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Author Spotlight – Mary Ann Loesch

YA/Horror. Release Date – April 2012

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I’m excited to kick off Author Spotlight! Please join me in welcoming 
Mary Ann Loesch, author of Bayou Myth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Mary Ann, tell us a little about your current release.

Bayou Myth is a young adult horror story set in the bayous of Louisiana. Joan Renault is a teenage voodoo queen in the making who uses her dead grandmother, Marie Laveau, as her guide. She witnesses the sacrifice of a child one night to a tree druid and discovers that an ancient voodoo spirit has been released. This spirit has his roots not only in voodoo, but in the myths of ancient Greece. As Greek myths are re-enacted all over town, Joan has to use her voodoo skills to put a stop to him.

This was a fun book to write and I look forward to releasing it’s follow up, Bayou Scar , in January 2013.

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I wrote a short story that was published through Red Fez Press called Bayou Scars. It’s about Joan working as an adult for the police and using voodoo to help solve crime. She was such an interesting character that I wanted to write a book about her, but as I started creating her back story, that’s what really captured my attention. So, I scrapped the adult version of Joan and just focused on her as youth. Viola! Bayou Myth was born.

Why did you choose this particular genre?

I’ve always loved the young adult genre. In fact, I still go back and re-read one of my favorite authors from when I was a teenager–Lois Duncan. She inspired me with her books because they always felt so real with just a dash of the paranormal or a crazy twist thrown in.

What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?

The biggest struggle I have is making time for all of my projects. In addition to being a novelist, I also am a freelance writer. I have a lot of paid work which takes time away from my own writing. Oh, and I’m a mom, wife, and full-time teacher. That keeps me on my toes, too!

Any tips for new writers?

Don’t quit! You will be rejected many, many times. Sorry. It’s just a sad fact. But is it really that sad? If you take your rejections, especially the ones that offer advice, and learn from them, you can improve your writing style. Embrace the rejection and don’t quit!

Any other books in the works?

Bayou Myth is my third book. I’ve published Nephilim (urban fantasy) with Lyrical Press and a short story anthology called All Things Dark and Dastardly from Dragonfire Press. Bayou Scar is the follow up to Bayou Myth and will be ready for release in January 2013. I’m really excited about this second novel in the Bayou series because it takes Joan’s character to a new level and develops a lot of relationships. Oh, and there is still some wild and crazy Greek shenanigans which can only be solved by using voodoo.

How/where can readers find you?

I adore fan mail so please drop by http://www.maryannloesch.com/ or visit my personal blog, Loesch’s Muse: http://www.loeschsmuse.blogspot.com. If you’d like some great tips on writing, stop by All Things Writing: http://www.allthingswriting.blogspot.com/.


I’d like to thank Mary Ann for stopping by my blog. Don’t forget to grab your copy of Bayou Myth available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas. Her urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. An avid blogger for All Things Writing (http://www.allthingswriting.blogspot.com/) and Loesch’s Muse (http://www.loeschsmuse.blogspot.com/), Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly. Her latest book, Bayou Myth, was released in June 2012. While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more! Contact her through her website at http://www.maryannloesch.com/.

Gossamer Excerpt

 

