Now What?

Published September 26, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

I’m at a weird point here in the final stages of 2016. I plan on sending the final book of The Firebird Trilogy to my publisher in November, and then…I have no idea what’s next.

Well, I do, sort of (and the next book will involve seeking an agent as well), but not in the sense I’ve had for the past two years, which is “You’re going to write the next book in the trilogy as soon as you’re done with this one.” I mean, I’ve taken time to write a short story or novella here and there, but I always knew exactly what the next big project was. For someone more comfortable with shorter fiction to have even written an entire trilogy–close to 233,000 words of it, before the third book gets one more go-round–is a feat in itself; to have done it in a genre that until two years ago was so far beyond my comfort zone I swore I’d never write in it is an accomplishment I’ll always be proud of.

But it leaves me in a bit of a sad spot, too. I can’t say I’ve ever felt quite like this in the eighteen years I’ve been in this business. It’s post-book depression, except I’m the writer instead of the reader. I’m saying goodbye to characters who feel like old friends. Alex in particular, who is easily my favorite character I’ve ever created, does not go quietly. He’s whispered about a spin-off novel, a prequel novella, and so on. On the other hand, this being my last contracted novel at the moment, I have the chance to work on a couple of pet projects, as well as finish up some things that have been on the back burner. And it’s been a pretty good year for me, with a novel, six short stories (so far), and two novellas published by the end of the year.

Right now, I’m working on two short stories for anthologies, and in the pipeline for next year I have a m/m shifter novella, a weird/cosmic horror novel that is a sort-of sequel to Those of My Kind, an ergodic steampunk novella, an urban fantasy/paranormal romance, and a superhero novel. I’m even tinkering with the idea of self-publishing a collection of my fairy tale retellings, fully revised and including a couple never before published. So it’s not that I don’t have plenty to work on; it’s choosing the one that will start to fill the hole left behind. And to be honest, I’m pretty excited about all of these things.

What project are you most curious about? Drop me a line in the comments–or, if you’re in the Philly area, come see me at Unmask the Romance on October 1, or Indie Author Day on October 8. I’d love to chat!


59a4a-whatsleftofme_amazon What’s Left of Me, the latest installment of The Firebird Trilogy, is available from all Amazon sites as well as in paperback from Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and CreateSpace.

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Sassy or Psychotic? Emily from AWASH IN TALENT Interviewed by Her Author

Published September 9, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

Knauss Awash in TalentIn Awash in Talent, Emily’s sister is massively Talented. After a sickly childhood, Beth is revealed to have the power to move objects with her mind and to heal all kinds of wounds and illness with only her touch. Only one hundred people in the world have the healing Talent, and Beth’s life changes overnight. Emily, on the other hand, has no discernible Talent or ambition beyond her obsession with Carlos, the married teaching assistant from her archaeology classes. Emily will do anything to show the world that she’s more amazing than her sister and that she and Carlos are meant to be together. An introduction to Emily’s world can be found at this link.

Emily ran away with the story that became Awash in Talent. I had previously used the name Emily for a similarly strong, overly motivated character in “Unpredictable Factors in Human Obedience,” which is the first short story in Unpredictable Worlds. I’m not at all sure why the name Emily seems suitable for these out-of-control characters. My friend who has that same name asked if I hated her! Far from it. The Emilies I’ve written about made sitting at the computer to write a surprising, fun process. Even though I ended up giving Emily a full character arc over the course of an entire novel when I’d originally envisioned Awash in Talent as a short story, she’s still demanding more page time and a sequel is in the works.

Jessica Knauss: Hello, Emily. What would you like to talk about today?

Emily: You sound like my therapist.

JK: That’s not a coincidence. I based Dr. Blundt on some of my own experiences in Providence.

Emily: A typically self-centered author.

JK: All right, let’s talk about you. What is your favorite book?

Emily: It’s an epic story of family and revenge set in medieval Spain called Seven Noble Knights.

JK: How can you have read that? It’s not coming out until December.

