7 Questions with Tabitha Thompson

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author Tabitha Thompson. If you’re not yet familiar with Tabitha, let’s give her a moment to introduce herself…

CYMERA_20140819_130845[1]My name is Tabitha Thompson who resides in south Florida with a very loving family. I’m a devoted word nerd who has been writing horror stories for 7 years. By day I’m a college student who studies for computers and who’s a loyal employee for my day job but I churn out horror stories by night. In my life, many things have come and gone but writing was one of the few things that stuck around and became a great positive outlet since I can remember. Despite being very young and feeding off of different genres to figure out who I was, by the age of 16 I had found my calling in horror. Of course, none of my stories were good and were just plain embarrassing to read but I knew I could only get better if I continued. Ideas were never a huge issue for me as I would also get inspired by everyday people and no matter where I would be, my creative wheels would always turn.  After getting my feet wet with short stories published by Sirens Call Publications, it’s now given me the ultimate confidence to now aim higher with anthologies, novellas and possibly a novel by the end of the year which is still a work in progress.

Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.

West Nile is a story about mosquito bites gone wrong.

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

I have a bunch! But one I would choose is Never Surrender by Straight Line Stitch. Being a personal fan of this band and song, I felt that it also I’m a huge fan of the band personally but it resonates with West Nile as to fighting the good fight in a time of crisis.

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

Interesting question. Being a huge fan of his I would get Ron Howard and I would get Nia Long to play me because she’s feisty, funny and awesome.

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 definitely. I always handwrite first and then go to Word processor for the final draft. Most times I’ll have fragments of a story that will suddenly pop up in my head then I’ll try to write them down as quickly as possible and then I’ll go from there. It sounds hippie-ish of me but my stories after that usually write themselves.

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

I’d tell myself to be more of a risk taker when it comes to my creativity. Although I started writing horror stories when I was 16, I felt that I wasn’t confident enough to put my work out there until I was 20 and got published in Sirens Call Publication’s online horror magazine at 23. So now if I had the chance to go back I would tell myself to grab life by the balls and just go for it.

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

3 books that had a huge impact on me to write were The Chosen by Edward Lee, On Writing by Stephen King and Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Even though writing has grabbed me by the chest from an early age and has never let me go during my teen years these authors helped shape my stories a lot better.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Both
  • Cats or dogs? Both
  • Snow or sun? Although I live in South Florida I’ve seen snow in other states and it’s nice but so not down for subzero weather.
  • Print books or eReader? Print
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato Chips
  • Baked or fried? Fried
  • Candy or chocolate? chocolate girl’s best friend 🙂
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? All 3
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action and animated
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? New World
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet
  • Comfort or Speed? Both

Thank you Tabitha for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to keep up with what Tabitha is doing, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her blog, or Tumblr.

And if you’d like to read Tabitha’s short story West Nile. You can download the 16th issue of The Sirens Call full of Apocalyptic fiction for FREE ! Just click on the cover!

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7 Questions with Bryan Murphy

Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to present an interview with author Bryan Murphy. If you’re not quite acquainted with Bryan, here’s a little more information about him…

Author on West Lake3British writer Bryan Murphy is the author of the social science fiction novella Goodbye, Padania, several other e-books and countless poems. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system and now divides his time among Italy, England, the wider world and cyberspace. He is working on a novel set in Portugal during the world’s coolest revolution in the 1970s. The provisional title is Revolution Number One.

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

As racism destroys Italy, Daria tries to give up killing.

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

“Strange Days” by The Doors. Because the older I get the more I appreciate The Doors, and because Goodbye, Padania is set in the future, which has to be strange to be interesting.

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

Tarantino, to see what he could make of a life without violence.

Halle Berry, to see whether she can really act or not. Seriously? John Hurt, though he’s even smaller than I am.

You know, I’d like to see Halle playing you… 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 an anarchist in the real world, but a dictator in my literary life. I grant my characters a bit of leeway, but not much. They will surely rise up and smash the system one day. However, I am planning to tighten it up before they get the chance.

Working on a full-length novel has changed my writing process. I wrote my short stories or poems, even my novella, on paper. Then I would type the work on to the computer, print it out and revise it (several times) using pen on paper, before keying in the changes to leave a final version on the computer.

With the novel, the first version of each chapter went straight on to the computer. It saved time and sped me towards the goal of a completed first draft.

