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My Interview on the Independent Paranormal

You can read the interview I gave, I thought it came out rather good. http://independentparanormal.blogspot.com/2011/03/interview-with-wt-hughes-author-of.html

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I gave an interview

I gave an interview to the Written Connection, you can read it here http://bit.ly/huJqDj

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Interview of J.E. Taylor

I recently interviwed  J.E. Taylor, you can view her author spotlight here.

Q: Who are the three most influential authors to you?

 A: Stephen King –  I loved being scared – after all, wandering through a cemetery at midnight was a fun past time for me and my friends in high school – so his stories certainly fit the bill in satisfying my adrenaline rush needs.  

Lawrence Sanders – this is the first “serial killer” series that I read and I think I was in high school and I can still remember both story lines of The First Deadly Sin and The Third Deadly Sin.  Chilling.

Sidney Sheldon – two of my favorites were Rage of Angels – which after reading I actually entertained becoming a lawyer but I didn’t end up following that career path – and Master of the Game which impressed upon me the weaving of generations into one dark and multifaceted story. 

Q: What are your three favorite stories/books?

A: The Stand
Executive Orders
The Skin Trade

Q: What type of horror do you write – thrillers, cosmic horror, strange fiction, gothic horror, or something else?

A: Most of my writing falls into the thriller vein – whether mainstream thriller or erotic thriller or gory thriller, I’ve been told they read more like a horror novel and that could be due to my propensity to ratchet up the tension in a story. 

I do have a couple short stories that I would categorize as more traditional horror – Nightmares and Grayson House.

You can find my full list of short stories and novels here on Amazon.

Q:   Have you ever collaborated with another writer or considered collaborating?

A: I’ve toyed with the idea, but never followed through with it.  An opportunity to co-write a Noir fiction book came up, but my voice was so far from the original author that I couldn’t fathom trying to write something cohesive.   If I were to go this route, it would have to be with a like-minded author who is just as twisted as I am. 

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your work?

A: Primarily nightmares – they usually spark of an idea and I go from there.  Other influences in no particular order: current events, history, personal experiences and so on and so forth. 

Q: What can you tell us about your current project?

A: My most recent book – Hunting Season – is up on Amazon in paperback and I’m currently waiting for the e-book items to publish.  Initially, I was planning on rolling this out in May, but it’s done, it’s edited and packaged and since I’m driving this one myself, I don’t have to wait for a particular date.   I will have a “formal” launch on May 13, 2011 and I wanted to make sure the book was available on all the proper venues before I roll out the red carpet. 

Hunting Season is a cross between Criminal Minds and Supernatural and I had a blast writing it.  Here’s the blurb:

When Kyle Winslow escapes from custody and targets everyone Special Agent Steve Williams cares about, a turn of fate brings Steve face to face with Ty Aris – a criminal mastermind topping the FBI’s most wanted list.  Torn between justice and vengeance, Steve must make a decision. Join alliances with Ty, or arrest him and lose his best chance to catch the bastard who destroyed his family.   

Q:  Do you belong to any writer organizations?

A: Yes.  I’m in a local chapter of Romance Writers of America and I’m a member of Backspace (www.bksp.org) which I would highly suggest for any new writers on the block – I learned so much from the folks in the Backspace forum and would not be as far as I am without their help and influence.

Q: Are you a published or self published author?

A: Both.  My first five books were published through a small e-publisher family.  The erotic thrillers through eXcessica and the mainstream through their sister company Fido Publishing.   My side job of formatting manuscripts for eXcessica has put me in a position where I’m ready to venture on my own with Hunting Season.  Of course, I called in a couple favors and had the book edited and proofed before I rolled it out and for a self-published author this step is very important to bring an error free book to the virtual shelves. 

Q:  When was your first work published and how many do you have published to date?

A: My first story Nightmares was accepted by Niteblade and published in December of 2008.  My first published novel – Dark Reckoning (the first in the Steve Williams series) came out last year on my birthday.  July 5, 2010.  Very nice birthday gift. 

As of today, with the inclusion of Hunting Season, I have six books published.  I also have eleven short stories available through Smashwords and Amazon.   

You can find out more about me and my books at my website: www.JETaylor75.comStop in, sign the guestbook and let me know what you think. 

Thanks for having me!

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Interview With Horror Writer Kipp Poe Speicher

I had a chance to chat with indie writer and amateur film maker Kipp Speicher. You can find his books on Amazon here.

Q: Who are the three most influential authors to you?

A: Edgar Allen Poe has been my biggest influence since I first started reading, and it is how I got the nick name Kipp Poe.

Then comes my strange obsession with John Milton and his epic poem Paradise Lost.

I have read many other horror writers for many years with King, Barker, and Straub but now I have been reading a lot of William S. Burroughs his stuff is out there but his language is so unique.

Q: What are your three favorite stories/books?

A: Clive Barker’s A Thief of Always
Poe’s The Raven
Roderick Macleish Prince Ombra Just looked on Amazon it’s going for $40 and I have the hard cover.

Q: Do you write fiction or non-fiction? If fiction do you write a specific genre?

A: I only write fiction and it would fall under strange Horror, I’m also working on a crime novel with very strange elements in it. But all my work is very dark and dreadful.

Q: Have you ever collaborated with another writer or considered collaborating?

A: I have not yet but have been considering it I have met some of the greatest writers in just under a year that has the same passion I have for stories of darkness that I think could work well with.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your work?

A: I have once again fallen in love with reading again and with my Kindle I can pick up some many different types of works. I have been reading lots of pulp crime novels that brings lots of inspiration. I am also obsessed with music that I feed my imagination plenty.

Q: What can you tell us about your current project?

A: I’m working on three projects right now
LISTEN: is an end of the world type book dealing with nature.
THE NEW JUNK: Sex, Drugs, and Bugs
A Question Of Time: The return of the Torso Killer tears apart another small town in Ohio

Having read extensively about the Butcher of Kingsbury Run I’m looking forward to what you do with this last one.

Q: Do you belong to any writer organizations?

A: No not yet but I have been looking into it, I’m thinking of starting one if I can’t find one to get a group of writers together and critique each other work, and help out in marketing our work.

Q: Are you a published or self published author?

A: I am self published I like the ability to write unrestrained and work on any project I want to work on. I really like the marketing and social networking of the whole process, I also like doing my cover art and tinker around doing trailers for my books.

It is a great time for the Writer, and the Reader right now with the eBook revolution we are able to find great books that probably never would of seen the light of day, and also we can find an audience for what we write.

Thanks for the interview it was fun
You can visit Kipp on his youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/kippoe and watch some of his trailers and videos.  You can also visit him at his blog here or follow him on twitter.

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Interview with Horror Writer Shana Hammaker

I recently had the chance to interview indie author Shana Hammaker. Shana has been writing a series of short stories entitled Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011 which are available on Amazon.

Q: Who are the three most influential authors to you?

A: Stephen King, Clive Barker, and David Sedaris (the only odd man out!)

Q: What are your three favorite stories/books?

A: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson; The Stand by Stephen King; and It by Stephen King…honestly there are so many more, but since I’m limited to 3…

Q: What type of horror do you write thrillers, cosmic horror, strange fiction, gothic horror, or something else?

A: I’m trying my hand at all kinds of thrillers lately, since my current project is a year-long short thriller series. I like to infuse my horror with a bit of absurd humor, and I like to write stories that keep the reader looking over his shoulder and jumping at unknown noises.
And to be honest, I’d love to know what “cosmic horror” is, cause I’ve never heard of it. Sounds like fun!

For examples of cosmic horror see the The Color out of Space, The Call of Cthulhu, The Other Gods, or as a Stephen King fan IT would qualify somewhat. The arcana wiki defines cosmic horror as – a genre of horror where humans are as insects beneath vast, incomprehensibly powerful and alien entities. Ultimately, humanity is very likely doomed in such a world, and there is little that humans can do about it.

Q: Have you ever collaborated with another writer or considered collaborating?

A: I’ve never done a collaboration, and to be honest I don’t know if I’d be any good at it. But I’m open to trying anything once.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your work?

A: I get my inspiration everywhere. A quirky phrase picked up while eavesdropping, a fragment of a hazy dream, an image that springs to mind from nowhere and just won’t go away…literally anywhere.

My most recent published short began as a sentence that sprang to mind fully formed: “Knowing Julie’s head was hidden in his trunk gave Mike a hard-on he hoped the border guards wouldn’t notice.”

That became the opening sentence of Border Crossing.

Q: What can you tell us about your current project?

A: I’m three months into a year-long short thriller series I call Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011. Each month I publish a new short thriller on Amazon (and eventually also on the Nook) for $.99.

I’m using this as an opportunity to try my hand at all different kinds of thrillers. In January I published a psychological thriller: Charlie. In February I published a paranormal thriller: North of Forks, and this month I published Border Crossing, a revenge thriller.

Q: Do you belong to any writer organizations?

A: Nope.

Q: Are you a published or self published author?

A: I’m indie all the way. I LOVE the punk DIY feel of the whole thing.

Q: When was your first work published and how many do you have published to date?

A: Unless you include stuff I published in my college student newspaper (and who does?), then the first thing I published was the first short thriller of this series, Charlie, back in January.
And I’ve published three total short stories so far.

You can find the Facebook page for Shana’s book series here.



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