Notes on a New Novel

Last night, after an evening working on my next novel, I went to bed around 11. For nearly three hours after that, my brain was still whirring with ideas. Every few minutes I had to reach for my phone (my modern-day flashlight), grab my notebook and pen, and jot down new (and brilliant) ideas.

I’ve learned from experience that the spectacular ideas I have in the middle of the night both (1) are not always as spectacular in the morning, and (2) won’t be there in the morning at all if I don’t write them down. I’ve tried repeating them over and over to myself by way of remembering. I’ve tried convincing myself that the idea is so obvious, of course I’ll remember it.

Neither of these works. So, much as I love sleep and want nothing more than to snuggle down for a delicious eight hours, I now know that if I have a good idea (or at least what seems like a good idea at the time), I’d better write it down. Writing is hard work. There’s no point in making it harder by not recording the inspirations when they come to me.

This novel I’m working on now is a complete departure in genre from what I’ve written before (general contemporary fiction and travelogues). And I’m nervous. I’m having more fun writing it than any other book I’ve written, but at the same time, I can’t help but wonder if I’m the only person on the planet who will like the book when it’s done.

I’m not quite sure what hole to pigeon the new book into, but for now we’ll call it adventure. It takes place on Dogwinkle Island – the same island where all the Wishing Rock books are set. Why? Well, I suppose because I created Dogwinkle, and I love it dearly. I needed a setting for the new book; where better to place it than an island that is completely mine to create and manipulate however I like?

Some of the characters from the Wishing Rock series make an appearance in the new novel, too. Cameos, more or less, but I love the characters dearly and wanted to let them know I haven’t forgotten them. There may be more proper Wishing Rock books again in the future, but for now, some of these characters get to live on in this new novel.

I was trying to think how to describe this adventure book in a way that would give readers an idea of what to expect. For a while I was stuck on “Dogwinkle meets Doctor Who,” which sounds fantastic but really is more misleading than descriptive. On the other hand, it gives you an idea of the general direction I’m going in.

As I said, this book is incredibly fun to write. As you may have guessed by now, part of the reason for that is that it’s not bound by reality like my other books have been. In this new novel (which isn’t even close to having anything resembling a title yet; hopefully something will come to mind eventually!!), everything is possible. And therefore, anything and everything can and does happen. Whatever I want to exist or be possible, can exist or be possible. Which is so entertaining and gratifying as an author.

The question that plagues, me, though: Will it be entertaining for the reader, too? Will my loyal readers enjoy this book; will new readers join in? I don’t know. As much as I love this book, I don’t know if this is the kind of book anyone else will want to read. Is it too juvenile? Too pedestrian? Too cliché? Will I alienate the audience I’ve worked hard to build? Will anyone read it, anyone at all?

Regardless, as I write this book, I know I would want to read it, and I suppose that in the end, what I’ve learned is the best course of action is to write the books I want to read. None of us is an island. (See what I did there? Dogwinkle Island – none of us is an island? Get it? Next stop: a book of humor essays!) What one person likes, others are bound to like, too. The trick is finding those people, and then inviting them along for the ride.

At any rate, this novel is still in its beginning stages. Right now I’m working on the plot and structure; then I’ll go fill in all the details. I’m a bit amazed at how this novel is bringing itself together. Sometimes it feels like it’s writing itself, revealing itself to me more quickly than anything else I’ve written. That’s a good thing, because in some ways I feel like I’m too busy to write these days. If the book wants to write itself, I won’t ask questions.

Fast as the book is coming together, though, there’s still so very much work to be done. I’m hoping to have this book published by the end of 2014. We’ll see. Stay tuned!

P.S. March 9 is National Wishing Rock Day – and on that day, I’ll be announcing a contest to win a copy of my new book (print or ebook in U.S., ebook elsewhere due to shipping costs). HOWEVER, I’ll only be announcing the rules via my mailing list, so be sure to sign up now!

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New series: Pam on the Map!

It’s here! If you love travel and travelogues or travel essays, and if you like to laugh, these are the books for you!

In my new Pam on the Map series, I offer up what I hope is an engaging twist on the modern travel memoir/travelogue genre.

One of my life mottos is “Curiosity and connection.” In my Pam on the Map series, I set out to discover and connect with people and places, and to take readers along on my adventures through my almost real-time reports. These tales are infused with candid honesty and what I hope are humorous observations and perceptive insights. My goal is to make readers feel as though they’re traveling right along with me.

