Q1: When did you first start writing, and who was your inspiration for getting your work out there?
A: I started writing really early in life. Throughout school I had always loved short story and creative essay writing. The earliest I remember writing is about 10 years old. Reading Twilight made me think, “that’s what I want to do.” Other than that, my grade 9 English teacher was self publishing and that was the moment I thought I, “Woah! I can actually do this! There are other options for me to look into.”

Q2: What was the first piece of work you ever published for people to read? And what made you chose for that piece to be your first?
A: Witchcraft and Monsters is the first large project that I’ve published. I’ve had articles and a short co-authored story that was published. But Witchcraft and Monsters feels different. It’s all mine and it feels real. And it chose itself. I was going to wait until a different project was done. I didn’t even think I was going to publish poetry. But an opportunity arose and l was looking at old projects. It was a project that I finished a year ago. And re-reading it made me feel like it deserved a home.

Q3: What are your favorite poetry collections? The ones you think everyone should read at least once.
A: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Why I’m Not Where You Are by Brianna Albers
Wrong Side of a Fistfight by Ashe Vernon

Q4: What are your publishing goals moving forward from here?
A: l have another project on the way. It is a young adult fantasy. And other things in the works. l hope to keep publishing for a long while!

Q5: What are the main themes readers can expect to find in your writing?
A: Magic. Doesn’t matter what I’m writing, magic is always there.

Q6: What is the genre you most like to read when you’re not writing?
A: Young adult fantasy

Q7: Do you have a set process when you write? If so, what is that process?
A: Honestly? whenever and wherever l can write, is my process.And if l need to take a break, I take one.

Q8: Poetry is such a personal genre. What do the poems inside your collection tell us about you as a person?
A: There’s a large section in this collection where l talk about my physical disability and a lot of the sections relate back to that.

Q9: What are your top three strengths you consider yourself to have as an author?
A: 1.I’m good at turning emotions into long flowery sentences. I love metaphors.

  1. Thriller stories. So good that I terrified a teacher in middle school.
  2. I’m incredibly good at forgetting what my characters look like.

Q10: Name anything about yourself completely unrelated to writing, that no one knows about you that you’d love to share with the world!
A: I love mermaids. I have a tattoo of one and everything!

All Brooke wants is to get into an Ivy League school. It’s what she’s been working towards her entire life. Her English teacher, however, seems to have a different plan. A group project worth 25% of the final grade. It’s the perfect way to ruin her perfect GPA. And somehow, it gets worse. She’s paired with James, the son of a local gang leader and resident high school delinquent. She’s prepared for the worst, especially when she has her own secrets to hide, but she might just find that appearances and reputations aren’t everything.

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It’s time to get to know one of our newest authors! Say hello to Amy Sousa! You can learn more about Amy and her debut novel, Once Upon A Tear, on her website!


Q1: When did you first start writing, and who was your inspiration for getting your work out there?

A: I started writing very short stories when I was six year old, and would bring them to school to read them with my reading buddy. My biggest inspiration when I started sharing my work is definitely Meg Cabot because her books are what got me into reading non-stop!

Q2: What was the first piece of work you ever published for people to read? And what made you chose for that piece to be your first?

A: The first story that I ever posted online is called “Love Unexpected,” which was my Sims story that now resides on Wattpad. My first published work is “Once Upon A Tear,” which I just published this April! 

Q3: Which author or authoress do you consider your inspiration when you write?

A: I have so many! Meg Cabot is still a big one for me, but I love Rick Riordan as well.

Q4: What were your goals before you published your first book, and how have they changed since? Additionally, what current goals do you have as a female author?

A: I honestly didn’t have any big goals other than wanting to hold my own book in my hands, and have a few strangers buy my book! Now that it’s published, my goal is to keep writing whenever I can to keep publishing. I see a lot of female fantasy authors, but not many Latina’s, so it’d be cool if I could one day be recognized as ‘that Brazilian fantasy author.’

Q5: What is your go-to genre when you write?

A: Young adult fantasy for sure. I love epic fantasy, and have also started writing close to the urban fantasy genre, but I throw Greek mythology into the mix.

Q6: What is the genre you most like to read when you’re not writing?

A: I can’t get enough of Young adult fantasy, especially when it involves Greek mythology. I also love reading young adult romances, especially if there’s an adventure.

Q7: Do you have a set process when you write? If so, what is that process?

A: I have a pretty specific process depending on what I’m working on. I have set hours during the week dedicated to nothing but writing, or researching for my writing. I am a big plotter, so I do have the entire story mapped out before I fill in the chapters, mainly to avoid plot holes and inconsistencies. I don’t really know how to answer the question since there is so much involved in my process, but you can always ask me specifics!

Q8: What would be your advice for those looking to follow a process when writing?

A: Give everything a try and see what works best for you. Everyone is unique, so what might work for me or another author might be terrible for you. Don’t let that discourage you. When you find something that works, you’ll know because you will get a lot more writing done. Also try not to second guess yourself. If you write something that you really enjoy, but worry that people might find it stupid, don’t be afraid to take a chance because if you truly love it, odds are others will too.

Q9: What are your top three strengths you consider yourself to have as an author, and how do those strengths help combat any weaknesses you have?

A: Creativity is definitely my biggest strength. Sometimes I’ll dream about something that will turn into a story idea, and sometimes the ideas flow and make for a great story or just filling in the blanks. I also consider my characters to be relatable, because I include elements of my personality and those around me into my characters, and I feel like it helps readers connect with my books on a deeper level. Organization is a very big strength for me, which results in a lot of notes, but it helps during the editing process since I don’t run into many inconsistencies. A weakness is definitely me getting super attached to certain elements of my stories that just need to go, but my organization and creativity skills definitely help me make those changes and keep me inspired.

Q10: Name anything about yourself completely unrelated to writing, that no one knows about you that you’d love to share with the world!

A: I don’t think there’s something no one knows about me! I’m a very open person and have always been. I guess something a lot of people outside of my friends and family wouldn’t know is that I’m a big planner and budgeter. I take saving money very seriously, and I also like to plan everything (with multiple variations) long before I need to worry about things.

Today we’d like to off massive congratulations to our newest author on her debut! Presenting…. Once Upon A Tear by the incredible, Amy Sousa! We know you’re going to love this epic new fantasy adventure! If you want to know more about Amy, be sure to sign up for her newsletter! Or follow her on Facebook.

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When Annabella is pulled into her storybook, she thinks it’s a dream come true. But it’s not long before her new reality reveals its darker side and she finds herself in the middle of a war, the stakes far greater than she could have imagined. When Annabella’s parents fall victim to a family curse, the only chance she has at saving them is by completing the story the right way.

With a charming assistant and an arrogant prince, It’s up to Annabella to complete the story to save both herself and those she cares about, or she will be trapped in The Land of Dreams forever.

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Title: Turn to Dust and Ashes (Fall Far from the Tree #2)
Author: Amy McNulty
Publisher: Patchwork Press

Publication Date: 09/05/2017

Impassive. Devious. Besieged. Naive. In the ashes of their parents’ cruel sovereignty, four teenagers are left holding the reins with no idea how to lead their peoples to peace and prosperity.

Rohesia, told she is the true heir to Hanaobi, must choose between ruling the duchy in her father’s place and returning with her cousin to seek the throne that is more rightfully hers. Without her father figure, she has little interest in either, but there is no escape from the infamous legacy of her parents on both sides of the sea.

Fastello, left to lead both his father’s people and to seek the rule of the entire duchy, has never had so much responsibility in his life. Grappling with heartbreak the likes of which he’s never experienced, he doesn’t know if he has it in him to try to fill the hole so many people so desperately want him to fill.

Kojiro, adrift in a strange land and emboldened by the actions of the people he met there, is determined to find his courage and free his people from the tyranny of his mother’s reign. However, with her number one foe defeated, the empress of Hanaobi is more unstoppable than ever.

Tomiko, the perfect daughter to the strict and controlling empress, is sheltered from the reality of the world but eager to discover the truth. Before the war is over, she must decide between fealty to her mother and loyalty to her brother, knowing full well that either way, her family will never be whole again.

The goals of each of these four young adults are bound to clash—but there’s no escaping their destinies, no matter the destruction left in their paths.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862530-turn-to-dust-and-ashes

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Catch up with Fall Far from the Tree, Book One in the series!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27048456-fall-far-from-the-tree
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Far-Tree-Amy-McNulty-ebook/dp/B01IMGGAFM
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fall-far-from-the-tree-amy-mcnulty/1124435001?ean=9781927940587

And of course, today is also the release day of Flame, the second book in the Frost Chronicles, from WattPad megastar E. Latimer!


