Interview with Author Casey L. Bond

Dragon Soul Press had the chance to interview award-winning author Casey L. Bond for the blog this week. Stay tuned with this amazing woman via her Amazon page and website.

 

  1. If any, what literary pilgrimages have you gone on? Did you enjoy yourself?

I’ve been to several conferences and signings. I’d definitely consider those literary pilgrimages because they’re where I found my tribe. The writer community seems large, but it’s has a small town feel as well. Everyone’s always willing to lift as they climb (I learned that at Utopia Con). And I enjoyed meeting the writers I knew from Facebook. I’ve made very close friends on these pilgrimages and am thankful for each and every one I’ve met.

  1. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I think every author I know is willing to not only share their triumphs but are willing to talk through tough times. Every industry changes and the publishing world’s changes are rapid. I think that by learning craft and marketing from other authors, and thinking out of the box with friends, they’ve made me a better writer. More than that, I’ve learned how to better market my work and how to push through difficulties (i.e. writer’s block, learning to write full-time, etc.).

  1. What kind of research do you do, if any, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

It really depends on the book. If it’s historical, I try to research it very well. I don’t dwell on tiny details. I think you could spend years researching if you clung to every small thing, but I definitely think it’s important to research if you write in certain genres. My favorite genres, fantasy and paranormal, lend more creativity as most of the worlds are built by the author. I love making worlds.

  1. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do. I try to learn from any criticism and points I feel are valid. As far as good reviews, they motivate me to continue writing and bettering my writing and craft. So, I do read them. I do not comment on them or engage with reviewers unless they post it in my author group or FB timeline.

  1. Do you believe in writer’s block? If you experience it, how do you deal with it?

I do believe in it. I’ve experienced it before, but I’m weird. I usually write one story and plot two or three others. If I get stuck, I brainstorm with friends. If I’m still uncomfortable continuing the story until I work the details out in my mind, I’ll work on another book until I get it right in my mind. LOL! So, I’m always writing something.

  1. Who has been your biggest inspiration when it comes to storytelling?

I don’t know if there is one person. It’s more of a conglomeration of all the beautiful stories I fall in love with and want to re-read. Sometimes, it’s just a profound observation an author makes. Sometimes, it’s a character. Sometimes, a world.

  1. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

I was a mouthy teenager and my mother sat me down one day and said that my words would determine how people viewed me and to choose them wisely.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Cool pens. I doodle notes for scenes to be written, etc. I love a great pen or pretty ink. LOL! I guess I should also say notebooks. I have a billion of them. On my desk right now, there are….eight. LOL!

  1. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Ego is an interesting term. I tend to think of ego as being a negative thing, as if someone is being egotistical. Confidence is important, but so is humility. I think you have to have a little of both of those to be successful – in addition to writing well, of course.

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

November Blue by Amy Harmon. Hands down. I don’t cry very often, but I bawled like a baby when I read that book.

Introducing Author Galina Trefil

Dragon Soul Press proudly presents Author Galina Trefil! Stoically a Romani activist, she also specializes in women’s minority and disabled rights. To learn more, visit her website.

 

  1. What inspires you to write?
    I suppose the things which most inspire me are various forms of injustice that I see not being given the exposure which they deserve or major moments of history that have, though odd twists of fate, been catapulted into the obscurity of being footnotes.
  2. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?Author Logo DSP
    I don’t read anywhere near as much as I wish I could. I’m very fond of Anita Diamant, Susan Kay, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rule, V. C. Andrews, and William Shakespeare.

  3. Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
    I generally have several works in progress at any given time. So long as I complete at least one novel a year though, I’m happy.

  4. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
    Presentation is immensely important, so I always keep an eye out for great new cover artists online. As for titles, they’re the method to hook your audience, so, even if they’re only a single word long, they necessitate a great deal of consideration. Personally, I always run my title past a few key friends and family that I trust.

