Introducing Sins of the Future

Sins of the Future contains fifteen terrifying futuristic tales written by fifteen brilliant authors. Each tale is different than the next and they all come together beautifully to make up one amazing anthology. The stories vary in the futuristic realm, some happen here on Earth, other’s happen up in outer space. Some stories contain robots, other stories contain animals that walk and talk like we do.

Take a look at the banners created for each story to get an idea of just what our anthology is going to entail. We hope you are left on the edge of your seat in anticipation for our release October 31, 2015.

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Mercury’s Kiss by Jen Ponce

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“We are constantly looking to expand out Passbot line, and we’re willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill our customer’s needs.”

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Looking Through Different Eyes by Steven Soul

“Edd is willing to do anything to save his planet.”

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…Add Green Sauce by Matt Lovell

“Todd likes green sauce – maybe a bit too much …”

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Kitty by Boyd Miles

‘Science without ethics creates a new underclass. Forced into slums they create a society both dependent upon and victimized by mankind. What makes you an animal, what makes you human?’

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Return to Sigma 7 by C. Lloyd Brill

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Doris by Debbie Manber Kupfer

‘Good help is so hard to find, but today with the Vacuu-Droid 3000 series all your household worries are over – or have they only just begun?’

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The Nyghtmare Machine by Don Miskel

The future ain’t what it used to be and technology can sometimes open the WRONG types of doors. A crime scene cleanup specialist discovers that his worst dreams come true in The Nyghtmare Machine.

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They by Jackie Pitchford

In the near future They arrive and our world is changed forever, this is one persons journey through that change.

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Malfeasance by Kerry E.B. Black

‘In a future age, information is uploaded directly into computing systems within people. This efficient access eliminates the need for books. When Winnie finds a mysterious tome, she’s fascinated. She smuggles it to show her friend, Joan, but Joan recoils. Winnie embraces archaic knowledge and discovers some information is better left unshared.’

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The Day Everything Went Still by Leticia Toraci

‘Helena wakes up in a still world. She seems to have survived fatal drug-resistant pneumonia, even if she was dying the night before. She was then used to the idea of dying in a world taken to chaos by most of its population getting ill with fatal diseases. In this new world she can’t see dead bodies on the street, the supermarkets aren’t pilfered and she can’t see living humans around her house. To which world has she awaken to?’

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In the Driving Lane by Misha Burnett

They said that everything was perfectly safe. They said that nothing could go wrong.

They lied.

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Graduation Day by Chasity Nicole

‘Graduation Day is supposed to be the greatest day of a teenagers life. You graduate high school and embark on a journey to college and into adulthood. But, sometimes what is supposed do happen on Graduation Day doesn’t happen. Sometimes, your life takes a horrible turn and you never know what your future was supposed to behold.’

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Highly Strung by Stephen Blake

‘Are all those who do evil things evil? Or are they having their strings pulled by dark forces? Joe sees the truth of it. Only he wishes he couldn’t.’

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The Man with Bio degradable Skin by Angela Garratt

“No longer do we test on animals in labs.”

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The Verge by R.L. Andrew

‘Sebastian is torn between the only life he’s ever known and freedom. Mission after deadly mission Sebastian struggles against his bonds, gathering strength to fight the ultimate battle; for his soul.’

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Author Interview – Lorna George

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Lorna George lives in a crooked little house in Norfolk with her husband, a lot of books, and a fifty year old begonia named Frank. She spends an inordinate amount of time dreaming up magic, dragons, and fearsome ladies, and has decided to try and make some sort of career from it by writing them down. She hopes this will give her a reasonable excuse when caught staring wistfully out of windows when she should be paying attention to the not-so-mystical “Real World”.

Since she has become increasingly vulgar with age, she writes predominately New Adult stories, and despite what a lot of people seem to think, she seriously doubts she will ever grow out of fantasy.

She doesn’t particularly want to.

