spotlight on Dawn Taylor

Today i’m happy to post an interview with fellow A Journey Of Words author, Dawn Taylor!

 

Dawn Taylor – “The Double Nickel Tour”

Synopsis: A woman on her first international flight discovers her real journey is one of self-enlightenment.
What inspired you to write this story? A similar journey I took to overcome my fear of traveling.
How long have you been writing? Since I was a child, professionally since 2014.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I love suspense and mystery. My current manuscript is psychological horror.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am writing a collection of short stories with the common theme of “twist” endings.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Set a schedule and write as often as you can.
How can people discover more about you and your work?
https://www.facebook.com/authordawntaylor

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Spotlighting…myself


As part of the ongoing series of spotlighting author’s from the NOW AVAILABLE anthology, A Journey Of Words, by ScoutMedia, I was interviewed to discuss my story, Broken Wing.

Author Name: Douglas Esper
Title of your AJOW story: Broken Wing
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A young couple travels across the country to visit relatives. Along they way they pickup an unexpected passenger burdened with an old family secret.
What inspired you to write this story?

My obsession with the impact our encounters with strangers have on the course of the universe and how those ripples effect our lives for generations.
How long have you been writing?

More importantly, I’ve been creating stories since before I could put them down on paper.
What genre do you usually write in and why? This is one people keep telling me I need to figure out. I get that writing in one genre is easier to market, but so far I’ve jumped from thriller to new adult to horror, to sports fiction, to general fiction, to sci-fi, to western, to… I think if I could get myself to pick just one it would be mystery…or thriller…or suspense…or…
What else are you working on writing at the moment?

A suspense/thriller novel, In The Watershed about a group of plane crash survivors stuck in a blizzard in the Rocky mountains…and one of them is a killer. A short story collection tied loosely together by blood relations, coincidence, greed, and an old Turkish rug. A young adult fantasy series that begins in a black and white world and our main characters aim to learn the secret power held in colors.
What advice do you have to give to new writers?

Have faith in what you’re doing and don’t let yourself get bogged down by rules and other obstacles.
How can people discover more about you and your work?

douglasesper.com

@douglasesper

facebook.com/douglasesperauthor

 

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Spotlight on David Williams

 

Part of the editing process of the new Anthology, A Journey Of Words, from ScoutMedia was for the authors to read/critique a batch of the other stories. I had the pleasure of reading the story submitted by David, and I’m happy that story is now out in the world.

Here’s some info about the author and his story:

 

David Williams – “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”
Synopsis: A man, recently diagnosed with lung cancer, decides to travel Route 66 as his last hurrah.

What inspired you to write this story? My dad did Route 66 a few years ago and decided to do it again this year. It was around the time he decided to go again that I had the idea for the story.
How long have you been writing? Since around 2013, had an idea while in the shower, which I am working on as my first novel.

What genre do you usually write in and why? The novel I am working on is a Crime Thriller, which I hope will be the beginning of a series.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? My novel needs some attention after a hiatus to write Get Your Kicks … and I am developing ideas for A Haunting of Words.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Write as often as you can and never give up. Join a writing group of fellow writers to learn from such as Fiction Writing on Facebook.

How can people discover more about you and your work? Find me on Facebook at David Williams – Author and my blog/website atwww.davidwbooks.com

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M.R. Ward under the spotlight

 

Continuing our focus on the authors of A Journey Of Words, heeeeeerrrreee’s M.R. Ward!
M.R. Ward – “”The Open Road”|
Synopsis: A weekend trip turns into a nightmare as four friends find themselves on a collision course with the supernatural.
What inspired you to write this story? I wanted to tell a scary story, one that would stick with the reader long after the last line.
How long have you been writing? A year, or twenty-five, depending on your view. At thirteen, I spent a year writing stories, but lacked life experience and technical knowledge. Twenty years later I began writing a novel, but quit after a few months due to self-doubt. I never stopped creating stories in my head, though, so in 2015 I decided it was “now or never” and have remained consistent.
What genre do you usually write in and why? Horror. I find it entertaining.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I’m working on a short story that’s more along the lines of a paranormal love story. I’m also continuing the novel I started five years ago.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? You have to take a chance and really give your best effort, but that means putting in the time and doing the work. No one can write your story for you.
How can people discover more about you and your work?
www.facebook.com/mrwardauthor/
Instragram: www.instagram.com/m.r.ward_author/

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Spotlight on Brian Paone

Continuing our series of spotlighting the authors who are a part of A Journey Of Words, here’s an interview with author, officer, kingpin, ringleader, vocalist, songwriter, publisher: Brian Paone!

 

Author Name: Brian Paone
Title of your AJOW story: The Whaler’s Dues
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: An unquenchable love for an unobtainable stripper. A stolen mandolin. The rattlesnake trail. A journey on a whaleboat. Heavy water. A secret infinite world of cursed islands. An ancient legend. A changing of the guard. Strange avenues … the whaler’s dues.

What inspired you to write this story? Jethro Tull’s “Rock Island” album
How long have you been writing? I wrote my first short story in 7th grade in 1988. My first published work was a novel in 2007.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I write exclusively in a genre called rock fiction, which is a sub-genre of musical fiction, when a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artists complete work is turned into fiction, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? A short story for the 2017 anthology, “A Haunting of Words,” which will be an adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s album, “Fear of a Blank Planet.” And my next novel that I am currently writing is about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, and left me home alone with two toddlers. Every night I would send her an email, usually quoting song lyrics from our favorite bands at the end. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Beware the procrastination demons.
How can people discover more about you and your work? (Link to your blog/facebook/etc)
www.BrianPaone.com
www.Facebook.com/BrianPaonesNovels

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