With the release of the upcoming zombie erotica anthology, 50 Shades of Decay by Angelic Knight Press, Coffintree Hill decided to run short interviews on some of the authors.
Since my story “Dead Things Don’t Rise” will be part of this anthology, I answered a few questions regarding horror and writing.
As fellow author and friend, Andrew Wolter proved, this always isn’t the case.
Everything stemmed from a comment left on a sub call by the editor of Twisted Dreams, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.
After working your way through the messy (and incomprehensible) guidelines, there was a comment from an author at the bottom of the page. The author was asking about pay rates. Simple enough, right?
The editor in question’s answer was mean-spirited and ugly. Andrew posted an open letter/comment to Andrea, who wrote back in return. While the comment’s been removed from the Twisted Dreams website, you can see the entire conversation on Andrew’s blog, HERE. (Please take the time to check out the link, her response is egotistically driven, unneeded and appalling.)
The publisher’s level of professionalism is non-existant. New and aspiring writers, please remember just because you are new, this does NOT allow publishers (or anyone else for that matter) to use you or abuse you. They are making money from the work you have created and should treat you just like anyone else wants to be treated.
Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking otherwise.
I’m a little late with this post, but I figured better late than never. Besides, with a memory like mine, it’s not that easy to figure out what I’ve done and when. I suppose I could just scroll through my blog to see what’s happened, but I figured I’d try to reminice on my own.
This past year has been a whirlwind of events I never thought possible. (Most of it thanks to the story, She Makes Me Smile. On that note, I’ve reread SMMS recently, and I have already noticed my growth as a writer. It’s not that I don’t like SMMS, I still really do, but there is a lot more editing I’d throw in there, if I have a chance to “redo” it one day.) Anyways, aside from me using the words “just” and “that” way less when I write, 2012 has also been a monumental year for many other reasons.
First of all, in 2012 I’ve added tons of new friends into my life. Not just friends, but a support group of peers who understand what being a writer is like. My Facebook friends list has expanded exponentially (which could be seen as a problem as well, since FB is my main way to procrastinate from writing. I talk WAY too much for my own good.)
I won’t even attempt to mention the people I’ve met, since I’ve added nearly 700 people onto my FB page, but you know who you are.
To all those I’ve met this year, or knew before, thanks for coming into my life. I appreciate your friendship for sure. *Hugs*
On top of adding to my friends list on FB, I’ve had the chance to attend my first conventions as an author. I was lucky enough to attend Horrorfind 14, KillerCon 5 and Anthocon 2. Conventions are awesome, they allow me to put a face to a name for those who I may have only known online before. I think attending conventions could possible rank up there as one of my most favourite things in the world. And not only cause I can drink my face off and I’m not the only one who is doing it. (Although it does help a lot.)
*Insert random anthem here* I pledge allegiance to the Bucket Of Vodka Gummies!
Between readings and panels, conventions have solidified my love for being in front of a crowd. Not that I really needed the reassurance, but I’m glad I had the chance to do this and look forward to many more in 2013.
I sold my first book at a con this year, actually on that note, I sold my first everything this year and that make’s me smile. (Sorry, haha, I had to put that in somewhere… :P)
The one thing I didn’t get done in 2012 was to complete a novel. I suppose I can’t have everything the first year, but it would’ve been nice. *Shrug* I suppose this gives me something to strive for in 2013. I do have a few on the go (don’t we all). I’ve been working on a zombie novel, a collection of erotiporn stories, a slew of novellas and a crapload of short stories. (I’m all over the freaking map, but I like it that way.)
One of my goals this year is to not be so procrastinatey when it comes to writing, but then again it did take me 12 days into the new year to get this blog posted…
In 2012, I was a horror writer, but this might change in 2013. I’ve noticed my some of my stories have been taking on a bizarro-esque theme, much more than horror these days. My editor calls these stories bizarro-light. Between horror and bizarro, I also write smut or erotiporn. Well that’s what I call it, if my bizarro is “bizarro-light” then my smut is “erotica-hard”. I’ve blended the sex with horror, which gave me the genre I coined “horrotica”. Yes I like to make up my own words and genres. I think for 2013 I’m just going to keep writing what my head wants to write, it seems to have worked for 2012.
In conclusion, 2012 was
good great amazing! I want to thank all the people who’ve been there for me all along like my friends and family. You’ve all put up with my insanity and I wouldn’t be the person I am now if it wasn’t for the people I have around me. It’s been a crazy ride in life, but I’m so happy to have you all as passengers. I love you guys.
Now I’m just getting sappy, so this is where I’ll end it.
