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Shadowed Tears

As I posted here my first poetry book Shadowed Tears received a review from Realistic Poetry International. They titled my review "Dismal" but gave it five stars. I was thrilled with the review, even as I must admit I was a little concerned. Perhaps it was the dismal label, but I am very grateful for an honest review, especially when that review can show five stars.

I dedicated Shadowed Tears to my father who passed away this month on October 4. I chose the purple cover to bring awareness to Alzheimers Disease which he had. The poems I posted in this book where themes that some may find sad, and yet they are themes we deal with on an every day basis or we used to deal with them. Bullying, for one was such a theme that not everyone may deal with, but enough people have. Traumas, in general as my poetry also touched on, and depression. Dark thoughts, and of course there was my father's illness which I wrote about as well. These kind of themes.

Now with my father's une…
Have you ever read a book and afterward your heart felt numb? Perhaps, weak? Well, the dismal and somber words of Author Torres in her emotive poetry book, ‘Shadowed Tears’, will literally transmit chills down your spine, but it’s not because of horror. For the title of the book in itself precisely describes the theme and mood of this emotional poetic composition in utter perfection.

Torres, portrayed in this collection as a dejected spirit, is seemingly bound to a cold world of solitude and isolation. In the opening, she immediately lets us know this by providing more than one definition for the word, alone, by using key phrases such as,

“To cry and hug yourself”, or to be “be dead on the inside...”

Like any human, heartsick and neglected, the character in this book yearns for a sunny day adorned with colorful bright rainbows, and seeks love to cure the psychological and spiritual sickness she is faced with; yet and still, with each verse you read, it is evident that hope and promise ar…

Why I love being an Indie Author #PoweredByIndie

Why I love Being an Indie Author
#PoweredByIndie


I have been an indie author since 2010 after the publication of my first novel Love Child. Love Child is the first book of my Child series which I have been writing since that publication. Child No More, and Child Scorned are books that followed, and I am currently working on Child Game which will be the next edition. Since working on this series I have experienced the love of being an indie author.

As someone who has loved writing for most of my life I shared the dreams of being published professionally. I hoped to submit my manuscripts to traditional publishers hoping someone would love my book enough to offer me a contract to publish it. I never expected to have the opportunity to self publish, and now that I have I have come to love it.

There is a lot of hard work that a self published author must take care of him or herself. There's the promotion, the editing, just to name a few things. However, there is also a sense of freedom…

Therapy Heartbreak

Last September twelve, I woke up feeling tired like I always did from going to bed at four a.m. I have called myself a hopeless insomniac for some time now, so it's gotten to the point I don't even try to go to sleep early anymore. But I must digress from my sleeping problem for now. On this Monday I got up and dressed quickly for I was due for my therapy session at nine a.m with Dr. Michael Hy Rein at Bailey Seaton Hospital. I'd been seeing Dr. Rein who I called Mike by this point, for four years, this year becoming the fourth year.

I was tired, but I was ready as I was most Mondays when I went to see Mike. We didn't have a session the previous Monday since it was Labor Day, and the clinic was closed. I didn't see him for the rest of that week because he was on vacation.

"We're closed next Monday," he had told me. "But I'll be off for the rest of that week too."
"You'll be on vacation?" I asked.
"Yes," he confir…
In the midst of my writing I have taken the time to finish reading Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar a book she had written under the pen name Victoria Lucas back in 1963. It was released a month before her suicide. This book brought me to tears for it has hit home on so many levels. As a fellow writer, and poet who suffers from depression, I can relate with everything the protagonist Esther Greenwood experiences (Esther who is Plath's fiction self)  and I certainly feel for her. Her isolation, her sadness, loneliness, all these things. On a personal level I cried reading this book.. But it's still a good read, and I recommend it unless a depression story is not for you. But then my own novel Love Child was criticized by some for being to depressing to read, but here's the thing about depression. It's an issue a real one, and it does exist. Millions are affected. Not everyone ends up committing suicide, but more than enough do. Many make attempts. Unfortunately, we live…
I am proud to announce that I once again participated in the poetry marathon this year. As I stated last year the marathon lasts for 24 hours- 24 hours of posting poetry, but there is the option to do the half marathon which is the 12 hours. This is the option I chose last year, and decided to choose once again this year. Twelve poems in twelve hours. It still wasn't easy. It took some hard work, but I'm proud and grateful at completing it. I'm more grateful for the opportunity to do it again. Better yet I may have a chance to get two of my poems in a poetry anthology they are putting out this year. There is no guarantee that all poems will be accepted, but I am excited at the chance and possibility of getting two poems published there. This has been a wonderful experience.

Podcast Interviews.

https://steemit.com/writing/@amtorresauthor/getting-back-into-doing-podcast-interviews

Hello readers. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post, but if I'm honest it's been a struggle in learning what a writer should post about in her blog.

This column I posted on Steemit is based on my hope to get back on podcast interviews. First of all I need to get to finding them again, even as I need to begin with the local media here in New York city. Being an author since 2011 I was very nervous during the interviews I did manage to land. I thought I sounded nervous as well which is what I discuss in this column.

I think it's fair to say that anyone can get nervous before doing any interview even on podcast so it's not unusual to admit being nervous. And these interviews were about five years ago. But if I'm to promote my series of books I need to get back into fully promoting them and that will include planning interviews again at some point. Well at least I can hop…

Poetry reading

One video of a best friend reciting my poems on You Tube. Putting a voice to poetry makes it come to life.
Happy New Year. Thanks for reading the excerpt I included from my novel Love Child. I am interested to sew what you think of the story. Tommy Hulette's story. I am happy to say that the book itself is being edited again, and will be getting a new cover. I am considering having more book giveaways in the near future on Goodreads or on my facebook page. I will keep you posted. Thank you.