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Bookish Banter – Featured Author – Mitchel Rose

Published August 31, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday 31st August 2013

Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s featured author.

Introducing…

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Mitchel Rose

Mitchel Rose is 37 years old and lives in the Midlands in the United Kingdom.  During his day to day life he works for a charity supporting people with learning difficulties. So he is already a hero in my eyes – but he is also a published author and co-writer of six fantasy adventure novels for Granton City Press in collaboration with Calvin Daniels and  the sole author of a paranormal romance entitled Edge of Heat.  Mitchel also writes factual articles and web content, and has ghost-written several novels and short-stories for various clients.  He is currently collaborating with an artist to produce a fantasy graphic novel.  Mitchel lives with his partner Harry and their three fur babies, or cats if you prefer, who he assures me are always up to mischief.

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So without further ado I would like to introduce Mitchel Rose –

(Laura) – Which part of the globe do you consider home?

(Mitchel) –  Physically I live in a small town in the Midlands, UK, but spiritually I’ve always been drawn to the verdant expanses of Virginia in the United States.  The ruggedness and grandeur appeals to me on a really deep level.

(Laura) –  Do you make writing your full time gig?  

(Mitchel) – I work part-time for a charity that supports people with learning difficulties, and I also freelance as a content and ghost writer, as well as working on my own projects. 

(Laura) – Why writing – when there are so many equally mad jobs you could be wasting your time with?

(Mitchel) – I’ve always wanted to write fantasy from a very early age.  I grew up on an unhealthy diet of Saturday morning cartoons and fantasy novels, and wanted to create my own adventures and characters.  As I got older, I suffered from depression, and writing fantasy was a great way to escape my problems for a while, and give me something to focus on.  After I graduated from university, I had some half-baked notions of climbing the corporate ladder and have a career, but found out early on I was pretty incompetent at normal stuff.  So, I found solace in writing fantasy.

(Laura) – Oh my! How similar we are, I can so relate – must be the traits of a writer!

(Laura) – Latest work – can you give us a quick overview of your most up-to-date project?

(Mitchel) – At the moment I’m working on a fantasy adventure called Mister Zeem and the Ritual of Fiends.  It’s about a cyborg alien jellyfish that fights crime.  He’s helped by a bisexual emo elf, who keeps the preserved body of his dead twin brother in a trunk in his room.

(Laura) – So not your usual, run of the mill, Fantasy adventure then!  – sounds Awesome and I can’t wait to read it and be taken on a surreal, comic book hero ride 😀

 (Laura) – Where did the idea come from?

(Mitchel) – The 1960s’ Batman series and Saturday morning cartoons.

(Laura) – again I can so relate!  I spent many an hour as a child with the same Saturday morning TV diet! 😉 

(Laura) – Is this a collaboration?  Can you tell us something about that?  If not – forget I asked!

(Mitchel) – No, this is a solo project.

(Laura) – OK move on people nothing to see here – he’s riding bare back on this one! 😀

 (Laura) – Which genre do you write in or do you cross them?

(Mitchel) – Mostly fantasy, I guess.  I don’t have the kind of mind that can grasp science and technology, so I tend to focus on magical adventures with ‘soft’ sci-fi trappings. 

(Laura) – How do you approach research – are you a quick search or a buried under mountains of books kinda guy?

(Mitchel) – A little bit of both, I think.  I do some general research at the start of a novel, but if I get stuck on a certain point I go back and do some more. 

(Laura) – How do you think your writing has improved?

(Mitchel) – I think my character development has gotten better, and I’m also a bit more comfortable with writing in other genres, and not just fantasy.  I’m not sure whether it’s actually improved or not, I guess it’s up to the reader to make that call.

(Laura) – I love your style Mitchel, you have a unique voice and I can see how it is developing.  Can’t wait to see more of your work in the future!

(Laura) – Were there any problems in your latest work that made life difficult for you?

