Getting even more personal with Lisa Vasquez

There is no questions that Lisa Vasquez is a terrifically talented lady. She runs Stitched Smile Publications and also is an amazing writer and makes some of the best book covers around.I am super proud to know her, work with her and be her friend and beta reader. If you have not read anything she has written you are making a HUGE mistake. I highly recommend The Unfleshed one of her newest books. it will have you turning pages and feeling very uncomfortable in your own skin. She is truly passionate about everything she does and is always all in for anything. She is also a mom, grandma and wife and how she finds time to do all she does I will never know. She has helped countless writers just starting out and some established ones as well. She is a diamond in the Indie Book world. Thank you for all you do! You are much-loved and respected.

 

 
1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
Yes it has! Thanks for having me back on Roadie Notes! Recently, I released The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride and I had a short included in Kevin J. Kennedy’s Collected Christmas Shorts

2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
I would definitely pick Anne Rice. She’s an accomplished author and Renaissance woman, in my eyes. She is a voice to her fans, she interacts with them, she has grace and intelligence. We seem to have a lot in common as far as interests…I think it would be an amazing lunch date.

3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
Thankfully, I don’t have of those weird tales to tell. My fans are weird in a good way. But they haven’t done weird “things” toward me, lol.

4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
Editing! Ugh…you think you caught all those annoying hiccups only to find a fat, red ribbon of corrections across your words, haha!

5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Imaginary? No. Ghosts? Probably. Voices? More than likely. I’m sort of a private person when it comes to my past and my childhood. We had some really hard times. Some things are just better left forgotten. However, suffice it to say, I had dolls that were lifelike.

Once time, my father (who was big into Film and Horror) acquired one of those Charlie ventriloquist dolls? (Already shuddering) and he was showing it to me. Well, as a young girl I’m sure the wide eyes could’ve been mistaken for awe, but in reality it was extreme fear. I don’t remember how, but it ended up where that night when I was in bed, the doll was there, too. I don’t remember if I brought it there or if it was given to me. What I do remember was that Charlie didn’t make it.

The next morning my parents woke up and Charlie’s head was popped off and his stuffing was everywhere. I told them he tried to kill me.

6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?
I have been to a few, they are stupid expensive. It’s a long couple days to be sitting in one spot in folding chairs. It’s such a bit of work to lug tons of books and swag through elevators and back doors and parking a mile away. However, I love conventions and most times it’s worth it.

7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Four times before I started Stitched Smile Publications and got the rights back to one so I could have it re-edited and polished to my standards.

8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
No, never. That’s like asking me not to breathe.

9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?
Yes, quite a bit. Then I decided to hybrid them. So I write Dark Fantasy, or Dark Science Fiction 🙂

10. Any new additions to the family?
Indeed! My beautiful grandson Aiden to my son James and his wife Selena. He’s my Mogwai!

11. What is coming up next for you?
I have one novel, two novellas, a few short stories, and another project I won’t mention yet, underway.

12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?
I do them, yes. Do they work? That depends on what you mean. Do they solicit a lot of sales? Not generally but it’s about the die-hard, loyal fans. We would not be where we are without them so we give back in that way.

13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
No, not really. I have some wonderful fans and they are very respectful. I guess I’m either too scary or I put off a vibe?

14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?
Day job is watching Mogwai and Stitched Smile Publications.

15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
Oh…there are so many voices in my head. Alter egos fight for the spotlight all the time. And since I can change moods on a good breeze, what I write depends on who’s captain of the ship that day.

As for the process, I need quiet. If I don’t have quiet, the voices become like static. All of them jumbled into un-discernible sounds. I hear them, I just can’t make out the words. When there is quiet, they come through like a calm dictation. A friend telling another friend a story. Soft music is ok. It has to be appropriate to the mood. My vape (I quit smoking but I vape to satisfy the hand-habit) and a drink (water or coffee depending on time of day…sometimes I treat myself to tea).

