Monday, May 17, 2021

Celebrating A Quick Spell, a new book release by Patricia Josephine!


We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe? 

Excerpt: Real Vampires Don’t Wear Capes

A SHADOW FELL over me and a chill ran down my spine. My breath fogged the air despite it being midsummer and sunlight filling the living room. I fell still then slowly turned.

“I vant to suck your blood!” Draco threw his hands over his head and jumped. Two large fangs hung crookedly in his mouth. He waved his arms, hissing.

I pursed my lips, biting back a sigh. “Very funny.” I turned my back to him and focused back on the TV.

Draco danced around me and in front of the TV. “Blah! Blah, blah!” he declared.

“Knock it off.” I leaned to see around him, but he moved to block me. I scowled at him. “Seriously, stop it.”

Draco plucked the fake fangs out of his mouth. “You’re no fun, you know that?”

“I’m practical. Real vampires do not act like that and we definitely don’t wear capes.”

“Well, we should.” Draco grabbed the edge of his cape and half covered his face. He waggled his eyebrows.

I groaned.

Draco straightened up. He shook his head. “You’ll never enjoy immortality if you can’t joke about yourself.” He pulled the cape back up and glided out of the room.

Author Interview

When did your writing journey start?
A: Unlike many writing friends, I didn’t get into writing until my late twenties. BUT, I’ve always been a day dreamer, so I’ve always had story ideas in my head. Usually, they were set in worlds that weren’t my own. X-men. Star Wars. Whatever book, TV, or movie I had consumed recently that I enjoyed. I guess I day dreamed fan fiction and it was only a matter of time until I started putting words on paper.

What made you decide to write short fiction?
A: It started with Twitter. Jocelyn Rish created a hashtag called #15tt (15 Minute Tweet Tales.) You were to use 140 characters to tell a story. You had 15 minutes to write it. I had been doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge every April and I wanted a theme, but 140 characters seemed too short for it, so I used Jocelyn’s prompts to write 100 word flash fiction for the challenge. When it was over, I kept doing them because they were great writing exercises. It wasn’t until later, when I saw a collection of 100 word flash fiction at MIParaCon that I got the idea to expand those stories to 200 words and put them into a collection. By then I had a ton of them so it was easy to pick out 45 and expand them.

Why 45 stories? Why not 50?
A: There is a reason, but I can’t for the life of me remember what that is. The answer will probably come after this is posted.

How do you come up with different names for 45 different stories?
A: It’s a pretty straightforward process. I write down all the names from each story and note when I have duplicates. Then I go to a baby name site or ask for suggestions. Thankfully, it’s not actually 45 stories that I have to do that for. Some stories are told in first person and you never learn their name.

Who do you look up to as a writer?
A: I can’t really say there’s any single writer I look up to, but one writer that always comes to mind as someone I enjoy reading myself and will definitely call a favorite is Kerrelyn Sparks. She writes paranormal romance. She also adds a touch of humor here and there that always makes me laugh. When I need comfort and a happily ever after, I turn to her.

About the Author

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. 

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 Tyrean's Tiny Review:

A Quick Spell is a fun collection of short stories by a talented author. Strong characterization and just the right amount of description makes each tiny story vivid and memorable. Whether the story is happy or haunting, it's vivid and interesting.

This is a great book for anyone who wants to sit down and read for A Quick Spell.



Natalie Aguirre said...

I know Jocelyn. That's cool her hashtag got Josephine into writing such short stories. A big congrats to her on her book release!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well Patricia, do you remember why there are forty-five stories now?