Re-branding

Hey everyone! Now that the IndieGo Interviews have come to an end, I am posting this to let you all know what’s in store next! You may be wondering why this is titled as such so here I am to explain. I originally wanted to make this into a video but I ramble far too much and this is easier to keep my thoughts organized.

Most of you probably know me from my books, writing communities or something related to that. I am currently in the process of finishing my third book and will be publishing it sometime this year. It’s in this time (and even more now that it’s in the hands of betas and I’ve not written anything in weeks) that I have reflected on my journey so far. And also, where I am going after this book is done.

As much as I love to write, I’ve never looked it as a career. To me, once it gets to that point, I feel I won’t enjoy it as much. I write because I love to do it. I never planned on even publishing the books I have until less than a year before the first one. While I am extremely grateful for all of the experiences, people and opportunities to further my path as a writer, I am sadden to say that I won’t be continuing to publish books. I have thought about contributing to anthologies or something like that, but that will be the extent.

I have changed my social media counts a bit to match this “re-branding” and my name no longer has author in it. I am not saying I am no longer an author, but I want it to be a little less specific and more reflecting just myself. When I took a hiatus for a while, it was because I struggled with the simplest things and constantly wondered what made “successful” tweets and what didn’t. It’s embarrassing, but it caused me a lot of anxiety. My books aren’t selling at all (or like, 1 every few months) and it seems no matter how many followers I had, it didn’t help at all with sales. So now I am not focusing on writing or books, but more of just what I want to post.

In case you’re wondering, my main career goal is to be in marketing or advertising. (ironic, right?) Hey, maybe it will help with selling my books. Haha! I am wanting to go back to school to get my B.A. in graphic design or something related to help me with this goal. And my dream job is to someday work at a video game company. I’ve always been a huge gamer and I honestly miss playing as much as I used to. (I used to work at Gamestop for 8 years, and it was pretty much my entire life.) While the company sucked to work for, being able to talk video games all day was seriously awesome. I do miss that part. …there I go with the rambling. With that being said, I do have a new Twitch Channel! Check me out! I will be playing the Last of Us Part 2, starting TODAY!

Anyways, I wanted to make this post to let you all know what’s going on with me. If you unsubscribe, or unfollow, that’s fine with me, but I hope you don’t. I’m just trying my best to be myself and do what makes me happy. Publishing a story that I had a dream about was something I wanted to do, and I did it, and now it’s time to move on. I really hope you are all doing well and that you too, are doing what makes you happy.

Laura Mae

!Signed Copies!

Hey everyone! I have a lot of copies of Sparrows sitting at my house that I need to get rid of. (Pictured below) I am discounting them to $10USD (reg. $13) and I will sign them and throw in a couple of bookmarks! As you can see, I have just three copes of Fliers left and if you want to do both, (I will sign both copies) I can do that for $20 plus the bookmarks. Since I will be paying for shipping, I can only send these out to any location in the United States. BUT, if you are willing to pay for the international shipping, that can certainly be arranged! Please message me on social media or feel free to fill out the contact form here and I’ll get in touch with you that way!

This is a great way to support indie authors as the funds will go directly to me and not a third party like Amazon or B&N. Transactions will go through Paypal exclusively.

Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Happy Reading

Laura Mae ❤

J. Clark

June 5th, 2020

I asked Jenny where she would like to chat:

Coffee. The smell of sugar. Brimstone. Glitter. I take a seat, cupping the sugary vanilla coffee for warmth. The sluggish drawl of students hang in the air like a broken neon sign, even at midday. Cafes at college towns are always at the pinnacle of caffeinated heaven and decaffeinated hell. I wave you over with a smile as I take a sip of the liquid fuel. For now, I am saved from endless exhaustion. 


Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?

J. Clark: English class and the Library. I always loved reading and writing since it was an escape from my boring town in rural GA.

L: How long have you been writing for?

J: To be literal over 20 years but I wouldn’t call myself a writer that whole time.

L: What are you currently working on?

J: Right now I released a cover for my newest chapbook “Juxtaposition” TBA later this year on Amazon. The first chapbook in the series, “Contemplations of the Faithful” is already on Amazon. Also I’m working on a fantasy novel on a Robin Hood retelling, which I have no working title as of yet.

L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?

J: Some newer inspiration is “A Blade So Black” and “The Way of Shadows” , as well as various poets from Hughes to Indies on Twitter.

L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?

J: Writing my fantasy novel since its a brand new genre for me entirely.