16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?
I want to make the sequel to Unsaintly as soon as I get the first one shined up. The Unsaintly was created to be a series, so I’m itching to get that one out.

If you like short reads, my newsletter will feature a novella piece by piece and will ONLY go to newsletter readers until it’s published — whenever that will be. I want to give something back to the ones that support me the most. So if you like being treated like an Elite, go sign up today! http://www.unsaintly.com

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Getting personal with Daniel Marc Chant

Daniel Marc Chant is an author of strange fiction. His passion for H. P. Lovecraft & the films of John Carpenter inspired him to produce intense, cinematic stories with a sinister edge.

Daniel launched his début “Burning House” in 2015, swiftly following with the Lovecraft-inspired “Maldición.” His most recent books “Mr. Robespierre”, “Aimee Bancroft and The Singularity Storm” and “Into Fear” have garnered universal praise.

He has featured in the anthology collections “Cthulhu Lies Dreaming” from Ghostwoods Books, “Death By Chocolate” from KnightsWatch Press, “VS.” from Shadow Work Publishing and “Bah! Humbug!” from Matt Shaw Publishing, and the upcoming “The Stars at My Door” from April Moon Books.

Daniel also created “The Black Room Manuscripts” a charity horror anthology & is a founder of UK independent genre publisher The Sinister Horror Company. Please welcome Daniel Marc Chant to Roadie Notes……

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I would have been around nine or ten at a guess. I was certainly in the later years of Primary School here in the U.K. During those formative years I was very interested in the Fighting Fantasy series of books as well as tabletop fantasy gaming. I remember writing a series of stories based around a burly Orc warrior named Grogan who was always caught up in some hapless adventure that required his specific brand of violence. No doubt inspired by early watching’s of Conan. Sadly Grogan’s adventures weren’t that great, but they do still exist somewhere in my parents attic. Along with my soul.

2. How many books have you written?

Well it depends on whether you count released and unreleased? Released I have Burning House, Maldicion, Mr. Robespierre, Aimee Bancroft and The Singularity Storm, Into Fear and One Girl Army – so that’s seven. Unreleased (but practically finished) I have Devil Kickers and Incarnate so that’s another two. All in all nine. Not a bad tally.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Sexual violence and animal cruelty. I’m no prude but I couldn’t personally use those subject matters and write a convincing tale that would justify their inclusion. Other writers have done so masterfully but I know I would struggle with it, and therefore it’s not for my fiction. I’ll leave that to others. My style is a cocktail of 80’s nostalgia, Lovecraftian mythos and John Carpenter homage.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m 38 years young (he says with bones that crack every morning) and I live in Bath, Somerset U.K. with my girlfriend Christian Lourenco (yes, she does have a boy’s name, she’s half-French). No kids, never wanted any and luckily nor did Christian so we’re good on that front! During the day I am a mild-mannered office worker in the world of finance (there’s a far lengthier explanation of what I do, but it makes most people’s eyes glaze over so I’ll stick to that).

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I would have to say Mr. Robespierre. It’s the encapsulation of the 80’s style horror that I adore as well as being a love letter to my good lady Christian. The little girl Chrissy is based on her, and her parents Dom and Sandy are based on her real parents. The book is full of little details and nods to incidental things that I think help flesh it out to be a believable slice of unbelievability. It all happened because I had just finished Maldicion and I (foolishly) asked her what she would like to read about in a book by me. Her response was, “cats, ghost, Madonna and me,” in that order. And so Mr. Robespierre was born.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Many things. I fit within your typical horror author stereotype in the fact that I didn’t have a great experience during my school years (bullying and shit like that – don’t worry, I’m fine) so that led me to find escapism in other avenues. Books, comic books, films, and music became the universes that I would escape to. And the more you escape to a universe the more you want to be part of it, so you start creating elements to contribute towards it. At first clumsy fan-fiction and then as it develops you go further down the rabbit hole. The lightning bolt came when I first read H. P. Lovecraft at an impressionable age. His concepts really resonated with me, and still do to this day.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I watch far too many movies. Far too many movies. And also I’m an avid gamer. For more socially acceptable pastimes I do love to cook and am fucking good at it, if I do say so myself. I blame the expectations of a half-French girlfriend.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Think it’s all shit and cry alone. Does that count?

