Nine Questions with… Lavinia Urban

Today we welcome author Lavinia Urban to The Flipside. Hello Lavinia, why don’t you take a moment to introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.

pic of meHi, I am Lavinia Urban and I grew up in a small town in England before moving to a small village in Scotland in 2000 after meeting my husband. We have two beautiful daughters called Erin and Kasey-ray.

I have been writing since the age of 12 and only the last couple of years I found the confidence to share my work.

I stopped writing for a while, then in 2006 I sat and wrote a short story about my eldest, who was 5, and her classmates. It was about how you should stay in school and study and bullying is wrong. The school absolutely loved it.

After that Erin kept asking me to write her another story. One night I dreamed one of the scenes in my first book, Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning. The rest is history as they would say J

Tell us about your writing process?

Currently I am writing the third book in my Erin the Fire Goddess series, as well as (trying) writing a bonus book for the series plus a zombie book.

Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

I currently write in the Young Adult fiction genre, but I am also writing a zombie book, which I have not decided on the genre yet. I will just see how it flows before I decide. I will also be writing a romance book which will definitely be aimed for adults.

Awesome! I love Zombies! What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

If I am honest, books have not influenced me to write per se. It is more that I have read a book and thought ‘wow I want my readers to enjoy my books as well as I have enjoyed reading this’

If anything influences me to write it is my two wonderful daughters. The book series is actually named after my eldest and the character has a sister named after my youngest.

If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

Oooo I have not thought about that. I have had readers talk about the soundtrack. They say Alicia Keys ‘Girl on fire’ makes them think of my books.

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Scream lol. I would probably text my husband before updating my Facebook status lol.

Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

Chocolate, lol, and sleep; most of my ideas come from my dreams.

I’m a sucker for chocolate as well – sometimes I need a piece just to help get me through a terribly trying scene (emotionally of course). What do you do when you’re not writing?

House work, reading and Facebook games (they are sooooo addictive!)

Aren’t they thoug? I often wonder if they are made simply to stifle my productivity… Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

For the first week, after that awful incident, I stayed at the cottage and cried. Just when I thought I was all cried out and my body couldn’t take any more fresh tears ripped through me, leaving me feeling drained; both emotionally and physically.

The feeling of helplessness ripped through me as I would drift in and out of consciousness. Everything swirled around me in a blur. Only one thing I was sure of……………….the rain. It beat down heavily, not letting up in the slightest. It seemed to echo my sorrow. However, I knew the cause of the rain and this brought fresh waves of sadness, humiliation and anger. How dare he be sad!

Towards the end of the week was when the fire inside me began to grow. It was unlike anything I had ever felt before. It started in my heart; the flames building with every pulsating beat. Then slowly it spread, causing me both pain and anguish. I would scream in horror as the feeling of being cooked from the inside out took hold of me.

Let’s take a sneak peek into Erin the Fire Goddess: The Beginning

eRINFireG_Book1Cover copyErin Tait is a 15 year old girl, born with a birthmark covering the left side of her face.

She moves to her parent’s home town of Galladale, where all is not what it seems.

From day one, Erin is bullied by Jessica Watson, for looking at Sean Jackson.

Why is she trying to keep Erin away? It’s hard when Sean goes out of his way to talk to Erin, causing the bullying to get worse.

Erin is lonely and scared; she doesn’t know what to do. Can she control the fire inside?

Sounds great huh?? Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you directly to Amazon.

Thank you Lavinia! If you want to connect with Lavinia, you can find her on Facebook on her author page and book page, as well as Twitter.

Join me next week when I will be interviewing Dina Rae!

Nine Questions with… Lachelle Redd

Today I am joined by author Lachelle Redd. For anyone who hasn’t come across any of Lachelle’s work yet, let’s get better acquainted. Welcome! Why don’t you take a few moments and introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.

Lachelle_ReddHi, I am a horror/fantasy writer with a love of the “I didn’t see that coming” ending. My stories are a combination of imagination and real personalities and ticks that I see in everyday people. I enjoyed writing for many years, but gave up on my dream because no one would accept my submissions. Then thanks to the magic of the internet, I have been able to reach an audience that loves my work. (Well at least most of them do) I have recently signed with a publisher and am now working on getting my first novel out there for the world to see. So join me on this ride and I am sure you will be scared, laughing and grossed out to no end.

