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

Celebrating Women in Fiction

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: Jennifer Wilson

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifJennifer Wilson

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 co-owner of Nightscape Press. I’m an avid reader – and it’s been phenomenal being able to be part of putting out amazing works into the world for people to read. We classify ourselves as a horror press, but we are open to all works with a dark element, be they dark fantasy, dark science fiction, et cetera.

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

I love the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

I’m a little late to the game, but I’ve recently been checking out Peter Straub’s works.

And since we’re examining women in fiction this month, some of my favorite female authors are Rena Mason, Lisa Mannetti, Katharine Kerr, Anne Bishop, and Juliet Marillier.

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

The most influential female in my personal life is my grandmother, Ninette Troxell. Even though she is no longer with us, she taught me so much about what it means to be a strong woman.  I learned so much from her growing up about life and love.  She is by far the measurement by which I live my life and try to do all in by personal and work life to make her proud.

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

The one piece of advice I would give my younger self is to speak up and not be worried about what others think — No one else has experienced the unique world I have lived in quite the same and others may be able to gain something from what I have to say.  This is not to say that it isn’t important to be mindful of what I am putting out there, but to trust that I have a valid opinion to share with the world.

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

We have several books that will be out this year (some announced and some not) that I’m really excited about. One I would like everyone to check out, even though it’s not specifically horror, is Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology. This book, while not technically part of a series, is the next book in what I’ll call the movement that started with Horror For Good. HFG continues to raise money for amfAR (an international AIDS research charity) and FFG will be donating all proceeds to the Colon Cancer Alliance, a charity doing amazing things in education and research for colon cancer. We are fortunate enough to have stories from some huge names in the fantasy world such as George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony, and many, many more.

(You can find out more at http://www.richardsalter.com/fantasyforgood/ and http://www.facebook.com/fantasyforgood)

Where can we find you? 

Nightscape Press’s website is http://www.nightscapepress.com,

we can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nightscapepress,

we’re on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nightscapepress,

and our Amazon storefront is http://www.amazon.com/nightscape-press

Jennifer WilsonJennifer M. Wilson is Co-Owner and Director of Proofreading for Nightscape Press. Having been through eight years of Advanced/Honors English coursework, she has a sharp eye for grammatical detail and takes a solid critical approach to style and the mechanics of prose when proofreading.

Jennifer is a lover of music and a voracious reader across many genres with a high standard of taste. She works as a transcriptionist and has nearly completed her undergraduate degree in Biology, with the ambition of pursing work in genetic research. She lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband, two kids, and German Shepherd.