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write at a table in my flat on a Samsung laptop. I always write to music. I cannot do it any other way. It’s always orchestral music too. Sometimes classical, sometimes film scores, sometimes video game scores, and other times just an eclectic mix of whatever Spotify throws at me. I tend to create a ‘mood’ playlist of stuff though and then play that. So for Maldicion it was all brooding pieces, Devil Kickers was Southern Blues, Mr. Robespierre was synth and so on.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I pride myself on being a B-movie writer. What I mean by that is that I like to think of my work as self-contained little stories, like movies, that you’d find at the rental stories of my youth. You’d pick them up, watch them and have a laugh or a jump scare and then job done. I’m not, and never will be, the award-winning author whose works transcends the genre. I write monster books.

But the flip-side to that is that my scope can sometimes feel limited to me as I tend to be drawn to throw monsters in everything. And I mean everything. I’m not a master of subtlety and think I’ve got some work to do to in time to turn the dial down, rather than up, when a story gives an opportunity.

But still. Monsters.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

As I said above I have no aspirations to be the next Stephen King or whatever. I just want to write an entertaining yarn. If I make somebody lose themselves in the world I created for a few hours then that’s job done. I couldn’t be happier. In an ideal world I’d like to see a film or two based on something I’ve done but a boy’s got to dream right?

12. Where do you live?

Bath, Somerset U.K. A quaint little place that I love dearly. I’m not from here originally, I hail from a place called Gillingham, Dorset (which is also where Justin Park comes from funnily enough).

13. Pets?

None. And it breaks my heart! I adore animals. Where we live we are unable to have pets because British rental rules are random. You can have a screaming, shit spewing child that draws on the walls but you can’t have a cat that will sleep most of the day.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Monsters. And like I mentioned earlier I like to think of myself as a vendor of B-movie fiction and, being a fan of B-movie fiction, I like that my work does that.

15. What is coming next for you?

One Girl Army my young adult style novella is released on February 4th. That’s been a long time coming and is about a young woman whose relationship breaks down after she’s disovered her partner is cheating on her. She attends therapy (much to her dislike) to try to help and during these sessions each of her emotions takes physical form in her mind, kind of like Scott Pilgrim, and she must battle them to try and manage her depression and anxiety.

Incarnate is also imminent. It’s subtitled ‘a monstrous faerie tale’ and is an action adventure tale inspired by the works of Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro with my own twist. As with most of my stuff it features a female protagonist (I blame Aliens) trying to save her boyfriend from other-worldly horrors while being assisted by a demonic magic mirror.

Thanks for having me Becky! It’s been a blast!

You can connect with Daniel Marc Chant here:
Twitter: @danielmarcchant,

facebook/danielmarcchant.

Sinister Horror Company – http://sinisterhorrorcompany.com/

Daniel Marc Chant author page – Author.to/DMC

A few of Daniel Marc Chant’s books:

Getting personal with D. Alexander Ward

Please welcome D. Alexander Ward to Roadie Notes……

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was the tender age of twelve or thirteen, I think, when I wrote “The Thing in the Fog.” Thankfully, that little gem never saw the light of day.

