Penny Estelle

ImageWhat can you say about this amazing woman? Penny is a kind hearted soul with so much talent to share with the world, and that she does! Currently second in the Author Of The Month Competition Penny is striving fast and hard towards an amazing future with NPP! So lets hear a bit about Penny Estelle from the woman herself!

  1. Do you have any other passions other than writing? If so what are they and why?

My number ONE passion is my family. I have a large one and I don’t know what I would do if they weren’t around!

  1. What made you want to write?

Heck if I know! I was getting ready to retire from the public school system where I was a school secretary for 21 years and I decided I wanted to try and write for the middle grade kiddos. My daughter was teaching 5 grade at the time and I ask her to read the first 3 chapters of my story to her class to see if they liked it, hated it, or fell asleep while she was reading. They really liked it and wanted more. I gave her a new chapter every month! Hence, the birth of Hike Up Devil’s Mountain – my first published story!

  1. Do you have a family; kids, husband/wife etc?

I am married to a wonderful guy, Jim! I have 5 kids (Jim came with 2 boys and I had 2 boys and a girl) Between us we have 7 grandchildren from ages 2 – 15!

  1. If you could do anything else in the world would you do it?

If skill or money was not an issue I would be a famous tennis player or a professional gambler!

  1. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

OOOOHHHH – so many places on my bucket list! I want to visit every state in the United States (I’ve done about half) Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, on and on and on!!!

  1. What would you say your favourite book is? And why?

Flame and the Flower by Johanna Lindsey. I was never a reader as a kid or teen. I only started reading after having my first child (as sleep is non existent when a baby is in the picture) That was the first novel I ever read and it has stuck with me forever.

  1. Favourite TV show? And why?

Supernatural…..It’s weird as I don’t like blood/gore shows, but this has humor and it’s SO paranormal and out there that it doesn’t make me look behind the doors or in the closet before going to bed. And then there’s Sam and Dean……Have you seen Sam and Dean?????

  1. Favourite Film? And why?

HMMMM I go in so many different directions but I loved The Birdcage as it was so hysterical…..McClintock (I love John Wayne)…..Burlesque (I loved the singing)

  1. Have you ever had a scary moment? If so would you mind sharing?

My little 2 year old granddaughter has downs syndrome and at 6 months she had to have heart surgery….It was a horrible, HORRIBLE 4 hours!!!

As far as the “other kind of scared”….I am not a lover of the dark. We live very rural and it gets extremely dark up here at night. The one night, I am here by myself, my neighbor calls. They have their solar panel on a small hill. She went up to turn it and fell and broke her ankle. She had her phone, called and told me to come and help her, but to bring my gun. I hustled down there in a shorty nightgown, gun and flashlight in hand. Struggled up the little hill and not 10 feet away from her was a huge rattlesnake. I shot it and we got her down. That scared the hell out of me…..though I’m sure she was a little more shaken up than I was!

  1. What are your dreams for life?

I would love for my books to take off! I would love to be able to just “up and go” whenever the urge hit me!

  1. Now, for a bit about your book…. How did you come up with the story idea?

I took a writing class years ago and the assignment was to write a story for early readers. I came up with Have you Seen my Tail?

  1. Has it changed or evolved over time?

Oh yes. It started out The Bear’s Tale and I have added/changed quite a bit!

  1. What is your book about?

    Little Sammy Bear has been told, by his older brother, he has lost his tail and he better find it before their mother finds out.  Sammy asks different forest animals if they have seen his tail, but the only help they can offer are snacks, which Sammy gladly accepts.  It seems everything they offer is his favorite! Will Sammy find his tail?

At the end of the story are four “bug recipes that kids can make and eat themselves!

