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Tell us your latest news? I am signed with a new up and coming publishing company called Artistic Words Publishing. It’s exciting to get in at the beginning of something new.
When and why did you begin writing? I started in the fourth grade it was a class assignment.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I finished my first book, Dark Reflections in 2011. It’s self-published but I’m most excited for my newest release In The Footsteps Of A Killer by Artistic Words Publishing.
What inspired you to write your first book? I used to have trouble sleeping at night. So I would sort of telling myself a bedtime story until I got sleepy. I would always pick up wherever I left off the night before. Eventually, I was sleeping with no problem. The story would come as a dream. It didn’t come every night but when it did it would pick up wherever it left off before. Until one night all I saw were white lines moving like movie credits and I woke up and thought…maybe I need to write that down. I also dreamed most of In The Footsteps of A Killer. I dreamed the beginning, some of the middle and for sure I dreamed the end.
Do you have a specific writing style? I like to write horror but I can write romance as well.
How did you come up with the title? I dream some of them and others I lose myself in what I want to say about the story and the title usually pops up.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I didn’t start out with a message but I grew to want my horror to scare but to remind people that God is present even in the midst of horror and to look to Him for help and salvation. He comes through. At the end of “Footsteps”, you see some Devine movement and I think that was something that AWP Artistic Words Publishing saw and liked.
How much of the book is realistic? It depends on if it’s my horror or romance (yet to be released) but in the horror, the possibility of reality is more real than the reality itself.
Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life? Parts are again depending on what I’m writing. There is a little of me in each story or someone I know and love.
What books have most influenced your life most? Robert R Mccammon and his book Swan Song. It’s more apocalyptic but I remember being mesmerized by it. Then there was anything written by Stephen King, John Saul, and Dean Knootz.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Stephen King by far is the master of terror.
What book are you reading now? At the moment I’m more focused on promotion but I have several waiting on my kindle for pc so as soon as I slow down I’m grabbing one.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? There are so many I am finding through Facebook and social media. I am amazed at all the talented people writing. But no one comes to mind.
What are your current projects? I am working on a sequel to In The Footsteps Of A Killer. It’s called Through The Eyes Of A Killer.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. A lot of my Flight Attendant friends (before my current airline) who would answer passenger call lights while I sat on my jump seat and wrote. And of course Artistic Words Publishing…they saw my work, believed and took that chance and I’m not about to let them down.
Do you see writing as a career? For sure. I want to write until the well runs dry then look for new ideas to write about and yes quit my job and get paid to do it…lol.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe I would tone down some of the killings. But what else does a serial killer do…he hunts the innocent.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Well, when I wrote my class assignment in the 4th grade I wanted to write then. My teacher didn’t give me a good grade so I never wanted to write again. It would be another twenty years before I would even try.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Making the insane and crazy seem possible. In horror, a lot of what happens is not always based in reality. Again the reality of making it seem real.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King because he can take reality and bend it, twist it so that your mind begins to believe that it is possible for a girl with hidden powers to kill half the high school. Carrie. Or a dog Cujo can be bitten by a bat and turn into a vicious killer…poor puppy.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’m a flight attendant I get all the traveling I need. Lol…but I would if I had to and I do a lot of research on the computer. Yeah, computers.
Who designed the covers? For In The Footsteps Of A Killer my publisher Carla Dean at Artistic Words Publishing used someone that they deal with. And if I say so myself this book cover rocks!
