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Explore Voodoo and the Paranormal in ‘The Big Easy’ with Author Alexandrea Weis

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Inspiration can come from anywhere and varies from writer to writer. For me, the eerie influences of New Orleans have created the ghosts, voodoo tales, and twisted characters appearing in many of my novels. The Magnus Blackwell Series with Lucas Astor is no different. What starts out as a ghost story, morphs into a thrilling supernatural series drenched with all the mystical and mysterious conjured by images of my hometown. Living with the paranormal in the Big Easy is a part of life like red beans and rice on Mondays and steamy showers every summer afternoon. We talk to them, nurture them, and celebrate their influence in a variety of festivals, superstitions, and traditions. From decorating our cemeteries every November…

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‘Writing The Wolves of Winter:’ How I Turned A Quagmire of Questions Into My First Novel

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Tyrell Johnson’s debut novel, The Wolves of Winter (Simon & Schuster) has gotten some stellar reviews from bestselling thriller writers: “Great, absorbing fiction, with one of the most appealing protagonists I’ve ever encountered.  It deserves the widest possible audience.”-BLAKE CROUCH, New York Times Bestselling author of Dark Matter “This is fiction at its best: a gripping plot, imagery that arrests and illuminates, and characters that will haunt you well beyond the closing of the book. Here is prose that demands to be read. Read it.” – JILL ALEXANDER ESSBAUM, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau “Tyrell Johnson has imagined a future that feels both faraway and too real, too possible. I simply could not put this book down. What a masterful, haunting debut.” – AMY STUART, National…

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Life as a New Author: Finding a Literary Agent Who Will Work for You

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Author and BookTrib contributor, Walt Gragg discussed life as a new author and the publishing process— from writing your manuscript to promotion your book and handling film/TV option requests. In his first piece for 2018, Gragg discusses how to find a literary agent that will work for you and help you reach publishers for your book. It’s a joyous day — an agent you queried has requested the full manuscript for review. You quickly email it, with dreams of seeing your novel in the window of your favorite bookstore soon. Despite your efforts to resist doing so, you constantly check your email, hoping for good news but still fearing the worst. A week passes, then a month and maybe even…

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