Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pinky's Favorite Authors is pleased to present our very first contributor to the page ... Gladys Quintal !!

(Novella #1 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)


All of her life, Bree had been treated badly by men.  According to her mother, it was just the way it was with the women in her family and there was no point in trying to fight it. There was no sense in dreaming about Prince Charming right out of the story books, he just didn't exist. She had to accept her fate and move on. It was as simple as that.

Bree craved love. She longed for a man to promise her his heart and soul and protect her from the monsters that she had grown accustomed to. She prayed that her mother was wrong and that one day he would find her.


“The problem is,” he said and then paused. “The problem is, I cannot just switch off my feelings.”

He raised his head to gaze into my eyes and my stomach muscles tightened. The image of him making love to me at the hospital flashed before me and as I looked into his eyes, I knew he saw it, too. His eyes were dark and brooding and filled with lust. I had to look away before I threw myself at him. My hormones were all over the place and now all I could think about was the feeling of his skin against mine….

“I still love you, Bree,” he said softly. “That isn’t going to change overnight. I think about you all the time. I remember what it felt like when we were together and it takes all of my willpower not to just grab you and have you, right here and right now.”

My heart beat very fast and a flush travelled up my neck and into my cheeks. I knew that if he decided to have his way with me, there was no way I could stop him. Not that I would even want to. My body was overtaken with desire, but I was frozen to the chair and unable to move. I was helpless and at his mercy. I broke our gaze and tried to pick up my cup to sip my tea. My hands were trembling and I knew that he noticed.

“You’re shaking,” he said and he reached across the table and ran his finger down my forearm. “Are you scared of me?”

He frowned and seemed genuinely concerned. I shook my head and smiled. I wasn’t scared of Trey; I knew he would never intentionally hurt me. I was scared about the way he made me feel, though, and I knew I was fighting a losing battle to keep my distance from him. If he were to take me in his arms and kiss me, I would be his.

Buy Links:
Novella 1 (Undeserving) is free on most sites.

Meet the Talented Author:

Tell us your latest news?

I have just released a novella trilogy (Someone To Love Me) and will be releasing a standalone novel (Entwined) in October.

Can you tell us a little bit about The Someone To Love Me novella trilogy?

There are 3 novellas: Undeserving, Unforgiving and Understanding and they centre around a woman named Bree that has been brainwashed all of her life by her mother. According to her mother, all of the women in her family are doomed to only ever find abusive men – never a HEA. Bree hopes with all of her heart that her mother is wrong and that she can break the cycle. But she goes through a lot of heartache trying to find her prince charming.

How long did it take you to complete?

I actually wrote the complete trilogy in a couple of months.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?

Not this time – it is a first for me as all of my other books have characters based on real people.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? 

The covers were designed by the talented Erin Damerin-Hill. I gave her an overview of the story and she directed me to a few photo sites. I chose a couple of models (Angelina Cavanaugh and Ronen Cain) that I thought fit my characters and Erin took it from there  J

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover? 

Bree is a nurse and Trey is training to be a doctor, so the hospital in the background corresponds with that. I wanted the characters to be loving but at the same time torn. Trey is her brother-in-law and so their love is forbidden. I think Erin did a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life. 

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?

Well, I drink tea all day but if I go out I always have a caramel latte J (Pinky - OOOH I love caramel latte's!)

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?

Dark – then I can convince myself that it is healthy! Full of antioxidants right? (Pinky - well that's what I keep telling myself Gladys!)

What is your favourite colour?


Winter or Summer?

I live in Australia so the summer is pretty brutal and it rains heaps in the winter. So I actually love Spring and Autumn!

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

I wish I could wriggle my nose like Samantha from Bewitched and all of my housework was done. (Pinky - don't we all !)

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?

I think it would be cool to swap with my hubby for the day so that we could both see what it was like for the other. You can never really understand what it is like for someone else unless you are in their shoes.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Polly Trope-Mechanus

Where are you from originally?
I’m from Berlin, Germany. 

Tell us your latest news?
Last month I joined the team at IndieBerlin magazine. They will start an Indie Lit rubric on their site, dedicated to self-releasing and independent writers and books. I’m involved with building that up together with the editor-in-chief.
And also this month, I became an editor at Oneiros Books, which is a collective of independent writers.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Hard to tell if the man would be like the work; but I’d have liked to have met Marcel Proust. Hubert Selby Jr., Evelyn Waugh, and James Joyce; I’d just like to see how James Joyce talks. Proust’s book "In Search of Lost Time" impressed me so much, he must have had an incredibly sharp mind and knowledge about the self, the past, dreams, sex, society, illness, religion, bigotry and vice; about transformation, about pain, and change – and he must have suffered a lot, just from living, although he was quite wealthy. And "Requiem for a Dream" blows my mind, so I’d love to have Hubert there too. He and Marcel could probably discuss the pros and cons of precious and refined styles in literature, by contrast to the brutal, gut wrenching nature of experience. 

What are your current projects?
Blogging my new creative writing on a blog I started, called "fucking princess".

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
Marcel Proust, Virgil, Breton, Kurt Cobain, Placebo, Bianca and Sierra Casady, Rufus Wainwright – many song lyrics. And many German writers, especially Berlin writers from the turn of the 20th century. Experimental theatre in Berlin, and the history of the Berlin avant-garde.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
A long time ago. I think I was 11 when I discovered the joys of writing in a little girl’s diary. I was not a happy child, and writing was at first a kind of self-therapy. But also, my school teachers picked up on my creative assignments and encouraged me to take part in some youth writing contests – and I won. I never stopped writing journals, but with time I upgraded them to something more grown-up.

I migrated my whole expressive abilities from the German language into the English language, when I was about 20; it went via the French language, which I also spoke quite a lot during my teens. In that sense, I have started writing several times over; English started when I was about 20.

Where do you get your ideas?
Oh, just life, dreams, surreal moments, fascinating people, unexpected developments, incredible places, music, night walks, dark moments, the good times and the bad. Mind-blowing fictions, too: books, shows...

What is your writing process?
For me it is about acquiring distance from my own work and reading it as if I was a stranger to my own book; de-personation in a way.

I used to write in notebooks, I still do sometimes. Lately I have enjoyed writing four to five line facebook statutes or spurts on twitter, later I fuse it all together. Then it goes on a blog. Or gets deleted – depends!

Can you tell us a little bit about Cured Meat?
This book is a journey with many stops and many stories. It’s about life on the fringes of madness and despair, we visit brothels, escort services, mental hospitals, and brutal street scenes as well as elegant dinners, or beautiful rooms. It is the book that I always wanted to write, and was always waiting to write. I am very happy that I’ve done it.

How long did it take you to complete?
Some of the material in there is quite old, but when I wrote that, I didn’t know it would one day become part of a book called "Cured Meat". In Cured Meat you kind of come on a journey in real time, the narrator doesn’t know what will happen any more than the reader does. And that’s because a lot of Cured Meat is true, and a lot of the things I included in Cued Meat, are extracts from my journals – together with a retelling of the events in retrospect.

But to answer your question : From the moment I decided to do the book to the moment it was completed, that took about a year and a half.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
Sabrina Andresen designed it. Sabrina, Joe Palermo (photographer) and I went on a day out around London last summer with a bag of props, and took lots of pictures of me in places that have some significance to me, or my book. Sabrina turned it all into a book cover.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
Well... it was Sabrina’s idea, really. She knows me well and surprised me with the cover, and I loved it right away. We couldn’t have done it without Joe Palermo though. He and I work very well together, and as a trio with Sabrina on that day, there was an amazing energy.

Does your reading inspire you and your work?

Ok, now for some fun questions…

What is your favourite color?

What is your favourite food?
Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce :)

Where is your favourite place to eat?
I’m not exactly a foodie. But I like vegan restaurants, and I like Pho. I probably could get used to eating traditional food in countryside lodges, every time I have done, I loved it.

Dogs or Cats?

If we Googled your name what would we see?
This interview?

If you were attending a Halloween party, what would you costume be and why?
A bedsheet ghost – because it’s easy, and I like ghosts.

List five adjectives to describe yourself
low maintenance, migrant, adventure loving, unconventional, quiet

Tea or Coffee?
Tea, please.