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My Interview With Author MJ Mallon

The Curse Of Time One Bloodstone ©MJ Mallon – Illustrations ©CarolinaRusso


My Interview With Author MJ MALLON

Author MJ Mallon

 

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”

Kirosmagica Publishing

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.

But, I intend to submit to at least two anthologies. One involves flash fiction for publication in Charli Mill’s carrotranch.com/ second Carrot Ranch anthology and I also hope to be included in Claire Plaisted’s Ghostly Writes Anthology

First Prize in the Bloggers Bash Blog 2018 (UK)

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!

Character’s Portrait – The Creature – Watercolor Paintings ©CarolinaRusso

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.

Character Portrait “Esme And The Mirror” – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

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!


❤ You can find MJ Mallon on Social Media at:

Have a wonderful day and stay connected!
If you haven’t yet follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Inspired by the Old Masters – Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring – Watercolor ©CarolinaRusso – Painting Inspired by the Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by ©Johannes Vermeer


 

 Inspired by Classic Art and the Old Masters

“Girl With a Pearl Earring”  Original Oil Painting, (c 1665) created by Golden Age, Dutch Painter ©Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring (Oil Painting, c 1665) ©Johannes Vermeer

Today post is to talk about “Inspiration” in any creative mind there is inspiration that comes from something. As an artist I get inspired by everything, just simple things like a color, a word, the shape of a cloud, the rain  just to mention a few can inspire my imagination to create.

Many times I got asked where do you get your inspiration from? My answer is always the same “from everything”!

Sometimes not just visual things, but also intangible things can inspire, like a sound,  music can inspire, the wind can inspire and it is from that starting point that magically trigger your mind to be inspired to create, develop and evolve your work in a  beautiful creation. Often artists takes inspiration from the work of others, especially the “Old Masters” from the Classic Art as a learning process that helps to try new visions, techniques and skills. The best way to be inspired from another artwork is to change things and transform it in your own. Do not copy exactly! Just take the inspiration and add your own language, give your  transformation and a new vision in order to grow your own art and identity as an artist, learn from the process. This is a great suggestion for beginners, a  way to practice and challenge yourself to evolve in your work finding your own voice. This is not only for visual artists but it can be applied to writers, designers and any type of creative that use inspiration.


Inspired by Classic Art, this is my watercolor version of this famous oil painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c 1665) painted by Dutch Golden Age Painter  Johannes Vermeer. I always got inspired by the original painting and I have seen many other artists inspired.  This painting has  several things that captures my attention: the lighting, the innocent expression of the girl face, the colors and intense contrast, all these things  inspired me to paint my own watercolor version of the “Girl With a Pearl Earring”.  In my portrait, I left a white background, not a dark one, I focused on the light on her face, her eyes and lips. I wanted to change and give her a slightly different expression to do not copy her, but instead giving her a new soul. As you can see if you compare the two paintings, you see my inspiration from the original, but I changed her in my own style. This time I haven’t used any ink outline, is just watercolor.  I also gave her an extra touch with my signature long lashes! 😉

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that will help someone to feel inspired to try this and look into “Inspiration and Transformation” as a form of learning and growth in your art!

If you do please comment below I would love to know!


❤ Details about my painting:
 Pencil sketch with Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Mab Graves automatic Pencil.  Painted with  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle Artist grade,  Pentel Aqua Brush  –  Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed.

 

Fine Art Prints are available at this moment upon direct request to me:
❤ Feel free to contact me if you would like a Limited Edition Signed Print of this paintings,  you can order yours right here on the Blog just Contact me let me know that you want it and you can pay directly here on the PayPal button on my side bar, very easy!

Details: Fine Art Prints sizes available is 5 x 7  and 8×10 inches,  Special Price $25 and $35 + shipping (contact me) !  ❤

 

More Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my paintings are listed on my Etsy Shop!

 

For more of what I am up to daily, follow me on Instagram  @carolinarussoart

 

Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more Art!

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

 

 

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My New Poem – Abstract Dream – Published on Visual Verse Anthology!

 

Image by Candice Seplow

 

VisualVerse Anthology

VisualVerse Anthology

 

Visual Verse An Anthology of Art and Words

 


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.

You can read my poem here:
  Visual Verse  Anthology – Vol. 05 Chapter 03 –  “Abstract Dream” Page 82

This is my sixth Published piece on Visual Verse!

Here you can read all my published poems and short stories:  visualverse.org/writers/carolina-russo/

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!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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My 5.7.5 Haiku “New Year” is now Published on Spillwords Press

 

Original Watercolor Painting by ©CarolinaRusso

 

Today is another great day!

spillwords.com

“home for all that live and breathe words, spilled or inspired,
through literature of every genre, from writers and poets of every walk of life”

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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 am honored to be listed as one of their contributor writers, you can read more of my published poetry on Spillwords/Author/Carolina Russo

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!

 

I wish you all a lovely Sunday!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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1000 Milestone And 2 Years Blog Anniversary!

Golden Sky – Photography ©Carolina Russo

Hello everyone,

today I am celebrating a special day for me, something that I would’ve imagined was ever possible! Two years ago I started this Blog in connection with the opening of my first Etsy shop for the launch of my Jewelry designs collections. Yes today is “YesterdayAfter two Years Blog Anniversary!” ❤ So much has happened during these two years lots of new experiences, lots of art,  lots of amazing connections only possible because this Blog. So much appreciation and encouragement I have received from all of you that follow me and so much encouragement I have the opportunity to give  to support, inspire and motivate others that crossed my path here, it is so beautiful! Having this Blog became part of daily life there is so much work behind it but I love every minute. This is my open window to the world, the opportunity to fly and share my art , my photography, my poetry and everything I am doing in all my creative ways.

Congratulations on getting 1,000 total follows on YesterdayAfter!
Your current tally is 1,004.

 

Two days ago I received from WordPress the message of this beautiful milestone of 1000 Follows today are already more. I cannot believe it! I would love to have all the 1000 in one place, it is lots of you and I truly want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, without you all this wouldn’t be possible! Thank you for taking your time whenever you stop here to see or read what I post,  thank you for leave me your beautiful comments and thank you for your amazing blogosphere friendship!
It is not about any number, I am very grateful for each one of you that from time to time showed a presence and that presence is telling me “I am here I like what you’re doing” this it is a great motivation for me and keep me going! I also want to thank everyone that purchased my creations supporting my art and my dream, it means the world to me since I am an independent full-time artist and will not be possible without your support! During the two years I have come across a wonderful group of artists and  together we are the “world watercolor group is nice to do challenges together, I have participated to beautiful worldwide art challenges like the World Watercolor Month, InkTober when I created my character ©Ylia and many more. I came across great Literary and Anthology Press and I had several of my poems and short stories published, also I have participated to Poets For Peace and have my poem “Peace” published in their Anthology. I am so happy about that.  Thank you to everyone that featured my Blog and interviewed me I am so grateful! I loved to Feature Blogs and inspiring people and once in a while lately I am interviewing other inspiring artists, bloggers, music composers I will keep doing this. As today I have more than 500 posts, 11.000 of comments and close to 50.000 views it’s amazing. I only mention these numbers to inspire new Bloggers that here great things are possible there are many of my blogger friends that have numbers way bigger than mine and I repeat is not about the numbers, but about your passion to love what you’re doing and that passion shows and shine out and that is what matter, love what you do no matter what if you have 1 follower or 50,000, keep spread love, shine your light and inspire others!

Stay connected and have a great weekend!

 

Thank You!

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My New Poem – REFLECTION – Published on Visual Verse Anthology!

 – Image by Tertia Van Rensburg –

 

VisualVerse Anthology

VisualVerse Anthology

 

Visual Verse An Anthology of Art and Words

 


Visual Verse Published my New Poem “Reflection”!

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.

You can read my poem here:   Visual Verse  Anthology – Vol. 04 Chapter 05 –  “Reflection” page 21

This is my fifth Published piece on Visual Verse!

Here you can read all my published poem and short stories:  visualverse.org/writers/carolina-russo/

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!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

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Poetry – Crystals

 

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

 

Crystals

translucent surface
of an inner energy

powerful light
radiating rays of depth
in the history of nature

sun reflection and donation
of universal love
for the humanity to hold

a cosmic revelation
sometimes unknown
like puzzle pieces to find
within our soul

awareness will come
with perception and feelings
love is power
light will shine.

Thank You!

Thank You!

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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Haiku – 5.7.5 – New Year

 

The Prayer by ©bubug - DeviantArt

The Prayer by ©bubug – DeviantArt


New Year


The time is flowing away

rain drops are slowly falling like tears

new beginning the New Year

©CR

Haiku 5.7.5

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My Poem “Overwhelming Beauty” Published on Spillwords

Overwhelming Beauty - Photo ©Carolina Russo

Overwhelming Beauty – Photo ©Carolina Russo

 

Today is a very special day for me!

I am so happy  to have my poem “Overwhelming Beauty” first Published on a wonderful platform and great Literary Press like Spillwords.
I am honored to be listed as one of their writers for English Literature!


Spillwords.com
  “home for all that live and breathe words, spilled or inspired, through literature of every genre, from writers and poets of every walk of life”.

Here you can read my Published Poem:  Overwhelming Beauty

 

I want to thank the editor of Spillwords for choosing and publish my poem. Thank you!

Please If you have the time and opportunity, head over Spillwords.com and check it out it is a very interesting platform where you can have some good reading!

 

Thank you for reading have a wonderful day!

©Carolina Russo

©Carolina Russo

©Copyright Carolina Russo – yesterdayafter.com

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#YliaAdventures – SUPERMOON

Ylia Adventures "Supermoon" - Watercolor ink ©Carolina Russo

Ylia Adventures:  “Supermoon” – Watercolor ink ©Carolina Russo


©Ylia Adventures: SUPERMOON

(50 words story)  – Golden Aura –

The bright golden aura was  expanding through the darkness of clouds lighting up the sky. Unconscious awareness of an awakening soul, was swimming through the thirst of truth. Climbing stairs of universal love, finding peace and happiness into a raising moon. ” – ©CR

 

About my watercolor Ink:
 watercolors are outlined with black ink pens. I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle 12 demi-godets half-pans travel metal box  Ink pens  Pigma Micron Black ink #05, a Pentel Prera fountain pen fine nib  and Gold Gellly Roll by Sakura   I painted over a Mixed Media Sketchbook!

“Her name is ©Ylia and she is the Character born from my pen created for InkTober 2016”
Ylia Collectible Series is available as Limited Edition Art Prints on Pre-Order!

 

I have a second Instagram account dedicated to my Art please follow me there! @carolinarussoart

#YliaAdventures

 

Visit my GALLERY  and follow ©Ylia Adventures!

Have a happy weekend!

Thank You!

Thank You!

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