Disney’s “Pets” Coming in 2016

Who all has seen the commercials for Disney’s movie “Pets” coming in 2016? I have to say that it looks really cute! It’s about what pets do when their ‘parents’ leave them home alone. While it’s a really cute idea, I honestly don’t see how they’re going to drag it out for an hour and a half movie. There’s only so much pets can do while imprisoned in their home while their owner is at work. Sure, there’s plenty of mischievous things they can do but it’s what you would normally expect – torn pillow cases, human food eaten, etc. I’m curious to see what they’re going to do with it. Here’s a link to the video for those who haven’t seen it yet!

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“Curse of the Heroines” Published

The anthology for our Fantasy Writers group on Facebook has been published after a year of hard work!

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Copyright © J.E. Feldman

Congratulations to the writers who have just become authors because of this book and way to go to our seasoned authors for another book under their belt! The book is available in paperback and on Kindle as e-book.

Here is the summary: Heroines. Good and bad, fighting for their cause. Will they succeed in their task? Will their worlds be bettered or worsened by their success? Read “Curse of the Heroines” to find out. Stories by: Angel Blackwood, Chadden Basnik, Gina A. Watson, Joann Shevock, John Ryers, Jordanne Fuller, Kyle Della-Rocco, Maeve La Fey, and Tom Atwood.

Amazon Buy Link – http://www.tinyurl.com/JEFeldmanHeroines

Realmwalker Publishing Group

Copyright 2014 © J.E. Feldman and Shardel.
Copyright 2014 © J.E. Feldman and Shardel.

A long while ago, my friend Rita popped up out of the blue and suggested that I submit a book to the Realmwalker Publishing Group because they were currently looking for dragon-themed books. With the attitude that it couldn’t hurt to try, I submitted “The Dragonscale” to them. Just like normal, it took a long time to get a response back, but it looks extremely promising! I can’t describe how excited I am at the prospect that they’ll accept the trilogy. It means that I’ll be able to do the book signing at BAM with no more issues of “oh, but you’re self-published.” If they choose to not accept the trilogy, that’s ok too because it was an opportunity that abruptly appeared and I decided to try it. It would be amazing if they accepted it! I can hardly contain my excitement!

My Local Books-A-Million

As stated last week, I tried setting up a book signing at my local Books-A-Million but it turns out that they don’t allow self-published authors to do book signings. I’ve known self-published authors who have done signings with BAM before so this came as a surprise to me. It turns out that not every location accommodates the self-published. Some stores actually charge a small fortune for a book signing to take place. Believing that self-published authors don’t have this small fortune, they don’t allow them to partake. So I’ve had no luck getting anything set up at my local BAM store, but hopefully the next closest one will allow it.

My First Author Signing – Part Two

What an amazing event! I was extremely nervous for the two days prior to the event but once it actually started happening, it was a ton of fun! Lots of people came over to talk to me, some wanted pictures done with me, several bought my books. There were a lot of familiar faces from my day job at the post office and I specifically thank all of them for coming out to see me. I’ve contacted Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble to set up book signings with them as well. This is just the beginning! Here are some of the pictures from the book signing!

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My First Author Signing – Part One

My very first author signing is tomorrow! For those that don’t know, I signed up to do one a year ago when “The Dragonscale” was first published but there was a year waiting list. Now it’s finally arrived and I’m so nervous! I know it’s going to go well and that everything will be fine, it’s just the nerves that are getting to me. I’m not the most social butterfly around and even in school, I would work behind stage rather than on stage in the theater. I prefer making something work and having people wonder how it was done than to be put in the spotlight. But here’s my spotlight and it’s ready to swallow me whole! Most of my family will be there so I’m grateful for that. They’ll get to see the inner workings of what being an author means and it proves that this really is a well-paying job. It’s may be childish of me to throw that fact in their faces but I have to do it. Especially since a lot of people give up writing because of the peer pressure from their own families. I plowed right on through it.

