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Author Jennifer Quail

Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, and More

This is not a blog.

Blog would imply that I’m going to write about me, which I suppose I am in the sense I am writing about things which interest me.  But this is not the kind of author’s blog where I’m going to talk about the process of writing and pretend to offer sage advice.  Nor am I going to talk about the seriousness of my craft and its significant meaningfulness and the deep emotional investment and trauma required by “the craft.”  Frankly I’ve got books to write and anthology deadlines I’m trying to meet.  And I’ve never met a successful full-time writer who writes fiction who is prone to deep philosophical discussions of the craft.

But they say that authors ought to have blogs, so I figured if I’m going to leap on the bandwagon, I might as well write about things that interest me and which might give any interested parties a look into how this particular writer’s mind works.  Topics may include but are not limited to why I always seem to like villains, painting and drawing as note-taking, food in fiction and my pet peeves thereof, what my adorable Corgis are doing, tales from the day job (where I often get to party like it’s 1799) and sometimes, excerpts and comment on my own work.  Writing and otherwise.

Featured Image: The Road After Dark, acrylic on black canvas, 2014.  This is my road as seen on a winter night, based on what I see when I walk the dogs.  Not necessarily as might be seen by others.

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This is actually starting to feel a little silly.

First, if you don’t follow me on Twitter (please do) you may have missed the link to my interview on ABC 57 yesterday morning (or you were asleep, like sane people are at 6:45 in the morning.) Definitely follow me on Twitter for Jeopardy! livetweeting, dog photos, goat photos, and griping about how much writing I’m not doing.

Seriously, when Corina said “Your life is going to change” when we were setting up between episodes I didn’t know she meant “You may want a media manager.” I’ve done interviews for the local newspapers including a follow-up, and I now have  two different local-interest magazine requests pending, my undergraduate university’s alumni magazine, have done interviews on the local CBS and ABC affiliates, and have been asked do something for WNDU so I’ll have hit the big three network trifecta. Good thing it’s the slow season at work.

It’s mentally kind of draining, actually.

I’m sort of stuck on the easier (relatively) turnaround of short stories, but that keeps pushing book-length projects back. And of course, with a book, there’s always the question of . . . what do I do with it? Unpopular as this opinion is I really hate “indie” stuff. It’s too much work, it’s too much up-front expense, and if there’s one aspect I loathe it’s marketing. I realize even with real publishers that’s still mostly on the writer these days, but at least I’m not stuck doing every aspect. And of course, there’s the chances of getting lost in the shuffle.

Of course if I’m too busy doing interviews and chasing dogs trying to tire them out, I’ll never get anything done anyway!

Oh, if you aren’t following Smoking Pen Press’s newsletter check them out for at least one interview that isn’t ENTIRELY about Jeopardy! in their next edition.

We have a Winner! Actually Two Winners!

Maggie has chosen! (Because Bailey was busy stealing Maggie’s other toys.) Through the extremely scientific method of writing down all the names on slips of paper, burying them in the toy bowl, and seeing who got knocked out first when Maggie yanked her Bark Box Turkducken out, we have two winners of our drawing for paperback copies of Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim featuring my story “Storm-Spun”!

The winners are:

Susan Depping

Clarawayne Starrett-Wolford

Please contact me via Facebook or using the comment form here about where you’d like your book sent and if you’d like it signed to anyone in particular or to you!

Everyone else, thank you for all your shares and likes and comments! I may be doing more contests in the future, and as always a lot of my work is available via Amazon and Lulu! If you’re interested in a signed copy of any of the books, let me know via the comment form here.

Merry Christmas!

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How Eva in “Only Ever Slowly” might celebrate. Via “Blog Into English.”

Kind of a quiet Christmas here, but quiet can be good. (Especially when the beagle is comfortable enough to start howling.)

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Silent Night…for now.

So Let’s See Who’s Still Paying Attention…

I know I’ve picked up plenty of followers thanks to Jeopardy, and I appreciate the appreciation! But of course, this sorta-a-blog and Facebook are really about the whole writing thing. So in hopes of keeping some of you folks around, I’m going to have a little contest!

I have in my hot little hands paperback copies of Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim from Hollow Hills.  This anthology, featuring stories inspired by fairy tales with not-so-downer endings, includes my short story “Storm-Spun”, a Slavic tale involving talking horses, magic spindles, and Koshki the Deathless (and some altered/fantasy-fied spellings, obviously.) As I would really love for people to read what I write I’d like to give away a couple copies, and find out if y’all are actually reading my Facebook page.

So here’s what we’ll do!

