Harvest Moon Authors Tell…

… About Their Enthusiasm for Writing, after harvest-moon-cover-reveal
contributing to Love Under the Harvest Moon.


Tom Hodden:
Defining enthusiasm is never easy. It is elusive and changes for each project. Sometimes it is as simple as not finding the book you want to read and realising you will have to create it yourself. Other times it is a way of weaving a picture, a piece of art that would not work on any other medium. Most often for me, writing is giving voice to the swirling maelstrom of ideas and images that are burbling away in my head, looking for a form to be given. Yes, I know how pompous and grand that sounds for somebody who writes little love stories. But it is how it feels at times. When you have the idea for characters, and story, for the piece you are writing you are fitting the splinters of a puzzle together, or layering textures and colours upon each other until, if you are lucky, it all sort of fits together. Of course we should also remember it is also fun. Very few writers would ever consider themselves the prose equivalent of a great composer, writing symphonies or concertos. They are garage bands, experimenting with guitars and drums, building up their songs, but looking to relax, express themselves and jam with others. We might all dream of a hit, but the driving force of our enthusiasm will often be those we bounce ideas of, and joke around with.


Nemma Woolenfang:
In the last few years, writing has become something of an addiction. Like many before, I caught ‘the bug’. It’s simply too hard not to write when ideas keep popping into your head!

Clockwork Evangeline was my first publication success, a steampunk short which won a competition. Now, several years on, my work has appeared in several venues, including: Flame Tree (Science Fiction Short Stories and Murder Mayhem), RIP (A Bleak New World), Corazon Books (Come Into the House), Mantid Magazine (Summer 2016 Issue), Romance Magazine (Vol. 04 No. 02), and Roane Publishing (Masked Hearts as well as Under the Harvest Moon). It’s been a delight not only to work with such great publishers but to get to know other talented writers on the ToCs and connect with the larger writing community. Since meeting new authors and reading their work, my tastes have broadened significantly. Now, I’ve become quite a fan of short fiction.

The genres I write in are rather broad… speculative fiction pretty much covers it. Fantasy, historical, and science-fiction mostly… Always, though, I like that romantic element. And sometimes, these genres crossover quite naturally, for example, I’m currently working on a historical science-fiction novel set in an alternative version of Victorian-era London, which recently won a competition.
For anyone who’s interested, you can find my work on Amazon and Goodreads.

Patricia Crisafulli
I have written stories all my life.  As a young child, I told myself stories for entertainment, to pass the time, and for comfort. Over the years, my love of writing has taken me in many different directions—as a news reporter and feature writer, and then publication of my first book, Remembering Mother, Finding Myself (published under the name Patricia Commins), written for adult daughters whose mothers have died, helping them to understand their mothers as the women who came before them.  I’ve also written books on business, economics, and leadership—as well as in the creative vein, with the founding of http://www.FaithHopeandFiction.com, an e-literary magazine, and a volume of short stories and short essays entitled Inspired Every Day, published by Hallmark.

What all these diverse experiences have in common is using the written word to explore the world around me. A story is the best way I know to interpret and understand, discovering deeper meaning and lessons hidden in even the most ordinary circumstances and relationships.

Claire Devon:
When I was younger I would write my version of fan fic. One of my fondest memories is when a friend and I took up the pen to write our fan fic version of General Hospital. Unfortunately, those notebooks were lost in one of our family moves, but the passion lives on. That’s the fun of writing. At any time, I can grab a story left untold and recast it and plot it as I would like to have seen it done.

I enjoy writing because even when things are the darkest, when my characters are being put through the mill I know how it’s going to turn out. I know that there will be a way out of the situation, whatever they are in, and that they will find their way back to each other. So I get to cast these situations with glee, knowing that they will be okay. It isn’t so easy with life, but with art I can always be sure of a happy ending. What is better than that?

Laura Lamoreaux / T.L. French:
As a working partnership, writing strikes both of us very differently.  For Laura, it’s all about the craft.  Finding the perfect words to convey the idea on the page.  The process of making something beautiful, brilliant and new is what she loves. Just the act of getting the words down on the page is a reward in and of itself for her.

As the other half of this crazy ride, my (T.L. French) passion is for telling the stories that are constantly swimming around in my head. It’s the process of discovering who the characters are and what makes them tick that drives me to discover the next story. I find the motivations of characters endlessly fascinating.

What really makes our partnership work however, is the opportunities to collaborate.  There is something magical about being able to bounce these ideas off of each other.  The joy of asking “what if…”  We could literally sit and talk for hours about these people that exist only in our heads–but for us, their stories are waiting to be told.

Love Under the Harvest Moon,
released 18th November 2016 by
Roane Black on White
is available at Roane’s site (click logo)
which lists other outlets.

