Egyptian Cat Eye

I had the pleasure of working with DJ Shaw on The Bennett Witch Chronicles, and I thought it would be fun to toss things up with her here. We squeezed in some time to talk about her busy life and her contribution to the Bonnie stories.

 

For those readers who are not familiar with you, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 39 yr old mom of five children (ages 15, 13, 9 & 7), one boy and four girls. The last two are twins and quite the handful lol. I have been writing since I was 10 years old but seriously writing since I was about 17. I love to live in the worlds of my characters, if only while I’m writing. But when I’m not writing I am mostly a mother. Well that isn’t entirely true lol I am also a caregiver. I have been a caregiver for almost 10 years now though I take care of my own mother as best I can now. I love to read, draw (when I get the urge lol) and color. I color all kinds of things for my little mobsters 😉

Tell us about your Bonnie book. How did you come up with the idea for the story?

I have always wanted to visit Egypt and have done so much research on the place that I felt it would make a great area to have Bonnie visit. I wanted to work on a mythos that hasn’t really been done before, which is kind of my writing MO. I wasn’t sure where the book was going to go, at first, but I really enjoyed writing it J I knew that if I combined to mythos in one book it could go one of two ways; either really bad, or really, really good. My editor believes that I did a fantastic job of combining Egyptian Mythology with Japanese Folklore and I think I did too!

What was the most fun part about writing this book?

Putting myself in Bonnie’s shoes. I tried to write my book in the third person point of view but found it was much easier to write if I became Bonnie.

What did you like or dislike about working on a collaborative series?

I love working on collaborative series. It helps me meet other authors interested in the same genres as I am. It is also a really good way to establish a connection with like-minded authors.

Tell us about some of your other titles.

Right now I am currently between publishing companies but I am working on republishing my Pink Rhinestone Tiara series (Books 1, Blood Lust, & 2, Blood Lost, as well as the novella that brings books 2 & 3 together, A Break from the Blood), my YA book Apocalyptic Records, my horror shorts, Phegru’s Revenge & Things in the Mirror as well as publishing a few other pieces I have been holding onto.

What do you think is the most difficult part of writing in general? What’s the most fun?

The most difficult part of writing is when life gets in the way and makes it almost impossible for me to write. Oh yes and the blurbs. I have always hated writing the blurbs for my pieces ! The most fun is getting to write about new worlds and learning about the characters I have come up with 😉

Do you draw inspiration from other media (movies, tv, video games, music, etc?)

Sometimes. Music is the media I lean to but there have been times that I have been so disappointed with a horror movie that I have found a way to spin new life into something that should have been scary in the first place 😉

If you had a chance to make any fictional character real, who would it be and why?

Hmmm. I have to think about this one. I believe I would love to meet Jenks from Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series because he is such a fun character

What are some of your favorite books or movies?

My all-time favorite genre is horror, which covers most things but my favorite movie is Labyrinth.

What kind of stories would you like to see more of?

More mythologies that aren’t really written about much. And new animal shifters. Maybe some gargoyle books.

Over the last year or so, what has writing taught you about yourself?

It has taught me how to be more patient. That may seem like a weird thing to say but I am not really a patient person.

Other than your Bonnie Bennett book, what else do you have coming out soon?

Nothing yet, other than the books I plan to republish. I’m rewriting my first novel, Wiccan Lies, but I have no idea when that will be ready to be published.

 

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©2017 Lori Titus

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The Temple of the Forgotten

I had the pleasure of being included in The Bennett Witch Chronicles, a set of sixteen books about Mystic Falls baddest good witch, Bonnie.  After the final season of The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie heads out on her own to see the world, and these are her stories. All the books will be released on October 31, 2017. I had such a good time working with these authors that I wanted to introduce a couple of them to you.

 

For those readers who are not familiar with you, tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Alex H. Singh.  I am easy-going & youthful writer devoted to creating the best experiences for my readers by letting my imagination paint a picture step by step which then gets translated into words, worlds & wonder.

I have been writing since the age of 18 & I am interested in all genres, especially Horror, Thrillers & Sci-Fi.  I am in hopes that everyone will enjoy my “Nubara” series,

Upcoming for 2017 are the following “The Second Husband”, “Fallen Kingdoms Book 2: “Shield of Reflection”, “Fallen Kingdoms Book 3: Sail of Enchanted Threads” Marked, Something Sinister, Fayeted and much more.

2017 brings a plethora of novels releasing within the year on a variety of platforms & Print

Tell us about your Bonnie book. How did you come up with the idea for the story?

First and foremost, I love Bonnie Bennett, always have and always will.  I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if she ended up in India? There are so many myths and legends around the world but I thought why not my home and native land.  So I chose India to be the place where Bonnie’s adventure occurs.

What was the most fun part about writing this book?

The most fun element was introducing new and fresh characters to this Bonnieverse.  I enjoyed creating a story for her. It felt like an episode of The Vampire Diaries but only staring Bonnie of course.

What did you like or dislike about working on a collaborative series?

I LOVE the fact everyone was involved and everyone had each other’s backs. It was nice to meet new creative people. I enjoyed that part greatly.

Tell us about some of your other titles.

Nubara (A Sci Fi Fantasy) series about Atlantis, a Fallen Kingdom & a calamity set in motion to destroy the world!  A group of individuals unknown to one another are brought together by fate only to discover that they are linked by a destiny to thwart an evil that is about to rise once more. A heart pounding series, will the heroes prevail? Will Earth be destroyed?  Read Book One: Destiny Awaits to start your journey.

Welcome to the world of a lonely single mother who is trying to make sense of her life after divorce. With an acting career and a caring sister by her side Demure searches for what she truly desires, what she finds is FINN; a young man who loves for her, or could this be a simple infatuation from a one night stand. Will Demure give in to her feelings? OR will poor Finn pine over DESIRING DEMURE?