Pam on the Map: Iceland is a full-length book based on a trip I took this summer, specifically for the book.

Pam on the Map: Ireland and Pam on the Map: Switzerland are shorter books, based on travels I took in 2005 and 2007.

I hope you’ll check them out! Then, come back and let me know what you think! Happy travels!

Pam on the Map: Iceland Pam on the Map: Ireland Pam on the Map: Switzerland

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The Pam Stucky Manifesto

There are lots of fabulous manifestos all over the internet, the Holstee Manifesto, for example. I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted to create one of my own. So finally, over the last few days, I sat down, thought about what I believe in and try to live by, and made one. I thought about calling it the “Pamifesto” but I decided that sounded like a disease! So I’ll just call this the Pam Stucky Manifesto instead. :) Here it is.

What would you put on your manifesto? What do you try to live by?

The Pam Stucky Manifesto

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Four years later

This post is so full of the fullness of four years, I don’t even know where to start, or how to say what all I want to say.

Friday afternoon (yesterday) I realized that my anniversary had passed: it was officially four years ago (and counting) that I quit my last full-time job to pursue a career in writing. (Side note: I’m quite proud to say just yesterday I published my fourth book!)

The decision to quit my job was a decision that changed the course of my life.

A decision that changed everything.

This is where I feel at a loss for words. How do I compress into one blog post the significance of that decision? How do I express the “before,” the hopelessness, the frustration, the misery; how do I explain the “after,” the passion, the joy, the struggle?

I never knew what I wanted to do with my life. Never. I graduated at the top of my class (well, technically second from the top, but that’s a technicality I can explain some other time), but when time came to go to college, I so well remember thinking, “Do I have to?” I had no idea where I was going. I had no idea what my passions were or what I wanted. But for people graduating at the top of their class, college came next. And so I went to college.

In yesterday’s mail, I received my University’s quarterly report. I read through it and then pondered: what, if anything, did I get from college? I spent those years confused and aimless. When the time came that I had to decide a major, I literally looked at all the classes I’d taken to that point, figured out in which area I’d taken the most classes, and picked that. (It was English, but just barely.) I had no interest in sentence structure. I was not passionate about Shakespeare. It simply came down to credits. What I got out of college: some friendships I will forever, forever, forever cherish, plus experience on the college newspaper, which gave me experience for my first jobs. What I did not get: much else.

After graduation, then, I floundered in a series of jobs that were never right for me. Jobs that left me feeling frustrated and empty and lifeless. Jobs that seemed pointless and meaningless. Jobs that did not in any way fulfill me. (I will say, every job I had has helped me in some way in my writing career. Marketing, development, fundraising, contracts and insurance, web design, all of it has helped me be able to do what I do now, and for that, I’m thankful.)

So four years ago, when I decided to quit my job, I can’t say I was really leaving for something as much as I was simply leaving. Leaving something else. Leaving a certain past for an uncertain future. Leaving the devil I knew for what I hoped would be a lesser devil I didn’t know. I was miserable, at rock bottom, and simply knew I needed out.

That decision changed everything.

Now, I will not say it has been easy. It has, in fact, been the opposite. I often say that if I’d known how much courage it would take, how much belief in myself, I would never have done it. But I’m glad I did it because it’s the best thing I ever did.

And from it, I have learned so much. Grown so much. What’s more, I keep learning and growing. Every year, every month, I feel more powerful and empowered than before. I have a long way to go, but I know I’m on the right path. Finally, on my own path.

What have I learned along the way?

  • First, dreams. It is harder than I ever imagined to follow a dream … but at the same time, it is 1000% worth it.
  • People so often say, “I’d do what I love if only I knew what that was.” To which I say, It doesn’t matter if you know exactly what you want. Head in the general direction of something you love, and you’ll find a path that will lead you to whatever’s next.
  • Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance is key. You have to believe in yourself and keep believing in yourself, trying and trying again, over and over, before you can be the overnight success you wish to be.
  • Resilience is key, too. A friend recently quoted back to me a passage from my second book about resilience. I didn’t recognize it, but I still agree with myself. If you have resilience, you can survive anything.
  • There is no “creative process” that you can follow to be more creative. People who are selling you creative process are selling you air. Being more creative is not about being more creative. We were born creative. We all have creativity in us. Being more creative is about letting go of fears and judgments. It’s about giving yourself permission to try and to “fail.” It’s about letting go of the need to conform. It’s about letting go of the idea that there’s a magical “right way” to do things that other people know about and you don’t. It’s about letting go of the fear of results.
  • If you risk being creative, if you risk living your dreams, some people will judge. Some people will hate you. Some people will relish the chance to mock you and your failures. Take the risk anyway.
  • Accomplishment is a drug. Proving to yourself that you can do what you set out to do is the greatest high.
  • There is no such thing as failure.

