Lia Rees

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Lia Rees

I had the privilege of interviewing a truly unique individual. Lia Rees has been a fun person to get to know. Today I’ll be taking to get about her book But I’m Not Depressed. 

“Tell us something about yourself Lia.”

“Here’s my “official” biography!”

Lia Rees lives in London. She loves music, particularly prog rock, chill out and anything melancholy. Her ideal house involves plenty of books, attractive lamps and things made from coloured glass. Open-source culture and wild places excite her, and she has dabbled in the creative arts of jewellery making, crochet and T-shirt design. Since 2005, she has been living with the psychological and cognitive effects of an acquired brain injury. She writes to bring readers into the surreal world of the survivor, and to save other survivors from the psychology trap.

“What book would you like to tell us about?” Book FB Square

“My memoir, But I’m Not Depressed.”

A memoir. I love that word. Sounds so pretty. Especially with a french accent. Lia has been nice enough to provide me with a copy of the book and I’m excited to get started on it. Thank you Lia.

“Would you like to provide us with a blurb?”

This is what happened when something devastating crashed into an unusual mind.

When I suffered a brain injury at the age of 19, I was not told what I had. The world became a dreamlike haze. I was cut off from my own thoughts and memories.

Instead of receiving medical treatment, I was sent into psychotherapy. So began a ten-year battle to recover my lost self. This memoir is a window into the surreal internal landscape of a brain injury survivor striving to find reality once more.

Positive thinking and pills couldn’t fix me, but a bizarre and cutting-edge field of medicine just might.BIND - Paperback For Web

“Why is this book so important for you to share?”

“I thought I was only writing one book – But I’m Not Depressed – but it became the starting point for a whole advocacy mission. The more I researched my condition, the more medical neglect and heartbreaking stories I found. I’m now planning a series of full-colour artistic booklets to provide survivors with the information we are rarely told about our condition. There will also be a follow-up book on high-IQ people and brain injury. The effects of brain injury are devastating yet subtle, and don’t always show up in tests. Many high performers are overlooked because they still manage to score quite well on tests. They are told, as I was, that there’s nothing wrong with them that a little positive thinking won’t cure. They spend the rest of their lives struggling and blaming themselves. It’s a situation I’m angry about.”

That’s horrible. I never did like doctors much. Time and again they prove how inadequate they can be with things new to them. The realm of possibilities seem to be only what their current knowledge and pharmaceutical companies tell them. Such a shame.world turned upside down

“What make this/these books so special to you?”

 

“But I’m Not Depressed is a very personal book. Without much preamble, I bring the reader into the strange underwater world I live in now. The sheer weirdness of being inside a brain-injured mind is the kind of bizarre experience you can compare to a drug trip. But most people, thankfully, will never know it from the inside.

“Most people also associate brain injury with head trauma from sports, vehicle accidents and so forth. Mine came from another source, which was why it was medically dismissed. By writing about it, I strike out against the psychologists who undermined my story and tried to reshape my reality. Nobody will suffer for neglecting me, and that will always hurt. But it will hurt less if I can write a book and have a voice.”

No one can tell the story but you. I’m so happy you choose to.

“Who is your favorite author?”

“It’s probably either Douglas Adams or Ray Bradbury. Two insightful men with beautiful precision of language, and Douglas Adams managed to be funny with it.”

“What inspired you to write for the first time?”

“As a small child, I read everything I could lay my hands on. It seemed a natural progression to start writing stories on my dad’s computer. I still have four “books” from that time – computer printouts bound into coloured plastic folders – full of my old stories in various genres. It’s fascinating to see how a five-year-old writes science fiction, for example, and what she believes is important. I wish I could recall what I’d actually been reading at that time. Anyway, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things up.”

That would be a great thing to have made into a hard back book on one of the publishing websites and share with the kids in the family.

“What keeps you coming back to writing?”

“It helps me keep track of myself – what I think, experience and believe. Once I actually get started, the page of text is very forgiving. It keeps a record of all the thoughts and ideas which would otherwise be lost to the amnesia I live with.”

That’s awesome that you found such a profound use for writing. That should be recommended to anyone with memory loss.

“If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?”

“Be sure of what you want, and what you believe. Examine it with logic and compare all the evidence before you commit yourself. Then never let anyone take it away.

Also, eat proper food and explore the natural world more. They’re both fun and good for you.”

I can second that advice. Too many people in the world saying someone can’t do something. It’s amazing what good healthy food will do for one’s mood and energy.

The Crimson Petal and the White“What is the first book you’ve ever read that pulled you into its world?”

