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Introducing Terrick H Morris – Paranormal Author

Terrick H Morris

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Please welcome Terrick to the world of Indie Authors.  It is a pleasure to know more about you and your writing.  Please tell us a bit about yourself.

TerrickName’s Terrick Heckstall. Born and raised in a very rural town named Colerain, North Carolina (no, you haven’t heard of it J). I moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2002 for undergrad at UNCG, where I received a BSW and an MSW. I’ve resided in Greensboro for the past thirteen years, and live with my wife of six years, Candace. I have a background in social work, mental health, and therapy, but I’ve always wanted to write.

 What brought you to the world of writing?

I was inspired to write at a very young age, four or five. I grew up on fairy tales, tall tales, and fables. All of those were full of fantastical beings. I couldn’t get enough of those stories. They instilled in me a love of creating worlds and situations within me that has yet to wane. I think the seeds were planted at that time, but the moment that I knew I just had to be a writer was in the fourth grade. We had to create nine to ten page “books,” bound with yarn and construction paper, and read them to the other fourth grade class. I loved the feeling of reading to other people, and having other people hear and read my work. From that moment on, I was bitten by the bug.

What is your first book and what do you think of it now?

Terrick3My first book is called The 11th Percent, which I published on Halloween of 2014. It is Book One in my series ‘The 11th Percent,’ which will eventually be seven books. I still love it; I go back and read the chapters every now and then. I’m still fascinated that I had such material in me, because for a long time, I didn’t think I could do it. Terrick1I had a couple of abandoned novels that (in my mind at that point) attested to that fact. But I no longer think that way. I once had ‘proof’ that I couldn’t do it, but now I have proof that I CAN do it. The proof is in the form of Book One, The 11th Percent, as well as Book Two, Item and Time.

What type of books do you write and do they fulfill your reader’s needs?

Paranormal Fiction. I would even go as far as to say Paranormal Mystery. And even though it’s based in North Carolina, I don’t rigidly consider it ‘Southern.’ Anybody can love paranormal, and anybody can love mystery. I don’t consider it Southern paranormal. Not really. It would probably be more accurate to say that it’s paranormal suspense, told from the perspective of a Southern writer. As far as fulfilling my reader’s needs—I would like to think so! They get high praise from the people that read them, so I’d like to think that I’m on the right track!

Would you like to feature a book, if so which one?  Tell us about it?

I would like to feature both of the books in my series at this time! Book One, The 11th Percent, introduces Jonah Rowe. He is just a normal guy; an everyman. Doesn’t have an Olympian physique, doesn’t have eidetic knowledge of everything under the sun—just an everyday guy. His life is turned inside out when he learns that he is an Eleventh Percenter, someone who has access to the “Eleventh Percent” of their brain, which allows them to interact with and influence the spirit world. He learns new things about himself, as well as how the ability isn’t always used for good. The second book, Item and Time, has Jonah, who has grown somewhat accustomed to life as an Eleventh Percenter, come across a very strange woman who warns him that she is in grave danger that involves “time.” She goes on to tell him that since she is in danger, he is in danger as well. Not only must he decipher what that means, but he also must discover the danger itself.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

My first drafts usually take a couple of months. They are by far the easiest part for me (laughs).

Do you plot or not, if so why?

I don’t do in depth plot lines; my mind just doesn’t work that way. What I do is sit down and create bullet points of everything I want to cover, and then expand the bullets as I write. I don’t do a great deal of planning beyond the bullet points because they give me room to expand and experiment with my story. Rigid outlining and plotting tend to stifle my ideas. I did 2500 words a day, not rising until that was met. I write the entire book freehand, and then type it as is. Then I do the revisions. This is the process that works best for me.

Do you write in 1st or 3rd person, or have you do both?

I love 3rd person. Not a knock to 1st person, but it’s not really my thing. In my opinion, you learn more characters when the story is done from the 3rd person perspective. It’s just fun for me to do my stories in that manner.

How do you edit your work?  Do you leave your draft alone for a while or edit as you write?

