Friday, August 5, 2011

This week features radio host and debut author Joann Hamann-Buchanan



Joann Hamann-Buchanan is the host of FATE Radio's The Eclectic Artist Cave as well as a wonderful writier. Her debut book Soulless Light has been picked up by World Castle Publishing and will be available soon. She can be reached through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/theEAC1.

To Turn Pages would like to thank Joann for taking the time to stop by.


1: Did you always want to be a writer? Do you have a day job?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot. I wanted to fly. I couldn’t see though, so that wasn’t going to happen. Then when I was a kid, I was grounded A LOT.  I wasn’t allowed to watch tv or talk on the phone. I was only aloud to read or write. Well I had read everything I had so I started writing. I loved it right off the bat. I loved being able to escape and create new worlds and kill off people I was pissed with. 

My day job is my radio show called The Eclectic Artist Cave. I have a blast doing my show. I’m actually looking for a sponsor for it now that my numbers are good. I love being able to talk to some of the up and coming and current great writers we have today. I was able to talk to David B. Coe about writing and that was a dream come true. He is a huge influence in my writing and the way I write.


2: What is your favorite genre to read?

I like a lot of genre’s but I lean more towards horror and fantasy. I just love getting chills. I’m also a sucker for a good romance. There is nothing in the world like being able to disappear into a story.


3: Who is your favorite author?

Frank Herbert, David B. Coe, Stephen King, Cara Lockwook,  and I have just recently added R.A. Salvatore, Lindsey Gray and Joe Hill to that list. They draw me in and I am able to really get the feel of the characters. The stories take me away. Some make me laugh, other cry, but the best ones are the ones that make me think. I love it when I don’t know what’s coming next.
4: What is your all-time favorite book, the one you can read over and over?

Dune, the entire series. Without a doubt there is always something new that I missed and it always makes me think.  

5: How does it feel to become a published writer? How has your life changed?

I just received an offer for my first contract from World Castle Publishing for Soulless Light. It’s a novella that is going to be available on ebook. Still in a surreal state of mind. My life is different every day..lmao.

6: What makes you want to turn pages?

The single question, what’s going to happen next. I love being able to really get to know the characters and love being taken away so as long as the story isn’t predictable, I’m all for it.  

7: Any writing regrets?

I don’t really look at life with regret. More like a learning experience. There is always something you can improve on or make better. It’s just a matter of doing the work and being willing to learn from those before you.

8: Do you plan to cross genres?

I always write in cross genres…lol I don’t mean to, it just happens. It’s where the story takes me. I have a hard time not putting romance with horror or fantasy with science fiction or mainstream with a twist of horror. I don’t really stick with a single genre. I think that’s where the fun is.

9: What inspires you?

Life. Take a look around. Everyone has a story. There is an old woman who lives down the street and she talks to herself a lot. I wrote a story about her and she was not talking to herself, she was talking to her dead husband. Observations are the key to bringing in truth and reality to writing.
10: What’s next and when? How can you be reached?

Soulless Light is going to be available soon through World Castle Publishing. Also, The Burning Times is currently being edited now.  The Eclectic Artist Cave has just teamed up with the Queen of YA, Stacey O’Neale. She is going to be a guest host with me on Wednesdays.

Want to add anything?

The best advice that was ever given to me was by David B. Coe. He said to be nice no matter how big or small you are. I think that’s the best advice ever because people don’t like being treated bad and we live once so might as well make it positive! Also, if you have a goal, don’t give up. Let life take you where it will, because it’s always going to be a ride…J

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Carole Gill...Not Limited to Vampires...

While vampires may be her primary forte, it is not her only writing interest. Her most recent work, THE HOUSE ON BLACKSTONE MOOR, includes madness, vampirism, obsession and devil worshiping and was just released in paperback. To Turn Pages would like to thank her for taking time to stop by.




1: Did you always want to be a writer? Do you have a day job?

Not consciously. I think though it was there in the background, lurking in the shadows! Waiting for its turn to come out and take over, because it does take over! It is (if you’ll excuse the melodrama) like a Hyde persona waiting to come out!

I did have all sorts of day jobs, but my husband, saint that he is, gave me my shot three years ago. He basically said, go for it, we’ll manage. It’s been difficult but we managed and I’ve never written so much in my life!


2: What is your favorite genre to read?

Horror really but I particularly enjoy horror that is historical.

 3: Who is your favorite author?

Daphne DuMaurier, if I had to name one. I was 12 when I read Rebecca. Her writing both inspired and shaped the writing I would do.


4: What is your all-time favorite book, the one you can read over and over?

Rebecca, from the opening line: ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again...’
I’m hooked as a reader. I want to know more. However, let me say this! I am no longer 12 and over the years I have wanted to take books like Rebecca, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and make them far darker and more intense.

If those novels had been written today, the storylines and characters would blow readers out of the water.

I’m not talking paranormal romance with racy bits. I’m talking about taking the gothic horror novel and gothic romance novel where it has never dared to go before.

I’ve already begun doing it and I’m delighted with the response I’m getting by the way!

5: How does it feel to become a published writer? How has your life changed?

It feels good, and yes my life has changed in that I’ve had to become more organized in order to get things done!

I find too that promotion is far more difficult than writing!  

6: What makes you want to turn pages?

A fast-moving plot, characters that I care about and a story that grips me from the first sentence; I want to be thrilled, enticed, hooked and entertained!

7: Any writing regrets?

Not really. I consider the entire process a learning experience and any mistakes or misjudgments are chalked up as experiences to learn from. 

8: Do you plan to cross genres?

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love to do that! I want to take horror and history and blend them.

I want to shake up the gothic horror/romance genre and make it wicked and dark, darker than it’s ever been and perhaps yet darker still with storylines that would have given publishers heart attacks in times past!
I want to redefine the whole genre/subgenre!

9: What inspires you?

Music, images, what I read. Where I live inspires me. I live in Yorkshire and walking on farmland with my dogs is inspiring. Gray, grim windswept Yorkshire inspires me. The sound of howling wind in the chimneys, the rattle of windows in their frames is inspiring.

I love reading all sorts of myths and legends and am inspired from that as well.

History too inspires me. In researching for the sequel/prequel to my novel, I am reading loads of history and that inspires me. In short, I suppose you could say everything inspires!

10: What’s next and when? How can you be reached?

The sequel to The House on Blackstone Moor is to be released later this year. It is entitled Unholy Testament and features an immortal being, the son of a fallen angel who is mad, campy and evil. Eco first appeared in The House on Blackstone Moor.

The story basically is that he has written a journal of his existence which is actually a confession of all the evil he has done.

I’m enjoying it so much, although it’s very hard work.


I can be reached here:

website/blog

Facebook Author Page

Twitter


Want to add anything?

Well, I’d like to say that the horror genre is a very broad church. There is room in it for a variety of horror styles and approaches.

I like to embrace those differences and frankly, I do enjoy writing in different styles too. Although I love my vampires and fallen angels (evil and not) I do enjoy writing zombie gore-stories as well!

I think writers should always be able to surprise readers, it keeps us awake and on track and really, the more readers we appeal to, the better!