Getting personal with Pamela Morris

 

Raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, but forever longing for the white sands of New Mexico, Pamela has always loved mysteries and the macabre. Combining the two in her own writing, along with her love for historical research and genealogy, came naturally. Hours spent watching ‘Monster Movie Matinee’, ‘Twilight Zone’, a myriad of Hammer Films, and devouring books by Stephen King, Tanith Lee, and Anne Rice probably helped, too.

Outside of her work as a novelist, Pamela has written numerous historic articles for the Tioga County Courier, an Owego, NY newspaper. She has done genealogy research for family and friends and was a Civil War reenactor for close to ten years. In 2014 Pamela joined the ranks of writers for the online magazine, The Good Men Project. She also enjoys scrapbooking, bad B-Movies, road trips with her husband, and feeding the crows that frequent their back yard.

 

Please help me welcome Pamela Morris to Roadie Notes…………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was all of nine when I wrote and illustrated “Bill, The Worm Who Ran Away”. It’s an adventure about a runaway worm who was named after my father. This was soon followed by my first ghostly thriller/mystery “The Strange Well”. Both are 3rd Grade literary masterpieces, I assure you. Thanks to my dad, I still have both of the originals of the above titles in my paper files.

2. How many books have you written?
I have written eleven novels, ten of which have been published. One is currently out-of-print as it was never quite what I wanted it to be and it needs a lot of revisions. My first published novel was released in 2006 and started a four-year journey down the road of writing erotica. Once I got that out of my system, I began seriously writing what I love most; mysteries, thrillers and horror. “Secrets of The Scarecrow Moon”, a paranormal murder-mystery, came out in 2013. My most recent title, “The Witch’s Backbone 1 – The Curse”, came out in September of this year and we’re hoping to release the psychological horror “Dark Hollow Road” next spring.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Bestiality, cryptid erotica, and dinosaur porn are at the top of the list. I have no interest in walking down the pure erotica-of-any-kind path again, either. I won’t write about anything that portrays any form of abuse in a positive light. “Dark Hollow Road” does contain both sexual and child abuse, but by no means is it done in a way that glorifies the subject, just the opposite.

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

I’ll be 52 in December and recently (in 2016) remarried. My first husband and I have two children. My son just turned 27 and my daughter is 24. No grandkids as of yet. I’ve worked for the Cornell University Library system for 30 years.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
This is tough. It’s like asking me which child is my favorite. I love them all for different reasons. I’m very fond of my Barnesville Chronicle books because they are set in the fictionalized region I grew up in. It almost feels like I’m cheating with those because it’s like going back home again and hanging out with old friends. “Dark Hollow Road” is probably the most complex and darkest thing I’ve written. It’s very psychologically dark and disturbing. While working on certain scenes I kept wondering where in my psyche it was all coming from. In that sense, it’s my favorite.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve loved to write since I learned how, so I don’t think anyone was my initial inspiration. It’s as much a part of who I am as my hazel eyes and brown hair. However, my parents have always been very encouraging of my writing. As I mentioned earlier, my dad is the one who saved those first two hand-written stories I wrote over 40 years ago. My mom’s a big reader and belonged to a book club. Books have always been part of my life. Getting books for Christmas and my birthday was, and still is, one of my favorite things.
As far as writers whom I admire and who have influenced me, I’d have to say the stories of Rod Serling have had a strong impact on what I enjoy writing. As a teenager, I discovered the work of Tanith Lee, a British author that a lot of people have never even heard of. She has a very unique style that I very much enjoy. Shirley Jackson, Clive Barker, Wilkie Collins, Poe, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Anne Rice have all played roles in what I write and how I write, too.

Inspiration for a story can come from just about anywhere. My ghost story, “No Rest For The Wicked” (available through HellBound Books Publishing) arose from a friend and I discussing how he wanted to write a ghost story as if it were being told by the actual ghosts. He couldn’t quite get the idea off the ground so I asked if he’d mind if I gave it a go. He didn’t. I added several ‘dead’ characters from my erotica-writing days to the mix and “No Rest For The Wicked” was born.

