Mornin’ Creeps. Back today with another guest post (because I’m uninteresting these days). Before we begin, I should preface this adventure with two things:
1. I’m an idiot and can’t read dates, so this post, which should have gone up last Thursday, managed to be scheduled for September 15th.
2. I will admit to nothing for which I am implicated over the course of this takeover. Whatever she tells you about me, it’s not true. Unless it’s good…then believe it all you want.
So, without further adieu… please welcome the always fabulous Selah Janel!
When No Boundaries Press closed, I was thrown for a loop, to put it mildly. I’ve done other things and had other things I was contracted for, but a lot of the titles people knew me through were through that company. It definitely made me stop and question a lot about myself, my writing ability, and the business in general. Those who know me, though, know that I refuse to be kept down for long. I’m somewhat known for my tenacity, and when I want something, I really want it and refuse to be diverted, even if I’m momentarily depressed because of a setback. I already had things I had to be working on, and that helped kick me out of my funk and put me back on track.
My e-book The Other Man has already been reprinted through Mocha Memoirs Press, and they’ll be putting out my historical vampire story, Mooner, as well. I was thrilled that not only both stories will see light again, but that I was given a chance to finesse them and add things that didn’t get included in the first go-around. I love the Mocha Memoirs team, and am thrilled for this opportunity.
My best friend and partner in crime Susan Roddey (I’m sure you’ve never heard of her, but whatever) and I teamed up to combine the powers of our individual weirdness into an impressive collection of forty-seven short stories. Lost in the Shadows encompasses as many speculative genres as you can name, as well as probably creating some new ones, too. It’s been exciting to see stories that slide between genres finally get a home, and the self-publishing path has been enlightening and intriguing, as well.
I’m teaming up with The Realm Beyond again for Issue 5. My short story Marina came about when I was shown the cover art early and asked if I could come up with a story that fit the image. I was immediately entranced, and I do so love a challenge.
My vampire story Real Wild Childe appears in the anthology The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil, put out by Dark Oak Press/Kerlak enterprises. It’s a story that’s close to my heart because it gave me the chance to write vampires the way I see them: raunchy, selfish, mean, but with some human emotions and problems still intact. It’s a fun tale and I’m honored that it was included in the anthology.
I have a sword and sorcery tale in vol. 2 of the two book anthology, Thunder in the Battlefield, put out by Seventh Star Press. The Ruins in St. Louis was a challenging tale for me to write, since I love straight fantasy but am not really used to writing it. I’m glad I attempted it, though, because I love my characters Hunter Mann and Arsin, and their adventures in a primordial, magical, post-apocalyptic Midwest America is fun times.
Speaking of Seventh Star Press, I’m working with them to publish my cross-genre fantasy series, The Kingdom City Chronicles. This series will follow Paddlelump the troll as he goes from nice-guy business owner to hopefully prove himself as a hero and master of his own destiny. It explores a strange world that’s caught between fairy tale tradition and modernization, with a healthy dose of weird on the side. Nothing is what it seems and the stories we’ve been told are far from the truth. The first book, Olde School, will hopefully release this year, and I’m very excited to unleash it on the world!
I’m still working on other projects, too. I’m re-editing In the Red in the hopes of finding it a home, and I’m finishing and polishing a cross-genre horror novel with the tentative title Happily Until They Died. I’m still writing shorts and developing other, long-term ideas, still featuring authors on my blog, and still putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where it takes me!
Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little and convinced that fairies lived in the nearby state park or vampires hid in the abandoned barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. Her holiday fantasy story, Holly and Ivy, published in e-book format through Mocha Memoirs Press with more titles to come. Her work has also been included in The MacGuffin, The Realm Beyond, Stories for Children Magazine, and the anthology The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil from Dark Oak Press. Olde School, the first book in her new series The Kingdom City Chronicles is scheduled to release this fall. She likes her music to rock, her vampires lethal, her fairies to play mind games, and her princesses to hold their own. Catch up with her at http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com
Catch up with Selah and all her ongoing projects at the following places:
Blog – http://www.selahjanel.wordpress.com
Facebook Author Page – http://www.facebook.com/authorSJ
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5622096.Selah_Janel
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/author/Selah-Janel
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/SelahJanel