Reindeer Tails Author- Cassandra Jones- Interview

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Ghosts of the Past

Brianne hasn’t talked to her brother in years, not since the night he walked out of her life. When he shows up out of the blue, she doesn’t trust him.
Mark brings his troubles back to Brianne and her family. He never thought they would be in any danger, but he was wrong.
Now they must work together to survive. Can they overcome the ghosts of the past?

“Who are you?” Toby stepped into the room. “What do you want with her?”
“It’s not her we want.” The man snapped. “Mark is your brother, isn’t he?”
“Yes.” Brianne looked at her daughter. “He isn’t here.”
“I know that.” He pulled a gun from the waistband of his jeans. “You need to get him here, now.”
“How can I do that?” She asked. “I don’t know where he is.”
“He was here earlier today. You better figure out where he is before something happens to her.” The man held the gun to Erin’s head. “I won’t play games with any of you.”
“Call him.” Toby crossed his arms over his chest. “The number should be son the phone. “
“What if he doesn’t come?” Brianne started to leave.
“He better.” The man said. “Bring the boy back with you.”
Brianne hurried to the kitchen. Mark had better get here soon. If anything happened to her little girl, she would hurt him.
She listened to the phone ring several times. Why wasn’t he answering? They didn’t have time for this.
“Brianne, what is it?” Mark asked. “I don’t want to argue with you anymore.”
“Mark, you need to get over here, now.” She paused for a minute. “You were right about the danger. There’s a man here and he has Erin.”
“I’m on my way.” He hung up.
Brianne put the phone on the table, going to her son’s bedroom. Asher hadn’t moved at all. The kid could sleep through anything.
She hated to wake him up. Maybe she could carry him to her room? Of course, she hadn’t been able to lift him in a while. Still, she had to try.

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Cassandra Jones was born in Fairmont,WV and raised in the small town of Four States,WV. (Yes, that’s a real place!) She has loved to read since she was very young. At the age of thirteen she decided she wanted to try writing her own story. After taking Creative Writing and Journalism in high school, she began to love writing even more. She has won first place in two poetry contests and third place in a writing contest. She attended her first writer’s workshop in 2015 and another one October 21,2017. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.
She enjoys working on the family history and learning new things. She also loves to spend time with family and friends. She has the best time at her book group called The Lunchtime Book Discussion Group that meets at her local library once a month.

Please tell us about what you typically write.
I typically write crime fiction, but I also write horror, romance, children’s, and poetry

Q: If we were having a real in-person conversation, where would like to be having this conversation?
A coffee shop or library

Q: What got you into writing?
I have always loved to read. One day I decided I wanted to tell my own stories.

Q: What inspired you to write this particular short story?
I was given the prompt and decided this would make a great crime story.

Q: Do you prefer to write short, or longer?
It depends on the story.

Q: What currently compels you to write?
It’s a way to escape everyday life

Q: Where do your characters come from?
Some just come to me, others are inspired by people I know

Q: Who is your favorite character that you’ve written?
Tammy Perdue from my novel The Hunt For Amanda. She is named after and based on my best friend who passed away suddenly in 2012.

Q: Would you rather have one of your works turned into a movie or a TV series?

Q: What’s the one question you always like when people ask authors? And please answer.
What is their favorite piece of writing advice they have received? Mine would be always have backup files of your backup files. I learned that lesson the hard way after losing most of my writing in a fire.

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?
I am working on editing and making some changes to my novel The Hunt For Amanda. I am also part of another Anthology for charity.

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Reindeer Tails Author- Cloud S. Riser- Interview

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Christmas Countdown

Every year Santa takes a long vacation with his wife, and every year one special elf is chosen to take the mission on. When it’s Tinsel’s turn, he doesn’t expect it to be all too hard. Why would it? But Mr. and Mrs. Claus aren’t everything he thought they were.

excerpt: “Tinsel, I’m sure you’ve got a lot of questions about why you were chosen to be the elf. Unfortunately, we don’t have time for answers. By the end of the night, you should understand perfectly. You’re a smart guy, right?” He grinned at me while I nodded slowly, unsure if that was rhetorical or not. “What you’re going to do is head to the magic port. There, the elves will give you the coordinates for Santa’s vacationing spot. Everything you need to bring him back home will be in this bag.” He handed me a red backpack. “Change into something light and put on sunscreen. You’re going to want it!”
“Uh, sure!” I took the bag and he stood.
“Great, better get going, see you soon!” Sweat was beading down his forehead and he seemed nervous as he pushed me out the door of his office. The last thing I saw was him sitting back down in his desk and putting his head in his hands.
What was I missing?