Emily: Seven Noble Knights came out of your head, and so did I. It’s sort of an advance reader’s edition via little grey cells.

JK: You’re too clever for me. Let’s switch to geography. We know you love Providence, Rhode Island. What is your hometown like?

Emily: Oh my God, it’s so boring. Nothing worth talking about at all.

JK: But it’s in California. Everyone loves California…?

Emily: California is not all beaches and Hollywood and San Francisco. I only ever lived there because that’s where my family was.

JK: Don’t you have anything good to say about your family? What is it about your sister, Beth, that makes you so angry?

Emily: Everything! Everyone thinks she’s so special, and she’s not. Just because she can heal people and levitate Nerf balls through the air? She’s just a stupid little girl like all other teenagers. Right here in this room, there’s more genius than she’ll ever have.

JK: How so?

Emily: I’m here, and so are you, who created me.

JK: Thank you for the acknowledgement, but I don’t feel I had much choice in how you came about. I’ll say this: you are much more strong-willed than Beth.

Emily: That’s right. My will is the strongest of all and that’s why I’m going to get what I want eventually.

JK: And what do you want?

Emily: Really? You don’t know? Oh, I get it. You’re playing dumb for the interview. I want two things: to never see or hear about Beth again and to live out my days with Carlos in wedded bliss at some fascinating archaeological site.

JK: Everyone’s puzzled and curious: what is so great about Carlos?

Emily: What are you talking about? To start with, his superior achievements in academic archaeology. He’s sure to write a book that everyone will quote and cite and rely on. More importantly, Carlos is my soulmate, the person I can’t live without, the one who must be with me or the world is all wrong.

JK: I hate to bring this up, but other people might mention the fact that he already has a wife and a few children. Doesn’t that…

Emily: (Stands silently, turns precisely, and slams the door on her way out.)

JK: Wait! You need an escort to get back home. Emily? Emily?

Jessica Knauss’s Awash in Talent was released by Kindle Press on June 7 to praise from readers who love something different.

This is the last stop in a week-long Awash in Talent blog tour. Don’t miss the crazy character interviews and writing advice at the blogs of A.J. Culey, Carrie S. Miller, Andi Adams, and J.L. Gribble!

Author Photo SmallBorn and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss has wandered all over the United States, Spain, and England. She has worked as a librarian and a Spanish teacher and earned a PhD in Medieval Spanish Literature before entering the publishing world as an editor. Her acclaimed novella, Tree/House, and short story collection, Unpredictable Worlds, are currently available. Her epic of medieval Spain, Seven Noble Knights, will be published by Bagwyn Books in December 2016. Find her on social media and updates on the sequels to Awash in Talent and Seven Noble Knights and her other writing at her website: jessicaknauss.com. Feel free to sign up for her mailing list for castles, stories, and magic.

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The 23 Most Tragic Pets in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Published September 6, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

Anyone who has ever had a pet knows the inevitable will happen, and that the circle of life is cruel and unavoidable. But when a dog, cat, horse, or other creature dies in a genre movie, the circumstances are often shaped by bizarre forces—supernatural, weird-science, and otherwise—that make a tragic loss even worse. Here are nearly two dozen of the saddest fates of pop culture’s furry friends.

Source: The 23 Most Tragic Pets in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

CANINES: A SUPPOSED CRIMES ANTHOLOGY

Published September 1, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

caninescover2 Title: Canines: A Supposed Crimes Anthology
Authors: Kaden Shay, A. M. Hawke, Jennifer Loring, Christopher Michael Carter, Landon Dixon, Lela E. Buis
Date of Publication: September 1, 2016
ISBN: 9781944591038 (ebook)
Contact Information: owner@supposedcrimes.com
Category: Gay Erotica, Lesbian, Paranormal, Historical
On Sale: Available FREE at the Supposed Crimes Website and Smashwords. More shops coming soon.