Available
October 8, 2012
There was enough light to tell me the figure heading our way was male, but with the dim evening sky I couldn’t make out a face. I spun toward my car, but hadn’t gotten far when I heard someone call out.
Mocha!” The dog made a sound somewhere between sneezing and snorting. “There you are.”
I took the last step to my car and looked down at Mocha. He wagged his tail a bit. Well, he seemed to think this man was harmless. Eyes narrowed, I squinted to make out his owner’s face, and my mouth fell open. Grant. I quickly snapped it shut as he approached.
I have been looking everywhere for you, boy.” The dog made that sneezing sound again. “Hey, thanks for finding my dog. I’m Grant.” His gaze met mine, and he stuck his hand out for me to shake. “You’re Kyla. We go to school together, right?”
My head bobbed. Say something.
I shook his hand. Electricity shot through my body, and I flinched at the unexpectedness of it. He eyed our clasped hands, then quickly released mine. Feeling like an idiot, I smiled, trying to appear friendly while casually smoothing my ponytail. Assuming it would be a quick trip to the pizza place and back, I hadn’t bothered to check my appearance. I never expected to see anyone, especially not him. Standing there, I nervously bit my lower lip, incapable of speech.
He smiled. “Well, it’s nice meeting you. We just moved to the area. When I noticed Mocha,” the dog snorted, “had escaped from the yard, I was worried. I wasn’t sure he could find his way home, and it will be dark soon. Poor little guy would probably be frightened all alone.” Grant regarded the dog, and his mouth twitched.
Mocha sneezed, another snorting sound and placed his head right under my hand. I absentmindedly petted him, running my fingers along his ear. He leaned into it, while Grant’s gaze followed my hand. He then smirked and shook his head slightly.
My parents think we should neuter him so he will quit escaping from the backyard.” Grant sighed. “Guess they are right. He probably should be neutered.”
Mocha snorted.
The corner of my mouth tugged up. “He’s got quite the personality. He’s a good dog though, no harm done, I guess.”
Yeah, I’m just glad I found him. He really is all bark and no bite.” Right on cue, Mocha snorted again. I glanced down, feeling a bit bewildered. Grant quickly continued, “So you live around here?”
Yes, right down there actually. The last house on the corner.” He looked in the direction I pointed, and I continued, “I just picked up some pizza and Mocha ran in front of me. I stopped to see if he had a collar.”
Wow, he’s really lucky he didn’t get run over.” He stared at Mocha disapprovingly, which earned him yet again another snort. “That’s really nice of you, to stop and help him. I’m sorry we’ve taken so much of your time. I hope your pizza isn’t cold.”
I shrugged. “It’s for my parents.”
Smiling, he said, “Well, then, apologize to them for me. I guess I should get going.” He rocked on his heels. “We’ve probably wasted enough of your time.”
Do you need a ride home or anything?” I asked, hopefully sounding polite and not like a crazed stalker.
It’s okay. I live just around the corner.” He gestured in the opposite direction of my house. “Thanks for the offer, Kyla.” My heart skipped a beat after hearing my name on his lips.
I guess I will see you at school tomorrow?”
I nodded, once again incapable of speech. He was even more gorgeous up close. He met my eyes, and a slight shiver ran through me. Mocha yawned loudly in a squeaky dog way. I stared down. He looked at me, then at Grant.
I guess I should get Mocha home.” The dog snorted again.
I don’t think he likes his name,” I commented offhandedly.
Grant laughed. “Probably not, but it’s better than Fudge which was my first choice. You know I figured chocolate lab, chocolate name.”
I laughed. Mocha sneezed.
I will see you tomorrow, Kyla.”
I shivered again and bit my lip, trying to think of something else to say, something guaranteeing I would get a chance to talk with him, but unfortunately came up with nothing.
Sure, I will see you tomorrow,” I said lamely.
I made my way around to the driver door of my car, keeping my face neutral in order to hide my giddy excitement, and hopped inside. As I drove away, I glanced in my rear-view mirror. Grant stood for a second watching me drive off, then motioned for Mocha and headed in the opposite direction.


Author Spotlight

I’m adding something new to my blog that I think will be super fun! Each month I will feature one author in an “Author Spotlight”. It will contain a short author Q&A and info on their current/upcoming release. I already have three amazing authors lined up for July, August, and September. I can’t wait to get this started. Right now it will only be monthly but I will possibly start doing it twice a month depending on how things work out.

To see who will be joining me on my blog each month click the Author Spotlight tab. And, if you’d like to participate send me a message! Contact me at renitapizzitolabooks (at) gmail (dot) com

So you wrote a book…

Talented writers are found everywhere.

That being said writing is hard. It’s not something you just sit down and accomplish in short time frame. You can’t spill out a masterpiece and expect it to be an instant success. And…you probably shouldn’t assume because someone else did it you can too. I think a big difference with being a writer and an author has a lot to do with the art of storytelling. Plain and simple, no matter how great you are with words, creating an entire world, characters, plot, etc. takes a special ability. And lots and lots of self-discipline. It’s a huge time commitment that will have no immediate return. (Although I do have some pretty kick-ass critique partners that feed me my much needed positive feedback.) But for the most part, your story sits locked away in your computer just waiting for the next big step.

Most of the people reading this blog are fellow writers and I wonder how many of you have encountered things like this. It seems to me often when I say I’m an author I get mixed responses. Of course the first is usually something very positive, but it tends to be followed with a little twinkling of the eye, a light bulb popping on, and wheels cranking away in their heads, all to come to the (false) realization “Hey, if she wrote a book…I can too.” Can some people–absolutely. Will most people–no. It’s harder than it looks–trust me–and don’t discredit the considerable amount of work an author puts into their novel by making it seem easy. In fact, I encourage other people to write just so they can realize how incredibly difficult it is 🙂 

I often see writers talk about how other people don’t view writing as a career or they think anything other than a literary work isn’t “real” writing. It honestly frustrates me to no end. In short, I want all my writer friends–published or not–to know you are accomplishing something great. Most people cannot do what you do and, regardless of the opinions of others, just finishing a book is a huge feat in itself. Be proud of yourself…you deserve it.