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: 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: Stacey Turner

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifStacey Turner

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 guess I would describe myself as an editor first, publisher second, with writer bringing up the distant rear. The first two jobs don’t leave me much time to develop the last. Although, I have managed to get a few stories published. I focus on the horror genre in particular with my own writing, but I publish and edit a slightly wider array.

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

I don’t think I would. Don’t get me wrong, there is a bit of a gender bias in the horror world, but that just makes me work harder. And if I do become popular with readers, I want to do so with my real name.

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

This one is hard, when I have time to read it’s mostly submissions I’m reading. I’m a big fan of Allison Dickson; I think I’ve read everything she’s written except her latest book. And I’m currently reading Belinda Frisch’s new novel, Fatal Reaction, for a review. She’s written one of the few zombie series I’ve enjoyed. I’m also a big fan of Michaelbrent Collings, Kealan Patrick Burke, Stephen King, and Bentley Little. But I haven’t had time to read any of their most recent works.

And I’m always a fan of the books I publish. We’ve got some great authors already, and a fantastic line up of books coming out this year. If I’m not in love with it, I don’t publish it.

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

My Grandmother has always been a huge inspiration to me. We were very close and she always had faith in me, no matter what. She was a very determined lady and was opinionated, long before women were supposed to have opinions. She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her nearly every day. Whenever things are really rough, and I’m struggling under my work load, or something personal, I look at her picture and think of everything she went through. She never gave up on anything and neither will I.

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

Start earlier! Lol. Write more, submit more, learn more about your craft. Don’t be so easily intimidated. Don’t take rejections so personally. Toughen up. But above all, write.

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

The press has several fantastic books coming out this year that I’m super excited about. I love anthologies and we have six coming out this year. We also have several novellas, a novel, a young adult, a gothic novella, and more. Plus we have some ideas we’re working on to make the press even better. Personally, I’m hoping to put the finishing touches on a novella I’ve written and submit it to a few places.

Where can we find you?

st blog1My personal FaceBook page

The Press FaceBook

My blog: http://www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com/

The Press website: Angelic Knight Press

st blog2Stacey Turner lives in West Central Illinois.  Four wonderful, adult children call her “Mom,” and two beautiful little boys call her “Mimi” (Grandma). She is owned by cats. Most of her time is taken up with running Angelic Knight Press and editing, but she still finds time to review books & interview authors, write a blog about her absolutely ridiculous family, and write fiction. You can find her Author blog at www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter: @Spot_Speaks or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStaceyTurner. To contact her about editing, you can email her at princess.spot@gmail.com.

She enjoys editing because she’s bossy. And also because she revels in helping an author polish their work. She has edited several anthologies, including the upcoming No Place like Home: Tales from a Fractured Future and the more recent 50 Shades of Decay, as well as many novels & novellas for a variety of authors.

She has been published in several anthologies and online magazines. When not working, she enjoys photographing cemeteries, playing “what if,” and discussing the imminent zombie apocalypse. She does not enjoy scarecrows, creepy dolls, birds (of any sort), snakes, clowns or garden gnomes.

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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Best Horror Fiction of 2013 – STRINGS

Allison M. Dickson, Hobbes End Publishing, horror, Reviews

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Allison M. Dickson presents a chilling tale of entrapment and greed.

Do you have freedom?

Do you have control?

After four years of turning tricks in a mob-run New York brothel to pay off a debt, Nina is ready to go back to a quiet life in Iowa. Just one more client and the whole nightmare will be behind her, but this last trick turns into a battle for her soul. Meanwhile, the brothel’s sadistic Madam has been hiding away money in order to move up in her family’s organization, and she only wants the half million dollars the reclusive millionaire pays for the girls. But her driver Ramón has other ideas, making off with the money left behind when Nina’s last trick goes unexpectedly awry. The theft comes at a great cost to the Madam, setting off a horrific chain of events that changes them all.

The Hooker. The Driver. The Madam. All of them on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway.

Who is pulling your Strings?

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or as it has become known: “The Burrito Comparison”

It’s like a delicious King, Palahniuk, Coen Bros Burrito.

