New Kids on the Blog: An interview with Stanley P. Brown

Today I have the privilege to introduce you to a wonderful writer, doting father and devoted Christian, Stanley P. Brown. Stanley is a friend and fellow #WolfPackAuthor, and if you’ve never read anything by him, it’s high time you do. But first, check out the interview below, and learn all about what makes Stanley tick!

Stanley Brown, Kinesiology Professor and Dept Head, and author of awesome paranormal fiction. (Photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

1. Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself. 

Professor, Department Head, Scientist, writer of weird stories, Christian, Father of three daughters, Husband of one wife, Lover of wine and dark chocolate, Marvel nerd. Love of movies, new favorite just watched, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Fabulous work by Keanu Reeves.

2. You are an author. Tell us about your books. 

I write paranormal, broadly speaking, which includes everything from political thrillers with a paranormal twist to contemporary sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal mixture to children’s fantasy. Basically, things I like to read, but I read widely and get inspiration from many, many genres. Each book is meant to be a series, except Veiled Memory, which is Book 1 of The Stonehenge Chronicles. Book 2, The Ruby Ring, will be released from my publisher, Black Opal Books, on November 16, 2019. I am also writing a children’s animal story called The Captain of Tally Ho, based on my two cats. It, too, is paranormal. It is a middle grade fantasy, like Fallen Wizard. So, I have 4 mythologies I am currently working on and will be for the foreseeable future. I soon have to get to the sequels of Fallen Wizard and The Legacy.

My Amazon page is My website is Here are a few other links to find my three novels (Fallen Wizard, Veiled Memory, The Legacy) I’ve published so far:







3. What motivates you to write?

Boredom. I write because I like to and because I quickly lose interest in normal life, I suppose, is a good way to put it. I write fiction and study theology, my two great passions. I’m close to retirement, so my work (academic) writing has pretty much dried up.

4. What is your writer’s Achilles Heel? 

What am I bad at? I would say writing description beautifully is a real gift I just don’t have. One of my favorite children’s authors, Philip Pullman, has it in spades. Read his stuff, far better writing than what J.K. Rowling did in the HP series. I loved HP, don’t get me wrong, but Pullman is an artist.

5. What is your personal connection to the setting/characters in your books?

In Veiled Memory my protag is an academic historian and so is my wife. She has triplet daughters and my wife and I have three daughters. The Legacy is set mostly in Mississippi where I’ve lived for many years. Fallen Wizard is initially set in my hometown in Louisiana. And in The Captain of Tally Ho, the mythical land of Tally Ho is really the street I live on in my town in Mississippi.

6. What is your favorite thing to discuss with your readers? 

Probably plot, and from a technical standpoint with other writers, point of view issues.

7. What is the most annoying question you get from your readers? 

How did you come up with your story idea? I have an answer for each story, but it annoys me to tell it. Want to hear it?

8. What are some of the life-changing books you’ve read, and why? 

In fiction, all of Tolkien for the sheer expansiveness of it and for his take on serious issues like immortality and death. Heavy, I know, but that’s Tolkien. He’s The Dude.

9. What is the one book you wish you had written, and why? 

Oh, I don’t know. It’s a good question I’ve never thought of and gives me a headache just thinking of it. I will say that I do not like copycats. I try to make my myths original. 

10. You are also a member of the #WolfPackAuthors. Tell us a bit about your involvement with the group.

Love the interaction, though I can see that the personalities involved and the types of things we are all interested in are quite varied. We’re tied together with the purpose of promoting the work of the members. For that, I am appreciative. As an Indie author, promotion is time consuming and largely confusing. WPA are helping a lot, and Twitter, generally. Nice group. We ought to plan a biennial convention. Seriously, it would be fabulous.

11. What is your greatest passion?

I’m a Christian, so Lord Jesus, His worship and approval. That follows Tolkien who was also a Christian, yet a writer of fantasy and different worlds. I do the same, but am cognizant that I must not deny the faith in my work. A tricky thing to pull off when you write paranormal. But Christianity is supernatural, isn’t it, so I’m right at home.

12. Do you have other talents or hobbies? 

Working out/staying healthy.

13. What are you currently reading?

A work of theology from my favorite theologian, James R. White. I am also a regular listener to his podcast.

14. Are there any new projects in your future?

Working on a short story set in the story world of The Legacy. Actually it’s set in the immediate aftermath of the story, told from the POV of a minor character in The Legacy. 

What’s next for you? 

I need to finish the short story and then concentrate the rest of the year on finishing The Captain of Tally Ho, which I hope will come out summer, 2020. Then on to other sequels in my various mythologies.

15. And the question that everyone gets asked: Recommend one Netflix series I should watch.

Oh, definitely, The Last Kingdom based of the historical novels of Bernard Cornwell. Really good BBC work. Love it and him. Eagerly waiting for the next season.

New Kids on the Blog: An interview with Judy and Keith, authors of Children’s and YA fiction (@JudyandKeith)


This past week I had the profound pleasure of talking to Judy and Keith, who are not only writing partners, but have also been life-partners for more than forty years (they don’t look old enough for that!). Their story is such a selfless one, but not entirely smooth sailing on the publishing side of things. Read the interview below to find out more about them, their writing and their wonderful books. At the very bottom I will post a link to the article that sparked our conversation, and that can be of great value to anyone who hopes to publish Children’s fiction, or anything that contains graphic content, via Amazon Kindle.

