Interviews

 

Photo of author India DrummondToday I have an interview with sometimes #FridayFlasher, and soon-to-be best selling author, India Drummond. Her newest book, Ordinary Angels, is due out April 4th. I met India a year or two ago via her writing prompt challenges and the two of us have been more or less following each other ever since. Not the creepy stalker type of following, mind, just popping in on each other’s blogs now and then. India is one of the nicest people on the net, so if you get a chance you should get to know her and buy her book when it comes out.

Jon: Hi, India. How are you doing today?

India: Great! Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited about the book release–but a little scared too. I suppose every writer feels that way on release day. It’s a bit like waiting to go out on stage on opening night.

Jon: I can tell your excited about the pending release of, Ordinary Angels. What’s that release date again? ;)

India: April 4th. I can’t wait!

Jon: Can you tell us a little about it? Share the “elevator pitch” with us if you would.

India: Ordinary Angels is a paranormal urban fantasy novel in which Zoe Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.

Jon: Wow. That’s quite a pitch.  If the cover alone is not enough to make someone pick up your book then the pitch ought to do the job nicely. Speaking of which, who did your cover? I think it’s beautiful.

India: Renee Rocco does most of the covers at Lyrical Press, including mine. It took a bit of getting used to. The woman on the cover isn’t exactly what I’d pictured for my main character, but it’s such a striking photo that I’ve come to love it.

Jon: The release date is drawing close. What are you finding the hardest to deal with while waiting for the big day to arrive?

India: Staying organised! I have been coordinating with reviewers and book bloggers, doing author spotlights, interviews, and trying to get the word out as best I can. It’s fun, but sometimes seems like a lot to juggle. I have spreadsheets and documents and calendars… I consider myself an organised person, but this has been a real challenge.

Jon: There must be some unexpected high spots as well. What kinds of pleasant surprises have you run into on this journey?

India: The amount of work required AFTER my publisher accepted my novel was a bit of a surprise. I’d made the novel as good as I could, written, rewritten and polished, so I had no idea there could possibly so much work left to do to really make the manuscript shine. But all of that effort seemed like no trouble at all when the first reviewer got back to me, saying how much she’d loved the book. I nearly cried! (Don’t tell anyone.)

Jon: OK, it will be our little secret — promise. What books and authors did you read when growing up that you feel made a lasting impression on you either personally or professionally?

India: I went to a very strict religious school growing up, and my reading was closely monitored and restricted. It really wasn’t until I got into my late teens that I discovered the wealth of stories that were out there. But I’ve done my best making up for lost time. I feel like every book I read changes me a little bit. I think that’s why I love the power of stories so much.

Jon: If you could meet one of your favorite authors, which one would you choose? What kind of things would you like to talk to him or her about?

India: One of the things I love about modern social networking is the accessibility of authors. There was one author whose work I had just devoured… I couldn’t get enough and read everything she’d had published. I found her on Twitter and felt like an utter fangirl. I was so nervous about approaching her! But she’s turned out to be so sweet and friendly, and now we chat occasionally on Facebook and Twitter. I think that’s such a powerful thing—realising that the people whose work we admire really are just like us.

Jon: So, what’s next with India Drummond? I know you are always writing. Are there any other projects lurking in the wings that you are free to talk about?

India: My second novel, Blood Faerie, will be out this summer. It’s an urban fantasy set here in Perth, Scotland. Here’s the blurb: Eilidh was cast out of the kingdom lands in the forests and forced to live on Perth’s city streets. She survived alone for years, but when a human is killed below the abandoned church where she lived, she recognised it as the work of one of her own kind. To stop the murders, she must tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.

Blood Faerie will be out June 1st, and a third book, Haywire Witch, will be released toward the end of the year. I’m writing as fast as I can! =)

Jon: Wow, you are incredibly busy. I’ll certainly be looking forward to those.

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Is there anything else you’d like to add in closing?

India: I just want to thank you for having me on your blog today. One of the truly wonderful things about this writing journey has been making friends with great writers like yourself. I admire your writing so much, and I count it an honour to be here.

Jon: Good luck with the book launch. It’s a long flight, so I’ll be there with you in spirit only.

India: Thank you, Jon!

Cover of Ordinary AngelsYou can find out more about the life and times of India Drummond on her website, conveniently called India Drummond, where you can read the first chapter of her forthcoming book, Ordinary Angels. You can also find India on Facebook and Twitter. You can find out more about Ordinary Angels on Goodreads.

