Book Club Mom’s Author Update: Tammie Painter

Author name: Tammie Painter

Book to feature: The Undead Mr. Tenpenny, The Cassie Black Trilogy Book One

News to share: I’m thrilled to announce the launch of The Undead Mr. Tenpenny, the first book in my new series, The Cassie Black Trilogy. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the novel — which is full of dark humor — first came to mind while I was waiting for my grandmother’s funeral to start.

The book begins when Cassie Black, who works at a funeral home, finds her “clients” waking up.

Cassie thinks she has the problem under control, until her latest client (Mr. Tenpenny) insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie’s responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s  been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.

The novel earned some happy kudos from a branch of the American PEN Women when it won first place in their novel excerpt contest, and again from Apple who selected it as one of their Most Anticipated Books of 2021.

But what’s truly brought a smile to my face are the responses from my early reviewers who have loved the characters, the humor, and the overall premise of the book.

Anyway, If you like contemporary fantasy with snarky humor, unforgettable characters, piles of pastries, and a little paranormal mystery, you’ll love the Cassie Black Trilogy…a fish-out-of-water tale that takes you from the streets of Portland to the Tower of London.

Brief bio and other books: I’m an award-winning author who turns wickedly strong tea into imaginative fiction. With a creative and curious mind, my stories run the gamut from historical fantasy to modern-day paranormal, and magical realism to humor-laced dark tales.

Besides the new trilogy, I’ve got two, complete historical fantasy series under my belt: The Osteria Chronicles and Domna, plus a fair number of short stories.

Website and social media links:
Web: tammiepainter.com
Podcast: thebookowlpodcast.com
BookBub: @TammiePainter
Instagram: tammiepainter
Twitter: @tammie_painter


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Who’s That Indie Author? Christy Cooper-Burnett

Author name:  Christy Cooper-Burnett

Genre:  Adventure, Light Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Book:  No Way Home

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?  I spent many years in the corporate world and began writing my novel on lunch hours and weekends. Although I began my writing career later in life, I found it a wonderful source of stress relief, and stuck with it. After completing my book, I took a chance and sent it out to small publishers to see if there was any interest. No one was more surprised than me when I received four contract offers.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I am lucky that I was able to retire early so I can write full-time now. While still in the workforce, it was difficult to find time to write more than a few hours a week. However, I always made sure to carve out a few hours of ‘me’ time to do so. I think it is important for women to take time for themselves and do something they enjoy, something that is all theirs. Between work and family, it is easy to neglect our own needs at times.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  Hands down, the day my son was born was the happiest of my life. However, receiving a publishing offer was a close second! It was a validation that my writing was good enough to share with the world, and that was a defining moment for me.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I’m definitely a planner. While I do not need to have a formal outline for a book, I do need to have a complete storyline mapped out in my head. Subplots will materialize as I write, but I find that once I have the basic storyline settled it is far easier and faster to move forward. I do take notes on research though as organization is a must for me.

Could you write in a café with people around?  I could, yes. Because I began writing in my office during lunch hours, there was constant noise and activity around me. I think I trained myself to shut out the distractions as I do not need quiet in order to write.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  I have not. I’m not sure how successful I would be at that as I am not bilingual. I would require an online translator and that may be a train wreck waiting to happen!

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  I don’t think I can choose just one book. There are several books I thought were so well written and entertaining that I have read them twice. For instance, Justin Cronin’s The Passage and City of Mirrors. I have also read William R. Forstchen’s One Second After series twice. I just finished a wonderful book, Dear Dad, A Novel by John Hazen.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  I have always thought that holding a print book, whether hardcover or paperback, is part of the experience for me. However, I am beginning to come around to the eReader. My last few books have been on Kindle.

Do you think print books will always be around?  I hope so! I know the trend and forecast is that eBooks will eventually take over. But there is something so magical about the weight of a book in your hands, the smell of a new book, the weathering and history of an old book that will always draw me in.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  Yes, I have read books on my phone in the past but given the choice I would always opt for an actual book.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? iPhone.  It’s easy to navigate for people in my age group. LOL

How long could you go without checking your phone?  The only reason my phone is typically with me is because my son lives eight hundred miles away and I never want to miss a call from him. If that were out of the equation, I could go all day and be happy without my phone.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  I have never been able to get into audiobooks. I enjoy reading the words and building the story in my mind. When I read dialogue, I like to imagine the tone and inflection in the characters voice. There is something exciting about turning the pages and anticipating what is coming next that I can’t get with an audiobook.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  Yes, I do. I think social media is vital to an emerging author such as myself. My favorite platform is Facebook, because it is more personal than twitter in my experience. Twitter tends to be a quick post and then people move on. I think Facebook is more relationship centric.