(Mitchel) –   As well as being an adventure, it’s also a mystery, but I haven’t worked out the mystery parts properly yet, so it kind of reads like a bad episode of Murder She Wrote, so I need to really polish it up and make it so the reader keeps guessing ‘whodunnit’.

(Laura) – I like Murder she Wrote! LOL

 (Laura) – So why do you love writing so much?

(Mitchel) –   I love creating worlds I can get lost in, and characters I really like.  I enjoy developing their lives and relationships, and making them thoroughly miserable!

(Laura) – JIt’s good to create a character you can really take it out on huh?  I agree!  Even better to put someone you absolutely despise in a piece and then really go to town on them!

(Laura) – Plot, plan or dive right in?

(Mitchel) – I dive right in, though I should know better, but I never seem to learn.

(Laura) – Sometimes it is best just let your creativity run and see where it leads!

 (Laura) – Do you get ideas from your fans and do online communities help?

(Mitchel) – Sometimes I have really creative conversations with other writers off Facebook that help give me some good ideas.

(Laura) – Self-publishing or Traditional and what are your thoughts on this issue?

(Mitchel) – I think both have their benefits.  Self-publishing lets you put your own creative vision out there without having to go through ‘official channels’ or justify yourself to an agent or publisher, but going the traditional route give you access to professional advice and support with marketing your work.

(Laura) – Are you writing a series of books and how awesome do you think serials are?

(Mitchel) – I’m hoping to expand Mr Zeem into a series, and yes I really enjoy writing book serials in general.  You can explore a large range of stories and develop your characters taking them in different directions through a serial, which can’t be fully satisfied in one book.

(Laura) – Quickie overview of your series? (If you have one that is – if not – sorry – keep walking…)

(Mitchel) –  Mr Zeem solves bizarre and dangerous cases on an alternate earth where magic and science function side by side, and humans and fantasy races co-exist, albeit grudgingly.

(Laura) – How do you find good reviewers?  Would you pay for reviews or do you want to wait for the readers to make the first move?

(Mitchel) – I usually just ask for feedback from anyone interested.  I don’t think I’d pay for reviews as I think it undermines your credibility as an author.  I like readers to approach my work cold and give me an honest reaction. 

(Laura) – If you didn’t write what would your dream job be?

(Mitchel) – Probably a lighthouse keeper, if they still existed.  I love solitude and I could read and watch episodes of Thundercats and Batman to my heart’s content, in between saving ships from a watery doom.

(Laura) – I always knew you were a secret superhero…

(Laura) – Are there any Super-hero Author types who really, really inspired you to write?

(Mitchel) – HP Lovecraft, for his macabre creations and cosmic mythology.  I also admire R A Salvatore a lot.  He is very prolific and has created some wonderful and well-crafted fantasy adventures.  It would be a great honour to be compared to him sometime in the future.

(Laura) – What are your thoughts on book trailers and do you have an awesome one?

(Mitchel) – I think they’re a brilliant idea, but no I don’t have one.  I made several unsuccessful attempts, but I lack the technical wizardry to make anything half-decent.

(Laura) – When you have a chance to unwind and peel yourself from your laptop – what do you do with your time?

(Mitchel) –  I like to read, and go walking and watch genre programmes to give me more writing ideas.

(Laura) – Do you mix with other author types and are they mega friendly and super helpful?

(Mitchel) –  I mostly interact with writers I’ve connected with on Facebook, and yes they are very friendly and it’s helpful to discuss ideas with them.

(Laura) – Editing – how do you manage this boring, monotonous task?  Do you have a professional to help you?

(Mitchel) –  Granton

(Laura) – Have you got something in your bag of tricks that you can share with others – pearls of wisdom as it were?

(Mitchel) –  Always follow your heart no matter what weird and dark places it might take you to.

