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New Campaign

DON’T BUY ANY OF MY BOOKS!  Not the novellas, the novels, the children’s books, or the e-book only books.  Why?  Because they must be really, really bad.  How do I know?  The trolls…ah… certain librarians and reviewers on Goodreads say so.

Disregard all the great reviews that have been written in very professional style by those I don’t know, but who have become fans, in praise of the books.  These folks have an agenda.  And it ain’t pretty.

New PfL FrontBookCoverPreview.doThey are maligning A Price for Love/Ariel’s Cottage especially, which has happened before causing me to leave the GRs site.  But they have made a promise, in writing, that there will be a lot of 1-star and no-star reviews.  “Don’t say you haven’t been warned.”  Well, it’s happening.  If they want to hurt you there are no holes barred and no management on any site can help you.  This group, who stick together like snot on tissue, obviously meant it for more than the one book .  The ratings on all my books on Goodreads have now decreased significantly.  Without even checking I can confidently say there are a lot of new 1-star reviews without comments posted.  Well, that’s Goodreads.  It does have this reputation against authors, especially Indie authors.  Too bad the general public doesn’t understand.

I just read a man’s very nice statement to one of their comments in the Goodreads Author Feedback Group discussion Writer’s Circle>REVIEWS.  He said when exchanging reads for a review he opted not to do a review because the book was so bad.  The author was agreeable and welcomed his feedback.  That is a very polite and normal human way to do things.  The responses he got were encouraging him to give bad reviews or the poor public will be duped into buying bad books.  Notwithstanding the fact that authors, especially Indie authors, struggle to sell even one book, this is their ploy to expand their negative behavior.  I hope he doesn’t succumb.

So, what’s a troll?  According the this article, Internet Trolls are Horrible People, they are not only not-nice people, but really dangerous.  To quote: “…the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists…”  Read it for yourself:  http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/climate_desk/2014/02/internet_troll_personality_study_machiavellianism_narcissism_psychopathy.html 

This is an article that addresses the research findings of those who thrill at trolling.  I’m sure there are other articles you can look up.  In fact, try this one – http://en.wordpress.com/tag/trolls/  However, if you want a real picture of their damage check out the site where victims of their abuse report:  http://www.stopthegrbullies.com  You are welcome to report to them on my behalf, if you so choose.  They are very good with confidentiality.

Sadism is the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others.  In general use, it’s deliberate cruelty.  Having worked in the psychological field, having a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, I am well acquainted with the other terms used in the article – narcissistic, Machiavellian and psychopathic.  Each category includes very dangerous people.  To help you understand here are the definitions.

Narcissism is the excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.  Psychologists define it as a personality type, a disorder if enough diagnostic traits are revealed.  Its  characterized by a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration.  Also, be aware, this personality disorder is grouped with antisocial and borderline disorders as the most dangerous.  Psychoanalyists have found the individual’s self-centeredness arising from a failure to distinguish the self from external objects, as in very young babies or as a feature of a mental disorder.

Machiavellian, name after Niccolò Machiavelli, refers to a person who is cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one’s career.  I would clarify it as advancing one’s agenda.

Everyone uses the term psychopath at some point in reference to behavior, but few really understand the implications.  Basically, it’s an unstable and aggressive person, but in mental health evaluations the disorder is shown to be chronic, that is, ongoing with abnormal and violent social behavior.

Well, this is more than I planned to say.  I haven’t referred to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual because it really is for professionals only…and maybe professional writers.  It may even be on line if you’re researching for a deviant character or psychological thriller.  Now, back to the topic.

There is no defense against derogatory.  Most of us who have encountered such low life individuals already know this.  However, since  it’s part of their tactics to put you off, hoping avoidance will save you from more abuse, it’s time to act when the abuse doesn’t end.  AndI could use a little  help.  I’m experiencing one of James Kirk’s no-win scenerios.  I, too, am trying not to believe in it.

Like I said in the beginning…don’t buy my books.  Of course, if you are curious enough to want to see for yourself, then by all means, go ahead.  Add an honest review if you like, showing you have actually read the book and can make comments about elements within.  I can tell the difference.  Can’t you?  What I am meaning by the statement, don’t buy, is that purchase isn’t necessary if you want to help.  It’s a very simple gesture I request…in fact, I beg for.