Website and social media links:
Website: christycooperburnett.com
Facebook: Christy Cooper-Burnett Author
Instagram: christycooperburnett
Goodreads Author: Christy Cooper-Burnett

Awards/special recognition:  I do not have any awards as of yet, however, my publisher will enter my book into the Pencraft and Maxy Awards this year.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Jason R. Koivu

Author name:  Jason R. Koivu

Genre:  Fantasy

Books:  Beyond Barlow, The Rue of Hope (#2 in Beyond Barlow series)

What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I got the bug early on, but didn’t do much about it until I started self-publishing some travel journal stuff after my wife and I went to Oaxaca in 2014. It was a great trip to a wonderful place. I wanted to write about all the amazing things we did and saw, so I kept a daily diary and that eventually was turned into a book. A couple years after that I secured a contract with a publisher and since then I’ve mainly been working on my fantasy series.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I run a photo booth operation, doing occasional party events in the evenings and on weekends, so I have an unusual schedule. It gives me plenty of free time for writing.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  Getting that first book contract was an incredibly happy moment. Not to bring down the mood but…Just minutes after receiving the news of the contract, I opened the email that informed me a friend of mine had taken his own life the night before. So, that day will be forever burned in my memory, the two events always entwined.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Planner. I organize the crap out of the books I’m about to work on. I used to pants it as a kid, but after a couple unfinished manuscripts that went nowhere because I didn’t have an ending or I boxed myself into a bad idea, I decided any future work would include outlines. However, once I construct the skeleton, I allow myself the freedom to dress it in flesh and muscle of my choosing. Changes to my plans happen often and I embrace them.

Could you write in a café with people around?  Sure! My favorite brewpub down the street from my house has a nice corner spot at the bar where I can be out of the way while I type. Writing in public isn’t ideal, because of the distractions, but over the years I’ve developed a fair ability to block out extraneous noise.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? The most meaningful book for me would be To Kill a Mockingbird. But for pure nostalgic enjoyment it’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Right now, I’m reading The Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie’s second book in her Poirot series.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  I love a paperback, but it doesn’t much matter, just as long as I’m reading.

Do you think print books will always be around?  No. Not in profusion, at any rate. But I hope to be dead by then. J

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  I have and it wasn’t fun. But it was on an early iPhone which had small screen, so…probably not the best conditions for a good reading experience.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  Yes, I go through quite a few of them. I line up some household duties and knock them out while listening. The dishes, laundry and yard work don’t require concentration, so it’s a good time to listen to an audiobook. Plus, it makes it feel like the drudge work is going by faster. I actually look forward to weeding the garden or raking the lawn if I’ve got something good to listen to.  

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  Probably Instagram, because I don’t have to talk about myself. I hate doing promotion. I don’t like selling myself or my work. It doesn’t feel right and I’m not good at it…. How’s this interview going? Lol

Website and social media links:
Blog: jasonrkoivu.blogspot.com
Instagram: jason_r_koivu
Facebook: @beyondbarlow
Twitter: @JKoivu


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BC Mom’s Author Update: The Reflections of Queen Snow White (Audiobook) by David Meredith

Welcome to Book Club Mom’s Author Update. Open to all authors who want to share news with readers. I recently caught up with David Meredith, who has news about the new audiobook version of The Reflections of Queen Snow White. Here’s what David has to say:


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I’d like to announce The Reflections of Queen Snow White has been released in audiobook format through Audible and Amazon.com (click here to view), expertly narrated by Robin Waters. The #1 Kindle Best Seller for Fantasy and Futuristic Romance is also available in paperback as an e-book – FREE to Kindle Unlimited (KU) users!

Dr. David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Find out more about David and his books at these links:

Facebook: @DavidMeredithWriting
Amazon Author Page: David Meredith
Twitter: @DMeredith2013
Who’s That Indie Author? – David Meredith


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Who’s That Indie Author? Kit Falbo

Author name: Kit Falbo

Genre: Science Fiction – Fantasy

Books: The Crafting of Chess, Intelligence Block

What’s your story and how did you become a writer? Books were my best friends during the entirety of my teenage years. They presented my first mental experiences of many ideas and concepts more than shows or television. How could I not want to write? It just takes a long time and a lot of thinking to get decent. I took college classes, read hundreds of books, dedicated hours and hours. Still, I had to be almost forty before I completed one.  Hard work and practice, how you master anything.

My youth consisted of studying people when I was not hiding in books. I’m autistic, though that wasn’t a thing at the time. To most I was just weird. A valuable tool, studying people, for writers. Then I continued that in college by getting a degree in psychology. I graduated and spent a hellish near decade in Texas, having stumbled out the gate during the post 9/11 recession. A rocky journey back to Oregon, two kids, trials and tribulations of life, and now I finally have books out. I’m currently juggling life and writing in the hopes of getting more works of fiction out for my small group of fans.

How do you balance your work with other demands? Poorly. I find myself sometimes being imperfect at everything, including writing, in order to get everything done. This makes me more of a generalist where people are dissatisfied with any aspect of my work, rather than an expert who gets things done with laser focus. I juggle kids, writing, housework, relationships, bills, etc. Often literally juggling, instead of balancing. Sometimes I drop things and break a few eggs.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life: Marrying my wife. Now I’m contractually obligated to not be alone. (kidding). Still going strong.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? I’m a pantser with plans, and my pantsing changes my plans.  I can, and often go without a plan until I have one form. Then once I have one form, it can change if an odd line becomes a major plot thread.

Could you write in a café with people around? Certainly easier than trying to write at home with kids around and something like Super Monsters on in the background. Some noise you can filter out. Others drills into your soul and destroys your brain cells.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? Fictional languages yes. Real languages no. When I’m in control of all the rules, I have as many cheats as I want. One of the things I love about fiction.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? I don’t have a favorite book. I have many favorite books. No one is king. Diana Wynne Jones, maybe as the author of my youth. As for what I’m reading right now, I haven’t quite decided yet. I’m between books.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? I have an ancient paperwhite e-reader that has been known to die and work again on and off at times. Just not as much of a fan of the new ones. I do enjoy a book paper book though.

Do you think print books will always be around? Yes. There was a big debate, but it is clearly settled. As long as there is reading, print books will be around. I just want more people to read. Sure, my books included, just in general as well.

Would you ever read a book on your phone? Web novels generally. Things on Royal Road that appear every week or so. A whole book, not as much. Though by reading web novels, I know I’ve read more than most novel lengths of works on my phone.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? Whichever one my wife buys me. Since I’m cost concerned, usually Android. I hardly see a point in paying for the Apple brand, unless they want to sponsor me.  I will take sponsorships, they are not beneath me. Product placements even if they pay is right.

How long could you go without checking your phone? Too many responsibilities to go too long without checking. Back before I had kids I could go a day or two. Now, every hour I should check. Just in case I’m needed for an emergency.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I actually don’t. I feel that puts me at a disadvantage with the audiobook aspect of my books. I am working on trying to get audiobook versions out. If I could do it myself I would, but no one wants to hear me speak for hours on end, let alone myself. One day they will be out.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? My favorite one is doing guest posts for blogs. I like to educate and inform. It is probably my least productive part of social media due to the fact that I doubt I get many new readers that way. It is still my favorite. I feel more productive doing an article on crafting believable characters or trauma in writing vs. tweeting out.

Website and social media links:  www.kitfalbo.com (mailing list actually doesn’t work, I need to go in and fix stuff but don’t have time)

Twitter: @WritesKit
Facebook: Kit Falbo, Author
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KitFalbo

Awards/special recognition: https://www.levelup.pub/bestlitrpg  (#6)


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Who’s That Indie Author? D. Wallace Peach

Author name:  D. Wallace Peach

Genre:  Fantasy/Science Fiction

Books:

The Shattered Sea duology – Soul Swallowers and Legacy of Souls; The Rose Shield series – Catling’s Bane, Oathbreakers’ Guild, Farlanders’ Law, and Kari’s Reckoning; The Dragon Soul Saga – Myths of the Mirror, Eye of Fire, Eye of Blind, and Eye of Sun; Stand-alones – The Sorcerer’s Garden, Sunwielder, The Bone Wall, The Melding of Aeris; Anthology – The Five Elements; Children’s Book – Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?  Totally by accident!  I’d dabbled in writing for years but never considered it a real possibility. Then a temporary move for my husband’s work left me jobless with some rare free time to fill. The dear man suggested that I write a book. Well, the rest is history.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  Balance is one of those things I don’t negotiate well. It’s one reason I never considered writing while raising kids or working outside the home. Now, I’m attempting to balance aging parents and grandchildren, and it’s not easy to make time for the laptop. When things get busy, what do I let slide? Housework!

