John L. Monk:
Interview with Mr. Evil himself. Totally looking forward to “Demon Frenzy”.
Originally posted on Dirty Little Bookers:
Thank you to our CALLING ALL INDIES! winner and new boogeyman for infiltrating our happy place with some pretty indelible horror imagery. Here we get to know a little bit about the mysterious writer/professor, and why he may never write again (NOOOOOOO!!!!!!). Enjoy.
DLB: What do you want readers to find when they open The Bad Box?
HC: A dark jewel with many facets. I want them to be constantly entertained to the last page, often chilled to the bone, and at least occasionally moved. Horror needs to be entertaining, thrilling, and scary or else it’s not worth reading. But I think a good horror novel should also have a resonance that lasts after the last page is turned. What interests me most in the horror genre is the element of the fantastic, and I think the resonance I’m talking about requires this element.
Some people say that supernatural…
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Just wanted to say it’s done(ish). Still a lot of editing to do, lots of mistakes and inconsistencies to fix. I mean, I have people’s hair color changing from one chapter to the next, and they’re not even teenagers. But I did it, I finished the sequel to Kick, and I’m happy with the result.
I thought I’d spice-up my word count Ralphie this weekend.
I think I’m going to invest in one of those word count tracker things for the blog. My problem is I have a wordpress.com site, and they limit the plugins available. I need to do more research. Meanwhile, this last week was touch and go for a while. By Friday, I’d only written 4,000 words. I’d hit a transitional point in the story (the middle), and had to go slow while I sorted it out. That’s right, I’m writing the middle :) I actually wrote the ending first, the beginning second, and…yes, complicated and obtuse, but that’s how it happened. Anyway, sitting at 69k of fun for the whole family. I’d like to end it at around 80k, but if not, so be it. Who wants to read long strings of “very very very very” in front of everything? Anyway, it looks like the first draft of the sequel to Kick will be done in a week or two. During the editing phase, I may drop a few comments on how I’m doing with it, but that’s it.
Ok, this message is to the 12.5 people out there who actually come to my sad little blog and read about my dumb word counts every week. First of all, thank you, you rock. Second of all, allow me to return the favor by telling you a rather astonishing piece of news: Dell Zero is now available on Amazon.
Dell Zero, by Carol Ervin, author of Girl on the Mountain, is hands-down one of the best dystopian sci-fi novels I’ve ever read (I beta’d it). The story was so incredible, and the writing so good, that I recently offered to buy it for a friend of mine. And seriously, me buying stuff for people? I don’t do that, I’m way too cheap. I mean look at the masthead on my blog — it’s my book cover, stretched wide. Who does that, really?
For centuries, Vita-meds have kept the Chapter’s populace at peace and on task, constantly restored to youth and vigor. How wonderful it should be! But on meds, everyone forgets, and John doesn’t feel wonderful. Now his colleague is missing, and though no one in the Chapter ever disappears, John fears he may be next. And what is he to make of his colleague’s replacement, Dell? Is she an aberration, a worker who has survived for centuries without transformation, or an outlaw, one of the species who breed in the wild?
Even Dell doesn’t know where she came from. She’s grown up in the system without being part of it. If she’s not careful she’ll be branded an outlaw. She’s desperate to belong somewhere, maybe to someone, but in the Chapter, no one loves, and no one breeds.
The Chapter of the immortals is crumbling, threatened by sloppy work, sabotage and power struggles. While old-timers languish, newborns like Dell–-the ones who haven’t been transformed–-will save or destroy their world.
John L. Monk:
Why Lindy Moone writes (the shocking untold story)…
Originally posted on Belly-up!:
I’ve been asked by Christina L. Rozelle, author of The Truth About Mud (the second-longest story in my troll anthology), to post “Why I Write.” If you have blog-hopped here from there, thank you for coming. If you have hopped here from elsewhere, please hop on over to the link above. (Not now! Sheesh!)
Of course, there are lots of answers to Christina’s question — a different one for every day. A month ago I might have answered glibly, “Because it’s fun to wantonly use adverbs,” and run away — figuratively, of course, since my ass was firmly planted in this chair and it was hot, so my elbows were hopelessly stuck to the desk. (They still are.)
Here’s me, showing my panties to a cabbage
I started writing (actually printing) as a four-year-old, when I made up stories about the family that lived in my closet — the closet I…
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I just posted something about “jungle-search.com”. Sorry for the back-to-back posts, but I just got permission to post Tammy K’s wonderful breakdown on how she chooses her ebooks. It’s sort of fascinating:
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Tammy K, of Pro-Active Destruction says…
Yesterday, while on Facebook, I came across an author asking about her book’s blurb and cover. She was looking for ways to increase her downloads/sales.
I offered her some advice on her cover. Today I seen that she had ideas to improve her books blur (description).
The more that I thought about this conversation the more I pondered the ‘reasons’ that I download one book over another.
When I browse titles at any website, a couple of things are running through my mind before I even click on the books.
• I have X amount of time to shop.
• I have x amount of room on my kindle/cloud
• I have an interesting in reading w, x, y and z genres
• I have X amount of money left on my monthly eBook allowance.