Path of Angels – Book 2 – Zadekiel Interview

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ZadekielPoACoverIt’s here, the second story in the Path of Angels series by Patricia Josephine! I enjoyed the character interview with Michael from book one so  I decided to have another with the star of book two, Zadekiel.  Enjoy and keep reading for a blurb, buy links and info on the awesome author!

 

Q: Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you tick.

Zade: I am a reincarnated archangel. I’m also a middle child with sisters. My oldest sister and I hardly ever got along and our mother was always separating us.

Q: Do you have any hobbies, favorite TV shows, books? Anything you fangirl/boy over?

Zade: I enjoyed school and worked hard at it. Any good book is appreciated, but I do love it when they make them into movies. I like seeing the images before me that were once only in my head. Sometimes they are the same, sometimes not.

Q: What is one thing from your past you’re most proud of?

Zade: My grades in school. Given that our town is so small and my father, people always expected me to fail. I worked hard to earn all As and prove them that I wasn’t going to end up a thug.

Q: Let’s play favorites:

Pepsi or Coke?

Zade: Neither. I like water. It’s refreshing.

Pie or Cake?

Zade: It depends on the pie. Apple, hell yes. Pecan? Give me the cake.

White or dark chocolate?

Zade: Have you seen my skin? Dark chocolate is the best. *winks*

Playstation 4 or Xbox 1or WiiU?

Zade: Xbox1 all the way.

Paperback book or ebook?

Zade: Ebooks are nice because I can bring a hundred of them in one small device. Although, hunting fallen angels means there’s not much time for reading.

Summer or winter?

Zade: Summer. I find the sun to be invigorating and you don’t get that as much in the wintertime.

Puppies or kittens?

Zade: Kittens. They’re so tiny and fuzzy and then they grow up to be complete nightmares that think they own you.

Vampires or werewolves?

Zade: Zombies. They are far easier to battle. One shot to the head.

 

Blurb:

The path is lost.

With Michael gone, the mantle of leadership falls to Zadekiel. In this time of darkness, with tempers running short, Zade struggles to guide his brothers. Hope comes in the form of a green haired woman with a unique gift. She represents a way back to the path they lost when Michael disappeared.

Zephyr fills books with cryptic poetry, a powerful compulsion, which is more a curse than a blessing. With no control over her ability, she struggles to live a normal life. When she meets Zade, he insists her ability is a gift from God. Reluctantly, she agrees to join the cause–it’s hard to dispute a man with wings.

Now the path is found, but one question remains. Will it lead to further darkness?

 

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PatriciaLynneAuthorPic2About the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

 

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

 

 

 

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Where is the comparative YA lit?

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book heartFor those that don’t know, my degree is not in English, but Comparative Literature and Languages. I read a good deal of world literature and found similarities and differences in style, characters, etc. (see my senior essay on how Russian lit influenced modern Japanese lit here!). I was recently discussing my degree with someone and it got me thinking that I don’t read a whole lot of works by non-American authors these days (unless I don’t realize they’re not American. Maybe I’m naively assuming they’re all American!).

I tried to do some Googling of best selling non-American YA authors but not a whole lot comes up. I found this list which has the very obvious JK Rowling and Cornelia Funk but I don’t recognize a lot of the other authors and some of the titles are very dated and strike me as odd to be considered YA (Crime and Punishment?!).

I know a lot of American titles make it across the Pond and onto Europe but I’m curious if they make it over to the Middle East and Asian countries as well. Do we get their work translated here as well? I think an influx of stories dealing with teens in different cultures could really be beneficial to young readers, especially in helping to banish racism and coming to learn that different doesn’t mean bad. I know there is a push in American YA lit for characters of color and minorities but I’d love to see the stories actually coming from different cultures where the authors have first hand accounts of the lifestyles, rituals and taboos there.

With a little more Google-fu, I found some other lists and articles that I will definitely be checking out!

Different but worthwhile foreign YA fiction translated to English
The Power of Foreign Young Adult Literature

Do you have a favorite non-American YA author? What are some of your favorite foreign stories?

Character Interview – Michael from Path of Angels

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Michael (Path of Angels book 1) released on March 30th. The wonderful author, Patricia Josephine, was able to grant me aperf6.000x9.000.indd much coveted interview with the main man, Michael, himself!

Be sure to scroll down after the interview for purchase links and ways to contact the author!

Let’s learn all about Michael!

1––Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you tick.

Michael: I am a reincarnated archangel. It s my duty to find fallen angels and send them back to hell. There’s not much more to my life than that.

2––Do you have any hobbies, favorite TV shows, books? Anything you fangirl/boy over?

Michael: I suppose I’d sound like a religious fanatic if I said the Bible. It’s not my favorite book anyways. When I was younger I was a big fan of The Hobbit. Always imagined going on an adventure. Which I am on now. There’s no dragon at the end of this journey though and I’m not sure it will ever end.

3––What is one thing from your past you’re most proud of?

Michael: There isn’t one thing I can specify. My past is full of few regrets and lots of happy memories.

4––Let’s play favorites:

Pepsi or Coke?

Michael: Coke. Fizz lasts longer.

Pie or Cake?

Michael: Cake. Got some?

White or dark chocolate?

Michael: Dark. Mmmm.

Playstation 4 or Xbox 1or WiiU?

Michael: Haven’t played any of those. Too busy hunting fallen angels.

Paperback book or ebook?

Michael: I prefer the feel of a real book in my hands.

Summer or winter?

Michael: Summer. The grass, the flowers, it reminds me of Heaven.

Puppies or kittens?

Michael: How can you chose? They’re both cute and cuddly.

Vampires or werewolves?

Michael: Werewolves. They seem the lesser of the two evils.

Buy book one of Path of Angels here!

Blurb:

There is only one path.

Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role: hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell. He is determined in his mission, never straying from his appointed path, until he meets Lake Divine, and discovers there may be more to his beliefs than blind duty.

But Lake is not who he seems. Offspring of a human and a fallen angel, a Nephilim, Lake must choose his own destiny: give in to the coldness and embrace the dark, or seek the light and rise above the sins of his father.

Two paths lay before them, but only one has the potential to destroy them both.

PatriciaLynneAuthorPicAbout the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

 Links:

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Website

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Wattpad

Goodreads

Giving & Receiving Constructive Criticism

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criticismOne of the greatest things a writer can get from someone is legitimate constructive criticism. It can help the author to grow and see their work in a different light. It can help them to be aware of things like passive voice and how to better create a sensation for the reader that brings them into the story rather than just having them watch from the outside.

I’ve got some great fellow writers who give very good feedback, and I’ve got some others who mean well but don’t really know how to give (nor receive) criticism.  A writer needs to learn that criticism isn’t meant to bring you down but rather bring your craft to a higher level. It’s not easy to learn how not to take it personally, but if you’re not open to hearing what others have to say, then you’re probably not really looking to improve your writing.

When you belong to a crit group, go expecting to maybe have your ego bruised a bit but know that it will be helpful in the long run. Go knowing others are looking for real feedback that consists of more than “I liked it.” If you really have nothing to say, be honest and say whether you enjoyed the work or not (it’s okay if it’s not your type of story) and tell them you don’t have anything constructive to add. Don’t nitpick just for the sake of having something to say. It’s not constructive to tell them you don’t think a girl from Iowa would have rainbow colored hair or that you would never say what their character said.

I’m going to share with you all the feedback I received from round 1 of NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge. I appreciate that they cover the good and the not so good. For what it’s worth, I think all their constructive criticism is dead on and should I use the piece elsewhere I will look to improve upon those points to make the story that much better. Also, I completely agree with their comment on the title. I hated it but nothing else appropriate came to mind in the time period!

”The Fear Within” by MaryBeth Mulhall –

WHAT THE JUDGE(S) LIKED ABOUT YOUR STORY – ……………The opening is fantastic — it’s a grabber, and the reader is thrown into such a conflict he wants to go forward; the mechanics, as far as sentence structure and grammar, are solid, and the narrative flow is smooth. There is also excellent use of syntax (sentences longer and shorter) as a tool to ratchet the tension (for example, “No. Such. Luck.”)…………………………………………This story is great. Lively, funny, original voice, vivid scenes, memorable characters, kickass last line. A+……………….………………………

WHAT THE JUDGES FEEL NEEDS WORK – ……………What’s missing here is the reason for the incident — this character is getting a comeuppance of sorts (according to the synopsis), but for what? Being a scumsucker? Relishing the fact that he’s alone and miserable so he wants others to be too?That would be an interesting thing to consider: he loves watching divorces, and show us his motivation for that — and now something dark has come to claim him as punishment.//It’s not made clear up front what he does for a living; the reader won’t have the benefit of the competition parameters.//”an unpleasant smell” — rather than a general that the reader has to contemplate, combine two familiar smells to create an unfamiliar one. For example, “rotten eggs and cherry cough syrup.” Getting the reader to “smell” what you’re imagining isn’t that difficult to do, and it makes all the difference in leaving a strong impression.//”A movement beckoned me from the corner of the office…” although this is active voice, it’s written in a descriptive manner, using longer sentences, so the impact is lost. Instead of the reader feeling tension, he just “watches” what’s there without any emotional connection — this is compounded by the fact that the character isn’t reacting; no fear, no surprise………………………….………………The title isn’t as clever or as fun as the story itself; find a new one. You should be clearer about the main character’s gender earlier on—there’s a noir-ish tone to the narrative that had me picturing a man. A couple of awkward sentence constructions: (There’s an unclear antecedent in this line: “Sharp, manicured nails dug into my palms in the hopes that pain would snap me out of my delusions.”) These are minor quibbles, though. Great story…………………………………….

Moving On!

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March 10th is finally here! Today is the day we get the results of round one of the NYC Midnight Short Story nyc midnight moving onchallenge. The top five in each heat get to move on to the next round. That means around 1,400 authors have been culled to 240.  I’m not sure how many move on from the next heat, but I’ll find out at midnight on Thursday when I get my new assignment!

That’s right, The Fear Within was chosen as one of the top five in my particular heat. If you haven’t read it yet and are interested, clicky here!

I will have just three days to write a 2,000 word (max) short on a topic and in a genre I don’t yet know.  It couldn’t come at a worse time with my work schedule, but I’ll make it work. Hopefully the subject will be inspiring because there will be no time to get stuck.

Wish me luck!