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  That’s an easy one. The birth of my daughter. It was true love at first sight, and that’s never changed.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I started writing as a pantser and loved following my characters on the most circuitous tangents. My first book was a 190,000-word masterpiece – a horrible one, needless to say. I had to cut 63,000 words to entice a publisher to even glance at it. After two torturous years of flaying my manuscript, I became an enthusiastic planner.

Could you write in a café with people around?  Maybe. I like the romantic writerly idea of it. But I live a long, long way from a café, so I haven’t had the chance to try it. I write in big chunks of time and might feel awkward capitalizing a cafe table for seven hours.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  For Sunwielder, I wrote dialog in a made-up language! That was super fun, but very limited since other characters had to translate and I didn’t want to bog down the prose. I made up words and structural rules and learned to speak it. I would definitely do it again if a book called for it.

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  I love the book Anam Cara by John O’Donohue. My mom gave it to me years ago, and the beauty of the reflections spoke to me then and still do. Right now, I’m on an indie binge and just finished Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray. Prehistoric fiction!

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  I love paperback books, but switched to Kindle about 5 years ago. That far, far away café is next door to the far, far away bookstore. And honestly, when I finish a book, I want to start the next one that moment!  And ebooks are less costly so I can buy more of them!

Do you think print books will always be around?  Yes, they’re treasures. If I love a kindle book, I’ll buy the print version so I can hug it.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  I have! Mostly when traveling, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else?  A giant laptop at home, and an old cracked iPhone on the road. I used to rely on an old cracked iPad, but it’s so slow now that I can’t bear it. (I tend to drop my electronics).

How long could you go without checking your phone?  Could I go? Months. I’m a hermit and can survive without human contact for decades. But that would be rude, so I check email once every couple of hours on my laptop.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  I don’t, but I want to! I just have to figure out all the new-fangled technology and cough up the bucks for Audible. What would I do while listening? Drive, exercise, garden, housework, you name it.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  I love WordPress, and it’s my go-to platform. I cherish the community, the kindness, the laughter and tears, all the fun that I share with this talented bunch of people. The rest of social media I could take or leave and don’t make much time for. Blogging takes a lot of time away from writing, but it’s worth it to this old hermit.

Website and social media links:
Blog: mythsofthemirror.com
Website: dwallacepeachbooks.com
Twitter: @Dwallacepeach

Awards/special recognition:  Stay tuned.


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Who’s That Blogger? A.S. Akkalon

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Blogmaster:  A.S. Akkalon (Alecia)

Blog name: A.S. Akkalon – Fantasy Author at asakkalon.com

Type of blog: Author blog. That is, I’m an (as yet unpublished) author, and it’s my blog. I give bad advice on all kinds of matters, such as how to use internet marketing techniques to write a successful job application, share random silliness, such as why you should get romantically involved with a dinosaur, and occasionally talk about reading and writing books.

Where in the world?  Middle Earth, aka New Zealand

Blogging since when? October 2016

What’s your story? I got serious about writing and publishing fantasy books, and decided I needed a log cabin to call my own in the wilderness of the internet. Right now my blog has mostly helped me make friends with a wonderful group of writers from all nooks of the planet, but in the future I hope it will be a place where people who enjoy my books (please let there be people who enjoy my books!) can come to get to know me personally.

What types of blogs do you follow? I follow a lot of different types of blogs for different reasons: the blogs of my online friends because I care what they have to say no matter what they’re talking about; advice blogs on writing craft, publishing, and book marketing to supplement the millions of books I read on these subjects; blogs of other writers to get insight into their writing and publishing journeys; and humorous and random blogs that make me smile, because smiling is even better than chocolate.

Early bird or night owl? I’m an early bird, meaning my brain switches off at 9pm, but on weekdays I blog in the evening because I have other things that have to happen first, like working to earn money to pay for my internet connection.

Coffee or tea? Don’t tempt me, I’m trying to cut back!

Most recent binge watch or other obsession: Burn Notice, because it’s funny and clever, and because spies!

Check out these recent blog posts by A.S. Akkalon:

The joy of coffee
How to write a resume that stands out
Movies that have stuck with me over decades


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Who’s That Indie Author? M.L. Ruscsak

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Author name:  M.L. Ruscsak

Genre:  Fantasy

Books:  The New Reign (Book 1: Of Lite and Darke)

Bio:  After a life changing medical event in 2011, Melisa started writing as a way not only communicate, but to put her thoughts and dreams in order. Not a year later, she would meet the man who would inspire her to not only continue to write, but to seek to publish her work. After a year of writing, the birth of Of Lite and Darke would begin to take hold. In early 2016, She would ready for print.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Sharing my stories with others

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Getting the word out about the book

Favorite bookThe Black Jewels by Anne Bishop

Contact Information – website: Of Lite and Darke


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Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky


Winter of the Gods
(Book 2 of the Olympus Bound Series)
by
Jordanna Max Brodsky

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Columbia professor and mythology expert Theodore Schultz is enjoying a quieter life since his recent run-in with a violent religious cult.  As a consultant to the NYPD, Theo had nearly died last summer and now he’s recuperating nicely.  And helping him is Selene DiSilva, the striking and powerful beauty he met during the investigation.

