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[NEWS] Where to find my awesome space opera book

Where to find Where Weavers Daire

This sticky post lists where to find the eBook or paperback copy of my space opera novel Where Weavers Daire.

Available in eBook or paperback through Amazon.
Weaver is available everywhere / Gumroad
It’s also available at these fine bookstores:

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island:

Charter Books

Stillwater Books (either in store or through their website)

Wakefield Books

Inkfish Books

Books on the Square

Seattle

Pegasus Book Exchange
If you’re a book store looking to add my book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.

Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

[Author Interview] Heather Rigney

RKB Writes Presents:

An Author Interview with Heather Rigney

Rhode Island fiction writer, blogger, journalist, and art teacher, Heather Rigney has written The Merrow Trilogy–a Rhode Island-based, dark, historical fantasy series about homicidal mermaids, the colonial suppression of women, and a present-day alcoholic funeral director trying to make sense of it all. In 2016, Waking the Merrow, Heather’s debut novel, won the United Kingdom’s Wishing Shelf Gold Award. In 2017, Waking made the top 5% in The Launchpad Manuscript Competition. Her writing has been featured in Motif Magazine, Stone Crowns Magazine, and Avenue Concept Magazine. Until Summer 2020, Heather was a weekly contributor to The Writer’s Blog by Inkitt.

Are your books available wide or only on Kindle Unlimited?

Waking the Merrow is Kindle Unlimited, but the other two are not. Both Waking the Merrow and Hunting the Merrow are Audible audiobooks and Caging the Merrow will be available as an audiobook in early 2022. All of my paperbacks are available in many fine indie bookstores throughout Rhode Island. Twice Told Tales is one of my favorite local bookstores and they’ve carried my books since 2014.

Do you have a new book coming out? If so, what’s the title and when?

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything new coming out soon. Instead, I’m opening a school for writing and art called The Orange Anchor Art School! I plan on teaching students ages 5 – 105 one mile outside Pawtuxet Village in Cranston, RI. To find out more, click here: www.orangeanchorartschool.com

You can follow Heather on her social channels:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Bookbub

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I have always admired and been in love with the works of both Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter. Ms. Atwood writes about women in a raw, intimate way. She tackles science fiction/speculative fiction with a frighteningly thought-provoking, historically-accurate feminist edge. As for Angela Carter, she was so far ahead of her time. Her dark, erotic fairy tales explored radical libertarian feminism which really appealed to me in my late teens. These fearless women inspired me to explore the many sides of the female POV. I strive to shine a light on what it means to be a woman, to leave nothing out, to include all the beauty, shame, fear, honesty, and brutality.

2. Describe your desk/writing space.

My writing takes place in many places. Coffee shops, airplanes, trains, my car, the couch. I either write on a MacBook using Google Docs or Scrivener or I handwrite in a Moleskin journal.

3. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

When I started writing seriously, I would get up early and write from 5:15-6:30 AM most weekdays. Then, when I stopped teaching to raise my child, I would write while my little one was in school. I would write between 8:30 AM-noon most weekdays and my daily word counts were anywhere from 2,000-5,000 words. These days, I’ve been focusing on opening my school. Once that’s established, I look forward to blocking out an hour a two a day and re-establishing my writing routine.

4. How do you come up with the title to your books?

Waking the Merrow was a double entendre. ‘Waking’ is a reference to both a state of being (as in the awakening of the merrow) and funerals since my main character is a funeral director. The other two books follow suit–Hunting and Caging. A verb before the word Merrow, which is Gaelic for mermaid, indicates what is happening to the fishy characters in each book. 

5. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

Since this was my first book series, the whole process felt arduous because I often felt like a charlatan. I mean, I have a BFA in graphic design! What the hell do I know about writing? However, it seems that I did something right. I wrote the first book in 2014 and it’s still selling! 

My favorite scene to write was the very last one in the series. I remember where I was sitting, Dave’s Coffee on South Main Street in Providence. It was raining and I had just signed a new teaching contract that morning. It was a very bittersweet moment.