“Dark Hollow Road” came about during a trip through Pennsylvania when we passed a side road actually called “Dark Hollow Road”. I saw that and was like, “If that’s not the name of a scary novel, I don’t know what is.” At the time, I had no idea what it would be about, but I had a title! The Barnesville Chronicle titles have a lot to do with my love of local history and historic research. Some of what is mentioned in those books is based on real event that took place (or are rumored to have taken place) in the rural area I grew up on.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Other than writing, you mean? I read a lot. That’s rather part of being a writer, I think, the love of reading. A warm summer day spent with my husband out on the Harley is always amazing. Apart from writing, I think being on the motorcycle with him is my second best form of mental therapy. Whatever stress I’m having, pretty much evaporates during the ride. I dabble a bit with various forms of art; drawing, painting, photography, making book trailers, clay sculptures, and a touch of scrapbooking. And I love to travel to places I’ve never been before.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No, not really. I sit back and bask in the afterglow for a while, but that’s about it.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
The majority of my writing takes place in the living room on the desktop, but I’ve also enjoyed getting work done outside on the back deck with the laptop. Nothing really beats that, to be honest. I’d do it more often if weather and time allowed. For some reason that big mug of hot coffee and those cheerful chirping birds brings out the horror in me. I prefer to write in solitude and when I do play music, it’s the Blues. Anything else I find very distracting. I’m very much a morning writer, too.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’m always looking to improve so I guess I’d say fewer typos! That, and to hone my skills to the point that my readers aren’t just reading a book. I want them to feel involved in the atmosphere and setting and invested in what’s happening to the characters.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I dream of the day when I can make a living as a fiction writer, but I’m a realist and understand that’s incredibly hard to do. I’d love to have multiple homes, to be able to keep the one I have now, fix it all up properly, and get a second one either in New Mexico or Texas – something that’s very Southwestern. A log cabin in the woods would be nice, too. Mostly, I just want to be able to share my stories with people and hope that they enjoy what I’ve spent so much time and love creating.

12. Where do you live?
I live in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State. Our house was built in 1886 and I’ve lived here since 1995. It’s a great old house and came with its resident ghost, Herman. He’s an older gentleman who keeps quiet for the most part, but every now and then he’ll make just enough noise so we know he’s still around.

13. Pets?
The wild crows who visit and demand peanuts probably don’t count, do they? No, no pets at the time. I’d love to have a cat. My husband would love to have a dog, but it’s also nice not to have the responsibility of having either. We are free to come and go as we please without having to worry about their care while away.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The part about writing that always amazes me is when the characters take over. That’s the magic right there. Although I will have a general idea of where I want the story to go, I don’t outline. I allow each scene to unfold logically from what has come before, while attempting to steer it along. However, there are times when the characters say phooey to what I have in mind and go off on their own little tangent. I let them. I figure they know more about what’s happened or happening than I do and I’m just along for the ride. To a non-writer, that may not make any sense. It’s fiction, how can that happen? Well, it does, a lot. It’s a thrill ride for me to see what’s next and then try to pull in those reins to maneuver that ending I was shooting for. Sometimes that sort of things throws a wrench into what I had in mind, in which case I make the adjustments and follow where the characters seem to want me to go instead.

15. What is coming next for you?
As I mentioned, “Dark Hollow Road” is scheduled for a spring 2018 release. I’m really looking forward to getting this one out to people because of its depth and darkness. Half of it is told in 1st Person. That has a lot to do with why it’s so different from my previous novels. You really get into the head of that particular character and that’s not always a place the reader will want to be at all. My current WIP is “The Witch’s Backbone 2 – The Murder”. It picks up exactly where TWB 1 – The Curse ends. I’m about 1/3 of the way through writing the first draft.

Aside from the novels, I was asked to write a foreword for a friend of mine who’s working on his first short story collection. I was both surprised and honored he asked. And, I’ve accepted a gig writing book and movie reviews for The Final Guys website. This will force me (yeah – twist my arms, right?) to watch more horror movies if nothing else.

I have a couple of poems in HellBound Books most recently released anthology “Beautiful Tragedies.” I’ve not been able to get a copy of it myself just yet, but plan to do so as soon as I can. I hear they are doing a second volume for this and although I was asked if I’d be interested in submitting something for that, poetry of the type they are looking for, and that I’m willing to share, isn’t something I produce a lot of.

You can connect with Pamela Morris here:
You can find me lurking in a few places in Cyberspace.
My main website is http://pamelamorrisbooks.com where you’ll find info on all my books, some free short stories, and my blog where I write book and movie reviews, a monthly author interview, and share a little something called “The Horrors That Grew Me” where I talk about the things and people who have influenced me as a lover and writer of the Horror genre.
I post and share a lot over on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PamelaMorrisBooks/
and you can find me on Twitter as @pamelamorris65.
I have an author page on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Morris/e/B00BCJTNP6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 and one over at HellBound Books where you’ll find not just my titles, but some other awesome authors. http://www.hellboundbookspublishing.com
And finally, as mentioned, you’ll be able to read more of my movie and book reviews over at The Final Guys http://finalguys.com/ soon. As of this writing, it’s still a work-in-progress.

