Gears, Gadgets and Steampunk: A Discussion with Indie Author Rie Sheridan Rose

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This week the Indie Beginning Podcast brings our listeners an interview with indie author Rie Sheridan Rose about her story The Marvelous Mechanical Man and writing in the steampunk genre. If you missed the introduction that Benjamin Franke narrated or want a refresher before the discussion head back to episode 37. If you enjoy the steampunk genre or are interested in learning more about the indie / self-publishing process, these discussion episodes are for you. Let us know what other topics you are interested in by leaving a comment or sending us an e-mail.

About Rie Sheridan Rose:

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vol. 1 and 2. She has authored ten novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. She and her husband have five cats, two of whom appear in The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series, two of whom impersonate Lenny and George from Of Mice and Men in size and attitude, and the elusive Miss Firefly. More info on www.riewriter.com. She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

In this Episode:

1. The host’s first impression of this week’s featured beginning.
2. A review of reviews left for the Marvelous Mechanical Man. Don’t forget to review the show!
3. Our interview with Rie Sheridan Rose:
– What inspired you to write a novel in the steampunk setting? What is your favorite aspect of the steampunk genre?
– How did you go about researching for the Marvelous Mechanical Man? Did anything come about that ‘shocked’ you; an I never knew that moment?
– Marvelous Mechanical Man takes place in the 1800s. What is the most difficult part about reinventing a historical period that is so well known? Or is it not as well-known as we think.
– The dime-novel’s fast pace – writing style and storyline – seem to be a perfect complement for a steampunk tale. Was this your experience or was there a push and pull from the genres?
– If you could send a message through one of Professor Conn’s creations back to your early writing self what would that message say?
4. Final Thoughts

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is available on Amazon. Learn more about this story and the sequels at https://theconnmannchronicles.com – book five has just been released. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.
All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by Jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose an Audiobook Introduction

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This week the Indie Beginning Podcast introduces readers to the steampunk adventure The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose; an audiobook introduction read by Benjamin Franke. This indie read follows Josephene Mann, a strong, independent woman in the 1870’s who begins a life of adventure after quite literally take a job with an inventor named Professor Alistair Conn. Gadgets, mystery and possibly robots may be discovered in this charming dime-novel inspired tale.

Tune in next week when we talk to indie author Rie Sheridan Rose about her story, combining the dime-novel and steampunk formats, and more. What surprised our featured indie author about the 1870’s? What does Rie Sheridan Rose wish she had known when beginning her writing journey? Her answer line up pretty close with our own host Benjamin Franke and is relevant for all authors at all stages of their journey. Remember to leave a short review of this beginning in the comments section to have it read on next week’s episode.
Learn more about Rie Sheridan Rose and purchase her books at The Conn-Mann Chronicles

As always remember to read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life! Thanks for listening!

Mermaids, Myths, and Your Manuscript: A Conversation With Indie Author Errin Stevens

 

This week we speak to indie author Errin Stevens about her novel Updrift, mermaids, using writing to suspend disbelief, and what she wishes she’d known about writing when she started. Errin’s answer is one of the most inspirational shoulda-coulda-woulda answers that I’ve recorded for the Indie Beginning Podcast, so don’t miss it. If you missed last week’s episode where Marie introduced readers to Updrift or would like to hear the introduction again before we begin head over to episode 35.

This week’s Topics:
1. There is a rush to the water that is crossing age and culture with The Shape of Water, Meg, and The Little Mermaid remake. What inspired you to head to the ocean in your novel, Updrift?

2. As a lover of mythology and paranormal I’m often amazed how the stories stick with me though the decades. What do you think it is about these stories and the creatures within them that stick with us? Which ones have stuck with you?
-Ben and Marie discover some facts about mermaids that was unexpected.
-Some benefits of water therapy.

3. What research went into “updating” the mermaid mythos to fit into a modern story?
-Marie and Ben discuss their ‘guilty beliefs’ when it comes to paranormal.

4. In your opinion, how does an author create a tale that allows the reader to suspend disbelief? What trick have you learned that takes the reader to a place where merfolk are real?
-Lesson! Start in the middle.
-Our hosts open up about their writing preference.

5. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing about the writing process that you wish you would have known, what would that be?
-After more than six months of episodes each shoulda-coulda-woulda author moment inspires us to write. This moment is no different; it’s the most positive answer we’ve had to date!

You can find Errin Stevens’ books Updrift and Breakwater on Amazon and most other book sites. Remember to leave a review for these stories as well as all of the stories you read. Reviews are such an important way to support an author and they only cost but a few moments of time. In fact, Reviews help podcasters as well. As a self-funded podcast there really isn’t money left over for advertising. Your reviews, word of mouth, and love of books is what keeps Indie Beginning running. If you’ve enjoyed this show please leave a 5-star review on apple podcasts, stitcher, or your preferred podcast platform.
All reviews in this episode were taken from Amazon. Music found in this episode was written and performed by jahzzar and titled Look Inside. If you are an indie author and would like to hear you story featured on the indie beginning podcast go to ACNBooks.com/submit for more info.

