Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Eric Syrdal — September 13, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Eric Syrdal

Eric Syrdal is a poet/author.  He’s an avid gamer and Sci-Fi enthusiast. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy literature and spends a great deal of his writing time focused in those genres.  He is a romantic, at heart. His work usually contains elements of the supernatural and fantastic along with potent female voices and archetypes.

He is from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lives with wife and two children.  You can read more Eric’s writing at My Sword and ShieldWhisper and The Roar and can follow him on his Facebook Author Page




“Pantheon” is a thrilling philosophical journey exploring the depth and meaning for one passing through a metaphorical world of inner demons and dragons, goddesses of the soul, of warrior and poet. A journey that crosses boundaries of time, space, and perception.  I am captured by the intimate revelations of this intuitive and sympathetic protagonist battling the dark ages of his subconscious moving instinctively forward into innerscape, relying upon and exalting the virtue goddesses that guide and deliver him from barbarity and trial by ordeal both physical and spiritually as he transports from one state of being to another, from one point of time to another”
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Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Nicole Lyons — September 7, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons is a tornado harnessed into the body of a writer, social activist, voice for the downtrodden, and a powerful poet whose words reveal truth like a scalpel through silk. A Consulting Editor and long-time member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, her writing is featured in Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

Lyons’ essays, articles, and poetry can be found in The Mighty, The OCH Literary Society, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sidereal Catalyst, and OTV Magazine. She was inducted into The Mental Health Writer’s Guild in 2015 for her work on The Lithium Chronicles, Psych Central, The Mighty, and the International Bipolar Foundation.  Lyons volunteers as a speaker and event coordinator with a Canadian non-profit that focuses on suicide awareness and prevention in children and teens.

The best-selling author of HUSH (no longer in print) and I am a World of Uncertainties Disguised as a Girl (Sudden Denouement Publishing) lives a good life in beautiful British Columbia with her daughters and husband.  From her sunny porch, Lyons is enjoying a glass of wine, and working on her much anticipated fourth collection of poetry.




‘I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl’ written by author and poet Nicole Lyons, is a breathtaking collection of poems that blurs the lines between love and madness. A sorceress of words, Nicole Lyons takes the reader to the edge of the abyss of creativity, sanity, and love, and asks the question, ‘can one survive both a broken heart and a broken mind?’

©Nicole Lyons/Cover Art by Mitch Green

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In Blossom and Bone, Nicole Lyons’ third collection of poetry, she is unafraid to bare her soul. With never a wasted word, Lyons’ work has a hypnotic immediacy that leaves the reader breathless, as if she were in the room with them, saying; “I am standing here screaming / I live, I live, I love.” Blossom and Bone is “A beautifully crafted work of art that will punch you in the face with its gritty realism before soothing your wounds with elegant prose, thought provoking lines, and sublime imagery.” – Samuel Decker Thompson

©Nicole Lyons/Cover Art by Mitch Green

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Clyde Hurlston — July 22, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Clyde Hurlston

Some people state that they have known what they have wanted to do with their lives since a very early age; but Clyde Hurlston was not one of those people. Growing up in a small, working-class suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana; Clyde speaks very fondly of his childhood. “I was very fortunate, in that I had and still have both of my parents in my life up until this very day. My father was a hard working man. He was a tugboat captain for many years, and my mother sacrificed a career to be a homemaker, raising my older brother and I to be the men we are today.”

One thing Clyde often states unequivocally is the emphasis both of his parents placed on education. “Education was paramount,” he says. “Both of my parents demanded that my brother and I do well in school, otherwise there would be consequences,” he says with a laugh. Throughout most of his primary schooling, Clyde displayed signs of being a remarkable child. He was often placed into gifted and talented courses and was always a fixture on the Honor Roll every quarter. After transitioning into both middle and high schools, Clyde would be placed into Honors classes, where students would be placed into a grade but would be using the textbooks and materials of the grade above them.

