Books, Babes, and the Business: Jen Greene

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blog header cwifJennifer L. Greene

Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

A little about myself… Well, I own Sekhmet Press LLC, what I like to call a micro-press publisher. I started out working as editor and publicist for my husband, Patrick C. Greene when his novel PROGENY was published by Hobbes End Publishing in 2012. This led me to publishing a few of his short stories… which led me to the idea of an anthology… and here we are.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

We tend to focus on the weird, absurd, dark and surreal. Our first anthology was a collection of Vampire stories and the next collection is about Ghosts. There will be another anthology in the Fall, but the specifics on that are under wraps for now.

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

Lately I’ve been in love with the Discovery of Witches series by Deborah Harkness, and pretty much anything written by Allison M. Dickson. I’ve just discovered horror author Cecilia Dockins, and romance novelist Shewanda Pugh, both of whom show some real talent and I look forward to reading more from those ladies. And then of course, one of the most fun things I’ve read lately are The Metatron Mysteries by James Glass.

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

No doubt, my Mother. She is the most influential woman in every area of my life. But, I think I also have to give props to two women from my middle-school days: my English teacher, Ms. McGee, and fellow student, Jan Thrasher. Both of them were pure inspiration to me.

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

Don’t doubt yourself and always do your best. Even when you feel like your journey is leading nowhere, it’s all adding up to something. Something good.

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

Absolutely! This weekend we just released the highly anticipated follow up in The Metatron Mysteries series, THE DISPOSSESSED by James Glass. The reviews are blowing my mind. Every time a good review comes in my heart just explodes with joy and gratitude. Also on my agenda right now is the follow up to Wrapped In Red, WRAPPED IN WHITE: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits. That anthology will release in March, and I’m definitely excited to send that baby out into the world. Great stories. I really hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do.

Where can we find you?

Here is our on-line store: http://www.tinyurl.com/ShopSekhmetPress

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jen 2013Jennifer began writing in middle school, and fell in love with the theater in high school. In college she studied Psychology and Journalism, then worked for over a decade in prestige cosmetics management, where she gained retail and marketing experience to add to her love of words and the arts. Acting as office manager, publicist, editor, and publisher at Sekhmet Press LLC, Ms. Greene also juggles managing her husband’s writing career, and raising an almost teenage boy. Sanity is not her strong suit, but she has a passion for the arts and artists; and truly believes “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” (S.K.) She also has a tendency toward cats and coffee.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Malina Roos

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blog header cwifMalina Roos

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 describe myself as a storyteller. I tell stories. I make stuff up that is almost plausible, throw in some weird character flaw for my protagonist and antagonist, send them on a journey into a ‘what if’ situation and see what happens. Inevitably, I have an idea, and it will come from something as simple as walking into a room and seeing something out of the ordinary and my mind wanders automatically in to….what if someone became so obsessed with her boyfriend that she thought he was cheating on her, and she killed a complete stranger in the process. The caveat in this piece is the MC was in grade nine.

I write horror. That’s what I classify it. It’s psychological horror, crime horror, the type of stuff that makes a reader go ‘huh’ at the end. It’s about people, damaged, broken, hurt people, who do messed up things, either because they have to, or because they want to. I have always been obsessed with why people do the things they do and I try to get into their heads and figure that out. I write from the broken perspective. Not to garner sympathy, just to play around in their sandbox for a while, mess with their toys, and then I go home to my warm bed and cuddle my dogs.

I do edit for others and my main goal is to write and edit fulltime after my I am finished with career number 8. I change jobs and careers like people change underwear. Well, hopefully people change their underwear more often than eight times in a lifetime……I have fixed airplanes in the military, hung upside down like a bat inside the cockpit of a Tutor; studied psychiatric nursing; managed a hair salon; was a live-in help aide to disabled people, and now I am in law enforcement. I have always wanted to be a writer, though. Wrote my first story when I was six about Dracula and a Duck. Yeah I don’t get it either. But the teacher thought it was great and had me read it to the class, then to the school during an assembly. By the time I was in Grade 6, I was in a Grade 12 English class.

I also review books for other authors and promote them whenever I can. As an industry, we are here to help each other. Being a writer is a tough job, and there are so many great ones out there, that are falling by the wayside. I started writing book reviews to help people get noticed. I read a lot, on the average, probably 200 to 300 hundred books a year. Insomnia is a gift. So when I read something that I think deserves credit, I review it and recommend it for the Bram Stoker awards.

I started the Solstice List two years ago, and a few Stoker recommendations appear on both lists. I love great writing, and want to do my part to promote it. The Solstice List is simple. If I read a book that is edited, blows me away or I can get lost in the dream of it, regardless of the year it is published, it makes it on the list. So out 200 books, 20 make the cut. I started this because I wanted to promote writers but also because I was reading all these great books I could not recommend for a Stoker because they were published in the wrong year. I thought, wow. You people are missing out, readers and writers alike. Penelope Crowe was my inspiration for this when I read 100 Unfortunate Days. What an amazing, terrifying and utterly page-turning book. I read that in one sitting then had nightmares and weird experiences for months. And I could not recommend it for a Stoker because she published it the previous year.

Not all horror writers are members of the Horror Writers Association. If you don’t know about it, how do you get your work noticed?

Right now, I work full time and I take courses in editing to get my certification as a professional editor. I sleep. A lot. I am recovering from the great Brain Splatter Incident of 2009 as I call it, when my brain decided, you know, you think way too damn much, and blew up. Had two ruptured brain aneurysms, who I have named Esmeralda and Esperanza, my conjoined twins. I was terrified I would not be able to write afterwards, but I did. And I take life way less seriously now.

