10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.

 

 

Find me…

Website:  http://lisamanterfield.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4475622.Lisa_Manterfield

Instagram:  @lmanterfield

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaManterfield/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lisamanterfield

Amazon:  Lisa Manterfield

 

My personal motto:

“Leap and the net will appear. If it doesn’t, flap your arms like crazy.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Coffee…before anything else. I try to exercise in the morning, too, but some days I just want to get to my writing. I actually like writing in bed. With my coffee, of course.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m in a scene with my characters and I really understand what they want and why it matters so much for them to get it. When that happens, it takes a while to readjust back to the real world.
  3. I have always… been curious. My mum says I never slept as a baby in case I missed something. I’m interested in lots of different things. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.
  4. I have never… had a speeding ticket. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
  5. Home means to me… wherever I lay my cat, that’s my home. I’ve always been “geographically flexible” and I’ve moved around a lot. As long as I can cozy up with my husband, cat, and a good book, I’m home.
  6. I am inspired by… nature. Being outdoors changes my whole demeanor and fires up my creativity. I especially love visiting my family in the UK and getting back out into the hills near where I grew up.
  7. I would like to meet… Sir David Attenborough. He has such a respect for the natural world and such a gentle, but inquisitive way of teaching. In another life, I might have followed in his footsteps.
  8. My worst character trait… time optimism. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. All these years and I still can’t seem to get a grasp on how long things take.
  9. My best character trait… tenacity. I am very determined about whatever I set my mind to. All sorts of talent deficits can be overcome by sticking with something for long enough.
  10. The best advice I was given… Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and forge your own path.

A Strange Companion

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs head first into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Print length:  342 pages

Published:  2017-04-04

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10 Statements – Brent Jones

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.

Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.

Find me…

Website:  http://authorbrentjones.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrentJ/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/authorbrentj/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorBrentJ

My personal motto:

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”  (Wayne Gretzky)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… A bike ride, a cup of coffee, and a bowl of sugary kiddy cereal. I tend to be most alert and creative in the morning, but for some reason, I often don’t get to writing until the afternoon. I need to change that.
  2. I lose track of time When I’m revising my own work. I’ll finish my first draft of a chapter, then lose track of the rest of the day going over it again and again, making small changes in word choice that no one but me will ever notice.
  3. I have always… Enjoyed playing the guitar, even if I only know like four songs, three chords, two scales, and have no sense of rhythm.
  4. I have never… Had any desire to jump out of an airplane, no matter how much fun my friends tell me skydiving is. I don’t like zip lines, either, for that matter. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I’m just scared of heights.
  5. Home means to me… Funny, the concept of ‘home’ is a central theme in my second novel, which I hope to have published by August. Home, to me, is the place where we are set free.
  6. I am inspired by… Fantastic works of fiction. There are times when I will read a story and say to myself, “Wow. If I ever create something half as good as this, I’ll feel so accomplished.” That last happened to me reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I imagine the larger-than-life titles we hope to emulate vary from one author to the next, but it’s those humbling experiences that keep me writing. We never know how good our work might be until we put the proverbial pen to paper.
  7. I would like to meet… If we’re talking about authors, I’d love to have a chat with Stephen King. I would find it hard to believe that he’d ever be short on stories to tell in person—we’d have an interesting conversation, I’m sure. But if we’re talking about the general population, I think I might choose Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s an author, too, I guess, but I tend to think of her more as an outspoken activist and overall badass. Her story is incredibly inspiring.
  8. My worst character trait… I mean, I’m a bit of an arrogant know-it-all sometimes. I tune people out when they’re talking, although not on purpose. My mind wanders constantly and I’m a bit self-deprecating. And I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails. Do I have to choose just one?
  9. My best character trait… I’m pretty driven. When I set my mind to do something, I keep working at it until I get it done, no matter how many times I fall down along the way.
  10. The best advice I was given… When I was growing up, my father often told me that “nothing is forever.” On the surface, it sounds a bit negative, right? But the thing is, I’ve come to understand what he meant—that life is full of opportunities to try something new, and that’s exactly what I’ve spent most of my adult life doing. Trying new things, turning new corners, and figuring this whole life thing out as I go.

The Fifteenth of June

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.

Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?

Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.

Print length:  224 pages

Published:  2017-02-21

Buy links:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVSFZHM/


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10 Statements – Beaufield Berry-Fisher

Beaufield Berry-Fisher is a playwright, blogger, journalist, novelist and theater enthusiast. Inspired by empathy, true stories, history, burlesque and rebellion Beaufield’s work strives to connect on a human level and always questions the status quo. Her work has been produced across the country and she’s a veteran of the Philadelphia Spark Fest, Great Plains Theater Conference, KC New Works festival and the William Inge Festival. Beaufield was a recipient of the 2017 IAF from the Nebraska Arts Council. Beau often writes for American Theater Magazine, collecting stories across the Midwest’s growing theater scene and her début novel, Childhood Friends, was published in January with ABO.

Find me…

Website & Blog:  http://www.beaufieldberryfisher.com/
Publisher:  http://agribellaorbis.com/
Twitter:  @BeautifulBeau84
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BeaufieldBerryFisher

 

My personal motto:

“Take it easy, but take it.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… lots of procrastination, a toddler hug and then COFFEE.
  2. I lose track of time ugh, either perusing Facebook, which is my worst habit or watching Real Housewives…which isn’t that great either.
  3. I have always… an excuse to drink wine.
  4. I have never… let ‘no’ be the final answer where it really counts.
  5. Home means to me… a place I can take pants off and wear questionable hairstyles and I’m not obligated to do anything.
  6. I am inspired by… truth-tellers, radical empathy and knowing when to say F off. Both in the real world and in the story world (and really they’re the same thing) When I can feel someone is being raw and authentic, stripped down to their core, I respond to that. I search that out in people and experiences and I think I’m good at telling the difference. Too often we put on façades or keep our walls up high in self-defense. I am inspired by those who tear those down.
  7. I would like to meet… OPRAH. Is that cliché? Because she’s it for me.
  8. My worst character trait… I can be a bit on my high-horse…but I don’t mind the view from up here.
  9. My best character trait… I love making people feel comfortable around me and I am exceedingly loyal…until crossed!
  10. The best advice I was given… the best advice we were ALL given, I feel comes from Maya Angelou…when someone shows you who they are, believe them. I think this bodes well for making the best decisions in life–learning to walk away from a bad deal, a bad relationship, a bad friendship. And followed by the simple and timeless; Stay Humble. I always lead with confidence, I let people know that I can’t be walked all over. But I always remember to stay gracious to those who share their time with you, to always be grateful and to always keep striving for your personal best. I think that encompasses the heart of humility and it’s very important as a writer to have that. Because one day you’re up…the next day, who knows?

Childhood Friends

When 30-something Jorah lands back in her hometown of Omaha, it’s raining outside. Her hoarder mother has redecorated her childhood bedroom like it’s 1998, she’s avoiding her best friend’s calls and living with a secret.

Driven by the need to reconcile her past life with her current one, Jorah reconnects with her friends from childhood. Shepherd, a movie-ticketer-turned-felon and Stassi, a frenemy with ulterior motives and a smile. Through their interactions, Jorah learns some things never change and others are irrevocably torn. Sometimes the only thing friends have in common is shared history.

Packed with wild prose, stunning visuals, and surprising twists, Childhood Friends is an incredible look into the power of friendships, the call of humility, and how the journey of life always leads back home.

Print length:  272 pages

Published:  2017-02-13

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/4N1nzz

Paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Childhood-Friends-Beaufield-Berry/dp/0998596205/

 

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10 Statements – Leonora Meriel

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a law firm.

In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book The Unity Game will be released in May 2017.

