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Cortney Manning Guest Post

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Thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog for the release of As Long as We Live, my epic Fae fantasy retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ “Snow-White and Rose-Red”!

Today I’ll be discussing how the original fairy tale was actually strongly inspired by a story written by a woman named Caroline Stahl.

Although the Grimm Brothers are renowned for their fairy tales, they did not write all the stories themselves.

Instead, they collected tales from acquaintances and friends and adjusted them to appeal to their audience of middle-class readers.

Many of the tales they wrote down had been passed on orally for years and also had different variations in different provinces.

However, one fairy tale they decided to adapt seems to have been an original piece created by a woman they knew named Caroline Stahl. Her story was called “The Ungrateful Dwarf”, and its significant influence on the Grimms’ “Snow White and Rose Red” is easy to identify.

In both stories, a pair of sisters deals with the stubbornness of a persnickety and ungrateful dwarf who meets his end at the paws of a bear. In the finale, the sisters become wealthy and lead happy lives together.

The main difference between the two stories comes in the ending. In “The Ungrateful Dwarf”, the sisters actually have a large family that is quite poor, and they use the wealth they find to support for their other siblings and parents.

However, unlike in “Snow White and Rose Red”, neither sister marries. They provide for themselves and their families from their newfound treasure. It is interesting to explore how “Snow White and Rose Red” came to be the tale it is today.

Although the Grimm Brothers used many stories that had been orally shared for years, “The Ungrateful Dwarf” was a more unique source. Caroline Stahl’s tale may not be as popular as “Snow White and Rose Red”, but its legacy still lives on today.

As Long as We Live

Book Description:

Three human sisters live in a Fae realm where every prince is blessed or cursed by a gift of magic, and royal rivalry threatens the future of the land.

Ivy Durran, the oldest sister, is a resilient young woman who clings to her sunny resolve even in the darkest situation.

When a terrible blizzard strikes the land, she feels responsible for protecting her sisters: adventurous Rose and vivacious Poppy. However, the storm drives an unexpected visitor to their doorstep, one who could bring hope or danger with his arrival.

Meanwhile, Pierre, the newly crowned ruler of Concoria, strives to bring order to his frozen land and tranquility to his troubled brothers. Nevertheless, the deep magic of Concoria is not easy to tame.

While Pierre would love nothing more than to escape into a simple life close to Ivy, the human lass he met years before, he instead shoulders his burdens and seeks healing for his kingdom and family.

Dark magic, frigid storms, and deadly predators must be overcome if Ivy and Pierre have any hope of saving their families and their homeland.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098LX4ZHV/ Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58480113-as-long-as-we-live

Author Bio:

Cortney Manning resides in Florida but has always loved traveling the world.

She holds a master’s degree in Victorian Literature from the University of Glasgow and has a not-so-secret love of fantasy as well.

Her writing can be found on her website, on https://gohavok.com/, and in the Rooglewood Press anthology, Five Poisoned Apples.

In her free time, Cortney enjoys walking, drawing, and afternoon tea. Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon

Interview With Author Sheri Poe-Pape

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By way of introduction, here is Sheri Poe-Pape’s bio:

Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and history.

Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons, Cassie Pup Takes the Cake?? and Cassie Pup’s Favorite Ladybug and Snake Stories are the author’s first three children’s books.

She has also been Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past forty years.

Sheri is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she studied Music, English and Creative Writing. She lives with her family in Northern Illinois, where she continues to write and to teach music-alongside Cassie.

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Hello, Sheri, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

Back in 2007

Is writing your full-time profession?


No – half-time. I own a music teaching studio.

How long have you been writing?


On and off since childhood

Have you won any literary awards? 

Over ten. One of them is international. Readers can view them on www.sheripoe-pape.com.


How many published books have you written?

Three

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Which genre do you write?


Children’s

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?


Working on the illustrations

What are you working on now?


A fourth book of children’s poetry

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?


From my dog, Cassie

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?


Book events where I visit with the children after reading my books to them.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?


I have also written poetry for adults.

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What message are you sharing in your books?


To show kindness in any situation.

What are your favorite books?


Books by Hans Christian Andersen

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If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?


Edgar Allan Poe, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Brothers Grimm.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?


Watching old movies-1960’s back to silent era.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I would be the principal lady from my first book.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?


Yes, www.sheripoe-pape.com and about five Facebook pages.

Where can we find your books?


