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In the News for Evolved Publishing, May 22, 2014

Three Evolved Publishing Authors in the Spotlight

3D-JellicleGirlFirst, under the ongoing heading of “We Love Awards,” author Stevie Mikayne has been honored by the good folks at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. They’ve named her debut novel, Jellicle Girl, a Finalist: Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Fiction. We think this is a richly-deserved award, and we thank the folks at the Indie Excellence Awards for recognizing the true quality of this excellent book.

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You can get your copy online at any of the retailers linked below:

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3D-NZMammothTroubleSecond, author D. Robert Pease continues to earn high praise for his multiple award-winning Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble. This middle grade sci-fi adventure has captured the imagination of readers young and old alike. It’s true that its intended audience is kids 9-13 years old, with characters they can relate to and empathize with – yet adults are loving it too.

See what author and book reviewer SW Lothian has to say about this wonderful book at Seriously Awesome Adventures.

And of course, be sure to check out the full Noah Zarc series.

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For more information on this series, and on all of D. Robert Pease’s books, including links to the online retailer of your choice, please visit www.EvolvedPub.com/DRPeaseBooks/.

3D-TheDollMakerThird, author Majanka Verstraete sits down for an interview with The Writer’s Life eMagazine. She talks about the writing and publishing process, and what inspired her to write the Weirdville lower grade series of spooky adventures – chapter books for kids 6-10 years old. With three books already available, and three more coming in 2014, this is the perfect series for young kids who like a spooky tale – scary, but not too scary; in other words, fun scary.

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Be sure to check out the full Weirdville series at the book pages linked below:
The Doll Maker
House of Horrors
Fright Train

We hope you enjoy these wonderful books for readers of all ages, and as always… thank you.

Critically-Acclaimed Literary Fiction “Jellicle Girl” is on Sale!

We’re running a *99-CENT SALE* on the eBook of Jellicle Girl [Literary, Women’s, LGBT], only for the next 3 days, and only at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

To celebrate this event, Author Stevie Mikayne has dropped by to share the following guest post with you:

Yes, writers steal ideas from television.

During pregnancy and the first month of my newborn’s life, I watched more television than I had since childhood. Never mind how long ago that was… suffice it to say that years have passed since I flaked out for this many hours in front of the tube.

Why? Hyperemesis that lasted from five weeks into pregnancy until four weeks postpartum. Yes, honestly.

What did I watch? Cooking shows, ironically. And mysteries. Particularly a series called Castle, in which a bestselling mystery writer follows around an NYPD detective and helps her solve murders. I like this show because it’s distracting. What strikes me in particular about the writer (Castle) is that he flagrantly steals the lives of his co-workers to create characters for his books… and then writes sex scenes about said characters, making no attempt to deny that they are, in fact, based on real people.

Real writers don’t do this. We oscillate. We obfuscate. We equivocate when asked “how much of this is fiction?” When Jellicle Girl was released, everyone wanted to know – how much of that is real? I did not answer that question. Not even when my publicist asked me. Why? Because people like to guess, and it’s no fair to ruin their fun by telling them. Yes, of course that’s the real reason.

One consistent element that readers appreciate about Jellicle Girl is the strong characterisation: the characters just feel so real, they tell me. Why would I undermine their admiration of my “writing skills” by admitting that of course they’re based on real people?

Not all of them, just some.

E has no real life counterpart. Beth’s imaginary friend (or symptom of her borderline break with reality, whichever way you choose to interpret it) was born out of my obsession with Star Trek Voyager. I imagined Beth’s future self beaming in from the future to impart wisdom to my struggling teenage protagonist, much like Captain Janeway in the last episode of STV (I did mention that I’d been watching an awful lot of TV lately…?). I later decided that a futuristic Beth was a bit too strange a pill for my readers to swallow, so modified the idea to something more palatable. But if Jellicle Girl was ever made into a movie, I’d still insist E be played by Kate Mulgrew.

Some of the story line is based on personal experience. I too had a difficult time as a teenager. Like Beth, I left home at age sixteen; unlike Beth, I never dwelled alone in my father’s bachelor pad while he toured the world shooting pictures. Instead, I travelled between my grandparents’ home, and my best friend’s downtown condo, where her mother kept me in line as much as possible.

My best friend’s mother became my real-life inspiration for Dr. Nancy Sullivan. A lawyer in the 1960s, when such a profession was practically unheard of for an Australian woman, she faced her life with an ironic wit that few could understand and almost nobody could match. I could have probably just based the character on her personality alone and kept her identity a secret—but for me, one of the most important characteristics of the real-life woman was the battle she faced every day, debilitated by a rare and crippling form of Multiple Sclerosis.

She guided me back from more than one dangerous path with nothing more than a raised eyebrow and a sharp comment. This was important as, by that time, she had become a spastic quadriplegic and couldn’t so much as pick up a glass without help. Watching her decline and eventually succumb to MS left a lifelong and devastating impression on me.

Apparently she made quite an impression as a literary personality as well, because Dr. Sullivan ranks top among readers’ favourite Jellicle Girl characters. I miss her all the time, but I’m proud to see her somewhat immortalized in a gorgeous hardcover.

Want to know what else has a real-life connection? Like “is there really a coffee kiosk underground?” Ask me in the comments section – I might just break my own rules and answer you. Give me a few hours to get to it though—I’m probably watching Castle!

Stevie 🙂