Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Interview With An Author (ME!) by Adventures With Ravina (PART 3 of 3)

This is Part 3 (of 3) of the of the interview done with me by the bloggers at ADVENTURES WITH RAVINA.

Part I of the interview is here:

Part II of the interview is here:

Part III of the full length of interview questions is below!


Last books you purchased? Tell us about it.

= “EDGE OF DARK WATER” by Joe R. Lansdale. “THE TERROR” by Dan Simmons. NEVERWHERE” by Neil Gaimon. “DEADFALL HOTEL” by Steve Rasnic Tem. “REDSHIRTS” by John Scalzi. “THE CORN MAIDEN AND OTHER NIGHTMARES” by Joyce Carol Oates. All six of these books are recent purchases and highly recommended. With the exception of “REDSHIRTS” (which is science fiction) these are all horror and dark fiction works; all are by amazing authors who have built a career on bestselling works that are applauded within the literary community.

Do you find the time to read?

= Every day; I try to read at least 30 minutes.

When and why did you begin writing?

= I’ve been writing and drawing stories ever since I was a child. However I stopped in college, in order to pursue business and serious-minded life necessities... which, of course, I now regret. I don’t regret the pursuit of those things, but having given up writing for so many years. I only jumped into as a potential career two-and-a-half years ago after the realization struck me that I was missing out on something I was passionate about.

How long have you been writing?

= I’ve been writing fiction with the goal of publication since February, 2011.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

= Dark fiction, speculative fiction, horror, humor, and children’s stories

Who designed the cover?

= I designed the cover myself, although the artwork was created by Kevin Scott Sutay. Kevin is a United States veteran who is currently and illegally held by Columbian rebels as a prisoner on false charges of espionage. Hopefully by the time this interview sees print, the US government will have negotiated his release.

Who is your publisher?

= Dark Moon Books, an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing, which is a wonderful indie publisher in Florida of quality fiction (mostly horror) and non-fiction.

How much of the book is realistic?

None of it is particularly realistic. “AFTER DEATH...” is anthology of all stories which are pure speculation on the part of the authors. Everyone’s opinion of what may happen after we die is different, and these stories explore a myriad of possibilities.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor?

= Weston Ochse @
and Lisa Morton @

What are your current writing projects now?

= I’m beginning a dark fantasy novel set in the hobo camps of the 1930s depression. Also, as a short story writer, I’m constantly working on smaller projects, both in the creation of stories, but also in the promotion of presses I work with.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?

= Edward M Erdelac; I appreciate his crisp technical skills and love of mixing genres, primarily history and horror into compelling reading.

Peter Giglio; As a writer, editor, and publisher, Pete creates and promotes some of the best horror and dark fiction in the indie presses.

Jamie Lackey; Primarily an author of short stories, Jamie is exceptionally prolific with her work which spans fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She’s able to meld very emotionally-resonant characters into powerful storylines.

Do you have any advice for writers?

= Keep writing, and remember that every rejection is an opportunity for improvement.


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