Questions:

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

The Princess is evil, the virgin sacrifice is actually the knight, who ends up rescuing the dragon, and the dragon thinks he’s the knight, but he isn’t, he’s actually the virgin sacrifice.

Which authors have influenced you?

Every single one of them, in one way or another. I think every time you pick up a book, whether you’re a writer or not, it will leave a mark on you in some small or large way. Even if you hate a book, even if you can’t bring yourself to finish it, you will have learnt something from the experience. Of course it’s far better if you love a book, but I like to think there’s always something to be gained from reading anything.

Which are your favorite literary genres?

I’m a big sucker for romance, to be honest. The trashier the better! I know there can be a lot of snobbery attached to the romance genre, but honestly I can’t help myself. I’ve tried. Friends have tried. My mum cried when she found out; I think she blamed herself. Still, it can’t be helped, and coupled with my deep love of fantasy, also seen as a “low brow” genre, I think I have to just be at peace with my choices.

What makes a book/story special for you?

Good characters always make reading so much better, I think. A book could have the most dull, tropey plot in the world, but if the characters are interesting and unique, it doesn’t matter in the slightest. Most stories have been done in a million different variations anyway. It’s the characters that make a story special.

Where do you live? Did your hometown/country/culture influence your story?

I live in Norfolk, England, in a very wonky, narrow house that I’m about seventy-five per cent sure is haunted. I haven’t lived here too long, though. I moved here about six months ago from Dorset, down on the south coast. I think anyone who has ever hiked the Purbecks or visited the New Forest will see where my influence for Ffion came from, but I expect that’s all.

How long did it take you to write this book/for your first draft/ for your revision/editing process?

Well, this was my very first full-length novel, so in total it took me about five years. That said, I wasn’t writing solidly over that time as I am now, because along with a first book comes a great deal of confidence wobbling, existential crises, and trying to learn what sort of writer you are.

The first chapter I entered into a competition, mostly because a friend harassed me into it. When I did quite well, I decided to try and finish the story off, and away I went. Originally it was all going to be one book and after writing it that way and throwing it out a countless amount of times, I decided to split it into four. Doing it that way made the story flow much better, and after another six rewrites, here it is!

I’m working on book two at the moment, and have managed to get it down to just over a year so far, so that’s a big improvement!

Did you hire a cover artist/editor/proofreader?

I did! My editor, Juliet Bresler, runs Casa Ceilo and is my hero. Finding a good freelance editor is really quite difficult, not only because there are a great many sharks out in this pool, but also because you need to work well with whoever does this job for you. She’s always very honest in her feedback, but also constructive, and that makes a big difference. I know that if she tells me something doesn’t work, her reasons for saying so are sound. It’s a double blessing too, because this also means that when she says she loves something, I can believe her without question. Having an editor I can trust without question is wonderful, really.

I’ve also been very lucky with my illustrator, too! Juliette Brocal is an animation student, and we actually met as mutual on tumblr some time ago. I had a few problems at first trying to find someone to do my cover art, but then I saw her commissions were open for summer vacation, so I dropped her a message right away. She did it all in a very small time frame, and her enthusiasm for the project has honestly been so wonderful. I know the book cover has been a big success, and she already has ideas for how the series will look as a set, so I’m really excited by that.

What have you learned while writing and publishing? Did unexpected things happened?

It’s so hard. I’m not saying that to be pretentious, but honestly, it’s much, much harder than I’d ever imagined. I remember when I finished up one of the later drafts I invested in “Getting Published” by Harry Bingham as a way of working out what my next move needed to be. It was a depressing read, let me tell you. Helpful, but depressing.

There are so many pitfalls in writing, and it is by nature an incredibly lonely profession, so keeping your morale up is really hard anyway. The sad fact is that in any branch of the arts, there are a lot of people who want to tell you that you can’t do it, or that you shouldn’t, or that there are people much better doing it already. I think to make it through all the discouragement, you have to really want it, you know? You have to light that fire under your butt and keep going, no matter what.

What helped you to get inspired and overcome hurdles along the writing of your book?

Routine is your friend, first and foremost, and setting goals, but perseverance is more important than anything else when you want to write for a living, though. If you have enough determination to see things through, you can learn and improve and work your way over any obstacle at all.

Looking back, what would you have done differently if you could do it again?

I would have started sooner. I always wanted to be a writer, but I let other people persuade me that it wasn’t a viable career option and didn’t follow through with it in school. I wasted years trying to learn a “reliable trade” when I should have been writing instead, and I regret that a lot. The worst part was that this so called reliablejob actually only lasted five years before I was made redundant and ended up working in customer service anyway.

I wish I had done what I wanted to do, because I’d have been proving people wrong long before now.

Best pieces of advice for first time writers?

Invest in a decent desk chair. Seriously, back problems from bad posture are the worst, and usually reoccurring once they start.

Stay hydrated! I know most of us love our caffeine, but try and drink some water too. Nothing kills a writing stint quite like a dehydration headache.

Go outside every once in a while. It’s good for you, trust me. Plus listening to strangers talking can go miles to helping write believable dialogue.

Eat and sleep. You only get one body, so make sure you fuel it up! Without the meat-suit, there is no writer, and without the writer, there is no story.

Write. Edit. Rewrite. Rewrite again. Don’t skim the hard stuff just because it’s tedious. It’s part of the process for a reason.

Where can readers contact you in the internet? Do you have a blog/website?

I do have a Website. I also have accounts on FacebookTwitter, and tumblr. I love talking to people, so don’t be shy!

What are you planning to write/publish next?

Book two of The Redwood War series! I’m up to my elbows in rewrites at the moment, but I’m hoping to have this draft finished in time for November so I can use NaNoWriMo for the first draft of book three. I’m hoping to do a release once a year, and at the moment I’m ahead of myself, which is nice. Ideally I’ll have The Royal Sentinel ready for publication next autumn!

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Author Interviews, because we live in a creative comunity

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One of the greatest things of doing anything creative is interacting with other creative people. I’ve experienced that as a painter, even if not in the frequency I wished I had.

Now, as a writer, I’ve come in contact with a lot of others involved in this interesting journey. So I decided to know more about them and their writing process.

This is the main reason I started to make author interviews. Every week I will be posting a new one. I hope you enjoy reading about these new authors as much as I do.

Books about Writing – A genre unto itself

One year ago, along with rediscovering my love for writing I started a new activity, the study of writing craft. I saw that I could improve my writing in ways I had not thought about during my twenties when I mostly wrote poems, flash- and short-stories. The writing of my first, still under revision, novel called for more refined wordsmithing, so I started to read books about writing. This interest developed to creating two lists on Goodreads:

Books about Writing https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31638675-leticia?shelf=about-writing

and

Helpful Books about Writing https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31638675-leticia?shelf=helpful-books-about-writing

The first being a list of books I heard about which could be interesting, and the second a list of books I read and found helpful.

I also created a Facebook group for discussing this subject:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/995961867092275/

Needless to say that in this group I didn’t only give tips on interesting books, but also received great tips back.

So, if you are interested, jump in!

My other passion: Painting and Drawing

During my late twenties and thirties, while I made a pause on writing, I was busy drawing and later painting with oil. I also visited many art expositions in galleries, museums and artist communities. One of the most interesting experiences I had was visiting an art community in Munich, the Domagk ateliers in one of their open to the public Sundays.

Now I posted some of that work on Deviantart. You can see it here: http://thelett26.deviantart.com/

Have a good time expressing yourselves!

A cheerful Recap

Today I took the time to make a cheerful recap of all stories I published with the help of the Far Horizons Magazine team. Here is a good sample of my short stories, so if you like sci-fi shorties, but still haven’t read them take a look. Please comment if you liked them and if you think anything could have been better, comment as well. All feedback is welcome!

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Colours of Pain

The Faerie Assembly

The exchange