Hi everyone! My name is Gail Wagner. I write YA Paranormal/Fantasy. I always feel strange saying that I’m an author…mostly because this was so not on my list of things I wanted to be when I grew up. I had much different plans. Unfortunately full-time Disney Princess didn’t pan out, pop star required me to actually sing in front of a crowd and teachers have to have a knack for patience I clearly didn’t have!
So here I am, writing books! One thing I totally had going for me was the fact that I love to read. I’ve been reading since before kindergarten. It’s one of my favorite things to do, followed closely by thrift store shopping and watching Netflix marathons (Hello Chuck!).
I started my first novel in February 2009. It took me about 18 months to complete the first draft…in my defense we moved 5 times during those months. I started querying and actually got picked up by a publisher! In July, 2012, Donegal Sidhe: Army of Sorrow was published.
Since then I have been picked up by Serendipity Agency. We are in the process of partner-publishing my book Let Her Sleep (It should be out by the end of this month…cross my fingers!) and they are submitting my other novel Curiosity Killed The Crow to publishers.
As for my first book? Well it’s kind of in novel limbo. I took back the rights from publisher as we had “creative differences” and it’s waiting for a new home.
If you’d like to check out some of my writing, I am on Wattpad and both of my latest novels are partially up.
One of the best things about being an author (see there’s that word again!) is getting to interact with readers! I love to fangirl over my favorite series with other crazy fans! And if someone likes my books enough to do that, even better! For now I’ll just keep writing, because for some reason once I turned on that crazy storytelling part of my brain, I can’t seem to turn it off!
About Gail Wagner
I have always had a love of books. I was the kid you saw walking down the hall with her nose in a book, the one who read under her desk while the teacher taught, and the one who had already read all the required reading assignments just for fun. I'll read anything that stands still long enough...including the backs of shampoo bottles, should I get bored enough!
I live in the Four Corners area with my (very patient) husband, our three children, and a big black cat.
For more information check www.gailwagnerbooks.com. Stalk me on Facebook and on Twitter (@WagnerGail).
A short vignette I wrote using this image (From game, 'Child of Light') as a prompt. Using prompts to write short pieces of fiction is a great way to stretch the imagination and practice writing. Enjoy!
"Nearly there," I whispered breathlessly as I reached the crest of the hill. I let the tip of my father's sword drop to the soft soil as I took in the sight. Home. I had not seen my home in hundreds of years. My floating wispmate flipped beside me in excitement, a blue glowing orb which I named Blitz. I smiled in agreement. My parents would be pleased… they would be. Right now the royal guards would be searching for me in order to bring me back to Haven, what was supposed to be a 'temporary' living arrangement. It had been temporary for the last 500 years. This here was our true home; the tower city by the name of Celestine, with her royal palace among the clouds. How I longed to once more watch the sun rise from my room that appeared to float atop their downy whiteness. My hand clenched around the hilt of Storm Bringer. My father, the fairy king, would not be happy that I took his sword for this mission. But it would be over soon.
The landscape around Celestine was not how I remembered and it placed a dampener on my excitement. The city used to be surrounded on one side by a crystal clear lake filled with colourful dragonire fish and merhorses. The lake was now a dark ink blotch covered with a layer of grime. You could smell the dankness from where I stood. The waterfall that used to fall in to the lake all year round was not running. The forest of ancient giants used to be a marvel to behold, where shrikedoves with their long whip-like tails would soar above the cloud-brushing tree tops. They would call down to the animal friends who lived in their hidden burrows among the giant root maze. Now, the forest had retreated back from the city edge, an expanse of huge tree stumps and fallen logs now where it had once been. A tear rolled down my cheek despite my determination. I couldn't have expected it to be the same, not with those murderers living within the towers of Celestine. The city itself appeared to weep where grime seemed to slide down its once glistening towers.
I could not stand by and let this happen to my home as my parents had done. They had told me to give up, rebuild in Haven. They deserted Celestine. I was going to be more a queen than my mother and I would prove it here by taking back the city. The problem was, now that I was here, I didn't know how. Blitz hovered beside my face, his light seeming to pulse gently with his mirrored anxiety. My gravity-defying pink frizz of hair drifted across my face and I swiped at it in irritation. I curled my toes, feeling the soft soil move aside. If only pushing aside the Blighters would be as easy. Well, without action nothing ever got done. A lesson I could teach my parents with all their lectures and council meetings. Suddenly my energy returned and a grim chuckle emerged from my throat. I'll show them all the might of the fairy princess. Transparent wings buzzing from my back I rose and sped towards Celestine, gold crown flashing in the dawning sun. At least that still looked the same.
Image from game, 'Child of Light'
I received a lovely surprise when I opened my email the other day. Australian writer and author of the YA novel, Sky Stone, Scarlett Van Dijk, had sent me an invitation to write a guest post for her website. As I’m approaching the release of my second novel, Tatya’s Return, the request came at a deliciously opportune moment, and I emailed back an elated yes! I’ll admit I’m nervous and excited as this is my first guest post.
To start with, Scarlett, I’d like to share some of my realizations about writing with your readers.