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part for me was writing the killings. It is unfortunate that in our society women are by far the first and most times easiest targets. And for the most part, the serial killer is almost always a man. Is it wrong? Yes. Does it make for good fiction? Maybe. I can only write what comes to me and in this case, this is what came to me and I had to write it to be true to my new found passion.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned that writing is a hard task master that you will love. Ideas come to me in dreams and in everyday circumstances. They force me to get up and write. Ideas come sometimes at the most inappropriate times and places and force me to seek out something to write on. I usually have a pen and I have started carrying a pad of paper so I am not forced to write on napkins or toilet paper.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Write. Write when your happy write when you’re sad. Write when you don’t feel like it writes when you have nothing to say. Get it on paper you never know what will come out and where you can use it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Writing for me has been a journey. It has made me make decisions like should I go out and party or stay in a get a few chapters done. Writing almost always wins out. You do have to make time to refresh, relax and have a little fun. That helps free your mind to the next set of book ideas. I enjoy the fear factor of writing horror because my mom was a horror nut. She and I would read, then discuss, then go watch something spooky on TV. She always loved a good scare. And I’m not talking about blood and gore, just for the sake of blood and gore but the kind that made your mind bend. Old school horror up to the horror of Final Destination. Yeah, there was a lot of blood ( in Final Destination) but the idea that it was all somehow what Death wanted to turn it into something different for her. She set my feet on the path of horror and I will always be grateful to her. And I will continue to write in memory and honor of her.
AWP PRESENTS… IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A KILLER BY Denise J Bryson
Albert waited for the squealing and squeaking from the bedroom to stop. Then he waited for two hours more before creeping up the stairs. Slowly, he opened the door. He held his breath waiting to see if they had heard him enter or not. No sound and no one stirred. So, he walked into the room. They slept deep with the help of sex and alcohol. Both of which he could smell; it was an ugly smell, harsh and pungent. It made his stomach turn, and for a moment, he thought he might throw up. He swallowed hard and continued further inside the room.
On the table next to their bed lay his father’s cigarettes and on the floor sat the half empty bottle of booze. He picked it up and examined it. Why on earth do grown-ups drink this stuff? He sniffed the contents and wrinkled his nose. It stank. He timidly turned the bottle up to his lips, spilling its dark contents into his mouth. He only took in a little, but it was enough to make him gag and spit it on the floor. He almost ran because his gagging sounds caused his mother to move in her sleep, but she was only turning over. He knew he had to do it and do it now or he would never have the nerve again. He took the bottle and quietly poured its contents on the floor. Next, he reached over his naked parents and poured it on the bed between them. The sight of them in their all-in-all made his stomach turn again. They stirred but didn’t wake up. Then Albert Cain Macarthur took his dad’s cigarette, put it to his lips, exhaled, struck a match, and inhaled slowly. It was the second most awful taste he had ever tasted, second only to the Scotch. Nonetheless, the cigarette end glowed as he held in the coughs that were welling up in his chest.
He placed the lit murder weapon in the bed next to his father’s hand. The bed soaked with the liquor caught fire immediately. Taking the remaining liquor, he poured it on his parents. An insane smile crept across his face. It was the same smile that would follow him into his adulthood. He smiled as he watched first his father and then his mother catch fire. Their drunken, feeble attempts to wake up and save themselves proved futile. The alcohol they had consumed and the smoke from the flames overwhelmed them, and neither could escape their fate. He stood in the doorway smiling and watching. Their screams were deafening, as they quickly understood what was happening to them. He didn’t care; he was about to be free.
“Boy!” his father screamed while flailing about in an attempt to put out the flames and stumbling back onto the bed. “Help us, boy! Go git some help!”
Albert startled but didn’t move. His mother began laughing the laugh of the damned. She could barely move as the smoke started to overtake her. In so much pain from the flames, she barely seemed to notice.
“That boy is trying to kill us, Al.” Catherine tried to sit up but couldn’t. Her arms were beginning to burn. “He’s killing us, Al.”
In a last ditch effort to save herself, she rolled off the bed and hit the floor with a thud. With that, the room became an inferno of smoke and fire.
Albert Cain Macarthur didn’t know how he had known it, but he knew that day would be the last day he would wake up from one of his mother’s beatings. It would be the last day anyone ever called him Al. He hated that name. No more. That day she would die. That day they both would die. Albert Sr. was just as guilty for not stopping Catherine during her many tirades and abuse. Little Al had carried out the unspeakable and killed his parents.
He watched, and then suddenly, he heard the shrill sound of sirens from the approaching fire trucks. By that time, the room was in a full blaze. He had to think. He needed to look like a victim, too. He ran back into the bedroom and over toward the window. No one would ever call him Al again.