Book 2 of Frost Chronicles.

After fleeing a mad Queen and taking shelter with the fire jotun, Megan Walker goes from ice to inferno, as she deals with court politics, hidden enemies and a radical cult determined to make her their goddess. All of this with the ultimate battle looming on the horizon. A prophesied war that Megan may be the deciding factor in, is only weeks away. That is, if she even makes it that long.

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It’s an exciting day at Patchwork Press, we have not one but two highly anticipated releases to celebrate! First up, let’s check out The Aldar Dominion by Katherine Bogle!


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Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth’s population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse—they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

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Today, we’re very excited to help reveal the cover for Katherine Bogle’s upcoming release, Savages!

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The cover was designed by Katherine Bogle! Incase you didn’t know, she has a design background, and has been loving making the covers for the Chronicles of Warshard!

ABOUT SAVAGES

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica savages-cover-onlyTribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order!

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It’s cover reveal day for Ballad of the Beanstalk, a YA romantic fantasy fairy tale prequel. This amazing cover was created by Makeready Designs.

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As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

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The e-book will be exclusive to Amazon and will be available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! The paperback will be available more widely; watch for news about ordering it as the release date approaches.

Check out the paperback cover:

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Visit author Amy McNulty’s website to learn more.

hogle_author-photoToday we are getting to know one of our Patchwork Press authors, Sarah Hogle, a bit better! Check out her author interview!


Q – What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I wrote was a masterpiece called MY ETERNAL, and answered the question “What if Twilight had less character development and more purple prose?” I am still surprised that I received kind replies from the poor literary agents I queried, because it was pretty cringe-worthy. The last 10% of the book featured a love triangle in a comatose, bizarre stream-of-consciousness state, which I used in the sample of my writing included with the query. You know, instead of the first chapter like you’re supposed to include.

THE BELLS OF BLACK MAGIC is my first published book. No one is in a coma in this one.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

Sharon Creech. I devoured her books when I was in middle school, and they had such an enormous impact on what I wanted to read and write about as I grew older. Her voice is uniquely her own. I love her haunting magical realism and ability to snatch readers out of their homes and throw them right into the story.

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

I think that what I want as an author, more than anything, is to create a large body of work that I can be proud of. I want to fill a shelf with my name. I hope that every year I write a novel that I love more than the last. I want to avoid following trends or letting industry noise shape my work, and focus only on stories that are fun and satisfying to write. I love the idea of being a hybrid author, and producing both self-published and traditionally published titles.

Q –  What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy! Particularly, YA Fantasy. The future seems so open when you’re a young adult. Anything can happen, and in a fantasy setting I love to see underdog teens gather up their courage to conquer evil forces and save the day. It also helps if there’s swoon-worthy romance involved. I like a mix of magic, romance, and humor, with bonus points for spooky atmospheres.

Q – What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

My process begins with a handful of disjointed notes. I dive right into writing, because if I plot first I end up plotting it to death before the story even begins and lose the desire to write it. So I get ahead of myself, hammering out a couple of chapters to establish the tone, and once I’m about five chapters in and I know the novel is something I want to complete, I get to work on a light outline. Nothing too dense, and I leave plenty of room for spontaneity. I try to think of the outline as a suggestion. When I write I can’t listen to actual music, or else I start singing along and stop paying attention, so I listen to rainymood or atmospheric sounds on ambient-mixer.

Q – What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Probably my perseverance. You need it when you’re staring rejection in the face just about every day. Authors are rejected by agents, by editors, by readers, etc. I could write twenty books in a row and have all of them labeled failures and I’d still jump right back into writing the twenty-first. I never hesitate before getting back on the horse. I have to trust that someday it will take me somewhere.

Q –  Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I try to be crafty, but usually don’t execute my ideas very well. Last Halloween, however, I tried my hand at a homemade witch cabinet (inspired by Pinterest) and it was a lot of fun! I painted a shelf with streaks of black, green, blue, and purple and filled it with “potions” – old jars and bottles I decorated. Then I turned a snow globe into a crystal ball, stuffed Spanish moss into a cauldron, added candles and tarot cards I painted myself, and finished it off with orange and purple fairy lights. Wha-la! Halloween by my computer desk all year round.

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