2. How many books have you written?
Two novels and one novella published. One completed novel (Nightjar) in the editing stage and one completed trunk novel I may someday try to make viable. So that’d be five. I’ve also co-edited two books with Doug Murano: Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Shadows Over Main Street.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
There are things I probably shy away from unconsciously—like sexual abuse—but if it’s important to the plot or the character, nothing is off the table as long as I handle it in an appropriate manner.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc...
I’m forty-two years old, married just over ten years, with one child—a daughter—who is in elementary school. I am a partner in a technology business where I also work full-time as an operations manager.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I like them all for different reasons but I’m historically a sucker for haunted houses and haunted people so I’d have to say my most recent book, Beneath Ash & Bone. And the reason is that when I was working the idea of it, I kind of had this aesthetic in my mind, you know? Like a full-sensory vision of what I wanted it to be. And for the most part, its final form is just as I envisioned it. I do that with everything I write but some come closer to the vision than others.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I always enjoyed a good story in whatever form it took and after a steady diet of Poe and Lovecraft and King at a young age, I decided I’d like to try my hand at it. Then I kind of fell out of it for many years. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Threshold and Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box brought me back to dark fiction, though, and inspired me to finally get serious about writing it.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Other than reading and hanging out with my family, I get a lot of enjoyment out of music—listening to it as well as making it. I also cook a lot, so that’s something else I’m passionate about.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Get blackout drunk and howl at the moon? Well, maybe that has happened, but not every time. In truth, I will spend about a day or two wondering if I am really done or not, then I’ll walk away from it for a week or two. Then I come back to it and begin editing. That’s my tradition. And I’m not sure that, for me, the editing process is ever truly finished—even if it’s only in my head.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I like writing outside whenever possible. I have a specific spot on the back deck at the edge of the woods. Either there or my writing cave in my house.As far as quiet or music, either works for me but I do assemble playlists that capture the mood of certain projects as I am working on them, so I use music more often than not.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’d be faster, leaner, and more precise in my prose. But that comes with time, if it comes at all. I’d also have a better Good Idea vs. Dumb Idea filter to save time.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Well, as a teenager, sure it was. Who wouldn’t want to be circa 1980’s and 90’s Stephen King? But now, I just want to publish as widely as possible and make a bit of money doing it. I think the dream now is to produce quality work that more and more people will read.

12. Where do you live?
I live in central Virginia, outside the city of Richmond. Used to be farms and woods were the defining characteristics of the landscape out here rather than yet another sandwich shop chain or another super grocery or whatever the hell. I sound bitter, don’t I? Well, maybe a little.

13. Pets?
Two cats (one black, one orange) named Mulder and Scully. I badly need another dog in my life, though.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I really enjoy writing a novel synopsis! No, I’m kidding. Those are horrendous. What I do like is the rush you get when something just clicks… and keeps on clicking. Another is the catharsis you experience when you really scrape at your insides to get something out and onto the page, because if you’re putting a lot of your self into it, it can be frightening at times. Editing can be tedious but that really is where you have the chance make a rough-hewn thing beautiful and seeing that final product is very gratifying.

15. What is coming next for you?
I’m figuring out what the next novel project will be and I have a few smaller things in the hopper as well. Doug Murano and I are finishing up edits on Shadows Over Main Street Volume 2, which comes out later this year. And I am also working on editing an anthology project that will drop in 2018… that I can’t talk about just yet.

A special sample of D. Alexander Ward: 

 

Beneath Ash & Bone, Synopsis

Selburn, Virginia: A quiet backwater town nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the days before the Civil War, Sam Lock keeps the peace as the town sheriff, like his father before him.

That peace is shattered during a raging winter storm when a boy goes missing at Evermore, the sprawling estate of Horace Crownhill and his family. Racing against time and the elements, Sam must mount a desperate search for the child—but what he finds in the snow, and the dark halls of Evermore, are madness … and murder.

As Sam searches for truth in a house poisoned by mysteries and haunted by ghosts, he hopes to weather the storm, but the harrowing secrets he uncovers may prove too terrible to bear. Will he escape with his sanity intact or will the dark presence rumored to hold sway over Evermore claim him as another sacrifice?
Blood Savages (A Blackguards Novel #1), Synopsis
A failed paramilitary assault on a nest of vampires gives a group of monster hunters called the Blackguards a terrifying glimpse of how deadly the bloodsuckers really are. Now, hunted by the ones they failed to kill and on the run from the law, they’re forced to puzzle together the mystery of a strange carcass from colonial times that their ruthless billionaire nemesis will stop at nothing to possess.

