Tiffany Apan

Biography

Tiffany is an author of Supernatural Historical Fiction who grew up among the thick forests of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was there she began honing artistic abilities and received much of her creative inspiration. Having been exposed to music since she was a child, she learned the guitar, violin, and accordion from her musician grandparents before taking up classical piano at age 9.

A misfit among her peers (she was the only one in her fifth grade writing class obsessed enough with Vikings and Norwegian mythology to write poems about them), Tiffany was highly active in the artistic community in Wilkes-Barre, PA, involving herself in all music, theater, visual arts, and writing. She began formal classical vocal training at age 12 and appeared in numerous musical theater and operatic productions. Eventually, she settled quite comfortably into a role as “that artsy kid in black” who sits in a coffee shop, drinking endless amounts of coffee and tea while writing furiously in a journal or sketchpad.

After graduating high school, she left the Northeastern PA ghosts for the Southeastern PA zombies (Pittsburgh). Upon the move, Tiffany became involved with the indie film scene, landing supporting roles in a couple films. Her real turning point as a vocalist, however, was being given the opportunity to portray the role of a Free Style Jazz Singer in the world premiere of Marta Effinger’s “Whispers Want to Holler." During rehearsals, she was coached by Billy Harper who wrote the musical score for the production. Projects such as this also gave way to the release of her music with partner in crime, Jason English. Since then, she has gone on to act in several films and theater productions with starring and supporting roles, release music to critical acclaim, and receive accolades for her writing and producing.

Her 2008 debut album, Poet, is an eclectic blend of rock music (combining Classical, Folk, World, Gothic, Metal, and touches of Pop). It received enthusiastic responses from music fans and also garnered some critical acclaim. Music from the album was featured on several compilation albums and in 2009, she was an American Finalist in The Best New Song in the World Contest with her acapella song, “Lost Little Girl." Her songs have also been featured in films, and the music video for the adaptation of "Scarborough Fair" won in the Open Music Video Category at the 2010 International Indie Gathering Film Festival. In 2012, her screenplay, "Driving Nowhere" also won for Best Horror Short Script at the same festival.

While Tiffany enjoys the Pittsburgh area, Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place she considers “home”, and frequently travels up there for inspiration. The Appalachian Mountains serve as a backdrop for many of her stories, including "The Cemetery by the Lake" and "The Birthrite Series."

Her current projects include follow up books in The Birthrite Series, a follow up to Poet titled The Antiquity Project, several film projects, and rehearsals and performances with The Wayward Companions, a musical group that is a shoot off from the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society that performs traditional historical pieces with historical instruments.



AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

-American Finalist in the Best New Song in the World Competition for song, "Lost Little Girl"

- 2010 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Music Video in the Open Category for Tiffany Apan's "Scarborough Fair" Music Video

- 2012 International Indie Gathering Award for Best Horror Short Script for Screenplay, "Driving Nowhere"

- Nominated for a 2015 Shorty Award in the Blogger Category



ENTERTAINMENT AND TRAVEL WRITING:

- The Parting of Veils Webzine

- Ravenous Monster Webzine

- Screamzine.us

- Rogue Cinema

- Depreciation Lands Museum Gazette (Spring 2016 Edition)

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Rebekah Armusik, H.P. Lovecraft, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Bronte, Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, and Lewis Carroll.
How do you approach cover design?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I'm happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. :)
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Tiffany Apan online


Where to buy in print


Videos

The Birthrite Series:
A little about my forthcoming Birthrite Series to be released this late spring/early summer. For more vlogs and other fun stuff, visit and subscribe to my YouTube Channel at: http://youtube.com/TiffanyApan

Writing the Birthrite Series: Research and Revise
The importance of research and revising when writing a story/book. I also managed to shorten this video and keep it at around ten minutes! My shirt is courtesy of Goods & Evil clothing: http://goodsandevil.com

New Video Friday: Why Should I Edit My Work?
I did cover this topic on a recent blogpost: http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2014/05/anna-todds-after-or-will-proofreading.html?zx=27385ffe14a7e2a6 And feel free to share and subscribe at my YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/TiffanyApan P.S.- the inked up page is out of a manuscript for my soon to be released Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1).

The Birthrite Series Book Trailer
The first book trailer for The Birthrite Series, coming in June of 2014. Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) Sacred Atonement (The Birthrite Series, #1.5) Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2) Transcend (A Birthrite Series Short) Rapture (The Birthrite Series, #3) Books 4 and 5 to be announced. http://tiffanyapan.com http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com http://thebirthriteseries.com Music: "Theater of the Damned" by Andrew Scott Foust

Books

Across the Wilderness
Price: Free! Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Romance » Historical
NaNoWriMo 2016 book. Last updated 2016-11-15 14:58:10
Sadie Miller is a young woman living in the late 18th century. She recounts her travels from her home in the city of Philadelphia to the more simple, rural setting of Talley Cavey. Scandal and intrigue also abound...
One Emma Way: If Houses Could Speak (Apan Series, Book 4)
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 10,520. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
If houses could speak, what stories would they tell? In this Book 4, Tiffany Apan offers two short stories that delve into the supernatural, one titled Snowflakes and the other called Roommates. One is a rather heart-warming story about a little boy who gets his Christmas wish, and the other about a young college co-ed who ends up with a rather unusual roommate situation.
Made In Heaven: A Birthrite Series Short
Series: The Birthrite. Price: Free! Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
In this short story/missing scene from Tiffany Apan's Descent, Reginald and Gail returned from that fateful night, a strange set of circumstances, and a world they never thought could exist. On Valentine's Day in 1932, Reginald takes her to The Florentine with plans for a marriage proposal when an encounter with Father Louis of St. Gregory the Great Church leaves a slight chill in the night air...
Sacred Atonement: A Novelette (The Birthrite Series, #1.5)
Series: The Birthrite. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,760. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
"He wondered how she would react to seeing him. Not just his physical appearance, but seeing him for the first time since what happened nearly a year ago. And what would happen once she found out what he really was?"
Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)
Series: The Birthrite. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 248,320. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
The Birthrite Series is an epic journey into the vast unknown, plunging deep into the dark crevices of the mind, begging the question of what sanity really is and if the insane truly are. Are we really shown the whole truth of what surrounds us or is it an illusion? It also tells of deep-rooted love, planted centuries ago and a story of family, forgiveness, and redemption.
Romancing Elena (A Short Story-Stories from Colony Drive, #3)
Series: Stories from Colony Drive, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
All Elena wants is a second chance at love. Her wish is granted, though in a rather unexpected and unusual way...
Dusk to Dawn (A Short Story-Stories from Colony Drive, #2)
Series: Stories from Colony Drive, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Along the side of a dark highway, the Dusk to Dawn Diner awaits your arrival.
The Cemetery by the Lake (A Short Story-Stories from Colony Drive, #1)
Series: Stories from Colony Drive, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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A recurring dream, restless nights, and a personal journey to conquer old demons lead a young woman back to a day missing from nine years earlier...

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Smashwords book reviews by Tiffany Apan

