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Today’s Tease…Rick Hudson

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Rick Hudson

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Rick Hudson

Title of the book you are promoting: Shrapnel

Link to purchase your Book: 

From Barnes & Noble at….

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Rick-Hudson-Shrapnel?store=book&keyword=Rick+Hudson+Shrapnel

From Amazon at ….

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Hudson/e/B00B5G2B14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382832086&sr=1-1

Direct from the publisher at….

http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/

While you’re there take a look at…

http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/interview-rick-hudson

Genre:  It lurks in the liminal territory between Literature and horror fiction. Kind of in the same playground as Chuck Palahniuk; Martin Amis; Franz Kafka and Jorg Lois Borges

Welcome  RH…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

Good! I am my favorite topic of conversation 🙂

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

RH: I assure you that I am not making this up, but the only thing I ever had any passion or desire to be was a writer. It never occurred to me to even consider anything else. I cannot imagine being anything else. I couldn’t handle being anything else. I could not never write and I could never not be a writer.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

RH: I love literature with a desperate passion and always have done. My favorite poet and one of the writers who has influenced me most is Ted Hughes. My list also features Martin Amis; Chuck Palahniuk; Henry Fielding; William Faulkner; Jane Austin; Milan Kundera and Franz Kafka. But I also like  and am influenced by popular writers such as Thomas Ligotti and HP Lovecraft. When I was a kid in the 1970s I devoured Marvel comics, and think they also had a significant impact upon my imagination and how I write. Particularly a comic book writer called Steve Gerber who, whilst working in mainstream comic books, wrote some very quirky stuff.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

RH: I’ve not self published so far, but there might come a time when I do. My short stories have appeared in mainstream and indie magazines and anthologies as well as having been broadcast by BBC Radio. My novel is with the Birmingham (UK) publisher Horror Express Publications who also publish my short fiction on a regular basis.

Nevertheless…. as I am quite experimental I can see that self-publishing has its attractions- and may go down that line in the future.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

RH: I like to see my work appear in a variety of formats and with a variety of publishers. I would of course like to see my work with a major publisher and have no qualms about being open about the fact that I would welcome the money and the increased exposure they would provide. Nevertheless, I am very passionate about all my writing and some is just so off the wall its natural place is with a small publisher.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

RH: My obsession with Cameron Diaz is legend, so it would be her. I find her a very attractive woman as she is one of the few Hollywood actresses who have a personality. She is also a bit of a ‘kooky chick’ and Ricks like kooky chicks. The only subject we would not discuss would be the absurd fantasy that she would not fall hopelessly in love with me.

Seriously, the most interesting and funniest people I know are my friends. I would like to have them all to dinner and – despite my rather flippant comment at the start of this interview – the only subject off limits would be me and my writing.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

RH: I think in reality there is too much violence and that it is of course a terrible thing. If there is too much sex in society, then can you show me where it is please? The link between sex and violence in the media / culture and whether it affects reality is a complex one- I’m not sold on the idea that there is a direct correlation. The UK has very strict censorship but it is quite a violent place. Also, a lot of the studies on this that have claimed that there is a causal link between violence in film / tv and violence in society have, by and large, been discredited. My fiction is often grotesquely violent, but there is an aesthetic agenda behind this: conflict is the motor behind all drama and violent conflicts can metaphorically represent more abstract conflicts within a narrative mechanism. I never feel concerned or conflicted by this: most great literature is actually deeply unpleasant and horrifically violent, and I never heard of anyone putting anyone’s eye out after watching King Lear or burning down Turkish cities after reading the Iliad.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

RH: I’m much more selfish than you; I would like my perpetual quest to find a woman who is more interested in books than hair-straightners to come to an end.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

RH: I don’t think it’s got any more important than it has been in the past. What is interesting about book cover design is that it makes the book its own marketing materials: product and advertising mechanism are combined in one object. This has been the case since the 1930s when the paperback emerged. Book jacket design really came into its own with the arrival of the paperback –  and it is interesting to note that it emerged at the same time ALL goods – baked beans, flour, tins of custard, everything – began to be mass marketed in colorful packaging. I think this is interesting and has a lot to do with technological and economic changes which interest me. I’m a ‘literary’ writer and people expect me to bemoan how evil the publishing industry is, and weep tears over the business side of publishing. OK, yeah, there are negative aspects to the business side of literature, BUT if the publishing industry had not emerged as a commercial enterprise aimed at mass selling then the only books that would be available would be those financed and supported by the church, wealthy patrons or the state.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