Amazon says that comments can be made about negative reviews.  Fine, that’s an option, but it’s predictable that they will come back with something you’ll have to answer to and you’ll get drawn in.  If a comment for a positive review seems appropriate to you, and you’re brave, give it a try.  If a comment against it follows, I’d advise you to  remain unresponsive, or report it to Amazon.  I know, steam will come out of your ears, but when in a cage of hungry carnivorous creatures, you must be careful.

The biggest help, according to Amazon, (yes, I have communicated to them about this) is to vote Yes on the positive reviews and No on the negative reviews.  Don’t vote more than once because it won’t count anyway.  And it’s considered ballot stuffing.  If you do this the one million drop in this one book’s ranking, A Price for Love (Kindle; Ariel’s Cottage is the book) might return closer to what it was.

Be aware of the number of votes when you check.  In one day the negative review got 8 Yes votes, so they are ahead of the No votes.  In almost two years none of the other reviews have gotten more than 6, and most only 4.  And No votes were obviously added to the positive reviews.

I have a few from another of my sites who added the 5 No votes yesterday, which makes it a total of 13 in one day.  We should all be so lucky to have this everyday…in a more positive way, of course.

If you’re not into doing this sort of thing for anyone, but want to offer encouragement I will approve your comment.  The troll comments, of course, will not be approved.  And I have no doubt this will appear on GRs for them to fan the flames because it posts on my Facebook page.

I’m back to seeing trolls everywhere.  It’s a victim response, but I’ve backed off to think about this.  I have cut-throat abilities with words, but choose not to use them outside of fiction, and rarely there.  However, in light of this, I am seriously considering the characters for another book.  This one I may send to a publisher, one that likes hot topics and controversial situations.  Or, hot situations and controversial topics.  Anyway…  Several titles come to mind – Troll Heaven, The Day of the Trolls, Walk like a Troll, Sing the Troll Song, Being Troll…it could be fun.  And all the characters have such cute names…BubblesintheBath, TinManHardStanding, BacadabusBob, Sexy24-7.  I made these up and hope no real person uses them, but you get the picture.

Thank you for understanding my need for this posting, and I hope there is some help out there.  I don’t want it to turn out like promised reviews that never appear.  Good people need to stick together and support among Indie authors is usually strong.  So, thank you for all your support in advance.  I think I need some ice cream now, chocolate, of course.

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Newest Release

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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The Carousel Pony is now published.  It is immediately available from the publisher – https://www.createspace.com/4015776.  Check it out there.

Because it’s a children’s book and not the standard size it won’t be available through bookstores or other online retailers, other than those connected to Amazon.  It’s expected to be available on their site by the weekend.  It does not have an e-book equivalent.  It will have a glossy cover.

This is a story to be read to pre-schoolers and young readers.  By third grade children may be able to master it themselves.

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Follow Fest 2013: Books by Judith

I’m taking part in a blog follow fest this week, which was created by a fellow author Melissa Maygrove. She’s created  this networking opportunity for authors. Check out her blog to read about her and her books!

I followed my friend, Megan Cashman, from her Follow Fest blog.  She loves vampires!  Check out her blog postings.

And here’s my Follow Fest post…

FollowFest
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Purpose: A platform building opportunity for authors and connect with others.

When: September 23rd thru 27th.

Name:  Judith Victoria Douglas

Fiction or nonfiction?  Fiction
What genres do you write? Several: Romantic suspense, historical, Contemporary social Sci-fi, Fantasy, and children’s books, both for preschool and young reader and middle grades.
Are you published?  Yes, I have self-published without creating a publisher name for myself, but there is a logo within each book.
Do you do anything in addition to writing?  Only the editing, copyediting, illustrations, cover art and photography and all things related to publishing.  I have recently become more active in the marketing aspects, which means I’m spreading out further.
Where can people connect with you?
Professional email:  books@judithvictoriadouglas.com
Blogs
It’s All About the Books! – www.booksbyjvd.wordpress.com (Latest post – Freebies for the Weekend)
Writing and Items of Interest, some announcements – www.booksbyjudithvictoriadouglas.wordpress.com
Reblogged Items about writing or other items of interest, sometimes announcements: www.judithvictoriadouglas.blogspot.com
Facebooks
Author pages:
    Amazon
    B&N – they haven’t posted all of my books yet
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Yes, my latest children’s book, The Carousel Pony, will be available late October.  I am presently working on my next novel, One Unicorn Wish, a fantasy for the inner child in everyone, so it can be read to your kids.  And I am actively looking for readers to add reviews and reviewers who have established a policy, and both will take a PDF.  I haven’t figured out the mobi. conversion yet.  And I don’t have a clue what a beta is.
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You write like who? Part I

