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“Gathering In” is headed toward editing, so get ready for the Cover Reveal.

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I believe that covers should have something to do with the book they represent. For example, the cover for Life As We Knew It (Book 1 of Transformation Project) featured a mushroom cloud behind a barn with a bomb shelter sign on it. It was meant to make people think … just how ready are we for a terrorist attack? Most communities are unprepared for the scenario I set up in the book.

Then, the cover for Objects in View (Book 2) featured the same mushroom cloud in the mirror of a car that is stuck in traffic. Wouldn’t that be exactly what would happen to us in such a scenario? We all live in cities and the preppers all plan to bug out, so everybody will be on the road, trying to get away.

So now I’m getting ready for the third book in the series, A Threatening Fragility. Watch for the cover reveal on August 30. You can join us on Facebook and sign up for the Rafflecopter giveaway if you’re interested.

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A Threatening Fragility, the third book in the Transformation Project series, will head to the beta readers next week. It should be published this fall. Soon, the cover will be ready for preview.

I recently took a couple of weeks mostly off social media to complete the working draft of the book. I reached a point where I recognized that maintaining my Twitter page was costing me time I needed to finish the book.

This book’s journey has been a more complicated than previous novels. When I published Objects in View (Book 2 of the same series) almost a year ago, I planned to turn my attention to the 3rd book in my fantasy series, Daermad Cycle, but I struggled to keep my attention on the project. I’m writing it and what I am producing is good, but I’ve had trouble concentrating on my stated primary project. I’ve written two short stories and revisited a literary fiction in my back catalog. Eventually, A Threatening Fragility won first place in this multi-pronged writing exploration. The point is to produce quality books, not to follow some predetermined publication schedule that risks causing writer’s block, which might impact my ability to produce quality books. This is the biggest advantage of being an independent author. My publishing cooperative doesn’t hold me to the same conditions a traditional publisher might.

If you’re a fan of Daermad Cycle, it’s likely you’ll need to wait until sometime in 2018 for Fount of Wraiths, but it will be good. Like fine wine, fine fantasy takes time.

If you’re a fan of the Transformation series, you can soon find out if Cai survives the Army’s search for him, if Shane kicks Rob’s butt for drugging him, if the farmers can hang onto their crops, and who is going to win the presidential wrestling match. Things are turning dark on the Kansas prairie. Come see how the people of Emmaus cope. For those unfamiliar with the series, it could be termed a libertarian apocalyptic. I don’t look for government to rescue people if society goes off the rails, but I believe powerfully in people being the heroes in their own story … individuals cooperating with other individuals to find their way to a better place. I also believe that human beings are varied in their skills and ability to cope. People who are nice in times of plenty may become evil when pressed by starvation or imbued with power. Come see how that works out in the book when it publishes sometime this fall.

 

Guest Spot – Meet @lelamarkham #SciFi #Fantasy Author #TuesdayBookBlog   Leave a comment

Shelley Wilson Interviewed Lela Markham

 
It’s my pleasure to introduce, Lela Markam, fantasy and sci-fi author on to my blog today for a chat about her new book, and gathering inspiration from the headlines. Over to Lela…

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born, raised and chose to live in Alaska. I’ve travelled, but this is home and an adventure like none other. It’s the one place I’ve been in the world where you can live in a modern city and be out in the deep woods with the man-eating animals with only a half-hour drive.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had all sorts of different ideas. My dad was a chef and my mother was a diner waitress. I knew I didn’t want to do THAT for a living. I studied to be a journalist and was a reporter for the town newspaper for a while.

List three words to describe yourself.

Strong minded, independent, thoughtful.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

If she were still alive … Katherine Hepburn

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

Coffee and toast.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I’ve always been partial to telekinesis.

The Sensible Side:

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?  What do you do when you’re not writing?)

I’m a wife, mother and full-time employee. I work as an administrator in transportation. I started telling tales from the time I could talk. I started to write them down in the 5th grade. I’ve always sort of known I wanted to be a writer. I tried journalism, but I love novels.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading, quilting, and watching television with my family, cooking, or helping with home improvement projects. In the summer, we do a lot of hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. I blog on political philosophy, faith, writing, Alaska and other topics and I offer entirely free author interviews.

Where did the inspiration for your Transformation Project series come from?

Ripped from the headlines, baby! The series title actually came from President Obama’s unfulfilled promise/threat to fundamentally transform America. My daughter (who was a teenager at the time) and I kicked around the idea of what would it take to ACTUALLY transform this country and we came up with nuclear armaggedon. We composed a cute little story about it on a road trip and then I sat down to make it into a real novel a couple of years later. I think these are scary times that we live in and there are a lot of forces working to deeply damage the society and our individual rights to decide things for ourselves.

What do you like most about writing fantasy and science fiction?

That’s a hard one because they both have their own benefits. My “science fiction” is really an apocalyptic set in today’s world just after nuclear weapons have destroyed the major cities of the US. It’s modern English with people who could be my neighbours, so it’s a lot easier to write.

On the other hand, I love the world-building that fantasy entails. I love playing with language to give it that otherworldly feel. I enjoy building a society that is different from our own.

So, which do I like most? That’s sort of like asking a mother to decide which of her children she loves more.

What was the hardest part of writing this book series?

Time moves on. The news cycle moves forward. I wish I’d known about Clinton’s email scandal before I started. Or foreseen Donald Trump? I didn’t, so now I have to sort of stick my metaphorical fingers in my ears and sing “humana-humana-humana” so that knowledge doesn’t leak into the books. I can see this getting harder as the series progresses.

Can you give us a brief excerpt from Objects in View?

Life ticked away one breath at a time as one by one they yawned and found a place to rest on the floor, backs to the walls, heads in each other’s laps or upon each other’s shoulders.

They thought they were just settling down to sleep, to wait out the toxic rain and then face what had become of their world fully rested. They didn’t sense their ensuing doom. Occasionally someone protested that it was stuffy or hot, but few others were awake to hear them.

The hours ticked by and soon all were asleep. Nobody noticed the mouse curled in the corner, breathing its last. They didn’t wake when the lights went out. The people died more slowly than the mouse, smothered by the lack of oxygen and the increasing carbon dioxide level. Bart Rawlston suffered convulsions causing his wife to open her eyes briefly, but when he stopped jerking, she soon closed her eyes and sank closer to death.

What can we expect from you in the future?  

Sometime this winter, I will publish a literary fiction novel entitled “What If … Wasn’t” which deals with a young man who has done the unforgiveable and must somehow rebuild his life after getting out of prison. I’m also working on the third book in both Transformation Project and Daermad Cycle. I’m not sure which one will win the arm wrestle for next Lela Markham novel to be published.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I sometimes feel like I am in way too many places on the web. Authors tend to be a solitary lot. Here are some of my links.

Aurorawatcher Alaska (blog)

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Amazon

Email inquiries or author interview requests to lelamarkham@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed this post. Want more? Connect with me here:  Twitter @ShelleyWilson72, Instagram or check out my Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson and http://www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog. You can also find me on Pinterest

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Writing   Leave a comment

Writing takes time and I am pouring on the gas to get Objects in View done. I just officially started the first edit of the draft this week. So, for now, you’ll see a lot of reblogs from sites and authors I (largely) agree with, but without a lot of commentary from me. I hope you enjoy them.

As for me, I’m happily busy figuring out what comes after the nuclear rain. I love when my characters do things real people would do and Shane has thoroughly surprised me with his realness and utter contradiction.

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