It’s funny. When I tried to edit as I went, I nearly drove myself crazy. It was a nightmare, and almost made the writing feel like one long chore. And yet, it nags me when I see errors. So on occasion, I’ll change something while in the process, but I try not to make too many changes. When my draft is done, I leave for a bit; one week minimum, two weeks maximum. Then I come back with a significantly fresher perspective, and do the edits.

I can totally agree with you there Terrick 🙂

What type of people/readers do you market your books too?

Eighteen plus, who love paranormal stories with elements of mystery and suspense. Both appear in my books quite frequently.

Do you self-publish or have you worked with an Agent/Publisher?

I self-publish. I shopped The 11th Percent to agents and publishers, but they all shot it down. The main consensus—and I heard this about fifty, sixty times—was that my concept didn’t fit their lists. That complaint became a broken record for me, and it was pretty discouraging and demoralizing. But then I read something from an indie author that entirely changed my perspective. She said, “When your work is judged based on marketability instead of artistic merit, you need to re-evaluate the avenue in which you’re trying to showcase your work.” It changed everything for me, and I made the decision to become indie that day.

Nice one Terrick.  After all why should publishing houses tell us what we should be reading.  Personally I prefer to pick what I want, not what they want to offer.  Go INDIES 

How do you promote your writing?

Any and every way that I can! Through Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, independent bookstores, touting other authors, sharing information, giving away free copies in exchange for honest reviews… you name it!

Where can we buy your books?

They are available on Amazon, in ebook and softcover form!

Who are your favourite authors?

Beverly Cleary, Lynn Reid Banks, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, JK Rowling, Meg Cabot, James Patterson, Elizabeth Wyke, Nat Russo, Alan J. Garner, Matthew Arkin, Cynthia Witherspoon, Patti Roberts

Links The 11th Percent (Book 1)

KINDLE US: http://amzn.to/1tE41Kk

KINDLE UK: http://amzn.to/1wKdsa8

KINDLE AU: http://bit.ly/1nU54VG

KINDLE CA: http://amzn.to/1yKu9mY

Item and Time (Book 2)

Kindle US: http://amzn.to/1Jbm3dO

Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/1FkeVHl

Kindle AU: http://bit.ly/1PS5g53

Kindle FR: http://amzn.to/1LQbhZK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorthmorris?fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9816891.T_H_Morris

Website:http://11thpercentseries.weebly.com

Twitter: @terrick_j

Do you have any more information you’d like to share with us?

Just advice that I like to give to aspiring writers, or people who may want to, but aren’t quite sure: Always remember why you love writing. Know it, have it in your heart, and keep it close. It will help you when people try to discourage you by remarking on how ‘tough’ the business is. It will reassure when you come across people that aren’t fond of your work (and you won’t please everyone. It’s simply not going to happen). Never, never lose the excitement that you have for creating. And lastly, just write. Write all the time. Write, and keep writing, until your story is finished. And when you have written all you possibly can, write some more.

 It sounds like you have had an incredible journey so far Terrick. Thank you for sharing it with you and best wishes to you in the future with your writing.

 

                                                 

 

                                                                         

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11737890_1468927443417568_360699220842625103_nIf you are an author of Contemporary Romance or part of a Blog Tour for Indie Authors please let me know and I will post your Interview or Blog post to my site and share. This is a cross promo idea from the love Jessica Wren on Facebook. Look forward to meeting you all.

Interview with Author Francis Powell

I recently had the opportunity to interview Francis Powell author of ‘Flight of Destiny.’

Francis PowellHello Francis welcome to my blog.  Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in a “dormitory town” called Reading, not famous for much, apart from a huge Rock festival, and for the fact that Oscar Wilde was sent to prison there and wrote “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”. My family then moved to a farm in the country, in Sussex, not too far from London. I was sent aged eight, to a boarding school, so I would spend long periods away from my family.  Imagine having regular prison sentences, imposed upon you, as a child. At some of the schools I attended, there were psychotic teachers and cruel nasty children.  I used to count the days when I could be reunited with my family.  I became a recluse in the art room and painting was my salvation. I had a teacher who encouraged me to paint and introduced me to various artists, including Kandinsky. I went from austere harsh boarding schools to Art College, a very different environment.

What bought you to the world of writing?

I moved to a remote village in Austria. It was not far from Vienna, but a very oppressive and strange environment. I thought I should try writing a book. I launched into it…nothing came of it. I do many creative activities, painting as well as writing music. Writing lay dormant, put to one side. Then later, living in Paris at this point in time, via an advert, I made contact with a man called Alan Clark, who had a literary magazine called “Rat Mort” (dead rat).  I submitted four short stories for this magazine, encouraged by Alan, I began to write more and more short stories, and developed a style…I guess if I compare these stories to earlier efforts at writing…there has been a huge development…I am sure my early attempts were imaginative but raw.

What is your first book and what do you think of it now?

Flight of DestinyMy first published book called ‘Flight of Destiny’ is a collection of short stories about misfortune. They are characterized by unexpected final twists that come at the end of each tale. They are dark and surreal tales, set around the world, at different time periods. They show a world in which anything can happen. It is hard to determine reality and what is going on a disturbed mind. People’s conceptions about morality are turned upside down. A good person can be transformed by an unexpected event into a bad person and then back again to their former state. The high and mighty often deliver flawed arguments, those considered wicked make good representations of themselves. Revenge is often a subject explored.  

What type of books do you write and do they fulfill your reader’s needs?

I write short stories. They are dark and surreal. They usually have an unexpected twist at the end.  If the reader is enthralled enough to want to get to the end of the story and is entertained by the story, then the story has worked.  I see my readers as being the types who stuck away in dingy bedsits, who never go out, not even open the curtains in the morning. I write about outsiders, freaks, odd balls, people rejected by society.  Maybe there are a few readers that fit this description…out there…

Would you like to feature a book, if so which one?  Tell us about it?

I would more like to feature one of my short stories. It is called ‘Bugeyes.’  We live in a world of body image stereo types, are perpetuated by the media. Those unfortunate beings, born with abnormalities, could face a lifetime of cruel jokes, and in this story’s case rejection. Bug-eyes is rejected moments after being born, due to his overly large eyes. He is born into an aristocratically inbred family. Shunned by his own family he brought up by the family’s gamekeeper. As I said before I am championing the outsiders of this world.   

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

This is hard, no impossible to answer. Each story could be different.

Do you plot or not, if so why?

Not really. I have a rough idea for a story. The story then swirls around in  my head…I can be anywhere…I really live with my stories for a while…moving them on…working out which direction they are going. Sometimes a whole story can be inspired by the name of a character ‘Bug-eyes.’  The first sentence is crucial to me, for example my story ‘Bug-eyes’ begins with… Bug-eyes was due a life of toil. Seed begins with Captain Spender’s wife was ovulating.  ‘Cast from Hell’ begins with There it was: I was to be banished from hell. It is important I start my stories powerfully, but also end them strongly, as I said they usually have an unexpected twist. .

Do you write in 1st or 3rd person, or have you do both?

I like to do both. When I first tried writing in the 1st person, it was a challenge for me, now it comes naturally. For my story ‘Cast from Hell,’ it seemed logical to write in the 1st person.

How do you edit your work?  Do you leave your draft alone for a while or edit as you write?

I worked with two editors…for my book ‘Flight of Destiny;’ it was hard…I am from the UK, I live in France, my publishing company is American. My book is very British in character, there are a few stories influenced by my time in Paris. My stories are precious to me, I did not want to lose any subtle nuances.

What type of people/readers do you market your books to?

As I said before, I am championing the hard pressed. I don’t consider myself to be a horror writer. It is true some of my stories are very dark, but I like think they also contain elements of wit and wisdom.

Do you self-publish or have you worked with an Agent/Publisher

My book is published by Savant Books & Publications LLC; First edition (April 7, 2015)… in softback format. I have not worked with an agent. I would not mind somebody with experience to guide me.

How do you promote your writing?

I am in an ongoing promotion process. I am on facebook, I use Twitter, I trawl many websites, looking for author interviews or spotlights. I do author guest spots. I have a book trailer, that I post regularly on many sites.

It is all very frenzied.

Where can we buy your books?

http://www.amazon.com/Flight-Destiny-Francis-H-Powell/dp/0988664097/ref=la_B00WSWYVNK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434802113&sr=1-1

Who are your favourite authors?

I love the work of Rupert Thomson, who wrote ‘Dreams of Leaving,’ as well as other books. I met him when I was a new student at Art College and he and his writing has made a long lasting impression on me. I also read a book by Roald Dahl, many years ago called ‘Kiss Kiss,’ and I think this book has stayed long in my mind, and had a direct influence on Flight of Destiny, in terms of the fact that I always aim to put a twist at the end of each story, in the same way Roald Dahl does, with his short stories.

Links

https://www.facebook.com/flightofdestinyshortstories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwNl0F6095Q

http://www.amazon.com/Flight-Destiny-Francis-H-Powell/dp/0988664097/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

http://theflightofdestiny.yolasite.com/

Do you have any more information you’d like to share with us?

I am a musician, video and film maker. Any authors who would like to do a short  3 minute promotion, would be welcome to add something on my youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCatvJVJ0LIyXfOmy2_Um1mw

I also do an author to author interview exchange…writers interested just have to download the questions and send them back.

http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/download-interview-questions-for-authors.html

Thank you very much for taking time out for this Interview.  Best wishes for your book and continued success of your writing.

 

 

 

                                                 

Author 4 Author Blog Hop – Hidden Secrets by Claire Plaisted

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Hidden Secrets is the book I am showing you today.  This is the first book in my Garrett Investigation Bureau Series of which five books have been published.  I am at present re-doing the book covers and giving each book a new title to help with sales.  Enjoy

hidden secrets canvaThirty years earlier……

The testing had gone well.  Two of the women were pregnant.  He was well pleased with how his plans progressed.  It was a pity Joseph found out what he was up to.  No doubt he’d have to clean up in the not too distant future.

 His baby would be trained even compelled to learn to the highest levels; his DNA included the best of the best genes.  He couldn’t wait for the women to birth these babies.  Hopefully, this time everything would go well.  He didn’t want to lose any more whores he’d picked up off the streets.  It was the only reason Joseph found out.  Muttering angrily slamming his fists on his desk he continued to plot his babies’ lives and education.

Twenty-seven years ago……

Garrett Investigations Bureau had grown substantially over the last twenty-four years.  Head office was in New York along with a training ground at Trengrove. 

Joseph Garrett started the business in late 1985 to investigate people who thought themselves above the law.  Working along-side government agencies his agents helped bring down hundreds of diabolical people.  Sadly in 2010 Joseph Garrett was murdered leaving the business to his son Malachy, who was one of his top field agents. 

Now……..

Malachy’s worst nightmare had come true.  He felt like an office droid, hating every single moment of the paperwork. He’d never wanted to be the boss. He’d enjoyed the field work far too much.

 

CHAPTER ONE

Irritated, she couldn’t explain why everything was going so wrong. Just for once it’d be good to have positive energies in her life. Sighing deeply, she took her long slim, graceful hands from her face running them through her waist length hair. Wrenching herself out of the leather seat, she stood letting a quiet breath of frustration escape her.

Anastasia was a beautiful woman with long wavy black hair sliding over her shoulders to her derriere; emerald-green eyes usually sparkling with mischief stared around the office listlessly.  To look at Ana had a fragile frame with delicate bone structure, her face almost pixie like; a pointed jaw with high cheek bones a small straight nose. With her slim, willowy figure, many people made their first mistake; she wasn’t weak at all; men soon amended their ideas quickly. Ana was a strong woman who weight lifted more than twice her body weight.  She loved to see the shocked faces of her work mates during her training. Ana knew she’d many extraordinary skills.

Anastasia paced angrily in Malachy’s office, lifting precious items off shelves, putting them down none too gently.  Flicking through Mal’s collection of books, she noted they looked exceptionally old.  She’d never seen so many before; at home she only read e-books.

The office door jolted open making her jump swinging round, the little colour she had quickly draining from her face as she stared at the most intriguing male she’d ever known.  Snapping shut the door with gentle force she realise she was in big trouble.

“What the hell do you think you’re playing at Ana? For god’s sake that was just dumb. You’re meant to be my top agent,” he stormed.

How did he do this to her time after time, her heart pattered quickly at the sight of him, his melodious voice stirring her.

“Hi Malachy,” she said softly.

“Is that all you can say,” he flung back furiously, throwing files on his desk. “What’s the matter Ana? I’m sure you do this on purpose just to irritate me.”

“Wrong Malachy,” she replied calmly, lifting her chin looking him straight in the eyes “I’d not intended this to happen.” Shoving her hands in her jeans pockets, she turned away stalking angrily over to the floor to ceiling windows looking out over their bustling city.  Calmer now; Malachy looked at her lithe body partly in shadow. “What did you intend?  You must have known it’d end in disaster.” He said softly as he calmly walked over to her.

Standing side by side they watched as darkness rolled across the sky, night beginning to draw in, street lights flickering on.

“What am I going to do with you Ana?  Everything you touch recently turns into a riot to some degree.  It’s as if you have a death wish,” turning he looked down into her perfect green cats’ eyes.  She felt herself tremble as he lifted her chin, wondering why Malachy suddenly affected her this way.  She couldn’t move.  It was like the headlights of a car immobilised her.

“Mal I just need to find out why this happened.  I promise I won’t screw up again.” His thumb smoothed its way across her lips; her heart stuttering, Ana knew she needed to step back though she didn’t have the willpower to do so.

Her lips were so soft to touch, without thinking Malachy lowered his mouth to hers, pressing gently his lips slid enticingly across her firm, lush lips as his finger had, enjoying her taste.  Her shiver made him pull back, realising with an explosive breath what he’d done.

“Apologies Anastasia, I’d not meant to do that, it won’t happen again.” Malachy turned walking quickly back to his desk sitting on the corner he wondered distractedly what to do.

She was sharper than any agent he had. Quick on her feet, intelligent with a great talent for hiding in plain sight, how people missed her he couldn’t understand. His body craved her in a way he didn’t comprehend. Crossing his arms, he tried to calm his breathing.  Glancing up towards Ana, he watched her lift her head, her emotions once again in check.

“Mal, let me sort out my own mess.  I need to finish gathering the evidence, or this case will be closed unfinished.  I won’t let those bastards getaway.  I want to see them go down for good.”

“They know who you are Ana, you were bloody lucky to get out with your life last night, never mind without a bloody scratch.”

“You know my talent Mal.  You know I can do this.  They won’t recognise me at all.  I promise no mistakes this time.”

Malachy sighed disgusted with himself knowing damn well she was right. “This is your last opportunity Ana, screw up and you’ll be on leave back to the training ground where you’ll stay until everyone agrees you’re ready.”

“Yes sir,” she replied, a bright grin lighting up her face.  A beauty Malachy was fighting hard to avoid.

“Get out of here Ana, finish your assignment.  Once done get your ass to Trengrove. Don’t forget I want your report on my desk by week’s end.”

Head held high she strode out of his office without looking at him, still she felt eyes and smirks on her as she walked through the outer offices. They were all probably wondering what she’d done this time. 

About Author

Hi my name is Claire Plaisted and I live in New Zealand.  I am married to a most wonderful man and we have three children and two cats.  I am the author of many different genre’s of books.  They include Garrett Investigation Bureau which is a series of books about the people who work within the agency.  Mystery, Steamy Romance with lots of twists and turns.  I also have several short stories, on is a Thriller called “The Diary of an Psychotic Killer.”  I also a young teens book called “Zoe’s Journey,” along with a book based on what my youngest daughter would have been like if she had survived infancy.  I have also written Fantasy and two Contemporary Romance Novella’s under  the name Beth Bayley.

My first love is Family History which I research and format books for clients along with formatting books for those who wish to self publish

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