Best wishes to everyone in 2013.
Hope to meet you if we haven’t crossed paths yet and to those I have met, let’s meet again.
I’ll bring the gummy worms. 😉
He asked me if I had a Xmas story, which I didn’t…
However, it didn’t take long for me to dig something up from the recesses of my creepy little brain.
I wrote a poem, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. It started off as a short story, but as it started to rhyme, I decided to run with it.
What I ended up with was a great little horror poem entitled, “All I Want For Xmas Is You”
Have a Merry Christmas!
I was asked by fellow Canadian author Bruce Blake to take part in the ongoing bloggery that is The Next Big Thing. It’s a chance for us to tell people about what we’ve got going on at the moment in our world of writing and then we tag five other authors to do the same. Bruce wrote about his next big thing last week and you can find that here.
This is the first time I’ve ever heard of The Next Big Thing, but I love to be part of something so, of course, I said yes.
Every author involved had to answer the same ten questions regarding their current work in progress.
My WIP is, at the moment, is sitting with editor #2. It passed through editor #1 with flying colours and not as many mistakes as I thought there would be.
Enough with my rambling, here’s what my next big thing is…
What is the working title of your book?
It’s not the working title, I can guarantee it is the title.
(Pretty sure I started with the title and decided to write a novella to go with it.)
Title is (drum roll please): YAMMAGEDDON!!!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s all about my pet sweet potato, Yammy. I was supposed to eat him for lunch one day, but he looked “musey” to me so I put him on my desk and the story just started to happen. I guess that would be proof enough of his musey-ness.
What genre does your book fall under?
I suppose it would be Bizarro, but part of me doesn’t think YAMMAGEDDON!!! is that weird. (Maybe I’m just too desensitized to things…) It does have elements of horror and science fiction as well, so for now I’m going to call it speculative fiction and that should cover everything.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The characters are all based off real people; I didn’t change anything, I even left their names the same. Oh, except for one, I did have to make up one of the characters. I’d love to have the real people in the movie, but if I had to hazard a guess, Kristen Ritter should play Mandy. Selma Hayek would make a good Tasha, (if she can master a Canadian accent). Ewan McGregor for Brian (Canadian accent required once again) and Norman Reedus could play Nate. Mr. PotatoHead would have to be Yammy. I have no other ideas to who else could play the part of the sweet potato.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
YAMMAGEDDON!!! is a heartwarming story about a girl and her sweet potato, until everything starts to go wrong.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping someone will pick it up, but if not, I will put it out on my own. This story NEEDS to be read by everyone!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started it a few months ago, worked on it for about a week, then it sat for a bit when life got in the way. I finally decided to finish it one day and I wrote the rest in less than a week. All together approximately two weeks.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ummm, really? I don’t think there are books that compare to this one. I haven’t read a lot of bizarro stories yet, so they might be out there. However as of now, shrug, it’s a one of a kind.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It’s all Yammy the Wonder Spud. He’s the inspiration.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I can guarantee they’ve never read anything like this before. For those who are looking for advance sweet potato entertainment, feel free to follow THE YAMMAGEDDON Facebook Page or YAMMY’s Twitter account.*(Yammy’s learned how to use the Internet, we’re all in trouble now.)
(I feel the need to add the point that Yammy sounds like Morbo from Futurama.)
Now I get to tag five more people to do the same thing I just did.
Here are my victims:
Thanks for Reading 😀
On the way home from Anthocon 2012, I was sitting in the back of the car playing on my iPhone, when I came across this beauty of a submission call.
After reading it out loud to my buddies in the car, we laughed and laughed and laughed (and laughed some more).
Now, let’s not all run out and write a story for this…
Actually, NOBODY should write a story for this.
Any guesses on who STFU Publishing belongs to?
(Yes, it’s actually called Shut The F*ck Up Publishing, the name itself should give you a little hint.)
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
Tony G. has reared his ugly head again.
I’m hoping you’ll share this post for two reasons.
- Protect the new authors who don’t know about him yet.
- It’s freaking hilarious.
I especially love this part.
“Formatting is how you like, but preferred is single spaced with no tabs. Have name address, phone number info on first page only. If you don’t want to put phone and other info that’s fine, but don’t bother submitting then, as there are times when direct communication is necessary during the editing process.”
It should say: “There are times when direct communication is necessary, unless I’m going to change everything in your story…”
“How my story was Tonied” By Mandy DeGeit
I was recently asked to be part of the Haunted Halloween Blog Tour 2012. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I love to be part of things, so it was no surprise I said yes. I had the choice to either host a blog or interview. I picked the latter, mostly because I always have something to ask someone.
The recievers of said questioning were none other than:
(Now you know what they look like… Just in case.)
Alright, enough wasting time with pictures… Let’s get on with this interview!
Hi! *shakes hands* I’d like to first start off by saying thanks for asking me to be part of this.
Now, I’m not going to guarantee my questions are “normal” but I’ll try to keep them as sensical as possible. I’m going to start with a writing question, since I’m just a newbie writer and am still learning A LOT from the more seasoned authors.
1 – Whenever I’m on vacation I seem to fall off the writing wagon when I’m away from the house. How are you guys in this respect to discipline? Do you try to keep on schedule or make up for missed words when you’re back to the grind?
Tonia Brown: I usually take two vacations a year, a week at May Day and a week for Halloween. Both are functional because our church stays busy at these times of year. (We have a big gathering at both Beltane and Samhain.) I need to be off of the night job so I can get other stuff done. In respects to that, when I am off for these weeks, I don’t really have time to write. It’s sort of a vacation from everything else so I can focus on this one thing until it is done.
Armand Rosamilia: I just came off a 10 day ‘vacation’ with Biketoberfest being down here in Florida. I spend my time eating out, drinking way too many beers, and hanging out until 2 am and then having to still get up at 6 am to take my son to school. Didn’t get any writing done worth a crap, and now I’ll spend the week trying to play catch-up. But it is so worth it to make pretend I am a bad ass biker dude for a few days before driving away in the beat-up Kia Spectra. It’s red, by the way… very bad ass color.
Tonia, I think I need to get myself on a better schedule and Armand, I made your answers red because of the bad-ass colour comment. (I am Canadian, so bear with my extra vowels…) Okay, here’s one more “Help-Mandy-Write” question and this one’s about writer’s block or how you deal with said blockage.
2 – When the ideas just aren’t flowing, what’s would be the strangest thing you do (or have done) to get yourself back in the word groove?
Tonia Brown: When a book is being particularly difficult, I talk to myself, or rather I talk to the character that I am struggling with. I clean house or take a walk or drive, and while I am doing this mundane task I interview my character and take mental notes on their reactions to my questions. I don’t do this in my head, I do it aloud. And yes, I switch voices back and forth. How else would I know when it is me talking and when it is the character?
Armand Rosamilia: I once wrote an entire short story on napkins, sitting in a diner by myself, and mumbling it out the entire time. The waitress must have thought I was crazy, with me grunting dialogue and jumping around like I was drunk. Hell, I now remember I was drunk when I wrote it. I must have looked insane… 3 am, smelling like beer, talking to myself and asking for more napkins.
Ahhh, so it’s focus I require. Hmmm focus eh… I think I can work on, ooooh look, A SQUIRREL!
Off writing now and onto Halloween! (There’s that lack of focus again…)
3 – What are your Halloween plans for this year? Do you usually go all out with the decorating and costumes or do you keep it more low-key and save the scares for your writing?
Tonia Brown: The husband and I decorate the house a bit, but we live out in the sticks so it’s just for our benefit. Fifteen years we’ve lived here and we have never gotten a trick-or-treater. We went to one party this year so far, and should hit a few haunted houses closer to the actual day of Halloween. My husband had a silly idea to be the pope as a werewolf, or as he called it the Lycanthropope. (Long story, don’t ask!) I was left with little choice but to be his Papal Bull.
Aside from that, our church has a big Samhain service planned that should be awesome. It always is. We reenact the descent of Inanna into the underworld, and have a dumb supper and everything. It’s so much fun.
Armand Rosamilia: I need to go to Tonia’s for Halloween. Living in Florida for the holidays is so boring. No one goes out and trick or treats, I take my daughter to the mall for candy. My two older kids aren’t even interested anymore. I’d love to say I run a haunted house or chase the neighborhood kids with an axe, but I treat it like every other day.
I’m heading to Tonia’s with you next year, all I do here is chase kids with an axe… and it’s not all it’s cut out to be. *Shrugs* Maybe it would be better if I could catch the little bastards, but I just figure “Hey, at least I’m exercising!”
My stomach just growled… On that note, here’s question #4 😀
4 – Have you ever eaten/tried brains? (Maybe not a good idea to divulge if you’ve eaten human brains… I’m thinking animal…) If not, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried? (I wanted to say “put in your mouth” but opted for the cleaner version. Hehe!)