I know a bit of what is to be expected tomorrow and I can’t wait to share my book to the local community! I have a feeling that I’ll be meeting some other fellow authors while I’m there and maybe even come across a writing club. I miss the Wandering Writing Workshop I was part of two years ago that fell apart and I’d love to belong to another group. Here is the Facebook event and I hope to see my local friends there! In my next blog post (Part Two), I’ll let you know how the event was.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1606443142904219/

Interview with Author Debbie Anderson

  • What genre are your books?
  • I primarily write Medieval Fantasy set in an original world with touches of heavily inspired by Norse and Celtic cultures.
  • What draws you to this genre?
  • I have always enjoyed speculative fiction, be it horror, sci-fi or fantasy, but I am mostly drawn to medieval fantasy because of my love of Arthurian legend and western European folklore.
  • What project are you working on at the moment?
  • I am currently writing my first novel series (working title) Tree of Nine Worlds along with other side projects.
  • What’s it about?
  • Tree of Nine Worlds is about a group composed of a curious farmboy, a clansman trying to reclaim his family’s nobility, a wizard’s granddaughter, a young king and his sister a rebellious princess who discover a plot to unthrone the island’s monarch’s and raise the dark one from his slumber.
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?
  • Well, my novel is multiperspective, so all five are main characters.
  • Have you written anything else?
  • I’ve written plenty, but I have few publications. Not counting the writing on my website, I have one short story published under Dragon Knight Chronicles in their 2015 anthology Dragon Tempest.
  • What are your ambitions for your writing career?
  • I hope to break into a traditional publisher and be read internationally.
  • Which writers inspire you?
  • I think some of my earlier inspirations would be R.L Stien, J.K Rowling, Stephen King and Sharon Mackay, after that I would say that almost every book I read has the power to inspire me to tell my own story.
  • When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
  • I have always enjoyed telling and consuming stories…in any media, and once I had  learned to read I took an interest in writing.
  • Do you have a special time or place to write?
  • I tend to write at home with music playing, but my favourite place to write, like so many of us out there, is a cozy little cafe with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh idea.
  • Where do you get your inspiration?
  • Anyway and everywhere! I get most of my ideas while walking out among the hiking trails or in the shower, but I can get ideas from posters, paintings and peices of jewelry. It can be as simple as a common phrase making the gears turn!
  • Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
  • I do a bit of both. I like to have a very vague outline that tends to be subject to change and see where the preplanned points take me.
  • Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
  • Oh, yes! I often get writers block, despite my previous comment, and it is worse when a deadline is looming.  To get over it I listen to narrative music, revisit  my favourite legends and myths and look at Waterhouse Paintings.
  • What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
  • Finishing what I started. I can have once had three novels on the go and over twelve short stories started with them.
  • How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
  • How much research do you do?
  • I try to research as much relevant information as possible before finishing. I do a lot of preliminary research and while a project is in progress I will also stop to research as needed.
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
  • I typically type my stories on computer, but I carry a note book around in my purse to write long hand in case I’m struck by an idea.
  • What are some of your favorite books/authors?
  • Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law Trilogy and Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters Trilogy are still among my all time favourites and Iam a big fan of the Belgariad by David Eddings, I love Stephen King’s several collections of short stories, and of course the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling and George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series make that list. I am also a sucker for most of Cecilia Ahern’s and Lurlene McDaniel’s novels.
  • Are you currently reading any books?
  • I am currently reading the Wheel of Time series and am currently one the second novel the Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern and  Name of the Wind by. Patrick Rothfuss
  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?
  • Website: https://talesfromthemists.wordpress.com/
  • Blog:http://lilymaevelafey.livejournal.com/
  • Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/lilymaevelafey
  • Twitter: https:https://twitter.com/MaeveLaFey
  • Linkedin:https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/maeve-la-fey/8a/70/376
  • Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/maevelafay/
  • Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36027976-lily-maeve-lafey/