  • The Boss on March 19, 2014

    Love it or hate it, the release of the Fifty Shades series brought the erotica genre to the forefront in literature as well as popularize the BDSM subculture. Eventually I broke down and read the Fifty Shades series. Aside from being underwhelmed by the writing, I will say that those in the BDSM community were right to be alarmed and disgusted with the depiction of their culture. While I don't claim to be a BDSM expert, I do know some within the scene and I know enough of it to recognize the flaws that presented themselves in 50 Shades and can only hope that those wanting to try BDSM after reading the 50 Shades trilogy will do actual non-fiction research instead of just trying to imitate the actions depicted in the books. With that said, I also want to raise this point: just how many erotica romance novels are currently being written that actually show BDSM in a positive light instead of being the result of someone into it because they are 'so horribly damaged and need to be cured of it?' And how many of them actually show a real, honest to goodness, BDSM relationship in a way that is closer to how such relationships actually work? Not too long ago, I discovered author Jenny Trout (aka Abigail Barnette) through her blog. She obviously had some very strong opinions on the 50 Shades trilogy and had been doing a rather entertaining chapter by chapter recap of the book. Then, she announced at sometime last year that she was going to be releasing a new novel titled, The Boss as a free serial novel via her blog, saying that it was to be a more realistic and sex-positive twist on 50 Shades and other novels like it released during and after the craze. Of course, something like that can be hit or miss and I was definitely intrigued. I'd also come to enjoy her writing, so I followed along, reading each installment of The Boss as it was released. The author herself even stated that this is something that could either end on a very positive note or have her falling flat on her face in trying to achieve it. In this story, there was no self-loathing, mousy, inexperienced heroine and the billionaire was not some poor, tormented soul who just happened to strike it rich at a very young age. In fact, The Boss features a 24-year-old heroine by the name of Sophie Scaife who is confident, self-assured, and sexually experienced. And the billionaire, Neil Elwood? Well, he isn't a self-made billionaire in his mid-late twenties. He is a self-made billionaire in his late forties (yep, you read that correctly). Now I know some may be cringing at that thought, but you know what? Jenny/Abigail writes it in a way to where it works and their attraction to one another is understandable. Plus, it is more realistic for someone to be a self-made billionaire in their forties instead of their twenties. Neil is also a sexually confident individual and while Sophie is new to BDSM, he takes the time to make sure that she educates herself on the subject and presents her with reliable books and material on the subject (instead of just telling her to look it up on Wikipedia...that was something I had an issue with when I read 50 Shades) so that Sophie could properly do her research and really assess if that would be something she was interested in. Neil also made sure that Sophie knew what was going on during their sexual encounters and that the enjoyment was mutual and he didn't get upset when she 'safe-worded' him (another issue I had with 50 Shades). Now, this doesn't mean that Neil and Sophie don't have their problems. They are from two different generations which is something that is an adjustment for both of them. They are written as flawed human beings who sometimes don't handle their situations in an ideal fashion, but who wants to read about perfect characters? I very much enjoyed reading The Boss and I loved it's take on 50 Shades. While other authors try to ride on the coattails and write stories of the same formula, Jenny/Abigail took that formula and went in another direction. A direction that worked very well. In closing, I will say that I understand why people enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey and the books that follow it's pattern. It's a fantasy and everyone loves a good fantasy. But it should be taken as just that instead of the 'how-to guide' that many seem to be turning it into. If you want a more realistic look into a BDSM relationship, check out The Boss.
  • The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence: Book One Lover Undefined (The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence the Sanguine Lineage) on April 18, 2014

    The Dark Priesthood: The Confessions of Malevolence was my introduction to Sai Marie Johnson's works. Now this one falls more into the Paranormal/Erotica genres (I would liken it to maybe Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Trilogy or Poppy Z. Brite). It tells the story of a young girl in 18th Century New Orleans who, one night, has a rather unwelcomed (or maybe welcomed, however you want to see it:) ) visitor. She finds herself placed in position of queen in the Malevolent Order and 200 years later, she finds herself being under threat of being overthrown by her sister and her son (of course, all in the midst of some very intense extracirriculars...it is erotica, after all). As far as this one goes, I started to enjoy this alot more once I passed the beginning. Not that the beginning wasn't enjoyable, but (and this is just a personal thing, you can take it or leave it) I would have liked to have seen a little more of a build up to Deviaun's 'change' and maybe get to know who she was a bit more before her transformation. Other than that, I found the story to be an enjoyable read, especially if you enjoy Paranormal Gothic Erotica. Ms. Johnson creates some really cool and interesting characters, each with a name that defines their personality, gifts, and place in the Order. She also doesn't hold back during the erotic scenes either. This one is also the first in the series, and if you are looking for something more off the beaten path that is of the more dark, erotic nature, I'd say pick this one up. :)
  • The Selkie Secret on April 18, 2014

    Sai Marie Johnson is one of those writers who has a very unique way with weaving words together to tell a story. I was drawn to The Selkie Secret mainly because I am deeply intrigued by pretty much anything nautical and ocean mythology. The story tells of a young girl named Vanna MacAllister, the daughter of two Scottish immigrants an a rather unusual family tree which pretty much turns her life and plans for the future upside down. The Selkie Secret is a short read but does pack a good story (I believe it is the first in a series). The characters and story-line kept me interested, and while the ending is a little bit of a cliff-hanger (it is not without tragedy), there is still a sense of completeness to at least this particular part of the story. Overall, it left me wanting there to be another book. :) This book is a nice one to read if you are looking to escape from the real world for a little bit. There is sweetness and alot of heart to it, and I do hope she releases a follow up soon. :)
  • Elven Jewel (book 1 in the Hunters of Reloria series) on June 01, 2014

