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Character Interview with Jolene Wiley

Character Interview with Jolene Wiley, Voices of the Dead I signed up for the Writer Nation spring challenge, which has been both fun and productive so far. Today’s task is a character interview, which I’ve never done before. I tooled around on the internet to find some standard questions to ask your character, but I was either meh about them or, if they were good and juicy questions, the answers to them…

Playlists for Like a Pale Moon

Who by Water was Leonard Cohen, Our Lady of the Various Sorrows was Nick Cave, and Like a Pale Moon has been Billy Bragg, especially the song “Tank Park Salute.” Writing this one took it out of me. I didn’t lose my father when I was a kid but I was in my 20s. Other losses, similar to Jo’s, have been more recent and are fresher. “Tank Park Salute” has always been…

Our Lady of the Various Sorrows is out November 16

Hello, reader friends and friendly readers. Our Lady of the Various Sorrows: Book Two in the Voices of the Dead series will be released on November 16, 2017. You can preorder now on Amazon Kindle and paperback, Google Play, and iBooks. It will be available on Barnes & Noble on November 16 and through Kobo, as well. And you can order a signed advanced reader copy from the store after November 16th. It…

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Our Lady of the Various Sorrows is off being edited. I got the digital proof for the ARCs today. I thought it would maybe feel old hat the second time. Nope. I still got chills seeing the wrap version of the ARC cover. It’s real, an artifact, proof that I have finished something. Twice. The book is set in the depths of winter, in that time when it feels like spring can never…

A Soundtrack for Our Lady of the Various Sorrows

Where Leonard Cohen was my muse for Who by Water, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been my deep well for Our Lady of the Various Sorrows. Each of them have been nearly lifelong companions to the point I can’t remember what song I heard first or when exactly. Both write lyrics that stay with me for days, in a good way, not like an incessant earworm. The playlist also contains…

New Events for Summer and Fall

I’ve been busy with the day job and with finishing the initial draft of the second book in the Voices of the Dead series. If you’d like to find out what the title of the next book will be and receive a teaser snippet from book two, please scroll on down to the bottom of the page and sign up for the newsletter. Between driving all over Tennessee to visit farmers’ markets…

Being “theresick” & writing love letters to a place

I’ve talked about the surreal aspect of being published after aspiring to it for so long. And I’ve talked about the sometimes crippling effects of imposter syndrome. Brilliant people I never would have imagined struggle with the same feelings. Thanks go to Nikki Moore for the Neil Gaiman story link. If Neil Armstrong and Neil Gaiman have to wonder how they got there, then of course I can question how I managed…

Reality and the Grand Canyon of Imposter Syndrome

  After I signed my contract with Griffyn Ink, Eli Jackson, indie publisher badass, sent me an envelope with two really nice pens. The enclosed note said they were for signing copies when my book came out. I put them in my desk box, the closest thing I have to a drawer because I work at an old IKEA sofa table with the legs cut down. That I would be signing books seemed…

Soundscapes

I listen to music when I write. It helps set my mood and puts me in the place I need to be with the characters. Who by Water was influenced by a copious amount of Leonard Cohen, both back catalogue and his last release You Want It Darker. At some point, I imagined myself mailing a copy of the book off to him, but, of course, that won’t happen now. Most of the first book…

All the links to purchase Who by Water

If you’d like your very own copy of my shiny, new book when it drops on May 4 you can purchase it any number of ways. Preorder the paperback on Amazon Preorder the Kindle ebook Preorder the iBook version Preorder the GooglePlay ebook Autographed copies (will ship after May 4) victoria