I am a wife and mom to three boys. I am an animal lover especially horses that I used to ride, train and show. Someday will do once more!
Favorite books are anything astrology, self help, motivation, romance and humor.
I love chocolate, coffee, my family (not in that order), and the beach.
I like to garden, hike, jog, swim and travel. My oldest two boys tell me I am weird as they laugh and I’ll take that as a good thing. I am told I am witty and sarcastic and I believe that comes out in my writing.
The third installment to this series comes out September, 2019 and I am nearly finished with the last book to the series that comes out in 2020.
Website Link: www.mdfryson.com
Twitter Link: @madelyn_fryson
About the Book:
Title: MERIDIAN CHRONICLES BLACK WIDOW CURSE & THE COVEN
Author: M.D. Fryson
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: M.D. Fryson
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
MERIDIAN’S curse has left her in a state all her own of amnesia. She is on Earth lost and afraid with only fragments to piece together her mysterious circumstance. The curse has taken the unimaginable from her, but that is just scratching the surface. The Black Widow curse will reveal itself through the demon’s riddle, the Coven and the Fairy Nymphs.
A trip back to Salem is just what the psychic ordered, but treachery lurks with an ex coven member who calls on demons. The demon realm offers more riddles than answers, but a stroke of luck from the high demon court, brings in a sophisticated demon, Lahash who has grown tired of the games.
The curse hides Meridian's identity and her memory will unlock the Universal secret of her twin soul to find her way home. As Meridian finds Aiden so do the impacts of her curse and what it could do to their budding relationship.
Meridian’s soul and fate are in the cross hairs, while the odds rise between the demons, witches and the fairies.
Finally having found Aiden, the Fairy Queen comes through to send aid to Meridian, but she still doubts herself and contemplates running away from it all. Who is Meridian's twin soul? Will she go back to Etheria or will the curse reign down on Meridian?
Find out in this dark and twisted paranormal romance.
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Thank you for your time in answering our questions about getting published. Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to become an author and pen this book?
M.D.: I always said I would write a book, but I had not really ever decided what I would write. It seems the market is really flooded these days, so I decided instead of writing what everyone else was writing, or write to please every reader, I decided that writing something I just enjoyed writing was my goal.So I weaved in elements of the paranormal that I am interested in, threw in some character traits inspired by real people in my life and added some magic and there it was.The true story I wasn’t ready to write, may never be, so I thought writing something fictional, sprinkled with some reality would work.
Is this your first book?
M.D.: No, this is the second book I have published. It is the second one in the series. I have written two others that I will publish soon and I have started a fifth novel.
With this particular book, how did you publish – traditional, small press, Indie, etc. – and why did you choose this method?
M.D.:I am an indie writer. My knowledge of publishing was certainly antiquated. My father wrote a non-fiction book back when I was a child. He had a type writer and a dictionary. Being dyslexic, he had an editor/helper come to the house and work with him every so often. He submitted his manuscript off to Random House. At the time the market was flooded with books with his story line and it was a stretch. The letter said it was a great story, but because he didn’t complete the entire story to them in their time frame, they passed.
So, when I set out to publish, I sent off my manuscript. I had no idea you have to have an entire social media following, an email list and accolades to go with your submission. So, after several rejections from agents or no answer at all, I began the research for self publishing. I wrote in a cave and that was all I did. Being a mother of three and was working at the time, I didn’t have time for all the other internet driven activities that we are inundated with today. Still don’t, I just make the time which in my world I have very little of.Looking back, I am glad that I went this route. First, I like being in charge of my own work. I like being able to take care of the majority. I have a friend who was traditionally published and he still had to go and pay for most of his marketing and PR. He and I both agreed, why would you want to do all that, not make much off your work and have no rights to it. I think the answer for me anyway is pretty straight forward. He went on to self publish later.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey? The pros and cons?
M.D. : Well the cons of publishing are pretty much the same for most authors who self publish. It is a lot of work to take on to write, find editors, cover artists, get your book registered with Nielsen, upload, send samples, get ARCs out, have a marketing plan and mostly the dollars to do it all.The pros, is like I said. The control over my work.
What lessons do you feel you learned about your particular publishing journey and about the publishing industry as a whole?
M.D.: Start promoting early on social media and have a goodreads page for sure. Find a good editor. I can tell you, I have had my share of terrible editors. I hope this last one I have found will be the one I keep for the rest of my work. It is exhausting to find one, the right one.
Would you recommend this method of publishing to other authors?
M.D.: I think it depends on the person. I have a business degree and it happens to be in marketing. I am business minded and I believe that if an author has an entrepreneurial spirit, self publishing can be very rewarding. If you like being involved in every aspect, you love getting involved in the cover art, marketing, building your own website etc., then those authors would love it.If you are not business minded, do not like the details, or if the author doesn’t want to be involved in cost/revenue side of it, then it maybe better for that writer to continue to try and find an agent who will represent them and allow a publisher to do all that work. It is a lot of work, that is why the publishing companies take the cut they do. A lot of work and cost involved in editing, marketing etc.
What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
M.D.: Do not give up on your dreams or allow a rejection letter to get you down. To me getting a rejection letter was just another day. An author has to keep in mind, it is a business and just like any business, publishing companies are in the business of profits. So, if a certain type of book has been over done and the market is soft, well publishers won’t want it, and then agents to, have to love your work and if they are good, agents will know the market as well. So, acquiring an agent is a double hurdle to me. They have to love your work and they have to know that your book has a chance in the market.I can’t speak for the size of press that would be ideal. Fellow author friend was published by a company that went out of business, but for me, if I set out to let a publishing company take my work and the reigns, will I say go big or go home. Try for the bigger publishing companies. But that is me.I think there is are many writers out there who more than likely have amazing work that gets rejected. Wrong time, wrong agent, wrong publisher etc.Just keep going, do what feels right to you, write what you love and work to better your craft, however that may be. I am a believer that everything happens for a reason and maybe reasons we don’t understand at the time. It maybe that something better is coming down the road! I am no one special, no one who feels my advice in publishing is going to carve a new path. I am just one of the many little fish swimming in a huge lake! Hope what little I had to offer helps, and if not, I appreciate the time to share! Best of luck to everyone!