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Story Worms: Literary Conventions

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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This month, I attended my first literary convention: Edge Lit, an annual science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention in Derby, UK. The event was packed full of panel discussions, workshops and book launches, and even boasted a guestlist including Charles Stross and Joe Abercrombie.

This was a particularly monumental event for me, as I wasn’t just attending as a guest. I was attending as a writer, my name was even included in the programme. KnightWatch Press was launching three of their anthologies there, one of which was ‘Potatoes’ that includes my short story ‘Killing Ghosts’. As part of the book launch, I read an excerpt from it.

Before attending, I read lots of convention advice blog posts, I asked for advice and top tips, and I did my best to follow them. So, armed with my freshly printed business cards, I rocked up to the event and spoke to the first person I met in the doorway. It was a good start.

Due to my involvement in the event, the workshops and panels I could attend were limited, but I managed to catch two panels about horror writing – one on modern ghost stories and one about blending horror with other genres. Armed with my notebook, I wrote down interesting snippets, book recommendations, and soundbites.

I attended a Penny Dreadfuls writing workshop led by horror writer Kim Lakin-Smith. I’ve always been a big fan of gothic horror, and have had some success in writing it, so it was brilliant to complete a workshop and pick up some great tips and tricks. As a mini-practice for my upcoming reading at the book launch, I offered to read what I had written in the class, with Kim making me promise to finish it so that she could read it someday.

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At lunch I broke the cardinal convention rule – never eat alone. If I had spotted another attendee eating alone, I would have joined them, and I tried to make myself look as friendly as possible, but in the end it was a blown chance to network.

I picked things back up again after lunch, chatting and befriending some of the other KnightWatch Press writers, including one who had a story in the same anthology as me. I handed out business cards and we promised to keep in touch. I had expected to return home with a whole pile of business cards and people to contact, but I didn’t meet any other writers who had them, which really surprised me. Still, I’ve now connected with some writers who are Edge Lit regulars, so when I go next year I won’t need to eat alone.

Over the following days I’ve got in contact with everyone I met, merely to say hello, it was nice to meet you, but it’s important to make that contact. We’ll follow each other on social networks, we’ll share each other’s posts and maybe get guest blog space on each other’s sites. And that’s what it’s about – making connections that help you along your way.

So here are my top tips for Literary Conventions:

  • Have business cards. Make sure the details are up to date, and that the design matches your website. Give people something to remember you by.
  • Mark up business cards you get given. Just one sentence scribbled on the back so that you remember who was who.
  • If you have a book, have an elevator pitch ready and practised. When people ask what your book is about, they don’t want to be tied up for 20 minutes while you tell them about it.
  • If you don’t have a book, have an elevator pitch about yourself. Make it something memorable.
  • Take notes in panels and workshops.
  • Talk to strangers. It can be scary, but at a convention people are expecting it. And, to be honest, the person you speak to is probably just relieved that you saved them from having to pluck up the courage to talk to you.
  • Don’t be there to sell, sell, sell. Be friendly, ask people questions, make good connections. Don’t just thrust your book into people’s faces.
  • Don’t eat alone, and don’t go out of the venue to eat. This is your greatest networking space – you can’t talk to people during panels and workshops, and if they’re eating, they can’t run away from you!
  • Always follow up with the people you meet. Send them a short message—be it an email or via a social network—just to say that you enjoyed meeting them. And then nurture that relationship, before meeting up with them at the convention next year. You never know who they might introduce you to.

Author Interview: Thomas Wolfenden

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

1941382_695906147140138_1320055796_o(1)Thomas Wolfenden is the author of ‘One Man’s Island’.

He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army. He’s worked in several different jobs throughout his life, spending fifteen years in law enforcement and the private security field. He’s worked as an automotive detailer, ambulance driver, a nuclear medicine delivery courier, a dairy barn cleaner, and most recently has worked as a ballast regulator operator, a switchman, conductor and a locomotive engineer on the railroad. He’s traveled extensively, through the United States and abroad, Europe, Central America, Australia and the South Pacific, and lived in several States, Pennsylvania, Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Idaho and Florida being a few places. He’s written several OP-ED pieces for various local newspapers, and had up until recently, kept a political humor blog. He’s a Life/Endowment member of the National Rifle Association, Libertarian, American Patriot and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. He now spend his time between the United States and Australia, with his life partner, Catherine.

