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#Author #Interview: Robert Eggleton on “Rarity from the Hollow” #Scifi #Books

indexWinner of two awards as a readers’ & Awesome Indies favorite: “A children’s story for adults”.
Genre: Sci-fi, Literary
Available: Amazon & Doghorn Publishing

Synopsis: “Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?”

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

 

Interview

 

  • What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction, but I’m not stuck in that genre. I read and dabble in most genres. I do intend to continue to write stories that prompt reflection about life and its issues, rather than pure escapist entertainment. Personally, I most enjoy reading material that I digest, sometimes for years afterward, and I hope to produce the same.

 

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Before winning the eighth grade short story competition in 1964, I didn’t dare admit to myself that I wanted to become a published author. Afterward, I became so consumed with school and working for a living that writing took a back seat. While I’ve always wanted to be a writer, it wasn’t until 2006 that I acted upon my ambition.

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The Importance of Real Native Stories: “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You”-Eva Tulene Watt/Ken Basso

a sstepRe-reading “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You“, the collected stories by Eva Tulene Watt assisted by Keith Basso made me write my mother and say, “Tell me a story”…and she did. She did, and it was good! If you’ve read the work, you’ll know why I add emphasis just so in the previous sentence. And why I wanted to hear from my mother about our people, our cousins, our family, about the past that touches the present and the future. The stories she was told or the things she observed.

Re-reading “Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You” made me want to hear songs. Made me want to hear songs I’d never heard before in this life and songs I already knew. One of them was “I’ve Been Around”, a popular Apache song that somehow voices all those stories of the hardworking, big-hearted, fierce, gentle, humorous, resilient, pragmatic, whimsical and wise Apache. “They’re always walking, walking, going around and doing things. They worked hard!”
I hear my ggrandmother’s voice again, and the stories she told and tried to tell us even when we weren’t listening, only halfway or transfixed cause they seemed light, even funny, but were deep. Stories when she was cooking or cleaning or working or chasing us (me!) with a switch when I had done something she directly told me not to do but I did it anyway because I was stubborn and/or curious.

Stories tell you why you should do things or why not to do other things. They give you purpose. They give you hope. They help you remember why you’re here now, right this very minute and not just what our ancestors endured. Stories help explain why they are important, to be kept, and remembered so our children understand and know. Some stories are shared with non-family, not-of our People, but others are special. Knowing them helps you understand why we defend them and how when someone copies you, culturally appropriates, or takes and changes your stories into their fantasies, these critically important parts of your culture and identity, it is beyond offensive but also really hurtful. Painful. That they do not care, that they make excuses, rationalize or say its just “fantasy” or “honoring” you is even worse. It’s terrible for native identities and cultures. Continue reading

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Thanks AptDesign for a “Red Haircrow” Meme

AptDesign is a writer’s service building websites and helping promote and establish brands. Though I’ve a number of memes of out there on the Web, where people have used my quotes, this was the first time someone actually notified or informed me @. It’s greatly appreciated, so I wanted to bring attention to their services.

Below is the meme they made, which you can download as a wallpaper. The full quote is:

“Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it’s flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotion spent before I begin a new story. My characters are aspects of my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.”

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“Werecats” Special Edition Paperback & Author Interview with Andrew J. Peters

The Popular Werecat Series Now Available as a Special Edition Paperback!

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Previously available as e-novelettes, paranormal fans can now pick up the first three installments of Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat series in one book! Included are: The Rearing (Book 1), The Glaring (Book 2) and The Fugitive (Book 3).

Here’s the back cover blurb:

“Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets a handsome drifter named Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters.”

Praise for the Werecat series:

“Steamy enough to satisfy romance-genre die-hards. An innovative take on the shape-shifter genre; this first offering in a gay fantasy series should garner a large following.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to live and love as a big cat, this is the book for you.” — Wilde Oats Journal

“If you love action packed stories, more than a spot of violence, and a thread of a love story too, then you should definitely try this book.” —Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite indie retailer, or dip your paws in the series with one of the e-books.

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Author Interview

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What’s been happening since you last stopped by to talk about Book 1 in the Werecat series?

It’s been an exciting time. 2013 was a break-out year for me after a long haul working on a number of stories and shopping them around. The Rearing came out in May of that year, and my first novel-length book The Seventh Pleiade débuted in November. I can’t say that I skyrocketed to celebrity, but I had a lot of fun with book release events and hopping around the blogosphere.

I continued the Werecat series with two more installments, and I’m currently working on the fourth and final book. Just this past year, I finished two other projects. Banished Sons of Poseidon is the follow-up young adult adventure to The Seventh Pleiade and will be coming out in October 2015 through Bold Strokes Books. In early 2016, I have another book Poseidon and Cleito coming out in a similar mythological vein, published by Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy. That book imagines the early days of the Atlantis legend.