These opportunities are what led to Clyde’s passions for reading and expanding his vocabulary, as he would try to understand the words he was reading on a daily basis at school. It was also through his school textbooks that Clyde was first exposed to the world of poetry. But when asked how he had come to discover his ability to write poetry, it’s a subject that the writer is often a little reticent to discuss. Because there is a bit of tragedy behind the story of what his friends have called his gift of writing.

“It’s often hard for me to discuss this… but I really don’t know where I would be without writing. Writing is what has helped me cope with the events of life. It has been my therapy.  As I’m often fond of saying, writing has been my salvation. So I have been repaying that debt with ink. And that’s where the title of my book comes from: it’s an acknowledgment of the importance of writing in my life. Though at times it feels like both a gift and a curse, I fear I may not be here sitting and talking to you, if it weren’t for writing. My mind takes me to some pretty dark places. But thankfully, I have great friends and family, and a blank page is always close by.”

When pressed for details as to the tragedy he referred to, the aspiring writer takes a deep breath and begins to share the events with me. “It started way back in 1996,” he says, staring off into space. “I was only 12 years old, and approaching my thirteenth birthday. That summer, just before my birthday, my little cousin Shawn had died. He was only eight years old, and cancer had stolen him from us. But he was the most remarkable person I had ever met. He was blind, but somehow he could always tell who was entering the room before they spoke. He had a little toy car collection, and he could pick up a car, and hold it up to his face and tell you the color, make, and model of that car. It was truly amazing. He was so full of joy, so full of life. But he was also so frail because of his condition. He was the little brother I never had.”

“And after that summer concluded, I started my freshmen year of high school. I was still reeling from Shawn’s death. I’m a very introverted person. I tend to bottle things up. So I doubt anyone truly knew the hole that his death left in my heart. Hell, that hole is still there to this very day. I have never gotten over that. But in my English class that year, we were discussing poetry in class. And our teacher was going to make us write a poem as our assignment that day. And for some reason, she handed us all a tiny piece of paper that was shaped like an angel. And she told us that she wanted us to write a poem about an angel. So something sparked in me that day, and I wrote my first poem about Shawn, because I felt then he was my angel. And I have been writing ever since that day. In some form or another. So that is the reason why my book is dedicated to Shawn. I feel like writing was a gift that he gave me. And I’m trying my hardest not to squander it. I hope I make him proud.”

For anyone seeking to become a writer, whatever their chosen genre may be, releasing their first book is always a milestone in their life. So I hope that not only does Clyde make his late cousin proud, but maybe one day, himself as well. Because I know firsthand many people have told me how much they enjoy his writing, and I believe they will enjoy his first release, A Debt Paid In Ink, which was released on August 9, 2017.

For those who cannot get enough of his writing, Clyde was also chosen to have a piece of his poetry featured in each of the first three volumes of The Cult Magazine releases by Rad Press Publishing.

Clyde currently resides in Marrero, Louisiana.

Clyde is a single man who lives with relatives and their two dogs in his childhood home. Working a full-time job, while writing in every spare moment possible.

You can follow Clyde on his websiteFacebook, and Twitter and Instagram  @adebtpaidinink

Book cover

Clyde Hurlston seduces rhythmic verse to portray both prose and poetry in this collection of the raw, and viscerally embodied. His direct temperament to provoke lyrically rabid banter, seeks out the authentic grit he explores. “A Debt Paid In Ink” is a boiling body of work, melodically penned to punch you in the teeth.

A Debt Paid In Ink is available through AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, and Rad Press Publishing.
Indie Blu(e) Welcomes John W. Leys — July 17, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes John W. Leys

John W. Leys is an indie poet/author from Redmond, Oregon. He currently posts his work on his blog Darkness of His Dreams, which he started in 2016. John has been writing poetry since he was 14 years old and has had his work published in a variety of small publications, including Omnibus—the literary journal of the University of South Florida, and Byronmania—a now-defunct online journal dedicated to the life and works of Lord Byron. He is a contributor to Blood into Ink and has been a frequent guest contributor to the GoDogGo Cafe, and is one of the poets featured in Nicholas Gagnier’s upcoming book All the Lonely People.

