AFTER EVER AFTER – Now Available!

After Ever After cover

My latest collection of short stories – AFTER EVER AFTER – is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, as well as through the publisher’s website!

You’ll love this darkly humorous take on fairy tales from around the world (very UN-Disneyfied) and will have fun guessing which tale I’ve chosen to twist…or sneak a peek at the back of the book to get the answers. Filled with gorgeous line drawings and illustrations, this volume is a pleasure to hold in your hand, or clutch tightly after dark when things get a little creepy.

Get ready to plunge into the darkness once again…

Guest Author: Mike Miller

This week’s guest author is the outstanding M.G. Miller!
MURDEROUS, available Fall 2015 – Caroline murders her b*tch of a mother.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “First the priests arrive, then the conquistadors.” –Shogun, Clavell
MOST INSPIRATIONAL AUTHOR/ARTIST: Rod Serling. The man was insanely prolific, and always managed to produce top drawer work. His lectures at UCLA during the 70s were very near life-affirming for me.
ONE BOOK ON AN ISLAND:  A big book of blank pages. I’d get bored reading the same thing, but I could keep myself entertained longer by writing other books.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?  AZTEC by Gary Jennings.  Phenomenal. When you open it, you’re not you.
ONE THING ABOUT ME FEW KNOW: I collect old airline disaster movies:  AIRPLANE!, AIRPORTS ‘75, ’77 & ’79, SKYJACKED, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, THE HORROR AT 30,000 FEET, ZERO HOUR, etc. I don’t apologize for it, either.
IDEAL & ACTUAL WORK SPACE: The office I’ve always wanted was in an abandoned house in my old home town: sunken room with bookshelves on three walls and a big bay window on the fourth overlooking an orchard. My actual space is a converted bedroom covered with old movie posters, and as many books as I can cram in. I have a huge desk; if there’s an afterlife, I’d like to be buried in it.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS?  Butt Glue.  It’s the only way.
Thank you for having me, Karen! You’re a great hostess, but you didn’t have to clean just for me.

Author Interview: Jan Morrill

Please welcome this week’s guest author, Jan Morrill!


Creative Characterization: A Workbook – This workbook will give you six different methods to develop characters that will keep your readers turning the pages to see the story through those characters’ eyes.

What are you working on now?:
I am in the final stages of working with Lee Press to publish my first children’s book, Dancing in the Red Kimono (July 2015), a story about the multi-cultural friendship of two of my characters from my historical fiction, The Red Kimono–Sachi and Jubie. I am also working on the sequel to The Red Kimono, which continues the story of Sachi, Nobu and Terrence, from 1957 through 1963.
Favorite quote :
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” — Rumi
Who is the author/artist that inspires you the most, and why?
My writing has been most inspired by Jodi Picoult. About the time I began writing with a serious goal of being published, I’d been reading her books and was captured by the way she tells her stories in deep point of view–through a character’s eyes. She often tells the same story through more than one character. Sometimes I think with so much techology, we’ve lost some of our ability to empathize, therefore, one of my hopes as a writer is that my readers will see events from a different perspective. There’s no better way to do this than to write in deep point of view, and through multiple perspectives.

If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you?
Wilderness Survival for Dummies
What are you reading right now?
Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen Rodgers and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:
I’m an artist as well as a writer, and sometimes I have a hard time balancing my love for both. The thing that very few people know is, I’m seriously considering putting my sequel aside to focus on art. It’s a tough decision, but that seems to be where my passion is leading me. (See my advice below. Will I follow my own advice?) The only thing that keeps me working on my sequel is that I know I’ll regret it if I never finish it.
Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:
My ideal work space would be an organized, sunlit desk beside a window I could open to the sound and scent of the ocean. My actual work space is not too different from my ideal, except that my desk is not very organized and my window doesn’t open to the ocean.
What advice do you have for other writers/artists?

Follow your passion and live for the moment. Learn from the past, but don’t regret it. Plan for the future, but don’t fear it.
Where can readers find you online?


Artist Website:


Twitter: @janmorrill