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

Fact: football is fixed. I mean soccer, but it will be true of any type of sport on which vast sums of money can be waged. I used to think that football had one over on, say, “Macbeth”, because in football you did not know the outcome from the beginning.

Advice: get writing; and thicken that skin.

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

Brave New World, the Spectrum One science fiction anthology, and 1984.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • Cats or dogs? Cool cats.
  • Snow or sun? Sun.
  • Print books or eReader? eReader for fiction; print for non-fiction.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Mexican nachos and UK chips.
  • Baked or fried? Baked.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate, to eat or to drink..
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Comedy: gotta laugh.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction: future is now.
  • Classics or Modern? Modern, preferably contemporary.
  • Old World or New World? New worlds.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy.
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort: it’s one of my favourite deadly drugs.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Bryan. If you’d like to connect with Bryan, you can find him on Twitter, his website, on Facebook on both his author and personal pages, his Goodreads blog, as well as his Amazon Author Page.

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

Daria_english_newDaria Rigoletti is a troubled young woman from the south of Italy. Seduced by a priest, she never forgets and never forgives. Years later, in 2032, she is in the independent, racist state of Padania, carved out of northern Italy. She has a contract to fulfil, a contract to kill. The look in her target’s eyes stops her, and from then on Daria herself is on the run. She does everything she can to give up killing, but can she really stop? Dark Future, good reading.

7 Questions with Mercedes M. Yardley

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love as well as other works. If you’re not familiar with Mercedes, let’s take a moment to get everyone a little better acquainted…

DSCN3605Mercedes M. Yardley wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She likes to do a little bit of everything, and writes dark fantasy, horror, nonfiction, and poetry. Mercedes minored in Creative Writing and worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine.  She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and her debut novel Nameless: The Darkness Comes, which is the first book in THE BONE ANGEL TRILOGY.  She often speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on several subjects, including personal branding and how to write a novel in stolen moments. Mercedes lives and works in Sin City, and you can reach her at http://www.mercedesyardley.com.

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

Sympathetic serial killers in love. With fire.

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

Oh! This is a fantastic question! I’d play MS MR’s “Dark Doo Wop.” It’s the voice of the main female character in my novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. I can see Montessa singing it, easily.

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

Tim Burton has to direct it. Definitely. I’d like to be played by Christina Ricci, perhaps. Or maybe Brittany Murphy would have been more apt. She was deliciously goofy.

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, through and through. Definitely a discovery writer, though I’m doing some loose plotting now that I’m working on a trilogy. I only write poetry by hand; everything else goes directly into the computer. My computer is pretty much my life.

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

Remain open and friendly without being naïve. Some people don’t have your best interests at heart. Take care of yourself.

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

August Frost by Monique Roffey, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coke Zero.
  • Cats or dogs? Cats!
  • Snow or sun? SNOW.
  • Print books or eReader? eReader.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos!
  • Baked or fried? Baked.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate is the source of all life.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Animated! Studio Ghibli all the way!
  • Classics or Modern? Modern.
  • Old World or New World? Old World.
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet, baby!
  • Comfort or Speed? Speed! Comfort is great when you’re old.

Thank you Mercedes for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to connect with Mercedes, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her blog, her Amazon Author Page, and Goodreads.

Now let’s take a look at Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love

Montessa1Her mama always said she was special. His daddy called him a demon. But even monsters can fall in love.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Apocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed lover, ‘Nuclear’ Lulu, crisscross the country in a bloody, paranormal firestorm of revenge.

7 Questions with Eden Royce

Today on the FlipSide, I’m pleased to feature an interview with author Eden Royce. If you’re not familiar yet with Eden, or her work, let’s take a few moments to get to know her better…

DGEden Royce is a native of Charleston, South Carolina whose great-aunt practiced root, a type of conjure magic. She now wishes she’d listened more closely. Her stories have been published with several presses, including Kerlak/Dark Oak Press, Sirens Call Publications, and Blood Bound Books.

She also reviews books for Hellnotes, a website dedicated to horror in fiction, art and movies and is a contributor to Graveyard Shift Sisters, a blog dedicated to purging the black female horror fan from the margins. She is also the horror submissions editor for Mocha Memoirs Press. Besides writing, she enjoys roller-skating, listening to thunderstorms, and excellent sushi.

