Surprise-Surprise!!! And the Winner is…..

We would like to thank J. Cornell Michel once again, for honoring us with an interview on Two Voices….One Thought.

We would also like to thank our blogging buddies for taking the time to come by & meet this phenomenal lady!!

And now we have a surprise for all of you. We decided to award not one, but two of J’s books. If you’re not selected please swing by Amazon & grab your copy of: JORDAN’S BRAINS A Zombie Evolution (her first book)

WHERE’S MY DINNER

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ZOMBIE ZEITGEIST

 

And now for the winner; drumroll please…

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. The first winner is: Meno~Mama.

The second Winner is: Carrie Rubin.

The winners make sure to send us your email so we can get those to you.  n.perrone1967@gmail.com

Congratulations!!! And thanks again Jillian  ;) xo

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http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-My-Dinner-Cornell-Michel/dp/1940938457/ref

http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Zeitgeist-J-Cornell-Michel/dp/150012303X/ref

 

Meet Horror Author J. Cornell Michel

Well, we’re here today on Two Voices…One Thought, with our all-time favorite Zombie Author, J. Cornell Michel.

Are we giddy? As hell!! Jillian is one phenomenal writer with a delicious appetite for what we love best…..horror!! This lady has written and published four successful books. We first met her having heard: “Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution,” was nominated for the 2013 Best in Horror award by What Horror Looks Like.

Once we read the book we were hooked and have been huge fans ever since. It’s funny because Inion and I were at a writing workshop years ago in Georgia and heard the speaker say that Zombies were making a comeback. We were like…furreal? They’re making a comeback huh? But the truth is, Zombies never left. They just blasted on the scene with more panache and a greater hunger for flesh only the modern day zombie brings with it smarter writing, better acting and an end of the world thrill that has yet to be matched!!

No longer can one say that they’re not into that genre and that it doesn’t offer them anything in the way of plots, quality acting or big-budget-films. With movies like:

The Crazies

I Am Legend

World War Z

and Zombieland

And actors linked to them such as: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant the box office is sold out every time.

 

As a fan of the video games logging hours and hours of addictive zombie slaying, the industry has made way for a multi-billion dollar industry of edgy zombie-killing madness that leaves the player tired-eyed and their only dilemma being whether to use a Molotov cocktail, chainsaw, an AK-47 or a machete.

But if you want to get your fix of zombies through books….look no further, because we have the queen of the dead right here and ready to interview. The only thing that could be better than this is seeing those books of hers on the big screen!!! Her list of babies include:

Jordan’s Brains A Zombie Evolution

Where’s My Dinner?

Zombie Zeitgeist Short Stories by J. Cornell Michel

‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas

We just so happen to own three of these horror gems but today will be focusing on the last one we read: Where’s My Dinner

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Synopsis:

In the mid-1950’s, a virus begins turning only women into zombies. As fearsome female flesh-eaters rampage, society begins to crumble.

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(INM) What inspired you to set a story in the mid 1950’s?

(JCM) It was a time when women were pressured into making careers out of taking care of their children and homes, which is wonderful if that’s what you want to do. But during that time women were discouraged from having careers outside the home. In a culture that associates money with power, the women of that time weren’t recognized as being powerful because most of them weren’t contributing financially. So I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to create a story where women in the 1950’s were liberated…by zombies!”

(INM) Was there a lot of research that went into that aspect for authentication?

(JCM) Honestly? I watched a lot of Marilyn Monroe movies. Well, I actually re-watched them. I was fascinated by Marilyn Monroe during my college years and watched her Diamond Collection on VHS over and over on my 13-inch television. Does that ruin my zombie street cred?

(INM) *Of course, not! You are still the zombie goddess.*

(INM) Rose-Lynn is a phenomenal heroine; one of our favorites of the year to be honest. Could you tell the blogosphere a little bit about her?

(JCM) Thanks, I’m glad you liked her! Rose-Lynne was fun to write. I actually based her on my mother, Lynne Cook, and my great-grandmother’s cousin, Rose Feld. They were both novelists and powerful, graceful women. Rose-Lynne is the kind of woman who speaks her mind and refuses to conform to what society expects of her. She was never interested in having kids or being a housewife, so she unapologetically pursued her career in journalism, never letting anyone make her feel like she was less of a woman.

(INM) Rose-Lynn and Ralph had a beautiful relationship that wasn’t quite stereotypical for that time. (I personally think they should be voted sexiest couple of their decade) What was your inspiration for that extraordinary couple?

(JCM) In my mind, they’re the perfect couple because they respect each other. I think that’s the most important aspect of marriage. If you don’t respect each other then your marriage isn’t going to last very long. Also, they enjoy each other’s company, and that’s a big part of married life – just hangin’ out!

(INM) There’s that typical alpha-hero and then there’s Ralph. Sensitive, secure in himself, proud of his wife, not afraid to stand behind her and even prouder to stand beside her; Mathair and I think archetypes like this should have their time in the spotlight. How do you feel about the stereotypical hero and the differences between them and Ralph?

(JCM) Hollywood loves the strong silent type, but I find that boring. I prefer chatty, amiable heroes. I’d rather spend an evening (or a zombie apocalypse) with Seth Rogen than with Keanu Reeves.

(INM) There are so many nuances to your story yet the theme of female empowerment is consistent, more specifically the security in one’s self. Is that something you wanted to bring to that particular era?