6. What inspired your book/series?

I was invited to collaborate on a now-retired, anthology called DIVE. It was a collection of short stories about mermaids or merfolk. Four authors were involved and I wrote a story called Mermaids are Not Nice. That was the birth of both my antagonist, Nomia, and protagonist, Evie McFagan. The short story received a lot of praise and more than one person stated that I needed to expand the world I had created. From there, I thought, I should make a trilogy out of this! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 

7. What are you working on next?

I’ve started writing about my dad, Ray. He’s quite the character and there are a lot of strange, outrageous, and hilarious incidents that have shaped my life. For example, Ray recently hit me across the face with a walking stick. I think most people would be horrified if their parents assaulted them, but, for me, it’s just another day with Ray. He didn’t mean it, and it really was an accident, but it happened because he was harassing me–and this is Ray’s love language. I’ve got a lot of material to work with. 

8. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

(see #1)

9. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Italy. Every morning, I would walk into a little village and chat up some old adorable men while sipping a perfect cappuccino. Next, I would go home and paint or write until the sun started its descent. Then, I would walk back into the village and drink my evening wine with the same little old men. This is how I plan on spending my twilight years. 

10. What is your favorite meal?

In order, I would love a dirty gin martini. Oysters on the half-shell. Caprese salad. A glass of El Oso Y La Alemana Toro Red. Spicy squid ink pasta with lots of garlic and seafood. All followed by a perfect chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with sea salt. 

11. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

I do love tea but I’m a total coffee snob. I’m always hunting for the perfect cup of coffee. As for wine vs beer, wine. I used to love beer but then I was diagnosed with a severe yeast allergy. Unfortunately, beer (and even more tragically, good bread!)  has become an unworthy risk. 

12. Describe yourself in three words.
Quirky. Neurotic. Extrovert.

[Event] 9th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The Association of Rhode Island Authors are putting on their 9th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo and its happening in person on 12/11/21 from 9am – 3pm at Crowne Plaza Ballroom 801 Greenwich Ave. Warwick, RI 02886.

Panels have been posted.

Attending authors are being updated weekly.

We’ll have 100+ local authors along with Matt Fraser from Meet The Frasers, Jon Land, ex-Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee along with raffles, writing panels and Santa.

Free parking and admission.

Remember, personalized books make great stocking stuffers!

Make sure to RSVP!

[Appearances] Going to RICC 2021

ARIA goes to RICC!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors will selling books at Rhode Island Comic Con 2021.

Our Location:

We’ll be at tables: 613, 615, 617, 619, 621, 716, 718, 720.

Panels:

There will be two panels featuring our authors.

World Building – Mind Your Myths and Backstory

Rhode Island Convention Center 552

Saturday November 6, 2021 – 11:00 am to 11:45 am

There’s much to consider when constructing a mythical, magical, or futuristic world, and one important factor is the foundation myth or backstory. What does the writer need to know? What does the reader need to know? When do they need to know it? How does the backstory impact the characters and the current events on their world? Join us for a discussion on how to effectively craft a backstory and weave it into your tale. Panel hosted by the Association of RI Authors.

Writing the Other – Creating Characters Outside Your Comfort Zone

Rhode Island Convention Center 552

Sunday November 7, 2021 – 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Writing characters from different backgrounds than our own is both a challenge and an opportunity for authors. In this panel, we will explore the tools needed to write outside our own experiences to create three-dimensional characters. Topics will include the importance of research, the role of sensitive readers, and avoiding harmful stereotypes. Panel hosted by the Association of RI Authors.

Attending Authors

[Author Interview] Joseph Mazzenga

Born in a small town of the smallest state, Rhode Island Joseph Mazzenga knew he was a writer by the third grade. When his creative simmer turned to an imaginative rage, he embarked on a voyage with no anchor and no horizon. He stepped aboard knowing that this journey will be for the rest of his days. He still looks to the stars to find his way. The navigation can be plodding but the bearing is clear. Joe is now a full author, by way of children’s literature, Science Fiction, Non-fiction, and Urban Fantasy. Ever pursuing the itch that he can’t possibly scratch, he is constantly stretching his boundaries, honing his craft and fighting mortal enemies such as avoidance and procrastination at every turn. Whether it is a beloved stuffed seal, a hard-nosed orphan stuck on the raw streets of a future time, or a pre-apocalyptic vampire turned human, he is fantasy intermingling with the future. Joe continues to live with his wife and beloved son in Rhode Island, center of the creative universe.

You can follow Joe on his social channels:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Bookbub

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

Truthfully, as a kid who had cancer, my imagination was my safe place, and I began writing at an early age. Writing can be cathartic, and the avenue of Fantasy was a safe place to be – to be ultra-strong, impervious to everyday stresses and to save the day when no one else could…who doesn’t love that?

