Monday, October 31, 2011


I've reached the halfway point in the sequel to my biomedical thriller Gargoyles. Plague is the continuation of the Amoreena Daniels' story--only now it's four years later. I'm really excited about how book two of The Resurrection Trilogy is developing. What's next for the brilliant and beautiful Amoreena? Next week I'll post some more about where the Plague plot is going. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The talented and pretty author Heather Marie Adkins!

Heather Marie Adkins is an independent fiction novelist and avid bibliophile with the library to prove it. She first began publishing her work in June 2011—much to the chagrin of her mother—and now has five published ebooks in various genres.  In September of 2011, she was chosen as the Louisville Eccentric Observer’s Reader’s Choice 3rd Best Local Author.  She loves to garden, cook, and travel, and would give anything to live in a cottage in Ireland.  She can be found barefoot on her urban Kentucky farm.

Cause & Effect
Martin’s existence has centered on his wife, Sophie, for thirteen years.  Their tumultuous, explosive relationship ends in adultery and her abrupt death, leaving Martin to pick up the pieces of the life she built for them – and a daughter he barely knows.  With the touching insights of his little girl and memories of Sophie to keep him going, Martin navigates the year after her death in a series of lists, finding that happiness is something to create, not expect.

Now for the much awaited interview!

      1)  Many authors, when asked what inspired them to write a particular story, mention either a mental image popped into their mind, or they heard a line of conversation, or it was related to an event in their lives.  What inspired you to write Cause and Effect?

A writing exercise.  I follow my favorite author’s blog religiously (Jennifer Crusie).  She did a post a couple years ago about how beneficial writing exercises can be to a writer—practice makes perfect, etc.  One of the people who left a comment mentioned a “laundry list” exercise—make a list, then write a short story telling how each item made it on the list.  So, I did.  What was originally a fun writing exercise for my blog became a novella.

2)Cause and Effect is a gritty, real life drama-type story—unlike your other well-reviewed story, The Temple. Why did you elect to switch genres from paranormal to a subject matter that is more representative of real life events and situations?

I don’t like to be tied down.  I believe that any writer can branch outside the genres they’ve limited themselves to and do it well.  The five books I have published range from mystery to horror to paranormal romance to chick lit—and of course Cause & Effect, which I guess could be best classed as a literary drama. 

That being said, I’m nearly certain Cause & Effect wrote itself.  I have no idea how the story developed... it just did.  It was so outside the realm of my comfort zone yet it turned into something so beautiful.  A lot of the real-life emotion that is found in this novel was me channeling the death of my cousin.  Much of what Martin goes through came directly from my own experience. 

3)Though Cause and Effect has an interesting plot, to me, the story is more about the relationships between the characters than a simple plotline. Did you find it more difficult or easier to craft a story built on relationships versus a plot driven story?

You are absolutely correct.  Cause & Effect has little to do with plot and everything to do with the relationships.  I’m fascinated by relationships.  What causes one man to dote upon his children—little league, ice cream cones in the park, helping with homework at night—yet another man barely knows his kid?  What drives a woman to cheat?  Cause & Effect is a glimpse into what happens for every action we take in life, and how the people around us are deeply connected to our responses.

4)As a follow-up to the above, the structure of Cause and Effect is unique, in that the story does not follow a single timeline from early to middle to end, rather the scenes jump from the present to the past and back to the present again, which worked really well with how the story elements played out. My question is how hard was it to write the scenes this way or did you actually write the entire story first, then reposition the scenes in the final version?

            I actually wrote it out of order.  It wasn’t too terribly hard to keep up with but I kept an active Word doc on the laptop where I kept track of every date for every story.  I had a system—luckily it seems to have worked!

5)I have to ask this one since the characters seem so real—do you “know” any of the major players in Caues and Effect, or did you really just make them all up?

            They are all made up :)  I didn’t base any characters in Cause & Effect on actual people, though I did try to make them as real-to-life for the kind of people who live here in Kentucky.  Martin is a true country boy, while Sophie is probably every blonde cheerleader I knew in high school.  And Alison is the kind of child that were I to ever have a daughter, I would want her to be like Alison.

6)Without giving away too much of the plot, do you think Martin and Sophie would have remained together if what happened didn’t happen? Or was their “situation” inevitable?

They would never have stopped loving each other, but their marriage was probably not salvageable—unless Martin had realized where he was going wrong and fixed it before, and the same for Sophie.  Too many people lose sight of the fact that relationships are NOT one-way streets, and that’s why divorce is so prevalent.  A relationship takes love, honor, devotion, and WORK.  And if the two parties involved can’t meet halfway, then it’s doomed.

7) This question might not be fair but I’ll ask it anyway (lol). Who are you more like—Sophie or Tina?

Definitely Tina.  I’m SUCH a hippie.  Sophie is confident and sexy (SO not me), and her very outlook on the important things in life doesn’t match my own. 

8) Besides being entertained, is there anything else you would like the reader to take away from Cause and Effect?

