Ep 11 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: K.L.+Pierce

K.L.+Pierce writes Christian speculative fiction, is a fellow Phoenix Fiction Writer, and also hosts some amazing hashtags on twitter. In this video she discusses writing Christian fiction, crafting anti-villains, re-writing and re-launching her novel, and more.

Remember: You can listen to this chat on iTunes.

You can find Kirsten’s amazing novel, Two Lives, Three Choices, here.

Check out her PFW page here.

Did the hashtag games we mentioned sound awesome? That's because they are. Check out #AuthorBookClub and #WIPFinds on twitter!

You will be pleased to hear that Kirsten did, in fact, write that blog post about anti-villains. Yay! It’s full of great tips, so check it out here.

Are you following K.L.+ Pierce online? Well? Are you?? If not, go fix this mistake immediately: 

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? I’m glad you asked! August 22nd will bring us a new video with another epic indie author, so keep your eyes peeled!

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel or buy my short stories. Or both! 

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Ep 7 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: M.D. Tolman

M.D. Tolman writes speculative fiction and is the author of Aldenaire and the creative Wolf of Class 1D. In this video he discusses using anime and manga as inspiration, how his life and his stories intertwine, and gives us a sneak peak at his upcoming publications! 

Are you following M.D. Tolman online? No? What is wrong with you. Go say hello: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalcolmTolmanVO

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MalcolmTolmanVO/ …

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malcolmvo/ 

Website: http://malcolmtolman.com/ 

Personal Blog: https://macyaks.wordpress.com/ 

Japanese Research: https://macyakspresentsjapaneselearningreview.wordpress.com/ 

For questions and inquiries, e-mail Mac at vo(at)malcolmtolman(dot)com

Find his books here: 

https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=785895 

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? Great question! Wednesday April 25th will bring us a chat with speculative fiction author Rae Elliott. Have questions for her? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short stories (http://amzn.to/2FZ0lN6). Or all three!

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Ep 6 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: S. Alex Martin

S. Alex Martin writes sci-fi and is the author of the inspiring Recovery series. In this video he discusses using sci-fi to inspire a love for science, realistic character arcs, sci-fi tropes to avoid, and more.  

Remember: You can listen to this chat on iTunes!

Are you following S. Alex Martin online? If not, then you’re making a huge mistake. Swing by and say hello: 

Website: http://www.experiencedaliona.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS9XCuqBV4XgSQhLuljoGGQ

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thescalex

Tumblr: http://www.thescalex.tumblr.com

Find his books here: 

https://www.experiencedaliona.com/gift-shop 

Interested in learning more about the science conference in Finland that he mentioned? Check it out: 

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? Excellent query, friend. Wednesday March 28th will bring us a chat with speculative fiction author M.D. Tolman. Have questions for him? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short stories (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!

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Ep 5 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: J.E. Purrazzi

J.E Purrazzi writes speculative fiction and is the author of the thrilling and thought-provoking Malfunction universe, as well as the brand-new Ravenclaw Society series. On top of that, she is a fellow Phoenix Fiction Writer. So, to put it simply: She's awesome. In this video, she discusses writing about difficult topics, researching for her cyberpunk series, writing from multiple POVs, and more! 

The first episode of The Raventree Society released on 01/23, so go grab yourself a copy! Especially if you’re a fan of CW’s Supernatural. 

Want to check out the recommended reads page that she mentions in the video? The link is here: http://www.jillanepurrazzi.com/recommendations 

Are you following J.E. Purrazzi online? It’s mandatory. Go say hello: 

Blog: http://www.jillanepurrazzi.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JEPurrazzi
FB: https://www.facebook.com/JPurrazzi
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/jpurrazzi
Phoenix Fiction Writers page: https://www.phoenixfictionwriters.com/authors/j-e-purrazzi/

Find her books here: 

 Malfunction:

- Amazon: http://amzn.to/2E1huFP

- Other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3L9BvM

 Revelation (free): 

- Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rzqBe

 - Other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mZwJdR

 The Raventree Society, S1E1: 

- Amazon: http://amzn.to/2F90Fbr 

- Other Platforms https://books2read.com/u/bWZAnz

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? What an astute question. Wednesday, February 28th will bring us a chat with sci-fi author S. Alex Martin. Have questions for him? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short story (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!

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January 2018 Newsletter: Setting Deadlines, Book Recommendations, and Writing News

Happy new year, everybody! I hope you are excited to tackle 2018. I know I am. 

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Book recommendations:

Malfunction by J.E. Purrazzi - an action-packed cyberpunk novel that is currently blowing me away. It’s everything I like: Indie published, creative, hard-hitting, and well-written. You should read it. 

