Author Interview: Steven Wolff

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ghost-156969_640 What is your favourite thing about writing fantasy books?

What I love about writing fantasy books is that you are given permission to make up anything you want. It allows you to be a kid again and come up with all kinds of strange and weird things without people questioning if you should be hospitalized. When you write these things down, and create these incredible worlds, filled with fantastic and strange people, you are showing people something new… something they have never seen before. In a way, it’s like painting a picture… it’s art.

ghost-156969_640 What is your favourite creature to write about? (real or mythical)

I guess fairies, because they are a creature that hasn’t been tapped yet, unlike Vampires, which has been milked over and over. People know pretty much everything about Vampires, but little about fairies. So in my fantasy book – Anica Storm & The Wand Of Time – my heroine inherits magical abilities that only the Fae are known to have. Anica discovers that just like in this world, you’ve got good fae (Protectors) and you’ve got evil fae (Dark Fairies).

In that last two years, I’ve taken a love to Zombies since writing a zombie series called Self-Aware (A Zombie Series With A Fresh Twist!). In the story, there’s a mutated version of the zombie virus that does the opposite of death and decay… it heals and regenerates. Still the same zombie virus and the need to feed on humans, but now the zombie is as healthy as when they were alive, making the main protagonist struggle with who they were, and what they are now… a zombie who’s self aware. I’m having a blast writing this book and I hope it catches on.

ghost-156969_640 What made you first fall in love with writing?

At the time, my girlfriend was an avid reader, going through books like nothing. We were constantly going to the main library because her need-to-read was insatiable. It wasn’t long after that I discovered that there are many people like her, who need books to read. She saw that I love to create things and complimented me on my imagination. It was because of her, that I started to writing because she made it clear to me… readers need writers. So in 2009, I began writing my first book called The Journey Of Anica Storm (Later changed to Anica Storm & The Wand of Time). It took me three years of on and off writing to finish it, but when I did, I was proud of myself for sticking to it. That was five years ago and I look back at my writing in awe at how much I’ve improved in grammar, sentence structure, dialog, story structure, etc. I want to rewrite it, but after talking with a few of my close friends, they suggested that I continue forward, writing book 2, etc.

ghost-156969_640 What has been your most terrifying experience, as a paranormal investigator?

This might sound weird or messed up, but to quote the song from Ghost Busters – “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” That is so true. I’ve always been fascinated with things that go bump in the night that when I’m on an investigation, I’m more in awe, then in fear. My results have been mostly positive because I go in and show respect to the dead. It’s also the secret to why I have such success as a ghost hunter. So many of these cable shows have it wrong. They think by taunting or pissing off the spirit that they will interact with them, and then they wonder why nothing happens. It’s just like in real life. If someone starts calling you names, you’re not going to want anything to do with them. Well, guess what. These spirits are still people… just without bodies and the same rules apply.

ghost-156969_640 What was the funniest?

At an investigation at a haunted hotel in Texas, my team and I recorded the faucet turn on and off by itself in the room we were staying in. So I fired up the camera and we found a free-floating electro-magnetic field that was moving around. We put down two electro-magnetic field detectors and noticed that when we were joking around, the detectors were flashing and beeping faster. So I put the camera on them and started joking with the entity and it sped up, as if laughing. Then, just out of the blue, I said “And…… silence!” and the entity backed away, causing the equipment to stop beeping. I waited a few seconds and said “And….. action!” and they beeped again. I repeated myself and did it again, and it went silent. “And…. Action!” and it came back on. You can see the video for yourself by clicking here

ghost-156969_640 Do you prefer writing for the YA market, or the adult? Is there a different to how you write, depending on what age you’re writing for?

It depends on the story I need to tell. If it’s fantasy, I usually keep the content age appropriate and don’t include things that children should not be reading. If it’s like my zombie series, then I relax a little and write what comes out because any post apocalypse world is a very violent place, so naturally one would expect rape, murder, and brutality… zombies or no zombies. Man is a very savage animal when released from civilization.

ghost-156969_640 Do you have any writing quirks? Do you need a certain song playing or item nearby, when you write?

Most of my writing is done in complete silence, but sometimes, just sometimes I will open up youtube and find a hour long ambient video that plays in the background (like a thunderstorm) or I’ll find some spooky ambient music to help my mind get in the mood. Sometimes, when I’m writing an action scene, I’ll play Escala – Requiem For a Tower which is an exciting, energizing piece of music used often in movie trailers (Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, etc.) These really help, but sometimes all I need is just silence… and a nice, hot cup of coffee.

ghost-156969_640 If you could bring anyone back from the dead for Halloween, who would it be and why?

Eric Draven – The Crow (Brandon Lee) ~ Because he’s a pretty awesome character that I wish was still around. Brandon Lee is/was the perfect representation of the Crow. :-)

ghost-156969_640 Lastly, what does you casting look like, for the YA series ‘Anica Storm and The Wand of Time’.? Who do you want/envision to play each character?

I wouldn’t mind Jennifer Garner as Anica Storm. For Marcel (The Wizard) any gandolf looking actors would be fine. The monster under the bed (named Bob) would be voiced by John Goodman because you never really see him, except an arm or two floating eyes. Rain (my favourite water elemental) needs to be someone who’s a little kooky/psycho. As far as the main villain, Heath Ledger, even though he’s passed away. He would have been perfect for the role of Asylum.

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During the height of the great recession, Steven lost his job and found himself with a lot of time on his hands so he decided he would write a fantasy novel about a girl named Anica Storm. In his book Anica inherits magical abilities no human was ever meant to have, that meant she also inherited a lot of trouble. She has to journey to a parallel world filled with monsters and creatures she never knew existed. In order to survive in this world, Anica is forced to discover what she can do in order to save herself and the ones she loves.

With the success of Anica Storm, Steven wanted to write a Zombie novel with a unique twist so after a year of writing, Steven is about to release a Zombie novel called Self-Aware (A Zombie Series With A Twist!) about a woman named Stephanie who has a mutated strain of the Zombie virus. Unlike all the walking dead, Stephanie’s virus does the opposite… it heals and regenerates. Looking and feeling normal, Stephanie struggles with the fact that every three days she needs to eat another human or else she’ll die.

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Book Exposure: Nightmare in Steam

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PictureEliza Kempe Dorley is always left in the background. As a female, being top inventor for the Alliance of Silver and Steam has as many draw backs as perks. She’s in charge of the creation of the many tools the Alliance uses in pursuit of the demons that run lose in the London Underground, which means without her, the demons would be harder to put down. It also means she misses all of the action and has never had the chance to really use any of her inventions.

Lucius Cooley Willan is a Nightmare Demon with a penchant for gambling and sleeping with women he shouldn’t and it’s landed him in hot water. Now he spends his nights slinking in humans dreams and unleashing terrors so strong it kills them so he can capture their soul for his boss. But when he’s ordered to attack the group that hunts his kind he’s enthralled by the feisty inventor he comes upon.

Eliza’s victim to Lucius in a way no others have been, a sensual dream that she can’t shake when she wakes up. When he bumps into her at the trains she’s an addiction he can’t shake. When he outright disobeys the demon who controls him for some out of dreams interactions with the Eliza, it will be up to him to save her from the nightmare he’s put her in.

 

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“I cannot do that Eliza. You lot wish to eradicate demons from the face of the earth and we have been around, just as you and every animal, for a purpose. I had every intention of sending her in circles, throwing her plans off and alerting The Alliance so they could handle it. But I will not aid in the destruction of my species as a whole.”

Her heart broke. They did need to reevaluate something but one thing was certain. If he would allow the creature to exist that was behind this, would protect her even, there was nothing left for them. She looked at the carpet, stained a vicious red from her blood and nausea swept through her. “Then you need to leave Lucius.”

“No. I will make you understand, I’m not leaving you.”