Horror Tree (HT): For those unfamiliar with your novel ‘One Man’s Island’ if you could share a little about it?

Thomas Wolfenden (TW): One Man’s Island is a little different that most Post-Apocalyptic stories. There’s no deadly plague, World War, or Hoards of infected scrambling about. A star, several thousand light years away for earth, goes supernova, sending a deadly Gamma Ray burst and Electromagnetic Pulse towards earth. Taking several thousand years to get to the earth, no one knows it’s coming. When it hits, it kills 99.9% of the human population, leaving only scattered humans to pick up the pieces of a shattered world. The protagonist, Sergeant Major Tim Flannery, thinks he’s the only one left, for a while. He meets several people over a journey across the continent, and then an ocean, only to find that not all of the survivors have good intentions, or goodwill, in order to rebuild civilization. Tim is faced with the hardest decision in his life, to stop the last evil in the world, in hopes to give humanity one last chance to survive.

HT: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?

TW: I think what’s so special about him, is he’s not special at all. I made him very human. He’s a long time US Army veteran, and big city police officer, but he’s just as flawed and secretly insecure as the rest of us. He’s no Rambo, but he doesn’t take any shit, either. He finds an orphan 13 year-old girl along his travels, and he’s clueless on how to take care of her, or how to raise her. All in all, he just wants to do the right thing, and more often than not, we are listening to his inner demons, the ghosts from his past, the bad decisions he made, and the moral obligations he now faces.

HT: What research did you have to do while writing the novel?

TW: Oh, I did a lot of research. Gamma Ray bursts, EMP, or Electromagnetic Pulse, Intercontinental Ballistic missiles. A lot of US Navy stuff I had to really research in-depth, especially Aegis Class destroyers. I was doing so many web searches, I was (and still am) certain I’m on a few government watch lists. To someone who doesn’t know I’m a writer, and looking at my web search history, would become slightly unnerved.

HT: What real life experiences did you lean upon while putting it together?

TW: I delved deep into my life experiences. I spent several years in law enforcement, as well as a combat decorated US Army veteran, so I pulled most of my protagonist, Tim Flannery’s, personal traits from my own personal experiences. I also put myself in his shoes, asking myself time and time again, ‘what would I do in this situation?’ I also grew up hunting, fishing and camping, so being an out-of-doors kind of person, I used my life experiences from that side also.

HT: How did working with Permuted Press help shape your novel?

TW: When I first self published almost two years ago, I knew I had a pretty good book, but I didn’t have the skills to really hone and shape it into the fantastic story it is now. I was approached by Permuted shortly after I self-published, and offered a contract. They paired me up with a rock-star editor, Felicia Sullivan, who took my manuscript, and with fine tuning, turned it into the fantastic novel it is today. I’m forever in her dept for making a mediocre story into a really great novel. Permuted also assigned a fantastic artist to redo my cover art, and when I saw the first artwork, I was blown away. So with my story, and Permuted Press’ fantastic team, I think we all put together a real winner! I really couldn’t have done it without them!

HT: What drew you to a post-apocalyptic setting?

TW: I really couldn’t put a finger on one specific thing. I think growing up at the height of the Cold War was the main factor. Movies like A Boy and his Dog, The Day After, The Omega Man, Planet of the Apes, Sci-Fi movies like The Quiet Earth, all of those were a huge influence. I read voraciously from an early age, so books like Swan’s Song, The Road, The Stand, On the Beach, Earth Abides, were also huge influences. I think at the end of the day, the whole concept, that is not so much as the end of the world, it’s more or less the end of humanity; and that being said, putting myself (or that of the reader) into the world where society is no longer there, no comforts, no support, a babe in the woods so to speak, and reducing the survivors to the base level, a level where we aren’t at the top of the food-chain anymore. Robinson Crusoe, writ large.