(JCM) Absolutely! There are female empowerment themes in all my books. I really didn’t plan on Where’s My Dinner turning out to be so focused on self-acceptance, but it happened organically as I was writing. There’s way too much emphasis on superficial beauty, and young’uns these days aren’t taught to value their true selves. The media is too busy shoving unattainable beauty ideals in their faces in order to sell them products. If you ask me, the beauty industry is the real horror show, which is why I insert bits about self-acceptance in my books whenever I can.

(INM) Beautifully said, Ms. Michel! Preach!!! lol

(INM) We promised no spoilers so I have to wiggle my way around this next question. You have such unique zombie spins in your novels and quite often there is a sympathetic edge; like you want your readers to empathize with the monster. Have you always identified with the zombie lore in that sense?

(JCM) Great question! And, yes, I have always sympathized with monsters. We humans sometimes forget that we’re in this together. Sure, we all have a bad day and act like “monsters” to those around us every once in a while, but life is so much better when we treat each other kindly no matter what. When I see someone acting “monsterly” (it happens pretty much every day on the commuter train), I try to put myself in their shoes and not judge them. And when I act like a monster I hope people will go easy on me too.

(INM) As in any genre and history we like to pay homage to those who paved the way. Writer-director George A. Romero needs no introduction to horror fans, having almost single-handedly invented the modern zombie film as we know it. Tell us, Jillian, how this man has inspired you and your writing?

(JCM) George Romero is a genius! Of course, I love Night of the Living Dead, but my favorite movie of his is Day of the Dead because the heroin (played by Lori Cardille) kicks some serious butt! And I love Bub, the zombie who is befriended by a scientist. Romero has a way of humanizing his monsters, especially in his later works. In Land of the Dead, he “sticks it to the man” when zombies infiltrate a city where all the rich, snooty folks are holed up. The 1% sure are tasty!

(INM) Zombies are in the now and trending; Inion and I can remember when the literary world announced their comeback. What do you think it is about Zombies and the “End of World” theme that appeals to the readers?

(JCM) I think post-apocalyptic stories tend to be more popular when people are feeling unstable, like the apocalypse could happen at any moment. With all the war, natural disasters, and economic uncertainty these days, I can understand why zombies are trending at the moment. Plus, they’re fascinating because zombies are human, but you can’t reason with them or ask them politely not to gnaw on your face – it’s quite terrifying!

(INM) Now we want to randomly pick your brain (verses eating it like a zombie lol) and ask you some zombie questions. We were just wondering if you’re prepared for a zombie apocalypse and if you were what would be your go-to weapon?

(JCM) No contest – a machete. You never have to reload it, and it won’t run out of bullets. It can also easily penetrate a skull and destroy the brain (I’m assuming).

(INM) Hell yeah!! A lady who knows how to handle a blade & defend herself is sexy!!!!

(INM) Are you the slicin’-dicin’ zombie slayer or the selfless survivor searching for a cure to save mankind?

(JCM) Both. I plan to slice and dice whilst searching for a cure. That’s what I consider “having it all!”

(INM) What is your favorite zombie movie of all time?

(JCM) Ahhhhhhhhhh!! This is such a tough question. I don’t know if I can pick just one. Can I give you a top five?? In no particular order:

  1. Shaun of the Dead
  2. Day of the Dead (the 1985 version, NOT the 2008 remake)
  3. Juan of the Dead
  4. Dawn of the Dead (the 2004 remake)
  5. Zombieland (didya know they’re making a sequel?)

(Inion) *Fan –girl moment* OMG, I didn’t know they were making a sequel to Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead is my top fave zombie movie of all-time. Simon Pegg is brilliant!!

(Mathair) *Clears throat* Um…. Inion… interview…

(Inion) Hee hee, sorry.

(INM) Jillian, if you had to pick, would you prefer fighting the Romero zombies of the seventies (slow, sluggish, gory eaters of flesh that seem to just keep on coming);

The cracked-up, parkour jumpers from “Day of the Dead” and “I Am Legend”;

The neighborly ghouls that appear like those you once knew from “The Crazies”;

The zombie tsunami – 12 second transformers from: “World War Z”;

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or the mutated supernatural freaks from “Resident Evil?”

(JCM) Hands down, I’ll take the 1968 Night of the Living Dead zombies any day over the speedy ones that have recently become popular. I Am Legend scared the hell out of me, and it’s because those monsters were way, way too fast. I don’t think corpses should be faster than humans. It’s unnatural ;)

(INM) What’s next for J. Cornell Michel? What are you working on?

(JCM) Actually, since I had my baby girl last year, I’ve started writing children’s picture books, and my first zombie book for little kids will be out later this year. It’s about a little purple zombie who’s frustrated because no one’s afraid of her because she’s so darn cute. Picture books are my main focus these days because having a ten-month-old baby to take care of doesn’t leave me much time to sit down and write for hours at a time. I hope to get back to writing novels eventually, but for now I’m focusing on picture books.

(INM) Congrats, Jillian; she’s beautiful!!

(INM) And the last question which my son, Vincent/Inion’s brother asked us to relay to you: “If you had one place to hold up in a Zombie Apocalypse and you could pick any place in the world. Where would it be?

(JCM) That is an excellent question! I just watched one of those shows on HGTV called Island Hunters. It’s about well-to-do folks who have millions of dollars to spare and want to buy their own island (must be nice). Anyway, one of these rich couples had $23 million to spare and bought an island in Fiji. It was completely secluded and small enough to defend the perimeter, but big enough to be able to grow your own crops and comfortably house plenty of humans and animals. So my dream location to ride out the zombie apocalypse is a secluded island in Fiji. I need to start saving up my allowance so I can afford a $23 million island :)

(INM) If you would have told us we’d end up on an island after doing a horror interview we would’ve laughed!!! But here we all are in Fiji. Awesome interview Jillian! For all our blogging community, we have one of Jillian’s books to giveaway to one lucky commenter. So be sure to comment!!!