Tell us about your writing process?

I like to come up with new ideas. We’ve seen werewolves, vampires, etc and that’s fine. If I intend to use these characters, I want to see them in a new light. I also like to use other mythical creatures in my writing as well. I think of an idea and let it take control of where it wants to go and then I write.

Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

No, horror and fantasy are my ideal placements.

Tell us about the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

Wild Blood by Nancy Collins – loved the idea of a coming of age story where the main character was a werewolf. Going through the changes that life takes us through can be quite uneasy and adding that extra piece that you are also supernatural was awesome.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King – I just loved the storyline, the planning and preparation the main character has to go through to be free is what really did it for me. Of course good over evil reigns supreme.

The Beach House by James Patterson– I loved the way he wove the story. Just as I thought it was going in one direction it took on a whole new tale. The wrap up in the end was awesome.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – This was my horror cherry popper. The very first horror novel I read “way back” in the day. I found the book in my high school library and immediately my love for the macabre began. The descriptions were so vivid and the story was just amazing to me.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Although I picked this one up many years ago in college. The suffering of the main character was intense for me. In so many ways, we suffer ourselves over things that others inflict on us. Why do we do that? They are people just as we are and they too have something that gives them pain. We should not allow others to increase any pain that we already have to deal with.

Great choices! If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

I have been asked this one and I still can’t come up with anyone.

That’s fair. When I was asked this question the first time, I couldn’t think of anyone and the more I thought about it, I kept putting together groups of actors to play the ensemble. What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

I would check to see if there was a typo, someone got the wrong list. Then if it was truly on there I would start calling my friends.

I’m sure it wouldn’t be a typo! Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

I don’t have any right now.

Hmmm, that was a bit cryptic – perhaps I should change it to include past vices! 😉 What do you do when you’re not writing?

Work a 9 to 5 and take care of a family.

It’s amazing what we can do with the rest of life banging at the door, isn’t it? Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

I will do better than that because the drop at line 9 is too awkward.  From my latest work entitled “When Angels Fall”

Five calls to his father and no answer or reply. Desperate and in need of funds David listened as the country music tone of Johnny Cash played on and on. His leg shook as he remembered the board meeting earlier that afternoon. The embezzlement scheme that had taken place under his watch destroyed their faith in his ability and left him without income. The spoiled young man had lived on the edge and spent every dime that he earned. The ski trips, cars, homes, women he had no sense to save for a rainy day. Now the roving bachelor was facing foreclosure and possible bankruptcy. With his name ruined, he would never be able to work in the field again. No other job allowed for the freedom he had enjoyed and the cash flow he had abused.

This time, the ringtone stopped and his mother, Gina, picked up the phone. A sudden relief washed over the young man.

“Hey ma, I need to speak with my father.” David’s tone was shaky, but urgent.

“You know how your father is he doesn’t want to talk to you. He already heard. What did you get yourself into this time?”

Great excerpt Lachelle! Now let’s take a sneak peek into The Hot Cauldron…

A collection of short stories featuring horror, fantasy, mystery and a ghost or two.

Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to The Hot Cauldron on Amazon!

Thank you Lachelle for taking the time to answer my questions. Anyone wishing to connect with Lachelle can do so via her blog.

Join me next week for an interview with Lavinia Urban!

IndieGoGo Campaign: The Great Interruption

The Great Interruption will follow the perils of a young girl as everyone around her slowly vanishes. She will grow up in a world alone and then be forced to deal with impact of everyone’s return. The novel will parallel the experiences of every person growing up. As young people move away from family physically and symbolically, they must decide who they are and what of their family they intend to keep with them. This identity can be complicated by returning to the people that had been left behind in the journey. The mystery of The Great Interruption will have to be discovered by the characters, the readers, and the backers of this project.

An IndieGoGo Project by Jay Wilburn

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If you are able to contribute, please do. Jay is a man with a plan, who’s looking to get something cooking. He needs your help, so if you can, give him a hand.

Your money will certainly not be wasted. Plus he’s going to give you goodies if you give him money – consider it bartering.

And trust me, in the end, you get the better end of the deal. Jay is a fantastic author and you will not be disappointed with his writing.

If you wish to pledge, please visit his campaign on IndieGoGo – The Great Interruption.

