7 Questions with DW Gillespie

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author DW Gillespie. If you’re not familiar with DW, let’s take a moment to get everyone acquainted…

Gillespie-Nov2013-17D.W. Gillespie hails from parts unknown in the dark woods of Tennessee.  Supported by his wife and two feral children, he spends most days hunkered over a vintage typewriter he found in a smoking crater deep within the forest primeval.  Bearded and muttering, he writes tales to terrify by the light of a kerosene lamp far from the amenities of the modern world.

He’s also on Facebook.

He’s been featured in Daylight Dims, Dark Moon Digest, Pavor Nocturnus, and others, as well as the back side of an old walnut tree.

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

The feel-good demonic creature story of the year thus far.

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

Frank Sinatra singing, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

It would be a nice fit for the story overall, and I think it would give the movie a twisted beginning that would put the audience off guard. “Sinatra??? I thought this was a horror movie. Oh well, maybe we’ll still enjoy it…OH MY GOD!”

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

I would have to mix it up in three acts.

Act 1: Childhood. Probably Guillermo Del Toro to get things started. I think he could really capture the spirit of how much I scared the shit out of myself as a kid. Seriously, laying in bed at night as an eight year old was like eating lunch with The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth.

Act 2: Middle School. David Cronenberg for this act without question. It was nothing but body horror for this stretch.

Act 3: The Present. This is the tough one. Maybe Spielberg. That’s an easy answer, I’ll admit, but he’s a good choice for me at this point in my life. People always give him shit for sanding the sharp edges off his movies, but I’m seriously happier than anyone has any right to be. Wonderful wife and two awesome kids. The Beard could pull that off.

Great answer! 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?

I’m not a hardcore planner, but I’m an outliner for sure. I like to know where the story is going, but I always keep things open ended. At least half the time, things go off the rails, and the story just does its own thing. I love it when that happens, because it’s the characters that take off and start riffing. That’s where the best stories come from.

But…

While I totally recognize, invite, and nurture these moments of creative bliss, I feel like most genre work needs to be going somewhere. My cautionary tale is a TV show that will go nameless. It was so captivating, this mysterious story of castaways…ahem…Lost on a strange island. I was hooked, and I devoted six years of my life only to realize in the last episode that no one had any fucking clue where this was going.

It was a hard lesson. One that I’ll never forget.

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

It sounds cliché, but it really is all about hard work and tenacity. I knew from a relatively young age that I was different than most people because my mind worked in stories. That was my language, a constant internal swirl of silliness that kept me awake at night.

Now, knowing you’re creative is the first step to becoming a writer, but it has to come with something else, something I wasn’t born with. In my early twenties, I wrote a little, but there was no structure, no willingness to get myself out there. I had plenty of drive, but never in the right direction. “Oh, no one wants this story, well, I’ll write a book! That’ll show ‘em!”

It was like I was waiting for the heavens to part and for opportunity to come to me, like a literary agent running out of gas in front of my house.

It took a solid decade of rejections, shitty writing, and general wandering through the wilderness for me to realize a very important lesson. Other than my family, no one really gives a shit about me. That’s not cynicism, just honesty. Writer’s have to claw, bite, elbow, and pistol whip for every opportunity they can.

So, if I ever get my time machine, I’ll stroll up to younger me and say, “Oh, you’re creative huh? Well, nobody cares. Bust your ass for a decade and we’ll talk. And quit eating so many donuts or you’ll look…like…THIS!” (raises shirt up)

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

This would probably change depending on the day, but here’s what I got at the moment:

The Hobbit – Still the template for world building and fantasy. I’ve read this probably more than any other book I can think of, and I keep coming back for a reason. I love the simple pleasures of a good story, especially in the grimdark era we live in. In an age when Superman and Zod murder half of Metropolis on the big screen, I find myself just wanting to curl up in a hobbit-hole.

Any Solid Lovecraft Collection – Nothing, and I mean nothing has molded me as a horror fan quite like Lovecraft has. There are dozens of great collections over the years, but as long as it has the unholy trifecta of “The Call of Cthulu,” “The Dunwich Horror,” and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” you’re good to go.

