This is a special Indy Author talk as it’s the 15th of the month and it highlights an author from this year’s Hallowread event in Ellicott City, MD.  Our author on the blog is a Q&A with Author Julieanne Lynch!  Her bio and links can be found at the end of the Q&A.  There has been an another edition to this years event and it’s one of my favorite YA authors, Jessica Verday.  YAY!  

Just to give you some information about the event this year:

Friday, October 24th 2014 Events

Author Workshops: 11:00am – 4:00pm

  • Beginner’s Guide To Self Publishing– Join best selling author L.M. Pruitt as she shares tips and tools of the trade necessary to hit the ground running!
  • Mastering Marketing with C.J. Ellisson– from social media to live events this USA today best selling author walks you through the steps of marketing. 90 minute seminar with Q&A session.
  • One Stop Writer’s Shop with Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine– double down on your learning experience with two talented authors leading this workshop!
  • Judging A Book By It’s Cover- what makes a cover sell with Megan Jeanette Parker of EmCat Design

Haunted Ruins at Patapsco Female Institute- 7:00pm-10:00pm

Ghost Tours: 9:00pm

Movie Showcase: The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus (family movie night free at parking lot of the Wine Bin)

Saturday, October 25th 2014 Events

10:00 am SteamPunk Author Tea– Hosted by authors P.J Schnyder, Kady Cross, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurences. Enjoy a full tea service in the Victorian tea house Tea On The Tiber while listening to the authors read from their work. Brief Q&A session after the reading and tea. Door prizes. More authors to be announced.

Panels held at the new Roger Carter Center

10:30 Book of Shadows- Spells, potions and creepy concoctions, behind the magic in our books-Elizabeth Kirke, Willow Cross, KB Miller, Kelly Harmon, Julieanne Lynch, Rachel Rawlings

11:00 Legends & Lore- Where do stories really come from-L.M. Pruitt, Jackie Mae, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Elizabeth Kirke, Christopher Mannino, Alexa Egan, Megan Parker & Nathan Squiers

11:30 Almost Human- Monsters move mainstream, our need to make them more like us-Sara Humphreys, CJ Ellisson, Alexa Egan, AC Arthur, Rachel Rawlings, Andrew Grey

11:30 Hybrids- and no we’re not talking about the car-Tee Morris, Pip Ballentine and PJ Schnyder

Lunch 12:30-1:30 (at restaurants of your choice throughout town, limited sandwiches and beverages available on site at Roger Carter)

1:00 Kids Story Time with K.B. Miller and Jackie Mae (free kids crafts offered from 12-5) Courtyard at Tongue Row

1:30 Once Bitten- Fanged and Fabulous-Sara Humphreys, CJ Ellisson, Cat Miller, Julieanne Lynch, AC James, Megan Parker & Nathan Squiers

1:30 How To Host A Tea Party –Pip Ballentine, Tee Morris, PJ Schnyder and Kady Cross

2:00 Oh God, You Devil- Heaven, Hell and somewhere in the middle-Jolea Harrison, Rochelle Maya Callen, D. Antoinette and L.M. Pruitt, Christopher Mannino

2:30 Author Game Night!- Scattergories and Mad Libs with some madly fun people-Mary Behre and co host Lynne Silver, Alexa Egan, AC Arthur, Rochelle Maya Callen, Andrew Grey

3:00 Dead Man Talking- do you believe in ghosts?-Willow Cross, Kady Cross, Jolea Harrison, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kaye Guiliani, Rochelle Maya Callen

3:30 Name That Vampire- authors read popular quotes from famous vampires, name the vampire and win a prize-CJ Ellisson, AC James, Cat Miller, Sara Humphreys, Julieanne Lynch, LM Pruitt

Paranormal investigations– Team up with the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigations inside the Historical Society Museum and Maryland Paranormal Research inside Mt. Ida! Limited number of tickets available for this event!

Haunted Ruins– 7:00pm-10:00pm

Ghost Tour– 9:00pm

Movie Showcase The Shining (free movie at the parking lot of the Wine Bin)

Authors and Panelists Attending HallowRead 2014

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*****Q&A with Julieanne Lynch*****

  1. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I initially began penning short verses, lyrics and poems when I was eleven. It soon progressed into short stories and by the time I was sixteen, I had penned my first novel “Dynamite” (which shall NEVER see the light of day). I used my writing as an outlet when I was being bullied at school and it soon became a kind of therapy for me, and even to this day, when life gets me down, I turn to my writing.

