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Meet Author Michael Melilli

Hello! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Michael Melilli

Michael attended Chapman University in Orange, California, where he earned a BFA in Film/TV Writing and Directing. He went on to work for various film and television production companies―including the Jim Henson Company―before landing at PlainJoe Studios in Corona, California. He serves as the Spatial Storytelling Studio Director and helps to tell stories within physical spaces from restaurants to dynamic office spaces to themed children’s facilities and even high profile immersive attractions.

In addition to having circumnavigated the globe and having an almost unhealthy obsession with Batman, Michael is an avid gamer and consumer of story in any form. He currently lives in Corona, California, with his wife Jaimee.

Book Sample:  3point8

Genre:  Dark Fantasy

When Judd Mara learned he was going to be a father, he never could have imagined that he’d lose his entire family before even reaching his daughter’s due date.

Alone and left to face the reality of a life without his family, Judd struggles to deal with the mundane requirements of everyday life while his grief threatens to overwhelm him. It’s in this dark moment that he’s offered a shred of hope; his daughter may still be alive but taken by a supernatural force.

Has he uncovered an ancient evil? Or is he just slowly losing his mind from the loss of his wife and daughter?

As Judd’s investigation leads him down a twisted path, he’ll be forced to decide how far is he willing to go to learn the truth about his daughter and how much of his humanity he’s willing to leave behind.

Inspired by the author’s real-life loss of his newborn daughter, 3point8 is a fictional story which reveals a horrifying truth; that grief can be as destructive as any supernatural being.

Why do you write? I just need to see ideas or character in my mind come to life, to release them. The most satisfying moment of the process for me is when I can sit back, read through a chapter, and I’ve completely forgotten that these were words I put to paper. I crave that experience and love knowing that there will, hopefully, be people out there who are similarly moved or excited by what I’ve written.

When did you decide to become a writer? After college, when I realized writing gave me the most control over the stories I wanted to tell. I’ve always been a storyteller and had a passion for it, but the restrictions that come in other forms of media make it difficult to realize the vision of what I see in my head.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? It can vary greatly depending on the book.  3point8 took about six and a half months to get to a first draft. I’ve have other novels that have taken a couple years to complete, mainly because I’ve worked on them in chunks with breaks in between.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I was writing a short story for a creative writing class and realized it was just too big to be a short. Once I started, I fell in love with the characters so much that I knew I had to finish it to see where they ended up.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I tend to start with plot for most of my ideas; typically just a rough idea of the situation that I want to drop characters into. From there, I’ll get a loose idea of where I want to story to go, a rough ending, begin developing characters and fill in the gaps.

I look at it like building a maze. The outer walls go up first with the entrance and ending in place. A few of the interior walls go up next, a few leading from the entrance and a few leading to the exit. Then it’s all about building characters that will interact with the maze well and releasing them, filling in the rest of the maze and they go, responding to the decisions they make, and adjusting as needed. By the end, the maze may look completely different than what I start with.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Bryce Reyes was kind enough to lend me his immense talent and create the book cover for 3point8. You can see some of his other design on his website: http://www.brycereyes.com/

Any advice for aspiring authors? Read…a lot and often. It’s an absolute necessity.

What is the hardest thing about writing? The discipline of sitting down and actually grinding out the words into the keyboard. Dreaming, imagining and planning is fun, but it’s work to pull all those letters together into coherent chapters. Ironically, this is always the most rewarding part of the process.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? For me it was letting myself really delve into the pain of losing my daughter and being honest about some of the thought I’d had afterwards. It wasn’t an enjoyable place to go and it’s a bit terrifying to be so open about something that painful. I didn’t imagine that monsters were running around stealing babies like my protagonist suspected, but everything else he thinks and wonders about were very much thoughts I had myself.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? Stephen King On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft is essential reading for anyone who wants to write or get serious about any creative pursuit. I reread it every few years.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Write for yourself…don’t worry about what audiences or friends or family will think. The story needs to be one you love and have a passion to tell.

There ya have it folks! Many thanks Michael! For more about Michael, his work, and getting yourself a copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Damien Black

Good day my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with author Damien Black

For as long as he can remember, Damien Black has been blessed and cursed with a hallucinogenic imagination. His sleep is disturbed by strange dreams that he struggles to remember upon waking, glimpses of worlds where superstitions are reality and prayers might actually work. The only cure he knows for this malady is writing, an auto-exorcism he performs on himself daily. Over the years, these scribblings have evolved into horror-strewn tales of fantasy fiction.