Neil Gaiman bibliography

Neil Gaiman bibliography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When my writer friend, Ann Everett, posted her blog about a site where a sample of your writing can be analyzed and matched with famous authors, I was intrigued.  Visit it yourself for your example –  http://iwl.me/.  It’s fun to find out which great author your writing resembles.

My first thought was it couldn’t be valid, just something for fun.  I mentioned this in a comment before another reader posted a check by entering a classic children’s story and got H.G. Lovecraft as a match.

To find my resemblance to real talent I checked the prologues (where available) and the text of the first chapter.  I matched many writers, depending on the style of the story.

When I immediately clicked on the site I first entered a portion of the novel I am working on at the moment, One Unicorn Wish.  When it was matched with the writings of Neil Gaiman I was really shocked, and excited.  I am a big fan, but no one writes like Neil Gaiman, do they?  Isn’t he a genre unto himself?  Well, I admit I thought this particular story might be similar, and was reading it internally with his voice, but I never would have suspected a match.  I’m definitely going to finish the novel this year.  I’m excited about it anyway, but now…

Cover of "The Graveyard Book"

As for a style of writing Neil is an enigma.  All his publications are different, but so are mine or anyone’s, perhaps.  Gaiman apparently writes best when he writes short stories, putting them together as a novel.   In The Graveyard Book he wrote what is being called a Shnovel.  He admitted at his Newbery acceptance that’s how it was put together.

Okay, I did the short story thing with the three separate stories in TREE & SKY: An Introduction to the Secrets of Meshyah’s World, and will follow with two more stories.  I’m presently doing it with The Citadel series, beginning with Little Duke and the Rat Princess, but I can’t figure out how the first few pages of One Unicorn Wish could type me with this part of Neil’s style.  Besides, with a trilogy where each book borders the 500 page range, all telling the continuing story, short stories are not how all my works are accomplished.

I do agree we both are Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors whose writings are difficult to put into any sub-category of that genre.  And while some say Neil aims to become part of the circle of great literature, I know I would like that for myself.

My best example is the trilogy again.  An apocalyptic vision of our future, its just different from most.  It’s basically a search for the place where the horses have gone in order to be there and safe before the end comes.  It predicts a catastrophe through the character’s evaluation of evidence and clues.  It focuses on science, ancient pre-history and/or mythology while the fact the horses all vanished in an instant all over the world is more fantasy (unless you consider the decrease in their numbers by 2 million since 2005 and the current attempt to ban horse slaughter).

The characters feel it means something serious and they must get over their lose in order to figure out what it is and what to do.  But I’ve had to cut a lot of information due to length.  So, while Neil  leaves out some information to allow the readers to decide I haven’t done it here.  I am doing more of that in more recent works, which may be what the analysis picked up on.

What I find most intriguing about Neil’s work is his rhythm, often almost poetic, but it flows like a melody.  It comes out when he reads his own work.  I didn’t read The Graveyard Story, I listened to Neil read it.  In this sense he is definitely an artful storyteller, as others have said.  In a by-gone age he would have been the storyteller for the children, telling a tale even adults would be captivated by.

When I re-read my work I often use another voice, in my head, to hear it.  It’s really to test the rhythm.  I consider a poetic rhythm, like music, an important essence of the story.  And I’m learning from him.  I don’t like horror (Stephen King) or much of thrill seeking stuff young people are drawn to, but he writes macabre without it being scary for kids, or me.  I’m also learning that disconnected things can be connected in stories.  It’s a reminder of a children’s literature course I started but didn’t quite finish.  I had to pick three words from a dictionary at random and use them in a story.  I vaguely recall something about a light bulb and an elephant, but can’t remember the third word.  It’d be interesting to re-read that today.