HT: What is your ideal writing environment?

TW: Absolute quiet. No TV, radio, music. Do phone calls, or other distractions. One little distraction will destroy my train of though and it might not come back for a several hours.

HT: What was your inspiration for writing?

TW: Like I said, I’ve read voraciously from a very early age. I loved the written tale, and the ability of them to take me to places I’ve never been. That being said, I loved ghost and monster stories, so much so, that when I was 9 or 10, my friends in my Boy Scout troop would rather have me tell the campfire ghost stories, than my Scoutmaster. Even at that early age, I could spin a yarn quite well, and the other kids in my troop loved it. Adulthood and the real world took over for some time, and even though I wanted to someday write a novel, it wasn’t until my divorce in 2004 when I finally had the epiphany. I was either going to finally write the novel or not, but if I didn’t do it, I’d better just do it, or stop telling myself ‘one day I’m going to write a novel.’

HT: Have your friends and family been supportive of your writing career? If so how?

TW: My friends and family have been hugely supportive, none more so than my beautiful partner, Catherine. She’s been my rock, my best and worst critic. I really couldn’t have done it without her, and I will forever be in her debt for the support.

HT: What are your thoughts on self-publishing?

TW: I’m all for it. If I hadn’t first self published, I really don’t think my novel would have gotten past the final draft. It got me the exposure, and got me noticed, even though my first attempt was quite amateurish. A few people saw, what I was later told, ‘a diamond in the rough’ and spread the word that I had a pretty good thing going, and I’m still really blown away by the good reviews and the great vibes One Man’s Island is getting, and getting not Permuted Press’ Bestsellers list so fast.

HT: What are your ambitions for your writing career? What do you have planned for the future?

TW: I’d love to be able to write full time. But until then, I’ll continue to work on the railroad as an engineer. There is a sequel to One Man’s Island, One Man’s War, slated for a January 2015 release, and I’m now working on a black/dark humor police story for Permuted Press’ sister publishing house, Post Hill Press, and shortly I’ll be working on another novel for Permuted, a Military Action-Adventure that takes place of a fictitious South Pacific island Republic. I also have a beginning outline for another humor novel, a sort of reverse “Crocodile Dundee” but that’s on a back burner now until I finish the other projects I’m working on now.

HT: For those who love your book what novels would you suggest for them to check out?

TW: Besides Swan’s Song, The Road, The Stand, On the Beach, Earth Abides, I’d highly recommend several other Permuted authors, Objects of Wrath by Sean T. Smith, Sleeper series by Jacqueline Druga, Tank Bread by Paul Mannering, Brew by Bill Braddock, Roads Less Travelled series by C Dulaney. I’d also like to recommend The McClane Apocalypse by Kate Morris, not on the Permuted Press list, but well worth the read.

HT: Finally do you have anything that you would like to share with our readers?

TW: I’m not done yet! One Man’s War is on the way, and possibly a third in the series, and for all of my fans, thank you so much for your support!

You can also find more about Thomas over at his personal blog One Man’s Island.

Author Interview Daniel Cotton

| July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

possible7Daniel Cotton is the author of the ‘Life Among the Dead’ series from Permuted Press. There are currently two of the four novels in the series released and after he already has another project in mind. Read on to learn more about his writing process as well as what makes him tick!

Horror Tree (HT): First off Daniel if you could share a little about yourself with our readers?

Daniel Cotton (DC): I am from New Hampshire, but I’ve lived all over. My wife and I have settled in Iowa where we are raising our two boys. I am a machinist at a CNC factory, that’s where I wrote many of my books and got the inspiration for a few more to come. There is something about the familiar routine of running my machines that allows my mind to drift into my own worlds.

HT: Can you share with our readers a bit about the world that you’ve created in ‘Life Among the Dead’?