 

Some of Pamela Morris’s books: 

Getting personal with Lucas Pederson

Lucas Pederson is the author of short stories and novels. His debut military horror novel, OBSIDIOUS, is out now through Severed Press. His most recent short story will appear in the Horror Library Vol. 6 anthology in April 2017 and his novel FALL TO RISE is available through Dark Recesses Press and Amazon. He lives in a small town in Iowa, and let’s not ask him what he keeps in his basement…

 

Please help me welcome Lucas Pederson to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I want to say around thirteen or fourteen. I started drawing at an early age first, then gradually began writing stories to go along with the drawings when I came into my teens. I was having fun, and still do.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written six books altogether, and have published three.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Nope. I write whatever the story wants to be. I tend to let the story lead me into that abyss, and yet, I do have a love for the unquiet darkness.

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

I’m 34, soon to be 35 in October. Divorced, and I have four amazing kiddos whom I adore. I work as a CNC machinist for dreaded day job. And when I’m not writing I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, fishing, enjoying nature, and camping.

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

Yeesh, that’s a tough one because they’re all my babies. But if I had to choose it’d be my newest (as yet unpublished) YA, PLUTO ALIGNS. It was a fun ride.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Like most writers swimming around in the horror genre, Stephen King was my first inspiration. I read his novel, CUJO, when I was about 11 or 12, and was blown away by that book. I knew King as the scary horror author, but after I read CUJO I realized there’s more to it than scary things happening. He weaved in a moody atmosphere, a story within a story and I dug it. From that point on I was like: I wonder if I can do that? I drew a lot and began writing stories to accompany those drawings, as stated above. I kept writing. I never stopped. And when I joined a group of writers at the old Zoetrope, I learned how to craft stories better. I found my voice eventually. And most importantly, I had fun. And I still have fun. That’s the key, I think. Having fun.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Besides writing, I like to fish and camp. I like to take the kids to the park and be goofy, a big kid. Simply enjoying life is fun.

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

Not really. Maybe I have a beer or some rum. But usually I save and move onto the next idea brewing in my melon.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

Anywhere, as long as there’s a table and a chair. I write on my phone too, if I’m somewhere without my laptop. And it depends on the book or story I’m writing for music. One book, FALL TO RISE, which is out now through Dark Recesses Press, I wrote to a lot of heavy metal music. Other books, I just have the TV on as background noise. And sometimes I let it all be silent around me. It broods, that silence.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I’m always continuously striving to be a better writer and story teller. I think if one stops trying to learn more, then they’ll never truly spread their wings and soar.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Heh, you know, there was a time I wanted to be a famous writer. I wanted to be the next Stephen King. As I grew older, though, I knew that wasn’t in the cards for me. No one can be the next Stephen King. All you can do is be you, and stay true to you. No, I don’t want to be a famous writer. I want to write good books people connect with. I want resonance.

12. Pets?

Two dogs.

13. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

That moment when you totally bliss out. When you get caught in a groove and the story takes you. That moment when you blink and realize it’s been two hours and you didn’t even know time was a thing.

14. What is coming next for you?

My next book, LEVIATHAN: GHOST RIG, will be out in a couple weeks through Severed Press.

I’m also working a new YA novel.

You can connect with Lucas Pederson here: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpederson/

Twitter: @Pederson_Lucas

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lucas-Pederson/e/B01N2A1SQ4

Some of Lucas Pederson’s books:

Getting even more personal with Kealan Patrick Burke

Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a rock band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at Gothic.net, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design.

A number of his books have been optioned for film.

 

 

Please help me welcome Kealan Patrick Burke back to Roadie Notes……….

 

 

1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?

It has indeed. Good to be back! The latest release is a novella entitled Blanky, which came out on September 13th for Kindle. It’s about a not-so-nice child’s security blanket and the grieving father who discovers something terribly amiss with it.

2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?

Probably Charles L. Grant. I got to talk to him over the phone, but I’d like to have had the chance to sit down with him in person and ask him a million questions about his writing, his style, and what he thinks of what the world’s become.

3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?

A reader once sent me a very nice email about one of my books, but then, right at the end, she asked me if I was ticklish, and if so, where. She also wanted me to describe how it felt to be tickled there. I’m assuming it was a question borne out of a fetish, but it was a first for me.

4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?

I dread being on a roll and then hitting a wall where the words just dry up and you know you’ve gone wrong somewhere but not how to get around it. Nothing worse than feeling the fire in your veins and having it forcibly extinguished by a bad and elusive narrative choice.

