few days ago in my previous post I happily announced and welcomed you to the “Launch Party” of my new redesigned Blog and Shop here on YesterdayAfter!
In my post I announced that I would issue my first GIVEAWAY here on my Blog!
The prize is a surprise and it is one Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Print from my Collections that I will pick and choose for the lucky winner. The winner will only be able to see the print when is received.
These were the rules to be able to participate:
1) Like this post and make sure to leave me a comment it would be your entry for the Giveaway! 2) Follow this Blog 3) Like my Facebook Page 4) And follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart
I want to thank everyone that stopped by but not everyone did follow the rules! 🙂
Well between all the people who stopped by, many left just a “like” which I appreciate it very much but only nine people did followed the rules, and “Left A Comment” they are entitled to participate to the random ruffle, the likes alone aren’t a valid entry for the Giveaway!
As promised on Monday I randomly picked the Winner! My photo shows what I did, I wrote the nine names in each paper, folded them and placed in the little dish, I have moved them around, closed my eyes and randomly picked one. With my great surprise and happiness I found out that the Winner is:
my dear friend and follower, Author Marjorie Mallon, I am very happy to gift her this prize! This brings a nice smile on my face because this is just a very nice coincidence! Marjorie and I had a wonderful collaboration this year, she released her new YA Fiction Novel “The Curse Of Time – 1 Bloodstone” and I have created two Character’s Design paintings that are published in her paperback and Kindle editions! Give a visit to her Blog and you will know all about it! Or you can read my Interview to her!
Thank you all for the participation! Wish you a great rest of the week!
Today post is my interview to British Author MJ Mallon, a nice way to get to know her and discover her latest work, the new released book “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone” I am very happy to introduce you with MJ Mallon, she is a debut author and blogger, her interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. MJ write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka.
Some of you that follows my Blog remember one of my latest posts: “Characters Illustration – A Collaboration with Author MJ Mallon” where I was announcing my artistic collaboration with Marje Mallon. We had a wonderful collaboration together .
Today post is my interview to MJ, a nice way to get to know her better and discover more about her new released book “The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone” that includes my art in form of character illustrations.
Thank you so much Marje for allowing me to do this lovely interview with you and give the opportunity to our readers to get to know you better.
Let’s get started!
Here there are my questions:
1. For who doesn’t know can you please introduce who is Author MJ Mallon?
I’m a debut author based in Cambridge, UK.
I published my first book The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone in kindle and recently in paperback.
The Curse of Time is a YA magical fantasy series with many intriguing themes: time, crystals (representing light,) and self-harm/darkness/shadows. The magnificent clock featured on the book cover is the world renowned Corpus Christi chronopage invented by Dr John C Taylor, OBE. The chronopage is a popular tourist attraction in Cambridge which draws much attention, comments and gasps from passing tourists.
The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone is available to purchase via Amazon. You can buy the book here: “The Curse of Time”
I set up my publishing company Kyrosmagica Publishing with the intention of publishing my own books under this name. In the future, I hope perhaps to extend this to publishing for like-minded clients who wish to create magical writing which aspires to be different. Allie Potts created a beautiful logo of a dragon and a unicorn twirling in an endless dance to represent my vision for Kyrosmagica Publishing.
2. You have a very nice writing style, can you describe your creative process and what prompt and inspire you while writing?
Thank you Carolina that is very kind of you to say.
I begin with an initial idea and often look to art to inspire my creative process. Visuals are important; I visualise the scenes in an action movie of my creative imagination! Then I type the words up on my laptop.
I love poetry so I included short Tanka poems at the beginning of each chapter (or puzzle piece,) to add a further creative dimension to the story-telling.
3. What are you working on right now? Any new project?
Several! Of course one of my priorities is to focus on the second book in the series which I have entitled The Curse of Time Book Two Golden Healer.
Oh, I must also mention some amazing news. I discovered that I won first prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Writing Competition with my entry “The Queen’s Dress Down Day”.
What a wonderful validation of my writing. Here is the trophy.
It looks as if it was made with me in mind! It’s so beautiful and is cut glass, crystal!
Winning this has encouraged me to enter more competitions. The next one on my radar is Dan Alatorre’s 1000 Word Sprint.
