Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Short Story Time!

Good Evening Followers!

*Cheers with a shot of Crown Royal Maple*

I have some awesome news that I have yet to share here. I know, shame on me. Not only is the release date for "Follow the Ashes" looming over us, I am being included in an anthology! Yes, an anthology. This novelist is about to get her feet wet in the world of short stories. The title? Well, the title of the anthology is "New Years Day" and it is being put out by friend, cover artist extraordinaire, and author Lisa Vasquez. She is the author of "The Unsaintly" which I recommend everyone read. I own it myself. It will include not just me, but some of the best in Dystopian fiction. It will be available in February of 2015.

The title of my own short story being included is "Permutation: A Story of Emerson King." This will be an introduction to a new character for a new series I am writing. Your first glimpse ever into the mind of the man before you enter his world in the Permutation Archives. Some of you may know the first work in this series as "The Harvested." Here is a little teaser to get your blood pumping.

Now, to get back to writing about Emerson King!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Official Sites!

Hello Followers,

I have been a very busy bee what with writing and running Burning Willow Press. I have two official websites to share with you guys. First is the website for BWP below:

And now, the coupe de grace, my official author site!

Enjoy and don't be afraid to take a look! You are also more than welcome to share with your friends!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy" Official trailer

Good day Followers!

I am writing tonight to let everyone know that the official trailer for "Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy" is now LIVE on Youtube! You can view it at the link below.....


Thank you everyone for believing in me and I look forward to hearing your feedback!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BWP on Zombiepalooza Radio!

Good evening Followers!

As everyone knows I was in Zombiepalooza Radio last night talking about my company Burning Willow Press. So many of you I'm sure couldn't tune in but don't be discouraged. Below is a link to the podcast where I can be heard.


If interested in learning more about us we can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as on our website burningwillowpress.com

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Burning Willow Press on the Radio!

Good evening Followers,

I hope everyone had a great and wonderful Thanksgiving, and ate way too much. I know I did. As I sit back with a glass of white wine I felt it would be a very good idea to let you guys know about the newest things going on with my press, Burning Willow Press.

My place within the press is not only a founder, but owner/president/CEO. There have been a lot of people wondering about us so the first place you can look is on our website that is now live. The link is: http://burningwillowpress.com/

Onto the news. As a way to gain the press some more exposure I have been asked to be interviewed on my good friend Jackie Chin's radio show called Zombiepalooza Radio! I will be featured at 9:10 om EST and have a fifty minute slot to talk about the press and what plans we have for our future. The details are listed below:

Zombiepalooza Radio Presents: THE ART OF THE SALE
Call in Number for fans: 330-333-5167
We start at 8 pm EST and will go till 1 am
It's all about the Art of the Sale. I am bring on some folks who are going to talk about different ways to sell your books, and hone your skills. Being able to write a book is difficult enough, selling it to strangers is a whole other matter. There will be plenty of insights to get your book moving in the right direction.
Do not like the more tried and true paths of selling I got someone for you first hour that knows how to kick it out of the ball park. That would be Timothy Long from Permuted Press & Katie Cord.
Kindra Sowder has a brand new publishing house called Burning Willow Press where she will tell you what she is going to do to help your work(s) get more notice.
Scott Baker will be offering his own brand of advice to help motivate you into some amazing sales.
It's not just about the sell the it is about how you present yourself and your work(s). I will be offering advice from what I have found to be useful for many authors and creative types from the past two years of Zombiepalooza Radio.
We come with experience of the sell and how to motivate and brand with what we have learned from creating this amazing show.

Here is the link to listen in on the show and a call in number to offer your own advice, or ask questions of our panel.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Help Us Build Burning Willow Press!

Hello Followers,

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help Burning Willow Press grow! We are all doing this pro-bono until I can make enough to pay my staff and this is a good start. Our website will also be up in another 24 hours for your viewing pleasure. We had a few small bumps in the road getting that up. Thank you everyone for you support. The link for the campaign is below!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Follow the Ashes" Cover Reveal!

Hello Followers!

As promised, without further ado, here is the cover for my debut novel "Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy." I hope you guys like it. It took a lot of man power and some awesomely creative minds to give you this! Please join me in thanking Bobby Walton of Waltzgallery Ourreach for doing the cover shoot, Elaina Germanson for being my model, and Lisa Vasquez of Darque Halo Designs for the design!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More News From Burning Willow Press!

Hello Followers!

The website for Burning Willow Press will be going live soon! Also, the cover reveal for "Follow the Ashes" is tomorrow at 2 pm on FaceBook! I have also taken the hours of manpower today to create our very own logo for the press and am very impressed with myself. Here it is guys!

Burning Willow Press, LLC, image created by Kindra Sowder

I will also go ahead and share a photo from the cover shoot for "Follow the Ashes." This photo was taken by Bobby Walton of WaltzGallery Outreach and our lovely model was Elaina Germanson, whom I will be continuing to use for the other two books of the trilogy! She did an amazing job and I am simply blown away. Once the cover reveal has taken place I will give you guys an update here as well! I hope you're all as excited as I am.

Photo courtesy of Bobby Walton @ WaltzGallery Outreach, model Elaina Germanson

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Review of "Follow the Ashes"

Hello Followers,

I very happily announce my first rave review for "Follow the Ashes" from Tom Leeland Jr. He was very willing to read my book and do a review on it not only because he is an urban fantasy buff, but he absolutely loves to see a strong female lead. Well, I have both working for me. Without further adue here is the review that he wrote. Enjoy!

Photo by Bobby Walton @ WaltzGallery Outreach, model Elaina Germanson

Tom Leeland Jr. book Review of : Follow the Ashes
( part 1 of the Executioner Trilogy)
urban fantasy
written by Kindra Sowder
First of ill start by saying this is a excellent start to what I believe will be a well written and immersive series of books. This is a urban fantasy that takes place in our world in the state of California. Robin the female lead character is a strong willed and independent character that function under pressure and is a tough as nails. Robin and the rest of the characters are well thought out and each have a strong human element. The main story was strong and well written. The writer focused on the main successfully made sure each chapter made up a well written easy flowing story. The plot of the story being the main character and how she adjusts to her role as a killer of supernatural evilness while maintaining her own humanity and those she holds dear. This book series can be read by both young adult and adult and be entertaining and non offensive to both. The writer portrayed a sexual tension and "angst" that was compelling and rich in detail while still being clean for readers being young teens and adults as well. Robin is a "executioner" not a slayer she kills for the sake of those that cant or those that don't know of the evil we live with and dance around each day. This story is dark and gloomy, while at the same time well balanced with light. I love a writer that grabs my attention and stimulates my imagination that cause's me to envision the scenery and also what or how the characters are experiencing. The author was successful at making me have genuine feelings for the main characters of the story. I enjoyed each fight scene and I especially enjoyed the angst and tension so well portrayed between the main character and her love interest. I eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series.
P.S. I forgot to add that this book will be released soon.

