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My buddy Anthony Vicino has his novel on sale for just 99 pennies today!  I’m reading it right now and am loving it so far. Go get it!

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Source: TIME HEIST only $0.99 (for now)!

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Meet The Immortals — Patricia Gilliam

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11796327_10153423837640170_1900403244562143189_nIn less than two weeks, we’ll be launching the next Future Chronicles title: The Immortality Chronicles. I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection with my story “The Control,” but I’m super-excited for people to read all the other fantastic stories within the covers of this book. Over the next two weeks, we’ll meet those authors (and maybe even the editor and publisher as well…) with a series of short interviews.

If you haven’t yet preordered the anthology, it’s on sale for $2.99 from now until Launch Day. On Sept. 4, the price goes up to $5.99, so get your copy now if possible.

First up (mainly because she answered the call first), is Patricia Gilliam. I’ll be honest: I’ve got plenty of books by Patricia on my Kindle, but they are (for now) in my To Be Read pile. After reading her story in TIC, I’ll be bumping her up closer to the top. Patricia can write and I look forward to seeing more out of her in the future. But enough from me…let’s hear from Patricia Gilliam:

Who are you?

I’m Patricia Gilliam—Future Chronicles reader turned contributor. I’ve loved sci-fi books, TV shows, and movies since childhood. I began writing short stories online around 2006, and The Hannaria Series novels came out of that about three years later.

Outside of writing, I work at a new tech branch of a bank—basically I do my best Sheldon impression and help people with transactions while we talk to each other via displays and microphones. (I asked if I could have a Mars background or large aquarium behind me, but it’s not in the budget…yet.)

My husband Cory and I have been married for ten years. We live in Knoxville, TN with our miniature dachshund army (J.D., Turk, and Diggle), adopted greyhound Mal (racing name Lucius Malfoy), and a lovable but keyboard-blocking cat Butterscotch.

983813_10205162354238622_7090703755502509662_nWhy are you writing for The Immortality Chronicles?

When Samuel Peralta first announced the opportunity, I was drawn to it for two reasons. The first was the overall quality of The Future Chronicles series—it’s an honor to be a part of this. The second was the proceeds benefiting First Book. Given the positive influence books had on my own childhood, I think it’s awesome to have the chance to pay-it-forward.

What did you write for The Immortality Chronicles?

My story is called “The Backup.” Without going too deep into spoiler territory, it deals with the unintended consequences of one man’s pursuit for immortality and moral questions surrounding a life when things don’t go as planned.

How can we find out more about you and your writing?

You can visit my Amazon author page at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Gilliam/e/B00358K3WO

I’m also active on Facebook and primarily use it for writing-related posts. You can friend/follow me here: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.gilliam1

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on Book 6 of The Hannaria Series and am plotting a sequel to Thaw (Part of Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga in Kindle Worlds). I try to keep myself open to opportunities and have found I do better working on more than one project at a time.

Anything else we need to know about you and your story?

“The Backup” contains characters from Something Like the Truth (Hannaria Series Book 4). After the main storyline is finished, I plan to revisit the McFerrin family and Clint Rossetti in a spin-off series.

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I’m finished. 

This is the one of the worst parts. Waiting. Seeing if anyone will buy the sucker and what kind of reviews it’ll get. 

ImageI officially released DEAD SIGHT today with much fanfare. (all true, except the fanfare bit)

I’m really excited for this one on a number of levels. First, it’s my second novel. I’d written DEAD SLEEP last year and got some pretty good reviews on it. I knew I was going to follow it up, I just didn’t know how soon. I didn’t even get the physical edition of DEAD SLEEP out until October, so it was still fairly fresh in my mind when I started on the sequel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. 

That’s the next aspect that thrills me — this was a NaNo book. It ended up right at 68,000 words, but nearly 55,000 came during November or in the days immediately following. I finished it up in January and added the finishing touches in February, but the bulk of this book was written in a 30-day time span. If you ask me, it makes for a better book. More consistency and better flow. Definitely convinced me to try it again this fall. 

What also gets me excited about this book is family. I suppose these first three novels (DEAD SLEEP, DEAD SIGHT, and the last, DEAD SEARCH <—- what’s that, a title spoiler?!) are all in some way a dedication to my wonderful family. Not only my wife and children, but also to my mom, dad, brothers, sister, aunts and uncles and grandparents. DEAD SIGHT takes place in South Dakota, which is where my dad’s mother spent the latter part of her life. We traveled through many times (as well as North Dakota, where my mom’s family lives) and it became a very familiar place. You can see me in the main character, Jack, but you can also see bits and pieces of my other family members in the other characters as well. What this book has also done is bring me and my brothers and sister closer together. I’ll probably save the bulk of that for another blog sometime, but the interaction between me and my siblings has been fantastic ever since I started writing. 

I’m also excited because I decided to give my readers a break. I priced both DEAD SLEEP and DEAD SIGHT at just 99 cents for the next couple weeks. If you haven’t gotten the first one, you can get both for cheaper than one cost yesterday. Go get them now!

Thanks so much for reading and for following my adventures. This book is for you, my readers.