Interview with author Bethany Hoeflich

Today, I am featuring author Bethany Hoeflich, whose story “Soul Bonds are a Witch,” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat.” Her story is cute and a little dark…a great combo!

1) What are you working on now?

As I write this, I’m gearing up to release the last book in The Dreg Trilogy. This book has been the hardest thing I’ve ever written, primarily because I had to keep going back to make sure I tied up all the plot bunnies and loose ends to create a satisfying conclusion for the series. So, what next? I think a break is in order.

By ‘break’, I mean researching and outlining for my next series, writing some stories to release under a pen name, and binge-watching Downton Abbey.

2) What is the hardest part of writing for you? What is the easiest?

The hardest part is taking the scene as it plays out in my brain and translating that to actual words. Staying focused would have to be a close second. If I pop online for ‘research’ I will inevitably fall down the black hole of the internet and wind up watching twenty videos of bears playing the piano. It’s a curse.

The easiest part of writing is revisions. Once I have the bones of a scene down, it’s a joy to flesh it out and bring it to life.

3) What personal bond inspired your story?

The moment I learned the theme for ABOW my brain twisted it and said, “Brian never said it had to be a positive bond.” Incidentally, I was feeding my two-year-old corn snake, Trix, at the time. Now, I love snakes, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if someone who is terrified of snakes ended up bound to one?

And thus, Vikki and David Hisslehoff were born, much to their chagrin.

4) Did your story play out as you planned it?

My stories never do. The moment my characters gain autonomy, they run the show. I used to scoff at the idea of characters having minds of their own until it happened to me. Now I just shut up and keep track of the stupid stuff they do—it’s generally better than I planned anyway.

5) What is it that you want a reader to take away from it, be it one emotion or a thought or a memory?

Entertainment.

I read books as a temporary escape from reality, and I hope that my readers enjoy sinking into my stories. A few laughs would be an added bonus.

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Interview with author DW Vogel

Today, I am featuring author DW Vogel, whose story “Slow Fade” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat.”

*What are you working on now?

I’m really excited by my current project because it’s such a departure for me. SolarFlare Games has chosen me to write the campaign for their newest project, a card-based, story-driven hybrid RPG adventure, with no dungeon master required. It’s a dice-rolling, monster-killing, choice-making, loot-grabbing romp through a fantasy world, with a group of adventurers trying to prevent the return of the Demon Lord that nearly destroyed their world a century ago. Can’t wait to share it with gamers everywhere!

*If you could meet one author, living or dead, who would you choose?

I would love to meet Sir Terry Pratchett, just to shake his hand and thank him for the hours and hours of joy his works have given me. We will never see his equal.

*If you were on death row, what would you request for a last meal?

I’m from Cincinnati, so my last meal would be a Skyline Chili 3-way with one cheese coney, no onion, no mustard. Only in Cincinnati can you order a 3-way in a restaurant and not get slapped by the server (it’s chili, spaghetti, and cheese. You can add onions or beans for a 4-way, or both for a 5-way, but that would be a flammable last meal, depending on the timing).

*What is it that you want a reader to take away from it, be it one emotion or a thought or a memory?

I hope my story will leave readers with a sense of hope and wonder.

*Did your story play out as you planned it?

My stories always play out as planned because I’m a plotter. I know the end before I write the first word. I’ve tried it the other way and for me, it just ends up a mess. Kudos to those who can figure things out as they go along and not have a pile of spaghetti to unravel when they’re done.

Bonus Question!

*If your story were turned into a screenplay, who would you cast as the main character? Why?

My story would be a lot of misty, still images with a voice-over, and the law states that all voiceovers are performed by Morgan Freeman.

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Interview with author Donise Sheppard

Today, I am featuring author Donise Sheppard, whose story “Catelynn’s Day” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat”

1. Did you have a special bond with somebody that shaped who you are today?

Before she passed, I’d say my mom. She is the reason I love stories so much – the reason I began writing fiction. Also, I credit my ability to write well to Alan I’Anson, who has given me tons of feedback and advice and is always there to edit and make my stories better.

2. What are you working on now?

I am currently plotting a story for the upcoming anthology Phobia! by Pixie Forest Publishing. I also just started writing a horror novel.

3. If you could meet one author, living or dead, who you choose?

Definitely Alan I’Anson. His novel, Dead Petals, is my absolute favorite. I read it almost a year ago and I’m still not over it. I’d like to quiz him about his idea for the book and ask him why he likes to toy with reader’s emotions.

4. What personal bond inspired your story?

I actually wrote this story for my sister, Catelynn, who is beautiful beyond words. When she read it, she said “Aw. I want someone to love me that much.” So I’m pretty sure she wasn’t disappointed.

5. What is it that you want a reader to take away from it, be it one emotion or a thought or a memory?

To love completely with their whole heart. Don’t get wrapped up in the aggravation that comes with life. Look past the little things and see the big picture because those you love make the drama or stress so worth it.

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Interview with author Lilith Sinclair

Today, I am featuring author Lilith Sinclair, whose story “Trapped by Design” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat”

1. What are you working on now?
a. I’m working on the Sanctuary Series. This is the same world as Trapped by Design is set in featuring kitsunes, demons, shifters, and more.

2. What book are you currently reading?
a. How to Train Your Dragon.

3. What is the hardest part of writing for you? What is the easiest?
a. I find writing was easier when I was naive. Now, I find it hard to turn off the inner editor who can’t handle just a basic outline. It’s a love-hate relationship while balancing the characters fighting for a window seat in my head.

4. What is your ideal writing snack?
a. It depends. I like non-messy foods, so chips are out—it leaves the keyboard greasy. M&Ms, salads, soups, 3 Musketeers. It really boils down to what I’m in the mood for, but the one thing I need to drink is sweet tea.

5. What self-editing tools do you use before you send your work to a professional editor?
a. Word’s grammar function. Google Doc’s grammar function coupled with ProWriting Aid and Grammarly. Then run it through Natural Reader 15 or send it to betas. I tend to have to rely on betas because audiobooks and such get tuned out easily.

6. What personal bond inspired your story?
a. Trapped by Design is literally the lengths a mother will go to, and I think that says it all. How far did my parents go for me and how far would I go for my kids?

7. What is it that you want a reader to take away from it, be it one emotion or a thought or a memory?
a. I just want the reader to enjoy it for whatever it comes across and whatever part speaks to them. That’s the beautiful thing about stories; our experiences, our mood, and even the words used can affect what we take away from it at any given time.

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Interview with author Maria Delaney

Today, I am featuring author Maria Delaney, whose story “Death, My Friend My Pal” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Jump to the Bug-ity Beat”

What are you working on now?
Presently I am part of 12 short stories. It is a group that writes a story a month. The stories are usually 1200 words or more and the group critiques the pieces.

If you were on death row, what would you request for a last meal?
My last me would be Burger King. I’ve been a vegetarian for over twenty years and why not? I’m gonna die anyway.

Did your story play out as you planned it?
Death my Friend my Pal was off the cuff. There was no rhymn or reason to the plot at first. So no it didn’t play out as I planned to answer the question. I was working on a story for laughs and it was born. I will say it is my first comedy and I adore it.

What personal bond inspired your story?
I always thought of the Grim Reaper as an actual person. Someone with feelings, hopes and dreams. When I started writing I considered the fact that he probably had no friends. So why not give him Riley to hang with even if it were for a little while.

What is your ideal writing snack?
My ideal snack while writing is a bottle of red wine. Yes, I said bottle. You asked!

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