So, except for a few superficial similarities I can only be flattered by the comparison without really understanding it.

As far as other works and other matches, only the third of my trilogy, Where the Horses Run, is matched with Dan Brown.  I mention that because of the above description of using pre-history and/or mythology to blend with the plot, which is something he does.  But it also matched me with him for the first chapter entry of Ariel’s Cottage and the prologue for The Furies of Orestes, another yet unfinished.

According to: http://nickmomrik.com/2004/06/11/dan-brown-writing-style/  Dan’s style also includes short chapters and his story takes place in a short amount of time.  I’m not sure what constitutes a short chapter for me ~ three pages?  In one of Brown’s books I read a chapter of one sentence.  Now that’s short.  That my trilogy and most works take place over two weeks may be long by Dan’s standard.   Dan has good character development which is something reviewers have said about my stories.  And he has a lot of suspense.  I know Ariel’s Cottage does, so I’ll agree with this match.

I will leave the other matches for Part 2.  Let me know who you match with on one of your stories or great works of literature.

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Three New Kindles

Everyone is familiar with my children’s novel with the bubble mosaic photo on the cover, Tree & Sky, An Introduction to the Secrets of Meshyah’s World…right?    Sure you are.  That’s why I have now gone beyond putting BookCover4T&Sthe book on Kindle.  I have published each story in the book separately on Kindle, only $.99 each, and each with their cover photo in bubble mosaic.

There are two more stories in the making.  There will also be a second edition of the book with all five stories for the five-year journal Shy, Jazz and Ozzie are completing.  Each story tells a lot about their world ~ what it’s like to live under a great Megadome on Antarctica…in the future.

What?  Not curious?  How will you know if their journal gets sent back in time successfully?   You know, to warn every one of what’s coming and how it all turns out?  And how will you know what the future world is like when you read DOME (due out early 2014) ~ an adventure in discovery of the child-written journal in a basement used books store and where it all leads?  Like the reviews have said, it’s recommended for adults, also.  So think about it as you continue reading.

Since the trend these days is to get all the free stuff you can (especially for books), and a really low price is a tolerable second, I thought I’d offer, for the electronic age mind, short readings at the lowest price possible, and almost free.  For every book you buy, as the author, I earn a whopping ten cents for all the work I did to make it for you and your child’s enjoyment.  That’s because the object is for the stories to be read, not for me to get rich.  I gave up that dream a long time ago…when I started writing, in fact.

Miracle Belle Front BookCoverPreview.doAfter the success of Miracle Belle, A Horse with a Secret, being pulled from the anthology and put in the e-book format, I thought I’d try again.  In fact, I have other stories ready for Kindle, but only awaiting a few illustrations or proper cover.  And I plan to put everything on Kindle first while awaiting those myriad of things necessary to complete a book for publication.  Always good to have a plan.

The first story from Tree & Sky is The Tree on My House, and introduces the series, The Secrets of Meshyah’s World.  You will love the
Bk 1, #1 Front BookCoverPreview.do Kindlecharacters through this charming story of finding a plant growing on the rooftop patio of Shy’s home and watching it grow.  It  overtakes the side of the house and the walkway below.  It becomes  a special visitation site for many of the multicultural residents living under the dome, giving them hope.  You see, trees are now rare in their world and only those transplanted and grown under the dome are surviving.  That’s pretty special considering it’s Antarctica.  You will enjoy Shy’s relationship with her grandfather and the name the children give the tree.  Now, remember Kindle and $.99.  Sure, use the excuse its for your kids, but you will enjoy reading it, I promise.  There’s something about ten-year olds…ya know?

The Day the Sky Fell is the second story in the series, The Secrets of Meshyah’s World.  You will experience being under the dome when Bk 1, #2 Front BookCoverPreview.dosomething goes wrong and part of it collapses and crushes a house.  Homes under the dome are two-story and made of concrete (the new kind that’s not dangerous), so being crushed by a giant cable from the dome is really something.   You will also enjoy Shy’s eleventh birthday party.  That’s when she officially becomes Meshyah Bluebird Garcia.  It’s her Native American name, given to her by her grandfather, who shares lots of stories with her about life in the Before Times, including his tribe’s history.

