Indie Debut Authors Bash Day 5


Welcome back to the Indie Debut Authors Bash! This month we are hosting the 2013 debut authors on Saturdays and Sundays. Take a look below to see todays featured debut indie authors!

DSC_1303Jackie Pynaert, author of Lumière


Affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA, Jacqueline is known for her edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing. She likes strong heroines, despises whiny sidekicks, and loves a good tale about an underdog.

Jacqueline is a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentoring Program. She has also studied under James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass, where she was the 2012 recipient of the Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Lumière—a steampunk-fantasy, romance adventure—is book one in her young adult Illumination Paradox Series.

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Can you tell us about your debut book, Lumière, in 10 words or less?

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything. (Okay, so I can’t count…lol)

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene was the tea scene where my main character Eyelet, and the mysterious stranger, Urlick, first get to know one another. I love their banter. And the exchange says so much about their characters. It was really fun to compose, like they were sitting right in front of me in the room as I was writing it. Those are the moments in writing that keep you going, and get you over those moments where you’re banging your head against the keyboard. Smile.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

In the beginning, I had an ending that I loved but my agent didn’t. He thought I could come up with something that would better serve the world I’d created. I struggled, he helped, and we came up with the worst possible ending ever! HA! After one round of submissions, we scrapped it and I wrote a new ending with the first one in mind—a sort of compromise ending with a small twist—and that did the trick.

If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters, who would you choose?Lumiere-Jacqueline Garlick ebooklg

I’ve thought about this a lot, oddly enough. Mainly because my friends and critique partners were all signing option deals with Hollywood for their books while I was writing Lumière, so the notion didn’t seem that far fetched.

Though the casting might be a little off age wise, I think Emma Stone would make the perfect Eyelet, because Eyelet is plucky and outspoken, similar to Emma’s character in The Easy A. Jake Gyllenhaal would make the perfect Urlick because he’s obviously hot, does scruffy well, and could handle the mysterious no problem. I’d love to see Jude Law play Crazy Legs, just because THAT would be a fun stretch, and weirdly, I think AnnaSophia Robb would make an awesome, nasty, Flossie. Little known actors Allisyn Ashley Arm has the look I imagine Iris having, and Liliana Mumy would make a sweet Cordellia. As for Professor Smrt—maybe Timothy Spall from Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate events. Though my son jokes he wants to see Betty White with the lead. He thinks she’d make a great Eyelet!

Did any music inspire you when writing Lumière?

I listened to a lot of instrumental pieces while writing Lumière. Just stuff I found on Google, cool new pieces with electric violins and and then I’d put them on a loop and replay them. One Gothic piece comes to mind, a sad violin love song, and another wild electric violin piece for the chase scenes. Hmmm. Violins seem to have been the instrument of choice for this book. Wonder what the next one will be?

Will there be a sequel?

Yes, in fact, I’ve started it today! You can find a small excerpt of Noir, the second book, in the back of book one! And there will be a third as well. I’ve a trilogy planned for this series, as well as a couple of small novellas to tide readers over in between. Including one featuring all the cool research I found about the era while preparing to write Lumière.

 Why steampunk?

Why not? lol.

No, seriously, I love Steampunk! I love the gadgets and machines and the contraptions and the freedom to create even more. Growing up, I had a very inventive father. He was a tool and die maker, and a designer, which means he drew car parts for a living, and stamped them out of steel. My father was always designing, inventing or making something. His mind was never idle. Saturday’s were our days together, and it was all about hammer and nails and what we could make, or long hours spent drawing contraptions to meet the needs of the future. Imagination was key. Believe it or not, my father created the first snow blower out of an old lawnmower, but then he sold it to a guy who stole the idea from him. Patents, people, patents! Like my father, I’ve always had a vivid imagination. So writing a Steampunk/Fantasy, where I could invent cool gadgets and let my imagination run amuck, just seemed the perfect fit for me. Plus, I love the dark, edgy, feel of Steampunk and had an unusual idea for steamy, macabre world. Not to mention I’m a Victorian nut, always have been, so it all just kind of fell together.

Who designed that beautiful cover?!

First off, thank you! I’m so glad you like it. I’ve gotten a lot of the compliments on the cover, which is great because, I’m the one who designed it. I did! No lie, I did!