Updrift by Errin Stevens an Audiobook Introduction

This week the Indie Beginning Podcast introduces readers to the YA Fantasy Romance Updrift from indie author Errin Stevens as read by Marie Kammerer Franke. This story follows Kate and her mother Cara as they pick up and head to the ocean for a new beginning, and a new adventure. The story begins with young Kate taking a splash – quite literally – and finding a new friend; a friend unlike any other she has ever had. Mermaids, love, new beginnings… what else could a story lover ask for?

Tune in next week when we discuss researching mythology, inspiration and more with Errin Stevens. How did this story come to be? What is the best way to create a tale that inspires the reader to suspend disbelief? Our interview will also include one of our most inspirational ‘Wish I’d Known’ segments to date. Do not miss this one!

Updrift is available on:

Amazon    Audible    iBooks    Barnes & Noble    Book Depository    Kobo

Learn more about our featured author:

Website    Goodreads    Facebook    Twitter: @errinstevens    Instagram    Pinterest

If you are a self published author or published with a small independent publisher and would like to be a featured author on the Indie Beginning Podcast head over to our ACNBooks Submission page for more information.

This week’s episode was brought to you by Shirts by Sarah. Head over to shirtsbysarah.com to find the shirt that tells your story. Subscribe to this podcast to keep up to date with the stories and the discussions. Remember to leave a review for this story and all stories you read when you finish. And help the Indie Beginning Podcast by leaving a review for us as well on ApplePodcasts or wherever you found us. Reviews are so important for any project and help us bring you the best content possible.

Music found in this episode was performed by Jahzzar and is titled Look Inside. Read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening!

New Release – Psychonaut the Graphic Novel by Carmilla Voiez

 

Carmilla Voiez was one of the first featured authors on our Podcast Indie Beginning.  Her short story Impatient for Death, a Love Story from the Broken Mirror and Other Moribid Tales Collection was one of our top ten!  Since her feature ACN has become an avid fan of the horror writer. 

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Carmilla is coming out with a new story that will completely capitivate you and we are delighted to celebrate the release of her graphic novel Pyschonaut from the Star Blood Trilogy:

 What would you do for the one you love? Satori would travel worlds and battle demons, but however much Star begs he just can’t let her go.

Psychonaut the Graphic Novel is out September 1st, 2018. Written by Carmilla Voiez with art by Anna Prashkovich, this is a comic for mature adults, containing scenes of sex and violence. Psychonaut is the sequel to Starblood and forms part of The Starblood Trilogy. Backed by Kickstarter supporters this gorgeous volume is available in print (hardcover and paperback), on comiXology and Kindle.

Diversity and representation might be current buzzwords, but they are also important. Starblood and Psychonaut, two graphic novels from the Starblood Trilogy are both written by an illustrated by women. It’s a story that has strong women at its heart, with themes of sexuality – including bisexuality, and self-identity. The antagonist is a woman who rages at the world and the protagonists are searching for their places in that world.

On release day, Carmilla will be hosting a party on Facebook from 9pm – 11pm (UK time +01.00) and a live chat on her website from 11pm to Midnight. You are welcome to attend both.

From The Author!

We are setting up a rafflecopter which will be live from Sep 1 – Sep 8, with three prizes for the winner and runner ups. You can enter by completing various tasks including helping us promoting the book release or purchasing a copy. Rafflecopter Prizes: First prize – a) if winner resides within the UK – signed paperback coPsychonautRafflecopter1pies of Starblood and Psychonaut the graphic novels OR £20 Amazon voucher (winner’s choice). b) if winner resides outside the UK – paperback copies of Starblood and Psychonaut the graphic novels OR $25 USD Amazon voucher (winner’s choice). Runner up prizes: Second prize – Ebook versions of the following PLUS $5 USD Amazon voucher: Cristy Stoat – Brown House, Faith Marlow – Being Mrs Dracula, Lily Luchesi – Skin Deep, Cathrina Constantine – Tallas. Third prize – Ebook/pdf versions of the following: Elaine White – Decadent, Cathrina Constantine – Rising Star, The Erotic Tales of Carmilla Voiez. Rafflecopter link here – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ce99b5c58/?

Check out some of the pages from Psychonaut the graphic novel and find a link to the Rafflecopter at http://carmillavoiez.wixsite.com/carmillavoiez/single-post/2018/08/27/Psychonaut-the-Graphic-Novel and enjoy some Feminazi Splatter Goth fun.

Black Sun the Graphic Novel, the final book in the trilogy, is currently in production. Two of our Kickstarter backers will feature as characters in the third volume. To keep up to date with news on the final book join my blog or subscribe to my newsletter. After the success of the Psychonaut Kickstarter it is very likely we will use the crowdfunder again when Black Sun is ready.