“I can’t remember the first, but I was mesmerized by The Crimson Petal And The White. The daring, immersive use of language and metaphor grabbed me from the start, mingled with the historical knowledge and psychological detail. It helped that the book is about the adventures of a highly intelligent prostitute in Victorian London.”

That’s going on my reading list. Sounds intriguing.

“What would you say to future authors you might inspire?”

“Be both structured and chaotic, rational and emotional. I know it’s hard. That’s kind of the point.”

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Thank you Lia. That was very insightful and inspiring.

If you wish to find Lia, her links are listed below.  Thank you for reading, as always.

Facebook

Twitter

Email: Lia at FreeYourWords.com

Website

Amazon

Book page

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I’ve gotten the chance to read a few chapters since she sent this to me and it’s a wonderfully poetic work. Lia Rees has a wonderful talent when using words to describe the impossible.

Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter

Christopher D. Morgan’s Portallas Series Interview

Welcome my avid reading friends! Today I’d like to introduce you to a fellow writer.

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Christopher D. Morgan. Meow. I love the face painting. So Chris, tell us a little something about yourself.

Ok, let me think. During an 18 month back-packing tour around the world with my wife, Sandy, I was nearly killed numerous times. I was charged by an angry bull elephant in the Okavango Delta in Botswana; I fell off a quad bike (it landed on top of me) whilst racing over the dunes in the Namibian desert; I narrowly escaped injury from a Lion in the Kruger National Park in South Africa when the animal captured a baby baboon just a few meters from our position; I ran out of air on a SCUBA dive off the west coast of Thailand; I found myself in the midst of a military coup whilst in Quito, Ecuador; I was in a high-rise hotel in China when there was an earthquake; I was nearly bitten by a sea-snake, which I was later told was about 10 times more venomous than the most venomous land snake; oh, and I missed the Thailand tsunami by just a couple of days.

Wow, not really what I was expecting to hear. It sounds like you have another book you could make just from that. I also love that you’re wife’s name is Sandy. I don’t meet many with the same name as myself. What book would you like to tell us about?

At the moment, I’m promoting Forestium: The Mirror Never Lies, which is book 1 in the Portallas series. It’s a thrilling adventure set in the magical world of Forestium, where weird and wonderful creatures abound.

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Ooooh, I absolutely love fantasy and that cover. I’ll have to add this to my reading list. Do you have a blurb or a synopsis?

My synopsis is:

Joshua’s life is on the line as he attempts to navigate through the magical world to find the truth about his father. He and his companions will need to use all their cunning to stay alive and avoid the dark forces of the Goat. Will Joshua find the magical orbs and open the Portallas, a gateway to other worlds, before he is killed?

Joshua sets out to learn the truth about his father. Along the way, he finds friends, enemies, adventure & romance. Most of all, he finds himself.

The Goat? I haven’t heard a story with a Goat as the enemy yet. I’m intrigued.

My Blurb is: 

Joshua, a young woodsman, is approaching the age of decision. Despite the tales of his father having died in a skirmish with another tribe, Joshua’s dreams are telling him otherwise. The young man yearns for the truth and decides to enlist the help of his village elder to guide him. Armed with little more than the cryptic musing from the ailing elder, Joshua sets off to find the Oracle with his best friend and an imp, who is travelling the land to find others of his kind. It isn’t long before they stumble into a beautiful and ingenious young woman who is herself on a journey of discovery.

On the way to the Oracle, Joshua comes by some curious magical artefacts. Can these help him to find his father? An evil and malevolent creature of the underworld known only as the Goat learns that Joshua has possession of some of the magical orbs needed to open the Portallas, a permanent gateway that links worlds together. Enraged, the Goat sends his dark forces to thwart Joshua and to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny.

Travelling through fantastic landscapes, the four travelling companions meet strange people and creatures alike, and must use all their cunning and ingenuity to find the remaining magical orbs. Will Joshua find all the magical artefacts needed to open the Portallas and free his father?

PORTALLAS – FORESTIUM is full of twists and turns, as Joshua goes on a veritable roller-coaster ride of challenges that will test his courage and emotional strength.

What, out of all your own characters, is your favorite and why?

I like all my characters but I do have a soft spot for Sarah and Galleon. I deliberately wrote Sarah to be a runaway enthusiastic young woman who is extremely intelligent and ingenious. She has a solution for every problem and the traveling companions must rely on her abilities on multiple occasions. She is everything I would like my daughter to be when she grows up. Galleon makes me laugh. He has a slicing wit that is reminiscent of the kind of humour I’m familiar with from growing up in the UK.

What make this books so special to you?