The Masque of the Red Death – I’m cheating here, going for a short story instead of a book, but Poe has to be here in some form or fashion. There are several amazing shorts to pick from, but none unsettled me as much as Masque. I can still remember reading this for English class in high school. To this day, nobody can end a horror story the way Poe can, and the words are still burned in my brain: And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion after all. Even a surly, virginal fifteen year old can appreciate that.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • Cats or dogs? Both shit regularly on my carpet
  • Snow or sun? Snow. It’s so rare in middle Tennessee that I just wander aimlessly around the backyard humming the Charlie Brown Christmas theme.
  • Print books or eReader? Print, but I see the allure of eReaders. I’ll come around at some point.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos. I hope to own stock in Taco Bell at some point.
  • Baked or fried? Fried.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate before bedtime gives me nightmares, so naturally, chocolate.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? I like romances as long as something kills everyone at the end.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? I don’t think I can choose.
  • Classics or Modern? Classics
  • Old World or New World? I got nothing.
  • Sweet or spicy? Uh…Spicy?
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort. Laziness is my destiny.

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

Now I know this is not the story that DW eluded to above, but that Anthology—Voices from the Gloom – Volume 2—is in the final stages of pre-production! Instead, you can take a look at DW’s All Safe in Here

When the explosions began to rock some of the largest cities in the country, Emmett Cobb was prepared. He takes refuge in the bunker his father had built over the years before locking the door tight. Inside, he has the food, supplies, and most importantly, the guns to protect his horde. But as the days become weeks, his safe haven fades into a nightmarish struggle to survive in the face of utter madness, and he learns the awful truth. Concrete and steel can keep out the world, but the fear will always finds a way in. 

All Safe in Here is the story of how far one man will go to protect himself from the threats all around him, whether real or imagined. 

**Includes the bonus story, A Plea and a Warning.

7 Questions with Angela Scott

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Angela Scott. For those of you unacquainted with Angela, here’s a little information about her…

me pic (1)Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She’s not crazy. She’s an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West–and loving it. Her zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, she wouldn’t suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. She can’t spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.

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

Sam doesn’t remember what happened and Jacob isn’t talking.

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

It would be FIX YOU by Coldplay. Not sure about the opening credits, but it does fit the book quite well.

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

A movie about my life? Wow. The world must be desperate for entertainment. It will definitely be a quick movie and it will be BORING. They better give out free popcorn. Anyhoo…I probably don’t care who directs it  as long as it isn’t Michael Bay. Oh, I know! Tim Burton! That would be cool and then his wife Helena Bonham Carter could play me! Oh, that would be righteous—still boring, but with crazy effects, maybe they could make my life look intriguing.

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?

I’m a pantser all the way. The very idea of plotting makes me feel like I’m doing homework and I HATE homework. I have a sort of outline in my head and that’s about it when I begin. I love it. I have to write on my laptop. For some weird reason, writing by hand isn’t the same and my creativity isn’t the same either. I suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome that runs all the way up to my elbow and some days it can be pretty bad. I’ve had people suggest I get a voice recorder and I’ve had to explain that it wouldn’t work—I don’t know what I’m writing until I see it come out my finger tips onto the screen.

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

“Write, you fool!” I really, really wish that I would have kept writing while I was in college, when I first got married, and even when I was raising my three little kids. I should have found time to do it, but didn’t. I loved writing since I was a kid, but just got too busy to keep at it. Maybe it took not having it in my life to realize how much I missed it and how important it was to me. I guess there is a time and a season for everything, but I think I would’ve been a lot further ahead of the game had I always been pursuing it instead of taking the really long break that I did.

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

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume

Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews (I actually read the whole series and several others that she penned before she died and her name was taken over by someone else).

Great choices! Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.