What sort of people read your books?

I guess the common denominator is readers who like LGBTQIA fiction. Though my upcoming book Poseidon and Cleito features two hetero characters so it will be interesting to see how people respond to that. I get a lot of M/M romance readers shelving Werecat at Goodreads, and it’s been great meeting people of all ages through my young adult series. People pick up the books because they like fantasy and sometimes because they have a particular interest in Greek mythology, which is a big inspiration of mine.

Jacks, the main character in Werecat, is a self-described “Euro-American mutt” who discovers his Native ancestry, which was hidden from him. How did you go about realizing Jacks and the spiritual traditions that are behind Werecat’s mythology?

The Euro-American mutt part was easy since that’s close to home. But I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in portraying the Native aspects of his character. Jacks was raised outside of that culture so he is in a sense discovering it himself as the story progresses.

While I was working as a social worker for LGBTQIA youth, I had the privilege of having colleagues from Native communities. We collaborated to educate schools and service providers about LGBTQIA concerns and Native concerns specifically. I learned a lot from working with a great organization called the Northeast Two-Spirit Society.

Werecat took a lot of research because the premise is that shifter magic was borne from indigenous practices related to people possessing dual souls, in this case man and cat of course. That was fascinating for me to study. It took me from Amerindian spirituality to African and Indian and Asian traditions.

I mention in my Acknowledgements in The Trilogy that I don’t purport to be an authority on indigenous cultures, and my intention was to honor those traditions, not to sensationalize or exploit them. It is a fantasy world that I created, and I wanted to take a nuanced approach to the werecat/werewolf trope. I thought about werecats being “good” and “bad” guys, and being both at the same time really.

What’s next for you?

I’ve been in a pretty productive phase so I’m happy to say that I have more books coming out in 2016 and beyond. I just signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish the first book in what I’m calling an alternative history series. The book is titled The City of Seven Gods, and it’s an adventure-romance set in a fantasy world that takes a lot of inspiration from Near Eastern civilizations of the ancient world.

Otherwise, I expect to have a follow up to Poseidon and Cleito coming out, and I’ll be working on a contemporary romance, believe it or not.

About the Author:

Andrew J. Peters is the author of the Werecat series and two books for young adults: The Seventh Pleiade and Banished Sons of Poseidon. He grew up in Amherst, New York, studied psychology at Cornell University, and has spent most of his career as an advocate and a social worker for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A lifelong writer, Andrew has written for The Good Men Project, GayYA, Dear Teen Me, La Bloga and Layers of Thought among other media. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com or find him on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewjpeterswrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayjayp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AndrewJPeters

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Nimrod Journal: Call For #Submissions, April 2016 Edition #LGBTQIA

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Nimrod International Journal at The University of Tulsa invites you to submit to our 2016 spring issue. Nimrod is the University of Tulsa biannual literary journal, founded in 1956 and dedicated to the discovery of emerging voices in literature.

Title:
Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities

This year has seen a remarkable shift within the United States in relation to the gay rights movement. Nimrod International Journal has historically celebrated and championed writing by people from marginalized populations, whether those be nation, ethnicity, or age. This year, we’re thrilled to announce an issue devoted to writing from LGBTQIA community.

For our Spring/Summer 2016 issue, Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum.

What We Are Seeking:

We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual, or anywhere under the umbrella term MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex). Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects.

We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, including work from LGBTQIA writers of color, writers of varying socio-economic status, physically different writers, and neuroatyptical writers. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.

What We Are Not Seeking (for this issue):

We are not looking for work by straight allies of the LGBTQIA movement. While allies are a vital part of the movement, in this issue we wish to focus exclusively on writing by persons of marginalized orientations and gender identities. If you are a straight ally with a piece of work related to the movement or about your own experiences with friends and family, we ask that you send your work as a general submission so that we can consider it for a future issue. In short, while we truly do want to see and consider work by allies and will accept it for future issues, we also want to clarify that this particular issue will focus on writing by LGBTQIA writers.

The Specifics:

  • Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages.
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We seek to celebrate the writers themselves and their work, rather than to limit submissions to works that specifically address issues of sexual orientation. In other words, send us whatever you like!
  • You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
  • Fiction should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides, one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only.
  • For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2016 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
  • For those submitting online: You may submit work online at: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.

Manuscripts accepted beginning August 10th, 2015.

Postmark Deadline: December 5th, 2015.

Publication Date: April 2016

Nimrod is published in print by The University of Tulsa, with issues appearing twice a year. All contributors to the magazine receive two copies of the issues in which their works appears.

 

Send postal manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

Submit online at:

https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Questions?

Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080, or visit us online at http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.
Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-3080
http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod
http://www.facebook.com/nimrodjournal
nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

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