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Cloud S. Riser is a Minnesota native. She has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She will probably remain there for her whole life too. The mother of The Squid, Skyscraper, and two cats, her life is definitely never dull. An adventure she braves with her husband. In order to stay sane, she creates massive amounts of fiction which she has decided to share with the rest of the world for the simple reason of: she is a storyteller.

Please tell us about what you typically write.
I am a writer of all things paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. Sometimes all of them at the same time! There’s always a twist and a touch of romance.

Q: If we were having a real in-person conversation, where would like to be having this conversation?
Any place where we can sit and be left alone for a while. I absolutely love long conversations at parks and coffee shops. I also enjoy walking and talking, so that might be a thing that happens too!

Q: what got you into writing?
It started with a fanfic. I just decided to write up my own version of a TV Show’s events when I was twelveish and it stuck!

Q: What inspired you to write this particular short story?
I started thinking about what Santa did during the off season, and it spun from there!

Q: Do you prefer to write short, or longer?
I’ve been writing a lot shorter lately, but I used to write epic length novels. It really depends on the story, to be honest! 20-30k is the sweet spot!

Q: What currently compels you to write?
I still have a lot of stories in me to tell that I just HAVE to get out!

Q: Where do your characters come from?
They tend to introduce themselves to me.

Q: Who is your favorite character that you’ve written?
I’m not sure! That’s like choosing a favorite child!

Q: Would you rather have one of your works turned into a movie or a TV series?
TV series. More length and room to keep going. Movies are so limited and too much goes missing!

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?
I’ve got Dragon Shifters coming at the end of the year/early next, as well as the next installment of my Point Epoch Series which is a paranormal small town series.


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Reindeer Tails Author- Justina Luther- Interview

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Forever Home

The night Tonya lost her cat, her best friend, Cassy, her heart split in half. A year later, she still hasn’t healed, and she promises herself she won’t be hurt that way again by adopting another pet. Little does she know; Cassy has other plans in mind.

Excerpt: “Gram?” I mumble, my vision blurry in the low light of the dying fire as a thump pulls me from sleep. I lie on the couch, a blanket tucked around me. Sitting up, I rub my eyes and switch on the lamp beside the couch. “Gram?” I say a bit louder.

The couch cushion at my feet shifts and I twist, my jaw dropping. Two massive, lemon colored eyes watch me from a fluffy gray face. “Cassy?” My heart soars before it drops into my shoes. I jiggle my head. “You’re dreaming. Cassy is—”

“Gone? If my being here is weird, let my words sink in.”

I yelp and scramble backward to tumble off the couch. My head hits the carpet and I wince. “Ouch.” I rub the back of my skull. “At least I’m awake now.”

“You have been for a while.”

I jolt to find Cassy perched on the backrest of the couch, her long fluffy tail curled around her paws. When she hops into my lap, I open my mouth to scream.

“Do you want to give Grammy a stroke? Stop yowling and listen!” She slaps a paw onto my lips. A hint of claw tickles me. “If you’re surprised, imagine my position. Imagine the biggest bag of catnip you’ve ever seen. Mine. Then I got a call from the head honcho because you’re messed up.” She licks her paw to clean her ears. “Plopped me here without discussion. Though, being able to speak your language is nice. This way I don’t have to tell you the same thing five hundred times before it registers.” She glowers at me, her same resting hiss face in full force.

“How is this possible?”

She swishes her tail. “Someone, somewhere, likes you. You don’t think I’m a crumb of underdone potato?”

Something lodges in my throat while my lip trembles and I reach to scratch behind her left ear.

Purring, she tilts her head in my palm before headbutting my chin. “I missed you too.”

I pull her to me and burry my face in her fur; it has the same sweet earthy scent I remember. “You’re here?”