Look At Us Go!

We are growing by leaps and bounds! Don't forget to check us out, like, and share!

Burning Willow Press is an independent publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We pride ourselves I'm being a home to authors of other worlds. We are here to tantalize your thoughts, spark your imagination, and tap into your primal fears.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Burning Willow Press, LLC

Hello Followers,

I am here to tell you that Burning Willow Press, LLC is now fully registered and a recognized limited liability company! This means something absolutely wonderful! I am not a business owner as well as CEO and President! Doesn't that feel good to say?

We will be taking a limited number of submissions once our website is up and running which will be any day now and I have to say it is looking quite fantastic! We have a rough logo while the kinks are being worked out of my original logo idea.

Our first official release will also be my work "Follow the Ashes," whose cover reveal is being held November 23rd via FaceBook for anyone who wants to find me and RSVP. I will also be revealing it here for everyone to see! I can't wait until we begin doing business because we have so much in store. Here's a little taste of what Burning Willow Press, LLC is all about:

Burning Willow Press is an independent publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. We pride ourselves in being a home to authors of other worlds. We are here to tantalize your thoughts, spark your imagination, and tap into your most primal fears.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Best News Yet!

Good Evening Followers,

I have already made the announcement via social media like FaceBook and the like, but not yet to my faithful readers. Not only am I publishing the Executioner Trilogy myself but......


I am here to announce the arrival of BURNING WILLOW PRESS, LLC! I have partnered with friend and fellow author (who is amazing btw) to form our own small press who vows to treat their authors right! We don't have everything set up completely just yet so be on the lookout for a website as well as other goodies!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Growing Career...

Good evening (or morning) followers,

I know it's late, but I have a few things on my mind tonight. Today I received one of the best emails you can only hope to receive when you write for a small horror magazine. Sinister Grin Press has approached me about scheduling interviews for some of their authors. I am absolutely thrilled! I recently ran my first author interview with Horror Geeks Magazine, and this article was a first of its kind for them as well! Not too long after this article went up I was sent this email from the co-owner and head of marketing for Sinister Grin Press.

I am nor responsible for interviews with horror authors from Permuted Press and Sinister Grin Press. Now, I know a few people are scratching their heads and wondering why I'm continuing work of any kind with my former publisher. While I may not be publishing my works with them anymore, I have gained a lot of friendships through working with them and their authors. That is the reason. I want to see my fellow authors succeed no matter who they are affiliated with. I hope that is the answer you were looking for.

So, I am self-publishing the long awaited Executioner Trilogy, still working hard on the Permutation Archives, searching for an agent/publisher, and writing for Horror Geeks Magazine. I am so excited for all of the things happening in my life and only hope I can continue to help Horror Geeks grow into something we can be proud of (as if we're not already proud enough). This past week I did a Skype interview with the wonderful Jennifer Brozek and I have to say she is a wonderful woman who I only hope to continue to work with in the future.

On top of all of this, I am working with Lisa at Darque Halo Designs on cover art for the Executioner Trilogy as well as trying to gain permissions for a song from the band In This Moment to use for a book trailer for "Follow the Ashes." My good friend Bobby Walton of WaltzGallery Photography is also doing some shooting for me tomorrow with a gorgeous model for stock for promotions and marketing for "Follow the Ashes" and I cannot wait to see the photos! I know, I know I've been all over the place tonight, but there is just so much going on lately.

For anyone wondering about my husband, he is doing well. He is three weeks post-op from his LBKA and he is doing very well. He was signed off on occupational therapy while still in rehab and physical therapy will be signing off on him very soon. His staples get removed on Monday and work will soon begin on his prosthetic and him learning to walk again on that. Very exciting news and I am so proud of how well he is doing. He is my hero and I really hope he knows that. Love you, babe! I know you'll be reading this soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Calling on the Horror

Hello Followers,
I am extending an invitation today to any horror authors and anyone that works in the horror industry for interviews for Horror Geeks Magazine. If anyone is interesting I can be reached at ksowder@horrorgeeksmagazine.com. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bring On the Horror

Hello Followers,

I am writing you lovely people today to let you know my writing career seems to be taking off. As of today I am a writer with Horror Geeks Magazine writing anything I choose as long as it is everything horror. Yup, you heard it right.

I, sci-fi/dyspotian/urban fantasy author, am writing about HORROR! Once my work goes live it can be seen on their website down below:


Everyone who has enjoyed this blog as well as any other tidbits that are floating around out there will enjoy the turn in genre I am sure. Make sure to tune in because I'll be there once a week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Who's Ready to Follow the Ashes?

Good evening (or morning, afternoon) Followers!

Now, I just recently made an announcement on FaceBook that I have scheduled my release date for "Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy" as well as announced this announcement. When I was with Permuted Press my first book wasn't coming till May 2015 and that wasn't even the series that most were waiting for. It was for the first book of the Permutation Archives, which I am still looking to publish but in a more traditional route.

I know everyone has been looking forward to the Executioner Trilogy for years...and I mean YEARS! I have been working on this for quite some time and man wasn't I disappointed when I got a September 2015 release for the first book of this trilogy, but do I have a much closer one for you! As it stands this release date is fixed and I will not be changing it unless some unforeseeable circumstances delay it. The official release date for "Follow the Ashes: Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy" is.......

JANUARY 11, 2015!

Whoo....now don't I feel better that that's out? I know you all do. I had been thinking long and hard about this date since dissolving my Permuted Press contract and you will all be happy to know that I plan on making this available in each and every format I can get! So enjoy the anticipation of the next three months because I think you guys are looking forward to this as much as I am!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Picking Up The Pieces: The Aftermath of the Permuted Press Fiasco

Hello Followers!