  5. How much of yourself do you put into your books?
    A lot of my projects become intensely personal, particularly ones that touch on race, gender, and disability issues, which is why I sometimes need to take breaks from them.

  6. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
    Research. I absolutely cannot abide badly-researched historical or medical scenes in fiction. To my mind, it’s better to be stuck in limbo, studying to get a portrayal done correctly, than to go ahead, like a bull in a china shop, and write inaccurate shlock.

  7. What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about your specific genre?
    That depends. I write in several genres–mainly historical fiction, horror, and very recently I’ve broken into children’s books as well. Regarding historical fiction, one thing that I’ve encountered repeatedly is that a lot of people have concepts essentially set in stone in their mind about how things were during other time periods and they don’t like those concepts challenged. One needs to keep an open mind. Regarding horror, the question that’s popular to ask is whether or not writing it scares the author, like it scares the reader. For me, the answer’s yes. And, if it’s not yes, then it’s back to the drawing board. Lastly, regarding children’s books, I think that one of the popular myths regarding these brief, illustrated tales is that they have to be limited to non-serious subjects, as though children can’t handle anything else. Unfortunately, children live in a complicated world, many facing very complicated issues, just like adults, and they need literature and art to talk them through it.

  8. What do you do in your free time?
    I have a couple books that I’m very close to having ready for publication submission. Perhaps when those are done, I’ll treat myself to some time off. In the meantime, I’m a full-time author, housewife, and mother of two. Free time? What’s that?

  9. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
    Firstly, learn to LOVE the editing process. When you’re starting out, sometimes editing can feel like the worst thing in the world, but you’ve got to get rid of that negative attitude and look forward to perfecting the piece. There is no such thing as an acceptable first draft. I’ve seen plenty of people refuse to edit their work and, to my mind, this is what separates the amateurs from the professionals.

  10. Where can readers learn more about you?
    In this day and age, being a writer means more than just writing. Success necessitates an online presence–twitter, blog, facebook author page; et cetera. To be honest, I’m a rather private person by these standards. That said, I do plan to be revving the engine back up on my blog in the near future.

“First Love” DSP Reader’s Choice Results

First, a ginormous thank you to the hundreds of individuals who took the time to vote for these twelve authors! The First Love Anthology released February 28th as Dragon Soul Press’ second official anthology. The DSP Reader’s Choice was created soon after.01

For those who are still new to the concept, the anthologies and novels are voted on for the entire year. Three stories are chosen from the anthologies and one novel is chosen. The full short stories are republished in a large collection along with a special preview of the novel chosen.

The voting for First Love has ended and provided us with the first three authors who will be featured in the 2019 collection. Congratulations goes out to Simon Dillon, Meg Beopple, and Galina Trefil!

Here are brief samples of their stories below. The next chance to vote is for the Sea of Secrets Anthology. Voting begins May 30th.

 


Papercut by Simon Dillon

The Paper Girl is here again.

She stands in the centre of my bedroom, staring right at me. I ought to be afraid, but I never feel scared of her. Nor do I ever question how she got into my house in the middle of the night. Instead I stare at her beautiful face, completely mesmerised. Her eyes are blank like a statue. Long strands of paper hair flow down her back – not white, but cream-coloured, like the kind of paper you get in novels. Why does she keep appearing? I sense she wants to tell me something, but what?


Message in a Bottle by Meg Boepple

I’m lonely. Come find me. Before it’s too late.

Moira stared at the slip of paper she’d pried out of the plastic Coke bottle.

How long had the message been floating before it landed on the beach? Where had it come from? And how desperate must the writer be to omit the required apostrophe?

She had not expected a mystery when she’d signed on for a week long “Eco-Mission” trip. Cleaning environmentally sensitive beaches like Padre Island wasn’t glamorous, but it was necessary. At least, that’s how she’d looked at it until five minutes ago.


