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Meet Lauren A.R. Masterson

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Lauren: I do most of my writing at home, either on the computer or hand-written in my journal. I have many documents with different stories that I like to rotate working on. My journal is usually used for new ideas or new stories that I have, giving me utter freedom with creative thought.

31403074_10155353551125933_1063321335691739136_nMy process is that I write whenever I can; whenever I have the time. Even when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, I do my best to at least read a chapter or two of something that I have previously written to get me in the mood so to speak to work on something. Other times, I have to set a timer for myself to ensure that I don’t forgo eating or sleeping while working under the sway of inspiration.

During the editing process, I sit with a piece and read it out loud to find obvious mistakes and ensure flow. When working on larger plot arcs, I like to use sticky notes so that I can rearrange plot points and ensure that I have closed all the loose ends in the story.

Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

Lauren: Love of the Sea started in my fantasy fiction writing class in college (2010). My professor, and now friend and mentor, Tina Jens, gave us an excellent writing exercise to inspire new ideas. The “What if?” “And then” and “Oh Shit!” method is what originally sparked this story. I have always loved mermaids, but the original Little Mermaid story bothered me that she would sacrifice so much for unrequited love. I wanted to rewrite the story so to speak with the ending she truly deserved.

Lauren AR MastersonI worked on the story diligently until I graduated (2011). After that, my time was completely devoted to my modeling career. It wasn’t until I retired from modeling and became more active with my art and writing again that I picked this novel back up (2016). Since then, I made it my mission to complete this story and see it published. I spent a grueling four months working exclusively to complete the novel.

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Lauren: Of course, one of my all-time favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. That’s a given. However, the author that particularly inspired the style in which I write, and the way that I perceive magick in fantasy fiction would be Juliet Marillier. I have read the Sevenwaters Trilogy many times over and dissected everything I love about the plot, characters, and style of storytelling. I emulate Juliet as much as possible in my own writing to try and achieve that mystical “old world” style that she has mastered.

The other most influential author to my writing is Lewis Carroll. From The Hunting of the Snark to Alice’s Adventures Underground I adore the British style and the poetic storytelling. I often find myself rhyming when writing my rough drafts for any story. The simple way these stories convey so much meaning in so few words is something I strive for in my own writing.

 

5 Fun Facts About the Author:

  • I am the co-editor of Cloud Orchid Publishing and create experimental art books with my best friend co-editor Bryan Thompson.
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  • I love illustrating my stories, as well as creating art in general through a variety of mediums; although digital drawing is used most often.
  • I’m a huge history nerd and have particular interests in French, British, and Japanese history.
  • I volunteered at the West Suburban Humane Society for over five years before going away to college. My current pets are all rescues.
  • I learned French at a young age, and still speak it quite well today (though I am a bit rusty). I also learned basic Japanese and strive to improve my language skills.
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Meet Dawn Napier

Dawn Napier is Ink Smith’s newest author. Her novel, Star Pack just launched this week!

Have you met her yet?

Dawn Napier

Dawn Napier grew up in Waukegan IL, and upstate New York. She has a husband, three children, and a ridiculous number of pets. She grew up reading Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Mercedes Lackey, and Piers Anthony. When she’s not reading and writing, she is hiking with her dogs, napping with her cat, or cleaning up after her herd of adopted guinea pigs.

 

Check out her Author Facebook page for updates about her work, or her website dawnsdarktreasures.com.

Grey Stone Visits B&N

 

Grey Stone

By Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy

TWO LOCAL AUTHORS COMBINE HIGH FANTASY WITH WOLF LORE TO CREATE A FRESH NEW YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

 

Before the rise of men, there were wolves…

What started off as stories local ER doctor Jacob Kennedy made up featuring his kids as main characters soon morphed into a project big enough that he asked local writer Jean Knight Pace if she’d be interested in co-authoring a book. She was excited to join up, adding to the story with her own ideas and style (and slipping her children into some of the character’s skins as well). Before they knew it, Kennedy and Pace had crafted what began as a few paragraphs of backstory into a book of high fantasy for tweens and teens. Instead of dragons, elves, and dwarves there were werewolf monarchs, talking dogs, and impoverished humans winding their way through a story that culminated in a Gladiator-style tournament—a tournament won (or lost, depending on how you look at it) by an unlikely hero and an unlikely traitor.

