The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring Marcia Meara

I have the great pleasure of being a guest on Don Massenzio’s blog today, and hope you guys will stop by and check out the interview. It was so much fun! Please feel free to share far and wide. Both Don and I will thank you for it! 🙂

Author Don Massenzio

It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.

I am honored to continue this series with fellow Florida author and blogger Marcia Meara

You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.

If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at don@donmassenzio.com

Now, please enjoy this interview with Marcia Meara:


626smallsDo you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Honestly, I’ve never thought about it in either of those terms. I just want to tell the stories bouncing around in my head, and do so in a way that will appeal to readers. I spend very little time thinking about current trends or originality, I’m afraid. I…

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DSM Publications – With Don Massenzio

A very helpful interview with Don Massenzio on Writer’s Treasure Chest today. For details on Don’s editing and formatting services, check it out. I’m impressed with the way he approaches the editing process, and suspect many of you will want to consider working with him.

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Welcome back, Don Massenzio! It’s good to have you here again. Let’s talk about your new business and how it is part of the writing world.


1. With your blog you are helping so many aspiring authors. What made you decide to do more than that?

There were a few factors. I wanted to be sure that I enjoyed editing and formatting the work of author authors. I’ve worked with a few authors and find that I still enjoy helping them bring their work to life. Another factor was the stigma (perceived or actual) that independently published authors face. Traditional publishing purists will tell you that our work is substandard due to the lack of professionalism and quality. I wanted to help the independent author community, as a whole, improve the quality of their work with professional editing and formatting at a price that won’t break the bank. If we…

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Help! My interview is nigh! #POW2 and #KindleCountdown #sale

Don’t forget Deborah Jay has an interview coming up very soon, and to coincide with that, her book Desprite Measures is on sale via Kindle Countdown. For more info, check out her post! This should be fun! Good luck, Debbie! 🙂

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A couple weeks ago I posted about THE POWER OF WRITING telesummit.

Did you join up? Remember, it’s FREE…

It’s into the last week now, but I thought I’d give you a reminder as my interview goes out this week – tomorrow, in fact (Tuesday), and you can still sign up (free, remember?) if you want to hear my story in my own words.

Frankly, I’m nervous. Our own voice never sounds like we imagine it to, does it?

Plus, I’ve been listening to all the other interviews, and I’m now wondering what I said! It was a one hour interview and though I can remember enjoying doing it, and talking a lot (I can do that), I have very little memory of what we talked about!

Anyway, in case you’d like to join, here’s that link again: https://thepowerofwritingsummit.com/o/deborah/

It’s FREE…

Also, to coincide, I have put DESPRITE MEASURES on…

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THE POWER OF WRITING – FREE TELESUMMIT – SIGN UP NOW! #writing

As we have writers at all stages of their journey here, I’d like to share details of this telesummit which may be of interest to some of you.

Starting April 30th, this FREE audio summit covers a huge range of types of writing – blogging, journaling, memoir, short stories, novels, non-fiction and more, and I (Deborah Jay) am thrilled to be one of 15 authors sharing my experience in an in-depth interview.

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There are so many types of writing out there, often the biggest challenge is, where to start.

As a lover of writing, I know what a powerful tool it can be to really changing your life; but I also know the challenges that writers face with things like creating the habits needed, being consistent, focused and inspired, getting over fears of writing and much more…
Let me introduce to my friend Dawn! Dawn has also dealt with these same challenges and has now made it her mission to help others do the same. She has brought 15 experts (including me!) together in the second Power of Writing series called: The Power of Writing: Discover and share your gifts through developing a powerful and purposeful writing practice.
The telesummit consists of audio interviews, so you can listen in wherever you are.
These interviews are REAL, short and to the point CONVERSATIONS with people for whom writing, and helping others write, really is at the core of their lives! The strategies and tips and insights that they’ll be sharing will be invaluable to helping you on the road to really creating a writing life.
Join me here: https://thepowerofwritingsummit.com/o/deborah/
Oh, and did I remember to mention? – IT’S FREE

Please share!

The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring D. Wallace Peach

Don Massenzio presents a great interview with D. Wallace Peach as part of his 2018 author interview series. Hope you’ll check it out, and pass it along! Thanks!

