I am delighted to welcome a friend, very talented writer and fellow Rainstorm Press author to the blog today. Tammy Maas’ second book, God Save Us All, was released last Friday and is the long awaited sequel to her first book, A Complicated Life in a Small Town. I was incredibly fortunate to get an early copy to read and I have to say this novella is jawdroppingly fabulous – the twists and turns keep the tempo high throughout and I defy anyone to guess the ending! Quite simply, I cannot recommend it enough. Let’s find out a bit more about Tammy and her new baby:
In A Complicated Life in a Small Town and its sequel, God Save Us All, you tackle the effects of the very unusual but serious disease of Prada Willi Syndrome. What drew you to this?
I was ‘shopping’ online for a disease for a character when I found Prader-Willi syndrome. I was fascinated by it, a genetic disorder that causes people to eat themselves literally to death if it isn’t managed. I think everyone has experienced what it’s like to feel full, but people with this disorder never feel that. Many people are never diagnosed. These are the people you read about that are so big a wall has to be torn down just to get them out of their houses.
I think Lydia is an incredibly strong character who has to face so much throughout these books. Is she based on anyone you know? Continue reading
I’m delighted to welcome a Tweep friend today whose work I have great admiration for. M E Franco’s Dion series is a delicious mix of crime fiction and the paranormal and it’s lovely to find a bit more about her life and inspirations.
I thoroughly enjoyed Where Will You Run, and have Where Will You Hide set up to read this year. Did you always set out to write a series?
I did. I really enjoy reading books in a series. If I like the characters and the story, I want to continue to follow them over time. One book isn’t enough for me. I just have to know when to stop. Some authors continue to write a series until it gets worn out, and I don’t want to do that. I will continue to write books for my Dion series as long as I feel like I am contributing to the story and characters.
Your Dion Series mixes a combination of crime fiction and the paranormal. Did you set out to write a crossover novel?
That idea actually developed over time. I initially started out with Raith’s character. As the story unfolded, it actually became more about Mari. I loved the idea about turning it into a mystery. It made perfect sense to cross human and paranormal detectives working on parallel cases.
Where do your ideas come from?
When I’m bored, I make up stories to entertain myself. Sometimes, it’s just a scene here and there. Sometimes it is something that I’m really interested in, and I want to explore where it goes. Continue reading
I am very excited today to be able to share an interview with my dear friend and talented writer, Mr James Garcia Jnr. Many of you will know him on Twitter as @danceauthor and those of you who read his first book, Dance on Fire, will know that he is certainly one to watch out for! I can’t wait to read the sequel – Dance on Fire: Flash Point available today on Amazon UK and Amazon Com.
Without giving too much away, tell us about your new book: My new book is the sequel to my Dance on Fire vampire series which takes place in my real life home town. This one is titled, Dance on Fire: Flash Point. In the story, it is five years since the events of the first book and our heroes are all enjoying life, oblivious to the coming danger. One of the villains has returned and has brought help. Five vampires come to town to enact a twisted revenge. Continue reading
I am delighted to share an interview today from Tweep friend, Dean Smith-Richard, whose short story collection and novel are due for release shortly. Dean has set up a kickstarter project to help fund the publishing of his work. You can find more details here. Backers of the Kickstarter will get the books before they are released to the general public. Over to you Dean:
Without giving too much away, tell us about your new book?
This book is a collection of short stories, all set in the 3024AD universe. It is a sort of serial, with several stories following the main character, while the other stories follow minor characters from the main story arc, so everyone is connected. Continue reading
I have great pleasure in sharing with you a post from a wonderful Tweep friend, Carole Sutton. Formerly from the UK, Carole now lives in Perth, Australia. Two of her novels, ‘Ferryman’ and ‘Blood Opal’, are set in Cornwall. Over to you, Carole:
Falmouth – home of the novel Ferryman
A young woman’s body surfaces in the Fal Estuary. Angela had been missing for two years, but evidence proves her death occurred only one week earlier. Steven Pengelly jailed for her murder, is released.
Carole Sutton’s crime fiction novel FERRYMAN is set in Cornwall in the 1970s, around Falmouth, one of the most beautiful waterways in England.
Steven Pengelly would have known the town, the harbour, Customs & Excise, the docks and would have sailed into the sweep of the Carrick Roads, as the deep mile-wide estuary is known. Continue reading