5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them

Only the ones in the books I read.

6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?

Occasionally, but not nearly as much as I used to. I write very slowly, so I can’t always divide my time between the page and the sixty conventions that seem to be happening every year. When I did go to them, I was appalled at some of the behavior I witnessed there, and not from readers, but so-called industry professionals. I saw people with overinflated egos mistreating fans, and that was pretty much it for me. Now I go if I’m invited and if it’s viable at the time, but that’s rare.

7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?

I can’t recall, but I wrote my first story when I was five, so it was never accepted. When I was eighteen, I had a story published in an Irish magazine called Writings. It was my first try, but then I later discovered they published everything, so that killed the joy of that one. By the time I started submitting stories professionally, I would submit a story only a handful of times before deciding it either needed to be reworked or stowed away in The Dark Box of Forgotten Things forever. Usually I’d only submit a story once, and if an editor I respected didn’t like it, I’d move on to another story. I try not to be a repeat offender.

8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?

No. This is what I was meant to do, and I’ll do it until something stops me. Most likely death.

9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?

Sure. I’ve written some stories that are more crime or drama than horror. I’d love to write a space opera, or a sprawling western, or a fantasy novel. There are very few genres I wouldn’t like to tackle at some point.

10. Any new additions to the family?

Not that I’m aware of.

11. What is coming up next for you?

I’m currently at work on a new novel about art, creativity, and insanity called Sometimes They See You, which is consuming my world right now.

12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?

I’d never done one before hiring Confessions Publicity to help me promote the release of Blanky. It’s run by Nev Murray and his lovely wife Jo Harwood, and a great part of the appeal for me was to raise awareness of the book in the U.K., where they are based, and where to date my sales have been virtually nonexistent. I would say, done the way Confessions did it, and based on the figures, launch parties certainly do work.

13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?

The stalker I was unfortunate enough to encounter is the same one many of my friends and associates in the industry have had to deal with over the past decade. The guy was a paranoid obsessive who, despite being a few steps north of illiteracy, felt he deserved the success he saw everyone else getting. He harassed women, targeted their children, called authors at home, emailed their relatives, tried to get them fired from their day jobs or get their publishers to drop them, and on and on and on, and all because they wouldn’t give him the validation he desperately needed. I won’t evoke his name because he’ll see the mention and it may reactive him after a wonderful period of medicated dormancy.

14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?

I do book cover design on the side, which is a nice way to subsidize the writing, but I quit my day job as a fraud investigator about five years ago to write full-time.

15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?

Yes. Every writer does. They’re the same ones that keep us awake at night planning the ugly things for tomorrow. My process is chaotic, but conversely very simple: sit and write. It’s getting to that place which is the hard part.

16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?

Right now, not really, and there are readers out there who I know will kill me for saying that. At various times I have talked about a sequel to Kin, and indeed there is one half-written in my files, but the passion for it must be there, and right now my mind’s elsewhere.

 

You can connect with Kealan Patrick Burke here:

Twitter: @KealanBurke

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kealan-Patrick-Burke/e/B002BLW1IU

Website: www.kealanpatrickburke.com

 

 

Getting personal with Damian Clark

I was born in Pennsylvania in 1975. Life as a Marine brat was fun and full of new people and places. My imagination was always my greatest gift and weakness, hard to pay attention when your off saving the world. I enjoy a good story though, and had a lot of fun writing. I also enjoy great music of all types, a little song, a little dance and a lot of romance. If you’re not having fun, you are only alive. For more fun with the book visit http://damianjclark.weebly.com and enjoy the soundtrack. The music adds to the steamy scenes.

 

Please help me welcome Damian Clark to Roadie Notes………

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
A: I started my first full story as a book in 2013, so I was 38

2. How many books have you written?
A: I am up to 4 done, 4 more in progress 😊

3. Anything you won’t write about?
A: I don’t like writing an actual rape scene.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
A: I am now 42, unofficially married, I have 2 kids of my own and 2 step kids, I drive a semi for a living, I enjoy roleplaying games, and my wife and I are a 24/7 BDSM couple.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
A: Shade of Dark Moon, book 1 Spirit Bound. It is the first, I feel more accomplished with it, and I believe it was a great start for that story and my writing career.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
A: Roleplaying inspired me to write. My friends and I come up with some great story lines for our games, I felt it was time to stop playing them and start writing one.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
A: The afore-mentioned, plus about anything physical that gets my heart rate up, sports, swimming, hikes, and date night.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
A: Publish it 😊

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
A: I write on my laptop, I don’t have a designated place, just when I get time. I normally have music on when I write, but sometimes I like it quiet so I can talk to myself.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
A: grammar

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
A: I would love to be a best seller, and or have movies or shows made of my stories.