Thanks again to the Queen of Horror herself, J. Cornell Michel. Below you’ll find the links to purchase her books; but please wait to see if you’re chosen.

Jordan’s Brains: http://www.amazon.com/Jordans-Brains-Evolution-Cornell-Michel-ebook/dp/B00DB9IUPO/ref

Where’s My Dinner:  http://www.amazon.com/Wheres-My-Dinner-J-Michel-ebook/dp/B00XLKIHK6/

Zombie Zeitgeist: Short Stories  http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Zeitgeist-J-Cornell-Michel-ebook/dp/B00ILON6EO/ref

‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas:  http://www.amazon.com/Twas-Before-Christmas-Cornell-Michel/dp/0692330720/ref

 

 

MERYL-THON

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We are currently between an interview with a brilliant horror writer and publishing our book. So we thought we’d put up a fun blog post as we were reminded recently by our awesome friend Lizzi Rogers of Considerings. https://summat2thinkon.wordpress.com/

So, here goes. A repost of Meryl-Thon:

Well, it’s that time, when Mathair goes on her Girl-crush rant about the great, Meryl Streep. Lord knows I’ve had to endure decades, of this inappropriate fixation of the Academy Award Winning Actress.

Mathair was 19 when she first fell in love with Meryl after watching the movie, “Heartburn”. From there she was gone, following Meryl on her long and lustrous career and gobbling up everything the woman ever did!

So, here are some: Meryl Fun Facts:

Meryl was born: Mary Louise Streep – Summit, New Jersey, on June 22, 1949. She received her B.A., in Drama, from Vassar College in 1971 but also enrolled as a visiting student at Dartmouth College. She subsequently earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

*One fun fact is when she left her claimed Oscar for Kramer V.S. Kramer (1979) in the bathroom during an after Oscar festivity.

*Meryl Streep applied for law school but she missed the interview because of over sleeping. Therefore, she considered that as a sign to change her goals instead of losing hope.

*Meryl Streep has won three Oscars, tying her with Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis. However, Streep trails Katherine Hepburn, who has four.

*Of all of the parts she’s auditioned for, Streep has only been turned down 4 times.
With 18 Academy Award nominations, winning three, Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor (male or female) in history.

*Early in her career, when Streep tried out for the King Kong remake, producer Dino DeLaurentis told his son, in Italian, that Streep was too ugly for the part. He called her “a pig.” Streep shocked the shit out of DeLaurentis when she replied back in fluent Italian.

*Of all the parts she didn’t get, Streep most regrets Sweet Dreams, which went to Jessica Lange

Not only does Meryl select ideal roles, she also pairs herself with leading men that shine alongside her and a supporting cast that is nothing short of spectacular.
Read the choices, pick your favorite and be sure to tell us why in the comments. And have fun!!

A.) THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Meryl plays Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor. Supporting actor Stanley Tucci, is by far one of our favorite actors to star with Meryl. Delivering the absolute best line of the movie: “Gird your loins!” Meryl is a brilliant, but shrewd business woman and she wears it well!!


B.) BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – Meryl plays Italian Housewife Francesca Johnson a lonely woman in Iowa who has an affair with National Geographic Photographer Robert Kincaid, (Clint Eastwood). This 1995 romantic drama earned Streep an Academy Award for best actress and proved passion can find you any time in your life.

C.) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Meryl plays, Violet Weston the matriarch to a severely dysfunctional family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Meryl’s love interest is her deceased poet/husband (played by Sam Shepherd) although I would say her daughter, Barbara (played by Julia Roberts) would be a better fit to the opposite role. Two great performances by two powerhouse ladies.


D.) IT’S COMPLICATED – Meryl plays, Jane Adler, a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret affair with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, ten years after their divorce – only to find herself drawn to another man: her architect Adam (portrayed by Steve Martin.) This middle-aged love triangle is a comedic delight!! ;)

E.) JULIE AND JULIA – Meryl plays renown Chef, Julia Childs. Again Stanley Tucci takes the opposite role of love interest to Meryl. Luv these two together!! The film contrasts the life of Child’s in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child’s cookbook in 365 days, while blogging about them.

F.) DOUBT – Meryl plays Sister Aloysius Beauvier. It’s 1964, at St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, (played by the late-great, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal. But when Sister James, (Amy Adams) a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald; Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. This movie is one of our favorites and the film’s four main actors were heavily praised all 4 nominated for Oscars for their roles in this.



G.) MAMA MIA – Meryl plays Donna. Sophie, Donna’s daughter (played by Amanda Seyfried) discovers her mother’s old diary & finds a description of intimate dates with 3 men (Sam Carmichael-Pierce Brosnan, Bill Austin-Stellan Skarsgard & Harry Bright-Colin Firth.) Sophie believes one of these men is her father & three months prior to the wedding, sends each an invitation, signing it, as her mother, without letting her mother know. In this musical honoring Abba, Meryl finds 3 gorgeous Hollywood Kings, to play her love interest and manages these heart-throbs quite nicely.