The Rusalka of the Murashka by Galina Trefil

It was said that a crown of flowers would protect its wearer from evil spirits, but as Svetlana watched her lover gripping her by the back of the neck and forcing her face into the shallow, slender undercurrent of the Murashka river, her eyebrows knit in frantic confusion, knowing this was not so.


 

Rowan Thalia Announces 2nd Series

Up and coming Reverse Harem Author Rowan Thalia has completed her first paranormal trilogy, Keepers of the Talisman! After her rapid releases full of witches, Fae, and mayhem, the romance author has more in store for her avid readers.

Introducing a new apocalyptic trilogy centered around a female soldier. Life is far from easy after the BioWar (World War III), wiping out most of the populace and mutating nearly everything left. Enjoy the first official book summary below.

 

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Sixty years ago, the first shot was fired.
  
In the last ten years, our country has fallen. Chemical agents dropped mercilessly on friend and foe alike have created two new species of humanoid, and the world population has been reduced to small colonies of humans fighting against them to survive.
 
Out on a routine patrol, my team and I run into the worst kind of trouble. Branded and left for dead by our superiors, we form bonds that cannot be broken and find asylum with the enemy.
 
Seeking knowledge, my sexy team of four and I race across the wasteland fighting zombies, mutants, and our own transformation for the one thing that can give us answers: a sample of untainted DNA. Aligned with vampires and on the run, we thought things couldn’t get worse until a hidden threat finds me.
 
When conspiracy is the norm, who can I trust?
 
The war is not over and the fight between the species has just begun.

 

The first of this trilogy, Rox’s Renegades, will be releasing May 20th, 2019. However, the preorder is available now for those wanting to take advantage of the limited time offer of $0.99. Once preorder ends, the price will raise to the regular $3.99.

Thankfully due to Rowan’s impressive writing speed, you will not be waiting long for the two sequels. Renegades at War and Renegades in Space will be releasing in June and July. To keep up with the author, follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Introducing Author Kelli Pizarro

Dragon Soul Press proudly presents Christian Fiction Author Kelli Pizarro has joined the ranks! Delightful tales are coming soon. Here is an interview with the author herself!

  1. Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
    I think the harder question to answer is, what is a normal life? I think we all share the aspects of life most could consider common ground such as love, faith, family, and all that fills in the in-between. I think the only thing that separates us from the rest is the amount of hours spent typing at a keyboard, tears shed over imaginary friends, and an almost-incriminating Google search history.authorlogo
  2. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
    The research stage. It comes easy to me because I enjoy it so much. When I was very young, I would copy pages in the Encyclopedia for fun. Now, hours on the web and trips to my books’ setting locations are a grown-up version of that nerdery, and what drives me to write more.
  3. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
    I read as much as I write! Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, Melinda Inman, Celena Janton, Frank Peretti, and Lisa Tawn Bergren are my go-to authors for consistently great reads.
  4. Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even a year?
    Only Shanty by the Sea. It was the first book I started, and my most recent finish. I had to grow as the story did, both as a writer and as an individual, in order to see it to completion.
  5. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
    That it makes you feel. I don’t mind so much what emotion it evokes, as long as it does so deeply.
  6. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
    Finish that first draft. Make time to write, often. And don’t compromise your voice as an author: be open to constructive criticism, but don’t lose your voice.
  7. How much of yourself do you put into your books?
    I put a huge amount of my time, energy, and heart into my books. They are the little pieces of me I will leave in the world when I am gone. They are the stories my children and grandchildren will see and know that imagination and creativity are important parts of being human.
  8. Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
    The God I serve and the readers who support my writing.
  9. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
    Both. The amount of time spent writing during a particular season in my life may make it easier to categorize what my writing is to me at that time, but altogether, it is both hobby and passion.
  10. Where can readers learn more about you?
    They can learn more about me by following my social media accounts! I often post updates about my writing and insights into my life on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Author’s DSP author page – https://dragonsoulpress.com/author-kelli-pizarro/