Interview with Speculative Fiction Author Wendi L. Sneden

It’s another new week here and we are sitting down with Speculative Fiction author Wendi L. Sneden. She is going to tell us a little bit about herself and talk about her latest short story collection that was release earlier this month. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Please introduce yourself.
I’m Wendi Sneden. My home is in Southwestern Michigan, but I grew up in the northern Lower Peninsula, and went to Michigan State where I met my husband. Fantastical Tales from the Lady’s Quill is my first published book, although I have been writing for 20+ years.

What genre do you write?
Speculative Fiction: Fantasy and Magical Realism mostly, with hints of Paranormal and Sci Fi.

What type of fantasy creature would you want to be?
One of my first choices would be a Phoenix, because of the fiery renewal metaphor; perhaps a roc, the literature of that region in which it first appears holds some kind of magic for me.

Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?
I have 3 books to finish and publish. There are many more on my to do list. I hope to use feedback from my readers to help create stories that appeal to them.

What types of movies do you like to watch?
The last movie I truly enjoyed was Black Panther; anything richly conceived, few R rated make my list.

What type of genre do you like to write the most?
Slipstream

Are an indie author, hybrid, or traditional?
At this time, I bill myself as an Indie.

Do you write for a target audience or do you just write because? Why?
I started out writing for fun and challenge. Recently, since I have had trouble finding modern authors that I like, it is also from a sense of contribution.

Is your book in a series?
Fantastical Tales from the Lady’s Quill is a stand-alone short story collection.

What type of creatures are in your books?
Dog and bird spirits, magical cats, an invented beast of burden, humans with supernatural abilities, a dragon with a chip on his shoulder, a ghost, some aliens, angels and more.

Tell us about your latest book?
Fantastical Tales from the Lady’s Quill is a short story collection with the underlying themes of freedom and being set free. They are placed chronologically when they were written, so Redemption is the first story I wrote.

What should we watch for in the coming months?
What is close to ready-for- publication is a children’s picture book, fantasy-educational. Next is a book of poetry and a novel.

What would you like to say to your fans?
Please contact me to let me know what you would enjoy reading. It would also be great to know thoughts on Fantastical Tales from the Lady’s Quill. My Patreon page will give the viewpoint from which I write.


Wendi L. Sneden

WendiSneden795363aThe author lives in the Midwest with her family. She is a writer of poetry and speculative fiction, and has been since childhood. She is an animal lover and has three cats, a rabbit, a hamster and a garter snake as friends. Wendi spends her time writing, doing needlework, and reading widely. She also enjoys gardening and the out-of-doors. Wendi was born under the sign of Taurus, and can be reached at wsneden@gmail.com.

She received her B.A. from Michigan State University, has a black belt (Shodan) in Judo, and in other incarnations has pursued direct sales, waited tables, been employed in libraries, and been a homeschooling parent–addicted to all the gorgeous curriculum out there!

As a lover of languages, writing is a natural outlet and she does not foresee an end anytime soon.

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Speculative Fiction Author Renee Scattergood

Heya everyone, happy Saturday. Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. I am giving over the blog to Speculative Fiction author Renee Scattergood today. Hope you will take the time to get to know her and feel free to ask her questions. Happy reading everyone :).


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Hi everyone! My name is Renee Scattergood, and I write dark speculative fiction. For those who don’t know what speculative fiction is, it’s fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I tend to combine the three, so it’s easier to say speculative fiction (or spec fic for short).

I began writing back in 1995, but I didn’t get serious about it until about five years ago. Before that, it was an on again off again thing. I was afraid of the possibility of success, and that held me back quite a bit. So, I decided to start small. Instead of jumping in full on with a novel, I decided to write a serial, Shadow Stalker. That’s been working out great so far. It allowed me to test the waters, so to speak, and get a feel for self-publishing.

I’ve always known that I wanted to self-publish, but there was a time when I wasn’t sure I could handle it all myself. Then I learned that I didn’t have to. I found Katie (a.k.a. K.M. Jenkins) who has helped me a great deal with designing my book covers, and she does a great job with that. I also met another great author, Allison D. Reid, who does my editing.

When most indie authors get started, we don’t always have the money to pay for those kinds of services, so having friends that you can exchange services with to help pay for those things is a good thing to have. That’s why networking is so important for indie authors, especially if you have something to offer them in return for something you need. (The barter system is alive and well.)

The way I love to help other authors is through marketing. It’s my second love. When I finally get my Australian citizenship, I plan to go back to school for a dual business/arts degree with a major in marketing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years, but school can get expensive (even in Australia).

I have two blogs outside of my personal one specifically geared towards helping authors promote their work. One is Renee’s Author Spotlight (http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/), where I feature indie and small press authors. The other is Speculative Fiction Spot (http://specfictionspot.blogspot.com/) where I feature spec fic authors. Whether you’re a writer or reader, please check them out and show your support to the many great author’s I’ve featured so far. And, of course, if you’re a writer, feel free to sign up for a feature!

Now that I’ve got a feel for it, I’m working on my first novel series, A God’s Deception. I’ve also decided to dabble with another genre, fantasy/paranormal romance, under the pen name, Kahlan Richards. And I’m working on a novel series for that genre as well. And I’m working on a new serial called Emergence, which is the shadow stalkers’ origin story.

I prefer working on multiple projects because…well, I’m weird. I can focus better when I’m multitasking. I think it’s the ADHD. I also can’t work without background noise, so I generally have the TV on when I’m writing. Like I said…I’m weird.

If you made it this far, thanks so much for reading and getting to know me. I hope you’ll check out my Shadow Stalker serial (especially since you can download Part 1 – the first six episodes – for free!)!Renee Scattergood's Author Photo

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Axen rattled on. “The opposition (for he never referred to the Warriors by name) will now be much less able to protect the inhabitants of this world, and you know we are running low on citizenry here for raw material. We require a new source of blood-victims for our Rites.”

His wine-embellished, pompous tones nauseated her. All these things they both knew quite well. He likes hearing himself talk in this state, she noted once again. Boredom began to seep in through her haze of wine. Although their relationship was important for Devil’s Tail purposes, right now she chafed at its bindings, though the power she wielded with Axen was not, she admitted, something to be taken lightly.

Vajti decided to escape. “I feel the need for sleep, Axen. I will see you afterward…..”

from ​The World that Resisted, ​included.


The Author

WendiSneden795363aThe author lives in the Midwest with her family. She is a writer of poetry and speculative fiction, and has been since childhood. She is an animal lover and has three cats, a rabbit, a hamster and a garter snake as friends. Wendi spends her time writing, doing needlework, and reading widely. She also enjoys gardening and the out-of-doors. Wendi was born under the sign of Taurus, and can be reached at wsneden@gmail.com.

She received her B.A. from Michigan State University, has a black belt (Shodan) in Judo, and in other incarnations has pursued direct sales, waited tables, been employed in libraries, and been a homeschooling parent–addicted to all the gorgeous curriculum out there!

As a lover of languages, writing is a natural outlet and she does not foresee an end anytime soon.

Connect with the Author!

Website | FB | Patreon

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#PNR & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Demon Magic

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#PARANORMALROMANCE & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Marius

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These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

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