I had this vision for the cover and I was determined to make it happen.  So, with the help of another writer friend, I hired a photographer, ordered the costume, altered it a smidgen (to make it more macabre, HA!), then borrowed the daughter of another writing friend as my model, solicited the help of my son who is an animator for the special effects, and voila! I oversaw every aspect of the cover. I attended the shoot, directed the model, even helped to curl her hair! Then I selected a photo and sent it off to Mae I Designs for the final creation. She is top notch at what she does. So many people hate their covers. I love my cover. LOVE IT. I was lucky it all came together just as I imagined.

What is the best book that you’ve read recently?

This is a tough one. I’ve been so busy writing books, I haven’t been reading many lately, but INCARNATE by Jodie Meadows to mind, I really enjoyed it, and I’m still in love with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, by Laini Taylor, and then of course there’s, NO FAULT IN OUR STARS, by the infamous John Green. Need I say more?

What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?

I do a bit of editing work on the side and thus, have had the privilege of reading Kimberley Griffith Little’s debut YA novel FORBIDDEN coming out with Harper Teen in early 2014. I LOVED IT. I TOTALLY LOVED IT. It’s so original, so unique, such a great love story. Watch for this one for sure!


thChristy Major, author of RUN WITH ME


Christy Major tried not being a writer. She attempted to ignore the voices in her head, but they would not stop. Pesky voices. The only way she could achieve peace and quiet was to write the stories the voices demanded. Today, she spins tales about characters who have that little something “extra.”

Christy lives in Rhode Island and occasionally Vermont with her husband, two cats, and a big, black German Shepherd. When she’s not writing…or thinking about writing…or planning to think about writing…she teaches and hopes to someday read a book one of her students wrote


Can you tell us about your book, RUN WITH ME, in 10 words or less?

A modern girl meets a boy from a hidden tribe…only he’s more than just a boy. (So, I guess the answer to this question is really, “No, I can’t tell you about my book in 10 words or less. LOL.)


What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene was the one that started the idea for RUN WITH ME. I attended a summer writing institute through a local college and one of the instructors put out various objects on the tables in front of us. The directions were to pick one of the objects and write about whatever came to mind. I chose a man’s moccasin and suddenly had this entire scene about a girl finding the moccasin and being heartbroken that the boy it belonged to had decided they couldn’t be together, that their worlds were just too different for anything to work between them. I nearly cried when I finished the scene! I couldn’t stop thinking of the two characters that had emerged and just had to write their story.


What genre is RUN WITH ME?18202105

RUN WITH ME is a young adult paranormal romance.


Will this be a standalone or will there be a sequel?

The plan is to write two more books with Olivia and Jobah, the heroine and hero of RUN WITH ME. They are tentatively titled DANCE WITH ME and WISH WITH ME. I also have other books for the Discovery Series that don’t have Olivia and Jobah. One is called SAIL WITH ME and is a young adult historical romance set in the 1500s during the Age of Exploration, a favorite time period of mine.


What else are you working on?

Currently, I’m working on a political thriller, A LESS PERFECT UNION, with my husband under the pen name Goodwin Reed. I’m also writing an adult contemporary romance called MORE THAN COOKIES that is Book Two in a series set in Vermont. I have a book of gothic romantic poetry coming out soon that I coauthored with author Joseph Mazzenga called NIGHT ETERNAL. Finally, I’m working on a nonfiction book about teaching writing to students in grades 3-8. I fit all this writing in between teaching fifth graders during the day.


What made you want to write YA?

I love to read YA and many TV shows I like (such as The Vampire Diaries) are aimed at young adult audiences. I just love that high school time period when everything is possible, when the characters are just beginning to figure out who they are and who they want to be. There is so much opportunity for the characters to change and grow.


What do you want your readers to take away from RUN WITH ME?

Two things really. One – being different is okay. Don’t worry about being like everyone else. Concentrate on being the best YOU you can be. And two – you don’t have to have your entire life planned out. Sometimes it’s the journey that makes you who you are.


Did any music inspire you while writing RUN WITH ME?

Music is a HUGE part of my writing process. I listen to a great deal of alternative music so bands like Muse, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Linkin Park, The Neighbourhood, Mumford and Sons, were blasting through the earbuds as I wrote. I also listen to orchestral arrangements of heavy metal bands. No words, just instruments. Vitamin String Quartet, for example, is a fave.


