This is your chance to get to know one of our newest authors, Angela Myron, a little bit more.  Angela is the author of Ennara and the Fallen Druid.

Q – First off, tell us a little about yourself and your books!7086152
A – I’m a nerdy girl from a middle-class family in Canada who ended up in California thanks to following my heart early on in life. I have a lovely little family here with sweet, silly two year-old twins and my own tall, dark and handsome knight. I wage a continuous war against squirrels, gophers, possums, and various critters who plunder my tomatoes, strawberries, and zucchini plants. In the very early mornings (on days when everyone sleeps until a sane hour), I write.

I long for the days when I was a kid and spent my days running through the woods and nights gazing into the star-filled sky. I relive them sometimes in my stories, and someday soon, I hope to share those days with my kids.

Q – When did you start to write?
A – Oh gosh, nineteen years ago. Hey, now I feel old! :/Picture
I started writing in my early twenties when a roommate introduced me to the Artist’s Way. I became addicted and haven’t stopped since. It took me a long time to find the courage to write what I wanted—fiction—but I’ve been writing daily, professionally for almost two decades.

 Q – What inspired your Ennara series?
 A – Ennara’s story began as a writing exercise for a Mythic Structure class. I wrote scenes that  mirrored  each stage of the Christopher Vogler and Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey. After the basic  story structure  was there, I used the story in comedy, horror, setting and character classes, and scifi  and fantasy  workshops. Before long, I only needed to flesh out a few scenes before I had a short novel.

Themes and the magical system in Ennara’s story come from my love of Buddhism. The world of Lan comes from my desire to see humanity plan for its distant future; this story takes place about 9000 years from now. Lan also reflects a big worry, only amped up: in this future, global warming and a catastrophe involving a comet has flooded almost all habitable land, and wars have devastated the human population and ended the scientific and technological revolution.

A lot of ideas I’ve been mulling during my decades of writing everything but fiction ended up in Ennara’s story. And what started out as a class assignment ended in my first novel. It was pretty exciting. I started writing it when my baby twins were four months old, in stolen moments while they napped (from birth until then, I was too exhausted to do anything other than take care of twin newborns!). I finished a bit more than a year later.

Q – Tell us about your writing process?
A – I’m a natural plotter. I’m so envious of writers who can create an amazing character and just follow her as the story unfolds! For me, everything is created beforehand, though I never really understand my characters fully until I have them in-scene confronting their obstacles.

I’m fascinated by archetypes, mythic structure, and the natural resonance these stories carry for so many people. All my stories currently explore forms of the hero’s journey and the archetypes that appear in these tales.

Q – From concept to completion, how long does it take you to write a book?
A – It seems as though it takes me a year and a half, which is a really long time! Back when I wrote manuals, I’d have maybe three months to get a new book ready. So eighteen months feels like forever to me. I hope I’ll be able to write faster (that is, more) when my little twins are a bit older. As it is now, I only have a couple hours a day in which I’m free to write.

Q – What was the first story you remember writing?
A – The earliest one I remember is a poem in the eighth grade about a Neanderthal. His home was destroyed in a lightning strike and instead of praying to his nature god (I think it was a bear?), he dropped animal deification and worshipped the lightning. I think I was trying to make a statement about how fickle human beliefs can be.

Q – Which authors have inspired you the most over the years?
A – My current favorite is Neil Gaiman. I drink his words like a parched desert traveler. His stories demand that I write better, take my time, and tell a story that’s worthwhile. I also wish someday to write with the clarity and profundity of Virginia Woolf. Though these writers are far from being my equals, it’s good to have goals to strive for.

Q – What would you say is the most difficult thing about writing fantasy books?
A – Names! The names drive me crazy. I want to name my characters simple things like “Penny” and “John”, and towns like “Hogtown” with “Market Square”, but conventions demand that I come up with names like “Vortrand” and “Hildebrandt” and such. I swear, the next series I write is going to be about Kiddo and Puppy who have an adventure in Scary Forest outside of Smalltown.