Book Review: In Memoriam by Brent Abell

“It’s coming.
It feeds on fear and driven by hate.
It’s coming.
Andi Winters is about to find out the price for her choice is vengence.
It’s here.
Caught in between the natural and supernatural, Andi Winters is about find out the price she must pay.

All decisions have consequences, some good and some bad. Andi Winters has made the biggest decision of her life and sets in motion a chain reaction putting everyone and everything she ever loved at risk. Something has been summoned and Andi is caught in the middle of forces beyond and from this world. Now the time has come for her to pay because what was once thought to be thrown away and forgotten is hungry for her soul.”

 

I received this book from the author as a means to better familiarize myself with his work. There was no mention of a review, but this novella deserved one so you’re going to get one. Thank you Brent for sharing this with me.

I will admit that I didn’t know exactly what to expect when Brent gave me a copy of his novella to read. I knew of the general subject matter, but not the actual premise. Abell has an incredibly strong voice in this piece and he doesn’t shy away from controversial or taboo subjects at all. His main characters are well crafted as flawed individuals with believable backstories.

The pacing of the story was excellent and I finished the entire novella in one sitting. At one point, I contemplated putting my Kindle down for the night, but at the end of the chapter, I found myself wanting to read just one more.

The premise was much more poignant that I had assumed it was would be and Abell should feel proud that he’s mixed such painful emotion so artfully into true unabashed horror. In Memoriam was touching, horrific and twisted. I highly recommend this to anyone that is unafraid to venture where most would shy away.

Rating: 4.5 stars

You can find In Memoriam on Amazon.

Book Review: Words with Fiends by Matt Schiariti

“When Morgan receives an anonymous invite to play his favorite mobile word game, he readily accepts. He quickly finds himself wishing he hadn’t. As the rules of the game bend and twist, so does his mind. The search to discover the mystery opponent’s identity soon becomes his whole world, but some questions are best left unanswered.”

I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. Thank you Matt!

Words with Fiends is a short story written by Matt Schiariti and I will admit that I had no real idea what to expect as I had never read anything written by Matt before. I was pleasantly surprised by the strong voice throughout the entire piece. It’s a great story with a solid premise and great timing. I loved the usage of a common cultural experience as a backdrop to the horror contained within. With that connection in place, I found myself really feeling for Morgan, the main character. His self-torture and palpable fear were both very much in tune with the story matter as it unfolded. It’s a great short and I look forward to reading more from Matt in the future.

Rating 4 stars

You can find Words with Fiends on Amazon.

Book Review: The Hand of God by Tim Miller

“Charlie Sims is not your typical preacher. God has called him to rid the world of sinners. One corpse at a time, he carries out his brutally selfless work until a more powerful preacher appears who will change his life forever. A battle ensues for the fate of mankind. 

Charlie’s devout beliefs are shaken as he finds himself hurtled into a battle for the end of the world where nothing is what it seems. A violent tale filled with death and chaos, the lines between good and evil are blurred and eventually demolished.”

 

I received this book from the author as a gift. Thank you Tim! There was no mention or requirement of a review, but I’m giving you an honest one regardless.

The Hand of God by Tim Miller was somewhat of a surprise to me. I have read quite a few books with religious undertones in the past and Frank E. Peretti is one of my favourite authors among the hundred or so others I say that about. Ideally, in its most simplest form The Hand of God is a story of good and evil, but what sets the book apart from others that tackle the same theme is it’s not quite clear who is good and who is evil. Read the book and you’ll completely understand what I’m talking about.

The pacing was excellent and the characters are drawn in an incredibly believable way, despite the fact that many of them are religious icons. With giving away too much, Pastor Charlie and the Bishop were among my favourites and I loved the subtle way that Miller tinged each of them with bits of good and bad.

The Hand of God will make you think about what you know of religion and Miller’s own study of the biblical realm is evident and very much appreciated. His advanced study in the subject was definitely an asset in how many of the situations were explored and ultimately explained.

If you’re looking for a great allegorical read with a dose of religion mixed into the fray, The Hand of God is a book you will likely enjoy. Personally, I cannot wait for the sequel.

Rating: 4 stars

You can find The Hand of God on Amazon.

Nine Questions with… M. Edward McNally

Today my guest is M. Edward McNally, or Ed to those that know him a little better. Ed is an author and he’s taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. Welcome Ed, why don’t you take a moment and introduce yourself to the captive audience you now have before you.

M Edward McNallyHello all, I’m M. Edward McNally but I just go by “Ed” (waves). I’m a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction presently living in the Sonoran Desert, who studied Russian/East European History back in school. So as you might imagine, my interests are fairly wide-ranging. My main writing project is an ongoing “Musket & Magic” fantasy series that combines Polynesian and Asian motifs along with the sort of typical “Medieval European” model – like I said, I am kind of all over the place. 😉

Tell us Ed, what is your writing process?

I’m a “pantser,” in that I tend to write “By the seat of my pants” rather than plotting everything out carefully ahead of time. Just for my own writing, which is largely character-driven, I feel like this gives me a certain amount of leeway to follow the characters wherever they may go, even if I have to reel them back in sometimes. I try to keep where I think I am going in mind, but I still find getting there is really most of the fun.

I’m a pantser as well so I understand the compulsion to see where the characters take you. Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

I do write short stories, often with a more “contemporary” feel. Many of these are published as sets of two in the various volumes titled “Ed’s Shorts – Volume #,” which are free on most e-retailers. Largely so I can say, “Help yourself to a free pair of my shorts.” 😉

Clever! Now tell us what the 5 books that have influenced you the most are, and why?

Wow. Well, okay, just from a fantasy stand point, I have to go with Tolkien’s LOTR Trilogy, but all count that as one. And I will add Fritz Leiber’s “Lankhmar” books for more of a classic “Sword & Sorecery” feel. Beyond that, I will say Vineland by Thomas Pynchon for the intricate plot connections, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) for the sheer wacky, and Homicide by David Simon as a reminder of how much books can matter.

Great choices! If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

This is one of those questions that pops up a lot, which I never really like to answer. For me as a reader, one of the things I like most about meeting new characters is forming an image of them in my own head, just from the words the writer put down on paper (or on the Kindle screen). If the author “sees” their own character as some actor, musician, athlete, whatever – I don’t really want to know it, as I like to see them for myself.

That’s a fair answer in its honesty. I can see how seeing actors playing certain characters have warped the appeal of a book for me, but I still like playing the game. What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Go back to sleep until I sobered up. 😉

I’m sure that’s not the only reason you would find yourself there… Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

Oh, the caffeine…sweet, sweet nectar of the gods…where would I be without coffee? Pretty much still in bed. 😉

I don’t get the caffeine addiction since I don’t drink coffee, but I am addicted to peppermint tea so I can’t really talk… What do you do when you’re not writing?

Whatever it takes to pay the bills. 😉

Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

(Hmm…okay, but I have to warn you, this is the opening of the fifth book in a series, and something of a quick recap of things that have happened in earlier books, in places that are just going to look like gibberish words as it is one of those fantasy series with its own geography. Still, here you go) –

From The Channel War, Book V of the Norothian Cycle

Long after the swords have been sheathed and the guns have fallen silent, people of a scholastic bent try to piece together the story of a war. They do so to discover what went so horribly wrong, and to try and make sense of why their world was subsumed for a time in blood and fire.

As the Channel War pitted much of one continent against another, in the years and decades that followed two divergent accounts of the war’s origins developed. On the Norothian side of the Channel, the precipitating event was seen to be the long war between Daul and Ayzantium which led to the collapse of both kingdoms. The old territories of Daul were divided and occupied by powers with their own conflicting interests, while what had been Ayzantium dissolved into civil war between rival contenders for the empty Ruby Throne. As a result, from the Vod Wilds to the Ay Peninsula the coast and ancient port cities of southwestern Noroth slipped into chaos, inviting aggression from outside.

On Kandala, it was unification rather than disintegration that seemed to spur the larger war. The five Martan Kingdoms had been weak and divided for centuries, but in a matter of months all were brought under the control of the Gunnakans: Humans and gnolls cooperating in the service of five powerful dragons. South of the Channel, the rebirth of an old realm seeking a return to greatness seemed to be the spark that began the conflagration.

