Author Karen A. Wyle releases her new novel: Water to Water

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Two young Vushla questioned what everyone knew about death. What should they do with the answer?

When the time comes for Vushla to die, they go into the ocean and are dissolved away. Or so Terrill has always believed, and still believes after taking part in his father’s final journey. But when he meets a young Vushlu who lives by the sea, Terrill must confront information that calls this fundamental belief into question. Will the two of them discover the truth? And what should they do with what they find?

 

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*How did you come up with the title for this book? It sounds rather poetic.

–The idea came from a familiar phrase in the English Burial Service: “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

 

*What exactly is a Vushla?

–The Vushla (plural — singular is Vushlu) are one of the sentient species on a planet humans haven’t found. They could be described as a cross between a centaur and a tortoise: their general body configuration is that of a centaur, and they are largely covered by many small plates of a hard substance they (and their neighbor species, the Weesah) refer to as armor. The armor is often moved as part of gestures and body language. I envision them as roughly human-sized.

 

*Tell us how the idea for this book came about.

–That was a first for me. The way Vushla typically meet death came to me as an image in a dream. My husband contributed a key plot twist.

 

*What is the connection between the Vushla, water, and death?

–As described in the Preface and in the book blurb, when a Vushlu knows it is dying (I use “it” for unidentified Vushla and Weesah, and he or she for individuals of known gender), it tries to get to the ocean, where it swims or wades into the surf to dissolve away. If it dies on the journey, the friends and relatives accompanying it on the funeral journey hire fisher folk (who have custom-made waterproof suits) to carry the body into the ocean.

 

Whether there are other connections . . . you’ll need to read the book to find out. 🙂

 

*Was your approach different in writing this book?

 

The origin — a dream, as I mentioned above — was different. Otherwise, I did what I usually do: wrote a (very) rough draft during National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo or NaNo; put it aside for a month or so; did multiple revisions and editing passes over the next nine months; sent it to beta readers and made more revisions based on their comments; did the final proofread/edits; and published it (as a preorder) on Amazon and Google Play and via Draft2Digital. (The paperback will, I hope, be ready by the release date of October 17th, at least on Amazon. B&N will take a little longer due to a cumbersome proofing process.)

 

*What comes first the idea or theme?

 

That’s an interesting question, especially this time around. What thematic concerns inspired that dream? I can’t say for sure. I certainly had both mortality and parent-child relationships on my mind, as my father died a little more than six months before NaNo began. (I don’t remember exactly when I had the dream, but I would guesstimate it was a month or so before NaNo.)

 

*What was your experience like writing Water to Water?

 

I can generally keep up with or stay slightly ahead of the pace NaNo requires (an average of 1,667 words per day), and this time was no exception. My confidence in the story fluctuated about as much as usual — which is to say, frequently but not to the point of either ecstatic certainty or profound gloom. I frequently consulted my general science adviser, aka my husband Paul Hager, on various aspects of world-building.

I approached cover design a little differently this time. I’ve most often collaborated with a particular designer, but that collaboration works best when I have some fairly definite starting ideas. This time, the one idea I had felt insufficient. I decided to spring boldly into the red, financially speaking, and invest in a cover from a designer (or rather, a group of designers) I’d long admired, Damonza. I am delighted with the result, which has gotten consistently favorable comment during the book’s Silver Dagger Book Tour (continuing through October 26th).

 

 

 

Karen A Wyle

 

Karen A. Wyle is the author of multiple science fiction novels, including The Twin-Bred Series: Books 1-3; near-future novels DivisionPlayback Effect, and Who: a novel of the near future; and YA near-future novel The Link. Her one novel (so far) outside the SF category is afterlife fantasy/family drama Wander Home. She has also published one nonfiction work, Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers, a resource for authors or for anyone interested in understanding more about American law.

Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers herself a Hoosier. Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9.

Wyle is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two wildly creative daughters. Her voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.

 

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Interview with Author Caroline England

 

 

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Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline became a partner in a Solicitors practise and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, will be published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017.

 

 

 

 

Beneath the skin

 

 

No-one remembers your past. But you do.

 
 Three women. Three secrets.

Antonia is beautiful and happily married. Her life is perfect. So why does she hurt herself when nobody’s watching?

Sophie is witty, smart and married to the best-looking man in town. She likes a drink, but who doesn’t?

Olivia is pretending to be a happy wife and mother. But her secret could tear her family apart.

Their lies start small, they always do. But if they don’t watch out, the consequences will be deadly.

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Were you born and raised in Yorkshire? 



I was born in Sheffield but was sent to a Derbyshire boarding school at the age of eight! It was a struggle to turn my Yorkshire accent into ‘received pronunciation’. Even now it’s a strange mix of the two!

I’ve been to England once several years back. London and Cambridge. Cambridge was beautiful! 

 

 

 

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Name at least three catalysts that made you a writer today.



Hmm, an interesting question. It’s like being in The Psychiatrist’s Chair! My enjoyment of reading, praise for my writing from when I was small and my inherent work ethic are three I can think of.

I love asking this question. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each writer and what influences that had early in life. 

 

 

 

 

How did you get into poetry?



I won a poetry competition at school when I was nine. Boy, did that feel good! I was in a sort of ‘poetry society’ in Sixth Form, exchanging silly ditties with the boys. I continued to write more serious efforts, especially at low times. A few of them even got published!

I’ve always enjoyed reading poems (especially out loud). As a school girl I was riveted by Ted Hughes’s poetry and the icing on the cake was seeing him perform live. I can still recall being mesmerised by his deep Yorkshire timbre when he read out The Thought Fox.