Join Jean and Jake as they launch/debut their new book, Grey Stone, at Barnes and Noble on August 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm, at the Evansville, IN, location. There will be giveaways, contests, a book signing, Q & A, and (naturally) candy and laughter.

Jean Knight Pace has had essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, Crucible, and other literary magazines. Jacob Kennedy is an ER doctor who dreams werewolves and tournaments in his free time. Both of them live in Evansville with amazing spouses, boodles of kids, and furry pets who (as far as anyone knows) do not speak. You can find out more at jeanknightpace.com, jacobkennedybooks.com. Purchase Grey Stone from Amazon of Barnes and Noble.

 

Barnes & Noble: 624 S Green River Rd., Evansville, IN 47715

Meet Ashley Townsend

Ashley TownsendAshley Townsend, author of Chasing Shadows, is a young twenty-something who has been spinning tales since she discovered that her wild imagination and love of storytelling could make a career. Reading and writing are her way of experiencing grand adventures from home, and she hopes that others will join in her fantastical escapades! She is a native to bookstores, coffee shops, the kitchen, and Southern California. She also has an unexplainable aversion to clowns and describes outlines as a “proverbial noose.” The final book in the Rising Shadows trilogy, Defying Shadows, will release in spring of 2016.

Make sure to connect with Ashley at www.ashley-townsend.com!

 

You can also find Ashley on other social media platforms:
Goodreads: Ashley Townsend
Twitter: @TownsendTales
Facebook: Ashley Townsend Author
Pinterest: TownsendTales

Meet Julie Flanders

Julie FlandersJulie Flanders is an academic librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also an animal lover and has written features about pets and the importance of animal rescue for media outlets such as Best Friends Animal Society and Cat Fancy. Julie is a television addict, an avid walker, and an obsessive fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although a lifelong Ohio resident, Julie nevertheless has an ongoing love affair with the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Julie’s novels include the paranormal thrillers Polar Night and Polar Day as well as the historical love story The Ghosts of Aquinnah. She is also the author of the horror novella The Turnagain Arm, and her horror short story “Cardinal Sin” is part of the Mayhem in the Air anthology. Julie is a history buff who loves incorporating history into her stories, which she affectionately calls “mysteries untethered by time.”

Find Julie at www.julieflanders.net or visit her blog at julieflanders.blogspot.com. Also visit her on Twitter at @JulesFlanders or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julesflanders/

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Meet Wade Beauchamp

Wade Beauchamp lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his wife, Ronda, and daughter. His book, Scream If You Want To Go Faster was a 2013 Finalist: The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards.

“Ironically, with all of the truck-stop trappings and Harry Crews style crank-shaft fiction, what Beauchamp excels at is the capturing of an atmosphere and like John Hughes he understands the sometimes epic and operatic realities of being an American teenager.” – Chad Nance, Camel City Dispatch

Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
Scream if you wanna go faster

“It’s a captivating ride, leading through slices of Americana, the good and the bad, and painting vivid pictures. Beauchamp’s voyage is entertaining, and clearly written by someone with a bit of grease under his fingernails.” -Hemmings Muscle Machines

