Category Archives: Fiction

NFReads Interview With Author Jan L. Mayes

This is my interview with Tony at

Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!

My name is Jan L. Mayes. I’m an author from beautiful British Columbia in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. I write hearing health non-fiction and weird horror fiction.

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Poem: Gaia’s Garden

I wrote this poem as lyrics for a song in my climate fiction novel that I plan to publish in 2020-2021. My idea was inspired by drought and summer fire destruction happening in my province of British Columbia, Canada, and in other locations around the world.

My story takes place in a future devastated by global warming, rising temperatures, and annual firestorms. Every year, the people left alive come together to sing Gaia’s Garden as part of an annual mandatory community ritual.

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Fiona Mcvie Interviews Author Jan L. Mayes

originally published by Mcvie, F. (2018, May 8). Here is my interview with Jan Lostina Mayes. Author Interviews.

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie. Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Jan Lostina Mayes. Mother trained me never to reveal my age. Hint: 25 x 2 + a few years.

Fiona: Where are you from?

The Pacific Northwest.Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I wanted to be a writer or journalist, but after an accident gave me tinnitus (ringing in the ears) I went to university for a Master of Science instead. I became an audiologist and specialized in tinnitus. I worked in hearing healthcare, adult education, and workplace hearing disorders evaluation and prevention. My dream of writing was postponed until about 10 years ago. I’m married with 2 children, 2 cats, and 2 dogs.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

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Short Story: Tubsy and the Trauma of Oz

Rated M for mature. May not be suitable for young or sensitive readers.

Zoe sat on her coiled rag carpet holding Tubsy in her arms. Gently feeding Tubsy her bottle of water. Tubsy’s eyes were almost completely closed against her flushed pink cheeks. A bottle always made her sleepy.

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Workplace Productivity up 117% with The Isolator

Employers and workers are applauding the recent launch of The Isolator. Developed with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, The Isolator won the 2018 Workwear Design Award for best new product. Independent scientific testing proves this product increases focus and concentration leading to 117% increase in workplace productivity. That’s more than twice as good.

The Isolator’s revolutionary vintage design completely cuts off all outside sound, while the eye socket slits focus the worker’s visual attention only on their task. The oxygen supply enters through the nose tube, keeping the worker fresh and awake. For convenience, purchase includes 1 replacement portable oxygen concentrator and auto mandatory enrollment into The Isolator’s convenient portable oxygen concentrator subscription service (shipping and handling not included).

Open office design plans causes noise to drift among the peons while the big bosses get offices with doors. This noise disturbs workers from their primary objective: watching Game Grumps videos on YouTube and playing Animal Crossing. I mean, work. Work is the primary objective. And if this workwear doesn’t get workers working, then The Isolator doesn’t live up to this promotional advertising campaign.

Happy April Fool’s Day! You can’t buy The Isolator. It was invented in 1925 and isn’t sold anymore for some reason.