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Introducing Heartbreaking Poet, Laura A. Lord | Indie Author Spotlight

This woman impresses the Hell out of me. I won’t say that very often, so you know it’s real.

Laura A. Lord pens such smart and beautiful poetry. And she produces it so quickly. (Keep in mind, my collection from last year was from the span of 15 years or so.) Not only is she a beautiful soul, a writer of such skill, a devoted mother and wife, and she’s a graphic designer. Did you see The Reverie Journal‘s beautiful layout? She did that and she’ll be designing the magazines.

Oh…and the covers of all of her books. Ms. Laura A. Lord, could you please stop being so awesome? The rest of us are just trying to keep up.  I’m reading her latest release Of Roots and Wreckage and  I am absolutely slayed.  There’s a deep-seated strength, a snarl, a quiet desperation, and softened eyes gleaming with tears in the pages of this collection. I wanted to give you guys an opportunity to learn more about her, to check out her poetry, and to just feel this.

(By the way–can you just look at this glorious cover?)

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In Of Roots and Wreckage, Laura A. Lord moves us with the imagery that has come to define her poetry. Whether looking into the brutal truths of where one calls home to moments of reveling in the joy and pain of an aging body – Lord is  to exploring in raw honesty the smallest of moments and describes with startling clarity the mysteries that move and break us.

Want to win a free copy of Laura’s Of Roots and Wreckage? Enter Laura’s Goodread’s Giveaway Here!

Her newest collection, Of Roots and Wreckage, focuses heavily on where she grew up. Split into three sections, this collection explores the ideas of “roots” and hometowns, of people and change, of aging and death.

Here is a selection from Of Roots and Wreckage:

 

 

 

Field of Poppies

I was thirteen when I watched

the blue of your eyes

take on a strange hue.

The roots of some storm brewing

right there below your lashes,

clumped with cheap mascara

like the gnarled ends of an apple tree.

 

You paced the bedroom –

speedy steps across twelve feet.

The inklings of your maelstrom

were as audible as

my grandmother’s tap, tap, tap

on the conjoining wall

and I wonder if she heard your thunder.

 

I loved your nightgown –

a frivolous scrap of blue

bouncing around the edges of your thighs,

as you delivered an epilogue

of literary proportions.

I knew this was the end

or the first of apocalyptic beginnings.

 

You tossed the slim shining metal

in the air like one big

piece of WalMart brand confetti,

sucked in your lip at the corner

until it turned almost as crimson

as the first cut – a thin line

breaking free of your porcelain skin.

 

I was picking at the dried bits

of yellow wax on my leg –

the remains of some old

Christmas cookie candle

and when I had cleared the field,

you made a furrow with the tip.

An explosion of poppies bloomed there.

 

So, you curled up beside me

and when I tried to catch

the soft petals as they dripped,

you kissed my hand,

said, We are women.

They’ll never know.

I was thirteen and my grandmother tapped on the wall.

© Laura A. Lord 2015

Pre-order your copy now!

 

You can find this author and poet in all these wonderful places!

Twitter    Facebook    Soundcloud    YouTube

Amazon    Goodreads    Google +    Pinterest

Independent Author Network    Dystenium

 

Her other books available NOW!

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Laura A. Lord is the author of numerous collections of vignettes and poetry and one awesome children’s book about a T-Rex screwing up her entire day. It’s absolutely a true story.

Laura’s work has been featured in The Beacon, The Collegian, Whirl with Word, Tipsy Lit, Precipice, Scary Mommy, The Powder Room, The Reverie Journal, and Massacre Magazine.

 

 

 

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Q&A with Beth Teliho | Indie Author Spotlight

Indie Author Spotlight 2

Beth Teliho is a writing maven who’s storming the world with her first book Order of Seven, currently available for pre-order. (Release date is April 7th, btw.) She is taking a stop here to tell us about herself. I first met her through her blog- Writer B is Me. Her self-deprecating humor, spot-on observations and honest vulnerability drew me in immediately. I’m so very happy to share her new work with you.

First about the book:

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Eighteen-year-old Devi Bennett is surrounded by mysteries: her unknown heritage, a recurring dream about an African tribal ceremony, an inexplicable attachment to a certain tree and a psychic ability she’ll never understand—unless she finds her biological parents.

Things take a shocking turn when she meets Baron, an intense and alluring energy healer who receives prophetic dreams which all seem connected to her. Devi must rely on an empath, a seer, and Baron to help research her roots to discover who she is and what she is capable of. But when Baron’s visions lead to an ancient legend which may link to her birthright, Devi learns her gift is more imperative than she thought imaginable.

