Meet Chloe – Winterviews Partner and Romance Author

To celebrate 13 weeks of winter, Hàlön Chronicles will be conducting one interview a week for 13 weeks. We’ve also partnered with additional artists and authors for a few surprises throughout the winter. Join us on the hashtag #13Winterviews, or check out our blog hop for a sneak peek at who’s on the roster in the coming weeks.

Hosted by: K. J. Harrowick

1. First off, tell us a little bit about who you are and what type of books you write.

Chloe Quinn

Hi, I’m Chloe Quinn. I love to write fictional books that usually involve a romance. However, I do write mystery and sometimes stories that revolve around a coming of age story. I usually like to write about a strong heroine who is deciding what the next step for her life is.

2. What projects are you working on these days?

I currently am writing three series and two collections of short stories which I plan to release in 2018. The titles of the Series/ Collections to look for are:

S E R I E S

The Caine Family: Secrets (Romance)

Donna’s Gate (Romance)

Four Degrees of Chloe (Romance)

C O L L E C T I O N S

Winter Chillers (Thrillers / Romance)
Winter Fire (Romance)

I share more details about all of these upcoming stories on my website, www.chloequinnauthor.com. Come on by and check it out.

3. Do you have any strong social or political statements your work aims to represent?

I don’t really have any strong social or political statements in my current works. But, I have been thinking about writing some in the future.

4. Who is your favorite dragon?

My favorite dragon you ask? I would have to say Spike from My Little Pony. I use to have a huge collection of My Little Ponies when I was a little girl. And what collection of My Little Ponies would have been complete without the ponies’ best friend Spike.

5. What is your favorite spaceship?

My favorite spaceship would be the Nebuchadnezzar (Neb) from the Matrix. Okay, technically I guess it wasn’t a spaceship, but I still loved the ship. I guess if I said an actual spaceship it would be the USS Enterprise with Captain Jean Luc Picard at the helm.

6. Favorite wind-down-after-a-hard-day beverage?

My favorite wind-down beverage is tea, hot or cold and I’m not too particular of the flavor. I will tell you I do opt for loose fresh tea from a tea shop over a pre-packaged tea bag. However, I will use a pre-packaged tea bag if I run out of the other kind.


Want to know more about Chloe? Here are some great places to visit:

Website
Amazon
Newsletter
Blog
Email
Chloe’s Chili Pepper Club
Press Page
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram

Don’t forget to check back on more Winterviews and partner interviews.

Original article posted on my main blog site, Hàlön Chronicles.

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Meet Maria – Winterviews Partner, Neurosurgeon and Fantasy Writer

To celebrate 13 weeks of winter, Hàlön Chronicles will be conducting one interview a week for 13 weeks. We’ve also partnered with additional artists and authors for a few surprises throughout the winter. Join us on the hashtag #13Winterviews, or check out our blog hop for a sneak peek at who’s on the roster in the coming weeks.

Hosted by: K. J. Harrowick

1. First off, tell us a little bit about who you are and what type of books you write.

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Hi, I’m Maria Guglielmo, and I’m a neurosurgeon and a fantasy writer. I live in New England with my two awesome daughters. This year we’ve added in a standard poodle puppy and an appropriately spooky black cat, so my house in generally in a state of controlled chaos most days.

2. What projects are you working on these days?

My brand new project is SINS OF THE SEVEN, a historical fantasy based on 1800’s England and Iran. Both the Regency period in England and the Qajar Dynasty’s reign in Iran have some fascinating parallels, with rapid changes in politics, art and fashion taking place. My main character straddles both worlds, as a young woman born to parents from fantasy versions of both cultures.

3. Do you have any strong social or political statements your work aims to represent?

I’ve been following and learning about issues involving the Middle East and the Islamic world since 2001. Bringing in positive cultural details from those areas into my work has only grown more political over the past few years, even though the main focus of my novels is to entertain. I also strongly support greater diversity and the promotion of disadvantaged voices in writing, and especially in speculative fiction.

4. Who is your favorite dragon?

So glad you asked! That would be Azi Dahaka, also known as Zahhak, an evil being from Persian mythology. Persian dragons are often depicted as serpentine, and unlike East Asian dragons, are generally malevolent. My favorite version of Zahhak is as an evil prince who grew two hideous serpents on each shoulder. Each one needed to be fed human brains every day, which made Zahhak a highly unpopular ruler.

5. What is your favorite spaceship?

The USS Enterprise. I’m old school about my starships.

6. Favorite wind-down-after-a-hard-day beverage?

Mostly green tea, but an Italian Chianti is nice when I can indulge.


Want to know more about Maria? You can check out her blog: M. A. Guglielmo, hang out with her on Twitter, stalk her on Facebook where she posts awesome stuff about Iran and Morocco, or check out her novel aesthetics on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to check back on more Winterviews and partner interviews.

Meet Angela – Winterviews Partner and Science Fiction Writer

To celebrate 13 weeks of winter, Hàlön Chronicles will be conducting one interview a week for 13 weeks. We’ve also partnered with additional artists and authors for a few surprises throughout the winter. Join us on the hashtag #13Winterviews, or check out our blog hop for a sneak peek at who’s on the roster in the coming weeks.

Hosted by: K. J. Harrowick

1. First off, tell us a little bit about who you are and what type of books you write.

 

I’m a science fiction writer. I live in rural Kansas, currently, though we are hoping to move to the Pacific Northwest coast sometime soon. My hubster is an art teacher and is very supportive of my writing. I just, um, made him read my second novel for the fourth time and he didn’t complain… Well… He didn’t complain too much. He loves reading my books. I love him.

2. What projects are you working on these days?

I’m querying my second book. Ripping apart my first book, again, and writing what looks to be a space pirate story. I say looks because I’m a pantser and everything looks to be something until it’s not when you write with a blank page.

3. Do you have any strong social or political statements your work aims to represent?

I try to work with themes that make people look inward and assess themselves. But outright social and political statements? I’ll let my readers determine if I’m making one or not.

4. Who is your favourite dragon?

I don’t really do dragons… Though the really scary dragon in Reign of Fire was AWESOME!

5. What is your favourite spaceship?

I like the new Star Trek spaceship. Discovery. The really cool Tardigrade/spore drive engine is sooooooo cool!

6. Favourite wind-down-after-a-hard-day beverage?

During the winter, it has to be a hot-buttered rum. I make the best. Two shots of water, a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon of brown sugar, sprinkle of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Boil in the microwave (1.5 minutes-ish?) until the sugar is dissolved. Add a shot of rum. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve.

Host note: This drink is awesome with whiskey.


Want to know more about Angela? You can check out her blog: Little Wing Blue, hang out with her on Twitter, or stalk her on Facebook.

Original article posted on my main blog site, Hàlön Chronicles. Don’t forget to check back on more Winterviews and partner interviews.

Meet Hilary – Winterviews Partner, Book Blogger, & Music Therapist

To celebrate 13 weeks of winter, Hàlön Chronicles will be conducting one interview a week for 13 weeks. We’ve also partnered with additional artists and authors for a few surprises throughout the winter. Join us on the hashtag #13Winterviews, or check out our blog hop for a sneak peek at who’s on the roster in the coming weeks.

Hosted by: K. J. Harrowick

1. First off, tell us a little bit about who you are and what type of books you write/review.

Hey! I’m Hilary. I’m a music therapist and small business owner by day, book reviewer and RPG enthusiast by night. I am addicted to coffee, I’m learning the trumpet, and I can rap the entirety of Baby Got Back (not that anyone ever wants to hear me rap).

I read and review a bit of everything, though I tend to lean towards fantasy or thrillers these days. It generally just comes down to what catches my attention.

Though I don’t write in the sense of the others participating in this series, I do write RPG. For that, I like writing about the way people screw each other up.

2. What projects are you working on these days?

I recently decided to change up some of the content on my blog, and am still working on that transition into newer and more original material. It’s been an ongoing project, as I try to fit it around my work.

3. Do you have any strong social or political statements your work aims to represent?

Not really. I generally stay away from politics (plus, Canadian politics are generally more chill than other places, and I don’t tackle topics I don’t know much about, such as international politics). Most of the social commentary I tackle is based in social psychology, rather than statements.

4. Who is your favourite dragon?

Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon. I don’t care if he’s a cartoon. He’s awesome.

5. What is your favourite spaceship?

I’ve always been particularly fond of the USS Voyager from Star Trek: Voyager.

6. Favourite wind-down-after-a-hard-day beverage?

Of the alcoholic variety: Harp Lager, Stella Artois, or Pinot Grigio.
Of the non-alcohol variety: Vanilla lattes (decaf, ‘cause sleep is fun), Tim Horton’s French Vanillas, or Candy Cane Hot Chocolate.


Want to know more about Hilary? You can check out her blog: Songs Wrote My Story, hang out with her on Twitter, or stalk her reading list at Goodreads.

Hilary’s the first in our lineup this year, but don’t forget to check back on more Winterviews and partner interviews.


Article originally posted on my main blog site, Hàlön Chronicles.

