The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

One of the traits commonly assigned to people who fall within my particular zodiac sign is a certain kind of flightiness in which we have a lot of ideas, but find it difficult to focus on just one. I don’t necessarily believe in astrology, but I’ve got to own up to this one. Ideas come in abundance and I have a very hard time deciding what I want to work on next.

This is part of the reason I struggle with blogging regularly.  My brain goes off on so many tangential directions and I struggle to pin down a focus.

I want to write a blog about my gardening efforts.

I want to write a blog about my genealogy work.

I want to start a podcast.

I want to write a blog about home renovations.

I want to open an Etsy shop to sell paintings…and knitwear…and aromatherapy soaps…

And don’t even get me starts on the 30 different books (both fiction and non, in all sorts of different genres) and stories, I want to devote all of my time to.

On and on and on and on…

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, about how I have so many different interests and how, in our specialization-style world, I feel as if I’m expected to dedicate myself to only one thing forever and am completely unable to do so. It’s enough to drive a person mad.

Of course, I know I’m not the only one, so I’d love to hear from you guys about your struggles and triumphs with the specialization expectation. Do you chafe at the idea of having to have multiple social media accounts for separate identities or does this come more naturally to you (and if so do you have any tips, pretty please, I’m begging you)? Did you change your major 8 times in college and still end up with a career unrelated to any of them? Do you find yourself showing different aspects of your personality when around different people and sometimes wonder which one is the authentic you? I’d love to hear your story. I can’t guarantee I’ll ever do any further work on this subject (as evidenced by its very nature), but at the moment, I would very much like to explore it.



Three Interlude Press-Duet Books Titles Named Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book Of The Year Award Finalists

Got some pretty great news about Summer Love last night. Which, believe me, came as a lovely end to a less than stellar flooding-filled day.

I am lucky enough to have read all three of these books (and be included in one of them). Despite my biases, I think they are all pretty spectacular.



Interlude Press authors Charlotte Ashe and Courtney Lux, and the writing team spearheaded by Managing Editor Annie Harper were recognized today as finalists in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

Interlude Press titles were singled out in three separate categories:

Fantasy: Charlotte Ashe’s epic novel of political intrigue, escape and romance, The Heart of All Worlds, Book One: The Sidhe.

LGBT: Courtney Lux’s acclaimed debut novel, Small Wonders, a delicate tale of a runaway’s unexpected discovery of love in the big city.

Anthology: Summer Love, a collection of nine short stories about young love, from Duet Books, the Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press.

“We’re honored to again be singled out by Foreword Reviews in multiple IndieFab categories.  Interlude Press takes great pride in publishing exceptional LGBT fiction and introducing readers to extraordinary writers,” said Harper, the company’s founding partner.

“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

About Interlude Press: Launched in summer 2014, Interlude Press is a boutique publisher of exceptional LGBTQ fiction.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors.