Women in Horror Month – J.Q. Davis

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BIO:

J.Q. Davis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her husband have no human children, but their doggie daughters definitely make up for it. She has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare. The medical world interests her, but writing has always been her true passion. Her other interests include spending time with her incredibly geeky husband, exercising, listening to indie music, watching anything even remotely related to horror, and reading young adult fiction. She is also a video gamer and secretly watches ballet videos on her free time.
She is currently working on a paranormal/fantasy novel that will be released this year.

AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JQD: I started writing at a pretty early age. In elementary school, I entered a couple of Young Author’s contests. I still have those stories somewhere, one of which was about a girl in a castle. I recently learned that Anne Rice was a presenter of awards at one of those contests. Of course, I had no idea who she was at the time, but it’s still pretty cool!

 2. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

JQD: For each one of my books, it took about one year. I don’t generally write every single day. I know I should, but my creativity just doesn’t work that way. I can’t force it.

3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

JQD: There really isn’t a schedule. I just write when I write.

4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

JQD: In college, I wrote a ton of research papers. It was like, every week, a paper was due. So, researching is something I feel very comfortable doing. I also like to mix fact with fiction. For example, one of my books takes place on an island around Costa Rica. This island is real, the description on how to reach the island is real, but what is on that island is completely made up. For the zombie aspect of my books, I researched medically-involved information, as well as info on cannibalism. 

5. When did you write your first book?

JQD: My first book was released on June 10, 2014, which is my birthday!

6. What do you do when you’re not writing?

JQD: When I’m not writing, I do all kinds of things. I don’t have kids and most of my time is spent with my husband so, we just like to do whatever. Play video games, shop, travel, take naps, hang out with our dogs…pretty much whatever.

7. What does your family think of your writing?

JQD: It’s funny, most of my family hasn’t even read my books. I’m truly the only book nerd. And if they aren’t into reading, they aren’t into horror. My mother-in-law couldn’t finish the first book in the series because it was “too scary and gory”. This makes me laugh. It also makes me very, very happy. *grins mischievously*

8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

JQD: That it’s so hard. Writing a full-length book is not an easy feat. The most challenging part, in my opinion, is keeping track of what you’ve written already. You are working with 60+ words, multiple characters, different places, and it all has to make sense and fit together. It’s rough.

9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

JQD: I have written three books, a series. I think my favorite in the series was the second book. I felt that my writing had gotten a bit more serious and I could tell how much I had grown as a writer, and even as a horror writer. The story itself had become darker and more complex. However, the book that I’m currently writing will surpass that one. It’s already my favorite and I’m not done with the first draft!  

10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

JQD: The hardest part about writing a book is getting started! Those first few sentences of the first chapter of that first book, or any book, are the hardest to get down on paper. But once you get past that part, the words just flow from there.

11. What do you think makes a good story?

JQD: Life experiences. Yes, artists have an imaginative nature. We have the ability to create things out of nothing. But I think when you add your own life experiences into that, it could really make for some interesting stuff. When I’m reading a book, I often wonder what’s real to the author and what’s made up.     

12. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

JQD: I wanted to be a teacher for a little while. But I recently found a video of myself when I was thirteen years old talking into the camera about how I was going to attend college and write a book. It’s nice to know that I’d actually achieved my dreams!   


LINKS:

Twitter Handle:

@JoJoQD

Instagram:

@authorj.q.davis

Website:

http://jqdavis.com/

Amazon Link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DADMWYA/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Published Works*: turninggraceescapinggracefindinggrace

*Turning Grace and Escaping Grace are E-book Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror medal winners of the New Apple Book Rewards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Women in Horror Month – Angel M.B. Chadwick

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BIO:

Hi, my name’s Angel M.B. Chadwick. I’m a mom, published author, publisher, blogger and world traveler.


AUTHOR Q&A:

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

AMBC: When I was thirteen years old and I wrote a short story for my middle school English assignment. My English teacher Ms. Wilson saw my potential and was so impressed with my writing that she bragged on me in class, which made a shy student like me feel good that I was good at something and I got an A+.  I owe it all to Ms. Wilson. Thanks, Ms. Wilson I am a published author because of your belief in me.

