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Ellen Jacobson, Author Interview

Today, I’m interviewing one of my co-authors from our fantasy anthology Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, hosted from The Insecure Writers Support Group and graciously published via Dancing Lemur Press in May of this year. The theme for this year’s anthology was a lost hero, and it’s been fascinating to discover how twelve different writers approached all the many things those two words invoked.

Welcome, Ellen Jacobson, author of The Silvering.


Hi, Ellen! What sparked your idea of a lost hero?

I woke up in the middle of the night after having a really vivid dream about a strange world where mysterious things happen to my main character, Caestu. At first, I didn’t necessarily envision Caestu as a lost hero, but as the story unfolded, it became clear that he had a tough choice to make – conform to what society expects of him or rebel against its control and oppression of others.


What was the hardest part to write?

The ending. I couldn’t find a satisfactory way to wrap things up, and I’m still not satisfied with the ending. I think I have a lot more of the story to tell and having to cap it at 5,000 words forced me to end it prematurely. Perhaps I’ll turn it into a novella or novel one day and give it a proper ending.


What is your preferred genre to write in? Why?

I started out writing a cozy mystery (which I’ve been working on for ages), but I’ve always had a ton of ideas for science fiction/fantasy stories. The Silvering was my first attempt to write in that genre and I really enjoyed it. I love the idea of not being constrained by how things are supposed to work in the real world and the freedom to imagine new worlds, cultures and peoples.


Is there a theme to your writing as a whole/What is your writing strong point? 

Because I’m a novice writer, I can’t say that there is a theme or strong point. I’ve only completed one thing so far – my story in the anthology. Ask me again in a few years. Hopefully, I’ll have typed “The End” on another manuscript and can maybe identify a theme or strong point.


What is your favorite book? Why?

I can never answer questions like this. It’s way too hard to narrow things down to just one book. What I can tell you is that there are some books that I’ve re-read, which I guess makes them favorites in a way, such as anything by Octavia Butler or Iain Banks, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers’ books are also fun to re-read.


Was there something about the prompt ‘Lost Hero’ that grabbed you?

I had actually started writing my story before the anthology theme was announced, so it didn’t really grab me in that sense. I do think it’s a great theme and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s take on it.


If your lost hero had a theme song, what would it be?

They’re not allowed to sing in Caestu’s society, so he wouldn’t have a theme song. Actually, I don’t know if they’re allowed to sing or not, but I can see that being prohibited. This may be something I explore if I turn The Silvering into a novella or novel at some point.


Thanks, Ellen!

Connect with Ellen via Facebook, her blog, or Google+.



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The Scribe (a book review)

I recently got a subscription to SCRIBD. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a monthly service where you can download and read an unlimited amount of books.

I swooped up several in the first browse. If you remember from a previous post, I was super eager to read Trial By Fire, by Josephine Angelini. I’d downloaded the first six chapters for free and got swept into it. Maddeningly, the book wasn’t available on SCRIBD when it was released September 2nd. In retaliation, I began THE SCRIBE, by Elizabeth Hunter.

HAHA! The first book I read from SCRIBD is called The Scribe.

I’m a little lost on all the subsets of the fantasy genre. I’d call this Urban, but I think she terms it Contemporary. Either way, it was good.

My biggest complaint was the amount of time it took to understand the titles and ‘secret’ explanation. I seriously thought I’d missed a couple books. You find out what the author’s not talking about when the protagonist does, which is pretty far into the book. It wasn’t a great shock, but finally, I could relax into the story and let it run. Should I reveal? I don’t know. Maybe it’ll be a great shock and wonderful twist for someone else.

But it really was a good story. 4 stars. Probably would have been 5 if not for that big flaw. I want a leading man like that of my very own. I do. And as far as whirlwind marriages go, this one was pretty believable. I loved the main character. She was smart and sarcastic. When flaws showed, it wasn’t dwelled on. I really enjoyed that there was both his and her points of view, too. The whole story flowed nicely.

I cried at the end.

And the next morning, got the second book THE SINGER.

The Dryad (short story)

THE DRYAD: a family at odds doesn’t realize they’re being watched, or that this camping trip may change them.

by L. Nahay

I just published my urban fantasy short story, THE DRYAD, on Amazon 🙂 Available for $0.99!

What’s the point of a blog if I can’t give some details? Even a short story has a story.

I think my first time camping was with my gym class in high school. Do you remember yours? Maybe you aren’t an outdoor person. That’s ok. That’s what writers are for (haha).

Here’s me, one of my first trips after moving to Colorado. I’m in Rocky Mountain National Park. Doing what? Reading 🙂 See the book in my lap? I’m outside. No people. And a book. That was almost heaven.


More noteworthy, and relevant, however, is the first time I took the boys camping. That was powerful. Booger #1 was maybe three, #2 was approaching 2. Wow, the earth definitely called to them. Streaked with dirt and hunting bugs. In the mountains, bundled up in winter coats and hats and sleeping bags, and it was the first time they ever slept through the night. Life and other stuff has gotten in the way, so we haven’t gone as much as we need to in the last couple years, but I remember that first time a lot, and regret that I hadn’t started them out much sooner.

What if your attempts to teach your children are thwarted, though?Thank all that’s holy that you’re being watched, then 😉 . In the trees, your stalkers (these stalkers) could be your best allies.

I have a thing for trees. I’m staring and taking pictures constantly. The tree on the cover is one I discovered at the Belle Meade Plantation in Tennessee. Even if I hadn’t drank the really good wine from the dude with the magic voice, I’d have been stunned by this tree.  (Oh yes, dude had a magic voice. I’d have sat there and listened to him speak for forever. Pretty sure that’s why he got wine duty. I’m not a wine person.)


Look at the roots on top of the ground! It was immediately the cover for this little short. Entitled THE DRYAD. Which is a tree spirit. Which is about trees.

Everything matters.

In THE DRYAD, my poem, And The Water, is referenced. I heard those words while driving through (trees) on the way to way-north Wisconsin. I was thinking ahead about finding time to leave a canoeing group we were meeting up with and heading further way-north to see Lake Superior, and those words began calling. Lake Superior began calling. That was a brilliant whoa moment. Brilliant as in your vision sharpens and goes hazy at the same time, and everything gets brighter. My mom was driving with me, or I’d have pulled over to write it. Instead, I repeated it over and over for the six hour drive. Writers don’t necessarily write while sitting at the computer.

If you’d like to read And The Water in full Click here.

And oh yes, I definitely listened and escaped the group with the Boogers. Water was bitter freaking cold but I knew I had to go in (I am here). Crystal clear, too.

Not-Pretty unicorns are referenced, too 🙂 (Pssst…Red Moonglow on Snow…..)

Are you an outdoor person? Where’s your favorite spot?

(re)Discovering Goodreads

Oh yes, I joined Goodreads long ago. And, like every good obedient author, I formed my author page.

I tried to.

It was not user friendly or very intuitive. I got so frustrated, I gave up, never went back.

Last week, I returned. Suddenly, everything I tried to do last year was right there. I was able to link up my blog posts from Midnight Tomorrow, delete my crappy original cover, pretty up my bio. If I remember correctly, Amazon bought them, and the change is noticeable. And good. You’re even able to sync up your Amazon book purchases to Goodreads, making it easier to show your reviews and your reads. All completed in under an hour!

I even had time to click on some adds and explore some new books.

I never do pre-releases. I hate pausing. If I like something, I want to read it until it’s finished. But, I got suckered: Trial By Fire, by Josephine Angelini. It had a pretty amazing cover. Release date is (now) tomorrow, and the storyline seemed pretty innovative. Edgy YA. Sounds like what I’m in the mood for.

by Josephine Angelini

From her website (which I’m so envious of), was a link to download the first 6 chapters for free from all the major e- platforms.  That was pretty exciting. Had I had to wait till tomorrow, you know I’d have forgotten all about it. Click here for the direct link to Amazon for chapters 1-6.

Really looking forward to finishing it. I recently finished the All Souls trilogy (last one makes it excellent), where the witch is a my-age historian of alchemy. This one has a teenager who loves physics, which appears to be the law of witchcraft. Very, very interesting. I can’t remember a thing I learned about physics.

Anyway, one day more! (I rarely subscribe to the virtue of patience)

Thanks, Goodreads! (thanks, Goodreads)

Snow, like a Symbol


It’s snowing. I’m not going to explain. Go read the book 🙂

As promised, to celebrate Lira’s monumental holiday- and the fact that the universe is syncing up with my symbolism and releasing some beautiful glittering snow- RMOS is currently on sale for $3.99!

Not only that, but it’s got a brand new, much improved cover (Thank you, Daniel, for your graphic wisdom, your patience, and your generosity).

My animated picture seems to not be working quite so easily. It’s not a video- it’s an animated picture! Love my new Samsung phone. Click on it, and you’ll see it snow.