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Inquiring Minds Want to Know


Kindred Spirits--release date 10/31/13

Kindred Spirits–release date 10/31/13

So I’ve published my second book and of course I’m little nervous about how it will be received.  I joke about how people will think I’m utterly mad after having read the book. I’m not too concerned with that because I think we’re all a little crazy :)! I do, however, worry about people being cross with me for what I’ve done to a sacred topic.  I believe people refer to this as, blasphemy.  *Dun dun dunnn… Thunder clap*

I’m not heavily into religion but I do respect everyone’s beliefs and have always had the opinion that no one is right and no one is wrong. Is blasphemy still a big deal? I’m not being sarcastic or careless when I ask. I’m genuinely curious. As I’ve stated, I’m not a very religious person so I don’t know.  So, tell me, does it turn you off from an author’s future work if they’ve blasphemed? Inquiring minds want to know.


Upcoming Release–Halloween 2013


Yesterday I revealed the cover to my upcoming release titled, Kindred Spirits. It’s a  short story collection. There’s bloody murder, family secrets, hauntings, insanity and more. I got so excited about the cover so I wanted to share it. Here it is designed by Hi-Rise Visions who did a fantastic job!

Kindred Spirits--release date 10/31/13

Kindred Spirits–release date 10/31/13

 


Hooray! For Second Chances


So, here’s what’s happening. A few years ago I published my first novel, Enchanted Island. Fast forward a few years and I’m re-releasing the book. I made a few mistakes the first time around which I’m correcting now. You see, I passively marketed while secretly hoping my family and friends would lend a helping hand. I must say a handful, and I mean one hand, did actually purchase and read the book. Those people will always be remembered and appreciated. My only problem is I have close to 300 friends on my personal Facebook page and just under 10 of them jumped on board to support me. It’s true they don’t really owe me anything. But still, isn’t it nice to have the support of your peers? I think so.

Time went on and I saw that they weren’t particularly interested in anything I had to say regarding my book. I was so proud of myself for stepping up and seeing this thing through. Most people don’t. I know whenever I see a friend or even a distant acquaintance involved in something cool, that I’m so thrilled for them. I jump right in and support however I can. My mistake was wishing that people would do the same for me. I was wrong. When the book was just coasting along with trickling sales here and there every month, I resigned myself to the fact that, I’m not going to make it. I became resentful and even stopped writing for a while.

Every now and then I’d get a burst of inspiration and resume my feeble effort to market my work. There came a point in time nearly two months ago where I got this fire in my belly once again. I finally came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t really count on my inner circle to help me get to the next level. When I saw everyone around me taking care of themselves, even the ones I helped at some point in time, I just had had enough.

It came time for me to get out there and mingle. I needed to connect with people so they could get to know what I’m all about. It’s important for me that people see who I am and what I’m about. I came up with a fun way to help make this happen. To celebrate the new look for my book I have a summer-long contest going. If you follow my blog you know about the Enchanted Summer Games. The games are a way for the readers to get to know me and a little about my book. I received the proof yesterday and gave it a once over. I’m happy to say, Enchanted Island is now available in paperback with the new cover and also for Kindle devices. Hooray! For second chances.

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Enchanted Island with new cover and new attitude.

Paperback copies of  Enchanted Island are available here


New Project


(c) Copyright 2010 May Torres

The past few months, I’ve been getting ready to be an exhibitor at FaerieCon. I went last year, for the first time with two friends and had a wonderful time. I spoke about it, briefly, in my last post.  It’s an event where people from all over, who believe in faeries and the fae way of life, come together to celebrate. Anything relating to fantasy and the mythical is represented there. It’s a gathering of like-minded people ,from all walks of life.  The general feeling is, of acceptance and inclusion. I never felt bad about the few extra pounds around my middle. Or my overly curly hair. Or my tiny stature. There were so many talented people there. This year, my good friend and I, would like to join the ranks. In preparing for the event, I’ve had fantasy on the brain. Most of all faeries. It got my brain working, and I began writing a story. With Enchanted Island, there were supernatural elements to the story.  Karma was the theme. In this new story I’m touching upon fantasy and magic. There will, of course, be a love story.  I’m not very much into, what one would call, sappy fairy tales so, I’m sure the story will develope dark aspects at some point. The following is an excerpt you will only find here 🙂
Introduction

All of her life, Alura had been told, never to venture past the Kielletty falls. This particular summer morning, just before dawn, she found herself nearing the prohibited waters. Alura’s inquisitive nature often landed her in one fine mess after the next. Luckily, she was always able to escape each instance, unscathed. Taking slow strides, she got in close enough, to feel the gentle mist against her face.  She closed her eyes and, took in every refreshing moment of the cooling spray.

