Live On-Air interview in 2 hours today!

At 1 pm EST (10 AM PST) today, myself, author/vocalist Brian Paone, and Transpose bass player Tim Sigler, are going to be interviewed live on an internet radio show talking about writing rock fiction, Transpose’s song “Only the Dead Go Free,” and my adaptation of that song into a story of the same name. Stop on by and have a listen!

Here is the station:  http://www.main.crimsoncloakpublishing.com/crimson-cloak-radio.html

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Mirrors & Thorns release day!

Mirrors & Thorns release day!
Folks, I am thrilled to announce that my third publication has been released today (10/25) via OWS Ink, LLC. My story ‘The Snow Bride’ is included in the anthology “Mirrors & Thorns,” alongside the works of many other fantastic authors such as J.K. Allen, Lucy Palmer, T. S. Dickerson, Melanie Noell Bernard, Särah Nour, Writer, Cassidy Taylor, Kerry E.B. Black, CL Bledsoe, Stacy Overby, Edward Ahern, S. L. Scott, Paul Stansbury, and J. Lee Strickland.
 
You can order through most retailers here (Amazon to be added shortly), or from Amazon here.
 
Paperback available shortly.

The 13 Tales of Illusory by Stephanie Ayers out now!

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I recently had the honor of interviewing author, editor, and publisher Stephanie Ayers about her new book, The 13 Tales of Illusory, a collection of horror shorts, released yesterday, October 4th – just in time for Halloween!

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Hello Stephanie, thank you for agreeing to do this! I‘d like to start off by getting to know a little bit more about you as a person. Where you were raised, and how would you describe your childhood?
I’m a Virginia girl through and through. I grew up in Northern Va, a DC surburbanite. I got a new daddy at 6 and discovered Christianity at an early age.

Where do you live now?
I now call the Central Va area home, a much more countrified and laid back yet very conservative county just south of the Northern Va boundary line.

What challenges do you face in getting your writing in?
As a publisher and graphic designer, my biggest challenge currently is time.

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How does your childhood and current day-to-day life affect your writing?
My childhood was dark. Depression and anxiety hound me. I watch a lot of SVU and read a lot of Stephen King. There’s a bit of everything in my writing.

Have you ever found that some of your stories mimic a past or present situation for you?
The only time that really happens is when I write a memoir. I did pen a story I’ve never shared when my husband and I went through some bad times.

I know you specialize in Speculative Fiction. Are there any genres you haven’t written in that you would like to try? Conversely, are there any you would never write in, or a topic too taboo?
I might want to try my hand at Steampunk, and while I hear I’d write great erotica, but that’s just not something I would ever put out there.

I gasped as the sting of pain interrupted my arousal. My blood leaked down my neck, and he pressed me closer, drinking deeply.

The world wants to know – are you a “pantser” or a “plotter”? Perhaps a hybrid?
100% pantser. The very idea of an outline makes me break out in hives.

Have you ever written something so emotionally evocative, that you had to take a “breather” either in the middle of writing it or shortly thereafter?
Yes. I’ve gotten so invested in some of my stories, leaving my heart on the page, I’ve had to stop and regroup.

What authors have influenced you the most?
Stephen King certainly.

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What motivates you to write?
Everything. I get particular inspiration when driving. That lone abandoned shoe on the side of the road never fails to get the gears going.

What is your favorite passage you’ve ever written?
Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. It’s from my dark poetry ‘Soul Survivor’ which opens The 13: Tales of Illusory.

I know that in addition to being an author and mother, you are also the Executive Creative Director of the writing website Our Write Side. Tell us a little about them, the role you play with them, and how you came to be a part of the team.
Our Write Side began when Amanda Mabry and I realized the huge need in the author community for quality goods regardless of financial status. We began as a community to connect authors, publishers, readers with each other, offer resources, and writing advice for all levels of writing. Our goal is not for financial gain, but rather to serve the author community.
We will celebrate
our 2nd anniversary Oct 1 and just celebrated our 1 year anniversary as a business. We publish, offer marketing, editing, coaching, and design services to all authors.
As the Executive Creative Director, I am responsible for the visual aspects of books, author platforms, author websites, and ensuring each book is ready to fly to the top of the sales list. I am the cover to cover guru and I absolutely love it. I am 1/3 owner of OWS Ink, LLC, the official title of our company. Catterfly Publishing is out imprint for any books outside the anthologies we produce annually.

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Your new book, a collection of horror shorts called “The 13:  Tales of Illusory” is coming out Wednesday, October 4th. Give us a brief synapses of the book.
13 enchanted horrors–from the Devil in the sea to evil pixies and a pissed off god– 13 spine-chilling tales– from vampires and serial killers to hauntings– Can you survive all 13?

What can we next expect to see released by you?
As a publisher, we release another poetry collection from Sam DeLoach called The Colors We Render on October 24 and our annual anthology, Mirrors & Thorns, a collection of 14 dark fairy tales, on Oct 25. It will probably be sometime in 2018 before I put something else out for myself. I’ve got 2 fantasies, another horror collection, a horror novel, and more to mull over.

Finally, what words of wisdom can you give to newer writers?
I have a few quotes of my own that sum it up nicely… “A blank page is the canvas on which a writer paints a story.” “One single letter cures the blank page.” “Editing is like attending a 10-year reunion with your characters.” and finally, “The more an author doubts his writing and strives to improve, the better he writes.”
Thanks for having me!

Thank you, Stephanie, for letting us get to know you better!

