An Interview with Prudence MacLeod

 Author PictureTell us about (insert current release)?

Actually, I have several, but the most recent work to become available is Hell Comes Home. This is the story of a woman who has seen it all and a bit more. She’s a demon hinter. Tired, jaded, and sick of it all she quits and returns to the scene of her childhood. She hopes to find some peace and maybe some closure, but the demons follow. Not only does she have to fight the demons, but she has to protect, and decide between, the two beautiful sister who keep flirting with her. That delightful distraction could prove fatal. Hell Comes Home. Find it and more here: http://www.amazon.com/Prudence-MacLeod/e/B0079XOY8UHell Comes Home Front Cover

What sets your most recent release, Hell Comes Home, from other books of the same genre?

Hell Comes Home, as with all my stories, is a story meant to educate and entertain. There may or may not be a sex scene, but my novels focus on story line and characters more than the sex. If erotica is what you want, this isn’t it. There are a lot of writers who do that better than I do. I’m a storyteller. When you open one of my books I transport you into a different world, let you hang out with new friends, have an adventure, and forget all about the stresses of everyday life.

How is the book doing so far?

So far Hell Comes Home is selling well and has garnered one stellar review. I need to do more the encourage readers to drop a fast review on the books. I enjoy the feedback and the reviews really do help sales.

Any future releases reader should be aware of?

Dozens. I mean that literally. Over the coming months all my back list will appear, with new covers and a few updates, under the Shadoe Publishing Label. shadoe-publishing-22.jpg

I’m also hoping to complete three or more new works this year. I will finish the Corelian Guard Series that began with Hunter. I hope to have a new Novan Series, novel complete, plus I have two five more in the works, all at different stages

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Are you reading anything right now, or have you read anything recently that is worth mentioning?

I’m always reading. People don’t want to believe this, but reading is vital to writing. Right now I’m reading the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy by Nora Roberts. As soon as I finish the series there are some new writers I want to read. Kaden Shay is at the top of that list.Her Calling Front Cover

Does music inspire or motivate you to write? If so, what kind of music?

Music is vital for me to write. I’m completely lost without it. When I’m writing action scenes I need power ballads like Rolling in the Deep or something by Annie Lennox. For fight or battle scenes something like ACDC’s Thunderstruck is awesome. So is anything by Albannach. For the softer or romantic scenes the guitar of Tommy Emmanuel is perfect or Allan Stivel on the Celtic Harp.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite novels?

That’s a seriously long list, but Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz as Amanda Quick, are at the top of that list. George R. Martin is also well up there as is David Eddings whom I’ve been favorably  compared to are also well up there. Favorite novels? Usually whatever I’m reading (or writing) at the moment.

Are you one of those people who don’t own a TV? Do you have any favorite TV Shows? Favorite movies?

We have a huge TV, but rarely watch it. Sometimes we’ll do the Netflix thing and binge out on a series for a few days, but the TV is rarely on. When I broke my ribs last winter I binged out on Fringe. The character of Walter Bishop is incredibly written and John Noble’s performance is amazing. I also binge on Firefly at least twice a year.

Favorite movies: Serenity, Pride and Prejudice, and the Lord of the Rings for starters.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

It wasn’t so much a want to be a writer, it was just something I did in school. I loved telling the stories. I left school at seventeen and life took over, jobs, kids, etc. for over thirty I read everything I could in every free moment I could steal, but didn’t write. I was forty six when Katherine and I got together. She encouraged me to start writing again, bought me my first computer, and taught me how to use it. She’s been my biggest fan ever since.

Tell us about your writing process.

It’s pure madness. Don’t try this at home folks, I’m a professional. Tee hee. My desk is in the center of the house so I jump up to cook, make coffee, let the dogs out, let the dogs in, let the dogs out, let the dogs in, etc. Everybody who comes or goes stops to chat, and that’s not all.

I’m the only early bird in the house so the most of it gets done in the early hours after I feed the dogs. However, the computer always has Face Book open, my WIP open, and World of Warcraft open. I spend a lot of time bouncing around between them all. However, when I really get rolling I’ve been known to write from early morning well into the night.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important? 

The names? Yes and no. The character comes first, then the name later. Once I have her name I can start writing her story or her part in the current one. Some folks struggle with the names, but I find the come fairly easy to me. Once you get a character fixed in your mind they will usually tell you their name.

