This week I want to spotlight Margaret Atwood, author of own of my favorite novels, The Handmaid's Tale. I read this 3 decades ago, and it left me chilled. These days it seems almost prophetic. The theocracy and subjugation of women described is too real a threat right now.
Her other books aren't quite so dystopian and frightening. Her latest Hag-Seed promises to be interesting and entertaining.
Ms. Atwood's webpage
Ms. Atwood's Amazon page
Ms. Atwood's Facebook
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Hometown: Savannah, Ga
Favorite band: Bif Naked
Favorite Artist: Hevia (a bagpiper)
In the beginning in was a poet with a taste for darkness. As my poems got longer and longer they would blossom into short stories. In my early twenties, I fell into a deep depression and writing was my way out. In 2005, January, I began writing by August of the same year, I had written 200 poems and 6 short stories. In doing this I accomplished two things : one I successfully wrote myself out of depression and two, I had nothing else too say for three years.
In 2008 I had become disillusioned with my job as insurance company grunt. I quit my job and left town to find myself. Little did I know, this was the beginning of the path. I’d was a leap of faith. I took a job in Baton Rouge as a traveling salesman and set off to see new things and meet new people. That lasted for about two months. I had to come back to Birmingham to handle some important business. After that I became an event security guard for a company that lead me to Bonnaroo. It was a total blast in many ways but mainly because it allowed me to see yet another side of human life that I had never experienced.
Many small time jobs followed that. Eventually it all led to the writing of draft one of The Path in 2013. Then it was called The legend of Vincent St.Cloude. I did not do anything with it until 2016 when life saw that it was time for me to stop editing it and let it fly. A good story is like that. You never really want to let it go.
My favorite quote is : “Sometimes you just gotta jump. Landing is the easy part, anybody can do that but it really takes nerve to make that leap…” that is an indirect quote from the show Dead Like Me.
Next year I plan to release another book.
Today's Spotlight focuses on Debra Anastasia, author of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood and the Gynazule series. I've just finished her latest book, Booty Camp Dating Service which had me up reading late into the wee hours of morning. There were some tense moments for me when I tried my damnedest to keep from howling with laughter and waking the rest of the household. Debra's comedy romances are some of my favorites. She writes with a snarky vulgarity that tickles my funny bone every time.
From her author's page on Facebook:
"Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, and her violent IBS. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor."
September 15, 2016
This week's spotlight features Nancee Cain. It's no secret that for years I eschewed reading romance novels as antithetical to my feminist mindset, having an unhealthy taste for Barbara Cartland as a teen. However, Nancee and Jill Odom, both dear friends of mine IRL, have lured me into a more modern world of romance where the stories are far less sexist and trite.
Today is the release day for Nancee's second novel, Tempting Jo. Like her first novel, Saving Evangeline, Tempting Jo features a guardian angel. This time, he faces a devil with the title character Jo between them.
Nancee writes with a sense of humor and acute insight. She may be too lazy to do research (by her own admission), but she's darn good at it.
From her media packet:
September 8, 2016
Today's Author Spotlight focuses on Morgan Daimler. To be honest, I've only discovered her writing this past year. And I am HOOKED! I'm not so patiently waiting for her to finish the 4th installment of her Between the Worlds fiction series. However, with all the excellent choices among her non-fiction work, I have plenty to keep me busy while I wait. Morgan is also my go-to on fairy lore, having written 2 non-fiction books on Fairy Witchcraft. Her in-depth research and her writing style makes her translations of Irish texts and books on the Morrigan and on Irish paganism popular among the veteran Celtic scholars as well as valuable resources for those of us still wading in the kiddie pool of Celtic paganism.
Nifty trivia about Morgan: She used to be an emergency medicine technician (EMT).
Morgan on Facebook
Morgan on Patreon
August 11, 2016
Welcome to the inaugural post on my Thursday Author Spotlight page. It's been difficult to choose just one author for the first post, but I finally did it. Today I'm featuring Shei Darksbane, author of the Auralight Codex series. Shei published her first book, Awakened (Auralight Codex: Dakota Shepherd #1) just a year ago. Shei lives in Alabama with her wife and daughter and her writing buddy and all-around mood lightener Toki Warpup. Geek, gamer, artist, activist, author, mother and wife, Shei is passionate and determined. I've been honored to watch her writing career blossom and grow.
Nifty trivia about Shei Darksbane -- She's a natural bluenette and an amazing rune reader.
Shei's Good Reads author page