Time is not static.  Everything you have now is fleeting, so each moment should matter as much as the last and the next.  The people in your life are everything to the person you have/will become.  And finally, always remember cause and effect.  What you put out determines what comes back.

9) Will we visit Martin and his family again, or is Cause and Effect the only glimpse of their lives we will ever see? (That sounds so melodramatic, in other words, is a sequel in the works?)

No, there is unfortunately no plan for a sequel.  Then again, I said that about The Temple and I have eight people tell me to write a sequel.  So I am.  My moods are subject to change ;)  If I did go anywhere with Cause & Effect, it would probably be with one of his kids, because essentially, Martin’s story is told.

10) Was there a defining moment when writing Cause and Effect when you thought, “Wow, this is turning out pretty good.”

Not while I was writing it.  When I was writing Cause & Effect, it was just a fun exercise.  I was exploring emotions and imagery; learning about Martin and his world while I went through a lot of sh** in my own life.  It wasn’t until I was doing rewrites when I realized that I had a piece of gold; the most emotional, beautiful piece I had ever written.

11) Does author Heather Marie Adkins plan on staying with real life drama stories or will readers see more paranormal in your future endeavors—or both? Yes, here is where we want to hear about your future projects.

I dabble in a bit of everything.  I read in every genre and therefore I want to write in them all :)  So, you’ll see more of both.

Currently, I am focusing on a YA paranormal romance that will be released under my YA pen name, Nolia McCarty.  After that, I have the first in a new witchcraft mystery series, as well as a thriller and a southern chick lit.  My next YA novel will be a real-life drama.  I have a loooong list of ideas that will keep me writing for years, and there’s a little bit of every genre hanging out on that list.

Check out my debut novel, The Temple, at these platforms
and my second release, Abigail, at these platforms.

Find me online at my blog!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giant Cat!

The true Smilodons  lived from 2.5 million up to approximately 10,000 years ago. These majestic predators roamed North America until the end of the Ice Age. There are actually three Smilodon species, though Smilodon fatalis is the most well known. Weighing up to 600 pounds Smilodon fatalis was about the size of present day Siberian tigers. The huge cat in SMILODON is much larger because of a mutated atavistic gene. Technically Smilodons were not tigers, yet they are often referred to as saber-toothed tigers. Tigers belong to a different subfamily of felines. These huge cats, famous for their large canines sometimes approaching a foot in length, preyed on the large mammals of their time—bison, deer, tapir, camels and ground sloths. There is some evidence they might have even killed smaller mastodons and mammoths as well as prehistoric humans. The giant predator in SMILODON fed on elk and moose and deer, though once homo sapiens invaded his domain, the human carnage became inevitable. No one messes with an enraged Smilodon, especially a mutated one, and lives to tell about it!

SMILODON.    Amazon

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Don't Fear the Reaper

Title: Don’t Fear the Reaper

Description: Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Zombies--Modern vs Historical!

 Modern Zombie or Historical Zombie: Which do you Prefer in the Apocalypse?

Hi! I’m Angie. Thanks for having me. It’s great of Alan to give up a post in order to host my discussion and I hope you’ll all join in and let your voice be heard.

There are many differences between the modern and historical zombie but probably the biggest, is speed. Zombies of the past were slow, clumsy, and apt to run into things because their eyes seemed not to work right.  Modern zombies fly along the walls and ceilings and they are incredibly fast. In a race with a modern zombie, average people will loose every time.

The newer zombie is also more lethal upon first contact. A historical zombie encounter would usually end in a bite that eventually turned the victim into a friend-attacking flesh eater. A modern zombie delivers death in a series of lightening fast bites that are impossible to avoid. Survivors are unlikely but those who are infected will become the walking dead with in minutes, another of the larger differences. Contagion is immediate.

And what about their intelligence? Zombies of the past were slow and dumb. Perhaps they craved brains to make themselves smart again. Either way, past walking dead were seen running into walls and beating against doors because they could not figure out how to turn the handles. Locks were rarely necessary, only boarding to prevent them from breaking through with their brute strength. A modern night walker races to cut victims off at the pass, hiding in clever ambushes, and are capable of great self control, unlike their relatives, who's blank eyes showed only one thing. Bloodlust.

There are a lot of differences between a modern zombie and a historical zombie, including communication skills, awareness of their surroundings, and how they set up dens. The new zombie has adapted into a dangerous foe that few would want to meet. It can communicate with its fellow undead and in films like: I am Legend, have developed a basic hierarchy of authority inside their clans. They now use their environment to their advantage, such as waiting until the sun goes down to hunt. They have gone from groups of brain craving biters, to serial-killing predators. Their instincts have sharpened. They have evolved.

So, which zombie is the one for you? Modern or Historical? Join the Discussion.

Would you like to check out one of my apocalyptic fantasy books?
This one has zombies- The Mountaineers: A Prelude
This one does not- The Survivors

Both just $.99!