Meet Your Next Favorite New Author!
Blogger Book Fair is upon us again. I love to host new authors here on the blog so you guys might discover stories and worlds you might not otherwise have found. This week, Life in Words will host three fantastic ladies. I’ll ask my usual questions, and the authors will share excerpts of their current works.
Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.
Her most recent pro publications have been her science fiction and fantasy short stories in magazines like Black Gate, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and the anthology, Shanghai Steam.
Cindy Young-Turner has always been an avid reader and became fascinated by mythology and Arthurian legends at an early age. She quickly decided she enjoyed creating her own worlds and characters and set to work writing her own stories. She won her first writing contest at age twelve, a local contest calling for stories written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe.
Cindy believes genre fiction can be just as well written and valuable as literature. The universal themes of love, hate, revenge, and redemption are present regardless of whether characters live in the distant future, on other planets, or in fantastical realms.
Some of her favorite authors/books include (and this is hardly an exhaustive list): JRR Tolkien, Ursula K LeGuin, Octavia Butler, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, Diana Gabaldon, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne Rice (primarily the first three books of the vampire series), Neil Gaiman (especially the Sandman series and Neverwhere), Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, of course, helped inspire her fascination with pickpockets), and the Harry Potter series.
Allison knew God called her to be a writer when she was only twelve years old. At the time, she had no idea how God was going to use her gifts and radically change her life in the process. Allison was also twelve when her father was diagnosed with cancer.
It was a long two and a half year battle with cancer before Allison’s father, Preston, went home to be with the Lord. Allison was only fifteen and, like the rest of her family, was completely devastated.
Grief is not a condition, but a long process that never truly ends. Little did Allison know that God had a purpose in the midst of the pain and sorrow. A large part of her heart died on January 21, 2008. But on April 4, 2008, God brought that part back to life. “Forget Me Not” was born.
Now, Allison is blessed to be able to share her words with the world. It took four long years and countless rejections from literary agents and publishers before Forget-Me-Not was given its wings to fly. On April 6, 2012, Allison signed a contract with Martin Sisters Publishing, LLC and once again, God drastically transformed her life and continues to bless her beyond her wildest dreams.