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky - this month on "Hannah is obsessed with Dostoevsky" I give you an amazing story about a man who’s so kind that people think he’s mentally ill. Sounds weird, right? It’s actually quite good and very thought provoking. 

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima Vol 1 - a manga about a young teen who bullies a deaf classmate so much that she leaves their school. Years later he’s haunted by his mistakes and wants to make amends, but doesn’t quite know how. I’ve only read vol 1 at this point, but was really excited by the character development and artwork, so I’ll be reading the whole series this year.

Inhumans #1 by Paul Jenkins - I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Inhumans TV series, so I turned to the comics and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful writing style employed in this comic. Adding this to my list of series I will complete this year. 

If you have questions about the age appropriateness of any of these books, feel free to get in touch with me. I'd be more than happy to give a brief overview. 


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Writing Tip of the Month: Set Writing Deadlines. Here’s how. 

As a creative, got-no-strings-on-me, hippy type of person, deadlines weren’t really something I’d ever considered setting on purpose. They just…happened. I have a weekly deadline for my blog posts. A monthly deadline for my Youtube channel. Deadlines for WriteOnCon work. I didn’t notice I’d set them up until they were entrenched in my brain. By the time I finally took notice of them, I realized: These deadline things are actually really helpful. 

So I decided to try it for my daily writing life. 

I set a deadline for my completion of The Stump of the Terebinth Tree, a project that I couldn’t ever seem to complete. And you know what? I finished it two days before my deadline. I set a deadline for the first short story in the Terebinth Tree Chronicles and I’m on target to finish that in time rather than completing it two days before the set release date (because yes, that’s the type of thing I do….It’s hard being me). 

Deadlines have been amazing for me. Interested in giving it a shot? Try these tips: 

1. Be realistic. But also harsh. You need your deadlines to take everything into account: How much time you have, how fast of a writer you are, what your day job is like, etc. Don’t overburden yourself. But then again…do put yourself under some pressure. You want your goal to be attainable, but also rigorous enough to force yourself into being structured about your writing process. 

2. Schedule your writing time. Yep. I’m harping on this again. Schedule a time to write each day/every other day/week/whatever-you-can-pull-off and stick with it. This is really, really important. 

3. Keep track. Set a goal and then figure out what you have to do each day to meet it. How many words do you have to write? How much time do you have to carve out? Do the math and then stick to the numbers. 

4. Reward yourself. Every day that you stay on track, give yourself a little treat. Me? I chose to allow myself to watch Netflix a bit each night if I wrote that day. Yes, that means I didn’t get to watch anything if I didn’t write, so it was also a bit of a punishment. But it worked. 

As scary and non-creative as deadlines seem, they are necessary if you want to make healthy progress in your writing life. So here’s my challenge to you this month: Pick a writing project. Give it a deadline. Even if it’s just: "I’ll complete three chapters this week." Now stick to it. 

Go on. Confront the problem. Fight! Win! And get in touch with me when you complete it. I’d love to hear how it goes. 


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Last Month

Ah. December was a good month. Here’s what I was up to: 

I announced the Terebinth Tree Chronicles series. You can read about that here

I finished the first short story in the Terebinth Tree Chronicles. Because yes, I announced the series before I wrote the first story. I like to live dangerously. But, thanks to my deadlines, I completed the first story on 12/30. Now I just need to edit it, format it, market it, and create the cover. So easy. *laughs nervously* 

Phoenix Fiction Writers released on 12/22. Phoenix Fiction Writers (which I will from now on abbreviate as PFW because it’s shorter…also, I can’t ever spell ‘phoenix’ correctly on my first try. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone) is an indie marketing collective with all sorts of amazing things going on. We’re writing book reviews, short stories, blog posts. We’re marketing each others indie publications. We’re podcasting. In short: We’re being awesome. Stop by and say hello sometime. We’ll introduce you to your next favorite book. 

I finished up yet another semester of science. I am now an expert in BioChem, Genetics, and Molecular Biology. Kind of. I’m not really sure how most of this pertains to being a Nutrition major, but it definitely helps with being a speculative fiction writer. Sci-fi, here I come! 

I failed my Goodreads goal. Apparently trying to read 200 books in a year is too much. Who knew? I reached about 125, though, so that’s halfway decent. How many did you read? 

I’m attempting to art. It’s…going well? Maybe? I can’t really tell because I don’t know much about art. I’m learning to use Clip Studio Art and my new drawing tablet to design book covers. Here’s a very loose design for a possible cover for the first Terebinth Tree Chronicles story: 

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Is it good? I don’t know. I kind of like it, though. What do you think? 

This Month

I’ll be wrapping up the podcast interviews for WriteOnCon. Because yes, as the Live Events Coordinator I’ve been interviewing authors and literary agents and other business professionals for short 30-minute podcasts. All of these will be released during the WriteOnCon event, so go buy a ticket. These podcasts are goldmines of information and I cannot even begin to tell you how helpful they are. Book deals? Querying process? Writing neurodiverse characters? Sticking to writing goals? Secrets to indie publishing? These topics and more are all covered in various podcasts.…And will also be discussed during our live events. It’s amazing. Anyway. I’m recording my last podcast interviews this month and will be sad to see them go. They’ve been fun. 

I’m going to the Anime Los Angeles con. Which, oddly, is held in Ontario, Ca. Not LA...? I don’t know why. But it doesn’t really matter because I have my Constant Collectible press pass and am all set to check out the amazingness this con has to offer. I’m hoping to discover some indie published manga in Artist Alley, but we’ll see. If you’re going to Anime Los Angeles, please let me know! I’d love to meet up with you! 

PFW will release our first podcast. I’m not sure if the people involved or the topic we’re discussing has been officially announced yet, so I won’t give any details. All I’ll say is: It’s going to be great. Subscribe to our channel to listen in. 

I’ll be releasing information about The Terebinth Tree Chronicles. Like the title. The synopsis. The cover. So keep your eyes glued to my blog. 

What are you up to this January? Have you made any awesome New Years resolutions that you probably won’t keep? What? Just keeping it real. 

I’d love to hear about your recent comings and goings, so feel free to leave a comment. I’ll talk to you again in February!

Episode 4 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: E.B. Dawson

E.B. Dawson writes speculative fiction and is the author of the insanely creative and moving series Creation of Jack and Lost Empire. She is also the creator of Phoenix Fiction Writers. Yep. She’s got a lot going on and all of it is brilliant. Today she talks about writing nonlinear narratives, working themes into novels, naming characters, and more! 

Are you following E.B. Dawson online? No? What is wrong with you? Go fix this grave misjudgment: 

Website: https://www.ebdawsonwriting.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebdawsonwriting

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ebdawsonwriting/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNkRYOVpaZnngD80ecSFHDg

Find her books here: 

Out of Darkness: http://amzn.to/2oqxJYX

Into the Void: http://amzn.to/2AZRGeQ

The Traveler: http://amzn.to/2zh6bsd

Oh, and let’s not forget about Phoenix Fiction Writers: https://www.phoenixfictionwriters.com 

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? Excellent question! Wednesday January 25th will bring us a chat with J.E. Purrazzi (http://www.jillanepurrazzi.com). Have questions for her? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short story (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!

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Episode 3 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: Kyle Robert Schultz

Kyle Robert Schultz is an amazing author of fantasy and re-telling-ish type stories (listen to the podcast). Today he talks about helpful writing tools, writing inspiration, favorite and least favorite fairytales, and more! 

His newest book, The Stroke of Eleven, releases on November 30th. You’ll want to read it. Seriously. Look at how amazing it is: http://kylerobertshultz.com/books/beaumontandbeasley/thestrokeofeleven/  

Are you following Kyle online? Why on earth not? Go remedy this mistake immediately: 

Interested in those writing tools Kyle mentioned? Find them below: 
Voice Dream app for text-to-speech: http://www.voicedream.com
ProWritingAid for catching typos: https://prowritingaid.com

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? Excellent question! Wednesday December 27th will bring us a chat with E.B. Dawson. Have questions for her? Leave it on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short story (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!

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Episode 2 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: Aria E. Maher

Aria E. Maher talks about her newest publication (The Tangle), scaring herself while writing, inspiration for writing paranormal fiction, and more. 

Her book is AMAZING. You want to read it. Go enter my ebook giveaway for a chance to win a free copy: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fca333171/? 

Check out her newest release on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zEBNJI 

All of her past publications can be found on her Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2j9k4mG 

Are you following her online? You should be. Swing by and say hello: 

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? I'm glad you asked! Wednesday November 22nd will bring us a chat with Kyle Robert Schultz. Have questions for him? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag! 

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short story (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!

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Episode 1 of #ChatWithIndieAuthor: S.M. Metzler

S.M. Metzler talks about her upcoming publication (Fiction's Lie), her outlining process, plot bunnies, hobbies, and more.

Are you following her online? You should be. Swing by and say hello:

Her blog: https://ateawithtumnus.wordpress.com

Her Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/1156709...

Her twitter: https://twitter.com/SM_Metzler

Her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sm_metzler/

Her facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teawithtumnus/

Her goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4...

When is the next #ChatWithIndieAuthor episode? I'm glad you asked! Wednesday November 8th will bring us a chat with Aria E. Maher. Have questions for her? Leave a comment below or on social media using the hashtag!

Like this video and want to support my writing efforts? Subscribe to my channel, check out my blog (http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com), or buy my short story (http://amzn.to/2zgUNtF). Or all three!