Q – If you found yourself face to face with Ennara right now, what would you tell her? (no spoilers!)
A – Like many teens, Ennara feels a lot of pressure to live up to expectations. I’d tell her to relax a little and give herself a break.

Q – Finally, what’s next for you?
A – Way back in May, September seemed like a long way off. I told myself, “Surely, I’ll be finished Ennara and the Book of Shadows long before then. I’ll set a release date.” But now, September is just around the corner and there is so much I want to do with this book before it is released. I’m looking at a mid-to-late fall release of Ennara’s sequel so I’ll have plenty of time to make it shine.

I have a sci-fi space opera planned based on the Buddhist parable “Flying White Horse”, and some ideas I’d like to explore with other characters in Ennara’s world. And a detective story featuring a werewolf sleuth that I’d love to have a few months with to fix up and sell.

I’m also having a lot of fun making book trailers. I’m a visual person, so the medium works really well for me. I’m currently brainstorming something good for the upcoming release. (My first book trailer is here http://youtu.be/-e05_FKm4gk, and my second here http://youtu.be/LBSxW_EktEo.)

Lastly, the audio book for Ennara and the Fallen Druid is coming out soon, so if anyone would like to exchange a copy for a review, let me know!

Hey Pauline! So, tell us a bit about yourself and your books. 

Well, I’m eighteen years old and am just about to start my freshman year of college with a major in English.  When school isn’t taking up the majority of my time, I like to write mostly science fiction books dealing with pretty much any aspect of sci-fi.

When did you first start writing? 

I started writing stories when I was about seven years old and I have lots of those stashed away on my computer, but I was twelve when I wrote my first novel.  And it’s just escalated from there.

You’re probably best known for your Mechanical trilogy. Where did the inspiration for the series come from? 

One of the main things I get my inspiration from is titles.  For me, a title for a book is what really pulls me in, so I’ll frequently think up cool titles that would interest me and then try to find a story to fit them.  So one day I came up with the title, MECHANICAL, asked myself what the book would be about and I decided on androids.  And it just went from there.

What’s your writing process like? Any tricks or tips you can share with us? 

It’s funny but I don’t really follow that rule that EVERY SINGLE piece of writing advice likes to tell you: write every day.  I’m more of a binge writer.  I write nonstop for three months or so to complete a book and then I take two months off and write absolutely nothing.  My writing advice is to have fun with it and figure out what works for you.  People say to write every day and to write what you know, but I write about impossible science fiction worlds, and I obviously haven’t lived in any.  So pick what advice to take and what to ignore.

How long does it take for you to complete a story, from the initial concept to completion?  

The fastest I’ve ever written a book was three weeks (thanks to NaNoWriMo), but normally it will take me about a month or two to come up with a plausible concept and then three months to actually write it.

Can you remember the first story you ever wrote? 

I can.  I remember actually printing it out and taping it together so it would look like a book, and it’s still sitting on my bookshelf in my room.  It’s a four page mystery story very much along the lines of Nancy Drew.  Nancy Drew was all I read when I was seven years old. 😉

Which author(s) have been your biggest literary inspirations? 

Well, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson is what really got me into writing.  I remember reading his books and saying to myself, “I wish I could write something this amazing.”  So then I went and tried.  Obviously it wasn’t as good as James Patterson, but it started me writing.  Another author I totally love is Veronica Roth.  Meeting her is on my bucket list.

You write mostly science fiction – what do you love about writing in that genre and what would you say is the most difficult aspect of it? 

I love that science fiction deals with a completely made up world, but at the same time is still rooted in reality.  Although I love contemporary, there’s something so exciting and adventurous about dystopian societies and spaceships.

The hardest thing about writing sci-fi is definitely the world building.  You have to do research about technical things you include in your books, as well as making up technology that sounds plausible.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed family members and sat them down just to quiz them on random sci-fi ideas.