You’ll learn more of their world under the protective dome in Antarctica as Sky and her friends. Jazz and Ozzie, tell aspects of life Under a Honeycomb Sky.  You will wish you could visit there.  In these trying times we are experiencing now, the children’s life there seems idyllic.  It does take a lot of work to support it, as they learn.  Remember, the threesome telling it are now Bk 1, #3 Front BookCoverPreview.dotwelve-year olds and have no memory of the world as we know it.

With the next two stories you will learn what happened in the world, in the Before Times, to make all the problems we’re experiencing today much worse in Code Name: Starburst.  The last story for the five-year journal, The Great Migration, details the move of the worlds’ surviving population to their assigned dome and the village under it where they’ll be housed.  Antarctica only has three Megadomes, but there are others around the world.

Once you’ve read these stories you will have more knowledge and a better understanding of our largest continent, Antarctica, and why the first  megadome will be built there.  Well, the first one after the one in the Black Hills (a hint of what’s to come in DOME).

The second edition novel, simply titled The Secrets of Meshyah’s World, will come out with all five stories once  completed.  Three more novellas will follow with adventures for Shy, Jazz and Ozzie as they grow up.  And all will be on Kindle.  I know you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy all the work creating them.  So, watch for DOME, the adult edition of finding the journal in the past, when it comes out early next year.  It has a couple of the main characters from my novel trilogy, Where the Horses Run ~ the ones who live or travel to the Black Hills in South Dakota (another hint; not a spoiler).

Happy reading while saving money!

P.S. I don’t have a Kindle either, but I do have Kindle iCloud on my iMac computer.  It downloaded from Amazon for FREE.  Check out the last of the related articles for more information.

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An Up-to-Date on my writings

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This is the sister blog to this one.  It’s All About the Books, so it has my latest update.  I will announce publication releases on all of my sites.running horses2

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How One Thing Leads To Another

https-::www.facebook.com:bookmastersgroupTitles for a trilogy or series can be tough. For my trilogy every book is titled Where the Horses Run, but with Book I, II, & III noted, and each having their own subtitle–Mass Extinction, Sacred Hills and Ciphers. Since I started it that way, I’ve kept it and only refer to it as the Horses trilogy (H1, H2 & H3), though it’s definitely about more than the vanishing horses. And it’s certainly about more than Elle, the main character, though she’s set up as the books’ writer basing it on her journal notes. It’s been years in the making and a very complex work to keep track of. Hope I never do it again.

To make it more complicated it has a prequel with a totally different name, because it can be a read-alone book. There were parts of the book with past-history back story that had to go somewhere, right? I do have a sequel planned with a different title and, like the prequel, only to be listed as the sequel. I’ll try to make it a read-alone also though it will have some the same characters.  Anyone reading H3 will wonder what the world is like after….so one last story, a thriller with Tommy as MC.

Then there’s the spin-offs. Could I make it any more complicated for myself?  The first is with all the Native American parts of the Horses trilogy put into a separate book from their points of view–tricky work. I was told it was the best part of the Horses stories and should have its own book, so I’m polishing it now as I also do my semi-final edit on Book II — quite a challenge.

The other spin-off is a children’s series, each subtitled The Secrets of Meshyah’s World, but with different titles to each. After the same title on three with similar covers, I liked doing it this way better.  I only have the first out, so far–Tree & Sky.  But  the real Horses series spin-off — of how everything gets set up in Meshyah’s World — is yet  another book. It’s actually the book Meshyah’s story comes from and leads to. You see there will be a journal sent back in time from Meshyah’s World (set in a very different future) to the world of the Horses series and found by secondary Horses series characters who will then be major characters in the new book.  Did you get that?  Hope so.  It’s really been fun to write. And since this involves current Native Americans and the reservation, I have another children’s story  that occurs in the same time period and is affected by the things that happen in the world as they are told in Where the Horses Run.

When I have a character, or characters, whom I like I want to develop them further. Writing them in new stories helped with the character(s) development as I wrote them in the Horses series.  When the write-up sounds good enough, they become new book ideas…spin-offs.

They have all been fun to start, set up, make bookcovers for, and get copyrights on, but if you don’t think having a city’s worth of characters over a span of hundreds of years in your head is easy to keep track of, think again.