DC: The world of Life Among the Dead is no different from what we all know, people have to get up and go to work, until one day they wake to an outbreak of zombies. Overnight the dead simply seemed to cease being dead, and they got very hungry. I tried to make very real characters and put them in this unreal situation, I think I have given them very natural reactions to some unnatural circumstances.

HT: If you can describe a little on how working with Permuted Press has been from getting your novel from draft to print?

DC: I had actually just released Life Among the Dead 2: A Castle Made of Sand independently when Permuted Press contacted me. I had to pull both books down to the dismay of a surprising number of people that clamored for book 2. They had to wait just like I did, and it was a long wait. But, now my books have professional editing and covers. The staff at Permuted Press and all my fellow writers have a great relationship, if anyone needs technical help, research assistance, or proofreading there’s always someone willing to help.

HT: When writing a novel do you plot it out or let the story come forth on page?

DC: I try to have as much of it planned out ahead of time as possible, I spend less frustrating hours staring at the screen that way.

HT: How do you develop your characters when writing them?

DC: I sketch a person in my mind, construct them out of attributes and characteristics. Then, I give them a voice and listen to them talk, shaping their personalities. I have one character in book 3 that was completely written, then I started to think about who should play him in the movie, if one is ever made, I saw an actor in an interview that would be perfect. I had to go back in and alter details to suit this person. It added so much to the man I had created.

HT: In naming your characters is there any rhyme or reason to them or are they random?

DC: Naming a character is one of the hardest parts about writing. I’ve used actual names of people I know, one of my Beta readers asked to be a character so I made it happen in book 3. Other character names are derived from aspects of their personalities or personal struggles. I do base some characters on actors and will sometimes use an element of the real person’s name in the character’s name.

HT: What drew you to the horror genre initially?

DC: Horror touches me like no other genre, it’s primal. What you take away from other types of stories can be fleeting, fear stays with you. I do blend comedy and drama into my works but it’s the tension and ‘what’s going to happen next’ elements that drive us to keep reading.

HT: Are you a full time or part time writer?

DC: Part-time

HT: How does your family support your writing process?

DC: My wife and kids are my best cheerleaders, they love to hear that my books are doing well, they love hearing the good reviews and are sympathetic when I get hit with a bad one. My wife is the Alpha of all my Beta readers, she gets the first crack and is always ready to give me helpful advice.

HT: What is your ideal writing environment?

DC: As few distractions as possible, but not too quiet. I like something going on in the background like a show or movie. It has to be something I have seen already and know by heart so I can ignore it.

HT: What advice would you have for new writers?

DC: You just have to go for it. If you love what you’ve crafted it will come through in your writing and others will love it too. Not everyone will, there will be detractors, you aren’t writing for their approval.

HT: After your work is finished do you read reviews posted about them? How do you react to negative reviews?

DC: I do read reviews, fortunately most have been positive. The negative ones make me feel down about what I’ve put out there, I doubt myself and have trouble getting back into the rhythm of my writing process when working on a story. But, I don’t give up, I keep plugging away for those that appreciate my books and love my characters.

HT: Where can readers and fans alike find out more information about your books and upcoming projects that you’re involved in?

DC: Readers can head to my site http://danielcotton.weebly.com/ I post all my books here and I even offer my best attempt at a blog. Folks can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates as well. I promise to respond to every e-mail I get. And, if anyone is interested in a signed Kindle edition, I’m on Autograph.

Taking Submissions: Serrated

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: October 1st 2014
Payment: All royalties from anthologies will be split evenly between all authors.

errated is a collection of short stories and poetry/prose of horror. Examples; Hospitals, insane asylums, all there to help but what if they were stashing body parts, or running experiments on patients. Serrated is about your worst nightmare coming true behind closed doors of a morgue, hosptial, funeral home, or asylum. This is a no holds barred piece. Make it violent, make it bloody.

Blurb

Behind closed doors, secrets lurk, and madness begins. Trapped in a never-ending nightmare of torture and pain, I welcome you to tales of the macabre.

Night falls everywhere, what you don’t see is what happens when the shadows hit the walls of the inner-sanctum of the dead. Serrated will show you the likes of which horrors you’ve never seen behind the walls in the modern-day dungeons of the world.