My first three books are on Amazon; the first two books are at Barnes and Noble.

Thank you, Sheri, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

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Sheri’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

Cassie Pup sure loves to tell storybook tales.

Especially those about a ladybug and snake!

But are these tales just about an ordinary ladybug and snake?

And will Lucy the Loony Ladybug get her colors right, and Claiborne the Cha Cha Cobra dance his way to the winner’s circle?

Bug and reptile lovers of ALL AGES will find this book very humorous and colorfully illustrated.

Parents will also appreciate the subtle references that promote diversity and competitiveness.

Join Cassie Pup in her third book of the Cassie Pup Series, as she eloquently narrates about the fun, humor and sometimes chaos that occur in the animated bug and reptile world.

The Rewired Series By Alexander Mukte & Giveaway

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller Sci-fi

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BLURB:  The Rewired Series

Series Blurb:

This is a fantastic, genre-bending series that weaves together the best mystery, visionary, and speculative fiction elements.

With characters that span across books and time, The Rewired Series explores what plagues humanity and the impact each person can have while leaving you with the promise of a better tomorrow.

Alexander Mukte wraps all of these themes inside edge-of-your-seat, engaging mysteries with larger-than-life characters you’ll want to revisit again and again.

Blurb:  The Recruiter

A fast-paced and thought-provoking mystery that will keep you on your toes until the very end. The Recruiter is an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable start to the series, full of intriguing twists and turns.

Leslie may be an idealist, but she’s no fool. She trusts her boss, Ori, implicitly. He has vision, principles, and a way with people. When a bomb is detonated at work, she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of events. All of a sudden, their lives are on the line, and every choice matters.

Is Ori who she thinks he is? Why would anyone want to hurt him? And how do they get out of this mess? Leslie doesn’t have it all figured out, but what becomes clear is that there’s a lot the world doesn’t know about Ori Clayborn.

Jessica is driven to make a difference by uncovering the truth. Investigative reporting is her life. One day she gets a unique assignment that leads her back to her hometown and into Ori’s orbit. What will she find, and what’s her role in this?

The Recruiter is a captivating, imaginative story that draws you in deeper and deeper, page-by-page. Alexander Mukte creates a universe that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.

Giveaway

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About The Author

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Alexander had an active imagination his whole life, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son that he began putting the stories in his mind on paper.

He wanted to be an example of someone pursuing his passion, dreaming big, and taking chances.

Alexander loves people, their stories, and their backgrounds as well as what shapes them, how they think, and what they dream about.

He has a passion for learning and is known by most as an intensely curious person who eagerly soaks up anything and everything he can.

He dreamt of a career that allowed him to learn new things every day. In writing, he has found a life that allows him to do just that.

After graduating with a degree in business, Alexander volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps where he aided in creating sustainable small business ventures in Central America.

Before taking this leap of faith, Alexander did Business Development and Consulting for large domestic and international companies. These experiences weave themselves into the characters, places and stories he creates.

An avid traveler, Alexander enjoys exploring new places with his family. He was raised in Southeastern Arizona, and now calls Georgia home, along with his wife and two sons. 

The Recruiter is Alexander’s first novel, though perhaps the 39th in his mind. We hope you enjoy it, and Deeply Rooted Dreams, as much as we have.

Author Links:

Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B084G4KKRD

GoodReads Author Profile:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20023247.Alexander_Mukte

BookBub Author Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alexander-mukte

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandermukte/

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Buy Links:

Website: https://www.threetofivepublishing.com/the-rewired-series

The Recruiter

Ubl: https://books2read.com/u/bovWNv

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Recruiter-Alexander-Mukte-ebook/dp/B084JRJP7H/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-recruiter-alexander-

mukte/1136281285

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1497199481

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-recruiter-4

Deeply Rooted Dreams

Ubl: https://books2read.com/u/mZa1e5

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XP5KC42

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deeply-rooted-dreams-alexander-

mukte/1138814308

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/deeply-rooted-

dreams/id1553351240

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/deeply-rooted-dreams

A Short Q & A With Alexander

What would we find under your bed?

Probably a random item or two that my toddler decided to make “disappear” as part of a magic show. I’ve found a measuring tape, my glasses case, one of my wife’s bracelets. You never know what it might be, lol.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When I was volunteering in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, I had a pretty scary encounter with a snake while traveling to Nicaragua.