On April 29, 1959, Ford Motor Company’s 50 millionth car rolled off the assembly line. It was a Galaxie 500 4-door sedan. That car traveled coast to coast, taking part in transcontinental races, promotional appearances and was eventually donated to the Henry Ford Museum. Four years later, Ford built its 60 millionth car. A 1963 Galaxie 500 XL Sport Roof, Rangoon red, 390 cubic inch engine, 4-speed transmission. There was no fanfare, no VIPs. No one even noticed. Except for the people in Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. Heroes and villains, girlfriends and wives (ex and otherwise), a B-52 tailgunner, a preacher’s daughter and an existentialist possum are just a few of our fellow travelers in these tales from the road. We’ll do battle with flat tires, 8-tracks and bra clasps in the back seat. We’ll race against the clock, travel through time, break down, bust a few knuckles and burn some rubber. She’s got a fresh coat of twang and a full tank of lust. Wanna go for a ride?

“The narrative—as speedy as the title suggests—roars with engine-speak and devil-may-care drivers/passengers/admirers. Though embracing car culture, the tale gives a little slap on the butt for good measure. A fun, slightly dangerous drive through the car-culture canyon.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Perhaps it’s easiest to think of (Beauchamp) as the director/producer of low-budget, sexploitation B-movies. He seems to operate under the delusion he’s doing just that. Each is released not on drive-in movie screens or late-night cable television, but rather via the written word.” – Selena Kitt

Meet the Author

Wade Beauchamp bioWade Beauchamp is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Ronda, have one daughter. His writing is heavily influenced by fellow Southerners Junior Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Devil.

Visit Wade and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster on Facebook!

Meet Grant Elliot Smith

Grant Elliot Smith

Originally from the Midwest, Grant Elliot Smith loved to read from an early age. Saving up his allowance, he spent it all at the local bookstore buying up as much as he could from the fantasy section. Writing has always been a passion of his.

His first interest was poetry, which he wrote voraciously. Some of his early work, from as far back as the 1980s, can be found in various poetry anthologies.

Completing four university degrees, including a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, Smith has lived and worked around the world, spending a number of years in Japan. The sights and sounds from the various cultures he has seen helps to fuel his imagination for writing.

His most recent work, Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle is a fantasy novel about Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant’s army. Rathen has retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom’s forces were dissolved following the King’s sudden death. After being recruited to lead a band of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his lands Rathen, and his ex-gladiator best friend Bulo, begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are tasked with cleansing. Despite these stories, they head for Ghrakus Castle, learning of its dark history on the way.

When they finally arrive, the full horror of their task becomes clear—with their chances of returning home dwindling, the threat of betrayal awaits.

Author Interview with S. A. Check

Ink Smith Publishing is extraordinarily proud of our authors and want to show them off in any way we can. This week, S.A. Check, author of the recent release Maxx Fragg, VPI, talked about some of his writing techniques and favorite authors.

Q: Who are your favorite authors/books? 

A: Wow, that’s rough to only pick a few. I’d have to say I have, or at least I think I have, a rather eclectic taste in books. In no particular order – let’s see where this goes….

1) I make no qualms about the fact I’m a geek and in my early geekly training one of the greatest influences has always been comic books. The late 1970’s to early 80’s Marvel comics, Ditka / Shooter / Lee / Kirby / Simonson era played a huge role in my literary development. (I know that’s not one book. I’m warming up here.)

2) Robert Asprin’s “MythAdventures” series has always remained a favorite of mine. This series was just straight up fun. It pulled you in to a brilliantly imagined world with compelling characters that you just loved more and more with each new book. I can still remember pestering the guy at the book store waiting for the next one to come out. (Still not a single book but I’m getting closer.)

3) Piers Anthony – On a Pale Horse (See, I did it.) Truly a classic that just blew me away the first time I read it. The first of his Incarnations of Immortality series and the one that will always stand out to me.

4) Dan Brown – author – I love all his books. As a writer, he stretches the line so thin between reality and story that it makes a seamless step for the reader to get lost in his worlds.

5) A. Lee Martinez – I’ve been enjoying a lot of his books recently from Gil’s All Fright Diner to Monster. He’s entertaining and finds a great balance between comedy and horror, a genre-blend I’ve always loved.

That wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought.

Q: Where do you do most of your writing?

A: While I always wanted a “writing room” like a Ray Bradbury, stuffed with trinkets to inspire creativity, I have to admit, most of my writing takes place on the couch, as unglamorous as that sounds.

Q: What is your writing process like? 

A: My writing process is ever-evolving but I stick to the same basics for each book. When I have an idea that I think is book worthy, I’ll usually put three or four paragraphs together to capture the main points or ideas and put it in my “books I need to write” file. When it’s time to start a new book, I’m a firm believer in outlining but this is the one point in the process that I like a more organic feel, meaning I’ll set aside the laptop and go straight to pen and tablet. I can fill up a tablet with notes and arrows, scribbles and sometimes even sketches. It becomes my story roadmap but like any good trip, a few detours make it all the more interesting. I can’t say I’ve ever started a book that ended how I originally planned.

I sum up my writing with this philosophy – It’s there, in the brief moments that we allow fantasy to reflect into reality that as authors, we are given the privilege of building worlds to capture a reader’s imagination and try to hold on long enough to leave them with something more than when we started. If I can change a perception or add to a perspective, then I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.

Maxx-Fragg-OFFICIAL-350x500Q: How did you come up with the idea of this book (Maxx Fragg, VPI)?

A: I was always fascinated with virtual reality worlds and the endless possibilities that they bring to a writer. When I considered crossing the paranormal with that, it was an exciting blend that needed explored to me. While ghosts and technology aren’t exactly a new theme in literature, mixing the two genres using the idea that virtual reality could be the bridge to crossing over to the other side was something I hadn’t seen done before. Having Maxx run a virtual ghost hunting business to deal with the death of his brother pretty much sealed the deal for me to start writing.

Q: How long did it take you to write?

A: It usually takes me about six months to get a rough draft for a novel done and then the editing process starts, which can take me weeks to months to get it where I’m comfortable releasing it to the world. With Maxx Fragg, the book took on a few versions and travelled quite a few paths before finding a home with Ink Smith Publishing.

 

Meet the Author

SA CheckS.A. Check is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Book writer living in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his E.R. nurse wife and tween daughter, enjoying all the small dramas that come his way. He earned his degree in English / Writing from Penn State University and has been writing all his life.

 

He can be found at his website www.SACheck.com , his profile page over at Ink Smith Publishing, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, or shoot him a tweet @S_A_Check.

 

Meet S.A. Check

SA CheckS.A. Check is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Book writer living in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his E.R. nurse wife and tween daughter, enjoying all the small dramas that come his way. He earned his degree in English / Writing from Penn State University and has been writing all his life.

He’s a featured author at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, written feature articles for Bleeding Cool Magazine, and has had his short stories appear in print and digital forms, such as the Hazard Yet Forward charity anthology. His first novel, Welcome To GreenGrass, was released in 2013, being reviewed as “Men in Black meet interplanetary Columbo”. His latest novel, Maxx Fragg,V.P.I. is a dark urban fantasy published by Ink Smith Publishing in September of 2015, receiving strong early reviews. “This book has the perfect blend of casual sci-fi, horror, and humor to entertain hardcore genre fans and everyone in between.”

Upcoming projects include writing for a new Three Stooges comic series and The Pink Panther for American Mythology comics starting this April. He’s also finished his first middle grade novel, which he hopes to release soon.

His work has been featured on various websites such as Horror Novel Reviews, Book Goodies, Locus Online, SFReader, Metal Life, Bleeding Cool, Scoop, Paranormal News, Inveterate Media Junkies, and Horror World.

He can be found at his website www.SACheck.com , his profile page over at Ink Smith Publishing, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, or shoot him a tweet @S_A_Check. Come visit him at the 2016 Stooge Con in Trevose, PA April 1-3, where he’ll be promoting his work and participating in panels.