H.) MUSIC OF THE HEART – Meryl plays, Roberta Guaspari an East Harlem School Teacher. Inspired by the true story, the film opens with violinist Roberta having been deserted by her US Navy husband and feeling devastated. Encouraged by her mother, she attempts to rebuild her life and friend & love interest (played by Aidan Quinn) recommends her to the head teacher of a school in the tough New York area of East Harlem.

I.) BEFORE & AFTER – Meryl plays, Dr. Carolyn Ryan. In a small western Massachusetts town, Dr. Carolyn Ryan & her sculptor husband Ben (Liam Neeson) seem to live an idyllic life with their two children. But soon, the parents deal with the horrendous effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

J.) DEATH BECOMES HER – Meryl plays, Madeline Ashton. Following her performance, the narcissistic, manipulative actress Madeline Ashton invites her long-time rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn), an aspiring writer, backstage, along with her fiancé, plastic surgeon Dr. Ernest Menville (played by Bruce Willis). Ernest is visibly smitten with Madeline, which worries Helen, who has lost other men to Madeline in the past. Dr. Menville, breaks off his engagement with Helen and weds Madeline unleashing a love-triangle right out of hell. And Hell hath no fury like these two beauties scorned!! This dark comedy is one of our all-time favorites.

K.) DEFENDING YOUR LIFE – Meryl plays Julia. Daniel (played by Albert Brooks) dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next life; or be sent back to earth to do it again. Daniel meets and falls in love with Julia (Meryl Streep), a woman who lived a seemingly perfect life of courage and generosity, especially compared to his. Written & Directed by Albert Brooks this charming romance proves there’s love after life!

L.) SHE DEVIL – Meryl plays, Mary Fisher. Ruth Patchett, (Roseanne Barr) a dumpy, overweight housewife exacts devilish revenge on her philandering husband (played by Ed Begley Jr.) after he leaves her and their children for glamorous, best-selling romance novelist Mary Fisher.

M.) HEARTBURN – Meryl plays, Rachel Samstat. A New York food writer, Rachel Samstat, meets Washington, D.C. political columnist Mark Forman (played by Jack Nicholson) at a mutual friend’s wedding. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, despite Rachel’s reservations. With their seemingly perfect life and the birth of their daughter Rachel’s world comes crashing down around her after she discovers her husband is having an affair.


N.) LOVE AFFAIR – Meryl plays, Molly Gilmore. Two married strangers meet randomly, riding the train into New York City and become friends, then fall in love. Soon they begin meeting for coffee or lunch as the relationship grows, becoming far more serious eventually forcing both Molly & Frank Raftis (played by Robert DeNiro) to face their spouse and other life.


So there they are, some tasty films starring Meryl Streep. Tell us which one is your favorite!!

Book Cover Reveal

Well, we’re approaching the publishing debut for the second book in our series: The Crazy 8 – Bastard Chronicles. So we wanted to do a book cover reveal.

We are so excited about the front and back cover which was designed for us by our Book Cover Artist, Nick Demarsico.

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We’ll be leaving a website where you can visit Nick and see more of his beautiful work. And trust us, you’ll want to see more.

We would like to thank our blogging buddies for all your support this past year while we’ve been working on our baby.

And now for the Cover…

Front cover for: The Crazy 8

Back cover for: The Crazy 8

We can’t tell you how proud we are to share this with all of you and hope you enjoyed the book cover reveal. Please be sure to visit Nick’s website & for those interested in working with Nick, please feel free to contact him by way of the links we’re leaving below. Thanks again.

Nick DeMarsico:

https://alwaysinthestudio.wordpress.com/portfolio/works-in-progress-series-of-paintings/

https://www.facebook.com/nick.demarsico?fref=ts

 

And The Winner Is…..

So, we’ve reached the end of our Beth Teliho Interview & Book Give-Away.

No, it’s okay SpongeBob. This is a good thing. Because now someone get’s a PRIZE!!!! ;)

Happy Dance indeed. We have our contestants (the commenters).

We did our random selection process.

While everyone waited on the edge of their seats.

Well….okay, maybe not everyone! So now we’ll get the commenters lined up to announce the winner.

Any last words? Just this from us:

And the winner of our Book Raffle is……..

Spiritual Ivy!!!!!

Congratulations, Spiritual Ivy. And now for your prize…

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Hell yeah!! One phenomenal, freaking read!! Congrats again, Spiritual Ivy on scoring a brilliant book by an amazing Woman & Author.

Thanks again to Superstar Beth Teliho (our Bethie) for appearing on Two Voices…One Thought. And thanks to all our commenters for taking the time to chat-up Bethie. If you’d like to keep the convo going & trust us, YOU DO; Head on over to her blog: http://bethteliho.me/blog/

If you didn’t win the copy of Bethie’s book, “Order of Seven” head on over to Amazon & grab your copy now.

http://www.amazon.com/Order-Seven-Beth-Teliho/dp/0986157708/ref

 

The Brilliant Beth Teliho / Order of Seven

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Beth Teliho is a one of a kind author/blogger. She never minces words and continues to keep us laughing with her witty humor and intrigued by her edgy topics. We’re honored to say that she’s a blogging bestie and proud to announce that she’s published her first novel. We tried to come up with cohesive questions but ultimately decided on taking turns. And now for all of you Two Voices, One Thought readers and Teliho fans alike, we will pick apart the brain of the master that created the delightful, the delectable, the one and only… Baron. LOL

Title: Order of Seven / Author: Beth Teliho

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Book Synopsis:

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 that 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.

