Magic, Tattoos, and More! Interview With HM Jones

If you’re looking for magic with a twist, look no further. Award-winning author H.M. Jones is contributing to a magical realism anthology that will be released October 13th.

MAGIC UNVEILED (which, you can pre-order for just 0.99¢) is a short story collection featuring tales by bestselling and award-winning writers, all of whom share with us their vision of what a world with magic would look like–even if it has to intrude on modern man and his technology.

We’re so pleased H.M. stopped by to share a little about her story, as well as entertain some of our random questions.

Author Interview with H.M. Jones

Tell us about your story in the upcoming Magic Unveiled anthology, and why it’s going to affect readers?

 

My story is entitled “Gypsum Jane’s Inkscapes.” My magical realism, sci-fi and fantasy is always rooted in realistic emotions: loss, happiness, joy, frustration, etc. Readers can expect to be emotionally invested in my main character, Justin, and in his quest to find himself after the loss of his mother. Anyone who has ever lost anybody, will probably understand the way in which so doing presents an existential conundrum and an otherworldly experience.

 

What’s your definition of magical realism (as a genre)? What gives it a unique quality?

 

Magical realism must, above all, take part (for some of the time) in a realistic setting with realistic folks. Magical realism begs readers to feel safe, connected, familiar, then it throws them off that familiarity. It asks them: what if life was like this life you know, only there were hints of magic, ghosts, other worlds.

What if this world, underneath, housed those qualities that we think of as magical? It creates an alternate way to view the world we know; adds dimensions and whimsy. It questions what reality really is, and it makes readers question that, too. Isabel Allende is a master of Magical Realism. Her believable characters and historical settings have undertones of apparitions and fantasy. Hawthorne often wrote short stories I’d consider to be Magical Realism before we were defining writing as such.

 

What was the most difficult part about writing or fine-tuning your story?

 

My stories usually come to me fully, entire plots, character backstories, etc. I don’t have a very difficult time with my characters, who are their own people, or where the plot takes them. It is always hardest for me to manage the time to sit down and create their stories. This was especially hard during the summer, since I have small children. Once I sit down to write, I can create full stories, but I need a few hours to get into a groove and it can be hard to find those hours.

What are the benefits to producing an anthology with other authors?
 
Word of mouth is greater. We all have our little followings, and we can all help spread the word, so that brings more exposure. But, mostly, I like to see how all of us differ in regards to how we approach one genre. I was highly amused and interested by how the other authors in the Masters of Time anthology approached time travel. I am equally excited about seeing how they approach magical realism. Our voices, our styles, and our world views are all so diverse. That’s very exciting to me. 

If you could choose to be a character in your short story, you would be…
Gypsum Jane, hands down. She is a tattoo artist, which has always intrigued me, but there is also something otherworldly and magical about her. She has this old world appeal, this magical touch. I think we all wish we were more artistic and magical. And she is stunning, which never hurts.

Pick two of your co-authors to have over for dinner. Why?

 

I can’t pick them all? I helped many people find this anthology because they are all people whose work I admire. I’d certainly like to meet Alesha, since her Gray Tower Trilogy is one of my favorite historical fantasy series. And she’s just so nice online, so creative. Also, she seems to cook a lot, so I’d probably see if she’d make the food. 
 
I’d cook for Jayme Beddingfield anytime. She and I have fun when we go out to eat, and she lives close enough that she could pass out on my couch and make it home safe the next day. 

Would you rather have immortality or immense power (financial, political)?

 

If I had to choose, immortality. But only because neither appeals to me all that much. I don’t want to live forever, just to see everyone I love die. I don’t want the world’s weight on my shoulders, nor the responsibility of making the decisions that leaders have to make for the public as a whole. Both seem rather tedious to me. I want to live a relatively long life with the people I love, doing something I’m good at. I’m not all that complex, in the end.

 

What can we expect next from you?
 
No matter what I’m writing, you can expect it to be emotionally charged and well written. I don’t turn in badly written work or flat characters. And I love perfecting my work. If something’s missing and I don’t like a story, you won’t read it. I believe my work speaks for the type of person I am, and I don’t want people to read me as out of touch or lazy. 

Where can readers find out more about your books?
 
I have a website at www.hmjones.net.
I am also @HMJoneswrites on Twitter and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hmjoneswrites.
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Author Interview: Samantha LaFantasie USA Today Bestselling Author

So many books, so little time…but we had to stop and share this interview with USA Today Bestselling author, Samantha LaFantasie. Not only has Samantha written fantasy and sci-fi, but now she has a magical realism short story that will be coming out next month in the Magic Unveiled anthology (publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.).

We decided to ask a little about her story, and the process that she went through–as well as some fun randomness 🙂

Author Interview: Samantha LaFantasie

  1. Tell us about your story in the upcoming Magic Unveiled anthology, and why it’s going to affect readers?

My story is about a girl who comes from a long line of witches and has never had a dream. That is, until it happens, and comes true that same day. After learning that she was chosen to release the Goddess Isis from her captivity, she is thrust into a world of unknown and has to face many trials by herself.

  1. What’s your definition of magical realism (as a genre)? What gives it a unique quality?

Magical Realism, to me, is the beautiful blend of reality and fantasy, delivered in a way that is believable and gives just enough to us to question, what if?

  1. What was the most difficult part about writing or fine-tuning your story?

Figuring out just how much to put in the story to keep it within the required limits. I really enjoyed getting to know Audrey and her story. I didn’t want to stop!

  1. What are the benefits to producing an anthology with other authors?

I’m honored to be a part of this anthology because of the amazing and talented authors that have contributed to it. I love the group so much. I think we all have the same idea, just delivering our own versions and twists, so getting to know others of the same mindset has been refreshing and gives me some new authors to add to my to-be-read pile. Honestly, it’s teamwork at its finest. We are all here to deliver our dreams within text and share them with the world. Very inspiring and very cool that I can be a part of it.

  1. If you could choose to be a character in your short story, you would be…

Audrey’s mom. Perhaps, there’s a little bit of me in both?

  1. Pick two of your co-authors to have over for dinner. Why?

Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox. Simply put: these ladies have been with me since the beginning of my career and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Plus, we haven’t met in person yet. And we should! Besides, I live with one co-author, so he doesn’t count!

  1. Would you rather have immortality or immense power (financial, political)?

I’m not sure I would rather have either of those things. Unless, of course, I can share my immortality with my family and closest friends. Immense power? Meh. That saying: absolute power corrupts absolutely comes to mind. Though I doubt I really would let things get to my head, it has been proven that the best of us all is corrupted by that intoxicating word. However, if it was financial power, then I would likely be corrupted and sainted at the same time! I’m a giver, and that power would definitely go to my head.

  1. What can we expect next from you?

I have a few things in the works. Very early stages of co-authoring a supernatural thriller with my childhood best friend. The Dark Ones is in editing still, and I plan to query that once I have it back and polished. I’m toying with a few ideas that are brewing with notes and brainstorming.

  1. Where can readers find out more about your books?

Amazon

Goodreads

Facebook

Wattpad

My Blog

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Magic Unveiled: An Anthology

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Either the wondrous or the perilous awaits us when we play a hand at magic.

A hard boiled detective chases the supernatural, unveiling a frightening world right alongside modern man’s. A mother, able to grant wishes, shows us we must be careful what we wish for. An African Orisha might just pass you in downtown Los Angeles, eager to siphon some of your energy so that he will not fade out of existence.

From heart wrenching, ghostly goodbyes to relatives, to discovering sparks of otherworldly magic permeating contemporary society, these nine tales of magical realism and paranormal fantasy come together to form this enchanting and gripping anthology.

Magic Unveiled is presented to you by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie, Seattle Times and Amazon bestselling author Raven Oak, Amazon bestselling authors Alesha Escobar and Devorah Fox, NIEA Finalist H.M. Jones, Alice Marks, Jayme Beddingfield, Ronovan Hester, and Keith Goodno.

 

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