Author Don Massenzio

It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.

I am honored to continue this series with Oregon author, artist D. Wallace Peach

You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.

If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at don@donmassenzio.com

Now, please enjoy this interview with D. Wallace Peach:


book photo low low resDo you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Well, I hope that these are occasionally the same thing! As a reader, I’m often looking for originality, and I think that may be the norm for fans of speculative fiction. Unlike some genres where certain tropes define the form, speculative fiction is incredibly broad, and there’s no…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Marcia Meara, Shehanne Moore

What a treat to be featured on Sally’s Café and Bookstore today, alongside Vashti Quiroz-Vega and Shehanne Moore. Hope you guys will take a moment to check out the post. (I’m super proud of Alex Craigie’s fantastic review of Swamp Ghosts, too. Makes me want to read it, myself! Haha.) My heartfelt thanks to Sally for all she does to support writers, and I encourage you guys to share her post with the Immediate World. 😀 Thanks!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update. The first author with a new review is Vashti Quiroz-Vega for The Fall of Lillith.

About The Fall of Lilith:

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will…

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On sale… #0.99c THE PRINCE’S MAN

Hi folks,

A quick notification I’d be very grateful if you’d share around your contacts.

I am holding a one week sale of the first in my epic fantasy Five Kingdoms series, award winner, THE PRINCE’S MAN – $0.99/£0.99 or the equivalent across the globe until April 29th.

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Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings…

Rakish royal spy, Rustam, loves his kingdom. When a threat believed long dead proves to be very much alive, he finds himself in the thick of things along with the one woman in the kingdom who despises him. She’s also the royal family’s assassin. Together, they must find a way to save their kingdom – if they can manage not to kill each other first.

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Free Story: For The Last Time (My Thousandth Post)!

In celebration of his 1000th post, Nicholas Rossis is sharing a free short story today. Be sure to check it out, especially if you enjoy time travel tales! 🙂

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Yes, this is my thousandth post on this blog!

To celebrate, I’ve decided to post here my short stories. Every couple of weeks, I’ll be posting one story from my celebrated Exciting Destinies series for you to enjoy. With over 30 stories so far, I hope you’ll have lots of fun in the coming months!

I kick off the new series with For The Last Time, one of my favorite stories from The Power of Six.

Click here to read some more free stories.

For The Last Time

Time travel | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

Truth be told, I have no idea who built the damned contraption. All I know is that, if they were standing in front of me, I would have some choice words for them. Not that I don’t appreciate the technical difficulties of a time machine, let alone one that can fit in a pocket. I’d…

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A friendlier way of outlining

A great post from Craig Boyack on the Story Empire Blog, explaining his system for organizing his storylines. Easier (and probably more organic) than a full-on outline, yet a way to stay on track. I’m definitely giving this one a try! Check it out for yourself. 🙂

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This post was a special request, and I’m happy to explain my process. I’m going to ask you pantsers to read it too. I may not change your mind, but you might glean a tip or two anyway. Today, we’re going to talk about outlining, but we’re going to do it my way.

Remember the old scientific outline we learned in junior high? It’s basically worthless here, so don’t panic. We aren’t doing anything like that today.

I like to follow a three act structure, but there are other methods you can adapt. The biggest change is to start storyboarding. No more Roman numerals, indents, and lower case progression.

I’m going to place the image here, then we’re going to talk about it.

I use a virtual cork board called Pinnic. I used to use Corkulous Pro, but it doesn’t seem to be around any longer. They tell me one…

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#NationalPoetryMonth – #SummerMagic: Poems of Life & Love

I’ve been told it’s National Poetry Month, and who am I to argue with a lead-in like that? In celebration, I thought I’d share one of  my poems from Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love. Since it’s been hovering around 83 to 85 degrees here for a couple of weeks, I figured a summery one was in order. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

The Rope Swing
by Marcia Meara

Sailing up, up into
Blue summer sky,
Hot rope rough against his hands,
He shouts with joy, and lets go.
For a crystal moment,
He hangs suspended,
Frozen in time
Like a fly in amber.
All awkward angles–
Shoulderblades and
Elbows, and
Knobby knees,
Painted against the sky,
Heart filled with fierce joy. Continue reading