  • Coffee or tea? Neither. I like hot Cocoa much better. Yum, chocolate.
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? Print books
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos… so cheesy.
  • Baked or fried? Fried, heck yes.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate as mentioned above
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Oh, comedy for sure.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action.
  • Classics or Modern? I know this is going to sound bad, but I like modern. I understand it so much better.
  • Old World or New World? New world.
  • Sweet or spicy? Both together would be awesome, but if only picking one, I’d pick spicy.
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort. I’m not a risk taker at all. I like predictability.

Thank you Angela for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to connect with Angela, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, her websiteand her Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a look at Angela’s Desert Rice

DesertRiceMAINSamantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place–their mother. 

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”–who smells an awful lot like a horse–in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Harry James Krebs

Today I’m featuring a second guest post, this one from Harry James Krebs, author of Vengeance is Mine. But before we begin, let’s learn a little bit about Harry…

Harry-James-KrebsHarry James Krebs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving his BA in applied physics from Aurora University in Illinois, Harry spent thirty-seven years with United States Department of Energy Contractors as a senior mechanical engineer. He designed, built, maintained, and operated large experimental detectors for high-energy physics experiments at national laboratories such as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Superconducting Super Collider, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Krebs always wanted to write mystery novels, but his engineering career left him little time to write until now. The author and his wife currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with their Chihuahua, Lucille.

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So without further ado, I’m going to turn it over to Harry…

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but spent most of my childhood and adolescence in the western suburbs of Chicago. After receiving my BA in Applied Physics from Aurora University in Illinois, I spent forty years working for United States Department of Energy contractors as a senior mechanical engineer. As part of a major scientific collaboration, I helped design, build, maintain, and operate large experimental detectors for high energy physics experiments at national laboratories including the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory just outside of Chicago, the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in California.

Over the years, I developed a number of storylines that I felt would make an interesting mystery series. But my engineering career left me little time to write. I needed an incentive. That incentive came when, on a business trip in 1996, I read a newly released novel titled Guilt by Association by Susan R. Sloane. The ending of that book blew me away. I still didn’t have time to write, but I thought about that book every day after. Finally, in 2010, I had a lull in my work, so I started my first novel, Fractured Persona. I finished it in thirteen months.

I tried the literary agent route, and got nowhere. So I self-published, and entered Fractured Persona in a few competitions. The book won silver medals in the 2012 Next Generation Independent Publishers Book Awards for “First Novel Over 80,000 Words” and “Best Mystery”. The ebook also won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY Awards) for “Best Adult Fiction Ebook.”

Those awards, along with the manuscript for Vengeance is Mine, my first installment in the Benjamin Tucker mystery series, caught the eye of Shiloh Burnam with Peak City Publishing in Apex, North Carolina. We entered into an agreement and hopefully there will be many Benjamin Tucker novels coming out of the pipeline.

My interests include dogs, classic and sporty automobiles, landscape gardening, guns, and playing golf. I also enjoy classic movies. I like to make my own version of Chicago deep dish pizza from scratch, which makes a huge mess in the kitchen and drives my OCD wife nuts.

My wife and I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with our pistol of a Chihuahua, Lucille.

Thank you Harry! Now let’s take a look at Vengeance is Mine…

Vengeance-is-MineDriven by a traumatic, violent event in his teenage years, Benjamin Tucker, bestselling true crime author, is obsessed with helping authorities solve savage crimes near his home turf of Holly Springs, North Carolina. When a series of decapitated female victims is found in neighboring communities, he is helplessly drawn in to the investigation to help bring the killer to justice. But in a bizarre twist of events, the psychopathic murderer becomes fascinated with Tucker and stalks him, presenting him with unimaginable, grotesque gifts. The hunt for the killer turns personal and Tucker is not sure if he’s become the killer’s idol or his next victim. Vengeance is Mine, a gripping thriller with a healthy dose of droll humor, is a tale of sadistic revenge guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

1 Print copy of Vengeance is Mine

1 Print copy of Fractured Persona

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A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Connor Titus

Today on the FlipSide, I’m featuring a guest post by Crystal Connor, author of In the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal by Connor Titus. Now this is an interesting little tidbit about Crystal—she writes as Connor Titus but so does her writing partner Lori Titus. I understand their books are different and not necessarily written in concert with one another, so let’s get to know a little about the author…

Crystal-ConnorCrystal Y. Connor grew up telling spooky little campfire-style stories at slumber parties. Living on a steady literary diet of Stephen King, Robin Cook, Dean R. Koontz and healthy doses of cinema masterpieces such as The Birds, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone it surprises no one that she ended up writing a horror novel!

