Why I Write What I Write, Post #13: Mia Bishop #StoryPeople

I have the pleasure of running into Mia on Facebook on a regular basis. She’s that cool, kooky girl who always posts fun stuff. When she agreed to participate in our series, needless to say I was stoked! Welcome to the blog, Mia!

*PUDDING*

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Why I write, what I write? I tried to think of something profound and poetic to put my reasons I to pretty words, but the simple answer is much easier. I write what I write because I get these characters, or scenes, or dialogue stuck in my head. These crazy-outrageous things bounce around in my brain and drive me closer and closer toward insanity. The longer I hold off on writing them down the more and more they become my all-consuming thought. I dream them, I day-dream them. This has gotten me into hot water on more than one occasion.

I love deep intricate stories and smutty sex scenes, so I try my best to write exactly that. They are stories with action, mythology, moral dilemmas, flawed character, blood, and sex. Mostly the blood and sex parts. When I was younger and just getting into reading romances I would always come away disappointed, just when it was getting good and steamy the author would shut the bedroom door. I would be sitting there yelling at the book “No, wait! Give me more!” After a long time of not writing anything I decided that if I was going to try my hand at being a writer I was going to write what I wanted to read. So I write stories with gory blood, magic, witches, shifters, vamps, criminals, Gods, and smutty sex.

For one, I want to know how these stories turn out. For two, reading sex is fun (at least for me). And three, as much as I enjoy PUDDING I don’t want to be locked up in a mental institution because these stories in my head have driven me crazy.

So why do I write, what I write? As Tumblr likes to point out, I write “because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out your interesting make-believe worlds is technically illegal.”

On a more serious note, I really do write the things I write about because I love it. I have fun and for me it is the greatest escape. Besides my kids, friends, and family nothing makes me smile more, laugh harder, and enjoy life more than writing. Writing makes my soul sing.

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About Mia Bishop

Mia Bishop lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, two boys, and enough animals to fill a mini-zoo. She writes to keep from dying of boredom in the high desert. When she’s not writing Mia can be found binge watching her favorite shows and animes, reading, or playing video games with her kids.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #12: Constance Burris #StoryPeople

Today, fantasy author Constance Burris is swinging by to talk about what inspired her to write her books. Thanks for stopping in, Constance!

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Why do I write what I write? I could give you the simple answer: I write because I hear voices who curse at me if I don’t tell their stories. But since I have two stories published and two more on the way, I’m going be more specific and tell you why I wrote what I’ve written.

Chaos  A Short Story

In high school, I had planned on being a pilot in the military, but I got pregnant my sophomore year in college. I didn’t want to be in the service with a baby in tow, so I gave up that dream.

When the father chose not to be involved and I didn’t blink twice. I came from a long line of single mothers. They did it. I could do it.  I believed the hype that black women were strong, powerful and we can do it all alone. I learned the hard way that’s bull shit. We may be strong but no one can do it alone. So I wrote Chaos with a strong, black protagonist who was a pilot. In the end, to help her children she needed to ask for help.

Medusa: Part One of Black Beauty and Black Beauty: The Complete Series

I was one of six kids raised on welfare and food stamps. Most of the kids I knew had exotic African American names. None of this was reflected in the young adult fantasy I read.  So I wrote Medusa and the other stories in Black Beauty because I wanted to see my childhood reflected in a twisted urban young adult fantasy with characters with names like Chantel, Shemeya, and Andre.

Coal

I am a big fantasy reader. My favorite fantasies are the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore and The Hobbit by Tolkien. I wrote Coal simply because I wanted see a black boy running around the fey realm with elves, dwarfs, and horrible scary creatures.

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About Constance Burris

Constance is on a mission to take over the world through science fiction and fantasy. She blogs at www.constanceburris.net. And you can purchase her stories Chaos and Medusa here. Coal is currently available for pre-order here.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #11: Kevin Singer #StoryPeople

This Monday, we’ve wrangled Kevin Singer into coming to the blog. Hi, Kevin! Floor’s all yours…

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Why do I write what I write? It’s a straightforward question. Over many years of writing I’ve settled into crafting pieces that contain a strong supernatural or sci-fi element. Why? Because I love the outsized, soul-shaking reverberations that genre fiction, in all its varied permutations, affords.

But for me, the biggest question is the first part: why do I write?

–I write because I’m hungry and writing is the only thing I’ve ever found that can fill this bottomless appetite.

–I write because I love words — the way they look on paper, the way they sound on the tongue, the way they reverberate in the ear. As a reader I’m dazzled by the written word and the stories they create. I hope to add just a little to the human canon of literature.

–I write because I am privileged to live in a time and a place where I have the freedom, space and ability to express myself. This is a very recent thing in my family (and human) history, and I am proud to acknowledge and embrace that privilege.

–I write because fiction is an escape for me. Books give me insight into a world beyond mine, and now I want to do that for someone else.