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

The dead are used for energy to fuel a city.

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

It would be “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” by Reverend Gary Davis. It’s the saddest song I know of and it speaks to the inevitable that we all face. That or the metal song “Monster” by Skillet. It sums up several of the characters.

Unfortunately for my main character Feast, he has to experience more death than most. I imagine a close-up of one of the containment chambers and its uh… inhabitant in the credits.

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

I’d choose Jane Campion (“The Piano”) as director. Because I’m classy. :Laughs: Seriously, she has a flair for presenting unique stories and using the camera to show the unsayable.

I wish I could go back in time and get Eartha Kitt to play me; she was amazing. If I had to choose someone now, I’d like Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Odd Thomas) or Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow).

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?

For short stories, I’m a developmental writer. (Pantser sounds like I pull down people’s pants as a practical joke.) But for a novel, which is what I’m working on now, I have to plan. Especially when the ideas are coming hard and fast and I need to get them all down.

There’s a notebook on my nightstand for when the ideas come in the middle of the night. (And they often do.) I tend to hand write a great deal—especially if I think of a great line and I don’t want to forget it—then transfer over to the computer. In the transferring process, more ideas appear on how to flesh out the story. If I get stuck, I can go back to my notes.

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

Stop worrying so much and don’t be so hard on yourself.

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

I have to pick only three? Impossible! Here’s my best try:

The Wood Wife by Terri Winding

Little Plum by Rumer Godden

The Odyssey by Homer

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning and when a jolt is needed. Tea all other times.
  • Cats or dogs? Always have, always will.
  • Snow or sun? Snow when I’m snuggled inside with a hot drink. Sun when I have to go out and do things.
  • Print books or eReader? Print. While eReaders have their place, I love turning the pages of a book.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Why is this the hardest question? I’ll say neither and chose fries!
  • Baked or fried? Frying is an acceptable way of preparing almost anything.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate. Fancy chocolate.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? If you can get all three into one book, I’d be happy.
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Ditto.
  • Classics or Modern? Classic inspiration, modern attitude.
  • Old World or New World? You mean North America versus Europe? I’m a New World girl but because of recent trips I’ve fallen in love with some Old World locales.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy. (But not death by mouth fire.)
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort. I’m getting old.  :Laughs:

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

If you’d like to connect with Eden, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her website and her blog, her Facebook Author Page, and her Amazon Author Page.

Now let’s take a quick look at Eden’s novel Containment… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

ContainmentFinalFront“Life is different among the dead.”

They are kept in chambers, their energy used to feed the City’s voracious appetite for fuel now that traditional sources are long gone. These grisly fuel cells are kept watch over by Feast, a devil-human hybrid whose recent run-ins with the City leave him questioning its authority.

When he is needed to bring in one of the most dangerous creatures for containment, Feast is faced with a decision that may make him the next power source.

7 Questions with Shah Wharton

Today I have the distinct pleasure of featuring an interview with Shah Wharton, author of Finding Esta. If you’re not quite yet acquainted with Shah, here’s a little bit of an introduction into her world…

Assorted Pics 696Horror, paranormal mystery, dark fantasy, and sci-fi are Shah’s favourite genre, although she also enjoys dark comedy, some romance, and an occasional young adult fantasy.

She also writes poetry (two published in anthologies), short stories (one published), and she ghost writes as a freelancer.

Shah is a psychology graduate, trained in hypnotherapy and counseling, and enjoys theatre, movies, varied music, travel, and fine dining.

Her father taught her to appreciate the written word, and you’ll usually find her immersed in story, while slurping tea and cuddling up to her little family.

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

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

Um. Something like, “Psychic journalist loses herself in Cornish supernatural underworld.”

I’d say that’s pretty spot on Shah! What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?

Love this question! Off the top of my head – R.E.M.’s version of ‘Mad World.’

Great song choice! 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 panster who longs to be a plotter. Of course, bipolar disorder does have a huge say in how things progress with my writing process. If I’m a little manic, I can write so much more and juggle so many ideas all at once, so notes aren’t even needed. But when I switch to a much lower mood, those ideas became like sludge and I find it difficult to get much done.

I’m still very much learning my craft and it changes all the time, but one thing seems unchangeable–I write the first draft without a plan, directly onto my MAC, and add layers with little notes scattered about. I have never been organised, unlike my family. I try, but it’s just not how my head works.