Like a Siren song, the soothing waters called to her. Alura ignored every warning she was ever given. She brazenly set her right foot in the shallow brook that leads to the falls. As she prepared to immerse her left foot, her eyes locked onto a ghastly sight.  After a barely audible gasp, Alura darted off, unsure if her eyes had just deceived her.

Arriving at the front door of her home, Alura fought to slow her breathing. Once she steadied herself, she opened the door to her mother preparing breakfast.  Alura wanted so badly to tell her mother of the incident down by the falls but, knew she would be disappointed by her disobedience.  Instead, she opted for routine small talk, over the first meal of the day.

As breakfast was being served, Alura’s father took his place at the head of the table.  Desperately trying to avoid eye contact, Alura quickly gulped down her fruit and honey cake.  She was ready to excuse herself, when her father instructed her to remain seated.

Alura’s heartbeat quickened at the thought of being found out.  She began formulating excuses in her head, to explain why she was down by the Kielletty Falls.  Her father gave her a disapproving look as he tapped his fingers on the table.

“Alura?”

Alura prepared to give a confession, when she was cut off by her father.

“Be sure to clean up after yourself and, thank your mother for breakfast.”

She let out a sigh of relief and did as she was told. She got so caught up in trying to cover up her transgression; she forgot to extend the common courtesy she normally would.

Alura sat at the foot of her bed rehashing the memory of what she witnessed down by the falls. Never had she come upon such a vision.  She knew no one would believe her account, for she barely believed it herself.  Deciding not to speak of it to anyone, she tucked the memory safely in the back of her mind. One thing, Alura knew for certain, it would not be the last time she would visit Kielletty Falls.

(c) Copyright 2010 May Torres

This is just the introduction. I’m having fun, so far. I’ve written six chapters already and, I have to say, it’s quite liberating, to be able to write about whimsical fantasy. There are no rules to follow, or particular facts to get straight. It’s purely up to me, what type of magical world to create. There you have it, my new project.


Interview With May Torres


This was an interview conducted a couple of months ago. Thought I’d share it here

Gearing up for the release of her first novel, Enchanted Island, Author May Torres gives us an in-depth look at her inspiration, and what life is like as a new writer. Enchanted Island is due to be released late March 2010.

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Touché Publishing: So, Ms. Torres, you’ve just completed your first novel, Enchanted Island, due to be released next month. We’re looking forward to that. I have to ask you, first of all, What inspired you to start writing?

May Torres: I was inspired to start writing on a more serious level, because I wanted to change the circumstances of my life. I run a home business and, I still wasn’t able to be totally comfortable, financially. I have two teenagers, and college is coming faster than I care to think about. I didn’t want to continue struggling. It’s not the thing I want my kids to remember the most. I want them to see that anything is possible, once you apply yourself.  My daughter was also getting heavily into reading. She was also a driving force in my writing. I wanted her to have something to read that she identified with. I’m hoping it inspires her to follow in my footsteps. In whatever path she chooses

Touche Publishing: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

May Torres: I have always enjoyed writing, I just never realized that I wanted to be a writer. It was just always a part of my life. My only problem came, when it was time to share what I wrote. It’s probably the reason I never pictured myself as a writer. I got over that eventually (laughs) . Better late than never.

Touche Publishing: As far as writing goes, who would you say you admire most, and why?

May Torres: Oh! I love Stephen King. He’s a master storyteller. I could only hope to have an ounce of his talent. His characters are so well crafted, you feel like you know them personally.

Touché Publishing: Let’s talk a little about Enchanted Island. Where did the concept for the story come from?

May Torres: From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write a story with a Latina heroine. It was very important to me, to have my Puerto Rican heritage spotlighted. That’s when I decided, that my story had to be about Puerto Rico. Once the other concepts,like karma and past lives came into play, I knew it had to include the history of Puerto Rico.

Touché Publishing: I did notice there were a lot of themes dealing with Karma and past lives in your book. It was one of the things I loved most about it. It made me wonder. Do you personally believe in past lives and Karma?

May Torres: Yes, I’m a firm believer in Karma. I try to live my life in away that will not incur negative Karma. As long as I keep my intentions pure, I believe I can shape the circumstances of my next life journey, should I have one. I believe that, there is something very real to the past life theory. I just believe that our energy never dies,and it has to go somewhere (smiles)

Touché Publishing: Being of Latin heritage, what personal significance does this book hold in your life?

