Books, Babes, and the Business: Billie Sue Mosiman

Celebrating Women in Fiction

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: The Fluffy Fox

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifVix Kirkpatrick

I am a BritGirl who loves reading. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I beta read for some awesome authors and am passionate about their work. I strongly believe in supporting all their hard work and try to promote them as much as I can on my little blog.

My favourite genre is horror and the huge areas it covers which often spill over into sci-fi, the bizarre and comedy in many instances.

Influential females…..oh my, far too many! I am thankfully now surrounded by so many wonderful ladies it would be unfair to even contemplate a list! Social media is often derided for its flapping, nasty or inane comments or food pictures, but it has allowed me to “meet” some of my best friends and expand on my gang/stable/horde of authors.

List a few authors and my favourite books by them! Ok, lets limit it to my top eight, those ladies whom I would probably read their shopping lists if they published them; with these amazing ladies you are ALWAYS promised a great read.

Kat Yares – has a multitude of brilliant short stories and my pick of the bunch would be Cleanliness Is Next Too….as it made me leap from my bed on a Saturday morning and start hovering! Who is afraid of the odd dust bunny? ME! But from her novels I loved Beneath The Tor, so much I bought a hard copy and have passed it around my local friends. It is a wonderful narrative of what could have happened in the Christ story, KY is delicate, respectful and clever in her ability to weave all the important aspects of Christ into this fictional story with a twist.

Lori R. Lopez – Jar Baby and The Fairy Fly are my favourites. LRL always throws in words and phrases that I have to run off and look up, she expands my vocabulary every time I read her and Jar Baby is one of my favourites as she manages to make mummy & zombie killing so eloquent sounding as you would think you were at a tea party with Earl Grey tea and cucumber sandwiches. The Fairy Fly is not a horror book, unless you are afraid of creepy crawlies and up until this book I was morbidly afraid of spiders, now I can even sit in the same room as them and not have panic attacks, I will forever be in LRLs debt for that.

Billie Sue Mosimen – with such a huge repertoire can anyone have a favourite BSM novel/short story? I can read White Skulls over and over though as it has the gore, back story, interesting characters, plot twists and humour that I love so much in all my reads.

Suzi M – The Immortal War series for me was almost perfection, a brilliant mix of Vamps, Demons and all sorts of other critters mixed over time, space and a 3 way love story, do you need anymore?

Jaime Johnesse – well apart from her famous Bob (The Zombie) Series, her best story was Shifters (which I believe is having an overhaul to make it even more awesome!) and even now 3 years later I still think of the characters from this book.

Eden Crowne – Fall From Grace; Angels, Demons, marks of death and lots of sex! how could you go wrong with that mix! Her stories are complex and intricate and really give a sense of being in the story with all the fantastic descriptions of people and places.

Allison M. Dickson – The Wicked Brew collection for me had the best short story “A Concealed Hand” this one really touched me; made me gasp, hold my breath and laugh. Her debut novel “Strings “ was grotesque in that wonderful horror way that makes you want more, just not after dinner.

Christine Sutton – her Kayla Burkhart series was brilliant, CS took all your usual fairie tales and turned them on their head! Humour and gore combined are my favourite elements in a horror story, the giggle then the slap in the face – not to mention the amazing writing style that CS has.

Current projects? Well, as I am NOT a writer it’s more like an ongoing blog of reviews; although I am trying to bully everyone into answering a few silly questions, nothing like the sensible ones you have me answering! Unless you would like to know what my favourite sandwich is?

foxVix loves the horror genre, but it must be well written even if Bmovie style! She also enjoys sci-fi, comedy, thrillers, biographies and some weird stuff.
Vix enjoys leaving reviews and supporting Indie authors. You can find Vix here: http://fluffyredfox.blogspot.co.uk/