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

Don’t rush. Be the turtle not the rabbit. This is another issue with my moods. The low mood Shah is cautious and slow, but the manic me is like a bull out of the gate.

I published Finding Esta December 2012, but s changed so much since then because every time I re-read it, I improved it. It wasn’t ready then, I think it is now, hence marketing it as a second edition. I’m trying to convince Amazon to email those who already bought it, to inform them there’s an update. If that’s you, go update the file. 🙂

If not, it’s discounted at Amazon right now at £1.99. I have no choice about this discount and no idea when it will end. Sigh!

Another tip is to really think about which publishing route you would like to take. I chose to self-publish, partly through lack of confidence but plenty of ignorance, and partly because it seemed the easier route. WRONG! It’s a lot of hard work, and it takes commitment. Essentially, unless you have a lot of money to throw at it, you are on your own. Self-publishing the first of the Supes Series means I have also scuppered my chances of publishing the rest of this series through a publisher.

I now wish I’d taken my time, and my chances, but hey ho. I can always try my luck at publishing something else in the future.

Also, I highly recommend you work with critique groups and beta readers. Julianne was a superb better reader for me on the original version of this book. It’s been a long process, hey Julianne? 🙂  I’m still trying to build those relationships, and envy those who already have consistent support with their writing and craft improvement. This is a big issue for me out here in Dubai. I feel cut off from resources, like critique circles, book clubs, writing groups. Thank heaven for the online writing community!

Writing a book is a long process regardless of how you undertake it and it only serves the book in the best way to take you time and ensure you do it to the best of your abilities. And if you find areas to improve, even after it’s published, do it! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Most of Charlaine Harris’s True Blood. Stephen King’s On Writing. There are loads more, but these popped into my head, first.

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? eReader
  • Nachos or potato chips? Pot Chips
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Dark Chocolates
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action & Sci-Fi
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? Both
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Great questions Julianne! Thanks for letting me visit me at your blog. 🙂

You’re very welcome Shah! If you’d like to connect with Shah, you can find her on Twitter, Google+, her Amazon Author Page, Facebook, or her blog.

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

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For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival.

Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; her psychic issues do make her a little odd and her only friends — Flo and Ada — are Shadows who exist inside her troubled mind. Although the normal world is all she’s known, it’s a place where she’s never belonged, nor been understood.

For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. That is, until her work as a journalist leads her to investigate the disappearance of baby Esta, snatched from her home over twenty years earlier. Soon, our psychic heroine stumbles upon a series of revelations in a clandestine realm of vampires, weres, and magical alien-supernaturals. Revelations that make her oddities appear perfectly banal in comparison, and obliterate every preconceived idea of the normal world.
Her hunger for truth drives her forward. Yet, the constant physical changes, the undefined blood in her veins, the heightened power of psychic gifts she’s always hated, and an ache to finally belong somewhere, to someone, all force her to make discoveries about herself she could never have imagined.Ignorance may be bliss, but the truth will set Luna free, if only she can face it.

7 Questions with Clarissa Johal

Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring an interview with author Clarissa Johal. If you’re not quite acquainted with Clarissa, let’s take a moment to get to know her better…

Clarissa Johal headshotClarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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

I’ll leave you with my tagline for STRUCK.

The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

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

Nothing Else Matters by Apocalyptica. It has that dark, gothic feel and the music is beautiful. It’s a nice blend of longing and fury.

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

Tim Burton is my favorite director, hands-down. Johnny Depp could play me…haha. Okay, that came out wrong. I would like Meryl Streep to play me. She’s a wonderful actress.

Oh I love Meryl! 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?

Initially, I’m a panster. I will do a straight write-through from beginning to end to “channel” my characters and story. Then, I go back and do the research and editing. And I have to use my computer Word program—my handwriting is awful, even I can’t read it.

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

I would tell myself to focus on a writing career earlier! I started working in the veterinary field, which I loved, and wrote on the side for many years. It didn’t occur to me that writing could become a career until after my daughter was born. I wanted to be able to stay home with her and started writing my first book, PRADEE. Though I’ve changed genres since then (fantasy to paranormal and gothic horror) I’m SO happy I pursued writing.

