Tuesday, March 15, 2011

S.J. Wright, Tracey Alley, and Barbara Silkstone

S.J. Wright is a stay-at-home married Mom with two boys, an overworked husband and a very devoted Jack Russell terrier named Shelby.

Product description:  
I was the Warden. He was one of the damned. We were destined to be at odds. Enemies. Sarah Brightman, having just lost her father to cancer, is stunned to discover that the mother she thought was dead is actually still alive and now she has a frightening new responsibility. This is part one of a three-part series. 

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

I think they will really love Sarah and her spirit and courage.  Not to mention the super hot vampires!

Q: Why did you go indie?
It was a natural step, I think.  I wanted everybody to be able to read it as soon as possible.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice


Tracey Alley: I learned to read and write at a very early age and my earliest memories are of my mother telling me stories about fairies and elves and flowers that could talk; all living in our back garden.  I began writing my own stories by the time I was six or seven.  So I never felt a sense of ‘I want to be a writer’ I always felt I was a writer, I just wanted to be a published writer.  It took me many years to learn to write well and even more years before I came up with a story that I felt would stand the test of publication – The Witchcraft Wars.

I tend to be critical of my own work so there are quite a few manuscripts lying around that other writers might have felt inclined to publish – work that I actually received very favourable feedback from editors and publishers alike but not work that I was totally happy with so I waited till I felt sure.  For the most part my books have sold reasonably well and most people have liked them.  I’ve had a few scathing reviews but that just tells me I’m truly a writer – no writer alive ever escapes a bad review. 

The Witchcraft Wars is about the idea of a group of adventurers having to work together even though they came from different backgrounds and ideologies but that they would all be working for love of some kind – love of a friend, love of country or god, romantic love, love of parent – all different kinds of love but that love was the motivating force to weld this group together.  I also wanted to show the other outcomes of the baser human emotions like greed, envy, lust for power and hidden agendas.  All in all I’d say I did a pretty good job of transferring my idea into a believable fantasy environment.

The Kingdoms of Kaynos have been at peace for nearly a thousand years. Now the ambitions of a dark sorceress armed with a new, deadly type of magic called witchcraft threaten to tear the Kingdoms to pieces.

Locked deep in the bowels of Zeaburg's infamous, horror-filled subterranean prison the young druid Slade is haunted by a strange, recurring dream. A dream in which his beloved father, High King Erich of Vestland, pleads for Slade's help.  Convinced of the dreams truth Slade must somehow attempt the impossible and escape the inescapable Zeaburg prison in order to find and save his father. 

Gathering an unlikely assortment of allies along the way Slade must not only find a way out of Zeaburg prison but must also find a way to prevent what threatens to be the bloodiest, most brutal war in the history of all the Kingdoms of Kaynos.  Will an unimaginable alliance, an unlikely friendship and a forbidden love be enough to save the Kingdoms of Kaynos?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I’ve worked very hard to make the world of Kaynos a very believable real world environment and I’ve also used characters in unusual but believable ways.  I think readers will enjoy the differences between the characters and how they’ve come together to fight a greater evil.  It’s interesting to see the lines between good and evil blurred a little.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I actually came very close to signing with a traditional publisher but to be honest being Indie gives you more control creatively and also more money per book.  It felt like the right decision to make for me but I wouldn’t rule out a traditional publishing contract in the future either.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I love Terry Pratchett’s imagination and effortless style, also very fond of the works of Anne McCaffrey and Katharine Kerr.  All the authors in fantasy that I tend to really admire have created truly believable alternate worlds.  Another up and coming Indie author I admire tremendously is M. R. Mathias, his work is exceptional.

Barbara Silkstone: When you’re a freelance writer with a quirky sense of humor, being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. If I just stand still for five minutes… wham! Something funny and worth writing about will happen to me. I’ve accidentally sky dived, been stalked by crazies, and ran off with a real life White Rabbit.

Product Description:
A criminally funny fable. The first in a series.
A murder by beheading sends Alice Harte, reluctant real estate broker for thugs, running into the arms of Nigel Channing, a charming British con man.
 33 Five Star Reviews
Readers will enjoy the similarities to My Cousin Vinny and A Fish Called Wanda.
My protagonists are reminiscent of Stephanie Plum.
I went Indie because my novels do not fit into a cut and dry genre. They're comedy mysteries tied to fables. I wanted to be able to control their destinies. Plus my books have found a global market as Indies. I love it!
My favorite authors in similar genres would be Janet Evanovich, Nora Ephron, and of course Raymond Chandler.
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  1. I love when people mix me up with Alicia Silverstone. I used to be Legally Blonde.
    Hugs from Barbara Silkstone :) :)

  2. Ah, so that's why I was confused. I kept thinking, "Ms. Silverstone has made a lot of changes." Note to self: Silkstone, Silverstone. Definitely not the same. By the way, I've read both of Barbara's books and can't wait for her next comedy fable mystery.