John was born in Long Island, New York, but was raised in Albany, Oregon. He began writing poetry in high school, largely inspired by the lyrics of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. John served five years in the US Army from 1991-1996 and was stationed in Gießen, Germany and Ft Sam Houston, TX. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and did his Master’s in Judaic Studies at the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. When not writing he enjoys playing one of his five ukuleles and has been known to record music under the name Elijah Wilbury. He has a strong interest in philosophy, especially the ancient school of Stoicism. He currently lives in Redmond, Oregon with his wife—Justine, his son—Tristyn, their three dogs, and two cats.

John writes in a variety of poetic forms on a wide variety of topics. While he generally writes un-rhymed free verse, he generally lets the poem itself determine the form it takes. His writing draws on his personal experiences, world events, philosophy, religion, mythology, and whatever else inspires him at the moment. He takes to heart Allen Ginsberg’s advise that “To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.” and strives to write authentically and be true to his own poetic voice.

John has been influenced by a variety of poets and lyricist including Allen Ginsberg, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, Catullus, Pete Townshend, Ted Hughes, John Keats, George Harrison, John Milton, TS Eliot, Sappho, Sylvia Plath, and many many others.

John is currently working on his first book of poetry, Darkness of His Dreams, which will be released later this year. He also has plans for a second book composed of mythologically inspired poetry and is working on a longer prose project about the mythological/legendary history of the British Isles.




Darkness of His Dreams is an intimate journey by way of verses—a sequence of poignant and thought-provoking ruminations. Readers will travel the ages through the keen lens that Leys has trained on history, philosophy, humanity, and his own life experiences.

Walls full, pencil broken
Poetry flows on, scratched into the floor,
A spiraling binding protection circle of words
Writ with a broken bloodied fingernail.

Darkness of His Dreams is fine bourbon. Drink Leys’ words and feel pleasantly full.

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Melody Lee — June 20, 2018

Indie Blu(e) Welcomes Melody Lee

Melody Lee is a contributing writer for A Better Today Media online magazine, has been featured on Creative Talents Unleashed, and a former book reviewer for Her Heart Poetry magazine. She enjoys power walking, hanging out with her foodies, and collecting new adventures. Melody published her debut poetry book, Moon Gypsy, A Collection of Poetry and Prose August 2017; and has just released her second book (June 20, 2018), Vine: Book of Poetry.


Vine: Book of Poetry

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Melody Lee is a word artist who weaves thoughts, fantasies, and realities into a myriad of themes, from inspirational writings to darker poems. Her poetry and prose range from love and loss, to life, growth, and empowerment, written with a bohemian flair, inspired by nature, freedom, and relationships. Hence, her new collection of poems, titled Vine, where fairytale and erotica also entwine throughout her work. Melody continues to evolve with her writing, “testing the literary waters” and exploring various genres, but mostly, you will find heartfelt messages, for both men and women, in her latest book, Vine. Melody Lee’s first book of poetry and prose, Moon Gypsy, has been a worldwide success, receiving rave reviews, and can be found on Amazon and other online booksellers.

Moon Gypsy

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Melody Lee’s long-anticipated debut book is a kaleidoscope of relatable emotions written through the use of poetry and lyrical prose. Her use of imagery flows effortlessly from one poem to another creating a portrait the reader can easily visualize. Each poem in this book represents a slice of her timeless soul. Melody’s poetry is a multi-faceted journey through the inner workings of her mind and keeps the reader engaged as it inspires and enlightens. From her darkest poem to her brightest poetic verse, Melody Lee’s poetry is a collection of heartfelt sentiments; some cutting, some healing, introspective, spiritual, and cathartic. She writes about freedom, love, demons, loss, fear, hope, faith and many other factors that embody the human condition. Moon Gypsy is available on Amazon.