Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Aaron Dennis

Welcome to another Blog Ring of Power Friday!  
Up on deck is Aaron Dennis. I had fun with his innitials.  I mean, think about it, AD, tehehe. Yeah, it's Friday, E.M. has gone loony.  Oh wait, I've always been there. It's just a typical day then. 

Okay, back on track. As always, check out the other BRoP hosts to see the entirety of is interview. 

Part 3 *waves* - May 31st

I’m Aaron Dennis, creator of the Lokians science fiction series. I’ll let you guess how old I am. I’ve only been writing since early 2011, and published since August 2012, but I came out like a bat from hell. Not out like out, but like out of nowhere…At any rate, everything you need to know about me is available on my website  Like Lokians on facebook or baby leopards will loose their spots. * * Disclaimer, Aaron is literally nuts *  (So he fits right in!)

Section #3: The Creative Process

BRoP: Where do you get your story ideas?
AD: In one form, or another, they all come from dreams. With the Lokians series it was based on a dream I had when I was 12. I traveled with a race of aliens to a frozen planet to find a second race of aliens to then fight a third race. That basic pretext turned into 3 Lokians novels.

BRoP: Do you have a specific writing style?
AD: I want to say no, but I almost always include a ton of action. It’s probably the only recurrent phenomenon. I do have two short stories, which are not action packed, but there’s still just a little bit in there.

BRoP: How do you deal with writer’s block?
AD: It’s never happened to me. I don’t understand the concept.

BRoP: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
AD: Nope. I pick a name at random, give one or two mannerisms, and a speech inflection. Then, they create themselves. Often times, I don’t even know the plot. With Lokians: Book 1 Beyond the End of the World, all I knew I wanted was that portion of the dream I spoke of earlier. With Losing Human, a short story, all I wanted was a roboticist who uploaded his brainwaves into a computer.

BRoP: Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
AD: Guess I’d choose pantser, but that makes me sound like someone who goes around pantsing people….

BRoP:  Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
AD: I do not, but I am working on a new novel, a fantasy adventure entitled From Blood, and did ask for beta readers just to see what kind of feedback I might receive. Will keep you all posted. Also, if you want to beta read this novel, shoot me an email at with From Blood in the subject line. I will provide a PDF and a comments form.

BRoP: How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?
AD: Countless hours. Seriously….you can’t count the hours. I research every aspect from mechanical engineering, to string theory, Voodoo practices, Native American spirit lore, you name it, I’m lookin’ it up. After all, credibility is what keeps a story solid. What good is a great plot and characters if the whole thing is unintelligible? Like….Prometheus. Talk about a garbage grade movie. Didn’t even finish it. Walked out. BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD — Your neighborhood exterminator can’t handle these cockroaches…call Earth Navy.
Captain O’Hara leads a special operations team aboard an alien ship. Thewls informed Earth Navy the monstrous Lokians, a race of alien roaches, are on the prowl. They ravage the galaxy in search of new technology with which they integrate to enhance their own abilities. 
Will the Human crew be enough to stop the alien threat? Why do the Thewls hold fast in their belief that Humans have met their benefactors, the travelers? Captain O’Hara charges across worlds unknown to save the galaxy.

Lokians2_TheyLurkAmongUs_200x300_dpi72.233125609_stdLOKIANS: THEY LURK AMONG US — With aliens in Earth’s government only The Bureau can be trusted.
An attack on an Yvlekesh lab, Lokian stem cells, Gray drones, a Non-Organic Alien Human Hybrid, a ruined relationship with Thewlian allies, and the capture of his parents by President Montrose has Riley on edge. As former Naval Captain of a special operations team, Riley O’Hara must figure a way to fight off an alien threat, discern the reason for alien hybrids, save his parents, and extinguish an alien threat coming to Earth. With a little help from new friends, old friends, and The Bureau, Riley and crew strike a blow for justice.

Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Facebook page:
Goodreads author page: I don’t know but it’s there somewhere….just look for Lokians
Amazon: again…just type in Lokians
Smashwords: this is available on my site. J

Friday, May 24, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Hey! It has been a couple of weeks, hasn't it! Wow. I'm sure you've missed the author interviews.  Okay, maybe I'm projecting here, because I have.  So welcome Sarah to the Realm! I just wanted to add that I'm excited about her books turning into graphic novels. (It's a personal addiction of mine.)

Don’t miss the rest of her interview at:
  • Part 1 @ Sandra – May 20BRoPlogo-1
  • Part 2 @ Dean – May 21
  • Part 3 @ Terri – May 22
  • Part 4 @ T.W. - May 23
  • Part 5 @ Emily – May 24

Sarah-Jane Lehoux has always had a passion for storytelling. From grade school tales of cannibalistic ghosts, to teenaged conversations with God, to her rebellion against adulthood with fantasy kingdoms and fairy magic, she has attempted to share her love of the quirky and unconventional with her readers.