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

I write under M.L. Roos because of the stigma there is against females in writing horror. Everyone expects men to be the horror writers, not the women, and, if you are a female horror writer, then it must be paranormal romance….and I am so far from that. I want people to read my work. I think I have a better shot at it if they don’t know I’m female. Is this reality? I think so. Some would agree, others would say, that’s BS and that’s a cop out. I don’t know. I am not here change the world, just to grab a tiny, crazy little piece of it. So if writing under my initials makes that happen, so be it.

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

One of my favourites was The Missing Years of Thomas Pritchard from Matt Shaw. Beautiful, intense, lovely piece of work that made me cry, damn him. Just outstanding. Made my novel of the year for my Solstice List: The Best Books and Stories of the Year, that I publish every December 21st.

Deeply Twisted by Chantal Noordeloos was a great compilation of a deeply twisted mind. That girl can write.

And then of course anything by Michealbrent Collings, Craig Saunders, Billie Sue Mosiman or Penelope Crow. For shock value, I read Matt Shaw and that’s why he surprised the heck out of me with The Missing Years.

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

Hands down, without a doubt, Billie Sue Mosiman. When I read Interview with a Psycho, I was hooked. She writes so clean, so to the point, without pretention and claptrap, and superfluous fluff. I loved her from the moment I read her and thought, dammit, that’s who I want to be when I grow up.

The one book that stands out is Widow. I wrote her and wanted her to change the ending. I loved the MC. She was doing horrible things, but she was so broken. I could totally understand why she was doing what she was doing and I was cheering her on. Loved her.

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

Be yourself. Do not give up. Keep writing. Keep eating cake for breakfast. Push the send button. One, you asked for one.…..ADD is a gift, dammit.

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

I have several……as I am sure we all do. Do all writers have ADD? I think we have to be, or have some mental illness that sets us apart from the rest of the regulars.

Sever, Slice and Serve will be a collection of short stories, if it ever gets finished.

Talia is part one of a three part series about the origins of Vampirism, Sleeping Beauty and where fairy tales really come from.

Circle of Survivors is a compilation of research in to brain aneurysms and the treatment, care of, and survival guide for survivors and the people in their life.

The Wolfing is about a community of werewolves who share more with the human race than we care to think about.

Where can we find you? 

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 malina roosMalina Roos tells stories, runs with scissors, and makes things up all the time. The best part is, a lot of people believe the things she says. He loves her husband and family, including her fur babies and that’s what keeps her grounded. Especially her husband. Without his support, none of this would be possible.

Creating fiction in a non-fiction world keeps her sane and makes her less stabby. And yes, people in her life, do appear in her work……..

Books, Babes, and the Business: Stacey Turner

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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?

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

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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.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Killion Slade

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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

Where can we find you?

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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.

The Guide: Celebrating Women in Fiction 2014

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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
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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

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Billie Sue Mosiman!!

 TOP 50 All-Time Greatest Horror Writers!

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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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The Great Divide: A Disheartening Conversation Between Book Author and Bookseller by Allison M. Dickson

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Excerpt  “Authors, or any other creators of digital media for that matter, should not be branded as offensive simply because they have released their work in an outlet that is friendliest to their needs, and it shows a huge disconnect between retailers and creators whenever a store owner refuses to accept the hurdles that many independent producers face when they try to get their work into a retail market. Of COURSE we’re going to offer it electronically! You want to sell books, you put them in to every potential place where buyers exist. That’s not intended to be a personal slight against bookstores. It’s BUSINESS. It would be absolutely foolish to do otherwise. Should I be forced to take a hit to my revenue stream in order to protect an increasingly outdated business model owned by someone who would probably never carry my work in the first place if I’d had it printed myself, or who refuses to get with the 21st century and find new ways to cater to readers who have drifted on to new platforms? People all over the country who own small bookstores are changing up their establishments to appeal to readers in whole new ways. Check outPowell’s Books, who partnered with Kobo ebooks, or Politics & Prose with their nifty Espresso book machine. This is how you usher your bookstore into the new age. Not by tearing down local authors whose only sin was to write a book that they wanted to get into the hands of as many people as possible.”

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Confession: I Have Bad Habits When I Write

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On Saturday, I had one goal in mind: Write! Write, write, write! Nothing was going to stop me. Nothing! Not Twitter, Facebook, blogs. My blog (doh!).

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Well, after eight hours, I’d written exactly two chapters. You heard me. Two! Well, if I’m being completely honest, I didn’t write two NEW chapters. I revised two. How horrible is that? Two stinkin’ chapters that I’d already written and wanted to perfect. Lame!

Even worse, I totally had motivation to write. Every time I turned to my manuscript, I was sooo THERE. I’d start typing and be like, “Oh, that’s good!” and, “Wow, where’d that come from?”, and, best of all, “God, I rock. High five, Self!”

And, yet, all I did was revise two chapters.

Two.

In. Eight. Hours!

This lack of productivity got me thinking about all the bad habits I have whenever I sit down to write. And, man oh…

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Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits | Brain Pickings

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Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin.

 

“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone,” the William James’s famous words on habit echo. “Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”

 

Given this omnibus of the daily routines of famous writers was not only one of my favorite articles to research but also the most-read and -shared one in the entire history of Brain Pickings, imagine my delight at the release ofDaily Rituals: How Artists Work (public library) by Mason Currey, based on his blog of the same title. Currey, who culled the famous routines from a formidable array of interviews, diaries, letters, and magazine profiles, writes in the introduction:

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