Book blurb: Devil’s Night Dawning [Dark/Epic Fantasy]

As their kingdom erupts into civil war, two witch hunters struggle to identify a mystery warlock who seeks a power to rule realms. But with hired killers and a ravening demon on their trail, can they stay alive long enough to find him?

When novice monk Adelko is assigned to legendary adept Horskram, he rejoices at the chance to lead an adventurous life. An adventurous death isn’t what he had in mind – but it comes calling when bannerthey learn of a sorcerous theft, one that could bring ruin on the Known World. They suspect a demonologist at work, but don’t know anything for sure.

Whoever it is knows who they are and wants to silence them – permanently. As they flee from one danger to another, their homeland erupts into civil war – the rebellious southern barons have reunited and want to dethrone the King of Northalde. The world they know teeters on the brink of a momentous struggle that will reshape it forever…

High fantasy meets gothic horror in this gripping tale of suspense, conflict, faith and magic – the first part in an epic saga of sweeping proportions.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? Nope, I really am a dark fantasy author called Damien Black (honest!). MF: That is awesome! I use a pen name but it’s not so folks don’t know me. I have no trouble with my graphic scenes, I just tell folks I am what I am. I like the pen name just because I like it 🙂

Why do you write? It keeps me sane.

When did you decide to become a writer? A long,  long time ago… I wrote my first (unfinished) fantasy novel when I was 10. In my teens I discovered rock ‘n’ roll – that delayed me for about a decade as I did the whole ‘guitar obsessive’ thing. Gradually though I worked my way back towards my first love, writing fiction. Along the way I somehow carved out a career as a journalist – but I have to say nothing beats writing creatively!

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? It varies. Devil’s Night Dawning took me a while because I had to balance writing and editing it with work and study and other things. I’m currently about halfway through the first draft of the sequel, which has taken me four months or thereabouts. So on that reckoning I should have #2 ready for release in 2017.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Good question! I had this fantasy map I’d drawn in my early 20s lying around… I stumbled on it again some years ago and started to sketch a series of myths, legends and histories for the fictional realms I’d created. I think I got quite inspired re-reading The Lord of the Rings around the time they released the films, realizing the lengths to which Tolkien had gone to create Middle Earth. It just snowballed from there really: a plot and characters took shape in my head and I began to write the opening chapters. When I went away on holiday and spent half my time writing a 50-page synopsis for the entire saga, I knew I was on to something. Don’t think my girlfriend was too impressed though!

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I don’t have a set time but I tend to write in the morning or afternoon, rarely the evening – I just don’t have the necessary creative energy by then. Also I don’t feel I’ve got my day started until I get something down.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? Another good question. I think I’m still evolving… Plot was always something I struggled with in my 20s (which is probably why I didn’t write much). As I got older I realized that you don’t have to have the perfect structure right off the bat – all that’s needed is a rough framework to begin with. Then you just fill in the blanks as you go. William Golding talked about writing through the narrative he pictured in his mind – I tend to go with that now. And George RR Martin used the travelling metaphor – he knows the ultimate destination but hasn’t decided on all the stops yet. Creativity as a journey, I like that.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Rarely. I might have the news on in the background, or a bit of tennis (guilty: I’m a tennis freak). But music, not so much these days. I was so obsessed with it for so long while I was doing the whole rock band thing… to be honest it feels like a lost love. Also, in my psyche it’s a sort of rival amour to writing… and a man can only have one muse at a time in my humble opinion. For me these days it’s writing all the way!

What have you written? I could spend hours answering that question, but don’t worry I won’t! Devil’s Night Dawning can probably best be summed up as George RR Martin meets HP Lovecraft… There are knights and castles and kings and lords – but there’s also a lot of witchcraft, demons, ghosts, hauntings and possessions, people being driven mad, that sort of thing. Lurking horror in the dungeon of the keep, as it were! I’ve also deliberately paced it quite slowly to begin with – I want the story to build gradually and not give too much away at the start.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Red Raven did a fantastic job of designing my cover and I hope I’ve written a book worthy of their time and effort.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? Honestly, that’s a question I might ask others. It’s very early days yet. Devil’s Night Dawning has only just been released and I’m learning about marketing as I go. Right now my strategy is to focus on finishing the second book in the series while I try to solicit as many reviews and interviews as possible. So thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts! MF: I do hope your exposure here will help out. I’m so proud to showcase all the authors on my blog and I’m getting a lot of hits so someone is looking at us.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Write and be bold.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Adelko is a trainee monk, a novice, belonging to a spiritual order that specializes in fighting evil spirits and hunting down warlocks. He’s young, naïve and inexperienced, but has a great thirst for adventure and knowledge. I think what I like most about him is that though he is obviously a talented lad with prospects, he is kind and humble too. Also, he is essentially a pacifist, sworn not to shed blood. I think characters like that are increasingly rare in the genre nowadays – though rest assured there are plenty of other characters in the book who are proud, violent and not shy of a good swordfight if that’s your thing!