Selene is mythology’s present-day Artemis.  She’s the daughter of Zeus, protector of the innocent and goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, animals and the moon.  While it may sound great to be immortal, Selene and her extended family have found themselves in a strange state.  Their godly powers are fading and they are coping with the very human side of aging.  Selene is still very tough, however, and she uses her power to protect and avenge.

Selene and Theo survived the dangerous adventures in The Immortals.  Now they can relax and work on their relationship.  As the goddess of virginity, Selene must consider a more modern lifestyle and Theo may be the one to make her change.

Modern romance is put on hold, however, when police investigators call Theo to help with a new murder investigation.  A man’s body has been discovered on Wall Street’s Charging Bull statue and clues point to another ritualistic cult.  When Theo and Selene discover the cult’s evil plot, they rush to decipher the clues before the next murder.

Winter of the Gods is Book 2 of Brodsky’s Olympus Bound Series, an imaginative science fiction adventure.  In this story, Brodsky’s characters take sides in the battle between good and evil, with a few of them caught in the middle.  Within that fight are several layers of conflict between Selene and her family, who are often at odds with each other.  Can they work together to fight against an imposing, but unnamed enemy?  And does it help or hurt when mortals like Theo get involved?

Many characters from The Immortals return, including Selene’s twin brother Paul (Apollo) as well as a couple mortals:  Theo’s best friend Gabriela and the story’s sleeper love interest, Ruth Willever. As a fan of mythology, I enjoyed learning many particulars about these imperfect gods and goddesses, their loyalties and their rivalries.  Mythology buffs will appreciate the author’s knowledge and her detailed explanations of the Olympians’ complicated family tree.  I had fun imagining the gods using their magical weapons and other devices with mortals, including winged helmets and gleaming swords.  Brodsky makes the mystery real by placing many New York landmarks in the story, including Wall Street, Rockefeller Center, Roosevelt Island and North Brother Island.  A terrific scene takes place at Grossinger’s the now-deserted Catskills resort, shown below.

Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills. Image: Inhabitat

As they decipher clues and gain entry into the cult’s chambers, Theo and Selene race against time to stop the murders, with numerous obstacles. The story ends in a wild finish, with many twists, surprise heroes and a few hints at what may happen in the next book.

I recommend Winter of the Gods to readers who like fantasy adventure stories in which characters must pull strength from their innermost reserves to save the day.


Like mythology?  Check out these related posts:

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Mythology Refresher – Artemis and The Immortals
Who were the Twelve Olympians and what were the Eleusinian Mysteries?


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Who’s That Indie Author? Tammie Painter

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Author name:  Tammie Painter

Genre:  Fantasy Fiction

BookThe Trials of Hercules; The Voyage (Books 1 & 2 of The Osteria Chronicles)

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Bio:  Tammie Painter grew up in the creative world of Portland, Oregon, and she continues to call the City of Roses home. Although she spent years working as a chemist in a behavioral neuroscience research lab, she could never quite tame her desire to express herself through words and images. When circumstances provided her the chance to pursue a creative career, she seized it and has never looked back. In her novels, Tammie loves to explore and bring new life to the stories of history and mythology. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her short stories and essays, and has written hundreds of articles for local, national, and international magazines as well as the Internet.

Favorite thing about being a writer: I love starting with only a sentence or two describing what is supposed to happen in a chapter and watching my pen and my brain turn those few words into several pages brimming with dialogue, actions, and settings. If anyone can make magic, it has to be a writer!

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Trying to fight the stereotype that “self-published book” means a book of lesser quality than one published by a traditional publisher. If self-publishing is ever to be taken seriously, anyone who wants to self-publish must (MUST!!) accept the responsibility of not only creating a great story, but also of editing and revising and copyediting to remove spelling errors, grammar issues, and plot/character inconsistencies. (And yes, I get a little smug when I find errors in books published by the big name publishers.)

Favorite book: I can’t even imagine trying to pick one. The books I’ve read most often are Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The book that left me the feeling of “Wow!” most strongly is The Humans by Matt Haig.

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