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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Erica Marchant, Jane of all Trades. . .

Erica Marchant, Jane of all Trades. . .

Our Loss is On Loss, an anthology that bridges creativity and inspiration through collaboration and writing. A handful of writers from all across America came together and created On Loss an anthology after receiving 800+ submissions. In this anthology, you’ll find 50+ talented authors stories and poems.

We are formatting the book for release on June 27, 2019.


How did each member get involved?

Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology; On Loss.

Here are six questions with Erica Marchant , a Jane of all Trades, a.k.a. editor, marketer, cover designer and book formatter, and web master. Okay, I might have made all that up. I’m just a writer who loves what she does!

Author PhotoQ: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing? 

A: Well, I rest my head at night North of Boston in the suburbs. It feels a bit country, but I’m a city girl at heart. I grew up a rocks throw outside the city of Boston. New England has always been my home. Yes, I love Tom Brady–don’t hate– and Autumn is my favorite season, but no, I don’t love Dunkin Donuts.  Other than writing, I read all kinds of books ALL THE TIME, and I enjoy getting outside in nature and being active. I’ve got three kids. My youngest is 6 months old and the reason why it took me so long to answer all these questions! 

Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?

A: I know a lot of writers say this, but I was born a writer. I came out telling stories. Writing is a part of who I am and without it, I’m not me. The first story I ever remember writing was dark for a 6-year-old; I awoke one morning to open the window and see the sun and hear the birds, but I’d forgotten that I was blind and deaf. My mother kept yelling at me, but I couldn’t hear her. She smacked my face and asked me what was wrong with me. My mother kept that story for years. It’s sad I don’t know where it is now.

I really fell in love with writing in third grade when my teacher Mrs. Nelson introduced me to the idea of the story and how to bind a book. I wrote a knock-off of a Sesame Street story, what we call Fan Fiction these days, and I never looked back. I’ve been telling stories and typing pages ever since.  

I’m a published author and poet working on a YA science fiction novel and an adult women’s fiction novel. I have a few pieces out there. I get a lot of rejections, but I never give up! You can find me at EricaMarchant.com or on Facebook where I’m most active. 

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?

A: Aaron posted the idea in one of the Facebook writing groups we both belong to. He asked who would be interested in trying to create an anthology. I thought what the heck, I’ll check it out. Somewhere from there to here I got more involved and the project has become my baby as much as it is his. I hope we don’t let anyone down, but I have a feeling it won’t be a disappointment. We’ve got an anthology filled with talented emerging and well-established authors.  

Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?

A: Never give up. I know it sounds cliche, but if you want to be a writer then be a writer. Just get up, write every day, and submit what you write. Let the rejections roll in. Somewhere, somehow you’ll receive an acceptance. 

Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?

A: I’m on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and my website is EricaMarchant.com. Get in touch! I love connecting with writers and fans. Sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date on new releases. 

Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: I read so many, I could never pick a favorite now. I am going classic and old school here to the books that shaped my love of writing as a child:

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, “Once there was a tree. And she loved a little boy[…] And the tree was happy.” I still have the original copy I received as a gift when I was 5-years-old. It taught me that even when you think you have nothing left to give, no happiness left to find, there is always still something there. There is always something more inside you. Dig down deep and find it.
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, for this I have many favorite quotes, but I’ll leave you with two:

    “I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

    “He was poor, yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Now you’ve met the entire anthology team! I need to get back to work editing these stories!
The June 27, 2019 release is right around the corner! 

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant | Joshua George.

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Submissions

The Hard Work Begins

Welcome to the hard part! We are busy reading and reviewing submissions, and making decisions. Those decisions won’t come easy. We have all been on the side of the submitter and if it is one thing we know, it is the torturous wait after the deadline passes.

We hope to let you know as soon as we can.

With 800+ submissions, we cannot accept everyone. Though we have recieved many great stories and poems, that means disappointing some of you. While we would love to give feedback on everyone’s submissions, that would take time we are unable to provide at this juncture.

If you recieve a rejection we hope you keep writing and keep submitting! There will be a place for your story or poem.

Personally, I (Erica Marchant) have been there and have recieved 7 rejections this year so far. Never give up on your writing and your goals!

Thank you for giving us a chance and believing in our fledgling anthology. I’ve said it before, but we were amazed at the response to On Loss. And we wouldn’t be here right now without all your support.

We hope you stay tuned for the final product! Your continued support is invaluable. Please like our page at Facebook.com/onloss to stay up to date on our progress and the book launch!

Sincerely,

The Anthology Team

Aaron, Michael, Erica, Joshua. Melissa

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Robert Walton

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I’m an amateur (very!) trombone player and much enjoy playing with the Hartnell Community College Orchestra. I do a bit of reading program work for local schools, too, and I’m still a mildly active rock climber.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!

I’ve shared many campfires with friends and kids. The kids especially liked a certain crude story, however many times it was told. I’ve used it as contrast for a sad (and sadly increasingly likely) future.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

I think I learned of this anthology through one of my writing groups at Scribophile.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of my historical novel Dawn Drums. Writing it stretched my craft, often uncomfortably so, and taught me much. I’m also proud of the little story I wrote last year that took a prize in the 2018 Bartleby Snopes dialog only contest.

What is your current work in progress?

I’ve got a picaresque YA novel going (40,000+ words and counting) that has been a great deal of fun.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Each discipline informs another. I yield to the words that come.

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

I mostly go for traditional publishing, but my novella “Vienna Station” went out of print so I put it up on Kindle.


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I have no favorite genres. I look for competent writers, especially those who respect and like their readers.

What advice would you offer new writers

When your characters begin to speak to you, listen!

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

With malice toward all, with charity for none, with blindness to the right God has revealed, let us strive on to destroy the work we are in, to rip open the nation’s

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Donald J. Bingle

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I’m a fan of genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, thrillers) and former top-ranked player of role-playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons, but there are a lot more), who became a writer, first of game material, then short stories and novels, including media tie-in fiction.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!


Like many of my stories, it is about someone who simply does what needs to be done to accomplish their goal, no matter what the sacrifice.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

I wrote the story before I heard about the anthology, but once I did, I knew it was a great match.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

Almost every author is proudest of their latests piece at any given moment. That’s what drives us forward. As a category, I think my time travel stories, including For Every Time, A Season; Standing Still; Knowing She Would; and A Passion for Time Travel are among my best. I used to own a company that put out a time travel roleplaying game and it is a subject I’ve thought about a lot.

What is your current work in progress?

Two things. I’m trying to sell another time related story called Star Chamber, and I’m doing a tie-in tale for a new game world coming soon to Kickstarter.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

More than fifty short stories, many of them collected as reprints in my Writer on Demand™ series of ebooks, but six books at this point, too. I also edited an anthology of ghost stories called Familiar Spirits.

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

Both.


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

Thinky science fiction.

What advice would you offer new writers

Writing is like working in direct sales or as an actor; there is plenty of rejection along the way.

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

Don’t spend too much time looking back; nothing ever changes there.*

*Unless time travel is involved.

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Lisa Fox

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I’m a 44 year old pharmaceutical market researcher by day, fiction writer by night. I have two sons, 10 and 14, a husband, and an oversized dog who keep me very busy. When I’m not writing, I enjoy traveling – particularly taking our annual trip to Disney World. I also enjoy photography.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!


My featured poem is called “Memory Box,” and it’s about healing.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

Probably on Facebook? I didn’t write the poem specifically for the anthology, it just came to me and felt like it might be a fit.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

I wrote poetry for many years until life got in the way. In 2016, I discovered a writing competition called NYC Midnight, and from the very first flash fiction piece I wrote for that contest, I was hooked. I’m most proud of my first-place finish in the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay 2018 competition and my third-place finish in the 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. Mostly, I’m just happy to be writing again after a long time away.

What is your current work in progress?

WIP is whatever short story, short screenplay, or poem I happen to be working on at any given time. I have plans to expand a few of my shorts into novels, but right now they are just plans. One step at a time.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Short works – either stories or screenplays. When I first started writing over 20 years ago, it was exclusively poetry. I’m getting much braver with word count and hope to tackle a novel sometime soon.

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

Traditionally, I suppose. I do a lot of submitting. Duotrope is my friend.


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

Just about anything I can get my hands on. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction, but I also enjoy horror and magical realism. I really enjoy writing SciFi. I’d honestly read the back of a cereal box if it were all that was available to me!

What advice would you offer new writers

Just keep writing. And find your tribe – trusted writer friends are golden.

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours.” – Ayn Rand

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Judi Dettorre

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I’m a 50 something woman living on the Boston North Shore. After many, many moons of working, commuting and being overly busy I retired to begin not only a new chapter but a new book.  I’ve rediscovered my first love-writing and poetry and now write every day.

Other interests include cooking, traveling, arts and crafts, volunteering, hiking, reading and yoga. My daily to do list include writing, learn something new, laugh and enjoy.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!


I’m proud to tell you that “On Loss” includes a short poem of mine. It’s a humorous look at getting older, the loss of youth. Honored to be included with so many talented authors.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

Erica, we are in a writing skill group and poetry circle together.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

My first published pieces were in “The Writers Next Door” an anthology put together by my writing group. It was a leap of faith to share my writings with others so I’m proud that I took a chance on myself.

What is your current work in progress?

Poetry and a memoir about my lifelong love/hate affairs with diets.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Poetry


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I’m a fast reader and has been known to read a book a day at times. I’ll read any and all genres. Tel me about a good book and I’ll read it.

What advice would you offer new writers

Write, write and write! Submit and don’t take rejections personally. Not everyone will like everything you write but that is not a reflection of you. Submit work that is finished and polished and be proud of yourself for the effort, Keep going.

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

When people ask me why I write…

“Because I can make everything up as I go along”

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Andrea Goyan

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

My name is Andrea Goyan. I began my writing journey as an actress. When I joined a theatre group that produced new works, I started writing for them. After the company shuttered its doors, I leaned into prose writing, which is where I’ve focused for well over a decade. I write fiction and I have a special love for Science-Fiction. I also dabble as a self-taught painter, love to garden, cook, and spend time outside or with my friends, family, and as many animals as I can find.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!

As I wrote my story, “Outside the Lines,” I wanted to grapple with the humanity of a character who society sees as unredeemable.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

A friend mentioned On Loss to me. She and I help each other as beta readers and keep an eye out for interesting looking submission opportunities that might fit some of our stories. She has a poem in On Loss. My story was already written.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

That’s a tough question. I think I’m always most excited about works in progress. I’m also very proud of two short stories. Here are the links:

https://www.dirtygirlsmagazine.com/cleaningupgoyan?fbclid=IwAR18fnPhXCjg2Tp-WoTCmS8oGxyiTfgpiNKCd4e6lCE_zg_3EJDM6okOXqw

Fiction: Andrea Goyan

What is your current work in progress?

I have several projects. I’m finishing up a screenplay and revising a few short stories. Then I am going back to a novel that needs to be completed.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?

Hmm. I like so many different things. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years writing short stories, so right now, I’d say that’s a specialty. But I’m never one who likes to pigeon-hole myself.

Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?

I have been traditionally published, though what are we calling online publications these days? I plan to self-publish my novel whenever it’s finished!


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I’m pretty eclectic. I love good literary fiction, Sci-Fi, some fantasy, short stories, and memoires.

What advice would you offer new writers


Keep writing, reading, and find a group of writers (on or off line) to work with. I become a stronger writer every time I work with others. Listening to their stories and learning how to give constructive feedback has taught me more about how to write a good story than anything else. 

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

My mentor Claudette Sutherland always says this, “Your work is more important than how you feel about it.”