The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – Stacey Turner

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Ileana’s Return
Dedicated to Rob M. Miller
by Stacey Turner

The Castle of my childhood now gray and crumbling,
but still standing on that stony cliff
beside the churning waters of an angry sea.
The scene familiar—and yet,
the damage wreaked by time
rendering its appearance still more sinister.
How long since here I last stood?
Four-score, a hundred, perhaps more years.
I’ve stayed away, unwilling, unable to face the past.
A tour is just beginning, the last one tonight.
I follow inside, and through halls, suffocating with memories.

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Source: The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Stacey Turner @Spot_Speaks @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

Books, Babes, and the Business: Audrey Lynn Brennan

Calliope Fading, Celebrating Women in Fiction, Sekhmet Press LLC

blog header cwifAudrey Lynn Brennan

Describe yo’self.

I’ve had a passion for reading, writing, and art, ever since I can remember. Although I’m still very new to the business, I would describe myself primarily as an illustrator/artist. I work a little bit behind the scenes for Sekhmet Press, also doing some editing, which I find strangely satisfying – possibly because I can never seem to stop compulsively editing everything I hear or read in my head. In the future I would like to also someday publish some of my writing.

Specific genre?

So far I’ve been drawn to working on strange, dark, and surreal pieces. I love anything that lingers in my mind, especially in that twilight between consciousness and dreams. That’s the feeling I want to try to capture in my work. That being said, as I mentioned, I am still very new to the fiction world, so there are still many genres I would like to explore. I think romance illustration could be scandalously fun, for example.

Do you moonlight as a man? Why/why not?

I never have used a male pseudonym, and currently have no plans to do so in the future. It’s possible I may decide to give it a try as an experiment one day, to see what kind of different audience my work would attract based on a difference as small as a name.

Favorite/recent books or authors?

Neil Gaiman is my hero. Especially for his novel American Gods, and his graphic novel series The Sandman – which is also worth checking out for the stunning artwork by Dave McKean and a host of others. I can’t even begin to explain why and how much I love this stuff without dissolving into a rambling mess of rabid enthusiasm. If you haven’t read them, please do.

Recently I’ve also been enjoying George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. I have to admit I am slightly embarrassed to confess to loving something so mainstream and trendy at the moment, but fantasy was what originally made me fall in love with reading as a child. I remember spending hours and hours on end as a little girl curled up with C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Brian Jaques Redwall series, and later on the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. As an adult, I don’t think I’ve ever fallen into a fantasy world the way I remember being affected by those books as a child, until I started reading ASOIF when I was suffering withdrawal after the second season of HBO’s A Game of Thrones ended.

 Advise yo’ baby self.

The biggest piece of advice I would give my younger self is not to get intimidated by perfectionism before even starting a project. This is still something I struggle with – I have a hard time even starting anything without feeling completely sure that I have enough time, all at once, to complete it to my standards. There have also been so many times I’ve completely scrapped something I’m working on because it doesn’t look perfect when it’s only 10% complete. When I can listen to the rational part of my mind, I know that work evolves on the page. Nothing starts out perfect. Unrealistic expectations just hold you back.

Current projects and shit.

I’m really excited about the upcoming horror novella I’m illustrating, A Piece of Miracle by Patrick C. Greene. (you can see a test cover below) Look for it this Fall. In addition, I’m currently growing a real live human being in my guts – coming out in early May!

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audrey1I’ve had a love affair with all things creative throughout my whole life. As a kid, I was a total bookworm. I’ve always had a passion for painting and drawing as well, and in high school I attended a magnet school for visual and performing arts, where I became heavily involved in theater and dance. I studied fine art and illustration in college, and now work as an editor and illustrator for Sekhmet Press with the amazing Jennifer L. Greene. I hope to transition to that being my full time job, but presently I must confess to still bartending part time to pay the bills.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Kate J. Jenkins

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blog header cwifKate J. Jenkins

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I identify as a reader, and a very (very) early-stage writer. In the last year, through beta reading, I’ve become increasingly interested in working with authors on their work. By this, I mean editing and the exciting task of, hopefully, asking questions of and with authors that help them develop ideas and characters between first and final drafts. As I transition from my career as an attorney, I genuinely hope to engage in more of this work.

Do you focus on a certain genre with your work?

I read in several genres, but I find myself forever returning to horror, speculative, and, especially, crime fiction.  My girlfriend tells me, I’m not allowed to bring home any more crime fiction novels because piles of them already “decorate” the house adequately.  My own writing is horror / speculative fiction.  I remember reading a book of ghost stories when I was in kindergarten or first grade and getting a shiver at the end of a story.  I believe I’m still chasing that emotion when I read and when I write.  I love crime fiction because, when done well, it’s all about character and place.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently.

I’ve loved all of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, in particular The Likeness about a detective who looks so much like a murdered graduate student that she pretends to be her and not to have died, and moves back into the house the woman shared with three other graduate students who are the primary suspects. I also enjoyed Night Film by Marisha Pessl, about investigation into the apparent suicide of the young daughter of a cult film horror film director who may or may not have committed atrocities against the people who’ve worked for him in his films. I love and will read anything by indie writer Allison M. Dickson.  She has the ability to create worlds and internal character voice that make her stories undeniably compelling.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how has she shaped your work?

My mother.  She just returned from a two-year stint in rural Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer in July, 2013. She’s 65. This after a 25 year career as an attorney. She makes clear by her actions that honesty and commitment to the larger good are essential. I also think my girlfriend has helped me to become a much more at peace and, thus, kinder person by her own life example. In my writing, my dear friend Allison Dickson, who is always open to discussion about the craft.

If you could give yourself one piece of advice relating to the business, what would it be?

Start writing earlier, it truly is a craft that requires butt-in-chair hours. And, be less afraid, listen less to my own internal editor. Given that I’m at such an early stage of writing, I think I need to take this advice now, at 42 years old.

Do you have a current project coming up you would like to tell us about?

I’m working on a novel and on a couple of short stories.  My goal, as a writer, is to submit and/or self-publish a short story or two in 2014. I’m also looking seriously into offering editing services professionally, with the idea of perhaps creating my own micro-press.  Jennifer Greene has been incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and experience as it relates to her respected press, Sekhmet Press, LLC. If I do it, I hope I can be as professional and encouraging as she and Sekhmet are for the authors they work with.

Where can we find you?

katejenkins1Right now, on Facebook.  I plan to have a website and Facebook page for writing and/or editing soon.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Jaime Johnesee

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blog header cwifJaime Johnesee

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…)

JJ: I’m an author who was a zookeeper and has the luck of a cursed zombie accidentally shambling into a necrophiliac convention.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

JJ: Nope. I don’t think I could limit my muse if I wanted to, she has some brilliant ideas.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

JJ: Nope. I never really thought about it. I guess just because I am who I am and if someone doesn’t like my work just because of my uterus… well, then I wouldn’t want them to have it anyway.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

JJ: Bill Naylor’s The Misadventures of a Zoo Keeper is one that was absolutely brilliant. It’s the best zoo keeper memoir I’ve read yet, and I’ve read a lot of them. As for horror, you can’t beat Strings by Allison M Dickson and Ricky Cooper’s Designated: Infected was extremely well done. I also loved The Murdered Metatron by James Glass and Colt Coltrane: The Lotus Killer by Allison M. Dickson. Laurie Ricard’s Rowan’s End is one I am reading now. Of course you can’t go wrong with anything by Lori R Lopez or Leigh M Lane.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

JJ: Honestly it has to be Lisa Lane who writes horror as Leigh M Lane. She read my novella Shifters and messaged me that she loved it but it needed a lot of editing. She said she didn’t want to review it until I had a chance to clean it up. She’s been a godsend ever since teaching me grammar and helping me clean my work.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

JJ: Don’t ever even think of giving up. You are good enough and you will make it. I’d also tell me to have more confidence in myself. (People didn’t start taking me seriously until I started realizing I am good at this and I’m only going to get better.)