(Laura) – Link party – anything and everything that exists on the www to help us find you and your work…

Tales of Granton City Website – Pulp adventures co-written by myself and other writers:  Tales of Granton City – Explore a new world of Pulp Heroes | Wix.com

Amazon – where Ghost Wind 1: The Torn Veil by Mitchel Rose & Calvin Daniels is available in paperback: Ghost Wind: The Torn Veil: Amazon.co.uk: Calvin Daniels, Mitchel Rose: Books

People can also buy a PDF copy of Ghostwind direct from myself at mitchel.rose@sky.com – for 2.99 which I’ll send via email.   Hopefully Ghostwind will be available on Smashwords and Kindle shortly.

I also offer a professional ghost & content writing service and again, people can reach me on mitchel.rose@sky.com to discuss their needs and read some samples of my work. 

(Laura) – Thank you for joining in the fun  and being an awesome guest on ‘Bookish Banter’.

(Mitchel) – Thank you for interviewing me

<3 Sharing my winning poems <3

Published August 31, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

I won this week’s competition! YAY!!!!

This was my poem:-  http://marsocial.com/groups/new-poets/

He sits on the shelf
and there he stays
that cursed elf
that haunts my days
nobody sees his evil smile
but I and I alone.
His wicked grimace wide and vile
like a trickster gargoile made of stone
he taunts me, tempts me
lures me close
and whispers cleverly
and I just listen as he boasts
of how he always wins the game.
And every day he tries so hard
to win and wear me down
and he says he’ll share his power too
if I’ll just give up my crown.
But he will never break my shield
that keeps me safe from harm
I do not bow to fear or yield
to Lucifer’s broken charm.

© 2013 Laura Crean

Not only that but I featured in the top ten list of  New Poets on MARSocial – how awesome is that?  And such a flattering review by Kelly Knox http://marsocial.com/kwknox/  who says:

“Laura Crean’s impossible to pronounce title “Corporatocracy” does little to explain the sing-song rhymes of the frist few lines. The great poet Archibald MacLeish said, “a poem should never mean, but be.” And he was probably right. Still there are some ideas, some extant, gestural ephemera that can only be expressed in poetry. These ideas are usually the ineffable, or what cannot otherwise be said. So when we look at poetry we try to see it as a living thing–no longer words on paper but something sitting next to us or in front of us–that somehow gets our attention. Crean’s poem does that: in the title, in the sing-song rhymes; and then throughout the meditation that follows. Protest songs are most potent when they are not too prescriptive; protest poems ring truest when they fail to adequately describe the problem. This may sound horrible and aphoristic; but it’s true, how many poems have ever solved a problem in the real world?”

This is the poem he is referring to :-

Corporatocracy

Energy, energy everywhere,

free for all to tap,

but most of the Earth is unaware

that few control the cap.

The Earth is just a “system”

that exists in an infinite loop,

nature has this shape as its totem

the micro and the macro too.

And yet my energy bills

continue to expand,

money into someone else’s tills

and constantly out of my hands…

What is the nature of the human experience?

What is life supposed to be?

Is it to strive for personal freedoms

such as the right to be creative, reach our full potential and live in dignity?

How can we preserve such a way of life

and still be free and sane

when corporations rule “the system”?

They seem to have everything to gain,

while reducing the human experience to commerce –

which can only lead to pain!

It seems that corporates run the world economy

through corruption and control,

they bribe our politicians –

but this is legal “lobbying” and “political gifts”

we all are told.

And the laws enforce this system

through misguided commercial red tape,

how can we change this polluted perception?

Humanity needs to re-evaluate!

Revolution can only come through evolution

in the consciousness of every heart,

we need transparent political systems

free from “division” and “corruption” for a  start.

The world needs to run in “truth” and “unity”

not “the system” versus life itself!

There are so many crimes against humanity

affecting our global health.

From food toxins and pollution

and wars and terrorists now running rife,

to genetically modified mutant crops – nice!

–       nobody knows what is safe to “consume”.

Then there are the crises with fuel and our water

and the ozone will be gone all too soon!