–I write because the act of writing has been a lifesaver for me. Writing gave me hope in one of the worst times of my life. It was there when I needed it, and I thank God for that blessing.

–I write because I want the reader to hear what I have to say. Call it vanity, but in my mind, it’s about me connecting with you in the best way I know how — with my words. Whatever I write, I’m always thinking of the best way to reach the reader. But even if I fail in that mission, I will still write.

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About Kevin Singer

Kevin Singer is the author of the supernatural thriller The Last Conquistador and stories including Left Among the Mutants and House of Flies, all available on Amazon and BN.com. His short story The Girl Who Slipped Through the Mirror will appear in an anthology this fall by Intrigue Publishing. Follow him at ReadByKevin.com.

Twitter: @kevin_singer

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #10: Joy Eileen #StoryPeople

Today goes to author (and massage therapist) Joy Eileen. Thanks for stopping by, Joy!

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In all honesty, I’m not sure what compels me to write. When I was little I would get in trouble for scribbling in the dark when I should have been sleeping. I wish I could say, I have come a long way from when I was little. Scribbling genius quotes in the dead of night only to wake up to pure nonsense in the morning, but that would be a lie. Characters, situations, lyrics, and other odd things would crash into me. The only way to get rid of them was to write them down giving the thought the attention it demanded.

Some of my love of writing comes from my love of reading. My favorite thing is to become immersed in a book. My eyes may not thank me for it, and punish me in the morning with bleary vision and black duffel bags under them, but I can’t stop once I’m hooked. When a sentence is so perfectly constructed that I will reread it over and over again just to wrap it around my soul is something I strive to read and create.

Although I’ve always enjoyed writing (so much so I received the writing award at my eighth grade graduation) I didn’t journey into writing my first book until three years ago.

My first book collided into my brain and refused to relinquish its hold until I put it to paper. In it I was able to describe, in my words, why dragons, ogres, and other mythical creatures that are so enthralling still to this day were created. When I got close to finishing it, I freaked out. That book was, and still is my baby. I fashioned a whole new world that was mine, and I didn’t want people to pollute it with their negativity.

The only way I can explain my freak out is to describe it as when you have a child, if they do something weird you can say it was the other parents genes that made them do it, but this was my own, and nobody else. All the judgment would go directly toward me.

I stopped writing my YA and started a whole new project.

A little under three yeas ago, I started Breaking Faith a NA Contemporary  Rock’N’Roll Romance. I, like most people on this earth, have a shaky past. I realized that I still hadn’t completely let go of those demons.

As a therapeutic exercise I made my past into a story. I decided to give all the awful things I had went through to someone else. I let them hold the burden I no longer wanted to lug around. Faith became that person, and to make sure she could handle it, I gave her the strength she needed. Now because I am a hopeless romantic I had to bring in a love interest that challenged her into realizing how strong she really is.

Because of my love for the written word music also appeals to me. My musical taste varies but Rock’N’Roll has always held my heart. Rock’N’Roll is the purest form of music around. The lyrics and songs aren’t as micromanaged as other musical genres in my opinion. I mention artists and songs throughout the book that were on repeat as I wrote Breaking Faith, in hopes to share music with the readers.

I do the same with books I have read. I obsess and want others to read something that has touched me. I know I am not the only one that wants to wrap themselves in the written word, and snuggle under it like a blanket fort. I just hope that someday someone will read my books, and allow the words to wrap them around themselves, and take something significant from it. If not, just writing for myself is enough.

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Joy Eileen is a born bibliophile who becomes deeply engaged with her characters, and has devoured more books than she would like to admit. She becomes obsessed with happily-ever-afters, and will read any genre that fulfills that requirement. Evading the library is something she has been known to do, because after befriending the characters returning them would be a heartbreaking event. Books are held hostage on her bookshelf, and any author that makes her ugly cry becomes her sworn enemy. Nicholas Sparks is one of the many on the list of villains.

As a massage therapist, most of Joy’s stories come to her while working. With the sound of classical music, and snoring from a half covered hostage, characters are created. The victim (massage patient)  has no idea that while their body is being manipulated, Joy has traveled into distant lands creating landscapes and inhabitants as she goes. Her patients should be wary as sometimes they are pulled into her stories and turned into characters. Hero or Foe? Well, that depends on how they tip.

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Pale & Crimson

I’ve been a writing demon these past few months. Writing… rewriting… the dreaded editing stage… and now, with Monster set to be available for preorder on the 6th I decided to share a little gift with the not-so-patient.

A free short story!

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From now until July 18th, you can get your eager little hands on Pale and Crimson, a nice, gruesome little short story set in the Outsider universe.

 

Slithers are vicious creatures. Craving flesh and blood, they will stop at nothing until their hunger is satisfied. So when sixteen year old Benjamin King discovers that one has been smuggled onto the train, he’s eager to see it, even if it has been drugged into a mindless stupor.
But one moment can change everything.
Set six years before Niko, Pale and Crimson chronicles how one decision can have far reaching consequences.

 

Check it out HERE