How do you define success as a writer? Have you been successful?

Success? Success is completing a work that you enjoy yourself. Yes, I also reread my own book just to enjoy the stories. If you get something completed, you’re successful. I have been blessed with a great deal of success. Yes, having a book in print is great, sales are super great, and being asked for an autograph by a stranger is awesome, but these things do not define success, they are the icing on the cake. The cake is that story you wrote and finished.

Do you have words of wisdom about writing that you want to pass on to novelists and writers out there who are starting out?

1.Read. For the love of God, read. I can usually tell a writer who has not read a lot. People, reading is your homework. This is how you learn your craft, it is your apprenticeship.

2.Write lots. Write, write, and write some more and never attach your dreams to that first book. Believe me, by the time number fifteen comes along you will be able to see how far you’ve come.

3.Read and write some more. As you continue writing, the way you read a book will change. You will start seeing what the author has done right or wrong and applying those lessons and insights to your own work.

What should readers walk away from your books knowing? How should they feel?

I never end a book on a cliffhanger. I hate that. I may hint at more to come, but there will always be a satisfactory conclusion to the adventure. The reader should come away feeling good, like she has made new friends, and that maybe she has learned something new, or seen something familiar in a completely different light. She should feel uplifted.

What is your End of the World Playlist?

End of the world playlist? What the hell is that? The music I want to hear as the world ends? Dear gods, okay, Thunderstruck. If the world is going to end it should go out in a blaze of glory, not die slowly of the poisons we’ve dumped into the environment.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes. I love you all. Never forget or doubt that. I also want to beg you for reviews. If you enjoyed the book, please, go on Amazon and give a review. “Really enjoyed the story.” would do just fine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it would mean the world to me. Reviews are a real boon to a writer.

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Bio:

I am a spiritual seeker, dog trainer, official Reiki Master and Interior designer, and personal trainer who has turned her hand to writing. I am also an avid chess player, not a great one, but an avid one. I build, I bake, I knit, and I tell stories.
I have roamed far and wide for over sixty years in this realm, and I have seen much; some I wish I had not, and a great deal that I would love to see again. Some days I feel like Bilbo Baggins, for I have been there and come back again. No, I haven’t written a book about my wanderings, but much that I have experienced, observed, learned, surmised, or imagined, is woven into the tales I have written. I do hope you enjoy them.

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New Author for Shadoe Publishing: WELCOME, HollyAnne Weaver!

HollyAnne WeaverMs. Weaver has worked for many years in a scientifically-based career writing technical documents.  An avid reader from a very young age, she gradually began writing poetry and fiction, one of her current passions.  Growing up, Ms. Weaver was always fascinated with books and the ability of an author to write fiction.  A sequence of emails with a close friend led to her writing longer pieces, eventually culminating in her first novel being completed in 2010.  Ms. Weaver’s main writing focus is on lesbian fiction, although she has projects for mysteries and historical fiction already planned. 

Her first book with Shadoe Publishing should be out later this year!  WELCOME!

 

Maria Ayala signs with Shadoe Publishing!

Shadoe Publishing proudly announces the signing of Maria Ayala to it’s stable of authors who write Lesbian Fiction, Poems, and little bit MORE!   WELCOME MARIA!quill-pen_for_web

 

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New Interview for our author K’Anne Meinel by author AJ Adaire

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Goldies for the authors of Shadoe Publishing

This year Shadoe Publishing is proud to announce these titles have ALL been nominated for a Goldie at the Golden Crown Literary Society!  We hope our friends and fans will be there to see who wins as well as visit our booth in New Orleans this July 22-26th!

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Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by Jennis Slaughter, Up for Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure written by Jennis Slaughter A Sister’s Wish

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Mystery/Thriller written by Dawn Carter Heart of Fire

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Mystery/Thriller written by Dawn Carter Heart of Vengeance

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure written by K’Anne Meinel Lawyered

Up for Mystery/Thriller written by K’Anne Meinel Malice Masterpieces 3

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure written by K’Anne Meinel Out at the Inn

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure written by Dawn Carter Out of the Mist~The Secret

Up for Tee Corinne – Outstanding Cover Design, Cover by K’Anne Meinel, Up for Science Fiction/Fantasy written by Dawn Carter The Fallen

 

 

 

Interview with Sherri

Check out the interview that I did with Sherri: Conversation-Pic-2-NO-HAIRshadoe-publishing-23.jpg

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Ask K’Anne Meinel some questions!