With one of their own bitten and mutating into a deadly creature of the night, they race against time as they travel the back roads of the Carolinas in a desperate attempt to save her life. But their journey toward salvation will lead to darker places than they ever could have imagined.

Blood Savages is the first novel in the Blackguards series about a misfit band of Southern heroes with extraordinary abilities. But these ain’t your high-browed superheroes flying invisible jet planes, living in fancy mansions, and sporting glittery spandex getups. The Blackguards drink too much, they tote guns, they drive muscle cars and beat-up trucks. None of them can claim a squeaky clean past and some ain’t even exactly human. But one thing’s for certain; they’ll stand against the denizens of the underworld and the corrupt men that seek to harness its dark powers, fighting the battles that no one else can.

Because, down South, sometimes the heroes are the monsters.
Shadows Over Main Street, Synopsis

What happens when idyllic small-towns, and the simple folk who inhabit them, collide with inexplicable evil borne of a vast and uncaring cosmos?

Imagine a series of stories set in a golden era of American life, where worldly troubles are regarded from a distance, if at all. Hear the buzz of playing cards clipped in children’s spokes echo down quiet lanes. Smell the faint aroma of rich tobacco smoke from an old man’s pipe on a shady boulevard. Listen to the gossip of small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business. Or do they?

Sometimes, deadly secrets lurk out in the barn. Sometimes, unimaginable evil awaits us in the root cellar. Sometimes, we fall under the sway of the Shadows Over Main Street.

Contains stories and poems by: Gary Braunbeck, Nick Mamatas, Josh Malerman, Mary SanGiovanni, Tim Curran, Rena Mason, Lucy A. Snyder, Stephanie Wytovich, Kevin Lucia, Chesya Burke, Brian Hodge, James Chambers, Aaron Polson, T. Fox Dunham, Richard Thomas, Adrian Ludens, Cameron Suey, Lisa Morton, Jay Wilburn, and John Sunseri. Foreword by Ramsey Campbell.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Synopsis

This book is a nominee for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories–a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness. Awe meets ache. Terror becomes transcendence.

Regret gives way to rebirth. Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres. Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.
With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder and author Richard Chizmar. Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing

Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

This book had me hooked from the jump! Amazing writing and the story line is to die for. A group of friends out on a hike traverse the wrong land and end up in the clutches of a deranged family hell-bent on cleansing the world of outsiders and sin. One escapes and makes it to the road where a father and son against their better judgement pick her up and take her to the local doctor to be patched up. The doctor is a kind older man who runs a small clinic out of his home. He fixes her up as best he can but tells them she really needs to go to the hospital. They don’t want involved anymore than they already are so they go home. Meanwhile the family has figured out that the girl has escaped and in doing so has killed one of their own. Now the search is on. The crazy family set off to find the girl after one of the boys followed her far enough to find out who picked her up. The father and son make it home and after a short while the father sends the boy to the doctors with instructions to take her to the hospital in the city away from the town where she can get the help she needs and will be safe. While the boy is doing that the family arrives at the farm-house to pay them a visit. What happens next I won’t tell you because you really just need to read the book.

There will be blood ahead and loads of tears. Twists and turns you won’t expect abound. Does she make it home? Does the family get away with the killing? Do they get caught? This book has it all thrills, chills, blood, guts and gore. I can’t recommend it enough!! Best advice read this book you won’t be sorry you did!