It's definitely been interesting picking up the pieces after the Permuted Press debacle. It's all been work and no play to say the least. Not only do I work as a Remarketing Analyst for American Credit Acceptance, but I'm a writer, and helping support my husband who is the newest addition to the amputee community in the U.S.

As I mentioned before, my last post wasn't the last anyone would hear from me. But I'm pulling away from the bashing and pissing contests to look to the future for myself and my husband. My last experience in the industry has taught me a lot, and I am still determined. Not only for my own success, but my husband's as well as those who decided to stay with Permuted Press. I won't lie, I made a lot of great friends during my time there.

My husband is currently in a rehab facility undergoing occupational and physical therapy to regain some semblance of normalcy. It will take some adjusting, but nothing has ever stopped him. He is determined. And he wonders why I call him my hero. Now he knows.

As for my future as an author, I will be self-publishing The Executioner Trilogy and I'm shooting fir the first installment "Follow the Ashes" in January. Exciting stuff. Even more so, I am working very closely with my very talented brother in law Jaymz to produce some awesome cover art for all three. His work is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. If anyone wants to see the amazing work he churns out you can look here:
https://m.facebook.com/DrawinGBlood75 as well as reference the above photo.

As for "The Harvested," it is being turned into a five part series entitled the Permutation Archives (having nothing to do with my old publisher, I swear). I will still be working this one with everything I have and trying to snag a great traditional publisher as well as an agent. Wish me luck everyone, and be on the lookout for what I have to offer because you haven't seen anything yet!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Why I left Permuted Press: The Hidden Struggle of Authordom

Hello Followers!

As I have announced before I am no longer an author with Permuted Press, and I am here to let everyone know exactly why. Now, I tried to sign with a reputable publisher for a long time and with Permuted Press being in the top ten of small press I was super excited about getting signed with them, but little did I know they weren't only signing me, but they were signing anyone and everyone. As small press they are trying to move to mid-tier which means you need more authors. This part I understand. But adding two hundred within the year? That's a pretty large red flag. The reason being is that your work will not get the attention it deserves, just like everyone else and I want to see my fellow authors succeed. This wasn't the problem at first because I didn't realize the scope of the problem.

Their workload and rather aggressive publishing schedule became an issue within the company. Not only were they overworking themselves, but (from what I have heard, not sure how true it is) they were even missing the marketing on some works entirely. Like I said, I'm not sure how true it is. When I heard that one author was left to do all the marketing herself instead of the partnership promised I became iffy. This, again, was not the only issue. Because of the aggressive workload they made a HUGE business decision. They decided to go to an e-book first business model where, depending on your e-book sales, you could earn a spot in their Permuted Platinum line where your books wouldn't be POD (print on demand), but printed in bulk and widely distributed. Even making it onto Barnes & Noble shelves. This is great, right? You couldn't be more wrong.

When asked about the goal to get the the coveted position amongst the works already in the Permuted Platinum line, the answer was extremely vague ending with the conclusion and they indeed have no idea what it takes to get there. But my issue wasn't just this. Not only was I promised quite a lot here, but I was promised prints as well as e-book and audiobook and it didn't help that the publishing schedule would be redone. For me, my first release was already due in May 2015 and, well, I had already waited long enough so being pushed back wasn't an option for me.

Plus, we weren't just sent a mass email, but it was sent quite late at night when I was already in bed with no answer from the head honcho for an entire week. This made the situation grow intense between permuted authors. Some of them even turning against each other. Then another email surfaced, but not to all mind you. A few authors did receive an email stating that the changes made did not effect them. I felt quite shafted as well as that this was a very shady deal. Now, not only was I not getting what I was promised, but something that was freely given before I had to earn and not even they knew what it took to earn it. Not a great business practice. There have been some answers on the model change, but this came after I made the decision to dissolve my contract with Permuted Press.

Down to the nitty gritty and something even more personal. My deadline for "The Harvested" was October 31st, only giving me a few months between deadlines to get it done and then the unthinkable. My husband had to undergo a below-the-knee amputation on October 14th because of a complication of being a former diabetic. This caused a rather large pause in my writing, making it so I could not make this deadline as well as this new model not meeting my needs. After some poll taking and talking to people who wanted to purchase my works when they came out, I realized I would be losing quite a bit of sales with e-book only for quite some times until it was decided I deserved a Platinum spot and, let's face it, who knows how long that would take. I would say I was losing at least fifty percent once I took the vote.

I have made quite a large decision and it was a very hard decision to make because the search for a publisher is hard these days, and I know it. I have still decided to move forward. To those who wanted to purchase my works, you'll still be able to. I am working now to self-publish the Executioner Trilogy and it will be available in a number of formats as not to limit anyone's purchasing decisions. Once they are about to be released I will be doing quite a launch so keep a lookout. About "The Harvested." I have decided to turn this into a series of at least five books and titling it the Permutation Archives. I am hoping not to disappoint and will be very aggressive in my marketing and sales efforts. If anyone has any questions they can be asked on the portion here on my blog where they can be submitted. I can even be reached on FaceBook and Twitter! I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Love Found in Blood: An Interview with Elise Walters

Hello Followers!

I know it has been a little while since my last post, but some health issues got in the way of both this and my writing so I do apologize to all my faithful readers who have been here from the beginning. I had propositioned my fellow authors for interviews and guest spots on my little piece of the internet here and this is one I have been really looking forward to writing. And what am I writing about? Dun dun dun.....VAMPIRES!