RH: Yes, always. It’s my deep, deep passion. It’s not that I can’t remember when I started, but I can’t remember not writing. Even as a tiny kid I’d be writing stories or making little comic books. When I got my first cassette recorder the first thing I did was write and tape a story.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

RH: I like the flash and the flair of words- I like constructing snappy and emotive turns of phrase and clever smarty-pants ways of saying things.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

RH: I often don’t know where I’m going. I will start with one element – it could be anything: a phrase, a character a scene, and the story will expand like some great chaotic amoeba from there.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

RH: Yes, I’ve always got several projects on the go. My principal ones at the moment are not fiction, but academic studies: one being a critical assessment of Ted Hughes, the other concerns the impact of classical Greek and Roman literature and mythology on contemporary literature.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 have been published and the other is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

RH: I have written five:  Shrapnel which is currently published; Heart Failure and Bedlam Lullabies are due out next year; Fifty Fathom Dreams (poetry) will be out soon but I have one completed novel – relatively conventional by my standards – which I have yet to find a publisher for. I am of course working on my sixth.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

RH: Fun, love, compulsion, desire and mischief. I don’t write for money, but I am very lucky that I can earn an income doing so.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

RH: Frankly, and I’ve said this before, I couldn’t give a fuck what people I know in real life think of my writing and I don’t give a fuck what readers think of me as a person. Some people I know don’t really ‘get’ why I write the way I do, but they acknowledge my talent and I’m fine with that.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

RH: I have so many ideas smashing around my head I think I’d need several lifetimes to get them all written. I have struggled to articulate ideas sometimes- then I’ve just put the pen down and thought ‘just leave it Rick, the more you worry the worse it will get. Just relax, watch TV, and go to the pub. It will come when you’re calmer and less worried about it’.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

RH: Yeah, read some books. I try not to vomit in the face of people who say they want to write, but don’t read. That’s like saying I want to be a musician but don’t listen to any music. I get this all the time and it pisses me off. If anyone comes up to me and says something along the lines of ‘I want to write can you help me please’ my first question will always be ‘who do you read?’ This fazes some people. But if you don’t read then: a. you don’t know what’s out there already; b. you haven’t got the passion and enthusiasm to make it as a writer; c. it probably means that you think writing a book is just writing down a sequence of events as they come into your head and don’t know anything about the mechanics and craft of writing. I won’t even entertain a conversation with anyone who wants to write but doesn’t read. The so-called ‘novel’ that these people want to write will invariably be a talentless, egocentric, maudlin ramble about stuff that has happened to them just scribbled out without the slightest knowledge, will or desire to engage other people’s interest. Proper writers know that they have to win readers; readers don’t owe them a duty to read any old boring shit they scribble down. If you want to succeed as a writer you have to make people fall in love with you; and poetics, rhetoric and literary devices are the writer’s tools of seduction. You only learn how to use them by reading books.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be

RH: I’m pretty happy with me as me.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

RH: I have a whole list of people I’d like to tell to go fuck themselves.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

RH: First, I would roar with merriment. The next thing I would do would be to contact the producers and director to congratulate them on having such a finely honed sense of aesthetic judgment. The first person I told would be whoever happened to be at hand; then I would become insufferable company – I’d flag down cars to tell the drivers, I’d climb to the top of the clock tower of Manchester Town Hall with a megaphone and announce it to the world. No one would be safe from me telling them about this. This behavior would go on until the film was released: then I’d go on about how the film didn’t do justice to my work and how shit it was etc etc and everyone would have to suffer this until I was contacted about doing a sequel, and then I’d change my mind and tell everyone that the first film was great.

Thank you for your funny and frank interview RH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Beer.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise if I can have walking in the Lake or Peak District. I’ll take bubble bath if I can’t…. and only if I am assisted by Cameron Diaz.