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CONGRATULATIONS to OUR author K’Anne Meinel #7 BEST SELLER on AMAZON!

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Coming out is hard.  Coming out in the public eye is even harder.  People think they own a piece of you, your work, and your life, they feel they have the right to judge you.  You lose not only friends but fans and ultimately, possibly, your career…or your life.

Cassie Summers is a Southern Rock Star; she came out so that she could feel true to herself.  Her family including her band and those important to her support her but there are others that feel she betrayed them, they have revenge on their minds…

Karin Myers is a Rock Star in her own right; she is one of those new super promoters: Manager, go-to gal, agent, public relations expert, and hand-holder all in one.  Her name is synonymous with getting someone recognized, promoted, and making money.  She only handles particular clients though; she’s choosy…for some very specific reasons.

Meeting Cassie at a party there is a definite attraction.  She does not however wish to represent her despite her excellent reputation.  She fights it tooth and nail until she is contractually required to do so.  In nearly costs them more than either of them anticipated….their lives.

Interview of K’Anne Meinel for REPRESENTED:

What inspired you to write this story?  I had noticed long ago that there were no gay or lesbians represented in country music.  As a fan of Southern Rock I used this as my basis for this story.

Did you profile your character after Chely Wright?  No, actually I began writing this before she ever came out, wish I had finished it when she did so I could have taken advantage of the hoopla about it but no her story is totally separate from my fictional one.  I’m certain she didn’t have the ominous people behind her own career and while some of this is similar to what I’ve read about her own story it was not based on her at all.

Do you think there are other gay and lesbian singers in country music?  Oh absolutely, I think there are a lot of closeted people in the industry.  Look at what Chely Wright has gone through, her ostracism, her triumphs.  Who would willingly put themselves through that unless they wanted to be true to themselves?  She is an admirable woman and not many are as brave as she has been.

Do you think people would be shocked at other artist’s coming out?  Country Music and its good ole’ boy network is about down home America.  There are a lot of people who listen to it who would consider it shocking to realize how many gays and lesbians are in the industry, from the musicians, to the technicians, the singers themselves, and while not out there as my character was, suffering the abuse and sales loss, they still create, still produce, and still continue on with their lives as they do in every day America.  Your next door neighbor may be a Gay or Lesbian person and you would never know it because they are afraid to ‘come out’ and be themselves.  Some of the nicest people you ever want to know will never reveal their sexuality or preference because of social pressures.  There are more same-sex couples over history than people realize.

Do you think it’s important to be out if you are famous?  Yes and no.  Yes, it helps millions of people who are taught that it’s shameful to be gay or lesbian.  It shows that someone admirable, someone famous, can overcome the stigma and lead healthy, successful, and hopefully happy lives.  Especially if it can help someone who is being bullied.

No, I don’t think everyone should have to declare their sexuality just because they are gay or lesbian.  It’s no one’s business and you are assumed to be straight unless you have certain mannerisms or stereotypes that make it obvious which really are not absolutes, there are very effeminate men and masculine women who are not gay or lesbian out there and they shouldn’t be judged by their body language or haircut.  It’s sad but I’m hopeful that today’s society is changing to an acceptance and a tolerance.

When was the last time you heard someone come out as straight?  It’s reprehensible that in this supposedly ‘enlightened’ society that there are still stigma’s attached to being gay or lesbian.  Like there is less brilliance, or capability to someone just because of their sexual orientation.  Whose business is it really?  Not the public’s certainly but then they have their own interpretation of what they own of a person who is famous.

What would you like people to go away with after reading REPRESENTED?  I would hope they would see the love between two powerful women, how they managed to make a relationship work despite the pressures, the money, and the time away.  The acceptance by those they love and who were lucky enough to be considered friends and family.  That gay and lesbian people are like everyone else, normal.  I like a happily ever after and while it isn’t always that way in life, I like to think that good people get good things.

There is no ‘secret’ message, it is a work of fiction.

Have you read Q.C. Master’s Interview?

http://www.shadoepublishing.com/interviews/interview-qc-masters/