Equal parts suspenseful and sexy, philosophical and adventurous, Order of Seven delivers a story that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the hands that carry fate.  

 

Now let’s have a little chat with Beth. Grab your coffee or tea.

Tell us your origin story—how did you come to be an Indie Author?

In 2011, I took a writing course at our local college because I’d had a late-in-life epiphany that writing was my soul and I wanted to learn the ins and outs. The last class of the semester was devoted to traditional and self-publishing options: how to go about it and what to expect. On my drive home that night, I already knew I had no interest in pursuing the traditional route. It’s great for some people, but I knew it wasn’t for me. I want to be behind the steering wheel in all scenarios, from deciding when to release the book, to how I want the chapter headings, to the cover design. And plus, I just love the word Indie, don’t you? There’s something inherently visionary and rebellious about it.

Why do you write YA paranormal? What about this genre appeals to you? Do you plan to write other books in different genres in the future?

Funny, I never set out to write a novel geared toward young adults specifically, but the main character, Devi, happens to be eighteen. I just wrote the story in my head. Order of Seven is also categorized under metaphysical & visionary, because there are deep, philosophical themes in addition to the other elements (mystery, suspense, romance, angst) that any age can appreciate, so it was important for me not to alienate the 25 + demographic.

As for the paranormal/fantasy genre? Most of the stories I write are paranormal because I love all things weird, creepy, fantastical and out of the ordinary. It’s how I’m wired. At this time, I can’t envision writing a novel in a different genre, BUT, I also think my writing journey has only just begun and I’d be naïve to think I might not jump into other areas.

 Your blog is such a huge reflection of your personality and life. Is there a memoir in your future?

Oh lord no. I splash enough of myself on the blog. I should probably stop now. haha

What is a piece of advice you would give to people, who are just starting their writing journey?

Don’t try to do it alone. I know writing is incredibly isolating, but you might as well stick it in a drawer and forget about it if you don’t have people reading it and providing feedback. A novel takes a village. Find your village and keep moving toward your goal. (Here’s a post where she gives advice to aspiring writers, btw.)

 

What is one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you?

Oddly, this is the most difficult question you asked! I guess my answer is that I’m a composting, rain-water-collecting, tree hugging, 95% vegan. The remaining 5% is mainly due to eating out a lot on weekends and vacations and it’s often challenging to find non-dairy options. #CheeseHappens

 

Where do you find your inspiration for your books/stories?

Oh gosh. Where do I not find inspiration? I ravenously devour (in a literary sense) books, magazines, and TV programs about science, nature, archaeology, history, and the paranormal. These subjects intensely spur my imagination. Also people: the hands of an elderly woman inspired a character a few years ago, and once I found a wooden box shaped like an elephant that gave me the opening scene of story.

Sometimes writers have a hard time accepting the label of “writer.” Did you struggle with that?

It’s getting easier now that I have something tangible to show for it. I genuinely believe that if you write, you’re a writer. It doesn’t take being published to prove that; however, there was still a part of me that never told people, because inevitably their next question would be, “Can I read your work?” and my answer was no. Unless they’re reading my blog – which is not for the uptight – I had nothing to back up that title and it flustered me to no end.

How do you stay motivated on your writing journey?

The support of my family and friends is an enormous motivator. Aside from that, I try to keep my eye on the prize: producing novels for others to read. Because stories.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your Indie Author path?

Reach out to authors who’ve done it before you. You’d be surprised how generous they are with their time and knowledge, and it makes it infinitely easier if you to have some guidance.

Where can my readers find you on these interwebs?

Visit the Beth at her website: www.bethteliho.me
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/writerbisme
Twitterverse: http://twitter.com/beth_teliho
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/bethteliho

 

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BETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.

Visit the author at her website: www.bethteliho.me

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Publishing, beta reading and editing oh my

Hey y’all! Last night was another awesome night with the #writestuff crew. We discussed publishing, but don’t feel left out! I’ve figured out that Storify and my go-to Google Chrome are like Taylor Swift and Kanye West…not bffs. So, it looks I will able to bring you a wrap up each week. (Also long as electronics do not fail me…)

The real experience comes from you bringing your experiences, questions, ideas to the mix. It makes the TweetChat that much more enriching. It’s a give and take thing. Regardless of where you are in your writing journey, you have something to offer and something to learn. Personally, I like that.

So, get into this week’s recap and try to swing by next week on Twitter 9 pm Eastern at #writestuff.

Aloha y’all!

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