Favorite Color? Blue (like my eyes) or gray (because it compliments my eyes)

Take out or Dine in?  OUT. I can quite happily have breakfast, dinner and tea out on the same day. I live on my own and I get bored being in all the time. I usually only eat in if I have a guest.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel, and an expensive one at that. Fuck off with your camping!

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate! Sport has always struck me as being a bit gay (not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, obviously). Why should I, a heterosexual male, gain any pleasure from watching other blokes do anything, let alone run about with a bunch of other blokes on a field? Dancing is much more fun, and has the bonus that you can do it with girls rather than other blokes (not that there’s anything wrong with…. etc…etc…)
Dogs or Cats? It depends; do they come with a salad? Actually, I have had both in the past and have liked both. I have neither at the moment, but that’s because my exciting glamorous life style means that I would not be able to give them the attention they needed.

Favorite Food? I love ALL food. I have a particular liking for Italian and Indian. Oh, and French. Most really. I am also a fan of English cooking – which is very underestimated internationally – there is some fantastic English food out there, but for some reason I think we must hide it from Americans when they come over here. I’m a BIG fan of: traditional English breakfast and roast dinners IF they are done properly.

Favorite Song? I don’t have a favorite song, but I am a big fan of REM and Pink Floyd.

Favorite Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life or Psycho, can’t make up my mind

Favorite Car? Big fan of American muscle cars: Ford Mustangs, Dodge Challengers – that sort of thing

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Are you insane? SEX obviously: and the harder, the dirtier and the more frequent the better

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

RH:  Well, first, I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do. I wouldn’t go whisking any girls off to Paris. In films if you whisk girls off to Paris they melt into your arms and say ‘Oh, Rick this is magical, I love you. Marry me’. In reality, however, what they do is moan about how much dog shit there is and how the Harvey Nix isn’t as good as the one in Leeds and get into a sulk because a waiter in a cafe looked at them in a funny way and complain about not being able to use the toilet. So, no more whisking! But, I would like to take a very special woman to a very small hotel in the Lake District. I’d take her for walks in the forest and by the lakes. I’d take her out for meals and go dancing with her in the moonlight… I’ll leave the rest to your dirty imagination!

Thanks for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Rich Hudson’s 

Shrapnel

at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Hudson/e/B00B5G2B14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382832086&sr=1-1

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Today’s Tease…The lovely and Talented Dina Rae!

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease…The lovely and Talented Dina Rae!

Name or Pen Name you use: Dina Rae

Title of the book you are promoting: Halo of the Nephilim

Link to purchase your Book: Will be published on May 1st.  Here is the link for Halo of the Damned: http://www.amazon.com/Halo-of-the-Damned-ebook/dp/B0075XQYDM/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1366574700&sr=8-1&keywords=halo+of+the+damned

Genre:  Horror, PNR

Welcome DR….I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

DR: A professional tennis player.  But my parents didn’t have any money for anything, let alone lessons.  I love to play and belong to an indoor club that I joined as a young adult.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing.  Who influenced you in your writing career?

DR: I love nonfiction, but can never remember the author names.  I also love King, Dan Brown, Rice, Childs, Preston, Rosenberg, LaHaye, Jenkins, George RR Martin, and am getting into Deborah Harkness.  I love to read any genre, but really love a story with a lot of research. I want to walk away from a book and learn something that I didn’t know before.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher.  Are you an Indie or published author?

DR: I am both-The Last Degree was my first book and was published by an unscrupulous publisher who never paid me along with breaking all kinds of promises.  I canceled the contract and figured out how to put it up on Amazon.  Did the same with Bad Juju.  My novels Halo of the Damned and Halo of the Nephilim are with Eternal Press

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

DR: I think sex and violence are part of life and do not mind seeing them on cable TV, R-rated movies, or other adult forums such as radio and literature. Most offensive forms are regular TV shows that air early in the evening.  As the mother of two teenage girls, when I see it on shows such as Awkward, Glee, 2 Broke Girls, etc.-shows that are “designed” for kids-I get really pissed.  For example, Glee.  That show has got a very liberal agenda that has no business being shoved down teenage throats.  Then there is that new show about teenage girls who are pregnant-c’mon.  Of course there is Jersey Shore-wtf?