Find me…

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32172075

Amazon US author page:  Leonora Meriel

Amazon UK author page:  Leonora Meriel

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leonoramerielwriter

Twitter – @leonora_meriel:  https://twitter.com/leonora_meriel

Website:  http://www.leonorameriel.com

 

My personal motto:

“Life is a journey.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… meditation, candles and a clear list for the day.
  2. I lose track of time when I am writing, writing, writing and being used as a channel to create someone else’s world.
  3. I have always… wanted to do far more than was physically possible, ideally, living about 20 different lives in the space of this one.
  4. I have never… not felt passionate about the many things I am creating and doing and building.
  5. Home means to me… a place with flowers and candles and people I love the most.
  6. I am inspired by… people who genuinely use their imagination – who create things I could not possibly have ever thought of – in writing, in painting, in architecture, in actions, in clothes – anywhere!
  7. I would like to meet… some of my favourite writers: David Mitchell, Michael Cunningham, Haruki Murakami, Hilary Mantel.
  8. My worst character trait… a refusal to accept physical limitations (leads to burnout and sleep deprivation).
  9. My best character trait… I have a big, loving heart and I’m passionately loyal to the people I love.
  10. The best advice I was given… everything is possible if you combine belief, thought and action!

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

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10 Statements – Anthony Hains

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Anthony Hains is a professor of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. His latest novel, The Disembodied, is a Kindle Scout winner and published by Kindle Press. He is the author of two previous horror novels, Birth Offering and Dead Works. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter.

 

Find me…

Website:  http://www.anthonyhains.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AnthonyHains
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyHainsAuthor/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7275928.Anthony_Hains
Amazon:  Anthony Hains
Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/Disembodied-Anthony-Hains-ebook/dp/B01IA6FDOS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

My personal motto:

“Wouldn’t this be a cool setting?”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… shaving, eating breakfast, going to the gym to work out, and then getting to the office.
  2. I lose track of time doing research on the internet. One link leads to another and then hours pass by.
  3. I have always… loved horror stories and snowstorms. I’m not sure if there is any connection, but there it is.
  4. I have never… broken a bone on the right side of my body. I have broken four bones on my left side, though.
  5. Home means to me… some place safe and comfortable; a place where I can think about and share dreams.
  6. I am inspired by… people who live with significant personal challenges who never complain and are often smiling.
  7. I would like to meet… any number of good horror novelists.
  8. My worst character trait… I’m highly distractible.
  9. My best character trait… I’m generally easy-going and empathic.
  10. The best advice I was given… was try and do my best at things I try and be open to new experiences.

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The Disembodied

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin’s only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.

When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren’s tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.

Print length:  316 pages
Release date:  August 16, 2016
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/4jKvjv

 

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Birth Offering

An ancient evil…an ungodly ritual…a boy thrust into a living nightmare.

When fourteen-year-old Ryan Perry moves to his grandmother’s coastal home in South Carolina, he is haunted by a malevolent entity masquerading as his double—a specter of ancient evil intent on destroying Ryan. As the hauntings become dangerous, Ryan encounters an additional threat: two menacing feral boys and their caretaker somehow connected to this other twin. Ryan realizes that in order to save himself and his family, he must confront the all-too-real presence of an unimaginable evil.

Print length:  250 pages
Release date:  September 1, 2013
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bzpON9

 

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Dead Works

A graduate psychology student must help a young client make sense of terrifying visions while acts of brutal evil threaten to destroy them both.

Doctoral student, Eric Hansen is in the second year of his counseling psychology program. His first therapy client is thirteen-year-old, Greg who sees apparitions of children roaming outside his bedroom window. While Greg’s father leans towards a paranormal explanation, his mother fears mental illness and brings him to the university clinic. Eric’s efforts to help the boy stir up memories of his own traumatic past and both are drawn into a whirlpool of horror well beyond the reach of modern psychology.

Print length:  144 pages
Release date:  August 14, 2014
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/mgKodx

 

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