Crystal now living in Seattle has been writing poetry and short stories specializing in the Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror since before Jr. high School. The Darkness, her début novel and book I in The Spectrum Trilogy has been selected as a two time Award-Winning Finalist in the 2011International Book Awards in the fiction categories of Cross Genre Fiction and Multicultural Fiction.

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So without further ado, let’s hear from Crystal…

This project was super fun.  I love writing as it is, but this was the most fun I’ve had so far when writing a book. We never did the research on ‘how to co-write a book’  and I think going in blind that was one of the best decisions  we made when we agreed to work together. I didn’t even start reading articles/blogs about co-authoring a book until we were nearly done. I’m glad that I didn’t too because I read horror story, after horror story about people whose not only business relationships were ruined but friendships were ended behind a book plot, who’s name would be first, or cover art. I think if I had read those articles before I agreed to co-write a book I might not have been so excited to co-write one.

When we first started writing together the idea in mind was to co-write just one book like everyone else.  But because we didn’t do any research 1st we just winged it, Lori gave me a few writing prompts and I wrote the first few paragraphs. After that we were just reaction writing, like round robin, we didn’t have an outline, we didn’t have a plot idea, we didn’t even have a title. We just started writing.

Every time I Lori sent what she added it just ratcheted up the excitement because I didn’t know what she was going to write and it made me more excited to add to it. And I know it was the same for Lori because we were updating our status updates and no one knew what we were talking about it. It was so much fun.

But about a 3rd of the way into it we realized that we both had two ideas about where we wanted this book to go.  I really didn’t want to give up one idea for the other because I thought they were both really, really good ideas but the problem was we could not have both plots with all the different characters and subplots in the same book.

So basically our project came to a fork in the road and we had put in too much time and effort to stop. So I suggested that we split up and Lori was supper excited about it.  Neither of us has seen anything like this done before, two author’s co-writing two stand alone books about the same plot. And one thing we wanted to be sure of was that a person didn’t have to read both books to know what was going on but more than that we didn’t want someone who did read them both feel like they were reading the same story twice. So once  we agreed to go our separate ways, we stopped sharing plot ideas, we stopped helping each other and for a while we didn’t even talk to each other about what was going on with our books because we didn’t want to influence each other’s work.

Knowing that there was another person writing about the very same thing was incredibly suspenseful and exciting because we didn’t know what was going on. We didn’t even see each other’s covers until you  guys did at the cover reveal. And at the time of this post we haven’t read each other’s books because we agreed to wait until they are both edited. It’s been insane to read the reviews and try to guess what’s going on but so far the reviewers have been really good about not including spoilers.  I feel like a little kid 3 days before Xmas.

Maybe it’s a fluke but I had a blast working with Lori Titus co-writing not one but two books. I hope you guys have as much fun reading the books as we did writing them. And I hope that we will be able to entertain you with the stories we write from years to come.

Thank you Crystal! Now let’s look a little deeper into In the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal…

The End is Now CoverThe Order of The Sentinels.

The Order of The Learned.

The Order of The Writs.

The Order of The Cloth.

In the foothills of Mt. Empyreal the most powerful forces in the world are drawn into combat.

