Interview with Inion N. Mathair: From The Dark and Twisted Mind of Inion N. Mathair

(Dark+and+Twisted+Mind)+Front+CoverIt’s my pleasure today to have Inion N. Mathair over to talk about their latest book, From the Dark and Twisted Mind of Inion N. Mathair. As I said on Friday when they interviewed me about Midnight Abyss, these two ladies were one of the first to follow me when I started blogging a year ago and they’ve been nothing but supportive.

So I’m thrilled to be able to welcome them and support them back! I highly recommend you check out their blog, Two voices…One Thought.

Now on to the interview=)

Welcome Inion N. Mathair. It’s wonderful to have you here for my first interview.

          INM: Thank you for having us, Jennifer. We can’t tell you what an honor it is to be here on Adventure Awaits for our first interview regarding our short story collection.

Your other two books are novels, this one’s a short story collection. What inspired you to put this book together?

          INM: We are always writing. In between our novels, we prefer doing short stories to keep our minds churning and the creative juices flowing. When Halloween rolled around we figured it would be a great venue to launch the dark stories we’d written, as you very well know with your short story anthology, Midnight Abyss.

Considering the title, is this a horror book?

          INM: Yes. But, we’ve always had a dark edge to our writing that we’ve embraced rather than shy away from. The collection was just a few of the ideas we had running around our twisted minds while working on our novels.

What kind of stories can we look forward to? (Not asking for spoilers but if you’d like to put in a short clip, that’s cool).

          INM: We’ve tried to incorporate all kinds of different horrors. There are a few psychological thrillers, some otherworldly villains with a splash of traditional scares as well. This is an excerpt from the first tale entitled, The Confession:

“Bless me, father, for I have sinned.”

“Tell me your sins, my son.”

The stranger sighs, “I should, Father. It would be so comforting to unload these burdens on someone who could offer me absolution, but I’m afraid that there are some sins that can’t be confessed, some souls that shouldn’t be forgiven.”

How intriguing=)

How long have the two of you been writing together?

          INM: A little over six years, but separately the two of us have been writing most of our lives.

Do you have any other writing projects that we can look forward to?

INM: Yes, we have two YA novels available right now, The Perfect 7 and Nightwalkers: The Secret of Jessup. In spring we’ll also be launching our MG/YA novel New Salem Chronicles: The 13 Reapers.

You are a mother and daughter writing team. Tell us a little about how that works.

          INM: We couldn’t have started a writing duo had we not have had an excellent mother/daughter relationship. We’ve always been close, best friends really, and our minds are eerily similar. We’ve found a formula that works and is almost effortless. Of course, there are times when tussles arise (most of the time that’s due to a lack of sleep), but the beauty of Inion N. Mathair is the love that we feel for each other. For us, the most important thing is our bond, but we’re professionals first and foremost so the work is never neglected.

That’s awesome. I don’t know many people who’d call writing with another person effortless.

Do you have any suggestions for writers interested in co-authoring a book?

          INM: Communication is key. Always keep an open line and an open mind when working with another author.

Do you have a writing routine?

          INM: Before a story is ever written, we have a powwow and talk it out. The blueprinting comes next, (this is actually Inion’s favorite part) and then we assign chapters based on our strengths and weaknesses. Inion will usually go for the action sequences, recaps and big endings, while I prefer eye-catching openings, dialogue and romance/drama.

What influences your writing?

          INM: Anything and everything really. We’ve noticed that it’s the stranger things in life that revs our engine and we love being challenged. One of our short stories in the collection was inspired by a poem that we wrote and that has been entered in the Tennessee Williams poetry contest. Another one of the short stories was a challenge from my son and Inion’s brother for a zombie story with wicked twist. What’s great about art is that inspiration can come from anywhere.

Sounds awesome! Here are the links for anyone who’d like to find out more about From the Dark and Twisted Mind.

Links:

Facebook:

Inion N Mathair

From the Dark and Twisted Mind

Twitter:

@InionNMathair

Blog:

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Print Copy:

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Thank you so much Inion N. Mathair! I look forward to reading you collection of stories=)

Blessings,

Jennifer

Interview Swap!

MACover-DraftFinalOver the last couple weeks I’ve shared my excitement over working with others to self publish the short story collection Midnight Abyss. So many people have come along side the other authors and I to help us make this a reality. It’s blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined.