You know, I actually only have two books, and two children’s books planned (plus one already done with no distribution plans to date) that are not connected to this first trilogy. Amazing how one idea leads to another. It makes being a writer lots of fun and very interesting, even when it’s hard work and a bit (Did I really say ‘a bit’?) mind boggling.

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The Next Big Thing

It’s been a year since I started developing the internet social media necessary to gain the attention needed, and it’s only just beginning to show tentative signs of becoming a small snowball.  Now to create the hill for it to roll down. This is only one of my first “interviews” for the internet. It’s called a Blog Hop which I think of as a chain letter to keep going so it spreads.  Like a chain letter I added my part and hope it’s interesting enough for seekers of good books to curl up with and enjoy it.

See my note at the end: (The connections will follow this chain if you continue with my friends.  They are authors with their own stories and novels, most having been at this media game much longer than I have.  It should provide a variety to consider.)

The questions only provide the tip of the iceberg so connect with my websites and other blogs. They’re provided elsewhere on this site.  Look at the books published and those in the making.

And don’t forget to go back up the chain to visit with my friend Gay Ingram. Her blog can be found at http://gayingram.blogspot.com ; her website at http://gayingram.webs.com;  and her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008VS6AJI.

The Interview:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Well, the published title of my major novel is Where the Horse Run: Mass Extinction, Book I–the first of a trilogy.  I have three others I’m working on. 

I’m editing Where the Horses Run, Book II, Sacred Hills, and I’m making notes on The Furies of Orestes and Silas Little Bear and the Multi-colored Dragons.  I’m also working on a small child story for my granddaughter, which I don’t plan to make public.  I’m seldom working on one book at a time until I get everything lined up and I’m wrapping it up, which doesn’t include editing.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Books II of my “Horses” series is a continuation of Book I, Mass Extinction. It’s been in my head for 20 years, but how to write it came to me about six months after my last horse died and it felt as though there were no horses left in the world.  I’ve been working on this trilogy for over six years.  

With many of my stories, if not all, opening scenes come from nowhere and pour out.  Usually they’re very good which is encouraging, but I know I’ll have to work for the rest.  For “Horses”  I had to work for that beginning.  I had to keep backing up in the story for a starting place.

“Furies” started as note of a scene that came to mind after reading a report in Scientific American.  I looked up my working title, “Retribution,” in my thesaurus and found a Greek word referenced that I didn’t know.  I did a Google search and discovered The Oresteia by Aeschylus.  I focused on the third story of this Greek tragedy about the Muses.  It fit with the situation I had in mind, so before I got further on the story I had a title and a cover designed.

“Silas” came about due to my desire to write a middle grade or above story with a young boy as the main character.  My “Meshyah” series have two young girls and a boy as the main characters.  So far, the boy there plays a lesser role.  It made me consider the need for more male characters.  I decided the boy was half Native American spending the summer on the reservation with his Native American family.  With my research for the Native American culture in my “Horses” stories I made this one another spin-off, sort of.  I’m still working out the time period in relation to the “Horses” story and an adult version of the “Meshyah” series, titled DOME, in all caps.

My granddaughter’s story came from a title I used in TREE & SKY.  It came to me long before she was born, but I was determined one day I would write a children’s story for her with the title.  My problem is I’m not an illustrator and I can’t afford to pay someone, so I’m still working out how to do the pictures I want.

3. What genre do your books fall under?

“Horses” is a contemporary Sci-Fi/Fantasy, with a lot of historical fiction in the story.  It’s apocalyptic but not as dark as those type stories usually are.  It’s more of a discovery of what it might mean for mankind if such a warning event occurred.

“Furies” is a psychological thrill, I hope.  I want readers to experience the distress the main characters go through and I want it to have a surprise twist…a puzzle to work out that will only make sense once revealed.

“Silas” is a Sci-fi/Fantasy, set a little bit in the future, but mainly a hero story.  Silas and an adult character, along with the dragons, will have a “testing” they’ll have to go through in order to set the world right again. For Silas it’s part of his vision quest experience.

And the small children’s reading for my granddaughter will be fun, have cooperation and things to learn about.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

English: Woody Harrelson at the Zombieland wor...