  1. Is it out? If not when will it be released?

It will be released in May, 2014

  1. Where can people find you?

  1. And of course most importantly; where can people buy your book?

Nocturnal Press is the wonderful company that has picked up my story. You can visit them by going to

Mark Taylor

ImageCurrently in pole position Mark is a truly talented author with bounds of drive and enthusiasm. It is a pleasure to work with him and to read his work! I could go on for a month about what a privilege it is to help Mark with his marketing however that may be a touch excessive. So instead I will let Mark do one of the two things he does best; sell his work to you himself…

  1. Do you have any other passions other than writing? If so what are they and why?

I can’t help but be a cinephile, have been my whole life.  I blame the parents. And George Lucas. I love stories and storytelling, whatever form that comes in.

I’m also a complete foodie. You’ll often find me in the kitchen.

Oh, and alcohol. Got me a real passion for that ol’ moonshine.

2. What made you want to write?

Not a clue. I just sat down one day and started. It was a 3K short. It sucked, it really did. But I’ll never edit it, and I’ll never delete it. Without it, I would not be here.

3. If you could do anything else in the world would you do it?

Deliver a message that would bring about world peace? Yes. Be a mechanic? Not so much.

4. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

I love the southern states. NC, SC, GA. I’d be there in a heartbeat.

5. What would you say your favourite book is? And why?

I love, and have since the day I picked it up, “Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers” (Grant Naylor), a science fiction comedy. It’s just awesome. But I can’t help go back to the work of Terry Pratchet, Stephen King, and my two favourite horror authors, Richard Laymon and Clive Barker.

6. Favourite TV show? And why?

Nope. Can’t choose that one. I love Supernatural, House, Family Guy, Red Dwarf, The Simpsons, Man vs Food… the list just keeps going.

7. Favourite Film? And why?

Stars Wars. Because of the pew-pew-pew, kaboom, shhaarm, I am your Father… stuff.

8. Have you ever had a scary moment? If so would you mind sharing?

I’m not a nervous person, but yes. Anyone who claims to have never had a scary moment hasn’t lived.

But yeah, spiders.

9. What are your dreams for life?

I want to be happy. That’s the long and the short of it. I want to be able to look back and say that I lived a good life and made good choices, and that I can rest happily in my retirement.

In my golden mansion.

10. Now, for a bit about your book…. How did you come up with the story idea?

Shutter Speed… it started as a short. When I hit twenty thousand words I realized it was a novella! And then before much longer it was too long for that.

It was a novel.Image

It was a novel I pantsed. (The biggest writing mistake I ever made: Pants my first novel)

So I didn’t really come up with the story idea, it just started and got longer and longer.

11. Has it changed or evolved over time?

As I made it up as I went along, existentially, it has neither changed nor remained the same. It was constantly in a state of evolution, while never becoming anything new. But once I had the first draft done it didn’t have a fundamental story change.

12. What is your book about?

Shutter Speed is a violent thriller, teetering on the brink of psychological horror. It is about multiple personalities, secrets and lies, and the unhinged actions of a man who is slowly falling out with reality.

It follows a group of dysfunctional friends who come up with an idea to make some quick cash…

…and Jimmy. Jimmy is there somewhere. And he’s killing for fun.

There’s also a fair amount of bacon in it.

13. Is it out? If not when will it be released?

It is released on 19th December 2013.

14. Where can people find you?

My website:

My blog:

My Facebook Page:

15. And of course most importantly; where can people buy your book?

It’s available for pre-order at:

Once out the kindle edition will be available from Amazon and the paperback from Nocturnal Press direct.

Hayley Barlow

ImageSo we are already starting our second week on Nocturnal Press Publications Author Of The Month Competition, and what an author to feature! Hayley Barlow is an incredibly talented author with her debut novel; Lust or Love hitting the shelves on the 15th of January 2014! I am pleased to be able to feature Hayley on my blog, she is certainly a rising star, and good friend. On that note; without any more delay I give you my guest on the blog; HAYLEY BARLOW!!!

1.Do you have any other passions other than writing? If so what are they and why?