Today, Inion N. Mathair have added to that blessing. They’re running an interview over on their blog, Two Voices…One Thought.

Now here’s the cool part. On Monday, I get to repay that blessing a bit by interviewing Inion N. Mathair about their own short story collection, From the Dark and Twisted Mind of Inion N. Mathair.

These two ladies were one of the first to follow me when I started blogging and they were one of the first I followed. They’re an inspiration to me and it thrills me to have them as my first interview.

So if you have a chance, stop in to say hello to them today. And on Monday, be sure to stop by to find out more about their newest book.

Blessings and have an amazing weekend,

Jennifer

Halloween Excitement

MACover-DraftFinalThe ghouls and goblins are out in force today and, working at a candy shop, this makes Halloween all the more fun=)

But, to be honest, I’ve not joined in on the festivities of Halloween for several years. I’ve not dressed up or given out candy. This year, I’m buying a bag of candy to celebrate even if I don’t see any trick-or-treaters. I think the family and I are even dressing up as pirates and raising the Jolly Roger to kick off the morning!

Today marks the first time I’ve ever been published. Midnight Abyss became available on Amazon this morning=) And the experience of self-publishing with eight other people could not have been better for me. So I’m doing a happy dance right now=)

For those who haven’t tuned in for a while, Karen Soutar’s running an interview over on her blog today covering the book and me as a writer. If you’re curious or like dark fantasy and horror, hop on over and say hello to her. She’s been amazingly supportive.

So…

Thank you, Karen.

And I hope all of you have a wonderfully delicious Halloween. May something special happen today=)

Blessings,

Jennifer

Meet Raymond Tobaygo (1 day before book launch!)

MACover-DraftFinalYay, this is the last day before Midnight Abyss comes out! By now, you’re probably tired of hearing about it=) but bear with me a bit longer so I can introduce Raymond Tobaygo, who’s kind of a hero to me because for a good portion of the time we’ve been working on the book, Ray’s been sick, but he’s still put forth the effort to be a part of the collaboration. It’s a wonderful witness to me of someone doing what they love without excuses.

So here’s Ray:

Raymond Tobaygo’s favorite genres are science fiction, science fantasy, fantasy and horror. His favorite authors rayare Bear, Bradbury, Bova, Clancey, Koontz and Herbert. He is an active member of the Writer’s Carnival, writing workshop community. He also belongs to Writer’s Digest and Fanstory. Raymond is sixty-six years old, and is a former teacher with a Masters degree in education and psychology.

Raymond’s story is titled Aldrich.

Short Clip from Aldrich:

Confusion overrode fear as Bladwin, Tomkins and Bromartin moved toward the noise’s source. Torches waist high, they came upon small piles of black sulfur powder and several large circular prints, but nothing more. They returned to the other men and told of what they had found.
“If it bleeds sulfur, we can kill it,” Bromartin said…

Summary:

‘Aldrich’ is a fusion of fantasy and horror. It’s a tale of honor-bound men battling a terrible threat.

-This story has a nice mix of history, including some details from the crusades and the blessings from the church, and fantastical elements to intrigue the mind=)

Blessings,

Jennifer

Meet Gregory K. Shipman (2 days before book launch)

MACover-DraftFinalFor this, 2 days before Midnight Abyss arrives, I’d like to introduce Gregory K. Shipman. Now Greg’s writing has a voice to it that I absolutely love. Probably because I couldn’t duplicate it even if I tried=)

Here’s Greg:

A native East Baltimorean but now a Fairbanks, Alaska resident, Gregory K. Shipman has agks headshot deux day job, which often extends into the evening hours. His passion is writing about the steamy, noir side of life… past, present and future. He has yet to earn a dime from his scribbles but has the satisfaction of knowing its all non-taxable.

Greg is an active member of the on-line Writer’s Carnival, the Community Writer’s Group of Fairbanks and a board member of The Fairbanks Drama Association.

He lives a life of hardly quiet desperation with his pet laptop and unreliable Jeep. He enjoys Jazz, Blues, Theater and the occasional diabetic coma…

One of Greg’s pieces in Midnight Abyss is called Debt Collectors.

