The Dead of Penderghast Manor Releases!

Phrenic Press has just released my standalone short –

The Dead of Penderghast Manor!

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What would you do if you knew the Dead could talk?

For Chester Penderghast, it’s not the easiest of questions to answer…

Ensconced in the basement of his family’s mortuary business is the last place he wants to be, but when the conversation starts flowing, Chester’s the only living person who can hear it. What do the Dead want, and why is he the only one who can hear them?

This is not your average zombie tale—the Dead don’t want to eat your brains, but they will chew your ear off!

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7 Questions with Heath Stallcup

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Heath Stallcup. Let’s take a moment and get acquainted with Heath…

Me2Heath Stallcup was born in Salinas, California and relocated to Tupelo, Oklahoma in his tween years. He joined the US Navy and was stationed in Charleston, SC and Bangor, WA shortly after junior college. After his second tour he attended East Central University where he obtained BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He then served ten years with the State of Oklahoma as a Compliance and Enforcement Officer while moonlighting nights and weekends with his local Sheriff’s Office. He still lives in the small township of Tupelo, Oklahoma with his wife and three of his seven children. He steals time to write between household duties, going to ballgames, being a grandfather to five and being the pet of numerous animals that have taken over his home.

Welcome Heath! Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Whispers is a vengeful ghost story.

Sounds very interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

My wife actually found the perfect song for just that.  Love Don’t Die by The Fray.  She sent me a text with that and I just sort of shrugged it off.  Then one day I was bored and went and checked out the link and was absolutely FLOORED.  She was right (as usual).  The song would be absolutely perfect.

Great song! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

My life has been a tragic comedy so probably Tamra Davis who directed Billy Madison.  My first choice to play ‘me’ has passed away (John Candy) so it would have to be another ‘bigger than life’ funny guy.  Maybe John Goodman?

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Definitely a pantser.  Fly by the seat of… and I type directly into my computer.  My hands are too arthritic for hand writing.  One thing I’ve noticed though, the stories take on a life of their own.  If something happens that I really don’t like and I try to FORCE a change, the story changes it back.  Apparently there is a reason for the direction it takes.  And sometimes little bitty things that happen early on that I have no idea why I even allowed it to be put in there end up being a key part in the end.  Even with series books, some little tiny thing in book one ends up being a huge thing that everything is hinged on by book three or four.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

START WRITING NOW!  I always wanted to, but never believed in myself.  Don’t let others tell you that you can’t.  Find something that you love and just DO IT.

Great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Man, that is tough.  I can’t say that it was any books that inspired me to write.  I grew up reading SciFi.  Alan Dean Foster…if his name was on it, my face was in it.  The Star Wars books.  Then as I got older, I read whatever my wife had in the house.  At the time, it was historical romance.  Then she shifted to the vampire/werewolf/zombie stories and I discovered the likes of CJ Baker and Joe McKinney.  Mark Tufo and John O’Brien.  But when it came to me actually writing, I had always wanted to write ‘the great American novel’.  I had started and deleted probably 75 different projects over the years.  It wasn’t until my wife challenged me…a dare really, that I picked up the gauntlet and ran with it.  Then she read it and convinced me that it was worth being published.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

    • Coffee or tea? COFFEE
    • Cats or dogs? Dogs
    • Snow or sun? Snow
    • Print books or eReader? eReader
    • Nachos or potato chips? Both
    • Baked or fried? Fried
    • Candy or chocolate? Bacon
    • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
    • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Yes
    • Classics or Modern? Modern.  Unless you mean cars.
    • Old World or New World? New
    • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
    • Comfort or Speed? Speed

Thank you Heath for taking the time to answer my questions! If you’d like to connect with Heath, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, his website, or his Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a look at Whispers… Don’t forget to click on the cover to be taken to Amazon!

WhispersSome loves transcend time. Some loves were never meant to be. Some loves are cut short by the evil of others. When Sheriff James Tolbert and his fiancé were killed by a malicious rancher and his cutthroat minions, nobody could expect that the very passion that fueled their love would be the same passion that fueled ghostly revenge. When grave robbers unearth Sheriff Tolbert’s tomb searching for Old West relics, a vengeful spirit is unleashed on a small Texas town hellbent on revenge. If those responsible couldn’t be made to pay, then their progeny would, and they would pay in the most bloody and horrific manner the spirit could dream of. Can modern day law enforcement stop a spirit destined to fulfill an oath made in death? Even when aided by a Texas Ranger and UCLA Paranormal Investigators, how can they stop something that is already dead and buried?