She licks the tip of my nose. “You got it. Alright, I’d love to stay here but we have places to be.” She gives me a final headbutt and hops off my lap to saunter to the front door.

“Where are you going?” I scramble after her. “Why do you have to leave now?”

Reindeer Tails: Our Christmas Nook II
Available November 5th
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Justina Luther has never been one to fit into any one box; as a girl she was a tomboy in high heels.

Raised in a house that didn’t swear, she keeps her books the same way. While she won’t write a scene that would make your grandma blush, her words will push your emotions to the brink with twists you’ll never see coming.

From thrillers to romance, fantasy, and horror, she goes where her imagination leads, writing characters with integrity, transparency, and flaws, who don’t quite fit the box.

A Crazy Ink Exclusive author, she has several titles under her belt including:
The Step Into Darkness Series:
Would You Have Believed Me?
Gut Check
The Future Looks Forward
Echoes of the Past
New Wounds

Solo Titles:
The Heart Recalls
Cherry Sunrises
The Compact
Cherry’s Marshmallow Float

With Short Stories Featured in:
Our Christmas Nook II
Beyond Atlantis: A Crazy Ink Anthology
Beyond The Rose: A Crazy Ink Anthology
Beyond The Beanstalk: A Crazy Ink Anthology
Beyond Fantasia: A Crazy Ink Anthology
Beyond the Mirror: A Crazy Ink Anthology.

For Melissa: An Anthology


Please tell us about what you typically write:
I love to write stories that push emotions to the max with a twist. As a multi-genre author, I follow my imagination wherever it might lead, but I keep my writing clean. You won’t find cursing or sex scenes in my books.

Q: If we were having a real in-person conversation, where would you like to be having this conversation?
A: I’d love to be in a cute café. We’d be in the back room where the comfortable, eclectically patterned, armchairs are with the perfect amount of morning sun coming through the windows. I’d be curled up with either an iced coffee or a hot chocolate or tea, depending on my mood.

Q: What got you into writing?
A: School projects. I was homeschooled from the third grade onward, but in the first and second grade we were asked to write small stories about what was happening in a picture, or what our weekend was like. Other kids turned in a paragraph, I turned in a few pages. I remember one project at Thanksgiving asking what the holiday was like at our house. I went to my teacher and asked if I could write it from the turkey’s perspective. I was told no. Ha! I’ve always loved to write.

Q: What inspired you to write this particular short story?
A: My late cat Sassy, as well as my two new rescue cats Figaro and Joy. There are many times I wish I could see Sassy again. This story was my way of getting to do that. Figaro and Joy inspired me to join the project because they came from a rescue very similar to the one this anthology is benefitting.

Q: Do you prefer to write short, or longer?
A: I love both formats for different reasons. Shorts force me to be exact in my word choices in order to get all of what I want to across in the tiny word space. I always walk away from them a better writer than I was when I began. I adore longer projects because I can let my imagination unfold fully. Walk the paths, if you would, with my characters from the beginning to the end, rather than give such a small snippet of their lives.

Q: What currently compels you to write?
A: I believe God gave me the ability to write and so I do my best to honor that gift by using it and following the ideas he gives me.

Q: Where do your characters come from?
A: Oddly enough, they always seem to come with the story ideas. Sometimes I take bits and pieces of people I know, and there will always be a part of me in them, but they’re a part of their stories from the inception of them. They introduce themselves to me fully as I write.

Q: Who is your favorite character that you’ve written?
A: Oliver Wendel, a side character in my novella The Compact. I love him! He’s such a quirky little spot of sunshine in the midst of this dark horror book.

Q: Would you rather have one of your works turned into a movie or a TV series?
A: I think a television series would be fun. With a spread-out option like tv, I feel it might actually be able to hit the whole book or series.

Q: What’s the one question you always like when people ask authors? And please answer.
A: I love the question “What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?” For me, aside from people assuming I pulled my stories from my own life (which I haven’t), my favorite compliment was when someone told me that if all great authors are ugly, then I must look like a dog. They had no idea when I look like and it was the most absurd way of saying they liked my work. I fell off my chair I was laughing so hard!

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?
A: I’m currently working on my second horror novel, Occidendum Sirenis. This will be my eighteenth publication.




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