 

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Getting personal with Terry West

Terry West is a brilliant writer. He takes you on a journey in his books that you didn’t expect to happen. I don’t think I have read one yet that I didn’t feel like I was right in the middle of the action. He is very smart and easy to talk to and I always enjoy our chats about his latest book. He is a dedicated family man and proud dad. He works for the website Halloween Forevermore and if you aren’t familiar make sure you check them out. I highly recommend you picking up two or twelve of Terry West’s books to read also. You can’t go wrong with any of them. If you don’t know him please drop him a friend request he is a wonderful man and friend. Please welcome Terry West to Roadie Notes…..

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

Probably twelve.

2. How many books have you written?
I’ve lost count! I’ve written many writer-for-hire projects for the YA market. As far as adult horror, maybe one dozen.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
There isn’t a particular subject, other than the obvious taboos most avoid. There are many genres I have no interest in writing for.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 51. I am married with one kid. I work for the horror website, Halloween Forevermore. I’ve had day jobs in the past, but I don’t discuss them. I keep that part of my life separate from my presence as a writer. It keeps things less complicated.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
As of now, All of the Flesh Served. It is a dystopian thriller that will be released on May 5th. It imagines a dark future based on our current headlines and politics.
http://bookshow.me/B06X17JQ1Z

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My grandmother was an avid reader. She was a wise lady and recognized that I had an artistic soul. She was my reason for picking up the pen but she hated the horror stuff. Still, she was very proud.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I love to watch horror movies, new and old. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I paint, sometimes. I collect old comics and horror merchandise. Far too much.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Other than a happy dance, not really.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I have an offcie in a loft on the second story of my house. I listen to classical and soundtracks that fit the story I am writing. For All of the Flesh Served, I listen to the Escape from New York soundtrack quite often as I write.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
The speed! I feel like I take forever!

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
When you are in the writing business, you have to manage your expectations, or you will go mad. I have been in the spotlight a few times, but out of sight, out of mind. You come out with a decent selling title, maybe your other books get a bump, but things usually go dark until that next one comes out. I have been doing this a long time, and I am used to the rhythms. I have a decent following, and I am very grateful.

12. Where do you live?
Southern California.

13. Pets?
Three dogs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The caffeine. But seriously, that feeling you get when the story falls into place. You’re building as you go, and sometimes you don’t know exactly how you will get to THE END. I have an exercise I use when I write. I ask myself questions, and I don’t stop revising until there are no more questions that I can ask myself about a story.

15. What is coming next for you?
All of the Flesh Served (May 5th) and the next Night Things book, out this fall!

You can connect with Terry West here:

http://www.terrymwest.com
https://www.amazon.com/Terry-M.-West/e/B000AQ1C10/
https://www.facebook.com/terry.m.west

 

Some of Terry West’s books:

Getting personal with James Wallace

James Wallace is an amazing writer, friend and father. He has a burning passion for his books and what he writes. The first book I read by him was Zombie Theroem. If you are looking for a zombie book that isn’t a cookie cutter zombie book then I highly recommend this series. The characters are so well-developed and you will love them and root for them. I have to admit that I cried and laughed while reading this book. It will make you hold your breath and you won’t want to put it down. James loves to interact with his readers and fans. He has an awesome sense of humor and is one of the kindest men I have ever met. He definitely is a favorite of mine. He will be at Scares that Cares this summer and I hope to meet him and give him a huge hug. He loves his children more than life and when you hear him talk about them you can see the pride and love he has for them. He has a second love his car Eleanor. A mustang.  If you haven’t had the chance to get to know James Wallace I highly recommend you do. Read his books you will love them and don’t forget to leave a review! Please welcome James Wallace to Roadie Notes……

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

40

2. How many books have you written?

Five so far but always have stories rolling around

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Zombie Erotica.. Romance.. Midget Porn? Not sure about the last one.. Kind of on the fence.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 42, Divorced. 2 awesome kids who live in Washington Max and Bubba. (Not real names!) I am dealing with a disability and nerve issues with my left arm. So not working. Although writing feels like a full-time job.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

JINXX hands down! But I love all my books I enjoy and hate them at the same time.. Not sure that makes sense. Next question!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My roommate and best friend Tanay has been my driving force behind me. She told me one day to stop sitting around feeling bad over my injury and do something. So I started writing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I don’t think I can say that here in this interview. I like to eat, I like to go for drives in Eleanor (My Mustang).