But the people are afraid to question authority

because their freedoms are already worn down,

“freedom of speech” is no longer policy

and will lead to the speaker becoming criminalized

by their government, state or crown.

The trouble is we can’t fix the problem

until we really know what the problem is

and so the world needs a brand new awareness

of the “programming” that gives power to this social disease.

But the truth is that this reality is but a reflection

of ourselves – each of us in turn

and the barriers are our own constructions

that we must remove if we are to learn

that freedom for the human experience

is through integrity and in respect,

integrity in each of our actions

and respect for ourselves – and not to neglect

to speak up and be a part of our community

because it’s not “the system” we all have to fight.

The doorway to human transformation

Is through forgiveness, compassion and Light!

© 2013 Laura Crean

If you would like to join in this revolution of poetic voices and perhaps join in some discussions, competitions and mix with an awesome group of writers then click the link and join in 🙂  http://marsocial.com/

Dawn’s Greeting on Wattpad

Published August 29, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

I would just like to invite you all to read excerpts from my works on Wattpad.  I am an open book and pretty much everything I am working on is posted on there and I really do appreciate comments as I believe they help to improve what isn’t working so well, strengthen what is and it’s fun to share.  The link is to my Young Adult novel ‘Dawn’s Greeting’ which is another novel that is finished but needs a lot of editing before I can publish it.  I am hoping it will be ready to publish by Summer 2014.

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Temporary cover for Dawn’s Greeting

http://www.wattpad.com/story/510036-dawn%27s-greeting-by-laura-crean

A Hello from Time Traveller’s United

Published August 29, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

A little introduction video – basically me babbling like a complete idiot – but anyways… it is just to introduce my little Facebook page and now this blog and hopefully I will gwt around to posting some interesting stuff for you to enjoy! So if you don’t want to see the mad lady completely talking nonsense then move along people you’re crowding me…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Time-Travellers-United/348277688597094

http://timetravellersunited.wordpress.com/

A Bunch of Awards

Published August 25, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

A Bunch of Awards

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Thank you Tazein  http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

You are very kind for nominating me for this bundle of awesome awards.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Not sure what I have done to deserve them but I will accept graciously, pass them on to 15 more deserved bloggers. And let them know to do the same.

Here are my lovely nominees – may you also pass forward this honour to some equally amazing bloggers of your own choosing (you only need to choose 15 of your own choosing – I couldn’t decide between all these awesome bloggers so I chose 20) … ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ passing on the love ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Don’t forget to let them know on their blog that you have nominated them ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  1. Frances Gibbs (My beautiful Mum) http://wgibbs1.wordpress.com/hi-everyone/
  2. Barbara Crowe http://barbaracroweauthor.wordpress.com/about/
  3. Jane Dougherty http://janedougherty.wordpress.com/
  4. Belsbror http://belsbror.wordpress.com/
  5. Purple Rays http://purplerays.wordpress.com/
  6. Helen Valentina http://helenvalentina.com/about/
  7. Jess http://thefeveredpen.wordpress.com/about-2/
  8. Leteisha Newton http://leteisha.wordpress.com/about/
  9. Soma Mukherjee http://somkritya.wordpress.com/about-me/
  10. Minted Moose http://mintedmoose.net/sample-page/
  11. Cancer Killing Recipe http://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/my-65-th-birthday/
  12. Sophie http://sophiebowns.wordpress.com/about/
  13. Evie http://girlseule.wordpress.com/about/
  14. Christina Strigas http://christinastrigas.wordpress.com/
  15. Karen Ellis http://followkarenellis.com/about/
  16. Andra Watkins http://andrawatkins.com/about-andra-watkins/
  17. Damyanti http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/about/
  18. Daniel http://growupproper.wordpress.com/
  19. Jean Reinhardthttp://jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com/
  20. Giraffe’s Song http://giraffessong.blogspot.co.uk/
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