 

 

 

 

Reviewing Love Under the Harvest Moon

harvest-moon-cover-revealThis anthology of five stories has something for any romance reader. The six authors have each “met the brief”, so to speak, in their own unique way, and have brought to the collection tales reflecting the season and the age.

As a former teacher (but not in the US) two stories felt nicely familiar: Claire Davon’s Opposite Directions, and Laura Lamoreaux’s & T.L. French’s A Harvest Homecoming. Nice, moving to teach at a new school and finding oh, so much more!

Nemma Wollenfang’s Amidst the Strawberry Fields (a Young Adult Romance) I thoroughly enjoyed – its nod to gypsy heritage and old harvest customs are comfortable and easily slot into my own personal interest.

T.E. Hodden’s Autumn Leaves is an incredibly credible tale of acceptance and that facet of love we call kindness, towards a transgender young woman.

Patricia Crisafulli’s Moon Dance tells of a woman, struggling as a solo parent and daughter of her ill mother, who finds herself drawn to dance in the street with the man who comes to fix the roof, then fixes more.

The collection has something for everyone, and this would make a wonderful gift

Available from Roane Publishing, and other outlets listed

Roane Black on White

Love Under the Harvest Moon – Cover Reveal!

To be Released on 14th November, 2016

harvest-moon-cover-reveal

A Sweet Romance Anthology

by Six Wonderful Authors,

to be Released on 14th November, 2016

 

Claire DavonOpposite Directions (a contemporary romance)

Vanessa left her small Iowa town for the bright lights of Miami, also leaving behind the boy who devastated her young self by cheating on her with another local girl. Returning after four years to take a teaching job, she finds her attraction to Zane has not diminished in the time she’s been away.

Zane also works at the school and offers to show Vanessa the ropes. She cannot deny her attraction to him is still there, but is unsure if she should act on it. He broke her heart once, could he do so again? Or would their older, wiser selves be able to navigate the tricky waters of love and forgiveness, leading them back to each other’s arms?

Nemma Wollenfang – Amidst the Strawberry Fields (a YA romance)

Good grades, happy home, pampered life, perfect boyfriend – sixteen-year-old Beth has it all. She tells herself that… a lot. That is until the new students arrive from the recently-built Traveller’s Site, led by the rakishly handsome Razovan Verlak, who begins to turn her world upside-down. The school didn’t want them, the town tried to avoid them, and Beth is determined to ignore him—them. But Raz is not to be ignored, and he has his sights set on her.

With the autumn harvest due in, and her boyfriend and the usual harvesters notably absent, Beth and her mother have to accept alternative help to bring in their farm’s crops. And Raz is all too eager to oblige. But Beth is uneasy, and with good reason. Raz and his crew have developed a worrying reputation around town. Assault, vandalism, theft – it seems there’s nothing they haven’t done…according to rumour. But are the gossips to be believed?

Will Beth listen to the disturbing tales and keep her distance? Or will she decide for herself and get to know the real Raz as they work together, amidst the strawberry fields?

T.E. Hodden – Autumn Leaves

So there I was, on the worst afternoon of my life, surrounded by the kind of argument that left me shaken and single. And there, in the park is Autumn, a beautiful, funny, sweet, trans-girl, who seems to be the only person in the world having a worse day than me. And that…that doesn’t seem right.

So, here we are. I have one day, to make her smile, and change her world, before Autumn leaves to face her winter.

Laura Lamoreaux and T.L. French – A Harvest Homecoming

When Tanya Sheldon loses her job and her marriage in the same day, she thinks her life is over. Unable to find anything else, she agrees to take a teaching position in her old high school, but moving back to Silver Lake turns out to be harder than she expected when old feelings come to light. Tanya rejected Jake Green when they were younger, but now he’s all grown up and teaching across the hall. And for a minute, Tanya thought she might have something in her future other than a box of cats. But the moment is gone when Jake’s beautiful girlfriend Ashley returns. After learning the hard way what it’s like to be cheated on, there’s no way Tanya will let herself fall for Jake.

Patricia Crisafulli – Moon Dance

For Anna Oliver, life is one big to-do list and her responsibilities, large and crushing. Divorced and a single mother, needing to care for her own mother who is struggling with a cancer diagnosis, Anna has returned to her too-small hometown, which cannot compare with the life she enjoyed in Brooklyn. Now she is overqualified for her job in a community library and overburdened by everything.

When a storm brings down a tree on her roof—revealing damage that the insurance company won’t pay for—Anna feels as split in two as that old ash. Then someone unexpected comes into her life, and she must confront her need to trust, which seems far too difficult and risky. But under the harvest moon, anything can change.