12. Where do you live?
A: Springfield Missouri

13. Pets?
A: do kids count?

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
A: the release from reality, and the ideas I sometimes get writing, I try at home.

15. What is coming next for you?
A: I’m working on book 2 of a co-author project, book 2 of my Erotica series, Book 3 of Shade of Dark Moon, a new story called The Last Vampire’s Jewel, and still pounding away at two other stories.

You can connect with Damian Clark here:
Damianjclark.weebly.com

https://www.amazon.com/Damian-J-Clark/e/B00VSS0R9C

https://www.facebook.com/damianjclark00/

 

Some of Damian Clark’s books:

Getting personal with Todd Keisling

THIS IS GOING TO HURT.

The eleven stories in Ugly Little Things explore the depths of human suffering and ugliness, charting a course to the dark, horrific heart of the human condition. The terrors of everyday existence are laid bare in this eerie collection of short fiction from the twisted mind of Todd Keisling, author of the critically acclaimed novels A Life Transparent and The Liminal Man.

Travel between the highways of America in “The Otherland Express,” where a tribe of the forsaken and forlorn meet to exchange identities. Witness the cold vacuum of space manifest in the flesh in “The Darkness Between Dead Stars.” Step into the scrub of rural Arizona and join Karen Singleton’s struggle to save her husband from a cult of religious fanatics in “When Karen Met Her Mountain.” Visit the small town of Dalton in “The Harbinger” and join Felix Proust as he uncovers the vile secrets rooted at the heart of Dalton Dollworks. And in the critically acclaimed novella “The Final Reconciliation,” learn the horrifying truth behind the demise of the rock band The Yellow Kings.

With an introduction by Bram Stoker Award-winner Mercedes M. Yardley and illustrations by Luke Spooner, Ugly Little Things will be your atlas, guiding you along a lonely road of sorrow, loss, and regret. This is going to hurt—and you’re going to like it.

 

 

 

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

The first story I wrote (that I remember, anyway) was in 1989. I was barely six years old, and believe it or not, my local newspaper published it. I guess I was destined to do this sort of thing.

2. How many books have you written?

Books written to completion: Eight.
Books abandoned: Two.
Books in progress: Three.
Books published: Three.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I’m not sure. I haven’t written a story yet that made me step back and say, “No, I’m not writing that.” But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

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

I’m 34, married, and I have a son who just started high school. By day, I work in accounting for a corporate entity that I’ve grown to loathe, but it pays my bills, provides health insurance for my family, and I like the people I work with. So there’s that.

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

Right now? It’s definitely UGLY LITTLE THINGS: COLLECTED HORRORS!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My mom was a big reader, and I think my love of reading sprang from her. Stephen King and Dean Koontz were household names when I was growing up. Reading fed my imagination, which fed my creative instincts, and…I suppose the rest is history.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, I love watching movies, and I love playing video games. Also, ritualistic human sacrifice and scaring my neighbors with ominous chanting. You know, the usual.

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

Usually, when I’m close to finishing a book, everything else falls to the wayside while I sprint that last mile. That means I become a hermit in my own home. When the book’s finished, I step away from my computer for a few days and try to reintegrate into society.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I have a home office that serves as my domain. I always have music playing when I write. Quiet or loud, it doesn’t matter as long as it fits the scene I’m writing at the time. Lately, I’ve been listening to the new Nine Inch Nails, In This Moment, and old Monster Magnet while I work.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I wish I could write faster, cleaner first drafts, but I suppose every writer does…

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

It’s probably the same as every other writer out there: I want to be successful enough with my work to quit my day job and support my family. I don’t care about the fame.

12. Where do you live?

Physically? Somewhere in the Reading area of Pennsylvania, in the United States, in North America, on planet Earth, 92.6 million miles from the sun.

Creatively, I’ve been living here for the last few months: 36°53’52.3″N 84°17’52.6″W

13. Pets?

I have three cats: A tuxedo named Tsar, an orange tabby named Obie, and a white Turkish Angora named Ophelia.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, it’s the aspect of creation, of conjuring something out of my imagination with mere words, giving it life, making it dance, and then sending it out into the world for others to experience.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m currently at work on a long novel called DEVIL’S CREEK. It’s a small-town, cosmic horror novel. A few weeks ago, when I told Laird Barron about it, he jokingly asked, “Are the children in danger?” To which I replied, “No, the children are the danger.” I’ll leave it at that.