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

There were so many of them. The first that come to mind are; Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock, Krampus: The Yule Lord by BROM and The Shining by Stephen King

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

  • Coffee or tea? Coffee—always coffee. Gevalia French roast to be exact
  • Cats or dogs? I love both, but cats especially. I like their independence.
  • Snow or sun? Snow. I don’t like hot weather.
  • Print books or eReader? Both, it depends on how impatient I’m feeling.
  • Nachos or potato chips? Neither
  • Baked or fried? Baked
  • Candy or chocolate? Neither. Well…unless it’s Red Hot Tamales.
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science fiction
  • Classics or Modern? Both
  • Old World or New World? I’m a European history geek, so we’ll go with Old World.
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy food.
  • Comfort or Speed? Speed. I like to get things done, plus I’m a stickler for deadlines.

Thank you Clarissa! If you’d like to keep up with what Clarissa is up to, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, her website, or her blog.

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

STRUCK book cover

The shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift–one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister… for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

7 Questions with C.S. Kane

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with author C.S. Kane. If you’re not quite acquainted with C.S. yet, here’s a little more about her…

IMG_3772C.S. Kane is the author of SHATTERED. Her debut horror novella has been published by DarkFuse. She lives in a village just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a passion for the paranormal and a desire for all things dark Kane also contributes features to DarkMedia Online. Kane loves old movies, good food, the odd tipple and spending time with both her sinful soulmate and their faithful minion, Dexter.

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

Shattered is a modern take on the haunted house tale.

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

Wow, great question. It would probably have to be the Pixies, Where is My Mind? This is the question the protagonist constantly asks throughout the story. I think the prospect of losing your mind is the most frightening things anyone can face. Radiohead’s Paranoid Android could possibly be another contender.

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

Ooh, I’d love to say Spielberg because some of his movies look like they’d have been great fun to work on. In terms of the story of my life though it’d probably have to pick Martin Scorsese. I like the drama he creates. He could try to make my life look a little more exciting.

I haven’t really thought about who would ever play me in a movie. I’d probably like someone like Jennifer Lawrence because she appears to be really dedicated to what she does and seems to have a great down-to-earth attitude.

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 evolving all the time. I started out just winging it. Now I’m trying to be a little more structured. I’d like to get more done so I’m getting organised. I use the laptop. Generally I just do a rough outline then write flat out. Finally, I go back and try to decipher what the heck I meant to say during my fevered typing sessions. It can be tricky because if I’m fatigued or going too fast I can leave the ends off words or write the wrong words completely. At the moment I am trying to train myself to self-edit as I go along but really the most important thing is getting the words down.

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

Don’t worry so much.

What are the 3 (three) books that really inspired you to become a writer?

1984 – George Orwell

Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edgar Allan Poe

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

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
  • Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
  • Baked or fried? Fried
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Action
  • Classics or Modern? Classics
  • Old World or New World? Old World
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you C.S.! If you’d like to connect with C.S., you can find her on Twitter, her website, and Facebook.

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

shattered-1Stacey’s fiance Liam has just landed a new job in the city, and the young couple is forced to move into a low-budget flat in a seedy neighborhood. It’s not the the dream house they imagined, but it’s well within their price range and a short distance from Stacey’s graduate school.

Soon after they move in, however, Stacey begins to experience terrible nightmares, vivid hallucinations, cold spells, and frequent panic attacks. As she spirals deeper and deeper into what appears to be a physical and mental breakdown, putting her university career and relationship in jeopardy, she befriends the reclusive old woman next door who tells her chilling stories of the house’s former occupants.

Is Stacey going mad or is the dark history of Claremont Street something that can’t and won’t be be ignored?

7 Questions with Quincy J. Allen

Today on the FlipSide I have the pleasure of featuring author Quincy J. Allen. Quincy and I share pages in Linger—7 tales featuring ghosts from 7DS Books, but for those of you not quite acquainted with Quincy, let’s take a moment to get to know him…

cocktail copyWell into a mid-life career change, Quincy Allen been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines as well as one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam.  His novel Chemical Burn—a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Writers Association Colorado Gold Writing Contest—was first published in June of 2012. His new novel Jake Lasater: Blood Curse, is due out by summer, and he’s started work on a new off-world steampunk series titled Paragon. He works part-time as a tech-writer to pay his bills, does book design and eBook conversions for Word Fire Press, and lives in a lovely house that he considers his very own sanctuary.

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

Clockwork gunslinger saves world by saving 500-year-old vampiress.