    Sometimes I just really love a good fantasy novel, and that seems to be what I've been getting alot of recently from other authors wanting me to review their work. Kasper Beaumont was another I met through an event on Facebook and when she told me of her book, it sounded like one I would enjoy reading, so here goes. :) One common (and important) aspect of the Fantasy genre is the amount of detail that goes into creating these worlds, creatures, races of creatures, etc. If not done well, the possibility for the entire novel falling apart and being an epic fail is extremely high. This author really demonstrates strength in that area. The characters and settings came across pretty vividly, and it was obvious that a great deal of care did go into creating them. The plot is fun to follow, a pretty quick read (at least I thought so) and I enjoyed watching the lives of the characters (which there is a nice variety of) unfold. If I had to rate it, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 only due to a couple editing issues I caught. But if you enjoy the Fantasy genre, I do recommend giving this a try and adding it to your summer reading list. And if you don't typically read Fantasy, hey, maybe give it a try anyway. Never hurts, right?
  • Divinity: The Gathering: Book One on June 23, 2015

    With summer now here, it is a great time to catch up on reading (actually, any time of the year is a good time for that). It's also a good time to catch up on book reviews (I got a little busy there for a while). For those of you that enjoy a good urban fantasy, here are the first two books in a series by author Susan Reid, called The Divinity Saga. The synopsis on the back of the books are as follows: The Gathering (Book 1) "No one knows WHEN the world will end but how do you go on, when you’ve seen HOW it will end? If the dark ones don’t kill me first...I'll tell everyone."--- Starling Marie Roberts. "College Sophomore Starling Roberts is afraid of the dark because she has known this all her life. The shadow beings are real and she can see them. Plagued with nightmares of the invasion of Earth by the Dark fallen and ultimately Morning Star isn't an easy burden to carry, especially when the darkness is after you for the very thing that makes each one of us stand apart from them...our Divinity. Starling is rare and unique. Her past obstacles and devastations have wilted her own beliefs, leaving her to begin questioning her own purpose and faith. But that begins to change when the dark shadows begin attacking her mentally...and physically. Starling has been chosen, one of hundreds of thousands. But her rare divinity has placed her on the top most wanted list by the dark fallen and she has become the target of a planned catastrophic and deadly event gathered, controlled and led by Morning Star himself. Star's only hope to remain alive and sane---Cam`ael, a renegade, dark fallen Incubus who lusts for her and Drakael—an Angel determined to keep her from him. This is her Chronicle, pulled and put together from her own personal journals now known as The Book of Starling. Combined with the journals of Cam`ael; Former Chief Angel of all Powers in his own words and at his own personal request." Transendence (Book 2): "I've already died once. For me, dying again-is not an option." Starling Marie Roberts, 3rd tier Divine Warrior. "Starling doesn't remember how she died nor does she want to. Thankfully, all personal memories are erased once one becomes a divine warrior. Or are they? As if being late to rise wasn't attention drawing and confusing enough, automatically drawing suspicion in a realm that she had only seen glimpses of in her mortal life, surely didn't help. Quickly befriended by a group of welcoming, fellow warriors was an unexpected relief, but where there are large groups, there are always a few that aren't so enthused about the newcomers. Especially the unique ones who question everything. Being in the spirit realm was a lot to take in. It was both exciting and scary, and even more so...was discovering her essence. As far as being branded, she wouldn't have wished that experience on her worst enemy. Maybe. Though Camael has waited for her, he grows frustrated and impatient as the darkness in him begs to be fed. Camael knows that he and Starling will cross paths again. Realizing that she won't remember him, is the most painful of all. Knowing that she will kill him, is the risk he is willing to take to see her again. It doesn't help that Morning Star has been looking for ways to get even, ever since Cam'ael's battle with Drakael. He blames him for Starlings death. He needed to claim her while she was still mortal, not when she became an immortal force to be reckoned with. However, he still wants her- even more so now than before. A new, deadly demon is roaming the Earth, killing higher level fallen, and Camael is about to become his next target. What is forbidden, creates something that may ultimately bring about the invasion of darkness sooner than expected. What lies in darkness, will always come into the light." These are kind of a tough books to review, only because there isn't much I can tell of in the plot without giving away spoilers. But what I can say is that both of these are page turners. Susan Reid definitely has a talent for building a world and well-rounded characters. My one critique would be that there were some editing issues (I'm also a book editor...I can't help it!). I think if these errors were cleaned up a bit, these books would be a 5 out of 5 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. Other than that, though, these books are excellent and I would recommend you add them to your reading list.
  • Divinity: Transcendence: Book Two on June 23, 2015