  1. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

AMBC: Not long at all to start, but six years or more to finish for publication.

  1. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

AMBC: I write every day or every chance I get. The muse is always working even in my sleep. There’s no schedule.

  1. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

AMBC: My own life experiences.

     5. When did you write your first book?

AMBC: I wrote many books of all genres starting in my early teens, but the first one I could count as officially published was in 2014, a poetry memoir about my life from teen to adulthood, titled “Corridors of My Mind,” which I started writing in my teens and took me twenty years to write, finish for publication.

  1. What do you do when you’re not writing?

AMBC: I spend time with my eleven year old son who is autistic.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

AMBC: My family is very supportive.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

AMBC: I have written 1,051 books and counting.  Two published on Amazon and thirteen on Wattpad. They’re all my favorite. My latest is on Wattpad, titled, Traveling Salesman: Astronomgonist. It has won six awards so far. Bookworm Awards-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, Best Female Author-Majestic Awards 2018, Creative Minds Winner-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, The Belle Amé Awards-Second Place-Science Fiction 2018, Winner of Round 3-Above & Beyond: A Monthly Challenge 2018, The Writers Awards 2018-2019-Third Place-Science Fiction.

  1. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

AMBC: Just take a leap of faith and do it. Keep writing. Keep going even when you don’t want to.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

AMBC: Plot, Story, Compelling, unique, diverse characters, descriptive, great dialogue and character interactions,  several twists and turns, relatable, something that makes you think, leaves you wanting more and never lets go.

  1. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

AMBC: To be an artist. I used to be a sketch artist and a paper artist (I made houses out of paper). I started at the age of ten. Can’t sketch or do paper houses anymore.  Now I get to do that with my writing. Those talents are still there in my descriptive writing.


LINKS:

Angel M.B. Chadwick on Wattpad:  https://www.wattpad.com/story/150027604-traveling-salesman-astronomgonist

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9476119.Angel_M_B_Chadwick

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Goodreads Blog:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9476119.Angel_M_B_Chadwick/blog

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/angel.chadwick.10

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Amazon Author & Bio Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Mrs.-Angel-M.B.-Chadwick/e/B00O4KZI8Q/

 

Some Published Works: corridorsofmymindbookcover2018-presentweepingwellbookcover2018-present

Who is there? Two Tales of the Unknown by Yasir Sulaiman

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Who is there?

Review: 

There are 2 tales in this book, Raziere and Silence.  Raziere focuses on the importance of staying awake during history class and explains why history is so important to us.  Knowing the origins of a civilization help us see how we’ve evolved and hopefully can learn from past mistakes.  In this tale,  Raziere is a trapped soul in a locket that wants to make things right, but he has to travel back to the past to save his people.  After a kid named Bhavan buys the locket off a fisherman he learns about its meaning and the trapped soul, engaging in a mission with three of his friends to correct the past in order to save the future.

In the second tale, Silence deals more with love, tragedy and helping a lost soul move on.  A 14 year old named Payal, along with her brother, Purab, and their parents are forced to move to a very remote city.  But something is off when they get there – it’s completely silent!  There is no noise, no loud conversations, no lights after 10!  Unknown to them they are living in a haunted house, but brave Payal is determined to discover the truth behind these hauntings.  She befriends the lost soul named Aman and through him discovers what happened over a decade ago and why silence is golden in this city.  He was falsely killed and now Payal understands the reasons.  But Aman needs Payal’s help to put his soul, and the soul of his friend, Pari, to rest.  Payal learns the truth of a terrible tragedy and decides to help Aman.

Both stories, in their own way are remarkable and are filled with adventure, taking you on an emotional rollercoaster.  They weave through the past with tragedy and love, giving you a glimpse of the after affects of choices and truths.  One point of constructive criticism with these stories is for it to be edited better in order for the stories to be received better.  It doesn’t impact the overall read, but should be considered.