4. What is your writing “Dream Project” if there is one?
To be honest, I have so many wonderful projects in mind. I’d love to write a poetry/flash fiction/short story compilation. I have the rough draft of a middle grade novel featuring a dragon and a half Scottish/half Chinese girl that I would love to develop. I have so many plans but not enough time! I truly have been cursed! So my focus has to be on my current dream project — The Curse of Time. It’s an ambitious debut project but with hard work and dedication I hope it will be successful. Only time will tell how this dream develops.
5. This question is very personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color it would it be?
Fantastic question Carolina! My soul colour would be green. I believe green is the colour associated with the Heart Chakra which links with love, earth, growth, and abundance. My very first crystal selection was green Malachite. Apparently, my green soul colour makes me a healer, mediator, balancer and harmonizer. Perhaps that is why I love meditative exercise such as Tai Chi and explains my attraction to alternative medicine and crystals.
6. Reconnecting with your latest book “The Curse of Time” which character do you love the most and why?
Oh, this is so hard! I love all my characters. If I had to pick just one it would have to be Amelina, the main protagonist. I love how her character develops as the story progresses. Perhaps there is a little of Amelina in me, (even though I don’t have a dysfunctional family!) I’m such a different person from the young girl I used to be. Writing has made me a much happier and more confident person. Amelina is changing too. Perhaps that is why she is my favourite.
7. I loved to create the paintings of the two characters Esme and The Creature as illustrations for your book, what did driven you about my Art that you thought I was the right artist to visually bring to life your characters?
I’d been following your beautiful art for a good while and been so impressed by your portraits. There is a definite sense of fragility in your portraiture (I particularly love how you portrayed Esme the Mirror Girl’s eyes and mouth,) and a beautiful use of colour and movement in The Creature’s portrait. Those key elements attracted me to your work and of course you are such a lovely lady!
8. At last, what you would like to say to our readers about The Curse of Time story and why they should read it?
The Curse of Time is a unique, imaginative story.
Time is life. Life is Time. Each hour, minute and second is precious, don’t waste a moment! Read a magical story that encapsulates so much of the light and darkness of life. It will mystify and puzzle you, make you laugh, wonder and cry.
❤ Visit my ETSY Shop where you can find my illustration of the character “Esme and The Mirror” available in Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 20 high quality numbered and signed prints of my original watercolor painting.
In conclusion of this interview I want to thank Marje for the beautiful and interesting answers to my questions! I hope that you all enjoyed to read this post and the opportunity to get to know more about Author MJ Mallon, visit her Blog and if you get the chance to read the book, please leave her a review and comments. I am sure she would love very much to hear from you. Best wishes to Marje for this new release, may “The Curse of Time One Bloodstone” project be very successful and of course to have a sequel! Can’t wait to see what she is writing next and if we will collaborate again you will see more of my illustrations to come in the future! I always love to read all your comments, please let me know what do you think and thank you so much for taking your time to read it!
Today post is just a preview for this interesting project and a new collaboration. This project at the moment still a work in progress but I love to share what we are working on. This post feature the release of my new watercolor painting!
I am so honored and grateful, thankful beyond words that Nu-San did think about my art to illustrate his music. I love music and love to support music artists with my art. I always wanted to create an artwork that would be illustrating a music album as a “Cover of an Album”, I am so happy that this wish came true. Nu-San discography include other albums but this one is the first that would be made in “Vinyl” and it is a dream coming true for Nu-San. I am so happy that we can share this achievement, I find it to be very special. Thank you Sandy for this great and exciting collaboration!
The watercolor painting that I have created, is going to be the “Cover” of Nu-San new music album and would and be released in “Vinyl and CDs” during the next few months or earlier. I don’t know the exact release date but I will write another blog post when it happens with more photos of the finished product and more info.
This project and watercolor painting would be also part of my Collection Series, check my Gallery “ART FOR MUSIC”a series of artworks inspired by music artists reflecting my passion for music. In this series, I have created artworks using several media, traditional watercolor paintings, ink drawings, digital art, photo manipulation and any other media that will inspire my creations. At the same time this art series is also a feature here on my Blog for the music artists that I collaborate with.
Nu-San is a solo project and electronic music producer and composer from Scotland, UK. He has composed original chill out and dance tracks and creates unique haunting sounds and techno music, that’s the way I can best describe the sound of his music. I can’t wait to listen what he has created for the new coming album!
This is one of the photos of “Nu-San” that inspired my Portrait for the album cover, you can see his face in my painting!
My painting is a watercolor and ink portrait in my signature style with a hint of Gothic and a light feeling of darkness. Nu-San asked me to include ravens birds, a graveyard scene, a castle and gave me the freedom to create. I enjoyed painting this atmospheric portrait while listening to Nu-San music to be able to deliver more in-depth the spirit of Nu-San in my creation, we are very happy about how the painting turned out and now we can’t wait to see it as finished product.
If you would like to discover Nu-San music you can visit his links:
❤ Pre-Order the Special Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my painting:
This painting would be available in a very LimitedSpecial Edition of only #25 Fine Art Prints hand signed. Each print is numbered and hand signed by me, print size is small as 5×11 inches and fit in a A4 size. (Bigger size is available upon request, price will change) Quality Fine Art Prints on acid free heavy weight 210gm matte paper, semi-smooth surface, high quality inks. Printed in my studio by me. All Prints are released as Limited Edition, numbered, hand signed. A Certificate of Authenticity is included. If you are a Nu-San fan or you like to pre-order one of these beautiful fan art prints of my painting for the special price of $25 + Shipping, just fill in the form Shop Art Prints here directly on my Blog! If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Artist’s Details about my watercolor ink painting: I painted on watercolor Fabriano paper, the original painting is size 12 x 24 inches. I used French watercolors by Sennelier. For the outline I used Black ink pens COPIC Multiliner #03 – #05 and a Fountain Pen Pilot Prera fine nib.
You can see more of my Paintings and artworks visiting my GALLERYthere are several Galleries in the drop down menu under “Watercolors”.
Visual Verse Published my New Poem “Abstract Dream”!
This month I have participated to the monthly writing event that brings together Art and Words on VisualVerse.org Anthology Press.
Today my new poem was published!
The image that you see here above is the starting point assigned this month by Visual Verse it is a challenge, you have one hour to write between 50 to 500 words. I had to write inspired by the image. I like to participate to this writing event, I find it to be very interesting and challenging for me that I am a visual artist and I love to illustrate and combine images with words.
I am happy to share this with you all! This is a nice achievement of my creative writings. My poem is now part Visual Verse Anthology Literary Press and published on another of their Chapter.
This is a link to the Archive with all the images and writings published until now!
I am so happy that my writings are included in this innovative Anthology Press, this is another way for my voice as an Artist to be heard.
I hope that you enjoy my poem! Please let me know what you think your comment means a lot to me!
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Today I am very happy to announce that my 5.7.5 Haiku “New Year“ illustrated with one of my watercolor paintings is now Published on Spillwords Press and is part of the new project “Reading Sunday” I am so honored and happy to see two of my creations published at the same time.
I haven’t written new poetry in a while, this is the first Haiku published this year, I wrote it time ago.
I only write when I feel the words whispered to my soul, it’s just the beginning of this year, more will come.
A special thank you to the Editor for publish and share my writings.
Please give a visit to Spillwords and check it out is a very interesting literary press!
This month I participate again to this interesting monthly writing event that brings together Art and Words on VisualVerse.org Anthology Press.
Today my new poem was published, this poem is not even here on my Blog yet!
The image that you see here above was the starting point image assigned this month by Visual Verse and 1 hour to write between 50 to 500 words. I think that my poem “Reflection” is a good combination with the image and has a good positive message.
I am very happy to share this with you all as a nice achievement of my creative writing and that now my poem is part of this interesting Anthology Literary Press and published on another of their Chapter.
This is a link to the Archive with all the images and writings published until now!
I am so happy that my writings are part of this innovative and great Anthology Press this is another beautiful way for my voice as an Artist to be heard.
I hope that you like my new poem! Please let me know what you think your comment means a lot to me!
I am very happy and so excited because few days ago I have received an email
indicating that I have been nominated for the First Annual Spillwords Press Award 2017
under the Category Original Artwork (Artists) of Spillwords.com
if you’re an author or member with a easy log in via Facebook or Twitter you can support.
If you like my Art and what I do, you can vote for me!
For an independent artist like me your support means everything!
During the 2016 my Poetry illustrated with my Digital Art and Photography has been Published on Spillwords Press four times.
I loved to contribute and I am looking forward for new submission this year.
Here there are my published poems
Emotions – Poem – First published on Spillwords.comPress on 5/8/2016 Deep Water – Short Story – First Published on Spillwords.com Press on 6/3/2016 Open Your Wings – Poem – First Published on Spillwords.com Press on 6/22/2016 Overwhelming Beauty – Poem – First Published on Spillwords.com Press on 12/27/2016
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