You’ve met J. M. Ames and Cassidy Taylor, just 2 of 14 authors whose stories are featured within Mirrors & Thorns, the 2017 OWS Ink anthology. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Sarah Nour, the author behind Nova and Ember…
- What’s the most inspiring part of where you live?
The arts community of Fargo-Moorhead is so inspiring. I love the Plains Art Museum, the Rourke Gallery, and the coffee shops that have local art hanging on the walls. Businesses sell handmade items made by local artists: everything from clothes to jewelry to soap to winter gear. There are lots of opportunities to support creative endeavors and promote your own.
- When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I knew how to write. I must have been about four or five when I started writing stories down on paper and stapling them together.
- Where do you find inspiration?
Any form of art can hold some inspiration for me. This includes fantasy novels by Juliet Marillier, surrealistic TV shows like Twin Peaks and Hannibal, silent films on Turner Classic movies, and young-adult audiobooks on Audible.
- Which character has etched it’s way into your heart and why?
Reading Jane Eyre in high school was a breath of fresh air. I wholeheartedly loved and identified with her character. She was an intelligent, creative, and passionate person born into a world that had no place for her. Over the course of the novel she goes from being an abused child to an independent, capable woman in a highly classist and patriarchal environment. Jane’s story has stayed with me because it reminds me that I can rise above any circumstances.
- What are you working on now?
I wrote a novella for my thesis in graduate school. Since then I’ve been in the process of revising and lengthening it into a publishable novel. I have sent samples to agents but haven’t had any luck so far. Besides that, I’m always working on short stories and articles for local publications.
- Which book has had the biggest impact on your writing?
On one hand, Ian McEwan’s Atonement raised my standards and made me want to become a better writer. On the other, it fills me with dread that I’d never be that good. Someday I hope to produce a masterpiece like that.
- What writing quote fuels you?
The first one that comes to mind is Dorothy Parker’s quote “I hate writing. I love having written.” The process of writing is long, hard, and frustrating, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of finishing something you can be proud of.
- What genre do you wish you could write?
Someday I’d like to write historical fiction. But I’ll need to read up on more history before I’m able to do so.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to live in England, particularly Bath. I traveled there on a school trip as an undergraduate and I loved touring museums and cathedrals. I also loved the street performers in Bath, which included guitar players, opera singers, and a poet selling bookmarks with his poems on them.
- What makes your voice unique from other writers?
I strive to be both descriptive and succinct; a balance of vivid imagery and clear, concise language. Whether I succeed at that is up to my readers to decide.
Sarah’s bio goes here.
Mirror & Thorns –
An OWS Ink Dark Fairy Tale Anthology.
Published by Catterfly Publishing, an OWS Ink LLC subsidiary
Where the fairytale ends, and the reflection begins
OWS Ink, LLC is very excited to announce the publication of our 2017 anthology, Mirror & Thorns. Just in time for Halloween, these fourteen stories from fourteen different authors will have you curled up on the couch ignoring those trick or treaters! These exceptional tales will stay with you long after the last page. This collection of short stories releases on Wednesday, October, 25th, 2017, and a Facebook Release Party open to the public occurs on October 21, 2017.
The authors have weaved each one of these enchanting stories with quirky and intriguing characters as well as plots with compelling twists. You can learn more about these authors and the anthology by following along with the book blog tour which begins on ourwriteside.com on October 20th. Preorders will begin at the Facebook event on the 21st.
A dark fairy tale collection from the twisted pens of:
J.M. Ames, Kerry E.B. Black, J.K. Allen, C.L. Bledsoe, Lucy Palmer, Stacy Overby, T.S. Dickerson, Edward Ahern, Melanie Noell Bernard, S.L. Scott, Sarah Nour, Paul Stansbury, Cassidy Taylor, and J. Lee Strickland.
To learn more about this new anthology visit Our Write Side.
Follow along the tour to meet more of the authors and their stories in the anthology…
10/20- OWS: Tour announcement and release schedule (http://ourwriteside.com)
10/21- Facebook: Preorder Launch party. (https://goo.gl/ujYHPv)
10/21– Timothy Bateson: Book Spotlight
10/22- Michelle B.: Book Feature (firstname.lastname@example.org)
10/23- Dawlyn and Krista: Release announcement (https://littleblindbookfinds.wordpress.com)
10/24- Mage Menagerie: Release announcement and teaser (http://mlbernard.wordpress.com)
10/24- Stephanie Ayers: Author Spotlight of J. Ames
10/25- Melanie Bernard: Release announcement (https://mnbernardbooks.wordpress.com)
10/25- Kerry Black: Release Announcement (https://kerrylizblack.wordpress.com/)
10/26- Sofie Eloy: Guest post (http://bewareofthereader.com)-Cassidy
10/27- Nancy Miller: Author Interview (www.nancyemiller.wordpress.com)-Dickerson
10/28- Heidi Angell: M & T Panel on Heidi’s Booktube channel
10/29 Stephanie Ayers: Author Interview-Taylor
10/30- Heidi Angell: Author interview (https://www.heidiangell.com/blog)
10/31- A.F. Stewart: Spotlight
11/1- Flavia: release announcement/ teaser (https://pooledink.com/)
11/2- Heidi Angell: Thursday spotlight (www.heidiangell.com)
11/3- Mandy Melanson/Rhetoric Askew
11/4- Stephanie Ayers: Author interview with Sarah Nour
11/5- Angela Jones-Cuellar: Release announcement and teaser
11/6- Amanda Mabry: Guest Post from Jim Strickland on Medium
11/7- Adrienne: Book Review Darque Dreamer Reads
11/8- Stacy Overby: Guest Post from Melanie Bernard
11/9- Deanna L. Cooley: Guest Post (https://deannawritesabout.wordpress.com) from Stacy Overby
11/10- Shanah McCready: book review (https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com)
11/11- OWS: Wrap up
Order Mirrors & Thorns today!
Universal book link: books2read.com/u/mgr7xq
Are you reading yet?