She was eerily calm as she looked up at him. “Yes Lucius you are. You crossed a line and showed me who you really are, deep down. But I’ve seen another side of you. A side that deserves to live, despite it all, because I choose to believe you will only harm those you have too until you can find a way out. I don’t even know if you will find away out. But the demon that I love would.” She hadn’t realized that she did love him until the words came out. It was natural really, that she’d finally found someone who was good for her, who made her happy and he would be a demon with a past too dark and corrupt to change.

“I love you Eliza. You have to believe me.” He sounded so different, pathetic even.

“ I do Lucius. I do not doubt anything you’ve told me. But I cannot be with you and the Alliance is coming, at least I have to hope they will be coming soon because I don’t think I will last much longer. You need to get out. You need to make sure that you keep on living. For me.” She wanted to kiss him, just one last time but she didn’t.

“Eliza I-“

“Get out. Get out now Lucius!” She shouted as best as she could and she closed her eyes, the urge to sleep was overwhelming now. She felt a shift in the room and heard him turning. Whether or not he would actually leave she’d never know. With her eyes closed her brain took over and she breathed in deeply as she surrendered to unconsciousness.

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Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she’s spent time in various places across the country and can’t wait to settle down somewhere in the French Quarter when she’s able too.

Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. Her debut novel, Torn Between Two Worlds is something that was simmering in her mind since middle school and she’s so grateful to put it out into the literary world. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing.

Reading and writing are her first loves but her passion for shopping, love for yummy food and her love for all her many pets. She hopes to one day help other readers fall in love with writing as she did.

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“When Anica Storm finds herself in a parallel world with supernatural powers, she must journey to see the High Council. But when the Wand Of
Time is stolen, will she be forced to give up her only chance to get home and join in the search?”

“Anica’s European vacation takes a wrong turn when she gets into a cab driven by a serial killer who tries to make her his next victim. Instead, in desperation, she manages to kill him, only to discover that he’s not from this realm. As he dies, his magical abilities—abilities not meant for humans—are transferred to Anica. She encounters a kind, otherworldly couple who teach her about a fantastical place called Airrah. Anica discovers that, to get her old life back she must journey through a portal to Airrah and use her new abilities to survive in a land where nightmarish creatures covet her powers.

The Journey of Anica Storm is a 3 part series – the first part will be FREE. It is the first fantasy/YA novel of Author Steven Wolff.”

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“What if you woke up and saw a ghost watching you as you sleep? Saw things lift up and fly across the room? How would you react? This is a collection of real first hand reports of true paranormal activity happening in peoples homes and offices. Events that are described as terrifying, nightmarish and haunting are now being shared with you for the first time ever in this one of a kind e-book! These never-seen-before emails were sent to the Ghost Education & Research Center from people begging for help. Not for the faint of heart, read each story and imagine what you would do if you were in their situation and lived in the same house with the activity described in these letters like hearing footsteps, being touched, having your baby picked up and moved and so much more… Ask yourself… What would you do if you… got ghosts.”

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“What if you woke up and saw a ghost watching you as you sleep? Saw things lift up and fly across the room? Heard Footsteps when you know you’re home alone? How would you react? Who Would You Call? Got Ghosts? 2 is the follow up to the hugely successful Got Ghosts? book by Author & Lead Investigator – Steven Wolff.

While they’re not the fictional Ghost Busters as seen on the big screen, there is a real life group of scientists and researchers who not only document and study paranormal activity, they also help give people peace of mind and they are called The Ghost Education & Research Center.
(GERC – A Not-for-profit Paranormal Research Organization – founded in 2001 by Steven Wolff & dedicated to helping both the living and the dead) has been contacted countless times to investigate claims of paranormal activity from the simplest of sightings to full blown things flying everywhere.

Events in these emails are described as terrifying, unnerving, nightmarish and haunting are shared for the first time all here in a compilation of emails from people who are experiencing true & real paranormal activity. Not for the faint of heart, read each story and imagine what you would do if YOU were in their situation. Imagine it’s you living in the same house with the activity described in these letters like hearing footsteps, being touched, having your baby picked up and moved and so much more… Except for these people, it’s a reality. Included in this book after each email is commentary from Steven himself, sharing his knowledge and experience from each of these cases. If you’re an inspiring ghost hunter or just someone interested in the paranormal, not only will this book enlighten you but with an open mind, it will also educate you on information that has been gathered for over ten years from countless investigations.

Ask yourself… What would you do if you… got ghosts.”

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“Imagine being at home and something lifted up and floated in the air in front of you. What if you woke up and saw a little girl who was transparent, watching you as you were sleeping only to disappear when you opened your eyes fully? How would you feel? What would you do?

The Ultimate Got Ghosts? Collection combines BOTH best selling books – Got Ghosts? 1 & 2 into one large collection for easier reading and includes a bonus chapter; What to do if you think you’ve got ghosts? For the first time ever, The Ultimate GOT GHOSTS? Collection is a compilation of real events reported to the Ghost Education & Research Center (A not-for-profit organization that researches paranormal phenomenon) over the span of 12 years.

The stories in this book are from everyday people who are experiencing real paranormal activity. The names, locations & contact information have been changed to protect the innocent but the stories are preserved and presented in this collection. Paranormal Investigators ~ Use the data inside to study and analyze the patterns of paranormal activity so you too will know what to look for on your next ghost hunt! Read real reports of paranormal activity in people’s homes and offices in this one-of-a-kind collection never shared before by the Ghost Education & Research Center – a nonprofit paranormal research organization est. in 2001.

As always, the names, location, & contact info has been altered to protect the privacy of the people asking for help. Commentary was removed from book 2 to make everything flow. If you are a true paranormal lover, don’t pass up this book! Read these stories and imagine what you would do if you… Got Ghosts?”

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During the height of the great recession, Steven lost his job and found himself with a lot of time on his hands so he decided he would write a fantasy novel about a girl named Anica Storm. In his book Anica inherits magical abilities no human was ever meant to have, that meant she also inherited a lot of trouble. She has to journey to a parallel world filled with monsters and creatures she never knew existed. In order to survive in this world, Anica is forced to discover what she can do in order to save herself and the ones she loves.

With the success of Anica Storm, Steven wanted to write a Zombie novel with a unique twist so after a year of writing, Steven is about to release a Zombie novel called Self-Aware (A Zombie Series With A Twist!) about a woman named Stephanie who has a mutated strain of the Zombie virus. Unlike all the walking dead, Stephanie’s virus does the opposite… it heals and regenerates. Looking and feeling normal, Stephanie struggles with the fact that every three days she needs to eat another human or else she’ll die.

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New Release! Sleepers, Wake!

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“In a dead world a dream of hope takes human form.”

After the end of the world a man with no name wakes from a seven-year coma in a decaying hospital staffed by rotting robotic nurses and a psychotic artificial intelligence. Now he must race against the dawn to save a young girl, hoping that once the apocalypse has passed the gods may no longer bother monitoring impossibilities.

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Jef With One F is the stage name and nom de plume of Jef Rouner, who used a brush with rock and roll almost-fame in the Black Math Experiment to trick the editors of several news outlets into letting him pretend to be a journalist. You can usually find him talking about feminism, goth music, Doctor Who, and video games over at the Houston Press art blog. He pens bizarre short stories because no one tells him not to, and currently resides in Houston with his wife and daughter.

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“Elaine White grew up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland. She is an author of paranormal romance, crime and MM romance.

Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, while living comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.

A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with the research linked with her novels. The more obscure the better. She has recently delved into reading and writing MM romance/erotica and is now a happy addict of the genre.”

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Lachlan Meran is a high school student about to graduate and find his way in the world. He thinks his life is set on its course and all he has to do is make a few decisions to keep it on track. That is until a betrayal causes his life to take a different turn.

