Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great and safe Thanksgiving. If you're like me, you ate too much and Black Friday'ed too much.
  But,  woohoo, I did manage to publish my new short story Terrorizing Tara on Smashwords.

Terrorizing Tara (Short Story) is the second romantic suspense, short story in the "Tara" series. Detective Tara Woods comes face to face with a serial killer who wants to make her victim number five.

 Detective Tara Woods and her partner Detective Matt Dobbs investigates New York's third murdered woman within two months.
There is one sickening detail they'd intentionally kept from the media on all three women found. The same M.O. convince them they had a serial killer on the loose and time suddenly runs out.
Terrorizing Tara can be found on Smashword at  

Friday, November 16, 2012



1.     Welcome Missy. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a southern girl who grew up in the country. I spent my formative years wanting to see the world only to discover as an adult that there's no place like home. Besides writing and books I love genealogy, movies, tennis and family. I don't know what else would interest your readers. I think Dean Martin surpassed Frank Sinatra in both talent and charisma. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I've had the same best friend since I was fourteen years old.

 2. Can you tell us about your current Short Story releases and where we may find them?
I've self-published three short stories:

Abandon - An unexpected encounter with a rock star gives a divorcee a new perspective.

Fool's Journey - Maks had but one goal on his mind. Steal a rock and return it to a dying boy. What he didn't count on was a mysterious beauty insisting she tag along.

Miltonia Butterflies - Young Paz explores a garden and encounters a unique flower. In order to share her discovery with her mother, she must overcome a few obstacles.

 All can be found at Smashwords: They have propagated to other sites, but Smashwords is the centralized location for download.

 3. Can you tell us a little about your next Women's Fiction?

The Widows of Wyatt Abney revolves around two women, Yancy and Beth. As teenagers they lost a great love when Wyatt Abney died. Twenty-five years later they meet again and they throw their families into turmoil; along the way they discover whether they’ve truly moved on or merely moved forward.

 4. What inspired you to write this Women's Fiction novel instead of your Short Stories?

I've always loved to write stories, but some ideas won't fit into the short format; it takes longer to get the story told. The characters of The Widows of Wyatt Abney have been rattling around my brain for a long time. After practicing the art of storytelling in the form of short stories, I felt I was ready to write a novel. It's been a satisfying experience so far.

 5. On your Missy Writes blog, you mentioned your experience in pitching your novel for the first time. Can you tell us more?

I was sorely unprepared to pitch during the Ozark Writers Conference, but at the last minute decided it would be a good experience. The actual pitch was a disaster. I let the agent overwhelm me when I should have been better prepared and took control. It taught me a great deal. Next time, I'll be able to describe my book in a few sentences and defend my choice of genre.

 6. What is one thing that your readers may not know about you and should?

I'm passionate about helping other writers. Sometimes my writing suffers because I put others first. I'm learning to balance.

 7. What is one thing that has contributed to your success as an author?

I don't know that I'm really classified as a success though I wouldn't say I'm a failure either. What has helped me most is the ability to focus on writing alone. I don't have the emotional stamina to work full-time and write. Writers who do both have my highest respect. Because I'm disabled by chronic migraines and a severe depressive disorder I'm unable to work outside the home. Losing multiple jobs because I'm not dependable hit me hard. I've realized, despite my frequent pain, this is the best situation for me to focus on what I love. If I'm unable to write because of pain, the only person I'm letting down is myself.

 8. Your web page says you are a Creator of Tension Filled Emotional Journeys. What part of the emotional journey of 'Missy' ends up in your novel or short stories?

It's different for each story. Even the characters that I can't really relate to feed off my emotions. It wasn't until I had finished writing Abandon that I realized my inability to have children drove Greta's journey. There's a little bit of me in all my stories, some more than others.

 Melissa "Missy" Frye

My short stories are available for download: Abandon | Fool's Journey | Miltonia Butterflies

Follow my writing journey at Missy Writes or visit my website for more ways to connect with me online.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Author Jodie Pierce


First of all, welcome Jodie. Thank you for being with us today.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 37 years old and live with my hubby John in Cleveland, Ohio. I've been writing since high school and have been fascinated with vampires just as long. My favorite holiday is Halloween which I think is even better than Christmas for me. I've been traditionally published since 2009 and have a few self published titles out there as well. I'm very family oriented. When I'm not writing,  I'm with my family.

2. Can you tell us about your current release?

Demise of the Vampire Queen is the third installment of my Vampire Queen Trilogy. The Queen/Countess has been pushing her weight around for centuries and those around her have decided she's finally gone too far. This is the story about her final plans and the plans of others to dethrone her.

3. Have you always written paranormal?

I've always written paranormal. In high school, I started writing romance but quickly left it because straight romance was boring to me. Now I include romance in my paranormal and I'm liking the match. I just wrote a contemporary paranormal erotica book and that was my first attempt at contemporary.

4. What inspired you to write this book?

 The Vampire Queen was my baby, my first real story of substance that I slaved over. After the second one, I thought it'd be fun to have a trilogy so I wrote this one to kind of tie things up.

5. On your  THE VAMPIRE QUEEN1 blog, you mentioned that you've had a
fascination with vampires since childhood. Can you tell us more?

 I don't remember how it started, I just remember being a child in elementary school, in the sweltering summer, in bed with a tank top and shorts on with a sheet wrapped around my neck thinking the vampires couldn't get me that way. I was never afraid of them and later wished to become one but have always had a sort of romance with them in my mind.

6. What else have you written and where could we find them?

I've written: The Vampire Queen (book 1), The Vampire Chronicles (Book 2), Condemned by a Vampire, Midnight Thirsts 2, Tales of the Vampire: From A-Z, Once Sanguist, Twice Bi, The Reluctant Vampire and finally Demise of the Vampire Queen, all of which can be found on

7. Can you tell us about your next great vampire story?
My next great vampire story outline has already been completed and a draft written. Now it's time to expand, edit, improve, etc. It will be a paranormal, romance, erotica, horror story. A little of everything in it for everyone. My main links are:
vampiregds for Twitter
thevampirequeen on several other sites like goodreads, book blogs, stumbleupon, etc.