Without giving us any spoilers…you find yourself face to face with Penelope, the protagonist from your new title Puppet. What would you say to her and what might she want to say to you?

That’s such a great question!  Hmmmm… I think I’d tell her not to take life for granted and to look around and realize what it is you have and what it means to you.  I think she’d save a lot of time in the story if she’d heard those words from somebody. 😉 But if I just happened to see her in the street in OUR normal world, I’d probably grab her and go for ice cream and just hang out. She’s a little crazy, but I think she’d be an awesome friend.

And finally, what can we expect from you in the near future? 

Right now, I’m completely in love with fairytale retellings.  I’m writing one right now and have another idea in the works, as well as some more hard sci-fi/dystopian stuff.  And I have an early (very early!) idea for a contemporary novel.  In other words, if I didn’t have other stuff keeping me busy (mainly, college) I’d be writing nonstop and trying to get as many books as possible out into the world.

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photo 4 (2)3 - CopyPauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  She’s currently working toward a degree in English.  Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.  You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris

 

The Patchwork Press family has teamed up to create something we really think you’re going to enjoy… our first anthology! Five of our authors (plus one of our fantastic interns) have each contributed a story to The Lost Locket of Lahari, which is being released into the world on September 9th! We can’t wait to share it with all of you!

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In a dusty, dilapidated stall tucked away in an alcove of a bustling Bazaar in India, a man with a rickety spine and a spindly beard bends over his work bench, forging a locket with accidental magic. There’s power in a wish, and there’s nothing he wants more than for his children to return home. The locket was intricately crafted, adorned with one dragonfly for each of his children—and the power to find them.

With the guidance of fate, the locket skips through time and journeys across oceans, traveling from person to person in a constant search for the souls whispered into its vessel. Centuries after the magical old man in the Bazaar became near-forgotten myth and whispered legend, the locket has fallen into the hands of those with echoes of the six dragonflies: the seeker, the empath, the dreamer, the confidant, the adventurer, and the dancer.

In the hands of its new owners, the power of the locket adapts, bending and remaking itself to answer need. While the locket never found the children of Lahari, it found the next best thing… Their spirits.

The six novellas of the Lost Locket of Lahari anthology pause a moment in time when the locket finds the ripples of its ancestry. From the Victorian-era to the Roaring Twenties, the 1940s to modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.

Today’s post is about the people working behind the scenes here at Patchwork Press, the interns. From marketing to editing, we interns take on some of the work load at Patchwork Press in order to allow the fantastic authors of PWP to have time to actually write. (By the way, we are dying for your next books!) Interning is a great way to gain experience and learn about the industry. We get the opportunity to learn about marketing, editing, and self-publishing from the authors. At the same time, we all are of varying ages and experiences. We not only learn and get inspired by the authors themselves, but also each other.

And without further ado, I present to you the interns:

MADELINE

I’ve been a part of the team since January of 2014. I am attending my first year of college this fall with a plan to major in publishing and marketing. I will also be involved in my college’s theatre, if all goes according to plan. I have hopes of one day becoming a literary agent at a publishing firm and perhaps publishing a book. I would love to represent authors in marketing their books and editing as well.

In my spare time, I write books on Wattpad as MaddiMellark. I joined Patchwork Press hoping to learn more about publishing–and so far I have learned a lot. While I am not working at my local library, I like to read, write, and spend time with friends and family. So far, my experience at Patchwork Press has been great, as I work with awesome people! You can also find me on Twitter: @MadelineKlepec


KARA

Hi! I’m Kara Baird—I just graduated with a degree in English (emphasis in YA lit and creative writing) with a minor in editing. I’m an editing intern for PWP, so I’ve had the awesome opportunity to edit a lot of Patchwork Press’ content, as well as coach their authors on how to make their writing sparkle.  Follow me on Twitter @KaraVisco.

