Interview with {Margo Bond Collins}: Part Two

sirens-kissMargo has been an amazing find and an incredible author in the Blazing Indie Collective. I’m honored to have released my novella alongside hers in the Falling in Deep Collection. In honor of her own release, Siren’s Kiss, She agreed to stop in for a bit and answer a few questions. (: Happy Release Day, Margo!

You can order Siren’s Kiss today. Do it. You’ll love it.

What is your favorite writing music?

Every couple of months, I put together new iTunes playlists on my phone. This summer’s playlist includes, among others:

“All Souls Night” by Loreena McKennit

“Drumming Song” by Florence + the Machine

“Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker

“Hammock” by Howls

“Hold Me Down” by Halsey

“Second Chances” by Gregory Alan Isakov

“Step Off” by Kacey Musgraves

“Voodoo” by Godsmack

I tend to include a pretty wide variety of styles. I have eclectic tastes, so whatever hits me as interesting at the moment gets added to the list

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

Wow. It depends on what I’m writing, I guess. I love the not-quite-rolling-landscape of North Central Texas where I grew up and where I returned when I had my own child. My current office is a partially-remodeled attic, and I don’t have any windows, so a friend of mine regularly sends me Texas landscape pictures to make up for that. I often take short breaks to soak in the cyber-view.

And if I need to relax and recharge, put me in water and I’m happy. Even a child’s wading pool will do.

But in the end, I can take inspiration from anything—a word, a phrase, a place, a person. I rarely have to seek inspiration; I try to breathe it in from everything around me.

What was your inspiration for Siren’s Kiss? Tell me about your characters.

Two years ago, I took my mother on a trip to Athens, Greece. For years, I’ve taught The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Medea—and seeing so many of the places I’ve talked about to classes was quite literally thrilling. I had tears in my eyes as I sat in the Dionysian Theatre below the Parthenon.

And I wondered what it would be like for someone who had lived the history to return.

So the novella opens with Skyla, a Siren who once had an affair with Odysseus, returning to land in order to stop a terrifying incursion into our world—and remembering that the world of humans doesn’t always mesh well with the world of the sea.

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

The very best advice I ever got was just this: keep writing new things. Always have a work in progress. Finish writing a piece, do a quick edit, and submit it somewhere for publication (or, if you self-pub, send it to beta readers). Then move on to the next project. Don’t wait to hear back—that way lies madness! If it’s rejected (and often it will be; that’s the nature of writing for publication—or if there are a lot of changes suggested), don’t let it get you down. Just revise it, then send it out again and go back to your work in progress.  Be a working writer, not a writer-in-waiting.  : )


About Siren’s Kiss

sirens-kissThis is not a love story.

It’s been over two thousand years since I walked these shores, and even then, the man who broke my heart was centuries gone, sailed away into death—the last journey into yet another land where I will not follow.

Truth be told, though, he left me long before he died, gone away to rejoin a wife he hadn’t seen in twenty years, to reclaim a rocky, wind-swept island for a son he barely knew.

Gone home, to spin stories about his absence like his wife spun his death-shroud—picking out the stitches at night and reweaving them anew to postpone the inevitable moment when the stories wear thin and you find the monsters have been in your home all along, posing as suitors who would win your heart.

The poets lie, you know. They say our songs seduce the sailors, draw them into the ocean to drown.

But if the ocean sings to them, it is not our doing—no more than the earth’s call to us is theirs.

And Odysseus never tried to resist.

On the cliff above the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon loomed, its marble columns partially obscured in scaffolding. The last time Skyla had been here, when the marble seats of the open-air amphitheater were new, she watched the Oresteia trilogy—tragedies to the Athenians surrounding her, but too far from reality to be anything but comic to Skyla. Agamemnon had been a monster, a tyrant of a man who murdered his daughter for the joy of killing, a sacrifice to the gods of power and control. When his wife Clytemnestra killed him in return, other women did not blame her. Their house fell, but it was not of her doing.

But the memories of men are short, and the stories they share shift and change, like the ocean’s surface.


Margo

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.


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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Katie Hayoz}: Part One

immersed-kh (2)I caught the lovely Katie Hayoz, and she graciously agreed to an interview. On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, she’s releasing Immersed as a part of The Falling in Deep Collection.

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Tell me about you. What do you write?

In life, I am the good girl.  I’m responsible.  I’m nice.  I avoid confrontation, always wear underwear and only swear in certain company. That’s probably why I love writing dark stuff where the characters are flawed and the stories are creepy.  I’ve written YA and have two more YA books ready to publish, but am also venturing out into the adult world with Immersed.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing?