 

A Monday for Anything: Guest Post by Cassiel Knight

Today I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post by Cassiel Knight. I’m an author myself and I’m always wondering about the experience of others in the field. So with that in mind, I asked Cassiel a question: What is your biggest challenge with writing/publishing and the greatest reward thus far? This is what she had to say on the subject…

Julianne, first thanks so much for hosting my tour. I absolutely appreciate it.

Frankly, my biggest challenge with writing/publishing has been the actual writing. You’d think that someone who loves to write would find it easy TO write. You’d think. But for me, I struggle with motivation. Part of that stems from the fact that I have so many fabulous, I think, story ideas, characters and worlds in my head, they all are interesting and I want to write them all.

I have a lot of starts that are just waiting for me to write them. It’s kind of sad because I can get them all written if I just sit down and well, write them. I’ll be honest and say I believe my lack of motivation really stems from two things:

First, I want to write a story that readers will like and that will sell. Unfortunately, I don’t always know what that is or, if I do, whether or not I want to write it. For example, erotic romance, GLBT and the like are hot, hot, hot, hot. But writing them is not for me. I just wouldn’t be good at it. Young adult is hot, hot, hot. Again, I just don’t think I have the voice for them. So, in this case, I have to decide what else I might write readers will like. And that I struggle with. Luckily, for now, readers do seem to enjoy by two series so I’ll stay with them. I have at least three more books out of them. That’s good because I really enjoy the worlds and characters. However, I also have two science fiction romances, my true love, I’m dying to finish. See my conundrum?

Second, I know part of the problem is I’m a pantser, no plotting for me. It’s go with the flow all the way but sometimes, with just a teeny bit of plotting tossed in just to mix things up. I know some say it’s because if they plot, they know the story so why write it. That could be part of my thoughts as well but I don’t think it’s just that. I like the act of creating and while I run into frequent snags (sigh), I love coming up with neat ways to come out of them and find that my stories tend to twist better this way. But I also know this is why I get bogged down and look for the new shiny.

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Cassiel KnightABOUT THE AUTHOR – In the job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Cassiel Knight works in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazy-passionate about the romance writing industry, Cassiel has a paranormal romance series featuring fallen angels and demons from Samhain Publishing, an urban fantasy through Lyrical Press and an Egyptian mythology/archeology series with Champagne Book Group. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things.

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Now let’s take a look at her books!!

First up we have Blood on the Moon…

Blood on the MoonMia Langdon—tomb raider and adventure-seeker—has everything she wants. Freedom. Independence. No chains (a.k.a. a man). Her troubles begin when she’s attacked on a dig in Peru. Soon, she’s forced to use her tomb raiding talents to find the flaming arrows of an Egyptian goddess. In the wrong hands, this weapon could destroy the human race—and nearly had.

Used to doing things her own way, it isn’t long before she figures out that she needs the help of Harrison Braden Stanton, her stuffy, but so yummy, Egyptologist and ex-lover. There’s one problem. He despises what she does. As Mia and Harrison find themselves in the middle of a battle between the Egyptian gods and goddess, there’s no choice for the woman with a Grand Canyon-sized independence streak and the man working for the Egyptian god, Osiris, but to work together to prevent the destruction of all they love.

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And then we have Key of Solomon…

Key of SolomonAnthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…

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Sunday Spotlight: In Memoriam by Brent Abell

In Memoriam by Brent Abell

InMemoriam_BrentAbell_FrontCover_v3a_FINALAndi Winters never had an easy life; each moment of her existence has been an exercise in heartache and pain.

When a night of passion results in pregnancy, Andi must make the hardest decision she’s ever had to make. What she doesn’t realize is the consequences of her decision could prove dire for the town of White Creek.

Strange visions plague her, making it hard for her to concentrate and heal. What she doesn’t know, what she couldn’t have known is that something evil had escaped the town’s cursed ground and it’s hungry…

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“Brent Abell shows a deft hand at crafting verbiage that locks the reader in while increasing their heart rate and is quite comfortable creeping people out with a smaller word count, as In Memoriam so effortlessly portrays.”

-Jason Darrick, co-author of The Carnival 13

7 Questions with Michael Kanuckel

Today the FlipSide welcomes author Michael Kanuckel for an interview. For those of you unacquainted with Michael, here’s a little info about him…

IMG_0986Michael Kanuckel is an author of fantasy, with an edge of horror.  He lives in rural Ohio with his two sons and a vast library of books and cheesy old movies.

Welcome Michael, now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Post-apocalyptic fantasy where man struggles for survival.

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

I think I would rather have an original score, if there was going to be a film version.  Something haunting and melancholy- it’s a pretty bleak world, at least in Winter’s Heart, my first novel.

Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

I don’t know that my life would make for a very interesting movie.  I’m just a guy who writes.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

My writing process is really not much of a process- I see what I want to happen next, and I go from there.  Sometimes, I don’t see what’s supposed to happen next for quite some time, and I don’t make outlines.  I’m always just picking up the thread of the tale, wherever I left it.  Sometimes I write in a notebook and bring it to the computer, sometimes I type right into the computer- it all depends on where I’m at and what else is going on.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

You don’t have to wait for someone else’s approval.  You can write, and get your work out there, on your own.  Go on and do it, when you’re ready.

Good advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

The Lord of the Rings.  Something Wicked This Way Comes.  It.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

    • Coffee or tea? soda
    • Cats or dogs? no
    • Snow or sun? sun
    • Print books or eReader? print
    • Nachos or potato chips? yes
    • Baked or fried? fried
    • Candy or chocolate? candy
    • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? horror
    • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? all
    • Classics or Modern? both
    • Old World or New World? Old world
    • Sweet or spicy? sweet
    • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Michael for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Michael, you can find him on Facebook or his Amazon Author Page.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Sirens Call Issue #14 – Old School Horror

Submission Deadline Extended!! If you have an Old School Horror story, consider subbing it here for great exposure! 36,000+ downloads of our last issue (it’s a FREE eZine!) and still counting…

The Sirens Song

With the number of emails we’ve received from authors who have just seen the open call for the 14th issue of The Sirens Call, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to March 31, 2014!

So… Here it is again!

Old School Horror

For this issue, we want horror.

We don’t want murder mysteries, we don’t want cleverly couched tales of the supernatural, and we don’t want slasher/gore pieces. All we want is straight up horror.

That’s all we’re looking for… Be it a short story, flash fiction, drabbles, or poetry; whatever form you choose to write in, just be sure it’s spine-tingling horror!

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014

*All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

For full guidelines, please visit our website!

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Sunday Spotlight: Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by Dan O’Brien

Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency

Dan O’Brien

(Illustrated by Steve Ferchaud)

ConspiracyYou’re never too old to have one more adventure.

Brought to life by Steve Ferchaud’s vibrant drawings, this story for all ages by Dan O’Brien lets us know that it is never too late to have one more adventure.

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Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!

7 Questions with Kate Monroe

So I may be a few days late, but I’m sure Kate will forgive me! Today I have the distinct pleasure of featuring an interview with Kate Monroe, an author of many different genres. But on the off chance you’ve not been acquainted with Kate, let’s take a moment to get to know her better…

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2Kate Monroe is an author and editor who lives in a quiet and inspirational corner of southern England. She has penchants for chocolate, horror and loud guitars, and a fatal weakness for red wine. Her interests in writing range from horror to erotica, taking in historical romance and tales of the paranormal on the way; whatever she has dreamed about the night before is liable to find its way onto the page in some form or another.

Her debut full-length novel, The Falcon’s Chase, was released by Pink Pepper Press (an imprint of Sirens Call Publications) in 2012, and she has had short stories published in anthologies by Smart Rhino Publications, Angelic Knight Press, Sirens Call Publications, Rainstorm Press and Cruentus Libri Press. Her first horror novel, Carpe Nectem, was published in October 2013.

Welcome Kate! Now let’s get into the questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

Vampires reigning over Regency London and facing rebellion.

Sounds very interesting! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Great question! I actually make up a Spotify playlist for each novel I work on, and the song I kept coming back to while writing Carpe Nectem was Abattoir Blues by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, so that would be my first choice.