Pages: 248 / Genre: Paranormal Mystery

(Mathair) Bethie, we can’t tell you how excited we are to have you on Two Voices….One Thought. We’ve been such fans of you and your blog: Writer B is Me that to be able to interview you about your newly released book, Order of Seven is like a dream come true. And now the interrogation. Mwa-ha-ha. So, we have to gush on Order of Seven. Can we say… unbefu**inglievable!

Tell us a little bit about how this story came to you; what was the spark that started the fire? (Without giving away any spoilers, of course.)

(BT) It started with the desire to write a story with a subtle undercurrent about mans’ responsibility to the environment. But I wanted to do it in a way that whispered it, and wasn’t the main point of the novel. Also, In much the way you “accidently” learn historical facts while reading Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I wanted to pepper Order of Seven with factual elements that I then added my creative spin to. With the message in mind, combined with the historical truths, Order of Seven was born.

(Inion) Your story was heavily influenced by archaeology. Is that something you’ve always been interested in?

(BT) Yes! I’m a science junkie, but archaeology in particular spurs my imagination. The fact that there are so many sites that are still a mystery just begs for a writer’s attention.

(Inion) Order of Seven has such a beautiful interpretation of family; very much outside the scope of the norm. Was that a theme that you wanted inherent throughout the novel?

(BT) Not at first, not intentionally, but it sort of evolved that way. I think definition of family, and feelings of acceptance not just in your family, but in society in general are issues true to me, so they squirmed their way into the story regardless.

(Mathair) Beth, the MC Devi is such an incredible young woman with powerful inner strengths, incredible physical and mental gifts as well as humanistic frailties that are endearing. Tell us the influence behind this mega-heroine.

(BT) I wanted someone true to how I see the current teen generation, and that is smart, savvy, strong, informed, funny, outspoken, empathetic, and brave. I know they have their unique issues ahead of them, as we all did, but they’re truly little super humans. However, in addition to being this dynamic modern teen, Devi is isolated, confused, and really pissed about it. That’s a volatile mixture, which is why I fought for her language to stay “salty”. I wanted to mirror her anger while being realistic.

(Mathair) While reading the reviews the one thing that stood out, (besides the obvious which was that the book was unbelievable) is the word philosophical which was also in the synopsis. Tell us why this was so important to the book and you.

(BT) It’s important to me because I wanted people to question what they thought they knew about how our world works in reference to religion and history. I wanted readers to leave the book with the seed planted that there is no One Right Way, in my humble opinion. The attitude “my way or the highway” leads to nothing but disgruntlement and war. As a species, we’re smarter than that. I hope. I think it’s important for acceptance, empathy, compassion, and understanding to recognize and respect that people have different religious beliefs, and that’s okay.

(Inion) Her brother was a favorite of mine. Having a close relationship with my little brother, I find myself gravitating to stories with strong sibling ties, built on love and loyalty. Tell us a little bit about how this brother-sister duo came to life for you.

(BT) From day one, this story orbited around a brother and sister. I’m fascinated with sibling connections, specifically (SPOILER ALERT) twins, and then add to that his life “sentence” to protect her from who she is, and the fact that he felt everything she felt….it was just too delicious to pass up.

(Mathair) I guess this should have been the first question, but did you decide to traditionally publish, independently publish or self-pub? And for those reading who are just starting out please explain why you chose this and the advantages of doing so.

(BT) I never even considered pursuing traditional publishing. It just seemed too restrictive and time-consuming. Not to say I never will, but it wasn’t right for me with this novel. I think traditional publishing is having to evolve and re-think how they will work amongst the tsunami of successful indie authors. When I first learned of the different ways to publish, the thought of doing it myself excited me. I mean, even the word Indie is inherently cool as shit, right?

(Mathair) The story takes place in your great state of Texas. (Hell yeah!) But, it goes far beyond those borders and takes the reader all the way to the dark continent of Africa. The two are completely different worlds that immediately jump off the pages. How much research went into the different settings?

(BT) A TON of research went into the settings, as well as the factual elements. I read journals written by people who’d been to these places, I watched YouTube videos of native tribesman, I scoured pages from tourist sites, and Wiki and Google were my best friends. Additionally, I kept most of my notes and research papers from college, where I degreed in Environmental Science. This proved to be very helpful when talking about energy, geology, and astronomy – to name a few.

(Inion) There are so many vibrant cultures woven beautifully throughout the storyline of Order of Seven. How much research did you put into that aspect as well as the folklore that went along with them?

(BT) The tribes a purely fictional and came from mah brain, but some of the cultural lore was factual. I spent a lot of time combing the Internet for mythology and legends that would serve my plot, but sometimes it was the research that inspired plot lines!

(Mathair) Being Irish, your title intrigued us immediately! Seven is such an important number, not only in the Celtic world but in many other cultures and religions. How did you ultimately decide on the title?

(BT) I know seven is special to you, too! (cough-ThePerfectSeven- cough) Funny, the title was originally Tree of Life, but through my research I kept finding a connection with the number seven, particularly in cultural beliefs and artifacts, and these connections drove the story. It got downright uncanny many times! I would think, hmmm maybe Baron should get a vision of the Orion constellation, so I’d research it and then find Orion is made up of seven stars. This kind of thing happened ALL THE TIME. When I finally finished my first draft, I knew Tree of Life was no longer the perfect fit, so I tossed around Order of Seven and it stuck.

(Inion) The paranormal features in Order of Seven are all influenced by organic energy, which is tantamount with the “enviro-friendly” message of its story. Organic energy is a belief that is practiced more commonly nowadays. What are your thoughts on energy and the correlation it has between humans and nature?

