A new author joins City Owl Press. Today, we welcome urban fantasy author, Miriam Greystone!
1. Tell our readers a little about yourself and your work.
Hi, I'm Miriam Greystone. I am an urban fantasy author, and am excited to have my first novel, TRUTHSIGHT, coming out into the world later this year. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my supportive husband, my beautiful kids, and my badly behaved Australian Shepherd. I am a small business owner, a Doctor Who fan, and a person who consumes an insane amount of Diet Coke on a regular basis. I grew up in South Dakota (where much of TRUTHSIGHT takes place) but have lived in a number of places since then, including Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Jerusalem.
Over the years I have worked at a wide array of diverse and unusual jobs. One of my first jobs was at an investigative agency, tracking down dead-beat dads. I have also worked on a remodeling crew, where I got to wield sledgehammers with abandon, and as a teacher / floating substitute – until I realized that being a substitute teacher is genuinely one of the hardest jobs in the world. Since my love of language is not limited to the written word, I've also worked for years as a Sign Language interpreter. Perfect for a writer, being an interpreter has given me the opportunity to slip quietly in and out of other people's lives, seeing places and situations I would never have gotten to experience on my own.
Books, and in particular fantasy books, have always been a huge part of my life. In my home, standard dinner conversation includes discussions of how long it might take a hell-hound curse to take hold, and techniques a pixie might use to take down a larger opponent. If you read my novel, you'll see how many of those conversations sooner or later find their way into my writing. TRUTHSIGHT will be my first publication.
2. What genres do you write or want to write in the future?
Urban fantasy is definitely my first love. For me, urban fantasy is a mixture of rich, compelling metaphor, and awesome, inspiring heroes who spark the imagination and make you want to face down the demons in your own life. However, writing in multiple genres can bolster an author's career, and it gives you a challenge which keeps your writing fresh. I have tried my hand at that from time to time, but inevitably, twenty pages into my new romance novel, it will suddenly occur to me that this book would be perfect – if only there were centaurs! And an hour later my manuscript has taken some surprising turns and I find myself squarely back in the land of witches, warlocks, and people who turn furry when the moon is full. That being said, it is my firm intent to try my hand at some other types of writing in the near future, and see where it may lead me.
3. What attracted you to the City Owl Press?
City Owl press and I found each other in the waiting room of a pediatrician's office, while a feverish five year old half-dozed on my lap. I had been up most of the night with my daughter, whose fever had been spiking and crashing all night long. Waiting to see the doctor the next morning, with my phone in my hand, I suddenly remembered that it was the day of the online twitter pitch contest, #pitmad. In all the worry of caring for a sick child I had forgotten about the contest, but now that I remembered, I was determined not to let the moment slip by.
I typed out a pitch one-handed, being careful not to wake her, and sent it off with a feeling that at the very least I had participated, even if it led to nothing. Twenty minutes later, just as the doctor was ready to see us, a little heart popped up on my screen, telling me that Heather McCorkle had liked my tweet, and wanted to see some pages! As I found out more about City Owl, I was excited by the quality of their books, the knowledge of the people running it, and the fantastic support that they gave to their authors. I even e-mailed with City Owl authors, who told me about the great experience they were having with City Owl, and how much City Owl was doing to promote their books.
4. What has your experience been like working with City Owl Press?
I have been impressed and delighted with City Owl every step of the way. After making the initial offer, editor Heather McCorkle spent over an hour chatting with me, patiently answering my questions and discussing where the next book would go. We were really on the same page, and that she was very receptive to my ideas. On top of that, I have found that the other editors (the fantastic duo of Tina Moss and Yelena Casale), as well as the other City Owl authors, have been warm and supportive. City Owl does so much to support their authors, and I am really enjoying being a part of the team!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?
This question is a tough one to answer, because I know how often life takes me by surprise. So let me just say what I hope for. I hope that, five or ten years from now, my children will be happy and healthy, and tolerant of me as they grow old enough to realize just how many things I am guessing at as I stumble through this whole parenting thing. I hope that I will have published several books and that they will have found their way into the hands of people who enjoy them. I hope that I will have continued to grow as a writer, and that people that I've started to meet in the publishing industry will have grown into trusted colleagues and friends. I also hope that I will have learned to ice skate. I've never done it and it looks really fun; and life is better when you learn not to be afraid of falling down.
6. Tell our readers why they should pick up your book.
Amy spends her days working in a small-town emergency room, and her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. Living in hiding from the Mages who want her dead, Amy is unable to use her healing powers without revealing her location. Still, she refuses to let a life of hiding keep her from the one thing that can still bring her joy: healing others. So she contents herself with using only her mundane medical skills to make others well...until the day that she is called to the birth of a Centaur baby that no one else can save. And her skill alone won't be enough to rescue this child; only her magic will. Faced with the choice between saving the child or protecting herself, Amy may lose everything—even her life. She is thrown together with a mysterious being named Rowan, who has been forced into exile and whose own power and life-force are dwindling day by day. Now Amy and Rowan must join forces and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them both.
Thanks so much to Miriam for giving us an inside look at TRUTHSIGHT! Be sure to add it to your list, coming this fall! Find more from Miriam across the internet.