A couple of us were backpacking and staying in a little cabin. One stormy day, after coming back from a long hike, we found a boa constrictor or python of some sort tangled up in some exposed wires in the cabin.

Our guide asked one of us to hold the snake’s head while he tried to untangle the body. I, for some unknown reason, agreed to do this. Right as I was securing my hand around the snake near its head, the power and lights went out.

The guide told me not to move, so I stayed in place but was completely freaking out on the inside. Luckily, it worked out. My friends turned on their flashlights for us.

The guide got the snake untangled, then he took it from me and moved it outside. I think I might have been holding my breath the whole time. Now I’m a little slower to say yes to things.

My appreciation for reptiles is relatively new, thanks to increased visits to the zoo with my son. I still have no plans to hold a snake again, though. Once was enough.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Yes! Music is a must when writing, working out, and cooking. When writing, I typically listen to music without lyrics. I have a Jazz playlist with Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. I also listen to this album, Pure Classics, by David Garrett.

What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

Publish the third installment of The Rewired Series

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took me about three years to write The Recruiter. I started it while I was still in the corporate world.

I would write either late at night or in the wee hours of the morning when my family was sleeping.

Then two years ago, I left my corporate job to do this full-time and put the finishing touches on The Recruiter.

Deeply Rooted Dreams came next, and it took me a year with dedicated focus.

Interview With Author Lindsay DeRollo

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By way of introduction, here is Lindsay DeRollo’s bio:

Lindsay DeRollo is a children’s book author and illustrator living in Central New York.

She is a former fine art and psychology student from Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.

She has always loved to read books, so it comes as no surprise that she has created books of her own now.

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Hello, Lindsay, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

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When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I was about ten years old when I began writing short stories and journaling.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, just on the side.

How long have you been writing?

I self-published my first picture book through Amazon in 2017 (4 years ago).

Have you won any literary awards?

I won an “Honorable Mention” award from Story Monsters for my books: Sugarplums and Shooting Stars, If the Slipper Fits and A Christmas Kitten for Max. I have also won a Reader’s Favorite 5-star award seal for most of my books.

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How many published books have you written?

Six picture books and a short story for young adults.

Which genres do you write?

Children’s and Young Adult.

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What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Children’s books are the easiest because they are so much shorter (this goes for Young Adult short stories, too) and you are relying more on the illustrations to help tell the story.

The most challenging aspect would be the competition with other [more well-known] authors.

What are you working on now?

A new picture about building self-esteem and celebrating your differences.

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Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

From the hundreds of children’s books I’ve read throughout the years, as well as my own experiences in life and people I know.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?


Hearing from someone how much they loved reading my book and how much it meant to them.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Be very patient, seek advice and guidance from other published others and keep motivated!

Remember that most authors don’t start out successful (even James Patterson!). Expect some constructive criticism and try not to take it personally if someone doesn’t like your book.

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Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I like to paint [abstract art], make jewelry (some based on my books) and I enjoy marketing books.

What message are you sharing in your books?

To follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.

What are your favorite books?

I like to read psychological thriller novels. My favorite children’s books include Winnie the Pooh, the American Girl series and the Elephant and Piggy series.

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If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

James Patterson, Mo Willems, Gillian Flynn and Sarah Dessen.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

The authors mentioned above, as well as books that have similar topics to mine and that I can relate to.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?

Relaxing at home with a good book. Or out shopping!

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A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I would first introduce my book and writing background as well as what influenced it.

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

Run in the opposite direction!

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Follow/connect with as many authors in your writing genre (especially on social media pages) and join as many Facebook writing groups as possible where you can market your book.

It is also very beneficial to join a local writing group and attend or create an author signing event (libraries are very helpful in organizing one).

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Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Author Page: Amazon.com/author/lindsayderollo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shimmeringhope86
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/faery86
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-derollo/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lindsayderolloauthor/

Where can we find your books?

Through Amazon (listed above) and a publishing company I’m a part of named “Two Girls and a Reading Corner” (linked to Amazon): Twogirlsandareadingcorner.com/shop.

Some of my books are also available (online only at the moment) at Barnes and Noble and Walmart.

Thank you, Lindsay, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lost of luck!

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Lindsay DeRollo’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

Book Blurb:

The Swan Lake Ballet recital is coming up, and Emma has the lead role! She spends a lot of extra time practicing with Bella, who also has a major role in the performance.

Emma’s best friend, Pinky, has a slightly smaller role in the ballet. She is a little sad that she doesn’t get to spend as much time with Emma, who always seems to be too busy practicing with Bella to spend much time with her anymore.

Pinky is afraid that Emma has forgotten a very important day coming up… and could Emma and Bella also be keeping a secret from her? Pinky is in for a big surprise!

Quill & Dust New Release

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🧚‍♂️The fairytales of Quill & Dust are alive! Can you survive them all?🧙‍♀️

10+ paranormal stories for just $.99. Romance, adventure, magic, all wrapped in one.

UBL: https://books2read.com/QuillandDust

#QuillandDust #paranormalfantasy #bookwitchreads #FairytalesRetold #paranormalretellings

★The supernatural can take lives just easily as it can save them…★

Prepare to meet djinns. Mermaids and magic stones and a pack of other enchanting characters through a tangled string of fairy tales that combine adventure, mystery, and the supernatural into a package that is certain to hold something for everyone!

Lovers of Once Upon a Time, Marissa Meyer and Shannon Hale will be enchanted!


Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/QuillandDust

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58517777-quill-dust

Photo Bombed Book Blast & Giveaway

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Giveaway Link

Available for $0.99

GENRE: Cozy Mystery

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BLURB:

When a corpse crashes the party, Bianca is on the case.

Bianca Wallace is a work from home mom raising her teenage daughter as a single parent. She’s determined to stand on her own two feet in Edenville, Texas after her bitter divorce.

When the town’s wedding of the year stars her friend as the bride, Bianca can’t wait to celebrate the nuptials. Neither she nor the guests expect a corpse! When the police suspect the bride, Bianca’s determined to prove her friend’s innocence.

Lamar Sims, the new police detective in Edenville, is investigating the murder case. Bianca’s “interference” is not helping, but she won’t stop when her friend’s freedom is on the line.

He makes it clear he wants her to let the police do their job, so she has to find ways around him.

No one in Edenville is safe until the killer is behind bars. Bianca won’t let Detective Sims dismiss her hunches. They may have to work together before another dead body shows up.

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Author Bio:

Daria started writing as a teenager. Since she loves romance novels, she figured why not write them too? She also writes Christian fiction along with cozy mysteries!

Daria graduated with a degree in healthcare management, so writing was not in the cards for her. It’s rare that you won’t catch her reading. Aside from that, she loves Turner Classic Movies, painting, Pilates, the piano, and chocolate.

Website: www.dariawhite.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Daria_White15

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dariawhite90

Buy links: The Wedding Report https://books2read.com/u/31Gow6

Christmas Therapy https://books2read.com/u/b5Q1rA

Christmas Connection https://books2read.com/u/bMpYRV

Wish for Love https://books2read.com/u/49oyNd

Interview With Author TL Shively

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By way of introduction, here is TL Shively’s bio:

T.L. Shively is an award-winning author who plays mom and wife with a daytime job. After hours you will find her knee-deep in gnomes, fairies, and all things fantasy.

She loves when her imagination takes her places she hasn’t been, then she writes them down on paper so she can share them.

Hello, TL, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking up stories in my head. I would even create characters to star in books I had written.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I finally started writing all these stories down and then the Guardians were born.

Is writing your full-time profession?

I truly wish it was. I work in a drywall yard as inside sales/administrative. But my goal is to be a full-time writer and I’m working very hard to accomplish my dream.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was young and having my mom read the stories, but I seriously started around 16 years ago.

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Have you won any literary awards?

I won an award for the best book cover for The Town That Time Forgot at Once Upon A Book 2019 in Frankenmuth, MI. When they announced I had won, it took me a few minutes (and my husband nudging me and telling me they called my name) to realize I had won.

How many published books have you written?

I have published 5 books in my Sanctuary Guardian Series.

Which genre do you write?

YA Fantasy

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

The most challenging thing for me is keeping everything straight. You wouldn’t believe how many sticky notes I have on my desk.

My characters speak to me, and they will change the plot on me when I least expect it. I must try to not let it get too far out of hand.

I love fantasy but I try to keep a bit of realism in it as well.

What are you working on now?

I have a few projects I’m working on.

One is a story outside of the Sanctuary Guardian universe about a spider goddess who discovers that there is more to her story than she knew.

I’m also working on a coloring book for the Sanctuary Guardians as well as a Christmas story for the Guardians.

