EG Lee Author Story

What genre of books do you normally write?
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

Tell us your author story:
It’s almost 5 AM here in Texas and I’m trying to write a bio about myself to include on this site. I just don’t see how one can write about oneself without it being dry. Do I include a self-gratifying laundry list of all the cool stuff I’ve done through life? Maybe, maybe not-but I can throw down a few facets here and we can just roll with it. In context, Bayou Boogaloo refers to the region where I grew up. While I’m using a pseudonym, it isn’t hard to figure out my real name. Why use a pseudo? Because I’m writing in two genre’s: one is serious fiction, the other belongs with The Boogaloo and (shhhhh….) has smut in the content.

I was born in South Louisiana in ’69, growing up in bayou country eating the standard Cajun food and doing some typical Cajun things like playing in ditches, cane fields, fishing, hunting and often mischievousness. My father lost his legs in Vietnam-an event that with the idiosyncrasies of dealing with war experiences, destroyed my family and cast a shadow on my life that’s shaped and focused how my own has turned out for better and for worse.

Aside that, I enlisted in the Navy at 17, went on active duty at 18, flew as a Naval Aircrewman, fought in the first Gulf War and then went to college at Ole Miss on an NROTC scholarship. Of note-people wonder how a Louisiana native decided on Ole Miss and the simple answer “Archie Manning” usually settles the question. Commissioned as an Ensign in 1995, I went on to fly for the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer (think Goose), lived on Whidbey Island, Washington and once my initial service commitment was complete, switched over to the Air Force to fly B-52s, work as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and Command a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP). Aside deploying countless times as an aviator, I deployed on the ground twice-once to Iraq, and another to Afghanistan, managing to get myself into a few fights. I’m retired now and I miss it. The military was my life and my identity but time and age changes who you are and is beyond our control-and now, I am, perhaps forming a n ulterior identity to accentuate the one I already have.

Tell the reader about your latest book:
Frankly, not sure exactly where the genre falls–a friend told me about ‘monster (pron)’ on Amazon. I thought he was kidding-wasn’t. After looking at samples, I decided, ‘I can write this.” Can’t. Ended up writing something with a plot. I don’t think it falls in with erotica. From conversations with black friends-I wrote “Soul Tool: Revenge of the Cadaver Dick.” White friend of a black man inherits his penis through a corrupt experiement. He then takes revenge on their enemies.

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Becky Wicks Author Story

What genre of books do you normally write?
travel memoir, new adult romance

Tell us your author story:
I was published by HarperCollins when I was 29, for a series of three travel memoirs, as from the age of 21 I was pretty much a globe trotting freelancing explorer. My first book was a memoir about living in Dubai (Burqalicious) and featured the highs and lows of living in the world’s most extravagant sand pit. After that I travelled Bali and South America for two more books, until the need to sit still took over and I started writing new adult romance. I’m choosing to go the self-publishing route for these and as a result I’m learning more than I ever thought possible about the world of publishing. I’m loving the community we’re creating and every day is definitely an adventure in this mad indie-world!

Tell the reader about your latest book:
My latest new adult romance is the standalone sequel to Before He Was Famous (averaging 4.3/5 on Amazon so far) and it follows two contestants on a Survivor style gameshow called Deserted. Think Survivor meets PS I Love You. I’m publishing on August 25th 2014. Read the blurb on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430102-before-he-was-gone

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Marty Young Author Story

What genre of books do you normally write?
Horror

Tell us your author story:

I write horror stories – but not your blood and guts variety, more the quiet, psychological horror, where the atmosphere and surroundings adds to the tension, where the things you don’t see terrifies you more, leaving you to imagine just what those shadows might be hiding, and what they’re about to get up to. But that’s not to say I won’t show you these horrors in all of their glory, because I’ll certainly do that, too.

My biggest success to date was the publication of my debut novel, 809 Jacob Street, followed by winning the Australian Shadows Award for Best Horror Novel (2014). The Australian Shadows Awards are run by the Australian Horror Writers Association, and are one of the biggest awards for horror fiction in Australia. My novel was also nominated as a notable book in the category of Page Turners in Shelf Unbound magazine’s writing competition. It’s a great – amazing – start, and hopefully only a start!