(BT) Quite frankly, I’m just fascinated by it and wanted organic energy to be a part of this story. I wanted the characters to rely on unconventional means for healing as well as how they see the world, which emphasized the “everything’s connected” message.

(Mathair) The cover is stunning; almost appearing like animal hide, very natural. Tell us a little bit about the cover and the artist.

(BT) My artist is Jenny from Seedlings Design Studio (seedlingsonline.com), and she’s the bomb dot com! We went through several different mock-ups based on my input, but they just didn’t work. Then I realized I was going the wrong direction with it, so I went back and said let’s start over. Thankfully, she didn’t kill me and got right to work with my new ideas. The cover you see is the first thing she sent me. When I saw it I just knew it was the one. It’s eye catching, and organic, and ancient, and ominous, and cool. ;)

(Inion) Nature is portrayed in a reverent manner in Order of Seven. Are you an advocate for the environment?

(BT) I am, very much so, but I’m not perfect. I don’t want people to think I’m driving around in a car that runs on vegetable oil, drinking my juice dinner while wearing hemp clothes. Hahaha I do what I can, just like most people do, but I really do believe in the power of positive energy, and the importance of nature for our lives now and in the future.

(INM) What’s next for Beth Teliho?

(BT) So many things I don’t even know where to start! I’m working on a children’s book about “beating worries” (coping with childhood anxiety), and I also have the urge to write for the younger YA crowd – like middle school age. And, perhaps a sequel (or companion) to Order of Seven will happen, but I’m waiting for the characters to get back to me on that. ;)

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*We cannot wait to see what this incredible lady comes up with next. We have purchased a copy of her book: Order of Seven, to be given to one lucky commenter, which we will randomly choose. So make sure to leave your comments for Bethie, guys!

Of course after the give-away you can purchase a copy of Beth’s Book at Amazon.com but please wait to see if you’re the winner!!

http://www.amazon.com/ORDER-SEVEN-Beth-Teliho-ebook/dp/B00U2VX80Q/ref

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Two Times The Charm

Although it seems silly, for us it is exciting. Most of you are familiar with our book, The Perfect 7. But what we haven’t told you is that we’ve republished it. Not in hopes of increasing sales. (although that would be nice. lol ) But because it’s been tweaked. We said tweaked…..TWEAKED not twerked!!! We’ve introduced our book cover artist to all of you before, Nick DeMarsico. Yes he’s gorgeous ladies and a consummate Artists through and through. And the new back cover is his creation. The infamous tattoo that the boys get on Isle Exodus. Thanks Nick!!   Along with Nick’s contribution to P-7 we also have a new graphic art designer who handles our websites as well as the formatting for our books. And yes, he’s also brilliant. Erik Aadnesen. Thanks Erik!! We also came up with a name for our baby figuring it wouldn’t be right to let it go on in this world without one. Yes, we pulled a Ben Stiller. (Flirting With Disaster) 65401-zoolander-blue-steel-gif-AHeR And of course by a name we mean a name for the series. Envelope please….. Bastard Chronicles You like? We thought so; and we’re pretty proud parents.   Now most of you know we’ve been blogging ghosts as of late working on book number two in the Bastard Chronicles series. bastard symbol Well, we’ve finally finished and have it with the Beta Readers awaiting the feedback. We’ll save anything else related to that for another blog post, book cover reveal and so on. But as for Two Voices…One Thought, we have some pretty cool posts and blog guests coming up. Yes we’ll be regulars again and we’ve missed you all soooo much!!! Here’s just a few names to look forward to: Ivy, Beth Teliho, Amy Masur, J. Cornell Michel, Annie Wilson, Nichole B. and many more. And here’s just a sample to tantalize you!   For now, we look forward to leaving our place to come & haunt your blogs. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Congrats to Nick on making the front cover of his schools newly published Art Book!! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Bastard Chronicles: The Perfect 7 http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Heaven-choice-Bastard-Chronicles/dp/1511484675/

A Different Perspective

A phantom wind

A shadow cast from a tree

The beach at sunset

A single daisy in a field

A foggy graveyard

An empty bench in the middle of an abandoned park at midnight

They all sound mundane to most, but to an artist, they are deliciously inviting. The world is changing, evolving around us. We have no choice but to grow with it or perish. No sunset is ever the same, no expression on a child is ever duplicated in another. Perhaps it’s life who has the last laugh, desperate to challenge our artistry for her mere amusement.

Mother Nature gives us these inspirations knowing we’ll return the gift uniquely changed once touched by our imaginations.

As we began to take a closer look at certain arts we were able to see the seeds that bloomed into the grand flowers.

1924: The grim reaper decides it’s time to take an overdue vacation from his job as death-collector. Where else would you book your trip, but with the man who owns the world and just so happens to be his next victim! Why not kill two birds with one stone?!

To read this silly, little idea would cause one to shudder. But imagine if you will, the original idea coming from a brilliant Italian Playwright named Alberto Casella.

And, voila! You have a 1929 Supernatural/Comedy fit for Broadway called:

“La Morte in Vacanza.”

Then, add Walter Ferris a former English teacher from Yale to the equation in order to adapt the Italian work into English and we have, “Death Takes a Holiday” a 1934 film by Universal Studios.

Are we done? Not by a long shot. Another artist looked at the same idea with a different set of eyes. Fast forward to the year 1998 and bump Ferris with four Screenwriters: Kevin Wade, Ron Osborn, Bo Goldman and Jeff Reno then add Director, Martin Brest and while you’re at it, throw in Brad Pitt. (Why? Cuz he’s Brad-freaking-Pitt!!)