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen I truly would have world peace in the blink of an eye. If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

DR: There will never be world peace b/c money will always exploit and religion will always control.  As a Christian, I of course think that my religion is the one that will get me into Heaven.  Someone who is Muslim will never agree with me and vice versa.  Toleration works for me, but obviously not for radicals.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

DR: It depends…If you’re Stephen King, all you need is your name in gigantic print with no background and it’s a guaranteed best seller.  For the little guy just breaking into the world of writing it could be a major part of sales.  Titles are also a big part.  I’m new to all of this and am learning on a day-to-day basis.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

DR: I always thought being an author would be fun.  I got laid off from my teaching position and had the time.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character.  What interests you most about a story?

DR: I like the characters, but am most interested in the plot, subplot, and story line.

LH: I write for fun. Do you write for fun or money?

DR: Obviously fun-LOL!  Money would be nice!

You are just awesome Dina….Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? When I was young it was Jack Daniels.  Now it’s Vitamin water.

Favorite Color? Green-the color of money-haven’t seen that color in a while!

Dogs or Cats? Dogs!!!!!!!!!  I have two-a wolf mix and German Shepherd.  Cats don’t deserve to live-just kiddingJ

Favorite Food? Love food-probably pizza and nachos.

Favorite Song? Anything by the Grateful Dead.

Favorite Movie? Devil’s Advocate, Ninth Gate, Da Vinci Code, Angel Heart, Fallen, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, Angels and Demons, Glory, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, JFK, Life is Beautiful, could go on and on and on.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both.
I like to jam candy bars in my face while sitting on top of my husband-LOL!  Just kidding.  That would have to be a turn-off for most men.  But yes, there is a connection.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today and make sure get your copy of …Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, Bad Juju, and Halo of the Nephilim on due out May 1 st on any of these sites! 

http://www.amazon.com/Halo-of-the-Damned-ebook/dp/B0075XQYDM/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1366574700&sr=8-1&keywords=halo+of+the+damned 

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Today’s Tease…A.K. Kuykendall

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease A.K. Kuykendall

Your Name or Pen Name you use: A.K. Kuykendall

Title of the book you are promoting: The Evolution of the Patron Saint, book #1 in the Conspirator’s Odyssey series and The Possession, book #1 in the Writer’s Block trilogy

Link to purchase your Book [Conspirator’s Odyssey series]:

http://www.amazon.com/Conspirators-Odyssey-A-K-Kuykendall/dp/1623520002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377086735&sr=8-1&keywords=conspirator%27s+odyssey+by+a.k.+kuykendall

Link to purchase your Book [Writer’s Block trilogy]:

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Block-Trilogy-Possession-Volume/dp/1936085712/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377086876&sr=8-1&keywords=Writer%27s+Block+by+a.k.+kuykendall

Genre:  Conspirator’s Odyssey [Thriller] / Writer’s Block [Horror]

Welcome  AK….I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

AK: Superman of course!

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

AK: What inspires me is lengthy and convoluted as I’ve been inspired by many factions throughout my life. The world is beautiful; lending so much to the cause of many artists from all walks of life and artistic shticks. My life has been one marred with complexities I’m literally writing my way through. Though I haven’t perfected this chosen path, I will continue to follow this invisible muse through to the end. Inspirations are abundant! Some of my favorites are Rod Serling’s 1959—1964 series the Twilight Zone to The Mercury Theatre’s October 30, 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio; where actor Orson Welles continues to frighten the hell out of me. What H.G. Wells created has been a huge inspiration for me. I’ve long been particularly fond the poetry of Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, Sir Thomas Brown, and the novels of George Elliot, Charlette and Emily Bronte, Stephen King, Rick Hautala, Michael Marshall, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Patterson, Jack Higgins, S.E. Chase, and Nicholas Sparks to name a few.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

AK: I’m a traditionally published author! Writer’s Block: The Possession was published by Felsen Press and imprint of Decent Hill Publishers 2012 and Conspirator’s Odyssey: The Evolution of the Patron Saint was published by IntoPrint Publishers 2013.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

AK: It would be President John F. Kennedy! I wouldn’t discuss his involvement with Marilyn Monroe because, although all of America knew of his sporadic extramarital affairs, they also realize that no one’s perfect. People act as if, just because he was married and held the title of America’s Commander in Chief, they expected him to morph into some sort of drone incapable of recognizing a nice piece of ass when he saw one. Now, I’m not implying that I condone his actions, but then again, who am I or anyone else in this world to judge him, especially when his actions had no bearing on his extraordinary accomplishments pre and post his assassination.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

AK: Not concerned nor conflicted! When you’re accustomed to the matrix, you’re already lost in translation.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

AK: That sexism, racism, and prejudice was never an unethical weapon used by mankind, but more importantly; that it wasn’t perpetuated within our world to this very day.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

AK: Extremely important!