That’s a great choice! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

It would have to be Tim Burton, if only for the unbound joy of seeing myself drawn as a Burton character. To play me is a far harder choice, but I think I’d go for Amy Adams – she has the quirky, offbeat nature down to a tee, as well as a sense of grit.

I think Amy Adams could definitely play you! Loved her in American Hustle! What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

Undoubtedly a planner. One of my favourite parts of the writing process is that sense of heady elation you get when you conceive the idea for a new story, then sit down to plan it in your head from beginning to end. Before I write it I usually have a sketch of every scene ready to go and a strong idea of all the characters who’ll crop up along the way.

I used to be a massive advocate of writing by hand, but following a wrist injury a few years back I now type far faster than I write by hand, so by virtue of necessity 99% of my writing is done on the computer. However, I always keep pen and paper by the bed so I can write down anything that comes to me in the middle of the night rather than firing the laptop up.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Don’t let a lack of confidence hold you back. I began writing when I was a teenager but I never had the confidence in my ability to weave a story to ever show anyone what I wrote, or even tell those around me that I wanted to become an author. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realised life is far too short to let fear hold you back; especially fear of rejection. Rejection is something that all writers have to face, and you need to learn from it without taking it personally. I wish I’d understood that earlier.

That’s great advice Kate. What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula captivated me from the very start. The fact that one story could have such a lasting impact on the entire genre and mythos of vampirism was fascinating – Count Dracula is the definitive vampire even now, over a hundred years after it was written. In one book Stoker defined the vampire and set the tone for the gothic horror genre over the coming century, and I found that a real inspiration.

However, the eponymous Harry Potter series by JK Rowling was what first inspired me to pick up a pen and begin to create my own works of fiction. The first thing I wrote that wasn’t just for schoolwork was a short piece of fanfiction about my favourite character she created, Severus Snape – the sheer depth and scale of his character is something that still blows me away even now. The series might have been written for children, but I believe every author can learn from the intricate world she created. The masses of back story that never even made it into the books is a huge part of what made it such a success, in my opinion, and each time I sit down to write something new I make sure I know and understand my characters just as thoroughly as Rowling does.

Lastly, there was a specific book that inspired me to start the Songbird trilogy, of which Carpe Nectem is the first part. Four years ago when the idea first came to me, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight was everywhere, and I borrowed a copy from a friend to find out what all the fuss was about. As someone whose interest in the vampire genre is very much rooted in the gothic horror that Stoker pioneered, it blew my mind that an entire generation was potentially going to be influenced by the types of vampire Meyer wrote about. The entire potency of the fear that classic vampires can inspire seems to have become badly diluted of late, and in writing the Songbird trilogy I wanted, in some small way, to take back the vampire and strip it back to the humanised monster it was when it first entered the consciousness of the reading community.

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

    • Coffee or tea? Tea – I’m English!
    • Cats or dogs? Dogs
    • Snow or sun? Snow
    • Print books or eReader? Print books
    • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
    • Baked or fried? Baked
    • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
    • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
    • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
    • Classics or Modern? Classics
    • Old World or New World? Old World
    • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
    • Comfort or Speed? Speed

Thank you Kate for taking the time to answer my questions!

If you would like to keep connected with Kate, you can find her on Twitter, on Facebook, on her Amazon Author Page, and on her blog.

Now let’s take a look at Carpe Nectem… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

CarpeNectum_coverHenry Devane is a vampire, born of the night and resplendent in its poisoned embrace. Under the command of his sire, Gabriel Canzano, his kind rule the streets of 19th Century London, reigning supreme through the marionette of the hapless Prince Regent, but its citizens are no longer content to sit back and allow the cancer of vampirism to tighten its grip. The Resistance are growing in strength, and their master plan is about to come to fruition.

The first book of the Songbird Trilogy sees a dangerous dance through the tinderbox streets of London unfold to a terrible and breathtaking conclusion. Death lurks around every corner, and each wary step Henry takes draws him deeper into the mire…

A Monday for Anything: A Guest Post with Shah Wharton

Today I have the wonderful opportunity to feature a guest post with the lovely and talented Shah Wharton in support of her debut book, Finding Esta. I have known Shah for a fairly long time and was lucky to be on the beta readers on her fantastic first novel. So without further ado I give you Shah…

Thanks for letting me on your blog Julianne. Great to be here!

Cornish Ghosts & The Supes Series

Shah Wharton

I love ghost stories; I’ve seen several ghosts during my life, and completely believe humans leave an energy force behind when they die.

Finding-Esta-hardcover-3DFinding Esta is the first book of The Supes Series, and when Luna Dukes, our psychic heroine, sets out to find baby Esta, she travels to Esta’s former hometown of St Ives, Cornwall to begin her search.

I chose to set this part of the series in Cornwall because I spent a lot of time there as a child, and know it to be a beautiful, spirited, historic place. My Nan (on Mum’s side) was Cornish, which makes me proudly ¼ Cornish!

As children, my brother and I played crazy golf, went fishing in our Great Granddad’s boat, and scoffed afternoon teas (cream and jam on scones, with cups of strong tea) in local teashops. We eventually grew tired of this type of family holiday, as teenagers do, but I remember them with nothing but fondness when I look back.

brian & sharon 006Everyone English (or International if you surf) knows about Newquay in Cornwall, but I chose to feature St Ives instead. It is a magnet for bohemian types, allowing Luna to finally fit in, and I could escape the preconceived idea of Cornwall as,  ‘All about the surf, Dude!’

Also, my Great Granddad had a lovely big house with a huge garden in St Ives, where he kept goats, grew strawberries, vegetables, had fruit trees. It led into a cove off the ocean, like a secret haven only we knew about. That’s where we played on the row-boat, and I made up stories up in my head. Special times.  It’s great to go back there with my characters.

brian & sharon 004Luna’s only friends are ghosts (called Shadows in the book), and because I like to support the fantasy with a dash of reality, by using true legends or established ghost stories where possible, it’s fun to use a spooky town as one location.

Besides, who doesn’t love a ghost story?

One St Ives ghost story is The Ghost of the White Lady with the Lamp. 

Many years ago, a young woman and her baby waited for rescue on a ship in St Ives Bay. The winds were high on this stormy evening, and as one of many others desperate for safe transport, she longed to make it home alive. No matter who tried to assist her, she stubbornly held onto her child during the rescue, and while crossing from the ship to the rescue boats, the baby fell from her arms into the raging sea, never to be seen again. The heartbroken mother died shortly after this nightmare, but spent everyday and night between her baby’s loss, and her own demise, searching the shoreline with a lamp, for her lost child.

Ever since her death, sightings of The White Lady, still searching the shoreline with a lamp, have spooked and entertained the citizens and tourists of St Ives ever since.

In fact, so often seen on stormy nights carrying her lamp, climbing over rocks, “Lamp Rock” takes its name from this poor ghost.

Introduction to A Creepy (funny) You Tube Video & the Spookilicious Bodmin Jail

The guys in the video take us on a tour of Bodmin Jail, supposedly super haunted, which isn’t surprising as it is the home of 55 executions by hanging, for crimes such as rape, murder and even the lowest levels of theft. Of these executions, 51 were open to an adoring public, thousands of whom travelled to witness these events. For example, a staggering twenty thousand people squeezed into Bodmin in 1844, just to watch Mathew Weeks plunge through the trap door to his death, for the murder of his girlfriends, Charlotte Dymond.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love me some horror, but it sickens me to think I might have been one of those hungry spectators. Eek.

The last public hanging to take place at Bodmin Jail happened as recently as 1909!

It was also the first jail to feature separate “cells,” which included enforced isolation, and each small chamber no doubt has a macabre story to tell. With so many deaths, and a dire life in prison for those who escaped the noose (disease, starvation, segregation), it’s unsurprising that Bodmin Jail is now such a haunted hotspot.

Lot’s of peeved dead criminals make one hell of a haunting!

Enjoy the following video. It’s funny, and a little creepy, but also shows the inside of an extremely popular haunted attraction in Cornwall.

*Check out the ghost hunter’s Cornish accent too. My Nan spoke like that. Lurrrvely!

QUESTION: “Who here believes in ghosts?”

Thanks for having me, Julianne. Hope you enjoyed a little haunting. 🙂

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1555349_636202196447176_1421090709_nABOUT THE AUTHOR – Shah Wharton is a speculative fiction author. Find her mind twisting over keyboards, her heart weeping for her characters, her watching you…closely.

She also writes poetry – two published in anthologies, and short stories – one published .

Shah lives in Dubai with her husband and Bobby, their beloved German Shepherd, but originates from the West Midlands area of the United Kingdom, and misses the cold, the rain, and her extended family, every day.

Author Blog: http://shahwharton.com/

7 Questions with Timothy C. Hobbs

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Timothy C. Hobbes, author of many, many things. Let’s take a moment and get to know him a little better…

DSC00093Timothy C. Hobbs was born on January 23, 1950 in Temple, Texas. His older brother was a lover of horror movies and literature. Tim naturally followed his brother’s lead and was seduced by all things dark and dangerous as well as those “long leggedty beasties” that go bump in the night. Tim began writing horror and supernatural stories in the sixth grade and has never stopped. He currently is retired from his thirty five year job as a medical technologist and lives in Robinson, Texas with his wife Donna, who is also a published author of literary fiction. He has had short stories and poems published in New Texas, an annual literary collection of Texas writers, a short story and flash fiction piece in Dark Tales, a U.K. publication, and a short story in spinetinglermag.com, an on-line Canadian magazine. A recent short story, The Visitor, appeared in the April 2013 edition of SOL: English Writing in Mexico. Also, a short story, Moon in Submergence, was published in the 2013 Sirens Call Publications anthology FEAR: Of the Water. A flash fiction piece, Luna, is scheduled for publication in the spring 2014 edition of the Deep Water Literary Journal. His short story collection, Mothertrucker and Other Stories and a novel Veils were published through Publish America in 2008. His novels The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata, and a novella The Smell of Ginger, were published by Vamplit Publishing in the United Kingdom and recently republished by Visionary Press. Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom published his novel Maiden Fair in 2013. In the Blink of a Wicked Eye, a collection of his flash and short fiction, is due for publication in 2014 by Sirens Call Publications. His new novel Down in the Hollow There will be published in November 2014 by Angelic Knight Press. Mr. Hobbs’ author page can be viewed at Amazon.

Welcome Timothy, let’s get to the questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about The Pumpkin Seed.

Three century rollercoaster vampire ride through India, England, and America.

What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Franz Liszt’s The Mephisto Waltz. Besides being one of my favourite classical pieces, I refer to the work in a scene that takes place on a cruise ship.

Very nice! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?

Ridley Scott for the director. Brad Pitt as the actor because I’ve always wanted to be handsome for just a bit.

Oh I love Ridley Scott! Tell us about your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?

I keep an ongoing list of ideas. I start with one of those and let the story come to life as I go. I’ve never outlined the course.

I use the word processor. I actually am a hunt and peck typist, so the word processor is a great aid for me.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Be open to constructive criticism and learn to edit and edit and edit. The story may be the art form, but editing is what will propel its success.

Great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Guy Endore’s The Werewolf of Paris

W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage

Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

    • Coffee or tea? Tea
    • Cats or dogs? Dogs
    • Snow or sun? Snow
    • Print books or eReader? Print books
    • Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
    • Baked or fried? Baked
    • Candy or chocolate? Candy
    • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
    • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
    • Classics or Modern? Classic
    • Old World or New World? Old World
    • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
    • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Timothy for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to keep in touch with Timothy, you can find him on Facebook.

Now let’s take a look at The Pumpkin Seed

510UUXG3o9L__AA160_“I am a drinker of human blood and an eater of human flesh, a monster dressed in the skin of a man.” So states Charles, the main character of the novel, after being infected with a virus transmitted by an insect vector.

The Pumpkin Seed opens in India near the Nepal border in the late 17th century. A commissioned officer of the East India Company is seeking a profitable new trade route into China. Indian bandits of the Thuggie clan attempt to stop this further invasion by the British and release a plague of insects, which carry a unique virus. This organism not only infects humans, it transforms the chemical and physical nature of the host’s body. Longevity, resilience and the need to feed on human blood and flesh make the host an efficient killing machine, especially in regard to the human race.

The novel follows the characters through 17th and 18th century England and India, culminating in present day Austin, Texas. Set in the orphanages of London and in the vile body snatching trade, a host of characters, who are as despicable as their deeds, search for the truth and a cure for their malady.

The Pumpkin Seed takes us through the vices of greed, hate, love and despair and creates a modern novel that puts colonialism in the spotlight and asks difficult questions about this generation’s guilt for the crimes of its ancestors. This novel is a classic vampire tale with a twist, told beautifully from the point of view of the vampire.