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

“Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione… or at least something that sounds a lot like it.

It has the right feel and even lyrics to match up to a wild steampunk western fantasy where the hero has and values the quality of those unwilling to bend to tyranny and deprivations against the human spirit.

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

Director: Sydney Pollack, because he directed “Jerimiah Johnson,” and I can’t think of anyone who I would select to play me.  I think I’m too close to the source material.

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?

Like my choice-of-genre, I like to mix and match. I usually start writing a novel based on a specific scene, idea or “gag” I want to convey. I wrote Chemical Burn without any sort of outline but used a skeletal outline for “Blood Curse” as well as “Paragon” (unfinished.) I’m working with a friend on a 10+ book series that we’re outlining pretty heavily. I think some of it is based on the nature of the work and what I want to accomplish.

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

“Don’t listen to the bandits.  It’s okay to risk being a starving artist.”  You have to read the bio on my website to get that one.

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

“Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein

The entire “Pliocene Saga” series (all 10 books) by Julian May

“The Chronicles of Amber” by Roger Zelazny

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

  • Coffee or tea? Yes
  • Cats or dogs? Yes
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? Yes
  • Nachos or potato chips? Chips
  • Baked or fried? Yes
  • Candy or chocolate? CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Sci-fi mixed with fantasy (comedy if you insist)
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Yes
  • Classics or Modern? Yes
  • Old World or New World? Yes
  • Sweet or spicy? Sweet for dessert and spicy for the entree
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort for resting and speed for damn near everything else

Thank you Quincy! If you want to connect with Quincy, you can find him on his website, Twitter, his Amazon Author Page, and Facebook.

Since Quincy’s Jake Lasater: Blood Curse isn’t available yet, let’s take a look at Out Through the Attic… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!

out-through-the-atticThirteen fantastic tales from the cavorting, twisted mind of Quincy J. Allen, Out Through the Attic covers everything from steampunk and fantasy to sci-fi and horror. It’s a cross-genre smorgasbord that’s sure to hit the right spot, with a dose or two of straight-up genre fiction for the meat-and-taters appetite.

7 Questions with Tracie McBride

Today on the FlipSide I’m pleased to feature an interview with author Tracie McBride. For those of you not quite acquainted with Tracie yet, let’s take a moment to get to know her…

profile 2013 colourTracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Horror Library Vols 4 and 5, FISH anthology and the Stoker Award-nominated Horror for Good. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2008. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and is the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing. Visitors to her blog are welcome at http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.

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

Speculative fiction short stories in varying shades of black.

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

“Happy Phantom” by Tori Amos. As one internet commenter observes, “It’s just a light little song about death.”

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

Ooh, Peter Jackson (that’s Sir Peter Jackson to you), because he’s the greatest director ever to come from my homeland New Zealand. He’d probably have to spend a lot of time in Tracieland (inside my head), a la Beautiful Creatures, because my real life is rather ordinary. I’d like one of my daughters to play me, because of the physical resemblance and because they’re both aspiring actresses (they’d have to do Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who got the job).

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 like to sketch a rough outline before I go in – experience has taught me that if I try to pants right from the get go, I’ll end up writing myself into a corner with little hope of producing a satisfying ending. I like to hand write my plan and type the first draft, mainly because I tend to edit as I go.

Sounds similar to how I operate some of the time. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?

Start sooner. Don’t wait until you’re mid-thirties to fulfil that childhood promise to yourself of becoming a writer.

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

Only 3? OK. If I have to narrow it right down, I’d have to go back to my childhood.

One of the first books I can remember reading was “The Trouble With Jack” by Shirley Hughes. I identified very closely with the poor, put-upon Nancy, and every time I read it, I nearly cried with the cruel injustice of it all. To move another reader to tears…yeah, I wanted to be able to do that. Another childhood favourite was “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. The cleverness, the inventiveness, the surrealism of it…I wanted to do that too. And then there was “The Hobbit”, which was the gateway drug to every fantasy novel I ever read from that date on.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Tea
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? eReader
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
  • Baked or fried? I know I should say baked, but I’m gonna say fried.
  • Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror if I’m reading it, comedy if I’m watching it
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
  • Classics or Modern? Modern
  • Old World or New World? New World
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy if I’m hungry, sweet if I’m tired.
  • Comfort or Speed? Comfort

Thank you Tracie! If you’d like to keep up with Tracie, you can find out more information about her on her blog.

