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Blurb: Broken relationships were a constant in Mae’s life, causing her to swear off men forever. Unwittingly lured to Ireland, Mae finds herself knee-deep in a hidden world she never knew existed and head over heels for the very man that tricked her to coming there. His deception is complicated by his own feelings for the one person that holds the key to merging the ancient races that once ruled the ancient word.
Mae finds herself in an underground world of witches, and vampires, which are half-breeds of aliens long gone. She learns about her own unique parentage and powers, which she must study in order to control, before they consume her.
Beck and Helen’s love for one another spans across a millennium, her human soul reincarnated to match Beck’s own immortality. This time however the body she occupies is of a being that cannot be eclipsed by her return. After waiting two hundred years, Beck finds himself tormented by Helen’s inability to return and his growing love for her new host.
Some of the underworld creatures welcome her with open arms as a savior, while others seek to destroy the abomination they believe her to be. Will the knowledge of her existence cause a race war when the true power of her blood is discovered? Or will love become her ultimate downfall?
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In your experience what has been the toughest obstacle you’ve faced with writing? The toughest part for me was the grammar, I am not a writer, but a story teller so, the mechanical portion of writing was and still is my biggest obstacle. Although, like they say, practice makes perfect, the more I write and learn the rules the better my writing becomes....Less work for the editor.
What do you find is the easiest? The story itself, it is rare for me to hit a wall when I write, except maybe when I have to research a past event.
Do you plot and outline your books or do you just go with the flow? I do make a loose outline just to keep me on track, otherwise I think I would end up just pointlessly babbling (my characters like to talk a lot). It helps me to organize what needs to happen next.
How did you come up with your story? I have always disagreed with the logic behind vampires, witches and other mythological beings. My need to make scientific sense of these creators drove me to the concept of writing them the way I felt was scientifically possible.
Were there any specific people who played the roles of your muses? In Spell Checked there is only one character that has a physical muse that they were modeled after, and that would be Alexis. The real Alexis is much like the one in the book, the other characters had photo muses of what I thought they might look like.
If your main character had one day to live, what would they do? They would have sex! Isn’t that what you would do if you only had one day.
How long does it take you for finish a novel? Spell Checked took me 3 months to write and another 2 to edit and publish. Book 2 “Exile Bytes” is taking a bit longer due to summer vacation and the kids being home.
When faced with writer’s block, what do you do? I go back and read the chapters before the one I am stuck on. I feel like it gets me back in the mind of the characters, it makes me think, what would they do next? I usually don’t get writers block, my bigger nemesis is getting constantly distracted. I have a problem staying at the keyboard for more than 20 minutes at a time, even when my head is full of story to get down on paper.
Where do you find motivation? The need to complete what I have started is what drives me to sit and write. It is the reason I only work on one project at a time, I like to commit 100% to that project alone from start to finish.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten about writing? Get an editor! It is what separates good writing from fantastic writing.
Pick one song that best describes your book, or the personality of your lead character. Bring me to life by Evanescence was one of Beck’s songs...He needed for Mae to bring him out of the darkness that his love of Helen left him in. Book 2 “Exile Bytes” has a very different feel to it, one of the songs that comes to mind, for Beck, in this book is What I’ve Done by Linkin Park. Beck is finally going to tell us what he did in his past that almost destroyed the world.
C.G. Powell---Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series
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