She currently resides in Southern Ontario with her husband and her horde of Machiavellian cats. In addition to her own writing, Sarah-Jane works as an editor and freelance cover artist.

Section #5: Words of Wisdom
  1. Tell us about your route to success – how/when did you decide to self-publish? Did you query an agent first? How did you handle the editing, proofreading, cover design, etc.

I went the traditional route first. I felt, at the time, that it was a rite of passage I had to go through. During that time, I became more and more knowledgeable about the business. I worked as a slush reader, an editor, and a cover artist. I got a good look at the inner workings of the publishing world.

Once I decided to break my contracts with my former publisher, I knew that the odds of getting them accepted by an agent or publisher was slim to none. I had dipped my toes in last summer when I released a chapbook of poetry and short fiction, so I decided to give it another go.

The books had already been professionally edited, but I gave them another go-through. Then I had my wonderfully supportive husband do copy edits for me to make the books as spotless as we could get them. I taught myself how to do the formatting, and as mentioned above, made the covers myself.

This truly has been a learning experience, from start to finish. What I would recommend to others is to research, research, research. Learn from other people’s mistakes. And do not try to publish, whether self or traditional, while you are still in love with your stories. Give yourself emotional distance from your writing so that you can look at it with a cold, critical objective eye. Because after all, writing is an art form. Publishing is all business. 

  1. What are the most important elements of good writing?

At the very least, a good understanding of grammar. You have to know the rules before you can successfully break them.

  1. What tools are must-haves for writers?

People have been writing since writing was invented. They didn’t need fancy software or gadgets. They just needed something to write with and something to write on. The only must have for a writer is an imagination and the will-power to capture those wayward thoughts into words.

  1. Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice comes from Toni Morrison: “If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” Don’t write what you think is popular. Don’t write what you think will sell. Write what’s in your heart. Be authentic, and you will be successful.

  1. What are your current / future project(s)?

I’m very excited to announce that The Sevy Series is going to be made into a set of graphic novels. An illustrator is currently working on some concept art and character design, so keep an eye on my blog. I will be posting updates and sneak peeks as they become available.

Contact Information:

Is your book in print, ebook or both? The Sevy Series (Thief, Shades of War and Masquerade) will be available in both print and ebook starting May 20th.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Lisa Gail Green

It's Friday!!! And between the celebrations and pre-celebrations of the weekend and Cinco de Mayo let's check out our author of the week.  

Please welcome Lisa Gail Green. She writes paranormal and fantasy. Look for the first novel in her DJINN series, THE BINDING STONE, available this Spring! She would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren’t allergic. To find out more about Lisa, check out her website, Paranormal Point of View.

Section #5: Words of Wisdom

BRoP: What tools are must-haves for writers?

Lisa: I would say aside from a computer, chocolate, a comfy chair, a support group, and a thick skin.
BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Lisa: Don’t give up! If this is really and truly what you want, what you NEED, then keep going. Keep learning, keep working, keep writing and reading, and keep trying. Perseverance is key.
BRoP: What do you feel is the key to your success?

Lisa: Ha! If there was an easy answer to that, I’d bottle it and sell it. I’m going to risk repeating myself here and say PERSEVERANCE.

BRoP: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Lisa: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. All I want as a writer is to reach those that will enjoy my book and find meaning it, even if that meaning is a break from the real world. Also, don’t be afraid to contact writers. We love hearing from you!!!
BRoP: What are your current / future project(s)?

Lisa: Aside from the next two books in the series I have another series in the pipeline so to speak at Fuzzbom. WINGING IT is about a teenage boy who finds out he’s the basic equivalent of a fairy god mother. Like I said, I love torturing my characters. That was a FUN book to write. Very fast paced and full of heart. I’m also working on a few other things. I get teased by my crit buddies. “Oops we blinked and Lisa wrote another novel.” Ha, ha. That’s just the rough draft though. *sigh* if only it could come out perfect the first time, eh?
BRoP: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Lisa: Thank you for having me here! This was fun and I hope your readers will enjoy it.
BRoP:  Thank you, we loved having you. :D

Contact Information:
Twitter: @LisaGailGreen

Is your book in print, ebook or both? Both

THE BINDING STONE: Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices. Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.
Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?

Don't forget to check out the other parts of this interview!

Part 1 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon - - Monday, April 29th
Part 2 @ Dean C. Rich - - Tuesday, April 30th
Part 3 @ Terri Bruce – - Wednesday, May 1st
Part 4 @ T.W. Fendley - - Thursday, May 2nd
Part 5 @ Emily LaBonte - - Friday, May 3rd

If you are a published speculative fiction writer and would like to be interviewed by the Blog Ring of Power, drop a line to one of us.  We would love to have you! Thanks for reading my blog and checking out all those great authors!