L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?

J: My favorite has to be enemies-to-lovers while my least favorite is the stoic female lead turned damsel at any sight of a male lead.

L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?

J: I like gardening, archery, reading, and eating sushi. I love sushi.

L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?

J: I wish I knew the business side of writing earlier. From marketing to networking and as such. An earlier start on those things would have been great.

L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?

J: Right now I’m only self-published. The experience is eye opening on what it takes to go from an artistic idea to a sold product. It’s rather difficult to make the sold product tantalizing after writing and formatting your work.

L: What are you currently reading?

J: A variety from writing books to parenting to just general lit. Sometimes I don’t keep track lol.

L: What genre do you typically read?

J: Romance, poetry, and fantasy are the ones I read the most.

L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?

J: Right now I don’t have a ritual with a newborn. I usually start with tea/coffee, sit at the laptop, and write at my desk or in my notepad.

L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?

J: Depends on the mood I want to channel. I usually listen to hip-hop or R&B in general.

L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

J: Junie B. Jones because she’s a legend to everyone in my age range. I love all the adventures she had and the way the books were written.

L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?

J: From nature. Nice long walks, parks, and places I’ve never been. New places give me that spark of creativity I need.

L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?

J: Keep writing and keep trying to get attention for your work. You are your best cheerleader!


 J. Clark is a writer living in Georgia enjoying the city of Athens. I started writing to clear my overactive mind by putting the worlds in my head on paper. Paired with my love of reading classics such as Junnie. B Jones and Harry Potter, I continued my love of the written word into adulthood. As a Philosophy graduate, I started fusing various theories such as feminism, existentialism, social justice, and the like into my characters and plots highlighting the grey areas that people navigate in actual reality. This pairs with my identity as a Black woman to add diversity and uniqueness to the publishing arena. 
My most recent publication is Contemplations of the Faithful available on Amazon. When I’m not writing I enjoy time with my community doing a variety of activities. You can send me a personal email at jclarkart1@gmail.com or reach out on Twitter @writingjclark.

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Contemplations of the Faithful (Millennial Psalms Book 1) – This collection of poetry includes 30 poems from praise to questioning humanity to the disillusionment of the modern age wrapped in a colorful cover for a young adult audience. Contemplations of the Faithful doesn’t shy away from serious issues with a fresh, contemporary voice that sets up the five chapbook series with an amazing start.

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David Viergutz

May 29th, 2020

I asked David where he would like to interview:

The castle walls were still stained with blood after a century. Deep below ground, the fortress dug its roots into the earth. Someplace, below the surface, where light struggled to find its place and a room sat, untouched and unexplored for over a hundred years. A room where an even older relic sat untouched. Despite being so deep, and so buried, it called out into the nothing for it needed to be found. And when it was finally discovered again, death followed.


Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?

David Viergutz: I think my journey into writing begins like most. For a long time, I read books, and imagined writing a great novel and holding that book in my hands. Maybe having a talk at the local library about my works and sharing your wild imagination with the world. All it took was the right spark. One day, I told my wife about my dream a long time ago and she simply asked me, “Why don’t you just write the book? What’s stopping you?” At that time, I was a stay at home dad and I had plenty of time. So I sat down to write 100,000 words in 30 days. And I did. But there was plenty more to being an author I had to learn.

L: How long have you been writing for?

D: I have been writing in what I would call a professional capacity since I was 18. The military taught me to write reports and be detail oriented, then I went on to college, police report writing. I have been published as a fitness writer as well as a newspaper for lifestyle and fitness related articles. I guess you can say my experience is quite varied. 

L: What are you currently working on?

D: My current work(s) in progress is my flagship series The Demonic Compendium and its counterparts. The Demonic Compendium is everything I wanted to see in a fantasy book that I have always wanted to read. Epic battles, witty humor, the anti-hero, and plenty of things-gone wrong. I am also a fan of extended universes. That’s why I did not just set out to write a book, I set out to create a world.

L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?

D: My greatest struggle is the work life balance. I work full-time, reserve as a police officer, run a fitness business and write! It can get crazy at times once you combine my schedule with my families, but I sacrifice where I need to. 

L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?

D: My most hated trope is a fantasy writing trope. Dragons! Anything with dragons. I am so tired of dragons. This is closely follow by any orcs-elves-dwarf combo. I am tired of Grandpa Tolkien reboots.

L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?

D: As I stated above, I run a fitness business, work full time, and I’m a cop. I’m a busy guy! I enjoy traveling with my family, working out, spoiling my girls and recently I have begun exploring leatherwork.