Where do your ideas come from? God. It’s not a conscious thing. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just the conduit. Keith Richards once said songs are not written, they are given. I think the same can be said of stories.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Not being able to do it. Normally I’m quite lucky, I sit down to write and it just flows. When it isn’t like that it can be agonizing. Like constipation of the soul!

What is your favorite movie or TV show? Wow… that’s hard… which to choose? I’m really liking the TV show Vikings right now – I think it’s definitely inspiring parts of the sequel, and the main country the first book is set in, Northalde, is influenced by real-life Nordic culture and nomenclature. Plus Katheryn Winnick is so gorgeously charismatic – a true Valkyrie indeed!

Which writers inspire you? JRR Tolkien (for injecting a sense of history and culture into my world), Michael Moorcock (for the more nihilistic/demonic stuff), George RR Martin (though I wrote the first draft of Devil’s Night Dawning before I read his stuff, I did find it helpful on the rewrite to see how a master pseudo-medievalist does it). Fantasy aside, for the chivalrous flavors I’d go with Sir Walter Scott and Sir Thomas Malory, and for the creeping horror stuff it would have to be HP Lovecraft. Also there is an element of Umberto Eco and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in there, with the monks playing detective throughout the narrative.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? I like Horskram a lot. He’s the senior monk, or adept, that Adelko is seconded to, and is presented as the sort of ‘wise master’ character in the book. But unlike say Gandalf or Belgarath he isn’t a sorcerer – in fact quite the opposite, he’s someone who despises wizards of all kinds. His past as a violent crusader also gives him some complexity, and as the story progresses it becomes clear he isn’t quite the hero he seems to be at first.

Who is your least favorite character and why? I like all my characters for different reasons, but I’d say the least likeable is Sir Wolmar. He’s vain, arrogant, haughty and cruel – probably like many a historical knight.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? Nope. Self-taught musician, self-taught writer. Still learning, by the way…

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I love that question! I always thought Anthony Hopkins would make a decent Horskram, though perhaps he’s too old now. He’s got the right mix of crabbiness and subtle menace. And the aforementioned Ms Winnick can be my Adhelina of Dulsinor any day… she’s got the right look, spirit and intellect.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I always liked Rorschach from Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen. Yes, the guy is a vigilante nutjob, but he manages to be dryly humorous, compelling, and downright terrifying all at once. I’d be happy if I came up with a character who could embody all those things.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? I’m tempted to say Adolf Hitler, so I could look into the face of 20th century political evil and ask him ‘why?’ – but he’d probably just shout at me. I don’t know… Emma Hamilton? She was Nelson’s mistress and one of the first fashion designers to model her own clothes.  I read her biography a few years back and thought she was fascinating.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? I’d make politicians tell the truth. Just to see what happens.

Where do you come up with your stories? I like to think I’m influenced a lot by actual history. It certainly helps with the political side of the story: all the battles, rebellions and intrigues and so forth. Epic fantasy0014_hr often reads to me a lot like a historical novel based on a parallel history of our world, one where superstitions and magic are real.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? I could answer with so many books, but I think if I came up with the Silmarillion I’d be a pretty happy camper.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? Stay the course and never give up.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? Not any more. Fantasy authors such as Ben Galley and M J Sullivan are proving a self-publishing ticket can be a route to respectability and success. What with digital publishing and distribution, it’s a great time to do it – how lucky we are!

What book are you currently reading or just finished? Right now I’m reading Mr Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester and Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I try to read as widely as I can, but fantasy and historical fiction are probably my faves.

What do your fans mean to you? Everything.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it’s just perfect in every way. I’d also say Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake, but I suspect most fantasy fans reading this will already have read it.

Tell us something unique about you. I’m me. That’s probably the only thing that’s unique about anyone – in a world populated by 7 billion people, you’re bound to find others who share your traits, passions and aptitudes. But each one of us is special in our individual composition of those things.

Is there anything else you would like to add? I do not, as yet, live in a castle (but I’m working on it).

How can readers discover more about you and your work? My books are available from Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and I have a website (www.damienblackwords.com) that has links to these points of sale and extends on the bio featured in this interview. I participate in chat forums on Goodreads, WattPad and Reddit, and I also run a blog from my website called Old Nick’s Letters. I try to write something reasonably intelligent on it at least once a week.