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

AK: I didn’t always want to write, but was an extremely passionate reader. I was fascinated in the places I’ve been using my imagination in cahoots with the words of the storytellers I read. I began writing in college!

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

AK: The journey!

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

AK: By simply stroking the keys of my typewriter.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

AK: Currently, I’m working on book #2 in the Writer’s Block trilogy entitled Purgatory. Also, I’m gathering pertinent US classified Intel as a stepping stone for the next book in the Conspirator’s Odyssey series entitled Origin.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

AK: I’ve written two novels and both have been published.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

AK: I write for the journey, which is fun! However, you never know when a story idea will yield a million dollars

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

AK: Just getting them to read what I write, objectively!

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

AK: Yes, I’ve experienced writer’s block! How I overcame it, however, is hidden within the pages of my novel The Possession, the first book in the Writer’s Block Trilogy that parallels the experiences of Author Gregory Stillingsworth.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

AK: First, I admire anyone who’d dare brave the waters of my chosen shtick and who’d step foot into an area of artistry that I find so fascinating. Your level of experience is of no concern to me as you’ve chosen to step into the same waters as us all. You’ve chosen to put brush to your canvas and I stand in support therefore you have my vote. I’m sure your painting’s [figuratively speaking] will eventually gain the admiration of many, but for now you must arm yourself with the strongest tool a writer could ever have at their disposal: and editor. Remember, you are the ideas craftsman, but an editor’s core objective is to bring said ideas into focus. Be smart when hiring an editor and learn from the editorial. Compare your original work to that of the editorial. This, I believe, will be the strongest path for any writer.

Last but not least, each of us has a duty to inform the masses about our chosen shtick because everyone needs to know why we love the written word. Why we write. Why we put ink to paper. Why we dare to proclaim ourselves storytellers in a world where books and reading are damn near second to the moving story. Why we covertly, overtly, and strategically attempt to journey all back to a time when the imagination was our collective muse. Books are inanimate objects and only animate when a reader lightly peels back that first page and allows the story to unfold—lighting a robust fire under the ass of a reader’s dormant imagination.

We are authors!

We were once gods of villages at a time children and elders, nightly, sat at our feet anxious to lend an ear to our words. As writers we must make it abundantly clear to all, that supporting our efforts in every way is a noble undertaking. So as you take your next steps as a writer wherever your career happens to be at present, stand tall and let the world know exactly who we are and why we deserve support.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

AK: If I could change anything it would unequivocally be the fashion in which I lost my virginity—the details of which are classified.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

AK: If time travel were possible, I’d go back in time to tell President John F. Kennedy that his wife is scored in a major way by his redundant extramarital escapades and is planning, along with others, to have him assassinated.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

AK: I’d handle it like a champ. And my wife would be the first person I told.

Thanks for that deep and insightful interview AK…Now… for the fun stuff!

 Favorite Beverage? Root Beer

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Cereal

Favorite Song? Power of Love by Huey Lewis

Favorite Movie? Superman

Favorite Car? Aston Martin DB5

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

AK: I would take a first class trip to the Canals of Venice on a grand excursion with the love of my life who just happens to be my wife—Magdiel Kuykendall.

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Today’s Tease…Stephen Landry

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with  Today’s Tease Stephen Landry

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Stephen Landry

Title of the book you are promoting:  Deep Darkness

Link to purchase your Book:  http://igg.me/at/DeepDarkness/x/3892584

Genre:  Science fiction / horror / military

Other Special Talents we should know about: I am a graphic designer with a 4 year degree, mixed media (acrylic, graffiti, chalk, sketch, etc) artist, and indie filmmaker. I also like to consider myself a professional video gamer J I’ve play tested several video games and even helped work on the artwork for a few mobile releases. 

