IWU Interview 005 – Paranormal Author Heather Adkins

What a delight it was to interview Paranormal author Heather Adkins! Read all about her inspirations and latest work here!

Thanks so much, Heather! And many apologies for taking long to get this up! Cheers!

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CR: From where does your passion for the paranormal come?

HA: You know, I’ve never really thought about it.  I grew up hearing ghost stories told by my dad and my grandmother; I remember begging to be retold those tales over and over.  It probably started there.  Nowadays, I maintain that love for the paranormal through the books I read: Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher.  Not to mention, I’m a Witch ;)

CR: How much of yourself is in your “The Temple” protagonist, Vale Avari? Would you please discuss some similarities and differences between you and Vale?

HA: This is a hard question!  I sometimes feel like I don’t even know myself; I probably know my protagonists better.  Vale and I share the same sarcasm and sense of humor; in that, it was just a matter of writing her exactly as me.  She has my sense of loyalty to her family, as well as her sometimes detrimental need for independence.  We don’t really have anything in common physically, and she certainly doesn’t care about clothes or many “girly” things.  She’s also not very artistic; she could do without it, and me?  Well, I’m really creative :)  The love of my life said that of my three “main” girls from my first three finished novels, Vale is the least like me.

CR: I’ve been reading Tarot cards for seventeen years. I always enjoy metaphysical stories and subjects. When I read the nature of your work, and your personal practices as a Wiccan, I wondered what insight your belief system may bring to the table. Do you feel your writing helps inform readers about mystical and/or metaphysical subjects?

HA: Most definitely!  I am gung-ho about getting the right image of the Witch out there.  For so long, the Witch has been maligned in Hollywood and fiction due to misinformation and fear.  An important part of my belief system is to take back the word “witch” for what it really is: a wise woman who lives in harmony with nature.  In “The Temple”, there are actually a couple ritual scenes that would give a non-Pagan an idea of what a basic Wiccan ritual is, therefore dispelling any “sacrificial” lies.  I love speaking of my religion, and I love even more to write about it because it could be just a few more people who learn what Wicca really is.

CR: What can you tell us about your forthcoming title, “Abigail?”

HA: “Abigail” is part Fantasy, part romance.  She is half human and half faery, and when her supposedly immortal mother turns up dead, her human father sells Abigail into slavery.  She is bought by a handsome man named William McAllister who has plans for her to play governess for his five year old sister.  But the island on which they live once belonged to the faery people; and they’re determined to take it back at all costs.  Up against a formidable faery king and his sexy younger brother, Abigail will learn what it means to be faery to help the humans she loves.

CR: My most sincere condolences to you and your family for the recent losses endured. I wish I had known Cory & Keegan. Knowing that we draw on our life experiences to fuel our creativity, what impact do you feel this is now having or will have on your writing?

HA: When Cory died three years ago, I spent a brief period of time writing incredibly depressing stuff.  With Keegan’s recent death, I’m trying to not go that route.  What I have found is I’m more motivated to write and finish projects; life is so precious and one never knows when it could end.  I have too many stories in my mind that need to see the light before I’m taken from this life.

CR: Will the pen be part of your grief therapy?

HA: Yes.  It always has been and most likely always will be; not only just to write in general, but I have many small pieces I’ve written about or to the people I have lost in my life.  That is an amazing form of therapy because I really believe the people I have lost an hear my written words.

CR: What did you do for Summer Solstice? Anything spiffy? :)

HA: I meet bi-weekly with two other witches; beautiful, wonderful women.  Our meeting happened to land the weekend after the Solstice; and the day after Keegan died.  It was a bittersweet ceremony of the broad, hot warmth and completeness of summer as the sun god reaches his zenith.  A celebration of the lush fullness of summer life while I was grieving for Keegan.

CR: What’s next for Heather Adkins?

HA: “Abigail” will be released in August.  I’m currently finishing up another paranormal short story that will be released for free by mid-July.  I’ll be working on revisions to my first chick lit novel, “Constant State of Disaster” all month, as well as continuing work on my second chick lit, “Flipping Spouses.” I hope to have that one done by the end of the month so I can focus my attentions on “Disembodied” my paranormal thriller.  I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire :)

Blog http://heather.bishoffs.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/heathermarieadkinsauthor
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hmarieadkins

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IWU Interview 004 – Horror Writer G.R. Yeates

This week, I had the privilege of interviewing indie horror author G.R. Yeates about his influences, opinions & work. He’s the author of The Eyes of the Dead which you can read more about and purchase at links following the interview. Many thanks for your time, G.R.!

Click here to read the full interview!

MOONGLOW Now Available At Barnes & Noble for NOOK!

Stop over to check out MOONGLOW in the Barnes & Noble store! You may buy it here or on Smashwords.com for your NOOK or NOOK COLOUR. :) ~Click the image below for more details!