What an engaging excerpt! Let’s take a moment to look inside the first book in the Norothian Cycle series titled The Sable City

The Sable CityFor the first time in a hundred years, Vod’Adia – the fabled Sable City – is Opening. All across the known world, adventurers hungry for gold and relics from the Witch King’s era are making their way to the legendary ruins. For many of them, the Sable City will claim their lives and perhaps even their very souls. But for one heroic fellowship, bent only on rescue, entering this deadly place may do worse than destroy them. It may destroy the entire world.
 
The journey begins in the Miilark Islands, where a most unusual dwarf makes a most unusual choice. Captain Block, charged with finding the exiled heir of House Deskata, picks Tilda Lanai to accompany him – a young woman newly trained in the arts of the Guild, but completely untested. But when fate turns against them, Tilda must navigate a strange land with only her instincts as her guide. With the help of a rag-tag company that includes a ronin samurai, a semi-competent wizard, a noblewoman in disguise, a healer, a warrior-priest and two ex-soldiers (one in danger of being hanged for desertion), Tilda’s quest leads her into the very heart of the Sable City–where devils and demons roam freely, and very little is what it seems.

The Sable City is FREE as an e-book from all major US retailers:
AMAZON – Barnes & Noble – iBooks – Kobo – Smashwords

(If you have trouble finding the book for free on Amazon, there may be a glitch somewhere in the system. If that’s the case, please leave me a comment as the author has generously offered to ensure that any Amazon users that want a copy, will get one for free!)

Thank you Ed for taking the time to answer my questions. if you would like to learn more about The Norothian Cycle Series, please visit SableCity, a blog dedicated to the series. You can also connect with Ed on Twitter at @medwardmcnally.

Please join me tomorrow for the Vampire Bites Blog Hop and next Wednesday when my guest will be Lachelle Redd!

Free Download: The Sirens Call #07!!!

Free Download: The Sirens Call #07!!!.

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Cover Reveal: Girls & Monsters! Plus An Excerpt

Today I’m bringing you something new from Anne Michaud. Girls & Monsters is a dark but uplifting collection of five Young Adult novellas includes:

girls&monstersDeath Song: Liz is in love with Joe, but the monster of the lake has other plans for them.

Black Dog: Scarlet is engaged in a struggle for her sanity, but according to the voice in her head, she may be too late.

A Blue Story: When Katherine’s beloved dog goes missing, she fears her strange new neighbor might be involved.

Dust Bunnies: Christiane faces her childhood arachnophobia and ends up confronting even greater fears in this test of sisterhood.

We Left at Night: Brooke and her family must abandon their home and their lives to make it out of a disease-plagued town overrun by zombies.

Girls & Monsters is for everyone who has ever been brave enough to confront their childhood fears…and lived to tell about it! Clicking on the fantastic cover will take you Girls & Monsters page on Goodreads.

And now here’s an excerpt from Death Song, the first novella in the collection…

Something catches in the back of my throat. I hide my face in my hands to quiet the sobs. But then, something ain’t right. Air moves around me and I stop. I look between my fingers, but the blur of my tears thickens everything: the bathtub, the towels, and someone on the floor.

A woman’s in here with me, door still closed and locked. An exhale, like after a deep swim, and a smell, like the swamp close to my empty home. A chill runs down my back, I wipe my eyes, rub and scratch them to see more clearly. And I do.

Two gray hands scratch the floor tiles, nails green with algae, putrid flesh sagging on her legs, arms and torso, hair so long and wet and heavy, it drags her down. Diluted, impossible to focus on, like little waves rippling over her body from head to foot, seaweed in the water. Scales and fins, mermaidlike, little knives, those are. And they scrape the floor, like a fork on a plate. It’s her—Limnade.

She opens her mouth of scissor-teeth and the rotten smell of fish wraps around my throat like two hands trying to choke me.

“You can’t be…” I don’t finish my breathless thought and jump backward, knocking over the dish of decorative soaps. Blurry waves, vision impaired, out of focus, unreal. She crawls toward me, eyes unblinking, lethal, hands inches from me: my legs refuse to move, as my body feels like stone. Frozen, hypnotized, a statue. Then I hear something coming from within her…

A melody, reminding me of something lost, tickles my ears. It drags on until the sweetness turns sickly, vibrating into a full-on super-scream, hyenalike, enough to pop my ears and make them bleed. Her large mouth deforms her face into one gap of black, the cry so high and strident, I scream from the pain. Limnade stares at me, everything but her fades away—Jo’s nice bathroom, Jo’s new life, Jo himself—none of it matters anymore. Her fingers brush my forehead, they’re cold and sticky like clams. And I let the darkness take me away.

