Interview with {Poppy Lawless}: Part One

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00019] I’ve met awesome (and camera shy) YA author, Poppy Lawless, through the Falling in Deep Collection. She’s one of 15 authors writing paranormal summer romance novellas. (: She agreed to do an interview! Yay!  Pre-order the awesome: here.

Tell me about you. What do you write?

I write romance that spans from fantasy romance to romantic comedy. My latest release, The Glass Mermaid, is a sweet romance with a dark edge. I am planning a 3-book set of paranormal romance novellas set in Chancellor where we find Kate, my mermaid, in The Glass Mermaid. After that I’ll be releasing Love & Chocolate, a romantic comedy. I have another series planned thereafter, and it’s also in the romantic comedy line.

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

I’ve always written. I remember scribbling stories when I was in elementary school. The Glass Mermaid is my toe in the big romance pool. I’m really excited to get started on this adventure!

Has there been a progression through genres in your writing?

Yes. I used to write more literary, but now I just want to write stories that will touch people’s hearts, help them see good in the world, bring them hope, and make them laugh. The Glass Mermaid, my latest, is about having faith that the universe wants to bring you light and love.

What authors do you like to read?

I have a wide range of author fangirl moments! I love Bella Andre, Sarah Addison Allen, Deborah Geary, and so many more!

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

On July 14th I’m releasing my first novella, The Glass Mermaid. This short and sweet novella tells the story of Kate and Cooper. Kate is a mermaid whose mer-magic is coming to an end. Cooper is a man dying of cancer who never had a chance to fall in love. Kate and Cooper are undeniably attracted to one another, but neither wants to take the plunge for fear of hurting the other. They are both truly lovely people, and I really enjoyed writing their story.


The Glass Mermaid:

Kate 

I’m the last mermaid.

I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.

Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them.

Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.

Cooper 

I’m dying.

It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.

All life is as fragile as glass.

What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

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About the Author:

Sinfully delicious tales of romance . . .

Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?
Poppy Lawless is the author of The Glass Mermaid and the forthcoming Love & Chocolate series releasing in 2015. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist.
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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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Interview with {Erin Hayes}: Part Two (and a giveaway)

htbam-erinIt’s out, it’s out! You could WIN it here.

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

What is your favorite writing music?

I listen to a lot of movie and video game music. It’s meant to enhance a situation, not distract from it, and I find that a good soundtrack amplifies my mood. I just need to find the right mood.

Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?

My desk! I’ve surrounded my writing area with great, creative things, such as my Sailor Moon figurines, 50 pieces of art, and my Sharknado figurine.

What was your inspiration for How to Be a Mermaid? Tell me about your heroine.

I wanted to tell a fun story unlike anything I’ve ever seen before for mermaids. I came across professional mermaids, and the story unfurled from there.

Any advice for new writers (like me)?

Other writers have said it, but I find the best advice to be to read as much as you write. This is an art where it’s easy to isolate yourself from everyone, but reading is something that takes you to different worlds and allows you to perfect your craft.

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.”

About the Author:Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 9.07.40 AM

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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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.

ORDER IT! You know you want to.

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.”

About the Author:Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 9.07.40 AM

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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Interview with {Ella Malone}: Part Two

With our Falling in Deep Collection: Ella Malone’s The Mermaid’s Den releases TODAY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Happy Release Day, Ella! ❤

I caught up with Ella, and she agreed to answer a few questions. Read Part One here!

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMWhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I read a lot of classics believe it or not. I’m a huge Bronte and Austen fan. I love those ladies and their willingness to quest for and deny love depending on the situation.

As for sayings about writing, I don’t really have one. But I’ll gladly quote from Jane Eyre, “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color? Favorite movie?

I listen to a lot of seventies music when I write. Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and bands like Bread get me into a certain mood that allows me to think “writing”.

Tell us about The Mermaid’s Den.

The Mermaid’s Den forces Laura Flynn to make a choice. She could face her life on land alone, with her husband lost at sea. Or she could return to the sea, resume her mer form, and face everything and everyone she swam away from to begin with. She weighs her choices, focusing on her previous love and what it would be like to face her clan again. She considers life without Tom, alone on the land. And while she didn’t run to land for a man, he did make it worth sticking out life with legs.

So just like many of have to do, we run smack into the moment where we need to consider our “before” life and how it may be influencing our “now” life. It’s really a story about regret and running, and whether or not they work.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

I’m a new writer, too, but I can give you my life’s motto: Say YES to everything!

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Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.20.38 PMBlurb for The Mermaid’s Den:

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she had to make to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom?

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

About the Author:

An avid believer of the saying “YES”, Ella Malone works to make the most of life in every way. She is a lover of all wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, snow covered country sides, the finest chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, and high heels. She has worked in public relations, advertising, and restaurants and recently decided to make her way doing what she loves, capturing the passionate moments of life on a page.

Ella Malone is the author of “The Mermaid’s Den” and the “Hot in the City Series” releasing in 2015.

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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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Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part Two

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Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing TODAY, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

Read part one of my interview here.  On with the interview!

What authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I read so many writers. I wish I could go back in time and steal F. Scott Fitzgerald from Zelda, but I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers lately.  Most of them are my Falling in Deep friends. Melanie Karsak and Margo Bond Collins, Pauline Creeden and A. W. Exley are just some of my go-to indie authors.

My favorite saying is one that a Composition I class of mine came up with: There is no right way to write, but there are some wrong ways!

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? Favorite color? Hobbies?

The music I listen to changes with every project. The one thing that remains the same is that I am always writing while listening to my kids laughing, arguing, playing, or just generally making noise. Moments of complete silence are few in this crazy house.

My favorite color is yellow. Most people hate it, but I love the sunshine of it. It perks me up and reminds me of flowers.

As for hobbies, I don’t have many. My time is spent enmeshed in whatever my kids are into at the moment. Right now that would be football, scouts, and the park.

Tell us about At the Heart of the Deep.

At the Heart of the Deep was initially a pirate story, but I realized there was far too much to fit into the novella. So the pirates will have to wait. Instead, we meet Anya, an independent mermaid who is researching the strange goings on around her tribe’s island. She runs into Luke McCallister, a Matthew McConaughey-inspired dreamboat of an oceanographer. He and his team are working against the clock to see why the sea floor off the coast of Florida is shifting.

It came out a bit more typical than I intended, but I suppose there are reasons for the whole “kid rebels against father” story after all.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Being that I’m new to fiction publication, I don’t have much to offer yet. However, I can tell you what I did. I found some support and went for it.

RELEASE DAY!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Read part one of my interview here.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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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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Interview with {Carrie Wells}: Part One

Heart cover Carrie L. Wells is bringing an awesome tale to the Falling in Deep Collection: At the Heart of the Deep – releasing Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (Novella details below)

On with the interview!

Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

While this is my first fiction work, I co-authored as kick butt technical writing book. Other than that, I’ve written for newspapers and in public relations.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I started writing as a kid. I loved stories so much that when I ran out of interesting things to read, I wrote my own. The hardest part is not writing the whole world at once. I want every story to encompass all of the ideas I have in my head and I have a hard time limiting what happens.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I’m in love with my YA fiction character Alex Montoya from my forthcoming Sugar Skull Chronicles. She’s a nerdy teen who finds herself with paranormal abilities. She is everything I wish I had been in high school!

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

Inspiration is in anything. I love looking at pictures and writing from those. Or songs. Songs can drive my writing in one direction or another. As for writer’s block, I talk. I talk to my super successful writer friends and my husband. He’s worked out quite a few plot lines for me.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

I write what comes to me. Most of my writing has a romantic element to it because relationships are a huge part of life in my world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Watch for Part Two of my interview with Carrie Wells.

Be a mermaid! Pre-order the novella here.

About At the Heart of the Deep Heart cover

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it’s too late?

C. WellsAbout the Author:

Carrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, will release in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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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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Interview with {Stace Gaddy}

I met Stace when he graciously allowed the Cisco Writers Club a regular monthly spot on Good Morning, Texas! on 97.7 KATX. The CWC has been on each month, for several months, and I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Stace Gaddy on behalf of the Cisco Writers Club for the Rendezvous with Writing weekly column for Eastland County Today.

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Dr. Stace Gaddy

Tell us about you. What is your “day job”? What is your favorite part of your day job?

Current day job:  KATX 97.7, Eastland.   Operations Manager / Host, “Good Morning Texas.” From originally creating and developing “The Midday Mix” to re-shaping and developing “Good Morning Texas,” I enjoy all aspects of my job. I like the challenge of creating an informative and entertaining show every day, and I thoroughly enjoy interviewing local and national guests. I also take pleasure in doing production work—audio editing and writing, voicing, and producing ads, promos, and segments.

When did you discover you were interested in writing, particularly in writing screenplays and musicals? Do your write all the music for all the instruments? Tell me about that process and your current works.

My original training and passion was as an actor/singer. I was blessed with a high level of success as a performer, but, as a Christian, I increasingly found myself at odds with the content in most of the modern theater. I got my MA Degree in Dramatic Theory & Analysis / Playwriting in order to deepen my understanding of both the theory and practice of writing for the stage and screen. I continued that journey at the Doctoral level—receiving a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with special emphasis in Phenomenology, Ontology, and Epistemology—applied to the field of dramatic writing in its various forms. My goal, and, more specifically, my call was to utilize this intensified training to create and produce plays, musicals, and screenplays that are both artistically and spiritually unadulterated—without compromising my Christian faith nor artistic excellence—in order to employ the performing arts and media as a vehicle for the Great Commission.