A terrifying roller-coaster of a story. Ms. Dickson does not hold back when it comes to pulling the curtain back on some of our worst fears, but despite the depravity, she also doesn’t linger gratuitously. While I was reading I couldn’t help but think of Palahniuk’s novel Invisible Monsters, or Aronofsky‘s film Requiem for a Dream – this novel has moments that I’d rather not experience again, but they are moments within a masterfully-told, gut-wrenching, wicked, wicked ride.

The three main characters have very few redeeming qualities and yet you still begin to care for them. You follow their separate but entangled journeys as they spiral further into the madness that is their lives, the roller-coaster never stops, and yet there is a smoothness to the violence – like a Coen brothers masterpiece.

I just can’t say enough about how well this book was written. I had to read it in only two sittings because I couldn’t stand to live in that nightmare any longer – and yet, as soon as I was done – granted I took a few breaths and paced the floor for a while – I wanted to go back in.
It’s sick and it’s twisted – and it’s one of the best pieces of horror fiction I’ve ever read. Congratulations to Hobbes End Publishing and Ms. Dickson – I believe you have a winner.

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These are some of my favorite short stories by Allison M. Dickson. All available on AMAZON. Most are usually $0.99. The Shiva Apparatus and Under the Scotch Broom can be found in the Endlands 2 anthology along with some other great stories by some very talented authors. If you enjoy discovering talented indie-authors and have a taste for The Twilight Zone  you should definitely invest in that one. 15 Stories for $3.99 (At the time of posting)

Agnes Winters CoverTHE EMPATHY OF AGNES WINTERS

With an astounding ability she likes to call the Switch, hospice volunteer Deb can take away a patient’s sickness for a whole day, allowing them to have one last good day before they die. But when she meets a remarkable woman named Agnes Winters, a deep kinship develops and Deb soon realizes that Agnes plans to use her good day to help the young woman’s own painful burden, and in a way no one could have expected.

“The Empathy of Agnes Winters” is a haunting novella with a touch of the supernatural. It is about the power of empathy, the value of friendship, and the bittersweet triumph second chances.

Dust_Cover2DUST (*****BEST-SELLER*****)

A hungry alien substance has traveled to Earth following a doomed Lunar mission, and it’s consuming everything it touches, leaving behind drifts of gray death. No life form stands a chance, but Clyde Jackson is tougher than most. He’s seen war and he’s been in plenty of foxholes. Now he’s living through the end of the world one day at a time in a panic room that has become his only refuge. It’s only a matter of time before the ventilation fails, and it’ll only take a single gray speck to end it all… Originally featured in The Absent Willow Review e-zine, DUST is the haunting meditation of a man recalling the final days of a once mighty and hopeful planet now quickly eroding to nothing under drifts of gray.

Shiva_ApparatusTHE SHIVA APPARATUS

He doesn’t know where he is. He doesn’t know who he is, but the government spooks have been asking him questions for days, hoping to trigger his memory. His only clue is the implant in his brain, the name ADAM, and a sneaking suspicion that he’s capable of destroying worlds.

Originally appearing in Volume 2 of the chilling Endlands anthology from Hobbes End Publishing, The Shiva Apparatus is a short science fiction story that will make you question the nature and the direction of humanity.

Also, as a special treat, this story includes an excerpt from Dickson’s upcoming novel, The Shiva Paradox, of which this short story serves as a prequel.

Scotch_Broom_CoverUNDER THE SCOTCH BROOM

It’s business as usual for Dr. Victor Barnes, lead researcher at Whitacre Pharms, until a strange little boy named Elvis walks into his life. The kid strikes him as familiar, but the doctor’s memory is fading fast, a side effect of the serum he tested on himself to become immortal.

Dr. Barnes soon learns how much his desire to live forever has endangered billions, and that he must go to extreme measures to keep mankind from forgetting itself..

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amd holding strings2Allison M. Dickson writes dark contemporary fiction, covering both speculative and realistic realms. Her debut psychological horror novel, STRINGS, released to rave reviews in 2013 and has topped Amazon’s bestseller lists several times. She is also the author of an abundance of short stories as well as the 1940s sci-fi noir Colt Coltrane series. Readers can look forward to her upcoming dystopian epic, THE LAST SUPPER, later in 2014. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found wandering the urban sprawl of Dayton, OH with her husband and two rapidly growing children, or crawling some dungeon in search of good loot. For more information on how to reach Allison or to read her blog, visit allisonmdicksonbooks.com.

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