When his best friend Konnor is added to the equation, will Lachlan be forced to choose between his best friend and what could be the ultimate love of his life, his 1st boyfriend?

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Book Review: Equilibrium

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Epiphany and Martha are sisters with a stage mediumship act in Edwardian London. When they are asked to give a private spiritualist reading at the home of Lady Adelia Lyward to find out the truth about her brother’s death, Martha must face up to her past. For two years ago, her affair with Lord Rafe Lyward ended in pregnant disgrace, and her attempted suicide in the River Thames. But there is more at stake than Martha’s anonymous return, for Epiphany bears the burden of restoring the equilibrium, not just to the Lywards but to her sister and ultimately to herself.

Equilibrium has been awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval, and is a recommended read by the Historical Novel Society.

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Review

Star rating – ★★★★☆                 Movie Potential – ★★★★

Plot – interesting, sticky in parts, but overall good.

Characters – very varied and true to the historic period.

Ease of reading – moderate. Some parts were difficult to get through.

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Would I read it again – Probably not. Just because it’s so long.

** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Plot

First off, let me say that it took me a really, really long time to read this book. May to October. That was for a few reasons. Mostly, I read Chapter 1 and it was so super, really, exceptionally long that I was afraid Chapter 2 would be the same, so I was hesitant to pick it back up again. I had a few health problems at this time, that made reading and taking in the words difficult, so I didn’t want to have to read a chapter that was the equivalent to a short story.

I like to read each chapter in one sitting, but Chapter 1 made this feel impossible. Why? Because Chapter 1 was 14% of the book. 778 of 5601 locations on my Kindle (no idea what that translates to in pages, but it’s a lot.) Going by Amazon’s claim of 355 pages, I’d say that makes Chapter 1 about 49 pages. I’ve read short stories that aren’t that long, so it really did put me off a little.

As for the story – it was interesting. I was drawn in by the first few pages, but the other big problem I faced, which made reading difficult, was that there are some superbly long run on sentences. And I don’t just mean that go on for a few lines. More than one of them went on for half a page! That makes following the thread of the sentence, for me, nearly impossible. When I saw these coming, I’ll admit that I skimmed a lot.

However, I don’t feel like I missed anything, by bypassing or skimming these sentences. They were mostly description of the era, streets, locations, buildings, people that didn’t really interest me or seem all that important to the story. I can understand that they make the book historically accurate, but I don’t need them to enjoy the story. And since I have no real knowledge of the life and times of this era, in the detail that the author has, I don’t know if what they’re telling me is accurate. I gather, from the amount of detail they go into, that they are, but I kind of couldn’t care less about it. I’m all about the story, not the historical elements.

I do think, however, that the second half of the novel was far better than the first. I really struggled with the first 45% and couldn’t connect with the characters until after that point. It felt like the first 45% was the build up, to what happened later and then in the second half, everything happened at once. I liked the faster pace and the way the story flowed in the second half, much better than the first half.

Sometimes it was difficult to remember who Epiphany, Martha, Mrs Hearn and Miss Fortune were, as characters and to each other, because it flitted between identities so often. One minute Epiphany was called by her name, then it was Miss Fortune and similarly with Martha and Mrs Hearn. It was a little confusing.

I did enjoy the uncertain romances between Martha and Olivas, and Epiphany and Josiah. They were genuine and heartfelt, but I also knew that Olivas knew, because he seemed so unruffled by everything that was going on around him, and much more persistent after he was alone with Epiphany. Like he’d made up his mind about Martha.

Characters

I couldn’t really connect with Martha or Epiphany on the same level that I could with Adelia. Which is odd, because the book begins with Martha and Epiphany in a tough spot, that should really have tugged at my heart strings. But, I found Martha kind of selfish and stubborn through the entire book, while Epiphany was flighty and indecisive. It seemed like Epiphany always knew what was going on, like she was two steps ahead of everyone else, but instead of just spitting it out and getting it over with, she kept everyone hanging. It felt a little like she was used to drag the story out long enough for all the other characters to fill in their stories.

There comes another issue: there were a lot of characters to keep up with. Lots of friends of Adelia, lots of Mrs this and Mrs that, sometimes having similar sounding or spelled last names that made it hard to keep track of who was who. Sometimes Mrs Whoever was then called by a first name, when we had Adelia’s POV. She knew who she was talking about, as did the author, but I’m afraid I couldn’t keep up.

I really connected with Adelia, though I can’t exactly say why. She was strong, but didn’t think much of herself most of the time, and she was faced with a really difficult life, that was all too common back then. Her husband had done a 180º change, since they got married and she was left picking up the pieces of a life that she no longer recognised as her own. With players that she hadn’t wanted or known were playing the same game.

I also, oddly enough, connected with Rafe. I really felt for him. I sensed, really early on, that he was a troubled soul with a massive secret that was just waiting to be exposed. I always knew that he had used Martha as a filled for someone, to drown himself in, and that she never really loved him. Which, you wouldn’t really have known from the way she acted. She was like a screaming banshee, scorned woman half the time, whenever he came into it. It made her erratic and unlikeable, for me, getting other people in trouble and making assumptions about them, from what she saw at a distance. To me, Martha used Rafe as much as he used her and poor Adelia was stuck in the middle. Yet, Adelia stayed strong while everyone around her fell apart.

I can’t believe that Flora knew such a secret about Rafe and never told anyone. It seems odd, though it certainly explains his drinking. Still, she had the cheek to live in his house, under his nose, rubbing it in. It’s no wonder he ended up the way he did. And, to be fair, I don’t think he had the slightest clue that none of the maids were willing to be with him. I’m sure it was Graves who told him they were more than happy to be there. It doesn’t excuse what he did, but I think it is an explanation that fits better with his personality.

Flora was the biggest surprise, for me. I always knew the secret about Rafe and Dacre, since it felt a little obvious and there were enough hints in the book to convince me I was right. Flora was the one that caught me off guard and made sense of everything else.

Overall

I really enjoyed the ending, though I would have liked to know more about whether Adelia actually divorced Rafe or not, and whether he ever told her of the child he had with Martha, or that he’d turned her away.

I changed my mind, quite a lot, throughout the story, about who I liked and who I would trust in that situation, which was good. I also really enjoyed the Seances, which were the highlight of the story, for me. I think a good chunk of the description could have been taken out, making it easier to read, and faster paced, but I do understand the historic integrity of it, so I didn’t mind skimming it. It just made it longer to read. I really would have liked some of the run-on sentences to be shorter, though. If they’d been cut, reworded or changed to make them not as long, then I probably would have finished this book a lot quicker.

I did tear up at the end, when Martha and Epiphany had their scene. I also teared up a few times, for Adelia. Especially the scene with Rafe drunk out his mind, when she finally confronts him about how she feels. I would have liked to see more of them, though, rather than spending our time with Martha, who had no idea where Epiphany was. I feel that was wasted time, since the author had already told us where she was. Maybe if we’d been kept out of the loop and Epiphany had just disappeared, it would have felt different, but it seemed obvious.

Overall, I enjoyed the mystery, the intrigue and the relationships explored throughout the book, so it’s a solid 4 stars from me. I can look past the difficulties with the sentence structure, to see the value of the story within and appreciate that the author made me feel very strongly about all the characters and their situations. Love or hate, as long as I feel for them, then it’s a job well done.

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Evie Woolmore is a conjuress of magical realism. Her novels infuse historical settings with an otherworldly quality. Their evocative atmospheres blur boundaries between the real and the imaginary, or whatever passes for real and imaginary…

An experienced writer and editor, Evie Woolmore has been writing fiction and non-fiction for twenty years. Having written books for other people, she also finds time to write books for herself. She has lived here, there and everywhere, but finds that imagination travels well. She enjoys publishing independently, and focuses her contribution to the indie community through reviewing other indie books, particularly those in a similar genre to her own.

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