My first novel was inspired by my love of reading. Dynamite is about a young girl kidnapped and taken away, but soon learns that her captor isn’t all that he appears to be. It’s a bit of a mess and a mesh of all the things I love about literature: fantasy, crime, thriller, a bit of love thrown in and even a few dwarfs. Hahaha but, I am proud that at 16 I was creative enough to sit down and write. I guess in a sense it paved the path to where I would eventually go in my career and look back on it with a fond heart.

  1. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

I have a long list of writer’s who’ve inspired me from over the years. If I were to go way back, I’d have to say that Stephen King and Terry Pratchett were two huge role models. Kings IT and Pratchett’s Disco World series inspired me to no end. Their world building and creativity taught me to think beyond my own capabilities. Inspiring me in such a way that I began writing the kind of stories I loved to read. I’m also a huge James Patterson fan. The man is like a God to me. I adore his Alex Cross series and have a love and appreciation of his style of writing. I prefer fast paced, short chapters when reading, and I’ve adapted that style into my own work. Alice Walker and her novel, The Color Purple is another great inspiring book that to this day, still holds a place in my heart. The book has everything in it that makes for a compelling read. I remember the first time I read it, I cried, I laughed, I felt sick – just so many emotions, and the way Alice delivers the story and the intense topics completely bowled me over. I am a huge fan of her.

  1. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be?  Have they been in your head for a long time?

In my Shadow World series, Giselle’s story was screaming to be told for so long. I had initially began just penning short stories with Giselle being my protagonist back in 2004. I had never truly planned to sit down and write a full series on her. I had no idea who much she would impact my life, and I think the clutch for me was in 2008 when I sat down and outlined her first book, titled back then “In the Shadows”. By 2009, I couldn’t get her out of my head, but it took me until May 2010 to actually begin the book and by August it was complete and from there on in, my life had changed.  

My book The Taken, where we meet Loralee Quinn all started in a dream. Which is the opening prologue of the final book. It was a dream sequence that I used as the foundation of her tale, and again, it was only ever meant to be one book, but at the end, she was screaming for more. Which I have been obliged to do, because sometimes a character just doesn’t know when to shut up.

I guess the brunt of my characters live in my head for a long time, sometimes for years on end, but they do eventually get the attention they need.

  1. What motivates you to write?

In my head there is always a story screaming to be told. I don’t think there is greater motivation than the inspiration of the world around me, or the people I meet or places I visit. Books that I’ve read play a huge part in that motivation. Just wanting to be better at what I do, have my readers telling me how much they loved my work. There isn’t one single thing, it’s an eclectic mix of factors and I am grateful for them.

  1. What is the hardest part of writing?

For me it’s about fitting in a decent word count into my already hectic lifestyle. With having 5 children and my youngest who is just two years old, it can be very stressful fitting it all in. But I do have to admit that my children understand that my “work” is important and I am always working to meet deadlines. But for me writing isn’t a struggle, it’s a blessing and I thankful for each day when I can sit down and pen a few chapters.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I think I learned that you can do anything that you put your mind to. If you dream of doing something, no else is going to get up and do it for you. You have to strive to be the best you can be, and for me, completing a novel and having it published was in itself a dream come true.

  1. Where do you get your ideas?

From everything: my dreams, the world around me, the people who walk in and out of my life, music. I draw much of my inspiration from my past, my struggles, my successes, my feelings, my emotions – basically, my life has been the greatest of all muses and I’m thankful for my overactive imagination. That’s always a bonus. 

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

In the beginning, when I began letting my family know that I was embarking on what they said, was an impossible journey, they did question how prepared I was for the rejections and the possibility of it not being as fruitful as I had hoped. I think things began changing when they saw that people really did like reading what I was writing. They are one hundred percent behind me now and see that all my hard work is slowly but surely paying off.

  1. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?

 For all the inspiring writers out there, I suggest reading as many books as you can. Behind every good writer, there is an even more passionate and avid reader! Read as much as you can. Play with stories, find your comfort zone and just allow the words to flow. It always helps to be a member of a local writing group, and if there isn’t one, why not start one? Write every day, even if it’s just a sentence, it helps to keep the passion alive. Test the market by self publishing some stories/books, begin building your writing resume, which can be very beneficial when and if you decide to begin submitting to agents.

Create a fan page, join twitter, boost your social activity and always, ALWAYS be professional.

And above all else, fall in love with what you are writing.

  1. What book are you reading now?

 Right now I am reading Moonlit Earth by Christopher Rice.


*****Julieanne Bio*****

Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland , where she works on her Shadow World novels and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it. 

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning. 

Julieanne’s YA series, The Shadow World novels, so far contains Within the Shadows. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.


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