I think an author’s first published book will always be very special to them. For me, it’s not only the culmination of all the hard work that went into it but it has proven that I could do it after all.

I have found that my first book is always in revisions. Never satisfied I guess. Who is your favorite author?

JK Rowling.

I love her Harry Potter Series. Of course. What inspired you to write for the first time?

I’m quite late in the game with my writing career but for me the main inspiration was to put my writing skills to some practical use. I always felt I was good at writing and my travel journals have brought many people lots of pleasure. Taking on a full-sized novel and a piece of fiction were both firsts for me, however, so I was always very nervous about whether I could pull it off.

It’s never too late. What keeps you coming back to writing?

Ask me again in a few years! So far, I’m really enjoying the process and all the positive attention I’m getting from book 1, so I’m really happy to be continuing to churn out more books. only time will tell whether I can sustain my current levels of enthusiasm.

It is a very rewarding hobby and career. If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?

Wow, that’s a tough question. I’m itching to tell everyone about all the exciting things that are going to be happening in the next books in the series and the direction the whole series is going more generally, although I would never do that, of course. I guess my message would simply be ‘Watch this space!’

Be careful not too give too much away. What is the first book you’ve ever read that pulled you into its world?

For works of fiction, it was the Harry Potter books, for sure. I was absolutely captivated. I used to sneak off from work in London to find a quiet spot somewhere to absorb another chapter or two. I probably lost quite a bit of productivity doing this at the time.

That explains her being your favorite author. What would you say to future authors you might inspire?

Just do it! Stop thinking about it and have a go. If you don’t think you can pull off something substantial initially, then do what I did and attempt something smaller first, like a short story. Don’t be put off by criticism. Use it to your advantage and go back and make improvements. By all means get your friends and family to read your work but expect them to all tell you just how wonderful it is. Seek out strangers, like beta readers, to check your work. It’s the only way you’ll truly find out whether it’s actually any good.

Great advice! What are the best ways for your readers to reach you?

My Facebook page is: https://facebook.com/portallas

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14880470.Christopher_D_Morgan

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28601190-forestium

Book links:
http://amzn.com/B01CH8BGY6

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forestium-christopher-d-morgan/1123485635?ean=9780994525727

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/forestium

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forestium/id1089787299?mt=11

My blog:
http://portallas.com/blog

Do you have any special offers for your readers?

Readers who sign up via http://portallas.com will automatically go into a monthly draw for a FREE autographed HARDBACK copy of Forestium: The mirror never lies, as well as receiving special offers and other advanced notifications about upcoming releases.

Thank you Chris for your time and I wish you the best of luck. Keep writing.

Martine Lewis (Author) Interview

Welcome my dear readers. I have a new author to introduce to you. A real gem. A fan-fiction writer branching out to new horizons. Her name is Martine Lewis. Join me here next to Martine in Houston, Texas as she sits in her chair with her two cats mewling for attention while we ask her a few questions to get to know her.

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“Hi Martine. Why don’t you tell us, my followers and your readers, a little about yourself?”

“This is always the hardest part, isn’t it?”

“Of course it is. Not all of us likes to toot our own horns.”

“I start writing at 11 and have written on and off ever since. I wrote mostly fanfictions and some bad originals when I was younger, mostly inspired by people I knew. Fanfiction was a good way to hone my skill and when I became ready to write my own original fiction, I was ready.”

“Now you love writing.” 

“Now, I write original fictions with no end in sight.”

“Always a healthy obsession.”

“On a more personal side: I work a full time job to pay for my “writing addiction”. Hopefully one day, my writing will support itself and me and I’ll be able to do it full time.”

“We hope you get to do that as well. What books would you like to tell us about?”

“Crossing the Barrier – The Gray Eyes Series Book One.” 

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“Attention ladies and gentlemen, this book will be release in March 2016. Tell us a little something about Crossing the Barrier Martine.” 

“High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?”

“A socially awkward teenager and the popular varsity football star hit it off in the Gray Eyes series. Sounds interesting. Who is your favorite character?”

“Malakai is my favorite.”

“It’s always great when we can fall in love with our own creations. I do all the time. What makes this book special to you?”

“It explores something I never had when I was in high school. Where I went, we didn’t have football, we didn’t have band, we didn’t have cheerleaders. It was not in our culture at the time and it barely is now. I missed all that. And I wished I had it.”

“Oh my, you were deprived of fun in high school. I’m sorry. Who is your favorite author?”

“I have many but one I particularly like is Cambria Hebert, especially the #hashtag series.”

“I’ve heard of this series but still haven’t checked it out. I’m going to have to do that. What inspired you to write for the first time?”