Welcome  SL…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

SL: I always wanted to be a film director. George Lucas was my greatest inspiration growing up. I still have a “Star Wars” collection of over a hundred figures and ships at my parents house that I am hoping to pass to my kids one day.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

SL: China Mieville. His work blew my mind. The worlds he created from nothing were amazing. I knew after reading some of his works that writing a book was the best outlet for my overactive imagination.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

SL: Self published. I currently have some short stories on smashwords and a few other various websites.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

SL: I would love to work with a traditional publisher because it would give me more time to write and world build.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

SL: Guillermo Del Toro and we would not discuss politics.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. It’s kind of ironic that we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

SL: I agree. It is conflicting. It feels like a double standard in a way. I think people do use media as an outlet though. A lot of my story is about overcoming violence and hardship as much as it is about survival.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

SL: If world peace is on the table then that is a must. Otherwise I wouldn’t children to go hungry.

LH: A little birdie told me you are a graphic artist…in fact, I know you did a beautiful book cover for my book “A Beautiful Liar” How did you get into that and is that your only artistic talent?

SL: I have been drawing since I was in diapers … it was mostly on the walls with crayons back then but after that it turned to spray paint then somehow shifted into CD covers, book covers, websites, t shirts and all things graphic design. I also shoot short films, work in vfx, and I can play guitar, bass, and drums.

LH: My mother was a wonderful artist; I however, cannot draw a stick figure! Where did your artistic ability come from or are you self taught? Will you indulge us with some of your favorite work?

SL: My mother is an amazing artist so I have to contribute that to her. I have also had training at a fine art college where I would paint, sketch, and design things forty hours a week.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start? When did you decide that you wanted to start doing covers as well?

SL: I have been writing all my life. Deep Darkness is my first “real” novel though. I have always wanted create worlds and characters for other people to escape into.

I actually just started doing covers last year when a certain sound designer (that worked on Batman Begins) asked me to design a book cover for him. It was a great experience and I had so much fun with it I began taking on other opportunities. Indie authors are the best to work with hands down.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

SL: I am a huge fan of world building. Fantasy, science fiction, alternative fiction, steampunk, etc. All the greats create living breathing worlds down to the last detail, BUT if the story doesn’t have interesting characters and depth then all that world building is in vain.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

SL: My stories play out in my head like movies. A lot of what my characters experience though are things that reflect my own life with the exception of the alien worlds, giant monsters, and space travel of course. Though I did sign up for the Mars mission. (application taken into consideration)

There are certain parts in Deep Darkness that the main character see’s into the past through another characters perspective. That character from world war 2 and his perspective is based on my grandfather and other war veterans I have had the absolute honor of meeting.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

SL: I am working on a project with two other talented authors. We’re writing a science fiction book together.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

SL: I have published several short stories online and a novella. The first book I ever actually wrote I made when I was twelve. It was eighty pages and all about mechs fighting demons and other mechs in space . Only my parents get to read that one though. I have also written several short films some of which have been produced by independent companies and film scripts.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

SL: Fun

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

SL: My family loves my creative side and I get it all from them but sometimes I know it’s scary for them. Some of my stuff can be dark. I have used writing as a release to cope with one of my friend’s death and that always makes it difficult. For the most part all my friends are just as creative as me so there is a great balance and support structure there. Many of us work on projects together.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

SL: I’v never had writers block… Maybe the opposite where I map out a thousand different ways a story could go. I have books filled with unused plot lines, deleted scenes, etc.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

SL: Don’t ever EVER give up. Don’t let other writers get to you. Believe in yourself. Believe in your work. If it is something you enjoy reading and doing someone else will enjoy it with you.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

SL: I would have saved some people.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

SL: I would go back in time and tell one of my friends how much he meant to me. How much I would miss him. I would tell him he was like a brother to me and helped me in more ways then he would ever know how.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

SL: Once my novel Deep Darkness is published I am hoping to turn it into a feature whether that is live action or animated is still a ways off but I am brainstorming with several different studios now on various ways to do it. I am also working with a group of local artists/creatives to make a short film/movie pitch that we’re going to release either around the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Thanks for that fun and fascinating interview SL…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Huge fan of a homemade Mocha Frappe (mocha, vanilla ice cream, milk, and a pinch of sugar blended together with a small amount of crushed ice)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath 🙂

Favorite Color? Blue… no green… no red… black

Take out or Dine in? Dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Depends on the sports. I enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, and other extreme sports. I also consider racing, drifting, and video gaming a sport. J but I don’t like football, soccer, or baseball – they just aren’t for me.

Dogs or Cats? BOTH. I have both. I have a shepherd/husky mix and a Siamese mix

Favorite Food? Flatbread pizza

Favorite Song? Anything NIN, Tool, Deftones, Palms, Isis, A Perfect Circle, Imagine Dragons, Animal Collective, Bright Eyes, Tegan and Sara, etc. No one song can do it has to be a playlist.

Favorite Movie? Apocalypse Now, Hellboy, Dredd, Oblivion, 28 Days Later, Pans Labyrinth, Hunter Prey –  again there are way too many to name.

Favorite Car? I own it. 😉 Subaru WRX

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

SL: I hate essay questions. I always draw here on tests. 😉

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Australia and it would be with my girlfriend aka the love of my life and muse for over three years. We would explore the outback.

 Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Stephen Landry’s

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Today’s Tease…Chantal Bellehumeur

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Chantal Bellehumeur

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Chantal Bellehumeur

Title of the book you are promoting:  Just.Another.Common.Killer

Link to purchase your Book: 

You can buy all my novels directly from my publishers, but it is cheaper on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Chantal-Bellehumeur/e/B008YX5YGK

 Genre:  Horror

Welcome  CB…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

CB: Thanks for hosting me.  I am happy to answer your questions.

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

CB: I use to make jewelry with cut straws, plastic beads, macaroni noodles and such and told my mother that I was going to open up a jewelry store for poor people.  I then moved on to wanting to be an astronaut because I wished to go into space.  Then I got confused.  Thought about acting and ended up being a writer instead.  I just do it as a hobby though. 

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?     

CB: My mother always encouraged me to write as a child.  I used to do drawings that dictate my stories to her before I knew how to put words together.  I never really thought about publishing anything until a friend of mine told me I should.

My friends, family, and even co-workers have been encouraging me to continue writing.  My son even showed his support by working on a fantasy novel with me and then proudly showing off the published book to everyone.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

CB: I am an Indie publisher.

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

CB: I would not say no if a publishing company approached me because self publishing is expensive and a lot of my time is spent trying to promote my books.  With no budget, it is very hard to get the word out…I would just be afraid of a traditional publisher wanting to change my style of writing or something like that.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

CB: I believe our thoughts are the same here.  Lol  Trying to think of somebody else…Tim Burton, and I would not discuss books with him.  Then again, if I could get him to direct a movie based on one of my creepy stories from «Thirteen-A Compilation of Short stories» I am sure that he would make it very original.  I love his style!

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

CB: Everything has its place.  There is nothing wrong with sexual content, but sometimes I find it is placed where there is no need for it.  I have been in awkward situations watching a movie or show with my son, who is now twelve, were we both get uncomfortable because something sexual randomly pops up.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

CB: World peace would indeed be nice.  I would also like it if nobody was ever starving or seriously ill.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

CB: I hate people who judge a book purely by its cover, but unfortunately it is the first thing everyone sees.  So, it is important to try and create a book cover that catches the eyes.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

CB: I always wrote yes. I used to create mini books by stapling pieces of papers together.  I had a writing folder at school too, which I kept.  As a teenager, I started working on short stories and novels.  My sister and I attempted to write a movie script.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

CB: It depends on what I am writing.  I will admit that the main character of my Veronica Series, which include «Veronica’s Soap Opera Life», «Veronica’s Attempt at romance», and «Veronica’s Happily Ever After» was highly based on me.  Veronica has my personality and I kind of turned her into somebody I would have wanted to be in the sense that she found her happiness in the end of all her bad luck with men.