L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time? Why?

D: My favorite series/book of all times is the Abhorsen Series. It is gritty, dark, yet still a fantastical world suitable for a young adult. I still enjoy reading the series now.

L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?

D: I wish I would have left spaces for my edits! I had to write tiny when I printed the entire 400pg novel. Also, I did not number my pages, which was a headache later on when I received a manuscript evaluation from my editor and he was referencing pages.

L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?

D: I am a self-published author and my experience has not been terrible. I have a TON of free resources and a few paid resources I expect to help me in the future. I was able to streamline the backend setup of the authorship business because of my experience with my personal training business. I found the process enjoyable and I tell you what, the amount of resources, available for free, is crazy.

L: What genre do you typically read?

D: Fantasy and every variation therein! Emphasis on dark fantasy and epic fantasy.

L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?

D: My writing is sporadic and unplanned. But when I sit down to write, I expect it to be for several hours, so I expect that time to be blocked off. I light a single candle and dim the light and my screen. This reduces the strain on my eyes and is a passive signal to my brain to get into the story!

L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write? 

D: Since I write epic fantasy, my music often mirrors my writing. Epic scenes require epic music. Not so much on other scenes, but battles and fights for sure. I have Viking heritage, so that type of music helps set the mood.

L: What’s a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you? 

D: Irregardless! Ugh. I hate it. I think its ignorance, but I hate it none the less.

L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

D: Sherlock Holmes is my favorite character. He is cheeky, a tactician and a strategist. I love how he has a plan for everything and refuses to give attention to irrelevant matters.

L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?

D: My inspiration comes from my children. I want them to have something to hold on to, something they can be proud of me for. I hope I can teach them to follow their passions, no matter what they are.

L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?

D: Write. Write something. Writing is a skill set, and your can fine tune it. Brandon Sanderson, a well-known voice in the field, claims there gets to a point where you just can’t teach someone how to be writer. I wholehearted disagree. If my 2 cents are worth anything, I can say that writer’s work is progressive in that they become better writers over time.


Disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and super dad by nature. David Viergutz is an upcoming author of several action-packed novels and short stories from the fantasy, dark-fantasy, epic-fantasy, horror genres. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers action-packed, chill-bringing adventures where the good guy, doesn’t always win. David remembers dragging a backpack full of fantasy books class to class beginning in middle school and leaving his textbooks behind. David takes his inspiration from the greats and fell in love with complex universes from the desks of Garth Nix, Tolkien, Chris Riddell, and Jonathan Stroud to name a few. David has always followed his imagination as it dumped him into countless RPG fantasy adventures with his closest friends. In 2018, David’s wife sat him down and gave him the confidence to tell the epic story he has always dreamt of writing. From then, David’s imagination has no longer been stifled by self-doubt and he continues to write with a smile on his face. This is but one book of many he plans to spew out into the world. David has 5 stories planned over the next year to include the start of a new series.

Find David on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Box and The Bird: Tales of The Demonic Compendium – Samantha was comfortable with her life of habit and routine.

Until her workaholic husband, Richard, came home cradling a mysterious box like a precious treasure. But his curious new behavior didn’t stop there. His once loving demeanor was replaced by an icy indifference to everyone and everything… except for that box.

Worried for her marriage, Samantha followed Richard into the basement, where she caught him whispering with the mysterious artifact. Shocked and terrified, she tried to run, only to be captured by the being that’s assumed her husband’s form.

Now, the fight for her life has begun. Can she escape the creature holding her hostage? Or will she join Richard as a haunted shell of her former self?

Buy it here!

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The Demonic Compendium: Book One – The royal family has been slaughtered.

Their deaths awakening an unspeakable evil that swirls around Shaw, the only surviving prince. Indebted to The Demonic Compendium for sparing his life; Shaw must find a way to honor his ties to it while pursuing his vow to avenge his family and claim his throne.

Little does he know, forces of darkness are plotting against him. A demonic army has been raised, with the malicious intent to destroy all that dare to oppose them. With enemies closing in from all sides, Shaw discovers his only hope to survive lies in the hands of an ancient entity with a death wish all its own.

Sound the drums of war and prepare for battle! Can Shaw take his place as the rightful king? Or will the Nation he loves crumble before his eyes?

Fans of high-concept fantasy, filled with gritty action and magical intrigue will love The Demonic Compendium, by David Viergutz!

Buy it here!