I’ve always written.  I have stories from my childhood that bring tears to my family’s eyes.  (Tears of laughter, that is. Because the stories are so BAD.)  I published Untethered in 2013.  Since then, I’ve written three books and am working on getting them out.  Immersed will be published August 18, 2015. 

Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?

Not everything, but almost everything I write has a paranormal or fantastical edge to it.  That hasn’t changed.  However, I’ve gone from paranormal YA with romantic elements to adult steampunk romance for my latest adventure.

What authors do you like to read?

I read different authors and bounce around in my tastes. I have no problem going from Toni Morrison to Jackie Collins (I know, I know). Lately, I’ve been reading lots of indie authors.  One of my favorite indie novels is Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak.  Adventure. Kickass characters. Steampunk gadgets. What’s not to love?

You have something coming out very soon. Tell me about that.

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I was allowed into the Blazing Indie Collective with all you awesome writers.  Within that group, the Falling in Deep Collection project was born: write a novella with a mermaid in it.  Immersed is the result of that.  It’s the story of Melusine, a female monster hunter who is afraid of nothing except falling in love.  It is what I call a dark yet silly fantastical romantic romp set in steampunk Chicago.  Lots of innuendo.  Lots of weapons.  And, I hope, lots of fun. 

Part Two of my Interview with Katie Hayoz is coming on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. See you then. (:

In the meantime, make your library ecstatic. Pre-order Immersed. (:


Blurb:

What if love turned you into a monster?

Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat.  But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface.  Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love.  Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp.  It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.

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Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading – then writing­­­­ — was her true religion. She devours speculative fiction like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Erin Hayes}: Part One

htbam-erinI met the lovely Erin Hayes through a rocking writers group! She’s releasing a novella with the Falling In Deep Collection. You can Pre-Order the mermaid awesomeness here.

Tell me about you. What do you write?

I’m a sci-fi junkie, a video game nerd, and a wannabe manga artist, and I write a lot of things. Sometimes I writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series. How to be a Mermaid will be my eighth novel with my ninth following shortly!

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing?

When haven’t I been writing? I remember writing Star Wars fanfiction when I was 9, and I haven’t stopped since (writing, not writing fanfiction for Star Wars). I published my first novella, Embracing Her Wolf, in October of 2011.

Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?

Oh, definitely, although it seems like I am writing every genre sometimes. I write what I want to read, and that is a wide variety of genres. It’s whichever book is shouting loudest to me at the moment.

What authors do you like to read?

I love so many authors, it’s hard to narrow it down, but I’ll try. Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jacques, Amy Bartol, and so many wonderful indie authors, including all of my Blazing Indie Collective authors!

You have something coming out very soon. Tell me about that.

How to be a Mermaid is about a teenaged girl name Tara who takes a year off between high school and college to be a professional mermaid, meaning she dons a mermaid tail and does a water ballet. It’s all going well until she meets a real merman and a dolphin who needs her help. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of adventure, and a whole lot of mermaid fantasy.

Synopsis:

All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.

Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

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Short Excerpt:

“What is this?” a rough, intense voice demanded.

I swam out of unconsciousness, an uncomfortable experience that revealed my entire body aching, my head most of all. It was so dark, and a strange feeling had overtaken my body. Like I was floating. I tried touching a hand to my head, only to find that I couldn’t.

What the-?

My hands were tied behind my back with what felt like…kelp?

The realization hit me and I thrashed about trying to free myself, and I finally opened my eyes.

I paused for a moment, unable to grasp exactly where I was.

I was…underwater?

Air bubbles popped out of my mouth in a flurry when a scream escaped my throat. A thousand thoughts filled my head, none of them making sense except for the overwhelming dread that I was somehow underwater with my hands tied behind my back. From what I could tell, there was no way I could get air to breathe. I’d lost a lot of air when I screamed.

Oh my god, I was going to drown.

My mermaid necklace was thrust in front of my vision, momentarily disorienting me.

“What is this? I demand you to tell me now!”

“What?” I asked out loud. A sharp pain zigzagged across my head from where I’d hit it on the rock. I was trapped underwater and this man wanted to know…what exactly? What my necklace was?

The necklace came even closer to my face, so much that I’d have to go cross-eyed in order to focus on it.

“Where did you get this? What is it?” the man demanded.

“It’s my…” I was unsure and still terrified of my situation. “It’s my necklace.”

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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