Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Elements of the Soul

I’m hosting a blog tour stop for Elements of the Soul.  Below are some questions and answers that were put together by the authors of the short stories in this book.

Tell us about your family. Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?
I am married with one child and a dog. My father, sister, brother in law and nieces all live nearby. My mother past away from Ovarian cancer in 1992, but she is still with me. My family has been extremely supportive of my writing. My husband didn’t even hesitate when I told him I wanted to quit my job and write full time. He wanted me to follow my dream. But, we haven’t told my dad yet, he tends to worry. So let’s keep this a secret from him. – Rissa Watkins

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?
I don’t know about soon, but I have finally taken the plunge and started working seriously on my first novel. It is in the horror vein, and could certainly be classified as a “zombie” novel if one were so inclined to use such labels – but hopefully it will bring enough new to the table to spark the interest of both fans of the genre as well as the casual reader. – Thor Gunnin

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?
I’m a reporter by profession and have worked professionally in the newspaper industry for about a decade. In between reporter gigs, I worked as a purchasing agent for a manufacturing company and a billing clerk for a doctor’s office. I started reporting in college for both the newspaper and radio. Now, I am a reporter/writer for a bi-weekly newspaper called Heartland Women and my husband and I co-manage a mini-storage complex. – Lucinda Gunnin

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.
I have a ridiculously spoiled Arabian stallion, an even more ridiculously spoiled beagle/dachshund mix dog, and a cat. The cat mostly keeps to herself, at least until I’m busy doing something, at which point she decides she wants to be pet. – Jennifer Walker

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?
I cannot listen to music while writing fiction. I listen to anything on my mp3 player when writing articles, blog posts, etc. – M. Lori Motley

Tell us a little bit about your writing projects and/or book/s.
I currently have a book in the works that will be geared toward young adults. It will deal with the awkwardness of going through puberty before ones peers as well as the great things about being an early bloomer. An early bloomer myself, I understand how embarrassing and confusing that time can be. As inspiration for the book, I have been reading back on my journals from that time in my life. It has given me some excellent insight into the thoughts and emotions of an eleven-year-old whose body has seemingly gone completely haywire on her. – Lindsay Maddox

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?
I usually prefer quiet surroundings. If any music is played, it’s usually Jazz. Sometimes it helps set a mood for a particular scene. – George Kramer

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
Probably Nora Roberts. There is not much that she writes that I don’t like. As for a mentor, that would be our own Michelle L. Devon. If not for her (or you), my writing progress would be seriously delayed. Who would have thought it takes more than a dream to be a writer? – Susan Weaver Sosbe

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?
I’m blessed with an awesome and supportive family. They play an important role in making me successful as a writer and I’m so grateful for all of them. My handsome husband and I have been married for almost 12 years. We have two little girls, ages 4-1/2 and 9 years old. They’re all pretty understanding and willing to hear my stories over and over. My husband often lends an editing eye and makes a great sounding board for new ideas. My little kids try to play a part in my writing, too. They love to help choose characters’ names and my 9-year-old even comes to me with story ideas. Some of them are really good too. In fact, one of her suggestions is what sparked the start of my novel!
My parents and older sister are also very supportive of my writing career. They read everything I write and love to tell others about it. Recently, my mom told me she’s been making a book of all the articles, stories, and poems I write. Wow, I had no idea. The day I was able to hand her the first autographed copy of my book was priceless. –Jo Brielyn

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?
I put pieces of different people in every character. I draw a lot of detail from real people and real life experiences or places. I think every author puts some pieces of themselves in what they write. How can you not? This is a craft that comes from inside of you, like art or music. Our palate of colour, texture and expression just happens to be words. –Laurie Darroch-Meekis

Elements of the Soul:
Through The Fire and Purgatory we suffer Love and Loss and a Flood of Tears until we get to those Healing Scars and are able to Fly again.These are just a handful of the short stories published in this outstanding anthology from Accentuate Writers.

Elements of the Soul will take readers on a journey as diverse as the writers themselves, and as emotional as the touch of a child’s hand or the slap of a love gone wrong.

In the pages of this book, readers will find death, devastation and loss; they will also find hope, friendship and faith. The entire gamut of emotions will be run in this anthology, leaving no feeling unturned, no relationship unexamined, no heart untouched, all told in bite-sized portions to satisfy the most voracious reading hunger.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Elements of the Soul
Open to US only
Ends 4/25