What is the best book you’ve read recently?

The best YA books I’ve read recently have been THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. I also really enjoyed Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS Series.


What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to COLD SPELL by Jackson Pearce. I love fairytale retellings.


661007Michelle Clay, author of The Bad Wolf

Michelle’s visions continuously take shape as she brings life to the worlds she has imagined since childhood. The wild imaginings that often got Michelle out of, or more often into, trouble as a young girl have informed and enriched her storytelling as an adult, bringing a fresh new voice to the paranormal romance genre. Check out her website HERE.

Can you tell us about your debut book, The Bad Wolf, in 10 words or less?

Dark, emotional, mysterious and fun

What was your favorite scene to write?

My fave is Chloe’s first day of school and being the new kid in the cafeteria.

If you could cast anyone to play some of the main characters, who would you choose?

Not sure at this moment, but I’m all for a casting call!

Did any music inspire you when writing The Bad Wolf?

A lot of alternative rock. I really like The Neighbourhood and found myself listening to them a lot while writing The Bad Wolf. The 18526165music is pretty chill, but with a lot of emotion. It’s easy to listen to while writing.

Will there be a sequel?

Most definitely. I’m already plotting it out.

What genre would you categorize The Bad Wolf as?

Paranormal Romance

What is the best book that you’ve read recently?

I’ve read several, actually. It doesn’t seem fair to single out just one! *safe answer*



1471322_10202008262904444_428120893_nNaomi Canale, author of His Dark Ways


Naomi Canale is a lifelong Nevadan obsessed with anything vintage and Tim Burton. In between creating art and loving on her three children, she writes young adult and new adult fiction with creepy noir themes.

She is thrilled to share her debut His Dark Ways with you. Her other work can be seen in the anthology Love Stinks and she’s currently working on a new title she can’t wait to pull out of hiding.


Can you tell us about your debut in 15 words or less?

A pastor’s daughter, who is on a rebellion, and summons something against her father’s wishes.

What genre is the debut?

YA thriller/horror, with a splash of romance.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Besides the murder scenes (I know, I’m a bit twisted), my favorite scene to write was when my main character starts to wonder if she’s gone crazy, or if the ghost she touched to life is real.

Here’s a small look into that scene…

Slight panic sets in as I watch a coyote move still through tall bits of grass as he hunts its prey. What if the thing that hurt me has come after me? Or what if I’ve really 999621_10202008265784516_1971860902_nfollowed a stranger out into the night like a naïve little girl. I cross my arms together, scoot back against the stone walls, and look over both my shoulders—this was stupid, I’m far from home. Before I’m able to get up and walk back a warm touch encircles my wounded wrist. In terror, I quickly outstretch my arm hoping its Daniel. A hand holds onto my wrist as Daniel examines it with a shy smile. “I’m glad your wrist is healing well.” His other hand unfolds gently across my cheek. “And your face.”

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

When it comes to edits, I usually have a tough skin. But I started veering in the wrong direction with this book early on, and I had to cut out about twenty pages. That was hard. Twenty pages, for me, takes a long time. It’s exciting watching a book grow, not shrink, but it was definitely worth it in the end.

Is this a standalone or a series?

I originally thought of His Dark Ways as a standalone, but I’ve had lots of readers asking for the second book. And I just might do it…

What else are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a novel that takes place in the 18th century. It’s a bit like Dickens meets Poe, at least in my head it’s that, and I’m really excited about it. The characters came to me first, which never happens, so I’m having a ton of fun writing these people. They’re insane, fun, and I’m completely in love.

What is your favorite quote from the book?

“For the longest time I stumbled through these shadows thinking I just needed to find the afterlife, but all I found were monsters and I was positive I was cursed until I saw you—touched you.”

I like this quote because it shares the hope between my characters, love.

And this next quote isn’t in His Dark Ways, but the newest book I’m working on. I really love it and thought I would share.

“Sometimes it’s not only the night that can bring upon such frightening wonders, but the day as well. In its order, with everything seen, there too are despicable creatures that go roaming about and the worst of them are human.”

What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

There’s a serial killer on the loose, and the main character starts decoding things to find him, or she’s next. Um, amazing! I can’t wait for this one!