November 2015

Pukah Works

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Welcome, and welcome again!  Today, we’ll be talking with Lianne Miller, who is joining us from Montana.  Lianne, will you start us off with a little about yourself, and where you are from?

  • I grew up in the mountains of south western Montana in a logging and ranching family, and rode my first horse before I turned two. During my formative years, I was a tomboy who never knew the meaning of the word, ‘quit’ and I learned early about hard-work ethics. I married and had children while still in my twenties, and ventured into self-employment while I raised my children. It was in these years that I started writing—I had some early and tragic life experiences that I knew would translate well into fictional settings for credible and realistic characters. The human condition called life is the best and most fertile ground for any great story.
    Over the years…

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Pukah Works

Nothing excites young Elysia as much as sculpture; to reveal what lies inside a piece of wood or stone. But as a baker’s daughter, chores and drudgery fill her days. Worse yet, her mother frowns on her frivolous hobby, pushing her to focus on the more mundane skills she’ll need to be a good wife someday. But after she sees marble statues at the temple for the first time, she knows this is a passion that cannot be denied, no matter the cost. This 2500 word short story is set in the city-state of Attarsus, a place much like ancient Athens, but with magic returning to the world. It explores the early years of Elysia, a major character in the Arts Reborn series. The story takes place before Book I: Brush With Darkness. It can be read before or after.

This is a solid addition to Jamie’s Arts Reborn series…

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Pukah Works

Welcome everyone.  Today, we have the mysterious Aaron-Michael Hall visiting.  Aaron-Michael, why don’t you get us started with a little bit about yourself, and where you’re from?

  • I was raised in a very small town in the Midwest. Being the youngest of eight left me out of the decision making when it came to selecting television shows or a radio station. It was not a democracy. Instead of fighting with my siblings, I would join my mother and read. She would usually have an Andre Norton book out on the sunporch where the chaos inside was barely noticeable. It is there my love for fantasy grew.

What part of the Midwest?

  • Illinois

With that type of chaos, how did you get into writing?

  • I first began writing as an escape of sorts. I cannot count the number of poems and short stories written over the years. The first I remember…

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The Writing Life Blog

The Writing Life is pleased to welcome Apollo Papafrangou, author of the upcoming novel, Wings of Wax.

Apollo Papafrangou is a writer from Oakland, California, where he pens novels, short stories, and, occasionally, poems. He is a 2010 graduate of the Mills College Creative Writing MFA program, and the author of “Concrete Candy,” a short story collection published by Anchor Books in 1996 when he was just 15 years old.

His debut novel WINGS OF WAX, the story of a shy, young artist seeking to reconnect with his ladies’ man father in Greece, will be published in March, 2016 by Booktrope.

HBO Films optioned the movie rights to his story “The Fence” from 2000-2004, and his fiction has appeared in the 1998 Simon & Schuster anthology entitled “Trapped. Apollo’s work has appeared in “Voices,” a collection of works by Greek writers published in 2013 by Nine Muses Press, Quiet Lightning…

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Rereading Jane Eyre

You all know why I love Romantic novels and Byronic heroes. If you don’t remember, check this post!

To sum up, they simply are tantalising, because the reader knows that this disgusting frog will become an irresistible prince, with the heroine’s invaluable help, by the time the novel / trilogy is concluded. To quote myself:

‘Byronic heroes are brooding, darkly handsome, and they have a secret, hidden past, which makes them behave antisocially. They are usually worldly, rich, cynical, destructive, and resentful. They have difficulties identifying and even expressing their emotions, and women find them extremely alluring. They are idealized yet flawed characters, who need to be recovered and repaired by the perfect heroine.’

But what are the heroines like? What kind of a woman can fall in love and transform this semi-monster into a cuddly teddy bear?

Answer: A feisty, intelligent, strong-willed, generous and loving spirit, who also has…

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Please welcome Katheryn Caffee today on Peachy’s Insights. Katheryn is the author of the Followers of Torments series published under the name of K. Caffee.K. Caffee author profile photo

GP: I’m sure that our readers would like to know a little more about you. Please, tell us a little about yourself and your interests outside of writing.

KC: About myself… That covers a lot of ground, even when I manage to keep the pukah side of me under control.

I’m a full time grad student, mostly full-time author, and a full time parent to two cats who think I’ve abandoned them most of the daylight hours. Typically, when I’m home I’m either doing house chores that I’ve let stack up, buried to my neck in homework, or several air bubbles down into a work I’m typing like mad to keep up with. When the stories allow, I love to read, bead, draw, play with…

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