You can connect with Todd Keisling here:

My website:http://www.toddkeisling.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Todd-Keisling/e/B002RDT0T0
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/todd.keisling/
Twitter: @todd_keisling
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/toddkeisling/

 

 

Some of Todd Keisling’s books:

Getting personal with Jason McIntyre

Jason McIntyre is a really amazing guy. He has one of the best personalities ever, always wants his readers to tell him what they think of his books and guaranteed to make you laugh. I love the style of his writing because it really just draws you in and makes you live the story you are reading. His characters are larger than life and some you will love and others you can’t wait to see them meet their maker. He has a great presence on social media and welcomes his friends and fans to interact with him. If you don’t know him you are missing a wonderful supportive friend. He has an amazing series that has characters that carry over from one book to the next. I really love that and to be able to see what they come up with next. He is a devoted husband and father and adores his family. If you haven’t met or read anything by him please take the time to check it all out you won’t be disappointed!

 

Please welcome Jason McIntyre to Roadie Notes………

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

It was November 7th, 1992, I remember it well. Kidding. I’ve not been that clear on specific dates since I started writing a decades-long fiction saga. I may never be able to hold another date in my head!

Truly: I’ve been writing since I was twelve or thirteen but to remember exactly when would be a challenge I’ve not the strength for. The first fiction I recall writing, with a serious intent to share, was a story about aliens landing in a young girl’s backyard. I thought it interesting to have a couple of best friends who were girls. Now, did I want to appeal to the girls in my class and make friends with them because I was cool enough to write two female protagonists? Or did I want a challenge bigger than just a couple of clichéd boy buddies, much more usual in a story about aliens and flying saucers. Was it because writing from the female perspective is much more difficult? Did I want to make it tough for myself? Not sure, but I’ve been trying to write fairly from the slant of the fairer sex ever since.

That tale, by the way, was supposed to fill the blank page on the back of the school newspaper since we had no more hard news. As if there was actually such a thing as hard news in the fourth grade! Part two was written and ready to go on the last page of the first edition of the paper when we returned after summer break. But the paper had been punted into oblivion by the school’s new principal. He had a fancy (and expensive!) desktop computer and wanted to make the newspaper himself. I was devastated. But I saved up allowance money and made photocopies of the story to share around the school. Some kids had to know how it ended. And I *had* to get it out there.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve authored four fiction novels, about a dozen long novellas and several dozen short stories available at present. More are coming all the time. Hopefully, another two novellas and a short story collection will arrive before the year is out.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

You and I were talking about this in-depth recently. I have written about this topic before, but at present—where I’m at in life and with the world in such turmoil—I have a really difficult time reading and writing about dead children. It can definitely make for powerful writing and I have gone deep into the dark with stories about it before. I’m just not capable of it right now in life.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids…

Like The Night Walk Men, I have been imbued with the lives of ten men. Unlike Sperro, Kro and Obsidion, I am married with two kiddos.

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

Books are a bit like my children; I don’t have a specific favourite. Well, on some days, I do have a favourite kiddo. But maybe don’t mention that to them. Tomorrow’s a new day and we may all have the opportunity to eat our Life cereal without flipping the bowl to the ceiling and back…

Some books get closer to their original visions. And some surprise you when they become much better than your vision ever was. Others fall short, but in truth, I don’t put anything out until (or unless) it achieves something new in my view. Each story and book was/is written for a purpose. And sometimes that purpose has very little to do with how it fits into the rest of the world of literature. Sometimes it’s because I simply had to have a character who ran a falafel stand and built Lego cities.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Probably reading. I mean, come on! Getting sucked into an imaginary world where no one can disturb or disagree, where anything is possible—that’s powerful. Then, discovering I could actually architect my own worlds where I could be master and commander—that was alluring for sure. What I didn’t realize back then was: once you create the world and plop your characters in there, they pretty much do what they want. Again, like children, there are days where I shake my head at their shenanigans. “Well, there you go,” I might say to a fictionally protagonist. “You’re dead. And it’s because you were making poor choices! How you like it now, tough guy?”

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Eat falafel and build Lego cities. Um. Only one of those statements is true. When the kiddos were small, one of them got a Lego truck for a birthday gift. He was two young to really build it on his own yet so Daddy helped out. He fell in love with the pieces and was instantly transported back to my own childhood and remembered what I loved about building those little worlds. It is a more physical version of storytelling, really. We have a rather elaborate town built now, and both my kiddos enjoy that with their old man.

Truth be told: writing is fun for me. It’s not *only* fun. Sometimes, it’s excruciating. But, for the most part, I sit down to do it each day because I love it. It’s part of me and it’s what I do.

