Author’s vampire series officially has a ‘Legacy’
BY DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND Correspondent December 13, 2013 3:28PM
Sue Midlock | Supplied photo
If you go
What: Sue Midlock author event and signing
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21
Where: The Book Mouse, 722 LaSalle St., Ottawa
Info: www.bookmouse.org; suemydliak.wordpress.com and Sue Mydliak on Facebook.
Updated: January 16, 2014 6:43AM
Memo to fans of Sue Midlock’s “Birthright” series: “Legacy” now is available, and Midlock is writing “Kane,” the third and final story in the series about family secrets and vampires.
The series’ setting is Utica, and Midlock fondly recalls a signing event at the town’s Burgoo Festival.
“I was hoping for a successful day, and much to my surprise, I sold every single book that I brought with me,” Midlock said. “Thirty-five, to be exact.”
When Midlock, who writes under the pen name Sue Mydliak, wrote her vampire novel, “Birthright,” she credited her inspiration to other supernatural series she had enjoyed: “Twilight” and “Harry Potter.”
Midlock, a special-education paraprofessional for Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, never imagined that single book would result in a vampire series, two children’s books, a volume of short stories and a presence in two anthologies, as well as a publishing adventure with a small press, a stint with owning and operating a cooperative press and self-publishing.
She also created the cover artwork for each story in the “Birthright” series and for her two children’s books.
“Birthright,” initially was released by former Vamplit Publishing in Wales, where Midlock became its artistic director. When the house closed in 2011, it reversed Midlock’s rights to her book.
As Midlock mentally debated whether she should seek another publisher or self-publish, two author friends suggested the three start a publishing cooperative, Visionary Press Cooperative, with Midlock serving again as artistic director.
The cooperative reissued “Birthright.” Then one day, the cooperative, too, shut down.
“After having dealt with two publishers, both of which really gave me a blow to my trust, I then decided enough is enough,” Midlock said, “and I went to self-publishing.”
Midlock has since self-published “Birthright” and “Legacy,” along with a children’s book, “Line’s Big Discovery.” A second children’s book, “Rudy’s Big Adventure,” is almost ready for publication.
“My (children’s) books have moral endings,” Midlock said, “something that will teach kids a worthy lesson.”
Midlock’s short stories are included in the anthologies “Satan’s Toybox: Demonic Dolls” and “Satan’s Toybox: Toy Soldiers.” Angelic Knight Press published 13 of Midlock’s best short horror stories, “Tortured Minds.”
“I do have a collection of Southern shorts that I’ve written,” Midlock said. “They are soft horror stories, funny and not so much gore; it’s the surprise endings that’ll grab you.”
However, fans shouldn’t expect to see them in print anytime soon.
“I haven’t had time to get them out as of yet,” Midlock said, “too busy, doing other stuff.”
After Midlock launches “Kane,” she plans to return to a novel she began years ago. Midlock likens it to a modern “Lord of the Rings.” Three girls with identical birthdates and magical abilities find their powers enhanced by a certain ring, which they receive on their 16th birthdays.
“I’ve also been contracted to be an illustrator for this author I met at BookFest in Glen Ellyn,” Midlock said. “So I’ll be illustrating and writing still.”
Midlock advises writers to research their genre, take time to write a good story and edit well. Don’t expect publishers to perform most of the marketing. Writers should create an online presence for themselves, network with readers and other writers, and keep a supply of books in the trunk.
“You never know when you’ll spot an indie (independent) book store while on vacation or driving around,” Midlock said.
Midlock’s books are available through www.amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions, except for “Tortured Minds,” which is available only as an ebook.
“The Legacy” also includes Chapter 1 from “Kane.”