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Cryptozoology, Urban Legend and Myths

Cryptozoology, Urban Legend and Myths, guest post by Mae Clair

The word “cryptozoology” is one that often leaves people scratching their heads. Simply put it’s a pseudo-science devoted to the study of creatures that may exist, but haven’t been proven to exist. Most commonly, Bigfoot and the Lochness Monster spring to mind. I love reading up on cryptozoology, urban legends and myth, so I thought I’d share my Top Ten:

1. The MothmanI spent three years researching this winged “cryptid” including visiting the area where he was sighted in 1966-67, so of course he gets the number one position! My Point Pleasant Series incorporates the mythology of the Mothman, UFOs, Men In Black, and an ancient curse.

Cryptozoology, Urban Legend and Myths, guest post by Mae Clair
2. The Lochness Monster I’ve been fascinated by Nessie since I was a kid. I honestly hope no one ever discovers she’s “real.” The mystery is far more compelling.

3. The Van Meter Monster This gargoyle like creature haunted the town of Van Meter, Iowa during the autumn of 1903. Most of the eyewitness accounts were made by businesses men and other professionals who couldn’t afford to be viewed as “crackpots,” thus lending credence to the sightings.

4. Jellyfish of the Air In 1953 William Reich and an assistant raised an “orgone-charged” rod into the air in the hopes of attracting invisible beings he believed co-existed in our in our dimension, but were invisible to the naked eye. Within five seconds, a huge jellyfish-like creature attached itself to the rod, becoming visible long enough for Leistig to capture it in a photograph.

5. The Squonk
I love the name! This Pennsylvania creature is reputed to be so hideous in appearance it spends its entire life sobbing and will vanish in a pool of tears if captured.

6. The Hopkinsville Goblins Extraterrestrial visitors who descended on the Sutton family farm in August of 1955, terrorizing the Suttons and their guest. No evidence of a hoax was ever discovered, causing many to believe the events an authentic UFO encounter.

7. Men in Black Mysterious men in black suits descended on the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966-67 with the sole intention of warning UFO witnesses not to talk about their encounters.

8. Scotland’s Dog Suicide Bridge Since the 1960s more than fifty dogs have leapt to their death from the Overtoun Bridge in Scotland. Even stranger, all the dogs jumped from the exact same spot, and each apparent “suicide” has occurred on pleasant, sunny days.

9. Ley Lines It’s believed many of the old places of the Earth resonate with power—hillforts, crossroads, standing stones and old funerary paths among them. When these and other “ley markers” align in a geographical pattern, they create a hypothetical link capable of releasing powerful energy.

10. The Snallygaster Maryland’s half-bird/half reptile creature was given enough credence in 1909 that Teddy Roosevelt almost canceled an African Safari to hunt it.

Cryptozoology, Urban Legend and Myths, guest post by Mae Clair
Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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Excerpts: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson


      Excerpts: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson



Excerpts: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. CarlsonMurder Is Academic

​A finalist for the Anthony Award

​Vietnam, assassinations and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.
"MURDER IS ACADEMIC treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape true violations of person, mind, and body–– and presents a cogent caesar for the inviolability both of persons and truth."–– The Armchair Detective

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 194
ISBN: 1932325239 (ISBN13: 9781932325232)
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #2
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"Murder is Academic" by P.M. Carlson The Maggie Ryan Series #2

Excerpt:

Near an upstate New York university, June 1968.
She was dead now, no more threat. The murderer pushed aside the long dark hair and, very carefully, cut the triangle into the young cheek. Done. Now, walk to the car calmly, get in. Back to the highway, driving coolly, back in control again.
* * *
The Christian conquerors teach that days don’t begin until midnight. The Maya know that it takes longer to hand over the burdens of time, and that the influence of the incoming god may begin at sunset. The day known as Monday, June 17, to those who count by the Gregorian calendar was pleasantly breezy, as befitted the Ixil 9 Iiq; but shortly after sunset it became one of the most tragic of Mary Beth’s life. A Mayan traditionalist might have attributed the change to the coming of that doubly unlucky day, 10 Aqbal.
But it had all begun quite cheerfully.
Maggie had borrowed Sue’s backpack in case Nick needed one for the picnic, and had packed her own and Mary Beth’s with the camp stove and the food. She hummed lightheartedly as she 
worked.
“You’re happy to see him, aren’t you?” Mary Beth had said, tightening the top of the salad dressing jar.
“Yes, but that’s only part of it,” Maggie had confessed. “It’s just good to know that’s behind me. It was a very bad time, and Nick was there. But I can see him now and just enjoy the friendship. The bad memories are there, way in the background, but the good ones are too. It doesn’t hurt anymore. It hurt quite a lot for a while.”
* * *
Excerpt from Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

Excerpts: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. CarlsonMurder Is Pathological

​It’s 1969, in a brain research lab. The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge. Then the custodian is murdered. Maggie’s friend, actor Nick O'Connor, goes undercover to investigate, help that Maggie does not appreciate– or does she? While Nick and Maggie search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a Vietnam veteran with a brain injury.
"P.M. Carlson's energetic and insightful novels are back in print — hallelujah!"–– Sara Paretsky

Book Details:

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: May 28th 2013
Number of Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781932325270
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #3
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"Murder is Pathological" by P.M. Carlson Maggie Ryan 1969 #3

Read an excerpt:

Neurology grad student Monica Bauer helps out at nursing home, 1969.
She waited. He could not summon words at will, except for the overpractised early ones–– hello, good-bye, okay. They both waited for the disconnected words to drift through his mind, waited for him to recognize the right one as it happened by.
After a while he said, "Buzzing. In, in, what is it? Not nose, not eyes."
"Buzzing in your ears?"
"Ears. Okay. In my ears."
"Does it hurt?"
"No, except . . ." Long pause. "Sometimes."
"Sometimes your head hurts."
"Yes, sometimes. Always . . . buzzing." He leaned back, tired.
"Shall we sing a little?"
"Okay."
He couldn't remember words, but melodies were still easy for him. She had learned to sing "la-la-la" instead of trying to teach him to catch the elusive words. Now they sang together, her alto and his baritone blending pleasantly. It made him happy.
Finally Monica said good-bye, signed out, drove away. Mary and Jock, Bibbsy and Ted never would. Four friends, trapped by their own broken brains. Especially Ted, who still struggled courageously to fuse the bits of his shattered world into coherence. Who still remembered that things had once been different, that he had once been whole.
Maybe she would never discover anything that could help them. But with Dr. Weisen’s help, she meant to give it a damn good try.
Back in Laconia, she parked in front of her square brick house, then paused to wait for Maggie, who was at the corner mailing a letter. “Trying to send a message to the outside world?” called Monica.
“Yeah. My friend Nick.” Maggie, exuberant, sprinted from the corner, ending with a cartwheel. Then she pulled herself up with dignity and asked, “How were your friends today?”
“Soaking up sun.”
“Good for them. Listen, we’re going to the concert tonight. Can you come?”
“No, I’ve got to get back to the lab right after dinner. Have to check on those baby rats I delivered today.”
And so Monica was second on the scene. She unlocked the main door of the lab, and at the sound of her steps Norman erupted from the door of the animal quarters, gaping in terror.
“Miz Bauer! Come quick!” he pleaded. “Something terrible happened!”
Monica ran after him into one of Dr. Weisen’s animal rooms. She said, “Oh, Christ!”
In the center of the room lay a heap of slaughtered rats, their backs broken and mangled, their skulls smashed.
* * *
Excerpt from Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.
 
Excerpts: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson
About the Author:

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Interview with Lorna Hollifield

Interview with Lorna Hollifield


What genre do you write and why?