More information on the book:
Title: The 13: Tales of Illusory
Author: Stephanie Ayers
Publication Date: October 4th, 2017
Paperback Price: $10.99
Digital Price: $2.99
ASIN: B075JQKS1Q
ISBN ebook: 978-1-946382-14-6
ISBN print: 978-1-946382-15-3

Purchase links:
Amazon Kindle | Smashwords | Pronoun | Goodreads | Draft 2 Digital | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Apple | 24 Symbols | Playster  | Inktera

Facebook launch party October 6-8th.

More about Stephanie:
A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.

Stephanie Ayers is a published speculative fiction author, full-time world-building ninja, and graphic designer from central Virginia crafting her own story and resisting adulthood at all costs. She mothers her children, two cats, and a pitbull; neglects housework as often as possible; loves her husband; and avoids all things zombies.

Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough and currently writes content for Our Write Side.

Bannerwing Books published her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, most notably The 13: Tales of Illusory, a collection of her short and scary stories. Her poetry has been published in Ambrosia, in magazines and literary journals.

Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

Social Media Links:
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Favorite Books: The Stand, Divergent, Through the Looking Glass, The Forgotten Garden, and Inkheart.

Favorite Songs: Anyway by Martina McBride, Chasing Cars by Soul Patrol, Dream On by Aerosmith, Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5

Favorite Movies: Hope Floats, Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, The Messengers, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins

Favorite Foods: pizza, pasta, ice cream, chips, second breakfasts

Favorite TV Shows: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, The Voice, This Is Us

#occult #supernatural #spine-tingling #paranormal #horror #specfic #thriller #chillinghorror

AHOW Blog Tour #20 – C. H. Knyght

Today we have the twentieth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – C. H. Knyght. Her story “The Last” is one of my favorites in this anthology. The twist and how well it is executed is a hallmark of an excellent storyteller. I look forward to reading another tale told by C. H., and recommend you do, too!

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Title:
The Last

Blurb:
The Last is a twisted tale of a monster hunting an innocent. With her whole family taken one-by-one, Marie fears for her very existence as the hunter returns one last time; for her soul.

What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write The Last during a weekend challenge set during the Writer’s Games, run by the Writer’s Workout. The Last fell one place shy of a winning entry, so I was free to edit, polish, and make it the best it could be. It was ready for a home and found it in AHOW.

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a young teenager. I was always a bookworm and my dad encouraged me to write.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
Fantasy is my broad genre of choice, but anything with magic or a supernatural mystique might come from my pen.

What are you working on now?
I am currently participating in the Writer’s Games for the third year; won a round too. My main project is getting my novel, Nightvision, ready for self-publishing. I hope it will be released by the next end of summer depending on edits and illustrations.

What else do you have published?
This is my first released story. More to come soon though!

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Don’t stop. One word after another. Look what you have accomplished, not what you have left to do.

Links to your writing:
Www.facebook.com/chknyght
And
Www.twitter.com/chknyght

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #19 – Jill Turner

Today we have the nineteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Jill Turner. Her story “Joe” is another story which will pull at the emotional heartstrings of any parent that reads it.

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Joe

Blurb:
Joe – is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out.

What inspired you to write this story?
Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the story unfolds.

How long have you been writing?
A long, long time! I’ve only over the last few years begun to take it seriously and taken the leap into publishing any of my work. It was a tough decision to make – would people laugh at my efforts? Would they tell me I’m no good? Any writer puts a piece of their soul into their work, so I think that taking the plunge is possibly one of the hardest things to do as it leaves you open to the public eye (and I’m actually quite a private person). However, I love writing and I wish I’d taken it seriously much, much sooner than I did!

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
That’s a tricky question! I made up my own tales on a nightly basis for my own children during their growing years –  so putting a fantasy story that was begging to be written onto paper was quite easy and it wouldn’t let me rest until I’d developed it into a trilogy. I have also written a young adult book about how social media can have an effect on lives (comedy/contemporary fiction) and loved writing it, and more recently, I’ve written a darker, more adult book that is paranormal based, and, of course, the even darker tale of young Joe. I’m quite into these stories at the moment and have various ideas tugging at my subconscious mind!

What are you working on now?
I have two things on the go at the moment; a spin off from the fantasy trilogy that was triggered by a reader asking me what would happen if… and an adult book that involves someone witnessing the kidnapping of a little boy and the murder of his mother.

What else do you have published?
Okay, the books I have out at the moment are: The Seelie Princess; Rise of the Dragons; The Seelie Queen (they make up the fantasy trilogy); Nan Nose Best – about how a teenage girl’s nan posts on her social media page and the change it has on the family when her posts go viral; Sunshine Girl – a paranormal story about a girl who’s not quite dead enough, oh, and The Christmas Turkey – a rhyming story for youngsters that looks at Christmas from the point of view of an enterprising little turkey.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Get stuck in! Find out what works for you – do you need to write an outline of your story? Or are you just going to start writing with a good idea of where you want it to go? There’s no right or wrong way, just your way. If your story gets told, it’s what’s good for you! Join writer groups if you can (Fiction Writing on Facebook is rather fab) but be prepared to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any advice that’s given out. I always lurk in the background and get a feel for who actually knows what they’re talking about before I’ll interact! Oh, and don’t ask family members to read your work, you won’t get true reactions from them – ask other writers to beta read for you (you’ll find these via the groups you join – and they won’t hold back on telling you where you need to sharpen up so be careful who you ask)!

Links to your writing:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Turner/e/B0142S490M
https://authorjmturner.wordpress.com/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.