“Believe it or not, Duran Duran. I was eleven years old and I imagined I knew them and they were part of my life. I wrote the story of them interacting with me and my friends.”

“That is certainly different. What keeps you coming back to writing?”

“I had, and still have, too many ideas inside of my head, characters talking to me, telling me their stories. I have to commit them to paper.”

“Let’s hope you never run out of ideas. If you could say anything to your fans, what would it be?”

“Stick around, there’s a lot more coming!”

“You hear that readers? There’s nothing better than an author that can promise more of what you love, worlds to escape in. Martine, what is the first book you’ve ever read that pulled you into its world?”

“Mmh, I do not remember. It’s been so long. Maybe Mercedes Lackey and her entire Valdemar universe. I didn’t write any fanfiction in it however.”

“What would you say to future authors you might inspire?”

“If you want to write, do it. If you want to write fanfiction, do it. If you want to write original fiction, do it. It cost nothing to put pen to paper and start writing. The day you’ll be ready to publish something, someone will be there to help you do it. It’s that easy.”

“I whole heartily agree. It’s hard work, but if you love it enough, it’ll be worth every bleeding word. What are the best ways for readers to reach you?”

“Any of my social media account. My website also contains my email address.”

“Thank you, and your two sweet kitties, for the chance to get to know you. We look forward to reading your intriguing books.”

You can find below links to each of her social media accounts to follow her and keep up with the latest news on this new YA/NA series.

Twitter

Facebook

Email

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Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter

 

Catrina Burgess Interview

Hello all my faithful followers (and new ones too!) I have quite a treat for you today. No, not my Halloween short story Asylum special. (That’s in the works right now. )

I read an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this rising author Catrina Burgess‘ first book The Awakening. The beginning of a unique young adult fantasy series Dark Rituals. It was so great that I just didn’t want to put it down. Not to mention I just needed to meet this new author as well. Let me tell you, she’s fun.

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Incarnate

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Comment below with your email and I’ll send you a copy.

If you read and review Incarnate by Sandra Easter, you will recieve an ARC copy of the ebook Denouement absolutely free.

Furthermore, if you put your review on Amazon and Goodreads, I will gift you the second book for being so awesome. That’s the entire series! Free! All you have to do is read and review the first book.  How great is that?

“The secrets of dreams keeps us safe,reminding our subconscious of what we can’t face in our waking hours.”

Renee’s forgotten memories creep like shadows into her waking world. Outwardly an ordinary teenager, struggling with school and her parents divorce, she’s gradually sucked into a realm of faeries, angels and creatures she never imagined could exist.

When Gage and Castiel move into town, Renee must flee the wrath of the Unseelie Queen, who’s already killed her several times in the past few centuries. This time, armed with memories, friends, and the Seelie Fae court, will she be able to escape dying for the last time?

Incarnate is the first book in the contemporary young adult fantasy Incarnate series. It’s a story about a young woman in search of her identity. A story of love, hate, and forgotten promises… that still must be kept.

Comment below if you’d like to read the book. I’ll email you the book by the end of the day after you post your email. 200 copies available.

If you are wary about posting your email, send me one at Author.Sandra.Easter@gmail.com and title it Incarnate. Thank you.

Your Beloved Author,
Sandra Easter

Reading

A word:
A precious puzzle of letters
A sentence:
A miracle formation of a mental picture
A page:
The portion of a scene pulling me in
A book:
The journey I take without ever leaving
The characters:
The friends that will live forever in me
The author:
The provider of worlds
The silver tounged keeper of my fantasy
The artist of unseen beauty

Your Beloved Author,
Sandra Easter

Characters in the Dark

I always wondered what happened to the characters in the books when I returned them so neatly to their shelves. I always dreamed about them long after reading their words. Soon it became too much. It invaded my every thought.  Kept me from writing, sleeping,  reading.  I just had to know.  I set a book open on my desk one night and placed a night camera before it.
This is what I saw:
At first there was only silence. A stillness that only comes in the night.  That was until midnight came and the words began to shift.  Just a few at first.  Then as if an they were ants,  they all began to move on the pages. It was an awakening if I ever did see one.  I was so in awe my jaw wouldn’t close.
As if that weren’t enough,  voices began lifting into the air in a caphony of sounds and words. Voices I could only imagine until now. 
The most amazing thing happened next. Words began to form my beloved characters.  They conversed,  fought and loved before my very eyes.
The magic tragically only lasted an hour. They melted back into the words I loved and settled on the page awaiting my eager eyes again.

Your Beloved Author,
Sandra Easter