Tonia Brown: I have never had brains, but only because I’ve never had the opportunity. I would probably try them if offered. I will pretty much try anything once. (Yes, read into that as much as you like, it’s all true!) I think horse is the weirdest thing I have eaten, mainly because folks don’t eat it anymore like they used to.
Armand Rosamilia: So many dirty, dirty thoughts about Tonia and Mandy went through my head… I am such a wimp when it comes to food. I’ve never eaten anything strange or stuff I don’t absolutely know what it is. Hell, I don’t even eat condiments: no ketchup, mustard, relish, mayo… boring. Why am I starting to see a pattern to this interview? Tonia does crazy cool stuff and I am so damn boring…
They sell horse meat here in Quebec but not in Ontario, so I’m not too sure about it, but my good friend loves it. I’m a foodie, so I tend to try everything once. Yes, brains are on my list.
Last question. A correct answer here is worth 1000$ dollars!
(Okay, there’s no money, but I figured it would make a good lead in.)
5 – You find a genie in a bottle, but the cheap bastard only gives you one wish… What do you wish for? (More wishes or another genie do not count.)
Tonia Brown: The ability to know just what to say to resolve any conflict. I’m not saying I would always do it, but it would be useful to know how to help. Either that or a never-ending bucket of fried chicken. Yea gods, I love fried chicken.
Armand Rosamilia: World peace and to end hunger. Nah, screw that. I want the ability to either eat anything I like but to suddenly be totally fit and even hotter than I am (if it’s even possible)… or the power to move you.
Well, I’m about 160lbs… Pretty sure you can move me just by shoving me. If you catch me unaware, I’d probably catch air. How’s that for the power to move me? And Tonia, I’ll be over with chicken as soon as possible… 😉
With the end of the year drawing close and all the stories I have out and about in PublishLand, I’ve taken it upon myself to get some more writing done.
I don’t take handwritten notes anymore, my phone had become the place where I jot down all the ideas I have.
As I was flipping through the notes I’ve taken over the past months, I had an idea.
Just get them done.
25 Short Stories, (plus the novella I’m working on at the moment), at least to completion of a rough draft, by New Year’s Eve.
Sounds doable right?
Yeah, it’s a pretty daunting goal, but even if I get half of my list done, there’s 13 more stories and a novella I didn’t have before.
I’m not aiming for half though.
I want to get ALL the ideas off my phone and onto paper, so I can start all over again next year. 😉
I’ll keep up the tally on the blog to let you know where I’m at.
1 of 25 Stories
(Well the 1 is that I’ve started one but it’s not done yet…)
Novella @ 50%
Here we go.
SYNOPSIS: By society’s standards, Brad Kempt was a loser. Physically unattractive, emotionally stunted and the brunt of everyone’s cruel taunting, Brad ekes through life as best he can. When the beautiful and amicable Sarah moves in next door, Brad finally finds something to focus his attention on. But that sort of attention isn’t always a good thing…
While I could have sent it in for submission, I decided to pair it with my other self-published story, “She Makes Me Smile” and print up a double sided chapbook. *(I’ll have the chapbooks shortly and they’ll be available for $5.)
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it!
*(Feel free to leave a review as well. I love reader feedback!)
Ahhh, The End. There’s nothing a writer loves more than scribbling those two, little, three letter words at the bottom of whatever manuscript they are working on. I finally finished the first draft of a novella I was working on, which meant I finally got to write “THE END”.
*Balloons and streamers fall from the ceiling and some scantily-clad woman hands me a trophy*
No, not really… Actually, not at all.
Just because you’ve reached the end, doesn’t mean it’s done and ready to be submitted. (I wish that’s what it meant.)
What lies ahead of me now is editing, rewriting, having pre-readers slam me with their opinions and then editing and rewriting again…
Don’t get me wrong, it feels awesome to reach the end of the story after plugging away at my computer for what seems like forever, but I’m so not even close.
I keep thinking I should not write “The End” ’til the actual end. Maybe jot down “Partially Ended”, or “DRAFT FINISHED”…
Those seem like better choices to describe where I’m at in the story writing process.
All this is just me rambling about having finished a novella. Everyone was congratulating me and saying good work, which felt awesome, but the little voice inside me (the one that keeps my ego in check) kept reminding me of the fact I’m not even close to “THE END”.
Thanks for that little voice, you can’t let me enjoy anything can you…?
To the non-writer people who are reading this: Next time you read a book or short story, think of all the work that goes into getting the story from the author’s imagination into the book in your hands.
To the writer people who are reading this: Keep up the good work, and thanks for all the hard work you put into the books and stories I have read and will read.
End rant 😀