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

I converted a model/hobby desk into my writing space. Every slot has pens, pencils, figurines to watch over me and pictures of wolves against the desk wall. Oh, and it is covered in stickers a la the old steam trunks of yesteryear.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

The routine is whenever the inspiration hits. I have to write when inspired if nothing else, make notes in a journal. I have dozens of “treatments” for stories that I dip into.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

The title usually hits first just as the inspirational scenes occur. Then it will morph as the book carries on, until finally, the title is settled on – usually by half way into the story.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?
    1. I don’t know if I have had the hardest scene yet. They’re all hard. If I have to pick a genre, then Romance may be tough especially if you are a male trying to have a female POV.
    2. A favorite go to scene, always has to do with a tense, prepare for battle type of buildup scene. I love the rhythm of the buildup before the action really hits the reader.
  1. What inspired your book/series?

I love anti-heroes and I think the reading world needs more female inspiration. Growing up a comics kid, heroes need to not be those perfect “super” people. People are flawed and so should our heroes be.

  1. What are you working on next?

 

  1. Book 2 of the Bloodline Series – Demon’s Child.
  2. Resurrection – The Last Vampire
  3. Not My Time – Lost Witch

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I was always a comic kid who followed the beat writers like Alan Dean Foster. But I also was inspired by the classics from Tolkien and Asimov.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

In this world, I’d love to be in the badlands looking for dinosaur fossils. In fantasy, I’d love a totally tech-city where it rains all the time.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

I love food so it’s hard to pick but, being a pescatarian the choices get strange. I’ll go with eggplant vegan cheese parm. Go ahead – mock me.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Yes, to all. But I do love me a red-blend wine.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Stronger than yesterday.

[Author Interview] Tabitha Lord

Tabitha Lord’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards. In addition to writing novels and short fiction, Tabitha is managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog, a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble and Vice Present of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA).

You can follow Tabitha on her social channels & website:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Website

1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I once did a ‘five things about me’ type interview, focusing on fun, interesting personal facts different from the stuff listed in my bio, so I’ll share the answers with you here.

When a book is too suspenseful, I get stressed out and read the ending first. I always go back and read it through, but this takes the edge off so I can relax and enjoy the story without worrying about the end. I know it’s cheating!

I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for my 40th birthday. It was very, very hard. Not Everest hard, but still a huge physical and mental challenge.

Tattoos are awesome and I have a few. I love really artistic ink.

I’m a medical school dropout. Med school with small children was, for me, an impossible task. I always thought I’d return when the kids were older, but it never seemed to be the right time. It wasn’t until I started writing that I was able to let that particular aspiration go.

I taught middle school Latin for over a decade. I know, I’m a dinosaur!

As far as what inspired me to write, it was really a who! For years, my husband encouraged me. His encouragement sounded something like, “Honey, write a book already!” I’d think about it and answer that I just didn’t have an entire story in my head. So much of my energy was taken up raising my kids, working, and running a household, there just wasn’t much left over for creativity. I am not implying you can’t have young children and write. I know people who do it very successfully, but after my workday, their activities, homework, laundry, cooking, etc. I really wasn’t interested. It was all I could do to string a sentence together.

Then my children got older and started moving out. When the dynamics in my family shifted, I started to think about what could be next for me professionally. I took on a yearlong writing project at work thinking it would give me the change of pace I needed. Turns out, it also gave me the kick I needed to write fiction. Since I was in the habit of writing every day for work, I challenged myself to write creatively every night. Lo and behold, when the report was finished a year later, so was my first manuscript.

2. Describe your desk / writing space.

I don’t have one particular place I write. Sometimes, I’m camped out at the kitchen table if the house is quiet. If the weather cooperates, I love to work outside on my porch. I do have an office, and I suppose I will spend more time there when I can’t sit outside during the New England winter!

3. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

My routine varies week to week, depending on what I’m working on, but I’m just a little bit obsessive-compulsive around scheduling my work week. I’ll sit down on Sunday and look at the upcoming week to plan. In addition to my electronic calendar, I have notebooks with to-do lists for every project I’m working on.

Generally, I’m drafting one manuscript, editing another, reviewing books and interviewing authors, and I’m the managing editor of the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. It’s not a good idea to blow a deadline for projects other people pay me to do, so my routine of the week is partially driven by those projects.