I know, I know! Everyone is getting sick and tired of vampires, but what if I told you that these weren't your run-of-the-mill vampires? Would you be interested then? If not, you should be. I got the pleasure of reading one of the best books I have read in quite some time, and that's saying something. "Tentyrian Legacy" by Elise Walters is as follows:

The legacy begins in the sands of Egypt in a time when an ancient city called Tentyris flourished. Its secretive people, ruled by the Council of the Zodiac, lived peacefully alongside humanity. That time was 53 B.C. More than two millennia later, the power of the Tentyrian people has been all but forgotten. The remnants of memory that live on have been turned into twisted folklore about vampires and astrology.
One girl on the cusp of womanhood is about to discover just how real that folklore is.
With telepathic powers that made her parents send her to a mental institution, Arianna Parker always knew she was different—but she never thought a job interview would lead to the discovery of her being a prophesied descendent of an ancient Egyptian vampire race. Nor for that matter did she think she would fall in love with Maximos Vasilliadis, a 2,225 year old vampire. Maximos is the creator of the Tentyrian Brotherhood—a secret order of warriors, pledged to prevent a catastrophic event predicted to wipe out Earth.
Maximos believes Arianna is a descendent of his kind—the Tentyrian vampires—and she has been destined to lead their cause in saving the world. With her 25th birthday approaching, an event that will change her forever, Arianna finds herself caught in the middle of warring vampires—some of whom intend to use her and her power of telepathy for evil.
From the manicured lawns of Connecticut, to the streets of New York City and an exotic island in the Ionian Sea, Arianna must learn to trust Maximos and her heart if she is to save the world, herself, and the Tentyrian legacy.

Now I'm sure that grabbed your interest. Elise Walters has completely re-imagined the vampire and instead of being blood thirsty, animalistic, and sadistic beasts of Hell, they are respectful, mindful of their place in the world, and have totally kick ass powers. I have it in my mind, for anyone whose interest the synopsis hasn't grabbed, to try to talk you into giving this wonderful and very well written book a chance, but I think I'll let Elise do that for me. Below is the interview I had the distinct pleasure of doing with her and I have to say it was so much fun.

1 Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I currently live in Pound Ridge, NY but I grew up in New Canaan, CT (a focal point in my book). I graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and afterwards I moved to New York City and began a career in advertising and marketing.  My career took me from advertising birth control to working in marketing for financial services. This past spring I decided not to return to my “corporate” job and instead I take care of my son (who is 8 months old) and I write from home full time. I feel like my life has completely turned 180° since not working outside of the home but honestly I couldn’t be happier! Now I get to truly do what I love, which is writing and being a mom.
How did you come to create the Tentyrian society?
It all started with a carving. The carving is called the Dendera Zodiac and it is housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Originally pulled from the ceiling of the ancient Hathor temple found in Dendera, Egypt the zodiac portrays within a circle the 12 zodiac symbols we associate with modern astrology:  Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The zodiac carving of Dendera also portrays 4 Egyptian maidens who appear holding up the circle. It was from these symbols that I was inspired to create the structure of Tentyrian society that is governed by 12 vampire covens named after the zodiac symbols as well as 4 princesses called “Luminaries” and Queen Hathor.  As you’ll come to see, there are a lot of historical references throughout the book that tie into Egyptian and Greek mythology surrounding the zodiac.
What draws you to this genre?
I’ve always loved all things paranormal and most things romance so for me the paranormal romance genre is like nirvana in a book. As a tween I was obsessed with books by Catherine Coulter and Anne Rice and I’d say that love never stopped. For me, reading and writing books is an escape and a way to relax—vampires books with romance tossed in is the perfect vehicle for that (for me)!
What inspired your view of the vampire?
My vampires—called Tentyrians—are not animalistic. Rather they view themselves as evolved humans with superior strength, intelligence, health, and supernatural powers. Tentyrian society is rooted in a strict code of morals and a sense of responsibility towards the human race as they believe in a symbiotic relationship with them (at least until the Dark Coven comes to believe otherwise). I’d say it was my desire to convey elements of humanity in my vampires that inspired my portrayal of them. I didn’t want them to be monsters and instead I wanted them to be heroes and models of what humanity should appreciate. After all, it is the Tentyrian descendants who are destined to save the world in my book.

How much research did you do for this work?
As I mentioned, the concept for the book was based off of the Dendera Zodiac, which was something I had seen on a trip to the Louvre museum. That concept brewed within me for several years so that when I started writing Tentyrian Legacy I knew where I wanted to go with the story. As a result, I didn’t set aside months let’s say to conduct research—I did it as I went. A lot of the places and scenes from the book are based on real life experiences so that helped cut back on the need for a lot of research. I write about what I know and love which makes the process feel very natural. And when I need some 3rd party insight, Google is always there for me!
What caused you to choose for vampires to infiltrate big business to meet their own means?
My vampires strive to blend into human society for a couple of reasons. First, they are outnumbered and in the minority. Second, they don’t want to be discovered. And third, they see using humans as a means to an end. Naturally, I thought it would make sense for them to infiltrate big business (finance and pharmaceuticals, for example) to garner the resources they need to obtain power and money. Power and money are the keys for modern day Tentyrians to bring about the demise of the human race, or alternatively, protect it.
How would you define your writing style? If you had to compare it to another author, who would you choose?
Oh geez, that’s really tough. I put some of my writing once through one of those statistical analyzer tools and I was told I write like Dan Brown. Hey, if I could sell as many books as he has I’m good with that! I can tell you though that in an ideal world I would love to emulate the writing style of Jane Austen and Karen Essex—but my writing just comes out as it does and I’m sure it’s a far cry from theirs.
How long would you say it takes you to finish writing just one of your novels?
Ummm, years? I’m not a prolific writer and when I wrote Tentyrian Legacy it was just a pet project that I truly never thought would be published. I would let it sit for months at a time, so in total I spent about two years writing it. Now that I’m focusing on my writing full time (as much as I can with an infant at home) I’m giving myself 9-12 months to finish the next book in the Tentyrian series called Tentyrian Thirst.
How many books are planned for the series?
Four in total. Tentyrian Legacy was the first and focuses on the story of Arianna Parker (the first Luminary descendant). The other three books in the series will focus on the remaining Luminary descendants.
How would you describe your experience working with Permuted Press?
Great! As I mentioned, I had no expectation of getting Tentyrian Legacy published so I’m truly grateful that they believe in my work enough to print it and help me market it.
What would you say is the most challenging part about being a writer? What is the most rewarding?
The most challenging is finding the time. Life gets in the way—raising kids and focusing on jobs needed to pay the mortgage are a HUGE time suck. Damn you mortgage! The most rewarding is when someone reaches out to you and says they love what you’ve written. I’m still in disbelief when someone says that to me. 
What are your future plans as a writer?
Finish the Tentyrian Legacy series! I can’t even imagine what other writing projects I’ll tackle after that since I feel like I live and breathe all things Tentyrian at the moment.
Do you have appearances for conventions or signings planned?
I do. In 2014 they are mostly in my local area (Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT). In the immediate future I will be doing a book signing at Elm St. Books located in New Canaan, CT on October 25th from 12-2:30 and giving a talk at the New Canaan Library on October 28th at 7pm.  Formal conventions are still in the works but my website www.tentyrianlegacy.com will be updated shortly with this information! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toby Tate: An Introduction

Good morning Followers!

