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How to write a war story, that's not

Raised in a deeply religious family, Mercy rebels against all rules during his teenage years. He stops attending church and drops out of high school. To avoid a destined path of self-destruction, Mercy enlists in the Army. After two combat tours, Mercy returns home battling PTSD. Trying to forget about the lives that he has taken and resume a "normal" life, Mercy returns to church. He enrolls in college and reconnects with a childhood crush. Mercy saved some of his men. Can he save...


Dark Fantasy Author Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin is a storyteller and an artist--words are his palette. Fantasy is his genre of choice, and he loves to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. Thief of the Night Guild is the sequel to Child of the Night Guild. It showcases how the woman Ilanna has to adapt and become more ruthless and cruel to survive in a male-dominated society of thieves, assassins, and thugs.


Speculative Fiction Author William Michael Davidson

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption. If you'd like to be a guest on Back Porch Writer, visit the website for more information. I'd love to chat with you!


Writing Historical Fantasy that Sells

J.M. Robison is a fantasy historian who chronicles the events which force heroes to reveal their mistakes, lead rebellions to dethrone tyranny, and unearth ancient secrets to free the oppressed. She's quested over lands with the U.S. Army and now works for the king under the honorable title of Deputy Sheriff. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, and toothpaste. Some day she'll pack the wagon and roam the mountains in search of dragons. Check out her book, "The War...


Write Engaging YA Mystery Thrillers

Sandie Will is a young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her debut novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a heart-pounding young adult psychological thriller. Her second is a historical time travel that will be released in late 2017. Sandie is currently writing her third novel -- another edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. Inspired by true events, The Caging...


Living the Indie Author Life, Take 6

Connie Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY. She now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. Connie began writing in response to a challenge from her daughter in October 2011 and has been hooked ever since. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She's published fourteen books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on Connie's...


Living the Indie Author Life, Take 5

Logan Miehl loves writing from anywhere with a plugin for her laptop—ideally among her native Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband. Miehl's debut fantasy novella, An Unlikely Bride, is the tale of a fiery princess named Kalinda and the journey she takes to unearth her Kingdom's dark past. Follow Kalinda as she discovers the magical powers that were kept secret from her. Will she use this newfound strength to save herself, or become the heroine her Kingdom...


Living the Indie Author Life, Take 3

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying...


Living the Indie Author Life: Take 1

Entering into the realm of novel writer late in life, Tom Fallwell, at an age of more than sixty years, jumped into that world with both feet. Having always had a fascination with fantasy world-building, even from early in his life, Tom wanted to create his own world filled with rich history and lore. His Rangers of Laerean series does just that, painting a panoramic landscape that is both magical and deadly, in which to set the stories of his Rangers. Tom lives in the greater Oklahoma...


Writing Realistic Dark Fantasy

Author Andy Peloquin explores the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. He's also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people. About Child of the Night Guild Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The...


Living the Indie Author Life

Back Porch Writer is a proud supporter of the annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention. From now until April 7, 2017, you'll meet exciting voices representing a variety of genres. Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family. Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in...


How to Create a Captivating War Romance

Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Two young doctors form a profound and loving bond in Nazi Germany; a bond that will stretch them to the very limits of human endurance. Catholic Max - whose religious and moral beliefs are in conflict, has been been conscripted to join the war effort as a medic, despite his hatred of Hitler’s regime. His beloved...


Why Mental Heath Days Matter

I'm declaring today "take a break from the rubbish" day. It's been years since I felt a need to take a mental health day, but after a disappointing, frustrating, and hatefilled election cycle, I know that I need one. How about you? Not one to wallow, I'm sharing what got me to this decision, and more importantly, what I'm doing about it!


Ups and Downs Authorpreneurship

Born in London, Tony Halker studied geology at Leeds University after which he worked as a geologist, travelling extensively overseas. Following an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, he became a manager in hi-tec business. The introduction of new technology threatens to upend the way of life in a Celtic Druid society as conflicting loyalties pit tribes against one another in this lyrical historical fiction from debut author. The Learn is heavily inspired by nature.


Write a Crime Thriller That Captivates

Summer is the perfect time to get engrossed in a crime novel! AW Rock's debut novel, set in the SoHo district of London, is described as gritty and fast-paced. The author spent years in the entertainment industry before transitioning to novelist. Chances are, some of his experiences found their way into his new series. Mr. Rock also is an accomplished film maker and professional photographer. You can learn more about him at Soho Honey. About Soho Honey: This contemporary crime story takes...


How do Introverted Authors Optimize Their Prosperity?

Most of us know that authors tend to lead a life of isolation, especially while writing a manuscript, but there comes a time when every author, introverted or extroverted, shy or not, must engage readers. Extroverts tend to have it easy in this department with their need to chat people up. Introverts aren't so inclined. Talking with groups of people is exhausting! Today's show is all about real-world, non-terrifying strategies introverts can use to make stronger, lasting connections with...


Choosing Your Genre and Audience

Author, Poet, and On-Air Radio Personality, Tracie Christian is from Detroit, MI. Her books are The Black College Sabbatical trilogy fiction series and the newly released "Toast to the Fool" reflective fiction novel. "Toast to the Fool" follows five friends all playing the fool as they battle through the biggest missteps of their lives. On the surface, they each seem happy, but secretly some have heavy regrets. Redemption is the goal, but getting it is another story. Words of Wisdom:...


How To Get Speaking Gigs That Pay Your Bills

Tony Wilkins is the host of the Internet sensation Small Business Forum Radio with nearly 200,000 listeners worldwide and broadcasting live every Friday at 3:30 PM Pacific from the historic Payne Mansion in San Francisco. The Career Whisperer: Behind the podium - A step by step guide to booking speaking engagements. This book is designed to help both new and seasoned speakers find more speaking engagements, book more media appearances and generate more...


Marketing Your Debut Novel

We're diving into what it takes for a debut author to market her first book. Claire Everward and her sister, Kate, are doing exactly that. A month ago, I spoke with them via a interview when they'd just released Claire's novel, THE FIRST. Now, we're assessing what they've done, what's worked, what hasn't, and what they've learned. A. Claire Everward takes the world far too seriously. She is passionate and sensitive to her surroundings, and tends to fight for what she believes in....


Marketing Your Contemporary Romance Novel

If there's one aspect of being an author that many authors moan and groan about, it's marketing. Somehate doing it because they feel like they're forcing their work on people. They feel "spammy." Today, we're getting some tips from Gail Olmsted. Who's she? Glad you asked! Gail happens to be an author AND a marketing professor. If anyone can offer marketing words of wisdom, it's her Gail hasauthoredtwo contemporary romances: JeepTour& Guessing at Normal,published by Booktrope.Her third...