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Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I created the Guardians when I was very young growing up in the country.

The stories that I would read and create other stories from. Those were the ones that the Guardians would star in until they finally got a story of their own.

Other characters’ inspiration has come from people in my life and sometimes I look at a picture online that will create a character for me. Inspiration comes from all around.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

When I get to see fans who are just as excited about my stories as I am. They are my rewards.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

The only advice I can give is to not give up, to keep trying and keep asking questions.

Everybody’s approach is unique, and you have to find the one that works for you. Watch what other authors are doing and try it.

If it doesn’t work, then try something else. Reach out to other authors and ask for advice and help. Never stop asking.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I love all things fantasy, which includes my gaming. I love playing RPG games.

I love dragons, gnomes, mermaids and, of course, fairies. I love to draw and craft.

What message are you sharing in your books?

When I first started writing, I never realized there was a message. I always thought I was writing a story for people just to escape.

During an interview, I realized my story was about teamwork, learning to work as a team with each other and others.

What are your favorite books?

I have so many, but Harry Potter and Percy Jackson top the list.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Washington Irving would be my top ones to invite.

In school, I was the kid who loved reading the required reading. Those stories inspired my imagination.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

My mom, even when I was young and writing stories that probably made little sense she would read them and tell me how interesting they were.

She kept my love of reading and my imagination alive. She has always been my biggest fan.

Although with other authors, I will say that I can’t pinpoint just one. I take away something from everything I read.

I know what I like when I read, so I tend to put that into my writing.

I skim over all the descriptions to get to the actions and so I try to bring that to life in my writings.

I know descriptions are important, so I make sure to add some descriptions, but I try to keep them from suffocating the story and let the reader use some of their own imagination when reading my stories as well.

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When you’re not writing, where can we find you?

During the day I work.

But at home if I’m not writing I work at my crafting table making crystal creations for my stories, outside by the fire pit with my husband, or possibly curled up with a good book another fantastic author wrote.

There are also some wonderful friends I have met online during my time in book groups, fellow readers and even authors I will chat with on Facebook.

Can’t forget about the marketing side of writing, the dark side, as we sometimes refer to it as but a necessary evil for being an author.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

I would like to play a part where no one knew which side I was on.

One small line and no one would know if what I said was to help the heroes or to hinder them.

I really like the grey area characters; you never truly know which side they are on, but they are always entertaining. Even if they are only there for a moment.

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

After I go full momma on him and give him something for sneezing, wheezing, and coughing (yes, that would be my first instinct. I am a lot like Vanna in my stories that way).

I would then listen to his story and help him out in any way I could. Can you just imagine the story he would tell? What adventure he could lead me on?

The chance to see an elven village and the other magical creatures I could meet. Better than any story I could come up with!

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What are your most effective marketing strategies?

I’m still working on that.

I share posts about my books in Facebook groups; I take part in author takeovers; I have a PR person who posts on my pages for me, and I have used Facebook and Amazon ads.

I’m also looking at creating a coloring book to help with promoting my Guardians as well.

I had dolls created to represent my characters and I am working on getting drawings done for each of my characters.

On my website I have a series called A Moment with Chad that follows the comic relief Guardian of Ice as he shares snippets of the book his Uncle Leroy gave him for Christmas, Useless Facts that You Will Never Use in Your Life.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

I do and you can find them all on my link tree:

https://linktr.ee/tlshively

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, Target, the Apple store, Scribd and Kobo, to just name a few.

I also offer signed physical copies on my website, or you can reach out to me anytime.

Thank you, TL, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

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TL Shively’s Featured Book

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Available on Amazon

Book Blurb:

The Guardians visited a cursed town, walked under the water of Prince William Sound, and battled Shadows wanting to wake the Sleeping Lady.

What they want now is to relax and enjoy the Crystal-Con. Unfortunately, their fated callings have other plans.

A Hunter has gone rogue and Arion warriors have ventured from the Alaskan frontier to help hunt him down. But they can’t do it alone.

Venturing to the underground realm of the Hunters, the Guardians join the search. Distracted by high-tech gadgets and hover bikes, the team unknowingly falls into a trap.

But it will take more than a blinding headache to stop them. 

Capturing the rogue comes easy… too easy. To their surprise, he has connections to the Sanctuary that challenge everything they thought they knew.

Shadows. Secrets. Hidden agendas.

How much more can the Guardians take before they go rouge themselves?