    With summer now here, it is a great time to catch up on reading (actually, any time of the year is a good time for that). It's also a good time to catch up on book reviews (I got a little busy there for a while). For those of you that enjoy a good urban fantasy, here are the first two books in a series by author Susan Reid, called The Divinity Saga. The synopsis on the back of the books are as follows: The Gathering (Book 1) "No one knows WHEN the world will end but how do you go on, when you’ve seen HOW it will end? If the dark ones don’t kill me first...I'll tell everyone."--- Starling Marie Roberts. "College Sophomore Starling Roberts is afraid of the dark because she has known this all her life. The shadow beings are real and she can see them. Plagued with nightmares of the invasion of Earth by the Dark fallen and ultimately Morning Star isn't an easy burden to carry, especially when the darkness is after you for the very thing that makes each one of us stand apart from them...our Divinity. Starling is rare and unique. Her past obstacles and devastations have wilted her own beliefs, leaving her to begin questioning her own purpose and faith. But that begins to change when the dark shadows begin attacking her mentally...and physically. Starling has been chosen, one of hundreds of thousands. But her rare divinity has placed her on the top most wanted list by the dark fallen and she has become the target of a planned catastrophic and deadly event gathered, controlled and led by Morning Star himself. Star's only hope to remain alive and sane---Cam`ael, a renegade, dark fallen Incubus who lusts for her and Drakael—an Angel determined to keep her from him. This is her Chronicle, pulled and put together from her own personal journals now known as The Book of Starling. Combined with the journals of Cam`ael; Former Chief Angel of all Powers in his own words and at his own personal request." Transendence (Book 2): "I've already died once. For me, dying again-is not an option." Starling Marie Roberts, 3rd tier Divine Warrior. "Starling doesn't remember how she died nor does she want to. Thankfully, all personal memories are erased once one becomes a divine warrior. Or are they? As if being late to rise wasn't attention drawing and confusing enough, automatically drawing suspicion in a realm that she had only seen glimpses of in her mortal life, surely didn't help. Quickly befriended by a group of welcoming, fellow warriors was an unexpected relief, but where there are large groups, there are always a few that aren't so enthused about the newcomers. Especially the unique ones who question everything. Being in the spirit realm was a lot to take in. It was both exciting and scary, and even more so...was discovering her essence. As far as being branded, she wouldn't have wished that experience on her worst enemy. Maybe. Though Camael has waited for her, he grows frustrated and impatient as the darkness in him begs to be fed. Camael knows that he and Starling will cross paths again. Realizing that she won't remember him, is the most painful of all. Knowing that she will kill him, is the risk he is willing to take to see her again. It doesn't help that Morning Star has been looking for ways to get even, ever since Cam'ael's battle with Drakael. He blames him for Starlings death. He needed to claim her while she was still mortal, not when she became an immortal force to be reckoned with. However, he still wants her- even more so now than before. A new, deadly demon is roaming the Earth, killing higher level fallen, and Camael is about to become his next target. What is forbidden, creates something that may ultimately bring about the invasion of darkness sooner than expected. What lies in darkness, will always come into the light." These are kind of a tough books to review, only because there isn't much I can tell of in the plot without giving away spoilers. But what I can say is that both of these are page turners. Susan Reid definitely has a talent for building a world and well-rounded characters. My one critique would be that there were some editing issues (I'm also a book editor...I can't help it!). I think if these errors were cleaned up a bit, these books would be a 5 out of 5 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. Other than that, though, these books are excellent and I would recommend you add them to your reading list.