Victoria Griffin: reflections from the river

Victoria Griffin took a few moments to discuss a bit about herself and her contribution to A Journey Of Words, titled, Botton Of The River, out now via ScoutMedia.

Synopsis: A man takes a kayak down the river, revisits his life, and decides whether or not he has a future.
What inspired you to write this story? I began with an image of a kayak on a river. Once I began writing that image, the character’s story made me continue.
How long have you been writing? I have been writing as long as I can remember. I have a folder of scary stories from first grade, but my first publication was my junior year of high school, 2011. That was when I began to consider myself a writer.
What genre do you usually write in and why? Most of my stories are horror, suspense, drama, or some combination thereof. During creative writing class in high school, I absolutely loved the stillness in the room when I would read a suspenseful piece. That feeling is always in the back of my mind while I’m writing—is the reader tensing up yet?
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am querying my suspense novel, Ghostlings, and drafting another, Left at the Sycamore. The former explores the ability of desperation to steal a person’s judgment. The latter deals with a topic I am extremely passionate about: the culture of belonging in southern Appalachia, as both an asset and a poison to the region.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Your life will never stop and say, “Okay, now write.” Your words will never fall pristine and polished onto the page. Writing is work. You have to wedge it into your schedule and tear apart your drafts line by line. But writing is the most rewarding work you will ever find. You get to create and to find truth in an inconsistent world. Remind yourself why you love writing, and do whatever you need to keep working at it.
How can people discover more about you and your work?
Website/Blog: VictoriaGriffin.net
Facebook: Facebook.com/victoriagriffinfiction
Twitter: Twitter.com/Victoria_grif7

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Today the spotlight shines on Dennis “The Flying Tiger” Doty and his A Journey Of Words story:

Dennis Doty – “The Flying Tiger”

Synopsis: A man wanders back to the old home place and finds himself talking to a pile of scrap lumber about the places they’ve been and the things they’ve done.

What inspired you to write this story? I was searching my memories for something to write about and somewhere among the dusty boots and broken bones I stumbled upon a childhood memory.

How long have you been writing? I wrote a couple of “creative” term papers in college, then just didn’t write again ‘til around 1989. I started putting out a monthly newsletter for a bookstore I owned and caught the bug. I started writing fiction while between jobs around 2004. I didn’t start my first novel until 2015.

What genre do you usually write in and why? I write a lot that could be called Western or western themed, but I also write a lot of military, historical, slice of life kinds of things.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am always writing short stories and essays and I have two Western themed novels in progress.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Write. Write any time you get a chance even if it’s only a few words. Read. Read anything you can get your hands on. Read books in and out of your genre, read magazines. Heck, if you don’t have anything else to read, walk downtown and read the window advertising. Share. Share your work with other writers and readers and try to get honest feedback. Not the kind your kinfolk will shovel at you, but the real deal. Ask what works and what doesn’t and why.

How can people discover more about you and your work? Mostly you can find me at home writing, but if you can’t get out my way you can find me at www.dennisdotywebsite.com or www.facebook.com/authordennisdoty1.

 

go check his stuff out!

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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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