About The Starblood Trilogy –

I wrote The Starblood Trilogy during the final years of my second marriage and a lot of the things I was feeling then found their way onto the page. The three main characters represented aspects of myself, Star was my confusion, Satori my sexuality, and Lilith my rage. It was cathartic but very painful too.

One of my favourite lines from the first book remains – “There is no shame in love, only completion.” Lilith says this to Star, but the words are at odds with Star’s experiences throughout the trilogy. Shame and love seem to go hand in hand for Star.

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If you want to find out more about the Starblood story it is available as a trilogy in one volume – here’s the Amazon link, but it can also be found on iTunes, Kobo etc – http://smarturl.it/TheStarbloodTrilogy

About Psychonaut –

Satori is caught between two worlds. There is something he needs in one, but the other keeps drawing him back. However, he is in love and he isn’t going to let a little thing like death get in his way. To reach his goal, he must face unimaginable horrors, not least of which is his true self.
Star’s tortured and broken body awaits Satori, but does she really need him to save her? His rival, a rage-filled young woman, grows more powerful and becomes as twisted as the ribbons in her hair while the demon, Lilith, draws each of them inexorably towards her. Who will survive the coming battle?

Full of sex and magic, “Psychonaut” is an exploration into the human psyche and the second book in Voiez’s “Starblood” trilogy.

“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton

“Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of…a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

What is comiXology? “comiXology is home to the largest selection of digital comics anywhere, comiXology takes comics further with [their] revolutionary Guided View™ reading technology on all your devices. Start building your digital comics library and lose yourself in the world of comics, graphic novels & manga. Guided View allows you to swipe or tap to cinematically shift from panel-to-panel at your own pace! Each Guided View experience has been handcrafted by a comic lover to make sure you have the best possible adventure, no matter how small your device.”

Find out more here – https://www.comixology.com/new-to-comixology

Want to create your own graphic novel or just see how Anna and I created Starblood? Check out this blog post (includes page images and some of the script) – http://carmillavoiez.wixsite.com/carmillavoiez/single-post/2017/03/28/How-to-create-a-graphic-novel

Do you have a favourite character in Starblood? Mine’s Freya. In fact she’s demanded I write a new book just for her. I’ll be working on that this November, and if successful, Starblood will no longer be a trilogy. It will be a series. Here’s more about my favourite character – http://carmillavoiez.wixsite.com/carmillavoiez/single-post/2017/03/06/Freya-is-one-hell-of-a-fucked-up-character

Links to everywhere you can find Psychonaut the graphic novel – http://carmillavoiez.wixsite.com/carmillavoiez/graphicnovel

ACN will be tuning into Carmilla’s Facebook party on Saturday to help support such a talented writer.  Mr. Masterton said it the best calling Carmilla singer more than a writer; you will find that her words are eerily gorgeous.

 

 

If you are an author, reader, or person in the industry and would like to contribute a feature piece to ACNBooks please submit your topic idea to: mkf.acnbooks@gmail.com

 

 

 

Climate Change and Dystopian Stories: A Conversation with J.G. Follansbee

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An Interview With J.G. Follansbee

This week we bring you a discussion with indie author J.G. Follansbee about using climate change as a backdrop for his dystopian tale Carbon Run. If you missed our reading of Carbon Run head over to episode 33. It can also be found on your preferred podcasting platform.

J.G. Follansbee was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for our fans. Here’s the list:

1. Since this is an end of the world kind of story, I thought I’d start with a Chicken or the egg type of question. What inspired you to write a post-apocalyptic story? Have resent weather events led to this tale or do you simply love the genre?

2. Your book seems (to us) to be a warning about the environment and how the government could use such a catastrophe against its people. Do you feel that as authors and creators it is our duty to discuss current issues through our crafts?

3. Climate change has become such a controversial topic: is there anything in your story you wish you could take out or change because of new information. Has there been any reader backlash?

4. What type of research goes into this genre of writing?

5. If you could go back in time and warn yourself about one part of your future as an author, what would that warning be?

Plus, did you know Charlie Huston was in a rejection letter weighing contest?

J.G. Follansbee’s discussion episode will help with your writing, inspire your reading, and maybe even teach you some things about climate change and where we may be heading. Carbon Run is available on Amazon. Remember to leave a review for the story and all of the stories you read when you’re finished! Reviews are such an important part of any artist’s journey and lead to learning and better content. In fact, podcasts love reviews too! Marie and I would be so appreciative if you’d leave a comment and review on apple podcasts or wherever you found us! Subscribe to the show to keep up with the stories!

Links to the sites featured in this week’s episode can be found below. This episode was brought to you by Shirt by Sarah! With school starting soon why not send your children back with an original ‘T’. Believe it or not, my best friend, Jeremiah and I actually met because of the shirt I was wearing one day! True Story! Indie Beginning is an ACNBooks production. All research, writing, editing was done by Benjamin Franke. Remember – read more books, be the best possible you, and simply enjoy this wonderful life. Thanks for listening.

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