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Where are you from? I was born in Flint, MI, but I was raised in Mount Morris, MI.
Tell us your latest news? I am doing a radio interview Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3pm.
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve written most of my life, even in school. My first poem was called Funny How Things Changed. I wanted to express how I feel especially dealing with tough times.
What inspired you to write your first book? I wanted to write about my experience with Lupus because I could not find one to read at the time I was diagnosed.
Do you have a specific writing style? I do freestyle writing, journal writing, poetry, non-fiction and fictional.
How did you come up with the title? I wanted the title to say “Lupus” so readers would know what I was talking about. I included “journey ” so readers would know that life is a journey.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? That your heath is important. Taking care of yourself is important.
How much of the book is realistic? It’s non-fiction, fictional books will be published later.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Events in my own life
What books have most influenced your life most? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Eva Demson, Dr. Norman Booker, Craig Samuels, Dr. Eddie Connor, James Williams, Esoa and Shereena Osai, Denisha Shelene, Felicia McGee.
What are your current projects? Life After Lupus, Everyday Heros (learning to cope), poetry and short story book.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Lupus Detroit, Michigan Lupus Foundation
Do you see writing as a career? Yes, also as an outlet.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I would have made it longer.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Freshman year in college to express myself.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? My second book talks about my life after dealing with my first flare-up.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Time management.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Maya Angelou. She is one of the best poets I know. She is realistic,personal, and really good with words.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I have traveled to a few cities but want to travel more.
Who designed the covers? I designed my book cover.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? With writing memoirs it is remembering everything. All of the other types of books making sure I grasp the reader’s attention.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing is therapy; it’s healing.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t give up, let your voice be heard and be yourself.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I wrote this book for readers to see what it is like dealing with an auto-immune disease, first hand.
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan. When not ruining lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found playing in her garden, enjoying a glass of wine, or lost a good book. Her novels include The Last God, Sahmara, and A Broken Race. Her short fiction has appeared in Theian Journal, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Acidic Fiction, Tales of The Talisman, The First Line, Allegory, Isotropic Fiction, Liquid Imagination, Brewed Awakenings II Anthology, and The 3288 Review.
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The General of the Unlata Kai has decreed that the time of her people is over. Jane’s race of god-like beings has caused enough chaos, leaving floundering hybrid races and war-ravaged planets throughout the universe. Kaldara, their home, is about to fulfill her wishes. When the planet goes, it will take her and the last of the Unlata Kai with it.
Logan Klevo sets out with the crew of the Maxim on a mission to warn the leaders of Kaldara of their imminent demise. Their announcement triggers a violent battle between gods. One of them holds knowledge that could restore the Maxim to its full strength. The possibility of a defense against the ruthless army of Matouk that destroyed Logan’s homeworld fills him with something he’s been missing, hope.
Abducting an angry and suicidal god might not be a wise choice, but if the god of war can learn to love
they both might discover a future worth living for.
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In the capitol of all rust-belt urban wastelands, Daniel Lintz inherits the family mansion, a rundown, ramshackle assembly of boards, located in a once tony neighborhood where rot and decay have taken hold. While inventorying the mansion’s contents with the mysterious family lawyer, Mr. DuMichelle, Daniel discovers his great-grandfather’s life’s work: a meticulously archived treasure trove of lost papers, secret military hardware, and fantastic inventions, all locked away and hidden in exile for a century. But why were these fantastic and world-changing inventions boxed-up and forgotten in a dusty old archive? Daniel quickly falls under the spell of the mansion’s allure and sets about restoring it to its original splendor. He becomes possessed by the strange and fantastic powers hidden in the archive’s hundreds of crates. One fateful night Daniel is visited by a malevolent entity that leads him to one crate tucked away in a far off corner of the archive—a crate containing perhaps the most important invention in the history of the world—an invention however, with a fatal and deadly flaw.
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E.A. Comiskey is an award-winning writer and nationally syndicated blogger. Her debut novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth (2016, Nuff Said Publishing) has been a best-seller in its category on Amazon and the sequel, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth (June 30, 2017 – Nuff Said Publishing) is the winner of the Wattpad Fic Awards for Best Supernatural/Paranormal Novel. Her work is broadly described as “speculative fiction” and often includes elements of mythology, fantasy, horror, and romance.
She lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, children, and a veritable zoo of creatures.
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“The veil is coming down. What will be revealed about you?”
Simone Fitzgerald battles for a normal life against voices no one else hears. She seems to be succeeding, until an angel appears, asking her to embrace the voices as a gift and stand as The Prophet.
When demons mobilize the beings of legend against mankind, Divine Wrath burns hot against creation. Simone must find the strength to embrace The Light and bring peace to the universe, but she may be crushed under the weight of the burden she’s been asked to bear.
Follow an epic journey that takes the earth you know through a time when fairy tale creatures rule and into realms undreamed of.
DWELLING IN HEAVEN AND EARTH
Book Two in the Heaven and Earth Series.
In the name of safety, the elders have shut out the outside world and demanded a culture of strict conformity. Shifrah’s differences create a mental prison from which she cannot escape–until Donovan rides into town.
The Blood Drinker, Donovan, son of the ancient Prophetess, has come to warn that the demon queen has rallied her army to attack the city. He implores them to disperse across the land, trusting in That Which Is to protect them. The city’s leaders remain adamant that safety is found in the fortress they have built, but, as tensions rise, Shifrah uncovers the gruesome truth of their secret attempts to appease the Bloodless.
Donovan decides to change Shifrah into a Blood Drinker. Combined with her Gifts, she’ll be as powerful as the gods, but she can’t save her people until she learns to overcome her own dark appetites by embracing her dark nature.
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Cassandra Scherer is a mother of two and wife of one who has been writing her whole life. I’m third grade she wrote a story called Time Stone which would eventually become what is now The Stone Doorway. Cassandra loves to sing, camp and dirt bike with her family. She is in the process of completing her masters degree in early childhood education in the hopes of one day opening a nature-based preschool and daycare center where children can connect with nature.
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Tori’s life was no fairy tale. Abused, abandoned and forgotten she had lost herself inside of her own fear. But on the night of the meteor shower, her whole world will change. Suddenly, she is thrust into a world where nothing makes sense and humans are hunted and enslaved and she must become her own hero. She must fight to find her inner strength to not only save herself, but the others trapped there with her. She must become what she never thought she never could… Brave.
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New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after.
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A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.
Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.
What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love? Sparks. That’s what happens.
Can the power of love really change a person?
Will they survive the contract?
What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?
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A Grand Rapids, MI native, Amy L. Johnson is a student of life striving to do the next right (or left) thing depending on what inspires her. Amy’s BFA in Graphic Design favors her being curious, creative, considerate, and clever. She loves a good laugh and generally believes that dogs are better than people. This is her first published book.
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You are about to eavesdrop on a conversation between two brothers from 1942 to 1945. LETTERS Lost Then Found features letters exchanged between 19-year-old Freddie, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces who flew over 120 combat missions, and his 30-year-old brother Willie, Circulation Manager of the Michigan-based Saginaw News. The letters reveal the drama of battle, the daily life that goes on for both brothers, and the vital importance of family connections. Includes a “Day in History” section on each page that provides a glimpse of what was happening in World War II at the time each letter was written. Finally, “LETTERS Lost Then Found” hones in on the China Burma India Theatre, often referred to as the war’s “forgotten” theatre, where Freddie served. A ticker tape reminiscent of the Western Union Telegram runs across the bottom of each page that explains why this theatre was such an important part of the larger conflict.
Awards & Honors:
2017 International Book Awards
Finalist HISTORY & MILITARY Category
2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
BEST OVERALL DESIGN NON-FICTION Category
HISTORICAL NON-FICTION Category
2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards
Finalist War & Military NON-FICTION Category
2014 Publication Design Awards
National AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
District Six AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
West Michigan AAF Student Best of Show Award
West Michigan AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
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