Stories
This vampire anthology by Supposed Crimes features six tales of bloodlust, violence, and vanity with LGBT protagonists, men seeking men, women loving women, and more.
“A Late Night Snack” by Kaden Shay – The narrator gets more than bargained for pursuing a beautiful woman at a club.
“Courting the Flame” by A. M. Hawke – A man wants to become a vampire at all cost.
“This World or the Next” by Jennifer Loring – He longs to free the vampyre on display at the circus.
“The Diary of Anne Salt” by Christopher Michael Carter – She’s drawn to the woman on the subway, but is unprepared for un-worldly revelations.
“Vamp-Hire” by Landon Dixon – He’s a PI that will work for vampire sex.
“The Dress” by Lela E. Buis – She wants to be beautiful, but she might not be willing to trade her life.

Author Biographies:
A.M. Hawke lives in the Washington, DC area, where she works as a peer mentor and advocate for people with disabilities. She has a Master’s degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, but has always returned to her passion for writing. Though a philosopher by training, she would rather inflict complicated questions on her characters than lecture about them. When not writing, she can be found gaming, seeking out new restaurants to try, or drinking ridiculous coffee. She can be emailed at amhawkefic@gmail.com and found on Blogspot at amhawke.blogspot.com.

Christopher Michael Carter was born on May 3rd, 1984 in St. Louis, Missouri. His poetry can be found in Gun Control for Polar Bears. Find him online at Twitter: @CMC5384 – as well as his blog site beavertownproductions.blogspot.com.

Kaden Shay is a 30-something crazy-cat-lady in-the-making who currently resides in Arizona with her partner and miniature zoo, which does currently include 4 cats. When she isn’t writing or playing mom to several fur-kids she’s singing, playing guitar, or playing online video games. Her furry family, currently consisting of two dogs, four cats, and several rodents, is always available to help her procrastinate in finishing projects.

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1 and Black Mirror Press’ Snowpocalypse. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and three novels, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015), Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015), and What’s Left of Me (Limitless Publishing, 2016). She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Landon Dixon’s writing credits include the magazines Men, Freshmen, [2], Mandate, Torso, and Honcho; stories in the anthologies Straight? Volume 2, Friction 7, Working Stiff, Sex by the Book, I Like It Like That, Boys Caught In The Act, Service With A Smile, Nerdvana, Homo Thugs, Black Fire, Boy Fun, Who’s Your Daddy?, The Sweeter the Juice, Big Holiday Packages, Brief Encounters, Hot Daddies, Hot Jocks, Uniforms Unzipped, Black Dungeon Masters, Wild Boys, Bad Boys, Mob Men, Boys in Bed, Daddy Knows Best, Lust in Time, Pay For Play, Pledges, Rookies, Steambath, Latin Lovers, Drill Me Sergeant, Ultimate Gay Erotica 2005, 2007, and 2008, and Best Gay Erotica 2009; and the short story collections Hot Tales of Gay Lust 1, 2, and 3.

Lela E. Buis has been publishing prose and poetry in magazines and anthologies for a number of years and is a member of the Knoxville Writer’s Guild, the SFWA, and SFPA. Some years back, one of her stories finished as a quarter-finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. She’s recently had four collections of short stories and poetry published by That Ridge press.

THE DARKNESS WITHIN by Taylor Henderson

Published August 18, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

41SI+cJJAeLThe Darkness Within

The house next door holds a terrifying secret…

For as long as Claire Anderson can remember, the house next door to hers has been vacant. When the last owner passed away, the house fell into major disrepair. She was beginning to grow accustomed to the neglected little house next door.

But now the house appears to hold a darkness…

Her new neighbor, David Greer, is attractive, middle-aged, and friendly. At least that’s what Claire’s mom, Jasmine, thinks, but Claire can’t ignore the bad vibe she gets from him. Maybe it’s because she’s not used to having a neighbor, or maybe it’s because her mom seems to have a thing for him. Then again, it could also be the strange, creepy looks he gives her. Claire isn’t one hundred percent sure why David makes her feel uneasy, but she is determined to find out before he gets too close to her mother.

Can Claire figure out what David is hiding from behind the walls of his decrepit new home before someone falls victim to the darkness within?

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