 Graphic, a story that features an angry spirit, a town full of occultists, a curious girl and a handsome police officer.

Daniela Savan is a young woman trying to start over in a town that hides a terrible secret. As Daniela uncovers a truth that could lead to solving a mystery she is also trailed by an evil spirit of a girl who just does not know how to let go.

Will Daniela survive what’s coming for her or will curiosity kill the girl?

What do you think is the most difficult part of writing in general? What’s the most fun?

I think the most difficult part of writing is trying to tune out all the other wondrous ideas out of your mind and only focus on the idea at hand.

The most fun is getting to create your own world. Similar to the computer game we all love “The Sims”.  You are basically GOD of your world. What happens is your creations therefore it is fun.

Do you draw inspiration from other media (movies, tv, video games, music, etc?)

Inspiration for me comes from life experiences however there are times when I see a move or a TV show and think to myself “This could be so much better if it happened like…”  So yes, inspiration comes from all avenues.

If you had a chance to make any fictional character real, who would it be and why?

I think the fictional character of choosing would be Bonnie herself and not because of this project.  She seems like the type of person I would love to be friends with and seriously who would not want a witchtastical friend? I think it would be fun to go on some adventures with her and battle evil.

What are some of your favorite books or movies?

My favorite film of all times is Stardust based on Neil Gaiman’s novel.  I am very much into my horror films so The Conjuring 1 & 2, Insidious 1, 2, 3 and Lights Out are a few that I love.

What kind of stories would you like to see more of?

I really enjoy dark fairy tales and to be honest I don’t mind much of that genre. It would be nice to have more of those out.

Over the last year or so, what has writing taught you about yourself?

Writing has taught me how to be patient with myself and learn from my mistakes.  It is not an easy task to balance an everyday life and be a full time writer. So I need to learn not to be too hard on myself and take it easy and have fun doing what I enjoy doing the most.

Other than your Bonnie Bennett book, what else do you have coming out soon?

My anticipated novel trilogy Fallen Kingdoms Chronicles Book 1: Lamp of Light, Book 2: Shield of Reflection & Book 3: Sail of Enchanted Threads which is based on my DARK version of Snow White.   Book 1 will be part of a multi author boxed set releasing this November 2017.

Fayeted, another dark fairy tale releases in a Multi Author Boxed set this November 2017!

I am also excited for my Action Thriller “The Second Husband” & my horror novel “Obsecura” both release shortly.

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 © 2017 Lori Titus

 

Why Diversity Matters

 

A lot of people can tell you about diversity and why it’s important. There’s easy ways to explain it. Everyone likes to see a reflection of people that look like they do, love like they do, or share similar experiences and challenges. And when you show only a narrow cross section of people, the consequence is erasure of whole segments of that population. But it goes beyond even that.

Stories are important. They carry our vision for how we see the world, not only as it is, but how it could be. We dream of what could be accomplished, what could go wrong, and who would fight the good fight. We want that good guys to drive back the monsters, the aliens, the demons that are trying to claim us. We want to imagine a world where good can win—and that even if the heroes and heroines do lose, they go down valiantly.

Over the years we have seen movies and television shows slowly begin to change their ideas about writing and casting roles. In the literary world, one of the last corners of genre fiction to reflect diversity has been the paranormal, urban fantasy, and dystopian categories.

In the 1990’s, there was a slew of female kick ass heroines. Buffy, anyone? I loved La Femme Nikita and its television re-imaginings, Nikita and Alias. It’s worth mentioning that a reboot of the television show Nikita came out in the 2000’s starring Asian American actress Maggie Q.

Other than Maggie, most of these action femmes were white. Any women of color who appeared on television in these shows didn’t have a very long shelf life. If they lasted maybe two episodes, you considered yourself and the actress both lucky to have had a chance to even see a woman of color in the role.

Inspired by these stories, I set out to create my own heroine, and a world of characters for her to live with. My story is centered on a young black teenaged girl named Marradith Ryder. She has the power to hunt and kill monsters because of her complicated bloodline. Drawn into the Sojourners for her own protection, she soon finds out that working for the good guys comes with strings. There is action and romance, and bad things to be killed. But at its heart, Hunting in Closed Spaces is about family, those we’re born from and those we make our own through shared experiences and loyalty. The Sojourners are made up of people of all kinds, but they work together to accomplish their goals.

My story is peopled with vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. I also endeavored to make these characters look like us: Black, White, Latino, and Asian. I wanted to create a story with people who looked like the ones I grew up with in Los Angeles.

Sigils and Spells is a collection of stories which features diverse characters. Our goal of course is to entertain you. And while we do it, we hope to show you stories which contain all kinds of people. We want you to dream big, and to see some part of your experience reflected in the pages of these stories.

It’s both an honor and a pleasure to have my book included with my colleagues in this collection. I hope you’ll pick up a copy, and that we can give you new worlds to explore for a while.

The Art of Shadows

The second novel in The Marradith Ryder Series is now available for pre-order.

 

 

Check out a snippet here:

I saw a dead man today.

This morning, he stood beneath a tree in my back yard, arms crossed, and eyes glowing. The rain didn’t touch him, but I could see it falling all around him. The sun moved behind the clouds and lit his ethereal frame.  He put a finger to his lips. Shhhhh. There are no words, but I feel his pain. It’s always with me.  I was with him when he died, six months ago. He took a part of my being with him that can’t be replaced. Perhaps that’s why he comes only to me.

Then he was gone, just as suddenly as he came, leaving behind nothing but the sound of the wind and rain and the house settling around me.