May Torres: The Puerto Ricans, are such a proud people. I just wanted readers to partake in the culture of a nation other than, let’s say, Mexico. It seems that, whenever there’s a latino/hispanic presence in the main stream media, it’s centered around the Mexican culture. Don’t get me wrong, any exposure is better than none. It really means so much to me, to portray a different culture. Although, we’re all Latinos, there are differences. I hope, that I help to get other Latinos to bring forth their stories.

Touché Publishing: That would be great! I did notice there was a lot of culture and history in your book. In your research, were there parts that you found especially important or, perhaps even, shocking to you?

May Torres: When I was younger, I was taught in school, about Christopher Columbus discovering America. It wasn’t until I was older that I thought about the fact, that there were people already living here in America, for years. It was important for me to write about it, and provoke thought in our young people. I was shocked to find out about the horrendous practice of cutting the limbs of slaves, if they didn’t produce the correct amount of gold or cotton.

Touché Publishing: Yeah, I thought that was horrible. When I think about some of the situations in your book, like that one for instance, I wonder, was it very hard to write a book geared more towards teens and young adults?

May Torres: Writing a book geared towards the young adults was challenging, at times. I didn’t want to dumb the story down, yet didn’t want to get so complicated, that they put the book down. It was a balancing act all the way through. I wanted to make sure I included things that younger readers could relate to and, at the same time, keep parents satisfied with the content.

Touché Publishing: I know we touched on this before but, I see you dedicated your book to your children. How instrumental were they in your becoming a writer?

May Torres: I dedicated the book to my children because they really are the reason for me pushing myself to write. Like I said before, I want my kids to remember something other than struggle. I want them to be proud of their mother for believing in herself. It’s all that matters to me, that my children believe in themselves.

Touché Publishing: Seeing as how you did write for a younger audience, it stands to reason that you may serve as an inspiration for young writers, especially minorities. Do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?

May Torres: I mentioned earlier about believing in yourself. That is a must! Even when it feels like no one is supporting your dream, push ahead. Use the Law of Attraction as your guide. If you think it, it will manifest in the physical world. Envision yourself getting to the finish line. If you find it difficult to keep up with that train of thought, fake it, until you make it. What I mean by that is, behave as if you’ve already achieved your goal. It’s all about having
a positive attitude and outlook on life.

Touché Publishing: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me.  I’m really looking forward to your new release, and wish you much success on your future novels.


Happy Beyond Measure


Yayyyyyyyy!! Very much like Pinocchio, at the end of his story, Enchanted Island is now a real book! The book has been printed! This feels like the birth of another child for me! :D…My friend said, “Even if 10 years from now these books are still here, and we haven’t made a dime… we’ve already succeeded” She is so right! If we stay with all the copies in our possession, it doesn’t matter. I already feel successful. Outside of raising two wonderful children, as a single mom, this is a monumental accomplishment for me. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude, to my dear friend R.C. Berry, for making this journey as enjoyable as it was. I look forward to many more!  This makes up for anytime someone underestimated me!

More info to come!


Enchanted Island’s Proof


Okayyyyyy! I’m so excited! The proof for my book Enchanted Island has arrived. This is the most exciting thing to happen to me in a very LONG time. All the printing company needs, is the go ahead. The book will be printed and, ready for sale in just days. This has been such a wonderful experience for me. I always enjoyed writing, I just never liked the part where I shared my work. I decided to step out of my comfort zone, the ending of last year. I knew it was now or never, because I truly wanted to change my circumstances. I was at a point in my life, where it seemed like, everything I touched went to hell. I was struggling financially, along with countless others, on account of this bad economy. I’m proud of myself for then taking control, and doing something. I don’t know what will become of my book, but I have hopes that people will enjoy it. I would be lying if I said I didn’t dream of becoming some famous author. My author friend and I, spend the time away, imagining the endless opportunities. I’m proud of myself for accomplishing what I set out to do. I started it, and I completed it. There are so many people who start writing a novel, but never see it through. I did it, working 12 hour days, attending my kids’ basketball games and any other responsibilities that come with being a single mom. Of course, I hope this new path, will lead to a great success beyond my wildest dreams. Truth be told, I already feel successful. Anything that comes next, is going to be icing on the cake. Today is a great day. Thanks be to the gods 😉

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