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

JJ: Well I am working on rewrites for a novel called Holly Andrews. I’m really excited about this one as it does contain my favorite zombie, Bob.

Where can we find you?

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http://www.JaimeJohnesee.com

http://www.facebook.com/authorJaimeJohnesee

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jj picJaime Johnesee worked as a zookeeper for fourteen years before deciding to focus on her passion of writing. Her decision has proven to be a good one, as her books have been received with critical acclaim. Although her initial foray into the literary world has been marked by success, Jaime has just begun and is a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

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blog header cwifMary Ann Peden-Coviello

WiHM is nothing but self-promotion. Women use their sexuality to get ahead, and it gives them an unfair advantage over men.

I ought to write a couple books about rape and revenge under a female pen name. That way I can get in on this “Women in Horror Month” publicity.

I will pick up a horror novel by a man before I even try one written by a woman. Women don’t have the imagination that men do.

Women don’t write horror anyway. They just write romance with a few scary scenes.

Men are better storytellers than women.

There are more good horror novels written by men.

Why do we even need a “Women in Horror Month” anyway? Shouldn’t we just be writers, judged solely on the merits of our stories? Yes, in a perfect world, yes. I’d ask you to reread the comments I began this post with. I saw those comments in various forums in the last few days. I have not included the names of the people who made them, and I have reworded them slightly. I did not change the meaning, however, not even a little bit.

Women are not judged solely on the merits. Books written by women are not taken as seriously as those written by men except in the romance genre. (Men in that genre, by the way, face much the same discrimination and marginalization as women in horror.)

Malina Roos threw down a challenge. She took six pieces of writing (volunteered for the experiment by the writers of the pieces), half by men and half by women, and asked readers to decide which pieces were written by which gender. Here are the results. They are instructive.

As long as readers skip over a book written by a woman just because it was written by a woman we will need to celebrate those of us who elbow our way in, demanding a seat at the table and refusing to be patted on the head and set in a corner.

Oh, and that bit about women using their sexuality to ensure their success? Please. Granted, my success has mostly been in the editing department, but if I had relied on my sex appeal to gain that success, I’d be about as successful as an Alpine skier with a fear of heights.

As long as women are not taken seriously as writers of horror, we need to shine a spotlight on the ones who write and write well. Is one month every year too much to ask?

 And now the interview…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…)

I am a writer who edits. Or an editor who writes. I do copy-editing, not structural or developmental editing. I’m not so good at telling you that the second chapter is too long and the sixth chapter should be cut in half and Part A stuck back with chapter four and Part B expanded. However, if you want someone to catch your excessive point-of-view changes, repeated words, and then nag you about tags – well, I might be your Evil Editor of choice.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I’ve edited horror, adventure, fantasy, young adult mystery, and romance. I write horror, paranormal, mainstream literary—all of it with a leavening of humor.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym?

No, I don’t think I would. I’m not going to say never, though. After all, I have never used a pseudonym since leaving the fanfiction world where I did use one. I use my whole double-barreled first and double-barreled last name. If you Google that name, you won’t find anyone but me. Why or why not? If the work felt as if it needed a male presenter, I might consider it. On the whole, though, I prefer my own name.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

Killion Slade’s “Exsanguinate,” Valerie Douglas’ “The Coming Storm,” Jaime Johnesee’s “Bob The Sequel,” Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,” Sue Grafton’s “W is For Wasted.” These are just the ones I’ve read in the last few days. My reading is all over the place. (I haven’t even begun to list the craft books I’m reading now. I’m a glutton for writing craft books.)

 Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Probably my mother, but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. She loved me, but she never understood me and never believed I could do anything well. She passed away in 1996, and I began writing again in 1997 or 1998 after a twenty-year hiatus. I’m always still trying for her approval, even though I’ll never have it.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Don’t stop. Don’t let anyone tell you your talent doesn’t measure up to some standard they hold over your head. On the other hand, don’t think you know it all. Learn. Learn all the rules, so you can bend them, break them, twist them into pretzels with authority, style, and grace. If you don’t learn those rules, you’ll just look as if you don’t know any better.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I’m writing a novella called “Zombies Ate My Homework.” The main character is a teacher. I’m working on a paranormal novel called “Rule Number One.” And a boatload of short stories. Of course, I’m always editing for someone as well.