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

I smoke one cigarette and drink a bottle of Dom Perignon. Oh wait, that was Paul Sheldon.

I tell one person that I’ve finished and then I go out—rain or shine, snow or heat—and take a long walk. Later, there is usually whisky or a martini. I toast to the ingenuity of the survivors in the tale. And I lament those who didn’t make it. I also celebrate my hard-fought completion…but mourn the end of the writing of that world. It’s a bit like losing your virginity every time a story’s over. I’ll never get to write that one again for the first time.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I have a studio I built for painting, writing, getting away from the world. I also have a cabin in the woods, by a lake. These places make for excellent muses. In terms of music, I mix it up. Often, I start pounding out words on the keyboard with a playlist, but realize it has ended and I’ve been working in silence for an hour or more. That’s when I know it’s going well—the world disappears for a time. I guess it’s similar to good reading, huh?

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Not sure if I would dare change this…but I am unlike others. I don’t want to write series that never seem to end. For me, that dulls the knife. Each time I set out to begin a story, I want it to be unlike other things I’ve written. The voice and the approach will always be similar, but I don’t have any interest in repeating topics much. That formula of finding what ‘works’ and duplicating it has no draw for me.

I always say, I have about a dozen decent books in me. Then I’m done.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Hey—I’m the most famous writer my kids know! In terms of writing, my dream would be to keep doing it, keep getting better, keep figuring out new ways to tell stories. To keep entertaining myself as I do it.

12. What’s the worst piece of writing advice you ever got?

“Change your style, change your content. Change.” Sure, edits are fine, adjustments and advice are always needed. But readers or other writers who tell you to change who you are as a writer should be the only thing you ignore without any consideration. Every other kind of advice should be given at least a moment of consideration.

13. Now, tell us the best!

“Get your stories out there, any way you can.”

14. What’s the one thing you would want an aspiring writer to take away from your personal path to publication?

There is no one right way. What was the Robert Frost poem, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.”

And Fleetwood Mac also sang, “You can go your own way.” My advice is, look to others for inspiration, but not a recipe. No one will ever duplicate the same level of success as another by copying them.

15. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Two things, really: the adventure inherent in the process of sitting down to make up lies which share the truth of human misery and human beauty. It is unbelievably scary to bleed on the page and then go share that honesty with strangers and family and friends. But it’s exciting too!

And there’s also the connectivity to other people, readers, new friends, and other storytellers—all of us united by that blood on the page, by our absolute and uncompromising love for telling stories and being told stories.

16. What is coming next for you?

The giant, behemoth continuation and conclusion of the Dovetail Cove books. I like to joke that it’s ‘the series that’s not a series’. Ten novels and novellas within the same universe. An underlying set of characters and over-arching story arcs hold it (somewhat) together, but each book is its own. Beginning, middle, end, unique lead characters, new situation, no need to read them in order. No need to read them all.

That said, I have two shorter ones left to finish and put out — then all my energy will be focused on book ten which is the monster that brings back many of the surviving favourite characters to (hopefully) tie it all together.

17. Where can we read your blog? Buy your books? Connect with you on facebook? On Twitter? Your website?

http://www.thefarthestreaches com > The Farthest Reaches is my author website and blog. All news and links to my books from all retailers can be found here.

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonMcIntyre

http://www.amazon.com/Jason-McIntyre/e/B0049YW78G > My books at Amazon

 

Some of Jason McIntyre’s books:

Getting personal with Ambrose Ibsen

Ambrose Ibsen is a new friend and writer for me. He was on the Panic Room Radio Show last night and did a reading. To say he left us wanting more is quite an understatement. He has a delightful sense of humor and is very smart. Personally I can’t wait to read his books. Just follow the links below to stalk him.  Please don’t forget to send him a friend request and to leave a review after you read one of his books.

 

Please help me welcome Ambrose Ibsen to Roadie Notes………….

 

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

I was probably about 7 years old. I tried my hand at writing short horror stories and filled a couple of spiral-bound notebooks with stories that were little more than pastiches of Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I also wrote a longer story about a haunted hotel that my grandfather paid me five dollars for. That was a proud day.

2. How many books have you written?

As of right now, I’ve written 18 full-length novels under this name, as well as a few novellas and a 4-part serial. Under other names I’ve probably written around 10 novels, plus a lot of novellas and shorts.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Honestly, there are no sacred cows for me when it comes to writing. I’ll approach any subject so long as it serves the narrative. If there’s a story there, I’m game. The exception is what I would call a “boring” topic. For instance, I doubt I’ll ever write a book detailing the ins and outs of the US tax code.