My writing could be classified under the Women’s Fiction umbrella, but is almost always set in the American South.  I grew up in Asheville, NC, and live in Charleston, SC now.  The South is what I know.  I understand the people; their connection to the land, the history, the heat...there’s something charming, yet rogue about all of it.  The South is like katnip to writers.

Interview with Lorna Hollifield
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Tell us about you latest book.

My first novel was released in June and it’s called Tobacco Sun.  It’s the story of two sisters from the rural fields of NC, who carry a big secret, along with the keys to the other’s freedom.  It has suspense elements, but could fall under “Family Epic.”  Two decades of secrets keep slinking out of the tobacco leaves with every turn of the page.

Do you read your book reviews?  How do you deal with the good or bad ones?

I try to read as many of them as I can!  Luckily, I haven’t been absolutely slammed by anyone.  When someone raves about the book, it’s a dream come true.  I’ve always wanted to write literature that would touch people.  I struggle when I find that a reviewer didn’t get something I was trying to convey, or maybe missed the connection with certain characters.  I’m an extrovert, so I love human’s connecting through what I write.  If it missed the mark for someone I don’t feel angry...I feel like I wish they could feel what I felt.  It’s a difficult thing to explain.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love a lot of the Southern authors who showed me where I fit in the literary world: Toni Morrison, Pat Conroy, Sue Monk Kidd. These authors can write in complete southern slang and still come off so eloquently, delivering lines that stick with me forever.  They put emotions, especially the regional ones that are part of my culture, into beautiful words that communicate those emotions to people all over the world, but without sacrificing any southern flavor.  I admire and aspire to be like them.  My favorite books from each are Beloved, Beach Music, and The Secret Life of Bees, respectively.

What advice do you have for other writers?

You don’t have time for fear.  If you want publication, start NOW. It takes a while, and it’s a battle.  Go to conferences, linger at the bar after hours, meet agents, educate yourself on how to get noticed then actually do it.  Don’t let your face wrinkle, and your hair grey while you’re in the planning phase.  Eye on the prize.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Being a writer is the best part of being a writer.  It isn’t money or glamor, though we all hope those things come.  It’s sharing an intimate part of who you are with the world, and maybe making a difference because of it.  Whether it’s to ignite passion, encourage thinking, or to make someone laugh, it feels good to accomplish that, to make people move.  Most writers are writers because they can’t help it, and when that passion culminates in a boom on the shelf it’s the sweetest feeling on Earth.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

You can find me at lornahollifield.com, or on Twitter (@AuthorLornaH), Instagram (writerlornahollifield), or Facebook (Lorna Hollifield).

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I think everyone goes through really hard stuff in life, but it’s different for each person. For some it might be poverty, for others abuse, or for others health issues. There is always something that is hard and seems to define us. This book is about many of those difficult things, but it is also about redemption. Like the stubborn tobacco leaf growing in arid soil, it continues to stretch its head up to find the light. I want readers to feel that within themselves as well. Also the settings, bouncing between early Hollywood and rural NC are just entertaining!

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I love this question, because...NO, NO, NO!  This might be an unpopular answer, but I don’t believe just anyone can write.  And I don’t really think it should be forced.  I think writing can be improved, and the craft can progress.  However, I think writers cannot help but write.  You have to give yourself over to it if you feel the itch, let it pour, then just clean it up later.  Like Mark Twain said, “All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”  Writers write.  Painters paint.  Basketball players shoot the ball. It’s not always perfect.  You will mess up, but if it’s in you, it will happen by nature.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I run because I like the challenge, and I like to stay healthy - that’s the other productive thing I do.  But really, I am a sundress wearing, music-listening, sun-worshipping BEACH BUM.  I love living on the SC coast and take full advantage of all of the water.  My favorite thing is to get my husband, my dog, and a big group of fun friends and just camp out on the sand all day long!


Location As Character

Location As Character, Guest post by Robert Dunn


A LIVING GRAVE is the first book of a series featuring Katrina (Hurricane) Williams. A PARTICULAR DARKNESS is the second. The fact that A LIVING GRAVE became a continuing series, I think, owes a lot to one of my favorite characters—the Ozarks location.

Location As Character, Guest post by Robert Dunn
I’ve always been a fan of books that use their environment as a character to shape and define the actions of the people who live within it. The Katrina Williams series is set in a fictionalized version of my own home, the Missouri Ozarks. It is a dark world where murder collides with modern day bootleggers, mobsters, bikers, and a sinister figure in the forest who may or may not be real.

My take on what I like to call, Ozarks Noir, was inspired by other rural mysteries that have shaped the fictional American landscape over the last few years. I’m proud to say that my books have been compared favorably to those of a master. James Lee Burke has stamped his mark on several locales and made them almost the personal possession of this characters. He practically holds the title to Louisiana and New Iberia Parish in the pages of his Dave Robicheaux novels.

More recently, Ace Atkins has staked out rural Mississippi as the home for The Ranger, Quinn Colson. Location can serve as more than a character too. The Longmire books by Craig Johnson and the Joe Pickett novels by C.J. Box are filled with the living, breathing, west. At the same time they define and create a whole modern western genre.

When I decided to write a novel about a female main character I was stepping outside my comfort zone. I’m an old, guy, what do I know about being a woman, let alone one who has Katrina’s troubling experiences? So, when it comes to the world she inhabits I fell back on that old dictum, Write What You Know.

I grew up in the Missouri Ozarks after my father retired from the military and finally settled us. At that time and place the rural world was just beginning to give way to the suburban. It was actually a pretty good place for a kid to grow up. It was a world filled with ball games, lake fishing, river swimming, and my least favorite, hay hauling. I only did it a couple of summers but ¢2 a bale for a day of following a tractor, bucking hay onto the trailer, then stacking it in the barn is not an easy memory to let go of. I guess that’s the thing, none of them are easy memories to be shed of and who would want to?

Location As Character, Guest post by Robert Dunn
Since I began writing I’ve been setting stories from the mundane to the fantastic in that world. There was a zombie novel with Lovcraftian old gods in a cave, followed by an alien siege story. They mostly got stranger from there. When I thought about writing a mystery there was no other place to set it. I thought about how I wanted things to work out and where they should begin, who the characters were and why they were the way they were. But it wasn’t coming together. And if it wasn’t working for me I knew for sure it wouldn’t do so for anyone else. I thought a lot about why and I even took a couple of trips to the Ozarks to get a new feel for the old places.

What was missing?

Home. The world had changed and I didn’t know the new one like I knew the old one. I stepped back and started over. My character, Katrina (Hurricane) Williams is a woman who was one of those leading edge female Army officers. At a time when the Military was officially keeping women from combat postings they were fighting wars with no front lines. Women were at war, taking fire, but at the same time unacknowledged. More than that, they were denied.

Changes. It was about the shift from an old way to a new one and the damage that inflicts on those who make it happen. To show that, I brought her back to our home, the one she and I share. But I took a new look at what it is and what it was. Then I stated writing my Ozarks as a melding of the old and new, my memory, my idealizing, with the world the way it is.

Katrina, is a bit of a ghost in her world, haunting old America even as it becomes the modern world. Her lake world of deep green foliage, wooden boat docks strung with bare bulbs, country music shows, and warm life, is colored by terrible events from a world away. I’ve never been to war. I can’t write that experience, but I know home and how home is taken away and shoved into memory by the events of a life. So that’s what I wrote.

The Ozarks became a character more than a location in A LIVING GRAVE. It engulfs the characters and in the case of Katrina, it tries to shield her from the trauma of war and betrayal. It fails. And because the location is another flawed character, a flawed home, I hope we can all relate and find ourselves in that world for a little while. That’s not up to me. It’s up to the reader to judge how I did. But I will say this to anyone who chooses to read the Katrina Williams series, welcome to my home.

Location As Character, Guest post by Robert Dunn
I wasn't born in a log cabin but the station wagon did have wood on the side. It was broken down on the approach road into Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the kind of rain that would have made a Biblical author jealous. You never saw a tornado in the Old Testament did you? As omens of a coming life go, mine was full of portent if not exactly glad tidings.


From there things got interesting. Life on a series of Army bases encouraged my retreat into a fantasy world. Life in a series of public school environments provided ample nourishment to my developing love of violence. Often heard in my home was the singular phrase, "I blame the schools." We all blamed the schools.

Both my fantasy and my academic worlds left marks and the amalgam proved useful the three times in my life I had guns pointed in my face. Despite those loving encounters the only real scars left on my body were inflicted by a six foot, seven inch tall drag queen. She didn't like the way I was admiring the play of three a.m. Waffle House fluorescent light over the high spandex sheen of her stockings.

After a series of low paying jobs that took me places no one dreams of going. I learned one thing. Nothing vomits quite so brutally as jail food. That's not the one thing I learned; it's an important thing to know, though. The one thing I learned is a secret. My secret. A terrible and dark thing I nurture in my nightmares. You learn your own lessons.

Eventually I began writing stories. Mostly I was just spilling out the, basically, true narratives of the creatures that lounge about my brain, laughing and whispering sweet, sweet things to say to women. Women see through me but enjoy the monsters in my head. They say, sometimes, that the things I say and write are lies or, "damn, filthy lies, slander of the worst kind, and the demented, perverted, wishful stories of a wasted mind." To which I always answer, I tell only the truth. I just tell a livelier truth than most people. 


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Book Showcase: Sin Eater by Alesha Escobar and Samantha Lafantasie

Book Showcase: Sin Eater by Alesha Escobar and Samantha Lafantasie


Title: Sin Eater (The Aria Knight Chronicles Book 1)
Authors: Alesha Escobar and Samantha Lafantasie

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

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About the book:


Aria Knight has an unusual set of skills: she will hold back the hounds of Hell so you can fly toward the Pearly Gates, and she will wipe your slate clean so that you don't become karma's bitch...for a price.

A Sin Eater has to make a living in today's world somehow.

But when she's called in the dead of night to perform her rite for a recluse billionaire, she stumbles upon a murder scene, and the evidence points to her.

In an attempt to clear her name and uncover the true culprit, Aria is forced to team up with a private investigator who's possessed by three spirits, and a handsome wizard who would rather see all Sin Eaters like Aria go extinct.

Aria knows her job is never easy, but now it's become downright deadly.

SIN EATER is the first book of the Aria Knight Chronicles by USA Today bestselling author Samantha LaFantasie and Alesha Escobar, author of the bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy.


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About the Author:

I’m a caffeine addict and chocoholic who enjoys reading and writing engaging stories, loveable (and not-so loveable) characters, and expressing my creativity daily. I write fantasy with intriguing characters, action-packed scenes, and always throw in a good dash of humor and romance.
Science Fiction and Fantasy are my favorite genres, but I also adore the classics (Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, etc.) and I have a soft spot in my heart for Victorian poetry. You can geek out with me all-day every day over these.

Some of my favorite contemporary fantasy authors are George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan (rest in peace), J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher (Dresden Files made me love Urban Fantasy), and Ilona Andrews among others. I enjoy movies and shows like Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, The Avengers…there are too many to name!

I want to read more comics and graphic novels, please shoot a recommendation or two my way (I LOVE the Hellblazer comics, by the way).

Please don’t be a stranger–I want you to kick up your feet, sip your coffee (or tea) and join in on my weekly rants, discussions, and updates.


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The Secrets of Writing an Author Bio and 5 Examples to Learn from

The Secrets of Writing an Author Bio and 5 Examples to Learn from, guest post by Alicia Clarke


Once you’ve written a book or another literary work it should be fairly simple to produce an author bio, shouldn’t it? The truth is different and many talented writers find themselves clueless when it comes to producing an autobiography that sells.

The author’s biography establishes authorities and tells readers why the respective person is qualified to speak about the subject matter at hand. This isn’t the only purpose, however. An author biography can also be used to establish likeability and build a connection with the audience.

When it comes to writing a stellar author bio, it’s always a good idea to learn from some of the best. Here are a few examples of excellent biographies and the characteristics that make them stand out.

List the Cool Things You’ve Done

Why should people pay attention to what you have to say? The answer is simple – you have the experience needed to back up your claims and make you someone intriguing.

Timothy Ferriss is one such individual and his biography is a stellar example of how it should be done right.

In the biography, Ferriss tells the world that he’s an entrepreneur, an angel investor and the creator of rapid learning techniques. The biography is dynamic and straight to the point. It doesn’t come with literary bells and whistles, in fact the language is quite simple. The brilliant aspect of this biography is that the information is allowed to speak for itself.

Ferriss also throws in some reputable publications that have spoken about his work. The mention of these names is yet another tool for establishing credibility and making sure that the audience knows this particular author has already gained industry recognition.

Make it about the Reader

This concept may seem strange at first but when you take a deeper look at it, you’ll know that it makes a lot of sense.

Instead of making the biography all about you, focus on the reader and how your knowledge could potentially impact that person in a positive way. Let’s take a look at an example of a biography that relies on the technique.

Matt Southern is a writer for Search Engine Journal. The biography suggests what Southern is passionate about and what audience he writes for. The information is highly specific and the niche is defined right from the start. It’s easy to see – Southern writes for marketers and professionals who have experience in the field.

While there’s nothing brilliantly creative about the example, this biography works. It is a straightforward presentation of the author and it also nods to the benefits that the audience will get by going over the texts. There’s no need to add a whole lot more to the bio.

Focus on the Credentials that Matter

Experienced writers know one very important thing – information overload is real and it can have a negative effect.

Very often, authors who have lots of credentials will feel compelled to throw all of this information in their biographies. While it may seem that reputation is easy to establish this way, the biography will be seen as pretentious and confusing rather than beneficial.

Take a look at this biography – it’s a perfect example that you don’t need to list dozens of qualifications in order to be seen as an authority.

Dr. Benjamin Carson highlights solely the skills and the competences that matter to the audience. The biography is straightforward and easy to read. There’s no excessive use of jargon or terminology that people will feel confused by.

If you look at medical topics, you’ll come across dozens of biographies that sound pompous and ring hollow. Don’t go down this road. Focus on a few key competences and tell the audience why they’re relevant. Such an approach will pay off.

Make it Fun

An author bio doesn’t have to be all about your knowledge, extensive experience and best-selling status. A little bit of humor sprinkled throughout the biography can help you go a long way.

Author Glynnis Campbell has made an excellent use of humor in her bio. She brings together fun personal facts (she’s the wife of a rock star but also a typographer) and her writing experience. Lighthearted and engaging, this biography makes the reader engaged.

Have a Call to Action

A good author biography features actionable information. The example we’ve linked here comes with a call to action, encouraging readers to sign up for the writer’s newsletter.

Look at your biography as a marketing tool. It tells the world who you are, it tells people why they should buy your books and it encourages potential readers to undertake a specific action. There’s nothing wrong with requesting a subscription, a Facebook like or an honest review once the reader is done with the book.

You can get people to follow the call to action by offering special perks and bonuses. These could come in the form of additional book chapters, special previews and personalized notes from the author. The more you’re willing to connect with the audience, the better results you’re going to get.

While these examples may make it seem easy, writing an author biography is definitely a challenging task. Take some time to think about your career, your credentials and the information worth focusing on. Next, think about the audience that you’d like to appeal to. These people have to be addressed in a specific manner in order to get maximum engagement. Keep it short, keep it focused and don’t be afraid to do something unorthodox. If you know your strengths and your readers, you will produce a biography that the target audience will enjoy.

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