Guidelines

Short Stories and Poetry/Prose accepted

Supernatural/Paranormal/Non-Paranormal

Min Word Count: 800 Words (if it is a bit short talk with me)

Max Word Count: 7,000 Words (if you go over talk with me)

Poetry does not have a word count

Submit to phoenixfirepublishing@gmail.com

Word doc

12-14pt.

Georgia or Times New Roman

Editing will be provided unless author prefers their own editor

Via: Phoenix Fire Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Wee Tales

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: August 31st, 2014
Payment: 50$ per accepted submission

Tell us your creepy tales, show us your scary artwork, give us puzzling puzzlers to puzzle the mind. We want it all.

Please remember that Wee Tales is aimed at young readers, and tailor your submissions accordingly.

Even better, do you know a young artist or writer? We’d love to see their submissions too!

All submissions should be in doc or docx format, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt.

At the present time we are mostly seeking short submissions for Wee Tales and Refractions, and these must be age appropriate for the journal. If you have something more geared toward an adult market please still submit to be in early consideration for a future project. Wee Tales submissions should be between 600 and 2000 words.

We are always seeking new novel, novella, non-fiction, or serial projects.

Submit to GFPsubmissions@gmail.com Subject line: QUERY–Title–Last Name

Short form submissions are paid on publication. Poetry, Puzzles, and Artwork are paid 35$ per accepted submission. Short Stories and Essays are paid 50$ per accepted submission. Combined submissions (story and artwork) are paid 65$ per accepted submission.

Via: Golden Fleece Press.

Taking Submissions: ‘Robbed of Sleep’ Volume 2

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: October 15th, 2014
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

‘Robbed of Sleep’ will be publishing volume 2 in December of 2014. We are currently looking for a sampling of the strangely dark, the darkly humorous, the starkly beautiful, and the hauntingly deranged to feature in its pages. If you are interested in submitting, send your very best work to:

RobbedOfSleep@yahoo.com

Subject Line: ‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) – [TITLE OF PIECE], [WORD COUNT]‘

An example subject line is as follows:

‘SUBMISSION (Robbed of Sleep, Vol 2.) – THE DAY THE EARTH TURNED INTO A WOOLY SCREWDRIVER, 2,500′

Failure to follow subject line guidelines is an instant poor first impression.

Submissions close on October 15th, 2014.

You are strongly encouraged to track your submission with our DuoTrope listing.

Guidelines:

We are looking for stories anywhere from 100-1,000 word flash pieces, up through 2,000-4,000 word larger pieces. Something falling in between 1,000-2,000 words will be considered, especially if it’s great.

I am willing to look at pieces above 4,000, but not very. This means that if you are sending me something super long, it better be twice as good as it is long to even stand a chance at inclusion. You are much more likely to get something within the guidelines accepted.

Pieces must be submitted in proper manuscript formatting. I remember when a writing friend asked me where I found the format I was submitting pieces in. I responded: “I just tried to make it look nice.” That’s when I found about proper manuscript formatting. I don’t compose any other way now, and I definitely don’t submit in other ways. That was a big day for me! So if you don’t already use this formatting, I suggest you learn about it now: it’ll really make your work look professional.

The first installment of ‘Robbed of Sleep’ featured 18 stories. This one will probably clock in around there, as well. Keep in mind, at least eight of those eighteen were nice little flash pieces.

You can submit up to three flash pieces, but please only submit one longer piece at a time. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. I’ll rapidly withdraw any stories that you e-mail me to withdraw. I’ve been there before, I understand. Please wait two weeks after rejection or withdrawal to submit another piece.

We’re not looking for reprints. You will retain full rights to your stories, however, and you can publish them after their appearance in ‘Robbed of Sleep, Volume 2′ without any entanglement of rights.

Payment consists of one paperback contributor copy within one month of publication.

I look forward to your submissions! Please allow one to two months for a response. I’m not sure how much feedback I’ll be able to give on rejections, but I’ll try not to be a robot. Thanks again, and happy writing!

