Hello! I’m delighted to be taking part in two Blog Hops today! This particular Blog post is for the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop.

The author before me on this Blog Hop is Nicolas Wilson who’s quite a prolific writer. Here’s a link to his Blog:
And here’s a link to his website:

At the end of my Blog post, please see my introduction to the next author on the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop, Jamie Maltman.

Now, without further ado, here are my answers to the questions for the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop:

1. What am I working on?

I’m working on several projects right now. I recently published SHADE, a YA Mystery novel with Paranormal elements. I’ve been working on quite a few book promotions for SHADE. I’m having the time of my life interacting with readers and reviewers over this book! I’ve heard from readers of all ages from teenagers to older adults who connected on a deep emotional level with the main character, Shade. I really love her character and I'm thrilled that readers and reviewers like her, too.

I’m hoping to turn SHADE into a series of books. The first novel took place during Shade’s junior year of high school. She went from being a rather lost teenaged girl to a girl who had really started to find her voice as a writer, graphic novelist and amateur sleuth in SHADE. I’m thinking I might write separate novels for her senior year of high school and each year of college, and in each book she would solve another important mystery. I’ve started planning out the next two novels and I'm very excited about them!

I’ve also received the blessing of Hugh Howey to write and publish a fan fiction story set in his WOOL universe. My story introduces Evangeline Hubbard, a hoarder in the silo of Hugh Howey’s first WOOL novel. I’m now about three-quarters of the way through writing it. I’ve contacted Mike Tabor, the artist who’s designed other spectacular book covers for the WOOL universe, to design a cover for this story. Here’s a Q & A that Hugh Howey did with Mike Tabor a couple of years ago in which you can see some of Mike’s fabulous book covers:

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

One of the things I tend to do in most of my novels and short stories is to include some focus on psychological and social issues. It’s just the way my mind works. I care a great deal about world events and social injustices and I tend to be a news junkie. I never seem to be able to get enough news. I read online news reports, follow news outlets on Twitter, and watch some cable news as well.

My novel, SHADE, deals with quite a few social issues. At the beginning of the novel, Shade is depressed and cuts in order to deal with her problems. Her mother’s an alcoholic and drug addict who frequently breaks up with boyfriends and then moves with Shade to a new town. This book also deals with kidnapping and slavery.

My short story, COYOTE CROSSING, has a Dark Fantasy twist in a fictional story about the abuse of illegal alien children at the hands of an employer after they take the dangerous trip from Mexico to the United States, hoping to cross the border into safety.

My trilogy of middle grade novels — THE FISHERMAN’S SON, THE CITY OF THE GOLDEN SUN, and RETURN OF THE GOLDEN AGE — deals with the trials and tribulations of a young boy whose mother has died and whose father is an alcoholic. After his mother’s death, he meets a fairy godmother type character and a magical dolphin and, with their help and his own bravery, begins his journey to become a true hero.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I think it comes from a combination of having a strong interest in world events plus a deep love of both the written word and highly visual art. I enjoy using written language to tell stories for which I can visualize fantastical worlds that reflect real-world events. Speculative Fiction genres are perfect for that.

4. How does my writing process work?

I usually picture a main character and a setting or dilemma in which they find themselves. In the past, I used to then form a vague outline and the ending of the story in my mind and fill in the story as I wrote. For SHADE, I wrote a complete outline first and discovered that I really liked writing that way.

Thanks for reading my post in the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop!

Here’s a link to my website:
And here’s my Twitter page:

And now I’m delighted to introduce the next author on the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop, Jamie Maltman. Here’s a link to his Blog where he’ll provide his post for the Blog Hop:
And here’s Jamie’s Bio:
Jamie writes historically-inspired fantasy from his home near Toronto, Canada. Brush with Darkness http://www.jamiemaltman.com/brush-wit... is book I in his Arts Reborn series, which explores the impact of magic returning to a world a lot like the Mediterranean in the time of the Roman Republic. Book II: Blood of the Water comes out later this month, and Jamie is also working on a short story for an anthology in the world of The Dream Engine http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Engine-Se... .
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message 1: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Garrett Marilyn, ooh, a hoarder in the silo, that sounds awesome!!!! I'm kind of obsessed with psychological issues too! Heidi

message 2: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Peake Thanks so much, Heidi! I also love writing and reading about psychological issues - I think it makes a story interesting. :)

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