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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Guest Blog: JoAnne Myers: Writing Fantasy

When it comes to fiction writing, almost anything goes. That is why I love writing fantasy stories. The author can go completely over the edge and make something unbelievable seem believable. My love for monster stories came from my childhood, from watching Count Dracula and Wolfman movies. Legendary monsters and myths inspired most of the stories from my anthology, Loves, Myths, and Monsters. I used my love for monster movies to contrive a collection of unusual tales of mystery, danger, twists and turns.

Loves, Myths and Monsters- 11 fantasy tales entwined with the human world

Welcome to Anna came from my love of the Twilight Trilogy. Instead of the leading lady pursued by a vampire and a werewolf as in Twilight, a Chupracabra pursues the leading lady in Welcome to Anna, a large hideous creature that transforms between being a coyote and a beast that kills at will. What happens next is a series of chilling mysteries, and unsuspecting friendships and love.

The Hunter's Bride - This story derived from searching the Internet on various legends and myths from different countries.

Moon People came from my imagination of how I believe Mermaids came to exist. Since they are part human, I imaged superior beings living on the Moon, and one fell off, landing in the Earth’s ocean, and swallowed by a passing fish.

The Pack - This story depicts my version of how werewolves evolved.

The Bidding - I got from watching an episode of The Twilight Zone as a child. It takes place in Circleville, an actual town in Ohio, close to my home.

The Agreement - Roseville, an actual small town in Ohio, is where this story takes place. I thought it would be interesting to find out what happens to an arrogant city slicker when he meets a no-nonsense country sheriff.

For The Love of Ginnie - My love of American history and the Civil War, conjured up this time travel tale of adventure, leading to a roller coaster ride of joy and perils for hero and scientist Alex Anderson, to rescue his beloved Ginnie from a sniper’s bullet.

Is It Only A Myth? - With the legends, myths, movies made of it, and reported sightings of this elusive but deadly creature half man/bat/rat, I had to write about the Mothman.

The Proposition - I wrote this tale of love conquers all, because I love cowboys, and strong-minded women.

The House on Shady Lane - historical facts of a family from 1873 believed to be the country’s first serial killer family inspired this grisly tale. Even the famous Pickerington Detective Agency was hot on their trail.

Love's Curse takes place in a real town famous for local resident John Holmes, the King of Porn, and of the local college’s actual mascot.

So, the next time you get Writer’s Block, or need a new idea, try switching on the television, open a newspaper, delve into history or simply look and listen. You will find something to stimulate your muse.

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at:
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LULU in print

Other books by JoAnne:
Murder Most Foul - a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions - 7 bone chilling paranormal tales
The Crime of the Century - a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Twisted Love - a biography true crime anthology
Flagitious - a detective/mystery anthology

Contact JoAnne:


Fran Lee said...

This sounds like just the thing for a sexy, spooky Halloween read...thanks so much for sharing! You can bet I will be going over to look and buy.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you for commenting Fran. I really appreciate it. Good luck with all you do also.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, JoAnne,

I really think you've hit the key to writing quality fantasy--making the unreal seem real. It's the way to hook an audience. Sounds like you've succeeded!

Paris said...

Absolutely anything can trigger a story but I think the idea about turning on the television can turn into all sorts of 'what if' situations. Good luck with the stories!

Gemma Juliana said...

I, too, love that the fantasy genre allows the imagination to soar beyond almost all boundaries. You've put together a great bundle of short stories here. May it be very successful for you!

Rose Anderson said...

The blurbs sound fantastic, JoAnne. Thanks for joining us today and best luck!

Cara Marsi said...

Love your cover! Your stories sound really intriguing. You've done a lot of research. Good to meet you and know about your books. Several of them sound like ones I want. Thanks.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you for stopping by Jacqueline. I wish you all the success also.

JoAnne Myers said...

Hello Paris, I love television. Thank you for commenting.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Gemma, for your encouragement. All the best with you also.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you for having me here Rose. It is great publicity.

JoAnne Myers said...

Hi Cara, thank you for the compliment. I am in the process of turning my detective/mystery Murder Most Foul into a screenplay. Thank you for stopping by.

Melissa Keir said...

Those sound like perfect stories for Halloween. I loved the old Vincent Price movies. It always made me wonder about life, death and love.

All the best!!

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Melissa for dropping bye. I love entertaining readers with different genres. I want to thank all of the commenters. It is truly appreciated.

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