If we’re talking specifically about writing my own books, I can’t wait for the muse to strike or I’d never finish! Even if I don’t add much to the word count on a particular day, I’ll at least open the document and re-read the previous pages. I need to keep my fingers in a new manuscript or I tend to lose my momentum.

4. How do you come up with the title to your books?

All the titles in the Horizon series are named after ships. When I began writing the first book, I knew a good portion of it was going to take place on a spaceship called Horizon. After that, there always seemed to be another important ship featured in each book, so it made sense to continue the trend.

5. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

No particular scene stands out as the hardest one to write but, in general, slow scenes are hard for me to write. A well-paced novel has to have some down time in the action, if only so the readers can breathe. Not every scene should be super-high intensity, but even those ‘quiet’ moments have to be relevant and move the story forward. I can get bogged down and feel a little uninspired when writing this stuff, so sometimes I’ll skip ahead and write a fun scene.

Needless to say, highly intense or highly emotional scenes are my favorite to write. I see them almost like movie clips. There’s one scene in Equinox that looks a lot like a WWII dogfight, but of course takes place in space! That one was fun to research and fun to write.

6. What inspired your book/series?

I’ve always been a big sci-fi fan, so when I finally started writing fiction, I knew I’d start with sci-fi. For the first book, Horizon, I had two distinct parts of a story floating in my head. The first was a crash sequence. It was pretty basic at the time of its inception – just a young man who crash-lands on a planet, and a young woman, in some kind of trouble, who saves his life.

The second part was more complex. I was playing with the idea of what would happen if one segment of an already small, isolated population evolved differently from the other. What if they were empathic and could sense each other’s emotions and thoughts? What if some of them could heal with their mind? How would the unchanged people feel about their neighbors? It created such an interesting premise I knew I had to find a way to make it into a story. When I combined those two pieces, the seed for the series was born.

7. What are you working on next?

I recently finished the draft of an urban-fantasy. It’s a rather dark story about a lady assassin who kills people in their dreams. She’s a Jessica Jones meets Dexter vigilante type character, and she only goes after men who’ve gotten away with terrible crimes. In the opening scene, she’s on a job but realizes the person she’s been hired to kill is actually an undercover FBI agent. His criminal history is a cover. She finds him in the waking world, and they attempt to discover who wants him dead. I’m working through the edits now with my agent.

8. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Honestly, too many to count! I’ve always been an avid reader, and now, I have the pleasure of reading and reviewing some really good books for Book Club Babble, a blog site I own with a couple of writer pals. I feel like I learn something new about good story-telling from every book I love as a reader.

9. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Yavin’s 4th moon.

10. What is your favorite meal?

A few years ago, I would have said eggplant parmesan, but since my husband started doing the cooking, I’m absolutely nuts over his chicken marsala.

11. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Both coffee and tea. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning and then switch to herbal tea during the day. I prefer wine, but I love testing out different beers at local breweries, especially in the fall.

12. Describe yourself in three words.

Energetic. Organized. Kind.

 