Short Clip:

“Good evening,” she says, after hearing a melodic ‘Hello?’ in her earpiece, “may I speak to Mr. Furr please?”
“This is he. Or him, if you prefer.”
“Mr. Furr, I am required by law to inform you this is an attempt to collect a debt.”
“Oh my. Whom do I owe money?”
Roberta feels a chill from the penetrating voice. Although it is deep and melodic, she has the sense of someone running their nails across a blackboard.

Summary:

‘What-If’s’ are such interesting scenarios… know what I mean?
Some debt collectors are predators, and they treat those they collect from as prey. But
what if there is one who isn’t prey, and never will be? What if that one is not only a
predator, but the Apex Predator? What if that one stalks his prey by allowing himself to
be stalked?
Some ‘What-If’ scenarios are not only interesting, but also a delicious form of dark
justice… know what I mean?

-I didn’t see the ending to this story until I read it, which kind of makes this one of my favorites. Be sure to check it out=)

Blessings,

Jennifer

Meet Matthew X. Gomez (3 days before book launch)

MACover-DraftFinalWelcome to Monday. Today, 3 days before Midnight Abyss, I’d like to introduce to you Matthew X. Gomez. Matthew tends to write fantasy like I do but, in my opinion, is much better at his fight scenes. Maybe because he knows how to fence. Who knows.

So here’s Matthew:

Matthew was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, though he knew inexplicably finds himself much Matt headshotfurther south than he ever anticipated. Now he lives in Columbia, Maryland (not far from the pit of despair that is Washington, DC), with his wife, two children, and two cats.

He’s been writing for forever, getting his real start writing for a number of student run publications in high school and college. He has been previously published by Death Throes and Dark Futures. His work can frequently be encountered at writerscarnival.ca.

He possesses a number of esoteric skills, not the least being fencing and historic swordplay, which, if he weren’t a writer, would be pretty useless.

Matt hopes to have an anthology of his own short stories out in 2014.

One of Matt’s pieces is titled Comes a Slayer.

To give you a taste:

“You are a slayer?” he asked, speaking the ancient language of the dragons. “Come to slay the dragon, man-meat?” he asked this time in the language common to the area, though his accent was strange. As he stepped closer, I saw the red scales covering his arms, legs, chest and neck, saw where his hands ended in black talons. “Could be I have,” I replied, in dragon.

Summary:

Out in the hinterlands, far from civilization, a dragon has awoken, ravaging the countryside. A man, not quite a hero, has traveled far to kill it, though not for the reason you might think.

-So we even have a dragon in Midnight Abyss=)

Blessings,

Jennifer

Oops, My Count’s Off…(4 days before book launch)

MACover-DraftFinalSo, when I started this countdown, my intention was to introduce the other authors of Midnight Abyss. I simply ran with the thought that there are nine authors…it didn’t even cross my mind that the nine included myself. So on this beautiful Sunday, I’ll put myself in here to keep the count right but I’ll keep it brief=)

Most of you know a bit about me already. For those of you who don’t, here’s a short bio:

My full name’s Jennifer M. Zeiger. I’ve wanted to write novels since the seventh grade. Why then? Because that’s when I finally figured out reading DSC_0098and stopped having to guess on my tests. I found a world of magic in books. So although I’ve worked in retail, candy making, rock
climbing…really my true passion lies in writing.

I live in the beautiful state of Colorado with my husband, dog and two cats. I graduated with my Bachelors in English in 2008 with minors in Accounting and Recreation. (Gotta have a mix of everything, right? It helps the writing.) For inspiration, I love to read John Flanagan, Brent Weeks, Anne Mccaffrey, Cassandra Clare, and Brandon Sanderson. Fantasy with a little scifi mixed in=)

One of the stories I wrote for Midnight Abyss is titled Orbs.

Short clip:

Miro screamed and screamed. They hadn’t finished tying the rope off. His weight tore it loose, and it flapped behind him like some mindless tail. Snatching at Miro’s feet, Shira pulled him against her chest and gave her wings a flap. It slowed their fall but the combined weight ripped tendons. Shira sobbed as she attempted another flap. Something snapped in her back and fierce pain lanced into her spine.”

Summary:

Shira’s world is falling apart, freezing every night to the point that the earth is breaking apart. The only thing capable of holding off the cold are the orbs the Fliers hold in their home but, when Shira’s friend asks for an orb to save his life, she must decide between her own people and the people dying of the cold.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend=)

Blessings,

Jennifer