my writing ever since.



5. So what/who would you say your influences are?

Hmmm, my influence for writing Science-Fiction/Fantasy, I have to say comes from reading Elizabeth Haydon’s books. Her Rhapsody series is amazing. Music-wise, I’ve an eclectic music style, so it’s hard to say who really influences me via that medium, but my favorite music genre is Freestyle and also Pop.



Thanks Lizzie, it’s been great talking to you as always. I’m looking forward to reading your next story!

 

You can find Stuck here:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stuck-ebook/dp/B005L7AMZK
Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/e/2940012979063
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86168

Find Lizzette Online:
Author Site: http://www.simplistik.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LissetteElizabethManning
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/xLizzieBethx
Blog: http://www.simplistik.org/lissetteemanning