YA/Horror. Release Date – April 2012
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.