I know it's been a while, but with deadlines and working full time it's been hard keeping up. I decoded, before my hiatus, to begin to include content from my fellow authors for we are kindred spirits. Now, I've got to get this up quick because I am about to walk into work. So, without hesitation, I would like to introduce you lovely people to fellow author and talented man, Toby Tate!

As a new author with Permuted Press, I appreciate Kindra having me as a guest on her blog. Hopefully I can keep it interesting and readers won't drool on their keyboards, short them out and cause electrical fires that burn out of control, destroy entire neighborhoods, cities and eventually the world. So, in essence, I'm saving the world here.
But I digress.
The deal I signed with Permuted Press was for four books-three of those books are already written and one is in the works. They were all written in crayon, so I had to spend a lot of time getting them transposed. Luckily, I have since learned to use a keyboard, so it goes much more quickly now.
Three of those books are also part of a series, while one is not. None of them are about zombies, although the stand-alone does have some walking dead people, which I guess could be called zombies. I do like zombies, though I've never met one in person. If I did, I suppose I'd become a zombie myself and I wouldn't be writing this. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah.
The stand-alone book is called DIABLERO, unless Permuted changes it. It's a story about an ancient mythical being called the Death Defier who gains immortality by sapping the life-force from his victims. In my story, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard the pirate, is possessed by the Death Defier sometime in the early 1700s.
Blackbeard eventually dies in battle, and for three centuries the spirit remains trapped in the pirate's barnacle-encrusted bones at the bottom of the sea-until someone brings Teach back to life, and the Death Defier along with him. The story follows a reporter, Hunter Singleton, and his wife Lisa, who band together with several others to try and stop the demon as he wreaks havoc on the East Coast.
Teach travels from North Carolina to Florida and the Caribbean searching for an ancient book that will unlock not only the secret to his immortality, but will also open a gateway to a dimension inhabited by dark, unholy creatures who once inhabited our world-and wish to do so again.
There's a lot of conflict as Hunter and Lisa are on the verge of divorce at the beginning of the book, and we watch as the human part of Edward Teach struggles against the demonic Death Defier.
So yeah, it's pretty light reading. This book will be released by Permuted Press in Sept. 2016.
My next book, a novella which I call THE LILITU, is about several members of a race of beings (there were many of them here before us, if you believe mythology) that are living in Australia. The heroine of this particular story is a CIA operative named Gabrielle Lincoln who is on vacation in OZ to visit her family when her father, a retired CIA guy, informs her of said creatures. She hunts them down and is subsequently captured, brainwashed and used for their own nefarious purposes (no, not sex!)
Much of the book takes place in the outback, with Gabrielle running for her life, fighting these superhuman beasts. It's loads of fun! This book will be my first release from Permuted press, due out in April, 2016.
Let me just stress the fact that these creatures are NOT vampires. Imagine an evil Superman and you'd be pretty close, except these beings can't fly. And if they get close to a strong radiation source, like enriched uranium, they turn into huge, fur-covered things with dagger-like teeth and nasty dispositions. This leads to the next book.
PRIMORDIAL, which I call a supernatural sci-fi thriller, begins on the island of Crete, where Lisa Singleton's young cousin is part of an archeological dig that finds a metal box buried on top of a mountain, with ancient symbols carved into the lid. But the box is also emitting high levels of radiation. Here's the synopsis I wrote for it, which I think is pretty good:
The container and its contents are sent to the university at Heraklion to be studied under controlled conditions-but before it can arrive, the vehicle and its three occupants, including the American university student, are forced off the road in a violent crash. The artifact is taken, the student kidnapped.
As Hunter and his wife, a CIA operative and a navy communications officer search for the artifact and the young woman that carried it, they discover that whatever is inside that box is an element as yet unknown to modern science, and more powerful and deadly than enriched uranium.
They face opposition at every turn, first by the Cretan police force, then by murderous creatures that seem to defy all the precepts of creation and evolution.
But whoever is behind the theft of the artifact and the kidnapping of the young woman is after more than money or power-he belongs to a race of beings older than mankind-the Lilitu. Now time is running out and he must be stopped before he can open a transdimensional gateway that will plunge the earth into an underworld of eternal darkness and torment, where the Lilitu and their gods reign supreme. This book will be released by Permuted press in May, 2016.
The last book, which I call THE CAIN PROPHECY, will be the end of the trilogy that began with my novel, LILITH, which was published in 2012. It will be released by Permuted Press in June, 2016.
You don't need to read LILITH to know what's going on. There's a lot of back story that will fill you in. So LILITH, THE LILITU, PRIMORDIAL and THE CAIN PROPHECY are all part of the same story. I hope you enjoy them and DIABLERO as much as I did writing them.
For more info on me and my books check out my website at www.tobytatestories.com , and also find me on Facebook and Twitter.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

In Depth Interview with author Briar Lee Mitchell

Good evening Followers!

I am here tonight because just recently I had done an interview with the author of Permuted Press release "Big Ass Shark!" If you all are wondering on my stance on shark horror, I believe there just isn't enough of it to fulfill my craving and "Deep Blue Sea" can only take care of so much on its own, and you can only watch "Jaws" so many times. Anyone who really wants some great shark horror needs, and I mean NEEDS to check out this book. Here is a brief glimpse into her work:

MISTY WITLOW, an aspiring actress, heads to the beach near Los Angeles to enjoy the sun and videotape a greeting to send home to her mother. An enormous shark, pale white in color, surfaces in a deep channel near her. The massive beast, larger than a schoolbus, glides past and rams the rocky outcropping she is standing on.
 Tossed to the ground, she stares directly into a widening maw big enough to swallow a car.
 Terrorized, she scrambles back, away from the exposed jaws containing rows and rows of teeth bigger than her hand. Her camera continued to roll, recording the fish, as its jaws clamped down hard enough on the rocks to shake the ground under her, and, knock one of its teeth loose.
 She is the sole witness to a killing machine thought to have been extinct for millions of years - the Charcarocles Megalodon. Misty has proof of the encounter though, in her camera, and a tooth the shark lost when it hit the rock.
 Misty raises the alarm, however, getting people to believe her is a tough call. The shark has taken to deeper waters again, however, sticks close enough to the shore that it sinks ships and causes a number of deaths. So far, she is the only one who has seen it – the only one living that is.
 She finally convinces Park Ranger BARRY FITZSIMMONS who takes her to his friend, DR. LAWRENCE MC GILL, a marine biologist who nicknames the shark 'Ghostie' because of her odd pale coloring. He believes her and decides he must go in search of this amazing, living fossil from the past.
 The hunt for Ghostie is on - a race between the well-meaning, but under equipped scientists, an unscrupulous reporter, and big game hunters determined to bag the biggest prize of all.