MOONGLOW’s 1st Review! Lukewarm But LIKED by Good Lesbian Books

http://www.goodlesbianbooks.com/2011/06/book-review-moonglow-by-charlie-romo.html

MOONGLOW reviewed by Good Lesbian Books! This is my very first review and — although it’s lukewarm — the reviewer liked my story & complimented the fact that she found only one typo, which has been corrected.

The clarification I must make here is when she wonders if I wrote MOONGLOW as sci-fi in order to avoid “real people & places.” Not true. I wrote MOONGLOW exactly as I dreamed it. I’ve been dreaming of these settings ever since I was very, very small. I would have violated my own creativity had I slipped the core story into a more contemporary setting. I just let my soul do the writing and this is the result.

That said, I can’t thank Flynn the Cat at GLB enough for taking the time and good effort to read and review my MOONGLOW! She has an excellent website I urge you all to check out!

IWU Interview 003 – Young Adult Author Talia Jager

This week, another member of the Facebook Group Indie Writers Unite! is featured in an interview here! Talia Jager is a the author of several Young Adult novels, including Damaged: Natalie’s Story, Teagan’s Story, If I Die Young & The Ultimate Sacrifice. Read all about her and her work at her official blog here: http://taliajager.blogspot.com

Click here to read the full interview!

MOONGLOW Now Available From AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT!!!

YAY! My novel is live on Amazon’s Kindle Store! Buy it up now at a limited time price of $2.99! Soon it’ll be its regular price of $6.99.

I’m SUPER EXCITED for the exposure and reviews MOONGLOW will get from this! Whoever buys it from this link, PLEASE comment there on Amazon and here and — if you feel it deserves — LIKE the page, please!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054GZ794

IWU Interview 002 – Author Julia Crane Interviews Me!

Another part of the IWU Blog Tour here! I was recently interviewed by Author Julia Crane. Some good questions and a chance to check out her work as well as mine!

http://coexistjuliacrane.blogspot.com/2011/06/interview-with-charlie-romo-author-of.html

Sample MOONGLOW With BookBuzzr!

This is awesome! Thanks to BookBuzzr‘s embedded widget, you may sample the first two chapters of MOONGLOW directly from its Facebook Page! Hop on over and give us a read! (And a Like, perhaps?)

http://www.facebook.com/MoonglowRomance?sk=app_163325500392236

IWU Interview 001 – Author Katrina Parker-Williams

I recently joined a fabulous group on Facebook called “Indie Writers Unite!” Let me tell you str8 up that I am soooooo glad I did! These are some of the kindest, most thoughtful, talented indie writers out there. I hope you get the chance to look us up and rain “Like”s over all the Facebook pages you find! Cheryl Bradshaw is responsible for the call-to-arms so we have much thanks and praise to shoot her way. Thanks, Cheryl!

So, we do this thing where all the members of the group sign up to interview each other for blog posts called a Blog Tour. I drafted an interview with Author Katrina Parker-Williams.

Click here to read the full interview!

MOONGLOW: A LESBIAN ROMANCE SET IN A FUTURE FASHION WORLD, AVAILABLE NOW!

FINALLY! After 8 years in the making, my debut novel, MOONGLOW, is OUT NOW — published & available through Smashwords. Soon, you’ll be able to purchase MOONGLOW via Amazon’s Kindle store, Barnes & Noble for Nook, Sony’s eReader and basically every digital reader on the market.

MOONGLOW is a lesbian romance set in a future fashion world that you can learn more about by browsing this blog. If you like what you see, please head on over to:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62372

~and purchase! I’m offering a special introductory rate of $1.99 but you’ll have to swipe it up at that price fast! Soon, MOONGLOW will be available at it’s regular price of $6.99 so act now to save some coin!

Special thanks to Smashwords for their amazing service that allows us to do what we really want to do — entertain all of you with our imaginations, directly. I’d also like to thank the wonderful people who inspired this work — (some of you know who you are, some of  you don’t… yet! :p) — for without you, none of this would have been possible. I’d also like to thank my dear friend Virginia Hilton for her rapturously divine cover art (and more available through the ART link above).

KEEP UP WITH ALL THINGS MOONGLOW ACROSS THE WEB HERE:

http://moonglownovel.wordpress.com <~ Official site/blog.
https://www.facebook.com/moonglow1980#!/pages/Moonglow/168481266545887 <~ Facebook (Please “LIKE” this page as I need 25+ to have a shorter address and be a REAL “Like Page”!
http://www.twitter.com/MoonglowNovel <~ Twitter! All news and developments will be updated there, of course.
http://moonglownovel.tumblr.com <~ Tumblr! Another venue to connect with you wonderful people!

This really is my life’s work. MOONGLOW is everything I am and I can’t thank you ALL enough for your support!

Be Sweet,

~Charlie, xoxo

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