Your Editor,
Troy Blackford

Via: Robbed of Sleep.

Taking Submissions: Blood Games: A Bloody Kisses Anthology Volume 2

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: September 12th 2014
Payment: All royalties from anthologies will be split evenly between all authors.

Bloody Kisses Volume 2 picks up where one leaves off, ruthless vampires taking what they want when they want it. Violence, sex, death, what real vampires are all about. No holds barred on this one, write it as it comes to you. Title is a work in progress may change it but for now we are going with this.

Blurb

Vampires, exotic creatures of the night, lurking in the shadows, waiting and watching their prey, striking hard and deep with a crimson kiss one will never forget. Ruthless, others heartless, all damned to walk eternity craving blood, lusting for sex, stealing not only your breath but also your soul. With their strength and power, they are ruled by the moonlight, some newborns, others centuries old waiting for their next victim to play the game.

Blood Games continues the thirst that Bloody Kisses left lingering and will give you another set of tales of these beautiful creatures that will not only captivate you but also have you craving another taste.

Guidelines

Short Stories and Poetry/Prose accepted

Min Word Count: 800 Words (if it is a bit short talk with me)

Max Word Count: 7,000 Words (if you go over talk with me)

Poetry does not have a word count

Submit to phoenixfirepublishing@gmail.com

Word doc

12-14pt.

Georgia or Times New Roman

Editing will be provided unless author prefers their own editor

Via: Phoenix Fire Publishing.

Steve Peek’s Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour…

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 Welcome to the Longclaws and Alien Agenda tour, by Steve Peek – The following places will be hosting Steve on his journey in the next few weeks, as he tours around blogs and shares information about his writing process and more.
Steve is talking about Longclaws today – here’s what he had to say….
Longclaws is a book that was written and rewritten more times than I remember over more than a twenty year period.  The story was born of thinking about another book that was completed in 1984.
My book Otherworld is a non-fiction work that provides evidence, via world mythologies, that not only did parallel worlds exist, but that ancient men often had to deal with things that passed between one world and the next.
After completing Otherworld, Longclaws was born of wondering: what if?
One of the things I wanted to accomplish was eliminate the readers’ need to suspend belief.  I wanted long claws to be a horror novel where no victim tripped over nothing while fleeing a vicious creature.  I wanted the science to be solid and easily and quickly explainable so readers would know that it is feasible.  I didn’t want any character to do anything stupid and I did not want to suspend any natural laws in order to bring the story together.
My reviewers, so far, confirm I succeeded.
Now, the big problem is making people aware this book exists in this universe or another one.
You can follow Steve as he blogs about his adventures writing this, Alien ‘science faction’ and more at Steve Peek’s Blog.
BlurbbTheir world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey. Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught. Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.Abab

Steve Peek grew up in a family of readers and writers.  In the second grade a neighbor gave him a toy printing press and, using rubber linotype, he wrote and printed a neighborhood paper.  His first short story won a competition in his third grade class.  Sometimes he dreamed of being a policeman, fireman, lawyer, minister, soldier, politician, but in every dream he was also a writer. Peek loves games.  He enjoyed a forty year career in the game industry which allowed him to travel the world where he was able to explore many of the ancient, mythical places he’d read about. Some legends associated with these enigmatic sites led him down a winding road to a junction where myth meets science and the hold of this magical place continues its grip. Over the decades Steve always wrote.  Sometimes just here and there.  Twice he managed to have books published. Now, with the precious time to write, Steve found the traditional publishing world in disarray and decided that it is more important for him to write than to sell books to the big publishing houses.  The venue of the e-book makes this possible.  So, for better or for worse, Steve sits at a kitchen table looking into the woods around his home in the Smokey Mountains and writes every day. Reviewers have declared his books Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed to be a new sub-genre, ‘science faction’.  Much of the books are based on history and science while the story falls under fiction. Steve’s books are based on things that interest him and he works hard to make them interesting for his readers. He would like to hear from you via jstephenpeek on facebook or send him a message via his contact form.

 

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Buy Longclaws or Alien Agenda here

Steve is on tour between 12th and 26th July – you can check in with tour central here, and please check back each day to read more fascinating thoughts by this eloquent and interesting author.

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Taking Submissions: Give – An Anthology Of Anatomical Entries

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: Sept. 30th, 2014
Payment: $10 and two contributor’s copies

GIVE is the first in a two-part anthology about organ donation. The stories in GIVE will focus on the donor. Publication date is set for February 14th, 2015 (National Donor Day).

General Info: We want you to think beyond the traditional organs that get donated. Consider those parts of the human that come in pairs but aren’t necessarily donated. Everything is shareable, transplantable and rejectable, if you are creative.

We will be including only one story per body part, so if you are going to write about a more common body part, the story had better be special. Stories should be darker in nature. Horror, sci-fi, and dark humor are all appreciated.

Reprints: Reprints will be considered, but previously unpublished workis preferred. Please inform us if you are submitting a reprint. You must hold reprint rights to the work.

Word Count: Submissions should be between 500-2,500 words (yes, we want these short and to the point).

Submission Instructions: Submissions should follow standard manuscript format, and be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files via email only. Please send to submissions@whenthedead.com with the subject: GIVE-(the body part you are writing about)-your name

Rights: One year exclusive worldwide online, ebook, and print rights. The Publisher assumes no rights to the Work beyond those essential to publishing and promoting the Website. All characters, intellectual properties and universes of the Work shall remain the property of their original Authors

Submission deadline: All stories must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30th, 2014.

Fee: There is no fee to submit to GIVE.

Payment: $10 and two free contributor copies of the anthology (GIVE one to a friend!). All other profit made will be channeled into marketing efforts for this and the second anthology. A portion of the profits from second anthology will be donated to the National Foundation for Transplants.

Download this submission call [.pdf]

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Michelle Kilmer is a writer, publisher, and web designer from Seattle, WA. Her works include When the Dead and The Spread. Two of her short stories have been published in the anthology Roms, Bombs & Zoms from Evil Girlfriend Media and the Crypticon De-Compositions 2014 anthology from Blysster Press. Upcoming works are varied and many.

T.J. Tranchell is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in literature at Central Washington University. He has been published in Niteblade, Mad Scientist Journal and Despumation. His academic pursuits include works on Stephen King, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the cultural phenomena surrounding The Amityville Horror. A former journalist, Tranchell spends most of his free time with his wife and son.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions about this anthology and/or submission specifics, please write to Michelle at michelle@whenthedead.com

ANSWERS

Will there be interior art or can I submit interior art?

No, this anthology will be text only

Can I make up a body part?

As long as there are two of it in the body, they have a specific function, and you write from the donor’s perspective, DO IT. We do want some nice healthy stories about the human body though. So let us not all make up bits and pieces. If you aren’t sure, please email and ask us!

Does my donor have to be human?

Absolutely not. Alien life forms fall into the sci-fi category and we’d love to read about them.

Does my donor have to survive?

Of course not! Giving away pieces of ourselves can go horribly wrong. Blood loss, infection, evil doers…this wouldn’t be a horror anthology if everyone lived!

RESOURCES

Please use the links below for information on organ donation. A little reading could provide inspiration!

Organ donation information from Medline Plus About organ donation from OrganDonor.gov
Myths about organ donation Organ donation on Wikipedia
Transplant Glossary of Terms

‘Dying Days 4 Blog Tour’ – Guest Post: Writing? Who Has The Time For It?

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dying Days 4 Cover

Writing? Who Has The Time For It?

 

Armand Rosamilia

 

I’m going to share a little secret about myself: I’m not very focused all the time. As much as I dole out advice about hitting my 2,000 word a day writing goal, sometimes things get in the way. Sometimes it’s life (kids want to bother me about food) or I have to actually leave the house for something ridiculous (like buying food for the kids).

The goal of any writer, especially a full-time writer, is to write every day and advance their career, right? Except… sometimes I get in the way of my own career.

