Monday, November 28, 2011

Southern Fried Gothic: Author Patricia Preston and The Wild, Wild South

Southern Fried Gothic: Author Patricia Preston and The Wild, Wild South: Please welcome Southerner and Carina Press author Patricia Preston! Tell us about yourself and your book:

Hi y’all! Yes, I’m definitely Southern as in I live in Mississippi and my folks all come from Tennessee and Alabama. So, I’m deeply entrenched in all things Southern except for football and politics. As a writer, I’m in great company in the South. It seems the South just naturally produces people who love telling stories.

Almost An Outlaw is set in Missouri and features the James-Younger Gang. In the 1860’s, Missouri had a lot of ties to the South. Frank James and Cole Younger were teenager guerilla fighters, not recognized as regular Confederate soldiers. They rode under a black flag as did my character, Austin. This novella is the first story I’ve written that is set outside of the deep South. All my work has Southern roots, especially my short stories, which are Southern comedies.

What is your favorite thing about the South?

Food! Food! Food! Especially sweet iced tea, Have you ever tried ordering sweet tea outside of the South? You sit down in a restaurant around here and say you want sweet tea and they know exactly what you mean. Try that someplace else. Even in Houston, much to my surprise. I also love our cornbread, which doesn’t contain any sugar. Add fried okra to my list. Fried chicken. Fried apples. Fried catfish and hushpuppies. Actually, I think we fry everything...

How does the South affect your writing?

Basically, it is what I know. From the landscape to the people. Whereas, I don’t know nothing about Yankees.

What is your next writing project?

I have just finished up a short historical, Lady Silver, set in New Orleans in 1814. I have a short story, The Yard Sale,  a finalist in the Faulkner Short Fiction Contest, which Im going to publish on Amazon. Its set in Mississippi. In the works I have a sequel to Almost an Outlaw. Emma hooks up with a Pinkerton agent.

Almost An Outlaw blurb:

Rancher Austin Cade rides into Liberty looking for his old comrades, the James-Younger gang. He needs their help tracking down the horse thief who's stolen his prized mare. In town, the former gunfighter is reunited with Darcy, the first girl he ever kissed—and never forgot.

Young widow Darcy Branson owns a shop full of fashionable ladies' attire, but continues to wear mourning black so she won't forget her role in her husband's death. Austin stirs a passion inside her that has long been dormant, but can Darcy learn to believe in Austin—and love—enough to let go of her tragic past?

Time is rapidly running out... As a cousin to Jesse James, Darcy has attracted unwanted attention, thanks to her rumored association with the gang. Soon Austin and Darcy are faced with confronting not only their growing desire, but danger in the form of a deadly bounty hunter...

And, this month it is on sale at CarinaPress for $1.99, part of the November Novella Sale! Also available at Amazon.

Praise for Almost An Outlaw:

"ALMOST AN OUTLAW by Patricia Preston is a worthwhile read for an easy afternoon. A little spicy, a little sweet and overall delightful, this is a short story you won't be sorry you picked up."~Lisa Jo, Romance Reviews

“A sweet story about love, loss and second

chances.”~Denise,  Goodreads
“Almost An Outlaw by Patricia Preston was a fun, quick read.”~ Jessica, Novel Reaction
“A true Western feel and a very good romance.”~Karyn, The Romanorum

Thanks a bunch for having me at Southern Fried Gothic! I am working at my day job so I won’t have a chance to respond to comments until the evening but I do so appreciate them. I’d love to have new Twitter followers and Facebook fans. You can follow me on Twitter at pat_preston. My Facebook page: Patricia Preston, Author Page and my website is

Thanks for stopping by, Patricia, and letting know it wasn't just 
the West that was wild!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Author Eileen Janket and A Deutschland Publishing Journey

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing hasn't just jump-started authors here in America, but internationally as well.

German author Eileen Janket has found the opportunity to pursue her writing dreams, and is excited to announce her first book now available at Thrill My Soul.
Eileen, tell me a little about your publishing journey.

Thank you, Bella, for having me on your wonderful blog. I feel honored and pleased since youre one of my favourite Indie-Authors. (*Bella here--I may or may not have paid her to say this)

So here we go:

Why I started writing?

Before I could write I used to make up stories and tell them to anybody who would listen. Then I learned my ABCs and I could put down all those stories in my head on a piece of paper. Actually my mom gave me a beautiful thick notebook when I started school.
I remember my first story (I was 7) was about a ten year old girl who finds out that she has an older brother who was abandoned by her parents. Crazy stuff for a kidbut I was having so much fun writing and still do of course

I studied journalism and worked for magazines

I was distracted by many things when I was younger and I didn’t write anymore.

I decided to study Social pedagogyand started working for the youth office in Berlin. That is still my daytime joband its a hard job.

In 2010, I decided to start writing againkids werent that little anymoreand I had so many unfinished manuscripts. Two novels had been waiting for so long to be continued

My favourite authors:

I love Patrick Süskind who is the author of “The Perfume” which is an extraordinarily good book.

I love Nick Cave’s first book “And the ass saw the angel”, it’s simply brilliant.

I love Anne Rices Vampire Chronicles.

Oh yes, John Irving, I love his books and his humor.

And of course, Bella Street, who got me with her bookKiss me, Im Irish. I also read the first book of the Apocalypse Babes series and love it(*see above note)

There are lots of good authors and books waiting to be discovered and read..

How Amazon has affected my publishing career
Thrill My Soul was the first manuscript I took out of my cupboard. I was worried of course of how I would find a publisher for it.

But then this happened: Amazon started KDP in Germany in April 2010.

After thinking about the Pros and Cons of self-publishing I decided to go that Indie Road. Since Im an Aquarius I love being independent and having control over my own business. Its such a great opportunity and gives me the chance to let readers decide whether they like my writing or not.

Being able to publish as an Indie is the best thing that could happen to me as an author. I just love it.

This is the story about Valerie - twenty years old - who does not want to do things the conventional way. She has a very rich background but she hates it and tries to get along on her own, working at a movie theater five days a week and living in a tiny little flat.

 She has a good buddy (not gay) but no boyfriend. In fact Valerie has been single for quite a while and she is so longing for someone to fall in love with.

On New Years Eve Valeries buddy introduces her to Finn Flanagan from New York, a mysterious and very hot-looking American guy of Irish decent. Finn has been travelling all over Europe and apparently got stuck in Berlin.

Valerie falls head over heals in love with him while theyre having a really exciting party together that last night of the year 2009 

Next morning Finn is cold as ice…and Valerie has no idea why.
Before she loses all hope, Finn opens up for her and from that point on Valerie is not only in love but addicted to him. She finds herself in a relationship that seems to move from heaven to hell and vice versa…

And then there is also Tom Nowak, lead guitarist of a Berlin Rock band and heartthrob, who has been secretly in love with Valerie for a long time.
Without Tom this whole story would end in a fatal disaster

Well, it is a love story, yes, but it has a lot of psychological thrill and is hard stuff. It has some elements that make it a X-Rated book.

It was great joy to write this story. I love all the characters in it and I don’t how they did it but they somehow told me the story while I wrote it down…

Thrill My Soul is written in German and sells for EUR 2,99. 

Please recommend it to your German friends! And visit Eileen at her blog and on Twitter.