[News] 20 years ago

20 Years ago it was a Tuesday.

And Tuesday started at 6 AM.
I lived with my parents and since I was going to work at 8 AM I was designated to drop my dad off at the Airport.
My dad was a pilot of United Airlines and has been flying since he was teenager. He’s gone from Peidmont to Ransom Express to Ransom to Pan Am Express to Pan Am to Kuwait Airways and finally to United.
He has said on more than once occasion it’s the best job a kid could have. My brother and I never really got bitten by the flying bug that much, I take purty pictures of them mostly. 🙂
So at 7 AM I drop him off at the Airport and drive onto work.
I worked at the local Cable Company Call Center with lots of Televisions on the walls and whoever gets into work early and has a remote control switches the channels and normally The Today Show would have been on.
At 9 AM CNN.com stopped loading and so did MSNBC. With it being a slow day I gophered up to see if anyone else was having problems. One of the Televisions was showing a tower and smoke coming out of it. One or two people were watching it. I walked over and turned up the volume.
One of the News Anchors was reporting a small plane had hit one of the World Trade Center Towers. O.k., so it was a news story just like when the Russian sub collided with another sub during war games.
I don’t remember if I actually saw the second plane hit the second tower. I rounded the corner at work and FOX News was reporting the Pentagon had just been attacked and was on fire.
A few customers called in about problems with the local news Station out of New York, an email or two had said the antenna’s on the WTC Towers were causing the problem.
Then news began to filter out about a passenger plane.
And, I decided to call my dad’s cell phone.
Digressing for a moment…
Having a pilot in the family means a great many things: First, don’t expect them to be home for Holidays, second expect calls from foreign countries, thirdly finding loose change all over the house that looks like an Arcade Token, taking them to the airport at o’dark thirty in the morning and lastly, listening to the news when the words: AIRLINE DISASTER dominate the screen.
Pan Am 103 was the last major disaster that struck our family indirectly.
First, 103 crippled Pan Am chances of survival only for Delta to buy them out.
Second, Delta went on everyones shit list for promising the world and pulling out once they got the juicy routes which they in turn fucked up on because their name recognition meant diddly that side of the equator.
Back to reality, I called his cell and he answered. Whew. The conversation went like this.
Dad: Hello.
Me: Hi. How’s it going?
Dad: Fine-
Me: Where are you?
Dad: They’re pulling us back to the gate. We know. Flights have been canceled. Rumor is it was one of ours.
The rest of the day is a blur. I watched both towers come down.
My dad and fellow pilots being grounded went to victum’s families to pay their respects.
My brother, who, a few days before had flown down to Texas to train with Southwest to be a bag smasher (baggage handler) was in training when all of this happened.
Later that night, I sent out emails to everyone in the extended family and told them Dad was supposed to fly but was luckily not in the air when it happened.
Days later, Wall Street would re-open and United Stock plummeted. Their woes had begun earlier that year when an unplanned, unknown, announcement about United merging with US Airways sent the stock tumbling and employee’s blood pressure through the roof.
My dad along with several other pilots were flown out to different airports to ferry airplanes home so things could get back to normal.
United went into Chapter 11 along with a few other airlines. Rumors of other airlines getting the word from the higher ups to bury United would later backfire when their work would push themselves into Chapter 11.
20 years later, it’s a Saturday.
I sit at home while a virus that has been politicized to the point of absurdity rages through out the world. I’ve published one book and working a second.
I’m working as a delivery driver for Amazon, a job far removed from my customer service rep jobs of the past.
My dad died six years ago, on his birthday, on a plane headed to Seattle.
My mother has since retired from ICU and works as a hospice volunteer.
My brother has moved onto better things, got married, moved to Seattle, his wife had created the Works Seattle before the pandemic and continues to thrive under her leadership and quick thinking. They have a lovely two lovely twins, a dog named Clover and while they were completely vaccinated they’ve survived a brush with the virus.
And, life continues…

[Plotting About] August News

Welcome to August!

Photo taken by Mary Robinette Kowal of myself and Lauren Harris.

Ebook Box Set News

On August 10, there is a ebook box set coming out that includes myself and five other ARIA authors.

Three of these authors should look vaguely familiar since I’ve been interviewing them for my newsletter.

A boxed set of firsts!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors proudly presents their first ebook box set! Each author has contributed the first book of an ongoing series. From the sandy wastelands of far-off world filled with magic, machines, and men to war torn edge of space to aliens invading Earth. There’s a little something for everyone. We hope you enjoy sit back and enjoy the ride.

This boxed set includes:

R. K. Bentley – Where Weavers Daire

A. Keith Carreiro – The Penitent, Part One

Tabitha Lord – Horizon

Paul Magnan – Kyu, The Coming of Dis

Christopher Paniccia – Heaven’s Gate

Debra Zannelli – Sisterworld

The ebook box set is available everywhere on 8/10/22.

RKB’s Picks


Jungle Cruise is available on Disney+ as well as the your movie theater. From the trailers you may have gotten a Mummy or Pirates vibe and that’s not wrong. The movie does harken back to the sword and sandal antics of the Mummy. The copy and paste CGI legion of mummies isn’t used, thankfully. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt star in this lovely swashbuckling tale.

If you can make it out to the theater then I would recommend seeing it there instead of paying the $29.99 on Disney+. Or invite friends over and make it a family movie night.


Fear Street Trilogy on Netflix, I was late to watching this and came away very impressed. I’m not really a horror buff but occasionally like a good scary movie and found this one to be rather enjoyable. The trilogy of movies is not family friendly and is Rated R for good reason.

Book 2

Book 2 continues to move along and it was my hope it was going to be out next week but alas that isn’t the case.

