Monday, January 30, 2017

Published on Kindle! The Christmas Ladder


I am a published author.

Since my dad was able to get the first copy, I am now allowed to share with you all the link to my first Kindle short story, The Christmas Ladder. (He had a nightmare a few days ago about me publishing and not telling him so he didn't get to buy the first copy of my book.)

I hit publish last night and then stayed up half the night, watching Gilmore Girls and sort of buzzing. I did eventually fall asleep (sometime after one) and am thankful that it's the weekend, so I don't have to go to work and or do anything, really. Except put away my clean laundry. I must do that. And pet the cat. That is also required.

I would be ever so grateful, if you buy my story and enjoy it, if you would share it around with people you know. That would make me very happy.



Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Monday, January 23, 2017

9 Steps To Surviving Your Dragon Visitors

9 rules to surviving your Dragon Visitors

#1 - Find lots of pepperoni.

#2 - That isn’t enough pepperoni, find more.

#3 - Be polite. Excruciatingly polite.

#4 - Find a fire extinguisher and keep it hidden but handy.

#5 - Do NOT under ANY circumstance offer a dragon Pizza, even if it has pepperoni on it. Cheese gives them indigestion.

#6 - Do NOT ever ask a dragon to fight with you.
  • #6.5a - If you must ask a dragon to fight, at least do it politely. As in, excruciatingly politely. You’ll die if you don’t. Although you’ll probably die anyway.

  • #6.5b - If you must ask a dragon to fight, get a cat to fight instead. Dragons are highly amused by cats and tend to collapse giggling when a cat challenges them.

#7 - Do NOT offer the dragon princesses, or other such things. They are terribly out of fashion now.

#8 - Do NOT be scared.

#9 - Forget about that last one, a little healthy, sheer terror never hurt anyone.

Good luck, you’ll need it!!

And because I really don't want to hear that any of my lovely friends got turned into smoked ham, I'm adding a printable image. Stick it on your fridge.

Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guest Post - Character Interview with Tyne Griffin

Tyne is another good friend from my writing group. Due to time zone differences, most of our conversations end up being in the middle of his night and early morning for me. (The fact that I can be awake and functioning that early sometimes bewilders him. But it bewilders me too, so we're all good.)

Tyne is a 19 year-old writer dude who primarily writes romance of the rainbow with other themes such as paranormal, coming of age, magical realism, and world domination. Having penned over a million words in the last year, he's in the process of polishing his first book for publication. He spends his time hiding from the world under his desk, except when he has to go play the part of retail worker. Someday he hopes to earn a spot in a specific publishing company and help someone with his novels.

The character I'll be interviewing is Hugo Kloven. Hugo is the Club President of Phantasmal, a paranormal investigative club at his high school. After struggling with reoccurring and suspiciously baseless anger issues, the once high school football star gave up the life of school politics, scholarship chasing, and university schmoozing, in order to enjoy one filled with things he actually liked - friends, ghosts, and the only person he'd ever love. He stands at a towering an muscular 6'10, has short spiky blond hair, and brown eyes. Boasting a clumsy grin and a heart of gold, he's a gentle giant standing in the shadow of the wildly successful Kloven family legacy.


ALT: What is your full name?
HMK: Hugo Maximilian Kloven, it's nice to meet ya.
ALT: When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice first about you?
HMK: Probably how unfortunately brutishly large I am. It's good for football, to be this huge, but people get intimidated by guys of my stature.

ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?
HMK: There was a legacy placed on me when I was born to the family that I was. Kloven is a last name associated with power, success, riches, it's quite a shadow to stand in. My parents expected me to be a famous football player, my brother expected me to be popular, and I expected myself to stay a lonely bully my entire life. But here I stand, proud to say that I am none of those things.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you're proud of?
HMK: Once I may have just said my hair, and don't get me wrong, it's still awesome. But I have recently come to value my general stature. Having strength like I do, being this large and scary, having hands that can easily crush, is quite the responsibility. But now I know that I can use my strength, towering build, and powerful hands to protect, not harm.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?
HMK: Once I would have said my general build, as I stated before, it was something I perceived as dangerous. But now I'd just love to be a little shorter, just a little. It's hard to dance with the love of my life because they're quite short.
ALT: If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
HMK: I would first wish to prolong the life of someone I love who is terminal, even cure them if it was allowed. Secondly, I'd wish for bright futures for the members of my football team, despite their cynical future outlooks. And for my last wish, it might be a little selfish, but I'd wish that the bright high school days spent with my club members would never end, that we could be happy like this together forever.

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father?
HMK: My father is an actor, I'm sure you've heard of him, he's in everything. But once you get through all his bravado, he's just an angry bully too. We are similar in that way, at least we were, but that just led us to clash. I say with utter confidence that I'd love to knock him on his back for the things he did to my brother. We don't get along.

ALT: With your mother?
HMK: My mother is a model. You know that fancy shirt in the closet? That one so nice you never wear it? Yeah, she was the model who debuted that. She walks with the click of her heels and a swagger that can slice through the air but other than that, I don't know much about her. I can't recall a normal conversation I have ever had with the woman. We rarely fight, like my father and I do, but we definitely are very distant.

ALT: Siblings?
HMK: I miss my brother every day. I was close to him, but when I was young I felt as if he tried to keep a wall a between us. I wanted so much to learn more about ghosts, the most important thing to him. But he'd always push me away. That was until that one October night when he gave into my begging and took me out to investigate with him. That's when I lost him.

ALT: In your relationship with others, how do you interact differently with family than with friends? Why?
HMK: I rarely have the displeasure of interacting with my parents, but when one of them happens to be around, we're very distant. I was painfully close to my big brother before he passed away, but since then I haven't had much of a 'family'. I'm very lucky to have an extraordinary group of friends that make up my club at school. I try to be open with them and protect them, but even when I fail they're always there to pick me up, then carry me up a flight of stairs after I have my head handed to me in a fight.

ALT: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period of time?
HMK: I have only even fallen in love once in my life. I think I loved them long before I realized it. We had a weird relationship before we were given a common goal but after that, I became aware of my feelings rather quickly. I knew that they were the only person I'd ever love, and that holds true to this very day.

ALT: What are you most proud of in your life?
HMK: I am proud to be Kasper Kloven's little brother. He was an outcast with the biggest heart, I looked up to him in every way. He looked at life differently and was exactly what I wanted to grow up to be like. When I lost him, I lost my way for a while, but that one thing has never changed. I will always be fiercely proud of my big brother.

ALT: What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?
HMK: Oh man, I was a bully for so long there are endless answers to that one. But if I had to pick one thing, it was ever raising a fist to anyone in the first place. Or perhaps making that deal with the Demon King. Actually probably that, that caused a lot of problems...

ALT: What are you most afraid of?
HMK: I am deathly terrified of reverting back into a bully, of giving into the anger, of raising a fist to my friends. They trust me to protect them, not harm. It's always in the back of my mind, what if I'm not a good guy, what if I hurt them, but I do my best to keep pushing forward despite that fear.

ALT: What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
HMK: My club and its members. Phantasmal is my home, the members are my family. I could never let anything happen to them, they are my most valued thing. I also happen to be madly in love with one of them.

ALT: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

HMK: It's somewhat of a spoiler, so I'll censor to the best of my ability. I am most proud of the way I conducted myself in the wake of finding out someone very close to me didn't have much time left. I told myself I'd hold it together, that I'd keep smiling, so that they could have the best time in their remaining days. It was hard, nearly impossible, to smile through that agony, but I did it. And no matter how long I live, no matter what I do, that will always be my greatest achievement.

ALT: What is your greatest regret?
HMK: I do have a lot of those. As much as I regret every time I gave into the anger, every punch I threw, every time I was the bad guy, there is one thing that haunts me more than all of that. Had I not begged my brother to take me out to look for ghosts that night, he wouldn't have lost his life.

ALT: Biggest trauma?
HMK: Does watching my brother be annihilated by a car right in front of me at ten-years-old count?

ALT: What is your motto?
HMK: I stole it, but: Life's too short to be so sad.

Characters are the property of the authors. Used by permission.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What the Sirens Say

What the Sirens Say
Annie Louise Twitchell

She is a comet,
blasting through the universe
that is her own self,
at speeds I cannot comprehend.

She is the moon,
her force swelling the ocean tides
and making sea glass
from broken beer bottles.

She is Ulysses,
tying herself to the mast
because she does not want to die
but how
how can she resist the chance to hear
what the sirens say?

Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Character Interview - Guest Post with Alyssa Clark

Alyssa Clark has always considered herself a writer. From an early age she's always written colorful and unique stories. Some of her works have even received awards throughout the years. She is currently working on her novel Queen of Light, and is hoping to be done with her final draft in the next year. She is creative and outgoing, setting to redesign the fantasy genre with her twists on well known fantasy elements.

Today I'm interviewing Roselyn Anora, a character by Alyssa Clark. Alyssa is one of my online writing friends and I love seeing snippets of her work. I'm really happy to share this with you.


ALT: What is your full name?

RAA: My full name is Roselyn Avital Anora.

ALT: When were you born? What season, sign, etc?

RAA: My birthday is June 18th, so I’m a gemini; a summer baby.

ALT: Ooh, close to my birthday! I'm June 13th. What do you do for a living?

RAA: I am the Queen of Light. I rule in the Kingdom of Light. I make sure all the angels in the kingdom are taken care of, as well as my followers in the mortal world. It’s a heck of a lot of responsibility.

ALT: Do you have children?

RAA: Yes, I have two beautiful daughters, Corinth and Hannatine

ALT: Did you turn out the way you expected you would? The way your parents expected?

RAA: I most certainly hope I did. I never met either of my birth parents. A long time ago I vowed to live my life for them, to make them proud. They were humans and I was an angel, so I’m sure they never expected me to become the ruler of all angels. I hope they’re proud of me. There’s no honor higher than being the Queen of Light.

ALT: What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't?

RAA: One thing I’ve always wanted was a normal life; I got the exact opposite. I love being the Queen of Light. I’m one of the two most powerful beings in the universe. But sometimes I think about if I wasn’t born an angel, if I was a normal girl instead. Would I have both my parents? Would I have been a more outgoing child? Would I have less caution and more trust? I know it’s no use pondering hypotheticals right now, but it’s a nice thought sometimes. Human worries seem nonexistent when you’re trying to protect the whole universe from darkness.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you're proud of?

RAA: I used to hate my white hair, but it’s grown on me now. It’s a beauty that many don’t appreciate. But I think having white hair is a unique beauty.

ALT: What is one physical attribute you would change?

RAA: Sometimes I wish I had more curves and womanly attributes to my figure. Gavreel, my husband, tells me I’m stunning the way I am, but like other women I want to be attractive in the eyes of the world. I don’t think of it as often as I used to, but the thought pops into my mind every once in awhile.

ALT: What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?

RAA: The worst thing I’ve probably done was a have a child with the King of Darkness, my demon opposite. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter very much, but in the eyes of many people it was a sin to have a child with the King of Darkness. But I did it with probable cause. I won’t get into detail about how the world is falling apart and crumbling, but the only way to save it was to create a child who could control darkness and light. It was the only way. I never stole, cheated, broke the law, or anything like that. I had a child with the being who’s supposed to be my rival, but what was I supposed to do? Sit and wait for the universe to collapse?

ALT: What are you most afraid of?

RAA: That one day I’ll wake up and my family and everyone I love will be gone. That the balance between darkness and light is tipped toward the dark end. If that ever happened I’d have to protect a lot of people from a danger I don’t even know if I can stop.

ALT: What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

RAA: The most important thing in my life is my family. I love them so much. They support and love me no matter what. I value them so much. My life has been one crazy mess, but I still ended up with a family in the end, like a normal person.

ALT: What was/is your relationship with your father and mother?

RAA: I actually never met my father. Apparently I lived with him until I was about two, but around that time Minami Nolan, who was a close friend with my mother, decided she would raise me instead. My father lived in poverty, from what I heard. After my mother passed away he spiraled into depression, drinking and smoking to ease his pains. As a result he became broke. We were forced to live on the streets, though I was too young to remember. I don’t hate or resent my father. We never met. But I’ll still always be Vincent Griffiths’ daughter. With my mother... I was told my mother died not long after I was born. I’d only seen her in pictures. Of course I looked nothing like her, but nevertheless she was pretty. She looked so happy with my father. A long time ago I made a commitment to live my life for her, to make her proud. Even to this day I still miss her, but I hope she looks at me and my life and smiles. Everyone makes mistakes, even the Queen of Light. So, hopefully, to her, the good outweighs the bad.

ALT: Siblings?

RAA: I don’t think I have any siblings. My father disappeared after Mimi (that’s what I used to call her) took me in. He might have had other children beside me, but if he did I’ve never met them.

ALT: Were you overprotected as a child?

RAA: Most definitely. Mimi was very strict. She’d worry when I climbed trees as a kid. We lived in a small cottage in the woods on the outskirts of a small market town. I was rarely allowed to leave the property, and when we did, Mimi always accompanied me. I had little interaction with kids my age, which explains why I read a lot as a kid. The Kaiser’s weren’t as overprotective as Mimi, but they too were strict. One time I wasn’t even allowed to leave the house without Ethan or his son Ismus as a escort. They were so worried something would happen to me in the city. Now I look back at these memories and laugh. Because I did the exact same thing with my children. But to be fair, most queens wouldn’t let their princesses roam the kingdom streets.

ALT: Do you see yourself as intelligent? Uneducated? Brilliant?

RAA: I’ve had broken education throughout my life, but I’m definitely not an idiot. I’m wise and have a large amout of knowledge about many things. You don’t always need a formal education to be great, and I am a living example of that. A girl who went to public school for less than a year and was homeschooled by different people still grew up to be a queen.

ALT: Did you like school? Your teachers? Schoolmates?

RAA: I was enrolled in public school for the first time when I lived with the Kaisers. Mimi homeschooled me, so entering a large high school as a freshman for the first time was no picnic. But overall I enjoyed my experience, even if I didn’t even finish a whole year there. It was a nice change from what I was used to. I love to learn. School was the perfect place for me. I feel bad my daughters are stuck being homeschooled like I was. But being a mother means you have to make tough decisions.

ALT: How do you react in stressful situations?

RAA: When I was younger, I would get mad and upset in stressful situations. I used to yell, cry, and hole myself up in my room. Now, I normally take a walk to clear my head. I try not to let myself get too overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a queen. And of course my husband, Gavreel, is a big help. He makes sure I never get too stressed out.

ALT: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

RAA: Perfect happiness would be a world where I could be the Queen of Light and actually enjoy being queen and not have to worry about the King of Darkness’ evil plots. I could spend more time with my daughters and even visit towns of the kingdom more often. I want to seem like I’m an approachable ruler. If only that was the world I lived in. My job would be a breeze.

ALT: When and where were you happiest?

RAA: I’m quite happy where I am now. I have a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. But when I was fifteen the place where I was happiest was living with the Kaiser family. After my adoptive mother died, Ethan Kaiser, a police officer at the time, graciously offered to take me in. I loved it there so much. Their house was full of love and warmth. They really treated me as if I actually was their daughter. And though I was only there about a year, my life hasn’t been the same since. They really showed me what a family was and I’ll forever be grateful I was able to be called Roselyn Kaiser.

ALT: What is your greatest regret?

RAA: My biggest regret in life would be not following my heart when it came to love. I’ve grown to love Gavreel over time, but initially I didn’t. I was in love with Ismus, Ethan Kaiser’s son. Yes, he was my adoptive brother, but we had this connection I’ve never had with anyone else. My first love, my only love was Ismus. We dated for a bit of time until queenly duties got in the way. We were so happy together. We probably fought more than other couples, but we were both passionate people. I regret not staying true to my heart and marrying him. He would have made a great king. But being royalty I had to marry an angel, not a human.

ALT: How would you, if you could, choose to die?

RAA: I know one day I’ll no longer be the Queen of Light and my eldest daughter will take my place. When my soul finally gives out, I want to be in the castle with my family. I’ll smile and tell them how much they meant to me, that my soul will guide them in their journeys without me. No blood, no heartache, just peace.

ALT: What is your motto?

RAA: Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of. I know that sounds cheesy and all, but it’s true. I never thought I’d amount to much being an outcast in society. Turns out I was so much more than anyone ever predicted. So never doubt yourself. We’re all made to do something in this world.

ALT: Best way to cheer you up?

RAA: My family always cheers me up. It’s hard to be sad when you have two darling girls making silly faces at you and making up stories about their father just to make me feel better.

ALT: One last question. You're the kind of person who:

RAA: I’m the kind of person who always keeps moving. No matter what life throws at me, I push on. I’ve been knocked down so many times in my life, but I’m still here going strong.

Characters are the property of the author. Used by permission.