Lyrical Press, Inc
ISBN-10: 1616502584
ISBN-13: 978-1616502584
ASIN: (TBD)
Price: $5.50
Publication Date: April 4, 2011

 

 

We had ninety-three stories this week, including four debuts. Please welcome Pamela Jo, James Tallett, and Laura to our ranks by visiting and leaving a comment on their stories. The third debut, Randomness, was posted posthumously by Jason Warden on behalf of Tia L. Brink. You will find many tributes to Tia in this week’s listing. While Tia did not post Friday Flash, she read and promoted it on Twitter, and wrote the introduction to The Best of Friday Flash anthology. See the news section for further details.

If your story is not in this listing, please visit the Collector, add your details, and the  let me know via Twitter or an email. I’ll be glad to update the list to include your work. ~jon

The Stories

A Delicate Angel by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

A letter by Heather Lloyd @heatherlloyd83 ~ Literary ~

A Letter Found Near The End by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Experimental ~

A Sticky Note Life by Lauren Cude @NA ~ Slice of Life ~

Akobayi Junction by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Anniversary by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Big Balls by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

Boomerang Betty by EJ James @ejjames ~ Humor ~

Botchett and the Lambton Worm, a True Story. by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Breathe Easy by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Science Fiction ~

Burning Love by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Romance ~

City of my Life by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Comfort Food by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Cosmic Fingerprints by David G Shrock @dracotorre ~ Literary ~

Criminal Sales by Leigh Barlow @LeighBarlow ~ Science Fiction ~

Dead Martha by Everett Maroon @EverettMaroon ~ Horror ~

Death of a Super Hero by Shannon Esposito @soesposito ~ Unspecified ~

Delicate Balance by KjM @kevinjmackey ~ Western ~

Double Trouble by Pia Veleno @piaveleno ~ Romance ~

Dream by Laura @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~ Debut

Eight Legged Army by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Magical Realism ~

Email to Mom by Pamela Jo @NA ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Excision by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Unspecified ~

Farewell by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Fantasy ~

First Person Positive (For Tia) by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Unspecified ~

Flash – A Love Story by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Unspecified ~

For Starters by David Barber @NA ~ Unspecified ~

Forget It, Ramiel by Pamila Payne @mspamila ~ Cross Genre ~

Getting Acquainted by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Fantasy ~

Going Home by Angie C. @techtigger ~ Fantasy ~

Grave Misgivings, part 2 by Travis King @travisking ~ Horror ~

halo by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Literary ~

I’m Really Not a Good Person by Laura Rachel Fox @lostlibrarygirl ~ Slice of Life ~

Ice Armor by Louise Dragon @WeezelWords ~ Science Fiction ~

In Sheep’s Clothing by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Fantasy ~

In The Fields by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Into The Maw by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Jailed by Carrie Clevenger @carrieclevenger ~ Horror ~

Jeff Newman’s Headaches by Alan Baxter @AlanBaxter ~ Horror ~

Joanne and the Jaguar by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ Suspense ~

Life’s Surprise by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Long Story by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Thriller ~

Marty’s Soup by GP Ching @gpching ~ Humor ~

Mau, The Master Navigator by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Memorial by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Cross Genre ~

Mist by Benjamin Solah @benjaminsolah ~ Experimental ~

Morning Accident by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Experimental ~

Murder by Chat by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Suspense ~

Next Time by V.R. Leavitt @vrleavitt ~ Cross Genre ~

Night by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Night Waves by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Crime ~

Ninja Hat by Walt White @waltw ~ Slice of Life ~

Panting Dogs Retreat by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Pen Pals by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Unspecified ~

Piece by Piece by Dan Powell @danpowfiction ~ Literary ~

Poker Night by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Fantasy ~

Pre-determination by Alison Wells @alisonwells ~ Cross Genre ~

Randomness by Tia L. Brink @TiaLBrink ~ Unspecified ~ Debut

Real by Susan Cross @SusanJCross ~ Slice of Life ~

Releasing Cora – Part 1 by P.J. Kaiser @pj_kaiser ~ Fantasy ~

Sacrifice by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Fantasy ~

Saturday in Golders Green by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Crime ~

She Was Queen by Wendy @dreamfiction ~ Magical Realism ~

Shut-Eye by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Silhouettes by Melissa D. Johnston @melissa_djohnst ~ Slice of Life ~

Sleep the Night by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Unspecified ~

Sunday Coffee by Lena S. @DarthFormal ~ Slice of Life ~

TEARS FROM THE SECOND LINE by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Literary ~