It has become painfully clear, pandemic or not, I’m not an author that can push out a book a year and back in December 2020 when I gave myself until August 2021 to publish book 2 it was wishful thinking until work went to 5 days a week instead of the 4 days we’d been having. The credit card bills are happy along with my credit score. My creativity isn’t even if I am making progress it’s not just the fast progress I expected.

For those not signed up for my mailing list you can read the first three chapters of When Riders Crosleigh over here on Wattpad.

I’m posting scenes in chronological order once a month via the mailing list and will upload each new chapter to Wattpad once it’s completed.

I will recommend getting the ebook box set above, the other five books are well worth your time.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of August!

Novel Spotlight

If there are any authors that wish to have their novel in the spotlight or are part of free book giveaway, it’s best to go through StoryOrigin and I’ll get it into the next email that goes out September 1.

[Author Interview] Debra Zannille

Welcome to R. K. Bentley’s Author Interviews!

This month’s interview is with Debra R. Zannelli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio

Debra Zannelli is a retired teacher assistant and a graduate of Mitchell College. She was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. For eighteen years she lived in Salem, Connecticut and worked in Norwich at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. She enjoys hiking and sings in the local community chorus.

She has two books coming out soon: Darkness and Light, The Hunter and Darkness and Light, Vampires.

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I’ve always loved words and the stories my mother read to my sister and I every night I was a lonely, quiet child and books were my best friends, the place I would go to get away

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

My son moved out, so I’ve taken over the study section his bedroom. It has a tabletop desk and good-sized entertainment section, now filled with books. I have a quiet nook for reading.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

I sit at my desk from Monday through Friday as close to 1pm as possible, Saturdays and Sundays whenever I can. If inspired, I write on anything available

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

My titles come from the meanings I’m trying to convey and the character of my characters, as their life progresses.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The hardest scene for me to write is the last paragraph of my soon to be published book, Darkness and Light, Vampires. The easiest paragraph was in my first novel. When Marcus, the main character, is trying to convey how much he hates what he has become.

  1. What inspired your book/series?

Marcus, the main character in the Darkness and Light series needed to have his long and often painful journey explained in a manner expressing many of his and my deepest feelings.

  1. What are you working on next?

Once the final Darkness and Light book is published I will begin writing the third book in the Sister World Trilogy; Sister World, Back to Terah

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Charles Dickens, Stephen King and M.M.Kay

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Here. I love to travel, but no matter where I go, it’s beauty, history and delights, I’m always happy to come home.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

Fried Scallops

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Coffee, wine

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate, meticulous, and imaginative.

[Author Interview] Christopher Paniccia

Welcome to RKB Writes Author Interviews!

This month’s interview is with Christopher Paniccia.


Author Bio

Christopher R. Paniccia was born and raised in Southern New England.After serving as active duty Para-Rescue in the United States Air Force during Desert Storm he finished his teaching and art degrees. He has been teaching both Elementary as well as College students for over twenty years.

As an indie author, Christopher writes and publishes his own books. He hopes to inspire others to put their ideas into print as his students inspired him to do.

His newest book, Dark Kingdom, book three of the Haven Series came out last month. It introduces the realm of Dark Elves into this epic fantasy.

You can follow Christopher through his social links:

Facebook | Instagram | Amazon Author Page | Website

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I have always been a writer. As a young man I would often write comic stories in journals and follow that by putting the story into a complete comic book. Over the years I saved the journals and have an unlimited amount of stories from which to choose to turn them into novels. What really inspired me to take the leap into novel writing can be summed up easily, my students. I have taught both college and elementary students for the past 25 years. My elementary students would comment on my various stories over the years and one group in particular really motivated me to put the stories into words. The floodgates opened.

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

My writing space can be described as controlled chaos. Is it possible to be neat but yet cluttered, well that is me. A mixture of writing materials, illustrations, and cups fill my desk.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

My writing routine changes based on the seasons. While school is in session my writing takes place in the evening. During the summer month’s I write full-time during the day. I have my notes and outline in front of me and a large glass of water. Ear pods have a special place in my routine as the rock and roll is cranked up and keeps the ideas flowing.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

Many times, the title of the books comes after the story has begun to be written and as it takes shape the title comes to mind.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write?

Which scene was your favorite to write? The hardest scene for me to write would have to be in Book One of the Haven Series, Heaven’s Gate where Peter Sullivan finally makes it to the gate of the ancient alien realm where he unlocks the gate only to have that moment of extreme high become one of devastation as he and his friends immediately become prisoners.