For “Horses”, Kate Hudson and Woody Harrelson.  Other actors are considered for a few other characters, but while writing one of them died.  I didn’t want to jinx the story or the actors so I refused to consider others.

For “Furies” I really don’t have any actors in mind.

For “Silas” there’s only one and that’s for the adult character – Rupert Grint from Harry Potter’s last movie, when he was dressed up with the long brown hair and beard, wearing a long coat.  He wasn’t shown clearly in the movie, but in a deleted scene shown in the special features he was very clear.  I really liked the look.  When Harry said, “I wouldn’t know you if I didn’t know you,” it was very accurate and I saw a value in that character for him.  When thinking about how the Silas story would progress I realized that would be the perfect place for such a character.  Interestingly, Silas already called his pony Rupert, though his name is Blaze.

English: Rupert Grint outside the premiere of ...

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For “Furies” I really don’t have any actors in mind.

For “Silas” there’s only one and that’s for the adult character – Rupert Grint from Harry Potter’s last movie, when he was dressed up with the long brown hair and beard, wearing a long coat.  He wasn’t shown clearly in the movie, but in a deleted scene shown in the special features he was very clear.  I really liked the look.  When Harry said, “I wouldn’t know you if I didn’t know you,” it was very accurate and I saw a value in that character for him.  When thinking about how the Silas story would progress I realized that would be the perfect place for such a character.  Interestingly, Silas already called his pony Rupert, though his name is Blaze.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For “Horses” – a search for how and why the world’s equine species vanished en masse, and what it could mean for humanity’s future — all told from the personal experience of the characters.

For “Furies” – a retired profiler and her friend work together to discover who is killing older woman.  I can’t say more than that for now.

In “Silas” it’s the confronting of a personal weakness while solving a problem, putting together the mystical aspects which represent the changing from one Age’s cycle end to another Age’s beginning.  Silas and this unnamed, so far, adult have to confront two forces in the form of dragons to solve how they should work together to end one Age and begin another.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Book I of “Horses” is self-published, so the second and third are planned to follow.

All the others are expected to be self-published, but you never know what  opportunities may arise.  If it removes the task of self-marketing I may allow it for one of these books, or one in the future, to be represented.  That route is more time-consuming in the wait and my objective is to get all the stories I’ve started over the years completed and out there asap.  I want to inundate the field with my titles and my author name.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About five years for the “Horses” series while the other two were only begun within the last six months.  I’ve had computer problems and social media take my attention away from all my writing, but I should get back to it soon.  I recently feared I’d lost two of the stories in the exchange of information between the computers, but I found the missing ones, much to my relief.  I got sidetrack for a few hours working on one of them, just due to the relief I felt.

8. What other books would you compare this story within your genre?

I don’t know about a  trilogy like my “Horses” series, but maybe P.D. James’ Children of Men because of the change an event caused in the world.

I started out thinking “Furies” might be as intense as Silence of the Lambs.  I hope it is.

The only guide or comparison I have for “Silas” is a short story in a thin book titled Earthquake, but I also keep in mind A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Howl’s Moving Castle.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The times we live in for “Horses.”  For “Furies,” the article I mentioned, and for “Silas” it was the desire to have a male lead in a children’s book.  I think they’re in great demand right now.   And I’m trying to make the male in my other female-dominated children’s series a little stronger with more involvement.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

In the “Horses” series there are historical scenes involving Native American life in the past seen in visions and dreams.  Lakota Holy Men come to the main characters as mentors in these dreams and visions, with those from the present also helping, showing how different things are, yet remain the same.  It’s basically a theme of how all things are connected.

“Furies” involves a sleep disorder, twins, psychological problems with hallucinations, stalking and that twist I hope for.

“Silas” involves a boy’s great imagination aiding him.  There’s a point when all the animals can talk to him only; one is his spirit guide and the other is his pony.  The dragons can talk, also.

My sister-site for this one, booksbyjvd.wordpress.com, has all my social connections.   

I have my books listed on Goodreads.com, Shelfari.com and Barnes and Noble.com, and many sites that can be discovered in a Google search — just type in the author name.  I’m on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and BookBlogs. I’ll be adding more.

My books can also be purchased directly from the publisher starting at https://www.createspace.com/3790672, then click the go to and make the rounds until you’re back to the first book.

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