Above all, I’d just say this: Do it. Life is so short. Life is so short. I think sometimes about friends and acquaintances I know who died before their time … 30 years old, 33, 56, 57. I think of all the days I have that they never had. Why waste those days living lives that make us miserable? Why waste those days in fear of judgment? Why waste those days wondering “What if?”

Four years later, my “What if” is this: What if I hadn’t quit four years ago? What if I hadn’t taken the chance on myself? Where would I be now?

I have to say, I am so glad I will never know.

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The Man in the Arena / Teddy Roosevelt

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Genre-hopping in writing

So, peeps, I’m a little worried.

Since I’m doing this whole writing thing the indie way, I try to read and listen to a lot of articles and podcasts about writing and marketing and platforms, everything I can find. Of course you have to be careful in doing that because with such a new industry (self publishing), anyone can claim to be an “expert,” and things change fast. What worked a year ago might not work now. What would never have worked before might work now if done in the right way. Taking as gospel anything any of these people say is a bit, in my opinion, unwise.

But one thing is clear: almost everyone agrees that writers should pick a genre and stick with it. If you write a romance book, then the rest of your books for the rest of your life should be romance books. If you write a non-fiction how-to book, then you should only write non-fiction, preferably about whatever topic your how-to was about. Do not jump to other genres. Do one thing and do it well, and maybe, twenty years from now when you’re successful and famous, you can try something else.

Anyone who has been following me, though, knows that my first books are contemporary fiction, and that I’m now jumping over to travelogues. What’s more, the other books I have in the pipeline right now are a sort of memoir/personal essay book, and a young adult adventure (sci fi? fantasy?) book.

A lot of genre hopping.

All these self-declared pundits would cry “Noooooo! Don’t do it! You will fail!” They would warn me that writing in more than one genre will confuse my readers, prevent people from finding me, drive people away from my books.

At the same time, when someone points out the people who have managed to genre-hop with great success, the pundits declare these to be anomalies, only successful because the writer is so successful (e.g. Isaac Asimov).

What if, though, what if they are successful because they genre-hopped? What if there aren’t more successful genre-hoppers simply because more people don’t do it, and more people don’t do it simply because the conventional wisdom has always been that you shouldn’t do it?

I don’t know if this is arrogant, but I feel like my readers are smarter than that. My readers are certainly smart enough to figure out the ways a fiction book is different from a non-fiction book. My readers are smart enough to look at my list of books and figure out what they may or may not like. And, really, the goal, my goal, when people ask me “What kind of books do you write?” is to be able to answer “Good ones.”

Ultimately, I really believe people just like and want good stories. People want a good story far more than they are concerned about sticking to reading one genre. If that weren’t the case, Harry Potter could never have sold as it did. Millions – billions? – of people read outside their “normal” genres because they wanted a good story, and they were rewarded for doing so.

So I’m trusting you, my readers, to prove the pundits wrong, and to be the intelligent, discerning readers I know you are. I hope you’ll follow wherever the writing muses lead me, and always give me feedback to help me know if I’m on the right track. Like I said, I want to produce good stories. I want to engage people through words and show people new worlds, regardless of whether they really exist. Curiosity and connection, wit and wisdom, discovery and dreams, these are my genres.

Stay tuned! And thank you.

Oh, also, there's a cookbook coming soon. :)

Oh, also, there’s a cookbook coming soon. :)

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Cinnamon Roll Season

It’s a little after 5 a.m. on Mother’s Day. At 5 I woke up (no alarm; the sun wakes me up these days) and lay in bed calculating how much time the make-ahead cinnamon rolls I made ahead last night needed to rise; whether it was too soon to take them out of the refrigerator for a “cold rise,” which over the years we’ve determined yields the best results. I decided it would have been better if I’d woken up half an hour later, but I may as well set them out and then try to get some more sleep. So the cinnamon rolls are now a-risin’. “Cinnamon Roll Season,” as I call it, has begun. It starts every year on Mother’s Day, ends on Father’s Day, with no additional bakings in between. A season of two.

