Nora Weston

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Nora Weston comes from Clarkston, MI

How long have you been writing? According to my children, it seems I’ve been writing since the Dark Ages. Star Trek and The Twilight Zone ruled, and manual typewriters were considered high tech. My clan of six cannot imagine life without a microwave or cell phones. I can. It’s kind of cool freaking them out when I talk about growing up in wild and wonderful West Virginia during “the good old days.”

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? My greatest accomplishment as a writer involves a character in my supernatural/horror
novel called The Twelfth Paladin. The protagonist, Jake Cottrell, is a hell-raiser destined
to become a paladin in a unit of warrior angels. This character infuriated a handful of readers to the point they had dreams about him. The readers hated to love him and loved to hate him, but he won them over. Having readers ponder about Jake’s wellbeing enough that he invaded their dreams has  been incredibly satisfying.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Recently, my work was published in Speculative66 and New work is coming in the next issue of Star*Line.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? Currently, I’m writing lots of speculative flash fiction and poetry. I’m also bouncing back and forth between another dimension and this plane of existence while I work on my latest novel. This story throws Caleb Radcliffe into harm’s way, but he is more than ready for the war that ensues.

Where can we find your work? My novels are on Melange Books (my publisher), as well as on amazon and other book venues. Poems: Runner and When All That Matters is Time archives/017issue.html
Poem: Enhancements of an Imminent Kind enhancements-of-an-imminent- kind
Poem: I Would Tell Her Stay https://www.calliopeontheweb. org/issue_154/PoetryPage04. aspx

How do you react to rejections? After grinding my teeth a bit, and drinking lots of caffeine, I get back to work. I see a rejection as a challenge. Sometimes, I revise a poem or story, other times they are banished for a while. It’s a blast digging up old friends to see if any new adventures await for them.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? While a smile stretches across my face, I highlight an acceptance in green on my Subs Page. I’m pretty sure I just keep smiling all day!  And donuts are involved too. I know…I live life on the edge.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?  I do not try to stay sane. I strive for “almost sane.” Embrace the fact you have your unique preferences for art, music, literature, and so on, as do publishers. It’s important to follow guidelines and submit your work to appropriate markets. Other than those things, keep writing
and submitting.

What is your favorite book? My favorite novel is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Who is your favorite author? Edgar Allan Poe.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? I would gladly dine with Edmond Dantès from The Count of Monte Cristo. The jealousy that leads to betrayal in a major life-altering way for Edmond forces him to survive in ways never imagined as a young man. It would be fascinating to hear him talk about the moments he almost gave up, and why he didn’t.

What makes you laugh? Lots of things and people make me laugh. My family members are all hilarious in their own ways. Since I grew up with Star Trek, one of my favorite movies is Galaxy Quest, but I also really like Crazy Stupid Love, and Shaun of the Dead.
I also get a kick out of Good Mythical Morning on YouTube. So funny!

What makes you cry? Typical life experiences, of course, make me sad. No one can escape life and death situations as we age. However, the movie at the top of my list that made me cry… City of Angels. Hate. That. Movie.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Hot tea, mostly. Rejection comes in…strong coffee.

What is your favorite food? Crepes.

Shakespeare or Bukowski?  Shakespeare.

Personal website/blog:

Twitter: almostsanelady

Books for sale and/or press: The Twelfth Paladin. Guardian 2632.

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