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Character Interview: Dorian Lake from Dark Choir series by JP Sloan

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Dorian Lake from The Dark Choir series by JP Sloan. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!

Greetings, Dorian, give us some small deets below!

Occupation: Dorian Lake
Age: 41
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: Macaroon
Favorite Hot Beverage: Coffee

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In search of authors!

I’m on the hunt for some authors who would like to participate in some fun character interviews. Are you game for this? Well, either drop a comment below or feel free to e-mail me.

These interviews will air after Thanksgiving and will be Christmas/Holiday themed and you may feel free to decide on who gets to partake in the interview. Sorry! Only one character per interview.

Not feeling the whole character vibe? No problem! I can send over an author interview instead.

Update: Happy November 1st!

crest-05e1a637392425b4d5225780797e5a76November 1st is the kickoff to a month of writing for some. NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month,] helps to light a fire under aspiring author’s muses or even author’s well on their journey of publishing books!

It’s a month-long event that helps bring the two sides together, too. Those who have written an entire novel successfully and those who are struggling, or just beginning their journey.


This is currently what my computer looks like [ish!] I have Christmas music playing [yes, don’t judge me I AM one of those.] I have my notes open, a photo for inspiration and NaNoWriMo’s website open.

Today I wrote successfully and under pressure, I wrote 1k+ in an hour, which yay for me! How are you doing? Are you participating? What are you doing to prep yourself for the month? Go ahead and compile a collage of what it looks like or just list off things. The more support the better. 😀


Happy Writing AND Reading!

Discussion: NaNoWriMo!


National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo for those of you who don’t know is National Novel Writing Month and it encompasses the whole of November. The goal is to achieve 50k words by setting goals to sit down and write in increments of [X] and the site does well to help set these goals for you.

The process is getting an excerpt, summary, cover [even if not final] and the first draft complete before the last day of November. The novel can be a series of short stories or a full novel.

This year I will be participating in NaNoWriMo with the intention of finishing up a story I had started years back. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, not just reading and reviewing! The easy part is reading and picking out what didn’t work for you, it’s an entirely different story when you’re writing and you feel all your critique [no matter how constructive it may have been,] come creeping back to haunt you. I’ve decided to lay aside my fears and go as far as muses will take me! Continue reading Discussion: NaNoWriMo!

Why do I read? #Ireadbecause


Um, first of all, is that title really a question? Why do you breathe? Because you need to! So, why do I read? Because I need to.


Everyone had to learn to read at some point in their life and while others may have had it come to them naturally, there are those who struggled more with the learning process. That was me.  Reading was a difficult thing for me to pick up while I was able to read I wasn’t able to comprehend what it was that I was reading. I knew that I had learning disabilities, but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t read it just meant that reading would take a little longer for me to pick up, that I would have to learn differently than the other children my age.

God bless my mother for being patient because I certainly wasn’t and because it was difficult why did I want to even learn?! She stuck with me and eventually purchased a package of Dr. Seuss, Clifford, Mr. Frog & Mr. Toad.

I had an active imagination from a young age and always used it. It took a while for me to get into reading books or rather consuming them. I found myself reading Julie of the Wolves, I became obsessed with these books. I devoured anything by Marguerite HenryThese were easy reads and helped me chug along with my difficulties with reading. Soon after I was finding reading easier, I was able to delve into these worlds much better than I had before.

Don’t you know by the time I was 13 I was branching off into fantasy worlds? We’re talking about books such as I am Mordred, The Once and Future King, Mists of Avalon, Wizard’s First Rule  and The Dark Elf Trilogy.

I read so much when I was a teenager that I could spit authors and books at you, recall the plots and gush about them. Books are really one thing that opens me right up [that and animals!]

  • Tamora Pierce
  • Garth Nix
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Jacqueline Carey

Honestly, the list goes on, but to go back to the question. Why do I read? Because I really need to! I have such an active mind that reading books calm me, they relax me, help me breathe and take me away to places I would never have dreamed [or maybe I would because I have bizarro dreams..]

I guess the real question is… why wouldn’t I read? It’s a joy to me now, something I smile back and remember how hard it was for me when now I’m teaching my oldest [4-year-old] how to read and he’s picking it up far easier than I ever did. I smile! I think, ‘Wow! This is something we can bond over, this is something that will help his little brain grow…this is just the start.’


So, to my  chosen ones… why do you read?

Renee @ A Bookish Delight

Klinta @ Book Owly

A. Marie Silver

Eve @ Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavours

Jennifer Hamilton

Samantha @ Dream by Day