Other than being a mum to my eight year old daughter I love to read. I will read anything and everything so long as it had a good and gripping plot. This year I have been doing a lot of things that I have always wanted to do; I started working for myself as a masseuse and holistic therapist as well as working towards getting published. These are huge passions of mine and have been working towards being a massage and holistic therapist on and off for several years now

2. What made you want to write?

I used to love writing short stories and even reports when I was in school, sadly after I left I found life took over and the writing stopped. That is until recently; as I mentioned above I have been working towards a lot of my passions with the aim to turn them into a career. Getting published was one of the things I have always wanted to do, but I did not always have the courage to go ahead and do it. Saying this I have been inspired by many indie authors and I have entered a writing competition before now. I didn’t get too far in the actual competition but it gave me the push to continue writing my novel; Lust or Love.

3. Do you have a family; kids, husband/wife etc.?

I have one daughter; Brieanne who will be nine in December. I am a single mum and have been for a long time; however I have a wonderful mum and dad who have always been there for me and continue to be a big support. Plus I am close to my sister who has two boys; one is sixteen and the other eighteen years old; so I guess you could say we are a small but close family.

4. If you could do anything else in the world would you do it?

I would love to have my own shop where I could sell and do my treatments from; I hope one day I will have that.

5. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?

If I could go anywhere I would go to Africa on a safari; I would love to do that with my daughter I think it would be an amazing experience.

6. What would you say your favourite book is? And why?

Oh no, it is so hard to choose! I have so many books I love to read but I think I am going to go with Dracula; it is a classic and I just love it!

7.Favourite TV show? And why?

I love Vampire Diaries at the moment. I know I am an adult but I love anything supernatural and it is so easy to watch. (And such good fun too.)

 8. Favourite Film? And why?

Dirty Dancing is my favourite; it is an all-time girly film which is why I love it so much. Well that and it has Patrick Swayze as bad boy Johnny in it. What’s not to love?

9. Have you ever had a scary moment? If so would you mind sharing?

Oh my, I’ve had lots of them but the biggest one would be walking into the house when it had been broken into; that was very shocking and so upsetting for me. At the time I had a feeling someone was still in the house, which worse yet I was right, a friend of mine who was with me at the time made me come back out and I had to ring the police from my sisters. It wasn’t until the police had come and gone that I could clean up I was just glad to have help from my friends and family! It was a horrible time for us all and for months after I was scared in my own home by the smallest noise. It just kept sending my mind racing and I kept thinking someone was trying to get in the house. That took a lot of getting over.

10. What are your dreams for life?

I always want my daughter to be happy and I hope one day that my small self-employed business will keep growing so I can afford to have a little shop to call my own. And it would be amazing if my first novel would take off and be a success; I would love to keep writing more books.

11. Now, for a bit about your book…. How did you come up with the story idea?

I came up with the idea as like most people out there I have had some very unsuccessful relationships. So using just a tiny bit of my own experience’s and my big imagination I came up with Lust or Love.

12. Has it changed or evolved over time?

I would say yes it has changed a bit over time as I have been writing the story for over a year now. I have changed my mind slightly with some of the scenes but the plot and ending has always stayed the same.

13. What is your book about?

ImageLust or Love is for 18’s and over only due to some swearing and sexual content. It isn’t your typical ‘happily ever after’ story; no rock stars, cowboys or rich guys sweeping you off your feet… This is an everyman romance.

What do you do when the one who completely wrong for you keeps coming back into your life? Single mother Heather is turning thirty and can’t help but evaluate her life. The book is set in a small town in Yorkshire, England in 2011. You will look back into Heathers past and follow her into the present.

For six years Heather has been torn between her feelings for the destructive Kian and the harsh truth that they probably won’t ever be together. For more than six years life has taken them in different directions; however Heather can never seem to get Kian out of her mind, and at the most unexpected points in her life Kian has a habit of reappearing. If it isn’t really love than is the lust worth the pain? Or can Heather let Kian go for good?

14. Is it out? If not when will it be released?

I have a publishing date for January 15th 2014

15. Where can people find you?

16. And of course most importantly; where can people buy your book?

I am so lucky to have been signed with Nocturnal Press Publications; they have been amazing with me and are such awesome people to work with. My book will be available to buy through them.