Cinnamon Roll Season is a new thing, and I can’t remember exactly when it started. When I was growing up, Mom was in charge of all the family gatherings (or so it seemed) – crowds of people from both sides of the family descending on the house multiple times each year, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving; you name it, Mom did it, and she did it with unmatched panache and skill. As elder relatives passed on, though, and extended family grew up and had their own families, the dinners got smaller and smaller.

Then came the day when, suddenly, all the grandmothers had passed on, and my Mom was the eldest Mom. Prior to that, she’d been in charge of Mother’s Day, but it was clear that it wasn’t right for her to have to make her own celebratory meal.

And so, intrepidly, one year (was it the first year without a grandmother? I can’t remember) I invited Mom and Dad to my house for Mother’s and Father’s Day brunches, and have done so ever since.

Now, clearly, it felt so clear when I invited them the first time, I wasn’t really an adult yet. Having Mom and Dad over for an official family brunch felt like I was playing at adulthood, playing at knowing what I was doing. Those elaborate family meals from years past, dozens of succulent dishes weighing down tables and filling up counter space and then our bellies – how did she do it? Of course she had help from other cooks who joined her in the kitchen on their arrival, but that’s a technicality; in truth, she managed most of it by herself. Today I’ll bake the cinnamon rolls and pop some ham in the oven and scramble some eggs, and cross my fingers that by some miracle of nature it’ll all be ready at the same time. Mom, on the other hand, always managed everything with a flair and perfection of timing which I didn’t know to marvel at until I had to do it on my own.

But I’ll try. I can’t remember how long we’ve been having cinnamon rolls for Mother’s and Father’s Days now, but it’s only been a few years. Regardless, it’s the beginning of a new tradition. In some ways when all those colossal family dinners faded away, it felt like the end of something. Maybe it was. Still, inadequate though I may feel about pretending to be an adult sometimes, today as I put the cinnamon rolls out to rise I realized we have firmly created something new. Cinnamon Roll Season. Starting on Mother’s Day, ending on Father’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love you. And because I’m not so great at writing blog posts regularly, an early Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I love you. There are not enough words of gratitude for all you both have done and continue to do for me, for the love and support and encouragement and humor and believing in me. But I promise there will always be more than enough cinnamon rolls.

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The Author Exploitation Business by David Gaughran

Originally posted by David Gaughran at his blog. Please spread the word!

The Author Exploitation Business

penguin (1)Writing is a glamorous occupation – at least from the outside. Popular depictions of our profession tend to leave out all the other stuff that comes with the territory: carpal tunnel syndrome, liver failure, penury, and madness.

Okay, okay, I jest. I love being a writer. Sharing stories with the world and getting paid for it is bloody brilliant. It’s a dream job, and like any profession with a horde of neophytes seeking to break in, there are plenty of sharks waiting to chew them to bits.

Publishing is a screwed up business. The often labyrinthine path to success makes it much easier for those with nefarious intentions to scam the unsuspecting. But it doesn’t help that so many organizations who claim to help writers, to respect them, to assist them along the path to publication are actually screwing them over.

Before the digital revolution made self-publishing viable on a wide scale, the dividing lines were easier to spot. Traditional publishers paid you if they wanted to buy the rights to your novel. Self-publishers were people who filled their garages with books and tried to hawk them at events. And vanity presses were the scammers, luring the unsuspecting with false promises and roundly condemned by self-publishers and traditional publishers alike.

Today it’s very different. The scammy vanity presses are owned by traditional publishers who are marketing them as the “easy” way to self-publish – when it’s nothing more than a horrifically expensive and terribly ineffective way to publish your work, guaranteed to kill your book’s chance of success stone dead, while emptying your bank account in the process.

Some of you might think: hey, it’s just business. Caveat emptor and all that. And don’t these people know how to use Google?

That’s easy to say from our position of experience. Do you remember how naive you were at the start? Do you remember just how badly you wanted to get published? Do you remember the crushing grind of the query-go-round?

I’m not surprised people get scammed. When you want something so badly, and you can’t seem to make progress towards that goal – no matter how hard you work – you start to go crazy. You get desperate.

And it’s much harder to tell the scammers from the legitimate organizations when they are owned by the same people.

Take Penguin-owned Author Solutions, one of the worst vanity presses out there. Here’s how they hoodwink inexperienced writers into using their horribly expensive service.

If you Google a term like “find a publisher” the results are littered with sites like FindYourPublisher.com (which I’m not going to link to because that will help their SEO, but you can cut-and-paste that address).