1. Like My Author Page On Facebook

2. Like and SHARE the post for this blog entry.

3. ?

4. Profit! Okay, maybe win one of two paperback copies of Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim, with my story “Storm-Spun”, signed by me. I may not be a famous author, but hey, I’ve got an entry on the Jeopardy Contestants Wikipedia page. (I would add stuff like where I’m originally from and went to school, but I honestly can’t be bothered figuring out how to edit it. Also it’s hard to cite things when, well, it’s me. I am my own citation.)

5. I will choose two winners at random from people who, again, like My Author Page , and like AND SHARE the Facebook post for this blog (and I’ll even give you an extra entry if you comment on it, too.) I’ll probably do something crazy like put the names on dog treats or tennis balls and let Maggie the Corgi and Bailey the Beagle (#dogsofjeopardy) pick. Since I like Christmas only slightly less than the Nostalgia Critic, and love stretching out the season I’ll do the drawing on Boxing Day (December 26, 2019.)

Winners will be contacted by Facebook message from the Author Page and announced here, if you want to be. Postage is on me for one book to your location (so sorry, you have to live somewhere the post office ships to.)

Winners are not obligated to leave reviews on Amazon, Lulu, or Goodreads, but it would be nice for me and my fellow authors if you wanted to!

 

 

5000 words a day doesn’t have to be one document, right?

So while I should be either really getting going on the novel-length story featuring Aleksandra and Mattias (who’ve so far cropped up in  three flash fics and a lot of notes) or maybe that food-theme fantasy sequel to “Storm-Spun” with a December 31st deadline.

Instead I’ve got two lines for what MIGHT be an adaptation of “Ghost Life” to something a little brighter and more upbeat:

“Our arrangement probably seems strange, or it would if anyone knew about it. For the record, his being dead since before we met has only been a problem in a few, tiny ways.”

Just In Case You’d Like to Buy Some Books!

While you can always check out my Amazon Author Page for books by me or featuring my stories, there are a few other options.

For Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim featuring my story “Storm-Spun”, besides Amazon, you can find links to other ebooks at the universal link below. For paperback copies, click the Lulu link!

Universal link – https://books2read.com/talesofsiblings

Paperbacks – http://www.lulu.com/shop/product-24352918.html

If you’d like a paperback version of Machinations and Mesmerism: Tales Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmanit’s also available on Lulu.

If you’d like to skip Amazon and order direct (or are in the UK) for Urban Crime Short Stories, You can shop direct on Flame Tree’s website.

And please, if you read, consider dropping a review at Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites! Authors love reviews. (Well, when they’re nice. Okay, even if they’re not nice, at least you noticed us!) For example, here’s the first first Goodreads review for Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grim!

Some News You Might Have Seen

So, I may have been using a bit of dramatic understatement in saying my “appearance” singular on Jeopardy was on Wednesday. I will be returning for Monday, December 9th’s show. Yes, I really do like puffins, traveling, and have goats. Yes, I actually do know Fenway Park is in Boston, I just cannot connect Fenway and football. Alex was doing very well when I saw him October, all things considered. He’s very nice. My competitors were all very nice people.

If you are coming here via Jeopardy instead of reading this because you saw my story in an anthology or are on the Books Go Social facebook, hi, yes, I write too! Please check out my Amazon Author Page where some recent credits include Smoking Pen Press’s Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts Volume 1 and A Kiss and a Promise, and if you’re more into crime, I have a short procedural in Flame Tree Publishing’s Urban Crime Short Stories. 

For all things Jeopardy!, random goat and Corgi pictures, and updates on publications, you can follow my Facebook page and you can follow me on Twitter @jenniferquail. I try to live-tweet Jeopardy and otherwise sporadically post things as the mood strikes me. And if you miss a game you can always visit The Jeopardy Fan for recaps, commentary, and lots and lots of math, and J-archive for full game boards and results.

Well, This is Exciting

First, Hollow Hills Press has released Tales of the Siblings Not-So-Grimm for Kindle! This anthology includes my story “Storm-Spun” and fairy-tale-inspired stories and poems with a little more upbeat tone than is maybe trendy these days. (Seriously, did Fantasy Island need a darker, grittier reboot?)

Second, today (Wednesday, December 4th, 2019) is my Jeopardy! episode!

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Check your local listings!

So, This Happened.

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So, after many tries (four different on-line tests followed by four different in-person auditions) I made the callback! I will be appearing on Jeopardy! on December 4, 2019. (Check your local listings.)

And now, how much dark suspenseful horror can I get done before a turkey coma sets in?

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