And Sir Anthony Hopkins….

And look out, you have “Meet Joe Black.” A Dark-Fantasy/Romance. Seven different artists, one idea. Amazing to watch the flower bloom.

Or how about an idea in 1968 which spawned a short story that was put in a drawer and forgotten until 1973 when American Author Anne Rice, decided to expand on that idea. She turned it into a novel at the encouragement of one of her husband’s students. It took her five weeks to complete the 338-page novel, doing research on vampires during the day and writing at night. When she was done, she’d created a masterpiece. Vampires…certainly not the introduction to the fictional dark species but most definitely a unique perspective. Matter of fact, contrary to popular belief, Bram Stoker can’t even take credit for originality. The Vampires roots are older than “Dracula.”

and yes….Francis Ford Coppola’s as well; (Although thanks for Gary Oldman)

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/…/10(2)26-32.pdf?.

WHAT STOKER SAW: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE LITERARY VAMPIRE

  1. M. Carlson: When Bram Stoker’s Dracula first came out in 1897, it was an immediate success, a horror writer’s “stroke of genius.” But Stoker’s novel was not a work based on Stoker’s imagination alone. Two elements contributed to the success of his novel: a great deal of historical and ethnographic research, and an extensive, already existing body of vampire fiction.

Please feel free to check out the website we left to learn about the origin of literary Vampires.

Now, let’s look at Vampires through Anne’s eyes again; the spark that started the fire.

A San Francisco journalist, Daniel Molloy, (who is referred to in the novel as boy) sits down to do an interview with a 200 year old vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac. He begins the story of his life as a human in a town just south of New Orleans where he owned a plantation. As the interview progresses, he explains to Molloy, his journey into vampirism and darkness. Enter his creator, Lestat de Lioncourt. *Inion swoons*

So, a San Francisco journalist that interviews a vampire… Sound nutty to you? Can we picture Diane Sawyer interviewing Dracula?

Fast forward to the year 1994 and the film adaptation on the big screen thanks to the collaboration of several artists: Author Anne Rice, Screenwriter/Director Neil Jordan and the phenomenal cast of Artists: Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and yes….once again Brad Pitt. Okay, this feels like the right time for a Montage…A Brad Pitt Montage. So here goes.

For your enjoyment; And ours!!

You’re welcome ladies!! Where were we……ahh yes, ARTISTS! Costume Designer, Composer of the musical score and many, many more sharing their artistry towards the idea to create a unique work of art.

We have often heard that there is no more room for originality. But each and every day, we are amazed at fresh, innovative ideas from fellow artists. Whether it’s original or merely their version of an idea as seen uniquely through their eyes. And, maybe that’s what it all boils down too, different perspectives.

After all, we artists should see in life, what others miss.

We are the third eye of the Universe.

And with this gift, we have a responsibility; to all those who take part in our dreams by showing them what we see….inside of us. That is why writing is vulnerable, because you pour out your soul for all to see. But oh what a feeling when they come into your world and embrace your vision. Synchronicity at it’s finest.

Meet Artist, James G. Fischetti ~ Part II

Welcome back to the second part of: Meet Artist James G. Fischetti. We’ll open the interview with some of his work, then get right to the questions.   ;)

(INM) When we visited your website, we we’re amazed at the many kinds of art your currently into. You seem to venture outside the mainstream & have many different avenues.

a.) tell us a little about each.

b.) which is your favorite to do.

(JGF) Although my preference is painting, the mediums I may use can be endless. I have sometimes referred to myself as having caveman technique, which gets summoned using a lot of raw emotion and relying very little on technique that, although could make my job easier, tends to force me to be more conscious throughout the experience which is not necessarily what I’m looking for.

(JGF)  I have very little formal training and preferred to study on my own. Working with the development of non/techniques I have found new ways of communicating my ideas; many times these progressions are based on my experimentation with new materials. Any and all materials are fair game. Outside of painting I have dedicated a big part of my life to music.

(JGF)  This is something that I utilize all of the methods I employ as a painter. Being a visual artist taught me to be an intuitive musician. In some ways, the act of improvising as a musician has an added incentive in that the energy released, has the capability to bounce back to me from the other musicians that happen to be involved. I don’t see these mediums as being entirely different. In music I am searching for sonic elements and dynamics that parallel the dynamics of color and texture that I utilize in painting. I believe the potential that music can have has barely been touched upon in our lifetime. Once we can break away from our conventions that we so tightly grip to, we will see that there are other languages available to us that can transform our experience and elevate the species. I hope I live long enough to see that.

(INM)  Computers seem to be a tool used in your art. Tell us a bit about that.

(JGF) I use the computer when I’m away from the studio. The machine is essential today for anyone working with photography. I have some real joy working with it because it’s so much easier than working in the darkroom with chemicals. On the other hand some of the joy is taken out. I was doing things organically with photographic emulsion and chemistry almost 20 years ago that rivaled much of what I see today that is considered groundbreaking. I worked in the darkroom for more than 30 years. I really put the time in on manipulating photographs the traditional way which gave me a huge head start when moving into the digital world. Although I enjoy playing around with digital photography, I have a hard time taking it seriously and have very little interest in showing it in a gallery situation. I still prefer the organic quality of the painting materials. I found a middle ground by collaging photography into the paintings.

(INM) My father was a painter and said that it was a way for him to release bottled energy and an overcreative imagination. What & how does art serve you?