The website purports to be an independent resource, helping to pair you with the most suitable publishing company. Or as they put it:

dedicated to helping both first-time and experienced authors identify the most suitable indie book publishing company for their book. With the information you provide about your book and goals, FYP makes a recommendation as to which indie book publisher has the best publishing package to help you reach your publishing objectives.

Below this message is an online questionnaire asking you about your book. When you have completed that and handed over your phone number, the site makes a recommendation based on your answers.

Except the only companies recommended are Trafford, AuthorHouse, Xlibris, and iUniverse – all of which are scammy vanity presses, all owned by Author Solutions. And, fitting with the rest of the pattern, FindYourPublisher.com is just one of many (many!) such sites owned and operated by Author Solutions, purporting to make independent recommendations, but only recommending Author Solutions companies.

I have sympathy for those hoodwinked by awful companies like Author Solutions. The dividing lines aren’t as obvious as they were. And inexperienced writers naively assume that a company like Penguin has their best interests at heart. Maybe it’s the cuddly logo.

Newsflash: Penguin doesn’t care about writers

When Penguin bought the world’s biggest vanity press for $116m last July, many people in the publishing business gave them a pass. They claimed that Penguin would clean up the cesspool. But instead Author Solutions CEO Kevin Weiss was given a seat on the Penguin board.

A seat on the board!

Emily Suess wrote an excellent guest post here back in February, detailing how the slick Author Solutions scam hadn’t changed one bit since the Penguin takeover.

It’s now almost a year since Penguin bought the company (instead of buying, say, Goodreads, but I digress). It should be clear to everyone now that Penguin has no intention of changing Author Solutions’ scammy approach. In fact, Penguin just announced plans to take the scam global.

Penguin has been looking under the Author Solutions hood for 10 months now. Its conclusion was this: we can make this bigger. We can take this scam on the road and start exploiting writers all over the planet.

And Penguin is still getting a pass for this crap.

The Penguin Omerta

The Publishers Weekly piece on Penguin’s aggressive expansion plans for Author Solutions makes no mention of the company being a universally reviled vanity press that has cheated 150,000 writers out of their savings.

This is something I’ve been noticing for a while, and Publishers Weekly isn’t alone. The pieces in The Bookseller, GalleyCat, and Digital Book World also make no mention of the widespread criticism that Author Solutions has attracted, nor do they mention that the company is currently the subject of a class action suit for their deceptive practices.

More disturbingly, my comment pointing this out appears to have been scrubbed from The Bookseller, is stuck in the moderation queue on Digital Book World’s piece (despite explicitly stating that they had posted it).

The reaction at the London Book Fair was similar. No-one from traditional publishing wanted to talk about Penguin’s ownership of Author Solutions. No-one wants to talk about how a supposedly legitimate publisher now owns the most successful author scamming organization on the planet.

These guys are probably taking their cue from the New York Times, who won’t mention anything remotely critical about Author Solutions, but are happy to spend lots of time showing them in a positive light (like here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Writer Beware

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has done sterling work over the years warning writers away from people like Author Solutions both on their own site, and through their industry watchdog Writer Beware.

However, I would love to see them go one step further.

Remember those awful Random House digital-first imprints? Public pressure forced Random House to change the horribly one-sided terms it was offering writers. That result was achieved after Writer Beware blogged about it, SFWA president John Scalzi followed up, and SFWA itself threatened to de-list Random House as a qualifying market.

What Author Solutions is doing to writers is far, far worse.

Isn’t it time to do something about this? Isn’t it time to threaten to de-list Penguin as a qualifying market if they don’t clean up Author Solutions?

Hands Up If You Don’t Own A Vanity Press

There’s only problem with this approach. Where do you stop? Because you would have to threaten to do the same with all these guys too:

1. Simon & Schuster hired Author Solutions to run their own scammy vanity press – Archway Publishing. If that wasn’t enough, they then offered a bounty to bloggers to lie about the company.

2. Harper Collins-owned Thomas Nelson have their own crappy vanity operation called West Bow Press – also “powered” by Author Solutions.

3. Harlequin, never afraid to turn down a penny, jumped in the game a few years ago. Author Solutions provided the white-label vanity operation for them.

4. Showing that it’s not just the larger publishers, Hay House contracted Author Solutions to set up Balboa Press – another scammy, crappy, overpriced vanity press.

