This week we have an additional guest author, A.L. Mabry, who has released her new novel, Darker Daze: The Storms Within. This is a collection of short stories that explore the darker side of the human condition.
Let’s welcome her to the blog!
Thanks A.L. Mabry for joining us, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello and thank you for having me today! My name is Amanda and I write under A.L. Mabry. I am a multi-genre writer as well as an artist. I write poetry, dark fiction, and fantasy primarily. When I am not writing I am usually busy with one of my other five jobs (yes five, not a typo) or spending time with my husband. We have a bunch of kids but they’re too cool to hang out with us anymore. We love camping and kayaking when weather permits.
Besides Darker Daze: The Storms Within, what else have you written?
I have several short stories published in anthologies but this is my first official book. I have a lot of projects in the works but I postponed them to focus on building Our Write Side and helping other authors.
What sparked you to write this novel?
I needed an outlet for some residual trauma and emotional issues. I dabbled with my first dark fiction short story a few years ago because of a writing prompt. I instantly recognized the power my experience added to the emotional turmoil of this genre. Additionally, I found the writing to be extremely cathartic.
What’s your biggest inspiration to write?
My biggest inspiration to write is life. Sometimes, to escape it…other times to explore it. Reading and writing have literally been life savers for me. When I was younger, I read to escape the daily torments I was suffering. As an adult, writing has allowed me to connect with other people, to grow, and to express myself.
Do you have plans for upcoming releases?
I have a short stories, Cinder Baby that will be in an anthology this summer titled, “Glass & Ashes,” which is published by OWS Ink, LLC. This story is a twisted alternate retelling inspired by Cinderella. In this version Prince Charming is a horrifying antagonist hell bent on making Cindy his bride.
Any advice you’d like to give aspiring writers?
Find your tribe. Over time you will learn all the writing rules, all the publishing processes, and the extensive details of the business. Having a community to tap into and be supported by is an invaluable asset. In the past writing was a very isolating endeavor but like all things, this industry and this art have evolved. The internet has provided the perfect medium for many lonely introverts.
Thank you A.L. Mabry for joining us! You can find her online at the following links:
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