Right now, I live in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA while my husband is in medical school! We met 2 years ago at a Real Salt Lake soccer game. I’m currently writing my first novel, and my goal is to be traditionally published within the next 10 years (you never know how long it’ll take). I spend my free time reading, playing various instruments, drawing, playing soccer, and wishing my husband wasn’t allergic to cats.


DANA

Hi! I’m Dana Cuadrado. I am 18 years old and will be entering my first year of college this fall, majoring in English Language and Literature and perhaps minoring in marketing. I am hoping to make it into my school’s publishing masters degree program. I have been a book blogger for about 3 years now at DanaSquare.

Book Blogging is one of the best decisions I have ever made and has heavily influenced my desire to work in this industry — it has really opened a lot of doors for me and I don’t think I would have found Patchwork Press without it! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, blogging, fangirling, watching as much television as possible, and writing. My publishing goals including publishing my own novels and working in publicity for a publishing house.


HANNAH

My name is Hannah Davies and I’m 23 years old. I found out about Patchwork Press through the WordNerds and have loved every second of my internship so far. I live in Norfolk, England where I currently work as a private tutor for an education centre, teaching English to kids aged from 5 to 16. I run the centre’s website and blog, and handle a lot of the admin work as well — and if that wasn’t enough, I’m already part-way through a degree in English Literature and Language. Phew!

When I’m not working (which isn’t often), I can usually be found reading several books at once, writing several books at once, or perfecting recipes. I do all of these things while singing Disney show-tunes (badly). I write YA and NA fiction– usually fantasy or sci-fi — and I’m currently working on a modern retelling of the King Arthur legends. As for my publishing goals, my ultimate goal is to publish my novels, but interning with PWP has really opened my eyes to how passionate I am about working in publishing, specifically in editorial services.


ALYSON

I am almost 21 (only a month away!), and I am from Arizona but go to college up by San Francisco. I grew up loving to read and to write. I have wanted to be a writer my whole life and I still want to do it now. I am working on a novel currently, and maybe when I am done, it’ll be good enough to publish. I started a Young Adult Book Blog with my friend last November and have since been watching it grow and loving reviewing books for it. I also freelance for Krypton Radio, an internet radio station based out of LA.

I am a busy bee kind of person — I like to have my hand in every pot I can find. That’s what makes me happy. As far as career goals, I want to work in publishing, maybe more of the marketing side, and I want to be a household name to teens for my own work someday.

 

We’ve got a BIG announcement to kick off the new week. The PWP family is getting bigger!

Pauline C. Harris and Angela Myron are the newest authors to join the Patchwork Press team, and we couldn’t be more excited. Pauline C. Harris is the author of the Mechanical Trilogy and The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor. Angela Myron is the author of Enara and the Fallen Druid. We can’t wait to work with both of these wonderful authors, and we know you’re all going to love their books!

 A little bit aboutbc2103_5632a77d9585543b4f9610807c938638.jpg_srz_p_428_443_75_22_0.50_1.20_0 Pauline C. Harris: 

Pauline C. Harris is a eighteen-year-old author living in Northern Idaho. She started writing short stories when she was eight, and after she self-published her first book when she was fourteen, moved on to write the Mechanical Trilogy. She loves anything that has to do with science fiction, including Star Trek, and her main hobbies are writing and playing the violin in various orchestras and quartets.

Mechanical is her first professionally published novel. She is currently studying in both high school and college and hopes to achieve her AA degree alongside her high school diploma.

She is also working on another series of YA science fiction novels.

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A li7086152ttle bit about Angela Myron: 

Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and twins. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. She loved to create fantastic worlds of fairies and goblins, then invite friends over to introduce them.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at university. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, computer software manuals, and freelance journalism before writing fiction. Ennara and the Fallen Druid is her first published novel.

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We are looking forward to their future work. In the coming weeks, there will be an interview post for you to learn more about Pauline, Angela, and their books.

HAPPY READING!