If it was down to me, I would threaten to de-list all these guys until they cleaned house, but Penguin would be a good start, given they (a) it all comes back to Author Solutions, (b) Penguin owns Author Solutions, (c) Penguin has shown no interest in addressing concerns, and (d) Penguin is planning a massive expansion of the Author Solutions scam.

Writers Digest & Lulu

I’m sure Digital Book World’s reluctance to mention the problems with Author Solutions has nothing to do with the fact that they are owned by F+W Media, which also owns yet another crappy vanity press – Abbot Press (which has some of the worst prices out there).

In a refreshing change of pace, this crappy vanity press is not actually powered by Author Solutions. Abbot Press is a division of Writers Digest. Yes, that Writers Digest.

If that catches you by surprise, I’m sorry to say that Writers Digest went over to the dark side a few years back, and now spam their subscribers with crap like this.

I’m sure Author Solutions was disappointed to miss out on that deal but at least they can console themselves with the new partnership they struck with  Lulu last month to provide premium (i.e. overpriced and ineffective) marketing services to Lulu customers.

That’s right. Lulu made a deal with the devil.

How Can We Fight Back?

Penguin think they can continue to ride out the storm, ignoring the criticism and collecting their ill-gotten gains, but if we make enough noise, they will have to respond. That starts with sharing this post, or, even better, blogging about it yourself.

But it also means reaching out to inexperienced writers and trying to steer them away from these crooks. We need to get the message out that self-publishing is not the impossible task it’s painted as. Sarah Woodbury has a helpful post on the basics here, and I have another here. Feel free to point newbies to them, or write your own.

Each time you see an article talking about Author Solutions and not mentioning all the issues, comment underneath and call them on it. Even if the media don’t change their one-eyed approach, readers will see the comments.

If you’re a member of a writers organization like SFWA, RWA, or MWA, ask what they are doing about Penguin. Ask them why they haven’t threatened to de-list Penguin. And keep pressing them! The SFWA (and the RWA) were really strong in response to Random House. We need the same from them again.

150,000 writers have been screwed over already. I think that’s enough. Don’t you?

- by David Gaughran

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John Cleese on Creativity

Fabulous and insightful talk (complete with subtitles in some Nordic? language!), including the ideas that you have to make a time and space for creativity; that you have to be prepared to stick with your work, be prepared to tolerate the discomfort of an unsolved problem; and the importance of humor.
 

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Sephira release “Eternity,” dedicated to the late Larry Hagman

The duo’s new EP will be released April 9; available for pre-order now.

After completing 2012, with a star-turn as “Bond Girls” performing at the pre-premiere bash of the Bond movie, Skyfall, the string-driven vocal sensation Sephira have announced the release of their brand new EP, Eternity.  Dedicated to the late Larry Hagman, star of hit TV series Dallas, Eternity is a nod to the friendship they shared with the star, and his unwavering belief in their music that has been invaluable in their rise to stardom.

Sephira ETERNITY

Known to U.S. audiences from their many appearances on PBS, Sephira, the creation of siblings Joyce and Ruth O’Leary, have broken away from their classical influences and have become known for their self-described “fiery fusion of dueling violins and ethereal vocals.”  Their sensational live show has taken Sephira across the globe, performing both public and exclusive private events for elite audiences, most recently a performance in Monte Carlo for Prince Albert of Monaco.

Eternity, a five track EP, includes signature Sephira tracks “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Misirlou” from Pulp Fiction. The opening track is a cutting edge re-working of “Danse Macabre” by Saints-Saens. Both “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins and “Danse Macabre” give the listener a glimpse into the powerful visuals of the new Sephira show. The limited-edition hard copy EP also has an original bonus track, “Miracle,” guaranteed to touch the hearts of millions all over the world. “The recording of Eternity has been such a journey for us, both personally and musically. I feel like we managed to capture the heart and soul of it in the music,” said Ruth. “We have also included a couple of Larry’s favorite tracks on the EP, one in particular that brings back amazing memories for us; one he made a special request for us to perform at his 80th birthday party,” said Joyce.

Sephira’s past performances include TV appearances with Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West and Enya, testament to their belief in throwing caution to the wind and disregarding musical boundaries. The personal strength and dynamic presence of Sephira are clear indicators of musicians who have fully arrived and are here to stay.

Eternity is available for digital download at iTunes on April 9, currently available for pre-order.  Eternity Limited Edition physical copy will be released on May 27, and is now available to pre-order from http://sephirastore.weebly.com.

Find Sephira online at www.sephira.ie, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Reverbnation.

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