Tell the reader about your latest book:
“A refreshingly hypnotic tale that blends Monster Squad and the small-town coming-of-age themes of Stephen King to his own dark and surreal ends.” – Robert Hood, author of Immaterial and Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead

“A slow burning exploration of psychic terror that builds to a startling climax and the beginning of an even deeper mystery. Recommended!” – Greg Chapman, author of The Last Night of October

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Tracy Kunzler Author Story

What genre of books do you normally write?
Humor

Tell us your author story:
I am a humor columnist and freelance copy writer living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’ve written copy for everything from greeting cards to game boxes to press releases to company websites in my career. In speaking with so many women my age, I realized today’s 40, 50 and 60-somethings are aging differently than our mothers. We’re more honest, open, sharing and, consequently, more amused by all the “gifts” that come with reaching “a certain age.” Growing older is a privilege denied to too many precious souls. I thought, “Why not celebrate and laugh at the less desirable gifts that come with the A.G.E. syndrome?” I wrote about all the changes that come with growing older in my first book, “Aging With Ungirdled Passion.” It’s a collection of new and expanded essays from my blog and humor columns. I’ve been so gratified to hear from so many women who have really enjoyed the book and even made it the centerpiece of monthly book club meetings. Helping people laugh or smile is so gratifying to me. Nothing is better than knowing you’ve helped make someone’s day a little brighter.

I live happily ungirdled with my husband, twin sons (when not away at college), and our beloved mixed breed mutt, Bogie. To share in the Ungirdled community, I invite you to like the Ungirdled Passion page on Facebook and to follow me on twitter @Ungirdled.

Tell the reader about your latest book:
My second book, “Men & Women: Getting Into Each Other’s Genes,” is written with my brother Bob Nery and looks at the innate differences between the sexes. Coping strategies are offered along with lots of laughs. It’s a great alternative to spousicide which is still outlawed or therapy or divorce attorneys which are crazy expensive! I promise if you have ever lived with a member of the opposite sex, you will find lots to identify with and laugh about in this book! It won a cover design award!

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Heather Hill Author Story

What genre of books do you normally write?
Women’s Humour Fiction/Comedy

Tell us your author story:
After a humble beginning tweeting random comical musings on Twitter, I realised I could make people laugh (well, at least two). So I began writing a comedy blog, which opened with an audience of one (my husband) and to date has over 10,000 subscribers.

This was when I began to want more than anything to try and write comedy full time. One day, I was in work photocopying 430 job application forms, three times, for my boss. As I watched the copier churn out page after page after page, I began to feel sick. I thought, ‘this is not my life’. Right there and then I walked into my bosses office and handed in my notice.

I didn’t know what I was going to do, where I would start or what would become of me, but I knew I didn’t want to die not knowing if I could have done something better and more creative with my life.

Since finishing the first draft of my first comedy novel, The New Mrs D, in November 2012, I’ve had a roller coaster of a time. After sharing her with a few friends, then getting her proof-read and copy edited and subsequently undertaking so many rewrites I lost count, she was ready to go out to agents. Two small, little known agencies even approached me and asked for her but I declined. I wanted to try the big players first.

My submission of a synopsis and three opening chapters to agents yielded some very encouraging results. Of the thirteen I submitted to I had four tell me they liked it very much but didn’t think they could find a market for it. One called it ‘laugh out loud funny’ and another said, ‘this is seriously funny stuff’. One of the four – a very large and prominent UK agency – told me they’d love to see anything else I write in future. Two agencies went as far as to request the full manuscript and one – Hannah Ferguson of the Marsh Agency – signed me up. In all, the time taken from submission to signing with an agent was around six weeks.

Mr and I jumped up and down. We opened our favourite bottle of whisky and stood in the garden looking at our beloved rented house, talking about how in a couple of years we might finally be able to buy it. Surely the level of positive responses and the speed in which I got an agent meant I’d written something really special? Then, my agent submitted to ten major UK publishing houses… and all of them passed. Actually, I have ended up with thirteen rejections in all, if I count some small presses that didn’t reply.

I’m not going to do any naming here, I feel very grateful and privileged to have received feedback for my work from some top editing professionals, most of whom made very kind comments as well as offering some useful, constructive criticisms. I rewrote again on the back of the common theme elements that came out of the exercise. Still, The New Mrs D remained on the shelf as far as the world of publishing is concerned.

So now – *drum roll* – I have, on the advice and with the support of my agent, self published The New Mrs D. I feel very afraid. Self publishing can be like throwing a fish into the ocean. But after only a day of it becoming available on Amazon The New Mrs D went straight into the Women’s Fiction Humour 100 best sellers list. And it has remained there for three weeks.

I came to AMC because after an initial explosion of sales, the book is now losing momentum and I need to try something new. I am determined to ger there!

Tell the reader about your latest book:
When funny, feisty, forty-something Bernice plans the adventure honeymoon of a lifetime, she doesn’t expect to be spending it alone. But as it turns out, contributing to a Greek fish explosion, nude karaoke and hilarious misadventures with volcanoes are exactly what she needs to stop fretting about errant husbands and really start living. But when Mr D tries to win her back, Bernice has a decision to make: is this a holiday from her humdrum life, or the start of a whole new adventure?

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