(JGF) Your father said it all, really. It is about energy.

(JGF)  Not just the energy that we store up inside of us but the energy of the universe that can be tapped into if you take the time to find its sweet spots.

(JGF)  I’m one who believes that you are born an artist or you are not. I believe people can use it as a craft to make technical things and some beautiful decorations but usually those people can just as easily let it go to pursue other interests. I think art school is a place only useful for its connections and networking. Art school should be pursued by those who want a career in commercial art or advertising, or to teach kids. To make a contribution to this life of some significance one needs to live it first. It takes a long time to have the maturity of having something to say. Today young people are so eager for quick notoriety, it’s that instant gratification thing. But it shows in the work and I think we have that problem more than ever these days. Some galleries grab some of these artists right out of school and their work often shows that. I think it’s a big mistake but here we are.

 

(INM) Your paintings are passionate & invoke debate. Least it did in our home. Is your work intended to pass along a message? To bring light to a particular subject or is it simply a reflection of what your imagination created that day?

(JGF) I am attempting to orchestrate and convey what I want to see, what I need to see, what’s not being achieved by many others. I have the utmost respect for those who have paved the way for us and somehow feel the need to make a contribution that can honor that. I am trying to tap into the unconscious. I am trying above all to achieve the impossible. This is the only adequate goal I can hope to strive for. To consciously try to achieve what I know cannot be achieved, but along the way uncover some clues. This is what is exciting for me. All the rest I feel is the ego looking for acknowledgement.

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(INM) The worlds changing every second. How do you see art changing in the future? Where do you see it taking us in this digital age of technology?

(JGF) Early on I had a strong connection with cultures other than my own and I really jumped into that with all my energy. Today I realize I need my work to transcend culture to speak of what is humanity. The work that satisfies me the most today implies some global, cultural feeling without outright saying it. In other words, without using actual symbols or motifs used in non-western cultures but giving the feeling of these influences in a subconscious way. This I see as a development toward the future of art. The artist speaking as pure nature by tapping into the larger consciousness.

(INM) Tell us some names of artists, such as yourself, who we should be looking out for. Modern day art warriors who are influencing the world as we know it & taking art to new places.

(JGF) Of course that is very difficult when there is so much out there to experience. I have had the great fortune to forge a long term alliance with my favorite painter that’s working today, Ouattara Watts. Close to 20 years ago I met him by chance on the subway the day after seeing his work which completely changed my perception regarding what painting was capable of. This grew into a long and fruitful friendship that continues to be a source of inspiration to this day. He has schooled me to the many mysteries of the elusive art world and warned me early on the many of its shrouded trappings. I am extremely fortunate to have this deep friendship because it’s important for anyone trying to jump into the void to have at least one person to talk to about it each time they make it back. Even with this, the artists’ lot is certainly a solitary one.

(JGF) I think anyone who attempts to delve into the world of the artist is doing themselves and everyone who looks at what they are doing a disservice by not finding out as much as they can about those who came before us. Most people evolving in contemporary western society often has way too many distractions and influences to bypass knowing this history. I see it all as a giant art history puzzle that’s intertwined with our political history, if there are missing pieces it will be hard to have a firm grasp at what’s going on and how to take the next step.

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(INM) Its feeling as though the Art community is tightly woven and closed off to outsiders. There is a shared view that art has become entirely too pretentious. Although the artists themselves seem to be the exact opposite, very humble & all about how it makes each individual feel. What do you think about this and do you see a lot of this where you live and in the artistic community?

(JGF) Yes, of course! I live in New York and you can’t walk very far without encountering people like that. It shouldn’t matter if someone is talking about art or they are talking about grapefruits. There is no excuse for this kind of rude behavior. This is the world we live in. We will always encounter people who don’t realize that they are part of you and you are part of them, so they make a knee-jerk reaction that is more of a statement regarding how they wish to be perceived by who they think is important, than any kind of genuine response to what someone may be trying to say. We all thought that at a certain point until we mature to realize that we don’t know. Unfortunately the art world seems to have its share of people who can never connect with you because they have no idea how to listen. Once they stop talking, they will watch your mouth move until it stops so they can continue on where they left off. These are often people who will only listen long enough to find out what you can do for them. On the other hand there are always genuine people out there who share in the joys life has to offer and are a pleasure to be with and exchange ideas regarding the senseless joy of being alive.

(INM) Is there a platform for artists to follow? Are you encouraged to build a platform online or is it wholly different than the literary world.

(JGF) The way it appears to me is that there is no platform. There is no standard. There is no way to get a gallery to sign you unless they get to know you as a person and can identify that you are someone worth investing in. There are politics at work in every field where there is money to be made. Everyone that has the ability to make a decision regarding putting someone’s career into motion has obligations to take care of the people who are in their inner circles. People who they have worked with in some capacity or who was introduced to them by someone they know and respect. Everyone has to not only put the work in but also wait for their turn.

 

(INM) It’s been a blast looking into the Artistic world of James Fischetti. Tell us what we can expect from you in the future.

(JGF) I can’t tell you what to expect from me in the future because I don’t know what to expect from myself. I can just hope to maintain my health that’s needed to continue forging ahead and honing my work to be ready when it’s my turn.

Thank you James, for stopping by & chatting with us on Two Voices….One Thought. For those that would like leave James a comment & he’ll answer any questions. Thanks!! ;)

Please be sure to visit James’ website & take some time to look at his collection of stunning art.

http://www.jamesfischetti.com/

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