And the fate of all the world hangs in the balance.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

One lucky winner will win signed print copy of BOTH books, T-shirt of each book, Signed print copy of The Darkness: Book 1 of the Spectrum Trilogy by Crystal Connor, Signed print copy of Hunting in Closed Spaces: Vol 1 of the Marradith Ryder Series by Lori Titus (INT)

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7 Questions with Tabitha Baumander

Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Tabitha Baumander. If you haven’t been acquainted with Tabitha, why don’t you take a moment to get to know her…

IMG_5226Born and raised in Toronto Canada I am now 54 with two grown kids. Boy girl twins, I believe in efficacy in action. I work in customer service as a day job and when not working I spend my time going to movies avoiding housework and writing as much as possible.  I have five novels and a novella currently on amazon.com.

Welcome Tabitha! Now it’s time for the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.

CASTLE DOOM; A special forces team battle a demon to defend the world.

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

No clue. Why? I’m word oriented not music. I like music but it doesn’t often factor in my work.

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

No one would want to watch the story of my life it would be boring in the extreme.  Think Secret Life of Walter Mitty only not as much fun.

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?

I generally know where I want to get to and several plot points but I don’t outline ahead of time very often.

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

I don’t think this venue has that must space.  Let’s just say LOTS and let it go at that.

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

I don’t have individual books I have genre and they are all fantasy/sci fi and speculative. I’m not really attracted to reality. To much loneliness and failure and not enough happy endings.

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

  • Coffee or tea? tea
  • Cats or dogs? cats
  • Snow or sun? sun
  • Print books or eReader? print
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
  • Baked or fried? baked
  • Candy or chocolate? chocolate
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Sci fi
  • Classics or Modern? (classics or modern what?)
  • Old World or New World? (with regard to what?)
  • Sweet or spicy? spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Tabitha for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you’d like to keep up with what Tabitha is up to, you can find her on Amazon, her website, and Facebook.

Now let’s take a look at Castle Doom…

Castle doom 2Colonel Len Hamilton never once won a game of Dungeons and Dragons against his two sons. Fate now has him playing a game that’s a horrific shadow of those rec-room afternoons. It’s different and yet there is a demon, a dragon, trolls, torture and a deadly puzzle. If Len can’t solve that puzzle not only will he never see his boys or their beautiful mother again but mankind’s world full of science and learning is doomed.

 

A Monday for Anything: Guest Post by Aldrea Alien

On this Monday for Anything I have the pleasure of featuring a guest post by Aldrea Alien, author of The Rogue King. Before we get to that let’s learn a little more about Aldrea…

Aldrea-AlienBorn and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.

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And now I’ll turn it over to Aldrea as she tells us about:

Three Things I Learned While Writing The Rogue King

Seeing that this was the first story I ever wrote, I learnt a lot of the basic stuff with it as well as discovering that third person limited is my preferred point of view. I think far faster in it than I ever did trying to write in first person. It may have led to me to rewriting the entire story—and the start of what felt like endless edits—but it was for the better.

I will get a good idea whilst in the shower/driving my daughter to school/basically anything that stops me from writing. In the past, it meant my work breaks were spent huddled in the corner, furiously writing in a notebook for ten minutes.

I also wind up talking to myself about said thought, whether in my head or out loud. It mostly happens with dialogue (generally, I just end up arguing with myself), and it always has me repeating the whole conversation again and again in order to remember what I just said so I may write it down as soon as I’m able … providing I don’t get distracted by a certain little girl on the way.

Thankfully, my out loud talks happen when no one’s around to overhear me. That could get awkward.

Accepting critique (and also how to spell the word without thinking about it) was perhaps one of the biggest lessons for me. To begin with, it took me several days to read any critique and not automatically get defensive about it. I was so terrible back then. I never outright snapped at anyone, because, hey, that would’ve been rude. But it didn’t stop me from ranting all around the house, telling my family how they were idiots and totally didn’t get me or the story.

Of course, I got the trolls just as readily as I got helpful comments and those negative remarks, the outright putdowns, actually helped me in other ways. I started to see just how helpful the other people were trying to be and that they *gasp* might actually be right. It might actually be me who didn’t get it.

That was a fair few years ago now. If someone was to give me a critique now, I might still grumble at the less favourable parts, but that grumbling is more towards myself and part of my process in figuring out why didn’t come across as I’d hoped.