Many people who write, myself included, work towards publishing their work, either through traditional or independent routes, irrespective of whether they’re writing a children’s book, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, or a novel. Nobody I’ve met starts writing with the idea of becoming a millionaire. Okay, the daydream of repeating J. K. Rowling’s success will fleetingly light up your imagination, but it doesn’t take long to realize that writing for such a reason is unrealistic to say the least.
As with any activity in which you wish to achieve a degree of proficiency, you must put serious time into learning the nuts and bolts of the craft, listening to advice, and most important of all, the activity of writing. If you have the desire to write, you’ll learn that it entails hard work, which you will be doing on your own.
Taking courses, attending local writing groups, and going on writing retreats are places where you learn and meet others with similar aspirations, but the real work of writing is done alone. Writing takes time, skill, dedication and passion.
If you write because you feel compelled to put your thoughts and stories down on paper/screen, my advice is go for it. Steal the time from your other activities, prioritize, make the sacrifices you can, and squeeze it in somehow. We say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved: I say it’s better to follow your dream than to regret never having tried.
About My Writing
As a reader, I read anything which takes my fancy – one of the books I’m currently enjoying is Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. Alongside a taste for Russian and French classics, I also grew up reading science fiction, which later led to fantasy novels, but it was watching the True Blood series on TV that led me to reading the paranormal genre.
So although my debut novel, One Summer in Montmartre, is commercial women’s fiction, my second, Tatya’s Return, is a paranormal thriller/romance, and has much more action/adventure in it – which I really enjoyed writing.
As in my first, I’m fascinated by the development of relationships, and Tatya’s Return is based on my perspective of the eternal triangle.
The book is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Orleton, and the protagonist is Tatya, a healer and herbalist who possesses powerful, but undeveloped, talents. Vanse, a master vampire and the local supernatural head honcho, has loved Tatya for a long time.
The book opens with Tatya visiting her aunt in St. Raphael’s hospital, which also happens to be Vanse’s headquarters, but everything changes when Angelus, a powerful vampire, comes looking for Tatya. Vanse and Angelus become locked in a struggle over Tatya, starting a chain of events that ends in an Armageddon struggle between good and evil.
Tatya’s Return is Book One of the Samsara trilogy. Release date (almost decided!) will be before the end of October, so if you’re searching for an action packed Halloween read, please check out the book!
If you’re interested in my writing, I posted the first chapter of One Summer in Montmartre on my website last week. If you do visit and enjoy the extract, the book is available on Amazon, or you can pop over to Wattpad and read any of my posted stories. You’ll find all the links on my website.
You can also join me on Twitter at: teagankearney@modhaiku
About Teagan Kearney
Teagan Kearney was born in London of Irish parents, and writes commercial women's fiction, magic realism, science-fiction, paranormal and fantasy stories. She's just released her debut novel, One Summer in Montmartre, and is working on the first book in a paranormal thriller/romance trilogy.
She loves travelling, and enjoys photography, drawing in pastels, theatre, film, television, and reading. She gardens when the sun shines.
She's also compiling an ever increasing bucket list of places she wants to visit from Iceland to Australia.
To all Writers
The following is not going to be funny. It is not intended to be cute. Those who are faint of heart might even want to turn away to live in their dreams in peace, as the following cannot be unread.
Now you can disbelief me, you can hate me, leave me nasty comments or try to counter my argument with facts that are most often just exceptions or demands for me to back up my statement with facts to where I got these numbers. None of these matter and will never see a reply as I wouldn’t waste my time on them.
It is you, who right now figured out where they stand in the grand scheme of things in being a writer, and still feels the need to write, as it is you who is most likely to succeed. To you I have these following tips to increase your chances.
With kind regards,
Martin van Houwelingen
If you’d like to know more about my thoughts on writing and publishing, I actually have a book out in which I tell everything I have found in my writing career. In it I explain these points of interest, but also much more. A copy is available at Amazon at Amazon.
If you’d like to contact me, I have a website at WordPress, a FaceBook page as well as a LinkedIn profile and run several writers groups on Facebook, such as AuthorAuthor, in which we publish short story genre books to get our names out,60secondsofcritique, were we help other writers improve on their style and ExLibria, which currently is a test platform to get Indi(pentantly published) books to the general public.
About Martin van Houwelingen
Martin van Houwelingen is a high functioning PDD-Nos Autist, born in 1970 in Halfweg (NH), the Netherlands. He currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife Wendy and two cats, and spends his life following his passions of writing, photography and drawing while trying his best to keep the house in some kind of decent order.
‘Following a life of passions is not something everyone is cut out to do.
It means sleepless nights, constant distractions and mood swings,
all while trying to make rent and have enough left to eat.
But if you are like me, with stories bursting in your mind
and only able to feel truly happy when you are creating something
that wasn't there before, then I say Go.
Go, do, and come back when you have finished.
Follow that dream, where ever it may lead.'
Other current work from Martin van Houwelingen
Foothold of Tethys – Science Fiction novel
An Autist view of Scotland – travel journal
Sipping from the Writing Well – a vision of writing and publishing
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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