Today is a typical day. I’ll roll out of bed at the bright and early time of 9:42 am. Immediately go to Facebook to see who sent me a message or posted something interesting since midnight, when I went to bed. About 10:30 I start to realize I forgot to turn the coffee on again, and do that. I’ll check my sales from yesterday, begin the task of sorting through 500+ e-mails (most of it simply deleted), and then realize it’s already noon, my coffee is cold, and my stomach is making weird noises.

I go to the kitchen, make something delicious to eat (i.e. fast, I’m not much of a cook) and while eating my tuna on a cinnamon raisin bagel (don’t knock it til you try it), I work on my Twitter accounts, answering questions and adding people who are real who followed me, deleting those who haven’t followed me back after awhile, and seeing if anyone is retweeting my posts.

Now it’s almost 2 pm and I glance at the huge dry erase board on my wall, crammed with my barely legible tiny writing. Today I have 45 open projects listed. Some of them short stories for upcoming anthologies or projects I haven’t begun yet. Some are on an actual deadline with publishers and due very soon. Some, like Dying Days 5, were added to the list the day Dying Days 4 came out (yep, I’m sneaking a plug in). I swear it won’t take me another year to finish the next installment, even though I’ve been swearing since Dying Days came out.

I need to focus and work. I need to hit my daily goal. Isn’t that what’s paying the bills? Isn’t my writing the reason I don’t have a real job? Isn’t the daily goal supposed to get me in gear each day?

Only today it might as well be a billion words, because it is beyond me. I’ll never catch up. I’ll never get anything done. Today is about promoting the latest book (shameless plug #2: my Dying Days 4 zombie novel). I have three interviews I’ve been meaning to answer, so I dive into it. I write in my hilarious answers and actually LOL until it hurts. I send them off to the interviewer with an author photo and cover art and links and bio and anything else their hearts desire. I am here for them, because they are here to promote me.

Satisfied I’ve done something constructive today, I look at the time and realize it is nearing 4 pm. In about 90 minutes Special Gal will arrive from a long day at an actual job and ask me how my day was, which really means how many words did you write instead of playing your Facebook baseball game? I’m currently hooked on MLB Ballpark Empire, so if you’re also playing feel free to add me as a friend and send me laser scanner. Yeah. Don’t judge me.

Now I do the mad dash to get something (anything) written. At least make some progress and not lose another day to promoting and wasting time. But where to start? There are always 3-5 projects open I’m working on. Special Gal made me a cool spreadsheet so I can keep track of the priority stories with deadlines, both from publishers and self-imposed. The dry erase board is the reminder in my face each and every moment I don’t write.

Which I’m not doing because I’m staring at the dry erase board and then at the really cool giant Marvel Comics prints I have on my wall. I bought them from…

Stop! Write something. Anything.

I’m working on a horror novel that an actual agent might be interested in reading. I’ve never really worked with an agent and I’m not sure if having one is worth anything in this day and age, but I might as well give it a shot. I never put all my eggs in one basket.

Now I want eggs. Maybe an omelet for lunch tomorrow.

I jump right into the horror novel, picking it up where I left off. Beta readers and editors have told me I write a pretty clean first draft, but it’s taken years to get to this point. Once I begin writing I am super-focused and know where the story is going and how to get there.

“How’s it going?”

I look up and Special Gal (gorgeous as always) is in the doorway to my office with a smile and a raised eyebrow.

I panic. I lost track of time.

“It’s going… great,” I mumble and frantically hit the word count button.

2,005 words. Luckily, she had to stop for gas and food on the way home. The extra 20 minutes allowed me to hit my goal.

Imagine how much I could write if I started with the actual writing (after remembering to turn on the coffee) and didn’t worry about messages and Facebook posts and… remember, send me a laser scanner for the game…

 

10516633_10204171118138283_4296768031839309486_nArmand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music… and because of him they won the 2013 World Series, so he’s pretty good at watching!

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series

he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud Active member of HWA as well. 

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: 

armandrosamilia@gmail.com