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

As of this writing I’m 29 years old. I’ve been happily married for 8 years and have 4 children—two boys and two girls—the oldest of which is 6 years old. Things around the house tend to be rather hectic!

Up until August of 2015, I did have a day job. For nearly ten years I’d worked as a night-shift secretary at a local hospital. I sat at the nursing station of a medical-surgical ward and answered phones, processed physician orders and—when time allowed—read books or worked on writing my own. By August of 2015 however, my sales had grown to the point where I could comfortably jettison the job, and I’ve been fortunate to live out my dream of being a full-time novelist ever since. It’s still early days, but so far, I haven’t got any regrets!

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

My favorite book that I’ve written? That’s a tough one. I’d probably select one of my newer novels, Asylum. It incorporates a lot of my favorite supernatural themes and marks the first time in my career I wrote a story that spans three complete novels. It felt like a real milestone to me when I completed it.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I don’t know that I can attribute inspiration to any one person. As a child, I always wanted to express myself and leave a mark on the world around me. Writing was the only thing I had any sort of innate talent for, and so I pursued it ardently. There have been writers along the way that have inspired me to keep it up, though. R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books in the early 90’s were like a drug for me, and it was after discovering those that I decided I wanted to be a writer. Over the years I discovered the prose of master stylists such as Lovecraft and Oscar Wilde, and wanted to emulate them. Lastly, in many ways—not the least of which is discipline—the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima has been a big inspiration to me. My parents and wife have also encouraged my writing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, of course. I read widely, and do my best to squeeze in reading time where I can, though admittedly I’m bad at it and read less than I ought to. I also love film. I watch a lot of movies in my spare time. I’m very interested in specialty coffees and teas, and spend a lot of time tinkering with different doodads and brewing methods. Now and then I play video games, though I’m very picky on that front and have to severely restrict my consumption. Nothing derails my writing schedule like marathoning a video game for days on end.

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

I do have a kind of tradition between projects—something I’ve only adopted recently. After completing a novel, I make a point of reading 2 whole books by different authors, and watching at least two films. This helps me stave off burnout. Reading and being exposed to new ideas through media is a really important thing when you’re a storyteller. The storytelling process sees one draw from a well of ideas, however if you keep on drawing water and never replace it, it’ll eventually run dry. This is why a short rest period—a “creative rest period”—is so important to me.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write in my home office, at my desk. I have a large iMac computer, and I listen to music that suits the scene I’m working on through headphones. Sometimes, when I want to write elsewhere, I’ll pack up my portable word processor (an AlphaSmart Neo) and go to a coffee shop. I find it hard to write in complete silence, truth be told.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Lots of things, to be honest. While I think my most recent work is loads better than my stuff from five or ten years ago, I’m always picking up new techniques and trying to up my game. I really want to get better at writing realistic, relatable characters—that’s a big one.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to earn a living as a writer for the rest of my life. To build a comfortable life, provide for my family and just keep on doing what I love till I drop dead. I’d love to be a famous writer—a James Patterson or Stephen King. I mean, who wouldn’t? But even if I never approach that level of success, remaining a perennial mid-lister would be a joy. Hell, as long as I can afford the good coffee beans without having to think about it, I’ll be happy.

12. Where do you live?

I live in Ohio. Born and raised! A lot of people consider Ohio—especially the northwest section where I’m from—to be boring. And they’re half-right. But I wouldn’t leave it for the world.

13. Pets?

No pets currently, but I’m a cat person. I hope to adopt a few kittens down the line. Maybe a dog, too. I’m rather fond of pugs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think Dorothy Parker put it best when she said: “I hate writing, I love having written.” While I certainly don’t hate the writing process, for me the most exhilarating part of a project is when I reach the end and take in the whole shape of a story for the first time. Perhaps it sounds conceited, but seeing my story as a finished project—a thing that began as a series of nebulous ideas and notes scratched onto sticky notes—is awe-inspiring for me. Translating my ideas into a tangible book that others can read is the best part, hands down.

15. What is coming next for you?

Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novel. It’s called Night Society, and it should be dropping in early October, just in time for Halloween. Aside from that, I’m just trying to soak up the season while it’s here. The Fall/Halloween season is my absolute favorite time of year. There’s just something about it. It’s nostalgic. I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

 

 

You can connect with Ambrose Ibsen here:

Everything—books, audio books, news—can be found here:

website: ambroseibsen.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ambrose-Ibsen-867837259919312/

amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ambrose-Ibsen/e/B00YBXIVS0

 

Some of Ambrose Ibsen’s books: