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20 Questions with Mary Pat Hyland


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1. Name: Mary Pat Hyland

2. How long have you been an indie writer? Since 2008

3. What formats do you publish in? Paperback & ebooks

4. What genres do you write in? Short stories, chick lit, suspense, humor, family saga

5. Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Both!

Twitter

Facebook

6. What’s your current book? In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, Collected Short Stories

7. How do you want your readers to feel after they’re read your book? This book is like a Whitman’s Sampler of my writing styles. I hope it will bring smiles, maybe a few tears, and leave you thinking.

8. What’s your next book about? It’s a humorous suspense novel that I’m currently writing as part of National Novel Writing Month.

9. What types of jobs have you had other than writing? Cook, journalist, art director, portrait artist, greenhouse assistant

10. What did it feel like when you were first published? Finally, a long-held dream came true.

11. What’s your go-to song when your writing muse needs to be recharged? “Coyote” by Joni Mitchell. Her writing is exquisite and I love the sense of being on a road trip somewhere through the strumming of the guitar chords and Jaco Pastorious’s beautiful bass notes.

12. What do you do when writer’s block strikes? Go for a walk. There’s something about the fresh air and change of scenery that helps re-charge the imagination.

13. What’s the best compliment your writing ever earned? That the reader kept thinking about the characters and what they were up to, months after reading the book (The House With the Wraparound Porch).

14. If you’re stranded on a desert island with a solar battery recharger, what would you be reading on your Kindle? I think I’d need something humorous. My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber.

15. If you could have dinner with three other writers, who would they be? Dorothy Parker, Eudora Welty and Frank McCourt. All dead, unfortunately, but if it were possible, the conversation would be anything but that.

16. What’s your blog and/or website address?

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Blog

17. Cats or dogs?  Dogs. Border collies, to be specific

18. Cake or death? (To soothe the boisterous Eddie Izzard lobbyists…) Cake with thick chocolate frosting

19. What fictional character do you identify with most? Sybylla Melvyn in My Brilliant Career

20. What’s the closing line of your latest book? At that moment, knowing she was nearing the bridge between this world and the next herself, nothing else mattered but the fact that for the first time in six years, she felt fully alive.

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NEW RELEASE: In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, Collected Short Stories by Mary Pat Hyland

PRICE: $2.99 / £1.92 / EUR 2,68

GENRE: Short Stories, Humor, Literary

SYNOPSIS:

By the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers in New York’s Southern Tier lies a verdant valley called the Triple Cities.

The shoe factories that originally drew thousands of immigrants from across Europe have long moved on.

What remains are the distinct ethnic flavors of a gritty community determined to overcome economic woes, adapt to the rapid changes in society and find true meaning in life.

Consider these eighteen stories as pages ripped from a sketchbook. Some are quick studies; others are more detailed portraits inspired by observed characters, whispered gossip, overheard conversations and the local lore of the residents whose neighborhoods are framed by the gilded Orthodox Church domes that span this valley.

You’ll find that each tale has its own tone: some are humorous or poignant, others are surprising and haunting.

About Mary Pat

Mary Pat Hyland is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author and has published six novels and a collection of short stories. Her short stories have
appeared in the anthologies Seasons Readings and Lost Love Letters: An Indie Chicks Anthology. In 2013 the Arts Council of Yates County selected her as an Artist in Residence. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and has worked in the commercial/fine art, journalism, education and culinary fields. Mary Pat resides in upstate New York, the setting for her novels, and enjoys organic gardening, gourmet cooking, visiting the Finger Lakes and teaching the Irish language.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: www.marypathyland.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marypathyland

Twitter: twitter.com/cailinAolain

Blog: www.marypathyland.com/thehylander

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1282032.Mary_Pat_Hyland

PURCHASE LINKS

U.S.: www.amazon.com/dp/B00OP8PKD0

Canada: www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

France: www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Germany: www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

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Australia: www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Italy: www.amazon.it/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

India: www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Japan: www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Brazil: www.amazon.com.br/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Mexico: www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B00OP8PKD0

Barnes & Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9781502358646

The Author’s eStore: www.createspace.com/4997212

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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in e-books, Indie Interview, Kindle, NOOK, What's New

 

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Coffin Hop Oct 24~31, 2013


Halloween Blog Hop

I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour again this year! I want each and every one of you to take the time and visit everyone’s blog! Doing so will pay off in the end! Promise 🙂

Each one of the participating blogs is having a contest, and who knows, you could be their next winner! This year, for me, I’m going to do things a bit differently. If you would like to have a copy of Falling Stars Or of Through the Rainbow, all you have to do is send me an email telling me which book you’d like to have 😀

Also, be sure to check out the Coffin Hop’s Death by Drive In The full anthology is now available from Amazon. A collection of 22 amazing B-movie inspired stories from some of the best Indie authors around! 22 fabulously spooky, creepy, and slimy stories. Oh! And don’t forget to stop by the Coffin Hop Store for some great pumpkin stuffers!

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Now here’s the list! Off you go now! Run and check them out!

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Coffin Hop Linky List

Scroll down to the list, and click on through! There are so many authors for you to check out…so get to it people!

 
 

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Coffin Hop Oct 24~31, 2012


Halloween Blog Hop

I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Coffin Hop Horror Web Tour again this year! I want each and every one of you to take the time and visit everyone’s blog! Doing so will pay off in the end! Promise 🙂

Each one of the participating blogs is having a contest, and who knows, you could be the next winner! My contest will be a good ol’fashioned scavenger hunt! (hence you visiting each site) I’ll have a list of things you need to find each day. The person(s) who finds the most for the day will be used to select the winner! It will be completely random courtesy of Random.org. I’ll contact the winner by email and they will then have until the next morning to respond to my email, accepting their prize or it falls to the next in line. Winners can choose from either my latest short story about falling meteors . . . sound familiar?, or this one that’s full of all sorts of ideas for you and your children. Along with those, one lucky winner will also receive the Coffin Hop Death by Drive In Collector’s EP. The full anthology, due out next year, is a collection of 22 amazing B-movie inspired stories from some of the best Indie authors around! The Collector’s EP is a sneak preview with 4 of the 22 spooky, creepy, slimy stories. Oh! And don’t forget to stop by the Coffin Hop Store for some great pumpkin stuffers!

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So, now for the Official Rules.

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1) You need to visit the sites and search for the answer. Some are gonna be hard and some are easy peasy.

2)You need come back here and leave a comment saying you sent me the answers (you will email them to me…so no ♫cheating!♫) You can only win once, but please come every day and help support everyone!

3)Come back the following day to try again if you weren’t super lucky!

4)Tell your friends!

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Now here’s the list! Off you go now! Run and check them out!

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Coffin Hop Linky List

Scroll down to the list, and click on through! There are so many authors for you to check out…so get to it people!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Books, Coffin Hop, e-books, Melissa Smith

 

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Indie Chicks Spotlight: Melissa Smith


Yes. It’s me. This is the final Chicks Spotlight and I really hope you’ve all loved reading each story as much as I have. And with Mothers Day just around the corner, for me, it’s especially hard to re-read what I wrote. I hope it will touch your heart as much as it has mine.

Writing Out the Grief

Melissa A. Smith

 

A common question people ask a writer is what made them decide to sit down and start writing in the first place. For me, it was grief.

While in high school, I wrote. I had taken journalism and the teacher loved my writings. Two pieces of my work had been published in two different school publications. I was also asked to join the staff for the school paper, but declined. I just didn’t like writing the things wanted for a paper. I liked creating stories to take you places. Inventing new worlds and people to live in them. I stopped writing after getting out of school and didn’t start again for several long years.

December 2008 had started like any other December before it. I was out shopping for those perfect gifts for each member of my family, and loving every minute of it. By my side was my shopping partner. My mom. My best friend. This year was a little different, as we made our rounds trying to get most of her shopping done earlier than her normal pace of slow (she was known to be out shopping as late as Christmas Eve), because she was set to have her final knee replacement surgery on the 19th. That day was also the last day of work I had before school let out for Christmas Break.

We had almost done everything she’d wanted to have done, done. But there were still a few things to gather, like stocking stuffers and things of that nature. She went in for her surgery and everything went great! The last time she’d been in the hospital, for the first knee 6 months prior, she’d contracted hospital-acquired pneumonia. Her doctor, wanting her to be healthy for the rigorous knee therapy that follows two days after surgery, released her the following day. The 20th.

Wanting to forgo giving you all the details, I received a phone call early on the 21st. A phone call no one wants to get. My father, who’d awoken to find his partner for the past 34 years gone, couldn’t make that call. The responding police officer had to do it for him. Pneumonia had taken her from us.

So started my decent into grief.

We were supposed to do some shopping before I took her to physical therapy that day. We were supposed to do a lot of things during my break, because she too had it off for recovery.

Instead, I had to help my dad organize a funeral.

During the year and a half that followed, I read over 230 books. All while working full time and tending to a family.

It was the start of summer vacation in 2010 when I’d run out of books to read. I dove into spending time with my boys and vegging at the pool daily. I thought it had been long enough, and maybe the grief wouldn’t be so sharp. I was wrong. Without having someplace for my mind to wander, to live in, I was a mess of tears.

It was then I’d woke up in the middle of the night, leaving a dream that made my brain buzz. I tried to shake it off, leave it where I found it. In my dreams. But it wanted to be let out. So I sat down in secret and started writing.

At first when my family noticed my switch from books to the computer and all my constant typing, they asked what I was doing. I lied. I told them I was writing to my sister who lives in Texas. At first they bought it, but as the typing went on, they were puzzled as to why I didn’t just call her and talk to her. Again, I lied. But this time I said she’d asked me to write down some things about our mom.

While they still were puzzled by all the clicking going on at the keyboard, they left me alone.

Three months later, I’d written and finished my first novel. Cloud Nine. During that time I also started on another story which I finished and released four months later. 

While writing started out as therapy for a grieving soul, it is now something I must do to keep all the exciting characters quiet. I love it! I only wish it could have developed without such dark beginnings, but nonetheless, my mother would be proud.

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This is one story from Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

for the wonderfully low price of Free! To read all of the stories, grab your copy today!

Also included are sneak peeks into 25 great novels!

My young adult paranormal romance, Cloud Nine is one of the novels featured.

 

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