When I worked on Just.Another.Common.Killer, it was the mystery of Jack the Ripper’s murders that really interested me.  I have always been fascinated with the killer and decided to base a modern character on him; his reincarnation really.  I love horror movies and wanted to create a monster of my own.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

CB: Sometimes there is like a movie playing inside my head too.  I mostly get inspired by life in general or dreams.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

CB: Yes. I started writing short stories for The Suburban Online Magazine.  My first story, «A Mother’s Love», was published in the April 26 issue.  «A father’s promise» will be published in June, followed by «An unplanned Wedding» in July.  I am currently working on a new story with the same characters for an August publication.  I already have an idea for the story that will follow.  My stories can be read for FREE by going to www.thesuburban.com and clicking on their magazine tab.  I post direct links on my Facebook author page when the stories become available.  People can follow me at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chantal-Bellehumeur-public-author-page/347446362035640

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

CB: I published 7 novels in total.  Titles include:

Fictional diaries, «Veronica’s Soap Opera Life», «Veronica’s Attempt at romance», and «Veronica’s Happily Ever After»

Horror novel «Just.Another.Common.Killer»

Mystery book «Thirteen-A Compilation of Short Stories»

Fantasy novel «Sdrawkcab»

Fictional health novel «Hope», write to make people understand what living with Colitis is like

I hope to continue writing short stories for The Suburban Online Magazine.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

CB: I write for fun; have not made back the money I invested in my novels.

Glad that The Suburban is publishing my short stories at no cost to me.   In fact, they are giving me very good exposure.

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

CB: A lot of my characters are originally based on me or events in my life so sometimes people look at the other characters of my stories and see similarities to themselves and think that the way I portrays those characters is how I view them, or that I am talking about them when I am not… If I make my characters do bad things, like kill or torture, some people ask me how I could come up with it as though I was the one doing it rather than my characters.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

CB: On occasion, but it usualy doesn’t last.  More often than not, my ideas flow faster than I can write them down.  lol

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

CB: Keep writing, don’t let critics get to you but rather take in positive feedback.  Constructive criticism can be good though.  Also, help other authors since they can also help you.  It is good to have support all around.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

CB: I was diagnosed with Colitis, which is a serious digestive illness, about 3 and a half years ago.  If I could go back to being perfectly healthy and being able to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted without suffering any consequences that would be great!

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

CB: Hummm.  Can I give my parents the numbers for a winning lottery ticket?  lol

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

CB: I could totally handle it!  I actually looked into that at one point because people told me that Just.Another.Common.Killer would make a good horror flick.  My son keeps saying he wants my fantasy novel Sdrawkcab to be a movie.  I found out that it is very complicated and expensive to just try pitching the idea, with no guarantees that my suggestion would even be seen.

I would also like to point out that I have a small background in acting so I would probably ask to do a cameo or something if one of my books got turned into a movie.   (I have to say that I am normally shy when I am not a character.)

My son is starting to show interest in acting now so I am sure that if Sdrawkcab got turned into a movie he would want to be part of the cast, even if he was just an extra.

Anyways, if one of my stories got turned into a movie I would tell my son first, then contact my boyfriend, and proceeded to calling my mom, my sister, and my dad (in that order).  My best friend Sarah would be next, and then the rest of my close friends.  I would definitely post the news on Facebook!

Thank you for that interesting interview CB….Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Ice tea on a warm day, hot chocolate when it is cold.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Bubble bath

Favorite Color? Black.  Okay, I know it is not a technically color.  I still say black.

Take out or Dine in? I like to go out and sit on a terrace or have a pic-nick, but sometimes it is fun to order in and eat in front of the TV.

Camping or Hotel?  Camping to get away from the word for a  weekend, but hotel if touring in a city.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate!!!

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Favorite Food?  Pasta, medium rare steak.  CHOCOLATE!

Favorite Song?  Don’t have one in particular.  I like music I can dance to.

Favorite Movie? Hard to pick.  First thing that comes to mind RIGHT NOW; I like the Scream series.

Favorite Car? I don’t know anything about cars.  I don’t even have a license.  Why?  I daydream too much and believe I would be dangerous on the roads.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Good, cause I say both.

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

CB: I like the idea of a secret trip.  I would go to Italy with my boyfriend and turn the trip into a romantic getaway.

Thank you for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up your copy of Chantal Bellehumeur’s

Just.Another.Common.Killer

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