Mary Ann can be found online here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryAnnPedenCovielloAuthorEditor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAPedenCoviello

Blog: http://www.skewednotions.com

cropped for FB profileMary Ann was born in Arlington, Virginia, and has lived in several states, all below the Mason-Dixon Line. She has been married to the same man since 1976. She and her husband have two sons of their own, one unofficially adopted son, and one daughter-in-law. Even as a little girl, Mary Ann made up stories and continued to write through college. She stopped writing after she married. Twenty years or so later, she began dabbling in fanfiction. She had no confidence in her ability to create characters, so playing with someone else’s characters seemed safe. After a couple of years of fanfiction, she began writing original fiction again and has never looked back. Recently, she began editing. Her motto is simple: Every writer deserves an editor with a sharp eye and a nasty attitude.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Billie Sue Mosiman

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blog header cwifBillie Sue Mosiman

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I’m a writer. I write suspense and horror. I like the dark side.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I decided early on not to do that. I’d keep the Billie Sue, though it was so very Southern, and my husband’s last name. I have recently published three e-book short stories under a male pseudonym to test something out for myself. The male name gets no promotion, ever. No tweets, no Facebook links, no one knows his name, since he does not exist in reality. He has no track record, no other works attributed to him, no friends or family. Yet his little stories sold great at first and now they sell regularly, month after month. What does my experiment say to me? I’m not finished experimenting. As the three stories are zombie tales, I will want to write a crime story and another horror story of a different sort and see what happens with them. But I do find it strange a non-person, without promotion, without even a blog or a friend in the world, buried beneath hundreds of thousands of zombie books and stories, sells regularly. Is it the male name? Obviously so since I wrote the stories no differently than I write my stories under my own name. You decide.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

Roh Morgan, Trent Zelazny, Michael Reaves, Joe McKinney, Lori Lopez, Kat Yares, Catie Rhodes, Franklin Wales, Stephen King.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

My grandmother, Naomi Robinson, was the most influential woman in my life. The only way she shaped my work is by always telling me, “You’re good as the best and better than the rest.” She gave me confidence.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Don’t be too eager. Take more time. Hold publishers back from pushing too hard for the next book.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

Post Mortem Press will publish my next novel of suspense, THE GREY MATTER, in April or May this year. I’m very excited about it.

Where can we find you? 

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Twitter: @billiemosiman

 

Blog: http://www.peculiarwriter.blogspot.com

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Billie-Sue-Mosiman/e/B000AQ0Z5E

 

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bs mosimanAuthor of more than 60 books on Amazon, I am a thriller, suspense, and horror novelist, a short fiction writer, and a lover of words. In a diary when I was thirteen years old I wrote, “I want to grow up to be a writer.” It seems that was always my course. My books have been published since 1984 and two of them received an Edgar Award Nomination for best novel and a Bram Stoker Award Nomination for most superior novel. I have been a regular contributor to a myriad of anthologies and magazines, with more than 160 short stories published. My work has been in such diverse publications as Horror Show Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. I taught writing for Writer’s Digest and for AOL online, and gave writing workshops locally in Texas. I was an assistant editor at a Houston literary magazine and co-edited several trade paperback anthologies with Martin Greenberg. My latest work in paperback and Kindle digital is SINISTER-Tales of Dread, a compilation of fourteen new short stories all written in 2013.

Recently I’ve sold short stories to the anthologies BETTER WEIRD edited by Paul F. Olson from Cemetery Dance, ALLEGORIES OF THE TAROT edited by Annetta Ribken, FRESH FEAR edited by William Cook, WRAPPED IN RED edited by Jennifer Greene, and SOMEONE WICKED edited by Weldon Burge. My latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER, will be published by Post Mortem Press by May 2014.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Leigh M. Lane

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blog header cwifLeigh M. Lane

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I consider myself a horror novelist above all else, although some of my dystopian work straddles the fence between sci-fi and horror and I do also write short stories and screenplays. I write both psychological and paranormal horror, but I must say I prefer psychological monsters over the paranormal ones. I also do some editing.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I’ve considered it, but I don’t think it’s something I’d actually ever do. In our current climate, with so many women striving to prove themselves as valuable contributors to the genre, it would be counterproductive to give in to the mindset that only men can sell good horror. I would rather suffer the setbacks that come with being female than succeed on the basis that readers believe my work was written by a man. I am who I am, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to prove I’m much more than just a pretty face.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

The books I’ve enjoyed most recently are Deeply Twisted, a short story collection by Chantal Noordelos, Deathwatch, by Lisa Mannetti, and People Person, by Trent Zelazny. I recommend all three.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Lisa Mannetti has by far been my greatest personal influence. She’s a neat woman and an exceptional horror writer. She has helped me to become more detail oriented in my writing, and she’s living proof that the glass ceiling that continues to hover over us is not shatterproof.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Go back to school sooner than later. Take some time to learn your craft before jumping head-first into those shark-infested waters. Don’t be too eager to make a sale; don’t be afraid to reject that contract on the grounds of some iffy clauses. Above all else, have confidence in yourself!

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I have one novel I’m currently shopping and another I’m in the process of editing, and I also have an episodic novella series I’m hoping will find a good home sometime soon. My short story “Mused” is set to be published through Calidum Magazine sometime this month.

Where can we find you? 

Website: http://www.cerebralwriter.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Leigh-M.-Lane/e/B0055DSE6Y

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeighMLane

Twitter: @LeighMLane

llLeigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and twelve published short stories divided among different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe, was a finalist in the 2013 EPIC Awards in horror.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Lori R. Lopez

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blog header cwifLORI R. LOPEZ

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I think of myself as an “artist” in the broad sense of the term.  I do a number of creative things, including artwork for my covers, illustrations for some of my books and stories, but above all I consider myself a writer and a poet.  That’s where I find peace and the deepest creative compulsion.  In particular, I write Horror — both in verse and prose.  I mix in other elements such as humor and fantasy, suspense, whatever the story demands.  I listen to my stories, and they can be very demanding.  I write for children, too.  Mostly I write for adults, but I don’t incorporate bad language or explicit content, and I seldom get too graphic and gory, so it’s usually suitable for age twelve to fourteen and up.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I can understand why females have used male pseudonyms.  I’m certain I would have more readers if I did, as there are still so many people who think men are superior writers when it comes to the Horror genre (and Science Fiction, Crime, Speculative Fiction, on and on . . .).  But that would defeat the purpose.  I have wanted to be an author since I was a little girl.  As a woman, a wife and mother, I made a lot of detours and sacrifices, put others before my dreams . . . but I am finally here.  I am finally, belatedly, standing where that little girl wanted to be.  I did change my last name for marriage then kept it after divorce.  But I am female, and I’m determined to help change those perceptions.  The best way to do that, in my opinion, is to publish as a woman.  I feel we are on the brink of making significant change — thanks to everyone (male or female, publisher, reviewer, blogger, fan, reader, writer) who supports recognizing women in Horror and all types of Fiction.  I like to dabble in different genres and write for different ages.  I don’t feel I need to change my name to do that either.  We’re in a new age of publishing.  Whether it’s good or bad, it’s here.  Because of it, I’m here.  I find it difficult to go the normal route with things, including my writing style.  You’ll find me out on a limb, taking risks, doing things my way.  Which usually means the hard or least popular way.  I’m a bit of a rebel.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

I remember the days when I could read, back when I had “spare” time.  Increasingly, I have been very busy between new projects and older projects.  I’m in a period where I have far more goals than hours in the day.  I feel the pressures of age and other factors.  My focus is being eroded by the online necessities.  I do read a lot:  my work, messages and mail, news and so forth.  Reading strictly for pleasure is sadly and severely limited.  I skim the occasional article and blog, samples of poetry, a rare story if it’s pretty short.  I really need to balance my time more efficiently.  Marketing, promotion, networking can take up the majority of one’s day.  Creative work should come first, then time to relax and spend with others.  Being an indie author is a very demanding job.  I wear a lot of hats, both professionally and as part of who I am.  I juggle a lot — writing, editing, artwork.  I still have to fit in music, acting and filmmaking with my sons.  I need a slower clock.  Or a bigger one, with more hours.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Life is what it is.  You have to take the good out of it, hang on to that.  I would have liked to be closer to my mother, but it’s a long story.  It never happened.  I was close to her sister and mother, and the few summers spent in Northern Wisconsin, The Northwoods, with them are some of my best memories from childhood.  They were influential, although not any more supportive than my parents of my talents.  I do recall my mother telling me on the phone before she died of cancer that she hoped I would do as well as J. K. Rowling (she had just heard about the long lines waiting for one of the Harry Potter books to be released).  Those words astonished me.  I hadn’t had much encouragement.  She had been an artist and was going to study with a painter, then he died.  She never realized her dream.  My dad would tell me that writers (artists and actors too) are a dime a dozen.  The main support I had growing up was from teachers and a female librarian.  They believed in me.  A few friends believed in me.  My sons have believed in me.  I always believed in myself since quite small.  Now I actually have some fans and a number of friends, both female and male, who believe in me.  That means more than I can ever express.  I have come a long way.  I still have a long way to go.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Write more, do more artwork.  Don’t wait for the chance.  Time passes too quickly to push things aside.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

Spooked smallHa ha, there are so many.  Where to begin?  I just released a ghost story called “Spooked”, available on Amazon and other sites.  A story was published as the February STORY OF THE MONTH at Servante Of Darkness, “The Blame Game”.  I have a story and poem in a new anthology, BONES II from James Ward Kirk Publishing.  Another story and poem will be published this month in the WOMEN IN HORROR issue (Thirteen) of THE SIREN’S CALL E-Zine.  My story “Sleep Of Fools” will appear in an upcoming charity anthology to benefit authors in need, HEARTCORE (there will be two simultaneous volumes and I believe it is in the second).  I have a new poetry column out, “Havoc”, with dark verse and humorous prose on my website.  I am currently working on artwork for print versions of two stories, one co-written with Blaze McRob called “Tides Of Chaos” and another for my story “Jar Baby” (already released as an E-book).  I hope to release my next collection of horror stories very soon, ODDS AND ENDS, as well as a Halloween-themed novel titled TRICK OR TREAT:  THE REAPER, one of the older projects I need to finish.  I also plan to work on sequels of books and stories this year, release a collection of my artwork and two more poetry collections.  I’m writing some additional new stories and novels that I hope to find time for.  Then I need to start working on music and films with my sons this month.  We’ll be combining our talents and skills on some fun projects.  They amaze me, and I love that we can work together.  We formed a creative company called Fairy Fly Entertainment.  See what I mean by more goals than hours in a day?  I’m basically an optimist whose eyes are bigger than her plate.

Where can we find you? 

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE

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DSC01168 ContrastLori R. Lopez is the author of CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, THE FAIRY FLY, MONSTROSITIES, JUGULAR and more.  A resident of Southern California, she is an author, poet, artist, columnist, actress, songwriter, musician and activist for conservation, children and animal rights.  Stories and verse appear in anthologies such as MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON’T, BONES II, SPLATTERPUNK SAINTS, DARLINGS OF DECAY, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, SOUP OF SOULS, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR.  Fifteen of Lori’s poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.  She unapologetically takes pride in bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Jaime Hobbes

Allison M. Dickson, Celebrating Women in Fiction, Hobbes End Publishing, Patrick C. Greene

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m a reader, mainly. Married to a writer. I work part time for a small press, Hobbes End Publishing, that my husband originally founded in 2005. I do a little bit of everything: read submissions, edit, social media, author relations, you name it. I also have an obsession with Doctor Who and binge watching TV shows on Netflix. But again, I’m primarily a reader. I also beta read for some of my author friends and write the occasional review.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

The press publishes fiction, mainly horror, science fiction, and fantasy. As a reader, I am a genre whore who will read anything well-written and intriguing.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently.