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

While writing after writing drink Makers 46 and devour double stuff classic OREOS!!!!

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I have a coffee shop in Gilroy I call my writing cavern. I drink red eyes and rock out to all kinds of music as I write awesome words.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Uhm… hard question. I like my style, I don’t think about grammar I just write. That is what editors are for anyway.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to make enough to buy 5 acres of land build a tiny home with a big deck and hobby garage to store Eleanor. I wouldn’t mind being famous.. But honestly I just hope I would stay me if I did become famous.

12. Where do you live?
Gilroy California. (For now)

13. Pets?
(Ex Wife got kids and Dog.)

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to ignore all my problems in life and get lost in my characters’ lives. To feel their emotions pain happiness and sorrow.

15. What is coming next for you?

A book I codenamed D-SEA.

Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!
Oh boy, I love my fans and consider each one a friend. I try to be an approachable writer. I’ll talk to anyone if they want to chat. I enjoy interacting.. I am looking forward to Scares that Care this year and seeing all my friends and fellow authors.. And of course my DAISY Ricky Fleet!

You can connect with James Wallace here: 
http://www.amazon.com/James-Wallace/e/B01LJRJ1G6

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJamesWallace/

 

 

Some of Jame Wallace’s books:

Getting personal with Peter Mckeirnon

Peter Mckeirnon is a smart and kind man with an outstanding sense of humor. He is not only a writer but also a filmmaker, screen writer and director. He can change hats with ease and always is ready to talk about what he loves to do. Recently he won an award for Zombie Book of the Month and has shared posts and books all month-long. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his books please take time and make sure you do you really don’t want to miss knowing him. Please welcome Peter Mckeirnon to Roadie Notes…

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was 8 years old and I wrote a Pantomime. Well, I told my mum what to write and she had to do all the monkey work. I was like a young Barbara Cartland. Only with better make up. As an adult the first thing I wrote independently (I’ve written several things in a partnership) was a short play called Raid! About a post office which gets raided by 3 different people at the same time.

2. How many books have you written?
I have written 4 books, 1 play, and numerous scripts.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
No not really. As long as I believed a story was worth telling I would write about anything.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc
I’m 37, married with 2 little boys. I live in a small town called Runcorn in the North West of England. I work a full-time job, co own a production company, write & direct short films, I am a director of 2 film festivals and write books. Sometimes I sleep!

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Death in a Northern Town is my favourite simply because it’s the book the set me off on this crazy journey.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My Family are my main inspiration. Everything I do I do for them.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Writing, filmmaking. All of this is also my hobby. It keeps me sane!

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No not really. Pretty boring I suppose. I usually just start work on another project!

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I generally write any chance I get in any place that’s available. It’s very rare I get more than an hour or two to myself a day and because of this I always have a pen and pad with me, writing what I can, when I can.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Only that I had time to write more.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I have no interest in being famous but the goal is to write for a living.

12. Where do you live?
Runcorn, England. If you want to know what it’s like read Death in a Northern Town!

13. Pets?
Two cats, Betty and Lenny Loggins.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being in a position to share my work with other people. It’s an amazing feeling when people enjoy what I do.

15. What is coming next for you?
I am about to start filming my next comedy horror film, The Quacky Slasher and I am writing a new horror book called, 50 Blades of Ray. I am also working on a short story for an exciting horror anthology which will be released later this year. I can’t say too much about this yet, other than some of the best horror writers in the world are involved. It’s very exciting.

 

 

You can connect with Peter Mckeirnon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Peter-Mckeirnon/e/B00AVLW6NC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1488337252&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Mckeirnon/e/B00AVLW6NC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1485983118&sr=8-1

 

Some of Peter Mckeirnon’s books: