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Coming Soon… Giveaway

July 17, 2017

In the next few weeks, keep your eyes out. I will be running a giveaway for the Kindle version of Full Moon, Book Two of The Hunter Archives.

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Artist Spotlight: Heather Davies- DeVoe

April 8, 2017

Forgive the delay- I had somehow managed to misplace my notes so this interview was a little postponed- an absolute special thank you to our guest for her unending patience with me. Please join me in welcoming our month’s interviewee, and be on the lookout for next month’s… when I finally find my notes!

 

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A personal favorite of Davies- DeVoe’s: Angel of Dance, 2017            (I am using this gif with express consent of the artist, please respect the integrity of her work and buy it- admiring is free, but don’t steal!)

Davies- DeVoe is an artist whose work is often quite eye-catching. I find myself loving the evolution of each piece she creates, and the finished product is never anything to scoff at! She uses an amazing array of colors and has a style that’s breath-taking. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

Connect:

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Twitch

Twitter

Facebook

 

 

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1. How long have you been a writer/artist?


Oh goodness. I would say since I could hold a crayon? My mom had me watching a lot of Bob Ross growing up, so had the Happy Little Trees in daycare when everyone else had their triangles. It’s just always been something I’ve done.


2. Who do you most identify with (living, dead, real or fictional)?


Actually a couple of web comic characters; specifically Faye from Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, and Vanessa from Something Positive by Randall Keith Milholland. I’ve had several people ask me if either of those writers knew me in some way, and neither do (although I am friends on facebook with Milholland and senpai has noticed me on occasion.)


3. Tell us a fun and interesting fact about one of your projects?


In every single one of my pieces, I wind up writing notes on them in white charcoal (it wipes off) and some of them are apparently hilarious. A friend comes over every now and then and sees I’ve written “flowery bullshit here”, or “Wingy shit here”.  When I can’t get a face to work out right, I have a printed picture of Hugh Jackman with googly eyes that I glued on to hang over it so I don’t zone in and focus too much on how bad it looks.


4. Of your own work, which specific piece would you be excited to be known best for?


My Angels series, without a doubt. On one hand I’ve funneled a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into them, and also the whole idea behind them was to show how the world isn’t always terrible.


5. If you could, who would you ask to look at your work?


Misha Collins. I credit him and my husband for getting me to start creating again, and I’d kind of like to tell him that this is all his fault. I get to tell my husband every day.


6. What is your main inspiration?


Gag alert here, but I’d have to say my husband and my home. We’ve worked very hard to surround ourselves with love, and I like to think I can funnel that into my work and share it.


7. Where do you get your ideas?


Basically everywhere. I did a drawing once based off of a whorl in the  wood on my closet door. Sometimes it’s a shape, sometimes it’s a color, sometimes I’m just dozing off and a picture builds itself in my head and can’t wait for me to get itself out.


8. How do you overcome writer’s/artist’s block?


I inhale.
After a while with the output you do, you have to stop and give yourself a little something. It’s breathing. You inhale by looking, by reading, by learning. You exhale, and you create. You have to have both or you will die.


9. In which genre do you enjoy working the most (horror, mystery, abstract, etc.)?


I love this nearly cartoonish realism I’ve been working on. I have enough flexibility that I don’t have to focus on absolute perfection, but I have this definite something to work from.


10. How long does it take you to complete a project?


It depends. Sometimes it interrupts everything else I do and I can work quickly- I did the first Angel in less than a week. But sometimes they want to take a little longer- sometimes months. Since I work in acrylics for the most part I don’t have to worry so much about drying times and I can move right on to the next part.


11. What would you tell aspiring writers/artists?


Do not ever stop. Do something, anything. Just do everything. Do everything, feel everything, know everything. This work is important.


12. Who is your favorite independent writer/artist?


Honestly, I can’t have one. I love everything I see. I have so many artists whose work I follow, and so many that I know personally and love. I guess if you twisted my arm and made me spit out a name I’d say Samantha Darr, but only because she tells everyone she won me in her divorce.


13. Who is your favorite mainstream writer/artist?


Frida Kahlo. Her colors and imagery have struck me since the first time I saw her work. Also, the only painting that literally made me cry was Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine, which I had the extreme pleasure of seeing in person in Houston more than a decade ago. Note to whoever set up the lighting for the piece in the Museum of Fine Art Houston- the glare was horrible, and the guards were eyeballing me when I had to lean over the barrier to see the brush marks on the face.


14. Do you do anything in order to prepare for your painting sessions?


Same as I guess everyone does. I get all my supplies in order, make sure my stuff is clean and everything is ready, make sure I’m not wearing anything I don’t want coated in paint, and get something to drink and to listen to. The only sort of special thing I do is light one of those white glass pillar candles from the dollar store. It’s more of a superstition thing for me anymore.


15. And, most importantly, do you have a favorite hot or cold beverage and/or snack that you like to have with you while working?


That depends on the season, really. During the summer I’ll nurse a pitcher of sweet tea and work on tomato sandwiches from my garden. During the winter I live on milk and dry frosted wheat cereal.

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If there is anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask what you like in the comments.  When I give the option to ask questions and to connect with the guest, I expect a modicum of respect. I will delete any attempts to be a horrid troll.

If there are other authors/artists you would like to learn about, or if you would like to be featured, let me know- but  be realistic. i’ll have an easier time trying to contact an indy than i would stephen king or tim burton. although, how marvelous would that be?

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Author Spotlight: Helen Deakin

February 2, 2017

Alright butterflies, it’s finally time I post my first interview. Because she is a wildly imaginative author, Helen Deakin will be in the Spotlight.

 

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Helen grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland and recently moved to Laidley with her partner Dave and their three beautiful children and they are her most important passion. 

She has been writing since she was capable of stringing a basic sentence together (Helen still has her first book “Sally’s Monster” laying around somewhere) and all she ever dreamed of was becoming an author.  Helen is currently working on editing her next two novels, “The Ruined Ones,” and “Precient”, putting together a short story collection, and writing a requested piece of work, based on the war journal entries of the client’s father.  Sometimes Helen tries to do too many things at once because she is highly allergic to sitting still and doing nothing.

To keep up with Helen Deakin, connect with her here:

www.helendeakinauthor.com

www.facebook.com/helendeakinauthor

www.twitter.com/helendeakinbook

Here are a few of her Novels, found on Amazon:

 

 

Our sweet guest was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me. (If you have any that are not on the following list, make sure to comment and ask!)

 

  1. How long have you been a writer/artist?

I have been writing ever since I could string a sentence together on paper (the first little book I wrote was when I was five and was called “Sally’s Monster).  However, it was only a couple years ago I decided to take the plunge into professional writing and publish my first full length novel, “Behind Blue Eyes.”

2. Tell us a fun and interesting fact about one of your projects?

My latest book I am working on, “The Ruined Ones,” came about due to a very bizarre dream I had in which I was a man whose wife and baby had been kidnapped by people who had taken over the world.  They had us segregated into groups, the bad ones kept in cattle yards for slaughter and the good ones taken elsewhere.  Needless to say, “The Ruined Ones” isn’t exactly the same but the idea for it arose from this strange sleep story my mind created.

3. Of your own work, which specific piece would you be excited to be known best for?

“The Ruined Ones,” which I am still in the final editing phases of.  It is my favourite of all my work because I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic stuff.

4. If you could, who would you ask to look at your work?

Stephen King, without a doubt.

5. How do you overcome writer’s/artist’s block?

I have a notebook I always have near me that I write random ideas, snippet of interesting conversations and parts of dreams, books or movies I think could be blossomed into a story of its own.  If I am in need of inspiration, that’s what I look at.

6. In which genre do you enjoy working the most (horror, mystery, abstract, etc.)?

Horror and thrillers are my main niche and definitely my favourite genres.

7. How long does it take you to complete a project?

It depends, I guess.  Behind Blue Eyes was something I wrote when I was only about 17 and I went back to it years later to finish it so I am not sure exactly how long that one took, however “The Ruined Ones” I hand-wrote nearly 400 pages from start to finish in exactly 30 days (which is saying something considering I am a mother of three young children and also run a small hobby business from home—among other commitments).

8. What would you tell aspiring writers/artists?

Determination and belief in your abilities is key.  No matter what anyone else might say about how hard it is to break into the writing industry and make it, never give up.  Most of all, don’t expect to get a major break and just be thrown into stardom.  Everything takes time and if you give it said time, you will build yourself up as a great writer/artist and be better off for taking a long road, learning so much along the way.

9. Who is your favorite mainstream writer/artist?

Stephen King will always be top of my list but I also really enjoy books by Matthew Reilly, Brian Keene and  Sandra Brown

10. And, most importantly, do you have a favorite hot or cold beverage and/or snack that you like to have with you while working?

Coffee, coffee, coffee and most importantly, coffee.

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed this interview, and if you find something you wish me to improve upon in the future, let me know!

 

 

 

 

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-scold-

December 14, 2016

Poor people

Should not be made

To feel guilt

For being poor.

They should not feel

It a sin to

Be hungry,

Thirsty,

Tired…

Helpless.

Don’t just complain 

That it happens…

Make a positive change

To prevent it.

-freya

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Sneak Peek of Bleeding Heart

December 5, 2016

Will be available in Paperback and Kindle versions by mid-week. Enjoy, butterflies!

 

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Weekend Giveaway 

October 19, 2016

When:  October 21- October 23, 2016

What: Kindle Versions of:
       Night Child 

       First Hunt

This is the perfect time to curl up with a book, whilst tightly cocooned in a warm blanket, or near a crackling fire. Or both.

(Practice fire safety at all times!)

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-PSA-

October 7, 2016

Weed.

     Pot.

          Reefer.

Green.

       Flower.


              Cannabis.


This is a PSA:

It doesn’t matter

What you call it,

When so many call it:

           Relief.

No judgments; a mere:

         Release.

Allow us to kill ourselves

With nicotine and liquor,

Disallowing cures with your number;

Calling it a gateway drug…

       To what?

            Puppets with no strings?

Free thinkers and artists?

       Pain and disease free lives?


We apologize for the inconvenience, 

And thank you for your time.

Good day, America.
-freya-

     





*** Disclaimer: I do support the responsible use of marijuana; it is preferred that we follow the laws in our individual States in order to avoid unfair and wrongful incarceration.

That being said, if you think you may have a problem with this or any other substances, please seek help.

(P.S: why do we feel the need to disclaim everything these days? What happened to compassion and common sense?)