The Alpha and the Omega by VL Sheridan @NA ~ Slice of Life ~

The Cleaner by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Cross Genre ~

The Coaster by Ribbie @wribbie ~ Humor ~

The Darkness by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

The Disappearing Man by Alan W. Davidson @AW_Davidson ~ Slice of Life ~

The Gardener by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Slice of Life ~

The Letter by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~ Debut

The Mummy Awakens by Isabel Joely Black @TheCharmQuark ~ Humor ~

The Myth of the Head Shot by Aaron Polson @aaronpolson ~ Horror ~

The Resurrection Men by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Horror ~

The Visitor by S. May @yamnasus ~ Suspense ~

The Visitor (Part 2) by S. May @yamnasus ~ Suspense ~

The Way Home by Maria Kelly @mkelly317 ~ Horror ~

The Wedding Guest by DJ Young @Dijeratic ~ Experimental ~

THE YOUGHIGHENY SCREAMS – Part 2 by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Suspense ~

Trepidation by Sheila Littleton @SarahSiddons ~ Slice of Life ~

Tunnel of Love by davidbdale @davidbdale ~ Literary ~

Undo by adamjkeeper @adamkeeper ~ Science Fiction ~

Universal Warrior Atherean Defenders Ep4: False Kings by Avery K. Tingle @Ironman1176 ~ Fantasy ~

Wardrobe Girl: Halo by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

We Were Ready by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Weeping Man by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Unspecified ~

Wells vs Quantum by David D Sharp @aweeadventure ~ Science Fiction ~

Who She Became – microfiction by Michelle Dennis Evans @michelledevans ~ Slice of Life ~

Who Will Care by Cathy Olliffe @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

Wrath by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

In The News

We received sad news this week that Tia L. Brink, co-editor at ShadowCast Audio, passed away following surgery. There are many tribute pieces dedicated to her this week, including her story Randomness, posted by her friend and colleague, Jason Warden. Tia was a kind and generous soul. While she did not post Friday Flash, she loved it, read it, and promoted it on Twitter. She also wrote the Introduction to The Best of Friday Flash Anthology. Jason posted a special memorial podcast for Tia at ShadowCast: Saying Goodbye to @TiaLBrink — it is a beautiful piece for a beautiful person. Please give a listen. Farewell, Tia. You will be missed.

Laura Eno has an interview in Flashes in the Dark, a wonderful ezine, concerning her new book, Prophecy Moon. Drop in and say hello.

David G Shrock will have a book launch on his website on Tuesday, August 31st. His book, Raven Memory, will be available on Smashwords and Amazon. You may view the teaser at www.RavenMemory.com or sample the first 7 chapters on Scribd.  Please join him this Tuesday.

Dan Powell has a story, Piece by Piece, in the current issue of Up The Staircase Quarterly. Congratulations, Dan.

Catherine Russell is celebrating her first sale. Her story, Doomed, is in the current issue of Flash Me Magazine. Please drop by and read it. Congratulations, Cathy.

The wrap

Thanks to all our readers. We love you. And please, if you enjoy a story leave comments when you visit. Writers love feedback almost as much as chocolate. Maybe more! Then go tell your friends to read it too. Help these writers grow.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.
~jon

 

Woot! Woot!

Just a short post of little woots.

First woot

I was interviewed by ErgoFiction Magazine about #fridayflash. The editors were very patient with my slow response time and very gracious, so I’d like to give them a big public thank you. THANK YOU! If you’ve been wondering what the heck #fridayflash is, and why it’s more addictive than chocolate head on over to Ergo’s Café Wednesday and read all about it.

Second woot

I received an Honest Scrap award from fellow blogger Stephen Book a while back and I have let acknowledgment of same slip until now. Bad Jon. The simple fact of the matter is I have always been, and will always be, a terrible procrastinator and bad at follow through. But Stephen is a great guy and really should not be ignored. So don’t you ignore him. Go visit his blog, Powder Burns & Bullets, and get to know him. You’ll be glad you did.

Now of course, part of the Honest Scrap Award is that I am supposed to bestow it on three other bloggers and then tell you ten things about myself. So I’d like to pass it on to Maria Protopapadaki-Smith who writes terrific flash fiction, Karen Schindler for her wickedly funny sense of humor, and Laura Eno for being the unofficial #fridayflash goodwill ambassador. Go visit their blogs and tell them what wonderful people they are. They really are.

Oh, yeah, those ten things:
1. I’m a real procrastinator.
2. I’m terrible at follow through…

See.

Woots three and four

Three: It’s sunny today and will be sunny all week! Four: No snow! Sorry all you east-coasters. I know you just got hammered again. But out here in Missouri we have finally gotten a little relief. Woot! Woot!
~jon

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