Winterviews is Coming

It’s almost winter, that magical time of year when you spend half your days with the sniffles and the other half trying to navigate the fine balance between holidays, work, kids off school and family drama. And if you live in the Pacific Northwest like me, it’s also that time of year where we bid farewell to the sun and hope it emerges again before all the spring seeds are in the ground.

At Hàlön Chronicles, winter’s also a time where we keep busy indoors. This year we’ve got a brand new lineup of amazing interviewees I can’t wait for you all to meet. I’ve also picked up some amazing partners in the Winterviews process. For those who read last year’s interviews, you’ll recognize these amazing ladies.

Starting on 1 December 2017, I’ll be posting interviews spotlighting my Winterviews partners on the main blog, then posting them here two days later for anyone who follows from this blog site. You’ll have a chance to meet these fantastic women. Then, on 21 December (23rd on this site), Winterviews will begin. One interview a week for thirteen weeks.

Be sure to check out the Blog Hop, and keep checking back to meet some amazing talent.

Cheers!

K. J. Harrowick


Article originally posted on my main blog site, Hàlön Chronicles. But we’ll be following Winterviews from this blog, posting interviews and articles to share with WordPress.com followers.

Wonder Twin Powers… Activate

And if I ever say ^that line again, punch me. 🙂

In August of this year (2017), I entered a brand new Twitter competition called WonderPitch. It was new, fairly small, and run by two amazing ladies: Jeanna Skinner & Emma Finlayson-Palmer.

I didn’t expect much, honestly, because my story and pitches seemed to strike out about everywhere. But hey, what better way to meet other writers and hone your pitching skills? The morning of announcements, I’d slept past my alarm. By the time I woke up and flipped on my phone, Twitter had blown up. The winners were announced, and holy crap I’d won first place. I just sat there staring at my phone wondering if I was in the right universe.

Here’s my fun pitch that snagged their attention:

Kinra’s pissed she’s been swallowed by a dragon, but how else is she going to save the king’s ass and rescue her son? #WonderPitch #A #F

This pitch is for my adult fantasy novel: BLOOD & FIRE, ASH & BONE, currently out on query. The competition was tons of fun, I got to meet some amazing new writers, and the WonderPitch critique feedback was spot on. These are some wonderful, talented ladies!

If you’re interested in future competitions, want to stalk the awesome Jeanna & Emma, or need an editor/mentor for your work, check them out on Twitter, poke around the #WonderPitch hashtag or follow their blog.


Article originally posted on my main blog: Hàlön Chronicles.

Good morning! It’s been a few weeks since I put out my last blog post, but I’ve had my head buried in soft peat getting my writer life organized. There are three different stories I’m dying to work on, but one needs a fresh outline/rewrite, the second needs a hammer and forge to whip it into shape, and the third needs a little bit of love and focus. Three very different novels in three stages of completion, but each of them needs the same thing: a critical eye on the structure so I know where to start hammering.

Earlier this year, I was at the roof again: that magical writer place where you know your story isn’t perfect yet, but you’re not quite sure how to fix it. Growth is needed, and some new weapons for your arsenal, but you’re alone in the void, frustrated and scratching your head. Maybe even with a bottle of whiskey in hand… I digress. Frustrated and feeling like I was missing some critical piece of writer craft the universe was hiding, I went back to the beginning. The structure. Asking myself: Am I doing this right?

After days scouring the internet and filling out worksheets, I realized that none of the structures were quite what my story needed, but I liked elements of each. My story is fast-paced and constantly escalates the conflict, and then I stumbled across Story Structure 101 – The Index Card Method by Alexandra Sokoloff. Holy crap did this make sense – tell smaller short stories within the larger narrative to keep the pace moving.

But I still needed a larger structure for the larger narrative, so I pulled a 3-act structure to wrap around my 40-cards. Things were starting to get clearer, but I was still leaving out one important element.

My hero. Or in this case, my pissed off mama Heroine.

Enter the Hero’s Journey structure. After formatting my cards into a 3-act structure, I plugged in all the important events as headers: inciting event, turning point, midpoint, etc. Et voila, a structure that made sense to me, and embraced the hero, the plot and a narrative that would keep the story moving forward with smaller, in-story events.

Yesterday, my amazing Critique Partner, A.J. Super mentioned my mashup to other writers, and I was so happy to see their interest. So I’m sharing it with the world. Feel free to use for your own story, or make tweaks for your writing style:

Dragon Ridge Structure Template: Excel File

Hopefully this baby finds value in your hands. If it does, feel free to drop me a note and let me know. I’m always happy to hear from my readers. 🙂


Original article posted on Hàlön Chronicles.