Many thanks Damien for sharing with us! For more about Damien and his work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Haven Cage

Hola my lovelies! Today author Haven Cage has joined us for some Q&A.

Haven Cage lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son. After many years of dabbling with drawing, painting, and working night shift in the medical field, she decided to try her hand at writing. Unfortunately, her love for books came later in life and proved to add a healthy challenge during her writing journey. Determined to hone her craft though, she soaks up as much information as she can, spends her free time tapping away in her favorite local coffee shop, and keeps a good book in hand whenever possible.

Years have passed since she began to write and sculpt her first novel, and now it is finally ready for debut. What began as a hobby has grown into a way of escape and the yearning to take her journey farther, her love for writing and reading deepening along the way.

Book blurb: In FALTER, a dark New Adult/Adult Urban Fantasy novel, Nevaeh Richards thinks she has found a chance to leave her homeless life behind. When the spirit of the only father she knows is wrongfully taken to Hell, Nevaeh is hurled into a world haunted by monstrous demons, rogue Guardian angels, love that is beyond her control, and a soul-threatening choice between the inherent evil inside her and the faltering faith she is struggling to grasp.

Nevaeh and George have lived on the streets as father and daughter since he found her, alone and unconscious, many years ago. When they start a new life employed at Joe’s cafe, Nevaeh experiences debilitating visions and frightening apparitions. Adding to the troubling path her life has taken, George suddenly becomes ill and an Animus demon takes his soul hostage in Hell. Unfortunately, the ransom may be more than Nevaeh can afford.

As Nevaeh spirals into this supernatural world, Gavyn—the handsome café-owner—tries to convince her that she belongs to a hidden race of people with God-given gifts known as Celatum, and she may be a key player in the Celestial war. However, even after all the otherworldly events she experiences, Nevaeh continues to deny her part in it all.

Meanwhile, Archard—a stranger she feels undeniably bonded to—mysteriously wanders in and out of her life, offering none of the answers she suspects he holds.

Will Nevaeh attain the faith it requires to fulfill her fate as a Celata and take part in the Celestial fight? Or will she give into the darkness that calls to her for the sake of George’s soul and damn herself to Hell?

Warning: this novel contains adult language and sexual content. Readers 18 years and older only, please.

Why do you write?  I write to escape reality, to be a different part of myself that gets hidden most of the time. Writing has also helped me explore my beliefs, my past, and who I really want to be in general. I get to act out the emotional ups and downs inside me, but at a safe, somewhat displaced, level. Just as journaling is therapeutic, creating fiction heals me in many ways while drawing me out of the confines of life.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? My son started preschool when he was three; I decided to make those few hours I had alone during the week to do something that was just about me and who I wanted to be as Haven. Inspired by Stephanie Myer and her story of Twilight being sparked by a dream, I dredged up one of many odd dreams I’d had and let it guide my imagination. This turned into a long and involved hobby, which turned into a need. After five years, I’d put too much put into the book to turn back, so I set my heart on publishing one way or another. I released Falter on May 6, 2016!

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Music is one of my favorite things. It calms me, inspires me, and just plain makes me happy. I listen to music often when I write. My favorite station to stream is the Halestorm station. When I need something a little lighter, I’ll listen to a Phantogram station. I feel having music in the background can really help set a scene mood.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I actually do this backwards. The idea was pretty solid when I started, so I went with it and let the words flow. About halfway through Falter, I returned to the beginning and formed an outline sectioned into chapter summaries, character details, plot ideas, and so on. Even through book two, I’ve upheld that same backward notion of being driven by the words and ideas, then getting the logistics fleshed out.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Visual art has always been a rather dominant skill in my family. I guess because of that, I knew I wanted to be involved as much as possible in the cover. I created it myself by editing a photo I’d taken until it felt right. Then I stumbled through the joy of Photoshop. In the end, I got something simple but attractive, I think. I’ve also created all the graphics on my logo, banners and teasers.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Nevaeh is a young woman living a hard life with a forgotten past. Years of trials and living on the streets has made her strong, but in that strength, she is stubborn and untrusting. I wanted to show her flaws and how she works to overcome them by putting Nev in a position where she had to step out of the box she lived in, depend on others, and walk the gray areas that we sometimes encounter during especially tough times.

What is your next project?  I’m nearly finished with the first draft of book 2 in my Faltering Souls series, then it’s onto the hard part…editing. I also have a stand-alone fantasy novel in mind that I’m very excited to start.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why?  MacKayla Lane from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I love that she is snarky, beautifully flawed, confident with some parts of her life but not with others, and she does everything with passion and conviction…even when she makes mistakes.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? You have to be diligent in everything you do. It’s easy to get bogged down in the small details and yearning for instant gratification, then you become discouraged when things don’t work out as planned. This is a lifestyle of sorts, something you’re in for the long haul, so treat it as such. You need to bend, adapt, learn, and fix your work until it’s something you’re proud of!

Do have a favorite car or truck model?  Shelby Mustang

Many thanks Haven for stopping by! For more about Haven and to buy her book follow the links below:

 

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Meet Author R.D. Vallier

Halo my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author R.D. Vallier

R.D. Vallier is an explorer, a storyteller, a dancer, a lover of all things shiny or grimy or bizarre. If she is not traveling dirt or blacktop roads, then she is in the wilderness handcrafting an off-grid homestead with straw and mud and, at times, crossed fingers.

Book blurb: DARKSHINE

Miriam always knew something wasn’t quite right with her life, but it isn’t until a clash with the supernatural that she discovers her entire existence is built upon lies. Now two magical beings are promisingDarkshineCover25 the truth. One problem: Only one version is correct and each insists the other will bring her destruction.

When Miriam discovers secrets that can destroy her husband’s political campaign, she finds the strength to escape his abuse and seek her true and magical birthright. But he refuses to lose his wife so easily, and will hunt her down to assure his secrets are never exposed.

Why do you write?  It is a natural drive, and a core element of who I am. If I don’t write or tell stories I become depressed and lost. I become a shell of who I am … and that shell is not pretty.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I consider myself more of a storyteller than a writer. I’ve always told stories in one form or another (mostly illustration in my earlier years). I was in my early to mid 20s when I discovered the stories I needed to tell were far too in depth for the mediums I originally chose, and I needed to become a novelist to get them out of me.

What genre are your books?  Urban fantasy and dark fantasy

What draws you to this genre?  Urban fantasy is my favorite, and will probably become my main genre. I love it because it allows me to show the magic and mystery I see in the everyday mundane. Storage units. Road signs. Motels. Grain Silos. Graffiti. I love breathing new life into the common and often ignored.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  Darkshine was different in that I pecked at it over a series of years while I dealt with life. If I focus, I typically have a steady pace that takes 9-12 months.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I live off-grid in a cramped space (for now) with my husband and two year old son. I have no desk, no time, and sometimes no electricity at home. I park our truck in the pasture to write with pen and paper between 3:30-4:30AM. I then drive to a local truck stop that lets me occupy a booth and use their wifi until 8am. I then get home when my husband and son are getting up, and start the rest of my very, very long day.

That is, if I am not traveling with my husband for his work, like I am now. Then it is early mornings in motel rooms, usually writing curled up in the bathtub so I don’t wake up anyone else. MF: My goodness! You deserve a day off.

What have you written?  Darkshine is the only novel I have published, but I plan to put out my dark fantasy series, Aisling, by 2018. All four novels are written, I just learned a lot since I wrote them and I am deepening the writing. I’m also working on the second story in Darkshine’s tale.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I like to pretend I know what I am doing and sketch out an outline. But there is this amazing moment in every book where the characters seem to step forward, inform me I have no idea what I am doing, and completely take over. I’m then just along for the ride, watching a world unfurl.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Acid PopTart is the wonderful talent behind Darkshine’s cover. You can check her out at www.facebook.com/theAcidPopTart

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Live. Go out in the world and truly SEE it. Seek out details. Explore your emotions, your successes, your failures. Try new experiences and push your comfort levels. Embrace it all. This is what I feel breathes intimacy into a story.

Also, learn to use your middle finger when people try to bring you down. MF: Amen sister!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  I had to pull up a lot of demons from my past to get the feel I wanted for Darkshine. Facing hurts you wished to stay buried is never pleasant.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Delano. I like the mystery around him, and a bunch of other things I can’t mention without spoiling the whole series. He always surprises me while I write him. I’m debating doing a novel in the future just for his story since it’s so in depth. We’ll see…

Who is your least favorite character and why? Sam. I didn’t even like putting him to paper. Not because he was difficult to write, butAuthorPhotoWithCredit because he was so easy. I have met men in the world who are like him. Unfortunately, I know I am not alone.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? The Fire In Fiction, by Donald Maas.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes? No. I only include them if I feel they are needed to move the story or a character forward, which becomes my main focus. The rest is just details!

Tell us something unique about you. My genome. 🙂

Okay, okay. I used to belly dance professionally. I’m also super-proud that I once broke my foot on the flying trapeze.

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