About Anne Michaud – 

She who likes dark things never grew up. She never stopped listening to gothic, industrial and alternative bands like when she was fifteen. She always loved to read horror and dystopia and fantasy, where doom and gloom drip from the pages.

She, who was supposed to make films, decided to write short stories, novelettes and novels instead. She, who’s had her films listed on festival programs, has been printed in a dozen anthologies and magazines since.

She who likes dark things prefers night to day, rain to sun, and reading to anything else.

She blogs http://annecmichaud.wordpress.com.

She tweets @annecmichaud.

Nine Questions with… Tim Miller

Today I’m joined by author Tim Miller, whose novel The Hand of God I’m currently reading. Welcome Tim, why don’t you take a moment to introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.

219051_10151214372295630_77645955_oI have studied various religions, as well as psychology and have worked in several fields involving the study of human behavior. After serving four years in the U.S. Marines, I spent six years working as a corrections officer. I have also worked as a technician in a psychiatric center. The Hand of God is my first novel in almost ten years. I currently live in San Antonio, Texas with my wife and children.

I became a fan of horror as a teenager. At the age of fourteen, I would often read Stephen King books while listening to Iron Maiden on my head phones. I would write short stories to entertain myself and my friends. In 2001, I published his first book, Without a Trace, and then Out of Nowhere a year later. These were mystery/suspense thrillers, but frightening enough in their own right.

After a ten year break and writing two inspirational books, I’m back writing horror with The Hand of God. It is the first book in the series about Pastor Charlie, the preacher/serial killer. Currently, I’m working on the second book in the series.

That’s quite the history Tim. Let’s discuss your writing a little more in-depth; what is your process?

I don’t really have one. I sit down and write when I get the time and energy to do so. I work a full-time job, have kids, take online classes and train in mixed martial arts. So I try to average a chapter a day.

A chapter a day with that schedule – that’s awesome! Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?

Not really. I like watching science fiction on TV and in movies, but Sci-Fi books have always been hard for me to follow. YA is big right now, but not really my thing.  I used to write more mystery/suspense, but that is rather limited. I enjoy writing horror with unlimited death and destruction

What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?

The Stand by Stephen King—It was so epic on so many scales and had such well-rounded characters across the board. I’d just never ready anything like it. It read like something that could have actually happened.

The Poet by Michael Connelly—This was one of the most classic mysteries. With one of the most diabolical villains  ever. Had some great twists in it as well.

If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

Alan Tudyk  as Charlie for sure. I’d pictured Malcolm McDowell as the Bishop.

Oh, I really like Alan Tudyk and after getting an early feel for Pastor Charlie, he’s be great in the role. What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

Quit my job

Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?

Not particularly, I just sit and write, though I have plenty of distractions

I think many of us have distractions… My wish is for a bubble! What do you do when you’re not writing?

Usually working, or the things mentioned above.

Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.

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Father Sandoval watched from the doorway as people filed into the small parish. He had been the priest there for ten years, knowing each of the families by name. There were only around one hundred members, so it was easy for him to remember everyone. As they filed in, he could see almost all his parishioners where there for the service. As they took their seats, he made his way to the front, taking his place at the altar. The entrance procession played as he walked toward the front. Upon reaching the altar, he turned to face the crowd and began the day’s mass.

“In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” he spoke in Spanish as he crossed himself.

“Amen,” the congregation responded while returning the gesture.

Great excerpt Tim! Now let’s take a look at The Hand of God

Charlie Sims is not your typical preacher. God has called him to rid the world of sinners. One corpse at a time, he carries out his brutally selfless work until a more powerful preacher appears who will change his life forever. A battle ensues for the fate of mankind. 

Charlie’s devout beliefs are shaken as he finds himself hurtled into a battle for the end of the world where nothing is what it seems. A violent tale filled with death and chaos, the lines between good and evil are blurred and eventually demolished.

If you’d like to connect with Tim, you can find him on his website or on Twitter.

Don’t forget to join my next week when my guest will be M Edward McNally!