Thank you Aldrea. Now let’s learn a little more about The Rogue King

The-Rogue-KingSuch is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.

When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.

Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.

This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.

With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

2 Signed print copies of The Rogue King, 4 bookmarks, $10 Amazon GC

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7 Questions with Brain Katcher

Today on the FlipSide is an interview with Brian Katcher. If you’ve yet to run across Brian yet, let’s take a moment to get everyone acquainted…

author_photoBrian Katcher is the author of Almost Perfect, winner of the 2011 Stonewall Young Adult Book Award (given for LGBT books), as well as Playing With Matches, winner of the 2010-2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award. His new book, Everyone Dies in the End, will come out in March. In his spare time, he works as an elementary school librarian.

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

High school nerd uncovers plot against humanity and gets laid.

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

Some darkly ominous classical piece, to let the audience know bad things are brewing. The book starts with the kid going off to a summer scholars’ camp, after all.

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

Some 80s sitcom director. My life has been a series of comical misadventures and very special episodes. I’d like Steve Buscemi to play me, though I’m not nearly that handsome.

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?

I come up with a beginning and an ending and let the characters go to work. It often amazes me where they end up. Of course, the chaos theory of writing means I have to resign myself to an extra round of editing. And what do you mean by the phrase ‘hand write’?

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

So there’s this new invention called Facebook. It let’s all those girls you were too much of a wimp to talk to in high school reconnect and mention how they had a thing for you twenty years ago. Or you could grow a pair and just ask someone out while you’re still in high school, you big geek.

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

Catch-22, anything by H. P. Lovecraft, and The Sweet Valley High series (I realized someone was making money off that, and I wanted a piece of the action)

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • Cats or dogs?  I’ve had a cat for years. So…dogs.
  • Snow or sun? Yesterday, we went out and watched soap bubbles flash freeze. Sun.
  • Print books or eReader? I’m a librarian. Print books are less of a pain.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
  • Baked or fried? Fried
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror, though everything I write turns into comedy
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? SF
  • Classics or Modern? Classics
  • Old World or New World? New World
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

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

If you’d like to connect with Brian, you can find him on his website, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook.

Now let’s take a look at Everyone Dies At The End…

everyone diesAt seventeen, Sherman Andrews has been accepted in the Missouri Scholars’ Academy. Sherman has had a ten-year plan since he was eight, and he is determined to become an award-winning investigative journalist. He is going places, unlike his low-brow plumber father or his absent mother.

While researching his first project, a chance discovery of a mysterious photograph of four men, dated 1935, leads to Sherman uncovering records of deaths, disappearances, and cover-ups on an almost unbelievable scale. Too late, Sherman realizes the organization responsible is still around, and they’re prepared to take drastic measures to keep him quiet.

Sherman must decide if he wants to flee for his life, or risk everything to become the reporter he’s always wanted to be. There are only two people he can trust to help him. One is Charlie, the cute, chubby student librarian at the historical society. The other is Denton, who claims that the organization is led by a shadowy man who died in 1966…and 1935…and 1864. The fact that Denton has been forcibly committed to a mental hospital is just an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Something evil is about to reappear. And Sherman, with his Dictaphone, his ironed socks, and his ten-page resume, may be the only one who can prevent a tragedy.

Interspersed with flashbacks to the original 1935 adventurers, Everyone Dies is a lighthearted coming of age story about love, growing up, and what it’s like to be buried alive.

A Monday for Anything: Guest Post with Julie Eberhart Painter

Today The FlipSide is featuring a guest post with Julie Eberhart Painter, the author of Mortal Coil. But before we get to Julie, let’s take a moment to get to know her…

Julie-Eberhart-PainterJulie Eberhart Painter raised in Bucks Count, Pennsylvania, boyhood home of James A Michener, is the author of Mortal Coil, Tangled Web, and the 2011 Book of the Year, Kill Fee, and sequel, Medium Rare from http://www.champagnebooks.com. Daughters of the Sea, e-book and print. Julie’s first paranormal romance, and Morning After Midnight are available from MuseItUp Publishing.