Now let’s take a look at Ghosts Can Bleed… And don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

GhostscanBleed4TracieAlien landscapes and mythic societies…creatures of the night and the more terrifying monsters of the human psyche… Be warned: Ghosts Can Bleed… but it’s not just the blood you should be worried about…

Last Chance To See – what if you had a chance to attend your own funeral? A reincarnation facility offers this opportunity, but you won’t be quite as your family remembered…

House Arrest – Angela misses the social event of the year when she realises that there’s no place like home- and no dietary aid in the world like it, dahlings!

Killing A Goddess – The Goddess demands a sacrifice, and Laura is a willing volunteer. It is a great honour for the five young men chosen to assist in the ritual. But do they really know what they are letting themselves in for?

Ghosts Can Bleed – Maurice knows, because he is one.

DreamCatcher – will prevent bad dreams coming through to you. But what do you do with the nightmares that are caught in it? What if you could return them to their owners?

Rush Hour – Virgil retreads Dante’s Inferno, twenty-first century style. Wasps, tornadoes and dirty nappies block his path – and that’s before the motorway…

Marked – being scarred by lightning is like being touched by the hand of God. This divine spark is essential, because only the Marked can see the creatures that hunger for us…

Blue Screen of Death – Sara’s dead. Again. With Heaven’s computer system failing, and God on holiday, it’ll take a genius hacker to fix it. Problem is, he’s not on Heaven’s database…

Diagnosis – all aspects of human health can be scientifically measured, analysed and assessed. But there’s one measure Dr Chad has neglected to notice…

By turns terrifying, darkly comic, surreal and stomach-churning, these forty one stories and poems from award-winning author Tracie McBride open the veins of the world to show humanity in a different – and much darker – light.

7 Questions with Paul Flewitt

Today on the FlipSide I’m pleased to feature author Paul Flewitt. For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Paul, let’s take a moment to get to know him…

My beautiful picturePaul Flewitt lives in Sheffield, UK with his partner and their two children. He is a writer of horror and dark fiction.

Paul is the author of “Smoke” a flash fiction which appeared in OzHorrorCon’s Book of the Tribes anthology, “Paradise Park” from JEA’s All That Remains anthology and the stand alone novella “Poor Jeffrey” through CHBB’Vamptasy press. He continues to work on further pieces…

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

A zombie/paranormal horror like you’ve read before

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

Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult, I think, because it fits the theme of the story quite well.

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

There’s a question I’d never thought I’d be asked. Hmm… think!… erm…erm… okay, Francis Ford Coppola would do a good biopic and to play me, Jenson Ackles because my missis really likes him.

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 probably a pantser. I generally know how a story is going to begin and roughly how it will end; the middle bit is always a mystery to me. I always handwrite my first draft and use the typing process to edit and embellish on what I’ve written in pen and ink.

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

It’d probably be “just do it, kid and screw the doubters and the haters… you won’t know any of ‘em in ten years.” People did say it, but I never believed it.

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

Imajica, by Clive Barker, The Long Walk, by Stephen King (Richard Bachman) and probably Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.

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

  • Coffee or tea? Tea
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs
  • Snow or sun? Sun
  • Print books or eReader? Print books, by the shelf load
  • Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
  • Baked or fried? Fried, I’m a Yorkshireman
  • Candy or chocolate? Neither, I’m more of a savoury kinda guy
  • Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Comedy Horror?
  • Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? SciFi
  • Classics or Modern? Depends on my mood and the writer.
  • Old World or New World? Old World, definitely,
  • Sweet or spicy? Spicy
  • Comfort or Speed? Who’s driving?

Thank you Paul! If you’re interested in connecting with Paul, you can find him on Twitter, his Amazon Author Page, or Facebook.

Now let’s take a look at Paul’s short Poor Jeffrey… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon!

front cover 2Sometimes magic works…

Grief drives people to extreme behaviour, and when Poor Jeffrey Kinsey is killed, his friends go to some extreme lengths to bring him back…

But Jeffrey’s death isn’t the only thing going on in town…

Several girls have disappeared, only to be found half eaten by an unidentifiable creature later… it’s enough to drive a town insane.

For Tommy, Jade and Chloe the next few weeks will make them or break them… and a story begins…

Poor Jeffrey; he never wanted death to be this way…