Books, Babes, and the Business: Killion Slade

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifAuthor Interview: Killion Slade 

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

The very first thing I would like to say is thank you for having me this month. It is such an honor to be featured along with so many wonderful writers on your blog.

I would describe myself primarily as a writer, though I am earnestly learning the very tedious craft of editing. I have gained such respect for editors! Editing by far has taught me more about writing than any writing class I ever attend. Editing not only my own work, but beta reading for others, proofing, and offering guidance anyway I can helps me to recall lessons, pitfalls, and bad habits to break before I sit down to write another sentence.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I would love to be a genre-snob, but it just isn’t in me. There are days when I want to write a story about a butterfly landing on my daughter’s arm on a warm, sunny day, and then there are days when I want to write the nastiest horror I can contrive. I decided to write what moves me at any given moment. I want to yield to the muse who wants their time in the limelight, so I let them take me where they want to go. Sometimes it’s pretty, more often, however, it’s not.

The one thing though I like to do is incorporate humor into horror whenever I can.  It’s an intricately delicate line to balance and I have to be careful not to make light of what the character is experiencing, but allow them their defense mechanism.

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

I do write under a male name, but it isn’t to hide the fact that I am a woman.  Both my husband and I write and we often collaborate, so we decided to build under one brand and not split up among two.  We both have Irish lineages, so it just made sense to find a name we both loved.

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

I have been reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and I have to say, this story has frightened me more than any of his father’s story.  Great Stuff!  I love to laugh – it is such great therapy. Unfortunately, with jobs, mortgages, and parental demands life can easily deflate any hilarity out of your soul leaving you a dried up, unfeeling corpse. By adding humor back into my life, I can forget the real horror I hear on the nightly news, and believe in humanity once again. I love to listen to funny books. I have taken a shine to Molly Harper. She has such a wonderful way of making you laugh your way through a vampire heart-staking scene.

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

My daughter, hands down! She has reminded me of all my dreams, and the hows and whys of lost passions. As she grows, she helps me stay young, play games, imagine, and love everything as simple as dandelion weed growing in the front yard.  Instead of looking at the weed ruining my lawn, she reminds me of how fun it is to chase the seeds which blow away. My daughter allows me to pursue those long lost passions lost in growing up. To that, I will always be grateful and blessed to have her in my life.

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

Never accept anyone telling you that you’re never good enough. Make a decision and see it all the way through. Give it all you can! Always be an hour early and never five minutes late. If you’re tardy, you better have a damn good reason and bleeding from your eyeballs! Never grow old in your heart!

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

I am currently working on the second book in the World of Blood series, titled Revenant. I’m very excited to continue Cheyenne’s quest in finding her sister and bringing down the illegal vampire blood orchards. I am also actively working on producing the audiobook version for Exsanguinate.  It has been a great experience

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About the Author

killion slade3Killion Slade is a married writing team who met in the virtual realms of Second Life and virtually enjoy everything. Mrs. Slade delves into the paranormal urban fantasy and horror stories, whereas Mr. Slade prefers sci-fi and high fantasy. Members of the Horror Writers Association and the Paranormal Romance Guild, they storyboard their characters inside Second Life as their avatars reveal their stories. Tucked away in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Montana, they stay busy chasing kids, corralling horses and cats, and enjoying the harvest from their garden. Married on Halloween – they love to live life to the fullest and embrace one another each and every day.

Write Like a Girl #CWIF2014

Allison M. Dickson, Celebrating Women in Fiction

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In 1818, a young woman wrote what many consider the greatest horror novel as well as the earliest work of science-fiction. Her name was Mary Shelley, and her most famous work, FRANKENSTEIN, endures until this very day, spawning countless movie adaptations and books adhering to its central themes about the dangers of playing God or fooling with nature. The book has never even been out of print. frankenstein_book_cover_01That is a little bit of trivia I like to carry with me on my author’s journey, like a tasty snack during the long and arduous hike otherwise known as a writing career. When I start to feel like the world is against me, that I am a “woman in a man’s world,” where the bestseller lists in my genres of choice (horror and science fiction) are dominated by my male counterparts, I remind myself that it was a woman’s imagination we all have to thank for breathing life into this particular market. I also think of her bravery. Shelley wrote during a period of time when most women authors had to give themselves male pseudonyms to entice their mostly male readers. The first edition of FRANKENSTEIN was published anonymously to that end, but in 1823, they came to their senses and put her name on the cover. Overall, Shelley was taken seriously in her day as a writer. The passage of time after her death marred her memory. Her biographical writings were censored and sterilized by her own children to depict a quiet, conventional woman, the wife of her famous poet husband, a one-hit wonder with Frankenstein (and her authorship of that was even challenged a few times). Most of her other works fell out of print and the truth of Shelley’s life, both literary and political, was obscured until recently. Now she’s receiving the proper reverence as one of the Romantic greats a century and a half later, and her stance as a beacon for civil cooperation and the importance of women in the family is also well known. Mary Shelley was, overall, a seriously righteous chick who would have fit in very well with my circle of writer friends today.Mary Shelley

So if she could be considered the mother root for the genres I mainly focus on today, I feel extremely proud to be a tiny offshoot of that. I had my first horror novel, STRINGS, published in late 2013, and my first science-fiction novel, THE LAST SUPPER, is due out this April. I’ll be honest. I once worried I wouldn’t be able to compete as a woman in such male dominated genres. Those anxieties still haven’t faded among most female writers of certain genres even two centuries since the debut of FRANKENSTEIN, but I feel it’s important not to focus on that. The only thing any writer can do is focus on putting out damn good stories, because while there are still people shallow enough to evaluate a piece of work based on the gender of the author, there are even more people who just want to read a great yarn.

Besides, there are legions of female authors setting examples worth following. They are astounding talents, many of whom I aspire to meet or equal someday. Their achievements fuel me, their stories and characters have burned themselves into my brain and will never leave me.  Those names include Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. LeGuin, Anne McCaffrey and Rice, Gillian Flynn, JK Rowling, Octavia Butler, Shirley Jackson, Poppy Z. Brite, Cherie Priest, Daphne Du Maurier, and all the amazing women who will be joining us here at Sekhmet Press this month to speak of the great female accomplishments in literature. I can’t thank them enough for their inspirations and their legacies, for giving me a place to stand in this crowded room. We can’t all be legends like Mary Shelley, and if any of our works survive our own generations let alone four or five, it it’s a monumental accomplishment for any writer. But whether you’re a woman or a man, if anyone should say you “write like a girl,” you should think of all these great women and take it as a compliment.

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amd holding strings2Allison M. Dickson is a writer of dark contemporary fiction. Two of her short stories currently appear in The Endlands Volume 2 from Hobbes End Publishing, and two of her collected works are currently available on Amazon along with her indie pulp novel, COLT COLTRANE AND THE LOTUS KILLER. Her debut novel STRINGS, a psychological suspense story, released to rave reviews from Hobbes End, and the same publisher will be releasing her dystopian sci-fi book, THE LAST SUPPER, in spring of 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s co-hosting a weekly podcast, Creative Commoners. After spending several years in Olympia, Washington she returned with her husband and kids to her native Midwest and currently resides in Dayton, OH.

Her other obsessions include food, movies, cracking bad jokes with her family over dinner, and harboring secret fantasies of being a Bond girl/sword-wielding martial arts master.

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The Guide: Celebrating Women in Fiction 2014

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifWelcome to Books, Babes, and the Business

We will be celebrating women in fiction the entire month of February.

We will  host a guest blogger each day, then on February 28th from 1-3 pm EST you can join us on Facebook for a big party! We’ll have virtual refreshments, hilarious games, and REAL PRIZES! Don’t miss it! Invite your friends!

Feb 1. Welcome to Celebrating Women in Fiction 2014
2. Allison M. Dickson
3. Killion Slade
4. Stacey Turner
5. Malina Roos
6. Julianne Snow
7. Paula Ashe
8. Lori Hays
9. Chantal Noordeloos
10. Jenna Willett
11. Vix Hissy McClump Kirkpatrick
12. Leslie Whitaker
13. Jennifer Wilson
14. Shewanda Pugh
15-17. Author Suzi M
18. Jennifer L. Greene
19. Christine Sutton
20. Jaime Hobbes
21. Lori R. Lopez
22. Leigh M. Lane
23. Billie Sue Mosiman
24. Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
25. Jaime Johnesee
26. Kate J. Jenkins
27. Audrey Lynn Brennan
28. Party Time!

The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers – Billie Sue Mosiman

Celebrating Women in Fiction, horror, Lovecraft, NEWS, Poe, Reviews, Wrapped Authors, Wrapped In Red

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Congratulations to the lovely and talented

Billie Sue Mosiman!!

 TOP 50 All-Time Greatest Horror Writers!

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Sekhmet Press LLC had the great honor

of publishing Ms. Mosiman in the 2013 Wrapped In Red vampire anthology.

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She is also the author of over 60 books since 1984 and two of them received an Edgar Award Nomination for best novel and a Bram Stoker Award Nomination for most superior novel. Please do yourself a favor and check out her work!

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