My favorite scene would have to be in the Gridiron Conspiracy where Dr. Henry Chase introduces Chris Strong and company to his long dead brother at an off the grid cabin in the woods. The doctor leaves a digital trail of breadcrumbs for the companions to follow and has a lot of explaining to do.

 

  1. What inspired your book/series?

My current series, The Haven Series, is inspired by true events. My grandfather was a naval officer during WWII and left me his footlocker when he passed. In the footlocker were various military items including an old leather journal. The journal was written in German and upon translation I discovered the journal contained Nazi details about an expedition to Antarctica in search of Rainbow City, an ancient alien civilization. It seemed the perfect way to begin a fantasy story with magic, aliens, and long-lost realms.

  1. What are you working on next?

I am in the process of working on a spin off Gridiron Conspiracy series focusing on Dr. Henry Chase, the enigma in the trilogy. He has become a beloved character and is definitely worthy of his own legacy.

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I have been influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s world building, Terry Brooks’ characters, and Terry Goodkind’s storylines.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

I would love to live near the ocean and be able to hear the sound of wind, sea, and animal life.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

A favorite meal of mine would be the next one! In all seriousness though a great lasagna and cheesecake would hit the spot.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Having spent a good amount of time in England I would have to say Tea.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Steadfast, Loyal, and Relentless.

[Author Interview] M. A. Guglielmo

Welcome to the first of many author interviews.

M. A. Guglielmo is this month’s author. She is member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Her third book in the From Smokeless Fire Trilogy, Price to Pay is available for pre-order and arrives on 6/17.

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Author Bio

M.A. Guglielmo is a neurosurgeon, mother of two awesome daughters, and a lifelong fan of speculative fiction. Her Italian grandmother may or may not have been able to cast the evil eye on difficult neighbors, and she loves telling a good story, especially if magical curses and witty villains are involved.
  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I live in Rhode Island, the US state voted most likely to be used as a unit of measurement, with my two awesome daughters, and a dog and cat who I swear have watched too many Tom and Jerry cartoons. In my day job, I’m a neurosurgeon. So I can say with some authority that writing fiction isn’t brain surgery. Some days it feels harder, though!

  1. How did you get into writing?

I started writing seriously about seven years ago, after I finished reading out loud a middle grade fantasy to my daughters and started to make up a new version of the plot. It was so much fun I decided to start sketching out the story. After writing a fifty-page outline and the tossing it aside when the actual writing began, I learned my first writing term—pantser.

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

I usually write on my couch, trying to hold onto my laptop with my dog on one side of me and my cat on the other. There’s also a lot of hot tea.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

I’ve recently adopted a strategy of ‘touching’ my work every day. I open up my Scrivener file of my current work in progress and do something, even if it’s only rereading and lightly editing my last session. It’s worked surprisingly well.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

I have a (usually terrible) working title before I begin writing. My published books have all had their titles changed by the editor and marketing team, so I try not to get too attached to my working title.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The heroine of my From Smokeless Fire, Zahara, is a demonic jinni more interested in shopping and sweets than haunting. In Price to Pay, the last novel in the trilogy, Zahara has to overcome her party girl of the paranormal persona and become the reluctant heroine of the story. I was surprised how bittersweet her difficult decisions were in the novel, and how strong a character she shows herself to be. Those were more difficult scenes to write.

My favorite scenes to write were when Clifford, a flying cyborg Great White, made an appearance.

  1. What inspired your book/series?

The mythology behind the novel is the story of Harut and Marut, two overly proud angels—or jinn in some versions—who are sent down to earth to show humans how to resist temptation. They fail, in rather spectacular fashion, and are punished by being hung by the feet until the end of the world. According to some sources, the two gave the gift—or curse—of magical knowledge to humanity.

  1. What are you working on next?

I’m starting a new project set in a fantasy version of ancient régime France, with a sexy necromancer hero who has to work with two of his worst enemies to save a princess who’s not what she seems to be.

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I love the writing styles of more literary authors like Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin, and the storytelling power of writers like S. A. Chakraborty and Martha Wells.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

The best fantasy worlds are way too dangerous for my taste! I’d love to have a second home in Morocco and a jinn muse for my writing, though.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

Mmmm…pasta.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Green tea and red wine.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Curious, creative, and overbooked!