Wonderful. I started with poetry too, which reminds me I need to write more. Poetry is AWESOME. Keep writing and please do share. 

 

 

 

Can you share with us one of your poems?


Ego



I listen as you wrap
me in your smile
but I don’t really hear.
A penny for them
I want to say, a coin
to climb inside, to
examine and explore,
to dig and delve, to
hold up to the light
and say what’s this?
What does it mean?

You show me yours
and I’ll show you mine.
But I know I’d renege
on the deal. I’m not
prepared to share the
murky depths of my

closest friend, that critical
cow, sometimes truthful,
rarely kind but always there,
protective, comforting,
supportive, righteous,
outraged and smug.

I suppose I am as you are
but I don’t know that
for sure and so I’ll keep
the coin and invest in
something that’s a safer bet.

 

 

 

 

 

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What area of law did you practice in? 



Criminal law as a trainee, then divorce and matrimonial, then finally professional indemnity work, mainly representing other lawyers who may – or may not – have made a mistake in their job. In short, people at their lowest ebb, something that has very much influenced my writing.

Oh wow. Sounds interesting. I always find the law interesting. 

 

 

 

 

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Why did you decide to write a domestic noir? 



I’m really interested in people, dark secrets, human desires, frailties, needs and ‘what goes on behind closed doors’, but I also like suspense and a mystery. ‘Domestic noir’ covers that combination perfectly! An author coined the phrase and I’m so pleased she did!

I interviewed another author who has written a full trilogy about her Noir. The Reykjavik Noir trilogy. 

 

 

 

Who is Antonia?



She is a thirty year old character who bookends my debut novel, Beneath the Skin. On the surface she is perfect. Her husband describes her as a ‘chiseled honey marble statue’ but inside she’s alone, damaged and afraid.

That’s an interesting description!

 

 

 

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Describe your process creating her wounds and flaws



Like with all my characters, I try and step inside her body and absorb how she must feel given her childhood, background and life events. If a character has suffered something I haven’t, I research other people’s similar experiences, talk and listen to those in the know.

I find this the most fascinating and difficult to write. 

 

 
Do you outline your work or employ character arcs in your writing?

 

No! I wish I was that kind of writer. I’m not a plotter, I’m a PANTSER! I had to look that one up – I fly by the seat of my pants!

Hilarious!

 

 

 

 

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Does Antonia have a mentor? 



It’s a little tricky to answer this without giving a spoiler. Not a mentor as such, but events change her life and help her start to come to terms with her past.

I guess I’ll have to do some detective work. 

 

 

 

Where does the story take place? 



In the area I live. South Manchester and Cheshire in the UK. But it could be set anywhere as it’s a universal story – flawed human beings struggling with life, hiding secrets, fears, illness and so on.

Hmm. I wonder what it’s like. 

 

 

 

 

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What did you learn personally by writing Beneath the Skin?



I learned that I was capable of writing a whole novel! So then I caught a bug that no medicine can cure!

Anyone who can write a novel is awesome. So, you’re awesome 🙂

 

 

What are you writing next?



My next novel, My Husband’s Lies, will be out on 3 May 2018! It’s already on Amazon, available to pre-order.

Looking forward to it!

 

 

Thanks Caroline!

 

 

 

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Undevoured Memories

This poem is dedicated to my Dad who passed away from cancer 5 years ago today. May you rest in peace and God bless your soul in paradise. I will see you yet again one day, it is the word of God. 

Should I allow the swarming locusts of grief to burrow deep into my heart? Too late. Perhaps they’ll be merciful in this heart of flesh. In earnest they arrive to devour the land of the living, leaving little to be desired in its wake.

In unison they come seeking bold entry;their deep prying eyes bore into one’s soul, and escape is not an option. 

One can only hope to endure the warm summer breezes bringing endless myriads and armies prancing on the horizon. Their cold steely gaze take aim, a plentitude of jaws set forth, their appetite destruction itself. 

Will they devour me? Lay waste the sweet fortified towers of laughter, love, and affection? Can they reverse the inevitable course already drawn? 

Although the thunderous clap of their dreaded wings spread like strident wildfire, they will not consume. Though their devilish jagged teeth clench like poisonous asps, they will not consume. Though they effortlessly breath gangrene and their message is death, they will not consume. 

They will not consume this heart of flesh, for they will never devour the memory of the living. 

RIP Dad

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Book Review: Elderhaus by Anne Carmichael

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Gertrude spent the better part of her adult life scouring Europe for Helmut Klingenfelter, the father who vanished not only from her life and that of her mother but had forsaken everyone in his past.
With midlife looming on the horizon, Gertie made the decision to stop chasing the ghosts of the past and return to her childhood home of Pitch Pine, where she purchased a century-old house at 1211 Castle Lane sight unseen.
Elderhaus, as it came to be known, had a mysterious past of its own, one that would threaten more than Gertrude’s desire for finding happiness.

 

 

 

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There is something about this book that draws you into it’s story. Who is Gertie Klingenfelter? And what happened to her father Helmut? It takes you down a path discovering her roots and mysterious family history. Finally she decides to return to her home town, Pitch Pine.

I found the setting of Pitch Pine with it’s characters to be very endearing ! There’s something about them that sticks out begging you to find out more. Gertie’s family history is heart wrenching but makes the story that much more resonant.

Quality writing with good characters. What else can you ask for? Recommended!

 

 

 

 

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