Judy and Keith are also members of the WolfPackAuthors writers’ group. If you haven’t any idea what that is, visit @WolfPackAuthors on Twitter, and be sure to follow them. They’re pretty awesome, just like real wolves.

Keith & Judy

“Judy’s Big-nan told the best bedtime stories with witches, fairies, magic teapots…etc. Judy carried on the tradition with our children, and now we’re reaching a new generation.”


  1. Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Judy and Keith mainly write children’s stories. Each story tries to emphasize a moral and has to pass the acid test: Would we be happy if our own grandchildren read it?

We were born near Tamworth in the UK, met at high school, have been married for over forty years, and are now semi-retired, living in the South Bay, Los Angeles.
Judy initially followed a medical career as a radiographer and ultrasound technician in the UK and in her spare time gave piano lessons.
Keith followed a career first as an electronic engineer and later as a program manager.
In the mid-eighties, we relocated to Los Angeles where Judy switched profession to cosmetologist. We have two sons and two grandsons.

  1. You are both authors, and a couple?! Tell us about your books.

Keith writes, Judy edits—she says ‘why bark when you have a dog!’
Keith’s alter-ego writes adult material. Our grandson heard us discussing a story and wanted to read it. He was only eight. We promised to write a story just for him and asked what he wanted—answer, a wrestling story. Big T was the result. By the time we’d worked through all our grandchildren & god-grandchildren—we were on a roll.

Some of our earlier eBooks are no longer available individually, but we are republishing them as anthologies. The first two collections are available from Amazon, with Bedtime Stories following early in 2019.

Wicked Witch Anthology

Also available in print here.

Children’s Stories Anthology

Also available in print here.

  1. What motivates you to write?

It has to be our grandchildren.

  1. What are your writers’ Achilles Heels?

Some stories don’t resonate with Keith, and he procrastinates. A few glasses of wine in our rooftop garden usually works to break the deadlock.

  1. How do you negotiate plot ideas or differences in opinion about the content of your books? Is it a negotiation?

It’s a negotiation—usually involving a couple of glasses of wine. Judy is the big picture plot…Keith fills in the details.

  1. Your books are aimed at children and young adults. How did you come to work in this genre? What is your personal connection to the characters in your books?

See answer to Question #2
All characters are fictional…although, we do cherry pick the names we use so our grandkids can relate better to the stories.

  1. Of the books you’ve written, which resonates most closely with you as authors? Are there characters that hold a special relationship with your own childhoods?

The Wicked Witch series—Judy’s Big-nan told the best bedtime stories with witches, fairies, magic teapots…etc. Judy carried on the tradition with our children, and now we’re reaching a new generation.

  1. What is your favorite thing to discuss with your readers?

Nothing specific, although we do try and introduce morals and consequences into our stories.

  1. What are some of the life-changing books you’ve read, and why?

Keith fell in love with C. S Lewis’ Narnia series and E. S Nesbit’s stories…especially the blend of reality and fantasy. The idea that you can be living a mundane life…and a second later, a miracle happens…Judy’s the practical one…but, can make up a children’s story at a drop of a hat!

  1. You have had unique challenges with self-publishing children’s books and have overcome them in unique ways. Can you tell us a little bit about that, the illustrations and your process, also about your recently published article in regards to the challenges of publishing books for young readers?

Family and friends told us we’d reach a bigger audience if we had illustrations and the books in print. My son kept plugging away, so when Amazon offered this suite of publishing tools—effectively removing the barrier to play—we had to give them a try. The article goes into more details.
For us, we promised ourselves not to spend family money on what could be viewed as a hobby. The Amazon tools appeared too good to be true. It may be true…and in the future the tools themselves might become a profit-center, but not at the moment. We have a backlog of short stories—more than enough for two additional anthologies. We’ve turned it into a family affair, we all produce illustrations, help with marketing. Judy takes the lead with editing. Keith pulls all the parts together.
At the moment, except for the cover, we’re keeping the illustrations as pen-pencil. If these take off, we’ll consider full color. Our first front cover was home grown using an Amazon template, the second was the result of a competition.

  1. What was the first book you ever wrote?

Children’s stories…was Big T. It still appears on Amazon, but the publisher Devine Destinies has removed it from their website. We will include it in Bedtime Stories 1Q2019. The Mystery of the Broken Vase…still a short-story, but the theme is darker.

Big T

The Mystery of the Broken Vase

  1. What is your greatest passion?

Who knows? We don’t. Music’s a passion…dancing.
We firmly believe communication and doing things together are two of the three legs to keep a relationship fresh and new.

  1. Do you have other talents or hobbies?

Keith’s getting better at drawing illustrations…

  1. What are you currently reading?

Nothing in the YA-children genres.
Keith is a reviewer with TBRpile, so there is plenty of reading material. The last one was an adult detective story by Susan Laine.

  1. Are there any new projects in your future? What’s next for you?

One day at a time…finish the series of children anthologies. That covers 2019!! Bite the bullet with Harry Putter—a YA/NA romantic comedy…we’re stuck at 2000 words…

  1. And the question that everyone gets asked: Recommend one Netflix series I should watch?

Orange is the new black…Judy

To learn more about Judy and Keith’s lovely children’s books, click here, or visit their Amazon Authors’ Page. Download their article on publishing Children’s fiction/graphic content to Amazon Kindle here.

If you are an author, book blogger/vlogger or book reviewer and would like to be featured as one of my New Kids on the Blog, DM me @StinavD on Twitter, or drop me a line at christina (at) (please replace (at) with @).

Have a lit week!