Here is the interview below. I learned so much about her from what I was given and the information she shared about herself. I hope you guys learn just as much, and keep up the good work Briar!

Where are you from?

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My family and I moved to the US in the 60’s, and, I became an American citizen in 95, however, I have lived in 4 countries (certainly call the US home). Canada, United States, Bahamas, Mexico. I have been an artist and writer for 40 years, and have worked for Warner Bros., Johns Hopkins (I have a Master’s Degree in Medical and Biological Illustration).

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Loved making up stories when I was a kid. It was not until I was in my 30’s that I really wanted to explore actually writing novels and screenplays.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I was in New Zealand, with the Air Force. We were stationed there flying missions back and forth to McMurdo in Antarctica.  I am a civilian, and, travel with the Air Force to do research for paintings I create for the National Archives (I embedded a copy of the painting I did for this trip in the doc). James Cameron was also with us (this was just a couple of months before he made his dives on the Titanic). He and I were the only civilians traveling with this crew to McMurdo. We were on a boat in the middle of Cook Strait sailing from the south to the north island to go horseback riding for the day. I cornered Jim (LOL!!) and told him I always wanted to write. He cut me off, told me to write something then, and he would have someone read it. When we landed on the other side of the Strait, we stayed for a short time at this really odd looking hotel, high up on a bluff overlooking the strait. It was creepy/weird/fascinating and had been added on to many times over the 100 plus years it had been there. Some of the rooms were lower than others, and connected by these weird little hallways that only one person could travel through. Anyone with claustrophobia would steer clear of it. Anyway, the hotel seemed so gothic/weird that I used it as the backdrop for a novel I wrote called “Apparitions”, about a haunted hotel. Permuted Press recently purchased that from me, along with the sequel (Graymont), and those will be coming out later. However, to finish out my story, yes, Jim was true to his word. I wrote the novel in 3 weeks, sent it to him, and he had one of his producers read it. She wrote notes all over the pages, and clearly had read the entire book. On the final page she encouraged me to keep writing. So, I did!

How did you come up with the title?
The book I currently have out with Permuted Press is called “Big Ass Shark”. The original title of the book was “Ghostie” which is the nickname given to the HUGE shark in the story because she is a very pale color. The publishers at Permuted thought my title was a bit too paranormal and asked me to send over some other ideas. I sent a list of 10 new titles, including the Big Ass one. That one I thought was more of a joke, however, they liked the tongue-in-cheek quality, especially since they planned to release it 6 weeks before Sharknado 2 and Shark Week come out. Wacky title, however, I like it.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character is confronted with having seen this HUGE shark, and then, having to go through some extraordinary steps to convince others she saw it, and, to help save people from becoming it’s lunch.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No message…just a fast paced, fun romp in the ocean with SHARKS!!

What genre are your books?
Action/adventure/horror and some have paranormal aspects to them

What draws you to this genre?
Always loved to be scared and drawn into stories when I was a kid. I love the rollercoaster ride.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Two writers:  Stephen King and Chelsea Cain

What are your current projects?
These have all been acquired by Permuted:  The Whistlebrass Mysteries  - http://briarle2.wix.com/whistlebrass, Dead Life - http://briarle2.wix.com/lights, Frozen - http://briarle2.wix.com/frozen, Spires (and it’s sequels) - http://briarle2.wix.com/spires, Apparitions and it’s sequel Graymont (both ghost stories).

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes. I would have made it longer.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just the usual things that plague authors…getting stuck here and there, and, sometimes getting tired out after going through bursts of writing.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen King – He can write about multiple characters, and, I can keep track of all of them without needing notes or reminders. He has a wonderful talent for carving out unique, memorable characters.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do not pine away, WANTING to write. If you want to write, then get busy.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love to hear from my readers!!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Visit my site, please!  www.briarmitchell.com  
Here is my twitter handle:  @pinkyblee

Monday, August 4, 2014

R.M. Willis: An Introduction to the Big 5

Good evening Followers!

I know it is late, but in the interest of waiting for my sheets to dry I figured I would take the time and go ahead and do a little feature with a dear friend. We speak quite a lot and I have encouraged him to continue writing and submitting to publishers, knowing one of them will bite. I even encouraged him to submit his work to my own publisher, Permuted Press! I am hoping he hears from them soon and has good news to share.

So, I am handing over the blog tonight to good friend and fellow writer R.M Willis with his discussion on the BIG 5!

Civilizations Big 5

I work with teenagers, and like all youth they often have questions that the average adult citizen is too busy to consider. The other day a young man asked me what made civilization possible. It got me thinking. There are many potential answers to this question; religion, law, money. All certainly led to the growth of mankind, but I wanted to go deeper. I wanted to get at the very roots of what created civilization, what we needed to move past the animal stage. I came up with five things. Five things, that without which man would have been surpassed by some other higher life form to dominate our globe. Five things which gave birth to civilization itself, the first one of course is fire.

Fire being a contributor to civilization is almost a no brainer. It provided us with light, heat, and a place to congregate at night and begin our oral history. Fire means protection, and the ability to cook our food. Fire became the forge, gave birth to trains, led to rockets, and made s’mores possible.
After fire the second most important invention to civilization was the cup. The ability to contain water and take it with you allowed mankind to venture out away from lakes and rivers. It made us mobile and gave us the opportunity to settle and exploit parts of the world that were never before possible.