I have a mad love affair going on with the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I am currently listening to the audio books, and this is my fourth journey to the Tower. I recently read the Metatron Series by James Glass and was highly entertained.  I also adore the Bob the Zombie series by Jaime JohneseeAllison M. Dickson has quickly become one of my favorites, as well. I will read anything that woman puts out there (and have!).

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

Easy. My mother and my grandmother. My mom is one of the most hard-working people I have ever met. And generous. And loving. And supportive. My grandmother was the kindest woman I have ever known. They influenced me in so many ways. To work harder, to believe in myself, to never give up. To follow my dreams.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

That’s kind of tough. Growing up I never saw myself going into the publishing industry. Getting paid to read? Never even occurred to me. But I would tell my younger self to pick a different major in college! Also, I would inform her all about eBooks and to make sure to get on top of that immediately.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

The press has lots of projects coming up. We have a the first in a YA series coming out soon, an amazing horror novel by David Bright, and the much anticipated release of The Last Supper by Allison M. Dickson. HEP will soon announce another book release that is still in the contractual phase, but one I personally am very excited about. As for myself, I am participating in The Doctor Who project with some friends and trying to get some book reviews written.

Where can we find you?

Hobbes End Links:

http://hobbesendpublishing.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hobbesend

My blog: http://jaimelynhobbes.wordpress.com/

The Doctor Who Project: http://www.allisonmdickson.com/p/doctor-who-project.html

About Jaime Hobbes

JH HeadshotJaime Hobbes is an avid reader and works behind the scenes at Hobbes End Publishing. As a book-lover, she was overjoyed to marry a writer. Jaime does a little bit of everything for the press, and serves as a personal assistant to her husband Vincent Hobbes. Reading is and always will be her number one obsession. She also likes to watch movies, obsess over TV shows on Netflix, plan her dream home on Pinterest, and spend time with her family. Oh, and coffee. That plays a major role in her life as well.

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Books, Babes, and the Business: Christine Sutton

Celebrating Women in Fiction

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I am a writer. I always have been. Even before I knew I was a writer. After that, I am a horror writer. I like to dabble in other related genres, but I love horror. Probably more than I should.

I have a real fascination with anything scary. I can read for hours about ghosts and monsters. I am macabrely interested in serial killers, wanting to know all of the whys and hows.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I never have, but I can see the value in it. I have not, simply because I don’t care to at this time. I want my work to be mine. I think that I would be something like Stephen King and allow that pen name to take on a life of its own. I don’t want the kind of pressure that comes with creating a whole new human being; even a fake one.

I can see why it is done, and one day, I might do it, too.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

I do love some Anne Rice. I have recently read books by Jaime Johnesee (Bob the Valentine), Allison M. Dickson (Strings), M.L. Roos (Zippered Flesh 2) and Suzi M.(The Tower). I loved them all. I am somewhat voracious and insatiable when it comes to reading. I’ll read anything and everything, all the time.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

I have always had a lot of influential women in my life, from teachers to friends, to great artists and amazing performers. I have to say that my mom has always been a great support and influence. She always told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do. I finally believe her.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

DO NOT STOP. EVER!! START EARLIER!! Ok, so that is two pieces of advice. I get carried away sometimes.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I am currently finishing the last installment in the Kayla, Enchanted series. I just finished a zombie novel, co-authored with Ian Woodhead. I also have a few other novels pinging around in my brain at the moment.

Where can we find you?

You can find me in the following places…

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Sutton/e/B005NNAKAE/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSuttonAuthor?ref=hl

On the web:

http://christinesutton.webs.com

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I long for the day that I can devote myself to writing full time. Until then, I have a great day job and a fulfilling side job making art.

I have a husband of seventeen years, and a collection of fantastic books that make me very happy.