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And without further ado, here’s Julie as she answers the question:

If you could change places with any of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Love me (Patti, age 11); love my dog

Much as I love most of the human characters in Mortal Coil, I’d adore being my DamnYankee dog, Sherman, living in Georgia with Ellen’s daughter, Patti, a feisty, independent and loving girl of 11.

As the author, my plan here was to lobby for Sherman. He’s important, but his mistress, Patti is the pivotal character in Mortal Coil’s mystery.

Patti is abducted by the perp. Patti’s father might have been the first murdered and Patti is still grieving his loss even though she doesn’t know his death might not have been an accident. One of my favorite scenes takes place between Patti and her mother, the main character and administrator of the nursing home under fire.

A few nights later, Ellen and Patti were putting supper together. Sherman was curled safely off in the corner, watching for the signal that his dinner was ready.

“Mom, do you ever get lonely?”

Ellen put the pot back on the stove and looked at Patti. “Sure. I miss your father terribly. You must miss him, too.”

Patti picked up the dog’s dish and began ladling dry dog food into it. She faced her mother, spoon in the air. “I think about him a lot, Mom. Sandy’s parents have been really nice to me. They include me in a lot of their family stuff, but sometimes I feel like a charity case. It’s not like when we used to get together–when Daddy was here and the weekends were… fun.”

“We can’t expect the Millers to include us the way they used to. Les is their dad and he sets the pace with his own family. I don’t think he wants the widow…” Ellen’s voice caught in her throat. “…the neighbor lady tagging along on their family outings.”

“We had so much fun when Daddy was here. He knew all about baseball.” Patti paused. “He was…”

“Special?”

“Yeah.” Patti put the spoon on the counter and walked into her mother’s arms. “I miss him, Mom. The KidzCamp counselor said I always would. Doesn’t it ever stop hurting?”

“It will hurt less someday, especially if they find the person who was driving the car that caused the accident. But for both of us, there will always be an empty space where your daddy was.”

“I get scared sometimes. I woke up this morning, and I couldn’t remember what he looked like.”

“You’ll remember him again, just the way he was when you were little. You have his pictures to remind you. We should get one laminated so you can carry it with you in your backpack.”

“You moved them downstairs, but I know where they are. I went to look for the pictures this morning. I just couldn’t go to school without seeing him. Is that okay? Is that normal?”

“Sit down a minute, honey. Let me explain something.”

Patti sat.

“Everything you’re feeling is normal. It’s okay to remember your dad any way you want to. No one should talk you out of it.”

“Do you think about him… a lot… when you’re at work?”

“Sometimes. Mostly I think about him at home and on those long, empty weekends you mentioned.”

“When the kids have things they do with their families. That’s the worst.”

“Maybe you and I could go see Great-gramma some weekend soon–when the weather in Pennsylvania gets better, before your softball season begins.”

“I’d like that. She’s very old, Mom. Is she gonna die, too?”

“We all die. We just don’t know when. She’s quite the miracle at her age.”

“Daddy wasn’t old. He was only forty-five when… And you’re forty. Are you–? But his was an accident.”

“People die when it’s their time.” Ellen had never told Patti she thought Tom might have been deliberately hit. At her age, Patti shouldn’t know about that kind of meanness. “We just have to move along in our lives and trust that we have enough time left to do what we came for.”

“I hope you have a hundred years, Mom.”

Ellen hugged her daughter. A hundred years without Tom sounded like a life sentence.

Sherman conquered hearts and bad guys, but Patti captures hearts.

Thank you Julie! Now let’s take a quick look at Mortal Coil

Mortal-CoilWhen two residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home are murdered, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail crimes, it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. While Bill takes to Ellen’s daughter, Patti, Ellen resists, claiming that she and her daughter are a team with no room for the once divorced Bill. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South as the investigation progresses.

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Five mystery eBooks from Champagne Book Group. Books will be selected at random from publisher.
  • $20 gift card to either Amazon or B&N, courtesy of Joyce Proell

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