Third is the ever important hammer. Why a hammer you might ask. Well that’s easy. The hammer is the first real tool. Without a hammer we couldn’t have made weapons, or other tools. In essence is gave us the ability to create, and to build. It allowed us the opportunity to live outside of caves, and even became a song! Ahh, if I only had a hammer.

Fourth is another no brainer, the wheel. The wheel made it easy to move heavy things long distances. It allowed us to travel quickly, and with a few modifications became the cogs in our machinery. The wheel as far as inventions go is almost the most important one off all to the actual birth and nurturing of civilization as we know it. There is however one more that I think we must address. One so vitally important that without out it we may have died off years ago, never to move past the infinitesimal stages of civilization that the other four allowed to happen. I’m speaking of course of written language.

The ability to record and communicate accurately over space and time was the true birth of civilization. There is no person more powerful in history then the author who stares at a blank page. Why? Because history itself would be unknown without it. We couldn’t learn, grow, or share ideas, and we certainly couldn’t record them down for future generations. The written word is what gave rise to the mass population that rules the world and now ventures forth into space. Nothing past the first four inventions would have been possible without it.

So that’s it. There is my answer. When I shared it with the 15 year old young man who asked me the question he smiled and thanked me. Since then he’s thought about it and we’ve had many philosophical discussions about life and its meaning, and that my friends is a good thing.

Friday, August 1, 2014


Hello Followers!

I am excited to say that release dates have arrived! I am going to announce the first two here today! I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

The stand alone title "The Harvested' will makee it's appearance May 12, 2015!

The first of the Executoner Trilogy "Follow the Ashes" will make it's debut on September 22, 2015!

The closer it gets to the release of "Follow the Ashes" I will announce the other release date for the last two (possibly) books. Who knows?  I may just write tons more!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gareth C. Wood: An Introduction

Hello again Followers!

I am here today to introduce another fellow author with Permuted Press! His name is Gareth C. Wood and I have to tell you guys he is a force to be reckoned with. Granted, I don't get to hear from him often, but being a writer myself I understand the lack of free time.

His first work in coming out in January and it is part of a series. It is called "Black Horizon" and is the first book in what is lovingly called the Commonweatlh series. He is currently working on its sequal "The Long Dark." I, myself, am also looking forward to this as well as plenty of other upcoming Permuted Press titles. I do have to say there is a lot of good stuff coming out!

Now I'm getting ahead of myself. While the book isn't out yet I have been given a glimpse from Gareth as to what in the world it is about, and these words are straight from Gareth himself. "It's a book about war, trans-humanism, AI, passion, revolution, and the human spirit." Definitely has me wanting to read it, and soon. So I'm guessing you guys would like to know a little about Gareth, but first I'll start with a photo and what will follow is a little bio written by Gareth himself! Enjoy!

......And look at him all decked out in Permuted Press swag! Now on to you Gareth!

I am a writer of Science Fiction and Horror, based in Port Moody BC.  My influences from an early age were Tolkien and Frank Herbert, and other fantasy and SF authors of the time.  When D&D was first appearing, leading to the 'Satanic Panic', I was playing that and other role-playing games and loving them.  It was from those games that I learned to love telling stories.

In 2004, after years of on-and-off writing, I finally wrote a novel.  Then I wrote another.  And another followed.  Then a fourth.  Now I'm writing number five, and have plans for at least three more so far.  In time I may write the book then ends the world.

Here are some links below to get you guys started:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GarethWoodAuth 
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gareth-C-Wood-Author/134941016543542  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interview with "Contagious" Author Emily Goodwin

Good evening Followers!

I know what a treat, two interviews in two days! I'm excited too, especially since this is with an author of one of the books I look forward to reading....and soon. Like ASAP. Emily Goodwin's " Contagious," was released today with Permuted Press and I approached her to do this interview to commemorate the release! Her Contagium Series ahs also won a few awards! I was so happy she said yes....and I'm about to show you all why you will fall in love with Emily Goodwin!

First, let's learn a little bit about Emily.....

Emily Goodwin is the author of the award winning Contagium Series published by Permuted Press as well as many independently published novels, including the internationally bestselling novel, STAY. Emily write in a wide variety of genres, from horror to romance. She holds multiple degrees in psychology and nursing and has worked in mental health and general healthcare. Emily resides in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and German Shepherd named Vader. Along with writing, Emily enjoys riding her horse, designing and making costumes, and Cosplay.

So.....I'm sure you guys would love to know what "Contagious" is about? Well, here it is!

"I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living, while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead."

During the Second Great Depression, twenty-four year old Orissa Penwell is forced to drop out of college when she is no longer able to pay for classes. Unable to find a job, she moves in with her aunt in Indianapolis. Down on her luck, Orissa doesn’t think she can go any lower.

She couldn’t be more wrong. A virus breaks out across the country, leaving the infected crazed, aggressive and very hungry.

Orissa is used to only being responsible for herself. When she finds herself a reluctant leader of a group of survivors, she must make a choice: set aside her issues and help the others or go off alone in search of her own family and friends.

....And here is the awesome cover (which I am still in awe over)!

Ready to learn some more about amazing author Emily Goodwin? Hopefully this interview won't disappoint!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I first started writing, of course. I wrote fan fiction when I was younger but didn't write a full length novel until I was in college. Once I started writing books, I couldn't stop.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to eat while I write, does that count as a style? (Of course it does!)

What inspired you to write your first book?
I started putting original characters into the fan-fic that I wrote. Those characters just grew from there and soon I had my own plots and stories to tell. 

How did you come up with the title?
I have a hard time coming up with titles. I usually throw words around until I find something that grabs me. Then I have a trust team of friends who help me decide if my title is good enough. It's tough to pick out just a few words to represent your entire story.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write to entertain. If people find messages in my books, then I think that is great. Everything can be interpreted differently by different people, so ten people could read the same book and take away different things from it. I do include some themes in my books, but I don't really consider those messages. In my mermaid-horror novel, Beyond the Sea, the theme of accepting people for WHO they are instead if WHAT they are is pretty prominent throughout the whole book. But bottom line, I write to entertain. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I think JK Rowling would be amazing. She went through a lot of rejection then skyrocketed to the top. The Harry Potter series will always be my favorite.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn't wait to publish it. I was very nervous how people would like a book with that dark subject matter. I was worried it wouldn't go over well. But I wouldn't change anything. I think everything that happened while writing that book made it what it is.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Network with other writers. Support from other authors is invaluable! 

Where do your ideas come from?
Oh gosh, everywhere. I can see something on the way to the store and it will inspire a scene or even a whole book. I have very vivid, weird dreams a lot, which is wonderful for inspiration! 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you!! I couldn't do what I love for a living if it wasn't for you. I hope all my readers know just how much I appreciate them. It still blows my mind to know that people like the stuff I write :) 

If you would like to know more about Emily and her work, she can be found in tons of places! The links below are a great place to start!

.....And here are some links where you can purchase "Contagious."

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00M7NPFA8

Monday, July 28, 2014

Interview with Author Tonia Brown

Hello Followers!

I have a real treat for you today, as well as many others to come. Today though, we have an interview with author Tonia Brown. Her book "Sundowners" was recently released with Permuted Press and is a real page-turner. I had tons of fun gathering all of this information from Tonia as well as doing the interview. Granted, there weren't many questions, but there is so much good information here you'll feel like you know her personally! First, we'll start with some information about her riveting work "Sundowners!" Enjoy!

Here are a few details about "Sundowners!"

Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the power of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse.

Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them are willing to remember. Something that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser. An act that robbed young Coil of his artistic potential yet boosted his little sister into an almost overnight sensation in the art world.

Now, fifteen years later, the self-exiled Coil has come home to deal with his world famous sister as she suffers from sundowning; severe and violent personality shifts after the sun sets. Coil’s reluctant loyalty to his family is rewarded with an unexpected return to his artistic roots, as he wakes each day to find he has painted a brilliant but disturbing masterpiece in his sleep.

As the siblings struggle to heal old family scars, something is reaching out to the small town of Ellenville, driving the townsfolk mad and leaving chaos, mayhem and death in its wake. The key to stopping the madness lays in Cass’s sundowning and Coil’s blooming talent.

In order to cure Cass, the pair of siblings must come to terms with their old demons, both figuratively and literally. They find an ancient and terrible horror has risen once more from the backwoods of the family home, and this time it threatens to not only tear their family apart, but also the small town of Ellenville, and perhaps the entire world.

 Here are a few blurbs to get your juices flowing!

"Tonia Brown's characters crawl slowly out of the story, sit beside you and nestle their heads on your shoulder, smiling slyly as you cringe away, unable to put the book down because you're already hooked and they know it. Brown is one of the most talented writers to emerged from the horror scene in recent times and I, for one, will be there for every new release." ~Gina Ranalli, author of MOTHMAN EMERGED

"Sundowners Is one of those stories that gets under your skin. Page after page you are sucked into the characters, but you know something bad is right around that corner, and you don't want anything to happen to these dysfunctional siblings." ~Armand Rosamilia, author of the DYING DAYS zombie series

Author bio!

Tonia Brown is a southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in the backwoods of North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. She likes fudgesicles and coffee, though not always together. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut. You can learn more about her at: www.thebackseatwriter.com 


Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

My name is Tonia only because my twin sister’s name is Tonie. We were supposed to be a boy, but we became two girls along the way. The docs just didn’t realize there were two of us in there. True story. Tonie is technically Tonie junior, because our dad is a Tony. So is our nephew. And our sister’s ex-husband. And my husband’s name is Tony. And my maiden name is Anthony.

I know. Crazy stuff.

Otherwise, I was raised in a military family, so I’ve been all over the world. I’ve been married for 18 glorious years to a man that still rocks my world, even when he is in just his socks and nothing else. I have loads of cats that control my every waking hour.

Again, true story.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was tired of reading the same old crap, so I decided to write new crap. I mean, there is still the same old crap out there, but now you can read my crap too! Hooray!

How did you come up with the title for "Sundowners?"

The medical phenomenon of Sundowning has always fascinated me. Every heard of it? Sundowners Syndrome is when folks—usually older individuals suffering from an existing form of dementia—experience personality changes after the sun sets. Sometimes they just wander around or babble incoherently, but sometimes they get violent and lash out at caretakers and loved ones. I’ve heard nursing home tales of little old ladies breaking nurses’ arms in their sudden rage after dark. I get accused of making it all up when I tell people about it, but it’s real! Google that shit!
When I learned about it, I wanted to write a book about it, and of course it bloomed into a horror novel. Took me two years to work on. The story was just slow to tell. When I finished it just seemed natural to title the book after the whole thing.

What genre is "Sundowners" and what draws you to this genre?

Sundowners is a horror novel. A little Southern Gothic at times, a little Lovecraftian influenced at others, but mostly straight horror. Oh, and a touch of romance. Don’t wince! It’s only a touch.
I love horror because it’s so much fun. I mean, yeah I love gore and stuff like that, but the real reason I write it is because it is fun to write. I love the idea of scaring the crap out of folks!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Welcome and learn from criticism. Everyone goes through an awkward writing phase before they find their voice. People aren’t judging your worth as a person when they tell you how horrible your work is. (And trust me, they will.) They are judging your writing skill. Keep in mind you asked them to do that very thing when you offered to let them read it. Take what you can from the criticism and learn. If your feelings get hurt, you either need a thicker skin or you need to get out of the game now while you still can.

So everyone don't miss your chance to check out her work "Sundowners." It is truly an amazing piece of literature and I hope you learned as much about it and its creator as you possibly could. We had a lot of fun doing this and just to give you guys a little more insight here are two more blurbs!

"If you haven’t read Tonia Brown, you’re missing out on one of the finest voices in dark fiction. Sundowners is Brown at her best, and you’d do well to give it a whirl." ~Pete Giglio, author of SUNFALL MANOR and co-author of THE DARK

"Tonia Brown's Sundowners is one of the most engaging books I've read this year! This southern-flavored horror is so well-written that I found myself re-reading sentences constantly. Ms. Brown drew me right in and made me late coming back from lunch more than once." ~Stephen A. North, author of DEAD TIDE and DRIFTER

Here are some links below that will not only take you to a place where you can learn more about this amazing and talented woman, but to also purchase her work "Sundowners." 

Website: /www.thebackseatwriter.com 
Blog: steampunktrain.blogspot.com 
Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Sundowners-Tonia-Brown-ebook/dp/B00LUB9O3M/