Yes, for my full-length musical called, Conundrum, I composed, arranged, and orchestrated all of the music. I also wrote the lyrics. Normally, this would be a collaborative effort between several people, but for this particular project, I wanted to do all of it. I doubt that I will do it again. It is extremely time-consuming, and people exist    that are stronger in certain areas of the process than I am. My musical preference would be to compose the music and lyrics and collaborate with a separate arranger/orchestrator for the final score—or vice-versa, to orchestrate someone else’s composed/arranged    music.

My original mainstream dramas have enjoyed successful productions in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway.  My cantatas, targeting church audiences, have also flourished in several churches around the country. My current works include:

Conundrum: full-length musical (book, music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations)

Conundrum: feature-length screenplay (adapted from the stage musical)

The Word Became Flesh: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Centurion Christmas: one-act musical cantata (book only)

Emily & Otto: one-act play

Well House: one-act play

Various scholarly essays, published at Southern Illinois Carbondale Press, Christianity Today Magazine, etc…

Where do you find inspiration?

In God’s Creation—His universe, his earth, His human beings. My base-line philosophy and theoretical standpoint and approach is to apply God’s creative genius to my feeble creative attempts.  As part of my Doctoral studies, I developed a form of drama that I call, “Designism.” The fundamental idea is that to create truly enlightened works of art, in any of its various forms, I must thoroughly study and emulate the Master’s work—His Design. Specifically where playwriting is concerned, He is, after all, the greatest story-teller in eternity. Let us not forget, too, that Jesus as well is the “Author” and finisher of our Faith. These are two very basic examples of the idea, but the concept of applying God’s techniques to my work has no end. Dramatic structure is at the heart of God’s creation. Simply, on top of traditional educational training, I ask the Holy Spirit—the best Teacher of all—to instruct me, to give me insight. I study the Master Builder and try to do what He does.

When do you feel most creative during the day?

Most certainly a night person. No matter how hard I try to re-set myself to “early to bed, early to rise,” left unchecked, I always revert to hoot-owl tendencies.

What is your favorite word?

Wow—impossible to choose. A) Seemingly infinite pool of beautiful, evocative words – and in so many languages. B) I don’t know them all. One that pops into my head as I write this is, “indefatigable.” Fun to say, lots of poetic rhythm, and  powerfully communicates its meaning. The key to excellent writing is to pick the “right” word – not necessarily the fanciest. The   word that entirely and clearly captures–intellectually, poetically, and evocatively—the precise “thing” that the writer wishes to communicate.

What authors do you like to read?

Well, I am a literary sinner. I must admit that I do not read much fiction, nor novels of any kind. The pace is too slow for me. I do, however, read copious amounts of everything       for informational purposes—articles, journals, etc.—and I’m a news junky. In general,       I’m a knowledge addict. I am a bit compulsive about it. When I encounter a word,   concept, or event with which I am unfamiliar, I instinctively research it.

What’s next?

I am praying for the Lord to open the doors for the final, big-league, fruition of Conundrum. It has been tested Off-Broadway, revised, re-revised, and is “finished.” I’m constantly waiting and watching to find some Christian investors with vision and faith to finance the screenplay—to eternally affect millions of people with the Hope of Christ. To set a new standard of excellence in Christian theatre and film, befitting the Savior.

Much of the story-telling skill is similar from one type of writing to another – plot, conflict, characterization, etc. What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Train. Train. Train. Study the craft—really study it. Too many people have a gift and desire to write but don’t do the heavy lifting. Technique is absolutely crucial. Learn all of the theories surrounding it—then, and only then, can a writer add his or her new voice to the field.

Do not do what has been done before.  Easier said than done, I know, but make it your imperative to be unique. Don’t use other people’s phrases nor rhythms nor approach—use your own.  Influence is inevitable, but avoid imitation at all costs.

In essence, put on paper what in reality you are—one of a kind, never before, nor hence, existing.


Official Bio:

A native Texan, Stace has spent the last several years working professionally as a performer, director, and producer in theatre, music, film, and radio/television in New York City.  Now back in Texas to be nearer to family and friends, he is excited to be a part of the KATX family!

A member of the Actors’ Equity Association, Gaddy has been blessed with over 50 professional performance credits, ranging from national and international tours to regional and Off-Broadway theatrical work to concert performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, as well as Carnegie Hall.

Stace is also an accomplished writer/composer and director/conductor.  His original plays and musicals have enjoyed successful runs in Houston, Chicago, and Off-Broadway, and he has conducted several classical and sacred choral/orchestral concerts at various venues in NYC.

In related fields, Gaddy was honored to be the Chairman of the Arts Committee for the final Billy Graham Crusade in Central Park. He has also served as the Director of Development for Promise Productions in Glen Rose, and as the Director of the A.D. Players Theatre Arts Academy in Houston. In addition, Gaddy has six years of university teaching experience as an instructor for Acting, Opera Workshop, Voice and Movement, Introduction to Theatre, and Humanities.

Stace holds BA/MA Degrees in Theatre and Dramatic Theory/Playwriting from Texas State University, and the Ph.D. in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Psalm 150!